Leading Edge Newsletter - February 2005
Volume 9 - Issue 5
Student Association Meeting Announcements
The next Student Senate meeting is scheduled for February 6, 2005 at 3:30 PM in Union Room 345b+c.

The next Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) meeting is scheduled for February 14, 2005 at 8 pm, room TBA.  Funding Requests are due Wednesday February 9th at Noon in order to be considered at this meeting.  Remember funding requests are restricted to $700 or less.  (Start thinking ahead:  There will be a SAC semester grant meeting in April (date TBA) that allows student organizations to ask for funding greater than $700 for the fall semester.  Funding forms will be due sometime in March or early April.  If you miss this meeting, then you will be limited to applying for emergency grants which are limited to less than $700).

We are looking for personal involvement stories
The Center for Student Involvement is working with Campus Media Inc., Publisher of The Collegiate Magazine, to produce a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee edition this spring.  The publishers are looking for personal stories from UWM students about their actual experiences through student organizations or about a student leader who is making a difference at school or in the community.  If you have story ideas or photos you would like to suggest, please email Nicholas Lemus at nlemus@uwm.edu.  We are on a short deadline, so we would need your information by February 10th

Check Your Mailbox
Although there is a lot of mail at the beginning of the semester, don’t assume it is all junk.  We sent out important information regarding the Council of Student Organizations, which is providing training for student organizations on how to apply for funding.  There are nomination forms for Leader of the Year, Advisor of the Year, Organization of the Year, and several other award categories.  Nicholas Lemus, the new Assistant Director of Student Activities had also included a letter of introduction so you can get to know him better.

Building Unity Conference 2005
I would like to invite the students that you serve to the 2005 Building Unity Conference in Madison on March 4-6th.  Building Unity is Wisconsin’s largest multicultural issues conference.  Building Unity is designed to bring together UW students from across the state to learn, network, and coalition-build.  It includes a multitude of workshops on various topics, spanning the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, ability, sexual orientation, class and spirituality. This year’s conference will specifically focus on the richness of the diverse communities and their importance on UW Campuses.  The delegations is limited to 50 students and is based on a first come fist serve basis.

The UWM student delegation registration deadline is February 9th!!! This is a free conference to UWM students. The delegation will be provided transportation, hotel room, and all provided meals. Spending money for extra meals and entertainment is recommended.  Guillermo Cuautle Jr., Multicultural Issues Director,
Student Association (SA), samulti@uwm.edu or 414.229.4366.

New Advisors Handbook Available
Advisors of student organizations are worth more than their weight in gold. This handbook is for current advisors at UWM to provide the support and information they will to help your organization become the best it can be, as well as for new advisors to get a taste of what advising entails.  Many student organizations have advisors not listed with the Center for Student Involvement, so please forward this link to your advisor.  Go to:  http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/sao/SOAR/AdvisorHB.pdf

Event Grant Opportunity
Funds are available for UWM student groups and campus departments who would like to sponsor an alcohol-free event for the student body.  Request for Proposals for Alcohol Free Campus Events http://www.uwm.edu/News/e-nnounce/05.01.03/AODA_announcement.html.

Tsunami Relief Bracelet Making
Please help out the fundraising efforts at UWM by making bracelets!  We will be crafting hemp bracelets in the CVSL office on Wednesday, February 2 from 5:30-7:30pm.  Come for part of the time or all of it for a great volunteer opportunity and free snacks!  Also, on February 1st, 3rd, and 4th tea sales will be taking place on the first floor of the Union with all the money going toward UWM's tsunami relief efforts.

Make A Difference, Mentor A Child!
The CVSL has arranged the opportunity for you to become a mentor for a local child each week!  You can get involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters (Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday from 2:45-4:45pm or Friday from 12:15-2:30pm) or the YMCA One-on-One program (Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday from 3:45-5:15pm).  The YMCA Thursday site is right here in the Union; all transportation will be provided to and from the sites on the other days!  For more information:  Contact Laurie Marks at lmarks@uwm.edu.

Alternative Spring Break Trip
Are you looking for somewhere warm to go for Spring Break, but don't have a lot of money?  Start thinking about spending a week with Habitat for Humanity building houses!  This year three trips will be going to various places in the US:  Wilmington, NC; West Palm Beach, FL; and Port Charlotte, FL.  If you are interested in finding out more information, please stop in the CVSL office (Union G28) for an application, email Andrea at aaltmann@uwm.edu, or stop by the Habitat for Humanity meeting on February 1st at 7:00pm in Architecture room 110.

Volleyball Anyone?
Intramurals is a great way to get some free advertisement for your organization.  Below is the web-site for volleyball but there are many other sports to join. If anyone needs a volleyball player, I am looking to jump on a team.  The deadline is February, 7th.  Peace, Nick Lemus http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/Athletics/intramurals/Volleyball/Volleyball.htm.

Women’s Resource Center Open House
Wednesday, February 9, "WRC open house for prospective and returning volunteers," 12noon-2pm, WRC, FREE Interested in finding out about spring volunteer opportunities with the UWM Women’s Resource Center?  This Open House is a time for potential volunteers to drop in for a tour of the WRC, meet the staff, complete the volunteer survey and sign a confidentiality agreement if they want to get involved in the WRC Volunteer Program.  Experienced volunteers can also reconnect and find out about new volunteer opportunities for the spring semester during this time.

Campus Ambassadors Wanted
Check out this great *paid* leadership experience for you and your student group members!  Returning UWM students who expect to be enrolled as undergraduates during the fall 2005 term are eligible to apply.  Responsibilities will include: Training, Orientation, New Freshmen Contact, and Leadership Initiatives.  Prior experience leading groups is a plus.  To be considered, you MUST be fully available on the following dates: April 10, May 6, July 16-17, and August 29 - Sept. 2.  Please see complete listing of qualifications and dates needed at www.campusambassadors.uwm.edu.  Applications can be found on the website also.

Looking to take online classes?
Before you do, make sure the school you are dealing with is reputable.  The Education Department has announced a new website (http://www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/) where you can check the accreditation of a school.  The database lists approximately 6,900 postsecondary educational institutions and programs, each of which is accredited by an accrediting agency or state approval agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a “reliable authority as to the quality of postsecondary education”.