NOTES toNEIGHBORS UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE
Investments for our future A consistent response I’ve been encountering lately, especially when speaking with community or alumni groups, has been excitement for the many UWM building projects being planned or under way throughout Metropolitan Milwaukee. Alumni are especially pleased to learn about the investments being made in the academic future of their alma mater. There’s a nice summary of the progress for these many projects elsewhere in this issue of Notes to Neighbors. As UWM continues to plan and construct new or renovated facilities, we also are addressing related challenges, such as transportation for students, faculty and staff among the facilities. Last year, we found that existing transportation to the School of Freshwater Sciences on the east end of Greenfield Avenue relied too heavily on public transportation. The closest bus stop, in fact, was nearly a half mile from our building and portions of the street along that section had no sidewalks. We addressed that issue by expanding and rescheduling existing campus transportation services. What we learned to better connect us to Milwaukee’s south side is already informing our transportation plans between our main campus and the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health located downtown, starting this fall, and our future plans for Innovation Park in Wauwatosa. We can’t eliminate all traffic between these locations, but we can and will reduce the number of vehicles driving between these external locations and the main campus. Best, Michael R. Lovell Chancellor
Ongoing Capital Projects at UWM Have you heard or read about the exciting developments happening at UWM? Five of the major capital projects approved by the State of Wisconsin in May 2010 are moving forward. Read on to find out details regarding the progress on these exciting projects. The building for the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health Located at 1240 N. 10th St., this building is the combination of a renovated five-story building from the former Pabst Brewery and a newly constructed five-story addition. Together, they offer more than 55,000 square feet of space for the Zilber School of Public Health and partners that include the City of Milwaukee Health Department. Acquisition and funding was primarily provided by a $10 million gift from the late Joseph J. Zilber. Construction is nearing completion and UWM expects to receive the keys to the building on June 1. Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex Located at the northwest corner of Kenwood Boulevard and Maryland Avenue, the 144,000-square-foot building will be specifically designed to accommodate campus STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) initiatives, including the university’s award-winning Department of Physics. Groundbreaking is scheduled for December 2012 and occupancy in February 2015.
Ongoing Capital Projects at UWM Continued from page one. Innovation Park Located in Wauwatosa along the north side of Watertown Plank Road and east of Highway 45, the site provides about 60 acres for development. The first building is being funded through a $5.4 million federal grant, with groundbreaking for the 25,000-squarefoot project planned for June 2012. Plans are under way for restoring a series of historic buildings on the property.
School of Freshwater Sciences Located at the east end of Greenfield Avenue on Milwaukeeâ€™s inner harbor, the new building for the School of Freshwater Sciences will be incorporated into the existing former factory that for four decades has been the UWM Great Lakes WATER Institute. Groundbreaking for the 100,000-square-foot, $50-million building will take place in June 2012. The addition will house shared research core support facilities, research laboratories, teaching spaces and collaboration spaces. Northwest Quadrant The former Columbia Hospital campus adjacent to the university campus was acquired in December 2010. Since then, a campus committee has worked on best uses for the property. So far, this has included a new home for the Honors College administrative facilities, surge space for academic and administrative offices that are being renovated elsewhere on campus, a Grind coffeehouse and new health-food store.
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UNIVERSITY HOUSING INTRODUCES
“OFF TO ON” CAMPAIGN
Recently, staff members from University Housing were out around the edges of campus, passing out treats to arriving students. Along with these treats came additional information regarding on-campus living, touching base with those who might be interested in coming back to campus to live for the 2012-13 academic year. We sat down recently with Matt Mountin, outreach coordinator for University Housing, to learn more about this effort. Here is what he had to share: What is the ‘Off To On’ campaign? The concept behind “Off To On” is to spread the word about University Housing to even more students, including meeting off-campus students in their neighborhoods. Even if students had already made living commitments, we still wanted to share what University Housing is all about. What kind of feedback have you gotten from participants? We had a lot of fun, and some students came by on a couple of different days. Once we start talking about our upperclassmen apartment-style options (Kenilworth Square Apartments and Purin Hall), the convenience of our services, and the certainty of individual billing and no hidden costs, students warmed up pretty quickly. And the coffee and donuts didn’t hurt either.
What are some of the benefits to living on campus versus off campus? The most obvious one, and the one most students are interested in, is the academic benefit. Virtually every study that we have found concludes that living on-campus results in higher GPAs. On our campus, this is confirmed by our Access to Success data. In addition, the convenience of having dining options, recreation areas, laundry and study facilities all in your building gives our residents a great advantage. Another benefit is the cost and billing arrangement. Students get billed on their own, so roommates who are behind in paying rent or bills don’t hurt our residents. In addition, we don’t have additional utility costs: electric, heat, cable and internet are all included in our rates. What types of housing are available for these students? All University Housing facilities are suite-style, meaning a couple of bedrooms share a private bathroom. But for most of our off-campus students, we tend to suggest three suites: Cambridge Commons Upgrades, which include a fully furnished living room and kitchen; Sandburg East Tower, which also has a furnished kitchen, and air conditioning; and Kenilworth Square Apartments, which are limited to students who are juniors or greater, students who are 22 or older, or graduate students.
TAKE A BREAK UNDER THE STARS THIS SUMMER AT UWM! The UW-Milwaukee Manfred Olson Planetarium offers affordable programming for the greater Milwaukee community. Conveniently located on the UWM campus, we welcome visitors to enjoy our Friday Night Show series, Astrobreaks, outdoor stargazing and special events. We are enthused to bring the stars to you. BRATS WITH VENUS Join us for live music and a brat fry on June 5, 5-7:30, as we celebrate the Transit of Venus. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the planet Venus move across the disc of the sun. This rare occurrence won’t happen again until December 2117. FRIDAY NIGHTS: MYTHS AND MORE In July begins the next installment of our Friday Night Show series, Summer Stars & Myths. Audiences will have fun with the Greek myths of Hercules and his labors, and see how these stories connect to summer stars. A portion of every Friday-night show is dedicated to viewing stars projected on the dome. Summer Stars & Myths shows are Fridays, July 13-August 10, 7 p.m. ASTROBREAKS Take advantage of our free midday Wednesday programs, AstroBreaks: 12:15-12:45 p.m. (June 6, July 11, July 18, August 1, August 8). STARGAZE WITH US: JULY 11, AUGUST 8 Besides our indoor programs, the summertime makes for perfect stargazing weather. Join us on the observing deck on July 11 and August 8 from 9:00-10:00 p.m. as we gaze through telescopes at the night sky. Our free stargazing program offers an opportunity to view the moon, planets and other seasonal astronomical objects. Stargazing is always weather-dependent. Before joining us at the planetarium, visit our website for the latest weather, parking and program information: planetarium.uwm.edu. Or call us at (414) 229-4961.
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And remember, Neighborhood Relations is here and available to help whenever you need assistance. Heather Harbach, Neighborhood Relations Liaison can be reached at (414) 229-4451 and email@example.com throughout the calendar year. UNITE (University Neighborhood Initiative To Engage) Also, be on the lookout for our second annual UNITE event, where faculty and staff come out to welcome students back to the neighborhood and say hello to fellow neighbors in the community! UNITE is scheduled for late August 2012.
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CLOSE TO YOU AT UWM THINGS TO DO OVER THE SUMMER
May 22 Love at the Zero Hour: Jewish War Brides in WWII Golda Meir Library (414) 229-6121 May 31-June 2 Summerdances: Destiny/Chance & Circumstance Mainstage Theatre (414) 229-4308
June 5 Transit of Venus UWM Planetarium (414) 229-4961
July 14 Neighborhood Housing Tour of Homes (414) 229-6969 Union Terrace Café
July 13, 20, 27 August 3, 10, 17 Summer Stars & Myths UWM Planetarium (414) 229-4961
7/27 University Community Orchestra Concert Helen Bader Stage (414) 229-4308 $12/adult July 27-28 Dancemakers ’12 Mainstage Theatre (414) 229-4308
July 12-13 Juliana May Thesis Concert Danceworks Studio Theatre (414) 277-8480
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