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

Final Reminder – don’t forget!

All faculty and staff must enroll in Multi-Factor Authentication by Thursday, October 31.


Phyllis King (Academic Affairs, Occupational Science and Technology) was elected President of the Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions (ASAHP). ASAHP is a leading national postsecondary health association comprised of 133 universities and employers focused on critical issues affecting allied health education. Congratulations, Phyllis!

Lingqian (Ivy) Hu (Urban Planning) is the new President of the International Association for China Planning (IACP), an independent non-profit organization of scholars, students, and practitioners interested in urban planning issues in China. Congratulations, Ivy!

Erica Bornstein (Anthropology) was elected President of the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA), which is the section of the American Anthropological Association committed to critical study of politics and law. Her two-year term begins in November. Well done, Erica!

Brian Armstrong (Engineering and Applied Science) was recently named a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors, the first faculty member at UWM to earn this honor. He is the inventor named on 22 patents with two others pending. Congratulations, Brian!

The College of Nursing’s online, competency-based Flexible Option program won the Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award for Public Colleges and Universities from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Congratulations!

Jennifer Jordan’s research on young women hop pickers in 19th century Wisconsin inspired two breweries, Eris and 3 Sheeps, to brew a beer called, “Ella,” after a young hop picker who kept a diary in Sauk County in the 1870s, which played a key role in her research. Dr. Jordan presented her research at the Beer Culture Summit in Chicago last weekend. Interesting research, Jennifer!

Milwaukee Athletics

After 26 years at Henry Aaron Field, the Milwaukee baseball team is set to host 20 home contests at a new ballpark—Milkmen Field in Franklin, WI—in 2020. Head Coach Scott Doffek announced the full schedule this week, which sees the Panthers opening the season with several road trips before returning to the Midwest.

The Milwaukee Athletics Department has announced that in appreciation for Fred Sitzberger’s $1M gift to Panther Athletics in 2016, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has named the atrium within the Klotsche Center and Pavilion the Frederick J. Sitzberger, CPA ’78 Atrium.

The Week


I start the week with my standing meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by my weekly meeting with the Chancellor, the Chancellor’s Executive and Expanded Cabinet meeting, a DNC Space Utilization meeting, my weekly staff meeting, and my monthly meeting with Alan Shoho and Chancellor Mone. I end the day attending the Indian Community Board meeting.


In the morning, I have the Connected Systems Institute Team meeting, the monthly CEMAT meeting, and my monthly meeting with Tom Lipinski. In the afternoon, I have my standing meeting with Margaret Noodin, and a Budget Advisory Team meeting.


I start the day with a meeting of the Data Science Program Steering Committee, standing meetings with Ron Perez, Peter Sands, and Brett Peters, a meeting with Kelly Haag and Katie Miota, and the Graduate School Open House (see Announcements).


In the morning, I have  my bi-weekly meeting with Katie Miota (Tom Luljak will join us), standing meetings with Dave Clark and Leigh Wallace, a conference call with Bacalar Normal College, and the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee Workforce Study Update meeting.


Today, I have a meeting with the Distinguished Professors subcommittee and will attend to administrative responsibilities and have meetings with my direct reports.


Graduate School Open House

The UWM Graduate School hosts its Annual Graduate School Open House on Wednesday, October 30 at 5 p.m. in the UWM Union. Please spread the word and encourage prospective graduate students to register.

Deadline Extended!

The deadline to submit proposals for the 5th Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium has been extended to November 1.

Professional Development for Academic Staff

A captioning workshop will be held on Friday, November 1 at 10 a.m. in the UWM Libraries Classroom B (1st Floor, West Wing). Coffee and sweets will be provided. Registration is limited.

Online Program Council

The OPC meets Friday, November 1 at 10:30 a.m. in Lubar S250. Agenda items include an update on UWM’s online workforce upskilling initiative, online program development opportunities, and an update on RFPs of interest to online programs. All are welcome to attend.

Center for 21st Century Studies

C21 welcomes Jairus Grove (University of Hawai’i) for his lecture, “Savage Ecology: War and Geopolitics at the End of the World,” on Friday, November 1 at 3:30 p.m. in Curtin 939.

WWHEL Lunch and Learn

The Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership (WWHEL) invites current and new women faculty, staff, and students to their upcoming brown bag program, “Wired & Tired: How to Increase Wellness in Your Life,” on Wednesday, November 13 from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Library 4th Floor Conference Center.

Heads Up

Skype will be retiring on January 7, 2020.


It will be South Africa against England in the World Cup final, with England the favorites, and today is National Chocolate Day.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs