Stephanie Cataldo-Pabich moderated a breakout session for the Wisconsin Campus Compact Civic Engagement Institute March 26 at the Pyle Center, UW-Madison. Her breakout was entitled: “Your Campus and the Local School Districts: How to Create and Nurture Lasting Partnerships for the Public Good.”
The second Global Studies Roundtable of the fall semester is scheduled for 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 16) in Room 103 of the University Union. The focus is Nigeria, with discussion led by Juliet Cole, interim director of UW-Green Bay’s Institute for Learning Partnership. A native of Nigeria, Cole has made numerous trips over the years to visit family and stay current with developments in Africa’s most populous nation. The program is free and open to the public.
The Phuture Phoenix program welcomes hundreds more fifth-graders for the second of this week’s campus tour days, tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 16). Here’s hoping for nice weather. We’ll have another photo gallery to share when things quiet back down.
UW-Green Bay is hosting its 11th annual Phuture Phoenix field trip days this week, welcoming 1,460 area fifth-graders to explore campus and envision life as a college student. The first group, roughly a thousand in all, came through Tuesday (Oct. 14). A second and smaller group was scheduled to tour campus on Thursday the 16th.
– Photos by Eric Miller, photographer, Office of Marketing and University Communication
A Chicago-based African drum dance group will offer a free workshop from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, in the Phoenix Room of the University Union at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive.
Ayodele Drum and Dance will present the workshop thanks to sponsorship from UW-Green Bay’s Nia African and African-American Drummers and Dancers Group. It is open to both campus and the Green Bay community.
Ayodele Drum and Dance was formed in 2007 in Chicago when seven African dancers, led by Tosha ‘Ayo’ Alston, met to learn the art of drumming in order to improve and enhance their dancing. The group now includes 30 women and two men who use their art to educate and motivate young women and children.
The group splits its time between producing and performing concerts, teaching children, teaching classes within the community and studying with female samba masters in Brazil and master djembe and dununfolas of West Africa. More information about Ayodele Drum and Dance can be found at www.ayodeledrumanddance.com.
Those interested in registering for the workshop should call the Institute for Learning Partnership at (920) 465-5555 or email Juliet Cole at email@example.com.
The Nia African and African-American Drummers and Dancers, founded in 2002 by Juliet Cole, consists of both UW-Green Bay and community members. The group hopes that through its African-style dancing and drumming, it can promote an appreciation for diversity within the campus and Green Bay community. Anyone can join the group at any time. More information can be found at www.uwgb.edu/learnpart/programs/nia/.
UW-Green Bay’s Phuture Phoenix field trip days are set for Tuesday (Oct. 14) and Thursday (Oct. 16). With 1,460 fifth-graders from elementary schools in Brown County and the surrounding areas attending, this year’s participation numbers are the highest ever. The program has hosted a total of 15,781 fifth-grade students since it began in 2003. To help support the record number of participants there will be 268 UW-Green Bay students serving as role models and group leaders for the day, along with more than 90 faculty members. This year’s theme, hands-on history, will offer young visitors a first-hand glimpse of experiential learning in a University setting. Among the highlights, the UW-Green Bay History Club will be leading students in Viking-themed cultural activities like cold-smithing, copper wire weaving, hand spinning wool, and Viking costumes and music. Comments Associate Prof. Heidi Sherman, Humanistic Studies, “We hope it will show the fifth-graders that the college experience is fun and that learning about the past takes many forms.” Read the full news release for more details.
UW-Green Bay will host its 11th annual Phuture Phoenix field trip days Tuesday, Oct. 14 and Thursday, Oct. 16, welcoming 1,460 area fifth-graders who will explore campus and experience life as a college student.
This year’s field trip focus will be hands-on history, offering students a first-hand glimpse of experiential learning in a University setting.
UW-Green Bay’s signature Phuture Phoenix program partners with schools that have high percentages of students from low-income families and encourages students to graduate from high school and pursue a college education. This year’s field trip boasts the highest number of students to date. The program has hosted a total of 15,781 fifth-grade students since it began in 2003. To help support the record number of participants, there will be 268 UW-Green Bay students serving as role models and group leaders for the day and 90-plus faculty members participating.
Students and their mentors will visit classrooms, residence halls, the Cofrin Library, the Kress Events Center and other parts of campus during the tour days. Numerous UW-Green Bay faculty members have special planned activities for students and teachers alike.
As part of the hands-on history theme, the UW-Green Bay History Club will give a short presentation on Viking history, followed by hands-on demonstrations of cold smithing, hand spinning (spinning wool into thread with a spindle), wire knitting (how the Vikings made chains for hanging their jewelry), and whipcord braiding (making braids by twisting long threads suspended from the ceiling). The History Club will be making Viking wire knitted chains for each of the 200-plus Phuture Phoenix students who visit the presentation. UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Heidi Sherman, Humanistic Studies (History), said she looks forward to sharing the history-themed activities with Phuture Phoenix students.
“We hope it will show the fifth-graders that the college experience is fun and that learning about the past takes many forms,” Sherman said.
Phuture Phoenix Day is a coordinated effort to inspire academic success and alert children to educational opportunities that are available to them. College prep starts early and the Phuture Phoenix field trip offers students a first-hand look at the necessary steps to pursue and attain higher education goals. It’s an important program, said Keta Quiver, fifth-grade teacher at Oneida Elementary School.
“I think the Phuture Phoenix program gives students one of their first opportunities to tour a university and experience college life,” she said. “It shows them where their hard work and dedication to their education can take them in life.”
New to the Tuesday field trip this year is an interactive opportunity for students to visualize their future at UW-Green Bay. UW-Green Bay student Courtney Maye is organizing the activity that is inspired by the work of artist Candy Chang, on utilizing public space by engaging and provoking individual thought. Students will be able to write their first mock college application essay by finishing the sentence, “I want to go to college…so that I can”…on a chalkboard. The goal is to have the students write why they want to go to college in a way that expresses individuality, while giving them time to think about the reasons they would like to pursue higher education.
More information about Phuture Phoenix is available at www.uwgb.edu/phuturephoenix/.
A University of Wisconsin-Green Bay pilot program will allow seniors from three Green Bay Area Public School District high schools to apply to the University at no cost, and also will provide trained application assistance for students during October and November.
Private donors will cover application costs for seniors from Phuture Phoenix partner schools Green Bay East, West and Preble high schools now that the fall 2015 application period has opened, said Jennifer Jones, UW-Green Bay assistant director of Admissions. Students at Green Bay Southwest High School, though not eligible for the free applications, also will be able to take advantage of the special “Hit Submit” application assistance sessions. The UW-Green Bay application fee is $44.
The application pilot program is the latest initiative from UW-Green Bay’s award-winning Phuture Phoenix program, which since 2002 has been increasing the odds that disadvantaged students will graduate from high school and pursue higher education. The program’s fall tour days bring fifth-graders from Title I schools throughout Northeastern Wisconsin to campus, connecting them with UW-Green Bay student mentors who help boost their college aspirations. The mentors work closely with students in grades 6-12, and once they are admitted to UW-Green Bay, these students are eligible for scholarships if they participated in the program’s tour day or tutoring/mentoring components. The Phuture Phoenix Primary Program at Green Bay’s Jefferson and Eisenhower elementary schools starts reinforcing the go-to-college message even sooner, with special programming and other elements beginning in kindergarten.
“This exciting initiative takes the Phuture Phoenix program to yet another level, providing high school seniors with the personal and financial support they need to apply to UW-Green Bay,” said UW-Green Bay Trustee and Phuture Phoenix co-founder Ginny Riopelle. “Thanks to these generous donors, we can show even more students we’re invested — in them, and in their future.”
The program will make a difference for students, added Green Bay district Superintendent Michelle Langenfeld.
“In partnership with UWGB, GBAPS students have participated in a number of Phuture Phoenix programs, affording them the opportunity to learn more about higher education. However, financial barriers have kept some students from achieving their dream of attending a postsecondary school,” Langenfeld said. “By removing these barriers, students who are college, career and community ready can attain their goal of higher education. We are grateful to the UWGB donors whose generosity will make a difference in the lives of GBAPS students.”
The Phuture Phoenix program and UW-Green Bay Admissions, with input from the Green Bay School District, will train a team of 12 UW-Green Bay students who will make up the “Hit Submit” application assistance team. This assistance will be offered during October and November for seniors from any high school who wish to attend any 2-or 4-year college or University. Session times, locations and other information will be provided at a later date.
“Phuture Phoenix continues to look for innovative ways to help more students become college bound,” said Stephanie Cataldo-Pabich, Phuture Phoenix interim director. “This new application team initiative will give assistance to high school seniors by allowing them to work one-on-one with college students on their admissions paperwork. The goal is to help more students apply and get in to the college of their choice.”
Visit www.uwgb.edu/admissions/ or call (920) 465-2111 for more information about visiting or applying to UW-Green Bay. More information about the Phuture Phoenix program is available at www.uwgb.edu/phuturephoenix/.
UW-Green Bay’s Phuture Phoenix program recently awarded the Whitney Radder Phuture Phoenix Phenomenal Role Model Award for the Spring 2014 semester to freshman Biology major and Education minor Spencer Turriff.
Turriff was a Phuture Phoenix role model during spring semester at Green Bay West High School, tutoring students to increase academic achievement. He was nominated and awarded this honor due to his commitment, service and the strong relationships he built with students and staff at West. Turriff accumulated 99 field hours for the semester, nearly three times the minimum requirement of 35 hours. This award is given to a deserving role model in honor of Whitney Radder, a UW-Green Bay student and Phuture Phoenix role model pursuing a degree in Education who was tragically killed in a car accident while a student at UW-Green Bay.
Pictured from left to right are Phuture Phoenix Director Kim Desotell, Spencer Turriff, Phuture Phoenix Phellow Jared Spude, Institute for Learning Partnership Associate Director Juliet Cole and Institute for Learning Partnership Director and Education Chair Tim Kaufman.
For UW-Green Bay seniors Seenia Thao and Jenny Mottl, Saturday’s commencement ceremony will culminate a journey that’s been nearly a dozen years in the making.
That’s because the pair’s UW-Green Bay story started not four or five years ago, as is the case for many of their peers, but back in April 2003, when they were fifth-grade participants in what was then a still-new program called Phuture Phoenix.
With Saturday’s commencement, Thao and Mottl will become UW-Green Bay’s first Phuture Phoenix program graduates, epitomizing the goals of the University’s signature college attainment program — to show youngsters from at-risk schools that college is possible, to help them see themselves pursuing higher education, and eventually, to support them in achieving college acceptance and completing their university education.
“These first few Phuture Phoenix graduates represent the success of the program now and in the future, to open doors and set a vision for college starting in the younger years,” said Phuture Phoenix Director Kimberly Desotell. “Phuture Phoenix programming, tutoring, mentoring and scholarship aid are critical components of support toward degree completion, to help students realize their dreams for a better future.”
Phuture Phoenix started as the brainchild of UW-Green Bay Trustee Ginny Riopelle and Cyndie Shepard, wife of former UW-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard. A visit to a local elementary school helped underscore the need for pushing the college-is-possible message early and often, and the pair sat down and created Phuture Phoenix in an afternoon. The program’s signature tour day has since served more than 13,000 fifth-graders from at-risk schools, and students receiving ongoing tutoring, mentoring and other support as they advance through the grades. If Phuture Phoenix students choose UW-Green Bay, a renewable scholarship helps them during each of their four years of school.
“We are tremendously proud to see these first Phuture Phoenix students graduating from UW-Green Bay and beginning the next phase of their lives,” Riopelle said. “This grassroots program has grown considerably since its inception, and yet its mission remains the same — to tell and to show kids that college is possible for them.”
That was a message received loud and clear for both Thao, who will graduate Saturday with a Social Work degree, and Mottl, whose major was Spanish.
Thao had been to UW-Green Bay before her tour day, with her parents who were part of the Hmong radio broadcast from the campus Wisconsin Public Radio station. But being part of Phuture Phoenix took that experience to the next level, she said.
“This is when I first got connected to the value of higher education,” said Thao, who attended Green Bay’s Howe Elementary School, “and imagined myself in the college experience.”
Since her freshman year, Thao has volunteered for the annual fall tour day, wearing her original Phuture Phoenix t-shirt underneath the t-shirt for the current year. She loves seeing all the students come through, and relishes the chance to share her experience with them.
“They have big dreams,” Thao said. “They all want to do something and it’s just great to see them feel the same connection I felt to campus — being wowed by everything, I mean, that’s the biggest thing because they see their future in a different light. They know possibilities (exist).”
For Mottl, Phuture Phoenix tour day was her first experience with a college campus — any college campus. She remembers the experience seemed intimidating at first, but the warm welcome from the UW-Green Bay community quickly dissipated any fears. And pretty quickly, her mind was made up about college.
“I think after the Phuture Phoenix visit, I kind of always planned to come to UWGB,” Mottl said. “I love the campus and its programs, and I think it’s more affordable yet offers the same education as other universities in the state. And the scholarship I got from PP definitely helped solidify that decision, and financially it has really helped me stay in college. So I’ll be forever grateful for that.”
And as it turns out, both of UW-Green Bay’s first Phuture Phoenix grads aren’t done learning yet. Thao will attend graduate school in the fall, pursuing a master’s degree at UW-Madison, while Mottl plans to do the same at UW-Milwaukee. You can be sure they’ll both remember where it all began.
“I am so proud to be a part of this from the beginning, to know that Phuture Phoenix supported me,” Thao said. “And I can’t wait to see all the other students (around) my age and continuing from fifth grade to have their dreams come true. I would not be where I am without Phuture Phoenix.”