Reminder: Meal Plans After May 5th Are Forfeited

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Meal Plan Reminder – Funds remaining after May 5th are forfeited!

The details… Are you on track to use your entire meal plan money on your card? Ask at the register how much is remaining and divide by the number of days remaining in the semester. That is how much you can spend each day and get the most out of your meal plan.

Any money remaining at the end of the spring semester on your meal plan is forfeited.

A continuing balance is maintained in the food service database. You can ask the cashier at any time to tell you how much is remaining on the card.

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Contact Name * Ricky Heldt

Independence First October Gallery Night

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IndependenceFirst has a vision for full inclusion of people with disabilities in every aspect of our community, including making, viewing, and exhibiting original artwork.

We are now accepting applications to be considered for participation in our October 2017 juried exhibition to coincide with National Disability Awareness month. Our goal is to showcase the work of professional or aspiring professional artists with disabilities or whose work contains disability-related themes.

The artwork of selected applicants will be displayed in our reception area, on up to 145 ft. of wall space, for the entire month of October, with an artists’ reception on the evening of Friday, October 20, 2017, the Historic Third Ward Association’s Gallery Night event. In addition to the Gallery Night attendance, IndependenceFirst hosts many meetings and trainings in our facility and can sometimes have as many as 1,000 visitors in a day.

DEADLINE: JUNE 2, 2017 (If materials are not received by this date, they will not be considered).
Application instructions on website link and attached.

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Contact Name * Melanie Hupfer
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FINAL REMINDER: All books on loan from the Library are due on the last day of classes. If you are taking summer classes and would like to extend your due date, please speak with Cathryn or Nancy to make appropriate adjustments to your account.

Thank you and have a great summer!

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Contact Name * Cathryn Wilson

Maypole in the Sewing Lab

Date Of Event * Wednesday, May 3, 2017
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MIAD Sewing Lab Rm 250
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Join the NSP-Textiles class for the final farewell of the semester and a celebration of spring as we attempt to wrap the Sewing Lab column using a traditional Maypole dance. It may be a success or it may be an epic failure; either way it will be a spectacle.
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Event Coordinator * Maggie Sasso

Wisconsin LGBT Chamber’s Emerging Leaders Mentorship Program

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Building off a successful inaugural year, we are proud to be launching the second year of our Emerging Leaders Program. This program is an effort to help develop and prepare the next generation of LGBTQ professionals and business owners.

The Emerging Leaders Program is a mentorship program that will match LGBTQ college students (undergraduate and graduate) throughout Wisconsin with corporate professionals and business owners of LGBT Chamber members. The goal is to help students gain knowledge of the careers they’re interested in pursuing after graduation. This is a tremendous way to make sure LGBTQ students know that they can be an out leader in the workplace.

The second year of the program will officially commence in September 2017 and run until April 2018. Matches will be asked to:
– Meet on a regular basis over the program’s course in person, via Skype, phone, etc.
– Develop mentorship goals at the start of the program to detail what they’d like to accomplish together
– Participate in in-person job shadow opportunities for mentees

During the program, we will also provide professional development opportunities for mentees that mentors are also welcome to enjoy. These opportunities will discuss how to develop one’s LinkedIn profile, how to effectively network, and more. The objective is to provide at least three opportunities for students during the course of the program.

The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber will also hold a breakfast launch event and closing program to recognize the program’s participants. Attendance is encouraged but not required. Exact dates and locations will be shared after the application deadline.

Applications for LGBTQ students in Wisconsin who would like to participate as mentees will be due by May 15. Applications can be found online at

Applications for mentors will be made available on June 1, 2017, and due July 15. Mentors and mentees will be notified if selected in late August 2017.

If you have any specific questions about the Emerging Leaders Program, please feel free to contact us at (414) 678-9275 or

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Contact Name * Jason Rae
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13 Reasons Why Talking Points

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Recently, Netflix released Thirteen Reasons Why (13RY), a series based on the book by Jay Asher originally published in 2011. The series tells the story of a high school student who experiences a series of terrible events-many of which are perpetrated by her classmates and friends. Hannah has died by suicide but before she died she made a series of tapes explaining what each person in her circle has done to hurt her. Each episode tells one part of the story focused on a painful event and interaction.

The show has been highly watched and has received lots of media attention. Because the show takes up issues related to suicide and sexual assault, there have been strong (and strongly mixed) reactions from many viewers along with several professional and advocacy groups. On the one hand, the series has potentially focused attention on and created an avenue for discussions around the meaning of friendship, how friends might support each other, the risks of mistreatment and assault and the issue of youth suicide. On the other hand, the depiction and circumstances of the suicide have raised concerns because there are several elements in the story that are inconsistent with safe messaging guidelines around handling portrayals of suicide in media and works of fiction.

What to do?

In light of the concerns about this show, soon after its release, JED partnered with Suicide Awareness Voices of America (SAVE) to develop Talking Points to help clinicians and mental health professionals discuss the show with parents, young people and the media. These talking points are attached below. The JED website includes additional information and some suggestions for viewers to consider.

We can all help to promote mental health and prevent suicide!

If you or someone you know needs immediate help, text 741741 or call 1-800-273-TALK(8255)

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Contact Name * Sara Thor
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Sportaton Scholarship

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SPORTATON is offering a $1,000 annual scholarship that it’s designed to help students and make things a little bit easier for them, whose cost of attending college or graduating school is very high. We run this scholarship program every year and we hope that we will make a substantial increase in it every time. Submit a 700+ word essay on the following topic: How can sport help you be a better student.
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Contact Name * Dragos Ivanov
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LRC Tip of the Week: Find YOUR Time!

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While working to complete your final projects and papers, take a moment to consider YOUR times. Know the times in the day that you get your work done most efficiently. If you discover that you write best in the morning, then dedicate that time to writing papers. What time is it when are you reading well or making great work in the studio? Follow what your internal clock is telling you and work when you are at your best.
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Contact Name * Cathryn Wilson