Congratulations to Associate Prof. of Humanistic Studies Brian Sutton, whose original musical comedy Searching for Romeo is now officially published by Stage Rights Press and available at the Createspace Store and other online portals including Amazon. Sutton received a contract for his play after its five-show run at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2014. He has continued to tinker with the material since he premiered the piece in July 2012 at the Jean Weidner Theatre at the Weidner Center on campus. The comedy re-imagines Shakespeare’s story of Romeo and Juliet from the perspective of the “losers,” Paris and Rosaline, who achieve what eternally eludes the more famous couple: a happy ending. Although Sutton’s academic specialty is neither creative writing, theatre nor music, colleagues praised his early drafts of both script and music, and encouraged him to produce the show. New York City critics who saw Romeo at the festival predicted it could do well as a high school, college or community theatre production. (Sutton notes that the script offered for purchase does not include audio of the show’s music; if potential buyers at UWGB or elsewhere want to hear the songs as performed, he’ll email mp3 recordings as attachments.)
Heidi Sherman presented the paper, “Staraia Ladoga and the Emporia Theses: The Anatomy of a ‘Non-Place’ in Viking-Age Russia,” at Yeast for Changes: Vikings and their Impact on Medieval Europe, May 21. The conference, which brought together Viking specialists from more than a dozen European countries was sponsored by The Institute of Archaeology, Wrocław, Poland.
A total of 54 employees, friends and family participated on the UW-Green Bay team as part of the 2015 Bellin Run Corporate Challenge. Overall, UWGB was 10th out of 61 Corporate Challenge teams. (Incidentally, fast finishers included lecturer Michael Holstead of Humanistic Studies who covered the 6.2 miles in 39 minutes and Lea Truttmann of Student Life, 49 minutes and change.) For more on UW-Green Bay finishers, go to the fine HR blog.
The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved promotions and tenure for UW-Green Bay faculty members during the board’s meeting June 4 and 5 at UW-Milwaukee. Those promoted from assistant professor to the rank of associate professor with tenure are:
• Tohoro Francis Akakpo, Social Work
• Hernan Fernandez-Meardi, Humanistic Studies
• T. Heather Herdman, Nursing
• Minkyu Lee, Art and Design
• Deirdre Radosevich, Human Development
• Courtney Sherman, Music
• Alison Stehlik, Art and Design
• Mussie Teclezion, Business Administration
• Gail Trimberger, Social Work
• Le Zhu, Human Biology
The UW System Regents also approved moving the following individuals from associate professor to the senior rank of full professor:
Lucy Arendt, Business Administration
Mathew Dornbush, Natural and Applied Sciences
Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Nursing
Catherine Henze, Humanistic Studies
John Luczaj, Natural and Applied Sciences
Bryan Vescio, Humanistic Studies
Amy Wolf, Natural and Applied Sciences.
Our news release includes a short bio on each of this year’s faculty members advancing to full-professor status.
Heidi Sherman, historian and associate professor of Humanistic Studies, was interviewed for an article in the Style/Fashion section of The Epoch Times, a major independent Chinese news source. You can read the English version of “Luxurious Linen: Why the Commoner’s Fabric is Making an Expensive Comeback.”
The lineup is set for the UW-Green Bay 50th Anniversary “Last Lecture Series” for the 2015-16 academic year. Each presentation is a Wednesday event beginning at 7 p.m. in the Union’s Christie Theatre.
The lineup of distinguished faculty lecturers:
• Sept. 23 — Derek Jeffreys, Professor, Humanistic Studies, “The Mystery of the Person: Teaching Philosophy and Religion in a Maximum-Security Prison”
• Oct. 21 — Jeff Entwistle, Professor, Theatre and Dance, “We All Need Theatre in Our Lives and in Our Future”
• Nov. 18 — Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Associate Professor, Nursing, “E-Learning: The Train has Left the Station”
• Feb. 17 — Lucy Arendt, Associate Dean, College of Professional Studies, “Made to Serve: The Tragic Corruption of America’s Founding Values”
• March 23 — Steve Meyer, Associate Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences, “Forget the Three T’s: Focus on the Six C’s”
• April 13 — Phil Clampitt, Professor, Information and Computing Science, “The Magical Connection between Uncertainty, Innovation, and the Human Spirit”
Last Friday (May 8), Humanistic Studies hosted an awards ceremony for outstanding students and scholarship winners.
Student honorees were:
Humanistic Studies Scholarships
Harold and Edna Bickford Endowed Scholarship – Taylor Navis
Coryll Crandall Memorial Scholarship – Danielle Eder
Thomas E. Daniels Memorial Scholarship – Samantha Molina
Lise Lotte Gammeltoft Memorial Scholarship – Faith Lent
Modern Languages Awards Academic Year 2014—2015
Academic Excellence Award in German – Ashley Thibeau
Applied Language Award in German – Sara Lueth
Academic Excellence Award in Spanish – Julia Rose Shariff
Academic Excellence Award in Spanish – Colin Nohr
Applied Use of Spanish Award – Courtney Mueller-Krouse
Academic Excellence Award in French – Elijah Amelse
Applied Use of French Award – Adam Meyer
Humanistic Studies will host another Faculty Forum on Friday, May 8, at 2:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room of the Mauthe Center. Featured presenters Assistant Prof. Rebecca Nesvet (English/Humanistic Studies) and Assistant Prof. Alison Staudinger (Democracy & Justice Studies) will lecture on the topic “‘We All Deserve to Die?': The Ethics of Political Violence in Gothic Storytelling.” Free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.
Seven standout student researchers from UW-Green Bay were selected to join fellow students from across the state in exhibiting at the 12th Annual “Posters in the Rotunda” spotlight event at the State Capitol in Madison on April 22.
Undergraduates from each of the System’s 26 campuses set up poster displays to share the findings of their diverse research subjects which, in many cases, are the culmination of multiple academic years of study and collaboration with faculty mentors and community partners throughout Wisconsin.
The UW-Green Bay delegation was led by Chancellor Gary L. Miller, Provost Stephen Fritz and faculty members Jennifer Lanter and Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz. Students presenting were:
- Lauren Anderson of Green Bay and Noel Craig of Shawano, Efforts Directed Toward the Synthesis of Obolactone, faculty adviser Julie Wondergem, Natural and Applied Sciences;
- Katharine Bright of Green Bay and Kayla Hucke of Hartland, Impact of Phonology and Number on Children’s Novel Plural Production, faculty advise Jennifer Lanter, Human Development.
- Lindsay Hansen of Kiel, Monitoring the Importance of River Mouth and Shoreline Habitats for Migratory Birds at Kingfisher Farm and Nearby Natural Areas in Manitowoc County, faculty adviser Robert Howe;
- Christa Kananen of Sobieski, Drawdown of the Potentiometric Surface in the Cambrian-Ordovician Aquifer in Marinette County, faculty adviser John Luczaj, Natural and Applied Sciences;
- Julia Rose Shariff, of Green Bay, The Lost Connection: Benefits of Being a Bilingual Professional in the U.S. Healthcare System , with faculty adviser Christina Ortiz, Humanistic Studies.
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Photos by Cassie Alfheim, Office of Grants and Research