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Michael R. Lovell

An extraordinary time at UWM

October 24, 2012

Dear UWM Faculty, Staff and Students,

October has been a month filled with extraordinary events at UWM. It’s impossible to include them all in one message – it would be a really long message – so allow me to focus on a few that are at the top of the list because they all happened or will happen this week.

On Tuesday, we honored 26 people for making extremely valuable contributions to our university at the Annual Fall Awards Ceremony. There were excellent stories told about the faculty and staff recipients as they came forward to be recognized by hundreds of people gathered in the Wisconsin Room.

I want to especially congratulate the five Ernest Spaights Plaza Honorees: Laurie Glass, College of Nursing; Ian Harris, School of Education; Markos Mamalakis, College of Letters & Science; Robert Trotalli, Division of Student Affairs; and K. Vairavan, College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Today, we broke ground on the Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex. This $75 million building will transform both the perceptions and reality of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. It will be the first new all-academic building on our East Side Campus since the construction of Lubar Hall in 1995.

For some time, I’ve been telling people we planned to break ground on this development in December. It’s nice for a major project like this to be off to an early start and give us a better chance to occupy the building by the February 2015 target.

And finally, several Year of the Arts events hosted by the Peck School of the Arts have been taking place this month. They’ll continue through the end of the academic year.

There’s an extraordinary Year of the Arts collaboration this weekend. It’s called “FALL(ing)” and involves our students and faculty in a one-of-a-kind partnership with the Milwaukee Ballet and Present Music. Performances are at 8 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27 in the Helen Bader Concert Hall of the Zelazo Center. Tickets are available at

By good coincidence, “FALL(ing)” is the subject of our new Chancellor’s Spotlight on Excellence video.

I want to thank everyone who has had a part in making October an extraordinary month here at UWM.


Michael R. Lovell