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This Week — May 22, 2019
Spring commencement 2019
PHOTOS: UW-Whitewater graduates 1,643 Warhawks
Congratulations, UW-Whitewater Class of 2019! We're so proud of all you have accomplished and we look forward to seeing the ways you'll achieve excellence in your communities as Warhawk alumni.
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Mother-daughter graduation
VIDEO: Mother and daughter march together, despite attending two different universities
Chancellors at UW-Whitewater and UW-Oshkosh made a special exception for one family that is celebrating two new college grads.
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Rock County commencement
PHOTOS: Rock County commencement
Celebrations continued in Janesville on Tuesday when about 85 graduates received degrees at the Rock County campus.
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Commencement media coverage
Recap of Whitewater ceremony and speeches Jefferson County Daily Union »
Double sets of parents, students at graduation Jefferson County Daily Union »
Video of Whitewater ceremony NBC 15 Madison »
Rock County ceremony photos Janesville Gazette »
ROTC Commissioning
PHOTOS: ROTC Commissioning
A commencement day tradition, the ROTC Commissioning ceremony was held in the James R. Connor University Center where six graduates were recognized.
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Social work grant
Social work program wins $85,000 grant to address Wisconsin worker shortage
With Wisconsin’s population aging at a rapid pace and a critical shortage of workers to support this population, the UW-Whitewater is taking the lead to address this statewide workforce need by inspiring students to pursue careers that support seniors.
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Campus Kudos
Kudos to communication majors Maisie Finnegan and Nicholette Davis, for spending time at Whitewater Middle School to advocate for WMS students to sign a "Be the First" petition and banner in regards to the vaping epidemic. This semester, Kate Ksobiech, assistant professor of communication, is teaching a Health Advocacy class which tackles the issue of vaping among middle and high school students in Whitewater and the surrounding community. This latest effort, sponsored by CVS Pharmacy, encourages adolescents to pledge they will not try any vaping/tobacco products. Finnegan and Davis collected dozens of pledges. The banner will be displayed at WMS for the remainder of the school year.

Kudos to Jo Ann Oravec, professor of information technology and supply chain management, who will be presenting the paper “Celebrity, Disability, and Social Media: Critical Perspectives on Confessional Discourse and Community Advocacy” at the 2019 Conference on Contemporary Celebrity Culture at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa on June 10.

Kudos to graduate computer science major Scott Schoeller, who received a “Knuth Reward Check.” These certificates are awarded by computer scientist Donald Knuth for finding technical, typographical, or historical errors, or making substantial suggestions for his publications. The MIT Technology Review describes the checks as "among computerdom's most prized trophies.”

A few weeks into the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters, the Academic Advising and Exploration Center sent a survey to all first- and second-year students. One question asked students to provide the name of someone who has had a positive impact on their time at UW-Whitewater. While many people support students, we want to take a moment to thank the faculty and staff members specifically identified by students. These, and many others, are making a difference, and we appreciate the outstanding work they’re doing. View List »
In the Media
Chris Luedke, lecturer of art and design, plans to paddle the Rock River in an attempt to finish the 320-mile trip in five days. His attempt, which will start at the mouth of the river near Horicon, will be the first effort of its kind. Saukvalley.com »

Political science major Jon Jennings and Jack Barrette, an undergraduate student of arts and sciences from UW-Whitewater at Rock County, will re-enact the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima during World War II in Janesville’s Memorial Day parade. He and the other re-enactors, who range in age from 19 to 24, do it to honor the flags of their great-grandfathers and preserve history. Janesville Gazette »

Julie Martindale, director of health services, discusses UW System and campus efforts to encourage immunizations, as well as plans for upcoming discussions on statewide student vaccination policies. Janesville Gazette»

Upcoming Events
Military appreciation month
King/Chavez Golf Outing
The King/Chavez Golf Outing is an annual fundraising event for the King/Chavez Scholars Program at UW-Whitewater. Join us on Friday, June 14, for this extraordinary event which is a great opportunity to come together with fellow alumni, donors, supporting faculty and staff, students and community partners to raise money for this program. Make a weekend of it by also attending the dinner on Saturday.
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Track and field

Track and Field qualifies in eight events at NCAA Outdoor Championships

The men's track and field team will be represented by 11 student-athletes in seven different events, while the women's team qualified in one event at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships, which begin Thursday, May 23, at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
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Additional Events
Grades posted
Friday, May 24
Summer sessions begin
Tuesday, May 28
Save the Dates

The Undergraduate Research Program is proud to host the following events in 2019-20:
  • Fall Undergraduate Research Day: Nov. 13, 2019

  • UW Symposium, hosted by UW-Whitewater: April 23-24, 2020
Fall Diversity Forum: October 14, 2019
Notes for campus
King/Chavez golf outing

Military Appreciation Month

UW-Whitewater pauses to recognize and celebrate our Warhawks who are current or past members of the United States Armed Forces. We are so appreciative your dedication and service to our country. As May is Military Appreciation Month, we humbly pause to give our Warhawks the honor and respect they deserve.
Play Warhawk Wellness WINGO

Open to all staff and students, WINGO is the Warhawk version of BINGO! WINGO is a card with 16 squares, each square has a different location or wellness activity that can be found on campus. You need to choose one of the activities in each square, indicate the date and time you completed that activity. To participate, email benefits@uww.edu with WINGO in the subject line, provide your name, department, shirt size and phone number. Then, you’ll receive your playing card and free socks! Complete your card by June 21, bring it to the HR office or to the Warhawk Wellness WINGO table at the Summer on the Mall on June 19 to receive a free T-Shirt. Contact Stephanie Hartmann hartmans@uww.edu or Andrea Campbell campbela@uww.edu or 472-1024 with questions.
Move-out collection
UW-Whitewater This Week summer publishing hiatus
UW-Whitewater This Week will not publish regularly over the summer. Editions will be created and distributed as needed.

In the Community

Savory sounds concert series

Enjoy the sweet sounds of summer
The Whitewater Arts Alliance is excited to announce the Savory Sounds Concert series lineup for June and July! The Michael Hackett Jazz Quartet will kick off the season on Thursday, June 13, with catering by Casual Joe's. All concerts will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center.
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Upcoming Events
Whitewater City Market
5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 28
Train Depot near Cravath Lakefront
Help keep Whitewater clean by picking up trash for a chance to win freebies! Tag a picture of yourself picking up litter and you could win a fun prize including reusable items and a $25 gift card to The SweetSpot.
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