UW-Green Bay’s award-winning Professional Program in Education got some great front-page ink in Monday’s (Sept. 22) Green Bay Press-Gazette, with interviews and photos showing how the University helps prepare the area’s teachers. Two out of every five teachers working in area schools graduated from UW-Green Bay, UW Oshkosh or St. Norbert College, state data show, and local districts say the figures are a testament to the quality of local programs. Monday’s story highlights UW-Green Bay’s partnerships with area school districts — including Red Smith Elementary, where photos for the story were taken, and the OAK Learning Center at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary — relationships that were part of the reason Education won the 2011 UW System Board of Regents Award for Academic Department of the Year. “Our goal is not merely to facilitate well-prepared teachers. Our goal is to help facilitate well-prepared teachers who get hired,” said Education chair Tim Kaufman. “Everything we do is aimed at that. We partner with a number of schools in the area in a number of ways.” Full story.
Associate Prof. Lucy Arendt of the Cofrin School of Business will present “Death, dollars, and downtime: Why everyone should care about natural disasters” as the kick-off for this year’s Deans’ Lecture Series. Natural disasters in the United States are increasing in frequency and impact. Contrary to popular opinion, there are steps that we can take to mitigate the devastating effects of natural disasters, which include death, dollars, and downtime. Do you know which kinds of natural disasters are most likely to strike your community? Are you prepared to deal with them? Arendt will share findings from her soon-to-be-published book, co-authored with Prof. Emeritus Daniel J. Alesch and published by Taylor & Francis: Long-Term Community Recovery from Natural Disasters. During her presentation, Arendt will address the continuing recovery of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, nearly 10 years later. The presentation will take place from 3-4 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 17) in MAC Hall Room 120. Refreshments and valuable information provided!
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has recognized its top faculty and staff members with 2014 Founders Association Awards for Excellence. The award winners, honored at the annual UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff Convocation Wednesday morning, Aug. 27, are:
Teaching — Associate Prof. Sylvia “Mimi” Kubsch
Scholarship — Associate Prof. Amy Wolf
Community Outreach — Prof. Illene Cupit
Institutional Development — Senior Lecturer Don McCartney
Academic Support — Mark Olkowski
Classified Staff — Cheryl Pieper
Collaborative Achievement — Cuernavaca (Mexico) Partnership Team
UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller, incoming Founders Association President Anita Resch and awards committee chairperson Lidia Nonn presented the awards before an audience of more than 500 in the Phoenix Room of the University Union. The Founders Association, a community-based philanthropic organization, began its support of the awards program in 1975, and the presentations have been part of the fall-semester kickoff event ever since.
Kubsch, the recipient of the Founder’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, is an associate professor of Nursing who has taught a variety of courses since joining the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1980, when she helped develop the program’s initial curriculum. She has led her students in exploring topics related to nursing research, advanced health assessments, theoretical foundations of nursing, and complementary therapies. The awards citation noted “she is well known for meaningful, engaging interactions with students, whether in ‘face-to-face’ or ‘virtual’ classrooms,” and that she helps them navigate their multiple, complex roles as care providers, researchers, advocates, learners and teachers.
Kubsch won praise for emphasizing quality teaching and adopting best practices regardless of delivery method. UW-Green Bay’s degree-completion program allows registered nurses with two- or three-year diplomas to obtain additional education and their bachelor’s degrees. From its start three decades ago with on-campus offerings, the Professional Program in Nursing has expanded via online delivery to attract significant statewide and national enrollment. Nursing is now one of UW-Green Bay’s half dozen largest majors, with about 100 graduates per year. Kubsch holds a Ph.D. from UW-Milwaukee, a master’s from UCLA and a bachelor’s in nursing from Cal State-Long Beach.
Wolf, recipient of the award for scholarship, or research, is a biologist and associate professor of Natural and Applied Sciences. Her studies of plant-animal interactions, of native bee populations, and of forest dynamics in Northern Wisconsin are highly regarded. Her work has earned grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Smithsonian, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, among others. The awards citation said Wolf stands out “for obtaining numerous grants, for the quality and quantity of her collaborative research, and for involving both undergraduate and graduate students in nearly all of her projects.”
A member of the UW-Green Bay faculty since 2005, Wolf earned tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2009. She holds a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California, Davis, and received both her bachelor’s in Biology and master’s in Environmental Science and Policy from UW-Green Bay.
Cupit, recipient of the Founders’ Award for Community Outreach, was honored for being “a dedicated educator whose research interests, passion for learning and caring nature have built bridges to the community.” In particular, the award singled out her tireless efforts in establishing and developing Camp Lloyd, the week-long summer camp at UW-Green Bay for children who have suffered the death of a family member.
Cupit is a professor in the Human Development academic area who has taught courses in Psychology and Women’s Studies and specialized in cognitive development, infancy and early childhood, and death, dying and grieving. She organized the first Camp Lloyd in 2006 and named it for a family member who had to deal with the death of his father at a very young age. She envisioned the experience as a typical, fun summer camp, but one that provides a place for participating children to discover that there are other kids like them, and to learn that grieving is natural. The UW-Green Bay students who staff the camp — undergrads and advanced students completing field work in counseling or therapy — gain professional-level experience. Cupit, who holds a Ph.D. from Temple University, joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1984.
In McCartney, the selection committee presented the Award for Excellence in Institutional Development to a longtime faculty member in business and marketing who “in terms of his commitment to UW-Green Bay,” the citation read, “bleeds green and white.”
The awards committee praised McCartney’s dedication to serving students — teaching at least 12,000 since joining the University in 1983, and his efforts as an academic adviser and counselor for students, and friend and colleague to graduates. “(He) always makes time to assist students, or to embrace yet another project.” Over the years he has volunteered his time and expertise to numerous institutional and community marketing campaigns and committees, feasibility studies and economic impact assessments. Colleagues note his work has contributed to the continuing growth of the marketing track and the larger Business Administration major, and he was a key figure in the launch of school’s Master’s of Management program. McCartney is a senior lecturer of marketing and the assistant chairperson of the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business. He holds degrees from Indiana University and UW-Oshkosh. The 2014 award for McCartney is his second; he earned recognition in the category of Community Outreach in 2002.
Olkowski holds the title of judicial affairs coordinator in the Office of the Dean of Students. In presenting the Award for Excellence in Academic Support, the committee described him as “an unsung hero on campus… a troubleshooter with a positive attitude… a cool-and-collected problem solver.”
Olkowski typically serves as the University’s point person in resolving issues with students who are struggling academically or personally. His caseload can involve those who are causing disruptions, experiencing legal jeopardy, or struggling with serious illness, personal problems or even homelessness. While disciplinary sanctions or even expulsion are possible, the citation notes, Olkowski often succeeds in bringing the student and institution together on a corrective course of action that is in the best interests of all involved. Olkowski joined the Dean of Students staff in 2001. He earned his bachelor’s at UW-Stevens Point and his master’s from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Pieper, recipient of the Founders Association Classified Staff Award for Excellence, is a financial specialist in the Office of the Controller. She earned praise for her diligence, expertise and patience in serving employees across campus in her current role as the institution’s travel-expense specialist. “She helps make sure institutional dollars are expended in the most effective fashion to obtain the best possible service,” the citation said, “yet she does so with common sense and a personal touch that make the ‘red tape’ seem a little less restrictive.” Pieper joined the University staff in 1988 and worked for the Phoenix Bookstore, the Bursar’s Office and Purchasing before moving to the Controller’s Office in 2009.
The Cuernavaca Partnership was recognized in the category of Collaborative Achievement for embodying both the global and the interdisciplinary, across-departments aspects of a UW-Green Bay education.
The University’s relationship with educators, officials and citizens of Cuernavaca, Mexico gained traction with efforts by Profs. Steven Kimball and Aurora Cortes to have some of their UW-Green Bay Education students fulfill their student-teaching requirements at the Discovery School of Cuernavaca. The students tutor elementary school children in English, and live with local families during the course of their stay.
Their success encouraged other academic units at UW-Green Bay — Business Administration, Nursing and Social Work among them — to explore similar placements. “Students from across campus are learning the value of “cultural competence,” the citation read. “Our students live, work and study in Cuernavaca as they train to become Green Bay’s future teachers, nurses, business professionals and social workers. They learn how another culture balances school and family time… how business negotiations are conducted… how local hospitals and shelters are run… how individuals and society deal with poverty and basic services.”
Three members of UW-Green Bay’s First Nations Studies faculty will represent the University during a Tuesday (Aug. 19) event marking the 25th anniversary of Wisconsin Act 31. Lisa Poupart, Forrest Brooks and JP Leary will be on hand for the Madison event, which celebrates the passage of legislation requiring instruction in American Indian history, culture and tribal sovereignty at both the K-12 level and in teacher education programs in Wisconsin. The award-winning program’s collaboration with the University’s Education program, through the Education Center for First Nations Studies, has been lauded for its approach to infusing Act 31 in teacher education. Leary is one of the event’s featured speakers. A video in which he discusses Act 31’s origins, purpose and requirements will debut at the event. Visit www.wiea.org for more info.
Earlier this year, The College of Professional Studies’ presented more than a dozen individuals with the College’s Values Award, established to recognize individuals in the college that have made a significant contribution to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s campus and community. Some of the values that the recipients demonstrated were dedication, engagement, ethics, compassion, support, inclusivity and exemplifying principles of integrity. The Values Award honorees for fiscal year 2013-14 were Dr. Jolanda Sallmann, Dr. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Dr. Lucy Arendt, Dr. Bill Lepley, Dr. Tim Kaufman, Dr. Lisa Poupart, Kimberly Desotell, Mary Baranek, Stephanie Reilly, Dr. Doreen Higgins, Dr. Gail Trimberger, Dr. Sarah Himmelheber, Dr. Brenda Tyczkowski, Dr. Mimi Kubsch, Dr. Chris Vandenhouten, and Ann Vandenack. The recipients were recognized at the College of Professional Studies All College Meeting on April 23.
The Hendrickson Professorship recognizes and gives support for a full professor who has demonstrated a productive commitment to scholarship and/or outreach and whose work exemplifies the spirit and mission of UW-Green Bay. It is intended for faculty members whose work helps students in the classroom understand the positive role of business in the community and the importance of business ethics. The award is named for Philip Hendrickson, former president and CEO of Krueger International (now KI) and a former member of the Wisconsin Board of Regents; and late wife Elizabeth, who earned her master’s degree at UW-Green Bay and was long active in community philanthropy and civic causes.
Russ is a professor in Management for the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business at UW-Green Bay. He received his Ph.D. in Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, and International Business and his M.A. in Organizational Behavior/Theory from The Ohio State University; and an MBA and a BScEE from Tel Aviv University.
Russ currently teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in management and marketing. He also teaches a strategic emergency preparedness, planning and implementation class in the Certificate in Emergency Management, Planning and Administration Program at UW-Green Bay. Russ also teaches at KEDGE-Bordeaux School of Management, Roma Tre University, Ph.D. program; and at the University of Pisa, International Master in Business Administration.
His research interests include knowledge-based strategies, the use of knowledge management for hospital preparedness, the new knowledge-based economic development, and human capital valuation methods, among others. He co-edited the “Knowledge Management Strategies: A Handbook of Applied Technologies,” (2008) textbook and edited “Knowledge Management Strategies for Business Development” (2009). Presently he is editing two books: “Management, Valuation, and Risk for Human Capital and Human Assets: Building the Foundation for a Multi-Disciplinary, Multi-Level Theory, ” and “Value Creation, Reporting and Signaling for Human Capital and Human Assets: Building the Foundation for a Multi-Disciplinary, Multi-Level Theory.”
In addition to his academic focus, Russ serves in a consulting capacity with a number of multinational companies in the area of global strategic management and knowledge management and chairs the Incubator Committee at the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commmerce’s Advance Board. He joined the IAMB Advisory Board in April 2007 and is the founding editor of The International Journal of Management and Business. He also serves on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Human Capital and Information Technology Professionals.
Congratulations are in order for Dean of Professional Studies Sue Mattison, who on Tuesday began her first term on the international board of directors for AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body and membership association for business schools worldwide, currently accrediting 711 collegiate business schools across 47 countries and territories, according to a news release. More than 1,450 educational institutions and businesses in 89 countries and territories make up its membership. We published news of her appointment here earlier this year. See the most recent AACSB news release.
The 634 graduates who participated in Saturday’s commencement ceremony had plenty to reflect on from their time at UW-Green Bay.
For Phoenix soccer’s Chanel Aries, it was applied learning and a one-of-a-kind education. For Heba Mohammad, a 2012 UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award recipient, it was involvement outside the classroom as well as in. And for Seenia Thao, who with fellow senior Jenny Mottl made history as the first Phuture Phoenix program graduates of UW-Green Bay, it was a global perspective — and an appreciation for her alma mater that deepens every day.
“It’s been crazy. Everything I’ve done has been amazing — it really has been,” said Mohammad, who graduated summa cum laude with majors in History and Political Science. “And it’s sad to see it end but I’m sure that all the skills that I’ve picked up from all the opportunities that I’ve had and the people I’ve met will serve me really well in the future. And I’m excited to represent UWGB after this.”
For Aries, who graduated with a Communication degree, applied learning was one of the biggest takeaways from her time at UW-Green Bay.
“Green Bay is more of a hands-on school, and I find what I’ve learned in the classroom I can really apply outside of the classroom,” said Aries, of Alberta, Canada. “And I am extremely excited for that and I don’t think that I could replace it with any other education.”
Thao, who wore a Phuture Phoenix lapel pin to mark her milestone graduation, said UW-Green Bay has prepared her for her next steps — she’s starting graduate school at UW-Madison in the fall.
“I think it made me see the world more globally,” said Thao, a Social Work grad. “You know, Green Bay is a small college and it’s very community-oriented — and I grew up in Green Bay — but everything offered here really stimulated all my experiences and really made me see the world differently.
Mohammad, whose multifaceted University involvement included a year as Student Government Association president, said extracurricular activities were a crucial part of her UW-Green Bay experience.
“Academics is one thing,” Mohammad said, “but if you are involved in something and have a great support system, it just helps elevate your academic career and encourage you to do well — as well as developing those skills outside of class that you can incorporate in the classroom as well, and vice versa.”
Thao was among many grads who had mixed emotions when commencement day dawned. Excited for what’s next, Thao said she’d also miss the place that helped prepare her for the future.
“I love UW-Green Bay,” Thao said, “and every day I appreciate it even more. Especially today. It’s a very, very, very great day for everyone at UW-Green Bay.”
Thirty-four graduating UW-Green Bay seniors will be honored Friday, May 16 with Chancellor’s Medallions, recognizing sustained academic and community achievement throughout their UW-Green Bay careers.
The students will receive the honor during the semi-annual University Leadership Awards program May 16 and will wear the medallions during commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 17. Another 46 students will receive University Leadership Awards during the May 16 program, recognizing them as undergraduates who have contributed to the growth and development of a student organization or who have exhibited a commitment to community service, while remaining in good academic standing.
The Chancellor’s Medallion recipients, their hometowns and majors are as follows:
• Holly Anderson, Madison, Arts Management and Design Arts
• Caitlin Baker, Eagle, Human Biology
• Emily Buelow, Waterford, Human Biology
• Stacey Butts, Greenfield, Education
• Nicole Duhaime, Schofield, Music Education
• Gail Feldkamp, Appleton, Human Biology
• Zachary Gholston, St. Germain, English
• Corinne Grossmeier, Mukwonago, Environmental Science and Biology
• Denise Halbach, Chilton, Human Biology
• Katie Hobbs, Kenosha, Philosophy and English
• Samantha Jackson, Janesville, English
• Cheyenne Makinia, Ladysmith, Communication
• Heba Mohammad, Greenfield, Political Science and History
• Lauren O’Dell, Janesville, Chemistry
• Benjamin O’Heran, Hillsdale, Mich., First Nations Studies and Environmental Policy and Planning
• Taryn Oleson, Delafield, Environmental Policy and Planning
• Rebecca Rasmussen, Kenosha, English Literature
• Charles Reimer, Marinette, Business Administration
• Mitchell Sabez, Greendale, Business Administration
• Nellie Schafer, Wichita, Kan., Education
• Dominic Schuh, Johnson Creek, Accounting and Business Administration
• Becky Senn, Phillips, Psychology
• Jessica Stangel, New Franken, Education
• Rachel Veldt, Black Creek, Communication
• Lauren Vieaux, Suamico, Psychology
• Tu Anh Vo, Louisville, Ky., Human Biology
• Preston Waala, Waupaca, Business Administration and Mathematics
• Danielle Washington, Milwaukee, Communication and Spanish
• Nicole Will, Luxemburg, Human Biology
• Laura Wire, Appleton, Design Arts and Studio Arts
• Kelly Yach, West Bend, Spanish
• Melissa Zabkowciz, Oak Creek, Business Administration and Political Science
• Alyssa Zellner, Casco, Human Biology
• Samantha Zweerink, Hastings, Minn., Psychology and Human Development
The University Leadership Award recipients are as follows: Paul Ahrens, Ashley Baker, Heather Bekkers, Tresavoya Blake, Kate Bodart, Amarra Bricco, Sarah Busko, Kayla Christianson, Sarah Clark, Angie Danowski, Kathryn Doll, Joseph Ebert, Ellen Edison, Taa Egli, Karlie Francour, Jordan Grapentine, Natalia Hahnfeld, Chloe Hansen, Anthony Hinkel, Kayla Hucke, Nicole Jandt, Laura John, Kimberly Johnson, Sravani Karnam, Vanya Koepke, Olyvia Kuchta, Megan Leonard, Sarah Londo, Kaylee McGhee, Hailey Mohrfeld, Jennifer Pederson, Kristy Phillips, Holly Plamann, Mariah Pursley, Stephanie Schoeder, Nicole Sixel, Jared Spude, Katelyn Staaben, Alexander Stenner, Seenia Thao, Taylor Thomas, Hannah Tiedt, Travis Tilque, Courtney Trofka, Ashley Vickney, Carolyn Wysocki.
UW-Green Bay spring commencement will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17 at the Kress Events Center on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. More information is available at www.uwgb.edu/commencement.
UW-Green Bay’s Campus Kitchens launch got some nice media play for the group’s inaugural meal service May 3 at Fort Howard Apartments in Green Bay. As we told you here before, Campus Kitchens works to recover food that would otherwise go to waste and serve it to those in need. UW-Green Bay earned a $5,000 grant earlier this year after a hard-fought competition, and on Saturday became the 36th Campus Kitchen nationwide — and only the third in Wisconsin — to join the national network. You can check out Green Bay Press-Gazette coverage, with video, as well as a story from NBC 26.