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First Local Open Online Course (LOOC) begins

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will launch its first-ever Local Open Online Course (LOOC) March 5, presenting “Beginning App & 2D Game Development” through May 28.  “Beginning App & 2D Game Development” is open to any student, including those in high school, with at least high school-level algebra proficiency. The course focuses on entry-level app and game development, and is taught from a beginner’s perspective. It assumes no prior programming knowledge, although those with prior knowledge are welcome.  Taught by UW-Green Bay faculty members Ben Geisler and Peter Breznay, this LOOC is all about learning to program and develop video games and applications for mobile devices. By the end of the course, students will have created a completed game and a starter Android app. Students also will be introduced to a variety of platforms including XNA Game Studio, Eclipse (Java) and the ADK.  In addition to learning and enrichment, students who take “Beginning App & 2D Game Development” have the chance to earn college credit through successful completion of the course. Individuals who earn a passing grade will be waived past UW-Green Bay’s Computer Science 201, a three-credit course that is the first course in the University’s Computer Science curriculum.

Natural and Applied Sciences Professor Patrick Forsythe receives Wisconsin Sea Grant award

 Assistant Professor Patrick Forsythe of Natural and Applied Sciences received a $235,000 award from Wisconsin Sea Grant share to contribute to a larger study of the role wetlands play as refuge for fish including prized sport and table species such as perch and walleyes. Forsyth’s research will involve “Quantifying Coastal Wetland – Nearshore Linkages in Lake Michigan for Sustaining Sport Fishes,” and put him in company with senior Great Lakes researchers at the University of Notre Dame, Loyola of Chicago and Central Michigan. The scientists will look at the impact of wetland degradation and wetland remediation on local fisheries.

Natural and Applied Sciences awards students scholarships

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay honored some of its top science and math scholars Friday, Feb. 7, presenting Natural and Applied Sciences scholarships worth nearly $16,000 to 15 students during an afternoon reception.  Surrounded by parents, faculty members and donors, students were recognized for top-notch grades, outstanding scholarship, innovative research and overall academic excellence.  “Every one of our scholarship recipients is a complete student,” said UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Steve Meyer, an NAS faculty member and chair of the Scholarship Committee. “They’re great representatives of UW-Green Bay and they’ll be great representatives of UW-Green Bay when they leave us.”

Cofrin Student Symposium celebrates 25 years of student environmental research

Ten University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students will report on research conducted in UW-Green Bay natural areas at the 25th annual Cofrin Student Symposium, scheduled from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 in the Christie Theatre of the University Union on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.  The symposium marks a quarter-century of student research and more 140 students whose research has been funded by an endowment established by the Cofrin family.

Professor Brian Sutton’s “Searching for Romeo” earns slot at 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival

Associate Professor of Humanistic Studies Brian Sutton’s original play “Searching for Romeo” has been given a full-performance slot at the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival.  This July it will be performed by a largely professional (Actors’ Equity) cast.  Sutton’s tale reimagines Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” from the perspective of the “losers” — Romeo’s former beloved, Rosaline; and Juliet’s rejected suitor, Paris. Sutton wrote the play, music and lyrics.

Professor Ellen Rosewall authors new book

UW-Green Bay Professor  Ellen Rosewall is the author of the new textbook Arts Management: Uniting Arts and Audiences in the 21st Century, released this month by Oxford University Press, USA.  Rosewall says the book is one of only a few, if any, comprehensive textbooks on arts management written for undergraduates.  Arts Management includes case studies and critical-thinking exercises that address today’s environment for the visual and performing arts.  Topics range from governance and human resources to program development, financial management, marketing, fundraising, educational outreach and more.

Funding Approved for Collaborative Engineering Degrees

The  University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents committee OK’d nearly $1.9 million in new grant funding for the new collaborative engineering technology degrees on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013.  The funds will help jump-start a trio of new and collaborative engineering technology degrees.  Students in the program will be able to begin their academic studies at any one of 13 Northeastern Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance (NEW ERA) universities and colleges, and finish the program at either UW-Green Bay or UW-Oshkosh. The program offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Environmental Engineering Technology through collaboration between the NEW ERA institutions, colleges and an array of business partners.

CFPA, EMBI receive Career Ready Internshi Initiative grant

 The UW-Green Bay Center for Public Affairs (CFPA) and Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) have received a Career Ready Internship Initiative grant in the amount of $150,000 from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. This grant will benefit students by offering them opportunities to gain invaluable, real-world experience through paid internships in their fields of study.  UW-Green Bay will use the grant to create new paid internships and turn previously unpaid internships into paid internships, for juniors and seniors who don’t receive enough financial aid to cover college costs.

Lawton Gallery to present Warhol photographs

The Lawton Gallery at the UW-Green Bay will present “Andy Warhol Photographs,” Thursday, Oct. 10-Oct. 31 in 230 Theatre Hall.  An opening reception will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 10, featuring an introductory talk by Lawton curator Stephen Perkins at 5 p.m.  The Warhol exhibition features a selection of Polaroid and silver gelatin photographs that were part of a recent gift to UW-Green Bay from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Many of the Polaroid photographs are preliminary studies for silkscreen portraits, and the black-and-white works include portraits and other miscellaneous subjects that caught Warhol’s attention. Both sets of works attest to Warhol’s busy social and professional life, as well as a curiosity about the world that he obsessively explored through the medium of photography.

Grant for New Approaches to First-Year Achievement

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.