March 2007

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Program on maximizing

Irish folk music,
free concert

Shepard finalist for
Western Michigan

Senior art exhibit

Jazz concert, March 27

Applied Studies degree

Union expansion

Student Research Symposium

First-year seminar has positive impact

Astronaut Eileen Collins to speak

Program offered on
managing projects

Downtown lecture,
March 15

SBDC financial management programs

Fourth Annual
Watershed Symposium

Oneida Language Tools Web site

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Small Business Development Center
program looks at maximizing performance

GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Small Business Development Center is offering a one-day program on maximizing performance.

The program, which will run from 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, will provide techniques to help professional staffs be at the top of their games, achieve their goals and run smoothly. Participants will learn how to coach each staff member to be their best, fine-tune goal-setting skills and reduce reoccurring personnel problems.

"Maximizing Performance" will be held at the Business Assistance Center, 2701 Larsen Road, Green Bay.

To register for the program, call (920) 496-9010 or go online at

(07-49 / 30 March 2007 / SH)

Soprano/harpist to perform April 4
at Weidner Center

GREEN BAY - Soprano and harpist Patricia O'Neill will perform a concert of Irish folk music Wednesday (April 4) at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

O'Neill's recital in the Weidner Center's Fort Howard Hall begins at 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

O'Neill is a professor of voice at Louisiana State University, where she teaches applied voice and graduate courses in German, French and Italian Diction.

She has appeared with the Frankfurt Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Berlin Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Midwest, Baton Rouge Opera, Utah Opera, Birmingham Civic Opera, Chicago Symphony, Utah Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

In addition to performances throughout the United States, her travels have taken her to Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Korea and China for recitals and master classes.

What started out as a hobby for O'Neill has become a new facet in her career. She offers a concert of Irish folk songs, accompanying herself on the harp and spicing the program with folk tales and Irish history.

Her performance at UW-Green Bay is sponsored by the American Choral Directors Association Student Organization, the UW-Green Bay Music program, and the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

(07-48 / 30 March 2007 / SH)

Shepard agrees to be finalist for
Western Michigan presidency

GREEN BAY - University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard has agreed to be a finalist for the position of president of Western Michigan University.

Shepard said today he wishes to learn more about the position because, similar to what attracted him to UW-Green Bay, Western Michigan is a strong university ready to move to another level.

"We continue to believe very much in bright futures for UWGB and remain fully excited about being a part of that future," he said in a message to UW-Green Bay faculty and staff. "In Green Bay and through Green Bay's University of Wisconsin, you have demonstrated the undeniable effectiveness of campus and community united toward a common purpose."

He said the attention from other institutions reflects the fact that the accomplishments of the UW-Green Bay community are being recognized well beyond Wisconsin.

Shepard said he and his wife Cyndie will visit the Western Michigan campus in Kalamazoo in mid-April. The president's position is expected to be filled within a few weeks.

Shepard has been chancellor of UW-Green Bay since Nov. 1, 2001. He is the fourth chancellor in the University's history.

He came to UW-Green Bay from Eastern Oregon University, where he served as provost and also was a professor of political science.

(07-47 / 29 March 2007 / SH)

Senior art exhibit opens at Lawton Gallery

GREEN BAY - Eight University of Wisconsin-Green Bay senior art majors will exhibit their work in an exhibition that opens Sunday (April 1) in the Lawton Gallery.

The gallery is located in Theatre Hall Room 230 on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Participating artists are Ashley Bavery, Eric Beining, Kelli Cooke, Casey Early-Krueger, Kathleen Jerlinga, Zebulun Rutter, Erin Siegel, and Johanna Winters. The artists are all UW-Green Bay art majors who will be graduating this year.

The exhibition opens with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Lawton Gallery. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

The exhibition, which continues through April 14, will feature a number of works in different media, including photography, printmaking, painting, and installation art. The students plan and install the exhibition.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call curator Stephen Perkins at (920) 465-2916 or visit the gallery's Web site at

(07-46 / 27 March 2007 / SH)

UW-Green Bay jazz groups and guests
to perform Tuesday

GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Jazz I Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (March 27) in the University Theater located in Theatre Hall on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

John Salerno directs the Jazz Ensemble I, and Chris Salerno directs the Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

The concert also will feature guest performances by the Preble High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Susan McAllister, and the Shawano High School Jazz Band, directed by Chris Kent.

UW-Green Bay's Vocal Jazz Ensemble will open with "Pipoca." Other highlights include "Estate (Summer)," featuring solos by Matt Fayfer, Sarah Robinson, and Tim Kiefer on baritone horn; "Moondance," featuring solos by Jessica Plansky, Ashley Sprangers, and Sarah Robinson; and "And So It Goes," with solos by Ashley Sprangers, Tessa Wegenke, Jacob Ault, Matt Fayfer, Molly LeCaptain, Shannon Kelly, Justin Foth and Dave Bloomstrand.

Jazz I Ensemble will open its portion of the concert with "Big Bruiser," featuring Nick Winkler on trombone and Ryan Farley on saxophone. "Sinfonia No. 3 in D Major" features Matt Boreen on clarinet and Tim Kiefer on euphonium. Other highlights are "Berceuse For Mallory," with Nick Boreen on saxophone and Zack Grusznski on guitar, and "Straight Ahead," featuring Tracy Pachan on bass, Chris Firkus on saxophone, and Ryan Farley on saxophone.

Tickets for the jazz and vocal jazz concert are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens, 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

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

(07-45 / 26 March 2007 / SH)

UW-Green Bay Faculty Senate approves innovative applied studies degree

GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Faculty Senate has approved a proposal designed to make a bachelor's degree from UW-Green Bay more accessible for Northeastern Wisconsin residents with technical college degrees.

The Faculty Senate on Wednesday (March 21) voted to approve the Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) Degree. If approved by the UW System Board of Regents, the degree program will be implemented at UW-Green Bay this fall.

The UW-Green Bay BAS program and a similar program at UW-Oshkosh will be the first of their kind in the UW System.

BAS students will be able to transfer associate degrees from technical colleges into UW-Green Bay as a block of 60 credits. Students then will complete 60 additional credits that satisfy UW-Green Bay general education requirements, requirements for the Interdisciplinary Studies major and all other graduation requirements.

The BAS proposal is being developed at a time when the region is lagging in its percentage of four-year college graduates. If Northeastern Wisconsin were a state, it would rank 49th in the number of citizens who hold bachelor's degrees.

However, the potential market for the BAS degree is large. About 62,000 residents of Northeastern Wisconsin hold associate degrees, and the four technical colleges in the region have produced more than 10,000 associate degree graduates in the last five years. The BAS program will enable these individuals to transfer seamlessly into UW-Green Bay to continue their education.

The program is intended specifically for associate-degree graduates of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Fox Valley Technical College, Moraine Park Technical College and Lakeshore Technical College. However, it also will be open to residents with technical degrees from other institutions or states.

It is expected that the greatest demand for the new degree will be from working adults with technical college associate degrees who have been in the workforce for a number of years and will want to take advantage of alternative progamming formats and time frames offered by UW-Green Bay's Adult Degree Program.

Technical college transfer students applying to UW-Green Bay for the BAS Degree will be subject to the same admissions standards as other transfer students. They will be required to have a minimum 2.5 grade-point average on transferable course work.

The degree program builds on a strong tradition of adult education at UW-Green Bay and breaks new ground in bringing to Northeastern Wisconsin the kind of degree-completion program recommended by the Committee on Baccalaureate Expansion, a joint committee of the UW System and the Wisconsin Technical College System.

In 2006, UW-Green Bay and UW-Oshkosh received state funding to assist with the development, marketing and recruitment for BAS degrees.

(07-44 / 22 March 2007 / SH)

UW-Green Bay breaks ground Wednesday
for Union expansion

GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking Wednesday (March 21) for the expansion and renovation of UW-Green Bay's University Union.

Student leaders, Chancellor Bruce Shepard and other UW-Green Bay officials will speak at the ceremony, which will be held from 1:30 to 2 p.m. in the Union's Leona Cloud Commons. A reception will follow the program.

The $6.2 million Union project, to be supported by student fees and other sources of program revenue, will promote greater student interaction, provide improved dining areas, include new space for student entertainment and leisure activities, and consolidate campus retail operations. The project is scheduled for completion by spring 2008.

Along with the Kress Events Center, which will open this fall, the new and improved Union will greatly enhance campus life for students attending UW-Green Bay.

The project will remodel about 18,700 square feet and add 17,500 square feet of space to the Union. UW-Green Bay's University Union was built in 1977 and was renovated and expanded in 1985 and 1993.

Additional space is needed to revamp food preparation options and to provide additional seating for current and future dining needs. Nearly 800 housing units have been added to the campus since 1990, causing a shortage of dining space.

The renovation and expansion will allow for the relocation of the Phoenix Bookstore from the David A. Cofrin Library to the University Union.

The project also will coordinate shared space for interaction among student groups and organizations. It will include a student activity core, which will be home to the American Intercultural Center, the Office of Student Life, and UW-Green Bay student government and organizations.

(07-43 / 19 March 2007 / SH)

UW-Green Bay student scientists
to report on research projects

GREEN BAY - Four University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students who won grants to carry out scientific field research will present the results of their research at the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity Student Research Symposium on Wednesday, March 21.

The student scientists will report on their projects from 2 to 4 p.m. in Room 250 of Rose Hall on the UW-Green Bay campus. Research topics range from bat monitoring to the diets of toads.

The public is welcome to attend the symposium, and refreshments will be served.

Thanks to an endowment from the family of Dr. David Cofrin and the late John Cofrin, grants are awarded to support student research in the Cofrin Arboretum on campus or in one of UW-Green Bay's off-campus natural areas. Funding for each project ranges from $500 to $1,000 and can be used for a student stipend, field equipment or research supplies.

The student presenters, their projects and their advising professors are:

2:15 p.m., Eric Weber, Marshfield, "A Forest Edge's Effect on Forest Interior Climate" (Prof. Steve Meyer).

2:40 p.m., Zachariah Zopp, Shawano, "Environmental Effects on Pond Microclimates in the Cofrin Arboretum" (Prof. Steve Meyer and Prof. Tara Reed).

3:05 p.m., Courtney Lewis, Neenah, "Developing a Bat Monitoring Protocol for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Cofrin Arboretum" (Prof. Amy Wolf).

3:30 p.m., Peter Lembcke, New London, "A Gut Content Analysis of Neonate American Toads" (Dan Meinhardt).

(07-42 / 15 March 2007 / SH)

First-year seminar has positive impact
on UW-Green Bay students

GREEN BAY - A pilot program for first-year students aimed at increasing student involvement and improving retention has shown significant promise at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

In the 2006 fall semester, six UW-Green Bay faculty members Denise Bartell, Scott Furlong, Regan A.R. Gurung, Stefan Hall, Andrew Kersten, and Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges each taught a small section, approximately 25 students, of what normally is a 90- to 120-student general education course.

The faculty wanted to explore the impact of innovative in-class and out-of-class activities on student engagement and satisfaction. The seminar placed increased emphasis on writing and interaction with faculty. It also included an interdisciplinary group project that emphasized problem-solving and communication skills.

"The results from the fall 2006 freshman seminar are staggering," said Gurung, UW-Green Bay associate dean of liberal arts and sciences.

Gurung said the positive results show it is critical for UW-Green Bay to commit the resources needed to ensure a meaningful educational experience for all incoming freshmen.

Using questions from a survey of freshmen participating in the seminar, administrators compared the students' responses with responses from fall 2006 freshmen who did not participate. Survey responses also were compared with data taken from freshmen in the 2006 spring semester.

The preliminary findings include:

Seminar students were more likely than the spring 2006 and non-seminar students to say they would select UW-Green Bay as their school of choice if they could start over.

Seminar students evaluated the quality of academic advising higher than both the spring 2006 and non-seminar students did.

Seminar students rated their relationships with faculty members much better than both the spring 2006 and non-seminar students rated theirs.

In addition, students in freshman seminars rated their experience significantly higher on each of the following seven academic outcomes:

Asked questions in class or contributed to class discussions.

Worked with other students on projects during class.

Used e-mail to communicate with an instructor.

Talked about career plans with a faculty member or adviser.

Discussed grades or assignments with an instructor.

Emphasized applying theories or concepts to practical problems or in new situations in their course work.

Made judgments about the value of information, arguments, or methods, such as examining how others gathered and interpreted data and assessing the soundness of their conclusions in their course work.

Campus administrators hope to expand the pilot to 15 classes in fall 2007 and will include the first round of interdisciplinary freshman seminars - new courses designed especially for freshmen and with a focus that connects academic disciplines.

(07-41 / 14 March 2007 / SH)

Pioneering astronaut to speak
at UW-Green Bay

GREEN BAY - The first woman to pilot and command an American spacecraft will talk about lessons in leadership Thursday, March 22 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Eileen Collins, who flew on four Space Shuttle missions, will speak on "Leadership Lessons from Apollo to Discovery" at 7:30 p.m. at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. The event is free and open to the public.

Collins also will speak to numerous classes during her visit to UW-Green Bay.

Collins has led an inspiring life of adventure, leadership and achievement. Recognized as one of America's most admired women, she is now sharing with audiences her experiences as a test pilot, astronaut, and space flight commander.

She achieved her dream of becoming an astronaut in July 1991. When she flew on her first Space Shuttle mission in February 1995, she became the first woman ever to pilot a Shuttle. She served as pilot on her second Shuttle mission in May 1997.

In July 1999, Collins achieved another milestone by becoming the first woman ever to command a Shuttle mission. And in July 2005, she commanded the Space Shuttle Discovery's historic "Return to Flight" mission, NASA's first manned flight following the loss of the Shuttle Columbia in February 2003.

Her many medals, awards and honors include a Defense Superior Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, French Legion of Honor, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, the 2005 Al Neuharth Free Spirit of the Year Award, and the National Space Trophy. She retired from the U.S. Air Force as a colonel in January 2005.

Collins' appearance is sponsored by the UW-Green Bay Office of Student Life, the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the UW-Green Bay Office of the Provost, the UW-Green Bay Founders Association, and the Wisconsin State Science Teachers.

For more information about Collins' visit to UW-Green Bay, contact Grant Winslow in the Office of Student Life by phone at (920) 465-2200, extension 37, or by e-mail at

(07-40 / 13 March 2007 / SH)

Program on managing projects offered by
Small Business Development Center

GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Small Business Development Center is offering a two-day program on techniques used by professional project managers.

The program will be held March 27-28 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Business Assistance Center, 2701 Larsen Road, Green Bay.

Program participants will learn how to ask the right questions at the start of a project, how to identify potential roadblocks, and how to deliver a project on time and within budget. Participants will work on a project from start to finish and apply important techniques throughout the project.

For more information or to register for the program on managing projects, call (920) 496-9010 or go online at

(07-39 / 8 March 2007 / SH)

Life in music is topic of downtown lecture
March 15

GREEN BAY - A distinguished music educator, composer and performer will discuss the rigor and rewards of a life in music in the next lecture in the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's "Downtown Third Thursdays" lecture series.

Cheryl Grosso, professor of Communication and the Arts and Music at UW-Green Bay, will talk Thursday, March 15 about "A Musical Journey for Life."

Grosso's lecture is from 3:40 to 4:20 p.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 requested due to space limitations. To register, contact Bob Skorczewski at UW-Green Bay by phone at (920) 465-2320 or by e-mail at

Grosso will explain how music established her life's path. She also will talk about the impact music has had on her and her students as well as the impact of classical musicians on life in Northeastern Wisconsin.

Grosso joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1985. In 2005, she was awarded the University's prestigious Frankenthal Professorship. She teaches studio percussion, contemporary percussion ensemble, new music ensemble, hand drumming ensemble, music theory, and world music. Her music is published by Smith Sonic Arts Editions, Studio 4 Publishing, and Alfred Music Publishers.

She also founded and directs the UW-Green Bay Hand Drumming Ensemble, which regularly performs at schools and festivals throughout Wisconsin.

UW-Green Bay's "Downtown Third Thursdays" series provides an opportunity for the community to take part in lifelong learning and learn more about Green Bay's University of Wisconsin. It also aims to enhance the city's downtown and strengthen connections between UW-Green Bay and the community.

The 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 "Downtown Third Thursdays" is available online at

(07-38 / 8 March 2007 / SH)

Small Business Development Center
offers financial management programs

GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Small Business Development Center is offering two one-day programs on accounting for non-financial managers.

The first program, "Understanding Financial Management," will be held Tuesday, March 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. "Managing Your Budgets" will be held Wednesday, March 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Both programs will be at the Business Assistance Center, 2701 Larsen Road, Green Bay.

"Understanding Financial Management" explains how to manage assets more effectively. It will present an overview of basic financial statements and how economic transactions are reported in statements. "Managing Your Budgets" will show what factors to consider in the budgeting process as well as cost behavior and contribution margin concepts.

Both programs are taught by Ann Selk, senior lecturer of Business Administration at UW-Green Bay.

For more information or to register for the accounting programs, call (920) 496-9010 or go online at

(07-37 / 6 March 2007 / SH)

UW-Green Bay symposium completes
first phase of watershed program

GREEN BAY - Students from area high schools will display and discuss their research Wednesday, March 14 as the Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program completes its first phase.

The program's Fourth Annual Watershed Symposium at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will highlight results of the first three years of watershed monitoring and will provide an opportunity for students to interact with teachers and professional scientists.

The symposium begins at 8 a.m. in the Phoenix Rooms of UW-Green Bay's University Union. It continues throughout the day in the Phoenix Rooms and in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall.

Highlights of the event include:

the opening session, which is a joint session with the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance, focusing on the state of the bay, regulating stormwater discharges and other water-quality issues.

research presentations by school teams and professionals to be followed by discussion and feedback sessions.

presentations by school teams summarizing three years of watershed monitoring.

a poster session (also to be held jointly with the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance) featuring recent watershed research and monitoring activities in the Fox River Basin by high school teams and university and agency scientists.

With funding provided by Arjo Wiggins Appleton, the Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program is a multi-year education, monitoring and assessment program in and around the Fox River Watershed.

Program director Kevin Fermanich, associate professor of Natural and Applied Sciences at UW-Green Bay, said the monitoring program is well-established after its first three years in existence.

"We've laid the foundation," he said. "I hope we can continue this for another 10 to 15 years."

Fermanich said the goal now is to come up with additional funding and a new structure for the school-based monitoring programs and to possibly expand research to the upper Fox River. He said the program may seek community partners, including businesses and municipalities, to support watershed teams.

The program's main goal is to establish long-term monitoring of the watershed to provide high-quality data to guide resource management decisions and help predict impacts on the ecosystem. It also is designed to enhance student, teacher and community understanding and stewardship of the Fox River Watershed.

High school students and teachers participating in the Watershed Symposium are from Green Bay East, Green Bay Preble, Green Bay Southwest, Appleton East, Luxemburg-Casco, Markesan and West De Pere high schools.

The program also involves researchers from UW-Green Bay, UW-Milwaukee, the U.S. Geological Survey, Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District and the Oneida Nation.

To register for the Watershed Symposium, contact Jill Fermanich by phone at (920) 465-5031 or by e-mail at For more information about the Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program, visit the program's Web site at

(07-36 / 5 March 2007 / SH)

New Web site offers tools for studying
Oneida language

GREEN BAY - A new Web site, developed by a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay professor, will help preserve and promote the Oneida language.

The Oneida Language Tools Web site features sound clips for enhanced learning of the language, an Oneida dictionary and teaching grammar, and other features. The site is available at

Cliff Abbott, professor of Communication and First Nation Studies at UW-Green Bay, is the architect of the site. He said it was developed primarily to make available tools, such as the grammar and dictionary, for learning the Oneida language.

"The advantage a Web site has over printed work is in introducing sound clips, and that's very important for learning a language that has been traditionally oral," he said.

The dictionary on the site is driven by a database that, unlike the printed version, can be frequently corrected and expanded as additional research is completed, Abbott said. He added that the grammar is downloadable in numerous formats, including formats that allow sound to be embedded in the document.

Abbott noted that the Web site is only partially complete. He said about 900 words have sound clips attached.

Eventually, Abbott and Tribal Elder Maria Hinton, one of the few remaining native speakers of Oneida and a UW-Green Bay graduate, hope to build access to about 20,000 words.

William Shay, professor of Information and Computing Science at UW-Green Bay, has been lending his database expertise to help expand the functions available on the site.

Abbott said he is confident the Web site will be valuable for teaching the Oneida language and for helping to keep the language alive.

"I have been using the site for the Oneida language course I teach, and it seems to be useful and appreciated," he said. "My linguist colleagues at other institutions also have been encouraging and grateful for making the data available."

(07-35 / 5 March 2007 / SH)

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