Here are this week’s updates from Academic Affairs:
-There are three important meetings in Madison this week: The Board of Regents meet Thursday ( http://www.uwsa.edu/bor/meetings/archive/2012.htm ). There will be a special presentation on veterans education with representation from UWM, including interim campus veterans coordinator Lia Coryell and student Corie Richardson. Thursday afternoon the Center for Placement Testing Advisory Board will meet and Friday there will be a joint Provost - Chief Financial Officer meeting. We will discuss among other items, space planning.
-Later today I will attend the all staff meeting of the School of Continuing Education and Tuesday I meet with the leadership team of CEAS. I have set up similar meetings with leadership teams of all the Schools and Colleges and will use this opportunity to answer questions and to discuss among other items, the budget and academic planning. Thursday I will also attend the APBC meeting before traveling to Madison.
-Larry Goldstein (Budget Consultant) will be on campus Wednesday through Friday. He will have extensive meetings with the Budget Model Working Group.
-This year's Annual Campus Food Drive is well under way, with over 120 boxes deployed across campus. New this year: All monetary donations to the Food Drive can be made at the UW Credit Union on the 1st floor of the Student Union. Simply request that the donation be made the 'UWM Service' account. Note to anyone with a spare canned good: stop by the Student Success Center or the LGBT Resource Center between 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, and they'll trade you a piece of pizza for your non-perishable donation!
-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 email@example.com or visit http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/nomination/24481 to complete a nomination form. Please copy Joan at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
-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.
-The Growth Agenda announcement from UW System, along with a Request for Proposals, was sent to deans and division heads over the weekend. This grants program seeks to fund proposals that will result in substantive programmatic and/or institution-wide change (single or multiple institutions) in support of institutional and systemwide goals for the Growth Agenda for Wisconsin. All proposals should be signed off by deans or division heads and forwarded electronically to Phyllis King (email@example.com) by January 28, 2013. Two proposals will be selected and forwarded from UWM to the UW System review committee by the due date of February 20, 2013. The URL for the Request for Proposals will be available soon.
-SOIS Dean's Search update: We hope to have finalists on campus by the end of November.
Some other events this week:
-From the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies: Palestinian writer Samir El-Youssef speaks on “Writing for Peace" at 7:00 p.m. at Boswell Book Company, 2559 North Downer Avenue. http://www4.uwm.edu/jewishstudies/images/R&R%208-12(1).pdf.
-From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Center for Urban Initiatives and Research (Engelmann Hall Basement) will be hosting the 14th Annual Engelmann Hall Silent Auction. The Auction (and mini-flea market) is held in collaboration with the employees of Engelmann Hall with all proceeds going to the State and University Employees' Combined Giving Campaign (SECC). A lunch (sub sandwiches with chips and a soda for $3.50) will be served from 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. There will also be a variety of auction items on which to bid (i.e., hotel & restaurant gift certificates, Milwaukee Bucks tickets, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concert Voucher, Green Bay Packers souvenir football, etc.). It is sure to be a good time for a good cause!
-The Libraries invite you to the 2012 Wilkommen GeoFocus Lecture in the AGS Library on Thursday, November 8, featuring Dr. Lawson Brigham, Distinguished Professor of Geography and Arctic Policy, University of Alaska Fairbanks, speaking on “The New Maritime Arctic: Global Connections and Changing Access.” In addition to his academic career, Dr. Lawson has also served in the Coast Guard, captaining a polar icebreaker; he will offer a brown bag lunch talk on his polar adventures on Wednesday, November 7. http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/News/geofocus12.cfm.
-A special event that Film Studies will be hosting Friday at 3:00 p.m. in Mitchell 191: "Entertainment Market Research: Costs, Benefits and Pitfalls." NBC Universal Vice President Justin Wyatt provides insight into the world of media market research, qualitative and quantitative, using examples from broadcast/cable television and digital media.
-We salute veterans November 12-16 with “Bringing It Home,” a series of special events that includes a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new campus Military and Veterans Resource Center (MAVRC). On the 12th (next Monday) at 9:00 a.m. a ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at the Center, which is located on the ground floor of the UWM Union in the Terrace area. Programming includes a panel composed of military and student veterans discussing the transition from the military to campus culture at UWM. The Chancellor will also speak and Associate Professor Virginia Stoffel and Graduate Student Nikhil Tomar will make presentations. More information and updates are available at uwm.edu/veterans/ or contact at the Military and Veteran Resource Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 414-229-7211.
-Deanna Ding from L & S ask me to share the following with the campus: The presentation of the fifth Dean's Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities. Dr. Arjun Appadurai from New York University will present "Subprime Personhood: The Human Logic of the Financial Crisis" on November 15 at 3:30 p.m. in the Zelazo Center. Dr. Appadurai specializes in contemporary and global social-cultural anthropology and will reference the work of French social thinker Emile Durkheim to examine some of the underlying logic of the financial crisis of 2008.
-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.
-The Peck School of the Arts, for an outstanding Year of the Arts program celebrating the School's distinguished record of accomplishment. See http://thirdcoastdigest.com/2012/11/at-uwm-an-immense-year-of-the-arts/ for community coverage. The Year of the Arts is in full-swing with events, performances, exhibits, and screenings happening almost every day! Many of these events are free or offered at a special discounted ticket price for UWM faculty, staff and students. Please visit yoa.uwm.edu to find out more.
-Paul Roebber, who has accepted the new position of Associate Dean of Academic and Administrative Affairs in the School of Freshwater Sciences. Congratulations Paul - now it is official :)
-The UWM women's soccer team, who won a 1-0 victory over Wright State in the final game of the Horizon League Championship yesterday at Engelmann Stadium. The Panthers (8-8-1) won their fifth-straight league tournament title, and ninth overall, and will now advance to a school-record fifth-straight NCAA Tournament. http://www.uwmpanthers.com/sports/w-soccer/recaps/110412aaa.html
- ... well done to the Packers and two very important cricket test series will start in the coming days: England versus India (in India) and South Africa versus Australia (in Australia) - details at cricinfo.com
- ...remember to vote!
- ...the Chancellor, Mark Schwartz and I were able to defeat the students last week at jousting - evidence included: http://www.flickr.com//photos/66798555@N03/sets/72157631931345080/show/
Take care and have a good week,
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee