November 4, 2022  |  News & Events, Provost's Updates, Timely Announcements

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

2030 Highlights of the Week
The Revising Curriculum (or Core Curriculum Action Team – CCAT) is on a listening tour, meeting with all schools, colleges, and functional teams to gather input on their current draft proposal on GER reform. If they haven’t yet visited your school/college/group, please reach out to CCAT Chair Dave Clark ( to schedule a presentation.

Phyllis King (Academic Affairs, Rehabilitation Sciences and Technology), Immediate Past President of the Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions (ASAHP), received the President’s Award, which is chosen by the current President to express gratitude to an individual who has dedicated themselves to helping maintain the qualities of excellence that characterize a truly professional association. Congratulations, Phyllis!

Milwaukee Athletics
Three runners finished in the top ten as the Milwaukee women’s cross-country team earned its third straight Horizon League Championship and fourth in the last five years. Meg Swietlik (3rd), Cailin Kinas (4th), and Anelise Egge (10th) led the Panthers with top 10 finishes and were named All-Horizon League First Team for Milwaukee who was clear of the field by 39 points.

To help celebrate the inaugural season of Panther Basketball under first-year head coach Bart Lundy, and to recognize and thank its valued season ticketholders, the Milwaukee Athletic Department is leveraging emerging technology and the growing interest in digital collectibles as a unique way for fans to show their Panther Pride and stay connected with their favorite team.

The Week in Retrospect
On Monday, I had a chance to meet at the Connected Systems Institute with representatives from the Business Higher Education Forum. On Tuesday, I met again with UW System Provosts to discuss the process of new program approval and then visited the University Committee to provide updates. The day ended with a wonderful event celebrating the new Ziemer Clinical Simulation Center in the College of Nursing. It is a state-of-the-art facility that will serve our students well and resulted from many years of effort from the college and the generosity of donors, led by Jim and Yvonne Ziemer. On Wednesday, I started with the Deans Morning Meeting and then lunch was Academic Affairs’ first potluck in three years, bringing together new and continuing members of the team to share stories and good food. I provided an update to APBC on Thursday and finished with a tabletop simulation of a campus crisis that brought together the Crisis Management Team and Emergency Operations Center. Friday, I host an Academic Leadership Council focused mainly on student success efforts.


  • Registration for 2023 Phosphorus Conference is Now Open!
    This conference will connect researchers with water professionals, farmers, producers, policymakers, and the public for a conversation on Wisconsin’s phosphorus rules and to facilitate discussions around policy mechanisms that address the ongoing challenge of phosphorus pollution. The goal of this conference is to help inform a research agenda for the next decade and beyond. Registration.
  • November 15 Town Hall Planned
    Tune in to a virtual town hall meeting on Tuesday, November 15 at 1 p.m. Several campus leaders will share information and will be available to answer your questions. They’ll share updates on engagement and student centricity, workplace climate and culture of care, enrollments, 2030, and DEI. More details coming soon. Join via Teams.
  • Mosaic Networking (Formerly Faculty of Color Mosaic)
    The Mosaic Network is comprised of all UWM faculty and staff who identify as Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian engaging in ongoing opportunities to build a supportive community to network and share resources and connections. Stay tuned for upcoming opportunities on the Mosaic Network Website.
  • UWM Student Caregivers in Higher Education Survey
    Attention UWM students! In addition to your role as a student, do you also care for the basic needs of another person (e.g., child, sibling, grandparent, etc.)? If so, we are asking you to take part in a campus-wide survey on your experience as a student caregiver on campus. Information and survey.
  • Save $250 off a Security Deposit or 2% off Monthly Rent!!
    Take the Neighborhood Housing Office’s Preferred Tenant Program (PTP)! The PTP is a free, self-paced Canvas course that teaches rental education. The course provides students with the knowledge they need to become successful tenants in the neighborhood. Participating landlords will also offer discounts. Information and sign up.

Campus Events

  • Donut Forget to Vote
    November 8 is Election Day! Polls are open 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Find your polling location at My Vote Wisconsin. Panthers Vote will be tabling November 7 and 8 in the Sandburg Lobby and the Student Union by the Grind to help answer questions. Stop by and grab some coffee and donut holes while supplies last!
  • First Gen Week
    The U1.0 First-Generation Program will host its annual First Gen Week and National First-Generation Day Celebration.
  • Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series
    Tune in for Artists Now! on Wednesday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. featuring Ariana Vaeth, a Baltimore-raised artist focused on realism through the self-portrait. This popular series is free and offered virtually through Zoom. More information.
  • 13th Annual Benefit for Clean Water
    Engineers without Borders invites you to their annual Benefit for Clean Water on Thursday, November 10 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Wantable Café located at 123 E. Walker St. The purpose of the benefit is to raise funds for the annual trip to Guatemala to build a potable water distribution system for a village in need.
  • Academic Adventurers
    Gerlinde Höbel (Biological Sciences) will present a talk entitled, “Studying Frog Calls and Colors in Central and North America,” on Friday, November 11 at 3 p.m. in the American Geographical Society Library as part of UWM’s Academic Adventurer series. More information.
  • Indian Classical Music
    Peck School of the Arts invites you to enjoy a night of Indian classical music and beyond with multiple Grammy Award winner Zakir Hussain on Friday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Helen Bader Concert Hall.
  • Panther Bash
    There is still time to register for the UWM Alumni Association’s annual Panther Bash on Saturday, November 12 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Oak Barrel Public House. Meet head coach Bart Lundy! Snacks, soft drinks, and door prizes will be provided, along with a short program at 4:15 p.m. The Panther Bash will be followed by the Milwaukee Panthers vs. Cardinal Stritch men’s basketball game at 6 p.m. More information and registration.
  • Taiwan-U.S. Business Forum
    UWM is co-hosting a Taiwan-U.S. Business Forum in the Midwest on Monday, November 14 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. Industry representatives, legislators, and academic researchers will discuss energy issues in the face of climate change. Register here.
  • State of Milwaukee Summit
    The Urban Studies programs will present the State of Milwaukee Summit: COVID-19 and Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson, Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley, Greater Milwaukee Committee President Joel Brennan, and Greater Milwaukee Foundation President and CEO Ellen Gilligan on November 17 at 7 p.m. in the Library 4th Floor Conference Center.
  • IMPACT Education Series: Structured Query Language in the Modern Data Age
    Join the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute on Friday, November 18 from 12-1:30 p.m. to learn about the history and importance of structured query language (SQL) and how it can be leveraged by other programming languages. Information and registration.

Something Different
Keeping with the Halloween theme of the week, bats represent not only the fastest mammal, but also the smallest.

Take care,

Scott Gronert
Interim Provost