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UW-Green Bay to host National History Day competition

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host the 2011 Northeastern Wisconsin Region’s National History Day competition for the eighth consecutive year. The event will be held on Saturday, April 9, and will draw approximately 400 high school and middle school students from 21 schools in Northeast Wisconsin. This year’s competition will be the largest to date.

The event will focus on the theme “Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, and Consequences.” The all-day event begins with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m., followed by judging from 9:30 to 3:30 p.m. and an awards presentation at the Kress Events Center at 4 p.m.

“National History Day provides students of all abilities and interests an opportunity to learn about a topic of their choosing and present it in a creative way,” said UW-Green Bay archivist Debra Anderson, who is the National History Day regional coordinator.

The projects allow students to dive into research by using diaries, letters, film footage, photos, and oral histories to become experts on their chosen topic. Some students had the opportunity to spend a day at the Cofrin Library using various archival, electronic and print resources.

One student observed, “This is better than the History Channel! I could stay here all day!”

Approximately 226 student projects have been submitted for the competition with topics ranging from the Wisconsin Constitution, Door County cherry farmers to the great Butter vs. Oleo War of the 1950s. Topics even go beyond Wisconsin with projects about the Cuban Missile Crisis, school prayer, women’s suffrage, death penalty, and the 1980 Olympic boycott.

During the day there will be an opportunity for the public to watch performances and documentaries, as well as view exhibits and websites. Exhibits will be displayed at the Kress Events Center. Papers and websites will be available for public display at Mary Ann Cofrin Hall. Documentaries and performances also take place at Mary Ann Cofrin Hall.

It is estimated that 500,000 students this year will take part in History Day events with an estimated five million students taking part in the 20 years the national program has been in existence.

Regional contest winners will move on to the statewide competition and compete for a chance to attend the Kenneth Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. in June.

“You know you have a successful program when a student e-mails and writes: “I would just die if I couldn’t do National History Day this year!” Anderson said.

For more information contact Debra Anderson at UW-Green Bay Archives at (920) 465-2539 or andersod@uwgb.edu.

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UW-Green Bay to hold guest brass recital

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay music program will present a guest recital Sunday, April 3, featuring the “Brass Circle Quintet.”

The free recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre inside Theatre Hall, and is open to the public.

The “Brass Circle Quintet” was founded in the Fox Valley in 2005. The quintet includes: Prof. Marty Robinson, UW-Oshkosh, trumpet; Prof. Bruce Atwell, UW-Oshkosh, horn; Prof. Eric High, St. Norbert College, bass trombone; Michael Henckel, trumpet; Andrew Zipperer, tenor trombone and euphonium.

The “Brass Circle Quintet” is the resident brass quintet at First United Methodist Church in Appleton.

The concert will include “Canzon per Sonare No. 2,” a 17th century piece by Giovanni Gabrieli; “Quintet No. 3,” a four-movement piece by Victor Ewald; “Three Pieces” by 19th century composer Ludwig Maurer; “Frost Fire” by American composer Eric Ewanzen; and “Fire Dance” by Emmy Award-winning composer Anthony DiLorenzo.

This is the twenty-seventh concert of the 2010-2011 season.

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UW-Green Bay faculty recital to feature ‘Gypsy Trip’

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay music program will present a faculty recital Saturday, April 2, featuring the group “Gypsy Trip.”

The free recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre inside Theatre Hall, and is open to the public.

The recital will feature a combination of gypsy jazz, early jazz and some original pieces performed by the group “Gypsy Trip.” The group features several UW-Green Bay faculty members including: Prof. Adam Gaines, trumpet; Prof. Eric Hansen, clarinet; Prof. Stefan Hall, guitar. Other musicians in the group are: Nick Winkler, guitar; Mike Fowler, guitar; Michael Dewhirst, bass; Ben Hogan, percussion. Special guest vocalists are UW-Green Bay professors Michelle McQuade Dewhirst and Courtney Sherman.

The concert will include pieces by jazz legends Django Reinhardt, Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington, and original pieces by Prof. Hall.

This is the twenty-sixth concert of the 2010-2011 season.

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Ready for disaster? Video: Professor to address Green Bay's preparedness

Lucy Arendt, disaster response“When a disaster occurs, nothing is ever as it was before. It’s not possible because everything changes in that split second,” says UW-Green Bay Prof. Lucy Arendt, a business management professor whose research focuses on how people and organizations make decisions around disasters.

“An extreme event is a particular example of a dramatic, revolutionary change in a community,” Arendt says.

Arendt’s research has taken her to the Gulf Coast to see the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and to New Zealand to witness the damage from a massive earthquake.

She will share her expertise in a talk titled, “In the Face of Disaster, How Resilient is Our Community?” as part of the After Thoughts series from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts foyer.

Her presentation is particularly timely because of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

“What we’re seeing in the world right now, we have examples of some very extreme disasters, really outlier disasters, things that you wouldn’t expect to happen or probabilistically they don’t happen very often,” Arendt said.

According to Arendt, community recovery depends on the pre-existing economy, the availability and trustworthiness of government services, and the community’s social-cultural capital.

“I think for a lot of people they have questions. Could something like that happen to us? How would we cope with that?” Arendt said. “There are a lot of questions that I think people will then sort of personalize, what if something happened to Green Bay, what kinds of things could happen in Green Bay, how would we deal with that. So I think it’s really very relevant, especially now. It’s on everybody’s mind.”

The After Thoughts series is designed to connect community women with UW-Green Bay, showcase UW-Green Bay’s faculty and staff, convene women after their workday for learning, enrichment and fun, and provide “After Thoughts” for women to take with them when they leave. Cost is $11 for hors d’oeuvres and the program.

Registration in advance is preferred for one or both programs by sending a check payable to UW-Green Bay. Mail to: UW-Green Bay Advancement, CL 805, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311. Walk-up registration is an option. Call (920) 465-2074 for more information.

UW-Green Bay Alumni Association Awards April 30

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has announced the recipients of the 2011 Alumni Association Awards. The winners will be recognized at Alumni Awards Night from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in the grand foyer of Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The award ceremony will begin with a 5 p.m. social and will follow with dinner at 6 p.m. The cost is $30 per person.

The annual alumni awards ceremony recognizes alumni who have made special contributions to the University and their community.

There will be a presentation of both Distinguished Alumni Awards and the Outstanding Recent Alumni award. Award winners were selected by a committee for having distinguished themselves in professional work, career accomplishments and community involvement.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are:

Daoud Abboud '87Daoud Abboud ’87 (Information and Computing Science), founder and CEO of United Technology Solutions-UTS Group in Jordan. Abboud established UTS Group — his own enterprise providing diverse products and services to cover client’s technology and business needs, with more than 100 employees and branches in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Abboud is the chairman of Gift of Life Amman (GOLA), a nonprofit charitable organization treating children with Congenital Heart Disease.

Robert Cera '84Robert Cera ’84 (Managerial Accounting), president and CEO of Baylake Corp. and Baylake Bank and a member of the Wisconsin Bankers Association Board of Directors. He joined Baylake in 2006, and has been in the financial services industry for nearly 20 years. Cera, a certified public accountant, has a history of civic and community involvement during his career and currently serves as a board member and treasurer of the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern Wisconsin Charities Inc., Milwaukee, and has been a member of UW-Green Bay’s Founders Association Board of Directors since 2007.

Laura (Busby) Hollingsworth '89Laura (Busby) Hollingsworth ’89 (Communication Processes), has served as Group President for Gannett’s U.S. Community Publishing Division since 2008, and oversees 22 markets in seven states. She is also the president and publisher of The Des Moines Register, which publishes a newspaper, six web and mobile brands, nine community newspapers, 16 community weeklies, and a multitude of magazines and special products. She started her career as a retail sales executive at the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Jody Weyers '96The Outstanding Recent Alumni Award recognizes alumni within 15 years of graduation who are making important contributions to their communities and professions. This year the award will be presented to Jody Weyers ’96 (Communication Processes), volunteer and communications director for the American Red Cross, Green Bay. Weyers is the spokesperson for the Lakeland Chapter of the American Red Cross and manages 450 volunteers who are registered within the organization in an eight county area.

For more information, or to register for the event, contact the UW-Green Bay Alumni Office at (920) 465-2586 or alumni@uwgb.edu.

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UW-Green Bay offering Spanish Immersion for Professionals summer course

¿Necesita usted aprender el Español? Do you need to learn Spanish? The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is offering Spanish Immersion for Professionals, an intensive language-learning experience for all levels of Spanish-language learners.

The program will be held Monday through Friday, Aug. 8-12, at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Registration is due by Monday, July 25.

The Spanish Immersion for Professionals program is designed with customer service representatives, call center employees, hospitality workers, social workers, bankers, teachers and health care workers in mind. Along with instruction in language and grammar, courses tailored to health care, education, business, law and leisure/travel will be offered. A substantial online resource component will be part of this program. Students will learn in UW-Green Bay’s high tech classrooms and will enjoy meals in the University’s Student Union facilities.

Students will participate in language classes by skill level. Some English will be spoken in beginner classes. Intermediate and advanced class instruction will be entirely in Spanish. An online pre-test will determine a student’s skill level.

Each class day will end with a session on culture and current affairs in the Spanish-speaking world. In late afternoon and evening, participants can choose to join conversation tables hosted by native Spanish speakers, and browse in a Spanish-language reading area stocked with books and magazines. Optional evening activities will be available.

Fees for the program are $395 for noncredit instruction; $625 for two undergraduate credits in Spanish; or $975 for two graduate credits in education. The fees for all three include beverage breaks and lunch each day.

For out of town participants, several hotels are available in close proximity to the campus. (See the program’s website for more details.) Participants may also choose to live on campus in contemporary University Housing apartment suites, with up to 3 other roommates, with the idea to continue the language practice experience in the University Housing setting.

Information and registration are available online at www.uwgb.edu/outreach/sip/ or by calling (920) 465-2775 or (800) 621-2313. On-campus information will be made available in the registration materials.

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Author to speak at UW-Green Bay on history of Mississippi River

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host author Lee Sandlin on Thursday, April 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the Christie Theatre. Sandlin will read from his new book Wicked River: The Mississippi When it Last Ran Wild.

The book examines the mighty Mississippi of the nineteenth century, before it was dredged into a shipping channel. Sandlin, a journalist and essayist who lives in Chicago, draws upon several firsthand accounts in compiling a narrative history of life along the Mississippi.

The event, which is sponsored by the UW-Green Bay Natural and Applied Sciences and Humanistic Studies academic units, is free and open to the public.

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‘Waste’ the topic of UW-Green Bay’s Green Innovations Symposium

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) is hosting “Green Innovations 2011,” an annual symposium during Earth Week, Wednesday, April 20 and Thursday, April 21.

The two-day event for businesses and organizations looking to improve profit and reduce waste will be held at the University Union on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. This year’s symposium has the theme “Waste or Wasted Opportunity.”

Important topics include:

Sessions on agricultural, industrial, and municipal/institutional waste. Speakers: Agricultural - Gary Radloff, UW Madison; John Welsh, Dane County; Industrial - Jeff Guenther, Marquis Yachts; Dan Roddan, Waste Management; Municipal/Institutional - Chuck Larscheid, Brown County; Tom Sigmund, Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District; Nadeem Afghan, Bioferm.

How to start a waste transformation business. Panelists: Mike Krysiak, ENCAP; Neil Peters-Michaud, Cascade Asset Management; and Ted Hansen, Greenwood Fuels.

Interns: How they can help businesses deal with waste issues. Case studies at Aurora BayCare, Skipper Buds and Tosca Ltd.

Emerging waste issues and tools for business and industry. Prof. John Katers, UW-Green Bay; Jonathon Rivin, Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center.

Lunch presentation by Aaron Popkey, assistant director of public relations and corporate communications, Green Bay Packers.

Events will begin at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, April 20 and will continue on the morning of Thursday, April 21. The cost to attend the event is $79 through March 31, and will increase to $99 after that date.

The Wisconsin premiere of the award-winning documentary, DIVE! Living Off America’s Waste, is scheduled for 7 p.m. on April 20. The film explores America’s grocery waste and contends that “every year in America, 96 billion pounds of food is thrown away” while many Americans go without proper access to nutritious food. A post-documentary panel forum will follow and be led by the film’s director, Jeremy Seifert, and will include representatives from Paul’s Pantry and local grocers.

EMBI helps support one of UW-Green Bay’s founding principles — establishing itself as a leader in the promotion of environmental awareness and ecologically prudent initiatives. The establishment of EMBI is a step in the evolution of UW-Green Bay’s historic mission of studying environmental issues and developing solutions to problems by recognizing the critical interconnections between science, policy and business, and their social contexts. Partnering with public and private sector interests throughout the New North region, EMBI is working to make Northeastern Wisconsin synonymous with sustainability and environmental leadership.

For more information and links to register go to www.uwgb.edu/embi.

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Arts Enrichment for Adults program offered at UW-Green Bay

Arts Enrichments for Adults, a non-credit program offered at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, is designed to help adults capture their creative side. An impressive array of class offerings will take place 1-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 1-4, on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Students can choose one class from the following courses (and instructors):

From Junk to Jewelry – Erica Becker
Fabulous Felting – Mindy Sue Wittock
Basic Fine Art of Mosaic Workshop – Margy Cottingham
Ceramics: Hand-Building with an Introduction to Wheel-Throwing for Raku Firing – Dean Hoegger
Anyone Can Draw – Sara Tlachac
The Wonderful World of Mixed Media – Frank Juarez
Watercolor Painting – Deb Parins Zich
Introduction to Fine Art Digital Photography – Tammy Resulta
Digital Photo Editing: Storing and Manipulating Imagery – Jennifer Lautenschlager

The class fee of $129 covers instruction. Some classes requiring special materials also have a lab fee. Students choose one course that they will focus on during the 4-day week.

Sandra Shackelford is the Arts Enrichment Coordinator for the program. Shackelford is a documentary artist who received a bachelor’s degree from UW-Green Bay and did graduate work in fine arts at UW-Milwaukee. Shackelford works with K-12 students at Aldo Leopold School and creates art programs for youth through the Howe Neighborhood Family Resource Center. She is the co-director for UW-Green Bay’s longstanding Summer Art Studio Camps. In addition, she is the founding director of the mosaic art project, “The Memorial Wall of Hope and Healing.”

More information and registration is available online at www.uwgbsummercamps.com or by calling (920) 465-2775 or (800) 621-2313.

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Next 'After Thoughts' features Arendt on disaster response

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host a special program for women about how communities respond to disasters from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5 in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts foyer.

Lucy Arendt, a professor of Business Administration at UW-Green Bay, will present “In the Face of Disaster, How Resilient is Our Community?” as part of the After Thoughts series.

The presentation is particularly timely because of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

“I will weave in several stories that speak to differences in community resilience,” Arendt said of her presentation. “The Japanese people, for example, have a history of collective efficacy that will enable them to rebuild their communities. That being said, recovery after a disaster is not simply about rebuilding the same buildings or reconstructing the same roads. It’s far more complicated.”

Arendt says community recovery depends on the pre-existing economy, the availability and trustworthiness of government services, and the community’s social-cultural capital.

Arendt will show photos and discuss her trips to New Zealand, New Orleans and Mississippi.

“Any community can be affected by a disaster at any time,” Arendt said. “While there is no way for communities to guarantee their protection against disasters, there are steps that communities can take to enable their recovery. Enhancing the resilience of one’s community in advance of any disaster is the first and best step that a community can take to enable its recovery.”

The After Thoughts series is designed to connect community women with UW-Green Bay, showcase UW-Green Bay’s faculty and staff, convene women after their workday for learning, enrichment and fun, and provide “After Thoughts” for women to take with them when they leave. Cost is $11 for hors d’oeuvres and the program.

Event sponsors are the Schneider National Foundation and Billie Kress. Co-sponsors and organizers of the event are UW-Green Bay’s Bev Carmichael, assistant chancellor, University Advancement; Julia Wallace, provost; Shannon Badura, administrative specialist, Advancement; Cathy Harden, wife of Chancellor Thomas Harden; and from the Green Bay community, Lise Lotte Gammeltoft and Suzy Pfeifer.

Registration in advance is preferred for one or both programs by sending a check payable to UW-Green Bay. Mail to: UW-Green Bay Advancement, CL 805, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311. Walk-up registration is an option. Call (920) 465-2074 for more information.

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