Academic Development

College Note Taking Strategies
20-50 minutes
Johanna Dvorak: email
jdvorak@uwm.eduor call x5672
This presentation will introduce one or more note-taking strategies for taking efficient notes in lectures or from textbooks. The Cornell method, T- Notes, and mapping using Inspiration are examples which can be addressed.

College Time Management Strategies
30-50 minutes
Johanna Dvorak: email, pass@uwm.eduor call x5672
This presentation shows students techniques for maximizing their time for academics. Topics can include developing a weekly and semester calendar, avoiding procrastination, and developing a study schedule.

College Textbook Reading Strategies
20-50 minutes
Johanna Dvorak: email
jdvorak@uwm.eduor call x5672
This presentation will help students read college textbooks efficiently, skim and scan for key points, and use some speed reading tips for faster comprehension.

Creating and Preparing a Successful Career
50-75 minutes
Tom Bachhuber, Director, Career Development Center

UWM students have justifiably high expectations for how their education will translate to a meaningful, financially rewarding career path. A college degree is not a ticket to a satisfying career or life, however—but rather provides the knowledge, skills and tools to attain both. This workshop will provide content, discussion and hands-on activities in helping students begin to set college major/career goals, explore career options, learn about internships and the process for building a meaningful, marketable college education at UWM. This workshop can be customized to class needs and curriculum.

Implementing College Study Strategies
50 minutes
Johanna Dvorak: email
jdvorak@uwm.eduor x5672
This presentation is an overview especially for first year students on effective strategies as they transition to college academic life. Highlights include where to study, how much to study, time management techniques, efficient textbook reading, note taking and test taking tips.

Problem solving techniques for Math and Science
10-15 minutes
Mary Knasinski: email, pass@uwm.eduor call x5865
There is a way to approach math and science problems that relieves confusion. The best approaches talk about systematic methods that rely on what is already known to check and solve what is unknown. The session will explain how to apply these methods even to the dreaded "word problems."

Test Preparation and/or Test Taking Strategies
30-50 minutes
Johanna Dvorak: email, pass@uwm.eduor call x5672
A key to good grades lies in frequent review of course concepts. This presentation helps students select important information and how to organize it for an exam. Test taking strategies for various types of exams are highlighted.

Study and test preparation techniques for math and science
10-20 minutes
Mary Knasinski: email,; or call x5865
Math and science courses have their own vocabularies and their own challenges while studying, reading the text and preparing for exams. This presentation will include a discussion of techniques for making this material accessible and enjoyable to review, and show how information can be reinforced in many different ways.

Adaptive Technology Resource Demonstration
30-60 minutes
Jean Salzer: email
This is a demonstration program to show students and faculty the variety of technologies that are available for teaching and working with individuals with disabilities. Setup time is necessary.

Personal Development

Ally Training: How to be an Ally
45-75 minutes
Jennifer Murray/Director, Cameron Breither/Assistant Director & LGBT Resource Center student staff.
Email us: or Call us: x4116
What does it mean to be an ally? How can friends and associates prevent violent language and anti-LGBT discrimination from occurring as often as it does? The first step in becoming an LGBT ally is to learn more about LGBT-identified persons. This training will raise awareness about the inequities that LGBT-identified people often experience, and the importance of being supportive and informed about why LGBT people are not always safe. Be knowledgeable, be trustworthy, and be the best ally you can be. Now is the time to engage in this important campus conversation.
Budgeting Basics for Students
10-20 minutes
Mary Knasinski: email, pass@uwm.eduor call x5865
This session will introduce students to the need for and the uses of simple weekly or monthly budgets. It will also show a budgeting tool on paper and direct them to a simple online form as well. The need for saving will be stressed as will the uses and abuses of credit cards.

Cosmo Says You're Fat? Well, I Ain't Down With That! Body Image, Eating Disorders, and the Campus Culture
45-60 minutes
Sarah Belstock, Norris Health Center, belstock@uwm.eduor x4675
What do negative body image, disordered eating, and eating disorders look like, and how can you help a friend who is suffering? A critical look at the role of society and the campus culture in perpetuating issues regarding body image and eating disorders.

Dealing With Conflict
1 -2 hours (can be tailored to fit request)
Sue McCarthy, UWM Women’s Resource Center, suzimac@uwm.eduor x2852
Do you seek out or thrive on conflict in your work or personal life? Or do you find it scary, upsetting, and avoid it whenever possible? Conflict is inevitable and natural and is often influenced by socialization factors. Dealing with conflict is critical to success in all areas of life. As people learn to deal with conflict and think of it differently, self esteem and self efficacy improves. This engaging experiential workshop helps participants identify ways they typically respond to conflict and how they have been socialized to respond to conflict. Participants will have an opportunity to discover how they handle conflict, increase their awareness of their feelings in conflict situations, identify ways social messages influence how we to respond to conflict, and explore new ways to handle difficult situations.

Fitness: Where do I Start?
45-75 minute presentation (tailored to fit request)
Sara Schillinger, Fitness Program Director/student staff
Email us: sj@uwm.eduor Call us x5072
Are you interested in a starting a fitness program, but don’t know where to begin? We will give you the basics of starting a fitness program that’s right for you. We will also include information on how to utilize our (Recreational Sports & Facilities) programs, services and facilities to better your health. This program can be tailored to more specific questions students might have.

Gender – Socialization & Stereotypes (Act Like A Man/Act Like A Woman)
1 - 2 hours (can be tailored to fit request)
Sue McCarthy, UWM Women’s Resource Center (suzimac@uwm.eduor x2852)
Jen Murray, LGBT Resource Center (jrmurray@uwm.eduor 4116)
This workshop is designed to look at the ways gender role messages are communicated and reinforced, and the personal effects of these messages. Through interactive small and large group activities, discussion, &/or video clips we will explore attitudes, myths, and misconceptions surrounding gender identity and how rigid gender roles and expectations limit opportunities for people to express and explore all aspects of themselves and their interests.

Lean on Me: How to Help a Friend without Falling Over
45-60 minutes
Sarah Belstock, Norris Health Center, belstock@uwm.eduor x4675
Concerned about a friend's emotional health or risky behaviors? What are the warning signs of distress, and when is it appropriate to let them know that you're worried? Learn strategies and skills for approaching friends with your concerns for their well-being and information regarding resources for referral.

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) 101
45-75 minute presentation
Jennifer Murray/Director, Cameron Breither/Assistant Director & LGBT Resource Center student staff.
Email us: peerout@uwm.eduor Call us: x4116
Do you know what the acronym LGBT stands for? Do you know the difference between labels and identities? During this presentation, participants will discuss definitions and terms related to LGBT communities, as well as dynamics of sexual orientation and gender identity. This presentation will raise questions about stereotypes, myths, misconceptions and common assumptions that people make of each other. The audience will learn various ways they can become involved with the LGBT Resource Center on the UWM campus. This program can be tailored to include course- relevant hot topics (i.e. LGBT healthcare) and interactive activities (i.e. simulation of “coming out” process) if requested in advance.

LGBT Panel or Facilitated Discussions
45-75 minute presentation
Jennifer Murray, Director & LGBT Resource Center student staff.
Email us: peerout@uwm.eduor Call us: x4116
Panel or facilitated discussions are designed to educate the general campus population and greater community about LGBTQQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Ally) identities and topics of interest. Panels will be comprised of students and other community members who are willing to openly and honestly discuss their experiences in LGBT communities as it relates to the course content. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and interact with the panel. Facilitated discussions are topic driven where as the panel tends to be experience/opinion driven.

Make Good Decisions: Drugs, Alcohol and the Campus Culture
60 – 75 minutes
Sarah Belstock, Norris Health Center, belstock@uwm.eduor x4675
Why do we drink or use other drugs, and how can we get what we want out of drinking by learning to use alcohol in a safe and positive manner? A critical look at alcohol and other drugs, their cultural role, and how and why we party.

Never Say DIE-t: Healthy Eating for Everyone
30 – 50 minutes
Colleen Bernstein, Norris Health Center, colleenb@uwm.eduor x6668
Get the tools you need to eat right. This workshop will review the latest Food Pyramid guidelines, demonstrate food portions and portion control, and address popular diet myths and facts. Students will learn the basics of buying, making, and preparing food - as well as when to throw out those old leftovers! Healthy choices at fast food chains and restaurants around campus will also be covered.

Sexual Harassment or Just Jokes? Drunk Sex or Date Rape? 1 - 2 hours (can be tailored to fit request)
Sue McCarthy, UWM Women’s Resource Center, suzimac@uwm.eduor x2852
and Marty Cavan, UWM Police Department
Recent reports suggest a persistent and disturbing pattern of sexual harassment in our schools and highly publicized charges of sexual assault on college campuses and in our community. What is unwanted sexual attention? When does no mean no? What is consent? Women and men need to know their rights and responsibilities, as well as implications of sexist behavior. Through activities, video, discussion and lecture this workshop will explore gender differences in how fears of sexual violence affect our live, learn about a continuum of sexual violence and better understand what constitutes sexual harassment, sexual assault, and violence against women.

Safe Space Training (LGBT 101 & Ally Development)
1.5 - 3 hours
Jennifer Murray/Director, Cameron Breither/Assistant Director & LGBT Resource Center student staff.
Email us: peerout@uwm.eduor Call us: x4116
The Safe Space program was initiated to create a more inclusive campus environment that appreciates and celebrates the diverse student population that attends UWM. This interactive training is provided to staff, faculty and students across campus so they are aware of and attentive to the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender students and their allies. Our goal is to provide a welcoming environment for all people at UWM so they can feel included as well as invited to share in the totality of their identities. This training will address information about language and terms, specific challenges LGBT students face, guidelines for referrals in counseling and harassment reporting, and resources available on and off campus. The training will be interactive and all participants will receive a training resource manual.

What Does a Feminist Look Like?
1-2 hours (can be tailored to fit request)
Kathy Miller-Dillon, Center for Women’s Studies (kmdillon@uwm.eduor x5382)
and Sue McCarthy, UWM Women’s Resource Center (suzimac@uwm.eduor x2852)
What is a feminist? What does it mean to "be" a feminist? This workshop will explore feminism and help to inform participants understanding of what feminism means to them. This session will provide a safe space for participants to explore assumptions and gain new information and perspectives that open the possibility for change. This interactive learning experience will address questions about what a feminist is, what feminism stands for, past present day feminists, fears/concerns about identifying as a feminist, myths and stereotypes, and more!

I can’t talk to her, she uses sign language!
15-30 minutes
Jason Altmann: email:
This presentation will provide students with knowledge and understanding of deaf culture as well as tips for communication when no interpreters are available.

Why It’s So Hard To Talk About Depression
15-30 minutes
Jon Broskowski:
This presentation will include information that addresses the stigma that remains attached to a diagnosis of mental illness, and how often society overlooks the fact it is a biological condition.

Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism
15-30 minutes
Barbara Simon:
This presentation will review the Autism Spectrum and how college might be a different experience for someone with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Ramp It Up! Social Justice and Disability
30-60 minutes, powerpoint
Jean Salzer:
This program provides a brief history of the treatment of individuals with disabilities from ancient Greece to modern times with the disability civil rights movement that created the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.

Student Resources

Academic Support Resources at UWM
10-30 minutes
Johanna Dvorak: email pass@uwm.eduor call x5672
This presentation alerts first year students to tutoring services on campus. Weekly group tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, online tutoring, residence hall tutoring and walk-in tutoring services are featured. Media and other resources are discussed. This presentation can be tailored to needs of a particular class or group. The key to success is being able to set goals and achieve them.

It’s More than Email: Campus Technology Services to Help You Succeed,
30-45 minutes, PowerPoint, Wendy Luljak, Senior IT Communications Strategist
E-mail Wendy Luljak at

From a mobile app to a high performance computing environment, campus technology services are ready to help you with your academic work, stay connected to what’s happening, and assist in managing all that you have to do. Learn more about the campus technology services and resources available to help you succeed at UWM.

Center for Volunteerism Student Leadership
Between 5-10 minutes, PowerPoint.
Laurie Marks, Director of Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research, x3161
The mission of the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research (CCBLLR) is to foster an ethic of service and leadership within the UW-Milwaukee campus community by promoting and supporting volunteerism that addresses human and societal needs. Individuals can come into the CVSL to learn about volunteer opportunities at local non-profit agencies, one day events, scholarships, leadership opportunities and job opportunities for work-study students.

Enhance Your College Experience by STUDYING ABROAD!
5-15 minute presentation
Sue Conway and CIE study abroad office staff
Email:, Phone: x5182
Studying abroad is an academic and personal investment in any student’s future! It can offer students a deeper understanding of the world outside the United States, help boost employability, and can enhance the value of a college degree. Learn how to take advantage of all of the exciting and affordable international opportunities UWM offers during the summer, UWinteriM, semester or academic year! Students from all majors can benefit from this invaluable opportunity.

Student Success Center: Where Success Starts!
15-30 minutes
Colin Daly, Student Success Center, or x5385
Student Mentors will present an overview of the services and programs of the Student Success Center Center while helping build community in the classroom through the use of icebreakers or teambuilders. There will also be time to ask student leaders any questions regarding life at UWM!

Using the Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons to its fullest potential
(10-15 minutes)
Molly Susan Mathias, Learning Commons Coordinator, Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons UWM Libraries mathiasm@uwm.eduX6204
Our Learning Commons is designed with student success in mind. The collaborative and multi-use space in the Learning Commons can be overwhelming for new students. This session will explain Learning Commons access, hours, policies, collaborative services/partnerships and academic resources available to all UWM students.

Getting Connected with the Multicultural Student Centers
(10 minutes)
Ramona Sledge, Advisor, Black Cultural Center
Email:, Phone: x5834
Learn about the various multicultural resources available at the African American Student Academic Services, American Indian Student Services, Black Cultural Center, Roberto Hernandez Center, and the Southeast Asian-American Student Services. These offices are centrally located on the first floor of Bolton Hall, and offer programs and services that are supportive of student learning and success. If time allows, the presenter may also talk about the availability of other diversity services, as well as some of the multicultural student organizations on campus.

Getting Involved in Undergraduate Research
10-20 minutes
Kyla Esguerra, Associate Director, Office of Undergraduate Research,, x2641
This presentation introduces students to the Office of Undergraduate Research as a resource that can help them find a faculty research mentor, earn credit in their major by assisting on a research project, learn how to effectively present their research experience, and prepare for graduate school.

Getting Involved on Campus
Basic introduction would be 10-15 minutes - A more in-depth session would be about 30 minutes
Kristin Leih,, 414-229-5572.
The college experience is about more than just the time you spend in class. Getting involved in co-curricular experiences such as student organizations, intramurals, and on-campus jobs, can greatly support your success in college and your future career goals. Plus, the opportunity to meet friends, have fun, and grow as a leader can help transform a large and overwhelming institution into a place you can call “home.” This session will focus on exploring involvement opportunities and their connections to personal passions, goals, interests and values. We are here to help you make the most of your co-curricular experience at UWM.

Intro to the Department of Recreational Sports & Facilities
5-15 minute presentation (tailored to fit request)
Nick Tasich, Fitness Program Director/student staff
Email us tasich@uwm.eduor Call us x5072
The Department of Recreational Sports and Facilities (RSF) provides educational experiences and opportunities to develop healthy lifestyles, lifelong learning, student leadership and personal success by offering comprehensive recreational, health and wellness programs and quality facilities. RSF enhances the quality of life at UWM by facilitating a sense of belonging and camaraderie while providing safe and inviting facilities, a positive university environment, campus involvement and community enrichment. At the Klotsche Center/Pavilion, we offer students and members a variety of recreation opportunities and services in the areas of fitness, wellness, intramurals, open recreation and aquatics. This presentation will give an overview of what we have to offer and we’ll answer any question you may have about our programs, services or facilities.

Intro to the LGBT Resource Center
5-15 minute presentation (tailored to fit request)
Jennifer Murray/Director, Cameron Breither/Assistant Director & LGBT Resource Center student staff.
Email us: or Call us x4116
Our mission is to increase the awareness, education, and presence of LGBT topics and concerns on the UWM campus and to provide a resource for students and campus community members wanting to learn about and advocate for LGBT inclusion. To this end we provide student-inspired programming, education, outreach and social groups in an attempt to create an inclusive and welcoming campus environment for all students, staff and faculty members. This presentation will give an overview of the services that the LGBT Resource Center provides. We will share information about upcoming social and educational forums, activities, programs and events sponsored by the LGBT Resource Center. We will also discuss various ways students can become involved with activities and outreach initiatives conducted by the LGBT Resource Center.

Library Instruction & Information Literacy Learning Outcome
50-75 minutes (tailored to fit your request)
Kate L. Ganski, Library Instruction Coordinator
ganski@uwm.eduor x6828
UWM instructors are invited to request an in-class workshop with a librarian to lead students through the process of information selection, retrieval and evaluation. Workshops may be held in the library computer labs or online or librarians can make classroom visits. Library instruction sessions can include interactive online tutorials, innovative learning technologies, traditional instruction and demonstration, hands-on experience, and a building tour. A graded assignment with a library activity is the best motivator for students to learn about research, information resources and library services. Our library instruction program is founded on the Association of College and Research Libraries guidelines for information literacy, which encourage students to Ask (What information is required?), Find (Know what resources to use and develop a search strategy), Evaluate (Select among sources and investigate the information), and Use (Integrate new information and cite and attribute sources.) Research experience contributes to students’ critical thinking skills and establishes life-long information gathering proficiency. If you need assistance developing a library component for your class, please contact Kate L. Ganski.

Managing Your PAWS
15-45 minutes
Seth Zlotocha, Interim Registrar, Office of the Registrar,, or x3045.
In recent years, student administration systems have been transformed from little more than repositories of student data to dynamic systems that allow for students to oversee and interact with their records. Active oversight and interaction on the part of students can enhance their academic experience by giving them direct ownership over the decisions the make and create a smoother transition between the various stages of college academic life ranging from admission to graduation. This presentation is designed to teach students about the various functionality and nuances of the PAWS system, including tracking your degree program, utilizing course planning, running an Academic Advising Report, finding your advisor, applying for graduation, among other topics. Each session will be tailored to meet the needs and time constraints of the audience.

Got Advising?
15-20 minutes
Kristin Roosevelt x5248,
It's time to meet an invaluable resource for academic success--  your Academic Advisor(s).  It's time to discover the possibilities the academic advising experience can offer. Academic Advisors strive to help students be proactive and take ownership over their academic progress and potential. Advisors assist students with university policies, academic planning and goals, and educational opportunities outside of the classroom. Academic Advisors will challenge students to think about goals after college, and support students in supplementing their education at UWM with involvement and activities that will build and enhance their résumé.

Multicultural Services Librarian
Time varies depending on topics selected Libraries; Ahmed A Kraima aak@uwm.eduor x6613
The Multicultural Services Librarian provides research assistance, information services and materials recommendations to the UWM community (faculty, staff and students) in the following areas:

  • Africology/African American Studies
  • American Indian Studies
  • Hispanic/Latino(a) Studies
  • Asian/Asian American Studies
  • Diversity Studies

Landlord/Tenant Rental Rights and Responsibilities
60 minutes
Neighborhood Housing Office, x6999,,or Union WG85
Landlord/Tenant Rental Rights and Responsibilities is a session where the Neighborhood Housing Office and the University Legal Clinic explain how to find quality off-campus housing and landlords in the surrounding UWM Neighborhoods. The presentation is about 45 minutes with 15 minutes at the end for students to ask specific questions about their current or upcoming living situations.
Everything from average rent, searching for housing tips, roommate conflicts, civic responsibility, and landlord/tenant rights are covered.

Online Tutoring
5, 15, 30, or 50 minutes
Johanna Dvorak: email pass@uwm.eduor call x5672
The presenter can introduce or demonstrate an online tutoring session to students, so they can take advantage of online tutoring services from off campus. Longer demonstrations will require a computer lab or laptops. Most 100-200 level courses are available.

Supplemental Instruction (SI)
5-10 minutes
Johanna Dvorak: email pass@uwm.eduor call x5672
This talk is designed to introduce a class to their Supplemental instruction leader who will explain weekly review sessions, times and the advantages of Supplemental Instruction for difficult and large lecture courses. SI courses are listed at

Got Stress?
45 – 60 minutes
Sarah Belstock, Norris Health Center, belstock@uwm.eduor x4675
What is stress, and how does it impact our ability to thrive in the college environment? Discuss positive techniques for coping with stress and review available stress management resources.

Your UWM Women’s Resource Center
15-30 minutes
Sue McCarthy, UWM Women’s Resource Center, suzimac@uwm.eduor x2852
The WRC enhances awareness and understanding at UWM of the diversity of women's lives and experiences, and the role gender plays in everyone's life through our mission of education, support, and advocacy. We promote and support the health and well-being of students and help students to address their problems, recognize their individual and collective power, and achieve their full educational, career and personal potential at UWM and beyond. We build partnerships and advocate for change to create a campus climate that enhances the quality of life for all members of the University community. Given the breadth and depth of the WRC’s programs and services we serve as a resource to students in a variety of ways in their academic, personal, and professional lives. This presentation will provide an overview of upcoming programs & events, our programs & services, and the many ways in which we are a resource to students, faculty, and staff at UWM.

Intro to the Norris Health Center
5-15 minutes
Sarah Belstock, Norris Health Center, belstock@uwm.eduor x4675
The Norris Health Center is here to support you in identifying, understanding, and responding to any health-related issues that you may experience throughout your UWM career. As a UWM student, it is your resource for medical, mental health, and health promotion services. This presentation will provide an overview of Norris services and information regarding how students can access these resources.

What exactly is the Student Accessibility Center?
15-30 minutes, can include PowerPoint
Laurie Petersen: email
This presentation provides a basic overview of the services Student Accessibility provides to students with disabilities, faculty and the campus in general. It will address ‘mandated’ services, leveling the playing field, the intake process and ways students without disabilities can be of assistance.