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Vol. 39, No. 52, January 8, 2008     /     Log Archive

Greetings from the fog-shrouded campus of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where another gloomy weekday and a work-jammed inbox somehow bring to mind that classic, down-on-your-luck country novelty tune by the late, great Hoyt Axton:

    Well, the rain's comin' down and the roof won't hold 'er,
    Well, I lost my job and I feel a little older,
    Car won't start and our love's grown colder,
    Well, maybe things'll get a little better in the mornin',
    Maybe things'll get a little better.
    Work your fingers to the bone... whaddyou get?
    Boney fingers... Boney fingers...
        "Boney Fingers," Hoyt Axton, 1974

If that don't brighten your day, well... we tried. In real news today:

RSVP for Monday's gathering
The list of 40-year, 35-, 30-, 25-, 20- and 10-year vets
Alumnus lands big art job
'Coach McDreamy' at Washington State
January showers bring Daffodil Days

Friends of the Cofrin Library raffle winners...
Supervisors can learn about new-employee orientation
Next luncheon is German
'Developing Leaders' program
Tracking wildlife at Baird Creek

Phoenix women host two this wee
Men face tough road
Porath makes national sharpshooter list
It's Senior Day for swimmers
Skiers at US Nationals

Bartell, Gushwa, Kok, Hughes, Anderson inducted
Mourners remember LSD

Didn't RSVP yet for next Monday?
Here's a reminder to RSVP by tomorrow for the big 2007-08 Mid-Year Convocation taking place next Monday, Jan. 14, in the Phoenix Room of the University Union. The event will get under way at 11 a.m. A complimentary lunch will follow at about 11:45 a.m. All faculty and staff are invited to this new campus gathering kicking off the spring semester and celebrating significant anniversaries of UW-Green Bay faculty and staff. RSVP by phone at extension 2207 or by e-mail at

Celebrating employment anniversaries are...
40 Years
Ismail Shariff

35 Years
Ronald Baba, Mary Baranek, Diane Eastman, Pat Przybelski, Marie Stephenson, Pam Suster

30 Years
William Conley, Sharon Dimmer, Thomas Erdman, Michael Kraft, Ron Ronnenberg

25 Years
Carol Brabant, Marie Helmke-Lyon, Pam Kohlmeyer, Mimi Kubsch, Timothy Meyer, Keith Rosin

20 Years
Mona Christensen, Gregory Davis, Laura Gonnering, Michael Herrity, Warren Johnson, Karen Sevick and Christine Style

10 Years
Angela Bauer-Dantoin, Vincent Bellantonio, Jr., Kenneth Christman, Paula Ganyard, Shane Haines, Andrew Kersten, Debbie Kirch, Bonnie Laundrie, Brian Merkel, James Meyer, Daniel Murphy, Karen Nicholas, Mark Olkowski, Linda Peacock-Landrum, Lisa Poupart, Kevin Roeder, Emily Rogers, Jan Snyder, Tina Tackmier, Christina Trombley and Jason Willard

UW-Green Bay alumnus lands big art job
They're quite proud over in Studio Arts these days, as a UW-Green Bay grad has landed the plum job in the Wisconsin fine arts world as director of the Milwaukee Art Museum. Daniel Keegan '72 is a former art professor and director of museums in Kansas City and San Jose who is coming home to take over the highly regarded (and Calatrava-designed) Milwaukee museum. He says great things about UW-Green Bay "I had terrific teachers, very creative artistic professors who totally jazzed me about going into art as a career" and also about mentor Prof. David Damkohler.


And more on 'Coach McDreamy' at Washington State
Another highly successful UW-Green Bay grad, Tony Bennett, has his Washington State basketball team ranked No. 4 in the country. Recently, the Associated Press named his team's rapid ascent that state's top sports story of 2007. The AP also conveys an amusing aspect, in that the personable, telegenic and very married Bennett is appealing to female fans who carry signs praising "Coach McDreamy." See

January showers bring Daffodil Days order now!
Daffodil Days is the American Cancer Society's symbol of hope in the fight against cancer, raising millions nationwide to support cancer research, education, advocacy, and services. Orders and payments need to be submitted by noon on Friday, Feb. 8. Deliveries will be made the week of March 10. Options include a Bunch of 10 Daffodils, $8; Gift of Hope, $15; Bear & A Bunch, $25 ... and more.

To view options, go to

Checks can be written directly to the American Cancer Society. Direct orders or questions to Karla Miller, x2163 - SS 1600; Jan Snyder, x2082 - CL 835; Marie Stephenson, x2681 - LS 455; Twila Marquardt, x2368 - MAC C310; Tina Tackmier, x2200 ext 40 - UU 122; Teri Ternes, x2336 - TH335; Carol Brabant, x2566 - WH416

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And the lucky winners of the Friends of the Cofrin Library raffle are...
Pulled from the drum as lucky winners in last week's drawing for the fourth annual Friends of the Cofrin Library Raffle were:

1st Prize: $500 bookstore gift card Erica Spurgeon, Phelps, Wis.
2nd Prize: $300 gift card Megan Hanson
3rd Prize: $100 gift card Olena Wiedemeier

The Friends organization "thanks all those who supported the Friends by purchasing raffle tickets. Your contributions make a difference."

Learn about the 'New Employee Orientation' program on Jan. 29 and 30
Take your pick from Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 1 to 2 p.m., or Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 10 to 11 a.m., both in IS 1034. This program isn't for new employees but, rather, for the rest of us providing supervisors and others involved in the hiring and on-boarding process with a basic understanding of the New Employee Orientation program at UW-Green Bay. Amy Plotner, Human Resources manager, will be discussing updates and additions to the orientation program, including a new Orientation D2L! You don't need to pre-register for this program-just mark your calendar to attend. This program is part of a yearlong series of free training/professional development offerings for UW-Green Bay faculty and staff ( Questions? contact Human Resources at ext. 2390.

Next luncheon is German day, in February
Mark your calendar for Feb. 15, noon to 1 p.m., to enjoy some German food prepared by Gary Vail, executive chef. Cost will be $10.50 for all faculty and staff. You might even win a door prize to remind you of this special event. A UW-Green Bay faculty member will be presenting a slide show on Germany. The menu will be listed in an upcoming Log. Tickets go on sale Jan. 21 at the University Ticketing & Information Center.

Small Business Center schedules 'Developing Leaders' program
A two-day program, "Developing Successful Leaders," is scheduled for Jan. 24 and 25 at the Business Assistance Center, 2701 Larsen Road. With UW-Green Bay's Small Business Development Center as a sponsor, the program serves as the core seminar for a Management Development program series that can lead to a certificate. See

Make tracks for Baird Creek this Sunday
A 1 p.m. departure from Christa McAuliffe Park is scheduled this Sunday (Jan. 13) for an "Animal Tracks Hike" organized by the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation. Charlie and Kathy Frisk are the hosts. It's a free monthly outing. See

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Phoenix women host two this week
The UW-Green Bay women's basketball team is on a 21-game winning streak against Horizon League foes. The Phoenix (10-3, 2-0) will look to extend that streak, hosting Cleveland State at 7 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 10) and Youngstown State at noon Saturday (Jan. 12) at the Kress Events Center. The Thursday contest is also a TV-32 broadcast. For details, see

Men travel to play Horizon League heavyweights
Two tough road games this week for the Green Bay men (9-5, 3-1). They'll play at No. 14 Butler (14-1) on Thursday and at Horizon League newcomer Valparaiso (11-4) on Saturday evening. The Butler game is an ESPNU exclusive. See

Porath makes national sharpshooter list
Junior guard Rachel Porath of Luxemburg is 12th in the nation in the latest NCAA Division I statistics with her .590 shooting percentage from the field. Very impressive, considering she shoots often from long-range, including a solid 26-for-57 from three-point territory. Our Sports Information Office points out that Porath is the only guard and the only player under six-foot-tall among the top 15, a list usually reserved for close-to-the-basket players.

It's Senior Day at the Dorschel Nat for swim teams
Home from their annual holiday training trip to Florida, the Green Bay men's and women's swimming and diving teams will host league rival UIC at 1 p.m. this Saturday (Jan. 12) at the Dorschel Natatorium. It's Senior Day for both squads the final home meet for the men and the next-to-last for the women. Admission is free.

Green Bay skiers compete at US Nationals
Santi Ocariz, Jenna Dickinson, Craig Hertz and Ashley Pletcher were top finishers for Green Bay against a tough field in last weekend's US Nationals meet hosted by Michigan Tech. See

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UW-Green Bay inducts 118 into national honorary group
Five members of the faculty and staff joined 113 students recently as new inductees into the UW-Green Bay chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, a national honorary society that recognizes achievement in all disciplines.

Honored were Profs. Denise Bartell, Human Development and Psychology; Melinda Gushwa, Social Work; Anne Kok, Social Work; and Prof. Emeritus Fergus Hughes, Human Development and Psychology, along with Debra Anderson, coordinator of the Cofrin Library's Special Collections, University Archives and Area Research Center. See

Mourners remember former Gov. Lee Sherman Dreyfus
Flags are back at full staff with yesterday's funeral services for the colorful former Wisconsin governor who also served as UW-Stevens Point chancellor and UW System regent. Tributes continue. See

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