Good morning colleagues - welcome back as we start the spring semester and here is this week’s update:
First, two important personnel announcements:
Dr. Bob Beck is our new Associate Vice Chancellor for University Information Technology Services (UITS) and campus Chief Information Officer (CIO). Bob has previously served as the College of Letters and Science’s CIO (2003-14) and as Director of Academic Technology for UWM’s Center for International Education (2000-11). He reports to Robin Van Harpen, Vice Chancellor for the Division of Finance and Administrative Affairs, and will serve on the Chancellor’s cabinet. Congratulations Bob!
Unfortunately I also have to share with you the news that Sue Weslow, Director of Human Resources and Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administrative Affairs, will be leaving UWM at the end of the month. She has been with UWM for more than 17 years and served as the Director of HR for the past three. Sue also led the campus planning towards a new University Personnel System, which we anticipate will bring many positive changes, especially in the area of recruitment of classified employees. Sue, I am (along with so many of us on campus) grateful for your personal dedication and exceptional service to this campus. Thank you!
Robin told me that the recruitment for a new AVC and Director of Human Resources will be launched by early February and that she is in the process of reviewing candidates for the position of Interim AVC/Director.
-This week we continue our feedback to the schools/colleges on their academic plans. Today we meet with the School of Education, School of Freshwater Sciences, the College of Nursing, and the Peck School of the Arts.
-I have a capital planning budget meeting in the afternoon.
-Academic plan feedback meetings continue with the Lubar School of Business, the College of Health Sciences, Global Studies, and the Graduate School.
-I have an IT-related Common System Review Group meeting in Madison in the morning and will be back for the Chancellor’s Plenary Address, which is at 2:30 p.m. in the Helene Zelazo Center. Here’s a link to the live webcast if you cannot attend: http://www.uwex.edu/ics/stream/event.cfm?eid=72688. There will be a Faculty Senate meeting immediately following the Chancellor’s address.
-After the Faculty Senate I have a meeting with the leader of the Community Services Office at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
-Michael Waxman-Lenz and Ben Waxman, from Instead LLC, who do international digital marketing, will visit campus on Friday. They will meet with a number of stakeholders including CIE, the University Marketing and Communications division, and my office.
Large Format Printing
-There is a change in Pick-up Location:
Mitchell Hall B31, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
University Services and Research Building, Room 158, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
For more details, please visit http://www4.uwm.edu/universityrelations/printcopy.cfm or call 414-229-4944.
UWM Safe Space Training Program
-Jen Murray asked me to invite you to participate in one for the upcoming Safe Space Ally Development Training sessions, where topics such as LGBT+ terminology and inclusive language and practices will be discussed. More information is available at http://www.aux.uwm.edu/lgbt/pages/education-training/safe-space-program.php.
From the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
-CLACS is calling for applications for the summer Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) funded by the U.S. Department of Education up to $7,500 to promote the study of less commonly taught languages, like Brazilian Portuguese or indigenous regional languages. Interested Masters and Ph.D. students should contact Tom Danner (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. Deadline is February 21, 2014.
From Urban Studies
-Please join USP for “An Interactive Visualization of Segregation in Milwaukee” with USP Alum Jerome Knapp on Wednesday, January 29 at 3 p.m. in the UWM Libraries Digital Humanities Lab (second floor near the Music collection). See http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/urbanstudies/news_events/index.cfm.
From the Center for 21st Century Studies
-Rob Nixon (English, UW-Madison) will be speaking on “This Brief Multitude: The Anthropocene Epoch in the Age of Disparity” Friday, January 24 at 3:30 p.m. in Curtin 175. Nixon’s talk is sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies (C21). For more information, see www.c21.uwm.edu.
-The Center for 21st Century Studies (C21) would like to remind faculty and academic staff that January 31 is the deadline to apply for its Transdisciplinary Challenge Seminar for fall 2014. Details at www.c21.uwm.edu.
From the UWM Office of Research
-We are pleased to solicit nominations for the 2014 UWM Research Recognition Awards, previously administered by the Graduate School. We encourage departments/programs to nominate a faculty member for an award. Nomination deadline is Friday, March 7. Visit http://www.graduateschool.uwm.edu/research/news/#010914 for more information.
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: www.bp2w.uwm.edu.
It’s flu season – take care of yourselves! For more information, see https://www4.uwm.edu/norris/.