Prof. Regan A.R. Gurung and Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences Scott Furlong responded Friday (Jan. 30) to Gov. Walker’s suggestion last week that UW System faculty members should work more, speaking with reporter Alexa Santos for a story on NBC 26. “There’s only a certain extent to which we can do more,” Gurung said. “Many may not realize that in order to teach really well, we have to do a bunch of things. Faculty don’t only just teach; many of us serve in the community.” Added Furlong: “You’re working all the time. … and many faculty (feel) guilty if they’re not working, they always feel like they’ve got to do something else.” Full story.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Lawton Gallery will present “Under Construction: Seven Views,” an exhibit of works by UW-Green Bay Art faculty, Feb. 5-26 at the gallery in Theatre Hall on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. An opening reception will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, with artists’ talks beginning at 5 p.m.
The show will feature works in a variety of media by Art faculty members Carol Emmons, Toni Damkoehler, Kristy Deetz, Barbara Gossen, Jason Houge, Stephen Perkins and Christine Style. The exhibit includes two installations (Emmons, Perkins), prints by Style, paintings by Deetz, photographs by Houge and digital prints and drawings by Damkoehler.
Located in Room 230 of Theatre Hall, the Lawton Gallery is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday during fall and spring semesters. All gallery events are free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Curator of Art Stephen Perkins at (920) 465-2916 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Lawton Gallery website, www.uwgb.edu/lawton. You can also find “Lawton Gallery” on Facebook.
Riddle, professor of Theatre and Dance, will be one of three regional educators to receive the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion, considered one of the great honors in theatre education. Each year, the eight KCACTF regions honor individuals or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the teaching and production of theatre and who have dedicated their time, artistry and enthusiasm to the annual theatre festival. Honorees have demonstrated a strong commitment to the values and goals of KCACTF and to excellence in educational theatre, according to the organization.
“It is a great honor to be recognized for my service to the American College Theatre Festival,” Riddle said. “I have the highest regard for this organization’s mission to recognize and encourage quality, creativity and innovation in college theatre. ACTF has given me and so many others the opportunity to learn from and work with artists who share their considerable talents and inspire us to do our best work.”
Riddle is chair of Theatre and Dance at UW-Green Bay, where she teaches acting, improvisation and voice for the actor. Since coming to Green Bay in 1993, she has directed more than 30 productions and served as dialect, voice and acting coach for many others. She has continued to direct and act professionally and also works as a voice actor. She began service as an associate respondent for KCACTF Region III in 1987, and has served several terms on the Region III Selection Committee, beginning in 1989. Riddle has presented numerous workshops at past festivals, served as Wisconsin State Chair and was recognized with the Wisconsin State Service Award in 2011. UW-Green Bay hosted the Region III festival in 1994 and 1995. Riddle has directed four productions invited to perform at the Region III festival, including Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls and Red Herring. In 1997, On the Verge received Awards of Excellence from the KCACTF National Team for directing, acting, scenic, costume, lighting, sound designs, and stage management. In 2014, Avenue Q was honored by the region with UW-Green Bay’s fifth Golden Handtruck award for technical excellence, and was cited by the national KCACTF team for achievement in musical theatre.
Riddle received a B.A. in Theatre from Indiana State University, an M.A. in Arts Administration from Goucher College, and an M.F.A. from The Theatre School- DePaul University. She has studied at Chicago’s Second City, the School at Steppenwolf and with Paul Sills and Uta Hagan.
The Jan. 10 awards presentation will cap a busy KCACTF regional for UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance, which will participate in numerous festival events. Seven cast members from the University’s fall 2014 production of Spring Awakening will perform that musical’s opening number during a new event showcasing musical theatre scenes. Only one school from each state in the KCACTF region was selected for the showcase, which will take place at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9. The featured UW-Green Bay cast members are Stephanie Frank, Katie Junek, Andrea Kuhlow, Cherran Dea Rasmovicz, Erin Sunisa, Amy Vannieuwenhoven and Ashley Wisneski. Spring Awakening was directed by Associate Prof. John Mariano, with musical direction by Assistant Prof. Courtney Sherman and choreography by lecturer Denise Carlson-Gardner.
In addition to the musical performance, several UW-Green Bay students or recent alumni have been nominated to participate in the festival’s Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition. They are Ashley Wisneski, nominated for Uncommon Women and Others (scene partner Andy Delaurelle); Mariah Himmelwright, nominated for Uncommon Women and Others (scene partner Andy Delaurelle); Erin Sunisa, nominated for Spring Awakening (scene partner Amy Vannieuwenhoven); and Stephanie Frank, nominated for Spring Awakening (scene partner Cherran Dea Rasmovicz).
Others participating in festival events include Associate Prof. Kaoime Malloy, who will present “Out of the Kit Makeup Effects,” a workshop on stage makeup; and student Cherran Dea Rasmovicz, who has entered a costume design into the regional design competition.
UW-Green Bay has a rich and successful history at the regional theatre festival. The University’s Fall 2013 production of Avenue Q, The Musical was a hit when performed during last year’s KCACTF regional, earning a rousing standing ovation as well as the Golden Handtruck Award for excellence in technical execution of the production. Other past invites for full productions are Almost, Maine (2011); The Balkan Women (2009); Red Herring (2006); The Christmas Schooner (2004); Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls (2002); On the Verge (1999); Camp Meeting (1993); In Circles (1991); Children of a Lesser God (1985); and Trojan Women (1981).
More information about UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance is available at www.uwgb.edu/theatre/.
Congratulations to Associate Prof. Kathleen Burns of Human Development and Assistant Prof. Elizabeth Wheat of Public and Environmental Affairs upon their selection as participants in the 2015-16 UW System Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars program. Burns and Wheat were chosen UW-Green Bay’s designees through a competitive selection process. Each will receive a stipend and S&E support from the UW System’s Office of Professional and Instructional Development. Each participant will take part in program events throughout the year including a “faculty college” in May, and to undertake a significant project related to the scholarship of teaching and learning, to be shared publically at the conclusion of the year. The selections of Burns and Wheat were announced by UW-Green Bay faculty OPID representatives Jennifer Lanter and Regan Gurung.
The Dec. 1 deadline to submit proposals for the 2015-16 academic year Common Theme is nearing, and the committee wants to hear from you. This year, they’re particularly interested in a theme that will help the University celebrate “50 Years of Excellence.” The theme should lend itself to interdisciplinary analysis and conversation; be of high academic caliber and conducive to scholarly dialogue; should lend itself to collaborative links across the campus (student affairs, academic affairs and community engagement); and be accessible, yet potentially engaging, for students and the community. You can find past Common Theme topics on the Common Theme website. Proposals are due on or before Monday, Dec. 1, and should be submitted to Donna Ritch, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. If you have any questions regarding the Common Theme proposals, please contact Ritch or Dean of Students Brenda Amenson-Hill.
Michael Kraft, professor emeritus of Public and Environmental Affairs, and Scott Furlong, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, have just published the fifth edition of their book Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives, officially released on Nov. 4 by CQ Press to coincide with election day.
Kraft says the textbook reflects the way that he and Furlong long taught their courses in Public Policy Analysis and Introduction to Public Policy, respectively. The book encourages students to question assumptions and recognize how analysis and political arguments intersect, and to apply critical and creative thinking on issues ranging from the federal deficit to health care reform to climate change. Newly added content includes references to the ending of the war in Afghanistan, controversies over national security leaks and surveillance, energy policy and climate change, immigration, college costs and affordability, heightened concerns over inequality, and ongoing debates over the federal deficit and national deficit.
According to the publisher, the book ranks at the top among the nation’s best-selling public policy texts. A description of the book and editorial reviews of it can be found at the publisher’s website.
UW-Green Bay Music will present the next event in its 360° Thursdays series, featuring the RDG Trio, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.
The RDG Trio consists of UW-Green Bay alumnus Ryan Frane (piano), director of Jazz Studies at the University of Minnesota-Duluth; Greg Garrison (double bass), noted performer and recording artist; and David Schmalenberger (percussion), a faculty member at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minn. The group will perform jazz that is highly improvisatory, taking the audience through the process by talking about the music before performing it and projecting the “lead sheets” for the audience to see as they perform.
Now in its second season, the 360° Thursdays concert series features a diversity of performance styles designed to broaden attendees’ horizons and deepen their understanding of music. A component of UW-Green Bay’s 360° of Learning approach, the concert-lecture event helps students, faculty, staff and community members connect with music in more meaningful ways. Performances feature scintillating and provocative pre-concert discussions by a composer, performer or arranger. Attendees will consider a single aspect of music through multiple perspectives.
Each 360° Thursdays performance takes place at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Concerts are free but a $5 suggested donation is appreciated. More information about the series is available online. UW-Green Bay is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of music. More information about UW-Green Bay Music is available online, on Facebook and on Twitter.
Student Chad Osteen of the campus chapter of Psi Chi, the honor society in psychology, invites faculty and staff to an interdisciplinary conversation on the topic “Mind vs. Brain.” The event will take place Monday, Nov. 10, from 5 to 6 p.m. in Room 208 of MAC Hall. Featured will be three faculty members – Psychology Prof. Dennis Lorenz of Human Development, Religious Studies Prof. Derek Jeffreys of Humanistic Studies and Philosophy Prof. Christopher Martin of Humanistic Studies – who will each share observations on the human condition from the perspective of their respective disciplines, followed by a joint question-and-answer period. Osteen says he hopes the event will help demonstrate to students how multiple disciplines can critically examine a topic and contribute to a more thorough understanding. The program is free and open to the public.
Representatives from UW-Green Bay were on hand Thursday (Oct. 23) when the Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay unveiled its new digs during a media event at St. Norbert College. The debut of the satellite campus included a look at its classroom space, high-tech equipment and more. “We are very excited to be a community and university partner for MCW-Green Bay,” said UW-Green Bay Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences Scott Furlong, who attended the event. “Our faculty members are looking forward to the opportunities to teach within the program and share these interactions with our undergraduate student population.” Furthermore, Furlong said, the partnership will allow UW-Green Bay students to obtain a medical education right here in Northeastern Wisconsin, preparing them locally for successful careers. MCW-Green Bay will welcome its first cohort of 20 to 25 students beginning in July 2015. For more information and a few photos, check out our UW-Green Bay News post and a sampling of local news coverage:
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The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay was among the partners celebrating the new home of the Medical College of Wisconsin Green Bay (MCW-Green Bay) satellite campus at a media event Thursday, Oct. 23 on the St. Norbert College campus in De Pere.
“We are very excited to be a community and university partner for MCW-Green Bay,” said Scott Furlong, UW-Green Bay Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “Our faculty members are looking forward to the opportunities to teach within the program and share these interactions with our undergraduate student population.”
The partnership also provides opportunities for students who are seeking a medical education and wish to remain in Northeastern Wisconsin, said Furlong, who was on hand for Thursday’s event.
“Our Human Biology program has a strong reputation of preparing students for medical school and other medical careers,” he said. “UW-Green Bay is looking forward to other programmatic opportunities within the health care field that this partnership provides.”
MCW-Green Bay will host the first cohort of 20 to 25 students beginning in July of 2015. UW-Green Bay is a proud partner with a history of preparing pre-medical students within the Human Biology program, officials said. Among the distinguished UWGB alumni who also graduated from UWGB are Dr. Joe Carroll ‘97 and Dr. Marc Biedermann ’05.
Carroll co-directs the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Advanced Ocular Imaging Program and is an Associate Professor in the departments of Ophthalmology, Biophysics, and Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy. He was among the first to use a technology called adaptive optics to view the living retina at a cellular level, and he is credited with important breakthroughs in the study of color blindness. Carroll is a specialist in retinal diseases including age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosis. He returned to UW-Green Bay to deliver the May 2014 commencement address.
Biedermann is an emergency medicine doctor in Portage, Wisconsin and is one of three doctors at Divine Savior Healthcare specializing in Emergency Medicine. Biedermann graduated from MCW in 2009 and completed his residency with the University of Wisconsin Emergency Medicine Residency
The MCW-Green Bay Campus will assist in the effort to overcome a shortage of Wisconsin physicians. About 400 new physicians graduate annually from Wisconsin’s two medical schools, MWC and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. More than 7,000 students already have applied to the MCW medical school for matriculation in August 2015. Seven hundred of the applicants are Wisconsin residents, 1,800 students have indicated an interest in attending MCW-Green Bay, and 67 Wisconsin-based applicants have indicated a preference in the MCW-Green Bay campus.
The MCW-Green Bay campus will give students looking to attend medical school another option that may better fit their lifestyle, officials say. “Learn. Live. Care. Cure.,” the MCW slogan, is supported by the design of the Green Bay campus. According to the MCW-Green Bay Campus Dean, Matthew Hunsaker, the state-of-the-art school model uses time more efficiently by eliminating a summer break and cuts down the cost of earning a medical degree for students.
More information about the Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay is available online.
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