UW-Whitewater This Week, Week of May 1

May 01, 2017

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Warhawk Collegiate DECA chapter caps record year

The UW-Whitewater Collegiate DECA student organization excelled at the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California, on April 26-29, making this one of the most successful years in the chapter’s history. Among more than 1,600 collegiate competitors from across the United States, Canada and China, UW-Whitewater earned 58 individual or team awards.


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.

Top-seeded Warhawks host WIAC championships

For the first time since 2009, the Warhawk softball team finished with an unbeaten Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record, completing the regular season Saturday with two victories at UW-Stout in a doubleheader in Menomonie, Wisconin. The Warhawks (33-7 overall, 14-0 WIAC) open WIAC tournament play Friday at 2 p.m. at the van Steenderen Softball Complex.


Spring 2017 Innovators' Showcase

Students, faculty and community members will present their entrepreneurship efforts on Tuesday, May 2, at 6:15 p.m at the Whitewater University Technology Park Innovation Center, 1221 Innovation Drive.


Whitewater City Market returns

Look for new vendors and a new location for Whitewater City Market, which starts up for the season on Tuesday, May 2, 3:30-7:30 p.m. and runs weekly though October. Find old favorites like Flying Cow Pizza and Second Salem Brewing Company, and new vendors like Decatur Dairy, with many varieties of flavored cheese curds, at the Historic Train Depot, 301 W. Whitewater Street.


Upcoming events



Commencement Cap workshop

4 P.M. Roberta's Art Gallery



Mental Health/Suicide Awareness Walk

5:30 P.M. UC Hamilton Room




7:30 P.M. UC Down Under



Baseball vs. UW-Oshkosh

1 P.M. Prucha Field



Final Exams begin

4 P.M.

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Commencement set for May 13 »

Campus Kudos

Kudos to the more than 90 UW-Whitewater students who supported the public safety and community cleanup efforts throughout the city of Whitewater on April 29-30. This included members of Whitewater Student Government and nine fraternities and sororities who braved the rainy and cold conditions, donating more than 150 hours of service. Students Aaron Kosma, Tyler Frigo and Draesen Mueller coordinated the effort.

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Kudos to marketing major and Launch Pad participant Kristen Holtan, who won second place with her startup Socialightz at the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament in Madison on April 22.


Kudos to David Wachanga, associate professor of communication, who appeared on BBC Radio's "Focus on Africa" to discuss President Trump's first 100 days in office, particularly in relation to its effect on Africa. The audience for this program is more than 10 million people.

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Kudos to Jeffrey Pohorski, videographer in University Marketing and Media Relations, who won Silver recognition — the top award — at the 38th annual Telly Awards, the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. Pohorski was honored for "Wheelchair Dance – Taking the Leap," which he co-produced with alumna Jennifer McElligot '15.

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Kudos to students Sam Lepak, Patrice Timchia, Austin Kadulski and alumnus Patrice Achu ’10 on their performance at the TCU Values and Ventures Competition, April 21-22, in Fort Worth, Texas, where they pitched their rideshare startup RydePass and earned an Honorable Mention in the Elevator Pitch contest. They were among 51 teams from elite universities, including five international groups, invited to compete. They are pictured with mentor Bill Dougan, professor of management, second from right.

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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 presented 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 gave 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.


Surplus sale May 5

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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Reception to thank Chartwells

Dining Services is holding an appreciation reception to honor the staff of Chartwells for nearly 20 years of service. The event is 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, in University Center, room 259. Light refreshments will be served.

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Chancellor’s Difference Makers Award

In the fall of 2016, Chancellor Beverly Kopper initiated the Chancellor’s Difference Makers Award. This award acknowledges that every day, in every corner of this campus, there are people doing their jobs exceptionally well and we are fortunate to be their colleagues. This annual honor goes to person or unit that contributes to a positive environment for learning, living and working at UW-Whitewater.

To nominate a person or a unit for the 2017 award, email the person’s name or the unit name, along with a brief description of why the honor should be awarded, to Kari Heidenreich at HeidenreKA12@uww.edu. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Monday, May 15, 2017.

A committee, appointed by the chancellor, will review the nominations and forward their selection for the chancellor’s approval.

The winner or winners will be honored at the State of the University Address on Aug. 28. A $1,000 stipend will be included with the award to further enhance the work being done by the individual or group.

Last year, the Landscaping and Grounds crew was the inaugural winner (pictured right).

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