The Leading Edge
Volume 8 -Issue 7- March 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


SA Elections - Nominations Forms due Tuesday, Mar. 9th

If you are planning to run for a position in the Student Association Election and be affiliated with a political party, according to election rules, your party must be a registered student organization with the Student Organizations Advising and Resources (SOAR) office and have the classification "political." In order for a new student organization to form by the IEC deadline, the SOAR Office (Union 350) will need the paperwork for new group by noon on Wednesday, March 3rd. You must have 4 enrolled students sign the form and one of them must schedule an appointment to meet with the SOAR Director prior to 2 pm on Friday March 5th. The charter MUST be passed at Sunday March 7th Senate meeting (your attendance is required) for your party to appear on the ballot. Failure to meet the above deadlines will result in your organization not appearing on the ballot.

President/Vice President and Senate Nominations forms are due by 4:00 pm on
March 9th. Be sure to have enough EXTRA signatures (in the past many signatures turned in are often invalid or unreadable) attached to your forms, because you will not be allowed to add additional signatures after that deadline.

Note: The SOAR Office staff does not have any influence or authority in the
election process, we merely collect and verify information for the Independent Election Commission. All process questions or complaints should be addressed to the Election Commissioner, Levi Sosa at

SAC Training

The Council of Student Organizations will be meeting on Monday, March 8th at 6 pm in Union 260. Members from SAC will be present to answer questions about filling out grant proposals for next year. The major semester funding meeting (requests above $700 requests) for Fall 2004 is coming up in April. Start preparing you fall budgets now, because if you miss the April meeting you will be limited to asking for $700 or below. As soon as the deadlines and times for the semester meetings are announced, a separate email will be sent out to notify you.

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:

Campus Ambassadors Wanted

Campus Ambassadors are a select group of students who participate in unique and exciting leadership opportunities that truly make a difference in the UWM community. They serve as student leaders at Orientation, participate in leadership initiatives throughout campus and assist new freshmen throughout their first year at UWM! Please consider joining this elite group of students! For more information go to:

Upcoming Events
(see for details)


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.

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
PO Box 413, E350 Union Building
Milwaukee WI 53201-0413

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

SOAR Office