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See Milwaukee
Tour our campus and learn what makes UWM a perfect fit.  You don't know us until
you visit us.
Meet Milwaukee

Experience UWM from every angle!  This is a terrific event for prospective students to test drive the University, and learn about all the wonderful opportunities available on campus and within the city of Milwaukee!

Go Milwaukee

A special day for admitted students - to help you finalize your decision to make UWM your new home.  Go Milwaukee!

Coffee Talks

This is the perfect way for prospective undergrads to get to know UWM better in one-on-one sessions...over a cup of coffee in YOUR neighborhood! 

UWM Visits YOU

Our UWM Admission Advisors are on the move, visiting high schools, attending college fairs and delivering presentations. Check out where they will be to connect with them in your area!

Adult Information Sessions

A great, comprehensive event for prospective adult and returning students to learn more about UWM, hot career choices, financial aid options and more ...and to get you moving in the right direction. 

Java Links

If you are thinking about becoming an adult, returning or transfer student at UWM, try this fun, one-on-one visit experience...over coffee... to learn more, and get you from thinking to doing!

Meet Your Admission Advisor

We can help you with all your questions: we're here for YOU!

Alberto Jose Maldonado

414-229-1169 donpepe@uwm.edu
City of Milwaukee

I am currently serving as the Assistant Director for Recruitment and Community Relations with the Department of Admissions and Recruitment. Prior to my work in Admissions and Recruitment, I worked as a Senior Advisor for the College of Health Sciences and as an academic advisor in the Pre-College programs. In my 14 year career at UWM I have worked with hundreds of students and their families, helping them prepare for post-secondary admission, select their courses and eventually graduate from college.

I began my post-secondary education at the University of Puerto Rico where I was admitted on a full scholarship for Track and Field, but then transferred later to the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where I graduated with a bachelor’s of Fine Arts and masters in Educational Policy.

If you are interested in any of our academic programs, would like to visit us, or need to speak to someone about how to apply, do not hesitate to contact me at donpepe@uwm.edu or 414-229-1169. I hope to hear from you soon! Don’t procrastinate, contact me and give yourself the opportunity explore exciting new careers and build your future.

Tawney Latona

414-229-4624 tawney@uwm.edu
Adult, Transfer and Non-Degree Students

I have been with UW-Milwaukee for 15 years and with the Department of Admissions and Recruitment since 2001.  I am originally from Holmen, WI and graduated from UWM with a degree in Communication and also Photography. I chose to come to Milwaukee because the city offers so many opportunities, the campus has great academic programs, and the East Side is beautiful with many parks and Lake Michigan is not far from campus. There are so many things to do in the area and on campus! I hope I can help introduce you to this great university and the city of Milwaukee.

I work with students from Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Calumet counties.  I am available to answer questions, chat about UWM or learn more about the programs we offer.  The best way to reach me is tawney@uwm.edu or 414-229-4624. Best of luck in your college search, I hope to hear from you soon!

Will Johnson

414-229-4082 johnsowp@uwm.edu
Fox Valley, Dane County and Milwaukee suburbs

I have been a recruiter with the Department of Admissions and Recruitment at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee for about a year. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and a Master’s in Education. I serve as a youth mentor in the local community so I am constantly speaking with prospective students and their families even when I’m “off duty,” and I welcome the opportunity to get to know you too!

I visit the south suburbs of Milwaukee, and the following counties: Dane, Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Outagamie, Dodge, Columbia, Green Lake, Marquette, Waushara, Adams, Sauk and Juneau. If you have any questions, I’m here to help. I can be reached at johnsowp@uwm.edu or 414-229-4082. Hopefully we can meet soon.

Matt Halloran

414-229-3854 hallora5@uwm.edu
Portions of Waukesha County, Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

I have been with UW-Milwaukee for 2 years and with the Department of Admissions and Recruitment since July 2011. I like working at UWM because I am a former UWM student and lifelong Milwaukee resident.

Working as an Admissions Advisor I travel to the northern parts of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. To reach out to interested high school and transfer students, I attend college fairs, visit high schools, meet with families and facilitate on campus events. The best way to reach me is by phone or email at 414-229-3854 or hallora5@uwm.edu. For anyone going through the college search process, just remember: it’s OK to be undecided and Milwaukee is a great city in which to live and learn!

Leonard White

414-229-6195 lcwjr@uwm.edu
City of Milwaukee

I’m a Senior Advisor in the Department of Admissions and Recruitment. I have worked for UWM for a long time, since 1981---over 30 years. I have been working with incoming students all this time, and I have had special emphasis assisting students of color since 1987. If you go to school in the Greater Milwaukee area, Racine or Kenosha we are probably likely to cross paths.

UWM is a place which has many faces. On one side, it is a large doctoral campus (home to almost 30,000 students) so it is large enough for you to get lost in if you choose too, but it is personable enough to be able to provide you with the things you might need to help you be successful. I’m here to help you through the admission process, so reach out if you have any questions. I can be reached by phone at 414-229-6195 and by email at lcwjr@uw.edu.

Megan Buhrandt

414-229-2222 buhrand2@uwm.edu
Western Wisconsin, Minnesota and all other non-Midwest Student Exchange Program states

Greetings students and families! I have served as an Admission Representative with UW-Milwaukee since 2010. I graduated with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UW-La Crosse, but am originally from the Milwaukee area and absolutely love working here. I primarily work with students from Minnesota and western Wisconsin, but am happy to help all students and families through their college search and application process!

Something I like to emphasize to students is that as important as it is to find a university that is the best fit for you, it is equally important once you arrive on campus to get involved in clubs, organizations, study abroad, undergraduate research, internships, intramural sports, on-campus jobs, or whatever extracurricular option is right for you. As an Advisor for UWM’s chapter of Golden Key International Honor Society, I get to see all the benefits students gain by taking advantage of UWM’s many opportunities to learn outside the classroom as well as inside. Hopefully you can discover it for yourself in the near future! Feel free to get in touch with me at buhrand2@uwm.edu or 414-229-2222.

Kyle Swetzig

414-229-6899 kswetzig@uwm.edu
Illinois and all Midwest Student Exchange States (IN, KS, MI, MO, NE, ND)

I travel to high schools and college fairs all over Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana. Make sure to look for me at your local high school. I have been known to wear bright colors, and I am sure we can strike up a conversation about UWM since I have been working in the Department of Admissions and Recruitment since 2010.

Since I graduated from UW-Milwaukee in 2008, I am now convinced that this “internet” thing is here to stay, so feel free to send any questions to kswetzig@uwm.edu or give my office a call at 414-229-6899. When I am not recruiting students, most of the time you can find me at the local gym, running a 5k, volunteering for Visit Milwaukee, advising the UWM chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon, or celebrating my German Heritage in the great city of Milwaukee! Prost!

Carmelita Simms

414-229-6019 csimms@uwm.edu
Transfer specialist, MATC campuses

I have been the UWM/MATC Transfer Specialist in the Department of Admissions and Recruitment since March 2011. Prior to this position, for 9 years, I worked as a Senior Academic Advisor in UWM Pre-College program called GEAR UP. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UW-Milwaukee and my Master of Science in Educational Counseling from Concordia University.

I am available to answer student questions about the transfer process, transferable credit, and planning the best classes at Milwaukee Area Technical College to eventually apply to a UW-Milwaukee degree. I thoroughly enjoy and am very dedicated to working with prospective students taking their next “educational step” from class choice options to the admission application process towards a Bachelor’s degree.

During the fall/spring terms I am at the MATC Downtown campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays (Thursdays only for the summer) and all other days at my UWM campus location. I also attend MATC Transfer Days during the fall and spring terms; set up individual advising sessions at the other 3 MATC campuses (Mequon, Oak Creek & West Allis) during the academic school year as well as other outreach activities. Feel free to contact me with questions regarding transferring from MATC to UWM. The best way to reach me is via email at csimms@uwm.edu or phone: MATC (414) 297-6295/UWM (414) 229-6019. Contact me today; it’s never too early to start the planning process!

Torry Rufer

414-229-4090 tjrufer@uwm.edu
Waukesha, Ozaukee and Sheboygan Counties

Hello all! I am a UWM alumnus, having earned both my undergraduate and graduate degrees from this great university! In the spring of 2010, I received my undergraduate diploma from the School of Education with a degree in Educational Studies, and in the fall of 2011 I received my master’s also from the School of Education, majoring in Administrative Leadership (focus on higher education). I am an admission representative with the Department of Admissions and Recruitment dating all the way back to July 30, 2012; I specifically work with the Wisconsin Covenant Students (both in high school, and those currently enrolled at UWM). I am out in local high schools educating students and counselors on everything that is the Wisconsin Covenant Promise and how students can remain eligible to receive their grant money! On campus, I am working to help students stay as involved and motivated as possible in their academics, community and future. I reach out to students through high school visits, coffee talks, mailings, emails and phone calls (pretty much whatever the situation calls for). I mainly stay in and around the Milwaukee County area when doing high school visits and outreach, as well as spend a lot of time on campus to stay as in-touch with current UWM Covenant Scholars as I can.

I chose UWM partly because of the location in a big city, and partly because I had a good number of friends who attended UWM. I think that is one great part about UWM, we really care about our Wisconsin high school students, and would love to see them stay in state to earn their degree! At the same time students who attend UWM get to see a great amount of diversity on campus and in the community as well as have great opportunities to work with some big time companies. Milwaukee is the 9 th ranked city in the country as far as Fortune 500 companies go, with 8 in the Milwaukee area; add that with the multitude of other companies (local and national), the lakefront access and the local professional sports teams, and there really never is a dull moment! I think Milwaukee is a great city, and I think UWM has a lot to do with that. I have been here as an undergraduate student, a graduate students and now a professional and would recommend any of those 3 experiences to anyone who asks. UWM and the people here on campus have done a lot to help me shape my career as well as personal beliefs; so please come take a visit of our campus and let us show you how UWM can possibly do the same for you!

Please, do not hesitate to contact me at any time. My phone number is 414.229.4090 and my email address is tjrufer@uwm.edu.

Ray Anthony Fikes

414-229-6502 fikes@uwm.edu
Milwaukee Metro and Faith-Based Outreach

I am serving as the Recruitment Admissions Outreach Coordinator in The Department of Admissions & Recruitment and the Department of Global Inclusion and Engagement. My goal is to promote UW-Milwaukee to prospective multicultural students and their families, via outreach visits to high schools, churches, community- based organizations and the broader communities of color. My prior positions on campus included Interim Director of the Black Cultural Center, Assistant to the Dean of Student Services, and Employment Liaison with the Career Development Center. Additionally I have served as an advisor to the Black Student Union and Student Athletes as well as assisting with recruitment, retention, and graduation. I also have experience developing employment opportunities within the public and private sector. I have a clear understanding of the needs and challenges of students of color on campus and have a strong compassion to see this student population succeed while obtaining their degree.

I hold a Bachelors of Arts degree in Business Administration, with a double major in Human Resources Management and General Management from Marian. My education coupled with my professional experience has afforded me the knowledge to advise, mentor and address the needs of all of our students on campus.

Josh Harwell

414-229-1108 jharwell@uwm.edu
Racine, Kenosha, Rock/Jefferson/Walworth, Southwestern WI, Greater Milwaukee

Thank you for your interest in UWM. I am proud to be on the "front line" serving this great university. I am a proud alumni of UWM; receiving my B.S. in Criminal Justice from the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, and my M.S. in Administrative Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from the School of Education.

I was born and raised in Milwaukee and have lived on the North, South, East, and West side and everywhere in between, so any questions you have about Milwaukee I think I can help! Geographically I feel like I know the university like the back of my hand considering I have been connected to it since 2003. Enough about me though, in my new role as an Admissions Advisor I am ready to learn even more about this institution so that I am able to go above and beyond to serve you as prospective and current students and your families with the service that YOU deserve! I have been a "traditional" student, an adult and returning student, and a graduate student on this campus so I am very familiar with the student experience.

You can find me in your high school in Milwaukee (North Shore), Racine, Kenosha and the deep southern/southwestern counties in Wisconsin. I also can be found manning the tables and college fairs and community based events. If you have ANY questions please contact me at 414-229-1108 or jharwell@uwm.edu. If I don't have the answer I will find it!

Joel Buschmann

414-229-4318 buschma2@uwm.edu
Adult and Transfer student admissions representative

Welcome! I am the Transfer and Adult Student Admissions Representative here at UW-Milwaukee. I graduated with Bachelors of Arts in Communication at UW- Parkside in 1997 and have been working in the Admissions field since. I am so excited to be working at UW-Milwaukee because Milwaukee is where I was born and raised. Milwaukee was ranked in Forbes magazine as one of the top 15 emerging cities and I can tell you that being connected so closely to an amazing city has its advantages. From the amazing internship and research opportunities that are spread around our urban area to the cultural and fun things to take part in, UWM has it all. As a representative who works primarily with adults and transfer students, I encourage those populations to reach out to me so we can discuss how we can make UW-Milwaukee a home away from home for you. Feel free to get in touch with me at buschma2@uwm.edu or 414-229-4318.