Tag: After Thoughts

Round trip ticket to Cypress opened a new world to Aoki

top-story-after-thoughtsThere was a time when Kristy Aoki wanted to be an athletic trainer. Then she met a group of students who introduced her to international culture, and a friend who convinced her to take a trip to Cypress. It was the first of 30 trips to foreign lands, and she discovered that traveling the world helped her find her place in it.

Aoki is the student service coordinator for UW-Green Bay’s Office of International Education. She was the featured speaker at UW-Green Bay’s final After Thoughts event of the academic year, April 7 at the Weidner Center. She shared her many experiences — from rich to challenging — in helping international students successfully navigate in the U.S., in Green Bay and at UW-Green Bay.

There are about 120 international students from about 30 countries that attend UW-Green Bay this semester, with China (25%), Brazil (10%), Germany (8%), France (7%), Japan and Canada (6%) leading the list. Aoki helps them with airport pick-up and academics, orientation, immigration, programming, financial and health insurance, taxes, driver’s licenses and more.

“International students are followed closely, requiring us to prove semester registration, change of status, work authorization, internship approvals and address updates,” Aoki says. “Because they can receive a work VISA after graduating, it is the responsibility of the host institution to update immigration post-graduation as well.”

It’s not all pushing paperwork. Aoki and the International Education Office staff also introduce students to American culture — large Thanksgiving dinners, pumpkin carving, bonding trips to Door County, and of course, an annual trip to Lambeau Field. These activities often lead to deep connections between the International Office staff members and the students they serve.

Aoki also reminded the After Thoughts crowd about the benefits to a University of having international students on campus, echoing a recent Duke University (Journal of International Students, June 2013) study that showed that interactions between international students and American peers strengthen the experiences of all, and positively influence the U.S. students’ friends and families toward international students; the experience expands the Americans’ world view and challenges existing views; the experience increases Americans’ appreciation of art, literature, historical perspective and language skills and it positively impacts their careers and public service.

The enrichment that international students provide a campus community is reason enough for a strong program, says Aoki, but she points to a financial benefit to a community as well. She noted that 65% of international students are completely supported by their own families, and contribute over 27 billion dollars to the U.S. economy (2013-14). That translates into three U.S. jobs created for every seven international students who study in the U.S.

Now in its fourth full season, After Thoughts seeks to connect women in the community with UW-Green Bay. The gatherings showcase University faculty, staff and guests, and convene women — and often, “a few good men” — after their workdays for learning, enrichment and fun. The sessions are so named because they provide “After Thoughts” for participants to take with them when they leave.

Each After Thoughts event takes place from 5-7 p.m. in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. The events begin with time to network, mingle and enjoy hors d’oeuvres before the featured guest speaker begins. The tentative fall 2015 line-up includes Nursing Professor Heather Herdman on complementary and alternative medicine and Professors Alison Gates and Heidi Sherman, who bring artisan skill and history together to explore experimental archeology and the “UWGB Flax project.”

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‘After Thoughts’ to feature UW-Green Bay’s Aoki on international education

Kristy Aoki

Kristy Aoki

UW-Green Bay’s Kristy Aoki will speak on the value, challenges and joys of international education during an After Thoughts event Tuesday, April 7.

Her topics include what it takes to prepare students to make UW-Green Bay their home-away-from-home, how hosting international students helps to enrich our campus and community, and how travel experiences transform students into sought-after employees in the new global economy.

“Study Abroad experiences actively transform our students into the adaptable, confident, creative problem solvers who are being sought after by employers around the globe,” Aoki says.

Aoki joined UW-Green Bay in July 2005 as the Student Services Coordinator in the Office of International Education. She is currently the chair-elect for NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region V, which provides professional training for individuals working with international students and scholars, study abroad, and international student recruitment. She previously chaired the Wisconsin Association of International Educators in 2011.

Aoki earned a B.S. in International Relations and an M.S. in Counseling Student Personnel from Minnesota State University. While completing her undergraduate degree, Aoki studied at the University of Glasgow and participated in a home stay in Cyprus. She later taught junior high school English in Japan for three years, and has traveled to 26 countries.

The April 7 After Thoughts event will begin with a 5 p.m. reception, followed by Aoki’s talk at 5:45 p.m. in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. All attendees will be eligible to receive the evening’s door prize, two tickets to the May 27 India Dinner Lecture featuring Prof. Chris Style.

Now in its fourth full season, After Thoughts seeks to connect women in the community with UW-Green Bay. The gatherings showcase University faculty, staff and guests, and convene women — and often, “a few good men” — after their workdays for learning, enrichment and fun. The sessions are so named because they provide “After Thoughts” for participants to take with them when they leave.

Each After Thoughts event takes place from 5-7 p.m. in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. The events begin with time to network, mingle and enjoy hors d’oeuvres before the featured guest speaker begins.

Seating for After Thoughts is limited, so advance registration is recommended. The cost of each program is $14. 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 https://secure.qgiv.com/for/afterthoughts. Walk-up registration also is an option. Call (920) 465-2074 for more information. You can find After Thoughts on Facebook at www.facebook.com/afterthoughts.uwgb. Visit www.uwgb.edu/afterthoughts for more information about the series.

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‘It’s still a wonderful life’ says Warner

top-story-warnerThe good news according to UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Lora Warner, is that research supports that Brown County is still highly valued for its quality of life.

Warner (above with her students) presented to a near-capacity crowd at UW-Green Bay’s After Thoughts event, Tuesday, March 3.

The director of UW-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs has a front-row seat to all the community has to offer after leading a number of community-wide quality of life studies, including serving as principal investigator for the Fox River Region Leading Indicators for Excellence, or LIFE Studies, the first large-scale, two-year effort that concluded in 2011.

The Life Study included multiple surveys and focus groups, combined with an analysis of census, health, education and other data. The report date was finite, but work to protect all that we hold valuable in the community continues, Warner said.

This wide-ranging study of the quality of life in Northeastern Wisconsin looked at 10 key areas of quality of life (arts, community, health, vulnerable groups, education, environment, leisure, safety, self-sufficiency and economy) in Brown County, the Fox Cities and Oshkosh.

Research supports tremendous satisfaction from both community leaders and community members.

The community is not without its challenges, however. On the top of the ”challenge” list:

  • Achievement gap
  • Water quality
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Health
  • Community life and diversity issues
  • Access to higher education

For instance, 66 percent of Green Bay Area Public School children are considered economically disadvantaged, and despite efforts for years, there are still huge gaps in their educational achievement.

Warner has continued to explore these issues with the Center for Public Affairs, which connects students and faculty with the community through research, internships, service projects and various courses. Students take on high-impact experiences while the community benefits from the expertise of student and faculty, resulting in more engaged citizens and better community strategies for enhancing quality of life.

Warner said that educating oneself and getting involved are keys to strengthening our local community and protecting our current quality of life. Warner points to student-initiated activities such as UWGB’s Steps to Make a Difference Walk and the partnership with the “Learning by Giving Foundation” by which her students receive a $10,000 grant to research, solicit nominations and eventually award to other non-profit organizations — as novel ways to advance the next generation’s understanding of philanthropy and improve the lives of others.

Warner’s “After Thought”… “YOU have a role in our quality of Life. Do something.”

About After Thoughts:
After Thoughts connects women in the community with UW-Green Bay. The gatherings showcase University faculty, staff and guests after their workdays for learning, enrichment and fun. The sessions are so named because they provide “After Thoughts” for participants to take with them when they leave.

The final After Thoughts presentation will be April 7, with presenter Kristy Aoki, UWGB’s International Student Adviser, who will speak on the value, challenges and joys of international education.

Each After Thoughts takes place from 5-7 p.m. in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center. The events begin with time to network, mingle and enjoy hors d’oeuvres before the featured guest speaker begins.

The cost of each program is $14. 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. Walk-up registration also is an option. Call (920) 465-2074 for more information.

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Next ‘After Thoughts’ is Prof. Warner on March 3


Associate Prof. Lora Warner will speak about her research into the quality of life in Brown County during the University’s next After Thoughts event Tuesday, March 3. The Public Administration faculty member was principal investigator for the Leading Indicators for Excellence (LIFE) Study, which looked at 10 key indicators in three different communities. The program begins with a 5 p.m. reception, followed by Warner’s talk at 5:45 p.m. in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center. Advance registration is recommended. The cost of each program is $14. For details.

Next ‘After Thoughts’ event to feature UW-Green Bay’s Warner on quality of life

Lora Warner

Lora Warner

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Lora Warner will speak about her research into the quality of life in Brown County during the University’s next After Thoughts event Tuesday, March 3.

Warner, director of UW-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs, teaches in UW-Green Bay’s Public Administration program and leads the Nonprofit Management emphasis, working with her students in area public and nonprofit organizations on internships and service learning projects. For almost 25 years through her consulting business, Planning & Evaluation Associates, Inc., Warner has served a wide array of public service organizations throughout Wisconsin.

Warner has led a number of community-wide studies related to quality of life, including serving as principal investigator for the Leading Indicators for Excellence, or LIFE Study, a large-scale, 1 ½-year effort that concluded in 2011. This wide-ranging study of the quality of life in Northeastern Wisconsin looked at 10 key indicators for quality of life in three different communities. Warner has continued to explore these issues with the Center for Public Affairs, which connects students and faculty with the community through research, internships, service projects and various courses. Students take on high-impact experiences while the community benefits from the expertise of student and faculty, resulting in more engaged citizens and better community strategies for enhancing quality of life. More information about the Center is available at www.uwgb.edu/cfpa.

The March 3 After Thoughts event will begin with a 5 p.m. reception, followed by Warner’s talk at 5:45 p.m. in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. All attendees will be eligible to receive the evening’s door prize, two tickets to the March 31 Slovakia Dinner Lecture featuring Prof. Sarah Meredith Livingston.

Now in its fourth full season, After Thoughts seeks to connect women in the community with UW-Green Bay. The gatherings showcase University faculty, staff and guests, and convene women — and often, “a few good men” — after their workdays for learning, enrichment and fun. The sessions are so named because they provide “After Thoughts” for participants to take with them when they leave.

Each After Thoughts event takes place from 5-7 p.m. in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. The events begin with time to network, mingle and enjoy hors d’oeuvres before the featured guest speaker begins.

Seating for After Thoughts is limited, so advance registration is recommended. The cost of each program is $14. 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 https://secure.qgiv.com/for/afterthoughts. Walk-up registration also is an option. Call (920) 465-2074 for more information. You can find After Thoughts on Facebook at www.facebook.com/afterthoughts.uwgb. Visit www.uwgb.edu/afterthoughts for more information about the series.

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Trailblazer: University’s first female AD addresses ‘After Thoughts’ crowd

UW-Green Bay director of intercollegiate athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie talked about her journey to the chair Thursday (Nov. 6) during the latest After Thoughts program in the Weidner Center Grand Foyer. After initially downplaying the significance of her role as UW-Green Bay’s first female athletic director — and one of just 28 female ADs of 346 total in Division I — Gillespie said conversations with some peers changed her approach. “I had some women colleagues who were in the AD chair say, ‘Mary Ellen, take a step back,’ ” Gillespie said. “ ‘You have an obligation and a responsibility to help women. … So own it, be proud of it, don’t be afraid to talk about it’ — one, in tribute to the women who paved the way before me, but also (for) the women who are coming up behind me.” Gillespie also talked about the challenges and opportunities that come with her current role, as well as — at the end of the day — the point of it all. “(It’s about) 18-to 22-year-olds — changing lives and building leaders,” she said. “And that is why I do what I do.” Story and photos.

Journey to the chair: UW-Green Bay’s first female athletic director shares story

top-athleticsWhen Mary Ellen Gillespie became UW-Green Bay’s first female athletic director — and one of just 28 women of 346 ADs in Division I — she downplayed the significance of gender and focused on fit.

Responding to questions from members of the news media, Gillespie would tell them she was the best person for the job, plain and simple. She just wasn’t comfortable talking about the gender aspect of her hire, she said Thursday (Nov. 6) during her After Thoughts address before a packed Grand Foyer at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

“But I had some women colleagues who were in the AD chair say, ‘Mary Ellen, take a step back,’ ” Gillespie said. “ ‘You have an obligation and a responsibility to help women. … So own it, be proud of it, don’t be afraid to talk about it’ — one, in tribute to the women who paved the way before me, but also (for) the women who are coming up behind me.”

It was a shift in approach perhaps befitting Gillespie’s journey to the chair, which took her from saying “it’s never going to happen because I’m a woman” to accepting the top job at UW-Green Bay in fall of 2013. Along the way, she had to build experience, harness a competitive nature, assemble a great team of people who would be in her corner, and learn to be her own advocate.

“These folks got my name out to other people because I learned to advocate for myself,” Gillespie said. “I always tell young people, if you don’t advocate for yourself, nobody else will.”

Gillespie’s journey took her from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh to the University of Iowa and then the North American Intrafraternity Conference, based in Indianapolis. She served as director of development for Purdue University’s schools of Nursing and Health Sciences before her most recent gig as associate athletics director for external relations at Bowling Green State University. She took a somewhat unconventional path to the chair, she says — but solid experience in student life, academics, fundraising and working with the community help her understand the entire institution of which athletics is a part.

“I look very different on paper from a traditional athletic director,” Gillespie said. “But I know how an institution works. And you have to work with the entire institution if you want a strong athletic department.”

Since coming to UW-Green Bay, Gillespie has faced her share of challenges — in 11 months, for example, Athletics has replaced 21 individuals in a staff of 56. But there also have been successes, such as one-quarter of the University’s Division I teams — four of 16 — winning Horizon League titles last season. And while Gillespie said much of her first year was akin to “drinking water out of a fire hydrant” (now a more manageable “fire hose,” she notes), it’s all been worth it. UW-Green Bay’s 247 student athletes make it so.

“(It’s about) 18-to -22 year-olds — changing lives and building leaders,” she said. “And that is why I do what I do.”

More information about UW-Green Bay Athletics and the University’s After Thoughts series is available online.

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Next ‘After Thoughts’ to feature UW-Green Bay AD Gillespie

UW-Green Bay director of intercollegiate athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie will talk about the state and future of Division I athletics during the University’s next After Thoughts presentation Thursday, Nov. 6 in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center. Gillespie, who became one of just 28 female athletic directors (of 346) in D1 when she was hired a year ago, also will discuss her experiences in a male-dominated field in her address, titled “Lean In: 28/346.” The event begins with networking and hors d’oeuvres at 5 p.m. and continues with Gillespie’s address at 5:45. All attendees will receive a ticket to that evening’s women’s basketball game against UW Oshkosh, and will be eligible to win additional tickets as door prizes. Our press release has additional information.

UW-Green Bay’s first female AD to share perspective for next ‘After Thoughts’

When UW-Green Bay’s Mary Ellen Gillespie was hired a year ago as the University’s director of intercollegiate athletics, she became one of just 28 female athletic directors (of 346 total) in Division I. On Thursday, Nov. 6, Gillespie will talk about her experience in this male-dominated field as part of the University’s After Thoughts series of programs.

Mary Ellen Gillespie

Mary Ellen Gillespie

Titled “Lean In: 28/346,” Gillespie’s presentation will focus on how she got to where she is today and what it has been like to serve in her current role. She also will explore the importance of Division I athletics to the University and greater community, and talk about forthcoming shifts that will change the face of DI moving forward.

“We don’t need to look very far in the media to see that the landscape of Division I athletics is about to change drastically — and sooner, rather than later,” Gillespie said. “In my talk, I will share an overview of the changes, who is involved and the timeline for when they will take effect.”

The Nov. 6 After Thoughts event will begin with a 5 p.m. reception, followed by Gillespie’s talk at 5:45, in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. All attendees will receive a ticket to that evening’s women’s basketball game against UW-Oshkosh. They also can enter to win one of two door prizes — two tickets to the women’s basketball regular season home opener Nov. 22 (versus Duquesne) and two tickets to the men’s basketball regular season home opener Nov. 15 (versus Illinois-Springfield).

Gillespie was named UW-Green Bay athletic director on Oct. 17, 2013 and officially began her duties on Dec. 2, 2013. Prior to coming to Green Bay, she was associate athletics director for external relations at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Other previous positions include director of development for Purdue University’s schools of Nursing and Health Sciences (2005-06); vice president of advancement for the North American Intrafraternity Conference (2000-05); assistant director of student life at the University of Iowa (1998-2000); and coordinator in the office of the Dean of Students at Plattsburgh State University of New York.

Now in its fourth full season, After Thoughts seeks to connect women in the community with UW-Green Bay. The gatherings showcase University faculty, staff and guests, and convene women — and often “a few good men” — after their workdays for learning, enrichment and fun. The sessions are so named because they provide “After Thoughts” for participants to take with them when they leave.

Each After Thoughts event takes place from 5-7 p.m. in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. The events begin with time to network, mingle and enjoy hors d’oeuvres before the featured guest speaker begins.

Seating for After Thoughts is limited, so advanced registration is recommended. The cost of each program is $14. 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 https://secure.qgiv.com/for/afterthoughts. Walk-up registration also is an option. Call (920) 465-2074 for more information. You can find After Thoughts on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/afterthoughts.uwgb. Visit www.uwgb.edu/afterthoughts/ for more information about the series.

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Examining the arts: Rosewall’s ‘After Thoughts’ considers what’s next

Prof. Ellen Rosewall kicked off the 2014-15 After Thoughts season with a timely topic Tuesday (Oct. 7), presenting “Future of the Arts: Is the Green Bay Symphony the Canary in the Coal Mine?” before a full house in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. Rosewall’s talk considered the struggles and successes of the 21st century arts scene, drawing on examples close to home — the demise of the Green Bay Symphony, the recent successful revitalization of the Weidner Center — as well as across the country to illuminate the issue. Rosewall also detailed characteristics of successful arts organizations and encouraged audience members to support the arts — not just financially, but in a host of other ways, as well. Story and photos.