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Friday, July 3, 2020
David Fassbender crosses the finish line.
Prioritizing safety as we return to campus
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is planning to return to a modified normal at both our Whitewater and Rock County campuses beginning with the fall 2020 semester. The first day of classes is Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Our fall instruction will include a mix of in-person, hybrid and online course delivery options. The expectation is that everyone at UW-Whitewater — including students, faculty, staff and visitors — will wear face coverings on campus, indoors or outdoors, unless they have a health condition that limits their ability to wear a face covering or are in a situation where they can be fully socially distant such as in a private office or single residence hall room.
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Purcell Pearson speaking with people on the UW-Whitewater campus.
Warhawk Purcell Pearson wins 2020 WiSys Quick Pitch State Final
Congratulations to psychology major Purcell Pearson for winning the WiSys Quick Pitch State Final on June 17! This state-wide competition included student researchers from across the UW System.
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Kumpaty Hephzibah, left, with Robert Rider in the lab in 2019.
Warhawk earns national chemistry accolade
Chemistry major Robert Rider will participate in a prestigious national educational outreach and workforce development program in chemistry at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, this summer.
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Campus Kudos
Kudos to Jaquilla Ross, lecturer of accounting, who begins her role as president of the Milwaukee chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants on July 1. Read more »

Kudos to Ken Brosky, assistant professor of English, and to Nadine Kriska, a lecturer in Biological Sciences, who are among 26 outstanding faculty and academic staff from UW System campuses chosen to participate in the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars Program for the 2021-22 academic year. The initiative is one of three programs offered by the Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) to ensure teaching and student success in face-to-face, online, and blended learning environments. Ken and Nadine will participate in the programming with peers from many different disciplines across the UW System.

Kudos to Professor Scott Peters in the Department of Educational Foundations in the College of Education and Professional Studies who in September will join a national team studying how to better reach underserved communities with programs for gifted and talented students. The study by the National Center for Research on Gifted Education (NCRGE) is based on evidence that the quality and extent of programming for gifted students varies between states, school districts and even schools within the same district. The NCRGE is funded by the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program in the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Educational Sciences.

Kudos to Barrett Swanson, assistant professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures, whose essay, “This Is Not a Test: Why America Fails to Prevent Disasters,” appears as the cover story in the July Harper’s Magazine. Subtitled as a “Letter from Disaster City,” Swanson wrote from his perspective as a volunteer mock-victim at Disaster City in College Station, TX, where first responders and search-and-rescue workers are trained. Swanson has been published previously in Harper’s and in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, The National Review and many others. Harper's Magazine »

Kudos to Tracey Scherr, professor of psychology, who is a co-author of one of the chapters in “Introduction to School Psychology in Vietnam,” a groundbreaking textbook published by the Vietnam National University Press. School psychology is an emerging field of study in Vietnam. Congratulations!

From left: Saree Behm, Brandon Klas, Grace Caine.
UW-Whitewater students awarded scholarships from the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired
Kudos to UW-Whitewater students Saree Behm, an early childhood education major from Janesville, Brandon Klas, an entrepreneurship major from Cedarburg and Grace Caine, a music major from Lowell, who received three of the eight scholarships awarded statewide from the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Each year, the Council awards scholarships to students from Wisconsin who are blind or visually impaired based on outstanding academic achievement and community involvement. Each scholarship comes with $2,000 toward their education. Congratulations!
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In the Media
Matthew Andrzejewski, psychology lecturer, and his students found homes for 20 rats that were involved in a behavioral science research project in Upham Hall that was cut short by the pandemic. UW-Whitewater practices rat adoption over euthanasia methods. WISN 12 »

Eric Loepp, assistant professor of political science, sought institutional review board approval to survey his 100-plus students at the start and finish of their virtual learning experience this spring semester. Loepp hoped to discover ways that a COVID-19 online semester is different from a regular online course and how much instructors would have to change their usual practices to succeed in the new format. Inside Higher Ed »

Dan Zamzow, assistant biology professor helped a four-member youth team from Clinton, Wis. find ferret fur and taught them how to extract the pheromones from it to ward off rodents. The students are semi-finalists in a world competition for an innovation award from FIRST LEGO League, an alliance that introduces STEM to children. The team found a way to ward off rats and mice from destroying buildings by injecting rodent-repelling ferret pheromones into insulation wrap. Janesville Gazette »

Beth John, director of First Year Experience and Marie Hornickel, assistant director, teamed up with Involvio to rapidly transition the Warhawks SOAR orientation program into a robust, remote experience. All components of the traditional SOAR program will now be accessible through the UW-Whitewater remote app. Involvio »

Bags filled with free food on a table outside.
Studio 84, a local arts organization that serves people with disabilities, closed in March. Staff members couldn't meet the needs of all its clients when their volunteers, many of them UW-Whitewater students, were sent home. According to a UW System report, 47 percent of Wisconsin nonprofits have reduced programming due to the pandemic. The same percentage have downsized their staff.
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Sarah Hemmerle marches down the street with her parents while they play their instruments.
Sarah Hemmerle, a UW-Whitewater at Rock County jazz and concert band musician, played tenor saxophone with her parents Ken and Debbie in the streets of Beloit, Wis. to honor veterans on Memorial Day. Debbie played a drum pad and Ken a trumpet as they played patriotic tunes throughout the neighborhood.
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Virtual Events
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New virtual summer exhibit at Roberta's Art Gallery
UW-Whitewater's Roberta's Art Gallery is hosting Storied Moments, a new, virtual exhibit! This exhibit, which highlights 30 pastel works, is free to access online and features Wisconsin Pastel Artist and UW-Whitewater Alumna, Judy Grochowski.
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Community workshop: Dealing with Anxiety During These Stressful Times
Jim Winship, emeritus professor of social work, will be presenting this virtual workshop at noon, Friday, July 10, via Webex. He will be sharing a range of approaches and tools for dealing with stress and anxiety. There will be opportunities for discussion.

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UW-Whitewater students complete Business Professional Development Program
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UW-Whitewater students win awards at the 2020 MAGD EXPO

Notes for Faculty and Staff

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Sleep competition

StayWell will be hosting a sleep competition for all eligible StayWell participants in the month of July. Snooze Fest is all about great things sleep can do to improve your days. Get seven hours of sleep on 21 nights during the monthlong challenge and satisfy your well-being activity portion of your Well Wisconsin incentive! Snooze Fest runs from July 1 - July 31. Learn more and track your time at wellwisconsin.staywell.com.
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In the Community

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City of Whitewater Creates Additional Safe Eating Space in Downtown
The City of Whitewater has created additional space for patrons of downtown restaurants to enjoy their meals safely. The city will barricade the section of 1st Street between Main and Center and treat this space like a local park, following park hours of 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. and all park rules will be enforced. The temporary park will be open through Saturday, October 31, 2020 or until weather permits. This temporary park location will offer picnic spaces spaced out for social distancing. All visitors are expected to respect social distancing, to clean up after themselves, throw away garbage and recycling and be sure no food is left behind. Much like other parks, alcohol will not be permitted.

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