Goal 5: We will deepen partnerships and relationships.
√ The Athletic Department has created a partnership with Mercy Health in support of the MercyHealth System Athletic Training Room and the Stadium Athletic Training Room. This includes funding and personnel support.
√ The College of Business and Economics has developed a strategic partnership with Geneva Supply. The company sponsored a full tuition scholarship for a UW-Whitewater student in 2019 through its Midwest High School Pitch competition.
√ The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) in association with Dr. Kelly Hatch, College of Education and Professional Studies, has established a formal partnership with the Ice Age Trail Alliance. The partnership will provide for the development of multi-disciplinary projects throughout the campus related to the Ice Age Trail and community-wide wellness.
√ The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) in collaboration with Drs. Casey O'Keefe and Kristen Linzmeier, College of Education and Professional Studies has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Unified School District of DePere, Wisconsin (District). The MOU provides for the creation of teacher professional development materials based on research with the District.
√ The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) in association with Dr. Nicholas Tippery, College of Letters and Sciences, has entered into a Student Research Affiliation Agreement with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The Agreement provides practical research and learning experiences for UW-Whitewater students within the DNR. The DNR and UW-Whitewater will develop a learning plan for each student that will outline the student's assignments.
√ In 2018, we engaged over 430 alumni and friends through regional events including five Willie's Birthday Roadshows and other events celebrating the Sesquicentennial year. Additional alumni engagement events include social gatherings around the country, Homecoming including the 50 year reunion and the annual international trip. We expanded our offerings to include a service event which allowed alumni to give back to the community.
√ We connected with emeriti through a series of Purple Sage social events which gathered emeriti together to discuss their ongoing involvement with the university.
√ The Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement regularly engages with alumni and friends of the university through social media. Our expanded social media strategy communicates information relevant to alumni and friends on a consistent basis. Average monthly engaged users has risen from 470/month to 3400/month.
§ In 2019, the university will hire a Director of Strategic Engagement to generate business partnerships with Rock County companies. This position is made possible by a donation from Quint and Rishy Studer.
We will seek opportunities to build new partnerships with community, business, and governmental organizations in support of our mission.
Primary Action: Identify and support the development of strategic, mutually beneficial partnerships.
We will enhance existing relationships with alumni, emeriti, friends, and other partners.
Primary Action: Increase the number and quality of opportunities for alumni, friends, emeriti, and partners to engage with university programs, in collaboration with the UW-Whitewater Foundation and its new strategic plan.