UW-Green Bay has been selected to receive a two-year grant totaling $273, 876 from the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The "Young Entrepreneurs" training project will provide professional development for up to 20 young business people, approximately 25 to 35 years of age, who will travel to Wisconsin for workshops, site visits, job shadowing and cultural activities in the Green Bay area. Project Director Jay Harris, will pair the participants locally with mentors from the NE Wisconsin business community who will provide customized training and insight, from a Midwest American perspective, on developing and launching entrepreneurial business ventures. The mentors also would be available for potential follow-up training and consulting in the visitors' home countries. A long-term goal is to create mutually beneficial, self-sustaining linkages among professional communities in the United States, Israel and Jordan.
In March 2010 UW-Green Bay was awarded $76,905 from the U.S. Department of Education through a Fulbright-Hays grant. The project, submitted in part through the new Center for Middle East Studies and Partnerships, and titled Bridging Languages and Cultures Through Interdisciplinary Collaboration, seeks to support the instruction of Arabic and the infusion of Middle Eastern content at both the K-12 and post-secondary levels. The award, which will cover 80% of the projects costs, includes a four-week trip to Jordan in July 2010 for 13 participants to study Arabic and engage in research projects with other educators, NGOs and governmental officials. The participants come from across the state of Wisconsin and include teachers from both elementary and high school levels, three pre-service university students, four UW-Green Bay faculty and one staff specialist in international education. Ultimately, the project will develop and support collaborative relationships, program development, and educational and curricular models leading to the integration of area/international studies and Arabic language into curricular and extra-curricular activities.
Participants for the project are:
- Prof. David Coury, Humanistic Studies and Global Studies, UW-Green Bay (Project Director)
- Katherine Dewall, 3/4 grade teacher at EAGLE School, Madison, WI
- Jay Harris, International Projects Coordinator, UW-Green Bay
- James "Pat" Hill, Spanish teacher at Beloit Memorial High School, Beloit, WI
- Cory Miller, History major, UW-Green Bay
- Michael Jacobs, History major, UW-Green Bay
- Bryan Radue, Psychology teacher at Green Bay West High School, Green Bay WI
- Prof. Jolanda Sallmann, Social Work, UW-Green Bay
- Sarah Sallmann, 4th grade teacher at Eisenhower Elementary, Wauwatosa, WI
- Prof. Heidi Sherman, Humanistic Studies and History, UW-Green Bay
- Aurora Shimshak, English teacher at Oshkosh North High School, Oshkosh, WI
- Prof. Jill White, Human Development and Anthropology, UW-Green Bay
- Jeremy Wildenberg, Education major, UW-Green Bay