Examples of 360° of Learning:
Strategic Philanthropy Class teaches lessons in “giving”
Instead of just lecturing about philanthropy, Prof. Lora Warner provided a “living example.” Her new course in Strategic Philanthropy was designed to help students experience the intricacies of philanthropic giving firsthand, and to give them a real-life chance to apply their knowledge. Through the semester, the students identified a problem, solicited funds for addressing the problem, created criteria for an award, and selected the recipient of the reward based on having a sustainable plan. The immediate result will be the makings of a new community garden in a local Green Bay neighborhood.
Relationships help student go from uncertain undergrad to Ph.D. candidate
After transferring to UW-Green Bay as a sophomore, Adam Von Haden wasn’t sure what he wanted to study. Thanks to guidance by Prof. Mathew Dornbush, he found his passion in the environmental science field. His undergraduate research included studying plant diversity and reproduction and he continued to work with Dornbush through graduate school, with biofuels the focus of this research. He has now beginning his Ph.D. studies with a full-ride scholarship at UW-Madison.
History class is classic 360°
History Professor David Voelker had a brand-new idea for his course, “Problems in American Thought.” He charged students with focusing on subjects that have relevance to present-day and historical Wisconsin, as well as environmental sustainability. They needed to conceive of their upcoming projects as “works of public history,” so wider audiences, including potential employers, could view them in the future. And they needed to study the problems and solutions from multiple perspectives. The result was excitement, engagement, and life beyond a semester, including presentation at a faculty development conference. The final topics were Wild Wisconsin Wolves, Wisconsin Wetlands, the Crandon Mining Dispute, the Fox River (in Green Bay) and the three-part Baird Creek Greenway: Local Wilderness.
Language development more than child’s play
How do young children acquire and develop language? In Jennifer Zapf ‘s language learning lab, her undergraduate research assistants observe toddler’s play, and are able to provide a detailed, in depth description and explanation of easily childhood language abilities that inform a national database. In many cases, these experiences strengthen the relationships between students and faculty members, lead to co-presenter opportunities at national conferences and secure the students chances at a strong recommendation for graduate school.
Students get full-circle experience during Business Week
Every spring, business, marketing and management students use the annual “Business Week” and related events to meet business leaders, sit in on management panels, experience a mock interview, demonstrate their preparedness by presenting a professional portfolio at an internship fair, sharpen their business etiquette at an etiquette luncheon. One of the highlights is being treated to the sage advice of a successful international business leader at a keynote event.
Business and the Environment are friends, not foes
There’s an assumption that sustainability and successful business are opposing forces. Not at UW-Green Bay, where faculty from the Environmental Sciences, work closely with Business faculty and vice versa to show students how sustainable practices are good for profit and the environment. In fact, students can receive certification on sustainable business through a series of courses and an internship.
Teachers prepare for culturally rich school environments
In a world rich with cultural diversity, it’s not enough to prepare future teachers for lessons and lesson plans. They need to understand cultures, traditions and deeper ways of teaching. In UW-Green Bay’s award-winning Center for First Nations Studies, future teachers are taught by Tribal leaders, in the rich traditions of oral history. While tribes and bands have their own history, future educators leave with a set of core values that should permeate every classroom — respect, reciprocity, responsibility and relationship.
Biology students explore, dream and discover
When biology students travel with faculty on a travel course to Panama, they receive more than a three-credit experience, they have an open invitation to explore, dream and discover, right alongside internationally-recognized teachers and researchers. Because of the travel experiences and many other research opportunities closer to home, students are literally “plugged in” to international science networks.