Alan’s Weekly December 16th, 2019

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Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for Fall 2020 semester as of December 9, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Graduate admissions – SOE is down 8 in admissions (up 8 in applications)
Total admissions (Graduate)down 8 in admissions (up 8 in applications)

The Spring 2020 semester credit generation is down 3.2% point in time.


This past week I had regular monthly meetings with Chancellor and Provost, Jessica Russell and Erica Yewlett, Xu Li, Adrienne Woods, Seth Kochheiser, and the Deans.

Bradley Tech Visit

On Monday morning, I led a group of four UWM Deans to visit Bradley Tech. This is the 2nd and last group of UWM Deans to visit Bradley Tech to see what opportunities are available for collaboration.

Honors Cord Ceremony

On Monday evening, I participated in the Honor cords ceremony at the Zelazo Center. This is a semi-annual event happening in December and May. It recognizes all the undergraduate students who graduate with at least a 3.5 grade point average or higher. It is one of my favorite graduation events to participate each semester.

Deans Provost Meeting

On Tuesday morning, I attended the bi-weekly meeting with the Provost in the 4th floor library conference room. The Associate Deans were invited to attend this meeting. This was a special session due to the attendance of former UW Regent Chair, Mike Falbo, who shared his insights on the UW System and Board of Regents. It was enlightening and I think he gave good advice on how to work with the UW Regents and legislators to position UWM in the future.

Afterwards, Dave Clark shared information on the Panther Graduation Promise. The big takeaway is an investment in retention specialists. This work will continue to move forward, so if you are interested in participating, contact Dave Clark.

4th and Final MPS Task Force Meeting

On Tuesday evening, the 4th and final MPS Task Force meeting was held at Bradley Tech. The task force reviewed and subsequently approved sending a revised version of the task force report and recommendations to the MPS Board of Directors. We did not provide any specific dollar amount for any referendum, but we did offer guidance to the MPS Board to balance the needs of the district with the ability of its citizenry to support a property tax increase.

Deans and Chairs Meeting

On Wednesday morning, the Deans and Chairs met for their monthly meeting. Kerry Korinek shared information about the new website for semester course scheduling. I followed Kerry’s presentation with a budget update. I shared with the Chairs that we have asked finance people from Chapman Hall to attend our January meeting to share insights into the new budget model.

I reminded the Chairs that their faculty workloads for 2020/21 are due this month. The Deans and Chairs will be undergoing part two of our outward mindset training on Thursday, January 16th at Bader Philanthropies. And last of all, I asked the chairs to review the 2014 workgroup’s recommendations for budget actions.

Hope Longwell-Grice asked about what type of technology support faculty need as we seek to determine what is available. She shared some of the insights Judith Jablonski debriefed with her during her experiences with the SOE. Hope also asked the Chairs if Sarah Osborne could visit an upcoming department meeting to talk about the timelines for submitting grant applications. Faculty who are pursuing grant applications should work with Sarah early on with the budget and not wait until the last minute prior to submission.

Jeremy Page followed Hope with a discussion on process and questions to ask the Dean of Students. We plan to invite the Dean of Students at an upcoming spring meeting.

Milwaukee Urban League Awards Luncheon

Right after the Deans and Chairs meeting, Lisa Litzsey and I drove to the Pfister hotel to attend the 60th Annual Urban League Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon where M3 was received an award for educational leadership. We sat at a table with four other Deans and their guests. It was a packed banquet room. I am hopeful that our Institute for Urban Education will be able to make meaningful connections to the Urban League and other relevant organizations to spur collaborations involving culturally responsive practices inside and outside the classroom.

Farewell to Judith Jablonski

On Thursday afternoon, the Academic Affairs staff held a farewell party for Judith Jablonski. References to Star Trek filled the air. Judith will be following her artistic, literary and research pursuits after leaving the School of Education. Thanks to Sarah Osborne and Rebecca Weber for setting up the celebration. All in attendance agreed that Judith had an impact and will be missed.

Judith Jablonski poses for a picture at her going away party.

Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee Meeting

On Friday morning, I hosted the bi-monthly EDGM meeting. We set our meetings for the spring and discussed DPI approval issues. Many of the institutions are not getting timely reviews (contrary to DPI’s statutory timeline of 60 days). Most institutions submitted their programs last April/May and have not heard back about their approvals.

We debriefed on the Celebration of Teachers and Teaching event and how this event might evolve in the future. One suggestion was to have each institution identify one veteran teacher of the year and give them an award. A sub-committee is going to work on the details and report out at our February meeting.

Mary Walz-Chojnacki Retirement Party

To end the work week, I attended Mary Walz-Chojnacki’s retirement party in the Denemark Lounge. It was a nice turnout and I wish Mary all the best as she graduates to the next phase of her life.

Cake for Mary Walz-Chojnacki at her retirement party.

December Graduation Ceremony

On Sunday morning, UWM held its graduation ceremony at Panther Arena. Graduation is always an exciting time of the year. This ceremony was special, because we awarded a doctoral degree posthumously to Dr. Lillie Pearl Adams, who passed away six years ago just before defending her dissertation. Her advisor was Larry Martin and he was there to escort Dr. Adams’s sister, Ms. Lola Harrison, who flew from Arkansas to participate in the ceremony and Mrs. Bettye Washington, another sister who lives in Milwaukee. It was special and a honor to be able to bring this award to fruition. I want to thank Larry Martin and Lillie Pearl Adams’s dissertation committee including Barb Daley along with help from the Graduate School to make this happen.


I want to congratulate Lisa Litzsey, program coordinator for the Institute for Urban Education for being selected to present at the CETL Conference on Teaching and Learning focused on Achieving Equity.


On Friday, Provost Johannes Britz informed me that Chancellor Mark Mone approved the Department of Administrative Leadership request for Dr. Elise Frattura to become Professor Emerita upon her official retirement after the spring semester. Congratulations Elise.


The School of Education is hosting a Holiday Donation Drive for Milwaukee Rescue Mission until December 20th (last day of finals week). They have made a Special Request for ~*NEW Toys*~. There will be a box in Enderis at the 1st floor elevators as well as a box in the 7th floor common area. Please reach out to Sammi ( if you have any questions.

Holiday Wish List ($10 minimum value, please)
New toys for children (infants to teens); Watches & jewelry; Perfumes/cologne; Lotions; Soaps & loofahs; Women’s robes & slippers; Wallets; Gift cards; Wrapping paper, gift bags and tissue paper — we need enough to wrap hundreds of gifts!

Urgent Needs
Toiletry/Resource Bag Items: 1 gallon zipper storage bags; deodorant—men and women; travel size lotions; travel size shampoos; travel size conditioners; single toothbrushes; travel size toothpaste; denture cream; single women’s/men’s razors (preferably 3 blade); family size shampoo and conditioner; ethnic/textured hair products; granola bars; non-perishable food items

Men’s Clothing (new or gently used): Men’s coats—all sizes; Men’s underwear (new only, boxers preferred)—all sizes, most specifically M, XL-4XL; Men’s bluejeans—all sizes and lengths, most specifically 32-38; Men’s sweatshirt/hoodies—all sizes, most specifically XL-4XL; Men’s tennis shoes—sizes 9-11.5 most specifically; Men’s long underwear/thermal sets (tops & bottoms)—all sizes, most specifically L-4XL

Women & Children’s Clothing (new or gently used): Women’s plus size coats—3X-4X; Women’s bluejeans—all sizes, especially plus sizes; Women’s leggings—all sizes, especially plus sizes; Women’s athletic shoes—size 8; Women’s underwear—new only, sizes 7,8,10; Women’s bras—sizes 32, 38, 48, 50, 52 (all cups); Girls’ sports bras—all sizes; Children’s jeans—sizes 6-12; Children’s clothing tops & bottom—all sizes, most specifically 2T-3T; Children’s shoes—all sizes, boy and girl; Children’s and women’s coats—most specifically plus-sizes

Year-Round Needs
Personal Care Items (new/unopened): Baby care items – diaper rash cream, Orajel, etc.; Shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.; Cold and cough medicine/cough drops; Pain relievers, like Tylenol and ibuprofen (non-alcoholic); Tissue, toilet paper, feminine products

Household Items: Home cleaning products (new/unopened); Kitchen tools and supplies; Paper products – plates, cups, napkins, etc.; Plastic spoons, forks, knives

Clothing/Accessories (new or gently used): Clothing (especially for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers); Socks, especially for toddlers; Women’s and children’s underwear (new); Men’s underwear (new; boxers preferred); Coats (winter and spring) for all ages; Clocks and watches; Men’s belts

Food: Canned fruits and vegetables; Bakery items; Lunch snacks – fruit, cereal bars, etc.;
Other nonperishable items

Want to donate but don’t have time to shop or look through your closets? Consider using the convenience of AmazonSmile! Simply go to, selecting Milwaukee Rescue Mission as your charity of choice and delivering to 830 N 19th Street, Milwaukee WI 53233. Amazon will then donate 0.5% of the purchase price to MRM!


  • 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