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Common Theme 2014-15Engaging in Public Life

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Phoenix Rooms

OrgSmorg, the student organization fair, takes place each semester.  It provides opportunities for students to connect with sttudent groups and for student leaders to engaage informally with each other.  The theme is “Around the World.”

Leadership Bootcamp

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 5:30 - 8:00 pm

Phoenix A

Get the basic training you need to start your year off right.  It’s all about making choices and getting involved on campus.  The first session will fouc on values identification, goal setting, and communication.

Constitution Day: “I know what the Supreme Court did last summer….” Do you?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 4:00 pm

Christie Theatre

Join us for a faculty panel featuring Elizabeth Wheat, Alison Staudinger, Jon Shelton, Kris Coulter, and Kimberly Reilly as they discuss recent Supreme Court issues and questions.  This program commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. Refreshments provided.  Sponsored by:  Democracy and Justice Studies, Public and Environmental Affairs, and Student Life

Phuture Phoenix Role Model Training

Friday, September 19, 2014, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Wood Hall 302

Please contact Stephanie Cataldo Pabich at with questions.

The Color Run 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 10:00 am

Throughout campus

The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. Last over 7000 people attended the race on the U.W. Green Bay campus and over $5000 was raised for student scholarships and student organizations.

To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 2:15 - 3:30 pm

Christie Theatre

Ian Ruskin, dramatist and actor (trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) with perform.

A Chance in This World: Steve Pemberton

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7:00 pm

Phoenix Rooms

A ward of the state for much of his childhood, Steve Pemberton has made opportunity, access, and equality pillars of his personal and professional life. One of America’s most inspiring executives, he is recognized as a leader on matters of diversity and inclusion and their importance to the growth of the American industrial complex.

Pemberton is chief diversity officer and divisional vice president for Walgreens, the first such person to hold that responsibility in the company’s 110-year history. As such, he directs activities to help serve diverse markets and populations, including customers in medically underserved areas, food deserts, and urban areas, as well as strengthens relationships with diverse suppliers and communities.

His memoir, A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home, chronicles his difficult path through foster care and his determined search for his family. It is an inspirational story that crosses generations and cultures, but specifically whispers to those who have had the odds stacked against them. Pemberton’s relentless journey to overcome his setbacks, find his biological family, and right the wrongs of his parents’ past is a model for all families to follow. It is a true testament of faith, fortitude, and forgiveness.

Book signing to follow lecture.



Book Discussion: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 5:00-7:00 pm

1965 Room, University Union

Book Discussion: Leaders East Last by Simon Sinek

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Heritage Room, University Union

Change Dinner, Change the World: Ellen Gustafson

Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 7:00 pm

Phoenix Room B

Ellen Gustafson is a sustainable food system activist, author, innovator and social entrepreneur.  Her first book, We the Eaters:  If We Change Dinner, We Can Change the World was published by Rodale Press in May 2014.   She is the co-founder of  Food Tank:  the Food Think Tank with Danielle Nierenberg.  She is also founder of a small sustainable home goods company called the Apron Project.  Before the launch of Food Tank, Ellen founded the 30 Project, a campaign that has helped to change the conversation about the global food system by connecting hunger and obesity.  She is also the creator of the Change Dinner campaign and HealthClass 2.0, which are helping individuals change the food system at dinner tables and in schools.

Book Discussion: Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 5:00-7:00 pm

Heritage Room, University Union


Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Phoenix Rooms

OrgSmorg, the student organization fair, takes place each semester. It provides opportunities for students to connect with sttudent groups and for student leaders to engaage informally with each other.

Emerging Leadership Experience

Saturday, March 7, 2015, TBA

Sturgeon Bay, WI

Beginning its 6th year, this annual first-year student overnight retreat is designed to help students develop confidence and increase their involvement on campus. Students are nominated and submit an application. The trip is led by ELE alums and a UWGB staff member and takes place at the Team Leadership Center and Sand Bay Lodge in Sturgeon Bay. Participants take the StrengthsQuest assessment. Transportation, meals, and lodging is provided. ” A former participant said, “I learned how to work as a strong, dynamic group–how to work as a team. I also learned that it is easy to make new friends.” Sponsored by Student Life.