The Leading Edge
Volume 8 -Issue 6- February 2004  

Involvement Opportunities:

Student Org News:
Council of Student Orgs
Funding Changes

Upcoming Events:

Org of the Month

President's Corner

Advisor's Corner

Quote Corner



If your student organization is NOT classified as "political," your
organization may not endorse, donate money to, or work on behalf of any candidate or political party. Members of your organization may personally support a candidate or party, but they may not use your organizations name in doing so. If you are unsure of your organization's classification please stop by the SOAR Office, Union 350 or check the web page,

State resources can not be used for political activities, so you CANNOT: Send via university email ( or use university based web sites for any political based information regarding a specific candidate or party. (You must use off-campus resources for this purpose, e.g. yahoo, hotmail, execpc, roadrunner, etc.). Organizations may not use segregated fees to
support a person's candidacy or a political party's promotional campaign; this includes the use of your organization's computer, telephone, facsimile machine or other university property.


Student Association has posted the nominations forms for the Student government elections, which will be held in April. Students interested inrunning for President, Vice President, or Senator must turn in a nominationform a long with an appropriate amount of signatures before March 9th to beon the ballot. For more information on the elections go to:


Student Association has several open Senate seats: College of Letters and Sciences (1 Seat), Graduate School (3 Seats), Peck School of the Arts (1 Seat), & Architecture and Urban Planning (1 Seat). If you are interested in serving as a senator for your school or college, please go to the SA web site ( and fill out a committee interest form. Applications are due 4 days prior to next senate meeting.
The next senate meeting is Sunday, February 22, 2004

SOAR Award Nominations

Nomination forms are available on the web ( The forms will also be distributed to student organization mailboxes & in the SOAR Office soon. Nominations are due March 31st.


Reminder: Due to university vending contracts student organizations are not allowed to sell vending machine products (candy, gum, and other snack items) on campus property. Due to health code regulations student organizations are not allowed to distribute food on campus without a permit. This includes cooking food off campus and delivering it on campus. (See the food sale policy in the student organization manual, page 18). The University
has an exclusive contract with Coca Cola, therefore no organization may distribute, sell, or endorse another soft drink company.


Please check with the SOAR Financial Specialist before spending any segregated fees. We have had some students no be reimbursed for student organization expenses because they did not follow state procedures for expenditures. There are numerous regulations governing the expenditure of state funds and if you do not follow these procedures you may not be eligible for reimbursement. Reminders: You can not be reimbursed for any
expenditure prior to the allocation being approved by Student Association. You must save original receipts. If your funding came from SAC, you can not move money from one area in your budget to another without SAC approval. Do not purchase furniture, office equipment, or other large ticket items before checking with SOAR. Many of these items have specific state purchasing procedures that must be followed.

SOAR Advisory Committee

There are currently 3 open seats on the committee. The purpose and function of the Student Organization Advising and Resources [SOAR] Office Advisory Committee is to oversee and make recommendations related to the operation of the SOAR Office concerning policies, budgets and hiring of fulltime staff.
If you are interested in serving on the committee, please fill out the committee interest form on the Student Association's web page: (


A student organization has reported a missing vacuum cleaner. If anyone took a vacuum from the Union 3rd floor hallway, please return it to the SOAR Office so it can be returned to the owner.


The Habitat for Humanity Chapter on campus is offering an alternative spring break trip (March 21-28) to build houses in either Lexington, Kentucky or Baltimore, Maryland. Cost is $150, plus $15 Habitat registration fee. Travel (by minivan), lodging, and food is included. Participants are required to do some fundraising. Pick up an application at: the Center for Volunteerism & Student Leadership or outside the Habitat office in the Architecture Building Room 473. If you have any additional questions, send an email to

FREE Display Case Use in the Union

The two display cases on the north exterior wall of the 8th Note Coffeehouse can be reserved through Reservations & Event Planning for no charge. Also, the display case in the Student Org wing of the Union can also be used by student organization, and can be reserved in the SOAR Office.


You don't have to be an artist to enter this friendly competition. It might be just the chance to show off your creative side. This competition is open to all UWM staff and faculty, students and alumni. There is a $10 entrance fee once you pick up the stool in February. Bring exact cash or a check made out to UWM. No credit cards can be accepted. Prizes will be awarded for the most creatively decorated stools. Individuals not associated with
the committee, nor participating as a contestant will vote on the best of the best. A special shout out to Midwest Airlines for donating two round trip tickets on Midwest Airlines (some restrictions apply) as the GRAND PRIZE! Entry forms are available in the Department of Human Resources (Engelmann 125, 2033 E. Hartford Avenue). Contact Pauli Taylorboyd for questions, concerns - or 414-229-3787.


Looking for something FUN to do? There are lots of events going on this spring...check it out at under Events.


The Black & Gold Committee and the Student Association are sponsoring a series of campus-wide forums this semester. They will be presenting information on current projects and seeking your feedback. The first two forums are:

Thursday, February 26, 2004
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Fireside Lounge, UWM Union

Textbook Rentals
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Fireside Lounge, UWM Union

Hunger Clean-Up
Saturday, April 24, 2004, 10am-1pm

This is part of a national campaign to fight hunger and homelessness. The goal is to raise $7000 (before the 24th) and draw in 1,000 volunteers. CVSL is looking for team leaders, volunteers, and organizations to participate. There will be a prize for the team leader's team that brings in the most money, as well as a treat for the team. A possibility for the team leader's prize is a PDA (a.k.a. Palm Pilot). All you would have to do is attempt to raise money and come out on the 24th for approximately 3 hours of service. The goal for each person is to raise $30. T-Shirts are a possibility to those who reach the goal. E-Mail to volunteer or if you have questions.

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
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Milwaukee WI 53201-0413

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

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