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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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Aldo Leopold documentary is iPat film this Tuesday

The iPat environmental film series is back with “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time” at 7 p.m. Tuesday (March 3) in the Christie Theatre. The film explores Leopold’s thinking, renewing his idea of a land ethic for a population facing 21st century ecological challenges. After the showing, Tom Bolt, past chair of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, will lead discussion. The iPat Film Series (impact = population * affluence * technology) is sponsored by PEAC, The Center for Public Affairs, and the Department of Public and Environmental Affairs. All showings are free and open to the public — and free popcorn will be available. Questions? Contact Ashley Heath (heatha@uwgb.edu) or Rachel Russell (russellr@uwgb.edu).

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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USDA soil scientist will join us for ‘Dirt! The Movie’

The iPat environmental film series resumes with “Dirt! The Movie” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the Christie Theatre. The film looks at man’s relationship with dirt, and the connection that has been lost over time. After the screening, guest speaker Phil Meyer, area resource soil scientist for USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, will lead the discussion. The iPat Film Series (impact = population * affluence * technology) is sponsored by PEAC, The Center for Public Affairs, and the Department of Public and Environmental Affairs. All showings are free and open to the public, with free popcorn, to boot. Read more.
 

Center for Public Affairs report to focus on government spending, performance

The UW-Green Bay Center for Public Affairs is set to release the second installment in its series of Policy Snapshot Reports Tuesday (Nov. 11), focusing on government spending and performance as local public entities plan their budgets for the coming year. “Connecting the Dots: Public Performance and Financial Trends in Brown County and the City of Green Bay” is designed to provide elected officials, community leaders and citizens with a single document that tracks fiscal and performance data in Green Bay and Brown County during a five-year period. Assistant Prof. David Helpap, Public and Environmental Affairs, led the Policy Snapshot research team, along UW-Green Bay senior and CFPA research scholar Renee Christensen. The full report will be available on the CFPA website, www.uwgb.edu/cfpa, starting tomorrow. The 2013 Policy Snapshot Report, on the hot-button issue of school vouchers, can be viewed there, as well. Read more.
 

Center for Public Affairs to release government spending, performance report

UW-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs (CFPA) will release the second installment in its series of Policy Snapshot Reports Tuesday, Nov. 11, focusing on government spending and performance as local public entities plan their budgets for the year.

“Connecting the Dots: Public Performance and Financial Trends in Brown County and the City of Green Bay” is designed to provide elected officials, community leaders and citizens with a single document that tracks fiscal and performance data in Green Bay and Brown County during a five-year period. The report details how government spending and performance have changed over time and what, if anything, these changes mean for stated organizational goals and mission statements.

“Although local governments significantly impact the lives of their citizens on a daily basis, the information needed to assess what types of services are provided, how much they cost and how they change over time often can be dispersed across a variety of budget documents and financial reports,” said UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. David Helpap, Public and Environmental Affairs. “The purpose of this report is to give elected officials, community leaders and citizens a single document that tracks governmental performance and fiscal data in Brown County and the City of Green Bay. The development of an even greater number of indicators that are easily accessible to the public also is encouraged.”

Helpap led the Policy Snapshot research team, along with UW-Green Bay senior and CFPA research scholar Renee Christensen. The full Snapshot Report will be available on the CFPA website, www.uwgb.edu/cfpa, beginning Tuesday, Nov. 11. The 2013 Policy Snapshot Report, on the hot-button issue of school vouchers, can be viewed there, as well.

UW-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs aims to enhance civic engagement and quality of life in Northeastern Wisconsin through research, opportunities for students, continuing educational programs and more. Its director, Lora Warner, was the principal investigator for the large-scale Leading Indicators for Excellence, or LIFE Study, in 2011. The unprecedented, 1 ½ year study examined a host of quality of life indicators in Northeastern Wisconsin. For more information about the CFPA and the LIFE Study, click the following links: www.uwgb.edu/cfpa and www.lifestudy.info.

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iPat film series returns with look at computer-disposal hazards

The iPat environmental film series is back with “Terra Blight” at 7 p.m. next Tuesday (Nov. 4) in the Christie Theatre. “Terra Blight” is a documentary that explores America’s consumption of computers and other hazardous waste created in the pursuit of the latest and greatest technology. After the showing, specialists Chris Blan of Brown County Solid Waste and Marcy McGrath of the state DNR will lead discussion. The iPat Film Series (impact = population * affluence * technology) is sponsored by PEAC, The Center for Public Affairs, and the Department of Public and Environmental Affairs. All showings are free and open to the public — and free popcorn will be available.

UW-Green Bay offers ‘Grant Writing’ trainings on Nov. 5, 12

Learn from two veteran grant writers: Joe Gaunt and Associate Prof. Lora Warner, in a pair of workshops organized by the Center for Public Affairs:

Nov. 5 — Grant Training I: Develop Your Grant-Worthy Proposal — Learn how to find the funders, navigate professional grant-seeking resources, and develop a LOI – Letter of Intent

Nov. 12 — Grant Training II: Write Your Way to Winning Grants — Find out what reviewers are really looking for, learn tips and tricks to develop a successful grant application and leave with a critiqued draft proposal.

Both trainings will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Green Bay. Registration is $99 for each training (includes materials, refreshments and lunch, or $178 for the pair. To find out more information and register online, www.uwgb.edu/cfpa/. Questions? Contact Ashley Heath, heatha@uwgb.edu, 465-2608.

iPat film series is back for Fall

The iPat environmental film series will kick off the Fall semester with “Waterlife” at 7 p.m. Tuesday (October 7th) in the Christie Theatre. The documentary investigates water’s journey from the streams that enter Lake Superior to the mouth of the Saint Lawrence Seaway, a process that takes 350 years. It stresses the importance of the Great Lakes, and focuses on environmental problems along the journey. The iPat Film Series (impact = population * affluence * technology) is sponsored by PEAC, The Center for Public Affairs, and the Department of Public and Environmental Affairs. Click here to view the full schedule for Fall 2014. All showings are free and open to the public — and free popcorn will be available. Questions? Contact Ashley Heath (heatha@uwgb.edu).
 

UW-Green Bay receives $150K grant to boost internship opportunities

UW-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs (CFPA) and Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) recently received their second $150,000 Career Ready Internship Initiative grant from HYPERLINK “http://www.mygreatlakes.org/community” Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. This grant will benefit students by offering them opportunities to gain invaluable, real-world experience through paid internships in their fields of study.

UW-Green Bay will use the grant to create new paid internships and turn previously unpaid internships into paid internships, for juniors and seniors who don’t receive enough financial aid to cover college costs.

“With the Career Ready Internship Initiative grant, UW-Green Bay can enable students to achieve educational and professional goals while meeting personal and family obligations,” said Ashley Heath, associate director of the Center for Public Affairs.

UW-Green Bay, part of last year’s internship grant pilot, is one of 40 Wisconsin colleges and universities to receive some of the more than $5.2 million in Career Ready Internship Initiative grant funds awarded by Great Lakes. Schools will collaborate with businesses and nonprofit organizations across the state to create the new paid internships.

“This opportunity benefits our students, organizations in the region, and the UW-Green Bay campus,” said John Arendt, EMBI associate director. “It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Interested businesses and organizations in Northeastern Wisconsin should contact Ashley Heath, (920) 465-2608, or John Arendt, (920) 465-2953, for more information.

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