May 16, 2022  |  News & Events, Provost's Updates, Timely Announcements

Good morning, colleagues. Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs.


Ada Duffey (Social Science and Business) received the Accounting Educator Award from the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She was recognized for her outstanding dedication to her students at the 2022 WICPA Member Recognition Banquet and Annual Business meeting. Congratulations, Ada!

Jeffrey Sommers (African and African Diaspora Studies) will be providing economic policy counsel for a prime minister candidate for Latvia’s upcoming parliament elections this autumn. Additionally, he is following up with the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation for their second proposed economic development report on Latvia centering on tax policy. He is also meeting with representatives of the Open Society Foundation regarding assembling an economic development report for Ukraine. Well done, Jeff!

This spring, 29 students were inducted into the Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at UWM. See the list of inductees and read their biographies. Congratulations to this very impressive group of scholars!

Milwaukee Athletics

Four student athletes from the Milwaukee Athletic Department have been recognized as members of the 2021-22 Lubar 25. Riley Hansen (Track & Field/Cross Country), Taylor Hattori (Women’s Soccer), Mayya Perova (Women’s Tennis), and Lauren Spaulding (Volleyball) were all selected for the honor, which identifies business students dedicated to academic success, entrepreneurship, volunteering, and campus involvement at UWM.

Following a five-year tenure, Jason Potthoff has announced his resignation as the Milwaukee women’s tennis coach to pursue other professional opportunities. This season, Potthoff’s Panthers advanced to the Horizon League Championship final for the first time in program history, eventually falling to Youngstown State 4-3 in the title match. He took the program to the Horizon League Tournament in three of the past four seasons and was stellar at home, going 23-11 over the past four years, including a 10-3 mark in 2021.

The Week


I start the week with my standing meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by a meeting with Associate VC for HR Makda Fessahaye. Then, I’ll provide an Academic Affairs update to the Academic Staff Committee, followed by the Chancellor’s Executive and Expanded Cabinet meeting, my weekly staff meeting, and the Commencement Honors Ceremony.


In the morning, I have a Presidential Transition Team meeting in Madison. In the afternoon I will have my one-on-one with Chancellor Mone.


Today, I have the Deans Morning Meeting, a Board of Regents Planning meeting, my monthly meeting with John Reisel, my biweekly meeting with Paul Klajbor, a UW System Strategic Planning session, I’ll check in on the National Council of University Research Administrators Site Visit, I have the monthly Campus Space Planning meeting, and I’ll attend a campus event hosted by the Chancellor.


In the morning, I have a meeting with UW System Senior Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Executive Director for UW Extended Campus Aaron Brower and a Campus Budget Planning meeting. In the afternoon, I have the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute Core Team meeting, my one-on-one with Jason Puskar, and the quarterly Student Experiences and Talent update.


Today, I’ll speak at the School of Freshwater Sciences’ Faculty Meeting, and I’ll meet with Scott Gronert to discuss transition.


I’ll provide welcome remarks at the Order of the Engineer Ceremony.


In the morning, I’ll attend the Black Commencement Ceremony. In the afternoon, I’ll attend the Gold Commencement Ceremony.


UWM Catalog

The 2022-2023 edition of the UWM Academic Catalog has been published. Archived editions of prior catalogs can be found in the Catalog Archive section. The 2021-2022 catalog archive will be available by the end of the week.

From the UWM Libraries

  • The UWM Libraries have created four digital jigsaw puzzles from images found in our Digital Collections, as an end of semester de-stressing activity for students.
  • Several members of the University Libraries Committee generously shared their book recommendations for summer break.

Stahl Center for Jewish Studies

Join us on Wednesday, May 18 at 7 p.m. via Zoom, as writer Francisco Goldman joins Rachel Buff (History) in conversation as part of the “Colors of Jewishness” series. Registration required.

YOSAT Summit

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the Youth-Oriented Abuse and Trauma (YOSAT) Counseling II Summit event on Friday, June 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Golda Meir Library 4th Floor Conference Center. Learn about integrated technology to expand care access for youth from Dr. Marie Sandy (Education) and hear about YOSAT students’ experiences in the program. RSVP by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 27.

Union Renovation

The Union Renovation Project has been in full swing throughout the current school year and is progressing on time. To continue this work, the UWM Student Union and Union Parking Garage will be closed to the public beginning Monday, May 23. The Renovation Project timeline provides us confidence that the Union will reopen by Fall Semester 2022.

Contribute to UNITE!

As you wrap up your 2022 promo item ordering, please place UNITE on your calendars (Thursday, September 1), and consider contributing to the bags! Please let Carmen ( know what your contribution plan will be by June 1 so we can plan ahead and make sure we aren’t doubling up on similar items.

Funding All Ventures at Summerfest Tech 2022

Fundraising, whether through traditional means of investment, grants, contributions from friends and family, crowdfunding, or pre-sales, takes networking and commitment. Matthew Friedel (Senior Lecturer in SOIS and Co-Founder of Milwaukee Venture Partners MVP Angel Network) will share his perspectives on how to fund any venture. This session is on Thursday, June 30 at 10:25 a.m. at the MARN ART + CULTURE HUB, 191 N. Broadway. In this informal session, Matthew will walk through some statistics, tactics, and strategies for funding your next venture at any stage. More information and registration.
THAT Conference Presentation
Matthew Friedel (Senior Lecturer in SOIS and Co-Founder of Milwaukee Venture Partners MVP Angel Network) will present “Investing in AI Artificial Intelligen­­­ce and Blockchain: A Start-ups guide to funding new ventures in emerging technologies,” on July 26 at 10:30 a.m. at THAT Conference at the Kalahari Resort and Waterpark in the Wisconsin Dells. His talk will walk through the process for sourcing, evaluating and funding Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Ventures. More information.


Congratulations to Liverpool for their FA Cup win.

Take care,


Johannes Britz

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs