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Whitewater High School graduate Maria Angelica Rodriguez receives her Bach- the university’s two spring commencement ceremonies May 19 in the Kachel elor of Arts degree at the spring commencement exercises at the University of Fieldhouse. Wisconsin-Whitewater. Nearly 1,650 students total received their degrees during

University Of Wisconsin-Whitewater

800 W. Main St., Whitewater • (262) 472-1234 • The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, founded in 1868, is known for its award winning programs, student organizations and athletic achievements, including national championship football, men’s basketball, men’s wheelchair basketball and rugby teams. The University is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and next with multiple special events, including the 150,000-hour challenge to encourage students, alumni and staff to volunteer in the community. UW-Whitewater provides 50 undergraduate programs and 15 graduate programs to a campus of more than 12,000 students. The campus, voted one of the Top 100 Workplaces in southeastern Wisconsin, is located on 404 rolling acres with 40 major buildings, a nature preserve and an arboretum. The University maintains institutional accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission, and holds a variety of specialized accreditations at academic college and program levels. The institution’s teacher education programs are also approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. For the second consecutive year, in 2018 the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater was named among the Colleges of Distinction – a national honor that recognizes campuses for exceptional teaching and dedication to student success. “Most college guidebooks and rankings publications focus on traditional quantitative measures to compare institutions, whereas Colleges of Distinction includes universities

that have distinguished themselves through qualitative aspects of the college experience,” said Lynsey Schwabrow, chief of institutional research and planning at UW-Whitewater. Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of a review of each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, alumni success, strategic plan, student satisfaction, and more. Schools are accepted on the basis that they adhere to the four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes. The university serves the community and region through various cultural events and volunteer efforts. These events include theatrical and musical productions, art and cultural exhibits, visiting artists, speakers and lecturers. On and off campus, students have donated thousands of hours of volunteer time over the past year to help improve the lives of others in Whitewater and its surrounding communities. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is home to one of the finest collegiate athletic programs in the nation. With each season, the Warhawks build on a tradition of academic and athletic excellence. In fact, the decade has seen the Warhawks capture National Championships in baseball, volleyball, football, gymnastics and men’s basketball. The success of Warhawk sports teams parallel the accomplishments inside the classroom of UW-Whitewater studentathletes. With 39 chancellor scholar-athletes, and a grade point average over 3.0, Warhawk

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student-athlete success happens both in the classroom and on the field of play. Athletics are just part of the social life at UWW. The James R. Connor University Center is the heart of campus. It is the central gathering place for students to socialize, enjoy meals and attend academic and cultural activities. There’s always something happening at the Young Auditorium or Crossman Gallery. There’s even a bowling alley on campus. So, check out all the college has to offer while you’re here and get involved!

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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater running back Drew Patterson rushed for 173 yards against UW-Eau Claire in the Nov. 11 game last year. The Warhawks trounced Eau Claire, 36-3.

Warhawk football season begins Sept. 1

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team opens its 125th season on Saturday, Sept. 1, with a 6 p.m. game at Dubuque. The Warhawks 2018 schedule includes five home games to be played at Perkins Stadium and five away games, including four in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. The Warhawks will open the new campaign Sept. 1 at Dubuque (Iowa), which finished 6-4 last season, including a 4-4 mark in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Spartans are coached by Stan Zwiefel, a former assistant coach for the Warhawks. The two teams last played in 1986, when UW-Whitewater earned a 19-6 home victory. UW-Whitewater wraps up the non-conference slate with consecutive home games, facing Concordia Moorhead (Minn.) on Sept. 8 and Middle Georgia State on Sept. 15. Both games will kick off at 2 p.m. at Perkins Stadium. The Warhawks faced the Cobbers on the road last season, suffering a 25-17 defeat in Moorhead. Concordia went on to finish 8-2, including a 6-2 record in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Cobbers’ two losses came against NCAA Playoff qualifiers St. Thomas (Minn.) and St. John’s (Minn.). Middle Georgia State, an NAIA institution, finished with a 3-5 record last season as a member of the National Club Football Association. After a bye week, UW-Whitewater opens the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule against UW-La Crosse, which finished 8-2 last season. The Warhawks will host 2017 WIAC champion and national semifinalist UW-Oshkosh for Family Fest on Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. The same contest in 2016 drew a then-Division III record crowd of 17,535 to Perkins Stadium. The two teams have split their last four meetings, and UW-Oshkosh handed the Warhawks their only conference loss last fall. After a trip to UW-Eau Claire on Oct. 13, UW-Whitewater returns home to face UW-River Falls on Homecoming

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Saturday on Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. The Warhawks head to the western part of the state again on Oct. 27 for a contest against UW-Stout before hosting UW-Stevens Point on Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. on Senior Day and Shriners Day at Perkins Stadium. UW-Whitewater closes the regular season Nov. 10 at UWPlatteville for the annual George Chryst Memorial Bowl. The Warhawks have retained the Miner’s Axe, the rivalry trophy, in each of the last 12 seasons after earning it back in 2005. UW-Whitewater finished with a 7-3 record last season and placed second in the WIAC with a 6-1 mark. Head coach Kevin Bullis returns for his fourth season at the helm in 2018.

Senior defensive lineman Harry Henschler (Janesville, Craig) and senior linebacker Bryce Leszczynski (Milwaukee, Pius XI) were each named to Street & Smith’s Preseason All-America Team. Henschler also garnered first team Division III Preseason All-America accolades in Lindy’s College Football National 2018 Preview. Henschler was selected third team All-America, first team All-West Region and first team AllWIAC last fall after posting 14 sacks, good for first in the conference and third in the nation. He also led the league in tackles for loss (17.5) and totaled 41 tackles for the year. Leszczynski, one of four team captains in 2017, led UW-Whitewater and ranked second in the WIAC with 90 tackles, a school record. He earned first team All-WIAC honors following the season. The Warhawks have won six national championships since 2007 and 10 WIAC titles in the last 13 years. UW-Whitewater’s home opener is scheduled for Sept. 8 against Concordia Moorhead (Minn.). Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Perkins Stadium with a pregame concert to begin at 11 a.m. outside the stadium. For tickets and more information, visit

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Let us entertain you Young Auditorium lines up performances for 2018-19 season With world-renowned musical acts, standout theatre productions, and a pair of Broadway’s biggest hit musicals, there is truly something for everyone in the Young Auditorium 2018-19 season. The season kicks off with Young Auditorium’s annual World Music Festival and is highlighted by appearances from classic rock icon Jim Messina, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Coasters, a brand new title from The Church Basement Ladies, and national touring Broadway productions of Jersey Boys and RENT. Country music fans will love Country Royalty: A Tribute to Hank Williams and Patsy Cline, and classical music lovers will not want to miss Bach’s Christmas Oratorio as performed by the Wisconsin Chamber Choir with a full orchestra, or Beethoven’s 9th as performed by the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra. With more than 20 performances spanning the worlds of theatre, music, dance, comedy and family shows, the Young Auditorium brings the very best in the world of entertainment. Highlights of the 2018-19 season include:

Jim Messina • Oct. 20 As one-half of the extremely successful classic-rock duo Loggins & Messina, cofounder of the country rock band Poco, and a key member of Buffalo Springfield, Jim Messina has used his masterful guitar playing and smooth, familiar voice to carve out an illustrious career. Messina’s talents will be on full display at Young Auditorium as he and his band perform some of his greatest hits like, Your Momma Don’t Dance, Crazy Love, and House at Pooh Corner. 

of the 1950s and 1960s. Combining goodhumored storytelling with impeccable timing and harmonies, The Coasters have the distinction of being the very first group ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Sing-A-Long Frozen • Jan. 26 Presented by Cultural Affairs, the Young Auditorium is bringing back its annual sing-a-long movie tradition with Disney’s most successful movie musical of all time, Frozen. Kids of all ages are invited to join Anna as she sets off on an epic journey to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Relive the magic and majesty of this sparkling masterpiece as you sing along to all your favorite Frozen songs. On-screen lyrics and special fun-packs for each attendee make it easy to participate, and dressing up as your favorite character only adds to the enjoyment. This event is free, but tickets are required.

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The 23rd annual University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Undergraduate Research Day on March 22 displayed the results of the work of 162 students, working alone or in teams under the guidance and mentoring of 76 staff and faculty members and presented in 117 projects as oral presentations, dramatic monologues, or research posters. Chancellor Beverly Kopper described the event as “a testament to all your hard work and wonderful creativity.” “I’m just amazed at the creativity, the intellectual prowess, the rigor, and the results that you all are presenting here today,” Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Susan Elrod said in her greeting. Both Elrod and Kopper emphasized the importance of undergraduate research as a “high impact practice” that leads to student success in terms of graduation as well as post-graduation futures. The projects range from the highly technical, like the “Expression and Purification of N-terminal Chimeras of CCL19 and CCL21 for Analysis of CCR2 Biased Sampling” to projects with titles more easily understood (e.g., “Oral History of Wisconsin Farms”. Shaunie Rasmussen graduated from Whitewater High School in 2013 and is a senior at UW-Whitewater majoring in geography with a minor in environment studies. Her project is entitled “Predicting LeafArea Index in Alfalfa, Oats, Spring Wheats Crops Using Field Spectroscopy.” “Each crop has its own spectral signature, like a unique fingerprint. Using field equipment, I gathered the spectral fingerprints for each crop once a week during the summer of 2016,” Rasmussen said. “I used this information to design a model that can be used to predict the crop’s

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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater senior Shaunie Rasmussen discusses her project “Predicting Leaf-Area Index in Alfalfa, Oats, Spring Wheats Crops Using Spectroscopy” with attendees of the university’s Undergraduate Research Day in March.

Leaf-Area Index, which is essentially an indicator of the crops health. “I’ve always had an interest in satellite imagery, which is an example of remote sensing, but I knew so little about the subject. When my mentor stated she was looking for a student to conduct a research project on remote sensing, I figured it would be a great opportunity to learn more about the subject.” Rasmussen cited the influence of her math teacher, John Houwers. “Being my math teacher and my track coach, he always motivated me to be the best I could be, which is really what

helped put me on the path I am on now,” Rasmussen said. “I ended up spending two years on my research project, and the skills I’ve learned will come in handy in my next chapter,” Rasmussen added. “It has helped me recognize the rigor of scientific research, and taught me to work through challenges, all while maintaining a positive attitude.” Rasmussen plans on pursing a master’s degree after her graduation from UWW. To date, she has received graduate school funding offers from San Diego State University, Colorado University at Denver, and Central Washington University,

and is also a potential candidate for the NASA DEVELOP Program, which gives individuals the opportunity to collaborate on research projects with professionals in the field. The tradition of UW-Whitewater students conducting undergraduate research projects with the residents at Fairhaven Senior Services in Whitewater continued this year with Savannah Harper and Rachael Miller’s research project, “Project B.I.G.G.: Skills, Attitudes, and Strategies of Facilitators.” The acronym “B.I.G.G.” stands for

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Warhawks, Fairhaven have first-ever ‘Afternoon of Fun with Warhawk Athletes’ by Tom



Friday the 13th of April proved to be a good luck day for more than 50 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students and residents of Fairhaven Senior Services as they gathered together for the first “Afternoon of Fun with Warhawk Athletes.” Fifty-five UW-Whitewater student athletes from volleyball, gymnastics, track and field, cross county and men’s and women’s soccer shared part of their afternoon with Fairhaven residents taking in a performance of island music by “Bahama Bob” Bob Milan, dancing with Willie the Warhawk, and playing table games, including Yahtzee, Euchre, the

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Mexican Train Game and dominos. As a memento of the event, residents were presented with a personalized picture frame prepared by UW-Whitewater students from Roberta’s Art Gallery for their photo with Willie the Warhawk or student athletes. Brian Robinson, Director of Leisure Services, arranged the afternoon of fun with the assistance of Kristina Navarro, associate athletic director for student development and strategic initiatives at UW-Whitewater, and UW-Whitewater student athlete leader Morgan Beaty. “The relationship with the student athletes has been incredible since they have started

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Warhawk athlete Madi Smith was one of several from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater to take part in the first-ever “Afternoon of Fun with Warhawk Athletes” at Fairhaven Senior Services.

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“Bridging the InterGenrational Gap.” Harper and Miller graduated from Brodhead High School in 2015 and are majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Harper’s minor is in Family, Health, and Disability Studies and Miller is minoring in Psychology. Miller shared that in high school she took courses at Blackhawk Technical College to qualify for a certified nursing assistant license. “My first job after receiving my license was at a nursing home, where I found I enjoyed working with older adults. I believe my experience working in the nursing home and taking courses at Blackhawk Tech influenced my decision to conduct research in this topic.” Harper said they are interested in the intergenerational gap because they believe it offers benefits to both age groups, one

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coming over about three-and-a-half years ago and continues to grow with each semester,” Robinson said. During the academic year, UWWhitewater athletic team members share time with residents in “Meet and Greet” programs, along with working beside residents in making dog treats and in a variety of art projects such as decorating pumpkins for Halloween. “The event held today was a way for us to have one last event with a large group before exams and the semester comes to an end. Walking around and seeing the smiles, laughter, and socialization going on was everything I could have hoped for as that is

what it is all about,” Robinson said. “Creating these intergenerational experiences has been rewarding for not only the residents at Fairhaven but also the student athletes, and I am excited for the visits next school year.”  According to Navarro, the partnership with Fairhaven is a cornerstone of the Warhawks Give Back Program. “Student athletes really value the opportunity to engage with members of the community who support our athletics program,” Navarro said. “From a developmental standpoint it is most rewarding to see the organic conversations that develop including life lessons residents share with our students.”

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The University of WisconsinWhitewater got its start on Feb. 28, 1866, when the Wisconsin Board of Normal School Regents awarded a normal school to the Village of Whitewater, who’s citizens raised $25,000 to secure the bid over 16 other proposals from across the state.

and still going strong UW-Whitewater celebrates its sesquicentennial by

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The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater kicked off its sesquicentennial celebration with the Purple and White Gala April 21 in the Hamilton Room of the James R. Connor University Center. “We have a series of events planned over the next two years, when the 150th graduating class walks across the stage, to celebrate our sesquicentennial,” Assistant Director of University Marketing and Communications Jeff Angileri said. To start off the new school year, Perkins Stadium will host Willie the Warhawk’s Birthday Bash on Friday, Sept. 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. “We’re also having a golf and lake outing in Lake Geneva on Sept. 13. We’re still working on the details for that,” Angileri continued. The university will also have a Half Marathon/5K as part of the Discover Whitewater Series on Sept. 23.


The 150 Concert Series was held over the summer to get the community involved in the celebration and one of the big events this summer was UWWhitewater Day at Miller Park on June 23. “Those are just some of the bigger events we have planned and we’ll be adding more into the mix,” Angileri said.

150,000-hour challenge

The university has issued a challenge to all students, staff and alumni in the form of a community service project as part of the sesquicentennial. Over the next two years, the Warhawk family has been asked to donate 150,000 hours of community service. “They can do the service anywhere in the world and they can self report their hours to us online,” Angileri said. “Since the beginning this campus has always had a culture of service and we wanted to focus on ways to serve and make the community stronger with this. It was something we felt really passionate about when planning the sesquicentennial.” Angileri said the university wanted a way to recognize and celebrate the myriad ways students, faculty, staff and alumni contribute their time, talents and expertise to the city, state, nation and the world. The challenge began this semester and Angileri said the plan was to update the hour count at the end

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A brief history of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater by Carol



Whitewater Normal School is one of several state teachers’ colleges founded throughout Wisconsin in the 19th century. Work on the normal school building began in the fall of 1866, and the building was finally completed by April of 1868. Between 1868 and the end of Whitewater’s industrial era in the 1890s, the Whitewater Normal School grew steadily, and the school building, soon named “Old Main,” grew as well. The first addition to the building, which doubled its space, was constructed in 1876. Old Main burned in 1891 but was quickly rebuilt. In 1897, a new addition on the front of the building was completed. After World War II, Whitewater became known almost exclusively as a “college town.” There was still a lack of strong industrial development in town, and commercial development did not grow much beyond its boundaries in the


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Give campus life a ‘green’ makeover College is full of challenges. While studying, socializing, joining clubs, and getting good grades are probably on college students’ priority lists, young people also can think about living green on campus. Data from Nielsen points to millennials as being an eco-conscious generation. Millennials are willing to pay extra for sustainable offerings, and they tend to stick to brands that have established a reputation for environmental stewardship. Even though college students may have packed schedules, they can still manage to keep the planet in mind as they live and educate themselves. Here are just a few ways college students can live green in dorms and incorporate eco-friendly practices into their studies as well.

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of each semester on the 150th anniversary website at

Sesquicentennial campaign The university is running a fundraising campaign during the 150th anniversary celebration with the goal of raising $15 million. Angileri said there were two priorities for the money raised. One is to fund more teaching and mentoring to ensure the university can hire and retain high-quality professors and staff. The other is to make

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improve overall student satisfaction. “We want the best student experience and we want to make sure we can continue to offer exceptional in- and out-of-class experiences that enhance the life here on campus,” Angileri said. The university has already raised $6 million in the campaign with donations from alumni, faculty, staff, community members and businesses.

Sing a new song

A contest was held in spring to rewrite

the university’s alma mater. Submissions for new lyrics closed April 30 and the university will premier its new alma mater at the Oct. 20 homecoming football game. The new tune was chosen by a subgroup of the Alma Mater Committee comprised of Music Department faculty. The committee’s top four selections were forwarded to the UW-Whitewater Sesquicentennial Committee, which recommended three tunes to the Chancellor’s Cabinet. Members of the Chancellor’s Cabinet chose the traditional

Scottish tune, “Candler.” “The current tune of the alma matter is based on a Beethoven song and it’s a bit difficult to sing,” Angileri said. “We wanted to have one that’s more uplifting and thought this was a good time to engage alumni, or anyone, in creating a new one.” The lyrics contest was open to all UW-Whitewater students, faculty and staff members, alumni, administrators, and community members. Members of the UW-Whitewater Alma Mater Lyrics Committee were ineligible.

Whitewater. In the 1960s, recognizing the expansion of the state college system beyond liberal arts and education, the Board of Regents changed the system to the Wisconsin State Universities. In 1972, the Wisconsin State University system merged with the University of Wisconsin system, and all state universities became affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. Since 1972, Whitewater’s campus has been known as the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The influx of more students at the university meant that the classrooms and facilities in Old Main were not sufficient. The first dorms were built in the 1950s, and additional facilities were added in the 1950s and 1960s. Much of the campus

classroom space, however, was still located in Old Main. In 1970, a devastating arson fire destroyed 80 percent of Old Main. Only a portion of that building, Hyer Hall, could be salvaged. The important result of that fire was that a number of new classroom buildings were erected in the 1970s, including a center for the arts. At the present time, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is still the town’s largest employer, and Whitewater will probably always be known as a “college town.” Source: Carol Cartwright, “A (Very) Brief History of Whitewater,” 2014, Whitewater Historical Society web site,

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existing downtown. The Whitewater Normal School, however, was transformed between 1950 and 1975. During this period, student enrollment went from under 1,000 students to over 10,000 students, and the normal school became a university. The Whitewater Normal School began its meteoric rise when, in 1913, the school developed a program for training business teachers. The program soon became nationally recognized, and with the addition of a four-year education degree, the normal school became the Whitewater Teachers College in 1927. After World War II, two national trends resulted in major expansion at the college. One was the GI Bill, which brought

thousands of World War II veterans to colleges between 1945 and the early 1950s. The second trend was the “baby boom,” a skyrocketing birth rate between 1946 to 1964 that, beginning in the mid-1960s, brought thousands of students to colleges. The good economy of the 1950s and 1960s, and the general support for college education from the state government, also helped expand enrollments. In 1951, the Board of Regents approved a plan to allow the Whitewater Teacher’s College (and most other state teacher’s colleges) to grant liberal arts degrees along with education degrees. At that point, Whitewater became part of the Wisconsin State College system and was then renamed the Wisconsin State College-

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Safety on campus and beyond Tips from UW-W Campus Police Department

KEEP YOUR DORM ROOM SAFE, SECURE Don’t leave valuables, such as a checkbook, wallet, cash or jewelry, out in plain sight. Secure them inside of a drawer. You should not keep large sums of cash in your room. Open a checking account or get a credit/debit card that will replace the need to have cash on hand. Lock your residence hall room door, even if you’re only going to the bathroom or away from the area for a few minutes. Don’t share information about the door combinations with others. The person you tell may be a friend, but you have no idea who they might accidentally tell. University keys should never be lent to anyone. It’s impossible to determine if they were duplicated. If you see unusual or suspicious activities, report it immediately to University Police. Pay attention to people you don’t recognize who are on your floor. They may be just friends of someone else, but they also could be looking for an opportunity to steal or vandalize. If you see a crime occurring, call 911 right away! Don’t assume someone else has already called the police. Report any broken windows, door latches or lights that aren’t functioning to Residence Hall staff. This way the items will get fixed in a timely fashion. Hang up immediately if you receive an obscene or annoying call. Never reveal personal information or say you’re in your room alone if you don’t recognize the person’s voice. Be suspicious of callers who say they are conducting a survey, inform you that you’ve won a “prize” or request information, such as your credit card number. Log the date and time that the obscene or annoying call was received. Contact University Police for further advice on dealing with this type of call or to investigate repeated calls.

PERSONAL SAFETY Go out with a friend; not alone. Walking alone, especially at night, is not a good idea. Always walk purposefully and look confident. Stay alert to your surroundings and the people in the area. During darkness, use the lighted sidewalks and parking lots for your travels and avoid shortcuts on unlit paths or secluded areas.

UW-Whitewater Police Services Chief Matthew Kiederlen Goodhue Hall 734 W. Starin Road Office hours: Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • For EMERGENCIES on campus immediately dial 911 from any campus phone or use any of the 20 direct connect emergency phones located across campus. • For non-emergencies, dial (262) 472-4660 – at menu, press “1” • Email:

Chief Matthew Kiederlen

Be cautious about isolated areas, such as library stacks, remote classrooms or laboratories. When you need to be in these areas after normal class hours, make arrangements to work or study with a trusted classmate or friend. Let others know where you’ll be and when you plan on returning. If you are being harassed by someone who is in a car, walk swiftly or run in the opposite direction to a safe area. If you’re really frightened, scream! It’s better to be embarrassed than assaulted. Try to remember the license plate number of the vehicle. When socializing, pair up with other friends. Stick together and don’t let a friend go off alone with someone they’ve just met. Watch for and remember the locations of the various emergency telephones situated around the campus.

PROTECT YOUR STUFF Lock all doors and close all windows when leaving your car, whether it’s for just a few minutes or several hours. Park in well-lit areas and try not to walk alone in parking lots at night. Store valuables in the car’s truck or, at least, hide them from the view of someone looking through the windows. Stereo components, cellular phones and radar

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secure it to stair railing because its presence could hamper the buildings evacuation in an emergency. Remember to also secure removable wheels or seats. Immediately report a missing bicycle to the University Police. Unsecured bikes are often taken for rides to other areas of the campus or city. Record the serial number, make and model number of your bike. By providing this information to the police, the bike can be listed on a national database. If the bike is found, it can be returned to you.


If you’re attacked, try to stay as calm as possible. Think rationally and evaluate your resources or options. Escape is always the best defense. Other tactics may include negotiation, screaming to attract attention, self-defense techniques or, even, acting “crazy.” You will have to make a decision based on the circumstances, such as the presence of a weapon, and the type of person you detectors are favorite items of thieves. Record are. There is no one, right answer. Your personal survival may be at stake and you the serial numbers of these items and secure must do whatever is necessary to insure it. them when parking your vehicle. Don’t attach your name or address to your Try to get an accurate description of the assailant’s appearance, what was said and key ring. Keep your car keys on a separate the license plate number, if a vehicle is ring from your other keys. Have your keys involved. CALL UNIVERSITY POLICE, in your hand when returning to the parked USING 911, IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE vehicle. Check the interior before entering ATTACK! Do not clean up yourself in the the car and lock the doors immediately after area and don’t “think it over” before calling. getting inside of it. Also, don’t worry about unrelated When driving, always keep your gas tank events, such as you being under age and at least half full and make sure the car is in having consumed alcohol. Right now, the good running condition. If your car breaks focus of the police investigation is you as down, raise the hood and stay inside the a victim of an attack. Your report may also locked vehicle. Don’t get out of the car if someone stops to save someone else from becoming a victim or the information you provide may solve help you. Tell anyone who stops to help that other similar incidents. someone else has already called the police, Verbally role play potentially dangerous but ask them to call again because you don’t situations with your friends and discuss know for sure if the other person did make how you would respond to the threat. What the call. This ruse may make someone think would you do if you found a stranger in twice about taking advantage of you and those with good intentions will usually make your room or if you were threatened – verbally or physically – while walking on the call “again.” Sound the car’s horn if you campus? are threatened or someone attempts to enter These are only a few suggestions to help the car. you. Contact University Police for more information or arrange to have them do a BIKES ON CAMPUS presentation on a crime prevention topic ALWAYS lock your bicycle to an object, for you and your friends or the residents of such as a campus bike rack. However, don’t your floor.

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Buy and dine locally

Take e-notes

Choose sustainable, organic and locally produced items when shopping or dining out. This can include locally made furnishings and supplies, as well as farm-to-table restaurants.

Bring a tablet or laptop to class and take electronic notes. This cuts back on paper usage and will enable you to have all notes in a compact file.

Walk or bike

Use LED lights

Leave the car in its parking spot and walk or bike to nearby events. It’s good exercise and good for the planet as well.

Illuminate your dorm room and work station with lamps that use LED lights, which burn significantly less energy and last much longer than incandescent bulbs.

Borrow dorm room items Scout out items from family members or friends that can be used to equip a dorm room. Chances are you can find people willing to give you or loan out chairs, a small table, desk, electronics, and more. Borrowing enables you to buy less.

Enroll in an environment-focused class

Enroll in environmental science or a similar course that teaches you more about the impact industry and personal living has on the environment. (METRO CREATIVE)


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