The Leading Edge
Center for Student Involvement - Union 350
Volume 11 - Issue 2

Registration forms were put into student organization Union mailboxes and sent via campus mail to groups in other buildings on August 31, 2006. THEY ARE DUE SEPTEMBER 22, 2006, in order for your group to stay active on campus. Groups failing to turn in their renewal forms will become inactive and lose all university privileges, such as segregated fee funding, room reservations, office space, etc. Please check with all your officers to make sure someone turned in the form. The form is required, even if you turned in a change of officer form in the summer.

The annual Party with the Panther event will be held Wednesday, September 6, 2006 in Spaights Plaza from 11 am to 1 pm. This is a great way to promote your organization and get more members. Organizations may sign up for a booth space by sending an email to Open tables at 11:00 am on that day will be given to organizations on the waiting list. There will be FREE SNACKS at many of the tables at the fair, provided by University Dining Services. (As of 8/31 there were about 25 spaces left).

If you sent an email to register, please double check your message got through by confirming your booth assignment at Some messages for registration were discovered in a spam folder and we can not be sure all of them were found. If your group’s name is not on the list and you sent an email, please resend your email and then follow up with a phone call (229-5780) to ensure your message got through. (The students answering the phone will not be able to confirm your email was received but will take a message. You will receive a confirmation that your group was registered)

Center for Student Involvement CHANGES
Currently all the full-time positions in the CSI office are vacant and the director, Tom McGinnity, is serving as Interim Dean of Students. The individual offered the clerical support job has not responded, so that position will now be reopened since the other qualified candidate has already found a job. The business manager position is currently being opened and if a transfer candidate is interested we could have it filled by October 1st, otherwise it will take a couple of months to fill that position. The last position, program advisor, job description is being developed and will be present to student government for approval in the next week or two. We will conduct a local search in order to speed up the process to have someone in the job by the end of the semester.

In the meantime, as mentioned in the previous update, the Center for Student Involvement, will be altering its walk-in hours in order to ensure student organization financial paperwork is being processed in a timely basis. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, the office will be open from 9 am to 5 pm. On Wednesdays the office will be closed for training of new staff and paperwork processing. (Note: the normal hours of 9 am to 3 pm on Fridays are being extended in September due to the Wednesday closing).

Tom McGinnity will split his time between the Dean of Students Office and the Center for Student Involvement. He will be working mornings in Mellencamp 118 on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays and afternoons in 350 Union on those days. He will work mornings in 350 Union on Tuesdays and Thursdays and afternoons in Mellencamp. He is best contacted by email ( since he is currently covering for FIVE fulltime positions. He will be working from home after hours and on weekends, but would appreciate people using the email even though he will be using his personal home account to reply to the numerous email correspondences received daily. In addition, it is not reasonable to expect an immediate answer to your questions. He will make every effort to reply in 2-3 days from receipt.

Please plan ahead and be patient. Allow the student staff in the Center for Student Involvement ample time to process your request. THEY ARE STUDENTS LIKE YOU, HAVE CLASSES TO GO TO, AND DO NOT WORK FULLTIME. They do work very hard, but with over 270 student organizations on campus and SAC getting a 20% increase in funding – CSI staff will be overwhelmed in work this fall. We will make every effort to meet your needs, but only those organizations meeting the established funding deadlines can be ensured in getting their paperwork processed in a timely basis. Deadlines for transactions can be found here:

The CSI web site ( is currently not compliant with universal web standards and needs to be updated. We need a web designer capable of creating visually appealing pages (WC3 or WCAG 2.0 compliant) without the use of frames or other web technology that is not accommodating to persons with disabilities. Some work in brochure and flyer design is needed also. The office has both PC and MAC computers available for use. Please contact Yacouba Traore at for further information.

The Student Association have moved from the 3rd floor student organization floor to the ground floor of the Union Building, room EG80 – formerly the office of the UWM Post. The Post received a new office next door in the old Union Outing Center space. SA will retain the same phone number 229-4366.

September 10, 2006 at 3:00 PM, UWM Student Union's Fireside Lounge.

I’m sure many of you are interested in promoting your events to residents of University Housing. We’ve put all of our advertising and reservation policies, as well as all of the relevant forms on our website at: There are a few changes this year, the most notable of which is the # of flyers you need to submit. In an effort to combat “poster blindness” on the resident floors near the elevators, we will be posting all campus flyers in large bulletin boards in high-traffic areas (Sandburg: the cafeteria and the 1st-floor commons near the Grind/Emporium, Purin & Kenilworth: Lobby). If you have any questions about our advertising policies, please contact the Program Services Center at 229-5343.

A number of changes have occurred recently how keys to student organization office will be issued. It is our great hope that these newly revised procedures will be easier and more convenient for all of you. There are a couple of critical items that you need to know regarding office keys. They are as follows:

• The UWM Student Union is now responsible for issuing all keys to student organization offices.
• To receive a key bring your student ID to the University Information Desk located in the Union Concourse.
• Tell the staff that you are an officer of a student org and would like to be issued a key, ask to speak to the manager on duty.
• The manager on duty will check your ID and issue you the appropriate key.
• Before any key is issued, you must be on the access list on file. Changes to the access lists still will be done thru the Center for Student Involvement (Union 350).
• We will no longer be requiring a $10 deposit for keys. If keys are not returned upon graduation or change in officer status holds on all university records may be placed.
• Any questions regarding issuing keys can be directed to the Client Services manager on duty.

Thank you for your patience as this new procedure was devised and implemented. Thomas L. Viel, Assistant Director, UWM Student Union

The American Indian Student Services are selling advance admission tickets for Indian Summer Festival. This festival is the nations' largest American Indian cultural festival and this year marks their 20th Anniversary. Indian Summer will be held on September 8-10, 2006 and located at the Maier Festival Park (Milwaukee's Lakefront). Tickets are $7.00 Adult, $5.00 Child (6yrs -12 yrs), and Children 6yrs and under are FREE. Please contact our office by calling 414-229-5880 or stop by our NEW office location in Bolton Hall 195, if interested in purchasing any advance admission tickets.

As we approach the fall semester, Be On the Safe Side (BOSS) and the Women's Resource Center (WRC) will be hiring to fill vacant student employee positions. If you are interested in applying at BOSS, contact Courtney Gotz (229-6469, If you are interested in applying at the WRC, contact Cathy Seasholes (229-2852,

Thursday, September 7, 2006, 7pm-9pm, in the Union Ballroom. This is an annual event designed to help UWM students meet each other in an informal, fun environment. The event includes games, food, door prizes, music and T-shirt giveaways. UWM Sponsors are the Campus Activities Board, Cultures and Communities Program Office, LGBT Resource Center, LINKS Peer Outreach and Mentoring Center, Neighborhood Housing, Norris Health Center and the Peer Health Advocates, the Peer Mentoring Center, Center for Student Involvement, the Union, University Housing, the Women’s Resource Center. Free and open to UWM students. For more information, contact UWM Peer Mentoring Center Director Shana Stein at

The Student Leadership Retreat is an annual trip to Camp Minikani for students at UWM that are interested in improving there leadership skills and making their campus and community a better place. This year the retreat is planned for September 16 & 17. The retreat is free to all students as a thank you for the important work that they do in providing UWM with direction, programming, and service. Students will stay overnight at the camp and participate in a number of different activities and workshops. Some of these activities may include a personality type exercise, a ROPES course, camp wide games, a movie about leadership, and a social bonfire. This weekend is a great way to meet other leaders around campus, learn new skills and make new friends! For more information about the leadership retreat, email Laurie Marks at:

Tuesday, September 19, 2006, 6pm-7pm, in Sandburg Hall Flicks. This is a workshop led by Detective Sergeant Art Koch that will teach basic self-defense techniques and discuss personal safety and sexual assault as it relates to alcohol use. Students should wear loose, comfortable clothing and athletic shoes so they may participate fully. Following the workshop there will be a mini-resource fair which will bring together materials from the WRC, LGBT Resource Center, Klotsche, and others and make them available to students. Free. University Housing Residential Program Manager Kara Mulrooney, 414-229-2830 or

Remember to come into the Center for Student Involvement to make arrangements to spend any money SAC has allocated your organization. There are university deadlines and procedures that must be followed in order for you to have access to the money. Please include our deadlines for meeting with CSI staff to discuss SAC awards. See (NOTE: The Center for Student Involvement has no say or influence in which groups get funding or what groups get funding for, funding is controlled by your elected student government officials).

Minimum time to make funding arrangements with the University:

Event: at least 8 weeks prior to the event date (contracts take 32 days to process)

Travel: at least 21 days prior to departure

Operations: at least 14 days prior to expenditures

Reimbursements are possible, but there are many restrictions on how state funds are spent. It is best to see an Activities Adviser prior to making any purchases or you may not be able to be reimbursed.


You are receiving this update because you are listed as an officer or advisor for a registered student organization or you work in the Office of Student Life. Updates are produced by the Center for Student Involvement at UW-Milwaukee and are an electronic replacement for the Leading Edge Newsletter and paper flyers. Some items below contain links to web pages which provide more detailed information. The information provided in the emails will also be kept in the on-line newsletter: