Mexican-Americans and citizenship lecture
Learning Partnership's fall conference
Diversity Circles project
Fall courses for educators
Heritage Players present 'Bugles and Bonnets'
U.S. Patriot Act
Change: 'Freedom' lectures location
Hmong culture course
Forum for science teachers
Speakers mark lecture series anniversary
UWGB Downtown talk
Nursing students, staff volunteer for hurricane relief
Focus on U.S. Constitution
Students launch efforts to help hurricane victims
Tuition break offered for students affected by Katrina
Disaster recovery course
Stamp art exhibit in gallery
First-day enrollment figures
Help for students effected by hurricane
Iranian filmmaker will present documentary at UW-Green Bay
GREEN BAY - Filmmaker Mahvash Sheikholeslami will present her 2004 film, "Murder, Murderer" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 in the Christie Theater located in University Union at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Dr.
The event is free and open to the public.
The 26-minute documentary, made in an Iranian prison, provides portraits of six women who are on death row for murdering or attempting to murder their husbands. Their stories tell of abuse and neglect. The film is in Persian with English subtitles.
Sheikholeslami will be available for discussion after the filming.
A native of Iran, Sheikholeslami studied cinema at the London Film School. In addition to being a creator of films, she has been production and programming executive producer of many Iranian television series. Sheikholeslami's first documentary, "Silk," won the Grand Prix at the 1999 International Short Film Festival in Finland. Her film, "The Old Man of Hara" won several international prizes in 2001 and 2002.
The screening and Sheikoleslami's visit are co-sponsored by the Humanistic Studies and Women's Studies academic units and the Office of International Education, all at UW-Green Bay, and the Green Bay Film Society. Several organizations will be promoting the event in association with the observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
UW-Green Bay lecture looks at Mexican-Americans and citizenship
GREEN BAY-A historian who has examined how members of a Mexican-American community formed and expressed their American identity in the 20th century will speak at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7 in the Christie Theater located in the University Union at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Dr. The event is free and open to the public.
Prof. Anthony Quiroz, who is Joe B. Frantz Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, will speak on "Claiming Citizenship: Class and Consensus in a Mexican-American Community." Quiroz looked at Mexican-Americans' participation in local organizations, efforts toward equal education, and involvement in political and church activities in Victoria, Texas. He concluded that members of the Mexican-American community embraced traditional American values of citizenship while at the same time refusing to give up their ethnic heritage. They sought social change through education and development of a new body of professionals from within the Mexican-American community.
Quiroz is the author of "Claiming Citizenship: Mexican-Americans in Victoria, Texas," published earlier this year by Texas A&M Press. The book was completed with the aid of a competitive grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Quiroz earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of Iowa.
The lecture is part of the Historical Perspectives Lecture Series sponsored by the Center for History and Social Change at UW-Green Bay.
Educators' conference at UW-Green Bay focuses on struggling students
GREEN BAY-"Alleviating Frustration for Those Dealing with Struggling Students," is the topic of the keynote address at the October 6 and 7 fall conference sponsored by the Institute for Learning Partnership at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Dr. All events are in the Phoenix Rooms of the University Union.
Speaker at the keynote event from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 will be Steve Elliott, professor of special education and Dunn Family Chair of Educational and Psychological Assessment at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. Elliott has done extensive research on effective early intervention strategies for students at risk of school difficulties and on validity of testing and alternate assessment for students with significant disabilities.
Wisconsin Lieutenant Gov. Barbara Lawton will attend the keynote event and speak briefly. Lawton has particular interests in availability of education to all and education as a driver for future Wisconsin prosperity.
A Showcase of Educators will take place before and following the formal program from 6 to 9:30 p.m. It will demonstrate the research of teachers and others aimed at improving teaching and learning.
On Friday, Oct. 7, Elliott will give a presentation from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. entitled, "Promising Practices to Improve Student Achievement." From noon to 3:30 p.m., small group workshops led by facilitators will focus on the applications Elliott outlines.
Conference information is available by calling the Institute for Learning Partnership at (920) 465-5070.
The Institute for Learning Partnership is a collaborative effort of UW-Green Bay, technical colleges of Northeast Wisconsin, CESA 7, CESA 8, St. Norbert College, education associations, the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Partners in Education, and many other entities.
Diversity Circles project has successful first year, plans future initiatives
GREEN BAY - One year after its launch, an innovative project to improve relations among diverse populations in Brown County has made progress in raising community awareness on diversity issues.
Participants in Brown County Diversity Circles reported an increased understanding of others' attitudes on immigration and a greater ability to communicate with people of different backgrounds and beliefs.
Participants also commented that they appreciated the opportunity for in-depth discussions about issues and concerns related to the county's changing population and to hear perspectives of people from various walks of life.
About 120 people have participated in Diversity Circles discussions since the initiative was launched in fall 2004 to bring together people from different backgrounds and points of view.
Diversity Circles stress small group discussions on issues of community importance in a democratic and collaborative way. Citizens are encouraged to move from dialogue to action.
The Diversity Circles project was developed under the leadership of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Division of Outreach and Adult Access, Brown County UW-Extension and the UW-Green Bay Institute for Learning Partnership.
More than 30 community groups helped build the program, including the three higher education institutions in Northeastern Wisconsin (UW-Green Bay, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and St. Norbert College) and a variety of multicultural and civic organizations.
The overall goal of the project is to strengthen the community's capacity, civic will and commitment for action to improve relations among diverse populations.
Under a leadership transition, the YWCA, Green Bay-De Pere soon will take over leadership of the project.
Brown County Diversity Circles will implement three major initiatives in the next year to increase awareness and understanding of the changing racial/ethnic population in Brown County. They are:
piloting Diversity Circles in Green Bay Area Public Schools this fall. Expanding Diversity Circles into the school district may lead other districts in Brown County to implement the project.
producing and disseminating a multimedia Oral History Project, focusing on racial and ethnic diversity in Brown County, by summer 2006.
planning a Cultural Heritage Fair for summer 2006.
For more information about Brown County Diversity Circles and the project's future initiatives, contact Judy Lehnert of the YWCA, Green Bay-De Pere at (920) 432-5581.
UW-Green Bay schedules fall courses for educators
GREEN BAY-Two never-before-offered courses are among fall semester learning opportunities for educators arranged by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Career Development Facilitator: Course III is the last of a series of courses in career development. The content focuses on working with groups, designing and implementing career planning services, future trends and professional development opportunities in career development. The course, which begins on Sept. 28 in Green Bay, is available for undergraduate or graduate credit.
Understanding Hmong Culture for Professionals also is available with credit options, including undergraduate credit, continuing education hours or units, nursing contact hours and certificates. The course will help non-Hmong professionals who work with members of the Hmong culture learn how to better serve their clients or students. The course begins Oct. 17.
UW-Green Bay courses for educators are for graduate credit unless otherwise indicated in the listing. Some courses are offered with credit options.
Enrollment in most classes is limited, so registration at least two weeks before the start of a course is recommended. Numbers for detailed information and to request registration materials are (920) 465-2480 or (800) 892-2118. Information and registration also are available online at www.uwgb.edu/educationoutreach. New offerings are added throughout the year and may be found on the website.
UW-Green Bay courses for educators are coordinated by the University's Office of Outreach and Extension and align with Wisconsin standards for teacher and administrator development and licensure.
Here is a list of fall courses to date:
Beginning in September:
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Heritage Players portrayal of Wisconsin's Civil War comes to UW-Green Bay
GREEN BAY-The Heritage Players will present "Bugles and Bonnets: Wisconsin and the Civil War in Song and Story 1861-1865" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 in the Christie Theater located in the University Union at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Dr. Admission is free.
The event is sponsored by Friends of the Cofrin Library at UW-Green Bay. Much of the research for "Bugles and Bonnets" was done in the Special Collections and Area Research Center in the Cofrin Library at UW-Green Bay.
The Players' original script recounts the war through the experiences of Wisconsin citizens of the time. Dramatic scenes are interspersed with musical selections from the Civil War period, and an original song, "Civil War Cry," composed by musical director Mary Eisenreich. Bev and Stu Smith direct the production.
Cast members researched the script drawing their sources from diaries and personal reminiscences they located in area archives, and from the Internet. Area citizens represented include Melchior Schauer, Elizabeth Smith Martin and Elizabeth Baird, Green Bay; James Newton, De Pere; and James Anderson and Rosa Kellner, Manitowoc.
"We want people to understand how this war affected people here and on the battlefield and the good that was done at home," Stu Smith told an interviewer before "Bugles and Bonnets" premiered at Heritage Hill State Park on Memorial Day weekend.
In addition to the Smiths and Eisenreich, cast members include Lee Bock, Craig Berken, Juliet Cole, Bill Jones, Nancy Jones, Roger Lawyer, Gretchen Mattingly, Mike Murphy, Kathy Nelson, Steve Stary, Kathy Szumiel, Dave Zochert and Sandy Zochert.
A quilt based on authentic Civil War designs created by costume designer Diedra Baumgart tours with the play. Proceeds from a raffle drawing for the quilt at the final performance of "Bugles and Bonnets" in mid-October will benefit Heritage Players. The 10-year-old community-based theatrical company is dedicated to promoting interest in local history.
UW-Green Bay Library director to talk on U.S. Patriot Act
GREEN BAY - Leanne Hansen, director of the David A. Cofrin Library at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, will talk about "Libraries and the Patriot Act" at noon Tuesday, Sept. 27 in the Lawton Gallery, located in Theater Hall Room 230 on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr.
The presentation and discussion to follow are free and open to the public.
Libraries and library organizations have been concerned about provisions in the Patriot Act that would impinge upon library users' privacy. The original version of the Act would not have required the FBI to prove any cause to obtain a court order to search library records.
Hansen was on the Governing Council of the American Library Association (ALA) when it discussed the Patriot Act and passed a resolution in January 2003 asking for the sections pertaining to libraries to be amended, and when it passed another resolution in June of this year urging the Senate to bar use of appropriated funds to search library and bookstore records. The 2005 ALA resolution urged Congress to pass legislation opposing "any initiatives on the part of the United States government to constrain the free expression of ideas or to inhibit the use of libraries as represented in the U.S.A. Patriot Act expansion bill."
Hansen, who first joined the UW-Green Bay library staff in 1978 as an assistant in the Special Collections department, has been library director since 2001. Her Master of Library and Information Science degree is from UW-Milwaukee. Hansen has made presentations about libraries and the Patriot Act before the Association of College and Research Libraries and other organizations, and in classes.
Student guitarists attended summer camp at UW-Green Bay
GREEN BAY - Ninety-one student musicians from seven states attended the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Guitar and Bass Guitar Camp July 31-August 5.
The camp, open to students entering grades eight through 12 as well as 2005 high school graduates, was taught by teachers with significant performing experience and a wide range of playing styles.
The camp week ended with a free concert for family and friends.
The following students (listed by hometown) attended the 2005 UW-Green Bay Guitar and Bass Guitar Camp:
Appleton - Evan Hunt, Ian McCurdy, Benjamin Veum; Ashwaubenon - Kyle Perz; Bellevue - Ian Olvera; Berkshire, N.Y. - Taylor Kelling; Bruce - John Manosky, Paul Manosky; Columbus - Blake Wagner; Commerce Township, Mich. - Carly Dodge, Christopher Dodge; De Pere - Benjamin Hogan, Alex Wierschke, David Schumerth, Jesse Smits, Zack Warpinski, Travis Wiercinski; Downers Grove, Ill. - Alex DeWitt; East Grand Rapids, Mich. - Keaton Kolbe; Eau Claire - Karl Markgraf; Franksville - Michael Wenzel; Glendale - Alexander Orlando, Benjamin Rechavel.
Green Bay - Joey Bina, Mitchell Bonkowski, Alex Burzinski, Christopher Cottrell, Richie Dallaire, Evan DeWan, Peter Doucette, Michael Dreckschmidt, Alexander Drossart, Anthony Early-Krueger, Quinn Englebert, Justin Fictum, Matt Gunderson, Daniel Gusmer, John Hale, David Janus, Kayla Johnson, Matthew Kelly, Matt McNulty, Amrose Meyer, Jordan Micoley, Mitch Micoley, Thor Nothstine, Samuel Reynolds, Kelsey Roe, Ava Teresi, Jesse Van Den Elzen, Jonathan Vesely, Evan Wendtland, Nicholas Weyers, Lisa Zychowski, Mark Kauzlarich, Ben Teegarden.
Greenleaf - Renee Christensen; Highland, Ind. - Derek Goins; Iowa City, Iowa - Leif Galstad; Iron Mountain, Mich. - Thomas Garrett; Krakow - Dylan Larson; Manawa - Eric Raisler; Manitowoc - Craig Edgar; Menominee, Mich. - Tory Rock; Middleton - Nathan Rawlsky; Milwaukee - Adam Donder, Katie Grossman, Joshua Ter Louw; Montello - George Church; Mt. Horeb - Emily Jones, Max Welshinger.
Neenah - Jason Verstegen; New Franken - Alec Rudolph; Oneida - Tyler Bell; Pickerel - Eric Lundgren; Pulaski - Robert Dyer; Reedsburg - Brandon Beal, Gayl Draves; Rolla, Mo. - Augie Rolufs; Sheboygan - Alexandra Kaminski; Stevensville, Mich. - Chelsea Tobin; Suamico - Wally List; Valparaiso, Ind. - Rosalie Dexter; Verona - Aaron Hanchek, Noah Kachelski, John Romens, Brandon Salaway, Joseph Waldbillig; Walled Lake, Mich. - Kyle Dodge; Waunakee - Andy Partridge; Wrightstown - Corbin Coonan.
'Freedom' lectures at UW-Green Bay change venue
GREEN BAY-Two lectures in a series on "American Freedom" scheduled for Friday, Sept. 23 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will be presented in the Phoenix Rooms of University Union, instead of the Christie Theater as previously announced.
Kriste Lindemeyer, professor of history at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, will speak on "American Freedom and American Public Policy" at 10 a.m. Sept. 23 in the Phoenix Rooms. Immediately following at 11 a.m., Jeremi Suri, professor of history at UW-Madison, will speak on "American Freedom and American Foreign Policy."
The series begins with Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, speaking on "American Freedom and American History" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 in University Theater located in Theater Hall.
All three lectures are free and open to the public.
The lectures are part of the Historical Perspectives Lecture Series sponsored by the Center for History and Social Change at UW-Green Bay. The series is celebrating its 20th year.
New Hmong culture course is for professionals
GREEN BAY-Non-Hmong professionals who work with members of the Hmong culture can learn how to better serve their patients, clients or students through a new class beginning Monday, Oct. 17 at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Downtown Learning Center located in Washington Commons.
The course, Understanding Hmong Culture for Professionals, will meet from 5 to 8 p.m. on five Mondays: Oct. 17, 24 and 31, and Nov. 7 and 14. The registration deadline is Oct. 10.
The instructor is Vaughn Vang, Southeast Asian resource counselor and coordinator for Green Bay Public Schools. Vang has a master's degree in guidance and career counseling from UW-Madison. He is an adjunct instructor in Hmong language and culture at UW-Green Bay.
The course will introduce participants to Hmong history, beliefs, family and kinship structure, and other aspects that influence how members of the culture interact with professionals in education, health and helping professions. The goal of the course is to help service providers learn effective ways to work with Hmong clients.
Several credit options exist. Social workers may receive credit for continuing education hours or continuing education units; Bellin Health will award nursing contact hours; and teachers and administrators may earn certificates that document fulfillment of specific Wisconsin educator standards. Participants also may earn one undergraduate credit at UW-Green Bay.
The fee for the class is $178.21.
Information and online registration is available at www.uwgb.edu/educationoutreach. Information also is available by calling (920) 465-2480 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The course is sponsored jointly by Bellin Health, UW-Green Bay Education Outreach, and the Northeast Wisconsin Alliance for Social Worker Continuing Education, a partnership of the UW-Green Bay and UW-Oshkosh Social Work and Outreach departments.
UW-Green Bay forum for science teachers explores chemical exposure
GREEN BAY-Middle school and high school science teachers are invited to a presentation on "Endocrine Disruption: The Biology and Chemistry of Commonly Used Synthetic Chemicals That Act as Hormone Mimics," on Wednesday, Sept. 28 in the Phoenix Rooms of University Union on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr.
UW-Green Bay faculty member Angela Bauer-Dantoin will review the latest scientific evidence supporting the theory that a variety of chemicals to which humans are exposed, such as those in plastic wraps, dental amalgams, pesticides applied to food crops, and other common sources, can interfere with normal functioning of hormones like estrogens and androgens in human cells.
Prof. Dantoin's research looks at mechanisms affecting reproductive hormone secretion. She has won several research grants. Prof. Dantoin teaches Mammalian Reproduction, Endocrinology, Cell Biology Laboratory, and other courses at UW-Green Bay. She is on sabbatical this year to write a textbook on women's health.
Doors open at 4 p.m. for refreshments and the presentation is from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
The program is sponsored by the Northeastern Wisconsin (NEW) Science Forum at UW-Green Bay. The forums provide opportunities for middle and high school teachers to learn about the latest thinking in science disciplines and to network with teachers from other schools.
The registration deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 21, and the fee is $10.
Information about NEW Science Forum is available from Prof. Scott Ashmann by e-mail at email@example.com or by telephone to (920) 465-2052. The NEW Science Forum for teachers originated at UW-Green Bay in the 1980s.
Trio of speakers will mark 20th year of UW-Green Bay lecture series
GREEN BAY-A series of three lectures on the topic of American freedom will highlight the 20th anniversary celebration of the Historical Perspectives Lecture Series sponsored by the Center for History and Social Change at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, will speak on "American Freedom and American History" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 in University Theater located in Theater Hall on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr.
On Friday, Sept. 23, Kriste Lindemeyer, professor of history at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, will speak on "American Freedom and American Public Policy," at 10 a.m. in the Phoenix Rooms of the University Union. Immediately following at 11 a.m., also in the Phoenix Rooms, Jeremi Suri, professor of history at UW-Madison, will speak on "American Freedom and American Foreign Policy."
All three presentations are free and open to the public.
Foner, author of several books including "The Story of American Freedom," specializes in nineteenth century American history, the American Civil War and Reconstruction. A former president of the Organization of American Historians and of the American Historical Association, Foner writes frequently about racial, gender and other social issues. He regularly contributes to The New York Times, the Washington Post and other publications.
Lindemeyer is the author of "The Greatest Generation Grows Up" and other books. Her research focuses on women's history, social and political reform, and the history of childhood in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the United States. During the last academic year she taught in the American and British Studies Program at Martin-Luther University in Halle, Germany.
Suri's book, "Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Dtente," won the 2003 Phi Alpha Theta Best First Book Award. He has two other books forthcoming from major presses: "Henry Kissinger and the American Century," and "The Global Revolutions of 1968." He received the Dorothy and Hsin-Nung Yao Teaching Award from UW-Madison in 2004.
All three have previously appeared at UW-Green Bay. Foner and Suri were past speakers in the Historical Perspectives Lecture Series. Lindemeyer was a presenter at a U.S. Department of Education grant-supported summer seminar for teachers of American history in CESA 7 in summer 2003.
The Historical Perspectives Lecture Series, founded in 1985, is the major activity of the Center for History and Social Change at UW-Green Bay. Its director, Prof. Harvey Kaye, says the series has brought historians, journalists and social scientists to UW-Green Bay and stimulated conversation and debate on the campus.
Since its beginning, well over 100 prominent visiting scholars in the humanities and social sciences, as well as journalists and commentators such as David Brooks and E.J. Dionne have brought diverse views to the University campus. "The series has placed UW-Green Bay on the state, if not the national, map as a place of ideas and intellect," says Kaye.
Pope John Paul II is topic of 'UWGB Downtown' talk
GREEN BAY-Tickets are still available for a luncheon and a presentation on the moral and political thought of Pope John Paul II on Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Holiday Inn City Centre.
Prof. Derek Jeffreys, associate professor of Humanistic Studies, and author of the book "Defending Human Dignity: John Paul II and Political Realism," will be the presenter. Jeffreys will draw upon his extensive research into John Paul II's philosophy and wide reading of contemporary political theory. Starting with an example drawn from current events, he will discuss the application of the Pope's philosophy to practical political thinking on the international scale.
In addition to his book on John Paul II, Jeffreys also is author of the introduction to a recent edition of William James' distinguished work "The Varieties of Religious Experience." He recently was awarded the Templeton Foundation Teaching Fellowship.
The event is the first in the 2005-2006 series of the popular mid-day series, "UWGB Downtown: Connecting for Lunch," sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor at UW-Green Bay, the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association and Downtown Green Bay Inc. in collaboration with UW-Green Bay Outreach and Extension.
A buffet lunch will be served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and the program will follow, ending by 1:10 p.m. The registration fee of $15 covers lunch, presentation and materials. Registration in advance is required.
To learn more or to register, call (920) 465-2222 or go online at http://www.uwgb.edu/downtown/lunch/.
UW-Green Bay nursing students, staff, volunteer for hurricane relief
GREEN BAY-As of today (Tuesday, Sept. 13), a dozen students enrolled in the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Professional Program in Nursing and five members of the faculty and staff have volunteered to assist with relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast.
The Nursing Program put out a call on Sept. 9 for volunteers from among its Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program students, nursing faculty and staff. UW-Green Bay also announced that the institution will do what it can, including providing financial assistance, to support their efforts.
Janet Reilly, who teaches the course in Community Health Nursing, said volunteer service not only will help those affected by the storm and its aftermath, but also will provide valuable experience to nursing students. "It appears to me to be the perfect opportunity to gain experience in community health nursing," said Reilly. She is coordinating the volunteer effort, along with Prof. Derryl Block, chairperson of the Nursing Program. They have been in touch with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and on Thursday will forward a list of UW-Green Bay volunteers for deployment.
UW-Green Bay volunteer nurses expect to serve as a group for a specified period of time, said Stacey Moyer, adviser for Nursing Program students.
Reilly said the UW-Green Bay team would be able to offer relief to community health nurses already working in the disaster area, explaining that nurses in the public health arena work in disaster planning and response, health screening, immunization, disease prevention, community organizing, counseling, health education, case management and related fields. "Any team of public health nurses is already dealing with a population," she said. "An influx of people needing services such as occurred in Houston would really stretch their capability."
Students who volunteered for hurricane relief come from all three tracks of the UW-Green Bay Professional Program in Nursing which offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree for individuals who already hold two-year Registered Nurse credentials.
The UW-Green Bay program has a traditional on-campus track; an internet-based collaborative track for Wisconsin RNs that draws from resources at UW campuses in Green Bay, Eau Claire, Madison, Milwaukee and Oshkosh; and an Internet-based national track (BSN-LINC) for RNs outside of Wisconsin.
The volunteer experience will give participating students from all three tracks the chance to meet each other for the first time, according Moyer. "Normally the only time students in the three programs meet is at graduation," she said.
Faculty and staff volunteers include Block; Reilly; Prof. Mimi Kubsch; Anne Seidl, of the UW-Green Bay Counseling and Health Center, and Jan Malchow, who works with marketing the national BSN-LINC program.
UW-Green Bay recital features piano-cello duo
GREEN BAY-UW-Green Bay faculty pianist Benjamin Moritz and cellist Özgür Elgün will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 in University Theater located in Theater Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Dr. Admission is free.
Their program includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig von Beethoven, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Robert Schumann, and selections from Turkish composer Ulvi Cemal Erkin's "Duyuslar" (Impressions). They'll also present a transcription of a traditional Turkish folk song.
Performing as MorEl Duo, Moritz and Elgün have presented chamber music recitals throughout Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, performing Turkish and American composers and other standard chamber music. They are active in performing new works and presented the world premiere of a composition by Russell Sarre. Their 2005 performing tour in Turkey, joined by UW-Green Bay faculty clarinetist Rebecca Tout, was partially sponsored by the American Embassy.
Moritz, who began teaching at UW-Green Bay in fall 2004, previously was on the faculty at Eastern Mediterranean University in Turkey. He has performed extensively in the U.S. and abroad. Moritz has won several local and national competitions and frequently performs at summer festivals. Also, he has done extensive research into the music of Friedrich Nietzsche and gives lecture-recitals and talks on connections between Nietzsche's philosophy and music. Moritz is keyboard coordinator at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. He earned a Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University.
Elgün teaches cello and coaches chamber music at the Uludag University, Bursa State Conservatory in Turkey, and also teaches chamber music at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. He has appeared as soloist with numerous ensembles in Turkey and with the Tempe Symphony Orchestra in Arizona. He earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Turkey and earned a second master's degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University.
UW-Green Bay focus on U.S. Constitution begins this week
GREEN BAY - Activities leading up to the national observance of Constitution Day on Friday, Sept. 16 began today (Sept. 12) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and will continue through Sept. 29 with a session on careers in history for students.
A presentation on "The Many Faces of the Constitution," lectures by visiting historians, a film, a trivia quiz, displays, and even theme meals in the main food service facility will focus attention on the U.S. Constitution.
Constitution Day, founded in 1997 by a non-profit organization, officially is Sept. 17, the date on which the U.S. Constitution was signed in 1787. Because the 17th is a Saturday, the observance this year is on Sept. 16.
UW-Green Bay political scientist Prof. Scott Furlong says the observance will have a higher profile this year because Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-WVA), put language into a 2004 appropriations bill that requires institutions receiving federal funds to mark Constitution Day in some way. Furlong and Brenda Amenson-Hill, assistant dean for campus life, are coordinating the UW-Green Bay observance.
A highlight on Friday, Sept. 16 is a presentation by five UW-Green Bay faculty members who'll bring perspectives from their various disciplines to the topic, "The Many Faces of the Constitution," at 10 a.m. in the Phoenix Rooms of University Union. Furlong, who teaches in the political science and public and environmental administration programs, will moderate.
Presenters include Professors Derek Jeffreys, humanistic studies; Harvey Kaye, social change and development, history and sociology; Andrew Kersten, history and social change and development; Kim Nielsen, social change and development and women's studies; and Bryan Vescio, English and humanistic studies.
Preceding the panel on Friday, Sept. 16, Furlong will show the film, "The Empire of Reason" at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., also in the Phoenix Rooms. The 1988 film explores what it would have been like if television had covered the ratification process of the Constitution. "Dated, but still good," says Furlong, of the film that includes appearances by Cokie Roberts, William F. Buckley Jr., Walter Cronkite, former New York Mayor Ed Koch, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, and many others.
American Freedom will be the topic for three historians who'll visit campus on Sept 22 and 23 as part of the Historical Perspectives Lecture Series. Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, will speak on "American Freedom and American History" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 in University Theater located in Theater Hall. On Friday, Sept. 23, Kriste Lindenmeyer, professor of history at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, will speak on "American Freedom and American Public Policy" at 10 a.m. in the Christie Theater in University Union. At 11 a.m., also in the Christie Theater, Jeremi Suri, professor of history at UW-Madison, will speak on "American Freedom and American Foreign Policy."
Constitution-related displays open Monday, Sept. 12 and Tuesday, Sept. 13 in the Nicolet Dining Room and David A. Cofrin Library. A Freedom Shrine display, provided by the Exchange Club of Green Bay, will be shown from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 in the Heritage Room of University Union. Dining choices in the Nicolet Room on Wednesday, Sept. 15 will include an all-American cookout at lunchtime and a traditional Thanksgiving meal at dinner.
Through Sept. 30, a trivia quiz at www.uwgb.edu/iia/ will enable participants to test their knowledge of the Constitution.
All events are free and open to the public.
Hurricane help to come from ribbons, comedy, dance at UW-Green Bay
GREEN BAY - Students at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay who started fall semester classes just last week are launching into efforts to help victims of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast.
The Office of Student Life is helping to coordinate efforts by several student organizations, says student Luanna Marko, who also works in that office.
Ribbons went on sale Monday (Sept. 12) at the Information Center in the University Union. Donations of $1, $5 or $10 buy yellow, purple or green ribbons. Purchasers may put their names on the ribbons that will be displayed in the Nicolet Dining Room in University Union.
Cartons to receive donations of nonperishable food items and usable clothing will be placed outside the Nicolet Room through Friday, Sept. 16.
Green Bay's Comedy City Club will present a show at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 in the Christie Theater located in University Union. Admission is $3 or a nonperishable food item.
Three dollars or a nonperishable food item also will gain entry to a dance scheduled at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Phoenix Rooms of University Union. Radio station WILD 99.7 FM will broadcast live from the dance.
Clothing and food donations will be channeled with shipments from a local organization going to a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) distribution center in Baton Rouge, La. Monetary donations will go to the stricken area via the American Red Cross.
Marko says more student hurricane relief efforts are in the planning stage.
UW-Green Bay offers tuition break for students affected by Katrina
GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay today announced additional action to assist students whose college education has been disrupted by Hurricane Katrina.
In the aftermath of a decision by the UW Board of Regents, UW-Green Bay officials said students from colleges and universities closed due to hurricane damage may attend UW-Green Bay at in-state tuition rates until they return to their home institutions.
The Board of Regents approved that action at its monthly meeting on Friday, Sept. 9, and further directed UW System President Kevin P. Reilly and Regent President David G. Walsh to consult with the Legislature and the Governor as soon as possible about options to reduce, not charge, or otherwise provide financial aid support for those students for the Fall 2005 semester.
Announcement of the tuition break comes one week after UW-Green Bay invited students enrolled at schools closed because of damage from Katrina to contact the University to see if it can offer assistance with course work or housing.
UW-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard said the University is doing what it can to help victims recover from the disaster and get their lives back in order.
"We're looking for ways to help all those affected by the disaster, but in particular students who are in need to enable them to move their college educations forward again," Shepard said.
Students should contact UW-Green Bay Dean of Students Sue Keihn at (920) 465-2159 to learn more about what the University is offering to hurricane victims.
UW-Green Bay also announced that it will do what it can, including provide financial assistance, to support an effort by a group of Registered Nurses who are students, faculty or staff at the University to mobilize for disaster relief work.
The University's Professional Program in Nursing on Thursday put out a call for volunteers to assist with hurricane relief. Representatives of the nursing program have been in contact with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about mobilizing a group of nurses for disaster relief in the Gulf States.
Because of the potential for learning opportunities through relief work, nursing students may receive academic credit for their involvement.
UW-Green Bay offers new course in disaster recovery
GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is offering a new course examining what communities, businesses and families can do to recover from natural or man-made disasters.
The course is set to begin just weeks after Hurricane Katrina provided a vivid reminder of the need to prepare for such disasters.
The new Disaster Recovery course is part of UW-Green Bay's Emergency Management, Planning, and Administration Certificate program. The program enables students to earn university undergraduate or graduate credit while establishing credentials as emergency leaders.
The course will explore the short- and long-term effects of disasters and the process of putting families, communities and businesses back together. It will identify the importance of reconstruction, relocation, and regulations in reducing future vulnerability to disasters.
Daniel Alesch, UW-Green Bay professor emeritus of Public Administration, will teach the course. Alesch has spent more than 20 years conducting research and making presentations around the world on issues related to how small businesses, nonprofit organizations and hospitals can recover from disasters.
Dates of the Disaster Recovery course are Sept. 23-24, Oct. 14-15, and Nov. 11-12. The course will be held at the UW-Green Bay Downtown Learning Center at Washington Commons.
UW-Green Bay's Emergency Management, Planning, and Administration program is designed for professionals in the field of emergency management as well as for those interested in entering the field. The program is open to:
public safety personnel (emergency management, airport personnel, fire and police);
general public sector managers responsible for emergency management;
industrial emergency responders (fire and hazardous materials);
institutional emergency planners (schools, hospitals and prisons);
business continuity planners (banking, manufacturing, insurance and corporations).
The program is sponsored by UW-Green Bay Outreach and Extension along with the Public and Environmental Affairs academic unit and the Environmental Science and Policy graduate program.
For more information about the Disaster Recovery course and other emergency management programs, contact Kassie Van Remortel, UW-Green Bay Outreach and Extension, by phone at (800) 892-2118 or (920) 465-2468. More information and online registration also are available on the program's Web site at www.uwgb.edu/em.
Proponent of "eco-municipalities" to speak at UW-Green Bay
GREEN BAY - Mary Rehwald, a proponent of sustainable economic and community development, will speak on "Sustainable Sweden and Its Lessons for Northern Wisconsin" at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Wednesday, Sept. 14.
Rehwald, a member of the Ashland City Council, traveled to Sweden during the past year to study the world's leading "eco-municipality" movement and the Swedes' achievements in sustainable energy, transportation, sustainable agriculture, land use and education.
For the past six months, she has been presenting the story of her tour to northern Wisconsin audiences and outlining strategies for communities interested in sustainable development.
Rehwald will speak to the American Government and Politics class at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Room 210 of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. A question-and-answer session will follow at 3:30 p.m. in the Introduction to Global Studies class in Room 109 of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall.
Rehwald's talk and the question-and-answer session are open to the general public.
Rehwald will describe how the development of the eco-municipality movement in 70 Swedish towns and cities in the late 1980s and early 1990s served as the model for merging environmental and economic policies at the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
"These Swedish towns and cities have learned that setting the course around a vision that combines the best of economics and ecology saves them money and helps reduce their contribution to global warming at the same time," she said.
Rehwald has worked on educational programs presented by the Alliance for Sustainability in the Ashland/Chequamegon Bay region for the past 12 years. She organized an international conference in Ashland in February that drew 200 participants. In June, she brought a delegation from Sweden to speak at the Big Top Chautauqua, which drew 450 participants.
Stamp art at UW-Green Bay gallery explores evil
GREEN BAY-Artists from 11 different countries address the topic, "Axis of Evil: The Secret History of Sin," in an exhibit opening with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 in the Lawton Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Dr..
Chicago artist Michael Hernandez de Luna, organizer of the traveling exhibit and author of a book about the work and the concept, will give a talk during the opening reception.
UW-Green Bay Curator of Art Stephen Perkins says the show includes "some provocative and thoughtful work."
Hernandez de Luna said his idea for the exhibit and book was to shed light on the myths of evil and its doers. He invited 47 international artists to respond to the topic. "The results are a visual labyrinth in social commentary, melting in pop culture, protest and politics," says Hernandez de Luna. "I am convinced there is no one definition to this question of evil. Each one of us has our own definitions, views, and concepts."
The artists designed their responses to the topic as sheets of postage-sized stamps, and took on subjects ranging from politicians of various persuasions and nations, terrorists, cigarette smokers, despoilers of the environment, war, and terrorism, to the classic Seven Deadly Sins and unwanted e-mail.
Making art in stamp format has its roots in art movements of the 1950s and 1960s when artists rejected traditional art objects and venues and promoted happenings and other kinds of art forms that went beyond traditional gallery settings.
Hernandez de Luna's interest in stamps started in the late 1980s when he bought a collection of vintage U.S. postage stamps. He later collected stamps, and about 10 years ago began making his own art works in the form of stamps. Some of his work will be included in the UW-Green Bay show.
The exhibition continues at UW-Green Bay through Oct. 6. The Lawton Gallery is located in Theater Hall Room 230. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Classes start at UW-Green Bay with diverse enrollment, quality freshmen
GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay opened its doors today to a diverse student body and one of the highest-achieving freshman classes in the University's history.
UW-Green Bay enrolled 5,541 students, including 914 freshmen, on the first day of the 2005 fall semester. Enrollment was bolstered by 546 transfer students, an increase of 88 over the number of transfers in fall 2004 and the highest number of transfers to UW-Green Bay in a decade.
Transfer students also fueled an increase in the number of students of color attending UW-Green Bay. With the number of transfer students of color increasing to 48 this fall from 38 a year ago, UW-Green Bay will open the academic year with 329 undergraduate students of color. That's an all-time high for the University.
The enrollment figures show a strong demand for a UW-Green Bay education, according to Sue Keihn, associate provost for student affairs/dean of students. That demand prompted UW-Green Bay to cut off freshman applications for this semester Jan. 18, the earliest cut-off date in the University's history.
"The demand to get a UW-Green Bay education shows that good things are happening here," Keihn said. "This is a campus where students want to be."
Freshmen began arriving on the UW-Green Bay campus Thursday, Sept. 1, which was freshmen move-in day in the University's residence halls. More than 700 freshmen about 77 percent of freshmen live in on-campus residence halls.
Keihn said more than half of the freshmen living in the residence halls stayed on campus through the weekend with most of them participating in UW-Green Bay's "Great Beginnings" and Orientation FOCUS programs. FOCUS stands for First-year Opportunities and Connections for UW-Green Bay Students.
"We know that bodes well for students staying in school and getting involved in the community," Keihn said.
First-day enrollment numbers reported today are just a snapshot of UW-Green Bay's enrollment. The University educated 7,371 students from Sept. 1, 2004, through Aug. 31, 2005.
Here are other facts and figures about the fall 2005 student body at UW-Green Bay:
The freshman class enters college with an average high school grade-point average of 3.34, up from 3.30 last year, and an average ACT score of 22.8, up from 22.6 a year ago.
Students come from 69 of Wisconsin's 72 counties, 30 states plus Puerto Rico, and 18 other countries.
Transfer students come primarily from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, UW-Fox Valley, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Manitowoc, UW-Marinette and UW-Stevens Point. About 17 percent of the fall 2005 transfer students have transferred at least some course work from NWTC.
Female students in the freshman class outnumber male students by a margin of 65 percent to 35 percent.
UW-Green Bay offers help for students feeling the effects of hurricane
GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and other UW System campuses are stepping up to help students affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Students whose college education has been disrupted by Katrina, including those enrolled in colleges or universities that are closed due to hurricane damage, are invited to contact UW-Green Bay to see if the University can offer assistance with course work or housing accommodations.
Students should contact UW-Green Bay Dean of Students Sue Keihn at (920) 465-2159 for information about assistance the University is providing. UW-Green Bay will handle requests for assistance on a case-by-case basis.
"We are ready and willing to help students who are feeling the effects of this disaster," said Sue K. Hammersmith, UW-Green Bay provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. "We don't want this tragedy to prevent them from attaining their dreams of a higher education."
Hammersmith noted that some UW-Green Bay students who are members of the Wisconsin National Guard are being called to duty in areas impacted by Katrina. She said UW-Green Bay will work with these students to accommodate their ongoing educational needs.
At orientation events this week at UW-Green Bay, students and their parents are being encouraged to make donations to disaster relief efforts. Orientation activities began Thursday as freshmen moved into on-campus residence halls.
Campuses across the UW System have offered to work with students affected by Katrina and are taking other steps to help victims of the hurricane.