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

Student Affairs Announcement

Beginning November 6, 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.


Jennifer Jordan (Sociology) will present two talks in November as part of the Underground Science Society of Milwaukee: “Life and Death in the Garden: Complexity and Uncertainty in the Study of Remembering and Forgetting,” at Northwestern University on November 2, and “Edible Memory: How Tomatoes Became Heirlooms and Apples Became Antiques,” at the Sugar Maple in Bay View on November 13. Well done, Jennifer!

Tanya Kruse (Music) has been selected to teach at La Musica Lirica, an international music festival in Novafeltria, Italy, for the summer of 2018. She will be training young singers in operatic voice techniques and giving a master class on cross-over technique. Congratulations, Tanya!

Dr. Kruse has also been selected to present her research on voice pedagogy at the National Conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing this June in Las Vegas. Her work, entitled, “Training the Whole Voice: In Pursuit of a New Paradigm,” features research that she and her SURF fellow, Katelyn Gruell (BA Voice expected 2019), have completed. Again: Well done, Tanya!

Dian Mitrayani (CORE student) was awarded the 2017 American Educational Studies Association and Taylor and Francis Past President’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Research for her work, “Challenging the Memory of Ibuism: Young Women Participation and Leadership in a Children’s Rights Organization in Indonesia.” Congratulations, Dian!

Candance Doerr-Stevens (Curriculum & Instruction), Tracey Nix (Institute for Urban Education), and Joelle Worm (Art & Design) received a $35K grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation to support community-based mentoring for pre-service teachers and early-career teachers. In a joint school effort (SOE and PSOA), teachers from both the IUE and Art Education programs are working with community-based mentors. Well done, Candance, Tracey, and Joelle!

Alvaro Saar Rios (Theatre) was named as a 2017 Resident Playwright for Chicago Dramatists, an organization that has been nurturing playwrights and developing new plays since 1979. As a resident playwright, he will enjoy six years of new-play development support, from private or public readings and extensive workshops. Congratulations, Alvaro!

Chudamani Poudyal (Math Ph.D. candidate) was awarded the first place presentation prize at the 52nd Actuarial Research Conference (ARC) held at Georgia State University for his talk, “T-Estimation for Insurance Loss Data.” Well done, Chudamani!

UWM won four CASE District V awards for our campaign materials!

  1. Honorable Mention – Best Video, Fundraising, Alumni Relations, or Commercial Spots: Made in Milwaukee, Shaping the World: The Campaign for UWM
  2. Bronze Award – Best Collaborative Program: “This Is Why” Project – Alumni Magazine ad series
  3. Silver Award – Best Program in Case Statements/Cultivation Publications: UWM College of Letters & Science Case Statement
  4. Gold Award – Best Electronic Newsletter: Philanthropy at UWM (faculty/staff e-newsletter)

These projects were the result of collaborations between Development and Alumni Relations and University Relations. Congratulations!

Panther News

The Milwaukee men’s basketball team joined forces with Marquette in an exhibition game to raise money for hurricane relief. In all, over $31,000 was raised!

UWM Director of Athletics Amanda Braun will speak at “Women’s Leadership Night” presented by the Milwaukee Bucks on November 17.

The Week


Monday morning follows a fairly normal routine: I have my usual meeting with Robin Van Harpen and the Chancellor’s Cabinet meets. In the afternoon, I have a meeting regarding the recruitment for our new Chief Enrollment Officer, my monthly meeting with Mark Harris, a UWM/MATC/MPS partnership meeting, and CEMAT Executive Committee meeting.


Today, I meet with Aura Hirschman and Beth Traylor regarding an Accessibility Policy for Information and Instructional Technology, and I’ll attend the Electa Quinney Institute Advisory Board meeting. Later, I have my bi-monthly meeting with Joely Urdan, a campus space planning meeting, and a meeting with Bader Philanthropies. I also have my bi-weekly meeting with the UC.


This morning, I meet with Joan Prince, several of my staff members, and Kanti Prasad. Later, I have my monthly meeting with Alan Shoho and the Chancellor, and the PSOA Academic Administrative Council meeting. I end the day at the Graduate School Open House.


I have my one-on-one meeting with the Chancellor, and the Chancellor’s Enrollment Management Division Reorganization meeting. I have a phone conversation with Amanda Vincent from EAB, my monthly meetings with Pat Borger, Ron Perez, and ASC Chair Sue Cashin. In the evening, I’ll attend the UWM Scholarship Reception.


I also start my meetings this week with schools and colleges, discussing our strategic initiatives as they relate to research excellence, outstanding learning environments and community engagement.  These meetings will take place during the next 3 months. I’m attending the College of Health Sciences All-School meeting, followed by the fall dean’s luncheon in honor of Paula Rhyner. I end the day with administrative tasks.


You are all invited to the Asian Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, November 8 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. in the Library 4th Floor Conference Center. A short program will begin at 3:30 p.m. Light refreshments and a fabulous silent auction will also be included. Please RSVP to Christine Leung ( by Wednesday, November 1.

On November 6, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., UWM will host Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian Heather Ann Thompson to discuss issues of mass incarceration at an event titled, “Lunchtime for Activists.” Dr. Thompson is the author of “Blood in the Water: the Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy.” Please consider bringing students to this event or encouraging them to come. This is a free event and lunch is provided. RSVP.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Do you present to groups outside of UWM? Then consider joining the Speakers Bureau. It’s quick and easy to make a profile to expand your reach. Groups all around Southeastern Wisconsin are looking for you! Any questions, contact Keri Duce at


David Miller (South African batsman) broke the record by hitting the fastest hundred in an international T20 game against Bangladesh.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs