That was the headline over Monday’s top-of-page-A-1 article in the Green Bay Press-Gazette following Chancellor Gary L. Miller’s meeting last week with members of the newspaper’s editorial board. The article addresses the impact of this year’s sizeable budget reductions and Miller’s hope that an administrative restructuring will enhance the University’s ability to discern and address community needs. See http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/education/2015/11/21/uwgb-looks-expand-role-community/76109106/
Chancellor Gary L. Miller announces that J. Lance Cavanaugh, vice president for development for the University of Arizona Foundation, will join UW-Green Bay on Jan. 1 as vice chancellor for university advancement and president of the UW-Green Bay Foundation, Inc. A native Midwesterner, Cavanaugh has more than three decades of leadership experience in fundraising and institutional advancement at major public universities including the University of Arizona, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Iowa State, Wright State, Minnesota-Duluth, and the University of Nevada. “He was the one candidate,” Miller noted, “with significant experience in working with a foundation, donor stewardship, alumni relations, major gifts, planned giving, coordinating with athletics, the arts and other program-based fundraisers … all of the varied functions he will be responsible for here.” We’ll have more links for Cavanaugh in our illustrated Log Extra, coming shortly, or check the news release.
Already distributed campuswide, but repeated here for the record, is an email sent this morning to faculty, staff and students from UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller:
The recent events at the University of Missouri and elsewhere in the American Academy remind me of the importance of our commitment to diversity and tolerance, and our obligation to provide a welcoming and supportive campus for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. I hope you will join me in reaffirming these values. I encourage you to engage each other and our students in discussions about the important issues of our time and to advance ideas and concerns that will help us improve our programs and our campus environment. The free exchange of ideas and perspectives are founding principles of UWGB that will serve us well in this time. Thank you and Go Phoenix!
UW-Green Bay student Ashley Garza headed over to the Kress fitness center on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 4) to spend some time on her favorite cardio machine… and walked into a big surprise at the front desk. Eight years of card-swiping each and every fitness, recreation and intramural patron allowed Kress Center staff to pinpoint Garza’s workout as the one-millionth patron visit since the facility’s grand opening in November 2007. Garza received a gift package of apparel, passes and discounts from Chancellor Gary L. Miller and Athletics Director Mary Ellen Gillespie to mark the milestone.
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All faculty, staff, students and community are invited to the Chancellor’s Veterans Reception at 4 p.m. next Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the Phoenix Room of the University Union. This year’s guest speaker will be UW-Green Bay alumnus, Staff Sgt. Jared Spude. Spude was honored at last May’s commencement as Outstanding Student of his graduating class. The Political Science and Public Administration grad enrolled at UWGB in 2011 after serving as a forward observer with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. He is currently one of five certified instructors of military joint forward observers throughout the country. The Nov. 11 reception is free and open to all.
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Koltz publicizes oral-history project, collection — Veterans services coordinator Elaine Koltz says the Nov. 11 reception on campus will be an opportunity to promote a new project called “Voices of Veterans.” She says student Sean Gleason is working to produce an oral history collection of veterans in our community. Also in connection with Veterans Day observances at UWGB, volunteers are collecting items and gift cards for Elizabeth, a new resident of the new Green Bay Veterans Manor who is in need of basic household items, (i.e. dishes, towels, lamps, etc.) If you cannot make the reception and want to drop off items or gift cards for Elizabeth, please drop them off in the collection box in the Veterans Lounge in MAC Hall or at Elaina Koltz’ office in Financial Aid.
UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller has shared with faculty and staff a revised plan for reorganizing the University from two to four colleges. The plan — developed in consultation with the extended University Committee and made public earlier this fall — has been adjusted following subsequent consultation with faculty, academic units and others. In his Oct. 26 email, Miller distributed a budget model documenting the feasibility of a four-dean structure, and a list of FAQs. The information is archived online.
Learning in Retirement is throwing open the doors to one of its classes that will feature a presentation by Chancellor Gary L. Miller and discussion of the institution’s 50th Anniversary. Faculty, staff and friends are invited to this Wednesday’s installment of the LIR course “Celebrating 50 Years and the Power of the Phoenix.” The session runs from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 21 in the 1965 Room. Moderator Mike Troyer and a panel of retirees and campus historians will share stories from UW-Green Bay’s development over five decades; it is expected that Chancellor Miller will open the program by discussing how a history of innovation positions UWGB for leadership over the next half century.
In an email communication Monday to UW-Green Bay faculty and staff, Chancellor Gary L. Miller shared an overview of a plan to reorganize the University’s operational and organizational structure. The new model, with four academic deans reporting to the provost and vice chancellor, will replace a two-dean structure largely unchanged since 1996. (Current titles are dean of the College of Professional Studies and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.) The four colleges and schools under the new structure will be:
• Cofrin School of Business
• College of Health and Education
• College of Science
• College of Liberal Arts
The faculty University Committee and the chairs of the Academic Staff and University Staff committees have endorsed the concept. Miller says he will seek UW System approval at the December meeting of the Board of Regents, with implementation by July 2016. With an accompanying reshaping of the Division of Outreach and Adult Access, reallocation of vacant positions and integration of some services into other budgetary units, the changes project as cost neutral or a net savings. The Chancellor says the need for reorganization was illuminated over the past year through the efforts of the Invent the Future work groups, the new University Planning and Innovation Council, and individuals across campus charged with managing unprecedented state budget cuts. UW-Green Bay’s new administrative structure will better position deans to support faculty, pursue fundraising opportunities, foster innovation and community engagement, and grow their respective programs, Miller says. To see his message to faculty and staff, which includes budget projections, a pledge of continuing governance involvement and a draft plan for how academic programs will be grouped, visit the Chancellor’s website.
Student artist Adam Fulwiler was honored for his work, “Windows” selected to be featured on this year’s holiday card. UW-Green Bay graduate Tammy Resulta documented the event through photos.
UW-Green Bay student artist Adam Fulwiler was honored for his work, “Windows” a layered, large-scale acrylic painting chosen for display as the Chancellor’s Holiday Art Scholarship selection for 2015-16. Fulwiler was joined by art faculty and others at a reception hosted by Chancellor Gary L. and Georgia Nix Miller, Sept. 24.
Fulwiler, a graduate of West De Pere High School, has a double major in Art and Design Arts and expects to graduate in spring 2017. His painting was selected by Chancellor and Mrs. Miller from a range of student pieces submitted for juried consideration. Fulwiler will receive a monetary award provided through the Holiday Art Scholarship program established by the Millers.
With its selection, “Windows” will be the featured art on the 2015 year-end holiday cards the Millers and the privately funded UW-Green Bay Foundation Inc. will share with campus and community friends of the University. Additionally, the piece will be publicly displayed for one year in the UW-Green Bay Chancellor’s Office, Suite 810 of the David A. Cofrin Library.
Art Prof. Kristy Deetz says Fulwiler “is a diligent worker who sets a standard of excellence in the quality of the work that he produces and in his commitment to growing as an artist.”
In his artist’s statement accompanying “Windows,” Fulwiler describes how his large-scale paintings explore the elements of form including line, shape, value, color and texture. “I build up surfaces by scraping, layering and dragging paint across the entire canvas with the goal of forming visual passages and ‘doorways’ to spaces that often suggest landscapes,” he writes. He uses five-foot-long squeegees, brooms, metal trowels and oversize brushes to create the paintings.
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Photos by Tammy Resulta