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

Supporting Those Impacted by Natural Disasters

Chancellor Mone shared resources for helping those impacted by recent hurricanes and earthquakes:

Note: UWM has a small number of online students residing in hurricane-affected states. Instructors are encouraged to show flexibility to students who may be directly affected. Contact Laura Pedrick ( for more information.

Mobilization of Troops for Hurricane Relief

Diane Reddy provided the following tips for instructors:

  • reassure deployed students that you will provide time for them to complete any missed work once they return
  • request a student volunteer in the class to provide notes to deployed students upon their return
  • offer to assist in learning concepts the deployed student has missed
  • communicate to deployed students that you appreciate their service
  • express openness to offering an incomplete to deployed students if needed

News from Student Affairs

Changes have been made to the reporting structure in the new Division of Enrollment Management to streamline programmatic and administrative functions of the undergraduate Orientation programs. Colin Daly, Director of New Student Programs, will report to Katie Miota, Office of Undergraduate Admissions. All Orientation programs will move with Colin and his team. The Orientation Office will still collaborate with the Student Success Center and other units on Fall Welcome programs.

It is important to note that this change will have no impact to the services or programs being provided by the Orientation area, the Student Success Center, or Office of Undergraduate Admissions. However, it will allow for better utilization of existing resources and create an even smoother transition to the university for new students.

Please continue to utilize 414-229-5842 and for any Orientation related questions – also, please eliminate from your saved addresses as that email account will no longer be monitored.

Freedom of Expression and Civil Discourse series inaugural event: When Free Speech Collides with Impermissible Speech:  A Civil Discourse. 

Please join us on Wednesday, September 27 in the Union Ballroom from 10:30 to Noon. Clarence Page, Pulitzer Prize winning syndicated columnist for The Chicago Tribune, will moderate a panel of faculty, students, and community members around this timely topic. The event will be live streamed to enhance viewing access. The link for viewing may be found on the Freedom of Expression and Civil Discourse web site: For more information, please contact Dr. Joan Prince at


Samuel Hines, Music alum, and Evan Taucher, Music graduate student, won 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, in the Louisville Solo Artist Guitar Competition, a challenging event of the highest caliber and a wonderful outcome that speaks highly of the Guitar Department at Peck School of the Arts and UW-Milwaukee. Well done, Samuel and Evan and Bas!

Ionel Popa, Physics, received a Shaw Scientist Award from The Greater Milwaukee Foundation for his project, “Study of the Mechanisms of Cellular Mechano-Transduction in Relation to Cancer Metastasis.” Congratulations, Ionel!

Tim Sterner Miller, Music, had his chapter, “This Machine Plays Country Music: Invention, Innovation, and the Pedal Steel Guitar,” published in the Oxford Handbook of Country Music, ed. Travis Stimeling (Oxford University Press, 2017). Way to go, Tim!

Panther Kudos

UWM’s women’s soccer team knocked off nationally-ranked Marquette (#19 in the country!) 2-1 on September 17. Way to go, team!

There will be a new home for Milwaukee Panthers men’s and women’s basketball games this season!

The Week


It’s a usual start to the week with my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, the Chancellor’s Extended Cabinet meets, and I have a bi-weekly meeting with Joely Urdan.


I have the Deans morning meeting. In the afternoon, I meet with Pat Borger. I also have a meeting with Zilber School of Public Health for an update on the dean search and will make opening remarks at the African American Faculty, Staff, and Student Reception.


I meet with the Chancellor regarding the Campus Budget. I will attend the SARUP accreditation exit meeting and make opening remarks at the Freedom of Expression and Civil Discourse event (see above). I also have an update meeting with the ISS Executive Sponsors and my monthly meetings with Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska and Scott Emmons.


I start the day attending the APBC meeting, followed by standing meetings with Peter Sands and Bob Greenstreet. In the afternoon, I’ll attend the Chancellor’s Plenary Address and the Faculty Senate meeting.


Apart from a few meetings with my direct reports, I will focus on administrative tasks and then travel to Madison for a Program Array meeting with UW System Vice President James Henderson. On my return, I will make opening remarks at the UW System Chemistry Faculties Meeting (see below).


The Milwaukee Athletic Department announced that the latest “Roar Report” is now available. This report highlights all the Panther news and events.

Nobel Lecture by Professor Bernard Feringa, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. The Dutch chemist and Nobel laureate has local connections – Associate Professor Leggy Arnold worked under him at the University of Groningen from 1996 – 2002 while obtaining his Master’s and Doctoral degrees.

September 25-October 1, 2017 is National Diaper Need Awareness Week 
Students from the UWM Maternal & Child Health (MCH) Training Programs are hosting a diaper drive (NEWBORN and SIZE 1) to benefit their community partner, Strong Baby Sanctuary, a community-led initiative to reduce infant mortality. Collection boxes will be placed across campus (Enderis (CHS/SW), Klotsche, Cunningham, and NWQ (6th). Please watch for signs and donate through October 6 and help UWM students join the fight against infant mortality. Direct questions to: Maggie Dietrich,

UWM men’s soccer faces Marquette as the teams battle for the “Milwaukee Cup”

The 44th Annual UW System Chemistry Faculties Meeting will be held this weekend

An international soccer night – inviting all our international students (and everyone else)

University travel policies have been updated

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs