November 18, 2019  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates

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

In the News

The NPR nationally distributed show ON POINT did a program this week on how Americans were responding to this week’s impeachment proceedings.  As their guests, they had three reporters including WUWM’s Maayan Silver who offered the perspective from Wisconsin. Maayan is also working with NPR News on its presidential coverage.

Milwaukee Athletics

Congratulations to UWM’s women’s soccer team for an outstanding season.  The Horizon League champs, with a 17-2-1 record, played a hard fought game in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, but ultimately fell to the UW-Madison Badgers, 1-0.

Congratulations to Evan Conway, Vuk Latinovich, and Jake Kelderman of the Milwaukee men’s soccer team, who have all been named to the 2019 Academic All-District Soccer Team. As members of the First Team in District 6, the trio will move on to the national ballot later this month.

Student Transfer Retreat

This Friday we will host a very important Student Transfer Retreat that will be attended by, among others, the Department Chairs, Deans, Associate Deans, Assistant Deans, Office of Enrollment Management, students and staff. Being the largest transfer institution in the state, the focus will mainly be on how to create more and better pipelines for students from other institutions and how to streamline our transfer agreements. Many thanks to Dave Clark for taking the lead in organizing this event.

The Week


In the morning, I will be meeting with Val Klump, Tim Grundl and Peter McAvoy to discuss the Center for Water Policy at the School of Freshwater Sciences.  Then I will attend the 2030 Think Tank Co-chairs meeting, followed by a meeting on the Freshwater Collaborate initiative, the Academic Staff Committee meeting, and the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet meeting. In the afternoon, I attend an M3 Update meeting with the Chancellor, I have my bi-weekly meeting with Mark Harris, my weekly staff meeting, and my weekly meeting with the Chancellor.


Today, I have the Deans Morning Meeting, my standing meeting with Val Klump and Tim Grundl, my monthly meeting with Kathy Dolan (Kathy is chair of the University Committee), my monthly meeting with Alan Shoho and the Chancellor, the University Committee meeting, my weekly meeting with Katie Miota (we’ll include Tom Luljak), and my monthly meeting with Brett Peters.


I start the day with my standing meeting with Brian Thompson, followed by a meeting with the APA Accreditation Site Visit Team (Educational Psychology doctoral program), and standing meetings with Tom Lipinski and Scott Emmons. Later, I’ll join the Chancellor to do an episode of Then, I have standing meetings with Trudy Turner and Michael Doylen, and the quarterly Chancellor’s Committee for Hispanic Serving Initiatives Community Advisory Board meeting.


In the morning, I have a monthly restructuring College of General Studies Leads meeting, the APBC meeting, a meeting on Student Success, and a Campus Budget Planning meeting. In the afternoon, I have the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute Core Team meeting, my monthly meeting with Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska, my one-on-one with Joely Urdan, and a meeting with EAB Representative Rachel Cleveland. As part of the International Education Month celebrations on campus I will attend Larry Kuiper’s and Richard Leson’s presentation, “The Building and Re-building of Notre Dame de Paris” (see Announcements).


Today, I have my monthly meeting with Scott Gronert, the Student Transfer Retreat, a meeting with Andrew Dressel, my one-on-one with Dave Clark, and a Design Solution Center budget meeting.


International Education

International Education Week is International Education MONTH at UWM! Many units across campus are hosting programs. See the list of events.

Jewish Diversity Today

The Stahl Center for Jewish Studies is hosting a conversation with Director Lacey Schwartz entitled, “Jewish Diversity Today,” on Monday November 18 at 4 p.m. in the Stahl Center (3367 N. Downer Ave.) At 7 p.m. in the Union Cinema, there will be a film screening and talkback on her film, “Little White Lies.”

LACUSL Speakers Series

Professor Héctor Concohá Chet presents, “La memoria de los indígenas kaqchikeles en Guatemala, una fractura histórica aún sin sanar,” on Tuesday, November 19 at 3 p.m. in the American Geological Society Library. This is the final lecture of the year and will be presented in Spanish with an English power point. Free and open to the public.

Urban Studies Programs

UWM Urban Studies Programs & the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council present “The Lines Between Us: Inequality and Segregation in the American Metropolis” on Tuesday, November 19 at 7 p.m. in Greene Hall.  This special presentation features award-winning journalist and author Lawrence Lanahan, author of “The Lines Between Us: Two Families and a Quest to Cross Baltimore’s Racial Divide.”

Notre Dame de Paris Presentation

Join Larry Kuiper (French) and Richard Leson (Art History) in the American Geographical Society Library (3rd Floor, East wing) on Thursday, November 21 at 6 p.m. for a presentation and discussion on “The Building and Re-building of Notre Dame de Paris.” Questions? Please contact Larry Kuiper (

Discount Day

The Panther Shop will be honoring 25% off for all faculty, staff, and students on November 21-22 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The discount can also be used on clearance items. This deal only happens once a semester so make sure to take advantage!

Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival

If you see an extra 1,800 students roaming campus November 21-23, that would be the Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival. The Peck School of the Arts is thrilled to serve as first-time hosts of this annual event. Special thanks to Ralph Janes, Robin Mello, Randy Trumbull-Holper, and Jessica Berlin Krivsky, the hosting team who have been getting the Peck School of the Arts ready for its close-up with theatre performers and educators from across the state.

Chancellor’s Care, Respect, and Expressions Lecture Series

The Fall 2019 lecture, “The Gifts of Our Wounds,” takes place on Monday, November 25 at 7 p.m. in the Union Wisconsin Room. A Sikh and a former white supremacist find forgiveness after hate. Pardeep Singh Kaleka, whose father was killed in the Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting, and Arno Michaelis, a former white supremacist, have become powerful voices against hate crime and violence. The event is free, but registration is requested. For further information, please contact Joan Prince (

Special UWM Alumni Association Master Chat

New York Times best-selling author Seth M. Siegel discusses his latest book, “Troubled Water: What’s Wrong with What We Drink?” with WUWM’s Environmental Reporter Susan Bence on Wednesday, December 4 at 6 p.m. in the Union Wisconsin Room.

Holiday Boutique

The College of Nursing is hosting a Holiday Boutique on Thursday, December 5 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Cunningham G40 to benefit the UWM Foundation Kenya/Malawi Fund, which allows our Study Abroad students to bring supplies to vulnerable families and children. Take this opportunity to shop with local merchants and artisans for your holiday season while giving back.

WWHEL Holiday Social

Athletics hosts the Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership (WWHEL) annual Holiday Social on Thursday, December 5 at 6 p.m. in Pavilion 148. Enjoy refreshments and socialize with fellow WWHEL members; 7 p.m. tip-off—Cheer on the Women’s Basketball Team vs. Northern Illinois in the Klotsche Center. Four free tickets for WWHEL members—bring your family and friends! Please register.

First-Year Symposium

The second annual First-Year Symposium will be held on Friday, December 6 from 1-3 p.m. in the Library 4th Floor Conference Center. All are invited to attend and see the work produced by our first-year seminar students.

2020 Fromkin Research Grant

The UWM Libraries are accepting proposals for the $5,000 Fromkin Memorial Research Grant and Lectureship, which encourages and assists UWM scholars in all fields of study to conduct research on individuals, groups, movements, and ideas, in the Americas and elsewhere, that have influenced the quest for social justice and human rights in the United States. The deadline to apply is December 6.

Retirement Celebration

UWM College of Nursing invites you to a retirement celebration in honor of Rachel F. Schiffman, PhD, RN, FAAN on Wednesday, December 11 from 3-5 p.m. in the Union Fireside Lounge. Please RSVP to Dorothy Kidwell ( by December 4.

Assessment Survey

Results from the 2019 Assessment Survey are in! The survey gathered information from faculty and teaching academic staff about their experiences with and views about assessment at UWM. Read the report here.

Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research

Applications are now open for our Alternative Spring Break Trip in Asheville, North Carolina. On the trip, students will gain a better understanding of Appalachian history, culture, and communities. Participants will engage in service at various non-profit agencies (focusing on issues of veteran rehabilitation, hunger and homelessness, and environmental sustainability) while enhancing their leadership skills. In addition to service, participants will have opportunities to explore Asheville and learn about the unique history of the region. Any questions can be directed to


And we may see a new land speed record.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs