The Leading Edge
Center for Student Involvement - Union 363
Volume 13 - Issue 6

STUDENT ORGANIZATION NEWS

STUDENT ORGANIZATION NEWS
Enrollment status for PhD Dissertators
Fall Semester Travel Being Closed Out
SAC Large Grants
Saying Goodbye to Becca
Council of Student Organizations (COSO)
2009 Student Organization Achievement Awards
Student Organization Training Sessions
Call for Student Organization Photographs

ACTIVITIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Housing Positions For Next Year
EMS Campus Computer Lab Closing Permanently
Introduction to Group Leadership Class
CVSL is Collecting Service Goods
Blood Drives for Spring
Marcus Center Discount Offers For Students

WE HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING
A SAFE AND HAPPY WINTER BREAK

ENROLLEMENT STATUS FOR PHD DISSERTATORS
The UW-System regulation that requires officers of student organizations to be enrolled for at least half-time which meant 4 credits for graduate students.  Some PhD dissertators are considered full-time students even though they may only be registered for 3 credits.  The Center for Student Involvement now has the ability to verify dissertator enrollment status and can accept student officers with less than four credits as long as the student is listed as enrolled half-time or full-time and has paid segregated fees.  If both conditions are not met, then the student will not qualify.

FALL SEMESTER TRAVEL CLOSED
Since SAC bylaws prohibit  funds from being transferred out of travel requests, any money designated for a trip that was to happen prior to December 31, 2008 was returned to SAC if the trip did not happen.  Any leftover funds from a trip  prior to December 31st where a group did not spend all their money allocated, was also returned.

SAC LARGE GRANTS
The SAC large grants for spring 2009 have been posted in student organization.  Every group received a letter in their mailbox notifying them of the allocation with instructions on how to utilize the funds.  The four contacts also received an email notifying them of the grants they received.  Please make an appointment with the CSI advisors to spend your funding.

SAYING GOODBYE TO BECCA
Becca Stucky left CSI to pursue her career in Social Work – although we are happy to see her graduate, we are sad to see her time at UWM coming to an end.  Becca took a job at Bethany, who am I sure will appreciate her attention to detail and always cheerful demeanor.  Fortunately we have Jenna to continue in CSI and fill Becca’s shoes.

COUNCIL OF STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS (COSO) Meeting February 3, 2009
The next meeting of COSO will be on February 3, 2009 in the Student Union Alumni Fireside Lounge, 7-8:30pm. Topics for discussion include (but are not limited to):
1. Purpose of COSO and how it can best serve the interests of student organizations.
2. Classification specific sub-council meetings will be discussed and explored and scheduled when possible (all honor societies, all religious organizations, all recreation groups, etc.)
See http://www4.uwm.edu/sao/coso.cfm for more information on COSO. If you have additional thoughts or input, please join the Facebook group (Council of Stu Orgs at UW-Milwaukee) and let us know or email Tom Dake, Student Activities Advisor, directly at dake@uwm.edu.

2009 STUDENT ORGANIZATION ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Plan ahead to submit nominations for the 2008-09 student organization Achievement Awards! Nomination forms are now available! 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. Nominations for these awards are due Friday, March 19, 2009 by 3:00pm in the Center for Student Involvement, Union 363. Nominations may be submitted by students for one or more of the awards listed above.  The Achievement Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 5 at 4:00pm in the Wisconsin Room Lounge in the UWM Union. Nomination forms and detailed instructions are available online at http://www4.uwm.edu/sao/recognition.cfm.   For more information, contact Tom Dake at 229-5780 or activities@uwm.edu.

STUDENT ORGANIZATION TRAINING SESSIONS, SPRING 2009
Where do you want your organization to go?  The Center for Student Involvement offers training for student organizations and their advisors. Trainings are generally offered as “repeat sessions” on different days of the week and times of day to allow individuals with different schedules to attend. Individuals who attend trainings are expected to share the information provided with the other members of their student organization.    For detailed information on topics, date, time and place for workshops go to http://www4.uwm.edu/sao/training.cfm

CALL FOR STUDENT ORGANIZATION PHOTOGRAPHS
The Center for Student Involvement is requesting picture submissions from student organizations! Pictures will be used for marketing/promotional purposes and may appear on the CSI website at www.activities.uwm.edu. Images may also be used for the Achievement Awards Ceremony in April, 2009. For appropriate photographic subject matter, please see the Student Activities website and the current photos displayed there. When submitting a photo, make sure the file has as much detail (resolution, large file size) as possible. Photos may be cropped or otherwise edited for use. Images that are used will included a caption/label noting the organization pictured and/or the event the picture was taken at, and photographer credit if provided. The names of individuals in an image will not appear with the image. A photo release signed by the organization’s primary office will be required for each submission. Photos submitted by February 1 will be considered for immediate posting! Send your organization photos and/or questions to: Tom Dake, Student Activities Advisor, dake@uwm.edu

 

ACTIVITIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

HOUSING POSITIONS FOR NEXT YEAR
Resident Assistant/Community Assistant positions are available for the 09/10 School year!! Apply online at www.universityhousing.uwm.edu and click on "Student Employment". If you or someone you know enjoys planning programs, being a community leader and wants to help students grow personally and academically, encourage them to apply for the RA/CA position.   Applications are available on January 5th at the website above!"

EMS CAMPUS COMPUTER LAB CLOSING
Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, the general access Campus Computer Lab on the 1st floor in the Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (EMS) building located in the southwest corner of the campus closed permanently. The lab closure is necessary to accommodate the new Engineering Innovation Center.  As a result of this closure, at the start of the Spring Semester on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, there will be five general access Campus Computer Labs (CCLs). In total, they have approximately 350 desktop computers available. Statistics indicate that there is sufficient capacity in these labs to handle the demand after the closing of the EMS general access Campus Computer.  Information about CCL locations, hours of operation and software can be found online at www.ccl.uwm.edu.

INTRODUCTION TO GROUP LEADERSHIP (AD LDSP 507, 3 credits)
Mondays 4:30 p.m. – 7:10 p.m., Room 638 Enderis Hall
So you have the GPA…Here is your next step! Do you want to gain the leadership and management skills that your future employers seek?  Enroll Now, Meet New People and Empower Yourself to be a Leader!  Any Questions? Please Call 229-1157, or email minal@uwm.edu, Liliana Mina, Ph.D.

CVSL COLLECTING SERVICE GOODS
On January 18 & 19 CVSL is taking 20 students on an overnight service trip to Chicago in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day; “a day on, not a day off”.  We will be providing, preparing and serving meals for over 100 people at three different Chicago nonprofits: Inspiration Café, Interfaith House, and United Church of Rogers Park.  In addition to our service, we would like to bring hard goods with us to donate.  The hard goods in need range from personal hygiene items to office supplies. 

Below is list of needed:
• Toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, and deodorant • Anti-bacterial hand soap or regular soap • Shaving Cream and razors • Bed linens & blankets & pillows • Towels (kitchen and/or bath) • Cleaning supplies • CD/CD-RW drives and blank CDs/CD-RWs • Measuring cups • Antibacterial hand sanitizer or wipes • Film wrap & aluminum foil • Plastic drinking glasses • Coffee cups, disposable plates / cups, cereal bowls • Dry-erase markers/erasers • Pens, Post-it® notes, Whiteout, Scotch tape • Nametags, glue sticks, postage stamps

Please consider donating any of these items. There will be a drop box located in the Center for Volunteerism & Student Leadership (CVSL) Office, Union G28,  www.volunteer.uwm.edu
(414) 229-3161.

BLOOD DRIVES FOR SPRING
Is your organization looking for a worthwhile cause to volunteer at?  Each year, the BloodCenter of Wisconsin hosts between 6 and 8 blood drives on campus at UWM.  After 3 very successful drives this fall, we're looking forward to hosting 3 more drives this spring.  We're currently looking for a student group to sponsor (or co-sponsor) our February drive.  It runs from 9am-5pm in the Union Ballroom.  Student groups help recruit donors and assist on the day of the drive.  Other blood drives are being held on April 20 from 9am-5pm in the Union Ballroom and June 4 from 10am-3pm in the Klotsche Center Pavilion.  The Blood Center of Wisconsin supplies all the blood to area hospitals, and each donation can save up to 3 lives.  Remember, each time you donate blood, you're giving somebody another birthday, another laugh, another hug, another chance.  Please e-mail brothene@uwm.edu if you are interested in learning more.

MARCUS CENTER DISCOUNT OFFERS FOR STUDENTS
All performances are being held at the Marcus Center’s - Uihlein Hall, 929 North Water Street in Downtown Milwaukee.  To see available performances and purchase tickets go to: www.eventusher.com.  Enter passcode:  studenttickets.  All pricing information available on website.
Happy Days – A New Musical, January 6 – 11, 2009
CATS, February 26 – March 1, 2009
A Bronx Tale, March 24-29, 2009