Alum-funded Ziemer Clinical Simulation Center to open this fall

James Ziemer (inset). Portrait from investor.textron.com .

The James and Yvonne Ziemer Clinical Simulation Center, in the College of Nursing, will open in Fall 2022. Built with funding from a $1 million gift from the Ziemers, the center is in Building C of the Northwest Quadrant. Following is the UWM Report article from April 2015 that announced the gift.


Ziemers donate $1 million to UWM to help fill growing nursing shortage in Wisconsin

Originally appeared April 21, 2015 in the UWM Report.

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A $1 million gift from James and Yvonne Ziemer to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing will strengthen UWM’s ability to fill a growing nursing shortage in Wisconsin. The gift will fund a clinical simulation center on the university’s Kenwood Campus, which is home to Wisconsin’s largest nursing program. The James and Yvonne Ziemer Clinical Simulation Center will enable the college to increase its in-demand training programs by up to 30 percent, providing UWM nursing students with state-of-the-art, experiential learning in simulated clinical settings. 

UWM Chancellor Mark Mone described the Ziemers’ gift as “transformational,” both for UWM and the region.


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“The new James and Yvonne Ziemer Clinical Simulation Center will be a place for innovative clinical learning, not only for our nursing students, but for students from our College of Health Sciences, and from many other UWM Schools and Colleges,” Mone said. “Integrated professional development at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary learning will be made possible here.” 

“We are so grateful to the Ziemers for their vision and extraordinary generosity,” added Sally Lundeen, dean of the College of Nursing. “Their gift in support of the simulation center assures us that our College of Nursing will remain among the top nursing education programs in the country for many years to come and will provide the cornerstone for innovative interprofessional health education and research.”

Yvonne Ziemer

Named after James Ziemer (UWM degrees: BBA, 1975; MBA, 1986; Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science, 2008), the former CEO and president of Harley-Davidson, Inc., and his wife, the center will provide a “real world” environment for teaching, learning, and research where students are trained in patient care through use of models, manikins, medical equipment and living patients.

“This gift expresses our hope that our children, and our grandchildren, and all families within our community, will have access to the highest quality nursing care,” the Ziemers explained in a joint statement.

“We know that UWM has outstanding students and faculty, and they need our support to expand their capacity to meet the workforce needs of the future,” adds the couple, who live in the greater Milwaukee area. They have two daughters, Caryn and Lisa, and five grandchildren.

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