September 20, 2021  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates, Timely Announcements

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

UW System Presidential Listening Session at UWM

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. Today, 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: from 9-9:50 a.m. and 10-10:50 a.m. Both will take place in the Ballroom at the UWM Student Union. Participants can also attend the session virtually by registering ahead of time.

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 health and safety, student centricity, and 2030 updates. Join the meeting here.

Chief of Police Finalists

UWM is pleased to be hosting the following finalists who are interviewing for the position of Chief of Police of the UWM Police Department:

  • Matthew “Matt” Kiederlen, September 29
  • David “Dave” Salazar, October 5
  • Heather Wurth, October 6

More information about the candidates and interviews can be found on the Chief of Police Search website. Each candidate will be featured in a Microsoft Teams Live open forum, presenting on the theme, “Building Community Through Policing at an Urban, Research University.” All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend the open forums. After the event, a link to the recording of each open forum will be provided on the Chief of Police Search website.


ABET (the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) recently accredited the university’s Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering Program, along with reaccrediting the seven existing undergraduate programs in UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science. This is wonderful news, Dean Peters, and congratulations to all involved!

Brenda Cárdenas (English) had several poems published in a new five-volume set of books entitled, “Kinship: Belonging in a World of Relations,” published by the Center for Humans and Nature. She also had a poem published in the new anthology, “Hope is the Thing: Wisconsinites on Perseverance in a Pandemic,” published by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Well done, Brenda!

Kim Blaeser’s (English) essay, “Hope Is in the Dancing: Ikwe-niimi’idiwin,” was included in the new anthology, “Hope is the Thing: Wisconsinites on Perseverance in a Pandemic.” Congratulations, Kim!

Jane Hereth (Social Welfare) was awarded an NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award (R21). The working title of her project is, “Using the life history calendar to examine young transgender women’s trajectories of violence, mental health, and protective processes.” Well done, Jane!

In the News

Brenda Cárdenas (English) recently discussed one of her poems on the Poetry for All podcast.

Milwaukee Athletics

ESPN and the Horizon League have announced a multi-year media rights agreement, continuing a long-standing relationship. As a result, at least 500 League events will be available on ESPN+ annually. Continuing a relationship that began with the 1988 Midwestern Collegiate Conference men’s basketball championship game, ESPN linear networks will continue to be the home of the Horizon League men’s basketball semifinal and championship, five regular season men’s basketball contests, and the women’s basketball championship game.

The Week


I start Monday by attending the UW System Presidential Search listening session. I then meet with Robin Van Harpen (our standing Monday morning meeting), followed by a meeting with the Academic Staff Committee, and the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet meeting. I will also attend a meeting with Regent Atwell that will be followed by a meeting with Innovation Outpost’s Resident Innovator Todd McLees. Then I have my weekly staff meeting and my weekly check-in with Dave Clark and Kay Eilers.


In the morning, I have a follow-up meeting with the School of Architecture and Urban Planning leadership team, a Coronavirus Management Team (CMT) Leadership meeting, an M3 update with the Chancellor, my monthly Student Association meeting, and a follow-up meeting with Kay Eilers and Barbara Owens. In the afternoon, I have a meeting with the University Committee, a check-in and update with Director of Global Academic Partnerships at Rockwell Automation, Michael Cook, and I’ll provide remarks for Trudy Turner’s Retirement Celebration.


Today, I have the Deans Morning Meeting, the monthly Moon Shot for Equity check-in, my biweekly meeting with Paul Klajbor, I’ll attend the Library All-Staff meeting, I have the bi-monthly Space Optimization Executive Sponsors update, and my weekly check-in with Dev Venugopalan.


In the morning, I have a CMT Leadership meeting, followed by my weekly meeting with Chancellor Mone, my standing meeting with Peter Sands, and the monthly Campus Space Planning meeting. In the afternoon, I have a Campus Budget Planning meeting and a 2030 Leadership meeting.


Today, I will attend another public listening session for the UW System President search, the Associate Deans meeting, a meet and greet with the Slovenian Counsel, I plan to stop by at the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) Excellence Award Ceremony and will end Friday with the bi-monthly UW System Provosts Council meeting.


University Relations Student Email

University Relations launched a new, every-other-week email to students that will include critical information for the school year. The email goes to all undergraduate and graduate students, and you can view a sample online. All units are welcome to submit items for inclusion. The content must be applicable to all students, not just students in one particular program or one school/college.

School Supply Drive

The UWM African Diaspora Council (ADC) is holding its 5th Annual School Supply Drive. They are collecting school supply donations and financial support for the students of LaFollette and Hopkins public schools. See the flyer for supplies needed and ways you can support the drive. Their last collection day is this Saturday, September 25, with a drop off collection in the Chapman Hall parking lot (2400 E. Hartford Avenue) from Noon to 3 p.m. For more information, contact the ADC Executive Team (

Panthers Vote

Are you registered to vote? Join UWM in Spaights Plaza for National Voter Registration Day on September 28. UWM will be hosting in-person tabling in Spaights Plaza from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Rain location in the Student Union.) UWM will also be hosting events online. Visit for more information.

2021 Southeast Wisconsin Transportation Symposium

Register by September 28 to discuss Wisconsin’s critical transportation issues with leaders from government, non-profit, corporate, and academic institutions. The 2021 Southeast Wisconsin Transportation Symposium will be held 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., October 8 at UWM, and will be co-hosted by UWM’s Institute for Physical Infrastructure and Transportation (IPIT) and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). Professional development hours are available.

50th Anniversary!

The UWM Children’s Learning Center began on October 4, 1971 and is celebrating 50 years of providing excellent care for children and their families.

Milwaukee-Centric Experiential Learning and Social Justice Workshop Series

Do you teach courses or offer a student experience with a community-based experiential learning component? This three-part workshop series will offer instructors teaching strategies, reflection activities, and Milwaukee-centric resources to support their course work. The series will include two interactive workshops focused on reflecting on social identity and on constructively engaging conflict and then will culminate in the third session with a bus tour where we will meet Milwaukee activists and storytellers at different neighborhood sites. The first workshop is October 6, so register today! Information and registration.

KOMET Auditions

KOMET (UWM’s K-pop Dance Team) will be holding auditions for the fall 2021 semester on October 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, email or DM our Instagram komet.uwm.

Harvesting Community

The Affinity Groups Multicultural Coalition at UWM invites faculty and staff to its Harvesting Community Event on Friday, October 22 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Lubar Welcome Center.

Length of Service

Save the date for the annual faculty and staff Length of Service Awards Ceremony taking place on Wednesday, November 17 at 3 p.m. in the Union Ballroom (the event will also be livestreamed).

Teaching and Learning Symposium

Submit a proposal and register for the 7th Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium, which will be held virtually on January 13, 2022.

Career Closet Reopened to Walk-In Traffic
Preparing for a job or career fair includes finding interview-ready clothes! The Career Planning & Resource Center has reopened the Career Closet to walk-in times, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m-2 p.m. You can still use the online request form, and you can utilize it in person as well – COVID protocols included.


A very interesting community garden . . .

Take care,


Johannes Britz

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs