September 13, 2021  |  News & Events, Provost's Updates, Timely Announcements

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

Town Hall Reminder

There will be a virtual town hall meeting for UWM faculty and staff on Tuesday, September 28 from 1-2 p.m. Chancellor Mone and several UWM leaders will discuss, among other topics, a 2030 update and health and safety, and full details will be made available at a later date. Join the meeting here.


Michael Mikos’s (Foreign Languages and Literature) new book, “Jan Kochanowski. Trifles (II), Apothegms, and Chess,” was published by John Paul II Catholic University Press. Congratulations, Michael!

Chris Yogerst’s (Arts and Humanities) essay, “Pseudo-Events in the 21st Century,” was included in the Los Angeles Review of Books. Well done, Chris!

Katie Schneider (Music, undergrad) was selected by the Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA) to receive the 2021 WMEA Richard G. Gaarder Award, which recognizes an undergraduate music education major who has evidenced exceptional leadership, musical excellence, and service to campus and community. Congratulations, Katie!

Ryan Holifield, Geography, PI; Woonsup Choi, Geography, co-PI; Laurie Marks, Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research; Jessica Meuninck-Ganger, Peck School of the Arts; and Deidre Peroff, UW-Sea Grant/School of Freshwater Sciences; along with City as Living Laboratory (CALL) in New York; the Center for Research and Evaluation at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, Ohio; and UW-Sea Grant have been awarded an Innovations in Development grant for $2.8 million from the Advancing Informal STEM Learning program of the National Science Foundation. The four-year project, entitled, “WaterMarks: an Art/Science Framework for Community-Engaged Learning and Environmental Stewardship,” will support programming, research, and evaluation for WaterMarks, a collaboration among artists, scientists, and residents “to develop an inclusive and urban-scaled vision for the City of Milwaukee, to help people better understand their relationships to the water systems and infrastructure that support their lives.” Well done, Ryan, Woonsup, Laurie, Jessica, and Deidre!

Milwaukee Athletics

Scott Doffek, head coach of the Milwaukee baseball team, was inducted into the 2020 Land O’ Lakes Hall of Fame.

The Milwaukee men’s basketball announced its 2021-22 non-conference schedule, featuring five home games, road contests at Florida and Colorado, and a pair of contests in the “Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off” in late November.

The Milwaukee women’s basketball team announced its non-conference schedule for the 2021-22 season, which will feature three games at the Klotsche Center. The Panthers begin this year’s campaign on the road on November 9.

The Week


I start the week with a UWM/UWGB collaboration meeting, followed by the CEMAT Leads meeting, my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, my weekly check-in with Dave Clark and Kay Eilers, my weekly staff meeting, and my weekly check-in with Dev Venugopalan and Laura Pedrick.


In the morning, I have a Coronavirus Management Team (CMT) Leadership meeting, a public listening session for the UW System Presidential Search, and a meeting with Drew Knab to discuss the FY21 Financial Results. In the afternoon, I have my monthly meeting with Dave Clark, Kay Eilers, Michelle Johnson, and Keri Duce, and my one-on-one with Purush Papatla. I’ll provide an Academic Affairs update to the Academic Staff Senate, then I have my weekly meeting with Chancellor Mone. Later in the evening, I will make virtual welcome remarks for the 2+2 Undergraduate Dual-Degree Program (this degree program is between UWM and Chung Yuan Christian University in Taiwan).


Today, I’ll participate virtually in the dedication of the Mildred Harnack-Fish Memorial Stele at Justus Liebig University, followed by my standing meeting with Chancellor Mone, Sue Weslow, and Jennifer Abele, my one-on-one meetings with Jonathan Hanes and Nancy Nelson, a meeting regarding Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute-related internships and data science employment, my monthly meeting with Tina Freiburger and Hope Longwell-Grice, my one-on-ones with Michael Doylen and Nicole Oswald, and my bi-weekly meeting with Mark Harris.


This morning, I have another CMT Leadership meeting, a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion divisional quarterly update meeting, and the APBC meeting. In the afternoon, I have my one-on-one with Joely Urdan, a UW System Distance Education + (DE+) follow-up meeting, my monthly update with Kim Litwack, Amy Harley and Tim Behrens, followed by my monthly meeting with Mark Harris and Dietmar Wolfram.


Today, I will attend to administrative matters, I have another public listening session for the UW System Presidential Search, and a partnership meeting with the UWM Office of Undergraduate Research and the MCW Cancer Center.


The Innovative Cities Lecture Series
Joaquín Altoro, the CEO of Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, will deliver the September Innovative Cities lecture hosted by the Department of Urban Planning on Tuesday, September 14 at noon. The lecture, entitled, “Equitable Housing and Economic Development in Wisconsin,” will examine how the state can foster equitable development and the evolution of neighborhoods and districts that aim to serve everyone. Please RSVP for the Microsoft Teams link by visiting this page or email Jenny at

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Every year, more than 200 UWM students, faculty, and staff volunteer in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Join us for the Fall 2021 Information Session on Tuesday, September 14 at 7 p.m. in the Union Fireside Lounge to learn more about the program, eat pizza, and enjoy each other’s company. Registration.

Panther Prowl

Last chance to purchase a 2021 Panther Prowl – Def Panther Prowl-steria tee! Add your hometown to the Def Panther Prowl-steria tour tee! T-shirts are $25 for adults (which includes a Milwaukee Magazine subscription) and $15 for kids. Sale ends September 15 and tees won’t be available after that date. Get yours today!

Partnerships and Pathways for Successful Reentry in Wisconsin

Tina Freiburger and David Pate (Helen Bader School of Social Welfare) will share their research at the Partnerships and Pathways for Successful Reentry in Wisconsin at the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center on Wednesday, September 15 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The event will also be livestreamed.

Mindfulness Walk, Crafting, and Yoga

Join us on Friday, September 17 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. for an introduction to mindfulness and how to intentionally use your natural surroundings to destress.

UW System Presidential Search Listening Sessions

As the UW System Presidential Search Committee begins the process of selecting the next UW System President, it is soliciting input from UWM’s faculty, staff, and students. On Monday, September 20, you will have the opportunity to share your views regarding the priority issues for the UW System, as well as the qualities and the characteristics that the next UW System President should possess. The listening sessions will be held in two sessions on September 20: at 9-9:50 a.m. and 10-10:50 a.m. Both will take place in the Ballroom at the UWM Student Union.

International Students

UWM just welcomed nearly 300 new international students for fall 2021, which is more than the number we welcomed in fall 2019, pre-COVID. The have faced significant challenges to get here in the middle of a pandemic, and their arrival at UWM demonstrates their passion and hard work. Please make sure all new international students around you feel welcome and included in the Panther family! To see where these students are from, visit the CIE website.

Experiential Learning

CETL is looking for instructors teaching an online course in spring 2022 to participate in the Experiential Learning in Online Courses initiative.

University IT Services
During the month of September, faculty and staff can dispose of old or unused phone equipment at the UWM Golda Meir Library.

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Add Deadline

Thursday, September 16 is the last day to add full-term classes, change sections, or change the grading basis for classes (e.g., graded to credit/no credit or audit, or vice versa).

Online Orientation

If a student is taking an online course this semester, they can enroll in the self-paced Orientation for Online Students to help them be more successful.

Part-time Job and Internship Fair

The Part-time Job and Internship Fair is a great way to meet face-to-face with employers seeking UWM students and alumni for on-campus positions, internships, and part-time employment opportunities. Attend this fair on Wednesday, September 22 for an opportunity to build your skills and network with professionals.

Nonprofit and Government Career Fair

Did you know your major and skills can translate to nonprofit work? In partnership with Jobs That Help, The Career Planning and Resource Center is happy to host the Nonprofit and Government Career Fair on Tuesday, October 5 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

UW-Milwaukee Fall Career Fair

The annual Fall Career Fair is back in-person! Join us on Thursday, October 7 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom to connect with employers. This all-majors fairs will allow students and alumni to learn more about internship and full-time employment opportunities.


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Take care,


Johannes Britz

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs