The Leading Edge
Center for Student Involvement - Union 363
Volume 13 - Issue 5


Senate Appropriations Committee Meeting
Travel Grant Stipulation
Large Grant Paperwork For Spring
Council of Student Organizations
2009 Student Organization Achievements
Engelmann Gym Reservations For Spring 2009

Center For Volunteerism & Student Leadership Upcoming Programs
All-Campus Leadership Conference (UW-Madison)
UWM Master Plan Update Dec. 10, 2008


Wednesday December 10th, 2008, at 7:30 PM in the  SA Office, Union EG79
All grant request forms are due Thursday December 4th, 2008 in Union EG79

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a stipulation during the large grant meeting that all travel grants amounts are set to the specific number of people approved to go on a trip.  If the organization takes less people on the trip, then the allocation is reduced by the percentage of the persons not going and the extra money will be returned back to SAC. For example if a group was approved to send four people to a conference and only two decide to attend, then the travel allocation approved at the large grant meeting will be reduced by 50%.  The two people going do not get to use the money from other students not attending the trip.

Thank you to all members of student organizations who attended the kick-off event for COSO on November 18. Your thoughts and input have been very valuable. Based on the input and discussions, CSI will be taking the following next steps:
1.  Establishing a COSO group on Facebook (Established 11/19 “Council of Stu Orgs at UW-Milwaukee”)
2.  Another gathering for all COSO members (all registered student organizations) will be planned for early in spring semester.
3.  Classification specific sub-council meetings will be explored and scheduled when possible (all honor societies, all religious organizations, all recreation groups, etc.)
If you have additional thoughts or input, please join the Facebook group and let us know or email Tom Dake, Student Activities Advisor, directly at

Plan ahead to submit nominations for the 2008-09 student organization Achievement Awards! The Achievement Ceremony will be help in early April; nominations will be due before spring break. Categories include: Advisor of the Year, Outstanding Leadership Award, Outstanding Program of the Year, Outstanding Student Organization Award, Outstanding Volunteer Award, Student Organization Service Award. For more information, contact Tom Dake at 229-5780 or  Forms and more information will be available in January 2009!

Student organizations and sports clubs are invited to reserve times in the Engelmann gym for spring semester.  Times are limited (generally late Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays) and are assigned on an impartial basis.  Space is available to student organizations in 11/2 hr increments and club sports (competitive) on a 2-hour increment.  Representatives of the organization may request a one-time space only on the first day of registration.   If a second time slot is desired (and available), the representative MUST return to complete another contract after all the first round of reservations are confirmed.  During the meeting we will randomly pick numbers for the order of registration and space time in Engelmann gym.   First day of reservations:  Wed Dec 3rd 2008, Klotsche Room 124, at 7:00 pm.  At least one current officer of the organization must attend the meeting to schedule.





Join A Care Team and Help Our Neighborhood Elderly -  Information Meeting, Thurs, December 4th At 3pm.
Serve as a volunteer for the CARE Team Program. Go the next step and provide ongoing assistance to the elderly neighbors we helped during our one-day RAK-athon event. Groups of 2 to 4 volunteers will ‘adopt’ an elderly resident. Assistance may include basic home maintenance, bookkeeping, shopping outings, or just socialization. This opportunity will promote and maintain independence for these neighbors, while scheduling is flexible for you. Email if you cannot make the meeting and would like more information.  To register for the CARE Team meeting please provide: name, email, phone to Laurie Marks at

Winter Break Overnight Service Trip To Chicago For MLK Day!
CVSL is coordinating a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Service Trip to Chicago on January 18-19th. We will be leaving early on Sunday January 18th to spend the day serving at three Chicago area nonprofits; the United Church of Rogers Park, Inspiration Café, and Interfaith House. Students will serve at one of the three all afternoon in groups of 6-7 preparing and serving a community meal. Overnight lodging will be at the Youth Center of the Lutheran School of Theology. We will spend Sunday participating in Dr. Martin Luther King Day activities around the city and visiting the McCormick Freedom Museum.  There will be no cost to students but space is limited so if you are interested please send the following information ASAP: name, email, phone to Laurie Marks at

Big Brothers Big Sisters Information Sessions Scheduled For Faculty, Staff, And Students Interested In The Community-Based Mentoring Program
Since the site-based mentoring program filled up so quickly this Fall for UWM students, we want to invite you to our informational session for the traditional, community-based mentoring program.  For this program it is important that you have a car and can commit to mentoring for at least 1 year.  The sessions are both being held over the lunch hour from noon-1:00pm on December 12th and January 27th.  Space is limited so please register by providing the following information: name, email, phone to Laurie Marks at


No Masterpiece Is Complete Without Leadership
Feb. 21 Time 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. UW-Madison Memorial Union
The All-Campus Leadership Conference is an event that allows students to improve their leadership skills and network with others who have the same passions. Included in the conference is keynote speaker Sam Glenn, who motivates the audience by creating a masterpiece during his speech. Also included in the conference are a variety of breakout sessions hosted by business professionals, professors and other student organizations.    For further event details including transportation and detailed agenda please feel free to contact Lauren Grossmann, UW and Beyond Coordinator for the Student Leadership Program:  Web site:


Work on the UWM Master Plan process continues in December. Master plan consultants from Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc. (HGA) and Sasaki Associates will be on campus Wednesday, December 10, to present their initial findings from Phase B, the Principles and Concept stage of the planning process.

The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Wisconsin Room West and Lounge, and it is open to all members of the campus and community. The consultants plan to incorporate feedback from their campus visit into the final Phase B Report, which will be completed in February.

Those who are unable to attend the December 10 session are invited to the consultants' December 11 presentation to the master planning committees. That presentation will begin at 10 a.m. in the Union Ballroom.

Please visit for additional information about the planning process, including the final Phase A Report.

Also, please send your email address to "" if you would like to be added to the master plan announcement list and notified about future public sessions and updates.