In front of nearly 80,000 fans, the Warhawk Marching Band and Color Guard performed at Lambeau Field during the Green Bay Packers 2017 home opener. The band's halftime performance paid tribute to the Marvel Comics universe, and the postgame show included a rousing rendition of the "Warhawk Strut."
Thanks to a generous donation from alumnus Byron R. “Chris” Chrisman ‘59 in honor of his late wife, Mary Poppe Chrisman ‘57, campus has a vibrant new learning space. The Mary Poppe Chrisman Success Center will serve thousands of students with tutoring services.
To further set UW-Whitewater apart from its peers, campus has set up a Student Success Endowment Fund. A $1,000 gift provides more than 17 hours of instructional assistance every year in perpetuity. More than 150,000 hours of tutoring are currently provided every year.
Low-income students can be hit especially hard by an illness or unexpected car repair, causing them to miss classes, and in some cases, drop out of school.
To help more low-income students stay enrolled during financial emergencies, UW-Whitewater has established the Warhawk Emergency Fund. Individual students who apply for aid can receive up to $1,000, for anything from dental work to childcare expenses.
An initial gift of $315,000 from the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates is already helping students, but these funds will be depleted in two years because the need is so great.
The Warhawk Emergency Fund will serve as a permanent source of funding to ensure student success.
The Crossman Gallery at the Greenhill Center of the Arts became the epicenter of printmaking as UW-Whitewater hosted internationally acclaimed artist Kiki Smith. In addition to giving a lecture, Smith spent a week on campus producing original prints with students. The Annette and Dale Schuh Visiting Artist Endowment — a $1 million gift from alumna Annette (Derge) Schuh ‘71 and her husband Dale — made the visit possible. Sculptor, dancer and performance artist Nick Cave will be the next visiting artist.
More than 260 students from all four colleges challenged themselves academically by participating in undergraduate research with faculty on campus last year, and every year student researchers present their work at state and national conferences. In science fields alone, more than 100 undergraduate students have co-authored papers published in leading journals since 2000.
Next year will mark the 25th anniversary of the McNair Scholars Program on campus, and with the milestone comes a significant investment in the program and its students.
Over the years, McNair has assisted first generation, low-income, and traditionally underrepresented students in pursuing graduate education by engaging them in research projects and other scholarly activities. The goal is to increase the number of Ph.D.s that students from diverse populations are earning. A recently awarded grant from the United States Department of Education will provide $257,503 in funding to UW-Whitewater per year for five years, for a total investment of more than $1.2 million.
When students have questions about the vast array of resources at Andersen Library, Ellen Latoracca works tirelessly to educate students, inspire future teachers, and generously share her expertise. As an academic librarian, she focuses on information literacy by assisting with research and writing online resource guides that are popular with students and faculty. She is the winner of the 2017 UW Board of Regents Academic Staff Excellence Award.
An innovative program that engages first- and second-year students to become paid research assistants for faculty members, the Research Apprenticeship Program was the winner of the 2016 Diversity Program Achievement Award from the Wisconsin State Council on Affirmative Action. The program is designed to eliminate the achievement gap between majority and minority students, and the student retention rate for RAP students after the first year is 96 percent.
The UW-Whitewater American Marketing Association maintained its premier position after being named 2017 International Chapter of the Year at the AMA International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, for a record 13th time. The campus organization celebrated its 40th year in 2017.
Out of 140 competitors from 60 universities, UW-Whitewater students dominated the International Collegiate Sales Competition in Orlando, Florida. Karlee Nimmer, a dual major in journalism and marketing, won runner-up, and UW-Whitewater was named the top university. The sales program celebrated another victory when American Marketing Association sales team member Jordan Filip, a marketing major, placed first in the Perfect Sales Pitch Competition at the University of South Florida.
Stephen Gray became the first student in UW-Whitewater history to earn a doctorate at the university after successfully defending his dissertation, "Credit Decisions and the Effects of Earnings Quality." The Board of Regents approved the Doctorate of Business Administration program in 2013, and Gray is a member of the premiere cohort that began in September 2014. He and several other cohort members will don their newly created doctoral robes and graduate at the winter 2017 commencement.
On the wrestling mat, 184-pound physical education major Jordan Newman won the national championship in his weight class.
At the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, social work major Theron Bauman won the shot put, and Parker Witt, a finance major, became national champion in the 200-meter dash.
The gymnastics team claimed its fourth team title in program history in 2017 at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Team Championship. English major Lisa O'Donnell won the national all-round and vault titles.