In the Know: SMPH Updates for August 28, 2020 

Top news: 

  • The Building Community/Ebling Library Book and Film club will offer a discussion of Parkland: Birth of a Movement — this year’s Go Big Read book — on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. Register here for the session. A free UW Go Big Read copy of the book is available at the Ebling Library. If you are interested in being notified when new book or film discussions are offered, please sign up here. For more information, see the Building Community/Ebling Library Book and Film Club website.
  • Parking enforcement will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 1. To park in a campus lot you will need a 2020-21 UW parking permit, parking pass, or you must use a visitor parking option.
  • How to respond to someone not wearing a face covering: Smart Restart has released resources on how faculty, staff, and students can wisely and respectfully approach someone on campus that is not in compliance with the face covering requirement.
  • Reminder: Call for nominations — 2020 University of Wisconsin-Madison Outstanding Women of Color Awards. A total of 1-2 nominations will be submitted by the Dean’s Office. To submit a name, please fill out this form by August 31. 


  • Please send kudos about your colleagues. Honor someone at and we’ll share the stories. Visit this page to see a collection of shout-outs to date. Submit your thoughts and we’ll share them in a future issue.

Telecommuting tip: 

  • Work from home tips from Forbes: Mentally “going to work” and “leaving work” and finding ways to get safely outdoors can be keys to successful telecommuting.  

Staying strong & supporting one another:  

  • Managers can help support employee mental health: The Harvard Business Review has eight ways — including modeling healthy behaviors, building a culture of connectedness, and being flexible and inclusive — that managers can use to bolster their team’s mental health.