Good morning colleagues,
Here is this (short and snowy) week’s update from Academic Affairs:
-I will join the Chancellor this morning when we meet with Mount Mary College leaders.
-The Chancellor’s Cabinet meets (weekly meeting).
-Familiarize or re-familiarize yourself with the workings of shared governance: there is a Shared Governance reception from 1:30-3:30 p.m. today in the Library 4th floor Conference Center.
-In the afternoon I meet with the South African Consul for Economics at the School of Freshwater Sciences, where she will tour the facilities.
-About 125 junior and senior high school students from the school districts of Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, and Madison will be on our campus for most of the day. This is because our TRIO & Pre-College Programs will host the State Superintendent’s Youth Summit: “A Dialogue on Learning and Education in the Future.” This is a great recruitment opportunity for us and the students will be involved in workshop training, a student panel discussion, and a Gallery Walk.
-Candidate Open Forums for the Associate Vice Chancellor/Chief Information Officer will also continue this week. Resumes and full schedules are posted at:
http://www4.uwm.edu/faa/employment/interview-schedules.cfm. The Open Forum for candidate Sharon Pitt is from 2:15-3:15 p.m. in the Library 4th floor Conference Center.
-In the afternoon I meet with the University Committee.
-The budget and planning meetings with the schools/colleges continue this week and on Tuesday we meet with the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
-I have a meeting with the School of Continuing Education.
-We meet with the College of Nursing (budget and planning meeting).
-In the afternoon I attend a Strategic Planning and BP2W steering committee meeting.
-I took the day off and I assume we will have a quiet day on campus.
Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement
-Just another reminder (see last week's announcement) of the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement Town Hall meeting that is scheduled for Tuesday, 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.
Water Research Group Call
-Mark Harris asked me to send out a request to our faculty, staff, and research groups who are interested in locating research projects in the Water Technology Accelerator facility at the Global Water Center. Information on the facility, guidelines for use, and application process can be found on the web at: http://home.freshwater.uwm.edu/watertechaccelerator/. This initial call will close on December 24. Funds may be available for successful applicants from an Incentive Grant award, which will be available for technologies that meet the requirements of the grant in terms of potential market and time to production. Funding applications will require an additional short submission, and more details will be announced shortly.
Campus Holiday Celebration
-You are invited to the campus holiday celebration on Thursday, December 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. There is a collection for the Toys for Tots campaign at the event.
-The Center for 21st Century Studies would like to remind UWM faculty and academic staff that proposals for papers to be delivered at its spring 2014 Anthropocene Feminism conference are due December 6. Details at: http://c21uwm.com/anthropocene/.
-The Center is also 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 UWM Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research
-We have the interfaith older adult holiday party coming up and the Center is looking for monetary donations (we’ll accept loose change, cash, and checks!), and/or other items that can be given as gifts and prizes the day of the event (scarves, hats, everyday household items, or gift cards to Pick n’ Save and McDonalds). Anyone who donates will receive a complimentary CCBLLR T-shirt! Please bring your donations to Union G28 by Friday, December 6.
-There is also an open house food delivery on Monday December 2 from 12:15-2:00 p.m. Help the Hope House unload and stock their monthly delivery of food donations. Transportation is unfortunately not provided, but interested volunteers should still email email@example.com to sign up and receive more information.
-You can sign up through the Center 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. 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.
-Please plan on attending the Email/Calendar demos that are being given as part of the UWM Email/Calendar project to replace pantherLINK. The Microsoft Office 365 demo will be held on Thursday, December 5 from 10–11:30 a.m. in the Union Wisconsin Room. The Google Apps for Education demo is scheduled for Monday, December 9 from 9–10:30 a.m. in the Union Wisconsin Room. Reservations are not needed to attend the demos. According to Jacques du Plessis, you will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide your feedback to the project team via an online survey after the demo. Visit the project website at emailfuture.uwm.edu for updates and more information.
Submit a BP2W Quick Win
-We encourage UWM faculty, staff, and student employees to suggest possible quick wins as they relate to UWM as a Best Place to Work (BP2W). There are many BP2W initiatives underway, but there might be additional ideas that can be implemented easily and quickly that can enhance UWM’s employment environment. Submit your ideas at www.bp2w.uwm.edu.
From the UWM Libraries
-Last Call: The UWM Libraries invite proposals for the 2014 Fromkin Research Grant and Lectureship, a $5,000 award that encourages and assists UWM scholars in all fields of study to conduct research on the quest for social justice and human rights in the United States. Applications must be received by Friday, November 29, 2013. http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/special/fromkin/grant.cfm.
Faculty Mentoring Program
-Paula Rhyner asked me to remind you again that we need more mentors for junior faculty as part of the Faculty Mentoring Program. Please contact Paula at email@example.com.
-Mesut Akdere, Administrative Leadership, recently returned from Taiwan where he became the coordinator of the Asia Chapter of the Academy of Human Resource Development. He will be in charge of organizing the annual Asia Conference and serve as the conference CEO. The 2014 Conference will be held in Korea.
-UWM’s First-Year Writing Program was chosen as an exemplar by the Conference on College Composition and Communication, which particularly cited (among other things) the tradition of well-known WPAs, the clear discussion of theories that underwrite the program, the space for graduate student involvement in administration, and the integration of new media. Program representatives will receive a Certificate of Excellence in a ceremony at the CCCCs convention in March.
-The UWM women's volleyball team is once again atop the Horizon League and back in the NCAA Tournament after an impressive win over Valparaiso yesterday in the championship match of the league tournament at the Klotsche Center. Congratulations! The Panthers (18-10) have now won the league tournament eight times and will play in their 10th NCAA Tournament. See more at: http://www.uwmpanthers.com/sports/w-volley/recaps/112413aaa.html.
-Australia beat England in the first Ashes test . . .
-Julie Klein (from the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies) forwarded me this very interesting link on the U.S. global presence:
Take care and I hope you all have a relaxing holiday,
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee