UW-Whitewater This Week, Week of February 20

February 20, 2012

Week of February 20, 2012


Underwater fireworks and levitating aluminum boats are just some of the amazing experiments that will be performed at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Chemistry Demo.

The event is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 in Upham Hall room 145.



An unusual celebration during this leap year at UW-Whitewater will mark the campus success of LEAP, a national effort to improve learning and teaching. Read more >>

LEAP Day will be observed on the calendar's leap day, Wednesday, Feb. 29, with speakers and discussions expected to draw students, faculty and staff members from UW-Whitewater and other campuses. They'll be welcomed into the ongoing effort of LEAP, which stands for Liberal Education and America's Promise.

LEAP Day events are free and will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, in the University Center.

People attending LEAP Day are asked to register by Monday, Feb. 20, to help with space planning.  For registration and more information, see uww.edu/acadaff/assessment/leap/.


Election time is approaching and a new state law requires people to present ID in order to vote in Wisconsin. UW System has created a website that provides information on how to register and vote in Wisconsin. UW-Whitewater students can get a voter ID at the Hawk Card Office. Please visit http://web.uwsa.edu/vote/ for more information.

Be sure to watch Chancellor Telfer's blog entry, where he talks with Jan Bilgen, associate director of Career and Leadership Development, about the impact of the new Wisconsin Voter ID law.

Chancellor's blog

Chancellor Richard Telfer talks with Judy Trampf, director of Human Resources and Diversity, about changes to university personnel systems and how it will affect UW-Whitewater.

Watch video >>

Honors, Undergraduate Research, Student Success have a new home

A new satellite center for Student Success will share space in Andersen Library with University Honors and Undergraduate Research to create a permanent home for these student programs.

The grand opening is Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Apply to be Student Commencement Speaker

Graduating in May? Make an impression on your fellow graduates.  Apply to be the student speaker at the spring commencement ceremony.  Visit the Alumni Center or Leadership Development for an application. Applications are due Monday, March 12, at noon to the Alumni Center.  Auditions will be held Tuesday, March 13, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. in Hyland Hall 1308. Contact: Marissa Weidenfeller at WeidenfeMK14@uww.edu.


Kudos to Virginia Pease, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, who was recently awarded a UW-Whitewater Education Outreach grant in the amount of $44,645. Nancy Stevens, John Zbikowski and Richard Mason are collaborating on this project, "Building Leadership Capacity for Common Core State Standards-Mathematics Implementation Among a Cadre of CESA #2 Area Educators."

Kudos to the office of PreCollege Programs, which was awarded an $85,134 grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation to support this year's academic summer camps.  PreCollege Programs organizes annual academic summer camps for low income and first-generation students in middle and high school.  The camps focus on math, science, technology, writing skills, test-taking strategies, business and the arts.

Kudos to the men's basketball team, which won the WIAC championship. The Warhawks are the number one seed heading into the postseason tournament and earned a first-round bye.

Kudos to the men's bowling team for winning the Wisconsin Collegiate Bowling Conference Championship. Brian Traber, senior, was named to the All Conference Team.

warhawks to be honored at the capitol

The state assembly is set to approve a resolution honoring the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawk football team for winning the NCAA Division III national championship. The event is 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Capitol.

in the media

A study on Wisconsin's open enrollment programby assistant professor of economics David Welsch was covered by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

More than 350 people, including UW-Whitewater students and staff members, participated in this year's Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics. Read the story in the Janesville Gazette.

Students honor black Americans through captivating performances

UW-Whitewater students will bring distinguished African-Americans to life by offering an event with reenactments, music, dancing and poetry in honor of Black History Month.

The program, sponsored by the Black Student Union, will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in the University Center Hamilton Room. It is titled "What No One Ever Told Me" and will answer important questions pertaining to the identity of today's African American society.



Join Studio 84 in collaboration with W3 and Operation Beautiful for a workshop to create a self-portrait.  No art experience necessary.  Just a desire to have fun, meet new people and seek out the beauty inside yourself and others. The workshop is Saturday, Feb. 25, 1 - 3 p.m. at Studio 84, 121 W. Center St. in Whitewater. Contact Deborah at 262-812-7560 for more information.

Each self-portrait will be on display at UW-Whitewater and available for viewing the evening of Operation Beautiful with guest speaker Caitlin Boyle on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the University Center Hamilton Room.

I.M. COMM 2012

Register now for the second UW System Integrated Marketing and Communications Conference, May 31 - June 1.

Hosted by UW-Stevens Point, I.M. Comm is the annual conference that brings together administrators, faculty and staff members from UW System universities to share best practices and explore new ideas in unified, collaborative storytelling.

From mobile technology to social media to athletics branding, you'll walk away with great ideas and ways to enchance your branding efforts. Click here for more information and to register.


Provost Beverly Kopper invites the campus community to visit with her during her next scheduled office hours, 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22.



Students and staff members are invited to join together with the Whitewater community for a cultural, flavorful experience. The annual International Dinner will be held on Friday, March 2 with the theme "Breaking Stereotypes, Building Traditions."

The evening will feature dishes from 13 countries and entertainment including skits, singing, dancing and live music. The event is in the Hamilton Room of the University Center. Tickets are $19 for the public and $11 for students and children. Purchase tickets at the Center of the Arts Ticket Center, tickets.uww.edu, or call 262-472-2222. Tickets will not be sold at the door.



The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program at UW-Whitewater offers free tax help and free electronic filing of federal and Wisconsin tax returns to people who earned less than $49,000 in 2011.

For the spring 2012 filing season, the VITA Tax Clinic will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. through April 10. Note that the Tax Clinic will be closed Saturday, March 24, and Tuesday, March 27.

Taxpayers should come to Room 1001 of Hyland Hall, which is on Starin Road. Click here for a list of what you should bring.

For more info please contact Michael MacDonald at macdonam@uww.edu.


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