UW-Whitewater logo
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Enactus team.
UW-Whitewater makes history with Enactus national championship, will represent the United States at World Cup
Cheers broke the silence at Hyland Hall on the Friday before Spring Break as seven University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students won the Enactus United States National Exposition with their business model for combating blindness and empowering young women in India. Their business model, called “Shakti,” already has served thousands of people.

UW-Whitewater is the first Wisconsin institution to win a national Enactus championship and the right to represent the nation, according to Becky Hoy, U.S. regional program manager for Enactus.
Read more
Bwoling team.
Men's Warhawks Bowling Club brings home second collegiate club national championship
The Men's Warhawks Bowling Club has brought home their second collegiate club national championship! This is a back-to-back championship, as they were also national champions in 2019 and the championship was not held in 2020.

In addition, Quinn Sheehy was named to the All-Tournament Team while Brandon Mooney was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Coach Shawn Wochner was also named Coach of the Year for the sixth time in the past seven seasons!
Read more
AMA team.
American Marketing Association completes historic 10-year run
In a year when nothing seemed certain, the UW-Whitewater American Marketing Association chapter carried on its championship legacy by once again earning the AMA International Chapter of the Year title at the International Collegiate Conference held virtually on April 8-10, 2021.

It is the 17th time that UW-Whitewater AMA has held or shared this title — and the 10th time in a row.
Read more
Annmarie Lavorata.
Warhawk opens door for others to excel, too
We are proud to continue telling the story of UW-Whitewater’s Center for Students with Disabilities with Thomas “TC” Hamilton, a Warhawk with dyslexia. Hamilton, who as a child had a reading level of zero until he was in 7th grade, has had the kind of college experience that many students dream about: he’s studied abroad, he’s been a Warhawk Ambassador, he’s received a college scholarship, he’s held an on-campus job related to his major, and he’s participated in the kinds of off-campus internships and employment sure to catch the attention of future employers.
Read more
Mortar board says Be the Change You Wish to See in the World.
Applied mathematics research spurs UW-Whitewater students to be published
Claire Onsager, a mathematics major from Stoughton, and Andrew Mason, a media arts and game development major from Deerfield, are co-authors on a project that has been published by the interdisciplinary research journal PLOS One.

The study, “The Role of Oxygen Intake and Liver Enzyme on The Dynamics of Damaged Hepatocytes: Implications to Ischaemic Liver Injury via a Mathematical Model,” seeks to identify biomarkers of a potentially lethal liver condition.
Read more
David Reinhart
WHY I TEACH: David Reinhart
In WHY I TEACH, David Reinhart, a lecturer of philosophy and religious studies at UW-Whitewater, talks about giving the students in his Religious Studies 365 class, "Perspectives on Death and Dying," the option of creating an artwork for their final essay.
Sarahí Monterrey
The 2021 spring commencement speaker is Sarahí Monterrey
On Saturday, May 15, Sarahí Monterrey, who earned degrees in 2002 and 2003, will return to UW-Whitewater to serve as speaker at the 2021 spring commencement. Monterrey recognized early on the pivotal role teachers play in students’ lives. In 2019 she was named Wisconsin's High School Teacher of the Year and selected as Wisconsin’s 2019 representative to the National Teacher of the Year Program, the first Latina in the state to earn this honor.
Read more
Campus Kudos
Kudos to Jenna Cushing-Leubner, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, whose paper “The (Im)Possibilities of Equitable Education of Multilingual Emergent Bilinguals in Remote Teaching: A Survey of English Language Teachers in the Great Lakes Region” has been published in a special issue of the journal Planning and Changing on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on schools. The study identifies the many ways English language teachers of multilingual K-12 students in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Indiana provided “non-instructional” services during physical school closures due to COVID-19. It also identifies the extent to which EL teachers were (and were not) able to provide essential language, literacy and content-access instruction during this time, due largely to the preexisting lack of multilingual teachers and service providers in K-12 schools. Read more »

Kudos to Xiaohong Zhang, professor of art and design, who is among nine Wisconsin artists in a new exhibition, “Artists Without Borders: Reflections on Art and Place," which will be installed at two locations over the next four months: at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, 205 Veterans Av., in West Bend, currently until July 3; and at Saint Kate —The Arts Hotel, 139 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee, May 12-Aug. 1. Zhang and the exhibition are featured in The Wisconsin State Journal.

Kudos to Michael Y. Bennett, associate professor of English in the Department of Languages and Literatures, who recently published his seventh monograph and 12th book, “The Problems of Viewing Performance: Epistemology and Other Minds,” Routledge 2021. The book explores how members of a viewing audience receive a performance, and Bennett challenges assumptions about the idea of a shared experience.

Kudos to Sang Choi, professor of occupational and environmental safety and health, who co-authored and published a peer-reviewed journal article "Safety and health implications of COVID-19 on the United States construction industry" in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Review on April 9, 2021. This high-impact article has been shared with the CDC/NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Construction & COVID Work Group, where Dr. Choi is currently serving as CDC NORA Construction Sector Council member. Read more »

Kudos to Dave Halbach, student services program manager, who received the 2021 National Association of Campus Card Users (NACCU) Distinguished Service Award at the 2021 NACCU Virtual Conference. Cards are the currency of college campuses, and Halbach was honored for his leadership, service and expertise, which has included developing a 3D-printed template to help visually impaired students use touch-screen card readers.

Kudos to Ted Witt, teaching, learning, and technology consultant in the Learning Technology Center, who has been appointed to serve as the next annual chair for the UW System’s Learning Technology Development Council (LTDC). The mission of the LTDC is to encourage UW System-wide collaboration among campuses, support individual campus efforts that promote the pedagogically sound use of technology in teaching and learning, and explore the use of existing, new and emerging technologies in higher education.

Kudos to 13 students and Luz María Ede-Hernández, assistant professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures, who this month were inducted into the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi. To become a member of the academic honor society, students must have an overall GPA of at least 3.2 and a GPA of at least 3.0 in at least three upper-division Spanish classes and three semesters at the university. Kudos to students Litzy Andrade, psychology, Fátima Barajas, finance and Spanish, Megan Bartz, Spanish and psychology, Chase Boudreau, finance and Spanish, Riley Carroll, criminology, Montserrat Cuevas, international studies and Spanish, Marilyn Farias, music and Spanish, Madison Garland, Spanish and criminology, Molly Goldman, Spanish, Hailey Hartford, elementary education, Coline Merlet, international business and Spanish, Aliyah Noh, art, and Bernie Rocha, marketing. Ede-Hernández was made an honorary member for contributing to “enthusiasm of youth for Hispanic letters and ideas.”

Kudos to Myung Hee Chung and Benjamin Whitcomb, professors of music, who were judges for Madison Symphony Orchestra’s annual Bolz Young Artist Competition. Four young musicians were selected as finalists for the statewide competition and performed in the Overture Hall as part of The Final Forte 2021.

Women's tennis team
Kudos to the Warhawk Women’s Tennis Team, who won the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) tournament last weekend over UW-Stevens Point and UW-Lacrosse respectively in the semi and title rounds. The win is the Warhawks’ 14th consecutive and 21st overall league title. The team will play in the NCAA Regional on May 14.
In the Media
Nancy R. Tao, professor of economics, was featured in WalletHub's article about quick personal loans. Tao answered questions about how to get the lowest interest rates and the difference between APR and actual interest rates. WalletHub is a personal finance website that helps consumers improve their credit and save money. Wallet Hub »

Chancellor Watson.
The Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee held its first public hearing on the biennial budget at UW-Whitewater on Friday, April 9, in Young Auditorium. The budget item that directly affects UW-Whitewater is the planned renovations to Winther Hall and Heide Hall, built in 1969 and 1965, respectively. Several members of Whitewater Student Government spoke on behalf of various needs students want to see addressed in the state budget.
Janesville Gazette
Haijian Sun works with a student on a computer.
Haijian Sun, assistant professor of computer science, who recently won UW-System’s Regent Scholar program grant, talks about how his project hopes to improve the safety and efficiency of smart cars. The program provides $50,000 to undergraduate research projects that foster innovation, entrepreneurship and talent development.
Janesville Gazette
Upcoming Events
UW System Symposium graphic." border="0" width="175" alt="QR code." />
19th Annual UW System Symposium
This event, which showcases research of undergraduate students from Wisconsin, kicks off with opening remarks from Chancellor Watson at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, followed by keynote speaker and alumnus Pat Slane, director of the Chandra Observatory at NASA. Projects will be uploaded onto the Symposium virtual platform and students will be available to answer questions during assigned time slots.
Bags tourney graphic.
Outdoor bags tournament
Join Warhawk Alley as they host a free outdoor bags tournament! The first round will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, and the championship round will be on Wednesday, May 5, located outside on the Warhawk Alley Patio. This free event is open to everyone, so sign up today! You need teams of two, with a max of 12 teams, and there will be prizes for the winners!
Read more
Borealis Dance: Threads of My Cloth graphic.
Big Read - Borealis Dance: Threads of My Cloth
In association with Young Auditorium’s 2021 Big Read project, Borealis Dance presents a powerful virtual performance inspired by the Hmong refugee experience. Deeply rooted in historical research and personal accounts, the stories of Hmong refugees are brought to life on stage through thoughtful, emotional movements. Join Young Auditorium for this free virtual performance of Threads Of My Cloth, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 28.
Read more
Hayden Childress.
Mentalist Hayden Childress
Join UC Entertainment over Zoom and YouTube Live as they host Mentalist Hayden Childress at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29. This free event is one that you don't want to miss and is the perfect way to take a study break. Sign up to be a part of the live virtual audience or tune in over YouTube Live!
Read more
Hackathon 2021

Are you looking for a way to sharpen your computer and hacking skills? The Spring 2021 Hackathon is an excellent opportunity to practice, develop and test your cybersecurity skillset. The Hackathon will also be our first look at the UW-Whitewater Cybersecurity range. Participating in the Hackathon is an excellent resume project. The event will be held virtually from 10 a.m. to midnight Friday, April 30 and you are welcome to leave anytime or take breaks during the 14 hours. There will also be background games running for people who want to take a break. More than $700 in prizes will be up for grabs!
Read more
Additional Events
Disability Rights & Activism
3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 28
Arbor Day Tree Planting
Noon Friday, April 30
Little Red Schoolhouse
Recent Merit Badges
Athletics merit
UW-Whitewater bowling club wins second national title
Athletics merit
Five From UW-Whitewater Gymnastics Earn All-WIAC
arts excellence merit
UW-Whitewater Department of Theatre/Dance produces "God of Carnage" for a digital audience
Notes for Faculty and Staff
Warhawk Wellness woordle

Webinar: Preparing for Your Retirement

Whether you are just beginning your career under the Wisconsin Retirement System or close to retirement, join us for this two-hour webinar. We will review benefit basics, Core and Variable Trust Funds and things to know and do to maximize your benefits as you move through your career. Those within five years of retirement will appreciate hearing about WRS annuity options, returning to work after you retire, post-retirement annuity adjustments and more. Questions are welcome and encouraged.
Read more
Notes for Students
Student org recognition.
Student organization recognition
Looking to start or re-recognize a student organization on campus for Fall 2021? The recognition process is open from April 12 through May 15. Interested students or advisors can begin the recognition process via Connect at https://tinyurl.com/OrgRec2122. Please contact Kim Clarksen at clarksek@uww.edu or involvement@uww.edu with questions.
Read more
Money Smart graphic.
Conquer Your Student Loans

Please join Hannah Achtor, manager of quality assurance, compliance and training at Ascendium Education, and Tom Uecker, financial aid coordinator at UW-Whitewater, as they present “Conquer Your Student Loans”. This Webex event will take place 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27.
Meeting link
Tablet with Uline logo.
Uline Virtual Career Trek
Engage with industry professionals, expand your network, learn about career possibilities and find out what Uline looks for in applicants from 2-3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28. Uline hires many majors, including all business-related majors, communication, art, computer science and many others!
Read more
Deadline to participate is noon, Friday, April 30
Attention graduating seniors! If you would like to participate in Warhawks Rising — UW-Whitewater’s social media campaign to celebrate your achievements and time on campus — please complete the form that was sent to your campus email address. The deadline is noon CST, Friday, April 30. Late admissions will be posted, but not in time for commencement. Please contact Megan Walbrant at walbranm@uww.edu with questions.
Read more
In the Community

Fiber therapy.

Fiber Therapy Craft Group
Do you dabble in the fiber arts? Join our virtual craft circle! Whether you knit, crochet, or stitch, you’re invited to unwind and unravel with fellow crafters. Share what you’re working on and learn from others. Beginners and experts are welcome. This is not a formal class, and attendees must supply their own crafting materials.
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.
UW-Whitewater logo
uw whitewater facebook uw whitewater instagram uw whitewater twitter uw whitewater youtube