Alan’s Weekly November 5th, 2018

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Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2019 semester as of October 29, 2018, point in time from Fall 2018.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 1 in net admissions (down 54 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 3 in net admissions (up 1 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 4 in admissions (down 6 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)up/down 0 in admissions (down 59 in applications)


This week I had regular meeting with Jessica Russell and with the Deans.

Deans Provost Meeting

On Tuesday morning, the Deans met with the Provost for our bi-weekly meeting. Graduate Dean Marija G-J shared her background and how she arrived at UWM. After that, L&S Dean Scott Gronert led a brief session on empathy and how to deal with staff who are under stress. The Provost asked us for our thoughts on whether we want to recommend a tuition increase for out of state students. We will be having an extended professional development day on Tuesday, November 13th at the Kenilworth Building hosted by Peck School of the Arts Dean, Scott Emmons. It will focus on the book we are reading entitled, “Trust Factor” by Paul Zak.

ACCESS Grant Meeting

After the Provost Deans meeting, Hope Longwell-Grice and I met with Donna Pasternak and Jen Knackert to discuss the ACCESS grant and the slight change in duties given Kristen Taylor’s departure. It was a very productive meeting and I asked them to meet with us once a semester to update me on the progress of the grant activities.

Coordinating Committee Meeting

On Wednesday afternoon, the Faculty Assembly Coordinating committee met. Jeremy Page joined the meeting to share the resources available for examining enrollment and retention issues and to support any budget analysis. The Faculty Assembly will be inviting Jessica and Jeremy to their next meetings to better understand what work is required and when can it be delivered. One of the first things people want to examine are departmental budgets.

New MPS Reading Initiative

On Thursday morning, I attended a MPS event to announce their new Reading Initiative at Gwen T. Jackson library on Hadley Street. Superintendent Keith Posley announced a new reading initiative focused on the first 1825 days of a child’s life. Tania Habeck joined me at the press conference and connected with MPS instructional leaders and others.

M3 Meeting

On Thursday, the M3 UWM Leadership team met with the Chancellor to update him activities. There will be a community meeting on January 9th at MATC from 9:00 to 10:30 am. Please mark your calendar if you are interested in attending. Further details will become available as the date approaches. The Chancellor highlighted the role of the School of Education in M3 and believes there are a number of opportunities forthcoming around educator professional development and our Grow Your Own work.


Beginning on November 2nd, you can document your activities by emailing pictures or video to your Spirit Liaison Ryan Mason ( Visit the Spirit Days Website for more information, including the Spirit Activities List. Please be sure to submit your entries by 10:00 am  on Spirit Day, November 9th to enter the Team Black and Gold and Panther Participation competitions for a chance to win an office lunch prize.


I want to congratulate Rob Longwell-Grice, Karen Miyoshi, and Ann Kirby for coordinating the SECC Bake Sale. It was a great success. The College of Health Sciences (CHS), School of Education (SOE), and the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare (HBSSW) held a bake sale last week on the first floor of Enderis to raise money for SECC. The event was very successful. The baked goods themselves raised $828.00 and a generous (anonymous) donor agreed to match the funds! Thanks to all of the SOE folks who baked: Nicole Beier, Peggy Kuhnz, Nick Husbye, Carol Wacker, Kristen Roosevelt, Alexandra Meier, Kathy Quirk, Nicole Schanen, Kathy Berry, Diana Borders, Rita Delzer, Sarah Osborne. And thank you to everyone who bought something and contributed to the fund!


This past Thursday, November 1st was the Graduate School Open House. The School of Education was well represented at the event by faculty, staff and current students. Information on all of our graduate programs was distributed at the event. In total, over 100 potential graduate students visited the SOE tables over the course of the two hour event!

Thanks to all those who helped staff the SOE tables: Liliana Mina, Kelsi Meyer, Amanda Markwardt, Maggie Kaczmarek, Rob Longwell-Grice, Alexandra Meier, Marie Sandy, Kyongboon Kwon, Allee Hochmuth, Samantha Everhart, and Jackie Nguyen. Here’s hoping they all apply and enroll for fall!!!


  • March 2nd –  SOE Basketball Fun Night v. Wright State at 6:00 pm at Panther Arena.
  • May 9th – All School Meeting – 4th Floor Library Conference room starting at 1:00 pm