Here is another week’s update from Academic Affairs:
Dean of the Graduate School
I am happy to announce that starting January 1, we will have a new Dean of the Graduate School - Dr. Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska, currently the Associate Dean in the Graduate School and Professor of Physics, has accepted our offer. I want to thank Marija for her willingness to serve in this important role and also extend my congratulations to her on behalf of the campus. I am looking forward to working with you Marija. By the same token, I want to express my gratitude to David Yu, who served as the interim Dean. Thank you, David. This concludes the search for the Dean of the Graduate School - thank you again to the Search and Screen Committee for doing such a great job (Thanks, Tracey!). Our focus will now turn to the recruitment of a Dean for SOIS and the Vice Provost for Research.
Veterans Day and International Education Week
Today is national Veterans Day and it is also International Education Week and our Center for International Education and Institute of World Affairs are coordinating an array of programs in co-sponsorship with many units across campus. For the full schedule of events, please visit: http://www4.uwm.edu/cie/cie/2121.
Monday & Tuesday
-I am attending the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) annual meeting in Washington, D.C. – back in the office on Wednesday.
-Mark Mone and I are meeting with the Zilber School of Public Health dean and leadership team to discuss academic and strategic planning – then we have met with all the schools/colleges.
-There is an Academic Leadership Council meeting in the afternoon. Agenda items include a discussion on the future direction of higher ed.
-At 5:30 p.m. there is an interesting discussion on “The ‘Self’ in Social Networks: The New Narcissism, Redefining the ‘Social’ and the Rise of Post-Individualism” at the Hefter Conference Center. For more information see www.iwa.uwm.edu. The event is co-sponsored by CIE and the Institute of World Affairs.
-We have the IT Summit at the Cozzens-Cudahy Center to inform the academic planning and strategic planning processes. It will run from 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
-I will be attending the Fall Scholarship Reception in the Union Ballroom.
-I will also be stopping by Don Weill’s retirement party (4-6 p.m. in the Regents Room, Chapman 211). Don, thank you for your years of outstanding service to UWM!
-The 44th Annual Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecture will be presented by David Pate, Social Welfare, at 4 p.m. in the UWM Libraries fourth floor Conference Center. The title of his lecture is “Access to Justice: How Lawyers Matter in Civil Proceedings for Low-Income Litigants.” See http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/News/fromkin2013.cfm.
-From 2-5 p.m. there is the Gaming Open House at the Digital Humanities Lab, which is located on the 2nd floor in the Golda Meir Library. For questions please contact Justin Schumaker at [email protected].
-I will attend a Human Resources System Steering Committee meeting.
-There is a meeting on furthering collaboration with Rockwell Automation involving the Chancellor, me, and deans of Business and Engineering.
Strategic Planning Open Forums
-We want to hear all voices and all opinions as we collectively develop a 2014-2020 Strategic Plan for UWM. Please plan to attend and participate in one of the UWM Strategic Planning campus open forums on Monday, November 18 from 10-11 a.m. in the UWM Union Ballroom, 3-4 p.m. in the UWM Union, room 191, or Tuesday, November 19 from 4-5 p.m. in Sandburg Flicks.
-The requirements phase of the UWM Email/Calendar project is underway. School/College/Unit Liaisons will be engaging faculty and staff to validate requirements from past projects and provide any additional requirements. Students can provide their input about email/calendar usage via an online survey. Instructors are encouraged to have their students take the survey (https://milwaukee.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_81grGaoxhsfAeIR); a link to the survey is also available on the Email/Calendar project website. For updates about the project, visit EmailFuture.uwm.edu.
the Parking and Transit Subcommittee
-A Parking and Transit study is being conducted and your input is sought. Take the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/UWMmoves.
From the Center for 21st Century Studies
-The Center is now accepting applications from UWM faculty and staff for its 2014-15 fellowship program. The deadline to submit an application is December 12, 2013. For more details see www.c21.uwm.edu.
From Global Inclusion and Engagement
-Michael Zimmerman, Jr., Tribal Liaison Officer, is in a newly created position that assists both the Office of Global Inclusion and Engagement and the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education. Michael most recently worked as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and Tribal Historian for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana, with whom he is enrolled. He has a B.A. in Anthropology from Eastern Michigan University. His various interests include languages and inter-cultural interactions, both historically and present-day. I think this position is the first of its kind in the System.
State Employee Combined Campaign - Milwaukee Partners in Giving - Ends November 15th!
-Your donation provides support to Greater Milwaukee-area nonprofit organizations, many of whom engage in important research and volunteer efforts with our University. You can 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/. Please see your department representative if you have questions, and thank you for being a “Partner in Giving!”
From Urban Studies
join UWM’s Urban Studies Program on Thursday, November
14, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Hefter Center for the 7th annual
Henry W. Maier State of Milwaukee Summit. This year’s topic is “Life After
Vouchers: Expansion, Accountability & Outcomes.” A distinguished panel will
discuss new research on the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, the recent
expansion of school vouchers statewide, and legislative efforts to create
accountability measures for all schools that receive public funding. Confirmed
panelists are Dr. Deven Carlson (University of Oklahoma); Dr. Lora Warner
(UW-Green Bay); and Dr. Mike Ford (UW-Oshkosh), and moderated by Alan Borsuk
(Marquette University/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). A reception will follow the
panel discussion and Q&A. The event is free and open to the public and is
part of USP’s 50th anniversary year. For a full list of 50th anniversary events,
please go to www.usp50.uwm.edu.
From Web & Mobile Services in University Relations
-They organized the WordPress General Availability Open Sessions and topics include:
Functionality and the Plugin Catalog
WordPress/Web Identity Demo
The who, when, and what of WordPress
Q&A and Discussion
There will be four sessions held:
Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 9:30am - 11:00am - Curtin Hall 175
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm - Curtin Hall 175
Wednesday , December 4, 2013 - 9:30am - 11:00am - Mitchell Hall 195
Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm - Curtin Hall 175
To sign up for one of these sessions and learn more about the WordPress implementation project, see http://wordpress.uwm.edu/news.cfm.
From Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research
-Laurie Marks shared with me that this is the tenth year that UWM is holding a campus-wide food drive for the Hunger Task Force. There are 50 donation bins located throughout campus, so please bring in non-perishable food items before December 6.
From the UWM Libraries
-The UWM Libraries will be celebrating International Game Day on Saturday, November 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons. Sponsored by the American Library Association, this day is celebrated by several thousand libraries on seven continents. See http://igd.ala.org/. Please direct any questions to Tyler Smith at [email protected].
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.
-A memorial service celebrating the life of Sarah Sandin will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 15 at UWM’s Zelazo Center, 2419 E. Kenwood Boulevard. Sarah died unexpectedly on October 19. Sarah worked for UWM for 37 years, 31 of them at the Lubar School of Business, before retiring in 2010. She was widely respected and admired by those she worked with, as well as the students she served, for her competence, dedication, and wonderful wit. Sarah’s family is holding this memorial service in Milwaukee to accommodate the many friends and colleagues Sarah had in the area.
Lubar School’s part-time MBA program has been ranked 17th in the Midwest region
in Bloomberg Business Week’s 2013 MBA program ranking, advancing one position
since the 2011 ranking. Nationally, the Lubar program ranks 71st, up four
positions from the prior ranking. The rankings are determined by separate
measures of student satisfaction, academic quality, and post-graduation
-Four UWM proposals were funded by the UW System Incentive Grant program. UWM will be sharing in approximately $11.7 million for the following projects:
Research and Training Center for Commercialization of Intensive Aquaculture and Aquaponics ($2.5 million), with Parkside and Whitewater.
Southeastern Wisconsin Applied Chemistry Center of Excellence ($3 million), with Parkside.
Water Technology Accelerator (WaTa) Supporting Wisconsin’s Water Industry ($3 million), with Whitewater.
Addressing the Nursing Shortage: Statewide Initiative to Increase Nursing Program
Faculty, Expand Student Enrollment, and Enhance Workforce Development
($3.2 million), along with Eau Claire, Madison and Oshkosh.
-Abbas Ourmazd, Distinguished Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering; Dilano Saldin, Distinguished Professor of Physics; Marius Schmidt, Associate Professor of Physics; and Senior Scientists Peter Schwander and Russell Fung received a prestigious National Science Foundation grant to image proteins with x-ray lasers. UWM is a partner in the grant with seven leading U.S. research institutions.
-Carolyn Eichner, Associate Professor in the Department of History and the Women’s Studies Program, was elected Vice President/President-Elect of the Western Society for French History, an international, interdisciplinary organization of scholars of French and Francophone history.
-And in case you did not know: The College of Health Sciences was founded in 1975.
-Important piece of cricket news: Sashin Tendulkar, one of the most successful players in the history of the game, has recently announced his retirement from the game.
Take care and I hope you all have a good week,
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee