I hope you enjoy the spring break. Here is this week's update from Academic Affairs:
I am visiting Catholic Memorial High School with Chancellor Lovell. In the afternoon I will have a budget and planning meeting with the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
Persian New Year (called Norooz) arrives exactly with the arrival of spring today at almost 6:00 a.m. A "Happy Norooz" message to all Iranian students and faculty!
I will be attending a Strategic Planning and Best Place to Work Steering Committee meeting; later in the day I have a budget and planning meeting with the School of Education and also a budget meeting with the Graduate School.
I will have a budget and planning meeting with the Peck School of the Arts.
The School of Freshwater Sciences will have its budget and planning meeting.
Part of the Chapman/Enderis Parking Lot is temporarily closed, as of last Friday. The Main (North) Entry Door of Chapman Hall will be closed due to this construction project. This is necessary for the Utility Lateral Replacement Project, which will replace buried steam and chilled water lines in this area. The project's first phase involves chilled water piping replacement and will last sometime into April. This will then be followed by the steam piping replacement phase, with a slightly different construction boundary, which will last through the summer into August 2013.
Here's a summary of the U.S. News & World Report's rankings of UWM's various specialties:
http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/university-of-wisconsin-milwaukee-240453/overall-rankings . [Well done to the MLIS program (SOIS), which is now ranked 15th]
Center for Urban Initiatives and Research Annual Conference
The Center for Urban Initiatives and Research's annual conference will be held on Wednesday, May 29 at the Italian Community Center. It is titled, "Restorative Practices: Repairing Harm and Building Communities" and features national experts Carl Stauffer from Eastern Mennonite University and Kay Pranis from the Minnesota Department of Corrections, along with local voices including former skinhead, Arno Michaelis, and Sikh Temple of Wisconsin member, Pardeep Kaleka. This conference will focus on the principles, methods, evidence, and application of restorative practices, and how restorative practices can help us all move toward building a better community. Registration in now open, and the conference is expected to be sold out. You may register online at www.tinyurl.com/cuirconference if you'd like to attend.
Graduate School Dean Search
The search and screen committee has been finalized and thanks to Tracey Heatherton who agreed to serve as chair. The committee will start its work soon.
Internal Funding Opportunity
The Advisory Committee on Educational Technology invites proposals from the campus for one-time funds in 2013-14, supporting projects in line with the intent of the Educational Technology Fees and Digital Future planning goals. The deadline for applications is April 8, 2013.
The Lubar School of Business is recruiting for an Associate Dean for Masters Programs; see http://jobs.uwm.edu/postings/12817
Golda Meir Library Scholarship Award
The Graduate School has posted the application form link on the Grad School website. Michael Liston asks that you please bring this to the attention of the doctoral students. The link:
College of Nursing Survey
A request from the College of Nursing: Please help UWM researchers understand parents' thoughts about family health and wellness by completing a brief online survey on Parental Views of Promoting Family Health through Worksite Wellness. Wanted: employed parents who have children 2-18 years of age, are English speaking and reading, and are willing to share thoughts on health and wellness by completing an online survey. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete, and is completely anonymous. Please click on the following link to go to survey: http://tiny.cc/parentssurvey.
At its reception last week the UWM Research Foundation recognized UWM researchers who have received patents in the last year including: Brian Armstrong, Electrical Engineering; Junhong Chen, Mechanical Engineering; Yi-Qiang (Eric) Cheng, Biological Sciences; James Cook, Chemistry; Graham Moran, Chemistry; and Lei Ying, Electrical Engineering.
Last week a UWM recruitment delegation consisting of Kevin Beisser (CIE), Shane Haensgen (Grad School), Dr. Guilherme Indig (Chemistry), Heidi Matera (ESL), and Twyla McGhee (SOIS) returned from a highly successful recruitment tour of Brazil. In addition, part of the group met with Brazilian governmental agencies to discuss (on behalf of UW-System President Kevin Reilly) a possible UW-System agreement with Brazil to bring more scholarship students to Wisconsin and UWM. In addition, a Memorandum of Intent was signed between the Institute of Chemistry of the prestigious University of Sao Paulo and the UWM Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
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