Here is this “1/2 week’s” update from Academic Affairs:
-Larry Goldstein, our budget consultant, is on campus and has meetings with, among others, the budget model working group. Robin Van Harpen and I will meet with him in the morning.
Thursday - Friday
-I will be attending the Chancellor’s retreat. The agenda will focus on discussion of critical objectives and priorities for the year.
-The UWM Digital Futures Unconference will take place from 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. To register, visit http://ltcunconference.org/.
-The Division of Global Inclusion and Engagement is looking for 1-2 energetic individuals to co-chair this year’s SECC (State Employees Combined Campaign) initiative. In partnership with the campus Loaned Executive, Jennifer Wentzell, these individuals will serve as Loaned Executives to the campaign. The commitment runs from August 15 through November 20. Responsibilities will include serving as the event coordinator for the opening day activities, preparation of campaign materials, interactions with United Way of Greater Milwaukee and other loaned executives, and serving as the campus liaison to all SECC meetings during the campaign time. There is also an opportunity to move into a lead position for the 2014 campaign, and to serve as permanent campus representatives on the SECC Milwaukee board. These positions will be cleared through an immediate supervisor. Time commitment is flexible (up to 10 hours per week during the campaign), but individuals will need to devote an entire 8 hour shift for three consecutive days in late September to collate and distribute campaign materials. For more information or consideration, please contact Barb Puskarich at email@example.com or x3101.
-The Libraries’ Current Periodicals Area (currently housed in the Media Library in Lower Level, West Wing) will be discontinued this summer and current issues of journals will be shelved along with bound issues in the general stacks. Publishers moving to digital formats for their journals, which has shrunk the number of print titles, and the changing space needs of library users, are driving the Libraries to look at new and innovative uses for this space. The space will continue to house the Browsing Area and allow for growth of the Media Library. More info at http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/News/current_periodicals_move.cfm.
-The 2013 Common Reading Experience is Kao Kalia Yang’s The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir. Entering first-year students will receive the book at New Student Orientation this summer. Discussions with faculty members will be held during Fall Welcome August 29 -31, 2013. The Center for Instructional and Professional Development and the Student Success Center are recruiting facilitators to help lead the discussion sections during the Fall Welcome. Any faculty or teaching academic staff member interested in facilitating one of the first-year student discussion sections can register their interest at https://www4.uwm.edu/cipd/Programs/Common_Read/.
-Wisconsin Libraries Research Fellows (Access to Madison’s library)
The University Library Committee is seeking applications for the University of Wisconsin Libraries Research Fellows, an initiative launched three years ago to benefit our faculty and researchers by expanding access to UW-Madison Libraries’ online resources. This access will be available to a limited number of faculty and research staff for up to 12 months. As in prior years, UWM faculty and research staff will be selected to participate in the final year of this program as University of Wisconsin Libraries Research Fellows. If you were part of last year’s cohort, you may, according to Ewa, reapply for consideration since renewal is not automatic. Interested individual faculty and researchers should submit proposals by completing the short application form, in the link below, identifying which UW-Madison electronic resources currently unavailable through UWM the applicant is likely to use. Make sure you check UWM holdings before listing them. If you need assistance, please ask a librarian at http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/ask/ or call (414) 229-4659. Selection of participants will be based on the need for those resources unique to the UW-Madison Libraries and critical for identified research focus; preference may be given to those faculty who are working towards tenure or indefinite status. The deadline for proposal submissions is July 31, 2013 using the online form. Questions regarding the program may be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application form is available at: http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/forms/wrn.cfm.
-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:
-Jacques du Plessis (Information Studies and Interim CIO) and Ewa Barczyk (UWM Libraries Director) co-presented on “Disruptive Technologies & Libraries of the Future: Can libraries be the drivers in shaping the future of ebooks” at the international conference “Crimea 2013: Libraries and Information Resources in the Modern world of science, culture, education, and business.” Ewa won first prize in the information section for the renovations of the Learning Commons. See http://www.flickr.com/photos/66798555@N03/9042935769/ .
-Bob Greenstreet, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, was presented the Messenger Award for Journalistic Excellence last week. A well-deserved recognition, Bob!
I will be on vacation from June 24 - July 7 and wish you a happy 4th of July!
Take care and have a good week,
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee