Stories from the February 2005 Issue / page 3
Horror, mystery, sci-fi:
Upon his retirement in 1996, UW-Green Bay political science professor Martin Greenberg would have been justified in easing his pace after an impressive three-decade career as a scholar, classroom teacher and author.
New career reads like an adventure
Instead, he was already staking a claim to a bright future as founder and CEO of Tekno Books.
Out of a modest office suite on Green Bay's east side, Greenberg and Tekno Books have quietly produced 1,660 books to date with more than 55 New York Times bestselling authors.
His collaborators have included the likes of Tom Clancy, Dean Koontz, Nora Roberts and the late Isaac Asimov, who became a good friend. Clancy's Power Plays, created by Clancy and Greenberg, has been one of the bestselling paperback series in America since its introduction in 1997.
Tekno Books is not a publisher, but a book packager or developer. Greenberg and his four full-time editors develop ideas for books, recruit freelancers (and often famous writers or celebrities) to work with them, develop a proposal, and sell the book to a publisher. The company produces approximately 150 titles per year and works with every major publisher in the U.S.
Greenberg began his UW-Green Bay teaching career in 1969. His passions from the start were popular fiction, science fiction and politics. Science fiction was required reading for many of his courses. His popular senior seminar was always among the first courses to fill.
"The connection (of Tekno Books) to UW-Green Bay is very direct," Greenberg says. "The University's academic plan in the early days, and its emphasis on interdisciplinarity, allowed and encouraged me to develop unique kinds of courses. If I were in a more traditional institution, I probably wouldn't be where I am now, so there's a debt to UW-Green Bay, at least to its academic plan."
Greenberg said he stumbled upon the idea for his first anthology in January of 1970. Patricia Warrick, a peer at UW-Fox Valley, asked the 28-year old Greenberg to lecture on the future of politics to her freshman Liberal Education Seminars (LES) for older returning adults. "I noticed that one of their textbooks was science fiction, and I offered to come back and give a lecture about science fiction. I did. And as I was going out the door, Pat said, 'Did you ever think about combining your interest in political science with your interest in science fiction?' That was a career-changing comment."
That chance exchange resulted in Greenberg's Political Science Fiction, a textbook that used science fiction stories to illustrate political science concepts, edited in collaboration with Warrick. Later, Greenberg's expertise helped lead to the development of a cable network devoted exclusively to science fiction. He and his partners later sold the property, now the popular "Sci-Fi Channel," to USA Network. His textbook anthologies led to collaboration with Isaac Asimov on popular and best-selling books. Other popular writers soon sought Greenberg's services.
Some of the industry's top lifetime achievement awards followed. He is the only person to have swept the Milford Award for science fiction editing, the Ellery Queen Award for mystery editing and the Bram Stoker Award for supernatural horror editing.
Works from Tekno Books have appeared in 33 languages. The company has more than 250 books forthcoming including major novels and non-fiction books. Ironically, Greenberg, who launched his career on his passion for fiction, has no time these days to read for pleasure. He looks forward to the day he can return to leisurely reading...but not today...he's got a great idea for a new book.
For freshmen, no room at the 'in' campus
It's great to be popular, but not so great to be turning away students.
Flooded with new-freshman demand for fall 2005, UW-Green Bay moved last month to stop accepting applications from potential first-year students. The mid-January closing was the earliest in school history, and the earliest this year for any public university in Wisconsin.
"We're a hot campus right now," says Pam Harvey-Jacobs '83 and '98, director of admissions. "Word of mouth students telling other students about the University is our biggest advertisement."
University officials say the demand reflects positively on the institution, but they worry Northeast Wisconsin will suffer long-term if capacity limits continue to force UW-Green Bay to turn away qualified students.
The target for fall 2005 head-count enrollment the total number of students enrolled in September is about 5,400. Overall, the University serves about 7,400 students throughout the year.
Harvey-Jacobs says enrollment in some categories remains open, and even exceptions for new-freshman admissions are considered on a case-by-case basis.
"People should call us (920-465-2111) if they have any questions," she says. "From this point on, we'll spend a lot of time counseling students who have missed the deadline. We try to help them make productive, temporary plans so they can transfer into UW-Green Bay in a semester or two."
Faculty and staff
Two retiring faculty members from the Natural and Applied Sciences academic unit were honored in December by being named to emeritus, or honorary, status. They are Prof. Michael Morgan and Prof. Ronald Stieglitz. Morgan, a popular teacher within his major, also became known to thousands of alumni outside the sciences for his well-enrolled introductory courses, often taken for general-education credit. Stieglitz logged additional service since January 1989 as associate dean for graduate programs. During that time, 515 UW-Green Bay graduate students earned master's degrees and, at approximately 75 pages per thesis, provided him with 38,625 pages of thought-provoking reading.
Recently honored for 35 years of service to UW-Green Bay were Profs. Ron Starkey and Anjani Mehra, Natural and Applied Sciences; Barb Raduenz and Ken Peterson, Facilities Management; Julie Reisinger, Planning and Budget; Mary Ann Rose, Counseling and Health Center; Sharon Gegere, University Union; and Prof. David Damkoehler, Communication and the Arts.
Three professors will pursue in-depth research after being granted sabbatical leaves during 2005-2006 by the UW Board of Regents. Angela Bauer-Dantoin, Human Biology, will develop a textbook on women's biology. Catherine Henze, Humanistic Studies, will write a book on the original music in Shakespeare's plays. Clifford Abbott, Information and Computing Science, will create an online resource for learning the Oneida language.
Prof. Ray Hutchison, chair of Urban and Regional Studies, serves as senior editor for the Encyclopedia of Urban Studies, a new three-volume encyclopedia from Sage Publications scheduled for publication in 2006. He appointed an editorial board which includes scholars from around the globe and from the many different disciplines and intersections across urban studies. In another project, he edited and wrote the introduction for the newest volume of the Research in Urban Sociology series, on "Race and Ethnicity in New York City."
A book by UW-Green Bay faculty member Rebecca Meacham won the prestigious 2004 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction from University of North Texas Press. The collection of nine short stories, entitled, Let's Do, was praised by acclaimed author and judge Jonis Agee, who said Meacham has "one of the freshest voices I've encountered in a long time." Characters are ordinary Midwesterners who cope with various calamities. Barnes & Noble included Let's Do in a special promotion involving rising new writers.
Daily Life in the Roman City: Rome, Pompeii, and Ostia was just published by Greenwood Press. The book by history Prof. Greg Aldrete is described as offering readers "the opportunity to peer into the inner workings of daily life in ancient Rome, to witness the full range of glory, cruelty, sophistication, and deprivation that characterized Roman cities."
UW-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard is helping map the future of public higher education in America. He is one of 12 university presidents and chancellors serving on the Commission on Public University Renewal. The commission was appointed by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) to define the public university needed in the light of economic, demographic, social and political trends.
Looking to the Horizon, and tourney time?
Sometimes, the words "March Madness" describe the process of figuring out which basketball teams play where, and when, at tournament time.
For the Phoenix men, the Horizon League playoffs could begin as early as March 1 when mid- to lower-seed teams open play at campus sites. The third seed gets a bye to the quarterfinals, while the two top seeds receive a bye to the semifinals. The regular-season champion hosts the quarterfinals and semifinals Friday and Saturday, March 4-5. The championship game Tuesday, March 8, is at the site of the highest remaining seed and will be televised live on ESPN. Got all that?
Perhaps it's easier on the women's side, where the Phoenix women have an excellent chance to host a quarterfinal game at the Phoenix Sports Center Thursday, March 3. If Wright State advances past the quarterfinals, it hosts the semifinals and finals. If not, the highest seed (again, UW-Green Bay is a favorite) will host the rest of the tournament including the championship game on Monday, March 7. For more information click on the Phoenix Athletics Web site at www.GreenBayPhoenix.com.
From Slamball to Greece, Hawaii to Indy, Phoenix 'Famers' have tales to tell
Former Phoenix basketball player Ben Berlowski was an inaugural member of the physically demanding Slamball League &3151; a made-for-cable sport that combined football, basket-ball and rugby on a court built from trampolines. Phoenix skier turned Ironman competitor Dan Goltz trains in the mountains of Hawaii. Basketball star Chari Nordgaard played overseas, coached, and then married another Wisconsin basketball star. Goalkeeper Terry Powers now organizes and promotes the 500 Festival, a month-long celebration surrounding the Indianapolis 500 attended by millions.
Each of February's inductees to the UW-Green Bay Phoenix Hall of Fame has kept interesting ties to the world of sports.
Berlowski, a durable swingman from 1992 through 1996, was a starter on three NCAA tournament teams including the squad that provided an opening-round upset of California in 1994. He played professionally including that Slamball stint with the Los Angeles Bouncers. He is a sales associate for BioMet Orthopedics and makes his home in Green Bay with his wife, Charlene, and daughter, Avery (18 months).
Nordic skier Goltz was a two-time NCAA Championships qualifier and was twice invited to the United States Olympic Trials. He was featured in a 2002 issue of Inside UW-Green Bay for his work with endangered species as a wildlife manager in Hawaii, where he competes at an elite level as both a marathoner and Ironman triathlete. He and his wife, Tracey, have one daughter, Genesee Olive.
Nordgaard Knueppel completed her college career in 1999 as a basketball and academic all-American, the holder of eight school records including most points in a game (38), season (653) and career (1,964). She played professionally in Athens before returning to the Phoenix as an assistant coach. She recently married Kon Knueppel, a Gus Macker Hall of Fame inductee and small-college basketball star; they reside in Milwaukee where she teaches on the staff at St. Marcus Lutheran School.
Powers was a goalkeeper and co-captain for the 1983 team that earned the school's first NCAA Division I tournament bid. He remains among the leaders in both career goals-against average (1.07), and season goals-against average (0.62, 1981). After his playing career he served as a Phoenix coach and sports information and marking director. He left in 1997 to work for the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now the Horizon League). He is vice president for communications of the 500 Festival in Indianapolis. He and his wife Julie have two children, Ashley (18) and Kelly (15).
More campus news
Phoenix flies through winning winter
Prospects are decent that the UW-Green Bay Nordic ski program will qualify multiple skiers for the NCAA Division I Championships March 9 through 13 in Stowe, Vt.
Senior Shane Hoelz, junior Johanna Winters and freshman Andy Cheesebro have been leaders as the Phoenix has been competitive through its early schedule of 5K and 10K races in northern Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. UW-Green Bay has sent athletes to nationals in four of five seasons under head coach Bryan Fish '98, himself a former NCAA qualifier.
They're smart skiers, too. In 2004 the women's squad had a gradepoint average of 3.88 on a 4.0 scale, highest among all Phoenix teams. On the men's side, Hoelz was an academic all- American.
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Returning adults find door still open
Free information sessions are being offered this spring for those interested in learning more about the University's Adult Degree Programs.
The program makes a bachelor of arts degree accessible to nontraditional adult students who have heavy work and family responsibilities. It represents a continuing commitment even with a tight enrollment picture overall to reserve some slots for an important segment of the community.
Students attend half-day Saturday classes and work independently between classes. In addition to Saturday courses, students have the option to take classes online.
Information sessions are held at the UW-Green Bay Downtown Learning Center at Washington Commons. Those wishing to learn more can choose one of five remaining dates this spring:
Saturday, Feb. 19, 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Saturday, March 5, 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Thursday, March 24, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 23, 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Call (920) 465-2423 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Attention, Founders! Meet top students April 19
Founders Association members should mark their calendars for the Spring Reception on Tuesday evening, April 19. The event offers an added attraction: the opportunity to browse exhibits and meet top student researchers being spotlighted at the annual academic excellence fair, to be held simultaneously in the Union. Watch for invitations next month.
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Summer camps? Click here
Online registration is always open for UW-Green Bay Summer Camps. Director Mona Christensen '80 says better than 50 percent of families use the secure site to register their children. Get the lineup and all the details at www.uwgbsummercamps.com.
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