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Early October workshops at UW-Green Bay feature Coaching and “7 Habits”

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is offering two-day workshops in early October for small business owners, executive team members, and managers.

“Coaching for Performances” is the Monday through Tuesday, October 5-6 workshop instructed by Bob Pecor of Coaching Forward. The workshop equips supervisors to help their staff consistently meet or exceed expectations and to further focus on long range goals versus today’s firefight.

Franklin Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective Managers” is the following week Monday and Tuesday, October 12-13. Instructed by certified facilitator Kristin Odell, PHR, this workshop will equip managers with leadership skills in first managing themselves, then using effective communication, conflict resolution, and change management skills to let people manage themselves against shared expectations.

Workshops start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. at the Advance Business & Manufacturing Center at 2701 Larsen Road in Green Bay and includes lunch, and morning and afternoon refreshments. For more information such as registration deadlines and fees, and to register for the SBDC’s workforce development and certificate programs, go to SBDC “Upcoming Programs.” You can also email or call (920) 496-2117.



Phoenix Friday starts this week

At UW-Green Bay, every Friday is Phoenix Friday. UWGB students, faculty and staff are encouraged to show their Phoenix pride by wearing their school colors and logos.

Phoenix Friday is back at The Phoenix Bookstore with a new deal every Friday. This week (Sept. 4) it is 20% off all drinkware (water bottles, coffee mugs or shaker bottles, etc.).

On Phoenix Fridays, A’viands customers who wear UWGB gear get 10% off at all campus dining locations (offer excludes the Corner Store).

Don’t miss the Green Bay athletic teams in action. Most fall teams are on the road this Friday but men’s soccer has a home match Sunday at 1 p.m. vs. Western Illinois at Santaga Stadium. As an added bonus, in celebration of UW-Green Bay’s 50th Anniversary year, admission to all 2015 regular season soccer games is free, waiving the usual $7 entry cost. Go Green Bay!

UWGB gets ‘best bang for the buck’ mention in Washington Monthly

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay was recently ranked No. 19 in the “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges in the Midwest” category of the 2015 Washington Monthly College Rankings. The rankings were officially released Monday, August 24, 2015 and rates universities on students’ social mobility, civic engagement and research. Founded in 1969, Washington Monthly is a bimonthly nonprofit magazine covering politics, government, culture and the media. The chart that accompanies the guide depicts the schools in the Midwest are the best value based on “net” (not sticker) price, success of a school based on graduating the students admitted, and whether those students go on to earn at least enough to pay off their loans.

Pepsi awarded pouring rights contract

Pepsi Cola of Northeast Wisconsin has been awarded the pouring rights contract for the exclusive provision of soft-drink beverages at UW-Green Bay. This includes all manual and vending service outlets throughout campus. Pepsi has installed new vending machines promoting the various brands that Pepsi Cola of Northeast Wisconsin distributes as well as new fountain beverage units in the Marketplace and Garden Café. They have also provided a number of portable refrigeration units for University Dining Services, Shorewood Golf Course, and the Kress Events Center. This is a seven-year contract between Pepsi and UWGB that includes provisions for marketing and advertising rights with the Weidner Center, Shorewood Golf Course, and Green Bay Athletics. Please contact Rick Warpinski, Director – University Union, for all inquiries in regards to this agreement (920 465-2090).

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Exclusions — There are two locations on campus where A’viands, our contracted University Dining Services provider, can provide and sell alternative products to the Pepsi beverage offerings. The Corner Store on the second floor of the Union and the Garden Café on the first floor of the library will have limited space for non-Pepsi products.

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Farewell, and a thank-you, to Konop — The pouring rights contract with Pepsi means for the first time in 40 plus years the Konop Companies of Green Bay will not be providing service and support to the University community. On behalf of UWGB, Warpinski writes, “Many thanks goes out to the Konop Companies, their staff, and the Konop family for their excellent support of UW-Green Bay and service through their manual, snack, and beverage vending services.”

UW-Green Bay alumnus Diboll gets CBS Sunday Morning shout-out

Roving reporter Steve Hartman is famous in the industry for his human-interest feature stories for CBS News and the “Sunday Morning” show. This week, he stayed home, at his New York country property, to talk about his “addiction” to weeding. He blames (or credits) UWGB grad Neil Diboll ’78, the founder of Prairie Nursery in central Wisconsin, who got him hooked on prairie gardens. Interviewed for the piece, Diboll offers some good quotes on the zen of prairie weeding. Here’s a link to the CBS story.

Fall Convocation 2015: The day in photos

The annual Fall Convocation for UW-Green Bay faculty and staff started with a first — for the first time in the event’s nearly 50-year history, a fire alarm sent people scurrying out of the University Union — and, actually, the chance to enjoy some fresh air and mingle with colleagues at the outset might have helped. Once the formal festivities commenced, long-time Convocation chroniclers say they’ve never seen so many standing ovations… for each of the Founders winners, for Rosenberg Professor Illene Cupit, for the trail-rescue people. Chancellor Gary L. Miller delivered mostly upbeat remarks, new employees were introduced in fine fashion, new emcee Steve Meyer (SOFAS X) enjoyed his role and rocked a green bow tie, and lunch was served on time. (The fire alarm? Believed to have been a work crew’s dust fouling up the sensors, elsewhere in the building.) A good time was had by all.

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Trail-rescue trio gets big ovation

life-savers-postFacilities Management employees Nathan Rusch and Lyle Uitenbroek were joined on stage by student worker Samantha Braaten at the University Union’s Phoenix Room during the annual faculty-staff Convocation on Aug. 26.

The three were invited forward by UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller to receive certificates of appreciation for their response to a potentially life-threatening accident earlier this month. They also received a standing ovation.

Braaten and a fourth staff member were on routine duty Aug. 18, clearing storm debris from one of the Arboretum trails. A good-sized tree had fallen, blocking the path and creating a hazard.

The tree shifted, pinning Braaten’s partner. It stretched across his neck and upper body, making it difficult for him to breathe. Braaten reacted immediately and, summoning her strength and using branches as levers, she managed to keep the full weight off of the victim. She also dialed for help.

Rusch and Uitenbroek were first to arrive. They found a chain saw and began cutting away sections while continuing to protect their pinned colleage.

By the time Public Safety and Green Bay Fire and Rescue arrived, the victim had been freed and was breathing normally, although experiencing pain. He was transported and released later that day.

The certificates read:

“In appreciation and recognition of heroic actions and outstanding performance on August 18th, 2015”…   awarded this day… signed, Gary L. Miller, Chancellor.

Cupit earns Rosenberg Professorship


Prof. Illene Cupit of the Human Development academic unit has been selected to hold the Rosenberg Professorship at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for a five-year term through 2020. The honor was announced at the University’s annual convocation of faculty and staff on Aug. 26.

Chancellor Gary L. Miller presented Cupit with a ceremonial medallion. Cupit received a standing ovation from members of the University community in attendance at the event in the Phoenix Room of the University Union.

The award citation described Cupit as a prolific scholar, extraordinary instructor and nationally prominent leader in the study of death and bereavement.

“Her work with Camp Lloyd, the annual weeklong summer camp on the UWGB campus — the camp she founded to let children coping with loss know they are never alone,” the citation read, “has changed the lives of countless young people, and provided countless UW-Green Bay students rich and meaningful experience as mentors and para-professionals.”

Cupit is a specialist in cognitive development, infancy and early childhood, and death, dying and grieving. She organized the first Camp Lloyd in 2006 and named it for a family member who had to deal with the death of his father at a very young age. She envisioned the experience as a typical, fun summer camp, but one that provides a place for participating children to discover that there are other kids like them, and to learn that grieving is natural.

Cupit holds a Ph.D. from Temple University. She joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1984.

The Ben J. and Joyce Rosenberg Professorship was established in 1985. Ben and Joyce Rosenberg were long-time residents of Green Bay and supported UW-Green Bay from its inception. Their children, Gary Rosenberg and Barbara Rosenberg Shure, provided the funding for the memorial. The Rosenberg Professorship is open to tenured faculty members from all academic fields and recognizes a professor who has demonstrated a productive commitment to scholarship and whose work exemplifies the spirit and mission of UW-Green Bay.

In assuming the formal title of Ben J. and Joyce Rosenberg Professor, Cupit succeeds Prof. Regan A.R Gurung of Human Development and becomes the seventh UW-Green Bay faculty member to hold the appointment. Others were Lynn Walter, David Damkoehler, Craig Lockard, Harvey Kaye and Timothy Meyer.

Named professorships are created through private gifts that support the study and research of a faculty member who has an outstanding record of scholarly accomplishment. The annual stipend associated with this particular professorship is for five years, but the recipient retains the title for life. Stipends are typically applied to research expenses or special projects benefitting students or service to the community.

The Rosenberg Professorship is one of seven named professorships at UW-Green Bay.

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.


UW-Green Bay named ‘best bang for the buck’ in Washington Monthly

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay was recently ranked No. 19 in the “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges in the Midwest” category of the 2015 Washington Monthly College Rankings. The rankings were officially released Monday, August 24, 2015 and rates universities on students’ social mobility, civic engagement and research. Founded in 1969, Washington Monthly is a bimonthly nonprofit magazine covering politics, government, culture and the media. The chart that accompanies the guide depicts those schools in the Midwest that are the best value based on “net” (not sticker) price, success of a school based on graduating the students admitted, and whether those students go on to earn at least enough to pay off their loans.