The State of the City and the State of the Schools – September 20, 2018


The League of Women Voters-Whitewater Area is launching its program year with the annual State of the City address by Whitewater City Manager Cameron Clapper. Also included will be a presentation, “The State of Our Schools” by Whitewater Unified School District Administrator Dr. Mark Elworthy and Business Manager Matt Sylvester-Knudtson. The date is Thursday, September 20, 2018, in the City Hall Council Chambers at our new starting time of 6:30 pm.

Please join us for this excellent and informative analysis by these top officials. A question and answer session will follow.

Irvin L. Young Library hosts The Packer Century and The Last Dog

Wednesday, September 19th, 6:30 pm, The Packers Century

Help us celebrate the Packers 100th Anniversary with Jim Rice, author and Packer historian. Jim will share his program, The Packers’ Century, which revisits the history of the NFL’s most successful franchise. Jim’s presentation traces the team’s history through hundreds of photos, old football cards, newspapers, magazines, and other media. All the great games, players and special moments are included! This program is free and open to everyone.


Thursday, September 20th, 6:00 pm, author Howard G. Olson, will be speaking about his book, The Last Dog

During his thirty-five-year career at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Olson wrote a textbook, and many articles that were published in professional journals. At the same time, he was also writing stories about his annual canoe trips into the Canadian wilderness and traditional week-long bow-hunting trips to northern Wisconsin with his father and friends. While at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Olson won the all-college excellence in teaching award four times. His teaching style was to create interest and action and drama by telling stories instead of always lecturing. The students became the characters and played parts in the stories. His style and philosophy of teaching were “outside the box.” His book, The Last Dog, is a culmination of a lifetime of teaching, living in the woods, seeking Spirit, telling and writing stories, and loving dogs. As the author explains, “the crazier my life gets, the more time I spend in the woods with my dogs.” Join us for stories based on real-life experiences. Howard will have his books available for sale. All profits from the book sales are donated to charitable organizations dedicated to preserving our natural environment and to the well-being of dogs. This program is free and open to everyone.

Preparing Your Estate Plan Seminar ***Event will be rescheduled for a future date***

***Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event will be postponed to a future date. An announcement will be made on the Banner when the event is rescheduled.***

The Whitewater Community Foundation helps thoughtful people like you make our community a better place to live, learn and thrive. Please be our guest for a presentation by local financial advisors, Michael Harenza and Kent Hutchins, and Attorney Michael Grubb to learn about creating an estate plan and how the Whitewater Community Foundation can be a part of your legacy. We hope to see you there!

When: To Be Scheduled for a Future Date

Where: 841 Brewhouse, 841 W. Milwaukee St., Whitewater, Wisconsin

R.S.V.P.: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2HJDKDP

Email: info@whitewatercommunityfoundation.org

Phone: 262-458-4008

Lecture Series Celebrating 150 Years of UW-Whitewater Faculty

UW-Whitewater has transformed lives and our region since its founding in 1868 and begins a new chapter with its new campus in Rock County this year. The Fairhaven Lecture Series will celebrate UW-Whitewater’s sesquicentennial year throughout the fall.  From the Galápagos Islands to Germany, from the wonders of nature to the Milky Way Galaxy, these 11 lectures help tell UW-Whitewater’s 150-year history through its talented faculty.

Lectures with the theme “Inspire. Engage. Transform” will feature presentations by some of the more than 500 faculty and instructional staff members from the Whitewater and Rock County campuses who inspire our students with their teaching and mentoring, engage the state through their service and outreach, and transform our communities with their research and expertise.

The dates, titles, and presenters of the lectures for the fall 2018 series, which are held at 3 pm at Fairhaven Senior Services at 435 W. Starin Road in Whitewater, are


Monday, September 17 

Two Years that Changed the Milky Way Galaxy: 1951 and 2018

Presented by Robert Benjamin, Professor, Physics


Monday, September 24 

How Times Have Changed: Today’s UW-Whitewater / Germany Connection

Presented by Carol Scovotti, Professor, Marketing


Monday, October 1      

Generations United: Connecting and Involving Generations – Is That a Good Idea?   

Presented by Simone DeVore, Professor, Special Education


Monday, October 8   

Forgotten Wisconsin Authors and the Need to Revive Them  

Presented by John Pruitt, Associate Professor, English


Monday, October 15     

Love and Literature: What Young Adult Books Teach about Gender and Romance    

Presented by Tricia Clasen, Professor, Communications – Theatre Arts


Monday, October 22    

How the Boy Next Door Becomes a Latin King: A Christian Boy’s Unlikely Experience

Presented by Elizabeth King, Associate Professor, Educational Foundations


Monday, October 29   

Learning Communities: More than Textbooks   

Presented by Ozalle Toms, Associate Professor, Special Education


Monday, November 5  

Education for Sustainability in the Public Schools of the Galápagos Islands

Presented by Susan Huss-Lederman, Professor, Languages and Literatures


Monday, November 12 

Splendor Without Diminishment and the Wonders of Nature 

Presented by Bob McCallister, Professor, Geography – Geology


Monday, November 19 

The Diversity and Inclusion Imperative: Strategies for Student Success

Presented by LaVar Charleston, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Diversity, Engagement and Success


For nearly 35 years, UW-Whitewater faculty and staff and community and business leaders have offered free presentations to thousands of people on topics ranging from art and current events to history and literature.

All lectures are free and open to the public and are held on Mondays at 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Fairhaven Senior Services, 435 West Starin Road, Whitewater. Street parking is adjacent to the building.

Unable to attend? Links to videos of lectures, including those from prior series, can be found at http://www.uww.edu/ce/fairhaven.

If you have a disability and desire accommodations, please advise us as early as possible. Requests are confidential. UW-Whitewater provides equal opportunities in employment and programming including Title IX and ADA requirements. Please contact Kari Borne at 262-472-1003 or bornek@uww.edu for further information.

SCHOLARLY SCOOP— Live and Let Die: Life in Temporary Wetlands

 

Brian J. O’Neill, Ph. D. Assist. Prof., UW-W Dept. of Biological Sciences

Friday, September 7 10:30 am

Starin Park Community Building

No matter how harsh an environment, organisms develop strategies to thrive almost everywhere. Temporary wetland habitats cycle from boom to bust where critters quickly eek out a living before the habitat becomes unlivable. Organisms can hibernate or lay extremely tough eggs that may wait decades, or even longer, for rain. Some species simply migrate around searching for water. The “speed of life” that these organisms use is very different from permanent habitats, and the strategies that critters use can be counterintuitive at first glance. While life may not be stable, the interactions between the creatures and habitat make for a very dramatic lifestyle. Mother Nature has recently provided us with a lot of temporary wetlands! Come and find out what may be in your area.

The presenter is Brian J. O’Neill, Ph. D. Assist. Prof., UW-W Dept. of Biological Sciences. Please register in advance by calling 262-473-0535

Memory Café Meeting, September 10 at Irvin L. Young Memorial Library

The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, will host a monthly Memory Café for individuals who are living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), early-stage Alzheimer’s or other dementia, and their care partners. This free social event will be held on the second Monday of every month in the Library Community Room at 431 W. Center St. in Whitewater, at 10:30 am.

The next meeting will be on September 10th. The theme will be “Tool Time” with a reminiscence of tools we all use.

The Memory Café offers participants a safe and fun way to share their stories and socialize with others who have similar experiences. Learn how staying physically, socially and mentally active is good for the brain.

Registration is required for first-time attendees. Please call 800-272-3900 to register.

Multiple upcoming events at Wisconsin Makers


Flash Mini Workshop in Animation

On Tuesday, August 14, 2 pm – 5 pm, Wisconsin Makers (200 E Clay Street, Whitewater) is holding a Flash Mini Workshop in Animation, Stop Motion, and Related Technology.

This is an introductory workshop for students in 8th to 12th grades and beyond. We will discover all flavors and variations of animated graphics. A blend of both computer-generated and old school methods will be covered. Thus we will cover what could be possible given current and emerging technologies and their limitations.


Flash Blacksmith Mini Workshop, step 3 of 10

Wisconsin Makers (200 E Clay Street, Whitewater) is having a Flash Blacksmith Mini Workshop, on Thursday, August 16, 3 pm – 5 pm. We will be doing step 3 in a series of 10 steps in building a modern anvil. This is an ongoing process from our last workshop in building the anvil. Sign up on Eventbrite, Meetup, and Facebook for this workshop.

 

 


 Home School Open House

Wisconsin Makers (200 E Clay Street, Whitewater) is having Home School Open House, Thursday, August 16, 1 pm – 3 pm and 6 pm – 8 pm.

We invite all Home School parents and students to our Home School Open House. We are focused on both STEM and STEAM activities and are very excited about our expanded Fall semester. We have a grant from the Whitewater Community Foundation for supplies for our workshops.

Our members, your instructors, freely share knowledge with Home School parents and students. After all, we are a MakerSpace with an Educational Mission.

For more information on Wisconsin Makers like our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/wisconsinmakers/ and
join our Meetup, https://www.meetup.com/WisconsinMakers/.

Prairie, Gardens, and Greenhouse Tours Held this Summer at UW-Whitewater

Summer is the most beautiful time of year on the UW-Whitewater campus, and the community is invited to explore during free guided tours this summer. UW-Whitewater Continuing Education is pleased to offer tours of the prairie and nature preserve, landscapes, flower and vegetable gardens, and greenhouse throughout the season. Kick off the tour season with an evening tour of the prairie and nature preserve on the summer solstice, June 21.

Wes Enterline, UW-Whitewater’s sustainability coordinator and Master Gardener volunteer, will lead the tours. All tours are free with registration and open to the public.

To download a flyer with all the information: 

Register for any or all tours here: http://www.uww.edu/ce/garden.

Campus maps can be found here: http://www.uww.edu/campus/.

Prairie and Nature Preserve

See how the prairie vegetation and wildlife changes over the summer months, starting with a summer solstice tour on the 21st.

Thursday, August 9, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Meet at Lot 19


Campus Flower Gardens

Check out our annuals and perennials and learn more about the sustainable practices we use.

Thursday, August 23, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Meet at the Visitor Center, Lot 7


Upham Greenhouse and Campus Vegetable Garden

Our gardens yield hundreds of pounds of organic produce each summer, all donated to local food pantries.

Thursday, August 16, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 30, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Meet at the Visitor Center, Lot 7

These are walking tours with low activity levels. If you need accommodations or have questions about physical access, please contact Kari Borne at bornek@uww.edu or 262-472-1003.

 

Memory Café Meeting, August 13 at Irvin L. Young Memorial Library

The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, will host a monthly Memory Café for individuals who are living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), early-stage Alzheimer’s or other dementia, and their care partners. This free social event will be held on the second Monday of every month in the Library Community Room at 431 W. Center St. in Whitewater, at 10:30 am.

The next meeting will be August 13th. The theme will be “Table Games” with fun, brief games.

The Memory Café offers participants a safe and fun way to share their stories and socialize with others who have similar experiences. Learn how staying physically, socially and mentally active is good for the brain.

Registration is required for first-time attendees. Please call 800-272-3900 to register.