Goal 9: Improve community and regional connections in ways that enhance UW-W capacity to align educational, cultural and athletic programs and services with community and regional needs, and assess the outcomes of these efforts.
Leaders: Tom Rios, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
The Whitewater Incubation Program hosts its Elements for Success series at the Whitewater University Technology Park Innovation.
"Building Partnerships to Launch and Grow Your Business" will be presented by Choton Basu and James Jackson of Slipstream. In partnership with the National Parks and Recreation Association, Slipstream launched an easy-to-use, mobile-based software application called Strive. Strive is designed as an integrated, simple, and streamlined link between parks and recreation agencies and the communities they serve.
The University Honors Program ran a fundraiser to give blankets to ill and traumatized children in the local area, and they conducted an educational campaign on campus to teach students about KIVA, a micro-loan program meant to foster entrepreneurship in developing nations.
This 2013-14 academic year, the Fairhaven Lecture Series will celebrate 30 years of community discourse. UWW faculty give talks and lead discussions at the Fairhaven Retirement Community in Whitewater. The theme "Turning Points" means it "will examine the people and incidents that have shaped our lives today."
The College of Education and Professional Studies sponsored a Collaborative Rube Goldberg type simple machine building event between Fond du Lac Stem Academy and Whitewater LINCS Charter School in May 2013. ICIT provided technology support.
Blackthorne Capital Management, the first private business tenant of the Whitewater Innovation Center, has teamed up with UW-Whitewater to conduct research and develop software systems for the purpose of managing financial investment portfolios. The partnership allowed Blackthorne to make significant innovative strides, enabling them to be a trendsetter in their industry. ICIT is supporting this beneficial partnership between industry and education by providing Blackthorne with network infrastructure and security consultation services.
The InterActiv Conference and Technology Academy was held at UW-Whitewater June 18-21, 2013. This conference/academy is put on by educators currently in the field and designed to be a valuable resource for K-12 and Higher Ed Educators. The sessions provide valuable training and information for educators to bring back to their classrooms and schools. We expect over 300 educators to attend the conference this year. To support this level of attendance ICIT will be redesigning the system that provides guest access to campus WiFi. In addition, ICIT will be distributing software from Smart Technologies to computers in Hyland Hall to support training that will be provided in the course of the conference.
Now that UWS has awarded its broadband internet services contract to Wiscnet, ICIT can renew the efforts to extend broadband connections to local schools and facilitate further development of Community Area Network. Through these efforts local schools would be connected to UW-Whitewater which serves as a Wiscnet hub, leveraging their investment in fiber deployment. Eventually this network can connect other local government entities and provide broadband connectivity to meet their growing communication needs.
Twenty-nine children from ages 7 months to 7 years visited Andersen Library on April 19, 2013 to participate in the library's First Annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover and celebrate the Week of the Young Child along with the Children's Center.
On August 22, 2012, the History Resources Workshop was hosted by Andersen Library for area high school teachers, as part of an Education Outreach Grant.
The Special Collections at Anderson Library provided 200 campus building photographs and associated metadata to be added to the University of Wisconsin Digital Collection's Photo Digitization project. Special Collections developed call numbers and identified local collections which fall into the UWW Manuscripts (not part of the University Archives or Area Research Center collections), e.g., the Dunn Collection of military history materials and Whitewater Gourmet Club. Finally, Special Collections hosted a Walworth County Genealogical Society research evening on May 7, 2013.
Since September 2012, The School of Graduate Studies & Continuing Education (SGSCE) has been distributing a semi- bi-monthly newsletter chronicling its activities, often highlighting those that impact the community. Five newsletters were sent to a list of approximately 1,150 email addresses in AY 12-13 with an average open rate of 26.5% and 18.6% of SGSCE-related links clicked.
SGSCE hired Dr. Susan Johnson to provide leadership for exploring UWW's application to the Carnegie Foundation for "Engaged University " classification. SGSCE has attended Campus Compact training on how to prepare the self-study for this application and Johnson has assembled a committee to plan for documenting the scope and depth of UWW's community engagement and how UWW might be institutionalize its efforts and assess its impact on student learning and on our community partners.
The Partners in Education (PIE) program provides school districts a way to deliver rigorous curriculum and dual high school/college credit options to students in a familiar high school environment. Five courses were offered in 2012-13 across three school districts (New Glarus, Wilmot and Whitewater), enrolling 66 students.
The Financial Aid office Financial Aid Nights at regional high schools and participated in Wisconsin Goal Sunday (part of National College Goal Sunday) to provide financial aid presentations and assistance with preparing the FAFSA.
The Academic Advising and Exploration Center implemented the JumpStart program (group advising) during first 3 weeks of the semester with 73% of first-year class attending in Fall 2013.
The College of Letters & Sciences established a new Science Outreach Coordinator position. Activities include outreach to the schools (elementary and secondary) and area libraries, planning for and marketing camps for students interested in the STEM fields, organizing a "Girls in STEM" conference, planning for Earth Day, and collaborating with NASCO.
The popular Language Day for regional high school foreign language students was redesigned as "World Languages and Cultures Day" to increase the number of UWW students involved in leading and participating in learning sections for the high school students.
Plans for 2013-14:
The Multicultural Affairs & Student Success (MASS) unit will be seeking to increase the number of URM (Under-Represented Minorities), first generation, and low-income students who participate in precollege programs.
The School of Graduate Studies & Continuing Education (SGSCE) is developing an assessment tool to determine the effectiveness and impact of the Fairhaven Lecture Series.
SGSCE will develop and implement a marketing plan to effectively communicate their programs and services to the campus, community, and region.
SGSCE is looking to develop a regular series of programming through a partnership with an area organization, in the tradition of the well-established Fairhaven Lecture Series. This may include a film series or book discussion group at a library or senior center in the region. They also hope to offer the Warhawk Scholars program to adult, lifelong learners in the region and alumni looking to return to campus. The event is scheduled to be delivered at the end of AY12-13.
The College of Education & Professional Studies is creating a new "We're On It" brochure for all schools to assist with placements and disseminating information.
UWW will submit its application to Carnegie for "Community Engagement" certification in April, 2014.