September 7, 2021  |  News & Events, Provost's Updates, Timely Announcements

Good morning, colleagues. I hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend! Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs.

Important Reminder

Please remember, if you haven’t yet done so, to update your vaccination status. There is a direct link to upload your information on UWM’s homepage.

Please share important message to all our students regarding testing and vaccination

Colleagues, this is just an important reminder, that if you have not done so, to please share with your students the supplemental messaging about the return to campus and our response to COVID-19. The complete message with helpful information and links can be found here. Included was taking time to acknowledge the challenges and adversity of the past 18 months–students have been through a lot. Social connections are paramount in persevering through traumatic events, and building a community, even a small one in the classroom, is incredibly important. The Dean of Students Office has a site for additional student resources. Also included was important information about getting COVID-19 vaccinations, testing and exemptions from COVID-19 testing, the various incentives for those who are vaccinated, and campus vaccine clinics. Many COVID-related resources for students can be found here.


Kim Litwack (Dean, College of Nursing) has been appointed to the Milwaukee County Emergency Medical Services Council. Her term will run through July 30, 2023. Congratulations, Kim!

Sheri Williams Pannell and Robin Mello (Theatre) received a $10,000 grant from The Institute on Aging at Saint John’s on the Lake’s 2022 Summer Institute for their model program, The Welcome Table. The grant will be used to expand education and outreach at the Bronzeville Arts Ensemble, which features arts programming to support the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of older adults. Well done, Sheri and Robin!

Melissa Scanlan’s (Freshwater Sciences; Center for Water Policy) new book, Prosperity in the Fossil-Free Economy: Cooperatives and the Design of Sustainable Businesses, was listed on Amazon as a #1 New Release for a variety of categories. (Rankings change as they’re calibrated every hour based on sales). Congratulations, Melissa!

In the News

Sheri Williams Pannell (Theatre) was featured in the September 2022 issue of MKElifestyle magazine. The article discusses her passion for working with diverse members of Milwaukee’s theatre community while amplifying African American narratives.

Milwaukee Athletics

The Milwaukee Athletic Department has named Kevin Keenan as the new faculty athletics representative, appointed by Chancellor Mark Mone and announced by Director of Athletics Amanda Braun.

UWM faculty and staff are invited to Engelmann Stadium and the Klotsche Center this fall for faculty and staff nights. Tickets are just $2 per person! Three opportunities to take advantage of this offer include:

  • Tuesday, September 14: Men’s Soccer vs. Northern Illinois at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 16: Women’s Soccer vs. Wright State at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, October 1: Volleyball vs. Wright State at 6 p.m.

The Week


I start the week with my one-on-one with Kevin Hartman, my monthly meeting with Brett Peters, a follow-up meeting with Kay Eilers and Barbara Owens regarding enrollment management, another meeting with Kay regarding student success, the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet meeting, the University Committee meeting, and an Enterprise Directions Council meeting.


In the morning, I have the Deans Morning meeting, my standing meeting with Chia Vang, and my bi-weekly meeting with Paul Klajbor. In the afternoon, I have my one-on-one meeting with Kaushal Chari and I will join a campus leadership team in meeting with Melanie Ho who did research on leadership in Higher Education.


Today, I have a CMT Leadership meeting, followed by my monthly meeting with Tim Behrens, my one-on-one with Chancellor Mone, my monthly meetings with Nancy Frank and a Campus Budget Planning meeting.


In the morning, I’ll attend to administrative matters, and I have my monthly meeting with Kim Litwack. In the afternoon, I have the bi-monthly UW System Provost Council meeting.


2022 Regents Diversity Awards

The Board of Regents is inviting campuses to nominate one individual and one Department/Program/Unit/Team for the 2022 Regents Diversity Awards. See award criteria. UWM’s internal deadline is Friday, October 8 at 4:30 p.m. Submit nomination materials to interim Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer Chia Vang (

UWM Instructor Mentoring and Teaching Partnership Program
CETL invites faculty, instructional academic staff, and teaching assistants from all our colleges and schools to participate as mentors and mentees or teaching partners. By sharing our teaching experience, knowledge of students, and successful teaching practices, we can support each other’s growth as an instructor and increase student success. Please complete this brief form so we can match participants.

Center for International Education 

CIE invites you to Education Abroad Week taking place September 7-10 on MS Teams. Discover why so many Panthers make study abroad and international internships a part of their experience at UWM during this week-long virtual showcase! Join us to learn about study and internship programs, funding opportunities, and academic and career enrichment. Learn the many ways students can distinguish themselves with an international experience during Education Abroad Week! Visit for a schedule of events!

2021 Campus Fire Drills 

Throughout the week of September 13, the Department of University Safety and Assurances, in collaboration with the University Police and Facility Services, will be conducting UW-Milwaukee’s annual fire drills. When the alarm is sounded, we ask that all occupants evacuate the building and move at least 100 feet away until an “All Clear” is given.

Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research  

Are you looking for a way to support newly arrived Afghans to Wisconsin at Fort McCoy? The Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research (CCBLLR) is partnering with the Military and Veterans Resource Center (MAVRC) and Team Rubicon to collect needed items for what they expect to be over 11,000 adults and children who are arriving with only the clothes on their back. The items that are currently needed are BRAND NEW, AUTUMN clothing items such as long sleeve t-shirts, pants, socks, underwear, duffel bags, and shoes. The Panther Response Team (PRT) is also accepting donations of Target gift cards. Donations are needed as soon as possible, so please bring any donations to the CCBLLR office (Union G28) by Tuesday, September 21. Direct questions to Zack Garrity at or 414-229-3161.

Show Your College Pride Day at Summerfest

Enjoy the concert experience this Fall Welcome 2021 with Summerfest’s Show Your College Pride Day. From noon to 3 p.m. on September 17, UWM students, faculty, and staff can enter Summerfest for free upon showing UWM-branded apparel. (Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test result will be required for admission.) Staff, faculty and students can also receive a free ticket for admission between noon to 5 p.m. on September 17 with an active UWM email. A UWM booth on the Summerfest grounds will help students show off their Panther pride from noon until 3 p.m. More information.

Johannes Britz

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs