09-02-2014: IEC Applications open now
The Student Association is currently looking for five at-large students to serve as the 2014-15 Independent Election Commission, and are accepting applications through this link. The election commission is considered to be a separate, fourth branch of the SA responsible for coordinating the marketing of all SA elections, organizating and hosting election special events including debates and election kick-off parties, and facilitating all campaigning and voting processes related to all elections and referenda.
Of the five chosen student applicants, the IEC shall decide on a Head Commissioner who shall be required to work 10 office hours a week and will in turn receive a monthly stipend of around $400-$600. To be eligible to serve on the IEC, students must have and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA, be at least half-time enrolled and can not have served in an official position on the SA in the past year. In addition, the IEC must agree to not serve in any official SA role in the following year (2015-16).
Applications are open now at this link, just be sure to select "Independent Election Commission" under the committee you are applying for. Applications will be taken on a rolling basis until filled, but the hope is to have all positions confirmed by the Senate on Sunday, September 7, so applications turned in before Thursday, September 4 at 4:00pm will be more likely to gain confirmation. For more information about this opportunity, please don't hesitate to contact the Student Government Relations Coordinator, Dave Stockton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The results of the 2013 Student Association General Election can be found at: http://uwm.orgsync.com/org/sam/2013Elections .
If you have any comments, questions or concerns please feel free to contact Acting Chair of the Independent Election Commission, Anthony DeWees, by email at: email@example.com.
Please visit: http://uwm.orgsync.com/org/sam/Elections for important up-to-date election information.
A new addition to this year's Student Association Elections is an online sample ballot. The hope is that the sample ballot will help students become familiar with how a ballot looks and works. Questions about the ballots can be addressed to the IEC.
Disclaimer: When the ballot is being used for an actual election, names and parties will be reflective of actual students and parties running in the election. The ballot will also reflect the most up-to-date available seats for each school/ college. Only students eligible to vote in a particular election will receive a ballot. For example if you are a student in Letters and Science you would not receive a ballot that would allow you to vote in the School of Education. The ballot is subject to change and is approved by the Independent Election Commission before each election. If you have comments, questions or concerns please contact the IEC.
Student Association of Milwaukee – Independent Election Commission
DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2013
TIME: 1:15 PM
LOCATION: UWM Student Union – Room 340,
2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
MATTER: The IEC will discuss and vote on approval of the 2013 Student Association Elections Ballot; voting on and approving of the 2013 Candidates for office of President/ Vice President/ Senator; review, hear, vote, approve or deny the assessment of points for elections violations; hear from the public about concerns or issues that surround the election.
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All meetings are open to the general public.
An agenda will be posted in conjunction with this public notice at least 48 hour prior to the start of the meeting
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AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) COMPLIANCE NOTICE
The Student Association of Milwaukee is committed to making its meetings accessible to individuals with disabilities. If, due to a disability, you need an accommodation or assistance to participate in the public meeting, please contact Acting IEC Commissioner Anthony Dewees at firstname.lastname@example.org within a reasonable time before the meeting.
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If you wish to receive public notices, agendas and other Student Association
Correspondence please subscribe to our email list by following the link:
Please visit: http://uwm.orgsync.com/org/sam/Elections to view the Preliminary Party and Candidates List.
If you have any questions, contact Acting IEC Commissioner Anthony DeWees at email@example.com.
CONTACT: Stephanie M. Perleberg FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Student Association of Milwaukee Unveils New Logo
The Student Association of Milwaukee (S.A.M.), which serves as the voice of the students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has unveiled their redesigned logo on December 11, 2012.
The new logo is a continuation of the refreshing changes taking place within S.A.M. for the 2012/2013 school year. The logo highlights the new name and “S.A.M.” acronym. It also introduces students and faculty to the Student Association of Milwaukee’s mascot, “Sam” the panther. Contemporary text and UWM school colors are incorporated throughout. These texts modernize the face of S.A.M. and celebrate the association’s school pride.
The logo design developed by the S.A.M. Communications Department in conjunction with Union Marketing. “This new logo displays our external transition from the Student Association of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to the Student Association of Milwaukee and our internal shift as becoming leaders within the University and local community,” explains Tereza Pelicaric, President of S.A.M.
“We are moving in parallel with the progressing University. We want to people to know we are still here. We do not make up S.A.M. alone. Everyone here is part of it,” she continues.
The new logo can be found on the Student Association of Milwaukee’s website and social media accounts.
12-04-2012: Study Day Relaxation Event
Thursday, December 13th, is study day. This Relaxation event will help ease your mind and body as you study for exams and write your final papers.
The event will take place in the Union Ballroom from 3pm-7pm on Thursday. Activities will include an oxygen bar, gel candles and massage chairs. Healthy snacks will also be provided.
11-20-2012: Sentate Meeting Recap: November 18, 2012
The latest Senate Meeting took place on November 18, 2012. Several important topics were discussed and voted on. To start, seven senators, Michelle Lastroch, David Moore, Sossie Yorot, Jason Laitsch, Charles Sinhda, Daniel Sivilotti and Michelle Kresovic, were impeachment and removed from their positions.
Next, a Resolution in Solidarity with the Palermo’s Workers Strike (SB1213-015) was discussed. The resolution was passed with two abstentions. The senate unanimously passed an Act in Support of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Inclusive Housing Policy (SB1213-018).
There were several seat approvals and appointments made. Trenton Dowling was approved for Associate Justice. Committee chairs were approved for the Senate Finance Committee, Council on Diversity and Inclusion and the Student Association Safety Committee.
Finally, committee appointments were made for the Academic Misconduct Hearing Committee, the Academic Policy Committee, the Advisory Committee on Education Technology, the Athletic Director Search and Screen Committee, Campus Activity Board, the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on LGBT issues, the Children's Center Search and Screen Committee, the College of Health Science- Course and Curriculum Committee, Dining Services Committee, the Financial Aid and Student Employment Advisory Committee, the Graduate School Scholastic Appeals Committee, the Libraries Committee, the Parking and Transit Oversight Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Access the Senate session via USTREAM.
In recent weeks, there has been a tremendous focus on the UWM neighborhood, and on the behavior of less than 0.5% of the UWM student body. From all the attention these rowdy weekend partiers have been getting, it’s easy to lose perspective and think that every night around UWM is somehow louder than concert night at Alpine Valley.
Before we address the root issues, it is important to first address City of Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn. Recently, Flynn took it upon himself to proclaim that UWM students are merely visitors. For those who have grown up in the Milwaukee area, Chief Flynn’s statement represents a huge slap in the face. And for our university that attracts bright minds from all over our state, region, and heck, even from across the world, Chief Flynn demonstrated an overt unwillingness to continue working together to further our university’s mission.
Chief Flynn, the students of UWM are not guests in this neighborhood. We pay our vehicle registration taxes, our gas taxes, our sales taxes, and like you, Chief Flynn, we also pay our rent. We hold jobs in the city, just like you, and we pay our income taxes, just like you. Sure, your 4-year-ata- time stints as a true guest in this city might be a little different than our time here, but make no mistake, renters in Milwaukee, including you, ARE residents of Milwaukee. But unlike you, Chief Flynn, when our four years are up, many of us will stay here. When yours are up, you’ll just leave Milwaukee for somewhere else. What our state invests in our education, we give back in economic impact, in a more educated populace, and in volunteer hours the likes of which you have no idea.
We understand, though, Chief Flynn. Many in high profile public office use diversionary tactics to cover up their weaknesses. We know you seek to change the public’s focus away from your department’s failures, as well as your own. We just wish you’d direct that focus towards something legitimate, and not towards the calls from non-student residents around UWM who seek to play “gotcha” with their student neighbors for having a beer and shouting at the TV during a Packer game.
Our neighborhood isn’t bad at all, and it’s certainly not the wild-west. We are fortunate in our neighborhood. It seems the biggest complaints our, non-student neighbors have revolve around parking scarcity, and the fact, that yes, on the weekends, some students tend to enjoy that they don’t have class the next day. Many students do that by going out with friends to the mall, a movie theater, or a restaurant. But let’s be frank. There are some who choose to have friends over, listen to music, and partake in the consumption of a perfectly legal beverage.
Sometimes their music gets too loud, and sometimes their consumption is too much, but seldom is it ever any more than that. Unfortunately though, non-student residents who live amongst us have made a decision to ignore the 95% of the week when living near UWM is a very positive experience. They choose instead to manufacture over-exaggerations and flat out lies designed to draw police into our neighborhoods to arrest a few dozen students for noise violations. The selfishness displayed through that process demonstrates little respect for other areas of our city that have REAL crime issues that deteriorate neglected neighborhoods.
There are families in parts of our city that would give anything to have a UWM student who throws a party twice a month as their next-door neighbor. Many would rather be slightly annoyed by a little noise instead of terrified of the gun violence and drug deals happening unabated outside of their front doors. Many non-student residents around UWM have moved out, not because they don’t like the atmosphere, but because they would rather relish the pay day they get from charging inflated rent to students dependent on living near their campus. We say this not to pretend that we’re some kind of victims, but to demonstrate that we have complaints, too. We just realize that there are more important issues than a few hundred bucks more in rent and the unfairness of the 10 non-student neighbors ginning up enough illegitimate complaints to crash the phone system at QVC.
At the end of the day, when rational thought prevails, there are some realizations to take note of.
1. UWM is not going anywhere.
2. UWM students will always live in the neighborhood surrounding one of the most compacted campuses in the country.
3. Real crime is a problem in Milwaukee – noise violations around UWM are not real crimes.
The way to build strong neighborhood cohesion and shared respect is NOT to drive a stake between two groups of residents in an attempt to force one group out. The money UWM is spending for police overtime and the resources Chief Flynn is pouring into our neighborhoods for negative reinforcement might instead be more responsibly utilized by creating ways to foster a stronger sense of togetherness and community instead of propagating “us against them.”
So our non-student neighbors and Milwaukee Police Department can continue down the path they’re on, and we can continue to watch that route fail. Or, we could work together, with mutual respect, to address the legitimate concerns that we all share in order to make our neighborhoods a place where we can more peacefully coexist. For years, UWM and we, the students, have been working towards fostering a more positive atmosphere. We seek to address the inappropriate behavior of the 30 rowdy students that give a bad name to all 30,000 of us, but we simply cannot accomplish this without first creating an environment of mutual respect. It’s time that our non-student neighbors, our area politicians, and our police chief work together with us to accomplish this, instead of doing all they can to intensify animosity.
The Student Association of UW Milwaukee,
On behalf of the students of UW Milwaukee
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Anthony M. DeWees
Chief of Staff
UWM Student Association
UW-Milwaukee Student Association Statement on Basketball Returning to Campus
Milwaukee – The UWM Student Association is pleased to welcome Panther basketball back to the UWM campus. The announcement that the Horizon League has granted UWM a waiver for the league’s minimum seating requirement is welcome news that will allow UWM Athletics to refocus over $250,000 in yearly expenditures towards other needs, including the payoff of over $10 Million in accrued debt.
In addition to the financial relief, the Student Association appreciates the other major aspect of basketball on campus, the positive impact on student life. Having basketball on campus, within walking distance of Athletics’ target audience, including 10,000 students living on campus, will rejuvinate our campus. This will provide convenient access for students, and will provide an opportunity for UWM alumni to return to their campus as it undergoes the exciting changes set forth in the UWM Master Plan.
“This development returns to campus a missing link of our campus community. Basketball was moved off campus without a financial plan and without a student life infrastructure. The return of basketball to the Klotsche Center sends a strong indication of the Athletic Department’s participation in strengthening student life on campus, and demonstrates the department’s newfound dedication to efficiency and financial intelligence, as stewards of student dollars. For that we congratulate the department, and thank the Horizon League for their consideration,” said Student Association President Tereza Pelicaric.
The Student Association has taken steps over the past several years to drastically change the Athletic Department, including measures to resolve the annual structural operating deficit and expand the Klotsche Center to create a more suitable environment for basketball on campus.
The Student Association serves as the official voice of the 30,000 students of UW-Milwaukee. The Association approves the expenditure of over $25 million in student fees that fund various student life enriching student organizations and student service centers. The Association is led by President Tereza Pelicaric, and consists of a legislative branch of 50 senators who serve the various schools within the University.
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04-09-2012: SAC Semester (Large) Grant agenda April 13-15
The SA Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) has posted the agenda for the Semester (Large) Grant hearings to be held April 13-15, 2012. Please see instructions as well as the agenda here:
08-17-2010: Chancellor Santiago Resigns
For Immediate Release
MILWAUKEE, WI; AUGUST 16, 2010: The students of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee are saddened by the resignation of Chancellor Santiago this afternoon. Santiago has served as chancellor for the last six years, and although some see his term as controversial, most view it as productive and ambitious.
"Santiago's efforts have done much to advance the mission of our university," stated Travis Romero-Boeck, President of the UWM Student Association, "the students of UWM wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors. We look forward to a qualified leader that will fulfill Santiago's vision and continue work to advance the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee."
Upon receiving the news, UWM System President Kevin P. Reilly stated he would like to choose an interim chancellor as soon as possible, and wants to have the position filled permanently by the summer of 2011. Reilly affirmed that students would indeed make up part of the future chancellor search and screen committee, to be called as soon as possible. The role of this committee will be to interview qualified candidates, and ultimately choose an efficient, responsible, and effective leader to see through the many projects started during Santiago's time at UWM.
The next few semesters are paramount, as UWM is faced with many important and definitive issues, such as the upcoming architectural advancements, rising tuition costs, and the large athletic deficit.
In the time to come, the UWM community will be hoping for a quick and smooth transition, and look forward to a bright future for the campus.
The UWM Student Association acts as the student's voice while seeking out new and innovative ways to prompt positive change on campus and in the community. The Student Association works to create a trustworthy and transparent relationship with all of the student body. For more information on the Student Association please visit http://sa.uwm.edu or contact Public Affairs Liason Alex Kostal.