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Vol. 39, No. 44, December 13, 2007     /     Log Archive

This is the LOG newsletter for University faculty and staff in Green Bay, Wisconsin, a city soon to be famous for what could be an A-to-Z display of religious and non-religious symbols from the question marks of the Agnostics to the fire temple replicas of the Zoroastrians atop the little portico at City Hall. Actually, the whole fuss could have been avoided had someone remembered the city already has a prominent symbol of widely shared faith and devotion dead center on its official seal: the Packers "G." Amen, and Go Pack Go! In news today:

Finals? Better latte than never
Social Work students help Packer help children
Sodexho offers take-home desserts
Great Books sequel
Look who's new on campus!

'Ovation' gets applause at Kress
Installation was a 'teaching moment'
Choice of artwork had broad input
Deetz is spring semester Research Scholar

Hutchison's Italy trip
MLK read-a-thon is Jan. 23
The holidays... when thoughts turn to... CHILI!
Who's Who? Them
Reminder: Percussion, hand drumming

Phoenix vs. Badgers
Fast swimmers
'A bold plan to increase wealth in Wisconsin'
Loan company had links to state D-1 programs
Brief: Miller

For finals week, Chancellor says better latte than never
Chancellor (and resident coffee fanatic) Bruce Shepard will kick off finals week Monday (Dec. 17) by serving up lattes made with his specially roasted coffee beans. Join the Chancellor at the Common Grounds coffee shop between 8 and 10 a.m. (or while the supply lasts) for a tasty latte and good conversation. Chancellor Shepard assures us that "you can't beat freshly roasted coffee" especially his home brew for taste and aroma. The lattes are compliments of the Chancellor, although donations will be accepted and forwarded to Paul's Pantry. Individuals selecting other menu items offered by Common Grounds will be charged the regular price.

Shoppers' guides: Social Work students help Al Harris help children
About 15 UW-Green Bay Social Work students had a chance Tuesday night to connect with a fun local program helping local children. Green Bay Packers cornerback Al Harris, partnering with Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin and the Athletes 4 Causes Foundation, hosted a holiday shopping spree for 50 youth from Family Services Coming Home Project, an after-school and summer program for at-risk youth. As a reward for school achievement and positive behavior, each child was able to spend up to $200 on gifts for themselves or their families. The UW-Green Bay students chaperoned those whose parents or guardians didn't attend, helping the children to shop and keep track of their purchases.

Sodexho offers take-home desserts, for your convenience
Sodexho dining services is happy to announce they are selling take-home pies and cheesecakes for the holidays. Delicious home-style apple pies... mouth-watering pumpkin pies... and creamy cheesecakes, plain or topped with cherries. The 9-inch pies are $5.99, the cheesecakes $9.99. To place an order, contact Kevin Gilligan at 465-2200 ext. 27 or Orders must be placed by next Wednesday (Dec. 19). Payment can be by cash, check or pass and dining points.

Great Books sequel: Humanistic Studies announces spring lineup
The Humanistic Studies academic unit, encouraged by the response to its first campus-and-community Great Books reading group series in fall, is announcing its spring series. For each book, an HUS faculty member will lead discussion, free and open to the general public, at the Brown County Central Library. Discussion sessions are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month:

Jan. 8 - Machiavelli's The Prince (Derek Jeffreys, Philosophy)
Feb. 12 - Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God (E. Nicole Meyer, French)
March 11 - Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn (Bryan Vescio, English)
April 8 - Ivan Turgenev's Fathers and Sons (Heidi Sherman, History)
May 13 - Mikhail Lermontov's A Hero of our Time (Kevin Kain, History)

For more information, people may call the HUS Office at ext. 2348, or Prof. Coury at 465-2097.

Look who's new on campus!
Photos and information about new employees, as well as employees who have changed positions, are at the HR website at the following link:

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'Ovation' getting applause at Kress Events Center
Look up when you enter the so-called "Free Zone" at the Kress Events Center and you'll see a swirl of 90 suspended chairs overhead the length and width of the 24-foot-high space. Artist Stuart Keeler says he was mindful of "the edge-of-your-seat events of excitement" that will take place at the Center and "the academic brain wave that begins an understanding linking interdisciplinary thinking with daily life" when he created the piece acquired for the Center through the Wisconsin Arts Board's Percent for Art program. Viewers also might experience a moment of tension until they realize the chairs are securely anchored.

Installation was a 'teaching moment'
In keeping with an intention for student involvement, several UW-Green Bay students assisted with the October installation of "Ovation." The volunteers did everything from unpacking and assembling the chairs to attaching them to the cables and hoisting them up to running errands. "It turned out to be a great teaching moment as the students watched [Keeler] and his team problem-solve to get the piece installed," says Prof. Alison Gates. Prof. Ellen Rosewall's Arts Management students also paid a visit to the installation site and heard Keeler talk on the process of public art commissions.

Click here: The start of 'Ovation'
The artist refers to the piece as a "conceptual cyclone," and you can sort of see why in student Casey Early-Krueger's photos from installation day, earlier this fall. See the photoblog at

Choice of Kress Center artwork had broad input
The committee that chose "Ovation" for the Kress Events Center from among proposals submitted by artists had broad representation. The Wisconsin Arts Board's Chris Manke chairs the art selection committees and Dean of Students Sue Keihn was the campus contact. Other UW-Green Bay members on the committee included faculty members Carol Emmons and Alison Gates; Curator of Art Stephen Perkins; and campus project coordinator Dean Rodeheaver. Also serving were community member Paul Meinke; Bob Kilgust, project manager from the Wisconsin Division of Facilities Development; and Jeff Pietter, project architect. The Percent for Art program, founded in 1980, designates that a small percentage of the construction cost of major public buildings be used to beautify public spaces and call attention to Wisconsin's artistic expertise.

Deetz is the spring semester Research Scholar
Prof. Kristy Deetz (Arts and Visual Design/Art) is the spring 2008 UW-Green Bay Research Scholar. The relatively new award funded by the Provost's Office provides three-credit course release to allow the successful applicant to pursue personal research. Selection is made by the Research Council based on submitted proposals. Deetz is the third faculty member to win the award. She plans to use the time to complete a new painting for a touring exhibition entitled "The Divas and Iron Chefs of Encaustic."

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Hutchison's Italy trip had international focus on architecture, design, planning
Prof. Ray Hutchison, Urban and Regional Studies, recently returned from Florence, Italy where he was invited to participate in an international meeting on Architecture and Design with faculty from Taiwan, Japan, Serbia, Croatia, Poland, Hungary, Italy, and the Czech Republic. Extending connections developed during previous visits hosted by the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, he also took part in a week-long workshop titled "The City as Educational Polygon," involving students and faculty from Serbia, Croatia, Slovakia, Turkey, Belgium, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine. Hutchison made a presentation to the international student group on "Mapping the Tourist City." He reports the highlight of the trip was a visit to Galileo's home in Arceteri and dinner with a UN delegation that included four members of the Azerbaijani parliament.

Save the date: Hosting an MLK read-a-thon Jan. 23
From 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, in the Union's Heritage Room, members of the University community are invited to participate in a campus read-a-thon to promote tolerance and unity in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This will be an opportunity to read quietly with other members of the campus community. Readings will be provided at the site or you may choose to bring your own. This program is being held in conjunction with the One Book, One Community reading initiative designed to bring all Brown County residents together by reading the same book. The current One Book selection is The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Students Used Writing to Change the World Around Them by Erin Gruwell. UW-Green Bay participants may want to read this book, writings by Martin Luther King, or some other related text. Please join us for this special tribute. Sponsored by Student Life, 465-2200 ext 40.

The holidays... when thoughts turn to...CHILI!
You'll be sick of sweet things from Christmas and New Year celebrations by the time the 15th annual chili cookoff rolls around. Watch for details later, but we just wanted to get your attention. We're told Mike Stearney has already threatened a new recipe and that Pat Sorelle from the Bookstore has something "strange" up his sleeve to retain last year's crown. The date will be Monday, Feb. 4.

Who's Who? Them
The University Leadership Awards program is this Friday night (Dec. 14) on campus. We have already alerted you as to recipients of Chancellor's Medallions and Leadership Awards (archived at

Also honored Friday will be those designated for inclusion in "Who's Who Among American Universities and Colleges." They are:
Ryan Bahnaman,Brian Bar, Megan Baumann, Matthew Becker, Mary Berg, Michael Blum, Ellen Cook, Renee Dodge, Jennifer Feyer, Jamie Froh, Katherine Grafelman, Jaimie Henschel, Molly Hibscher, Robert Hodges, Crystal Jushka, Jamie Karlin, Shannon Kinderman, Jessica Knox, Benjamin Kotenberg, Jennifer Kuhn, Ann Lor, Nicole Mader, Ashley Marsh, Melissa Merkovich, Eric Meyer, Chienyann Moua, Jenna Neumann, Victoria Oxendine, Jessica Plansky, Lotte Rasmussen, Amanda Rihn, Stephanie Sabinash, Michael Schachtner, Jennifer Schanen, Marc Seidl, Rachell Shaffer, Ryan Smith, Stephanie Steinke, Jamie Stephenson, Jason Vincent, Allen Voelker, Yer Vue, Janet Weidert, Megan Witt and Zachariah Zopp.

Reminder: Percussion and hand drumming this Friday
The concert is 7:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 14) in the University Theater. The Contemporary Percussion Ensemble will premiere a new composition, "Quintet," the marimba trio "Puzzle Piece," "Ku-Ka-Ilimoku," "Six Pieces," the Balinese-influenced "Ketiak," and the snare drum work "Quiet." The Hand Drumming Ensemble will perform four Cheryl Grosso compositions and end with a traditional Ewe piece. Details?

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Phoenix women come up short vs. Badgers; men try Saturday
The Green Bay women's basketball team took one on the chin Tuesday night at Madison, losing to the Badgers 81-58. The Phoenix (4-3) hosts Northern Arizona at 3 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 15) at the beautiful Kress Events Center. Details at

In men's basketball, it's Green Bay (6-3) vs. Wisconsin (7-2) at 5 p.m. this Saturday at Madison's Kohl Center. Radio coverage is 1440 and 107.5 The Fan, and TV coverage is via the rumored-but-never-actually-seen-by-us Big Ten Network.

Congratulations, swimmers
Green Bay's swimming and diving squads closed out their impressive fall seasons with convincing victories over South Dakota State Saturday at the Peter F. Dorschel Natatorium. The women won 140-94 to finish the fall slate 6-2, while the men garnered a 154-75 win to improve to 3-3. For more, click

'A bold plan to increase wealth in Wisconsin'
Bill McCoshen, a former state secretary of commerce, is executive director of Competitive Wisconsin, and touting that organization's hopes for a stronger Wisconsin economy. Having more residents with bachelor's and graduate degrees (sound familiar?) is imperative, he says:

Loan company had ties with Badgers, Green Bay, Marquette
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo continues his inquiry into improper practices in the student loan industry. One company targeted for review formerly had contracts with sports marketing firms that work with nationwide clients including UW-Madison, Marquette and the Green Bay Phoenix in Wisconsin. As this Journal-Sentinel blog notes, however, the firms affiliated with the state programs had already discontinued the relationships in question. See

Karla Miller, program coordinator for recruitment in Career Services, received the 2007 President's Award from the Wisconsin Association of Colleges and Employers. Since 1999, she has served in various roles for the association including Marketing, Membership, Communications and President. At the winter conference Dec. 5-7, she co-presented a session titled, "Parents as Partners" which addressed the helicopter parent phenomenon and how employers and colleges can positively incorporate parents into the career planning and job search processes.

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