UW-Whitewater This Week, Week of April 15

April 15, 2013

Week of April 15, 2013

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FROM THE Chancellor

Chancellor Richard Telfer invites the campus community to attend the April listening session on Tuesday, April 23, from 2-3 p.m. in University Center room 261.

In his latest video blog entry, Chancellor Telfer talks with Erin Celello, assistant professor of languages and literatures, about her new novel "Learning to Stay," and a writing course tailored to veterans and military family members.


Posters in the rotunda

Congratulations to the following students who will present at the 10th annual Posters in the Rotunda on Wednesday, April 17, at the State Capitol in Madison. Their majors, mentors and undergraduate research projects are:

Latoya Allen, biology, Kristen Curran, "Characterizing the Circadian Rhythm in the Eye and Pronephros of Xenopus Laevis."
Keng Moua, communication sciences and disorders, Scott Bradley, "The Portable Music Player Listening Habits of UW-Whitewater Students."
Kurstin Mazzoni, social work, Jim Winship, "Barriers Preventing Mexican Immigrants from Pursuing Higher Education."
Karen Cano, Spanish, Susan Huss-Lederman, "Following Sweden's Success: Promoting Intercultural Citizenship in the United States."
Kelby Shaw, art, Jared Janovec and Renee Melton, "Global Fares."
Samuel Lisicki, economics and finance, Yamin Ahmad, "Fed Challenge."

Make a difference day

Students, faculty and community members are invited to participate in the eighth annual Make A Difference Day on Friday, April 19, from noon to 4 p.m.

This national event celebrates neighbors helping neighbors, providing a landscape for UW-Whitewater and the community work together on improvement projects.



Provost Beverly Kopper will be unavailable on Wednesday morning for regularly scheduled office hours.  Her schedule will resume on Wednesday, April 24.

Tornado Drill

On Thursday, April 18, a statewide tornado drill is planned. At 1 p.m., the National Weather Service will issue a statewide mock tornado watch and at 1:45 p.m. a mock tornado warning. Many radio and TV stations will participate in the drill. In addition, NOAA weather radios (also known as emergency weather radios) will issue alert messaging.


Kudos to students Daryl Johnson and Shane Wulf, who recently received $2,250 in Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium undergraduate scholarships. The program supports outstanding students pursuing aerospace, space science or other space-related studies or research.

Kudos to Marijuana Sawyer-Clardy, Future Teacher Program director, who was named a Woman of Distinction by the Zonta Club, a service organization of business professionals working to advance the status of women.

Kudos to Robert Benjamin, associate professor of physics, who was recently awarded a $25,000 NASA Spitzer Space Telescope Cycle 8 General Observer grant. The purpose of this project is to map stellar galactic structure, map star formation, catalog galactic objects and search for dwarf galaxies.

Kudos to Michael Bennett, assistant professor of Languages and Literatures, who was recently awarded a $5,000 UW-Madison Institute for Research in the Humanities Fellowship. The purpose of this project is to complete a book titled "The Cambridge Introduction to the Absurd," designed to introduce students and teachers to key topics and authors surrounding the literary and dramatic absurd.

Kudos to Brittny Henderson '12, a biology and chemistry alumna, who was accepted into UW-Madison's School of Pharmacy. She is currently employed as a fragrance lab technician at SC Johnson in Racine.

Kudos to Michael Oldani, associate professor of sociology, anthropology and criminal justice, who served as an expert and consultant for the film "Off Label," which examines prescription drug use in America.

Recognition and Retirement Dinner

The Spring Faculty and Academic Staff Recognition and Retirement Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, 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.

A list of the university-wide award recipients and retirees will be provided as the information becomes available. Reservation form: http://www.uww.edu/documents/mealregform.pdf

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

At the time of this writing, 13 retirees will be honored.  Congratulations and best wishes to all retirees and award recipients!

faculty and academic staff awards nominee reception

The 2013 Nominee Reception for Faculty and Academic Staff is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, from 3 - 5 p.m. in University Center room 275.  Refreshments and appetizers will be served at 2:45 p.m.  Please join us in recognizing our colleagues for their talents and their accomplishments. Contact the Associate Vice Chancellor's Office at 472-1055 with any questions.

List of Nominees

chancellor's awards on disability concerns

The Chancellor's Committee on Disability Concerns will award the following individuals at an awards banquet on Wednesday, April 24, at 5 p.m. at the University Center Old Main Ballroom. For more information or to RSVP, email DAAC@uww.edu.
Nancy Amacher, Center for Students with Disabilities
Clifford O'Beirne, Psychology Department, Director of the Nursing Home Visitation Program
Greg Swanson, Facilities, Planning and Management
Eric Compas, Geography and Geology Department, GIS Center
Dave Soliz, Facilities, Planning and Management


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 April 22 -"The Essence of Food - The Evolution and Nourishing Source of Life" by Sharon Roy, lecturer in marketing.

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.


Blood drive

The UW-Whitewater Optimists are sponsoring a blood drive April 16-18 from noon - 6 p.m. each day in Esker Dining Hall rooms 118-120.

For an appointment, or for more information, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

Free parking for community donors is located in lots 4 and 23 off Prairie Street.

Asia to America: Past, Present, and Future

Through April 26, Roberta's Art Gallery will be hosting "Asia to America: Past, Present and Future," an exhibit featuring the journeys of Southeast Asian students, faculty, and staff members. Artifacts will share each individual's unique story as well as how their paths cross at UW-Whitewater as they make connections to their future. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Southeast Asian Organization and Office of Multicultural Affairs and Student Success.

i.m. comm 2013

I.M. Comm is the annual conference, hosted this year at UW-Oshkosh, that brings together administrators and faculty members from UW System universities to share best practices and explore new ideas in unified, collaborative storytelling.

Don't miss this conference with presentations by Notre Dame, Oregon Ducks, UC Berkeley and more for only $50. I.M. Comm is aimed at advancing our own universities while also helping us break new ground in collaborations to better position higher education in Wisconsin and nationally.

More info >>

Photo contest display

The winning photos from the Annual Campus Photo Contest are on display through May 9 in Old Main Lane in the University Center. Members of the judging panel will also display several of their own photos.

Laurentide hall open house

The College of Letters and Sciences invites the campus community to attend an open house to celebrate Laurentide Hall from 3:30-5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17. Come check out the renovation, including beautiful conference rooms, offices and gathering spaces.  Hors d'oeuvres will be served on the third floor and students on the Dean's Advisory Council will give tours.

Campus master plan open forums

The campus community is invited to take part in open forums for the Campus Master Plan.

Faculty and staff members:
Wednesday, April 17, from 12:15 - 1 p.m. Hyland Hall 4303
Thursday, April 18, from 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Hyland Hall 4303

Wednesday, April 17, from 5 - 5:45 p.m. Whitewater Room in Esker Dining Hall
Thursday, April 18, from 1:15 - 2 p.m. Hyland Hall 4303

from iCit

Refresh your technical skills or learn something new by attending the following workshops now available to faculty and staff members.  Next week's offerings include:
- Monday, April 22 - Windows 7
- Tuesday, April 23 - Word: Using Mail Merge
Workshops last approximately 90 minutes and are held in the iCIT Training Center, McGraw Hall room 112. View these workshops and others by visiting http://signup.uww.edu.

91.7 The Edge Fund Drive

91.7 The Edge is holding its annual fund drive to raise money for the nonprofit station. On Monday, April 22, a fashion show will be held from 7 - 9 p.m. at University Center Hamilton Room ($3 admission), and on Wednesday, April 24, there will be a dunk tank event on the south mall from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Domestic and sexual violence discussion

Liz Hanson and Alma Mann from People Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse will be coming to UW-Whitewater to speak about the legal considerations of victims of domestic and sexual violence. Please join us on Thursday, April 18, at 10 a.m. in the Ambrose Health Center, second floor conference room.

assessment day

UW-Whitewater's first Assessment Day is Thursday, April 18, from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the University Center Hamilton Room.

Celebrate all the interesting assessment projects going on across our campus. Connect with others to learn about different approaches, specific tools for assessment and what these projects are telling us about student learning.

Go to Assessment Day 2013 for the full program.

in the media

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote a feature story on Milwaukee actor John McGivern and his collaboration with the UW-Whitewater Theatre/Dance Department on "Our Town," April 21-22 at Young Auditorium.

WISC-TV, the CBS affiliate in Madison, covered the women's bowling team as the Warhawk athletes prepared for the NCAA national tournament.

student health 101

The April issue of Student Health 101, UW-Whitewater's online health and wellness magazine is now available: http://readsh101.com/uww.html

  • Enter to win $2,500 for checking these articles:
  • Power Up Your Plate
  • Beat the Stress Before Your Test
  • Drinking Differences
  • The Social Web
  • How exercise can make a difference
  • And much more...

The winner of the drawing will be announced on Facebook.


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