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Michael R. Lovell

Campus update from Interim Chancellor Lovell
October 29, 2010

 Dear UWM Faculty, Staff and Students

The fall semester is truly in full swing, as evidenced by the many updates I want to share with you.

TODAY IS THE UWM OPEN HOUSE

As most of you already know, our campus will be even more crowded today and tomorrow with the influx of thousands of potential future students and their family members for our annual Open House. My thanks to everyone involved in telling our story. Even if you are not officially part of the Open House program, please offer a smile and an answer to any questions that may be asked of you by our guests.

UWM SPIRIT WEEK, NOV. 1-6

To celebrate fall sports teams’ successes and get the winter sports teams off to a big start, next week will be Panther Spirit Week at UWM.

The big events will take place at noon Thursday, Nov. 4, when a pep rally will be held on the Union Concourse, and throughout the day on Saturday, Nov. 6, with a 1 p.m. men’s soccer game at Englemann Field and an exhibition basketball doubleheader. The women’s team tips off at 5 p.m. and the men’s team takes the court at 7 p.m. in the Klotsche Center. Please help us fill the bleachers at each event.

I hope everyone will show their Panther Pride throughout the week by wearing the black and gold. Periodically during the week, the Panther Spirit Patrol will be looking for those wearing their Panther gear and rewarding them with a coupon for a free T shirt from the Union Bookstore.

Also kicking off next week will be the work of the Athletic Director Search and Screen Committee, which is being led by Tom Luljak, Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Communications.

MOVING FORWARD ON BROWN BAG SERIES

Plans are continuing for the Brown Bag Series that I will be hosting this academic year.

We will begin the series with an open forum on the afternoon of November 22 (exact time and place still to be determined). It will feature several campus leaders available to answer a variety of questions, and will include an update from me on four major UWM development projects: Kenwood Integrated Research Complex, Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Campus, School of Public Health Building and School of Freshwater Sciences Building.

Following the opening forum, there will be two sessions each month, and the conversation topics will be determined by those who attend. One will be open to anyone on campus (I especially hope to see many students) and the other will be co-hosted by academic schools and colleges. I will share more information about these in the near future.

MORE ABOUT THE COLUMBIA ST. MARY’S CAMPUS

We remain on schedule to complete the purchase of the Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital campus by the end of the year. The facilities condition report has been completed and a separate environmental review of the grounds has not revealed any significant concerns.

With the report of the Columbia St. Mary’s Planning Committee as a guideline, the newly appointed Columbia Campus Implementation Committee will serve to recommend appropriate plans for which campus units to locate on the hospital campus. I very much appreciate the planning committee leadership of Leroy Stoner and Richard Stockbridge and the work done by the students, faculty and staff on that committee.

IN CLOSING…

Again, my thanks to everyone working on Open House. Remember, in addition to prospective students, the Open House is attended by many current students seeking a major, or considering an advanced degree or future career options. I hope all of you will have the opportunity to stop by the Union to visit the great displays by our schools, colleges and other campus units.

Sincerely,

Michael R. Lovell

Michael R. Lovell
Interim Chancellor