The Leading Edge
Center for Student Involvement - Union 363
Volume 13 - Issue 9


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:


SAC Meeting canceled – Mach 25th
Officer Training
Student Organization Award Nominations Due Friday
Don’t Spend It Yet – Large Grant Funds Spending Timeline
SA Elections – Candidate Nomination Forms due Friday
Check-Off Elections
Political Activity Regulations
SAC Large Grant Meetings
SA Block Party – April 18th
Yearend Expense Deadline
Fundraising Scams



Events and Activities
Latina Monologues
Panther Dance Team Tryouts
Hunger Clean-up
Campus Blood Drive
Walk-a-mile in my shoes!
Governor’s Office Summer 2009 Internship Program
EagleCon LAN Party - Marquette University
Gasthaus Entertainment Series - Alix Olson - Day of Silence
Sexpo – A Year-Long Series Exploring Sex & Sexuality
Women Without Borders Film Series
What About the Women?
I ♥ Female Orgasm
Black./Womyn.: Conversations With Lesbians Of African Descent
Spring Revival – Relaxation Fair
How to Raise Money-Smart Kids
UWM Campus and Communities United Against Violence Resource Fair
Popcorn Series presents: Who You Calling a B….?  Misogyny in America
RAD - Rape Aggression Defense System Training
Budgeting 101 for Women
College Night at the Ballpark


Student Organization News


The SAC Chair has canceled the Small Grant Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 25th.

March 24, 12:00pm, Union 147
March 25, 3:00pm (repeat session), Union 147.
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! More info:

The Center for Student Involvement seeks to recognize students and their organizations for their commitment to excellence through the Achievement Awards.  Nominations for these awards are due Friday, March 26, 2009 by 3:00pm in the Center for Student Involvement, Union 363. 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.  For more information and forms, see Achievement Awards at:

DON’T SPEND IT YET – Large Grant Funds Spending Timeline
If SAC approves grant funding for your group at the large grant meeting in April – STOP AND WAIT.  The money is not actually approved yet.  First the funding must be approved by the Student Senate and then approved by the SA president.  These approvals can take two or three weeks to happen, sometimes due to the SA election and turnover – it does not happen until June.  STILL WAIT – Even when the Senate and the President approves the funds, you cannot spend the money UNTIL JULY 2009.  The April Large Grant meeting allocates fund for the NEXT FISCAL YEAR and will not be available until after July 1, 2009.  Due to the fiscal year change over, you typically cannot expect to get at the funds until July 15th.  YOU WILL NOT BE REIMBURSED FOR ANY EXPENSE THAT OCCURS PRIOR TO JULY 1, 2009.  Please tell everyone in your group that were involved in the grant request.  There are no exceptions to this rule.

Forms are due to the CSI Office (Union Room 363) by 3:00pm.

Sa Election Timeline:
March 9th - Nomination papers available online or outside 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:

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 "" email account, computer labs, student organization office equipment, and etcetera.  Using off-campus email accounts to mail such as or to mail to individuals’ 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 after closer to the election (around April 15th).

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 "" email account, computer labs, student organization office equipment, and etcetera.  Using off-campus email accounts to mail such as or to mail to individuals’ 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 for information about UWM computer and use of technology policies).

The large grant meetings will take place the weekend of April 3-5, 2009.  The agenda usually not out until a day or two before.  The SAC chair normally emails the agenda to the contact person that was listed on the grant application.  The CSI Office does not have any involvement in the SAC agenda.  If you have questions you need to contact the SAC chair, Emily Grotz,

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.

In order to meet the University’s financial yearend deadline student organizations with funding must submit their financial paperwork to the Center for Student Involvement by May 29, 2009.  Failure to meet university accounting deadline may result in extreme delays in your paperwork processing, also could result in your paperwork being rejected and the expense not being allowed.  If your organization will need to spend any money in June, please contact the Center for Student Involvement ( to make the appropriate arrangements.

Many companies target student organization to raise cash for their fund-raising needs, but what they promise and what they deliver may be two different things.  Scam artists have been setting up shop on Craigslist, Facebook, MySpace, and other internet sites.  They often target student groups with “too good to be true emails.” Students responding to these Email/Links solicitations for fund-raising are always at risk of being taken by a fraud.  Do you homework and check the company out with the Better Business Bureau.  Find out where the company is physically located and get a  name, address and telephone number so that you may call them after careful consideration of the fundraising opportunity. Ask for references to other groups/organizations in the Milwaukee area that have participated and follow up with them to see how they did. 

Example:  if the opportunity pays based on handing over money on the promise of a great return later or by the number of other groups you get to join – this is a pyramid scheme and is illegal and clearly too good to be true.

Example:  if the company request member personal information (soc sec # or birth date), beware this could be a phishing scam to steal identities.

Example:  If the company request upfront payment for product to be sold, be very cautious before sending any money.  Make  sure you understand the return policy, if any.  Be sure to clarify how to deal with defects or items damaged through shipping.  Make sure the company is selling legitimate products (gift cards could be stolen or expired, food items can be past expiration dates, clothing and other items can be imitation or phony, etc).  



Events and Activities

I was wondering if you could send an email to students  regarding an event that we are having called "Latina Monologues" March 27th in the Wisconsin Room at 7Pm.  This is a theatre performance in English talking about the social, cultural, political issues affecting Latinas today! It is performed by UWM students and we are featuring Angie Trudell Vasquez, a Latina poet and writer.  Sponsored by the Latino Student Union, Kappa Delta Chi sorority, UWM Women’s Resource Center, UWM Roberto Hernández Center, and the Cultures and Communities Program Office.  Free Event  For more information, contact 414-750-4958.

Tryouts for the 2009-2010 season will be in May.  The Preliminary Tryouts will be held May 2nd,  at 8:00am - 1:00pm in Engelmann Gym .  On May 7 an Optional Review (for Finalists) will be held 7:00pm - 9:00pm Engelmann Gym.    Final Tryout  will be held May 9th, at 8:00am - 1:00pm in Engelmann Gym.  Applications and detailed information on Tryouts can be found at:

An optional dance technique clinic will be held on Saturday, April 18th from 10:00am - 12:00pm. (This clinic is NOT required for tryouts).  The cost for the event is $15 at the door and $10 if you pre-register. You can pre-register by mailing the release form and a check made out to the "Panther Dance Team."   See for more information.

Monday March 30th- Friday April 3rd.  Below is information about the clothing and food drive, the art exhibit, the sleep out and other events!

Clothing and Food Drive:  Monday March 30th through Thursday April 2nd from 8:00am to 12:00pm we will have tables set up in the union to collect any food or clothing donations which will be donated to local shelters around Milwaukee!

Post-It Note Awareness:  Monday March 30th through Thursday April 2nd we will have giant post-it notes giving students statistics on poverty rates distributed throughout campus on various bulletin boards and in classrooms.  Take a second to grab a pull tab on the post-it notes and bring it to the union tables for a free prize or candy!

Poverty Awareness Art Exhibit:  Monday March 30th through Thursday April 2nd feel free to drop off any art work, such as paintings, drawings, ceramics, poetry, etc. relating to poverty at the union tables between 8:00am and 12:00pm.  All the art work will be put in an outside exhibit at the Thursday night sleep out!!

Sleep Out:  Thursday April 2nd from 7:00pm to 9:00am we will be holding a sleep out in Spaights plaza!! We will be hosting a cardboard house building competition, get a team of friends together or a student organization and sign up at!  The team with the most creative looking house wins a prize!  We can then use the card board houses we make as beds to sleep in for the night! We will have food donated from local businesses and entertainment including a hip hop dance performance and movie!  We will also be collecting any food and clothing donations throughout the night to be donated to local shelters around Milwaukee!

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.  Sponsored by the Center for Volunteerism & Student Leadership.  To sign up please email the info below to
Team Name (If Applicable):
Do You Have A Car? (Yes Or No):

Donate blood at the campus-wide blood drive on April 20 in the Union Ballroom, and help us to reach our goal of collecting 1,000 pints of blood on the UWM campus each year.  Walk-in appointments are available so to donate simply come to the Union Ballroom between 9:00am-4:30pm!  Sponsored by the Center for Volunteerism & Student Leadership.  To sign up please email the info below to
Time You Would Like To Donate:

On May 2, 2009 The Guest House is sponsoring the return of WALK-A-MILE in my shoes!  “A walk to benefit the homeless.” Susan Kim, TODAY’S TMJ4 Anchor,  invites you to join the celebration of our 10th Anniversary WALK-A-MILE in my shoes, by walking with and for the homeless. Together we can raise awareness on the struggles so many of our neighbors face. Your donations will provide shelter, food and hope to our community. Registration is now available on our Web site  Feel free to call or email Mari Maldonado at (414) 345-3240 ext. 168 with questions.

The Governor’s Office is now accepting applications for the Summer 2009 Internship Program, with internships available in both Madison and Milwaukee.  All interested prospective interns can apply online through the Governor’s website:  All applications must be received by Friday, April 3, 2009.

EAGLECON LAN PARTY - Marquette University
Eta Kappa Nu is hosting aLAN Party on April 4th, 2009, from 9am-10pm at Marquette University Haggerty Engineering Hall, Room 499.  Students, staff, and the public will gather with their computers in for a day of network gaming. Admission is $8 and registration is required. Food, beverage, and sponsor swag will be provided. Visit for more info.

Thursday, April 16th, 9pm, Gasthaus (Union Basement).   (Free & Open to the Public). An internationally touring folk poet and progressive queer artist-activist. One part peace vigil, one part protest rally, and one part joyful raucous concert. The Day of Silence is a student-led day of action which protests the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies in schools. Traditionally, students make a vow to be silent for one day symbolizing the silence which is caused by harassment, prejudice and discrimination.  Sponsored by UWM Union Programming, UWM LGBT Resource Center, UWM Women’s Resource Center, Lesbian Alliance, UWM Restaurant Operations, and Burger King.  For more information contact the LGBT Resource Center: or 14.229.4116.

For more information contact Laura Anne Stuart, MPH; UWM Norris Health Center: or 414.229.2919.  Sponsored by the UWM Norris Health Center, UWM Women's Resource Center, UWM LGBT Resource Center, UWM Union Programming, UWM Sociocultural Programming, UWM University Housing, and the UWM Multicultural Student Center.  (Free & Open to the Public).  Upcoming Schedule:

Thursday, March 26th - Desire and Disgust: Black Women in Pornography.  7pm, UWM Union Wisconsin Room Lounge.
Monday, April 20th - Gender Variance through the Trans Lens with Helen Boyd.  2pm, UWM Union Room 191. 

Monday, April 20th (Free & Open to the Public) - Queer Heterosexuals with Helen Boyd.  7pm, UWM Fireside Lounge. 

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.

Friday, March 27, 2009, 7pm, UWM Union Theatre - WHO’S AFRAID OF KATHY ACKER?
UWM Union Theatre Called an outlaw writer by the New York Times, Kathy Acker was a contradictory figure with her close-cropped hair, tattoos and piercings, and biting political satire. Her sexually explicit writing, which challenged assumptions of gender roles and sexuality, was banned in many countries. This film contains adult images and language - mature audiences only.  For more information, contact the UWM Union Theatre at 414-229-4070.

Saturday, March 28, 7pm, UWM Union Theatre - ROUGH AUNTIES.
Fearless, feisty and resolute, the “Rough Aunties” are a remarkable group of women unwavering in their stand to protect and care for the abused, neglected and forgotten children of Durban, South Africa. Winner of the world cinema documentary jury prize at the 2009 Sundance film festival!  For more information, contact the UWM Women’s Resource Center at 414-229-2852.

Saturday, March 28, 2009, 9pm, UWM Union Theatre - COURTING JUSTICE.
From tyranny to democracy, Courting Justice reveals the women who make up 18% of South Africa’s male-dominated judiciary. These pioneering women share with candor, and unexpected humor, accounts of their country’s transformation since apartheid, and the evolving demands of balancing their courts, country, and families.  For more information, contact the UWM Women’s Resource Center at 414-229-2852.

Sunday, March 29, 2009, 2-3:30pm, UWM Union Theatre - WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS?
Who Does She Think She Is?, a documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll, focuses on five bold women artists who refuse to choose between being artists and mothers. Each radically different in background, race, religious creed and choice of artistic field, they are pulled in different directions as they try to answer the competing demands of artistic fulfillment, marriage, motherhood and economic survival.  Participants are encouraged to stay after the film for To Be An Artist and A Mother, a panel of Milwaukee mother/artists.  For more information, contact the UWM Union Theatre at 414-229-4070.

Sunday, March 29, 2009, 3:30pm, UWM Union Theatre - To Be An Artist and A Mother - Panel
Immediately following the showing of Who Does She Think She Is?, join us for this panel discussion with Milwaukee women who have and are negotiating the challenges of being mothers and artists.  For more information, contact Linda Corbin-Pardee, UWM Union Programming at 414-229-3111.

The Impact of the Financial Crisis on Milwaukee Mothers in Poverty
Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 11:30am-1pm, UWM Union 240
Overlooked in national debates over bank bailouts, subprime mortgages, and plant closings is the impact of the U.S. financial crisis on mothers and children already living in poverty or near-poverty.  We'll tackle this issue with a panel discussion by Milwaukee women who have seen the effects of the crisis on the ground.  For more information, contact Lois Quinn at 414-227-3388 or

Monday, March 30, 2009, 7pm, UWM Wisconsin Room – Open to All
Join us to laugh and learn about “the big O"! Orgasm aficionados and beginners of all genders are welcome to come learn about everything from multiple orgasms to that mysterious G-spot. Whether you want to learn how to have your first orgasm, how to have better ones, or how to help your girlfriend, this program covers it all with lots of humor, plenty of honesty, and an underlying message of sexual health and women's empowerment. Sponsored by Student Housing Administrative Council (SHAC), UWM Passport, UWM Women’s Resource Center, UWM Neighborhood Housing Office, UWM Norris Health Center, Peer Health Advocates at UWM, and the UWM LGBT Resource Center. For more information, contact the UWM Women’s Resource Center at 414-229-2852 or

Repeated: Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 7pm, UWM Sandburg Halls Flicks - Limited to UWM University Housing Residents and their Guests

Thursday, April 2, 2pm, UWM Union Theatre.  “ black./womyn.: conversations…” is a feature length documentary focusing on the lives and views of lesbians of African descent from various backgrounds.  The film's candid interviews stir honest, progressive dialogue and critical thinking about images of Black lesbians and the stereotypes that result from their portrayal in media and society at large.  Sponsored by the UWM LGBT Resource Center, the UWM Women’s Resource Center, and the Milwaukee LGBT Film & Video Festival.  For more information, contact the UWM LGBT Resource Center at 414-229-4116.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 11:30am-1:30pm, UWM Union Concourse
Take a moment out of your busy day to RELAX!  Stop through the UWM Union Concourse for a back or hand massage, hand wax treatment, caricature drawing, yoga, relaxation videos, ice cream bar and more!  Sponsored by UWM Union Programming, UWM Union Rec Center, UWM Norris Health Center, Peer Health Advocates, UWM First Year Center/LINKS, UWM Union Studio Arts and Craft Centre, UWM Department of Recreational Sports and Facilities, UWM LGBT Resource Center, and the UWM Women’s Resource Center.  For more information, contact UWM Union Programming at 414-229-3728

Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 7pm, UWM Union Theatre.  An evening of two films by legendary filmmaker Chick Strand (b. 1931), a radically original pioneer in feminist, ethnographic and collage filmmaking.  Sponsored by the UWM Union Theatre and the UWM Women’s Resource Center.  For more information, contact the Union Theatre at 414-229-4070.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 11:30am-1pm, UWM Union 240
It can be challenging to talk to kids about managing money.  Some parents would rather talk to their kids about the "birds and the bees" instead of piggy banks.  But kids are counting on parents to teach them.  Meridee Maynard, Northwestern Mutual financial literacy expert and spokesperson, will provide time-tested tips for parents, helping them teach money management lessons to kids of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers.  Sponsored by the UWM Women’s Resource Center, UWM Life Impact Program, and the UWM Life Impact Extension Project.
Free Event.  For more information, contact the Women’s Resource Center at 414-229-2582.

April, 14, 2009,10am-1pm, UWM Union Concourse.  This Fair will provide information about resources available in Milwaukee and at UWM for survivors of sexual violence, creating a greater awareness about sexual violence through education, empowerment, and primary prevention of violence.  Sponsored by UWM Norris Health Center, UWM Women’s Resource Center, UWM LGBT Resource Center, and others.  Free Event.  For more information, contact Doris Johnson Browne, UWM Norris Health Center at 414-229-4716.

April, 15, 2009, Noon, UWM Multicultural Student Lounge (Union 198)
Whether it happens in media or politics, our society has a long history of promoting the hatred, objectification, and exploitation of women.  Join us as we explore misogyny in American culture and seek ways to destroy it.  Popcorn will be served.  Sponsored by UWM Union Sociocultural Programming, UWM Women’s Resource Center, and the UWM Multicultural Student Center.
Free Event.  For more information, contact Union Sociocultural Programming at 414-229-6998.

Fridays, April 17 and 24, and May 1, 2009, Noon-4pm on each date - Participants must attend all dates The Rape Aggression Defense System (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 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 and Facilities, UWM Women's Resource Center, LGBT Resource Center, and others.
Free Class for UWM Students and Employees; 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

Wednesday April 22, 2009, 11:30am-1pm, UWM Union Room 240
Budgeting 101 is a presentation and discussion focused on setting up a spending plan, how to identify spending leaks, track spending habits, how to set short and long term goals, and how to use the resources provided throughout the presentation to help reach your financial goals. The presentation will offer different methods to track spending habits and how to put together a spending plan with the number one goal of paying yourself first. This session is interactive so please feel free to come with any questions.  Sponsored by the UWM Women’s Resource Center and the UW Credit Union.  For more information, contact the UWM Women's Resource Center at 414-229-2852 or e-mail Sue McCarthy at

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Appleton, WI ) College Night at the Ballpark   Present College I.D. To Get a Reserved or Grass Seat Ticket For Just $1.  Tuesdays, April 14, 21 and May 5, 19.   Thursdays, April 23, 30 and May 7.   For Reservations Contact Group Sales 800-WI-TIMBER or email