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Community Outreach

UW-Rock County is a valuable resource for the community. It serves not only the needs of students for quality post-secondary education, but also the needs of the community for continuing education, cultural events and faculty expertise in many disciplines.

Continuing Education »

You may be aware that as of July 1 of this year, UW-Rock County officially became part of UW-Whitewater. This is an exciting milestone in the history of our campuses and we remain dedicated to delivering high-quality programs.You'll experience the same great instruction at the same location in Janesville, but you'll notice the website, registration information and communications will come from UW-Whitewater. And you will definitely see a lot more purple.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Wisconsin Whitewater at Rock County Foundation is to promote excellence on the UW-Rock County campus while enhancing the educational and cultural opportunities available to the community.

The Foundation plays a vital role at UWW Rock County. While the facilities and land are owned by the taxpayers of Rock County and the State of Wisconsin provides equipment, faculty and staff, it is up to the Foundation to provide much-needed scholarships, professional development, non-budget items, and community programming.

Donate To The Foundation

Thank you for your past support and interest for the UWW Rock County Foundation and the UWW Rock County Campus. I am asking for you to consider growing your investment in the Foundation as it begins the 2019-2020 annual campaign: a time when alumni and friends make gifts to the UWW Rock County Foundation to help maintain our various programs and to support the administration of student scholarships.

The UWW Rock County Foundation Friends Campaign has begun which includes the exciting news of an Anonymous Donor who will contribute matching funds up to $12,000. Last year $36,200 was raised with the goal for this year at $40,000. 

Donate by mail

Mail check payable to the UWW Rock County Foundation
UWW Rock County Foundation/Friends Campaign
2909 Kellogg Ave.
Janesville, WI 53546

Contact

UWW at Rock County Foundation
2909 Kellogg Ave
Janesville, WI 53546

Customer service Phone Number: 608-758-6565 ext. 390

The Foundation seeks to enhance UWW at Rock County's intellectual and cultural capacity through the financial support of faculty, administration, and structures.Our mission is tri-fold:

  • To offer an academic arena where everyone is given a chance to succeed by assisting in the provision of:
    • A College financially available to all whether young or old, single or married, whether a grandparent, parent, or child.
    • A Campus that unites ethnic minorities, the displaced homemakers, the laid-off autoworkers, and those with disabilities.
  • To achieve the highest level of excellence in pedagogy through the support of the faculty's pursuit of knowledge.
  • To assist in the provision of an aesthetic environment that is most conducive to successful learning.

As well as providing for students, the Foundation also is endeavoring to provide future learning opportunities for the faculty, whether that is through conferences, seminars, or memberships in academic arenas, assuring that the UW-Rock County faculty's instruction remains relevant and a cut-above the rest.


June 2010

MayAnn BurkheimerMaryAnn Burkheimer of Janesville was selected as the recipient of the June 2010 Alumni Awareness Award presented by the UW-Rock County Foundation.

Burkheimer, the Program Director at the YWCA CARE House since 2007, first became a student at UW-Rock County in the fall of 1980. She was a traditional student, coming straight from high school. "I lasted just two semesters," said Burkheimer. "I wasn't ready for college at the time. I returned in the fall of 1996 more determined and prepared to work hard to obtain a college degree." She went on to complete a bachelor's degree in social work from UW-Whitewater in 2000.While attending UW-Rock County, Burkheimer worked full-time, juggled parenting a toddler and maintained a respectable grade point average.  When asked to offer advice to current students, Burkheimer stated, "Recognize the opportunity that UW-Rock County offers; the campus is an excellent place to start. UW-Rock County more than prepared me to transfer and I felt the professors had higher expectations and challenged me more than at the four-year college."

December 2008

Jenny McMullenJenny (Consigny) McMullen was selected as the recipient of the December 2008 Alumni Awareness Award presented by the UW-Rock County Foundation.The Alumni Awareness Award, first presented in September 2008, was created to honor UW-Rock County alumni or former students who are recognized for their expertise and good works. These notable people must have attended UW-Rock County for at least one year, completed a higher education degree and distinguished themselves through achievements and service or contributions to Rock County, where they live and work.McMullen, a registered nurse for the Milton Dean Clinic since 1996, first became a student at UW-Rock County in 1981. She went on to complete her bachelor's degree in nursing from UW-Madison in 1985. She began her nursing career by returning to Janesville about 21 years ago.While attending UW-Rock County, McMullen was involved in band and enjoyed small study groups. She counts among her most memorable experiences numerous courses with Charles Rust, a former UW-Rock County professor of biology. "Because I was interested in the field of nursing, I took lots of science courses," says McMullen. "Professor Rust was difficult but he prepared me for the future. I learned how to study and developed a stick-to-it attitude. feel that UW-Rock County set the ground work for good study habits, which in turn allowed me success in Madison."

November 2008

LaVay Elg-ScottLaVay Elg-Scott of Janesville was selected as the recipient of the November 2008 Alumni Awareness Award presented by the UW-Rock County Foundation.The Alumni Awareness Award, first presented in September 2008, was created to honor UW-Rock County alumni or former students who are recognized for their expertise and good works. These notable people must have attended UW-Rock County for at least one year, completed a higher education degree and distinguished themselves through achievements and service or contributions to Rock County, where they live and work.Elg-Scott, the assisted services manager for Mercy Assisted Care since 2004, first became a student at UW-Rock County in 1982. She completed her two-year Associate of Arts degree in 1984 but wasn't able to continue her education at that time, but returned 14 years later as a non-traditional student to complete her UW-Madison foreign language requirement. She went on to complete bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from UW-Madison.Returning to college after a long break was a bit daunting, but Elg-Scott credits the teaching staff at UW-Rock County for their support and direction in helping her achieve her educational goals. "The professors went out of their way to help me," she says. "The instructors allowed non-traditional students to feel comfortable in the classroom and encouraged us to share our life experiences with our classmates. Professor (Linda) Reinhardt made me see I had a passion for helping others, allowing me to realize a career in social work was something I should pursue."Elg-Scott offers this advice to students thinking about attending UW-Rock County, "Talk to staff about your interests and leave yourself open to a variety of opportunities. My motto has always been 'It's never too late to be what you might have been.'"

September 2008

Matthew WeberMatthew J. Weber, Janesville, was selected as the September 2008 recipient of the UW-Rock County Foundation's Alumni Awareness Award.The Alumni Awareness Award was created to honor UW-Rock County alumni or former students who are recognized for their expertise and good works. These notable people must have attended UW-Rock County for at least one year, completed a higher education degree and distinguished themselves through achievements and service or contributions to Rock County, where they live and work.Weber, Vice President/General Manager of the Controls Technologies Division of SSI Technologies, Inc. since 2001, was a traditional student while at UW-Rock County back in 1981. He went on to complete bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology at UW-Oshkosh.Weber's experience at UW-Rock County was what he calls "the best bang for your buck." He admits he didn't think of himself as college material but opted to give UW-Rock County a try. "UW-Rock was my way of giving college a try without the huge financial investment," he says. "It provided me a taste of college without feeling overwhelmed. The class size was small and I received individual attention."Weber offers this advice to students thinking about attending UW-Rock County, "You can't plan your educational life, but UW-Rock County provides a fundamental base that will prepare you for life-long learning."To nominate someone for an Alumni Awareness Award, contact the UW-Rock County Foundation at 608-758-6565 ext. 390.


President

Dennis Condon

Treasurer

Don Jensen

Members

Diana Shadel, Interim Executive DirectorRick MuellerKimberly LanttaLinda Reinhardt
Scott Bordwell
Jose Carrillo
Steven Dean
Jane Thompson
Rick Mueller

Ex-Officio

Charles Clark
Regional Executive Officer and Dean of the Southwest Region

Kristin Fillhouer
Campus Administrator of the Southwest Region

Beverly Simonds
Regional Executive Assistant of the Southwest Region


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Save the date!

The Art in the Atrium (formerly the Taste of Culture) event is Friday, April 26, 2019 from 6:00-9:00. Join the Foundation's Fundraiser in celebrating the work of local and regional artists with a percentage of the sales going to higher education at UW-Whitewater on the Rock County campus. Enjoy food, cash bar, music, and silent auction, along with perusing the art for sale. Come sample a "Warhawk on the Rocks" cocktail.

Empty dining room Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at UWW- Rock County Foundation Hyatt Smith Hall, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville. WI. 53546. Please email Diana Shadel or call her at (608) 758-6565 ext. 390.We hope to see you there!

Nominate an artist for
the Life of an Artist Award

The UW-Rock County Foundation is soliciting nominations for the fourth annual Life of an Artist Award, which will be presented to an honoree at the Art in the Atrium event on April 26, 2019, at UW-Whitewater at Rock County. This award recognizes an individual from Rock County who has demonstrated creative excellence in the arts and contributions to the Rock County community. Nominee qualifications are based on artist biography and community involvement in promotion, support, education, programming and/or development of art in Rock County.Nomination forms must be submitted or postmarked by February 20, 2019.Download the Life of an Artist Nomination Form


Annual Giving

"Wealth is the means, and the people are the ends. All our material riches will avail us little if we do not use them to expand the opportunity of our people." -John F. Kennedy

Your support of UWW Rock County Foundation through annual giving is an investment in your neighbors. These gifts are put to use in the year they are given, making an immediate and important difference in the life of students, faculty and the community at large through support of cultural enrichment. The UWW Rock County Foundation accepts cash, check, VISA or MasterCard (can be charged monthly), pledges, or monthly giving (can be billed for a pledge).

How to Give

The UWW Rock County Foundation accepts cash, check, VISA or MasterCard (can be charged monthly), pledges, or monthly giving (can be billed for a pledge).University of Wisconsin-Rock County Foundation
2909 Kellogg Ave
Janesville, WI 53546

Volunteer Your Time

"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, that is to have succeeded." -Ralph Waldo EmersonA Foundation volunteer can assist with various clerical duties, help serve cake at commencement, lend a hand with fundraising functions, or even help with gardening and beautifying the campus. Everyone has his or her own gift, which he or she can share with the UWW Rock County Foundation.Time is one of the most valuable gifts we can give. If you can offer some of your time to the UWW Rock County Foundation, please contact us at 608-758-6565 ext. 390 or e-mail diana.shadel@uwc.edu.


Overview

Established in 1965, the UWW Rock County campus is a partnership between Rock County, which owns and maintains the land and facilities, and the State of Wisconsin through the University of Wisconsin, which pays salaries and operational expenses.

With a student population of about 900, the campus sits on 50 acres, has a 65,000-volume library, a living prairie, and a 225-seat theater. The campus offers collaborative degree programs with UW-Platteville, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Superior and UW-Whitewater, which allow students to complete a bachelor's degree on-site.

Community Impact

  • Musical presentations, theatre productions, faculty lectures, and athletic events are open to members of the community. Most events are free!
  • College for Kids offers local school children unique learning opportunities during the summer months.
  • UWW Rock County faculty and staff participate each year in the local United Way campaign.
  • Faculty members present a lecture series to the elderly at a local retirement community center.
  • Students participate in an internship program, offering their services to local companies while gaining expertise in a chosen field.

The UWW Rock County Foundation, Inc. encourages the enrollment of students who will add to the overall excellence of academic and co-curricular programs. The scholarship program is intended to provide financial support for, and recognition of, students who have demonstrated qualities of academic excellence, leadership, and/or financial need.

Applicants must first be admitted and enrolled in order to be awarded a Foundation Scholarship. After you are accepted, you will be given a username and password from the university. The scholarships will be divided equality, in most cases, unless there are special circumstances, between the fall and spring semesters.Scholarship applications for the 2018-19 academic year are due on March 20, 2019 by 12:00 p.m. 
2019-2020 Scholarship ApplicationApplications must be received by the UWW Rock County Foundation by the noted deadline(s). Applications may be submitted via email or regular/express mail at the addresses below.  

Contact

For more information e-mail:
Diana Shadel
diana.shadel@uwc.eduMail can be addressed to: 
UWW Rock County Foundation 
2909 Kellogg Ave. 
Janesville, WI 53546. 


UWW Rock County has a new solar photovoltaic system aimed at education and promotion of sustainable energy. Project leaders Dr. Robert McCallister, UWW Rock County professor of geography, and Dr. Dale Buechler, a UW-Platteville associate professor of engineering who teaches at UWW Rock County, welcome your ideas, questions and use of this information.

Clickable Yellow Tabs

  • Help tells you more about each part of the display and explains the electrical terms.
  • Simple charts Solar Electricity measured over time, measured in kilowatt hours (kWh). This view combines the energy of all our solar arrays. You can enlarge any chart and download a CSV data file. For even greater detail, zoom-up your browser page size.
  • Detail shows Energy, Power, Voltage, and Current for all three solar arrays. Each solar array has nine solar panels. Each array has its own color on the charts. You can compare the three arrays over time.
    • 1 PV is pole mounted and can be manually adjusted as the seasons change.
    • 2 PV is the pole mounted dual axis tracker that follows the sun across the sky each day.
    • 3 PV is the stationary awning-mounted array on the south wall of engineering.

More to Explore - Teachers, Homeowners, Businesses!

Fascinating features of our solar project, including photos and ideas useful for home, business, and classroom: UW-Rock Solar Research. We will periodically update this information. Please contact Bob McCallister at robert.mccallister@uwc.edu.

The UWW Rock County Speakers Bureau is a collection of campus experts who are available to talk to service and professional groups and who may be able to comment to the media on a variety of topics and issues. The list is organized alphabetically by topic and covers a wide range of subject areas. If you do not find a resource for a specific topic of interest, please e-mail uwwrockinfo@uww.edu  and we'll help you make your connections. We look forward to working with you.

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