UW-Green Bay students awarded
Adult Degree scholarships
GREEN BAY - Five students in the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Adult Degree Program have been awarded scholarships for the 2006-07 academic year.
The Adult Degree Program is a flexible program designed to accommodate returning adult students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to complete a university degree. The program's format features a combination of weekend and Internet courses.
The following scholarships, which are applied directly to students' tuition, were awarded to Adult Degree students:
• Elizabeth Eleanor Wyngaard Scholarship: $1,000 to Maureen O'Shea, Shawano; $500 to Judy Weshinskey-Price, Green Bay; $500 to Carly McIntyre, Green Bay.
• Patricia L. Hoppe Scholarship: $750 to Jennifer Grenke, Gillett.
• Dr. Katharine Olski Scholarship: $750 to Jill Reinke, Green Bay.
The Wyngaard and Hoppe scholarships were established in memory of former students in the Adult Degree Program. The Olski scholarship honors a former director of the program.
For more information about the UW-Green Bay Adult Degree Program, call (920) 465-2423 or visit the program's Web site at www.uwgb.edu/adultdegrees.
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UW-Green Bay announces fall courses
GREEN BAY - New courses focusing on "Boys in Crisis" and "PowerPoint Pizzazz" are among fall semester learning opportunities for educators offered by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
The one-credit "Boys in Crisis" graduate course is being offered Oct. 4 in conjunction with the Institute for Learning Partnership's Fall Conference at UW-Green Bay. The content includes strategies that can help boys succeed in school and society.
"PowerPoint Pizzazz II: The Next Step" will enable educators to take their use of the popular software package to a higher level. It is being offered Dec. 1-2 in Mishicot.
Other new courses include "Astronomy in the Elementary School" and "Practical Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners."
UW-Green Bay courses for educators — coordinated by the University's Office of Outreach and Extension — are designed for teachers and administrators seeking quality credit courses and noncredit programs for license renewal and attainment of professional goals. They are aligned with Wisconsin standards for teacher and administrator development and licensure.
Additional offerings are developed throughout the year. The latest offerings are listed online at http://www.uwgb.edu/educationoutreach/.
For more information, call the UW-Green Bay Office of Outreach and Extension at (920) 465-2480 or (800) 892-2118.
The following is a list of courses scheduled for fall. Courses are offered for graduate credit, unless noted otherwise.
Astronomy in the Elementary School, Friday, Nov. 17, Saturday, Nov. 18, and Friday, Dec. 1; Sturgeon Bay.
Boys in Crisis, Wednesday, Oct. 4, Thursday, Oct. 5, Saturday, Oct. 14, Monday, Nov. 6; Green Bay.
Career Development Facilitator: Course III, Wednesdays, Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 25 and Nov. 8; Green Bay. Options for graduate or undergraduate credit.
Classroom Instruction That Works, Mondays, Oct. 9, Oct. 30 and Nov. 20; Green Bay.
Classroom Instruction That Works, Mondays, Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 30, Nov. 13, Nov. 17 and Dec. 11; Sheboygan.
Comprehensive Literacy in Grades 3-5, Tuesdays, Sept. 26, Oct. 3, Oct. 10, Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Oct. 31, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5; Manitowoc.
Creating Differentiated Products for the Classroom, Tuesday, Oct. 10, Wednesday, Oct. 11, and Wednesday, Oct. 18; Sheboygan Falls.
Differentiated Instruction, Wednesdays, Sept. 20, Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Nov. 15; Sheboygan.
Digital Technology: Multimedia in the Classroom, Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 3 and 4 and Nov. 10 and 11; Brillion.
Early Frameworks for Literacy (K-2), Thursdays, Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Nov. 2, Nov. 9, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 2006, and April 5, 2007; Manitowoc.
Earth Science for Teachers, online course beginning Sept. 18 and ending Dec. 8.
General Stores: Infusing Wisconsin History into the Curriculum, Friday, Sept. 15, Saturday, Sept. 16, Friday, Oct. 6; Sturgeon Bay. Options for noncredit or graduate credit.
Infusing Technology Into the Classroom, Friday, Nov. 3, Saturday, Nov. 4; Mishicot.
Leaderhood (tm): Inspired Leadership for Today's Workforce, Thursdays, Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Nov. 2, Nov. 9; Green Bay. Options for noncredit or graduate credit.
PowerPoint: Present with Pizzazz, Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14; Mishicot.
PowerPoint Pizzazz II: The Next Step, Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2, Mishicot.
Practical Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners, Friday, Nov. 10, Saturday, Nov. 11, and Friday, Dec. 1; De Pere.
Secondary Reading in the Content Areas, Thursdays, Nov. 9, Nov. 16, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7; Sheboygan.
Spanish for Educators I, Wednesdays, Oct. 4, Oct. 11, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 8, Nov. 15; Chilton. Options for noncredit or graduate credit.
Spanish for Educators I, Wednesdays, Oct. 4, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 8, Nov. 15, Nov. 29, and Dec. 6; Green Bay. Options for noncredit or graduate credit.
Supervision of Student Teachers, Saturday, Nov. 4 and Tuesdays, Nov. 7 and Nov. 21; Green Bay. Options for noncredit or graduate credit.
The History of Spaceflight, online course beginning Sept. 18 and ending Dec. 8.
Thinking and Reading in the Content Areas: Secondary Literacy, Wednesdays, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, 2006; Jan. 24, Feb. 21, 2007; Clintonville.
(06-163 / 31 August 2006 / SH)
Freshmen move into residence halls
Thursday at UW-Green Bay
GREEN BAY - Freshmen won't have to look far for assistance when they move into on-campus residence halls Thursday (Aug. 31) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
More than 120 UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and student volunteers will be on hand to provide help for the freshmen as they move into the residence halls on the northeast part of the campus.
About 765 freshmen will begin moving into their rooms at 8:30 a.m. Seventy-four percent of UW-Green Bay's freshmen will live on campus this fall.
When they move into the residence halls Thursday, freshmen will get a head start on returning students, most of whom will move in the following Sunday and Monday.
Classes start at UW-Green Bay on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
Glenn Gray, director of residence life at UW-Green Bay, said freshmen move-in — featuring the support of faculty, staff and student volunteers — has become a strong tradition at the University.
"We hear every year from dozens of parents their sincere appreciation for what the University does to welcome their sons and daughters to campus," Gray said. "They're very appreciative and surprised by the outpouring of student, faculty and staff support."
Freshmen move-in kicks off orientation activities at UW-Green Bay. Events and activities continue into the weekend. A complete schedule of orientation events is online at http://www.uwgb.edu/focus/.
Orientation events include the official campus welcome at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Phoenix Sports Center, the Chancellor's Ice Cream Social at 7 p.m. Thursday outside the University Union, and numerous sessions addressing academic and social issues.
(06-162 / 29 August 2006 / SH)
Shepard calls for boldness, creativity
in building "the next UWGB"
GREEN BAY - University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard encouraged the faculty and staff Wednesday (Aug. 23) to look to the University's origins for guidance as they help build "the next UWGB."
In a speech at UW-Green Bay's Fall Convocation, Shepard said the University's challenge is to think innovatively and come up with creative approaches to higher education.
"I am again asking if we can step outside our comfort zones - like those who built the first UWGB - to think creatively about ourselves and our University," he said.
UW-Green Bay was founded in the 1960s in the spirit of innovation and experimentation. It gained national attention for its emphasis on interdisciplinary education and commitment to the environment.
Shepard acknowledged that those who created UW-Green Bay four decades ago made some mistakes that, with the advantage of hindsight, may have looked obvious.
"So what? They corrected the problems," he said. "And that's what it really comes down to in my mind: Do we have the confidence in ourselves to learn from experiences — good and bad — and to take corrective action as necessary?
"I sure believe in our capacity to do so. Why do I think we need to fail more? Because I believe we need to experiment more."
The Chancellor said he is not about to dictate what "the next UWGB" should look like because he could not begin to match the collective creativity of the campus community. However, he said UW-Green Bay will not progress by clinging to the status quo.
Universities across the country are facing great pressure to change their ways of doing business, Shepard said. He said critics of higher education say universities must provide greater access to students across their life span, independent of economic means, race or gender.
Shepard noted that critics also are urging public universities to provide stronger orientation to students, communities, and public and private enterprises as "customers," with the effectiveness of service to these sectors as the primary rationale for a university's existence.
Looking ahead to the next year at UW-Green Bay, Shepard said numerous activities will capture the University's attention:
• Growth Agenda. Shepard called for creating the political will needed to enact the Growth Agenda, a plan to grow UW-Green Bay to meet demands and needs of the region, as well as a growth plan for the UW System. "Elections are coming up," he said. "Do not be bashful. Ask every candidate you talk to: Will you support the Growth Agenda for the University of Wisconsin? Will you support the Growth Agenda for Northeast Wisconsin?"
• Diversity. UW-Green Bay must continue and expands its commitment to diversifying its faculty and staff, Shepard said. He called diversity UW-Green Bay's single greatest challenge if it is to succeed as Green Bay's University of Wisconsin.
• Phuture Phoenix. The Phuture Phoenix program, which encourages disadvantaged youngsters to pursue a college education, has grown from a one-day campus visit to an award-winning program with a continuing presence in K-12 schools. Currently run through the efforts of volunteers, Phuture Phoenix must become a regular, ongoing part of UW-Green Bay, Shepard said.
• Capital Campaign. With the completion of fund-raising for the Kress Events Center, UW-Green Bay's Capital Campaign has shifted to the University's academic needs. Shepard said student scholarships, including those for Phuture Phoenix participants, are among the areas in need of philanthropic support.
• New mission statement. The discussion of a mission statement must focus on interdisciplinary education - a hallmark of UW-Green Bay since the University's earliest days - and a commitment to serving the community, Shepard said. Interdisciplinary education emphasizes dealing with issues from multiple perspectives and through practical, hands-on learning.
• Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. Shepard said UW-Green Bay has made an ongoing commitment to provide annual funding of $250,000 to support fine arts performances and campus and community uses. The nonprofit Weidner Center Presents will take the lead in additional main stage programming and in generating philanthropic support, he said.
The full text of the Chancellor's speech is available online at http://www.uwgb.edu/chancellor/convocation/conv06.htm.
(06-161 / 23 August 2006 / SH)
UW-Green Bay announces annual
Founders awards for excellence
GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay today announced the recipients of the 2006 Founders Association Awards for Excellence.
The awards for excellence and their recipients are: Teaching — Prof. Aeron Haynie; Scholarship — Prof. Gregory Aldrete; Institutional Development — Prof. Ken Fleurant; Collaborative Achievement — Voyageur magazine; Community Outreach — Prof. John Katers; Academic Support — Debra Anderson; and Classified Staff — Pam Spangenburg.
Founders Association President Susan Frost presented the awards Wednesday (Aug. 23) at the UW-Green Bay Fall Convocation. The Founders Association, a philanthropic organization, began the awards program in 1975.
Haynie, who received the teaching award, is an associate professor of Humanistic Studies and English. She joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1999.
Haynie's nominator for the award cited her "ability to allow students a maximum amount of freedom and control over their own learning, yet the ability to provide a clear organizational framework within which that learning can take place."
A student described Haynie as "a model of professionalism...yet always accessible and easy to approach."
Aldrete, recipient of the award for scholarship, is a professor of Humanistic Studies and History. He has been a member of the UW-Green Bay faculty since 1995.
Aldrete has published five books and three chapters in anthologies in addition to numerous articles and reviews. He is only the second UW-Green Bay faculty member to receive a Humanities Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
His research is a model of interdisciplinarity, with one work combining history, urban studies, political science, literature and philosophy. One supporter of Aldrete for the award wrote that "having used these works in my own teaching and research, I can attest to the high quality of research. The commitment to scholarship...is to be greatly commended."
Fleurant, recipient of the award for institutional development, recently retired after 36 years on the UW-Green Bay faculty. He taught in the French and Humanistic Studies academic units. He served the University in many capacities, most recently as secretary of the faculty and academic staff.
Supporters of Fleurant for the Founders Association award said he has shown strong support for all categories of UW-Green Bay employees and is committed to the University and its mission.
"He has provided behind-the-scenes help on many initiatives that were and are designed to help this institution live its mission," one supporter wrote of Fleurant.
Voyageur magazine, the recipient of the collaborative achievement award, is a journal of Northeastern Wisconsin history that has been published since 1984. Its co-sponsors are UW-Green Bay, the Brown County Historical Society and St. Norbert College.
One nominator described Voyageur as a "distinct, innovative and successful academic endeavor, rooted on the UWGB campus for more than two decades, fostering cooperation and scholarly achievement among a variety of University departments and personnel and enhancing the campus and community's intellectual and cultural life."
Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt offered his support for the nomination, noting that the "truly cooperative effort links our past, our present and our future. It binds our community in a common thread."
Katers, who received the award for community outreach, is an associate professor of Natural and Applied Sciences. He joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1999.
At a time when environmental issues often are pitted against business and economic concerns, Katers brings his academic expertise to the community in a "mutually beneficial manner without alienating anyone," a nominator wrote.
Katers has worked with local farmers on projects to convert animal waste to energy. He also was instrumental in developing the UW-Green Bay Paper Industry Resource Center and currently serves as the center's assistant director. He has been involved in numerous other community outreach and business collaborations.
Anderson, recipient of the academic support award, is archivist and coordinator of the Area Research Center, Special Collections and University Archives at UW-Green Bay. She joined UW-Green Bay in 1989.
Her work has benefited state and local genealogy studies, Voyageur magazine, the Fort Howard archives and the Friends of the Cofrin Library.
A UW-Green Bay colleague wrote, "For as long as I have known (Anderson), she has encouraged teachers at UW-Green Bay and in the wider Green Bay community to utilize the Area Research Center's collection, those located at other research centers in the state, and those housed at the Wisconsin Historical Society."
Spangenburg, recipient of the classified staff award, is retiring after more than three decades at UW-Green Bay. She most recently worked as the University's benefits specialist.
Spangenburg's service to UW-Green Bay was described by nominators as effective, quiet and seamless.
"Every person who calls, e-mails or stops in unexpectedly is treated with the same thorough detail and graciousness," a nominator wrote.
Spangenburg also was praised for her staunch support of UW-Green Bay programs and activities, including men's and women's basketball and volleyball and Weidner Center performances.
Recipients of Founders Association Awards for Excellence are chosen by a committee of UW-Green Bay faculty and staff from responses to a call for nominations.
(06-160 / 23 August 2006 / SH)
Abbott is new secretary of faculty,
academic staff at UW-Green Bay
GREEN BAY - Prof. Clifford Abbott is the new secretary of the faculty and academic staff at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Abbott, professor of information and computing science at UW-Green Bay, assumed the position this week following the retirement of Prof. Kenneth Fleurant. Abbott is the ninth person to hold the position in UW-Green Bay's history.
The secretary of the faculty and academic staff coordinates faculty and academic staff governance consistent with campus and UW System policies and regulations. The secretary also maintains faculty and academic staff records and serves as a knowledgeable resource on campus policies, procedures and perspectives.
Abbott joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1974. He has taught a wide array of courses in Communication, Information and Computing Science, Communication and the Arts, and First Nations Studies. He also has served as a linguistic consultant for the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and has assisted in producing grammars, a dictionary, text collections, and teaching materials in the Oneida language.
He has been awarded the UW-Green Bay Founders Association Awards for Excellence in Institutional Service, Community Outreach and Scholarship. He also has received numerous federal, state, and UW System grants for his scholarly activities.
Abbott has an extensive record of service to UW-Green Bay and the campus community. He has served 19 years on the UW-Green Bay Faculty Senate and has chaired the University Committee and numerous other faculty committees.
(06-159 / 22 August 2006 / SH)
UW System Board of Regents backs growth plan for UW-Green Bay
GREEN BAY - University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard today expressed his gratitude to the UW System Board of Regents for supporting Northeastern Wisconsin's Growth Agenda, a plan to enable UW-Green Bay to meet the demands and needs of a rapidly growing and changing region.
The UW System's 2007-09 budget approved by the Board of Regents includes funding for the Growth Agenda. The Regents met in Madison this week.
The budget calls for an additional $414,900 in 2007-08 and $1.3 million in 2008-09 to support UW-Green Bay's Growth Agenda.
"The Regents clearly understand our region's need for a larger university," Shepard said. "We appreciate the support of the Regents and the many community leaders who have been advocates of this much-needed initiative."
Noting letters strongly supporting the Growth Agenda from community leaders, Regent President David Walsh spoke of the critical importance of community support for the plan — now, and through the remainder of the budget process.
Shepard and community and business leaders unveiled the Growth Agenda to the Regents when they met on the UW-Green Bay campus in April. The proposal calls for increasing UW-Green Bay's enrollment to about 7,500 students from the current 5,400.
Three factors — diversity, the economic transition taking place in Northeastern Wisconsin, and strong demand for a UW-Green Bay education — are driving the Growth Agenda. The plan was developed in response to needs expressed by people throughout the region.
The Chancellor has noted that if Northeastern Wisconsin were a state, it would rank near the bottom among the 50 states in the percentage of residents with college degrees. That must change as the region's economy transitions from the traditional manufacturing to a knowledge-based economy.
The Board of Regents action is just the first step in the process of gaining approval for the Growth Agenda, Shepard said. He said UW-Green Bay officials will continue to work with legislators and the governor to gain their understanding and support of the proposal for inclusion in the 2007-09 state budget.
"I am confident that lawmakers will understand the importance of the Growth Agenda in positioning our region for a bright future," Shepard said.
(06-158 / 18 August 2006 / SH)
Trombley named director of
Small Business Development Center
GREEN BAY - Christina Trombley has been appointed director of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's Small Business Development Center. She begins her new duties Monday, Aug. 14.
Trombley has been business outreach coordinator for the UW-La Crosse Small Business Development Center since 1997. In that position, she has worked to nurture the La Crosse area's economy and encourage entrepreneurship.
The Small Business Development Center at UW-Green Bay provides services and programming in an 11-county area in Northeastern Wisconsin. The Center assists small businesses through management education and counseling. It also links resources and expertise of the UW System with federal, state and local governments and the private sector.
Trombley's responsibilities at UW-La Crosse included coordinating non-credit education programs, providing technical assistance to small business owners in management and marketing, and developing new programs to serve business and the community. She also had an active working relationship with UW faculty and staff as well as professional business organizations in the region and state.
Trombley provided leadership in the creation of the 7 Rivers Region Alliance, a nonprofit organization that enhanced economic collaboration and promoted a regional brand.
She has served as a member of numerous boards and councils including the Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, the Coulee Region Business Center, the UW-La Crosse Chancellor's Community Council and the UW-La Crosse Alumni Association Membership Committee.
Trombley has been recognized by numerous organizations for her efforts on behalf of businesses and the community. She was a 2005 Award Winner in Business Administration in the YWCA Tribute to Outstanding Women. She also was a finalist for the La Crosse Tribune's Person of the Year for 2005 and was recognized as a Top 20 Business Leader Under Forty by the River Valley Business News.
Trombley has an MBA degree from UW-La Crosse and a bachelor's degree in communications from UW-Eau Claire.
UW-Green Bay's Small Business Development Center is a partner in the Business Assistance Center, located on the north side of the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College campus. Other partners are NWTC, the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce's Advance Business Development Center, Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE), Urban Hope, Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Wisconsin Business Development Finance Corp., and the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Network.
(06-157 / 10 August 2006 / SH)
Shorewood Golf Course celebrates
75th anniversary with events, specials
GREEN BAY - Shorewood Golf Course at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a series of events and special offers Aug. 18-20.
A highlight of the celebration is the Shorewood Amateur Championship on Friday, Aug. 18. Tee-times for the tournament begin at 10 a.m. For more information, call 465-2118. Online registration is available at http://www.uwgb.edu/shorewood/.
Other anniversary events and specials include:
• $7.50 green fees Aug. 18-20.
• 75-cent hot dogs, brats, soda and chips all weekend.
• a putting contest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19 and Aug. 20.
• 25 percent off all merchandise all weekend.
• special 75th anniversary t-shirts for $7.50.
• membership special (buy a 2007 membership and play the rest of 2006 for free).
Shorewood opened for play in August 1931. It operated for years as a semi-private and private 18-hole golf course.
In the late 1960s, UW-Green Bay acquired the golf course property as part of the University's new bayshore campus. While the more open areas were developed for academic buildings, the wooded portion of the original course was retained, reconfigured and reopened as a nine-hole course in 1971.
The course is known for its challenging and neatly maintained layout and tight fairways. It is open to the public, and discounts are available to UW-Green Bay students and alumni.
(06-156 / 10 August 2006 / SH)