Tag: 360° of Learning

Power of partnership: Nature-based 4K means fun in learning outdoors

4K Kindergarten ProgramFor some of Green Bay’s littlest learners, the greatest classroom is the great outdoors.

They’re students in the Green Bay School District’s new nature-based 4-year-old kindergarten program. Dubbed the OAK (Outdoor Adventures for Kids) Learning Center, it’s a partnership between the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, the school district and UW-Green Bay.

Working together, they’ve created a space where outside play means fun in learning for little ones. Students spend close to three-fourths of their time outdoors, replicating a nature-based model rarely, if ever, seen in public schools.

“When they work on shapes, they’re looking at, you know, things in nature — where can we find circles in nature?” said Associate Prof. Jennifer Lanter, Human Development and Psychology. “Well, we can find them in tree cookies. Right and we can play with those and stack those and look at those. So we’re building our fine motor skills and gross motor skills, working with that. But we’re also learning our shapes — some of those cognitive pieces as well.”

“I learn about trees and stuff,” said 4K student Oliver. “About nature.”

Added classmate Lily: “Now we know that worms can split in half and still survive. … We were learning and we didn’t even know it.”

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From planning to grants and students who work with the kids on site, UW-Green Bay has been an integral part of the 4K program. Multiple majors are involved, embodying the University’s 360° of Learning approach.

“What I enjoy most about working with this program is seeing the 4K students grow,” said senior Education major Matthew Schilling. “On the first day, when I first started way back in February, to where we are now in mid April, they have come a long ways, socially and when it comes to schoolwork and stuff like that. So I think that’s been most rewarding to see that progress.”

Wildlife Sanctuary director Mike Reed, who conceptualized the program, said the partnerships that make it possible are invaluable.

“I think that the ability for the partnership with UWGB helped show that there would be the expertise and background available,” Reed said, “that made the school system comfortable with a pilot program like this.

The power of the partnerships — and the program — cuts both ways.

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“It’s been a ton of fun,” said Associate Prof. Scott Ashmann, Education. “You can see it just in their eyes and in how they interact with each other, and with nature. It’s really been an incredible program to work with.”

Added Lanter:

“It’s a great learning opportunity and it allows I think  our students to see that learning doesn’t just have to happen in the classroom — but that it can happen in nature too.”

Guest artist The Orchid Ensemble to headline next 360° Thursdays concert event

UW-Green Bay Music will welcome guest artists The Orchid Ensemble for the next event in the 360° Thursdays concert series, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27 in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

This trio of musicians consists of Lan Tung on the erhu/Chinese violin, Yu-Chen Wang on the zheng/Chinese zither, and Jonathan Bernard on marimba and percussion. Group members will discuss the development of their innovative musical genre, which is based on the cultural exchange between Western and Asian musicians. They blend ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and beyond, creating a beautiful new sound that embraces a variety of musical styles. The result is a repertoire that includes the traditional and contemporary music of China, world music, new music, jazz and creative improvisation.

Acclaimed as “One of the brightest blossoms on the world music scene” (Georgia Straight), The Orchid Ensemble has been tirelessly developing an innovative musical genre based on the cultural exchange between Western and Asian musicians. The group’s performance will include the following percussion instruments: Dumbek, Def (frame drum), Pai-gu (set of five Chinese tuned drums), Udu (Nigerian percussion pot), Tibetan bells, Zils (Egyptian finger cymbals), Turkish bells, Kempul (Javanese gamelan gongs), Buddhist temple bowls, Chinese wind gong, Sichuan opera cymbals, Beijing opera gongs and cymbals, Crotales, Chinese temple blocks, Ban (Chinese wooden opera clapper), American wood blocks, and African log drum.

The 360° Thursdays series features a diversity of performance styles designed to broaden attendees’ horizons and deepen their understanding of music. A component of UW-Green Bay’s 360° of Learning brand, the concert-lecture event helps students, faculty, staff and community members connect with music in more meaningful ways. Performances feature scintillating and provocative pre-concert discussions by a composer, performer or arranger. Attendees will consider a single aspect of music through multiple perspectives.

Each 360° Thursdays performance takes place at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Concerts are free but donations are appreciated. More information on the series is available online.

UW-Green Bay is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. More information about UW-Green Bay Music is available online.

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UW-Green Bay Music carries the banner at music educators conference

UW-Green Bay Music faculty members were the primary University ambassadors at the 2013 Wisconsin Music Education Association Convention last week. Check out their Facebook gallery, where faculty members and alumni posed with the University’s new 360° of Learning display. (Incidentally, anyone from the University is welcome to borrow the display; reserve it by contacting Director of Marketing Sue Bodilly.) See the photos.

UW-Green Bay posts 360° style guide, toolkit

360 ToolkitThe University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Office of Marketing and Communication has made available a range of resources to guide institutional use of the new 360° of Learning tagline and brand imagery.
The resources include downloadable images, written guidelines on proper use of the brand language, and simple tools for advancing the brand.

Toolkit provides guidance, downloads for using 360° brand platform
UW-Green Bay employees, offices and programs are encouraged to take advantage of online resources to make best use of the 360° of Learning brand. A new website, The 360° Degree Toolkit, is built to help those who want a solid brand presence in their marketing pieces. At www.uwgb.edu/univcomm/360/ you will find:

• A University Style Guide reflecting the guidelines for logo usage
• Downloadable logos
• Graphic elements of the 360° brand
• Powerpoint and Word templates
• A refreshed color palette and complementary colors
• Web colors and policy
• Examples of 360° brand language (message matrix)
• Shortcuts for typing the degree symbol

Note: Slight change in wordmark
Campus users will note the actual Phoenix has not been altered. It was suggested that there is too much brand equity in the current logo to make a switch. However, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay wordmark now carries a slightly updated font. There are no plans for an expensive signage overhaul, but graphic designers and others are encouraged to use the new wordmark/logo. www.uwgb.edu/univcomm/360/downloads/logos.asp

Simple way to generate a 360° of Learning e-mail signature
In response to frequent requests for a “360° of Learning” signature for e-mail correspondence, a standard signature is now accessible at www.uwgb.edu/univcomm/360/signature/. The signature generator there is intended as an easy-to-use tool that will help to unify UW-Green Bay e-mail correspondence with a consistent look and information structure — that shows affiliation with the “360° of Learning” brand message. It also helps promotes social media accounts. This e-mail signature is optionally available for UW-Green Bay accounts.

Method for submitting YOUR stories and rich content
What is at the heart of our brand? YOU! A reminder from Director of Marketing Sue Bodilly that 360° of Learning is simply a consistent platform for telling your great stories — stories of general interest but also those that involve the pursuit of knowledge and excellence in a very specialized field. UW-Green Bay’s core brand is established by our culture and was both verbalized and formalized by perception research. Our attributes:

• Excellence in teaching
• Connections with internationally recognized faculty
• Solving problems from multiple perspectives
• Engagement in applied learning experiences
• Welcoming, friendly campus community

The Office of Marketing and University Communication wants to learn more about these  stories, especially those that are visually engaging, such as:

• Photos or video of hands-on interaction and engagement
• Emotional content
• Breakthroughs, successes, research findings
• Unique background or settings
• Use of interesting tools, materials, instruments, methods
• Recognized success stories
• Unique delivery methods

Use this form www.uwgb.edu/univcomm/360/idea/ to submit a story idea, or e-mail 360@uwgb.edu.

Premieres, miniatures will be focus of final 360° Thursdays concert of academic year

Assistant Prof. Michelle McQuade Dewhirst will offer insight on new musical works during UW-Green Bay Music’s final 360° Thursdays lecture-concert event of the 2012-13 academic year.

The focus of the program will be “Premieres and Miniatures,” with community members and UW-Green Bay faculty and students performing new works — many of which are “miniatures,” consisting of 100 notes or fewer, or lasting one minute or less. True to the 360° Thursday format, McQuade Dewhirst will offer a pre-concert lecture before introducing the works. Each one was written in 2012 or 2013, many by UW-Green Bay faculty members and students.

The 360° Thursdays event is the sixth and final installment of the academic year for the innovative new series, a component of UW-Green Bay’s 360° of Learning brand. The 360° theme reflects UW-Green Bay’s unique approach that enables students to explore their education from a variety of angles, dimensions — and ultimately, possibilities. The 360° Thursdays series does this by helping students, faculty, staff and community members connect with music in more meaningful ways. Performances feature scintillating and provocative pre-concert discussions by a composer, performer or arranger. Attendees will consider a single aspect of the music through multiple perspectives.

The 360° Thursdays series features a diversity of performance styles designed to broaden attendees’ horizons and deepen their understanding of music. Each performance takes place at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. Concerts are free but donations are appreciated.

UW-Green Bay is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Information about 360° Thursdays is available at www.uwgb.edu/music/360-thursdays.asp. More information about UW-Green Bay Music is available at www.uwgb.edu/music.

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Reminder: UW-Green Bay Music presents ‘360° Thursdays’ lecture-concert

UW-Green Bay Music will present the next event in its 360° Thursdays concert and lecture series at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (April 18) in the Weidner Center’s Fort Howard Hall. Prof. John Salerno will discuss and then demonstrate the principles of form and thematic manipulation in music. Salerno will begin discussing the smallest musical unit and continue to build larger and larger forms by musical additions. He will then discuss and perform a set of piano variations, demonstrating how composers manipulate and vary their melodic, harmonic and rhythm ideas.

The 360° Thursdays event is the fifth installment of the innovative new series, a component of the University’s 360° of Learning brand. The 360° theme reflects UW-Green Bay’s unique approach that enables students to explore their education from a variety of angles, dimensions — and ultimately, possibilities. More information about 360° Thursdays.
 

UW-Green Bay Music presents next ‘360° Thursdays’ lecture-concert event April 18

UW-Green Bay Music will present the next event in its 360° Thursdays concert and lecture series at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18 in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

The event will feature UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. John Salerno, discussing and then demonstrating the principles of form and thematic manipulation in music. Salerno will begin discussing the smallest musical unit and continue to build larger and larger forms by musical additions. He will then discuss and perform a set of piano variations, demonstrating how composers manipulate and vary their melodic, harmonic and rhythm ideas.

The 360° Thursdays event is the fifth installment of the innovative new series, a component of the University’s 360° of Learning brand. The 360° theme reflects UW-Green Bay’s unique approach that enables students to explore their education from a variety of angles, dimensions — and ultimately, possibilities. The 360° Thursdays series does this by helping students, faculty, staff and community members connect with music in more meaningful ways. Performances feature scintillating and provocative pre-concert discussions by a composer, performer or arranger. Attendees will consider a single aspect of the music through multiple perspectives.

The 360° Thursdays series features a diversity of performance styles designed to broaden attendees’ horizons and deepen their understanding of music. Each performance takes place at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall. Concerts are free but donations are appreciated. The final 360° Thursdays event of the 2012-13 academic year will take place May 2, featuring premieres and miniatures with Assistant Prof. Michelle McQuade Dewhirst and fellow UW-Green Bay faculty members.

UW-Green Bay is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. More information about 360° Thursdays is available at www.uwgb.edu/music/360-thursdays.asp. More information about UW-Green Bay Music is available at www.uwgb.edu/music.

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360° is Best of Show: Campaign wins big in annual education marketing awards

We’ve just received some great news on a great initiative — UW-Green Bay’s 360° of Learning campaign has received a Best of Show award in the Higher Education Marketing Report’s 28th annual Education Advertising Awards. Working with ad firm BVK out of Milwaukee, the University has unveiled and implemented the 360 campaign this year, telling our story of multifaceted learning as never before. The campaign was among those that “exhibited the highest standards, creativity and professionalism,” capturing “the attention and admiration” of judges, contest officials said. Read more on the awards (the 360 campaign also notched a Gold in the radio ad category and a bronze for its TV spot).

Jazz History course exemplifies 360° of Learning at UW-Green Bay

360°-Jazz-History-videoIf a performance from a local jazz group isn’t your idea of a typical university class hour — well, this isn’t your typical university class.

It’s a team-taught course that exemplifies the ideals of UW-Green Bay’s 360° of Learning approach, drawing on a variety of academic disciplines to enhance students’ education with learning from multiple perspectives. In this class, the Jazz Age, it combines the expertise of Associate History Professor Clifton Ganyard with the music and performance knowledge of fellow faculty member, Associate Music Prof. Adam Gaines.

And today, it means live jazz — connecting the students with the material as only a performance can.

“Live music is a completely different experience,” Gaines said. “So we wanted to give students a chance to interact with me and the rest of the musicians in Gypsy Trip, and understand from our perspective a little bit what we were doing.”

Prof. Clif GanyardStudents in the class are primarily History and Music majors — with a few studying English and a jazz-playing Physics student thrown in for good measure.

For professors and students alike, it’s the perfect fusion of Music and History — a richer experience than focusing on a single discipline alone.

“It kind of started along with the birth of this group, of Gypsy Trip, and we’re all friends and we started hanging out,” Ganyard said. “And some of them, I think, were surprised that me as a historian was interested in jazz. And we started talking about it and it occurred to us that — because Adam teaches a regular course on the history of jazz — that we should do something special together and collaborate.”

Prof. Adam GainesGanyard and Gaines hope to offer their co-taught class again, noting both how much the students are learning — but also how much they’ve learned from each other.

The chance to do so, they say, is invaluable.

“It’s one of the greatest things about this campus, really — the 360° of Learning is exactly what we’re about here,” Gaines said. “And this class is sort of a microcosm of that — it’s really good for that because we’re trying to talk about music and jazz, not just from the perspective of the technical aspects of how music works. A more music-specific course may do something like that and we certainly do that in Music discipline. But you know, again, Clif has a different perspective, a historical perspective.

“Even though I know the music really well, to suddenly get that sort of perspective that he has — it’s great for the students; it’s great for me too.”

360° Jazz History video