Alan’s Weekly April 2nd, 2018

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There were no budget updates from this past week except for what Jessica Russell shared below during the APBC and Deans and Chairs meetings.


Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2018 semester as of March 26, 2018, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 8 in net admissions (up 3 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 23 in net admissions (down 23 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 53 in admissions (up 23 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)up 22 in admissions (up 3 in applications)


This week I had regular monthly meetings with Administrative Leadership, Hope Longwell-Grice, Provost, and my weekly meeting with the Deans.

APBC Meeting

On Monday midday, I met with APBC and gave them an update on faculty searches, compression/retention exercise, and strategies for increasing enrollments through the Grow your Own and graduate enrollments in counseling. Jessica shared the current and projected budget for the SOE. Right now, things are looking okay for this year and next fiscal year, despite the SOE losing $500-600K this year due to enrollment declines. These budget projections are predicated on an assumption of no overall enrollment declines, which may be challenging at best to assume given our undergraduate admissions results of the past three to five years. That is why the work of the retention committee is critical to retaining as many of our current students as possible.

I also shared with APBC as a point of information a table I put together for the Provost and Deans on the compensation for department chairs across the schools and colleges. The table shows how varied department chair compensation is across UWM. L&S has instituted a form of differentiated compensation for department chairs based on a number of factors that they use to calculate a standard Z score to determine differentiation. Following this, APBC discussed working with chairs this summer to review all the data and then make recommendations for moving forth. There was a sentiment that we have to do something to improve our budget situation if we want to consider changes to teaching loads.

ASAP Social

On Monday evening, I attended a social event for the Association of Student Affairs Professionals (ASAP) at Harry’s Bar and Grill. This was a yield event for new higher education and adult/continuing education students. It was a great turnout and very successful, and I applaud the Office of Student Services and Administrative Leadership’s efforts to recruit new graduate students and make them feel a part of their programs. I enjoyed talking to a number of students including Erin Canon who was recently named Ms. Sugar Maple (I learned the Sugar Maple is the Wisconsin state tree) and will be competing in the Ms. Wisconsin Pageant later this year. She is an Irish dancer and I wish her the best of luck in the competition. She is hoping to win a scholarship to support her graduate studies in higher education student affairs.

Deans and Chairs Meeting

On Tuesday morning, the Deans and Chairs met. Keith Emmons shared what the SOE’s practice for replacing computers is. Afterwards, I gave an update on differentiated workload discussed at the Deans Provost meeting, ISS, and SOAR. I also shared APBC’s suggestion to work with chairs this coming summer to review the data and come up with recommendations to move forward.

Afterwards, Jessica gave the same budget update she gave at APBC. Hope followed by providing information on request for payment and WEAVE. All requests for payment are due to Molly or Kerry by May 1st.

Academic Leadership Council (ALC) Meeting

On Tuesday afternoon, I attended the ALC meeting. We received p-card reviewer training. I had gone through this training earlier in January, so it was a repeat for me. Afterwards, Tom Luljak gave an update on the university marketing campaign highlighting the 2018 guiding values. He shared the UWM branding is up at the airport near concourse D and will be coming up in April in concourse C on a large wall pass the United Airlines gates near the Southwest Airlines gates.

Becky Freer shared information on the DASH grant, which was awarded to UWM last year. The DASH grant is a student emergency fund worth $630K for two years. Thirty-nine students from the SOE have received $37K thus far. These funds can be used for only non-educational expenses. Most of the funds are being used for housing, car repairs, and medical expenses. The SOE supported this fund by contributing to a matching fund. Following this presentation, Bob Beck and Chris Spadanuda shared an upcoming new practice requiring passwords to be changed every 6 months. You will not be able to re-use previous passwords. Reminders will come approximately two weeks before your password expires. The reminder e-mail will not have a link, so you should not click on any link to change your password. Here are further details on the new password requirements.

  • 12 characters minimum length
  • Character complexity requirements
  • Uppercase, lowercase, numbers, symbols (need 3 of 4)
  • No reuse of old passwords
  • Must change multiple characters
  • Maximum password lifespan of 180 days
  • Employees will begin April 2018 and be completed by June 30, 2018

And last of all, Tim Opgenorth and Maria Solis gave an update on AcademicWorks implementation. AcademicWorks is a program that provides a one stop place for students to look at all the scholarships available on-campus. This will be a great enhancement for prospective and continuing students. There are filters to organize scholarships based on student characteristics and interest.

ISS Implementation Meeting

On Wednesday morning, I attended the monthly ISS Implementation meeting in KIRC. The meeting provided updates on HR, finance, procurement, and IT aspects in the ISS prototype hub. We were shown a mock demonstration of the ISS webpage when it goes live in June.

UWM Alumni Employee Awards Luncheon

After the ISS meeting, I attended the luncheon for the UWM Alumni Employee Awards. It was a fantastic event for all SOE nominees (Michael Bonds, Allee Hochmuth, Tatiana Joseph, Kerry Korinek, Carol Wacker) who were recognized for their contributions to UWM. Angel Hessel received the Outstanding Alumni Employee Award. Congratulations Angel! We are very proud of you and this recognition. Angel’s son, Henry attended and surprised Angel at the luncheon.

Michael Bonds, Allee Hochmuth, Tatiana Joseph, Carol Wacker and Angel Hessel at the 2018 UWM Alumni Employee Awards luncheon.


This week we are featuring Dr. Kelsey Autin, new assistant professor in educational psychology.

Dr. Kelsey Autin, Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology.

I was born and raised in a small coastal town in South Florida. My parents still live in the house that I grew up in. I spent my childhood and teenage years enjoying the Florida beaches, and although I’ll miss the tropical climate in Milwaukee, I am excited to have a body of water nearby. Maybe I will even pick back up some of my favorite childhood activities like sailing and kayaking.

I value my relationships with friends and family above all else. I am very close with my mom, dad, and two older sisters. We are now spread out across Florida, Texas, and Wisconsin. I’ve been lucky to form many meaningful relationships with friends, colleagues, and mentors over the years and devote quite a bit of time to staying in touch with the people I love. Over the past year at my internship in Columbus, OH, I’ve continued to connect with some incredible people, and I look forward to making new connections at my new home in Milwaukee.

Given that most of my work is done sitting down and using my brain, it has been very important for me to give my mind a rest and engage in tactile pleasures outside of work. Taking on creative endeavors has been essential for my self-care over the years, and I continue to dabble in visual arts and different types of movement like dance, yoga, and aerial arts. Likewise, contemplative practices like meditation have helped me to find balance. Doing these activities helps me to recharge, remain present, and find joy in both my personal and work life.

It is hard to talk about who I am without talking about my work, as my identity as a counseling psychologist overlaps so much with who I am as a person. I am driven to do my research by my personal values around social justice. Likewise, I want to mentor students, partly, to pay forward the impact that my mentors have had on my personal and professional growth. Although my work at UWM will be focused on research and teaching, being a therapist is a part of my identity because it allows me to connect with and care for others. As I take the next step in my professional life at UWM, I am excited to continue to explore this overlap and integrate my personal and professional identities while building meaningful relationships with my colleagues and students.


More than 1,500 young scientists from all over the state will be at UWM Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7, to compete in the Wisconsin Science Olympiad for middle and high school students. A STEM Expo runs from noon to 3:30 p.m. Friday in the Union Ballroom, and competitions start at 7:45 a.m. Saturday. Events in the Klotsche Center and Union Ballroom are open to spectators. The opening ceremony, with a raptor presentation by the Schlitz Audubon Center, is at 4 p.m. Friday in the Wisconsin Room. An awards reception at the Klotsche Center will follow competition at 4 p.m. Saturday. Winners will advance to the National Science Olympiad in Fort Collins, Colorado, May 18 and 19. For more info, go to the Wisconsin Science Olympiad webpage.


  • May 10th – Spring All School Meeting starts at 1:00 pm in the 4th floor Library conference room
  • May 11th – Retention Summit at Zilber School of Public Health from 1:00 – 4:00 pm

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