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Faculty note: Voelker presents on SoTL for national, state groups

Associate Prof. David Voelker (Humanistic Studies and History) recently gave a few conference presentations related to his work in the scholarship of teaching and learning. At the Organization of American Historians annual meeting in Atlanta, he presented on “Meaningful Assessment in Large Classes” as part of a workshop titled “Beyond Coverage: Toward a Signature Pedagogy for History Survey Courses.” At the UW System’s OPID spring conference in Green Lake, he led a lunchtime roundtable discussion about the humanities and the scholarship of teaching and learning, and he co-presented with Professor Anthony Ciccone (UW-Milwaukee) a session titled “Why am I taking this course? Why am I teaching this course?”

Aldrete tapes video course ‘Decisive Battles of World History’

Historian Gregory S. Aldrete, professor of Humanistic Studies, is the featured professor in a 36-lecture video course newly released by the Great Courses/Teaching Company. It is called “The Decisive Battles of World History.” It examines the pivotal battles throughout all recorded time and around the globe which have constituted key turning points in history, shaping and determining religions, borders, and cultures. Aldrete covers battles from Actium (31 B.C.) and Yarmouk and al-Qadisiyyah (636 A.D.) up through Trenton, Tenochtitlán, and Trafalgar. From the familiar through the forgotten (a 1939 battle in Mongolia that played an important role in the outbreak and outcome of World War II.

Six Phoenix student-athletes earn winter academic all-league honors

Six UW-Green Bay student-athletes have been recognized as members of the 2014 Winter Academic All-Horizon League Teams, the conference office announced on Thursday. The teams, which represent success in competition as well as in the classroom, were voted on by the league’s faculty athletics representatives and athletics communications directors. Earning academic all-league honors for the Phoenix were:
Megan Lukan, women’s basketball, Communication, Business Administration

• Carrie Dinelli, women’s swimming and diving, Human Biology
Parker Wolf, women’s swimming and diving, Business Administration

Brian Heiser, men’s swimming and diving, Business Admin, History, Economics
• Connor Huff, men’s swimming and diving, Communication

Ryan Korslin, men’s swimming and diving, Psychology

The full news release on the Athletics site shows the impressive GPAs and team accomplishments that contributed to the all-academic recognition.

Next 360° Thursdays to feature Gaines, Ganyard and hot, sweet jazz

Two faculty members from different academic programs will team up for the next event in the 360° Thursdays lecture-concert series, a jazz-influenced program taking place Feb. 27 in the Weidner Center’s Fort Howard Hall. Associate Profs. Adam Gaines, Music, and Clifton Ganyard, Humanistic Studies (History), along with their band of UW-Green Bay faculty members and others, will present “Hot and Sweet Dance Orchestras Around the World” beginning at 6:30 p.m. It’s not the first time Gaines and Ganyard have collaborated to share their love of jazz — they team-taught the musical history course “The Jazz Age” during spring semester 2013 (see video). Each 360° Thursdays performance takes place at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. Read more.

Music, History faculty members to team up for jazz-themed ‘360° Thursdays’ event

UW-Green Bay faculty members Adam Gaines and Clifton Ganyard will team up Feb. 27 for the next installment in the University’s 360° Thursdays lecture-concert series.

Gaines, an associate professor of Music, and Ganyard, an associate professor of Humanistic Studies (History) will present “Hot and Sweet Dance Orchestras Around the World,” an event designed to introduce attendees to American jazz tradition and its worldwide influence. Ganyard will serve as lecturer for the event, while Gaines will be the musical director for a band consisting of UW-Green Bay faculty members and others.

Collaborating to share a mutual love of jazz is nothing new for Ganyard and Gaines, despite the fact that they hail from different academic programs. During spring semester 2013, the pair team-taught “The Jazz Age,” a course that explored the musical and historical aspects of jazz from different angles, in order to give students a broader and deeper perspective. The class included a live performance from Gypsy Trip, a local jazz group that counts Gaines and other faculty members among its members. A video of the class in action is available online at

One of the musicians studied in the Jazz Age course was Django Reinhardt, whose music will be performed during the 360° Thursdays concert. Other works featured come from the likes of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Scott Joplin and many more.

The 360° Thursdays series features a diversity of performance styles designed to broaden attendees’ horizons and deepen their understanding of music. A component of UW-Green Bay’s 360° of Learning brand, the concert-lecture event helps students, faculty, staff and community members connect with music in more meaningful ways. Performances feature scintillating and provocative pre-concert discussions by a composer, performer or arranger. Attendees will consider a single aspect of music through multiple perspectives.

Each 360° Thursdays performance takes place at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center. Concerts are free but donations are appreciated. More information on the series is available on online at

UW-Green Bay is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. More information about UW-Green Bay Music is available online at

Concert personnel are as follows: Vocal soloist: Courtney Sherman; Violins: Ross Ipsen, Melissa Tschamler; Woodwinds: Lada Gaines, soprano and alto saxophones; Eric Hansen, clarinet; Steve Johnson, soprano and baritone saxophones, clarinet; Jen Schmitz, alto saxophone; Michael Lund Ziegler, tenor saxophone; Brass: Bill Burroughs, trombone; Adam Gaines, trumpet and voice; Kelly Galarneau, trombone and sousaphone; Dan Marbes, trumpet; Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, horn; Rhythm section: Matt Callope, drums; Jordan Christianson, piano; Michael Dewhirst, bass; Stefan Hall, guitar; Tyler Rindo, guitar.


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