The Leading Edge.

Student Organization News: January 24, 2012


  1. CSI Adds Two New Assistant Directors, Come Visit and Meet your new staff Liaison
  2. SAC Grant Information for Spring 2012
  3. Do you have new officers? If yes, please update your information with CSI
  4. Looking to Travel via Car for your Org? Are you authorized to drive?
  5. Peer Health Educator Programs Available for Your Organization
  6. Suicide Gatekeeping Training
  7. Looking to Advertise your Org or an Event? We have a new service available to you
  8. MLK Jr. Day Reflection Event in the Fireside Lounge (January 31)
  9. Involvement Opportunities at UWM
    1. Volunteer Opportunities
      1. Take the Polar Plunge
      2. City Year Milwaukee

CSI: More staff to work with student organizations!

In fall 2011, the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) added two new professional staff members. CSI is now able to offer more specialized advising for student organizations. Each of the Assistant Directors will be the contact person for particular categories of student organizations. Even though each organization will have its own liaison or point person, organizations are welcome to ask for assistance from any of the staff in CSI. Each Assistant Director is listed below with the organization categories they will be serving as liaison for:

Rick Clark: Political, Service, Social Action
Kirstin Leih: Cultural, Fraternity, Sorority
Tom Dake: Departmental/Academic, Honor Society, Professional, Recreational, Religious

All student organizations are invited to set up a time to meet with their liaison and explore resources and support available to them. You may schedule a meeting by calling 229-5780.

Senate Allocation Committee (SAC) Grant Information for Spring 2012

Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) may be eligible for funding using a grant process through the Student Association's Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC). RSOs must have at least one officer attend training to be eligible to receive funding. The officer in attendance must be registered as an officer for that organization in PantherSync before attending the training. Although SAC only requires 1 officer per organization to attend training, we encourage anyone that will be filling out a grant to attend the training session. Updates to the grant application process as well as the grant forms and committee expectations will be discussed at training. Please contact SAC Chair Rachel Falk or Vice Chair Erin Christens at with any questions.

Grants forms will be available online in the Student Association PantherSync portal beginning March 9 at 5:00pm. All grants must be submitted online no later than March 30 at 5:00pm.

Senate Appropriations Committee Grant Weekend will be April 13-15, 2012. The agenda for grant weekend will be distributed by Monday, April 8, 2012.

Grant Training Dates:

Spring Officer Enrollment Reminder and Change of officers

Enrollment verification of all current officers will begin shortly after spring instruction begins.

University of Wisconsin System and UW-Milwaukee regulations require that all registered student organizations maintain at least four student officers enrolled on a fee-paying basis for at least half-time. (As used in this policy, "half-time" status means enrollment for a minimum of six credits as an undergraduate student and enrollment for a minimum of four credits as a graduate student).

Any student organization that has had a change in the enrollment status of their officers (such as graduated, transferred, studying abroad for spring, etc.) must select replacements for officers who are no longer eligible to serve in this role. Registered student organizations must complete a Change of Office process in PantherSync (see instructions below) to update their officers in order to maintain current registration status. Failure to do so will result in the organization becoming inactive and losing university privileges. University privileges include but are not limited to: loss of any allocated funds, loss of room reservations and access to university resources in general.

Student organizations are strongly encouraged to update their officer information as soon as possible with the Center for Student Involvement. If you have questions regarding this process please contact the Center for Student Involvement at 229-5780 or at

How to update/change student organization officers

Step 1: Update organization's profile in PantherSync
After logging in at, the portal administrator must enter the organization's portal and select "Settings" from the menu on the lower left side of the screen [only the student officer(s) serving as portal administrator(s) will be able to see this option]. The portal administrator updates the names and contact information for the organization's public contact, primary four officers and the faculty/staff advisor. If the organization has additional officers or advisors, they must also be updated in the Org Profile. Once the information has been updated, the portal administrator submits the revised Org Profile via PantherSync.

All officers and advisors must have a PantherSync user account and appear in the online roster (under the People menu tab).

Step 2: Have Officers and Advisor read contract terms online
Have each officer and the faculty/staff advisor(s) visit and read the contract terms and conditions that they are agreeing to when they sign the Org Profile.

Step 3: Print, sign and submit updated organization profile to Center for Student Involvement, Union 363.
After the Org Profile has been updated and submitted via PantherSync, CSI staff will email the portal administrator a PDF copy of the updated Org Profile. The portal administrator will need to print the PDF and have each officer and advisor sign the printed copy that will then be turned into the Center for Student Involvement. If you wish, the CSI Staff can print your submitted Org Profile for you in our office. Remember, once printed, each officer and the advisor(s) should sign, date and provide their Student ID# on the appropriate line.

Organizations are strongly encouraged to complete this process as early as possible. If there are errors or other issues with the Org Profile or officers, the organization will need to make corrections immediately.

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.

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:

Suicide Gatekeeper Training

Since April 2011, over 700 members of our campus community have participated in UWM's Campus Connect program. As a result of their participation in the Campus Connect training, these individuals increased their crisis intervention skills, comfort levels responding to individuals in crisis, and knowledge regarding suicide; almost all participants left the training feeling confident in their ability to be effective in responding to an individual in crisis, to ask someone if they are thinking about suicide, and to assist distressed students in accessing appropriate referral resources. Since September, these members of our campus community have utilized the skills attained in this training to intervene and assist 349 UWM students, 86 UWM faculty/staff, and 156 individuals who are not affiliated with UWM!

Given that there may be some student org leaders who have not yet participated in this program (either newbies or individuals who were unable to attend in the Fall), I wanted to let you know about upcoming Campus Connect training dates for the Spring 2012 semester. If possible, please use your communication channels to share this information with student organizations leaders. Interested individuals should contact me, directly, to reserve a space in their desired session. I can be reached at or 414-229-4675.

- Thursday, January 26 from 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm in Union 181
- Friday, February 10 from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm in Union 181

If an organization has 3 or more individuals who are interested in this training and would prefer to schedule a separate session for their group, please have them contact me so that we can work together to make the necessary arrangements.

Thank you so much! I hope that your new year is off to a great start.

~ Sarah

Sarah Belstock, MSPH
Health Educator - Mental Health and AODA Outreach Coordinator
Norris Health Services, Office of Health Promotion and Wellness
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Advertising for your Organization - Bolton Hall Monitor Information

Digital monitors have been installed in Bolton Hall at the entrance closest to the library and above the entrance into the atrium. They are intended to function as a vehicle to provide information to students. A number of categories have been created for postings that include student profiles and events/activities. All student organizations are invited to send in submissions to publicize events, upcoming meetings, and announcements. Organizations are also invited to create profiles stating the organization's mission, and photos of current members. This is a great opportunity to recruit more members and increase participation in upcoming events.

A request form is available for signage requests, and an example of the message templates used on the Bolton Monitors. The form is available to all student organizations in PantherSync under the Files menu tab. Please feel free to email questions to Marquayla Ellison at Bolton signage forms can be submitted to

MLK Jr Day Reflection Opportunity

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day the Office of Student Life and Development will be hosting a Spoken Word Performance and Workshop with artist Dasha Kelly.

January 31st, 7:00pm
Alumni Fireside Lounge
Chocolate fondue fountain and coffee/tea bar provided!

All are invited to this artistic reflection, performance and workshop. Kelly is a nationally respected artist and Milwaukee native. She is the founder and director of Still Waters Collective, a Milwaukee-based outreach initiative utilizing the transformative power of the written and spoken word. Dasha has performed and delivered workshops to writers, youth, educators, co-eds, executives, inmates and artists throughout the U.S. She is also an HBO Def Poetry alum. As a poet and novelist, Dasha's writings have appeared in anthologies, textbooks, magazines and online. Her latest collection of work, Hershey Eats Peanuts is available through Penmanship Books. She is currently working on her second novel and a new collection of essays.

Don't miss Kelly's engaging performance and workshop January 31st!

RSVP not required, but appreciated. Simply reply to this email to register!

ASL interpreters will be present.

Volunteer Opportunities:

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

Interested in Learning More About Service Opportunities in Milwaukee?

If you are between the ages of 17-24 and have a passion to serve while earning money toward your education, Join City Year Milwaukee for our Open House!

Wednesday, February 1
5:00-7:00 pm (tours & presentations every half hour)
648 N. Plankinton
Milwaukee, WI 53203
(Entrance on Michigan & west side of Milwaukee River)