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Street roller helps create art during Really Big Prints 3.0 at UW-Manitowoc

For release: June 18, 2018

Contact: Laurie Krasin
Regional Director of Communications, UW-Manitowoc
(920) 929-1108

Berel Lutsky
UW-Manitowoc Art Professor
(920) 683-4710

After July 1, additional contact:
Sue Bodilly, Director of Content and Media Relations, UW-Green Bay
(920) 465-5502

Street roller helps create art during Really Big Prints 3.0 at UW-Manitowoc

Printmakers from across the country will travel to the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc campus once again for the Really Big Prints 3.0 event July 11-14. The artists create limited edition relief prints so large they require an unusual item — a street roller — to transfer the ink to the papers. This is the third time the campus has hosted this event held every two years.

The public is invited to view the artists at work 9 a.m.-7 p.m. each day in the UW-Manitowoc parking lot, 705 Viebahn St., Manitowoc. New this year will be the opportunity for community members to watch the artists and purchase lunch on-site. Proceeds from the food sales will benefit UW-Manitowoc student activities.

Relief printing is the process of rolling ink onto a block where recessed areas have been created and are ink free. The inked surface is brought into firm contact with the paper to create the print. At this event, blocks as large as 32” x 60” will be used by the printmakers. A street roller on loan from the city of Manitowoc will be used to transfer the ink to the paper. Working individually or as a team, the artists have a five-hour time slot to print their piece.

“In addition to the relaxed atmosphere, this event is unique in that unlike other street roller events, each artist or team has the time to print an edition of their prints, and the work goes directly into a museum show,” said Berel Lutsky, art professor at UW-Manitowoc and one of the event organizers.

The pieces created during Really Big Prints will be featured at the Rahr-West Museum of Art in Manitowoc from July 22-Sept. 16, with a closing reception 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16. After that exhibit, the prints move to the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum and then other venues.

Really Big Prints is a collaboration between art professors at three colleges and universities. It is planned and organized by Lutsky; Katie Ries, assistant professor of art at St. Norbert College and Benjamin D. Rinehart, associate professor of art at Lawrence University Wriston Art Center.

The event is held with the support and cooperation of the Rahr West Museum of Art, the city of Manitowoc and the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. Ink for this event was donated by Graphic Chemical & Ink of Villa Park, Illinois.

A celebration event and an opportunity for potential print collectors to meet the printmakers is planned for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 13 at UW-Manitowoc. The fee for guests is $25 per person and advance reservations are required by emailing Ben Rinehart at

Previously held during 2014 and 2016, the Really Big Prints team received the UW Colleges Chancellor’s Friends and Advocates Award in 2017.

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GPS co-director search on hold

Due to the absence of a director of Student Success and Engagement, the associate provost has decided to postpone the search for a GPS co-director.  An interim GPS director has been identified, and the GPS program will continue to operate as normal for the coming academic year. Once a new director of Student Success and Engagement has been hired, the GPS co-director position will be re-evaluated and posted as appropriate. Those who already have applied for the co-director position have been notified of the position’s postponement. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your understanding.

Interviews for UW Campus Executive Officer positions are next week

Interviews are being held next week for Campus Executive Officer positions at UW-Sheboygan and UW-Manitowoc. The candidates will not be visiting the UW-Green Bay campus on these days. Instead, they will be spending time on the two branch campuses. For those interested, the best time to visit with the candidates will be at one of two open forums  — one in Manitowoc and one in Sheboygan. Final schedules/itineraries are forthcoming. Watch a future Log for details. Here is the slate for the week:

Monday: Jennifer Williamson Mendez
Tuesday: Mark Olkowski
Wednesday: Jeff Dupree
Thursday: Rachele Bakic
Friday: Kenneth Urban

UW-Green Bay Dean Chuck Rybak is chairing the search.


Veggie sale. Don’t miss out!

Veggies are for sale from the campus hoop house and outdoor veggie gardens. All the produce is locally grown, pesticide free, and proceeds go directly towards supporting your campus gardens! Available: Kale Greens $4/bag; Basil $3/bag and purple lettuce $4/bag. Send an e-mail order to Libby Schmit at If you do not send your request to this email we will not receive your order. You will receive a confirmation email to ensure we have enough produce. Supplies are limited. First come, first serve. Pickup: Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Student Services Plaza or in the University Union near The Phoenix Bookstore, in the event of rain.

One-day, best opportunity for 2018-19 Weidner Center tickets

On Thursday, June 21, 2018 UW-Green Bay faculty and staff will get a one-day only opportunity to get the best seats at the Weidner Center for all 2018-2019 season events. Use promo code STAFF and get tickets before the general public for any event this season! Shows include Legally Blonde-The Musical, Finding Neverland, David Sedaris, Aquila Theatre presents Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Cirque Mechanics, Lombardi, Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles presents Abbey Road and many more!  Single ticket sales are yours on June 21, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Order them in person at the University Union University Ticket and Information Center (UTIC), online at or by calling Ticket Star at 800-895-0071.




Stroll with the retirees

The UW-Green Bay Retiree Association sponsored its eighth annual Cofrin Memorial Arboretum walk on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Associate Prof. Dan Meinhardt (Biology), curator of the Richter Museum, led the walk which began at the Nicolet Entrance of the University.  The participants enjoyed the beautiful day while identifying spring plants and wildlife. See the photos.

First Class: UW-Green Bay and MCW Green Bay grad can’t wait to begin ‘paying it forward’ in her hometown

Julia Shariff standing in front of the Medical College of Wisconsin building sign
Julia Shariff in cap and gown at graduation

Julia Shariff on graduation day

“Surreal” and “emotional” are words used by newly titled, Dr. Julia Shariff as she described her graduation ceremony from the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Green Bay campus in June of 2018.

Shariff is the first UW-Green Bay graduate to be accepted into the newly formed medical college; and a member of the first class of graduates from the MCW Green Bay campus. For this Green Bay native, the ceremony represents the culmination of years of hard work, perseverance and unfaltering campus and community support.

Now she’s one step closer to returning the favor and caring for those who have unselfishly supported her.

The best decision

Julia’s senior year at Southwest High School in Green Bay piqued her interest in medicine. Nearing graduation, she toured a number of colleges throughout the state, including UW-Green Bay. “It just clicked,” says Shariff, “I felt really comfortable,” and she learned that the Human Biology program would help her explore her options in medicine — whether as a pre-med student or another path. It felt like home.

Upon enrolling at UW-Green Bay, her enthusiasm for Human Biology, including the classes and encouragement from professors drove her to take the pre-med path. “Once I started, I realized how strong the department was,” says Shariff. “They provided the classes and tools available for pre-med students, and a tremendous amount of academic support.” Passionate, hands-on professors, who are dedicated to their students created a learning environment that helped Shariff thrive.

Reflecting on her years at UW-Green Bay, it clearly was “…one of the best decisions I’ve made, academically.”

New campus, hometown support

As Julia neared her final semesters at UW-Green Bay, the Medical College of Wisconsin was finalizing their plans to partner with both UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert College for their satellite campus, housed at the St. Norbert College campus in De Pere. Shariff explored a number of medical school options in the Midwest and the east coast and decided to interview with the brand new MCW-Green Bay campus. The pull of her hometown, and most importantly the support she would receive while enduring the rigors of medical school, made the decision to explore this new, local option an easy one. When her acceptance letter from MCW-Green Bay arrived, she knew she had made another excellent choice. Having her grandfather, Faculty Emeritus Ismail Shariff (Economics) on campus, couldn’t hurt. (See the feature on Prof, Shariff and his legacy at UWGB).

Julia Shariff with Bellin's Bart Miller in Spring 2015

Julia Shariff with Bellin’s Bart Miller in Spring 2015

Being a part of the inaugural class of this brand-new regional medical school, Julia was both excited and nervous. A new environment, a brand-new program…she wasn’t sure how things would go and yet knew she and her new classmates would make the program their own. She credits her outstanding academic preparation from UW-Green Bay for making her feel confident in those first weeks and months at MCW-Green Bay. “You’re never fully prepared for the workload (of medical school,)” says Shariff. “But I felt very prepared academically.”

In fact, one of the most enjoyable parts of medical school at the MCW Green Bay campus was its “newness.” Shariff enjoyed the influence that her inaugural class had on the campus. “We really had to take the reins and help to create the campus from the ground up,” she says. Providing feedback, creating student organizations and creating an atmosphere of support for classmates and families was a large part of her medical school experience. “As one speaker said at graduation, ‘we experienced life together’ and that bonds you, especially during the difficult times.”

The supportive atmosphere helped students succeed. At the spring matching ceremony, where each final-year medical student is “matched” with the hospital where they will do their residency, all students were successfully matched. 100%. Not bad for a completely new medical school in a sports-crazy Northeast Wisconsin town.

Rooted in Wisconsin

In July, Julia begins her three-year residency program at Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, with focus in internal medicine. “I have always believed that life presents itself to you and shows you your path in different ways,” says Shariff, and she remains open to the possibilities that her medical career may provide. The program at Gunderson offers flexibility to explore the many different medical specialties, which allows Shariff to keep her options open. She has already considered a fellowship in endocrinology, which would be another 2-4 years.

Regardless of her final choice, she definitely wants to stay in the area. “We are very aware of the physician shortage in our state,” states Shariff, and hopes her and her classmates will have an impact on that shortage. All graduates from the MCW-Green Bay campus are completing their residency programs either in the state of Wisconsin or the near Midwest region. “I honestly wouldn’t trade the support and education that I’ve had for anything, and wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of people from UW-Green Bay and MCW and the Green Bay community,” says Shariff. “I feel a big responsibility to pay it forward to both campuses and hopefully can come back and thank people for the support that I’ve received.”

She’s already begun. When asked about advice that she’d give to all students as they make decisions on what to do after high school; “Be open to be inspired,” says Shariff, “the capacity of your mind and resilience is so much more than we think it is, and we can be our worst enemy. If you think for one second, ‘I think I can do this,’ hold onto that thought. That’s so much more powerful than anything else.”

Story by Kristin Bouchard ’93. MCW photos submitted by Holly Botsford