Good morning colleagues:
Here is this week's update from Academic Affairs:
Sloan Consortium Blended Conference and Workshop annual conference proposals are due by midnight today. The conference will be held in Milwaukee at the downtown Hyatt. For more information, visit http://sloanconsortium.org/conference/2013/blended/call-for-presentations.
Winter Academic Staff Meet & Eat
This ultimate Academic Staff networking opportunity is back! The program is taking place on Tuesday, February 26 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Center for Urban Initiatives Research (CUIR) Survey
I would like to ask for your participation in an online survey to assess the methodological and statistical needs of our campus community. If you have knowledge or expertise in this area, please take 5 minutes to complete this survey:
The results will be used to help identify and prioritize research resources and develop a campus infrastructure to support various research functions. Please complete this survey by Wednesday, February 27. If you have any questions you may contact Cindy Walker at email@example.com. Thank you for your time!
I have a budget and planning meeting with the School of Continuing Education.
"Borders, Boundaries, and Peace" is an interdisciplinary conference that will take place Thursday and Friday at the Zilber School of Public Health. UWM's Partnership in Sustainability and Peacebuilding and the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies will be co-sponsoring the conference, which will feature a variety of presentations by faculty, students, and professionals from Wisconsin and throughout the U.S. More information at: http://www.uwsp.edu/cols-ap/WIPCS/Pages/Conferences/default.aspx. Registration is still open. Please contact Bridget Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
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. 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” Curtin 175 at 2 p.m.
To register, visit http://mydevelopment.uwm.edu/digitalfuture
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. in the Architecture & Urban Planning Commons. 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. 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
The March to Health First Friday celebration will be held from 4-6pm in the Architecture & Urban Planning Commons. Co-sponsored by the School of Architecture and Urban Planning and the School of Continuing Education.
Donna Jones (University of California, Berkeley) is speaking on “The Speculative Turn: Science Fiction & the State of the Novel Form” on Friday, March 1, at 3:30 p.m. in Curtin 175. Her talk is sponsored by The Center for 21st Century Studies (C21), www.c21.uwm.edu.
I will be participating in a visit with representatives from the Chinese Consulate's Chicago office.
Digital Future Campus Summit
March 13, 9-11:30 a.m. in the Wisconsin Room of the Student Union
Join campus colleagues for an update on the Digital Future initiative, featuring posters and a panel session of Digital Future grant recipients, updates on the Emerging Educational Initiatives group and the Flex Option redesign process, and a 'What's Next' panel.
Register at www.mydevelopment.uwm.edu/longview.cfm?eventid=48420.
The Libraries have produced an advocacy video, “Value of the UWM Libraries: Faculty Perspectives,” featuring John Berges, Associate Professor in Biological Sciences; Shelleen Greene, Assistant Professor in Art & Design; and Robert Smith, Associate Professor in History. It complements the Libraries' video created last fall on undergraduate views of the Libraries. Both short videos are available at http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/News/youtube.cfm.
Merrill Hall Closing for First Phase of Renovation
Bids have been received by the State of Wisconsin for the $8M project that will replace the majority of the air handling systems and add air conditioning to four former Downer buildings. The work will be done in three phases and require vacating Merrill, Holton, Johnston, and Greene Halls at different times. Contractors will release the final construction schedules in early March. The first phase will require the closing of Merrill Hall so work can begin by an estimated date of June 17. Merrill is expected to remain closed for the summer and fall semesters of 2013. The campus is working with effected departments on temporary relocation plans for Merrill offices, classrooms, and instructional labs by early June. Additional relocation details and official construction dates for all four buildings will be announced once the official schedules are received from the State’s contractors in March.
TRIO and Pre-College
The TRIO and Pre-College 2nd Annual Parent Conference will be held on Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Student Union ballroom. Featured topics include a college student panel, Internet risks and safety, and youth empowerment and hip-hop. Call 229-2845 for more information.
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.
Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership (WWHEL)
A reminder of the March WWHEL gathering: PATHWAYS TO ACADEMIC AND SCHOLARLY LEADERSHIP
Date: Tuesday, March 5
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Place: 4th floor UWM Libraries Conference Center.
Panel discussion with the women who are UWM Distinguished Professors. Join in networking over light refreshments followed by a moderated panel discussion on pathways to scholarly leadership with these Distinguished Professors: Carolyn Aita (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Margaret Atherton (Philosophy), Nadya Fouad (Educational Psychology), Jane Gallop (English), Merry Wiesner-Hanks (History). This event is designed for graduate students and post-docs who are interested in pathways to the professoriate; faculty who are building their careers towards nationally and internationally recognized scholarly leadership; staff and administrators who support the professional development of our faculty and students. Co-sponsored by UWM Libraries, Graduate School, and WWHEL, in collaboration with the UWM Mentoring Program and the Women's Resource Center
UWM Authors Recognition Ceremony
UWM Libraries and the Graduate School invite you to the UWM Authors Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, March 13 at 3 p.m. in the fourth floor Conference Center of the Golda Meir Library, honoring faculty and staff who have published books (and other forms of scholarly activities such as recordings) since September 2011. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email email@example.com, call 229-4345, or visit http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/News/uwmauthors_call2013.cfm
Dave Clark, Associate Professor in English, has won one of his field's highest honors, the Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication, from the Society for Technical Communication. Congratulations, Dave!
Linda Scalzo, Nursing, has earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) after meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing (NLN). From 2006-2011, she was a scholar with Wisconsin Technology Enhanced Collaborative Nursing Education (WI-TECNE) through a HRSA grant. The credential establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice, demonstrates nursing faculty members’ expertise in their roles, and communicates to students, peers, and the academic and health care communities that they have achieved the highest standards of excellence.
UWM doctoral student Kristopher Thomas received the Cutting Edge Research Award from the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) at its Annual International Conference in the Americas in Washington, DC on February 17.
Angel Hessel, Teaching Academic Staff in the School of Education, was one of six educators selected by the Department of Public Instruction to serve as a statewide trainer for building local capacity in the evaluation of the edTPA. The edTPA is a performance-based assessment affecting the education of teacher candidates nationally. Angel's selection speaks to her strengths in professional development and reflects her leadership in the School of Education as the edTPA coordinator.
Seniors Sasha Sigel (Peace Studies and Theatre) and Jared Blommel (Biological Sciences and Spanish) who were selected as UWM's finalists in this year's UW-System Liberal Arts Essay competition. Their essays will go on to compete against finalists from the other UW-System schools for a $2000 scholarship.
From the Association of Research Libraries - a rather significant announcement:
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee