Tag: Human Development

Five Phoenix student-athletes earn winter all-academic honors


Five UW-Green Bay student-athletes have been recognized as members of the 2015 Winter Academic All-Horizon League Teams. The teams, which represent success in competition as well as in the classroom, were voted on by the league’s faculty athletics representatives and athletics communications directors. Earning academic all-league honors for the Phoenix were women’s basketball’s Megan Lukan, Communication and Business Administration; and swimming and diving’s Claire Friederick, Human Biology; Tanner Nordlund, Business Administration; James Wise (undeclared) and Ryan Korslin, Human Development.

Phoenix GPS students learn, help others learn about success at college


News from director Denise Bartell and the Phoenix GPS Program: The students from the Hopscotching the World of Nonprofits team have just completed their service learning project working with the NEW Scholars program of Scholarships Inc. A college readiness program for under-represented students, the NEW Scholars work on reading, writing, and character while earning credits toward financial scholarships. The UWGB students worked with them for two afternoons, getting to know the middle schoolers and joining in with their book club, writing, and team building activities. On a Saturday morning in April, the UWGB students, who are under-represented college students themselves, met with middle schoolers’ parents and shared what college was like for them and how they got there. Finally, the NEW Scholars visited campus for a tour led by the GPS students, complete with a stop to see the friendly staff at the AIC and an actual dorm room (a highlight)! The visit concluded with a large circle where middle school students asked questions and UWGB students shared their own words of wisdom about what college was like, ranging from “sleep is important!” to “there are lots of people at UWGB to help you” and “try to get into the GPS program because it’s made such a difference for me!” The GPS program is an intensive yearlong learning experience for first-year students that culminates in a service learning project completed by each team.

Students promote scholarship to honor professor’s late mother


Here’s another good story from the Phoenix GPS Program. A student team has chosen as its service project the idea of raising money for a student scholarship at UW-Green Bay. Their goal is to endow a fund creating a $1,000 annual award for the Rosemary C. Bartell Memorial Scholarship at UW-Green Bay. They would designate the award for single parents at UWGB in memory of the mother of Denise Bartell, Director of the Phoenix GPS Program and associate professor of Human Development. Rosemary, who passed away in January 2015, was a single parent to Denise and her brother Richard for most of their lives. To learn more about the project.

Additional awards recognize student workers in unique categories


In addition to the award presented to Cassie Alfheim, Monday’s award ceremony on campus recognized five more student workers for outstanding achievement. They are:

Kimberly Schwarzenbart – Most Unique Contribution in a Student Employment Position: A senior Business Administration major from Reedsburg, Schwarzenbart worked as a marketing assistant for the University Union. A talented artist, she used her creative abilities to market specific programming in the University Union and elsewhere on campus.
Bradley Drephal – Outstanding Demonstration of Reliability in a Student Employment Position: A senior History major from Appleton, Drephal worked as a building manager for the University Union. He was especially motivated by customer satisfaction and ensuring great customer experience.
Sara Tupper – Outstanding Demonstration of Professionalism in a Student Employment Position: A senior Business Administration major from Stoughton, Tupper used her employment opportunity in the Dean of Students and Student Life area to gain professional experience and preparation for a post-graduate career.
Maximus Nimmo – Outstanding Demonstration of Initiative in a Student Employment Position: The senior Business Administration major from Janesville, served as a lead intramural supervisor at the Kress Events Center. His demonstrated leadership allowed him to make lifetime connections.
Olyvia Kuchta – Outstanding Demonstration of Quality of Work in a Student Employment Position: The senior Psychology major from Green Bay served as the office assistant for the Human Development/Information and Computing Science units. She credits the experience to strengthening her interpersonal and leadership skills while opening doors to establish relationships with faculty and staff.

Students honored: Alfheim is Student Employee of the Year

top-student-employeeGreen Bay native and Pulaski High School graduate Cassie Alfheim (with Chancellor Gary Miller, above) was named both UW-Green Bay’s Student Employee of the Year and the State Award Winner as well, at a ceremony April 13 in a ceremony on campus. Alfheim is the student assistant with the office of Grants and Research. (For a full writeup on Alfheim, click here.) Students were nominated by faculty and staff and were judged by an impartial panel on the basis of reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, and uniqueness of contribution. More than 1,000 students are employed each year at UW-Green Bay earning wages that help them pay tuition and fees, while building their professional portfolios and supplying the University with an additional workforce. Also receiving awards:

Kimberly Schwarzenbart – Most Unique Contribution in a Student Employment Position
: A senior Business Administration major from Reedsburg, Schwarzenbart worked as a marketing assistant for the University Union. An incredible artist, she used her exceptional abilities to market specific programming in the University Union and elsewhere on campus.

Bradley Drephal – Outstanding Demonstration of Reliability in a Student Employment Position
: A senior History major from Appleton, Drephal worked as a building manager for the University Union. He was especially motivated by customer satisfaction and ensuring great customer experience.

Sara Tupper – Outstanding Demonstration of Professionalism in a Student Employment Position
: A senior Business Administration major from Stoughton, Tupper used her employment opportunity to gain professional experience and preparation for a post-graduate career.

Maximus Nimmo – Outstanding Demonstration of Initiative in a Student Employment Position: The senior Business Administration major from Janesville, served as a lead intramural supervisor at the Kress Events Center. His demonstrated leadership allowed him to make lifetime connections.

Olyvia Kuchta – Outstanding Demonstration of Quality of Work in a Student Employment Position
: The senior Psychology major from Green Bay served as the office assistant for the Human Development/Information and Computing Science units. She credits the experience to strengthening her interpersonal and leadership skills while opening doors to establish relationships with faculty and staff.

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Gurung gets top billing for APS Teaching Institute


UW-Green Bay Psychology Prof. Regan A.R. Gurung, Human Development, will deliver the opening plenary address at the 22nd annual national Teaching Institute that is part of the Association for Psychological Science conference to be held May 20-24 in New York City. His talk is titled “The Class is Your Oyster: Cultivating Valuable Learning.” To learn more about the conference, and see the poster with Gurung at the top.

Philosophers’ Café meets Wednesday, April 1

This month’s Café, led by UW-Green Bay’s Denise Bartell (Human Development), asks whether higher education is still a reliable mechanism for reducing social and economic inequality. Are for-profit and online institutions financially efficient solutions, or do they create a two-tiered system that may perpetuate and exacerbate social inequality? Public regional comprehensive universities such as UW-Green Bay have become ground zero in efforts to increase the percentage of college-educated citizens in states around the country. But what responsibility do they hold for equitably serving those in their communities when public support declines? Can our public university system continue to fulfill the Wisconsin Idea? Should it? Titletown Brewing Company (upstairs room, near the shuffleboard game) is located at 200 Dousman St, Green Bay.

Mayor Schmitt, others join for Common Theme ‘Phoenix Talk’ on Thursday

A panel discussion regarding connections between UW-Green Bay and its community is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2 in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall (Mac) 210. Speakers include Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt and his chief of Staff Andy Rosendahl, Karen Faulkner of Golden House, students Sarah Wanek and Lydia Schwertfeger and Professors Regan Gurung, Katia Levintova and Alison Staudinger. The event is sponsored by the Student Government Association and UWGB’s campus Common Theme committee. Free and open to the public.

Christine Smith facilitates Civil Rights documentary/discussion

Honoring Women’s History Month, the Green Bay–De Pere YWCA invites the public for a viewing and discussion of a new documentary film from Wisconsin Public Television (WPT), “Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams.” The event will be facilitated by Christine Smith, associate professor of Human Development and the chair of UW-Green Bay’s Women’s and Gender Studies program. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, March 30 at the YWCA, downtown Green Bay. The hour-long documentary film tells the history of civil rights leader Phillips — Wisconsin’s first African American woman elected Wisconsin Secretary of State. To register for this event.

Faculty note: Gurung

Prof. Regan A.R. Gurung of Psychology and Human Development is the author of an article in the latest edition of the scholarly journal Psychology Learning & Teaching (Volume 14-1). The article is titled “Three investigations of the utility of Textbook Technology Supplements.” In three separate introductory psychology classes over a three-year period, Gurung evaluated whether 600+ students’ exam scores were associated with the use of textbook technology supplements. Each class used a different textbook and supplement (Learnsmart, PsychPortal and Applia). In general, he found students who used the technology tools more … performed better on their exams (controlling for GPA). Time and motivation were issues reported by students who chose not to use the tools.