Good morning colleagues,
Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs.
-The Chancellor’s cabinet meeting takes place.
-I will also attend a recruitment/enrollment planning meeting.
-Rodney Swain (Dean of L & S) and I have meetings with two departments in the College.
-There is also a meeting on recruitment in Korea.
-I meet with Mark Mone and the Classified Staff Advisory Council to discuss the new Office of Conflict Resolution and the Ombuds program. The Best Place to Work Conflict Resolution Action and Leadership Team provided a series of recommendations that we are in the process of implementing, meeting with the UC, ASC, and CSAC.
-The University Committee meets. I will attend part of the meeting.
-Mark Mone and I will be meeting with UWM Libraries to discuss their strategic/academic planning.
-Study Abroad Diversity Scholarship deadline (see Announcements).
-Mark Mone and I will be meeting with School of Information Studies Dean Wooseob Jeong and leadership team to discuss academic planning.
-The Chancellor and I will be visiting St. Anthony’s School on S. 9th Street to foster further collaboration.
-The Faculty Senate meets at 2:30 p.m. in Curtin 175.
-Presentation of “Mobile Live Art and Music Performance” in the Directions in Digital Humanities series held in the UWM Libraries Digital Humanities Lab (see Announcements).
-New Travel System (today and Friday) training, see Announcements.
-I am participating in a UW System Provost Videoconference.
-Center for 21st Century Studies sponsored talk “Mapping the Great Lakes: Computational Analysis and Climate History, 1680-1850.” See Announcements.
-An Open House for UWM faculty, staff, and students at the Global Water Center is scheduled from 3 - 5 p.m. See Announcements.
-As reported in an earlier Monday Update (and reiterated by the Chancellor in his Plenary), we are facing an unprecedented budget cut that will include a $6.9M, one-time cut for the 2013-14 fiscal year, followed by an $8.2M base cut in 2014-15 and afterward. We also have suffered a financial loss of approximately $10M due to lower enrollments this year (see http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/assessment/intranet/enroll/enrtodat/ay201314/cedall2139_passthrough.cfm). We were able to use $4M from energy savings to offset most of the one-time $6.9M cut for FY14. Based on an “all fund” approach, the $8.2M base cut will translate into approximately a 2.4% base cut to all units on campus beginning in FY15. My Office, in conjunction with the Division of Finance and Administrative Affairs, has set up meetings with all the schools and colleges to discuss detailed plans on how to implement these cuts, manage the loss of revenue due to lower enrollments, and still retain the quality of our teaching and research. We are exploring ways to support those schools/colleges that were the hardest hit by the recent decline in enrollments.
Study Abroad Diversity Scholarship
-The Study Abroad Diversity Scholarship is now available for students who are pursuing study abroad opportunities in Winterim 2014 and Spring 2014. Application deadline is October 15, 2013. For more information on application materials, eligibility requirements, and selection criteria, please go to: http://www4.uwm.edu/news/announcements/?action0=announcements_detail&item_id=22050. Students are also encouraged to visit the CIE Grants and Scholarships website at http://www4.uwm.edu/cie/students/1021/ for other funding opportunities.
From the Center for 21st Century Studies
-Robert Markley (English, University of Illinois) will be speaking on “Mapping the Great Lakes: Computational Analysis and Climate History, 1680-1850.” Sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies, the presentation takes place on Friday, October 18 at 3:30 p.m., in Curtin 118. For further information: www.c21.uwm.edu.
Water Council Open House
-Please join The Water Council for an open house welcoming UW-Milwaukee faculty, staff, and graduate students to the Global Water Center. The Open House will be held on Friday, October 18 from 3 - 5 p.m. at the Global Water Center, 6th Floor, 247 West Freshwater Way (formerly 223 W. Pittsburgh Ave.) in Milwaukee. Network with water industry professionals, tenants of the Global Water Center, and fellow UWM graduate students, faculty, and staff. Discuss your emerging water technologies, the growth of Milwaukee’s water cluster, and job opportunities. Tours of the Global Water Center, including UW-Milwaukee’s 7th floor, will be available. Please RSVP to Meghan Jensen by October 15th at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
UWM Brand Day
-Have you designed a flier? Created a brochure? If yes, you’ll want to attend UWM’s first annual Brand Day on Thursday, October 24 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Brand Oversight Committee will give 30-45 minute sessions covering topics such as identifying your program/department, UWM fonts and colors, social media, email marketing, large format printing standards, UWM printing services, and the new UWM web identity initiative. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions. Check out the schedule at: http://uwm.edu/branding.
State Employee Combined Campaign - Milwaukee Partners in Giving
-This effort and your donation provide support to our Greater Milwaukee-area nonprofit organizations, many of whom engage in important research and volunteer efforts with our University. You can all donate to hundreds of deserving agencies through the pledge form included in this year’s packet or online by credit card at https://www.givingnexus.org/_secc/. Also, to add to this year’s campaign efforts, we will host a fun and festive Halloween Chili Bash on October 31 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Library 4th floor conference room. Email email@example.com to sign up to bring chili, host a game table, or volunteer to staff the event. Please see your department representative if you have any questions, and thank you in advance for being a “Partner in Giving!”
Training on New Travel System
-Upcoming program – “Overview - New UW System Travel Policies and Procedures.”
This session will review new UW System travel policies and procedures. Who should attend? Any employee who travels or books travel for others, as well as business office staff who review and process Travel Expense Reports. The Overview will be offered four times spread over two days, October 17 - 18, 2013. To register for one of the four overviews and/or to submit specific questions or details you would like to see covered, go to http://mydevelopment.uwm.edu/travel.
-October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. See how tech-savvy you are in protecting your identity, computer, and data by taking the online Cybersecurity Awareness Quiz. Visit http://security.uwm.edu for a link to the quiz (and a chance to win an iPad mini!); sponsored by the UWM Information Security Office.
-PantherFILE account quotas for faculty, staff, and students have been increased to 5GB. File storage quotas that are currently above the 5 GB quota will not be changed. For additional information, visit the campus news announcement at http://www4.uwm.edu/news/announcements/?action0=announcements_detail&item_id=21972.
From the UWM Libraries
-This Thursday at 4 p.m., Georg Essl, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, Depts. of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Music, presents “Mobile Live Art and Music Performance,” in the Directions in Digital Humanities series held in the UWM Libraries Digital Humanities Lab. For more information, see: http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/News/dhl_didh_essl.pdf.
-UWM Libraries are pleased to announce the creation of Data Services, which will support the management of research data on the UWM campus. Data Services will assist with the creation of data management plans and offer consultations and workshops on data management. For more information, please visit http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/dataservices/.
Medical Humanities Discussion
-A distinguished Belgian physician, professor and author, Dr. Bernard Dan, will discuss the medical humanities and the place of medicine in contemporary popular discourse. The discussion takes place on Friday, October 18, at 11 a.m., in Lubar N126.
-There are now shower facilities available on campus! Locations are open to students, faculty, and staff in: AUP B90A/B, ENG B21/25, NWQ 1561/65, LUB B22/24, and MIT 334/372. (See campus map at: http://www4.uwm.edu/discover/explore.cfm). Thank you to the Bicycle Advisory Task Force and the Best Place to Work Initiative.
-Gil Snyder, Architecture, has been named the PCI Distinguished Educator for 2013. The Distinguished Educator Award was developed by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s Student Education Committee and recognizes distinguished engineering, architecture, and/or construction technology educators who have made significant and sustained educational contributions to the precast/prestressed concrete industry. Professor Snyder is only the second architect to receive this award that regularly celebrates professional engineers.
-Congratulations to all UWM runners who participated in yesterday’s Panther Prowl! Congratulations to the male & female top finishers - Sal Impellitteri (15:49) & Heidi Ertl (18:29), and also to the School of Information Studies, who won the largest team award with 59 participants, and to Vice Chancellor Pat Borger, who set her personal record for the race.
Take care and have a good week,
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee