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ANDERSEN LIBRARY

Andersen Library provides an innovative learning environment that takes full advantage of emerging information technologies while preserving traditional formats and services. The Library's homepage (http://library.uww.edu) is the gateway to all of its resources, both print and electronic. Its more than 2 million items include books, electronic books, print journals, electronic journals, databases, indexes, audio-visual items, camcorders, laptops, and electronic readers. Electronic resources such as databases (including reserve items) are accessible 24-7 by our registered students on and off campus. In addition, students can freely borrow from other University of Wisconsin libraries using the "Universal Borrowing" function in the common online catalog system. The physical facility is Wi-Fi enabled. Microsoft Office and other common applications are installed on most public workstations to accommodate the multitasking interests of students. Group study rooms, many equipped with audio-visual facilities, white board, and online capability, provide collaborative space for team work. Laptops, camcorders, computer gaming consoles, electronic readers, and portable projectors are available for presentation practices. Comfortable and varied seating abounds throughout the three floors. Floors one and three are reserved for quiet study, and the second floor is a talking floor for groups or casual conversation. A wide-screen TV adjoins the Food For Thought café, and displays on wide-ranging topics enhance the library experience. The children's area on the main floor has books, games, TV and CDs that are open to the public. Co-curricular interests are supported by extensive collections of DVDs, CDs, graphic novels, audio books, and computer games. A computer gaming room can be reserved by faculty and students. The friendly reference librarians are on hand most hours that the library is open to assist any students who need help in their research. More than 300 library instruction classes are offered each semester. Trained ‘tech helpers’ provide hardware and software assistance Sunday through Thursday evenings. Virtual reference assistance is available 24-7.

Library hours during the Fall and Spring semesters, when school is in session, are:

Mondays - Thursdays 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Fridays 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sundays 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.

For other hours, as well as additional information about what the library can offer, please consult http://library.uww.edu.

TEXTBOOKS

The University provides basic textbooks for undergraduate students on a rental basis. The rental cost is included as a part of the fees students pay for registration each term. Textbooks may be picked up at designated times at the Textbook Rental, located in Moraine Hall. Graduate students are required to purchase their textbooks from the University Bookstore and are not assessed a rental fee. Students should expect to purchase some supplemental books and non-reusable materials such as workbooks and supplies.

OTHER LEARNING MATERIALS

In addition to the wide variety of information available in the library, several other collections of teaching and learning materials are available on campus. Many departments and academic programs have small libraries of periodicals or reference works for use by students, who may receive information at their major departments.

The College of Arts and Communication maintains an Arts Media Center. While the Arts Media Center collections (sound recordings on LP and compact disc, recorded opera on DVD and 35mm art slides) serve primarily to support teaching within the Departments of Music and Art and Design in the College of Arts and Communication, the sound recordings collections also serve as a campus music resource and are available for use in the Arts Media Center by all faculty/staff/students as well as members of the local community. The facility features a listening/viewing/study area with multiple dedicated listening stations for CDs , LPs, audiocassette tapes and online music databases, and one viewing station for playback of videocassette, and DVDs.

The Wisconsin Instructional Technology Resource Center (WITRC) is located in the College of Education on the first floor of Winther Hall. The Resource Center contains a state-of-the-art instructional technology software collection and the latest developments in multi-media technology.

Finally, various University offices, such as Career and Leadership Development and the University Health and Counseling Services, have collections of information dealing with their functions.

RONALD E.MCNAIR POST-BACCALAUREATE ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is designed to achieve four goals: (1) to introduce undergraduate students from targeted groups to high quality research settings as well as educational and professional role models; (2) to create an environment where graduate study is an expectation; (3) to provide academic support and preparation; and (4) to provide financial support for pre-doctoral study.

The program enrolls twenty-eight students each year, one-half juniors and one-half seniors. Students are expected to participate in the program for up to two years.

Students participating in the McNair Program will work in a mentoring relationship with a faculty member; participate in seminars addressing graduate school preparation, expectations and opportunities; demonstrate their research ability in independent research projects; and present their research at regional and national conferences.

For further information, please contact the Director of the McNair Program, 219 McCutchan Hall (262) 472-2804, mcnairasst@uww.edu.

LATINO STUDENT PROGRAMS

The Office of Latino Student Programs promotes the recruitment, retention, and graduation of Latino students. The office strives to retain new and continuing Latino students by helping them develop their academic and critical thinking skills. The office is also engaged in developing and implementing both academic and cultural programs which contribute to students’ personal and intellectual development, making the University more knowledgeable concerning Latino culture, and developing closer ties with the Latino community at a local and global level (including study abroad opportunities and International Student Exchanges).

Latino Student Programs collaborates closely with other units of Academic Support Services as well as Career Services, the Financial Aid Office, and the departments of Race and Ethnic Cultures and Languages and Literatures, among others, in order to successfully integrate Latino students into university life so that greater numbers can gain access to meaningful information and services as well as prepare them for career opportunities or graduate school.

For further information, contact, the Interim Director of Latino Student Programs, 105 McCutchan Hall ((262) 472-1913) or email ortizr@uww.edu.

MINORITY BUSINESS PROGRAM

The Minority Business Program (MBP) is designed to support increased recruitment, retention, and graduation rate of ethnic minority students who pursue majors and careers in business. MBP provides an array of activities, the purpose of which is to:

MBP also identifies students with academic promise to involve them in summer internship experiences.

MINORITY TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAM

The Minority Teach Preparation Program (MTP) is a specialized support program and is a cooperative effort with the College of Education. Its mission is to provide opportunities and educational experiences designed to increase the academic success of multicultural students interested in pursuing careers in teacher education.

MTP participants (1) have exchanges with successful multicultural educators, (2) interact and develop supportive relationships with other education majors, (3) discuss issues confronting professional educators, and (4) gain insight into the expectations of the education profession.

For more information, contact the Director of the Minority Business and Teacher Preparation Programs, 4302 Hyland Hall ((262) 472-3216).

TUTORIAL CENTER

Tutoring is a customized, student-centered, action-oriented process designed to help all students - full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students, and returning adults - who need both short and long-term academic assistance. In meeting these various student needs, the Tutorial Center (TC) has developed individual and group tutoring approaches which specifically focus on problem-solving techniques and intensive subject review sessions. Tutoring has often been thought of as short-term, immediate assistance to overcome one specific problem or trouble spot. Successful students, however, have typically viewed tutoring as a long-term strategy in resolving more complex learning problems, including difficult content as well as organizational techniques, pattern synthesis, and higher-level reasoning.

Student peer-tutors are hired for the program on the basis of departmental recommendations and personal interviews, and take part in an intensive training program. Tutors are expected not only to know their subject matter well, but also to be able to communicate effectively with students from a wide variety of backgrounds and with varying degrees of knowledge and skill.

Students requesting tutoring represent a cross-section of all students, from those doing very well in classes but who request additional practice and feedback as to their progress, to those individuals who are experiencing major difficulty with content and study procedures and techniques. The TC is equipped to handle all these students with appropriate strategies and confidentiality.

The TC is able to provide tutoring in most basic courses and provides tutoring in many advanced courses, depending upon requests.

For assistance in writing, students may schedule appointments in the Writing Center, where they work one-on-one with qualified tutors. Also, students may enroll for two units in English 091, an individualized writing workshop which meets in the Writing Center twice a week. Computers are available for word processing. For assistance in math, students may consult tutors in the Math Center on a walk-in basis. For study skills, students may consult with a staff specialist or enroll in “Study/Academic Survival Skills” for three units. For assistance in reading college-level texts, students may enroll for three units in “College Reading,” or they may consult the staff reading specialist.

Although most students use services at the TC on a voluntary basis, some students may be referred directly by faculty. In this case, the students work on developing those skills and competencies which have been identified by the faculty members as necessary for success in their classes.

Students can make appointments either by calling (262) 472-1230 or by visiting the TC office in the lower level of McCutchan Hall, where additional information and brochures are available. Both voluntary visits and direct referrals are generally more successful if made before serious problems develop. Tutoring is available from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday and 5:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m Sunday in McCutchan Hall. Sessions are available at other times and places by arrangement. Up-to-date information on current programming and schedules may be viewed on the TC website: www.uww.edu/tutorial/

ACADEMIC STANDARDS OFFICE

The Academic Standards Office provides counseling and academic assistance to students, particularly those having difficulty meeting retention standards of the University. All student appeals for reinstatement are submitted to the Academic Standards Office. The Director is available to provide information on academic policies, and registration procedures, to assist students in selecting courses of study consistent with their personal and career ambitions, and to refer students to other campus offices for academic assistance.

CENTER FOR COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS

The Center for Communicative Disorders, located in Roseman 1010, offers assessment, intervention, prevention, and consultation services for members of the campus community, their families, and members of the general public who have questions/concerns about their speech, language, hearing, voice, fluency, social skills, learning, reading, writing, and/or assistive communication devices. We also serve individuals who have communication challenges as the result of brain injury, stroke, autism spectrum disorders, hearing loss, and cognitive or learning disabilities. For further information, please contact the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at (262) 472-1301 or e-mail comdis@uww.edu.

UNIVERSITY MARKETING & MEDIA RELATIONS

University Marketing and Media Relations is responsible for enhancing the image and visibility of UW-Whitewater through a wide range of services, including media relations, institutional marketing, publications, photography, publication design, Website management, off-campus printing and copy services.

University Marketing and Media Relations responsibilities include:

Faculty, staff, and students may submit ideas for possible news stories to University Marketing and Media Relations at (262) 472-1195 or ummr@uww.edu.

ADULT RESOURCE CENTER

The Adult Resource Center (ARC) is located in the Warhawk Involvement Center and serves all University students. The Center is open weekdays and serves University students in a variety of ways. It provides a warm, caring environment staffed by students willing to answer questions or to get information about other services around campus and in the community. The ARC offers a number of programs throughout the year. Program themes range from stress management to career planning. Most of all, the Adult Resource Center is a place for students to drop their bags, put up their feet, take a break from their hectic day and get to know some fellow students. For further information, call (262) 472-5786.

CAMPUS TECHNOLOGY

Instructional, Communication and Information Technology (iCIT) is responsible for the technology infrastructure for the UW-Whitewater campus and provides access to online resources through the campus web site: http://www.uww.edu.

The UW-Whitewater Web site is the starting point for students to access many resources, including:

All UW-Whitewater students receive a University e-mail account. The University e-mail system is Web-based, accessible from on or off-campus via http://post.uww.edu. E-mails for academic coursework and official University business are sent via the campus system, so it is important that students use their University e-mail accounts.

iCIT manages campus general access (GA) computing labs, open to all students more than 90 hours per week. The GA lab facilities provide access to computers, office application software and discipline-specific software for use in academic coursework. Internet access and print services are available from all lab computers.

Several Collaboratories are available in the GA labs, which are designed to give students space and equipment to work together on group projects. In addition, the GA labs feature group workstations to accommodate team computing. The Media Lab includes specialized equipment for high quality color printing, video editing, and a sound booth for audio work. Finally, students may check out audio-visual equipment from the GA labs.

The UW-Whitewater Technology Support Center Helpdesk, located in Andersen Library 2000, will answer questions, troubleshoot problems, and provide solutions regarding the use of campus technology services. Assistance is provided in person, over the phone (call 262-472-HELP (4357)) via e-mail at helpdesk@uww.edu, and through the Web site: iconnect.uww.edu.

iCIT provides support for a campus-wide course management system called Desire2Learn (D2L). Currently over 85% of the course sections use D2L in some component of the course, either offering supplementary activities or conducting the course completely on-line.

UW-Whitewater also participates in iTunes U to deliver online podcasting for courses, technical training, and other learning resources.

UW-Whitewater’s wireless network is available across campus, including all academic buildings, residence halls, and common gathering areas. iCIT also provides a program called 4U (http://www.uww.edu/4u) that makes laptop and desktop computers available to students for purchase at highly competitive prices.

For students of all majors, iCIT provides employment opportunities, which include real-world work experience and development of technology and customer service skills.

Learn more about these and other iCIT services online at http://www.uww.edu/icit.



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