Alan’s Weekly April 1st, 2019

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APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS UPDATE

Here are the applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2019 semester as of March 25, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 58 in net admissions (down 97 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 5 in net admissions (down 13 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is down 2 in admissions (down 7 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)down 65 in admissions (down 117 in applications)

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

This week I had regular meetings with Nancy File and Laura Owens, Kathy Quirk, Jessica Russell, Jackie Nguyen, Carol Wacker, Chancellor and Provost, and the Deans.

Alumni Employee Awards Luncheon

On Wednesday mid-day, I attended the Alumni Employee Awards luncheon. The School of Education had two nominees: 1) Gary Williams for the Inspiring Student Success Award; and 2) Ray Scolavino for Community-University: We make a Difference Award. Congratulations to Gary and Ray for being nominated for these alumni employee awards. At the ceremony, Gary Williams won the Inspiring Student Success Award. Congratulations Gary on this honor. The nomination and supporting letters illustrate the impact our nominees make towards furthering student success and making a difference through community-university partnerships.

M3 Grow Your Own Meeting

On Thursday morning, I attended the Grow Your Own meeting at North Division High School with Jeremy Page and Angel Hessel. In April, the Grow Your Own students (10 from Pulaski and 10 from James Madison) will be visiting UWM to spend a half-day on campus. Jeremy Page among others is coordinating the visit. The students will also visit MATC as part of their experience. The dual enrollment details still need to be finalized, e.g., who is going to teach the courses and where will the courses be taught. Two students, one teacher, and the GYO coordinator will be attending the Educators Rising Conference in Dallas in June.

Monthly Meeting with New Faculty

On Friday afternoon, Jackie Nguyen arranged a session with Melissa Spadanuda of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to discuss IRB basics and specific information about student researchers, research conducted at schools, research with minors and consent/assent considerations. It was very informative. April is our last session and we are planning to de-brief everyone’s first year and enjoy a social activity like a Friday fish fry or something involving Milwaukee’s finest.

CONGRATULATIONS TO DONNA PASTERNAK ON HER NEW BOOK

This past week, Donna Pasternak shared information about her new co-edited book. Using Tension as a Resource: New Visions in Teaching the English Language Arts Methods Class (2019), Rowman & Littlefield. What makes this book unique is that it presents “Multiple perspectives from those involved in teaching methods courses within English language arts teacher education programs are presented as a way to dialogue about current and future challenges. Dialogue is sustained throughout the book, as each chapter includes an adjacent response that prompts readers to ask further questions about the chapter’s content.”

NANCY FILE JOINS THE EDITORIAL BOARD OF JOURNAL OF EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER EDUCATION

This past week, Nancy File accepted an invitation to join the editorial board for the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education. The journal is sponsored by the National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE). Congratulations Nancy on being invited to serve on this editorial board.

UW SYSTEM TASK FORCE LISTENING SESSION

On Tuesday, April 2nd, the UW System Task Force will conduct a listening session from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Library’s 4th floor conference room to gather information on ways to improve the teacher pipeline. I encourage anyone interested to attend and provide your ideas to the task force. People can livestream the session here.

APRIL 1 IS THE START OF UWM GIVES TO UWM

This campaign runs through May 10. Please watch your email for messages inviting you to participate. You will not receive a message if you are a:

  1. Current FY donor.
  2. Employee enrolled in a sustainer pledge (on-going)
  3. Employee on a multi-year payment plan.

In the near future, you will also find pledge forms in mailboxes. (There is one attached to this email). You are encouraged to support areas most important to you. Here are some funds recently established that support our students:

The Extra Help fund for juniors and seniors who face an emergency situation that threatens their ability to graduate.

The general scholarship fund for us to access when students have exhausted all other options.

Watch your email for our SOE pep rally…great food; updates on campaign; and just to have some fun. For further information, contact Carol Wacker at (414) 229-3080.

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • April 2nd – UW System Task Force – 4th Floor Library Conference room starting at 5:30 pm
  • May 9th – All School Meeting – 4th Floor Library Conference room starting at 1:00 pm.