November 16, 2020  |  News & Events, Provost's Updates, Timely Announcements

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

Instruction After Thanksgiving Break

Just a friendly reminder that campus instruction will be primarily online following the Thanksgiving recess. Here is a link to the Chancellor’s Friday announcement, and to an Academic Affairs message about post-Thanksgiving instruction.


Sheila Feay-Shaw (Music) and Margaret Noodin (English and American Indian Studies) received a Folk & Traditional Arts grant from the National Endowment for the Arts entitled, “To Support Passing on the Heritage of Traditional Singing: Minomaazoyang ji-Minobimaadiziyang.” They will be working with students and citizens of local indigenous nations to explore connections between music, health, and philosophy in Anishinaabe culture. Congratulations, Sheila and Margaret!

Joshua Mersky, Dimitri Topitzes, and Linda Britz’s (Social Work) article, “Promoting Evidence-Based, Trauma-Informed Social Work Practice,” selected by the Journal of Social Work Education (JSWE) as the best conceptual work of 2020, makes the case that theoretically- and empirically-grounded content on trauma should be foundational to social work education. Well done, Joshua, Dimitri, and Linda!

Tim Opgenorth (Department of Financial Aid, Student Employment, and Military Education Benefits) earned all 17 credentials from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). By completing all of the NASFAA educational programs, Tim became one of just 30 in the entire country to carry the FAAC designation as a Certified Financial Aid Administrator. Congratulations, Tim!

Simonetta Milli Konewko (French, Italian, and Comparative Literature) completed the English translation of Around the Dinner Table with Grazia: Food and Cooking in the Work of Grazia Deledda. The book is available through UWM Digital Commons. Well done, Simonetta and great that the book is available on our own Digital Commons!

Milwaukee Athletics

The Milwaukee men’s and women’s 2020-21 basketball conference schedules have been announced by the Horizon League. Teams will play one conference opponent twice each week, with games taking place on consecutive days at the same location. Schools will have five home weekends and five road weekends (20 total league games) and will play 10 of 11 HL opponents.

The Week


I start the week with the usual Coronavirus Management Team (CMT) Leadership meeting, followed by my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, the monthly Freshwater Collaborative meeting, and I’ll join the Academic Staff Committee to give them an update. Next, we have the Chancellor’s Cabinet meeting, my weekly staff meeting, and I end the day with another Freshwater Collaborative discussion.


In the morning, I have an M3 meeting with the Chancellor, my standing meeting with Dave Clark and Kay Eilers, and meetings with direct reports. In the afternoon, I’ll attend the UC meeting, I have my weekly meeting with the Chancellor, and my weekly check-in with Dev Venugopalan and Laura Pedrick.


Today, I have my standing meeting with Brian Thompson. In the afternoon, I attend the UW System Provosts Council meeting, my monthly meetings with Tina Freiburger and Simon Bronner, and a College of General Studies/Nursing meeting. I end the day with a meeting with the School of Freshwater Sciences.


In the morning, I have another CMT Leadership meeting, the Academic Planning and Budget Committee meeting, and a Campus Budget Planning meeting. In the afternoon, I have the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute Core Team meeting, an EAB/UWM Research Partnership meeting, a meeting with Principia Leadership, and an MATC Partnership meeting.


Today, the Budget Advisory Team meets to determine final school/college budget amounts, I’ll meet with direct reports, and attend to administrative tasks.


CLACS Research/Conference Award

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is offering a research-conference award for students in any field with upcoming conference/workshop presentations, research expenses, etc. The deadline to apply is November 23. Contact with any questions.

International Education Week

International Education Week (IEW) affirms the critical role of international education. Our virtual events will celebrate our collective efforts to maintain global interconnectedness amid COVID-19. Here are the events being held at UWM in celebration of IEW during the month of November.

Online Program Council 

The OPC will meet this Friday, November 20, from 10:30 a.m.-noon in Teams. Agenda items include the new DOIT accessibility feature, new programs in the pipeline, and quality tools for online instruction. Meetings are open to all. If you haven’t attended an OPC meeting in the past, please email Laura Pedrick ( for a meeting invitation.

Mapping Prejudice: Visualizing Structural Racism in the Urban Landscape

The UWM Libraries’ Digital Humanities Lab will present a virtual panel discussion on the Mapping Prejudice project, led by researchers at the University of Minnesota, on Wednesday, December 2 at 10 a.m. Registration required.

Disrupt Aging Classroom

Disrupt Aging Classroom is a 2.5-hour, interactive curriculum that challenges students to examine their aging perceptions and think about how the growing aging populating is relevant to their personal lives and professional careers. Request a presentation for your UWM class for Spring 2021.

Friendly Reminder from the Veterans Advisory Council to the Chancellor (VACC) 

A number of UWM students serve their communities and their country in the National Guard and Reserves. Due to the state-wide increase in COVID-19 cases this fall, along with other duties called upon to perform, more of our Guard and Reserves are being mobilized this year in support. UWM provides full academic and financial protection every semester for students unable to complete their classes due to mobilizations. Read more on how you can help support your students who may have to pause their studies. Contact the Military Education Benefits Office (MEBO) or the Military and Veterans Resource Center (MAVRC) for questions or more information.

Teams Tip  

Using Microsoft Whiteboard.


The Pumas beat the All Blacks for the first time in history!

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs