Casa Alba, a resource for the local Hispanic community, has been the center for several projects through UW-Green Bay’s Education program. For the past semester, Aurora Cortes’ class has been putting their skills to use by working with parents and their children to improve communication between both English and Spanish. One student, Emily Hauser, created a “Visiting Library” at Casa Alba through an honors project with Dr. Linda Tabers-Kwak. After this semester, the library will be moving to a new location within the community. In addition, an alumni of the Education program has donated $1,000 in memory of her mother. She would like the money to be used to purchase books for Casa Alba as the resource becomes an even more important asset to the Green Bay Hispanic Community.
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Most students in the Education Program are prepared to student-teach at some point in their academic career. However, an opportunity through Aurora Cortes’ new class has given them the opportunity to teach both parents and children at the same time and place. The course “Working and Communicating with Hispanic Parents of Young Children” gives students a glimpse into the power of a parent, by doing activities centered on language and communication that help both the parent and their child communicate in English and Spanish.
This class is being held at Casa Alba, a community center for local Hispanics, and is bridging the gap between the university students and the community in a huge way. Brooke Koltz, a student in the Early Childhood Education program, sums up the experience best: “And so my experience at Casa Alba had begun with very high expectations and hopes for and from me…it would be a long journey, but I already knew it would be a rewarding one.”
The group of faculty, students, young children, and parents pose in front of Casa Alba.
UW-Green Bay graduate and associate professor of education was recognized by the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education as Environmental Education Administrator of the Year at the November 8th awards banquet in Madison. Ashmann has excelled in several leadership roles which encourage educating the community on the environment, like working with Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, serving as chairperson for the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (2009-2014), and also for his extensive research of environmental education. Congratulations!
Scott Ashmann receives the Administrator of the Year Award at the November 8th banquet in Madison.
Sue Mattison, Dean of the College of Professional Studies, has announced the recipients of the Summer 2015 Fellowship Awards. The awards were given out for the first time to the following recipients for their research:
- Christin DePouw, assistant professor of Education, “Role of Critical Race Consciousness in Strengthening Students’ of Color Academic and Cultural Identities.”’
- Pao Lor, associate professor of Education, and Ray Hutchison, professor of Urban and Regional Studies, “Academic Profile of Hmong-American Students’ Matriculation, Retention, and Graduation at UW-Green Bay.
- Mary Gichobi, assistant professor, and Scott Ashmann, associate professor, both of Education, “What Influence Does Regularly Using Einstein Project Materials Have on State Standardized Fourth and Eighth Grade Science Test Scores?”
Congratulations to all recipients!
The Council on Social Work Education recognized UW-Green Bay’s Social Work program at a Child Welfare Meeting on October 23. The session, Nuts and Bolts of Child Welfare Education Programs: Shared Practices from Multiple Programs, gave an opportunity for representatives from eight programs across the country to provide information about their program and exchange ideas with representatives from other areas. Matthew Matilla, Child Welfare Coordinator in the Social Work program, was invited to attend and discuss the UW-Green Bay program with others in a panel session and also an informal table discussion.
The Council on Social Work Education is the only accreditation agency for social work that is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Learn more about the Council on Social Work Education at www.cswe.org/.
Last week, two Brazilian scholars were hosted at UWGB by Assistant Professor of Nursing Heather Herdman. The scholars visited from the Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil, and they both gave presentations in regards to the research they have conducted. Camila Takáo Lopes, Ph.D. (c), RN, is the author of “Identification of the predictive factors for bleeding in the immediate postoperative period after cardiac surgery.” Agueda Calvalcante, Ph.D. (c), RN, is the author of “Nursing interventions and outcomes in people with congestive heart failure and ineffective self-health management.” Their presentations were given in front of Herdman’s Evidence-Based Practice Class.
Camila Takáo, PH.D. (c), RN, gives her presentation on Predictive factors for excessive bleeding after cardiac surgery.
Agueda Calvalcante, Ph.D. (c), RN, gives her presentation on Nursing interventions and outcomes in people with heart failure and ineffective self-health management.
Over 1,400 local fifth-graders took part in the 11th annual Phuture Phoenix Day on October 14th. Participants were given the opportunity to tour campus, check out a college class, and much more with student and faculty volunteers. This program was designed to encourage students from low-income families to pursue a college degree after graduating from high school. One of the benefits of this program is that it allows students to see where they can be in the future by working hard in the classes they are in now and by taking the necessary steps to be a college student.
This year, the College of Professional Studies hosted interactive boards which were created by UW-Green Bay student Courtney Maye. Fifth-graders were asked to complete the phrase “I want to go to college so that I can…” Students eagerly filled out the space with their dreams for the future, where answers ranged anywhere from being a doctor to a professional soccer player. This visualization activity helped students to make the connection that they can achieve their goals by pursuing higher education.
The time has come for the official launch of the UW-Green Bay Campus Kitchens project! UW-Green Bay students, staff, faculty, and community leaders came together earlier in the semester to win a $5,000 grant for the Campus Kitchens start-up. It is now time to see that dedicated and hard work go towards helping those with food insecurity.
The official launch is this Saturday, May 3rd, where the project will turn leftover service food into healthy meals for those in need. The UW-Green Bay Social Work program and the Hungry and Reducing Waste student organization have worked together to plan out Saturday’s launch. The project will launch during the lunch hour at Fort Howard Apartments on Green Bay’s west side.
Congratulations to all involved with the Campus Kitchens Project and thank you for helping those in need in your local community!
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Arjun Sanga is the new Executive Director of WiSys Technology Foundation as of January of 2014. WiSys is the technology transfer resource office for UW comprehensive campuses. Arjun is visiting campuses and making connections with researchers who have ongoing and past projects through WiSys. Associate Professor and Chair of Nursing Susan Gallagher-Lepak is currently working on a project with funding from WiSys. In addition, Franklin Chen, Associate professor to Natural and Applied Sciences, and Susan Gallagher-Lepak received Applied Research Grants through the UW System.
During the visit, Arjun met the following UWGB researchers: Franklin Chen, Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Mike Zorn, John Katers, John Stoll. Additionally, Arjun met with Sue Mattison, Kelly Franz, Christopher Paquet, Lidia Nonn, Dan McCollum, Greg Davis.
Arjun will likely be back to UWGB in late fall for another visit.
Arjun Sanga visits UW-Green Bay (April 2014) From left to right: Sue Mattison, Dean of Professional Studies; Arjun Sanga, Executive Director of WiSys Technology Foundation; Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Associate Professor of Nursing; Franklin Chen, Associate Professor of Natural & Applied Sciences
Education Alum, Kerstin Westcott, is one of the 2014 Golden Apple Award honorees! Westcott is now a partner teacher for Professor Karen Bircher’s EDUC 290 classes at Washington Middle School. Westcott has asked Professor Bircher to be her presenter at the 21st annual Golden Apple Awards event. What an honor for both Kerstin and Professor Bircher!
The 21st annual Golden Apple Awards event on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center. For ticket information, call Marilyn Heim at 920.593.3419.
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