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Student Organization News: February 15, 2012


  1. SAC Grant Information for Spring 2012
  2. Do you have new officers? If yes, please update your information with CSI
  3. Inclusive Excellence 2012 - Realigning for Inclusivity: Reframing Diversity at UWM
  4. Red Cross Looking for Organizations to Sponsor a Blood Drive
  5. Looking to Advertise your Org or an Event? We have a new service available to you
  6. Involvement Opportunities at UWM
    1. Volunteer Opportunities
      1. Take the Polar Plunge
      2. Interested in learning more about the possible Union Renovation?

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 has begun.

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.

March 2, Inclusive Excellence 2012 - Realigning for Inclusivity: Reframing Diversity at UWM

Friday, March 2, 2012
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Union Wisconsin Room

Student organizations are encouraged to participate in a day of strategic planning, facilitated by Dr. Ceasar McDowell, Professor of the Practice of Community Development at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Dr. McDowell's presentation on Engage the Power will set the stage for a reflective discussion that will realign and reframe diversity and inclusion at UWM. Please register for this event and submit your question(s) at These questions will guide the discussions throughout the day. To prepare for the event, questions will be accepted through February 24, 2012. If you are unable to participate in the event or would like to submit additional questions after registering, please send them to

For more information/questions or to request special accommodations, please contact Monica Lawrence at (414) 229-6518 or

Co-sponsors: Diversity Leadership Council, Division of Global Inclusion and Engagement, Division of Academic Affairs, Division of Student Affairs, Student Association, and Peck School of the Arts.

Red Cross Looking for Student Organizations to Sponsor a Blood Drive

Would you like to partner with a national non-profit organization and help save lives? The Red Cross is looking for student volunteers and student organizations to help with the UWM Campus wide blood drive on:

Thursday, March 1st, 2012
9 am to 3 pm
UWM Student Union

Hosting a blood drive is a great way to utilize leadership skills while potentially saving hundreds of lives.

Please contact Meredith Londo at 262.923.0255 or email at:

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

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 the possible Union Renovation?

Are you a student involved in your organzation? Do you spend much of your time outside of class in the UWM Union? Have you heard about the possibility of a renovation of our very own home away from home? If you are interested in learning more, and would like to learn how you can support the process, please contact Eric Jessup-Anger ASAP in the Center for Student Involvement at or 229-5780 to set a time so we can share more about a leadership opportunity.