UW-Whitewater This Week, Week of January 20

January 20, 2014

Week of January 20, 2014


Kudos to Seth Meisel, associate dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education, and faculty members Anneke Lisberg, Nadine Kriska and Jessica Menke, who won an grant from the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement to create new laboratory experiments about agricultural sustainability for biology and chemistry courses. All four attended the 2013 SENCER Summer Institute as part of a strategic initiatives grant to increase student retention of biological sciences and chemistry majors.

Kudos to Jeff Vanevenhoven, associate professor of management, who was named a National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) Leadership Fellow, one of only two in the country. The one-year fellowship focuses on applied research in entrepreneurship education and is designed to improve NACCE's educational offerings to members.

Kudos to the UW-Whitewater/USASBE team for hosting its first national conference in Fort Worth, Texas, Jan. 9-12. More than 400 USASBE members from around the nation attended the conference, which focused on entrepreneurship teaching and research.

Kudos to head football coach Lance Leipold and defensive coordinator Brian Borland for winning national coach of the year honors. Read more >>

Kudos to the College of Business and Economics for winning the World Commerce Review Best Innovation in Global Education Award 2013/14. The selection panel took into account academic innovation, ongoing support and best practice criteria as well as a continuing commitment to deploying the best possible solutions for the benefit of students.


Michael Dugan, assistant professor of music, performed in the Columbus Jazz Cabaret on Jan. 19, as reported by the Columbus Journal.

Elena Pokot, assistant vice chancellor for ICIT, wrote a featured story in CIOReview magazine: Education Technology Special on creating a reliable and innovative IT structure.

David Wachanga, assistant professor of communication, wrote on an opinoin piece on Kenyan leaders for the Daily Nation.


The UW-Whitewater Police Department is offering American Heart Association certification in adult, child and infant CPR, AED, first aid and bloodborne pathogens. Adult CPR and AED training is completed in a 2.5-hour class, Adult, child and infant CPR, AED, first aid and bloodborne pathogens is an eight-hour course. Interested individuals should reserve seats through https://my.uww.edu/.  Classes are open to all students, staff and faculty and there is no cost for participation. If you have a larger group of more than 30 that would like to attend together, please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 472-4660 or police@uww.edu.


Interim Provost Mary Pinkerton invites the campus community to visit with her during regular office hours Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the University Center Commons area.

campus master plan web page

The Campus Master Plan now has a Web page with information about the process, the schedule, upcoming meetings, and an annotated copy of the latest open forum presentation in December.  There is also an email link on this page where inquiries regarding the master plan process can be sent.

Visit page >>


The campus community is invited to attend the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Event on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 3:30 p.m. in the Hamilton Room of the University Center. This year's keynote speaker for the event will be Rev. Everett Mitchell, director of community relations at UW-Madison and former assistant district attorney in Dane County.

at crossman gallery

Sonic Vignettes is a collaborative music and art exhibit created by Chicago artist and instrument maker Ian Schneller. The one-of-a-kind horn amplifiers are going to be displayed in Crossman Gallery with music by composer Andrew Bird. Schneller will present a public lecture at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in McGraw Auditorium, room 101.  The lecture and opening reception are open to all. The exhibit continues through Feb. 22.

Explore the exhibit >>


Deadlines are approaching for the two annual student writing competitions: The Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition (Feb. 1) and the University Writing Awards (March 1).  Details about each of these competitions and submission instructions can be found on the Student Awards website.   

Research@UWW - Library Discovery Tool

Do you have a research assignment and you're not sure where to begin? Try Research@UWW. With one search you can find books, articles, digital images and more. This tool searches HALCAT, UW System Library catalogs, article databases, digital repositories and many other scholarly sources. Find out more about this resource in Andersen Library's winter newsletter.

new director of first year experience

UW-Whitewater would like to welcome Dr. Beth John as the new director of the First Year Experience (FYE) office. Dr. John (pictured left) joins us from Edgewood College in Madison where she worked for the past 12 years in a number of positions, most recently as the assistant dean of students and director of student activities. John has a B.A. in social science from Mount Saint Clare College, a M.S. in college student personnel from Western Illinois University and an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Edgewood College. John started Jan. 6.

Amberly Bell has been named the assistant director of FYE, and is responsible for Plan-it-Purple and Warhawk Welcome. Other programs run by FYE include Learning Communities, New Student Seminar, Peer Mentor Program, Warhawk Send-Offs, Family Fest and Warhawk Welcome.

call for poster proposals

Are you an assessment innovator? Have you figured out a foolproof way to "close the loop"? Are you LEAPing your way to assessment stardom? Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 25, for an afternoon of sharing and celebrating of all things related to assessment. Work on any aspect of assessment is welcome including strategies, tools, processes, lessons learned, results, or descriptions of how assessment data have been used to impact learning and performance. Submission deadline is Friday, Jan. 24, at 5 pm.

Go to Assessment Day, 2014 for information and to submit a proposal. Questions? Contact Joan Littlefield Cook, Director of Academic Assessment, cookj@uww.edu


A community blood drive will be held on Friday, Jan. 24, from noon-6 p.m. at the Whitewater Armory at 146 W. North Street. Call 1-800-RED CROSS or go online at redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.


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