Friday, December 6, 2013

Safe House

A place that I think is worth going to in Milwaukee for LLC members is the Safe House on of Water Street. It is a spy themed restaurant with a tasty menu and atmosphere that makes you stay for a while. They have a scavenger hunt inside that you can do as you wait for your food. Every time I go I am even more impressed.

The hours are listed on their web site, their menu is also on the site.

I feel like this is a must for any person living in Milwaukee the food is great and the atmosphere is amazing.

Also have fun getting in! It's a secret that you have to learn when you get there!

Sparrow Collective

I just discovered Sparrow Collective this year and let me tell you - it's so cute and definitely worth a visit. I love Sparrow Collective so much because it's inspiring to see what you can do as an artist when you're done with school - a possible option to further your career in an enjoyable way!

Sparrow Collective is a little shop on Kinnickinnic ave that features the work of local artists. They sell handmade, one of a kind pieces like clothing, artwork and jewelry. 

"Featuring the work of over 100 independent designers from around the United States.  Carrying everything from handmade clothing, printed tees and accessories for men, women and babies, soaps and body products, candles, gifts, and so much more. Featuring quarterly Art gallery installations and monthly DIY classes click on a page for more details" 

To get there: Take the green line  "N AIRPORT - VIA OAKLAND-HOWELL METROEXPRESS" and get off at Howell and Lincoln


Monday, November 25, 2013

An Outing to Danceworks

On Thursday November 21st, several members of the Dance LLC went to see the Danceworks show Intersect. The theme was collaboration, thus including a variety of local artists in one show.

As described in earlier blog posts, Danceworks is formed by many members of UWM faculty and graduates. It was refreshing for students to witness their professor Dani Kuepper and Melissa Anderson in a context outside of the learning environment as well as experiencing how life after UWM may be like.

Above: Soon to be UWM graduate, Gina Laurenzi

The Thursday night the students went to see the show, it happened to be so that their fellow class mate, Quinn Dixon was subbing for a company member. I'm sure that was another source of inspiration and motivation for the students.

 Left: UWM faculty Melissa Anderson, Right: UWM graduate Christal Wagner

Steve Schlei generating music from an iPad/TC-11

The students thoroughly enjoyed the show and indicated that they would love to attend another Danceworks performance.

Next semester, the Dance LLC would like to go to another show possibly in Chicago to enhance their exposure to different dance forms even more.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Dani Kuepper

A UW-Milwaukee faculty member since 1999, Dani Kuepper was herself once a UW-Milwaukee dance student. As a student, Dani performed a solo at the National American Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Dani is currently an Artistic Director of Danceworks Performance Company (DPC) in Milwaukee in which she joined in 1998. Apart from being an influential faculty member at UWM, Dani also has a significant presence in the local Milwaukee community. She has enjoyed collaborating with different art genres such as the Milwaukee Opera Theater, Present Music, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra etc. Dani continues to be an incredible dancer and choreographer in the Milwaukee community and beyond while teaching in our close vicinity of UWM.

Volunteering with the Social Welfare LLC

On Saturday, November 2nd the Social Welfare LLC participated in the RAK-athon. Students took some time out of their Sunday morning to help winterize the homes of local elderly residents and also clean up the surrounding neighborhood.

The RAK-athon is an annual event that is run by the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research organization on campus. The Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research organization gives students various volunteer opportunities to get involved with their community. The social welfare students were beaming with smiles knowing that they were making a difference in their community while also enjoying time with their floor mates.

Welcome to the Student Union

What is there to do at the union you ask?

Studio Arts and Crafts Center- Here you can work with different mediums in creating many different arts and crafts.
Gasthaus- This is a great place to go for dinner. It is a great place to watch sports events, and on certain nights there is live music/comedy/trivia.
Recreation center- This is a great place to go bowling, there is a  video game center, there are also pool tables. 
Union Theatre- This theatre hosts film festivals and also plays many different genre of movies. 

Location: 2200 East Kenwood Boulevard, Milwaukee WI between Stowell Avenue on the east and Maryland Avenue on the west, on the east side of Milwaukee.
Hours: 7am-12 Midnight, Monday through Sunday.
Mission: The mission of the UWM Student Union is to be of service to all campus. The UWM Union serves as the center of campus life at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The Union is sustained by student fees, dedicated to shared governance and fosters the development and provides resources for the social, personal and intellectual development of students. The Union supports the academic mission of the University through the provision of quality programs, services and experiences; and fosters the development of an inclusive community.

Isn't He Lovely?

Monty Glover is a freshman majoring in journalism. He was born in Gary, Indiana, and he moved to Milwaukee, WI at the age of 12. Before enrolling in college he decided to take two years off after graduating from his high school, Milwaukee School of Languages. He decided to work with the education-based non-profit organization, City Year during his gap years.

Monty decided to work with City Year, because he has passion for helping others. It was during this time that he was learning how to combine his passion for writing with the enthusiasm he has for helping others. Monty believes that his service with City Year has provided him with valuable skills that will not only help him accomplish his career goals, but his college goals as well. One skill that he has picked  up that he wants to share with others is that of self-reflection and time management. Monty believes that   self-reflection has allowed him to set S.M.A.R.T. goals while time management has helped him achieve these goals.

Social Justice LLC Event Update!

Hello! This is RA Anna from the Social Justice LLC in West Tower! These past months we have had some great events geared towards community and getting to know others in the community. In September, we had an LLC mixer to hang out and generate ideas about what our LLC is interested in and how I would be the most helpful. The LLC narrowed down a few populations of interest to work with, low income population and youth. We are working on learning of and accessing volunteer opportunities for the rest of the semester, hopefully the RAKathon will be one!
This month we had the Rob from the history department come in and show a film in Flicks as a supplement to the LLC class. This was a great opportunity that LLC instructor Kim organized to allow students to interact with another academic resource who is very knowledgeable about social justice. The Social Justice LLC has just only started, I am so excited to see where the rest of the semester takes us!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Leadership Retreat!

This semester the Wisconsin Covenant LLC and the Community Leadership LLC got together and joined a group of over 200 students on the 2013 Leadership Retreat. This event is put on by the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research each year to help students grow and develop their leadership skills.

The "pit" where the large group met to start off the retreat
On the morning of Saturday, September 14th, the group headed off by bus to Camp Minikani in Hubertus, Wisconsin. Once there, the participants split off into the small groups that they would be working with for the next 36 hours. Each group participated in high and low ROPES courses, teambuilding exercises, and leadership sessions. The evening consisted of fun activities including a hike through the woods, bingo, a movie, and a bonfire among various other activities.

Check out some pictures from the retreat and quotes from participants below:

Amy participating in the Bystander intervention session
Kyle: Student from the Community Leadership LLC
"The leadership retreat was an amazing experience. I met lots of new people and creating friendships that will last a long time. I learned so much and experienced things that might have otherwise not been possible."
-Tori Carlson

"The leadership retreat was a unique experience where I got to meet new people and learn many key aspects of becoming a leader in the community. You also learn more about yourself and others."
-Jaylyn Fisher

Biltu: Pictured middle, meeting awesome new people in between sessions!
"The retreat not only taught me things aboutmyself, but about other people as well."
-Dakota Crowell 
"I loved the leadership retreat! My favorite activity was the blindfold low ropes and I enjoyed the free time to get to know other people. I was surprised at how much I actually did learn about leadership from the retreat."
-Amy Miksch

                       Above: Jaylyn in the middle working with her group through the LOW ROPES course.
Right: RA Matt of the Wisconsin Covenant LLC
 Wisconsin Covenant LLC and Community Leadership LLC students, staff, and faculty

Pictured Back row L-R: Riley, Community Leadership LLC and Wisconsin Covenant LLC Mentor Alyssa, Kyle, Anthony, Sam, Jaylyn, Dakota, Wisconsin Covenant LLC RA Matt.
Front Row: Xue, Tori, Biltu, Dr. Laurie Marks (ED POL 315 Instructor)

For more information about leadership programs or how to get involved through volunteering, feel free to check out the CCBLLR's Website and take a look at the center's video below.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Clue: Who Killed Tim E.?

Hello Health Professions LLC Students,

Are you looking for something to do on October 30th? If you don't, I have a fun, event that you can go to without leaving Sandburg. It is called "Clue: Who Killed Tim E". It is a murder mystery type event where myself, and other mentors will help you in figuring out who really killed Tim E. It is also a Halloween celebration as well, so come in costume (they are encouraged), if you dare! In addition, we will be handing out candy and prizes. The event is from 7:00-9:00pm in the Sandburg Greenroom.

This event is perfect for students like you to get out of your rooms and do something important by learning how you can defeat those time management problems you may be having, while having fun at the same time. Plus you can get free food, and who doesn't like free food? This event is also perfect for you if you indicated that you would like to meet new people on campus, and a great way to get involved on campus.

If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP via Facebook at this link

That is all I have for you this month, I hope to see you at Clue on Wednesday, October 30th from 7-9pm in the Sandburg Greenroom.

Have a Happy Halloween from your LLC Mentor,


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Healthcare/ Preprofessional LLC Dr. Petto Q&A event

Anatomy and Physiology 1: Petto Q&A Event

South Tower Healthcare/Pre-professional LLC's
Anatomy & Physiology 1 students discussing their Jaws case study with Dr. Petto

This Wednesday the 23rd, students enrolled in Dr. Petto's Anatomy & Physiology 1 course were given the chance to attend a Q&A session where they received one on one tutoring from Dr. Petto. Students from both the healthcare LLC and pre-professional LLC expressed a need to receive instruction on the musculoskeletal take home assignment as well as the Jaws case study. After careful planning from RA Jonathan Rooney, RA Haley Correll, and RA Keegan Kastorff this became a reality; Petto's office hours were essentially moved from their normal location in Lapham hall to the Sandburg Flicks to diminish any proximity issues deterring students from utilizing Petto's regular office hours. In the Flicks, Petto used the available media to show the entire group how to effectively go about interpreting the graphs/ data presented in the case study as well as the musculoskeletal assignment. Students were very thankful and pizza and refreshments were provided. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Art is Seriously the Way to Start -- Gallery Night

As a 26 year tradition, Gallery Night, is one of Milwaukee’s best known art events. It consists of over 50 different venues and even more artists being featured. Since this is such an amazing opportunity the Art and Design LLC couldn’t resist and just had to make sure we went. 

The purpose of this event was to see and experience different Milwaukee artist’s work. Being able to see people who put their artistic dreams into a reality and have amazing showings on nights like Gallery Night was important for the students. This event is first to help encourage students to explore Milwaukee and its art community, but secondly to encourage the students in the realm of their intended career path. It not only shows them it can be done, but seeing other art work can always help inspire artists in their own work and creations.  

Friday, October 18th, RA Mari, Mentor Claire, RA Wyatt, RA Kaivahn, RA Nick, Danny, Katrina, Mazie, and Savanna went to explore Gallery Night. We started off at the Faculty Show “Sum Total” and then went to the Historic Third Ward Marshall Building. It was also a great time for the RA’s and me a Mentor. Having 4 out of the 5 of us being art students, it was also an encouraging event for us. It did produce artistic discussion and community between all who went. I believe this event will encourage the Art and Design LLC students to become comfortable exploring different artistic events throughout the Milwaukee area, and through this they can bring the information back to the residence halls to share with all of the other students. 

Presenting......MIL-WONKEY STYLE!

A really successful event the Transfer LLC attended was the Peck School of the Arts Theatre Show, Mil-Wonky Style.

"A devised theatre piece created by, about, and for UWM students. Mil-Wonky Style is a wacky portrayal of the ups and downs of college life. Get ready for an honest unconventional and personal view of the Milwaukee student experience including music, part-time jobs, strange landlords, quirky professors, and…oh yeah! Homework!"

This show featured one of our fellow Transfer LLC members and we, as the Transfer LLC, wanted to show support for him and his show!

This event was also intended to get the LLC exposed to other things the UWM campus had to offer. Supporting our friend and the arts all in one! The LLC members who attended the show found it hilarious and very relatable to their lives. It was fun for us all to hang out and experience an event we do not have the chance to experience on any given day!

Check out the Peck School of the Arts homepage, for other Arts related activities (including but not limited to, dance, music, visual arts, and theatre)!!!

Signing, Dining, and Coffee

Are you looking for a place to go and meet others who use ASL?  Check out these two events that will help you improve those ASL skills and meet new people!

Sign and Dine

If you want to better your ASL skills and practice signing more, you should consider sitting in Denmark Lounge.  Denmark Lounge is located on the first floor in Enderis Hall right here at UWM.  Monday through Thursday from noon to 3:00 pm, is “Sign and Dine.”  For “Sign and Dine” ASL students as well as Deaf students come together to chat using ASL.  So grab some lunch (or bring your own) and join the fun!

Deaf Coffee Chat

If you want to meet more people outside of UWM, you might consider going to Deaf Coffee Chat.  Deaf Coffee Chat is every second and fourth Friday of each month.  This event takes place at Starbucks at 544 E Odgen Ave., Milwaukee WI.  If you take the 30 Bus from UWM and get off at Jackson and Odgen, you will be right across the street from Starbucks.  This event is a ton of fun and you are sure to meet new people.  You learn new signs each time you go because people from all different background attend this event and share their experiences and stories.  It’s a sure way to have fun and enjoy some coffee at the same time! 

For more information check out the Deaf Coffee Chat Facebook Group!  Milwaukee Deaf Coffee Group

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Cue the 50s Diner-Themed Music

Hey panthers! 

Who's hungry for something new?

Have you ever watched the show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on the Food Network?  Did you know that a local Milwaukee restaurant was featured on an episode?  It's called Comet Cafe, and it's located near Kenilworth.  (So convenient that UWM students can take the Kenilworth shuttle!)

I recently visited the Comet Cafe when my family came to visit me. (Awww!)  The atmosphere was what many students would describe as "hipster," and the wait for a table in the tiny cafe was worthwhile.

So what are you waiting for? Grab a friend and hop on the shuttle to indulge in some pancakes, bacon, and eggs in the morning-- or try something a little exotic for lunch, like the apple walnut vegan burger or the compact thanksgiving dinner.  I can vouch that these particular menu items are delicious.  (Can you tell I adore food?)

Snap a photo of you at Comet Cafe and send it to me at  I would love to hear about your experience at a "famous" restaurant.

View Comet Cafe's restaurant here to find a detailed menu, prices and times:
Comet Cafe Webpage

Monday, October 7, 2013

Things to Do, Places to Go: The Safe House and Newsroom Pub

In the Journalism, Advertising, Media Studies LLC, we are given much opportunity to learn and explore Milwaukee newsrooms and work side by side with professional journalists and media producers.

Over the past couple weeks our LLC has gone to the FOX 6 Newsroom, the UWM Post, and ESPN Milwaukee.

Many more adventures and field trips are yet to come, but what about JAMS outside the classroom?

To find some news themed activities and grub in Milwaukee, take your shot at some "investigative journalism" at The Safe House/Newsroom Pub.

The adjoined restaurants offer a lively atmosphere that caters to the young and old, civilian and celebrity. Feel free to explore two floors of secret nooks and hideaways where you will find an array of autographs, spy decor, covert comedy and surprises for you and your friends. A word of warning, the Safe House requires a secret password. Enter with caution and great humility.
Plus, the Newsroom Pub is the official Clubhouse of the Milwaukee Press Club, so you might just meet someone there you could work with in the future.

Intrigued? Go for a great experience you aren't soon to forget. The Safe House and Newsroom Pub is located right across from the Pabst Theatre: 779 N Front Street and 137 E Wells Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Safe House is Open:

Mon-Thu 11:30 am - 1:30 am

Fri-Sat 11:30 am - 2 am
Sun 11:30 am - 12 am

The Newsroom Pub is Open:

Tues-Sun 5 pm - 12 am

For a preview check out this video:

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Significant LLC Person

Our Transfer LLC is a little unique in the sense that we do not have a traditional LLC class or stakeholder for our LLC. So when thinking about which person really represents our LLC best, I could think of no one better than the LLC member themselves!

I handed out sticky notes to my residents the other night as we sat in the lounge and asked them to write something about the LLC, what they liked about the LLC, or any general comment they had about living in the Transfer community. They were all more than happy to share their thoughts...!

 "I like everyone on my floor because they make me feel welcome" - Danielle

"We do stuff all together as a big floor group!" -Devin

"We get to do many activities as a floor." - Ryan

"I like how close the entire floor is. I like how easy RA Kelly is to talk to and how we all do floor activities" -Gina

"It took less than a day to meet everyone and only a week for all of us to know one another. Now, everyone is a family and I wouldn't trade this experience for the world." - John

The members of this LLC are really what holds this community together. We are all ready and willing to support each other and lend a hand where needed. For many of my residents, the LLC is where they made their first connections to UWM.

One of the first days after the Transfer LLC moved in to the residence halls, we took a trip down to the beach! Here is everyone enjoying the hot weather and cool water!

Meet Social Welfare RA!

Hey everyone! I hope you are all ready for the best year of your lives. My name is Amandla Daniels and I will be the RA for the new Social Welfare LLC. I was born in Gretna, Louisiana but have lived in Wisconsin for most of my life. I am from the small town of Campbellsport, Wisconsin that has a population of just over 2,000 people. This will be my second semester as an RA and my third year here at UW-Milwaukee. I am majoring in social work with a minor in art to eventually become an Art Therapist.
The Social Welfare LLC consist of students interested in obtaining a major in criminal justice or social work. This will be the first year that the Social Welfare LLC will be offered in the residents halls and I could not be more excited. I have so many great events in mind for you all that will be fun but also help you learn along the way. We are going to have a great year! Happy move-in!

Places to go to dance outside of campus!

UWM has many opportunities to immerse yourself in dance, but don't forget to explore beyond campus!

Danceworks, founded by one of UWM's faculty Dani Kuepper, is a great resource for dancers and non-dancers of all ages. Danceworks offers a variety of dance classes, ranging from traditional ballet to hip hop. There are also workshops in which students can experience guest artists, expanding their knowledge of movement.

A part from being a great resource for the public, Danceworks is also a contemporary dance performance company. Their shows often collaborate with the local Milwaukee art community, demonstrating the excitement collaboration creates. 

Danceworks has a flexible schedule that can fit into your day easily, as there are classes everyday  from morning to night except Sunday. The schedule also changes from season to season so it is important to keep updated by being on the email or mailing list.

Danceworks is located on the edge of Water and Brady street. The easiest way to access it from campus is to take the green line heading south. 

1661 N Water St Milwaukee, WI 53202 · 
(414) 277-8480

Meet Evelyn Ang!

I have chosen to talk about the Professor of the LLC Evelyn Eng. This is my second year working with her and it has been a pleasure. Evelyn is one of those teachers that makes you rethink about what you know about college and its methods during her classes. I have been lucky enough to talk a couple of them with her. One thing that i feel i have learned a great amount about myself and others is in what she calls the peace making circle. You sit around in circle with your class mates and you learn so much about them by doing this, every class i have taken with her, or someone has taken with, has said it felt almost like a small family. Evelyn is well educated in both business and law. she works as a mediator for the courts in Milwaukee and has the ability to teach so much to others. i personally believe that any one would really benefit from talking a class with Evelyn.

I truly feel that residents cal learn a lot from her, i know i have. she is able to teach you so much about yourself, as well as how to really look at how you see conflict. Talking classes with her makes you look over so many conflicts from the past and go, "Wow, i wish i had known that then." Not to mention what you wish you knew, you talk and apply it to everything. The ability learn from Evelyn is not only possible, it is impossible not to.