May 2018

History program wins Regents Teaching Award

The UW-Green Bay History program has received the University of Wisconsin 2018 annual Regents Teaching Excellence Award.  Each year each of the 13 University of Wisconsin schools nominates one academic department in any teaching field for this award, and one department is chosen. From the award letter: “UW-Green Bay History was selected from among a select group of candidates, all of whom demonstrated an impressive dedication to teaching and an ability to inspire students with an enthusiasm for learning in general and for making interdisciplinary connections in the classroom and beyond.” .

Professor Jeffreys publishes new book

Professor Derek Jeffreys, Humanities and Philosophy, has published America’s Jails: The Search for Human Dignity in an Age of Mass Incarceration, a new book on jails and human dignity. Originating while Jeffreys taught in prisons and jails, this book looks at the current crisis in the U.S. jail system and considers philosophical questions about the meaning of human dignity. It also outlines recommendations for improving and protecting the dignity of inmates and asks difficult questions about the future of the jail in American society.

Sexual Assault Center awarded $10,000 grant by UW-Green Bay students

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Strategic Philanthropy class awarded $10,000 on April 30, 2018 to the Sexual Assault Center run by Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin. Over the past six years, the class has awarded $65,000 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. Family Services created what UW-Green Bay students believe to be the best proposal to provide education about how to recognize and prevent human trafficking, particularly for individuals at risk of becoming trafficked and/or those who encounter or know them.
Students were inspired by the knowledge and passion of the staff members at Family Services and are enthusiastic about their proposal to increase community awareness about trafficking activities, provide targeted education for those most vulnerable to becoming victims and increase advocacy services to help suspected victims and survivors of trafficking.

“Students in this class learn how to apply their time and talent strategically to community issues,” says Prof. Lora Warner, who teaches the Strategic Philanthropy class. “They research needs by analyzing LIFE Study data, look for effective nonprofits in that field and promote a cause they care about. Not only did students learn ways to give; they learned a great deal about the growing problem of human trafficking and how awareness and education may help prevent further victimization.”

Throughout the semester, UW-Green Bay students investigated other topics such as suicide prevention, teen pregnancy/sex education and early childhood learning. They developed a request for proposal, reviewed proposed projects and visited three area organizations. Students voted the Sexual Assault Center program as this year’s recipient.


Professor Gurung to serve as president of International Psychology Honor Society

Professor Regan A. R. Gurung, Ph.D. (Human Development and Psychology) has been elected to serve as the head of the international honor society in psychology Psi Chi. Gurung will serve for three years beginning as president-elect in 2018-2019, then as president in 2019-2020, and finally as past president from 2020-2021.

Gurung is the founding faculty advisor of UW-Green Bay’s Psi Chi chapter. At UW-Green Bay, he has served as the chair of Psychology and Human Development programs, and as the associate dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is an award-winning teacher — receiving the Carnegie Association’s Wisconsin Professor of the Year, the UW System Regents Teaching Award, the UW-Green Bay Founder’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Founder’s Award for Scholarship and was the 2017 recipient of the American Psychological Foundation’s Charles Brewer Award for Distinguished Career in Teaching Psychology (the field’s highest teaching award). He is also a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.

Gurung is also an author of several presentations, papers and books, including a TED Talk, and serves as the co-editor for several publications including the “Worth Expert Handbooks for Student Success” and the journal “Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology” He has authored, coauthored, edited or coedited 15 books and more than 150 articles and book chapters.

A previous member of the Psi Chi International Honor Society Board of Directors (2012-2016), Gurung has also previously served as Psi Chi’s vice president for the Midwest region, on the society’s faculty advisory panel and on its National Leadership Conference planning committee, the group’s external relations committee, and its research grants committee.

Psi Chi has more than 1,150 chapters in the United States and abroad primarily serving undergraduates, but with grant programs for undergraduates, graduates and alumni members.


Professor J. P. Leary publishes book on Act 31

Associate Professor J.P. Leary, First Nations Studies, has published a new book on the state law Act 31, The Story of Act 31: How Native History Came to Wisconsin Classrooms.  In 1989, a state law known as Act 31 requires all students in Wisconsin learn about the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of Wisconsin’s federally recognized tribes.  This book tells the story of the law’s inception, tracing its origins to a court decision in 1983 that affirmed American Indian hunting and fishing treaty rights in Wisconsin to its implementation.