Author Archives: Editorial Student

2017 Bash in the Stacks will be FANtastic

The UW-Green Bay Cofrin Library will be hosting Bash in the Stacks on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 from 7 to 10 p.m. This year’s FANtastic Bash has a theme all about fandoms — Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Game of Thrones and more. There will be crafts, games, food, a DJ and Nerf tag in the sixth-floor stacks. Follow the library on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up with Bash news.

Faculty and staff encouraged to attend racial battle fatigue webinar

UW-Green Bay faculty and staff are encouraged to attend an upcoming webinar, “Racial Battle Fatigue: Shift Your Campus to Better Support Students, Faculty & Staff of Color.” This webinar, presented by experts Kathy Obear and Tanya Williams, will challenge racism on campus by educating attendees on Racial Battle Fatigue and explaining how to help shift the culture on campus to better support racially marginalized groups. No RSVP required. Questions can be directed to Anna at Webinar Dates/Location:
-Friday, September 22, 2017 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Rose Hall 220
-Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Rose Hall 220

UW-Green Bay Public Safety Offers Parking Regulation Reminders

UW-Green Bay Public Safety reminds students, faculty and staff to purchase parking permits if they will park on campus more than five times in a semester. The permit costs $62 and the vehicle license plate is the virtual parking permit, so it must be entered accurately. Vehicles with one license plate must park with he plate facing the travel portion of the parking lot. Failure to abide by parking regulations will result in a parking citation. Multiple plates can be registered on the permit, but only one can be on campus at a time and previous license plates will transfer to the next year’s permit.

UW-Green Bay Changes Building Hours and Access Policy

The new UW-Green Bay Building Hours and Access policy, OP-15-17-1 goes into effect this fall 2017 semester. This policy, developed by a working group representing the Provost Office, Public Safety and Safety Management, states that academic building hours are 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Those in the buildings before 11:00 p.m. will be allowed to remain there until midnight. For specific reasons, extended hours can be approved upon request to Public Safety. Non-academic buildings will set general hours of operation. Students must be out of buildings after hours of operation, unless working with an employee with approved after-hours access. Rare circumstances may allow Public Safety to approve unsupervised student access after-hours. Unsupervised student access to labs, studios, etc. while the buildings are open require a non-transferrable “Blue Pass” issued by the appropriate university authority. Public Safety staff will be educating those found in violation of this new policy and violations will be forwarded from Public Safety to the appropriate Dean/Director. Questions or concerns can be directed to University Safety Manager Jill Fermanich, or Chief of Police Tomas J. Kujawa,

Prof. VonDras has new book

UW-Green Bay Prof. Dean D. VonDras (Human Development, Psychology) has a new book published, “Better Health through Spiritual Practices: A Guide to Religious Behaviors and Perspectives That Benefit Mind and Body” by Dean D. VonDras, Ph.D, Editor. “Recognizing that many religious and spiritual beliefs promote wellness through their practices or stated objectives — for example, focusing on simple living, having compassion for others, vegetarianism, or meditation and mindfulness. This refreshing work provides a review of the world’s spiritual perspectives and traditions and explores how their guiding principles encourage healthy lifestyle choices. An examination of religious and nonreligious perspectives from around the world — from atheism, Confucianism and Christianity to Islam, Judaism, Shamanism and Zoroastrianism — reveals how faith beliefs and values influence behavior and inspire healthy living. The book is published by Praeger, and more information about this publication is available through its corporate website.

2017 Psychology grad Destany Calma-Birling has manuscript accepted for peer-reviewed publication


As first-generation college student Destany Calma-Birling graduated with her class on Saturday, May 13, 2017, she had quite a bit to reflect upon. The Psychology major recently had her manuscript “Does A Brief Mindfulness Intervention Impact Quiz Performance?” accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Psychology Learning and Teaching, quite the prestigious accomplishment for an undergraduate.

In her research, Calma-Birling investigated if practicing mindfulness for the first five minutes of class would lead to noticeable improvements in students’ quiz performance. The participants in this study were students enrolled in two sections of an upper elective human development course. For six weeks, one class practiced mindfulness for the first five minutes class while the other class reviewed their course notes for the first five minutes of class. On the seventh and last week of the intervention, both groups practiced mindfulness for the first five minutes of class.

The results showed that students who engaged in a five-minute mindfulness practice performed significantly better on two post-lecture quizzes compared to students who reviewed their class notes, she said. Interestingly, when both groups practiced mindfulness, there was no significant difference in quiz scores, suggesting that five minutes of mindfulness practice closed the performance gap between the two groups’ post-lecture quiz scores. Overall, these findings are consistent with past research and demonstrate that small doses of mindfulness training can immediately benefit students’ learning.

“Destany showed great initiative, resolve and resilience in exploring this pertinent topic,” said Prof. Regan A. R. Gurung. “She worked tirelessly to design and run the study as well as writing it up for publication. She is the prototype of a driven student and has the potential to go far.”

“Having this paper accepted before graduation is very exciting and meaningful for me,” said Calma-Birling. “According to a few of my psychology professors, having a first author publication increases one’s chances of gaining admission into a good graduate program. This is particularly important because psychology PhD programs are becoming increasingly more competitive, and since my future aspirations involve getting a Ph.D. in psychology, the acceptance of this paper is great news for my future plans.”

Calma-Birling reflected on her experience in this 2017 Commencement video.

The Hawaii native moved to Wisconsin at the age of seven. After graduating from Appleton North High School, she attended UW-Fox Valley before transferring to UW-Green Bay. She says her decision to transfer to UW-Green Bay was in part due to the Psychology and Human Development programs. Her future plans entail completing a year of post-baccalaureate research and applying to graduate school where she is looking to study developmental affective neuroscience.