UW-Whitewater This Week, Week of May 13

May 13, 2013

Week of May 13, 2013


Graduates and their proud families will converge on the UW-Whitewater campus for commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18.

Separate events will be held for the 1,153 undergraduates receiving bachelor's degrees and the 285 students receiving master's and education specialist degrees.


Spring photos

alison townsend wins Chancellor's Regional Literary Award

For the first time, a poet will receive the 2013 UW-Whitewater Chancellor's Regional Literary Award.

Alison Townsend, a professor of languages and literatures, will be honored for her works "The Blue Dress" and "Persephone in America."


Finals faces returns

Final exams stressing you out? Looking for a fun way to celebrate the end of the semester? Stop by our photo booth Tuesday and Wednesday, May 14-15, from noon - 2 p.m. in the University Center concourse and show us your best finals face. Bring a friend, bring a colleague, bring some creativity.

We'll post the photos on the UW-Whitewater Facebook page so you can see and share your goofy grins.

FROM THE Chancellor

The chancellor's next listening session has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in University Center room 261. Light refreshments will be served. There is no set agenda.

In this week's video blog entry, Chancellor Richard Telfer talks with Jan Bilgen, associate director of Career and Leadership Development, about the proposed Leadership Institute. An open forum will be held Wednesday, May 22, at 2 p.m. University Center room 259 for faculty and staff.


Provost Beverly Kopper invites the campus community to visit with her during regular office hours Wednesday, May 15, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the University Center Commons area.

In the media

Laurentide Hall - Best Office Renovation - In Business Magazine, May 2013.

Mobile app developed at UW-Whitewater is endorsed by a national parks group - Wisconsin State Journal, May 10.


Kudos to Jalal Nawash, assistant professor of physics, who was recently awarded $4,976 from the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium Research Infrastructure Program. The purpose of this project is to collect data about solar cell efficiency using a high-altitude weather balloon.

Kudos to Eric Brown, assistant professor of biological sciences, who was a co-recipient of the 2013 College of Letters and Sciences Excellence in Research Award.

Kudos to Ann Garvin, professor of health, physical education, recreation and coaching, who appeared in the Madison production of "Listen to Your Mother," a show featuring live readings by local writers on motherhood.

Athletes at the capitol

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. A social hour begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by the dinner and program beginning at 5 p.m.

Thirteen retirees will be honored.

Winners of the university-wide awards are:

  • W.P. Roseman Excellence in Teaching Award - Yezdi Godiwalla, Management
  • Award for Outstanding Research - Jian Guo, Languages and Literatures
  • Faculty Service Award - Hephzibah Kumpaty, Chemistry
  • Instructional Excellence Award for Academic Staff - Carmen Rivers, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Service Excellence Award for Academic Staff - Terry Tumbarello, Residence Life
  • University Faculty/Staff Academic Advising Award - Kathy Brady, Communication


The campus community is invited to a retirement celebration for Mary Pinkerton, dean of the College of Letters and Sciences, from 3:30 - 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, in University Center room 275. The event program will begin at 4 p.m.

Copy Services closed this week

Copy Services will be closed May 13-17. If you have a print or copy job emergency, contact University Marketing and Media Relations at 262-472-5536.

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 UW-Whitewater's global connections in the business of water. See more at uwpowerswi.com.

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 >>

warhawks care

UW-Whitewater students raised money for the Whitewater Police Department K9 Unit. Chief Lisa Otterbacher came to campus to accept the donations. The Residence Hall Association donated $5,000 and the UW-Whitewater Greek family donated $1,600.

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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:
- Tuesday, May 21 - Outlook skills, including email, calendars and contacts
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.


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