May 6, 2019  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates

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

College of General Studies Dean Finalists on Campus this Week

  • Zahi Atallah visits campus May 6-7, and the Open Forum presentation will be today (May 6) from 11 a.m.-Noon in the UWM Union Fireside Lounge.
  • Donald Williams visits campus May 8-9, and the Open Forum presentation will be Wednesday (May 8), from 11 a.m.-Noon in the UWM Union Fireside Lounge.

Candidate information and visit schedules are posted online, and live webcast details for the Open Forum presentation will also be linked on the College of General Studies Dean finalists page. To submit feedback for the finalist candidates, please use the feedback forms, also linked on the finalists page. There is a separate form for each candidate. The deadline to submit feedback is Thursday, May 23 at 5 p.m.

UWM Libraries Director Finalist on Campus this Week

  • Stephanie Walker visits campus on May 10, and the Open Forum presentation will be Friday, May 10, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the AGS Library, 3rdFloor, East Wing.

Candidate and visit information are posted online. To submit feedback for the finalist candidates, please use the feedback forms linked on the UWM LIbraries Director finalists page. There is a separate form for each candidate. The deadline to submit feedback is Thursday, May 23 at 5 p.m.

Reminder: Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute Professorship at UWM Candidate Feedback Due Today

Candidate feedback for the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute Professorship at UWM is due by 5 p.m. today (May 6). Feedback forms, along with candidate information and links to videotaped open forum presentations, are on the finalists page.


In recognition of her outstanding accomplishments in Anthropology, Trudy Turner has been named a UWM Distinguished Professor.  A wonderful honor, Trudy!

Congratulations to 14 recipients of Research and Creative Activities Support (RACAS) awards! These annual awards sponsored by the Office of Research fund scholarly inquiry across all disciplines at UWM.

David Southward (Honors College) won the Frost Farm poetry prize this year, recognizing him out of a field of more than 900 entrants. Congratulations, David!

Amanda Schoofs (Music) had an article featuring her work published in the journal Music Education Research, which focused on her approach to teaching improvisation and experimentalism in new music, and her community education and outreach projects.

Graduating senior Sarah Philippi was in Washington last week (April 29-30) to present research she has been doing with Karyn Frick (Psychology) into connections between cognitive loss, Alzheimer’s, and levels of circulating estrogen using a mouse model. Sarah was one of sixty students selected from across the country to present their work at the annual “Posters on the Hill” event organized by the national Council on Undergraduate Research. While in Washington, Philippi, along with VC Tom Luljack and Nigel Rothfels (OUR), visited the offices of Tammy Baldwin, Ron Johnson, Gwen Moore, James Sensenbrenner, Mark Pocan, and Bryan Steil to discuss critical connections between UWM’s research mission, R1 standing, and undergraduate education. Way to represent, Sarah!

Last Tuesday (April 30), Channel 12 News came to Beverly Belfer’s Beginning Guitar class to record her presentation of guitar packages to five military veterans. Beverly (PSOA Department of Music) is the originator and coordinator of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Guitars for Vets Chapter and a National Board Member of Guitars for Vets, a non-profit organization founded in Milwaukee in 2007, which currently comprises more than 80 chapters in 40 states. Guitars for Vets provides a unique, supportive program for veterans struggling with physical injuries, PTSD and other emotional distress. Its mission is to share the healing power of music by providing free guitar instruction, new acoustic guitars, and guitar accessory kits. The Military and Veteran Resource Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee paid for 12 guitar packages through a grant received by Yolanda Medina. Kudos to both Beverly and Yolanda!

Milwaukee Athletics

Save the date and join in on the festivities as the Milwaukee Athletic Department hosts the second annual “Milwaukee Athletics Tailgate” at Miller Park on Saturday, May 11, 2019!

Peter Andrew of the Milwaukee track & field team, winner of three consecutive Horizon League titles in shot put, is the featured student-athlete in this video production from the Black & Gold Network.

Each spring, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Division of Student Affairs holds its annual STAR Awards, recognizing the outstanding contributions of colleagues across Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Numerous members of the Milwaukee Athletics Department staff were honored and nominated in 2019, with winners this school year including Cathy Rossi, Adam Schemm and Ashley Steltenpohl.

The Week

At the beginning of the day I meet with CGS Dean finalist candidate Zahi Atallah. I have my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, a meeting on external strategic partnerships, the Chancellor’s Cabinet meets for a deep dive on 360 reviews, I meet with ASC Chair Kristin Roosevelt, and I have my weekly staff meeting.

In the morning, I have a deans meeting (we will focus our discussion on MATC student transfer), I have a meeting with Alan Shoho, and I’m attending the Chapman Society lunch (former UWM Chancellor John Schroeder is the speaker). The University Committee meets, I have a campus budget meeting, a wrap-up meeting with CGS Dean finalist Zahi Atallah, and the Chancellor and I are making remarks at a Phi Beta Kappa graduation event.

I have breakfast with CGS Dean candidate Donald Williams, I have monthly meetings with Ron Perez, Brett Peters and Joely Urdan, and I have my weekly meeting with the Chancellor. In the late afternoon, I’m attending the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center Opening event and in the evening, I will do opening remarks at the Lavender Graduation event.

I have standing meetings with Scott Gronert, Katie Miota, and Dave Clark, I have a planning meeting for the June Board of Regents, an ISS executive sponsors meeting, and I’m making remarks at a School of Education All School meeting. The Faculty Senate meets, and I have a wrap-up meeting with CGS dean finalist Donald Williams.

It will be a packed Friday: In the morning, I have breakfast with UWM Libraries Director finalist Stephanie Walker, I have a meeting on scholarship administration, a meeting focused on campus data needs, and I’m making remarks at the first joint ARC and CETL awards ceremony to recognize recipients of the ARC Excellence Award and instructors who have earned the Certificate in Accessibility for UWM Instructors. I have a Connected Systems Institute budget meeting, I will attend a conference call on the restructuring, I am part of a group being interviewed by EDUCAUSE on top IT/innovation issues and opportunities, I have a wrap-up interview with Libraries Director finalist Stephanie Walker, and I’m making welcoming remarks at a reception hosted by the Black Cultural Center.


I’m speaking at the Honors College Graduation.


ARC Excellence Awards

Winners of the ARC Excellence Awards will be honored on Friday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Union 191. We celebrate to honor faculty and staff who have:

  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to students with unique needs
  • Integrated the concept of Universal Design into their course(s)
  • Earned the “UWM Certificate in Accessibility for Instructors” sponsored by CETL and the Office of the Provost

2019 winners of the ARC Excellence Awards winners: Rachel Baum, Anne Bonds, Christine Carlson, Kyle Ebersole, Angel Hessel, Jamie Kovtun, Gabriel Lopez Jauregui, Molly Ubbesen and Haley Zangl. “UWM Certificate in Accessibility for Instructors” were earned by:  Renee Mazurek, Nathan Salowitz and Lyndsay Smanz.  Congratulations to all of the awardees!

Grand Opening
The Lubar Entrepreneurship Center and UWM Welcome Center Grand Opening takes place Wednesday, May 8 from 4:30-8 p.m. with a dedication program at 5:15 p.m. Please RSVP.

From the UWM Libraries
An Academic Publishing Breakfast at the Golda Meir Library, offering techniques for publishing and discovering multidisciplinary technology content, will be held on Friday, May 10 at 9 a.m. Registration is required.

Rwanda 94
Please join the Program in French & the Institute of World Affairs (IWA) at the Alliance Française (1800 E. Capitol Dr.) for a screening of Rwanda 94, on Friday, May 10, from 5-11 p.m. (with 2 intermissions).  In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the 100 days of the genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda.  Rwanda 94 was developed with the survivors and victims of the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda and created in Belgium by Groupov. Free and open to the public, light refreshments will be served.

Furrow Magazine Release Party
Dating back to 2000, Furrow showcases outstanding undergraduate writing and art from across the United States and gives UWM undergraduates training in editing, publishing, publication design, web design, publicity, fundraising, and business practices. The magazine will celebrate the launch of its 2019 edition from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May, at Art Bar, 722 E. Burleigh St, Milwaukee. Supported by donors and the UWM Department of English, the magazine also has an online edition.

From New Student Programs
NSP is adding a session during Family Orientation this summer titled “Preparing for Your Student’s College Transition.”  We are looking for UWM staff or faculty interested in co-presenting this 30-minute session alongside our Coordinator of Transition Programs, Mike Dixon. We’re hoping to identify folks with experience parenting a student through college. This session will be offered at 16 programs, primarily 11:20-11:50 a.m. Those interested in presenting during one or more of these sessions should email Mike at and he will share more about the content and time commitment.

Design Studio
SARUP’s Urban Design Studio hosts an open house on Tuesday, May 7, 4-6 p.m. in Walker’s Point. Student designers and planners will then share innovative ideas for transforming the Harbor District and activating the city’s waterfront: hotels, housing, offices, museums, and more. Address, parking and more details online.


The men’s US Cricket Team gained One Day International (ODI) status for the first time in their 54-year history.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs