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Humanistic Studies honors top students

Last Friday (May 8), Humanistic Studies hosted an awards ceremony for outstanding students and scholarship winners.

Student honorees were:

Humanistic Studies Scholarships

Harold and Edna Bickford Endowed Scholarship – Taylor Navis

Coryll Crandall Memorial Scholarship – Danielle Eder

Thomas E. Daniels Memorial Scholarship – Samantha Molina

Lise Lotte Gammeltoft Memorial Scholarship – Faith Lent

Modern Languages Awards Academic Year 2014—2015

Academic Excellence Award in German – Ashley Thibeau

Applied Language Award in German – Sara Lueth

Academic Excellence Award in Spanish – Julia Rose Shariff 

Academic Excellence Award in Spanish – Colin Nohr 

Applied Use of Spanish Award – Courtney Mueller-Krouse 

Academic Excellence Award in French – Elijah Amelse 

Applied Use of French Award – Adam Meyer

UW-Green Bay students earn Chancellor’s Medallions, University Leadership Awards

Thirty-four graduating UW-Green Bay seniors will be honored Friday, May 15 with Chancellor’s Medallions, recognizing sustained academic and community achievement throughout their UW-Green Bay careers.

The students will receive the honor during the semi-annual University Leadership Awards program May 15 and will wear the medallions during commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 16. Another 43 students will receive University Leadership Awards during the May 15 program, recognizing them as undergraduates who have contributed to the growth and development of a student organization or who have exhibited a commitment to community service, while remaining in good academic standing.

The Chancellor’s Medallion recipients, their hometowns and majors are as follows:

• Elijah Amelse, Cottage Grove, Human Development
• Ryan Badeau, Green Bay, Chemistry
• Heather Bekkers, Greenfield, English
• Tiffany Bowring, Manitowoc, Social Work and Human Development
• Samantha Braaten, Green Bay, Political Science
• Kathryn Doll, Kronenwetter, Psychology
• Ellen Edison, Maple Grove, Minn., Human Biology
• Marleigh Fiedler, Brookfield, Political Science and Public Administration
• Nicole Hangartner, Eau Claire, Elementary Education
• Chloe Hansen, Sparta, Public Administration and Democracy and Justice Studies
• Andrew Haugen, Eagle River, Art
• Kayla Hucke, Hartland, Psychology
• Angela Kleinhans, Phillips, Social Work
• Vanya Koepke, Hartford, Political Science and Public Administration
• Olyvia Kuchta, Green Bay, Psychology
• Alyssa Lamberton, Milwaukee, Communication
• Elizabeth Ledvina, Green Bay, Public Administration and Environmental Policy and Planning
• Megan Leonard, Oshkosh, Arts Management
• Sarah Londo, Maplewood, Minn., Psychology
• Ashley Lukes, De Pere and Luxemburg, Human Biology
• Amanda Nothem, Campbellsport, Chemistry
• Holly Plamann, Appleton, Human Biology
• Nicole Roth, Wausau, Human Biology
• Janelle Schirmer, Plymouth, Human Biology
• Laura Schley, Clintonville, Art and Arts Management
• Stephanie Schoeder, Janesville, History
• Julia Rose Shariff, Green Bay, Human Biology and Spanish
• Anthony Sirianni, Whitehall, Mich., Environmental Policy and Planning, Political Science, and Public Administration
• Jared Spude, Brussels, Political Science and Public Administration
• Katelyn Staaben, Sheboygan, Communication
• Alexander Stenner, Middletown, Del., and Plainfield, Conn., Human Biology
• Hannah Tiedt, Whitefish Bay, History
• Abigail Tobias-Lauerman, Appleton, Humanistic Studies
• Parker Wolf, Kohler, Business Administration

The University Leadership Award recipients are as follows: Joshua Bernhardt, Kelly Berth, Sarah Busko, Kayla Christianson, Molly Dederich, Clare Denz, Stephanie Diedrich, Bradley Drephal, Daniel Dubey, Joseph Ebert, Danielle Eder, Emily Engelke, Stephany Haack, Natalia Hahnfeld, Matthew Hart, Emily Hausher, Reed Heintzkill, Morgan Jandrin, Alexandria Jasen, Alyssa Johnson, Sravani Karnam, Emma Kuhn, Stephanie Laude, Trevor Matson, Michelle McChesney, Kelsey McCormick, Evan Miller, Samantha Molina, Jessica Murphy, Karli Peterson, Kristy Phillips, Mariah Pursley, Katrina Schumann, Alexander Shariff, Nicole Sixel, Taylor Steele, Tyler Sterr, Sarah Tomasiewicz, Camara Wallace, Sarah Wanek, Krista White, Mallory Woloszyk, Samantha Zingsheim.

UW-Green Bay spring commencement will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16 at the Kress Events Center on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. More information is available at www.uwgb.edu/commencement.


Returning vet Spude is Outstanding Student

jared-spude-outstandingJared J. Spude of Sturgeon Bay is the May 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Student Award presented by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Alumni Association. He will receive the award May 16 at a student award ceremony on campus, on the eve of spring commencement.

Spude is earning his bachelor of science degree with a near-perfect gradepoint average and summa cum laude, or highest honors, having completed majors in Political Science and Public Administration.

The UW-Green Bay Alumni Association, which has been designating a single Outstanding Student Award recipient for each graduating class since 1976, recognized Spude for his undergraduate success as student, researcher and volunteer in service to others. He was nominated and selected from among approximately 930 graduating seniors eligible to receive diplomas at May commencement.

Originally from Brussels, Wis., Spude graduated from Southern Door High School in 2008 and immediately joined the U.S. Army. After serving two years at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and completing secondary job training, he was deployed to the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division. He enrolled at UW-Green Bay within months of leaving active duty in November 2011. He began service with the National Guard that continues today with his work as a training instructor at Fort McCoy and the Wisconsin Military Academy.

At UW-Green Bay, Spude has been active in both academic and community-service initiatives. He has contributed in several campuswide advisory roles, sharing a student perspective with University leadership. Within his Political Science academic unit, he participated in a student-faculty task force that helped develop curriculum, draft the syllabus, and conceptualize a new capstone class and project to be required of all future majors.

Spude devoted significant time and energy to Phuture Phoenix, assisting administrators of the pre-college program with grant applications and behind-the-scenes management. He also gained first-hand experience as a mentor to participating grade school, middle and high school students, and served as coordinator for the Phuture Phoenix tutoring program at Green Bay West High School.

His advanced-level research in public policy addressed the complex issue of state of Wisconsin allocations to local K-12 school districts. His research findings supported the view of many small, rural districts that they are treated inequitably by the current formula. He shared this information with his hometown Southern Door School District and various legislative officials. Spude was chosen this spring for appointment to the University’s internship program with the Office of the Mayor of Green Bay. He worked closely with the mayor’s chief of staff, focusing on research and services related to economic development and entrepreneurship.

In his spare time, Spude has worked as a WIAA-sanctioned football and basketball official, local radio announcer, public-address announcer for high school sports, volunteer varsity basketball assistant, and as music ministry leader for his Brussels parish.



Recognition for Campus Kitchen, Habitat… and invite to awards program

Also honored at the May 15 awards program on the eve of commencement will be two student organizations. Campus Kitchen of UW-Green Bay will receive Student Organization of the Year honors, and Habitat for Humanity’s Philippines Trip will receive recognition for Student Organization Service Project of the Year.

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You’re invited — The University Leadership Awards program takes place at 6 p.m. Friday, May 15, in the University Theatre, with a reception to follow in the University Union Phoenix Room. At past events, both student honorees and their families have expressed great appreciation to those faculty or staff members able to attend. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by Friday, May 8.

‘Eco U’ makes Green Colleges Guide for fourth straight year

UW-Green Bay is one of the 353 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada as recognized by Princeton Review.

The education services company profiles UW-Green Bay in the 2015 edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges.”

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a survey it conducted in 2014 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges to measure the schools’ commitment to the environment and to sustainability. The institutional survey included questions on the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

Published April 16, a few days before the April 22 celebration of Earth Day, the 218-page guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.

The school profiles in the guide feature essential information for applicants — facts and stats on school demographics, admission and financial aid — plus write-ups on the schools’ sustainability initiatives. A “Green Facts” sidebar reports on a wide range of topics from the school’s use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.

In the guide’s profile, The Princeton Review says “Eco U has historically strong academic programs in environmental science and environmental policy and planning at both bachelor’s and master’s levels,” mentions various UW-Green Bay courses and research opportunities, along with “green” building design feature and the University’s Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI).

UW-Green Bay is one of five of the UW System’s 13 four-year campuses to be included in the 2015 edition. The others are Eau Claire, Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Stevens Point.


Text: Prof. Gregory S. Aldrete’s acceptance speech for UW System teacher of the year


UW-Green Bay Prof. Gregory S. Aldrete shared a lesson on the value of history and the humanities with the UW System Board of Regents when he received the 2015 Regents Teaching Excellence Award at the board’s meeting in Waukesha on April 10.

In his acceptance speech, Aldrete (shown with students in the file photo above, during an outdoor demonstration of ancient battle formations) told the Regents he doesn’t employ textbooks in his Greek and Roman history classes, preferring his students read and analyze original texts by people of the times. He went on to describe the three fundamental skills he seeks to encourage in his students — organizing and assessing information, communicating effectively and thinking critically — and why they’re essential in any career. He also urged the board never to lose sight of the core values of history and the humanities and the role of universities as places where questions are asked.

The full text of Aldrete’s prepared remarks:

I would like to thank the Board of Regents for honoring me with this award. I am very grateful and humbled to be selected out of so many fine teachers. I’d also like to express my appreciation to all the students that I have shared a classroom with over the last 20 years at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, as well as my colleagues there in the departments of History and Humanistic Studies. Working in such an environment and with such terrific students and dedicated faculty has been an immensely gratifying experience. Finally, I would like to offer my deepest thanks to my wife, Alicia. She is my collaborator in the classroom, the co-author of several books with me, and my partner in all things.

I’m an ancient historian, and I’d like to begin my brief comments by sharing a bit of trivia about antiquity and the discipline of history itself. The very first time that the word history was used with its current definition of “a record of past events” was by the Greek writer Herodotus, who lived over 2,000 years ago. In the opening sentence of his famous account of the wars between Greece and Persia, he stated, “These are the histories of Herodotus of Halicarnassus which he writes in the hope of preserving the memory of what human beings have done.”

However, the Greek word that he uses here, “historia,” did not originally mean “a record of the past.” Prior to Herodotus’ usage in this sentence, “historia” had simply meant “asking questions.” I have always been very strongly attracted to this original meaning of history as an act of asking questions, and, in fact, view it as being squarely at the core of my philosophy, both of teaching and of doing research. To me, the essence of teaching is the methodology pioneered by another famous person from the ancient world, Socrates, whose pedagogy consisted entirely of posing questions to his students and getting them to formulate and defend arguments.

I employ no textbooks in my classes. In all of them, the reading consists entirely of material written by the actual people that we are studying. And when I read these ancient texts with my students, we are not passively absorbing information: we actively engage the texts, we aggressively interrogate them, we rip them apart and look both for the meanings that the author intended to convey as well as those he or she did not, we consider issues of bias, and think about what sources the author had to draw upon, and we always ask, can we believe what the author says, and why, or why not.

When examining historical events, it is not a matter of memorizing what happened, but rather exploring WHY things happened, trying to understand how earlier events influenced later ones. We look at history not as an inevitable succession of discrete events, but rather as a complex network of interrelated paths taken and not taken. Discussion, argument, and analysis play a key role in these investigations, and I always try to encourage lively debate in the classroom.

In this endeavor, content is important, and the students naturally tend to think of classes in terms of what factual information they have learned, but more important is the skills that I hope they acquire in the course of this process. There are three fundamental sets of skills that I try to emphasize in all classes: First, information management: how to collect, organize, and assess information. Second, communication skills: how to express yourself clearly and persuasively, both in speech and in writing. Third, critical thinking: developing the habit of constantly evaluating information according to rigorous, objective standards, and being open to re-assessing your own beliefs according to those same standards.

These are skills that are essential and useful in ANY career, not just ones directly related to history or the humanities, and even more than that, these are valuable and beneficial to being an engaged, happy, and productive citizen, and making a positive contribution as a member of society generally.

One of the original ideas behind the foundation of the university, when they were first created as institutions during the Middle Ages, was that exposing people to this sort of Humanistic education fundamentally transformed them, and actually made them better human beings and citizens.

As a historian working in an interdisciplinary humanities department, I have to confess that there is something a little bittersweet about the timing of this award. As you are all too well aware, we live in a moment when, across the nation, the value of a university education, and especially, the value of the humanities within that education, is being challenged.

You are the Board of Regents, and the future of the UW system is in your hands. In whatever ways this wonderful education system ends up being transformed or changed over the coming years and decades, I hope that we never lose sight of the original core function of the university, which was to be a place in which informed, thoughtful citizens are forged, and above all, as a place, where questions are asked.

Thank you for your time.

From farm to fellowship: Student earns $50K EPA award

nielsenWisconsin has quickly become No. 1 in the country for organic dairy and beef farms. Public demand has led to rapid development of organic farms across the state. While organic agriculture produces a quality product that consumers can feel good about, the fact remains that organic agriculture still produces waste. And that’s where UW-Green Bay’s Robyn Nielsen comes in.

Nielsen is a senior Environmental Policy and Planning and Environmental Science double major who just received final award notification for a $50,000 Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowship from United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The GRO Fellowship is designed to enhance and support quality environmental education for undergraduate students enrolled in an environmentally related field. The overall objective of the GRO Fellowship Program is to encourage undergraduates in these areas to continue their education beyond the baccalaureate level and pursue careers in fields that address environmental problems and issues. Nielsen is the first UW-Green Bay student to receive the GRO Fellowship.

Nielsen’s experiences growing up on a non-commercial dairy farm in Newton, Wis. have increased her awareness of some of the challenges organic dairy farmers face when dealing with nonpoint source pollution.

“I saw some of these concerns firsthand in my neighborhood,” Nielsen said, “and knowing what I know now, I want to work with conventional farms to improve their footprint.”

Nielsen’s interests still focus around zero waste, resource recovery and recycling, but she is also interested in alternative agriculture. Nielsen hopes to intern with Glacierland Resource Conservation and Development, Inc. in Green Bay in the spring.

“I’m hoping those two programs, plus my internship this summer with the Clean Water Action Council, will all come together into some kind of cohesive conceptual unit,” Nielsen said. “I got away from that when I became enchanted by new concepts in solid waste management (that sounds bizarre) but recently I came in contact with someone who has really helped me to remember why I came to school in the first place. Of course, all of these ideas are really part of a greater whole of just living more sustainably, but either way, here I am.”

Nielsen is excited to tackle new territory.

“My subject area was nonpoint source pollution,” she said, “and I hope to be posted somewhere that is doing something with agricultural runoff or something like that.”

Story by Daniele Frechette 

UWGB, UW-Extension collaboration on health degree earns marketing honors

UW-Green Bay’s academic program in Health Information Management and Technology, offered in collaboration with UW-Extension and sister campuses at Parkside and Stevens Point, is applauding Extension’s marketing department for three awards in the University Professional and Continuing Education Association’s (UPCEA) 2014 Marketing Awards competition. Among them will be a gold award in the “Website” category, as well as a silver award in the “Most Improved” category. The new joint site (for the collaborative program) has helped to increase web traffic and lead conversions by 56 percent, achieve a page-one national rank in Google organic search results for multiple keywords, increase organic search traffic by 134 percent, and increase the leads from organic traffic by 229 percent. The growing HIMT program is a degree completion program designed for students who already have some college credits or an associate degree. Read the news release.

BSW grad earns state teaching honor

Congratulations to Andrea Pasqualucci, a school social worker at Valley View Elementary School in Ashwaubenon, who on Thursday, Sept. 4, was named Wisconsin’s Special Services Teacher of the Year for the 2014-15 school year. She is a 1990 graduate of UW-Green Bay’s bachelor’s degree program in Social Work.

Pasqualucci has developed a number of programs and partnerships to help students in the Ashwaubenon School District who are homeless or from low-income families. Pasqualucci was instrumental in developing and managing student-led food drives; an e-mail based donation system that matches donors with families needing clothing or household items; and in-service sessions for school staff on equity and anti-bullying issues. She also reaches out to parents to build trust so they are more involved in their children’s education.

Teacher of the Year honors, sponsored by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation in partnership with the state DPI, are awarded in four categories: elementary, middle/junior high, high school, and special services. DPI Secretary Tony Evers will recognize Pasqualucci during his State of Education address Sept. 25 in Madison.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette covered the surprise announcement of the award at a school assembly here. There is a news release online here.

Associate Prof. Ganyard, Chancellor Harden honored during UW Regents meeting

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Clifton Ganyard and outgoing Chancellor Tom Harden were honored during Friday’s (June 6) UW System Board of Regents meeting at UW-Milwaukee.


During the morning session, Ganyard accepted his Regents Teaching Excellence Award, the UW System’s highest recognition for members of its faculty and academic staff. Introduced by Regent Chuck Pruitt, who praised his passion for teaching and commitment to interdisciplinarity, Ganyard said he truly loves what he does — and how his colleagues and UW-Green Bay help him do it.

Prof Clifton Ganyard“I love teaching, so this award really means a great deal to me,” said Ganyard, Humanistic Studies (History). “I love interacting with my students — it’s why I went to graduate school; it’s why I chose to work at UW-Green Bay.

“For me, teaching is learning — I think that’s why I love it so much. I’m constantly learning new material as I teach, and I learn the most from my students. … It means a great deal to me that you have recognized me for something I really enjoy.”

Ganyard added that his fellow UW-Green Bay faculty members — several of whom were present, along with his wife and Cofrin Library Director Paula Ganyard — motivate him to be a better teacher.

“It’s because of my colleagues,” he said, “that I’ve really been moved and inspired to become the best teacher I can.”

Chancellor Tom Harden

Chancellor Harden also was honored during the meeting, as Regent Tim Higgins read a resolution praising Harden for his years of service at UW-Green Bay. Higgins recalled a holiday party he’d hosted, and the feedback one of his guests — a UW-Green Bay alumna — had about “that darling Tom Harden.” The encounter prompted the alum to send a donation to the UW-Green Bay Foundation, Higgins added.

“I’m jealous,” he said, to laughs. “People love you and they want to send you money.”

Chancellor Tom HardenIn accepting the honor, Harden said he knew the time was right to step down, noting “I didn’t think it’d be emotional, but it is.”

“I feel very fortunate to be here, to have had this opportunity to work with a phenomenal university,” Harden continued. “If you’ve been there, you would agree that we have really, really good people, and they are as committed as any people I’ve ever worked with. And I’ve worked for a long time and I’ve worked with a lot of people.”

Harden recognized his wife, Cathy, as well as UW-Green Bay Provost Julia Wallace and Chief Budget Officer Kelly Franz, calling on Cathy to stand and noting, “that’s my best decision, but the others that have been outstanding have been associated with the people I’ve hired.”

UW-Green Bay’s fifth chancellor closed his remarks with a word about transition, expressing confidence in his successor, the newly hired Gary L. Miller.

“I step aside,” Harden said, “a really happy man.”