The final results are in from last months’s big Green Bay Running Club Summer Solstice Challenge, held on the longest day of the year a couple of Saturdays ago. Participants ran the 4.75-mile course for a set period of time — in this case, 6 hours or 8 hours — or for as long as they wanted, to see how much distance they could cover.
The 2015 winners were Ryan Norton with an amazing 81.67 miles over 14 hours and 38 minutes (and 17 loops over the trail course!), and Cassie Kottke with 73.85 miles over 15 and a quarter hours. The top 8-hour runners were Brady Sturm (53.15 miles) and Paula Walker (40.6), and the best 6-hour finishers were Curt Brey (38.9) and Lori Folk (31.1). Among the UW-Green Bay employees taking part was Bob Blihar of CIT, who did a very impressive 34 miles (seven laps) during the eight-hour event. (Our informant says it happened to be Bob’s 28th wedding anniversary on race day, and since his wife was an event volunteer she got to see him at least seven times during the day.)
Phoenix cross-country coach Mike Kline and vice chancellor Kelly Franz were among the University running enthusiasts who chipped in — not by competing, but by helping to organize the event and assisting with course layout, logistics, food and water stations and more. Lee Reinke and the Shorewood crew also helped with arrangements. About 75 runners took part in the various categories.
A collaborative effort by UW-Green Bay faculty and staff members has resulted in a $10,000 grant award from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. The grant will fund “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History,” a series of public events, presentations, discussions and showings of a PBS series on the Latino American experience in North America. The local event is part of a larger, national NEH and ALA initiative called The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square. The UW-Green Bay organizing committee — consisting of faculty members Marcelo Cruz (project director), Aurora Cortez and Gabriel Saxton Ruiz and staff members Paula Ganyard, Mai Lo Lee and Lidia Nonn — has proposed a series of communitywide events at various local venues. The group will work with Neville Museum, Brown County Library, Casa Alba and other community organizations to bring the series and discussion to the greater Green Bay community. Details on the showings and the events will be forthcoming for the fall semester.
Wisconsin Public Service Foundation has donated $5,000 to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to help underwrite special events and activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the school’s founding in 1965. Karmen Lemke, manager of community relations for WPS, and Ron Antonneau, director of governmental affairs, visited campus earlier this week to make the presentation. Wisconsin Public Service Corporation and Integrys Energy have a longstanding history of support for UW-Green Bay. See a photo and more.
Danielle Strebel, a UW-Green Bay student majoring in Human Biology (nutritional science and dietetics) has been selected to receive a competitive summer internship in public health. She is assigned to Outagamie County’s Public Health Division where she will pursue a project titled: “Public Health in Practice: A unique hands-on opportunity to learn about environmental health, public health preparedness and community health education.” Strebel’s placement is one of several dozen internships made possible statewide through a program of the Wisconsin Area Health Education Centers administered by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. AHEC Director Nancy Sugden says the program “is designed to teach students about health issues facing underserved populations in Wisconsin.”
UW-Green Bay students donated about 6,000 pounds of material to local thrift shops and community partners as part of campus move-out this spring. Clothes, kitchen goods, furniture, books, stuffed animals, and unopened edibles found a new home and avoided the local landfill. Thanks to the cooperation of St. Vincent De Paul, students only had to walk to drop-off bins in their residence halls for bulk pick-up at the end of the semester.
“All donations are helpful but the ones we get in from college students usually are more in line of what we are in the most need of,” said Jeremy Bartels, warehouse manager at St. Vincent De Paul: Students have very limited space so the items they have tend to be more of a necessity and not just purely decoration.” Among the donated goods were about 35 cubic feet of non-perishable food packages donated to Paul’s Pantry, a community initiative founded in 1984 to help families in need fight hunger.
Wisconsin Public Service Foundation has donated $5,000 to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to help underwrite special events and activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the school’s founding in 1965.
Posing as part of a check-presentation meeting on campus in late June were, from left, Shannon Badura of the University Advancement staff; Karmen Lemke, manager of community relations for WPS; Dan Spielmann, special assistant to the chancellor; and Ron Antonneau, director of governmental affairs for WPS.
Wisconsin Public Service Corporation and Integrys Energy have a longstanding history of support for UW-Green Bay. WPS, its foundation and various executives over the years have been strong sponsors of student scholarships, faculty and student research, the solar “extras” that made made Mary Ann Cofrin Hall a national showcase for energy-efficient technology, the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts and various ongoing programs.
UW-Green Bay is planning to celebrate 50 years of excellence with events and activities throughout the 2015-16 academic year including a major alumni reunion.
Exciting news for the UW-Green Bay Professional Program in Education. Early Childhood Education programs at UWGB and NWTC will soon be bridged to allow Early Childhood Education Associate Degree Program graduates from NWTC to transfer seamlessly into the licensure and non-licensure education programs at UWGB. Additionally, faculty from both institutions will work hand-in-hand, designing a course to help transition these NWTC graduates to a four-year institution. This project is funded by Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association, and TEACH Early Childhood Wisconsin.
Kim Desotell, the former Phuture Phoenix director and more recently the University’s director of development within University Advancement, has left campus for a new challenge. Desotell will head up GRACE — the Green Bay Area Catholic Education system — beginning July 7. Desotell told the Green Bay Press-Gazette she is a practicing Catholic, has a daughter attending a GRACE school, and will rely on her educational background to help inform her work as superintendent for a district with about 2,200 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at 10 schools. Prior to her arrival at UW-Green Bay in 2007, Desotell worked as an elementary school teacher, principal, technology and training specialist and consultant. See the full P-G story.
Based on the Green Bay Press-Gazette’s annual Reader’s Choice Best of the Bay competition, we’re No. 1. UW-Green Bay was the top vote getter in the best local college/university category. Congratulations and thanks to our voters. Read more.
In “What’s Up Downtown” we couldn’t help but notice some of the Saturday specials including Captains Walk, owned by UWGB alumni; and a special by our downtown partner DigiCopy. To learn more, subscribe to the weekly “What’s Up Downtown” newsletter by emailing email@example.com with the subject “Subscribe to What’s Up Downtown” and they will add you to their growing list.