The Leading Edge.

Student Organization News: December 9, 2011


  1. CSI Winter Break Hours – Please note, we will be closed the week before the New Years
  2. Looking to Travel via Car? Are you authorized to drive? Learn more here!
  3. Cookies and Technology? Join Reps for Digital Expo 2011 on Monday Dec 12
  4. Peer Health Educator Programs Available for Your Organization
  5. Involvement Opportunities at UWM
    1. Laugh Out Loud – You want funny? BSU has funny! Come out Friday for a roaring good time…
    2. MAM After Dark: Festivus! [Friday, December 16]
    3. Volunteer Opportunities
      1. Volunteer @ an MPS School
      2. Take the Polar Plunge
      3. MLK Day of Service & Book Drive
      4. Leadership Class Information
  6. Looking for a Job? Union Programming is Hiring!

CSI Winter Break Hours

The Center for Student Involvement will be closed the week of December 26th. Please plan accordingly and visit us early to take care of any Winter Break needs. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd and will resume normal office hours at that time. Best of luck finishing up your semester and with all your events and activities!

Driver Authorizations – Looking to Travel This Spring by Car? Please Read

If you would like to request reimbursement for gas or mileage in combination with a travel grant you must first become an authorized driver for your student organization through the University. To become an authorized driver you would need to complete a driver authorization form. This form can be found on the Center for Student Involvement's website at

Click on the Forms and Resources tab, scroll down and in the right hand column under Financial Request Forms there is a link to PDF and Word versions of the driver authorization document which contains instructions on how to complete it correctly. Copies are also available in the Center for Student Involvement in Union 363.

A complete list of approved drivers is available just under the Driver Authorization forms on our website if you are unsure who in your organization is eligible to drive.

Digital Expo 2011: Taking REPS Wherever You Go

The Reservations and Event Planning Services Office would like to formally invite you to the "Digital Expo 2011: Taking REPS Wherever You Go" event that is to be held in the Student Union Concourse on Monday, Dec. 12th from 11:00am to 3:00pm. This event is for everyone on campus to see how the hard work and dedication of student staff is helping the Reservations Office make the leap into the future and go green! Please join us for food, fun, and demonstrations of what the new digital services in the REPS Office can do for you! We hope to see you there. Please click on the link below for more information:

If you have any questions or concerns, please call or stop by the Reservations Office!

Being Healthy is good… Being unhealthy is bad… Schedule a Session with a Peer Health Educator!

To schedule a listed program or discuss other programming opportunities, contact the Norris Health Center Office of Health Promotion and Wellness in Union 350 at 414-229-2919,, or contact one of the Peer Health Educators directly.

"A Drinking Game"
Created in the same style as the popular television game show Family Feud, students will be split into teams and asked questions such as "What are the five top ingredients in cigarettes?" As a team, they will work to figure out all five answers. The program is designed to provide a fun and interesting way for students to learn about alcohol and drugs.

"Keeping a Healthy Focus: Fitness and Nutrition"
This program contains information covering the basic recommendations of fitness and nutrition. Participants will start with an interactive activity with trivia so that participants can gauge how much they know about general fitness/nutrition. The presentation of the material will be interactive with questions and media clips, and will end with a goal-setting activity where each student has the opportunity to write down personal goals for fitness and nutrition.

"Sexual Health Team Trivia"
This program is presented in the style of team trivia but with a sexy twist. Topics to be covered during the game are contraceptives, STI's, male and female orgasms and more. The presenters will present the questions through a Power Point, give the participants a chance to answer them, and then go through the answers and provide further explanation.

"Take Out the Stress!"
Feeling Stressed? Come join the Norris Health Center Peer Health Educators and relax from the stressors in your life. Progressive relaxation is a proven way you can decrease some of the stress and anxiety you are undergoing on a daily basis. Learn unique ways to manage your stress quickly so you can leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

Interested in scheduling one of these? Email with the following information:

Organization Name:
Desired Program:

Involvement Opportunities at UWM:

The Black Student Union Presents Laugh Out Loud comedy show featuring the Wayans Brothers. YES THEY ARE COMING!!!!!!

Date: Friday, December 9th
Time: 7pm
Place: UWM Wisconsin Room

This event is free to all UWM students. Tickets can be picked up through the UWM Bookstore with a valid UWM ID present. Tickets will go FAST so hurry and get them before the show is sold out.

As of now, the event is open to just UWM students, faculty, staff and alumni.


For more information, please contact Brent Green at

MAM After Dark: Festivus

Northwestern Mutual Foundation presents


It's a long-hallowed holiday tradition: unload on those you love the most. Join emcee and Comedy Sportz star Beth Lewinski for a chance to tell your story. Make Frank Constanza proud and win a prize. Sign up to share your grievance.

Come prepared to test your talent, strength, and sheer willpower. It's not over until somebody gets pinned!

Nothing says "holiday giving" like a fake donation to The Human Fund. Fill out a card, and enter to win your very own mini Festivus pole.

Have your photo taken with the icon itself.

Enjoy a bite of the traditional Festivus fare, plus the cash bar (no hip flask required). Enjoy special Happy Hour deals from 5—7 p.m.

This internationally renowned contemporary photographer "explores the inexplicable and the limits of what we can see and know" (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). Join curator Lisa Hostetler for a tour at 8 p.m.

Make your holiday gifts by hand—and show your loved ones how cheap you really are.

DJ Tarik Moody will keep the party going with holiday tunes.

Shop 'til you drop at the Museum Store, perfect for your last-minute holiday gift needs. Members enjoy special double discounts!

Free for Museum Members Join at the door, get in free with a friend! $12 at the door | $6 (plus fees) in advance.

The website for MAM after dark: Festivus is

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteer at an MPS Charter School

Urban Day School is a UWM Charter school serving Early Childhood through 8th grade with two locations: 12 & Atkinson and 24th & Vliet. We currently have volunteer opportunities available in our after-school reading tutoring program at both campuses. If you love reading and would like to make a difference in the life of a child, take advantage of this great opportunity. For more information on the Urban Day School Volunteer Program, please contact Kim Davis, Volunteer Coordinator 414-263.2781 or

Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics!

Special Olympics is planning a polar plunge on Saturday, March 3rd at Bradford Beach. The Polar Plunge is a great event that raises money for sports training and competition for the Greater Milwaukee area's 2,200 Special Olympics athletes.

If any Student Organizations is looking for something fun to do as a group, a team building event, or maybe a way to get members more involved the Polar Plunge is a great event for that. Teams can consist of members of their clubs, friends, classmates, teachers, family or anyone they invite to join their team.

It's easy for groups to register and collect pledges online. Create your own personal team web page by registering for the event at

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service - Jan. 16th

Mark your calendars and make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 16th) a day "on" instead of "off". Volunteer to beautify a local MPS high school from 8:30am-3:30pm. Transportation will be provided as well as lunch! To register reply to with the following:


Book Drive for Local Kids - Another way to participate in MLK Day!

As a part of the MLK Day of service we will be collecting new or gently used child or young adult books. You may drop off books at the Ctr for Volunteerism & Student Leadership before January 13th.

Do you want to learn more about leadership? Take a leadership class!

This spring there are two leadership development classes being offered for those interested in learning more about their own leadership identity, reflect on their values and beliefs about leadership, and sharpening their leadership skills.

Jobs @ UWM

The Union Sociocultural Programming Department is looking for student candidates for a Programming Assistant position. Interested individuals can apply online at

Please pass this information along to any students who you feel may be good candidates. I am looking for someone with interest in and knowledge of diverse identities, cultures, lifestyles and worldviews, including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, spirituality, cognitive and physical ability and socioeconomic status. The ideal candidate will also be personable, responsible, organized, creative and attentive to details.

The starting rate is $8/hour for undergraduate students. A higher wage will be negotiated for graduate students.

For more information, contact Claudia E. Guzmán at 414.229.6998 or