October 11, 2021  |  News & Events, Provost's Updates, Timely Announcements

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

Enrollment Management Announcement

Enrollment Management and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions are excited to welcome Marc Young as the new Director of Recruitment, Marketing, and Admissions. Marc comes to UWM from UW-Stevens Point where he served as their Director of Admissions. Welcome to UWM, Marc!

UWM Fall Awards Ceremony

The annual Fall Awards Ceremony will be held this Wednesday, October 13 at 2 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. See the program (with list of awardees). You can also join the Live Event.


Melissa Scanlan’s (Center for Water Policy) first solo-authored book, “Prosperity in the Fossil Free Economy,” was recently published by Yale University Press. WUWM did a feature on the book and she discussed her book on WPR’s The Larry Meiller ShowCongratulations, Melissa!

In the News

Melissa Scanlan served as an expert source for CBS News on climate change in the Great Lakes. They ran two versions of the story, one on nightly news and a longer version on Saturday news.

Naomi Raicu (undergraduate student working in Ionel Popa’s lab in Physics) is featured in the Office of Undergraduate Research’s inaugural “Meet the Researcher” video, which was made by OUR student employee Casey Roekle.

Milwaukee Athletics

Patrick Baldwin, Jr. sat down with the Black & Gold Network to discuss his participation in the 2021 U19 World Cup, helping Team USA to the gold medal with an 83-81 victory over France earlier this summer. Baldwin, Jr.  helped Team USA to a perfect 7-0 record in the event that wrapped up in mid-July, averaging 7.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game, while shooting 47 percent from the floor (21/44).

The Milwaukee Athletic Department has announced that single-game tickets for the 2021-22 Milwaukee basketball season are now on sale. Single-game ticket prices start at $11 for men’s games (ranging from $11-$29 per game, depending on the game date, opponent, and seating section) and $7 per game for women’s contests.

The Horizon League has announced the League’s television schedule for the upcoming 2021-22 men’s basketball season. A total of eight Horizon League matchups will air on ESPN linear networks, including five during the regular season. In addition, three games this season will be “wildcard” selections to ensure the best matchup possible. Milwaukee will host the first ESPN linear game of the season on Saturday, December 4 against RMU at noon ET on ESPNU. MKE has been tabbed a potential selection for all three wildcard dates. This season, the Panthers will be led by consensus five-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American, Patrick Baldwin, Jr.

The Week


I start the week with my standing meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by a UWM Foundation meeting. This week we also start the FY23 Divisional Budget meetings with all the units on campus and the first of these meetings is today with L&S. The L&S meeting is followed by a Micro-credentialing Work Group meeting, my weekly check-in with Dave Clark and Kay Eilers, and the day ends with my weekly staff meeting.


In the morning, I have a Coronavirus Management Team (CMT) Leadership meeting, the quarterly Connected Systems Institute UWM Executive briefing, a meeting with Native American faculty and staff, the monthly Moon Shot for Equity check-in, and my monthly meeting with Tim Behrens. In the afternoon, I have a meeting with Laura Pedrick, my one-on-one with Scott Gronert, I’ll provide an Academic Affairs Update for the Academic Staff Senate, I have my weekly meeting with Chancellor Mone, and an FY23 Divisional Budget meeting with the College of Health Sciences.


Today, I have an FY23 Divisional Budget meetings with the College of General Studies and the School of Continuing Education, my bi-weekly meeting with Mark Harris, my one-on-one with Nancy Nelson, my monthly meeting with Tina Freiburger and Hope Longwell-Grice, the 2021 Fall Awards Ceremony, and an FY23 Divisional Budget meeting with the College of Engineering and Applied Science.


In the morning, I have a PSOA/SARUP meeting, and a budget meeting, an FY23 Divisional Budget meeting with the School of Information Studies, a Total Title and Compensation discussion with campus leadership, a meeting with the College of General Studies, my one-on-one with Pat Borger, and an FY23 Divisional Budget meeting with the Zilber School of Public Health.


Today, I have a WCTC/UWM Partnership meeting, a 2030 meeting, the bi-monthly UW System Provosts Council meeting, an FY23 Divisional Budget meeting with the School of Education, and my one-on-one with Kaushal Chari.


Indigenous Voices

The UWM Planetarium will offer, “Indigenous Voices: Sharing the Wisconsin Sky,” tonight at 7 p.m. in celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Planetarium Director Jean Creighton and Electa Quinney Institute Director Margaret Noodin will present a live program featuring the languages, star connections, traditional music, and cultural images of six Wisconsin Nations. More information.

Reminders: COVID Testing and Face Coverings

This is just a reminder that UWM’s Interim COVID-Related Health and Safety Policy (UWM SAAP 10-12) requires weekly testing, for students and employees who are not vaccinated. The policy further states that face coverings are required indoors for all vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, including UWM employees, students, and visitors.

Online Program Council
The OPC will meet this Friday from 10:30 a.m.-noon on Teams and in Lubar N146. Agenda items include an upcoming refresh of the UWM Online website, Proctorio and testing alternatives and UWM Online data points and tools. All are welcome to attend; to join the Teams meeting contact Laura Pedrick (lpedrick@uwm.edu).

Look Up!

International Observe the Moon Night is on Saturday, October 16. Gaze at the moon through UWM Planetarium telescopes and enjoy planetarium show, “Lunar Light,” at 7 or 8 p.m. More information.

Graduate School Open House

The Graduate School looks forward to hosting our Graduate School Virtual Open House on Thursday, October 28 from 6 – 8 p.m. through CareerEco. Prospective graduate students can meet with UWM faculty, staff, and in some cases, current graduate students from our more than 150 master’s, doctoral, and graduate certificate programs with both online and on-campus options. BONUS: The Graduate School will pay the application fee for all applicants who register for, attend the virtual Open House, and begin their application on or after October 28, 2021. Please see the Graduate School Open House website for complete details.

Hostile Terrains

Visit the Emile H. Mathis Art Gallery in Mitchell Hall for the exhibition, “Hostile Terrains,” now through February 10, 2022. The installation explores the intersection of landscape, policy, and violence in Milwaukee and at the US-Mexico border. Admission is free and open Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. More information.

U-Visit Admissions Events

Admissions is looking to partner with faculty members interested in helping with U-Visit events. Contact Colin Daly (daly@uwm.edu) for more information.

Peace Corps Program at UWM

Undergraduates interested in joining the Peace Corps after college can now earn a certificate that gives them a competitive edge when applying to the Peace Corps. Details.

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

Practicing good cybersecurity has never been more important, and this year, UWM IT will be highlighting three important components to keeping yourself secure online: Phishing Awareness & Avoidance, Illegal File Sharing Avoidance, and Passphrase Best Practices. Visit our IT News article for more information on what UWM IT is doing this October!

Help Your Neighbors

Make a Difference Day Fall will be happening on Saturday, November 6 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. This is a city-wide opportunity for UWM students, faculty, staff, and alumni to assist older adults in preparing their yards for winter, as well as participate in neighborhood clean-ups. Volunteers can register as an individual or as a team! Register online. If you have questions, contact zgarrity@uwm.edu or 414-229-3161.

Teaching and Learning Symposium

Submit a proposal and register for the 7th Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium, which will be held virtually on January 13, 2022.

Center for International Education
The Center for International Education (CIE) hosted an outdoor welcome event for international students. Over 100 students attended, and they were very grateful to have an event to connect with other students. Students wrote postcards home and posed for photos. UWM’s international student enrollment is up from last year with new graduate enrollment up 104%. To see a 10 second video of the event, please watch and like here.


It was not only the Packers who did it in overtime, but also, once again, MSD!

Take care,


Johannes Britz

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs