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Phuture Phoenix Students Envision Higher Education

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.

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Education Professor, Karen Bircher, to present at Golden Apple Awards

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.

Congratulations!

 

For more information about the Golden Apple Awards follow link:

http://www.titletown.org/programs/workforce-development-and-education/golden-apple-awards

Dean Mattison thanks Phuture Phoenix supporters

Sue Mattison, Dean of the College of Professional Studies, offered her heartfelt thanks for our own Phuture Phoenix program in a letter published Friday (Nov. 15) in the Green Bay Press-Gazette. In it, Mattison praises the efforts of UW-Green Bay students and faculty members, community volunteers and others who help make October’s annual Phuture Phoenix tour days a success. “For 11 years, the Phuture Phoenix program has been the gateway to higher education in every form — not just at UW-GB,” Mattison writes. “Increased percentages of students from Brown County who participated in the Phuture Phoenix program now attend post-secondary institutions.” Good stuff, here:

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20131116/GPG04/311160180

Article appeared in the LOG on 11.18.13

Education’s Scott Ashmann Receives Founders Award for Excellence in Institutional Development

The Founders Association award honoring Ashmann for excellence in institutional development noted his commitment to his department, the University, the community and his profession. He earned compliments for his leadership contributions to his unit, the Professional Program in Education, including integral curricular changes that have enhanced UW-Green Bay’s well-regarded teacher preparation program. To advance the importance of his research and expertise in the area of science education, he has promoted initiatives including the Einstein Project, continuing education for K-12 science teachers, and the environmentally driven kindergarten to be located at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.

An associate professor of Education, Ashmann joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 2003. He earned a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in curriculum, teaching and educational policy with an emphasis in science education. His bachelor’s degree is from UW-Green Bay, where he majored in Chemistry and Education with a minor in Science and Environmental Change.

Original post by Christopher Sampson, University Communications

Professional Studies Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

A warm welcome is extended to new faculty and staff who have joined the College of Professional Studies within the last few months:

  • Christin DePouw, Assistant Professor, Professional Program in Education
  • Becky Hovarter, Lecturer, Professional Programs in Nursing
  • Cindy VanDyke, Advisor/Practicum Coordinator, Professional Programs in Nursing
  • Heather Herdman, Researcher, Professional Programs in Nursing
  • Kristy Pahl, Trainer, NEW Partnership for Children and Families
  • Melissa Steeber, University Services Program Associate, Institute for Learning Partnership

Welcome!

Recent MSAL Graduate Receives UW-Extension Chancellor Award

UW-Green Bay alum, Kristi Cutts, a Family Living Educator for Winnebago County, UW-Extension, is a member of team receiving the Award for Excellence from UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor Ray Cross on September 12, 2013.    Ms. Cutts is a recent graduate of Education’s Masters of Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning program.   

The Award for Excellence recognizes outstanding performance and contributions by classified staff, academic staff and faculty (individuals or teams/groups) in UW Colleges, UW-Extension and other UW institutions involved with programs budgeted with UW College or UW-Extension funds. 

Ms. Cutts and three colleagues will receive the award in Madison on September 12th in recognition of their collaborative efforts to implement the Rent Smart program to improve the lives of citizens in their counties.  Congratulations!

 

ILP’s, Juliet Cole, Recognized for Contributions to Education in Nigeria

Juliet Cole, Associate Director of the Institute for Learning Partnership, recently visited her homeland of Nigeria and was presented with an educational award of honor. This award signifies the onset of strong relationships being forged between UW-Green Bay and educational entities in Nigeria. This award, given by the Supreme House Montessori School in Lagos, Nigeria was presented to Mrs. Cole in partnership with the Quality Assurance and Research Development Agency (QAARDAN) of Nigeria. While in her homeland and serving as an ambassador of the University, Juliet promoted the UW-Green Bay Accomplished Educator Professional Development Certificate Program for the purpose of forging closer international relationships between UW-Green Bay and Nigeria over the next two years. The award, entitled: “Recognition Award of Outstanding Daughter of the Soil” was presented to Juliet for appreciation for a “job well done for the immense contributions to the enormous growth of education in Nigeria.” Her travels also included a presentation at Lagos State Government Ministry of Education International Educational Summit held on May 22, 2013. This presentation promoted the UW-Green Bay Professional Development Certificate Program (PDC) to educators as an effective and innovative program for promoting quality assurance in teaching and learning.

College of Professional Studies Students Shine at Posters in the Rotunda

Six UW-Green Bay undergraduates joined about 100 of their peers from across the UW System Wednesday, participating in the 10th annual “Posters in the Rotunda” undergraduate research event at the state Capitol in Madison.

This daylong event allows students and their faculty advisers to share their research findings on a variety of important and interesting topics with state legislators, leaders, UW alumni and other supporters.

The following UW-Green Bay students from the College of Professional studies made the trip. Here’s a bit more about them, their research and support:

Zhuxin “Zona” Fang, Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China, Secondary Mathematics Education major, will present “An International Approach to Examining the International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematics Studies in the United States: Comparing a Topic in Statistics between IB and Chinese High School Mathematics Textbooks.” This research explores how IB programs may help U.S. students compete academically with students from other countries. Her faculty adviser is Assistant Prof. Susan Cooper.

Mai Chee Vang, Green Bay, Business Administration major, will present “Role of Cultural Congruence and Trust in Online Charitable Giving,” a study that compares two newly created website homepages that put images in a different order to manipulate the cultural congruence. Her faculty adviser is Assistant Prof. Gaurav Bansal.

Congratulations to our students and faculty advisors!

Photos and article originally posted by Kelly McBride, University Marketing and Communications at http://news.uwgb.edu/featured/go-green/04/18/posters-in-rotunda-2013/

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.