Already distributed campuswide but repeated here for the record: A campus farewell reception for Vice Chancellor Jeanne Stangel is scheduled for next Wednesday (July 29) from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Union’s 1965 Room.
More than 250 people turned out for the May 2015 Honors Graduate Reception hosted by UW-Green Bay Friday, May 15, in the grand foyer of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The event welcomed about 80 May graduates who would be graduating the following day with summa, magna or cum laude honors. They were joined by family members in town for the big weekend, and faculty and staff extending best wishes. Speakers during a brief program included Chancellor Gary L. Miller, Dean of Students Brenda Amenson-Hill, outgoing SGA President Vanya Koepke and Alumni Relations Director Kari Moody. Moody said the event, tried for the first time with the December 2014 honors grads, appears to have a bright future as a permanent part of Commencement weekend. The Alumni Association views it as an opportunity to connect with some of its newest members, and the many out-of-town visitors (including some online students who had visited campus rarely if at all) said they enjoyed the opportunity to mingle with members of the UW-Green Bay community.
– Photos by Kelly Selner, Office of University Advancement
The Division of Outreach and Adult Access is hosting a farewell reception for Mona Christensen on Thursday, May 14, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in their office, Cofrin Library Suite 206. After 27 years of service, Mona has accepted a position as executive director of the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor. “Join us for a piece of cake and to wish Mona well on her new adventure!”
Retirement-party announcements are making the rounds on campus. For the benefit of retirees and various other off-campus readers, here are several notices that have been widely shared:
• Cliff Abbott, Forrest Baulieu and Jeanellyn Schwarzenbach of the Information and Computing Science faculty are retiring, and colleague Adolfo Garcia is relocating out-of-state. A joint farewell is planned for noon to 1 p.m. Friday, May 8, in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall’s CWing.
• Mike Stearney, dean of Enrollment Services, is retiring after 31 years, with a sendoff on Tuesday, May 12, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Union’s 1965 Room.
• Associate Prof. Warren Johnson of Human Biology will greet well-wishers from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, in LS 468.
Thirty-four graduating UW-Green Bay seniors will be honored Friday, May 15 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 15 and will wear the medallions during commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 16. Another 43 students will receive University Leadership Awards during the May 15 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:
• Elijah Amelse, Cottage Grove, Human Development
• Ryan Badeau, Green Bay, Chemistry
• Heather Bekkers, Greenfield, English
• Tiffany Bowring, Manitowoc, Social Work and Human Development
• Samantha Braaten, Green Bay, Political Science
• Kathryn Doll, Kronenwetter, Psychology
• Ellen Edison, Maple Grove, Minn., Human Biology
• Marleigh Fiedler, Brookfield, Political Science and Public Administration
• Nicole Hangartner, Eau Claire, Elementary Education
• Chloe Hansen, Sparta, Public Administration and Democracy and Justice Studies
• Andrew Haugen, Eagle River, Art
• Kayla Hucke, Hartland, Psychology
• Angela Kleinhans, Phillips, Social Work
• Vanya Koepke, Hartford, Political Science and Public Administration
• Olyvia Kuchta, Green Bay, Psychology
• Alyssa Lamberton, Milwaukee, Communication
• Elizabeth Ledvina, Green Bay, Public Administration and Environmental Policy and Planning
• Megan Leonard, Oshkosh, Arts Management
• Sarah Londo, Maplewood, Minn., Psychology
• Ashley Lukes, De Pere and Luxemburg, Human Biology
• Amanda Nothem, Campbellsport, Chemistry
• Holly Plamann, Appleton, Human Biology
• Nicole Roth, Wausau, Human Biology
• Janelle Schirmer, Plymouth, Human Biology
• Laura Schley, Clintonville, Art and Arts Management
• Stephanie Schoeder, Janesville, History
• Julia Rose Shariff, Green Bay, Human Biology and Spanish
• Anthony Sirianni, Whitehall, Mich., Environmental Policy and Planning, Political Science, and Public Administration
• Jared Spude, Brussels, Political Science and Public Administration
• Katelyn Staaben, Sheboygan, Communication
• Alexander Stenner, Middletown, Del., and Plainfield, Conn., Human Biology
• Hannah Tiedt, Whitefish Bay, History
• Abigail Tobias-Lauerman, Appleton, Humanistic Studies
• Parker Wolf, Kohler, Business Administration
The University Leadership Award recipients are as follows: Joshua Bernhardt, Kelly Berth, Sarah Busko, Kayla Christianson, Molly Dederich, Clare Denz, Stephanie Diedrich, Bradley Drephal, Daniel Dubey, Joseph Ebert, Danielle Eder, Emily Engelke, Stephany Haack, Natalia Hahnfeld, Matthew Hart, Emily Hausher, Reed Heintzkill, Morgan Jandrin, Alexandria Jasen, Alyssa Johnson, Sravani Karnam, Emma Kuhn, Stephanie Laude, Trevor Matson, Michelle McChesney, Kelsey McCormick, Evan Miller, Samantha Molina, Jessica Murphy, Karli Peterson, Kristy Phillips, Mariah Pursley, Katrina Schumann, Alexander Shariff, Nicole Sixel, Taylor Steele, Tyler Sterr, Sarah Tomasiewicz, Camara Wallace, Sarah Wanek, Krista White, Mallory Woloszyk, Samantha Zingsheim.
UW-Green Bay spring commencement will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16 at the Kress Events Center on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. More information is available at www.uwgb.edu/commencement.
Associate Prof. Denise Bartell and the students of the 2014-15 Phoenix GPS Program would like to invite the campus community to their annual Poster Session and Reception, set for 1 to 2:30 p.m. this Friday (May 1) in Phoenix B of the Union. During the event each of the five GPS teams will share stories from the service learning projects they developed and completed this year, which ranged from creating a scholarship for students who are single parents to working with local elementary school children to teach them about the value of sustainability. “Please come join the students, faculty and staff of the GPS Program as they celebrate the significant contributions this year’s cohort has made to UW-Green Bay and the Green Bay community!”
Admitted students to UW-Green Bay were the special guests of UWGB Chancellor Gary and Georgia Miller Tuesday, April 14, when they hosted an Admitted Student Reception at Lambeau Field. The event was held in the fourth floor balcony overlooking the Packers Atrium. About 50 admitted students for Fall of 2015 attended with another 50-plus family members, as well as an entourage of faculty, staff, students and alumni, who welcomed the students to the Phoenix Family. Guests were treated to a Lambeau Field tour that included a special stop to the visiting team’s locker room.
“I wanted to thank you for putting on the Admitted Student Day at Lambeau,” said a parent of a local high school student in a follow-up e-mail. “My daughter is now very excited about attending UW-Green Bay in the fall. I was pleasantly surprised by all of the faculty, staff and students that were there sharing their experience and excitement for our campus. Tanya was a little apprehensive about staying at home and attending UWGB but now after all of the encouragement and her ability to see how much she can still be a part of the campus, she is very happy with her decision.” Said another parent, “Thank you for putting the time and resources towards this event. It does matter and make a difference!”
Chancellor Miller welcomed his guests to UW-Green Bay, and was followed in the program by guest speakers — student Hannah Stepp, alumnus Alex Tilton (manager of client services at Breakthrough Fuels), and faculty member Denise Bartell. Bridget Derge, from UWGB’s Green Bay One Stop Shop (Gboss), spoke to the attendees about college affordability. Members from UWGB’s office of financial aid, registration, orientation, study abroad, athletics, diversity, and others, were part of a resource team and fair.
Organizer of the event, Jen Jones, asked that current faculty, staff and students be recognized for their hard work in making this first-time event a successful reality.
The Division of Outreach and Adult Access is hosting a farewell gathering for Steve VandenAvond on Thursday, April 2 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in their offices on the plaza level (second floor) of the Cofrin Library. VandenAvond’s final day is Friday, April 3. He has accepted a position to become the new vice president of extended learning and community engagement for Northern Michigan University, an institution of about 9,000 students in Marquette. Join the staff for cake and conversation.
UW-Green Bay students, parents and a number of UWGB staff members and administrators had the extreme pleasure of meeting with John and Tashia Morgridge and the Executive Director of their “Fund for Wisconsin Scholars (FFWS),” Mary Gulbrandsen, Monday, March 9.
The Morgridges are among America’s foremost philanthropists, endowing a grant program for UW students in 2007 that began with a $175 million gift. At present, more than 100 UWGB students are beneficiaries of the FFWS grants, which provides more than $340,000 yearly and has provided nearly $2 million in grants to UWGB students over the past seven years. Recipients receive $3,500 per year for up to 10 semesters as long as they maintain full-time status and show academic progress toward their degree.
The couple, now married 60 years, has bicycled across the United States, cross-country skied above the Arctic Circle and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, among other adventures. They stopped in at UW-Green Bay for a brief reception to meet the grant recipients and their families, and offer a bit of advice.
UW-Green Bay Chancellor Miller extended greetings and deep gratitude on behalf of UWGB, describing the Morgridges as the most generous people in the country, thanking them for helping to transform the lives of UWGB students through higher education.
Tashia Morgridge asked those in attendance to think about the quote written by Nelson Henderson — “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”
“You are the trees,” she said. “You will change the world for the next generation. You will provide the expertise, the communication, the education … and as a result you will be planting your own trees providing shade for your own children.”
John Morgridge said that each student should have mental and physical goals, and they should be ready to make important decisions when opportunities present themselves. Decisions like marriage, job opportunities, etc.
The Morgridges, who met at Wauwatosa (East) High School, and earned undergraduate degrees at UW-Madison, asked the students to be responsible with their education, and hoped the FFWS grants would help them graduate with minimal debt.
John earned his master’s in business administration from Stanford, and Tashia a master’s degree in education from Lesley College in Massachusetts in 1975, before dedicating her life’s work to special education instruction. John joined Cisco in 1988 as president and CEO when the internet was in its infancy. He led a handful of employees and new technologies to a growing company, which by 1994 had more than 2,200 workers and more than $1 billion in sales. Today Cisco employs more than 74,000 people through operations in 165 countries and net sales of $47.1 billion in 2014.
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— Photos by Eric Miller, photographer, Office of Marketing and University Communication
“The Bed Show” — an original exhibition related to the place of the bed in art, culture and daily life — opens at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Lawton Gallery this Thursday (March 5).
The opening reception takes place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the gallery located in Room 230 of Theatre Hall. The exhibit’s curator, Stephen Perkins, will offer remarks about the show at 5 p.m.
“We are born in beds and most of us will die in beds, and, of course, there’s a lot that happens in between,” says Perkins, a Ph.D. and art educator who serves as UW-Green Bay’s curator of art. “Each of us will spend at least a third of our lives in bed, and it’s rare that we seriously think about this place where we spend so much time.”
The exhibit runs through April 2. (The gallery will be closed during UW-Green Bay’s spring break week, March 16-21.) The Lawton Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday during fall and spring semesters. All gallery events are free and open to the public.
Perkins says “The Bed Show” will pay particular attention to how artists have used the image of the bed in their work. Made up of a series of different components, the exhibit will include work by members of the local art community and art students at UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert College as well as Seymour High School. Also displayed will be 70 pieces of mail art (postcards and similar small-scale work), sent in by artists in 18 different countries who responded to a call for submissions addressing the theme.
Perkins says the show will offer interactive elements, as well, with visitors invited to use a do-it-yourself collage studio to create their own artwork around the theme. It’s even possible, he suggests, that a one-night “sleepover” might break out during the show’s run.
The exhibit is book-ended by references to two historically important works that included beds, both of which provoked controversy when first exhibited. Edouard Manet’s painting Olympia (1863) outraged the Parisian audience for many reasons, one of them the presence of a model that viewers read as being a prostitute. The second artwork is a much more recent work by the English artist Tracey Emin and is simply titled My Bed (1998). Emin exhibited her bed, accompanied with all the assorted items that had gathered around it after an extended stay. Critics questioned the installation’s value as art, especially after it received serious consideration for a major prize.
For more information, contact Curator of Art Stephen Perkins at (920) 465-2916 or via email at email@example.com, or visit the Lawton Gallery website, www.uwgb.edu/lawton. You can also find “Lawton Gallery” on Facebook.