The Leading Edge
Center for Student Involvement - Union 363
Volume 13 - Issue 4b


What is COSO?
Student Workshop on Advisors
CSI Holiday Hours
Spending Large Grant Money (don’t spend it yet)
Segregated Fee Events
Segregated Fee Academic Restriction

International Week – Nov 17-20
CVSL Blood Drive
30-Foot Campaign
EagleCon LAN Party
LGBT Events

The Council of Student Organizations (COSO) will have a kick-off reception and open forum on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 in the UWM Student Union Ballroom West, 7:00pm-8:30pm.  Light refreshments will be provided.  The Council will be comprised of student representative(s) from each active registered student organization on UWM’s campus.   The members of the Council will determine how the Council will develop and grow.  This Council is for its members!  So…you tell us what you want COSO to be!

November 18, Noon, Student Union 342
November 19, 5:00pm, Student Union 343
As a result of a new UW Board of Regents policy all registered student organizations must have an advisor who is employed at UW-Milwaukee. (Student Employees, Teaching, Research, or Graduate Assistants do not qualify).  This requirement signifies a major change in the student organization culture at UWM. This training is focused on student organization members and officers and will provide information on how to gain the most for your organization by establishing a strong working relationship with the faculty/staff advisor. 

The Center for Student Involvement will be closed for normal business on Friday, November 28th due to the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend.

The groups that recently went through the large grant process this past weekend have a few more steps to go through before any of the funds allocated can be released. First the Senate must review all allocations and vote by a 2/3 majority to approve. The Senate may pull out allocations for further analysis, which could delay the approval process. Once the Senate approves the allocations, they are sent to the President to sign into law or veto. The President will have seven days from that point to take action. If the President does not take action in seven days, the allocations will become law automatically.  Once approved, the Center for Student Involvement will be notified and the funds will be available to student groups on January 5, 2009.  WAIT - The Senate may deny or change the allocation OR the SA President may veto the Senate actions on the allocation DELAYING THE APROVAL.  If the approval process is not completed in December, then groups must wait until after the January Senate meeting to see if funding was approved.  In this case, funds may not be available until February 2009.  YOU CANNOT SPEND ANY MONEY PRIOR TO FINAL APPROVAL DATE OF THE ALLOCATION.  Any receipts dated prior to the final approval date will not be reimbursed.  The Center for Student Involvement will mail our grant approval letters with specific instructions on how to spend the money.  Failure to follow the instructions can result in delays or denial of funds.

When you plan an event or program with segregated fees and the part or all of the activity includes fundraising, ticket sales, merchandise sales, or any revenue activity – THE EVENT MUST BE AUDITED BY CSI PRIOR TO ANY FINANCIAL TRANSACTION TAKE PLACE.  It does not matter if the segregated fees were only a small part of the event expense – once State dollars are used for an event – the event is considered a State event.  All proceeds from a State event must be deposited into a State Account.  Money raised at Segregated Fee event will be deposited as revenue into the sponsoring student organization’s State account after all university charges are deducted.  Revenue in a student organization’s account is available to the organization through the CSI office and can be spent like check-off funds.  Revenue belongs to the student organization and will carry forward from year to year until it is spent, unless the student organization goes inactive then in that case the funds will be given to SAC at the end of the fiscal year.

Segregated fees cannot be used to fund academic credit producing activities or provide financial aid to an enrolled student; such as, scholarships, tuition, room and board, etc.  Students cannot gain academic credit as a result of a conference, workshop, project, or activity funded by segregated fees.  Computers, printers, supplies, equipment, and other items purchased by segregated fees may not be used by students in academic credit producing activities.  This includes but not limited to:  classes, class assignments, internships, senior projects, independent study, or any other activity resulting in academic credit.



Global Mosaic: Students of Color and Study Abroad, Tuesday, Nov 18, 11:30-1:00 pm - Garland 104
An informal brown bag with students and staff of color who will talk about their own international experiences and share tips on how you can make it happen.

International Reception Tuesday, Nov 18, 3:00-5:00 pm - Library Conference Center
UWM's Center for International Education invites you to attend our annual International Reception to recognize international students, scholars and the globally-minded UWM community. Chancellor Carlos Santiago will be presenting the opening remarks. Refreshments will be served.

International Quiz Bowl, Tuesday, Nov 18, 8:00-10:00 pm - Gasthaus
Show off your international trivia knowledge! Play individually or bring a team, prizes will be given to trivia winners.

Cultural Chaos: An Interactive Game, Wednesday, Nov 19, 12:00-1:30 pm - Greene Hall
Enjoy a cross-cultural simulation and enriched learning experience through a simple game that can help us understand the communication differences between people in our own community and around the world.

Global Health and Development: Impact of Civil Conflicts on Health and Health Care Systems, Wednesday, Nov 19, 7:00-8:30 pm - Cunningham 151
Prof. Aaron Buseh of the College of Nursing will address a critical area of concern for all individuals, governments, and non-governmental organizations involved in international peace building and economic development: the rebuilding of healthcare systems in countries emerging from conflicts

International Bazaar, Thursday, Nov 20, 10:00-2:00 pm - Union Ballroom
Celebrate the cultures of UWM! The Global Student Alliance is sponsoring this annual event in which various UWM cultural student organizations set-up cultural displays, participate in cultural demonstrations, and prepare authentic dishes from their countries. Various musical and dance performances will be held throughout the day.

For more information on International Week events, visit:

Donate blood or volunteer at the campus-wide blood drive on Nov 19 in the Union Ballroom, 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 to Laurie Marks at!

The campaign will educate the campus about UWM’s Smoking Policy S-49, which establishes a 30-foot smoke-free zone around all entrances and operable windows of campus buildings. The policy states, “UWM is committed to maintaining a safe campus environment and to ensuring that it acts to the extent possible to shield its students and employees from harm.”  In November, we will be posting campaign materials to remind students, faculty and staff to stay 30 feet away from building entrances and windows when they smoke. Campaign materials include yard signs, flyers and bulletin boards throughout campus grounds and door hangers on University Housing residence hall suites. In addition, the Grind will distribute 1,200 coffee sleeves displaying a 30-foot campaign sticker, and a banner will hang in the Union concourse. The campaign will be conducted by A.N.T.I. (Against the Nicotine and Tobacco Industry) and the Norris Health Center Office of Health Promotion and Wellness. The campaign is supported by the Healthy Campus Workgroup. 

Eta Kappa Nu from Marquette University is inviting students to attend their LAN Party on   Nov 22, 2008  9am-8pm in the  Marquette University Alumni Memorial Union.  Free admission!
Description: EagleCon is Marquette's only university-supported LAN party, hosted by Eta Kappa Nu. Students, staff, and the public will gather with their computers in AMU 227 for a day of network gaming. Admission is free, but registration is required. Visit for more info.

The LGBT Resource Center at UWM along with co-sponsors &supporters invite you to join us November 10th – 14th for Trans Awareness Week!  For detailed descriptions visit the LGBT Resource Center web calendar:

Observance Demonstration for Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)
Wednesday, November 19th  6pm - 7:30pm; for additional details contact Warren: or 229.4116. 
 LGBTQA Bowling (FREE): 7:30pm – 9pm in the Rec Center; immediately following Observance of TDOR; you won’t want to miss it – food & bowling.

Sexpo: An Informal Discussion: Race, Sexuality & Identity 
Tuesday, November 11th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm in the Multicultural Student Lounge
This workshop is designed to be a preview to the performance of "Miscegenations" by Lea Robinson and Elizabeth Whitney on November 18. What does "miscegenation" mean, and why should you care? We will discuss identity, sexuality and privilege and the ways in which these intersecting categories affect all of us.

Lea Robinson and Elizabeth Whitney, Artists/scholars, present "Miscegenations
Tuesday, November 18th (Free & Open to the Public) Miscegenations @ 7pm
"a new media/performance project inspired by their experiences living and a queer, interracial couple. Robinson and Whitney will facilitate a dialogue about intersections of cultural identity, with a specific focus on race, sexuality, and gender identity.


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