UW-Green Bay’s Psychology and Human Development units were beautifying campus with a purpose May 8, unveiling a set of seasonal photographs and planting the University’s Memorial Garden.
The “Seasons of UWGB” project in Rose Hall features a series of submitted photos designed to reflect the beauty of the UW-Green Bay campus during summer, fall, winter and spring. Beyond just being beautiful, the pics promote the Environmental Psychology Theory of Attention Restoration, which states that viewing actual nature or images of nature restores the human mind from stress and from Directed Action Fatigue. Students and staff who spend long hours indoors suffer from decreased concentration and increased irritability and stress, and viewing nature photos has been empirically shown to refresh the mind and aid in retention of information. The project, a permanent addition to the hallway, was the Psi Chi Honor Society Presidential initiative for 2013-14. The Psi Chi president is Becky Senn, pictured right, above; and the vice president is Samantha Sweerink, pictured left, above.
Just after “Seasons of UWGB” was unveiled, campus members gathered for the fifth annual planting of the UW-Green Bay Memorial Garden. Coordinated by the Students of AMF grief group and Prof. Illene Cupit, an expert on death, dying and bereavement, the garden is a space for members of the campus community to memorialize colleagues and loved ones who have died. Cupit, student leaders, Chancellor Tom Harden and Veteran Services Adviser Elaina Koltz spoke during a brief ceremony, which included the playing of “Taps” by Associate Prof. Adam Gaines. Members of the campus community then were invited to come forward, state their loved one’s name and plant a flower in remembrance.