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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

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.”

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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.

Professional Studies Faculty and Staff Recognized at January Convocation

Several long time, dedicated faculty and staff within the College of Professional Studies were recognized for their length of service and contributions to the University at the Mid-Year Convocation program on January 23, 2013. 

Recognized for celebrating their milestone anniversaries were:

40 Years of Service: Mary Baranek, Dean’s Assistant for the College of Professional Studies

30 Years of Service: Sylvia “Mimi” Kubsch, Associate Professor, Professional Programs in Nursing

10 Years of Service: Meir Russ, Professor, Cofrin School of Business  

10 Years of Service: Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Associate Professor, Professional Programs in Nursing

Recognized with Emeritus Status were:

Judy Martin, retired Professor, Professional Program in Social Work

Michael Marinetti, retired Assistant Dean and Director of Research and Graduate Studies, College of Professional Studies

Francine Tompkins, past Chair, Professional Program in Education

Thank you for the many contributions and years of service from these caring and talented individuals!


New – Professional Studies Fall 2012 Newsletter

Please enjoy reading the many accomplishments and highlights from 2011-12 within the College of Professional Studies – Fall 2012 Newsletter (PDF).

Phuture Phoenix’s Jeremy Wildenberg – Keynote for 2012 Veteran’s Reception

This year’s guest speaker for the Chancellor’s Veteran Reception to honor all who have served and are serving is veteran, student, and instructor, Jeremy Wildenberg.   He currently serves as UWGB’s  Phuture Phoenix Grant Program Coordinator and is responsible for overseeing the new after school tutoring, parent education, and ACT preparation pilot programs.   Before his work began with Phuture Phoenix, he served 14 years in the military as a Command Language Program Manager, linguist and intelligence analyst.   He is currently seeking licensure in UWGB’s award-winning Professional Program in Education, and is also enrolled in Master’s level classes. He teaches Arabic for UWGB via the University of Wisconsin’s Collaborative Language Program, and also teaches Russian for St. Norbert College.    Thank you, Jeremy for your service to your country, and to our university and community!

Join the reception and listen to Jeremy’s story on Friday, November 9 at 4:00 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms of the University Union.   Donations will be accepted by Vets 4 Vets for Military Care Packages.

UWGB Education Students Attend Diversity Conference

UWGB Education students at the April 26 CREATE Conference

More than 20 UW-Green Bay Education students attended the CREATE (Culturally Responsive Education for All Training and Enhancement) Conference April 26th which focused on bridging gaps amongst diverse PK-12  student populations and was sponsored by CESA 6. The conference gave students the opportunity to grow and strengthen their cultural competencies as well as build practical skills for reaching diverse learners inside the classroom. The students heard from national speakers and participated in active breakout workshops.

This opportunity was made possibly through scholarships from the UWGB Professional Program in Education as well as the Institute for Learning Partnership. Congratulations to these Education students and their faculty advisor Kim Desotell.    The students will be recognized at Education’s Celebration of Achievement on May 9th.

Professional Program in Education Celebrates Achievements on May 9th

Celebration of Achievement for the Professional Program in Education and alumni will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center.   The event will recognize and celebrate the Regents Award for Teaching Excellence which was awarded to the program in 2011, the Regents Award for Diversity which was awarded to the Center for First Nations Studies, and recognize Education students who will receive scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year.   The event will also be introducing a new series of Outstanding Education Alumni Awards for graduates of the Professional Program in Education which will subsequently be awarded annually.    

 The 2012 Education Alumni Award Recipients:

Excellence in Education – Jamie L. Froh BS ’09, MS’11

Outstanding Teaching – Marcy Levine PDC ’00, MS ‘03

Leadership and Service – Julie A. Brilli BA ‘87

Leadership and Service – Janice L. Haven BS ‘98

Outstanding New Graduate – Benjamin Markowski BS ’08, MS’10

Outstanding Student Teaching – Stacy TeStroote BS ‘12

Outstanding Pre-Service Teacher – Carolyn C. Bicoy BS ‘12


UW- Green Bay Education Alumni Earn Golden Apples for Teaching

Glance through the credentials of the annual Golden Apple Award recipients, and there’s a good chance you’ll see UW-Green Bay — again and again.    University alumni traditionally have been well represented among those receiving the prestigious teaching accolades, and 2012 was no exception. Of the honorees in seven categories, three have UW-Green Bay ties — either they graduated from the University or came back to boost their already impressive teaching cred with additional certification.

“I think it’s a great honor,” said Tim Kaufman, chair of UW-Green Bay’s Professional Program in Education. “Something that we strive for is to produce excellent teachers — and when they get recognition for their excellence, that’s one of the highest tributes we can get as a program.”

The distinguished list of 2012 award winners includes relatively recent grads Vanessa Moran ’07, a third-grade teacher at Howard-Suamico’s Meadowbrook Elementary School; and Chris Hendricks ’05, who teaches fifth grade at Glenbrook Elementary School in Pulaski. Rounding out the group is Nancie Brennan, a graduate of the Professional Development Certificate program, a unique, individualized program for license renewal. The teachers were recognized for excellent teaching, as well as innovation — two critical elements of UW-Green Bay’s education experience.

“We’re always trying to push the envelope as far as innovation,” Kaufman said, “and produce future teachers that think outside the box.”

Encouraging that innovation starts quickly for UW-Green Bay education students, who say getting in the classroom early and often is a key part of their success. The real-world experience is unparalleled in its value, Hendricks said.

Chris Hendricks ’05

I was in the classrooms right away, in my first semester,” said Hendricks, who also ran cross-country for the University. “From the time I got in until the time I graduated, I was in the classroom with some really excellent teachers.”   Hendricks’ experience parallels that of fellow honoree Vanessa Moran, a 2007 grad who will welcome her own student teacher for the first time this fall.

“From the honor of being nominated … to the complete and utter shock of wining the Golden Apple, every step along this journey can be traced back to my time at UWGB,” Moran said. “The high-quality classroom instruction coupled with the invaluable experiences in the field helped to mold me into the educator I am today.”

Vanessa Moran ’07

The Golden Apple Awards, a program of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, has been recognizing greater Green Bay’s outstanding teachers for nearly two decades. Each recipient receives a cash award of $2,000 and is profiled in the Green Bay Press-Gazette and on WLUK, Fox 11 news. A banquet and awards ceremony, held this year on Wednesday, April 18, is televised live on Fox 11.

 UW-Green Bay’s award-winners say they’re grateful for the experience and recognition. But they’re also thinking about what’s next — how best to serve students, both today and into the future.

“To know that I am not only touching the lives of my students, but also (my student teacher’s) future students, is something I do not take lightly,” Moran said. “In fact, as much as I enjoy teaching elementary school, I would like nothing more than to one day join the ranks of the professors at my alma mater.”

Golden grads
2012 Golden Apple winners with UW-Green Bay ties:
— Vanessa Moran ’07, third grade, Meadowbrook Elementary School, Howard-Suamico School District
— Chris Hendricks ’05, fifth grade, Glenbrook Middle School, Pulaski School District
— Nancie Brennan, Professional Development Certificate graduate, grades seven and eight Reading/Language Arts, Edison Middle School, Green Bay School District