The Cofrins! About 400 ballots were cast to name the Peregrine falcons hatched at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Cofrin Library in May. By popular vote, the falcons will be named Austin, David, Douglass and Peter, respectfully honoring the four deceased male members of the Cofrin family who, through philanthropic support, helped build and sustain the University. The Peregrines, on Wisconsin’s endangered list, prompted more than 170 name nominations (the farthest from France). The Cofrins received 21% of the vote, followed closely by Phoenix, Pharrell, Phillip and Phineas and Art, Ed, Biz and Cy. The Packers (Aaron, Jordy, Randall and Clay) came in fourth. The successful hatching is the first at UW-Green Bay since the first nesting pair was seen on campus about seven years ago.
Friends showed up in throngs for the farewell reception for Dean Scott Furlong. Furlong leaves for the provost position at SUNY-Oswego after a 24-year career with UW-Green Bay, most recently as Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Before his expanded duties he served for almost a decade as Dean of UW‑Green Bay’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Furlong earned a Ph.D. in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Administration from The American University (Washington D.C.) School of Public Affairs in January 1993 and May 1987, respectively. He attended the Harvard Institute of Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) in 2010. Furlong was awarded a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY) in May of 1985.
Furlong is published extensively (books, journals, chapters and reviews) particularly in subject area of public and regulatory policy. He is co-author of the popular textbook, Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives (Washington D.C.:CQ Press).
Youth and those young at heart ventured to the University June 26 and 27, 2017 for Grandparents’ University — an experience for children ages 7-14 and their grandparents. Offerings for the 175 participants included ecology, cartooning, cooking, aquatic ecology and much more! A favorite among the participants were trips to the Fox River, Bayshore County Park and shooting off rockets.
Congratulations to the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association on yet another successful Scholarship Golf Outing. The 37th annual raised nearly $24,000 designated for scholarships. You can already save the date for next year’s outing — Friday, June 8. Although it’s never about the winning (everybody who dedicates a day to play is a winner) we have the foursomes that came out on top:
Best overall gross: Scott Behringer, Ian Behringer, Shaun Rezachek and Jim Albright
Best with team handicap: Crystal Pollack, Justin Schmitt, Katie Fisher and Alyssa Baehman
Grab a tissue as you watch another fantastic group of UW-Green Bay students experience what is likely one of their most anticipated days of college — commencement. In this video, Terisa Batrez (Social Work), Ryan Ewert (Engineering Technology) and Destany Calma-Birling (Psychology) share their experiences and their excitement for the future.
It was a picture-perfect day for UW-Green Bay’s 2017 Spring Commencement. Graduating seniors anxiously awaited their chance to cross the stage and accept their diplomas, ending years of study and research. When the ceremony was over, under perfectly blue skies, nearly 950 graduating seniors and family members spilled out on to the Kress Events Center lawn adding up to a huge Phoenix-family celebration.
UW-Green Bay celebrated its first engineering technology graduates and its largest Master’s Degree class in its history. Community member Judy Crain was honored, as was Prof. Brian Sutton, who gave up the microphone after 17 years and having read nearly 15,000 names of students accepting their diplomas.
Congratulations graduates and to those who helped prepare them for this monumental occasion.
It is difficult to capture photos once the lights are dimmed, but University photographer Dan Moore did manage to get a few before and after shots of Metropolis last week at the Weidner Center. In the gallery, you will see patrons filing in, images of the singers and musicians in the “pit,” and the rousing ovation for the genius behind the performance — Michelle McQuade Dewhirst — as well as the fabulous musical direction by music faculty Kevin Collins and Randy Meder. A final congratulations to all for the sensational production.
More than 2,000 people attended the first-ever UntitledTown Book and Author Festival April 28-30, 2017. The organizers, many of whom are associated with UW-Green Bay, say the 80-event festival was a tremendous success. From writer’s workshops, bookbinding classes and panel discussions to author readings, book signings, the launch of UW-Green Bay’s literary journal, The Sheepshead Review, and more, every event met or exceeded attendance expectations, including the Festival’s final keynote presentations by acclaimed authors Sherman Alexie and Margaret Atwood, which were attended by more than 1,200. The Green Bay Press-Gazette has the story.
Margaret Atwood praised the event on Twitter to her 1.56 million followers and State Representative Eric Genrich shared his gratitude on Facebook.
“It’s an incredibly well-organized event and there’s such a range of author activities and writing activities,” raved Eileen Madded, an Evanston, Illinois bookbinder who spoke on Sunday, as reported by the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “It’s really impressive for a first time out.”
“I am delighted, but not entirely surprised, by the demonstrated hunger for reading, writing and making community connections here in Northeastern Wisconsin,” one of the event organizers Prof. Rebecca Meacham said about the event.
“This event is a huge opportunity for the area — for Wisconsin — for local authors to network and get their name out there,” said English Creative Writing student Robert Zeise in a CW 14 interview.
The Accounting Students Association held its annual CPA Luncheon Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Weidner Center. The event included networking time with alumni and leaders in the field of accounting, and a keynote presentation by Andrew Dilling ’98 a partner at Baker Tilly.