UW-Whitewater This Week, Week of April 24

April 24, 2017

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Student designer leaves artistic mark on campus

You may not know it, but you've likely seen the graphic design work of Jordyn Schmidt all over the UW-Whitewater campus.


Baseball to honor Tom Lange, Justin Wegner on April 29

The Warhawk baseball team will continue its fight against cancer and recognize a longtime program supporter on Saturday, April 29. The team's doubleheader against UW-Platteville begins at noon at Prucha Field at James B. Miller Stadium.


Warhawk to compete on "American Ninja Warrior"

Physical education major Dakota Phillips heads to Kansas City, Missouri, on April 24-25 to compete on the popular NBC show.


Make A Difference Day

Thank you to the hundreds of Warhawks who spent time in Whitewater and Janesville during Make A Difference Day, doing landscaping, painting and cleaning streets, trails and streams.

Money Smart Week

Credit score? Student loans? Retirement? Take charge of your personal finances with help from Money Smart Week, April 24-28. Learn more through a financial literacy app, get a free copy of your credit report (and help understanding it), or paint a piggy bank. Other events are geared specifically toward education and business majors. Faculty and staff have their own opportunity for Q&A’s with a variety of campus and retirement-related financial partners on Friday. All events free and open to everyone.


Upcoming events



Animal Farm

Hicklin Studio Theatre 5 P.M.



Taste of Asia

Cravath Park Community Center 7:30 P.M.



Women's Tennis WIAC Final Four

Wangerin Tennis Courts Noon



Wisconsin School Music Association festival

Hyland Hall 8 A.M.



Wisconsin Chamber Choir

Young Auditorium 2 P.M.

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Campus Kudos

Kudos to entrepreneurship major Jared Mataczynski and general business major Steve Nebel of the Fishing Club, who won the YETI FLW College Fishing Central Conference tournament on Lake of the Ozarks on April 1. The duo took home first using swim baits and with a five-bass limit that weighed 19 pounds, five ounces. They won $2,000 and will represent UW-Whitewater in the 2018 YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship.


Kudos to geography major Jeff Smyczek, who presented a paper at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, April 4-9, titled "Mapping the prairie: correlations between biomass and vegetation indices using small unmanned aerial systems." The meeting included 9,300 geographers from around the world.

Kudos to mathematics students Michael Toth, Scott Pegelow, Ryan Schroeder, Steven Gapinski and Evan Czysz, who posted scores in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, the preeminent mathematics competition for undergraduate college students in the United States and Canada.

Kudos to Jo Ann Oravec, professor of information technology and supply chain management, who will present a paper at the "Journalism and the Search for Truth in an Age of Social Media" at Boston University on April 24. Her presentation is titled "Journalistic Coverage of Internet Trickery and Manipulation in Electioneering: Case Studies in Google Bombs, Wiki Wars, Domain Name-Jackings, Sockpuppets, and Other Fakery."

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Kudos to Sang Choi, professor of occupational and environmental safety and health, who will give two online presentations on "Prevention through Design: Roadmap to Improving Safety, Health and Ergonomics on Worksites" at the 25th Annual Joint Safety and Environmental Professional Development Symposium, April 24-27, sponsored by the Naval Safety and Environmental Training Center, U.S. Department of the Navy.

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Drug and medication disposal

Students and community members can safely and responsibly dispose of unused over-the-counter prescription ointments, patches, inhalers, non-aerosol sprays, cream, vials and pet medications at the UW-Whitewater drop box locations at the northeast corner of the University Center and at the south end of Goodhue Hall.

Advising Center director named

Nelson Edmonds has been named the new director of the Academic Advising and Exploration Center. Nelson started working in the AAEC when it opened in 2003. He served as the associate director overseeing the areas of reinstated students as well as testing. Since January 2016 he has served as the interim director. He also served as the interim director of admissions in 2014-15. Matt Aschenbrener, assistant vice chancellor for enrollment and retention, said, “I am excited to have Nelson working as our new director. He has done a great job over the past year as the interim director. He brings a vast amount of experience in all areas of the office and will be a great partner across campus on advising and is an asset to the university.”

Launch Pad program accepting applications

In Launch Pad, UW-Whitewater students receive business model training, coaching, access to software and product engineers, intellectual property attorneys, $1,000 in startup capital, office space at the Whitewater Innovation Center and more.


Hired Before Graduation photo shoots

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.

Gymnastics to celebrate national title with fire truck ride April 28

The Warhawks will depart from Perkins Stadium at 5 p.m. and drive through downtown Whitewater. Fans are invited to line Main Street and cheer on the program as it celebrates its fourth national title in UW-Whitewater history.

University Staff Recognition and Retirement dinner

This year we will honor 32 nominees for the University Staff Excellence Award and 23 retirees with years of service ranging from six to 44. The dinner is Tuesday, May 16, at 4:30 p.m. Everyone in the university community is welcome to attend. Reservations are due Friday, April 28.


Observatory Lecture Series

At 8 p.m. on Friday, May 5, Lecturer Paul Rybski will present "New Instruments and Astronomical Discoveries: Creating an astronomical life." The lecture is prepared for the general public and for students in 6th grade and above. It will be given in Upham Hall 140 and, weather permitting, observations of the sky with small telescopes will follow at 9:15 p.m. at Whitewater Observatory.

Academic Affairs news

The campus community is invited to attend the 2017 Faculty and Academic Staff Awards on Wednesday, April 26, from 3 to 5 p.m. in University Center, room 275. Please join us in recognizing our colleagues for their talents and accomplishments.

Nominee list...

And be sure to check out the spring Academic Affairs newsletter.


Mental Health/Suicide Awareness Walk

The Social Work Student Organization is holding a Mental Health/Suicide Awareness Walk on Wednesday, May 3. The event will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the University Center Hamilton Room. The campus community is invited to attend and participate.

Warhawk Advising Network

The next meeting is 3 p.m. Monday, April 24, in University Center, room 264. Stephanie Selvick, UW-Whitewater’s LGBT Coordinator, will be the guest. All meetings are open to individuals who work with students on campus.

Exploring Careers in Cybersecurity

The Department of Computer Science invites you to attend a presentation by Dan Stein, Branch Chief for the Department of Homeland Security, Division of Cybersecurity Education and Awareness, on Tuesday, May 2, at 5 p.m. in Hyer Hall, Room 320.


Submit your stories

We are always looking for great story ideas. If you know of a student or faculty or staff member who deserves a shout-out, or want to promote a campuswide event, email us at news@uww.edu by noon Friday. Submissions may be edited for length or content.



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