Good Morning, Colleagues:
Here is this week’s update:
- There are two finalists for the position of Director for the Honors College. They are Rachel Buff (Department of History) and Peter Sands (Department of English). I will interview both this week and hope to make an offer soon after consultation with the key stakeholders.
- We also have the open forum interviews with the three finalists for the Associate Vice Chancellor position in the Division of Global Inclusion and Engagement this week Tuesday and Thursday. Please attend if possible. The candidates are: Cheryl Ajirotutu, Cary Miller, and Robert Smith. The dates, time, and place are indicated below.
- Nadya Fouad (School of Education) accepted the position of Special Assistant to the Provost for Conflict Resolution and Ombuds Office on campus and will start this fall. Thank you, Nadya, for your willingness to serve in this very important position on campus.
- I will also be on vacation from the end of this week and will be back middle of July. I wish you all a Happy 4th of July!
- I have my weekly meeting with the Chancellor, and the Chancellor’s Cabinet meets, followed by a meeting of the Steering Committee of the Council on Enrollment Management. I also have my scheduled meetings with three deans.
Here is a snapshot of the current numbers as provided by Gesele Durham (Office of Assessment & Institutional Research): Compared to last year, summer/fall 2014 applications as of June 9 are down 3.9% overall (21,242 vs. 22,114) and admits are down 1.2% compared to the same period last year. We will have a better picture of our enrollment numbers once orientation has been completed over the summer and a more detailed report will be provided by the Enrollment Council.
- I have several campus space planning meetings in the morning. In the afternoon, there’s a meeting on the human resource system (HRS) and I also have a meeting with Aurora.
- Cary Miller interview (open forum). This will be from 9 - 10 a.m. in the Regents Room.
- I continue my scheduled meetings with deans and direct reports, as well as a meeting with the College of Letters and Science leadership team and the Center for International Education on further cooperation with Giessen University in Germany - whom we visited at the end of May.
Thursday - Friday
-Robert Smith and Cheryl Ajirotutu interviews (open forums) on Thursday . Robert’s interview is scheduled for 9 - 10 a.m. and Cheryl will interview from 2 - 3 p.m. Both will be in the Regents Room
- I will be out of the office.
Flexible Option Position
- The Office of the Provost seeks applications for an Administrative Specialist for the Flexible Option program to serve as project manager for a full-time twelve month fixed term appointment. The UW Flexible Option Program is a portfolio of degrees and certificates that are offered through formats that are self-paced and competency-based. This position is responsible for performing highly complex assignments of considerable difficulty, initiating work, and completing projects related to the development and implementation of the Flex Option at UW-Milwaukee. Candidates seeking consideration must apply at http://jobs.uwm.edu/postings/18638.
- The most recent version of the Strategic Plan is now available for your review and feedback at uwm.edu/strategicplan.
Best Place to Work Champion
- Congratulations to Cathy Trimborn in the College of Nursing who has been selected as a Best Place to Work Champion, an award that recognizes colleagues 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.
- Office 365 demos in June. UWM students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend one of four Office 365 demonstration and Q&A sessions on June 23. Learn about Office 365 features and ask questions about the migration from pantherLINK. Registration isn’t necessary, but seating is limited, so plan to arrive early! See http://uwm.edu/o365/demos/.
- Data-Intensive Summer School June 30-July 2, 2014. Sponsored by the Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering, UWM will host the in-person experience in Lubar S250 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seats are limited, so register soon at
- UWM PantherVision has won a national Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association for continuing coverage. The Murrow Award is one of the most coveted and prestigious awards in broadcast journalism, and UWM PantherVision won against professional television stations. The link to the winners is at the bottom of this press release from the RTDNA:
- Rebecca Klaper, Freshwater Sciences, has been recognized with the Excellence in Review Award by the Environmental Science and Technology journal.
- Well done to Holland and good luck to the US team who is playing Ghana today in their opening game of World Cup Soccer . . .
- My next update will be in mid July.
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee