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September is always a month of new beginnings for UW-Whitewater as we kick off the Fall semester of a new academic year. The 2021-22 year is especially exciting as we welcome students and their families back to campus in a very different way than last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year we are fortunate to have a majority of our classes back to face-to-face modality, large gatherings and events are taking place, and colleagues are reconnecting with in-person meetings and collaborations. We hope that this trend can continue for both our workplace and our community.

As we have so many members of our Warhawk family living and learning in our community, the well-being of everyone is tied to the vibrancy and health of the community. The university supports the United Way each year through its Workplace Giving Campaign. We are proud to have a team of volunteers support the campaign and promote the great work of the organization each year at this time. Our campaign will take place in October, and we continue to be impressed with the generosity of our employees that has yielded an increase in contributions each year that I have served on the Board.

Being a part of an organization that makes a difference in our own backyards has been such a rewarding experience, but to see how everyone found ways to go above and beyond during the past year has been incredible. I am looking forward to another year of making an impact when it is needed most.

Lynsey Schwabrow
Chief of Institutional Research and Planning, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
United Way Board Member