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Video: UW-Green Bay composer Michelle McQuade Dewhirst writes world-premiere film score for ‘Metropolis’

Michelle McQuade Dewhirst Creating a Score for Metropolis

What does it take to write a world-premiere film score? University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Professor of Music, Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, took on the task for the 1927 “sci-fi” film Metropolis which will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28 by UW-Green Bay Chorale, Wind Ensemble and Studio Orchestra. It’s a fascinating process and she let’s us in on it. Watch the video to find out more.

UW-Green Bay students explore solutions for an aging population

Innovation in Aging Winners

Event was part of inaugural Innovation in Aging competition

Written by and re-posted with permission by Bri Mass, Communication Specialist | WiSys Technology Foundation

According to the Administration on Aging, people 65+ represented 14.5% of the population in the year 2014 but are expected to grow to be 21.7% of the population by 2040. Many of these older adults face difficulties related to aging and chronic conditions that impact activities of daily living and quality of life.

Nine student teams went head-to-head at UW-Green Bay March 3 to confront these difficulties and create innovative solutions to a myriad of problems associated with aging. After a two-week brainstorming session, teams were given just eight minutes to explain their background research into an issue and convince a panel of judges that their innovation could improve the quality of life for an aging population.

UW-Green Bay Environmental Design students Kennedy Wendt, Pauline Balza, and Yosra Maatallah created the winning project, titled, “storAGE.” They designed a kitchen cabinet rail system that reduces the reach, strength and balance required to load or unload items like dishes and food. The storAGE team won a $500 cash prize from WiSys Technology Foundation for their winning project and presentation. (Photo above: David J. Ward, Chair of the WiSys Board of Trustees, presented the first-place prize to team members Kennedy Wendt and Pauline Balza for their project titled “storAGE” *not pictured: Yosra Maatallah).

The judging panel tasked with choosing the first-place team included Ellen Krabbe, Founder of FRESCO Services; Devon Christianson, Director of the Brown County Aging & Disability Resources Center; LaReina Tipping, Director of Home & Community Services at Curative Connections; Ryan Holzem, Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology at UW-Green Bay; and Matthew Geimer, Associate Lecturer of Business Law at UW-Green Bay.

Throughout the day, audience members were also asked to vote for their favorite team presentation to choose the winners of a second prize, the People’s Choice Award. UW-Green Bay Human Biology student Bryanna Blochowiak and Psychology students McKenna Garvey and Nate Jensen took the People’s Choice Award for their project, “MediCode,” which designed a technology that would enable first responders to quickly access patients’ medical records in an emergency (photo 24).

The People’s Choice Award consisted of prizes donated by local sponsors including The Phoenix Bookstore, the Cofrin Library, the University Union and WiSys.

A special incentive was offered to encourage UW-Green Bay student organizations to compete in the competition. Representatives from Healthy Fork, the Public Relations Student Society of America and the Public and Environmental Affairs Council each took home $100 from WiSys for their organizations for successfully completing the competition.

“We were excited to partner with Dean Gallagher-Lepak to create this unique event,” said WiSys Executive Director Arjun Sanga. “The competition sparked some great ideas and served to enhance the student experience through practical application of their classwork. Congratulations to UW-Green Bay and all the participants on a very successful event.”

After being met with such enthusiasm from the UW-Green Bay community in its first year, planning is already underway for another iteration of the Innovation in Aging event next year.

About the Innovation in Aging competition

In its inaugural year, the Innovation in Aging planning committee included UW-Green Bay faculty members Doreen Higgins, Le Leannae Zhu, Kyan Kauth and Dean VonDras, Dean of the UW-Green Bay College of Health, Education and Social Welfare Susan Gallagher-Lepak, WiSys Ambassador Kayla Billett, WiSys Regional Associate Mads Gjefsen and WiSys Communications Specialist Bri Maas. The mission of the competition was to inspire creative thinking and collaboration across academic disciplines to address aging issues and challenges for individuals in our communities.

About WiSys Technology Foundation

WiSys Technology Foundation is a 501(c)(3) supporting organization of the University of Wisconsin System. WiSys supports 11 four-year universities, 13 freshman-sophomore UW College campuses and statewide UW-Extension to identify innovative technologies and bring them to the marketplace.

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– Photos by Amanda Jo Danihel and Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Another busy Business Week (or two)

Student in Elevator Pitch Competition During Business Week

It was another great week (or two) from the folks in UW-Green Bay Career Services. Focused programing on preparing students for life after college resulted in hundreds attending Business Week. They covered topics such as “Salary Expectations: When is it Appropriate to Negotiate?”
and “LinkedIn: The Basics to Get Started Workshop.” Nearly 50 students took advantage of dining with 42 community members during the “Dining with a Professional Etiquette Lunch” and 66 students took advantage of the LinkedIn photo booth for professional portraits. Reported earlier, Baker Tilly received the “Recruitment Partner of the Year Award.” This and so much more. University photographers caught some of the action.

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– Photos by Amanda Jo Danihel and Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

UW-Green Bay students, alumni and fans have a Rockin’ time at the Resch Center

Nearly 1,000 fans participated in the first-ever Rock the Resch event, Friday, Feb. 25, 2017, at the The Bar on Holmgren Way and the Resch Center. The “homecoming-type” tailgate sponsored by the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association preceded a fan March to the Resch and a Phoenix men’s basketball game. Didn’t make it? The video and photo gallery will give you a taste of what you missed and why you will want to register next year.

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– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Video: The Importance of Being Earnest

Several cast members discuss Oscar Wilde’s whimsical romantic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest presented by UW-Green Bay Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 to 25 and Mar. 1 to 4 in the Jean Weidner Theatre of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

The story follows two young gentlemen, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrief, under the guise of a “fictitious” brother named Ernest as they seek the love of the ravishing Gwendolyn and an attractive ward, Cecily. All goes well until both couples end up at the same country estate in this sharp-witted satire of Victorian society.

The play will be directed by UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance Prof. John Mariano.

Prof. Mariano says the play is one of his favorites. “Oscar Wilde is a fascinating figure and this play is his masterpiece,” said Mariano. “Wilde elevates the British comedy of manners to its greatest heights. The play has been produced around the world since its first production and continues to shine its comic light on the distance between our public image and our private selves.”

Mariano says one of the great things about his job is that he gets to tackle projects that give him the opportunity to work with students on enduring pieces of theater like this brilliant and very funny play.

Tickets are on sale at UTIC, online at or by calling 920-465-2400.

Video: It’s time to Rock the Resch!

Green Bay men’s basketball coach Linc Darner and Chancellor Gary L. Miller invite you to Rock the Resch! This first-time event gathers students, alumni and friends to a pregame tailgate party for the entire family, followed by a Green Bay men’s basketball game, Friday, Feb. 24. The event is from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Bar on Holmgren Way, and tip-off for the game is 6 p.m. next door at the Resch Center. It promises to be fun, with a live band, food, and an “epic” long-sleeve T-shirt (it glows). Students are free, but should still register. Anyone else can register here.

Breaking through: UW-Green Bay cuts ribbon on new creative space

Breakthrough Studio

With a nod to vision, leadership, innovation and collaboration, the ribbon was cut for the new Breakthrough® Studio space on the third floor of the David A. Cofrin Library, at UW-Green Bay. Library Director Paula Ganyard said she is thrilled about the space which became popular with students as soon as it opened.

It features unique and colorful furniture and work spaces for small groups and independent studying. Artwork by four UW-Green Bay artists — Adam Fulwiler, Blair Wautlet, Brianna Fischer, and Paige Nordstorm — adorn the walls.

“We truly hope that this space will give students, faculty, staff and community members a place to come together to work collaboratively, to debate ideas, work through problems, and hopefully, be as innovative as the company that supported this project — Breakthrough® Fuel,” Ganyard said.

More than 80 supporters joined Ganyard, Chancellor Gary L. Miller and Breakthrough® Fuel founder and CEO Craig Dickman, Jan. 26, as they formally dedicated the space. Breakthrough® Fuel, a global transportation energy management firm located in downtown Green Bay, sponsored the space.

Miller commended the leadership of Ganyard and the vision she and other University leaders have for new ways of inspiring creativity and engaging and educating today’s students.

“I also want to express my gratitude to Craig Dickman and Breakthrough Fuel,” Miller said. “Craig is also a supporter of our veteran’s lounge and serves as a member of our Council of Trustees. His vision as a business leader is helping us expand our vision of what this University, this city and this region, can be.”

Breakthrough Fuel employs 10 UW-Green Bay alumni, spanning five generations of graduates dating back to the 70s.

“This has been a special project for our team, and a project we could really connect with because of the nature of the space,” Dickman said. “We hope the space will be used well and used often.”

As the plaque reads, “Let creativity and innovation fill this space.”

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– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Video: Sci-fi film ‘Metropolis’ will be screened with a live world premiere film score, April 28

One-Night performance is scheduled for Friday, Apr. 28, Weidner Center

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music will present a screening of the 1927 sci-fi film Metropolis along with a live performance of a world premiere film score by the UW-Green Bay Chorale, Wind Ensemble and Studio Orchestra. The one-night performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Apr. 28 in the Weidner Center. The new film score is written by UW-Green Bay Associate Professor of Music Michelle McQuade Dewhirst for Fritz Lang’s film which has been referenced as the “mother of all sci-fi films,” ever since its release.

Prof. McQuade Dewhirst says she is thrilled to collaborate with her music faculty colleagues and students to bring this project to life.

“I’ve been fascinated by the variety of approaches various musicians have taken to interpreting this material for a long time,” said Prof. McQuade Dewhirst. “The combination of the film with live music is a special thing. Live music contributes a palpable energy and, I believe the audience will enjoy a truly immersive experience.”