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39, No. 142, July 25, 2008 / Log
Our guess? It’s a fascinating game of chicken, with the old pro trying to force his release (or trade to the Vikings) by a management team he apparently believes is terrified of the prospect of him riding a kid’s bicycle down the hill this Sunday, leaning up against the fence and asking, “Can I play?” In a way it recalls another famous Brett controversy — the George Brett Pine Tar Game, which happened 25 years ago this week and took 25 days to finish — in that it, too, might keep sports fans and law school classes arguing for years. Our Brett saga, coincidentally, is now on Day 24. In real news today:
• Snapshots: Chinese delegation
• UW-Green Bay faculty help lead water-quality symposium
• Ergonomic work stations?
• Storbeck/Pimentel is retained for search
• Meanwhile, no vacation for Shepard
• Singles on sale soon for Evans, Seinfeld
• Adult Degree partnership highlighted at presidents’ meeting
• Phoenix men’s program ranks respectable 105th
• Coverage for student safety class
• Tech-transfer draws notice
• Hurdles for study-abroad students
• UW study sees no gender gap in math
• Higher-ed inflation trails CPI
• Briefs: Arendt, Goff, Meinhardt
Snapshots: Chinese delegation visits campus
A delegation of Chinese government officials, environmental experts and researchers visited UW-Green Bay on Wednesday (July 23) as part of the week-long “China-U.S. Water Symposium.” The New North-led event brought university and government researchers and business leaders from China to Wisconsin for presentations and discussions on a range of water-quality issues. UW-Green Bay hosted a dinner and reception for the Chinese delegation at the Weidner Center. See http://www.uwgb.edu/univcomm/news/PHOTOARCH/events/080723ChineseWater.htm.
UW-Green Bay faculty play major role in water-quality symposium
UW-Green Bay faculty members were among the keynote speakers and featured presenters at the “China-U.S. Water Symposium.” H.J. “Bud” Harris, professor emeritus of Natural and Applied Sciences, talked about the Fox River/Green Bay ecosystem in a keynote lecture to the Chinese delegation Tuesday. Speaking to the group on the issues of ground water and agricultural runoff were Prof. Emeritus Ron Stieglitz and Associate Prof. Kevin Fermanich. The UW-Green Bay faculty members spoke to the delegation at Lawrence University’s Björklunden campus in Door County. In addition, Harris served as a member of the symposium’s steering committee.
Work Station Assessment? Here’s your ergonomic chance
An occupational therapist will be available for office work station ergonomic assessments on Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. Anyone who has concerns about their work station or is experiencing discomfort that may be attributed to use of their current work station is encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. There is no charge to your budgetary unit for this service; however, suggested improvements will be the responsibility of the employee’s budgetary unit. Anyone interested in scheduling an assessment should e-mail Karen Barry (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than Aug. 7. Assessments will take about 15 minutes each. Scheduling will be done to maximize efficient use of the therapist’s time. This is a one-time opportunity and a limited number of assessments will be scheduled on a first come/first served basis.
Philadelphia-based firm is retained for UW-Green Bay chancellor search
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported this week that the Philadelphia-based Storbeck/Pimentel firm has been retained to assist with the search for a new UW-Green Bay chancellor. The paper says the firm will be paid one-third of the new chancellor's starting salary, plus 15% for general overhead, plus expenses for consultant and candidate travel, advertising, background checks, and express mail. Storbeck/Pimentel has been involved in a number of presidential searches at public and private universities, including UW-Whitewater, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, Ripon College, University of Michigan and Indiana University.
No vacation for former chancellor Shepard
Despite having a few months between his last day at UW-Green Bay and his first official day as president of Western Washington University, former Chancellor Bruce Shepard has been keeping busy. He’ll chair the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Commission on Presidential Leadership and Global Competitiveness. Composed of 12 AASCU presidents and chancellors, the Commission will work to assess and project the impact of global economic, political and technological changes on America’s public universities. For more, see: http://www.aascu.org/media/media_releases/release08july16.htm.
Tickets on sale soon for vocalist Sara Evans, comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Buy a subscription to ensure the best seats, but single-event, general-public tickets are on sale soon for platinum-selling recording artist Sara Evans (her show is Sept. 26) and comedian Jerry Seinfeld (Oct. 16). Weidner Center Presents has announced that general sales open at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, for Evans, and Friday, Aug. 8, for Seinfeld. For ticket info, start at http://www.uwgb.edu/weidner/.
Adult Degree partnership highlighted at presidents’ meeting
The president of the Wisconsin Technical College System touted the new partnership UW-Green Bay has with Rhinelander’s Nicolet College during a meeting there Monday with UW System President Kevin Reilly. “Probably one of the most exciting developments is Nicolet’s partnering with UW-Green Bay,” WTCS President Dan Clancy was quoted in the online newspaper News of the North. “You're providing students with the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s without having to leave the region. This will be especially helpful to adults who have earned an associate degree at Nicolet and want to earn a four-year degree." For more, see: http://newsofthenorth.net/article.cfm?articleID=24089 or http://www.uwgb.edu/adultdegrees/northwoods/.
No. 105… not too shabby
Waddya know? ESPN has employees devoted to more than just the Brett Favre “is he unretired?” saga. Over the summer, ESPN researchers analyzed and then ranked the “prestige” of 300 Division I college men’s basketball programs over the past 24 seasons. No. 1 won’t be released until Friday, but UW-Green Bay showed up in the mix at No. 105, tied with Georgia. That’s third best in the Horizon League behind No. 47 Butler and No. 56 Valparaiso, a newcomer to the conference. See http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=3481843.
Horizon League: How they fared
T-105. UW-Green Bay
T-177. Wright State
T-185. Cleveland State
T-233. Loyola (Ill.)
287. Youngstown State
(The Wisconsin Badgers are No. 45 on the list)
Class aims to keep students safe on campus
Police Sgt. Keith Rosin of UW-Green Bay Public Safety is quoted in the Green Bay Press-Gazette about the fact that his department, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and the Green Bay Police Department are partnering on a six-hour personal and campus safety course over two days, July 29 and 31. Topics will range from personal safety and sexual assault to identity theft and cyber stalking. See http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080721/GPG0101/807210531/1978.
Wisconsin's ‘smaller universities’ (especially Stout) draw tech-transfer praise
The online publication Wisconsin Technology Network reports on last week’s conference in Menomonie which allowed UW System schools outside of Madison to gain recognition for their technology-transfer efforts. Host school UW-Stout was in the spotlight: http://wistechnology.com/articles/4889/.
Hurdles seen for study-abroad students
This story quotes officials at UW-Stevens Point who expect economic factors including rising tuition and airfare and the health of the U.S. dollar on the world market will discourage many students from studying abroad. See http://www.marshfieldnewsherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080725/MNH0101/80725024/1980.
Boys better at math? UW study sees virtually no gender gap
A team of UW-Madison research team appears to have poked holes in a belief long held by some: that girls generally score worse on math than do boys. It’s getting a lot of press, at http://www.madison.com/tct/news/stories/297643.
Higher-education price index rises 3.6 percent, trailing consumer price index
That’s the headline over a Chronicle of Higher Education story this week. The Higher Education Price Index, a widely used measure of colleges' inflation costs, rose by 3.6 percent for the 2008 fiscal year that ended on June 30. But even as they heralded the good news of that moderate increase, experts at the Commonfund Institute who maintain the index noted that broader economic trends could portend higher costs for colleges in the months to come. The story is archived but subscription-protected at http://chronicle.com/daily/2008/07/3956n.htm.
Lucy Arendt, assistant professor of Business Administration (Management), participated in the 33rd Annual Hazards Research and Applications Workshop sponsored by the University of Colorado's Natural Hazards Center in Boulder, Colo. The "invitation-only" workshop is designed to bring hazards research and applications community members together for face-to-face discussion on issues and trends that affect society's approach to hazards and disasters.
Prof. Victoria Goff was the featured speaker at the “Heritage Weekend Conference” at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Ill., on July 19. The conference focused on the preservation and sharing of local history through newsletters, journals, books, magazine, etc. Goff profiled Voyageur Magazine, a local award-winning history magazine co-sponsored by the University and the Brown County Historical Society. She also discussed her role as the magazine’s editor for the past 15 years. The magazine will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this spring.
Daniel Meinhardt, assistant professor of Human Biology and biology, put together an exhibit now on display in front of the scarlet macaw enclosure at Brown County’s N.E.W. Zoo. The exhibit explains why the tropical birds are endangered and also shares information on UW-Green Bay's Costa Rica travel course/conservation program. Look for photos and more info on the program in a future issue of this newsletter.
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