UW-Whitewater This Week, Week of May 5

May 05, 2014

Week of May 5, 2014


Kudos to members of the Pi Sigma Epsilon chapter who pitted their sales skills against more than 100 students from around the country at its national convention in Miami in April. UW-Whitewater was one of the four national finalists in the Pro-Am-Sell-a-Thon Silver Division. Senior finance majors Brieanne Ruder and Taylor Endres were part of a team of students from the Midwest that achieved considerable success in another competition at the convention.

Kudos to Eric Brown, assistant professor of biological sciences, and Nicholas Christensen, senior biology major, who were recently awarded a $3,000 Microscopy Society of America Undergraduate Research Scholarship award. The project is titled "Determining the Ability of Visible Light Activated Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles to Induce Apoptosis in Melanoma Cells."

Kudos to Robert Benjamin, associate professor of physics, who was recently awarded a $4,963 Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium Research Infrastructure Program award. Juliana Constantinescu, lecturer of physics, will serve as a co-investigator. The purpose of this project is to analyze data from the GLIMPSE and DeepGLIMPSE observations to identify variable stars and prepare for future research initiatives.

Kudos to Jo Ann Oravec, associate professor of information technology and supply chain management, who presented a paper titled "Post? Snowden Privacy Issues: How Does Privacy Affect Geospatial Teaching and Research?" at the UW System Geospatial Alliance on April 24.

Kudos to Kaitlyn Thill, senior marketing and general management major, whose jersey will hang in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame "Ring of Honor" in Knoxville, Tenn. Her jersey will be displayed through May 2015. Read more >>

Warhawk teams in national competition

Congratulations to the softball team for winning the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athleic Conference tournament title for the second year in a row. The Warhawks will take on Benedictine University on May 9 in the NCAA Division III regional. Read more >>

Congratulations to the baseball team for winning its 15th Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title. The Warhawks will take on Mequon on May 5 to conclude their regular season games. They will host the WIAC tournament starting on May 9. Read more >>

Professor films documentaries on African voices

With a video camera in hand, David Wachanga, assistant professor of communication, embarked on six-year odyssey to tell the story of a nation.

One of his documentaries will be shown at UW-Madison on Thursday, May 8, at 3 p.m.



Landed a job before commencement? Congratulations! We are celebrating our newly employed graduates in the annual "Hired Before Graduation" campaign. Stop by the Photo/Video Studio in Andersen 1216 on May 7, from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. to get your photo taken and share your job success. We'll post the photos on the UW-Whitewater Facebook page throughout the rest of the semester.

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Thermodata moves to Whitewater University Innovation Center

Thermodata, an international corporation with clients on every continent, has moved its world headquarters to the Innovation Center at Whitewater University Technology Park. The company develops and markets temperature-monitoring systems for a wide range of industries, including health care, food service, scientific research and public health.


Spring commencement

UW-Whitewater will celebrate the achievements of its graduates Saturday, May 17, as proud families gather for spring commencement ceremonies.

Separate events will be held for the 1,419 undergraduates receiving bachelor's degrees and the 226 students receiving master's and education specialist degrees. Read more >>

Tracy O'Mara named student commencement speaker

Tracy O'Mara, a communication major from Kieler, will address her fellow graduates at the ceremony on May 17. Read more >>

Art students exhibition

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree candidates in the Department of Art and Design will present an exhibition of their latest creative work in the Crossman Gallery. The exhibit begins with an opening reception on Monday, May 5, from 6-8 p.m.

Students participating in the exhibit are: Ethan Eichstedt-Anderson, metals; Nicole Lacriola, graphic design; Olevia Watters, painting; Stephanie Miller, ceramics; Sydney Michuda, graphic design and Zartavia Howard, art studio/drawing.

 The exhibit continues through Saturday, May 10. For more information, visit the Crossman Gallery blog.

Rainbow Celebration of Excellence Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the Rainbow Celebration of Excellence Awards:

Outstanding Graduating LGBT* Student Leader - Sonya King; Outstanding LGBT* Student Leader, not yet graduating- James Sheets and DeJuan Washington; Outstanding Graduating Student Ally - Alyssa Jones; Outstanding Student Ally - Ban Ahmed; Outstanding LGBT* or Ally Faculty/Staff Member - Gwen Hering, University Health and Counseling Services; Outstanding Department or Office - Residence Life; Outstanding Student Group - National PanHellenic Council; Outstanding LGBT*, Gender Identity, or Sexuality Studies Research - Amy Schlueter.

Spring Faculty and Academic Staff Recognition and Retirement Dinner

The Spring Faculty and Academic Staff Recognition and Retirement Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, May 15, in the Old Main Ballroom, University Center room 275. Social hour begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 5 p.m.


Customer Appreciation Sale at the Bookstore

The University Bookstore is hosting a customer appreciation sale May 5-10 with 15 percent off store-wide.

early registration for half marathon

Through May 15, students will receive 50 percent off registration for the second annual Discover Whitewater Series Half Marathon on September 21. More information >>

ICIT Surplus Sale

The ICIT Surplus Sale, featuring deals on computer equipment and supplies, is Thursday, May 8, from noon to 4 p.m. and Friday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to noon, in Andersen Library room 1213. For more information, visit the ICIT website.

Student Health 101

May's Student Health 101 is now available >>

Enter the May drawing of $1,000 for checking out these articles:

  • Stay Focused Anywhere - How to overcome study distractions
  • What's Next? - Conquering your fear of the future
  • You Snooze, You Win - How sleep helps you retain memory
  • Impress Your Interviewer - Tips for tackling tough questions
  • The Body as a Canvas - Choosing if body art is right for you
  • Wealthy or Healthy? - Which would you rather be?
  • And much more...

Safe Zone Training

The Chancellor's Task Force on LGBT Issues will hold a Safe Zone training on Wednesday, May 14, from 10-11 a.m. in the Career and Leadership Development conference room. The training is open to all faculty and staff.

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 non-threatening and non-judgmental manner.

Campus offices and departments also may schedule a Safe Zone training. For more information, contact Cindy Konrad at konradc@uww.edu or at 472-7169.

New Study Rooms in Esker

There are now three additional group study rooms available in Esker Hall: rooms 103, 104, and 109C, located upstairs on the 2nd floor . Each room will accommodate up to 12 people, and is available to all students on a first-come, first served basis.

The rooms are available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Email UC Reservations or call 262-472-1175 with any questions.

From the Provost

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

Pop-Up on Campus PCs

Starting Wednesday, May 7, office PC users will see a pop-up window asking for computer user and location information. The form should take less than two minutes to complete. The information submitted will be used for the campus IT asset database. If you have any questions regarding the pop-up, please contact the TSC Helpdesk at 262-472-HELP (4357).

Exam Prep Guides at Andersen Library

Among the many academic materials offered at Andersen Library, the entrance exam study guides are some of the most-used titles. Praxis, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, TOEFL, and ASVAB are just a few of the exam guides that are available. To learn more, see Andersen Library’s May Newsletter.


Luke Langsjoen, associate lecturer of physics at UW-Madison, will be speaking about the topic of Quantum Computing at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 12, in University Center room 259. The event is free and open to the public.

A panel of UW-Whitewater computer science graduates will also be available starting at noon, to discuss opportunities after graduation. Spring 2014 graduates will be recognized and refreshments will be provided.

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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