The social media crew at Eco U posted on Facebook Wednesday to mark Earth Day.
Students in UW-Green Bay Prof. Alison Stehlik’s “Intermediate Sculpture” class were asked to create a site-specific installation in the spirit of a contemporary installation artist.
The students researched various artists to use as a “mentor” artist — someone they would emulate for the purpose of this project, either in terms of artistic process and/or aesthetic or cultural/social motivations. Stehlik says most of the pieces will be up until the end of the semester (but forewarns that that bubble-wrapped elevator could be running out of pop potential soon!)
The students and the locations of the art are:
Gena Selby, Flag, Mary Ann Cofrin Hall
Mike Arendt, Political Dissonance, airlock of Environmental Science building
Natalie Vann, Untitled Book Heads, Rosewood Cafe, Wood Hall
Amanda Urmanski, Untitled Installation with VHS tape, Studio Arts Cafeteria
Olivia McDonald, Bubblevator, Studio Arts Elevator
We’ve got photos from the presentation of the 2015 Alumni Earth Caretaker Award to David Kriebel. The joint program of EMBI and the Alumni Association was held Monday, March 23. For photos and an updated feature.
UW-Green Bay students, parents and a number of UWGB staff members and administrators had the extreme pleasure of meeting with John and Tashia Morgridge and the Executive Director of their “Fund for Wisconsin Scholars (FFWS),” Mary Gulbrandsen, Monday, March 9.
The Morgridges are among America’s foremost philanthropists, endowing a grant program for UW students in 2007 that began with a $175 million gift. At present, more than 100 UWGB students are beneficiaries of the FFWS grants, which provides more than $340,000 yearly and has provided nearly $2 million in grants to UWGB students over the past seven years. Recipients receive $3,500 per year for up to 10 semesters as long as they maintain full-time status and show academic progress toward their degree.
The couple, now married 60 years, has bicycled across the United States, cross-country skied above the Arctic Circle and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, among other adventures. They stopped in at UW-Green Bay for a brief reception to meet the grant recipients and their families, and offer a bit of advice.
UW-Green Bay Chancellor Miller extended greetings and deep gratitude on behalf of UWGB, describing the Morgridges as the most generous people in the country, thanking them for helping to transform the lives of UWGB students through higher education.
Tashia Morgridge asked those in attendance to think about the quote written by Nelson Henderson — “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”
“You are the trees,” she said. “You will change the world for the next generation. You will provide the expertise, the communication, the education … and as a result you will be planting your own trees providing shade for your own children.”
John Morgridge said that each student should have mental and physical goals, and they should be ready to make important decisions when opportunities present themselves. Decisions like marriage, job opportunities, etc.
The Morgridges, who met at Wauwatosa (East) High School, and earned undergraduate degrees at UW-Madison, asked the students to be responsible with their education, and hoped the FFWS grants would help them graduate with minimal debt.
John earned his master’s in business administration from Stanford, and Tashia a master’s degree in education from Lesley College in Massachusetts in 1975, before dedicating her life’s work to special education instruction. John joined Cisco in 1988 as president and CEO when the internet was in its infancy. He led a handful of employees and new technologies to a growing company, which by 1994 had more than 2,200 workers and more than $1 billion in sales. Today Cisco employs more than 74,000 people through operations in 165 countries and net sales of $47.1 billion in 2014.
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— Photos by Eric Miller, photographer, Office of Marketing and University Communication
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay honored the best-of-the-best Natural and Applied Sciences students at an annual scholarship reception on Jan. 30. in the University Union’s 1965 Room. Twenty-five students were awarded $31,150 in scholarships, nearly double last year’s total of $15,200.
The scholarships recognized student achievement in academics, research, scholarship, and overall excellence. Several new scholarships were introduced this year, including the Todd and Julie Bartels Scholarship, the Chad Moritz and Beth Meyerand Scholarship, and the Faith Technologies, Inc. Scholarship for Engineering Technology.
Next year, Natural and Applied Sciences will introduce five new scholarships, and anticipate awarding at least 30 scholarships totaling over $35,000 thanks to generous scholarship donors.
Student recipients are as follows:
Kristine Berry, senior, Environmental Science major from Mishicot, Wis. – Brown County Waste Transformation Team Scholarship
Krystal Clark, junior, Environmental Science major from Menominee, Mich. – Alfred O. and Phyllis E. Holz Scholarship
Matthew Malcore, junior, Environmental Science and Environmental Policy and Planning major from Green Bay, Wis. – Alfred O. and Phyllis E. Holz Scholarship
Ashley Morin, junior, Biology (Animal Biology emphasis) major from Green Bay, Wis. – Morgan/Macaluso Family Scholarship in Natural Sciences and Herbert Fisk Johnson Scholarship for Excellence
Molly Dederich, junior, Mathematics major from Menomonee Falls, Wis. – Herbert Fisk Johnson Scholarship for Excellence
Christa Kananen, senior, Geoscience major from Sobieski, Wis. – Herbert Fisk Johnson Scholarship for Excellence
Angela Smet, sophomore, Environmental Science major from Green Bay, Wis. – Herbert Fisk Johnson Scholarship for Excellence
Jessica Finger, senior, Biology (Animal Biology emphasis) major from Green Bay, Wis. – Moose Lodge Rod and Gun Club Scholarship
Brianna Messner, junior, Mathematics and Spanish majors from Seymour, Wis. – Todd and Julie Bartels Scholarship
Michael Pietraszek, senior, Biology major from Green Bay, Wis. – James E. Casperson/Environmental Science Alumni Association Scholarship
Roberta Reif, junior, Biology major from Peshtigo, Wis. – Bradford Cook Memorial Scholarship
Jeremiah Shrovnal, junior, Environmental Science major from Green Bay, Wis. – Chad Moritz and Beth Meyerand Scholarship
Gabriel Michaels, senior, Mathematics major from Green Bay, Wis. – Lee and Kathy Anderson Scholarship
Tiffany Marshall, junior, Pre-Professional Engineering Program major from Conrath, Wis. – American Transmission Company Scholarship
Hanne Guthrie, senior, Environmental Science, Spanish, and Pre-Professional Engineering Program majors from Chanhassen, Minn. – American Transmission Company Scholarship
Reed Heintzkill, senior, Pre-Professional Engineering and Chemistry majors from Green Bay, Wis. – NEW First Year Engineering Scholarship
Matthew Nichols, senior, Individual Major (toward Environmental Engineering) and Chemistry majors from Wausau, Wis. – NEW Second Year Engineering Scholarship
Caroline Nakanwagi, senior, Chemistry major from Green Bay, Wis. (native of Uganda)– Nancy J. Sell Memorial Scholarship
Jordan Marty, senior, Biology major from Green Bay, Wis. – Ganga and Elizabeth Nair Scholarship
Christi Branham, junior, Chemistry major from De Pere, Wis. – Susan Finco and Ed Kralovec Scholarship
Samuel Frisbie, junior, Engineering Technology (Environmental) and Geoscience majors from Green Bay, Wis. – Faith Technologies, Inc. Scholarship for Engineering Technology
Shannon Mackey, sophomore, Environmental Science major from Black Creek, Wis. – Carol R. DeGroot Scholarship in Environmental Science
Amanda Nothem, senior, Chemistry major from Campbellsport, Wis. – Nancy J. Sell Memorial Scholarship
Michael Xie, senior, Mathematics (Statistics emphasis) major from De Pere, Wis. – Science and Mathematics Scholarship
Read more on the NAS Scholarship recipients and their achievements.
– Story by Katelyn Staaben, editorial intern, Marketing and University Communication
Shelter is an interesting part of the history and culture of Taos, New Mexico. Just outside of town is the Taos Pueblo, the oldest continuously occupied settlement in North America. A few miles north is Earthship, a community of self-sufficient, low-impact, environmentally sustainable homes.
But at the end of a dead-end street in a quiet neighborhood at the edge of town is a modest home being constructed by Habitat for Humanity-Taos. It was here that 30 hardworking, enthusiastic UW-Green Bay students spent a week of their winter break, working on a home for Adrianna Mares and her family as part of a Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge trip.
The students arrived in Taos late Sunday morning January 11, road-weary and sore, after a 24-hour bus ride that took them through five states. It only took a few deep breaths of the clear, cold mountain air to rejuvenate them, however, and they quickly donned their Green Bay Packers gear and headed out to a funky, solar-powered bar/restaurant/radio station to cheer the Packers on to a victory over Dallas.
After the game, they returned to the vacant convent at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in downtown Taos that would be their home for the next seven days. Here, they slept in crowded rooms on air mattresses, ate meals at the nearby parish community center, shared five showers (but only one small hot water heater) and commuted daily to work on the Mares’ house.
The entire crew of 30 worked for the whole week on one house, a traditional New Mexico home constructed from adobe (mud/straw) bricks and vigas (wooden timbers, harvested locally) to support the roof. The home was nearing completion, so most of the work the students did was indoors.
Challenging was the sheer number of different tasks that needed to be learned and completed. The house was a beehive of activity every day, with crews of students up on scaffolds sanding and sealing the vigas, on the front porch cutting tile with a wet saw, inside the closets spackling and sanding drywall, in the bedrooms spreading plaster or painting walls, inside the shower and tub enclosures affixing and grouting tile, in the kitchen installing cabinetry and countertops, or outside on scaffolds, hanging gutters.
It was amazing how much 30 pairs of hands, attached to 30 young people with big hearts, can get done in a week. By the time they departed on Saturday, January 17, the house needed only some final touch ups and floor staining before it was ready to be handed over to its new owner.
A highlight of the trip was the evening that Ms. Mares and her two children, Danika and Daniel, provided the students dinner. She thanked the students for their service, and told them her amazing story; of a life of financial struggles, the hard work of raising two kids on her own, of indifferent landlords who were quick to collect the rent but slow to repair leaky roofs, and the enormous challenge of making ends meet for a family of three on a $10.00/hour job as a customer service manager at a local grocery store. She also told of the many evenings spent sitting in her backyard at night praying for this house and the stability it would bring to her and her children’s lives. It was an inspiring story of faith and resilience that deeply motivated the students.
In their limited free time, the students hiked down the Rio Grande Gorge, explored the town of Taos, sampled some authentic northern New Mexico cuisine, soaked in a natural hot spring, and went stargazing out in the desert on a spectacularly clear night. These amazing UWGB ambassadors returned home proud and inspired by what they accomplished on their weeklong service trip. As are we.
— Story and photos by Dean of Enrollment Services, Mike Stearney
Hundreds of faculty, staff and friends of the University shared in the holiday spirit at receptions hosted by UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller and his wife, Georgia, last week at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. University photographer Eric Miller and student photographer Lauren Hlvaka captured the festive events.
‘Twas the night before commencement, and all through the house… award-winning UW-Green Bay students were feted at special receptions on campus for top members of the December 2014 graduating class. A pair of on-campus receptions on Friday, Dec. 12, brought together students, friends, family and UWGB official to celebrate. The events honored students earning cum laude, magna and summa cum laude distinction at Saturday’s graduation ceremony, as well as individuals nominated and selected to receive the Chancellor’s Medallion and University Leadership Awards.
Friends and family along with officials of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay gathered for brunch Saturday morning, Dec. 13, to honor Virginia (Ginny) Riopelle on the day she was to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from UW-Green Bay.
The gathering in the atrium of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall preceded the University’s mid-year commencement at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, where Riopelle was presented the degree in front of an audience of about 2,000, early in the ceremony.
Riopelle is a longtime UW-Green Bay Trustee, successful University fundraiser and co-founder of the University’s award-winning Phuture Phoenix program.
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— Photos by Eric Miller, photographer, Office of Marketing and University Communication