Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs:
-Dean of the Graduate School candidate Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska’s open session will be held on October 7 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Union Ballroom West. See
-The Chancellor’s cabinet meeting takes place.
-The Zilber School of Public Health has its all school meeting and Dean Peck will deliver her “State of the School Address.” I will make some closing remarks.
-Nominations for the UW System Board of Regents Diversity Awards are due today. See: http://www4.uwm.edu/news/announcements/?action0=announcements_detail&item_id=20190
-The State Employee Combined Campaign - Milwaukee Partners in Giving also kicks off today (see details under Announcements).
-The Fall Awards Ceremony is on Tuesday, October 8 at 2 p.m. in the Union Wisconsin Room. See http://www5.uwm.edu/news/?p=8895.
-There is a scheduled HRS (Human Resources System) meeting that I will attend.
-The UWM Chapter of WWHEL (Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership) will host representatives from two AAUW (American Association of University Women) Milwaukee branches. Please join us for a stimulating meeting and learn more about WWHEL and AAUW, two critically important women’s organizations. The brown bag meeting will be held in Union 240 from noon-1 p.m.
-In the afternoon I lead a “digital future” meeting to plan for the year.
-There is a mini-retreat on Strategic Planning from 8 a.m. - noon. We will hear updates from the Thematic and Functional teams, and perspectives on our process will be given by the Chancellor, VC Prince, Interim VC Van Harpen, and me. The teams are all working on draft objectives, awaiting input from the Schools and Colleges as they develop their academic plans (focusing on program arrays, top-tier research, student enrollments and supporting areas), which will be arriving later this semester. This important meeting will take place in the Library 4th floor conference center.
-We have our regular campus space planning meeting at 12:30 p.m.
-At 3 p.m. there is a memorial service to honor the legacy of Africology faculty member Winston Van Horne. The service will take place at the Zelazo Center, and all are welcome to attend. See http://www5.uwm.edu/news/2013/09/30/memorial-service-to-honor-winston-van-horne/#.Uk8s7BbMdfs.
-In the spirit of Best Place to Work, today is Unity Day, which is aimed at preventing bullying. See http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/.
Thursday & Friday
-The Board of Regents meets at UW-Parkside. Agenda items include Accountability Reports for 2012-13; faculty workload, educational quality, and compensation; remedial education; UW System Policy on UW System Program Revenue Appropriation Balances and Reserves; and discussion and review of the UW System Economic Development Incentive Grant Program. Meeting materials are at http://www.uwsa.edu/bor/meetings/archive/2013.htm.
-Caroline Nagel, Department of Geography, University Of South Carolina, will present a talk entitled, “Arab-American Activism and the Problem of Religious Identity” from 2:30-4 p.m. in the AGS Library (see under Announcements).
UWM Urban Summit will be held in the Collaboration Room at the Zilber
School of Public Health from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (see under Announcements).
-The UWM Cloud Software survey will be closing today. Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey at https://milwaukee.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1FeUNe8rx9e1HJr.
-The Center for 21st Century Studies is sponsoring a visit from José van Dijck (University of Amsterdam), who will be speaking on “Social Media and the Culture of Connectivity.” The lecture is 3:30 p.m. in Curtin 118. For further information: www.c21.uwm.edu.
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.
Arab and American: Literature, Media, Gender, and Cultural Politics Lecture Series
-Caroline Nagel, Department of Geography, University Of South Carolina, will present a talk entitled, “Arab-American Activism and the Problem of Religious Identity” on Friday, October 11, from 2:30-4 p.m. in the AGS Library. This cross-departmental lecture series titled “Arab and American: Literature, Media, Gender, and Cultural Politics” aims to present important, contemporary scholarship at the intersection of Arab and American studies. It is intended to situate Arab and American literature and culture within a global context as well as engage with significant and contextual questions about gender, representation, and politics. The series is supported and co-organized by the Vilas Trust, English Department/Creative Writing, Women’s Studies, the Cultures and Communities Program, the Center for 21st Century Studies, Department of History/Comparative Ethnic Studies, Comparative Literature, Department of Geography, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
From Urban Studies Programs
-On Friday, October 11, the UWM Urban Summit, co-Sponsored by Urban Studies Programs, Henry W. Maier Fund, UWM College of Letters & Science, Cultures and Communities, CCBLLR, and CESN, will be held in the Collaboration Room at the Zilber School of Public Health from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The Urban Summit is about taking stock of urban-focused scholarship and university-community collaborations. The goal for this summit is to bring together faculty and staff from across the university, whose research and teaching focus is on urban issues, in order to start a new urban network on campus that could lead to research collaborations and community partnerships, as well as a larger goal of helping to reinsert and reinvigorate the “urban” focus at UWM as the state’s largest urban university. Another goal of this workshop will be to contribute to a UW-Milwaukee journal on urban research and scholarship.
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 11a.m.-1 p.m. in the Library 4th floor conference room. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Screening of Iranian Documentary
-Anita Alkhas, French, co-produced and translated the subtitles for “Thicker Than Paint (Habibeh),” an Iranian documentary short film directed by Maryam Sepehri being shown at the Milwaukee Film Festival October 6- 9. More information is available at http://mkefilm.org/.
-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
Hispanic Heritage Month
-The Roberto Hernandez Center’s Hispanic Heritage Month Program, which runs from September 15 to October 15, 2013, is online at http://www4.uwm.edu/rhc/events/.
From the UWM Libraries
-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/.
Strategic Planning Website Enhancement
-There is now a Stakeholder Engagement link on the UWM Strategic Planning website where you can offer suggestions, perspectives, and feedback for our planning: http://www4.uwm.edu/strategicplan/. The thematic teams (e.g., research, space, international, etc.) will receive your feedback directly, and feedback will be integrated as the strategic plan is developed throughout the current academic year.
Wisconsin Economic Scorecard released for third quarter of 2013
-A UWM poll shows dissatisfaction with pace of job creation, support for proposed iron ore mine, mixed opinions on Kenosha tribal casino, and opposition to sales tax increase in support of Bucks arena revamp. The Wisconsin Economic Scorecard is a quarterly poll of Wisconsin residents conducted by the UWM Center for Urban Initiatives and Research (CUIR) in cooperation with Milwaukee Public Radio (WUWM 89.7) and WisBusiness.com. The survey measures perceptions of the health of Wisconsin’s economy, personal economic circumstances of Wisconsin residents, and public opinion regarding important state economic issues. The full poll results are available at:
-There are now shower facilities available on campus! Locations are now 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.
-Congratulations to all UWM runners who participated in the Lakefront marathon! Well done, and good luck in this Sunday's Panther Prowl (https://www4.uwm.edu/pantherprowl/).
Take care and have a good week,
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee