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Common Theme chosen for 2015-16

The Common Theme for the 2015-2016 academic year will be “Engaging in Public Life.” If this sounds familiar, it is an extension of last year’s theme which was proposed by Assistant Prof. Aaron Weinschenk, Public and Environmental Affairs. In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the UWGB and the Powers of the Phoenix: Innovation, Transformation, and Place, this year’s theme aims to get people thinking about the myriad ways in which they can engage in public life, politics and civic activities. Common Theme events start this week, so keep an eye on the calendar (and submit your own events) at www.uwgb.edu/commontheme/events. Throughout the year, the Common Theme committee also would like to highlight the many different ways in which students, faculty and staff engage in community service and public life. If you would like to share a story, photo or video of an event, please contact one of the Common Theme co-chairs, Brenda Amenson-Hill or Donna Ritch. For information on the Common Theme program, past themes and more, visit www.uwgb.edu/commontheme.
 

Common Theme proposals for 2015-16 are due April 19

Just a reminder: Brenda Amenson-Hill, dean of students, and Donna Ritch, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, are inviting proposals for the 2015-16 academic year common theme. This year the task force is particularly interested in a theme that will help UW-Green Bay celebrate “50 Years of Excellence,” and connect to the three Phoenix Powers that Chancellor Miller presented during his Installation Speech — innovation, transformation and place. The theme should lend itself to interdisciplinary analysis and conversation, be of high academic caliber and conducive to scholarly dialogue, should lend itself to collaborative links across the campus (student affairs, academic affairs, and community engagement), and be accessible, yet potentially engaging, for students and the community. You can find past common theme topics on the Common Theme website. Proposals are due on or before April 19, 2015, and should be submitted to Associate Dean Ritch.

Reminder: UW-Green Bay and its community

A panel discussion regarding connections between UW-Green Bay and its community is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday (April 2) in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall (Mac) 210. Speakers include Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt and his chief of Staff Andy Rosendahl, Karen Faulkner of Golden House, students Sarah Wanek and Lydia Schwertfeger and Profs Regan Gurung, Katia Levintova and Alison Staudinger. The event is sponsored by the Student Government Association and UWGB’s campus Common Theme committee.

Mayor Schmitt, others join for Common Theme ‘Phoenix Talk’ on Thursday

A panel discussion regarding connections between UW-Green Bay and its community is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2 in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall (Mac) 210. Speakers include Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt and his chief of Staff Andy Rosendahl, Karen Faulkner of Golden House, students Sarah Wanek and Lydia Schwertfeger and Professors Regan Gurung, Katia Levintova and Alison Staudinger. The event is sponsored by the Student Government Association and UWGB’s campus Common Theme committee. Free and open to the public.

Veteran journalist to headline Dec. 4 UW-Green Bay Common Theme event

Reporting the World promotional posterAs part of its Common Theme programming, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will present “Reporting the World: A Life of Public Engagement,” featuring veteran journalist Scott C. Johnson, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 in the Christie Theatre of the University Union on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. It is free and open to the public.

An American journalist who worked for 12 years as a Newsweek foreign correspondent, Johnson has reported from more than 50 countries and published articles on topics including Iraqi insurgents, electoral violence in Kenya and the Central American child migrant crisis. He has spent much of the last decade in the Middle East, covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; and in Africa, reporting on politics and current affairs. He has been the chief of Newsweek’s Mexico, Baghdad and Africa bureaus, as well as a special correspondent. Johnson was part of the team that contributed to Newsweek’s 2003 National Magazine Award for reporting on the Iraq War, and in 2004 the Overseas Press Club honored his reports on Latin America. He has appeared in various American media, including on CNN, MSNBC and National Public Radio, and his work has been featured in publications such as Granta, Guernica and National Geographic Explorer.

Johnson’s first book, a memoir titled “The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, A Son, and the CIA” was included on the Long List for the National Book Award. UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Library has Johnson’s book, and The Phoenix Bookstore has ordered copies, as well.

Johnson’s talk is part of the 2014-15 UW-Green Bay Common Theme, “Engaging in Public Life.” The Common Theme is a yearlong program designed to engage the campus and community in the ideals of a liberal arts education and the UW-Green Bay interdisciplinary mission. It is designed to encourage faculty, staff, students and community members to focus on a general theme from multiple perspectives and have a shared experience with open discussion and critical thinking. Past Common Themes have focused on diversity, global citizenship, creativity, sustainability and more. Additional information about the Common Theme is available at www.uwgb.edu/commontheme.

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Former ‘Newsweek’ bureau chief to talk on world’s hot spots

“Reporting the World: a Life of Public Engagement” is the title of a talk scheduled for 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Union’s Christie Theatre. Scott C. Johnson is an American journalist who worked for 12 years as a Newsweek foreign correspondent and bureau chief. He has reported from more than fifty countries and published articles on topics ranging from Iraqi insurgents and electoral violence in Kenya to the Central American child migrant crisis. Johnson’s first book, a memoir titled The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, A Son, and the CIA, was nominated for the National Book Award. (Copies are available for loan at the Cofrin Library and sale at the Phoenix Bookstore on campus.) Johnson has spent much of the last decade in the Middle East, covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and in Africa, reporting on politics and current affairs. His free public presentation next Thursday was scheduled in conjunction with the University’s Common Theme for 2014-15, “Engaging in Public Life.”

Reminder: Common Theme proposals due Dec. 1

The Dec. 1 deadline to submit proposals for the 2015-16 academic year Common Theme is nearing, and the committee wants to hear from you. This year, they’re particularly interested in a theme that will help the University celebrate “50 Years of Excellence.” The theme should lend itself to interdisciplinary analysis and conversation; be of high academic caliber and conducive to scholarly dialogue; should lend itself to collaborative links across the campus (student affairs, academic affairs and community engagement); and be accessible, yet potentially engaging, for students and the community. You can find past Common Theme topics on the Common Theme website. Proposals are due on or before Monday, Dec. 1, and should be submitted to Donna Ritch, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. If you have any questions regarding the Common Theme proposals, please contact Ritch or Dean of Students Brenda Amenson-Hill.

Now seeking proposals for the next Common Theme


The UW-Green Bay Common Theme committee is requesting proposals for the 2015-16 academic year Common Theme. This year the committee is particularly interested in a theme that will help UW-Green Bay celebrate “50 Years of Excellence.” The theme should lend itself to interdisciplinary analysis and conversation, be of high academic caliber and conducive to scholarly dialogue, should lend itself to collaborative links across the campus (student affairs, academic affairs and community engagement), and be accessible, yet potentially engaging, for students and the community. You can find past common theme topics on the Common Theme website. Proposals are due on or before Sunday, Nov. 30, and should be submitted to Donna Ritch, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. If you have any questions regarding the Common Theme proposals, please contact Ritch or Brenda Amenson-Hill.

‘Phoenix Talks,’ modeled after popular TEDx series, to be presented Nov. 3-6

UW-Green Bay and the Common Theme committee will present a series of “Phoenix Talks” — modeled after the popular TEDx talks — Nov. 3-6 in the Christie Theatre. Each session will feature three engaging community leaders (most of whom are UW-Green Bay alumni) who will discuss their careers and talk about the importance of public service. Each session will focus on a different theme — public education Monday (Nov. 3), nonprofits Tuesday (Nov. 4), environmental issues and causes Wednesday (Nov. 5) and city government and politics Thursday (Nov. 6). The talks, which directly relate to this year’s Common Theme of “Engaging in Public Life,” will take place from 11 a.m.-noon, and are free and open to the public. For more information, including a full lineup of speakers, check out our news post.

 

UW-Green Bay to host November ‘Phoenix Talks,’ modeled after popular TEDx series

UW-Green Bay will present a series of public discussions modeled after the popular TEDx Talks series, Nov. 3-6 in the Christie Theatre of the University Union.

Dubbed “Phoenix Talks,” each of these events will feature three engaging community leaders — most of whom are UW-Green Bay alumni — who will discuss their careers and answer the question, “Why have you chosen to devote your life to public service?” The talks are presented as part of the 2014-15 UW-Green Bay Common Theme, “Engaging in Public Life.”

The discussions, which run from 11 a.m. to noon, are free and open to the public. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to attend.

Each Phoenix Talk event will focus around a theme. A complete list of topics and speakers is as follows:

Monday, Nov. 3 — Public education

Nick Nesvacil ’07, special education teacher, Green Bay Preble High School

Jo Weibel ’97, principal, Edison Middle School (Green Bay)

Jenny Wassenberg ’98 and ’03, teacher, Phantom Knight School of Opportunity (West De Pere)

Tuesday, Nov. 4 — Nonprofits

Sara Bruesewitz ’12, development, American Red Cross

Nicole Hoffman ’99, vice president of development, ASPIRO

Sarah Inman ’92, vice president of community impact, United Way

Wednesday, Nov. 5 — Environmental issues and causes

Crystal Osman ’08, Downtown Green Bay, Inc. and Olde Main Street, Inc.

Ned Dorff, teacher and activist, Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners

TBA

Thursday, Nov. 6 — City government and politics

Jim Schmitt, mayor, city of Green Bay

Dan Lindstrom ’07, Green Bay City Planning Department

TBA