English faculty and students from UW-Green Bay will participate in the UntitledTown Book and Author Festival during April 28-30 in downtown Green Bay. UntitledTown Book and Author Festival will promote all aspects of book culture including movable wood type, the traditional book, graphic novels, and podcasting. Over the course of three days, festival attendees will be able to choose from a long list of readings, discussions, panels, workshops, and other events of interest to writers and to readers held at venues in Downtown Green Bay. The vast majority of these events will be free and open to the public. In addition, there will be a book expo showcasing local, regional, and national publishers and their books. See www.untitledtown.org for more information.
During April 20-22, 35 UW-Green Bay Psychology students and five faculty members attended the Midwest Psychological Association (MPA) Conference in Chicago, lll. The students presented more than 35 research projects on topics related to attitudes toward online classes, to culture and language development, to mental health stigma.
UW-Green Bay students, Erin Schroth and Hailey McDermott, won American Advertising Federation Addy Student Awards at the annual Fox River AD FED Club Addy Event that took place Friday, February 17, 2017 at the Backstage at the Meyer Theatre. All educational institution students in Northeast Wisconsin and the Fox Cities are eligible to submit to the Addys each year. UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Toni Damkoehler (Art and Design) received a Silver Addy award for the UWGB Theatre “The Hourglass Project” poster at the same event.
UW-Green Bay Philosophy undergraduates Sean Gleason, Anna Hoesley, Joseph Prestley and Michael Lahti, will present their research at this year’s Wisconsin Philosophical Association meeting in Madison on Saturday, April 29. The meeting invites philosophical research from across the state, and submissions are blind peer-reviewed. UW-Green Bay earned the highest number of accepted submissions of any institution in the state of Wisconsin. Associate Professor Christopher Martin also had a paper accepted.
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre and Dance Chair Jeff Entwistle received national recognition by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KC ACTF) for the scene design of UW-Green Bay’s “Play Nice!” production. The national selection team, which sees all eight festivals around the country, recognized only four scene designs. Two received “Outstanding Scene Design” recognition and two, including Play Nice, received “Distinguished Scene Design” recognition.
The judges saw “Play Nice!” at the KC ACTF Region III, Jan. 12, 2017, where the UW-Green Bay production team brought home the coveted “Golden Handtruck Award.” The award recognizes the best technical work and most professionalism in getting production materials from the truck to the stage ready in four hours for an audience and only one hour to get everything down and back into the truck.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.”