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Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020
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Living in the Moment
Award-winning poet Marilyn Annucci takes us into the moment — bringing to life vivid details of memories and encouraging us to pause to see the things we might otherwise miss.
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UW-Whitewater receives national award in Sustained Excellence in Assessment
UW-Whitewater is one of just three colleges or universities in the U.S. — and the only Wisconsin institution — to be awarded the 2020 Sustained Excellence in Assessment Designation, an honor that reflects the university’s decades-long commitment to assessment.
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Resilience in a time of COVID-19
This year's Fall Diversity Forum, We All Belong Here, will take place on Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1 as a virtual event. Join us for panelist discussions on COVID experiences, personal pronoun useage and disability rights.
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Campus Kudos
Kudos to Brittany Redden, a graduate assistant in the Department of Psychology, who was named a Hometown Hero by Whitewater Unites Lives for her work to help distribute food to school-age children in the Whitewater Unified School District who might have otherwise gone hungry over the summer months. Brittany is currently earning an education specialist degree at UW-Whitewater, having graduated magna cum laude with a degree in social work in 2019 and then earning her Master of Science in Education in school psychology in 2020. Congratulations Brittany!

Kudos to Dan Stalder, professor of psychology, and three of his students — Taylor Hammes, Christian Pecore and Josie Hammes — who assisted in independent study on research that has been accepted for the 32nd Annual Conference of the Association for Psychological Science in its APS Virtual Poster Showcase. The work explores how people who are attracted and repelled by the same group social settings also tend to be interested in the same brands of smartphones, laptops and game consoles.

Kudos to Melissa Miller, nurse practitioner at University Health and Counseling Services, who is the first employee at UW-Whitewater to become certified as a college health and wellness professional. She completed all the requirements set forth by American College Health Association’s Leadership Institute for CHWP certification, which included passing seven core courses and three electives and passing the certification exam — all based on demonstrating and honing the unique knowledge and skill of caring for those on a college campus.
In the Media
Pulling garbage out of the river with a magnet.
Eric Compas, professor of geography, geology and environmental sciences, was quoted in an article about magnet fishing, a recreational activity in which people fish metal out of waterways. As president of the Rock River Coalition, Compas says the removal of the metal objects has a positive impact on the water quality in area lakes and rivers.
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Barrett Swanson, assistant professor of languages and literatures, wrote a reflection on legacy and memory in the New Republic about the legacy of emeritus English professor Robert Burrows, who passed away in April. Swanson learned that Burrows was a loving husband, a loyal and principled colleague, a scholar of major American authors and a beloved teacher. An published writer, Burrows was also tagged, arguably unfairly, by a single reviewer as “the worst novelist in the English language.”
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Virtual Events
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Input sought for rural prosperity commission
The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity is holding a virtual listening session on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. for rural residents to share ideas and experiences about what it will take to advance rural prosperity for all in Wisconsin. The commission is asking people who want to share their comments to register in advance by visiting the Office of Rural Prosperity website.
Student Involvement Fair: Save the date
Are you looking to get involved and meet people on campus? Make sure you check out the the Student Involvement Fair! It will be held virtually this year, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9, and hosted on uww.edu/connect. Students will have the opportunity to visit different rooms, learn about the groups and find out how to join them.

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Magician Derek Hughes
Join UC Entertainment at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10, as they partner with magician, Derek Hughes for this free event over Facebook Live! Derek Hughes has a long history of magic work and even made it as a finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent! For more information, visit uww.edu/uc/things-to-do/entertainment-events and to join the event, visit facebook.com/UCEntertain/.
A Perspective on Digital Privacy and Security
Renowned security expert and former federal Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will share his unique perspective on issues related to digital privacy and security at a free public virtual event on Friday, Sept. 18, at noon CST. Brian Dennis, director of the Cybersecurity Center for Business at UW-Whitewater, will moderate. This event is part of the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership's ongoing series: Privacy in a Digital World.
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P.E.A.C.E. fall film schedule
The student group P.E.A.C.E. (Peace, Education, Activism, through Creative Engagement) will once again show free monthly documentary films, addressing various issues of public concern. P.E.A.C.E. shows monthly documentaries on campus to inform and educate students and the community. The films shown are related to many social, political, and environmental issues that surround us as a community and also on a global level.
Young Auditorium goes digital for fall 2020
UW-Whitewater’s premier arts and entertainment venue has put together an impressive fall season of digital theatre offerings. With live interactive concerts, premium Broadway content, and FREE weekly performances, Young Auditorium is committed to providing a wide array of virtual entertainment options to help serve the campus and community in the coming months.
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Notes for Campus
Help with recycling and trash removal

To maintain safe, sanitary spaces to work and learn during the COVID-19 pandemic, custodians have taken on additional workloads, including disinfecting high-touch surfaces, checking PPE supplies in classrooms, and cleaning restrooms twice a day.

To help create more time for this important work and to respect people’s private office spaces to encourage social distancing, we are asking the campus community to help: please empty smaller trash cans in office suites, including rooms such as personal offices, conference rooms, work rooms, and break rooms.
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Important changes for the Warhawk Shuttle

The Warhawk Shuttle is operating to serve students, faculty and staff needing rides between the Whitewater and Rock County campuses with service to the Van Galder bus terminal in Janesville. This year we have a few changes, including a reservation system, new schedule, COVID precautions for passengers, and a new pickup location on the Whitewater campus.
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UWW-TV programming guides

Feel like watching something on TV? You're in luck, because each week the staff at UWW-TV will be providing weekly programming guides to our campus cable channels: UWW-TV and Classic Sports! Below are the guides for the week of Sept. 7, 2020.
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Notes for Faculty and Staff
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Mindful workshop

Join Christel Wendelberger, author of Mindful Gratitude: Practicing the Art of Appreciation, for a virtual workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 30, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The first 35 people to sign up will receive a free copy of Christel’s book, and the first 50 people to sign up will receive a free Mindful Gratitude journal. Registration is required by emailing benefits@uww.edu by Sept. 29.
Referring students to counseling services

Faculty and staff are often the first individuals a student may reach out to when they are struggling with mental health concerns. Please see the PDF link below for directions on how to refer a student to counseling services. Please do not hesitate to call with any questions or concerns.
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COVID-19 behavior reporting

Members of the UW-Whitewater community are encouraged to report a concerning behavior in relation to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic. This could include issues relating to face coverings, social distancing, etc., on campus. The Dean of Students Office will review each report and follow up or pass on the report to the appropriate entity.
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Notes for Students
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Your guide for money management hints and tips
Are you seeking ways to make your dollar go just a little bit farther? The Financial Literacy Center recently published "Being Money Smart," which contains more than 55 pages of money management hints and tips. This online guide is open-access to all students, and in turn, students are able to contribute information as they deem necessary. Personal experiences and testimonials are encouraged to create a better picture of what it means to be a Warhawk. Check it out today!
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In the Community

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Volunteer opportunity
Looking for volunteer opportunites? Discover Whitewater Series is looking for volunteers to help out for their upcoming run and walk on Sunday, Sept. 20. All volunteers will receive a free shirt and a sandwich.

Community Events and Resources
The Community Space
The Community Space, located at 834 E. Milwaukee Street in Whitewater, Wisconsin, provides food, clothing, furniture and more to people in a dignified, respectful and joyful manner. All are welcome. A Little Free Pantry is available 24/7. 262-379-0187.
Free meals available
Starting Tuesday, Sept. 1, free home-made, microwavable, take-home dinners will be distributed on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 5 and 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at 145 S. Prairie Street, Whitewater. Individuals will receive three meals at each pickup through a no-contact window on the side of the building.
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