UW-Whitewater This Week, Week of April 3

April 03, 2017

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Gymnastics wins national championship

The Warhawk gymnastics team claimed its fourth team national title in program history Friday night at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Team Championship at UW-Stout.


Warhawk Business Plan Competition returns

The event will be held in Timothy J. Hyland Hall on Wednesday, April 5, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Six finalists will pitch their ideas to the judges and receive feedback, and the top three contestants will be awarded a total of $5,000 in cash prizes.


Vote today: Warhawk makes championship round in business contest

Senior communication major Sam Lukach is in the running for Inc. Magazine’s 2017 List of America’s Top Student Run Businesses. Lukach’s business, HUK TV Mounts, needs your help in advancing.


Goldwater Foundation honors two Warhawks

Amanda Danno, a biology major, and Christina Slack, a chemistry major, have each received Honorable Mention recognition from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. Congress established the program in 1986 to encourage young people to become scientists, mathematicians and engineers. The Goldwater Scholarship is a highly competitive and merit-based award.

The Foundation awarded 240 scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year to students throughout the United States. Another 307, like Amanda and Tina, received Honorable Mention, out of of 1,286 students who were nominated by their colleges and universities.

Danno aspires to earn a Ph.D. in molecular genetics with a focus on gene regulation and genomics. She would like to study mechanisms for gene regulation and modernize the way genetic disorders are diagnosed and treated. Eventually she will seek employment at a government agency, university or company. Her research mentor is Kirsten Crossgrove, associate professor of biological sciences.

Slack aspires to earn a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry. Thereafter she seeks to be a research scientist with a government agency such as the Department of Defense or the U.S. Naval Civilian workforce. Her goal is to work with the armed services to develop new technologies useful in energetic materials, specifically thermoelectric energy sources, as well as renewable energy sources such as solar cells. Her research mentor is Steven Girard, assistant professor of chemistry.

Volunteer for Make A Difference Day

Projects this year will be held in Janesville on April 21 and Whitewater on April 22. Sign up early so you can pick your project and hold your spot!


At Roberta's Gallery

The exhibit Passport to Asia includes an array of artifacts dedicated to showcasing Vietnam, China, Japan, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, and South Korea. A fun and interactive passport activity has been incorporated. Students who have completed the passport can enter a raffle to win half off of their study abroad application fee. This free exhibit runs through April 19, and the reception is Tuesday, April 4, 3:30-5 p.m.


Upcoming events



Good Works Film Festival

Summers Auditorium



Softball vs. Dubuque (Iowa)

Kachel Center 3 P.M.



Imani Winds

Young Auditorium 7:30 P.M.



SAO Cultural Show

UC Hamiliton Room 4 P.M.



Food, Farming and Cultural Diversity

Fairhaven 3 P.M.

Open calendar...

Snapshot: Students visit Fairhaven

Juliette Vainisi, left, of the UW-Whitewater women's basketball team celebrates with Estelle Wiesmann as they win a round of bingo at Fairhaven retirement community in Whitewater on Thursday, March 30, 2017, during a visit. Student-athletes from the university do activities regularly with Fairhaven residents.
Photo by Craig Schreiner

Open forums: Director of Academic Advising and Exploration Center

Open forums for the finalists for the position of Director of the Academic Advising and Exploration Center will be held over the next two weeks. All members of campus are welcome to attend.

Candidates are listed below, along with open forum dates and links to resumes. More information on the position can be found at: https://my.uww.edu/employment/jobs/DAAEC12798.html

Terese Craig
-Tuesday, April 4, 3:15-4 p.m., University Center 68A


Jennifer Williamson-Mendez
-Wednesday, April 5, 3:15-4 p.m., University Center 68A


Nelson Edmonds
-Tuesday, April 11, 3:15-4 p.m., University Center 68A


Ahmad Sims
-Wednesday, April 12, 3:15-4 p.m., University Center 68A


Campus Kudos

Kudos to students Alissa Zawacki and Hannah Rokusek, who presented their research related to social workers and helping professionals at the Baccalaureate Program Directors annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 1-5. Both have been students in the Research Apprenticeship Program on campus. They presented with social work faculty members Katherine Drechsler, Jennifer Anderson and Sarah Hessenauer.

Kudos to Jane Ferencz, associate professor of music, who presented a paper “Adelante: Dance, Music, Politics, and the FTP” as part of the panel Art in/as Politics: The FTP and its Legacy at the 43rd annual conference of the Society for American Music, held in Montreal, Canada, March 22-25. Also presenting at the conference was music and women's studies graduate Kristin Franseen '11, who is a Ph.D. candidate in Musicology at McGill University.

Save the date: Hired Before Graduation

May graduates who have landed jobs or graduate school acceptance are invited to stop by Andersen 1216 to have their photos taken for the Hired Before Graduation campaign. Times are 7 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, May 2, and 2:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3.

In the Media

Russ Kashian, a professor of economics whose research focuses on minority-owned banks, was interviewed in a Washington Post story on the topic.


Kelly Delaney-Klinger, associate professor of management, talked about a study she co-authored on telecommuting and its effects on employee productivity.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinal...

Scott Peters, associate professor of educational foundations, co-authored "Excellence Gaps: The Inequality Challenge of the 21st Century."

Wisconsin School News...

David Wachanga, associate professor of communication, was interviewed by the BBC Swahili on the effects of President Trump’s proposed cuts to programs that are already under way in Africa.

Annual political science lecture April 13

The 32nd Annual Kyle Lecture is 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in Timmerman Auditorium in Hyland Hall. "Beyond the Left-Right Divide: Partisan Polarization and the Rise of Donald Trump" will be presented by Michael Wagner, associate professor at UW-Madison's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


Surplus sale

The surplus sale takes place at the north end of the General Services Building off of Fremont St. on the first Friday of each month from 9 a.m. until noon.

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City event:

Celebrating Latino art

During the month of April, the Whitewater Arts Alliance and Cultural Arts Center are sponsoring a celebration of Latino art and artists.


Free counseling services available

UW-Whitewater graduate students offer individual and group counseling services at Winther Counseling Lab. Issues addressed in counseling sessions may include stress, relationships, loss, self-esteem, depression and issues specific to that individual/group. Services are free, confidential, and available to students, staff and community members. Appointments are available Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please call 472-2842 or stop by Winther 3004. Supervision and consultation are provided by faculty in the Department of Counselor Education. The lab is not available for emergency services.

Summer Food Service Program

Stressing the importance of offering nutritious meals to children during the summer months, the Office of PreCollege Programs announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program at the UW-Whitewater.



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