The Leading Edge
Center for Student Involvement - Union 363
Volume 14 - Issue 4

STUDENT ORGANIZATION NEWS

CONTENTS
State of the Students Address tonight
CSI Office Changes
Sac Bylaw Change
Semester (Large) Grants
CVSL Hiring
WRC Hiring
Wisconsin Higher Education: Do You Need It? Can You Afford It
Bitter Herbs: How Can Evil Co-Exist With A Loving God?
Career Fair October 15
WRC Event Listing

STATE OF THE STUDENTS ADDRESS – TONIGHT AT 6PM
The State of the Students Address, where President Jay Burseth will be giving an speak to the issues UWM students are facing today and the Student Association plans on how to combat them.  It will be held in the Wisconsin Room and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

CENTER FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT CHANGES
Teresa Henry, CSI Receptionist, resigned and is no longer working in the office.  Tom McGinnity move over to the Mellencamp Hall to assume the Interim Dean of Students duties.  Although he will try to assist the CSI staff as his schedule will permit, the Office of Student Life has its own vacancies that need to be covered.

PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE when dropping off paperwork or meeting with CSI staff.  They will be working nights and weekends making every effort to meet deadlines for student requests.  THE STAFF MAY NOT BE ABLE TO HANDLE LAST MINUTE REQUESTS OR CHANGES TO EXISTING REQUESTS.  You can help by planning ahead and providing the CSI staff extra time to process your requests. 

The good news is the University is interview finalist for the Director position now and hopefully a new person will be in place in a few weeks or so.  Until then, please be patient with the CSI staff as two people are trying to do the work of four.

SAC BYLAW CHANGE
The SAC Bylaws have changed to allow more leeway for student organizations who need to change plans for their already approved grants. Please see visit the SAC Website at http://www4.uwm.edu/studentorg/sasac/index.htm for more information. 

SEMESTER (LARGE) GRANTS
Semester (Large) Grants are due to the SAC Office October 30, 2009 by 5PM. Late grants will not be accepted. For those interested in Semester (Large) Grant Training, the SAC Chair will be holding a training and workshop for Semester (Large) Grants on October 13, 2009 at 5:30PM in the Union Fireside Lounge. If you have questions please email the SAC Chair at amdewees@uwm.edu.

IF you have any SAC Questions please stop by the SAC Office, Union 351 or visit the SAC Website at http://www4.uwm.edu/studentorg/sasac/index.htm. If you still are unable to get your questions answered, please feel free to contact the SAC Chair, Vice-Chair or Special Assistant at anytime. The contact information for SAC Officers is listed on the SAC Website.

CVSL HIRING
The Center for Volunteerism and Student Leadership is hiring for student staff.  Please email Laurie Marks, CVSL Director, at lmarks@uwm.edu for more information. 

WRC HIRING
The Women’s Resource Center is hiring for student staff.  Please email Cathy Seasholes, WRC Director, at seashole@uwm.edu for more information. 

WISCONSIN HIGHER EDUCATION: DO YOU NEED IT? CAN YOU AFFORD IT
Be a member of the audience for the Milwaukee Public Television show, "4th Street Forum". Audience participation is desired.  UWM Union Fireside Lounge, on Oct. 1, from Noon – 1 p.m.  Costs rise. Jobs are uncertain.  Yet Wisconsin needs more college graduates.  What is the value - and the quality - of college in the Badger state?  Each forum is taped in front of a live audience for later broadcast on Milwaukee Public Television, Channel 10.1. The forums are free and open to the public. Come and be a part of the discussion. Participate by asking questions of the panelists. Bring your lunch or purchase it in the Student Union. For more information see:  http://www4.uwm.edu/news/announcements/?action0=announcements_detail&item_id=10822

BITTER HERBS: HOW CAN EVIL CO-EXIST WITH A LOVING GOD?
Thursday, October 29th, 2009, 6:30pm-8:00pm, Luther Memorial Chapel & University Student Center (3833 N Maryland Avenue, six blocks north of UWM).  One of the greatest dilemmas in both religion and philosophy is the problem of evil.  If God is good, how can evil exist?  If evil exists, how can God be all-powerful?  Join us for this free presentation as we explore these questions and more.  Free snacks and refreshments will be served!  Todd Peperkorn, pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, will be the presenter.  Sponsored by Lutheran Student Fellowship.  Visit www.lmcusc.org for more information.

CAREER FAIR OCTOBER 15
All Majors Career Day is October 15 from 10:00-2:00 in the Wisconsin Room. Despite all the "doom and gloom" in the media about the job market, we have a packed house--94 employers coming to interact and in many cases, recruit students for both internships and full-time opportunities.  Don’t miss this chance to meet and discuss career opportunities with representatives from businesses, government agencies, social service organizations, and graduate schools!  For more Career Day preparation tips, along with organizations that will be attending, positions they have available and majors they are seeking visit: www.uwm.edu/Dept/CDC/cdc_careerday.html.

WOMEN’S RESOUCE CENTER EVENTS LISTING

"No!  Confronting Sexual Assault In Our Community" - Film Screening & Discussion
Thursday, October 1, 2009, 2-4pm, UWM Multicultural Student Lounge (Union W198)
No! (Aishah Shahidah Simmons, 94min, 2006) provides a comprehensive lens through which to look at the impact of sexual violence on Black women and girls - calling to task in particular the behaviors and attitudes of Black men in reinforcing a cultural assault.  Sponsored by the Women's Resource Center, Norris Health Center, Black Cultural Center, and the Multicultural Student Lounge.  Free Event  For more information, contact the UWM Women's Resource Center at 414-229-2852.

Teatro Luna Performance:  “Machos!”
Friday, October 2, 2009, 7-9pm, UWM Zelazo Center Concert Hall
In 2006, frustrated with their boyfriends, brothers, and bosses, Teatro Luna – Chigaco’s all Latina theater company - set out to answer the question: what are men really thinking? The result is Machos, a cheeky, and straightforward play about contemporary masculinities drawn from interviews with men nationwide and performed by an all-Latina cast in drag.  Sponsored by the Roberto Hernández Center, Peck School of the Arts, UWM Latino Alumni Chapter, Women’s Resource Center, Gamma Alpha Omega, and others.  Free Event.  For more information, contact the Roberto Hernández Center at 414-229-6156.

Latino Movie Mondays: “Maria Full of Grace”
Monday, October 5, 2009, 12:30-2:30pm, repeated 7-9pm, UWM Union Theatre
Maria Full of Grace tells the story of one young woman's journey from a small Colombian town to the streets of New York. Actress Catalina Sandino Moreno who plays Maria received a Best Actress Oscar nomination and won the IFP Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.  Sponsored by the Roberto Hernández Center and the Women’s Resource Center.  (Joshua Marston, 101min, 2004 - Rated R).  Free Film Screenings.  For more information, contact the UWM Roberto Hernández Center at 414-229-6156.

Intro to Self-Defense Workshop for Women
Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 3:30-5pm, UWM Sandburg Halls Flicks
Art Koch of the UWM Police Department leads this interactive workshop that includes an informational presentation, demonstration, discussion, and the teaching/practice of physical self-defense moves. Through a combination of lecture and "hands-on" self-defense training this workshop will provide UWM women-identified students and staff commonsense tips and techniques to help reduce risks and promote safety.  Sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center and the University Police Department.  Free Event; Pre-Registration by 9/30/09 Required
To register or for more information, contact the Women’s Resource Center at 414-229-2852.

Faces of Motherhood with Staceyann Chin
Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 7pm, UWM Union Ballroom
Straight from being at the White House, iconic performer, author and activist, Staceyann Chin comes to UWM to discuss her upcoming documentary "Baby Makes Me", exploring the challenges and triumphs of single motherhood in the lives of women of color, lesbians and women who make a conscious choice to be mothers in the absence of men. Come for this engaging lecture incorporated with spoken word performance. Reception and book signing will follow.  Sponsored by Union Programming, Union Sociocultural Programming, LGBT Resource Center, Women’s Resource Center, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Cultures and Communities Program, UWM Bookstore, and the Student Parent Association.  Free Event.  For more information, contact Rebecca Grassl at 414-229-3278 or Carla Cadet at 414-229-6998.

Homophobia in the Caribbean Discussion with Staceyann Chin
Wednesday, October 7, 2009, 9:30-10:30am, UWM Union 191
Homophobia in Caribbean countries is not new but continues to be deadly.  Violence and discrimination is rampant against members of the LGBT community at the hands of citizen and authority figures across various Caribbean countries.  Poet, activist, and author of The Other Side of Paradise, Staceyann Chin discusses the harsh reality of finding peace and acceptance in areas others perceive as paradise.  Sponsored by Union Programming, Union Sociocultural Programming, UWM LGBT Resource Center, Women’s Resource Center, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.  Free Event.  For more info, contact Rebecca Grassl: 414-229-3278 or Carla Cadet: 414-229-6998.

Intro to Self-Defense Workshop
Wednesday, October 7, 2009, 7-8:30pm, UWM Zelazo Center 171
Art Koch of the UWM Police Department leads this interactive workshop that includes an informational presentation, demonstration, discussion, and the teaching/practice of physical self-defense moves. Through a combination of lecture and "hands-on" self-defense training this workshop will provide any member of the UWM community who wants to participate with commonsense tips and techniques to help reduce risks and promote safety.  Sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center and the University Police Department.  Free Event; Pre-Registration by 9/30/09 Required.  To register or for more information, contact the Women’s Resource Center at 414-229-2852.

Cultural Cinema presents: “Unnatural Causes: When the Bough Breaks”
Thursday, October 8. 2009, Noon-1:30pm, Repeated 5-6:30pm, UWM Multicultural Student Lounge (Union 198)
Studies show African American women with graduate degrees still face a greater risk of delivering pre-term low birth-weight babies than white women who didn’t finish high school. Come see When the Bough Breaks, the second episode in the film series, Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? and find out why. Sponsored by UWM Union Sociocultural Programming, Women’s Resource Center, and the Multicultural Student Center.
Free Event. For more information, contact Union Sociocultural Programming at 414-229-6998/3894.

Bike In Movie: “100% Woman”
Thursday, October 8, 2009, 7-8:30pm, UWM Spaights Plaza  - on exterior wall outside UWM Union Studio Arts & Crafts Center (indoor location if it rains).  Bike on over to this outdoor screening of 100% Woman, a fabulous 1 hour film about Canadian downhill mountain bike champion Michelle Dumaresq.  Come for the film, free food and on-site raffle, and information about local groups committed to supporting biking as a fun, safe way to get around town.  Sponsored by the Union Adventure Center, Women’s Resource Center, COAST Program, Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, Pedal Pushers Society, First Year Center, LGBT Resource Center, Center for Women’s Studies, Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival, and others. Free Film Screening.  For more information, contact the UWM Women’s Resource Center at 414-229-2582 or the UWM Union Adventure Center at 414-229-5256.

Latino Movie Mondays: “Discovering Dominga”
Monday, October 12, 2009, 12:30-1:50 pm, UWM Lubar School of Business S195; Repeated 7-9pm, UWM Bolton Hall B60.  Discovering Dominga chronicles Becker, a young Iowa immigrant, born a Maya Indian, who discovers she is a survivor of one of the most horrific massacres in Guatemalan history, committed in 1982 against Maya Indian villagers. The film follows her emotional odyssey of self-discovery and political awakening, and sheds light on what the United Nations termed genocide against one of this hemisphere’s largest indigenous minorities. Sponsored by the Roberto Hernández Center and the Women’s Resource Center. (57min, 2002).  Free Film Screenings.  For more information, contact the Roberto Hernández Center at 414-229-6156.

Relationship Red Flags
Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 7-8:30pm, University Housing Sandburg Halls Flicks
Dating relationships are often central to our life. While we hope our relationships are healthy many people do not recognize the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship.  Sometimes we dismiss them...turn a blind eye in hopes of seeing where the relationship will go. Want to improve your chances of ending up with someone who you can enjoy a healthy relationship with?  This workshop, presented by Melanie Wasserman, MSW, LCSW, can help you! Sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center and University Housing.  Free Event; Open to UWM Housing Residents and their Guests.  For more information, contact the Women’s Resource Center at 414-229-2852.

Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival: “Prodigal Sons”
Friday, October 16, 2009, 7pm, UWM Union Theatre
A movie about identity, transformation, and the fraught bonds of family, Kimberly Reed’s personal documentary Prodigal Sons tracks her return trip home to Montana. There she faces a town who remembers her as Paul, a local high school star athlete as well as her combustible relationship with her brother Marc. The film details Reed’s efforts to repair her relationship with her brother and Marc’s efforts to find his birth parents. Sponsored by many campus and community groups and individuals, including the Women’s Resource Center. (86min, 2008).  At UWM, advance tickets can be purchased at the Peck School of the Arts Box Office, Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts (2419 E Kenwood Boulevard, Milwaukee, 414-229-4308).  For full Festival schedule, ticket and sponsor information, go to www.arts.uwm.edu/lgbtfilm or contact Carl Bogner-UWM Department of Film at 414-229-4758 or lgbtfilm@uwm.edu.

Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival: “We Are the Mods”
Friday, October 16, 2009, 9pm, UWM Union Theatre
A sharp, stylish and witty film about coming of age, We are the Mods (E.E. Cassidy, 85min, 2008) describes Sadie, who only dreams of art school, but then meets the intimidating and seductive louche Nico, an obstinate life-force, alleged sophisticate, and queen of the local Mod scene. Smitten, Sadie becomes wrapped up by Nico in ways of culture, music, fashion, drugs and sex, and learns about the strengths of loyalty, trust, and personal identity.  Sponsored by many campus and community groups and individuals, including the Women’s Resource Center.
At UWM, advance tickets can be purchased at the Peck School of the Arts Box Office, Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts (2419 E Kenwood Boulevard, Milwaukee, 414-229-4308).  For full Festival schedule, ticket and sponsor information, go to www.arts.uwm.edu/lgbtfilm or contact Carl Bogner-UWM Department of Film at 414-229-4758 or lgbtfilm@uwm.edu.