UW-Whitewater This Week, Week of April 09

April 09, 2012

Week of April 9, 2012


Student researchers spent the year exploring, analyzing, performing and creating. Now, they'll get to show off their findings at the annual Undergraduate Research Day. The event is Tuesday, April 10, from noon to 3:15 p.m. in the  University Center Hamilton Room.


Chancellor chats with Marketing Orgs

In his latest video blog, Chancellor Telfer chats with students from the American Marketing Association and Pi Sigma Epsilon about their recent successes at national conventions.

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Video game designer Neill Glancy and Foursquare engineer Matthew Rathbone will judge creative projects at the Media Arts and Game Development Expo.

The event, Monday, April 16, at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, is a juried show of interactive entertainment, 3D, 2D, aural, virtual and animated creative work. Events will take place throughout the James R. Connor University Center.


Gymnastics Victory Parade

Everyone is invited to come and support the National Champion Warhawk Gymnastics Team! The victory ride will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 12. The parade will start at Perkins Stadium and will head down Warhawk Drive. It will then travel down Tratt and Main streets, returning to Perkins Stadium after driving past the east residence halls.



Kudos to Phil Stier, a senior art major, who placed third in the campaigns category in the "Steal This Idea" competition at the Association of College Unions International Convention in Boston. His "Get A Room" campaign for UC Reservations was featured alongside other category winners.

Kudos to James Hermanson and Joshuwa Jones, occupational safety majors, who won, respectively, $1,000 and $2,750 scholarships from the American Society of Safety Engineers

Kudos to softball head coach Brenda Volk, who earned her 400th victory in the Warhawks' 5-3 win over Middlebury College in Clermont, Fla., on March 29. Her winning percentage (.694) ranks 25th among active NCAA Division III coaches. She tops the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference all-time list with her 400 victories.

Kudos to baseball head coach John Vodenlich, who earned his 300th victory in the Warhawks' 6-2 triumph over UW-Oshkosh at Prucha Field at Miller Stadium on April 5. He is only the fifth coach in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference baseball history to reach the 300-win milestone.

Kudos to Karen Skibba, instructional design specialist at the Learning Technology Center, who recently gave a presentation called "Empower Students to Reach New Heights: Strategies Using Desire2Learn ePortfolio" at the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) Conference in Providence, R.I.  She will also be presenting "Faculty Blended Learning Process: How Instructors Learn to Teach Adult Students in a Blended Program" at the 2012 Sloan-C Blended Learning Conference and Workshop, April 23-24, in Milwaukee.

Kudos to Rex Hanger, associate professor of geography and geology, who won a $10,000 award to support the 2012 Wisconsin Space Conference at UW-Whitewater. The conference, tentatively titled "From Earth to the Galaxy," will bring space and Earth science researchers to campus in August.

Best-selling author to speak on gender identity

Students and faculty members are invited to join best-selling author Cheryl Kilodavis at her presentation on gender identity.  Her book "My Princess Boy" details the story of her son, who prefers to wear dresses, jewelry, and anything pink or sparkly. Kilodavis hopes to create a space where people who are different, feel different or express themselves differently can be accepted for who they are.

She will speak at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, in the Summers Auditorium.  Read more >>

in the media

Professor emeritus Richard Haven appeared on NBC 15 in Madison on April 3, offering analysis and commentary as the TV station covered the Wisconsin primary election.

The Daily Reporter, a construction news source, reported on the renovations in Carlson Hall.

2012 Forensics Showcase

The UW-Whitewater Forensics Team invites everyone to attend the 2012 Team Showcase. This event will feature six student performances and highlight the organization's best student work. Events that have qualified for the pinnacle of college forensics, the National Forensics Association National Tournament, will also be presented.

The 2012 Showcase will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in Esker 119. Refreshments will be served.

UW-Whitewater names Director of First Year Experience/Learning Communities  

Adrianna Guram has been named Director of First Year Experience/Learning Communities.  Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment and Retention Matt Aschenbrener said, "I am very happy to have Adrianna working as the new director. Her experience with both orientation and learning communities will be a great asset to the university and the Whitewater community. I am sure she will be a great fit in the newly merged office." Guram holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from East Tennessee State University and a master of education in higher education and student affairs from the University of South Carolina. She has worked at UW-Madison since 2006 where she started as a program director in a residential college and since 2008 she has served as the coordinator of academic initiatives in the Center for the First Year Experience.  She will start at UW-Whitewater on May 21 and her office will be located in the University Center.

Faculty and Academic Staff Recognition  

Everyone is invited to attend the 2012 Nominee Reception for Faculty and Academic Staff scheduled on Wednesday, April 18, from 2:45 - 5 p.m. in the Fern Young Terrace.  Please join us in recognizing our colleagues for their talents and their accomplishments. Should you have any questions, please contact the Associate Vice Chancellor's Office at Ext. 1055.   Click here for the list of nominees to be honored.

The Spring Faculty and Academic Staff Recognition and Retirement Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, May 10, in the Old Main Ballroom, University Center, Room 275. Social hour begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by the dinner and program beginning at 5 p.m.

Click here for the reservation form, which includes additional information about the event. If you plan to attend, please return the completed form by May 3 (along with your payment) to: Rebecca Reichert, Office of the Chancellor, Hyer Hall 421A, UW-Whitewater.

A letter of invitation from Chancellor Richard Telfer, along with a special reservation form, will be sent directly to all honored retirees and university-wide award winners within the next two weeks.


Provost Beverly Kopper invites the campus community to visit with her during regular office hours Wednesday, April 11, 7:30 - 9 a.m. in the University Center Commons area.



On April 12, the UW-Whitewater website is going mobile. If you use a smart phone, iPad or other mobile device to browse the Web, you'll be able to easily access university website content, including D2L, people directory, courses, athletics, news and more. This is not an app, so you don't need to download anything. The site will automatically load on your mobile device.

If you have suggestions, comments or errors to report, contact the UW-Whitewater webmaster at webmaster@uww.edu.


Warhawk Alley is hosting the Warhawk Alley Olympics on Sunday, April 15.  If you have a team that has what it takes to rock at bags, bowling, billiards, ladder golf and trivia, sign up by Thursday, April 12 in Warhawk Alley. 

Each team consists of four people with a $15 per person entry fee. The grand prize is $300 in Purple Points for the winning team.  So stop on down to Warhawk Alley and get your game on! For the official rules, check out the Warhawk Alley website

Relationship Violence Workshop

Do you know the warning signs of an abusive relationship? Ever wondered how to help a friend involved in a violent relationship? Come to this free workshop to learn strategies for staying safe and avoiding potentially dangerous relationships. Facilitated by Stephen Naymick, LCSW (counselor at UHCS), this workshop is Tuesday, April 10, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in University Center room 261. 

amazing race: uw-whitewater

Do you want to participate in the Amazing Race?  Well, now is your chance!  Warhawk Alley is hosting The Warhawk Strut, loosely based after the reality television program The Amazing Race.  This event will be limited to 20 teams, two individuals per team with 10 stops along the route, including the finish line.  The winning team will receive $200 in Purple Points.  To sign up, stop by Warhawk Alley. For the official rules, check out the Warhawk Alley website


Andersen Library is busting stress this semester with a weeklong Relaxathon.

Monday, April 16
-Stress ball making table, stop in any time between noon - 3 p.m.

Tuesday, April 17
-Intro Yoga class, 11 - 11:45 a.m. (Sign-up required, email library@uww.edu)
Led by Sharon Mueller, University Health & Counseling Services
-Intro Belly dancing class, 1 - 1:45 p.m. (Sign-up required, email library@uww.edu)
Led by Martha Stephenson, Andersen Library
-Painted rock doorstoppers craft table, stop in any time between noon - 3 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18
-Origami craft table, stop in any time between noon - 3 p.m.
-Stress reduction presentation and guided meditation, 3 - 3:45p.m.
Presented by Whitney Henley, University Health & Counseling Services

 For more information, contact Rebecca Jones.


Experience Asian culture during UW-Whitewater's Asian month.  Events include origami exploration, alumni panel, cultural show, Taste of Asia, and keynote event with Vinya Sysamouth, executive director of the Center for Lao Studies in San Francisco.

Click here for the full program.

Community Wellfest 2012

Working for Whitewater's Wellness (W3) presents Wellfest from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 14, at Whitewater High School. Community Wellfest 2012 will include classes on healthy eating, parenting and financial planning. There will also be a resource fair, a boot camp demo, zumba and yoga. Snacks will be provided and door prizes will be awarded! For online registration, go to w3wellness.org.


The 2012 Community and Human Service Fair will take place on Wednesday, April 11, in the University Center Hamilton Room from 3 - 5 p.m. The fair is geared toward students interested in work with human service-related fields, law enforcement, nonprofit organizations, state agencies and community organizations. Employment, internships and volunteer opportunities will be available.

Dress is business casual, and bring copies of your resume. Log onto Hawk Jobs to keep up-to-date with employers who will be attending. For other questions, please contact Jason Brown or Eunice Lehner.

Student HEALTH 101 

So, why should you read Student Health 101, UW-Whitewater's online health and wellness magazine at http://readsh101.com/uww.html?

First, you can enter to win $1,000 for checking out the April issue. Second, there are some great articles in Student Health 101, including:
  • Ready for Finals: Finish the year strong with our tips on prepping for the big tests.
  • Making Safer Sex Really Fun: Students share why fun and safer sex are not mutually exclusive.
  • Interviewing 101: Take a short course on mastering the art of the job interview - and land your next position.
  • Get Your Body Ready for Summer: Tips to help you shape up and get fit for the warmer months ahead.
  • Top 10 Nutrition Questions Answered: Answers to your top questions about food, healthy eating, vitamins and more. 
  • Dealing with Anxiety: Even if you just occasionally feel anxious, we have tips to help you cope.
  • UCookbook: Sweet, Healthy Treats You Can Make.
  • FitnessU: The Top 5 Mistakes People Make in the Gym - and How to Avoid Them.


The University Bookstore, Moraine Hall, is distributing Boston Store's Community Days 2012 coupons.  For a $5 donation, you will get $225 and more in coupon savings, plus a $10 off coupon. The donations will stay on the UW-Whitewater campus (Bookstore/Textbook Rental specifically) and will be used to improve services provided to the students and campus.

Also, the bookstore is now offering UPS and USPS package shipping.


The Native American Cultural Awareness Association and the Beehive Collective present a graphic workshop focusing on Indigenous communities of Mesoamerica which resisted colonial and industrial exploitation of the land. The presentation will be on Wednesday, April 11 in University Center room 259 from 3:45 -5 p.m. It's open to everyone on campus.


UW-Whitewater will be celebrating Earth Day on Thursday, April 26. Organizers are inviting interested students, faculty and community members to participate in the celebration by submitting digital photographs for inclusion in an exhibition to be held at a variety of sites on campus. 

Entries must be submitted to the Earth Day Photography Exhibition no later than Monday, April 16, by 4:30 pm. 

Click here for full more information.

First Annual Chili Cook-off

Pi Sigma Epsilon presents the first annual Chili Cook-off, where you get to be the judge! There will be live music, games and raffles, and all donations benefit the Whitewater Food Pantry. The event costs $5 for all you can eat or $4 with a nonperishable food donation.

The cook-off will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at the Community Building in Starin Park.

dining dollars service

Are you out of Dining Dollars?  The Hawkcard Office can now add Dining Dollars back to your Meal Plan.  This service is not available online, so stop by the Hawkcard Office today.  For more information, see the Hawkcard Office website.


Register for LTC Spring & Summer Workshopsf

Dates: April 18 or 19
The next one-hour session in the Snackable Series "Technology - One Byte at a Time" will focus on the use and best practices of the Distance Education Room. For more information and to register, go to http://geturl.uww.edu/1ci.


Dates: May 16 and 18
Learn about the power of Digital Storytelling (aka Digital Media Narrative) and create your own digital story or narrative. Jim Winship, professional storyteller and professor of social work, and the UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center will be facilitating this workshop. To learn more about digital storytelling and to apply by April 13 to participate, please visit http://geturl.uww.edu/1bn.

Dates: May 21 to July 31 (online and in-person)
Need to design a new (or refresh an old) online or blended course? Consider participating in this summer's workshop on how to "Navigate Content and Teach Online and Blended Courses." For more details and to register, please visit: http://geturl.uww.edu/1ch.


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