Flashback Friday Image from the Whitewater Historical Society for October 23, 2020

It’s time for #FlashbackFriday with the Whitewater Historical Society!

This week is the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Homecoming, so here is a football photo from the past in lieu of this year’s homecoming game. Taken sometime in the early twentieth century, these students are probably playing some sort of pick-up game or scrimmage match. Behind them towers Old Main, the east wing of which still stands today as Hyer Hall. Did you know that, beginning in the 1920s, the Warhawks were originally known as the Quakers? In 1958, the University held a contest to select an official mascot and the Warhawk name was born. What are some of your favorite UWW Homecoming memories?

Join us next week for more from the Whitewater Historical Society collections!

(2094P, Whitewater Historical Society)

Flashback Friday photos are posted to the Facebook account for the Whitewater Historical Society. These images and captions will be posted to the Whitewater Banner the following Saturday morning for members of our audience who do not use social media.

The Whitewater Historical Society collects, preserves, and interprets the history of Whitewater and the surrounding area. Be sure to join us next week for more from the Society’s collections. Please “like” us on Facebook and check out our website at www.whitewaterhistoricalsociety.org!​

People’s Maps Commission Seeking Public Comment at Redistricting Hearing Featuring City’s Congressional District – Thurs. Oct 29

People's Maps
People’s Maps Commission Seeking Public Comment At Redistricting Hearing Public Hearing Oct. 29 
Banner comment: This hearing is featuring the 5th Congressional District, which includes Whitewater.
(News release from WI Dept of Administration) MADISON – The People’s Maps Commission is holding a virtual public hearing 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, to seek public input on the upcoming redistricting of legislative  maps. 

The hearing is the second in a series of at least eight meetings, one for each one of Wisconsin’s eight congressional districts, the Commission will host. The focus of the hearing will be a retrospective of how Wisconsin’s maps were drawn in 2011, and will feature Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District.  

The virtual public hearing will include testimony from experts and also provide Wisconsinites the opportunity to express how they have been impacted by legislative redistricting and share their ideas for how Wisconsin can work together to achieve fair maps.     

Every 10 years, each state redraws their legislative and congressional districts using data from the decennial census. In addition to the data from the 2020 U.S. Census, the Commission will use information gathered during the public hearing process to prepare new maps. It will then be up to the Legislature to take up and approve the maps created by the Commission. 

Although the Oct. 29 hearing will focus on the Fifth Congressional District, all Wisconsin residents are encouraged to watch and participate. Anyone wishing to testify at the hearing must register in advance by visiting the People’s Maps Commission website HERE

The deadline for registering to comment during this hearing is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Each speaker will have 3 minutes to speak. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, with priority to residents of Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District.

For anyone unable to join the virtual hearing, written comments are strongly encouraged. Written comments can be submitted at any time using the feedback form available on the People’s Maps Commission website ERE. Written comments will be reviewed by the commissioners and are public record. 

Selected by a three judge panel, the Commission is a nine-member nonpartisan redistricting commission charged with drawing fair, impartial maps for the state of Wisconsin. More information about the Commission, its members and its activities is available HERE

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the People’s Maps Commission will host virtual public hearings for each of Wisconsin’s eight congressional districts. Agendas and additional details will be announced in advance of future meeting dates. The hearing dates are as follows: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, 8th Congressional District Watch the recording of the Oct. 1 hearing HERE.

6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, 5th Congressional District 

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, 3rd Congressional District 
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, 4th Congressional District 
January hearing date TBD, 7th Congressional District 
February hearing date TBD, 1st Congressional District 
March hearing date TBD, 6th Congressional District 
April hearing date TBD, 2nd Congressional District 

Fairhaven Lecture Series: Next Lecture, Mon., Oct 26: “One Week Left: The final days of the 2020 campaign & what to look for on election night”

With just days left, there is still lots to examine and even more once the ballots have been cast and counted. UW-W faculty experts analyze the data, cut through the rhetoric, and revisit past elections to guide the public through this unpresented campaign season.

Since 1983, Continuing Education has hosted the Fairhaven Lecture Series, where faculty share their expertise on topics from art to economics and more.

This fall, we invite you to join us online for live lectures or tune in at your convenience for videos of past lectures. There’s plenty more in store this fall!Follow us on our Facebook page for updates. Visit our YouTube channel for videos from this and past series. Any other questions, please contact Kari Borne at bornek@uww.edu or 262-472-1003.

Upcoming lectures are: 
Monday, October 26 at 3:00 pm
One Week Left: The Final Days of the 2020 Campaign and What to Look for on Election Night    Eric Loepp, assistant professor, Political Science
Click here to join the live event.   

Monday, November 9 at 3:00 pm Election Results: Winners, Losers, and What Happens Next 
Political Science Faculty Panel
Click here for a link to join the live event.

Videos of Past Lectures in this Series on YouTube:
A Recap of the 2020 Presidential Nomination Process  |  Susan Johnson, associate professor, Political Science and assistant dean, College of Letters and Sciences
COVID on the Campaign Trail: The Role of COVID-19 in 2020 U.S. Presidential Campaign Communication  |  Corey Davis, professor, Communication
Presidential Elections in Times of Crises  |  Dick Haven, professor emeritus, Communication
Still More Lectures Coming Soon to YouTube:
Who Owns the Central Bank? Monetary Policy, Government and Elections  |  Eylem Ersal, associate professor, Economics

Natural Disasters, Man-made Calamities & the Economy: Making or Breaking the Incumbent President in an Election  |  Krastina Dzhambova, assistant professor, Economics

Fiscal and Monetary Policy Responses to Covid-19 and its Implication on Presidential Elections  |  Narendra Regmi, assistant professor, Economics

Presidential Transitions: Understanding the Period between Campaigning and Governing  |  Louis Fucilla, assistant professor, Political Science

 Lectures in the Fall 2020 series will be held virtually. Lectures may be held live via WebEx or pre-recorded, and videos of all lectures will be posted to our website. Videos of lectures can be accessed for free any time after they are posted online.
Check out our website and follow us on social media for updates and how to access each lecture. For videos of past series, click here. Any other questions, please contact Kari Borne at bornek@uww.edu or 262-472-1003. 

Winter Parking Hours begin November 1

(Public Service Announcement) City of Whitewater – Winter Parking Hours

The City of Whitewater would like to remind everyone that winter parking hours go in to effect on November 1, 2020.

It is unlawful for the operator or owner of any vehicle to park the vehicle on any street in the City between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. on any day from November 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021, except as hereinafter provided:

  • Physicians and surgeons shall be permitted to park vehicles at any time when the physician is on emergency call.
  • Parking shall be permitted in the downtown parking area after 5 a.m. of such period.
  • By special advance arrangement with the Public Works Director.

Any person who violates the provisions of this ordinance shall be subject to the penalties and provisions set forth in Sections 11.56.010(4) and 11.56.010(5) of the Municipal Code.

Thank you,

Brad Marquardt
Public Works Director

18-minute Common Council meeting endorses 1:1 grant application for “White Elephant” building renovation

By Lisa Dawsey Smith
Whitewater Banner volunteer staff

The Common Council’s meeting on October 20 adjourned after only 18 minutes, which was described as being the second shortest meeting in recent memory.

City Manager Cameron Clapper provided this update:
– The city will soon be submitting for reimbursement of COVID-19 related expenses from the Routes to Recovery state program that is funded by the federal CARES Act. Over $300,000 in costs have been booked, so the city hopes to receive its maximum potential reimbursement of $242,611.
– The Finance Committee has completed its three budget review meetings, and staff is completing the final 2021 budget proposal to be presented to the Council on November 5.
– In-person absentee voting is under way in the council chambers. As of October 16 there had been 2255 absentee ballot requests, and 1269 ballots had already been returned.
– Leaf collection will begin on Monday, October 26.

The Council authorized the submission of an application for a Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Community Development Investment Grant which has been requested by the property owner of 183 W. Main Street, commonly known as the White Elephant building. The grant, if approved, would help to provide funding for a major renovation of the building. The required matching funding would be provided by the property owner.

Council member Carol McCormick was excited to announce that work had been completed on Clay Street, and “it looks terrific.”

We’re All In Grant Program Phase 2 Announced for Wisconsin Small Businesses

(News release from Whitewater Community Development Authority)

Governor Evers has announced Phase 2 of the We’re All In Small Business
Grant program, providing $5,000 to at least 10,000 Wisconsin small businesses.

With COVID-19 affecting many small businesses statewide and in Whitewater, this grant will assist with the
cost of health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages and additional funding needs.
The grant is funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

To qualify for the We’re All In Small Business Grant, the business needs the following:
• the business started operating prior to January 1, 2020 and operated in 2020;
• the business is Wisconsin-based and for-profit; it employs 50 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE)
employees, including the owner; and
• it has more than $0 but less than $1 million in annual revenues.

Businesses will NOT be eligible for the grant if they are part of a national chain, unless the business is a thirdparty franchise; the business must not be a governmental unit or primarily engaged in any of the following
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes beginning with:
• 111XXX – Crop Production
• 112XXX – Animal Production or Aquaculture
• 5311XX – Lessors of Real Estate
• 813XXX – Nonprofit Organizations

If applying for the grant, businesses will need their 2019 tax information and identify the North American
Industry Classification System (NAICS) code: This information may be included in a business’s tax return, or
through the NAICS website: https://www.naics.com/naics-code-description/.

Businesses interested in applying for the We’re All In Small Business Grant can visit the Department of
Revenue website at https://www.revenue.wi.gov from Monday, October 19th through November 2nd
“I hope to see all small businesses in Whitewater take advantage of this grant,” said Cathy Anderson,
Economic Director for the City of Whitewater. “This is open to everyone and most will qualify. I would love to
see those who could use this boost receive the assistance they deserve in order to continue to thrive in our

For more information or questions, contact Cathy Anderson, Economic Developer Director at 262-473-0148 or

The City of Whitewater provides efficient and high-quality services which support living, learning, playing and
working in an exceptional community. Visit www.whitewater-wi.gov for community information and updates.

Library Reopening to the Public on Mon., Nov. 2

(Irvin L. Young Memorial Library news release) After several months of being closed to the public and only providing curbside pickup service, the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library will reopen to the public on Monday, November 2. During our closed time, new bi-polar ionization filters were installed in our HVAC system to improve the air quality and additional Plexiglas shields were installed. The Library will provide the following services during the hours listed.

Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Library is Closed to the Public – Curbside Pickup Service

Curbside pickup will be moving to the north side entryway on Center Street.

Monday-Friday from 12:30 -7:00 p.m.; Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Library is Open to the Public – Services Available

Individuals may:

  1. Use a computer for one hour.
  2. Use the photocopier.
  3. Pick up holds.
  4. Browse the stacks to choose materials for checkout.
  5. Make an appointment to use the Makerspace (a separate enclosed space) for no more than two hours.

Unavailable Services

Individuals may not

  1. Use the library as a gathering place or remain after their business is concluded to read or do work.
  2. Play in the children’s area.
  3. Schedule an in-person meeting or event in the Community Room.
  4. Purchase items from the Friends of the Library Book Shop.

The Family Restroom is available for use. Other public restrooms have been locked. Limited staffing means we can only regularly sanitize one public restroom.

The City of Whitewater passed an ordinance in July that requires that individuals wear masks in public spaces. (Banner note: Gov. Evers’ emergency order requiring masks has been extended to November 21. The city’s ordinance continues through December 31.) People entering the library will be required to wear a mask at all times. If you do not bring one, one will be provided for you. Staff will not provide one-on-one services to people who are not wearing a mask correctly.

If a patron is unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, they will be limited to 15 minutes for use of the photocopier, without staff assistance. Otherwise we encourage those individuals to use our curbside pickup service and digital library materials available from the convenience of home.

Dr. Thomas Gibson named chancellor of UW-SP; Dr. Katy Heyning, former UW-W Dean of College of Education & Professional Studies, was a finalist

Dr. Thomas Gibson named new chancellor of UW-Stevens Point

Appointment takes effect January 11, 2021

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MADISON, Wis.—Dr. Thomas Gibson, who served as Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice Provost at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, has been named the 15th Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, which has campus locations in Stevens Point, Wausau, and Marshfield.

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents today unanimously approved Gibson’s appointment, following a recommendation made by a selection committee. Gibson will assume the leadership post on January 11, 2021.

Gibson was hired as Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice Provost at Bowling Green State in July 2016. In that role, he served as an advocate for the academic and social development of students, devised policies for student success, and advised the president and provost on student issues, among other things. He has overseen the Dean of Students office; residence life; diversity, equity and inclusion; student health, wellness and recreation; the women’s center, Title IX, and Clery reporting; and Greek life.

Previously, he was associate vice president of student affairs at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.; associate dean for student development at York College, City University of New York in New York City; and employed in other roles at York College. Gibson has held numerous other positions related to student success in higher education.

“Dr. Gibson is a fantastic fit for UW-Stevens Point,” said UW System President Tommy Thompson.  “I am confident his background in student affairs coupled with his high-energy engagement with everyone he connects with will build an even better university for the entire region and our great state.”

“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve as the 15th chancellor at UW-Stevens Point,” said Dr. Gibson.  “UW-Stevens Point has a rich history and culture, and dedicated students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community leaders that I am looking forward to joining.”  

“We were fortunate to have a deeply talented group of applicants, which I think speaks to the excellent leadership opportunity UW-Stevens Point represents,” said Regent Karen Walsh, chair of the Search and Screen Committee. “This campus is a vital part of central Wisconsin life, and Dr. Gibson is committed to strengthening those relationships and creating new pathways for student success.”

“Dr. Gibson brings a breadth of experience that has equipped him to lead in a number of areas that are important to UWSP right now, including fund raising and making our campuses more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. As a student affairs professional who also served as Vice Provost at Bowling Green State University, he is well placed to foster increased collaboration between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs,” said UW-Stevens Point Professor of English Mary Bowman, vice chair of the Search and Screen Committee.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Gibson to the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point as UW-Stevens Point’s next chancellor,” said UW Regent President Andrew S. Petersen.  “Tom has a terrific professional background and an infectious enthusiasm that will serve him and the community of Stevens Point well as he assumes this exciting leadership position.”

The Special Regent Committee for the UW-Stevens Point Chancellor Search that recommended Gibson to the full Board of Regents includes Regents Walsh, José Delgado, Cris Peterson, and Olivia Woodmansee. President Thompson concurred in the recommendation.

The Search and Screen Committee includes members of the Special Regent Committee; Bowman; Scott Wallace, Professor of Business and Economics, UW-Stevens Point ; Dyllan Griepentrog, UW-Stevens Point student; Denny Peterson, retired Delta Dental president and CEO; and Marc Young, director of recruitment, UW-Stevens Point. Non-voting members of the committee include Julie Tharp, professor of English, UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield, and Ann Herda-Rapp, Campus Executive, UW-Stevens Point at Wausau.

Gibson will earn $247,500 as chancellor.