UW-Whitewater This Week

January 17, 2017

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Online MBA program ranked among best in the nation

U.S. News and World Report released its highly anticipated 2017 ranking of online MBA programs last week, and the online MBA from UW-Whitewater ranked 16th in the United States out of 239 programs.


New device helps keep Warhawks safe

Campus is in the process of installing Nightlock devices in classrooms across the university. The device allows anyone inside of a classroom to quickly and easily barricade the door from within. The goal is to improve security and provide you the tools you need to protect yourself — and others — in the event of an intruder.


IT professor honored by BRAVA magazine

Christina Outlay helps run the CyberGirlz and CyberHigh summer camps at UW-Whitewater to get more girls, minorities and low-income students interested in programming. She's one of BRAVA magazine's 2017 "Women to Watch."


Scholarship applications available for current students >>

MLK commemorative event Jan. 25

This university-wide celebration welcomes scholars, educators, policymakers and writers who have expounded on the ideals of Martin Luther King Jr. since 1990.


TV journalist Jessie Garcia on campus Jan. 19

Do you balance many roles in life? Are you faced with fulfilling your obligations at work or school, while meeting your responsibilities with family and community? Jessie Garcia, well-known sports journalist in Wisconsin, will share her own life experiences and having you laughing and nodding along. The event is Thursday, Jan. 19, at 4 p.m. in University Center, room 275A.


Warhawk to coach Team USA

Three-time U.S. Paralympian Jeremy Lade will serve as head coach of the 2017 U.S. Men's U23 World Championship Team. This marks his first coaching assignment of a national wheelchair basketball associate high-performance team.


Education partnership with tribal college

In December, four early childhood education students who piloted a cultural immersion collaboration with the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community in Hayward, Wisconsin, graduated. They are, from right to left, Paige (Thompson) Lancaster, Lauren Saxon, Courtney Wildman and Lynell Caya. The students lived in the community, enrolled in a course taught by an elder and engaged in a field placement. The program complements work on a new articulation agreement between the tribal college and UW-Whitewater to help more students complete a teaching degree.


Campus Kudos

Kudos to Jo Ann Oravec, professor of information technology and supply chain management, who presented "The Cyberwar at Home: Integration of Security and Counter-Terrorism Initiatives Into Household and Personal Mobile Systems” at the Telos-Paul Piccone Institute 2017 Conference on Asymmetrical Warfare in New York City on Jan. 14.

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Kudos to the College of Education and Professional Studies and Continuing Education Services, whose early childhood education conference, scheduled for April 7-8, was named second best in the nation by Early Childhood Education Zone.


Kudos to the College of Letters and Sciences, whose online criminology program ranked sixth best in the nation in a list by Best Choice Schools.


Kudos to Jian Guo, professor of languages and literatures, whose book he co-translated, The Killing Wind: A Chinese County’s Descent into Madness During the Cultural Revolution, has just been published by Oxford University Press. The book was recently reviewed in the New York Review of Books.


Trivia competition

Trivia Night is 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in the James R. Connor University Center Hamilton Room. Cost is $120 for a team of eight. Proceeds support the Whitewater Food Pantry, Whitewater Unified School District Family Emergency Fund, Lakeview Elementary Landscaping Project, and other youth projects.


Experience Scotland faculty applications now open

The faculty application for teaching positions in Scotland in the fall 2018, spring 2019, and/or summer 2019 programs is now open. Funding available for salary support for faculty selected to teach in semester-length programs has increased from $15,600 to $19,500. All application materials must be submitted by March 26.


Upcoming events



Women's Basketball vs.

7 p.m. Williams Center



Improv Against the Audience

7:30 p.m. Down Under



Warhawks at Night

7 p.m. University Center



Wrestling Border Brawls

11 a.m. Williams Center



"Grease" Sing-a-long

3 p.m. Young Auditorium

Open calendar...

Community-Based Learning fellows

The Program for Community-Based Learning welcomes the following fellows, who will be participating in a year-long seminar to explore best practices in community-based learning course design, define how the campus can best support community-based learning instruction, and implement the practices into their courses.

Kim Adams, University Center
Emily Beasley, Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Coaching
John DeGraff, Marketing
Andrea Ednie, Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Coaching
Doug Ellison, Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Coaching
Kelly Hatch, Curriculum & Instruction
Amal Ibrahim, Communication
Kim Knesting-Lund, Psychology
Kate Ksobiech, Communication
Daryl Parker, Management
Heather Pelzel, Biological Sciences
Jonah Ralston, Political Science
Jim Schnaedter, Management

Student leadership conference Jan. 27

The event, "Breaking Boundaries," is Friday, Jan. 27.


Tea with the Chancellor

The campus community is invited the Chancellor Beverly Kopper's next Tea with the Chancellor event at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in University Center, room 275A.

Purple Perspectives!

Join the Campus Culture Working Group, Career and Leadership Development, Warhawk Connection Center, University Housing and Whitewater Student Government in a day of PURPLE Perspectives! Come for the conversations, games, stress relievers and food and stay for the prizes and quality time with your Warhawk family! The event is Friday, Jan. 20, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the University Center’s Warhawk Connection Center.

Meal plan changes

The deadline to make changes to your meal plan is 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27.

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Session on Academic Freedom

The Office of Academic Affairs is hosting another informal, interactive discussion session for faculty, academic staff and university staff to discuss legal and practical aspects of creating and maintaining a positive and productive classroom environment. The event is 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, in University Center, room 275.


Men’s bowling wins national tournament

UW-Whitewater emerged victorious with a total pinfall of 9,201 at the Roto Grip Keystone Quaker Collegiate Classic in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Dec. 27-28.


Administrative Fellowship Opportunity

The Offices of the Chancellor and Provost announce the Administrative Development Program for 2017-18 and invite interested eligible faculty to apply by Feb. 17, 2017.


Women in Leadership nominations

The Women’s Issues Committee is seeking nominations for the 12th annual Women in Leadership awards. Any UW-Whitewater woman who has exemplified leadership qualities on campus or in her community is eligible.

Nominations are due Jan. 27. For more information, please contact Mary Alkons at alkonsm@uww.edu.

Nomination form...

Submit your stories

We are always looking for great story ideas. If you know of a student or faculty or staff member who deserves a shout-out, or want to promote a campuswide event, email us at news@uww.edu by noon Friday. Submissions may be edited for length or content.