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Departmental Organizations and Activities

The departments of the College sponsor a wide variety of organizations and activities in which students participate.


The Student Art Association provides both professional and social activities for its members. Membership is open to all students enrolled in art or art education programs.

The Student Design Association, organized in 1992, accommodates the professional interests of students in the graphic design field. The organization sponsors opportunities to interact with professionals in graphic design and provides a forum for students to discuss techniques and skills involved in the design process.

The Ceramics Club and Alloy (metals and jewelry), and the UWW Printmakers Association (Print Farm) address the professional interests of students active in ceramics and art metals and printmaking and sponsor visiting artists and workshops in each of the areas during the academic year. The groups also host the popular annual holiday ceramics and jewelry sale and the annual Print Farm print sale.


The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is the student organization specifically for public relations students. The organization provides students with opportunities to use their writing and speaking skills, to build their leadership skills, to network with professionals, to attend workshops and conferences, to compete in case studies, and to make new friends.

The Royal Purple, an independent student newspaper, offers student journalists opportunities in writing, editing, sales, photography, layout, and management.

The Advertising Society provides opportunities for advertising majors and minors to explore the advertising profession and interact with professionals in the field.

The Forensics team is open to all students and competes against other colleges and universities in regional and national contests.

UWWTV (Campus Cable Television Station) is open to all students, regardless of major, who are interested in television performance and/or production.

WSUW (Campus FM Radio Station) features student programming in a wide array of formats (music, news, sports and talk). The station welcomes all majors.


The UW-W chapter of ASTA, the American String Teachers Association, is open to musicians who are interested in promoting excellence in string and orchestra teaching and playing.

The student chapter of NATS, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, encourages the highest standards of singing through excellence in teaching and the promotion of vocal education and research. Members participate in state and regional competitions as well as professional development activities.

The campus chapter of the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (CMENC) is composed of music majors and minors interested in music education.

The Wisconsin Association of Jazz Educators (WI-AJE) promotes the appreciation of jazz and its artistic performance, helps organize jazz curricula in schools, and fosters the application of Jazz principles at all levels of education. Membership is open to any student interested in Jazz.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble plays challenging band literature and is open by audition to all qualified students. This group annually tours in the spring and makes several appearances on campus.

The Concert Band is another large ensemble within the department that plays a variety of band literature. Open to all students with previous band experience by audition.

The Whitewater Symphony Orchestra performs several concerts each year from the standard symphonic repertoire. The orchestra sponsors a Concerto competition and performs a major work with the Choir each year. The group is open to all students by audition.

The Chamber Orchestra is a smaller group comprised of strings only, playing repertoire from the string orchestra repertoire. The group is open to all students by audition.

The UW-W Jazz Bands are open by audition to all UW-Whitewater students. Jazz Ensembles I and II perform a wide array of standard and contemporary styles for big band. The Jazz Labs are small combos where students can focus on the development of improvisation skills. All groups are involved in many concerts and events throughout the year.

The Warhawk Marching Band is open to any student who plays an instrument and has had some marching experience. The band provides entertainment for all home football games and one away game each year.

There are numerous small ensembles, which perform in concerts and recitals throughout the year. In addition, several larger groups perform concerts during the Spring Term. These are all open by audition and include Brass Choir, Clarinet Choir, Early Music Ensemble, Flute Choir, Horn Choir, Pep Band, Percussion Ensemble (both Fall and Spring terms), Saxophone Quartet, String Ensemble, Trombone Choir and Trumpet Ensemble.

The Chamber Singers is a highly selective ensemble of 32 singers singing challenging choral literature of all periods. They perform on campus and on annual tours. Open to all university students by audition.

The Concert Choir is a large, mixed group of about 60-100 singers who perform music of all styles in campus concerts. Open to all university students by audition.

Main Street Vocal Jazz is a select group of 12-16 mixed voices with rhythm section that performs Jazz and a wide range of other styles in concerts on and off campus. Open to all university students by audition.

The Women's Chorale is a select ensemble of women's voices who perform a wide variety of works from the rich tradition of compositions for treble voices. Open to all university students by audition.

The Meistersingers is a select ensemble of men’s voices who sing works from the Männerchor tradition and a wide range of works for male voices. Open to all university students by audition.

The Gospel Choir is a mixed chorus open to all UW-Whitewater students. Repertoire is selected from traditional spiritual to contemporary gospel, taught through the oral tradition "by ear."

Opera Workshop is comprised of singers selected by audition; the Opera Workshop performs a recital of opera scenes in a staged, costumed scene recital once annually (Fall Term). Intended for more advanced singers, but open to all university students by audition.


The Department of Theatre/Dance presents evenings of one-act and full-length plays directed by students in addition to the five mainstage productions directed by the faculty during the academic year. All University students are eligible for participation in acting, makeup, costuming, lighting, sound, stagecraft, and theatre management. Students are urged to note announcements for tryouts.

Summer Theatre: The Department of Theatre/Dance produces two plays in June and July in Hicklin Studio Theatre. All students and interested persons in the community are invited to try out for roles or to participate in other aspects of production. Participants may earn from 1 to 6 units by enrolling in the appropriate practicum course.

Children’s Theatre/Touring Theatre: A play designed for children and family audiences is toured annually to elementary schools and public theatres in Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

Contemporary Dance: The annual dance concert is open to all students who demonstrate proficiency in dance. All are invited to audition. It is presented each spring, featuring student performers and choreography by faculty, students, and guest artists.

UWW Dance Company: This group helps promote all forms of dance on campus, sponsors workshops, and presents the annual Emerging Choreographers' Concert.


Delta Omicron: A professional fraternity for and a charter member of the Professional Panhellenic Association, Delta Omicron’s membership is made up of music majors interested in service to the musical community. Members usher for all activities sponsored by the Music Department and present at least one recital each year. Pledges are accepted in the spring and the fall, with scholarship and musicianship as the main requirements.

Phi Kappa Phi: A community of scholars and professionals creating a global network comprised of the best and brightest from all academic disciplines by recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others.

Phi Theta Psi: A professional fine arts society.

Pi Kappa Delta: A forensics honorary fraternity that recognizes qualified students who compete in inter-collegiate debate and forensics.

Theta Alpha Phi: Wisconsin Delta chapter of this national honorary dramatic fraternity was installed at Whitewater in May 1950. Membership is earned through participation in all phases of theatrical production and evidence of a continuing interest in theatre and the fraternity works to promote the theatre arts in all of its forms.

Zeta Phi Eta: A national professional fraternity in Communication Arts and Sciences offering students opportunities to develop their skills in communication and leadership through educational and service activities both on the campus and within the community.

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