UW-Whitewater This Week, Week of October 7

October 07, 2013

Week of October 7, 2013

Family Fest

Family Fest is an annual tradition that brings together our Warhawks and their families. First Year Experience invites you to enjoy the Warhawk Festival with carnival games, prizes, photos with Willie Warhawk, food and fun on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Kachel Fieldhouse. Later, the Warhawk football team takes on UW-Stout at 2:30 p.m. The day will end with a movie provided by SEAL and a performance by DSB, a Journey tribute band. 


'Clear and Present Safety'

The reality behind America's threats, both foreign and domestic, will be explored as this year's Contemporary Issues Lecture Series begins at UW-Whitewater.

Michael Cohen opens the lecture series with "Clear and Present Safety: America Has Never Been Safer." He will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, in Young Auditorium. All lectures are free and open to the public.


Elevator Pitch Competition

The campus community is invited to attend the finals of the Warhawk Elevator Pitch Competition. The event is Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 5:30 p.m at the Innovation Center at Whitewater University Technology Park. Cash prizes will be awarded. The winner of the competition will present at the national Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization conference in Chicago to compete for nearly $10,000 in prizes.

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Observatory lecture series

This fall, the Observatory Lecture Series, hosted by UW-Whitewater's Department of Physics, explores the truth behind the "Mayan Apocalypse" and looks at real dangers posed to Earth by objects in the sky.

The next event is Friday, Oct. 11: "Recent Asteroid Discoveries and Possible Collisions with Earth" by Paul Rybski, Department of Physics.


chancellor's literary award event

Alison Townsend, professor of languages and literatures, is this year's Chancellor's Regional Literary Award winner. She will be honored for her works "The Blue Dress" and "Persephone in America."

A public event, which will feature a reading and book signing, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, in Summers Auditorium in the University Center. Read more >>

Boxes and walls

The powerful diversity experience called Boxes and Walls is being offered this fall to give students at UW-Whitewater a glimpse of what life might be like for someone else. Rooms on this year's tours include African-American, Latino/Latina, ability, sexual orientation, gender and socioeconomic status.

Times are Monday through Thursday, Oct. 14-17, from 6 to 10 p.m. each evening in Esker Hall. Tours will begin every 15 minutes and last about one hour and 20 minutes.  Read more >>

coming out day

UW-Whitewater Impact invites the campus to "Coming Out Day" on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. on the north mall. Students, administrators, faculty and staff members from across the campus will share their stories of coming out as LGBT and as allies.

For more information contact Cindy Konrad


UW-Whitewater is a finalist for the Best Under the Radar Atmosphere in NCAA football. It's time to get your purple pride on and vote once a day until Oct. 21!


the latest merit badges

UW-Whitewater awards Merit badges to students for a variety of academic, athletic and extracurricular accomplishments.

This week's badges include: the golf teamTeam Transfer and the volleyball team.  

Winter Commencement Speaker auditions

Each semester, only one student is awarded the honor of speaking to the graduating class during commencement. UW-Whitewater students are encouraged to apply for this prestigious opportunity. Applications are now available to be winter commencement speaker.

Applications are due noon Monday, Oct. 14, to the Career and Leadership Development office in University Center room 146. Auditions will be held on Oct. 16. Contact Ryan Duerwachter for any questions.

Download an application >>

In the Media

UW-Whitewater's Pangea Studios, in partnership with UW-Madison, has created an interactive online map to document Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation investments.

Biz Times story >>      UW-Whitewater story >>

Arnhem Business School Information Sessions

Faculty members from Arnhem Business School, which is part of Han University in Arnhem, Netherlands, will visit campus to talk about the exchange program and what the university has to offer to faculty and staff and students. The discussion will include curriculum, culture and the international campus environment.

The campus conversation will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. in Hyland Hall room 1001. For more information about the courses offered at Han University, visit its website.

Snackable Series: E-Service Learning

The Learning Technology Center invites faculty and instructional staff to attend the next free session in the Snackable Series “Solving Teaching Challenges One Byte at a Time." The next session focuses on E-service learning, a powerful tool to foster critical thinking, engage your students and promote civic engagement. E-service learning is a service learning program or project conducted online in a format allowing students limited by work obligations and geography to participate.

Wednesday, Oct. 16, noon to 1 p.m. or Thursday, Oct. 17, 11 a.m. to noon
Location: iCIT Training Center, McGraw 112

Register online today for this “Snackable Series” session; seating is limited.


The School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education announces a campus search to fill the position of director of adult learning.  This half-time appointment is open to any tenured or tenure-track faculty member on campus.  For more information about the position and how to apply, please go to the link on the School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education website. 

From the Chancellor

Chancellor Richard Telfer will hold a campuswide listening session on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 10 – 11 a.m. in University Center room 261. There is no agenda. Light refreshments will be available. All are welcome to attend.

Nontraditional Student Award Nominations

Nominations are being sought to recognize a nontraditional student who has contributed significantly to the university community and has demonstrated a commitment for academics. Nominations are due on Friday, Oct. 18, to Lynn Smith in Roseman Building room 2017 or by email.

Download an application >>


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

united way campaign

Faculty and staff members will soon receive pledge sheets for the annual United Way fundraising campagain. Last year, funds were distributed to 32 local agencies that provide critical health and human services.

Please consider donating and be sure to return your pledge sheet to UW-Whitewater United Way Chair Beverly Kopper, Williams Center 112, by Friday, Nov. 1.

Campus Kudos

Kudos to Athula Gunawardena, associate professor of mathematical and computer sciences, who won a $42,410 applied research grant from the UW System and WiSys Technology Foundation. The purpose of this project is to extend the capabilities of the Web-based Interactive Degree Planner system through the addition of an enrollment forecast notification system.

Kudos to Scott Peters, assistant professor of educational foundations, who co-authored a new book, "Beyond Gifted Education: Designing and Implementing Advanced Academic Programs." The book has already sold out on its first printing. Visit Prufrock Press for more information.

Kudos to Lauren Smith, associate professor and chair of the women's studies department, who will read "Birdello" at the Monthly Musings event on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Whitewater Arts Alliance's Cultural Arts Center, 402 West Main Street.

Turning Points

This year, the Fairhaven Lecture Series, sponsored by UW-Whitewater's Office of Continuing Education, will celebrate 30 years of community discourse.

"Turning Points" will examine the people and incidents that have shaped our lives today. Faculty members from various academic areas will discuss issues such as technology, HIV/AIDS, Hurricane Katrina, and American and international politics. Two lectures will specifically address UW-Whitewater's recent history, focusing on turning points on campus, influential people and some of the most successful programs.

The next lecture is Oct. 14 - "HIV/AIDS: From Gay Stigma to Preventable Nightmare" by Kate Ksobiech, assistant professor of communication.


Photo requests

All university photo requests can now be submitted via email at photo@uww.edu. This includes both requests for archive photos and requests for new photos.

Please be as specific as possible, and include all relevant information, including dates, times, places and names of people. You must also describe what the photos will be used for.

Craig Schreiner, university photographer, will have open studio hours this semester on Wednesdays from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. in Andersen 1216. An email to photo@uww.edu or phone call to 262-472-5534 letting us know you are coming would be appreciated.

'thank you' cards

Has a student or colleague gone above and beyond to make a difference on campus? Looking for a personal way to say thank you? The campus community is encouraged to send a UW-Whitewater 'thank you' card to those deserving individuals. They are available free of charge at Copy Services (lower level of the bookstore). If you would like more than 25, please call ahead at 262-472-1002.


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