Good morning, colleagues. Here is this week's update, starting with three important updates (and a weather warning: snow is coming):
Update 1: New Campus Email Vendor Selected
-UWM has selected Microsoft Office 365 as the campus's cloud-enabled collaboration suite. The decision follows an exhaustive campus-wide comparative evaluation of service options that was then narrowed down to Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps for Education. Microsoft Office 365 was ultimately chosen for its lower cost, enterprise compatibility, additional storage, enhanced security, and favorable contractual terms and conditions. UITS will begin immediately to plan a multi-phase implementation process. Updates will be shared at http://EmailFuture.uwm.edu and in campus publications and announcements.
Update 2: Chancellor’s Council on Enrollment Management
-As I reported last week, the Chancellor's Council on Enrollment Management held its first biweekly meeting last week Monday. The Council is working to increase student enrollment and retention at UWM. Its immediate objective is to ensure the campus is doing everything possible to recruit students for Fall 2014. The Council will also work intensively to develop a long-term enrollment strategy for undergraduate, graduate, international, and flex/online recruitment efforts, as well as enhancing student retention and graduation initiatives. Integration of data analysis, marketing, and finance management will help inform future campus enrollment plans and decisions. Functional Chairs have been appointed to lead the collaborative task forces that cut across multi-units of campus, including all schools and colleges. In addition to the work of the Council, a Steering Committee, comprised of a group of Deans and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet, will meet weekly and make high-level decisions about recommendations coming from this work. For the list of members see:
Update 3: Strategic Planning
- Nearly all Schools and Colleges submitted their final Academic Plans. The various strategic planning teams now have these plans and will develop and refine their objectives this month. We're also inviting our external stakeholders and partners to be part of our process and will host Open Forums on February 26 and 27. Your continued participation is essential and I highly encourage you to share your thoughts online at www.strategicplanningfeedback.uwm.edu.
-There is a College of Letters and Science academic planning meeting on the natural sciences in the morning, followed by the Chancellor's Cabinet, and then the Steering committee of the Chancellor's Council on Enrollment Management.
-It is Black History Month and we have an event at 7 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge entitled, "African American Men, Prisons, Families, Community, Fatherhood and Change in Wisconsin". See: http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/africology/upload/blackhistorymonth14.pdf. I will say a few words at the opening.
-The University Committee has their regular weekly meeting - I will attend part of the meeting.
-Later in the day I meet with Swarnjit Arora from the Economic Benefits Committee.
-There is also a Strategic Planning and BP2W Steering Committee meeting.
-The Flex development team is hosting an open house today from 10 a.m. - noon in the Wisconsin Room. Please join this event to learn more about "Flex." You can register at https://www4.uwm.edu/employeedev/longview.cfm?eventid=50599.
-I have a regular weekly meeting with the Chancellor, a Southwest Quadrant space planning meeting, and in the evening, the Chancellor's Society Reception in the Union Ballroom.
-The APBC (Academic Planning and Budget Committee) meets and I will attend their meeting.
-The Faculty Senate meets at 2:30 p.m. in Curtin 175 (I will be there).
-I have a meeting at the School of Continuing Education to further the discussion on the future structuring of the School.
-From noon-1 p.m. we have the "Understanding the Research Application Process at Milwaukee Public School District" event in Enderis 107 (see last week's Monday update).
-Lecture by international architect Sou Fujimoto, 2013 Marcus Prize award recipient, entitled, "Between Nature and Architecture," at 4:30 p.m. in Engelmann 105. It is co-sponsored by the Marcus Corporation Foundation and the School of Architecture and Urban Planning. For more information contact Associate Dean Mo Zell (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Access to Success
-The A2S: Retention conference will be held on February 26 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. Please register for this important event at: https://www4.uwm.edu/employeedev/longview.cfm?eventid=50136.
Online Seed Funding RFP
-Academic Affairs invites proposals from academic units for one-time funds in 2014-15 supporting the development of new and refreshed online programs. Proposals will also be accepted that support the development of evening and weekend blended classes. New this year: funding will be available for converting traditional or existing online courses to the U-Pace self-paced format (focus on gateway introductory courses). Funding is also available for online redesign/refresh of STEM gateway courses and for remedial/developmental courses. Proposals are due March 17, 2014. See http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/planningbudget/seedfunding.cfm.
Institute of World Affairs
-The 2014 Fireside Forum lecture: "The Use and Abuse of Data in the 21st Century," on February 18 at 7 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge. Free and open to the public. See www.iwa.uwm.edu.
-2014 George F. Kennan Distinguished Lecture Series: "A Modest Proposal: Escaping Austerity and Debt," on Monday, February 24 at 7 p.m. in the Zelazo Center. Free and open to the public. For more information and registration, please visit: http://www4.uwm.edu/cie/iwa/kennan/index.cfm.
From the UWM Libraries
-This Wednesday from 5-7 p.m., the UWM Libraries and the Stahl Center for Jewish Studies invite you to the opening reception for the exhibition, "Art from the Ashes: Finding Light in the Shadow of the Shoah," featuring the work of visual artist Helene Fischman. See: http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/News/art_from_ashes.cfm.
-This Thursday, February 20 at 4 p.m., Marie Hicks, Assistant Professor, History of Technology, Illinois Institute of Technology, will present a talk, "Users, Makers, and Infrastructure: Digital Humanities in the Undergraduate Classroom," in the Directions in Digital Humanities series held in the UWM Libraries Digital Humanities Lab. http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/News/directions_dh_02_20_14.cfm.
-UWM will be hosting the 9th annual Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC) from Thursday, February 20 through Saturday, February 22, with most of the activity taking place in Curtin 175. This year's theme is Animacy. Keynote speaker is Mel Y. Chen (Women's Studies, UC-Berkeley). The conference is free and open to the public. Further information available at http://themigc.com.
Water Governance Lecture
-The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Center for Water Policy invite you to a guest lecture this Thursday at 4 p.m. at the School of Freshwater Sciences (Ballroom). Dr. Margaret Wilder (University of Arizona) will speak on "Water Governance at the U.S.-Mexico Border: Geopolitical Ecologies of Shared Water, Shared Scarcity." The talk is part of the Freshwater Sciences Anchor Seminar Series.
-UWM McAfee antivirus enterprise license expires February 24. We will make the switch from McAfee to Microsoft Endpoint Protection for Windows, and Symantec Endpoint Protection for Macintosh operating systems. For assistance, contact the Help Desk at http://gettechhelp.uwm.edu, call 414-229-4040, or visit Bolton 255.
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.
-Congratulations to Kenya's Florence Kiplagat, who set a new world record of 1:05:12 for the women's half marathon at a race in Barcelona on Sunday.
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee