Good Morning, Colleagues!
Here is this week's update:
Fall 2014 Enrollment now stands at 3,308 new freshman (up 5.0% compared to last year at this time), 21,533 total undergraduate (down 0.1% compared to last year at this time) and 4,446 total graduate (up 4.6% compared to last year at this time). Overall enrollment stands currently at 25,979 (up by 0.7%).
Again, using last year as a standard, we are approximately 93% through the enrollment process overall, 97% for new freshmen specifically.
- A number of us, including the School of Education, will meet to discuss further collaboration with MPS (Milwaukee Public Schools).
- The Chancellor's Cabinet has its regular Monday meeting and the Chancellor's Enrollment Management Action Team (CEMAT) meets in the afternoon.
- My day ends with my weekly meeting with Interim Chancellor Mark Mone.
- We have 34 new faculty and instructional staff that will join us this year. Welcome! Their orientation runs from 8 a.m. - Noon in Lubar S250 – where Mark Mone and I will give welcoming remarks – here is a link to the agenda: http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/facstaffprog/2014nfo-agenda.pdf.
- I then have a meeting on the effective management of scholarships and a stop at the SOIS Ph.D. student luncheon.
- I'm also meeting with the University Committee in the afternoon.
- A day of meetings with direct reports, deans, and other Vice Chancellors.
- I am attending part of the Best Place to Work mini-retreat and doing the welcome at the New Graduate Student Orientation. See http://www.graduateschool.uwm.edu/students/orientation/.
- Phyllis King and I are meeting with representatives from St. Anthony's School to discuss K12-UWM collaboration. The interim Chancellor will also attend part of the meeting.
- At 3 p.m. we serve ice cream to all our International Students in the Regents Room.
- From 5-7 p.m. I'll be part of the Chancellor's senior leadership team welcoming new freshmen to campus.
- Congratulations, UWM has been ranked among the top 50 LGBT friendly universities in the nation, according to new rankings released by CampusPride. Read more:
Policy Changes Regarding Military Experience
- Several recent policy changes are of potential interest to UWM students who are military service members or veterans. Our Faculty Senate approved a number of policy changes that will offer many of these students the opportunity to earn additional "Prior Learning Credit" for some of their military training and education.
See http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/policy/pla-announce-2014aug.pdf for more information.
From Dr. Joan Prince, Vice Chancellor for Global Inclusion and Engagement
- I am pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Robert Smith (Associate Professor of History and Director of Cultures and Communities) and Dr. Cheryl Ajirotutu (Associate Professor of Anthropology) as Associate Vice Chancellors in Global Inclusion and Engagement. In sharing the FTE, Dr. Smith will direct activities focused on diversity and inclusion in student excellence and co-curricular engagement, and Dr. Ajirotutu will focus on diversity and inclusion in faculty excellence and our STEM-Inspire program. Both will serve as co-Minority/Disadvantaged liaisons to the UW System for campus. Please join me in congratulating our colleagues in their new endeavors.
Remind students to use Office 365 (not pantherLINK!)
- Returning students should be reminded that UWM launched a new email and calendar system on July 28, and they are encouraged to check their Office 365 accounts daily for official UWM email.
Fall semester tech timeout
From 12:01 a.m. Friday, August 29 to 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 8
- During this period, University Information Technology Services (UITS) will not make changes that affect production-level services, function, or activities. Exceptions to the policy include emergency measures to maintain the stability or security of services. The purpose of the tech timeout is to ensure the most stable environment for a successful semester startup. If you have questions, please contact the UWM Help Desk, (414) 229-4040, toll-free at (877) 891-3459, or online at GetTechHelp.uwm.edu.
Read & Write Gold literacy software
- This software helps English language learners and learning disabled; it is now in UITS labs and free for home use. See http://uwm.edu/software/readwritegold/.
Adobe Creative Cloud
- Campus technology managers may now deploy Adobe Creative Cloud (ACC) software products to university-owned computers at no cost for FY15, including the professional versions of Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier, and more. See http://uwm.edu/software/adobe-creative-cloud/.
I hope you have a great week as we begin the 2014-15 academic year!
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee