Good morning colleagues,
Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs (week number 47 of 2013):
-I meet with the Academic Staff Committee.
-This week we start the annual budget meetings with the Schools and Colleges, as well as the UWM Libraries. The College of Health Sciences is first in line to meet with me and colleagues in Academic Affairs and Finance and Administrative Affairs.
-I attend the Chancellor’s Cabinet meeting.
-We also have a number of UWM Strategic Planning Open Forums this week. There are two scheduled for today. The first is from 10-11 a.m. in the UWM Union Ballroom and the second from 3-4 p.m. in the UWM Union, room 191.
-The UW Flex program opens admissions today and there will be a press event in Madison from 1:30-2 p.m., with a live application from a student interested in UWM’s Bachelors in Information Science and Technology Flex program. I would like to add my personal thanks to the many faculty and staff who have devoted time, energy, and creativity to ensuring a rigorous and excellent educational experience for UWM’s Flex students!
-The third UWM Strategic Planning Open Forum will be held from 4-5 p.m. in Sandburg Flicks. The Strategic Planning Open Forums are the first three in what will be a larger series of forums that will be held throughout the academic year.
-Candidate Open Forums for the Associate Vice Chancellor/Chief Information Officer will also begin this week and continue through December 6. Resumes and full schedules are posted at:
http://www4.uwm.edu/faa/employment/interview-schedules.cfm. The Open Forum for candidate Robert Beck is from 2:15–3:15 p.m. in the Regents Room (Chapman 211).
-The School of Architecture and Urban Planning and the Zilber School of Public Health have their annual budget meetings.
-I attend a space planning meeting that is co-chaired by Robin Van Harpen and me.
-Wednesday is also UWM GIS day – see http://www4.uwm.edu/gis/gisday/. William Huxhold (Chair of UWM GIS Council and Chairperson of Urban Planning) had a very nice write-up in Crossroads (Journal Sentinel). Read more at: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/mapping-the-possibilities-with-gis-technology-b99140278z1-232139491.html.
-Thursday morning I am in Madison attending a System-wide IT meeting (I am on the “Common Systems Review Group” committee) and I will back in the afternoon to attend the Faculty Senate meeting.
-I am attending an Honors College Advisory Committee meeting.
-I am meeting with Dean Brett Peters and his leadership team in the College of Engineering and Applied Science discussing various collaboration opportunities.
-The UWM Libraries and the Lubar School of Business are scheduled for their annual budget meetings.
-A number of you asked me about help for those who suffered in the Philippines. Joey Zafra shared with me that the Philippine Consulate in Chicago recommends making monetary donations to either the American Red Cross or the Philippine Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org.ph/). Joey also said that the Philippine Cultural and Civic Center Foundation is hosting a fund-raising dinner on December 1 (http://www.philippinecenter.com).
The Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies
-The Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies presents a book talk with Alisa Solomon, author of Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of the Fiddler on the Roof, at 7 p.m. at Boswell Book Company, 2559 N. Downer Avenue. The event is free and open to the public. See http://www4.uwm.edu/cjs/images/solomon-fiddlr%20prs.pdf.
Weight Watchers at Work
-I was also asked to report that UWM has a great opportunity to have a weekly Weight Watchers meeting to be held right here on campus. In order for this to happen we need to have at least 15 or more interested participants to enroll. The goal is to have meetings started by December 5. If you are interested, please email Jackie Olson at email@example.com.
-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.
New Crime Analysis Minor
-Dean Stan Stojkovic, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, also asked me to share with campus that the School has a new minor that may be especially interesting to those studying math, geography, sociology, information science, and urban studies. According to Stan, crime analysts use tools such as GIS to map and analyze crime patterns and help police address crime trends and allocate resources. Specialists are in high demand. If you are interested, contact the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.
From 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 the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research
-Faculty and staff can sign up through the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research to be a part of the MLK Day of Service, being held on January 20 from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. This year, UWM will provide 125 volunteers for the event, where we will do beautification projects at an MPS high school. Activities include mural painting, garden box building, and other tasks. Already, 85 of the spots are taken, so if you would like to sign up, do so ASAP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email, and phone number. On a related note, congratulations to Nicky Glaser, the academic staff member who, for the second year in a row, has secured grant money to support UWM’s participation in this MLK Day of Service event that we co-sponsor each year with City Year Milwaukee.
From the UWM Libraries
-The 2013 Wilkommen GeoFocus Lecture will be held this Thursday, November 21 at 6 p.m. in the American Geographical Society Library. Joanne Kluessendorf, Director, Weis Earth Sciences Museum, UW-Fox Valley, and Donald Mikulic, Senior Paleontologist, Illinois State Geological Survey, present “The Ledge, the Lake, and the Limestone: How the Niagara Escarpment Impacted the Stone Industry and the Maritime Development of Lake Michigan.” http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/News/geofocus13.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.
Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement
-Vice Chancellor Joan Prince told me that a Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement Town Hall meeting is scheduled for December 3 from 12:30-2 p.m. It will take place in the Wisconsin room and the Chancellor will provide the opening remarks for the official kick off of this important initiative. Joan asks that you please join to hear about your possible role.
-Sue Thomas, Peck School of the Arts Assistant Dean for Business and Personnel, died on Thursday, November 7. Sue had worked in the Peck School of the Arts for over 20 years and will certainly be missed. Here is the link to her obituary: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/jsonline/obituary.aspx?n=susan-a-thomas&pid=167928787.
-Through a recent evaluation of biking at UWM, the League of American Bicyclists has awarded our campus a Bronze for being a Bicycle Friendly University. Thank you for all your efforts in making biking to campus a safe and sustainable means of transportation!
-The UWM men’s soccer team were crowned the 2013 Horizon League Men’s Soccer Tournament Champion with a 2-0 win over UIC yesterday at Northwestern University. Congratulations! For a game recap, see: http://www.uwmpanthers.com/sports/m-soccer/recaps/111713aab.html.
-The current Grand Prix champion, Sebastian Vettel, became the first driver to have won 8 consecutive races when he triumphed yesterday in the US Grand Prix, and if you love running, you have to check this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn6k3gXCszE.
Take care and I hope you all have a good week,
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee