I hope you had a restful long weekend. Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs:
Dr. Winston Van Horne passed at 11:25 a.m. on Friday, May 24, 2013. As one of his close colleagues relayed to me, "He birthed a discipline, at once father and mother, but he would always say that Africology was simultaneously the newest discipline and the oldest." His contributions to the College of Letters and Science, UWM, the UW-System, and the community at large were indeed enormous! He will be greatly missed. Information on a memorial service will be forwarded when available. Last April, the College of Letters and Science dedicated the Winston Van Horne Seminar Room and videotaped the celebration of Winston's contributions to the University. See http://vimeo.com/66270056.
-Visitors from Kijeon College in South Korea will be on campus.
-As part of the academic planning process, there will be a campus space planning retreat held at the Cozzens Cudahy Center in Brown Deer. Participants will include deans, other academic leaders, governance leaders, and units responsible for campus facilities and space planning in the Division of Finance and Administrative Affairs. The agenda is available at http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/planningbudget/acadplan12-13/29may/agenda.pdf. This retreat follows a successful Academic Planning retreat held last Thursday on campus. We are making good progress with the academic planning process and the calendar of events is available at http://www4.uwm.edu/planningportal/.
Thursday and Friday
-A number of faculty and staff (including me) will be attending the UW System-sponsored LEAP 2.0: Integrating Liberal Education into a Changing Landscape conference in Madison. Day two of the conference focuses on the UW Flexible Option, and, as the lead institution for Flex development, UWM faculty and staff are well represented on the agenda. See http://liberaleducation.uwsa.edu/.
-UWM Digital Future Unconference proposals are due Friday (see under announcements.)
-Dean of the Graduate School recruitment
Recruitment is now open for our new Dean of the Graduate School and the search will continue into the fall semester. The position description and call for applications can be downloaded from this link:
-Invitation from Chancellor
An invitation from the Chancellor to celebrate the construction of the first research facilities at Innovation Campus on Wednesday, June 5: http://www4.uwm.edu/chancellor/rsvp/innovationcampus/.
Please RSVP by May 30.
-Educational Technology Fee Advisory Committee Recommendations
The Educational Technology Fee Advisory Committee has made its recommendations for fiscal year 2013-14. In addition to supporting continuing projects in UITS, Panther Academic Support Services, the Geographic Information Systems Council, and the UWM Libraries, the following projects were funded:
Large Format Color Printing for Students, University Relations
UWM Mobile Apps, University Relations
Texthelp Read and Write Gold, Student Accessibility Center
Student Computers for Access and Academic Success, Panther Academic Support Services
E-Journal Subscriptions: JSTOR Collections, Historical Newspapers, UWM Libraries
Capturing Student Research & Dissertations through UWM Commons, UWM Libraries
Student Centered Smart Classrooms for Languages, Language Resource Center
Support for ArcGIS Server, Geographic Information Systems Council
A Supercomputer for Students, Research Computing Office in the College of Engineering and Applied Science
The 2014-15 Sabbatical Guidelines are now online at: http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/policy/sabbatical_gl.cfm.
-Call for Seed Funding Proposals
The Center for Applied Behavioral Health Research (CABHR) in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare is pleased to announce the initiation of a Multidisciplinary Seed Funding Program. The purpose of the Multidisciplinary Seed Funding Program is to provide funding for research projects that (a) involve areas relevant to CABHR’s research mission; (b) are multidisciplinary and produce immediate impact; and (c) build thematic teams with serious prospects to attract additional and new research funding. More information can be found at http://www4.uwm.edu/cabhr/. Proposals are due June 14, 2013.
-BP2W Champions awards
Mark Mone asked me to share with you that the BP2W Champions award recognizes up to two of our fellow employees monthly for their outstanding impact on climate that makes UWM a Best Place to Work. Co-workers can nominate fellow employees for the BP2W Champions award by clicking on the button on the homepage of www.bp2w.uwm.edu.
-An announcement about Electronic Reserve from the Libraries
After investigating the options available to us, we will be transitioning our E-Reserve service over the next year to one in which course readings are posted directly in D2L. More at http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/media/ERES_Faculty_Letter.pdf.
-UWM Digital Future Unconference proposals are due May 31, 2013. To submit, please visit: http://www.unconference.uwm.edu/. The UWM Learning Technology Center is hosting its second annual Unconference on Friday, June 21 at the Hefter Center. The event is to bring together individuals from the UWM community, such as teachers, researchers, technology developers, advocates, support units, students, and business partners, to share information, brainstorm ideas, develop agendas, and build collaborations to assist the campus in developing the capacity to share our pedagogical practices, investigate emerging technologies, and better provide evidence of impact on student outcomes.
-Student Business Competitions
Deadlines are near for entry into two of UWM’s three major student business competitions. Open to students in any discipline is the Student Startup Challenge with winnings from $5,000 - $10,000. Apply by May 31 at http://uwmstartupchallenge.com/. The new James D. Scheinfeld Entrepreneurial Award is open to teams that include at least one business student. Apply by June 7 at http://lubar.uwm.edu/scheinfeldaward. Winnings range from $5,000 - $15,000.
-Lienzo de Santa Catarina Ixtepeji
Deanna Ding asked me to share the following: Join Visiting Scholars Michel R. Oudijk and Sebastian van Doesburg from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) for a discussion about the Lienzo de Santa Catarina Ixtepeji. They, along with collaborators from UW-Milwaukee and Marquette, re-discovered the Lienzo in early 2012 in the American Geographical Society Library at UWM. Seven feet in length, the cloth painting dates from the 17th/18th century and was used to demonstrate the land rights of the local ruler. Presentations are on June 6 and June 11. For more information: http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/events/upload/2013-June-Lienzo-pdf.pdf.
UWM Police have some new wheels to get around campus (which they came to show me in Chapman hall): see http://www.flickr.com/photos/66798555@N03/8831509578/.
Thomas Malaby invited Mark Mone and me to visit their department last week. I was deeply impressed with the work they are doing. Thanks for the invitation Thomas. See picture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/66798555@N03/8854718517/.
Take care and have a good week,
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee