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Student Organization News: February, 2010


Student Organization Updates
Union Office Allocation Information for 2010-11
Student Activities Orgainization Training Programs
Senate Appropriations Committee - Information on Large Grants Process
Senate Appropriations Committee - Dates for Student Organization Training
2010 Student Organization Achievement Awards
Student Organization Post Advertising Spotlight ads
Pantherlink Subscription Center
Enrollment Status for PhD Dissertators

Involvement Opportunities
NET-Working Night (THIS Wednesday)
V-Day Benefit Performance of “The Vagina Monologues – UWM”
An Evening with Saphire
Our Drinking Culture: Where We are Now and into the Future
Shared Governance Opportunities
UWM Diversity Career Day
Opportunities from the Center for Volunteerism and Student Leadership

Union Office Allocation Information for 2010-2011
It’s that time of year again to start applying for office space on the 3rd floor of the union! Fill out the 2010-2011 Office Application Form (MS Word) for office space and view the timeline of meetings and events (MS Word) so that you are well informed of the process. Also, while you are applying, don’t forget to fill out an updated 2010-11 office lease agreement that you can pick up at the Center for Student Involvement which is Union room 363 or online at [located on the right hand side of the page near the bottom]. If you have any questions you can e-mail Turn in all applications outside of Union room 331 by February 26th at 5:00 PM!

Student Organization Training Programs
The spring 2010 student organization training programs are now published at under the “Organization Training” tab. For more information or questions contact

Next Training Topic: Marketing Plans for events (repeating session) February 23, 6pm Union 220 and February 24, 4pm, Union 344

Senate Appropriations Committee - Information on Large Grants Process

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please contact SAC via email at , or by phone at 414-229-2930, or stop by the SAC Office Union 351 during office hours. If you need immediate information please visit the SAC Website at

Senate Appropriations Committee - Dates for Required Student Organization Training

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) is a standing Committee of the Student Association (SA) and is responsible for hearing grant requests from student organizations for funding. SAC is requiring student organizations that wish to submit semester grants for Fall 2010 activities to complete a training prior to submitting any semester grants. This includes all Fall 2010 grants for currently registered student organizations (emergency grants are not an option for currently registered, continuing student organizations). The training will cover general elements regarding the SAC grant process and specifics of the following grant types: Operations, Events, Travel, and Technology. For more information contact the SAC Chair at 229-2930 or email at or visit the SAC website at

Repeating sessions:

2010 Student Organization Achievement Awards
Plan ahead to submit nominations for the 2009-10 student organization Achievement Awards! Nominations due no later than Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 3:00pm (before spring break!). Categories include: Advisor of the Year, Outstanding Leadership Award, Outstanding Program of the Year, Outstanding Student Organization Award, Outstanding Volunteer Award, and Student Organization Service Award. For more information, contact Tom Dake at 229-5780 or Forms and more information will be available on the CSI Org Recognition page.

Student Organization Post Advertising Spotlight ads
The Center for Student Involvement is accepting submissions from student organizations for “spotlight” ads in the UWM Post for spring 2010. Student organizations may advertise their events by submitting detailed information prior to the submission deadline. Simply email your information to Submission deadline is every Wednesday by 12:00PM two weeks prior to your event date. All approved submissions will share the available ad space and there is no cost for a student organization. If you have any questions, contact the Center for Student Involvement at 229-5780 or at

*Submissions are subject to approval. The Center for Student Involvement reserves the right to deny submissions.*

Pantherlink Subscription Center
The PantherLink Subscription Center is a publicly available collection of primarily campus-focused calendars. These calendars can be browsed and searched, and individual calendars can be subscribed to either via the UWM-supported PantherLink interface or by downloading an .ICS file that can be imported into a number of standards-compliant e-mail/calendar applications.

Student organizations who wish to have events added to the Subscription Center calendar should contact the Center for Student Involvement at for additional information on submission processes. Events must be submitted well in advance. Event submissions should be for unique events rather than for on-going or repetitive meetings, study groups, etc.

Enrollment 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.

NET-Working Night - Wednesday, February 17th
Are you interested in increasing your networking knowledge, confidence and competencies while making helpful contacts with employers? Net-WORKING Night-is coming up THIS week. Learn more here about this Career Services Center Program here:

On line registration is required:

V-Day Benefit Performances of “The Vagina Monologues – UWM”

Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20, 2010, 7pm performances, UWM Zelazo Center

As part of V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls, UWM students perform Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues to increase awareness about women’s experiences and to raise funds for anti-gender violence groups in Milwaukee and the Democratic Republic of Congo. “Probably the most important piece of political theatre of the last decade…” – The New York Times. Sponsored by the UWM Women’s Resource Center with support from the UWM Bookstore.

Tickets (available in advance at the UWM Bookstore): $5 UWM Students; $10 All Others; Discount coupons available at the UWM Women’s Resource Center; Donations for violence against women services will be accepted at the door. For more information, contact the UWM Women’s Resource Center at 414-229-2852.

An Evening with Sapphire-When Push Comes to Precious: The Novel, The Film, The Reality
Wednesday, February 24, 7pm, UWM Union Wisconsin Room

Come hear this engaging lecture with the author of The New York Times bestseller Push, the novel adapted to the big screen in 2009 as the highly praised film, Precious, winner of both the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals Audience Awards. A sign language interpreter will be provided. Book-signing and reception follow. Sponsored by UWM Union Programming, UWM Union Sociocultural Programming, UWM Women’s Resource Center, UWM Bookstore, UWM Black Cultural Center, UWM Department of Africology, UWM Creative Writing, UWM School of Social Welfare, and the UWM Center for Addiction and Behavioral Health Research.

Tickets (available at the UWM Bookstore): Free for UWM Students (ticket required); $5 for All Others
For more information, contact UWM Union Sociocultural Programming at 414-229-6998 or go to

Our Drinking Culture: Where We Are Now and Into the Future
UW-Madison students are looking for fellow students in the region to attend an event on April 28th in Madison that focuses on student drinking cultures. The event, Our Drinking Culture: Where We Are Now and Into the Future, will be a three night event from April 27-29th that concentrates on gaining knowledge of our current drinking culture and looks for ways we can improve it. We hope that gaining perspectives from other students in the area that are familiar with alcohol policy on their campus will help us move forward in the best direction. We are asking students to participate in a panel-led
discussion on Night 2 where student attendees can ask questions of our regional neighbors in order to gain that perspective of our drinking culture. If you are interested please contact, Mark Woulf at for more information.

Shared Governance Opportunities
On January 26, Student Association President Jay Burseth issued a Student Association Executive Order for the creation of four new committees. For these initiatives to succeed, a lot of student involvement is needed. Below is information on each committee, as well as, contact information for each committee. These committees are open to all UWM students and the SA greatly encourages everyone to get involved in any of these.

The Lower Tuition Committee is dedicated to gaining statewide student support in order to pressure State Representatives and get more overall funding for UW System schools. This is with the goal of lowering all students’ tuition and get more funding for each UW entity overall. To get involved, contact President Jay Burseth at

The Online Fee Initiative Committee will be dedicated finding the reasons for a $275 fee when taking a single online course. This fee has generated a lot of revenue for UWM, though no questions have been answered as to why students have to bear this seemingly unnecessary burden. The goal of this Committee is to implement transparency in the process and potentially remove the fee altogether. To get involved, contact Vice President Michael Zahorik at

The Textbook Rental Committee will look into the history of textbook rentals at UWM and other UW System schools with the goal of creating and successfully implementing a more inexpensive way for students to get their required texts. To get involved, contact Academic Affairs Director Chad Johnson at

The Community and Student Safety Committee will bring in more student representation when issues of violent crime are addressed in the UWM community. This comes out of the unfortunate frequent attacks on UWM students within the immediate campus area and with the goal to creating student-supported initiatives to lower violent crimes against students in Milwaukee. To get involved, contact Outreach and Community Relations Director Katie Krause at

If you are interested any other committee (aside from these listed), please go to the SA website:

UWM Diversity Career Day - Thursday, March 4, 10-2 in the UWM Union

Please consider serving as a volunteer for the Diversity Career Day (PDF). Please consider volunteer some time (2 hour blocks preferred) at the following times:

Here is a more comprehensive list of volunteer responsibilities (MS Word). If you would like to volunteer, please email Yomarie Tejada ( by Wednesday, February 17, 2010. Make sure you include your times of availability and campus contact information.

Volunteer Opportunities


The Center for Volunteerism & Student Leadership has formed a partnership with the YMCA 1-on-1 Mentoring Program and Hartford Ave School which will allow college students to work with sixth graders right here on campus at Hartford Ave School each Wednesday. The mentor training will be held on Feb 17th from 2:45pm -4:30pm and the first week working with your kid will be on Feb 24th. If you would like to work with kids on Wednesdays from 2:45pm-4:30pm please email with the following information and Laurie will respond by sending you the application!



The Center for Volunteerism & Student Leadership is seeking students who receive work-study as part of their financial aid package to hire at $7.75 per hour to tutor local kids at MPS schools. If you are interested and receive work-study, please send an email to There are tutoring sites within walking distance of campus (including Hartford Ave School) and on the 15 busline!


Each week the UWM community sends volunteers to the Hope House Food Pantry and the Milwaukee Christian Center 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!



We are looking for UWM students to get involved with the Milwaukee Debate League which uses debate to help students from primarily disadvantaged high schools better prepare for success in school and life by developing skills in researching, critical thinking, public speaking, team work, and reading fluency. The competitions and trainings are held right here at UWM. To volunteer please contact Brent at The trainings are being held soon for the tournaments being held on Saturday, Feb. 20; Saturday, Mar. 20; Saturday, April 10.


PantherPath is a college awareness program for Milwaukee Public School 5th graders, providing under represented elementary students with UWM mentors (you!), college awareness curriculum, and an all-day campus visit. You will be required to attend an orientation/training the last week of February where you will be assigned 4-5 fifth grade students from the same class to mentor. Once each month in March, April, and May you will be visiting the school site to participate in activities relating to your background and college experience. On the day of your students’ assigned visit to campus, you will be required to spend a minimum of one hour with your mentees touring campus, attending a “mock class”, or eating lunch. Receive free t-shirt and lunch for your service! To sign up or get more information, please send an email to Julia at .


On March 4th from 6:00pm-8:00pm the Peace Corps will be on campus doing an informational session about how to apply, the work that volunteers might do, and what to expect if you are considering joining the Peace Corps. The info session will be held in Bolton B52 and you can just show up, no pre-registration needed!