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UW-Green Bay Theatre presents ‘Theophilus North’

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre and Dance presents the comedic drama Theophilus North, a Jazz Age tale based on a semi-autobiographical story by Thornton Wilder, as its first production of the 2015-16 season.

The performances of Theophilus North will take place Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 15-17, and Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 21-24 at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Jean Weidner Theatre at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. General admission prices at the door are $20 for the general public and $17 for seniors and students (discounted to $18 and $15 if purchased in advance). Tickets for currently enrolled UW-Green Bay students are $10.

Set in 1926, the play follows 30-year-old Theophilus North, who quits his teaching position in New Jersey and embarks on a quest for fun, adventure and his place in the world. When his used car breaks down, leaving him stranded in Newport, Rhode Island, Theophilus takes on odd jobs in houses of the wealthy.

The title role in the student production will be played by junior Evan Ash, a double major at UW-Green Bay and the recipient of the Irene A. Shewalter Memorial Scholarship for Theatre.

When asked about the role, Ash said, “I identify most with Theophilus, and I instantly fell in love with the journey he and the rest of the characters take during the show…The part I enjoy most about playing Theophilus is being able to project his aura of kindness and good-hearted nature and his willingness to help anyone.”

Theophilus North is written by Matthew Burnett based upon the semi-autobiographical final work of Wilder, the Pulitzer Prize-winning icon of American literature. The production is directed by Associate Prof. John Mariano.

For more information about this event, call 920-465-2944 or visit the Weidner Center website.



Reception honors student artist Adam Fulwiler

UW-Green Bay student artist Adam Fulwiler was honored for his work, “Windows” a layered, large-scale acrylic painting chosen for display as the Chancellor’s Holiday Art Scholarship selection for 2015-16. Fulwiler was joined by art faculty and others at a reception hosted by Chancellor Gary L. and Georgia Nix Miller, Sept. 24.

Fulwiler, a graduate of West De Pere High School, has a double major in Art and Design Arts and expects to graduate in spring 2017. His painting was selected by Chancellor and Mrs. Miller from a range of student pieces submitted for juried consideration. Fulwiler will receive a monetary award provided through the Holiday Art Scholarship program established by the Millers.

With its selection, “Windows” will be the featured art on the 2015 year-end holiday cards the Millers and the privately funded UW-Green Bay Foundation Inc. will share with campus and community friends of the University. Additionally, the piece will be publicly displayed for one year in the UW-Green Bay Chancellor’s Office, Suite 810 of the David A. Cofrin Library.

Art Prof. Kristy Deetz says Fulwiler “is a diligent worker who sets a standard of excellence in the quality of the work that he produces and in his commitment to growing as an artist.”

In his artist’s statement accompanying “Windows,” Fulwiler describes how his large-scale paintings explore the elements of form including line, shape, value, color and texture. “I build up surfaces by scraping, layering and dragging paint across the entire canvas with the goal of forming visual passages and ‘doorways’ to spaces that often suggest landscapes,” he writes. He uses five-foot-long squeegees, brooms, metal trowels and oversize brushes to create the paintings.

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Photos by Tammy Resulta


Student plans solemn flag ceremony for 9/11

UW-Green Bay student Nate Fiene is promoting the fact he’ll host a Flag Retirement Ceremony, about 90 minutes in length, Friday night (Sept. 11) at 7:45 p.m. at the flagpoles adjacent to the Thompson and Liebel apartment halls on campus. “A flag retirement ceremony is a solemn event where flags that are too old or too ragged to continue to be flown are consumed by fire in a contained area with due honor and respect,” Fiene wrote in a note to his fellow students. “Out of respect for the flag and what it represents, no photography or recording will be allowed… If you are currently serving or have served in our Armed Forces and would like to wear your uniform, feel free to do so. If you have served or are serving and would like to help out with the honor guard, please email me.”


From struggle to stand-out: Canzoneri finds success at UW-Green Bay

In a few days communication student William Canzoneri will take his last class at UW-Green Bay and his transformation from undecided major to confident and experienced graduate will be complete. Watch out world.

His happy ending is not something Canzoneri would have pictured while in high school.
“I wasn’t the most diligent student in high school, despite making varsity on both football and wrestling. I think I finished somewhere under a 3.0.”

His college career began inauspiciously. He dropped out of technical college, re-enrolled and then prepared to transfer. Two factors influenced his transfer location: a $25 career assessment test and a visit to a friend at UW-Green Bay.

“The career assessment gave me three top choices: writer, public relations, and FBI agent,” he said, “Not wanting to be a starving artist despite how much I enjoyed writing, and the fact that being an FBI agent sounded intimidating, I chose public relations.”

As for what school to attend, the visit to a friend solidified Canzoneri’s decision to attend UW-Green Bay.

“I fell in love with it,” he said, “The beautiful trails, the nature, the openness. So different from the city.”

After transferring to UW-Green Bay, Canzoneri jumped at the chance to gain even more experience by joining the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). After serving on the fundraising committee, Canzoneri was elected as Treasurer of the organization for the 2014-2015 academic year.

“The PRSSA has allowed me the chance to work on real PR plans, network with incredible professionals and fellow students around the country, and make great friends.”

Among other opportunities, Canzoneri was invited to join Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines; he completed an editorial assistant internship; and he and his UWGB classmates were part of the team that won the Edelman Case Study Competition in Chicago, in Spring 2015, competing against college teams from across the nation. Most recently, he was chosen as a finalist for “Talking the Talk,” a competition hosted by Time Warner Sports. See his audition here.

“All of these successes have both challenged me, matured me, and made me more confident,” he said.

When looking to the future, Canzoneri is focused on constant improvement.

“I always tell myself: You need to do better Bill,” he said, “That shapes my thought process. I want to do more, work harder, make better habits.”

This change, from struggling student to stand out success, is something that Canzoneri is thankful his UWGB education provided him.

“From sundown at Lambeau Cottage to getting happily lost somewhere in the Cofrin Arboretum, I salute you UW-Green Bay,” he said, “You’re outstanding, incredible, fantastic. Thanks for everything.”

Story by 2015 UWGB graduate Katelyn Staaben

Jasen transitioned from homeschool to college with help from faculty

top-story-home-schoolFor many students, the transition from high school to college can be daunting. But for homeschooled students, that switch comes with an even potentially deeper set of challenges.

That was the experience initially for Education major Lexi Jasen. “I was very used to doing my own thing,” said the senior who will graduate in May 2015 with highest of honors. “My mom gave me a lot of control as far as planning my own curriculum and my schedule, as long as she approved it. But she gave me a lot of freedom. She knew I would be very responsible and I would get it done.”

After homeschooling through high school, Jasen began her college experience at UW-Sheboygan before transferring to UW-Green Bay.

“It is very different to have your own expectations and then to adapt to multiple professors with different expectations for different classes,” she said, “But honestly, the hardest thing for me is the actual sitting in class. I don’t take notes. I’m a doodler. Notes don’t help me at all. That’s not how I learn.”

Jasen turned to her UWGB faculty members for guidance.

“There are some professors, especially in the Education department, who have really gotten to know me and that has been wonderful.”

Their support motivated Jasen to become an active participant in her own learning and to the betterment of those around her. She is a mentor in the Phuture Phoenix program, serves as the president of UW-Green Bay’s Student Wisconsin Education Association and is in the process of creating an honor society for the Education department.

After graduating this May and completing her student teaching, Jasen hopes to find a position as a teacher and one day open her own charter school.

“I want to do something fairly similar to the Phantom Knight charter school which I’ve worked with through Phuture Phoenix,” she said, “They are very project based and inspire independent learning — very similar to how I learned — and I know there are many other people out there like me. My goal, eventually, is to give students more of a say in their learning, because then they’re going to be more motivated to do it and more interested in it.”

Jasen feels other homeschooled students can be just as successful if they speak up and ask for the help that they need.

“The homeschoolers that I know and grew up with are kind of like me and they know how they learn and they now what they need in order to succeed. The more I communicated that with my professors, the more successful I was in those classes, and I think that that is something a lot of people are really hesitant to do.”
Photo and story by Katelyn Staaben.

Saxton earns National Residence Hall Honorary of the Month Award

The campus chapter of NRHH – the National Residence Hall Honorary – has informed student Allie Saxton that she has been chosen executive board member of the month. Her nominators praised her “extraordinary leadership skills in her role as president of the (Residence Life) Phase 2 Community Council,” and in organizing major events, reaching out to involve all members in meetings and activities, and recruiting new members and leaders to the organization.

Student urges texts for ‘Relay for Life’

UW-Green Bay student Lauren Ruben of the Environmental Sciences program is active with the Relay for Life fundraiser. She’s urging fellow students (and others) to text 21212 #RelayForLife #UWGB now through May 3 to unlock a donation for the American Cancer Foundation. If they can get 10,000 students it will unlock a full $5,000 donation.

Levintova publishes, with former student, article on SoTL

Katia Levintova, associate professor of Political Science with Public and Environmental Affairs, is the co-author of a newly published article in The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Its title is “Sustainability: Teaching an 
Interdisciplinary Threshold Concept through Traditional Lecture and Active Learning.” The article is the result of collaborative, undergraduate research involving Levintova and then-student Daniel W. Mueller, in a project that was part of the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars program. Mueller is now pursuing a Ph.D. in political science at Washington State University. It his first publication overall, and Levintova’s first co-authored article with an undergraduate student.

Comic relief? Months on End has two-week run

Theatre and Dance opens its spring semester of productions with the contemporary relationship comedy Months on End, beginning a seven-show run next Thursday (Feb. 26) in the Jean Weidner Theatre. Associate Prof. John Mariano directs a 10-member student cast — five men and five women — exploring happiness, sorrow and everything in between by way of a dozen comic scenes, one for each month of the year. The story follows the intertwined worlds of a circle of friends and family centered on fiancée Phoebe and fiancé Ben. For photos, and more on cast and play.