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Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022
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Welcome Week
Welcome to the 2022-2023 academic year! There are several events and workshops happening around campus to help everyone adjust to the new semester. The schedule of events is located on the Welcome Week event calendar.

Freshmen and transfer students will be participating in Warhawk Welcome, where they meet other new students, learn more about the university and become part of the Warhawk community through campus traditions.
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Wisconsin Tuition Promise
In the fall of 2023, UW-Whitewater will begin participating in the Wisconsin Tuition Promise. This program guarantees the coverage of tuition and segregated fees not already covered by federal and state grants for students at the Whitewater and Rock County campuses who meet the eligibility requirements. We are excited for this commitment to Wisconsin residents and hope it can help more students who are looking to obtain a bachelor’s degree.
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UW-Whitewater lands $9.1 million grant to help transform state’s behavior health system
UW-Whitewater has landed a $9.1 million grant to help transform the state’s behavior health system! Since its inception five years ago, UW-Whitewater’s Center for Inclusive Transition, Education and Employment (CITEE), a department within the Division of Student Affairs, has been working to help people from all walks of life as they explore education and career opportunities. A new, sizable grant will help in furthering that mission.
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Chatter Matters
This summer, participants experienced many meaningful moments in Chatter Matters, a camp that was hosted by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Our students and alumni helped lead this overnight camp for children with disabilities who use speech-generating devices. This is a great example of the valuable, clinical experiences encouraged by our caring faculty mentors!
Campus Kudos
Kudos to Sarah Hessenauer, professor of social work, who achieved “a major career goal of mine,” a three-year appointment to the national Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation. The commission is charged with maintaining quality in more than 860 social work education programs in the United States through its accreditation. Read more »

Kudos to Andy Yu, professor of management, who received the 2022 and 2021 Best X-Culture Educator awards. This is his third time to receive the honor (the first one in 2018). Instructor-led X-Culture projects engage thousands of students worldwide in collaborative, experiential learning through virtual international collaboration. In 2022, he was one of 32 professors worldwide to be honored, selected from 199 instructors from 171 universities in 53 countries. Read more »

Kudos to Monica Lineberger, assistant professor of political science, who received a $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to build a supportive community for non-binary and women scholars to achieve tenure. The grant brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to foster collaborative work, network with senior mentors in the field, and fast-track publications.

Kudos to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, an organization that led the university’s application to be a member of BioForward Wisconsin, which plays a central role in helping position the state’s biohealth industry for growth. BioForward monitors the needs impacting our industry, especially relating to education and training, and facilitates the growth of educational programs that help fill the talent pipeline — everything from supporting early STEM to working with higher education partners to develop programs and certifications. Read more »

Kudos to Michael Wessely, outreach program manager in the School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education, whose poetry was selected to be published in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ 2022-2023 Wisconsin’s Great Waters calendar. Read more »

Kudos to UW-Whitewater’s Children’s Center, which serves families of students, faculty and staff as well as the greater Whitewater community and has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children. NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments. Read more »
In the Media
Sara Deschner, assistant dean in the College of Business and Economics, served as an expert on a Milwaukee Business Journal panel on the increasing complexity of cybersecurity. Biz Journal »

He Li, assistant professor of finance and business law, provides expert advice in a WalletHub piece about Mastercard and Visa credit cards. Wallet Hub »

Scott Peters, professor of educational foundations, co-authored a paper on the use of the local norms admissions process that is cited in a “NYC’s Black Mayor Bucks Progressives on the Racial Chessboard of ‘Gifted’ Education.” Tennessee Star »

Jessica Smith, director of UW-Whitewater’s Center for Inclusive Transition, Education and Employment, discusses the $9.1 million grant that has been awarded and how this money will help not only students, but also those off campus who have been on long waiting lists while dealing with mental health or substance abuse issues. WCLO »

Jo Ann Oravec, professor of information and supply chain management, asked her students to write about how inflation was affecting their lives. Their responses are part of a look at inflation’s impact on colleges in the coming year. AOL »

On a warm summer night in September 2018, a Warhawk team of John Ejnik, associate professor of chemistry, and students Alyssa Fernandez and Ory Savchuk won the record for the world’s longest glow stick with help from 100 volunteers at Fiskum Field. The record still stands. FDL Reporter »

Jonah Ralston, associate professor of politics, government and law, comments on the Madison Forward Fund, a city pilot program in Madison to elevate the prospects of families in need. WMTV »

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With current and former Warhawks playing on Team USA men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams, both teams gold medaled at the Wheelchair Basketball Federation America’s Cup in Brazil, qualifying for the world championships in November in Dubai. Read about how UW-Whitewater became “The Kentucky of the wheelchair basketball world.”
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Whitewater’s love affair with drum corps was celebrated this summer at the Whitewater Classic 2022 at Perkins Stadium. In 1972 the stadium, then named Warhawk Stadium on the UW-Whitewater campus, first hosted a Drum Corps International World Championship and has since welcomed decades of drum corps competitions and performances.
Upcoming Events
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Chancellor's welcome address
Please join Interim Chancellor John Chenoweth in Young Auditorium at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29, for the annual Welcome Address, when we will celebrate achievements of the past year and share goals for this new academic year. Updates will also be provided on strategic planning efforts, HLC re-accreditation, chancellor search, diversity-focused task forces, plans related to mental health and sexual assault prevention, and information on current and projected enrollment and finances.
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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 to win prizes! The open house will take place 1:30-4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, in the Hamilton Room in the University Center.
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Glow Night
The UC is welcoming students back like never before! Glow Night 2022 is going to be full of free activities, snacks and entertainment 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, in the University Center. There will be fire pits, s'mores, lawn games, live music, bowling and billiards, BINGO, build-your-own stuffed animals, prizes, a photo spot to capture the night and more! Don't miss out!
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Warhawk Football’s home opener is noon, Saturday, Sept. 10, against Mary Hardin-Baylor — and they need your help in the stands. Did you know students have free admission to home sporting events with a HawkCard? Help us Pack the Perk and let’s show them what it’s like to be a Warhawk!
Warhawk Athletics to Partner With Big Radio for Football Broadcasts
Warhawk Athletics is excited to partner with Big Radio and 105.9 THE HOG in Janesville for the broadcast of all UW-Whitewater Warhawk Football games during the 2022 and 2023 seasons.
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Notes for Campus

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¡UW-Whitewater en español!

Thanks to a team with members from the ICIT, Office of Admissions, and University Marketing and Communications, UW-Whitewater now has a Spanish-language website geared toward prospective students and their families. Kudos to Pilar Melero, professor of languages and literatures, who provided a Spanish-language version of “Why I Teach” called “Por qué me dedico a la educación” for the site. To submit content for the website or to suggest improvements or content to be provided in Spanish, contact Kristine Zaballos at zaballok@uww.edu.
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Summer camp attendance surpasses pre-COVID numbers

Kudos to Continuing Education Services and all the collaborative university partners — from athletics to academics — who coordinated UW-Whitewater’s summer camps and conferences. This year, we hosted 5,216 campers and conference attendees at more than 70 events on our two campuses. This is 111% of the 2019 summer camps and conference attendance!
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Campus history tour: Normal School grounds
A free history tour focusing on the buildings and grounds of College Hill will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31. Hear stories and see photos of the original grounds of Whitewater Normal School through the lens of its original building, Old Main, and some of our earliest faculty, staff and alumni.
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Notes for Students

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Student employment

Help develop your skills and gain work experience on campus! Several departments on the UW-Whitewater campus are looking to hire students interested in paid or work study opportunities.
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Campus event calendar

Looking for something to do or promote and event? Check out the new and improved campus calendar!
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Text the UC
The University Center Information Services Desk is available for your campus and community questions and text messages daily, Monday through Saturday. Do you need help navigating campus resources? Call 262-472-1170 or text 262-45-THEUC (262-458-4382).
Notes for Faculty and Staff
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Fall Forum

The Academic Affairs Fall Forum is 1-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, in Timmerman Auditorium. Join Interim Provost Robin Fox for an engaging afternoon focused on setting the stage and moving forward with a plan for work in 2022-23. Included will be presentations from faculty and academic staff, revisiting themes from the Celebrating Teaching and Learning Conference’s keynote speaker, and a focus on diversity learning.
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RU Purple

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the RU Purple program to assist with welcoming new students to campus on Monday, Sept. 5, at 7:45 p.m. Join us at the visitor’s sidelines in Perkins Stadium to help us welcome new students with this long-standing campus tradition! Don’t forget to wear your purple!
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Bookstore discount
UW-Whitewater faculty and staff will now receive a year-round 15% discount on all personal apparel and gift purchases at the University Bookstore. To receive the discount in-store, show your HawkCard at checkout. To receive the discount online at uwwhitewaterbookstore.com, enter "Staff Discount" in the special instructions box when you checkout. Please contact bookstore@uww.edu with questions.
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Warhawk Wellness: Creating a Culture Where Everyone Matters

You are invited to a workshop on reframing wellbeing through a culture where everyone matters. Author Zach Mercurio will lead us through purposeful leadership at 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, in the Young Auditorium. Learn about creating a culture of significance, delegating to show how contributions matter and connecting people’s everyday tasks to a bigger picture.
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Information Fair

Stop by the University Center’s Hamilton Room 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, and learn about different departments on campus. All employees are welcome!
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CBL designation
Apply now to officially designate your spring 2023 course as a community-based learning (CBL) course. The deadline is Sept. 10.
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Faculty/staff role updates

Angela Harlan was recently named assistant dean of the School of Graduate Studies, where she will be responsible for chairing the curriculum portion of the Graduate Council, overseeing PreK-12 outreach, and providing strategic direction for non-credit programming. Harlan, who has been with UW-Whitewater since 2009, most recently served as the chair of the Department of Mathematics. She is an associate professor who also served as special assistant to the provost and the provost designee for curriculum. She began her duties as assistant dean on July 1, 2022.

The Institute for Nonprofit Management Studies welcomes Assistant Professor of Management Ruth K. Hansen as its new director as of July 2022. Dr. Hansen earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University; her research focuses on the theory and practice of fundraising, stigma, and equity and inclusion in resource mobilization. She teaches courses on nonprofit organizations, fundraising, organizational behavior and research methods. The Institute thanks inaugural Director Carol Brunt for her service from 2018-2022.
In the Community

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Free meals
There are several options — on and off campus — for free food in Whitewater. If you are in need of extra meals because you are experiencing food insecurity (you can’t afford food or are worried about finding your next meal) please call the Dean of Students Office at 262-472-1533 to speak with someone confidentially about your needs.

Free spaghetti to-go dinners are also available 5-6 p.m. every Monday at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Whitewater. Pick up the meal at the 133 S. Franklin Street entrance.
Discover Whitewater Series
The Discover Whitewater Series, a half marathon and 5k, is held in Whitewater every September. The race, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, promotes the City of Whitewater and highlights its greatest features, along with encouraging a healthy lifestyle for people of all ages. Volunteer opportunities are also available!

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Community Events and Resources
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.
Whitewater City Market
4-7 p.m. Tuesdays by the Depot Museum.
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