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Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020
COVID testing in the Williams Center
UW-Whitewater reprises its role of service to the community during crisis
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and the Whitewater community have been through a great deal together in more than 150 years, including two world wars, the 1918 influenza pandemic and, now, the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Virtual ceremony at 1 p.m. Dec. 19
Help us celebrate the historic 150th class of Warhawks graduating in 2020 in a ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19! The ceremony can be viewed at uww.edu/commencement.
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Melvin Juette
Keynote speaker: Melvin Juette
Juette, director of the Deferred Prosecution Program at the Dane County District Attorney’s Office, earned a B.A. in social work with a minor in criminal justice in 1992, and is an author and Paralympic athlete and coach.
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Brian Martinez
Student speaker: Brian Martinez
Martinez, who came to UW-Whitewater from Mt. Pleasant, earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science with a legal studies emphasis and a paralegal certificate, and served as a peer mentor and in WSG.
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Alex Ostermann
Student speaker: Alexander Ostermann
Ostermann, from Cedarburg, earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing major and served as student body president.
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Jaclyn Wold
Student speaker: Jaclyn Wolf
Wolf is a liberal arts major from Janesville who is earning her Associate of Arts degree from UW-Whitewater at Rock County and will be continuing her studies at the Whitewater campus.
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Campus Kudos
Kudos to Michael Friedson, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology, whose research paper exploring the use of physical discipline within families in disadvantaged communities is published in the December online edition of Springer Nature, a global publisher serving the research community. “Rather than blaming parents, my study seeks to better understand the causes of this physical punishment use by referencing the myriad sources of threat and hardship facing members of disadvantaged communities,” said Friedson. Read more »

Kudos to Matthew Vick, professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Nicole Weber, director of learning technology, whose conference presentation on blended learning earned high marks from their peers at the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Accelerate Conference 2020. Their session received a “Best-In-Track” award determined from votes by conference attendees. The OLC chief executive officer and conference co-chair called the presentation “outstanding,” in a time of unprecedented challenge and demand for blended learning.

Kudos to Bethann Moran-Handzlik, lecturer in the Department of Art and Design, whose love for the beauty of birds in both life and death is shown in the essay, “Nature Morte: To Paint a Dead Bird,” in Realism Today, which features master artists. Moran-Handzlik’s work also is published in the Dec./Jan. PleinAir Magazine. Links to Moran-Handzlik’s current publications and to works in progress can be found at www.bethannmoran.com/ and on Instagram.
In the Media
Jessie Garrison, general management major, and Hannah Zannow, marketing major, are proud alumni of the Monticello School District. The community, in turn, has shown its pride in them with $2,000 scholarships from the Monticello Foundation, Inc. Post Messenger Recorder »

Holly Denning, lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology, helped shine a light on the larger history of Thanksgiving along with others in an virtual discussion about race and ethnicity sponsored by the Diversity Action Team of Rock County and other groups. The snapshot in time of a small meeting between the Wampanoag tribe and Pilgrims became a myth which has ignored catastrophic consequences for native people. Janesville Gazette »

Grace Frey, social work major, is a helper who wants to break the stigma of diagnosable mental illness with her own narrative. These illnesses are treatable, she writes, and should not keep you from reaching your goals and dreams. Janesville Gazette »

Jackie Briggs, director of admissions, is excited about the enthusiasm and interest in joining the Warhawk family, indicated by an 87 percent increase in applications to the university in September and October over last year, during a no-cost application campaign. Janesville Gazette »

Upcoming Events
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Virtual bingo
At 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 8, join Warhawk Alley and UC Entertainment as they host their last virtual bingo night of the semester over Zoom! This event is free and will consist of five rounds of bingo, with prizes valued at more than $50! Make sure to sign up before you miss out!
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Jasmine Ellis

Comedian Jasmine Ellis

Laugh it up with UC Entertainment as they host comedian Jasmine Ellis on Facebook Live at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10. This free event is a study break. Refresh your brain with some of Jasmine’s energetic stand-up acts!
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Additional Events
Basic first aid
Noon, Friday, Dec. 11
Ugly sweater promotion
Now through Friday, Dec. 11
Warhawk Alley

In the Community

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Tis the season for Die Hard
Die Hard, the action thriller from 1988 that is set on Christmas Eve, is playing at the Whitewater Cinemas Tuesday, Dec. 8, through Thursday, Dec. 10. Movie showings are at 4:25 and 7:15 p.m.

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Community Events and Resources
Whitewater City Market
4-6 p.m. on Tuesdays by the Train Depot near Cravath Lakefront.
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.
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