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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.

BSN grad (and MSN student) earns Bush Family nursing excellence award

Registered nurse Jason Mattson, a bachelor’s grad and current student in UW-Green Bay’s master’s of nursing program, was honored earlier this week with the 2014 Carol and Robert Bush Excellence in Nursing Award presented by Bellin Health. The Bushes inaugurated the award 14 years ago in appreciation of outstanding care they and their family had received, and the couple personally reviews every nomination. The award is open to registered nurses currently employed with the Bellin Health System in face-to-face patient care roles. Mattson completed his BSN degree at UW-Green Bay in 2006, and joined the Bellin intensive care unit as a staff nurse in 2007. He anticipates receiving his UWGB master’s in Management and Leadership in Health Systems this summer. His citation for the award lists a long list of accomplishment and leadership activities. The Bush Award recipient receives a sculpture of a nurse and a $5,000 cash award. Mattson will be formally recognized at the annual Bellin Health VIP event on April 9 at the Lambeau Field Atrium. For photos and more on the award and Mattson.

UW-Green Bay student wins level in Army Reserve soldier competition


UW-Green Bay computer science student and part-time Web Services and Help Desk employee Jordan Stubblefield, a staff sergeant in the Army Reserve, is the winner of the ‘Best Warrior’ title in the 80th Training Command of the Army Reserve. Stubblefield spent Feb. 5-7 at Camp Bullis in Texas competing in a rigorous challenge for the annual title, designed to identify the best competitors from among the 6,800 soldiers within the command. The competition includes physical fitness, weapons handling, marksmanship, drill and ceremony, land navigation and a written test. Stubblefield beat out nine other non-commissioned officers to earn the title during the soldier competition. He moves on to compete in the overall U.S. Army Reserve Command’s 2015 Best Warrior Competition. See more.

Video preview: Student-directed play offers hilarious take on Shakespeare


UW-Green Bay senior Ashley Wisneski is no stranger to the theatre. As a longtime actor with UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance, she has appeared in numerous productions in a variety of roles. Now Wisneski is taking on a new challenge, directing a full-length studio production that opens Thursday (Feb. 5). The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] is a funny, frenetic take on all 37 of the Bard’s plays, portrayed in hilarious fashion in the span of about two hours. We caught up with Wisneski a week or two back, chatting with her about the experience and taking some video of a gut-bustingly funny rehearsal. Check out the video, and then check out her show — 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5-7 in University Theatre. Admission is free, but get there early — due to the interactive nature of the show (yep, you read that right), seating is limited to 75 people per night.

Up close: Welcome back students

top-story-welcomeBackpacks are bulging, lines are a bit longer, but a beautiful site it is to have students back on campus for Spring Semester 2015. Student photographer Sam Zingsheim captured both the chaotic and calm moments of the first few days of school.

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Photos by Sam Zingsheim, photo intern, Marketing and University Communication