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Power outage

Founders' faculty panel

Phi Eta Sigma conference

Opera 'A Diplomatic Affair'

Musical 'Christmas Schooner'

Choral Festival

Student singers place in state contest

Holiday Luncheon

'Mockingbird' finale


'Celebrating the New Europe'

What is 'The New Europe'?

'Celebrating the New Europe' activities

Mushroom workshop

Prof. Russ shares views

Northern Lights speaker

'Return to Wisconsin' pilot

More Regent coverage

Drop talk of executive pay

Prof. on disinvestment in UW

Wisconsin gets No. 2 in national ranking in efficiency

Regents to media

Faculty Research Exchange

New books for 'Give-A-Kid-A-Book'

Winter classes for educators

Non-credit workshops

AODA symposium

Phoenix women preseason final

Men's basketball takes on NMU

Horizon League soccer honors

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Vol. 35, No. 21 / November 10, 2003

The LOG Online email news digest is distributed each week to faculty and staff of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Links are included to more detailed stories at the Marketing and University Communication Web site and to an archive of past issues.

Residence Life thanks students for power outage patience

Glenn Gray, director of the Office of Residence Life, thanked UW-Green Bay students for their "patience and understanding" during an on-campus power outage late Sunday night and early Monday. In an email message to University Housing residents, Gray said, "Thank you for your assistance and support last night. You have demonstrated once again that students at UW-Green Bay are truly exceptional indeed." The power outage occurred at about 10 p.m. Sunday and was due to the failure of an underground main line. During the outage, residents of Small Hall were required to evacuate the building in response to fire alarms. The alarms sounded because the outage apparently prompted a circulatory pump malfunction in a mechanical room. Wisconsin Public Service restored power at about 2:30 a.m. Staff members were working Monday to replace the pump in Small Hall, and housing facilities have been restored to temperature levels mandated by the UW System.

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Founders' panel will feature Laatsch, Nielsen, McCartney, Walter

This year's UW-Green Bay Founders Association annual dinner, set for Nov. 18 in the Phoenix Room, will include a "town hall" format highlighting the great work being done by faculty. Professors Kim Nielsen, Lynn Walter, Bill Laatsch and Don McCartney will share insights on their work and take questions from the audience. A social hour at 5:15 p.m. is followed by dinner at 6:15 p.m. and the program at 7:15 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. For more, contact Shane Kohl, Advancement, at ext. 2018.

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Honored to host big Phi Eta Sigma conference

Phi Eta Sigma — UW Green Bay's freshman honor society — brings the Region 7 (Wisconsin) Regional Conference to campus for the first time in school history this Saturday (Nov. 15). On the agenda are a welcome by Chancellor Bruce Shepard and an appearance by the National Grand Secretary-Treasurer, Prof. Jack Sagabiel, all the way from Kentucky. Attendees will engage in team-building exercises, brainstorming sessions on future directions for the organization and community service activities. See more about the activities of this active group on their Web site: http://www.uwgb.edu/phietasigma/.

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New opera by O'Grady is 'A Diplomatic Affair'

A new two-act opera by faculty composer Terence O'Grady premieres at 7:30 p.m. this Friday (Nov. 14) in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center. Additional performances are at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 16; and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17. O'Grady calls "A Diplomatic Affair" a light opera "that crosses over into musical theater." The story is set in Petronia, a fictitious, tiny and obscure Eastern European country, and the drama surrounds the threatened closing of the American embassy there. Prof. Sarah Meredith is the musical and stage director. For more on the opera, the performers and O'Grady's perspective, go to http://www.uwgb.edu/univcomm/news/archive/2003nov.htm#opera.

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Mariano predicts 'Christmas Schooner' could be new holiday favorite

UW-Green Bay Theatre will present "The Christmas Schooner" at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays Nov. 14 and 15 and Nov. 21 and 22 in University Theater. The musical is inspired by true stories about German immigrants who shipped Christmas trees from Michigan's Upper Peninsula to Chicago for other immigrants homesick for their own holiday traditions. The director, Prof. John Mariano, predicts "The Christmas Schooner" may replace annual productions of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," for some performing groups. For more, see http://www.uwgb.edu/univcomm/news/archive/2003nov.htm#schooner.

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H.S. choirs join UW-Green Bay Choral Festival for can't-miss concert

Five area high school chamber choirs will perform in a concert with the Phoenix Chorale and Concert Choir at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 11) at the Weidner Center. The concert caps a day-long event for seven high school groups that will rehearse with guest clinician Rowland Blackley, director of choral activities at Ashland (Ohio) University and guest conductor and organist for the concert. The concert will close with an arrangement of "America the Beautiful," sung by the combined groups with UWGB faculty member Bill Witwer conducting the nearly 200 voices. See http://www.uwgb.edu/univcomm/news/archive/2003nov.htm#choral.

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Student singers place in state contest

Two UW-Green Bay singers placed in a statewide vocal competition sponsored at Lawrence University last weekend by the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Kati Covi, a student of Prof. Sarah Meredith, won a cash award for second place in the junior women's category. Christian Ott, a student of Prof. John Plier, placed fifth in a field of two dozen in the freshman men's class. A total of 15 UW-Green Bay students, who study with Meredith, Plier, or Linda Parins, competed.

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Tickets for Holiday Luncheon go on sale Monday the 17th

Plans for the popular Holiday Luncheon, scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 11, are taking shape. With plans to reprise last year's menu, music by faculty standouts John and Chris Salerno, and the marketing tables to offices as a holiday party option, tickets should go fast. Watch for more details soon, but know that tickets become available next Monday (Nov. 17) at the Union information center.

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'Mockingbird' wraps up with big week

The "One Book, Once Campus" program organized by the Friends of the Cofrin Library wraps up with a big week of discussions and activities surrounding the featured work, Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird." Highlights:

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 6-7 p.m. - Profs. Rebecca Meacham and Bryan Vescio lead discussion
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 10-11 a.m. - Prof. Andrew Kersten leads discussion
Thursday, Nov. 13, 7-9:30 p.m. - Screening of film with intro by Prof. Brian Sutton
Tuesday, Nov. 18, time TBA - Student actors dramatize closing arguments

For more, visit the Friends Web site at http://www.uwgb.edu/library/friends.html.

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Friends cancel Tuesday's 'Unexpected Zone'

Due to circumstances beyond their control, the programming committee of the Friends of the Cofrin Library has cancelled the Unexpected Zone program scheduled for Wednesday (Nov. 12). The December program "Musical Potpourri" featuring faculty and staff music is still on, however.

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'Celebrating the New Europe' launches this weekend

Nearly two weeks of campus and community activities "Celebrating the New Europe" begin this weekend with performances of "A Diplomatic Affair" (see previous item). The light opera, set in an imaginary eastern European country, launches a series of events having to do with real countries in the "New Europe." "Celebrating the New Europe" is an initiative organized by the Office of the Dean for Liberal Arts and Sciences, with assistance from the Office of International Education, Communication and the Arts, the Office of Student Life, and various community organizations and donors.

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What is 'The New Europe'?

The term is being used to describe those countries often referred to as Eastern Europe. Prof. Cristina Ortiz, director of international education, says "There's a renaissance in those countries in ideas, culture, art, economy, and political alliances." Events over the next two weeks at UW-Green Bay will focus attention on that renaissance.

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Selected highlights of 'Celebrating the New Europe"

Watch next week's LOG for details, but events and activities include:

• Performances of "A Diplomatic Affair" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sunday and Monday, Nov. 14, 16, and 17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16 in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

• Prof. Egon Krak, vice dean of the Advanced School of Music and Performing Arts, Bratislava, Slovakia, arrives Thursday, Nov. 13 for a two-week plus visit. He'll lecture and participate in various other activities. He's the first international scholar to receive support from the new joint UW-Green Bay-St. Norbert College International Visiting Scholar Program.

• St. Norbert College President William J. Hynes and Chancellor Bruce Shepard will sign a formal agreement for the new, joint St. Norbert College-UW-Green Bay International Visiting Scholars Program to enable scholars from developing countries to spend time on both campuses and in the greater Green Bay community.

• L'ubomira Slusna, Slovakian artist, activist, and arts administrator, arrives Thursday, Nov. 20. During her six-day visit, she'll visit classes, make a presentation at the Brown County Public Library, and lecture on campus on contemporary Slovakian art.

• A documentary film by highly regarded Slovakian director Matej Minac is will be shown on Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Brown County Public Library, with Prof. Krak and Ms. Slusna leading discussion afterward.

• The first round of an international voice competition celebrating the works of Slovak and Czech composers will be at UW-Green Bay Monday, Nov. 24 through Wednesday, Nov. 26. Prof. Sarah Meredith is coordinating.

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Those failing this final could be in grave trouble: Mushroom session is Nov. 22

Edible or poisonous? Door County's Charlotte Lukes will introduce and help identify the more common mushrooms from among 500 species of fungi found in Northeast Wisconsin. Registration is available for the "Marvelous Mushrooms" workshop from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 22. This Cofrin Center for Biodiversity workshop is free, but pre-registration is required by calling 465-5032. Dress appropriately for both indoor and outdoor sessions. For more on Lukes and the workshop, see the news page at http://www.uwgb.edu/univcomm/news/archive/2003nov.htm#mushroom.

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Why is local manufacturing struggling? Professors shares views

The latest issue of The Friday Report, the weekly newsletter of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, includes another column by UW-Green Bay business Prof. Meier Russ. He shares views on the manufacturing sector's struggles at http://www.titletown.org/FR/Articles11_07_03.htm#Local.

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Thank NAS for 'sprites' and Northern Lights speaker

Awestruck by the beauty of the Northern Lights? Want to know more about these "atmospheric displays of glowing light in the night skies of the far northerly latitudes"? Natural and Applied Sciences and the Packerland Chapter of the American Meteorological Society welcome guest speaker John Beaver, a faculty member at UW-Fox Valley, to speak about aurora borealis as well as "sprites" — rarely seen electrical discharges (similar to lightning) out of the top of thunderstorms. All are invited to the presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 11) in the Christie Theater.

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UW-Green Bay will help pilot differential tuition for out-of-state alumni

The UW System Board of Regents gave its approval Friday to a three-year pilot "Return to Wisconsin" program, which will offer a 25 percent discount on tuition for nonresident students who are children or grandchildren of UW alumni. Participating nonresident students will still pay more than the actual cost it takes to educate them, even with the tuition discount. Campuses included are UW-Green Bay, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Parkside, River Falls, Stevens Point and Whitewater. The program will admit the nonresident students to these campuses above enrollment targets already in place so that no Wisconsin students will be displaced.

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More Regent coverage: credit transfers, the future

The Board of Regents voted Friday to endorse measures that will increase opportunities for credit transfer between the UW System and the Wisconsin Technical College System. The new policies could take effect as early as 2004. The Regents also recapped the Economic Summit and revisited the "Charting the Future" exercise. For a full summary, see http://www.wisconsin.edu/news/2003/r031107c.htm.

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Putting it to rest — Lyall asks Regents to drop talk of executive pay

UW System President Katharine Lyall asked the Regents last week to suspend further consideration of $98,000 worth of increases in salary ranges she had previously requested for senior university executives. "The continuing debate over UW executive salaries is diverting us from critical educational issues that need our attention," she said in a memo to the Regents. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel offers coverage at http://www.jsonline.com/news/state/nov03/182578.asp.

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UW-Madison prof weighs in on disinvestment in UW

UW-Madison Public Affairs Prof. Donald Kettl, the author of numerous well-received analyses and special reports for Wisconsin governors and elected officials of both parties, weighs in on disinvestment in the state's university system in a recent Madison Magazine column. To read "Why Aren't the Alarm Bells Sounding?" click http://www.madisonmagazine.com/index.php?section_id=918&xstate=view_story&story_id=155330.

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Triple play gives Wisconsin a No. 2 national ranking in efficiency

Wisconsin offers one of the most efficient educational systems in the country, according to a new UW System report. State residents rank second nationally in their opportunity to earn a four-year degree from a public university. The report cites three key contributing factors: 1) Wisconsin has the fourth-highest high school graduation rate in the country; 2) The UW System serves a large number of these graduates, giving it the 11th highest service rate nationally ; 3) The UW System ranks 14th for six-year graduation rates. Frank Goldberg, UW System associate vice president of policy analysis and research, authored the report available on line at http://www.uwsa.edu/opar//.

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Regents: Media, public must move on from 'distractions'

"The real story is how our 15 institutions are dealing with the largest cuts in the history of the UW System; and how we can manage to cushion the impacts on students as much as possible," Regent President Toby Marcovich said. "I hope... we can move forward... by being responsible stewards of (our) public university system." Media reaction continues mixed. The Capital Times, for instance, offered only more scrutiny at http://www.madison.com/captimes/news/stories/60830.php.

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Mark your calendar: Faculty Research Exchange is Nov. 21

The UW-Green Bay Research Council's 4th Annual Faculty Research Exchange will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21 in the Union's Alumni A/B. Refreshments and great conversation will be served. The idea is to enhance campuswide communication and cooperation on scholarly research projects and creative activities. The Research Council invites you to submit abstracts and summaries of your work to Lidia Nonn at nonnl@uwgb.edu. Descriptions will be posted at the event.

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'Give-A-Kid-A-Book' requires new books

Last year nearly 6,000 disadvantaged children received books through the 'Give-A-Kid-A-Book' campaign. What was your childhood favorite? Chances are it is still on the market and these children would love it just as much. Bring your donations (new, unwrapped, hardcover or paperback books for babies through age 18) to Sherry Rasmussen, Outreach and Extension, Wood Hall Room 480, by Dec. 9. Questions or suggestions? Call Sherry at 2164 or Deb Anderson at 2539.

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New courses, workshops offered among winter classes for educators

New courses in science, technology and writing, and two new non-credit workshops are among winter and spring classes for educators offered by the Office of Outreach and Extension. UW-Green Bay courses for educators align with Wisconsin standards for teacher and administrator development and licensure. Info and registration are available online at http://www.uwgb.edu/outreach/educ.

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Non-credits workshops are in February

Outreach offers the following non-credit workshops: "Successful Gardening with Native Plants," from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28 focuses on restoring and nurturing wetlands, and "Introduction to Figure Drawing," meeting from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 28 and March 6. Both workshops are held on campus. View the full list of courses at http://www.uwgb.edu/univcomm/news/archive/2003nov.htm#educators.

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UW System hosts third AODA symposium

Fifteen UW System campuses will send campus representatives to the third UW System AODA symposium Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 10-11), at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Themes for discussion will include the student transition from high school to college, behaviors and expectations regarding alcohol and other drugs, and state and university responses to those issues and concerns. Details about the UW AODA policy are online at http://www.uwsa.edu/acadaff/aoda.

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Chandra, Hall-of-Famer Lieberman will cap Phoenix preseason

The Phoenix women's basketball team has its final preseason tuneup at 7 p.m. this Saturday (Nov. 15) at the Phoenix Sports Center. The AAU team they'll face features WNBA players Chandra Johnson (a current UW-Green Bay student) and Anna DeForge as well as women's basketball legend Nancy Lieberman. For more, visit http://www.uwgb.edu/athletics/wbb/.

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Men's team takes on NMU

The UW-Green Bay men's basketball team closes its exhibition schedule this Thursday (Nov. 11) at the Resch Center vs. Division II Northern Michigan. The two teams played a highly entertaining game during last year's regular season, a narrow 72-67 win for the Phoenix.

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Oligney, coach Ross, Cronin take Horizon League soccer honors

Team results were mixed, but UW-Green Bay was a big winner as the Horizon League handed out its annual men's and women's soccer honors. Sophomore midfielder Sarah Oligney of Wisconsin Rapids was League co-player-of-the-year as her team reached the tourney semifinals and finished 9-9-1. Women's coach Quinn Ross was voted coach-of-the-year. On the men's side, freshman Lorcan Cronin of Castleknock, Ireland, is the first UW-Green Bay player to earn Newcomer of the Year honors. Four other women (Angie Baratto, Stephanie Gross, Allison Brunner and Gwen Zimmerman) and three other men (Kyle Sillars, Pat Czuprynski and Joshua Okoampa) shared in post-season honors. For more, see http://www.uwgb.edu/athletics/wsoccer/110503.html.

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