Good morning colleagues,
Here is this week’s update (this is a looong winter):
News from the Chancellor’s Council on Enrollment Management: http://www5.uwm.edu/news/?p=10749.
-The Chancellor’s Cabinet, as well as the Steering Committee of the Council on Enrollment Management, meets.
-I am attending the UWM Research Foundation Board of Directors meeting and reception.
-I have meetings on campus environmental sustainability, TA salaries, undergraduate research, and the use of data to inform decision-making.
-I have my weekly meeting with the Chancellor, and I’m heading to Madison in the evening for a UW provosts dinner with new System President Ray Cross.
-I’m in Madison for the Board of Regents meeting. Agenda items include a presentation on economic and workforce development trends in Wisconsin and a panel discussion on how the University is anticipating the state’s future needs to become more competitive (Chancellor Mike Lovell and UWM student Ryan Hickey are among the panelists). See http://www.uwsa.edu/bor/meetings/archive/2014.htm.
-I am making opening remarks at the Women’s Studies 40th Anniversary Reception (4 p.m. in Greene Hall).
-All are invited to the First Friday gathering from 4-6 p.m. in the UWM Greenhouse in NWQ Bldg. B 4600. Join the College of Letters and Science and the Urban Studies program in celebrating the program’s 50th anniversary!
Nominate Students for Eureka Awards
-The Eureka Awards recognize creativity, innovation, and progress in business, as well as in education, the arts, health care, and other areas. We are seeking nominations in various categories from firms and organizations of all sizes to participate in this second-annual awards program. Winners will be honored at an awards event May 9, 2014, in downtown Milwaukee and will be featured in the May 9 issue of The Milwaukee Business Journal. The deadline for nominations is today, and I would encourage you to consider nominating a program or an initiative. The nomination form can be found at: http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/nomination/63511.
From the Center for 21st Century Studies
-Jonathan Freedman (English, Michigan) lecture, “The Figural Jew and the Undecidability of Art: From Sartre to Proust to the Coen Brothers and Back Again.” See
Discussion on UWM-Brazil Ties
-The Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies Speaker Series, “Brazil 3000: UWM’s Growing Links with Brazil – Connecting with the Land, the Nation, its Universities, and Students.” See http://www4.uwm.edu/lacusl/speakerseries/roundtable-brazil-14sp.cfm.
From the Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies
-Jonathan Freedman (University of Michigan) lecture, “Transformations of a Jewish Princess: Salomé and the Remaking of the Jewish Female Body.” See http://www4.uwm.edu/jewishstudies/images/salome%20rev.pdf.
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 email@example.com no later than midnight, March 17, 2014.
UW System Survey on Instructional Technologies
-Instructors are invited to participate in a survey about teaching and learning technologies being conducted by the Learn@UW Executive Committee. This is an important opportunity to provide feedback on your needs regarding Learning Management Systems (including D2L) and related instructional technologies, and to comment on services provided. This survey is open through March 7, 2014 and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Please go to the website http://www.uwsa.edu/olit/luwexec/projects to access the survey.
Closing the Gap between Student Interest and Knowledge of International Careers
-A two-day Professional Development opportunity for academic advisers and career counselors to enhance their expertise in reducing the gap between student interest and knowledge of careers with international focus. The event is posted on MyDev, and you must register in advance. Register at: https://www4.uwm.edu/employeedev/longview.cfm?eventid=50437.
Training on Web Conferencing Tool
-Panther Academic Support Services (PASS) is leading BlackBoard Collaborate web conferencing training for UWM non-teaching academic staff. This 2-hour training session will include 30 essential techniques to conduct an effective individual or group online meeting through the “My UW System” link. Register on MyDev (starting March 5) or send an email to Rebecca Damato, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conducting Research in Milwaukee Public Schools
-MPS has established a protocol and procedures for external researchers who desire to conduct research in the district, either unfunded or externally funded. Find the research application at: http://mpsportal.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/portal/server.pt/comm/research___development/340/research_application?qid=02570301&rank=3. A manual for external applicants explaining how to fill out the application can be found at: http://mpsportal.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/portal/server.pt/doc/108141/Research+Application+Manual+for+External+Applicants+%28updated%29?qid=02668644&rank=1. I asked Cindy Walker, Associate Dean of Research & Engaged Scholarship in the School of Education, to serve as the UWM liaison to MPS on matters related to research. Please contact Cindy if you have any questions about conducting research within MPS.
From the UWM Libraries
-As part of UWM’s Academic Adventurers series, Margaret Fraiser, Associate Professor, UWM Department of Geosciences, presents, “A Global Geologic Exploration of Life after Earth’s Largest Mass Extinction.” See http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/News/aa_mar14.cfm.
-It’s a very active time for our strategic planning process with a May 30 date to deliver a strategic plan to the Chancellor. Share your ideas and opinions about what the future of UWM should be online at www.strategicplanningfeedback.uwm.edu. Activities and updates about our process can be found at http://www4.uwm.edu/strategicplan.
Code of Conduct
-How we treat one another significantly impacts how we feel at work and our climate at UWM. Our Code of Conduct for faculty and staff communicates the type of environment we’re trying to foster here. Here is a link to the Code of Conduct: https://www4.uwm.edu/secu/docs/other/S_65_Code_of_Conduct.pdf.
Submit a BP2W Quick Win
-Mark Mone is encouraging you all to suggest possible quick wins as they relate to UWM as a Best Place to Work (BP2W). Submit your ideas at www.bp2w.uwm.edu
-UWM undergraduates Garry Jean-Pierre, Sarah LaDuke, and Jessica Faber, who have been selected as the UWM finalists for the Ninth Annual Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition, sponsored by the University of Wisconsin System Advisory Group of the Liberal Arts. Each student will receive a $500 award from UWM and will compete for a $2000 scholarship at the System level competition.
-I learned recently from Eddy Tysoe that one of our colleagues from Chemistry, Distinguished Professor Jose J. Fripiat, passed away last week. He was recruited from a CRNS Lab in France by George Keulks to succeed Keith Hall, who had retired, as Distinguished Professor in the Laboratory for Surface Studies. He was an outstanding, world-renowned scientist.
-Photos from Friday’s UWM Spirit Day events:
Take care and I hope you all have a good week,
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee