State, federal experts to discuss regulatory issues at March 21 conference
GREEN BAY - Federal and state agencies will participate in a conference Tuesday, March 21 aimed at helping employers understand a variety of regulatory requirements and changes.
The daylong conference at the Business Assistance Center, 2701 Larsen Road, will be especially helpful for small business owners, small business advisers and economic development professionals.
A panel of state and federal experts will discuss regulatory issues ranging from fair labor standards and medical leave to workplace safety and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Participating agencies include the U.S. Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Internal Revenue Service, Wisconsin Department of Revenue, and Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
The conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The conference fee is $35. Seating is limited, and pre-registration is required.
For more information or to register for the conference, call the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Small Business Development Center at (920) 496-2114. Online registration is available at www.uwgb.edu/sbdc.
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Eighth Congressional District candidates to debate at UW-Green Bay in April
GREEN BAY - Republican and Democratic candidates competing for Congressman Mark Green's seat in Northeastern Wisconsin have agreed to a debate series at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Republican candidates John Gard and Terri McCormick have agreed to debate on Wednesday, April 12, and Democratic candidates Steve Kagen, Nancy Nusbaum and Jamie Wall have agreed to debate on Tuesday, April 25.
Both hour-long debates, featuring a media panel and a moderator to be named later, will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms of UW-Green Bay's University Union.
The five candidates are competing for the 8th Congressional District seat being vacated by Green, who is running for governor. The 8th Congressional District is receiving extensive national attention this campaign season.
Party primaries are Sept. 12, and the primary winners will meet in the Nov. 7 general election.
UW-Green Bay also will host a post-primary debate for the Republican and Democratic candidates who advance to the general election.
Sponsors of the debate series include the UW-Green Bay College Republicans and Democrats student organizations, Project VOTE of Brown County and WisPolitics.com, which will tape the series for later Web cast. State and area media also will be invited to cover the events.
(06-40 / 27 February 2006 / SH)
O'Grady premiere, contemporary works are on UW-Green Bay concert program
GREEN BAY-The premiere of a new composition by faculty member Terence O'Grady and works by other contemporary-era composers-most of them living-are on the program when the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4 in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr.
Long-time music faculty member Kevin Collins conducts both groups.
O'Grady's Concerto for Soloists and Wind Symphony is his first composition for multiple soloists and wind symphony. O'Grady notes that the five solo instrumentalists have equal importance in the work. "Each of the soloists has opportunities where they are the highlighted voice, but their main responsibility is to interact musically with the other soloists and with the Wind Symphony," he says. The work echoes several different musical styles.
Soloists for the work's premiere are students Stephany McCabe, flute; Matthew Boreen, clarinet; Tara Mifko, tenor saxophone; Shawn Reince, trumpet; and Steven Lambert, marimba.
The Wind Symphony will open its part of the program with "Flourish," by Timothy Mahr. The fanfare was commissioned by the UW-Green Bay Summer Music Camps Program in 1996 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the University's summer music camps. Collins says the fanfare begins with a two-note G and B-flat motif (for Green Bay) that grows or "flourishes" throughout the work. Mahr is on the faculty at St. Olaf College.
The Wind Symphony's program also will include the recent, "A Movement for Rosa," a tribute to civil rights heroine Rosa Parks. The work is by Mark Camphouse, a composer who premiered his first symphony at age 17. He is a member of the faculty at Radford University in Virginia.
The Wind Symphony will close its program with "George Washington Bridge," by 20th century composer William Schuman, who had a long career as a teacher, composer and administrator, at one time serving as president of Lincoln Center.
The Symphonic Band will perform two selections by living composers, including "Where the Black Hawk Soars," by Robert W. Smith, a composer, arranger and teacher who has more than 500 published works to his credit, and "On a Hymn Song of Philip Bliss, by composer/conductor David Holsinger. They'll also present Aaron Copland's "Down a Country Lane," and "Rough Riders," by 20th century composer Karl L. King, who began his career in music playing in circus and show bands, including the band for Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
Admission is $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for students and seniors. The numbers for tickets are (920) 465-2217 or (800) 328-8587.
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UW-Green Bay sports medicine center
to be named for Dr. James Hinckley
GREEN BAY - A new and improved center for medical prevention, care and treatment of University of Wisconsin-Green Bay student athletes will be named for Dr. James Hinckley.
The James Hinckley Sports Medicine Center will be part of UW-Green Bay's Kress Events Center when it opens in fall 2007. Construction of the $32.5 million events center is underway on the UW-Green Bay campus.
Hinckley, an orthopedic surgeon with Prevea Sports Medicine Clinic of Ashwaubenon, has devoted extensive time, medical expertise and philanthropic support to UW-Green Bay Phoenix Athletics since 1978.
The sports medicine center will annually serve about 230 athletes who participate in UW-Green Bay's 15 NCAA Division 1 sports. It will cover 3,000 square feet, more than five times the size of today's tiny space in the Phoenix Sports Center.
The center will be designed as a fully functional preventative and rehabilitative center and will include private examination rooms, offices for four athletic trainers, nine taping and treatment tables, and space to handle multiple teams at consecutive times.
Hinckley was lauded for his commitment and contributions to Phoenix Athletics.
"We are pleased that Dr. Hinckley's generous and tireless support of our student athletes is being recognized through the naming of this facility," UW-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard said.
Dr. Richard Rolston, president and CEO of Prevea Health, added, "This is a well-served honor for Dr. Hinckley. He has devoted his time, medical expertise and philanthropic support to the Phoenix Athletics program for more than 25 years."
Hinckley was inducted into UW-Green Bay's Phoenix Hall of Fame in 1999 for his significant contributions to Phoenix Athletics. He and his wife, Patricia, also are philanthropic supporters of UW-Green Bay's Founders Association.
The naming rights to the sports medicine center follow a partnership agreement and significant donations for the new facility by local healthcare providers Prevea Health Network, Bellin Health Systems and BayCare Clinic.
(06-38 / 27 February 2006 / SH)
Einstein, Picasso meet in Steve Martin comedy at UW-Green Bay
GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will present "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 2-4 and Wednesday through Saturday, March 8-11 in the Jean Weidner Theater in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr.
"Very funny," says director John Mariano of the long one-act play that he characterizes as an absurdist comedy or a philosophical comedy.
Playwright Steve Martin places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in the famous Paris café, Lapin Agile, in 1904 shortly before each man completes the work that transforms his respective discipline. Einstein published "The Special Theory of Relativity" in 1905, and Picasso is credited with initiating cubism with his 1907 painting "Les Demoiselles D'Avignon."
In the company of motley other characters who make up Montmartre café society, the two men debate the value of genius and talent as they look toward the 20th century. Enter a charismatic singer from the future, who tells them what to expect. The singer is never named, but audiences will recognize him.
"You don't come out of the play understanding the theory of relativity or cubism," says Mariano, "But you do come out understanding the passion for the ideas that ruled the 20th century."
Mariano notes that the play contains strong language.
Quinn White has the role of Albert Einstein and D.J. Wierschem portrays Pablo Picasso. Zach McLain is The Singer.
Guest artist Vergil J. Smith has the role of Gaston, an amicable denizen of the café. Smith, a New Orleans native who is teaching at UW-Green Bay for the semester, has a long list of stage credits in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Milwaukee, and other locales, as well as in film, television and commercial work. He is a member of Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Jeffrey Entwistle is the set designer and Kaiome Malloy designed the costumes. Michael Ingraham is the technical director and lighting designer. All are members of the faculty. The sound designer is Ivan Jones and props were designed by Jennie Eisenbrandt. They are students.
"Picasso at the Lapin Agile" premiered in Chicago in 1993 and later had a significant run off-Broadway. The play won an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play. A film based on the play is in production.
Tickets for "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" are available by calling (920) 465-2217 or (800) 328-8587. Admission is $14.50 in advance or $17.50 at the door for adults, and $12.50 in advance or $14.50 at the door for seniors and students. UW-Green Bay students with identification pay $10.50.
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Fourth Estate takes top honor in student newspaper contest
GREEN BAY - The Fourth Estate, the student newspaper at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, won the top honor for overall excellence in its division at the recent Associated Collegiate Press Best of the Midwest college newspaper competition.
The UW-Green Bay student newspaper won first place in the Best of Show category for four-year school newspapers of tabloid size. The award was for the Feb. 16, 2006 edition.
The Fourth Estate has placed in the top four spots in the overall excellence category for six consecutive years. However, the newspaper this year brought home the top prize for the first time.
"Winning this award means so much to us as a staff," said Fourth Estate Editor in Chief Lindsey Oostra of Winneconne. "It proves that hard work really does pay off in the end."
Two Fourth Estate staff members also won individual awards in the college newspaper competition. Josh Brewer of Dorchester received honorable mention in the sports story category for his Feb. 17 story headlined "Wisconsin Badgers burrow into the frozen tundra." Greg Ubbelohde of Spooner won honorable mention for feature writing for a story headlined "Hey Patty, play a song for me" in the Dec. 15, 2005 edition.
The Fourth Estate competed with campus newspapers from midwestern states, including Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. The competition was part of the newspaper association's annual convention held Feb. 17-19 in Minneapolis.
(06-36 / 21 February 2006 / SH)
Educators invited to learn about 'hot topics' at UW-Green Bay Science Forum
GREEN BAY-Topics of local interest are on the program for the next Northeastern Wisconsin (NEW) Science Forum for middle and high school science teachers at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Registration is open now for the event beginning at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7 in the University Union on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr. The Forum is free.
Two professional staff members with the Green Bay office of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will make presentations between 4:30 and 6 p.m.
Linda Williams, forest health specialist, will speak on "Emerald Ash Borer: Doom and Gloom or Research Opportunity?" The borer is a non-native insect that was discovered killing ash trees in Michigan in 2002. Since, it has been found throughout the state's lower and upper peninsulas, Ohio, Indiana, and Ontario, Canada. Michigan has been a leader in research on the insect. Williams will talk about the borer, Michigan's research, and what Wisconsin is doing to prepare for an eventual attack on ash trees here.
A member of the Wisconsin DNR staff since 1999, Williams has a bachelor's degree in forestry and a master's degree in entomology, both from Michigan State University. Her duties include working with landowners to help them solve tree health problems, and other forest health issues.
Kelley O'Connor, DNR Water Program supervisor, will summarize "Hot Environmental Topics in Your Back Yard." She'll discuss urban storm water run-off and manure run-off management, quantity and quality of ground water, PCB remediation of the Fox River, aquatic invasive species, and the Water Management Program of the DNR.
O'Connor has 25 years of experience in environmental work. Prior to joining the DNR, she was with the Brown County Land Conservation District, the Brown County Planning Commission, and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. O'Connor's bachelor's degree in natural resources management/soils is from UW-Stevens Point, and her master's degree in environmental science and policy was earned at UW-Green Bay.
NEW Science Forum originated in the mid-1980s at UW-Green Bay as an event where science teachers could learn about the latest topics and research in science and network with teachers from other schools.
Although admission is free, registration is requested in order to help planners prepare. Registration can be made by telephone to (920) 465-2052 or by e-mailing email@example.com.
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Washington Commons notice disappoints UW-Green Bay chancellor
GREEN BAY - University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard expressed disappointment after UW-Green Bay was informed today that it must vacate Washington Commons in downtown Green Bay.
Pfefferle Companies, Inc. informed the University that all tenants, including UW-Green Bay, must vacate Washington Commons by Monday, Feb. 27. UW-Green Bay's Downtown Learning Center has been located at the downtown mall since August 2004.
"We are disappointed with this latest development at Washington Commons," Shepard said. "Our presence there has been a clear statement of our commitment to a vibrant downtown."
The chancellor noted that UW-Green Bay continues to maintain a presence downtown with its Paper Technology Transfer Center at the Regency Center office building and programs like the "UWGB Downtown: Connecting for Lunch" series of learning luncheons.
He said the University will look for additional ways to strengthen its connections to Green Bay's downtown.
Meanwhile, UW-Green Bay will work with community partners to find alternative space either on the University campus or at other downtown locations for programs previously scheduled to take place at the Downtown Learning Center. All program participants will be notified about locations for upcoming programs and classes.
UW-Green Bay began offering programs and courses at the Downtown Learning Center in August 2004. The 2,600-square-foot center includes a classroom, conference room, office, reception area, and storage space.
(06-34 / 20 February 2006 / SH)
Guest artists join Meredith in UW-Green Bay recital
GREEN BAY-Mezzo soprano Sarah Meredith, a member of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay faculty, will perform in recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 in University Theater located in Theater Hall on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr. Admission is free.
Several guest artists will join in the program.
Harpist Cheryl Murphy will accompany Meredith in opening the program with several Welsh and Irish folk songs. Meredith will continue with "Dover Beach" by Samuel Barber and "Il Tramonto" by Ottorino Respighi accompanied by the Quintet Marinette. Members of Quintet Marinette-musicians from the Marinette, Menominee and Peshtigo area-are Barb Atkins, violin; Wendy Ganter, violin; Cyndee Giebler, viola; and Mary Kozak Krawczyk, cello.
The second half of the program will acknowledge the recent 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. Joining Meredith will be sopranos Valerie Errante and Teresa Seidl, tenor John Plier, and bass-baritone Floyd Slotterback. David Giebler, faculty member at UW-Marinette, will be the accompanist.
Errante will present three songs by Mozart. She is a member of the faculty and chairperson of the voice area at UW-Milwaukee. Errante has been a guest in opera and concert works throughout Germany and in Italy, Israel and Estonia, as well as in the U.S.
Seidl will present a selection from "The Magic Flute," and she'll join with Plier in a duet from "Cosi fanTutte." A Green Bay native, she is making her home here again after study abroad and extensive performance tours in Europe, South Africa, Brazil and Agentina. She continues to travel abroad to teach master classes and perform and also maintains a private voice studio.
Plier will perform an aria from "La Clemenza di Tito." A member of the UW-Green Bay faculty, Plier has more than 400 professional opera roles to his credit. A Wisconsin native, he studied in Europe as well as at Lawrence Conservatory and Peabody Conservatory. He has performed extensively in Europe and in the U.S.
Slotterback will join Meredith and Errante in Mozart's Six Nocturnes. Slotterback is a member of the music faculty and directs the choral groups at Northern Michigan University, Marquette. He is serving as guest director for choral groups at UW-Green Bay for the present semester.
The program will close with Seidl, Errante and Meredith presenting the "Three Ladies" trio from "The Magic Flute."
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Two at UW-Green Bay chosen for select UW teaching program
GREEN BAY-Two faculty members at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay have been selected to participate for the 2006-2007 academic year in a UW System program aimed at supporting development of outstanding college teachers.
David J. Voelker, assistant professor of Humanistic Studies (History) was selected for the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows program, and Angela Bauer-Dantoin, associate professor of Human Biology and Women's Studies (Biology), will be a Wisconsin Teaching Scholar.
They will join a select group of other faculty members from UW System campuses for a yearlong inquiry into teaching and learning. Only one faculty member per UW campus is selected for each program.
Voelker, who will participate in the Teaching Fellows program for outstanding teachers with less than six years full-time college teaching experience, joined UW-Green Bay in fall 2003. A U.S. historian, Voelker is a member of the UW-Green Bay Teaching Scholars program for 2004-2005. He aims to increase opportunities for students in his classes to become actively engaged with history, as opposed to the traditional passive learning of facts.
Bauer-Dantoin will be a Teaching Scholar, a program for exceptional mid-career faculty members. She has pursued inquiry into the scholarship of teaching and learning in several ways since joining UW-Green Bay in 1997. She was a Wisconsin Teaching Fellow in 2002-2003. Bauer-Dantoin has worked toward developing new ways to teach laboratory courses, and looked at the impact of service learning on student learning in other courses. A new course she developed, Ethnic Minorities in Science, has resulted in invitations to speak before the UW System Curriculum Reform Institute. She has published papers on the scholarship of teaching and learning in professional journals.
They'll each attend Faculty College and Summer Institute sessions in May and June, and will complete classroom research projects over the course of the following academic year.
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It's tax time: UW-Green Bay students ready to help
GREEN BAY - University of Wisconsin-Green Bay student volunteers are again providing free income tax preparation assistance at locations on the UW-Green Bay campus and in the community.
The free service - aimed primarily at students, low-income and elderly taxpayers - continues through April 11 with the exception of the week of March 20 when UW-Green Bay students are on spring break.
UW-Green Bay students have been providing the free tax assistance for more than 30 years. The students are members of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), an organization through which volunteers assist millions of taxpayers nationwide in completing their tax returns.
Tax assistance community and campus sites and times are:
Oneida Center for Self-Sufficiency, 2640 West Point Drive. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Mondays.
Fort Howard Resource Center, 520 Dousman St., 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Mondays and Tuesdays.
Garden Café (concourse level of the Cofrin Library) at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive, 2 to 4 p.m., Feb. 14, Feb. 21 and March 7.
Mary Ann Cofrin Hall at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet
Drive, 2 to 4 p.m., Feb. 28, March 14, March 28, April 4, April 11.
UW-Green Bay student Teri Valitchka is student coordinator of the tax-assistance program this year. Marilyn Sagrillo, associate professor of business administration, is the faculty adviser.
Students involved in VITA had to pass an exam to demonstrate their competence in preparing returns. Last year, UW-Green Bay students assisted with more than 150 returns.
(06-31 / 17 February 2006 / SH)
UW-Green Bay to host first Citizen Diplomacy Summit
GREEN BAY - The first Citizen Diplomacy Summit at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will give area citizens an opportunity to explore issues involving other countries, cultures and American connections to them.
The Summit is aimed at K-12 and post-secondary educators, students, business leaders and all Wisconsin citizens interested in international issues and events.
The daylong event is Saturday, Feb. 25 in the Phoenix Rooms of UW-Green Bay's University Union. Onsite registration is from 9 to 10 a.m., and the Summit is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Participants who register by Tuesday, Feb. 21 pay a $5 registration fee. Registration on the day of the event is $8. The fee covers all activities, materials, lunch and refreshments.
The Citizen Diplomacy Summit is part of a national initiative and will feature presentations by representatives of national organizations. They are Americans for Informed Democracy, Business for Diplomatic Action, Citizens for Global Solutions, and the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign.
The Summit will offer:
opportunities to learn about citizen diplomacy trends and approaches among schools, communities and government at all levels.
exhibits featuring school and community international projects.
unique materials, resources, and opportunities for educators and others with global interests.
networking opportunities for people with similar involvements and interests.
The Summit will coincide with UW-Green Bay's second annual High School International Exchange Student Conference. Summit participants will be able to meet and talk with young people from around the world.
The Summit also will correspond with various Wisconsin standards for teacher and administrator development and licensure.
For more information about the Citizen Diplomacy Summit, visit the Summit
Web site at www.uwgb.edu/profgraddean/global
or contact Jay Harris, UW-Green Bay international projects coordinator,
by phone at (920) 465-5145 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(06-30 / 17 February 2006 / SH)
Wisconsin landscape painters exhibit at UW-Green Bay
GREEN BAY-Four painters are represented in the exhibit, "Exploring the Wisconsin Landscape: Four Directions," opening with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Lawton Gallery located in Theater Hall Room 230 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Dr.
The artists are Andy Fletcher, Milwaukee; Margaret Lockwood, Fish Creek; Marjorie Mau, Green Bay; and David Sear, De Pere.
All four artists will attend the reception. Curator of Art Stephen Perkins will introduce the work and the artists at 5 p.m.
Each artist will give a talk in the Lawton Gallery in the days following the opening. The talks, all at noon, are free and open to the public. Mau will be the speaker on Tuesday, Feb. 28; Fletcher on Wednesday, March 1; Sear on Tuesday, March 7; and Lockwood on Wednesday, March 8.
Fletcher is an adjunct professor at UW-Milwaukee and Beloit College. Fletcher says he comes from the tradition of George Inness, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth and Fairfield Porter. "Wisconsin landscapes to me are a place of open prairie spaces, intimate rolling hills, sublime moments and simple poetry," says Fletcher, who does all of his paintings in the field. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree from UW-Milwaukee.
Lockwood, who has her own gallery, Woodwalk Gallery, in Fish Creek, earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at Fontbonne College, St. Louis. She says her work is formed by places she has lived-formerly in a wooded setting near Juddville, and now in a farmhouse with open fields all around. "The work is overwhelmingly a response to my appreciation of the fragile beauty of those remembered trees and the peacefulness of fleeting light and color across the fields and in the clouds above," she says.
Mau is a UW-Green Bay graduate with a career as a professional artist extending back to 1979. She says that while her paintings imply place, "they are more about longing for place or a place of being." Mau credits influences from several schools and movements in art of the past on her work in the present. "How history and the 'now' comes to be in a single painting is my life work..., she says.
Sear says most of his artistic work over the last 15 years has involved the landscape and has included riverscapes, agricultural landscapes and local industrial scenes. Says Sear, "...explorations of harmony between the natural and man-made worlds are at the heart of what I'm trying to achieve." Sear has been an adjunct instructor at UW-Green Bay and a collections manager, technician and preparator in galleries and museums. His Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking and painting is from Long Island University.
The exhibit continues through March 16. Lawton Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
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UW-Green Bay offers course in conversational Spanish
GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is offering an introductory course in basic Spanish communication skills emphasizing speaking and listening comprehension.
For the added convenience of community members, the course will be offered at UW-Green Bay's Downtown Learning Center in Washington Commons.
The eight-week course will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. each Wednesday, starting March 15. The course concludes Wednesday, May 3.
No previous instruction in Spanish is necessary to enroll in the course. Upon completion, participants will be able to understand pronunciation, greetings, useful everyday phrases, basic grammar and specifically requested vocabulary. They also will be able to use the Spanish alphabet and tell time.
Occupational Spanish vocabulary specific to a working environment will be included in the course as requested. In addition, participants will be introduced to Latino culture and values.
The course fee is $129 per student plus $16.75 for a textbook.
Community members interested in enrolling in Introductory Conversational Spanish may register online at www.uwgb.edu/outreach/govt/spanish. The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 8.
For more information, contact Kassie VanRemortel by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at (920) 465-2468.
(06-28 / 15 February 2006 / SH)
Ajula Dance Troupe returns
GREEN BAY - The Ajula Dance Troupe, a youth dance group associated with the Milwaukee Public Theatre, will perform Saturday (Feb. 18) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
The group will perform at 4 p.m. in the Christie Theater in UW-Green Bay's University Union. The event is free and open to the public.
The Ajula Dance Troupe features performers between the ages of 13 and 22. It showcases an energetic, theatrical approach to the ancient arts of the African diaspora - drumming, dance, song and storytelling.
The troupe's name means "make it happen" in the Jola tribal language. Its performances are aimed at audiences of all ages.
It will be the second appearance for the multicultural troupe at UW-Green Bay. The group first performed at UW-Green Bay in April 2005.
(06-27 / 13 February 2006 / SH)
Native will introduce Jordan at
UW-Green Bay program
GREEN BAY-Prof. Ibtesam al-Atiyat, Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, will present An Evening in Jordan from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 in Phoenix Room C of the University Union on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr. The public is invited. No admission is charged.
Al-Atiyat will take the audience in words and pictures to Jordan's most famous site, the city of Petra. Mostly carved out of sandstone bedrock, the city flourished for about 400 years about the time of Rome. Petra, the legacy of people who settled southern Jordan more than 2000 years ago, is now a UNESCO world heritage site. In addition to Petra, al-Atiyat will introduce locations that wouldn't be included on a typical tour of Jordan.
Through the presentation, audience will learn about Jordanian history, Middle Eastern cuisine, the tradition of coffee, tribal rituals, customs and clothing, and arts and music. Al-Atiyat also will speak about the Jordanian royal family, Jordan's role in the politics of the Middle East, and the economic and cultural impacts of Middle Eastern conflicts upon Jordan and its people.
Guests can sample a Jordanian dessert during the question and answer session after the presentation.
Al-Atiyat is teaching in the Social Change and Development and Women's Studies programs at UW-Green Bay this year through a grant from the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence program that provides for international educational exchange. She's also engaging in the community during her Green Bay stay.
In Jordan, al-Atiyat teaches at Balqua Applied University, and serves as a program officer with the Jordanian National Commission for Women. She holds a Ph.D. degree in political sociology from the Free University of Berlin.
An Evening in Jordan is sponsored by the Friends of the Cofrin Library at UW-Green Bay. Parking for the event is suggested in the Mary Ann Cofrin Hall visitor lot adjacent to the University Union. The lot is reached from Sports Center Drive that intersects with the Campus Drive loop road on the southeast side of campus.
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UW-Green Bay Adult Degree sessions to be held this month
GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is holding free informational sessions this month for working adults interested in learning about the University's Adult Degree Programs.
The upcoming sessions are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 18 at 9:30 a.m. The sessions are held at the UW-Green Bay Downtown Learning Center at Washington Commons.
Space is still available for Adult Degree students wishing to apply for Spring or Summer 2006 classes or for the 2006-07 academic year.
UW-Green Bay's innovative Adult Degree Programs make a bachelor of arts degree accessible to nontraditional adult students who have heavy work and family responsibilities.
The information sessions cover a wide range of topics such as starting and returning to college as an adult student, support services for adult students, program costs and financial aid, credit for life learning and how to get started.
Students attending Adult Degree Programs attend half-day Saturday classes and work independently between classes. Students benefit from small class sizes and personalized attention.
Information sessions for the Adult Degree Programs will continue through April. In addition to the February dates, the schedule includes the following sessions, all held at the Downtown Learning Center:
Thursday, March 23, 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 25, 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 20, 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 9:30 a.m.
For more information or to register for UW-Green Bay Adult Degree Programs information sessions, go online at www.uwgb.edu/adultdegrees or call (920) 465-2423 or (800) 621-2313.
(06-25 / 10 February 2006 / SH)
Prairie expert will keynote UW-Green Bay gardening symposium
GREEN BAY-Neil Diboll, president of Prairie Nursery, Westfield, Wis., will be the keynote speaker at a symposium, "Successful Gardening with Native Plants" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Dr. Registration for the workshop is available now.
The one-day event, the fifth in an annual series of Thoughtful Gardener programs, is aimed at gardeners who want to explore benefits and "how-tos" of gardening in harmony with nature.
Diboll's keynote will be followed by morning and afternoon breakout sessions with others with expertise in planning and establishing gardens for plants, birds and butterflies.
Diboll's talk, "Adventures in Prairie Restoration" will draw upon his more than 25 years of designing, establishing and maintaining prairies. Diboll, a UW-Green Bay graduate, got his start in prairie management when he helped establish the Keith White prairie on campus during his student days. He became president of Prairie Nursery in 1982 and has developed it from its original half acre to nearly 200 acres today.
A passionate advocate for native plants and prairies, Diboll is in demand as a speaker across the country and abroad. He has been written up in numerous publications, including high-end periodicals such as "Metropolitan Home" and "House and Garden."
Diboll also will give one of the three afternoon breakout sessions beginning at 1:15 p.m., leading a question and answer session on prairie establishment and management.
Workshop participants may choose one of three breakout sessions from 10:30 a.m. to noon. They are:
The Ultimate Butterfly Wildflower Garden with Randy Powers, owner of Prairie Future Seed Company, consultant, and instructor at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Powers has master's degrees in botany and zoology.
Designing Beautiful Native Landscapes with professional landscaper Lisa Geer. Geer designed the landscape for the New Department of Natural Resources building in Green Bay.
Natural Color for Shade with Gary Fewless, botanist for the Cofrin Arboretum and curator of the Herbarium at UW-Green Bay. Fewless, who earned degrees at UW-Green Bay, also teaches courses in Plant Taxonomy, Wetland Ecology and the Field Botany Laboratory.
In addition to Diboll's afternoon session, breakout sessions from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. include:
Mimicking Native Landscapes with Patrick Robinson, regional ecologist with the Department of Natural Resources. Robinson's master's degree is in ecosystems studies and he has 10 years of experience working on ecological issues in northeastern Wisconsin.
Gardening for Birds with Molly Fifield Murray, education and outreach manager at the UW-Madison Arboretum, a position she has held since 1993. Murray has a master's degree in landscape architecture from UW-Madison.
Participants can join "Talk Tables" with presenters and view exhibits during lunch break from noon to 1:15 p.m. Attendees can bring their own lunches or purchase lunches on campus.
The workshop fee is $49. Members of the Green Bay Botanical Garden, UW-Green Bay Cofrin Center for Biodiversity and the Green Bay Chapter of Wild Ones Natural Landscapers the sponsoring organizations receive a $5 discount. Continuing education units are available on request.
Complete information is available on line at http://www.uwgb.edu/biodiversity/gardener. Brochures may be requested by calling (920) 465-5032.
(06-24 / 9 February 2006 / VCD)
New Orleans actor-teacher joins
UW-Green Bay theater faculty
GREEN BAY-A professional actor and teacher displaced from New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina is teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for the second semester of the current academic year ending in May.
Vergil J. Smith has joined the Theater faculty where he is teaching Acting I and a section of Acting III that focuses on acting for the camera. He also is teaching and directing a special project, to be called "Visions" or "Fractured Visions," in which a student ensemble selected by audition will create an original production resulting in public performances on May 3 and 4. In addition, Smith has a role in Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" directed by John Mariano, to be presented March 1 - 4 and 8 - 11 in the Jean Weidner Theater of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.
Theater chairperson Laura Riddle says UW-Green Bay students are gaining much from Smith's residency on campus. She notes that acting for the camera has been a topic missing from the UW-Green Bay curriculum. In addition, Smith's presence in the cast of "Picasso," gives students "the advantage of working with a professional actor."
Smith's resume includes television and film roles-he had a featured role in the CBS series, "Early Edition," and appeared in films including "Natural Born Killers" and "Runaway Jury" in addition to a long list of live theater credits. He has acted and done voice-over stints in commercials for Nissan, Reebok, The Gap and other organizations.
A native of New Orleans, Smith left the city to go to college, earning a bachelor's degree in drama from Duke University and a Master of Fine Arts in acting at The Catholic University of America; followed his career around the country; and returned "home" only three years ago.
His teaching experience most recently was at Dillard University in New Orleans. Smith can laugh at the irony when he recounts how he had taught there part-time and just a week before Hurricane Katrina struck, began a full time tenure track position and moved into a Dillard faculty apartment located in the shadow of the levee that breached just a mile from campus. Hours before the storm, Smith, along with his parents and 96-year-old grandmother, evacuated to Atlanta.
Dillard was among the hardest hit of the city's universities. Smith says the university kept everyone on the payroll until November, and then laid off all untenured faculty. "I don't know if I'm going back to New Orleans," he says. "The city is a mess."
Essentially homeless and jobless, Smith began to circulate his resume. Meanwhile in Green Bay, former Weidner Center general manager Joi Brown, who attended graduate school with Smith, alerted Riddle to his availability. "His credentials included a very impressive acting resume and extensive teaching for all age groups," says Riddle. She was able to get funding to hire Smith for the semester.
Smith is no stranger to Wisconsin. He has appeared at First Stage, the Skylight Opera, Milwaukee Theater Festival, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, and the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, all in Milwaukee, and at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan. In the 1990s, he performed in "A Few Good Men" at Peninsula Players in Fish Creek.
Smith spent several years in Chicago where he performed in various venues, and he has appeared at theaters in Washington, D.C. and at the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival. Artist's residencies have taken Smith to Denmark, Poland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey and Greece.
For now, says Smith, "I am taking it easy, enjoying the present and keeping my options open."
(06-23 / 9 February 2006 / VCD)
Four win health scholarships at UW-Green Bay
GREEN BAY-Four students at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay have won Dr. Donel Sullivan Scholarships in Health Sciences and Health Professions for 2006. Recipients are Jessica Ehr, Eau Claire; Allison Froh, Oostburg; Sarah Jadin, De Pere; and Lisa Mutchler, Bristol. Froh and Mutchler received $800 scholarships and Jadin and Ehr received scholarships of $500 each.
Ehr and Froh are both Human Biology majors with emphases in exercise science, and both plan to pursue careers in physical therapy.
Ehr participated in an exercise physiology research project that was presented at the 2005 UW-Green Bay Academic Excellence Symposium. She is completing a minor in chemistry. During her sophomore year, Ehr studied abroad in London. On campus, she has been active in Student Government Association as a senator-at-large, and volunteered in the Phuture Phoenix program.
Froh has been elected to Phi Kappa Phi, national honorary in all disciplines; Tri Beta, national honorary in biological science; and Phi Eta Sigma, national freshman honorary. She is a past recipient of a Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium Scholarship and attended the consortium's annual conference. She is completing a minor in Spanish. Froh's volunteer efforts have included the Einstein Project and other activities.
Jadin is majoring in Human Biology with an emphasis in nutritional sciences and dietetics, and she plans to pursue a career as a nutrition educator. She has been elected to membership in Tri Beta, national honorary in the biological sciences. Jadin is active in the Dietetics Health and Wellness Club and serves as campus nutrition representative on the dining advisory committee.
Mutchler has a major in Chemistry with a Human Biology minor. Her goal is a career in pharmacy. She was elected to Phi Eta Sigma, national freshmen honorary. She has been a volunteer in the Phuture Phoenix Program and in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis.
The scholarships are named for Dr. Donel Sullivan who died in 1989. He had been a Green Bay physician for more than 40 years. The scholarship fund was created by his sister, Maeve Sullivan, St. Paul, Minn., in honor of Dr. Sullivan's commitment to family medicine and community service.
(06-22 / 9 February 2006 / VCD)
Green Bay District 1 candidate forum set for Monday at UW-Green Bay
GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Monday (Feb. 13) will host a candidate forum involving the seven candidates for alderperson in the city of Green Bay's District 1.
The forum will run from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Phoenix Room A of the University Union at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive.
The seven District 1 candidates on the ballot for the Feb. 21 primary are Phil Kawula, Adam Warpinski, Dave Nichols, Arthur Taylor, Dennis Nuetzel, Brian Wulff and incumbent Earl Van Den Heuvel. Taylor has backed out of the race, and Jerry Wiezbiskie has registered as a write-in candidate.
The two leading vote-getters in the primary will move on to the April 4 general election.
District 1 is in northeast Green Bay. It includes the UW-Green Bay campus.
The candidate forum is sponsored by the UW-Green Bay Department of Public and Environmental Affairs, UW-Green Bay Student Government Association, and the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
(06-21 / 8 February 2006 / SH)
UW-Green Bay lecture to tell Greek roots of Olympics
GREEN BAY-Prof. Greg Aldrete at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will open his classroom to the public for an illustrated lecture on The Ancient Greek Olympics at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 in Wood Hall Room 213 on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr. Visitors to campus can stop at the parking information booth on the main campus entrance boulevard for directions to parking.
Aldrete is a professor of Humanistic Studies and History, specializing in ancient history, particularly that of Greece and Rome.
His lecture will present an overview of the ancient Greek Olympics that were held at the sanctuary of Olympia for more than a thousand years. He'll describe the often violent events that made up the ancient games and the archaeology of the site at Olympia itself, and outline biographies of some of the famous athletes.
Aldrete says facts about the Olympics that may surprise us today include that it was primarily a religious festival and that athletes were far more professional than commonly thought.
The lecture is part of the Oxford Lecture Series at UW-Green Bay, patterned on a practice at Oxford University in England where the public is invited into the classroom to hear faculty members speak on relevant topics. Aldrete's lecture is presented as part of his Foundations of Western Culture class.
Aldrete is the author of several books on ancient history, including "Daily Life in the Roman City: Rome, Pompeii, and Ostia," and "Floods in Ancient Rome." He is the co-author of a Western Civilization textbook for McGraw-Hill.
Aldrete received the UW-Green Bay Founders Association award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003, and has won a campus Teaching at Its Best Award which acknowledges successful strategies in the classroom.
(06-20 / 8 February 2006 / VCD)
UW-Green Bay to honor student-athletes for academic success
GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will honor student-athletes for their success in the classroom when the UW-Green Bay men's basketball team hosts Loyola University on Wednesday night (Feb. 8).
The University will recognize 101 student-athletes with grade-point averages of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or better during the spring 2005 or fall 2005 semesters. The recognition ceremony will take place at halftime of the men's basketball game at the Resch Center. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
UW-Green Bay faculty and staff attending the game will be asked to stand for applause in recognition of their role in the academic success of the student-athletes.
UW-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard and Athletics Director Ken Bothof said success in the classroom has been a key element of the athletics program's strong tradition.
"Excellence in academics is at the core of what we do as a university," Shepard said. "The commitment our student-athletes have made to academic achievement is something we are proud of and are pleased to recognize."
Bothof added, "We want to honor student-athletes for their hard work and commitment while also telling members of the campus community that we very much appreciate their support."
Academic achievements of UW-Green Bay student-athletes during the fall 2005 semester include:
Nine of 15 teams achieved a 3.0 or higher team grade-point average.
The women's swimming and diving team had the highest team mark with a 3.43 grade-point average.
Men's soccer player Adam Ben-Zikri was named to the Academic All-America second team, joining Tony Bennett (men's basketball), Leslie Kuhn (volleyball), Angela Gaetz and Shane Hoelz (Nordic skiing) as the only student-athletes in UW-Green Bay history to merit two-time Academic All-America honors.
The women's soccer team earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) team academic award. UW-Green Bay's team grade-point average of 3.40 placed the team 22nd overall among NCAA Division I soccer programs.
Women's soccer senior midfielder Sarah Oligney was named to the 2005 NSCAA/Adidas College Women Scholar All-America second team. Oligney also was named a first-team Scholar All-Central Region selection, while junior teammate Stephanie Gross was a third-team Scholar all-region pick.
Seven student-athletes earned academic All-Horizon League first-team honors.
Of the 222 student-athletes, 62 earned semester honors (3.5 grade-point average or higher), including nine with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
(06-19 / 6 February 2006 / SH)
UW-Green Bay faculty recital previews radio broadcast
GREEN BAY-Six members of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay music faculty will perform in a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 in University Theater located in Theater Hall on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr.
They'll repeat the recital at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Chazen Museum of Art (formerly the Elvehjem), 800 University Ave., Madison. The Sunday recital will be broadcast live from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the "Live from the Chazen" series on music network stations of Wisconsin Public Radio.
Faculty performers will include Paul Bhasin, trumpet; Mark Kiehn, trumpet; Sarah Meredith, alto; Benjamin Moritz, piano; John Plier, tenor; and Rebecca Tout, clarinet.
Recital selections will represent composers from the seventeenth century to contemporary times.
Meredith, Tout and Moritz will open the program with Two Songs for Alto Voice and Viola (Clarinet) by Johannes Brahms, and Tout will follow with a solo 1980 composition by Eric Mandat, "Tricolor Capers." Bhasin, Tout and Moritz will present another contemporary selection, the second movement of Eric Ewazen's Trio for Trumpet, Violin (Clarinet) and Piano. Plier and Moritz will perform Mozart's concert aria, "Misero! O Sogno, O Son Desto?"
The second half of the program will include the first movement of the two-trumpet early baroque work, Sonata Marina, by Johann Gletle, presented by Bhasin, Kiehn and Moritz, and a solo performance by Moritz of the Andante from Rachmaninoff's Moment Musicaux, op. 16, no 1. Tout and Moritz will end the program with Robert Schumann's Fantasy Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, op. 73, and Tema con Varazioni by contemporary composer-pianist Jean Francaix.
(06-18 / 6 February 2006 / VCD)
Miron named general contractor for Kress Events Center project
GREEN BAY - Miron Construction Co. Inc., Neenah, has been selected as the general contractor for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's Kress Events Center project.
Miron received notice to proceed with the project from the Division of State Facilities, which directs building programs for Wisconsin state agencies.
Miron previously was the general contractor for renovations to UW-Green Bay's Laboratory Sciences building and an addition to the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.
Also announced today was the selection of Elmstar Electric Corp., Kaukauna, as the electrical contractor for the Kress Center project.
With contractors in place, site preparation has begun for the $32.5 million project, which will renovate and expand UW-Green Bay's Phoenix Sports Center. The project is the result of a funding partnership involving students, the state of Wisconsin and private donors.
The new and improved sports and events center, which will open in fall 2007, will include a central area with a seating capacity of about 4,000 to 5,000. It will serve as the home court of the women's basketball and volleyball teams. An auxiliary court will be a practice court for the men's basketball team and a site for student recreational activities.
The Kress Events Center also will offer new health and recreational opportunities for all students. It will include facilities for running, racquet sports, volleyball and intramural basketball, cardiovascular and aerobic activities, Athletic Department offices, and sports medicine.
The center will accommodate important and popular campus events such as summer orientation, commencement, student career fairs, festivals, concerts and multicultural activities.
UW-Green Bay will continue to hold Phoenix Athletics events at the Phoenix Sport Center as construction proceeds. However, Athletic Department administrative offices have moved to Rose Hall for the construction period.
(06-17 / 2 February 2006 / SH)