Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs (week of retreats):
-First a word of welcome to all new faculty and staff. An orientation session will be held on Wednesday, August 28 in Lubar S151. A list of our 30 new faculty members, with their departmental affiliation, can be found at: http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/newsevents/update/2013fall-newfaculty.pdf. Please reach out to all your new colleagues.
-We have our TA orientation and College of Health Sciences has its welcome.
-I meet with the Academic Staff Committee.
-The department chairs have their retreat in preparation for the new semester. The Agenda is at http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/planningbudget/acadplan12-13/2013-chair-retreat-agenda.pdf.
-In the afternoon I meet with the University Committee.
-Zilber School of Public Health has its welcome.
Thursday and Friday
-We have our research retreat at the School of Continuing Education. The theme is “Organizing Academic Planning around Research Excellence.” Administration, shared governance, and department chairs, among others, were invited. See the Agenda at http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/planningbudget/acadplan12-13/2013-aug-research-agenda.pdf.
Successful Student Retreat
-We have our “Successful Student Retreat” next Monday (August 26), which will focus on, among others, enrollment, retention, and graduation within the context of our strategic and academic planning. See the agenda here http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/assessment/intranet/retreat-2013August/2013-aug26-agenda.pdf.
Bicycle Fix-It Station
-Good news (thanks to Greg Adams): The bike fix-it station, located on the Spaights Plaza, outside the northeast Union entrance, is now operational. I took this picture earlier this week: http://www.flickr.com/photos/66798555@N03/9524793322/.
-The UWM Libraries introduces “Search@UW”, a UW System-wide Resource Discovery Interface, which integrates a wide range of resources via a single interface. The content includes 16 million items from all UW campus libraries, research journal articles, full-text books, UW image collections, photos, maps, dissertations, audio-visual materials, and more. Try it out at http://www.uwm.edu/libraries.
Center for Urban Initiatives and Research (CUIR)
-The Social Development Commission’s Milwaukee Poverty Study was conducted by CUIR for the past two rounds and led by Scott Davis. This was a tremendous undertaking that involved many UWM students canvassing neighborhoods and completing 30-minute surveys with residents. Safe and Sound Community Partners (imbedded community workers) helped lead teams as they are well known among residents, as well as a number of CUIR staff. SDC distributes the findings widely to be used by community agencies in planning services. See the article in the Milwaukee Courier http://milwaukeecourieronline.com/index.php/2013/08/10/research-confirms-poverty-continues-to-be-a-problem-in-milwaukee/.
Hunger Task Force
-The UWM Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research would like to invite UWM faculty and staff to a UWM volunteer event with the Hunger Task Force on Tuesday, August 20 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Volunteers will build “Stockboxes”, which contain healthy food that Hunger Task Force then provides to low-income senior citizens free of charge. Each box contains 16 nutritious items including rice, juice, beef stew, pasta, and vegetables. Follow this link to register through MyDev: https://www4.uwm.edu/employeedev/longview.cfm?eventid=49266. If you need transportation to the Hunger Task Force (located at 300 E. College Ave) please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Since this is during the day, please clear it with your supervisor before registering for this event.
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.
-David Pate, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, this week kicked off his new, regular radio show on WUWM. “Real Talk with David Pate” will examine issues of race, class, and gender. Dr. Pate will host each show and will have a nationally recognized expert join him in the discussion. This is the kind of set-up that could allow the show to go national.
-Dr. Jeanne Hewitt, Director of the Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC) of the Children’s Environmental Health Sciences Core Center spoke at an Organization for Action press conference on climate change held outside of the Federal Building in downtown Milwaukee, where Senator Tammy Baldwin’s office is located, on Tuesday, August 13. At the press conference, Dr. Hewitt spoke about the effect of climate change on children’s health in Wisconsin. It was held at Senator Baldwin’s office in order to thank her for her proactive stance on climate change.
-Again, to Physics Professor Carol Hirschmugl and her team, who we highlighted last week for having their work published in Nature Methods. Now they’re featured on the front page of NSF. Great job!
-The internationally renowned artist Ruth Asawa passed away at age 87 earlier this month...An unknown fact to many (which Margo Anderson pointed out to me) is that she was enrolled as an education student at UWM in 1943.
-Here is the link to the 2013 Shanghai 500 world rankings for universities: http://www.ShanghaiRanking.com/.
Take care and have a good week,
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI, USA
Tel: + 414 229 4501
Fax: + 414 229 2481