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

Student Affairs Announcement

Colleagues, just another reminder from Student Affairs that beginning today, the PAWS system will require UWM students to vote (yes, no, or abstain) on a student fees referendum before they are able to register for Spring classes. The referendum in question will fund a project to renovate/rebuild the UWM Student Union. The proposed project would replace building systems and infrastructure that are beyond their useful lives and improve building functionality for students and the entire campus community.



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


Tina Freiburger and Danielle Romain, Criminal Justice, will receive the Feminist Criminology 2016 Best Article Award for their article, “Chivalry Revisited: Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and Offense Type on Domestic Violence Charge Reduction.” The award will be presented at the Division on Women and Crime Breakfast Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony at the American Society of Criminology conference in Philadelphia on Thursday, November 16. Well done, Tina and Danielle!

Simone Conceição, Administrative Leadership, received the 2017 American Association of Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) Outstanding Service Medallion at the annual conference in Memphis, TN last week. Congratulations, Simone!

Larry Martin, Administrative Leadership, was elected as President of AAACE. Well done, Larry!

Kennan Ferguson, Political Science, has been invited to be the keynote speaker at the 2017 World Picture Conference, in Toronto, November 10-11. He will be speaking on “The Dissonance Machine.” Congratulations, Kennan!

Johanna Dvorak, Director Emerita, Educational Support Services, was inducted as a Fellow by the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations (CLADEA) on Saturday, November 4. Well done, Jonnie!

Nicholas Resendez, a Lubar School of Business student, recently finished an internship with AppBrewery, an on-campus organization in which students create mobile and web applications. As part of the internship, he created a real-time map visualizing Milwaukee incidents from 911 data. It’s great to see students connecting to UWM’s experiential learning opportunities. Way to go, Nicholas!

Gonzalo Arias, Classical Guitar Graduate Assistant, just won 2nd Prize at the “Competencia Internacional de Guitarra Aquiles Valdés” in México. This was a very difficult competition at a very high level. Congratulations to Gonzalo, our Guitar Department, and PSOA!

In the News

Very nice article about Margaret Noodin, Electa Quinney Institute, and the Indian Community School of Milwaukee.

Panther News

Get your tickets now! Be there as the “Pat Baldwin Era” officially gets underway with the season opener against UW-La Crosse November 10. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at UWM Panther Arena.

The Milwaukee women’s soccer team had eight different players receive postseason honors and Troy Fabiano was named Horizon League Coach of the Year for the third season in a row.

The Week


There is a CEMAT Co-Chairs meeting, a Deep Dive Chancellor’s Cabinet meeting, and I have meetings with the Lubar School regarding future planning of the MBA program, Tom Lipinski, Mark Harris, a meeting with the Chancellor on the Student Success Work Group, and a meeting with my staff.


There is a deans’ morning meeting, meetings with Val Klump and Katie Miota, and I’m attending the University Committee meeting. I end the day with my monthly meeting with Sue Cashin (Chair of Academic Staff Committee).


I’m in Madison for meetings with UW System provosts, including a discussion on the restructuring of UW Colleges.


I’m in Madison for the Board of Regents meeting. Agenda items include a vote on the restructuring of UW Colleges and UW Extension.


I have my regular weekly meeting with the Chancellor, meetings with Joely Urdan and Dave Clark, I’m attending a SOIS all school meeting, and I’m attending an event with the Distinguished Professors at the Chancellor’s residence. After that, I will attend a high school event.


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 Abdülhamit Bilici, 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.

Center for 21st Century Studies Event

Erick Felinto (State University of Rio de Janeiro) will be talking on, “Vilém Flusser’s ‘Philosophical Fiction,’” Friday, November 10 at 3:30 pm in Curtin 175.

Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies Event

The Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies welcomes Jewish-Indian artist Siona Benjamin to the Milwaukee Art Museum on Tuesday, November 7 at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Relationship between Religion and Art

Center for Religious Studies Fall Event – UWM Alum shares relationship between his art and religion in a talk and a live sand painting performance on November 8 at 5:30 p.m. in Bolton Hall 150.

Discussion on Coalition Building

Join us for a free Lunch and Learn featuring Dr. Anne Dressel, Nursing, who will present, “Collaborating for Change: Lessons in Coalition Building from the Westlawn Partnership for a Healthier Environment,” on Thursday, November 9 from 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Zelazo 250. Free box lunches provided. Please register.

Office of Assessment and Institutional Research: Workshop

The Office of Assessment and Institutional Research (OAIR) will host its third workshop of 2017, “Access and Utilization of Available In-house Survey Data,” on Friday, November 10 from 12:30 – 2 p.m. in Mitchell Hall 191. Surveys will be the focus, including those that measure student engagement, satisfaction, and the newly implemented grit survey. Open to all, this workshop will be of particular interest to academic advisors and student success professionals. Agenda and RSVP.

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.


We are planning a cricket game between faculty/staff and students. For those who are interested in the planning, please join us this Friday at Noon in the Roosevelt Room of the UWM Libraries, on the 3rd floor, W301.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs