INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND OPERATIONS SERVICES
Information Systems and Operations Services 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.
Library Services provides a variety of print and non-print materials to meet the information needs of students and their faculty. Over 1.7 million items are in the library collection, including over 365,000 books, 71,300 bound volumes of periodicals, 321,600 government publications, 1,050,000 microforms, and 8,100 audiovisual titles. The library subscribes to over 2,400 current periodicals and serials and a variety of electronic databases. Some of these are full text and full image databases such as UMI's Business Periodicals OnDisc which is housed locally and IAC's Expanded Academic Index ASAP which is accessed through Internet. The library also provides easy Gopher and World Wide Web access to Internet information resources throughout the world. The URL for the library homepage is: http://www.uww.edu/LIBRARY/LIBRARY.html.
NETWORKING AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES
Networking and Telecommunications plans, develops, maintains and implements programs and services that meet the needs of the University's requirements in voice, data, video and local area networks. In particular, support is provided for Internet access, Novell networks, long-distance phone services, electronic mail and, in general, access to network-based information services.
USER TRAINING AND SUPPORT SERVICES
User Training and Support Services provides a wide array of services to the campus. Among these are a Help Desk for computing support, computing desktop support, instructional technology support for classrooms and labs, lab support, software instruction and training, multimedia development, distance education, research computing consulting, satellite services, video services, office automation support, photographic services, graphics services, and PC hardware and software maintenance and support.
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 semester. 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.
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 a Music Listening Center and Art Slide Library, along with a collection of sheet music, in the Center of the Arts. 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.
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 fifteen 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, 115 McCutchan Hall (472-2804).
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 (472-1913).
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 Early Warning System and 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, 119 McCutchan Hall (472-1209).
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:
MBP also identifies students with academic promise to involve them in summer internship experiences.
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 (472-3216).
The Department of Special Education provides a support program specifically for students with learning disabilities at UW-W called Project ASSIST. 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.
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 those 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. Tutors are limited, so early registration is recommended.
Registration for tutoring is available from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday in McCutchan Hall. Sessions are available at other times and places by arrangement. To arrange for tutoring, students should contact Student Tutorial Assistance, Room 207 McCutchan Hall (472-1230) and request a brochure on the tutoring possibilities which match their needs and expectancies.
The Learning Center (LC) offers learning alternatives in a lab setting for mathematics, reading, study skills, word processing and writing. Tutors and a variety of materials are available for assisting students. Typically, use of services at the LC is voluntary, individualized, and self-paced as students work on learning strategies and competencies necessary for college success. Students may schedule time in the various labs to work on a specific competency or to develop more generalized strategies for dealing with content areas. For assistance in writing, students may attend free workshops, or they may schedule appointments in the writing lab where they work one-on-one with qualified tutors; also, students may enroll for two credits in English 091, an individualized writing workshop which meets in the writing lab twice a week. IBM computers are available for word processing, and students may schedule lessons in word processing with the LC coordinator. For assistance in math 040 and 041, students may consult tutors on a walk-in basis and view video tapes or use computer software for skill building and practice. For study skills, students may consult with a staff specialist, enroll in "Study/Academic Survival Skills" for three credits, or use computer software covering such subjects as time management, notetaking, concentration, motivation, test-taking, memory, etc. For assistance in reading college-level texts, students may enroll for three credits in "Developmental Reading," or they may consult a reading specialist in the reading lab.
Although most students use services at the LC 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. The LC, working closely with instructors in Developmental Studies as well as faculty from all colleges and departments, provides the students with appropriate materials and staff assistance as specified by the faculty member.
Both voluntary visits and direct referrals are generally more successful if made before serious problems develop. Students can make appointments either by calling 472-1230 or by visiting the LC office in the lower level of McCutchan Hall where additional information and brochures are available. The LC is open 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
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 Chicano/Latino Student Programs at (414) 472-1913 or an Assistant Director of Admissions at (414) 472-5180.
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.
The Center for Communicative Disorders located in Room 1010, Roseman Building, offers, free of charge for students, 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.
The Office of News and Public Affairs provides a link between UW-Whitewater and the many people it serves--students, faculty and staff, parents, and the public at-large. It prepares and mails news releases to area newspapers, radio and TV stations about campus events, programs, and the achievements of students, faculty and staff. It also provides news and information about university programs and people available through the UW-Whitewater home page. Students are encouraged to utilize the Office of News and Public Affairs to publicize their achievements, both on and off campus.
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 University Center, Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Student Athletic Trainer Association (SATA) is an organization for anyone interested in learning more about athletic training and sports medicine. Membership in SATA is open to anyone expressing an interest in athletic training and sports medicine. This organization participates in a variety of activities to extend the professional preparation of its members, attending professional conferences, viewing orthopedic surgery, visiting local rehabilitation facilities, and attending lectures of guest speakers. Contact the Intercollegiate Athletic Office if interested.
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, Whitewater Action Program, Students Organized for Service, and numerous religious and Greek organizations which also offer service projects.
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 261, 472-1166, for more information.
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.
The Adult Resource Center (ARC) is located in the University Center (lower level) and serves all University students. The Center is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The ARC 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 semester. 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 472-5786/472-1768.
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, 142 Williams Center, 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, 472-1145.
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 12 1/2 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.
Blue Key Honor Society is for students who have demonstrated a high level of leadership ability. Blue Key members are nominated by faculty/staff and selected by their fellow students based on character, outstanding ability, and potential deserving of special recognition. Candidates for membership must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 and have junior or senior standing or be a spring semester sophomore.
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 credits with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. At least twenty-five credits 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 Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.
Cultural Affairs brings the best of the world's professional performers to Whitewater, from the Who's "Tommy" to the American Players Theatre, from the BoDeans 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 472-4444.
In the past Cultural Affairs has presented such internationally renowned artists as Maynard Ferguson and Arturo Sandoval. Musicals such as "42nd Street" and "Raisin" have appeared on the Whitewater stage. The list of performances Cultural Affairs has brought to Whitewater is lengthy and includes the Capital Steps, Pieces of 8, the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, the Dallas Brass and Romeo and Juliet.
The "Party at Irv's" series is a new Cultural Affairs initiative. Music groups such as the Gufs and BoDeans and comedians such as Carrot Top perform. Cultural Affairs invites students to join them and enjoy upcoming shows!
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 twenty-five to thirty professional performing arts events held in the facility each year. The auditorium is also utilized 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.
The 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.
The University's art gallery is a showcase for the campus. Exhibits have popular student and public appeal. As well as featuring exhibits of statewide and regional artists, Crossman Gallery 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. Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Monday - Thursday 7 - 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1 - 4 p.m.
The Department of Music sponsors a wide variety of performing groups including Concert Choir, University Chorus, Women's Chorale, Class Act, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Bands, Percussion Ensemble, Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir, Sax Choir, Early Music Ensemble, Brass Choir and other smaller ensembles. These groups as well as all others 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. These concerts are free to students and provide a rich and memorable break in the weekly routine.
Annually the Department of Theatre/Dance produces seven major shows, a children's play for tour, experimental and one-act plays, and a dance production. 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.
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 472-4660. While an officer is always on duty and can be reached 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 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.
The Office of University Relations includes the UW-Whitewater National Alumni Association, the UW-Whitewater Foundation, and the Office of News and Public Affairs. University Relations 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 fundraising efforts on behalf of UW-Whitewater, its faculty and staff, and its students.