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Tuesday, May 11, 2021
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Celebrating our seniors with Warhawks Rising
Here’s to an amazing, hard-working and focused group of Warhawks who are ready to fly! These soon-to-be graduates have weathered a pandemic with intelligence, grace and kindness. Help us celebrate these seniors with UW-Whitewater's Facebook campaign, Warhawks Rising!
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UW-Whitewater associate professor of physics receives a U.S. Patent
Ozgur Yavuzcetin, associate professor of physics, received a U.S. patent for inventing a modified Newton’s Cradle that allows a person to visualize and test the concept of mechanical impedance, momentum and energy conservation. For example, a sphere with a small mass would have the ability to strike the cradle and lift a sphere of greater mass on the opposite side — if the spheres in between increased in mass themselves.
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Students embarked on mission to combat vision loss in India and empower young women
UW-Whitewater's Enactus chapter was tasked with developing a scalable, self-sustaining business model to employ workers and help create a business spinoff. They brought their efforts to Uttar Pradesh, a state in northeastern India, where their good deeds brought vision screenings, eyeglasses, cataract surgeries and jobs to the people.
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More than 1,500 set to graduate at UW-Whitewater spring commencement
UW-Whitewater will celebrate this week as a total of 1,552 undergraduate and graduate students will be earning degrees at commencement.

This year’s ceremony will be held in a hybrid format, allowing graduates an opportunity to cross the stage in cap and gown and receive their degrees in person, and providing the speeches, music and other traditional elements in a virtual format.
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WHY I TEACH: Piper Morgan Hayes
In WHY I TEACH, Piper Morgan Hayes, a lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Dance, talks about dance, life and always wanting to do better, to be better and to do more.

Hayes teaches Tap I and II, Jazz I and II, Contemporary Dance, Ballet, and two sections of World of the Arts. Her lesson preparations are meticulous. She practices and refines until her mind and muscles remember.
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WHY I TEACH: David Welsch
David Welsch, professor of economics, talks about discovering economics as a means of studying the choices people make using mathematics. It was an “Aha” moment he had as a student.

“I was thinking about being a political science major but I also was interested in physics because I enjoyed math and how things work,” said Welsch. “And I took my first economics class and thought, ‘This is a combination of the two, right? So this is what I want to do.’”
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Campus Kudos
Kudos to Jasmyn Kosier, who earned a B.M. in music education in December 2020, who is the recipient of the 2021 McGraw Award for Student Excellence. She is an elementary strings teacher in the Whitefish Bay School District. Read more »

Kudos to Chancellor Dwight C. Watson, who co-authored with Kate Boroske “Academic Freedom and Open Educational Resources: A Case for Textbook Affordability,” a chapter in “Academic Freedom: Autonomy, Challenges and Conformation,” published by Emerald Publishing Limited. Read more »

Kudos to Assistant Professor Michael Friedson, who has edited two volumes of empirical papers on poverty in the contemporary U.S. titled “The Changing Face of Poverty in Post-Recession America.” Read more »

Kudos Lei Xu, assistant professor of management, who was invited to the Entrepreneurship Division Research Committee of Academy of Management, which is the world-wide preeminent professional association for management and organization scholars. Xu’s main duty is to determine the candidates of the best conference proceedings in the field of management for the Academy of Management annual meeting.

Kudos to Dave Halbach, assistant director of the University Center, who was honored as the recipient of the NACCU 2021 Distinguished Service Award. Read more »

Kudos to Alicia de Gregorio, professor of Spanish, for contributing to the recently published third volume of Hablando bien se entiende la gente 3. Recomendaciones idiomáticas de la Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española. (Speaking Well Makes the World Go’Round 3) Ed. Gerardo Piña-Rosales, Jorge I. Covarrubias, Daniel R. Fernández, Porfirio Rodríguez and Natalia Prunes. Velazquez Press, 2021. Read more »

In the Media
Seventy-six UW-Whitewater students joined volunteers and Downtown Whitewater, Inc board members April 30 to clean up green spaces, sweep debris from parking lots and storm gutters and pull weeds. Board president and volunteer Lisa Dawsey Smith said, “Make a Difference Day is one of my favorite days of the year. Working with this great group of UW-Whitewater students to care for our community allows me the opportunity to get to know them better. It’s also a great opportunity to start conversations about the importance of place and how that affects the vitality of a community.” Whitewater Banner »

UW-Whitewater's Enactus team won a national championship for a business competition called the Enactus United States National Exposition. This competition challenges students to take business principles they've learned and apply them to real-world problems. The team, which focused on preventing blindness, will move on to the international competition in October. They will compete against teams from more than 30 other countries. WKOW »

Chancellor Dwight C. Watson was featured in the Milwaukee Times April 2021 “Black Men in Educational Leadership” feature. Read more »

Upcoming Events
On Friday, May 14, students will be recorded crossing the stage in cap and gown as their names are read. Graduates will be contacted regarding their specific line-up time and location.

On Saturday, May 15, the entire recorded ceremony — including students crossing the stage — will be shared online at 1 p.m., allowing graduates to watch it with their friends and family members. The video will also be available for viewing at a later time.

Photographers will be on hand to take photos on May 14. Because of space limitations, the ceremony is reserved for 2021 graduates.
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Free car maintenance workshop

Learn when to perform specific car maintenance tasks including changing the oil and filters, checking the tire pressure and much more. This class helps you be a more educated consumer so you can protect your investment. Questions are encouraged, so come prepared to learn maintenance in a way you never have before. Register in advance for this virtual event, held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 13.
Additional Events
Career Speaker Series - Michael Haubrich
7-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 12
Meal Plan Ends
Sunday, May 16
Residence Halls Close
Sunday, May 16
Recent Merit Badges
Business excellence merit
UW-Whitewater students complete business Professional Development Program
Business excellence merit
UW-Whitewater students pitch startups at Warhawk Business Plan Competition
undergraduate research merit
UW-Whitewater students inducted into national French honor society
Student merit
UW-Whitewater students earn accolades at Pi Sigma Epsilon national convention
student merit
UW-Whitewater students perform in Symphonic Wind Ensemble
student merit
Students perform in joint concert with Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra at UW-Whitewater
Notes for Campus

Warhawk Weekly is going on a summer vacation

The last regular issue of Warhawk Weekly for the semester will be Tuesday, May 18. The campus-wide newsletter will publish occasionally throughout the summer and resume weekly publication in fall.
Cybersecurity program featured on Discover Wisconsin

UW-Whitewater’s Cybersecurity Center for Business is home to the Acuity Cyber Defense Range, a cutting-edge tool for students and businesses to experience genuine hacking scenarios in real-time, then learn how to detect, respond and recover from these attacks right away. This experiential learning is training students for real-world situations and making the entire business ecosystem safer in Wisconsin.
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Free birth control and STI testing available for Warhawks
Did you know you can get free birth control, reproductive care and STI testing through University Health and Counseling, even if you have private insurance? You can apply today by calling UHCS at 262-742-1300.
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Notes for Faculty and Staff
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Take the Financial Fitness Challenge

You’re invited to take the Wisconsin Strong Financial Fitness Challenge with free access to a self-assessment and personalized playlist of interactive courses on topics such as debt management, budgeting, investments, estate and retirement planning. Log in and complete the 5-minute Financial Fitness Checkup today! Group health insurance program members will get a special rewards code to apply toward earning their annual Well Wisconsin $150 incentive.
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Robert Gruber Accounting Professorship awarded in 2021

Associate Professor Abbie Daly is the 2021 recipient of the Robert Gruber Accounting Professorship. The award is especially meaningful for Daly, a former student of Professor Gruber.
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Staff awards
2021 University Staff Excellence Awards
Unviversity Staff Council is proud to announce the winners of the 2021 University Staff Excellence Awards! Please join us in congratulating Karen Brueggeman, medical program assistant-associate in University Health and Counseling, and Amber Kammeraad, academic department associate in Biological Sciences, for this well-deserved recognition. Thank you both for your hard work and dedication to your respective units and our campus.
In the Community

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Fiber Therapy Craft Group
Do you dabble in the fiber arts? Join our virtual craft circle at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 27. 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
4-7 p.m., Tuesdays by the Depot Museum.
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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