The Leading Edge
Center for Student Involvement - Union 350
Volume 11 - Issue 7

HUNGER SIMULATION
Wednesday, Feb 28 from 10AM - 3PM, there will be an interactive Hunger Simulation Maze in the Union Concourse. Students will be given a months salary of a working family living in poverty, and they will go from station to station paying bills. Along the way they will learn the issues faced by these families and have to make tough choices about what not to spend money on. At the end they will be served a bowl of hot chili. No need to register, just show up.


SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE INFORMATION
The SAC Schedule for the rest of the spring semester is below. All small grant requests should be submitted to the CSI office by 4:00 P.M. on the previous Thursday before the small grants meeting to the held on Tuesday.

Small Grants meetings:
Feb. 27th: 8:30 P.M.
March 13th: 8:30 P.M.
March 27th: 8:30 P.M.
April 10th: 8:30 P.M.
April 24th: 8:30 P.M.

Large Grant Hearings: April 27th, 28th, and 29th.

*All large grant requests shall be submitted to the Center for Student Involvement by Thursday, April 13 at 3:00 P.M. SAC will NOT CONSIDER requests submitted after this deadline. Requests that do not have a representative present during the large grant meeting will not be considered. I will release an agenda by e-mailing RSOs of their placement on the agenda at least five days before the start of the large grant meeting. NO exceptions will be made to any of the aforementioned guidelines!!!

*It is important to get started early preparing for the large grant meeting and to not complete the paperwork at the last minute. Those RSO's who are most prepared tend to have the most success in terms or receiving grants.

For assistance my office hours are as follows (or by appointment: dvbahr@uwm.edu):
Tue: 10:00 P.M.-Midnight
Wed: Noon-4:00 P.M.
Thurs: 11:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.


REMINDER - 60-DAY REIMBURSEMENT DEADLINE
Please be aware the UWM travel policy has been updated to state that in order to be reimbursed, all Travel Expense Reports must be submitted to the UWM Travel Office within 60 days of the travelers' return, and all claims for reimbursement of non-travel related expenses must be received no later than 60 days after the expense was incurred. The Travel Office will began enforcement of this policy in January 2007. You can read the detailed policy in Part IV of the Administrative Services Manual Section 5.2.3 (http://www.bfs.uwm.edu/ASM/5-2-03.htm).


STUDENT ORGANIZATION POST ADVERTISING
The UWM Post (the largest student newspaper on campus), in partnership with the Center for Student Involvement and the Student Association, once again have advertising space reserved for you every week! If you have information you need to publicize to the UWM community, then take advantage of this free and effective service. Simply e-mail your info to: postads@uwmpost.com! Submission deadline is every Thursday by 5:00 PM. To view the publication schedule, visit www.uwmpost.com and click on "Media Kit." If you have any questions, contact Jonathan Anderson, UWM Post Advertising Manager at 229-5969 or janderson@uwmpost.com. *Submissions are subject to approval. The UWM Post and partners in this service reserve the right to deny submissions.*


EVENT ADVISING HELP
Rebecca Grassl from Union Programming is assisting the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) Office by providing event advising. She will be available for six hours per week in Union 320. Rebecca can be contacted at: hillr@uwm.edu or (414) 229-3728.


MASCOT FOCUS GROUPS
The University is working on the development of a Victor E. Panther character to add to our current marks. This will primarily be used for merchandise. I have the first set of art to be evaluated, so I am looking to do some student focus groups for input and ideas. I am looking for volunteers to take part in the focus groups. Here are the requirements.

1) Participants must be UWM students.

2) Participants must be willing to spend about 1 hour of quality time with me and some fellow students. I will set up times after I find out what times are good for the willing participants.

3) Participants must be willing to give honest and open responses to the suggested Graphics.

If you have any students that you work with either as employees or clients who are willing to participate please contact me. I would like some dates and times that they would be available the weeks of February 26 and March 5 for scheduling purposes.

Thanks for your help.

Linda A. Hausladen, CCR, Licensing Manager, hausladn@aux.uwm.edu


STUDENT ACTIVITIES COMPUTER OPERATIONS
New Website: I would like to welcome everyone back for this new semester. As you may have noticed, we launched the new student activities website (activities.uwm.edu), and we are still working to improve the site to make it more user-friendly. Within the new site, we have reserved a space for your student organization announcements and events. You can take advantage of it to promote your events. To do so, send your requests to either cjcook@uwm.edu or traorya@uwm.edu.

Storage: We have increased the storage space to solve all the network storage issues and offer student organizations a network space to store their files, pictures and folders which are backed up regularly. We strongly advise student organizations to use the network drive for their storage space. Student organizations need to drop off lists of their members who have access privilege to their computers and their folders. It should include their first and last names and their panther logins.

Printer: The printer is for student organization business use only. In the past, it has been overused for personal work and homework. If your organization needs to print flyers, please use the photocopier. Each student organization will have a limited number of pages to print each week.

New Computer: If your student organization needs a new computer, fill out the technology request form at the CSI office. Remember, you must attend the SAC MEETING to get approve.

Our Office is committed to your technology needs and welcomes you to stop by. Please call if you have any suggestion, concerns or questions.

Yacouba Traore, traorya@uwm.edu


OPEN HOUSE FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERING
Beginning Thurs, March 1, and continuing every Thursday until the end of the semester, 4 members of the UWM community will volunteer to staff the food pantry at the Hope House from 12:30 - 2:30. Each week we will take 4 different volunteers to the site to stock shelves, hand out food, or make boxes of food for clients. To register, simply email lmarks@uwm.edu which Thursday you would like to participate and we will put you on the schedule. Transportation will be arranged.


VOLUNTEER WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY THIS MONDAY, MARCH 5TH On Monday, March 5 we will be sending 10 volunteers to paint the inside of a Habitat for Humanity home. We will send volunteers in 2 shifts, from 9:00AM to noon and a second shift from noon-3:00PM. While we will not be providing transportation, we will arrange carpools and offer the morning shift coffee and donuts at 8:15AM in the CVSL office, which will serve as the meeting place. To sign up let us know your -- NAME, CELLPHONE, WHICH SHIFT. If you have any questions feel free to contact Laurie at lmarks@uwm.edu.


CELTIC MUSIC CLUB AT UWM PRESENTS: Matt and Shannon Heaton in Concert.
Traditional and modern Irish music from Boston, combining sweet and sparkling singing; upbeat instrumentals on Irish flute, guitar and bouzouki; and an engaging stage show. Tuesday, March 13th, 2007 in UWM Union Wisconsin Room 7:00pm-9:00pm. Open and free to all! http://www.uwm.edu/StudentOrg/celticmusicclub/concert_2007.html


ANNUAL HUNGER CLEAN UP
Finally, the Hunger Clean Up will be held this year on April 14 from 9:00AM to 1:30PM. On this day 500 UWM students, faculty, and staff will volunteer for 4 hours either doing a neighborhood clean up, painting rooms at a homeless shelter, planting at an urban garden community food source, or some other volunteer activity. To register, simply send your name, phone, and department to lmarks@uwm.edu.