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This Week — Dec. 17, 2019
Hired Before Graduation
Hired Before Graduation
Congratulations to Warhawks who have already landed a job, been accepted to graduate school or started their own business! They will be graduating Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019.
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Warhawk football heads to the Stagg Bowl
Warhawk football will compete for a seventh Stagg Bowl title
The Warhawks (13-1 overall) will head to Stagg Bowl XLVII, the Division III national championship game, for the 10th time in the last 15 years and face North Central (Ill.) for the title at 7 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 20, in Shenandoah, Texas.
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Commencement set for Dec. 21
Winter commencement set for Dec. 21
More than 757 students will march across the stage to receive their degrees at the 2019 winter commencement. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, at Kachel Fieldhouse. This year’s commencement speaker is Rex Hanger, a professor in the Department of Geography, Geology and Environmental Science and the student speaker is Mikayla Frick.
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New master’s degree offers UW-Whitewater students more options
New master’s degree offers UW-Whitewater students more options
Students have the option of a new master's degree in communication after the program was approved by the UW System Board of Regents on Friday, Dec. 6.

The new Master of Science in Communication will replace the current M.S. in Communication, responding to a need to offer more flexible and varied graduate credentials.
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Jason Coles, outstanding adult student
Occupational safety major earns Outstanding Adult Student award
Jason Coles, a U.S. Army veteran and occupational safety major, was one of five Warhawks to earn the Outstanding Adult Student award on Nov. 7, 2019. When asked how other adult students can succeed he simply said, “Don’t give up. I know that I wanted to at times, but just stick with it.”
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Campus Kudos
Kudos to Brian Duckwitz, senior lecturer at UW-Whitewater at Rock County, who will be honored as the Beloit Rotary Club Teacher of the Month on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training and promote peace under the motto Service above Self.

Kudos to Jo Ann Oravec, professor of information technology and supply chain management, who will present the paper, "Academic Metrics, Big Data, Gaming, and Manipulation: Dimensions of the Colonization of Higher Education” on Jan. 9, at the Imagined Borders, Epistemic Freedoms conference. The conference is sponsored by the University of Colorado and will take place in Boulder, Colorado.

Kudos to Jeff Vanevenhoven, professor of management and Irvin L. Young professor of entrepreneurship, who was a keynote speaker for the Korean Global Entrepreneurship Week event in Seoul, Korea, on Nov. 18-24.

UWWTV students work with ESPN
Kudos to the UWW-TV student employees who worked for ESPN on Dec. 14. Eight Warhawks served as production assistants in various capacities for the live broadcast of the NCAA Div. III football semifinal hosted at Perkins Stadium. The game was broadcast exclusively on the ESPN3 streaming network. The students were: Jake Langlie, Sami Huggins, Kimberly Reinders, Matthew Sudsberry, Annmarie Lavorata, Tyler Scheuermann, Austin Dowdall and Brion Nash.
Three members of the UW-Whitewater football team were selected to the 2019 Academic All-America® Division III Football First Team
Kudos to the members of the UW-Whitewater football team who were selected to the 2019 Academic All-America Division III Football First Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America: Matt Anderson, biology major and senior linebacker, Jacob Frey, accounting major and senior defensive back, and Matthew Saager, accounting major and senior offensive lineman. These student-athletes also participated in several volunteer initiatives, including Special Olympics, visiting Fairhaven Senior Services, and the team's annual food drive.
In the Media
The University of Wisconsin System was awarded a $450,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation to expand opportunities for adult learners, especially people of color. The grant will go towards the All Learning Counts Initiative, which will support the work of the UW System to make sure that knowledge and skills gained outside of formal education are being recognized and can be applied towards programs for credit. The $450,000 grant will be spread among UW-Green Bay, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Platteville and UW-Whitewater. Wisconsin Public Radio »

Russ Kashian, director of the UW-Whitewater Fiscal and Economic Research Center, presented the economic impact of UW-Whitewater as part of the UW System’s All in Wisconsin media tour, which aims to demonstrate the impact of the UW System on the state. UW-Whitewater has an economic impact of $514.9 million annually on the region. Daily Jefferson County Union »

Anna Hajdik, lecturer of languages and literatures, explained the detriment to rural communities caused by the consolidation and closing of hospitals and clinics by the Mayo Clinic. As the Mayo Clinic expands its reach to international levels, Hajdik pointed out, “No provisions exist in this package to motivate Mayo leaders to make assurances about continuing to serve more vulnerable patient populations in rural Minnesota.” MinnPost »

A new study conducted by the Fiscal and Economic Research Center quantifies the economic impact of Wisconsin’s energy producers. A key finding of the study is that the total income of employees in the sector amounts to over $2.7 billion and Wisconsin energy providers generate a total of $1.14 billion, annually in taxes. WisBusiness »

John Frye and Eric Compas, associate professors of geography, geology and environmental science, offered their expertise on the threat Jefferson County faces from climate change. “Potentially we were looking at areas in Wisconsin where you could no longer grow corn and have to switch to some other crop,” Compas said. “Obviously we have a lot of infrastructure that’s based upon corn production.” Daily Jefferson County Union »

Kelly Alicea, Maine and Iraq veteran
UW-Whitewater students visited Converse Elementary School in Beloit on Dec. 10, to work on STEM projects with their pen pals from the Little Scholars Program. The goal of the program is to connect local second graders with college-age mentors to boost youth literacy and motivate college students to be leaders.
Beloit Daily News
Three members of the UW-Whitewater football team were selected to the 2019 Academic All-America® Division III Football First Team
Chancellor Dwight C. Watson was named one of the 49 most influential black leaders of 2019 in Wisconsin. Chancellor Watson became the first African American chancellor of UW-Whitewater in August, a position he brings more than 35 years of experience to.
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Upcoming Events
Feeling stressed this time of year? Stop by Relaxathon at the Andersen Library and have some fun. Events are being offered through Friday, Dec. 20, and include pet therapy, a stress nagivation station and DIY mugs.
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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 us 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
Last day to pick up commencement tickets
8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20
Greenhill Center of the Arts, Ticket Services
Residence halls close for the fall term
10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 22
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Employee Potluck
The fall semester faculty and staff potluck is a chance to celebrate the conclusion of another successful semester. The potluck will take place Friday, Dec. 20, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Hyatt Smith Commons. Faculty and staff from both campuses are welcome and encouraged to bring a dish to share. It is suggested to bring dishes based on the first letter of your last name: A-F drinks and breads, G-K desserts, L-R main dishes and S-Z salads and sides.

Upcoming Events
Final Exam Shuttle Schedule
The Warhawk Shuttle will have a special schedule Dec. 16-20 to accommodate final exams. The shuttle will begin service at 6:40 a.m. and continue every hour, on the hour, until 5 p.m. If you have exams scheduled for the evening, please reach out to driver Angie Babcock at babcocka@uww.edu to schedule a ride. The shuttle will end service for winter break on Friday, Dec. 20, and resume on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
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Student leadership merit
UW-Whitewater awards more than $2.3 million in scholarships for 2019-20
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UW-Whitewater PSE Beta Gamma Sales Team boasts an exceptional performance at the Midwestern Regional Conference
student merit
UW-Whitewater students earn top place finishes at 12th annual AMA Regional Conference
Notes for campus
Cultural appropriation

UW-Whitewater This Week publishing hiatus

UW-Whitewater This Week will not publish regularly over the winter break. Editions will be created and distributed as needed.
Online Scholarship Applications Open

The UW-Whitewater online scholarship application period is now open. Applications for the majority of scholarships will be accepted until Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, and will be used to award scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year.
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Faculty and Academic Staff Awards
The UW-Whitewater Office of Academic Affairs annually recognizes faculty and staff excellence in teaching, academic advising, scholarly and creative activity and service to the institution through the faculty and academic staff awards. Faculty and staff are honored for their distinguished contributions to the university and community. All submissions are due by Mar. 1, and winners will be announced Mar. 31.
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In the Community

Community Space gift wrapping station

Study at The Black Sheep
Need a place to study for finals? Stop at The Black Sheep to study or unwind. Their doors will be open to students from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, through Thursday, Dec. 19. They will provide free coffee, hot cocoa, healthy snacks, color printing, and wifi! The Black Sheep is located at 210 W. Whitewater Street in Whitewater.

Upcoming Events
The market moves indoors
9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Dec. 21
Irvin L. Young Memorial Library at 431 W. Center Street, Whitewater
Free Monday dinners
5-6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23
Whitewater Congregational UCC, located at 133 S. Franklin Street, Whitewater
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