The Phoenix in South Aphrica

Written by Illene Cupit, Professor

Me:  “So why do you want to take this trip to South Africa?”

Student:  “Well…Ever since I was little I wanted to see the country and I just love elephants and giraffes!”

Me: “Do you know anything about the history of South Africa, like…apartheid?

The student (quizzically): “Um, I think so…maybe.”

Thus began my journey with 11 UW-Green Bay students to the city of Port Elizabeth, which is on the Eastern Cape of South Africa.  And in the three weeks we were there I saw the transformation of our students who were willing to extend themselves beyond the elephants and giraffes. Continue reading


Setting a Good Example: Physics Problem Solving

Written by Heidi Fencl

I’m sure I’m not alone in teaching a field that is more about “how” than it is about “what.”  And so I think a lot about teaching by example.  There is a great deal of research in physics education about setting a good example in class as we teach physics process, but of course most physics learning happens outside the classroom when students work on their homework assignments.  And that is where I worry about practices that set a bad example. Continue reading


Diverse Groups

Written by Adolfo Garcia

As a member of Chancellor Miller’s Enrollment Working Group it has been enlightening to learn about the challenges that area high school students face in enrolling at UW-Green Bay.  It is especially challenging for students that are from traditionally underrepresented groups like Hispanics, African Americans, Native American, and Hmong students.  Green Bay is facing a major population revision, and it is time that UW-Green Bay faces up to challenges that will change the way we enroll and retain our diverse local population. Continue reading


Opportunities to Learn – Joint Mathematics Meetings

Written by Megan Olson Hunt

For my fall 2014 Teaching Enhancement Grant, I attended the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio, Texas over four days in January (most of which weren’t much warmer than the weather in Green Bay, but I did see a touch of sun, thankfully!). In that time, I managed what now seems like a bit of a feat, going to 45 presentations, each of which lasted anywhere from 15 minutes to four hours. Continue reading


Expectations & Student Atheletes

Written by Mike Klein

Life is a two-way street where give and take is the key to success. I believe this is how it can work best with student-athletes and professors for a successful and learning experience; and keeping their academics as priority number one. Here in Phoenix Country it is a priority that our student-athletes communicate and try to go the extra mile so that their professors are willing to work with them when traveling and competition schedules challenge their academic schedule. We are very blessed here in Phoenix Country with an awesome faculty and staff that unselfishly works with our student-athletes when challenges arise. Here is a brief picture of how we (athletics) expect our student-athletes to work with and communicate with our faculty and staff to try to avoid the unexpected.

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Tutoring & Learning Center

Written by Sherri Arendt

The T&LC, Tutoring & Learning Center, is located on the lower level of the Cofrin Library, and is tucked away near the elevator entrance.  To those of you who did not know, the original space was a designated hang-out and TV lounge for those of us who graced this campus in the 80’s.  Thick purple shag carpet hug on the walls. This writer can recall walking over bodies to find an empty spot on the floor while balancing a plate of food to eat. It was a place to meet friends between classes while watching favorite soap operas. Continue reading


The Value of a Writing Community

Written by Sawa Senzaki

I attended the Society for Teaching Psychology’s Annual Conference on Teaching in Atlanta, Georgia in October 2014. The conference is also known as the Best Practices Conference, and it’s a great place to learn new pedagogical techniques practiced in my own discipline. Although this conference included many interesting topics, my primary agenda was to attend the workshop on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).

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New vision for the American Intercultural Center

Written by Justin Mallett

Recently I attended the state Multicultural/Disadvantaged Coordinator meeting in Pewaukee, WI. During this meeting, I was able to meet with other multicultural directors and learn about various programs they are putting on at their respective institutions. The one thing that became very apparent to me was the huge shift towards programming instead of focusing on the retention of underrepresented students attending our respective institutions. It seemed like schools are only focused on the quantity of programs instead of the quality of programming. Continue reading


That’s So HIP! Part Two

Come join us in just over a week at our annual faculty development conference. We are excited for the opportunity to learn, grow, and share as we explore High Impact Practices (HIP) with our keynote speaker, Peter Felten. Anyone working with students is encouraged to attend and if you haven’t registered its not too late!

In preparation for the conference, we have created a two part blog series highlighting the upcoming presenters and their breakout sessions. This is part two and it will highlight study abroad HIP and course specific HIP presentations. Continue reading