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Tuesday, May 5, 2020
David Fassbender crosses the finish line.
Virtual Celebration of Graduates
Help us celebrate UW-Whitewater's spring graduates at our Virtual Celebration of Graduates at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, on Facebook Live. During this 30-minute program our chancellor and interim provost will preside and our student speakers will share their thoughts. And then — get ready to join us in the Warhawk Strut!

This event isn’t meant to take the place of a traditional commencement ceremony — a decision is still pending on when that will be held. But we wanted to celebrate our very special 150th graduating class. Go Warhawks!
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Marilyn Annucci.
WHY I TEACH, Marilyn Annucci
In WHY I TEACH, award-winning poet Marilyn Annucci talks about the choice she made to be a writer and a teacher.

“There is pleasure in leading students to that moment where they see something they didn’t see before.

“They’ll read a story and they think they understood it. And then we start talking about it more and we start asking more questions — ‘Oh, wow, there’s all these other layers to it.’ And that’s really exciting.”
Susan Stredulinky.
WHY I TEACH, Susan Stredulinsky
In WHY I TEACH, Susan Stredulinsky, senior lecturer of biology on our Rock County campus, talks about sharing her enthusiasm about all things biological — and about learning in general — with her students.

"I get a sense of satisfaction when I can help my students open their minds to new ways of thinking that help them be more accepting of diversity in others, healthier as individuals or feel more connected to other living things."
Warhawks Rising.
Warhawks Rising
Are you graduating in a few weeks? Congratulations! Don't forget to fill out the form that was sent to your email last week so you can be part of Warhawks Rising, our special social media campaign to celebrate our graduates! All information is due by noon CST, Thursday, May 7.
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Warhawk Wellness
And the Steps Challenge winner — with 262,585 steps — is Team Management! Congratulations! (Leaderboard was checked at 8 a.m. on May 1 to determine the leader.) To see where your team ranks on the Leaderboard, log into your StayWell Portal, select Challenges, go to Steps Challenges and then select on GO TO LEADERBOARD. Who is going to be the recipient of the traveling trophy next month? Be sure to sync your devices and add any additional steps using the conversion chart. Your team could be the next winner. Stay well and keep moving!
Campus Kudos
Kudos to Aaron Axelsen, '05, operations manager for the Learning Technology Center, who was recently featured in the Cisco Blog article “Distance Learning Expands with Webex Education Connector in Learning Management Systems.” The article talks about how universities such as UW-Whitewater are leveraging Cisco Webex within Learning Management Systems (such as Canvas) in order to help transform classroom learning to online learning. This feature makes it easier for students and instructors to stay connected with teaching and learning remotely. Read more »

Kudos to Michael Hammer, associate professor of communication sciences and disorders, who was a featured speaker at the 2020 National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association Virtual Symposium on May 2. The symposium focused on clinical care, quality of life and clinical research for individuals with spasmodic dysphonia and other voice disorders. Read more »

Virtual Events
University Town Hall Webex Event
Chancellor Dwight C. Watson and members of the senior leadership team will host a Webex Event at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, to update the campus community on a variety of university matters.

The leadership team will answer questions that are submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, to cainen@uww.edu. Questions will also be taken during the event.
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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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Rainbow Celebration of Excellence
A vibrant gallery of LGBTQ+ advocacy is the focus of the ninth annual Rainbow Celebration of Excellence, presented virtually this year on the PB Poorman Pride Center Facebook page. Honorees are celebrated with a photo, art and personal statements. Student recipients of awards for LGBTQ+ advocacy, leadership and academics along with staff and student allies are recognized. Graduates will receive rainbow cords by mail, said Stephanie Selvick, campus LGBTQ+ coordinator.
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