That was the headline over Monday’s top-of-page-A-1 article in the Green Bay Press-Gazette following Chancellor Gary L. Miller’s meeting last week with members of the newspaper’s editorial board. The article addresses the impact of this year’s sizeable budget reductions and Miller’s hope that an administrative restructuring will enhance the University’s ability to discern and address community needs. See http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/education/2015/11/21/uwgb-looks-expand-role-community/76109106/
Political scientist Aaron Weinschenk, UW-Green Bay assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, is the co-author of a text newly released this week by Routledge.
The book, A Citizens Guide to US Elections: Empowering Democracy in America, is intended for use in undergraduate political science courses as well as readership by a general audience.
Weinschenk and his co-author, Prof. Costas Panagopoulos of Fordham University, make the case that although there may be widespread dissatisfaction with politics and the electoral process, the system isn’t actually broken. Instead, they write, Americans already have the power to fix what’s wrong within the existing system, provided they roll up their sleeves and get involved; what’s missing today is consistent and meaningful citizen participation.
Weinschenk, a 2007 summa cum laude graduate of UW-Green Bay, joined the faculty in 2013 after earning his Ph.D. in political science from UW-Milwaukee. His scholarship on voting behavior, campaigns and elections, mayoral politics, public opinion, declining turnout, and political psychology has been published in leading journals. The UWGB Research Council presented him the Research Scholar Award in fall 2014 to help complete work on A Citizens Guide.
For more on the book, go to https://www.routledge.com/products/978113885879
Book draws notice from prominent insiders — The book A Citizens Guide to US Elections: Empowering Democracy in America, co-authored by UW-Green Bay faculty member Aaron Weinschenk, debuts this week with positive reviews from two well-connected political analysts.
Nationally prominent consultant Robert Shrum, who was a senior adviser to the Gore 200 and Kerry 2004 presidential campaigns and now holds a named chair in political science at USC, and political handicapper and National Journal columnist Charlie Cook offer reviews posted to the Routledge website. Cook describes the book as “jam-packed with crucial information about contemporary politics and elections” and “required reading for serious students and citizens who want to understand the electoral process and back up their opinions with facts.” Writes Shrum, “It’s enlightening, a great read for political junkies, and a good one for any citizen who cares about democracy and each individual’s capacity and responsibility to make a difference.” See https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138858794
UW-Green Bay Music program brings the fall concert series to a close with an eclectic concert offering music from classical brass to African-inspired percussion. The Phoenix Brass Ensemble and Hand Drumming Ensemble share the bill at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 24) at the University Theatre in Theatre Hall. Adam Gaines and Cheryl Grosso direct. For more info, see the full news story.
We thought it was an entertaining production (with a spectacular set, great 1940s costuming and strong student performances)… and so did WFRV critic-at-large Warren Gerds. In his review of Thursday night’s UW-Green Bay Theatre, Dance and Music production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Show,” Gerds summarized the evening as “something special at the Weidner.” The second and final show is tonight (7:30, Nov. 20) in Cofrin Family Hall. See review.
The campus/community series “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” continues with the screening of another film segment and a talk by UW-Green Bay Prof. of Education Aurora Cortes starting at 6 p.m. tonight (Friday, Nov. 20) at the YWCA, 230 S. Madison St. “Empire of Dreams (1880-1942) is the topic, with one immigrant’s tale, and a look at how the Great Depression ended an era of relative prosperity and optimism. Tonight’s program, sponsored in conjunction with Casa Alba, is the fourth in this year’s “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” series organized by UW-Green Bay in conjunction with the American Library Association and a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. See site for more details.
Sarah Meredith Livingston, professor of Music, is currently in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, as an invited juror at the 50th anniversary edition of the International Czech Slovak Voice Competition taking place November 11-22. More than 75 singers entered the event, which is among the longest running voice competition sin the world. Well-known Czech/Slovak singers such as Gabrielle Benachkova, soprano, and Peter Dvorsky, tenor, are also members of the 11-member jury. Meredith Livingston is the only American judge; she brought the first American singers, UWGB students, to the competition in 1997.
Sarah Meredith Livingston, emailing us from Karlovy Vary, says she’s hoping to make it back stateside in time to participate in the panel discussion “Global Terrorism: The World after the Paris Attacks.” If she does, she’ll share reflections on the current feeling and reaction in Europe to the Paris attacks and how it has affected her visit. The program, featuring at least four faculty presenters addressing the topic from their particular area of expertise, begins at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 24) in Phoenix Room C of the University Union.
If you missed Nursing Prof. Susan Gallagher-Lepak’s Last Lecture this past Wednesday on the topic “E-Learning: The Train Has Left the Station,” you didn’t entirely miss the boat… er, train. A tape is online at this site.
Gary and Georgia Miller will be leading the pack — followed closely by the official UW-Green Bay float, dance team, spirit squad members and student athletes — at the head of Saturday’s annual Green Bay Holiday Parade downtown. The Millers were selected parade grand marshals in honor of the University’s 50th anniversary. If you can’t be there in person (c’mon, bundle up, we’ll see you there!), NBC-TV 26 will have live coverage starting at 10 a.m.
These days, university relations offices get many, many emails from ratings websites — some brand-new and some old and established (well, older than a few months, anyway) — congratulating us on our school’s selection to their exalted “best of…” ratings of one type or other. You take it with a grain of salt. This one stood out, however, because it has UW-Green Bay as No. 1 in Wisconsin, and it happens to be in an area where UWGB has long been a UW System pioneer and has both solid enrollment and an excellent reputation: online learning. So, without further adieu, check out the website OnlineColleges.net for their rating.