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Student Organization News: May 2, 2012


  1. Student Organization Manual Updated and Available Online
  2. Recruit New Students This Summer: Update Your PantherSync Portal Now!
  3. CSI is Beginning to Review Student Organization Charter – More Info Here
  4. Looking to Kick-Start your Career? Check Out This Opportunity!
  5. Lavender Graduation
  6. Just in Time Job Fair – Tomorrow, May 3rd
  7. Job & Service Opportunities
    1. Norris Health Center
    2. COAST Leaders
    3. Panther Pals
    4. Community Clean-Up Competition

New! Student Organization Manual Spring 2012 Edition

The new edition of the Student Organization Manual is now available online. To access the Manual visit and select "Publications" form the menu. Then select "Student Organization Manual" from the list of publications.

The Student Organization Manual is the single most comprehensive publication for student organization policies, procedures, resources and benefits. The document is published online as a PDF allowing users to use Ctrl+F to search by keywords in the Manual.

Updates include PantherSync information, food sales procedures and revisions to the Union tabling/booth procedures.

Update student org info now!

Update your student organization portal and contact information for summer NOW! New students attending orientation this summer will be in PantherSync and looking for current contact information!

For assistance on updating portal information, use this link:

You may also wish to add a new portal image and welcome message for potential new members who visit your portal. It is also a good time to clean up the membership roster (under the "People" tab) by removing non-members, change status to "Alumni" for some individuals, updating members to officers and general accuracy updates.

Other important information that will be sent out over the summer includes: Opportunities to participate in UWM Welcome events, Campus Expo sign up, annual renewal registration and details for using SAC/SA Grants for fall.

For additional assistance in updating organization information contact the Center for Student Involvement, 229-5780,

Organization Charter/Constitution Review

The Center for Student Involvement will be starting an on-going review of student organization charters to ensure that they are up to date with current requirements and that the student organization is making use of this document as it goes about its business (following the election procedures, allow new members to join, etc. as indicated on the charter).

To see your organization's current charter, enter your organization's PantherSync portal and select "Files" from the left side menu. A folder in the files section will be entitled "Charter, Constitution, Operating documents." The most current approved charter will be in this folder. Operating documents that have not been submitted to CSI for review and approval are not official operating documents until they have this approval.

If current officers and members cannot see the charter in the file folder, please contact CSI at or 229-5780. For more information visit:

Do you know about the UWM Career Development Center? Check out the exciting walk-in clinic they are holding!!

Seven Steps to a Satisfying Major and Career

  1. Know yourself and create your career profile
  2. Academic Options: Learn about yours
  3. Career Options: How to learn about yours
  4. Career Options: Connect your profile
  5. Plan, test, volunteer, intern, work, gain skills
  6. Job searches, interviews and resumes: Intern and professional
  7. Overcoming frequent stressors and barriers

Event Space is limited! First-come, first-served!

Thursday, May 3rd, 10-12 Union 280

More about the Career Development Center:

The clinics offered by the center can provide you materials "to-go," or help you participate in quick activities designed to help you…

• choose a major or career
• gain related experience
• find a summer job
• achieve an internship
• develop your resume
• organize a job search
• prepare for interviews
• deal with barriers, time and social
• pressures or other career challenges

For accommodations, requests or more information, please call the Career Development Center at (414) 229-4487, visit their office in Mellencamp 128, or view their website:

Lavender Graduation 2012

The Lavender Graduation 2012 Team is writing you today to ask and encourage you to let your soon-to-be and recent LGBTQIA* graduates that theycan be recognized at Lavender Graduation 2012 on Tuesday, May 15, 2012.

Graduate & Undergraduate students who graduated or will graduate: Fall 2011, Spring 2012, or Summer 2012 can be recognized at the May 15th event. Interested students should contact us: or call 414.229.4116. Questions about Lavender Graduation can also be directed there.

UWM Campus Community members & their guests are welcome to attend. We ask interested individuals to RSVP to See the attached flier for information, the event will have hors d'oeuvres/appetizers and cupcakes from Milwaukee Cupcake Company. We look forward to connecting with you and interested students.

Thank you in advance for your assistance in publicizing the event!

Lavender Graduation


Norris Health

The Norris Health Center Office of Health Promotion and Wellness is hiring Peer Health Educators for the 2012-2013 school year!

The Peer Health Educators are a group of students who function as team members in the development and implementation of health promotion initiatives throughout the campus community. The Peer Health Educators are employees of Norris Health Center Office of Health Promotion and Wellness and represent the Norris Health Center by serving as liaisons to residence life, student organizations, and other departments on campus.

All interested applicants must:

Application materials are available at the Norris Health Center Office of Health Promotion and Wellness in Union 350. Completed application materials are due by 4:30pm on Friday, April 13, 2012. Late or incomplete application materials will not be considered. Interviews will be conducted beginning April 23.

All questions regarding the position and/or the application process can be directed to Brian Stahlkopf, Supervisor of the Peer Health Educators, at 414-229-2919 or

The Neighborhood Housing Office is seeking applicants for COAST Leader positions.

The Community Outreach and Assistance for Student Tenants (COAST) program provides UWM students living off-campus with information about resources available to them and helps them improve communication between students and long term residents. A detailed position description and application are attached to this e-mail for your reference. More information about the Neighborhood Housing Office and COAST Program can be found at

Please apply if you are seeking employment, especially if currently living off campus or planning to do so for the upcoming academic year. This is an excellent fit for someone who enjoys helping fellow students, building community in creative ways, and using their skills in a new way. We are especially interested in students planning to live near our campus in the upcoming year.

Jesica A. Berndt, M.Ed.

Director, Neighborhood Housing Office

Community Outreach and Assistance for Student Tenants (COAST)

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Office: (414) 229-6999

Interesting in Lending a Hand to New Students at UWM? Be a Panther Pal. Be a Hero.

The Residence Life Department is looking for student volunteers to help with Fall 2012 opening by serving as Panther Pals. A Panther Pals is:

• An integral part to Residence Life having a successful opening
• A helping hand to new students and parents when moving in
• One of the first faces new students see when they arrive to campus
• A student that creates the welcoming environment parents and students hope for

The benefits of being a Panther Pal are:

• Earning 15-20 hours of community service in less than a week
• Receiving $75-$100 in Gold Points
• The chance to get together with your whole student group and promote your organization

In order to be a Panther Pal, students cannot have any other commitments on campus from August 27th thru August 31st, and be able to work 3-4 four hour shifts during these days. Applications can be found at: and at the Sandburg and Cambridge Residence Life Offices. Please contact Coleen Loding at for more information.

Community Clean-Up Competition on May 5th

Our Next Generation, a neighborhood center located on 35th and Lisbon, presents an exciting opportunity for you! Join us May 5th for an afternoon of fun, food, and a community-wide clean-up competition. This service event and celebration is a meaningful opportunity to give back to the community, and is your chance to win some great prizes for your hard work. The Community Clean-up Competition will reward teams of 4 and 5 participants with wonderful prizes for the pounds of trash and recyclables they collect and clear from a designated area, and for completing a variety of challenges throughout the neighborhood designed to improve the community. While the trash is weighed in to see which teams hauled in the most litter, a free lunch and entertainment will be provided for all participants in a community-wide celebration.

For more information, or to register your team, please contact or call 414-344-2111and ask for Travis. Don't delay and sign up today; we hope to see you there!