Over the past four years, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Strategic Philanthropy class has awarded $45,000 to viable organizations dedicated to an urgent need in the Brown County area. Each year, these funds are made possible by a grant from the Learning by Giving Foundation founded by Doris Buffet.
This year’s recipient is Howe Elementary School. Howe displayed what the UWGB students perceived as the best initiative to promote literacy among children in our area while incorporating an arts component into the curriculum. Students appreciated the school’s collaboration with the Howe Community Resource Center to enable disadvantaged children to continue reading during the summer. The students observed that Howe has a well- trained and dedicated staff with the ability to handle the challenges presented by such an endeavor. The class also congratulates two other finalists — the YMCA of Greater Green Bay and the Green Bay Boys and Girls Club.
“This year’s class ‘pushed the envelope’ by encouraging applicants to be creative, and asking that they integrate authentic arts experiences with literacy instruction,” says Prof. Lora Warner, who teaches the Strategic Philanthropy class. “We were very pleased with the response. There is growing recognition of the multiple benefits that come from kids being involved with music, visual, and performing arts.”
The majority of children living in inner city Green Bay do not read proficiently at early ages, setting them up for future academic challenges. The public is often unaware that there is a large gap in reading achievement between underprivileged children (many of whom are racial/ethnic minority students) and their economically better-off counterparts. This year’s philanthropy class studied this so-called “achievement gap” and agreed that their $10K should address this important community need.
“While a $10k gift can go a long way, more help is certainly needed,” said student Mark Petroski. “There are many organizations in the area which tackle the issues of literacy and instruction in the arts for school aged children here in Brown County. We urge you to pick up the phone or your laptop and get involved. A little can go a long way.”
Congratulations to the UW-Green Bay Chorale, led by Randy Meder, who had the opportunity to sing back up to Barry Manilow on his One Last Time tour at the Resch Center, Thursday, April 21.
“With a giant disco ball above and about 30 red-robed members of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chorale on stage with him, the Manilow magic of the last four decades proved to still be in top form,” Kendra Meinert of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported. “A crowd that filled about three-fourths of the arena danced and sang along, reveling in their time together at the hottest spot north of Havana.”
UW-Green Bay students and veterans Ashley Wiles and Sean Gleason have important stories to share. In this case, they are not their own, but the personal, front-line accounts from veterans who served in the United States armed forces in times of conflict. These oral histories provide a personal narrative to future generations so that all can understand the sacrifices made and the realities of war throughout the generations.
The UWGB project originated in UWGB Professor Rebecca Meacham’s “Documenting Memory” class in consultation with University archivist Deb Anderson. While some students chose to work on the personal histories of elderly palliative care patients, for instance, Wiles and Gleason gravitated toward documenting the oral histories of veterans.
“They have been a part of history and their history is important,” said Gleason. “I want to encourage people to come out and share what they experienced, and I want them to know that it is for the benefit of everyone: historians, researchers, students, other family members, and other service members.”
Anderson’s help was crucial to the process, according to Gleason.
“Her knowledge and expertise really expanded the pool of knowledge that went into the Documenting Memory,” explained Gleason. “Deb also has impeccable networking skills and was able to help coordinate a large number of the interviews, and make contact with the narrators. She is responsible for the legal archival aspect that goes on behind the scenes, such as cataloging and storing the interviews, drafting and storing the release forms. She helped provide instruction on recording and transcribing interviews. She also coached and mentored students on how to best approach a variety of situations in the field.”
Gleason and Wiles hope to expand the physical and human resources to grow the project, and make it a more permanent part of UWGB culture, community and a resource that is widely accessible.
Professor Ray Hutchison of Urban and Regional Studies and Sociology has been awarded the Cátedra Santander (the Santander Chair) in the Faculdade de Ciéncias Socialis e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (the Humanities and Social Sciences at the New University of Lisbon) for the 2016 spring semester. The New University of Lisbon has a strong tradition of innovative work, including interdisciplinary degree programs and graduate research centers. His responsibilities will include mentoring a 10-week seminar on urban studies for graduate students and faculty at CICS-NOVA (Centro Interdisciplinar de Ciências Sociais), as well as a series of public lectures on topics such as “The Invention of the American West” and “Utopian Communities in the US.” He will also arrange a conference on comparative suburban studies featuring faculty from the Banlieue Network (Paris), Westminster University (London), University of Florence, University of Bologna, and other universities.
Associate Professor Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz has been awarded a Wisconsin Humanities Council grant in the amount of $10,000 to support “The Culture of Fusion.” A series of community and university events will emphasize cultural processes and cultural productions with different expressions of Latino culture (music, gastronomy and art) highlighted through lectures, films and performances.
From September 13 through the 30th, UW-Green Bay is partnering with St. Norbert College and the greater Green Bay community to host the residency of Antxon Olabe, an environmental policy consultant from northern Spain. Olabe is an environmental economist and journalist specializing in sustainability and climate change. His visit is made possible through the generous private support of the International Visiting Scholars program. During his visit, Olabe will give several talks on both campuses and in the community. In addition, he will be guest lecturing in several classes and visiting local schools. Among his scheduled presentations:
- Wednesday, Sept. 16 — “Homo Sapiens and the Biosphere: Building up hope, redressing the climate and environment crisis,” 7 p.m., SNC’s Fort Howard Theater
- Monday, Sept. 21 — “Modern Environmentalism: A Basque Perspective” as part of UWGB’s Global Studies Roundtable Discussion series, 2-3 p.m., MAC Hall 201
- Wednesday, Sept. 23 — “Modern Environmentalism: A Basque Perspective,” 6:30-8 p.m., Neville Public Museum
- Friday, Sept. 25 — “Homo Sapiens and the Biosphere” as part of the Natural and Applied Sciences Seminar Series, 3:30-4:30 p.m., ES 301
If you questions about Olabe’s visit, a primary contact is Associate Prof. Katia Levintova of Public and Environmental Affairs, at Levintoe@uwgb.edu
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has recognized its top faculty and staff members with 2015 Founders Awards for Excellence. The award winners from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who were honored at the annual UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff Convocation Wednesday morning, Aug. 26, are:
Teaching — Associate Professor Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges (Psychology/Human Development)
Scholarship — Professor Matt Dornbush (Biology/Natural and Appled Sciences)
Community Outreach — Professor John Luczaj (Geoscience/Natural and Applied Sciences)
Institutional Development — Associate Profess Denise Bartell (Human Development)
Collaborative Achievement — Associate Professors Caroline Boswell (History/Humanistic Studies) and Chuck Rybak (English/Humanistic Studies) for The Digital and Public Humanities Project
Professor Matt Dornbush of Natural and Applied Sciences as was recently awarded five years of funding through the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District – NEW Water and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Along with the help of graduate students, Professor Dornbush’s research investigates, “The conversion of crop… acres to permanent grasslands, forage and cover crops, or buffers with an annual harvest schedule will increase the effectiveness of Vegetated Water Treatment Systems to trap sediment and attached phosphorus, lower soil-P, and increased water infiltration will reduce Phosphorus and Total Suspended Solids loading into Silver Creek.”
Professor Gregory Aldrete, Frankenthal Professor of History and Humanistic Studies, has been awarded the 2015 Regents Teaching Excellence Award. Aldrete has been teaching at UW-Green Bay since 1995. He regularly teaches eight different courses of approximately 450 students per year, as well as numerous independent studies. Recently, he developed an innovative interdisciplinary course on military history in which students learn through “living history.” An example was the multi-year Linothorax Project, in which his students re-created and tested the linen armor that Alexander the Great wore during his conquests. The published results garnered international attention. His teaching methods include analyzing primary documents, holding debates, role-playing, and other hands-on activities. He has written and recorded dozens of video lectures for The Teaching Company, with the first series entitled, “The History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective.” Aldrete gives frequent public lectures, including local venues as well as Iowa State University, Boston University, and the University of Manitoba in Canada. His students frequently comment on his depth of knowledge and passion for the subject of history and for teaching. Aldrete was selected in 2012 as Wisconsin Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for the Advancement of Education (CASE). In 2009, he received a national award of merit from the American Philological Association as one of the nation’s top teachers of classics.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is currently enrolling students for fall of 2015 in three new Engineering Technology programs. The new programs in Electrical, Mechanical and Environmental Engineering Technology will lead to a bachelor of science degree and are designed to make a high-demand field more easily accessible to students in the New North region while also addressing manufacturers’ demands for well-prepared engineering graduates. The program offers students “multiple points of entry.” Students pursuing any of the three majors will be able to begin their academic studies at any one of 12 Northeastern Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance (NEW ERA) institutions and colleges. Whether they start at a two-year UW College, the College of the Menominee Nation, an area technical college or a four-year university, all students complete the bachelor’s degree program at either UW-Green Bay or UW Oshkosh. NEW ERA institutions will deliver the Engineering Technology programs collaboratively. This collaboration provides a breadth of faculty expertise, conceptual and hands-on learning opportunities, and access to state-of-the art laboratory equipment, technology and facilities.