Posted on February 18th, 2014 in Uncategorized by Jan Bilgen


Emerge is a seminar based on Kouzes and Pozner’s Leadership Challenge that UW-Whitewater students can participate in. Students who participate will be given the tools to develop successful leadership skills.

The seminar will be focused on the five practices of exemplary leadership.

  • Model the Way
  • Inspire a Shared Vision
  • Challenge the Process
  • Enable Others to Act
  • Encourage the Heart

Participants will create a plan to implement the five practices in everyday life.


What are the benefits of participating in and completing Emerge?  There are several!

  • Gain the skills and knowledge to become a successful leader.
  • Get to know other leaders on campus.
  • Learn from other leaders.
  • ULEAD graduates can apply to be a ULEADer once they complete Emerge.

Emerge Sessions

Attend one of the following Emerge sessions!  To register, please go to my.uww.edu and sign-up for the session that works best for you.

  • March 6th 11am-1:30pm in UC 68B or  5pm-7:30pm in UC 266
  • March 7th 1pm-3:30 pm in UC 68B
  • March 13th 11am-1:30pm in UC 68B or  5pm-7:30pm in UC 266
  • March 14th 1pm-3:30pm in UC 68B

Leadership is not about personality; it’s about behavior—an observable set of skills and abilities.”- Kouzes and Posner

Hope to see everyone there!

-Faith Karst

A Look Back At the Spring 2014 Involvement Fair

Posted on February 12th, 2014 in Uncategorized by Jan Bilgen

Hello and happy Wednesday everyone,


This past Monday, Whitewater Student Government hosted the Spring 2014 Involvement Fair, and it was an absolute blast. I had the privilege of interviewing the main coordinator of the event, Lucretia Limerick. She serves as the WSG Student Affairs Director, and has done so for the past two years.


First, let’s look into more of what her leadership position entails—after all, any student at UW-Whitewater is eligible to apply for this position at the at end of the Spring semester.


  • WSG: Student Affairs Director

    • Serve as a liaison between student organizations and administration on campus.
    • Organized and managed an involvement week during the Spring semesters.
    • Promote student development and a sense of community on campus by hosting events.
    • Implemented new duties for successors in the student government standing rules.



  • Major:  Finance with and emphasis in financial planning
  • Year:  Senior (graduate in December)
  • Spring Involvement Fair: 80 Organizations
  • Student Turn out:  Roughly 100 students walked through the fair
  • Most Rewarding Part: The most rewarding part of organizing and managing the involvement fair is noticing students getting involved and hearing candid comments that students enjoyed the fair and that they found organizations that they want to get involved with. I also enjoy helping students get involved on campus (i.e. I showed a few students how to use the JOIN account to look up different student organizations.

    ©UW-Whitewater/Jenny DuPuis


“Getting involved is a high impact practice for students, which then alludes to higher retention rates for the university. Being involved also leads students to network with potential employers. ”


-Johanna Klay

Benefits of America Reads

Posted on February 10th, 2014 in Uncategorized by Jan Bilgen

Benefits of America Reads
America Reads is a volunteer/work study program that gives Whitewater students an opportunity to give back to the surrounding communities. Students are placed in schools surrounding Whitewater. They participate in classrooms and in after school activities reading/tutoring students. Many students at Whitewater have already signed up for this program, but it is never too late to volunteer. You may not get your first choice of where you would like to be placed, but you can still contact Katelyn and see if there is an opening that would work with you schedule. You can e-mail the involvement office at involvement@uww.edu or call 262-472-6217.

There are many benefits to volunteering for America Reads. Giving up a few hours of your time to help kids in the surrounding communities can be very satisfying. If you are majoring in something that has to do with kids for example, teaching it is a great way to get your foot in the door. You are able to get volunteer hours for America Reads that could count towards your organization or the 20 hours you have to complete if you are a business major. Another benefit of America Reads is that you become familiar with the community that you are volunteering in. You will get a sense of the differences and similarities in that community compared to your own. Experiencing diversity is a great benefit for you and others. There are countless rewards that come with volunteering. It is up to you to be the leader and take the initiative to experience them for yourself.
What does this have to do with Leadership?
Participating in any volunteer program is a great way to start your leadership path or continue on your journey. Volunteering allows you to make connections not only with your supervisors, but also with the people you are helping. Who knows maybe volunteering can lead to you starting your own volunteer program.


-Faith Karst

Starting a New Semester Strong

Posted on February 5th, 2014 in Uncategorized by Jan Bilgen

Hi, everyone! My name is Johanna, and I am the other Leadership intern here at the Student Invovlement Office.


We’re heading into our third week of school here at UW-Whitewater, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to start getting yourself prepared for the rest of the semester right here and now. We’re all getting to the point where quizzes, exams, and homework are all starting to become a reality now that syllabi have been fully reviewed and Ice Breaker games have been had for all. While I’m not an accredited expert on academic and personal success, I have a few tips I think may come in handy for everyone out there.


Get Organized

Seems simple, right? Probably the easiest reason why being organized isn’t everyone’s first priority is that it is, in fact, not easy. It requires work, constant reevaluation, and not to mention time. While some people might find that organizational skills come very naturally to them, there are multiple ways to improve your organizational skills in various areas of your life.


When it comes to classwork and homework and group projects, they all seem to have a magical ability to seem like nothing when you only have or two things due, but when it comes to certain weeks, it’s almost impossible to breathe with how much work you have to complete. Ways to avoid the stress of academica aren’t difficult, but super valuable:

  • Use a planner. If you like color coding things, go for it. If you just want to make a daily to-do list in order to cross off tasks as you complete them, that’s equally as great. Know that no one is the same, and that finding your own method of keeping track of things is crucial
  • Plan AHEAD. Put that planner to good use and plan backwards. Do you know there’s going to be a test coming up in two weeks? Start putting 20-40 (depending on your major) minute study breaks 2-3 times a week and when it’s test time, you’ll be much less stressed and prepared to take your test without having to pull an overnighter ahead of time.
  • Communicate. This goes for your team members in group projects as well as your professors. The sooner you understand the people who can definitely affect your grades, the better off you will be.


  • While your first priority make be your academics, it’s important to keep in mind any work obligations. Similarly to the importance of communication in your classes, you should always aim to communicate with your boss or manager as to when your academic responsibilities take precedence to your work duties

Extra circulars

  • If you aren’t involved around campus yet, I have two words for you: Get involved! Not only do you meet like-minded individuals, but you can also gain valuable leadership experience that will make you a shoe-in for any future jobs you may want to apply for. When it comes to be involved; however, it’s important to remember you are a student first and a leader second. Make sure to never overwhelm yourself so that you are unable to study for important classes and tests.

Eat/Sleep Better

While Toppers Pizza and Custard sounds like the prefect date to most people (me included) it’s important to eat as best as you can while you’re away from home. Instead of grabbing that bag of chips, grab an apple or orange. Sleeping a full 6-8 hours is also a great way to make sure this semester is the best one yet. While late night shenanigans are fun, so is being energetic and ready to tackle each day. Sleeping and eating well will give you the energy you need to tackle any complicated math problem and the attention to pay attention through even the most difficult lectures. While it might not make you the happiest short term, in the long run you’ll thank yourself for making a few simple changes to your daily routine. For more tips and advising, also feel free to visiting the University Health and Counseling Center! They have counseling for anything you might need to keep you in the best shape—mind and body—during your stay at UW-Whitewater.

Set Goals

Setting goals is basically in the same basket as you getting involved, but as important as it is to think abot short term commitments, long term goals will keep your semester going for the full sixteen weeks.

As mentioned, everyone is different so you should never hold yourself to anyone’s improvements other than your own. Maybe aim to improve your average semester GPA by .5-1 points! It may seem like a little, but depending where you are, it could really help show you the pay off of hard work. This goal can be as small or large as you want it to be, but make it be something that’s going to make you happy.

Personal goals are also very important. Whether it’s getting into shape, or stopping a harmful habit, know that there are a ton of resources—even on campus—here to help! There’s nothing like group fitness to keep you motivated to coming back to reach your own personal goals. Sometimes, personal goals need to be a little silly. So, if you want to learn how to tie balloon animals to fulfill your semester goal, find someone with that skill so you can start learning it ASAP!

There’s no better time than now to start building your own personal brand! What do I mean by that? You’re eventually going to be a professional, and the best way to help start to shape that brand is by setting your own professional goals. Join an org related directly to your major, create a Linkedin and start connecting to peers and advisors, and most importantly, start paying attention to the things you genuinely like doing. The best way to love your future job is to love what you do. Set a goal to figure out 5-10 things you really enjoy in school, your job, or life in general.


I hope all of this helps everyone start their semester strong and keep it that way! If you ever need any advice about involvement, feel free to e-mail involvement@uww.edu and we’ll be happy to help you with any and all questions! Don’t forget to have some fun!


Posted on February 3rd, 2014 in Uncategorized by Jan Bilgen

Hello to all. My name is Faith Karst and I am the new leadership intern for the Career and Leadership Development office.


New Leaders

It’s that time at UWW that new leaders are taking their place, in their organizations or on campus. Whether it is in an organization or you are taking initiative to lead in the classroom, everywhere on campus there are new leaders among us. I just wanted take a moment and congratulate everyone that has taken a leadership role recently on the UWW campus.

You might ask yourself “How can I become a leader?” You don’t just have to be in an organization to take on a leadership role here on campus. There are many ways to become a leader here at UWW. Here are some tips on how to be a leader in three categories, in class, organizations, and in the community.

The Classroom

  • Take the initiative in class and go sit in the front of the room and encourage others to as well.
  • Become a note taker for someone who is in need.
  • Be involved. Speak up in class and jump right into the class discussions. You never know you might end up saying something that someone else in your class is too afraid to.
  • Encourage others, whether it is in a group or it’s just someone sitting next to you.

The Community

  • Be a leader by helping someone new out this week on campus. Whether it’s holding the door for someone or helping them with their homework. Set an example for everyone else by being the best you can be this semester.
  • Go with NVHP and volunteer at a nursing home this week.


  • Get involved! The Involvement office is a great resource to use when trying to get involved. There is always an organization for you.  The involvement office is located in the Career and Leadership Development office in the UC. If you are already in an organization try and take on a leadership role. Run for an E-board position.

Stop in and say Hi! See how you can get involved to become a new leader at UWW.

-Faith Karst