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Business grad will receive Outstanding Student Award at UW-Green Bay

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Emily Blaha of Sturgeon Bay has been chosen the December 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Student Award presented by the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association.

The Business Administration senior with an emphasis in marketing and a minor in design arts will receive her diploma at UW-Green Bay’s mid-year commencement ceremony scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

The Alumni Association, which has been designating a single Outstanding Student Award recipient for each graduating class since 1976, recognized Blaha from among approximately 450 graduating seniors eligible to receive diplomas at December commencement.

A 2012 graduate of Southern Door High School, Blaha will complete her degree requirements on an accelerated, three-and-a-half-year timetable.

Additionally, Blaha will be part of the platform party at commencement as student speaker for the ceremony. She was chosen to deliver remarks on behalf of her class by a committee of UW-Green Bay faculty members and administrators. She was nominated by Management Prof. Lucy Arendt, who describes her as “an exceptional asset to the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, UW-Green Bay and the greater Green Bay community.”

Through work and paid employment, Blaha has served as a marketing and communication assistant for the University Union, and as marketing coordinator and social media specialist for UWGB’s College of Professional Studies. Her independent study topic was “Managing Culture in a Small Business,” and her senior year placement was a product-strategies internship with Schreiber Foods, Inc., headquartered in Green Bay.

She was one of a dozen standout students appointed an inaugural member of the Cofrin School of Business Student Advisory Board, providing input on curriculum and programming.

Blaha is the recipient of academic merit scholarships and dean’s list honors, and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi academic honor society. She has been active in a range of programs across campus, including service as advertising manager for The Fourth Estate, the weekly student newspaper. When she increased advertising sales by 20 percent, she was selected to serve as the organization’s business manager.

New Year, New Honor for Radosevich

On January 1st, 2015, Associate Professor of Management David Radosevich began his appointment in a new position as the Austin E. Cofrin Endowed Chair of Business. The endowed chair will have a key role in interacting with community members and business leaders. Radosevich has extensive experience and published research which have proven his success in the field of business and his qualifications to receive this honor.

Chancellor Gary Miller and Provost Stephen Fritz will present Radosevich with a medallion at the mid-year convocation on January 22nd. The appointment runs through June 2018, and can be renewed on a three-year basis thereafter.

Gallagher-Lepak & Herdman- Presentation Abstracts Accepted at European Conference

In April of 2015, two faculty members, Dr. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Chair of Nursing, and Dr. Heather Herdman, Assistant Professor of Nursing, will travel to Bern, Switzerland to give three presentations at the 10th Biennial Conference of ACENDIO (Association for Common European Nursing Diagnosis, Interventions, and Outcomes). Dr. Gallagher-Lepak and Dr. Herdman will be conducting one 3-hour workshop and presenting two oral presentations during the conference. The abstracts include “A case-study methodology for use of a NANDA-I clinical decision support e-tool” and “Evidence-based research to guide clinical decision support”.

ACENDIO is an organization which focuses on the development of an internationally recognized language of nursing that reflects the professional practices of nurses across Europe. This common use of nursing terminology will create easier communication between nurses in all countries, and ultimately improve healthcare.

“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.

Outstanding Students to Receive Chancellor’s Medallions

Three students from the majors within the College of Professional Studies will receive Chancellor’s Medallions during an official ceremony on December 12, 2014. Taa Egli (Education), Florencia Gutierrez (Accounting), and Ella Niehaus (Education), are three of eight recipients of this prestigious award. The Chancellor’s Medallion is awarded to students who have exhibited high levels of leadership and commitment both on and off-campus, and also have maintained a high academic standing. The students who receive the Chancellor’s Medallion will be able to wear it during the commencement ceremony the following day.

Congratulations on your outstanding achievements!

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.

UWGB Day at Lambeau a Soaring Success

On November 15, 2014, the first UWGB Day was written in the history books, and it was everything you could expect and more. From the inflatables and face-painting for kids, to autograph signing by former Packer Bill Schroeder, there were plenty of events for the whole family to enjoy. Visitors also got to learn more about the programs and opportunities that UWGB offers while meandering through informational booths, and at the same time enjoyed music and a spirit event by the Phoenix Pep Band and dance team. After all of the events in the atrium, the crowds moved to the Resch center, where the men’s basketball team was victorious over Illinois-Springfield in their season opener. This event was a huge success, and continued to strengthen the rich history between the Green Bay Packers and the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay.

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A birds-eye view of the Lambeau Field Atrium where several booths and inflatables were set up for visitors to enjoy.

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!

Social Work Students Research Food Insecurity

Students in the social work program at UW-Green Bay have the opportunity to research the effects of food insecurity for those in at-risk households across Northeast Wisconsin. The survey will be distributed to over 700 participants at local food pantries, and will look for answers about the frequency of food insecurity and special dietary needs, among other subjects.

The program kicks off this week, and over the years, students have continued to bring awareness to food pantries and food assistance programs across the region. The results of the survey will be shared in Associate Professor Gail Trimberger’s class in March.

The Press Gazette is inviting donors to take part in their annual Stock the Shelves Campaign to help support local food pantries. Anyone interested in donating is encouraged to visit greenbaypressgazette.com/donate to find more information.

Read the feature article here: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/2014/11/01/survey-traces-growing-hunger-issues-brown-county/18320551/