Lubar School lecturer Michael Freimark and senior advisor Alejandra Lopez were among the two dozen faculty and staff members recognized at UWM’s 2019 Fall Awards Ceremony on October 16. Congratulations!
Michael Freimark, Lecturer, Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business
Michael Freimark is one of the first college instructors that Lubar freshmen encounter. And, despite the flood of undergraduates that Freimark teaches each semester, his courses have a transformational effect, helping students match their interests with the right business major.
Not only does he guide them in their studies, he also teaches them important life skills, serves as a mentor and is a major player in retaining them through graduation.
As a new instructor, he helped redesign the introductory Business 100 course in 2013. “At a time when most new faculty are getting their ‘sea legs,’ Dr. Freimark jumped right into the planning and redesigning process,” recounts one of his nominators. Since then, Lubar students who take the course in their first semester have higher first-term GPAs compared with those who do not.
He also enhances students’ sense of social responsibility by embedding opportunities for service learning into one of his courses. The sheer numbers of student volunteers that has generated earned him the 2015 UWM Service Learning Instructor of the Year Award.
Alejandra Lopez, Senior Academic Advisor and Coordinator of Retention Initiatives
Alejandra Lopez has helped improve first-year student retention in the Lubar School of Business, leading a collaborative effort to identify issues, research best practices and suggest initiatives for advising and the classroom.
“Alejandra has played a vital role in integrating retention initiatives and creating connections with our first year students,” Michael Freimark, management lecturer, said in his nomination letter. The result was a significant improvement in retention.
She worked closely with Freimark in organizing a Business Administration 100 course that incorporated mandatory advising and service learning. She trained teaching assistants how to serve as mentors to first-year students and co-developed the UWM Exploring Majors Fair. She serves as the Lubar liaison to the Business Panthers Living Learning Community and has taken a leadership role with the Multicultural Mentoring Program.