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Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021
Plans for Fall 2021.
Plans for in-person classes and experiences for fall 2021 semester
Warhawks, we are excited to share Chancellor Watson’s announcement for plans for the fall 2021 semester! These plans will include in-person classes and on-campus living and dining experiences as they were pre-pandemic. In addition, plans include athletics, arts and other expected activities. We will continue to take safety precautions and continue to follow CDC guidelines, so modifications may have to be made. Please continue to follow the Warhawk Social Covenant: wear a mask when in public, stay socially distant when appropriate, wash hands regularly and get tested, and — when eligible — get vaccinated.

We are looking forward to an exciting Fall 2021!
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Diversity Forum.
Diversity Forum starts today
The annual Spring Diversity Forum kicks off today! The theme is “We All Belong Here,” and the forum will assist participants in navigating difficult conversations, and situations and differing mindsets. Join us at 11 a.m. today, Tuesday, Feb. 23, for the first event: A Conversation with the Chancellor.
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Warhawk wins first place in national sales competition
Dominika Szeliga, a marketing and Spanish major from St. Charles, Illinois, won first place in the 2020 Equinix Sales Competition. Dom, who competed against 238 applicants from top universities such as Auburn, Dartmouth and Princeton, talks about how the training and education she’s received helped her be successful.
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Study shows mask wearing could reduce COVID-19 deaths by 10.5 percent
David Welsch, professor of economics, determined that if people who interact with others increase their use of face masks by just one percent, it could reduce COVID-19 deaths by 10.5 percent.

“Even if that number is off by a bit — even if it’s three people per county — that is still a big number,” said Welsch.
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Free COVID-19 testing.
UW-Whitewater entrepreneurship opportunities light a path for recent grad
Alumna Kristen Holtan, who pursued an entrepreneurship major during her time at UW-Whitewater, started her own business, participated in competitions and met her future employer before graduating in 2020. Holtan, who was mentored by Dave Gee, management lecturer and advisor to CEO and Launch Pad, speaks to her connection and experience as a Warhawk.
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Hawk Career Fest.
Get registered to meet with possible employers!
The Hawk Career Fair will take place virtually on Handshake across three days. This week's fair, from 2-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, is open to undergraduate and graduate students and alumni from all majors and will focus on full-time jobs and internships in business, management, human resources, supply chain, safety, marketing and communication.
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Campus Kudos
Kudos to early childhood education major Delaney Weissenborn and her Research Apprenticeship Program mentor Chancellor Dwight C. Watson for presenting their research project “Diversity Influences in the Women’s Suffrage Movement” for the Whitewater Area League of Women Voters. The virtual program was moderated by Karl Brown, associate professor of history, and can be replayed at the Whitewater Area League of Women Voters.

Kudos to the UW-Whitewater Esports Club, which is ranked fourth in the nation in the FaceIT Collegiate Rainbow 6 Siege Championship. The championship is the official collegiate competitive league in the U.S. and Canada for the Rainbow 6 video game.

Kudos to Eric Compas, professor of geography and director of the Geographic Information System Center, who will present “Testing the Waters: Real-Time Mapping of Water Chemistry on the Rock River” on April 15 as keynote speaker for the Chemical Monitoring Station of the Future virtual symposium in Koblenz, Germany. Compas and his students have used GIS and unmanned drones for environmental monitoring, and he is board president of the Rock River Coalition, a regional water quality organization that coordinates citizen science within the Rock River Basin.

Kudos to Jennifer Betters-Bubon, associate professor of counselor education, who received the 2021 WSCA Research and Professional Writing Award by conducting, publishing, or producing organized research in the field of school counseling. Betters-Bubon co-authored the book "Making MTSS Work," which helps school counselors better understand multi-tiered systems of support.

Kudos to Miguel Aranda, senior financial specialist at the University Center, who will appear along with Ahsin Azim of King and Spaulding LLP law firm in a virtual information session on DACA presented by Voto Latino of Wisconsin on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 5:15 p.m. The two will answer questions submitted in advance and discuss DACA assistance and what the future holds. DACA Update Info Session »

Kudos to Ruth Hansen, assistant professor of management, whose experimental research with colleague Lauren Dula of SUNY-Binghamton on gender and values in fundraising, received a $10,000 grant from the Research Council of the Global Association of Fundraising Professionals. Hansen and Dula are the first recipients of the newly created Wilson C. “Bill” Levis Fundraising Research Grant Award, which supports the research projects that best advance the fundraising profession.
Men's Bowling team
Kudos to the Men’s Bowling Club, which is ranked first in the nation by the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association for the first time in club history. The club, founded in the 1970’s, this year so far has participated in four tournaments, winning each of them and taking a share of the top individual honors at each of the events. National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association »
In the Media
Ben Strand, senior development specialist in Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement, is interviewed about his book, “A Blackhawk War Guide: Landmarks, Battlefields, Museums and Firsthand Accounts.” The war was hardly mentioned in school when Strand was a youngster, even though a young Abraham Lincoln was a member of the Illinois militia sent to pursue Sauk, Fox and Kickapoo fighters trying to reclaim their land. Janesville Gazette »

Upcoming Events
Elias Jade Not Afraid virtual public lecture
Elias Jade Not Afraid is an award-winning Apsaalooké bead artist who is a bright light in the world of young Indigenous beaders and artists revolutionizing beadwork. Most recently featured in Vogue Magazine, Elias Jade Not Afraid will present a virtual public lecture to UW-Whitewater students and the community at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23.
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Virtual Assessment Day
Assessment Day presentations are now available for viewing until Feb. 24. Please share in the hard work, dedication and success of faculty, staff and students by viewing and commenting on their assessment projects. Prizes will be awarded for Best Use of Data, Most Innovative Project, Most Interesting Results, Best Collaboration and Biggest Campus Contribution. When commenting, indicate which award you feel the presentation most deserves.

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Operation: Job Ready Veterans.
Connecting veterans with employers
Operation Job Ready Veterans, a nonprofit organization dedicated to positively impacting the lives of veterans, is hosting an event on campus from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Veterans Lounge located in Andersen Library. Alumnus Ryan Lonergan, a veteran, will be conducting resume, interviewing and job searching workshops at college campus for student veterans, dependents and spouses on campus.
UW-Whitewater celebrates Black History Month.
Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man
Join Dwight Watson, chancellor, Kenny Yarbrough, associate vice chancellor of equity, diversity, inclusion and support programs, and special guest Warren Anderson, senior equity, diversity, and inclusion officer for UW System, for a virtual panel discussion on the book "Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man" by Emmanuel Acho. This panel, moderated by Aaron Broadwater, program coordinator, will be at 5:15 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25.
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Magician Mark Toland

At 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, join UC Entertainment as they host Magician Mark Toland over Zoom. This free event is going to be full of jaw-dropping tricks that we guarantee will blow your mind! Sign up below to attend this event and participate over Zoom. We can't wait to see you there!
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Additional Events
Movie: The Great Debaters
Times vary, Feb. 24-27
Summers Auditorium
National Chili Day
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
Thursday, Feb. 25
Drumlin and Esker Dining Hall
Sunday Funday
Sunday, Feb. 28
Warhawk Alley
Spare Change Monday
Monday, March 1
Warhawk Alley
Notes for Campus
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Webinar: Leadership and Resilience in Times of Public Emergency

The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership hosts this webinar, from noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, that will explore the centrality of leadership, and especially presidential leadership, in terms of public emergencies.
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2021 Cisco/Presidio Teaching with Technology Honorarium

The 2021 Cisco/Presidio Teaching with Technology Honorarium is a recognition that will be awarded to an instructor who displays an outstanding commitment to leveraging learning technologies to solve common teaching challenges and increase student success. Finalists for this award need to be willing to present an interactive virtual session at the Celebration of Teaching and Learning on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Applications are due by Friday, March 5.
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Student organization support series

Looking for help with your student organization management? Build your organization's skills capacity for success with these 30-minute support sessions via the Webex link below:
  • SUF - Line item and contingency requests: 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23
  • Recruiting new members: 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 9
  • Fundraising in a digital environment: 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 23
  • Running for an org office: 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 30
  • Starting an organization: 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 13
The Muse.

The Muse submissions

UW-Whitewater’s literary arts magazine —The Muse — is now accepting submissions for the 50th anniversary edition. Want to display your talent in art, poetry and prose? Deadline for submissions is the end of February. Send to themuse@uww.edu.

Writing requirements: Prose submissions up to 4,000 words. Poetry submissions up to three poems. Word or PDF documents appreciated.

Art requirements: Up to five paintings, drawings or photographs.

In addition to the 50th anniversary edition, a special edition issue will seek to highlight Black voices and artists in our community. We are currently accepting submissions for poems, essays, short stories, and art from Black students, faculty, and administrators on campus. We are especially interested to hear testimonies from students about what it is like to be Black in Wisconsin and at UW-Whitewater.

Notes for Faculty and Staff
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America Saves Week

This year you may have had to do more with less. Through free webinars and other resources, UW System is promoting financial well-being with the America Saves Week campaign Feb. 22-26, 2021.

America Saves Week encourages individuals and families to reduce debt, build wealth and create better financial stability.

The events are free, but registration is required.
Notes for Students
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Apply to be student speaker
All students who are graduating in May 2021 are welcome to apply to be a commencement speaker. The deadline to apply is noon, Wednesday, March 10. Please contact Mickey Topp and Sarah Olin at empower@uww.edu with any questions.
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Adding Purple Points deadline

If you want to add more Purple Points to your student bill, you may do so until Friday, Feb. 26. In addition to on-campus purchases, Purple Points can be used at participating off-campus locations. Purple Points do not expire until you graduate or leave the university.
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Life after COVID-19: a confidential support group
If you've had COVID-19, are feeling the stigma or want to connect with other survivors, consider joining this new support group. Starting Monday, March 8, 1:30-3 p.m., via Webex, hospitalized and non-hospitalized survivors are welcome to discuss and share their experience with others.

If you’re interested or have questions about attending, email Becca at HarrisRL05@uww.edu.
New Arts and Communication site launched
We’re proud to announce the launch of new web pages for the College of Arts and Communication. Part of an ongoing collaboration between University Marketing and Communications, the ICIT web team, and faculty and staff across campus, the new pages are search engine optimized and feature content geared toward prospective students in support of the university’s enrollment/recruitment goals. Additional pages across all the colleges are part of this project and will be launched in the future.

Explore the pages by vising the college home page or academic programs homepage.
In the Community

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Looking for good free food?
There are several options — on and off campus — for free food in Whitewater.
  • Free to-go spaghetti meals are offered 5-5:30 p.m., every Monday at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Whitewater. Pick up the meal at the 133 S. Franklin Street entrance.
  • Due to the COVID-19 relief bill, full-time students with a zero EFC or federal work-study eligibility can receive food stamps at access.wisconsin.gov.
  • The Community Space at 834 E. Milwaukee Street in Whitewater offers a variety of food.
  • Warhawk Pantry is open 2-5 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday in Drumlin, Room 143.
  • If you need extra meals on campus, contact Andrew Browning, student life coordinator, at browningAR29@uww.edu or 262-472-1533 for 25 free meal swipes.
  • The Warhawk Emergency Fund helps students stay in college by helping to ease financial burdens such as food insecurity.
Community Events and Resources
Whitewater City Market
10 am to noon on Saturdays at the Community Engagement Center.
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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