UW-Milwaukee

Marti Mikkelson

How would you answer the question: “What does it mean, to be an American?” NPR and member stations across the country have fanned-out this week, to ask people that question, with less than a month remaining until the November 8th election. In Milwaukee, WUWM’s Keio Horton visited the UWM campus to ask students for their perspectives on being Americans, and what they’d like, from the next president.

John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Every year, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation honors people throughout the country with a fellowship grant of $625,000, awarded over five years. The so-called "Genius Grant" was given to 23 people this year, who were honored for their originality, insight and potential.

Rheanne Tibbits

The UWM Honors College offered a class this spring called #BlackLivesMatter.

The movement – and hashtag, began in 2013 after a white Florida man was acquitted of shooting to death, Trayvon Martin, a black teen who had been walking through the neighborhood.

The final assignment of the UWM course was to create art about the Black Lives Matter movement.

On Mitchell Hall’s white gallery walls, works of art reveal what the words “black lives matter” mean to the students who took the UWM class that explored issues of race in America.

Nicole Beilke

When PBS announced it would host a Democratic presidential candidates’ debate at UW-Milwaukee, students rushed to find tickets - only to find they weren’t being sold at all. Although somewhat disappointed, students remained proud to host the event and eager to watch it, even through a live screening across the street in the university Union.

Troye Fox

UW-Milwaukee is celebrating.

It’s now considered an “R1” university. The rating means UWM is classified at the highest level of research activity.

It joins the ranks of about 100 other powerhouse colleges and universities, including Duke and Yale. For a long time, the only Wisconsin school designated as a top research university has been UW-Madison.

"It's a big deal," says Tom Luljak, UWM's Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Communications.

What does the new designation mean for the university?

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Three-dimension printing is everywhere these days - from car parts to people parts. It’s that latter category that drew in artist and UWM art professor Frankie Flood.

Flood’s background is in jewelry and metalsmithing. His previous work included treating everyday objects  as art.

It might be alarming for UWM students to receive the occasional Campus Safety Alert informing them that an armed robbery or another crime took place nearby. Although alerts don’t happen often, they can trigger anxiety – along with reminders about playing it safe.

Sophomore Nataley Neuman is one of the students who lives a good distance from campus, and she has learned that walking alone might not always be a smart idea.

UWM has made contact with six students and a faculty member who are studying and traveling in France, and all are safe. After offering the account on behalf of the Center for International Education, Chancellor Mark Mone expressed shock and sadness on behalf of the university for all Parisians and French citizens.

"Unfortunately, it is becoming all too common for innocent bystanders to become the victims of terrorist attacks in locations around the world," Mone said.

Mone said he hopes UWM can inspire people to use discourse and debate to resolve conflict.

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Milwaukee will be in the winter sports spotlight this weekend as it hosts a major international figure skating competition.

Skate America is one part of the International Skating Union’s Grand Prix of Figure Skating.  It opens this afternoon at the UWM Panther Arena and features 60 top skaters including American Olympians such as Gracie Gold and Jason Brown, along with Russian Julia Liptnitskaia and more. 

Bonnie North

British fingerstyle guitarist Clive Carroll cites a number of musical influences that go beyond folk or classical – although both of those are certainly part of his repertoire. Listen closely and you can hear echoes of everything from heavy metal to southern blues.

"I like to mess around on the guitar," Carroll says. "I love the guitar and there's endless textural possibilities and beautiful sounds."

As more students turn to online sources to purchase lower-cost books, UW-Milwaukee has established a five-year contract with eCampus.com. The new online book service is expected to save students 60% on the cost of their textbooks. The average student has paid $800 per semester.

Derek Rickert

Census predictions hold that within 20 years, the percentage of senior citizens in this country will reach a historic high. With this, comes far-reaching implications. Many more people graduating from college today will need to work in fields that relate to older adults.

That fact is the basis for a unique collaboration between UW-Milwaukee’s Helen Bader School of Social Welfare and the St. John’s on the Lake retirement community.

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The money will establish a Lubar Center for Entrepreneurship at UWM, on the corner of Kenwood Blvd. and Maryland Ave.  According to UWM Chancellor Mark Mone, the Lubar Center will house many of UWM's programs that prepare students to be entrepreneurs and innovators, and it will assist start-up local companies that are striving to bring more services and products to market.

"Wisconsin has fallen behind other states in creating new jobs and launching startup companies... bolstering this kind of entrepreneurial ecosystem is vital to a healthy economy and job creation,” Mone said.

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A new report from UW-Milwaukee examines how comfortable older LGBT people feel about aging in the Milwaukee area.

Researcher and social work assistant professor Mark Williams collected the comments of 255 LGBT residents, between the ages of 50 and 89.

His study reveals areas respondents say need extensive improvement, such as housing.

Williams says a significant number of respondents believe they’ll eventually live in an assisted living facility or nursing home. Yet he says most fear they won’t feel safe or comfortable in such a setting.

UWM Officials Announce Buyout Program

Apr 14, 2015
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UW-Milwaukee officials on Monday explained details of a new buyout offer for employees. The plan encourages faculty and staff who are close to retirement to leave early.

The campus stands to lose as much as $40 million in state aid over the next two years, if lawmakers approve Gov. Walker’s budget. One way UWM is looking to deal with the shortfall is through a buyout program.

Chancellor Mark Mone says the university will offer the deal to about 300 of its 4,500 employees.

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