The Leading Edge
Center for Student Involvement - Union 363
Volume 13 - Issue 8

STUDENT ORGANIZATION NEWS

Contents
SAC Large Grant Training
SAC Large Grant Application Information
Spring Travel
Student Organization Achievement Awards
Getting Things Done on Campus Workshop
Co-sponsorship with Union Programming Workshop
New & Prospective officer training
Marketing your organization/PR plans

 

Events and Activities
Skin Deep: Beauty Under the Knife
Women Without Borders Film Series: “Deliver”
Gasthaus Entertainment Series Presents: Girl Parts In Concert
The UWM Social Justice Retreat
International Women Student Panel
Erin Weed presents: Girls Fight Back!
U People
Safe Space Trainings
LGBTQA Bowling
Eating Disorders Support Group
Parent Education Class
Women Without Borders Film Series
Experimental Tuesdays at the Union Theatre
Lyrical Sanctuary – Feature Performance and Open Mic
RAD - Rape Aggression Defense System Training
Gasthaus Entertainment Series Presents Tough Tough Skin & 8 Inch Betsy
Sexpo: Desire & Disgust: Black Women in Pornography
Hope House Food Pantry Volunteers
Hunger Clean Up on Saturday, April 18
KnowHow2GO Ambassadors

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATION NEWS

LARGE GRANT FORM TRAINING
The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) has set the date for Large Grant Form Training as Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at 6-8pm, in Union 280.  Please contact SAC Chair Grotz (eegrotz@uwm.edu) for questions regarding Large grants, Training, or the Spring Semester 2009 SAC Meeting Schedule.

FALL 2009 LARGE GRANTS
The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) has set the date for the April large grant meeting as the weekend of April 3-5 , 2009.  This meeting deals with funding requests for student organization expenses greater than $700 and that will occur after July 1, 2009 but before January 1, 2010.  Grant request forms will be due in the Student Association office, Union EG79, by March 13, 2009.  Grant forms and instructions for applying for funding are found the SAC’s website at: http://www.uwm.edu/StudentOrg/sa/legislative/pages/ (click on SAC in the left column).  Please contact SAC Chair Grotz (eegrotz@uwm.edu) for questions regarding Large grants, Training, or the Spring Semester 2009 SAC Meeting Schedule.

ARE YOU TRAVELING THIS SPRING?
Get your travel request forms in early, as this is a busy travel period for the Center for Student Involvement (CSI).  CSI has already been inundated with a number of groups needing to make travel arrangements at the last minute.  This is extremely difficult for the staff to handle and sometimes impossible for the arrangements to be done.

Driver authorizations for Wisconsin drivers takes at least 5 business days to process.  Drivers from other states will not be authorized in time for spring trips since it can take up to 60 days to process out of state driver authorizations. 
  
Before hotel or transportation arrangements can be made, the office needs to verify that the students traveling have paid registrations or entrance fees.

If you plan on using enterprise for a minivan rental, get your forms in very early.  Due to the high volume of student groups traveling in March, they often run out of minivans to rent.  Remember each vehicle should have a minimum of two authorized drivers when two or more students are traveling.  If traveling over six hours one way, there should be at least three authorized drivers per vehicle.

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

GETTING THINGS DONE ON CAMPUS
This workshop focuses on the basic “How to’s” for student organizations. It includes information on how the University  and the student government are  structured, working with the Center for Student Involvement, annual due dates to plan for, basic information on accessing University resources and where to find information your organization needs. Open to UWM student organization members, officer candidates and current officers. Tuesdays at 5:00pm (March 3, 24, 31, April 7, 14) in the Center for Student Involvement, Room 363. Please RSVP by calling 229-5780 by Noon on the Tuesday you wish to attend.

PROGRAMMING PARTNERS: CO-SPONSORSHIPS WITH UNION PROGRAMMING
This workshop will walk student organizations through the process of completing the Union Programming Co-sponsorship Proposal form. Student organizations who submit proposals that are accepted gain valuable support and assistance from partnering with Union Programming departments in planning and promoting their events. Proposals for fall semester 2009 programs are being taken now. Co-sponsored with Union Programming.  Same workshop, two different days.
March 3, 12:00pm, Union 147
March 4, 3:00pm, Union 147

OFFICER TRANSITION/NEW & PROSPECTIVE OFFICER TRAINING
A strong officer transition can help any student organization perform better and build momentum towards its goals. This workshop focuses on steps of a strong officer transition starting with pre-election activities and running through new officers taking on their duties. Excellent for any officer candidates, new officer or current officers preparing for elections!  Same workshop, two different days.
March 24, 12:00pm, Union 147
March 25, 3:00pm, Union 147

MARKETING YOUR ORGANIZATION/PR PLANS
Some people think public relations (PR) is all about spin: putting a particular interpretation of an event or fact in place to minimize harm to an organization’s reputation. There is a great deal more involved in building relationships with the various “publics” your organization interacts with (students, the family of current members, Milwaukee community, National organizations, etc.). This workshop will focus on clarifying the values and reputation for a student organization and show how these items, once developed, can contribute to a positive PR and marketing plans for the organization. Co-sponsored with Union Marketing.  Same workshop, two different days.
March 31, 4:00pm, Union 147
April 1, 4:00pm, Union 147

 

Events and Activities

ADAPTATIONS OF BEAUTY SERIES PRESENTS - SKIN DEEP: BEAUTY UNDER THE KNIFE
Monday, March 2, 2009, 7pm, UWM Union Wisconsin Room
Beauty has been enhanced for centuries, whether it is the use of coal under the eye or the piercing of one’s body.  Recently, technology has allowed people to enhance their beauty through surgery.  We invite you to join us as we talk about plastic surgery in the 21st century.  Sponsored by UWM Union Sociocultural Programming and the UWM Women’s Resource Center.  Free Event.  For more information, contact UWM Union Sociocultural Programming at 414-229-3894/6998 or go to www.sociocultural.uwm.edu.

Women Without Borders Film Series: “Deliver”
Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 7pm, UWM Union Theatre.  The Milwaukee Premiere of Deliver (2008), Jennifer Montgomery’s all-female, video remake of Deliverance. A cast of experimental filmmakers / academics play mirages of themselves - urban artists looking to unplug in the unspoiled wilderness. Montgomery follows the original movie and book closely, as the gender inversion complicates hegemonic notions of nature, power, and sexual violence, all on a stretch of river called the Beaverkill!  Director will be at the screening.  Sponsored by the UWM LGBT Resource Center, UWM Peck School of the Arts, UWM Union Programming, UWM Union Sociocultural Programming, UWM Union Theatre, and the UWM Women’s Resource Center.  Free Film Screening. For more information, contact the UWM Union Theatre at 414-229-4070.

GASTHAUS ENTERTAINMENT SERIES PRESENTS: GIRL PARTS IN CONCERT
Thursday, March 5, 2009, 9-11pm, UWM Union Gasthaus
Girl Parts is a group made up of 3 nationally-touring performers who come together for a few special shows a year.  Parts sugar, spice, broken strings, dye, harmony, and hot guitar licks, these three pull together to form a charming acoustic rock trio.  A portion of CD sales proceeds go to support domestic violence shelters and education efforts around the country.  Sponsored by UWM Union Programming, UWM Women’s Resource Center, UWM LGBT Resource Center, Peer Health Advocates at UWM, UWM Norris Health Center, Lesbian Alliance, UWM Restaurant Operations, and Burger King.  Free Event For more information, contact Rebecca Grassl, UWM Union Programming at 414-229-3728.

THE UWM SOCIAL JUSTICE RETREAT “Uniting for Change”
March 6th – 8th (Open to all UWM Students)
Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8, 2009, beginning Friday at 1:30pm and ending Sunday at 1:30pm, Camp Matawa, Campbellsport, WI.  This UWM student retreat is designed to help educate participants about the concepts of social justice and leadership through exploration of their own stories and experiences, and those of others, and the issues of oppression and privilege. Participants will enhance their self awareness, establish connections and support networks, develop skills to be an ally and to navigate within different groups across campus, and will develop action plans.  Free Retreat.  There is a $20 non-refundable registration fee required to reserve your place.  Registration fee will be returned to all participants who attend the retreat.  Scholarships are available.  Applications are  due by 2/26/09.  For more information or to pick up a brochure/interest form stop by: the Dean of Students Office, the LGBT Resource Center, Sociocultural Programming, Union Programming, or the Women’s Resource Center.  For more information, contact Sue McCarthy, UWM Women’s Resource Center at suzimac@uwm.edu or 414-229-2852

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN STUDENT PANEL
Tuesday, March 10, 2009, Noon, UWM Union 191
In recognition of International Women’s Day, a panel of current UWM international women students will talk about cultural issues and personal experiences related to being women in their home countries and as international women living in the United States. Sponsored by the UWM Women’s Resource Center, UWM Sociocultural Programming, and others.  Free Event.  For more information or if you are interested in participating on the panel, contact the UWM Women’s Resource Center at 414-229-2582.

ERIN WEED PRESENTS: GIRLS FIGHT BACK!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 7-9pm, UWM Union Wisconsin Room West
Safety expert and author, Erin Weed addresses how to trust intuition, ways to reduce the risk of being victimized, and strategies for staying safe on the street, in your home, on the Internet and while out with friends in social situations. Then she’ll teach women participants verbal de-escalation, boundary setting, how to convey strong body language, and basic strikes and kicks. Students will leave feeling strong and empowered, understanding that they are their own best protectors!  Sponsored by the UWM Norris Health Center, Peer Health Advocates at UWM, UWM University Housing, UWM Women's Resource Center, UWM First Year Center, UWM Neighborhood Housing Office, and UWM Recreational Sports & Facilities.  Free Event. For more information, contact Laura Anne Stuart, UWM Norris Health Center at 414-229-2919 or stuartl@uwm.edu.

U PEOPLE
Wednesday, March 11th (Free & Open to the Public)
Lyrical Sanctuary with featured spoken word artists Hanifah Walidah (a filmmaker of U People).   
8pm, UWM Fireside Lounge. 

U PEOPLE
Thursday, March 12th (don’t miss this Free workshop)
The Beautiful Obstacle: Beyond a Double Consciousness; a workshop presented by U People filmmakers Olive Demetrius & Hanifah Walidah.   2pm, UWM Multicultural Student Lounge (Union 198). This workshop takes into account the philosophical & ideological stances presented in the film, U People, and allows participants to harness their experiences, knowledge, skills & abilities to not only explore differing points of view but to create & nurture empathy for each unique human experience.  Sponsored by the UWM LGBT Resource Center, UWM Multicultural Student Center, UWM Union Sociocultural Programming, UWM Union Programming, and the UWM Women's Resource Center.  Seating in this workshop is limited to 25, please contact Warren Scherer: wscherer@uwm.edu or 414.229.4116 to reserve a seat. 

U PEOPLE
Thursday, March 12th (Free & Open to the Public)
Screening the rockumentary U People with a talkback facilitated by the filmmakers to follow. 
7pm, UWM Union Theatre.  The first rockumentary, U People, of its kind presents an entire cast and crew of 30 gay, straight women and trans folks of color who were caught on camera behind the scenes of a not so typical music video shoot. What the camera caught introduces a hilarious, candid and very human voice into the discussion of gay and straight within the black community.  Filmmakers, Hanifah Walidah and Olive Demetrius will be at the screening. Sponsored by UWM: LGBT Resource Center, Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival, Multicultural Student Center, Peck School of the Arts, Sociocultural Programming, Union Programming, Women’s Resource Center, and the Women Without Borders Film Series. 

SAFE SPACE TRAININGS
The UWM LGBT Resource Center is launching the Safe Space Training Program for the spring semester.  The training program is open to all interested Faculty, Staff, Student Organizations, and Student Leaders.  Upcoming training times are:
     Tuesday, March 3rd  9:00 – 10:30am (UWM Safe Space Training, Part One)
     Wednesday, March 4th  3:30 – 5:00pm (UWM Safe Space Training, Part Two)
     Friday, March 13th  2:00 – 5:00pm (UWM Safe Space Training, Parts One & Two)  
For more information please contact, Warren Scherer: wscherer@uwm.edu or 414.229.4116.

EATING DISORDERS SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesdays, February 11 through April 22, 2009 (no class on 3/18), 12:30-2pm, Confidential location at UWM.  Are you preoccupied with food, weight, or body image? You may be struggling with an eating disorder. Eating disorders can cause extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues that start to control your life, and can have life-threatening consequences. Dave Drajkowski, an experienced eating disorders therapist facilitates this ongoing support group for UWM women students.  Students are able to join anytime. Sponsored by the UWM Women's Resource Center.
Free Group; Pre-Registration Required. For more information or to participate, contact Sue McCarthy, UWM Women’s Resource Center at 414-229-2852 or suzimac@uwm.edu.

STEP - SYSTEMATIC TRAINING FOR EFFECTIVE PARENTING: PARENT EDUCATION CLASS
Weekly on Thursdays, starting February 26, 2009 (no group on 3/19), 11:30am-1pm, UWM Union WG26.  STEP has reached millions of parents over the past three decades, offering them a realistic and practical approach to meeting the challenges of raising children today.  In an atmosphere of mutual support, class participants will learn communication skills, positive discipline techniques, ways to build self-esteem, strategies for raising responsible children who can grow into adults capable of living meaningful, happy lives, and more.  Sponsored by the UWM Women’s Resource Center, and supported by the UWM Children’s Center, and the UWM Life Impact Program.  Free Class for UWM students, faculty and staff who are parents of young children; Space is Limited and Pre-Registration Required.
To register or for more information, contact Sue McCarthy, UWM Women’s Resource Center at 414-229-2852 or suzimac@uwm.edu.

WOMEN WITHOUT BORDERS FILM SERIES
Tuesday, March 3 through Sunday, March 29, 2009, see dates for time details, UWM Union Theatre
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Women Without Borders Film Series showcases newly released documentary and experimental film/video by and about women that test the boundaries of women’s lives and experiences.
                Tuesday, 3/3      “Deliver” with visiting Director
                Thursday, 3/12  “U People Documentary” with visiting filmmakers
                Tuesday, 3/24    “Joanie 4 Jackie: The Lady Glitterati of the New Movie Uprising”
                Friday, 3/27        “Who’s Afraid of Kathy Acker”
                Saturday, 3/28   “Rough Aunties” (7pm)
                Saturday, 3/28   “Courting Justice” (9pm)
                Sunday, 3/29      “Who Does She Think She Is?” (2pm)     
                Sunday, 3/29      To Be an Artist and a Mother panel (3:30pm)
Sponsored by the UWM LGBT Resource Center, UWM Peck School of the Arts, UWM Union Programming, UWM Union Sociocultural Programming, UWM Union Theatre, and the UWM Women’s Resource Center.  Free Film Screenings.  For more information, contact the UWM Women’s Resource Center at 414-229-2852.

EXPERIMENTAL TUESDAYS AT THE UNION THEATRE
 “Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles”
Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 7pm, UWM Union Theatre.  A brand new 35mm print of Chantal Akerman's 1975 film, Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles - a classic of both feminist and experimental filmmaking. Delphine Seyrig plays a Belgian widow and mother living a double life in this epic narrative masterpiece.  Sponsored by the UWM Union Theatre and the UWM Women’s Resource Center.  (In French with subtitles, 201 min).  Free Film Screening. For more information, contact the UWM Union Theatre at 414-229-4070.

LYRICAL SANCTUARY – FEATURE PERFORMANCE AND OPEN MIC
Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 8pm, UWM Union Fireside Lounge
Lyrical Sanctuary celebrates Women’s History Month with nationally known, multi talented, featured performer Hanifah Walidah.  Poets, rappers, singers, musicians, visual artists and other performers are welcomed to express themselves in their art form.  Sponsored by the UWM LGBT Resource Center, UWM Multicultural Student Center, UWM Union Sociocultural Programming, UWM Union Programming, and the UWM Women's Resource Center.  Free Events.  For more information, contact UWM Union Sociocultural Programming at 414-229-6998/3894, or the UWM LGBT Resource Center at 414-229-4116.

LGBTQA BOWLING
Wednesday, March 25th (Open to all UWM Students).  7:30 – 9:30pm, in the Union Rec Center (Basement).  Contact Lee for info or to add yourself to the bowling list – synderg2@uwm.edu.  The other bowling dates for this semester are 3/25/09, 4/15/09, and 5/13/09. 

RAD - RAPE AGGRESSION DEFENSE SYSTEM TRAINING
Monday, March 16 through Thursday, March 19, 2009, 2-5pm, Participants must attend all 12 hours; UWM Klotsche Center Combatives Gym.  RAD is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. Different from martial arts, RAD is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. This class is free and for UWM women-identified students and employees is taught by UWM Police Department staff who are nationally certified RAD Instructors.  Participants receive a workbook/manual and there is a free return and practice policy for RAD graduates.  Sponsored by the UWM Police Department, UWM Recreational Sports & Facilities, and the UWM Women's Resource Center.  Space is Limited and Pre-Registration is Required.  For more information, contact the UWM Women’s Resource Center at 414-229-2852.  For information about RAD, go to www.rad-systems.com.

GASTHAUS ENTERTAINMENT SERIES
Thursday, March 26th (Free & Open to the Public).  Tough Tough Skin & 8 Inch Betsy are the featured bands for this G.E.S.  For more information contact the LGBT Resource Center: uwm-lgbt@uwm.edu or 414.229.4116.    9pm, Gasthaus (Union Basement). 

SEXPO – A YEAR-LONG SERIES EXPLORING SEX & SEXUALITY
Thursday, March 26th (Free & Open to the Public).  Desire & Disgust: Black Women in Pornography with Mireille Miller-Young.      7pm, UWM Wisconsin Room Lounge.   For more information contact Laura Anne Stuart, MPH; UWM Norris Health Center: stuartl@uwm.edu or 414.229.2919.

HOPE HOUSE FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  THURSDAYS, TRANSPORT 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!  Send to lmarks@uwm.edu
NAME:
PHONE:
EMAIL:
DATE OF THURSDAY DO YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER?:

SIGN UP TODAY FOR THE HUNGER CLEAN UP – APRIL 18TH !
Sign up to volunteer at the Annual Hunger Clean Up on Saturday, April 18, 2009 from 9:00am – 1:00pm (free lunch from noon-1:00). This is a great opportunity for you to spend time volunteering in the community with fellow UWM students and staff. Some of the volunteer projects include river, park and neighborhood clean ups, planting at a community garden, panting at local shelters, helping local elderly residents around their homes and collecting, delivering and sorting non-perishable food times at a local food bank.  To sign up Send to lmarks@uwm.edu:
Your name:
Phone number:
UWM email address:
Team Name (if applicable):
Would you like to be a team leader? (Yes or No):
Do you have a car? (Yes or No):

KNOWHOW2GO AMBASSADORS
KnowHow2GOWisconsin is looking for undergraduates from all backgrounds and colleges to help form a statewide network of ambassadors who will help middle and high school students on their journeys to college. Ambassadors will share their personal experiences, as well as campaign resources, to raise awareness of the steps necessary to prepare for college. Applications information (Due 3/20) and is available at:  http://knowhow2gowisconsin.org/ambassador.php.