Alan’s Weekly February 25th, 2019

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Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2019 semester as of February 18, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 56 in net admissions (down 101 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 8 in net admissions (down 14 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is down 10 in admissions (down 10 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)down 74 in admissions (down 125 in applications)

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


This week I had regular meetings with Stephen Wester, Nancy File and Laura Owens, Simone Conceicao, Kathy Quirk, and the Deans.

Deans and Chairs Meeting

On Tuesday morning, the Deans and Chairs held their monthly meeting. I shared an update on our semester credit generation for 2019 spring semester and then a budget projection for this fiscal year. In addition, I shared with the chairs that I want them to inform their faculty that they should not be going directly to Jessica to request budget information. All requests should come through the Dean’s office. Jessica is getting too many requests for budget information and I need to do a better job of protecting her from the numerous requests she gets. Afterwards, I reminded the chairs to send me any partner organizations their faculty work with as well as who is attending the May commencement ceremony. I had to leave the meeting for 30 minutes to attend another meeting. Hope facilitated the meeting and gave updates on staff searches involving the 5th floor receptionist, Ed. Tech., OCE Director, IUE Director, and the pending search to replace John Horstman.

Erica Yewlett shared information about new changes to Chapter 104 policies related to fixed term terminal contracts. She also articulated the requirements for handling sexual harassment/violence questions. And finally, she talked about changes to the open meetings requirements related to university staff recruiting.

Following Erica’s presentation, Simone inquired about the department criteria for program releases. Each department shared what they are doing. Simone then asked about the December meeting of APBC/Faculty Assembly and Hope shared there is a working group focused on developing creative and innovative ways to improve enrollments. Finally, Jeremy asked the chairs to share information about the upcoming March 2nd Educator Career Fair.

M3 Advisory Group Meeting

On Wednesday morning, I attended the M3 Advisory board meeting at the request of the Chancellor at the Wisconsin Club. I shared the contents of a letter the Chancellor, MATC President Vicki Martin, and MPS Superintendent Keith Posley sent to Governor Tony Evers about four projects to improve educational outcomes and address the teacher pipeline, teacher retention, and educator effectiveness. The four initiatives include M3 Works, Grow Your Own, teacher leadership development academy, and principal leadership development academy.

Central City CyberSchool Board Meeting

On Wednesday afternoon, I drove to the Central City CyberSchool to attend a quarterly executive committee board meeting. Our primary item on the agenda was preparing for expanding the school into high school. There is on-going discussion with the housing authority about the YMCA building next door to the CyberSchool. In addition, during the polar vortex, several pipes broke, flooding several areas causing damage. Luckily, insurance covered the repairs and restoration.

Go Milwaukee

On Friday afternoon, I welcomed prospective students and parents to our 1st Go Milwaukee event of the year. This event attracts prospective students who have been accepted to UWM, but have not committed yet. From past experience, if we can get students to attend these events and visit campus, there is a higher probability they will attend the School of Education. This was the highest turnout in recent memory with approximately 50 people in attendance. I want to thank Rob Longwell-Grice, Jeremy Page, Nicole Claas, Angel Hessel, Emilee Schultz, Alexandra Maier, Alyssa Molinski, Waii Kukimiya, and Shakayla Telford for supporting the event.

New and Junior Faculty Monthly Meeting

Right after Go Milwaukee, I attended the new and junior faculty monthly meeting. Jackie Nguyen arranged for Barb Daley to conduct a session on concept mapping. It was really informative, and I think everyone in attendance benefitted from what Barb shared. Thank you Barb for supporting our new and junior faculty members during their inaugural year at UWM.


The UWM American Sign Language (ASL) Studies Program under the School of Education cordially invites members of the UWM campus and the community to our first annual EYEth Day. EYEth is a distant planet of Deaf culture legend meaning “People of the Eye.” It is home to the Eyean people whose language is without sound but rather a beautifully rich visual/manual language. Unlike EARth, whose society depends on their ears, EYEth’s civilization is completely built around what is perceived by the eyes. Inhabitants with the ability to hear are the disadvantaged minority whereas those who do not have the distraction of hearing are those of privilege.

Proud of our heritage, the ASL Studies Program is dedicated to bringing that concept to UWM to entertain and raise public awareness about our rich language belonging to the Deaf community. The event is scheduled on Saturday, March 30th from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm at the UWM Union. See the EYEth Day Flyer (PDF) for more details.


Colleagues, here’s your chance to recognize SOE staff members who exemplify the school’s mission and standards of excellence through their initiative, the quality of their work, and the contributions they make to the work environment in a positive and productive manner.

The SOE Staff Awards Committee is now seeking nominations for the annual SOE Excellence Award for outstanding service, contributions, and accomplishments by staff members. Three recipients will be selected. Each of the three recipients will receive a $1000 award.

Please use the link below to nominate outstanding staff members. You can also self-nominate! SOE Excellence Award Nomination Form. Nomination Deadline: March 8th, 2019 by 4:30 pm.

Please consider nominating someone whose work you admire or nominate yourself. Contact a member of the awards committee if you have any questions. To avoid nominations of ineligible individuals, please choose your nomination from the following list of eligible coworkers:

Azarian, Andrea
Beier, Nicole
Berry, Kathy
Bolden, Tyree
Borders, Diana
Boxhorn, Donna
Caflisch, Christian
Cigale, Lauren
Claas, Nicole
Delzer, Rita
Elia, Dario
Emmons, Keith
Jacobson, Kimberly
Knackert, Jennifer
Kuhnz, Peggy
Lize, Kristine
Osborne, Sarah
Rosario, Albin
Russell, Jessica
Stone, Mary
Schanen, Nicole
Schmechel, Theresa
Schreiber, Molly
Schultz, Emilee
Wacker, Carol
Yang, Blong
Yewlett, Erica

2019 Staff Awards Committee
Ryan Mason, Office of Student Services
Kerry Korinek, Office of Academic Affairs
Kristin Roosevelt, Office of Student Services


Judith Jablonski.Please welcome Judith Jablonski to the School of Education. She will be collaborating with the School of Education’s faculty and instructional staff on the research, planning, creation, implementation, assessment, and support of innovative, technology-enhanced teaching and learning strategies.

Dr. Jablonski received her B.A. in English Literature from Marquette University and an M.A., also in English Literature, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She also holds an M.S. in Library and Information Science from The Catholic University of America (CUA) and a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Prior to joining UWM, she served as the Graduate Studies Librarian and subject specialist in English, Communications, and Psychology at the American Public University System (APUS). She developed and taught courses in freshman composition, science fiction and fantasy literature to undergrads and information organization, database indexing, and professional and academic writing to master’s and doctoral students at UIUC, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Madison, CUA, APUS, and the University of Denver. Her areas of expertise are critical thinking and writing, research methods design and process, course/syllabus design, and information organization and vocabulary development.

Outside of her UWM position, Judith is currently working on three projects: a research study on the making of utopia in Austin Tappan Wright’s early 20th-century novel, Islandia; a mystery novel set in a fictional college in western Wisconsin; and a science fiction novel that explores the inaccurate history of a distant space settlement. She is also an artist and enthusiastic fan of baseball and ice hockey. She once aspired to be a paleontologist and still collects plastic dinosaurs.


  • 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.