Panther Academic Welcome

Panther Academic Welcome (PAW) is your next step in becoming a member of the UWM community! PAW will help to prepare you for a successful first semester of college by focusing on your skills surrounding relationships, self-advocacy, and well-being—three pillars of success in college.

This year, PAW at UWM-Milwaukee took place in person on September 1, 2022 for new students residing in Sandburg Hall and September 2, 2022 for new students residing on south campus and new commuters. PAW is required for all new freshman under 21. Students who were unable to participate in PAW in-person are required to complete the PAW online course to make up the in-person sessions by Sept 15. Students will receive an email soon with information on how to enroll in that course.

PAW 2022

Students every year develop new and long-lasting friendships during PAW. Join a group of your peers from your housing/living community, facilitated by an Orientation Leader, to start building new relationships!  Please see below for an achieved account of PAW’s 2022 programs.

New Students Living in Sandburg Hall

The PAW experience will take place on September 1, 2022 for new students who are residents of Sandburg Hall. Details will be sent via email in late August, and are based off of residential location. Individual floors will participate in PAW as a group in various locations across campus. Currently, the schedule for Sandburg Hall is:

  • New Students living in South Tower Floors 1-17 will participate in PAW from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM on Sept 1
  • New Students living in East Tower and North Tower Floors Ground-14 will participate in PAW from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM on Sept 1
  • New Students living in North Tower Floors 15-26 & South Tower Floors 18-20 will participate in PAW from 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM on Sept 1
New Students Living on South Campus or Commuting

The PAW experience will take place on September 2, 2022 for new students who are residents of Riverview Hall, Cambridge Hall, and new commuters. Details will be sent via email in late August, and are based off of residential location. Individual floors will participate in PAW as a group in various locations across campus. Currently, the schedule for South Campus residents and commuters is:

  • New Students living in Cambridge will participate in PAW from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM on main campus on Sept 2
  • New Students living in Riverview will participate in PAW from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM on main campus on Sept 2
  • Commuters will be assigned to participate in PAW at various times: either 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM OR 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM OR 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

Transportation from South Campus

Busses will be available to transport you to PAW meeting locations on main campus from South Campus for this experience. Shuttles will run every 15-minutes starting at 11:00 AM departing from both Cambridge and Riverview. Shuttles will run directly from the two residential locations to the Golda Meir Library until 5:00 PM. From 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, all busses will run in a loop from the library to Cambridge and then to Riverview. Students can utilize these busses at any point, but we strongly recommend students stay at the Kenwood campus between their PAW session and the Class Photo to make sure you don’t miss out on the photo!

Parking for Commuters

Please plan to park in the Pavilion Parking Garage on campus located at 3409 N. Downer Ave. Due to constriction, the parking garage is not accessible off of Downer Ave so please enter the Garage from Edgewood Ave. To see a map, please click here: Pavilion Parking Directions. You will receive a QR code to validate your parking day-of from your PAW facilitator so parking will be no cost to you.

All New Students: Join the Coin Toss & Class Photo

Join for the iconic Class Photo and Coin Toss traditions on September 2, 2022!

This is your one and only chance to get together with all of UWM’s new students for the Class Photo! Come to Engelmann parking lot between 4:45 and 5:00 PM to get your class shirt and UWM coin. Then, we’ll head onto the field to form the U-W-M! Please do not wear spiked shoes, chew gum, or bring any food onto Engelmann Field.

After the photo is taken, you will be guided across campus towards the UWM fountain where you will participate in another campus tradition: the Coin Toss! 

The Coin Toss is an opportunity for you to participate in a timeless tradition on campus, reflect on your hard work to this point and to look forward to what’s to come. You’ll toss the coin this September and receive your coin back at graduation to celebrate your time at UWM.

Why participate in PAW? 

Why do we require Panther Academic Welcome? Students that have participated in PAW perform better in their first semester than their peers. Students who were able to attend PAW in 2021 earned higher Fall semester GPAs, were more likely to finish the semester in good academic standing, and were more likely to return for the Spring semester. PAW makes a difference. Join us this Fall!

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As a reminder, PAW is required for all new freshmen. Your guest housing privileges in housing will be revoked unless you complete the Canvas course. All students may lose the ability to amend course enrollments in PAWS if the course is not completed.