Ellen Edison, a May 2015 UW-Green Bay graduate and standout student-athlete for Green Bay women’s basketball received the Horizon League’s highest individual honor yesterday — the Cecil N. Coleman Medal of Honor. The Coleman Medal of Honor is presented annually to the league’s top male and female student-athletes who best exemplify the dignity and high purpose of the League and its membership. The individuals demonstrate outstanding achievement in academics, athletics and extracurricular activities. Edison graduated summa cum laude with honors in the Human Biology major. Read more.
Molly Jaster, a 2008 Communication graduate of UW-Green Bay, was named Fond du Lac area’s Young Professional of the Month. She’s an independent marketing consultant specializing in social media and communication, active in a variety of community causes.
Christin DePouw, assistant professor of Education, has been named the recipient of a 2016 Research Scholar Award as presented by the faculty Research Council chaired by Prof. Amy Wolf. The selection was based on DePouw’s proposal, “Role of Critical Race Consciousness in Strengthening Academic and Cultural Identities in Hmong American Students.” The award will help DePouw complete a study she began more than a decade ago. The Research Scholar Award, with funding by the Provost’s Office, provides for a 3-credit reassignment. More information on Prof. DePouw’s ongoing research will be posted on the UW-Green Bay Research Council website in the near future.
Congratulations to Mike Reed, director of the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary. He received the NEW Watershed Champion Award for his OAK Learning Center 4K program vision. UW-Green Bay faculty, alumni and students are active partners in the program. Reed received the award on Friday, March 20 (World Water Day 2015) at the Jack Day Environmental Education Center.
The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents honored UW-Green Bay Frankenthal Professor of History and Humanistic Studies, Gregory S. Aldrete, April 10 for his outstanding achievements in teaching. Aldrete received the 2015 Regents Teaching Excellence Award, UW System’s highest recognition for members of its faculty and academic staff.
Aldrete started teaching at UW-Green Bay in 1995 and since has been awarded several distinguished titles for his contributions in teaching and research. In 2012, he was selected as Wisconsin Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for the Advancement of Education (CASE). In 2010, he was selected as the recipient of the American Philological Association Award for Excellence in Teaching at the College Level (the national teaching award given annually by the professional association of classics professors). Aldrete was selected to hold the Frankenthal Professorship at UW-Green Bay through 2017, and he received the UW-Green Bay Founders Association Awards for Excellence in the categories of teaching (2003) and scholarship (2006).
In addition to his role as professor, Aldrete has excelled in the field of research. His research has been honored with a number of prestigious fellowships, among them, two year NEH Humanities Fellowships, and the Solmsen Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities in Madison. The Archaeological Institute of America, the professional association of archaeologists, selected him as one of two Joukowsky National Lecturers for 2014-15, an honor which included a lecture tour of 14 universities across the United States. Additionally, he was chosen as a fellow of two NEH seminars held at the American Academy in Rome, was a participant in an NEH Institute at UCLA, and was a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome.
His interest of all things ancient Rome makes its way to his classroom and beyond. He regularly teaches eight different courses of approximately 450 students per year, as well as numerous independent studies. His teaching methods include analyzing primary documents, holding debates, role-playing and other hands-on activities.
Recently, Aldrete developed an innovative interdisciplinary course on military history in which students learn through “living history.” An example was the multi-year Linothorax Project, in which his students helped him re-create the lightweight linen armor that Alexander the Great wore during his conquests. Their testing firmly established that linen armor would have provided superior protection and a major tactical advantage for Alexander’s forces. Aldrete’s published results of that research garnered international attention on Public Radio International, U.S. News and World Report, Der Spielgel, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Military History, Ancient Warfare Magazine, the Canadian network History Television, and in internet stories in more than two dozen languages and countries around the world.
Recently, he has begun making video lecture courses with The Teaching Company/The Great Courses, and his offerings include: A History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective, Decisive Battles of World History, and History’s Great Military Blunders and the Lessons they Teach (forthcoming).
Aldrete has written and recorded dozens of video lectures for The Teaching Company, with the first series entitled, “The History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective.” Aldrete gives frequent public lectures, including local venues as well as, recently, Iowa State University, Boston University, and the University of Manitoba in Canada. His students frequently comment on his depth of knowledge and passion for the subject of history and for teaching.
His interdisciplinary scholarship spans fields including History, Archaeology, Art History, Military History, and Philology. Among the books he has written are: Gestures and Acclamations in Ancient Rome (1999); Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome (2007); Daily Life in the Roman City: Rome, Pompeii, and Ostia (2009); The Long Shadow of Antiquity: What Have the Greeks and Romans Done For Us? (2012, with Alicia Aldrete); The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life I: The Ancient World (editor, 2004); and Reconstructing Ancient Linen Body Armor: Unraveling the Linothorax Mystery (2013, with S. Bartell and A. Aldrete).
Aldrete joins other esteemed UW-Green Bay faculty who have recently received the UW System Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award: Clifton Ganyard, Humanistic Studies (2014) and Regan A.R. Gurung, Human Development (2011). The UW-Green Bay Professional Program in Education received the UW System department of the year honors in 2011.
The Wisconsin Section of the American Water Resources Association has honored UW-Green Bay student and Geoscience major Christa Kananen. She was given the best undergraduate student poster award last week for her research project on groundwater levels in the deep sandstone aquifer of Marinette County. Her poster (with co-author Prof. John Luczaj of Geoscience) was titled: “Drawdown of the Potentiometric Surface in the Cambrian-Ordovician Aquifer in Marinette County, Wisconsin” The award will eventually be posted at http://state.awra.org/wisconsin/studentposteraward.html.
Registered nurse Jason Mattson, a bachelor’s grad and current student in UW-Green Bay’s master’s of nursing program, was honored earlier this week with the 2014 Carol and Robert Bush Excellence in Nursing Award presented by Bellin Health. The Bushes inaugurated the award 14 years ago in appreciation of outstanding care they and their family had received, and the couple personally reviews every nomination. The award is open to registered nurses currently employed with the Bellin Health System in face-to-face patient care roles. Mattson completed his BSN degree at UW-Green Bay in 2006, and joined the Bellin intensive care unit as a staff nurse in 2007. He anticipates receiving his UWGB master’s in Management and Leadership in Health Systems this summer. His citation for the award lists a long list of accomplishment and leadership activities. The Bush Award recipient receives a sculpture of a nurse and a $5,000 cash award. Mattson will be formally recognized at the annual Bellin Health VIP event on April 9 at the Lambeau Field Atrium. For photos and more on the award and Mattson.
Riddle, professor of Theatre and Dance, will be one of three regional educators to receive the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion, considered one of the great honors in theatre education. Each year, the eight KCACTF regions honor individuals or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the teaching and production of theatre and who have dedicated their time, artistry and enthusiasm to the annual theatre festival. Honorees have demonstrated a strong commitment to the values and goals of KCACTF and to excellence in educational theatre, according to the organization.
“It is a great honor to be recognized for my service to the American College Theatre Festival,” Riddle said. “I have the highest regard for this organization’s mission to recognize and encourage quality, creativity and innovation in college theatre. ACTF has given me and so many others the opportunity to learn from and work with artists who share their considerable talents and inspire us to do our best work.”
Riddle is chair of Theatre and Dance at UW-Green Bay, where she teaches acting, improvisation and voice for the actor. Since coming to Green Bay in 1993, she has directed more than 30 productions and served as dialect, voice and acting coach for many others. She has continued to direct and act professionally and also works as a voice actor. She began service as an associate respondent for KCACTF Region III in 1987, and has served several terms on the Region III Selection Committee, beginning in 1989. Riddle has presented numerous workshops at past festivals, served as Wisconsin State Chair and was recognized with the Wisconsin State Service Award in 2011. UW-Green Bay hosted the Region III festival in 1994 and 1995. Riddle has directed four productions invited to perform at the Region III festival, including Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls and Red Herring. In 1997, On the Verge received Awards of Excellence from the KCACTF National Team for directing, acting, scenic, costume, lighting, sound designs, and stage management. In 2014, Avenue Q was honored by the region with UW-Green Bay’s fifth Golden Handtruck award for technical excellence, and was cited by the national KCACTF team for achievement in musical theatre.
Riddle received a B.A. in Theatre from Indiana State University, an M.A. in Arts Administration from Goucher College, and an M.F.A. from The Theatre School- DePaul University. She has studied at Chicago’s Second City, the School at Steppenwolf and with Paul Sills and Uta Hagan.
The Jan. 10 awards presentation will cap a busy KCACTF regional for UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance, which will participate in numerous festival events. Seven cast members from the University’s fall 2014 production of Spring Awakening will perform that musical’s opening number during a new event showcasing musical theatre scenes. Only one school from each state in the KCACTF region was selected for the showcase, which will take place at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9. The featured UW-Green Bay cast members are Stephanie Frank, Katie Junek, Andrea Kuhlow, Cherran Dea Rasmovicz, Erin Sunisa, Amy Vannieuwenhoven and Ashley Wisneski. Spring Awakening was directed by Associate Prof. John Mariano, with musical direction by Assistant Prof. Courtney Sherman and choreography by lecturer Denise Carlson-Gardner.
In addition to the musical performance, several UW-Green Bay students or recent alumni have been nominated to participate in the festival’s Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition. They are Ashley Wisneski, nominated for Uncommon Women and Others (scene partner Andy Delaurelle); Mariah Himmelwright, nominated for Uncommon Women and Others (scene partner Andy Delaurelle); Erin Sunisa, nominated for Spring Awakening (scene partner Amy Vannieuwenhoven); and Stephanie Frank, nominated for Spring Awakening (scene partner Cherran Dea Rasmovicz).
Others participating in festival events include Associate Prof. Kaoime Malloy, who will present “Out of the Kit Makeup Effects,” a workshop on stage makeup; and student Cherran Dea Rasmovicz, who has entered a costume design into the regional design competition.
UW-Green Bay has a rich and successful history at the regional theatre festival. The University’s Fall 2013 production of Avenue Q, The Musical was a hit when performed during last year’s KCACTF regional, earning a rousing standing ovation as well as the Golden Handtruck Award for excellence in technical execution of the production. Other past invites for full productions are Almost, Maine (2011); The Balkan Women (2009); Red Herring (2006); The Christmas Schooner (2004); Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls (2002); On the Verge (1999); Camp Meeting (1993); In Circles (1991); Children of a Lesser God (1985); and Trojan Women (1981).
More information about UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance is available at www.uwgb.edu/theatre/.
The Research Council, chaired by Amy Wolf, is pleased to announce Aaron Weinschenk, assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, as the recipient of a 2015-2016 Research Scholar Award. The selection was based on his proposal “A Citizen’s Guide to American Elections: The Success and Failure of Representation.” The project is a component of a book to be published in 2015 designed to provide a general overview of key elements of U.S. elections. It will be targeted for use in undergraduate political science courses as well as readership by a general audience. The Research Scholar Award, with funding by the Provost’s Office, provides for a 3-credit reassignment that will allow Prof. Weinschenk to complete the book manuscript as well as work on a journal article focused on public attitudes about income inequality in the United States.
Scott Ashmann, associate professor in the Professional Program in Education, has been named Environmental Education Administrator of the Year by the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education. The honor was presented Nov. 8 at the association’s annual awards banquet in Madison. Ashmann was cited for his leadership as chairperson of the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board from 2009-14 and for his research involving the integration of environmental education in teacher preparation. The award citation also mentioned his service on the advisory committee for the nature-based four-year-old kindergarten program at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary. Ashmann is a proud graduate of UW-Green Bay, having studied science education en route to earning his Eco U bachelor’s degree in 1988.