UW-Green Bay has received a grant award of $161,504 for the “Phoenix GPS (Gateways to Phirst-Year Success) Program” from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. Denise Bartell, associate professor of Human Development, wrote the proposal in her capacity as director of UW-Green Bay’s Students in Transition Center, and in collaboration with Michael Stearney, dean of enrollment services. Phoenix GPS builds on promising retention strategies used in FOCUS, first-year seminars, the TOSS (Targeted Opportunities for Student Success in Science) program and related initiatives. The new program creates a year-long support community for a group of 125 first-year students, placing them into small groups of 25, each with a faculty mentor, a peer mentor, and an academic adviser. Over the course of the year, students will complete a first year seminar course, participate in TOSS study sessions, partcipate in student success workshops, engage in co-curricular and social activities, consult regularly with faculty mentors and academic advisors, and complete a service learning project.
Several faculty members from UW-Green Bay recently returned from a visit to the Universidad del Desarrollo in Santiago, Chile. The visit was hosted by Professor Alex Godoy, who was a Visiting Scholar here during fall 2012, where he taught courses in Environmental Science and Spanish. Professor John Katers of Natural and Applied Sciences was awarded a Fulbright Specialist position for his visit, which was nearly three weeks in length and focused on developing relationships with the Chilean university around topics including sustainability, pollution control and waste management, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Associate Professors Mike Zorn, Natural and Applied Sciences, and Cristina Ortiz, Humanistic Studies, along with Associate Provost Andrew Kersten and International Education Director Brent Blahnik, arrived later to meet with other administrators and staff at Universidad del Desarrollo regarding opportunities for long-term collaboration including faculty exchanges, students exchanges and travel courses. Faculty also made classroom presentations, toured industrial facilities, and met with faculty from several other universities in Santiago.