The University Committee meet with the JS Editorial Board as it does annually. The main topic of discussion was UWM’s role as a research university and the loss of State support. We discussed the need to have a strong foundation across core disciplines to support specific areas of research, and how the role of the university is to generate new knowledge. No research area stand alone without being entwined in the fabric of the university. Graduate student education as also a prominent topic, particularly as it relates to attracting and retaining the best students that are critical piece of the intellectual energy behind discovery and scholarly activities. UC members expressed concern about the State’s lack of investment in UWM as Wisconsin’s urban research university, which is central to the success of SE Wisconsin and the State.
On another note, we enjoyed our visit to the Journal Sentinel Building, which is full of history. The building was designed by Frank D. Chase (Chicago) in 1924 and has features of the Art Modern style. Pictured: Distinguished Professor Robert Schwartz, sitting on the same bench where John F. Kenney sat in 1960.