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Resolving organizational conflict, hiring wisely featured in November UW-Green Bay workshops

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is offering workshops in November for small business owners as well as executive team members and supervisors in any organization.

“Resolve Organizational Conflict” on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 3 and 4, is instructed by professional mediator Cheryl Stinski. In this two-day workshop participants will learn perceptions created by and emotions heightened by conflict, active listening, and prioritizing steps to implement solutions.

“Hiring Wisely” on Tuesday, November 17, will teach participants how to define job description needs and expectations, how to recruit, how to comply with employment laws, and the importance of meaningful background checks. The workshop will be led by Jana Stadtmueller, human resources consultant for small and mid-size organizations in Northeast Wisconsin, who has hiring experience in several different industries. Bill Wons of Wons Background Investigations will also be featured.

Both workshops earn credit toward a certificate in Supervisory Leadership.

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


Sounds of ‘6:30 Thursdays’ concert series feature Sylvia Hong and Michael Rector

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay continues its “music from every angle” 6:30 Thursdays experience with a two-piano duo/ husband and wife team, Sylvia Hong and Michael Rector. They will be presenting “The Music Trance” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 15 in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at UW-Green Bay.

Hong and Rector are prize winners of the Ellis Duo Piano Competition and have concertized extensively in both the U.S. and abroad. Hong is Artist-in-Residence at Belhaven University; Rector is an assistant professor of music at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

In a program that illuminates the power of harmony and repetition to create intense musical effects, Hong and Rector will perform pieces by a stylistically diverse group of composers. Expression ranges from romantic yearning in Schubert’s Fantasy, to the architectonic force of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, and the developing ecstasy of John Adams’s Hallelujah Junction. The couple is committed to making the language of classical music vivid for people of all ages and backgrounds.

The “6:30 Thursdays” concert series is designed to connect campus and community to music in meaningful ways. Composers, performers and arrangers perform their work, offer commentary and lead discussion about diverse musical styles and the fact there are often multiple, varied ways to approach any given piece of music.

The 2015-16 “6:30 Thursdays” series features a wide array of musical styles and guest artists, including jazz, classical, contemporary, and “third-stream” music blending jazz and classical. All 6:30 Thursday events in Fort Howard Hall are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Remaining 2015 concerts are:

November 5 — “Travelogue” Marimba/clarinet duo Transient Canvas
November 12 — “Piano Per Diem: 30 Piano Pieces in 30 Days” Pianists Holly Roadfeldt and Michael Rector perform compositions by Michelle McQuade Dewhirst
December 3 — “Dragons, Stones and Circuses” Compositions by David Colson to be performed by UW-Green Bay faculty and friends


“Last Lecture Series” continues with the ‘Importance of Theatre’

Prof. Jeff Entwistle is the second speaker in the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s “Last Lecture Series” line-up. The lecture will take place Wednesday, October 28 at 7 p.m. in the University Union’s Christie Theatre, at 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay. As part of the “Last Lecture Series,” presenters were asked to convey what lecture they would give, if it was to be their last. Each month, a UW-Green Bay faculty member will give a public presentation on a topic of his or her choice. All monthly lectures take place in the University Union’s Christie Theatre. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Entwistle has spent 31 years working with the Theatre and Dance programs at UW-Green Bay, and with many productions and performances in the Green Bay region as well. His presentation is entitled, “We All Need Theatre in Our Lives and in Our Future.”

Entwistle says inspiration for his speech will come from three major ideas — the emotional connection of theatre, the fact that in the theatre an audience can observe even the worst of human behavior without fear for their safety, and the probability of a serious decrease in human interaction as society moves ever deeper into the digital age.

“Many people avoid human contact, and facing a future that will probably be filled with a great deal of artificial intelligence and even more digital technology is going to make events that are built around human interaction incredibly important in order to sustain our human existence,” Entwistle says. “These three things rumbling around in my mind prompted me to put together this lecture. I feel very strongly about how important it is for humans to explore their emotional selves and to feel empathy for other humans and to interact with other humans… and one of the most painless and safest places to have that kind of human interaction and emotional experience whether serious or hilarious is in a theatre.”

Entwistle earned a bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Bridgewater State in Massachusetts and his MFA in Theatre Design at Michigan State. He was an assistant professor at Illinois State University and TD/Lighting Designer for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival beginning his 31 plus year journey at UWGB in 1984.

Entwistle says his advice to Theatre students, “No guts, no glory,” “Find something to laugh at everyday,” and “Do yourself a favor and go to the live theatre for your personal benefit.”

The following are the remaining Last Lectures:
Oct. 28 — Jeff Entwistle, Professor, Theatre and Dance, “We All Need Theatre in Our Lives and in Our Future”
Nov. 18 — Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Associate Professor, Nursing, “E-Learning: The Train has Left the Station”
Feb. 17 — Lucy Arendt, Associate Dean, College of Professional Studies, “Made to Serve: The Tragic Corruption of America’s Founding Values”
March 23 — Steve Meyer, Associate Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences, “Forget the Three T’s: Focus on the Six C’s”
April 13 — Phil Clampitt, Professor, Information and Computing Science, “The Magical Connection between Uncertainty, Innovation, and the Human Spirit.”


Author of ‘Dorito Effect’ leads World Food Day discussion at UW-Green Bay

world-food-poster-webThe University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is celebrating World Food Day by hosting an event on October 22 that highlights whole food choices and local farmers in the Green Bay area. All events scheduled throughout the day will take place in the Phoenix Rooms in the University Union on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

The keynote speaker for the event is Mark Schatzker who is nationally known for his book, The Dorito Effect. He will discuss the importance of moving from high-processed, chemically-enhanced, and mass-produced foods to consuming foods the way nature intended. His speech will be from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by locally-sourced desserts and refreshments. His talk concludes a full day of activities including:

Panel discussion — Beginning at 1 p.m., a panel of local farmers and restaurant owners will present their stories to UWGB students and faculty and community audience members
Food, Health, and Sustainability Expo — from 3 to 6 p.m.
Farm to table dinner — Beginning at 5 p.m., a free and healthy farm-to-table dinner will be prepared and served by the Dietetics Health and Fitness Club

Many UWGB student organizations are involved in planning, promoting, and creating this event including the Dietetics Health and Fitness Club, Sustainable Local Organic Food Alliance (SLO), the Public and Environmental Affairs Council (PEAC), Campus Kitchens, Healthy Fork, SGA Environmental Affairs, and Student Life. The event is one of many being held throughout the year celebrating UWGB’s 50th Anniversary.

All events are free to campus and community members. For more information about this event, visit the UWGB Food Day Celebration 2015 website or email Caela Stenski, President of the Dietetics Health and Fitness.


UW-Green Bay welcomes ‘amazing singers’ for International Vocal Competition, Oct. 9-11

vocal-competition-imageLovers of opera and classically trained vocal performance will have the opportunity to hear top young talent from across the nation and beyond when the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay hosts a prestigious international music competition Friday through Sunday, Oct. 9-11.

The International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition takes place in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, located on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay. Admission is free, and the public is welcome to attend at any point during the competition’s three rounds — opening, semifinal and final.

The 2015 edition of the every-other-year competition is the 13th since its inception in Montreal, Canada, in 1991. This is the first year Green Bay will host the finals, a change based in part on a history of success as a preliminary venue. UW-Green Bay has hosted opening rounds six straight times since 2003.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the finals to Green Bay. This competition has a great history, and our audiences have really enjoyed being able to hear amazing singers from around the world,” says UW-Green Bay Music Prof. Sarah Meredith Livingston, director, who with community patron Sharon Resch, producer, is organizing the weekend’s events.

The competition schedule (subject to change) is as follows:

• Friday, Oct. 9 — Preliminary Round 10 a.m. – noon
• Saturday, Oct. 10 — Semifinal sessions beginning at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
• Sunday, Oct. 11 — Finals, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (closing reception, 3 p.m.)

“This is a competition that showcases the beauty of the Czech-Slovak repertoire,” Meredith Livingston says. “It also provides a chance for promising young singers to further their careers, and it demonstrates to our local voice students what can be possible when talent, training and dedication come together.”

A total of 19 male and female vocalists have entered to take part in the Green Bay preliminary rounds. (Preliminaries will also take place in Montreal, earlier the same week, with contenders vying to advance to Green Bay for the semifinals.)

The list of entrants here includes vocalists from New Jersey, California, Ohio and Massachusetts as well as several each from Michigan and Illinois, and one from Kronberg, Germany. Competitors from Wisconsin are Sarah Butler, soprano, Milwaukee; Talia Nepper, lyric soprano, Franksville; Elena Stabile, soprano, Appleton; and Ian Toohill, tenor, Shorewood.

The winner of the International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition will receive $5,000 Canadian and be featured in recital at a later date at the U.S. Embassy in the Czech Republic. The event offers a total of seven cash awards including $2,500C for second place and $2,000C for third.

The first-place finisher in the 2013 competition, Ukrainian-born soprano and University of Michigan graduate Antonina Chekhosvkya, now tours professionally as an opera, symphony and solo recitalist. Within months of her 2007 title, Simone Osborne, now with the Vancouver and Canadian Opera companies, became one of the youngest winners (at age 21) of the famous New York Metropolitan Opera auditions. The 2003 top prize winner, Jan Martiník, is today a featured performer with the Berlin State Opera.

The distinguished panel of international jurors for the 2015 competition includes Alois Jezek, artistic director of the Dvorak International Voice Competition, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic; Ales Kanka, Prague Conservatory; Prof. Victor Yampolsky of Northwestern University; Maestro Gildo Dinunzio, assistant conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, New York; and Alain Nonat, artistic director of Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20,, Montreal, and the competition’s founder. Also serving as jurors will be UW-Green Bay’s Meredith, herself an accomplished vocalist and Fulbright honoree for her performance and academic work primarily in the Czech-Slovak repertoire, and Seong-Kyung Graham, music director and conductor for the Civic Symphony of Green Bay.

Singers will be accompanied, for the seventh consecutive time at the Green Bay site, by pianist Tim Cheek, a professor, Czech diction specialist and vocal coach at the University of Michigan.

Nonat and others created the Montreal competition in 1991 to commemorate the 150th celebration of renowned composer Antonin Dvorak’s birth. Today, the event continues to promote the Czech and Slovak vocal repertoire for young singers, while fostering exchanges of young musicians and specialists between North America and the Czech Republic, as well as Slovakia.

It is expected that Bořek Lizec, counsel general of the Czech Republic in Chicago, will be on hand for the presentation of awards at the reception following the Oct. 11 finals.

The final round begins at 10 a.m. in the Weidner’s Fort Howard Hall, only a few hours ahead of that day’s noon kickoff across town at Lambeau Field, where the Green Bay Packers will host NFL rival the St. Louis Rams.

“People everywhere know about Green Bay and world championship performances in football,” Meredith says. “It’s nice to be able to add to that, in our own way, by bringing an international competition in music to this community, and showcasing these talented vocal performers.”


50th Anniversary celebration continues with expanded Alumni Days, public invited

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is hosting its third annual Alumni Days event October 16 and 17, with a bigger-than-ever feel to coincide with the University’s 50th Anniversary celebration.

With the 50th anniversary, there is the return of some alumni favorites, including the John Maino Classic — a nine-hole, four person scramble golf tournament held at UWGB’s Shorewood Golf Course Saturday, October 17. The $30 per golfer fee includes nine holes of golf with a cart and a TaylorMade golf glove.

Alumni Days also means the resurrection of the BlueWhale Coffeehouse — at one time a premiere Midwest destination for blues performers. The “BlueWhale vibe” will be recreated at the Shorewood Golf Course Club House on Friday, October 16 at 7 p.m., where international entertainer, Claudia Schmidt, will bring her lively sounds of folk, jazz, and blues music back to campus. The cost of the event is $15 at the door or is included in the $25 all-event Alumni Days pass.

Also part of Alumni Days is Phoenix Fest — a “mini-Bayfest” type of event in Phoenix Park, between the Kress Events Center and the University Union. It includes live music, food, beverages, and many attractions for the entire family. Admission to the event is free. Tickets can be purchased for the attractions, food or beverages. There will be Segway tours of campus, carnival games, zip line, stunt jump, and much more, with food and refreshments including a chili bar, corn tent and beer garden.

At 5 p.m., Green Bay Athletics teams will host Phoenix Phrenzy in a “midnight mania”-type of atmosphere. There will be introductions, shooting and dunk contests, scrimmages and a special appearance by the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team (featured on “America’s Got Talent”).

Visit Phoenix Fest for a full list of attractions, food options and ticket prices.

Alumni Days is also extending into the Green Bay community. On Saturday October 17 from 7 a.m. til Noon, UW-Green Bay will be running a booth at the Downtown Farmer’s Market and all attendees who wear UW-Green Bay apparel will receive a gift. Also on October 17, a Habitat for Humanity Alumni Build will be occurring on Crooks St. from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The build recognizes the 20th anniversary of UW-Green Bay’s Habitat for Humanity college chapter. More than two dozen UWGB alumni are expected to help with the build.

For a full schedule of Alumni Days events and to see which events are included with registration, visit the Alumni website. Cost is only $25 for one person and a guest, $5 for each additional family member. It includes up to two Phoenix PRIDE Shirts (alumni only please), admittance to events included with registration, and 10 tickets for Phoenix Fest.

For more information, visit the UW-Green Bay Alumni website or contact Kari Moody.


‘6:30 Thursdays’ begins this week with jazz musician

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay opens its Fall Concert schedule this Thursday, Oct. 1, with “Melodic Mastery,” a concert featuring the San Francisco-based jazz flugelhornist, composer and recording artist Dimitri Matheny.

Matheny’s performance at 6:30 p.m. in the Weidner Center’s Fort Howard Hall is part of the UW-Green Bay Music program’s “6:30 Thursdays” concert series, designed to connect campus and community to music in meaningful ways. Composers, performers and arrangers perform their work, offer commentary and lead discussion about diverse musical styles and the fact there are often multiple, varied ways to approach any given piece of music.

630Poster_17x11 Matheny attended the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He and his Matheny Group have built a reputation on the jazz club and festival circuits, and he continues to be in demand as a studio musician and live performer, either on his own or as a band member for various national acts.

A student of jazz legend Art Farmer, Matheny advocates a lyrical, melodic approach to jazz, in contrast to the chord scale and pattern-based methods most recently in vogue. “Your solo is an opportunity to express something entirely new and profoundly personal,” Matheny says. “Create your own melody. Tell your own story. Sing your own song! This is no time for plugging in recycled, memorized material.”

Backing up Matheny during his Oct. 1 campus visit will be UW-Green Bay alumnus Ben Hogan on the drums, local instructor Jordan Christiansen on the piano and UW-Oshkosh music instructor Andrew Sachen on the double bass.

The 2015-16 “6:30 Thursdays” series features a wide array of musical styles and guest artists, including jazz, classical, contemporary, and “third-stream” music blending jazz and classical. All 6:30 Thursday events in the Fort Howard Hall are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Following Matheny’s performance, remaining 2015  concerts are:

  • Oct. 15 — “The Music Trance”
    Pianists Sylvia Hong and Michael Rector
  • Nov. 5 — “Travelogue”
    Marimba/clarinet duo Transient Canvas
  • Nov. 12 — “Piano Per Diem: 30 Piano Pieces in 30 Days”
    Pianists Holly Roadfeldt and Michael Rector perform compositions by Michelle McQuade Dewhirst
  • Dec. 3 — “Dragons, Stones and Circuses”
    Compositions by David Colson to be performed by UW-Green Bay faculty and friends

The 1923 Fund is the generous sponsor of the 2015/16 season of 6:30 Thursdays. Contact Linda Parins, or 920-465-2944 for more information or funding opportunities.


Reception honors student artist Adam Fulwiler

UW-Green Bay student artist Adam Fulwiler was honored for his work, “Windows” a layered, large-scale acrylic painting chosen for display as the Chancellor’s Holiday Art Scholarship selection for 2015-16. Fulwiler was joined by art faculty and others at a reception hosted by Chancellor Gary L. and Georgia Nix Miller, Sept. 24.

Fulwiler, a graduate of West De Pere High School, has a double major in Art and Design Arts and expects to graduate in spring 2017. His painting was selected by Chancellor and Mrs. Miller from a range of student pieces submitted for juried consideration. Fulwiler will receive a monetary award provided through the Holiday Art Scholarship program established by the Millers.

With its selection, “Windows” will be the featured art on the 2015 year-end holiday cards the Millers and the privately funded UW-Green Bay Foundation Inc. will share with campus and community friends of the University. Additionally, the piece will be publicly displayed for one year in the UW-Green Bay Chancellor’s Office, Suite 810 of the David A. Cofrin Library.

Art Prof. Kristy Deetz says Fulwiler “is a diligent worker who sets a standard of excellence in the quality of the work that he produces and in his commitment to growing as an artist.”

In his artist’s statement accompanying “Windows,” Fulwiler describes how his large-scale paintings explore the elements of form including line, shape, value, color and texture. “I build up surfaces by scraping, layering and dragging paint across the entire canvas with the goal of forming visual passages and ‘doorways’ to spaces that often suggest landscapes,” he writes. He uses five-foot-long squeegees, brooms, metal trowels and oversize brushes to create the paintings.

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Photos by Tammy Resulta


UW-Green Bay hosts Lincoln lecture by leading conservative voice

richard-brookhiser-380Nationally renowned historian and journalist Richard Brookhiser — senior editor of the National Review, a respected voice of the conservative movement and author of biographies of Washington, Hamilton and, now, Lincoln — will speak Tuesday evening, Oct. 6, in a free public lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Brookhiser’s topic is “Founders’ Son: A Life of Lincoln,” which is the title of his 2014 book delving into the extent to which Abraham Lincoln’s devotion to America’s founding principles informed his most decisive actions as president including the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation.

His talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Christie Theatre on the lower level of the University Union located on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

The program opens the 2015-16 edition of the University’s Historical Perspectives Lecture Series. Brookhiser’s visit coincides with the series’ 30th anniversary, the University’s celebration of 50 years since its founding, and the 150th anniversary year since Lincoln’s assassination in 1865.

Brookhiser concedes that previous biographers have noted the 16th president’s stated admiration for America’s Revolutionary Era founders, but only in passing. He believes the connections deserve more attention as foundational to Lincoln’s greatness.

“Instead of being a Lincoln scholar looking back to the man’s roots,” Brookhiser recently told one interviewer, “I am the author of eight books on the founders looking ahead to their greatest heir, and so I see those connections more clearly.”

Brookhiser began writing for William F. Buckley’s National Review in 1970, at the age of 15 (a piece about antiwar protests at his high school). After earning his bachelor’s degree from Yale he turned down acceptance to that university’s law school to join the staff full-time in 1977. For a short time he wrote speeches for Vice President George H.W. Bush during the Reagan administration, before returning to journalism. His columns have appeared in The New York Observer, Time, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, among others.

As a noted historian, Brookhiser has been a frequent guest on national television programs including PBS’ “Bill Moyers Journal” and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with John Stewart” and “The Colbert Report.” In 2009 he was featured on Moyers’ show alongside UW-Green Bay Prof. Harvey J. Kaye, a fellow historian and student of the Founding Fathers, and a nationally known biographer of Thomas Paine. Kaye invited Brookhiser to guest lecture at UW-Green Bay, an invitation that resulted in the latter’s October 2012 presentation on James Madison.

An award-winning professor of Democracy and Justice Studies and well-connected nationally with prominent historians and political analysts, Kaye founded the Historical Perspectives Lecture Series in 1985 as a way to get his students and others up close with leading thinkers in their fields.

The first speaker was historian Christopher Hill of Oxford University. In subsequent years, renowned British labor historians including Victor Kiernan and Dorothy and E.P. Thompson visited Green Bay. Notables including Frances Fox Piven, Cass Sunstein and national columnists both liberal and conservative —E.J. Dionne, Brookhiser, Michael Novak, Joe Conason, Eric Alterman and John Nichols, among others — have made appearances, as well. Kaye says the promise of a weekend in Green Bay, perhaps a trip to Lambeau Field or Door County, a home-cooked meal or two (many of the guests stay at the Kaye family residence) and a chance to take the pulse of Midwestern students and others on issues of the day are draws for the visitors.


Latino American history is topic of film, discussion Sept. 24 at Neville

santiago-vaquera-webScreening of a one-hour segment of the 2013 PBS documentary Latino Americans will be accompanied by a lecture and discussion featuring visiting author and scholar Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez this Thursday evening (Sept. 24) at the Neville Public Museum of Brown County.

The program, free and open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. at the Museum at 210 Museum Place on the west bank of the Fox River in downtown Green Bay. The program kicks off 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.

Vaquera-Vásquez is an assistant professor of creative writing and Hispanic Southwestern Literatures at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of the book One Day I’ll Tell You the Things I’ve Seen, a collection of stories about international borders and men and women “from Madrid to Mexico City, from California to Istanbul” with experience in two or more cultures.

“My scholarly work is about border-crossers and communities in contact, and how identities start being shaped by bicultural contact,” Vaquera-Vásquez told the Latin Post earlier this year. “So, I started off by looking at the U.S./Mexican border when I was living at the University of Iowa. I looked at the way migrant Mexican communities and small farming communities in the Midwest started being shaped and reshaped … and it goes both ways. The farming community expected the migrant workers to assimilate, and they, themselves, started incorporating this community into part of their experience, which I thought was fascinating.”

Thursday’s event begins with refreshments, music and brief opening remarks by Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt, among others. Vaquera-Vásquez will talk about his work and introduce the one-hour segment of the PBS documentary titled “Prejudice and Pride.” A question-and-answer and discussion session follows the film.

A collaborative effort by UW-Green Bay faculty and staff members resulted in the $10,000 grant award from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association to fund the local “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” project. The public events, presentations, discussions and showings of the PBS series are part of a larger, national NEH and ALA initiative called The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.

The UW-Green Bay organizing committee — consisting of faculty members Marcelo Cruz (project director), Aurora Cortez and Gabriel Saxton Ruiz and staff members Paula Ganyard, Mai Lo Lee and Lidia Nonn — has proposed a series of communitywide events at various local venues. The group will work with Neville Museum, Brown County Library, Casa Alba and other community organizations to bring the series and discussion to the greater Green Bay community.