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Shariff first of UW-Green Bay grads to join MCW-Green Bay

shariff-top-storyJulia Shariff is still wrapping her head around the possibility of one day being called, “Dr. Shariff.”

The May 2015 UW-Green Bay Human Biology and Spanish graduate took a major step toward her long-awaited goal with recent acceptance into the inaugural class of the Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Classes begin this summer.

“To be honest, the idea of med school seemed like something other people did, not someone like me… The reason I decided to declare my major and head down that path was because of the amazing faculty at UWGB. I had always had support from my family to follow my dreams, but having a respected non-family source of support and belief in my abilities was what I needed to take the plunge.”

Being able to stay in Green Bay while in medical school is providing a level of comfort for Shariff (pictured with Bellin’s Bart Miller, above). The Green Bay Southwest High School graduate recognizes the value of “staying home” for her undergraduate degree, and will follow in the footsteps of a number of family members who took the same path.

“The benefits of staying in Green Bay are numerous,” she says. “It will both decrease the cost of living, but ease the transition into medical school. I’ve heard that the first year comes with its own academic adjustments so taking on medical school in Green Bay provides me with comfort and familiarity. I absolutely love the atmosphere of Green Bay — not too big and not too small. There’s plenty to do and opportunities to learn in this area. Having a medical school in Green Bay brings a lot to the area, especially when it comes to establishing community physicians.”

Shariff already has an insider perspective into health care in the region, having shadowed at Bellin Hospital in preparation for a research project, “The Lost Connection: Benefits of being a bilingual professional in the U.S. healthcare system,” which earned her prestigious selection as a “Posters in the Rotunda” showcase presenter in Madison in Spring of 2015.

Her project provided insight into the Green Bay area’s growing population of Spanish-speaking residents.

In true interdisciplinary fashion, Shariff developed the idea in collaboration with Prof. Cristina Ortiz of UW-Green Bay’s Spanish and Humanistic Studies academic programs.

“As Julia’s adviser, I conveyed to her that medical schools are seeking well-rounded students who are knowledgeable and have academic experiences beyond the sciences,” Ortiz says. “Her Spanish skills and academic work in Spanish have been key players in positioning Julia as the desirable candidate she is for medical school.”

Explains Shariff, “My research methods consisted of a lot of field observation, interviews, and of course investigation of previous reports and studies. I interviewed three individuals specifically: a bilingual doctor, a bilingual physician’s assistant and a Spanish interpreter. Through my research I developed a list of pros and cons for various communication methods in the healthcare system, thus determining the overall most efficient and practical method was the employment of a bilingual physician.”

Shariff studied abroad, in Spain, as part of her undergraduate experience. She was also an active tutor for the Organic Chemistry class, while serving as UWGB’s Health Science Club president, and co-president of UWGB’s Colleges Against Cancer organization.

“Green Bay is founded on the tight knit community and surrounding areas, and the promotion of this network is huge in the message MCW-Green Bay wants to send: promoting community based health care and cooperation of health systems in the state,” Shariff said.

“It has been a very long process, and to be accepted at such a respected institution as the Medical College of Wisconsin is both an honor and a privilege!”

Photos: UW-Green Bay at Posters in the Rotunda 2015

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Seven standout student researchers from UW-Green Bay were selected to join fellow students from across the state in exhibiting at the 12th Annual “Posters in the Rotunda” spotlight event at the State Capitol in Madison on April 22.

Undergraduates from each of the System’s 26 campuses set up poster displays to share the findings of their diverse research subjects which, in many cases, are the culmination of multiple academic years of study and collaboration with faculty mentors and community partners throughout Wisconsin.

The UW-Green Bay delegation was led by Chancellor Gary L. Miller, Provost Stephen Fritz and faculty members Jennifer Lanter and Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz. Students presenting were:

  • Lauren Anderson of Green Bay and Noel Craig of Shawano, Efforts Directed Toward the Synthesis of Obolactone, faculty adviser Julie Wondergem, Natural and Applied Sciences;
  • Katharine Bright of Green Bay and Kayla Hucke of Hartland, Impact of Phonology and Number on Children’s Novel Plural Production, faculty advise 
Jennifer Lanter, Human Development.
  • Lindsay Hansen of Kiel, Monitoring the Importance of River Mouth and Shoreline Habitats for Migratory Birds at Kingfisher Farm and Nearby Natural Areas in Manitowoc County, faculty adviser Robert Howe;
  • Christa Kananen of Sobieski, Drawdown of the Potentiometric Surface in the Cambrian-Ordovician Aquifer in Marinette County, faculty adviser John Luczaj, Natural and Applied Sciences;
  • Julia Rose Shariff, of Green Bay, The Lost Connection: Benefits of Being a Bilingual Professional in the U.S. Healthcare System
, with faculty adviser Christina Ortiz, Humanistic Studies.

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Photos by Cassie Alfheim, Office of Grants and Research

Five research projects selected for Posters in Rotunda

UW-Green Bay has made public the names of student researchers who will represent the University at the annual Posters in the Rotunda showcase in Madison later this spring. The students, topics and faculty advisers are:

Katie Bright, senior, Green Bay, and Kayla Hucke, senior, Hartland
“The impact of phonology and number on children’s novel plural production”
adviser Jennifer Lanter, Human Development

Christa Kananen, senior, Sobieski
“Drawdown of the potentiometric surface in the Cambrian-Ordovician aquifer in Marinette County”
adviser John Luczaj, Geoscience

Lauren Anderson, senior, Green Bay, and Noel Craig, junior, Shawano
“Efforts directed toward the synthesis of obolactone”
adviser Julie Wondergem, Chemistry and Natural Applied Sciences

Julia Rose Shariff, senior, Green Bay
“The lost connection: Benefits of being a bilingual professional in the U.S. healthcare system”
adviser Cristina Ortiz, Spanish and Humanistic Studies

Lindsay Hansen, senior, Kiel
“Monitoring the importance of river mouth and shoreline habitats for migratory birds at Kingfisher Farm and nearby natural areas in Manitowoc County”
adviser Robert Howe, Natural and Applied Sciences

Early deadline for 2015 Posters in the Rotunda proposals

Lidia Nonn in UW-Green Bay’s Grants and Research Office is reaching out for help from faculty and staff members in recruiting students to nominate themselves as candidates to present at the annual UW System Posters in the Rotunda student research extravaganza at the State Capitol in April. The deadline is 10 a.m. Friday (Jan. 9). The UW-Green Bay delegation is limited to just six posters, but Nonn (and others) would like to make sure the candidate pool is very strong so the University puts its best foot forward. Student candidates will need to submit an abstract of 250 words or less. The day set for the 2015 Posters in the Rotunda is April 22. Please direct candidates to visit the UW-Green Bay website. Background is also available at the UW System site.

‘Posters’ redux: Students shine in annual Capitol showcase

In case you missed it in Friday’s Log Extra, our new video and photo gallery offer a detailed look at Wednesday’s (March 12) Posters in the Rotunda undergraduate research celebration in Madison. Sixteen UW-Green Bay students displayed their original research on a variety of topics during this year’s event, hobnobbing with legislators and sharing their hard work. Click the links below for our video and photo gallery, respectively:
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Student research shines at annual state Capitol event

Posters in the Rotunda

Sixteen UW-Green Bay undergraduates shared their research on everything from physics precision to college success and data security March 12, participating in the 11th annual UW System Posters in the Rotunda event at the state Capitol in Madison.

The event offers students the opportunity to tell their legislators about their studies, sharing important research on a variety of topics. It’s an experience that gives them a leg up in terms of both academics and future career success, students say — no matter what their path may be.

“I think there’s a lot of great things about this opportunity,” said sophomore Ben Lindberg. “I think presenting, trying to share what you’ve learned and trying to communicate that effectively to people is a great skill to learn. I think it’s great practice both for future academic pursuits and in my career.”

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The following UW-Green Bay students presented at Posters in the Rotunda 2014:

Hannah Blum, Marleigh Fiedler, Ashley Grant, Jordan Grapentine, Kaitlin Hobbs and Alex Wilson, “Gateways to Phirst Year Success: Navigating College by Building Relationships.” Their faculty adviser is Associate Prof. Denise Bartell, Human Development.

Kristine Alvarez, “Understanding the Relationship Between Voter Turnout, Income, and Education in Wisconsin.” Her faculty advisers are Assistant Profs. Aaron Weinschenk and Rachel Russell, Public and Environmental Affairs.

Ben Lindberg, “An Analysis of Trust Lost in an Insider Privacy Breach Incident.” His faculty adviser is Assistant Prof. Gaurav Bansal, Business Administration.

Amarra Bricco, “Nature Pictures and Stress Reduction.” Her faculty adviser is Associate Prof. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges, Human Development.

Ashley Marshall, “Gender Differences in Olympic Commercials.” Her faculty adviser is Prof. Illene Cupit, Human Development.

Tara Schilawski, “Gender Stereotypes in Today’s Popular Music Videos.” Her faculty adviser is Prof. Illene Cupit, Human Development.

Renee Simon, “Poverty’s Effect on Student Achievement in the U.S. and Germany.” Her faculty adviser is Prof. David Coury, Humanistic Studies (German).

Shawn Snyder, “Infinite Precision Calculator and Physics Modeler.” His faculty adviser is Associate Prof. Peter Breznay, Information and Computing Science.

Douglas Tober, “Car Diagnostics System Based on CPU Board.” His faculty adviser is Associate Prof. Peter Breznay, Information and Computing Science.

Brian Yagle, “DATCP Clean Sweep Grant Program Data Analysis.” His faculty adviser is Prof. John Katers, Natural and Applied Sciences.

Linda Vang, “Ant-mediated seed dispersal of three spring wildflowers in the UW-Green Bay Cofrin Arboretum.” Her faculty adviser is Associate Prof. Amy Wolf, Natural and Applied Sciences.

— Photos by Kelly McBride Moore, Office of Marketing and University Communication

Student researchers presenting today at Capitol

A number of UW-Green Bay students, faculty advisers and administrators won’t be here today (Wednesday, March 12). They’re down in Madison, joining others from across the UW System, at the 11th annual Posters in the Rotunda undergraduate research celebration. The UW-Green Bay students who will display their research are Hannah Blum, Marleigh Fiedler, Ashley Grant, Jordan Grapentine, Kaitlin Hobbs and Alex Wilson, Kristine Alvarez, Ben Lindberg, Amarra Bricco, Ashley Marshall, Tara Schilawski, Renee Simon, Shawn Snyder, Douglas Tober, Brian Yagle and Linda Vang. We’ll have photos and video later this week. Read more.
 

Sixteen undergrads will present research at Wednesday state Capitol event

UW-Green Bay will be well-represented at Wednesday’s (March 12) Posters in the Rotunda undergraduate research event — a total of 16 students will be presenting 11 projects under the state Capitol dome. From “Phirst”-year success to voter turnout and one seriously cool calculator app, these students will be presenting on a wide variety of topics and interests. Our news release has the complete summary of students, projects and advisers.

You can also check out an earlier story on one of the undergrad presenters, Shawn Snyder, who developed an application for a precision-based calculator: read story.

UW-Green Bay students to showcase research at March 12 state Capitol event

Sixteen UW-Green Bay students will represent the University during the 11th annual Posters in the Rotunda undergraduate research celebration Wednesday, March 12 at the state Capitol in Madison.

The students will be among about 150 UW System undergraduates, many with their faculty advisers, who will fill the Capitol Rotunda to share their original research with legislators and other state leaders. The main event runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and will be preceded by a brief 9:30 a.m. welcome from new UW System President Ray Cross. Also speaking at the welcome will be representatives from Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and the Wisconsin Technology Council, which are sponsors of the event.

“This research helps connect students to real-world problems,” Cross said. “The creativity and curiosity that propel the students’ academic research also help prepare these undergraduates for the workforce, or for pursuing graduate-level work. Ultimately, these experiences will lead to exciting, innovative careers that benefit the larger community.”

The UW-Green Bay students who will display their research at Posters in the Rotunda are as follows:

Hannah Blum, Marleigh Fiedler, Ashley Grant, Jordan Grapentine, Kaitlin Hobbs and Alex Wilson will present “Gateways to Phirst Year Success: Navigating College by Building Relationships.” Their faculty adviser is Associate Prof. Denise Bartell, Human Development.

Kristine Alvarez, who will present “Understanding the Relationship Between Voter Turnout, Income, and Education in Wisconsin.” Her faculty advisers are Assistant Profs. Aaron Weinschenk and Rachel Russell, Public and Environmental Affairs.

Ben Lindberg, who will present “An Analysis of Trust Lost in an Insider Privacy Breach Incident.” His faculty adviser is Assistant Prof. Gaurav Bansal, Business Administration.

Amarra Bricco, who will present “Nature Pictures and Stress Reduction.” Her faculty adviser is Associate Prof. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges, Human Development.

Ashley Marshall, who will present “Gender Differences in Olympic Commercials.” Her faculty adviser is Prof. Illene Cupit, Human Development.

Tara Schilawski, who will present “Gender Stereotypes in Today’s Popular Music Videos.” Her faculty adviser is Prof. Illene Cupit, Human Development.

Renee Simon, who will present “Poverty’s Effect on Student Achievement in the U.S. and Germany.” Her faculty adviser is Prof. David Coury, Humanistic Studies (German).

Shawn Snyder, who will present “Infinite Precision Calculator and Physics Modeler.” His faculty adviser is Associate Prof. Peter Breznay, Information and Computing Science.

Douglas Tober, who will present “Car Diagnostics System Based on CPU Board.” His faculty adviser is Associate Prof. Peter Breznay, Information and Computing Science.

Brian Yagle, who will present “DATCP Clean Sweep Grant Program Data Analysis.” His faculty adviser is Prof. John Katers, Natural and Applied Sciences.

Linda Vang, who will present “Ant-mediated seed dispersal of three spring wildflowers in the UW-Green Bay Cofrin Arboretum.” Her faculty adviser is Associate Prof. Amy Wolf, Natural and Applied Sciences.

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UW-Green Bay celebrates Terrific 2013

The UW-Green Bay community is celebrating a Terrific 2013, savoring successes as a new year nears. There were so many bright spots that choosing just 10 for our annual list was a difficult task — but we sure had fun doing it. We know these represent just a fraction of the good-news stories happening on campus and beyond, and we honor and celebrate them all. Here, in no particular order, are UW-Green Bay’s top 10 positive stories from 2013, as selected by the University News Bureau: 

Growing by degrees: UW-Green Bay adds Engineering Tech, Sustainable Management and Nursing programs 

It was a big year for new degrees at UW-Green Bay, where three new and collaborative Engineering Technology degrees were approved during the summer and funded this fall. This innovative program allows students to begin their studies at any one of 13 Northeastern Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance (NEW ERA) universities and colleges, and finish the program at either UW-Green Bay or UW-Oshkosh. The program offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Environmental Engineering Technology through collaboration between the NEW ERA institutions, colleges and an array of business partners. Pending accreditation, preparatory classes could begin this spring, with program classes beginning in fall 2014.

A new master’s degree in Sustainable Management also is off to a big start, and officials anticipate filling twice as many class sections as initially thought by the end of the 2013-14 academic year. The degree program is a collaborative effort of five UW System institutions — UW-Green Bay and its sister campuses in Oshkosh, Parkside, Stout and Superior. The 14-course, 34-credit online program is designed for working adults with real-world experience — those who understand that sustainability is increasingly important across the business world.

UW-Green Bay’s Nursing program also launched a new degree, enrolling its first Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) students in fall 2013. Nursing also offers an RN to BSN program in three tracks — campus, online for Wisconsin residents and online for nurses residing outside Wisconsin — as well as a Health Information Management & Technology major.

Record grad class, smart and diverse freshmen

UW-Green Bay graduated another record class in May 2013, when some 930-plus students were set to join the ranks of new alumni. December’s class was a near-record, with nearly 450 students applying to graduate and therefore eligible to participate in midyear commencement.

The University’s incoming students are noteworthy as well, as the freshman class of 2013 is among the best prepared academically in school history. Eighty percent of new freshmen this fall completed high school with at least a ‘B’ average, with an average high school GPA of 3.38. Their average ACT Composite score was 22.9, compared with the national average of 22. More than half of the incoming freshmen scored 23 or higher.

Fall 2013’s freshman class is the most diverse to date, with 104 students of color — 13 percent of the class — who started in September.

University undertakes compensation study, awards market raises

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Tom Harden spearheaded a large-scale compensation study that concluded in 2013 and resulted in some 40 percent of University employees receiving market adjustments to their salaries. Working with an outside consultant, UW-Green Bay was able to conduct a careful and thorough analysis of pay issues Universitywide.

Harden has long said compensation was his No. 1 priority, in light of funding challenges and gaps between UW-Green Bay and peer institutions nationwide. The study and subsequent pay increases were an important step toward addressing that inequity, officials said. Competitive pay is important for the recruitment and retention of quality faculty and staff.

Packers set new record as University Advancement has big year

The Green Bay Packers Foundation in December presented its largest-ever single gift, a $250,000 donation toward student scholarships at UW-Green Bay. The gift was doubled with a matching effort by the University to ultimately add a full half-million dollars to the scholarship fund. A check presentation was made during the UW-Green Bay Phoenix men’s basketball game on Dec. 7.

“The Packers Foundation and Packers organization are very excited to support UWGB with this grant,” Murphy said on Dec. 6, when the grant was announced. “UWGB is an outstanding university in the region, and this donation and the matching effort allows more scholarships to be available. The grant will also make UWGB more affordable for students in the area. In the long term, our hope is that this grant increases the number of college graduates in the Green Bay community.”

The Packers Foundation gift was one of several bright spots for University Advancement during the year. Before the Packers gift challenge, the UW-Green Bay Foundation had reached more than $1.6 million in new scholarship gifts in 2012- 2013, a level that created dozens of new opportunities for high-ability and high-need students. Many of those gifts were set in motion by the L.G. Wood Fund and the Baer Family, which directed a leadership challenge gift of $500,000 to provide a dollar-for-dollar match for all new gifts earmarked for endowed scholarships. Word of the match spread rapidly, eliciting immediate action by donors who made first-time gifts or expanded existing scholarship funds, bringing a successful close to the drive by spring 2013.

In addition, the annual Alumni Phone-a-Thon set an all-time monetary milestone, hitting — and exceeding — the $50,000 mark in over-the-phone pledges for the first time ever. Both milestones and a host of everyday achievements are good news for the University as 2014 approaches.

The Weidner Center … and the arts

It was another huge year for UW-Green Bay’s signature performing arts venue, as the Weidner Center finished year one of its revitalization plan in the black and announced a dynamite lineup for 2013-14.

Big shows like Blue Man Group, “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro, Bob Newhart and the Vienna Boys Choir were hits during the first half of the Weidner’s new season, while the likes of “Rock of Ages,” Celtic Woman and the “Bring It On: The Musical” are on tap in 2014. The Weidner hired a director of marketing and presented the hugely successful show from American Idol Phillip Phillips, partnering with student organization Good Times Programming to bring the big pop star to campus.

The arts were thriving across campus, with UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance completing one successful season and beginning another. Year’s end brought another invite to the prestigious American College Theatre Festival, where Theatre and Dance, together with UW-Green Bay Music, will present the award-winning “Avenue Q: The Musical” in early 2014. The Lawton Gallery in Theatre Hall found success with a major exhibition, “Andy Warhol Photographs” during fall semester.

Super-smart athletes find success in sports, classroom alike

UW-Green Bay’s Division I athletic teams are known for their success in the gym, on the court and in the pool, but 2013 proved yet again that our athletes are winners in the classroom, as well. Phoenix Athletics attained its highest-ever average GPA, at 3.29, in the spring of 2013; and men’s tennis set a new University record with a whopping 3.81 team average during the same period of time. UW-Green Bay led the Horizon League in graduation rates — eight of 13 Phoenix teams had perfect scores — and the UW-Green Bay program accounted for roughly one-fourth of the League’s 33 perfect percent team rates.

Women’s basketball was among the teams that shone athletically and in the classroom, earning national academic recognition, a 15th consecutive regular season championship — and yet another trip to the Big Dance.

Adult Degree expands partnerships, graduates record numbers

UW-Green Bay’s Adult Degree Program continues to grow and expand, graduating record numbers of students and adding partnerships with technical colleges to improve the student experience.

In October, the program hit another milestone, holding formal signing ceremonies to mark the establishment of new agreements with Waukesha County Technical College and Milwaukee Area Technical College. The agreements focus on graduates of WCTC and MATC being able to transfer a full 60 credits from their technical college work into UW-Green Bay’s Bachelor of Applied Studies degree and Interdisciplinary Studies major. The students will be able to enter UW-Green Bay as juniors and complete their degrees online, saving valuable time and money. To accommodate the change, the program hired a full-time staff member for each campus, to work as a recruiter and academic adviser.

Adult Degree also launched a new online orientation program to introduce students to support services available for online learning. The noncredit course was designed with adult learners in mind but is available for any student who wants to take an online course.

Campus rocks research with incredible opportunities, nationwide notice

Research also was at the forefront in 2013, allowing undergrads and graduates alike to work closely with faculty members on a variety of projects. Research on the so-called “dead zone” (areas of hypoxia) in the bay of Green Bay drew local and national attention, as Prof. Kevin Fermanich and alumna and master’s student Tracy Valenta worked to unlock the mysteries of the area. A collaborative fisheries project that is a joint venture of UW-Green Bay and Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium found its way to National Geographic, and undergraduate Psychology student Miranda DeMars’ glasses stereotype research started as a local story and ended up airing nationwide.

In April, UW-Green Bay had another strong showing at the UW System-wide Posters in the Rotunda event at the state Capitol in Madison. There, six undergraduate researchers showcased their innovative work on everything from dietary compounds and cancer to International Baccalaureate curriculum and “nerd” stereotypes. Late in the year, a UW-Green Bay study on endocrine disruptors in well water made headlines after its April publication in the journal Water Environment Research. Other faculty and student research focused on Internet rage, language and skill acquisition in toddlers, Green Bay’s Cat Island Chain, and a host of other topics.

Big numbers, huge star and more mark banner year for the Kress

The Kress Events Center welcomed an all-time high of 128,210 member visits during the 2012-13 academic year, continuing to make good on one of its initial promises — to boost participation by UW-Green Bay students in health, fitness and recreation activities. In the busiest weeks of fall semester, new statistics show, usage approaches 4,000 visits weekly — on a campus of roughly 6,600 students. Added fitness class options and increased intramural participation are part of what’s driving the increase at the facility, which offers a host of recreation options for students, faculty, staff and community alike.

Fall 2013 brought additional good news for the Kress, which in November was named one of the top 20 college gyms and rec centers, an honor bestowed by www.bestvalueschools.com. Just weeks later, it was announced that the facility would host mega pop star Ke$ha in April 2014, representing another huge get for Good Times Programming and yet another reason to celebrate for our friends at the Kress.

Former Prof. Bauer honored with UW System Diversity Award

Former UW-Green Bay Human Biology Prof. Angela Bauer earned a big honor early in the year, when she was named a 2013 recipient of the UW System Board of Regents Diversity Award, in the individual category.

Bauer was lauded for her commitment “to enhancing the educational experiences and outcomes for under-represented students of color at UW-Green Bay,” her award letter said. Among the many reasons cited for the honor was Bauer’s development of the Targeted Opportunities for Success in the Sciences (TOSS) program, which proved effective in closing the academic achievement gap in UW-Green Bay Introduction to Human Biology courses. Working with Donna Ritch, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Bauer also developed the course Ethnic Minorities in Science, which helps students acquire a historical perspective on the role of ethnic minorities in the sciences. Bauer also spearheaded efforts to bring notable scientists of minority backgrounds to UW-Green Bay.

Bauer left UW-Green Bay at the conclusion of the 2012-13 academic year to become chair of Biology at High Point (N.C.) University. Her award put her in good company of past System award winners from UW-Green Bay, recently including Prof. Regan A.R. Gurung (2011-12 Regents Teaching Excellence Award, individual), the Professional Program in Education (2011-12 Regents Teaching Excellence Award, department) and the First Nations Studies program (2012 Regents Diversity Award).

With a terrific 2013 nearly in the books, we look forward to sharing more good news in the year to come. Happy Holidays and Go Phoenix!