Good morning, colleagues. I hope you enjoyed the Memorial Day holiday. Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs.


Gilberto Blasini (English) has been appointed to the board of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), the largest and most important scholarly organization in the fields of cinema and media studies. Its conferences attract scholars from around the world every year. As part of his duties on the board, Dr. Blasini will be working on conference organization as well as other important professional development opportunities. Congratulations, Gilberto!

Ryo Amano (Mechanical Engineering) was elected to Fellow Grade in the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) in April. Founded in 1866, RAeS is one of the oldest aeronautical professional organizations and was originally known as The Aeronautical Society of Great Britain. Well done, Ryo!

Robin Pickering-Iazzi’s (French, Italian, and Comparative Literature) book, “Dead Silent: Life Stories of Girls and Women Killed by the Italian Mafias, 1878-2018,” was published on the UWM Digital Commons. Congratulations, Robin! Kudos, too, to undergraduate student Hailey Ray Backus, who assisted on the project with the support of a SURF award from the Office of Undergraduate Research.

William Watson and James Tasse (Theatre) hosted the first-ever National Veterans Theatre Festival last week at the Milwaukee Rep’s Stiemke Studio. Organized through their nonprofit arts organization, Feast of Crispian, the festival offered Milwaukee veteran and civilian audiences a chance to see performances by a wide array of veteran actors and artists who explored issues of race, returning home, and processing their (military) experiences. Well done, William and James!

Noelle Chesley’s (Sociology) research was highlighted in an article in The AtlanticCongratulations, Noelle!

Rebecca Holderness (Theatre) collaborated with a diverse team of area professionals through NEWaukee’s Co:Lab Project. The Mitchell Street team won the competition, including a $5,000 prize, which they will use to continue planning for the Modjeska Theatre’s renovation. Well done, Rebecca!

Todd Levy, principal clarinet with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and professor in the Peck School of the Arts, performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the MSO over the Memorial Day weekend. In a recent interview with the MSO, Levy contemplates Mozart and teaching the next generation of performing artists in the Peck School of the Arts. Bravo, Todd!

In the News

Liam Callanan’s (English) article, “A Dad and His Grad Take the Longer Way Home,” was published in the Wall Street Journal.

Milwaukee Athletics

Amanda Braun was honored by the Milwaukee Business Journal as part of its 2019 Women of Influence Award winners. Amanda has been Director of Athletics since 2013 and was among the second group of winners announced on May 15. This is the 20th year the Milwaukee Business Journal has honored Milwaukee’s most influential women.

Matt Quartel, Jared Reklaitis, and Trevor Schwecke have been named to the 2019 Horizon League All-Academic Team, tied for the most of any school in the conference. The Horizon League recognizes student athletes with season Academic All-League Teams in each of its 19 championship sports.

The Milwaukee Athletic Department held its annual student athlete award show—The Golden Panthers—in the Union Ballroom earlier this month. The event, which was hosted this year by senior Brenda Hernandez, is an annual gathering to recognize accomplishments from the past year.

The Week


I start the week with a Connected Systems Institute Core Team meeting, followed by my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, the monthly CEMAT meeting, and the Chancellor’s Executive and Expanded Cabinet meeting. Later, I have standing meetings with Peter Sands and Pat Borger, and a College of General Studies budget meeting.


In the morning, I have a teleconference with Tom Sugar (EAB) and standing meetings with Brian Thompson, Alan Shoho, and Katie Miota. In the afternoon, I have a meeting to discuss the Library Director finalists, a meeting with the College of General Studies Leadership Team to discuss Dean finalists, my monthly meeting with Stan Stojkovic, a debriefing on the Chancellor’s Retreat, and my weekly meeting with Chancellor Mone.


The day starts with a June BOR planning meeting, my bi-weekly meeting with Dave Clark, and a new lab demo. Later, I have a meeting with Kim Litwack, my monthly meeting with Scott Emmons, my weekly staff meeting, and a teleconference with Ben Jones (Department of Corrections) regarding a possible educational partnership.


In the morning, I have meetings with Val Klump and Tim Grundl, Jonathan Hanes, and a lunch meeting with Bob Greenstreet and Karl Wallick. In the afternoon, Kim Litwack and I will meet with Julilly Kohler and I have a meeting with Mark Harris, Val Klump, and Brett Peters regarding Water technologies.


UWM Academic Catalog
The 2019-2020 edition of the UWM academic catalog has been published and can be accessed online. Archived editions of prior academic catalogs can be found in the Catalog Archive section.

Flourish Fest
The 5th annual Flourish Fest, the culminating event of the UWM Student Artist in Residence Program, will be held on Sunday, June 2 from 1-4 p.m. in the Union Art Gallery.

Música del Lago
Colectivo Coffee and CLACS are pleased to announce this year’s lineup for the Música del Lago concert series at Colectivo’s Lakefront Café! Now in its 15th year, this series highlights some of our city’s finest Latin music groups. All shows take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday evenings.

UWM Food Pantry
The UWM Food Center & Pantry has been selected as the beneficiary of the Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets Giving Bag Program! With every purchase of the $2.99 reusable Giving Bag at the Fresh Thyme on Pleasant Street during the month of June, the UWM Food Center & Pantry will receive a $1 donation. Fill your bag with non-perishable food items and drop it off at a permanent donation bin to make a double donation!

Well done to the Bucks and the Cricket World Cup kicks off this week! England is the team to beat but keep an eye on the West Indian team.

Take care,

Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs