Here is this week's update from Academic Affairs:
The Chancellor and I will be attending a brown bag meeting with the College of Letters and Science from noon-1 p.m. in room 196 of the Honors House.
Later in the day I will have a budget and planning meeting with the School of Information Studies.
Mark Mone and I will be meeting with the Lubar School of Business leadership team (focus on overall strategic planning on campus).
Budget Model Working Group (BMWG) Open Session, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., in the Library's 4th Floor conference room. Robin Van Harpen and I have invited the BMWG and listening session participants for an open session to discuss the progress of the Budget Model Working Group to date. At this session, we will discuss and answer questions about the charge of the working group; the reason the working group was created; the timeline for completing the work; and the process we are engaging in to complete this work. In particular, we hope to update those interested about the progress of the work completed so far, including the listening sessions that have begun but are not yet completed. We will also address any questions or concerns about the current budget model and this important work.
Reminder: February 20 and March 5, Web Content Management Demonstration Sessions
To get feedback on improving campus Web content management services, UWM's Web Content Management Working Group invites the campus community to attend a demonstration of Drupal and WordPress web content management software.
View demonstration session dates and RSVP at:
View the working group's progress report at:
I attend the APBC at 8 a.m., followed at 10:30 by a meeting with the leadership team in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare (with Mark Mone on overall strategic planning). From 12-1 p.m. I will be participating in a Diversity Brown Bag in Union 340, followed by the Faculty Senate in the afternoon.
Mark Mone and I will be meeting with the School of Education leadership team (again on overall strategic planning) and then I will attend an Open House luncheon at the Chancellor's residence.
Please provide feedback on AD Candidates by Tuesday 7 p.m. to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Feedback will be viewed by Chancellor Lovell and Vice Chancellor Laliberte. Details of the candidates are available at: http://www.aux.uwm.edu/studentaffairs/pages/athletics-director-open-forum.php .
Center for Urban Initiatives Research working group (CUIR)
I have charged a CUIR working group on research support. This working group, chaired by Cindy Walker, is composed of faculty from across the campus, as well as researchers from CUIR. The group is conducting a survey to assess the methodological and statistical needs of our campus community, which will be used to help us prioritize needs as we try to develop the research infrastructure of our campus. The survey link can be found at http://epic.cuir.uwm.edu/Research_Needs . Your input is very important, so please take the time to complete this survey, which should take no longer than 5 minutes. Please complete this survey by Wednesday, February 27.
Digital Future events
Announcing two upcoming Digital Future talks: Patrick Schmitz, a UC-Berkeley semantic services architect who supports humanities and museum collections digital research and collections, will be visiting UWM on Thursday, February 28. He will be making two presentations:
“Working Smarter: Leveraging Enterprise IT models and ECM as a platform to deliver reusable, sustainable services” in Lubar S250 at 10:30 a.m.
and “Sharing the Love: Expanding Research IT to support social sciences and the humanities” in Curtin Hall 175 at 2 p.m.
To register, visit http://mydevelopment.uwm.edu/digitalfuture
Year of the Arts: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Early announcement for our year of the arts: FREE tickets for UWM faculty, staff and students - and your friends and family - are available now for a world-class performance by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on March 7, 7:30 p.m., at the Marcus Center. As part of the Year of the Arts, the UWM Music Department, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra have collaborated to bring Beyond the Score to Milwaukee. Tickets are available for pick-up at the Peck School Box Office in Zelazo, M-F, 12-4, or by calling the MSO at 414-291-7605 and mentioning the code BTS.
The Best Place to Work (BP2W) initiative went “live” with two opportunities that all employees can get involved in. One is the BP2W Champions awards, part of the rewards and recognition effort. Co-workers can nominate fellow employees for the award by clicking on the button on the homepage of www.bp2w.uwm.edu . Up to two champions will be chosen each month. See the website for more details on other guidelines and information on how to nominate someone. BP2W is also launching the Submit a BP2W Quick Win feature on the website. You are all encouraged to suggest possible BP2W quick wins through the website. See the website for details and examples.
Accreditation update: Assessment Showcase & First Friday (March 1)
In preparation for our accreditation: The first annual UWM Assessment Showcase will be held on March 1 from noon – 4 p.m. The program will include lunch, a keynote address by Jo Beld (Professor of Political Science and Director of Evaluation and Assessment at St. Olaf College), round-table discussions, and posters presented by UWM faculty, staff, and departments. Attendees will have opportunities to see and discuss many different techniques and strategies and to schedule follow-up meetings as desired with the presenters. The UWM First Friday reception and program, which follows at 4:00 p.m., will provide an opportunity to continue this informal interaction and other discussions. For more information or to request special accommodations, contact: Cheryl Jones, x6638. Registration information is at https://www4.uwm.edu/employeedev/longview.cfm?eventid=48181
Winter Academic Staff Meet & Eat
This ultimate Academic Staff networking opportunity is back! The program is taking place on Tuesday, February 26th from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Wisconsin Room. Bring business cards, if possible. Refreshments will be provided. Please email any dietary needs or special accommodations to Scott Peak at email@example.com.
Register at https://www4.uwm.edu/employeedev/longview.cfm?eventid=48254
Sponsored by the Academic Staff Orientation Committee and the Provost's Office. For more information or to request special accommodations, contact: Ericca Rolland, 229-6760.
Wisconsin Economic Scorecard
UWM’s Center for Urban Initiatives and Research (CUIR) has released the latest Wisconsin Economic Scorecard, a quarterly poll of Wisconsin residents regarding economic issues. Some highlights:
-Wisconsin residents are split over the pro-mining bill currently working its way through the state legislature (43% in favor/41% opposed/16% neutral), but a majority (52%) say environmental concerns outweigh the potential economic benefits of the proposed iron ore mine near Ashland.
-Regarding how funds from the projected state budget surplus should be allocated, 40% of residents would prioritize education spending, 33% would prioritize Medicaid funding, 16% would prioritize income tax cuts, and 10% would prioritize covering shortfalls in the state’s transportation fund.
You can listen to a discussion of the results on Milwaukee Public Radio (WUWM 89.7) or download the results at http://www4.uwm.edu/cuir/research/upload/Wisconsin-Economic-Scorecard-Q1-2013.pdf
Distinguished Professor Margaret Atherton, Department of Philosophy, is President of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association, 2012-2013. She will deliver her Presidential Address - "Dr. Johnson Kicks the Stone, Or Can the Immaterialisms of Berkeley's Principles and Three Dialogues Be Reconciled?" at the Central Division's 110th Annual Meeting, February 22, 2013, in New Orleans.
Mesut Akdere, Associate Professor in Administrative Leadership, just received the Early Career Award from the Academy of Human Resource Development. Mesut is currently serving his sabbatical as a visiting professor in Turkey. Well done Mesut!
Australia won the Women's cricket world cup...they beat West Indies in the final.
Congratulations also to Danica Patrick for her 196.434 mph lap!
...and today is Presidents Day, which was first celebrated in 1885.
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee