The Leading Edge
Center for Student Involvement - Union 350
Volume 12 - Issue 9

STUDENT ORGANIZATION NEWS


CONTAINED IN THIS UPDATE
Campus Master Planning Forums Today
SAC Fall 2008 Large Grants
Fiscal Year-End Closing
Campus Kick-off - Hold Date
Climate Survey Deadline Extended to May 2
Reimbursements – Continue to be a Problem
Segregated Fees and Academic Use
Upcoming Events and Activities

CAMPUS MASTER PLANNING FORUMS – TODAY at NOON AND 5:30 PM
Campus Master Planning Process is underway and your ideas are needed.  The master plan will make recommendations as to how the university can improve and create connectivity between university programs and community needs, and will provide guidance for future capital improvements, both on the main east side campus and within the Milwaukee region.  There will be a special student listening sessions with our master planning consultants on:  Tuesday April 29 from noon-1:30pm in the Union Fireside Lounge and from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in the Wisconsin Room. Students are invited to take a few minutes to have light lunch or evening snack and learn about the Campus Master Plan and offer ideas.   All students are encouraged to attend one of these sessions.

SAC FALL 2008 LARGE GRANTS
If the Senate approved your grant funding for next fall – STOP AND WAIT.  The funding must be approved by the SA president.  BUT WAIT, even after the Senate and the President approves the funds, you can not spend the money yet.  The large grant meeting allocates fund for the next fiscal year and will not be available until after July 1, 2008.  Due to the account fiscal year change over, you typically can not expect to get at the funds until July 15th.  YOU WILL NOT BE REIMBURSED FOR ANY EXPENSE THAT OCCURS PRIOR TO JULY 1, 2008.  Please tell everyone in your group that may have turned in a grant request.  There are no exceptions to this rule. 

FISCAL YEAR-END CLOSING
In order to meet the University’s financial yearend deadline student organizations with funding must submit their financial paperwork to the Center for Student Involvement by May 30, 2008.  Failure to meet university accounting deadline may result in extreme delays in your paperwork processing, also could result in your paperwork being rejected and the expense not being allowed.  If your organization will need to spend any money in June, please contact the Center for Student Involvement in Union room 363 to make the appropriate arrangements.

CAMPUS KICK-OFF HOLD THIS DATE
Planning for the 2008 Campus Kick-off is beginning.  Campus Expo: Student Organization & Campus Service Fair will be held in Spaights Plaza for Thursday, September 4, 2008 from 11 am to 2 pm.  This is an information fair where over 70 organizations and 30 campus departments representatives provide students with information on their services and programs. Student organizations often use the fair as a recruitment opportunity for new members.  Details for signing up for a booth space will be available later this summer. 

CLIMATE SURVEY DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 2
UWM Campus Climate Survey Deadline Extended to May 2, 2008.  In an effort to provide the maximum opportunity for UWM faculty, staff and students to share their experiences, the deadline for the UWM Campus Climate Survey has been extended through May 2.  Results of the survey will be used to determine campus strengths and identify areas of improvement within the UWM educational environment.  The survey, "Sharing our Experiences," can be found at https://online.survey.psu.edu/milwaukee.

REIMBURSEMENTS – CONTINUE TO BE A PROBLEM
Computers, electronics, tools, building supplies all have mandatory contacts.  This means there are certain vendors that that must be used when making purchases.  If you purchase from the wrong vendor you may not be reimbursed or your reimbursement will be delayed while approval for the illegal purchase is obtained.  Several students have been very disappointed when their reimbursement requests have been denied by the university for not following purchasing procedures.  BEFORE YOU BUY, contact CSI to determine if there is a contract vendor for the items you wish to purchase.  Better yet, plan ahead and let CSI make the purchase for you.

SEGREGATED FEES AND ACADEMIC USE
Items allocated to student organizations by the Senate Appropriation Committee (SAC) or purchased by a student group using funds in their student organization state account are University property and may only be used for purposes allowed by State and University regulations.  Items purchased by segregated fees may not be used for academic, personal, political, commercial gain, or other purposes not authorized by University and UW-System policy.  This means equipment bought for a student organization may NOT be used for any classroom activity or students may NOT used the equipment in order to obtain academic credit.  This is rule is not limited to equipment purchases only.  If segregated fees are used to pay for an event or production, students participating in the production may not receive class credit for their involvement.  Student may not use segregated fees to travel, if the trip is part of a class activity or they will receive academic credit resulting from the trip.  If you have questions about this or other funding rules you can contact the CSI office (activities@uwm.edu) for assistance.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

WOMEN’S RUGBY CONGRATS
This time last year, very few people had heard of Ladies Panther Rugby Club at UW-Milwaukee outside of Wisconsin and a few areas of the Midwest.  Now the Lady Panthers have gained National Recognition as the #4 Division 2 Team in the Country.  The Panthers now head in to their last week of practice for the Spring Season and look to finish strong at the Oshkosh Prom Ball (as in 2007).  Assuming Round-Robin format, the Lady Panthers will play UW-Oshkosh and UW-Whitewater and finish with a total of 33 games played in just 9 months.  Their Coach, Scot Prunckle, recognized the team’s efforts saying in his email announcement “you put the blood, sweat and tears into this team and have achieved so much through your hard work and perseverance.”  Congratulations to the Ladies Panther Rugby Club for your accomplishments this year.

UNION MARKETING DIRECTOR INTERVIEWS
The three finalists for the UWM Union Marketing Manager Position will be on campus next week. As part of the candidate’s day on campus an open forum has been set up for students and staff to meet and ask questions of the candidates.  Each Candidate will do a 15 minute portfolio presentation at 2:30 PM in room 333 on their respective day.  That will follow with the opportunity for you to meet with the candidates until 3:30PM.
      Shelley Wetzel will be on Campus Monday May 5.
      Adam King will be on Campus Wednesday May 7.
      Rachel Oliver will be on Campus Thursday May 8.

PANTHERLINK OPEN FORUMS
There will be four Open Forums at which faculty, staff and students can see a demonstration of PantherLink (new email and calendar system), have questions answered and learn more about training opportunities.  Target dates for PantherLink e-mail to become available is May 30 and PantherLink Calendar is June 30.  Open Forums schedule:
     Mon., May 19; 10-11 a.m.; BOL 150
     Tues., May 27; 10-11 a.m.; LUB N140
     Thurs., May 29; 1-2 p.m.; LAP 162
      Fri., May 30; 1-2 p.m.; MER 131
For more information go to the Pantherlink Web page:  http://www4.uwm.edu/pantherlinkinfo/

 

The following four events are sponsored by:  the UWM LGBT Resource Center, Union Programming, Union Studio Arts & Crafts Centre, UWM Restaurant Operations.

TRANSITIONING TOGETHER:  SHIFTING IDENTITIES, VISIBILITY, & HANGING IN THERE

May 1st-4:30pm-Union 280.  "Girl meets Girl. Girl becomes Boy.Girl & Boy become a band. Meet "Coyote Grace." Joe Stevens & Ingrid Elizabeth are partners both on and off stage. In this workshop they share their experience of the FTM transition both as individuals and as a couple. Many topics will be discussed including physical & emotional changes, shifts in orientation, identity, and visibility within the queer community & the mainstream public eye. This discussion will be in a round table format, open to those who seek expanded awareness in understanding the impact of transition on romantic relationships.

COYOTE GRACE PERFORMANCE
May 1st-9:00pm-Union Gasthaus Lower Level Music performance by Coyote Grace

FEMME: CONSCIOUSLY CONSTRUCTING OUR QUEERED FEMININITIES
May 2nd-Noon Union-Studio Arts & Crafts Center
Whip out your scissors, construction paper, yarn, and glitter! This workshop will begin with a discussion that will inspire a hands-on creative multi-media art project to be completed during the remainder of the workshop. Open to anyone who wishes to discuss Femme identity and creatively construct their personal gender expression. All supplies provided.

INTRO TO SONGWRITING: FINDING YOUR VOICE
May 2nd-Noon Union-Union Multicultural Student Lounge, W198
In this workshop, we will analyze and discuss how the versatility of song form and lyric choice can expand your work. Come get constructive feedback and workshop songs you already have or bring new lyrics and song ideas to explore. No previous songwriting experience necessary. Bring instruments if you have them, although they are not required.

 

CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO WITH UWM'S ROBERTO HERNANDEZ CENTER!

FILM: "Al Otro Lado (To the Other Side)"
Tuesday, April 29 * 7-8:30pm * Fireside Lounge  FREE and Open to the Public. (2005, 70 minutes) – An aspiring corrido composer from the drug capital of Mexico faces two choices to better his life: to traffic drugs in his fishing boat or to cross the border illegally into the US to find work.  He meets a coyote who agrees to cross him for free in exchange for a corrido praising the adventures of the coyote himself.  >From Sinaloa to the streets of South Central and East L.A., this documentary explores the world of drug smuggling, illegal immigration and the corrido music that chronicles it all.  Featuring Los Tigres del Norte and Chalino Sanchez.

BROWN BAG: The Evolution of Cinco de Mayo with Dr. Enrique E. Figueroa
Wednesday, April 30 * 12:30-2pm * Union E240  FREE and Open to the Public. Cinco de Mayo has been transformed through commercial, sociological and cultural forces.  Some of these transformations have had positive outcomes; others have not.  How is the central element of Cinco de Mayo maintained in the 21st century?  Join Dr. Enrique E. Figueroa, Director of the Roberto Hernández Center, as he explores the evolution of Cinco de Mayo.

CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION
Thursday, May 1 * 11am-2pm * Union Concourse  FREE and Open to the Public. Learn about the historical significance of the Cinco de Mayo holiday through an educational display, including a mini-workshop on how to make tissue-paper flowers.  At noon, experience the amazing talent of the United Community Center’s Latino Arts Mariachi Juvenil, a group of young mariachi musicians ranging in age from 8 to 16 years old.

2008 LATINO GRADUATION BANQUET
Saturday, May 3 * 6:30-11:30pm * Union Ballroom  RSVP Required; $10 per person; FREE for graduates. A celebration honoring the achievements of UWM’s Latino graduates. Includes formal dinner and recognition ceremony for graduating students at both undergraduate and graduate levels, followed by live music and dancing. RSVP to the Roberto Hernández Center by April 24th. Cost: $10 per person; FREE for graduates with RSVP.

OJO DE DIOS (GOD’S EYE) CRAFT WORKSHOP
Monday, May 5 * 2-4pm * Bolton Hall 196  FREE and Open to the Public. The Ojo de Dios, or God’s Eye, is a diamond-shaped yarn weaving common among the Huichol Indians of northwestern Mexico, who call them Sikuli, meaning “the power to see and understand things unknown.”  They have also been considered a symbolic expression of prayer.  All supplies will be provided.

LUISA CAPETILLO: LA MUSA ACTIVA / THE ACTIVE MUSE
Thursday, May 8 * 7:30-9:30pm * Zelazo Center  FREE and Open to the Public * RSVP Requested. Luisa Capetillo was a Puerto Rican writer, labor organizer and feminist.  This play, written and directed by Jessica Gaspar of the University of Puerto Rico-Cayey, highlights Capetillo’s legacy as an activist and educator.  RSVP to Professor Nancy Bird-Soto at birdsoto@uwm.edu.  Sponsored by the Roberto Hernández Center, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Sigma Delta Pi, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

For more information on these events, please contact the Roberto Hernandez Center - Bolton Hall 183, 414.229.6156, www.rhc.uwm.edu.