September 23, 2019  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates

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


Bonnie Klein-Tasman (Psychology) was elected to the Board of the Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology Training Council, which oversees education and training that ensures state-of-the-art skills in work with children, adolescents, and families at the doctoral, internship, and postdoctoral levels. Congratulations, Bonnie!

Andrew Porter’s (Foreign Languages and Literature) monograph, “Agamemnon, the Pathetic Despot: Reading Characterization in Homer,” was published by Harvard University Press. Well done, Andrew!

HLC Accreditation: Assessment at UWM

Please take a moment to complete a short survey about assessment at UWM. It should only take about 10 minutes of your time and gather information from faculty and teaching academic staff about experiences with assessment. It will help us understand faculty needs for professional development and support regarding assessment and help us prepare for the next accreditation review by the Higher Learning Commission. Please complete the survey before Monday, September 30.

Milwaukee Athletics

Congratulations to both the Milwaukee women’s and men’s soccer teams, who recorded victories over their Marquette counterparts. The Panther women won a thriller in overtime, with Mackenzie Schill netting the game-winner. The MKE men scored a pair of second-half goals to claim the 2-1 win and the “Milwaukee Cup,” with Vuk Latinovich scoring the game-winner in the 76th minute!

It’s official! The 2019-20 regular-season schedules for both the Milwaukee men’s and women’s basketball teams have been announced. Check out our webpage to pick out the matchups you plan to attend this winter. See you at the games!

The Milwaukee women’s volleyball team (12-1) swept Valparaiso (5-8) 3-0 on Saturday to claim the Jackrabbit Invitational title. The Panthers controlled early and never looked back as they earned their fourth tournament title this season.

In the News

Rebecca Klaper (Freshwater Sciences) joined a panel of educators from UW-Milwaukee, UW-Madison, and Medical College of Wisconsin at an event hosted by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce in Washington D.C. to discuss how federal research money benefits Wisconsin.

From Enrollment Management

The Division of Enrollment Management invites applications for the position of Director of Strategic Planning and Support (DSPS). The DSPS reports to the Chief Enrollment Officer (CEO) and serves as a senior advisor, strategist, and project manager; oversees and manages a wide variety of administrative duties, enrollment initiatives, and special projects contributing to the priorities and goals of the division and university. Applicants must apply online. The deadline is October 20.

Successful Study Abroad Fair

The Center of International Education would like to thank all of our campus partners and students for making our fall Study Abroad Fair a huge success on September 11! Our student worker Kei Nguyen documented the event with over 500 photos available on our Facebook page.

The Week


I start the week with my standing meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by a meeting regarding the Online Program for Engineering, a meeting on advertising and marketing, and the Chancellor’s Executive and Expanded Cabinet meeting. Later, I have my weekly staff meeting, and Andrew Graettinger, Jennifer Gonda, and I will meet with the Quanser Group. In the evening, I’ll provide the welcome and introductory comments at the 32nd Annual Melvin Lurie Memorial Prize Ceremony at the Hefter Center.


Today, I have the Deans Morning Meeting, the CEMAT monthly meeting, standing meetings with Katie Miota, Margaret Noodin, and my direct reports, and an International Education Advisory Council teleconference with UW System. The Connected Systems Institute Core Team also has their meeting.


In the morning, I have a Professional Development Training meeting, and standing meetings with Stan Stojkovic, Alan Shoho, and Purush Papatla. In the afternoon, I have an enrollment management meeting and my weekly meeting with the Chancellor. I’ll also provide remarks at the Graduate Student Fellowship Celebration and will attend a Welcome Reception for Dean Kaushal Chari.


Thursday morning starts with an APBC meeting and a Campus Budget Planning meeting. Later, I have my monthly meeting with Kim Litwack, a UW Colleges Restructuring Leads meeting, and my standing meeting with Joely Urdan.


In the morning, I have my monthly meeting with Student Association leadership and my monthly meeting with Val Klump and Tim Grundl. I have a lunch meeting with Michael Cook of Rockwell Automation. In the afternoon, I will attend to administrative tasks.


Latinx Heritage Month

From September 15 through October 15, UWM and everyone in the U.S. celebrates Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month. There are a number of events programmed throughout the month, including films, the Latinx Diversity Festival, an award ceremony, planetarium shows, and much more.

Flu Shot Clinic Offered through Well Wisconsin Program

UWM will be offering on-site clinics for free flu shots through the Well Wisconsin program. This event is for employees and their spouses who are enrolled in a State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance plan.

Ettinger Book Artist Series Lecture

Book artist Michael Koppa offers a discussion of his career, focusing on his process and his book work on Tuesday, September 24 at 6 p.m. in the Library 4th Floor Conference Center.

Magid Chronicles

The Stahl Center for Jewish Studies hosts a free concert entitled, “The Magid Chronicles,” featuring Veretski Pass with Joel Rubin on September 26 at 7 p.m. at St. John’s on the Lake. They will also provide a lecture/demonstration on the making of the Magid Chronicles on September 25 at 7 p.m. at Ovation Jewish Home.

Doors Open Milwaukee
UWM welcomes the community for the ninth annual Doors Open Milwaukee, September 28-29, this time bringing back four favorite sites and adding three new ones. Doors Open Milwaukee shines a spotlight on Milwaukee’s art, architecture, culture and history by providing tours of more than 170 buildings, some of which are not usually open to the public.

Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latin@ Studies (LACUSL)

Protect Your Magic: Building Resiliency and Care Practices in Academia, a talk with La Loba Loca, queer Andina educator, herbalist, and activist will be held Monday, September 30 from 5-7 p.m. in the Alumni Fireside Lounge. Free food and drink will be provided!

Panther Family Association

The Panther Family Association is seeking events and lunch attendees for this year’s Family Weekend on Saturday, October 12. Faculty and staff are invited to join families during the Family Lunch (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) to interact with students and their families, and to provide information about their services. To add an event to the schedule or to RSVP for lunch, please contact Keri Duce (

Volunteer for Family Weekend

Family Weekend is quickly approaching and needs many volunteers (students or staff) on Saturday, October 12 to assist with check-in, provide directions, and give City of Milwaukee bus tours to families. Please consider volunteering for a 2 or 3 hour shift and in return for your time, we are offering free lunch or 2 complementary Comedy Sportz tickets per shift you work. This is a great campus service opportunity for staff! Questions about volunteering can be directed to Alyssa ( in the Neighborhood Housing Office.

Teaching and Learning Symposium

Please submit your proposal for the 5th Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium by October 15.

Poetry Reading

Poet Derrick Harriell will be reading his work on Thursday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hefter Center as part of the Creative Writing Program’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft recently announced the retirement of Skype for Business and full transition to Microsoft Teams, which is already available to UWM faculty and staff. Try it out today!


When you sign up for a half marathon in Worcester . . .

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs