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Reminders: European jazz, play, ‘Dairy Manure’ talk, ‘Bugs!’ concert

• “The Jazz and Film Music of Krzysztof Komeda,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (March 5) in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center

• Final weekend for UW-Green Bay Theatre comedy “Months on End

• NAS Seminar: “Dairy Manure in Wisconsin,” Friday at 3 p.m.

• ‘Bugs!’ concert by Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Friday at 7:30 p.m.

National History Day competition at UW-Green Bay, Saturday

National History Day competition to bring hundreds to campus

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The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host the Northeastern Wisconsin Region’s National History Day competition Saturday, March 7, marking the 13th consecutive year the event has been held on campus.

The competition will welcome more than 350 students from grades 6 through 12, representing 19 schools from throughout the region, with a total of just over 200 projects.

In keeping with this year’s theme of Leadership and Legacy in History, project topics include John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Vince Lombardi, Gandhi, and many others. Students hail from public and private schools, as well as homeschools, in a multi-county area including Brown, Oconto, Shawano, Outagamie, Sheboygan, Marinette, and Manitowoc counties.

“We are proud to have UW-Green Bay serve as host to one of the largest regional competitions in the state,” said UW-Green Bay’s Deb Anderson, coordinator for the Northeastern Wisconsin region. “National History Day provides students of all abilities and interests an opportunity to learn about a topic of their choosing and present it in a creative way. I am impressed by the depth and breadth demonstrated by the students…in their topic selection, research, and final projects.”

Anderson shares the story of one young student who was making a research-oriented, pre-competition field trip to the UW-Green Bay Cofrin Library’s archives and local history center, who remarked to his teacher, “Best day ever! I have never done anything this cool in school before.”

“When you hear something like that,” Anderson adds, “it makes it exciting to be part of creating a strong passion for history”

Students can enter the National History Day competition in a variety of categories, including historical papers, exhibit displays, documentaries, performances and websites. They are required to use primary sources for projects, which often include interviews with individuals who have lived history.

The 2015 National History Day competition will be held in the Kress Events Center and Mary Ann Cofrin Hall at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. It is free and open to the public. The all-day event begins with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m., with judging taking place from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Awards will be presented in the Kress Events Center at 4 p.m.

Winners from the regional competition will move on to the April 25 state contest, and may have the opportunity to compete at the national competition in Washington, D.C. in June. On an annual basis, National History Day serves more than 600,000 students annually in all the U.S. states and territories.

In addition to students, families, educators and friends, the regional National History Day competition relies on 100 volunteers, including UW-Green Bay students, faculty, alumni and community members, to keep it running smoothly, Anderson said.

Its financial sponsors are the Brown County Historical Society, the Green Bay-De Pere Antiquarian Society, the Jean Nicolet chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, UW-Green Bay’s Institute for Learning Partnership, the Fox Wisconsin Heritage Parkway, the Historic Allouez Society and the De Pere Historical Society.

For more information contact Deb Anderson at UW Green Bay Archives at (920) 465-2539; or andersod@uwgb.edu.
Photo at top of post was taken at the 2014 National History Day held on the UW-Green Bay campus, April 5, 2014

Record History Day a success; check out pics, results

Eighty-one middle-and high-school students who participated in Saturday’s (April 5) National History Day regional competition will advance to the state contest May 3 in Madison. As we told you here before, this was a record year for the Northeast Wisconsin regional, hosted at the Kress Events Center. Nearly 440 students from 24 schools in eight area districts presented a total of 259 projects on the theme “Rights and Responsibilities in History” during the daylong event. “The day was a huge success, with many positive comments about the campus and the experience in general,” said coordinator and University archivist Deb Anderson. “Local leaders including Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt and State Senators Dave Hansen and Robert Cowles also were on hand to show their support for this event.” The competition also relies on the efforts of some 120 volunteers, Anderson added. For more, including a photo gallery, check out our news feature.

Record National History Day a success; 80-plus students advance to state contest

National History Day competitionA record number of area middle- and high-school students shared their take on the theme of “Rights and Responsibilities in History” April 5 during the Northeastern Wisconsin Region’s National History Day competition at UW-Green Bay.

Nearly 440 students from 24 schools throughout the region brought a total of 259 projects to the event, setting a new record for participation, said UW-Green Bay’s Deb Anderson, coordinator for the Northeastern Wisconsin region. Project topics included civil rights, labor, women’s suffrage, Earth Day, gay rights, Jim Crow and many others. Students presented their findings in a variety of categories, including historical papers, exhibit displays, documentaries, performances and websites.

“The day was a huge success, with many positive comments about the campus and the experience in general,” Anderson said. “Local leaders including Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt and State Senators Dave Hansen and Robert Cowles also were on hand to show their support for this event.”

A total of 81 students — 53 finalists and 28 alternates — qualified for the state National History Day event, which will take place Saturday, May 3 in Madison. The Brown County Historical Society and Wisconsin Labor History Society each presented two awards, one in the junior division and one in the senior division. See the complete list of finalists, alternates and award recipients.

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– Photos by Veronica Wierer, photography intern, Office of Marketing and University Communication

This year’s competition marked the 12th consecutive year the National History Day regional has been held on the UW-Green Bay campus. In addition to students, families, educators and friends, the regional National History Day competition relies on about 120 volunteers to keep it running smoothly. Competition participants were public, private and homeschool students from a eight-county area. Brown, Oconto, Shawano, Door, Outagamie, Sheboygan, Marinette and Manitowoc counties were represented during the event.

Financial sponsors for the regional National History Day competition are the Brown County Historical Society, the Green Bay-De Pere Antiquarian Society, the Jean Nicolet chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, UW-Green Bay’s Institute for Learning Partnership, the Fox Wisconsin Heritage Parkway and the Historic Allouez Society. More information on the regional and state National History Day competitions is available online.

UW-Green Bay gears up for record National History Day

It’ll be a record crowd for National History Day Saturday (April 5), as UW-Green Bay welcomes nearly 440 middle- and high-school students for the 12th annual regional event. The daylong celebration will feature some 259 projects centered on this year’s theme of “Rights and Responsibilities in History,” and event coordinator Deb Anderson says there’s a terrific variety of papers, displays, websites, performances and more on tap. The event kicks off with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m. and concludes with awards at 4 p.m. The event, which relies on some 120 volunteers, is free and open to the public. Our news release has the details.

UW-Green Bay to welcome record number of students for National History Day

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host the Northeastern Wisconsin Region’s National History Day competition Saturday, April 5, marking the 12th consecutive year the event has been held on campus.

The competition will welcome nearly 440 students, a new all-time record, representing 24 schools from throughout the region with a total of 259 projects. In keeping with this year’s theme of “Rights and Responsibilities in History, “ project topics include civil rights, labor, women’s suffrage, Earth Day, gay rights, Jim Crow and many others. Students hail from public and private schools, as well as homeschools, in an eight-county area. Brown, Oconto, Shawano, Door, Outagamie, Sheboygan, Marinette and Manitowoc counties will be represented during the National History Day event.

“We are proud to have UW-Green Bay serve as host to the largest regional competition in the state,” said UW-Green Bay’s Deb Anderson, coordinator for the Northeastern Wisconsin region. “National History Day provides a variety of rich experiences and opportunities for students to learn about a historical topic of their choice. Many of our participating teachers view it as the best way to teach social studies and reinforce critical thinking and analysis skills.

“One of the National History Day students summed it up best with this reflection: ‘This was the most fun I have ever had in school. … And I learned history rocks.’ ”

Students can enter the National History Day competition in a variety of categories, including historical papers, exhibit displays, documentaries, performances and websites. They are required to use primary sources for projects, which often include interviews with individuals who have lived history.

The 2014 National History Day competition will be held in the Kress Events Center and Mary Ann Cofrin Hall at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. It is free and open to the public. The all-day event begins with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m., with judging taking place from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Awards will be presented in the Kress Events Center at 4 p.m. Winners from the regional competition will move on to the May 3 state contest, and may have the opportunity to compete at the national competition in Washington, D.C. in June. In the past 20 years, more than 5 million students have participated in National History Day competitions throughout the U.S.

In addition to students, families, educators and friends, the regional National History Day competition relies on 120 volunteers, including UW-Green Bay students, to keep it running smoothly, Anderson said. Its financial sponsors are the Brown County Historical Society, the Green Bay-De Pere Antiquarian Society, the Jean Nicolet chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, UW-Green Bay’s Institute for Learning Partnership, the Fox Wisconsin Heritage Parkway and the Historic Allouez Society.

For more information on the regional National History Day competition.

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New in pictures: National History Day showcases ‘turning points’ projects

It was another successful National History Day at UW-Green Bay Saturday (April 6), with some 400 area middle and high schoolers sharing projects, posters and presentations around the theme “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas and Events.” The daylong event is the 11th straight UW-Green Bay has hosted, with students presenting their original projects at the Kress Events Center and Mary Ann Cofrin Hall. Among those qualifying for the state competition was Bethany Kersten, who has an interesting history herself with the event, in that she is the daughter of Associate Provost Andy Kersten, who helped start the competition here in 2003. Our student photo interns captured some terrific pictures from the day; see gallery.

In the news: coverage of National History Day

Saturday’s (April 6) National History Day event got some media attention during the weekend, with WLUK, Fox 11 coming to campus to check out the projects. As we told you here last week, the regional National History Day contest — this is the 11th consecutive year UW-Green Bay has hosted — featured approximately 400 middle and high school students who shared their projects on the theme “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas and Events.” The station interviewed UW-Green Bay archivist Deb Anderson, the regional coordinator for National History Day. “It’s a project that allows students to really, at all levels, shine and do their own particular interest and their own area of expertise,” Anderson said. “It’s an exciting day and they’ve become amazing scholars on certain topics.” Full story.

National History Day to welcome 400 students to campus April 6

UW-Green Bay will host the Northeastern Wisconsin Region’s National History Day competition Saturday, April 6, marking the 11th consecutive year the event has been held on campus. The competition will welcome approximately 400 middle and high school students from 23 schools throughout the region, who will showcase projects on topics ranging from Vince Lombardi and football’s color barrier to Lucille Ball, Title IX and the Civil Rights movement. The theme for National History Day 2013 is “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas and Events,” and students are approaching their projects in a variety of innovative ways, said UW-Green Bay archivist Deb Anderson, regional coordinator for National History Day. The competition will be held in the Kress Events Center and Mary Ann Cofrin Hall. The all-day event begins with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m., with judging taking place from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Awards will be presented in the Kress Events Center at 4 p.m. Winners from the regional competition will move on to state and perhaps national competition. See our news release.