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Tuesday, April 6, 2021
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UW-Whitewater faculty member wins Regent Scholar Award
Haijian Sun, assistant professor of computer science, is one of three instructors in the UW System to receive the Regent Scholar Grant for 2020-2021, and will be honored at the next University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents meeting on April 8. The program provides $50,000 to undergraduate research projects that foster innovation, entrepreneurship and talent development. Sun's project hopes to improve the safety and efficiency of smart cars. Read more »
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Jalal Nawash.
WHY I TEACH: Jalal Nawash
In WHY I TEACH, Jalal Nawash, associate professor of physics and director of the Undergraduate Research Program, tells how physics is a timeless journey of discovery. "I want to teach because I want students to become aware of the elegance of the universe we live in. I would like them to know about the opportunities that are waiting for them to discover."
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Camden Harlan.
Local teacher turns to UW-Whitewater’s online communication graduate program to advance skills, career
Camden Harlan has a strong passion for teaching and seeing her students succeed. Harlan, who is currently in her second year of teaching, has returned to UW-Whitewater to continue grow personally and professionally.
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Warhawks Rising.
Warhawks Rising social media campaign
It’s time to celebrate our Warhawks who are ready to fly with UW-Whitewater’s social media campaign, Warhawks Rising! All spring 2021 graduates are welcome to participate. Watch your email for the form. All information is due by noon, Friday, April 30. Late submissions won't be posted in time for commencement.
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Annual Spring Recognition and Awards Virtual Ceremony
Please join us in recognizing those who enhance and change the lives of people with disabilities at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 14. We will celebrate this year’s accomplishments via Webex. Hosted by Disability Rights, Education, Activism, Mentoring, Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society - Gamma Sgmia Chapter, American Sign Language Club, the Chanellor's Office and the Center for Students with Disabilities. For questions, please contact Nina Mallory at mallorynr04@uww.edu.
Campus Kudos
Kudos to the UW-Whitewater Collegiate DECA chapter for its performance at the State Career Development Conference on March 19 and 20. Twenty-nine students participated earning a total of 47 honors — including several first, second and third-place awards. All students qualified to compete in the International Career Development Conference on April 17 through 20. Congratulations!

Kudos to Wes Enterline, sustainability coordinator and UW-Whitewater’s sustainability program for earning the 2020 Tree Campus Higher Education recognition. The Arbor Day Foundation program, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. This distinction requires establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for your campus tree program and an Arbor Day observance.

Kudos to Anneke Lisberg, associate professor biological sciences, Julie Janiak, director of TRIO student support services and Stephen Levas, assistant professor of biological sciences who earned an NSF Aspire Planning grant for their proposal: “Southern Wisconsin Regional Collaborative.” The goal of the program is to form connections between 2-year and 4-year institutions by increasing the diversity of 2-year institution STEM faculty. This planning grant brings together faculty and staff from UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Whitewater and UW-Whitewater at Rock County to help create a pipeline for graduate students, including opportunities for mentoring, teaching workshops and work with the STEM Boot Camp.

Kudos to University Health and Counseling Services, which has been reaccredited for the next three years by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. UW-Whitewater is one of a small number of UW schools with this designation, which demonstrates a commitment to providing high quality and safe care to students based on policies, procedures and quality measures of all departments and practices.

Kudos to College of Education and Professional Studies faculty and staff who are part of the Consortium for Research-Based and Equitable Assessments, a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. CREA includes selected educator preparation programs and their state partners, including state and local education agencies. The consortium will focus its work in 2021 and 2022 to examine the processes and considerations that states use to determine cut scores of standardized assessments used as part of the entrance process into teacher education and how they can be used to attract, rather than exclude, diverse potential teacher candidates. Lana Collet-Klingenberg, interim associate dean and professor of special education will be leading the Wisconsin CREA team, which includes representatives from the Department of Public Instruction, the Racine Unified School District and 14 other institutions of higher education with teacher education programs. The team also includes Marie Benson, student services coordinator; James Collins, associate professor of special education, Kelli Danielski, advising center coordinator; Scott Peters, professor of educational foundations; and Fred Trotter, director of the Office of Field Experiences.
In the Media
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ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays shows Warhawk Baseball fielder Jacob DeMeyer making a spectacular inning-ending catch and holding on for the out as he crashes into the right field fence and flips into the bullpen, in a clip of the play captured by UWW-TV.
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UW-Whitewater has been teaching future educators for more than 150 years, proudly graduating the most licensed teachers in the state every year. Education majors Katie Vogt and Jake Krueger are making a difference in the classroom as student teachers!
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Upcoming Events
Maintaining a Magical Guest Service Experience at Walt Disney World
Join Christy Marciari, a recruiter with Disney Internships and Programs, at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, to learn about dynamic measures The Walt Disney World Resort instituted to ensure the safety of its guests and employees, while continuing to provide an authentic, magical vacation experience. Marciari will focus on communication during the pandemic, park logistics and operations and adjustments as they reopened in phases amid COVID-19.
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Trivia Night
Tune in to our virtual Trivia Night at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, and test your knowledge with our general questions! Amazon eGift cards and prizes will be given to the top two winners in each of the five rounds. This event is intended to be fun and educational. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and resource contacts, along with other relevant information, will be shared throughout the event. Please sign up to participate.
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At 6 p.m., Thursday, April 8, join UC Entertainment and Warhawk Alley as they host a virtual bingo night over Zoom and BingoMaker! This free event consists of five rounds of bingo, with more than $350 worth of prizes being given away to winners! Make sure to sign up for your chance to win!
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Earth Week.
Earth Month events
UW-Whitewater Sustainability's month-long calendar of events in celebration of the 51st anniversary of Earth Day is here! This year we are proud to partner with Whitewater Student Government's Sustainability Week to offer a variety of events. Events include a plastic bag crochet workshop, litter pickup and much more! Event details can be found on the Sustainability website.
Money Smart Scavenger Hunt.

Money Smart Month: Goose Chase Scavenger Hunt

The Financial Literacy Department and the Andersen Library are hosting a Money Smart Scavenger Hunt on Goosechase during the month of April. Download the Goosechase app and enter the game code KKQXGE. Students have the opportunity to win more than $300 in prizes!
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Additional Events
Say Their Names Exhibit
Wednesday, April 7
Warhawk Alley
Roberta's Art Gallery
National Grilled Cheese Day
11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday, April 12
Drumlin and Esker Dining Hall
Notes for Campus

Keeping Connected through LEAP-Propelling through 2021

Join us for this week-long celebration of the many aspects of LEAP with sessions discussing topics to enhance the quality and value of the Warhawk experience relating to high-impact practices, principles of excellence, essential learning outcomes and inclusive excellence. Join us virtually April 12-15 at one or all sessions!
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University Health and Counseling Services strives to support trans and gender diverse students. We have a strong commitment to serving the diverse UW-Whitewater community and have an established TransHealth Treatment team. Our staff has also received training in working with students who identify across the gender spectrum, including students who are transitioning.
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Campus event calendar
Do you know that UW-Whitewater has a campus-wide event calendar for everyone? If you're looking for something to do, check it out! Filter which calendar you're viewing in the right-hand column under "calendars," or select "check all" to see everything that's going on.
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Notes for Faculty and Staff
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Meet with a financial consultant

No matter where you are in life—just getting started or planning for retirement—a session with a TIAA Financial Consultant can help you create a plan for your goals. And it’s at no additional cost as a part of your retirement plan. You’ll get answers to these questions and more:
  • Am I invested in the right mix of investments to help meet my goals?
  • Am I saving enough to create the retirement income I need?
  • How do I take income from my retirement account once I stop working?
Register for a virtual consultation with TIAA
Joint Committee on Finance public hearing
UW-Whitewater is hosting the Joint Committee on Finance public hearing on the Governor’s 2021-23 biennial budget on Friday, April 9 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at Irvin L. Young Auditorium, 930 West Main Street, Whitewater, WI 53190.

Hearing attendees must follow COVID-19 safety protocols, including wearing facial coverings and maintaining social distance. Available seating will be limited due to social distancing guidelines.

Parking is available in Lot 1 for those attending the event.

The public hearing will be live streamed by WisconsinEye and can be viewed at http://www.wiseye.org/live.
In the Community

Apples, water and milk in a paper bag.

Take-and-make craft kits
The Whitewater Public Library offers a new take-and-make craft kit every week! Just stop by the library, located at 431 West Center Street, grab your kit, and follow along with the craft video! Craft videos can be found on the library Facebook page or YouTube channel.
  • April 12 - Craft for kids
  • April 19 - Craft for adults
  • April 26 - Special Arbor Day Craft
  • May 3 - Special World Migratory Bird Day Craft

Community Events and Resources
Whitewater City Market
4-6 p.m., Tuesdays in the parking lot next to the Depot Museum. The market will move to its regular location around the Depot and regular 4-7 p.m. hours starting in May.
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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