SOIS Dean candidates this week:
-The three finalists for the position of Dean of the School of Information Studies will be visiting campus this week. Their CVs and campus interview schedules are now on line at: http://www4.uwm.edu/secu/news_events/sois-dean/sois-dean-search.cfm. Their campus interview dates and open forum sessions are listed below.
-Dr. Caroline Haythornthwaite: November 26 and 27, 2012
Open Forum: Monday, November 26 , 2:30 p.m., Union Wisconsin Room
-Dr. Allison Druin: November 27 and 28, 2012
Open Forum: Tuesday, November 27 , 2:30 p.m, Union Wisconsin Room
-Dr. Diane Sonnenwald: November 29 and 30, 2012
Open Forum: Thursday, November 29 , 2:30 p.m., Union Wisconsin Room
-The Chancellor and I will be participating in a Brown Bag discussion session with School of Architecture and Urban Planning and Peck School of the Arts faculty and staff at noon today in AUP 110.
- I will attend the Graduate School cabinet meeting.
-The Emerging Educational Initiatives advisory group will meet to discuss prior learning assessment, dual degrees, MOOCs, and the flex degree option.
-Several flex degree option events this week: Wednesday morning UWM will be the host of a news conference by president Kevin Reilly on the new flex degree/certificate option. We have four possible participants - Nursing (RN to BSN, and RN to MN), professional writing (certificate), College of Health Sciences (diagnostic imaging) and School of Information Studies (BSIST degree), and on Thursday there will be a workshop on competency-based assessment for faculty in these programs.
-As Goes Janesville, an award-winning, feature-length documentary, will screen at UWM on Wednesday evening (7:00 p.m.) at the Union Theatre. It will be followed by a Q&A panel discussion moderated by director Brad Lichtenstein. The following afternoon on Thursday Lichtenstein also will lead a discussion with UWM students about the issues the film raises. All events are free and open to the public.
-The Academic Deans Council meeting. Agenda items include effort reporting; the comprehensive campaign; student recruitment; and internships (general discussion).
-APBC meeting at 8:00 a.m.
-The Institute of World Affairs (IWA) will be hosting the internationally renowned Egyptian journalist and blogger Wael Abbas. He will provide a first-hand account of the human rights situation in his country in the aftermath of the Revolution. The program will be held in the Golda Meir Library Conference Center this Thursday from 7:00-8:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
-The Online Program Council meets from 10:30-noon in Lubar S250. Agenda items include 1) Supporting Blended and Online Students Through Teaching, Tutoring, and Advising (Simone Conceição, Johanna Dvorak, Jessica Hutchings, and Tobby Deutsch); and 2) LTC Cool Tools (Dylan Barth).
-The IWA and Department of Anthropology will also host Dr. Philip Lancaster for a discussion of sexual and gender-based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr. Lancaster is the former Director of the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Division of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Congo and Coordinator of the UN Panel of Experts. The program will be held this Friday from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in Union E280 and is free and open to the public.
Other announcements and calls:
-I asked the APBC, APCC, RPC and the GFC for their input regarding the 2 proposed models for the Graduate School's administrative structure. The plan is for the Chancellor to present a final proposal to the Faculty Senate in January (2013).
-All are invited to attend a special Digital Future meeting of the Academic Deans Council on December 4, from 2:30 - 5:15 p.m. in Curtin 175. The session will feature the presentation "The Promise and Perils of Innovation: Competitive Challenges to the Traditional Higher Education Model" by Matthew R. Pellish, Director of Strategic Research at the Education Advisory Board (they are based in Washington DC). The presentation will feature, among other topics, MOOC initiatives around the country as well as similar digital initiatives.
-The Center for 21st Century Studies (C21) is now accepting applications from UWM faculty for its 2013-14 fellowships. Deadline is December 13. Details can be found at www.c21.uwm.edu.
-With the leadership of Dean Stan Stojkovic, a proposed Institute for Urban Agriculture & Nutrition is in the planning stage. A reception for potential community partners was held on November 12. If you are interested in providing feedback on this initiative, please contact Bonnie Halvorsen, Outreach Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-For the fourth consecutive year, UWM hosted the National McNair Research Conference and Graduate Fair, co-sponsored by the Mid-America Association for Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP). The program is designed to assist students from low-income families who will be the first in their families to receive a four-year undergraduate degree, as well as students from underrepresented racial/ethnic populations in graduate education. The Grand Geneva Resort served as the site for the second year in a row, and there were nearly 500 students, staff and graduate fair exhibitors in attendance. Special thanks to the Provost's staff, the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Office for Global Inclusion and Engagement, the Graduate School, and the Letters and Science IT Office for their enormous contributions to make this conference a success.
-The UWM Libraries invite proposals for the 2013 Fromkin Research Grant and Lectureship. The grant ($5000 per award) encourages and assists UWM scholars in all fields of study to conduct research on individuals, groups, movements, and ideas, in the Americas and elsewhere, which have influenced the quest for social justice and human rights in the United States. Applications must be received by Friday, November 23, 2012. For more information about the grant and application, visit http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/special/fromkin/grant.cfm
-Please consider making a monetary donation to the Hunger Task Force (HTF) this year. Go to the UW Credit Union in the Student Union and donate to the UWM Service account, number 0470283202. They need your non-perishables! Chapman and Engelmann Halls are participating in a Hunger Task Force 'donation smack down' and both could use your help in surpassing the other. The building collecting the greatest number of items will be the winner! And, I have it on good authority that there is talk of a guacamole sale in Engelmann and a bake sale in Chapman to benefit the food drive.
-Truesillia Ruth Shank, Community Outreach Specialist for UWM’s Children’s Environmental Health Sciences Core Center /COEC, and Juan Carlos Ruiz, co-chairs of the Cleaner Valley Coalition (CVC), who accepted the Wisconsin Asthma Coalition's ’WAC Award’ on behalf of the CVC for their commitment to improving air quality. The CVC received the award for their work to improve outdoor air quality. The CVC declared victory in August when We Energies announced they would no longer burn coal at the We Energies Menomonee Valley Coal Plant effective December, 2015. The CVC has pressured We Energies to clean up the coal plant in the Menomonee Valley. The Valley Coal Plant lacks adequate pollution controls and is a significant source of soot and smog, which research has linked in other communities to serious health problems like asthma attacks, heart attacks, and strokes.
-SARUP Associate Professor Chris Cornelius, who won the Richard B. Ferrier Prize for Best Physical Delineation in the 2012 Ken Roberts Architectural Delineation Competition. The Ken Roberts is the oldest architectural drawing competition currently in operation anywhere in the world.
-Michael Newman and Elana Levine, Journalism and Media Studies, whose book, Legitimating Television: Media Convergence and Cultural Status, won the Critical and Cultural Division of the National Communication Association's Best Book award. It was presented at the recent NCA conference in Orlando.
-Clark Evans, Atmospheric Science, whose work was featured on the PBS program "NOVA" about super storm Sandy. The streaming link can be found at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/inside-the-megastorm.html.
-Ph.D. students Sarah Keogh and Caitlin Boyle, guided by Assoc. Prof. Arijit Sen, who represented the School of Architecture and Urban Planning's Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures program at the Urban History Association Conference in New York City at the end of October. Their panel, “Resolving Cultural Contact Through Placemaking,” engaged the conference theme The Cosmopolitan City. The criteria for selection to present at this prestigious conference were particularly competitive, and included papers from several distinguished authorities in the field.
-November is Native American Heritage Month. See http://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/index.html
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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee