Here is this week's update from Academic Affairs.
-I am attending the last day of a three-day “Council on Academic Affairs Summer Meeting” that is organized by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The meeting is in Stevenson, WA (beautiful place) and topics that we discussed include state budget cuts, open access movement, online education, the “economic value of a university education,” and the increasing role of non-tenure track faculty. Very interesting discussions...
-I am attending an all Graduate School staff meeting in the morning.
-The core team involved in the academic planning will have a retreat at the Alumni House. We will do planning for the fall semester and finalize the guidelines for the schools and colleges’ academic plans that are due December 20.
-Employee Blood Drive (see Announcements below for more information)
-I am in Madison for a meeting of the IT-related Common System Review Group.
Access to UW-Madison Libraries
-Last Call for Wisconsin Libraries Research Fellows (Access to Madison’s library)
The University Library Committee is seeking applications for the University of Wisconsin Libraries Research Fellows, allowing access to materials in the UW-Madison libraries for 12 months. 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 email@example.com. The application form is available at: http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/forms/wrn.cfm.
-The Blood Center of Wisconsin Employee Blood Drive will be held on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in the Student Union 191 from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Donors are needed during this most crucial time, as many people are on vacation. Scheduled appointments are given priority over walk-in appointments the day of the event. To donate, you must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, and have a photo ID. It takes 45 minutes to 1 hour to donate and most departments will allow you to participate in this community event. Check with your supervisor for approval. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED -To schedule an appointment, please call 1-877-232-4376 or visit www.bcw.edu/uwmemployees.
What to expect Details: http://www4.uwm.edu/hr/worklife/events/blood_donation.cfm.
Volunteers are needed to assist with refreshments, greeting donors, and assisting the truck driver with transporting (pushing) all equipment to designation. Please call Barbara Willkomm (229-5652) if you would like to provide community service hours.
Volunteers: First Year Students
-Volunteers are needed for “Move-in” and “Fall Welcome.” This is a series of events designed to help first-year students meet friends, explore campus, and connect to faculty and staff. Sign up for Move-in shifts here: http://MySignUp.com/UWMmovein. Sign up for Fall Welcome shifts here: http://go.uwm.edu/FWvolunteer13. For more information, contact: Ericca Rolland, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moving of Journals
-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. 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 School of Architecture and Urban Planning has selected international architect Sou Fujimoto as the winner of the fifth Marcus Prize, an architectural prize offered worldwide to recognize architects “on a trajectory to greatness.” This $100,000 award, supported by the Marcus Corporation Foundation and administered by SARUP, includes a cash prize to the recipient and supports a design studio at the school that will be collaboratively led by Fujimoto and Associate Dean Mo Zell.
Brazilian Mobility Program
-Fourteen students from the Brazilian Mobility Program, Science without Borders, are currently taking ESL classes at UWM and six more will be joining the 14 to take undergraduate courses in fall and spring semesters. The group is part of a recruitment effort to bring Brazilian students to study at UWM. This is the second group of students to come to UWM as part of the Brazilian Mobility Program (11 students attended UWM in the 2012-2013 academic year). A Facebook page has been created to attract Brazilian students: https://www.facebook.com/UWMOnlineBrasil. The page provides links to UWM programs, Brazilian-related activities from faculty and staff, events showcasing the Milwaukee area, and photos of students.
-Jenny Kehl, founding director of the Center for Water Policy at the School of Freshwater Sciences, was profiled in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
-UWM’s U-Pace online instructional approach was selected as the winner of the 2013 Desire2EXCEL Impact Award as “an initiative that reflects an extraordinary impact on teaching and learning.”
-The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) announced that the Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School, directed by Associate Professor Arijit Sen at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning is the recipient of an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards for “Picturing Milwaukee: Thurston Woods Pilot Study.” The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 68th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. The 2013 BLC Field School “Picturing Milwaukee: Historic Water Tower Neighborhood” will be having its final exhibit on July 26 from 4 - 8 p.m. at the Hefter Center. Students will be presenting at 6 p.m., and everyone is invited.
-Andy Murray became the first Briton in 77 years to win the men’s Wimbledon championship . . .
Take care and have a good week,
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee