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Camp Lloyd for grieving children this week

The 11th Annual Camp Lloyd — UW-Green Bay’s summer camp helping children cope with the loss of a loved one — is this week, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 20-24. The camp that began with nine children in 2006 is approaching a camp-capacity 50 participants again this year.

According to camp founder and director UW‑Green Bay Prof. Ilene Cupit, Camp Lloyd is what you get when you combine a traditional summer camp experience with a life-changing event for a child — the heartbreaking loss of a loved one, and the grieving process that follows.

The weeklong day camp for children, ages 7 to 14, is held at the Mauthe Center. Combined with the fun and excitement of a typical camp experience (including arts and crafts, music, games, swimming, hiking and even a day-trip to Door County for paddle boarding and kayaking), Camp Lloyd also provides time for campers to reflect, explore their own experiences of grief, share and find support from others.

Camp participants are assigned “buddies,” undergraduate students — most majoring in Human Development, Psychology and Social Work at UW‑Green Bay — to serve as mentors and friends of a grieving camper. In addition, they are educated in children’s grief and are able to observe professional grief therapists (UW‑Green Bay alumni who received their master’s degrees in counseling and specialize in grief) giving group support. In all, a staff made up of about 25 counselors, most with UW‑Green Bay connections, works with the children throughout the week.

This year, Camp Lloyd is giving back to the community — creating two “Little Free Libraries” that will be donated to the NEW Zoo and the Kroc Center. Each of the Little Free Libraries will contain a book authored by the Camp Lloyd participants about dealing with loss.

“By the end of the week, we’re all transformed. They are not the same kids or the same student counselors they were at the beginning of the week. It’s like a magical transformation, and that is how we know we’ve made a difference,” Cupit added.

Sample video from a previous Camp Lloyd can be found here.

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National Psychology Summit on campus this week

UW-Green Bay Professor. Regan A. R. Gurung (Psychology, Human Development) is joined by college psychology faculty from across the U.S. for the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Summit on National Assessment of Psychology (SNAP) this week (June 21-24), on the UW‑Green Bay campus. “Given the growing mental health needs of the region, better psychological training starting at the undergrad level is the first step toward ensuring better trained individuals to serve these growing needs,” Gurung said. Gurung says that there are national guidelines for psychology, but no easy ways to measure if students are learning them. “This summit is designed to create ways to help college instructors all over the nation and the world to better teach psychology… Better assessment and national guidelines help raise the bar for teaching everywhere.

The importance of a national summit — the first ever for the APA — was brought to the attention of the Committee on Associated and Bachelorette Education (CABE), on which Professor Gurung serves. Once it was determined there was a need for this summit, Gurung — who previously organized a very successful APA training for high school psychology teachers in the past — worked to convince committee members that UW‑Green Bay and the Green Bay community would be a great host.

About 50 psychology professionals will be attending the conference sponsored by the APA, the National Science Foundation, and UW‑Green Bay. The summit provides a showcase for both the university and the city; attendees will tour Lambeau Field and Badger State Brewing Company even brewed a special beer for SNAP.

The goal of the summit is for the group of scholars to work in tandem to provide a database of both digital and print resources necessary for the assessment of psychology programs at the associate and baccalaureate level worldwide. Attendees will be sharing best practices for assessing educational assessment and developing evidence-based tools to measure student-learning outcomes at the course and program levels.

Representing UW‑Green Bay along with Gurung are professors Kristin Vespia and Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges (Psychology, Human Development). Distinguished scholars and professors from across the country will join them. Green Bay Mayor, Jim Schmitt will also be on hand to kick off the event. The summit is also providing an excellent opportunity for UW‑Green Bay psychology students to meet psychologists from around the county.

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Beau Thomas completes murals at UWGB, Downtown Green Bay

UWGB alumnus and artist Beau Thomas put the finishing touches on a long-awaited mural exhibited on the exterior of the studio arts building. The mural was a special project supported by the 50th Anniversary Committee. Thomas continues work on what will be the largest mural in downtown Green Bay on the exterior building of Kuehn Printing (620 Main St.) with completion set for the end of May.  Click here for more information.

2016-2017 Theatre season announced

The 2016-17 UW-Green Bay theatre program has been announced. UWGB faculty member Brian Sutton brings his original musical, Searching for Romeo to the Jean Weidner Theatre.  Also planned for this upcoming season are Play Nice by Robin Rice,  The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, and I Never Saw Another Butterfly by Celeste Raspanti.  Danceworks under the artistic direction of Denis Carlson-Gardner will also be presented on April 1 and 2.  For more details, see the full season.


Students board the Train Jam express for real-life gaming experience

Tom Rismeyer and Jacob Labeots, two UW-Green Bay student, and UWGB lecturer BEn Geisler (Computer Science) broaded the 52-hour train ride from Chicago to the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco along with 200 game designers, programmers and artists from across the country.

The participants met in Chicago and split into groups. The groups were then given the theme “Maximum Overdrive” and tasked with creating a game that incorporated the theme in the time it took to travel to the conference.

Rismeyer and Labeots joined forces with professional Ryan Smith of Human Head Games in Madison to create their game, “Tickets Please.” Focusing on keeping it simple, they had a working version of the game after 45 hours and a completed game close to the time limit.

“Our game was based around the idea that the player was in charge of a train station,” said Labeots. “The player’s job is to place passengers onto their respective trains based off of the information on their tickets. If the train reaches the maximum amount of passengers it can hold before it leaves, the player gets an extra bonus.”

“It involved a lot of new concepts including user interface programming, artificial intelligence work, and animating in-game models,” said Rismeyer.

Labeots and Rismeyer said that working with the professionals was an incredible opportunity.

Looking to the future, Labeots, a fourth-year Computer Science major, looks forward to taking this experience and applying it to his future. “Game development is a main goal for employment coming out of college. This was a great opportunity to get to network with people already in the field and get a sense of what it is like to work in the game industry.”

Rismeyer, a junior majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics with an emphasis in Statistics, aspires to become a data analyst post-graduation.

Geisler said the Train Jam opportunity is an incredible portfolio-building experience for his students.

“Both of the students that took advantage of this opportunity last year are working in the game development field,” said Geisler. “That’s a great track record and we hope to continue this especially as we launch the Game Studies major in fall 2016. Interested students in game development and design should keep their eyes on the Information Sciences section of the UWGB course catalogue, which will officially roll out Game Studies as an emphasis this year.”

Kaspar Spider Collection donated to UWGB

UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Center for Biodiversity announces the donation of a major spider collection to the Richter Museum of Natural History in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall. Prof. John “Jack” Kaspar, Ph.D. an arachnologist and biology professor at UW-Oshkosh for more than 30 years, amassed a collection of 10,000 spider specimens during his career, mainly from Wisconsin and the Midwest, but also from Mexico, Canada, Europe, Africa, South America, and East Asia.  Kaspar chose the Richter Museum for the donation because of a longtime friendship with Richter Museum Curator, Tom Erdman, and the expertise of arachnologist Prof. Michael Draney (Natural and Applied Sciences), who will be working with the collection. Kaspar’s generous donation, the largest collection of spiders in the state of Wisconsin, is an important legacy that will allow UWGB to better understand the importance of these animals to the ecology and biodiversity of our region.

Strategic Philanthropy Class Announces Winner of $10,000 Grant

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.”

UW-Green Bay Chorale backs up Barry Manilow

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.”

Students “Document Memory” of Veterans

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.

Hutchison earns Santander Chair at Portugal’s University of Lisbon

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.