Chancellor’s Update: A New Semester in a New Decade

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Dear UWM Students, Faculty and Staff,

Welcome and happy new year! As we usher in the promise of a fresh decade it’s customary to reflect on the last one. What was your favorite part? The rise (and decline) of Justin Bieber, athleisure craze, ASL ice bucket challenge of 2014, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” the explosive growth of mobile and social media use, hoverboards, kale, avocado toast?

Here are just a few of my favorite UWM recollections from 2019:

What will the next decade look like for you and UWM? There are many opportunities underway to engage.
Winter Welcome, January 21 – 25
The new semester starts strong with a number of events and activities to help you meet new friends and colleagues, and to explore winter on our campuses. Be engaged and see all of the remarkable things UWM offers during Winter Welcome, from sports and recreation, to community volunteering opportunities, to arts and crafts, and hot chocolate and coffee socials, and more.
2030+ Think Tank
At UWM we have been preparing for the next 10+ years. Last fall, I formed a 2030+ Think Tank work group to examine how UWM can position itself for decades of continued success. There are many challenges and opportunities being discussed – cost of college, enrollments and employer needs to name a few – and your input is critical. This semester, Think Tank work group members will gather input from faculty, students, staff, stakeholders, and outside resource experts to produce recommendations that, together with our guiding values, will serve as our road map.
Chancellor Activity Updates
In today’s fast-paced environment, it’s even more important for me to communicate what major directions are underway and accomplishments have been realized. Beginning later this week, I will start sending regular updates about my activities. Leading a great public university like ours involves much collaboration both inside and externally. Your involvement is essential to what we do, how we operate and serve students. I couldn’t do what I do without you. While we all came to be here from different paths and places, we’ve been drawn to UWM for a reason. There is much yet that we can accomplish, and the momentum of the last decade will carry us strongly into the 2020s.

I look forward to talking with you and wish you all the best for this new semester and decade. No doubt, the times ahead will be even more energetic and engaging than ever.

Best regards,

Mark A. Mone
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee