Here are this week’s updates from Academic Affairs:
-This will be a busy week: on Monday afternoon there will be a meeting on the Intercampus Research Incentive Grant Program at the University Club (a joint initiative with Madison); on Tuesday, I meet with the University Committee and attend the UWM Chancellor's Society Reception (a recognition of donors) that evening in the Klotsche Center - just before the volleyball game, which is versus Marquette; on Thursday, I meet with the leadership team of the Peck School of the Arts to discuss, amongst other items, the dean search; and on Friday, the Information Technology Policy Committee (the discussion will focus on the further development of a cyber research infrastructure on campus) and the Budget Model working group will meet.
-All are invited to the Halloween extravaganza being put on in the Union all day Wednesday. The Chancellor has invited me along for a jousting session with students at around 12:30 p.m. More information on the festivities is on the Union Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/uwm.student.union.
-I am pleased to announce a third round of Digital Future small grants funding to better position UWM for the challenges of digitization in higher education. Proposals are due by November 26, and the RFP is at http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/digitalfuture/grants/envisioning-round3.cfm. Information on prior grant recipients can be accessed at http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/digitalfuture/grants/index.cfm.
-During the annual Business Equality Luncheon held at the Harley Davidson Museum October 25, Paul Fairchild, president and CEO of the Cream City Foundation, announced a new partnership with UWM's Center for Urban Initiatives & Research (CUIR) and the Milwaukee LGBT Center to conduct a comprehensive seven-county needs assessment of the LGBT community. This will be the first time in the state's history that a needs assessment of this community will be completed. This is truly an honor for UWM to be included, and the needs assessment will be used for years to come to provide services to the LGBT community, ranging from homeless youth to job equality.
-There will be a Digital File Storage Roundtable Session on Wednesday, November 14, 10:00-11:00 a.m. in Union 191 facilitated by interim CIO Jacques du Plessis. The purpose is to learn more about faculty and staff data storage needs. In order to help inform the discussion, there is an online survey (https://milwaukee.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bBZwq7oQLL05tMV) faculty and staff are encouraged to complete, even if they are unable to attend the session. For more information about the session, visit the Campus News Announcement at http://www4.uwm.edu/news/announcements/?action0=announcements_detail&item_id=20348.
-From Vice Chancellor Joan Prince: The Business Journal is accepting nominations for its annual 40 Under 40 awards. The award honors Milwaukee-area individuals under the age of 40 who are making a difference in their professions and communities. The deadline for submitting a 40 Under 40 nomination is December 10. Send nominations to Todd Bragstad at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/nomination/24481 to complete a nomination form. Please copy Joan at email@example.com so that nominations can be tracked for the Best Place to Work initiative.
-Academic Staff Professional Development Award Guidelines are available for the 2012-13 year. The deadline for submission is November 30, 2012, 4:30 p.m. Visit the Secretary of the University website for more details. Award guidelines are at http://www4.uwm.edu/secu/acad_staff/standing_com/as_awards_com/call-for-nominations.cfm.
-A reminder: Please join the College of Nursing and the School of Information Studies as we celebrate 'All Things Milwaukee!'
Friday, November 2, 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Cunningham G40 (Enter from Hartford Ave.). Indulge in foods and drinks that made Milwaukee Famous!
-From University Communications and Media Relations: UWM recently submitted a video to DearMKE, a city-wide project sponsored by Visit Milwaukee (among others) to collect "love letters" to the city. Our video is called "Explore Milwaukee (UWM Style)" and can be seen here: http://dearmke.com/detail/891. It's proved pretty popular so far! Give it a watch, and if you're so inclined, a "like" on the DearMKE site.
-The Department of Geosciences announced the passing of Emeritus Professor Richard A. Paull (also know as Dick or RAP). Here is his obituary in the Denver Post: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/denverpost/obituary.aspx?pid=160639418#fbLoggedOut
-Dr. David Beaulieu, Director of the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education, who was appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Indian Education Association (NIEA). Founded in 1970, the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) is the largest organization in the nation dedicated to Native education advocacy issues and embraces a membership of nearly 4,000 American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiians. Dr. Beaulieu had previously served on the board from 2003-2007 and as President in 2005-2006.
-The Department of Admissions and Recruitment, and all of the faculty and staff who are responsible for the success of the 2012 UWM Open House. I spent some time on Friday and Saturday doing a 'walkabout' of the booths at the Union, and was very impressed with the level of participation, both from prospective students and their parents, and from UWM representatives. I took a picture of Jan Ford and Housing Director Scott Peak with their coffee....http://www.flickr.com/photos/66798555@N03/8133093591/.
Some personal news:
-Last Thursday, Linda (my wife) and I became U.S. citizens at the Milwaukee Federal Courthouse and then proceeded the next day to vote for the first time! http://www.flickr.com/photos/66798555@N03/sets/72157631860035752/show/.
Take care and have a good week,
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee