UW-Whitewater This Week, Week of April 16

April 16, 2012

Week of April 16, 2012


Alumni, students and friends will be honored for their achievements as UW-Whitewater observes its 144th anniversary at Founders Day.

The event will be held Saturday, April 21, at 11 a.m. in the University Center.

Chancellor's BLOG

In his latest video blog, Chancellor Telfer chats with Dan Baker from iCIT about UW-Whitewater's new mobile website, which launched last week.

View video >>       


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 UW-Whitewater, is a juried show of interactive entertainment, 3D, 2D, aural, virtual and animated creative work. Events will take place throughout the University Center.



Wisconsin is conducting a statewide tornado drill on Thursday, April 19.

The National Weather Service will issue a mock tornado watch at 1 p.m., and at 1:45 p.m. a warning will be issued. Weather radios, media outlets, city sirens and campus warning systems will be activated. Move to a place of safety immediately. The drill will end at 2 p.m.


Kudos to all the students and faculty mentors who participated in Undergraduate Research Day. Click here to see photos of the event.

Kudos to social work students Brian Froemming, Sophia Gianou and Jenny Happ and lecturer Crystal Aschenbrener who attended the Conference of Applied Learning in Higher Education (CALHE) held in St. Joseph, Missouri, March 22 - 24. They presented "Living, Learning, and Engaging Through Collaborative Partnerships to Promote Active Awareness of Poverty" to show how a student social work organization can positively impact communities thru empowerment, education and engagement.

Kudos to students Michelle Bertucci and Chris Kautza who served as panelists at the Tobacco-Free Campus Workshop in Chicago on April 13. They presented their experiences as members of Whitewater's Tobacco-Free Coalition.

Kudos to student Lanette Luebke who received a $3,000 award from the Microscopy Society of America to conduct her research titled "Development of dye-coated titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles for visible light activated degradation of neighboring biological structures" in the lab of Eric Brown, assistant professor of biological sciences.

Kudos to David Nordstrom, associate professor of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health, who was selected as one of five finalists for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Award for Outstanding Epidemiology Practice in Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities. This recognition was based on a study, "Racial misclassification and disparities in mortality among American Indians/Alaska Natives and other races, Washington," that will be presented at the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists' Annual Conference in June in Omaha, Nebraska.

in the media

UW-Whitewater is having a wildly successful year from academics to athletics, as reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Janesville Gazette.

UW-Whitewater students and faculty members appeared on WFAW radio to talk about the Media Arts and Games Development Expo. Listen to the podcast here.

Alliance for Innovation touted the Innovation Center's role in regional job creation in a Web story.

Blood Drive

The UW-Whitewater Optimists will host a blood drive Tuesday - Thursday this week in University Center room 275 (Old Main Ballroom) between noon - 6 p.m. For an appointment call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org. Free parking is available for community donors in Lot #12 on Prairie Street by the Andersen Library.

Faculty and Academic Staff NOMINEE RECEPTION  

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.

Faculty and Academic Staff Recognition AND RETIREMENT DINNER  

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 18, 7:30 - 9 a.m. in the University Center Commons area.



The Whitewater Unified School District has challenged UW-Whitewater to match their goal of collecting 2,520 pounds of food for the Whitewater Food Pantry by participating in the "Whitewater Community-Wide Food Drive."

Click here for information on where you can donate.


Do you want free publicity for your student organization? The submission deadline for the UW-Whitewater Involvement Photo display is Wednesday, April 18. The maximum is four submissions per person and photos will be displayed in Old Main Lane April 24 - May 18 in conjunction with Campus Awards.  Submit your involvement photos to Roberta's Art Gallery or Career & Leadership Development at CampusAwards@uww.edu.


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.


Students are invited to attend Global Fest on Thursday, April 19, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. outside Wells Hall. This event will include dancing, singing, skits and musical pieces. There will also be a free raffle for an Amazon Kindle Fire, and participants must be present to win. Global Fest will show students various cultures represented at UW-Whitewater. Click here to vist the event page.


A free resume workshop, specifically designed for nontraditional students, will be held 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18 in University Center room 133. The workshop will cover topics like how to write a creative resume, compose an appropriate cover letter and interview with an employer. 

wisconsin idea forum

University and business leaders from across the state will meet at UW-Whitewater for the 2012 Wisconsin Idea Forum.

This year's theme is "Building Wisconsin's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem." The free event, Friday, April 27, will take place in Hyland Hall. The registration deadline is Thursday, April 19.


EARTH week is april 23-26

Earth Week at UW-Whitewater, April 23-26, will explore freshwater resources and car dependency with guest speakers, expositions, a film festival and exciting new technology.

The theme, "Connected by Rivers and Roads," focuses on the value of the natural environment and the risks of it being exploited.



Hear invaluable advice from recent graduates on how you can stand out when it comes to job hunting. Letters and Sciences Career Day is April 23 in the James R. Connor University Center room 259. The sessions include:

Advice from recent alums - noon
Recent graduates from a variety of majors will talk about their experiences and offer students tips, tricks and valuable advice on what they need to do to find a job.

What can I do with a major in...? - 1:10 p.m.
Topics will include how to seek out non-traditional careers, develop your personal brand, promote your skills and values, and "sell" yourself.

Confessions of hiring managers - 2:15 p.m.
Find out what the decision-makers are looking for in a new hire and how you can stand out. Job-search tools and strategies, establishing professional networks, and transitioning from school to work will also be covered in this session.

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.


Women in IT Spring Networking Event

The fifth annual Women in IT spring networking event is Thursday, April 19, in University Center room 266 from 5 to 6:30 pm, and is sponsored by the Information Technology and Business Education Department of the College of Business and Economics. Please join students in the information technology, computer science and media arts and game development programs, and IT professionals in celebrating and supporting our women students.

During this event, you'll also hear from the student leaders of our new student organization for women in IT, and you'll be able to network with other guests while enjoying dinner and good conversation.

To RSVP or ask questions, please contact Christina Outlay at outlayc@uww.edu or 262-472-5034. Dress is business casual.


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