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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.

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.



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.”


UW-Green Bay presents Susan Gallagher-Lepak for the “Last Lecture Series”

Prof. Susan Gallagher-Lepak is the third speaker in the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s “Last Lecture Series” line-up. Gallagher-Lepak will present, “E-learning: The Train has Left the Station,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 18.

The Last Lecture Series is part of the celebration of UWGB’s 50th Anniversary. Each month of the fall and spring semesters, a UW-Green Bay faculty is chosen to give a public presentation on a topic of his or her choice. They are to convey what lecture they would give if it was to be their last. The monthly lectures take place in the University Union’s Christie Theatre, at 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay. The lectures are free and open to the public.

“Higher education has changed dramatically since UW-Green Bay began in 1965,” Gallagher-Lepak says, as to why she chose this topic. “A major transformation has been the introduction and growth of e-learning. E-Learning is ubiquitous and a desired format for many learners. It allows for anytime/anywhere learning. As a faculty member heavily involved in teaching online courses, I have a perspective to share about why I ‘jumped on the train.’ “

Her lecture will focus on several pivotal e-learning influences that have shaped her thinking and application of e-learning. The lecture will specifically address the questions:

  1. What is e-learning? How much e-learning is going on?
  2. What influences and experiences led me (and excited me) to teach online courses?
  3. What’s ahead for e-learning in higher education (includes some areas we need to be concerned about)

Gallagher-Lepak is both a licensed psychologist and a registered nurse for the State of Wisconsin. She has been an instructor at UW-Green Bay since 2003, and was promoted to full professor in 2015. She serves as both Chair and Director of the UWGB’s Nursing program. She earned a B.S. in Nursing from Marquette University, a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Ph.D. for Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology with a minor in Educational Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The following are the remaining Last Lectures:

  • 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.”


New SBDC workshops address needed supervisory skill sets for 2016

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay unveiled new workshop “Leading with Facilitation Skills” to address a much needed skill set of supervisors.

The facilitation skills workshop, scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, is led by certified facilitators from the Wise Women Gathering Place in Green Bay. Participants will learn how to have efficient meetings that get results, how to lead other types of productive and focused conversations, how to blend facilitation into dynamic presentation skills, and when to use hierarchical vs. facilitative leadership.

Other workshops scheduled for 2016 include core two-day supervisory leadership workshops “Supervisory Leadership I” and “Supervisory Leadership II.” Two-day workshops scheduled in 2016 include “Developing High Performance Teams,” “Leading with Integrity,” and “Successful Negotiation Skills.” Besides “Leading with Facilitation Skills,” other one-day workshops in 2016 include “Executive Presence for Supervisors,” “Leading with Humor and Improvisation,” “Courageous Communication,” “Servant Leadership for Supervisors,” and “Leading through Change.”

Designed for new supervisors as well as those who wish to build upon specific supervisory skill sets to advance their businesses and careers, Supervisory Leadership workshops provide practical and interactive content that attendees can immediately integrate into their workplace, improving their workforce results. Participants who choose to earn a Supervisory Leadership certificate will be required to attend the two core workshops, Supervisory Leadership I and Supervisory Leadership II, as well as eight days of other elective workshops within three years.

All workshops are held from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Advance Business & Manufacturing Center, 2701 Larsen Road, Green Bay, and include lunch and refreshments morning and afternoon. Visit SBDC “Programs & Webinars” or contact (920) 496-2117 or email for brochures, to register, or to obtain additional information.


CAVU Flight Academy and UW-Green Bay partner for aviation training

Students ages 16 and older can explore the world of flight with “Aviation and Aerodynamics for Private and Sport Pilots,” a UW-Green Bay Education Outreach offering. This course will meet each Monday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning February 8, 2016 and running through April 4, 2016.

Designed to help participants understand the aerodynamic principles and physics of powered flight as well as to evaluate the exciting field of aviation as a career or hobby, the course prepares students for successfully passing the FAA Private Pilot or Sport Pilot written exam. There is no prerequisite for the course, which is held at CAVU Flight Academy in the Executive Air Building at Green Bay’s Austin Straubel Airport. Upon completion of the nine-week course, participants receive an endorsement to take the FAA Private Pilot or Sport Pilot Knowledge Test.

Aviation and Aerodynamics for Private and Sport Pilots is taught by Dr. Sherwood (Woody) Williams, a flight instructor and owner of CAVU Flight Academy in Green Bay, and Jason Marcks, a pilot and instructor pilot for Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation.

The course fee is $300 for private or sport pilots and includes course materials. Registrants must specify their choice for private or sport pilot track upon registration. Course fee does not include the fee of taking the FAA Knowledge Test.

Interested individuals can register for the course online or by contacting the UW-Green Bay Education Outreach Office at (920) 465-2480. Office hours are 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Registration deadline is January 22, 2016 or until all spots are filled.

For questions about this training, please contact Dr. Williams, flight instructor and owner of CAVU Flight Academy, at (920) 850-0263.


Travelogue features marimba/clarinet duo Transient Canvas in next 6:30 Thursdays

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s fall concert series 6:30 Thursdays continues November 5 with “Travelogue” featuring the marimba/clarinet duo Transient Canvas. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at UW-Green Bay.

Transient Canvas is a unique duo with Amy Advocat on bass clarinet and Matt Sharrock on marimba. They have been blazing their own trail in the world of contemporary music since 2011 and have premiered over 50 new works in four years. They have been inspired by travel and influenced by the people they have met along the way.

“We love to travel. It’s really the best part about being a musician… meeting new people, seeing new sights, eating new food. After all, everyone — especially artists — are shaped by the people they’ve met, the places they’ve been, and the experiences they’ve lived.”

Transient Canvas performs almost exclusively works written for them. Their mission is to provide a blank slate or canvas for composers to explore while simultaneously making bass clarinet and marimba a new standard ensemble. They perform the works of living composers and are always looking for innovative ways to connect with new audiences.

UWGB Professor Michelle McQuade Dewhirst’s composition, shenpa, will be premeired in the November 5 concert. Other innovative composition titles include Fabrication 10: Itch, TELE, Branches, Lumba-Lumba Hijau, and Nostalgia Variations.

The 6:30 Thursdays concerts provide an innovative experience to connect the campus and community through music in meaningful ways. The 2015-16 series features a wide array of musical styles and guest artists. All 6:30 Thursdays are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.

Remaining 6:30 Thursdays performances in 2015:
November 12 Piano Per Diem—30 Piano Pieces in 30 days: Pianists Holly Roadfeldt and Michael Rector
December 3 Dragons, Stones, Circuses: David Colson, composer, music performed by UWGB 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.



Sherman, Gates present The Flax Project in ‘After Thoughts’ talk Nov. 3

The re-creation of the ancient processing technique of turning flax to linen will be a topic of UW-Green Bay’s next After Thoughts presentation of the 2015-16 season.

UW-Green Bay Associate Professor of Medieval History and Archeology, Heidi Sherman, and Associate Professor of Fiber Arts, Alison Gates, will present “The Flax Project” Tuesday, Nov. 3, in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Historian Sherman and textile artist Gates will share their experiences working across academic disciplines and across the ages as they perfect the art and practice of growing a fiber crop and processing the harvest on a college campus. Sherman and Gates, along with an outstanding undergraduate researcher, grew and processed their first successful crop in 2011. Since then, they have planted successful crops each year with a team of new students from History, Art and several other majors. The project grew out of earlier research at UW-Green Bay suggesting linen made from flax was a history-changing development for societies including the ancient Greeks, who used it to construct lightweight, virtually impenetrable battle armor. The Flax Project is funded through grants from the UWGB Research Council, the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Office of the Provost.

Now in its fifth full season, After Thoughts seeks to connect members of the community with UW-Green Bay. The gatherings showcase talented women among University faculty, staff and alumni, and convene men and women after their workday for learning, enrichment and fun.

After Thoughts begins with a 5 p.m. reception, followed by the presentation by Sherman and Gates beginning at 5:45 p.m. Each After Thoughts event is located in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center at UW-Green Bay and is from 5 to 7 p.m. The event begins with time to socialize, network, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres before the featured presentation.

Seating for After Thoughts is limited, so advanced registration is recommended. The cost of each program is $15. To reserve your spot, send a check (payable to UW-Green Bay Foundation) to: UW-Green Bay Foundation, CL 805, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311; or register online at Walk-up registration also is an option. For any questions or comments regarding After Thoughts, please contact Mary Rass at or (920) 465-2553. You can also find After Thoughts on Facebook at Visit for more information about the series.