Good morning colleagues,
Here is this “winter week’s” (which is the last week of classes) update:
-We are in the last strides of the budget/planning meetings with the schools/colleges and this morning we meet with the Peck School of the Arts.
-The Chancellor’s Cabinet also meets later in the morning.
-A reminder that there is a Google Apps for Education demonstration today from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Union Wisconsin Room. This is part of the evaluation phase of the email/calendar project to replace the current pantherLINK email/calendar service. Following the demo, an online survey will be available at the project website at EmailFuture.uwm.edu.
-Tonight is the Commencement Honors Convocation, and 300 bachelor's degree students earned commencement honors (with a 3.5 GPA or higher).
-Robin Van Harpen (Interim Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administrative Affairs), Jacques Du Plessis (Interim CIO), and I meet to discuss campus WIFI needs.
-Later in the morning I will meet with external consultants on student recruitment and enrollment management. They will meet with a variety of stakeholders on campus.
-The Academic Staff Senate meets and I will attend part of the meeting.
-In the afternoon, I am convening an Academic Affairs meeting (informal discussion) on integration points of the Top Tier Research University/Successful Students strategic planning thematic teams.
-There is a budget/planning meeting with the School of Information Studies.
-I will attend the UWM Foundation annual Board meeting and reception.
-From 10 p.m.-midnight, I will join the Chancellor and other administrators serving our students snacks, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate in the library.
-There is a full day (from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.) MAP-Works Conference on student retention and success. It will take place in the Union Wisconsin Room (see Announcements).
- We have our annual campus holiday celebration from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. Please join us! There is a collection for the Toys for Tots campaign.
-The School of Education has its annual budget/planning meeting.
-I am stopping by the UWM Libraries holiday party, as well as the farewell party for Marjorie Piechowski (she recently announced her retirement).
-In the afternoon I’m attending a meeting with the School of Continuing Education and Aurora Health Care on partnerships between Aurora and UWM.
-The Chancellor and I are touring the Innovation Campus in Wauwatosa with Mount Mary officials.
-I have a Human Resource System Steering Committee meeting.
-I also have a follow-up meeting on collaboration with Carroll University and an annual budget/planning meeting with the Graduate School.
-UW System Associate Vice President Alex Roe and Interim Vice President Steve Wildeck will be visiting our campuses on Friday morning to learn more about our capital project needs.
-Friday ends with the Fall African-American Graduation Celebration where I will say a few words.
-Sunday afternoon is our commencement ceremony, which will take place in the U.S. Cellular Arena. The latest projection is that 2115 students (120 Ph.D., 617 Master's degree, and 1378 Bachelor's degree) will graduate.
Design Research Institute
-The Design Research Institute’s Design Talk Lecture, featuring Scott Schwebel, Director of Marketing for Colectivo Coffee, is from 6:30-8 p.m. (talk at 7 p.m.) at the UWM Design Research Institute, Kenilworth Square East, 1925 East Kenilworth Place, 6th floor. The lecture is free and open to the public. See http://www.meetup.com/UWM-Design-Research-Institute/events/151117232/.
Travel Awards for Overseas Field Research
-The Center for International Education (CIE) and the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) plan to award travel funding to faculty and academic staff to support overseas field research experiences for undergraduates in spring or summer 2014. Most awards are expected to be in the $1000-$3000 range. Faculty or academic staff apply for these awards on behalf of the student(s) they wish to support, and may also request funds for their own travel. Applications for this funding cycle are due January 31, 2014. Please visit the website for full information, including the application form and guidelines: http://bit.ly/OverseasUGResearch.
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.
Access to Success: MAP-Works Conference
-Thursday, December 12 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Union Wisconsin Room, focusing on the results from the MAP-Works Fall Transition Survey and brainstorming student retention and success strategies. For registration and further details, see: http://bit.ly/a2smapworks.
-Dr. Marjorie Piechowski is retiring from the College of Engineering & Applied Science. Thank you, Marjorie, for your years of service. Your dedication and expertise advanced our research profile!
-Troy Geyer, MArch 2013, was invited to present the research from his Master’s Thesis project, directed by Professor Gil Snyder as part of the Spancrete Studio, at the Precast Concrete Institute Convention and National Bridge Conference held in September in Grapevine, Texas.
-Associate Professor Chris Cornelius received a "Best in Category" award for digital/mixed media, in the 39th Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition.
-The passing of Nelson Mandela was felt throughout the world, and particularly by South Africans. For a local perspective on this great man’s contributions to humanity, see http://wuwm.com/post/milwaukeeans-reflect-nelson-mandelas-achievements-and-influence. I spoke over the weekend with Alderman Joe Davis (also the honorary South African Consulate of the State of Wisconsin) and he confirms that an event is being planned for Tuesday. No details are yet available.
Take care and have a good week,
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee