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Vol. 38, No. 97, April 23, 2007     /     Log Archive

Did you have a good Earth Day on Sunday? If not, there's still time: One of the rarest outdoor sights in Wisconsin (or anywhere) is taking place just 35 miles west of here. Gigantic lake sturgeon are swarming the Wolf River shallows to spawn. A popular viewing spot the next few days will be the public parking area along Highway 54 on the far end of Shiocton at "Bamboo Bend," where the river curves back to the road. It's arguably the world's best-protected and best-managed sturgeon population... and that's an environmental success story. In news today:

Dean candidate info is now posted
Snapshots: Novak lecture
Here's a recipe for happiness on Mothers Day
'Exceptional production': 'Brighton Beach Memoirs'
UW-Green Bay takes role in first-ever NEW ERA faculty summit

U of Nebraska 'Storm Chaser' blows into town
Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band
Scenes from American operas
Blog: Guest filmmakers enjoyed UW-Green Bay
'New major connects students with tribal elders'

'Posters in the Rotunda': UW-Green Bay shines again
Downtown lecture series closes strong
New lineup: Shay, Sweet, Gurung, Medland, Nielsen, J. Salerno
Doyle puts in plug for more UW funds
Joint Finance identifies 'policy items' to be removed from budget

Faculty/staff directory cards? Turn 'em in by May 5
Lawton Gallery senior show
Softball vs. Badgers
'Father of Stem-Cell Research' accepts Santa Barbara gig
Brief: Jay Harris

Dean candidate info is now posted
William Rosa of Montclair State University (New Jersey); Robert Howe and Scott Furlong of UW-Green Bay; and Murray Nabors of the University of Mississippi are all candidates for the position of dean of liberal arts and sciences. Their vitae and visit schedules are now posted to the Web at

Snapshots: Novak lecture draws community interest
A good number of community members and friends of UW-Green Bay turned out for last Thursday's Historical Perspectives lecture by Michael Novak. The George Frederick Jewett Scholar in Religion, Philosophy and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute, Novak spoke about his new book, Washington's God. See

Don't know what to get for Mother's Day? Here's a recipe for happiness
The Classified Staff Advisory Council has compiled a cookbook of faculty and staff recipes from across campus. The cookbooks are on sale in the Phoenix Bookstore for $10 and come with a card for your mom with instructions for her to pick her favorite recipe out of the book and YOU will cook it for her and she can RELAX!! The cookbooks and cards will be available in the Bookstore starting Tuesday, April 24th!


All proceeds from the cookbook go toward supporting Classified Staff Professional Development Opportunities. Sponsored by the Classified Staff Advisory Council. Questions? E-mail Tina Tackmier at

'Exceptional production': Four stars for 'Brighton Beach Memoirs'
The Green Bay Press-Gazette offers high praise for another top-shelf production by the University theatre program. Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs which evokes the feel of 1930s Brooklyn down to the smallest set and costume details is entering its second week, with tickets still available. Check the review first at

UW-Green Bay takes role in first-ever NEW ERA faculty summit
"Faculty Dialogue: A NEW ERA Collaborative Conference" is scheduled for this Friday (April 27) at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton. The goal is to build relationships among the faculty of NEW ERA institutions. Participating will be approximately 100 faculty from the disciplines of English, math, social sciences, communication, natural sciences and business from UW-Green Bay and our sister campuses in Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Fox Valley, Manitowoc, Sheboygan and Marinette, as well Fox Valley, Northeast Wisconsin, Moraine Park and Lakeshore technical colleges. Participants will learn about the UW and Technical College Systems and also to discuss curriculum and pedagogy.


Prof. Tim Meyer will be the emcee and moderator for Friday's regional conference. Meyer and three others Marilyn Sagrillo, Anne Kok and Donna Ritch are members of an ongoing NEW ERA dialogue group facilitated by Outreach and Extension's Jan Thornton and her Oshkosh counterpart, Marsha Rossiter. Additional UW-Green Bay faculty members participating Friday, as invited by Chancellor Bruce Shepard, include Linda Toonen, Jeanellyn Schwartzenbach, Phil Clampitt, Kris Vespia, Ryan Martin, Denise Bartell, Lynn Walter, Andy Kersten, John Lyon, Lucy Arendt, Bill Lepley, Steve Muzatko, and Ann Selk.

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U of Nebraska 'Storm Chaser' blows into town for Thursday's NAS talk
Natural and Applied Sciences, in partnership with the Packerland Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, welcomes Dr. Ken Dewey, professor of climatology at the University of Nebraska, as he presents "Storm Chasing at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln: A Partnership between the University, the National Weather Service and Emergency Management." In his presentation Dewey will discuss preparation for storm chasing, what happens during an actual storm chase, the work of interns at the emergency management office, interactions with the National Weather Service during the chase, and post-disaster damage assessment. The presentation is Thursday (April 26) at 7 p.m. in MAC Hall 208. It's free and open to the public.

High school all-stars to guest with Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band
The UW-Green Bay Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will perform in concert Wednesday (April 25) at the Weidner Center. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will perform selections by Johannes Brahms, Charles Ives, Leonard Bernstein and other composers. The concert also will feature the State Bound High School Honors Band, which includes some of the area's top high school musicians. More detail is online at

Opera Studio offers scenes from American operas
The UW-Green Bay Opera Studio will present an evening of scenes from American operas Friday and Saturday (April 27 and 28) in the Weidner Center's Jean Weidner Theater. The performances will start at 7:30 p.m. Prof. Benjamin Brecher, music and stage director, says all the works are sung in English and are accessible to audiences. The program begins with Samuel Barber's "Hand of Bridge" and individual scenes from Virgil Thompson's "The Mother of Us All" and Kurt Weill's "Street Scene," among others. The second half is a performance of "The Face on the Barroom Floor" by Henry Mollicone. "These pieces were chosen for their complex and beautiful music, their characters of substance, and their interesting stories," Brecher said. Watch for a news release Tuesday at that will include cast, crew and additional details.

Blog: Guest filmmakers enjoyed UW-Green Bay stop
Two rising, independent filmmakers who visited our campus as guests of Art Agency earlier this month blogged about the experience, after the fact. Candyeyefactory won recently at the Slamdance Film Festival for "The Mallorys Go Black Market," a short film they also screened during their visit here. They blogged about being impressed by their reception, and the quality of the questions, from UW-Green Bay students. Click

'New major connects students with tribal elders'
That was the headline on a recent Wisconsin Public Radio report that quoted Interim Dean Fergus Hughes on the new First Nations Studies major. A notable feature, he says, is the degree to which the program will encourage students to work with tribal elders as a supplement to classroom education. You can access the audio file at

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A report from 'Posters in the Rotunda': UW-Green Bay shines again
For many years at UW-Green Bay, the lingo described it as "problem-solving." Now, it's often referred to as "connecting learning to life." By any terms, what was clear from last Thursday's UW System "Posters in the Rotunda" day at the State Capitol was the degree to which UW-Green Bay students distinguish themselves through undergraduate research. We're told that Green Bay's delegation of exhibitors was again among the largest, and that local legislators who visited (Sen. Hansen and Reps. Van Roy, Soletski and Nygren, among them) were both impressed by, and proud of, the students and their work. (We should have a working link to the UW System photo page by our next issue).


Among the students from around the state singled out by UW System Kevin Reilly during his remarks was Amanda Jeske. The psychology student from Brown Deer created "Reducing Childhood Obesity: The Educating Healthy Kids Project" under the supervision of faculty member Regan Gurung.

Downtown lecture series closes on strong note
2006-07 was a good year for the Downtown Third Thursdays lecture series, coordinator Bob Skorczewski reports. Attendance rose nicely with a new format and lectures by faculty members Scott Furlong, Fritz Erickson, Donald McCartney, Denise Bartell, Cheryl Grosso, and Jolanda Sallmann. (The presentation earlier this month by Sallmann, incidentally, drew exceedingly positive comments.)

Lineup for 2007-08: Shay, Sweet, Gurung, Medland, Nielsen, J. Salerno
The Downtown Third Thursdays 2007-08 lecture series schedule is full and just as attractive. Speakers, general topics, location (all at the Baylake Bank City Center), dates and times are confirmed, so early birds can mark their calendars. Specific titles along with brief descriptions will be published later this summer.

Oct. 18, 12-12:45 p.m., Computer Learning Month (Bill Shay)

Nov. 15 15, 12-12:45 p.m., Native American Heritage Month (Denise Sweet)

Dec. 13 (which is actually the second Thursday, but avoids the holiday rush),12-12:45 p.m., National Stress-free Family Holidays Month (Regan Gurung)

Feb. 21, 12-12:45 p.m., National Bird Feeding Month (Vicki Medland)

March 20, 12-12:45 p.m., Women's History Month (Kim Nielsen)

April 17, 12-12:45 p.m., Jazz Appreciation Month (John Salerno)

Doyle puts in plug for more UW funds
This from last week's Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Gov. Jim Doyle told economic development leaders that investing in the UW System is fundamentally important for the state's future. See

Joint Finance identifies 'policy items' to be removed from budget
The Wisconsin State Journal reports that members of the Joint Finance Committee have agreed to set aside some items those deemed "policy items" from Gov. Jim Doyle's biennial budget proposal. Among them: a proposal to grant benefits for domestic partners of state workers, and one to allow UW System unclassified employees to collectively bargain. Doesn't mean the proposals are dead; does mean they're not likely to be part of the budget bill, and more likely to face a difficult road to legislative passage. Click

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Faculty/staff directory cards? Turn 'em in by May 5
Here's a reminder to the campus community and especially to those who are leaving campus for the summer to return your orange campus phone directory cards to Marketing and University Communication. Please check over and update, if needed, your individual listing in the current directory so your name can appear correctly, with proper title, phone number and so forth, in the next edition of our printed UW-Green Bay phone directory. Including personal home contact information a spouse's name, home address, home telephone and home-e-mail address in the printed directory is optional. Call Betsy at ext. 2626 or send an e-mail to if you have questions.

Seniors to exhibit work at Lawton Gallery
Seven UW-Green Bay senior art students will display their work in an exhibition that opens Sunday (April 22) with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Lawton Gallery. The artists are Jenna Bigott, Allison Braatz, Amber Bradford, Don Krumpos, Erica Millspaugh, Zach Roush and Darci White.

Softball hosts the Badgers
The UW-Green Bay women's softball team (12-16, 4-6) will bring its weather-abbreviated 2007 home season to a close this week with five games. The first is a doubleheader Tuesday (April 24) vs. the instate rival Wisconsin Badgers, beginning at 2 p.m. at Phoenix Field.

'Father of Stem-Cell Research' accepts Santa Barbara gig
UW-Madison professor James Thomson, credited with scientific breakthroughs in stem-cell research, will keep his Madison office but also operate a laboratory at the University of California-Santa Barbara. See

Jay Harris, International Projects Coordinator, was an invited panelist at a Global Education Summit on April 21, hosted by the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston. The audience included faculty, university students, and K-12 teachers and administrators.

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