May 2017

UW-Green Bay’s Strategic Philanthropy class selects Curative Connections as grant recipient

Posted on May 4, 2017
Over the past five years, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Strategic Philanthropy class has awarded $55,000 to local organizations dedicated to an important need in the Brown County area. Each year, these funds are made possible by a grant from the Learning by Giving Foundation founded by Doris Buffet (sister of American business magnate Warren Buffet).

This year’s recipient is Curative Connections. Curative created what UW-Green Bay students believed to be the best proposal to promote the addition of the arts into the lives of older adults, particularly those facing Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related disorders. Students were inspired by the knowledge and passion of the staff members at Curative and believed that their proposal to introduce the arts into their adult day care programs would have a dramatic impact on their well-being. The class also congratulates two other finalists —The Art Garage and the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s Artisan Center (in collaboration with the Aging & Disability Resource Center and St. Norbert College).

Throughout the semester, UW-Green Bay students have researched topics such as hunger, nutritional health in children, youth empowerment in the community, and arts in the lives of older adults. They developed a request for proposal, reviewed proposed projects, and site-visited three area organizations. Students used a method of majority rule voting to choose the eventual recipient, Curative Connections.

This year’s class studied the need for arts in the lives of older adults and agreed that their $10,000 should address this important, and often overlooked, community need. More than five million people in the United States are currently living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, and involvement in the arts has been shown to increase mental health resilience and coping skills in this population.

Humanities catapult makes a splash

Posted on May 3, 2017
How about a little medieval history with that side of veggies? The Ancient and Medieval Humanities Club debuted its handmade trebuchet-style catapult at the Humanities Social on April 28, 2017 at Lambeau Cottage. After a few minor adjustments and on-site fortifications, onlookers enjoyed watching bio-degradable produce sail into the waters of Green Bay with a satisfying splash. All said, students deemed the project a success, acknowledging that were they to continue development, they would explore a longer throwing arm and perhaps a spring apparatus to improve launch distance. Stefan Hall (Humanities) is the club advisor and suggested the project last fall as a group project. Engineering students provided some early-project feedback. The Facilities Management folks offered some space in their shop for construction. The Club members raised money for the catapult build by selling origami dragons on campus. Allison Bolstad and Sigourney Vandeveer are club leaders.

Also honored at the Humanities Social were the following students who will be receiving scholarships:

  • Allison Loderbauer – Harold and Edna Bickford Endowed Scholarship
  • Anna Hoesley – Coryl Crandall Memorial Scholarship
  • Emily Ahrens – Thomas E. Daniels Memorial Scholarship
  • Brigitta Kaiser and Brianna Messner – Lise Lotte Gammeltoft Endowed Scholarship

Winners of Art Merit Scholarship Competition announced

Posted on May 3, 2017
The winners of the Art Discipline’s recent Art Merit Scholarship Competition were announced at the opening of Senior Show II in the Lawton Gallery Saturday, April 29, 2017. The Art faculty evaluated five examples of each participant’s art work to award $21,000 in scholarship money. Evaluation criteria included formal quality, technical mastery, conceptual depth, integration, context and consistency. The recipients:

  • Katherine Bauer and Amanda Weisman – David L. Damkoehler Art Scholarship
  • Andrea Cornett, Jonathan Nuncio-Macdonald, Nicholas Padalino and Meghan Schmitz –  Hagemeister Family Art Scholarship
  • Brianna Fischer and Nathan Nichols – Teresa M. Halbach Scholarship
  • Hannah Miller – Anna Kacynski Memorial Scholarship
  • Kenna Rentmeester – Michael Kazar Memorial Scholarship
  • Lydia Delikat – Althea Steele Lederer
  • Lydia Delikat, Trent Graubner, Heather Schroeder and Nicolette Wallman – Craig A. Mueller Scholarship
  • Jenna Plyer – William F. Prevetti Scholarship
  • Dane Schumacher – Bob and Jan Pum Scholarship

UntitledTown a Success

Posted on May 2, 2017
According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, “The city turned the final page Sunday on its first-ever UntitledTown book and author festival — and organizers (many of them associated with UW-Green Bay), speakers and attendees are calling it a success. The weekend-long festival drew thousands to various downtown locations with more than 80 events including writer’s workshops, bookbinding classes, panel discussions, author readings, book signings and more. Organizers say every literary event met or exceeded attendance expectations, including the festival’s final keynote presentations by acclaimed authors Sherman Alexie and Margaret Atwood, which were attended by more than 1,200.”   The festival ran from Friday, April 28th through Sunday, April 30th. 

Metropolis score receives standing ovation

Posted on May 2, 2017
The one-night only presentation of Metropolis at the Weidner Center on April 28 met every expectation and ended with a rousing ovation for composer Professor Michelle McQuade Dewhirst.  Professor Kevin Collins led the musicians and Professor Randy Meder led the choir (78 student musicians) in performance of the 2.5 hour composition.  Metropolis is a 1927 science-fiction movie that envisions a city in 2026 where the privilege live above ground and workers live below ground and toil exhausting days on huge machines.

SUNY Oswego announces UW-Green Bay’s Furlong as provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs

Posted on May 1, 2017
Congratulations to Scott Furlong, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences whose appointment as provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at SUNY Oswego was announced this morning (Friday, April 28) by SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley. His appointment will take effect in summer 2017. In his new role, Furlong will be responsible for leadership of all instructional and academic programs across the college, including Oswego’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, and School of Communication, Media and the Arts. UW-Green Bay Provost Gregory Davis spoke highly of Furlong, a friend and colleague of his for more than two decades. “I’ve always been most impressed with Scott’s unwavering commitment to shared governance, liberal education, and student success,” said Davis. “I have no doubt that he will be successful and well-respected in his new role as Provost at SUNY Oswego.” According to Davis, succession planning to fill Furlong’s role are in progress and will be announced in the near future.