Dear Faculty and Staff,
Welcome to the fall 2022 semester, one which promises to be closer to normal. Please join me in extending warm greetings to our new faculty and staff. Every day, we are seeing more activity and vibrancy on our campuses as we kick off the academic year. As I mentioned in my Aug. 25 Plenary address, UWM continues to focus on our core research and access mission and progress during turbulent times.
As we begin a third year of the pandemic, we can offer full campus experiences for our students with reasonable safety. At the same time, we recognize that COVID is still with us. While there are many advantages and positive cultural aspects to being on campus, there also are compelling reasons for some to remain remote/hybrid. That is why there is no change to our remote work policies. We also have an updated COVID-19 policy for the upcoming school year. Your well-being is of the utmost importance.
You will find many opportunities in the coming weeks to welcome and engage with our new and returning students. I invite you to join me for some of the great Fall Welcome activities that celebrate the diverse interests of our students. We have learned how valuable it is for our students to see friendly faces and gain a sense of belonging.
I’m delighted to invite you to the Sept. 27 launch of the book, Telling Our Stories: A History of Diversity at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1956-2022. Vice Chancellor Chia Youyee Vang and Professor David Pate co-edited this important book which advances our DEI work and our broader understanding of where we stand today. The launch and reception will be from 1-2:30 p.m. in the fourth floor conference room of the Golda Meir Library on the Milwaukee campus. You can RSVP here.
Before you know it, September will turn to October, and it will be time to Prowl. In its 18th year, the Panther Prowl 5K Run/Walk will be on Oct. 8 with 100% of proceeds supporting student scholarships.
You have my deepest gratitude for your considerable contributions that enrich the lives of our students and strengthen our communities. Your teaching, research, collaborations, and caring delivery of support services are significant factors behind why students choose UWM. Your work has an enduring ripple effect, and we would not be where we are today without your grit, ingenuity, and compassion.
May this fall semester be successful, inspirational and fulfilling.
Mark A. Mone, PhD