Good morning, colleagues. Please join me in congratulating the nearly 3400 students who graduated yesterday! Please enjoy the videos: Black CeremonyGold Ceremony; andGrads’ TV Throwbacks. Many thanks to Chris Baylor, Kyle Bursaw, and Cris Lago, the videographers who worked on these awesome videos! Here is this week’s update.


Carolyn Bucior (Engineering and Applied Science) had her seventh article, “How to Accept a Compliment,” published in the New York Times. Well done, Carolyn!

Casey O’Brien (Women’s and Gender Studies and Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning) received the 2018 Dr. Jeff Merrick Leadership Award at this year’s UWM Lavender Graduation. This award is presented to a member of the faculty or staff at UWM who has shown dedication and support for LGBTQ+ people through taking the initiative to stand up and speak out against issues of homophobia, transphobia, heterosexism, and cissexism. Congratulations, Casey!

Continuing their strong showing in awards season, WUWM journalists won 11 awards at the Milwaukee Press Club’s annual awards ceremony, including four Gold (first place), three Silver (second place), and four Bronze (third place). In the category of “Best Writing in an Audio Story,” WUWM took Gold, Silver, and Bronze! Congratulations to all!

Milwaukee Athletics
The Milwaukee men’s basketball program has announced that the team will be playing in Ireland this upcoming season! Travel along with the team – travel packages are now available for fans to make the trip across the globe with the Panthers. Available options include four- or six-night stays. The tour features Ireland’s capital, Dublin, and Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast.

The Women’s soccer team announced an important addition to the team earlier this month when it welcomed 9-year old Jordan Moore through the Team IMPACT program!

The Week


I start the day with my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen. Then, I’ll make opening remarks at the Wisconsin Academic Advising Association’s Spring Professional Development Day, followed by a meeting with the CHS Leadership Group and a June BOR planning meeting. In the afternoon, I have an Outstanding Learning Environment meeting, a CEMAT Executive Committee meeting, and my weekly staff meeting.


The day starts with an EAB workshop with deans and associate deans. I also have meetings with CEMAT leads, Chancellor Mone, and Alan Shoho.

Wednesday – Friday

I will be on vacation.


Wisconsin Academic Advising Association (WACADA)

The WACADA Spring Professional Development Day is today in the Student Union. The theme, “Celebrating Advising in the City of Festivals,” has attracted more than 80 advising and student support professionals to register for the event.

Flourish Fest

Flourish Fest, an art exhibit curated by UWM’s Student Artist in Residence that celebrates artwork created by older adults in the community, takes place June 3 from 1 – 4 p.m. in the Kenilworth Square East Gallery.

UW System Implements New Password Policy

All UWM faculty, staff, and students will be required to change their passwords every 180 days.


Check out this spider!

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs