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‘Phlash Talks’ (part of Alumni Days) include reflections by standout grads

There’s a long list of Alumni Days events (again, more on that later), but here’s one we want to call special attention to, in advance: “Phlash Talks,” set for 2 to 3 p.m. next Friday, Oct. 16, in the Union’s Christie Theatre. Four award-winning alumni are returning to campus to offer their own short “Phlash Talk” (sort of in the spirit of a TED Talk) on how UWGB influenced their careers. The audience will be invited to interact with the guests over the course of the hour. The invited alumni presenters:
• Dr. Jack Potts, 1971, Humanism and Cultural Change
• Kelly Ruh, 2001, Accounting and Business Administration
• Andy Rosendahl, 2007, Public Administration
• Patrick Madden, 1971, Modernization Processes

New Lawton exhibit spotlights Wisconsin artists, including some from UWGB

“Contemporary Views,” a new Lawton Gallery exhibition featuring the selected artworks of visual artists in Wisconsin, opens Thursday (Oct. 8) with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Theatre Hall Lobby. Guest Juror Molly Sampson will offer a short talk at 5 followed by the awards. The 41 artworks selected (from among 169 entries) include pieces by UWGB art alumni and students Cristian Anderson, Bonnie De Arteaga, Nadia Juhnke, Marjorie Mau, Daniel Moore, Kayla Schroeder and Johanna Winters. The exhibit was sponsored and organized by Wisconsin Visual Artists

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Guest curator will also present, pre-show — Molly Sampson, the Philadelphia-based guest curator of the “Contemporary Views” exhibit opening at the Lawton, will also give a digital presentation about the show and about being an independent curator from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. in Studio Arts Room 411 this Thursday (Oct. 8).

Gurung, student publish article on exam scores, learning techniques

How students study is important, but faculty and student self-efficacy are also significant predictors of exam scores. Psychology Prof. Regan A. R. Gurung of Human Development and Brianna Bartolewski, a recent UW-Green Bay graduate in Psychology now in graduate school at Marquette, just published the article “Comparing the relationship of learning techniques and exam score.” You can see an abstract of the article published by the American Psychological Association’s Psychnet site.

Alumni Days also include downtown component, and ‘Spawning Run’

In connection with Alumni Days, the University and alumni volunteers will staff a booth at the Downtown Farmers Market, from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday the 17th, dispensing gifts to anyone in UW-Green Bay apparel. A special Habitat for Humanity alumni build on Crooks Street is planned for later in the day. Meanwhile, back at UWGB, the “Spawning Run” 5k organized by the eco-minded student chapter of the American Fisheries Society invites campus and community to explore the trails of the Cofrin Arboretum. Learn more about the run/walk.

50th Anniversary celebration continues with expanded Alumni Days, public invited

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is hosting its third annual Alumni Days event October 16 and 17, with a bigger-than-ever feel to coincide with the University’s 50th Anniversary celebration.

With the 50th anniversary, there is the return of some alumni favorites, including the John Maino Classic — a nine-hole, four person scramble golf tournament held at UWGB’s Shorewood Golf Course Saturday, October 17. The $30 per golfer fee includes nine holes of golf with a cart and a TaylorMade golf glove.

Alumni Days also means the resurrection of the BlueWhale Coffeehouse — at one time a premiere Midwest destination for blues performers. The “BlueWhale vibe” will be recreated at the Shorewood Golf Course Club House on Friday, October 16 at 7 p.m., where international entertainer, Claudia Schmidt, will bring her lively sounds of folk, jazz, and blues music back to campus. The cost of the event is $15 at the door or is included in the $25 all-event Alumni Days pass.

Also part of Alumni Days is Phoenix Fest — a “mini-Bayfest” type of event in Phoenix Park, between the Kress Events Center and the University Union. It includes live music, food, beverages, and many attractions for the entire family. Admission to the event is free. Tickets can be purchased for the attractions, food or beverages. There will be Segway tours of campus, carnival games, zip line, stunt jump, and much more, with food and refreshments including a chili bar, corn tent and beer garden.

At 5 p.m., Green Bay Athletics teams will host Phoenix Phrenzy in a “midnight mania”-type of atmosphere. There will be introductions, shooting and dunk contests, scrimmages and a special appearance by the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team (featured on “America’s Got Talent”).

Visit Phoenix Fest for a full list of attractions, food options and ticket prices.

Alumni Days is also extending into the Green Bay community. On Saturday October 17 from 7 a.m. til Noon, UW-Green Bay will be running a booth at the Downtown Farmer’s Market and all attendees who wear UW-Green Bay apparel will receive a gift. Also on October 17, a Habitat for Humanity Alumni Build will be occurring on Crooks St. from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The build recognizes the 20th anniversary of UW-Green Bay’s Habitat for Humanity college chapter. More than two dozen UWGB alumni are expected to help with the build.

For a full schedule of Alumni Days events and to see which events are included with registration, visit the Alumni website. Cost is only $25 for one person and a guest, $5 for each additional family member. It includes up to two Phoenix PRIDE Shirts (alumni only please), admittance to events included with registration, and 10 tickets for Phoenix Fest.

For more information, visit the UW-Green Bay Alumni website or contact Kari Moody.


Hammering homelessness

The UWGB chapter of Habitat for Humanity is having an Alumni Build as part of Alumni Days in October. They have an extra reason to celebrate — 20 consecutive years as a college chapter. Former Dean of Enrollment Services Mike Stearney provided a glimpse of where 20 years has taken hundreds of students and the families they have served.


UWGB Habitat: Building community for two decades

As UW-Green Bay celebrates its 50th Anniversary another UWGB entity is also celebrating a milestone — The UWGB Collegiate Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is in its 20th year, and with it, a special Anniversary Celebration Alumni Build is in the works.

On Saturday, October 17, in conjunction with Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity, UWGB Habitat alumni will work on two neighboring houses on Chicago Street in Green Bay.

Twenty-four volunteers are sought for four-hour shifts in the morning or afternoon (8 a.m. to noon and 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) with lunch midday provided by current members of the campus chapter.

The event provides an opportunity to reunite and reminisce, while helping the campus archivist fill in gaps on the history of the organization, and at the same time provide homes for two deserving families in Green Bay.

habitat-roofLooking back… on May 25, 1995, UW-Green Bay was granted campus chapter status by Habitat for Humanity International. In the two decades since, literally hundreds of UW-Green Bay students have contributed to the cause of eliminating homelessness and providing safe, decent affordable housing to deserving families — in Green Bay, throughout the United States, and around the world. For many of those students, their participation in Collegiate Challenge trips was among the most significant and memorable experiences of their college careers.

Over the course of 20 years, UWGB students participated in at least 24 winter, spring or summer break trips throughout the United States and to two foreign countries to build homes for families in need.

Destinations included affiliate hosts in the Northeast (Connecticut) the South (Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Alabama), the South Central U.S. (North and South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, Virginia). the Eastern U.S. (Pennsylvania, Connecticut) and the West (New Mexico, Arizona). Teams traveled to South Africa and to the Philippines on international trips and many students contributed Saturday hours to local home-building projects with Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity or volunteering at the Habitat ReStore.

habitat-framingHabitat builds are far from vacations. Prior to a build, students must first spend a semester conducting fundraisers to raise money to cover trip costs. Then, over winter or spring break, they travel hundreds of miles by bus or van, stay for a week in very modest housing (typically a church basement or volunteer center), share just a couple of showers/bathrooms, and spend the bulk of their “break” time laboring — framing, roofing, putting up siding, insulating, hanging drywall or painting. They return from their college break more exhausted than when they left. But almost to the last one, they say the experience was incomparable, and the satisfaction of working together to provide a deserving family a home is its own reward. So gratifying was the experience that many students participated in three or four Collegiate Challenge trips during their college years.

Organizers would appreciate securing volunteers by October 2.

Many trips through the years have been documented on the UWGB Habitat for Humanity Facebook page.

Join the event on Facebook.

Feature by Mike Stearney, former Dean of Enrollment Services and longtime Habitat for Humanity Student Adviser

First graduate, DePrey, shares memories of early UWGB

Sunday’s Press-Gazette also published a first-person piece by Nancy (Ably) DePrey, the first person ever to receive a UWGB bachelor’s degree. “I remember feeling very proud to be a member of UW-Green Bay’s first graduating class, in June 1970,” DePrey wrote. Before UWGB was founded, she said, “You’d have to do your two years in Green Bay (at the UW Center) and go somewhere else to finish. Now, you could do it all here. The campus was growing, the excitement was here. It was something very special to be able to finish your education at UWGB.” DePrey recalled faculty members including James McHale and Jim Murray, as well.

King, Nick, Potts to receive highest alumni honors

UW-Green Bay will recognize a total of five meritorious graduates at the 2015 Alumni Association Awards Night on Friday evening, Oct. 16. The program is part of the annual, two-day Alumni Days celebration, which this year coincides with UW-Green Bay’s 50th Anniversary. The list of honorees begins with Mark King, class of 1981, Barbara Nick ’83 and Dr. Jack Potts ’71, each receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award. King is President of adidas Group North America, Nick is President and CEO of Dairyland Power Cooperative, La Crosse, and Potts is among the state of Arizona’s leading forensic psychiatrists and has taught both law and social work at Arizona State University. The awards night takes place in the Grand Foyer and on stage at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. Open to the public, the event has tickets on sale at $35 per person. For more, see the full news release.

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Awards for recent alumni, honorary alumni — Also being honored at the Oct. 16 Alumni Association Awards Night on campus will be mayoral aide Andy Rosendahl ’07 and PDQ Manufacturing controller Kelly Ruh ’01, each receiving the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. Ronald and Suzy Pfeifer will receive the Honorary Alumni Award.


Celebrating the 50th, ’70s style

They were UWGB’s first students — watching the campus grow from corn field to conglomerate — and some even helped move in the furniture that can still be found in remote pockets of campus. They are the UW-Green Bay graduates of the Class of 1970, and they returned to campus recently to celebrate the University’s 50th anniversary with the faculty members who inspired them, and to trade stories about the good ol’ days. In a casual environment at the Shorewood Clubhouse, nearly two dozen alumnimade the return trip. They enjoyed a trip down memory lane via a photo and memorabilia display provided by University Archives. They shared many, many stories from UW-Green Bay’s earliest days and the school’s “Eco U” roots.  Among the treasured memories? The time maintenance workers knocked on the classroom door to install the University’s first blackboards… while class was in session. Being welcomed beyond imagination as returning adult students. Being led by a chancellor (Ed Weidner) who wanted to know them personally.  And, of course the relationships… favorite faculty, mentors and friends.

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