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Vol. 37, No. 133, August 3, 2006     /     Log Archive

Brett Favre says this is his most talented Packers team ... local weather people say the extreme heat is gone... and we say this is the best summer edition of the LOG newsletter you'll ever see. Forecasts made in early August are, of course, notoriously unreliable, but have faith and read on:


Prof. al-Atiyat shares moving memories of UW-Green Bay
Regents consider 'growth' budget
Doyle now wants tuition limits
Media coverage
Summer Discovery reaches out to at-risk kids

Death of former staff member Jean Brien
Shorewood celebrates 75th anniversary in style
Weidner website promotes special-event rentals
Adult Degree gets cover treatment in magazine
Kreibich 'outraged' over Lawson

Ozaukee Board gets 2 cents in (or $8,427 out) on Barrett flap
NY Times weighs in
Guitar Camp packs 'em in
Spanish Immersion
Robotics competition at Space Camp

Aug. 15 is Alumni Night at the Timber Rattlers
'Public Responsibility in Human Research' is Sept. 28
Entwistle lends a hand to Peninsula Players' new 'Cabaret'
Meanwhile back at the UW-Green Bay scene shop...
Brief: Jeffreys


Visiting Fulbright professor describes moving experiences at UW-Green Bay
Prof. Ibtesam al-Atiyat, the Jordanian scholar who spent 2005-06 in residence here as a visiting scholar, collected a wealth of cherished memories. She shares a few of them online for the main Web page of the Fulbright Scholar Program. If you have a soft spot for tales of warm Midwest hospitality, transformed students, and one teacher's journal of a cross-cultural, lives-changing opportunity, this is it. Click http://www.cies.org/sir/stories/sir_iatiyat.htm.


Regents consider plans to expand baccalaureate degrees
Introduced as a topic at Wednesday's Board of Regents budget meeting in Madison were Systemwide growth plans ultimately aimed at increasing the number of Wisconsin residents with bachelor's degrees. If every campus and statewide proposal were funded, it would require $27 million in new and ongoing GPR base funding over the course of the biennium. Proposals up for Regent consideration include:

Increased Baccalaureate Degrees
Colleges/Extension    $2.6 million
Green Bay    $1.7 million
La Crosse    $3.4 million
Oshkosh    $2.6 million
Parkside    $1.2 million
Platteville    $568,000
River Falls    $325,000
Stevens Point    $266,000
Superior    $1.1 million
Whitewater    $381,000

Workforce Development Initiatives
Milwaukee    $10 million
Eau Claire, Stout    $3 million
Teacher Ed (multi-campus)    $2.7 million
Nursing (multi-campus)    $3.1 million
Applied Research initiative    $250,000

Other Initiatives
Early Math placement    $130,000
Transfer Information System Phase 4    $156,000
Wisconsin Covenant staff    $220,000
Veterans' advisers    $260,000
Faculty recruitment/retention    $6.6 million


Governor Doyle urges Board of Regents to tie tuition increase to inflation
Gov. Jim Doyle today announced Wednesday he had sent a letter to the Board of Regents urging them to limit tuition over the next two years so that tuition does not rise faster than inflation. The letter noted the downward trend in low-income students enrolled at UW schools, and touted Doyle's support for current financial aid programs and the proposed Wisconsin Covenant initiative. It made no specific reference to the level of public funding for the System that Doyle, if re-elected, would advocate for the System in the next state budget. The Governor's letter can be viewed at http://www.wisgov.state.wi.us/docview.asp?docid=9135.


Media coverage of Wednesday's budget and tuition talk
The Board of Regents won't actually vote on the 2007-09 UW System budget request until Aug. 17 and 18 in Madison. Wednesday's meeting was for discussion only. The Journal-Sentinel offers context at http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=479552.


A new Summer Discovery: Satellite location targets at-risk kids
Summer Discovery has a new twist. In addition to offering the typical two-week enrichment program for school-age kids on campus, it has expanded to a four-week program to include at-risk students from Fort Howard, Tank and Howe elementary schools. The at-risk students are attending on scholarships made possible with support from 21st Century Learning Centers, Title 1 and SAGE funds, a grant from United Way, and a grant from the Institute for Learning Partnership. This program is currently serving 200 students. Their sessions started in mid-July with students meeting all day at Fort Howard Elementary. As an incentive and bonus, over the next two weeks, participants are also spending afternoons in enrichment classes at UW-Green Bay. The program is being offered in partnership with Green Bay Public Schools and the Office of Outreach and Extension Youth Opportunities.


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University Communication Office loses a friend with death of Jean Brien
Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. this Saturday (Aug. 5) at Resurrection Church for Jean Brien, a former UW-Green Bay employee of more than two decades. Jean died Monday in Green Bay at age 75. She was a program assistant in the University Communication Office and its forerunner, the Publications Office, from the mid-1970s until her retirement in April 1992. Before that, her university service involved work with academic programs and the former Educational Communications operation, and included a stint at the old Deckner Center while UW-Green Bay transitioned to a full, four-year institution. A month before her death, Jean had the chance to reunite with former co-workers at an office gathering, and she was in typical good spirits. She is survived by her husband, Robert, and two children. The death notice is online at http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060803/GPG010301/608030554/1212.


Shorewood celebrates 75th anniversary in style
Shorewood Golf Course is planning a variety of events for its 75th Anniversary Weekend Aug. 18, 19 and 20. Look for more later, but among the anticipated highlights:

Competition in the Shorewood Amateur tournament beginning 10 a.m. Friday the 18th
$7.50 greens fees all weekend
75-cent hot dogs, brats, soda and chips all weekend
Putting contest on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
25% off all merchandise all weekend
Special 75th Anniversary t-shirts for $7.50
Membership Special (buy a 2007 membership and play the rest of 2006 for free)


New Weidner Center Web site promotes rental opportunities
The Weidner Center's new and improved Web site includes a wide array of photos from dinners, receptions and other events hosted by the Weidner. Clicking on the room name under the Renting Spaces link takes you to a description of the room along with various photos, showing off different layouts and set-ups within each room. Many of the photos are from actual events such as the Chancellor's Scholarship Dinner, LifeLines Women's Speakers Series, receptions and anniversary/wedding parties. Click on a photo to see it enlarged. Check it out at http://www.uwgb.edu/weidner/spaces/specialevents/special.htm.


Adult Degree Program gets cover treatment in local magazine
Cap-and-gown-wearing graduates of UW-Green Bay and the Adult Degree Program smile out from the latest issue of Bay Cities magazine, which carries a higher-ed theme. Program Manager Eric Craver shares word that the publication not only broadened its focus to include non-traditional learners, it devoted much text and photo space inside to the adult-learner demographic in general and UW-Green Bay in particular.


Headline: 'Key lawmaker says he's outraged over failed UW software project'
It's Rep. Rob Kreibich of Eau Claire, who this week released a letter to UW System President Reilly. Kreibich says he can't believe no employees were disciplined after a $26 million project derailed. See http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthsuperior/news/politics/15182789.htm.


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Ozaukee County Board gets its 2 cents in (or $8,427 out) on lecturer
The Ozaukee County Board of Supervisors attracted big publicity this week with its 18-11 vote to cut next year's county contribution to the local UW-Extension budget by exactly $8,427. Why that amount? It's a protest against other public monies being used to pay a controversial lecturer at UW-Madison. See http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=479531.


NY Times offers recap
A university review of Kevin Barrett's teaching determined that, while he offered a variety of opinions on the events of September 11, 2001, he did not espouse his personal views in the classroom. That's how the New York Times summarizes the case. Free registration is required at http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/01/education/01madison.html.


Camps update: Guitar Camp packs 'em in
Guitar Camp is filled to capacity this week with 90 teen-agers from Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and as far away as Nebraska. A free public concert featuring 13 guitar ensembles will perform on the University Theatre stage, on Friday, August 4, starting at 6:30 p.m. Director Bob Balsley says one lucky student will win a Gibson guitar valued at $5,000. (Gibson has been a sponsor of this camp for many years.)


Spanish Immersion Camp includes local field trips
About 30 students, based in Wood Hall, are divided into three skill-level groups this week. In the morning students learn Spanish grammar, reading and writing skills. In the afternoons students focus on Hispanic culture. Field trips included an outing to a Mexican restaurant and a visit to other Hispanic businesses.


Space Experience Camp
A robotics competition is scheduled for Friday afternoon (Aug. 4) as part of Space Camp at UW-Green Bay. The second-year camp for 7th to 12-graders has grown to 50 students this year. On Tuesday, Dr. Tom Jones graced the Rose Hall auditorium with incredible pictures of earth and his fellow crew-mates while in space, along with his story of how he came to be an astronaut and what it takes to get there. Students in the camp are heavily immersed in classroom/lab experiences focusing on heat shields, robotics and rocketry.


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UW-Green Bay Alumni Night at the Fox Cities Timber Rattlers
Aug 15, 2006 7:05 pm

Grab your baseball mitt and let's head out to the ballgame. UW-Green Bay Alumni Family Night at the Timber Rattlers baseball game is Tuesday night, Aug. 15 at Fox Cities Stadium. To add to the fun, it's "Buck Night" sodas, hotdogs and beer for just a $1 each. Wear something that says "UW-Green Bay" and earn $2 in Snake Bucks, compliments of the Alumni Association. Tickets are $8 each, box seating (benches with the backrests). Questions? Contact the Alumni Office at (920) 465-2586, or email at alumni@uwgb.edu. Mail ticket requests to Alumni Association, UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311-7001. Checks are made payable to the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association. Visa/MasterCard accepted (call in your order).


Interested in 'Public Responsibility in Human Research'? Check it out
UW-Green Bay faculty and staff interested in, or currently involved in, human subjects related research are invited to attend the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) IRB 101 program being hosted by UW-Madison at Grainger Hall on September 28, 2006 from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. There will be no registration fee for attending this program. The UW-Madison's IRB 101 program will be led by two experienced PRIM&R faculty members, Jeffery Cohen and Dale Hammerschmidt, and will address issues relating to human research protections relevant to both biomedical and social/behavioral/education research. The program will cover not only the ethical principals and federal regulations applicable to IRB review but also such advanced topics as International Research, Internet Research and Research Involving Participants with Impaired Decision-Making Capacity. For detailed information, contact Kathi Matthews-Risley, Communications Coordinator UW-Madison Graduate School, Phone: 608-262-1799. Email to krisley@bascom.wisc.edu


Entwistle brought in as scenic artist for Peninsula Players new 'Cabaret'
Some show's designs are simply more complex than typical summer stock. UW-Green Bay Prof. Jeff Entwistle was brought in as special scenic artist for the production of "Cabaret" which opened Wednesday at the Peninsula Players' new playhouse. Lead designer is Jim Moronek, union scenic designer and recently retired faculty designer from DePaul University in Chicago. Unique design solutions were used which neither the designer nor Entwistle had worked with before as all scenic details were laid out on black screening attached to metal frames, then textured and detail painted. Hard work but someone had to do it... in the 10 days leading up to July 31, Entwistle figures, he devoted 100 hours painting to Peninsula Players.


Meanwhile back at the UW-Green Bay scene shop...
Prof. Jeff Entwistle has accepted an additional assignment as a local organization, NEWDO the Northeast Wisconsin Dance Organization makes plans for a community presentation of a fully staged "Nutcracker" ballet at the Meyer Theatre this December. Other NEWDO figures with UW-Green Bay ties include artistic director Timothy Josephs, a longtime collaborator, and Cyndie Shepard, a member of the board. Entwistle's crack "Nutcracker" crew will include wife Donna, spring Theatre grad Joshua Wintersteen, senior Theatre major Tiffany Dantinne, and student Jennifer Johnston. The production calls for five full stage drops and two full-stage "cut" drops, and an oversize Christmas tree that will grow from 10-feet tall to 20-foot tall during the production.


Brief
Religion and philosophy Prof. Derek S. Jeffreys of Humanistic Studies recently published "Eliminating all Empathy: Personalim and the War on Terror" in Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture.


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