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Faculty note: Kain spends winter break doing fieldwork at Stanford

During the winter break, Kevin Kain (senior lecturer, Humanities and History) conducted two weeks of fieldwork at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, funded by an internationally competitive “Hoover Institution Libraries and Archives Scholar Research Support Grant.” Kain’s project, “Visualizing Propaganda Posters in Context: The Formulation, Display, and Reception of Soviet Anti-religious Exhibits in the 1920s and 1930s,” involved research in the Hoover Archive and art vault and the digitization of over 500 propagandistic images and photographs. The collected materials will serve as the basis of a scholarly article and a digital heritage project (with UW-Green Bay technologist Luke Konkol). Founded by Herbert Hoover in 1919, the Hoover Institution Library & Archives are dedicated to documenting war, revolution, and peace in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The Institution’s collections of early twentieth century visual propaganda are among the largest in the world.

Janet Planet returns to Weidner, Jazz Fest 48 is Saturday, January 27

UW-Green Bay presents Jazz Fest 48 starring Janet Planet on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. Now in its 48th year, Jazz Fest is a celebration of all things jazz. One of the oldest of its kind in Wisconsin, Jazz Fest 48 encompasses a full day of student performances, clinics and master classes. The festival will culminate in student performances at 6 p.m. followed by the professional Green Bay Jazz Orchestra with special guest jazz vocalist, Janet Planet, at 7 p.m. When the Weidner Center first opened its doors, 25-years ago, Janet Planet played during the opening gala. The Weidner is delighted to welcome back this spirited and vivacious vocalist who has been self-produced and managed for the majority of her 35-year career. Described by New York Magazine as a “sultry vocalist with a vast repertoire of jazz, blues, and standards…with some Bob Dylan thrown in for good measure.” She is the winner of six Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards (WAMI) a member of the WAMI Hall of Fame, and has been recognized by the Grammy Foundation for her recording, “Janet Planet – Just Like a Woman – The Music of Bob Dylan.” In addition to being a performer, Planet is also a teacher, producer, voice-over talent and recording artist.

Southeast Asian Student Union host annual Eggroll Fundraiser

The Southeast Asian Student Union is hosting a spring 2018 Eggroll Fundraiser. Cost is $15 a dozen. Payments can be turned in to MultiEthnic Student Affairs (MESA). Order online. The fundraiser helps pay for attendance at the Midwest Asian American Student Union (MAASU) Conference and other SASU events. This year the conference is located at The Ohio State University. If you have questions, email sosasu@uwgb.edu.
Order Dates: Monday, Jan. 22 – Monday, Feb. 19, 2018
Pick Up Dates: Feb. 24, 26, 27

 

Janet Planet Returns to Weidner Center at Jazz Fest 48 with the Green Bay Jazz Orchestra

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay presents Jazz Fest 48 starring Janet Planet on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. Now in its 48th year, Jazz Fest is a celebration of all things jazz. One of the oldest of its kind in Wisconsin, Jazz Fest 48 encompasses a full day of student performances, clinics and master classes. The festival will culminate in student performances at 6 p.m. followed by the professional Green Bay Jazz Orchestra with special guest jazz vocalist, Janet Planet, at 7 p.m.

When the Weidner Center first opened its doors, 25-years ago, Janet Planet played during the opening gala. The Weidner is delighted to welcome her back to the main stage. This spirited and vivacious vocalist has been self-produced and managed for the majority of her 35-year career. Described by New York Magazine as a “sultry vocalist with a vast repertoire of jazz, blues, and standards…with some Bob Dylan thrown in for good measure.” She is the winner of six Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards (WAMI) a member of the WAMI Hall of Fame, and has been recognized by the Grammy Foundation for her recording, “Janet Planet – Just Like a Woman – The Music of Bob Dylan.” In addition to being a performer, Planet is also a teacher, producer, voice-over talent and recording artist.

This year, Jazz Fest 48 presents jazz bands from local area high schools: Auburndale, Green Bay West, Notre Dame Academy and West De Pere.

Bands participating in Jazz Fest, but not performing are Denmark High School, Evansville High School, Green Bay East High School, Preble High School, Pulaski High School, Pulaski Middle School, Two Rivers High School and West De Pere High School Jazz Band II.

Tickets for Adults are $14 in advance, $17 at the door. All students receive free admission. Tickets can be purchased online at weidnercenter.com, from ticketstar outlets or the University Union Information Center, UW-Green Bay.

Green Bay Jazz Orchestra Members:
Saxophone: John Salerno, Ken Barhite, Tom Washatka, José Encarnación and Laurie DeVillers. Trumpet: John Daniel, Adam Gaines, Carisa Lueck, Dan Marbes and Marty Robinson. Trombone: Bill Dennee, Eric High, Bill Hill and Andy Zipperer. Rhythm: Craig Hanke, Danny Leuck, Christine Salerno and Tom Theabo.

About the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts

UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. The Center is a home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance programs, community events and productions, and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. Beyond the large-scale touring productions that grace the stage, the Weidner Center also focuses on scholastic development, programming and an impactful education series — Stage Doors. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit www.WeidnerCenter.com, call 920-465-2726, 800-895-0071, or follow ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter).

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 7,158 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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Meagan Strehlow and student Emmalee Wilson testify about College Credit in High School

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Emmalee Wislon and Meagan Strehlow testify on AB 805.

UW-Green Bay freshman Emmalee Wilson and UW-Green Bay’s Director of K-12 Relations, Meagan Strehlow, testified in front of Rep. Dave Murphy’s, Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities on AB 805, Jan. 18, 2018. It provides new ways to utilize the Early College Credit Program. They then met with Wilson’s home representative, Andre Jacque.

“College Credit in high school classes have helped prepare me for college in ways that other classes didn’t,” Wilson said. a West De Pere graduate. “I learned how to study, be responsible and how to dedicate myself to a difficult assignment. It has also saved me over $20,000 and has given me the opportunity to graduate early. I am so grateful for the experiences I was able to have and learn from while still in high school.”

Strehlow had this to say, “During the 2016-17 school year, 1,400 students from 36 high schools across the state of Wisconsin enrolled in UW-Green Bay College Credit in High School classes. These 1,400 students earned over 4,000 college credits that they will apply towards a degree at UW-Green Bay or transfer into another UW System, private or out-of-state university. These credits will give them a head start on their college degree and decrease the cost of their college education. These 1,400 students saved nearly a million dollars in tuition in just one year of enrollment by paying a reduced tuition charge.”

Green Bay women get ‘ridiculous’ win

We love the lead of today’s Green Bay Press-Gazette story about the Green Bay women’s basketball win Thursday night. “The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay women entered Thursday with the stingiest defense in the nation. But this was ridiculous.” Green Bay beat Detroit 85-27 at Calihan Hall, holding the Titans to the second-fewest points in the Phoenix’s Division I history and the fewest in Detroit history. Remarkably, the Phoenix did not let the Titans score the entire second quarter. The Top 25 Phoenix closes out its three-game road trip on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Oakland and returns home to the Kress Center Friday, January 26.

Congratulations to UW-Green Bay’s Future 15!

Future 15 Trio

They are the future.

Out of the thousands of young professionals in the Greater Green Bay area, hundreds are nominated and 15 are highlighted to represent their peers. They are selected because they have the potential to lead their communities, their places of work, their families. They are Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s Current Young Professionals Future 15. More impressive, three of the 15 are employees of UW-Green Bay and four are UW-Green Bay graduates.

“The annual event profiles 15 area young professionals who are growing and excelling in their respective fields,” according to the Chamber of Commerce Website. “These individuals are currently influencing the growth, prosperity and quality of life in Brown County and will demonstrate the ability to positively impact the area in the future through professional accomplishments and community involvement.”

The UW-Green Bay employees:

  • Acting Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services, Jennifer Jones ’99 (Public Administration)
  •  Senior Advisor, MultiEthnic Student Affairs (MESA), Mai J. Lo Lee
  • Dietetic Internship Director Laura Rowell

The UW-Green Bay alumni:

  • Sarah Beckman ’08, Social Work, Development Director, Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity
  • Vanya Koepke ’15, Political Science and Public Administration (Alumni Association Board Member), senior carrier sales executive, Schneider National
  • Miranda Bonde ’10, Psychology (Alumni Association Board Member), financial planner, Laura Mossakowski, LLC Financial Planning for Women and Their Families
  • Jennifer Jones ’99, Public Administration, Acting Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services, UW-Green Bay

“I found out on December 22, and wow, what a huge surprise and great first holiday present,” said Rowell, a working mom of three small children. “I remain humble and honored in the small role I play on campus to help shape and form young dietetic professionals. Both the undergraduate and internship program housed in Human Biology play a large role in this honor, as well, because we all work so closely together as a team to accomplish big things for our students and interns!”

Current created the young professional awards in 2007 as a way to honor those that advance its mission by profiling best practices that could be adopted by other local individuals and organizations. Additionally, Current sought to recognize area young professionals in the Greater Green Bay community who are composing noteworthy accomplishments and contributing to the overall quality of life in Greater Green Bay.

“It was great news to hear right before Christmas,” Lo Lee said. “I was able to share with my family. I am honored to be a part of the Future 15 cohort because I love seeing the Green Bay community strive and thrive towards greatness. And I am very honored to be a visible women of color to a Hmong population that is not very visible in these types of professional programs. Lastly, I am very proud to be representing UW-Green Bay.”

They will be honored, and three special awards will be announced — Young Professional of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Next Generation Best Place to Work — at the Future 15 Fire & Ice Gala, Thursday, April 26 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Hyatt on Main/KI Convention Center, downtown Green Bay.

UW-Green Bay’s 6:30 Concert Series, Duo Piano Recital, is ‘warm-up’ for Winter Olympics concert in South Korea

Michael Rector and Sylvia Hong present a duo-pianist concert

Green Bay, Wis. — When University of Wisconsin-Green Bay faculty members Michael Rector and Sylvia Hong, present a duo-pianist concert at 6:30 p.m. Feb.5, 2018, it will be with preparation in mind for a Feb. 13, 2018 concert in Pyeongchang, South Korea, host site of the Winter Olympics.

 Piano duo portrait: Michael Rector and Sylvia Hong

Michael Rector and Sylvia Hong

Hong and Rector were in Korea last May as part of a concert tour. It was there that they were honored by the Mayor of Gangneung, Lee Seok-rai, with a request to return to play during the 2018 Winter Olympics celebration. The actual games are scheduled to take place Feb. 9-25, 2018.

“We’ll be performing Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos with the Gangneung Philharmonic (conducted by Sekwon Ryu),” Rector said. “The orchestra (like most in Korea) is a public institution, so that is why the mayor was involved. It’s not exactly an IOC event, but it is in the host city during the games.” While there, the couple does plan to take in the Olympic experience, hoping to see some of the competitive events and particularly speed skating, in which South Korean Olympians have been quite competitive.

Rector said they are looking forward to a warm-up (minus the orchestra) during the 6:30 p.m. performance on Feb. 5 — the first in the spring semester line-up of UW-Green Bay Music’s 6:30 Concert Series, in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center.

Hong and Rector began performing together as a duo shortly after being married in 2011. They have played recitals at the Kennedy Center in Washington and the Lotte Concert Hall in Seoul. In April 2013, the duo won the second prize and Abild Prize for the best performance of American music at the Ellis Competition for Duo-Pianists. In April 2014, they toured Eastern Europe, performing with the Georgian Sinfonietta and Black Sea Symphony. Highlights of their numerous tours in Korea include playing two sold-out concerts on the same day in Busan, performances all around the country and invitations to teach master classes at more than 20 different universities and music schools.

Since 2014 Rector has served as assistant professor of music at UW-Green Bay, where he is also director of the Piano Academy, a community music program. His complete biography can be found at michaelrector.net. He is committed to making the language of classical music vivid for people of all ages and backgrounds. Hong is an associate lecturer (of music) for the University. She is known to audiences worldwide as a pianist of imagination and virtuosity. She made her debut in the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall at the age of 16 as the first prize winner of the National Russian Competition. As a soloist, she has performed with the leading orchestras of Korea, including the KBS Orchestra and Suwon Symphony.

Works to be performed for the 6:30 Concert include Allegro brilliant, Op. 92 by Felix Mendelssohn, Rondo in A Major, K. 386 by W. A. Mozart, Poulenc’s Concerto, La valse by Maurice Ravel, and Scaramouche by Darius Milhaud.

6:30 Concert Series

The 6:30 Concert Series is designed to connect the campus with the community through the exploration of music. Performances feature insightful presentations by performers, composers and special guests. The series offers new perspectives on diverse styles, often exploring the music from multiple angles. All performances take place in the Weidner Center’s Fort Howard Hall. They begin at 6:30 p.m. and last between 60 and 90 minutes. To learn more about the series and upcoming performances, please visit www.weidnercenter.com/630series. Although the performances are free and open to the public, donations are accepted for the benefit of UW-Green Bay’s Music program.

About the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts

UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. The Center is a home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance programs, community events and productions, and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. Beyond the large-scale touring productions that grace the stage, the Weidner Center also focuses on scholastic development, programming and an impactful education series — Stage Doors.
Follow the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter).

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 7,158 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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