UW-Whitewater This Week, Week of April 7

April 07, 2014

Week of April 7, 2014

Geography student wins McGraw Award For Student Excellence

Ashley Vedvig, senior geography major, hopes to use her energy, passion and UW-Whitewater education to help others in the path of disaster.


Symphonic Wind Ensemble to perform at Chicago Symphony Center

On April 8, this talented group of musicians will travel to the Windy City for its latest high-profile engagement.


Gymnast makes history, qualifies for NCAA championships

Katie Fiorilli, freshman communication sciences and disorders major, has achieved what no other Warhawk gymnast has -- a trip to the NCAA Division I championships.


Entrepreneurs compete for $10,000

Students with big ideas will compete for big dollars in UW-Whitewater's annual Warhawk Business Plan Competition.


UW-Whitewater professor performs in international water ski competition

Rowand Robinson, chair of the Special Education Department, has competed with the Rock Aqua Jays since 2001, and in September helped the USA Show Ski Team defeat China's team.



Warhawk Athletics will celebrate the national championships of men's basketball and gymnastics on Tuesday, April 8. Fire trucks will pick up both teams and depart from Perkins Stadium at 4 p.m. After the truck ride, a brief rally will follow in Williams Center, Gym 1 (about 4:30 p.m.).

From the Chancellor

Chancellor Richard Telfer will hold a listening session on Tuesday, April 22, from 2 - 3 p.m. in University Center room 261. Light refreshments will be served. There is no set agenda and all faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

Campus Kudos

Kudos to Louis Betty, assistant professor of languages and literatures, who was awarded a UW System fellowship at the UW-Madison Institute for Research in the Humanities for Fall 2014.

Kudos to Ayn Hess of the History Department and Eunice Lehner of Career and Leadership and Development, who are the recipients of the 2014 Classified Staff Excellence Awards. A dinner to honor them, the other nominees, and the 2013-14 classified retirees will be held May 8. Read more >>

Kudos to Jo Ann Oravec, associate professor of information technology and supply chain management, who presented the paper "Moral Panics and Social Media: Media Ecology, Design, and Dramatic Perspectives" at the 2014 Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media on March 29 at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill.

Kudos to the UW-Whitewater College Democrats, who, for the first time, won Chapter of the Year at the College Democrats of Wisconsin State Convention, April 4-5 in Milwaukee. The award is presented to the chapter that best exemplifies skills in recruitment, retention, fundraising, promotion, event planning and dedication to the mission of the organization.

Kudos to the UW-Whitewater Sales Team for taking 17th place in the National Collegiate Sales Competition, March 28-31 at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. UW-Whitewater, a first-time competitor, went up against the top 66 sales programs in the country, most of which have competed for years. Jake Schramm and Kim Karnitz, senior marketing majors, made the quarterfinals.

Government, Health, and Social Services Fair

The Government, Health, and Social Services Fair (formerly, Community and Human Services Career Fair) is an opportunity for students to connect with organizations regarding employment, internships and volunteer opportunities. It is open to students from all majors. The fair is on Wednesday, April 9, from 3-5 p.m. in the University Center Hamilton Room.

In the Media

UW-Whitewater's Wisconsin Innovation Service Center has partnered with BizStarts Milwaukee to offer services to regional entrepreneurs. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel >>

James Levy, assistant professor of history, and Jose Zaragosa, sophomore computer science major, talked about their efforts to uncover the history of food and farming in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Public Radio >> 

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: Posters in the Rotunda participants, men's wheelchair basketball national champions, women's wheelchair basketball national champions, bowling team, Undergraduate Research Day participants, winter commencement degree awardees, Chicago Symphony Center performers, and Dancescapes performers

animal expert jack hanna ON CAMPUS

World-famous zookeeper and animal expert Jack Hanna will appear at UW-Whitewater on April 7 for two public events.

Tickets >>

Copy Services limited hours

Copy Services will have limited hours from April 21-28. The department will be open from noon - 3 pm. If you have a copying emergency, please contact Marketing and Media Relations at 262-472-1194 and we'll try to assist.


Esera Tuaolo, a former defensive tackle who is one of only a few NFL players to come out as gay, is the keynote speaker at UW-Whitewater's Pride Week. Other events include a dance, ally open house and history presentation.  Read more >>

Also, applications and nominations for the 2013-14 Rainbow Celebration of Excellence awards to recognize members of the LGBT campus community and allies for their contributions to and leadership on our campus are now available online

If you have any questions or are in need of accommodations please contact Cindy Konrad at 262-472-7169 as soon as possible.

“Where Dreams Begin” in Roberta’s Art Gallery

From April 1-14, Roberta’s Art Gallery will host “Where Dreams Begin”, an exhibit featuring pictures and newspaper articles of Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as UW-Whitewater BSU pictures and history.

Creative Enterprise Symposium

The College of Arts and Communication hosts a Creative Enterprese Symposium on Thursday, April 10, in the Fern Young Terrace from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., including a panel on creative enterprise, reception, and legal issues discussion. Read more >>

Relay for Life

Relay For Life is a 12-hour event on May 3-4 that benefits the American Cancer Society. Anyone can participate. Registration is $10 per team member. To register, please go to www.relayforlife.org/uwwhitewater. For more information, please contact Derrick HoversonHailey Everson, or Valerie Tribble.

Week of the Young Child

Week of the Young Child, April 6–12, is a time to recognize the needs of young children and thank the adults involved in their education and care. Parents, teachers, caregivers and other adults play important roles in the lives of young children. We can show support for early learning in our community by promoting early literacy programs, thanking teachers who care for our children, and working to ensure that our public policies support early learning for all.

Throughout the week, the UW-Whitewater Children’s Center is celebrating the children with planned activities for families and two University Center displays. Old Main Lane will feature artwork from the children (3 months to 5 years old). The second floor display case will spotlight many of the ways the Children's Center is involved in campus life.

Student Health 101

April's Student 101 is now available >>

Enter the April drawing of $2,500 for checking out these articles:

  • 5 Effective Fitness Fads - Learn the pros and cons of the latest routines
  • Get the Scoop Before Your Interview - 3 ways to stand out to potential employers
  • Stress Effects - Understanding your body's reaction to tension
  • Taking the Fear Out of Financial Aid - Learn how to manage loans and grants
  • Turn Conversations into Connections - Tips on meeting people and building friendships
  • And much more…

The Expert Guide

Marketing and Media Relations would like to encourage all faculty members to submit their information to the campus Experts Guide. This guide is an invaluable resource to our division and outside media as it provides information regarding faculty expertise. To submit your details, please follow this link: http://www.uww.edu/news/expert-submission.


The Learning Technology Center is offering a Summer Institute for Online/Blended Teaching April 25-July 31.

More information >>

Blood Drive

The UW-Whitewater Optimists will host a blood drive April 9-10, in Esker Dining Hall rooms 118 - 120 between noon - 6 p.m. For an appointment call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are welcome. Free parking is available for community donors in lots 4 and 23 on Prairie Street.

From the Provost

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

Resources for Peace Conference

The campus community is invited to attend the Resources for Peace conference, a combined faculty and student event for the study of relations between shrinking natural resources and cultural dynamics that contribute to an understanding of war and conflict.

The conference runs April 10-11. More information >>

Widescreen Monitors at Andersen Library

Need to practice a group presentation? The library has installed widescreen monitors in its second (main) floor group study rooms. Most laptops can be connected to the monitors. Cables are provided and additional cables and adapters (PC or Mac) are available at the circulation desk. To reserve a group study room, stop by the circulation desk or call 262-472-5511. Andersen Library April Newsletter >>


UW-Whitewater faculty and staff can receive rewards for completing a biometric screening:

Dean, Unity and Group Health Cooperative members are eligible to receive $150 for participating in health screenings this month. Not a member? UW-Whitewater Worksite Wellness Committee is also raffling off prizes such as massages, gym memberships, care packages and farmer's market coupons to screening participants.

The deadline to make a screening appointment is noon Monday, April 14. Call 262-472-1874 to reserve your spot during the week of April 28 through May 2 or to discuss other appointment options. More information >>

Safe Zone Training

The Chancellor's Task Force on LGBT* Issues has created a poll to determine a time for a one-hour Safe Zone training during the week of April 21. The poll is available at http://doodle.com/aaazkyuqgsusa7t6.

The Safe Zone program provides a safe, comfortable setting for members of the campus community to learn about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender identities and issues. All discussions will be strictly confidential and topics will be addressed in a supportive and encouraging learning environment.

Campus offices and departments also may schedule a Safe Zone training specifically for their faculty/staff. If you have questions or are in need of accommodations, please contact Cindy Konrad at 262-472-7169 or konradc@uww.edu.

The Legacy and Lessons of the Age of Lincoln

Fairhaven Senior Services and UW-Whitewater's Office of Continuing Education announce "The Legacy and Lessons of the Age of Lincoln" as the theme for the spring community lecture series.

The next lecture is April 14 - Lincoln's Darkest Hour by Anthony Gulig, associate professor and chair of history.



The UW System Learning Technology Development Council is pleased to announce its virtual showcase to be held on April 10-11, from 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Faculty and staff from UW System campuses will share their innovative uses, best practices, how-to's and much more on a variety of learning technologies that span classroom, blended and online topics.

Location: Virtual Conference via Blackboard Collaborate web conference, no travel required.
Registration is now open and the complete agenda is available. Check out the conference website at: http://uwsltdcshowcase.wordpress.com

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 how the photos will be used.

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.


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