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Jan. 21, 2020
UW-Whitewater online degree programs named among the best in the nation
UW-Whitewater online degree programs named among the best in the nation
With excellence in student engagement, faculty expertise and access to support resources, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's online degree programs have again been ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day events
33rd Annual MLK Commemorative Event
Join UW-Whitewater in celebrating the awe-inspiring life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the University Center Hamilton Room. Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., director of the Privilege Institute and founder of the National White Privilege Conference, will present the keynote address. Dr. Moore’s focus is on how to teach and assist those who want to move beyond dialogue and into action around issues of diversity, power, privilege and leadership.
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State of the University, Opie Lade
State of the University Address
Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to Chancellor Dwight Watson’s first State of the University Address at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, in the Young Auditorium. For those unable to attend in person, UWW-TV will broadcast the event live at http://reslife.uww.edu/stream/.
Campus Kudos
Kudos to Aditya Simha, associate professor of management, and K. Praveen Parboteeah, professor of management, whose co-authored research paper, “The Big 5 Personality Traits and Willingness to Justify Unethical Behavior—A Cross Nation Examination,” was published by the Journal of Business Ethics and considered as a top-five finalist for the GLOBE Robert J. House Best Research Paper Award.

Kudos to Chris Lindeke, assistant athletic director for strategic communications and branding, who was named one of four winners of the Division III U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Excellence in Communications Award. Lindeke oversees all facets of the athletic department's communication efforts and manages the statistics and results for each of the Warhawks' 22 sport programs. Lindeke was also recognized for his commitment to outstanding coverage and support of collegiate cross country during the 2019 season.

Kudos to communication sciences and disorders majors Sarah Roddy and Sara Klimisch, who will receive the Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association (WSHA) 2020 Student Leadership Award. The mission of the WSHA is to provide leadership and support to speech pathologists and audiologists. The award ceremony will be held Feb. 27-29 at the Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.

Kudos to Lei Xu, assistant professor of management, who was recently published in Research Policy for the study he co-authored, “Organizational innovation efforts in multiple emerging market categories: exploring the interplay of opportunity, ambiguity, and socio-cognitive contexts.” The study attempts to address the effects of multiple emerging market categories on incumbent firms’ innovation efforts.

Kudos to Carol Brunt, assistant professor of nonprofit management studies, and Joshua Knapp, associate professor of management, who presented the conclusion of the first Junior Faculty Fellowship program at the African Academy of Management conference in Lagos, Nigeria, on Jan. 8-11. On Jan. 10, Brunt facilitated a caucus to showcase the past two years of collaboration between Knapp and the program’s first Fellow, Dr. Juliana Namada (USIU-Africa, Kenya).

Kudos to Bob Barry, executive director of the University Center, who earned re-certification as a Certified Auxiliary Services Professional (CASP) through the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS). This certification attests that the individual has met a standard for higher education service professionals in management, leadership, marketing, student development and other campus services.

Kudos to Jo Ann Oravec, professor of information technology and supply chain management, who will present the paper “Emergence of Technologically-Supported Lie and Cheating Detection in Educational Contexts: The New Academic Polygraphs” at the Fourth Annual Post-Human Symposium in Tempe, Arizona, on Feb. 21.

Kudos to Chamomile Harrison, a junior English and psychology major, who received the 2019 Council Scholarship from the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired and was the subject of a student spotlight. Harrison’s career goal is to work as an advocate for the blind and visually impaired. She said, “I want to go into a field where I am helping people and making a difference and making the world a better place.”

In the Media
Amazon will soon be hiring 500 workers to staff its new distribution center in Beloit, but with a 3 percent unemployment rate in Rock County, there may not be people to fill those spots. The starting wage of $15 is lower than other warehouse positions in the area, but Amazon hopes its benefits package will entice new employees. As Russ Kashian director of the UW-Whitewater Fiscal and Economics Research Center said, “At the end of the day, your primary consideration when you’re making $15 an hour is how I pay the bills today. Benefits are wonderful, but they don’t pay the bills today.” Janesville Gazette »

Brian Bentel, lecturer of sociology, criminology and anthropology at UW-Whitewater, presented “Why We Have Liberals and Conservatives and Why We Need Them Both” to Whitewater seniors on Friday, Jan. 3, as part of the ongoing lecture series, “Seniors in the Park.” Bentel aimed to answer the question: Are the values of either side reflected in the policies enacted by our two dominant parties? Daily Jefferson County Union »

Russell Kashian, professor of economics and director of the Fiscal and Economic Research Center at UW-Whitewater, offered his opinion and research on the effects of banking deserts, or areas with inadequate banking services. Kashian’s research has found a link between banking deserts and demographics saying, “Your population in your neighborhood, as the African American percentage increases, so does the distance to the bank branch.” Delaware Public Media »

Bethann Moran-Handzlik, lecturer of art and design, was the subject of an artist profile on Jan. 2 for her oil painting of the Whitewater Community Garden. In reference to her art, Moran-Handzlik said, “Painting is mesmerizing. The complexity of tracking the edge of a leaf or plowed field in changing light into daubs of color is endlessly engrossing.” The featured painting, "Community Garden New Year’s Day,"" was also the first overall winner of the bi-monthly Plein Air Salon. Fine Art Connoisseur »

Frank Burns, UW-Whitewater alumnus and former wheelchair basketball coach, passed away at the age of 67 at the University of Chicago Medical Center on Jan. 8. During his time as a student at UW-Whitewater, Burns was heavily involved in the Students for an Accessible Society. After returning to UW-Whitewater in 1982, Burns led the Warhawks to their first wheelchair basketball national championship. Chicago Sun Times »

Brian Dennis, director of cyber security for small business at UW-Whitewater, presented to Fort Atkinson small businesses in September to give advice on how to protect against a cybersecurity threat. Ninety percent of data breaches will affect small businesses, according to Dennis. Fort Atkinson businesses are feeling the effects of a gift card scam that targeted multiple businesses earlier this month. Daily Jefferson County Union »

Lauren Stein
In the 1950s Richard Hecht attended UW-Whitewater thanks to an anonymous scholarship provided by members of the Jewish community. 75 years later, that gift is being paid forward in the form of the Hecht fund. Lauren Stein, an art major at UW-Whitewater, is the current recipient of the scholarship. She said, “Receiving this scholarship is my way of giving back to my mom and dad for everything they’ve done for me.”
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Men's Rugby team
The Goff Rugby Report named the UW-Whitewater men’s rugby team the Division II Team of the Decade. In the past decade the Warhawks have appeared seven times in the nation rugby final, winning three. Congratulations Warhawks!
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Upcoming Events
All-access pass to Warhawk Alley
Free all-access pass to Warhawk Alley
Warhawk Alley is hosting an all-day, all-access week through Saturday, Jan. 25! Join us for some FREE bowling, billiards, ping pong, video games and more! Glow bowling will also be offered every night after 7 p.m.
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Warhawks at Night
Warhawks at Night
Warhawks at Night is back and better than ever! Join us from 7-11 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24, in the University Center for FREE food, activities, and entertainment! We’ve got BINGO, glow bowl, billiards, ping pong and bags, a hypnotist, 2019 Pop Culture Trivia, a magnet workshop, a balloon artist, AND the movie Grown Ups will be playing in Summers Auditorium! Get all of that AND more for FREE!
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The Greatest Showman singalong
The Greatest Showman singalong
Cheer on The Greatest Showman in the greatest way possible — with lyrics on the screen so you can join in as loud as you want! Starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Young Auditorium, performers from the Wild Rumpus Circus will have hands-on circus experiences for children to try, including an aerial rig, tight wire, and juggling/balancing stations.
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Cinderella - Florentine Opera
The Florentine Opera presents Cinderella at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Young Auditorium. Audiences will be guided through the story by a narrator and will hear arias, duets, and ensembles set in their original language and music style. The show will be brought to life by original costumes and sets.
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Meal plan change deadline
There's still time to change your meal plan
Are you interested in changing your meal plan? Changes are accepted now through Friday, Jan. 31. Stop by the HawkCard Office in the University Center, room 250, for help changing your plan. Meal plan changes can also be done online.

Additional Events
Wrestling vs. UW-Eau Claire
7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21
Kachel Gym
Women's basketball vs. UW-Platteville
7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22
Kachel Gym
Two Other Cellists
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23
Light Recital Hall
Men's and women's track and field invitational
10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 25
Williams Center
Swimming and diving vs. UW-Eau Claire
1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25
Williams Center pool
Men's basketball vs. UW-Oshkosh
3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25
Kachel Gym
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Gardening Workshop Series
UW-Whitewater at Rock County is opening the New Year with a gardening workshop series led by horticulturist, Mark Dwyer. The event, hosted by the continuing education program, is the first in a series of three and it will focus on three different topics: gardening as we age, sensory gardens and container gardening. It will take place from 8:40 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 18, on the Rock County campus in Hyatt Smith room 120. Tickets are $25 for individual workshops or $60 for all three.
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Upcoming Events
Sign Language Basics for Teens and Tweens
5:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Feb. 4-March 10
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Shuttle Service
The Warhawk Shuttle provides free transportation between campuses for all faculty, staff, and students.

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Recent Merit Badges
Student leadership merit
UW-Whitewater names students to the Whitewater Symphony Orchestra
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UW-Whitewater announces Dean's List
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UW-Whitewater Gymnastics Announces 2020 Roster
Notes for Campus
Honors Program Director named

The office of Student Diversity, Engagement and Success (SDES) is proud to announce that Dr. Tanya Kam will serve as the Honors Programs Director beginning spring 2020. In addition to being a faculty member in the Department of Languages and Literatures for the past 16 years, she’s also the current diversity coordinator for the College of Letters and Sciences and a longtime scholar of multicultural writing. She's interested in increasing the number of first-generation and historically underrepresented students who participate in honors. Dr. Kam states “I’m delighted to have been selected as the new Honors Program Director, and I look forward to working with faculty, staff, and students across campus to retain a strong Honors Program here at UW-Whitewater.”
Women* in Leadership Recognition Nominations

UW-Whitewater will celebrate Women’s History Month with the 15th annual Women* in Leadership Recognition Reception. Faculty, staff and students are invited to nominate as many women as they chose until applications close on Friday, Jan. 25. The 10 chosen nominees will be honored at the recognition reception at 4 p.m. on March 5 in the Fern Young Terrace, followed by the Women’s History Month speaker presentation at 5:30 p.m. For questions and assistance, please contact Mary Alkons at alkonsm@uww.edu. *Nominations are welcomed for individuals who identify as trans or genderqueer.
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2020 #LearningHabits Challenge

Throughout January, ICIT is challenging you to think about how you learn and study through the 2020 #LearningHabits Challenge. Participants will complete tasks through Linkedin Learning, which teaches the latest software, creative and business skills through video. Each task takes five minutes or less to complete. Completed calendars will be entered into a drawing for prizes!
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Notes for Faculty and Staff
LEAP poster

LEAP poster proposals

The final call for LEAP poster proposals will be on Jan. 24 at 11:59 p.m. Participants are encouraged to submit their posters and attend LEAP day on Feb. 28 for a day of celebration including poster session, employer panels and a keynote address.
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Authorize the UW-Whitewater app for Canvas

Instructors should authorize the UW-Whitewater App to interact with their Canvas account (it takes less than a minute to do). This will allow students to get assignment due date notifications inside the app.

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Faculty and staff awards
Faculty and Academic Staff Awards
The UW-Whitewater Office of Academic Affairs annually recognizes faculty and staff excellence 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 March 1, and winners will be announced March 31.
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Notes for Students
Be Body Positive
Be Body Positive
Students are invited to join Be Body Positive, an eight-week program designed to help students create balanced and loving relationships with their whole selves. The workshop, led by campus dietician Rachael Omdoll, will meet once a week. For more information, please contact Rachael Omdoll at omdollr@uww.edu.
Student success center
Offices will be open late on Jan. 23

Attention students! Advising, Financial Aid, the Cashier’s Office, Adult Student Services and Admissions will be open late to assist you on Thursday, Jan. 23. Other offices have already established evening hours. Check out the schedule below.
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The Muse
The Muse accepting submissions
The Muse, a nonprofit literary arts magazine run by UW-Whitewater students, is accepting submissions of art, poetry and prose for their annual publication. Those who have their work accepted will be invited to participate in Muse Night, a showcase and celebration of student work.
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In the Community

Effigy Mounds

City Announces Multiple Volunteer Cleanup Days for Effigy Mounds Preserve
The City of Whitewater is looking for partners to help clear brush and fallen trees and spread wood chips along the pathways at Effigy Mounds Preserve. Studies suggest these mounds were a gathering place for several Midwestern Native American tribes; the oldest mounds are geometric shapes, and the more recent ones resemble animal shapes ranging in size from 60 to 300 feet. For questions or to sign up for the events, you may reach out to Eric Boettcher, parks and recreation director, at EBoettcher@whitewater-wi.gov or 262-473-0122.

Upcoming Events
Presidential Stories Your Textbook Forgot
1-2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22
Starin Park Community Building at 504 W. Starin Rd., Whitewater
Casual Joe's Ribbon Cutting and Open House
4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24
Casual Joe's at 319 W. James St., Whitewater
Indoor Market
9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Jan. 25
Irvin L. Young Memorial Library at 431 W. Center Street, Whitewater
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