November 2007

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Students report on 'Carbon Footprint'

Students win heirloom sale grants

Bands concert, Dec. 1

Art students win awards

Programs spotlight Moliere comedies

Phuture Phoenix in national journal

Woodwind Ensemble concert, Nov. 28

Stress in romantic relationships, Nov. 27

Shepard elected to AASCU board

Vocal Jazz, Milwaukee performer on program

International voice competition

Annual juried student art exhibit, Nov. 15

Musical 'Urinetown' opens Nov. 15

Block wins national award

Downtown Lecture on oral traditions

'Decision Downloading' program, Dec. 5

Veteran Appreciation Reception, Nov. 12

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UW-Green Bay students will report
on campus 'Carbon Footprint'

GREEN BAY-The public and members of the campus community are invited when University of Wisconsin-Green Bay graduate students report on their research into UW-Green Bay's greenhouse gas emissions from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Room 210 on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr.

"Sustainability-The Next Step: Estimating UW-Green Bay's Carbon Footprint," is the title of the session at which student researchers will report their findings and recommendations. The 11 students are members of the Environmental Science and Policy capstone seminar that each year focuses on a substantive research project.

The research this year focused on campus greenhouse gas emissions, a topic inspired by Chancellor Bruce Shepard's signing in late 2006 of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, a pledge to develop a long-range plan to reduce and ultimately neutralize greenhouse gas emissions on the campus. Also, the University recently has established a Campus Sustainability Committee.

Prof. Michael Kraft, who teaches the course along with Prof. Kevin Fermanich, said the students are looking at total campus emission of those gases that contribute to global warming, and also at the possibility of carbon sequestration-long term removal from the atmosphere and storage of carbon dioxide-in the forested land on the campus and in other natural areas that the University manages.

"The students will have a fairly good estimate of the University's release of greenhouse gas emissions from all major campus activities and hence of its carbon footprint," he explains. "Because the campus is committed to reducing these emissions, the students also will be recommending some ways to do that."

Kraft said students are using some established models for estimating carbon sequestration, but also devising new ways to estimate the campus carbon footprint that may be useful to other campuses and organizations that are interested in calculating their carbon footprints.

Poster sessions will be held in the Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Winter Garden both before and after the formal presentation, and refreshments will be served afterward.

(07-199 / 28 November 2007 / VCD)

Four win heirloom sale grants

GREEN BAY-Four graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay have won research grants funded by income from the annual Heirloom Plant sale held on the campus each spring.

The students, their research projects and the faculty sponsors are: Katherine Disterhaft, Berlin, "Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) and Viruses in Karst Aquifers in Northeastern Wisconsin," Prof. Kevin Fermanich; Phil Hahn, Appleton, "Apparent Competition Between Garlic Mustard and Native Seedlings Mediated by Exotic Slugs," Prof. Mathew Dornbush; Julie Maas, Madison, "Case Study: Cone of Depression Recovery and Hydrostratigraphy of the Lower Fox River Valley Deep Sandstone Aquifer," Prof. John Luczaj; and Jay Watson, Porterfield, " The Importance of Woodlands for Native Bee Diversity and Pollination in Fruit Orchards of Wisconsin's Door Peninsula," Prof. Amy Wolf.

Heirloom sale grants awarded three times each year may be used for student research projects, travel to professional meetings and conferences, or to bring in speakers for seminars. The grants typically average about $250. Graduate students in Environmental Science and Policy and undergraduates with majors in Natural and Applied Sciences are eligible to apply for grants of up to $500.

(07-198 / 26 November 2007 / VCD)

Holocaust-inspired work is featured
at UW-Green Bay bands concert

GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony conducted by Kevin Collins will join together in a performance of Robert W. Rumbelow's "Night," at its concert at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 in Cofrin Family Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr.

The three-movement composition is based on the book of that title by Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor. Published initially in Yiddish and later in English, the book was the first of three Wiesel wrote reflecting his state of mind during the experience.

According to Collins, the composition is meant to capture the emotional impact of the book. The three movements are "The Evening Air, 1941," "Faith of a Child," and "Darkness Descends; the Never-Ending Night." For the musicians, says Collins, the subject matter is challenging because it makes them think and feel beyond what they usually do in preparing a work. Studying the composition also leads students to a range of disciplines that will contribute to understanding. The Wiesel book was the selection for the area "One Book, One Community" reading initiative earlier this year.

In addition to composing, Rumbelow teaches and conducts. He has won numerous awards for his conducting.

The combined Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony numbers 75 musicians. Each group will perform separately in the first half of the concert.

The Symphonic Band will present "Palestrina Suite," a collection of Palestrina's hymns arranged by John Moss, and "The Willows of Winter," by B.J. Brooks. The Wind Symphony's program includes "Danish Bouquet," arrangements of folk tunes collected by Percy Grainger, by Ira Hearshen; and Scherzo from the Brandenburg Concerto no. 4 by J.S. Bach.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. The numbers for tickets are (920) 465-2217 or (800) 328-8587.

(07-197 / 26 November 2007 / VCD)

UW-Green Bay art students win awards

GREEN BAY-A dozen students won awards for their work in the 35th annual Juried Student Art Exhibition that opened on Nov. 15 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Work for the exhibit was selected from among student submissions by Kyoung Ae Cho, a member of the faculty at the Peck School of the Arts at UW-Milwaukee.

Kress Foundation Awards for Excellence went to Matthew Yahnke, Krakow, for "Contemplating: A Self-portrait," an oil on canvas; and Chris Greenwood, Marinette, for "Naked Raku #4," a stoneware piece.

Two pieces were selected for purchase for the University collection. The Communication and the Arts Purchase Award went to Abraham Clark, Gillett, for "Inept," a C-print, and the Art Agency Purchase Award to Zach Roush, Amberg, for a copper etching, "The Adventures of Orvy and Wilbur: Discovering the True Purpose of Cows."

Lawton Gallery Awards for Excellence for three-dimensional work went to Kay Flick, Green Bay, for "Persistence of Endeavor," porcelain blend; and for two-dimensional work to Andrew Linskens, Green Bay, for "Geronimo," cattle marker and pastel on paper.

Awards given by University officers included the Chancellor's Award to Barb Halron, Green Bay, for "Seasons," a ceramic piece; the Provost's Award to Scott Venidestine, Green Bay, for "One-600 Burst," a charcoal and acrylic on gesso paper; and to Clark for "Hope, Joy, Grief-Seasonal Emotions," a C-print. Venidestine's piece also won the Distinguished Drawing Award.

Other awards included the Communication and the Arts Award to Kimberly Schofield, Merrill, for an untitled monotype print; the Style Award for Two-Dimensional Work to Jenna Bigott, Lindstrom, Minn., for a mixed media piece, "It doesn't feel as good when you do it yourself"; the Contemporary Craft Award to Carmen Schmitz, Green Bay, for "Frankenstein Teapot," of multiple metals; and the Distinguished Painting Award to Maura E. Vazquez, for an untitled acrylic on canvas.

The exhibit continues through Dec. 14 in the Lawton Gallery located in Room 230 of Theater Hall. The Gallery will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Nov. 22 through Nov. 26. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

(07-196 / 26 November 2007 / VCD)

UW-Green Bay programs spotlight
Moliere comedies

GREEN BAY-Two free programs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Thursday, Nov. 29 will highlight Moliere, the 17th century French comedic dramatist and actor. Both will be presented by Timothy Mooney, an actor, director and playwright with broad experience in theater, through his Timothy Mooney Repertory Theatre.

From 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Mooney will speak on "The Life of Moliere," in Theater Hall Room 310. At 7 p.m., Mooney will present his one-person performance, "Moliere Than Thou, " a play introducing some of Moliere's greatest works and speeches, in University Theater located in Theater Hall. Mooney portrays the roles that Moliere himself played when the plays were new. The public is invited to both events.

Mooney, whose resume includes teaching acting and stage movement at university level, founding "The Script Review" newsletter, winning awards as a director, and serving as artistic director of Stage Two Theatre Company in Chicago, has made something of a specialty of Moliere. He has written adaptations of 15 Moliere plays that have been performed across North America and abroad, and compiled a collection of Moliere monologues. The work led to "Moliere Than Thou," which is in its sixth year of touring.

Moliere, widely regarded as a master of comedy in Western literature, was the author of plays such as "The Misanthrope," "Tartuffe," "School for Husbands," "School for Wives," "The Doctor in Spite of Himself," "The Imaginary Invalid," and many others.

Mooney also has created two other one-person productions, "Criteria," a sci-fi thriller; and "Karaoke Knights," which he describes as a "one-man rock opera." He is at work on a textbook, "Acting at the Speed of Life."

The Nov. 29 events at UW-Green Bay are sponsored by Le cercle française and the Humanistic Studies academic department.

(07-195 / 26 November 2007 / VCD)

UW-Green Bay Phuture Phoenix
gets coverage in national journal

GREEN BAY-The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Phuture Phoenix program that encourages at-risk youngsters to stay in school and go on to higher education is the subject of an article in the November issue of the national education journal, "Phi Delta Kappan."

"Inspiring Students to Create the Future," is the title of the article by Phuture Phoenix director Cyndie Shepard, UW-Green Bay faculty member Kristin M. Vespia, and former faculty member Colleen Fitzpatrick; with Education department chair Timothy U. Kaufman, faculty member Linda Tabers-Kwak, and Director of Institutional Research Deborah Furlong.

The journal describes Phuture Phoenix as "an exemplary program" that increases the odds that at-risk youngsters will not only graduate from high school but will go on to higher education, and also as "a model of university/community collaboration."

The Phuture Phoenix program was recognized in 2004 for innovative practices for diversity with the first Ann Lydecker Award given by the Wisconsin Office of State Employment Relations and the State Council on Affirmative Action. Early in 2007, Gov. Jim Doyle acknowledged the program when he came to the UW-Green Bay campus to introduce his Wisconsin Covenant initiative, a plan to make a state university education available to all students who maintain good grades.

The article outlines the Phuture Phoenix program beginning with the inspiration in 2001 when Shepard, new to the community, asked a fifth grader in an innercity school what he wanted to do when he grew up and got the reply, "I'll probably end up in prison like my dad."

The program starts with introducing students from at-risk schools to the University campus, continues with maintaining a University presence with the students in their schools, engages the community, and reaches out to the students' parents. At the first Phuture Phoenix Day in 2003, five hundred fifth graders visited the University campus; in fall 2006, a thousand fifth graders entered the program.

The program has received a federal grant to provide fellowships to several UW-Green Bay students-Phoenix Phellows-to volunteer in the schools where their activities include founding Phuture Phoenix Clubs. The UW-Green Bay Education academic program offers credit to college students for work in the program, and involvement with Phuture Phoenix also can serve to fulfill Education students' fieldwork requirement. Community support comes through charitable donations to the Phuture Phoenix Philanthropists who provide most of the funding for Phuture Phoenix. The program receives no University funding. Parents of students in the Phuture Phoenix program are engaged through parent forums.

UW-Green Bay faculty and staff will track the long-term impact of the Phuture Phoenix program by following a group of participating students and a group of students who are not exposed to the program. The writers say that benefits of the program already have been observed. "The school district has seen an infusion of hundreds of new volunteers and tutors, the university has become much more visible in the community and is poised to grow, and in the long run the community will benefit from the education work force that the public schools and the university hope to produce," they write.

(07-194 / 21 November 2007 / VCD)

UW-Green Bay Woodwind Ensemble
offers concert

GREEN BAY-The 12-member University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Woodwind Ensemble directed by faculty member Eric Hansen will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr.

The group will perform Valse Staccato, op. 23 by Anton Rubinstein; Scherzo by Hans Mielenz; W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues," the Overture to "Il Re Pastore," by W.A. Mozart, "Song," by Johannes Brahms; and two rags by Scott Joplin. Hansen says the program was chosen to be light and enjoyable for the audience, yet challenging for the performers.

Members of the ensemble include Mandy Caldie, Andrea Egan, Christine Hillier and Dustin Kinjerski, flutes; Emily Evenson, oboe and bassoon; Corey Bauman, Heidi Leonard, Angela Leow and Erica Schwoerer, clarinets; and Emily Evenson, Betsy Daharsh, Allie Gidley and Heidi Leonard, saxophones.

(07-193 / 21 November 2007 / VCD)

Expert will talk on stress in romantic relationships at UW-Green Bay

GREEN BAY-A nationally recognized scholar on the subject of close relationships will give a free public presentation on stress in romantic relationships from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 27 in the 1965 Room of the University Union at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

"You + Me = We + Stress: Dating, Physiology, and the Relationship Support Process," is the topic for Prof. Tim Loving of the University of Texas at Austin.

Loving studies what it is about close relationships that make them stressful and how individuals cope with that stress. His inquiry looks at how relationship events impact partners' physiological and health outcomes, and also the reasons for and consequences of romantically involved individuals' conversations with friends and family about their romances.

In the UW-Green Bay program, Loving will review studies conducted in his lab that demonstrate why and how dating relationships can be stressful and how our attempts to cope with that stress may influence the ultimate fate of our romances.

The program is sponsored by the UW-Green Bay Healthy Relationships Task Force, the Human Development academic program and the UW-Green Bay Employee Assistance Program.

(07-192 / 21 November 2007 / VCD)

UW-Green Bay's Shepard elected
to board of national association

GREEN BAY - University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard has been elected to the board of directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Shepard was elected Monday (Nov. 19) to a three-year term on the AASCU board at the association's annual meeting in San Francisco, Calif.

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities represents more than 430 public colleges, universities and systems of higher education throughout the United States and its territories.

Member institutions work to extend higher education to all citizens, including those who have been traditionally underrepresented on college campuses. They work for the public good through education and engagement, improving the lives of people in their communities, regions and states.

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

In 2005, Shepard served on AASCU's Commission on Public University Renewal, which developed recommendations for preserving the vitality of public universities nationwide.

(07-191 / 19 November 2007 / SH)

UW-Green Bay Vocal Jazz group and
Milwaukee performer will split a bill

GREEN BAY-The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Jazz Ensemble directed by Chris Salerno and Milwaukee-based jazz performer Ellen Winters and her group will split a program beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20 in University Theater located in Theater Hall on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr.

The 11-member Vocal Jazz Ensemble will open the program. Two students will perform solo numbers - Ashley Sprangers on "I'm Old-Fashioned," and Jessica Plansky on "Since I Fell for You." Winters will join students Sprangers and Matt Walton in solos on Stevie Wonder's "Too High."

Chris Salerno arranged "Sambadouro" and Russell Ferrante's "Avance." The latter features vocalists Sprangers, Plansky, Walton, Vicki Karpeck, and Hannah Pozorski with Chris Firkus on alto saxophone. Faculty member John Salerno has the arranging credit for "The Hand Song," featuring Plansky. Also getting an arranging credit is UW-Green Bay graduate Jennifer Scovell on "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," featuring Pozorki and Corey Colburn.

Accompanying the Vocal Jazz group are Zach Grusznski on guitar; Tracy Pachan on bass; Ben Hogan on drums; Chris Dinse on percussion; and Megan Resop on keyboard and percussion.

Milwaukee-based jazz vocalist Winters has performed jazz and cabaret across the country. She has sung at the Montreux and North Seas Festivals in Europe, the Rocky Mountain Festival in Canada, and the Monterey Jazz Festival Sea Cruise. She lists among her influences Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Mel Torme, Janis Siegel, Stan Getz, Errol Garner and Miles Davis. Her newest CD is entitled, "Secret of Life." In addition to performing, Winters is a clinician, adjudicator and arranger, and is on the private voice faculty at Columbia College in Chicago.

While at UW-Green Bay, Winters will give a master class for music students. The master class and Winters' appearance at the evening program are sponsored by the UW-Green Bay student organization, Good Times Programming.

General admission tickets for the evening program are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Tickets are available by calling (920) 465-2217 or (800) 328-8587.

(07-190 / 14 November 2007 / VCD)

Public invited to hear international
voice competition at UW-Green Bay

GREEN BAY-Singers will gather Nov. 19 and 20 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to compete in preliminary and semi-final rounds of the Czech/Slovak International Voice Competition headquartered in Montreal, Canada. UW-Green Bay is the only U.S. site for the every-other-year event. It's the third time the competition has been held at UW-Green Bay.

Green Bay competition director Sarah Meredith says the public is invited free of charge to observe the event in Fort Howard Hall in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr. Preliminary rounds will be from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19 and semi-final rounds from 2 - 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Three semi-finalists will be selected to travel to Montreal for the finals on Nov. 24. Awards will be presented by Borek Lizec, deputy officer of the Czech Consulate in Chicago.

Two singers with Green Bay ties will compete. Soprano Melanie Riley is a UW-Green Bay senior. Katie (Covey) Butitta, Madison, a mezzo soprano, is a graduate of UW-Green Bay. Also, the Sharon Chmel Resch Foundation of Green Bay is supporting a travel scholarship to the competition for Daniel Capkovic, Bratislava, Slovakia, who was selected from the Schneider-Trnavsky International Voice Competition in Slovakia. Resch also serves as producer for the UW-Green Bay competition.

One overall winner will be selected from the Montreal final round to receive $5,000 (Canadian) and an opportunity to travel to Slovakia and the Czech Republic to participate in master classes and present recitals. In the past two competitions, the overall winners were singers who competed at UW-Green Bay.

An international panel of judges will adjudicate the Green Bay rounds. They include Prof. David Adams, Cincinnati Conservatory, Ohio; Prof. Eva Blahova, Academy of Dance and Music, Bratislava, Slovakia; Gildo Dinunzio, Metropolitan Opera, New York; Prof. Ales Kanka, Prague Music Conservatory, Czech Republic; Meredith of UW-Green Bay; Alain Nonat, Theatre Lyrichoregra 20 and founder of the competition, Montreal; and Scott Stewart, Florentine Opera, Milwaukee.

Support for the Green Bay rounds of the competition comes from the UW-Green Bay chancellor, provost, dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Office of International Education; Arketype; Susan and Max Frost; and various community donors.

Goals of the competition are to promote the Czech/Slovak vocal repertoire to young singers and to encourage exchange between young musicians and specialists from the Czech Republic and Slovakia and North America.

(07-189 / 14 November 2007 / VCD)

UW-Green Bay students exhibit art

GREEN BAY-The work of student artists at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will be on display in the 35th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition opening Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Lawton Gallery located in Room 230 of Theater Hall on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr. The exhibit opens with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the gallery. Awards will be announced at 5 p.m.

Work was selected for the exhibit by juror Kyoung Ae Cho, an artist and member of the faculty at the Peck School of the Arts, UW-Milwaukee, from among those students submitted for consideration.

The exhibit continues through Dec. 14. The gallery will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Nov. 22 through 26. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

(07-188 / 8 November 2007 / VCD)

Hit musical 'Urinetown' opens Nov. 15
at UW-Green Bay

GREEN BAY-The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will present a four-performance run of the award-winning musical, "Urinetown" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 15 - 17 and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 in University Theater located in Theater Hall on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr.

The musical is set in the future. The situation is an extreme prolonged drought during which conservation measures include a ban on private toilets. It's a plot that allows for send-ups of bureaucracy, small town politics, corporate mismanagement, socialism, capitalism, and more. There's a bad guy who is CEO of the private corporation who runs pay-for-use toilets. There are oppressed masses. There is an idealistic young couple.

"Unconventional and highly entertaining," says director John Mariano of the play that opened on Broadway in 2001. It's unconventional because of the plot line and the free borrowing from a wide variety of musical theater styles, and entertaining because of its broad satire and comic sensibility, he explains.

Mariano says "Urinetown" audiences will experience moments of recognition of a number of popular musicals of the past. "It's somewhere between a parody and a loving tribute to the successful Broadway musical," he explains. "It borrows from an endless variety of styles." The music, he says, offers "one good song after another."

The musical was nominated for a list of Tony awards in 2002 and won for best original score and best book of a musical, along with best director. Greg Kotis, who wrote the book and some of the lyrics, and Mark Hollmann, who wrote the music and some lyrics, both come from Chicago improvisational theater backgrounds. The idea originated with Kotis who experienced pay-for-use toilets while traveling in Europe as a student on a budget.

Benjamin Brecher is musical director and conductor for the UW-Green Bay production. Other faculty and staff credits include Denise Carlson-Gardner, choreographer; Jeff Entwistle, scenic designer; Kaoime Malloy, costume designer; and Michael Ingraham, technical director and lighting designer. Student responsibilities include R.J. Kenny for sound design and Donald Larsen for stage management.

Members of the cast include:

Lisa Andre, Casco, as Soupy Sue; Jessica Breest, Jackson, chorus; Natalie Bridenhagen, Green Bay, as Cladwell's secretary; Bobby Buffington, Schofield, as Billy Boy Bill; Matt Fayfer, Greenville, as CEO Caldwell B. Cladwell; Alyse Delie, Green Bay, chorus; Jacob Kaltenberg, Waunakee, as Bobby Strong; Mike Laskowski, Denmark, as Senator Fipp; Molly LeCaptain, New Franken, as Little Becky Two-Shoes; Erin LeCloux, Luxemburg, as Cladwell's daughter Hope; Suzanne Lindner, Rio, as Mrs. Millennium; Beth LoCascio, Green Bay, as Josephine Strong.

Zach McLain, Fence, as Officer Lockstock; Chris Olson, Menominee, Mich., as Old Man Strong and a member of the chorus; Emily Terrell Paulsen, Green Bay, as Penny; Amanda Polzer, Wausau, chorus; Kyle Prellwitz, Shawano, as Tiny Tom; Katie Pugh, Summit Lake, as Little Sally; Ashley Sprangers, Menasha, chorus; Matt Walton, Wisconsin Rapids, Mr. McQueen; and Don Yarbrough, Bryant, as Officer Barrel.

Tickets for "Urinetown" are $22 in advance and $25 at the door for adults; $15 in advance and $18 at the door for students and seniors; and $15 for UW-Green Bay students. Tickets are available by calling 920-465-2217 or 1-800-328-8587, or in person at University Ticketing Services located in the University Union on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr. The box office adjacent to University Theater is open 90 minutes prior to performances.

(07-187 / 7 November 2007 / VCD)

Block wins national award in
public health nursing

GREEN BAY-Derryl Block, chair of the Professional Program in Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, received a high honor from the American Public Health Association's (APHA) Public Health Nursing Section on Tuesday (Nov. 6) at the APHA annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

She was awarded the Lillian Wald Service Award given for depicting exemplary public health nursing, especially through political, legislative, professional, or interdisciplinary activism. Lillian Wald was a nurse and social activist who, in the late 1890s and early 1900s, helped create the Henry Street Settlement and district nursing services of New York City.

Block, whose career has been as a public health nurse, nurse researcher and nursing educator, received the award for contributions to health policy, especially in child passenger safety; public health nursing education, particularly for improving access through distance education; and inter-professional health education.

Block said she is "thrilled" to be nominated by her colleagues and honored to receive an award associated with Lillian Wald, whom she described as "the mother of public health nursing."

Block has served as chair of UW-Green Bay's Professional Program in Nursing and director of its BSN-LINC Program since 2004. BSN-LINC is a national bachelor's degree completion program for nurses outside of Wisconsin that is carried out largely online. Block joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 2000.

Block previously taught at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, UW-Oshkosh College of Nursing and Hadassah-Hebrew University Schools of Nursing Public Health, in addition to serving as a staff nurse and a public health nurse. Her Ph.D. in Nursing is from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2003, Block was named one of 20 Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows in a three-year program focused on leading the nation's health-care system in the 21st century.

(07-186 / 7 November 2007 / VCD)

Oral traditions are the topic for next
Downtown Lecture

GREEN BAY-Wisconsin poet laureate and UW-Green Bay faculty member Denise Sweet will be the speaker at the next University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Downtown Third Thursdays Lecture Series at noon Thursday, Nov. 15 in Suite 110 of Baylake Bank City Center, 301 N. Adams St. The event is free.

Her topic, "I Entrust Myself to the Winds: Oral Traditions of the Great Lakes Region," will explore the long-standing tradition of oral narrative in the region. Oral narratives, says Sweet, are "unbound by printed text, unfettered by conformity to strict form and content of British verse, and preserved with pride and persistence within many communities of this area."

Attendees will learn about the critical importance of oral narrative, whether it is tribal or non-tribal, sacred or secular, and whether it is validated by publication, or maintained by extended families or communities at large.

Sweet, an Anishinaabe enrolled at White Earth, teaches primarily within the creative writing program at UW-Green Bay and also contributes to the First Nations Studies program by teaching courses on the literary traditions of native people. Sweet was named to a four-year term as Wisconsin's Poet Laureate in 2004. Her poetry has been published in collections, in numerous periodicals and literary publications and in collections of her own work.

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 lecture series is available online at

(07-185 / 7 November 2007 / VCD)

New leadership program highlights
'Decision Downloading'

GREEN BAY-"Decision Downloading" is a new leadership program for business owners, CEOs, and top officers of businesses offered by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Small Business Development Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Brett Favre Steakhouse, 1004 Brett Favre Pass.

The seminar is based on research on "decision downloading" by a UW-Green Bay faculty member that concluded that the way a behind-the-scenes decision is communicated to employees has a lot to do with its acceptance and eventual success or failure. Prof. Phil Clampitt's research recently was highlighted in "Sloan Management Review" and "The Wall Street Journal."

Clampitt is Philip J. and Elizabeth B. Hendrickson Professor for Business at UW-Green Bay and the principal in his own firm, Metacomm. Through his firm he has consulted on communication issues with PepsiCo, Stora Enso, The Boldt Company, Manpower, Nokia, and others. He is the author of articles and books including "Communicating for Managerial Effectiveness" and "Embracing Uncertainty: The Essence of Leadership."

Registration is required for the Dec. 5 program. Registration information is available at online at or through e-mail to Christina Trombley, The telephone number is (920) 496-2117.

The SBDC is part of a statewide network aimed at helping business owners solve challenges, particularly when planning for expansion, improving efficiency, or resolving specific problems.

(07-184 / 7 November 2007 / VCD)

UW-Green Bay to honor veterans
at Nov. 12 reception

GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will honor the men and women of the University who have served their country in the armed forces at the annual Veteran Appreciation Reception on Monday (Nov. 12).

All veterans including UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and students are invited to the reception at 4 p.m. in Phoenix Room C of the University Union. The ceremony is open to the public.

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard will present certificates of appreciation to seven students who recently have been on active duty and have returned to the University.

Shepard said the Veteran Appreciation Reception, now in its fourth year, has become a special tradition at UW-Green Bay. He said it is part of a year-round effort to recognize and support students, faculty and staff who have served their country.

The ceremony also will include remarks by Lt. Commander Mark Stewart, who assumed command of the Navy Reserve's Green Bay Navy Operational Support Center in 2002.

Stewart, a 1992 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, reported to his first ship, the USS Defender, in 1993 and completed two Northern European and Mediterranean deployments. He later was transferred to the USS Oak Hill, which was deployed to the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf in support of United Nations weapons inspections in Iraq.

Upon his return, Stewart re-entered civilian life as a high school teacher and reservist. He was recalled to active duty in the summer of 2001. He currently is assigned as damage control assistant on the USS Nassau where he has completed two deployments operating in the Mediterranean, Arabian Gulf and Horn of Africa.

UW-Green Bay also is collecting items for care packages to send to those serving overseas in the military. To donate items or for more information, contact Elaina Koltz in the Office of the Registrar by phone at (920) 465-2065 or by e-mail at

(07-183 / 6 November 2007 / SH)

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