The Leading Edge
Volume 8 -Issue 5- January/February 2004  

Involvement Opportunities:
Student Leadership Team

Student Org News:
Council of Student Orgs
Funding Changes

Upcoming Events:

Org of the Month

President's Corner

Advisor's Corner

Quote Corner


Warning: Bogus Fundraisers

DJ Ventures came and talked to an organization about a fundraiser (pizza sales, etc.) This company contacts organizations by the flyers in the Union and sending emails. An organization contacted them and sold 32 pizzas. The group never heard back from the company, so those students who sold the pizzas had to answer to angry people.

TIPS: Before answering an email or flyer, please check out the company through the Better Business Bureau If they are not listed, then try verifying the company's address and phone numbers. Ask for the company's full name and address. If they have a physical local address (not a P. O. Box), then you can go there if you have problems. Get the names and phone numbers of the owners. Ask for a list of clients or customers you can contact for references. Make sure the references given are legitimate, like a local high school or another UWM student organization. Follow-up on the references to be sure there were no problems. If you have problems contact Campus Police if money was lost and notify the Better Business Bureau.

Student Leadership Team

SOAR is looking for a group of students who want to be trained to be paraprofessional facilitators and consultants to assist student organization with leadership issues. The Student Leadership Team will help students to become activists in their organizations, to take initiative, get involved, and get things done. The team members will be trained to give a variety of presentations to students in classrooms, residence halls, Greek chapters,
and student organizations. Applications for the Student Leadership Team are due January 30, 2004. For more information visit: or contact Tom McGinnity at

Next SAC Meeting

SAC has scheduled its next meeting for January 30, 2004 at noon in room Union 240. To be placed on the agenda, all funding forms must be submitted to the SOAR Office prior to 3 pm on January 27, 2004.

Student Organization Fair

The fair will be held Thursday, February 5, from 11am-1pm in the Union Concourse. If your organization has a table, the contact person will receive a confirmation email a week prior to the event. If you have yet to sign up there might be room. Email Erin at with the name of your organization and how to contact you.

Go Panthers!
Student Organization Night at UWM Basketball Games

The UWM Men's & Women's Basketball Teams are having great season, so let's support them and increase school spirit on campus! Thursday, February 12 take the shuttle bus from Sandburg or the Union to U.S. Cellular to watch the Women take on IPFW at 5pm and the Men play Loyola at 7:30pm. The buses
will run from 3:30pm to about 10:30pm. The first 3,000 fans receive FREE pom-poms! The bus and tickets are FREE for UWM students (w/UWM ID). So gather your organization for a social event and support UWM athletics!

Dance Team Makes Finals and Wins 1st Place in Hip Hop

For the first time in school history, a UW-Milwaukee spirit squad qualified for final competition in the Universal Cheerleading and Dance Association's National Championships. The championships were held this past weekend in Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The team placed 6th in the semi-final round and 11th in the final competition. The squad is now ranked 11th in the nation for Division I Schools and should be featured on ESPN later this year (depending on how much editing they do). In addition the squad took 1st Place in the Hip Hop Competition, which was a new category this year.
Congratulations to the team and their coach for representing UWM so well.
Go to the team's web site for photos

Multicultural & Industry Expo!

Register for the 2004 Multicultural & Industry Expo! This new event, being held on Thursday, February 19, 2004, will help you meet a diverse student population majoring in various disciplines, including students that can fill your science and technology positions. Save recruiting time by gaining a broad exposure to skilled and talented students! Interested? Register online. Go to: Questions?
Call (414) 229-4487. Don't miss this exciting new event. Register today!

SOAR Awards

Nomination forms for the 2004 SOAR Student Leadership Awards will come out in February. Check your mailboxes or the SOAR web page for nomination forms. The award categories are: Advisor of the Year, Leader of the Year, Student Organization of the Year, Program of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Student Association Member of the Year, and Student Organization Service Award.

Publicize Your Events

Let others know what your organization is've spent a lot of time and probably money to put the event/activity together! Email Erin at at least 2 weeks prior to the event the name of the event, date, time, location, what's going on, and the sponsoring organization(s). The information will appear in the Post and on the SOAR Events web page.

Check out the Event Calendar - There are a Lot of Great Events this Semester!

"Stuff Sale"

If your organization is looking for a great way to earn money and help others, the "Stuff Sale" might be your answer. The Stuff Sale is a giant yard sale that happens in the fall. The student org would collect items that students throw away in the spring (text books, furniture, clothes, cinder blocks, etc.), sort it over the summer, and sell it in the fall. If you'd like more information about this idea, email Erin at

Editor's Notes
The Leading Edge is filled with information, tips, and ideas to assist student organization officers, members & advisors in the management of their organizations. The Leading Edge is a monthly on-line newsletter published from September to April by the Student Organization Advising & Resources (SOAR) Office.
Articles and copy ideas are due by the 20th of the month prior to when the information will be published. If you have suggestions or ideas for the newsletter, please sent them to epearce @ or to Leading Edge, Box 413, Union 350, Milwaukee, WI 53201.

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Student Organization Advising and Resources
PO Box 413, E350 Union Building
Milwaukee WI 53201-0413

Phone: 414-229-5780
Facsimile: 414-229-2443

SOAR Office