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College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Gurung awarded American Psychological Distinguished Teaching Award

Professor Regan Gurung, Human Development and Psychology, has won the American Psychological Foundation 2017 Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award. As stated by the APF “This award recognizes a significant career of contributions of a psychologist who has a proven track record as an exceptional teacher of psychology.”  The award will be presented during the APF/APA Awards Ceremony at the APA Convention in Washington, DC.


Faculty Members collaborate in LIFE Study Project

Faculty members Aaron Weinschenk, Lora Warner, David Helpap of Public and Environmental Affairs and Jenell Holstead of Human Development were key members of the LIFE (Leading Indicators for Excellence) Study collaboration with St. Norbert College. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs and the Strategic Research Institute from St. Norbert College generated the study, which is intended to spark community engagement by measuring progress and also focus on issue to be addressed.  More than 300 community leaders were in attendance to hear the results.  For more information and a summary of results, see the Green Bay Press-Gazette’s extensive coverage.




Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival honors

Congratulations to our Theatre and Dance program!  At the recent Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival (KC ACTF) Region III in Indianapolis, IN, the University’s production of “Play Nice” won the “Golden Handtruck Award”  The award recognizes the best technical work and most professionalism in getting production materials ready for performance and then taken down afterwards.  This is the seventh time the program has won the Golden Handtruck Award.

Individual honors include student Laker Anne Thrasher as one of 12 finalists in the Musical Theatre Incorporated (MTI) musical theatre auditons and one of 20 finalists in the MTI dance auditions.  Five UWGB students made it of the muscial theatre auditions.  Five students participated in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition.  Student Cody Von Ruden was a finalist in the costume design category for his Death of a Salesman design project.

Humanistic Studies receives grant to fund: “Displacement and Immigration: Through a Different Lens”

UW-Green Bay’s Humanistic Studies program received a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council for a project: Displacement and Immigration: Through a Different Lens. The funding will be used to help middle school students and their families gain a deeper understanding about global displacement of people as well as local immigration. In partnership with the Neville Public Museum, students will see three films and a theatrical production with discussion following about what leads to immigration and the impact this displacement has on communities. This program is designed for middle schoolers, who often are not the target of public programs. The films explore a Syrian refugee camp, an undocumented Latina pursuing the arts in California, and the odyssey of a Hmong family who waits in a Thai refugee camp before eventual settlement in the U.S. The one-person performance tells the true story of a German-Jewish man who must either secretly assimilate for having a Jewish grandparent, or flee his homeland during World War II.

UWGB to host a “Google IgniteCS” program

UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Ankur Chattopadhyay, Information and Computing Sciences (ICS), and his team of highly motivated students, in partnership with Phuture Phoenix, received the IgniteCS award by Google. Through this award, this team is partnering with Google to start a community outreach program mentoring underrepresented youth of Northeast Wisconsin in computing sciences.

The IgniteCS UWGB student mentors will design and develop outreach curriculum in computing sciences specifically for K-12 teachers, to teach their students the art of computing and computational thinking.

“This is a novel and innovative venture, where students will be driving an outreach and innovative program to strengthen the Phuture Phoenix program,” said Chattopadhyay. “It is a unique development platform for students wishing to gain experience in computing educational research, teamwork building, outreach curriculum design and development and wishing to serve as community mentors and role models.”

UW-Green Bay is the first University in Wisconsin to host the Google IgniteCS program, the  “maiden Google IgniteCS center in Wisconsin,” said Chattopadhyay. “It will add more value to the inclusiveness and diversity objectives of the campus.”

Professor Brian Sutton’s “Searching for Romeo” November 17-19

Spending a little more time focusing on Rosaline and Paris than the Bard did over 400 years ago, Searching for Romeo brings the story to a more contemporary school setting and follows the lives and dreams of the two loves left behind by Romeo and Juliet. The book, music, and lyrics were written by Professor Brian Sutton, English and Humanistic Studies.  Searching for Romeo, was previously produced as part of the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival. A New York Times reviewer described it as “a teenage rom-com wrapped around a tragedy.” Searching for Romeo presents a new rom-com (romantic comedy) take on Romeo and Juliet with a pop music score. With the playwright literally in residence, this show could well be a perfect vehicle to reach out to our area high schools where more than 400 years after the fact, Romeo and Juliet is still avidly studied and oft performed.

See: for a preview of the show.

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Lawton Gallery to host opening reception

The Lawton Gallery will host an opening reception from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. The event will feature work by Samuel Davis, Jonathan Dedecker, and Joshua Hunt. Davis is interested in the history of photography as it relates to both truth and also historical constructs. Dedecker creates imagery that that revolves around framing the viewer as if they were a character within the image. He will be painting a special piece directly on the wall of the Lawton Gallery. Hunt is interested in themes involving color theory, contemporary culture, the history of abstraction and screen culture. He will feature both paintings, sculpture and video installations in the gallery. Hunt is originally from Green Bay and now lives in Milwaukee. Lawton Gallery events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


Three CAHSS faculty recognized by Founders Awards

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay recognized its top faculty and staff members with 2016 Founders Awards for Excellence. Honorees are selected by a campuswide committee from nominations submitted by faculty, staff and others.  The award recipients from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) are:

Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching — Ryan Martin
Professor and Chair of the UW-Green Bay Psychology Program Ryan Martin has a history of rave student reviews. His peers say he goes above and beyond to create a rich educational experience in his classroom. He supervises numerous individualized learning experiences ranging from research and teaching assistantships, to internships, independent studies and honors projects. He paves the way in reaching students, peers and media via social platforms, and he has grown as a national resource in anger management — one of his many research focuses.

Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship — John Mariano
Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance John Mariano provides hundreds of students with high-impact experiences. His moving, and thought-provoking live performances are acclaimed near and far. He has extensive New York and regional credits due to his expertise in blending the work of students and professional artists into seamless, high caliber productions. He has engaged in the vital activity of new play development, directing and performing in staged readings of plays by professional playwrights and mentoring student playwrights. His work has been commended by the Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival, bringing National recognition to UW-Green Bay Performing Arts. The Kennedy Center National Selection Team held his production of Almost, Maine as a finalist for an invited performance at the Kennedy Center, the highest level of recognition in University Theatre.

University Award for Excellence in Community Outreach — Lora Warner
Associate Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs Lora Warner serves as a valuable liaison between UW-Green Bay and its community. She not only engages herself, but teaches our students to be engaged and active citizens in the Green Bay community.  She is involved with the United Way, House of Hope, Steps to Make a Difference and Sustainable Green Bay among other events and organizations. Her applied research is laudable — in particular her work with the Brown County Life Study has provided valuable insight into the community and shapes public dialogue on issues like environmental quality, education, health care and more. A peer describes Warner as one who strives to teach students “habits of the mind and habits of the heart.”

6:30 Concert Series announced for 2016-2017

The 6:30 Concert Series is an innovative performance series designed to connect the campus and local communities with music in a deeper way. Performances feature insightful presentations by performers, composers, and special guests. The series offers new perspectives on diverse musical styles, often exploring the music from multiple angles. The primary focus of the 2016/2017 series is the adventurous musicianship of the UWGB Music Department faculty. All performances begin early (6:30 PM), last between 60 and 90 minutes, and are free and open to the public.

The first event is our “series within the series”, Beethoven Refractions will be held Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Pianist Michael Rector explores the meaning of Beethoven through the music of other great composers—from quotation and allusion to compositional craft and biographical inspiration. The series will be held in the University Theater, featuring the music department’s beautifully restored 1925 Steinway concert piano. 

See for remaining events in the schedule.

Associate Professor Denise Bartell named UWGB’s Director of Student Engagement

Associate Professor Denise Bartell (Human Development and Psychology) will be joining UW-Green Bay’s academic affairs administrative team as the Director of Student Success and Engagement.

While this is a new position in the Provost’s office, its creation recognizes and seeks to institutionalize work that Bartell has been conducting for several years. Her duties include the oversight and development of the Gateways to Phoenix Success (GPS) program, the development of academic access opportunities for underrepresented students, the coordination of GPS and related programs with Student Affairs offices such as the American Intercultural Center and the Pride Center, the coordination of GPS and related programs with Enrollment Services offices such as Admissions and Advising, developing greater opportunities for student engagement in high impact experiences, working to institutionalize GPS and related programs, and oversight of several first-year seminars.

Because of her diligence to student success and the work she has put into it, she was recognized in 2015 with the Founders Award for Excellence in Institutional Development — one of the University’s highest honors. Bartell’s appointment is effective August 22, 2016.  She will report to Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Clifton Ganyard. In addition, she will continue to teach first-year seminars and in the GPS and peer mentors programs.

Bartell teaches courses on family and personal relationships, including her popular first-year seminar, Love & Lust in America.  Her research focuses on young adult development, in particular the factors that promote college success and the impact of romantic relationships on young adult development. Bartell joined UW-Green Bay in 2002 after earning her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas.