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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Defamation: The Play,” a nationally acclaimed courtroom-drama production with a twist, is coming to UW-Green Bay and the University Union’s Christie Theatre. The twist is that the audience is the jury. The play addresses the intersection of socioeconomic status, race and religion. Curtain time is 5:30 (to 7:30) p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 15). The event is sponsored by the American Intercultural Center, the Diversity Task Force, Dean of Students, Residence Life and Good Times Programming. If you’re interested in learning more about the play, http://defamationtheplay.com/.
Please note: an announcement of this event in a previous edition of this newsletter misidentified the production as a film.
NBC 26 on Friday ran a story on the prevalence of so-called “passout pages” on social media, including Twitter. Reporter Megan Lowry spoke with Dean of Students Brenda Amenson-Hill about the trend, which involves students from various colleges and universities posting photos of others who apparently have passed out after drinking. Amenson-Hill emphasized the importance of alcohol education and said it’s important for students to understand that what they post online can be viewed by administrators or future employers. “There’s a lot of positives (about social media),” she said, “but some of these more negative things are not going to help the students that are posting on here in the future.” Full story.