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Images: A golden evening for ‘Backyard Bash’

It was a cool way to celebrate UW-Green Bay’s 50th anniversary and the first day of fall semester 2015. The annual Backyard Bash — a free cookout for new and continuing students — offered something extra with remarks, music and giveaways related to the University’s golden anniversary. Chancellor Gary L. Miller and Student Government President Hannah Stepp addressed the crowd gathered near the “Shoe Tree” at the Mauthe Center. Among those attending the Sept. 2 event was Father Richard Mauthe, the center’s founder. The UW Credit Union sponsored the dinner. The campus event was part of an afternoon/evening  “doubleheader” that also included an evening UW-Green Bay presence at the downtown farmers’ market.

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UW-Green Bay marks 50th: ‘Phoenix Way,’ citywide events, more

GREEN BAY — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is sharing more details about a series of celebrations marking five decades of history that began Sept. 2 1965 when Governor Warren Knowles signed legislation creating a new four-year university for Northeastern Wisconsin.

50th-anniversary-logo-ribbon-years-no-tagFifty years later, UW-Green Bay is embarking on a year-long celebration designed to broaden its engagement with alumni, students and the community. The 50th anniversary date happens to coincide with the University’s opening day of the fall semester, Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Activities planned for the academic year include alumni and student events, opportunities to share memories and campus history, a special lecture series and, later in the year, a focus on the next 50 years and the ways tomorrow’s UW-Green Bay can take a greater lead in innovation, transformation and service to the region.

Festivities begin Monday, August 31. Members of the media and friends of UW-Green Bay are invited to commemorate the occasion at 10:30 a.m. when UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller and Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt will temporarily rename a one-block stretch of the Broadway District ‘s Hubbard Street “Phoenix Way,” at its hub intersection with Broadway. Chancellor Miller will also create the first chalk stencil that will appear throughout the city in support of UW-Green Bay’s long and continued relationship with the City of Green Bay.

UW-Green Bay will celebrate with several activities on Sept 2:

  • “Turning the Market Green” — celebrating with the Phoenix at the Farmers Market on Broadway from 3 to 8 p.m. The public is encouraged to wear green in support of UW-Green Bay. The evening includes activities and giveaways at the UW-Green Bay tent, corner of Broadway and Hubbard, and music by the campus-affiliated band Brass Differential.The tapping of a new Phoenix Brew and special-edition root beer, compliments of Titletown Brewing Co. takes place at 6 p.m. at the beverage tent, Beerntsen’s Candies parking lot, 200 North Broadway. (Proceeds of beverage sales and merchandise sold return to UWGB for student scholarships.)
  • Anniversary Campus Kickoff and Backyard Bash, 4 to 6 p.m., Mauthe Center, adjacent to the Kress Events Center, with faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends invited to join in on the 50th celebration. A brief program includes a welcome, remarks followed by a cookout and live music, in partnership with the private, independently operated Mauthe Center and sponsored by the UW Credit Union.
  • Leaders to Leaders Breakfast (private event, limited seating), 7:30 to 9 a.m., Phoenix Room, University Union, UW-Green Bay. The invitation-only breakfast brings together a cross-section of current University and community leaders with past student leaders to celebrate UW-Green Bay. Guest Speaker: Scott Knapp, 1974 graduate and first Student Government Association President of UWGB, now the President of Central Maine Community College.

Events throughout the year include a Last Lecture Series by UW-Green Bay faculty; volunteer efforts in conjunction with national Make a Difference Day this fall; Alumni Days in October and a wrap-up community event May 6, 2016.

“We are going to offer ways for 33,000 alumni to reconnect and for 6,700 current students to embrace the future,” says UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller. He also specifically wants to use the opportunity to engage the community.

“This community wanted a great university in Green Bay back in 1965. Our goal is to meet the needs and expectations of this region through increasing levels of engagement, partnership building, innovative education and service,” he said. “The opportunity to celebrate our first 50 years is also an opportunity to commit ourselves to being a key partner in this great place.”

All events and activities are listed on the 50th Anniversary website 50.uwgb.edu, facebook/uwgreenbay or #uwgb50.

PG’s Zarling: Mauthe Center makes progress in funding campaign

The loss of some generous longtime donors and an increasingly secular society are presenting financial challenges for the Mauthe Center, formerly known as the Ecumenical Center. Green Bay Press-Gazette reporter Patti Zarling interviewed executive director Hung Nguyen for a story that describes the independent center’s mission of being a place for local students to gather to contemplate, meet, pray, or talk freely about spiritual beliefs. Supporters say $200,000 must be raised to continue operation. Donors already have contributed $150,000, Nguyen says, so the short-term future (the next year or so) is secure, but longer-range support is needed.

Column: Mauthe Center’s Umar invites community to Taizé prayer service

Richard Mauthe Center intern Aisha Umar invited campus and community alike to an upcoming Taizé prayer event with a “Today’s Take” column that ran in Tuesday’s (Jan. 27) Green Bay Press-Gazette. In it, Umar discusses her first personal encounter with the Taizé community, and talks about some of the elements of that community. She also welcomes readers to attend the Taizé prayer service, taking place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 at the Mauthe Center on campus. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested at Richard@mcenter.org or (920) 465-5133 by Feb. 1. Full column.

Mauthe intern previews talk by Mars Inc. CFO Francillon ’91

UW-Green Bay alumna and Richard Mauthe Center intern Aisha Umar wrote about fellow alum Luc Francillon and his upcoming Mauthe Center talk for a Wednesday (Nov. 26) “Today’s Take” column in the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Now a chief financial officer with a division of Mars, Inc., Francillon will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 at the Mauthe Center. His talk is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested by phone at (920) 465-5133 or via email at Richard@mcenter.org by 7 p.m. Friday. In her column, Umar considers the keys to Francillon’s success — beyond the fact he’s a 1991 graduate of UW-Green Bay’s well-respected Accounting program — and mentions his involvement with the Mauthe Center while a student at UW-Green Bay. Read more.

Islam awareness event draws full house Thursday at Mauthe Center

More than 100 students, faculty, staff and community members gathered at the Mauthe Center Thursday (Oct. 30) for a community meal and dialogue designed to combat stereotypes and promote inclusivity. The event began with a Somali dinner and continued with a keynote address, panel discussion, Q and A and presentation on campus involvement in national Stop the Hate programming. In his keynote address, Mohammad Rashid of the Fox Valley Islamic Society addressed both tenets and misperceptions of Islam. “The religion I know, the religion I practice,” Rashid said, “… My religion tells you even not to offend somebody with my words. It is that careful. … That is the religion of Islam.” Our new feature has more on the evening’s event.

Media roundup: Islam event in the news
Several local media outlets covered Thursday’s Islam awareness event, with preview and night-of stories reflecting a continued interest in the University’s response to last week’s exchange. Prof. David Coury appeared live Thursday to promote the event during Local 5’s 4 p.m. newscast, while the Green Bay Press-Gazette, NBC 26 and WBAY, Channel 2 each covered the event on-site. A roundup is as follows:
WFRV Local 5 news
Green Bay Press-Gazette
NBC 26

Campus, community gather for dialogue on Islam and inclusivity

top-muslim-postMore than 100 people packed the Richard Mauthe Center on the UW-Green Bay campus Thursday (Oct. 30) evening, gathering for a community meal and dialogue designed to combat stereotypes and promote inclusivity.

“Islam awareness: A conversation about Islam, the Muslim Student Association and inclusivity at UW-Green Bay” was organized in response to a recent well-publicized exchange involving UW-Green Bay alumna Heba Mohammad ’14 and Green Bay Alderman Chris Wery. Mohammad had emailed Wery to inquire about free bus service on Election Day, and he responded by questioning the Muslim Student Association she founded and asking whether she condemns Islamic terrorism. Wery, who was not in attendance Thursday, has since apologized to Mohammad and said he will meet with the association’s faculty advisers. Still, organizers said, the exchange demonstrates the need for greater education around Islam and the MSA.

“This event provided a tremendous opportunity for education and positive dialogue around Islam specifically and the importance of inclusivity generally,” said UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Heidi Sherman, co-director of the University’s Center for Middle East Studies and Partnerships and co-faculty adviser for the UW-Green Bay MSA.

The evening kicked off with a Somali dinner at 6 p.m., which was followed by the full program at 6:30. Mohammad Rashid, president of the Fox Valley Islamic Society, delivered the evening’s keynote address, speaking from the heart about his faith and its tradition of peace. He read from the Quran and the Hadith (sayings of the Prophet Muhammad), and also offered historical perspective on Islam.

Muslims often are the victims of guilt by association, Rashid said, as people confuse what is fundamentally a peaceful religion with the acts of radicals who claim the faith as a justification for their actions.

“I ask you to look beyond it — what are the facts?” he said. “I would like to have a dialogue with that alderman who made those comments to Heba. I’m, at heart, a citizen of America. I love this country.”

Later in the program, Mohammad and Sherman joined Rashid for a panel discussion in which they accepted oral and written questions from the audience. The trio addressed a variety of queries ranging from the basics — prayer five times a day — to addressing stereotypes and discrimination.

“The religion I know, the religion I practice,” Rashid said, “… My religion tells you even not to offend somebody with my words. It is that careful. … That is the religion of Islam.”

In the age of social media, Mohammad added, it’s easy for people to hide behind negative comments made online.

“If you have a question about any culture,” she said, “I highly recommend you get to know someone (from that background).”

The evening also featured a discussion on inclusivity, and a presentation from Residence Life’s Quin Merriweather and University Police Officer Cristey Johnson on UW-Green Bay’s participation in national Stop the Hate programming.

As the panel discussion wound to a close, Rashid told attendees about the Islamic Society’s ultimately successful efforts, some 30 years ago, to build a mosque in Neenah. The group met with initial opposition, he said, but education and dialogue ultimately prevailed.

“The neighbors who opposed our mosque are good friends now,” Rashid said. “They all became very good friends.”

More Food Day: Fox 11 airs additional story on Monday’s events

Coverage of Food Day at UW-Green Bay continued into the day Monday (Oct. 20), with Fox 11 News running an additional story on the events during its 5 p.m. newscast. As we told you here yesterday, the station’s Good Day Wisconsin program aired four live segments from the Mauthe Center Monday morning, highlighting the lineup for Food Day activities that began with a No Waste Breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m. While on site, the Good Day Wisconsin team also shot footage and an interview for a story to air during the 5 p.m. news.

UW-Green Bay to host 2014 community Pow Wow Saturday, April 12

UWGB Pow Wow

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Intertribal Student Council will present the 2014 UW-Green Bay Pow Wow from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Kress Events Center on campus.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will include grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., as well as a no-cost feast at 5 p.m. at the Mauthe Center on campus. M&J Catering will provide food for the feast.

The theme for the 2014 Pow Wow is “Honoring All Our Veterans,” and the event will include a special afternoon honor dance that will recognize all military veterans in attendance. Other honor dances will be held to recognize UW-Green Bay students, UW-Green Bay alumni and others.

The host drum for the event is Str8 Across, a Menominee-Oneida drum group with several singers on the drum who are Iraq War veterans. Six invited drums will represent each of the six Indian tribes — Menominee, Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk, Oneida, Chippewa and Mohican — located in Wisconsin.

UWGB Pow Wow

Dan King, an Oneida Vietnam veteran, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the Pow Wow, and Gary Besaw, Menominee, is arena director for the event. The Pow Wow’s head dancers are Mark Denning (Oneida) and Chelsea Dodge (Menominee), and the head veteran dancers are Wesley Martin (Ojibwe — U.S. Army) and Jamie Awonohopay (Menominee — U.S. Army). Color guard units from the Wisconsin Indian Veterans Association — Oneida Chamber, Veterans of the Menominee Nation, Mohican Veterans Association and Forest County Potawatomi Post 1 will bring in the flags during each grand entry.

Sponsors for the Pow Wow include UW-Green Bay’s Intertribal Student Council, SUFAC, Office of the Provost, Dean of Students Office, American Intercultural Center, Kress Events Center and Student Diversity Office, along with Wisconsin Public Radio.