UW-Green Bay alumnus Vanya Koepke ’15 (Public Administration, Political Science) has been named the recipient of UW-Milwaukee at Washington County’s 2019 outstanding alumnus award. Koepke attended UW-Milwaukee at Washington County before transferring to UW-Green Bay. He currently works as a Senior Carrier Sales Executive at Schneider National in Green Bay. Koepke also has a strong interest in politics. Read the full story from UW-Milwaukee at Washington County and Washington County Insider.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that UW-Milwaukee is becoming the fifth (and, so far, largest) UW institution to offer separation incentives to veteran employees. Eau Claire, Green Bay, Oshkosh and Superior are the other schools currently accepting applications for early retirement as part of statewide budget cutting.
Chancellor Mark Mone has announced cost-savings measures at UW-Milwaukee as that institution prepares to weather up to $20 million in cuts annually. He said UWM is halting spending on nonessential out-of-state travel, nonessential hiring and nonessential/discretionary raises.
Michael Lovell, former dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at UW-Milwaukee, has been recommended as that university’s next chancellor. Lovell, who served as interim chancellor since October 2010, earned his doctoral, master’s and undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Before coming to UW-Milwaukee in 2008, Lovell was a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Kentucky. To read the full release.
To date, UW-Milwaukee has been a relatively quiet player in the debate over the future of the UW System. The three loudest voices have been the UW System itself, Gov. Scott Walker and UW-Madison, which the governor’s budget would reestablish as a public authority separate from the system. What about UW-Milwaukee? Milwaukee Magazine says Interim Chancellor Michael Lovell has clearly joined the call to give UWM more autonomy. Read the article here.