July 2007

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Xiong was 'dynamic' student and leader

Stem cell research event

Public form on revised mission statement

United Way award to Phuture Phoenix

Institute for High School Psychology Teachers

Adult Degree
scholarships awarded


BAS degree open house

Prof. Donna Ritch appointed associate dean

Shepard on proposed Assembly budget

Grant to study Freshman Seminar program


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UW-Green Bay chancellor: Xiong was
'dynamic' student and leader

GREEN BAY - On behalf of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Chancellor Bruce Shepard today (Friday, July 27) offered sympathy and support for the family and friends of Mahalia Xiong.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Mahalia," Shepard said. "Our sympathy goes out to her family and friends. She was a vibrant, well-liked and respected member of the UW-Green Bay community. She was a dynamic student and leader. Mahalia's loss will be felt by students, faculty and staff across our campus."

Authorities announced today that they have positively identified a body recovered from the Fox River on Thursday as Xiong. She had been missing since July 13.

Xiong was a senior at UW-Green Bay and president of the Southeast Asian Student Union at the University.

Sue Keihn, UW-Green Bay associate provost for student affairs and dean of students, said counseling services are available through the University's Counseling and Health Center for members of the campus community affected by the news relating to Xiong. The Center can be contacted at 465-2380 Monday through Friday.

The UW-Green Bay American Intercultural Center on the Plaza Level of the Cofrin Library also is open to any students wishing to talk about Xiong and share their thoughts and memories, Keihn said.

UW-Green Bay is planning a campus event to honor Xiong's memory. Details will be announced soon.

(07-128 / 27 July 2007 / SH)

Event to focus on economic benefits of
medical, stem cell research

GREEN BAY - Presentations and discussion on the therapeutic and economic development potential of stem cell research are open to business and community leaders Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Business Assistance Center, 2701 Larsen Road.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Small Business Development Center and Advance, the economic development arm of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, will host representatives from Wisconsin Edge, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and WiSys Inc. at the event.

Wisconsin Edge will present on its unique work with stem cell research and the potential effects of the research on the regional economy. WARF and WiSys will provide presentations on their success in identifying innovation and bringing it to the marketplace.

The event, which starts at 1:30 p.m., will include a discussion about the possibilities of economic growth in Northeastern Wisconsin through scientific research and discovery.

There is no cost for attending the event, but registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Barb Fleisner, vice president of economic development for the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, by phone at 496-2113 or by e-mail at bfleisner@titletown.org or Cindy Gokey, economic development coordinator for the Chamber, by e-mail at cgokey@titletown.org.

(07-127 / 24 July 2007 / SH)

Public forum on
revised mission statement

GREEN BAY - Community members are invited to ask questions and provide feedback regarding a revised Select Mission Statement for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The University will hold a public forum on the proposal from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday (July 25) in Room 250 of Rose Hall on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

The public also can comment and react to the proposed statement by sending an e-mail to UW-Green Bay Associate Provost Timothy Sewall at sewallt@uwgb.edu or by going online at www.uwgb.edu/hlcselfstudy2007/mission.html.

Following extensive campus discussion and review, UW-Green Bay is seeking Board of Regents approval of the first revision to the University's Select Mission Statement since 1988. The revised statement affirms a commitment to core values that date to the University's founding while also responding to the needs of a dynamic region.

The proposal states: "The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay provides an interdisciplinary, problem-focused educational experience that prepares students to think critically and address complex issues in a multicultural and evolving world. The University enriches the quality of life for students and the community by embracing the educational value of diversity, promoting environmental sustainability, encouraging engaged citizenship, and serving as an intellectual, cultural, and economic resource."

The revised Select Mission Statement already has undergone an extensive review by faculty and staff at UW-Green Bay. The UW-Green Bay Faculty Senate approved the statement in April.

UW-Green Bay also operates under complementary mission statements that guide the UW System and the System's four-year institutions that do not grant doctoral degrees.

(07-126 / 20 July 2007 / SH)

Brown County United Way supports
Phuture Phoenix with $16,000 award

GREEN BAY - The Brown County United Way has awarded $16,000 to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's Phuture Phoenix program to support and strengthen the mentoring of middle and high school students involved in the program.

The United Way funding will support the efforts of UW-Green Bay student tutors and mentors at Green Bay East, Green Bay West and Green Bay Preble high schools and Green Bay Edison, Green Bay Franklin, Green Bay Washington, West De Pere and Oneida Nation middle schools.

UW-Green Bay will provide $16,000 in matching funds for assisting the mentoring efforts in the targeted schools.

"We are proud to have the United Way's support for Phuture Phoenix," said Phuture Phoenix Director Cyndie Shepard. "This funding will help connect youngsters to UW-Green Bay student mentors in a very positive way."

Phuture Phoenix encourages at-risk students to graduate from high school and pursue a college education. The program targets schools with high percentages of students from low-income families.

Students involved in the program visit the UW-Green Bay campus when they are in fifth grade and continue to work with student mentors from the University as they move through middle and high school toward graduation.

Activities supported by the funding are expected to result in a significant decrease in absences, an increase in grade-point average, and greater focus on graduation goals for students involved in the Phuture Phoenix program.

The United Way funding is the latest example of recognition for the success of the Phuture Phoenix program. Gov. Jim Doyle has cited Phuture Phoenix as a model for the Wisconsin Covenant, a plan to increase access to a UW education. In 2004, the program was awarded the state's first Ann Lydecker Award for Education, which recognizes innovative practices for diversity.

(07-125 / 19 July 2007 / SH)

UW-Green Bay to host national institute
for psychology teachers

GREEN BAY - Thirty-six high school psychology teachers from across the country will be on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus July 23-27 for an opportunity to enhance the teaching of psychology nationwide.

UW-Green Bay, the American Psychological Association and the Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools are sponsoring the five-day Institute for High School Psychology Teachers on Biopsychology.

Experts and master teachers in the field of biopsychology will speak at the institute. In addition, teachers will work together to update lesson plans for high school psychology teachers.

Biopsychology relates to the biological basis of behavior. It examines how the brain and nervous system influence behavior as well as the different biological processes that drive behavior.

Regan A.R. Gurung, UW-Green Bay associate professor of human development and psychology, said it is an honor for UW-Green Bay to host the institute.

"Having the largest national organization for psychology come to campus provides UW-Green Bay with valuable visibility around the state and nation as high school teachers all over the country will be getting the proceedings of the institute and using materials from it," he said.

Gurung, who is serving as coordinating director of the institute, said the event will connect UW-Green Bay's highly regarded psychology program with the national organization.

Five members of the UW-Green Bay human development and psychology faculty will be among the institute's speakers. The faculty members and their topics are: Gurung, "Advances in stress and coping (and why women do it better)"; Dean VonDras, "Aging: promoting awareness and advocacy"; Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges, "What environmental psychology can add to your psychology course"; Dennis Lorenz, "Fetal Alcohol Syndrome persists"; and Kristin Vespia, "What can I do with a psychology major? Practical career information for high school students."

Four UW-Green Bay students will help coordinate the institute. They are Amanda Jeske, Crystal Jushka, Lotte Rasmussen and Ashley Marsh.

Enrollment in high school psychology courses has grown substantially in recent years. The College Board reports than nearly 102,000 student took the Advanced Placement psychology exam in 2006. That compares with 4,000 students who took the exam in 1992, the first year it was given.

(07-124 / 19 July 2007 / SH)

Adult Degree scholarships awarded
to four UW-Green Bay students

GREEN BAY - Four students in the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Adult Degree Program have been awarded scholarships for the 2007-08 academic year.

The following scholarships, which are applied directly to students' tuition, were awarded to the Adult Degree students:

Elizabeth Eleanor Wyngaard Scholarship: $1,000 to Mary Jo Gregerson, Algoma; $500 to Mary Anne Vogt, Green Bay.

Patricia L. Hoppe Scholarship: $750 to Keri Watermolen, Krakow.

Dr. Katharine Olski Scholarship: $750 to Julie Holt, Phelps.

The Wyngaard and Hoppe scholarships were established in memory of former students in the Adult Degree Program. The Olski scholarship honors a former director of the program.

UW-Green Bay's Adult Degree Program is designed to accommodate returning adult students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to complete a university degree. The program's format features a combination of weekend and Internet courses.

For more information about the Adult Degree Program, call (920) 465-2423 or visit the program's Web site at www.uwgb.edu/adultdegrees.

(07-123 / 18 July 2007 / SH)

New degree program at UW-Green Bay,
UW-Oshkosh to be explained July 17

GREEN BAY - The public is invited to an open house Tuesday (July 17) to learn more about new University of Wisconsin programs aimed at making a bachelor's degree more accessible to technical college graduates.

The innovative Bachelor of Applied Studies degree programs are being implemented at UW-Green Bay and UW-Oshkosh. The programs expand opportunities for individuals to advance their careers and enrich their lives.

The open house will take place in Room 112A of the Bordini Center at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton. It runs from 3:30 to 7 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the UW-Oshkosh Center for New Learning and the UW-Green Bay Adult Degree Program. Representatives from UW-Oshkosh, UW-Green Bay, UW-Fox Valley and Fox Valley Technical College will be in attendance to discuss the programs. An expert on federal financial aid also will attend.

The Bachelor of Applied Studies programs at UW-Green Bay and UW-Oshkosh are the first of their kind in the UW System. The programs will enable students with technical college degrees especially adult learners who have been in the workplace for a number of years to transfer seamlessly into the two universities to continue work toward a bachelor's degree.

More information about the UW-Oshkosh Bachelor of Applied Studies is available online at http://www.uwosh.edu/newlearning/. To learn more about the UW-Green Bay program, go online at http://www.uwgb.edu/adultdegrees/bas/.

(07-122 / 12 July 2007 / SH)

Prof. Donna Ritch is appointed
associate dean at UW-Green Bay

GREEN BAY - Donna Ritch, a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay faculty member since 1989 and chair of the University's Human Biology academic unit, has been named associate dean of liberal arts and sciences.

Ritch has guided the Human Biology unit through extensive growth while also serving UW-Green Bay in numerous other capacities.

In announcing the appointment, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences Scott Furlong said Ritch will be a valuable addition to the dean's office.

"Donna has been willing to take on a variety of issues during her time on campus and has been extremely successful," Furlong said. "Her colleagues have a tremendous amount of respect for her abilities."

Ritch said she is excited about starting her new duties.

"I am happy to have this opportunity and challenge," she said. "I look forward to working with colleagues across the campus."

Ritch, associate professor of Human Biology and Biology, has taught courses in cell biology, anatomy and physiology, and human disease and society. In 1997, her outstanding teaching was recognized when she received the UW-Green Bay Founders Association Award for Excellence in Teaching.

She also has a long list of publications and presentations to academic and scientific conferences and has received numerous National Science Foundation grants.

On the UW-Green Bay campus, Ritch has been faculty adviser for student organizations including the Bioscience Connection, the Pre-Med Club and the Animal Science and Health Club. She has been a science classroom and laboratory instructor for the Regional Center for Math and Science. In addition, Ritch has served since 1999 as UW-Green Bay's faculty athletics representative to the NCAA.

Ritch succeeds Prof. Regan A.R. Gurung as associate dean. Gurung held the position since 2005. The Office of the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences oversees academic programs in humanities, fine and performing arts, natural and applied sciences and social sciences.

(07-121 / 12 July 2007 / SH)

Shepard: Assembly budget hurts
UW-Green Bay, Growth Agenda

GREEN BAY - The 2007-09 state budget proposal the Wisconsin Assembly passed Tuesday would have serious consequences for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a plan to grow its enrollment, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard said today.

"The proposed Assembly budget, as it pertains to Green Bay's University of Wisconsin, is deeply troubling and disappointing," he said in a message to the University's faculty and staff.

Shepard said the University would be hard-pressed to grow its enrollment despite the inclusion in the budget of about $1.1 million for Northeastern Wisconsin's Growth Agenda. That's because UW-Green Bay's share of across-the-board cuts to the UW System budget would total about $2.4 million to $2.8 million over the two-year budget period.

"We simply cannot add students in the face of serious net cuts that will reduce our ability to serve even current numbers of students," Shepard said.

Tuesday night, the Assembly passed its version of the 2007-09 state budget. The budget now goes to a Senate-Assembly conference committee, which will reconcile differences between the Assembly plan and a budget proposal the state Senate approved in June.

The enrollment-growth plan, known as Northeastern Wisconsin's Growth Agenda, was developed in response to needs expressed throughout the region. The Growth Agenda would provide the resources to increase UW-Green Bay's enrollment by about 2,200 students over the next 10 years. It addresses the economic transition taking place in the region and the strong demand for a UW-Green Bay education.

In addition to having a negative impact on the Growth Agenda, the Assembly-backed budget would make it more difficult for UW-Green Bay to compete for quality faculty and staff, Shepard said.

He said the Assembly budget includes, in effect, a pay cut for UW faculty and staff when their pay already lags behind what comparable universities pay. The budget plan would reduce the state's contribution to state employee retirement plans. It also cuts $4 million from a faculty recruitment and retention fund proposed by Gov. Jim Doyle.

"Pay cuts are being proposed at a time when we need pay increases to compete with our peer universities," Shepard said.

Shepard said the Assembly budget provides a much-deserved tuition waiver for veterans but does not provide funding for the waiver. That means the cost of the tuition waiver will be passed on to students through higher tuition and cuts to classes and services, he said.

"Our soldiers did not duck their duty," the chancellor said. "They defended all of us, not just the UW students the Assembly is proposing pay for the veterans' education. We should all proudly pay."

Shepard acknowledged that the budget is a long way from final passage. He said University and community leaders will work diligently to help build a coalition of forward-thinking legislators of both political parties and with Gov. Doyle to pass a final budget that responds to the pressing needs of UW-Green Bay students, the region and state.

(07-120 / 11 July 2007 / SH)

UW-Green Bay to receive funding
for study of freshman program

GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has been awarded a $10,000 grant to study the benefits of expanding an innovative program for first-year students.

The grant from the UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development will support a study of student learning and involvement resulting from extending the Freshman Seminar program, which was first implemented at UW-Green Bay in fall 2006.

In the program's first year, six faculty members each taught a small section, approximately 25 students, of what normally is a 90- to 120-student general education course. In addition, faculty members modified the course design to include more writing assignments, an interdisciplinary group project, and co-curricular activities.

Prof. Regan A.R. Gurung, co-chair of the Freshman Seminar Program Task Force, said the 2006 freshman seminars produced a wide range of positive results, including higher levels of academic challenge and greater interaction with faculty.

"Evidence from the fall 2006 pilot freshman seminars clearly suggests that UW-Green Bay should strive to establish the freshman seminar experience for all incoming freshman," Gurung said. "The seminars engage students by galvanizing the university-faculty-student connection."

This year, UW-Green Bay will extend the number of seminars offered to freshmen to 13 sections. Freshmen also will have opportunities to enroll in interdisciplinary seminars, which will use popular readings and original source material instead of solely introductory textbooks.

The study will examine how participation in the Freshman Seminar Program influences student learning, engagement and attitudes toward college. The primary research question will be: Can an institution significantly improve student engagement by enrolling students in a single freshman seminar?

The study also will investigate a range of issues including which components of the seminars are most effective, how co-curricular activities enhance student involvement, and the level to which faculty development is enhanced.

A complete report of the study will be made available to UW-Green Bay's leadership, all academic units, and student and faculty groups. Presentations on the program and study also will be made at state and national conferences.

(07-119 / 9 July 2007 / SH)


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