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Vol. 37, No. 52, Dec. 15, 2005     /     Log Archive

This particular edition of UW-Green Bay's LOG newsletter is one of our most jam-packed, ever, with lots of interesting stuff from start to finish. We'll let you get started:


Five professors earn sabbaticals
New jobs, homes, babies... and master's degrees
Remembering Prof. Galt
His photos tell a story
Eight win Teaching Enhancement Grants

Honoring long-time colleagues on Friday
Winners of Chancellor's Medallions
Big losers: The Blazin' Bursars
Flags at half-staff Thursday
Tribute to 'Prox'

4E staffer wins national recognition
PhotoBlog: a very good student art show
Library Friends elect Voelker
Library Friends donate money
Library Friends want you to take chances with yours

'Care' packages are hitting their mark with soldiers
Honoring Our Veterans
Learning Tree results show spirit of the season
More spirit: Jingle Bell results
Still more: Give-a-Kid-a-Book results

Ted Lenfestey's residents are No. 1 in Alcohol... and that's good
More bell-ringers, please
Koach K's kardiac kids
Looking ahead to Jazz Fest: international connections
Salernos, Balsley know guest artists

Reilly talks candidly about Eau Claire Bible flap
'Board seeks answers to tuition gap'
Regent to lawmakers: Get serious
Weidner Center coverage
Possible grant opportunity in service learning

More grants from Space Grant
Two students win out-of-this-world art commissions
Touch choices among 15 proposals


Regents OK sabbaticals for Goff, Nielsen, Reed, Howe, Wilson-Doenges
The UW Board of Regents has granted sabbaticals to five faculty members here, providing time for in-depth study that will enhance their teaching in the future.

Receiving sabbatical leaves for the full academic year (2006-07) are:
Prof. Victoria Goff, Information and Computing Science, who will complete a textbook on feature writing and a book on the history of Spanish-language media in the U.S.
Prof. Kim Nielsen, Social Change and Development and Women's Studies, who has published books on Helen Keller, will complete a biography of Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan Macy.
Prof. Tara Reed, Natural and Applied Sciences. who will develop lab exercises and research tools for use in her classes.

Granted semester-length sabbaticals are:
Prof. Robert Howe, Cofrin Arboretum Center for Biodiversity, who next fall will prepare a book-length reference work on the history, natural features and research data of the Arboretum.
Prof. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges, Urban and Regional Studies, who in spring will analyze historic data that would enable her to map out suburban trends in the Green Bay metropolitan region for the past 60 years, with plans for a course on suburban living.


In the spotlight: First master's degrees for Green Bay/Oshkosh social work
The first students to complete a new, innovative Master of Social Work program operated jointly by UW-Green Bay and UW-Oshkosh will receive their degrees on Saturday, Dec. 17. Fourteen are eligible to receive their degrees here, and sixteen earlier the same day in Oshkosh. Collaborative program director Judy Martin, a professor of Social Work here, called the first graduates all of them women the "founding mothers" and declared them "ready to take leadership positions in the field of social work throughout the region." Several students changed jobs while in the program, some moved, and five of the 30 had new babies. It's a neat story; for names and more, click http://www.uwgb.edu/univcomm/news/archive/2005dec.htm#social.


Prof. Galt to be remembered
The late Anthony Galt will be remembered on campus this weekend, during professor emeritus honors at Commencement on Saturday, and in his memorial service at 1:30 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 18) at the Ecumenical Center. Galt died last weekend after a short illness. A full obit is online at http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051214/GPG010301/512140537/1212.


For Galt, photography clicked, especially at Baird Creek
Some on campus will remember Tony Galt as an early proponent of interdisciplinary team-teaching (with Larry Smith and others) or as a pioneering faculty member in use of the World-Wide Web. Also noteworthy was his love of photography especially along Baird Creek, which he photographed in every season over many years. An exhibit of his photography is planned at Kavarna Coffeehouse in early February. Or, go now to http://www.uwgb.edu/galta/bairds/.


Eight win Teaching Enhancement Grants
Seven proposals submitted by eight individuals have won fall semester Teaching Enhancement Grants awarded by the Instructional Development Council. Awards ranged from $200 to $900. A call for spring semester proposals will be issued shortly into the semester. Fall recipients and their projects are:

Peter Breznay (Information Sciences/Computer Science), materials to construct a model computer;
Carol Emmons (Communication and the Arts/Art), develop strategies for integrating global curricula;
Patricia Ragan (Education), attend a symposium on international perspectives in early childhood education;
Denise Scheberle and Theresa Johnson (Public and Environmental Affairs/Political Science), develop Phoenix Forum;
Understanding Civic Engagement; Jeff Whitworth (Business Administration), attend the annual meeting of the Financial Education Association;
Mark Everingham (Social Change and Development/Political Science), participate in a workshop on interdisciplinary perspectives on indigenous rights;
Steven Meyer (Natural and Applied Sciences/Earth Science), materials for models to teach principles of sun angles.


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Has he been here that long? Check the names, Friday
Test yourself and put these names in order of length of service to the University:

A) Ken Fluerant B) Sandy Deadman C) Chris Sampson D) Sue Bodilly E) Gayle Thompson F) Greg Aldrete. The correct sequence, of course, is A-B-E-C-D-F, representing, in order, 35, 30, 25, 20, 15 and 10 years on campus. Come to Friday's program at 2 p.m. Friday (Dec. 16) in the Union. The 62 plaque people are listed in order at http://www.uwgb.edu/univcomm/news/archive/2005dec.htm#service.


Twelve seniors win Chancellor's, Leadership awards
A dozen graduating seniors will receive special awards in ceremonies on campus Friday night (Dec. 16). Chancellor's Medallions, recognizing academic excellence and leadership demonstrated throughout the student's career at UW-Green Bay go to Elizabeth Bostwick, Richland Center; Erin Fahey, Cottage Grove, Minn.; Rebecca Heim, Green Bay; Ashley Moreno, Little Chute; Paul Struss, Green Bay; Angela Wix, Wausau; and Nou Yang, Green Bay.

University Leadership Awards acknowledge students' leadership on- and off-campus during their time at UW-Green Bay. Recipients are Cynthia Freitag, Sturgeon Bay; Daniel Schulz, Chili; Jamie Swanson, Grafton; Kristin Trampf, Berlin; and Carol Williams, Green Bay.


Blazin' Bursars are big losers
Approximately 110 pounds was lost by participants in the Fall 2005 "Up With Good Bodies" program. Up With Good Bodies is a program designed to create a healthier lifestyle for its participants by helping them to make changes in attitude, nutritional choices, and exercise habits.

The winners:
Team Blazin' Bursars... Dick Anderson, Amy Ibuaka, Ben Krumanauer, Patty Miller, LuAnn Wickham.
Individual Stephanie Weis


Flag at half-staff Thursday
Flags on campus were at half staff all day Thursday as a mark of respect for Wisconsin native Sgt. Andy Stevens of the U.S. Marine Corps, killed in action in Iraq on Dec. 1.


Remembering Sen. Proxmire
The LOG newsletter honors the memory of maverick U.S. Sen. William Proxmire, who died Thursday morning at age 90. The year 2005 saw, within months, the passing of both Proxmire and Gaylord Nelson, respected as giants of Wisconsin politics who served side-by-side in the Senate for a quarter century. Gov. Jim Doyle has ordered all state facilities to keep flags at half-staff until sunset on the day of his funeral, still to be announced.


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4E staffer wins national student newspaper award
The Fourth Estate student newspaper won a prestigious national award at the recent Associated Collegiate Press National College Media Convention in Kansas City. Fawn Giese, the Fourth Estate's layout editor during the 2004-05 academic year, won second-place honors in the "News Page/Spread" category for a layout in the Oct. 14, 2004 edition headlined "Student musicians rock the GB music scene." Giese finished second to a student from North Carolina State University. However, she placed ahead of finalists from Ball State, Indiana and Columbia. For more, click http://www.uwgb.edu/univcomm/news/archive/2005dec.htm#newspaper.


View the blog: Last day for a very good student show
There's one day remaining to catch a truly fine student art show in the Lawton Gallery. Visit before Friday the 16th, or click on the PhotoBlog for an overview at http://www.uwgb.edu/univcomm/photoblog/05studentart.htm.


Library Friends elect Voelker
David Voelker, faculty member in Humanistic Studies and history, was elected to a two-year term as president of the Friends of the Cofrin Library at the group's recent annual meeting. He succeeds Shane Kohl, University Advancement, who is retiring from the board. Learning in Retirement member Zeta Turiff was re-elected to a two-year term as vice president. Elected to two-year board terms were Debbie Burden, lecturer in English composition, and Joyce Hannemann, Learning in Retirement. Retired faculty member Chuck Matter was elected for one year to complete Voelker's board term. The Friends organization began in 1996 with the goal of supporting and promoting the Cofrin Library.


Friends gift of $1,000 will help staff and students
Friends of the Cofrin Library outgoing president Shane Kohl handed a check for $1,000 to Library Director Leanne Hansen during the group's annual meeting. Hansen said the annual gift will help to support staff development and purchase periodical subscriptions for the student browsing collection. The Friends raise funds through a raffle and other activities. In addition to staff development and subscriptions, past gifts have included equipment, furniture, reference resources and other Library needs for which it lacks funds.


Stocking stuffer: Bookstore raffle benefits Cofrin Library
Interested in a $500 gift card to the UW-Green Bay Phoenix Bookstore for apparel, office supplies and, of course, books? The Friends of the Cofrin Library organization is offering chances at gift cards in its annual fundraising raffle now through Jan. 3. Chances are $2 each, or six for $10. Students and their families are a primary target market the drawing takes place at 7:59 a.m. outside the Bookstore on the Tuesday the rush begins for second-semester textbooks but the raffle is open to everyone, on and off campus, and the cards are good on any merchandise in stock. (Or even out of stock. They'll order any book in print for you.) To buy tickets, contact a board member; see http://www.uwgb.edu/library/friends/board.html.


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UW-Green Bay 'care' packages are hitting their mark
Veteran's services coordinator Elaina Koltz reports that she has received the first e-mailed "thank you" from a UW-Green Bay student on active military duty for a "care" package originated at UW-Green Bay. Koltz said she shipped half a dozen packages containing snacks, magazines, personal toiletries and other items just last Saturday to members of the UW-Green Bay "family" who are serving overseas and for whom she had "good" addresses. The first response was from a student still at Fort Sill, Okla. who is awaiting overseas deployment in January. The other packages went to individuals in Kuwait and Iraq. According to Koltz, a total of ten from UW-Green Bay are serving overseas.


Care packages are part of Honoring Our Veterans
The care packages just sent to military UW-Green Bay students and staff serving overseas are part of the Honoring Our Veterans initiative announced last spring by Chancellor Bruce Shepard. Elements of the program include an annual reception honoring veterans, initiatives to welcome back those who return after active duty, and care packages to those presently serving. Koltz said the holidays seemed an appropriate time to send the packages. The contents were donated by members of various Student Services offices who volunteered to fill the boxes.


Learning Tree confirms that UWGB has the spirit of the season
The Office of Student Life completed the Learning Tree book collection last weekend, and reports that about 120 books were donated for the 92 students in grades K-2 at Tank Elementary. Thank you to one and all who participated, especially the Alumni Association, which was responsible for a very generous donation.


Still more spirit: Jingle Bell
Also, the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis was held here on campus December 3. About 1300 campus and community members gathered in the Nicolet Room before hitting the cold Arboretum Trail on a snowy morning. About 25 student organization members provided the support in the Nicolet Room to stage the walk, with the cross-country team talking the lead as course guides and race officials. All were in good spirits, and about $30,000 was raised for the Arthritis Foundation, a local non-profit agency.


And, finally: Give-a-Kid-a-Book
Nancy Matzke extends a big thank-you to all who contributed to the December 2005 edition of the annual Give-a-Kid-a-Book campaign. Well over 100 brand-new books were donated to be forwarded to children in the community.


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Ted Lenfestey's residents are No. 1 in Alcohol... in a good way
The Residents of Ted Lenfestey Hall won the Alcohol-Got (the real) Facts Contest! The residents of TLH, with strong leadership from their Resident Assistants Molly Mendzick and Bobby Balow, participated in more of the contest's alcohol education opportunities than any other Residence Life building. Because their hall won, every resident who has met a minimum participation level will receive a Phoenix "hoodie" sweatshirt. Prizes are also being given to those who had the highest individual level of participation but who do not live in TLH. The Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Programming task force congratulates the contest winners and hopes that the information that they gained through the contest will be as useful to them throughout their lives as the hoodies will be this winter. This contest was fully funded by a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.


Salvation Army seeks more bell-ringers
(Are we allowed to relay this post? It's hard to keep track. Oh, well. Dang the torpedoes and unnamed anti-deity take the hindmost.) A LOG reader shares this note: "Please consider offering some assistance with your family or co-workers to the Salvation Army kettle drive. There are 60 locations in the Green Bay area. One- and two-hour shifts are needed. Visit http://www.sagreenbay.org to sign up online or call the bellringing office Monday through Saturday, 497-7053 ext. 134."


UW-Green Bay's amazing comebacks are practically... phoenix-like
The men's basketball team arose from the ashes once again Wednesday night, this time in a 73-69 Resch Center win vs. Eastern Michigan. Down 14 with only four minutes to go, they ended the game with a 17-1 run. (Shades of the home opener, when they made up for a 16-0 start against North Dakota State.) Read about the comeback at http://www.uwgb.edu/athletics/mbb/121405a.asp.


Looking ahead to Jazz Fest: International connections extend to jazz
For the very first time, UW-Green Bay's Jazz Fest will be host to international guest artists. Musicians Claudius Kovác, piano; Robert Ragan, bass; and Peter Solárik, drums, are from Slovakia and comprise the trio Nothing But Swing. They'll be among features of Jazz Fest at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 in the Weidner Center. The trio has appeared at concerts and festivals in Poland, Austria, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Hungary, Italy and the Czech Republic. They've also recorded. This will be their first trip to the U.S. Among those helping to support the group's trip to UW-Green Bay are the Office of International Education, Music Educators National Conference student chapter, Student Jazz Society and the Office of Student Life.


Slovakian trio no strangers to UW-Green Bay musicians
Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Ensemble directors John and Chris Salerno and guitarist Bob Balsley played with members of Nothing But Swing when the UW-Green Bay musicians traveled to Slovakia in October 2004.The Salernos and Balsley were there to participate in the Autumn Festival of the Arts and give lessons and master classes at the Academy of the Arts in Banska Bystrica. On the Green Bay group's last night, the six musicians got together for a jam session at a club. Two trio members also taught at the Academy of the Arts where all of the festival faculty members participated in a concert.


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In state news... Reilly talks candidly about Eau Claire Bible flap
Testifying before a legislative committee, UW System President Kevin Reilly said the university's policies must remain in line with constitutional requirements, but also offered his opinion that their should be room for Resident Assistants to lead Bible discussions as long as students aren't coerced. See http://www.jsonline.com/news/state/dec05/377583.asp.


'Board seeks answers to tuition gap'
That's the headline over Wisconsin State Journal coverage of last week's Board of Regents discussion concerning tuition and financial aid models that could help assist students from low-income families. See http://www.madison.com/archives/read.php?ref=wsj:2005:12:09:537391:LOCAL.


'Regent to lawmakers: Get serious'
UW System Board of Regents President David Walsh said the university needs to begin leading the discussing on issues critical to higher education. See http://www.madison.com/archives/read.php?ref=wsj:2005:12:10:537521:LOCAL.


Weidner Center announcement draws statewide coverage
Among the stories filed in response to this week's announcement of major changes for the Weidner Center is this one from the Appleton Post-Crescent. It gives a local slant to the news but also shares the perspective that arts centers everywhere are facing challenging times. See http://www.postcrescent.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051214/APC0101/512140640&SearchID=73229564532007.


Possible grant opportunity in service learning
Listen carefully, now: The Upper Midwest Campus Compact Consortium (comprised of the Compacts in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin) is applying for a Learn and Serve America higher-education consortium grant. If funded, this grant will support regional clusters of campuses partnering with K-12 schools and community-based organizations to address community issues through service-learning, community-based research, work-study, and other forms of civic engagement for $30,000-$45,000 per cluster per year for three years. Please note that only those partnerships submitting a two-to-three-page Letter of Interest by Jan. 30, 2006, will be eligible to apply for funding if UMCCC's application is successful. Anyone interested in this opportunity is strongly encouraged to contact Carie Goral at goral@uwp.edu; or call 262-595-2514.


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More grants from Space Grant
Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium announces grants available for UW-Green Bay faculty and staff. Proposals from a wide variety of disciplines are encouraged, including climatology, chemistry, astronomy, engineering, remote sensing, conservation, physics, education, and other disciplines.

Research Seed Grants Proposal deadline: February 24, 2006
Faculty Research Seed Grant and Proposal Writing grants are available up to a $5,000 direct stipend per year. In addition, one such grant up to $10,000 is available. Other Research Initiative awards will be made up to $1,000. Awards will be based on the proposal topic, quality, credentials of the investigator(s), and probability of success in developing space-related research infrastructure. Additional information is available on the WSGC Web site at http://www.uwgb.edu/wsgc/research/ri.asp.

Higher Education Grants Proposal deadline: February 21, 2006
Higher Education grants of up to $8,000 are available for value-added, higher education teaching/training projects related to any space or aerospace discipline. This is a seed-grant program for undergraduate education projects that support the innovative ideas on how to increase the space and aerospace content of undergraduate university and college offerings. Additional information is available on the WSGC Web site at http://www.uwgb.edu/wsgc/faculty/he.asp.

Student scholarship awards are also available; information can be found at http://www.uwgb.edu/wsgc.


Two students win art commissions from Space Grant Consortium
Students Darci White and Daniel Klewer each have won $1,000 commissions to create works of art specifically for the offices of the federally funded Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium that moved earlier this year to Environmental Sciences Suite 301. White's 13-1/2 by 6 foot acrylic paint, pastel and ink piece entitled, "Quantitative Advancements with Spirit and Opportunity" will be installed in the hallway just outside of the office. Klewer's 4 by 6 foot oil on canvas painting, "A Head Full of Space is Not Empty," will be installed in the lounge area just inside the office. Both students are seniors. White is emphasizing studies in art education and theater design with a minor in graphic communications. Klewer is an art major who is completing an education minor. According to art chairperson Chris Style, who worked with Space Grant Consortium on the competition, a public unveiling of the two pieces will be scheduled in late February 2006.


Yingst says it was a tough decision
Space Grant Consortium Director R. Aileen Yingst says selecting the winning commission from among 15 submitted proposals was tough so tough, in fact that the decision was made to award two commissions. "We've spent some grueling but rewarding hours...reviewing proposals for the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium sponsored Art Commission," she said. "The grueling part of the process was trying to decide among the number of high-quality, interesting and diverse proposals." Winning choices ultimately were based on the appropriateness of the piece and the medium for the space.


It was a 'real-world' commission competition
The concept of the commission competition started with the desire for original art work for the Space Grant Consortium's office and developed as Yingst collaborated with art faculty members Student proposals had to include a to-scale color sketch, a cost estimate for materials, and slides or CDs representative of their work.


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