Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs:
Monday & Tuesday
-Today and tomorrow I am in Washington DC attending the Education Advisory Board’s (Academic Affairs Forum) meeting. Here is a link to their website http://www.eab.com/. We are a member and the topics discussed will include the nationwide downturn in enrollments, recruitment strategies, and the impact of digital technologies in teaching.
-“Not My Life” film screening (see Announcements).
-Mark Mone and I will be meeting with the Peck School of the Arts leadership team to discuss their strategic/academic planning.
-I will attend the “Dreaming Out Loud: A Panel Discussion on Immigration Rights & Reform” (see Announcements).
-Mark Mone and I will be meeting with the College of Letters & Science, School of Architecture & Urban Planning, and the College of Nursing leadership teams to discuss their strategic/academic planning.
-There is a space planning meeting.
-SECC - Milwaukee Partners in Giving Halloween Chili Bash (see Announcements).
-15th Annual Engelmann Hall Silent Auction and Rummage Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (see Announcements).
-We are already in November . . .
-First Friday: The College of Engineering & Applied Science and the Graduate School invite faculty and staff to the First Friday: Packers/Bears Tailgate Luxury Box Pregame, 4-6 p.m. in the UWM Union Alumni Fireside Lounge.
-Irene Klaver, director of the Philosophy of Water Project at the University of North Texas, will be on campus to talk about the role of the urban river in the 21st century. Sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies, her talk, “Meander Model Meme: River as Bridge,” takes place at 3:30 p.m. in Curtin 118. For further information: www.c21.uwm.edu.
-“There's an App for that Book: The New (inter)Face of Literary Editing,” Directions in Digital Humanities series talk (see Announcements).
Student Success Collaborative
-Representatives from the Education Advisory Board (EAB) Student Success Collaborative (SSC) will be visiting campus November 5-6 to learn more about UWM prior to the pilot implementation of the Student Success Collaborative at UWM. The Student Success Collaborative is a “big data” initiative that analyzes the past decade of student performance at UWM with the goal of identifying the courses where students tend to get stuck or slowed down on their way to graduation, and to find the pathways and support services that most enable a student to be successful. The tool also enables us to see where groups of students are having challenges in majors programs and focuses attention on where action can be taken to improve UWM’s graduation rates. Advisors will be able to see if students are having problems progressing in their major and offer them help before the students fall too far behind. We are currently working with the EAB to build the pilot instance of the SSC for UWM. Starting in February 2014, select advisers from the College of Nursing, Peck School of the Arts, School of Information Studies, and College of Letters and Science will be piloting the Collaborative. For more information, please see http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/ssc.cfm.
From the Institute of World Affairs
-The documentary film “Not My Life” will be screened on Tuesday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Union Fireside Lounge. Filmed on five continents over a period of four years, “Not My Life” is the first documentary film to depict the horrifying and dangerous practices of human trafficking and modern-day slavery on a global scale. While acknowledging that trafficking and slavery are universal crimes, affecting millions of human beings all over the world, “Not My Life” zeroes in on the fact that the vast majority of trafficking and slavery victims are children. Directed by Academy Award nominee Robert Bilheimer and narrated by Glenn Close.
Stay after the screening for an exploration of this issue in our community with LaShawndra Vernon, Portfolio Manager, United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Founding Chair, Human Trafficking Task Force of Greater Milwaukee.
-“Trafficked in War: Children in Armed Conflict” is presented by Grace Akallo, Founder and Executive Director, United Africans for Women and Children Rights (UAWCR) in conjunction with “Not My Life” film screening. The program will be presented on Wednesday, October 30 at 7 p.m., Library Fourth Floor Conference Center.
More info about both at www.iwa.uwm.edu.
From the LGBT Resource Center
-Please join the UWM LGBT Resource Center for “Dreaming Out Loud: A Panel Discussion on Immigration Rights & Reform,” Wednesday, October 30, in the Union Fireside Lounge from 7-9 p.m. I will be providing the welcoming remarks and the panel will be facilitated/moderated by Dr. Rachel Buff, UWM Ethnic Studies. The panelists include Israel Ramon (attorney connected to VOCES), Dr. Susana Muñoz (UWM School of Education faculty/researcher), Dr. Raoul Deal (UWM PSOA faculty/artist), Kirandeep Kaur Hans (student leader from DESI and Inclusive Excellence Center, IEC), and Gerardo Alvarado (student leader from YES!, Youth Empowerment in the Struggle!). “Dreaming Out Loud” is a pre-programmatic initiative leading up to the Distinguished Lecture Series: “We are all Americans an Evening with José Antonio Vargas” (November 13, 7 p.m., Wisconsin Room). Now is the time to think about internationalization and global dynamics, related to immigration rights and reform, from a local perspective.
State Employee Combined Campaign - Milwaukee Partners in Giving
-The SECC - Milwaukee Partners in Giving is hosting a fun and festive Halloween Chili Bash on October 31 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Library, 4th floor Conference Center, featuring $5.00 all-you-can-eat soup or chili, a silent auction, a costume contest, and activities! Email Jennifer Wentzell at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to bring chili, host a game table, or volunteer to staff the event. The purpose of the SECC-Milwaukee Partners in Giving is to provide much needed support to our Greater Milwaukee-area nonprofit organizations. UWM employees can donate by returning the pledge form enclosed in their packets to the Human Resources Department or by credit card online.
-The 15th Annual Engelmann Hall Silent Auction and Rummage Sale will be held on Thursday, October 31 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This event (hosted by the Center for Urban Initiatives and Research) is held in collaboration with the employees of Engelmann Hall to raise funds for the State and University Employees Combined Giving Campaign. In addition to rummage sale items, some of the auction contributors are the Green Bay Packers, Cafe El Sol, Discovery World, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and Double Tree by Hilton. A lunch of a sub sandwich with chips and a soda can be purchased for $3.50, along with other individual food items. All proceeds from the auction, rummage sale, and lunch purchases will be contributed to the Combined Giving Campaign.
From the UWM Libraries
-This Friday, November 1 at 4 p.m., Olin Bjork, Department of English, University of Houston, presents a talk, “There's an App for that Book: The New (inter)Face of Literary Editing,” in the Directions in Digital Humanities series held in the UWM Libraries Digital Humanities Lab. See http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/dhlab/events.cfm.
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.
Women in Academic and Scholarly Leadership Panel Discussion
-Pathways to Academic & Scholarly Leadership panel discussion, featuring women who are UWM Distinguished Professors: Carolyn Aita, Physical Chemistry; Margo Anderson, History/Urban Studies; Margaret Atherton, Philosophy; Nadya Fouad, Educational Psychology; and Merry Wiesner-Hanks, History. The panel will be held on Wednesday, November 6 at 3 p.m. in the 4th Floor Conference Center of the Golda Meir Library. Co-sponsored by the UWM Libraries, UWM Graduate School and WWHEL Collaboration with UWM Faculty Mentoring Program and the Women’s Resource Center.
-Peck School of the Arts Dean Scott Emmons was featured in the Business Journal’s Executive Profile. See http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/print-edition/2013/10/25/peck-schools-emmons-connects-art.html?ana=e_ph_prem. Well done, Scott!
-Pradeep Rohatgi received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for excellence in research from the Indian Institute of Technology - BHU. This is indeed an honor, Pradeep!
-Rebecca Holderness, Theatre, will be honored nationally next month for her work in regional theater. Ms. Holderness is one of four finalists for the Stage Director & Choreographer Society “Zelda Fichandler” Award and will be recognized at the annual awards ceremony, held November 4 in Cincinnati, Ohio, “for amplifying and boldly invigorating the performance scene in Milwaukee.” Here’s the link to our full release: http://peckschoolnews.uwm.edu/news/2013/10/rebecca-holderness-peck-school-theatre-professor-founder-of-the-battery-factory-and-directorchoreogr.html. Congratulations, Rebecca.
Take care and I hope you all have a good week,
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee