UW-Whitewater This Week, Week of March 19

March 19, 2012

Week of March 19, 2012

MEN'S basketball team winS national championship
















In a thrilling, come-from-behind victory, the UW-Whitewater men's basketball team defeated Cabrini College 63-60 to win the national championship. Recaps and photos will be posted on the homepage later today.

USA Today >>    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel >>    Janesville Gazette >>    Wisconsin State Journal >>    Yahoo Sports >>    NCAA video highlights >>


The campus community is invited to attend Chancellor Richard Telfer's March Listening Sessions, which are scheduled for Monday, March 19, at 1 p.m. in University Center room 266, and Tuesday, March 20, at 12:30 p.m. in University Center room 261. There is no set agenda. Light refreshments will be served. 




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Remember, the deadline to file your 2011 tax return is April 17, 2012.


Kudos to Ramon Ortiz of Multicultural Affairs and Student Success, who won an $85,134 Great Lakes Community Investment Grant Program award.  This will enable UW-Whitewater to continue to serve approximately 50 Wisconsin students annually through targeted summer academic residential camps. This powerful experience introduces students  to opportunity and academic success.

Kudos to Diana Rogers-Adkinson, chair of the department of Special Education, who was named dean of the College of Education at Southeast Missouri State University. She will begin her new duties at Southeast July 1.

Kudos to Pi Sigma Epsilon (UW-Whitewater's sales and marketing organization) which, for the third consecutive year, earned a National Top Chapter Award at the PSE national convention in Indianapolis. Members also earned national top honors in the BOSS Games competitive simulation.  Sophomore Bradley Stefanski earned a national Future Leader Scholarship. Faculty Co-Adviser Rob Boostrom was elected to the Mu Kappa Tau National Marketing Honorary Board of Trustees.  Faculty Co-Adviser Lois Smith continues to serve on the National Educational Foundation Board of Trustees. Students representing PSE at the national convention were Bethany Firkus, Bradley Stefanski, Cassandra Hobson, Cole Hanson, Joe Keeling, Bryan McSwain, Gabrielle Williams, Jacob Willems, Jeremy Wing, Nicholas Patterson and Stephanie Pautsch.

Kudos to Gautam Wadhwa, assistant professor of art, whose presentation titled "Perfecting the Blend for Effective and Engaging Art and Design Education" has been accepted for the 2012 Sloan-C Blended Learning Conference and Workshop, April 23-24. The Sloan Consortium is the leading institutional and professional leadership organization dedicated to integrating online education into the mainstream of higher education.

Kudos to Daniel McGuire, professor of art, who was recently awarded a $46,531 Wisconsin Small Company Advancement Program award.  The project is titled "Refractory Foam and Modular Molding System" and is meant to further the development of the refractory foam and modular molding system technologies.

Kudos to Bruce Eshelman, associate professor of biological sciences, who was recently awarded a $20,068 UW-Whitewater Education Outreach grant. Co-investigators on this project include Joshua Kapfer, assistant professor of biological sciences, and Pamela Clinkenbeard, professor of educational foundations. Through the project, UW-Whitewater volunteers and Whitewater Unified School District students and staff will work to identify local frog species by call and report their findings, while providing students with increased experience in asking and answering scientific questions.

Kudos to Scott Peters, assistant professor of educational foundations, who was recently awarded a $44,909 UW-Whitewater Education Outreach grant.  Pamela Clinkenbeard, professor of educational foundations, will serve as co-investigator. The project is titled "Building on a Foundation of Outreach: Establishing a Center for Gifted Education" and is meant to establish a virtual center for gifted education that will house teaching, research, and service activities related to gifted and talented students.

in the media

The Innovation Center's first anniversary made news across the region. The Wisconsin State Journal focused on alumni who founded Renwig Custom, which makes special amplifiers. More coverage in the Janesville Gazette.



The renovation of Fischer Hall is nearing completion. A link to tour information can be found on the Residence Life website at reslife.uww.edu. Please contact Mary Kaster  for more information. 



Provost Beverly Kopper will be unavailable for office hours on March 21 and March 28. Regular office hours will resume Wednesday, April 4, 7:30 - 9 a.m. in the University Center Commons area.



The Reservations Office at the University Center is now accepting Special Event Request forms for the fall 2012, spring 2013 and summer 2013 semesters.  Visit the UC Reservations page for more information and to download request forms. Priority deadline is Friday, March 23.

César Chávez Day

As part of the Latino Heritage Lecture Series, UW-Whitewater will be holding a presentation by Jesus Salas, a professor of Latino studies at UW-Milwaukee on Tuesday, Mar. 20. The presentation, titled "Economic Justice and Self-Determination," will highlight Obreros Unidos, an independent farm labor union established in Wisconsin in 1966 that was mirroring civil rights activist César Chávez's farm march to Sacramento that same year. The event will be held at 3:45 p.m. in the Hamilton Room of the University Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Campus awards nominations

Applications and nominations for the 2011-2012 Campus Awards to recognize students, organizations, faculty and staff who have contributed to our campus community through their leadership, events and service are now available online at uww.edu/involve/awards.

The entire application process is electronic. All applications and nominations are due Monday, April 2 by midnight. The 2011-2012 Campus Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 29 at 1 p.m. in the University Center Old Main Ballroom.

If you have any questions or are in need of accommodations, please contact Melissa Grosso at 262-472-2633 or grossom@uww.edu as soon as possible.


Do you love photography? Roberta's Art Gallery is sponsoring the Annual Campus Photo Contest April 4 - 29.  This contest is open to all students, faculty and staff, and community members. The deadline for photo submissions is Friday, March 23 at 3 p.m. Download an entry form here.

Also, the James R. Connor University Center and Career & Leadership Development are currently accepting photos for the Involvement Photo Display. Submissions (4x6 or 5x7) are due to Roberta's Art Gallery or Career & Leadership Development by 11:59 p.m. April 2.  All photos showing campus involvement will be displayed in Old Main Lane April 24 - May 18.  A "Best of Show" prize will be awarded based on audience votes. The first 50 digital submissions will be printed free of charge. Photos will not be returned.


Safe Zone Training, sponsored by the Chancellor's LGBT* Taskforce, will be held on Wednesday, March 21 from noon to 1 p.m. in University Center room 260. The event will discuss terminology used within the LGBT community along with student and campus rights and helpful conversational tips.


Roberta's Art Gallery exhibit, "The Living Mississippi: From Twain to Today" is now on display. Stop by to view this collection of historic photographs of the Mississippi River that are juxtaposed with modern photographs of river restoration projects completed by non-profit group, Living Land, Living Waters. Quotes from Mark Twain's prose link the river's past with the present. The exhibit is in partnership with the campus Earth Day Committee and our community's 4th Big Red, and will be displayed through April 4.


The UW-Whitewater Classified Connection Committee will recognize the contributions of two classified employees at the annual Classified Staff Reception on Wednesday, March 21 from 2:30 - 4 p.m. in the Old Main Ballroom, University Center Room 275.  We invite you to join us as we honor this year's recipients of the Classified Staff Excellence Award - Cheryl Wegner (Office of Field Experiences) and Ruth Stradinger (FP&M).  There will be a short program at 3 p.m.

art SUPPLIES donations requested

A collection of art supplies to be donated to children in need will be taking place from March 10 through April 14.  The donation is sponsored by Color Me Mine, a group of online students in project management. Donations will be given to Studio 84, a non-profit art studio, and Headstart, a daycare center, both located in the Whitewater area.  Collection locations include Walgreens, Studio 84, Sentry, NASCO, the UW-Whitewater Library and UW-Whitewater Bookstore. Make color a reality for those in need and donate to Color Me Mine.


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