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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.

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