Fiala's new book
May Commencement ceremony
Commencement ceremony is indoors
Jean Weidner Theatre
Heirloom plant sale
National History Day contest
Trumpet, organ recital
University Leadership Awards
Arts management grant
Faculty research grants
Diversity partnership awarded state grant
Bad weather means two ceremonies
Hand drumming, percussion concert
May graduates listed
UW-Green Bay 2005 theater scholarships, honors awarded
GREEN BAY-Members of the theater faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay have announced winners of scholarships for the 2005-2006 academic year and recipients of special awards for the year past.
Carrie Weis, Lodi, and Adina Weinig, Menasha, received $1,000 First Nighter scholarships given by the philanthropic group that provides support for UW-Green Bay theater students. Also in the amount of $1,000 was the Erdmann Scholarship, named for late faculty member Lou Erdmann, which went to Josh Wintersteen of Union Grove.
Donna Larsen, Madison, received the $800 Kline-Heim Scholarship that honors faculty member Sue Kline-Heim who died earlier this year.
Receiving $800 Merit Scholarships were RJ Kenny, Germantown; John Mrovka, Neenah; Jessica Thiers, Roseville, Minn.; Zach McLain, Fence; Quinn White, Janesville; and Jeff Harpold, Oostburg.
Four students won $400 Merit Scholarships. They are Neil Montour, Sherwood; Ivan Jones, Stillwater, Minn.; Mike Laskowski, Maribel; and Dena Holtz, De Pere.
Suzanne Lindner, Rio, and Emily Bartos, Menomonee Falls, received $400 scholarships as incoming theater majors, and Amanda Polzer, Wausau, received a $200 scholarship as an incoming dance minor.
Recent graduates Erica Fuss, Holmen, and Johnny Yoder, Green Bay, were named Outstanding Theater Students.
And Kelly Keiler and Eric Klingbeil, both of Green Bay, and both also recent graduates, were named Outstanding Design/Tech Students. Faculty members also recognized DJ Wierschem, Glendale, and Weis as Outstanding Performance Students.
Four at UW-Green Bay win research-teaching grants
GREEN BAY-Four faculty members at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay have won spring semester grants for research activities that join scholarly work and teaching.
Grant recipients are Professors Denise Bartell, human development and psychology; Peter Breznay, information and computing science and computer science; Regan Gurung, human development and psychology; and David Voelker, humanistic studies and history. Grant amounts ranged from $800 to $975.
The grants are intended to encourage collaborative research between UW-Green Bay faculty members and students. All faculty members are eligible to apply for the grants awarded by the University's Research Council.
Tolerance is topic of new book by UW-Green Bay faculty member
GREEN BAY-"Tolerance and the Ethical Life" is the title of a new book by University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Prof. Andrew Fiala, a member of the faculties in philosophy and humanistic studies. The book is part of the "Studies in Philosophy" series published by Continuum.
Fiala examines what tolerance is and why it is difficult to be tolerant, and he looks at tolerance in light of the history of philosophy.
"The real difficulty of tolerance is that to 'tolerate' someone is to already judge them in a negative way," says Fiala. Another difficulty Fiala identifies is that tolerance can appear to be apathy or it can be confused with an unwillingness or inability to judge others.
Fiala argues that tolerance comes from modesty and self-restraint. It also can be based on the value of liberty and respect for autonomy. According to Fiala, most philosophers from Socrates on advocate tolerance. "Socrates was a great advocate of modesty and self-restraint, as was Jesus and many of the other thinkers I discuss in the book," he says.
Tolerance is an important part of the ethical life because it's necessary as people debate their points of view and justify their values. "Tolerance is the basic glue that keeps our minimal communities from devolving into violence," says Fiala.
Fiala says his goals include reminding us that human life is tragic in the sense that we want to identify with one another, but often find we can't. "If we bear this fact in mind, we will see that it is fruitless to pursue unanimity and conformity through violence and force," says Fiala. "We should admit then that there will always be disagreement and learn to develop tolerance."
UW-Green Bay chancellor says more budget cuts would be 'devastating'
GREEN BAY - With the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee preparing to take up the University of Wisconsin System budget, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard is warning that additional cuts to the System budget would have a severe impact at UW-Green Bay.
The chancellor said he understands the committee has difficult decisions to make as it confronts the state's fiscal problems. However, he also noted that the UW System and UW-Green Bay already have absorbed substantial cuts to help balance the current and previous state budgets.
UW-Green Bay's share of cuts in the last budget was $1.4 million, Shepard said.
"We were able to manage without reducing enrollments and by concentrating cuts on administration," he said. "But our students felt real impacts such as larger classes and reduced library hours.
"Under the governor's proposal for the coming budget, we face an additional $850,000 in cuts. Cutting any deeper would be devastating and demoralizing on our campus and in our community."
UW-Green Bay this year has an overall budget of about $73.2 million of which $22.7 million comes from state taxpayers.
The UW System, which represents less than 9 percent of the state budget, absorbed 38 percent of the spending cuts in the 2003-05 state budget. That dramatic cut came on top of the System's 23 percent share of spending cuts in the 2002 budget repair bill.
Some lawmakers are talking about additional budget cuts for the UW System in the range of $30 million to $35 million. A cut of that magnitude would reduce UW-Green Bay's budget by another $750,000.
Shepard said budget cuts move in the opposite direction from what Northeastern Wisconsin needs at a time of economic transition.
"Our region is moving toward greater emphasis on a knowledge-based economy," he said. "To be successful in this new economy, we need a healthy and larger regional university. That will require re-investment in our university."
About 75 percent of UW-Green Bay's students come from Northeastern Wisconsin communities. In contrast to a perception of "brain drain," about 90 percent of the University's recent graduates have remained in Wisconsin.
UW-Green Bay reorganizes, enhances international education
GREEN BAY - In an effort to keep pace with a rapidly changing world, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is reorganizing and expanding its international education program.
The changes will help the University connect students to different cultures and the global community by bringing more international students to campus and offering all students additional international opportunities.
Fergus Hughes, Interim Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said the reorganization of the international education program will increase its visibility on campus and in the community.
"International education is becoming an increasingly important component of a higher education," Hughes said. "We must do more to internationalize our campus and improve understanding across geographic boundaries."
Hughes announced the following personnel moves, effective July 1, that will position UW-Green Bay to respond to the need to develop international experiences for students.
Brent Blahnik, program manager in the Office of International Education for the past year, has been named Director of International Education. Blahnik will be responsible for budgets, students and programs.
Jay Harris will move from Interim Director of International Education to Coordinator for International Projects. In his new position, Harris will develop grant proposals and will connect UW-Green Bay's international programs with the community.
Prof. Sarah Meredith will serve as Coordinator of International Academic Programs. Meredith, who will continue to teach Music courses, has been actively involved in international education since joining the UW-Green Bay Communication and the Arts faculty in 1988. She will work to increase the number of students involved in Study Abroad opportunities and to foster greater ties between the University and institutions abroad.
Hughes also announced that the Office of International Education will move temporarily to new space on the UW-Green Bay campus. The office will move to the third floor of Rose Hall from its current location in the Student Services building.
More information about international education at UW-Green Bay is available online at http://www.uwgb.edu/international/.
UW-Green Bay workshop will identify uninvited 'houseguests'
GREEN BAY-The occasional crawling or flitting creatures that find their way into homes are the subjects of a workshop, "Arthropods in Your House?" from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 4 at the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Suite 212 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Dr.
The workshop is free, but due to space limitations, advance registration is required.
"No matter where or how you live, you will occasionally entertain uninvited arthropod houseguests," says workshop presenter, Prof. Michael Draney.
Draney will introduce a long list of creatures that might be found in homes- centipedes, millipedes, sowbugs, spiders, springtails, silverfish, crickets, cockroaches, earwigs, termites, aphids, whiteflies, and others; along with numerous beetles, ants, wasps, moths and flies.
He says he'll talk about whether the animals are tourists," just accidentally popping by your house," opportunists, "Wisconsin animals that can also live in your house," or homesteaders, "animals that can only live in your house."
"Any of these categories can be considered pests, and I talk a little about when you should consider them pests and also when you should consider using pesticides," says Draney. He notes that pesticides are some of the most effective tools against pests, but they come with a variety of costs and dangers.
Draney invites attendees to bring in unknown creatures they may have captured for identification.
Draney, a member of the natural and applied sciences faculty at UW-Green Bay, joined the University in 1999. His research interests include the ecology of soil-dwelling arthropods, and taxonomy and ecology of spiders.
To register for the workshop or for more information, e-mail may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone calls may be made to the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity office at (920) 465-5032 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The workshop is part of a series sponsored by the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity. They are aimed toward educators, students and others with a keen interest in nature.
Jordanian scholar will join UW-Green Bay for 2005-06
GREEN BAY-Dr. Ibtesam Al-Atiyat will be a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for academic 2005-2006, teaching in the social change and development and women's studies academic units. She also will present a public lecture and have other engagements in the community.
Dr. Al-Atiyat presently is a lecturer at Balqa Applied University in Jordan and serves as a program officer with the Jordanian National Commission for Women.
UW-Green Bay Prof. Kim Nielsen, who prepared the Fulbright grant proposal, said the goal was to bring a women's studies scholar from the Middle East, North Africa or South Asia to UW-Green Bay who could provide a unique international perspective in the field of Islamic history, culture and society. Such a scholar will serve to increase global awareness on campus and off campus, said Neilsen. "This is a unique and direly needed opportunity to enrich the international knowledge of our students and the community," she noted.
Dr. Al-Atiyat earned bachelor's and master's degrees in sociology from the University of Jordan in Amman, and completed a Ph.D. in political sociology at the Free University of Berlin in Germany. Her doctoral dissertation examined the women's movement in Jordan.
At UW-Green Bay, she'll teach a course on social change in Jordan and one on women's issues in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Dr. Al-Atiyat will team-teach a course on women, race and culture, and offer a fourth course of her choosing that addresses international issues.
UW-Green Bay received the grant supporting Dr. Atiyat's visit from the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's primary program in international educational exchange. It was proposed in 1945 by Sen. J. William Fulbright as a post-World War II vehicle for promoting mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those in other countries. It supports teaching and research by U.S. scholars in other countries and by international scholars in the U.S.
Three at UW-Green Bay receive FEI scholarships
GREEN BAY-Three University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students have been awarded $500 scholarships for the 2005-2006 academic year from the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of the Financial Executives Institute.
They are Leslie Larson, Trempealeau; Justin Schroeder, Kewaunee; and Hung Nguyen, Vietnam.
All three will be seniors and all are earning majors in Business Administration and Accounting.
'Influence change,' commencement speaker tells UW-Green Bay graduates
GREEN BAY - University of Wisconsin-Green Bay graduates are prepared to thrive in a rapidly changing world and should embrace change, the University's commencement speaker said Saturday (May 14).
William Laatsch, UW-Green Bay's longest serving faculty member, told graduates that they have the preparation needed to "face the tomorrow with optimism."
"Change presents challenges and opportunities," he said. "Don't become victims of change, but influence change."
Laatsch, whose tenure with UW-Green Bay dates to the 1960s, spoke to about 700 graduates who were eligible to receive their diplomas at the 2005 spring commencement.
Because of chilly temperatures and the possibility of showers, commencement ceremonies were held indoors at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at UW-Green Bay. Instead of one traditional outdoor event, two ceremonies were held to accommodate the crowd.
Chancellor Bruce Shepard presided over UW-Green Bay's 36th spring commencement. The University has conferred nearly 23,000 diplomas in its history.
With some members of UW-Green Bay's first graduating class the Class of 1970 on the Weidner Center stage, Laatsch recalled the impact of that first class.
"Those years were remarkable for UW-Green Bay," he said. "It was a period of unmatched creativity, innovation, and hard work. We the faculty, administration, staff and students shared a common vision to which we were passionately committed."
The Class of 2005 is the recipient of UW-Green Bay's dynamic history, Laatsch said.
"You have the ability to think critically, to view and seek solutions to problems from a variety of perspectives," he said. "You are prepared to move on." Student commencement speaker Sylvia Malcore of Luxemburg said UW-Green Bay's values reflected in the campuswide theme of "connecting learning to life" benefit both students and the community.
"UWGB makes every effort to ensure its students can become involved in the community, allowing for a positive two-way benefit for both parties," she said.
"The students are able to develop skills outside of the world of academia for that strange phenomenon and place called 'the real world.' The community also has positive outcomes from the University's value of connecting learning to life. Communities often directly reap the benefits of having students serving the surrounding area."
Eileen Connolly-Keesler, a member of the UW System Board of Regents, greeted and congratulated the graduates on behalf of the Board of Regents. Prof. Greg Davis, chair of the UW-Green Bay University Committee, also spoke.
In other commencement highlights:
UW-Green Bay Alumni Association President Andy Bottoni presented the Outstanding Student Award to Rachel Abhold of Fond du Lac. Abhold graduated with three majors History, Political Science, and Social Change and Development and a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
Chancellor Shepard presented Chancellor's Awards to Mrs. Leona Cloud and Mrs, Nancy Stiles, each a long-time friend of UW-Green Bay. The Chancellor's Award is presented to community members who have been strong supporters of the University.
The Chancellor also awarded the status of "honorary alumnus" to Dr. David and Mary Ann Cofrin in appreciation of a lifetime of service, advocacy, leadership and devotion to UW-Green Bay.
Three retiring faculty members were named to emeritus, or honorary, status. They are Joyce E. Salisbury of humanistic studies and history; Ronald H. Starkey of natural and applied sciences and chemistry; and Joan E. Thron of education.
Weather chases UW-Green Bay commencement ceremony indoors
GREEN BAY-University of Wisconsin-Green Bay commencement ceremonies scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday, May 14) will be held in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr. Instead of the traditional outdoor event, two ceremonies will be held-one at 11:30 a.m. and one at 3 p.m. Half of the students will graduate at each ceremony.
The promise of chilly temperatures and likelihood of showers on Saturday on top of already soggy conditions prompted Chancellor Bruce Shepard to make the decision Friday morning to move ceremonies indoors.
Tickets are required for admission to the ceremonies in the Weidner Center because of the number of students graduating and the seating capacity of the theater. Each graduate is guaranteed four tickets to distribute to family and friends.
To enable more guests to see the ceremony, remote video viewing sites will be set up in the Weidner Center lobby.
The two ceremonies will be very nearly the same, with the same speakers and music. Chancellor's Awards will be presented to Mrs. Leona Cloud and Mrs. Nancy Stiles at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony. Professor Emerita status will be bestowed on Prof. Joyce E. Salisbury at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony, and Professors Ronald H. Starkey and Joan E. Thron will receive their emeritus awards at the 3 p.m. ceremony.
More details about commencement are available online at www.uwgb.edu/commencement/.
Following are the lists of degrees that will be awarded in each of the two ceremonies.
11:30 a.m. ceremony:
3 p.m. ceremony:
UW-Green Bay to name, dedicate Jean Weidner Theatre
GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will honor the late Jean Weidner, the University's first "First Lady," with the naming and dedication of the Jean Weidner Theatre in the Edward W. Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.
The theatre, formerly known as Studio Two, is an intimate classroom and performance space for the UW-Green Bay performing arts program. It will be formally renamed and dedicated at a ceremony Sunday (May 15). A special plaque honoring Jean Weidner also will be unveiled.
Jean Weidner was a leading advocate of the arts, education, community involvement and UW-Green Bay's award-winning theatre program until her death in 1997.
She and her husband, UW-Green Bay Founding Chancellor Edward W. Weidner, arrived in Green Bay in 1966 to lay the groundwork for the new University. For the next three decades, she was instrumental in introducing campus to community and in generating support for the University's rapid growth.
UW-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard said he is proud to have a teaching and performance space so important to UW-Green Bay students bear Jean Weidner's name.
"She was a superb ambassador and advocate of UW-Green Bay and a strong supporter of students, faculty and staff in our arts and theatre programs," Shepard said.
Jean Weidner was a driving force in organizing attendance at gallery openings and opening-night receptions to shine the spotlight on talented faculty and staff and to promote the programs to the community. She and her husband later joined others in founding the UW-Green Bay Theatre First Nighters, a philanthropic organization.
Her interest in the arts extended to the planning, construction and grand opening of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at UW-Green Bay.
The theatre being named in her honor was part of a major addition to the Weidner Center in 1998. The addition was made possible by a generous gift from Dr. David and Mary Ann Cofrin.
Tailor-made for students, the theatre provides expanded performance opportunities and a professional-caliber setting for drama and other works best suited to a small space. With maximum seating for 100, the theatre puts the audience on top of the action in an area measuring about 40 feet by 35 feet.
Heirloom tomato and pepper plants go on sale at UW-Green Bay
GREEN BAY-Heirloom plants go on sale Saturday, May 21 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for tomatoes with fruits ranging from a half-inch in diameter to two-pounders, and for peppers running the gamut from mellow to habenero-hot. Plants are $1 each.
Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Laboratory Sciences greenhouse on Saturday, May 21. Tickets for greenhouse entrance will be given out beginning at 8 a.m. If any plants remain at the end of the day on Saturday, the sale will resume at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 22.
Nearly 40 varieties of tomatoes and 20 of peppers will be for sale. Coordinator Vicki Medland, who has assisted with past sales, says she has "tried to remember what people seemed to want," and selected varieties accordingly.
"I've added more red tomatoes, bell peppers and cherry tomatoes," says Medland. "I've also tried to pick some things that mature early."
New also for 2005 are four "Master Gardener favorites." They're hybrids that aren't widely available commercially, including Sungold Cherry, Homestead, Fourth of July and Mountain Spring.
Of the red tomatoes Medland says, "I've picked a couple of big ones and a lot that are Brandywine-like." The "supertomatoes" include Watermelon Beefsteak, Boxcar Willie and Dinner Plate. The list includes actual Brandywines.
Medland chose 14 different cherry and plum tomatoes in many shades of red, pink, orange and yellow. Unusual are Brownberry , a sweet cherry tomato with a true brown skin, and Snowberry, which is pale yellow with white flesh.
Included among the small tomatoes is one that is essentially a wild plant, little changed by domestication. Medland says the currant tomato, Sweet Pea, is actually a different species from the domesticated tomatoes gardeners are familiar with. The berry-sized fruits have an intense flavor.
In addition to the Fourth of July and Sungold Cherry hybrids, early tomatoes among plants at the 2005 sale include Black Krim and Czech Bush. Garden Peach, a small yellow tomato planted in American gardens since 1862, also promises early maturity. The peach-like fruit is slightly fuzzy and develops a pink blush.
Early maturity also guided Medland's selections for some of the peppers. King of the North and Jupiter among the sweet bell peppers, Tequila Sunrise and Healthy in the "sweet slicing" list, and the hot Early Jalapeno all estimate maturity in about 70 days. The mildly hot Beaver Dam takes slightly longer to mature, but the Hungarian heirloom has been grown in Wisconsin soil since 1929.
Also on the list of offerings is Big Jim, a pepper developed at New Mexico State University, and considered by many the quintessential pepper for chiles rellenos and green chile sauce.
Instead of habeneros, Medland is offering the similarly flavored Lemon Drop in the "terrifically hot" category. "The plants are ornamental and the fruits are beautiful," says Medland of the neon-bright peppers. Another ornamental but edible pepper with a lot of heat is poinsettia, whose clusters of pointed thin red fruits bring to mind the holiday plant.
Other peppers with plants at home with ornamentals in the garden and fruits in their element in the kitchen is Fish, a fairly hot pepper with green, purple and white foliage and varying colors of fruits; Hungarian Black, a spicy pepper with black fruits, purple foliage and violet flowers; and the extremely hot Pretty Purple, with purple leaves, stems, flowers and unripe fruits that ripen to red.
The complete list of plants for sale is available on the UW-Green Bay Cofrin Center for Biodiversity Website at www.uwgb.edu/biodiversity/plantsale.
The UW-Green Bay heirloom plant sale, which began in 1996, is returning this year after a "recess" in 2004. Proceeds benefit the natural and applied sciences academic area, supporting visiting speakers and student attendance at professional conferences.
Northeast Wisconsin students advance to national history competition
GREEN BAY-Five student projects from schools in Ashwaubenon, Appleton, Manitowoc and Sheboygan were chosen through statewide competition to advance to the National History Day contest June 12-16 in College Park Maryland.
In addition, a project by students in Ashwaubenon was chosen as first honorable mention in their category, which means they'll go to national if another team drops out. Two projects from Northeast Wisconsin schools-Ashwaubenon and Freedom-won special awards at the state meet.
Sara Stemper and Cody Borgstrom, Ashwaubenon High School, won the Wisconsin History Award in the senior division and they were selected to take their senior group exhibit project, "Soldiers' Letters: Experiencing War Through Their Words" to national competition.
Other projects advancing to the national contest are:
Bethany Ratzlaff, North High School, Sheboygan, "The Pony Express: The Human Telegraph to California," senior individual exhibit.
David Perkins and Greg Buechner, Wilson Junior High School, Manitowoc, "POWs Struggle for Existence," senior group documentary.
Alex Frantz and David Bronson, Classical School, Appleton, "Murrow and McCarthy: the Hero and the Villain," junior group documentary.
Jar Xiong, Horace Mann Middle School, Sheboygan, "Explaining Hmong History Through Story Cloth," junior individual exhibit.
Nikhitha Murali, Parkview Middle School, Ashwaubenon, won first honorable mention in junior individual exhibits, and will advance to national with "Secret Communication in the Concentration Camps," if another contestant is unable to compete.
In addition, Derrick Diedrich and Ryan Schuh of Freedom Middle School, won the special Wisconsin Council for Local History Award for their junior division project, "The Tet Offensive: Home Front Communication."
The projects entered in state competition were selected by jurors at the Northeast Wisconsin regional contest held April 6 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. A total of 31 projects advanced to state. In addition to the school systems previously listed, students from Door County also went to the state contest. Students competed at junior and senior levels in papers, exhibits, documentaries and performances.
This was the third year for northeastern Wisconsin participation in the national observance of National History Day. Some northeastern Wisconsin students have advanced to national competition in each of the two previous years. All of the 2005 projects related to the National History Day theme -Communication in History.
In addition to the students listed above, other Northeast Wisconsin students who competed in the state contest were:
Appleton-Junior paper: Adrian Elzey, Classical School; Senior paper: Kirsten Collins, Appleton West High School; Junior group exhibit: Amanda Van Ryzin and Lyz Boveroux, Classical School; Senior group exhibit: Sarah McKeag and Courtney Still, Appleton West High School; Junior individual documentary: John Reynolds, Classical School.
Ashwaubenon-Junior individual documentary: Kirby Crowley, Parkview Middle School; Junior individual performance: Kelly Sharka, Parkview Middle School.
Door County-Junior group documentary: Andrew Phillips, Nathan Fearing, Mitchell Weborg and Erik Emanuelson, Gibraltar Middle School; Junior individual performance: Allycia Bretl, Southern Door Middle School.
Manitowoc-Senior group documentary: Cassy Hinz and Britta Gauer, Wilson Junior High School.
Sheboygan-Junior paper: Kyle Neurohr, Tommy Scharinger, both Horace Mann Middle School; Senior paper: Genevieve Lopez, Rachael Toth, both Sheboygan North High School; Junior group exhibit: Samantha Gottschalk and Nicole Paasch, Horace Mann Middle School; Senior group exhibit: Mary Lou Lee and Joua Pa Yang, Sheboygan North High School; Junior individual exhibit: Veronica Stoiber, Horace Mann Middle School; Senior individual exhibit: Zachary Schleider, Meagan Siehr, both Sheboygan North High School.
Junior group documentary: Laura Jacobson and Megan Hofmann, Horace Mann Middle School; Senior group documentary: Trystan Thompson, Brianna Gerk and Emily Wehner, Sheboygan North High School; Junior individual documentary: Samantha Sheahan, Urban Middle School; Senior individual documentary: Doug Shultz, Brianna McKichan, Jason Reineking, all Sheboygan North High School; Senior group performance: Katie Belitz and Mai Nyia Lee, Sheboygan North High School.
Seven at UW-Green Bay win art scholarships
GREEN BAY-Seven students at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay have won art scholarships for the 2005-2006 academic year.
Three students received David L. Damkoehler Scholarships. They are Leah Lindsley and Erica Millspaugh, both of Green Bay, and Ana Seroogy of Algoma. Daniel Klewer, Muskego, won the Henry Hagemeister Jr. Memorial Scholarship. The Althea Steele Lederer Scholarship went to Osmara Baumgardt-Vielma of Merida City, Venezuela.
Two scholarships honor former UW-Green Bay art faculty members. The Michael Kazar Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Casey Early-Krueger, Green Bay. Johanna Winters, St. Paul, Minn., won the William Prevetti Scholarship.
UW-Green Bay students going to national EPA competition
GREEN BAY-A seven-student team from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will go to Washington, D.C. on May 16 and 17 to compete as finalists in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's first annual P3 Award event on the National Mall.
The students, all enrolled in the UW-Green Bay Environmental Design Studio, will exhibit their sustainable plan for the Baird Creek watershed in eastern Brown County, which has been the studio's primary project since September 2004.
The UW-Green Bay team is among 65 university teams across the country whose entries the EPA judged "best student scientific designs for sustainability" and who are invited to participate in the final contest. The top six projects will receive up to $75,000 each to actually carry out the project they are proposing.
Students in the spring semester Environmental Design Studio are Elizabeth Bishop, Kristen Hodek and Melissa Volk, Green Bay; Erin Heise, Omro; Suzanne Kohlmann, De Pere; Christopher Schanz, Sussex; and Kathryn Ten Haken, Sheboygan.
For the competition, they are required to exhibit the Baird Creek project and describe its technology for sustainability. The UW-Green Bay team will be competing against student teams that have developed projects on "green" buildings, fuel cells, clean drinking water, renewable energy and other topics. Each team has to condense its plan to one short document and one 30 X 40-inch poster.
The UW-Green Bay students propose to gather representatives of all stakeholders in the Baird Creek watershed-county, town and city governments and the Baird Creek Parkway; farmers, landowners and others-to look at the entire Baird Creek watershed and its constituents as a whole and plan for its future. Their planning scenario incorporates the interests of all the stakeholders, including the ecology and animals. The Baird Creek watershed is important, says one student, because what happens there directly affects Lake Michigan, a source of drinking water for many.
The EPA developed the P3-people, prosperity and the planet-competition program as a way to get young people involved in innovative thinking for moving the world toward planning in such a way that resources can be used to serve needs of the present generation without being lost for future generations.
UW-Green Bay students got "on track" in the competition when Environmental Design Studio faculty members David Damkoehler of communication and the arts, and Ronald K. Baba of urban and regional studies, submitted the project proposal to the EPA P3 competition last fall. The EPA awarded the proposal a $10,000 grant that enabled the students to carry the project out over two semesters.
In February in an event unrelated to the P3 contest, the UW-Green Bay team took the Baird Creek project to Florence, Italy at the invitation of the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation to participate in the Foundation's student exhibit, "For an Ecological Future: Architecture, Environment and Design."
Trumpet, organ recital is May 14 at St. Norbert Abbey
GREEN BAY-University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Prof. Paul Bhasin will present a trumpet recital, along with Fr. Michael Frisch on organ and guest soprano Jennifer Kethley at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at St. Norbert Abbey, 1016 N. Broadway, De Pere. The recital is free and open to the public.
The program will feature J.G.B. Neruda's Concerto for Trumpet in E-flat, and J.S. Bach's Cantata no. 51, "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen," in addition to solo performances by Bhasin and Fr. Frisch. A UW-Green Bay student trumpet and timpani ensemble will provide accompaniment on Charpentier's "Te Deum."
Bhasin joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in fall 2003. He has performed widely with groups including the New World Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, the Chicago Symphony Civic Orchestra, the Aspen Chamber Symphony and the Michigan Chamber Brass. He has performed locally as a soloist with the UW-Green Bay Wind Ensemble, the Jazz Ensemble and the Phoenix Chorale as well as with area professional and high school musical organizations. Bhasin has performances scheduled throughout the Midwest this summer, and he'll be finishing work on a trumpet method book to be published by BRASSJAR Publications, Detroit.
Before becoming a member of the Norbertine Order, Michael Frisch earned a bachelor's degree in music at UW-Green Bay and a master's degree in organ performance from the University of Michigan. He has taught at St. Norbert College and at UW-Green Bay. He presently is completing doctoral studies in organ and church music at the University of Michigan.
Kethley was heard most recently in Opera Theatre Highland Park's production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" at the Ravinia Festival. She has sung with the Fort Worth Opera, toured with Fort Worth Opera Children's Opera Theater, and had leading roles with the Bayerische Zweigroschenopera in Germany and Opera McGill in Montreal. In the Chicago area, she has sung roles in L'Opera Piccola productions and is a soloist with the choir of the Church of the Ascension. She is on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago.
Leadership awards go to 45 at UW-Green Bay
GREEN BAY-Forty-five graduating seniors at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will receive University Leadership Awards in campus ceremonies on Friday, May 13. The awards recognize students' leadership on- and off-campus during the course of their University careers. The awards event is the evening prior to commencement ceremonies.
Students receiving spring 2005 University Leadership Awards include:
Algoma-Rachael Delebreau; Appleton-Tricia Evers and Tricia Grassell; Campbellsport-Ann Theisen; Florence-Tracy Kranzusch; Fond du Lac-Angela Oestreich and Michael Petersen; Frederic-Dominique Nyren; Green Bay-Rebecca Heim, Juny Lee, Nina Maroszek, Adam Ruechel, Ka Vang, and Nou Yang; Kohler-Courtney Peil; Luck-Kallin Anderson; Manitowoc-Rachel Ahlswede; Mauston-Jill Hamm; Menominee Falls-Sarah Oldenburg; Merrill-Aimee Hein, John Reich, Ellie Roets, Jillian Schofield, and Jessica Schuster; Milwaukee-Sarah Brill.
Newton-Kristen Vareka; Ogema-Jake Magnuson; Osceola-Jemma Lund; Osseo-LaBrena Boullion; Plymouth-Kristin Mauk; Richfield-Jennifer Turner; Rothschild-Tammy Fleischman; Sheboygan-Zachary Hansen and Jessica Jumes; Spencer-Brian Jicinsky; Stanley-Johanna Hinke; Stratford-Stacey Oelrich; Suring-Michelle Missall and Cassie Suring; Twin Lakes-Jessica Halvorson; Two Rivers-Nathan Petrashek and Kelly Samz; Waldo-Amanda Kumrow.
Merida, Venezuela-Osmara Baumgardt-Vielma; Pelawatte, Sri Lanka-Dushani Corea-Dharmaratne.
UW-Green Bay awards Chancellor's Medallions to 30
GREEN BAY-Thirty students out of a graduating class of more than 650 undergraduates will receive Chancellor's Medallions in ceremonies on Friday, May 13 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Chancellor's Medallions recognize academic excellence and leadership demonstrated throughout the student's career at UW-Green Bay.
Spring 2005 Chancellor's Awards recipients are:
Abbotsford-Krystle Lange; Appleton-Deanna Kratzke; Burlington-Sarah Voss; Colby-Kerry Kassie; Delevan-Emily Thompson; Egg Harbor-Ami Irmen; Fond du Lac-Rachel Abhold; Franklin-Amber Pyne; Gleason-Chris Engstrom; Grafton-Jessica Heller; Green Bay-Rebecca Pasterski, Kirsten Walker and Johnathon Yoder; Holmen-Erica Fuss; Hortonville-Jayme Kaddatz; Luxemburg-Sylvia Malcore.
Marinette-Amber Langill; Milwaukee-Theresa Okokon; Neenah-Kimberly Biedermann; Oak Creek-Sarah Douglas; Plymouth-Janice Ourada; Ripon-Crystal Pollack; Schofield-Amanda Brown; Sheboygan-Jonathan Virant; Slinger-Melissa Wojtanowski; Verona-Christina Tosh.
Georgia-Gregory Pouliot, Alpharetta; Illinois-Robin Becker, Naperville; Michigan-Kerstin Westcott, Crystal Falls; Minnesota-Aimee Jonsgaard, Rushford.
Online arts management course will grow from UW grant
GREEN BAY-The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has received a $47,650 grant from the UW System Learning Technology Development Council to develop a new, online course in arts management that will be available to all UW universities. The grant runs from July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006.
Prof. Ellen Rosewall, who teaches arts management courses in the communication and the arts academic unit, is the project's principal investigator. She will work with faculty colleagues at UW universities at Parkside, Stevens Point, and Whitewater in developing the course.
"The resulting arts management course should be able to be used by all of us, and also by students on other campuses who don't have arts management courses," said Rosewall. Being online also will make the course available to nontraditional students or those who are already practitioners in the field.
According to Rosewall, the online course also responds to another unique aspect of the field. Because arts management is relatively new and rapidly changing, few textbooks are available. The online course will fill the gap and be easy to keep up-to-date.
Arts management is a growing career field. Performing arts centers, museums, symphonies and arts councils are among organizations that hire professional arts managers. "In the past 50 years, there has been a massive growth in the numbers of arts and cultural organizations in the United States," says Rosewall. "This increased activity combined with economic challenges has led to a need for trained arts managers."
Arts management courses also are relatively new in university settings. UW-Green Bay began offering arts management in 2000.
Rosewall and her colleagues will test parts of the online course while it is in development during a statewide arts management student "summit" in April 2006 on the UW-Green Bay campus.
UW-Green Bay faculty members win research grants
GREEN BAY-Eleven faculty members at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay have received spring semester 2005 grants-in-aid of research from the UW-Green Bay Research Council. The grant totals ranged from $300 to $600.
The grants are aimed at encouraging continuing research. The funds can be used for data collection, materials and supplies, services and travel necessary to carry out research. Faculty members submit a proposal and budget to be considered.
Spring grant recipients include Professors Peter Breznay, information sciences and computer science; James Doering, Business Administration; Michael Draney, natural and applied sciences and biology; Terry Johnson, public and environmental affairs and political science; Judy Martin, social work; Rebecca Meacham, humanistic studies and English; Sarah Meredith, communication and the arts and music; E. Nicole Meyer, humanistic studies and French; Steven Meyer, natural and applied sciences and earth science; Kristin Vespia, human development and psychology; and Michael Zorn, natural and applied sciences and chemistry.
University-community diversity partnership awarded state grant
GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has been awarded a state grant to support a partnership working to promote diversity and opportunity at the University and in the community.
The $7,500 grant will support "PreCollege Students of Color: Accessing Higher Education," which will enhance dialogue between leaders of diverse populations and increase access to higher education for students of color.
The grant awarded to the program is a Diversity Program Development Initiative Grant from the Division of Outreach and E-Learning Extension, University of Wisconsin-Extension.
The partnership aims to stimulate interest in higher education among American Indian, Latino and Mexican youth. It will build networks between these students and UW-Green Bay faculty and staff to prepare the students for college. Preparation also will include seminars to teach parents how to become more involved in their children's academic future.
Programming will provide an exchange of information and ideas that fits the University's and community's long-term plans for embracing and promoting diversity. Specific programs may include study skills seminars, meetings with parents and students, and weekend and after-school programs. Large group events will bring in well-known speakers who will motivate students to focus on their future and pursue higher education.
PreCollege Students of Color: Accessing Higher Education also will enhance the curriculum and extracurricular opportunities at UW-Green Bay.
UW-Green Bay partners involved in the initiative include Diversity and Justice Across Communities a project led by faculty and staff and the Division of Outreach and Extension.
Community partners include the Oneida Nation (through the Oneida Youth Enrichment Services Program), College of the Menominee Nation, and Green Bay Area Public Schools (through the East High School Guidance Department and the Preble High School English as a Second Language Department).
Rain would precipitate two commencements at UW-Green Bay
GREEN BAY-Two separate ceremonies in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts one at 11:30 a.m. and one at 3 p.m. would be the solution if bad weather seems likely to spoil the traditional outdoor commencement on Saturday, May 14 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Half of the students would graduate at each ceremony.
The decision to go to the inclement weather plan would be made at 5 a.m. on May 14. Announcements would be broadcast on local radio stations and posted on the University's commencement Website: www.uwgb.edu/commencement.
The two-ceremony solution would be necessary because the size of the graduating class would severely limit the number of guests who could attend a ceremony in the Weidner Center. Even with two ceremonies, each student receives only four tickets for guests.
If weather is not an issue, the University will proceed with its traditional, single outdoor ceremony at 11:30 a.m. in the grassy amphitheater just north of the main entrance boulevard on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr. Space for guests is unlimited in the outdoor ceremony. In addition to provided seating, many guests bring lawn chairs and blankets for informal seating.
Following are the lists of degrees that would be awarded in each of the two ceremonies should the event be moved into the Weidner Center.
11:30 a.m. ceremony:
3 p.m. ceremony:
Most senior faculty member will speak at UW-Green Bay commencement
GREEN BAY-William G. Laatsch, the most senior member of the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, will be the speaker at spring commencement ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14 in the outdoor amphitheater just north of the main entrance boulevard on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr.
A total of 700 students is eligible to graduate. The figure includes 38 who will receive master's degrees. May graduation numbers include individuals who will actually complete degree requirements in August.
In the event of bad weather, two ceremonies would be held in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts-one at 11:30 a.m. and the other at 3 p.m.-with half of the graduates participating in each ceremony. The decision to move the ceremony indoors would be made at 5 a.m. the day of commencement.
A cultural geographer, Laatsch is a professor of urban and regional studies. A member of the faculty since the University's beginning as a four-year institution, Laatsch has served UW-Green Bay in many capacities. Since December 2001, he has borne the University's ceremonial mace in commencement ceremonies as the most senior faculty member in service. Laatsch's honors have included awards for excellence in teaching from the UW-Green Bay Founders Association and from the National Council for Geographic Education. A classroom in the University's Mary Ann Cofrin Hall, and a 600-acre ecological tract in Canada's Yukon Territory are named for him.
Two community members Mrs. Leona Cloud and Mrs. Nancy Stiles will receive Chancellor's Awards for their long-time support for the University.
Mrs. Cloud and her husband, the late Walter R. Cloud, became "friends" of the University when they joined the Founders Association in the mid-1970s. Mrs. Cloud's relationship with the institution included earning a bachelor's degree from UW-Green Bay, with honors, at the age of 69. More recently, her gifts have furnished the Cloud Lounge in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall and generously supported the capital campaign for the Kress Events Center.
Mrs. Stiles has been continuously involved with the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts since she was named to the initial planning and steering committee for the facility in the 1980s. She was involved in fund raising and headed the seat donor drive. Mrs. Stiles continues on the Weidner Center board. She and her husband, Stuart L. Stiles have long been active in the Founders Association and he is a past president of its board.
Rachel Abhold, Fond du Lac, will receive the Alumni Association's Outstanding Student Award. She is graduating with highest honors, three majors-history, political science and social change and development-and a perfect grade point average. Abhold has achieved outside of classes as well, serving Student Government Association and the Residence Hall and Apartment Association in many capacities, and planning and coordinating a statewide women's leadership conference. Abhold will enter law school where she'll pursue studies in family and child law.
Sylvia Malcore, Luxemburg, will be the student speaker. She has compiled a record of scholarship that includes making presentations at national professional conferences. She has exhibited results of her research on campus and at the state capitol. Malcore, who earned majors in psychology and human development, has been a research assistant in both academic departments, and has gained off-campus experience applicable to her career choice. She is graduating with highest honors and a near-perfect grade point average, and will enter a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology.
Three retiring faculty members will be named to emeritus, or honorary, status. They are Joyce E. Salisbury of humanistic studies and history; Ronald H. Starkey of natural and applied sciences and chemistry; and Joan E. Thron of education.
Indicators of economic growth will aid "new" economy efforts
GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and other regional partners will develop a set of useful economic indicators to measure the region's growth in the "new" economy.
A partnership involving UW-Green Bay Outreach and Extension, Business Administration Prof. Meir Russ and the Northeastern Wisconsin Coalition on the Regional Economy (NEW Core) will provide a specific set of indicators of regional economic progress.
The project may lead to an annual report card on the region's economy.
Russ will develop the initial set of proposed indicators, educate partners through a series of workshops, and assure the indicators' consistency with plans and strategies for the "NEW" model economy.
"This regional economic development initiative is a major undertaking in social and economic change," Russ said. "If UW-Green Bay, as a regional campus and with the support of the UW System, can help the leaders in their endeavor, this could increase its likelihood of success."
The program is funded in part by a Continuing EDvantage Grant from the Division of Outreach and E-Learning, University of Wisconsin-Extension.
Prof. Russ and Kassie Van Remortel, program manager in UW-Green Bay's Division of Outreach and Adult Access, are the University's key players in the project. They expressed their appreciation to NEW Core's Paul Jadin, Paul Linzmeyer, Jim Golembeski and Kathi Seifert for their support of the grant proposal.
NEW Core is a coalition of Northeastern Wisconsin business, government and education leaders who agree that a regional economic perspective is needed to support growth that will keep the region economically vibrant.
The coalition was organized as a result of a study by NorthStar Economics, Inc., a Madison-based consulting firm. NorthStar conducted the study to determine how to halt the region's deteriorating employment trends, including a 35 percent loss in manufacturing jobs in the last two years.
According to NorthStar, the primary drivers of the new economy are ideas, creativity and innovation. Other important factors are a skilled workforce, entrepreneurship and the availability of risk capital.
The new economic development indicators will:
more readily identify strengths and weaknesses in the economy, enabling the project's partners to react more quickly to changing economic conditions.
develop appropriate initiatives in the creation of a cooperative regional economic development effort.
provide a vehicle for collaboration and a platform for communication with project partners, the community and media.
provide data to support elements of the geographic area's branding and other promotional marketing strategies.
Through a series of workshops, business leaders of NEW Core will be taught how to use the new indicators. The indicators will help drive the economic development process with results rather than politics and opinions.
UW-Green Bay concert features hand drummers, percussion trio
GREEN BAY-The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Hand Drumming Ensemble and a percussion trio comprised of faculty member Cheryl Grosso and two graduates of the UW-Green Bay music program will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6 in University Theater located in Theater Hall on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr.
Paul Massey and Gregory Thornburg, both alumni of the early 1990s, make up the trio, Triolio, along with Grosso. The group will perform a just-completed Grosso composition inspired by Javanese music. Titled, "Ketenangen," which translated means "serenity," the piece makes use of a large gong, two vibraphones, and Grosso's newly acquired Javanese gongs. The trio also will perform "Rock Etude 16," by Bill Douglas, with two parts written by Grosso.
Massey and Thornburg will present two of the four pieces of Grosso's published "Duet Set." Also, saxophonist John Salerno will join Grosso in a short, five-movement composition, "Bricolage," by Curtis Zinovia.
Grosso will direct the UW-Green Bay Hand Drumming Ensemble in the second half of the program. They'll perform three of her compositions, "Rhythm Chant 1," "Rhythm Chant E/C," and "Rhythm Chant 12.1.4."
The hand drumming program will be rounded out with compositions by the other members of Triolio "Woomera" by Massey and "Shift" by Thornburg.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students. The numbers for tickets are (920) 465-2217 or (800) 328-8587.
UW-Green Bay announces names of May graduates
GREEN BAY - University of Wisconsin-Green Bay commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 14, will honor approximately 700 graduates who complete their degrees in May or at the end of summer session in August. Those students receiving bachelor's degrees with academic honors are indicated by *cum laude, ** magna cum laude, and ***summa cum laude.
Master of Environmental Science and Policy
Master of Management
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES DEGREES
Communication and the Arts
Environmental Policy and Planning
Social Change and Development
Urban and Regional Studies