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UW System announces Board of Regents Diversity Awards

Congratulations are in order for this year’s UW System Regents Diversity Award Winners, announced by System today. Individual award-winners are Victor M. Macías-González, Professor of History at UW-La Crosse; and Erik R. Brodt, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. The Research Apprenticeship Program at UW-Whitewater was named this year’s winner in the Institution/Unit category. Read more about the recipients.

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!

In the news: Bauer, Diversity Award featured in story on WBAY

Prof. Angela Bauer’s recent UW System Board of Regents Diversity Award — and one of the great initiatives that helped her earn it — was the subject of a WBAY, Channel 2 story that aired during a Tuesday (Feb. 19) newscast. Reporter Kristyn Allen visited campus yesterday for a story on the Targeted Opportunities for Success in the Sciences (TOSS) program that has successfully closed the academic achievement gap in Intro to Human Biology courses. Focused on creating community and helping students — both minority and majority — to succeed, TOSS has made a difference for students like Adeyemi Cole. “It has helped me to clarify questions, interact with students, make friends,” Cole said, “and now I’m more organized.”

Bauer received her award Feb. 8 during the Board of Regents meeting in Madison. Check out the TV news story and our previous press release by clicking the links below:
WBAY, Channel 2
UW-Green Bay news

Bauer’s acceptance remarks

The UW System News Bureau offers the following account of UW-Green Bay’s Angela Bauer, professor of Human Biology and special assistant to the Provost, receiving her Regents’ Diversity Award last Friday (Feb. 8) in Madison. The honor recognized, in part, her success with the TOSS program to fight the “achievement gap.”

Bauer said in accepting the award, “I know that many of us pour our hearts and souls into projects that we’re passionate about because we believe it will help our students. I know that not all of those efforts pan out — I’ve been there — but some of them do … and some of our efforts have truly made a significant impact on the experiences of the students on our campus.”

She particularly noted the importance of faculty and staff being intentional about creating community within classrooms and the campus as a whole. “I used to think that achievement gaps were about differences in academic preparation or in content knowledge. But while those things are important for students, they’re really not key to closing the achieving gap. Creating community really is the key…. and sending positive, affirmative messages about what students’ potential can be.”

Photo: Bauer at Regents
UW System has posted a snapshot of UW-Green Bay’s Angela Bauer posing with her plaque and presenter. Click here.


Bauer receives diversity award during Friday’s meeting in Madison

Our own Angela Bauer on Friday (Feb. 8) accepted her 2013 UW System Regents Diversity Award in Madison, emphasizing the importance of creating community in efforts to close the achievement gap and increase participation of underrepresented groups in the sciences. Bauer earned the individual award (one of three categories in which the honor is given) for efforts including her Targeted Opportunities for Success in the Sciences (TOSS) program, which has been successful in closing the achievement gap in Introduction to Human Biology courses. The key, Bauer told the Regents in her acceptance remarks, is “for faculty and staff to be intentional about creating community” in classrooms and on campus as a whole. Regent Tracy Hribar, a member of the diversity awards selection committee, presented Bauer’s accolade, praising her commitment to diversity and inclusion. Click here for more information on Bauer and the award.


Watch live! Bauer to receive diversity award Friday in Madison

UW-Green Bay Prof. Angela Bauer officially will be honored for her UW System Board of Regents Diversity Award during the Regents meeting Friday (Feb. 8) in Madison. As we told you here before, Bauer is this year’s diversity award recipient in the individual category, lauded in particular for her innovative program that is closing the academic achievement gap in Intro to Human Biology courses. Bauer’s other efforts have included creating an Ethnic Minorities in Science course and bringing notable scientists of minority backgrounds to campus, all in an effort to target the achievement gap and increase participation of underrepresented groups in the sciences. Friday’s meeting starts at 9 a.m. (though the awards are a few agenda items in), and you can listen to a live stream by clicking the link below. We’ve also linked again to our original press release, detailing Bauer’s honor.
Streaming info / Press release

Bauer award is announced by UW System

News media have been informed that professors at UW-Green Bay and UW-Madison and a scholars program at UW-Whitewater have been selected as the winners of the Board of Regents Diversity Awards. Angela Bauer, professor of human biology and special assistant to the provost at UW-Green Bay; Douglass Henderson, professor of engineering physics at UW-Madison; and the McNair Scholars Program at UW-Whitewater were chosen in the fifth year of the awards program.

Bauer, on the UW-Green Bay faculty since 1997, helped develop the Targeted Opportunities for Success in Science (TOSS) program on campus,giving the sciences more visibility to students of color. The program has resulted in a 30 percent increase in students of color declaring for a human biology major at UW-Green Bay.

Award winners will be honored at the Feb. 8 Regents meeting. See a condensed Capital Times report or the full UW System news release.

Diversity Award winner Bauer addresses Opening Day gathering at Stout

Fresh off her UW System Diversity Award win, UW-Green Bay Prof. Angie Bauer delivered the keynote address at UW-Stout’s Opening Day Ceremony Tuesday (Jan. 15), talking about the issue of stereotype threat — namely, the threat that a person will be negatively stereotyped due to his or her social identity — and how it can create anxiety that interferes with learning. This anxiety, Bauer said, is thought to be a key contributor to the achievement gap that often is observed between majority and minority students at many academic institutions. Her professional development talk described inclusive, collaborative approaches (many of which are high-impact practices) that can be taken by faculty and staff to successfully reduce stereotype threat, create community and thereby enhance the academic achievement of underrepresented students. For more on Bauer’s Diversity Award accolade, check out our news release.

UW-Green Bay’s Bauer wins UW System Regents Diversity Award

Prof. Angela Bauer

Prof. Angela Bauer

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Human Biology Prof. Angela Bauer has been named a 2013 recipient of the UW System Board of Regents Diversity Award, in the individual category. She will be honored during the Board of Regents meeting Friday, Feb. 8 in Madison.

Bauer, also a Women’s and Gender Studies faculty member who serves as special assistant to the Provost, is being lauded for her commitment to “enhancing the educational experiences and outcomes for under-represented students of color at UW-Green Bay,” according to a letter from Board of Regents President Brent Smith and Regents Diversity Awards Committee Chair John Drew. The awards committee was particularly impressed with the impact of Bauer’s Targeted Opportunities for Success in the Sciences (TOSS) Program, which has been effective in closing the academic achievement gap in UW-Green Bay Introduction to Human Biology courses.

Begun in 2009, the TOSS Program encourages multicultural students to take part in weekly workshops with teaching assistants who are trained in both the course material and in culturally responsive approaches to teaching. The achievement gap for those courses has disappeared, and the number of multicultural students majoring in Human Biology has increased since the program’s inception.

“TOSS is a positive, affirmative way for students to engage more deeply in the material that is presented in the class,” Bauer said, “and I think, even more importantly, to create community. I really think that’s what it’s all about when all is said and done — it’s the message that, ‘you belong. We want everyone to succeed and we totally think you can succeed.’ And it just allows students to make personal connections with their classmates, with the teaching assistants — many of whom are also students of color — and also with faculty.”

The TOSS Program is just one of Bauer’s many efforts to target the achievement gap and increase participation of under-represented groups in the sciences. Working with Donna Ritch, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Bauer developed the course Ethnic Minorities in Science (Human Biology 202), which helps students acquire a historical perspective on the role of ethnic minorities in the culture of science. Bauer also has spearheaded efforts to bring notable scientists of minority backgrounds to UW-Green Bay, including biologist Tyrone Hayes, surgeon and author Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord and physician and global health expert Dr. David Walton. Meeting with these individuals inspires students and helps them see what’s possible, Bauer said.

Established in 2009 to recognize and support programs that foster access and success in university life for historically under-represented populations, the annual Regents Diversity Awards are presented in three categories — individual, team and institution/unit. In 2012, UW-Green Bay’s First Nations Studies Program won in the institution/unit category, recognized for its efforts to break down stereotypes and foster a greater understanding of First Nations people in Wisconsin. More information about the awards is available at www.uwsa.edu/bor/awards/diversity/.


Awesome accolade: Bauer wins UW System Diversity Award

Huge congratulations are in order for Human Biology Prof. Angela Bauer, who on Monday (Jan. 7) was named a 2013 UW System Board of Regents Diversity Awardwinner in the Individual Category. Bauer, who serves as Special Assistant to the Provost, is being recognized for her commitment “to enhancing the educational experiences and outcomes for under-represented students of color at UW-Green Bay.” In particular, Board of Regents President Brent Smith and Diversity Award Committee Chair John Drew lauded Bauer’s work with the TOSS Program (Targeted Opportunities for Success in the Sciences), which has helped close the achievement gap in her Introduction to Human Biology course.

Bauer will receive her award Feb. 8 in Madison, and we’ll have much more to come on her achievement. For now, you can read more about TOSS and Bauer’s efforts in our UW-Green Bay News story from last academic year. Congratulations, Prof.Bauer!