Academic Staff are invited to join the Academic Staff Professional Development Programming Committee on Wednesday, Dec. 9, from noon to 1 p.m. in University Union Room 103 for “Focusing on Strengths (Not Weaknesses!) to Optimize Results,” presented by Lisa Tetzloff, director of Student Life. All registered participants will receive a free code to take the half-hour StrengthsFinder assessment, a widely used online tool. Organizers request that participants take this assessment prior to Tuesday, Dec. 8 at noon (so Lisa may review the groups results) and bring the list of their indicated Top 5 strengths. At the session, attendees will learn what their strengths mean and how to use them to their and any group’s advantage. Light refreshments will be provided. Feel free to bring your lunch. To register, click. Registration will be limited to the first sixty. Questions may be emailed to Jena Richter.
Not snow flakes. Snowy owls. Formerly a rare visitor to Wisconsin and the Lower 48, in recent winters the large Arctic birds have been showing up around here in increasing numbers. This year, well in advance of the first snows, researchers have already documented at least 30 “snowies” in Wisconsin, including a half dozen locally at the limited-access Cat Island chain across the bay from campus. One of UW-Green Bay’s lead researchers, Richter Museum curator Tom Erdman says, simply, “It’s unprecedented. It’s causing us to ask, ‘Why?’” Erdman has a theory, and he’s quoted extensively in a fine Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article.
The Academic Staff Professional Development Allocations Committee announces that it has funds available to assist academic staff in attending professional development meetings and programs. The committee reminds employees that the travel ban has been lifted. Funding is available for up to 50 percent of the total cost, not to exceed $500. Total funding provided is subject to availability and may be less than requested. Note that funds will not be awarded “after the fact.” A department/office cannot be reimbursed (through a chargeback) for expenses related to an activity that has already occurred. Please submit all materials electronically to: Steve Newton. Subject: Professional Development Allocations. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. If you have questions, please contact any of the 2015-2016 committee members: Steve Newton, Sue Bodilly, Paula Ganyard, Stephanie Kaponya and Nora Kanzenbach. For more information.
Marlys Brunsting passed away Sept. 22 after a long and valiant battle with cancer. She worked 17 years for UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Library — first as an interim circulation supervisor, a part-time reference librarian and then as the full-time coordinator of library automation — before accepting the position of library director at UW-Stout. She was awarded the title director emeritus at Stout upon her recent retirement in recognition of the significant positive impact she had in the two short years she was there. Brunsting is survived by her husband, Larry Segriff, two daughters, Megan Reyes and Caitlin Collins and other relatives. Memorial services will take place this Friday (Sept. 25) at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Green Bay. Visitation begins at 9 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. The family requests donations to the Susan G. Komen foundation in lieu of flowers. The family would also like to express their deep appreciation to the nurses and staff at St. Croix Hospice, who brought great comfort in a difficult time.
Family members have shared news of the passing of longtime academic staff member and math lecturer Sherri Urcavich, who succumbed to a battle with cancer on Monday, Sept. 7. A visitation is planned from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13 at Green Bay Community Church with a funeral service to follow. Urcavich, 64, retired in May 2014 from UWGB. She is survived by her husband, Greg, and children, Jennifer L. Urcavich and Katherine, and other relatives. A full obituary is online.
The UW System has announced the 2015 recipients of the Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ People. Honored at UW-Green Bay is Stacie Christian, campus coordinator for Inclusive Excellence and the Pride Center. Recipients will be formally recognized on Oct. 9 in Madison at an awards ceremony and luncheon. For the complete list of honorees.
Already distributed campuswide but repeated here for the record: There will be a retirement reception from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 26) in the University Union’s Phoenix Room A for Pamela Harvey-Jacobs, the longtime director of admissions.
Stop in at the Office of Business and Finance yet this afternoon (Thursday) and you’ll find two things: 1) Kelly Franz, the retiring vice chancellor, is taking the afternoon off, presumably to rest up for a final, grueling day of work Friday; and 2) those display boards inviting your humorous and/or heartfelt comments relating to historic photos of Kelly down through the years are out and available in the conference room if you haven’t yet signed them. Stop in any time today or Friday. (P.S. — One of Kelly’s office mates observes that Vice Chancellor Franz, at his farewell gathering Tuesday at Shorewood, was presented with a framed, official state commendation on three decades of service as issued by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker… and the governor’s sharp drop in at least one key presidential poll in the days since is probably just coincidence. Yes, coincidence.)
The professional development programming committees of the Academic Staff and University Staff are coming together to sponsor a program from 10 a.m. to noon next Wednesday (May 27) in the Alumni Rooms of the University Union. Guest presenter Theresa Zimmerman will address the topic “Beyond Diversity: Generations in the Workplace.” Organizers say rapid workplace transformation, globalization and changing demographics will require fresh managerial perspectives blending multiple generations and cultures. This workshop promises to take participants “beyond the traditional concept of diversity.” Register here.
Stephanie Cataldo-Pabich, who served a number of years and in many roles for the Phuture Phoenix Program, most recently as its interim director, has announced her departure. Pabich is moving to a newly created events manager position with the Heritage Hill Foundation. She expresses her gratitude to the faculty, staff and students who fully invested in the successful program, now replicated at colleges across the country. Cataldo-Pabich’s last day is Friday, May 29, when she invites peers to stop up and say “see you later.” Pabich is a UW-Green Bay alumna, having graduated with a degree in History and Social Change and Development before pursuing a master’s degree in History from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.