UW-Whitewater This Week

February 13, 2017

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PHOTOS: Navajo silversmiths visit campus

Artists Allison Snowhawk Lee and his son Trent Lee shared their talents as silversmiths at a free public illustrated lecture, which was followed by a workshop for advanced metals students.

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Kiki Smith named first Schuh Visiting Artist

Join us Monday, March 6, at 7 p.m. as critically acclaimed artist Kiki Smith visits Young Auditorium to present a lecture, followed by an audience Q&A session. In addition, she will take over Crossman Gallery during the week to work alongside UW-Whitwater students to create a series of prints.


PHOTOS: 2017 Polar Plunge

Our Warhawk family joined the Whitewater community at Cravath Lakefront Park in an event to raise money for Special Olympics by jumping into freezing water at the Polar Plunge on Saturday.

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Attention students! Scholarship application deadline is Feb. 22 >>

Student's book on college success gains praise from CEOs

Brandon Fong, an entrepreneurship and marketing major, has published “Leverage: Escape the College Rat Race, Design the Life You Want, and Take the Real World by Storm.”


Tea with the Chancellor

The campus community is invited the Chancellor Beverly Kopper's next Tea with the Chancellor event on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. in University Center, room 259.

Student speaker competition

The nomination/application period for student commencement speakers is now open. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Thursday, March 9. Finalists will be asked to audition before a selection committee of students, faculty and staff.


Upcoming events



42nd Street

7 p.m. Young Auditorium



Poet, T. Miller

7:30 p.m. UC Down Under



Digital and Social Media Marketing Workshop

9 a.m. Innovation Center



Gymnastics vs. UW-Oshkosh

4:30 p.m. Kris Russell Volleyball Arena



The Third Space of Teacher Education for Future Elementary Teachers

3 p.m. Fairhaven

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Warhawk swimming/diving in action

The UW-Whitewater men's and women's swimming and diving teams each won their program's final regular season meet Saturday, February 4, 2017 against UW-La Crosse at the Williams Center.

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Campus Kudos

Kudos to students Melissa Miller, Lianne Peters, Mathew Wendler, and recent alumna Sarah Spitzenberg ’16 for reaching the final round of the Produce for Better Health Foundation’s marketing plan competition. They were mentored by Rob Boostrom, associate professor of marketing. The team’s plan for marketing Wisconsin cranberries, titled “Homegrown Goodness,” is one of four that will be presented and judged in Scottsdale, Arizona, on April 7.

Kudos to Athula Gunawardena, professor and department chair of computer science, Carolyn Morgan, professor and department chair of psychology, and computer science faculty members Zach Oster, Sobitha Samaranayake, Cheng Thao, and Jinzhen Zhou, who received a Phase 1 National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation grant for $225,000. The grant will allow the team to develop and test a web-based intelligent system for degree planning using a novel combination of tools from psychology (the Holland interest assessments) and computer science. The goal is to assist prospective and undeclared students in choosing majors and minors that are best aligned with their interests and helping them chart the shortest path to earning their degrees, thus minimizing college debt.

Kudos to assistant professor Kristen Trader of the Department of Languages and Literatures, who co-authored “Flexible Learning, Disciplinarity, and First-Year Writing: Critically Engaging Competency-Based Education” in the Fall 2016 issue of the Writing Program Administration Journal. The piece focuses on the work of developing curriculum for the UW System’s Flexible Degree Option.

Strategic Plan feedback and survey opportunities

You have the opportunity to provide final feedback on UW-Whitewater's 2022 Strategic Plan. Thanks again to the Strategic Planning Committee and everyone else who has contributed so far! Your input is critical to the formation of a plan that will guide us into an even more successful future.


First Year Experience

On Friday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. in University Center, room 275A, the Reimagining the First Year committee will be providing an update on the project to-date. UW-Whitewater is one of 44 institutions undertaking innovation simultaneously around four areas: institutional intentionality, curriculum, faculty and staff, and students. All are invited to learn more.

Hiring in the University Center

Students, looking for a job on campus? Check out the UC Job Fair this Friday, Feb. 17, in the Old Main Ballroom from 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m. Free pizza will also be provided!

Materials needed for bird houses

Please help the campus grounds crew build bird houses. Instead of throwing wood into the trash or burn pile, donate it to UW-Whitewater. All of the wood will be re-purposed into bird houses that are sold to the public. All proceeds from the sales are used to purchase trees and shrubs for the campus. Last year’s sales bought 40 apple trees, which will be planted in the spring. If you wish to donate, we are looking for wood in these sizes: 1”x12” 1”x10” 1”x8” 1”x6” and 2”x4” of any lengths. If you can donate, contact either Steve Bertagnolli at 262-472-6721 or Ray Welter at 262-472-6718.

Latinx Business Day Feb. 15

Latinx Business Day: How Latinx Leaders Are Influencing Business" will feature a keynote address by Maximo Anguiano on social entrepreneurship. He will also host group discussions on social and political activism, personal branding and networking, and leadership and management of nonprofits.


Faculty Sustainability Fellow Opportunity

The Office of the Provost announces a leadership opportunity for a faculty member to serve as a Faculty Sustainability Fellow during the 2017-18 academic year. This person will provide leadership for campus sustainability efforts, particularly in matters of curriculum, instruction, research, and community outreach. Application deadline: Friday, March 3.


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.


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.