Good morning, colleagues. Here is this week’s update:
Update on Searches:
-SOIS Dean: Hope to have finalists on campus in April. Chair: Jeri-Anne Lyons
-School of Education Dean: Search will start soon. Chair: Jasmine Alinder
-Vice Provost for Research: Plan to start search later this spring. Chair: Janis Eells
-Director of the Honors College: Will also start later this spring
-Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources: Has kicked off
In the meantime, Robin Van Harpen asks that we please welcome Liz Forman, who began serving as the Interim AVC for Human Resources on January 29. Liz is a senior Human Resources leader who previously was the Vice President for Human Resources with Froedtert Hospital and most recently, the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Fiserv.
-All instructors of freshmen are requested to read and act on the Early Warning memo at http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/update/Early-Warning-Spring14.pdf.
-The Chancellor’s Cabinet has its regular Monday meeting. Right after the Cabinet meeting, Chancellor’s Council on Enrollment Management meets. Our applications for new freshmen are still down from last year (-8% as of February 1). It is interesting to note that applications at most UW System campuses are down. I include the numbers as were reported by System as of February 1. See http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/update/Enrollment-Numbers.pdf.
-In the afternoon, Bob Beck (our new CIO) and I have a meeting with UW System on the proposed budget of the Common System Review Group, which is the central IT group.
-I am attending part of the Academic Staff Senate meeting.
-A Fireside Forum on Foreign Policy lecture, “Beyond Obamacare: Comparing Healthcare Systems Abroad,” will be held at 7 p.m. (http://www4.uwm.edu/cie/iwa/events/event_details.cfm?event_id=4862) and the Design Research Institute hosts the Design Talk Lecture Series from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Peck School of the Arts’ Kenilworth Square East building (http://www.meetup.com/UWM-Design-Research-Institute/events/160952282/).
-There is a Strategic Planning Core Team meeting in the morning, followed by the Access, Diversity, and Inclusion Mini-Retreat (8:30-Noon), which will inform strategic planning.
-In the afternoon, I have a space planning meeting and a meeting on collaborations with Aurora Healthcare.
-The Kenwood IRC Topping Ceremony (placement of the roof beam) occurs at noon at the IRC building site (see the announcement on the homepage).
-I have several meetings with deans, and in the evening I’m attending Ilya Avdeed’s 2013 STEM Forward Young Engineer of the Year recognition banquet.
-There is a system-wide Provosts meeting in Madison. Agenda items include budget items, the system-wide travel regulations, the 30 credits transfer, gainful employment updates, and I have also asked to discuss the current new freshman applications/admits in the System.
-At 3 p.m., Tim Hathaway, Center for International Education, presents, “Falling In and Out of Love with China: An American Voice in China’s Print Media” in the American Geographical Society Library (http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/News/aa_feb14.cfm).
-Celebrate UWM’s 2013 Outstanding Woman of Color in Education: Sharon Adams, from 3-5 p.m. in the Zelazo Center. Sharon Adams is the founder of the Walnut Way Conservation Corp., a grassroots association committed to sustaining a diverse and neighborly community through civic engagement, economic development, and environmental stewardship.
-Today is the deadline for nominations for the 2014 UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Awards. More information and instructions are available at: http://www4.uwm.edu/news/announcements/?action0=announcements_detail&item_id=19125. Email nominations to Cheryl Ajirotutu at [email protected].
Access to Success
-The A2S: Retention conference will be held on February 26 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. The main topics will cover the campus retention plan, developmental math reform, and academic advising. You may register at: https://www4.uwm.edu/employeedev/longview.cfm?eventid=50136.
-The UC has recently launched a new “UC News” that will provide weekly updates to the campus - take a look at www.ucnews.uwm.edu.
From the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research
-The UW Credit Union has generously donated $15,000 to the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research to support transportation needs related to student service learners and volunteers in the community. For more information please contact Laurie Marks at [email protected].
-On MLK Jr. Day, over 100 UWM students and staff spent the day volunteering at MPS Bay View High School. UWMers painted wall-murals, built benches, and did general beautification projects throughout the school. See https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.650030931722168.1073741839.171565496235383&type=1&l=080cc0d98b.
UW Flexible Option Open House
-Please join the faculty and staff of the Flex development team on February 18 from 10 a.m.-noon in the Union Ballroom to learn more about this innovative, high-profile mode of instructional delivery. The Flex Open House will feature a general session from 10-11, followed by three break-out sessions. To register, visit https://www4.uwm.edu/employeedev/longview.cfm?eventid=50599.
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 positive climate. You can nominate fellow employees by clicking on the button on the homepage: www.bp2w.uwm.edu.
-Michael Zimmer, Information Studies, published an article, “Mark Zuckerberg’s theory of privacy,” in the Washington Post. See http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/mark-zuckerbergs-theory-of-privacy/2014/02/03/2c1d780a-8cea-11e3-95dd-36ff657a4dae_story.html.
-The Center for 21st Century Studies has been named one of the awardees of a $1.35 million Andrew W. Mellon grant. See full announcement at http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/update/C21-Mellon-Grant.pdf.
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