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Vol. 37, No. 21, Oct. 13, 2005     /     Log Archive

This is the Log newsletter, distributed twice weekly to faculty and staff of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. In today's news:

Textile exhibit opens today
Raptor Research Foundation annual meeting
Our favorite hypnotist returns
'Steps' walk Saturday in Arboretum
Walk to benefit six nonprofits

Return of Laatsch Classic
Student multicultural awards
Snapshots from Phuture Phoenix Day
Press-Gazette features Phuture Phoenix
Graduate named top teacher

Reminder on 'Primetime' basketball
Soulis, Phoenix women receive preseason accolades
Men's hoopsters picked for seventh
Women's soccer team shows appreciation

Fulbright Scholar talks on Islam, gender
'Women's Wisconsin' book talk
UW-Green Bay bands to perform
Change in Bookstore hours
Dean of Students on the move

'Spirit Day' discount at Bookstore
Employee drive concludes (sort of) Friday
Standings in Alumni/Employee Drive Challenge
One-millionth digital object scanned
Cofrin Special Collections a contributor

Sea Grant hosts Great Lakes meetings
Great Lakes conference topics, registration
Oshkosh's Wells a finalist at Long Beach
UW Colleges chancellor visits Manitowoc
Report supports HR software system

Lawton Gallery welcomes textile installation
"Bedtime Stories" by textile artist and UW-Green Bay graduate Rebecca Pearson opens today at the Lawton Gallery in Theater Hall. Pearson is scheduled to speak about the exhibit at 5 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 3 at the Lawton Gallery, which is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Read more about "Bedtime Stories" at

Ivory-billed discovery, peregrines and more at conference
Public sessions continue through Sunday at the annual meeting of the Raptor Research Foundation. The UW-Green Bay Cofrin Center for Biodiversity is the host for the annual meeting of the foundation, a nonprofit scientific society that accumulates and disseminates information on hawks, eagles, owls and falcons. A highlight of the meeting is a special presentation Saturday (Oct. 15) by a member of the search team that "discovered" the ivory-billed woodpecker, a bird thought by many to be extinct. To read more about this interesting conference, click

You will invite me back...again...and again...and again
In the midst of some pretty serious academic and public service news, we wanted to list one of our favorite and traditional Student Life events. For what seems like the 47th (maybe 48th) straight year, hypnotist Jim Wand will play the Phoenix Rooms in University Union tonight at 7 p.m. Admission is $3. He must be good, or they wouldn't keep inviting him back. Would they?

Remember to walk for nonprofits Saturday
A reminder that the "Steps to Make a Difference Walk" organized by students in the Public and Nonprofit Management Class is Saturday (Oct. 15). Participants can help raise funds for six different nonprofit organizations by walking the entire 4.1-mile Arboretum trail or just two miles of it. Walkers can register beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Nicolet Room of the University Union. The walk begins at 10 a.m. Donors can designate their gifts for one or more organizations. Students also ask walkers to bring school supplies to be delivered by members of a UW-Green Bay service-learning course to needy children in Costa Rica.

'Steps' goal: $12,000 for these organizations
The following organizations will benefit from "Steps to Make A Difference": N.E.W. Community Clinic, ALS Therapy Development Foundation, Baird Creek Preservation Foundation, Bay Area Humane Society, New Community Shelter and the Lakeland Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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Laatsch returns with wine and cheese
Here's one more reminder about the Bill Laatsch Wine and Cheese Classic, a campus social event that's back by popular demand. The "classic" for students, faculty and staff is at the Shorewood Golf Course clubhouse Friday (Oct. 14) from 4 to 6 p.m. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres will be available.

UW-Green Bay students win multicultural awards
Eleven students and two staff members from UW-Green Bay attended the American Multicultural Student Leadership Conference at UW-Parkside Oct. 7-9. The UW System sponsors the yearly conference. Osmara Baumgardt-Vielma, a senior in Communication and the Arts, won second place and a cash prize in the Visual Arts competition for her charcoal-on-paper art piece Yanomami en la Hacienda Zamurito. The rigorous competition was juried by UW-Milwaukee faculty. Nou Yang, a senior in Elementary Education, won the Changemaker Award for UW-Green Bay and received a cash prize. The Changemaker Award is judged on service to the campus community and leadership qualities.

Phuture Phoenix: Fifth-graders take over campus
More than 800 fifth-graders visited UW-Green Bay on Tuesday (Oct. 11) for the fourth Phuture Phoenix Day, a day filled with activities bringing fifth-graders closer to the University they may attend one day. The fifth-graders, guided by UW-Green Bay student mentors and other volunteers, visited classrooms, the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, the Cofrin Library, the Phoenix Sports Center and the University Union. See some of the smiling faces from Phuture Phoenix Day at

Fifth-grader: 'Make sure you stop in the library'
Many fifth-graders participating in Phuture Phoenix Day said they had a good idea of what campus life is like by the end of the day. A Green Bay Press-Gazette story includes more comments from participants and from Phuture Phoenix director Cyndie Shepard. The Press-Gazette story is archived at

UW-Green Bay '92 graduate named All-USA teacher
Gina Wagner, Class of '92, was named today to USA Today's 8th Annual All-USA teacher team. Wagner teaches French and Spanish at Washington Junior High and Lincoln High School in Manitowoc. She and 19 other winners receive trophies and cash prizes. UW-Green Bay Prof. Ken Fleurant, Humanistic Studies, recalls Wagner as "bubbly and vibrant." Fleurant added, "She had hundreds of ideas. She has the personality to be a great teacher." Brief profiles of Wagner and the other top teachers are at

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Check out hoops teams in 'Primetime'
"Midnight Mania Primetime," the tip-off event for the UW-Green Bay men's and women's basketball teams, gets underway at 8 p.m. Friday (Oct. 14) at the Phoenix Sports Center. The fun event will include team scrimmages and student events with prizes. More details are in a news release at

Soulis, Phoenix women take Horizon preseason honors
Despite losing four starters from last season's league champion, the UW-Green Bay women's basketball team is again picked to take first place in the Horizon League in 2005-06. UW-Green Bay junior forward Nicole Soulis was chosen as the league's preseason player of the year in a poll of coaches, sports information directors and media. More news about the preseason predictions can be found at

Men's basketball team picked for seventh in Horizon
Horizon League coaches, sports information directors and media pick the UW-Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball team to finish seventh in the conference this year. Meanwhile, UW-Green Bay junior forward Josh Lawrence was selected to the preseason all-Horizon League second team. Read more about the men's basketball conference predictions at

Women's soccer team shows appreciation for faculty, staff
UW-Green Bay faculty and staff and their families will be admitted for free to the Phoenix women's soccer match against the Wisconsin Badgers on Thursday (Oct. 20). Kick-off is at 7 p.m. at Santaga Stadium.

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Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence to discuss political Islam
Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Ibtesam al-Atiyat will speak Tuesday (Oct. 18) on the topic of "Political Islam and Gender Democracy in the Arab World: The Case of Jordan." Her talk is at 4 p.m. in Phoenix Room A of the University Union. A reception will follow the event. The reception also will feature Waleed Al'askar, a St. Norbert College student from Saudi Arabia, playing a traditional Arab musical instrument called an "Ood." To read more about this public event, go to

Book talk, signing on 'Women's Wisconsin'
Author Genevieve G. McBride will discuss her new book, Women's Wisconsin: From Native Matriarchies to the New Millennium, at 3 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 19) at the Christie Theater in the University Union. The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Friends of the Cofrin Library. A news release about the author and her talk is at

Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band perform Wednesday
The UW-Green Bay Wind Symphony and the Symphonic Band will perform selections ranging from "Star Wars" music to a prelude and fugue by J.S. Bach in concert Wednesday (Oct. 19) at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. Concert time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students. In addition, the Weidner Center charges a $2.50 per ticket facility usage fee. The numbers for tickets are (920) 465-2217 or (800) 328-8587. More information about the bands and concert is online at

Phoenix Bookstore makes slight change in store hours
The Phoenix Bookstore on the plaza level of the Cofrin Library has changed its Saturday hours of operation. The store is now open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Bookstore's regular hours are: Monday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dean of Students Office moving today, Friday
Personnel in the Dean of Students Office are on the move today and Friday, but they won't be going far. The office's new location is in Student Services Room 2000, just across the hall from the previous location.

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Bookstore puts spirit in 'Spirit Day' with discount
To help celebrate UW-Green Bay "Spirit Day," the Phoenix Bookstore is offering 10 percent off all UW-Green Bay clothing until closing time at 5 p.m. Friday. Show your Phoenix pride and buy (and wear) your school colors.

'Final' week of Employee Drive ends Friday
Here's a brief reminder that while this week is the official "final" week of the UW-Green Bay Employee Drive, Annual Giving Director Shane Kohl will accept any and all gifts through the end of October. (Actually, Shane reports that he welcomes contributions at any time.) Questions? Contact Kohl at extension 2018 or check out the Employee Drive Web site at Updated numbers show more than 130 employees have made gifts totaling more than $21,300.

1970s alums in the lead...again
UW-Green Bay employees and alumni are having fun again this year with the "era vs. era" competition within the Employee Drive. So far, 1970s alumni lead with a 42 percent participation rate. Alumni from the 1990s are second at 28 percent. Unless the younger alumni rally soon, it looks like the 1970s gang will have bragging rights for the fourth consecutive year.

One-millionth digital object scanned into UW collection
This from the UW Digital Collections Web site: "In September 2005, the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center (UWDCC) digitized and published online its one-millionth digital image. Since its founding in early 2000, the UWDCC has worked collaboratively with UW System faculty, staff and librarians to create digital resources that support the teaching and research needs of the UW community, uniquely document the University and state of Wisconsin, and provide access to rare or fragile items of broad research value." A Wisconsin State Journal article about the collection is online at

Cofrin Special Collections department contributes to digital collections
The Cofrin Library's Special Collections department at UW-Green Bay has been a contributor to the UW Digital Collection. Read about the Belgian-American Research Collection at The main digital library can be accessed at

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Sea Grant hosts Lake Michigan, Great Lakes meetings in November
UW-Sea Grant Institute at UW-Green Bay will host the 4th Biennial Lake Michigan State of the Lake Conference and the 5th Annual Great Lakes Beach Association Meeting at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay on Nov. 2-3. The conference will bring together scientists, resource managers, planners, policy makers, officials, students and citizens to improve and protect Lake Michigan and all Great Lakes beaches.

Conference to cover wide range of topics
The Sea Grant meetings will cover a wide range of interesting topics, including current issues affecting Green Bay, Lake Michigan and Great Lakes beaches such as why nuisance algal blooms have become a more frequent sight and smell at some beaches, the latest research on causes of beach closures, and how invasive species may be changing the lake. For additional information, to register online, and to view the conference agenda, visit the conference Web site at Questions should be directed to conference chair Victoria Harris at

Wells a finalist for presidency at California university
Our neighbor to the south may soon be looking for a new chancellor. UW-Oshkosh Chancellor Richard Wells has confirmed that he is a finalist for the presidency of California State University, Long Beach. Wells discusses his candidacy with the Oshkosh Northwestern at

UW Colleges chancellor cites challenges in Manitowoc
Margaret Cleek, interim chancellor of the UW Colleges system, visited the UW-Manitowoc campus this week and warned that continuing budget cuts may lead to higher tuition at the two-year campuses. Read a Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter story about her visit at

Report: Implement HR software system
A controversial Web-based software system to manage human resources throughout the UW System should be implemented, a new report recommends. A detailed story about the Appointments, Payroll and Benefits (APBS) System is on the Wisconsin Technology Network Web site at

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