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“Visiting Library”, Donation Make a Difference to Casa Alba and Community

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.

Education Program with Casa Alba Hits Home

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.”

 

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The group of faculty, students, young children, and parents pose in front of Casa Alba.

Education Program’s Ashmann Awarded by WAEE

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!

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Scott Ashmann receives the Administrator of the Year Award at the November 8th banquet in Madison.

Faculty Receive Summer 2015 Fellowship Awards

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!

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!