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Tuesday, April 21, 2020
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Focused on the Finish
David Fassbender is a physical education major from Slinger who's burning up the track, capturing his second straight All-America honor and finishing sixth at the NCAA Cross Country Championship, the highest finish ever for a Warhawk. And the hardworking runner is one of the almost 10% of UW-Whitewater students who use the university's acclaimed Center for Students with Disabilities. Far from holding him back, his autism gives him a singular focus — which helps him push past the pain and focus on the finish.
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Rock County campus student garners two national awards
Recent UW-Whitewater at Rock County graduate Steffi Farrey, a liberal studies major from Whitewater, has won a national writing competition for the second year in a row.
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UW-Whitewater lands another million-dollar cybersecurity grant
Less than two months after receiving a $1.9-million-dollar grant to expand cybersecurity internships, UW-Whitewater has been awarded an additional $1.1 million to help Wisconsin defense suppliers comply with federal cybersecurity requirements.
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Earth Week celebration
The Sustainability Office is hosting a number of virtual events as part of the 50th annual Earth Day celebration. Events include bike tune-ups and tips video series, discussion of UW-Whitewater’s recent commitment to climate action, social distancing litter cleanup, virtual tours of the Campus Garden and Greenhouse, documentary discussion, and a special Arbor Day announcement!
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UW-Whitewater is first Wisconsin university to earn Level II arboretum accreditation
In a demonstration of its ongoing commitment to a botanical vision 150 years in the making, UW-Whitewater has applied for and received Level II accreditation by ArbNet, the Interactive Community of Arboreta. The campus has also been recognized as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.
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Campus Kudos
Kudos to Daniel R. Stalder, professor of psychology, who recently received an Action Teaching Award honorable mention from the Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues for his project, “An Online Support Group and Blog to Reduce Bias and Conflict.” Stalder said action teaching is a technique which educates students while contributing to peace, social justice and sustainable living. Stalder also writes a regular blog on human biases for Psychology Today Magazine, called “Bias Fundamentals: Tools to Keep Our Biases in Check.” In his most recent post, Stalder examines why some people resist social distancing, even in time of pandemic.

Kudos to Jo Ann Oravec, professor of information technology and supply chain management, whose contribution on privacy in the era of smart homes will be published as a chapter in the Springer Volume on Engineering and Philosophy series. The chapter is titled, “Privacy in an Era of Smart Homes and the Internet of Things (IoT).” Smart homes are residences where data is exchanged and collected in the course of running internet-connected appliances and other home systems.

Kudos to Carrie Merino, associate professor of counselor education, who has received the campus-wide 2020 Graduate Teaching Award along with $1,000 recognizing her accomplishments as a graduate instructor. Merino has taught an array of counselor education courses and is known as an innovator and a collaborative learner/teacher with students. Multiple students who commented in her evaluation mentioned Merino’s experience and passion. One wrote, “I love Carrie’s passion for social justice and helping our clients through the work we do.”

Virtual Events
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Climate Commitment discussion
Celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, by joining a live Q&A with Sustainability Office intern Jonathan Roberts about Chancellor Watson’s commitment to take climate action. Tune in at 4:30 p.m. to learn why UW-Whitewater is taking climate action and how you can get involved.
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Virtual Paint & Sip
Follow Roberta's Art Gallery assistant Kate as she shows step-by-step how to paint in a Virtual Paint & Sip event via Facebook Live on April 21 at 7 p.m. Feel free to join even if you cannot follow along. A list of art supplies and options for ordering online with curbside delivery is provided.

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Virtual Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Tournament
Get your special ops game face on for Warhawk Alley’s Virtual Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Tournament on April 25 at 7 p.m. Join Warhawk Alley via pc, Xbox, or PlayStation. Participants must have access to the full Call of Duty: Modern Warfare game and know their Activision username so they can be added to the game.
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Disney trivia
What short film featured Mickey Mouse’s first appearance? Which real-life actress inspired Belle’s intellectual persona? Join your friends as Warhawk Alley hosts Virtual Disney Trivia on April 27 at 7 p.m. Sign up in advance so you can get access to our Zoom event. The competition itself will take place via Kahoot, and participants will receive the access code the day of the event.
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April 22, 2020
Undergraduate Research is pleased to announce a Virtual Undergraduate Research Day to be held on Friday, May 1, 2020. Email your materials by Wednesday, April 22. Please note that your research does not need to be entirely complete. We understand this is a quick turnaround, therefore URP students are not required to participate in Virtual UR Day.
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Slam poet Ebony Stewart
Slam poet and sexual health advocate Ebony Stewart will perform in a virtual show on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. via Facebook Live on the page @UCEntertain. Stewart, a former sexual health instructor, is an international touring poet and performance artist. The performance is a collaboration between UC Entertainment, Whitewater Student Government and the It’s On US campaign.
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Mental Health Monologues
It’s here and available in the comfort and safety of your own home! Due to COVID-19, Active Minds brings you the annual performance of The Mental Health Monologues is now on YouTube. Thank you for the support!
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Virtual-19 Challenge
Brought to you by Warhawk Fitness, the virtual-19 challenge is a great way to stay active during this time! Over a three-week period, work your way to accumulating 19 miles of remote activity via whatever modality you choose (run, walk, bike, hike, etc.). Indoor options are also acceptable (treadmill, elliptical, bike, rower, etc.).
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Run with Rec
Rec Sports is proud to partner with our colleagues across the UW System to offer a virtual run/walk available to all students, university employees and family members! Choose one mile, a 5k or 10 — or you tell us!
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Notes for Campus

Get your $150 Wellness Incentive without leaving home

To get your incentive, you need to complete a Health Screening, Health Assessment and a Well-being Activity. You can complete the Assessment and Activity in your portal online. You can also submit your Health Screening results online by turning in a Health Care Provider form. If you have access to MyChart and have seen a doctor recently you can fill out the form and submit it. No doctor signature is required. You can turn it in anytime between now and October 9 from the comfort of your home!

From the Desk of Chancellor Dwight C. Watson

Chancellor Dwight C. Watson wrote a review of “The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates which was posted to the Andersen Library Blog. “From the Desk of Chancellor Dwight C. Watson” regularly appears on the blog, as the chancellor shares his reflections on the books he reads.
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Day of Caring starts Tuesday, April 21

Join fellow Warhawks in a day of caring! While we may not be together physically, we can come together virtually and share messages of hope, encouragement and congratulations to our students. Check out the website to learn how you can share a message or video for your favorite Warhawks. Let’s come together and rise!
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Notes for Students
Lawton grant application
Eligible students can receive up to $3,000 per year through the Lawton Undergraduate Minority Retention Grant program, which aims to increase the retention rate of underrepresented students by providing them with a series of higher education opportunities while reducing the burden of student debt.
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University Health, Counseling, and Wellness Services are here for you

Everyone at UHCS has been working hard to ensure we are meeting the physical and mental health needs of our UW-Whitewater students while attempting to minimize the spread of COVID-19. The following updates from UHCS are in response to the frequent changes we are all experiencing. While this is a stressful and difficult time for all, we are all in this together.
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Attention Graduating Seniors
Graduating seniors are reminded to take the Senior Outcomes Assessment Survey (SOAS). An email was sent on Thursday, April 9 from the Registrar's Office with a link to the survey. You may notice an SOAS hold on your WINS account. This is a reminder to complete the survey by May 15 at the latest. Holds will be removed every three days. Contact assessment@uww.edu with questions.
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