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”
Retirement-party announcements are making the rounds on campus. For the benefit of retirees and various other off-campus readers, here are several notices that have been widely shared:
• Cliff Abbott, Forrest Baulieu and Jeanellyn Schwarzenbach of the Information and Computing Science faculty are retiring, and colleague Adolfo Garcia is relocating out-of-state. A joint farewell is planned for noon to 1 p.m. Friday, May 8, in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall’s CWing.
• Mike Stearney, dean of Enrollment Services, is retiring after 31 years, with a sendoff on Tuesday, May 12, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Union’s 1965 Room.
• Associate Prof. Warren Johnson of Human Biology will greet well-wishers from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, in LS 468.
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.
Victoria Goff, associate professor emerita (ICS), is writing a book on the impact of social media on authors and the U.S. book publishing industry. She recently shared some of her findings at Left Coast Crime, an annual conference of mystery writers that attracts best-selling authors and fans from all over the country. On March 12, she participated on a panel, “Social Media: What Every Author Needs to Know,” and March 14, she was the moderator of another panel, “Self-Publishing, Traditional & Hybrid: Publishing Options.”
The Instructional Development Council in partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning have honored the Fall 2014 recipients of the Student Nominated Teaching Award. Assistant Prof. David Helpap of Public and Environmental Affairs has received the early career award while Prof. Phillip Clampitt of Information and Computing Science was honored in the experienced teacher category. The award asks students to nominate an instructor who has made a significant impact on their learning. The awards were presented Dec. 12 at the University Leadership Awards program on campus.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette on Sunday (Nov. 8) featured a cool story about UW-Green Bay lecturer Ben Geisler, Information and Computing Science, who helped develop an independent video game called “Minimum.” Geisler, a programmer who spent nearly 15 years in the gaming industry, turned down an opportunity to work on the latest Call of Duty video game, the story says, opting instead to work on a game he could play with his 9- and 12-year-old sons. He worked as part of a team at Madison-based Human Head Studios to develop the game, described in the story as “a third-person shooter game that at first glance appears to be a Lego-like game set in a Minecraft world.” Full story.
Part two of a Local 5 News story featuring two UW-Green Bay faculty members aired Tuesday (Oct. 28) evening, with Prof. Phil Clampitt and Prof. Emeritus Mike Kraft continuing their analysis of television advertising in the hotly contested gubernatorial election. The story from reporter Jenn Sullivan focused largely on the visual images chosen for TV ads, as well as the use of various news clips that help each candidate make his or her point. The manipulation of images can be a powerful tool, the story says. “The challenge I think we have as viewers is, unless we’re aware these techniques are going on… then we tend to form these impressions,” Clampitt said. Added Kraft, speaking about the use of news clips and incumbent Gov. Scott Walker’s jobs promise: “It’s a weak point for the governor, because he made a very explicit promise that he would create 250,000 jobs in his first four years.” You can watch both segments of the report (the most recent appearing first).
Two UW-Green Bay professors helped Local 5 News put political ads to the “truth test” last week, discussing the spots as part of a two-segment story that made its debut Monday (Oct. 27). Prof. Phil Clampitt, Information and Computing Science, and Prof. Emeritus Michael Kraft, Public and Environmental Affairs, sat down with Local 5 reporter Jenn Sullivan to watch several of the ads from Wisconsin’s hotly contested race for governor. Cameras rolling, they discussed seemingly conflicting jobs numbers, the effect of ads on potential voters, and the efficacy of certain spots for various groups. “Are we first, third, tenth?” Kraft said, referring to jobs figures cited in various ads. “And the different interpretations come from candidates choosing different time periods. Each one wants to choose a time period that makes them look good.” Watch Monday’s segment.
Prof. Phillip Clampitt, Information and Computing Science and Communication, has been selected by the National Residence Hall Honorary as the Institution Faculty/Staff Member of the Month for September 2014. NRHH recognizes individuals who show great dedication and leadership throughout the campus community, according to the organization. A student nominated Clampitt for the honor, calling his “Great Career Fantasy” project — in which students research their dream job — not only enjoyable but “the most useful project I have ever done.” The student cites other examples of highly relevant coursework, noting that “he always finds a way to relate his teachings to real-life experiences, regardless of who you are, and I have never found a professor to be more practical and inspirational.” More on NRHH.
UW-Green Bay was well represented last week during the UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) Faculty College, held at UW-Richland. Associate Prof. David Voelker and Prof. Regan Gurung presented a seminar titled “Going Behind the Scenes of the Learning Process: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL),” and Gurung also presented solo for a workshop titled “America’s Next Top Model: Evidence-Based Guidelines to Model Teaching.” Voelker also presented a session called “Rethinking Content Coverage,” while Associate Prof. Alison Gates paired with colleges from UW-Madison and UW Oshkosh to present a workshop titled “Feminist Research in the Arts.” Also in attendance for the three-day conference were Associate Prof. Adolfo Garcia and Assistant Prof. Alison Staudinger, in their capacities as Wisconsin Teaching Fellow and Wisconsin Teaching Scholar, respectively; as well as Associate Profs. Clifton Ganyard, Franklin Chen and Katia Levintova and Assistant Prof. JP Leary.