Good morning colleagues:
Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs (a lighter week!):
-Congratulations to all our graduates . . . it was such a
successful day with graduation & social media! Check out
#uwmgrad social media link: http://uwm.edu/grads/uwmgrad.cfm
and this veteran grad video: http://youtu.be/CPlRrngHtPY.
-The 2014-15 Sabbatical Guidelines are now online at: http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/policy/sabbatical_gl.cfm
-An invitation from the Chancellor to celebrate the
construction of the first research facilities at Innovation
Campus on Wednesday, June 5:
Please RSVP by May 30.
- I meet with the Academic Staff Committee in the morning
and will be a SOIS all-staff meeting in the afternoon.
-In the afternoon I have my bi-weekly meeting with the
- A delegation from CERNET will be on campus.
-The UWM Research Foundation board meeting takes place
(early in the morning).
-The Academic Planning Phase II retreat will be held from
9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. Coffee, juice, and
light breakfast treats will be served at 8:30 a.m. Agenda
items include the current program array and trends in new
program development. Deans, governance leaders, and
all department chairs are invited.
-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. What makes a Champion? Here are some excerpts from nomination forms that highlight the great contributions BP2W Champions make to UWM:
“[She] really invests in her students -- she's walked
students to Norris for mental health issues, she's
helped them navigate college financing and reached
out to the accessibility office, and fosters the kind of
connections to these students that has a tremendous
impact on student retention and on their individual
drives to learn.”
“She has a can-do attitude. She values relationships and
treats all people, regardless of their rank, with respect
“His ability to think creatively and positively is extremely
helpful, especially under deadlines and at times when
options appear limited.”
Co-workers can nominate fellow employees for the BP2W
Champions award by clicking on the button on the homepage
of www.bp2w.uwm.edu. Up to two champions will be chosen
-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.
-Social Science Analytics using SAS®
The Provost’s Office and the Center for Applied Behavioral
Health Research in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
are co-hosting the first “Social Science Analytics using SAS®”
event on August 29 -30, 2013. The program features
presentations on Big Data in Social Science, Data Mining using
SAS Enterprise Miner™, and UWM’s new Graduate Certificate
in Applied Data Analysis using SAS®. More information can be
found here: http://www4.uwm.edu/cabhr/sas/sas_days/.
Dr. Mike Speed and Dr. Rick Wicklin from SAS will offer hands
-on workshops on Data Visualization using SAS/GRAPH and
ODS, Mixed Models, Introduction to SAS/IML Software,
Simulating Data with SAS, and Data Analysis and Graphics
using JMP. Attendance is free! Registration is required,
please sign up here:
-Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research
Please join the Center for Community-Based Learning,
Leadership, and Research on June 5 for the Engaged
Scholars Summer Institute at the Hefter Center. Dr.
Scott Peters, from Imagining America, and Dr. Caryn
McTighe Musil, from the AAC&U and author of “The
Crucible Moment,” will be here to discuss public
engagement in higher education. There will also be
opportunities to learn about grant-writing and
publishing community-based scholarship. Colleagues
from across UWM schools and colleges will work toward
defining “civic engagement” and we will share “best
practices” in service learning and community-based
research. Lunch will be catered by a local vendor and
there is no charge for faculty and teaching staff to attend
this event. An event flyer can be found at:
and to register, click here:
-Survey on Video Services
You know how important academic and marketing video
services are to campus. Please take 5 minutes to complete
this short survey,
which will help guide decisions about future video needs and
investments. The division of University Relations and
Communications is conducting a comprehensive assessment
of video needs. The review team includes faculty and staff
from across campus. Survey results will be part of the data
that informs a final report this summer. Thank you for your input.
-To the award recipients of the Graduate School Pilot
Program for the Acquisition and Development of Research
Infrastructure, which was established to enhance the campus
research infrastructure through acquisition of individual
equipment, systems of related equipment, and major
research instrumentation. The pilot has two parts: an
extramural program for preparation of proposals to federal
agencies and foundations, and an intramural program for
speedy acquisition of research equipment with campus funds.
Recipients of the Intramural Pilot: Julie Bowles,
Geosciences; Benjamin Church, Materials Science and
Engineering; James Cook, Chemistry and Biochemistry; Val
Klump, Freshwater Sciences; Carol Mitchell, Biomedical
Sciences; Adel Nasiri, Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science; Marvin Schofield, Physics; and Jon Welstead, Music.
Recipients of the Extramural Pilot: Frankie Flood, Art &
Design, and Prasenjit Guptasarma, Physics. Additional
information is provided at
Congratulations to all!
-Fred Binkowski, our nominee for Excellence in Public Health Research, has been selected by the Wisconsin Public Health Association for recognition this year. He was honored at the annual conference on May 23, which was held at UWM. Well done Fred!
-Thanks in part to support from all of you, the Archaeological Institute of America local group, AIA-Milwaukee Society, is the winner of the 2012-2013 Best AIA Local Society Program online contest! See http://www.archaeological.org/news/aianews/11946.
-Dance Associate Professor Darci Wutz has recently been elected by her peers to the National Board of Directors of the American College Dance Festival Association for the North-Central region. Her three-year term of service extends from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016.
-Congratulations to Professor Hope Olson (SOIS) who has received the 2013 Career Achievement Award in Women’s and Gender Studies Librarianship from the Association of College and Research Librarians. Hope was more than instrumental in the development of our combined MA/MLIS degree program and a steadfast supporter of Women's Studies. Here is the official press release from ALA/ACRL:
http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2013/03/olson-wins-2013-acrl-wgss-career-achievement-award. Well done Hope!
-Congratulations also to undergraduates Chelsea Ballas (Global Studies/Business) and Matthew Leser (Urban Studies) - each has received $15,000 from the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies in federal Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for intensive study of Brazilian Portuguese and Latin American Area Studies in 2013-14.
-And to Greta Voltz, the first person to complete the coordinated MLIS/MA in Women's Studies. She graduated this spring!
-From graduation: UWM Libraries Director Ewa Barczyk and John Gurda (Honorary Degree recipient): http://www.flickr.com/photos/66798555@N03/8747964470/in/photostream/lightbox/.
-About 80 Panthers (including the chancellor & me) took advantage of a gorgeous UWM Bike to Campus Day. Kate Valerius, a Graduate Program Assistant in Physics, won the Panther Pride Award. Photos are at http://www.flickr.com//photos/66798555@N03/sets/72157633512792742/show/. And a video is available at http://youtu.be/rWeZmJh40Q8.
Take care and have a good week,