If this is October, the annual benefits-enrollment period must be right around the corner (starting Monday, the 5th). The Office of Human Resources has announced the date, time and place for the 2015 Employee Benefits and Wellness Fair: from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 7) in the University Union’s Phoenix Room. Check out the System’s changes-for-next-year info in advance and bring your questions.
On a recent visit to UW-Green Bay, the president of the University of Wisconsin System, Ray Cross, sat down with WLUK-TV investigative reporter Robert Hornacek for a half-hour interview broadcast on the “CW 14 Focus” public affairs program. Cross talks about the recent state budget cuts, his views on tenure, perceptions of UW System “ivory tower arrogance”… and also 300-bushel-an-acre corn yields, spittle beetles, calls for merger of UW Colleges and the state tech schools, and more. Interesting conversation.
Historian David Voelker, associate professor of Humanistic Studies, recently delivered an invited lecture titled “‘To Begin the World Over Again': Thomas Paine and the American Founding” for Grove City College’s American Founders Luncheon Series Lectures in downtown Pittsburgh. The talk focused on what Voelker calls Paine’s “civil religion of reason.” He also reflected on how Paine might respond to our 21st-century challenges, noting: “I think that if Paine were to visit us today, he would ask us questions about where power has accumulated in our society and how that has affected the prospects of equal opportunities for all. Paine believed that the earth was an inheritance equally of all people, present and future, so I imagine that he would also ask difficult questions about how we are stewarding this marvelous gift.” Voelker also gave a “shout out” to colleague Harvey Kaye, whose 2005 book, Thomas Paine and the Promise of America, informs his thinking about Paine’s legacy.
Another fan of Thomas Paine is Richard Brookhiser, historian, author and nationally known conservative intellectual, who’ll be on campus for a Historical Perspectives Lecture Series appearance at 7 p.m. next Tuesday (Oct. 6) in the University Union. His campus host, Prof. Harvey Kaye of Democracy and Justice Studies, is promoting the lecture. He offers a sneak preview of Brookhiser’s talk on Lincoln and the Founders by sharing a link to his own Daily Beast review of the author’s recent book, Founders’ Son: A Life of Lincoln.
The research of political scientist Aaron Weinschenk, assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, is cited in a Governing magazine article on upcoming mayoral elections nationwide, the fact Democrats continue to dominate big-city races, and the relatively high degree of voter apathy. On this latter topic, the mention of Weinschenk (and UWGB) is near the end of the piece.
Nearly $600,000 is being awarded to police and sheriff’s departments in communities across Northeast Wisconsin to fund extra patrols targeting drunk drivers. Recipients of $10,000 grants as part of the initiative were the campus police force divisions at UW-Green Bay and UW-Oshkosh. WBAY-TV 2 carried a news feature earlier this week about the effort.
On Thursday and Friday, Sept. 24 and 25, seven UW-Green Bay faculty members traveled to Madison to attend “Connecting Your Work to LEAP Wisconsin: A Faculty Collaboratives Conference.”
Organized by the UW System and AACU — the national Association of American Colleges and Universities — the conference focused on strategies for providing he highest quality learning experiences for students, connecting essential learning outcomes to institutional disciplines, and assessing student learning.
The nationwide LEAP initiative (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) seeks to advance liberal learning and high-quality undergraduate education for all students. Wisconsin and the UW System were pilot partners when the campaign launched in 2005. Workshops at the recent Madison conference included Advocacy, Signature Work, Tuning, Providing Evidence of Student Learning, Curriculum Mapping for General Education, and Value Rubrics.
The UW-Green Bay participants (from left, photo below) were JP Leary, assistant professor, First Nations Studies; Jennifer Ham, associate professor, Humanistic Studies; Heidi Fencl, professor and chair, Physics; Alison Gates, associate professor and chair, Art; Doreen Higgins, associate professor, Social Work; Kate Burns, associateprofessor and chair, Psychology and Human Development; and Matt Dornbush, associate vice provost for academic affairs and director of graduate Studies.
It’s an assignment that teaches a lesson in relationship between harmonious and congruous visual elements. And the pleasurable patterns are fun and aesthetically appealing to those who walk the Student Services plaza each day. Prof. Alison Stehlik’s Design Methods class took chalk to the plaza this week. The assignment: “As a group, collect some examples of interesting wallpaper or some other sort of repeating visual pattern. As a group, discuss the visual characteristics of each selected pattern. In particular discuss the associations, stereotypes, and experiences that you have with them. Choose one pattern to use as a reference for a large-scale drawing to be reproduced in the student union plaza. Utilize an analogous color scheme, and a perimeter design that contrasts from your associations and visual expectations of the design/pattern. As a group problem solve to determine the best way to enlarge and transfer the drawing onto the concrete in the plaza. Your group’s site must be agreed upon before you begin; it must be at least 15 ft. from any entrance, it must be on gray/white cement pads not the decorative terra cotta slabs. Your design must anchor to some architectural element within the space.”
Social media specialist Jena Richter captured the artists in progress. Take a walk and see it for yourself before rain, dew or frost washes it away.
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It started with a small group of high school psychology and college teachers getting together to discuss professional development opportunities. It has turned into something “EPIC.”
On Saturday, October 10, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Psychology faculty will host more than 40 educators from the Midwest, for the 2015 Excellence in Psychology Instruction Conference (EPIC).
Topics and breakout sessions include Understanding the Brain, Innovative Uses of Teaching Technology, Integrating Research into Your Classroom, and more. A full agenda can be found here.
UW-Green Bay Psychology Prof. Regan A. R. Gurung, past recipient of the Wisconsin Professor of the Year Award from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, will present the keynote, “Cultivating Learning: Capitalizing on the Science of Learning.”
“A small group of psychology teachers from around Northeastern Wisconsin have been working on bringing all the great psychology teachers from the region together for a day of sharing ideas, techniques, content, and more,” said Prof. Ryan Martin, Chair of UWGB’s Psychology program. “There are so many great psychology teachers throughout the area but we rarely get to talk to one another. We’re hoping this conference will help us forge these new relationships and this becomes a consortium of teachers who continue to work together, share ideas, and provide students with many opportunities.”
Serving on the planning committee: Gurung, Martin and Prof. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges from UWGB; Jeff Gumz, Green Bay West; Chris Hamp, West DePere and Amy Ramponi, Kimberly school districts.
The fee is only $20 and includes lunch. For more information or to register.
Staff member Dan Moore of UW-Green Bay caught these images of the full lunar eclipse Sunday night, Sept. 27. In full eclipse, the moon appears coppery red even when passing through the earth’s shadow because of diffused light bouncing off this planet’s atmosphere. Sky watchers were especially excited because the eclipse occurred during a full moon period in which the moon’s orbit was at its closest to earth, making it appear larger. Moore, an art photographer, is a web marketing and data specialist with the UW-Green Bay Office of Outreach and Adult Access.