Alan’s Weekly November 4th, 2019

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Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for Fall 2020 semester as of October 28, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Graduate admissions – SOE is down 6 in admissions (up 11 in applications)
Total admissions (Graduate)down 6 in admissions (up 11 in applications)


This past week I had regular monthly meetings with the Chancellor and Provost, and the Deans.

Visit Hmong American Peace Academy (HAPA)

On Tuesday morning, I visited the Hmong American Peace Academy. It was the first time I have been there. It is a very impressive operation. I met with the Executive Director, Chris Her-Xiong. We had a very productive conversation about potential opportunities to partner together. HAPA has 1800 students from K-12 at three facilities. The 6th through 12th grade are housed at the 84th Street facility, while the K-2 and 3-5 are at separate facilities near Brown Deer and Silver Springs.

Annual Scholarship Reception

Later Tuesday evening, I attended the Annual Scholarship reception in the Union Ballroom. It was the largest turnout to date with approximately 450 people in attendance. The School of Education had six tables of donors and scholarship recipients. I enjoyed interacting with our scholarship students and their donors. This is one of the annual events I enjoy attending. I learn from students why they came to UWM and their aspirations. And from the donors, I learn why they set up scholarships to benefit our students. There is always a compelling reason for donors and it is always heartwarming to hear of their stories.

Grow Your Own (GYO) Visit

On Wednesday morning, we hosted the MPS GYO students from Pulaski, James Madison, and North Division High Schools. They arrived at 10:00 am and had a walking tour of campus starting at the new welcome center. We met in the Union where Emilee Schultz shared information on all the teaching and non-teaching undergraduate School of Education programs available to students. Following Emilee’s presentation, she participated in a panel with two current students (one CEED and another elementary education). They answered a number of questions posed by the students. Afterwards, the students were given gift cards to purchase lunch in the Union. They enjoyed the experience of eating in the Union.


Congratulations to the Enderis Hall Bakers! Thanks to the combined efforts of the 3 schools/colleges in Enderis Hall, they managed to raise over $600 for the United Way. Thanks to everyone who helped with this effort on behalf of the School of Education:

Kathy Berry, Dario Elia, Emilee Schultz, Peggy Kuhnz, Rita Delzer, Diana Borders, Nikki Claas, Rob Longwell-Grice, Marie Sandy (and her daughter Isabel), and Lisa Litzsey.

The United Way campaign is ongoing through the end of November. The School of Education also has a ‘change jar’ for United Way contributions in kitchen on the fifth floor. If you have loose change you are looking to get rid of, please stop by the kitchen and drop it in the jar!”


I want to congratulate Simone Conceicao and Allison Hochmuth on their successful presentation on page and module design for work in Canvas. At the October 29th presentation, they offered perspectives from the faculty and the student side of the process and the product. Participants learned about the mobile app for Canvas and how people use their mobile devises rather than replicating what the computer based program looks like. The focus of the app is on helping teachers and students view and communicate rather than edit and build content. Congratulations Simone and Allee!


I am sorry to share that the School of Education lost a great friend and supporter in Mrs. Mildred Harpole on October 24th. I had the honor and great privilege to know Mildred and her husband, Reuben Harpole. The Harpoles were always a pleasure to be around. They were married for 60 years and the first recipients to receive the EDGM Champions Award in 2015. I will always have fond memories of Mildred. She was a stalwart in the Greater Milwaukee who accomplished a lot to improve the community through her work at MPS and the Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for the Milwaukee office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD.


In last Friday’s Journal Sentinel front page, Pam Conine and her colleagues were recognized for their ASL interpreting for the Marcus Center and in particular, their work interpreting for the hit musical, Hamilton. Please read the article here. Great job Pam.


Karen Stoiber received a $40K, eighteen month grant award for a project entitled, “Data integration to examine school readiness indicators as predictors of student academic and resiliency outcomes.” It is funded through the Research in Early Child Development by Improving Resiliency and Equity (REDIRECT) program. Some of the time allotted through the SOE Research Initiative this Fall was used to develop the collaboration with MCW and to write the grant.


On Wednesday, October 30, the School of Education participated in the Graduate School Open House. This year, over 800 students attended the Open House, and over 100 of them were pre-registered for the School of Education! This is the 6th year UWM has held a Grad School Open House, and it continues to grow in size. Thank you to everyone who helped staff the School of Education table:

Faculty and Staff: Dante Salto, Rob Longwell-Grice, Allison Hochmuth, Emilee Schultz, Marie Sandy, Maggie Kaczmarek, Kyongboon (KB) Kwon, Stephen Wester, and Liz Drame

Students: Sammi Schams, Nina Linneman, Stephanie Burrows, Joe Edwards, Claire Hankins

View of the School of Education table during the Graduate School Open House 2019.


  • SOE Basketball game party, Friday, January 31, 2020 at Panther Arena v. Wright State, 6:00 pm
  • 7th Annual Summit on Black Male Youth, March 16-17, 2020
  • Spring All School Meeting, May 14th, 1:00 to 2:00 pm, Library 4th floor Conference Room