The Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education (WAEE) is preparing to host the Midwest Environmental Education Conference, a biennial regional gathering of environmental educators and others. The conference is Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 22-24, at Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison.
The Oct. 24 diversity and equality conference at UW-Green Bay will feature presentations by a good many faculty and staff members of the University. As of this date, presenters include: Christin DePouw, Education; Joel Muraco, Human Development; Kristin Vespia, Human Development; Pao Lor, Education; Stacie Christian, Human Development; Kristy Aoki, Office of International Education; Jemma Lund, Office of International Education; Justin Mallett, American Intercultural Center; Mai Lo Lee, American Intercultural Center; Crystal Lepscier, American Intercultural Center; and Jeff Willems, Residence Life.
The Oral Scholars in Residence are back on campus in the Education Center for First Nations Studies. All students, staff, faculty, and community members are invited to visit and learn from the First Nations Elders in the time-honored oral tradition. Appointments are not needed and drop-ins are welcome! To learn more about the distinctive program. The Center moved into a new location over the summer, to Wood Hall 410. Office hours for the respective Elders are:
Monday — Shirley Barber 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Napos 4:30 to 6:15 p.m.
Tuesday — Dr. Carol Cornelius 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday — Napos 4:30-6:15 p.m.
Thursday — CRW Wheelock 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting Sept. 24, Molly Miller 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Next Wednesday will be the last chance to reserve your ticket for the Friday, Sept. 25, Mexican Luncheon at the University Union, but you might want to do so earlier. Tickets are in high demand to hear the presentation by Profs. Lucy Arendt and Steven Kimball and to taste some fun Mexican food that they recommended we try. The Union will reserve a table for your group, and door prizes will be handed out. Check out the menu.
Our colleagues in the University Union inform us that the first cultural cuisine meal this year will showcase food from Mexico at noon Friday, Sept. 25, in the Union’s Phoenix Room. Tickets are on sale now at the University Ticketing and Information Center. Profs. Lucy Arendt (Cofrin School of Business) and Steven Kimball (Education) will be presenting with a slide show of their experiences in Mexico. Cost of the meal for faculty and staff is only $13. Check out the menu. “Hope to see you there.”
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.
For many students, the transition from high school to college can be daunting. But for homeschooled students, that switch comes with an even potentially deeper set of challenges.
That was the experience initially for Education major Lexi Jasen. “I was very used to doing my own thing,” said the senior who will graduate in May 2015 with highest of honors. “My mom gave me a lot of control as far as planning my own curriculum and my schedule, as long as she approved it. But she gave me a lot of freedom. She knew I would be very responsible and I would get it done.”
After homeschooling through high school, Jasen began her college experience at UW-Sheboygan before transferring to UW-Green Bay.
“It is very different to have your own expectations and then to adapt to multiple professors with different expectations for different classes,” she said, “But honestly, the hardest thing for me is the actual sitting in class. I don’t take notes. I’m a doodler. Notes don’t help me at all. That’s not how I learn.”
Jasen turned to her UWGB faculty members for guidance.
“There are some professors, especially in the Education department, who have really gotten to know me and that has been wonderful.”
Their support motivated Jasen to become an active participant in her own learning and to the betterment of those around her. She is a mentor in the Phuture Phoenix program, serves as the president of UW-Green Bay’s Student Wisconsin Education Association and is in the process of creating an honor society for the Education department.
After graduating this May and completing her student teaching, Jasen hopes to find a position as a teacher and one day open her own charter school.
“I want to do something fairly similar to the Phantom Knight charter school which I’ve worked with through Phuture Phoenix,” she said, “They are very project based and inspire independent learning — very similar to how I learned — and I know there are many other people out there like me. My goal, eventually, is to give students more of a say in their learning, because then they’re going to be more motivated to do it and more interested in it.”
Jasen feels other homeschooled students can be just as successful if they speak up and ask for the help that they need.
“The homeschoolers that I know and grew up with are kind of like me and they know how they learn and they now what they need in order to succeed. The more I communicated that with my professors, the more successful I was in those classes, and I think that that is something a lot of people are really hesitant to do.”
Photo and story by Katelyn Staaben.
Christin DePouw, assistant professor of Education, has been named the recipient of a 2016 Research Scholar Award as presented by the faculty Research Council chaired by Prof. Amy Wolf. The selection was based on DePouw’s proposal, “Role of Critical Race Consciousness in Strengthening Academic and Cultural Identities in Hmong American Students.” The award will help DePouw complete a study she began more than a decade ago. The Research Scholar Award, with funding by the Provost’s Office, provides for a 3-credit reassignment. More information on Prof. DePouw’s ongoing research will be posted on the UW-Green Bay Research Council website in the near future.
Arjun Sanga, executive director for WiSys, and regional liaison Bob Wise will be on the UW-Green Bay campus Thursday afternoon (Feb. 19) to meet with University leadership and attend the gathering that will mark the launch of two new faculty-designed computer apps, from 3 to 4 p.m. in MAC Hall 137. WiSys is the entity that helps fund and facilitate innovative projects at the UW System comprehensive campuses. Sanga and Wise will meet with Chancellor Gary Miller, Provost Stephen Fritz and others, and participate in the 3 o’clock session at which the new apps will be demonstrated. Profs. Susan Gallagher-Lepak and Heather Herdman will display the capabilities of their new nursing diagnostic tool, and Scott Ashmann will demonstrate a teacher evaluation tool. Refreshments will be served; all are welcome.
The College of Professional Studies is inviting interested members of the campus community to a gathering this Thursday (Feb. 19), from 3 to 4 p.m. in MAC Hall 137. “Help us celebrate the launch of two innovative computer apps by faculty members — Dr. Susan Gallagher-Lepak and Dr. Heather Herdman (Nursing), who will demonstrate their new nursing diagnostic tool, and Dr. Scott Ashmann (Education) who will demonstrate a teacher evaluation tool. Refreshments will be served.”