UW-Whitewater This Week, Week of April 10

April 10, 2017

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Warhawk earns Goldwater recognition, national championship

Tina Slack may be a quintessential Warhawk. She won a national championship as a member of the UW-Whitewater gymnastics team and — on the very same day — was named one of the finest science students in the United States.


PHOTOS: Warhawk Business Plan Competition

Six finalists pitched their business startup ideas to the judges, and the top three contestants were awarded cash prizes. First-place winner Kristen Holtan will travel to Madison on April 22 to pitch her business idea for LED EZ as part of the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament.

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Free political science lecture

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.


Scott Peters named inaugural
Telfer Endowed Faculty Fellow

Scott Peters, associate professor of educational foundations, is the recipient of the first Richard and Veronica Telfer Endowed Faculty Fellowship.

The honor recognizes a faculty member in the College of Education and Professional Studies who has made, or has significant potential to make, a distinguished and significant impact to their profession. The fellowship is awarded for three years and provides additional salary and a small budget.

"Receiving the Fellowship will allow me to further investigate the root causes of and potential solutions to large and growing education excellence gaps, both in Wisconsin and across the nation," Peters said. "UW-Whitewater has long been a leader in advanced education. This award will allow me to continue that tradition. There’s nothing more rewarding to an academic than the respect and recognition of his peers. The Telfers devoted their lives to education and UW-Whitewater and I’m honored to receive the Telfer Endowed Faculty Fellowship."

Campus Kudos

Kudos to students Larissa Ellis, Connell Patterson, Rachel Nabors, and Alexis Jean, who were invited to attend the University of Iowa College of Law annual Bridge Program, March 31-April 1, in Iowa City. At this event, students visit campus to learn more about what it means to be a lawyer, about law school, and about the application process.

Kudos to Brandon Fong, entrepreneurship and marketing major who is studying abroad in Sweden, who won first place in the Jönkoping International Business School Entrepreneurship Challenge, April 3-5. His team won for best pitch and best business idea for CombiQ sensors, which allow fish farmers to use real-time data to care for their fish and also mitigate pipe and pump damages. The team won 70,000 SEK (about $7,700) and an all-inclusive trip to an entrepreneurial hub in Europe over the summer.

Kudos to Clinton Anderson, psychology major, who was elected to the Beloit City Council.


Kudos to the four current and former students who founded Rydepass, a rideshare startup that was accepted to the TCU Values and Ventures Business Plan Competition, the second largest international business plan competition, to be held April 21-22 in Fort Worth, Texas. Rydepass consists of Patrice Achu (2010 BBA in accounting), Patrice Timchia (computer science), Austin Kadulski (entrepreneurship), Nathan Lepak (marketing) and Divine Achu.


Campus Kudos (continued)

Kudos to Jo Ann Oravec, professor of information technology and supply chain management, who will present a paper, "Cheating Detection and the Behavioral Expression of Integrity: Big Data and Emerging Deception Recognition Systems," at the Law and Ethics of Big Data conference on April 21 at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

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Kudos to Alana Platt, assistant professor of information technology and supply chain management, whose business, Classmunity, which offers mobile and online fundraising software for schools, won an I.Q. Innovation Award from the Milwaukee BizTimes.


Kudos to Kristine Zaballos, writer/editor in University Marketing and Media Relations, who was named an honorary board member from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation at its annual Wisconsin Main Street Awards.


Kudos to Chelsea Newman, lead young preschool teacher at the UW-Whitewater Children's Center, who won the Early Career Educator Award from the Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education on April 2 at the Monona Terrace in Madison. Newman graduated in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She is pictured with her nominator Katy Casey, associate professor of special education.

Book donations

The campus chapter of KDP International Honor Society in Education is sponsoring a book donation drive. Everyone is invited to donate books in the green boxes located in the library, University Center, and Winther, Hyland, Laurentide, McCutchan, Tutt, Starin, and Wells halls through May 15. Books collected will go to Better World Books for textbooks, and the library for children’s books.

Earth Week is April 17-22

The Sustainability Office is celebrating with an entire week of activities recognizing the relationship each individual has with the environment. A variety of fun, interactive events are planned for Earth Week, including garden and greenhouse tours, stream monitoring and cleanups, film showings, the planting of 40 fruit trees near Wells Hall, and a musician performance by James Gordon.


Upcoming events



Jazz Ensemble One

Light Recital Hall 7:30 P.M.



Softball vs. UW-Platteville

Kachel Center 2 P.M.



Asian Month Cultural Show

Hamiliton Room 4 P.M.



Sensors in Our Lives and Why They Matter

Fairhaven 3 P.M.

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Provost's office hours

Provost Susan Elrod will be available for office hours in the Deloitte Café in Hyland Hall from 2:30-4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19.

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Nominations for Rainbow Celebration awards

Applications and nominations are being sought for the Rainbow Celebration of Excellence awards. These awards recognize members of the LGBT* campus community and dedicated allies. Awards will be presented on Wednesday, April 26, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Fern Young Terrace.

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LEAP spotlight

In this week's LEAP spotlight, learn how UW-W Dining Services helps students gain employment skills that support life-long learning.


Artist, Researcher, Warhawk

UW-Whitewater senior art student Ger Xiong is one of 32 students who presented at the 31st annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Memphis in Tennessee. He is shown in the metal studio at Greenhill Center of the Arts as he works to complete copper and brass pieces for his Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition at the end of the semester.

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Entrepreneurship Over Easy

David Gee and Bill Dougan from the Department of Management will lead this discussion on "Lean Marketing," a pillar of the lean startup movement that can energize market discovery and growth in organizations of any size and life cycle stage.


Sexual Assault Awareness Month

As a part of the university's ongoing prevention and education efforts to end sexual violence, campus will host several events.


Money Smart week

Campus Financial Literacy Partners is holding an event for faculty and staff to meet, ask questions, and receive information about the services the following financial organizations offer. UW Credit Union, TIAA-Cref, Employee Trust Funds and WI Deferred Compensation will be on hand to talk with employees about financial literacy. The event will be held Friday, April 28, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Main Entrance of Andersen Library. There will be no individual appointments and no registration is required.

LEAP lunch sign-up

You are invited to the luncheon on Thursday, April 20, at 12:30 p.m. in University Center, room 261 for “The Equity Gap in General Education – What is it? Why is it important? What can we do about it?”

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A’viands awarded UW-Whitewater Dining Services contract

Beginning June 1, 2017, A’viands, a Minnesota-based food service provider, will assume the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Dining Services contract, which has been held by Chartwells for nearly 20 years.

The contract was awarded following the efforts of students and staff members who, through the state procurement process, reviewed and scored proposed programs submitted by four companies. UW System Procurement led the process, and the Board of Regents formally approved the contract at its meeting on April 7.


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.

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