Good Morning, Colleagues:
Here is this week’s Monday update (at least we have some Spring weather):
- I have a Southwest Quadrant planning meeting and Chancellor’s Cabinet meeting in the morning. The Chancellor's Council for Enrollment Management also meets.
- There is a strategic planning feedback session from 10-11:30 a.m. in the UWM Student Union, Wisconsin Room. Please join.
- Later in the morning, I will give the charge to the Search and Screen Committee for the Honors College Director. Thomas Malaby is the chair for this search. It will be an internal search and I hope to make a final decision on the new Director before the end of the semester. We have a number of open positions on campus and I will send an update on where we are with some of the searches later this week.
- I continue my strategic planning meetings with the deans and meet with Stan Stojkovic.
- The Interim Chancellor will also be announced in the afternoon.
- I meet with Brett Peters (Dean of CEAS) regarding the Southwest Quadrant, followed by another space meeting.
- Today is the final strategic planning feedback session. It is from 3:30-5 p.m., also in the Wisconsin Room. If you cannot attend, you can still be involved by staying up to date and responding to new drafts as they become available at uwm.edu/strategicplan.
- I meet with Trudy Turner (Sec of the U) - this is a monthly meeting.
- I meet with the College of Health Sciences Steering Committee and Department Chairs in the afternoon to discuss the appointment of an interim Dean following Dean Enwemeka’s acceptance of the Provost position in San Diego.
- In the afternoon I have my weekly meeting with the Chancellor.
- I will also attend a meeting with L & S on a Math coordinator position.
- I have a meeting scheduled with Kate Nelson on the planning for Earth Week and in the evening I attend a dinner with a candidate for an endowed professorship in CEAS.
- Then it is again Friday: In the morning I will give the Welcome Address at the annual CIE conference (see announcements).
- I meet with the HRS Steering Committee.
- I will also attend a Southwest Quad planning meeting with L & S.
- At noon, I welcome participants in the BHIRI Informatics Day Program.
- In the afternoon, I meet with Rodney Swain as I continue my strategic planning meetings with the deans.
- Friday evening I will attend the Niagara Peace and Dialogue Event at the Milwaukee Athletic Club.
- Here is a short update on our enrollments: Applications for New Freshman for fall 2014 currently number 8,753, which is down 4% compared to last year at this time. Admits are also down 2.5% at 6,401. For New Masters, applications are down 3.9% at 2,598. Admits for New Masters are also down 1.1% at 1,904. For New Doctoral students, applications are up 6.7% at 1,285. Admits for New Doctoral are up 12% at 308. This data is as of April 14, 2014 . Further detail can be found using the Comparison of Applications to Date Query/Report available at
From the Center for International Education
- The annual CIE conference welcomes scholars from around the world on April 25-26. Examining the topic, “After Capitalism,” participants and speakers will discuss and investigate capitalism’s history, utility, transformations, and possible end. For more information and to register, please visit aftercapitalism.uwm.edu.
From the Institute for Urban Agriculture and Nutrition
- “Growing Cities,” an award-winning documentary that features Milwaukee on the national map of urban agriculture will be screened in the Student Union Theatre today at 5:30 p.m., followed by a panel discussion of experts including Growing Power Farmer/CEO Will Allen, Elyve Organic Compost Founder Damian Coleman, UWM Sustainability Officer Kate Nelson, and Assistant Professor of Public Health Linnea Laestadius. Free and open to the public.
A Night of Stars and Music
- The UWM Planetarium is offering a night of live music and indoor stargazing tonight from 7-8 p.m. (in the Manfred Olson Planetarium). http://www4.uwm.edu/planetarium/shows/specialevents/a-night-of-stars-and-music.cfm.
From Finance and Administrative Affairs
- This week is the inaugural UWM Sustainability Symposium. April 22 is the State of Sustainability Opening Address - Our Accomplishments, Our Challenges. Robin Van Harpen will provide opening remarks. All UWM students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend. See: http://apps.uwm.edu/sustainabilitysymposium/rsvp-2/.
From the UWM Libraries
- Here is an update from the UWM Libraries on the series in Directions in Digital Humanities: (http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/dhlab/events.cfm); the 6th Annual William Shakespeare Celebration (http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/News/shakespeare_2014.cfm); and a talk organized by the Islamic Resource Center (http://guides.library.uwm.edu/content.php?pid=490308&sid=4023039).
2014 Lubar-CEAS Workshop on Entrepreneurship & Technology Management
- The Third Lubar-CEAS Workshop on Entrepreneurship & Technology Management will be held on April 24 from 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. in Zelazo 171. This year’s workshop is focused on University Entrepreneurship, with a keynote address from Dr. Robert Brown, Case Western Reserve University. For more information, contact Professor Satish Nambisan at email@example.com.
From the Center for 21st Century Studies (C21)
- Christopher Newfield, (UC-Santa Barbara), presents, “The Humanities in the Post-Capitalist University,” on Thursday, April 24 at 3:30 p.m. in Curtin 175. See: http://www4.uwm.edu/c21/pages/events/abstracts/14spring/newfield.html.
From the Social Studies of Information Research Group (SSIRG)
- Two upcoming events: http://www.socialstudiesof.info/.
From the Institute of World Affairs
- Mark Blyth presents the second of two George F. Kennan Distinguished Lectures, “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea,” on Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at the Hefter Center. For more information and to register, please visit http://www4.uwm.edu/cie/iwa/kennan/event2.cfm.
Dr. PB Poorman Award
- This award recognizes distinguished and consistent achievements in service of LGBTQ People within UW System. All nomination materials must be submitted electronically to Cheryl Ajirotutu by Friday, April 25. Here is the announcement info: http://www4.uwm.edu/news/announcements/?action0=announcements_detail&item_id=21039.
South African Freedom Day
- Join South African Consul General Vuyiswa Tulelo, Alderman Joe Davis, and me for South African Freedom Day on April 29 from 5-7 p.m. in Zelazo 250. It will be an evening of reflections, review, and preparing for the future. There will also be a panel discussion on, “Twenty Years of Democracy in South Africa: Lessons Learned for the Future.” The Freedom Day program is at: http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/newsevents/2014-freedom-day.pdf, and you can sign up to attend (so we know how many to expect) at http://mydevelopment.uwm.edu/detail/index.cfm?eventid=50898.
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 effort to create a positive climate. You can nominate fellow employees by clicking on the button on the homepage: www.bp2w.uwm.edu.
- Password Change Recommended Post UWM Heartbleed Patch. If you haven’t changed your ePanther account password since our first announcement on April 14, please visit: epanther.uwm.edu/pw.
- Tech Timeout for End-of-Spring Semester 2014 begins at 12:01 a.m. May 9, 2014 and ends at 11:59 p.m. May 21, 2014. If you have questions, please contact the UWM Help Desk, 414-229-4040; toll-free at 877-891-3459, or use the online form at GetTechHelp.uwm.edu.
- To Woo-Jin Chang (Mechanical Engineering), Ben Church (Materials Engineering), Mahmun Hossain (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Karen Frick (Psychology), Christine Larson (Psychology), Katie Mosack (Psychology), David Osmon (Psychology), Alan Schwabacher (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Nuananong Seal (Nursing), Hani Titi (Civil Engineering and Mechanics), Sandra Underwood (Nursing), Shangping Xu (Geosciences), Ching-Hong Yang (Biological Sciences), and Bev Zabler (Nursing) for their nominations as Mentor of the Year by undergraduate research students. And a special congratulations to Henry Tomasiewicz of The Children’s Environmental Health Sciences Core Center for his selection as Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year!
- In order to improve our process, we’ve created a new email address for those on campus who would like to have an item included in a Provost Update. Please send Update items to firstname.lastname@example.org by the preceding Thursday.
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee