Category: Faculty/Staff

Notable happenings with UWGB Faculty and Staff

All staff alumni team wins UWGB Convocation Open

convocation-open-postThe report is that no wildlife and very little turf was damaged in the fourth annual UWGB Convocation Open held Thursday (August 27) at Shorewood Golf Course. Although participation in this particular outing featured all winners, you may recognize the all University staff alumni team that took first place honors with a score of 32 (three under par) — from left to right, Kelly Franz, Zeke Backes, Pat Przybelski and Chuck Wiseman. Of the 40 or so participants, there was a nice mix of faculty, staff, retirees and friends of the University. Play commenced with Chancellor Gary Miller hitting the ceremonial first ball — and a heck of a drive it was — with nearly all teams using it for their first stroke. Chancellor Miller stayed to play and greet the golfers in the quick nine-hole best ball outing. A few members of the campus community joined the golfers for a post-play social.

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UW-Green Bay honors top faculty, staff with 2015 Founders Awards

founders-award-winners-postThe University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has recognized its top faculty and staff members with 2015 Founders Awards for Excellence. The award winners, honored at the annual UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff Convocation Wednesday morning, Aug. 26, are:

Teaching — Associate Prof. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges
Scholarship — Prof. Matt Dornbush
Community Outreach — Prof. John Luczaj
Institutional Development — Associate Prof. Denise Bartell
Academic Support — Mike Kline
Classified Staff — Amanda Wildenberg
Collaborative Achievement — The Digital and Public Humanities Project

Posing in the photo, above, standing from left are Wilson-Doenges, Luczaj, Dornbush and Bartell. Seated are Wildenberg and faculty members representing the Digital Humanities Project, Associate Profs. Chuck Rybak and Caroline Boswell. Not pictured: Mike Kline.

The awards were presented before an audience of more than 400 in the Phoenix Room of the University Union. Made possible by private philanthropic support, the awards program has been an annual fixture at UW-Green Bay since 1975. Honorees are selected by a campuswide committee from among nominations submitted by faculty, staff and others.

Wilson-Doenges, the recipient of the Founder’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, is an associate professor of Human Development and a specialist in environmental psychology and best practices in neighborhood planning and urban design. The award citation credited her with effectively connecting with students, regardless of major, in courses both online and in-person, and bringing energy not only to her classroom but to her work with students on internships, independent studies, and honors projects. One nominator said her enthusiasm for her subject has the ability to make even the statistical concept of standard deviation “riveting.” Wilson-Doenges joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1995 after earning her Ph.D. from the University of California-Irvine.

Dornbush, recipient of the award for scholarship, was recognized for his work as a professor of biology with the Natural and Applied Sciences academic unit. He has made a priority of involving both graduate and undergraduate students in his research projects where possible, and has been successful in winning outside grants to support that research. His primary interests involve the role of native plant restorations in improving ecosystems, including the potential use of native tallgrass for bio-energy purposes, and the restoration of wild rice, bulrush and wild celery stands in the lower bay. Dornbush joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 2005 after earning his doctoral degree in ecology at Iowa State University. He recently joined the academic affairs administrative team at UW-Green Bay as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Professional Development and Grants, and Director of Graduate Studies.

The award citation for Geoscience professor Luczaj, a member of the Natural and Applied Sciences faculty, called the Founders Award for Excellence in Community Outreach a perfect fit for a faculty member who is “an asset to UWGB as a researcher, instructor and community ambassador in the field of geology.” An authority on the geology and bedrock of Northeastern Wisconsin and related groundwater issues, Luczaj has provided guidance to technical groups on vital groundwater issues and advised varied stakeholders on aquifer protection strategies. In addition to working with UWGB students, he has connected with the community through geoscience presentations to family and K-12 groups as well as to UWGB Learning in Retirement audiences. He holds a Ph.D. in geology from Johns Hopkins and joined the Green Bay faculty in 2005.

Bartell, honored in the category of Institutional Development, was recognized for her efforts in ensuring the success of new and continuing students and the larger University. Bartell is an associate professor of psychology in the Human Development academic unit. In recent years she has assumed leadership in campuswide efforts to improve student retention and graduation rates, particularly for first-generation students and those who are from under-represented groups or who face special challenges. She is founder and program director for the Phoenix GPS Program, which has identified “high-impact” practices to help students thrive. (The practices include encouraging greater campus involvement, mentoring, effective study skills and active/engaged learning experiences for newcomers.) Bartell joined UW-Green Bay in 2002 after earning her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas.

Kline received the Founders Award for Excellence in Academic Support in recognition of his success in fostering, according to the award citation, “a department culture where academic success, not just completion, is an uncompromising priority.” Kline works in Phoenix Athletics administration as assistant AD of Compliance and Student Welfare. A 1988 graduate of UW-Green Bay, he landed the position of Phoenix cross-country coach while still a student-athlete in 1987. In 1999 he accepted additional duties as academics coordinator for all Phoenix teams. In the years since, the program has posted at least 31 consecutive semesters of cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or better, had a series of all-league and even all-America academic honorees, and had individual teams rank among the best in America in terms of academic performance. Nominators described Kline as “dedicated” “tireless” and “passionate” about encouraging academic and career success.

Wildenberg, recipient of the Founder’s Award for University Staff , is a university services associate in the Dean of Students Office. Nominators praised her customer-service orientation, good humor and cool under pressure in interacting with a clientele as varied and diverse as the University itself — students, parents, faculty, staff, senior administrators and others. She takes a lead role in coordinating a major, Universitywide program that serves almost a thousand new students and their families annually. The award citation also mentioned her technological skills, involvement in staff governance and efforts to “make UW-Green Bay a better place to work.” Wildenberg, who earned her bachelor’s at UW-Milwaukee, joined the UW-Green Bay staff in 2008.

The Digital and Public Humanities Project, led by Associate Profs. Chuck Rybak and Caroline Boswell of the Humanistic Studies faculty, earned the Founders Award in the category of Collaborative Achievement. The project, which began with creation of a “digital commons” at UW-Green Bay, relies on modern technology to greatly expand opportunity for sharing the humanities — ancient and modern languages, literature, philosophy, religion, history and the visual and performing arts — rather than distract from, or diminish interest, as some might expect in what is often characterized as an age of shortened attention spans. One nominator wrote of Rybak and Boswell, “by bringing students into this field (they have) opened new doors that will lead not only to new employment opportunities, but new ways to engage in lifelong interdisciplinary learning.” The project is credited with helping students avail themselves of new digital technologies, advance their skill sets and also make the field more accessible to the public at large. Boswell, a historian, joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 2008 after earning her Ph.D. at Brown University. Rybak, a professor of English and creative writing, is a widely published poet who received his Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati.

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Stacie Christian is campus honoree for UW System LGTQ award


The UW System has announced the 2015 recipients of the Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ People. Honored at UW-Green Bay is Stacie Christian, campus coordinator for Inclusive Excellence and the Pride Center. Recipients will be formally recognized on Oct. 9 in Madison at an awards ceremony and luncheon. For the complete list of honorees.

Juliet Cole is UWGB award winner for Outstanding Women of Color

The UW System has announced the 17 recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award, an annual honor given to faculty, staff, students, or community members to recognize their contributions to diversity and the status of women within the UW System. At UW-Green Bay, the individual to be honored at the joint award program Oct. 9 in Madison is Juliet Cole, longtime staff member and associate director of the former Institute for Learning Partnership. For more information about the awards and past recipients.

Search begins for Advancement/Foundation position

Monday, Aug 31, is the priority deadline for applications to become the University’s Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, which carries dual appointment as President of the UW-Green Bay Foundation, Inc. The search and screen committee is co-chaired by Sheryl Van Gruensven, interim vice chancellor for business and finance, and Tim Weyenberg, the Cofrin School of Business executive in residence. The committee is seeking candidates to succeed Jeanne Stangel, who left the University in July. For the full posting, see HR online.

Faculty note: Christine Smith


Associate Prof. of Psychology Christine Smith of the Human Development and Women’s and Gender Studies programs is co-author of a book chapter titled “Medicalizing women’s weight: Bariatric surgery and weight-loss drugs” with Julie Konik, Ph.D., of University of Wisconsin College-Sheboygan. The chapter is published in the book The Wrong Prescription for Women: How Medicine and Media Create a ‘Need’ for Treatment, Drugs, and Surgery.

Faculty note: 
Heidi Sherman

Heidi Sherman of Humanistic Studies has published “The Tooth Blades of Medieval Novgorod,” in K. Grömer and F. Pritchard (eds.) 2015: Aspects of the Design, Production and Use of Textiles and Clothing from the Bronze Age to the Early Modern Era. She presented her research The North European Symposium for Archaeological Textiles in May 2014 in Hallstatt, Austria, and the Archaeolingua Main Series 33. Budapest 2015.

Faculty note: Busy stretch for Kaye


UW-Green Bay Prof. of Democracy and Justice Studies Harvey J. Kaye has been busy lately, with online essays and a series of broadcast interviews, including:
A piece in honor of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II
A Lesson in American History with Professor Harvey J. Kaye on KKRN radio

Last chance for final digs… er, best wishes… on Franz retirement

Stop in at the Office of Business and Finance yet this afternoon (Thursday) and you’ll find two things: 1) Kelly Franz, the retiring vice chancellor, is taking the afternoon off, presumably to rest up for a final, grueling day of work Friday; and 2) those display boards inviting your humorous and/or heartfelt comments relating to historic photos of Kelly down through the years are out and available in the conference room if you haven’t yet signed them. Stop in any time today or Friday. (P.S. — One of Kelly’s office mates observes that Vice Chancellor Franz, at his farewell gathering Tuesday at Shorewood, was presented with a framed, official state commendation on three decades of service as issued by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker… and the governor’s sharp drop in at least one key presidential poll in the days since is probably just coincidence. Yes, coincidence.)

Faculty note: Gurung in Ontario for ‘Education/Cognition’ symposium

Pscyhology Prof. Regan A.R. Gurung of Human Development was scheduled to be in Hamilton, Ontario today (Thursday, Aug. 13) for McMaster University’s “Symposium on Education and Cognition.” He is to be this evening’s featured speaker in a presentation titled “And the twain will meet: Combining cognitive science, teaching and learning,” to be followed by a panel discussion.