The Leading Edge
Center for Student Involvement - Union 350
Volume 12 - Issue 3

STUDENT ORGANIZATION NEWS

CSI CHANGING OFFICE HOURS
In an effort to meet an increasing demand of students that need to utilize the services of the Center for Student Involvement outside of the current hours, the office hours are being expanded by 3½ hours per week.

New Hours
8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
8:30 am – 6:00 pm Tuesday
8:30 am – 3:00 pm Friday

SPENDING STATE FUNDS
The UW-System and the State of Wisconsin has made many changes in rules for spending money this year. If your organization received money from the Student Association or in the Check-off Election, you need to make sure you understand all the rule changes prior to making any purchase or expenditure arrangements. Failure to do so may result in you not being reimbursed for a purchase or allowed to proceed with an expenditure. For instructions on spending segregated fee funds please contact the Center for Student Involvement at activities@uwm.edu.


OVER 60 ORGANIZATIONS FAILED TO RENEW
Quite a few student organizations failed to renew their registration status with the university. Many of the groups did not check their mail box or read the monthly email updates. It is very important for group to make sure when they change officers to educate the new officers of the importance of reading the updates and checking their mail regularly. Besides the mandatory renewal of organizations each September, Student Association and UWM departments provide groups with important information via these communication methods, i.e. funding procedures and deadlines. Monthly emails are sent to all 4 student contacts listed with the Center for Student Involvement. Please make sure at least one contact for your group is reading and sharing this information to your group members.

SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE SMALL GRANT MEETING
October 17, 2007 at 7:00 pm in the SA office, Union EG79. Grant requests are due Friday October 12th by 5:00PM to the SA office in Union EG79. (This is a change in procedure, SAC has decided to have all applications turned in to the Student Association Office, the Center for Student Involvement will no longer be able to accept SAC forms). For more information and grant forms go to http://www.uwm.edu/StudentOrg/sa/sac.htm.

SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE LARGE GRANT MEETING
Saturday November 3rd & Sunday November 4th 10AM-6:00PM. Grant requests are due Friday October 19th by 5:00PM to the SA office in Union EG79. (This is a change in procedure, SAC has decided to have all applications turned in to the Student Association Office, the Center for Student Involvement will no longer be able to accept grant forms). For more information and grant forms go to http://www.uwm.edu/StudentOrg/sa/sac.htm.

IMPORTANT FUNDING REMINDERS
When your group is approved for a SAC emergency grant (under $700), your organization's funding will not be available until the President of the Student Association signs the SAC allocation bill. The Center for Student Involvement will be notified of the approval and groups can make arrangements with CSI after that date to spend the money. If the President vetoes the allocation, your group will have to attend a Senate meeting to ask the Senate to override the veto, which will take a 2/3rds majority.

When your group is approved for a SAC large grant (November or April), your organization's funding will not be available until the Student Association Senate approves the allocation and the SA President signs the SAC allocation bill. The Senate may deny or change the allocation. The SA President may approve or veto the Senate actions on the allocation. If approved by both Senate and the President, November Large grants will be available January 1st through June 15th and April Large Grants will be available July 15th through December 31st. Expenditures for large grants MUST occur within the designated timeframe or the money will be returned to the Student Association.

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

EATING DISORDERS SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesdays, October 3 through December 5, 2007, 12:30pm-2pm, Confidential location on UWM campus. 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, and can have life-threatening consequences. Dave Drajkowski, an experienced eating disorders therapist facilitates this ongoing support group for UWM women students. Students are able to join anytime. Sponsored by the UWM Women's Resource Center. Free Group; Pre-Registration Required. For more information or to participate, contact Sue McCarthy-UWM Women’s Resource Center at 414-229-2852 or suzimac@uwm.edu.

L-LIFE ~ A SUPPORT GROUP FOR MILWAUKEE'S LESBIAN COMMUNITY
Tuesdays, Fall 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 offers 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. Co-sponsored by The Counseling Center of Milwaukee and the UWM Women's Resource Center. Sliding Fee Scale Based on Income. For more information or to participate, contact Sue McCarthy-UWM Women’s Resource Center at 414-229-2852 or suzimac@uwm.edu.

STUDENTS FOR A FAIR WISCONSIN – Thursday, October 11, 2007
Students for a Fair Wisconsin presents 'That 90's Band', come dressed for this Hollywood themed extravaganza presented by the students for a Fair Wisconsin. 9pm, Union Gasthaus Sponsored by UWM LGBT Resource Center, Students for a Fair Wisconsin, and UWM Union Programming

PANTHERPROWL
Make a team to promote your club and show spirit Sunday October 14th at 10 am. The 3rd annual Panther Prowl will be held on Sunday morning, October 14. The certified 5-K run/walk event, which courses through the UWM campus and Upper Lake Park, is a fun way to help raise funding for UWM student scholarships and alumni programs. Register online at http://pantherprowl.net. Email Anne Griepentrog if you have questions- avg@uwm.edu.

PARTICIPATE IN THE PANTHER PROWL 5K WALK FOR SCHOLARSHIPS
October 14th On October 14th the CVSL office will be participating in the Panther Prowl, a 5 K run/walk to raise money for student scholarships! It is a great event, as you walk through Lake Park, enjoy free food and drink, and help to raise money for UWM scholarships. The registration fee is $15 for students until Oct 1, then it is $20. At the event you get a free t-shirt and plenty of food and fun, so it is worth it! To join the CVSL team, called the “UWM Walkers”, go to the link: https://www4.uwm.edu/pantherprowl/registration/index.cfm?a1=register&reg_type_id=3&team_captain_reg_id=8341&team_reg_id=8342

YES, NO, I’M NOT SURE: A Workshop on Sex, Relationships, and Decision Making
Wednesday, October 17, 2007, 3-4pm, UWM Union 147. Dating, love, sex, self-respect and communication are topics addressed in this workshop. Using an interactive approach, participants discuss various decisions they or their friends may be facing about sex, communication and relationships. This workshop enhances the critical thinking skills and confidence needed to make healthy decisions. Sponsored by the UWM Women’s Resource Center. Free Event For more information, contact the UWM Women’s Resource Center at 414-229-2852.

LOVE YOUR BODY DAY BROWN-BAG LUNCH DISCUSSION
Thursday, October 18, 2007, 11:30am-12:30pm, Union E250. Bring your lunch and join in a discussion about the messages you’ve heard from family, friends, strangers and the media about your body, how you look, how you should feel about yourself etc.. And share what you tell yourself about your body. Sponsored by the UWM Student Association, Peer Health Advocates, and the UWM Women's Resource Center. Free Event. For more information, contact the UWM Women's Resource Center at 414-229-2852.

RESIDENT AND COMMUNITY ASSISTANTS APPLICATIONS
Do you want to make a difference? Are you a leader and role model for other students? University Housing is now taking applications for Resident and Community Assistants for the Spring 2008 semester. RA/CAs serve in many roles for their students including that of a resource, policy enforcer, role model, counselor, advisor and educator, just to name a few! If hired, you would receive housing as part of your payment in the position. Applications are due by October 24th so to get your application, check out our RA/CA Selection Info table on the 1st floor of the Union every Friday this month. Or you can go to www.universityhousing.uwm.edu to print off your own application and get more info about Housing and the position. Already have a sweet job or just don’t think you’re right for the position? Help us make this semester’s pool of candidates strong and diverse and pass the info on to a student in your organization that you think would truly excel at being an RA/CA!

MEN & MASCULINITY: A Workshop on Representations of Manhood in Hip-Hop and Society
Monday, October 29, 2007, 3pm-4:30pm, UWM Lapham Hall N101. Byron Hurt's groundbreaking film, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, takes an in-depth look at representations of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture. Utilizing a segment of this film that focuses on gender roles and manhood and curriculum created by Independent Television Service, this workshop will spark dialogue about and explore how gender roles, especially around manhood, are produced and projected in society as a whole and in hip-hop. Participants will, if desired, have the opportunity to facilitate future workshops on campus and/or in the community, and will be encouraged to attend filmmaker Byron Hurt's presentation at UWM on 12/4/07. Sponsored by the UWM Women’s Resource Center and the UWM Student Association. Free Event. For more information, contact the UWM Women’s Resource Center at 414-229-2852.

20TH ANNUAL NATIONAL STUDENT CONFERENCE ON HUNGER & HOMELESSNESS
November 2nd-4th, 2007 - University of Wisconsin - Madison
Attend the largest national youth conference focused on poverty related issues join more than 400 students and activists from across the country. Meet national and local experts. Meet other student leaders Hosted by the National Student Campaign Against Hunger And Homelessness and WISPIRG. Register today at www.studentsagainsthunger.org

VOLUNTEER AT THE HOPE HOUSE FOOD PANTRY ANY THURSDAY
As Thanksgiving approaches, think about donating a few hours to our local Hope House Food Pantry. UWM students, faculty and staff volunteer at the food pantry each Thursday from 11:30am - 2:30pm. Transportation is provided, and you can sign up for as many or as few Thursdays as you would like. Sponsored by Center for Volunteerism and Student Leadership. To volunteer please send the following info to: name, cellphone, date of the Thursday you want to volunteer to Laurie Marks lmarks@uwm.edu.

THE RAK-ATHON IS HERE
Volunteer on November 3 to help local elderly residents winterize their homes! The CVSL's first one-day volunteer event is coming up on Saturday Nov 3 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. At the RAK-athon (which stands for Random Acts of Kindness), we go out in groups of 4-6 and help a local elderly resident around their home with chores such as raking, cleaning, putting up storm windows, sweeping and pulling the garden. To volunteer please send the following info to: name, cellphone, team (if applicable) to Laurie Marks lmarks@uwm.edu.