Stacie Christian, director of inclusive excellence for UW-Green Bay, was interviewed by Local 5 News for her reaction to a proposal by two state lawmakers to regulate how local K-12 districts deal with bathroom and locker-room usage by transgender students. Christian pointed out that UWGB has long provided access to private, gender-neutral bathrooms. She also said of the effort to legislate new limits, “Most of the country is moving forward in a different direction.”
Distributed campuswide but repeated here for the record: As part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration and Common Theme-Engaging in Public Life, the University is participating in a coordinated UWGB-Make a Difference Day event from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23. Employees interested in participating are encouraged to work with their supervisor for approval. Employees would be working side-by-side with student volunteers. If you are interested in participating, please sign up online as an individual or group.
Music from Prof. Brian Sutton’s original musical Searching for Romeo — in the form of the song “Come and Get Me, Here I Am” — will be heard Monday, Oct. 19, at Green Bay Southwest High School. The fall choir concert, which begins at 7 p.m., will feature the various choirs performing songs from musicals, TV shows, films, and in one case a video game. The Southwest choir director, Brandon Rockstroh, was also musical director and the male lead in the 2012 production of Searching for Romeo in the Jean Weidner Theatre in the Weidner Center. Fans of the show might notice that “Come and Get Me, Here I Am” wasn’t in the version of Sutton’s show staged on campus; the composer/playwright added it for the New York City theatre festival version of 2014.
Organizers share word that admission to general Alumni Days events Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16 and 17, will be free to all UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and retirees who register in advance. As valued members of the UW-Green Bay community, your complimentary registration includes entrance for you and your immediate family to all Alumni Days events (with exception of add-on events). See a full list of Alumni Days events.
Register by Friday, October 9 by emailing Director of Alumni Relations Kari Moody. with the events you and your immediate family plan to attend.
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.
Seeking: Volunteers to serve on this year’s Green Bay Holiday Parade Float Committee. It’s a fun gig, and last year this group won the Jean Nicolet Award for the best themed float. Is working on a parade float on your bucket list? There was a preliminary kickoff meeting earlier today in the marketing suite located in the concourse near the Cofrin Library alcove… (known for the earth ball in the window and the creative outbursts emanating from within), but you can also join the team, or learn more, by e-mailing Sue Bodilly.
If this is October, the annual benefits-enrollment period must be right around the corner (starting Monday, the 5th). The Office of Human Resources has announced the date, time and place for the 2015 Employee Benefits and Wellness Fair: from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 7) in the University Union’s Phoenix Room. Check out the System’s changes-for-next-year info in advance and bring your questions.
Staff member Dan Moore of UW-Green Bay caught these images of the full lunar eclipse Sunday night, Sept. 27. In full eclipse, the moon appears coppery red even when passing through the earth’s shadow because of diffused light bouncing off this planet’s atmosphere. Sky watchers were especially excited because the eclipse occurred during a full moon period in which the moon’s orbit was at its closest to earth, making it appear larger. Moore, an art photographer, is a web marketing and data specialist with the UW-Green Bay Office of Outreach and Adult Access.
Despite headlines about a dead zone, phragmites, PCBs and other ailments in the lower bay, local environmentalists found plenty of positives as part of the second annual “Bringing Back the Bay” tour, in which about 80 people got to tour habitat restoration areas along the western shore. Among the sites visited were wetland preservation, northern pike habitat restoration efforts and Cat Island Chain developments that have benefited from UWGB faculty, staff and student involvement. Researchers Patrick Robinson and Tom Prestby were mentioned in a Press-Gazette story.
Former De Pere H.S. women’s swim coach Tara Dowling has joined the Green Bay swimming and diving staff as a lead assistant, first-year head coach Reed Robelot announced this week. Dowling joins the Phoenix after graduating from Northern Michigan University in May with a degree in Health and Fitness Management. She was a three-time captain of the NMU swim and dive team.