Good Morning, Colleagues:
Here is the update for the first week of the 2014-15 academic year:
- As mentioned in last Monday’s update, we have 34 new faculty and instructional staff joining us this year. Over the next month, I'll recognize our new colleagues by school and college. For this week, I extend a campus welcome to six new colleagues in the College of Engineering and Applied Science:
- Ali Borji, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- Robert Cuzner, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- Jie Jun Niu, Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
- Nathan Salowitz, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- Lingfeng Wang, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- Yin Wang, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering
- I have my regular meetings with a few deans and the Chancellor’s Cabinet also meets around noon.
- A day of meetings with direct reports and deans.
- I’m attending a Southwest Quad (SWQ) planning meeting in the afternoon.
- I’m making remarks at a joint Personnel Representative/Unit Business Representative (PREP/UBR) meeting.
- The Chancellor's Advisory Committee for LGBT+ Advocacy has its September meeting.
- In the afternoon, I have my regular meeting with Mark Schwartz (Chair of the University Committee).
- I will also attend the Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies event in the evening (see announcements).
- I'm attending a meeting on coordinating data initiatives on campus, which will be the charge of a new group led by Gesele Durham, Assistant Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Director, Assessment and Institutional Research.
- UWM faculty and instructional academic staff involved in the UW Flexible Option are attending a day-long faculty retreat for all UW campuses with current or planned Flex programs.
- You are all invited to the First Friday gathering, "Flashback First Friday", from 4 - 7 p.m. in the Union Terrace. The event is being sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, and more information will be sent out to the campus shortly.
From the Center for International Education
- The CIE Study Abroad Office will be hosting its Study Abroad Fair on Thursday, September 4 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Union Concourse. Come and learn about all of the exciting international academic opportunities available for the UWinteriM and Spring 2015 terms! See studyabroad.uwm.edu for more information about these amazing opportunities and many more.
From the Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies
- Eric Trager (Washington Institute for Near East Policy), will present, "From Mubarak to Morsi to Sisi – What is Egypt’s Future?” on Thursday, September 4 at 7 p.m. in the UWM Music Recital Hall. This event is FREE and open to the public.
Eric Trager is an expert on Egyptian politics and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. He was in Egypt during the 2011 anti-Mubarak revolts and returns frequently to conduct firsthand interviews with leaders in Egypt's government, military, political parties, media, and civil society. His writings have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, New Republic, and The Atlantic.
From Equity/Diversity Services
- The Office of Equity/Diversity offers monthly Title IX Training open to all UWM faculty and staff. The purpose of the training is to familiarize the campus community with Title IX legislation and inform UWM employees of their reporting obligations. All UWM employees are strongly encouraged to undergo this training. To register for one of the sessions listed below, please contact EDS at 229-5923 or email EDS Program Assistant Jared Holloway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Wednesday, September, 17 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Union 280
- Wednesday, October 15 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Union 280
- Wednesday, November 19 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Union 280
- Wednesday, December 10 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Union 280
From the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC)
- If your class or campus presentation includes videos, films, YouTube clips, or voice-over power points, please try to use materials that are already captioned. If you have deaf/hard of hearing students in a class and have media that is not captioned, you may contact email@example.com for assistance. Adding captions to media is time consuming and can take up to five business days.
Remind students to use Office 365 (not pantherLINK!)
- Returning students should be reminded that UWM launched a new email and calendar system on July 28 and they are encouraged to check their Office 365 accounts daily for official UWM email.
- This August, Graduate School Dean Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska became a fellow of the Microscopy Society of America.
Well done, Marija!
- UWM's U-Pace online instructional approach has won the the WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) award, which is given to colleges, universities, and organizations that are implementing exceptionally creative, technology-based solutions to contemporary challenges in higher education. Congratulations to U-Pace co-developers Diane Reddy (CETL, Psychology) and Ray Fleming (Psychology). See http://wcet.wiche.edu/advance/wow-media-release-2014.
- Junhong Chen, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, and partners from A.O. Smith, Badger Meter, have been awarded an NSF Partnerships for Innovation award for $800,000 for the “PFI:AIR – RA: Enabling low-cost, Real-time Monitoring of Heavy Metal Ions in Drinking Water” project.
- Urban Planning Assistant Professor Bob Schneider won the Best Paper Award at the World Society for Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR) Conference in Delft, the Netherlands, in June.
I hope you have a great week – and it is great to see all our students back on campus!
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee