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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.

CLAS faculty visit Chile

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.

Luisa Etxenike Scholar in Residence for Fall 2013

The Spanish program will be hosting writer Luisa Etxenike in Fall 2013 as a scholar in residence.  She has published the following novels: El detective de sonidos (2011), El ángulo ciego (Euskadi Literary Award 2009), Los peces negros (2005), Vino (2000), El mal más grave (1997) and Efectos secundarios (1996), and the short story collections Ejercicios de duelo (2001), and La historia de amor de Margarita Maura(1990).  Her short stories have been included in numerous anthologies, the most recent: Un deseo propio. Antología de escritoras españolas contemporáneas, edited by Inmaculada Pertusa y Nancy Vosbrug.

Luisa teaches creative writing workshops at the Cultural Center Ernest LLuch (San Sebastián, Spain) and at the University of the Basque Country (Bilbao). She also teaches courses on “Theory of Narration” and “Gender Studies” for the University of the Basque Country (Aula de la Experiencia, Bilbao).  As a Scholar in Residence at UW-Green Bay, Luisa Etxenike will teach ENG 338 World Literatures (Team-taught with Professor Saxton-Ruiz) and SPAN 465 Special Topics: Contar con cuentos (Team-taught with Professor Cristina Ortiz).

In 2007 Luisa was awarded the distintion of Chevalier d’ Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.  In 2012, San Sebastian’s municipal government awarded her the Medalla al Mérito Ciudadano (Medal for Exemplary Citizenship).


CLAS Welcomes New Faculty and Staff for 2013-2014

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences would like to welcome 10 new faculty and instructional staff to the university for the 2013-2014 academic year.  They are:


  • Bryan Carr -  (ICS/Communication) – Completing his Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma
  • Laleah Fernandez  (ICS/Communication) – Completing her Ph.D. at Michigan State University
  • Ben Geisler (ISC/Computer Science) -  Received his M.S. from University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Kim Reilley  (DJS/History/Women’s Studies) -  Received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago
  • Rachel Russell (PEA) – Received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California
  • Sawa Senzaki  (HUD) – Received her Ph.D. from the University of Alberta
  • John Shelton (DJS/History) – Received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland
  • Aaron Weinschenk (PEA/Political Science) – Received his Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Instructional Academic Staff (one year terms):

  • Hannah O’Brien  (ICS) – Received her M.A. from the University of Limerick
  • Abigail Mace (Music) – Received her  doctorate in Music from University of Texas



Four Win Founder’s Awards for Excellence

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has recognized its top faculty and staff members with 2013 Founders Association Awards for Excellence. The award winners from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are:

Recipient for the Founder’s Award for Excellence in Teaching - Stefan Hall, associate professor of Humanistic Studies who teaches courses in ancient and medieval studies.

Recipient for the Founder’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship – Michael Draney, professor of Natural and Applied Sciences, one of the nation’s foremost experts in the study of arachnids.

Recipient for the Founder’s Award for Excellence in Community Outreach – Cristina Ortiz, Associate Professor of Humanistic Studies and Spanish, is founder and director of the community-oriented Spanish in the Professions program at UW-Green Bay, and has helped develop the Spanish Immersion Camp for high school students.

Recipient for the Founder’s Award for Excellence in Collaborative Achievement - Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) connects campus and community by encouraging thoughtful analysis of environmental problems and solutions that are practical and cost-effective. Faculty and staff members from across campus contribute to the Institute’s success, led by individuals from key academic units including Natural and Applied Sciences, Public and Environmental Affairs, and Business Administration.  EMBI’s director is John Katers, Professor of Natural and Applied Sciences.

Board of Regents approve collaborative engineering technology degrees

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved a trio of new and collaborative engineering technology degrees designed to make a high-demand field more easily accessible to students in the New North region while also addressing manufacturers’ demands for new infusions of well-prepared engineering graduates.  The program, launching in the 2013-2014 academic year, 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

Students entering the program and pursuing any of its three degrees are able to begin their academic studies at any of 13 Northeastern Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance (NEW ERA) institutions and colleges, finishing the program and earning their degrees at either UW-Green Bay or UW-Oshkosh. The innovative program breaks new ground in providing easy access for Northeastern Wisconsin students to pursue and obtain engineering knowledge and skill regional manufacturers say they are ready to put to work.

Seven CLAS faculty selected as 2013-14 Teaching Scholars

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) and the UW-Green Bay Teaching Scholars Program are proud to announce the names of faculty members selected to be 2013-14 Teaching Scholars.  Those from CLAS are:

•  David Helpap, Public and Environmental Affairs (Political Science)
•  Jenell Holstead, Human Development (Psychology)
•  Katia Levintova, Public and Environmental Affairs (Political Science)
•  Christopher Martin, Humanistic Studies (Philosophy)
•  Deirdre Radosevich, Human Development (Psychology, Women’s/ Gender Studies)
•  Alison Staudinger, Democracy and Justice Studies (Political Science)
•  Elizabeth Wheat, Public and Environmental Affairs (Political Science)

Each scholar will investigate a teaching issue and present his or her findings to the campus.  The program invites participation by early- and mid-career faculty members and gives them opportunities to enhance teaching and learning through research, collaboration, and reflection.

Faculty awarded National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant

 UW-Green Bay, under the leadership of co-principal investigators Professor Bob Howe and Associate Professor Amy Wolf, will receive more than $126,000 through a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant.  The grant will bolster research and preservation efforts at Point au Sable Nature Preserve.  This award is part of  $8.4 million in funding for 29 projects announced during the 2013 Sustain Our Great Lakes Grant Awards.

CLAS faculty earn promotions

Twelve faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences earned promotions.  New full professors are David Coury, Humanistic Studies; Michael Draney, Natural and Applied Sciences; Kevin Fermanich, Natural and Applied Sciences; Jennifer Ham, Humanistic Studies; Derek Jeffreys, Humanistic Studies; John Katers, Natural and Applied Sciences; and Sarah Meredith-Livingston, Music. New associate professors, with tenure, are Adolfo Garcia, Information and Computing Science;  Christopher Martin, Humanistic Studies; Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, Music; Charles Rybak, Humanistic Studies; and David Severtson, Music.