The Leading Edge
Center for Student Involvement - Union 350
Volume 12 - Issue 6

STUDENT ORGANIZATION NEWS

CONTAINED IN THIS UPDATE
Campus Ambassador Recruitment
Change of Officers
Are You Traveling This Spring?
Accounting System Down From February 8 - 22
Union Office Applications
Engelmann Registration Dates & Times
Reimbursements Gone Bad
Upcoming Events and Activities

STUDENT ORGANIZATION NEWS

CAMPUS AMBASSADORS RECRUTIMENT
To find out more information about Campus Ambassadors and the many roles available, we're inviting you to a free lunch and informational session. On Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 we'll have a free taco bar in the First Year Center (Bolton 192).  Campus Ambassadors are student employees and leaders who work with new freshmen - during freshman orientation and as mentors during the first year - to make their transition to college successful in every way. 

We're recruiting now for student leaders to fill all of these roles - orientation leaders, First Year Center staff and mentors, and LINKS mentors in the 2008-09 year. We'd love for you, and the members of your organization to be apart of this amazing campus opportunity.  You can grab a bite to eat and hear about what the Campus Ambassador program has to offer you and your group. We'll have current Campus Ambassadors, LINKS mentors, and academic staff on hand to ask questions, hand out information and discuss how you can become part of this important team of UWM student leaders. For more information on the Campus Ambassador program and to fill out an application to be a part of our team, visit www.campusambassadors.uwm.edu.

CHANGE OF OFFICERS
If your organization has changed officers since September or will be changing them in this spring, remember to turn in a Change of Officer form to the Center for Student Involvement, Union 350. It is very important to keep the Center for Student Involvement informed. Not just because it is necessary to keep your University charter, but because the Center for Student Involvement contacts student leaders frequently about training and other opportunities available.  Forms are also available at:  http://www4.uwm.edu/sao/organizationalforms.cfm.

ARE YOU TRAVELING THIS SPRING?
Get your Enterprise Rental request forms in early, as this is a busy travel period and Enterprise may not have any vehicles left for the time period you want if you wait until the last minute.  Also remember to submit your driver authorization forms to the Center for Student Involvement (Wisconsin drivers must allow at least 5 business days and drivers from other states must allow 10 business days for processing).  Driver authorization must be done each year. Each vehicle should have a minimum of two authorized drivers when two or more students are traveling.  If traveling over six hours one way, there should be at least three authorized drivers per vehicle. Forms are available from the Center for Student Involvement, Union 350, or at: http://www4.uwm.edu/sao/form.cfm.

Reminder - UNIVERSITY ACCOUNTING SYSTEM DOWN FROM FEBRUARY 8 - 22
Due to software upgrades the university accounting system will be unavailable beginning at noon on Friday, February 8, 2008.  The exact amount of down time is not yet known, but the best estimate is about 10 business days.   NO CHECKS WILL BE CUT during that period.  Meaning reimbursements, student association and legal clinic payroll, contracts, or vendors requiring payment by check will not be processed during the shutdown period.  This means any paperwork CSI processes during that period of time will be held in accounting until after the software upgrade takes place.  Paper work must be turned into accounting to by January 30th in order to assure processing and payment prior to February 8th.  This shut down affects all of campus, so there may be a delay in getting items through accounting after the shut down due to the backlog of paperwork from all over campus.

UNION OFFICE APPLICATIONS
Deadline for Applications for Union Office Requests for next year (June 1st, 2008 to May 31st, 2009) is Friday February 15th at 4:30 PM to Union 331.   Forms are available online at:  http://www4.uwm.edu/sao/organizationalforms.cfm

Deadline to apply for vacant offices for spring 2008 semester is Friday February 22nd. Current vacant student organization spots in the Union are listed below.  Forms are available online at:  http://www4.uwm.edu/sao/organizationalforms.cfm.

1 spot in 377                        1 spot in 391
1 spot in 394                        1 spot in 355
1 spot in 395B                      1 spot in 362
1 spot in 381B                      3 spots in 360/398 (shared computer lab, not an actual office)

ENGELMANN REGISTRATION DATES & TIMES
Second day of registration:  Wednesday February 6, 2008, 11am-2pm
Registration location:  Klotsche Room 326
***At least one current officer of the organization must sign the contract. More information:  M.A. Kelling at 229-3777

REIMBURSEMENTS GONE BAD
Students’ spending funds without checking with the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) first on appropriate procurement procedures can find themselves not being reimbursed. 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.  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. 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.  PLEASE MAKE SURE ANY ONE IN YOUR ORGANIZATION THAT WILL BE USING SEGREGATED FEES GETS THIS MESSAGE.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

FOCUS THE NATION – NATIONAL TEACH-IN
January 31, 2008.  National teach-in about global warming.  The teach-in will begin with an organic pancake breakfast (with real maple syrup) in the Wisconsin Room, starting at 8 a.m. The breakfast is free to UWM students with I.D. and $3 for community members.  Workshops sessions will be held at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on the second floor of the Union.  At 7 p.m., Leonardo diCaprio's film, “The 11th Hour,” will be screened in the Union Theatre. For more information, visit www.focusthenation.org.

VOLUNTEER AT THE HOPE HOUSE FOOD PANTRY ANY THURSDAY
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! To volunteer please email Laurie Marks (lmarks@uwm.edu), Center for the Volunteerism and Student Leadership, with the following information:  Name, Cell phone, Date of the Thursday you want to volunteer.

TASTE OF AFRICA: A CELEBRATION OF AFRICAN CULTURE
February 4th - Noon-2pm* Union Wisconsin Room * Free and open to the public.  The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee recognizes the start of Black American History Month by celebrating our African roots. Come celebrate with us as our campus honors our ties to the many countries of Africa. Be educated and entertained—dance, food, and presentations. Our special guests will be the members of the African Student Association and dance troupe Oma Anya.  Sponsored by UWM Department of Africology, the African Student Association, and UWM Union Sociocultural Programming. For more information, contact Ahmed F. Mbalia, 414-229-6968 or 414-229-4155.

COAST LEADER KICK-OFF
Wednesday, February 20, 2008, from 5:00pm-7:00pm in the UW-Milwaukee Union Ballroom.  I would like to formally invite you and all the students you serve to the COAST Leader Kick-Off.  The COAST Leader program has been put in-place to increase communication between students, landlords, long-term residents, and others in the communities surrounding UW-Milwaukee.  COAST Leaders are students hired, trained, supported, and supervised by the Neighborhood Housing Office to serve as a peer educator and resource for identified student neighborhoods. For more information see: http://www.aux.uwm.edu/nho/NHO_home/COAST_Invite.pdf.

SUMMER 2008 WHITE HOUSE INTERNSHIP
The application deadline for the Summer 2008 White House Internship is February 26, 2008.  If you know students and/or organizations that may be interested in this information please share this with them.

We are looking for a well-qualified, diverse group of applicants who would like to intern here for President Bush.  A White House Internship is an opportunity for current students and recent graduates to experience everyday life at the White House while working with high-level officials on a variety of tasks and projects.  Strong applicants should exhibit:

·       Sound academic credentials
·       A demonstrated interest in public service
·       Solid written and verbal communication skills
·       A history of community involvement
·       Strong character and leadership skills

Beyond experiencing the day-to-day operations of the White House, interns participate in a speaker series, tours, community service projects, and various White House events.  For more information please visit our website at:  www.whitehouse.gov/intern.  Applications should be submitted to intern_application@whitehouse.gov  on or before February 26, 2008 for the Summer 2008 Internship.  If you have any questions please contact White House Personnel at 202-456-5979.

HUNGER SIMULATION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ON FEBRUARY 27TH & 28TH.
Last year the Hunger Simulation was wildly popular, so this time we are doing it for two days!  This event walks participants through a 30 minute maze where they are given the wages of a working family living in poverty.  Participants encounter doctors, landlords, insurance reps, grocery store clerks, muggers, and automobile / bus fare collectors.  At the end, participants (who have run out of money), are given a bowl of veggie chili and info on how they can make a difference in the fight to alleviate poverty in Milwaukee.  Volunteers are needed to play the role of the actors through the maze.  You can volunteer for as little as 1 hour, or for a few, whatever you schedule allows!  Let us know when you can stop by to help out!  To volunteer please email Laurie Marks (lmarks@uwm.edu), Center for the Volunteerism and Student Leadership, the following information:  Name, cell phone, UWM email address, date you will help out, and time you will help out.

FAMILY DAY WITH THE MILWAUKEE BONECRUSHERS

February 17th, 4 PM @ U.S. Cellular Arena. This is the first chance to see your professional indoor football team, led by Head Coach Gilbert Brown. Enjoy free giveaways, live music, activities for the kids, an intra-squad scrimmage, and on field autographs after the game. For Tickets, call the U.S. Cellular Box Office at 276-4545, or Ticketmaster.com. Tickets will go on sale January 15th, seats are $17.50. Visit the website, www.mkebonecrushers.com, for more details.