UW-Whitewater This Week, Week of May 7

May 07, 2012

Week of May 7, 2012


More than 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees on May 12. The undergraduate ceremony, to be held in Kachel Fieldhouse at 10 a.m., will feature speaker Andrew Burish, a 1982 MBA graduate of the College of Business and Economics. The student speaker will be Justin Nothem, a young entrepreneur from West Bend who's receiving a bachelor's degree in business. 

Students receiving master's and educational specialist degrees will gather for their ceremony in Young Auditorium at 3:30 p.m. Their faculty speaker will be Robert Gruber, professor of accounting and coordinator of the Master of Professional Accountancy Program at UW-Whitewater. The graduate student speaker is Jack Gieche, who's receiving a master's degree in counseling.

Both ceremonies will be broadcast live and free online through Penn Atlantic, the company that streams live video coverage of Warhawk athletic events.


new bus service to janesville

The Janesville-Milton-Whitewater "Innovation Express" now provides three round-trips each weekday, and a Sunday evening trip.The bus will leave the Janesville Transit System Transfer Center in downtown Janesville at 5 a.m., 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday - Friday, and 9 p.m. on Sunday. 

Return trips leave Whitewater at 6:10 a.m., 2:10 p.m. and 10:10 p.m. Monday - Friday, and 10:10 p.m. on Sunday evening. Stops in Whitewater will be made at the municipal center on Janesville and Fremont streets, at Generac, Whitewater University Technology Park, and the UW-Whitewater Visitors Center.

The one-way cash fare from Janesville to Whitewater is $4; Janesville to Milton costs $1.90; and Milton to Whitewater is $2.50.

For additional information, contact the Janesville Transit System at 608-755-3150.

from the chancellor

Chancellor Richard Telfer has scheduled a Listening Session for Monday, May 14, in University Center room 261 at 11 a.m. There is no set agenda and light refreshments will be served.

In his latest blog entry, Chancellor Telfer talks with Justin Nothem, this year's undergraduate student commencement speaker.

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Visitors to UW-Whitewater this spring and summer will encounter road construction and detours. Some projects are already under way.

Please check the campus road construction website for the latest information.


Check out our latest university video, a behind-the-scenes look at the UW-Whitewater football team as it brought home its fourth national championship.

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Kudos to the UW-Whitewater Forensics team, which took 12th place in Division III at the National Forensics Association Tournament, April 19-23 at Ohio University. It's the third-highest national finish in team history. Students participating were Emily Shrout, Jouri Jackson, Quinn Levandoski, Ryan Batten, Aimee Leonard, Brian Schanen, Dee O'Neil, Kristin Kasper, Molly Hastings, and Lisa Helms.

Kudos to UW-Whitewater students who competed in the Beta Beta Beta Regional Research Meeting at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. Six students presented posters, including Seth Kemmeter (first place), Morgan Hadley (second place), Rachel Leek, Justin Traughber, Michele Stoehr and Michelle Storage. Kemmeter's  win brought him a $750 travel award for the National Research Meeting in May in Puerto Rico. Beta Beta Beta is the National Biological Honor Society.

Kudos to students Joe Scanlin and Ryan Boyd, who took first place at the 2012 BizStarts Collegiate Business Plan Competition. Their company, Scanalytics, created a pressure-sensitve mat to measure customer habits. Third-place winners were students Karl Rutzen and Stephanie Patrick. Their company, Virtual Science and Safety, created a laboratory simulation program aimed at reducing accidents at university and private science labs.

Kudos to students Rachel Plantenberg and Patrick Johnson, who won a worldwide social media competition and will present their winning project to Samsung Electronics, the Korean Red Cross and Cheil Worldwide this summer.

Kudos to student Christina Nitecke, who was awarded an $8,500 scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service, one of the largest funding organizations in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars. Nitecke will apply the funds to her studies during the next academic year at the University of Marburg.

Kudos to the UW-Whitewater Collegiate DECA chapter for its success at the International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City. Twenty-one members qualified and 13 were named finalists in their respective categories of competition. Kyria Smith and Ali Baumgartner, who competed in business research, placed third.  Cody Sheehy, a first-time competitor, placed second in retail management.


The Finals Faces photo booth returns Tuesday, May 8 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Wednesday, May 9 from 1 - 3 p.m. Look for us in the University Center Commons. Get ready to blow off some steam and have some fun!


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.

This year's winners are  W.P. Roseman Excellence in Teaching Award-Charlie Olson, Art and Design; Award for Outstanding Research-Maxwell Hsu, Marketing; Faculty Service Award-Glenn Hayes, Music; Instructional Excellence Award for Academic Staff-Karen Boe, Music; Service Excellence Award for Academic Staff-Freda Briscoe, College of Business and Economics; University Faculty/Staff Academic Advising Award-Anthony Gulig, History; Everett Long Award for General Education-Jane Riegel Ferencz, Music.

Please click below for the reservation form, which includes additional information about the event. If you plan to attend, please contact Rebecca Reichert at reicherr@uww.edu.


Please note: A special letter of invitation with reservation form has been sent directly to the following honored retirees and university-wide award winners.

At the time of this writing, 25 retirees will be honored at the recognition dinner. In addition, the university-wide award winners will be honored.  Congratulations and best wishes to all retirees and award recipients!


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



The Whitewater Unified School District has challenged UW-Whitewater to match its 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.


The Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is pleased to announce that Catherine Chan has been named Director of Undergraduate Research. Chan moves into this role after serving as interim director, and previously as the assistant director of the program.  She currently holds a dual appointment as associate professor in the Chemistry and Biology Departments. 



The last budget bill gave the UW System and UW-Madison the authority to create a new personnel structure to better meet the needs of faculty and staff. A draft proposal of key areas such as benefits, recruitment, employee categories, employee movement and compensation has been created. We are holding a special session for faculty to gather your input and feedback on the draft on Monday, May 7, at noon in University Center room 266. Please note there will be additional feedback sessions this summer for classified staff and in the fall for faculty.


in the media

The Wisconsin State Journal reported on UW-Whitewater entrepreneurs' win at the BizStarts Collegiate Business Plan Competition, sponsored by Mason Wells.

Fox Sports reported on the unique experience at UW-Whitewater for wheelchair basketball players, from top-level coaches and facilities to a supportive university and community. The article appeared on MSN.com last week.

Summer on the mall

Are you ready for summer?  Mark your calendars for the Summer on the Mall events.  Join us for fun, food, workshops and prizes on the North Mall June 14, July 18 and August 9.  On June 14, we will be celebrating summer and culture with our world's fair-themed event!  On July 18 get stranded with us at our tropical island themed event, and then on August 9 get your game on with our version of the Summer Olympics theme.  Events start at 11:30 a.m. and end at 1 p.m.

free bowling

Are finals stressing you out?  Why not relieve some stress at Warhawk Alley?  Through Saturday, May 12, Warhawk Alley is offering free bowling, shoes and billiards during finals. 



involvement photo display

UW-Whitewater Involvement photos, in conjunction with campus awards and co-sponsored with Career and Leadership Development, are now displayed in Old Main Lane.  If you like being involved on campus or like to travel, this exhibit is one not to miss.



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