Kress gift for sports and events center
Dance Team competes
Phi Kappa Phi inductees
Semester teaching awards
Three win sabbaticals
Bob and Carol Bush to be honored
Meacham book wins award
Rebecca Tout recital
Symphonic groups concert
Holiday choral concert
Grant funds Center to help schools, teachers
Art exhibit awards
Play 'How I Learned to Drive'
Concert honors Grosso
Conservation landscape symposium
December graduates announced
Kress gift enables UW-Green Bay to reach events center fundraising goal
GREEN BAY - Thanks to a generous gift from the George F. Kress Foundation, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has reached a major goal in fundraising for the University's sports and events center project.
The foundation's gift has enabled UW-Green Bay to attain a goal of raising $7.5 million in private funds by Dec. 31. The commitment of private funding is needed for the project to also receive $7.5 million from the state of Wisconsin. UW-Green Bay's overall goal is to raise $10 million in private funds to support the project.
The University will recognize the generosity of the Kress Foundation and family by naming the facility the Kress Events Center, Chancellor Bruce Shepard announced today.
"We are honored that this facility will carry the Kress name," Shepard said. "We greatly appreciate the personal interest the Kress family has shown in the project and the needs of our students."
The Chancellor added his personal thanks to John Kress, president of the George F. Kress Foundation, and to James Kress and his wife, Julie. George Kress, James' father and John's grandfather, was the founder of Green Bay Packaging Inc. and a longtime supporter of education and other community causes.
The $32.5 million sports and events center project calls for the renovation and expansion of UW-Green Bay's Phoenix Sports Center. The center opened in 1976 and has never been renovated or upgraded.
Plans for the Kress Events Center include a central area with a seating capacity in the range of 3,000 to 4,000. Its multipurpose playing surface will be the home court of the women's basketball and volleyball teams. An auxiliary court will serve as a practice court for the men's basketball team, which will continue to play its games at the community Resch Center, and as a site for student recreational activities.
The new and improved center also will include facilities for running, racquet sports, volleyball and intramural basketball, cardiovascular and aerobic activities, and swimming and diving pools.
The center will offer new health and recreation opportunities for all students. It will accommodate important and popular campus events such as summer orientation, commencement, student career fairs, festivals, concerts and multicultural activities.
John Kress said the family and foundation were impressed by the commitment to the project displayed by UW-Green Bay students, the state of Wisconsin and other Green Bay area donors.
"The early and consistent support of students and the commitment from the state and other donors show how much this project is needed," he said.
Students have provided $15 million for the project through higher fees. Gov. Jim Doyle and the state Legislature pledged an additional $7.5 million, contingent on the University raising $7.5 million by Dec. 31.
UW-Green Bay announced earlier this month that the main playing court at the center will be named for Robert and Carol Bush, who made a major leadership gift to support the project. The Bushes are longtime supporters of UW-Green Bay and its athletics program.
Commencement speaker says graduates can be part of new "Greatest Generation"
GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's class of 2004 is part of a talented generation that will face a future of great challenges and responsibilities, the University's commencement speaker said Saturday (Dec. 18).
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser Jr. told the graduates that their performance will help set the tone for an entire generation known as the "Echo Boomers," the offspring of the "Baby Boomers."
He said somewhere in America is a young child who one day will write a book about the generation born since 1982 just as Tom Brokaw wrote about "The Greatest Generation."
"What will be the title of that book?" Prosser asked. "Will it be 'The Greatest Generation?' That possibility is up to you."
Prosser was the featured speaker at the UW-Green Bay mid-year commencement ceremony Saturday at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The University honored about 310 graduates who were eligible to receive their diplomas during the ceremony.
UW-Green Bay has conferred 21,751 diplomas in its history, dating to the first commencement in 1970.
Prosser told the graduates they live in a world of intense competition where almost nothing can be taken for granted. But he said the education they received at UW-Green Bay has prepared them well for the challenges ahead.
Student speaker Lynn Barrett urged the graduates to reflect on the people who "lit that initial spark" that motivated them to get an education. She also said they should carry on a tradition by lighting a spark for others.
UW-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard, who presided over the commencement ceremony, led applause for the many people who shared the graduates' accomplishments: parents, grandparents, other family members and friends.
Shepard donned a Santa cap (bearing a UW-Green Bay Phoenix logo) just before announcing the awarding of degrees.
"The diploma is not our gift to you, though," he said. "Rather, it represents the gift you have given yourself through your hard work: the rewards that will flow lifelong from a love of learning and the habit of putting that higher education to important purposes."
Other highlights of Saturday's commencement included:
the awarding of the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association's Outstanding Student Award to Jill West, Grafton. West graduated with majors in Psychology and Human Development. She earned cum laude honors.
the awarding of the Frankenthal Professorship to Prof. Cheryl Grosso of the Communication and the Arts academic unit. The Frankenthal Professorship honors the late Siegried W. Frankenthal of Green Bay and was established by members of this family. Named professorships support the scholarship of outstanding faculty members and are made possible by gifts to the University.
the awarding of the Chancellor's Award to Ron Weyers, a longtime friend of UW-Green Bay. Weyers has been a strong supporter of the UW-Green Bay Phoenix Fund, Founders Association, Phuture Phoenix Philanthropists and the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.
UW-Green Bay Dance Team heads to nationals
GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix Pride Dance Team recently took second place at the Raider Classic cheer and dance competition held in Wisconsin Rapids, and received an automatic bid to the United Performing Association national competition Feb. 24-27, 2005, in Minneapolis.
It will be the first time the UW-Green Bay dance team has competed at national level, says adviser April Prokash. A member of the UW-Green Bay dance team when she was a student, Prokash is in her fifth year as team adviser. She graduated in 1992.
Dance Team members are Amanda Aamodt and Anne Wayne, Wisconsin Rapids; Alyssa Allen, Jessica Allen and Katie Hanrahan, Franklin; J. Nicci Clark, Wausau; Brodee Ewert, Three Lakes; C. Kait Fitzgerald and Kari Plog, Green Bay; Cindy Hart, West Allis; Katie Legler, Seymour; Missy Madigan, Suamico; Crista Reidl, Grafton; Cheri Spice, Oconto, and Jenny Wessel, Sheboygan.
Honor society inducts 103 at UW-Green Bay
GREEN BAY - The national honor society, Phi Kappa Phi, has admitted 103 new members at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The 107-year-old organization recognizes achievement in all disciplines. UW-Green Bay has had a campus chapter since 1997.
New student members of Phi Kappa Phi include:
Green Bay-Lynn Barrett, Anne Brede, Jeremy Brunette, Carly Chrouser, Frances Connelly, Lisa Coutley, Jeri Deprey, Brian Dimmer, Lisa Dumke, Ralph Gadbois III, Amy Greve, Douglas Gussert. LuMarie Guth, Hope Heck, Rebecca Heim, Glen Kitts, Sara Kleinschmidt, John Liebmann, Sylvia Malcore, Gregory Pouliot, Christina Prust, Lindsay Rose, Justin Schroeder, Mari Zimmerman and Christina Zuraski.
Abbottsford-Mariah Luchterhand; Adell-Robert Logemann III; Appleton-Alison Decker, Cassie Jo Hintz, Jayme Kaddatz, Heather Klein, Cassandra Mahder, Ashley Moreno, James Streed, Greg Verhagen; Beaver Dam-Sarah Rampanelli; Burlington-Sarah Voss; Cadott-Patricia Blomquist; Campbellsport-Megan Raether; Cedarburg-Michelle Mason; Chilton-Wendy Berth, Michael Halbach, Mary Steffen; Crandon-Dustin Anderson, Stefanie Kircher.
Delavan-Emily Thompson; De Pere-Amy Lancelle, Amy Williams; Eagle River-Kathy Mlaker; Fond du Lac-Michael Petersen; Franklin-Amber Pyne; Galesville-Leslie Larson; Gillett-Juniper Sundance; Greendale-Erin Jarvey; Hartland-Jennifer Hahn, Megan Horne, Joseph Wagerin; Hazel Green-Miranda Maring; Juneau-Leslie Kuhn; Luxemburg-Donna Mleziva.
Madison-Sarah Wilk; Manawa-Julie Bonikowske, Brian Gnadt; Manitowoc-Julie Anderson, Natalie DeSimone, James Fenlon, Andrew Schwalbe, Jennifer Schwahn, Melissa Swanson, Nathan Waack; Marinette-Amber Langill, Bethany Welch; Marshfield-Stacey Oelrich, Casie Rindfleisch; Merrill-John Reich, Ellie Roets; New London-Amber Schoepke; Newton-Kristen Vareka.
Oconto-Jenna Osborn; Oshkosh-Sara Roggenbauer; Peshtigo-Rebecca Ostermann; Plymouth-Janice Ourada; Porterfield-Jay Watson; Pulaski-Michelle Lambert; Shawano-Kevin Kucksdorf; Sheboygan-Beth Cherney, Kristin Grudzielanek, Kristin Mauk, Courtney Peil, Jessica Potter; Spooner-Natasha Botty; Stanley-Johanna Hinke; Sturgeon Bay-Alice Billing, Laura Tice; Tomahawk-Lacy Robert; Two Rivers-Casey Thayer; Watertown-Erin Christian.
Illinois-Amanda Bowmann, Bloomington-Normal; Christina Rasane, Park Ridge. Minnesota-Krista Karl, Worthington. New York-Kara Burke, Catskill. Pennsylvania-Adam Houle, West Chester; Merry Olay, Ridgway.
UW-Green Bay students win end-of-semester awards
GREEN BAY - Six University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students received Chancellor's Medallions and four were awarded University Leadership Awards in ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 17 in the University Union.
Chancellor's Medallions recognize academic achievement and leadership throughout the student's college career. The recipients were Lynn Barrett, Green Bay; Jennifer Hahn, Hartland; Melissa King, Edgar; Megan Raether, Campbellsport; Jill West, Grafton; and Kraig Western, Boyd.
Recipients of University Leadership Awards were Jessica Day, Green Bay; Jennifer Laue, Juneau; Melissa Lind, Pine River; and Olivia Thomas, New London. University Leadership Awards acknowledge leadership activities on- and off-campus.
UW-Green Bay seeks 'globalists' to share international interests
GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Office of International Education is seeking individuals with international experience or interests to join in a network aimed at sharing information and activities with global perspectives.
Jay Harris, acting director of international education, invites individuals to join in who have traveled, studied or worked abroad; persons who have served in the Peace Corps, been hosts to exchange students, adopted children from abroad or who have international connections through extended family; or those simply fascinated by other cultures and global issues.
Harris says he envisions activities such as programs on global issues, interaction with international students, sharing of information about international opportunities, and others "designed to promote more awareness of Wisconsin's many connections to an increasingly small world." He plans to connect interested persons through an Internet listserv and a volunteer organization.
UW-Green Bay already addresses international interests through its Office of International Education and through academic courses. The University is active in the Department of Public Instruction's Statewide International Education Council, which aims to bring educators, business and community leaders together to develop global literacy in a new generation of students and teachers. UW-Green Bay Dean of Professional Programs and Outreach Fritz Erickson is chairperson of the Council's Northeastern Wisconsin Regional Leadership Alliance.
Individuals who would like to learn about the new UW-Green Bay global initiative can contact Harris at (920) 465-2413 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Ron Weyers to receive UW-Green Bay Chancellor's Award
GREEN BAY - University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard will present the Chancellor's Award to Ron Weyers at the University's mid-year commencement ceremony Saturday (Dec. 18).
Weyers is being honored for his service to UW-Green Bay and the community, Shepard said.
"This award honors Ron Weyers for his friendship and service to our University and his contributions to our region's quality of life," the Chancellor said.
Weyers is a longtime supporter of UW-Green Bay. He was a member of the founding board of directors of the UW-Green Bay Phoenix Fund and continues to support the fund. He also has been a strong supporter of the UW-Green Bay Founders Association and the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. In recent years, he has been a Phuture Phoenix Philanthropists supporter.
Weyers began a career in insurance in 1962. Seven years later, he and partner Wally Hilliard began their own insurance agency. In 1977, they purchased an insurance company charter and grew the company to what became Employers Health Insurance Company, one of the largest health insurance companies in the United States. Employers later became known as Humana Inc. The pair left the firm in 1988 and started American Medical Security Inc. When they sold AMS in 1996, it had revenues in excess of $1 billion.
Weyers has received many business awards, including the Free Enterprise Award from the Rotary Club of Green Bay, the Excellence in Business Award from the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Wisconsin Entrepreneur of the Year award from Ernst & Young, Inc. magazine and Merrill Lynch.
In addition to his support of UW-Green Bay, Weyers has served the community as a founding member and member of the board of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation. He also serves on the boards of Promotion Management Inc. (PMI) of Green Bay, M&I Bank of Northeastern Wisconsin, Secura Insurance Companies, Raven Mfg. LLC, Foth & Van Dyke Inc., Executive Flight Support, and Junior Achievement of Green Bay.
Two win semester teaching awards at UW-Green Bay
GREEN BAY - Two faculty members at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay have received Creative Approaches to Teaching awards for fall semester 2004. They are Prof. Sandra Stokes, who teaches in the Education and Women's Studies academic units, and Prof. E. Nicole Meyer, of Humanistic Studies and French.
The Creative Approaches to Teaching award, given by the Instructional Development Council, recognizes specific strategies that faculty members develop to enhance teaching and learning in their classrooms. Recipients get a small honorarium, and their strategies are shared with the entire teaching staff.
Students in Stokes' class spend part of the class period in small groups, discussing and illustrating the day's reading; then post their results for the entire class to discuss. The strategy helps students incorporate what they are learning with what they already know, and assists them in retaining the knowledge long-term, says Stokes.
Meyer has instituted small group oral tests in lower level French courses, replacing individual oral tests. Students decide the grade, grammar and vocabulary goals, then ask and answer the questions. Meyer says the strategy leads to many improvements, including students who come to class better prepared.
Three at UW-Green Bay win sabbaticals
GREEN BAY - Sabbatical leaves during the 2005-2006 academic year were approved for three members of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay faculty at the monthly meeting of the UW Board of Regents.
The Regents grant sabbaticals to recognize faculty members' teaching efforts and to provide them an opportunity for in-depth study that will enhance their teaching in the future. Faculty members applying for sabbaticals must propose specific projects and explain how the projects will benefit teaching and their institutions.
Full-year sabbaticals were granted to Prof. Angela Bauer-Dantoin, Human Biology, who'll work on developing a textbook on women's biology; and Prof. Catherine Henze, who will write a book on the original music in Shakespeare's plays.
Prof. Clifford Abbott, Information and Computing Sciences, was granted a sabbatical for the second semester. He will create an on-line resource for learning the Oneida language.
Bob and Carol Bush to be honored for support of Sports and Events Center
GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced today that it has received a major leadership gift from Robert and Carol Bush to support the University's Student Sports and Events Center project.
The generosity of the Bushes will be recognized through the awarding of naming rights to the multipurpose playing court at the Sports and Events Center.
They will be honored during a ceremony at halftime of tonight's women's basketball game between UW-Green Bay and UW-Parkside at the Phoenix Sports Center. Game time is 7 p.m.
Robert and Carol Bush are longtime supporters of UW-Green Bay and its athletics program. They have been especially close to the women's basketball program.
UW-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard said the Bushes' generosity has helped the University take a major step toward its goal of raising $10 million in private gifts to support the Sports and Events Center project.
"I want to express my sincere gratitude to Bob and Carol Bush for helping move this project forward and for being such great friends of UW-Green Bay," Shepard said. "They understand the importance of the project to our students, our athletics program and our community."
The $32 million Sports and Events Center project calls for the renovation and expansion of UW-Green Bay's Phoenix Sports Center. The center opened in 1976 and has never been renovated or upgraded.
Robert Bush said numerous factors convinced them of the compelling need for an upgraded Sports and Events Center at UW-Green Bay. One was the condition of the Phoenix Sports Center, especially when compared with other athletic facilities in the Horizon League.
"It became very evident we needed much improved sports facilities," he said.
He also said the decision of UW-Green Bay students to provide $15 million for the project through higher fees demonstrated the students' strong commitment to the Sports and Events Center. He noted that the facility will offer new health and recreation opportunities for all students.
"It's something that's needed for the entire student body," Bush said.
The Student Sports and Events Center plan includes a central area with a seating capacity in the range of 3,000 to 4,000. Its multipurpose playing surface will be the home court for the women's basketball and volleyball teams. An auxiliary court will serve as a practice court for the men's basketball team and a site for student recreational activities. The center also will include new or improved facilities for running, racquet sports, volleyball and intramural basketball, swimming and diving pools and facilities for cardiovascular and aerobic activities.
The building will accommodate important and popular campus events such as summer orientation, commencement, student career fairs, festivals, concerts and multicultural activities.
The University is seeking up to $10 million in private gifts to complete funding of the Sports and Events Center project. In addition to the student commitment of $15 million, Gov. Jim Doyle and the Legislature pledged an additional $7.5 million in state funding. State participation, however, is contingent on the University raising $7.5 million in private funds by Dec. 31.
The Chancellor said generous support from community leaders such as the Bushes makes him confident that the University will reach its fundraising goal.
UW-Green Bay commencement set for Saturday
GREEN BAY - More than 300 graduates of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will be honored at the University's mid-year commencement ceremony Saturday (Dec. 18).
The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.
UW-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard will preside over commencement. He will continue a tradition of recognizing not only the new graduates, but their parents, other family members and friends.
"Commencement is one of the happiest days of the year at UW-Green Bay," the Chancellor said. "It's a special time for our graduates and their families, our University and our community."
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser Jr. will deliver the commencement address. Prosser, who grew up in Appleton, has served on the Supreme Court since 1998. He was appointed to the court by then-Gov. Tommy Thompson and was elected to a 10-year term in 2001.
Prosser was elected to the state Assembly in 1979 and served through 1996. He served six years as Assembly minority leader and two years as Assembly speaker.
Other commencement highlights include the following:
Lynn Barrett, Green Bay, will serve as the student speaker. Barrett earned a degree in Social Change and Development, and completed minors in Women's Studies and Human Development. She is graduating with highest honors.
UW-Green Bay's Outstanding Student Award will be presented to Jill West, Grafton. West is graduating with majors in Psychology and Human Development. She has earned cum laude honors.
Shepard will present the Chancellor's Award to Ron Weyers, a longtime friend of UW-Green Bay. Weyers has been a strong supporter of the UW-Green Bay Phoenix Fund, Founders Association, Phuture Phoenix Philanthropists and the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. Weyers has a long list of community activities.
UW-Green Bay faculty member Cheryl Grosso will become the University's newest Frankenthal Professor. Grosso teaches in the Communication and the Arts academic unit. Her scholarship includes composing, performing and conducting music.
Named professorships support the scholarship of outstanding faculty members for a specified period of time and are made possible by gifts to the University. The Frankenthal Professorship honors the late Siegfried W. Frankenthal of Green Bay and was established by members of his family.
Two retiring faculty members from the Natural and Applied Sciences academic unit will be honored by being named to emeritus, or honorary, status. They are Prof. Michael Morgan and Prof. Ronald Stieglitz.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association will sponsor a reception for graduates, their families and guests, and faculty and staff. The reception will be held in the Weidner Center's foyer.
Meacham book wins Katherine Anne Porter award
GREEN BAY - A first book by University of Wisconsin-Green Bay faculty member Rebecca Meacham has won the prestigious 2004 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction from University of North Texas Press.
The collection of nine short stories, entitled, "Let's Do," was chosen for the award by judge Jonis Agee, acclaimed author of novels, collections of short stories and books of poetry. The award includes a cash prize and publication of the manuscript.
"Rebecca Meacham has one of the freshest voices I've encountered in a long time," said Agee. She called Meacham's stories "...deliciously subversive, brave and outrageous."
Barnes & Noble has selected the book for its "Discover Great New Writers" program and it will appear in catalogs and in special displays in more than 800 of the chain's stores sometime in late winter. "Publisher's Weekly" has a review of "Let's Do" in its Dec. 13 issue.
Characters in the "Let's Do" stories are ordinary Midwesterners who cope with various calamities. Readers praise Meacham for balancing humor and clarity as she pulls readers into her characters' lives.
The collection of stories was a finalist in competition for two other prizes-the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction from Sarabande Press and the Sandstone Prize in Short Fiction from Ohio State University Press, both in 2003.
Individual stories in the collection have been published in various journals. Two of the stories previously won other awards. "Weights and Measures" received the "Chelsea" magazine award, and "Trim & Notions" received the Indiana Review Fiction Prize.
Meacham joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in fall 2002. She teaches creative writing, literature and women's studies courses. She advises the "Sheepshead Review" student literary magazine; is co-adviser to the student Writer's Union; advises creative writing majors; and coordinates an annual UW-Green Bay/St. Norbert College "read-off." She'll teach a creative writing course for the Learning in Retirement Institute in 2005. Meacham won the Faculty Development Council's Creative Approaches to Teaching award for spring semester 2003.
Meacham has readings and book signings scheduled in Texas, Ohio, Illinois and other locations early in 2005.
Meacham earned a Ph.D. degree in English at the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Fine Arts degree from Bowling Green State University, and a bachelor's degree from Miami University, all in Ohio.
Clarinetist Tout will present recital at UW-Green Bay
GREEN BAY - Clarinetist Rebecca Tout, a member of the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, will perform in recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14 in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr. Admission is free.
Tout will be accompanied on piano by Linda Halloin.
The pair will open the program with Bohuslav Martinu's Sonatina for clarinet and piano. They'll also perform "Fantaisie Italienne," by Marc Delmas, and Paul Jeanjean's "Carnival of Venice" theme and variations."
Tout will present "Five Pieces for Clarinet Alone," by William O. Smith. She notes that the composer's exploration of multiple voices within a single instrument suggests a parallel with his life because Smith leads "multiple lives" as a clarinetist, composer and jazz musician. He is known as William O. Smith in the former endeavors, and as Bill Smith in the jazz world.
The Sonata in F Minor for clarinet and piano by Johannes Brahms comprises the second half of the program.
Tout joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 2003. She is an active chamber musician and has performed with symphonies and opera orchestras in Illinois, Arizona and Wisconsin. She recently was a soloist with the Northeastern Wisconsin Concert Band. In January she'll travel to Turkey for a concert tour with Trio Academe. Tout is a strong supporter of contemporary solo clarinet literature. She has been recognized by the Concert Artists Guild and the International Clarinet Association with semi-finalist and finalist rankings in both groups' international competitions.
At UW-Green Bay, Tout teaches a variety of music courses, in addition to applied clarinet. She has directed the Symphonic Band, New Music Ensemble and Woodwind Ensemble. She has presented master classes and clinics in Wisconsin, Illinois, Arizona and California. Tout teaches at UW-Green Bay Summer Music Camps and at Donner Mine Music Camp in Bear Valley, Calif. Tout received her musical education at Bradley University in Illinois and at Arizona State University.
Halloin graduated from UW-Green Bay where she studied with Arthur Cohrs, and she earned a master's degree in piano at UW-Milwaukee. She has performed as a solo recitalist, a concert soloist and as a collaborative pianist in the U.S. and abroad. Halloin has made performance tours to Germany, Poland, Ukraine and to Slovakia, where in 2002, she was among featured artists at the Slovak International Festival of Contemporary Music. In November, she collaborated on a series of concerts in Aversa and Naples, Italy. Recent recitals include other appearances with Tout, and with tenor John Plier on Schubert's "Winterreise" song cycle.
UW-Green Bay symphonic groups offer 'comfort music'
GREEN BAY - "A buffet of heart-warming comfort music" is how University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Director of Bands Kevin Collins describes the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band program at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13 in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr.
The Symphonic Band will perform an arrangement of Gustav Holst's "In the Bleak Midwinter," which alternates between wind sounds and a chorale arrangement of a children's choir piece. Their major presentation will be "Heart Music" by contemporary composer David Maslanka. The three-movement work employs diverse styles including re-settings of chorale tunes by Bach, African influences, and rock music. The Band will conclude its part of the program with selections from the musical, "Les Miserables."
The Wind Symphony will perform Suite Francaise, a major work by 20th century French composer Darius Milhaud, who said he composed it for performance by young American musicians. Each of the five movements is named for a French province and incorporates local folks tunes so that American youth could hear music from the provinces where American and Allied armies fought together with the French Underground to liberate France from the Germans.
Also on the Wind Symphony program is a transcription of Bach's "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring," and Alfred Reed's "Russian Christmas Music," which combines Russian choral music, chants and popular tunes.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students. The numbers for tickets are (920) 465-2217 or (800) 328-8587.
UW-Green Bay choral groups and guests present 'Holiday Traditions'
GREEN BAY - University of Wisconsin-Green Bay choral groups, joined by guest organist Arthur Cohrs and the UW-Green Bay Brass Ensemble, will present a concert entitled, "Holiday Traditions" at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr. The audience will have an opportunity to join in singing three traditional carols.
Organist Cohrs, a professor emeritus at UW-Green Bay, along with faculty member Paul Bhasin on trumpet, will perform prelude music. The concert will open with the audience participating in a carol, accompanied by Cohrs on organ.
The University Chorus, directed by William Witwer, will perform seasonal music. Stefanie Kircher will be featured on flute on David Childs' "Ave Maria." The chorus is accompanied by Richard Perry.
John Plier will direct the Concert Choir in holiday music for Christmas and Hanukkah. Their accompanist is Janet Osterberg.
Plier, a tenor, also will perform a solo, Pietro Yon's "Gesu Bambino," accompanied by Osterberg.
The Phoenix Chorale, directed by Witwer, and accompanied by faculty member Benjamin Moritz, will perform the concert's final grouping of seasonal choral music. Kristine Everson, Kathleen Butitta, Sarah Scidmore, Erik Tietyen, Aaron Roecker and Kerry Kuplic will be featured on "The Carol of the Bells."
The program includes two numbers by the UW-Green Bay Brass Ensemble, directed by Bhasin. Matt Becker and Kyle Schafer on trumpets; Nate Pitsch on trombine; Ken Petrich on euphonium; and Sarah Phelps on tuba will perform the Allegro movement of Tielman Susato's "Renaissance Dance." The first movement of Wilhelm Ramsoe's Quartet for Brass no. 1 will be presented by Shawn Reince and Andy Eshbaugh on trumpets and Bill Burroughs and Nick Winkler on trombones.
The Brass Ensemble and Cohrs on organ will accompany the final audience sing-along carol.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students. The numbers for tickets are (920) 465-2217 or (800) 328-8587.
UW grant funds Center to help new teachers seeking license renewal
GREEN BAY - A $30,000 grant from the University of Wisconsin System will fund development of a pilot Professional Development Plan Service Center aimed at helping schools in CESA districts 7 and 8 and new teachers within those districts who must meet new Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requirements to renew their licenses.
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Prof. Linda Tabers-Kwak received the grant, along with the Institute for Learning Partnership at UW-Green Bay, and the Office of Education Outreach. Tabers-Kwak, a member of the Education professional program faculty, will coordinate the Service Center, which will operate through the Institute for Learning Partnership.
Tabers-Kwak explains that new teachers fulfilling requirements for licenses in Wisconsin after Aug. 31, 2004, will receive non-renewable five-year initial licenses. They must begin working to qualify for their next step-renewable professional licenses-in their first year of teaching. New teachers will prepare a professional development plan with the help of a support team that includes a building administrator, a mentor teacher and a representative from an institution of higher education.
The grant to UW-Green Bay will fund the start-up of a service to find and match prospective team members from institutions of higher education with schools and teachers. Faculty members at UW-Green Bay and at St. Norbert College are collaborating on the project.
Tabers-Kwak says the institution of higher education representatives will be mentors to the new teachers, adding, "We will work with the teacher to insure that children in that classroom are getting the best practices." With their teams, new teachers will prepare a written document for the DPI describing their school setting, establishing goals, telling how they'll meet those goals and explaining how they'll measure success. Then they have to follow through.
Tabors-Kwak says she expects most new teachers to complete requirements to qualify for professional licenses within three years.
The new requirements for Wisconsin teaching licenses were adopted in 2000, following about ten years of study aimed at improving the way teachers are licensed and providing for greater accountability in teacher education. Tabors-Kwak says that in the past, teachers could earn professional development credits toward license renewal by choosing from a wide array of experiences, but that approach "didn't have to add up to anything." Says Tabors-Kwak, "This new team approach connects teachers to the requirements."
According to Tabers-Kwak, some institution of higher education representatives will complete DPI training in January and will be ready to join teachers' teams.
New DPI licensing requirements for professionals in pupil personnel services and administration are similar to those for teachers, and the new Professional Development Plan Service Center also will work to provide institution of higher education team members for individuals in those professional areas.
UW-Green Bay will hold a preview day for school administrators on Monday, Feb. 14 to discuss professional development opportunities.
Information about the Professional Development Plan Service Center is available by contacting Tabers-Kwak at (920) 465-5075 or by e-mail to TABERSL@UWGB.EDU. Information also will be on the Institute for Learning Partnership Website at www.uwgb.edu/learnpart/ by late December.
Information about the administrator's preview day is available from Wendy Pothour-Miller at (920) 465-2716 or (800) 892-2118 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UW-Green Bay students win art exhibit awards
GREEN BAY - Fourteen students received awards in the 32nd annual juried student art exhibition now on display in the Lawton Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The exhibit continues through Dec. 15.
The awards included a new $500 cash award given by the Kress Foundation. It was won by Leah Lindsley, Greenleaf, for "Study #1," an acrylic on canvas painting. Lindsley's painting also received the University Union Purchase Award.
Two other students received two awards each.
Jodi Lieburn of Quinnesec, Mich., received the Communication and the Arts Award for a mixed media installation, and her embroidered fabric piece received the Emmons Purchase Award.
Daniel Klewer of Muskego was another multiple award winner, receiving the Contemporary Craft Award for a sterling, enamel and copper piece, and the Distinguished Painting Award for an oil on canvas work.
Another major corporate award, the $500 Georgia-Pacific Purchase Award, was won by Michelle Baker, Green Bay, for a linocut.
Other award recipients are:
Green Bay-Paula Becker, Communication and the Arts Purchase Award; Casey Early-Krueger, Lawton Gallery Award for Excellence in Three-Dimensional Work; Erica Millspaugh, Provost's Award.
Butternut-Cory A. Linsmeyer, Lawton Gallery Award for Excellence in Two-Dimensional Work; Crandon-Dustin Anderson, Style Purchase Award; Fond du Lac-Stacey Sabel, Distinguished Drawing Award; Iron Mountain, Mich.-Mindy Sue Myers, Academic Dean's Award; Luxemburg-Donna Mleziva, Art Agency Purchase Award; New London-Tracey Euhardy, Chancellor's Award; Sturgeon Bay-Elizabeth M. Meissner, Contemporary Craft Award.
Juror Graeme Reid, assistant director of the West Bend Art Museum, selected 71 works by 43 artists for the exhibit. Sixty-eight artists submitted a total of 153 works for consideration. Lawton Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
UW-Green Bay students will stage Pulitzer Prize winning play
GREEN BAY - University of Wisconsin-Green Bay senior Terra Schultz will direct the Pulitzer Prize winning play, "How I Learned to Drive," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Dec. 8-11 in Studio Two of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr. Admission is free.
Theater students usually stage two or three student-directed plays each year at UW-Green Bay.
"How I Learned to Drive" initially opened in New York in 1997 and won a long list of awards in addition to the Pulitzer including an Obie, a Drama Desk Award, the New York Drama Critics Award, and others for playwright Paula Vogel.
The play is about an affair between a girl named Li'l Bit and her uncle Peck. It begins when Li'l Bit is 11 and continues until she ends the relationship at age 18. Despite the subject matter, the play has humorous aspects. Essentially the play has just the two characters. All of the other characters who affect their lives are portrayed by actors who function like a Greek chorus.
Schultz has a long list of credits on the UW-Green Bay stage. Her roles as Fran Douglas in "Flyer" and Emily Webb in "Our Town" earned her nominations to compete in the Irene Ryan Scholarship acting competition at the regional American College Theater Festival.
Credits for "How I Learned to Drive" include:
A.J. Cambra, Hales Corners, is the assistant stage manager. Cambra made his UW-Green Bay stage debut earlier this semester in the role of Stevie in "Escape from Happiness." A freshman, he is a Human Biology major. He was active in theater in high school.
Erin Cook, Oak Creek, is the costume designer. Cook worked in wardrobe for two summers with the Utah Shakespearean Festival. At UW-Green Bay, she has been involved in "builds" for a dozen main stage productions and was wardrobe supervisor for several. She was co-costume designer on a student-led play last academic year. She is a senior theater major emphasizing studies in technical theater and costume.
Matt Fayfer, Greenville, is Peck. Fayfer is a freshman with high school theater experience. He performs with the UW-Green Bay Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
Dena Holtz, De Pere, portrays the female Greek chorus. Holtz was nominated to compete in the 2005 Irene Ryan Scholarship acting competition at the regional American College Theater Festival for her role in the recent production of "Escape from Happiness." She has had roles in other UW-Green Bay main stage and student-directed plays and is a choreographer and dancer with DanceWorks.
Josh Koleske, Black Creek, is stage manager. Koleske is a junior emphasizing studies in theater design. He was stage manager for a student-directed play earlier this year, and has been an assistant stage manager for DanceWorks and an Intercultural Dance Festival.
Chelsea Miller, Waunakee, provides the voice-over readings. Miller was an intern last summer at American Folklore Theater in Door County. She previously had roles in "Our Town" and the student-directed play, "Regrets.' She is a junior theater major.
Joshua Panter, Amherst, portrays the male Greek chorus. Panter previously had a role in "Escape from Happiness." He is a sophomore theater major.
Caroline Quinn, Amherst, is the teenage Greek chorus. Quinn has a long list of credits in UW-Green Bay main stage and student-directed productions. She most recently had a role in "Escape from Happiness" earlier this year. She also has performed in summer theater on Washington Island, at Comedy City, and in other venues.
Amanda M. Scholz, Brown Deer, is the lighting designer. Scholz was stage manager for the recent production of "Escape from Happiness." She has fulfilled technical roles in other productions, including assistant stage manager and master electrician, and has worked in properties construction. Scholz is a junior emphasizing studies in technical theater.
Terra Schultz, Withee, is the director. Schultz has had major roles in "Escape from Happiness," "Tartuffe," "A Lie of the Mind," "Flyer," and "Our Town," and was nominated to compete for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship for her work in the latter two. A senior theater major, Schultz provides theater enrichment activities for YMCA after school programs.
Jason Strazishar, Menominee Falls, is the sound designer. A junior, he is emphasizing studies in technical theater. Strazishar has been a lighting technician for various main stage productions, and was sound technician for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." He works as a union stagehand.
Jessica Theirs, Roseville, Minn., portrays Li'l Bit. Thiers has had roles in other student-directed plays at UW-Green Bay, and participates in choral and dance activities. She has attended acting workshops at Steppingstone Theater in St. Paul, Minn., for three years. She is a junior theater major.
UW-Green Bay percussion concert honors director Grosso
GREEN BAY - A concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Contemporary Percussion Ensemble and the Hand Drumming Ensemble also provides the occasion to honor the groups' director, faculty member Cheryl Grosso. The event will be held in University Theater located in Theater Hall on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr.
Grosso will be awarded the University's named Frankenthal Professorship during commencement ceremonies on Dec. 18. Named professorships support the scholarship of outstanding faculty members. While the stipend associated with the professorship is for a limited time, the recipient retains the title for life. It is Grosso's second recognition for scholarship this academic year. In August, she received the UW-Green Bay Founders Association award for Excellence in Scholarship.
The concert will premiere two new pieces that Grosso has composed in response to the recognition she is receiving.
Grosso's trio, Olio, comprised of Grosso and alumni Paul Massey and Gregory Thornburg, will perform "The Recovery," a piece she has composed in the past six weeks. Grosso says it results from "a great deal of soul-searching" in an effort to properly capture her emotions in response to the honors she has won. The piece features complex rhythms and intricately interlocking parts.
The Hand Drumming Ensemble will perform Grosso's new "Rhythm Chant FF," also written in appreciation of the Frankenthal and Founders awards.
The program includes the six-member Contemporary Percussion Ensemble performing three movements of John Luther Adams' "Green Corn Dance," a sextet inspired by Native American dance music and classic percussion works of the 1930s and 1940s; "Six Slick Stix Click Licks," a snare drum trio by Paul Goldstaub; "Secrets," a sextet by David D. Heuser performed entirely on metal instruments; and Russell Peck's "Lift-Off," a trio in which each player performs on a bass drum and two toms. Grosso describes the latter as "loud, fast, and exciting." Grosso has conducted the Contemporary Percussion Ensemble for 19 years.
The Hand Drumming Ensemble will perform five Grosso compositions. Faculty member John Salerno will be featured on flute in "Rhythm Chant 14." Nineteen musicians make up the Ensemble. Grosso is the founder of the UW-Green Bay Hand Drumming Ensemble.
The music academic program at UW-Green Bay will sponsor a reception following the concert to honor Grosso. She is the first member of the music faculty to be awarded a named professorship.
A $15 V.I.P. ticket to the concert includes special seating and admission to the reception for Grosso. Proceeds from the V.I.P. tickets will benefit scholarships for music students at UW-Green Bay. Regular ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students. The numbers for tickets are (920) 465-2217 or (800) 328-8587.
Conservation landscape symposium set at UW-Green Bay
GREEN BAY - A free symposium entitled "A Manual for Conservation Landscaping" will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Dec. 9 in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Room 139 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Dr.
The event has been developed as a semester-long class project by students in the Ecological Applications course taught by Robert Howe, professor of Natural and Applied Sciences and director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity. Eight students will report on their research into information and ideas for ecologically sound residential development in northeastern Wisconsin. Their reports and handouts will provide first stages of a "manual" for conservation design in the region.
Howe explains that conservation design is an innovative approach to housing development where significant areas within a subdivision are set aside as community open space. The concept has been hailed as one of the most exciting new ideas in land preservation.
"Effective conservation design requires technical knowledge about the physical and ecological characteristics of the property as well as creative plans for long term land stewardship," he says. The strategy is being attempted in hundreds of residential development projects across North America.
The UW-Green Bay students' project is being carried out in collaboration with Judith Perlman and William Weismueller of Moonshadows Development LLC, a conservation design residential development in Manitowoc County. Students who take the Ecological Applications course typically are seniors or graduate students.
Here's the schedule of workshop presentations and presenters:
9:10 a.m., Border Landscaping and Woodland Restoration, Jay Watson
Coffee and refreshments will be available at 8:30 a.m. and during the presentations. Workshop information is available by contacting Howe at (920) 465-2272 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
UW-Green Bay announces December graduates
GREEN BAY - University of Wisconsin-Green Bay commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 18, will honor approximately 325 graduates eligible to receive their degrees. Those students receiving bachelor's degrees with academic honors are indicated by *cum laude, ** magna cum laude, and ***summa cum laude.
Master of Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning
Master of Environmental Science and Policy
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES DEGREE
Communication and the Arts
Environmental Policy and Planning
Information and Computing Sciences
Social Change and Development
Urban and Regional Studies