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Friday, May 15, 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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Alex Ostermann.
Alexander Ostermann named student speaker for Class of 2020
Alex Ostermann’s resume includes elections to some of the most prestigious student leadership positions at UW-Whitewater. But to focus on the titles is to overlook the legacy of a man who has spent his collegiate years advocating for students, mentoring a new generation of young leaders, and modeling public service and philanthropy.
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Brian Martinez.
Brian Martinez named student speaker for Class of 2020
For Brian Martinez, becoming a Warhawk meant finding a place to plant roots. When he visited campus as a transfer student from another university to Martinez, UW-Whitewater felt like an inclusive family, where everyone belonged — a place that put people first.

“I could see myself thriving here. I knew the amount of opportunities I would have.”
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George Jones teaching in front of a whiteboard.
WHY I TEACH, George Jones
In WHY I TEACH, George Jones, professor of economics at UW-Whitewater’s Rock County campus since 1992, says he is a better teacher because of his interaction with his students. A classroom observer can readily see why he is a recipient of the W.P. Roseman Excellence in Teaching Award, the university’s highest accolade.
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UW-Whitewater announces 2020 alumni award recipients
Three alumni who have achieved significant professional and community service success are being honored as UW-Whitewater celebrates its 152nd anniversary. Each 2020 award winner is a woman of color and represents the first generation in her family to earn a college degree.
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Diana Boomsma.
Elementary education major Diana Boomsma wins McGraw Award
Diana Boomsma, a senior elementary education major, is the recipient of the McGraw Award for Student Excellence, the university’s top student award. Boomsma is a nontraditional student who will graduate in December 2020.
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Luca Petrogalli
A Warhawk living alone on his residence hall floor during COVID-19 pandemic goes viral on TikTok
UW-Whitewater student Luca Petrogalli’s clever TikTok videos about his life as the only resident on the second floor of Wells East Residence Hall have, as they say, gone viral.
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Campus Kudos
Kudos to Karl Brown, assistant professor of history, who was named this year’s Undergraduate Research Program Mentor of the Year for his exceptional work with our undergraduate student researchers. “(Dr. Brown) has not only been an exemplary mentor and generally outstanding professor, but also has always pushed me to be my best self, both personally and professionally,” said Elizabeth Farrey, who graduated in December with a B.A. in history. “His drive to help students, to connect with them, and to encourage them to succeed is one of the unique characteristics that makes him one of the best professors I have had.”

Kudos to Kate McKay, nonresident counselor in the Office of Admissions, who received the James A. Alexander Newcomer Award through the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling, which recognizes significant contributions of members with fewer than five years’ involvement with the organization.

Kudos to Eric Loepp, assistant professor of political science, who won the inaugural Cisco/Presidio Teaching the Technology Honorarium. The recognition is bestowed upon an instructor who displays an outstanding commitment to leveraging learning technologies to solve common teaching challenges related to creating rich learning experiences to increase student success.

Kudos to Sang Choi, professor of occupational and environmental safety and health, who will serve as a Special Emphasis Panelist for the CDC-National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Scientific Peer-Review for the topics of Commercial Fishing Occupational Safety Research and Commercial Fishing Occupational Safety Training Project Grants. The meeting took place via teleconference May 12.

Kudos to Devontae Sisk, business education major, who was recently elected to serve as Wisconsin Collegiate DECA state president. Collegiate DECA is an association of marketing students.

Kudos to Nicole Weber, director of learning technology, who recently published an article featured in the RealizeIt Blog titled “The Shift to Remote Teaching: Lessons from the Field.” It focuses on lessons learned during the switch to remote teaching, and also provides a few quick tips for leaders, staff, and instructors as they prepare for fall.

Kudos to Jenna Cushing-Leubner, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, who appeared on the What in the World? Language Podcast about UW-Whitewater’s Heritage Language Education series, which supports heritage language teachers from all over the country in doing critical and transformative curriculum and instructional approaches with their multilingual students in K-12 and higher education.
In the Media
Francis Castro, Spanish education major, was crowned Miss Wisconsin Latina. After graduation, she plans to become a Spanish teacher in the School District of Beloit’s dual language immersion program. Beloit Daily News »

Luca Petrogalli, a finance major from Italy, is coping with isolation during the pandemic by sharing his residence life experiences with fans around the world — and has become a TikTok sensation. WISN-12 Milwaukee »

Head baseball coach, John Vodenlich, spoke about spring sport athletes receiving another year of eligibility after their season was shortened by COVID-19. Vodenlich is hopeful the Warhawk baseball program will reap the benefits of their newly remodeled clubhouse. WKOW 27 »

Wade Tillett, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, supports the Janesville School District’s idea of “differentiating” students as the knowledge gap increases due to the pandemic. The district wants to teach students with varying ability together in the classroom, despite disparities caused by school closings. Janesville Gazette »

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education recognized Artanya Wesley for being appointed vice chancellor for student affairs. Journal of Blacks in Higher Education »

Wes Enterline, director of sustainability, explained how launching the Salisbury Idea ensures all species native to Wisconsin are represented in the university’s arboretum. Since 2018, the sustainability office has been identifying campus trees and planting new ones. The Arbor Day Foundation and ArbNet recognized the university for its efforts to repopulate the campus arboretum. Janesville Gazette »

Lynn Gilbertson, associate professor of communication sciences and disorders, and Donna Vosburg, associate professor of occupational and environmental safety and human health, collaborated to develop an in-ear dosimeter to measure noise in the ear canal. The patented device will more accurately assess noise exposure to earpiece wearers in the workplace. Janesville Gazette »

Bryce James Mann, who graduates this May with a double major in psychology and social work, shares his thoughts on finishing up his undergraduate experience under COVID-19. The Platteville-area native will be attending graduate school in the fall. Whitewater Banner »
Virtual Events
ROTC invite.
Virtual Spring Army ROTC Commissioning ceremony
The ROTC department will be commissioning three Army 2nd Lieutenants into the Wisconsin Army National Guard at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 16, via Facebook Live on UW-Whitewater's ROTC Facebook page. They are Christian Pecore, psychology major and branching Infantry, Hunter Kolberg, criminology major and branching Field Artillery, and Jon Jennings, political science major and branching Transportation.
University Housing Reception of Excellence
This event is a celebration of all of the hard work done this year by student leaders, staff, and other outstanding contributions to the University Housing community. This year’s reception occurred virtually. Nominations were pre-recorded and then compiled into an Academy Awards-style YouTube live video on Monday, May 4. Category winners will receive their plaques at a later date.

MAGD Expo.
MAGD expo goes virtual
UW-Whitewater’s Media Arts and Game Development program is holding the Annual MAGD EXPO 2020 exclusively online this year from May 19 to June 19. The public is invited to spend some time experiencing, playing, and viewing student’s projects and participate in choosing the people’s choice award. The MAGD Expo projects can be found online at http://www.magdexpo.com
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Notes for Campus
From the Desk of Chancellor Dwight C. Watson

Chancellor Dwight C. Watson wrote a review of “Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover,” 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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Warhawk Weekly summer publishing hiatus

UW-Whitewater This Week will not publish regularly over the summer. Editions will be created and distributed as needed.

Notes for Faculty and Staff
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Gardening 101 on Well Wisconsin Radio

Tune in LIVE to receive your Well Wisconsin well-being incentive credit toward your $150 incentive. Join us Tuesday, May 19, 12-12:30 p.m. for an interview with Travus Maloney, an education manager at Rooted, a Madison-based nonprofit. Travus educates beginning farmers and gardeners of all ages.

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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