October 28, 2022  |  News & Events, Provost's Updates, Timely Announcements

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


Bettina Arnold (Anthropology) was an invited speaker at the colloquium, “Elite Mobility and Funerary Practices in Early Iron Age Europe,” at the Musée d’Archéologie Nationale, Saint Germain-en-Laye, France, for the Déchelette Prize, where she presented her talk, “The wandering warrior? New approaches to understanding early La Tène migration.” Well done, Bettina!

Belle Rose Ragins (Business) received the 2022 Lifetime of Service Award from Wisconsin’s State Council on Affirmative Action Diversity Awards Program. Congratulations, Belle!

Bernard Zinck (Music) was a featured guest speaker at the 2022 Wisconsin Music Educators Association Conference in Madison. His session presented how musicians can cope and prevent injuries and implement new skills. Well done, Bernard!

Wilfred Tysoe (Chemistry and Biochemistry), graduate student Nicholas Hopper, and post-doctoral researcher Resham Rana, along with collaborator François Sidoroff from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon in France wrote an article entitled, “Critical Stresses in Mechanochemical Reactions,” that was selected as the Chemical Science “Pick of the Week” for this week. Chemical Science is the Royal Society of Chemistry’s peer-reviewed flagship journal, which publishes findings of exceptional significance from across the chemical sciences. Congratulations, Wilfred, Nicholas, and Resham!

Jean Creighton (Physics) and Robin Mello (Theatre) conducted a workshop on “How to use feedback for refining your interactive program” and a research paper titled, “How can we incorporate more design thinking in our work and beyond,” at the Great Lakes Planetarium Association in Buffalo, New York. Well done, Jean and Robin!

Sky Hopinka (2016 PSOA alum), Ho-Chunk video and film artist, is one of this year’s winners of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellowship, commonly known as a “genius” grant. The MacArthur Foundation credited Hopinka with “developing new forms of cinema that center the perspectives of Indigenous people” and that his films move “between documentary-style representations and abstract imagery with vibrant and varied color palettes.” Congratulations, Sky!

Congratulations to our University Advancement and MarComm teams! Our first 414 for UWM: Day of Giving (2021) received a Best of District V Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Thank you to all who have helped make this annual fundraising event a great success!

Milwaukee Athletics

Lainey Higgins scored the only goal of the game and Kendall Edwards posted her fifth shoutout of the season as the Milwaukee women’s soccer team beat Green Bay 1-0 to claim the 2022 Horizon League regular season championship. The league title for the Panthers is the 22nd in program history, as well as the second straight and seventh in the past eight seasons.

In collaboration with Opendorse, Milwaukee has launched MKE Connect, the Panthers’ official Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) marketplace for student athletes. Powered by Opendorse, MKE Connect gives Panthers fans, supporters, and local organizations and businesses a platform to access hundreds of student athlete profiles and pitch those they are interested in pursuing for NIL and future opportunities. Current Panthers student athletes can be found and contacted using MKE Connect among the 95,000 athletes worldwide using the Opendorse platform.

The Week in Retrospect

This was a busy week with many internal meetings related to initiatives and regular business operations in the Provost’s Office. On Tuesday, I had a meeting with the Space Optimization Group and learned about their efforts in gathering data on current space use. I started Wednesday meeting with a delegation from the Chinese embassy that focused mainly on educational opportunities for students at UWM. On Thursday, I had a monthly check-in with Mark Freeland, our new director of the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education. I also enjoyed a steel drum performance at the library and had an update on the progress of the 2030 project. On Friday, I am catching up with team members.


  • Call for Proposals
    The Center for International Education (CIE) is calling for proposals for the 2022-23 academic year supporting projects in line with the Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) grant. All UWM faculty or instructors with a teaching or research focus in international and/or language studies are eligible to apply for course development, professional development, or sociocultural funding. Please visit the CIE-IWA website or contact Kailan Brown (cie-nrc@uwm.edu) for more information.
  • Cybersecurity
    Identifying phishing emails can be tricky but knowing scammers’ red flags can help keep your personal information safe. Visit the Phishing Avoidance section on UWM IT’s Cybersecurity page to learn all about keeping these bad actors at bay!

Campus Events

  • Graduate School Open Houses
    The Graduate School will be hosting two Open Houses this year – virtually on Thursday, October 27 from 6-8 p.m. and in-person on Thursday, November 10 from 5-7 p.m. in the UWM Union. The Open House gives potential students the opportunity to talk casually with faculty and staff and learn more about graduate education at UWM. Registration.
  • Early Voting
    UWM is hosting an early voting site in the Student Union from 10 a.m. – 2p.m. Monday, October 31 through Friday, November 4. Join Panthers Vote for the kickoff event, Trick or Vote, in the Student Union and Sandburg Hall on Halloween. Stop by to grab some candy and ask any questions before heading to the polls. Come in costume for extra fun!
  • Faculty and Staff Appreciation Days
    The Panther Shop is hosting its annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Days! University employees will receive a 25% discount on Thursday and Friday, November 3-4. This is an in-store promotion only. To receive the discount, customers must present a valid faculty or staff ID.
  • Online Program Council
    The OPC will meet on Friday, November 4 at 1:30 p.m. on Teams. Agenda topics include presentations on lessons learned in the MSW program development process, using collaborative documents in Canvas, and UWM Online and CETL updates. If you have not previously attended an OPC meeting, please email Laura Pedrick (lpedrick@uwm.edu) to be added to the meeting.
  • Masterworks Concert
    On Friday and Saturday, November 4 and 5, UWM Symphony Orchestra and Combined Choirs will perform the magnificent, unfinished Great Mass in C Minor, composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart during his visit to Vienna. This Mass features guest soloists under the baton of the Conductor, Dr. Jun Kim. The performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. at UWM’s Helen Bader Concert Hall (Zelazo Center), as well as being available virtually. More information and tickets.
  • Trauma-Informed Teaching Workshop
    Help students achieve essential learning outcomes through a balance of flexibility and accountability, high standards, and care for students. The workshop, sponsored by Campus Cares and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, will be held in person on Wednesday, November 9 from 12-1:30 p.m. in the LEC Dream Studio (virtual options available). In-person registration. Virtual registration.
  • Annual Holiday Party: Save the Date
    Save the date for the annual faculty and staff holiday party taking place on Thursday, December 1 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. Watch your email for the official evite and the link to RSVP. Questions? Contact Lynn Wilk (lcwilk@uwm.edu).

Something Different

Hope that you are enjoying International Bat Week. So, what is the world’s fastest mammal?

Take care,

Scott Gronert
Interim Provost