UW-Whitewater This Week, Week of February 11

February 11, 2013

Week of February 11, 2013

Darwin Day 2013

"Darwin's Unfinished Revolution," a focus on the human branch in the evolutionary tree of life, is this year's topic at UW-Whitewater's Darwin Day.

The event is Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Timmerman Auditorium in Timothy J. Hyland Hall.


chancellor's regional literary award

Alison Townsend has been named the 2013 Chancellor's Regional Literary Award recipient.

Townsend, a professor of languages and literatures at UW-Whitewater, will be honored for her outstanding collections of poetry "The Blue Dress" and "Persephone in America."

The Chancellor's Regional Literary Award honors authors who celebrate all that makes the Upper Midwest unique. Townsend is the first poet to receive the award.

More information about Townsend, her work, and the celebration event, to be held in the fall, will be announced in the coming months.

sales competition open to all students

Students have the chance to win $3,000 in prize money at the first All-Campus Sales Competition at the UW-Whitewater.

The event, hosted by the Institute for Sales Excellence, is an opportunity for students to network with sales professionals, enhance their resumes, and improve their communication and persuasion skills.


Apply to become student commencement speaker

Share your UW-Whitewater experience with the spring graduating class by applying to be student speaker at the undergraduate ceremony in May. Student Foundation, the student group that organizes the rose sale at graduation, is sponsoring the competition.

Applications are available at the Career & Leadership Development front desk in the University Center or at the Dean of Students Office in Hyer Hall 200.

Applications are due to the Career & Leadership Development desk by noon Wednesday, March 6.  Those selected to interview with the selection committee will present their speeches on Wednesday, March 13, between 4:30 and 8:30 p.m.

The Kettle

The KettleThe Kettle at Laurentide Hall is now open, serving sandwiches, salads, soups and snacks. Fresh baked goods, Starbucks-brewed coffee and five flavors of cappuccino are also available.

The Kettle is located on the mall level of Laurentide Hall. Hours of service are Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

FROM THE Chancellor

Chancellor Richard Telfer has scheduled a listening session Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 9 a.m. in University Center room 261. Light refreshments will be served. There is no agenda. Everyone is invited to attend.

In his latest video blog entry, Chancellor Telfer talks with student musicians Raquel Bruening and Dominic Gischia about their upcoming performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Read more >>


Provost Beverly Kopper invites the campus community to visit during her office hours on Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Commons area in the University Center.


Kudos to the McNair Scholars Program for winning a UW System Regents' Diversity Award. Read more >>

Kudos to Erin Celello, assistant professor of languages and literatures, whose novel "Learning to Stay" was published by NAL Trade.

Kudos to Eric Brown, assistant professor of biological sciences, and students Latoya Allen, Harley Pyles, Jessica Solis, Traci A. Wileman and Gail B. Willadsen, who published an article in the peer-reviewed Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology.  The article is titled "Advancements in using TiO2 bionanoconjugates for precision degradation of intracellular biological structures."

become a CAMPUS assistant

Looking for a fun, on-campus job? The Admissions Office is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 Campus Assistant position. This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce UW-Whitewater to prospective Warhawks and their families as a tour guide. We're looking for students with tons of energy, who have great written and verbal communication skills and, most of all, love UW-Whitewater.

Stop by the Admissions Office, Roseman 2060, before Feb. 13 for an application. For more information please contact James Lanouette, lanouetj@uww.edu.

Refior Peace Prize

Applications are now open for the $1,000 Refior Peace Prize, awarded for the best student essay or research on working for peace. Possible topics might include international and collaborative projects in human rights, questions of ecology and resources in relation to peace, issues of political theory and peace, religion and peace, gender and sexuality and peace, or peace-based utopias. Multidisciplinary or disciplinary approaches are welcome.

You must be a UW-Whitewater student in good standing. Essays will be judged on originality, thoughtfulness, depth of knowledge and engagement with subject.  They must be 2,000 words or more, double-spaced. Your name should only appear on a separate title page, and the paper's title should be repeated at the top of the essay's first page. Attach the essay, before March 1, to an email addressed to reinhard@uww.edu. You will receive confirmation of its reception.

Slimdown challenge for faculty and staff

Do you want to be a healthier, happier you? W3 wants that too! Participate in Fort Healthcare's Slimdown Challenge beginning in February. If you are trying to lose weight, this is a great opportunity for you to have some support, learn some tips and tricks, and have the chance to win great prizes! It's also free.

Visit forthealthcare.com/slimdown2013 for more information. You can join an existing team, or you can make a team of four to six people. Ask friends, family or co-workers to join you on the quest for better health.

You must weigh-in before Feb. 15 to be eligible. Weigh-ins will take place at the Ambrose Health Center on Feb. 11-14 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and at the University Center on Feb. 12 from 6 - 8 p.m. Only you and the weigh-in coordinator will see your weight. If you have any questions, please contact Marci at 262-472-1874 or email whitewaterwellness@gmail.com.


Food fills our bellies, brings families and cultures together and is the center of many traditions which remind us of our shared past.  Food also is a source of power and struggle.

"Food for Thought," the theme of the spring Fairhaven Lecture Series, will examine whether we eat simply for sustenance or whether there is more to think about this everyday activity. 

The next lecture is Feb. 18 - "Atlantic Counterpoint: Foods that Changed the World" by Tony Gulig, associate professor of history and Seth Meisel, associate dean, School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education.

All of the lectures will begin at 3 p.m. on Mondays in the Fellowship Hall of the Fairhaven Retirement Community, 435 W. Starin Road, Whitewater.


University-Wide Awards

Application deadlines are approaching for the 2012-13 University-wide Awards.

  • Roseman Teaching Award (due March 1)
  • Outstanding Research Award (due March 1)
  • Faculty Service Award (due Feb. 15)
  • University Faculty/Staff Advising Award (due Feb. 15)
  • Academic Staff Excellence Awards (due Feb. 15)

The Nominee Awards Reception is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, in University Center room 275.

For more information, go to http://www.uww.edu/acadaff/awards/uwide/index.html.

Origami Flowers Workshop

Need a bouquet of flowers for Valentine's Day? Roberta's Art Gallery is hosting a free origami flowers workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 12, in University Center room 259A from 6-8 p.m. All supplies and refreshments will be provided, but spots are limited to the first 25 participants to sign up by emailing UCArt@uww.edu.

The workshop will be facilitated by students and University Center employees Megan Stevens, Jenna DeCeault and Kristina Windell.

Knowledge powers wisconsin

UW-Whitewater is joining all other UW campuses in sharing how our students, faculty and staff members are making a difference in our respective regions and state-wide -- from economic development to the latest innovations in entrepreneurship, technology, health care, human resources and more. This week, read about education professors who volunteer their time at a Whitewater elementary school, a story called "Practicing What We Teach."

See more at uwpowerswi.com.

campus planner submissions

Faculty, staff and student groups are invited to submit programming and event schedules for inclusion in the campus planner, which the bookstore produces and sells.  The advertising is at no cost and reaches approximately 2,500 students each year.

Deadline to submit information for the 2013-14 campus planner is March 22.

Recreation Tournament

On Saturday, Feb. 23, the James R. Connor University Center is hosting the 2013 Association of College Unions Recreation Tournament. The event will consist of men's and women's 9-ball tournaments and table tennis. There will also be 8-ball and Call of Duty Black Ops II second chance tournaments. Registration ends Feb. 15. For more information, visit http://region8.acui.org/Region/08/recreation.html or email Andrea Payton at PaytonA@uww.edu.

women in leadership reception

Mark your calendars for Monday, March 18, from 3-4:30 p.m. when the Women's Issues Committee will recognize nine Women in Leadership honorees at the annual Women's History Month Program in the Fern Young Terrace. Everyone is welcome to attend.  The honorees will be:

Michelle Bertucci, Integrated science and business major
Jan Bilgen, Career & Leadership Development
Tricia Borchardt, Department of Communication
Kelli Danielski, Learning Communities
Elizabeth Hachten, College of Letters and Sciences
Jodi Hare-Paynter, Registrar
Suzanne Knight, Social work major
Terrie Parenteau, Department of Biological Sciences
Elizabeth Watson, Center for Students with Disabilities

Call for interdepartmental envelopes

Please bundle any extra interdepartmental envelopes you may have and place bundles in your outgoing mail. The Mail Center recycles the envelopes back to departments as needed. 


Do you bleed purple? Remember to show your Warhawk pride every Friday by wearing purple or your favorite Warhawk gear.


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