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

Fall Awards Ceremony

The Annual Fall Awards Ceremony will be held this Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the UWM Union Wisconsin Room.


Madhusudan Dey, Biological Sciences, received a $1.3M R01 grant as a sole PI from NIGMS, NIH for a 4-year grant project, “Regulating the Unfolded Protein Response in Yeast.”  Congratulations, Madhu!

Also some good news from the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. The Institute for Child and Family Well-Being (ICFW) in the HBSW is collaborating with Wisconsin’s Department of Children and Families and Office of Children’s Mental Health on a five-year, $1.8M grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that will increase access to evidence-based mental health treatments for children and families that have been exposed to trauma. This funding will be used for clinical training as well as the implementation and evaluation of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) in Milwaukee and Racine counties. This project reinforces ICFW’s commitment to making evidence-based interventions more widely available to address the impact of trauma in our communities.

UW-Milwaukee won the 2017 MKE Town-Gown Showdown (TGS) Bike Challenge.  Congratulations riders! Overall, TGS riders pedaled 164,670 miles and accrued 354,863 points over the course of the National Bike Challenge (May 1-September 30) – the third-best of any league in the country! Enjoy the rest of this beautiful fall riding!  #PantherProud

Congratulations to the School of Information Studies, who won the largest team award with 116 participants (SOIS Infomaniacs) at Saturday’s Panther Prowl!

Please join me in congratulating Vaughan Larsen, Art & Design Student (Photography & Imaging) for the 2017-2018 Joy of Giving Something (JGS) Photo & Digital Media Fellowship from Imagining America!

Panther Kudos

Check out the new video production featuring Francesco Saporito of the Milwaukee men’s soccer team.

The Milwaukee men’s and women’s basketball teams invite you to join them on Spaights Plaza for a kickoff to the upcoming 2017-18 basketball season. “Panthers on the Plaza” is scheduled for Thursday, October 12 from 12 – 1:30 p.m. Participants who stop by can take part in interactive games and activities with the student-athletes and coaches from both programs.

Faculty mentoring program

We have decided to re-think the faculty mentoring program, and I’ve asked Professor John Reisel to lead these efforts. The program is designed to help new assistant professors transition to UWM and help them on the road towards having a long and successful career. John reports that he is finishing up establishing a mentoring advisory group, and plans to have the group meet soon to reshape and invigorate the faculty mentoring program. He plans to have the program be more proactive than it has been in recent years, so if he or someone else on the mentoring team asks you in the future if you would consider being a mentor to a junior faculty member, please consider helping in this way.

The Week


I start the week with a strategic position control meeting, followed by a CEMAT Co-Chair meeting, a Chapman Hall Spirit event, and meetings with ASC Chair Sue Cashin followed with a meeting with Joely Urdan. The Chancellor’s Cabinet meets, and in the afternoon there is a Clinical and Translational Science Institute board meeting at the Medical College. I also have my staff meeting in the afternoon.


There is a Deans morning meeting, meetings with Alan Shoho and Ron Cisler, a meeting with the Chancellor and Pat Borger on school/college philanthropy, and a meeting with the Chancellor and Distinguished Professors. The Academic Staff Senate also meets in the afternoon.


I have meetings with Nancy Nelson, Val Klump, and Ron Perez, there is a campus budget meeting, and I’m attending the Annual Fall Awards Ceremony (see above).


This will be a busy day! I’m attending the APBC meeting, an Academic Performance Solutions meeting, the 17-18 Men’s and Women’s basketball kick-off, and I have meetings with Stan Stojkovic, Trudy Turner, and Dave Clark, and there is an Academic Leadership Council meeting. Agenda items include enrollment update from CEMAT, minimum qualifications for instruction, update on the Lubar Center for Entrepreneurship, and a report on Academic Staff appointments.


I’m attending an ISS all-project team meeting, and then I’m traveling to Madison for a meeting of the UW-System International Education Advisory Council, which I’m chairing. In the afternoon, I have a meeting of the Chancellor’s Committee on Hispanic Serving Initiatives, meetings with UC chair Kris O’Connor and Bill Hebert, and I’m making opening remarks at the Zilber School of Public Health CEPH Accreditation Celebration in the Zelazo Center.


Please help the Student Association fight food insecurity on our campus, and participate in their October food drive.

Program Reps is a great way for students to become more involved with a minimal time commitment (a few hours a month). The position allows them to represent and advocate for students within their major, or academic program. Program Rep elections will be held on October 18. Professors, faculty, and advisors are welcome to nominate students for the position. Any questions can be directed to Alyssa Molinski (

In 2016, the fourth grade class at the Milwaukee Indian Community School gathered community signatures to support the designation of Milwaukee’s First (official) Indigenous People’s Day. This year the Native American Studies Association student group invites you to help celebrate indigenous history and culture on Monday, October 9 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Union Concourse.

The first Black & Gold Spirit Day of the year is Wednesday, October 11. Dress in Panther colors and participate in fun, team-building activities to celebrate your Panther Pride. Great prizes await!

UWM students organized a Puerto Rico and Mexico Natural Disaster Vigil that will take place on Thursday, October 12 from 12 – 2 p.m. at the Union Concourse, to provide a space for healing and support for the people of Puerto Rico and Mexico.

The UWM Libraries are hosting a breakfast workshop, “Publish, Not Perish: Ins & Outs of Scholarly Publishing and Getting Discovered” on Friday, October 13 from 9:45 – 11:45 a.m.

The On The Table: Diversity in STEM Dialogue will take place on Tuesday, October 17 from 12 – 1:30 p.m. in the Regents Room, Chapman Hall. Distinguished faculty, staff, students, and YOU will address how UWM WiscAMP/STEM-Inspire and other programs help underrepresented STEM students and what is needed to build solid scholars at each level on our campus.

The UWM Exploring Majors Fair will be held on Monday, October 23 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. If your department/program is interested in participating, email Lauren Lessac at This event provides students a one-stop opportunity to speak with faculty and staff representing our majors, minors, and certificates. Please promote this event to your students.

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, along with the LGBT Resource Center and the Center for Inclusive Excellence, is offering an LGBTQ+ inclusivity workshop series beginning October 27. Information and registration.

UWM hosts Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian Heather Ann Thompson to discuss issues of mass incarceration at “Lunchtime for Activists” on November 6 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 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 attend. This is a free event and lunch is provided. Reservations.

You are all invited to the Asian Faculty and Staff Association Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, November 8, from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Library 4th Floor Conference Center. Please RSVP to Christine Leung ( by Wednesday, November 1.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the UWM campus with a list of great events and activities for students, staff, faculty and the community in general.

Registration is open for young Milwaukee fans to become one of Pounce’s Pals for 2017-18. Membership is only $10 and includes a variety of benefits, including free admission to select home Panther sporting events. Pounce’s Pals memberships are open to children in the eighth grade and under. Families with multiple children can register each additional child for only $5. For more information about Pounce’s Pals, please call (414) 229-5886 or email

Register for a Campus Connect or Campus Connect Booster session and become part of the UWM network of students, faculty, and staff prepared to reach out to students in crisis

University travel policies have been updated


Norway announced that it will pay its men’s and women’s national soccer teams an equal amount.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs