Good Morning, Colleagues,
- To all involved in our successful Commencement event! More than 2,100 students received diplomas yesterday!
- The Peck School of the Arts secured funding for a new program called ArtsECO that will develop teachers as change-makers backed by a strong and sustainable community of non-profit arts organizations and K-16 school partnerships. Kim Cosier (Associate Dean) and Josie Osborne (Director of the First Year Program in Art and Design) worked with faculty, students, and others to develop a proposal to fund ArtsECO. Candance Doerr-Stevens, Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Instruction, has joined Cosier and Osborne as Co-PI. The program is supported by a $548,000 two-year grant (with possibility of renewal for up to 10 years) from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. Well done . . . Scott is a very proud Dean!
- The U-Pace approach, as designed by Diane Reddy (Director, CETL), has been named as one of the Higher Ed Tech Tools and Approaches to watch in 2015:
- Congratulations to all of the community-engaged faculty, staff, and students at UWM. Last week, UW-Milwaukee was named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which is the highest recognition by the federal government that an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning, and civic engagement.
Here is a synopsis of the week (still a lot of meetings):
I start the week meeting with VC for Finance and Administrative Affairs Robin Van Harpen. I then have a UW System Provosts videoconference. Agenda items include Developmental/Remedial Education, UW System Undergraduate Transfer Policy, Faculty Workload, and Engineering Program Array Analysis. There is also a CEMAT (Enrollment Management) meeting later in the day, with discussion on admissions criteria. There is no Chancellor’s Cabinet meeting (we normally skip the Monday after Graduation).
The Campus Holiday Party is from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Union Ballroom and I encourage everyone to attend! The College of Nursing has its annual budget and academic planning meeting, and I’m attending the first meeting of the College of Health Sciences Dean Search and Screen Committee meeting to give the charge. I also have meetings with direct reports, plus I have my weekly meeting with Interim Chancellor Mark Mone.
I have additional direct report meetings, a budget and planning meeting with the Graduate School, and the Data Analytics Working Group meets in the afternoon, when we will discuss development of a data hub on the web, continued work on needs assessment, and the creation of a steering committee.
I meet with VC for Student Affairs Michael Laliberte. I also have several direct report meetings, as well as my monthly meeting with Secretary of the University Trudy Turner. The Faculty Senate meets and I will attend.
I’m attending a meeting on the digital humanities, otherwise it’s a day of brief meetings with direct reports and other colleagues as we try to fit everything in prior to winter break!
On Public Health Lecture Series
- Steve Gradus, Director of the City of Milwaukee Health Department Public Health Laboratories Division, will present, “The Role of the Public Health Laboratory: Good Data Drives Good Policy – The Milwaukee Experience,” on December 16 from 12-1:30 p.m. at the Zilber School of Public Health, see
Military and Veterans Resource Center Temporary Relocation
- The UWM Military and Veterans Resource Center (MAVRC) office in WG99 will be undergoing construction for an expansion project starting December 13 and will be temporarily relocated to Student Union Room 181 (for office space) and Student Union Room 183 (for student veteran social lounge, study space, and visitor information desk). People can continue to reach MAVRC by phone at (414)229-7211 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The unit will return to its regular location around mid-February.
- Resolve to learn more about Office 365!
Register for a free, hands-on training class at http://learningtechniques.uwm.edu, download training manuals at http://learntechnow.uwm.edu, or search the UWM Knowledge Base at https://kb.uwm.edu.
- Call for Applications: Travel Awards to Support Overseas Field Research Experiences for Undergraduates. The Center for International Education (CIE) and the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) plan to award travel funding to faculty and academic staff to support overseas field research experiences for undergraduates in spring or summer 2015. Most awards are expected to be in the $1000-$3000 range, and may be used to fund faculty/academic staff and student travel. The application deadline is Friday, January 30. Full details, including application guidelines, are available at http://bit.ly/OverseasUGResearch.
From the Libraries
- Faculty and instructors: The spring 2015 semester preferred deadline to submit your Reserve materials requests and purchases is December 30, 2014. This earlier-than-usual date is due to internal library system changes. For more information, see http://uwm.edu/libraries/spring-2015-library-reserve-materials-deadline/.
Have a great week!
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee