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UW-Green Bay honors faculty, staff standouts with 2013 Founders Awards

UW-Green Bay 2013 Founders Awards recipientsThe University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has recognized its top faculty and staff members with 2013 Founders Association Awards for Excellence. The award winners, honored at the annual UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff Convocation Wednesday morning, Aug. 28, are:

Teaching — Associate Prof. Stefan Hall

Scholarship — Prof. Michael Draney
Community Outreach — Associate Prof. Cristina Ortiz
Institutional Development — Associate Prof. Scott Ashmann

Academic Support — Elaina Koltz

Classified Staff — Jim Fonder

Collaborative Achievement — Environmental Management and Business Institute

Posing in the photo, above, from left, are: Scott Ashmann, Jim Fonder, John Katers (representing EMBI), Cristina Ortiz, Stefan Hall, Elaina Koltz, and Michael Draney.

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Tom Harden, Founders Association President Rob Cera and awards committee chairperson Caroline Boswell, an assistant professor of Humanistic Studies, presented the awards before an audience of about 500 at the annual fall Convocation event, held at the University Union. The Founders Association, a philanthropic organization, began the awards program in 1975.

Hall, the recipient of the Founder’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, is an associate professor of Humanistic Studies who teaches courses in ancient and medieval studies. His award citation praised his ability to inspire student enthusiasm for a subject he himself notes can seem “alien and a bit stuffy.” His students and colleagues say he stresses the relationship between characters to engage his students in thought-provoking discussions, and he is able to make older, foreign styles of literature intensely relevant to current-day students regardless of their major. Knowledgeable in Old Norse and Latin, he has made himself available to lead independent-study courses for advanced students desiring instruction in those languages. In his spare time, Hall has mastered jazz guitar – a skill he shares with students as an adjunct music instructor.

Hall holds a bachelor’s in English from Austin Peay State University, and a master’s and Ph.D. in English from St. Louis University. He joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 2002.

Draney, recipient of the award for scholarship, or research, is a professor of Natural and Applied Sciences and one of the nation’s foremost experts in the study of arachnids. Known affectionately as UW-Green Bay’s “Spider Man,” Draney has published widely, earned multiple research grants and frequently consulted for professional and community organizations, including Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. He is generally regarded as the “go-to” authority on one of the most diverse spider families, the sheet-web spiders (linyphiidae). He co-authored the first identification key to the 150 or more genera of linyphiid spiders in North America. In 2012 he hosted the annual American Arachnological Society at UW-Green Bay. His award citation praised his commitment to interdisciplinary study and to involving students in high-level research.

A member of the UW-Green Bay faculty since 1999, Draney teaches Biology and Environmental Science courses and is a member of the graduate faculty of the Environmental Science and Policy program. Since 2007, he has conducted spider research in Panama and Costa Rica, and has led field biology travel courses there. He received his bachelor’s in biology from New Mexico State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Georgia.

Ortiz, recipient of the Founders’ Award for Community Outreach, was honored for “the countless outreach programs and learning experiences she has created … for our campus, the surrounding area and beyond … for entrepreneurs, public schools, and cultural organizations in Northeast Wisconsin.” Ortiz is founder and director of the successful community-oriented Spanish in the Professions program at UW-Green Bay, and she helped develop the Spanish Immersion Camp for high school students. She frequently leads public discussions of literature, film, and Spanish or Latina culture at education and cultural events across the region. Her award citation also mentioned her efforts to build partnerships and connect campus and community to people and institutions in Guatemala, Spain, Mexico and, most recently, Chile.

Ortiz is an associate professor of Spanish in the Humanistic Studies academic unit. She joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1993. She completed her undergraduate studies in her native Spain and came to the United States in 1987 to further her education with master’s and doctoral degrees in Latin American and Spanish Literature from the University of Cincinnati.

The citation honoring Ashmann for excellence in institutional development noted his commitment to his department, the University, the community and his profession. He earned compliments for his leadership contributions to his unit, the Professional Program in Education, including integral curricular changes that have enhanced UW-Green Bay’s well-regarded teacher preparation program. To advance the importance of his research and expertise in the area of science education, he has promoted initiatives including the Einstein Project, continuing education for K-12 science teachers, and the environmentally driven kindergarten to be located at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.

An associate professor of Education, Ashmann joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 2003. He earned a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in curriculum, teaching and educational policy with an emphasis in science education. His bachelor’s degree is from UW-Green Bay, where he majored in Chemistry and Education with a minor in Science and Environmental Change.

Koltz, who received the award for academic support, is a student financial aid adviser and veterans benefit coordinator for the University. She certifies benefits for more than 400 veteran students and their dependents — UW-Green Bay is near the top among state universities in its percentage of military veterans — and provides ongoing advice and guidance over the course of their college careers. The citation noted that Koltz is regarded as a key resource by students, her peers, and federal and state veterans officials. G.I. Jobs Magazine places UW-Green Bay among the most veteran-friendly campuses in the nation. Beyond working with veterans, Koltz also assists other students and has helped with financial aid workshops and presentations to prospective students and their families.

Koltz joined the UW-Green Bay Financial Aid Office in February 1999. She had previously served five years in the U.S. Army as a military administrative assistant to the commander in chief of the U.S. Army Europe and the Seventh Army. She earned her bachelor’s in Psychology and Human Development at UW-Green Bay.

The honoree in the category of Classified Staff Support, Fonder, oversees custodial care of what is likely the institution’s busiest building, the University Union, with thousands of visitors per day. Colleagues describe Fonder as a motivated, detail-oriented individual who works well with students, staff and faculty. He also wins praise for his commitment to sustainability and cost-effective service. He researched energy-efficient blow dryers to cut down on paper usage, and pushed for new, more efficient soap dispensers and tissue holders.

Fonder, custodial supervisor for the Union, also assists in general maintenance and repair projects throughout the facility. He joined the UW-Green Bay staff a decade ago after working previously in the office furniture and supply business.

The Environmental Management and Business Institute earned the 2013 Founders Award for Excellence in Collaborative Achievement for embodying the University’s ongoing commitment to its environmental roots. Commonly referred to as EMBI, the program connects campus and community by encouraging thoughtful analysis of environmental problems and solutions that are practical and cost-effective. The program advises businesses and agencies on improving their sustainable practices, which creates opportunities for students to gain insight into business issues while simultaneously exploring best practices in environmental policy. EMBI hosts a major annual conference, “Green Innovations,” held each April during Earth Week.

Faculty and staff members from across campus contribute to the Institute’s success, led by individuals from key academic units including Natural and Applied Sciences, Public and Environmental Affairs, and Business Administration.

ILP announces $41K in Grants to Improve Teaching and Learning

The Institute for Learning Partnership has awarded nearly $41,000 in Grants to Improve Teaching and Learning for the 2013-14 academic year. The grants will support learning in six area school districts, funding a variety of initiatives that promote literacy, target the achievement gap, incorporate technology and more. Recipients are:

Bowler Elementary School teacher Stephanie Brown — Improving Science Scores and Interest through Einstein Kits ($1,678.84)

• Green Bay East High School teachers and staff — Green Bay East Composting Project ($3,000)

Howard-Suamico Bay View Middle School teacher Oksana Kobzar-Schweiner — Increasing Academic Vocabulary Among ELL Students ($1,450)

Laona Robinson Elementary School teacher Stacey Flannery — Laptops for Laona Learners ($7,500)
Laona Robinson Elementary School teachers Sheryl Hendricks, Kathy Krawze and Kelly Crede — iPads for Differentiated Instruction-Part III ($7,500):
Manitowoc McKinley Academy teacher Gina Wagner — Healthy Living Soul Sisters ($6,997)
Wrightstown Community School District teacher Krista Samb — Content Area Literacy through Technology in Art Room ($6,977.90)

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Scott Ashmann — Integrating iPads into a Nature-Based 4K Program ($5,851)

For more details on these exciting and innovative projects, check out our press release.

In pictures: Education hosts Celebration of Achievement event

The Professional Program in Education honored some of its finest last week during the annual Celebration of Achievement, held at the Weidner Center. The event included the presentation of 2013 Outstanding Alumni Awards, given to seven UW-Green Bay graduates in a variety of categories. Special guest speaker for the evening was Rob Davis, a 2013 Master’s in Education graduate and director of player personnel for the Green Bay Packers. You can check out a list of honorees and some great photos, here.

In the news: UW-Green Bay hosts Nigerian educators

The Institute for Learning Partnership and Professional Program in Education were happily busy all last week, hosting nine Nigerian educators for a week of learning and cultural exchange. The visitors participated in a variety of sessions and programs here at UW-Green Bay and elsewhere in the community, including in the K-12 schools. We’ll have more on their time here soon, but for now, check out a great photo and article that appeared in Saturday’s (May 4) Green Bay Press-Gazette.

UW-Green Bay Education alumna Sara (Boyer) Rohde is AP coach of the year

Green Bay Notre Dame girls basketball coach Sara Rohde, who led the Tritons to the WIAA Division 2 state championship last weekend, has been named The Associated Press state coach of the year. As Sara Boyer, she graduated in 2003 from UW-Green Bay’s Professional Program in Education, and was a standout player for the nationally ranked Phoenix women’s basketball team. A fourth-grade bilingual teacher at Green Bay’s Eisenhower Elementary School, she is currently finishing her UW-Green Bay master’s in education in the Applied Leadership Program. See Press-Gazette coverage at www.greenbaypressgazette.com/section/gpg02.

UW-Green Bay Education Outreach announces Summer 2013 Offerings for Educators

UW-Green Bay Education Outreach will present an array of new and returning favorite classes beginning in June as part of its Summer 2013 Offerings for Educators lineup.

The courses run throughout the summer, offering a wide variety of face-to-face, blended and online learning formats with various credit and noncredit enrollment options. Courses will continue to be added as school district requests dictate, so interested educators are encouraged to visit the Education Outreach website (www.uwgb.edu/educationoutreach) for the most current class information.

The research-based Offerings for Educators courses provide teachers, administrators and other professionals the practical education they need to apply theory and best practice to the classroom and school environment. Returning favorites for summer include “Communicating and Collaborating with Google Tools,” a highly popular course offering four different enrollment options to best suit the needs of any local educator. Education Outreach also will offer the returning “Integrating iPads into the Curriculum,” a high-interest course that helps educators effectively integrate use of the iPad to support instruction on both a conceptual and practical level.

The Summer 2013 Offerings for Educators also feature several new course options, including “Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards for K-8 Teachers,” offered in partnership with The Einstein Project and taught by UW-Green Bay Associate Professor of Education Scott Ashmann. Educators also can take the new course, “What Makes You an Effective Teacher?” which will help educators articulate and demonstrate what they know and employ the educational practices that foster students’ intellectual, social and emotional growth.

Detailed course information, including syllabi and cost and registration details, is available online at www.uwgb.edu/educationoutreach. UW-Green Bay courses for educators align with Wisconsin standards for teacher and administrator development and licensure. Contact the Education Outreach Office with questions or for more information, at (800) 621-2313, (920) 465-2480 or educationoutreach@uwgb.edu.


Golden Apple grads: UW-Green Bay alumni take share of honors

UW-Green Bay alumni once again were recognized as top teachers Monday (March 4), as two were named Golden Apple Award winners in the annual Brown County contest. Green Bay Washington Middle School teacher Kevin Van Ess is a 1984 Communication and the Arts grad who also received his teacher certification in Instrumental and General Music from UW-Green Bay. Kevin Olm ’99, Biology, is part of the West De Pere High School science team that earned the award as a group. Both will be honored, along with their fellow awardees, during a live televised banquet April 17 on WLUK Fox 11. They will also be featured on WLUK and in the Green Bay Press-Gazette, both of which ran stories (below) on Monday’s surprise announcement. Congratulations, grads!
Green Bay Press-Gazette / WLUK Fox 11

CATL announces selection of Spring 2013 Online Teaching Fellows

Congratulations to the newest class of Online Teaching Fellows! The hybrid, four-week workshop is designed to foster lively, interdisciplinary dialogues regarding the best practices in online teaching. Chosen by the selection committee and announced by CATL (the campus Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning):

   •  Pao Lor — Associate Professor, Education
   •  Jenell Holstead — Assistant Professor, Human Development
   •  Doreen Higgins – Assistant Professor, Social Work
   •  Illene Cupit – Professor, Human Development
   •  Dennis Lorenz – Associate Professor, Human Development
   •  Amanda Nelson – Associate Professor, Human Biology
   •  Alma Rodriguez-Estrada – Assistant Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences
   •  Uwe Pott – Associate Professor, Human Biology
   •  Dallas Blaney – Assistant Professor, Public and Environmental Affairs
   •  Tonmoy Islam – Assistant Professor, Urban and Regional Studies

The committee reports being very impressed with this group’s dedication to teaching and commitment to online learning.

Visiting actress to talk ‘Arts/Advocacy in American Indian Education’

Cherokee actress DeLanna Studi will cap her residency with a free program from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, March 8, in the Rose Hall 250 auditorium. Titled “Arts and Advocacy in American Indian Education,” the session featuring Studi will share stories of her upbringing and education in rural Oklahoma, her experiences as a professional performer in film and theatre, and how these experiences have led her to become an advocate for Native issues. First Nations Studies and Humanistic Studies are partnering with the Professional Program in Education, and the Institute for Learning Partnership on this particular program. All are welcome.

Alumna Miller is Wisconsin’s nominee for National Teacher of the Year

We’ve got more great news to report on alumna JoAnn Miller, the Oconto Falls science teacher who in September was chosen as state High School Teacher of the Year. Earlier this week, the state Department of Public Instruction announced that Miller, also an Institute for Learning Partnership instructor, will be Wisconsin’s representative to the National Teacher of the Year Program. The honor carries a $6,000 prize from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation. “JoAnn is an educator who leads by example,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. “… Her passion for helping young people learn is equaled by her commitment to being an influence on teacher quality. It is an honor to nominate her to be Wisconsin’s representative to the National Teacher of the Year Competition.” For more information, visit http://dpi.state.wi.us/. See our earlier feature story on Miller.