Academic Staff are invited to join the Academic Staff Professional Development Programming Committee on Wednesday, Dec. 9, from noon to 1 p.m. in University Union Room 103 for “Focusing on Strengths (Not Weaknesses!) to Optimize Results,” presented by Lisa Tetzloff, director of Student Life. All registered participants will receive a free code to take the half-hour StrengthsFinder assessment, a widely used online tool. Organizers request that participants take this assessment prior to Tuesday, Dec. 8 at noon (so Lisa may review the groups results) and bring the list of their indicated Top 5 strengths. At the session, attendees will learn what their strengths mean and how to use them to their and any group’s advantage. Light refreshments will be provided. Feel free to bring your lunch. To register, click. Registration will be limited to the first sixty. Questions may be emailed to Jena Richter.
UW-Green Bay student Ashley Garza headed over to the Kress fitness center on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 4) to spend some time on her favorite cardio machine… and walked into a big surprise at the front desk. Eight years of card-swiping each and every fitness, recreation and intramural patron allowed Kress Center staff to pinpoint Garza’s workout as the one-millionth patron visit since the facility’s grand opening in November 2007. Garza received a gift package of apparel, passes and discounts from Chancellor Gary L. Miller and Athletics Director Mary Ellen Gillespie to mark the milestone.
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The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is celebrating World Food Day by hosting an event on October 22 that highlights whole food choices and local farmers in the Green Bay area. All events scheduled throughout the day will take place in the Phoenix Rooms in the University Union on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.
The keynote speaker for the event is Mark Schatzker who is nationally known for his book, The Dorito Effect. He will discuss the importance of moving from high-processed, chemically-enhanced, and mass-produced foods to consuming foods the way nature intended. His speech will be from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by locally-sourced desserts and refreshments. His talk concludes a full day of activities including:
• Panel discussion — Beginning at 1 p.m., a panel of local farmers and restaurant owners will present their stories to UWGB students and faculty and community audience members
• Food, Health, and Sustainability Expo — from 3 to 6 p.m.
• Farm to table dinner — Beginning at 5 p.m., a free and healthy farm-to-table dinner will be prepared and served by the Dietetics Health and Fitness Club
Many UWGB student organizations are involved in planning, promoting, and creating this event including the Dietetics Health and Fitness Club, Sustainable Local Organic Food Alliance (SLO), the Public and Environmental Affairs Council (PEAC), Campus Kitchens, Healthy Fork, SGA Environmental Affairs, and Student Life. The event is one of many being held throughout the year celebrating UWGB’s 50th Anniversary.
All events are free to campus and community members. For more information about this event, visit the UWGB Food Day Celebration 2015 website or email Caela Stenski, President of the Dietetics Health and Fitness.
Restaurant and online innovator Brian Bordainick will be the guest speaker at 7 p.m. Thursday (Oct 8) in the Phoenix Room of the University Union in a Common Theme program organized by the Office of Student Life. Bordainick is the founder and CEO of Dinner Lab, a membership-based social dining experiment that unites undiscovered chefs with adventurous diners in unique spaces — from helipads to vacant movie theaters. Dinner Lab meals highlight up-and-coming chefs from around the country, and varies the locations as an experiment in using food to build communities. The company has grown to a valuation north of $30 million and has expanded into 20 cities with 90 employees, launching restaurants based off of user feedback and data.
A total of 54 employees, friends and family participated on the UW-Green Bay team as part of the 2015 Bellin Run Corporate Challenge. Overall, UWGB was 10th out of 61 Corporate Challenge teams. (Incidentally, fast finishers included lecturer Michael Holstead of Humanistic Studies who covered the 6.2 miles in 39 minutes and Lea Truttmann of Student Life, 49 minutes and change.) For more on UW-Green Bay finishers, go to the fine HR blog.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Intertribal Student Council will present the 2015 UW-Green Bay Pow Wow from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the Kress Events Center on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.
The event, which is free and open to the public, attracts participants and spectators from across Wisconsin and surrounding states.
It will include grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., as well as a no-cost feast at 5 p.m. at the Mauthe Center on campus. M&J Catering will provide food for the feast.
The theme for the 2015 Pow Wow is “Honoring the Family,” and the event will include a smoke dance special and men’s traditional special. Other honor dances will be held to recognize UW-Green Bay students, UW-Green Bay alumni and others.
The host drum for the event is Midnite Express, a well-known award-winning drum out of Minneapolis. Three invited drums include one youth drum, Tomahawk Circle (from the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe band), to honor all ages of the family. The other two are Eagle Singers and Str8 Across (Menominee).
The master of ceremonies will be Marin ‘Mark’ Denning of the Oneida Nation, and Tyler Defoe (Oneida) is arena director for the event. The Pow Wow’s female head dancers are Antoinette Lester (Oneida, Memoninee) and Kesekokiw Grignon (Oneida, Menominee). The male head dancer is Matthew Lester (Navaho). The color guard unit from the Wisconsin Indian Veterans Association’s Oneida Chamber will bring in the flags during each grand entry.
Sponsors for the Pow Wow include UW-Green Bay’s Intertribal Student Council, SUFAC, Office of the Provost, American Intercultural Center, First Nations Studies Program, Dean of Students Office, Office of Student Life, the Diversity Taskforce, Common Theme Committee, Stockbridge-Munsee Community and Oneida Nationa Tourism.
After a day filled with intense debate, the University of Michigan reversed course late Wednesday night and decided to show the movie “American Sniper” at its originally scheduled time and place. An earlier decision to cancel the showing drew criticism from some quarters. The Detroit Free Press reports the university’s student life office had dropped the planned showing of the Iraq War movie after students, mostly Muslim and/or Arab, complained the film was offensive and threatening to diverse audiences. The drive, which included a letter signed by hundreds of fellow students, led the university’s Center for Campus Involvement to pull the film from its lineup of UMix events, and replace it with a screening of the less controversial movie “Paddington.”
Meanwhile, at UW-Green Bay…
This week’s Hollywood movie on the campus CheapSeats series is “American Sniper.” Multiple showings are scheduled through Sunday in the Union’s Christie Theatre. For times, see the calendar.
An overflow audience of about 175 turned out Monday night (April 6) for a lecture/discussion featuring nationally known media critic and feminist blogger Anita Sarkeesian.
Sarkeesian shared with her Phoenix Room audience a message she has been promoting through a series of online videos for her non-profit, Feminist Frequency, in interviews with outlets including “Nightline,” “The Colbert Report” and the New York Times, and in lectures at conferences and campuses. She criticizes both the widespread stereotyping she sees in the portrayal of female game characters and the relative lack of positive female characters. She also talks about being the target of threats and online harassment by those who believe “that gaming is a male-dominated space” and who resent her campaign to exert pressure on the industry.
Sarkeesian did a lengthy Q&A as part of her 90-minute slide-and-video-illustrated program, which was titled “Navigating the Gendered Minefield of Online Harrassment.” Her visit to UW-Green Bay was sponsored by the student chapter of the Psi Chi psychology honors society, Student Life and the Women’s and Gender Studies academic program.
Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist video game blogger and media critic, will speak on the topic of “Navigating the Gendered Minefield of Online Harassment” at 8 p.m. tonight (Monday, April 6) in the Phoenix Room of the University Union. An activist in deconstructing what she describes as the stereotypes and tropes associated with women in popular culture, she has developed a national reputation for speaking out against the targeted harassment of women in online and gaming spaces, and what is often seen as misogyny of video game culture. She says she has received online threats because of her views. Her appearance at UW-Green Bay is sponsored by Student Life and the academic program in Women’s and Gender Studies. The event is free and open to the public.
Wednesday (Feb. 18) is Chocolate Fest. Drop in anytime between 4 and 5:30 p.m. in the Leona Cloud Commons. Get your tickets at the UTIC. It is only $1 and you get cake pop, cookies, brownies, fudge, scones, and more! The highlight is that you get to make your own s’mores. “While supplies last so get your ticket now!” Sponsored by the Office of Student Life.