UW-Green Bay emergency management
program announces first graduates
GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's Emergency Management, Planning and Administration Certificate program has graduated its first class.
Students completed course work in budgeting, mitigation, preparedness, operations, recovery and political dimensions of emergency management.
The graduates are:
• Julie Schoening, director of response, American Red Cross Southeast Wisconsin Tri-County Chapter.
• Barbara Behling, director of public relations, Culver Franchising System Inc.
• Bill Breager, battalion chief, city of Appleton Fire Department.
• James Hanson, police officer, firefighter, EMT, town of Delavan.
• Steve Haskell, director, Shawano County Emergency Management.
• Mark Pierce, assistant chief, village of Mount Pleasant Fire Department.
• Jon Petroskey, deputy chief, city of Antigo Fire Department.
UW-Green Bay introduced the Emergency Management, Planning and Administration Certificate program at a time when experts predict that emergencies causing catastrophic loss of life, property and resources will occur more frequently.
"Devastation and losses from a disaster can be lessened when businesses, emergency personnel and government put organized, developed plans in place," said certificate director Kassie Van Remortel.
The new certificate program is sponsored by UW-Green Bay's Office of Outreach and Extension, the Environmental Science and Policy graduate program, and the Public and Environmental Affairs academic unit.
The program is the only emergency management certificate in Wisconsin that offers a choice of graduate and undergraduate credit for all professions.
UW-Oshkosh is incorporating three of the certificate courses as part of the curriculum for a new degree completion program for fire science technical college graduates. The certificate program also will become an area of emphasis in the UW-Green Bay Adult Degree Program's bachelor of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies.
For more information about the Emergency Management, Planning and Administration Certificate program, contact Van Remortel, UW-Green Bay Outreach and Extension, by phone at (800) 892-2118 or (920) 465-2468 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
(06-155 / 24 July 2006 / SH)
UW-Green Bay Adult Degree Programs
to hold summer information sessions
GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is holding information sessions in northeastern and central Wisconsin this summer for working adults interested in learning about UW-Green Bay's Adult Degree Programs.
The innovative and convenient Adult Degree Programs make a bachelor of arts degree accessible to nontraditional adult students trying to balance the pursuit of a degree with work and family responsibilities.
The free information sessions are scheduled for:
• Thursday, July 20 at 6 p.m. at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. The session is in Room 204 of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall.
• Thursday, July 27 at 6 p.m. at UW-Manitowoc, 705 Viebahn St., Manitowoc. The session is in Room F-170 of the Main Building.
• Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. at UW-Marathon County, 518 S. Seventh Ave., Wausau. The session is in the Terrace Room of the Main Building.
Information sessions cover 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.
Adult Degree students attend half-day Saturday classes and work independently between classes. Students benefit from small class sizes and personalized attention.
Although UW-Green Bay has closed applications for new freshmen and will close transfer applications Friday (July 14) for the fall semester, the University continues to accept applications for Adult Degree Programs.
For more information about UW-Green Bay Adult Degree Programs or to register for the information sessions, call (920) 465-2423 or (800) 621-2313 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Online pre-registration is available at http://www.uwgb.edu/adultdegrees/html/info/newsEvents/infoSessions.aspx.
(06-154 / 13 July 2006 / SH)
Kaye's book on Thomas Paine honored for literary merit
GREEN BAY - University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Prof. Harvey Kaye has won a 2006 Outstanding Achievement award from the Wisconsin Library Association for his book Thomas Paine and the Promise of America.
After reviewing 250 titles, the Association's Literary Awards Committee cited Kaye's book and nine others by Wisconsin authors, all published in 2005, for their "merit, as well as the quality of the writing, editing, printing and publishing."
Public libraries in Wisconsin will promote the award-winning books throughout the year. The books also will be on sale at the Library Association's annual conference Oct. 31 through Nov. 3 in Wisconsin Dells.
Thomas Paine and the Promise of America offers a fresh interpretation of the life and democratic legacy of the political writer and revolutionary figure. In the book, Kaye traces the journey of Paine's ideas from early America through today.
The book, published in August 2005, has been well-received by prominent historians and journalists. Political commentator Bill Moyers called it "the best political book of the year." Writing in the New York Times Book Review, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joseph J. Ellis described it as "the most comprehensive assessment yet of Paine's controversial reputation."
Kaye, a professor of Social Change and Development at UW-Green Bay, is the writer and editor of many award-winning books on history and politics.
His books include Are We Good Citizens?, Powers of the Past and The Education of Desire, which won the prestigious Isaac Deutscher Memorial Prize. He also is the author of Thomas Paine: Firebrand of the Revolution, a biography of Paine targeted at young readers.
The selection of Kaye's book for the Wisconsin Library Association's Outstanding Achievement award marked the second year in a row that a book by a UW-Green Bay author has been chosen for the award. Let's Do, a collection of short stories by Prof. Rebecca Meacham, won the award in 2005.
(06-153 / 12 July 2006 / SH)
Chancellor appoints Sustainability Committee at UW-Green Bay
GREEN BAY - In an effort to move the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to the forefront of the sustainability movement, Chancellor Bruce Shepard has appointed a permanent Campus Sustainability Committee.
The committee of students, faculty, staff and community members will address a range of campus issues related to minimizing the long- and short-term impacts of the University's actions on the environment.
"UW-Green Bay has long been known for its commitment to environmental awareness," Shepard said. "Our actions and policies must reflect this ongoing commitment."
UW-Green Bay's new Campus Master Plan includes a recommendation to establish a campuswide sustainability committee to develop a policy with defined action plans for all University departments and to create guidelines for best management practices.
Shepard's initial appointees to the committee are:
• Dean Rodeheaver, assistant chancellor for planning and budget, permanent appointment. Rodeheaver will serve as committee coordinator.
• Chris Hatfield, director of facilities management, permanent appointment.
• Mike Barry, director of purchasing, permanent appointment.
• Michael Kraft, professor of public and environmental affairs, three-year appointment.
• John Katers, associate professor of natural and applied sciences, three-year appointment.
• Regan A. R. Gurung, associate professor of human development, three-year appointment.
• Crystal Osman, secretary of environmental affairs for the UW-Green Bay Student Senate, one-year appointment.
Shepard also will appoint two community members and an additional student member to the committee.
The first action of the Campus Sustainability Committee will be to conduct a survey of current practices at UW-Green Bay related to sustainability. The committee also will create task forces to address issues identified in the survey and other emerging issues, including energy, natural areas, indoor environmental quality, water and stormwater management.
In addition, the committee will determine the impact of the state's new guidelines for sustainable building practices and recommend to the chancellor the use of funds to match the UW-Green Bay student contribution to NatureWise, a renewable energy program offered by Wisconsin Public Service Corp.
(06-152 / 11 July 2006 / SH)
UW-Green Bay to close transfer applications Friday
GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will stop accepting applications from transfer students for the fall 2006 semester Friday, July 14.
Strong enrollment demand from new freshmen and transfer students led to the decision to cut off transfer applications. UW-Green Bay stopped accepting new-freshman applications May 1.
The freshman class, with 1,030 students already registered, is one of the largest in UW-Green Bay history. With 433 transfer students registered for the fall semester, transfer registrations are running about 8 percent ahead of last year. An additional 350 transfer students have been admitted but have not yet registered.
"We are pleased to be able to serve additional new students this fall even as our demand continues to exceed our available spaces," said Sue Keihn, UW-Green Bay associate provost for student affairs and dean of students.
The University can serve more freshmen and transfers because students are moving through to graduation faster than in the past. But at a time of strong demand for a UW-Green Bay education, the University must continue to balance enrollment and available resources, including class sections and student services such as advising and academic support. The demand for on-campus housing also has exceeded capacity.
For the long term, UW-Green Bay is seeking additional capacity and resources to adequately serve Northeastern Wisconsin. In April, Chancellor Bruce Shepard and community leaders presented "Northeastern Wisconsin's Growth Agenda" to the UW System Board of Regents. The plan would increase UW-Green Bay's enrollment to about 7,500 students from the current 5,400 students.
Exceptions to Friday's transfer application cutoff will be made for students applying to UW-Green Bay's nursing programs and Adult Degree Programs. Additional exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis for special talents and other factors.
For more information about applying to UW-Green Bay, contact the Admissions Office at (920) 465-2111.
(06-151 / 10 July 2006 / SH)
UW-Green Bay paper innovation center now called Paper Industry Resource Center
GREEN BAY - To better reflect the services it provides the paper industry, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's Paper Technology Transfer Center is changing its name to the Paper Industry Resource Center.
The name Paper Industry Resource Center (PIRC) will more accurately describe the center's collaborative role in addressing the needs of the paper industry and related industries, according to David Hollenberg, the center's director.
The new name is effective immediately.
Hollenberg said the name change does not mean a new direction or emphasis for the center. The intention is to provide greater clarity for what the center already is doing, he said.
"We serve as a resource for the paper industry," Hollenberg said. "That's the message we want to get across to the industry, our other partners and the public."
The Paper Industry Resource Center, located in the Regency Center office building, 333 Main St., encourages collaborative innovation within the paper industry and related industries. It works to benefit the state and regional economy by helping keep Wisconsin on the cutting edge of paper technology.
The center, which opened in 2005, stresses collaboration among the paper industry, the UW System, the Wisconsin Technical College System and other public and private sources of technology and innovation. For example, the UW System Solid Waste Research Council recently awarded the center a grant of $29,188 to study the impact of single-stream recycling on the quality of fiber materials going to paper mills.
The Paper Industry Resource Center is conveniently located in downtown Green Bay. More paper manufacturing and converting operations are located within 100 miles of Green Bay than anywhere else in North America.
Congressman Mark Green secured $500,000 from the federal Small Business Administration to start the center and help Wisconsin remain a leader in paper manufacturing.
For more information about UW-Green Bay's Paper Industry Resource Center, visit the center's Web site at www.uwgb.edu/pirc.
(06-150 / 5 July 2006 / SH)