December 2010

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Greetings, and a word about our most rewarding day

Greetings from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where the last week of fall semester 2010 is filled with final exams and special excitement for nearly 400 graduating seniors.

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Good people and great friends, inside and out

University employees celebrate their ten year service anniversaries at January 2010 convocation.

Happy holidays from UW-Green Bay! My wife, Cathy, and I extend best wishes. In the Harden household, we’re looking forward to visits from children and grandchildren. For the benefit of the Sun Belt branch of the family, especially the younger members, we hope the good sledding persists.

At UW-Green Bay, we’ll have a celebratory get-together for our University family later next month, on Jan. 19. It’s the annual mid-winter convocation of faculty and staff to open the second semester. We honor retirees receiving emeritus status and co-workers celebrating service anniversaries.


Actors perform in Almost, Maine.

High ratings for UW-Green Bay

The success of Theatre, Phoenix basketball, and American Indian students at UW-Green Bay drew well-deserved recognition this month.

I’ll start with theatre. When Cathy and I saw the play Almost, Maine earlier this fall we thought it was one of the best student shows we had seen in some time. The staging was professional and the cast was terrific — they seemed to love the material (a quirky, contemporary romantic comedy). It was welcome news, then, to hear that visiting judges rate Almost, Maine one of the half-dozen best productions in our five-state region. Read more...

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Views on 'Eco U' and sustainability

Anthony Rieth

Portrait of Anthony Rieth

“I think there’s a great history here… We’ve got professors that have the experience of being part of the original (environmental) movement. Then we’ve got students who are part of the sustainable movement. From faculty to students, there’s interest the whole way.”

— Anthony Rieth '10, master's student

Dan Madigan

Portrait of Dan Madigan

“This University is putting it front and center and helping businesses understand the need to be environmentally sensitive… It’s core to the University’s principles. You can see it in the faculty and also the students coming out of here who are ready to go to work. They’re job ready.”

— Dan Madigan, president, FEECO International

H.J. "Bud" Harris

Portrait of Bud Harris

“In 1970, UWGB’s whole mission was billed as an environmental institution…One of the things that then happened was that we changed people’s ideas about the benefits of a restored Fox River and bay…That basic foundation has proved to be the wave of the future. This University is poised to be a leader again.”

— H.J. "Bud" Harris, professor emeritus

(Comments excerpted from a news video. Visit for "Video: UW-Green Bay's Environmental Mission." )