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This Week — Dec. 10, 2019
 
Warhawk football to host semifinal
 
Football to Host NCAA Semifinal Saturday
 
The UW-Whitewater football team will host this Saturday's NCAA Division III Championship semifinal against St. John's (Minnesota) starting at 2 p.m. at Perkins Stadium.

Saturday's game will be broadcast online to a national audience on ESPN3.

Tickets can be purchased in advance starting this Tuesday at 12 p.m. online at tickets.uww.edu. They can also be purchased starting two hours prior to kickoff at the Perkins Stadium ticket window.
 
 
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Hired Before Graduation
 
Hired Before Graduation
 
Are you graduating in December? Congratulations! If you’ve already landed a job, been accepted to graduate school or started your own business by Tuesday, Dec. 10, we invite you to stop by the Old Main Ballroom (room 275B) in the University Center to have your photo taken for the Hired Before Graduation campaign. Times are 7 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Dec. 10, and 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11. No appointment is needed.
 
 
 
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Giving Tuesday
 
Gala Holiday Dinner, Concert and Silent Auction
 
The UW-Whitewater Music Department gives its annual gift of music to the world in its Gala Holiday Dinner, Concert and Silent Auction, which funds scholarships for its students. The concert was on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019.
 
 
 
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Mens rugby
 
Men’s Rugby take second in nationals
 
The UW-Whitewater men’s rugby team came in second in the nation after the national championship tournament on Dec. 7-8, which was hosted at the Mecklenburg County Sportsplex in Matthews, North Carolina. The Warhawks started the weekend strong with a 59-15 win against Missouri University of Science and Technology, before going up against the previous year's rivals, the Royals from Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina. Although the Warhawks put up a good fight, the Royals ultimately avenged last year’s loss and took back the crown.

Here's to a great season!
 
 
 
UW-Whitewater hosts Board of Regents
 
UW-Whitewater hosts Board of Regents
 
On Dec. 5-6, our campus hosted the UW System Board of Regents meeting, featuring presentations from faculty, staff and students. From academics to athletics to student life, our campus showed how we have inspired, engaged and transformed lives for more than 150 years.

Day 1 Recap

Day 2 Recap
 
 
 
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Economic impact of UW-Whitewater
 
Each year, UW-Whitewater contributes more than a half-billion dollars to the regional economy
 
UW-Whitewater, one of the UW System’s premiere universities, has an economic impact of $514.9 million annually on the region. The results of the most recent study, conducted by UW-Whitewater’s Fiscal and Economic Research Center and announced on Thursday, Dec. 5, shows that the university continues to be a key financial driver for southeast Wisconsin.
 
 
 
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Social work grant
 
Agreement reinvigorates engineering program at UW-Whitewater at Rock County
 
More students at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater at Rock County will soon be able to pursue engineering degrees thanks to a recommitment to a partnership and a commitment of resources to grow a longstanding program.

The agreement will offer UW-Platteville Bachelor of Science degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering to more students in the region through UW-Platteville Engineering Partnerships, and makes UW-Whitewater at Rock County an official UW-PEP Site.
 
 
 
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Campus Kudos
Kudos to Jo Ann Oravec, professor of information technology and supply chain management, who will present on Monday, Dec. 16, at the Figurations: Persons In/Out of Data conference sponsored by the Goldsmiths, University of London, in London, United Kingdom. Oravec will present the paper “Figuring Persons as Liars or Truth-tellers: Emerging Variations on Polygraphs, Integrity Scores, and Invasive Truth Extraction.”

Kudos to Derek Shervey, Annie Polzer, Mike Brekke and Elliott Torrence, who partnered with Optimist Club President Ryan Shervey and the UW-Whitewater Police Department to organize a food drive on Monday, Dec. 9, called Stuff the Squad. The goal was to fill a squad car with donations for the Warhawk Pantry and the Whitewater Community Food Pantry. By the end of the day, the group raised $236 and collected five shopping carts of donations, which were evenly distributed between each food pantry.

In the Media
The UW System Board of Regents is taking actions to improve the mental health of students. Andrew Petersen, the president of the Board of Regents, said, “The level of anxiety that students have today is unprecedented. Anything that we can do to solve that at a state level is important.” Research shows that more than half of undergraduate students feel some type of anxiety about their academic experience. For information on UW-Whitewater’s mental health services, please visit the Ambrose Health Center in person or online. The Janesville Gazette »

Kelly Alicea, Maine and Iraq veteran
 
 
Kelly Alicea, a liberal studies major, is a former Marine and Iraq veteran. She recently spoke at the UW-Whitewater “Women of Valor” art exhibit to bring light to the unique challenges women face in the military. Alicea said, “These are hard things to talk about. They push us past the edges of comfortable conversation into potentially dangerous territories. But this is our job now.”
 
 
 
The Janesville Gazette
 
 
Virtual characters in the home
 
 
Naomi Aguiar, assistant professor of psychology, contributed her opinion based on the study she co-authored, “Children’s concepts of the social affordances of a virtual dog and a stuffed dog,” to an article about the relationships that children form with smart speakers. Aguiar cautioned parents to “be skeptical of anything that [promises] to promote opportunities for learning.”
 
 
 
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Upcoming Events
 
 
Ceramics and jewelry sale
 
Annual ceramics and jewelry sale
 
The annual ceramics and jewelry sale is 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 9-10, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec 11, in the Greenhill Center of the Arts Atrium. Stop by this free event to find unique pieces that were made close to home.
 
 
 
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Silent online auction
 
When Young Gets Older
 
Young Auditorium will host an online-only silent auction, “When Young Gets Older,” beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, to raise funds for theatre upgrades. The auction will remain open through Young Auditorium’s featured holiday presentation, “It’s a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre,” on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Auction items range from a stay in Door County and weekend passes for Country Thunder, to signed Green Bay Packer and Chicago Bears merchandise, wine tasting events and more.
 
 
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Late night breakfast
 
Late-night breakfast
 
Take a break from studying for finals and join us for our semesterly late-night breakfast! At 10:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, we will be opening Esker Dining Hall and bringing in a DJ until midnight. This event is sponsored by Dining Services and University Housing.
 
 
 
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Cap decorating workshop
 
Commencement cap decorating workshop
 
Congratulations to our December graduates! We want you to be prepared for graduation, so stop by between noon and 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, outside of Roberta's Art Gallery to decorate your commencement cap. All supplies are provided for FREE! The event will be happening in conjunction with Fuel-Up for Finals.
 
 
 
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It’s a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre
 
It’s a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre
 
Join for a 7 p.m. showing of "It's a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre" on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Young Auditorium. Although this story takes place over 60 years, the circumstances are eerily familiar, and the story remains as fresh and relevant as ever. Its message of hope and optimism is the perfect antidote to holiday cynicism.

 
 
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Additional Events
 
 
 
Relaxathon
Various dates and times
Andersen Library
 
 
 
Women's Basketball vs. Carroll
7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10
Williams Center DLK Gym
 
 
 
Fuel-Up for Finals
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12
University Center
 
 
 
Comedian Brent Pella
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12
University Center, Down Under
 
 
 
 
 
 
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UW-Whitewater at Rock County

 
This is our Warhawk family
This is the story of how we embraced the cultures and values of the Whitewater and Rock campuses, and became one. With student success — and access to higher education — as our priorities, we learned that we have much in common, and are even better together.
 
 
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Upcoming Events
 
 
Redistricting Reform in WI
6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10
UW-Whitewater at Rock County campus
 
 
 
Happy Holidays…From Rock County
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11
Kirk Denmark Theatre
 
 
 
Phi Theta Kappa’s Tutoring Extravaganza
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13
Hyatt Smith Commons
 
 
 
 
Shuttle Service
 
The Warhawk Shuttle provides free transportation between campuses for all faculty, staff, and students.

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Notes for faculty and staff
 
 
Employee seasonal celebration

 
Employee seasonal celebration
 

Chancellor Dwight C. Watson invites you to join your Warhawk family at our annual Seasonal Celebration from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, in the Hamilton Room. Please bring nonperishable goods and toiletries to donate to the Warhawk Pantry. Refreshments are provided courtesy of the UW-Whitewater Foundation.
 
 
 
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Room reservations

 
Recurring room reservations
 

Need a recurring room reservation on campus for spring 2020? Fill out the form at uww.edu/uc/reservations and return it to the Reservations Office in the University Center, room 253. The priority deadline is Dec. 13. Requests won’t begin being processed until Dec. 16.
 
 
 
Diversity award nominations
 
Diversity and Inclusivity Award Nominations
 
The Inclusivity Excellence Committee is looking for nominations for the annual Diversity and Inclusivity Awards. The purpose of these awards is to recognize the efforts of faculty, staff, students and student organizations at UW-Whitewater that promote diversity and inclusivity in all its forms. Individuals may submit multiple nominations for all awards but separate forms are required for each. Nominations are due Jan. 31, 2020.
 
 
 
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In the Community

 
 
Community Space gift wrapping station

 
Wrap your holiday gifts for free!
 
Downtown Whitewater, Inc. is excited to stock and host a wrapping station from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, at The Community Space, 834 E. Milwaukee St. Bring your holiday gifts and have fun with the paper, ribbon, tape, scissors and tags provided. The Community Space will also have some holiday treats and music to help get everyone in the holiday mood. Donations of wrapping supplies are appreciated and can be dropped off to the Community Space ⁠— just please mark items that are for the wrapping event when dropped off. Volunteers are welcome.

 
 
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Upcoming Events
 
Whitewater City Market goes indoors
9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Dec. 14
Irvin L. Young Memorial Library at 431 W. Center Street, Whitewater
 
 
 
Free Monday dinners
5-6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16
Whitewater Congregational UCC, located at 133 S. Franklin Street, Whitewater
 
 
 
Free Tuesday lunches
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17
First United Methodist Church University Ministry
145 S. Prairie Street, Whitewater
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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