Rambur withdraws chancellor candidacy

Finalist Betty Rambur, the dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Vermont, has withdrawn herself as a candidate to become UW-Green Bay’s fifth chancellor. Rambur cited personal and professional reasons in her decision to withdraw, said Prof. Denise Scheberle, chair of the UW-Green Bay Chancellor Search and Screen Committee. The remaining three finalists—Thomas Olson, Michael Renner and Thomas Harden—had a final round of meetings with UW System President Kevin P. Reilly and a Board of Regents selection committee today (Friday, Dec. 19). A decision on UW-Green Bay’s next chancellor could come shortly after those meetings. The full Board of Regents is expected to act on ratifying that recommendation at a Jan. 16 meeting.

For the record: Retirement advice

Already broadcast campuswide but repeated here for the record… The Human Resources Office tells employees that a recent Capital Times article about the recession-fueled rush to retirement (go to article) makes some accurate points. In fact, UW System has a website dedicated to the topic at www.uwsa.edu/hr/benefits/retsav/wrsdownturn.html and has created a guide for employees trying to determine whether or not they should retire this year or next year: See guide.

Don’t hesitate, alumna tells UW-Green Bay grads

A record graduating class for a mid-year commencement at UW-Green Bay heard a full-speed-ahead message from the distinguished alumna invited to give the commencement address.

Laura Hollingsworth, president and publisher of The Des Moines Register newspaper and a 1989 UW-Green Bay graduate, was the featured speaker during ceremonies Saturday (Dec. 20) at the Weidner Center. Continue reading “Don’t hesitate, alumna tells UW-Green Bay grads”

Five UW-Green Bay faculty members awarded named professorships

GREEN BAY — Five University of Wisconsin-Green Bay professors have been awarded full, named professorships that start Jan. 1, 2009.

Each of the five-year professorships are awarded to faculty members to financially support ongoing scholarly work that exemplifies the spirit and mission of UW-Green Bay. Recipients are recognized for demonstrated positive commitment to scholarship and outreach. Continue reading “Five UW-Green Bay faculty members awarded named professorships”

Seven earn Teaching Enhancement Grants

Seven members of the faculty received fall semester Teaching Enhancement Grants awarded by the University’s Instructional Development Council. The grants total $4,000 and range in amount from $400 to $800. Recipients are:

• Denise Bartell, associate professor, Human Development
• Angela Bauer-Dantoin, associate professor, Human Biology, Women’s Studies
• Kathleen Burns, assistant professor, Human Development
• Regan Gurung, professor, Human Development
• Aeron Haynie, associate professor, Humanistic Studies
• Kaoime Malloy, associate professor, Arts and Visual Design
• Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges, associate professor, Human Development

This year’s grants primarily support participation at major conferences, including conferences at which the UW-Green Bay faculty members will be featured presenters. The University will send at least three representatives to the annual conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The grant program was established to assist faculty members in enhancing their teaching skills or developing innovative teaching strategies.

Kraft on Obama’s energy czar

Prof. Michael Kraft weighed in on President-elect Obama’s selection of Carol Browner, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, as a White House policy czar overseeing energy and climate policy. The selection of Browner to hold a White House position is a sign that Obama will try a White House-directed and coordinated climate change and energy plan, Kraft told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Mostly, climate change policy is about energy use and cutting back on fossil fuels,” Kraft said, according to the paper. “This is clearly a signal that Obama tends to follow through” on plans to develop more biofuels, solar and wind power “and to probably move away from coal and nuclear.” Read more.