UW-Whitewater This Week, Week of October 21

October 21, 2013

Week of October 21, 2013

In the Media

Chancellor Richard Telfer will become interim president of UW System beginning Jan. 1. Provost Beverly Kopper will serve as UW-Whitewater's interim chancellor in Telfer's absence.  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel >>

The Office of Residence Life presented its compelling "Boxes and Walls" program. WKOW-TV Madison >>

Christian Pedretti, junior information technology major, created a program to help parents of young drivers feel safe about their teen's driving habits. WMTV-TV Madison >>

Craig Schreiner, university photographer, talked about his book, "One Small Farm: Photographs of a Wisconsin Way of Life." Milwaukee Public Radio >>

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Campus Kudos

Kudos to Michelle Gibson-Herman, lecturer of curriculum and instruction, for receiving the Post-Secondary Outstanding Educator award at the Wisconsin Business Education Association fall convention on Oct. 11 in Madison.  

Kudos to Sarah Wyrick, senior biology and psychology major, and Philip Pieper, senior biology major, for presenting their undergraduate research project "The Reponse of Gray Wolves (Canis lupus) to Simulated Instrusions with Olfactory and Acoustic Stimuli in Low vs. High Pack Terrority Densities," at the 20th annual conference of The Wildlife Society, Oct. 5-10, in Milwaukee. Joshua Kapfer, assistant professor of biological sciences, is their faculty mentor.

Kudos to Michael Hutchison, senior geography major, and Casey Poff, senior environmental science major, who presented their GPS mapping project to the Walworth County Board of Supervisors Public Works Committee. The students, both Pangea Studios student employees, mapped all the road signs and many of the culverts in the county to improve the efficiency of Walworth public works efforts.

Kudos to Jo Ann Oravec, associate professor of information technology and supply chain management, for delivering a paper at the 60th Annual Midwest Conference on British Studies, hosted by DePaul University in Chicago, Oct. 11-13.  The paper is titled "The 'Action-Centered Leadership Perspective' and Other Innovations: Military and Postcolonial Influences on John Adair and British Leadership Studies."

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: McNair Scholars, "Jack and the Magic Beans" cast, Homecoming Steering Committee, and men's wheelchair basketball team. 

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.

Got a Pulse? Get Vaccinated!

University Health and Counseling Services offers flu vaccinations (including the FluMist Nasal Spray) for UW-Whitewater students and employees. The cost is $15. This may be paid with cash, check or Purple Points. Students may put it on their student bill.

A walk-in clinic will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 8 a.m. - noon in the Ambrose Health Center. No appointment is necessary.

An evening clinic will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. For this evening clinic, an appointment is necessary. UW-Whitewater students can schedule an appointment through the UHCS online portal. UW-Whitewater employees and students may call 262-472-1300.

Pharmaceutical Take-Back

On Thursday, Oct. 24, UW-Whitewater Police Services will be participating in a national pharmaceutical take-back initiative. The campus community can turn in unused or expired medications for safe disposal. Drop-off is located on the first floor of the University Center at the north entrance from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. For more information, call 262-472-4660 or visit www.dea.gov.

United Way Campaign

Faculty and staff members recently received pledge sheets for the annual United Way fundraising campaign. 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.

'Taco USA' author Gustavo Arellano comes to UW-Whitewater

Popular writer Gustavo Arellano will explain how Mexican food has conquered America when he presents "Taco USA" in a public lecture at UW-Whitewater. The Contemporary Issues Lecture Series continues with Arellano's speech at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in Young Auditorium.  The lecture is free and open to the public.


Keep Calm and Dream On

Trouble sleeping? Annoying thoughts and worries blocking you from dreamland? Learn proven ways to fall asleep, how to deal with waking up at night, and how to adjust your sleep cycle to better fit your life. Join University Health and Counseling Services on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 1 - 2 p.m. in Ambrose Health Center room 2028 for this workshop.

'Civil Rights Under Three Hats' in Crossman Gallery

Through Nov. 16, Crossman Gallery in the Center of the Arts is hosting "Civil Rights Under Three Hats: Photographs by Matt Herron" and "Some Movements of the 1970s & 1980s: Selected Photographs by Cathy Cade," an exhibit featuring prints focusing on civil rights, voter rights and women's rights. Herron and Cade have captured social changes in their pieces.

For more information about the artists and event, visit the Crossman Gallery blog.

Rock the Walk

W3 is hosting a team in Fort Healthcare’s Rock the Walk community step challenge. This six-week program encourages people to be active and keep track of daily activity in order to win prizes. The competition is online and free. You must be 18 or older to participate.

Registration opens Monday, Oct. 21, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3. Competition begins Monday, Nov. 4. To sign up, visit the Cerner Health Wins website.  


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. The contest ends today!



Provost Beverly Kopper invites the campus community to visit with her during regular office hours Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 7:30 - 9 a.m. in the University Center Commons area.

ARTstor Digital Library - Image Repository

ARTstor Digital Library is coming to Andersen Library. This is a nonprofit resource that provides more than 1.5 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. See the Andersen Library Blog or the Andersen Library October Newsletter for more details.

October is CyberSecurity Awareness Month

It is important that you keep yourself safe and secure online. Are you shopping on secure websites? Do you have the right security settings on your smartphone? Are you protected with anti-virus software? Get your questions answered and obtain useful information at the IT Security Booth in the University Center Oct. 21-23 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Test your Security IQ to be entered to win a prize sponsored by Symantec, UW-Whitewater’s anti-virus provider.

For more information, visit the ICIT website.

Safe zone training

The Chancellor's Task Force on LGBT Issues will hold a Safe Zone training session on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 3 - 4 p.m. in the Career & Leadership Development conference room.

The program provides a safe, comfortable setting for members of the campus community to learn about and discuss lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender identities and issues. All discussions will be strictly confidential and topics will be addressed in a nonthreatening and nonjudgmental manner. For more information, contact Cindy Konrad at konradc@uww.edu or at 472-7169.

ICIT Surplus Sale

The ICIT Surplus Sale, featuring great deals on computer equipment and supplies, is Thursday, Oct. 24, from noon to 4 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to noon in Andersen Library room 1213. For more information, visit the ICIT website.

Playful Learning summitt

UW-Whitewater will host the Playful Learning Summit Nov. 15-16. This will focus on harnessing innovations in games and digital media for learning, with a unique focus on Wisconsin classrooms and learning spaces. Seating is limited; register now.

View conference flyer >>

Blood Drive

The UW-Whitewater Optimists will host a blood drive Tuesday, Nov. 5 - Thursday, Nov. 7, in Esker Dining Hall rooms 118 - 120 between noon - 6 p.m. For an appointment call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org. Free parking is available for community donors in Lots 4 and 23 on Prairie Street.

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, November 1: "Will Life on Earth Survive Deneb's Supernova?" by Robert Benjamin, Department of Physics.


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. 28 - "American Political Discourse Since 1983: The Impact of Cable TV, Email, Twitter, Facebook and Other Technology Innovations" by Dick Haven, emeritus professor of communication.



The School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education announces a campus search to fill the position of director of the LEARN Center. This quarter-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. 

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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