Alan’s Weekly August 28th, 2017

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There was no budget update from this past week.


Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2017 semester as of August 21, 2017, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 18 in net admissions (down 26 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is up 15 in net admissions (down 1 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 32 in admissions (up 49 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)up 29 in admissions (up 22 in applications)

Our Fall 2017 semester credit hours generation point in time is down -.5%.


This week I had regular monthly meetings with Hope Longwell-Grice, Stephen Wester, Michael Bonds, Curriculum and Instruction, and Kathy Quirk.

Apple Showcase

On Tuesday morning, Apple representatives demonstrated how technology could create a more engaging learning environment in Enderis 107. Later in the session, they showed how several apps could be used for EdPTA and other video oriented lessons. I want to thank Mike Steele for organizing the session and the following people for attending; Agnes Williams, Nancy Rice, Krissy Lize, Ryan Mason, Jeremy Page, Bo Zhang, and Mike Steele. The session may spur future possible opportunities for technology integration.

Ad hoc Orientation

On Tuesday afternoon, the Academic Affairs staff along with Keith Emmons and Jeremy Page provided a nice orientation to about 22 ad hoc instructors. This was the first time the SOE has conducted a school wide orientation for ad hocs. They put together an orientation handbook of resources for all the ad hocs and demonstrated the support dashboard. I want to commend the efforts of Hope Longwell-Grice, Kristen Taylor, Kerry Korinek, John Horstman, Donna Boxhorn, Sarah Osborne, Molly Schreiber, Keith Emmons, and Jeremy Page for organizing this session and all the support resources.

Bradley Tech Meetings

On Wednesday and Friday afternoon, I attended two Bradley Tech meetings. Wednesday’s meeting was for the Commission and Friday’s meeting was for the Education Standards Subcommittee of the Commission. Wednesday’s Commission meeting was the first one since May. The focus of the meeting was providing updates on the dashboard metrics and enrollment. This fall Bradley Tech was budgeted for 800 students, but thus far, over 910 students have enrolled – a good problem to have!

Friday’s Education standards meeting focused on the three new career pathways (masonry, plumbing, and electrical) and the efforts to improve academic proficiency of students at Bradley Tech.

Student Teacher Orientation

On Thursday and Friday, the Office of Clinical Experiences organized the 1.5 days of orientation for our student teachers. I want to thank Kristen Taylor, Kim Jacobson, Corby Anderson, Angel Hessel, the program coordinators, and our MPS colleagues for providing an excellent orientation to our student teachers as they prepare for their last semester at UWM. It is always inspiring to see and feel the positive energy that these student teachers have for making a difference.


Don’t forget to register for the Panther Prowl on Saturday, October 7th starting at 10am. If you register by August 31st, you receive a $5 discount at $30. All proceeds go to UWM scholarships. Kerry Korinek is serving as the School of Education Captain.


On Friday evening, I attended the MPS Alumni Awards dinner at the Italian Conference Center. Nate Deans among other UWM SOE Alumni, received an award as a MPS Alumni from Riverside University High School. Nate has a great story to share about how he graduated from Riverside University High School and then after graduating from UWM, returned to teach English at his alma mater, where he serves as a role model for all his students. Also, Michael Harris, Principal of Riverside High School and Jackie Herd-Barber, UWM SOE Board of Visitor member were honored.

MPS alumni awards dinner images.


Location: Milwaukee Area Technical College, 700 West State Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233, Room M605
Thursday, October 26, 2017

  • Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with keynote speaker, Dr. Dipesh Navsaria
    Dr. Navsaria is a pediatrician, public health care professional, child advocate, and engaged in early literacy programs in health care settings.
  • The awards ceremony will follow the keynote speaker. Awardees of the Early Career and Advanced Career awards will be recognized along with the Champion of Education award.
  • Enjoy heavy appetizers and a cash bar.
  • Special thanks to our MC Andy Choi from WISN Channel 12

Parking is available on the street and in several area structures.
Please invite your family, friends, and colleagues to attend by sharing this information. There is no charge, but you must register. Registration is now open!


Theresa Schmechel has been hired as an American Sign Language Studies staff interpreter for the academic year. She completed the ITP program at UWM in 1996 and has worked as a community-based interpreter ever since. Theresa is a familiar face at UWM given her extensive interpreting here over several years. In this new position as staff interpreter, Theresa will interpret and coordinate all interpreting requests for the ASL Studies staff. Her office is END 273 and her email is We are very excited to have Theresa join our SOE community as our designated ASL interpreter!


  • August 30th – Root Beer Float Social from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. Please contact Pam Conine and Nicole Beier for details.
  • September 14th – Fall All School Meeting in Library 4th Floor Conference Room, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • October 2nd – Sabbatical proposals due to Dean’s office
  • October 7th – Panther Prowl starts at 10:00 am. Register here.