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Tuesday, April 28, 2020
David Fassbender crosses the finish line.
Record graduation rates
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has attained a 6-year graduation rate of 62.5%, a record for the institution and a critical measure of student success. The university’s 4-year graduation also set a record, at 39%.

“I am very proud of these benchmarks,” said Greg Cook, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “We’ve put great effort into supporting student success and encouraging on-time graduation. Our 6-year rate is very strong compared to national averages, especially when adjusted for the profile of our students. A commitment to timely graduation also underscores our exceptional value at a time when students and their families want to know they are making a good educational investment.”
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50 Trees for 50 Years of Earth Day
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the UW-Whitewater Sustainability Office and the City of Whitewater are coming together to continue advocating for trees by launching the “50 Trees for 50 Years” campaign in hopes of planting 50 trees throughout the campus and community before Arbor Day 2021. Trees will be planted in city parks, local elementary school grounds, and prominent areas of campus for current and future generations to enjoy.
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Founder’s Day remembrance
Tuesday, April 21, 1868, marked the opening day for the Whitewater State Normal School (now UW-Whitewater). Charles Brockway, one of the school’s first students, recalled: “It was a bright, beautiful, April day…when the formal opening of the school took place. The sound of the hammer was still echoing through the halls and the workmen rested from their labors, while the citizens of the village and the students who on the morrow would meet to begin the active work of the school, gathered in the Assembly Room [of Old Main] to listen to the inaugural address of President Arey.”
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COVID 19 info through summer 2020
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Face-to-face courses have been suspended for the remainder of the spring semester and for summer 2020. Alternative methods of instruction began March 30 and continue throughout the summer session. Online courses are still running as normal.
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Campus Kudos
Kudos to Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer Kenny Yarbrough, who has been selected as a 2020-21 Fellow by the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). The highly-selective NADOHE Fellows Program pairs new or early- career chief diversity officers with a senior-level peer for one academic year of in-person and online visits for mentoring and professional development.

Kudos to Sang Choi, professor of occupational and environmental safety and health, who will participate as a judge at the General Donald R. Keith Memorial Capstone "Virtual" Conference in the United States Military Academy at West Point on Thursday, April 30. Choi will judge process modeling and tracking presentations and help select of the SISE best paper awards. Read more »

Kudos to English Language Academy students Kangping Gu, Aurora Barassi and Shiao Tao, who placed first, second and third, respectively, in the Wisconsin Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages writing contest. Competing in the “Adult Writing” category, Gu, from China, wrote “A Fox in the Hills.” Barassi, from Italy, wrote “A Charming Surprise.” Tao, also from China, wrote “Nine Colors of Luck.” Read more »

Virtual Events
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Campus Awards
Celebrate the 2019-2020 Campus Awards virtually at 1 p.m., Sunday, May 3. Help us honor the nominees and applaud the award recipients!
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T-shirt coaster workshop
Kate is back! Roberta’s Gallery own craft guru will lead a live T-shirt coaster workshop at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 5. Follow along at home while Kate Amerling shows how a T-shirt can be transformed into an artful coaster. Grab a tee and use your hands to create something simple, beautiful and useful.

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Make your world a stage
Pull up a stool and turn on the spotlight for Open Mic Night, presented by UC Entertainment at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 30. The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Once your submission is approved, you will receive a Zoom invitation to join for the Facebook Live event.
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Sign up for Warhawk Alley’s virtual UNO tournament at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 2. The event requires a download of the digital UNO app and of Zoom to participate. Prizes will be awarded to winners and randomly through a drawing.
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Warhawk Fitness goes virtual
Warhawk Fitness is excited to offer fitness options our campus community can access from the comfort of their living room! Our programs are 14 days in length unless noted otherwise. Workouts and resources will be updated periodically, so please continue to check back!
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The Department of Music will be starting #MusicMondays, with virtual performances by the Chamber Singers on the department Facebook page, facebook.com/uwwmusic. Tune at noon on Monday, May 4, for Modern Band with Alena Holmes, associate professor of music.
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Recent Merit Badges
Student merit
UW-Whitewater Theater/Dance Department honors participants of DanceScapes 2020
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UW-Whitewater students win 2020 Wisconsin Newspaper Association Award
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Ten from UW-Whitewater Football earn Hampshire Honor Society Membership

Notes for Faculty and Staff
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Winner to be announced

The first recipient of the Million Step Challenge Trophy will be announced on Friday, May 1, so be sure your team has logged their steps. Don’t forget about the Conversion Chart for other activities.

Check the leaderboard to see who’s winning, by logging into your portal account and select the challenges tab on the top toolbar. Then click on the “steps” tab and under that, click on “go to leaderboard."

If you haven’t registered your team with Benefits, do so before next Friday by contacting benefits@uww.edu.

Stay moving and stay healthy!

University Health and Counseling Services is open and available during this time

UHCS has a new resource for managing stress, which was developed by interns in the UHCS psychology and counseling program.

The PowerPoint, titled "Managing Anxiety and Stress during COVID-19", includes advice and simple tips for transitioning into online courses, maintaining a routine, coping with stress, sleep, finding ways to socialize while social distancing and contact information to connect with UHCS directly.

The counseling service at UHCS is open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on normal business days, with counselors available for phone and video counseling services at 262-472-1305. The health services office on campus is open daily from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for in-person or telehealth appointments. Students must call first to schedule an in-person appointment.
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Shape our community’s future — Participate in the Census
The 2020 Census is officially underway, Warhawks! Make sure to do your part and count yourself as a resident of Whitewater, Wisconsin, if you live here for more than nine months out of the year. Even if you’ve had to temporarily relocate due to COVID-19, you should still count yourself as a Whitewater resident.

Your participation helps determine the amount of federal funding our community receives and shapes its representation in government. Your submitted answers are anonymous and are used only to produce statistics.
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