Alan’s Weekly February 18th, 2019

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APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS UPDATE

Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2019 semester as of February 11, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 59 in net admissions (down 102 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 9 in net admissions (down 14 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is down 9 in admissions (down 13 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)down 75 in admissions (down 130 in applications)

2019 Spring semester credit hours signed up for is down 2.3% point in time from 2018.

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

This week I had regular meetings with Kelsey Autin, Sara Jozwik, Jeremy Page, Jessica Russell and Erica Yewlett, Katy Sage, Carol Wacker, and the Deans.

Staff Advisory Committee Meeting

On Thursday morning, I met with the Staff Advisory committee. I gave them an update on a variety of topics including the budget, several new hires, information about the UW System program review (as noted below). I also shared I have asked Jackie Nguyen to be the point person for exploring opportunities to offer courses and/or entire/partial programs at either Waukesha and/or Washington County branch campuses. And finally, I shared that Hope Longwell-Grice will be working with Nancy File and Laura Owens and the appropriate Exceptional Education faculty to work on the details with the MPS people on a one year post-bac teacher certification program.

Faculty Assembly

Later Thursday afternoon, I attended the Faculty Assembly meeting and gave the same update on enrollment, budget and various efforts to increase our enrollments as I did to the Staff Advisory committee earlier in the day. In addition, I also shared an update on various faculty and staff searches. You can read the Faculty Assembly minutes for the details of the rest of the meeting.

Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee Meeting (EDGM)

On Friday morning, I attended the EDGM meeting at Marquette University. We received updates on the Celebrate Teachers and Teaching event and the Champions of Education Award. Afterwards, we had an open discussion on PI-34.

GRADUATE SCHOOL INFORMATION ON INTEGRATED BACHELOR’S/MASTER’S DEGREE

Jason Puskar and Renee Scampini, both from the Graduate School, will be sharing new information on the integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s degree on Tuesday, March 5 in Enderis 597. This presentation will begin at 12:30, just before the Curriculum Committee meeting. We are expecting it will last about 30 minutes. If you are interested in learning more about the simplified process and how your program might benefit from the integrated degree option, please plan on attending. If you have any questions about this presentation, please contact Hope Longwell-Grice.

INTRODUCING DR. DANTE SALTO, NEW ADMINISTRATIVE LEADERSHIP ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

A native from Argentina, I was born in La Pampa province, proudly known as the land that produces the best steaks in the world and, necessarily, for hosting far more cows than people. I grew up in a small city in the heart of the pampas, General Acha, where I attended school from kindergarten to high school. Growing up in a small town meant freedom to spend time outdoors. After-school activities included homework, attending English classes, and spending time with friends, usually biking.

Dr. Dante Salto, Assistant Professor in Administrative LeadershipOnce I graduated from high school, I moved to Cordoba -the second largest city in Argentina- to pursue my undergraduate degree in Education. I was confident that education was one of the leading social areas that needed improvement in my country -and worldwide-, leading us, as a society, to a better future. Although Cordoba is relatively far away from my hometown (a good 8-hour drive), my decision to move there was straightforward. My parents were originally from that area, so during my childhood, I would visit my extended family -including my four grandparents- at least once a year. We’d spend the holidays with my relatives and then I’d request my parents to let me stay some extra weeks and enjoy summertime (yes, summer is in December-January-February in the southern hemisphere!) with my grandparents and cousins.

Just after one semester studying Education at the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba I knew I wanted to specialize in educational policy and administration from an international and comparative perspective. I became involved in assisting faculty in teaching activities and research projects. I grew a passion for understanding policy issues from different angles. Soon, I discovered a fascination for higher education policy issues, something that singled me out, since most of my classmates focused on K-12 education. Based on a curiosity to explore new places and travel -probably dating back to my family trips- and intellectual curiosity, I applied for a full scholarship to study a semester at the University of Texas at Austin. It was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences I’ve had. It was my first time taking courses in English, and they were graduate courses. I succeeded in that endeavor, and I met fantastic colleagues and made long-lasting friendships in Austin.

To a large extent, having a successful experience in Austin led to my appetite to continue grad school abroad. Once I graduated, I applied for a few fellowships, and I won a Fulbright scholarship to pursue my Ph.D. in the US. During my grad studies, I got to devote all my time to satisfy my intellectual curiosity and learn not only during coursework but also from fellow classmates from all over the US and many countries worldwide.

During my grad studies in upstate New York, I actively engaged in hiking. Biking is still my favorite outdoor activity, but hiking has risen to an honorable second place. Due to weather conditions, open-air activities only have a short life each year. Most of the year I enjoy swimming (indoor and outdoor), going to the theater, watching movies in the cinema (and TV shows on Netflix). Every time I visit a new place or move to a new city I spend time exploring and discovering local coffee shops where I devote most of my time reading historical fiction and non-fiction books.

I’ve lived in Cordoba, Argentina, for the past two years. While I complete my postdoctoral training at my alma mater, I do research and teach. My parents and siblings live relatively far away, but I take advantage of long weekends and vacations to visit them and my two nephews and one niece. Technology has revolutionized many aspects of our life, I’d say mostly for good, and video-calls are one of the best features. I stay in touch with my relatives and friends, in many cases sharing our daily lives, and I can see how my nephews and niece grow up.

Besides my pastimes, I think the combination of friendship and food is unbeatable. In my many years of living abroad, I have organized potlucks where classmates, neighbors, and colleagues would bring their favorite dishes to share. I love experimenting with authentic food from different parts of the world. The bottom line is that food is one of the best ways to get to know people and their culture. Food creates a sense of community and a sense of belonging far from home.

ARTICLE ON WHY STUDENTS DON’T WANT TO BE TEACHERS

Carol Wacker shared this recent article in Urban Milwaukee. It is part of the headwinds we experience in trying to turnaround enrollment challenges in teacher education.

UW SYSTEM ACADEMIC PROGRAM PLANNING REVIEW

I am attaching a memo (PDF) from the UW System about their Academic Program Planning review for teacher education programs across the system. The Provost Council will be reporting and making recommendations once the review is complete.

WELCOME BACK TO DR. LEAH ROUSE

I want to announce that Dr. Leah Rouse has agreed to re-join the School of Education as part of the Electa Quinney Institute. This hire is part of the longstanding agreement with the Indian Community School. Please welcome Leah back to the SOE.

Dr. Leah Rouse, Electa Quinney Institute.I was born and attended school in the City of Milwaukee, but grew up back and forth between my home with my grandparents in Upper Michigan, and my home with my parents in Milwaukee. My mother completed a two-year degree and became a Licensed Practical Nurse when I was growing up. She inspired me to be the first college graduate in my family on both sides. My father worked in construction until he retired and watching him I learned how to build, fix, and especially, to do math! My grandparents are both now passed, but I spent a large part of my childhood with them. My journey as a counseling psychologist began in my parental grandparents’ home in the rural Upper Peninsula of Michigan. There I learned to value relationships, diversity, service, justice, and the Earth. My earliest years were spent shadowing my grandfather working as a stone mason, my grandmother gathering food, and my great-auntie who knew about plants and medicines. My youngest auntie also lived in the house with my grandparents and it was like growing up with an older sister. Many around me were bilingual, speaking English marked by their families’ first languages (e.g., French Canadian/Michif; Swedish). Only when I was older would I realize our lifestyle’s humble means. I believe this is why I and my children all speak more than one language today.

My favorite thing to do is spend time with my children—they are hilarious! I have three biological children (a son 16 y/o, a son 31 y/o, & a daughter 32 y/o). My youngest son is a sophomore at the Howard-Suamico School District, and on the “high honors role.” He is the captain of the E-Sports Team there, and on the undefeated Overwatch varsity team. Until he became involved in E-Sports, I did not even realize the multitude of collegiate opportunities in that realm! My oldest son lives in Scottsdale, Arizona and works in the insurance world now. Before heading out to the southwest he worked for the Milwaukee Bucks organization as a Rim Rocker and also as a floor announcer. I loved going to the games and watching him work! My daughter is an Operational Psychologist in the United States Air Force. We were both just boarded by the American Board of Professional Psychology on the same day in February this year—though she was in the morning group and finished before me. Nothing like having your child be both licensed and boarded in your profession before you! I also remain close to my three step-children from a previous marriage (a son 33 y/o, a son 35 y/o, & a daughter 39 y/o) who have blessed me with three grandchildren.

My parents live in the far north of Wisconsin and I spend as much time as I can with them on their 40 acres. My brother and his family also own 40 acres right down the road from my parents and that land is primarily used for hunting. This last fall my brother started teaching me to butcher and dress a deer, which was a traditional spiritual directive I received some years ago. I have 3 dogs and 2 cats and was raised with Alaskan Malamutes in my life since very young. I remember being pulled on the sled by my grandparent’s dog Mooshka. My dogs love the family land as much as I do. The cats (one male and one female) adopted uw and have fit right into the pack. The female cat is the boss of the entire house!

I am proud to say that I am a graduate of the Milwaukee Public School system. I also graduated with a BA in Spanish Language and a BS in Criminal Justice from UW-Milwaukee, and completed my MS in the Department of Educational Psychology in Community Counseling here. I never imagined I would be faculty in the Department as well, and I am so excited to be returning. I completed my PhD in Counseling Psychology at UW-Madison and commuted from Milwaukee the entire 6 years as I worked, gave birth to my youngest son, and went to school. I am also proud to have served as a City of Milwaukee Police Officer before beginning my psychology career, and law enforcement wellness has become an area of passion for me in the field. My family have served in the justice system for generations, from me—to my grandfather who was a constable in Upper Michigan—on through to my 5xs great-grandfather who was the District Judge of the Michigan Territory (now WI and Upper MI). He also worked closely with Tribes in the territory to make their concerns and opinions known to the U.S. government, particularly the Menominee and the Ho Chunk, at whose request he testified in local and federal courts in defense of treaty rights.

When not spending time with work or family, I enjoy sewing, kayaking, dancing—even when my kids wish I wouldn’t, and pretty much anything that gets me outdoors. I also love the Green Bay Packers and am a huge hockey fan. I have recently started to improve my carpentry skills and am finishing my basement.

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • 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.