Students of Religious Studies

Religious Studies Student Organization

Description: Our purpose is to give students an official voice within both the Religious Studies program and UWM. Additionally, we want to help create a relaxed and safe atmosphere for the academic, non-sectarian study of all religions. We sponsor events that bring about a deeper understanding of religion and how it pertains to other fields of study.
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President: Jordan Burich
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Vice-President: James Cimermancic
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Graduation Ceremony

2012 Graduation
Saturday, May 20th 2012
Greene Hall, UWM
Guest Speaker: Johannas Britz, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Provost
Religious Studies Certificates presented by Letters & Science Associate Dean Jenny Watson
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Archaeology Fair

On March 9th and 10th of 2012 some of the members of RSSO were fortunate enough to take part in the Milwaukee Public Museum's Archaeology Fair. We dressed in costume and our display featured three pagan temples: These were Golbeki Tepe (a recently found site in Turkey; it has changed the way we view the development of agriculture and civilization), Baalbek (in modern day Lebanon; an originally Phoenician site that was conquered and built upon by the Romans) and Esagila (in modern day Iraq, former Babylon; a site where the infamous ziggurat was employed as the mode of temple worship). We also had other elements to our display, such as a vase to signify the libations used in offerings as well as a binder that contained pictures that were not included on the poster, the National Geographic edition with the article about Golbeki Tepe as well as a simulation for the children of finding the artifacts and piecing them together like a puzzle, akin to how an archaeologist would do so. The experience was great and we enjoyed interacting with interested youth and adults and sharing with the people what UW-Milwaukee and RSSO has to offer! Event photographs

Sikh Temple Visit

On Sunday, October 21, 2012 Dr. Judith Beall and the UWM Religious Studies Student Organization (RSSO) visited the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, the site of the August 5 shooting. The RSSO was met by UWM professor Dr. Swarnjit S. Arora, himself a Sikh, who instructed them on the proper manner to dress and behave in a Sikh temple. Refreshments were served, Dr. Arora delivered a brief lecture on the history and practices of the Sikh faith and the members of the RSSO observed the memorials to the shooting victims. Afterwards, the RSSO joined the congregation of the temple for a typical religious ceremony consisting of prayers, songs and readings from the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh religious text. The afternoon was concluded with a Langar, or communal meal, during which the members of the RSSO could meet members of the temple community and reflect on what they had experienced that day. The members of RSSO wish to express their gratitude to Dr. Arora and the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin for their hospitality, and our most heartfelt condolences to the victims of this tragedy and their loved ones. Event Photographs