University of Wisconsin Whitewater 150th Gala

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150 years ago today, on top of the hill just steps away from this building, Whitewater Normal School opened its doors. From that moment, generations of students, faculty, staff and community members have made this university their home.

This is truly a monumental milestone. Marking 150 years is an outstanding accomplishment and speaks both to our legacy of excellence, and our ever-growing impact in our region and in Wisconsin.Tonight, we celebrate our rich history and focus on an even brighter future.

Here’s to the countless people over the years who have supported our noble mission, championed us, and made this university the exceptional place it is today. And here’s to our future — to the next 150 years. Let us continue striving for excellence in all we do. May we inspire, engage and transform generations to come.


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January Meeting Notice and Agenda

Community Leaders, Educators and Employers, we want to invite you to join us for the second set of Little Rock NSEM Meetings.

West Central Community Center, 4521 John Barrow Road

Sunday, January 21st, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Welcome, Recap of December Meetings and Meet Newcomers

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Digging into the current workforce and opportunity pipeline by the three cycles and cogs: Foundational Education (Experience, Exposure, Network Support), Postsecondary Credential (Educational Experience, Work Experience, Support Network), and Workplace Entry and Advancement (Professional Development, Work Support, Professional Network).

A set of questions around each that surface what we are doing in LR in each cycle and what we need to know to be effective in each. These are at least three small groups, one for each cycle. Subgroups share their initial thoughts and findings with the whole group. There is a whole group reflection on how these three are disconnected and can be better connected so no person falls through the cracks.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM 
Putting expectations and hopes for 2018 on the calendar. Signing up for the working groups. Final reflections on the day and discussion about next steps and the Monday meeting.

Monday, January 22nd , 9 AM – Noon

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Welcome, Recap of Sunday Meeting and Meet Newcomers

9:30 AM – 10 AM
Systems versus Programs Game with three groups who are focused on the three cycles.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Cycle groups meet to discuss what it means for them in their cycle to take a more systemic approach. They come back and report to the full group.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Figure out the calendar, roles and structure going forward for the next six months.

Monday, January 22nd 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Lunch and a working session to go through the data questions presented by NSEM and the NSEM process docs to discuss what data we have and can get.  We working toward having an Integrated Action Plan by the end of the year to present to NSEM.


Thank you for your commitment to improving Little Rock's economic mobility.