UW-Whitewater This Week, Week of October 28

October 28, 2013

Week of October 28, 2013

student saves woman's life, recommended for soldier's medal

Sophomore Michael Black, a trained combat medic, never imagined he'd be using his lifesaving skills on the home front.


Crib mates in a Romanian orphanage, today they're college roommates

The day Elena Heimark and Rachel Murphy arrived at UW-Whitewater was the first time they had seen each other in a decade.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story >>


This year's theme is "Warhawks Unite" and events - from spirit competitions to the parade - will focus on heroes and superheroes, exemplifying real and fictional accounts of heroism. Events run through Nov. 2

List of events >>

'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.


veterans and military service members recognition

Starting Nov. 1, UW-Whitewater is celebrating the contributions of our veterans and military service members with a month of events, from workshops to visual displays to musical performances.

List of events >>

LEAP Workshops 2014

All UW-Whitewater employees and students are invited to form teams and apply to participate in this year's LEAP workshop series. LEAP (Liberal Education & America's Promise) is a campuswide initiative aimed at helping teams develop action plans to enhance campus collaboration and improve student learning. This year's themes are Inclusive Excellence and Innovation. Sixty teams and nearly 300 people have participated so far. Now it's your turn! Application deadline is Friday, Dec. 6.

More information >>

Campus Kudos

Kudos to Jan Nordin, veterans coordinator in the Registrar's Office, who won the National Association of Veterans Program Administrators 2013 service award in recognition of faithful and dedicated service to veterans' programs.

Kudos to Scott Peters, assistant professor of educational foundations, who was awarded a $23,920 Wisconsin Departmept of Public Instruction Gifted and Talented Students Program award. The purpose of this project is to intervene in the early math instruction of low-income students with the ultimate goal of interrupting the cycle of low achievement that has resulted in large gaps in academic performance between high- and low-income students.

Kudos to Larry West, academic adviser in the College of Education and Professional Studies, whose article "African American Men in College: From Disparity to Degree Attainment," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Research Association for Minority Professors.

Kudos to Jo Ann Oravec, associate professor of information technology and supply chain management, for presenting at the Peace History Society Conference, hosted by Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Oct. 24-26. The paper is titled "Social Media and Celebrity."

Kudos to student Robert Bradley, who received the 2013 Young Professionals of Racine scholarship. Read more >>

Kudos to Chris Calvert-Minor, associate professor of philosophy, whose work regarding the three dimensions of one's self and their relations to each other are described in his paper, "Minimal, Narrative, and Commited Selves." His paper will be published next spring in the Journal of Consciousness Studies.

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.

campus diversity forum

Civil rights pioneers and one of the country's most popular choruses are coming to the annual diversity forum, Nov. 7-8, the UW-Whitewater. This year's theme focuses on the role of education in overcoming barriers to civil rights and social justice from 1964 to the present.


Last Week to Register for the Rock the Walk Challenge

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 closes Sunday, Nov. 3, at 11:59 p.m. The competition begins Monday, Nov. 4. To sign up, visit the Cerner Health Wins website.  


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

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.

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.

open forums: Director of Continuing Education Services

The campus community is invited to the open forums for Director of Continuing Education Services. The interviews will be held in the University Center room 264.

Monday, Nov. 11, from 11 - 11:45 a.m. -- Bethany Craig
Monday, Nov. 11, from 3 - 3:45 p.m. -- Ryan Callahan
Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 11 - 11:45 a.m. -- Alan Hoesly

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 8: "Reversal of Earth's Magnetic Field -- what really will happen?" by Juliana Constantinescu, 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 Nov. 4 - "UW-Whitewater Athletics: Past, Present, and Future" by Amy Edmonds, interim director of athletics.



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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