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

STUDENT ORGANIZATION NEWS

You are receiving this update because you are listed as a contact or advisor for a registered student organization or you work in the Office of Student Life. Updates are produced by the Center for Student Involvement at UW-Milwaukee and are an electronic replacement for the Leading Edge Newsletter and paper flyers. Some items below contain links to web pages which provide more detailed information.  Archived updates can be found at:  http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/sao/newsletterpubs.cfm.

STUDENT ORGANIZATION NEWS
SA Elections
Check-off Elections
Large Grants Applications DUE 3/13/09
SAC Small Grant Meeting Schedule
Student Organization Awards
Political Activity and State Funds
SA Block Party – Org Booth Form

 

SA ELECTION TIMELINE
March 9th - Nomination papers available online or in the CSI office(Union Room 363)
March 15 - March 22nd - Spring Break
March 27th, 3:00pm - Nomination papers and candidate statements are due at the CSI Office (Union Room 363) by 3:00pm
April 3rd or earlier - Candidate's names released after verification of signatures
April 22nd, 12:01AM - Campaigning may begin
April 29th & 30th, 9:00am - 6:00pm  - Voting for SA candidates, United Council, student organization funding, and other referenda (NO CAMPAIGNING ON VOTING DAYS)
May 4th, 6:00pm - Official SA President/Vice-President and senate winners announced

For election information go to:  http://www.uwm.edu/StudentOrg/sa/executive/pages/?=iec

CHECK-OFF ELECTIONS
As part of the Student Association elections, students may designate a portion of their segregated fees to the registered student organization of their choice.  No student or organization may use any university resources for political activity, including promoting voting for your group in the check-off elections. This includes using 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.  All student organizations approved by the Center for Student Involvement prior to April 1, 2009 will be included in the check-off elections. Organization codes and instructions will be posted on the CSI web site closer to the election.

SAC LARGE GRANT MEETING
Large Grant request forms are due in the Student Association office, Union EG79, by 5:00 pm March 13, 2009.  The large grant meetings will take place the weekend of April 3-5, 2009.  Grant forms and instructions for applying for funding are found the SAC website at:  http://www.uwm.edu/StudentOrg/sa/legislative/pages/?=sac

SAC SMALL GRANT MEETINGS
The SAC Small Grant Meetings for the rest of the semester are below.  The dates with a “*” are still tentative at this time.
  Wednesday March 11th        Forms were due: March 5th
*Wednesday March 25th       Forms due: March 19th
*Wednesday April 8th           Forms due: April 2nd
*Wednesday April 22nd         Forms due: April 16th
*Wednesday May 6th             Forms due: April 30th

ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS NOMINATION DEADLINE EXTENDED!
Each year student organizations at UWM exceed expectations and prove to be exemplary. The Center for Student Involvement seeks to recognize these students and their organizations for their commitment to excellence.  Nominations for these awards are due Friday, March 26, 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 below.  The Achievement Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 5 at 4:00pm in the Wisconsin Room Lounge in the UWM Union. The ceremony will honor several categories of student and organizational leadership.

The award categories are: Advisor of the Year, Outstanding Leadership Award, Outstanding student, Organization Award, Outstanding Program Award, Student Organization Service Award, and Outstanding Volunteer Award.  To obtain a nomination form visit http://www4.uwm.edu/sao/recognition.cfm and click on the category for the nomination you wish to submit or visit the Center for Student Involvement, 363 Union.

POLITICAL ACTIVITY AND STATE FUNDS
Items purchased by segregated fees may not be used for academic, personal, political, commercial gain, or other purposes not authorized by University and UW-System policy.  Student Organization funds managed by the Center for Student Involvement cannot be used for political activities, and items purchased with segregated fee funds cannot be used for political activities.  “Political activity” is any activity in which an individual or group attempts to influence another individual or group to vote for a person or party in an election. 

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).

SA BLOCK PARTY
Student Organizations are encouraged to apply for a booth at the block party. Student Organizations are highly encouraged to sell food as a fundraiser and are required to put on an engaging activity. 15 booths are available and will be assigned on a first-come first-serve basis.  The block party will be April 18, 2009.   Download the block party form.  For more information contact the Student Association, Union EG79, 229-4366.