University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 2002-2004 Undergraduate Catalog

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ACADEMIC SUPPORT CENTERS

TECHNOLOGY AND INFORMATION RESOURCES

T&IR is the umbrella organization that comprises the four service units outlined below - ISOS, ITS, LS, and NDTS. Working together, these units support the University community to fulfill its mission in teaching, research and outreaching by providing library resources and support for administrative and academic computing, instructional technology, networking, telecommunications, desktop support, and user training.

A brief description of the functions of each unit is as follows:

INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND OPERATIONS SERVICES (ISOS)

ISOS consults with administrative users and develops, maintains, and implements computer systems that are needed for the University's administrative functions. University databases are designed, implemented and maintained to insure integrity, confidentiality, and effectiveness of information systems. Information Systems and Operations Services provides training and support in the use of administrative systems, and day-to-day operational services for campus-wide computing systems.

INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY SERVICES (ITS)

ITS provides a wide array of services to the campus in instructional technology, and academic computing. These include audiovisual and film services, the maintenance of general access computer labs, technical support for the compressed video distance education classroom, multimedia development support for faculty and instructional staff, photographic and graphics services for both instructional and non-instructional needs, and data analysis support. In addition, ITS provides a range of support services for computer labs and classrooms in the colleges.

LIBRARY SERVICES (LS)

LS provides a variety of print and non-print materials to meet the information needs of students and faculty. Over 1.9 million items are in the library collection, including over 375,000 books, 76,300 bound volumes of periodicals, 335,500 government publications, 1,100,000 microforms, and 8,600 audiovisual titles. The library subscribes to over 2,400 current periodicals, serials, and an extensive array of electronic resources, many of which are web-based full texts. The library also provides easy Web access to Internet information resources throughout the world. The URL for the library homepage is: http//library.uww.edu

NETWORKING DESKTOP SUPPORT, AND TRAINING SERVICES (NDTS)

NDTS plans, develops, maintains and implements programs and services to meet the needs of the University in data, video and local area networks. In particular, support is provided for Internet access Novell networks, electronic mail and, in general, access to network-based information services. NDTS also provides Help Desk services, computing desktop support, and user training for the campus.

TEXTBOOKS

The University provides basic textbooks for undergraduate students on a rental basis. The rental cost is included as a part of the fees students pay for registration each term. Textbooks may be picked up at designated times at the Textbook Rental, located in Moraine Hall. Graduate students are required to purchase their textbooks from the University Bookstore and are not assessed a rental fee. Students can expect to purchase some supplemental books and non-reusable materials such as workbooks and supplies.

OTHER LEARNING MATERIALS

In addition to the wide variety of information available in the library, several other collections of teaching and learning materials are available on campus. Many departments and academic programs have small libraries of periodicals or reference works for use by students, who may receive information at their major department.

The College of Arts and Communication provides an Arts Media Center. The Arts Media Center has an impressive library of recordings and musical scores, Macintosh/MIDI computer stations, and audio/video equipment for student use. In the Carlson Building, the College of Business and Economics maintains the Beattie Collection of current periodicals and reference works relating to subjects taught in that college.

The Wisconsin Instructional Technology Resource Center (WITRC) is located in the College of Education on the first floor of Winther Hall. The Resource Center contains a state-of-the-art instructional technology software collection and the latest developments in multi-media technology.

Finally, various University offices, for example, Career Services and the University Health and Counseling Services, have collections of information dealing with their functions.

RONALD E. MCNAIR POST-BACCALAUREATE ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is designed to achieve four goals: 1) to introduce undergraduate students from targeted groups to high quality research settings which will help provide educational and professional role models; 2) to create an environment where graduate study is an expectation; 3) to provide academic support and preparation; and, 4) to provide financial support for pre-doctoral study.

The program enrolls twenty-five students each year; one-half juniors and one-half seniors. Students are expected to participate in the program for up to two years.

Students participating in the McNair Program will work in a mentoring relationship with a faculty member; participate in seminars addressing graduate school preparation, expectations and opportunities; demonstrate their research ability in independent research projects; and present their research at regional and national conferences.

For further information, please contact the Director of the McNair Program, 219 McCutchan Hall (262-472-2804).

LATINO STUDENT PROGRAMS

The Office of Latino Student Programs promotes the recruitment, retention, and graduation of Latino students. The office strives to retain new and continuing Latino students by helping them develop their academic and critical thinking skills. The office is also engaged in developing and implementing both academic and cultural programs which contribute to students' personal and intellectual development, making the University more knowledgeable concerning Latino culture, and developing closer ties with the Latino community at a local and global level (including Study Abroad opportunities).

Latino Student Programs collaborates closely with other units of Academic Support Services as well as Career Services, the Financial Aid Office, and the departments of Race and Ethnic Cultures and Languages and Literatures, among others, in order to successfully integrate Latino students into university life so that greater numbers can gain access to meaningful information and services.

For further information, contact the Director of Latino Student Programs, 105 McCutchan Hall (262-472-1913).

STUDENT RETENTION SERVICES

The Student Retention Services (SRS) provides a wide range of services and academic support to students with academic potential who, because of low income, first generation background or physical disability, or poor academic preparation, need a period of time to adjust to the academic and social environment of the University. Students are referred to the program by a variety of sources which include high school counselors, the Admissions Office, as well as faculty and academic staff at UW-Whitewater.

Through its professional counseling staff, SRS helps students to acquire the academic and personal survival skills they need to succeed at UW-Whitewater. SRS counselors offer academic advising, personal, financial aid, and career advising. SRS involves faculty directly in its programs through the Faculty Mentor and Mentee Program. The program provides support for career enhancement activities, academic seminars, and cultural enrichment activities, tutorial support, skills building workshops.

The SRS is primarily funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. To be eligible for the program, students must meet one of the following criteria: come from a low income family, have neither parent or guardian with a bachelor's degree, be physically handicapped, or have a learning disability.

For more information, contact the Director of the Student Retention Services, 118 McCutchan Hall (262-472-1209).

MINORITY BUSINESS PROGRAM

The Minority Business Program (MBP) is designed to increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation rate of ethnic minority students who want to pursue a career in business. MBP provides an array of activities, the purpose of which are to:

* enhance minority high school and college students' awareness of career opportunities in business.

* increase the undergraduate enrollment and graduation of minority students in business majors.

* provide opportunities for minority students to meet with business professionals in order to develop realistic perceptions of what it takes to be successful in the business arena.

* provide academic support in the form of tutoring and counseling for students with such needs.

MBP also identifies students with academic promise to involve them in summer internship experiences.

MINORITY TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAM

The MTP is a specialized support program, and is a cooperative effort with the College of Education. It is unique in its mission to provide opportunities and educational campus experiences designed to increase the academic success of American ethnic minority students interested in pursuing careers in teacher education.

MTP participants: 1) have exchanges with successful minority educators; 2) interact and develop supportive relationships with other education majors; 3) discuss issues confronting professional educators; and 4) gain insight into the expectations of the education profession.

For more information, contact the Director of the Minority Business and Teacher Preparation Programs, 2008 Carlson Hall (262-472-3216).

PROJECT ASSIST PROGRAM

The Department of Special Education provides a support program, called Project Assist, that is specifically for students with learning disabilities. Services include: strategy instruction, one-to-one tutoring, study skills support, small study groups, testing accommodations, consultation with faculty and staff, and a summer high school to college transition program. The goal of the program is to enable students with learning disabilities to become independent learners by their junior year. In addition, the program networks with a variety of other supportive programs on campus in order to provide comprehensive services to students with learning disabilities.

TUTORIAL CENTER

Tutoring is a customized, student-centered, action-oriented process designed to help all students--full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students, and returning adults--who need both short and long-term academic assistance. In meeting these various student needs, the Tutorial Center (TC) has developed individual and group tutoring approaches which specifically focus on problem solving techniques and intensive subject review sessions. Tutoring has often been thought of as short-term, immediate assistance to overcome one specific problem or trouble spot. Successful students, however, have typically viewed tutoring as a long-term strategy in resolving more complex learning problems including difficult content as well as organizational techniques, pattern synthesis, and higher level reasoning.

Student peer-tutors are hired for the program on the basis of departmental recommendations and personal interviews, and take part in an intensive training program. Tutors are expected not only to know their subject matter well, but also to be able to communicate effectively with students from a wide variety of backgrounds and with varying degrees of knowledge and skill.

Students requesting tutoring represent a cross-section of all students--from those doing very well in classes but who request additional practice and feedback as to their progress, to those individuals who are experiencing major difficulty with content and study procedures and techniques. The TC is equipped to handle all these students with appropriate strategies and confidentiality.

The TC is able to provide tutoring in most basic courses and provides tutoring in many advanced courses, depending upon requests.

For assistance in writing, students may schedule appointments in the writing center where they work one-on-one with qualified tutors; also, students may enroll for two units in English 091, an individualized writing workshop which meets in the writing center twice a week. Computers are available for word processing. For assistance in math, students may consult tutors in the math center on a walk-in basis. For study skills, students may consult with a staff specialist or enroll in "Study/Academic Survival Skills" for three units. For assistance in reading college-level texts, students may enroll for three units in "College Reading," or they may consult the staff reading specialist.

Although most students use services at the TC on a voluntary basis, some students may be referred directly by faculty. In this case, the students work on developing those skills and competencies which have been identified by the faculty members as necessary for success in their classes. Students can make appointments either by calling 262-472-1230 or by visiting the TC office in the lower level of McCutchan Hall where additional information and brochures are available.

Both voluntary visits and direct referrals are generally more successful if made before serious problems develop. Tutoring is available from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday in McCutchan Hall. Sessions are available at other times and places by arrangement. Up-to-date information on current programming and schedules may be viewed on the TC website: www/uww.edu/tutorial/

MINORITY RECRUITING

One of the primary functions in this area is to recruit ethnic minority students to the UW-Whitewater campus. As an extension of the overall commitment by the University System to increase the enrollment, retention, and graduation of minority students, recruiters contact high schools, community centers, churches, and individual minority community leaders to acquaint them with higher education opportunities for minorities at UW-Whitewater.

Freshman and transfer students entering the University are encouraged to participate in an inclusive array of academic support services. One such program is the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), which provides services to students who have academic potential, but who may be from low-income families, may be the first students from their family to attend college, or may have a disability (physical or learning). Such students may need a period of time to adjust to the academic and social environment of the University.

Cultural events and student activities for minorities are available on campus. Programs are geared to foster cross-cultural awareness among all students and faculty on campus. Special efforts are made throughout the academic year to encourage full cooperation between activity-oriented bodies to coordinate functions in such a way that the pluralistic society in which we live is reflected in planned campus activities.

For further information, contact the Director of Latino Student Programs at 262-472-1913 or an Assistant Director of Admissions at 262-472-5180.

ACADEMIC STANDARDS OFFICE

The Academic Standards Office provides counseling and academic assistance to students, particularly those having difficulty meeting retention standards of the University. All student appeals for reinstatement and for extension of any limitation on the academic progression requirements for financial aid are submitted to the Academic Standards Office. The Director is available to provide information on academic policies, financial aid progression policies, and registration procedures, to assist students in selecting courses of study consistent with their personal and career ambitions, and to refer students to other campus offices for academic assistance.

CENTER FOR COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS

The Center for Communicative Disorders located in Room 1010, Roseman Building, offers diagnostic and therapeutic help with communication problems in the areas of articulation, voice, hearing, language and stuttering. Complete hearing and hearing aid evaluations are available through the audiological facilities of the center. Services are available for both the campus community and general public.

NEWS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE

The Office of News and Public Affairs is responsible for enhancing the image and visibility of UW-Whitewater through a wide range of services, including media relations, institutional marketing, publications, photography, event planning and issues management.

Major publications produced by NPA include Whitewater magazine, a twice-annual magazine that reaches more than 40,000 UW-Whitewater alumni; and The Reporter, a twice-monthly newsletter for faculty and staff. The office also writes and distributes hundreds of news releases each year and works closely with regional and state media to gain public recognition for campus achievements.

The office provides editing and content development support for programs that reach public audiences. NPA maintains a regularly updated "top stories" section on the UW-Whitewater home page, steers crisis communication for the university and produces a number of publications for special events, including Founders Day, Homecoming and Commencement.

Faculty, staff and students who have ideas for possible news stories are encouraged to contact NPA. For more information about NPA services, contact (262) 472-1194.

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS

The University recognizes a large number of special interest groups. A complete directory of all student organizations, their officers, and advisers is available in the Leadership Center.

SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

A wide variety of service organizations exist, providing students with numerous ways to contribute to the campus and community. These organizations include, but are not limited to: Best Buddies, Circle K, Habitat for Humanity, UW-W Student Foundation, Students Organized for Service, Student Optimist club and numerous religious and Greek organizations which also offer service projects. For more information contact the Leadership Center.

LEGAL SERVICES

The Legal Services Program of the Whitewater Student Government provides free legal advice to students one afternoon per week. Contact the WSG Office, University Center, 262-472-1166, for more information.

OFFICER EDUCATION

The completion of the Army ROTC Program - Leadership, Military Science and Aerospace Studies Department - and a baccalaureate lead to a Commission in the United States Army Reserve.

ADULT RESOURCE CENTER

The Adult Resource Center (ARC) is located in the University Center and serves all University students. The Center is open weekdays and serves University students in a variety of ways. It's a warm, caring environment staffed by students willing to answer questions or to get information about other services around campus and in the community. The ARC offers a number of varied, noon-hour focus programs throughout the term. Focus program themes range from stress management to career planning, and from massage to marriage enrichment. Most of all the ARC is a place for students to drop their bags, put up their feet, take a break from their hectic day and get to know some fellow students. For further information, call 262-472-5786.

UNIVERSITY SPIRIT PROGRAM

Cheerleaders and stuntmen support the athletic teams in action and promote campus spirit. The squads accompany the Warhawks to away games and perform at all home games. Cheerleading try-outs are held in spring for football squad and in fall for basketball and wrestling squad and are open to all interested men and women. Interested students may contact the Club Sports Office, 100 Williams Center, 262-472-1145.

The Pom Pon squad supports Warhawk athletic teams at all home football and basketball games and performs both dance and precision drill routines. Tryouts take place each fall, and students interested may contact Club Sports Office, 142 Williams Center, 262-472-1145.

HONORS ORGANIZATIONS

Phi Kappa Phi is a national honor society open to outstanding students in all curriculums. The local chapter was formally installed in January, 1969. To be eligible for nomination to the society in the junior year, students must be in the upper 5 per cent of their class. In the senior year, students are eligible for nominations for membership if in the upper 10 per cent of their class. The minimum grade point average is 3.50.

Silver Scroll is the local honorary organization for seniors who have achieved a grade point of 3.0 or better and who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service on the campus. The purpose of this organization is to promote and maintain a high standard of scholarship, to advance a spirit of service, and to encourage leadership among college students.

Golden Key National Honor Society exists to recognize and encourage academic achievement and excellence in all undergraduate fields of study. Membership in the Society is by invitation only to those students who have at least sixty units with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. At least twenty-five units must have been completed at UW-Whitewater. The UW-Whitewater Golden Key National Honor Society involves itself in periodic community service projects and educational programs. For more information contact the Leadership Center.

CULTURAL AFFAIRS

Cultural Affairs brings the best of the world's professional performers to Whitewater, from the launch of the national tour of The Music Man to the American Players Theatre, from the Trinity Irish Dance to the Milwaukee Symphony. Events are planned by the Cultural Affairs Committee, which is made up of students, faculty, and community members.

Tickets for Cultural Affairs events are available to students at a special discount rate. By purchasing a season pass, the price reduction is even greater. All tickets are available at the University Ticket Center or through the ticket outlet at Young Auditorium.

Students of all majors are invited to join the Cultural Affairs Committee to help plan performances, meet the artists, and gain experience in marketing and promotion. Contact Cultural Affairs in the Irvin L. Young Auditorium, phone 262-472-4444.

In the past Cultural Affairs has presented such internationally renowned artists as Maynard Ferguson and John Astin. Musicals such as "42nd Street" and "The Music Man" have appeared on the Whitewater stage. The list of performances Cultural Affairs has brought to Whitewater is lengthy and includes the Capital Steps, the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, the Dallas Brass and the American Players Theatre.

Cultural Affairs invites students to join them and enjoy upcoming shows!

IRVIN L. YOUNG AUDITORIUM

The Irvin L. Young Auditorium serves as host to several performing arts series including the Cultural Affairs Series, the "ILY Presents" (special events) series, as well as the "Horizons" school matinee and evening family programs. These auditorium-sponsored series account for thirty to thirty-five professional performing arts events held in the facility each year. The auditorium is also used for various music department and continuing education-sponsored activities.

The unique design of the Irvin L. Young Auditorium features a graciously appointed auditorium chamber with approximately 1,300 seats, depending on configuration pattern and number of wheelchair seats utilized. Through lighting options and architectural arrangements, the auditorium can also achieve the feeling of warmth and comfortable intimacy of a much smaller space. The clean lines and uncluttered space of the chamber create an unpretentious performing environment in this state-of-the-art facility.

One of the many striking areas is the Fern Young Terrace which offers unparalleled charm guaranteed to enhance any event it houses. The facility's Kachel Center offers flexibility with its sprung hardwood floor. Conferences will find the room appealing for groups of up to 150 or as a space for small groups to meet before returning to the auditorium for larger sessions. Both the Fern Young Terrace and the Kachel Center can serve dual purposes as support spaces to complement auditorium functions or as versatile stand-alone meeting, rehearsal, or reception rooms.

Young Auditorium provides the students with the opportunity to experience a variety of cultural events. The Auditorium is also available to student groups who may want to present their own activities.

EXHIBITIONS

The University's art gallery is a showcase for the campus. Exhibits have popular student and public appeal. While featuring exhibits of statewide and regional artists, Crossman Gallery also presents work with national and international significance. Experimental and pioneering work also comes from UW-W and UW-System art majors and graduate students. Art faculty present a biennial exhibit of their work. Visit the Crossman Gallery as part of an ongoing education.

MUSIC ACTIVITIES

The Department of Music sponsors a wide variety of performing groups including Brass Ensembles, Chamber Singers, Clarinet Choir, Class Act, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Flute Choir, Jazz Ensembles, Opera Workshop, Musical Theatre Production, Pep Band, Percussion Ensemble, Saxophone Quartets, String Chamber Ensembles, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Warhawk Marching Band, Whitewater Symphony Orchestra, and Women's Chorale. All ensembles sponsored by the department are open by audition to all university students. Students who enjoy singing or playing a musical instrument will appreciate the opportunity to share in the musicianship of these groups. Contact the Music Department office for additional information.

Students who enjoy music will not want to miss the many interesting and exciting concerts given by the campus groups and by the faculty artists. Most of these concerts are free to students and provide a rich and memorable break in the weekly routine.

UNIVERSITY THEATRE

Annually the Department of Theatre/Dance produces seven major shows, a children's play for tour, experimental and one-act plays, and dance productions. These activities provide rich opportunities for students to see a wide range of productions. Students may also participate in the technical aspects of productions and in theatre management, and may audition for roles in any of the productions. Camaraderie through theatre activities will enliven college life; the arts and skills learned will forever enhance students' lives.

UNIVERSITY POLICE

The UW-Whitewater University Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency providing 24-hour police protection and services to the campus community. The department is staffed by eleven sworn police officers, two part-time police officers and one non-sworn employee.

Part of the mission of the University Police Department is to provide protection of life and property to all persons within the boundaries of the university, to uphold the rights guaranteed under the United States Constitution, and to enforce state laws, codes and UW System regulations in a fair and just manner. The department works towards this goal by conducting investigations into alleged criminal activity, the implementation and presentation of crime prevention programs, development of new and innovative policing programs, effecting arrests, and referring individuals into the criminal justice system or conduct systems.

Anyone requiring the services of the University Police Department can contact them 24 hours a day, seven days a week by phoning 262-472-4660. While an officer is always on duty and can be summoned by telephone, business transactions can be conducted in person during office hours of 7:45 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday in Goodhue Hall. Whether you are the victim of a crime, an injured person, a witness to an incident, someone who wants information or a presentation, or just someone who doesn't know where else to turn, the University Police stand ready to provide the necessary assistance.

UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT

The Office of University Advancement includes the UW-Whitewater National Alumni Association, the UW-Whitewater Foundation, and the Office of News and Public Affairs. University Advancement provides a communication link between the university and the media, approximately 57,000 UW-Whitewater alumni, and the public-at-large.

The UW-Whitewater Foundation also creates and directs a variety of fund-raising efforts on behalf of UW-Whitewater, its faculty and staff, and its students.

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