Noteworthy: High ratings for UW-Green Bay

by Office of the Chancellor | December 17, 2010

Students actors perform in a fall production of the play Almost, Maine.

The success of Theatre, Phoenix basketball, and American Indian students at UW-Green Bay drew well-deserved recognition this month.

I’ll start with theatre. When Cathy and I saw the play Almost, Maine earlier this fall we thought it was one of the best student shows we had seen in some time. The staging was professional and the cast was terrific — they seemed to love the material (a quirky, contemporary romantic comedy). It was welcome news, then, to hear that visiting judges rate Almost, Maine one of the half-dozen best productions in our five-state region. That means a trip to the college theatre “play-offs” next month at Michigan State, our fifth performance at regionals in a decade. Congratulations to the students and Profs. John Mariano (director), Mike Ingraham, Laura Riddle, Jeff Entwistle and Kaoime Malloy. There’s an encore benefit performance at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, in the University Theatre.

At 9-1 and No. 23 in the coaches’ poll, the Phoenix women’s basketball team is one of the nation’s best. Let’s cheer on the Phoenix at four straight games at the Kress Center over the holidays. Coaches Matt Bollant, Mike Divilbiss, Amanda Leonhard and Sarah Bronk deserve a big round of applause, too.

Our third positive ranking this month involves the magazine Winds of Change. UW-Green Bay made the list of 200 top schools that are notably supportive of Native students. Criteria included solid graduation rates and a good American Indian community for support. Our major in First Nations Studies, and the work Profs. Lisa Poupart and Tim Kaufman have done in establishing a center to promote teaching of tribal history and culture, are points of pride. We have a solid base from which to move forward.