The Leading Edge
Center for Student Involvement - Union 363
Volume 13 - Issue 2b

STUDENT ORGANIZATION NEWS

CONTENTS
Student Organization Registration Renewal
New Student Activities Advisor
Student Organization Advisors
New Forms
Student Organization Manual Updates
Political Activity Policy Revised
Important Funding Reminders
Spending Sac Allocations
CVSL Volunteer Opportunities
Activities And Events Around Campus

STUDENT ORGANIZATION REGISTRATION RENEWAL
Registration renewal forms were sent via campus mail to student organizations mailboxes on August 29th. All student organizations must fill out, sign, and RETURN THE FORM PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 26TH to remain active on campus. Groups failing to turn in their renewal forms by this date will become inactive and lose all university privileges, such as: segregated fee funding, room reservations, office space, etc. The form is required, even if you recently turned in a change of officer form Please check with all your officers to make sure someone turns in this form by the posted deadline.

NEW STUDENT ACTIVITIES ADVISOR
The Center for Student Involvement hired a new advisor, Tom Dake, to fill a position lost two years ago to funding cuts.  Tom’s main role in the office will be to provide training for student organizations officers and advisors and oversee the programming and event planning function of the Center for Student Involvement.  His email address is dake@uwm.edu and phone is 229-1752.

Originally from Michigan, Tom has nearly 18 years experience work with college students.  He has a Master's Degree in College Student Personnel (CSP) from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and has worked for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and most recently the University of California, Riverside.  Tom was also employed at UWM from 1990 to 1996 in a variety of roles including advising student organizations, planning and implementing new student orientation and serving as the first Liaison for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Student Concerns.  Please drop by our office, Union 363, to say hi and welcome him back to UWM.

STUDENT ORGANIZATION ADVISORS
There have been some questions about the new requirement that all student organizations have a faculty/staff advisor.  The first notice of the rule change by the Board of Regents was sent to all student organization advisors in January 2008 after the rule was implemented.  CSI asked for and receive permission to delay the implementation at UWM until the registration renewal process in September.  In the last update we stated “Student  Organizations will have to the end of the fall semester (prior to the start of classes in January 2009) to find a faculty/staff advisor.”   Our new advisor, Tom Dake, will be working to develop some advisor recruitment and training programs to help student groups find an advisor.  There will be much more on this topic in the October update in a couple weeks.

NEW FORMS
The Center for Student Involvement revised many of it forms to meet university and state policy changes.  If you have old change of officers, additional contacts, travel set-up, or expenditure forms – please recycle them as they are no longer useable. New forms are available outside our office, Union 363 or at: http://www4.uwm.edu/sao/form.cfm (for financial forms) and http://www4.uwm.edu/sao/organizationalforms.cfm (for organizational forms).

STUDENT ORGANIZATION MANUAL UPDATES
A draft update of the Student Organization Manual that includes most of the policy changes that have occurred in the past year is online at:  http://www4.uwm.edu/sao/resources.cfm.  We hope to have a final version online by October 1st.  The Segregated Fee Manual is currently being updated to reflect all the financial changes therefore has been taken offline.  Until a new the new manual is complete, please contact the Center for Student Involvement for financial procedures or prior to spending any money or you may not be reimbursed.

POLITICAL ACTIVITY POLICY REVISED
The State revised the “Guidance on Political Campaign Activities at UW System Institutions” (http://wwwnew.uwsa.edu/govrel/camprule.htm) since our last update.  If your group intends to participate in political activities on campus please read the section on student organizations.

As a reminder: No person or organization may use any university resources or state funds, which includes segregated fees for political activity associated with these elections.  This includes using segregated fees to make flyers, union banners, or any cost associated with getting a person or party elected.  This also includes your "@uwm.edu" email account, computer labs, student organization office equipment, and etcetera.  Using off-campus email accounts to mail such as hotmail.com or yahoo.com to mail to individuals’ uwm.edu account is acceptable.  However the university regards the sending unsolicited emails to a large number of email accounts as spam and the university may choose to block these messages and possibly take disciplinary action against students that do not follow the University computer policies.  (see http://www.uwm.edu/policy/ for information about UWM computer and use of technology policies).

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 through June and April Large Grants will be available July  through December. Expenditures for large grants MUST occur within the designated timeframe or the money will be returned to the Student Association. 

For more detailed instructions on large and small grant procedures see: http://www4.uwm.edu/sao/fundingforms.cfm.

SPENDING SAC ALLOCATIONS
Remember to come into the Center for Student Involvement to make arrangements to spend any money SAC has allocated your organization. There are university deadlines and procedures that must be followed in order for you to have access to the money. Please include our deadlines for meeting with CSI staff to discuss SAC awards. See http://www4.uwm.edu/sao/form.cfm for financial timelines.

 

PROGRAMS FROM THE CENTER FOR VOLUNTEERISM AND STUDENT LEADERSHIP OFFICE (CVSL)

LEARN TO LEAD – JUST A DOZEN SPOTS LEFT FOR THE LEADERSHIP RETREAT – SEPT 20TH - 21ST -- SIGN UP TODAY!
This year’s Student Leadership is being held on Saturday, September 20th  and Sunday September 21st!  This overnight retreat is free to students and transportation is provided.  At the retreat, which is held at a local camp, students have the opportunity to participate in ROPES courses, icebreakers, teambuilding games, a bonfire social and an outdoor movie.  To participate please send the following info to lmarks@uwm.edu:
NAME:
CELLPHONE:
EMAIL:
STUDENT ID NUMBER:
ARE YOU A VEGETARIAN?:
DO YOU NEED ANY SPECIAL ACCOMODATIONS?:

FIRST CAMPUSWIDE BLOOD DRIVE, SEPTEMBER 24TH!
Donate blood at the first campus-wide blood drive, and help us to reach our goal of collecting 1,000 pints of blood on the UWM campus each year.  Simply provide the information below!
NAME:
PHONE:
EMAIL ADDRESS:
TIME YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE (between 9:15am-4:00pm):

TUTOR KIDS AT LOCAL SCHOOLS AND GET PAID $7.75 PER HOUR!  SIGN UP SESSION SEPT 24TH.
If you receive work-study as part of your financial aid package we have a great paid opportunity for you!  We are looking for tutors to work at local MPS schools helping kids with reading and other basic skills.  Tutors are paid $7.75 per hour, and your travel time to the schools is also paid.  To become a tutor there are two easy steps.  First, be sure you get work-study.  Then, simply come to the tutor sign up session on Wednesday September 24th at 7:30pm in the Union Ballroom West.  You will need to bring your driver’s license and either a social security card or birth certificate.  To register to attend the session please provide the following info!
NAME:
PHONE:
EMAIL ADDRESS:
DID YOU CHECK TO ENSURE YOU GET WORK-STUDY?:

CAMPUS CLEAN-UP SATURDAY SEPT 27TH!
Help us keep the UWM grounds looking clean; free of cigarette butts, wrappers, and other debris.  On the following Saturdays, Sept 27th, Oct 25th, and Nov 22nd, there will be organized campus clean ups from 10:00am to noon.  To participate simply pick up gloves, bags, and other supplies in the Sandburg Hall Commons on the morning of the event.  For more information contact Kate Nelson at knelson6@uwm.edu.

HOPE HOUSE FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  THURSDAYS, TRANSPORTION PROVIDED
Each week the UWM community sends volunteers to the Hope House Food Pantry to stock shelves, clean, organize, and do inventory.  Please sign up for any Thursday; and transportation is provided!  We leave the CVSL office at noon and arrive back on campus by 2:30pm.  You can sign up for as many or as few Thursdays as you wish!  To participate please send the following info to lmarks@uwm.edu:
NAME:
PHONE:
EMAIL:
DATE OF THURSDAY DO YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER?:

ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS AROUND CAMPUS

MULTICULTURAL STUDENT CENTER WORKSHOP SERIES. 
All located in Multicultural Student Lounge, Union W198, 12:00– 1:30p.m. (Unless Otherwise Noted).
- Experience Diversity, Wednesday, September 17, 2008, Union Ballroom, Time: 11:00a.m.– 1:30 p.m.
- Deliver Us From Debt: Part I, UWM Credit Union’s Guide to Staying Debt-Free, Thursday, September 18, 2008
- Black Greeks 101, Monday, September 22, 2008
- Speaking Out: Multicultural Voice Workshop, : Michelle Lopez-Rios, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Thursday, September 25, 2008

One Web Day - One World. One Wish. One Web.
September 22, 2008, Spaights Plaza, 11:00 - 1:00 PM
Join the School of Information as we come together to celebrate One Web Day!  Create and make visible a global constituency that cares about the future of the Internet.  Topics Included:  Net Neutrality and Internet Policy Issues, Internet Globalism and Ethics, Ethics, Gaming, and Virtual Worlds, Privacy, Social Networks, and Online Life.  Music by: Vivo and Orlando Rodriguez, Refreshments will be served, FREE & OPEN to the public.  For more information: http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/SOIS/about/news/events/OneWebDay.pdf.