Students at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay who want to learn about the state’s American Indian tribes don’t turn to books, but to tribal elders who live on nearby reservations and keep office hours in Wood Hall.
It’s a unique opportunity for any student on campus to sit face-to-face with a tribal member who is a repository of knowledge and wisdom passed on to him by his elders — everything from tribal beliefs and teachings to tribal culture, language and faith in the Great Spirit, the Creator.
Green Bay is within 100 miles of five Indian reservations for the: Oneida, Menominee, Ho-Chunk, Stockbridge-Munsee and Mole Lake. The Oneida reservation is on the city’s outskirts.
Two faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are Founders Association Award winners. Professor Ilene Cupit, Human Development, won the Founders Association Award for Excellence in Community Outreach. Associate Professor Amy Wolf, Natural and Applied Sciences, won the Founders Association Award for Excellence in Scholarship.
Professor Cupit was honored for being “a dedicated educator whose research interests, passion for learning and caring nature have built bridges to the community.” In particular, the award singled out her tireless efforts in establishing and developing Camp Lloyd, the week-long summer camp at UW-Green Bay for children who have suffered the death of a family member. Cupit has taught courses in Psychology and Women’s Studies and specializes in cognitive development, infancy and early childhood, and death, dying and grieving.
Professor Wolf studies plant-animal interactions, native bee populations, and forest dynamics in Northern Wisconsin. Her work has earned grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Smithsonian, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, among others. The awards citation said Wolf stands out “for obtaining numerous grants, for the quality and quantity of her collaborative research, and for involving both undergraduate and graduate students in nearly all of her projects.”
UW-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs (CFPA) and Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) received their second $150,000 Career Ready Internship Initiativegrant 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. Interested businesses and organizations in Northeastern Wisconsin should contact Ashley Heath, (920) 465-2608, or John Arendt, (920) 465-2953, for more information.
Historian and classicist Gregory S. Aldrete, professor of Humanistic Studies, has been chosen one of two Joukowsky National Lecturers for the 2014-15 academic year by the Archaeological Institute of America. The AIA will send Aldrete around the country to deliver at least 14 public lectures in cities including Los Angeles, Orlando, Cincinnati, San Diego, Cleveland, Portland, Indianapolis, Tampa Bay, Ithaca, Iowa City, and Minneapolis. His topics will include “Hammers, Axes, Bulls, and Blood: Practical Aspects of Roman Animal Sacrifice,” “Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome: The Eternal City Goes Under,” and “Reconstructing and Testing Ancient Linen Body Armor: The Linothorax Project.” Aldrete calls the selection a major honor — the award criteria specifies that lecturers must be “distinguished archaeologists.”
Associate Professsor Bryan Vescio, Humanistic Studies (English), has published a new book titled “Reconstruction in Literary Studies: An Informalist Approach.” In it, Vescio explores a revitalized future for the Humanities, examining the academic study of literature as an institution with a distinctive and positive social function. He argues that literary study within the university creates an environment that allows scholars and students to develop and discuss their individuality, maintaining the productive diversity that is critical to a democratic culture.
Professor Cristina Ortiz, Humanistic Studies and Spanish, has been named to the Patricia Wood Baer Professorship in Education, Professor John F. Katers, Natural and Applied Sciences, has been named to the Frederick E. Baer Professorship in Business, and Professor Kevin Fermanich, Natural and Applied Sciences, has been named to the Barbara Hauxhurst Cofrin Professorship of Natural Sciences. The professorships recognize and give support for tenured faculty members who have demonstrated productive commitments to scholarhsip and/or outreach and whose works exemplify the spirit and mission of UW-Green Bay. All professorships are effective July 1, 2014 and awardees are appointed for five year terms.
Associate Professor Clifton Ganyard is the recipient of a 2014 UW System Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award. Ganyard (Humanistic Studies, History) joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1997 as an adjunct instructor, and in 17 years on the job has taught more than two dozen courses for Humanistic Studies, History and Global Studies. His areas of specialization include modern European, German and Japanese history and culture, Western civilization and European intellectual history. Ganyard has numerous publications to his credit, including “Artur Mahraun and the Young German Order: An Alternative to National Socialism in Weimar Political Culture” (2008), as well as a number of scholarly reviews. Ganyard’s many awards include UW-Green Bay Research Scholar, Grants in Aid of Research, Teaching Enhancement and Teaching Fellow honors, as well as UW System and Beloit Center for Language Studies grants, among others. In 2010, Ganyard earned the UW-Green Bay Founders Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2010-11 he took a sabbatical to study at The Yamasa Institute, Okazaki-shi, Aichi-ken, Japan.For Ganyard, it all stems from a genuine enthusiasm for what he does.
Ganyard’s passion for interdisciplinary teaching has been demonstrated in numerous ways throughout his career, including through a course he team-taught with Music faculty member Adam Gaines during spring semester 2013. Jazz history course “The Jazz Age” combined Ganyard’s historical expertise with the music and performance knowledge of Music Associate Professor Adam Gaines. The course included live jazz performances and a rich exploration of the history of the art form, including the social and political contexts with which it evolved.
Music Professor Sarah Meredith Livingston has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant in U.S. Studies (General) at the University of Sao Paulo-Ribeirao Preto, Brazil. Meredith Livingston will travel to Brazil May 21-June 4 of this year, presenting a full recital and teaching American repertoire and diction for singers. She also will work with community choruses in the area, and is hoping to lay the groundwork for future faculty visits and collaborations. Another trip is planned for May 2015.
Professor Regan A.R. Gurung of Psychology and Human Development is the editor of the new book Multicultural Approaches to Health and Wellness in America, published by Praeger. It includes chapters by two UW-Green Bay faculty colleagues, Kristin Vespia and Dean Von Dras, and by three alumni of the Psychology program, Pilar Gauthier of the Menominee Nation, Class of 2009; Angela Roethel (Wendorf), Class of 2007; and Kate Florer, Class of 2012. The two-volume hardcover, 672 pages in all, explores the reality that a growing number of Americans do not solely use Western medicine. The chapters explore cultural variations in health and sickness practices, and delve into health practices such as Ayurveda, an ancient system of medicine that focuses on the body, the sense organs, the mind, and the soul; traditional Chinese medicine; and others.
Assistant Professor Alison Staudinger, Democracy and Justice Studies, has been awarded a $22,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities through the NEH Enduring Question program. Staudinger will devote parts of the next two summers to developing a course on the enduring topic of why people work and what it means to the individual and to society. Staudinger’s proposal, “Why Work?” considers the role of labor in human life as a core political and existential issue, which students will explore through readings in political philosophy, history and literature, and by developing a community-based oral history project.
Professor Staudinger was also chosen as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar. She will participate in an institute titled “Reconsidering Flannery O’Connor,” a four-week program held at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA. Staudinger is one of approximately 437 summer scholars.