Virtual City/School Meetings for 9/14-18

City of Whitewater Plan Commission – Mon. @ 6:00 p.m.
Includes work session on new sign ordinance
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Whitewater Unified School District School Board Special Meeting – Monday; Closed session @ 6:30 p.m.; Open session @ 7:00 p.m.
Closed session pertains to specific student concerns
Open session includes instructional plans beginning 9/28
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City of Whitewater Common CouncilTues. @ 6:30 p.m.
Includes Councilmember Aldermanic District 5 applications and possible swearing in of new member; Authorizing moving of polling location for November 3 election from University Center to Kachel Field House; City’s actions regarding prevention of COVID-19 infections
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USA Track and Field Officially Certifies the Discover Whitewater Series

WHITEWATER (Discover Whitewater submission) – The new route for the Discover Whitewater Series (DWS): Half Marathon and 5K is officially USA Track and Field (USATF) certified. 

The USATF only certifies courses that meet certain requirements, such as having the correct distanced route. Runners need to know that the race they are running is the exact distance of a half marathon or 5k. Most runners would like to compare race times on different courses, which can only be achieved if they are certified to be the same distance. When a runner’s race time is accepted as a record, it can allow him or her to prequalify in much larger races.  

“The DWS is incredibly excited to once again be both USATF and CARA (Chicago Area Runners Association) certified,” said DWS Executive Director Jeffery Knight. “What is most important to the entire DWS team is to put on a quality race that exceeds all safety expectations.” 

Just like the DWS, the USATF strives for competitive excellence. This is why the DWS is not only USATF certified but also certified by the CARA. CARA abides by the Best Practices Guidelines, which ensures that all certified races have medical staff on hand, insurance coverage, and several other safety measures.  

Safety is incredibly important to the entire Discover Whitewater Series team. That’s why we’ve put in place many new safety measures, such as social distancing guidelines and a special race start that allows for people to stay separated. Read more about our safety changes at https://runwhitewater.com/StillRunning.  

CARA certification ensures a quality race. From requiring a back-up timing system to ensuring that course marshals will be present on the course, the DWS follows all of the Best Practices Guidelines. Combined with the DWS’ USATF certification, this year’s event will be both safe and competitive.  

To learn more, check out the CARA Best Practice Guidelines at https://cararuns.org/. Visit the USTAF’s website at https://www.usatf.org/.  

About the DWS 

The goal of the DWS is to promote the City of Whitewater and highlight its greatest features, while keeping everyone in the community active. All the proceeds from the race are donated to five local non-profit partners: Bethel House (which provides interim housing for homeless families), Whitewater LEADS, Working for Whitewater’s Wellness (W3), Whitewater Unified School District and the J-Hawk Aquatic Club. The DWS partners with the city, business community, university and the school district to make this a tremendous event that benefits all who participate. For more information about the race visit www.runwhitewater.com

Winchester TrueValue Donates Hand-Sanitizer, KN-95 Masks and Hand Soap to WUSD

Winchester TrueValue was happy to donate cases of hand-sanitizer, KN-95 masks and hand soaps to the Whitewater Unified School District on Tuesday. The donation was part of Education Heroes Safety Campaign sponsored by TrueValue Foundation.

Pictured are: Carolyn Pate-Hefty, District Administrator of WUSD; Steve Johnson, owner of Winchester TrueValue; and Matthew Sylvester-Knudtson, Business Manager of WUSD.

WW Youth Traveling Basketball Club Registering Girls, Grades 4-8, until next Wed., 9/16


Whitewater Youth Basketball Traveling Club (WWTYBC) is looking for girls from 4th-8th grades interested in playing basketball this year. Badger Developmental League (BDL) starts at the beginning of January and goes until the end of March of 2021. Practice would begin during the first week of December. There are no definite times or dates for a start as of now. The league is looking for a number of how many will participate for each grade level in the community. BDL wants an idea of what they will have for teams when the league starts. There will be no fee for play until we know more about what is going to happen with the league. We need to know a yes or a no. Unfortunately, a maybe will be considered a no.  This is not ideal but this is what BDL is asking for.  We are only opening registration through Whitewater Park and Rec until next week Wednesday, Sept. 16.   Once teams are solidified, a player fee and uniform order will be arranged.  WWTYBC needs and appreciates your cooperation, patience and understanding during these times. If you have any questions, please email wwytbc@gmail.com.

Common Council Fails to Pass Ordinance Limiting Size of Gatherings

By Lisa Dawsey Smith
Whitewater Banner staff
whitewaterbanner.com

At its regular meeting on September 1 the Common Council supported drafting of an ordinance that would temporarily limit the size of gatherings due to the pandemic, but the members at a special meeting on September 9 indicated they would decline to adopt the proposed ordinance by a straw poll of 5-1. The Aldermanic District 5 seat is currently open, with McKinley Palmer having resigned effective September 1 due to moving out of the district. Lynn Binnie was the only member who expressed support for the ordinance, which would have limited essentially social outside gatherings to no more than 25 non-household members, and inside gatherings to 10 non-household persons. Additionally there was a provision that would limit capacity of bars to 50% of their legal limit, and restaurants to 75%. As part of the introduction to the proposed ordinance, Binnie indicated that the Walworth County portion of the city had reached what he described as an alarming 24.9% fourteen day COVID-19 positivity rate. Acknowledging that the vast majority of the 105 positive tests during that period would have been for UW-W students, he expressed concern that this level of infection is very likely to start transmitting to “permanent” residents.

In the 2-3/4 hour meeting the Council heard varied comments ranging from support of the ordinance, support of the concept but with reservations about the proposed ordinance, and full disagreement with any effort to regulate gathering size.

Curt Patrick, co-owner/operator of Pumpers & Mitchell’s had sent a lengthy email to the members opposing in particular the provision that would have limited the capacity of bars. “You can’t tell college students they can’t party, you just can’t. They take it as a challenge…If you tell students of legal drinking age that they are not welcome in local taverns, they WILL do so elsewhere, and in large numbers,” Mr. Patrick stated in his email.

Several citizens, including at least two students, one of whom stated he was currently infected with COVID-19, spoke in general support of the ordinance, indicating that they were very disturbed by the large yard parties that they had observed since students returned to the university.

A number of commenters faulted UW-W for not having communicated effectively with students and landlords before move-in. While acknowledging that the university could have done more, Interim Chancellor Greg Cook spoke in favor of the ordinance. Near the end of the meeting Dr. Cook shared that UW-Madison had just announced that, as a result of their spiking positive tests, all classes were going to be held virtually for the next two weeks. “To be honest with you, we’re not far behind, and it’s going to have an impact on the city,” Cook stated. “…I actually fear it’s probably too late. We should have done this over a month ago.”

Ultimately the Council directed staff to meet as soon as possible with stakeholders, including UW-W officials and student representatives, restaurant and bar operators, and landlords in an attempt to reach consensus on any measures that could be taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Subscribers to The Gazette may also read an article by reporter Jonah Beleckis.

Lydia Wiley Deal was honored at Ripon College’s Spring 2020 Awards Convocation

RIPON, WI (Ripon College Submission)– Lydia Wiley Deal class of 2021 from Whitewater, Wisconsin was given the William Harley Barber Award (Physics) during the Spring 2020 Awards Convocation celebration. Wiley Deal is majoring in Music and Physics. The parents of Wiley Deal are Don and Cheryl Deal of Whitewater, Wisconsin.

Ripon College, founded in 1851, is Wisconsin’s best-value private college and a national leader in liberal arts education, devoted to ensuring every student realizes their unique potential. Ninety-six percent of alumni are employed, in graduate school or student-teaching within six months. In recognition of its academic excellence, the college was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 1953, placing it among a select group of the nation’s top colleges. Ripon has the highest earning graduates in Wisconsin, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard. Ripon ranks first in Wisconsin and third in the Midwest on Washington Monthly’s list of “Best Bang for the Buck” colleges. The College has the highest minority graduation rate in the nation. Ripon is consistently recognized as a “Best Value” and “Best 383 College” by The Princeton Review and a Top Tier National Liberal Arts College by U.S. News & World Report. For more information about Ripon College, visit ripon.edu.

FCCU Celebrates 80 Years of Service

(Fort Community Credit Union Submission) Fort Community Credit Union (FCCU) is proud to announce the celebration of the credit union’s 80th anniversary. FCCU began growing roots in Southeastern Wisconsin in 1940 when employees of Moe Light, in Fort Atkinson, pooled their paychecks together to begin the credit union. In 1980, the name Fort Community Credit Union was adopted and became community chartered. Over the years FCCU has expanded their services to members living or working in Dane, Dodge, Jefferson, Rock, Walworth and Waukesha counties.  With locations in Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Watertown and Whitewater, FCCU serves over 22,000 members and currently holds $298 million in assets.

“Over the last 80 years, we’ve changed our name, expanded our branches, and diversified our services, but our commitment to our members and the communities we serve has never changed,” said Sue Johnson, President and CEO of FCCU. “While we’re excited to celebrate our history, the growth of our organization, and the ongoing impact we have on our communities, this celebration is really about our members.  Recognition of this milestone goes out to them.”

About FCCU: Established in 1940, Fort Community Credit Union (FCCU) is a member-owned financial cooperative open to anyone living or working in Dane, Dodge, Jefferson, Rock, Walworth or Waukesha counties. Fort Community holds $298 million in assets and has more than 22,000 members. For more information about FCCU and the products and services they offer, visit fortcommunity.com or call (920) 563-7305.

UW System reports very strong Day 1 enrollment; UW-W may be an outlier

MADISON, Wis., Sept. 3—University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson today unveiled enrollment figures from the first day of the fall semester that suggest a vast majority of students have responded positively to the return of on-campus instruction.

A total of nearly 126,000 students enrolled at the 10 universities that began on-campus instruction Sept. 2. The numbers are preliminary and unofficial. Including estimates for the other three universities and expected registration additions across all universities after the first day of classes, UW System is estimating 165,897 students for fall 2020.

The UW System does not typically release enrollment figures from the first day of instruction but is doing so because of widespread interest in campus activities during the fall 2020 semester amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The figures suggest the potential for a modest decline of roughly 1 percent in enrollment compared to 2019, although 2020 enrollment remains subject to change given the fluid nature of the pandemic.

Thompson said the data demonstrate the value of a UW System education.

“The enrollment numbers show students are eager to return to campus and resume or begin their studies,” Thompson said. “The on-campus experience is the right thing for the University of Wisconsin, and our students agree.”

The 10 UW System universities that began instruction Sept. 2 and their Day 1 enrollment counts are UW-Eau Claire (10,932), UW-Green Bay (7,251), UW-Madison (44,010), UW-Milwaukee (23,637), UW-Parkside (4,337), UW-Platteville (7,548), UW-River Falls (5,717), UW-Stevens Point (8,110), UW-Superior (2,500), and UW-Whitewater (11,513).

First-day enrollment makes up about 95 percent of the enrollment in a given semester, with another five percent enrolling after the first day. These first-day 2020 enrollment figures should not be compared to final enrollment figures from 2019.

UW-La Crosse, UW Oshkosh, and UW-Stout begin instruction next week. Official enrollment figures will be collected later in September, verified, and released at a later date.

“These enrollment numbers are very encouraging,” said Andrew S. Petersen, president of the Board of Regents. “I want to thank our students for having faith in us and our faculty and staff for their hard work over the summer and what we know will be an unconventional semester.”

System universities are delivering education in three ways: in-person, online, and a hybrid of the two.

President Thompson had previously announced a COVID-19 testing program, excluding UW-Madison, that includes 34,000 tests for symptomatic students and 317,000 additional tests for students living in residence halls to detect possible spread of the virus. By Sept. 2, the UW System had received and begun to distribute 44,000 tests and 36 testing machines. UW System anticipates receiving approximately 20,000 tests weekly for use in the residence halls.

UW-W may be an outlier: Per the historical record of fall enrollment shown below, it appears that UW-W may be experiencing a more significant decline than the 1% projected average decline in the UW System. Though not an apples-to-apples comparison, this year’s first day count versus the tenth day count last fall reflects an approximate 7% decline.

Fall enrollment:
2009 – 11139
2010 – 11557
2011 – 11643
2012 – 12031
2013 – 12015
2014 – 12159
2015 – 12351
2016 – 12628
2017 – 12430
2018 – 12084 (Does not include Janesville campus)
2019 – 12368 (Includes Janesville campus; 10th day, preliminary number)
2020 – 11513 (Includes Janesville campus; 1st day, preliminary number)

Discover Whitewater Series is searching for volunteers

WHITEWATER (Discover Whitewater Series Submission) – The Discover Whitewater Series (DWS): Half Marathon and 5K is in need of volunteers for their annual race on Sunday, September 20, 2020.  

Volunteering for DWS is a great way to get involved in the Whitewater community. There are all sorts of positions still available, such as water stations, parking, post-race nutrition stations, and much more.  

Can’t make it Sunday? The DWS could use volunteers Friday and Saturday, too. Friday and Saturday will consist mostly of packet pickup and set-up for the race.  

The DWS team is also looking for people to walk behind the races. This position entails following the last of the runners and volunteers for this position must be able to complete the entirety of whichever race they sign up to walk behind.  

All volunteers receive a free t-shirt, a sandwich courtesy of Aladdin Food Services and access to the virtual goodie bags. 

“Volunteering for the Discover Whitewater Series is a great way to give back to the community,” said Race Director Dawson Miller. “And that’s what this race has always been about: giving back to the community while still running a purely athletic event.” 

This year more than ever, safety is a huge priority for the entire DWS team. We ask that all volunteers social distance from each other as much as possible and to wear masks the entire time they are at the event. Gloves and hand sanitizer will be distributed to all relevant areas as well.  

Volunteers will also be asked to not attend if they have any COVID related symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID in the last 14 days. For a full look at our safety rules and regulations, check out https://runwhitewater.com/StillRunning.  

Secure your volunteer position at http://RunWhitewater.com/Volunteer. See you on race day! 

About the DWS 

The goal of the DWS is to promote the City of Whitewater and highlight its greatest features, while keeping everyone in the community active. All the proceeds from the race are donated to five local non-profit partners: Bethel House (which provides interim housing for homeless families), Whitewater LEADS, Working for Whitewater’s Wellness (W3), Whitewater Unified School District and the J-Hawk Aquatic Club. The DWS partners with the city, business community, university and the school district to make this a tremendous event that benefits all who participate. For more information about the race visit www.runwhitewater.com

Common Council fails to pass ordinance limiting gatherings

September 9, 2020

At a 2-3/4 hour special meeting on Wednesday evening, a straw poll of Common Council members of 5-1 indicated a lack of interest in adopting a pandemic-related ordinance limiting the size of gatherings that they had requested to be drafted at the September 1 regular meeting. A full report will be posted by Saturday. Meanwhile, subscribers to The Gazette may read a report titled ‘It’s Probably Too Late.’ Head of UW-W gives prognosis for fall term amid virus.” by Jonah Beleckis here.