It’s national #CelebrateFirstGen week!
First-gen students are proud trailblazing students whose parents did not earn a four-year degree. More than one-third of the Warhawks on the Whitewater campus and more than one-half on the Rock County campus are first-generation!
The annual First-Generation College Celebration on Nov. 8 commemorates the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and promotes postsecondary access, retention, and completion for today’s limited-income, first-generation college students.
Join us this week as we #CelebrateFirstGen with tabling in the UC, at Andersen Library and on the Rock County campus. We’ll be sharing stories of the many Warhawk students, alumni and campus leaders who are PROUD to be first-gen, including campus leaders like our chancellor, Corey A. King, Brenda Jones, vice chancellor of finance and administrative affairs, and Tricia Clasen, the dean of the College of Integrated Studies.
Celebrating our partnership with Mercyhealth
Mercyhealth, a collaborative partner of UW-Whitewater for more than 20 years, has been recognized with the Universities of Wisconsin Regents Business Partnership Award for its role in ensuring the health and safety of Warhawk student-athletes and expanding the opportunities for staff and students within the campus community and throughout southern Wisconsin.
UW-Whitewater is annually recognized as a “College of Distinction for Affordability” thanks in part to Mercyhealth’s dedication to the care of Warhawk student-athletes that goes well beyond what the university budget allows.
Kudos to the Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health, who had their new textbook published by Cognella Academic Publishing in 2023. The textbook, “Personal and Public Safety: Understanding Risk and Taking Responsibility,” is used in SAFETY 201: Personal and Public Safety. The textbook authors are Alvaro D. Taveira, Robert Evangelisti, David Vosburgh, Kwan Ahn, Oscar Arias-Fernandez, Tracy Buchman, Sang D. Choi, George Gruetzmacher, Todd W. Loushine, John D. Olson, and Donna Vosburgh.
Kudos to Alicia de Gregorio, professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, who presented her paper “Madrid en La condenada y otros cuentos de Vicente Blasco Ibáñez” at the 34th CILH (Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica/International Conference on Hispanic Literature), held virtually on Oct. 27 and 28, 2023.
Kudos to the UW-Whitewater Forensics Team for placing second at Moraine Valley College. Members of the winning squad were senior Kensington Narkis, a human resource management major, sophomores Amelia Moody, general management major, and Grace Palmer, music major, and freshmen Emmalee Empey, economics major, and Sofia Guha, theatre major.
Kudos to Kaia Feggestad, assistant professor of communications sciences and disorders, who was awarded a grant from Wisconsin Sound Beginning CARES Team for development of a playgroup for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Kudos to junior Cassie Lee, human performance major, for being named the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Women’s Tennis Kwik Trip Player of the Year. With an impressive singles record of 12-3 and doubles record of 12-2, she has proven herself to be a formidable player. Notably, two of her losses were against NCAA Division I opponents, highlighting her ability to compete at a high level. She secured the WIAC title in No. 1 singles and also teamed up with her partner to win the No. 1 doubles title. Go Warhawks! Read more »
Kudos to Women’s Tennis Head Coach Frank Barnes, who was recognized as the WIAC Coach of the Year for the 10th time, adding to his illustrious coaching career. This fall he led the Warhawks to a 17th consecutive WIAC title, the program's 24th overall league championship. UW-Whitewater secured titles in five of six singles flights and two doubles flights during the 2023 WIAC Championship. Go Warhawks! Read more »
Kudos to Warhawk Head Baseball Coach John Vodenlich, who has been announced as a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Class of 2024. He will be inducted in January of 2024.
The Nontraditional Student Art Exhibit
The Nontraditional Student Art pop-up exhibit is on display Nov. 6-10 outside Roberta's Art Gallery. This exhibit is sponsored by Adult Student Services in recognition of National Nontraditional Students Week. Explore the talent and creativity of our very own nontraditional UW-Whitewater students! We will celebrate the Outstanding Nontraditional Student award winners and the CARE (concern for Adults Returning to Education) award winner on Nov. 9!
We sense you need to take a pause in your week! De-stress with UC Live for FREE from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the UC Surinak Lounge and Roberta's Art Gallery for massage chairs, an oxygen bar, free takeaways, and the opportunity to walk a labyrinth (in Roberta's Art Gallery)!
The UW-Whitewater Percussion Ensemble brings a fantastic performance featuring quartets, quintets and larger groups, playing a variety of percussion instruments. Join us at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, in Light Recital Hall for a night of rhythmic excitement. This event is free for UW-Whitewater students with their HawkCard. All others can purchase tickets at the link below.
"The Aesthetic Shape of History" Exhibit
"The Aesthetic Shape of History" exhibit runs from Nov. 8 through Dec. 11 in Roberta's Art Gallery. Please join us for the reception, and meet the artist, Anthony Cerulli, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, and enjoy light refreshments. For a preview of the exhibit, visit the link below.
LGBTQIA+ Impacts: Behind the Rainbow
Learn about the contributions and excellence that exists in the LGBTQIA+ community at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the Warhawk Connection Center. This event is in collaboration with IMPACT.
Traditional 15-Ball Billiards Tournament
Stop by Warhawk Alley to compete in a Traditional 15-Ball Billiards Tournament at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8. This will be a bracket-style tournament with a maximum of 32 participants. Practice and registration begin at 5:30 p.m. There will be prizes for the top finishers! Sign up online to reserve your spot.
Chuck Owen and ReSurgence
5-time GRAMMY nominee Chuck Owen unveils his latest musical project with this all-star jazz septet! Recognized internationally for his unique compositional voice, Chuck’s creative, evocative, and intensely personal compositions are steeped in the jazz tradition, but draw liberally and playfully from an array of additional influences: classical, American folk/roots music, Latin, funk, and more! You won’t want to miss this performance held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Young Auditorium!
Have a need to laugh your socks off? Join UC Live at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, in the Down Under for a FREE performance of comedian Aiko Tanaka! As seen on The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, America's Got Talent, and Comedy Central, this is a show you have to attend!
Join us on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Light Recital Hall for a much anticipated evening of jazz with the Jazz II Ensemble. Enjoy the group and solo stylings of our talented music students. Get your tickets now before it's too late! This event is free for UW-Whitewater students with their HawkCard. All others can purchase tickets at the link below.
In this enchanting adaptation of Shakespeare's “Much Ado About Nothing,” the Barnett Theatre is transformed into the captivating world of 1935 New Orleans, where love, laughter, and deception intertwine. This dazzling production will transport you to a bygone era of elegance and passion and onto a journey where wit battles wit, villainy battles honesty, and love turns the most sensible into fools. Make sure to catch this performance, which runs Nov. 10-18!
This modern-day Rat Pack is unlike any other four-man vocal group touring today. Coining the description “The Modern Gentlemen” over a decade ago, The Company Men deliver a high energy theatrical concert experience in which the group “mashes” today’s Top-40 hits with reimagined classics of the last eight decades, blending artists from Sam Cooke to Sam Smith and The Temptations to The Weekend. Watch them perform in Young Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11!
Campus panel discussion on AI
The LTC and LEARN Center excitedly invite all members of the campus community to "Navigating AI: Panel Discussion on Implications for Higher Education." Join the instructor and student panel in a stimulating discussion from 3-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, in UC 261 or via Webex. This event is an opportunity for networking, learning and gaining a deeper understanding of AI's role in education.
Basketball tips off Home Classic
#2 Men's Basketball tips off their season as they host the Tip-Off Classic in the Kachel Gymnasium in the Williams Center on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10-11. They take on Gustavus Adolphus College in game 1 on Friday at 7 p.m. The last exciting meeting between the two in 2021 ended with a final score of 86-65 in favor of the Warhawks. Gustavus Adolphus College put up a valiant effort, but UW-Whitewater emerged as the victors in the end. In game 2 on Saturday, Nov. 11, the Warhawks will battle Saint Mary’s University (Minn.) an unfamiliar opponent looking to upset the home opener at 7 p.m. For those not able to attend, all games will stream on the WIAC Network.
If you are graduating in Dec. 2023 and have landed a job, earned admission to graduate school or started a company before commencement, join us Nov. 30, Dec. 4 or Dec. 5 to continue this tradition by having your photo taken professionally and posted to our Hired Before Graduation social media campaign. No appointment is needed — we’ll see you there!
National Coalition Building Institute workshops
Sign up now for the final National Coalition Building Institute workshops! The “Controversial Issues” workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, and the “Equity and Inclusivity/Building Bridges” workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1.
Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership: Speaker grants proposal
Juk Bhattacharyya, professor of geology, geography and environmental science, received a Tommy G. Thompson Center grant to bring author Kao Kalia Yang to UW-Whitewater on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023. This event addresses emotional needs and a sense of belonging for students who may find it challenging to develop social and/or cultural connections with the campus community.
UW-Whitewater Bowling Announces 2023-24 Roster
The UW-Whitewater bowling team recently started its 2023-24 season. The Warhawks are currently ranked among the top 20 in the nation for all divisions and the top 5 among Division II and III institutions.
UW-Whitewater names 2023-24 Launch Pad Scholars
Seven students at UW-Whitewater have been selected as 2023-24 Launch Pad Scholars. The Launch Pad program is a startup accelerator focused on helping students launch new companies and nonprofits.
Roster set for UW-Whitewater wrestling team
The UW-Whitewater wrestling team begins its 2023-24 season this week with 33 student-athletes on its roster. The Warhawks are coming off a 17th-place showing at last spring's NCAA Division III Championships.
BFA Entry and Junior Review: Nov. 6-9
The Fall 2023 BFA Entry and Junior Review features the work of BFA students who are working toward their degree. These portfolio reviews are milestone components of the Department of Art and Design’s BFA degree tracks and are opportunities for the students to display their art for the public. The reception is from 5-6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6.
Co-occurring disorders training at NASW WI Conference
Katherine Drechsler, assistant professor of social work, Ted Izydor, lecturer of occupational and environmental safety and health, and Jessica Smith, director of CITEE Director, presented a new framework, "4-Step Approach to Treating Co-Occurring Disorders," funded through a grant awarded to CITEE, at the 49th Annual Conference NASW WI in Milwaukee on Oct. 25. The complete training will be available for free beginning Nov. 9.
Info session: Threat to life safety, now what?!
We are all aware of active shooter situations, but what about other things too? Drug overdoses, heart attacks, severe wounds — these happen too! Come learn, discuss and ask questions about the numerous systems and safety measures the university has in place on our campus, hosted by University Police. No registration required, just pick a session: noon- 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, or 7-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11. All sessions will be in UC68.
Competent leadership webinar
Leadership is a critical skill that every professional should possess in order to be successful in today's work environment. In this interactive workshop, held via webinar from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, we will discuss the essential skills needed to enhance your own leadership abilities, including how to motivate employees and effective communication strategies.
Creating a Culture of Mattering
Zach Mercurio presented “The Power and Practice of Creating a Culture of Mattering” during Chancellor Corey A. King’s Welcome Address. Here is the link to the recording if you were unable to attend or wish to revisit the material, visit the link below. If you haven't received a U Matter T-shirt, there are still some available! You are welcome to stop by the HR office in Hyer Hall 330 to pick one up between the hours of 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The UW-Whitewater United Way Workplace Giving Campaign runs from Nov. 5-18. This is the United Way of Jefferson and North Walworth Counties' 80th year, and they are celebrating in a big way! Please visit the link below to see the list of prizes and how to donate. Thank you for supporting your local community!
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.
Irvin L. Young Memorial Library 431 W. Center St., Whitewater
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