Good morning, colleagues. We are already in February and here is this week’s update:
-From 9-10 a.m. there is a brain storming session in the 4th floor Library Conference Center to explore how the Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership (WWHEL) can further the goals of the campus BP2W initiative. Mark Mone will facilitate the session. Please join if you can.
-The Academic Staff Committee also meets today and I will attend part of their meeting.
-The Chancellor’s Cabinet has its regular Monday meeting. Right after the Cabinet meeting, the Steering Committee of the Chancellor’s Council on Enrollment Management meets.
-I will be in Watertown for most of the day with Phyllis King and Terry Batson, interim director of the Center for Urban Initiatives and Research. We will meet with members of the Watertown Community Foundation to further our discussions on possible collaboration - they have a very specific interest in nursing, business, and education.
-From 3-4 p.m. there is a UWM strategic planning open forum in Sandburg Flicks that I will attend. Please join us - we need your constructive input as we move forward with the strategic planning. If you cannot make it to this open forum, I highly encourage you to share your thoughts online at www.strategicplanningfeedback.uwm.edu.
-Also on Wednesday, the CIE Study Abroad Fair is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Union Concourse. For more information see: www.studyabroad.uwm.edu.
-I will be in Madison to attend the Board of Regents meeting on Thursday and Friday. Agenda items include UWM Honorary Degree nominations, the UW System Information Technology Report, and a presentation from Federal Relations, “Advancing UW System Priorities in the Second Session of the 113th Congress, with Strategic Impact on University Research, Economic Development, and Innovation.” See http://www.uwsa.edu/bor/meetings/archive/2014.htm for the outline agenda and related materials as available. We don’t have any specific agenda items for the Education Committee - a committee that all the Provosts attend.
-My second day in Madison at the Board of Regents meeting. I will return in the afternoon for a meeting with a delegation of students from Pukyong, South Korea and then I will attend the First Friday event that is co-hosted by the UWM Libraries and the College of Health Sciences - always a good opportunity to catch up. Full details of the chili and chocolates: https://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/email/firstfriday14/.
-Friday morning, the Online Program Council meets from 10:30 a.m.-noon in Lubar S250. They will discuss online student support services.
-We’ve received nearly all of the academic plans from the schools and colleges. They will be distributed later today to the thematic groups, who will use these plans as the base document for strategic planning.
-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 Global Engagement and Inclusion (Dr. Joan Prince’s shop)
-Next Friday, from 3-5 p.m. in the Zelazo Center, GIE will celebrate UWM’s 2013 Outstanding Woman of Color in Education: Sharon Adams. Look for more details next week.
-There is also an open position for an Associate Vice Chancellor responsible for inclusion and engagement within the Division of Global Engagement and Inclusion. See: https://jobs.uwm.edu/postings/16754.
The Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies
-Their Speaker Series continues this week with “We are not Conservationists: Emergent Subjectivities, Ecotourism, and Mangrove Conservation Efforts in Oaxaca, Mexico” - presented by Professor W. Warner Wood, Department of Anthropology, on Wednesday, February 5 at 3:30 p.m. in Bolton B60.
From the Center for 21st Century Studies
-C21 is hosting a lecture by Ian Baucom (English, Duke) on “Postcolonial Method and Anthropocene Time” this Friday at 3:30 p.m. in Curtin 175. Additionally, the English Department will be hosting a second talk by Professor Baucom titled, “History 4°C: Search for a Method” on Thursday at 2 p.m. in Curtin 368.
From the Center for International Education
-The CIE Study Abroad Office would like to request your assistance in sharing study abroad opportunities with students by allowing CIE staff to make a brief presentation (no more than 5-10 minutes) to your class. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up today, or contact Mark Eckman (email@example.com) with questions.
-2014 Fireside Forum on Foreign Policy. The UWM Institute of World Affairs continues its 2014 Fireside Forum lecture series on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. This Tuesday, the topic deals with education (US Education: Are our kids falling behind?). Speakers William Schmidt, Co-Director, Education Policy Center, Michigan State University and Michael Harris, Principal, Riverside University High School, will look at the latest Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) data comparing 15-year-old students’ reading, mathematics, and science literacy in several countries. Discussion will focus on what the data does and does not tell us about public education in America.
Jobs and Internship Fair
-Please share with students: The Diversity Jobs and Internship Fair is this Thursday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Wisconsin Room. There are approximately 90 employers signed up and there will be opportunities for our students to learn more about summer or long-term positions and internships. For more information see: uwm.experience.com/stu/cf_details?fhnd=6503 or contact the Career Development Center at (414) 229-4486 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exploring Majors Fair
-The UWM Exploring Majors Fair will take place on Wednesday, February 12 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. More information is available at www.majorsfair.uwm.edu . Please direct questions to Joel Spiess at email@example.com.
Understanding the Research Application Process at Milwaukee Public School District
-Are you interested in doing research with the Milwaukee Public School District (MPS)? Keep February 21 at noon open for a one hour discussion on the research application process. I will provide more details in the February 17 update.
Outstanding Women of Color
-The Division of Global Inclusion and Engagement is currently accepting nominations for the 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 . Nomination materials must be submitted electronically to Interim Associate Vice Chancellor Cheryl Ajirotutu at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 14, 2014.
Submit a BP2W Quick Win
-We encourage UWM faculty, staff, and student employees to suggest possible quick wins as they relate to UWM as a Best Place to Work (BP2W). There are many BP2W initiatives underway, but there might be additional ideas that can be implemented easily and quickly that can enhance UWM’s employment environment. Submit your ideas at www.bp2w.uwm.edu.
-UWM has been selected to become a Pat Tillman University Partner. To date, there are only 17 University Partners in the country. With this award, our student veterans who apply to become Tillman Scholars are given preference over all other applicants. Last year, the average award for a scholar was $10,000. Our partnership will last for at least two years.
-The Peck School of the Arts has been awarded a planning grant for $107,400 by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation to support development of Arts Education/Community Ecosystem (ArtsECO) to benefit Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin. See http://peckschoolnews.uwm.edu/news/2014/01/uwm-peck-school-of-the-arts-awarded-planning-grant-for-107400-.html.
-Mordecai Lee, Continuing Education, was notified that a practitioner-oriented article he wrote for the American Society for Public Administration’s PA Times has been selected for the annual George Frederickson award for best article in PA Times in 2013.
-In case you did not know: on February 2, 1876, the National League of Baseball was founded.