The Leading Edge
Center for Student Involvement - Union 350
Volume 11 - Issue 7b
The Student Association Elections have been set for April 30 & May 1, 2007. Nomination packets are available in IEC office, Union 363, the Center for Student Involvement, Union 350, and online at Nomination Papers Are Due Friday, March 30th By 3:00 Pm In The Independent Elections Commissioner Office Union Room 363 E. The commissioner stated a few students might have picked up the incorrect version of the election packet from Union 363 on March 14th. These forms incorrectly listed the signatures needed for the L & S. Please, note College of Letters and Science need FIFTY signatures for nomination. If you have any questions please contact Ada Hyso, Independent Elections Commissioner, in Union 363E or

With the more funding grants being allocated as travel or operations blankets and not being clearly defined has resulted in a dramatic increase in reimbursement requests being denied or delayed due to students’ spending funds without checking with the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) first on appropriate procurement procedures. The State of Wisconsin has very specific rules on how state funds are to be spent and in order to spend any money SAC has given to your group - you must follow these rules. The CSI staff have recently had to handle several problem request from groups who independently contract with individuals for services, make their own travel arrangements, or purchase items that have a mandatory state contract from the wrong vendor. IF YOU PURCHASE OR MAKE A CONTRACTUAL ARRANGEMENT WITHOUT FIRST CHECKING WITH THE CENTER FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT, YOU MAY BE PERSONALLY LIABLE FOR THE EXPENSE. Ignorance of the law is not an excuse for breaking the law. Please make your and the CSI staff lives easier by check first before you make any financial commitments. Failure to do so may result in long delays in your reimbursement, or worse a denial of reimbursement by UWM accounting for failure to follow state procurement procedures.

For those individuals that have commented that you think CSI staff are making all these rules up to make your life more difficult, then please go ahead an check the rules yourself: University Financial Polices are located at:,, ; UW-System financial policies are located at:,,,,;, and; State of Wisconsin Policies are at:,,,,,, and

Happy reading.

Tom has moved back to the Center for Student Involvement. It may take a week or two to unpack and it will take him a month or so to finish up on some outstanding Dean of Student work – but he is back in Union 350. He plans on spending the next couple months training the new staff hired at the end of fall semester and assisting the staff with catching up on the fiscal record-keeping tasks.

From this date forward, if you have travel or general accounting questions you should contact the Center for Student Involvement, 229-5780 or; if you have organization registration or change of officer questions please contact Teresa Henry, 229-5780 or; if you have event planning questions contact Rebecca Grassl 229-3728 or, if you have technology questions or need to process an event contract contact Tom McGinnity at 229-6821 or

Please turn off your office computer before leaving on spring break.

Saturday, April 21st (Earth Day!) 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, On Chase and Rosedale across from UMOS. All the equipment needed including food and coffee will be provided! Please bring friends, roommates, family, etc. Please consider joining us in the important task of improving Milwaukee and its rivers. If your organization is interested in helping us in our efforts at any level or has any questions, please email or call: Claire Nordstrum, Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, 414.385.6263,


Eating Disorders Support Group
Wednesdays, February 7 through April 18, 2007, 12:30-2pm, On campus in a confidential location. Are you preoccupied with food, weight, or body image? You may be struggling with an eating disorder. Eating disorders can cause extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues that start to control your life. They are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences. Please consider attending this group. Dave Drajkowski, and experienced eating disorders therapist will provide you an opportunity to meet and support one another. This is an ongoing group, so students can pre-register and join anytime! Sponsored by the UWM Women's Resource Center. For more information and to register, contact Sue McCarthy at the UWM Women's Resource Center at 414-229-2852 or by email at

L-Life ~ A Support Group for Milwaukee's Lesbian Community
Wednesdays, Spring 2007, 6:30-8:30pm, The Counseling Center of Milwaukee. Going through a breakup? Feeling isolated and friendless? Just coming out? Having questions about Milwaukee's lesbian culture? Are you wondering where you fit in? L-Life offered a safe place for lesbians to talk about experiences and challenges, meet new friends, discuss current topics that effect the lesbian community, offer support and give feedback. This is an ongoing group, so students can pre-register and join anytime! Sponsored by The Counseling Center of Milwaukee and the UWM Women's Resource Center. Sliding Fee Scale For more information and to register, contact Sue McCarthy at the UWM Women's Resource Center at 414-229-2852 or by email at

Believe In Possibilities...What If? 2007 Teen Summit
Saturday, March 24, 2007, 8:30am-8:30pm, UWM Sandburg Halls-multiple locations. Come enjoy a day of hanging out with your friends and learning about everything from fun dances to healthy relationships! This teen summit for all middle and high school aged girls (grades 7th and up) will be the place to discuss fascinating topics like: what it means to be female, how to judge if a situation is consensual or date rape, define what makes a healthy relationship, think about your future, and explore both positive and negative body image. You'll also have a chance to try fun new dance steps, experiment with make-up, and eat delicious foods. Over 15 exciting activities to choose from will keep you busy all day, wondering, What If? Sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Milwaukee Area, Inc., with co-sponsorship from UWM University Housing, UWM Department of Recruitment and Outreach, and the UWM Women's Resource Center. Registration Fee: $12 (Girl Scout Member); $22 (Girl Scout registration fee and conference cost) For more information, contact Sonny Ost at 414-476-1050 ext. 1272 or Registration forms are available at

An Evening with Amy Goodman: Democracy Now!
Thursday, March 29, 2007, 7:30pm, UWM Union Ballroom. Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, independent, award-winning news program airing on 500 radio and television stations in North America. Goodman and her brother, journalist David Goodman, co-authored Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back, and the New York Times best-seller The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them. Goodman will discuss a number of current, critical issues that effect us all. Sponsored by UWM Union Programming, UWM Union Sociocultural Programming, UWM Women's Resource Center, UWM Union Art Gallery, the UWM Center for 21st Century Studies, Students for a Democratic Society, and Peace Action Wisconsin. Advance Tickets at the UWM Bookstore, or by calling 414-229-4201 (800-662-5668): $8 Students/$10 UWM Faculty, Staff, Alumni/$12 General Public; ($10/$12/$14 At the Door) For more information, contact UWM Union Sociocultural Programming at 414-229-6996.

Global Health & Social Justice Conference: Violence as Disease
Thursday, March 29, 2007, 7-8:30pm, UWM Cunningham Hall G40, and Friday, March 30, 2007, 8am-4:30pm, UWM School of Continuing Education (161 W Wisconsin Avenue). This multidisciplinary conference will address violence as a public health issue including causes, forms, consequences, and coping strategies. Implications for practice, research and the community will be discussed. Strategies and practical tools for positive client outcomes will also be shared with providers. Sponsored by UWM College of Nursing-Continuing Education/Center for Cultural Diversity and Global Health, Greater Milwaukee Foundation-Annette J. Roberts Fund for World Peace, World Law and Peace Education, and the Medical College of Wisconsin in cooperation with UWM Cultures and Communities Program and the UWM Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and with support from the UWM Women's Resource Center and others. Thursday Keynote: Free (please call 414-229-5617 to register) Friday Conference: $75 ($35 for students…call 414-229-5617 for the student discount) To register or for more information, go to or call 414-229-5617.

Susanne Carter’s ImproScaping
Saturday, March 31, 2007, 8pm, UWM Union Ballroom. ImproScaping is dance improvisations based on body image to create a visual landscape, performed by Susanne Carter. This performance includes six solos woven together into a sixty minute piece using humorous recorded anecdotes about Susanne’s body. Sponsored by the UWM Union Art Gallery, UWM Center for 21st Century Studies, and the UWM Women’s Resource Center in conjunction with the Union Art Gallery's Mirror, Mirror on the Wall exhibition. Free Event. For more information, contact Andrea Skyberg, UWM Union Gallery Manager at 414-229-5830.


Here is an opportunity for you to volunteer with MPS kids who will be visiting the UWM campus on Wednesday, March 28th. We need volunteers for shifts at anytime between 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Activities will include Reading Workshops, Quiz Show, Geography, Lunch with Bango the Buck and a speech by first lady Jessica Doyle. To sign up just send the info below to Amanda at

TIME YOU CAN VOLUNTEER: (ex 8:45 to 11:00) (There will be volunteer orientations on March 15, 4pm-5pm UW Union Rm 344, and March 27, 4pm-5pm in Rm 250. You should come to one of these orientation sessions.)

BLOOD DRIVE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 FROM 9:00AM-4:00PM Please help out by donating blood this week! After Spring Break some travel can make some ineligible to donate, so please give at the drive this week, especially if you are going out of town for Spring Break. The blood drive is being held in the Union Ballroom, and to register simply email Ashley at the time that you would like to stop by and donate!

BAKE, RAISE MONEY AND EAT FOR THE CVSL BAKE SALE, MARCH 26TH On Monday, March 26th the CVSL will be having a bake sale in the Union in an effort to raise money for the Act on Hunger Awareness Campaign done in conjunction with the Hunger Clean Up. We are looking for students to bring something for us to sell like brownies, a cake, pie, or cookies. You can drop the donations off Monday morning at the table in the Union. If you plan on baking something, please let us know in advance by contacting

REGISTER FOR THE HUNGER CLEAN UP, APRIL 14TH, 9:00AM-1:30PM The Hunger Clean Up is CVSL's premier service events with over 500 students registering each year! The event this year will be held on Saturday April 14 from 9:00 - 1:30PM. Teams of students will help out at community agencies throughout Milwaukee doing things such as neighborhood clean ups, assisting low income elderly residents around their homes, painting walls at homeless shelters or working in a community garden. Sign up as an individual or get a group of friends or an organization together! Send in the information below to
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