October 2006

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'Steps' walk surpasses
fundraising goal


Focus on strengthening ties with Jordan

Surplus property sales expand to online

Entrepreneur's Connection

Mentoring program leads to scholarship

Details of Oct. 26
congressional debate


Bands concert, Oct. 24

Financial management series

Steps to Make a Difference Walk

Downtown lecture on
2006 fall elections


Cast of 'Black. White.' reality show to speak

Kersten's new book on AFL and its impact

Children, Grief and Resilience conference

Growth of pro football lecture

Wisconsin Naturalists course offered

'Stash' art exhibit

Choral concert
is Oct. 14


Phuture Phoenix Program

Forum for science teachers

'The Voice of the Prairie' opens Oct. 12

'Tres Vidas' at Weidner Center


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'Steps to Make a Difference Walk'
at UW-Green Bay raises $10,900

GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's fourth Steps to Make a Difference Walk surpassed its fundraising goal by raising $10,900 for six nonprofit organizations.

The campus/community event, organized by students in the Public and Nonprofit Management class at UW-Green Bay and the UWGB Student Civics Club, was held on the University's Cofrin Arboretum trail Saturday, Oct. 28. More than 210 walkers, including more than a dozen student and community teams, participated.

Proceeds from the walk will benefit the following nonprofit organizations: the N.E.W. Community Clinic; N.E.W. Community Shelter; Baird Creek Preservation Foundation; Bay Area Humane Society & Animal Shelter; A.L.S. Therapy Development Foundation; and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Wisconsin Chapter.

The event was a response from the UW-Green Bay campus to the "Make a Difference Day" national event in which communities raise money and awareness for local charitable organizations.

Nathan Werley and Mike Seleskie served as student co-directors of the walk. Melissa Merkovich and Carrie Verbruggen are co-directors of the Civics Club.

The fundraising goal for the walk this year was $10,500. Now in its fourth year, the walk has raised more than $34,000 for local and disease-fighting charitable organizations.

"This event would not have been possible without the hard work of students, the efforts of the Civics Club, the participation of many student organizations, and the support of our sponsors," said Prof. Denise Scheberle, who teaches the Public and Nonprofit Management class. "These donations will help make a difference in our community."

Scheberle and Prof. Terri Johnson are faculty sponsors of the UWGB Student Civics Club.

Sponsors of the walk were Schreiber Foods, Inc., the UW-Green Bay Office of Student Life, Sodexho, the UW-Green Bay Student Government Association, Good Times Programming, Student Ambassadors, the UW-Green Bay Public and Environmental Affairs academic program, Big Apple Bagels, Fortune Talent-Partytime DJ, Aderholdt Electric, and the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity.

(06-199 / 31 October 2006 / SH)

UW-Green Bay works to strengthen ties
with Jordan

GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is building on its successful "Journey to Jordan" Institute by pursuing collaborative opportunities for strengthening the relationship between the University and contacts in Jordan.

This week, UW-Green Bay will host Dr. Eid Dirani, vice president for Humanities, Social Faculties and Community Service at the University of Jordan. Dirani will meet with UW-Green Bay leaders and faculty Thursday and Friday (Nov. 2-3) to discuss options for a growing partnership.

Dirani was a primary contact and supporter from the University of Jordan for the "Journey to Jordan" Institute this summer. He previously was a social studies teacher and high school principal in Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas public schools for 10 years.

UW-Green Bay received a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State to fund "Journey to Jordan," which provided a unique language and cultural opportunity for American high school students.

Fourteen students traveled to Jordan for cross-cultural learning activities and intensive Arabic language study. The Institute also included service-learning projects and a four-week home stay with a host Jordanian family.

Jay Harris, UW-Green Bay international projects coordinator, said the University is developing important ties with contacts in Jordan. These ties could lead to new opportunities for students, faculty and area schools, he said.

"Our efforts can help strengthen valuable relationships at a time when understanding of the Middle East is becoming increasingly important," Harris said.

The American MidEast Leadership Network and Amin Matalqa, the only Jordanian filmmaker admitted to the prestigious American Film Institute, have expressed support for UW-Green Bay's activities.

Representatives of the new North American Jordanian Association will visit UW-Green Bay while Dirani is on the campus.

Potential activities to be discussed during Dirani's visit include teacher exchanges, international business education prospects, visiting scholars, and K-12 school partnerships.

(06-198 / 31 October 2006 / SH)

UW-Green Bay surplus property sales
expand to online service

GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is expanding its efforts to conveniently sell the University's surplus property.

UW-Green Bay will list major surplus items for sale through the Wisconsin Surplus Online Auction at http://wisconsinsurplus.com. All items listed on the Web site are considered surplus or excess to the ongoing daily needs of state of Wisconsin departments and agencies.

Until now, UW-Green Bay has held surplus sales on campus for items such as computers, office furniture and other equipment.

Unique items such as surplus Army jeeps, Cushman workhorses, and trailers also have been listed for sale to the public. Another item that has been listed is cedar siding from the Lambeau Cottage, which is located on the UW-Green Bay campus. The cottage was built by legendary Green Bay Packers founder and coach Curly Lambeau.

The sale of surplus property provides much-needed revenue for the state of Wisconsin.

In addition to using the online auction service, UW-Green Bay will continue to hold occasional on-campus sales of the University's surplus property. Announcements of the sales including dates, times, locations and items for sale will be made online at http://www.uwgb.edu/purchasing/storesSurplus/surplusForSale.htm.

(06-197 / 30 October 2006 / SH)

Green Bay Area Entrepreneur's Connection set for February

GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Area Entrepreneur's Connection has been re-scheduled to Feb. 15, 2007 from Nov. 1, 2006. The date change provides an opportunity to include additional speakers and partners and to avoid conflict with other statewide conferences focused on assisting entrepreneurs.

The Entrepreneur's Connection conference, now in its third year, will take place Feb. 15 at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay. It will run from 1:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Dave Anderson, founder of the Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que franchise, will be the keynote speaker. Anderson overcame personal hardship and bankruptcy before achieving his business success. He has helped create three publicly traded companies.

The conference also will include an "Elevator Pitch Contest," one of the latest business crazes. Business people will pitch their ideas to a panel of experts. The contest is called an "Elevator Pitch" because it is to be delivered in the time span of an elevator ride.

The Entrepreneur's Connection will provide important access to resources and information about launching or expanding a business. Entrepreneurs will be able to meet with experts and gain needed resources that can help their businesses succeed.

The conference was first held in 2004 after Inc. magazine identified Green Bay as the No. 1 medium-sized city in America for doing business.

For more information about the Entrepreneur's Connection, including attendance, sponsorship or booth information, contact Christina Trombley, director of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Small Business Development Center, by phone at (920) 496-2117 or by e-mail at tromblec@uwgb.edu.

(06-196 / 26 October 2006 / SH)

Mentoring program leads to scholarship
for UW-Green Bay student

GREEN BAY - Kimberly Apel is an exceptional student and volunteer extraordinaire. And, this month, she's a recipient of a major scholarship.

Apel, a senior communication major at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, received a $5,000 scholarship made possible through UW-Green Bay alumna Candy (Neville) Walton and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation TEMPO Scholarship Fund.

TEMPO is a professional and international network for women in business. Its annual award program recognizes outstanding mentors, like Walton, who received the 2005 Milwaukee Chapter Distinguished Service Award. In addition to receiving recognition from their peers, mentor award recipients present a scholarship to the Wisconsin college or university of their choice.

Walton, a 1972 graduate of UW-Green Bay, selected her alma mater to receive the scholarship. Like Apel, Walton was a communication major, and is the director of planned giving and major gifts for the American Red Cross, Milwaukee (now the American Red Cross in Southeastern Wisconsin).

"The scholarship is the best part about this whole honor and probably the main reason I accepted the award. I much prefer to be behind the scenes," Walton said. "It is a special opportunity to be able to give the gift of a scholarship to a woman at my alma mater, on my behalf, to help her achieve her professional goals."

Walton said the award is in recognition of mentoring women, but also of personal achievement and community leadership.

"I was fortunate to have one of the best, my forever friend and ultimate mentor, my mom, Beckie Neville," Walton said. "She was really my first 'leader by example.' She encouraged me to do my best, make a difference in whatever I was involved in, and taught me that from generation to generation, one mentor passes the torch to another."

Apel, a Grafton native, received word of the recognition Oct. 15. She is focusing her area of study on electronic media with minors in Spanish and Information Sciences. She is an active member of Circle K International, an organization focusing on service, leadership and fellowship; she is co-president of Phi Eta Sigma honor society and member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society; and she plays trumpet in the University's pep band.

"The scholarship means a lot to me," Apel said. "I have worked extremely hard to succeed at everything I do in life - especially in academics, jobs, and leadership activities. The scholarship proved to me that all of my hard work has paid off."

Apel's community service is notable, having served as coordinator of special events and a general volunteer with the Brown County PALS Program, a human services organization pairing adult role models with kids in need. She also is a three-year volunteer with the Memory Walk at the N.E.W Zoo, and is a member of Comfort Quilts, an organization that makes quilts for hospitalized children.

"Kimberly's academic performance is outstanding, and she is a true leader in community service and activities," says Prof. Tim Meyer, chair of UW-Green Bay's communication program. "We are fortunate to have her as one of our majors."

Apel, daughter of Nancy and Michael Apel of Grafton, hopes to begin a career in advertising or television broadcasting following graduation in May 2007.

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation includes more than 900 charitable funds, each created by donors to serve the local charitable causes of their choice. Grants from these funds serve people throughout Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington Counties. Originating in 1915, the Foundation is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the United States.

(06-194 / 23 October 2006 / SH)

Details announced for Oct. 26
congressional debate at UW-Green Bay

GREEN BAY - The Republican and Democratic candidates for the 8th Congressional District seat will respond to questions from a panel of state and local journalists in a debate Thursday, Oct. 26 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The candidates, Republican John Gard and Democrat Steve Kagen, will debate 12 days prior to the Nov. 7 congressional election. The one-hour debate begins at 7 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms of UW-Green Bay's University Union. The event is free and open to the public.

Kagen and Gard, winners of their party primaries Sept. 12, are competing for the 8th Congressional District seat being vacated by Congressman Mark Green, who is running for Wisconsin governor.

The media panel for the Oct. 26 debate includes WisPolitics.com president Jeff Mayers; Tony Walter, assistant opinion editor of the Green Bay Press-Gazette; Wisconsin Public Radio reporter Patty Murray; and Hannah Johnson, editor in chief of the Fourth Estate, the UW-Green Bay student newspaper.

UW-Green Bay political scientist Terri Johnson will serve as moderator.

Sponsors of the debate are the UW-Green Bay College Democrats and Republicans student organizations, Project VOTE of Brown County and WisPolitics.com, which will tape the debate for later Webcast at http://www.wispolitics.com/.

(06-193 / 19 October 2006 / SH)

UW-Green Bay bands to perform Oct. 24

GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will perform their first concert of the 2006-07 season Tuesday (Oct. 24) at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Weidner Center's Cofrin Family Hall, will feature music by diverse composers, works of varied styles, and pieces that evoke Irish jigs, fast cars, and thunderstorms.

Ninety-five musicians perform in the two groups directed by UW-Green Bay Director of Bands Kevin Collins.

The 50-member Symphonic Band will open the concert with Jennifer Higdon's "Rhythm Stand" a light and lively exploration of rhythmic figures, "Smash the Windows," brief, minimalist-infused work by Robert Xavier Rodriguez that incorporates an Irish jig over a fast-moving undercurrent, and Timothy Mahr's lushly scored "A View from the Mountaintop." The Symphonic Band will conclude with a transcription of the orchestral favorite "Bacchanale" from the opera "Samson et Dalila" by Camille Saint-Saens.

The 45-member Wind Symphony will begin with "Ride," a musical depiction of a quick and wild ride through the countryside in a very fast car, by Samuel Hazo. They also will perform Eric Whitacre's evocation of a majestic thunderstorm, "Cloudburst," and Warren Benson's "Solitary Dancer," which seeks to portray the quiet intensity of a dancer in repose. The concert will conclude with Percy Grainger's "Lads of Wamphray" march.

Collins has been a member of the UW-Green Bay faculty since 1988 and was appointed director of bands in 1995. In the summer, Collins directs the UW-Green Bay Middle and High School Band, Choral and Orchestra Camps.

Collins also teaches conducting, applied trombone, euphonium and tuba, and supervises student teachers. He is a frequent guest conductor, speaker, clinician and adjudicator, and has conducted honors bands throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest.

Tickets for the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band concert are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased in advance through UW-Green Bay's University Ticketing Service by calling (920) 465-2217 or (800) 328-8587 or by ordering online at http://www.uwgb.edu/tickets/. Tickets also may be purchased at the University Ticketing and Information Center in UW-Green Bay's University Union.

Regular box office services will be available prior to the performance at the Weidner Center.

(06-192 / 19 October 2006 / SH)

Financial management series for
small businesses starts Oct. 25

GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Small Business Development Center is offering a four-part financial management series for small businesses.

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 25 and continuing each Wednesday through Nov. 15, the center will offer courses on financial management issues. Each session is from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Business Assistance Center, 2701 Larsen Road, Green Bay.

The first session will help participants understand what accounting is and how financial statements are constructed. The class will cover what to expect from accountants and how to ask the right questions to get meaningful answers.

Larry Franke, who has taught accounting skills to hundreds of small-business managers over the past 20 years, will teach the course.

The cost of the financial management sessions is $89 per course or $295 for the entire four-part series.

Online registration is available at www.uwgb.edu/sbdc. To register by phone or for more information, call (920) 496-2114.

(06-191 / 18 October 2006 / SH)

Walk to benefit nonprofit groups is Oct. 28
at UW-Green Bay

GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's fourth Steps to Make a Difference Walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 28 in the University's Cofrin Arboretum.

The walk, organized by students in the Public and Nonprofit Management class at UW-Green Bay, aims to raise $10,500 to benefit six nonprofit organizations: the N.E.W. Community Clinic; N.E.W. Community Shelter, Bay Area Humane Society & Animal Shelter, A.L.S. Therapy Development Foundation, Baird Creek Preservation Foundation, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Wisconsin Chapter.

Walkers can register in the Nicolet Room of UW-Green Bay's University Union starting at 9:30 a.m. The walk begins on the Arboretum trail at 10 a.m. Participants can walk the entire 4.1-mile trail, or take a 2-mile walk.

More than a dozen student organizations and teams are planning to participate in the Steps to Make a Difference Walk, a campus response to the National Make a Difference Day.

Supporting the walk are the UW-Green Bay Office of Student Life, Sodexho, UW-Green Bay Civics Club, Good Times Programming, Residence Hall Apartment Association, UW-Green Bay Public and Environmental Affairs academic program, Big Apple Bagels, the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, the Student Government Association, and the Public and Nonprofit Management students.

Schreiber Foods, Inc., a nationwide food distributor with corporate headquarters in Green Bay, has donated a matching grant of $2,000.

Nonprofit organizations will staff information booths so walkers can learn more about the organizations' work.

For more information about the Steps to Make a Difference Walk, contact Denise Scheberle, professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, by phone at (920) 465-2198 or by e-mail at scheberd@uwgb.edu.

(06-190 / 18 October 2006 / SH)

UW-Green Bay political scientist
to talk on 2006 fall elections

GREEN BAY - A University of Wisconsin-Green Bay political scientist will kick off a new downtown lecture series Thursday, Oct. 19 when he shares his insights on the 2006 fall elections.

Scott Furlong, professor of Political Science and chair of the Public and Environmental Affairs academic unit at UW-Green Bay, will give a presentation on "The Political Winds are a-Changin'...Or Perhaps Not."

His talk is from 11:15 to 11:55 a.m. at the Baylake Bank Learning Center in the Baylake Bank City Center. The center is located at 301 N. Adams St. in downtown Green Bay. The talk is free and open to the public.

Registration in advance is required due to space limitations. To register, contact Bob Skorczewski at UW-Green Bay by phone at (920) 465-2320 or by e-mail at skorczeb@uwgb.edu.

Furlong's lecture is the first of the "Downtown Third Thursdays" series, which will provide an opportunity for the community to take part in lifelong learning and learn more about Green Bay's University of Wisconsin. The series also will enhance the city's downtown and strengthen connections between UW-Green Bay and the community.

Furlong will discuss why it is so difficult to get change in Congress, what we might expect in the November elections, and the consequences for the remainder of President Bush's second term.

Furlong has been teaching courses in American government and public policy for 14 years. He has published extensively in the area of regulatory policy and rulemaking. He also is a frequent news media commentator on local, state and national politics and elections.

The second edition of his book "Public Policy: Politics, Analysis and Alternatives," co-authored with UW-Green Bay political scientist Michael Kraft, was published in July.

The "Downtown Third Thursdays" series is sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor at UW-Green Bay, the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association, Downtown Green Bay, Inc., Olde Main Street, Inc., and On Broadway, Inc. in collaboration with the UW-Green Bay Division of Outreach and Adult Access.

More information about the series is available online at http://www.uwgb.edu/downtown/.

(06-188 / 11 October 2006 / SH)

Cast members of 'Black. White.'
reality show to talk at UW-Green Bay

GREEN BAY - Renee Sparks and Carmen Wurgel from the cast of the FX network reality television show "Black. White." will share their experiences from the show Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Sparks and Wurgel, the moms on "Black. White.," will discuss the show and answer questions at 7:30 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms of UW-Green Bay's University Union. The event is free and open to the public.

The provocative "Black. White." featured two families the African American Sparkses from Georgia and the white Wurgels from California who experienced living in each other's shoes through elaborate race-changing make-up, dialect coaching, and other behavioral adjustments.

The families' experiences provided them with unexpected insights and eye-opening lessons about cultural differences.

The "Black. White." presentation is part of the "Human Mosaic" series of diversity programs at UW-Green Bay for the 2006-07 academic year.

The event is sponsored by the Campus Life Diversity Programming Task Force, Good Times Programming, and the Office of Student Life. Additional support is from a grant from the UW System Institute on Race and Ethnicity.

(06-188 / 11 October 2006 / SH)

Kersten's new book on AFL re-examines
labor organization's impact

GREEN BAY - A new book by University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Prof. Andrew Kersten challenges readers to reconsider the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and its influence on 20th century history.

Labor's Home Front: The American Federation of Labor during World War II, released this month by New York University Press, examines the AFL's contributions to wartime labor relations, its opposition to the "open shop" movement, its divided support for fair employment and equity for women and African American workers, its battles with the Congress of Industrial Unions (CIO), and its attempts to refashion American society after the war.

Kersten argues throughout the book that despite its conservative nature, the AFL was dramatically transformed during World War II, becoming a more powerful force that pushed for liberal change.

One reviewer described Kersten's book as a "richly documented account" that puts the AFL at the center of wartime labor relations and domestic history. Another wrote that the book poignantly conveys a spirit of sacrifice without romanticizing its subjects.

One of the oldest and largest labor organizations in the United States, the AFL had 4 million members in more than 20,000 union locals during World War II, a time that was pivotal in the history of American labor.

"I hope readers of this book will come away with a fresh understanding of the vital importance that union workers especially those in the AFL played during the Second World War as well as a sense of urgency to reclaim that past and finish the work begun by organized labor during the 1940s," Kersten said.

Kersten, associate professor and chair of Social Change and Development at UW-Green Bay, is the author of two previous books: Race, Jobs, and the War: The FEPC in the Midwest and Politics and Progress: The American State and Society since the Civil War.

He also wrote the successful proposal to create the Northeastern Wisconsin Teaching American History Program, a program he directed to improve teaching, learning and student achievement in history. In 2002, the U.S. Department of Education awarded a grant of $822,000 to establish the program.

Kersten joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1997 after earning master's and Ph.D. degrees in American history at the University of Cincinnati. He earned his bachelor's degree at UW-Madison.

(06-187 / 11 October 2006 / SH)

UW-Green Bay conference to focus on
building children's resilience

GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host a conference Friday, Nov. 10 to help professionals build resilience in children to deal with a world of violence, bullying and victimization.

"Children, Grief and Resilience: Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Grief in Today's World" will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the University Union at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

The conference keynote speaker will be Linda Goldman, a nationally known author and grief therapist from Chevy Chase, Md. Goldman was part of the response team for TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for the Military, after the Sept. 11, 2001 attack.

Goldman has worked as a teacher and counselor in the Baltimore County School System for nearly 20 years and has taught as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University Graduate School and the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

She is the author of several books including "Life and Loss: A Guide to Help Grieving Children," "Breaking the Silence: A Guide to Help Children with Complicated Grief - Suicide, Homicide, AIDS, Violence and Abuse" and "Raising Our Children to Be Resilient: A Guide to Help Children Cope with Trauma in Today's World."

The workshop will provide participants with insight into helping children draw on their inner resiliency to better cope and grow through grief, loss and trauma. It will provide clinical techniques, approaches and strategies of intervention to assist grieving and traumatized children.

The subject is especially timely in light of recent school shootings across the state and country and the averted violence at Green Bay East High School.

The cost of the program is $85, which covers handouts, refreshments, lunch, parking and continuing education unit certificate.

Social workers, professional counselors and funeral directors can earn continuing education credits by attending the conference.

"Children, Grief and Resilience" is sponsored by The Northeast Wisconsin Alliance for Social Worker Continuing Education (a partnership of the UW-Green Bay and UW-Oshkosh Social Work and Outreach programs) and the UW-Green Bay Institute on Dying, Death and Bereavement.

For information about registering for the Nov. 10 conference, call (920) 465-2642 or (800) 892-2118 or go online at http://www.uwgb.edu/outreach/profed/.

(06-186 / 10 October 2006 / SH)

Author to speak at UW-Green Bay
on growth of pro football

GREEN BAY - An expert on the growth of the National Football League and the Green Bay Packers will speak on "How Did Pro Football Become So Big?" on Monday (Oct. 16) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The speaker is Craig Coenen, a 1992 UW-Green Bay graduate who is now an assistant professor of history at Mercer County Community College, Trenton, N.J.

Coenen's presentation, part of the Historical Perspectives Lecture Series sponsored by the Center for History and Social Change at UW-Green Bay, is at 2 p.m. in the Christie Theater. The theater is located in UW-Green Bay's University Union. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Coenen is the author of "From Sandlots to the Super Bowl: The National Football League, 1920-1967." The tentative title of his next book project is "Hail Mary to the Chief: The Presidency, Football, and the American Character."

Coenen completed his Ph.D. in American History at Lehigh University. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on social, cultural, and economic analysis of the changing relationship between communities and their professional football teams.

He majored in history at UW-Green Bay and completed a minor in social change and development.

The Historical Perspectives Lecture Series brings prominent visiting scholars in the humanities and social sciences to UW-Green Bay to stimulate conversation and debate on campus.

(06-185 / 10 October 2006 / SH)

Cofrin Center for Biodiversity offers
course for Wisconsin Naturalists

GREEN BAY - The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is offering an introductory course for community members interested in becoming Wisconsin Naturalists.

Classes will be held eight Thursday nights starting Oct. 19. Classes will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 139 of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

The Wisconsin Naturalists Program is dedicated to conserving, preserving and restoring natural resources by promoting ecological education. Wisconsin Naturalists are community members interested in receiving training in wildlife and natural resources.

The program was started to fill the needs of area partners for well-trained volunteers as well to respond to the desire of community members to learn more about the natural history of Northeastern Wisconsin.

Partners include the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, Wild Ones, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Green Bay Botanical Gardens, Northeast Wisconsin's Master Naturalists, and the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

Courses are taught by university professors and agency professionals and are customized to focus on the native ecosystems of the area. In addition to the basic course, the program offers advanced training, including plant and animal identification, invasive species control, restoration ecology, aquatic ecology, regional geology, and field trips.

Volunteers take the introductory course and then complete 25 hours of volunteer projects related to natural history. Each year, volunteers are expected to complete 25 additional hours of volunteer work and eight hours of advanced training courses.

Naturalist volunteers work with local schools, nature centers, arboretums, museums, botanical gardens and land trusts, and on scientific and agency research projects.

The cost of the introductory course is $75. The class will be limited to 18 participants.

For more information, contact Vicki Medland by phone at (920) 465-2342 or by e-mail at medlandv@uwgb.edu. More information and registration materials also are available online at http://www.uwgb.edu/biodiversity/WInaturalist/.

(06-184 / 9 October 2006 / SH)

'Stash' art exhibition opens at gallery

GREEN BAY - "Stash," an exhibition of three-dimensional works by Chicago-based artists Marc Fischer and Nance Klehm, opens Thursday (Oct. 12) in the Lawton Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

"Stash" consists of 10 hand-made objects whose forms mimic or draw influence from common outdoor urban elements the artists have observed in the Chicago landscape.

The Lawton Gallery exhibition opens Thursday with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The artists will give a gallery talk at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The gallery is located in Theatre Hall Room 230 at UW-Green Bay.

After their display at the Lawton, the artworks will be surreptitiously scattered in public spaces throughout Chicago. Their use, removal or destruction will be determined by passersby, neighbors, city workers and others who encounter the objects.

According to the artists, "Stash" is an attempt to bridge interests in archives, collections, time capsules, archeology, hiding places and methodologies for recovering hidden things. Reasons to stash range from attempting to avoid getting caught with something, something done ritually, or playfully stashing something that you might want someone else to find, the artists said.

Some of the objects are convincing copies of forms found in the urban landscape. Others are convincing from a distance, but their similarity to the forms they mimic will evaporate upon closer inspection.

Among the items contained in the objects are a sleeping bag and pillow, an overnight kit and various tools and supplies, and a tower of canned goods with an opener and the utensils to eat them.

"Stash" will be on display at the Lawton Gallery through Thursday, Nov. 2. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. More information about the gallery is online at http://www.uwgb.edu/lawton/.

(06-183 / 9 October 2006 / SH)

UW-Green Bay choral concert to feature
music spanning five centuries

GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Concert Choir and Phoenix Chorale will perform in concert Saturday (Oct. 14) at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Weidner Center's Cofrin Family Hall.

UW-Green Bay faculty member Randall Meder conducts the Concert Choir and Phoenix Chorale.

The concert will feature a varied program of choral music spanning the past five centuries. It will include works by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Robert Fountain and Moses Hogan.

The UW-Green Bay Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Chris Salerno, will be special guest performers.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased in advance through UW-Green Bay's University Ticketing Service by calling (920) 465-2217 or (800) 328-8587 or by ordering online at http://www.uwgb.edu/tickets/. Tickets also may be purchased at the University Ticketing and Information Center in UW-Green Bay's University Union.

Regular box office services will be available at the Weidner Center prior to the performance.

(06-182 / 9 October 2006 / SH)

Expanded Phuture Phoenix Program
to host 1,500 fifth-graders

GREEN BAY - Nearly 1,500 fifth-graders will visit the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus Tuesday, Oct. 10 and Thursday, Oct. 12 as part of UW-Green Bay's expanded Phuture Phoenix Program.

Students from 11 Green Bay elementary schools and eight other school districts will visit classrooms, residence halls, the Cofrin Library and other parts of campus. They also will connect with UW-Green Bay student mentors.

School districts new to the Phuture Phoenix Program this year are Bonduel, Bowler, Oconto, Oneida Nation, Sturgeon Bay and Suring. They join schools from the Green Bay, Shawano-Gresham and West De Pere school districts, which previously have been involved in the program.

Phuture Phoenix targets schools with a high percentage of students from low-income families and encourages students to graduate from high school and pursue a college education. The number of students participating in the program has nearly tripled since it started in 2003.

Phuture Phoenix director Cyndie Shepard said growth of the program is possible because of strong support on campus and throughout the region.

"This is a valuable program and a lot of fun for everyone involved," Shepard said. "Working together, we're encouraging youngsters to have big dreams and providing opportunities for them to achieve their dreams."

She also said she is pleased that the program is able to serve more students from a wider geographic area this year.

About 1,000 Phuture Phoenix students will be on the UW-Green Bay campus from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 10. Nearly 500 will visit the campus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 12.

Phuture Phoenix has received numerous statewide accolades. In May, Gov. Jim Doyle told the UW System Board of Regents that Phuture Phoenix is a model for the Wisconsin Covenant, a plan to increase access to a UW education.

In 2004, Phuture Phoenix was awarded the state's first Ann Lydecker Award for Education, which recognizes innovative practices for diversity. The award from the Office of State Employment Relations and State Council on Affirmative Action is named for the late chancellor of UW-River Falls, who was a leader on diversity issues.

(06-181 / 5 October 2006 / SH)

UW-Green Bay forum for science teachers explores lab safety

GREEN BAY - Science teachers in grades K-12 will learn how to teach science safely at a presentation Monday, Oct. 16 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Pat Schlinder of The Flinn Scientific, Inc. and The Scope Shoppe, Inc. will present the Flinn Scientific Safety Seminar for the Student Laboratory.

Schlinder will review and discuss teacher negligence and liability, incorporating state safety guidelines, mandates and laws. An overview of "The Perfect Student Laboratory" will be presented with discussion and demonstrations of protective safety aids all student laboratories should have on hand.

The presentation is in the Phoenix Rooms of the UW-Green Bay University Union. Doors open at 4 p.m. for refreshments, and the presentation is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The program is sponsored by the Northeastern Wisconsin (NEW) Science Forum at UW-Green Bay with funding also provided by the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers.

The program is free of charge, but pre-registration is recommended. To register or for more information, contact Scott Ashmann, NEW Science Forum coordinator, by phone at (920) 465-2052 or by e-mail at ashmanns@uwgb.edu.

Registrants are asked to provide their name, name of school and school district, daytime telephone number and e-mail address.

(06-180 / 4 October 2006 / SH)

'The Voice of the Prairie' opens Oct. 12
at UW-Green Bay

GREEN BAY - University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theater will present "The Voice of the Prairie" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 12-14 and Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 18-21.

John Mariano will direct the play in the Jean Weidner Theatre of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Written by John Olive, "The Voice of the Prairie" kicks off the 2006-07 season for UW-Green Bay Theater. It's a "nice fit" for the more intimate Jean Weidner Theatre, according to Mariano.

"It's very much about the art of storytelling and how we can sort of define our lives through storytelling," Mariano said.

"The Voice of the Prairie" tells the story of an early radio entrepreneur who discovers and celebrates a local storyteller whose tales include one about his travels with a blind runaway girl.

Mariano said the play is set at a time when radio broadcasting was in its infancy.

"It's an example of the very first time you could tell a story to the whole country at once," he said.

The play has a cast of seven, with numerous actors playing multiple roles. The cast includes Lauren MacDonald as Frankie, Zach McLain as Leon Schwab, Chris Olson as David Quinn and Poppy, Jillian Nelson as Frances, Kelly Pfeifer as Susie and other characters, Doug Heiar as James and others, and Ryan Penneau as Davie.

Donna Larsen is stage manager, Paul Heim and Andrew Cimpl are assistant stage managers, Ivan Jones is master electrician, and John Mrovka is lighting designer.

In addition to Mariano, UW-Green Bay faculty members involved in the production are Jeffrey Entwistle, scenic designer, Kaiome Malloy, costume designer, and Michael Ingraham, sound designer.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door for adults and $12 in advance and $15 at the door for seniors and students. Tickets for UW-Green Bay students with identification are $10.

Tickets may be purchased through UW-Green Bay's University Ticketing Service by calling (920) 465-2217 or (800) 328-8587 or by ordering online at http://www.uwgb.edu/tickets/.

(06-179 / 4 October 2006 / SH)

Chamber music theatre work 'Tres Vidas'
at Weidner Center on Oct. 10

GREEN BAY - The award-winning Core Ensemble along with featured actress Georgina Corbo will perform the new chamber music theater work Tres Vidas Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. in the Weidner Center's Fort Howard Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Tres Vidas celebrates the life, times and work of three significant Latin and South American women: painter Frida Kahlo of Mexico, peasant activist Rufina Amaya of El Salvador and poet Alfonsina Storni of Argentina.

Storylines include Kahlo's dramatic and passionate relationship with painter Diego Rivera, Amaya's survival of the massacre at El Mozote and Storni's lifelong challenges as Argentina's first great feminist poet. Tres Vidas presents dramatic situations timeless in their emotional appeal and connection to audiences across all gender and ethnic spectrums.

From a script written by Chilean poet/writer Marjorie Agosin, Corbo offers powerful portrayals of each woman and includes the singing of traditional Mexican folk songs as well as Argentinian popular and tango songs made famous by Mercedes Sosa and Carlos Gardel.

Additional music by Astor Piazzolla, Orlando Garcia, Pablo Ortiz, Alice Gomez, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Michael DeMurga and Osvaldo Golijov round out the musical score.

The Core Ensemble includes Tahirah Whittington, cello, Hugh Hinton, piano, and Michael Parola, percussion.

Since its inception in 1993, the Core Ensemble has toured to every region of the United States and to England, Russia, the Ukraine, Australia and the British Virgin Islands. The ensemble received the 2000 Eugene McDermott Award for Excellence in the Arts awarded by the Massachusetts Institute for Technology.

A native of Cuba, Corbo is a graduate of the acting program at the State University of New York-Purchase College. Her television appearances include Law & Order and New York Undercover. Her film work includes It's Always Something. She has appeared onstage in several on/off Broadway productions as well as at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and at the Russian International Theatre Festival in St. Petersburg.

The Tres Vidas performance at the Weidner Center is sponsored by the Organizacion Latino Americana student organization and the UW-Green Bay Office of Student Life and American Intercultural Center. For more information, contact Diana Borrero-Lowe at (920) 465-2021.

(06-178 / 2 October 2006 / SH)


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