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Author, orator and activist, Winona LaDuke presenting on April 15th

The UWGB Education Center for First Nations Studies, EMBI Center, First Nations Studies Program, and Women’s and Gender Studies Program will be sponsoring internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist, Winona LaDuke offering a free public presentation on food sovereignty on Monday, April 15th at 7:00 p.m. in UWGB’s Rose Hall 250.  

Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities. In 1994, Time magazine named her one of America’s fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age, and in 1997 she was named Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year.    Other honors include the Reebok Human Rights Award, the Thomas Merton Award, the Ann Bancroft Award, the Global Green Award, and the prestigious International Slow Food Award for working to protect wild rice and local biodiversity. LaDuke also served as Ralph Nader’s vice-presidential running mate on the Green Party ticket in the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections.

 In addition to numerous articles, LaDuke is the author of Last Standing Woman (fiction), All Our Relations (non-fiction), In the Sugarbush (children’s non-fiction), and The Winona LaDuke Reader. Her most recent book is Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming (South End Press). LaDuke is an enrolled member of the Mississippi band of Anishinaabe. She lives with her family on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.

 She is the Founding Director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, a reservation based non-profit devoted to restoring the land-base and culture of the White Earth Anishinaabeg. She helped found Honor the Earth in 1993 and has served in a leadership position since the organization’s inception.

Please mark your calendars for this event on Monday, April 15th at 7:00 p.m. 

  

Education Alum, Sara Boyer Rohde, Named AP State Coach of the Year

Written by Scott Venci, Press-Gazette Media

Green Bay Notre Dame girls basketball coach Sara Rohde, who led the Tritons to the WIAA Division 2 state championship last weekend, was named The Associated Press state coach of the year on Wednesday.   Notre Dame beat New Berlin Eisenhower 42-33 for the second state title in program history and the first since 2001. The Tritons finished 22-6.

Rohde is the second straight area coach to be named AP girls coach of the year, following De Pere’s Kelly McNiff last season.

“It’s exciting,” said Rohde, a former player and assistant coach under Kevin Borseth at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. “I do have to give a lot of credit to all of my other coaches, too. I couldn’t just do it by myself.

“I really thought we had a talented group of girls. I think initially what was holding us back was our team chemistry and everyone knowing their roles. As the year went on, everyone got better with that.”

The Tritons started 5-4 but appeared to find their stride by January. They ended their championship run with an eight-game winning streak.

Rohde has enjoyed instant success since being hired by Notre Dame in 2011.

The Tritons have gone 43-12 during her first two seasons and have advanced to the state tournament both times.

“Obviously, I always thought it would be nice to get to that point,” said Rohde about winning a title. “I didn’t know when it would happen, but then after our first year when we won a sectional final, it was kind of crazy.

“This year we always thought it was going to be possible, just because we had a good group of girls coming back.”

More at http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20130321/GPG020503/303210180/Notre-Dame-s-Rohde-named-AP-state-coach-year 

Coach Rohde is a 2003 graduate of the Professional Program in Education, and is currently finishing her MS in Education in our Applied Leadership Program.  She is a 4th grade bilingual teacher at Green Bay’s Eisenhower Elementary.

Business Week 2013 offers 360 degrees of Career Readiness

Call it a success. The third annual Business Week certainly touched all three elements of this year’s theme: “Creativity, Innovation and Vision.” The event was sponsored by the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business and Career Services at UW-Green Bay.

This year’s lineup (see news release) of events included a job and internship fair, an employer panel, an etiquette lunch, panel presentations and mock interview day, as well as a keynote presentation from Betsy Mitchell, retired Vice President of Organizational Development for the Green Bay Packers.

“To me, there’s one big underlying theme of all the ‘Business Week’ activities,” says Associate Professor of Business Administration, Bill Lepley, “opportunities for student interactions with business professionals. The sponsored activities aren’t always brand-new ones for our campus, but our ‘packaging’ — as part of Business Week — helps raise their profile.”

Business Week 2013 included a new event called the “Elevator Pitch & Networking Night,” in which students had the chance to create a 60-second video clip pitching their career strengths, abilities and goals.

Students’ videos were first judged by a panel made up primarily of UW-Green Bay professors. The videos were reviewed and scored and the top 15 contestants gave their speeches to a live audience of roughly 80 students and business professionals from the community. A panel of community business professionals judged and chose the top three contestants, Amanda Eckelberg, Danielle Jerominski and Charles Reimer III, who won $200, $150 and $100, respectively. All 15 finalists received a cash prize.

Reimer, a junior majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in management, said leadership and management experience from his time serving in the Air Force helped him to write his pitch in an organized manner allowing him to highlight his accomplishments for a potential employer.

“I prepared by asking myself what information would be relevant to a prospective employer and crafted a message that contained as much of that information as possible,” Reimer said. “Part of any supervisor’s job in the Air Force is to write performance reports and award packages, and they require very specific language.”

After presenting his pitch, Reimer was approached by a representative from a local company who was impressed by Reimer’s military experience. After 10 minutes of chatting, the representative shared his business card with Reimer and told him to interview with the company for a position with management responsibilities.

The mock interviews day provided students the opportunity to gain experience interviewing with community business professionals. Communication major Nicole Lasee participated in the mock interview to get practical interviewing experience in a low-stress setting.

“The process was very stress free, and the interviewer and I were able to talk afterwards about my strengths and weaknesses within the interview,” Lasee said. “I signed up for the vocalized feedback. The most stressful part of an interview is wondering how it went; in this setting I was able to hear it firsthand.”

Lasee said she interviewed with Mark Kersher from Schneider National who shared the importance of building contacts.

“My experience was very beneficial and I learned a lot about how I interview after being able to talk with my interviewer,” Lasee said. “It was an excellent experience, and the materials that Career Services offered to prepare for the event were helpful as well.”

Business Week 2013 closed with a networking reception and dinner held at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, March 7. The invitation-only event gave top students from the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business the opportunity to network with top business leaders from the community. The keynote address, which closely tied to the Business Week 2013 theme of “Creativity, Innovation and Vision,” was given by Betsy Mitchell, retired Vice President of Organizational Development for the Green Bay Packers.

The top three pitches from the elevator pitch competition were also shared at the networking reception and dinner where many more business professionals were in attendance.

“I was approached by many people congratulating me for my accomplishments and got a few more very solid proposals to apply for jobs,” Reimer said. “I traded business cards and am currently polishing my resume for interviews.”

Business Administration Prof. Lucy Arendt said UW-Green Bay students left a great impression.

“Business leaders commented that they were extremely impressed with our students’ preparation and self-confidence,” she said. “Business Week 2013 also gave the Cofrin School of Business the opportunity to showcase the range of exciting initiatives being undertaken by our faculty and students to enhance the connection between the university and the community.”

Written by Sue Bodilly, Marketing Coordinator, University Communications and Marketing

Social Work’s Gail Trimberger, Finalist for 2013 Student Nominated Teacher Award

For the third year in a row, UW-Green Bay social work students have recognized Assistant Professor, Gail Trimberger by nominating her for the annual Student Nominated Teacher Award.   Students prepare their nominations in order to show how valuable and appreciated their instructor’s efforts are.  

The Student Nominated Teacher Award is an effort of the Instructional Development Council and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, and is designed to recognize excellent teaching from a student perspective. It is an honor to be included in this amazing group of faculty! One early career teacher (1 – 5 years) and one experienced teacher (6+ years) will be selected from an impressive pool of nominees to receive support for some of their teaching-related expenses, and to be recognized at the University Leadership Awards Ceremony on May 17, 2013. 

Congratulations Professor Trimberger!

Cofrin School of Business: Ranganathan Wins Award for Best Paper

Sampath Ranganathan, assistant professor of Business Administration and Marketing, recently won Best Paper Award in the supply chain, logistics, and B2B marketing catagory at the spring conference of the Marketing Management Association. The title of his paper is “Small Manufacturing Firms in India: Achieving Competitive Advantage.” It was co-authored with Katrina Savitske, Savannah State University, and Sandipan Sen, Southeast Missouri State University.

Congratulations Professor Ranganathan