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UW-Green Bay honors top faculty, staff with 2015 Founders Awards

founders-award-winners-postThe University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has recognized its top faculty and staff members with 2015 Founders Awards for Excellence. The award winners, honored at the annual UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff Convocation Wednesday morning, Aug. 26, are:

Teaching — Associate Prof. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges
Scholarship — Prof. Matt Dornbush
Community Outreach — Prof. John Luczaj
Institutional Development — Associate Prof. Denise Bartell
Academic Support — Mike Kline
Classified Staff — Amanda Wildenberg
Collaborative Achievement — The Digital and Public Humanities Project

Posing in the photo, above, standing from left are Wilson-Doenges, Luczaj, Dornbush and Bartell. Seated are Wildenberg and faculty members representing the Digital Humanities Project, Associate Profs. Chuck Rybak and Caroline Boswell. Not pictured: Mike Kline.

The awards were presented before an audience of more than 400 in the Phoenix Room of the University Union. Made possible by private philanthropic support, the awards program has been an annual fixture at UW-Green Bay since 1975. Honorees are selected by a campuswide committee from among nominations submitted by faculty, staff and others.

Wilson-Doenges, the recipient of the Founder’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, is an associate professor of Human Development and a specialist in environmental psychology and best practices in neighborhood planning and urban design. The award citation credited her with effectively connecting with students, regardless of major, in courses both online and in-person, and bringing energy not only to her classroom but to her work with students on internships, independent studies, and honors projects. One nominator said her enthusiasm for her subject has the ability to make even the statistical concept of standard deviation “riveting.” Wilson-Doenges joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1995 after earning her Ph.D. from the University of California-Irvine.

Dornbush, recipient of the award for scholarship, was recognized for his work as a professor of biology with the Natural and Applied Sciences academic unit. He has made a priority of involving both graduate and undergraduate students in his research projects where possible, and has been successful in winning outside grants to support that research. His primary interests involve the role of native plant restorations in improving ecosystems, including the potential use of native tallgrass for bio-energy purposes, and the restoration of wild rice, bulrush and wild celery stands in the lower bay. Dornbush joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 2005 after earning his doctoral degree in ecology at Iowa State University. He recently joined the academic affairs administrative team at UW-Green Bay as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Professional Development and Grants, and Director of Graduate Studies.

The award citation for Geoscience professor Luczaj, a member of the Natural and Applied Sciences faculty, called the Founders Award for Excellence in Community Outreach a perfect fit for a faculty member who is “an asset to UWGB as a researcher, instructor and community ambassador in the field of geology.” An authority on the geology and bedrock of Northeastern Wisconsin and related groundwater issues, Luczaj has provided guidance to technical groups on vital groundwater issues and advised varied stakeholders on aquifer protection strategies. In addition to working with UWGB students, he has connected with the community through geoscience presentations to family and K-12 groups as well as to UWGB Learning in Retirement audiences. He holds a Ph.D. in geology from Johns Hopkins and joined the Green Bay faculty in 2005.

Bartell, honored in the category of Institutional Development, was recognized for her efforts in ensuring the success of new and continuing students and the larger University. Bartell is an associate professor of psychology in the Human Development academic unit. In recent years she has assumed leadership in campuswide efforts to improve student retention and graduation rates, particularly for first-generation students and those who are from under-represented groups or who face special challenges. She is founder and program director for the Phoenix GPS Program, which has identified “high-impact” practices to help students thrive. (The practices include encouraging greater campus involvement, mentoring, effective study skills and active/engaged learning experiences for newcomers.) Bartell joined UW-Green Bay in 2002 after earning her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas.

Kline received the Founders Award for Excellence in Academic Support in recognition of his success in fostering, according to the award citation, “a department culture where academic success, not just completion, is an uncompromising priority.” Kline works in Phoenix Athletics administration as assistant AD of Compliance and Student Welfare. A 1988 graduate of UW-Green Bay, he landed the position of Phoenix cross-country coach while still a student-athlete in 1987. In 1999 he accepted additional duties as academics coordinator for all Phoenix teams. In the years since, the program has posted at least 31 consecutive semesters of cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or better, had a series of all-league and even all-America academic honorees, and had individual teams rank among the best in America in terms of academic performance. Nominators described Kline as “dedicated” “tireless” and “passionate” about encouraging academic and career success.

Wildenberg, recipient of the Founder’s Award for University Staff , is a university services associate in the Dean of Students Office. Nominators praised her customer-service orientation, good humor and cool under pressure in interacting with a clientele as varied and diverse as the University itself — students, parents, faculty, staff, senior administrators and others. She takes a lead role in coordinating a major, Universitywide program that serves almost a thousand new students and their families annually. The award citation also mentioned her technological skills, involvement in staff governance and efforts to “make UW-Green Bay a better place to work.” Wildenberg, who earned her bachelor’s at UW-Milwaukee, joined the UW-Green Bay staff in 2008.

The Digital and Public Humanities Project, led by Associate Profs. Chuck Rybak and Caroline Boswell of the Humanistic Studies faculty, earned the Founders Award in the category of Collaborative Achievement. The project, which began with creation of a “digital commons” at UW-Green Bay, relies on modern technology to greatly expand opportunity for sharing the humanities — ancient and modern languages, literature, philosophy, religion, history and the visual and performing arts — rather than distract from, or diminish interest, as some might expect in what is often characterized as an age of shortened attention spans. One nominator wrote of Rybak and Boswell, “by bringing students into this field (they have) opened new doors that will lead not only to new employment opportunities, but new ways to engage in lifelong interdisciplinary learning.” The project is credited with helping students avail themselves of new digital technologies, advance their skill sets and also make the field more accessible to the public at large. Boswell, a historian, joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 2008 after earning her Ph.D. at Brown University. Rybak, a professor of English and creative writing, is a widely published poet who received his Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati.


Amenson-Hill was point person on Aurora Health grant vs. sexual violence

Here is clarification on Friday’s announcement that UW-Green Bay is the recipient of a sizeable grant — nearly $128,000 from the Aurora Health Care foundation — earmarked for educational initiatives related to sexual violence. The Log initially reported that Amy Henniges, director of the Counseling and Health Center, is the point person on the project. While it is true that Counseling and Health will hire and train the new campus health educator, we should have mentioned that it was Dean of Students Brenda Amenson-Hill who led UW-Green Bay’s grant application and planning process. The team included Amenson-Hill, Lidia Nonn, Mark Olkowski, Joanie Dovekas, Tom Kujawa and Henniges. The complete story, and a link to more, is archived.

Reminder: Clothing/household swap meet

Here’s a reminder about the clothing and household swap taking place this week Wednesday and Thursday (Feb. 11 and 12), from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring in your unwanted clothing (children’s included) and household items on Wednesday and select what you want from other’s donations on Feb. 12. Items may be 1) dropped off in the Pride Center prior to Wednesday, 2) dropped off with volunteers by the entrance doors near the Dean of Students Office this Wednesday between 7:30-8:30 am, or 3) dropped off in Phoenix rooms A and B between 9 am and 4 pm on Wednesday. On Thursday, students and employees may select up to six items to take with them before noon, and after noon come take what you would like. Some items will be selected for the Pride Center food and essentials cupboard drive for all UWGB students. Food items are also being collected on Wednesday and Thursday for the cupboard. This event is sponsored by the Pride Center, SGA, and SAGA. Thank you for your donations! Receipts are available upon request.

News coverage: University to participate in sexual assault survey

Dean of Students Brenda Amenson-Hill and Student Government Association President Vanya Koepke talked about proactive approaches to addressing the issue of sexual assault for a story that aired Friday (Jan. 23) on WBAY, Channel 2. UW-Green Bay volunteered to be one of 14 schools nationwide that will participate in a Department of Justice-commissioned survey on the issue this spring. While she hasn’t yet seen the survey questions, Amenson-Hill told reporter Sari Soffer that the instrument will look at issues including UW-Green Bay’s resources, programming and overall climate surrounding sexual assault. The survey will be helpful, Koepke said. “I think that’s a really great opportunity for students to voice and take this confidential and anonymous step,” he said, “because that’s how we defeat these issues.” Full story.

Reminder: Sexual assault reporting requirements

With a new semester starting, the Dean of Students Office is issuing the following reminder to the campus community:

All employees are required by law to report knowledge of sexual assaults on campus. The goal is to address the needs of students. By gathering information we will know the extent of sexual assaults and provide support for our students who have been victims. Wisconsin law states, “…any person employed at an institution or center who witnesses a sexual assault or receives a report from a student enrolled in the institution or center that the student has been sexually assaulted shall report to the dean of students of the institution…” This does not mean that you have to violate any confidences or provide names. It does mean that incidents are to be reported to the Dean of Students, ext. 2152.

Flu fighters: Vigilance, vaccines encouraged as flu season marches on

Already distributed campuswide but repeated here for the record, Counseling and Health Director Amy Henniges and Dean of Students Brenda Amenson-Hill are encouraging the UW-Green Bay community to take steps to fight influenza. Those who haven’t been vaccinated are urged to get the shot (Counseling and Health has a limited supply; call x2380), and we’re all reminded to wash our hands frequently and stay home if flu-like symptoms (fever with cough and/or sore throat) arise, to avoid spreading the disease. They also shared some helpful flu resources (check out http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm#whatis and http://www.cdc.gov/flu/takingcare.htm), and offered a link (http://www.flu.gov) and phone number (1-800-CDC-INFO) for the most up-to-date info.

Class of 1970’s ‘Nancy Lambeau,’ later Makuen, passes away

A familiar name from the early history of UW-Green Bay — and the community — died last weekend. Nancy J. Makuen, 89, of Ellison Bay, passed away peacefully Nov. 30. Makuen was a returning adult student by the name of Nancy Leicht Lambeau when she received her UW-Green Bay degree on June 1, 1970, joining 77 classmates in receiving the first diplomas ever granted by the new university. She was related through marriage to Green Bay’s most famous Lambeau — she had been married to Curly’s son and was the mother of the coach’s grandchildren. She later married Don Makuen, who some will remember as a top administrative assistant to Chancellor Edward Weidner at the University’s founding. Don Makuen, who survives his wife, was UWGB’s first dean of students and also supervised intercollegiate athletics during the program’s first and only year as the Bay Badgers, 1969-70. The Makuens have been occasional visitors to campus over the years, including the formal dedication of Lambeau Cottage and related events. The David Zimmerman book, Curly Lambeau: The Man Behind the Mystique, shared a story that illustrates at least one reason for Nancy’s affinity for Lambeau Cottage. It tells the story of how, in early spring of 1943, Lambeau’s son, Don, 23, married his high school sweetheart, Nancy, and an ice storm kept the couple from leaving Green Bay so they spent their honeymoon at the cottage. For Nancy Makuen’s obituary.

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.

Sexual Assault Reporting

All employees are required by law to report knowledge of sexual assaults on campus. The goal is to address the needs of students. By gathering information we will know the extent of sexual assaults and provide support for our students who have been victims. The Wisconsin law states, “…any person employed at an institution or center who witnesses a sexual assault or receives a report from a student enrolled in the institution or center that the student has been sexually assaulted shall report to the dean of students of the institution…” This does not mean that you have to violate any confidences or provide names. It does mean that incidents are to be reported to the Dean of Students, ext. 2152.

Social media specialist offers take for story on web safety and teens

UW-Green Bay Social Media Specialist Jena Richter on Tuesday (Oct. 14) helped provide context for a WLUK, Fox 11 story on internet safety and teens. Reporter Andrew LaCombe spoke with Richter about the issue generally (in the wake of a recent sex sting) and about dating app Tinder specifically. The app is just one designed for fast-paced use, Richter said, allowing users to instantly decide “yes” or “no” on a potential romantic interest. Users of the app can be as young as 13, which can pose a problem because it’s difficult to be sure who you’re talking to, Richter said. “I think that’s been a slow change culturally,” Richter said, “that teens just really don’t have a problem putting most of their thoughts out on social media.” Full story.