May 26, 2020  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates, Timely Announcements

Good morning, colleagues. I hope you found some much-needed rest and relaxation over the long, holiday weekend. Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs.


Lucy Mkandawire Vahlmu (Nursing) and colleagues in the College of Nursing and the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education were awarded a $2M grant from the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women for her project, “Tracking our Truth: Providing Access to Advocacy Driven Medical Forensic Care,” which will expand the existing availability of sexual assault nurse examiners to provide culturally relevant, advocacy-driven medical forensic access and care to American Indians in Wisconsin. This is really wonderful news and congratulations to you and your team, Lucy!

Celeste Campos-Castillo (Sociology) and Co-PI Linnea Laestadius (Public Health) received a grant from the Technology and Adolescent Mental Wellness program to conduct a nationally representative survey experiment to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced adolescents’ willingness to alert parents/guardians about a friend who posted on social media that they’re struggling with mental health. Well done, Celeste and Linnea!

Kim Blaeser (English and American Indian Studies) was one of 19 nationally recognized women poets to have work commissioned by the Academy of American Poets for the New York Philharmonic “Project 19.” Her poem, “A Quest for Universal Suffrage,” appears in a folio of work that celebrates and questions what it means to be an American woman writing today with the century-old legacy of the suffrage movement behind them. This is such a wonderful acknowledgement of your work, Kim. Congratulations!

Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies (JAMS) students won three national Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence Awards, more than any university in the upper Midwest. The contest is among the most competitive in the country. UWM joined winners from Northwestern, Harvard, Yale, University of Missouri, and Arizona State University. Well done!

Ivy Hu (Urban Planning) was recently elected to the governing board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Professor Hu also serves as president of the International Association for China Planning. Congratulations, Ivy!

Milwaukee Athletics

Seven Milwaukee Athletics teams recorded a perfect 1000 Academic Progress Rate (APR) score for the 2018-19 period, according to NCAA APR figures released this week. Eleven of Milwaukee’s thirteen sports programs recorded a score of 975 or better for the single-year cohort.

The Week

I start the week with the daily Crisis Management Team (CMT) Leadership meeting, followed by the Connected Systems Institute UWM Steering Committee meeting, my monthly meeting with Kathy Dolan, a CEMAT Leadership Team meeting, the Chancellor’s Expanded Executive Cabinet meeting, a Campus Budget Planning meeting, my weekly meeting with the Chancellor, and my daily meeting with Dev Venugopalan and Laura Pedrick.

Today, I have the Deans Morning Meeting, my weekly meeting with Dave Clark and Kay Eilers, standing meetings with Joan Prince and Peter Sands, my weekly UW System Provost Council meeting, my daily meeting with Dev and Laura, and I will virtually join a Town Hall meeting for prospective students and their parents.

In the morning, I have another CMT Leadership meeting, my monthly meeting with Tom Luljak, Dave Clark, and Kay Eilers, my one-on-one with Joely Urdan, and my standing meeting with Jennifer Abele. In the afternoon, I meet with several of my direct reports and I have my usual “end-of-day” meeting with Dev and Laura.

Today, I have the final CMT Leadership meeting of the week, followed by my one-on-one with Dave Clark, my monthly meeting with Student Association leadership, my one-on-one with Mary Bunzel, and my daily meeting with Dev and Laura.


UWM Academic Catalog
The 2020-2021 edition of the UWM Academic Catalog has been published. Archived editions of prior catalogs can be found in the Catalog Archives section.

From UWM Libraries
Due to escalating costs of journals and databases, the UWM Libraries must undertake a cancellation review process for 2020-2021. The campus community can help by reviewing titles and identifying whose cancellation will do the least harm. More information.

River Clean Up
Join the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research, University Recreation – Outdoor Pursuits, and Milwaukee Riverkeeper in a DIY River Clean Up and Scavenger Hunt sometime during the week of June 12-19. UWM students, faculty, staff, and their families are encouraged to participate. To make it even more fun, Milwaukee Riverkeeper created a scavenger hunt of items you will likely find along the way. The first three families to submit their scavenger hunt forms will get Panther Volunteer T-shirts!

Records Responsibilities for Employees
This is just a reminder that regardless of where employees are working, written communications, documents and recordings created by employees that relate to university business are records that must be retained and made available to the public upon request. For more information about your records responsibilities during the COVID-19 crisis, please contact the Archives Department at (retention and management issues) or the Office of Public Records at (public records requests).

Links for additional/related information:

Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs