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Student Organization News: September 1, 2010


  1. Student Organization Annual Renewal Information (PDF)
  2. Information on PantherSync [New Online Student Organization Portal]
  3. Fall Semester SAC Grants
  4. Call for RSO Officers to Join SAC
  5. Updates from the Senate Appropriations Committee
  6. Stutent Organization Travel Updates:
    1. Vehicle Rentals
    2. Air Travel
    3. Driver Authorization Purged Over Summer
  7. All Careers Major Day
  8. Financial Seminar for UWM Students
  9. Blood Drive Information for 2010-2011
  10. Study Abroad Fair Information
  11. Volunteer Opportunities


    Student Organization Annual Renewal 2010 (PDF)
    All Organizations MUST Complete All Steps in the Renewal Process No Later than Noon on September 24th!

    Each year in fall, student organizations are required to complete a renewal registration process. For 2010, many changes have been made in this process and student organization officers and faculty/staff advisors are strongly encouraged to review the process and requirements for this year.

Changes include:

A to-do list for renewal is posted in PantherSync and can be found using the tool bar on the left of the page by choosing "Tools" and "To-do list." Additionally, you can view a PDF of the Renewal Process.

For more details visit our Organization Renewal/Registration page.


PantherSync has Launched!

The new online environment for student organizations is now available! PantherSync, powered by OrgSync, is now available for all currently registered student organizations at UWM. To join your organization's portal or to just browse the system, you will need to login and create a profile. To login go to and select "Custom Login" and choose "University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee." You will enter the system using your ePanther ID. Annual renewal of student organizations will require the use of PantherSync. For more details visit our Organization Renewal/Registration page.


Exploring PantherSync/OrgSync Online

If you cannot attend a training sessions, you are also welcome to visit the OrgSync website at where there are walkthrough videos available to show the various features in the system.

Be on the lookout for more information on PantherSync/OrgSync and changes to the Organizational Renewal Process.

The introduction of this new online organizational management system will bring other changes as well. If you would like more information or have questions regarding these items, please contact Tom Dake, Student Activities Advisor, at (414) 229-5780 or by email at


Fall Semester SAC Grants

Those student organizations who received SAC grants for fall semester had the grants posted in their budgets. The budgets were emailed out to officers of the student organizations noting that funding is effective July 1, 2010. It is important that an officer from your organization meet with an advisor in the Center for Student Involvement prior to any expenditure takes place. If your organization did not receive a notification, please contact the Center for Student Involvement (


SAC Seeking Student Organization Officers to Sit as Members

Student Organization Officers,

Do you want to be involved in the SAC funding process?
The composition of the Senate Appropriations Committee is 5 senators, the SA Secretary and Treasurer, and 3 non-senator RSO officers. These are important positions and must be filled soon.

  • Go to Union room EG79 (Student Association Office)
  • Fill out a Committee Application
  • Turn the application in to Mike Ludwig, Shared Governance Director

Feel free to contact me for more information,

Nicholas Kadulski
UWM Student Association
Senate Appropriations Committee Chair
Office: 414-229-2930
Cell: 906-396-5136


SAC Updates and Changes for 2010-11

Student Organization Officers,
Anthony M. DeWees is no longer SAC chair. Nicholas Kadulski has been confirmed as the next SAC chair by Student Senate.
In July 2010 the Senate Appropriations Committee made several changes to the bylaws that will most likely affect you.  A few of the changes include, but are not limited to:

1. (Article IV, Section A)
‘SAC shall be composed of the Student Association Treasurer, five members of the SA Senate, elected by the Senate at the June meeting, three RSO officers who are not senators appointed through the Shared Governance process and the SA Secretary…’
RSO officers interested in joining the committee should apply through the Shared Governance director in union room EG79.

2. (Article V, Section B, 11)
‘The Sac Chair is the approving authority for all computer requested outside of the Union. The SAC Chair is responsible to create an application process for computer requests outside of the Union.’
Computers are now being allocated to RSO offices in the union and not to specific RSOs. A memo will be issued regarding the process for computer requests for out-of-union RSO offices.

3. (Article VI, Section B, 1)
The Technology Grant no longer exists. Future requests for technology should be done through the Operations Grant.

4. (Article VI, Section B, 3)
Major Event Grants support large campus activities open to all students. This grant type supports the same types of events as an event grant, but on a larger scale. Major events must be held on campus. The event shall be open to all students and admission for students must be free.’

This grant will fully fund large events that are put on by RSOs. SAC would like to encourage all RSOs to consider applying for a major event. This grant will allow you to bring in well-known speakers or performers that were previously too expensive to put on or an event/conference that was previously too expensive for the organization.

These grants should be very well planned and the RSO should be prepared to provide great detail and assurance that the event will occur as planned. There will be several meetings and trainings to assist RSOs with this grant. SAC will put out a memo on Major Event grants to clarify this further.

If you are interested in planning such event, please email me to set up a meeting.

5. (Article VI, Section B, 5)
Grant Transfers are given to RSOs that want to transfer money between grants. RSOs may not use money for any purposes that SAC does not authorize through the original grant or a grant transfer. Grant Transfer request forms are available from the SAC office, SAC website, or CSI.

a. RSOs may only transfer money between grants of the same type (event grants to event grants, operations to operations).

b. RSOs may only transfer to grants of lesser or equal value from the grant they are transferring out of. Transfers will not zero fund any grant that has been approved by SAC.’

RSOs cannot pool together grants of any type or use grants of another type to increase the amount of another grant. However, RSOs can more easily change Event, Travel, or Operations grants as necessary.

In addition to the bylaw changes there are a few things that all student organizations should be aware of:

1. A memo was issued on July 27, 2010 clarifying which RSOs are eligible for an emergency grant.

‘Effective immediately, any RSO who did not submit a grant during the Spring 2010 large grant process will be eligible for a Fall 2010 emergency grant for up to $700.’

2. SAC will be moving to an online grant process.
For the Fall 2010 Large Grant Process, all grants and justification will be submitted online. SAC and CSI are currently working together to create the new forms and procedures. SAC will issue a memo when the new process is finalized.

This new process will also be described in detail during the mandatory grant trainings (which will also be announced soon).

Nicholas Kadulski
UWM Student Association
Senate Appropriations Committee Chair
Office: 414-229-2930
Cell: 906-396-5136


Vehicle Rentals

Vehicle rental contracts have changed. Student organizations will be paying for the rental vehicle on their own and seeking reimbursement after the trip has taken place. In order to receive reimbursement, student organizations will have needed to have approved driver authorizations forms on file with the Center for Student Involvement prior to the trip and follow the proper contacting procedures. If your student organization plans on renting a vehicle fall semester, please set up an appointment with the Center for Student Involvement ( to discuss your options.


Air Travel Updates

The Center for Student Involvement has negotiated some changes with the purchase of airfare for student organization trips. If your organization is planning on flying to your destination for a particular conference or tournament, please set up an appointment with the Center for Student Involvement ( to discuss how to purchase airfare for your student organization trips.


Driver Authorizations

Risk Management purged the driver authorization form database earlier this summer. Student organizations will need to submit new driver authorization forms if driving on student organization business for the fall/spring semesters. You can get forms from CSI in Union 363 or by visiting the 'forms' section of this website.


All Majors Career Day 2010

This campus-wide career day attracts students and alumni from all UWM disciplines.

Thursday, October 21, 2010
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
UWM Union, Wisconsin Room



Financial Seminar for UWM Students

You're busy. That's why managing your finances should be easy. No matter what stage of life you are in, we're here to help. Join us for a seminar where our financial experts will give you tips on the following topics:

Tuesday, 9/21 from 4:00pm-5:00pm, Room 250 Union
Keys to Financial Success in College
Free Pizza will be provided!

Thursday, 9/30 from 5:00pm-6:00pm, Room 260 Union
Keys to Financial Success in College
Free Pizza will be provided!

Amanda Wilson
Community & Campus Relations Coordinator
UW Credit Union
Office: 608-232-9000 ext. 2060


UWM Blood Drive Information

When: Thursday, September 23, 2010
Where: Union Ballroom – 2200 E. Kenwood
Event Time: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

How to schedule an appointment: Please click on the link provided below and then click on the "Enter Drive" button to see a listing of available appointment times.
Why Schedule your appointment now: Scheduling your appointment early ensures you are able to pick a time that works best for your schedule. In addition, scheduled appointments are given priority over walk in appointments the day of the drive.

Who you help: With a blood donation you share the gift of life with patients who are: family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and citizens in our communities. It is your donation that offers another chance at life.

For more information contact: Melissa at (414) 940-0495


Study Abroad Fair Information

Kick off the new school year by attending the CIE study abroad office's Study Abroad Fair held on Tuesday, September 21 from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. in the Union Concourse! Come and learn about all of the exciting overseas academic opportunities UWM has to offer for UWinteriM and spring 2011! UWinteriM faculty program leaders, financial aid representatives, and semester-long program representatives will be available to answer your questions. In the meantime, please visit the Study Abroad website to learn about these amazing and affordable opportunities!

Best wishes,

Yomarie Tejada
Study Abroad Coordinator

Volunteer Opportunities with the CVSL

Welcome back students! Here is a list of opportunities to get you involved in leadership and community service this Fall through the Center for Volunteerism & Student Leadership.

Peace Corps offers an unparalleled opportunity to put your educational skills, and experience to work in one of 77 countries around the world. During the full 27 months of service, volunteers receive excellent training in language, cultural fluidity and technical skills training incomparable to the current domestic job market. Volunteers receive such benefits as free transportation, medical and dental care and monthly living allowance. Upon completion of service volunteers often benefit from the personal, professional and educational advancements and opportunities that Peace Corps offers. Each Peace Corps Volunteer touches the lives of many through the selfless act of volunteering. Communities around the world eagerly await your arrival. Be part of the legacy that promotes peace and friendship through public service. An informational session will be held in Mitchell Hall Room 191 on Thursday October 21 at 6:00pm.

Back by popular demand, the Center for Volunteerism & Student Leadership will again coordinate the RAK-athon to help local elderly homeowners raking, window washing, and other winterization projects! This one day event will occur on the morning of Saturday, November 6th. Mark your calendar now and start thinking about putting together a team for the event with your friends or members of student organization or with folks you live with! Registration forms will be available beginning October 1st for teams and individuals.