Student Affairs notified students earlier this week that UW-Green Bay student Daniel Zittlow passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the age of 33. He was a sophomore working toward the goal of becoming a child psychologist. The Student Affairs email to students also stated: “As always in situations involving the death of someone who is a member of the UW-Green Bay community, the professionals of the Counseling Center are available to meet individually with anyone who would like to talk further about their feelings and grief.” An obituary is online.
The Student Affairs Healthy Choices Task Force is sponsoring a “360 Degrees of Safety Event” this Thursday (Sept. 18) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the University Union patio and adjacent areas of Phoenix Park. Task force co-facilitators Amy Henniges and Mark Olkowski invite students, faculty, staff and the general public to stop by and take part. The event will feature a DUI/texting simulator, the “drunk goggles” Frisbee challenge, information on local ride services, and local law enforcement’s cab/squad car display.
On June 25, UW-Green Bay social media specialist Todd Sanders delivered a keynote address at the PSEWEB conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. PSEWEB is Canada’s university and college digital marketing conference. The keynote was titled “Socially Awkward: How Making the Brand More Human Can Change Everything.” There’s a very short Vine video online capturing the close of Sanders’ talk, at https://vine.co/v/hz1DpTmYWqu.
Our own social media specialist weighed in on a recent Twitter controversy for a story that ran Monday (March 4) evening on WLUK, Fox 11. Todd Sanders spoke with reporter (and alumnus) Ben Krumholz about news that now-former state Democratic Party spokesman Graeme Zielinski was removed from his job and docked a week’s pay after he Tweeted comparisons between Gov. Scott Walker and serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. “What you say can be broadcast to the world in a click,” Sanders said. “I think the great thing about social media is its passion, its emotion. It’s easy, so people can express themselves out there 24/7 … (but) they don’t always think about what they’re saying. I think that’s the big drawback.” Full story.
The Office of Residence Life and the Student Affairs Healthy Choices Task Force will present “Sex in the Dark,” an annual program for students seeking answers about sex and relationships, Thursday (Oct. 18) evening in Rose Hall 250. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with “lights out” at 7. All respectful questions are welcome, and will be answered by a panel of experts including nurses, staff and instructors of campus courses on sexuality and close relationships.
Being a sophomore can sometimes feel like being the “middle child,” so Academic Advising and Career Services are teaming up to give them some attention. Sophomore Success Day is set for Thursday, Oct. 4., from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It’s a day for sophomores to drop in without appointment, get questions answered about career/major selection, General Education requirements, registration, and all things between. Student Affairs personnel say it’s another step in the ongoing effort to improve retention: “Know a student who could benefit? Send them our way!” Student Services 1600. Direct questions to Ashley Vanden Langenberg email@example.com or Steven Newton firstname.lastname@example.org.
UW-Green Bay shines a spotlight on the down side of America’s college party culture on Wednesday, Feb. 29. The Student Affairs Healthy Choice Task Force will host “UWGB House Party 2012” at 6 p.m., followed by a 7:15 address by college student turned anti-binging crusader Erica Upshaw. More details.
The promoters are calling it “UWGB House Party 2012” and sending out invitations for a special gathering starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, in Phoenix B of the University Union. The event shines a spotlight on the college party culture with the aim of helping students learn more about the effects of alcohol, what a standard drink is, how to avoid high-risk drinking, and pointers for those who prefer an alcohol-free approach. The evening’s events are organized by the Student Affairs Healthy Choices Task Force.
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Address by nationally known AODA speaker
At 7:15 p.m. at the “House Party,” featured speaker Erica Upshaw will talk about her Keep Friendship Alive Program and its message of “partying smart and taking care of your friends.” Upshaw became a regular on the college lecture circuit after her older brother died. A student at the same college she attended, he succumbed to a deadly mix of alcohol and drugs in 2000. She emphasizes that binging is common and just as dangerous for “good” students who periodically feel entitled to blow off steam, as it is for students struggling with ongoing AODA problems.
Highly creative people made a highly creative promotional video for Academic Advising. The message: “College doesn’t have to be scary.” Turn up the sound and look for fun cameos.
TV-5 personality Erin Davisson filed a news report last week wrapping up the national “tweet race” that raised money for charity and also gave victorious participant and UW-Green Bay employee Todd Sanders a new Mercedes-Benz. Sanders summed up the contest, and social media, as follows: “It’s not strictly a numbers game, it’s not how many followers you have or your celebrity, it’s more about your community and engagement… Mercedes… they just need to engage the community that they do have,” Sanders said. See the WFRV-TV report.