The Leading Edge.

Student Organization News: December 10, 2010



CSI Winter Break Schedule

The Center for Student Involvement will be closed beginning on Friday, December 24th and will not reopen until Monday, January 3rd. Please plan accordingly. We will resume normal office hours during the first full week of January and we look forward to welcoming you back for Winterim and the Spring Semester.




The Student Association president signed the large grant allocations for spring semester.  Funding is effective as of January 1, 2011 and can be spent at that time.  Nick Kadulski sent out a message to members of the Student Association's portal in PantherSync on 11/23/10 which specifically indicated what had been passed by the Student Association Senate. The Center for Student Involvement will have all budgets updated by January 15, 2011 and will email instructions for meeting with an advisor along with the budgets by that date.

DON'T SPEND FUNDS PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 2011.   YOU WILL NOT BE REIMBURSED FOR ANY EXPENSE THAT OCCURS PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 2011.  Please tell everyone in your group that were involved in the grant request.  There are no exceptions to this rule.

Student Organization Tax Information – Please Read Carefully!

Important Changes in Tax Filing for Student Organizations:

Student Organizations with a Tax Identification Number (also called a TIN or EIN) issued by the Federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are impacted by the information below. All organization accounts held at banks and/or credit unions MUST have an EIN on the account and are therefore impacted by this information. Student organizations are responsible for their tax filing and payment obligations to both the Federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue; it is the obligation of the organization members and officers to be aware of and comply with applicable tax codes.

Who Must File:
Your organization may be required to file on an annual basis Form 990-N (e-Postcard) if the organization’s gross receipts are normally under $25,000 and the organization does not already file a Form 990 or Form 990EZ.

Does an organization have to file Form 990-N if it is a subordinate organization in a group exemption ruling(local chapter/unit of a regional, national or international parent organization)?
If an organization is a subordinate of a parent organization and your organization is included on the parent’s group return, you are not required to file Form 990-N.  The group return satisfies your reporting requirement.  However, if you do not file as part of a group return and your annual gross receipts are normally $25,000 or less, you must file Form 990-N. Contact your parent organization for more information.

How do I file Form 990-N?:
Form 990-N, also known as the e-Postcard, must be filed electronically. There will be no paper forms. There will be no charge to submit this report. See IRS Agency for more information and a link to the e-postcard form.

Disclaimer:The UWM Center for Student Involvement does not offer tax advice. Nothing on this web site shall be construed as the offering of tax advice.

Useful links:
Federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS): IRS Agency
IRS Exempt Organizations resource page: Stay Exempt
Keywords: Exempt organization, 990-N, e-Postcard, charities, Publication 775, Form 1023
(Also see Sales Tax section of the Student Organization Manual and the Quick Reference title Tax Information)

Student Organization Jump Start
On Thursday, January 27, 2010 the Center for Student Involvement will be sponsoring a program entitled "Student Organization Jump Start." This event will be a mini-conference format (12pm-5pm) and is designed to “jump start” student organizations at the beginning of the spring semester so that they may make better and more timely use of resources through the coming year both as individual members and as groups.
Jump Start will include a series of workshops that are repeated over the course of the day and information tables for student organization services available. This format allows students to attend a portion of Jump Start, go to class or work, and return for more Jump Start later in the day.
Program content includes:

Participates will be asked to bring a laptop computer with wireless internet access. 
Registration forms for this event will be available in PantherSync under the “Forms” tool soon.


PantherSync Tip of the Week -- Getting your Members into PantherSync!

Are your organization members in PantherSync?
If not, they may not be counted among the active members of your organization! To invite members, enter your organization’s portal in PantherSync and select the “People” tool on the left side of the page. When viewing the membership, there will be a tab near the top of the page that says “invite members” which you can click to develop an email invitation to current members to join the group. At the bottom of the “invite members” page there is a list of individuals who have been invited but have not yet responded. You can resend any of these invitations after they are three days old.

Need some help getting members into PantherSync? Request a PantherSync trainer for your next student organization meeting! PantherSync trainers are student consultants working with student organizations and can provide detailed information on the PantherSync system. Request a trainer for your next general membership meeting or officers meeting! Due to scheduling limitations, trainers may not be available for last minute requests. To request a PantherSync trainer for your meeting complete the Training Request form online here: Training Request Form

Just a reminder that you have two FREE ways to market your student organization events at no cost to your organization through the Center for Student Involvement.

Post advertising Spotlight ads
The Center for Student Involvement is accepting submissions from student organizations for “spotlight” ads in the UWM Post newspaper for issues during fall 2010.  Student organizations may advertise their events by submitting detailed information prior to the submission deadline. To take advantage of this free service, email your information to  The submission deadline is every Thursday by 5:00PM two weeks prior to your event date. To view the publication schedule, visit The UWM Post and click on “Media kit.” All approved submissions will share the available ad space.  Submissions are subject to approval and space availability. The Center for Student Involvement reserves the right to deny submissions.  If you have any questions, contact the Center for Student Involvement at 229-5780 or at

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 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 and criteria.  Events must be submitted well in advance for consideration.  Event submissions should be for unique events rather than for on-going or repetitive meetings, study groups, etc.

Laptop & Camera Rentals

The Student Appropriations Committee has provided a number of laptop computers and cameras for student organizations to use to document their events! These resources are provided at no cost to recognized student organizations.

Available for checkout:

2 - Dell laptops with Office 2010,
1 - Mac with Office 2008 & Adobe Design Premium CS5

2 - Canon Rebel XTi DSLRs
2 - Canon HV20 Digital video cameras

1 - compact projector

To check out an item:

If you have any questions or comments, contact!

*Only one item can be checked out per/officer. Please provide 24 hours notice for any equipment you wish to borrow.

Shared Governance Opportunities at UWM

The Student Association is looking for students to fill all University Committees that have student appointments. If you are a student and are interested in joining a committee please visit: Committee Application to apply to a committee. If you are a member of the faculty or academic staff and are looking for students to sit on your committees please direct any students you know who might be interested to the above website.

The Student Association's Shared Governance Application for students is comprehensive and lists all committees that there are in the University that has student appointments. If you are a student and fill out the application, please make sure to fill it out as completely as possible. If for any reason you do not see a committee you wish to join on the application please let the Student Association Shared Governance Director know as soon as possible. The Shared Governance Director's name is Mike Ludwig and you may contact him at

Our goal for the Student Association this year is to make sure we have all student seats filled on all of the various committees across the campus. If you have any comments or questions please let me know. Thanks you for your time!


Milwaukee Greek Life Conference

Greetings from the Milwaukee School of Engineering!  We are excited to provide you with registration information for the 2011 Milwaukee Greek Leadership Conference.  Planning for the conference has been happening since August, and we are excited about the different opportunities that will be made available for student leaders at the 2011 Conference.

Join us as we explore topics of leadership specific to involvement in Greek organizations, including:
• Greek Image
• Recruitment Strategies
• Member Motivation
• Fundraising

Date: Saturday, February 5, 2011
Time: 10:00am – 4:30pm
Cost: Cost of registration is $20.00-this cost includes a conference t-shirt, lunch, and keynote speaker.

If you are interested in learning more or would like a registration form, please email the Center for Student Involvement at

Completed registration information, including payment for the conference, can be mailed to:

Milwaukee Greek Leadership Conference
c/o Nick Seidler
MSOE Student Life Office
1025 North Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3109

Registration can also be emailed directly to Nick Seidler,  Mark the email subject as "MGLC Registration."  Registration is available for the first 200 applicants only; to guarantee that conference attendants receive the correct t-shirt size, we ask that you complete and return registration information no later than January 21, 2011.

Please let me know if you have any questions that we can answer!  We look forward to having you at the 2011 Milwaukee Greek Leadership Conference!


Sarah Olejniczak,
Graduate Intern, Milwaukee School of Engineering

Freedom Ride Information

For more info visit the website at PBS Rides

JOIN students from across the country in retracing the route of the 1961 Freedom Rides. Accepted students will participate at no cost to them. All transportation, hotel and food expenses are covered by American Experience.

SHARE the journey. Through live blogging, Twitter, and Facebook, the students on the bus will be able to share their experiences and, in a sense, bring others along on their journey.

Application deadline: January 17, 2011


Between May and December of 1961, 436 Freedom Riders took part in more than sixty Rides. They had various points of origination and termination, but all Riders had the same goals: to test and challenge segregated travel facilities throughout the South, and awaken the nation’s conscience to the reality and injustice of segregation. Like the very first Freedom Ride in 1961, the 2011 Student Freedom Ride will begin in Washington, DC. The journey will kick off with a series of events in partnership with many original Freedom Riders who will be gathered for 50th anniversary events. Then the ten-day journey will take students from Washington to Jackson, Mississippi.


Diversity Career Day

Join us on Thursday, March 3, 2011 for this special event, sponsored by the Career Development Center, the School of Information Studies, and the UWM-Multicultural Student Service Offices. This event attracts students, alumni, and professionals and is an excellent way to meet your diversity recruitment needs.

REGISTER ONLINE by going to:
Experience Information
Then mark your calendar for

Thursday, March 3, 2011
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
UWM Union, Wisconsin Room

For more information on Diversity Career Day, and other Career Days/Fairs, please go to:
Diversity Career Day Information


The UWM LGBT Resource Center is hiring student staff for the Spring 2011 semester! 

All interested applicants must (at a minimum): 1) be a currently enrolled UWM Student, 2) be in good academic standing - a GPA of 2.25 or higher, and 3) be available for a mandatory staff training on Wednesday, January 19, 2011.   Students may apply for the following positions: Education Coordinator, Office Assistant, or Program Assistant.  Please see the attached position descriptions for general and specific job responsibilities. 

All questions regarding the positions and/or the application process can be directed to Jen Murray, Director of the UWM LGBT Resource Center - 414.229.4116 or

Completed application materials are due by 11:59pm on Tuesday, December 14th.  Materials can be submitted via email to or via hardcopy to UWM Union WG-89; late or incomplete application materials will not be considered.  The UWM LGBT Resource Center will begin conducting interviews on Monday, December 20, 2011. 


Volunteer Opportunities with CVSL

As a One on One mentor, you’ll meet with your middle school mentee once per week for 90 minutes to work on academics, goal setting and homework. You could do that on-campus on Wednesday or Thursday from 3:00-4:30pm. Email:

Volunteers are needed for helping with set up, cooking, serving, and arts and crafts.
Saturday, December 11th
9:00am – 2:00pm

The Salvation Army Toy Shop needs volunteers to help underprivileged parents provide new toys to their children!  Both Spanish and Hmong-speaking volunteers are needed especially in order to translate for parents.  The CVSL will provide transportation.  
Friday, Dec. 17th, Monday, Dec. 20th, and Tuesday, Dec.21st
11:00am – 3:00pm OR 2:30pm – 5:30pm      
To sign up for one of these shifts, email:  Please indicate which shift you would like and if you have Spanish or Hmong language skills.

Each week the UWM community sends volunteers to both the Hope House Food Pantry and Milwaukee Christian Center to stock shelves, organize, do inventory, and assist with clients.  Transportation is provided every Thursday! To sign up for one of these shifts, email: