University of Wisconsin–Whitewater
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|Chancellor||Beverly A. Kopper|
|Location||Whitewater, Wisconsin, U.S.|
|Colors||Purple and White|
The University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, also known as UW–Whitewater, is part of the University of Wisconsin System and is located in Whitewater, Wisconsin. It is a four-year, co-educational, residential college accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. As of 2013, total undergraduate and graduate enrollment at the university was over 12,000 and approximately 40 states and 40 countries were represented by the student body.
- 1 History
- 2 Campus
- 3 Student government
- 4 Extracurricular activities
- 5 Notable people
- 6 References
- 7 Further reading
- 8 External links
The school was dedicated on April 21, 1868, as Whitewater Normal School and graduated its first class of teachers in June, 1870. Old Main, the last surviving building of the original campus, burned in 1970. After the fire, its carillon bells were moved to the Alumni Foundation Office. In remembrance of Old Main, an electronic broadcast of the bells plays daily at 12 pm and 6 pm. Albert Salisbury, writing in 1893, remarked: "The young men and women who gathered into this school in those early years found here a new and stimulating atmosphere. The spirit of earnestness-almost a severe earnestness,- pervaded the place; and the high ideals of its administration were contagious in a remarkable degree." Salisbury wrote of a unique tradition of the school known as "Students' Day." One day during the term faculty would, unannounced, be entirely absent from the school. Once students recognized that the day must be "Students' Day," they would elect a President and Faculty from amongst themselves who would take up the regular duties of the day. The annual catalogue stated the purpose of "Students' Day" as the following: "The object of thus putting the institution under the care of the students is to test their moral culture, their executive ability, and their devotion to their work."
In 1927, the school received authority to grant baccalaureate degrees in education and the name was changed to Whitewater Teachers College. With the addition of liberal arts programs in 1951 it became Wisconsin State College–Whitewater, and was later designated a Wisconsin State University in 1964. In 1971, after the merger of the former University of Wisconsin and the former Wisconsin State Universities, the school became part of the University of Wisconsin System and has had the name of University of Wisconsin–Whitewater since then.
The University of Wisconsin–Whitewater consists of 400 acres located in southeastern Wisconsin. The iconic landmark of the university's campus, Old Main, burned down in a fire on February 7, 1970. The school's oldest building, it was the only one that had been part of the original campus. The east wing of Old Main, now Hyer Hall, is all that survived of the building. It now houses many of the university's administrative offices, in addition to classrooms and lecture halls. The James R. Conner University Center occupies the heart of campus. The "UC" contains a bowling alley, an art gallery, a stage for live music, a coffee shop, and several dining options. The UW-Whitewater Nature Preserve contains 110 acres of various ecosystems that are used as outdoor classrooms.
Whitewater Student Government (WSG) is the students' governing body. It consists of a senate, a president, a vice president and an executive board. WSG has the primary responsibility for the formulation and review of policies concerning student life, services and interests according to Wisconsin State Statute 36.09(5).
The organization also provides services to students on campus. They host an adopt-a-lot service, where students and organizations can adopt a campus parking lot to clean; provide legal advice through an attorney; and provide information on classes relating to taxes. WSG also provides links on its website to community housing.
The University of Wisconsin Whitewater has over 170 recognized clubs and organizations for students to get involved with.
The Royal Purple
The Royal Purple is the university's independent student newspaper that provides students, faculty, and staff with a forum for news, entertainment, and sporting events. In addition, the Royal Purple provides the university with an open forum for opinions and commentary on events and issues that affect UW-Whitewater students. It has been in publication since 1901.
Jitters Coffee Lounge
Jitters is a student-run coffee house located on the first floor of Wells East Residence Hall. It was opened with the intention of creating a lasting, strong, and vital sense of community. It has grown from just an idea by a few creative people in 1997 to now being a place where campus artists, poets, authors, musicians, actors, comedians, dancers and other assorted folks can meet for coffee.
The Ceramics Guild hosts an annual December/fall semester ceramics sale, often in collaboration with the alloy metalsmithing group. A tradition established in 1977, the sale contributes financially to the UW-Whitewater ceramics program, allowing visiting artists to lecture. To date, over 60 visiting artists have conducted workshops in studio ceramics.
91.7 The Edge
The Edge is the campus's student run radio station broadcasting out of Andersen Library, where they have been broadcasting since 1966. The station broadcasts local news and sports and plays a music ranging from jazz and hip-hop to alternative and metal.
Fraternities and sororities have long been a part of UW-Whitewater's campus life. These organizations are involved with annual philanthropy and community service projects, homecoming week activities, socials (also known as exchanges) between other Greek organizations or general student organizations, scholarship opportunities for members, and professional networking skills and opportunities.
InterFraternal Council fraternities
Panhellenic Council sororities
National Panhellenic Council fraternities & sororities
UW–Whitewater is a member of NCAA Division III for athletics. It is a member of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). The university's athletics teams are nicknamed the Warhawks and are represented by the colors purple and white.
In the 2013-2014 academic year the Warhawks made collegiate sport history by winning the men's football, basketball, and baseball championships. UW-Whitewater is the first school in NCAA history in any division to experience such a three-sport sweep in the same academic year.
Whitewater's record-setting 2013-2014 championship wins consisted of the following:
- On December 20, 2013 UW-Whitewater won the NCAA Division III Football Championship against Mount Union. This was the football team's eighth Division III championship appearance in nine years.
- On March 22, 2014 UW-Whitewater won the NCAA Men's Division III Basketball Championship, defeating Williams College. This was the basketball team's fourth Division III championship title.
- On May 27, 2014 UW-Whitewater won the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship in a victory over the Emory University Eagles. This was the baseball team's second national championship in program history.
UW-Whitewater's programs for students with disabilities include the Cornerstones for Success. Through this program, world class athletes with disabilities share their experiences in sports and everyday life with students from across the Midwest.
UW-Whitewater also has wheelchair basketball programs for men and women, created in 1973. The woman's team, established in 2008, has won three Intercollegiate National Championships, the most recent being in 2014.
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