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Brass, Hand Drumming ensembles share concert Nov. 24

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.

Brass, Hand Drumming ensembles share concert Nov. 24

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music program brings the fall semester to a close with an eclectic concert offering music from classical brass to African-inspired percussion as 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 on the UW-Green Bay campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

The student brass ensemble performs under the direction of Associate Prof. Adam Gaines, the trumpet and jazz studies director for the UW-Green Bay Music program. Prof. Cheryl Grosso, a percussion and world music specialist, directs the student drum ensemble.

The Phoenix Brass Ensemble will open the program with Daniel Hodgson’s “Three Marches of the American Revolutionary Days” featuring the General Green March, Banks of the Swale, and Shellpott Hill. Next up is “Divertimento for Brass and Percussion” by Karel Husa. The group will also perform “Pange Lingua” by Anton Bruckner, “Fanfare & Chorus,” by Dietrich Buxtehude, “Introduction and Allegro” by Robert Beadell, “March of a Marionette” by Charles Gounod, and “Satin Doll,” by Duke Ellington.

After a brief intermission, the UW-Green Bay Hand Drumming Ensemble will begin with “Rock Etude 16,” by Bill Douglas, followed by selections from Prof. Grosso’s Rhythm Chant series. Compositions featured will by “Rhythm Chant C&Rm,” Rhythm Chant MM,” “Rhythm Chant 14,” and “Rhythm Chant GG,” along with the composition “Rhythm Chant Finito,” arranged by members of the student ensemble.

UW-Green Bay is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. For more information.

“Extra Blended” Project Management program renewed for 2016

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced their renewal of their certificate in project management program, which they term virtual or “extra blended,” without a fee increase. The program allows students to choose their instructor.

According to lead instructor of the Certificate in Project Management Program, Kay Wais, PMP, MPM, “Many students in this [certificate in project management] program are working toward a PMP certification, though many are looking to hone their project management skills for themselves and their employers. This program adapts to their specific needs. Health care organizations, insurance companies, and manufacturers are the latest in truly seeing the value of project management skills.” The program’s flexibility is proven in its optional use of webcams and screen sharing technologies to help in the student sessions. Students can gain experience managing virtual teams with the real-time communication technology that project managers use today.

The Certificate in Project Management Program has flexible content options for learning the fundamentals, for preparing for the PMP® (Project Management Professional) exam, and for project management specialty areas and industries. Students have the option to work with their instructor, chosen by them, to help build their personal project portfolio to demonstrate professional project plans, including in interview situations. Students work at their own pace and the Certificate is earned after holding six sessions with their instructor and completing 56 learning hours of activities.

To register or obtain additional information on the Certificate in Project Management program, visit  “Upcoming Programs” or contact (920) 496-2117 or email.

Saturday arrest involved suspect wanted on misdemeanor charges

UW-Green Bay Police took a male suspect into custody at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 14) on campus, successfully concluding an episode that brought several city squad cars to campus.

The incident started at 5:23 a.m. at a city of Green Bay residence with allegations of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and damage to property made by the man’s former girlfriend. With information on the suspect and his vehicle, on three separate occasions Ashwaubenon and Green Bay police attempted to stop the man’s car to question him, but he fled. After pursuits in which the suspect increased his speed and drove erratically whenever squads drew near, those units called off the chases because the charges were misdemeanors, the suspect was known by law enforcement, and it was believed he could be safely apprehended later.

The suspect, a 47-year-old local resident with no apparent ties to the University, drove onto the UW-Green Bay campus during the late afternoon and was spotted by campus police. He departed campus property but returned later, eventually abandoning the car in the vicinity of the housing complex when it ran out of gas. The suspect vehicle was towed, and Green Bay Police squads joined UWGB Police in seeking the suspect when he then fled on foot. He was apprehended later without incident and found in possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was booked into the Brown County Jail on the disorderly and damage charges and felony fleeing an officer.

No Campus Notification was issued — During Saturday’s incident, UW-Green Bay Public Safety officials made the determination not to issue an all-campus alert. At no time was it believed the campus community was in danger, based on officers’ knowledge of the suspect, likely misdemeanor charges and the fact other jurisdictions had suspended their pursuits. Anyone with questions about Campus Notifications is invited to visit the webpage and to sign up for GB Alert.

Brown County Bomb Squad to hold training here — UW-Green Bay Public Safety advises members of the campus community that if they see the Brown County Bomb Squad on campus this afternoon (Monday, Nov. 16), the visit is for training purposes only. The team will take advantage of the Weidner Center’s need to dispose of a relatively small amount of old, unused pyrotechnic material by using the call as a training exercise.


Jazz ensembles celebrate UW-Green Bay’s 50th with ‘That ‘60s Show’

jazz-poster-webThe University of Wisconsin Green Bay Music program pays tribute to the school’s 50th anniversary with instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles combining in concert to present “That ‘60s Show,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 14) in the University Theatre, located in Theatre Hall on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Performing will be three student ensembles:  Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Ensemble II, and the Vocal Jazz Ensembles, all under the direction of Associate Profs. of Music John Salerno and Adam Gaines.

Admission is $10 for the general public, $5 for seniors and free for students of all ages. Tickets may be purchased at the door on the night of the performance.

Gaines’s Jazz Ensemble II will open the concert with a heavy dose of the Beatles — jazz arrangements of the classic Lennon and McCartney tunes “Michelle,” “And I Love Her” and “Norwegian Wood” — along with a swingin’ version of the Bobby Troup hit “Route 66” and a performance of the classic American blues tune “House of the Rising Sun,” made famous in the 1964 hit by the British rock group The Animals.

Following intermission, the 10-member Vocal Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Salerno, will perform vintage 1960s jazz-tinged selections, as announced from the stage. The vocal jazz set will be followed by Salerno’s top instrumental group, Jazz Ensemble I, who will close the concert with selections to be announced from stage.


Bittersweet Winds exhibit returns to UW-Green Bay campus

The Intertribal Student Council once again brings the education-focused collection “Bittersweet Winds” to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The nationally touring exhibit challenges the history of ‘Indian’ representations in mass media and popular culture.

The Bittersweet Winds exhibit will be on display from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, November 16-18, in Alumni Rooms A and B on the main level of the University Union, on campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Scheduled at various times during the exhibit’s stay at UW-Green Bay are opportunities for guided tours, video presentations, a faculty panel, and student and teacher discussion sessions. Attendees are also able to take in the exhibit on their own to see the historical and present-day representation of Native American populations.

Educator and activist Richie Plass, has been a prominent spokesperson over the last decade as Wisconsin policymakers and others have taken up the issue of American Indian cultural history and the use of race-based mascots. Creator and curator of the traveling exhibit, Plass (Menominee/Stockbridge-Munsee) says the project started as his way to inform the public about mascots and logos which depict Native Americans in erroneous ways.

The Bittersweet Winds exhibit includes both historic and present-day examples of outright stereotyping displayed alongside more accurate portrayals of Native American people and culture.

For more information, contact Crystal Lepscier, an adviser in UW-Green Bay’s American Intercultural Center.



A call for MLK Day essay entries from K-12 students

The 21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration Committee invites submissions to its annual poster, essay, poetry competition. The contest is open to all students enrolled in a Brown County institution of higher education, as well as all school-age children (K-12) living or attending school in Brown County. Entries must reflect the Celebration’s theme, which is “My Dream for My Community.” The first place prize is an iPad mini. The event will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Student Center of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. The event is free and open to the public. Winning and receiving the award are contingent on attending the event. Entry forms and submission instructions are available online. Please email Jolanda Sallmann or call 920-465-2029 with any questions.

Letters sent to students at UW-Madison

The defacing of a publicity poster for a theater production at UW-Madison — with the faces of Asian actors colored in marker — prompted a letter from school officials, urging students to watch for and confront racial insensitivity. Another letter, this time from the UW School of Nursing dean, involved the words “white is also a color” scribbled on a poster about awards to outstanding women of color. See coverage.

UW-Green Bay selects experienced Cavanaugh as Advancement leader

Lance-Cavanaugh-webJ. Lance Cavanaugh, vice president for development for the University of Arizona Foundation, will join the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and President of the UW-Green Bay Foundation, Inc.

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller announced the appointment Thursday (Nov. 12). Cavanaugh will begin his new duties Jan. 1, 2016.

“It is incredibly exciting to have someone of Lance’s experience and achievement join our leadership team,” Miller said. “We welcome him and his wife, Kathryn, and their family back to Wisconsin.”

Cavanaugh has more than three decades of leadership experience in fundraising and institutional advancement at major public universities including the University of Arizona, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Iowa State University, Wright State University, the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and the University of Nevada. He gained private college advancement experience at Beloit College in Wisconsin and Monmouth (Ill.) College.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity at UWGB and moving to Green Bay,” Cavanaugh said. “I look forward to being active in the community and meeting many alumni and other supporters of the university.”

“Public universities,” he continued, “are relying more on private philanthropic support from alumni, friends in the community, companies and foundations. To continue the progress and growth of UW-Green Bay, we need to build relationships with more individuals and organizations. We need to increase giving in support of student scholarships, faculty development, academic programs, facility improvements, the arts including the Weidner Center, and Green Bay Phoenix athletics.”

As Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, Cavanaugh will report directly to the chancellor as a member of his cabinet. He will be charged with leading and managing UW-Green Bay’s comprehensive advancement program in donor cultivation and stewardship, alumni relations, and fundraising by way of major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, and corporate and foundation relations.

The Vice Chancellor also serves as President and ex-officio member of the UW-Green Bay Foundation board of directors, and as chief operating officer of the private, non-profit foundation.

During his career, Cavanaugh has helped hundreds of individuals make major gifts, leadership annual gifts, and planned gifts including charitable trusts and bequests. He has secured several seven-figure gifts and an eight-figure gift of more than $10 million. The largest philanthropic contribution he personally secured from a corporate foundation was $2.2 million.

Since joining the University of Arizona Foundation in 2009, Cavanaugh has managed and coached 14 development officers, including five regional officers who personally meet with alumni and friends nationwide. He worked with colleagues to plan and launch Arizona NOW, a $1.5 billion comprehensive capital campaign.

Miller expects Cavanaugh’s broad range of experience to yield dividends in extending the effectiveness and reach of UW-Green Bay’s friend- and fund-raising programs.

“He was the one candidate with significant experience in working with a foundation, donor stewardship, alumni relations, major gifts, planned giving, coordinating with athletics, the arts and other program-based fundraisers … all of the varied functions he will be responsible for here at UW-Green Bay,” Miller noted. “Lance is going to be a tremendous asset as we seek to strategically grow this University in terms of enrollment, programming and community engagement.”

The national search and screen that resulted in Cavanaugh’s selection was headed by Foth Companies Chairman of the Board Tim Weyenberg, who is executive-in-residence for UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business.

Cavanaugh earned his B.A. degree in media arts from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minn., in 1979. He worked as a TV news reporter and producer in Duluth before entering institutional advancement at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. Within five years he was back in the Twin Ports area as director of development for UM-Duluth.

Later, Cavanaugh held high-profile positions with the Iowa State University Foundation, as executive director of development for the College of Engineering; the University of Wisconsin Foundation, as senior director of development for the UW-Madison College of Engineering; and Monmouth College, as vice president for development and college relations.

“Moving to Green Bay has very special meaning for me,” Cavanaugh said. “Green Bay is a beautiful area and UWGB is an impressive university with great potential for the future. I grew up in Wisconsin during the Lombardi-era glory years of the Green Bay Packers. I have always been a devoted fan of the Packers, so I’m very happy that I will be living and working in Green Bay.”