Good morning colleagues:
Here is this week’s Monday update:
Please remember to send me your comments about the two SOIS Dean candidates by tomorrow, see: http://www4.uwm.edu/secu/news_events/sois-dean/sois-dean-search.cfm.
- I do the welcome at the American Indian Sovereignty & Natural Resource Management conference here on campus.
- The Academic Staff Committee meets - I will join part of their meeting.
- The Chancellor’s Cabinet has its regular Monday meeting.
- From noon to 6 p.m., the Library Spring Used Book Sale is open to UWM students, faculty, and staff ONLY (with valid ID). Tomorrow, it opens to the public.
- I do the opening remarks at the College of Health Sciences Inter-professional Education Student Workshop.
- There is a Media Executive Luncheon that I will attend.
- In the afternoon I will attend part of the Academic Staff Senate meeting.
- In the morning I have a meeting with UW-Madison on enrollment management.
- From 9-11 a.m. we have a Strategic Planning Core Team meeting.
- In the afternoon there is a space planning meeting and right after the meeting I will depart for UW River-Falls to attend the Board of Regents meeting.
- Representatives from UWM’s new marketing firm, Noel-Levitz, will be on campus today and tomorrow for a series of meetings on strategic enrollment management.
Thursday and Friday
- I will be at the Board of Regents meeting in River Falls. Academic Affairs has one item (Charter Schools) on the Education Committee agenda. The full agenda for the meeting is at http://www.wisconsin.edu/bor/meetings/archive/2014.htm.
Chancellor/Interim Chancellor/Recruitment of Chancellor
- Short update: President Ray Cross indicated he would like to move as quickly as possible with the announcement of an interim Chancellor to ensure a smooth transition period. He also indicated that the search for a new Chancellor will start soon. (There was another very good editorial on UWM in the Journal Sentinel over the weekend: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/at-uwm-it-boils-down-to-one-thing-money-b99240046z1-253974261.html).
Special Assistant to the Provost position (ombuds-person)
- My Office invites applications and nominations for the position of Special Assistant to the Provost. The appointment will be based on a one course buy-out each semester and summer support. We’re seeking current or retired UWM faculty members, with a minimum of six (6) years of experience in dispute resolution, counseling, mediation, and/or conflict management. The announcement & complete position description are at: http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/newsevents/2014apr-pos-announce.cfm. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, an abbreviated curriculum vitae or resume outlining the areas of interest to this position, and the names and contact information for three professional references to Jihee Beak via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by May 4, 2014.
Dr. PB Poorman Award Nominations
- The Dr. PB Poorman Award recognizes the distinguished and consistent achievements in service of LGBTQ People within UW System. All nomination materials are to be submitted electronically to Cheryl Ajirotutu by April 25, 2014. Here is the announcement info: http://www4.uwm.edu/news/announcements/?action0=announcements_detail&item_id=21039.
UWM/MPS Partnership Working Group
- This meeting takes place on Wednesday from 9-10 a.m. in Union 260. The working group is comprised of folks from UWM and MPS who are interested in creating and supporting community engaged partnerships (non-research related) between the two institutions.
From the Center for 21st Century Studies (C21)
- Anthropocene Feminism conference, April 10-12 in Curtin 175. Free and open to the public. See http://c21uwm.com/anthropocene/.
From Women’s Studies
- Spring 2014 Brown Bag Series: “Mgoneko: Magic, Rape, and Human Rights Urban Legends in Southern Africa,” presented by Anika Wilson, Associate Professor, UWM Department of Africology, on Wednesday, April 9 at noon in NWQ-B 7578.
- The Women’s Studies Program announces the call for scholarship applicants for 2014-2015. Women’s Studies annually administers the WS Scholarship and the Florence L. Healy Scholarship in Women’s Studies. For more information and an application please contact the main office at 229-5918.
From the Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies
- Sayed Kashua: Arab Labor, Wednesday April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the UWM Music Recital Hall. A screening of two episodes of Kashua’s acclaimed television series, followed by a talkback moderated by UWM’s Tasha Oren. See https://www.facebook.com/events/1459912597574485/?ref=22.
- Another important week is ahead for advancing our work on our strategic plan. On Wednesday, draft goals and central and enabling initiatives will be vetted at an expanded Strategic Planning Core Team meeting. The Synthesizing & Writing team continues to synthesize your input and key elements into the draft plan. There are still opportunities to be involved and I encourage you to attend a campus community feedback session on: April 22 (10-11:30 a.m.) and April 23 (3:30-5 p.m.). More details will follow. If you cannot attend, please share your thoughts online at www.strategicplanningfeedback.uwm.edu.
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.
From the UWM Libraries
- The Libraries invite you all to participate in a 5-minute online survey, LibQUAL+, a tool that gathers information to help us learn what users like and don't like, and what users hope to see from us in the future. More information and link to survey at http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/survey/.
- The Directions in Digital Humanities series offers a talk on Wednesday at 4 p.m.: Shelleen Greene, Associate Professor, Writing and Critical Thinking and Director of Graduate Studies, UWM Department of Art and Design, presents, “GlobalMKE: Using Digital Pedagogy to Explore a City.” More at https://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/dhlab/events.cfm.
- The 2014 Holzheimer “Maps and America” Lecture is this Thursday at 6 p.m. Michel Oudijk and Sebastián van Doesburg, both from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, present, “The Ixtepeji Scroll: Mapping the Cultural Landscape of a Zapotec Noble Lineage.” More at http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/News/holzheimer_2014.cfm.
- This Friday at 2 p.m., PhD candidate in anthropology and 2013-14 Chancellor’s Golda Meir Library Scholar award recipient Elizabeth Spott will present, “Gender, Ethnicity, Prestige, and Trade in Early 19th Century Indiana: The Creation of Miami Chief John B. Richardville and His Wife Natoequah,” in The Scholar & the Library series. More at http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/special/scholar.cfm.
- Get ready for Office 365! The first step is to prepare your pantherLINK mailbox so important content will migrate to the new platform. Register for one of UWM Learning TECHniques’ free workshops. The Office 365 site (http://uwm.edu/o365/) features more information about the project, a link to course offerings, and more. Contact the UWM Help Desk at 414-229-4040, toll-free at 877-891-3459 or use the online form at www.GetTechHelp.uwm.edu . . . and, as of tomorrow, Windows XP and Office 2003 will no longer be supported.
- Retired faculty member Rachel Skalitzky, from the Department of French, Italian and Comparative Literature (FICL), passed away on April 1, 2014. Rachel was instrumental in the development of Women's Studies at UWM, serving as its director for many years, and was very active in faculty governance, serving as a Faculty Senator, member of the University Committee, and valued addition to many campus committees. Services will be held Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at St. Monica’s Catholic Church. http://www.feerickfuneralhome.com/notices.php?id=1181
- To the recipients of the mentors training initiative sponsored by Global Inclusion and Engagement: Steve Clark, Elizabeth Drame, Sandra Grayson, Wendy Huddleston, Kyongboon Kwon, Muhammad Amin-ul Mannan, Larry Martin, Victor Moerchen, Jacqueline Nguyen, Nuananong Seal, Na Jin Seo, William Velez, and Jian Zhao.
- Derek Counts, Art History, was awarded (as Co-Project Director) an NEH Digital Humanities Start-up Grant. See
- With his co-author, Robert J. Beck delivered the keynote address on the book, International Law and the Use of Force, at Georgetown University’s “Walsh Exchange” research conference on March 29, 2014.
- The UWM team presenting Grypshon Industries won the business model competition in Madison on April 5, 2014.
- SARUP student James Sequenz won First Place at the 2014 Art in Bloom competition, held at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Images of James' entry can be seen on the SARUP Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.670110409721890.1073741874.156178544448415&type=1 and SARUP student Christopher Knitt was the winner of the Student category award for Building Trust International’s “Moved to Care” design competition. His faculty advisor was Matt Jarosz.
- Oxford won the 160th Boat race against Cambridge. The series record is now Cambridge 81 - Oxford 78 with one tie!
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee