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

Reminder: UWM RFPs

Security Awareness training: November 17

Security Awareness Training needs to be completed by November 17, 2017.


Last week’s 4th Annual Graduate School Open House was a great success! There were 536 prospective students in attendance. Kudos to Erin Fox, Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska, Graduate School staff, and all of the faculty and staff who represented their programs so well!

Jerry Rousseau, Social Work Clinical Associate Professor Emeritus, received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers – Wisconsin Chapter (NASW-WI) for his lifetime of work in the professional fields of mental health and social work. He has been a provider of mental health services since 1970. Congratulations, Jerry!

Emanuel Camacho, UWM PSOA graduate student, tenor, and student of Dr. Tanya Kruse, has advanced to the finals in the national American Traditions Voice Competition. The final rounds will take place in Savannah, Georgia in February 2018. Emanuel is charged to sing repertoire within 9 distinct genres of vocal music for this competition. His initial round comprised an aria from the zarzeula (Spanish version of operetta), “Superstition,” made famous by Stevie Wonder, and a classical art song. Well done, Emanuel!

Rick Thomas, Student Union, received the Association of College Union’s InternationalSusan Maul Distinguished Service Award at the recent ACUI Region V conference (hosted here at UWM), the highest honor presented by ACUI Region V. The recipient must have attained prominence through his or her efforts to develop the college union and student activities movement through his or her work within the Association and on campus. Congratulations, Rick!

Swarnjit Arora Honored

At last week’s Asian Faculty and Staff Association Reception, Swarnjit Arora was honored for his 46 years as a faculty member in the Department of Economics. Congratulations, Swarnjit, on a remarkable career at UWM!


Panther News

The Milwaukee Athletic Department and men’s basketball are set to host the “Black & Gold Shootout” at UWM Panther Arena from November 17-19.

The Milwaukee men’s soccer team had five different players earn Horizon League Postseason honors, including Nick Moon and Sean Reynolds on the First-Team.

The Week


I start today with a Strategic Position Control meeting and also have meetings with Bill Hebert and Brett Peters. The Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet meets and CEMAT meets in the afternoon. Agenda items include school/college alignment with the Strategic Enrollment Management Plan, spring 2018 enrollment update, and an update on military credit.


This week I continue my meetings with schools/colleges to discuss, from an Academic Affairs perspective, our strategic initiatives. Today, I meet with the School of Continuing Education and Friday I have a similar meeting with the College of Nursing.  I also have meetings with my staff, with Stan Stojkovic and Alan Shoho, an AAUP meeting, and I’m attending the Academic Staff Senate meeting. I also meet with an international delegation from Mexico.


I have an Assistive Technology and Accessible Design Certificate site visit meeting, meetings with the Student Association leadership, Jim Hill, a meeting with the chancellor and Medical College of Wisconsin leadership (we meet at least twice a semester to discuss topics of mutual interest), a meeting with the School of Freshwater Sciences, meetings with Ron Perez and Scott Emmons, and a meeting with the Chancellor and Academic Staff Committee on Academic Staff Policy 104. I also have my weekly meeting with the Chancellor.


In the morning, I will attend an EAB meeting with the deans and associate deans. I also have meetings with Nancy Nelson, Trudy Turner, and Ron Cisler. Later, I’m attending the Faculty Senate meeting.


I’m holding the morning for a campus visit by Regent Jan Mueller, I’m attending a UWM Libraries all division meeting, a College of Nursing all school meeting, and I meet with Kim Litwack.


Annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Social

WANTED: Urban cowboys and cowgirls to saddle up and ride on over to the annual faculty and staff holiday social on Friday, December 1 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Pounce’s Honky-Tonk (UWM Union Ballroom). REWARD: Snacks, fun, games, and music. Prizes for best attire. RSVP by November 27.

We’ll be collecting crossword books, mini puzzles, and number games for the Clinton Rose Senior Center. Please be generous. Questions? Contact Lynn Wilk:

Guitar Performance

UWM offers the only BFA and MM degrees in Finger-Style Performance in the world! At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14, UWM students will present a guitar program of finger-style guitar solos and ensembles in The Back Room @ Colectivo, 2211 North Prospect Avenue.

Celebrate International Education Week!

Stop by CIE from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 16 for cake and refreshments! Learn more about this and other upcoming international events on campus.

LACUSL Speaker Series

Please join CLACS on Wednesday, November 15 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. in the Special Collections: Golda Meir Library, 4th Floor for Steven Volk’s talk, “Chile, Metaphor, & Memory: How We Begin to Remember.” Dr. Volk is Professor Emeritus at Oberlin College.For more information: Sarah Davies Cordova ( or César Ferreira (

WWHEL event with Mary Burke

Please join the UWM Chapter of WWHEL (Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership) for their November program featuring Mary Burke, former executive at Trek Bicycle Corporation, Democratic candidate for Governor of Wisconsin in 2014, and former Wisconsin Secretary of Commerce. Mary will present a program related to her newest project – Building Brave. The program will be held on November 15 from 12 – 1 p.m. in Chapman 211 (Regents Room).

GIS Day in Library

GIS Day 2017 at UWM will take place on Wednesday, November 15 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the American Geographical Society Library. GIS is geospatial inquiry, asking and answering a question through the analysis and communication of data that is linked to a geographic location and is widely used in the public and private sector, and in a range of disciplines.

Mindful Meditation each Tuesday

You can join faculty, staff, and students for 30 minutes of mindfulness meditation during your Tuesday lunch hour. Stop in to any session and listen to recorded reflections on mindfulness topics and practice guided meditation by mindfulness experts. Sessions are held each Tuesday from 12:15 (prompt) to 12:45 p.m. in Union 340 until December 19. Contact for more information.

Biological Sciences Colloquium

The Department of Biological Sciences is excited to host Dr. Wes Larson (USGS Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit at UW-Stevens Point) for a colloquium on Friday, November 17 at 4 p.m. in Lapham Hall 101. Dr. Larson will discuss his novel work linking genomic divergence to ecotype variation in sockeye salmon.

Event of Free Press and Democracy

On November 15 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., the UWM Alumni Association and Institute of World Affairs will present, “Free Press and Democracy: An Exiled Editor’s View,” featuring AbdülhamitBilici, the former editor-in-chief of Turkish newspaper Zaman. Prompted by political turmoil and government oppression of the media in Turkey, Mr. Bilici is now in exile in the United States. Advance registration is required for this free event. Register.

Urban Studies Milwaukee Summit

This year’s Urban Studies’ Milwaukee Summit, Far from the American Dream: Milwaukee’s Fair and Affordable Housing Crisis, will be held on Thursday, November 16 in the Student Union Alumni Fireside Lounge from 4:30 – 6 p.m. A distinguished panel will address housing issues and reforms in Milwaukee and across the region.


England’s women’s cricket team kept their Ashes hopes alive when they played a draw in the 4 day test match against their Australian counterparts.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs