May 23, 2022  |  News & Events, Provost's Updates, Timely Announcements

Good morning colleagues. Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs, which happens also to be my last one!


Congratulations to all of the students who received their degrees at yesterday’s commencement ceremonies!

Michael J. Mikos (Foreign Languages and Literature) is leaving for Poland at the end of this month to attend the V Congress of Translators of Polish Literature, where he was invited to be a member on a panel.  While in Poland, he will lecture in the Summer School of Polish Language and Culture at the John Paul II Catholic University in Lublin, his 39th program in Poland. Congratulations, Michael!

In the News

Val Klump (Dean Emeritus, Freshwater Sciences) talked about the importance of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and why it needs a target end date in an opinion piece in The Hill.

Milwaukee Athletics

Peter Baran has been hired as the new Associate Athletic Director for Compliance in the Milwaukee Athletic Department. Baran will oversee NCAA and Horizon League compliance for all 15 sports, including monitoring recruiting activities for all coaches and staff, certifying eligibility for all student athletes, and educating student athletes, coaches, staff, faculty, and boosters about NCAA rules.

Ryan Kucera has been hired as the new Milwaukee women’s tennis coach, Director of Athletics Amanda Braun announced this week. Kucera comes to Milwaukee after two years at Minnesota State University, Mankato, earning Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Coach of the Year honors this season following a very successful campaign on the courts.

The Week


I start the week with a Chancellor meeting, followed by a meeting with Regent Rodney Pasch, and a UWS Math Initiative meeting with Phyllis King and Kevin McLeod.


Today, I have an Administrative Transformation Program (ATP) campus leadership visit, my monthly meeting with Rebecca Klaper and Mark Harris, my one-on-one with Chia Vang, my monthly meeting with Student Association leadership, and my weekly meeting with Chancellor Mone.


This morning, I have a Strategic Partnerships meeting, my one-on-one with Kevin Hartman, my standing meeting with Nancy Frank, Mo Zell, and Ivy Hu, and my monthly meeting with Tina Freiburger and Hope Longwell-Grice. In the afternoon, I’ll attend a Provost’s staff gathering, a Space Optimization Project executive sponsors update meeting, my one-on-one with Nadya Fouad, and a UWS meeting.


Today, I have my one-on-one with Tina Freiburger and a 2030 leadership meeting.


I have a UWS Student Success meeting, my one-on-one with Jennifer Abele, and I’ll attend the UWS Provost’s Council bi-monthly meeting.


Career Planning and Resource Center

Please join the Career Planning and Resource Center to celebrate the retirement of Jean Salzer and her 25+ years of dedication to UWM. Stop by Mellencamp 128 between 1-3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24 to wish her well on her next adventure. Please sign her digital card.

Call for Creative Contributions

The Center for 21st Century Studies (C21) invites UWM faculty, students, and community members to submit poetry, artwork, craftwork, and music related to this year’s Lonely No More! Symposium. Submissions responding to C21’s story survey and/or the themes of loneliness and connection will be considered for exhibition in C21’s new gallery space – deadline June 1.

Global and International Studies

Global Studies is pleased to announce that the GS 391: Black Lives Matter: A Global Comparative Study, an internationally focused comparative course on the BLM Movement in the United States and abroad, will be offered again in Fall 2022 with returning and new faculty. The innovative team-taught course will be taught by Portia Cobb (Peck School of the Arts), Jennifer Kibicho (College of Nursing), David Pate (Helen Bader School of Social Welfare), Sarah Davies-Cordova (College of Letters and Science), and Demetrius Williams (College of Letters and Science). In addition, a related study abroad course will be offered in UWinteriM 2023 led by Professors David Pate and Portia Cobb. Visit the Center for International Education for more information.


I put my money on RCB to win the IPL.

Take care,


Johannes Britz

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs