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


Christine Wolf (Global and International Studies) has been selected as a 2019 Contemplative Social Justice Scholar by the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. She will receive funding to attend the 11th Annual ACMHE Conference at UMass Amherst entitled, “Radical Well-Being in Higher Education: Approaches for Renewal, Justice, and Sustainability.” Congratulations, Christine!

Portia Cobb (Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres), Debra Gillespie (Mothers Against Gun Violence), Leslie J. Harris (Communication), and Erin Sahlstein Parcell (Communication) received two grants for The Gun Violence Project. They received a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a grant from Villanova University’s Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society. Well done, Portia, Debra, Leslie, and Erin!

Congratulations to the American Indian Student Association and American Indian Student Center for successfully hosting the 41st Annual UWM Pow Wow and to the American Indian Student Association, Women’s Resource Center, and Sociocultural Programming for hosting the 3rd Annual Healing with Red Sands Event and Social Justice Workshops.

In the News

WUWM’s education reporter, Emily Files, had a story on NPR about the owner of a Milwaukee laundromat who created a mini-library to encourage parents to read to their children while doing their laundry. Last week, the station received email from a woman in Ohio who read the story and was inspired to follow suit. She and her husband built their own little book nook in their laundromat in Reynoldsburg, OH!

Native American Heritage Month>

November is Native American Heritage Month, which was proclaimed by President Bush in 1990. Campus events include:

  • November 13: Alida Cardós Whaley will share songs and poetry centered in Turtle Island (see Announcements).
  • November 19: Screening of You Are on Indian Land, a film about the 1969 Kanien’kéhaka (Mohawk) protest, at 7 p.m. in the Union Cinema.
  • November 20: “Our stories are…” a conversation around the complexities of Indigenous American identity at 2 p.m. in the Union Wisconsin Room West.

Milwaukee Athletics

The Milwaukee Athletic Department has partnered with Vet Tix for the 2019-20 basketball season. The program will allow season ticket holders to donate any of their tickets for games they are unable to attend to Vet Tix.

Fans of the Milwaukee basketball programs can now purchase special “Panther Family Plan” packages. The special ticket packages, presented by BelAir Cantina, allow fans to purchase four game tickets, four Panther hats, and four BelAir taco vouchers for a special price.

I start the week with my standing meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by a Division FY2020 Forecast meeting, my biweekly meeting with Mark Harris, and the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet Deep Dive meeting. Later, I have my monthly meeting with Nancy Frank, a Divisional Budget meeting with the College of Engineering and Applied Science (we start these divisional budget meetings this week), and my weekly staff meeting. I end the day with a meeting with Scott Gronert.

Today, I have the Deans Morning Meeting, my monthly meeting with Alan Shoho, a Divisional Budget meeting with the School of Information Studies, my bi-monthly meeting with the University Committee, the Chancellor’s Committee for Hispanic Serving Initiatives Steering Team meeting, and two more Divisional Budget meetings—this time with the School of Continuing Education and the College of Nursing.

Wednesday-Thursday – in Madison
I’ll be in Madison for the Provosts Council Annual Retreat on Wednesday and Board of Regents meeting on Thursday.

In the morning, I have my monthly meeting with Tim Behrens. In the afternoon, I have the Connected Systems Institute Budget meeting, and Divisional Budget meetings with the College of Health Sciences and Peck School of the Arts.


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

Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latin@ Studies
The LACUSL Major hosts 
Career Plática: Careers Beyond Academia, A Conversation with Alum on Wednesday, November 6 from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Greene Museum (3367 N. Downer Avenue).

Professional Development Opportunity
Thinking Rhetorically about Multimodal Composition” will be offered to faculty, teaching staff, and teaching assistants on Friday, November 8 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Mitchell 191.

Fromkin Lecture
U.S. Representative Gwen Moore will deliver the 50th Annual Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecture on Saturday, November 9 at 2 p.m. in the Library 4th Floor Conference Center.

Showcase your panther spirit with an evening of celebration at the 2019 Homecoming Panther Bash Tailgate & Panther Men’s Basketball Game on Saturday, November 9 at Turner Hall’s Palm Room at 3:30 p.m., immediately followed by a UWM Men’s Basketball game at 6 p.m. down the block at Panther Arena! Please RSVP by Thursday, November 7.

Machine Learning
An introduction to the concept of Machine Learning, utilizing the Azure Machine Learning Studio, will be presented by the Connected Systems Institute on Wednesday, November 13 at 4 p.m. in Bolton 150. Free for students, faculty, and staff.

Lyrical Sanctuary
This month, UWM’s Lyrical Sanctuary welcomes Indigequeer brujx, Alida Cardós Whaley (CLACS) to the stage on Wednesday, November 13 at 8 p.m. in the Union Fireside Lounge.

UWM at Waukesha
You are invited to “Fall into Research with the UWM Libraries and Web of Science” at the UWM at Waukesha Library on Thursday, November 21 from 12-3:45 p.m.

Panther Academic Welcome Design Think
New Student Programs is looking for partners to participate in a Design Think on Friday, November 22 from 12-4 p.m. in the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center. Please only sign up if you’re available for the full time period.


Go Bokke (goed gedaan!)

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs