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Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Three students walking on campus wearing graduation gowns.
Spring Commencement
Congratulations to the Class of 2021! UW-Whitewater graduated more than 1,500 Warhawks this spring semester. Check out some of the photos to see the fun! If you'd like to see the full commencement video, visit www.uww.edu/commencement.
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Six LIFE program students in graduation caps and gowns.
LIFE program — first in the state — graduates six proud Warhawks
The first cohort of UW-Whitewater’s LIFE Program successfully completed the two-year program and crossed the stage in cap and gown. LIFE, which stands for Learning Is For Everyone, is a program that provides a complete college experience for young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 who have an intellectual disability.
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ROTC salute.
ROTC Commissioning
UW-Whitewater's leadership and military science department had their 2021 ROTC commissioning ceremony on Saturday, May 15, at the Coulthart Pavilion. Seven ROTC students were commissioned, and longtime leadership and military science staff member Barbara Klietz was honored.
Campus Kudos
Kudos to Matt Kiederlen, chief of the UW-Whitewater Police Department, who has begun serving on the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Government Relations Committee. The committee, made up of public and private campus law enforcement and safety executives, consults with Congress and federal agencies on police reform, policy development and statutory language. Committee members evaluate legislation and agency policies, prioritize initiatives and recommend actions to the IACLEA board of directors. Kiederlen said the board must be prepared to give its position quickly, as amendments and new bills are introduced during a legislative session.

Kudos to Kerryn Foley, a graduate assistant in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, who is the recipient of the 2021 Student Leadership Award from the Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association, the professional organization for communication sciences and disorders in Wisconsin. Kerryn and other awardees will be celebrated at the 2021 WSHA Fall Conference being held Oct. 14-15 at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake.

In the Media
Hollyn Peterson, an art major from Waukesha, shares how childhood kidney cancer devastated every aspect of her life but ultimately led to a mentor and a dance studio where she found inspiration and physical strength. Peterson has pledged to raise at least $1,500 to be among those rappelling down the side of a 10-story building during Over the Edge, a fundraiser to fight childhood cancers by the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer. OnMilwaukee »

Brian Dennis, outreach program manager at the Cybersecurity Center for Business, is the guest on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The Morning Show,” talking about cyber safety and best practices. Dennis takes questions from callers, discusses how businesses and individuals can protect themselves and shares the groundbreaking work at the Cybersecurity Center for Business. Wisconsin Public Radio »

Thor Manson, a U.S. Army veteran and recent UW-Whitewater grad, is one of 62 students from across the country to be named a Truman Scholar this year, and the first-ever from UW-Whitewater. Janesville Gazette »

James Levy, professor of history, is interviewed by Wisconsin Public Radio’s Central Time and by the Janesville Gazette about his upcoming podcast project, “Whose Land? Race, Settlement and Dispossession in Wisconsin and New York,” a new phase of the Wisconsin Farms Oral History Project that created the award-winning “The Lands We Share” traveling exhibition.
Recent Merit Badges
Three From UW-Whitewater Softball Named All-Region by NFCA
Athletic honors merit
UW-Whitewater Women's Tennis Collects All-Conference Accolades
undergraduate research merit
UW-Whitewater Students Inducted Into National German Honor Society
Notes for Campus

Warhawk Weekly is going on a summer vacation

This is the last regular issue of Warhawk Weekly for the semester. The campus-wide newsletter will publish occasionally throughout the summer and resume weekly publication in fall.
Greg Cook.

Greg Cook's virtual retirement celebration

Greg Cook, interim provost and executive vice chancellor, will be retiring soon, and we'd like to honor his hard work and dedication. Save the date for Greg’s virtual retirement celebration 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, June 15. More details will be announced as they become available. For questions, reach out to Nicole Caine at cainen@uww.edu.
Summer dining hours.
Summer Dining hours
Willie's in the University Center will remain open through summer with adjusted hours:
  • Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday: closed
Food and drink specials
Notes for Faculty and Staff
Warhawk Wellness woordle

June employer sponsored activity: Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Explore Challenge

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks have developed a fun event that will challenge visitors to explore the Wisconsin state parks in new and fun ways to increase healthy habits, connect with family and friends, and help serve the community.

Activities to choose include hiking, camping, fishing, paddling, photography and volunteering to help clean the parks. There is no fee associated with the challenge, except for a vehicle admission sticker.

The challenge has started and runs through Sept. 22, 2021. Participants need to complete at least one of the challenges in order to get credit for the employer sponsored activity. Register on the site and download the logbook. When you complete a challenge, log it and email a picture of the logbook to benefits@uww.edu.

Want to learn more about the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Explore Challenge? Tune in to Well Wisconsin Radio on Tuesday, May 25, 12-12:30 p.m. Host Morgan Meinen will be interviewing Mike McFadzen and Randall Paske from the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks.
Notes for Students
Roberta's Art Gallery.
Roberta's Art Gallery hosts collection made during COVID-19 isolation
Roberta’s Art Gallery is welcoming a unique collection of art made during COVID-19 isolation by Milwaukee artist Francisco Ramirez. “This Is Coming Along Just As I Expected, Unfortunately” is at the gallery Wednesday, May 12-June 2, 2021. The exhibit consists of printed and painted pieces created in the past year of the pandemic.
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Three student winners of the scavenger hunt.
Goose Chase Scavenger Hunt winners

The Financial Literacy Office, the Andersen Library and UW Credit Union hosted a Goose Chase Scavenger Hunt in April for Money Smart Month. Congratulations to the top winners: Cora Laatz (Echo Dot), Ryan McKee (Fire Stick), and Sam Ewert ($50 Walmart gift card). The scavenger hunt consisted of 24 questions about financial aid, paying their tuition bill, paying their loans, free resources on/off campus, budgeting etc.
Zuzana Brtkova.
2021 J.T. Von Treba Outstanding Senior Award
Zuzana Brtkova, an international student from the Czech Republic who earned a B.S. in criminology with a certificate in forensics, has the distinction not only of earning a degree in a challenging major in a language that is not her native one, but also receiving the 2021 J.T. Von Treba Outstanding Senior Award. This award recognizes the highest standards of scholarship, with the recipient evaluated on analytic and writing skills, the range and level of courses completed and GPA.
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In the Community

Summer reading program.

Summer reading program
The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library is offering a free summer reading program June 15-July 31. A library card is not required to participate. Register online starting June 1 at whitewaterlibrary.beanstack.org/ and record your reading, earn badges and win prizes! There are programs for both children and adults.
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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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