Good morning colleagues,
Here is this week’s update:
-The Chancellor’s Cabinet, as well as the Council on Enrollment Management, meets. Our final headcount (as of 02/08/14) for Spring 2014 is 25,694, which is 4.69% down from last Spring.
-Monday evening at 7 p.m., we have the 2014 George F. Kennan Distinguished Lecture Series: “A Modest Proposal: Escaping Austerity and Debt,” with James Galbraith and Yanis Varoufakis in the Zelazo Center. The Chancellor will make opening remarks. Free and open to the public: see http://www4.uwm.edu/cie/iwa/kennan/index.cfm.
-The Academic Leadership Council meets. Agenda items include an Alumni Relations update with Adrienne Bass; a space planning discussion with Geoff Hurtado, Karen Brucks, and Robin Van Harpen; and we will hear from many of the deans about what they are doing to enhance the culture and climate in their schools and colleges (BP2W).
-UWM’s many external stakeholders and partners are being engaged in our strategic planning process at open forums this Wednesday and Thursday. Today’s event will take place at 5 p.m. in the Hefter Center.
-I have a meeting on a possible endowed chair, followed by a one-on-one strategic planning meeting with Graduate School Dean Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska.
-I’m attending the second strategic planning open forum, which will be held at 5 p.m. at the Urban Ecology Center’s Washington Park location. Additional open forums will be held on April 2 and 3. Your continued participation is very important. Please share your thoughts online at www.strategicplanningfeedback.uwm.edu.
-We have “Go Milwaukee” today. See http://www4.uwm.edu/visit/go-milwaukee.cfm.
-I am meeting with the Electa Quinney Endowment Advisory Committee.
-Chapman Hall will show its Panther Pride with a Soup and Chili Luncheon in celebration of Black & Gold Spirit Day. See http://www4.uwm.edu/alumni/spirit/uwmspirit.cfm.
-At 4:30 p.m. there is the “Between Nature and Architecture” lecture by international architect Sou Fujimoto in Engelmann 105. If you need more information contact Associate Dean Mo Zell (email@example.com).
-I also have my weekly meeting with the Chancellor, and in the evening I am attending the School of Education's Research Gala at the Zelazo Center.
Parking & Transit Study
-The campus Parking & Transit Study, which kicked-off on campus in November, is continuing to move forward and I am asking for your help in collecting input on existing and future systems that will affect all of us. Please visit http://www.UWMmoves.wordpress.com to complete the survey or provide comments on the message boards. I really appreciate your participation.
-UWM WiFi now compatible with Google Chromebook; see:
-Fillable/savable PDF forms are also now allowed; see:
-UWM McAfee antivirus enterprise license expires February 24; see:
Two Funding Opportunities
-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.
-Educational Technology Fee RFP. The Advisory Committee on Educational Technology invites proposals from the campus for one-time funds in 2014-15. See: http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/policy/edtechfee.cfm. Project proposals should be submitted electronically on the attached Educational Technology Fund Form A to Laura Pedrick at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than midnight, March 17, 2014.
From the UWM Libraries
-This Friday, February 28, at 2 p.m., Michael Beebe, PhD candidate in English and a 2013-14 Chancellor’s Golda Meir Library Scholar Award winner, presents “James Joyce’s Ulysses and the Birth of Irish Biopolitical Subjectivity” as part of The Scholar and the Library series, in Room E281, Golda Meir Library.
-This Sunday, March 2, at 2 p.m., art historian Dr. Sandra Sáenz-López Pérez, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, Madrid, Spain, presents “Marginalia in cARTography: Exploring the Edges of Maps,” a talk sponsored by the Map Society of Wisconsin, in the American Geographical Society Library, on the third floor of the Golda Meir Library. http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/News/map_society_03_02_14.cfm.
BP2W Champions Awards
-Congratulations to Don Szmania at the School of Freshwater Sciences for being selected as our newest BP2W Champion. 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.
-SARUP Professors in Practice, Sebastian Schmaling (M.Arch 1996) and Brian Johnsen (M.Arch 1997), johnsenschmaling.com, were recently recognized by the American Institute of Architects. Their projects, the Redaction House and the Topo House, were awarded National Small Project Awards, two of a total of only 12 projects honored from around the country.
-Sadly, Art History Professor Emerita Andrea Stone passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2014. She will be sorely missed as a dear friend, colleague, teacher, and mentor. A UWM memorial service will be announced at a later date.
-We have been informed that Robert C. Ross, long time member of the faculty of the College of Letters and Science, died on September 19, 2013, at the age of 75. Bob joined UWM in 1967 and served in the Department of Classics and its successor departments, the Department of Classics and Hebrew Studies and the Department of Foreign Languages and Linguistics. Bob retired in 1997 and lived most of his remaining years in Chicago with his wife Nancy. He was in robust health until he was diagnosed with ALS. Bob will long be remembered by his colleagues and students for his sharp intelligence and his devotion to scholarship and the highest academic standards.
Take care and I hope you all have a good week,
I will be off campus until Wednesday.
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee