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Tuesday, August 10, 2021
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Students can win $7,000 scholarships, other awards
UW System has announced that COVID-19-vaccinated students who attend universities that achieve at least 70 percent vaccination rates by Oct. 15 will be eligible to win one of 70 scholarships valued at $7,000 each.

In addition to the scholarships, UW-Whitewater will give 10 vaccinated students $500 awards through a weekly drawing. Funding for the drawing is made possible by donations to the UW-Whitewater Foundation to support our students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congratulations to our first $500 winner, Rachel Sternfield from Buffalo Grove, Illinois, an early childhood education major!

In order to be eligible to win these incentives, a UW-Whitewater student must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and have submitted proof of vaccination to UW-Whitewater.

Help us reach the 70 percent threshold, Warhawks! Submit your proof of vaccination as soon as possible.
John Frye works with a student on a computer.
WHY I TEACH: John Frye
John Frye, associate professor of geography, geology and environmental sciences, leads an annual 6,000-mile annual field study that road trips through nine states so his students can observe weather conditions. Frye strives to be accessible — willing to answer any question, passionate about what he teaches and concerned for the individual growth of students.
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Lindsey Zurbrugg on the basketball court.
Athletes take the Warhawk way of wheelchair basketball to Paralympics
The Warhawk way of wheelchair basketball soon will be on display at the 2021 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo. Warhawk players and coaches, women and men, past and present, have grown this sport. Some will participate on the basketball court. Others will be there in spirit and influence. Warhawks, all of them, will be in Tokyo.
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Welcome Week
We can't wait to welcome everyone back to campus! Welcome Week, which starts Tuesday, Aug. 17, and runs through Wednesday, Sept. 1, will offer events for students, faculty and staff. If you would like to request the Chancellor’s attendance at your event, please submit the Chancellor Request Form.
Events schedule
Homecoming logo: Nightmare on Main Street.
Homecoming celebrations
UW-Whitewater's 2021 Homecoming celebrations are back and more exciting than ever! Events include friendly and competitive aspects for both individual students as well as organizations. Join us for this long-standing tradition of celebrating the campus community for the entire homecoming week of Oct. 24-30.
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Campus Kudos
Kudos to Kevin Bullis, head football coach, who will be inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) Hall of Fame this spring. Bullis entered the 2020-21 year as the winningest active coach by percentage (.862) in all NCAA divisions with at least five seasons at a four-year school and has guided the Warhawks to three WIAC championships and four NCAA Playoffs bids, including one national runner-up finish (2019), two semifinal appearances (2015, 2018) and one trip to the quarterfinals (2016). He is a two-time WIAC George Chryst Coach of the Year. Read more »

Kudos to Kristi Wood, lecturer in social work, for being elected to the National Association of Social Works Board of Directors. Wood has served at the NASW-WI Chapter as branch representative, secretary, president-elect, and president. She has also served as a member of the Legislative/Social Policy and Executive committees. At the national level, she has served as a member of the Child Welfare Specialty Practice Section committee. Read more »

Kudos to Jiazhen Zhou, associate professor of computer science, Jeannine Rowe, professor of social work, Roger Yin, professor of information technology and supply chain management, Hiajin Sun, assistant professor of computer science, and Ruzhen Wei, lecturer of computer science, who were awarded a grant from the Tommy Thompson Center on Public Leadership for “Older Wisconsinites’ Privacy Protection using Internet of Things Smart Medical Devices,” an interdisciplinary project that brings together the expertise of faculty across three departments (social work/social gerontology, computer science, and information technology) and two colleges (College of Letters and Sciences and College of Business and Economics).

Kudos to the UW-Whitewater SHRM student chapter for being awarded a 2020-2021 Superior Merit Award by SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management). The SHRM Student Chapter Merit Award program encourages the development of more effective student chapters and distinguishes outstanding activities and projects. Chapters are recognized based on operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession, and SHRM engagement.

Kudos to Hannah Keziah Agustin, film studies and English major, who had her micro-chapbook published by Ghost City Press on July 20. Hannah’s book, “Brown Dwarfs of Difference,” is part of the 2021 Ghost City Press Summer Micro-Chap Series. Read more »

Kudos to Jodi B. Simek, international students and scholarship coordinator, and Ozalle Toms, assistant vice chancellor of student diversity, engagement and success, who represented UW-Whitewater at the International English Language Testing System’s (IELTS) International Education Alliance Workshop Series. UW-Whitewater received the 2020 Honorable Mention Award for their workshop, “Best Practices for Responding to Students' Linguistic & Cultural Needs through Cross-Departmental Collaboration” on July 28. Their work highlights the role of faculty and staff in employing a strategic approach to address institutional gaps surrounding international student services.

In the Media
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Dale Splinter, professor of geography, geology and environmental science, is testing Geneva Lake tributaries for phosphorus and other pollutants that flow into Geneva Lake. Splinter and his students are testing 16 streams around the lake each month through October. Due to the dense development around the lake, unstable creek banks erode and carry large amounts of soil, lawn waste and other pollutants into Geneva Lake. The study by the Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission will identify the sources of pollutants and make recommendations to better manage the area’s watershed system.
Lake Geneva News
A wheelchair basketball athlete shoots hoops in the Roseman Gym.
Twelve elite athletes will be heading to Tokyo to represent team USA in men’s wheelchair basketball in the Paralympic Games. Of those 12 athletes, five are graduates of UW-Whitewater.

John Boie, Jake Williams, Matt Lesperance, Matt Scott and Nate Hinze are all former Warhawks who are preparing to head to Japan. These athletes are not alone; Christina Schwab, current assistant director for Wheelchair Athletics and the head coach of women’s wheelchair basketball will be going with them as an assistant coach for Team USA.
NBC 15
Upcoming Events
Full Bleed at Roberta's Art Gallery
Stop by Roberta's Art Gallery Aug. 4-28 to experience “Full Bleed”, a world of eye-catching modern abstract looks. After years of experience in collaging and typography, Artist Jim Ford has created his own distinctive style through his paintings, collages and analog art. His pieces in “Full Bleed” consist of vibrant colors and diverse patterns, each piece being unique to itself.
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Technology Open House
Join us for the Tech Open House, showcasing new campus technology and tech-related initiatives. This is a great way to learn about technology tools, services and resources designed to help you succeed at UW-Whitewater and also...prizes! The open house will take place 1:30-4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 25, in the Hamilton Room in the University Center.
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Warhawk Alley summer specials
Warhawk Alley is offering summer specials 12-4 p.m. every week until classes start in the fall.
  • Monday: $5 All U Can Bowl (shoes included)
  • Tuesday-Thursday*: Dollar Days, $1 bowling and shoe rentals, $3 billiards
  • Friday*: Free-Time Friday
*Community rates apply
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Notes for Faculty and Staff
Warhawk Wellness woordle

Earn your $150 Wellness Incentive

Free biometric screenings are 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22 at the Community Engagement Center for employees and their spouses who are enrolled in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program. You will learn your measurements for blood pressure, body mass index , cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose. The entire process takes only 20 minutes.

Appointments and masks are required. Register today in your StayWell Portal: webmdhealth.com/wellwisconsin.

Once you are logged into your portal, click the Biometric Screening box and search for zip code 53190 to find the event.

Need assistance? Contact the WebMD Helpline at 1-800-821-6591

The Fall 2021 Book Groups are here!

Join us this fall for good books and engaging conversations about teaching and learning. All sessions will be held in McGraw 19A with the option to join in person or remotely. Books are provided by the LEARN Center and will be delivered via campus mail before the first meeting. Registration closes Aug. 23.
  • Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer Eberhardt - Meets every Monday, 3:30-4:30pm, 9/20 - 11/8. Register »
  • The Undergraduate Experience: Focusing Institutions on What Matters Most by Peter Felten, John N. Gardner, Charles C. Schroeder, Leo M. Lambert, Betsy O. Barefoot - Meets every other Wednesday, 3:30-4:30pm, 9/15 - 11/10. Register »
  • Fact Vs. Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News by Jennifer LaGarde and Darren Hudgins - Meets every Wednesday, Noon-1pm, 10/6 - 10/27. Register »
Have questions? Contact LEARN Center Director, Heather Pelzel at pelzelh@uww.edu.
Notes for Students
Enroll in a meal plan.
Have you signed up for your meal plan yet? Not sure which meal plan is right for you? Check out our video with tips to help make your decision. Sign up today at www.uww.edu/uc/hawkcard/meal-plans/enroll-in-a-meal-plan. For additional information, reach out to the HawkCard office at 262-472-1437 or hawkcard@uww.edu.
In the Community

Concerts in the Park
Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment at the Cravath Lakefront Park Amphitheater.
  • The Remedy: 5:30-7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 10
  • Piper Road String Band: 5:30-7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 17
  • Tony Rocker: 5:30-7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 24
  • Tit For Tat: 5:30-7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 31
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Irvin L. Young Memorial Library events
Did you know the library in Whitewater offers fun events for all ages? Share a story, enjoy fiber therapy and other crafts or attend a workshop for some organizational tips.

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Community Events and Resources
Basket of green vegetables.

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.
Free spaghetti meals available
Free home-made, microwavable, take-home dinners are distributed on Monday evenings between 5 and 5:30 p.m. at the Congregational United Church of Christ at 133 S. Franklin St. in Whitewater. Individuals can receive multiple meals at each pickup if needed. All are welcome!
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