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More Phactoids: Buried forest, teaching awards, Spielmann on ‘Noon Ball’

The countdown to our 50th anniversary continues. New since our last edition of the Log:
• About 12,000 years ago, the UWGB campus was a cool-weather boreal forest, advancing north as the glaciers retreated. Then, the glaciers came back, burying that forest a few dozen feet below the paths, trees, lawns and roads that occupy the surface landscape today. What excavators found in 1991
• It seemed like the sun always shined on outdoor commencement at UWGB (at a minimum, there was hardly a rainout for 25 years) until that streak stopped. Permanently.
• The University turns 50 this year, and Prof. Harvey Kaye’s Historical Perspectives Lecture Series turns 30 with a visit by a conservative heavyweight.
• With about 2 percent of the state’s professoriate, UW-Green Bay has excelled at winning state-teacher of the year honors, taking about 12 percent of the available statewide awards.
• The musical scene of the old BlueWhale Coffeehouse is fondly remembered by a generation of alumni.
• The old Phoenix Sports Center saw its share of pickup basketball games involving current students, alumni, faculty and staff. No less an expert than the unofficial commissioner of ‘Noon Ball,’ the retired Dan Spielmann, shares memories of favorite players.

Timing, webcast of Aldrete award presentation

Previously in this space, we’ve told you (several times) about Prof. Gregory S. Aldrete and the 2015 Regent Teaching Excellence Award he’ll receive during the Friday (April 10) Board of Regents meeting in Waukesha. We’ve also noted that, as always, the monthly meeting will be live-streamed from 9 a.m. to 11 or noon or so (depending on the agenda). If you’re interested in viewing the presentation, the best we can tell you is to pull up the cast, check periodically or keep it droning quietly in the background, and watch for the awards presentations which are scheduled for well into the meeting. Here’s the agenda order:

1) Calling of the roll
2) Approval of minutes
3) Report of the Board President
4) Report of the UW System President
5) Report and approval of actions taken by Research, EconDev and Innovation Committee
6) Education Committee
7) Business and Finance Committee
8) Capital Planning and Budget Committee
9) Audit Committee
10) Presentation: 2015 UW System Federal Agenda
11) Presentation of Board of Regents 2015 Teaching Excellence Awards
a. Prof. Gregory S. Aldrete, UW-Green Bay
. Prof. Shubhangi S. Stalder, UW-Waukesha
. Department of Mathematics, UW-La Crosse
12) Presentation and Discussion: One System, One Library
13) Resolution of appreciation to host campus
14) Regent communication, petitions and memorials
15) Adjourn

Good news for Green Bay: A roundup from Friday’s Board of Regents meeting

In case you missed them in Friday’s Log Extra, there were several good news for Green Bay items that came out of last week’s UW System Board of Regents meeting at UW-Milwaukee. A dozen UW-Green Bay faculty members received promotion and/or tenure designations, including new full professors Heidi Fencl, Cristina Ortiz and Michael Zorn. Associate Prof. Clifton Ganyard accepted his Regents Teaching Excellence Award, and outgoing Chancellor Tom Harden was honored for his years of service to UW-Green Bay.

We’ve got a press release, recap and photos, here:
“Twelve UW-Green Bay faculty members earn academic promotions, tenure” read more
“Associate Prof. Ganyard, Chancellor Harden honored during UW Regents meeting” read more

Reminder: Regents meeting webcast Friday morning

And speaking of the Board of Regents, here’s a quick and friendly reminder that you can view or listen to a live webcast of the meeting from 8:30 a.m. until noon tomorrow (Friday, June 6). Friday’s agenda includes presentation of a resolution honoring outgoing Chancellor Tom Harden, as well as presentation of Associate Prof. Clif Ganyard’s Regents Teaching Excellence Award. Agenda and materials are available here.

Busy Regents meeting features award, honor, promotions for UW-Green Bay

UW-Green Bay will be well represented at the UW System Board of Regents meeting later this week (June 5-6), with an award-winner, an honored outgoing chancellor and a dozen set-for-promotion faculty members on the agenda.

Associate Prof. Clifton Ganyard will receive his Regents Teaching Excellence Award Friday (see story), the same day outgoing Chancellor Tom Harden will be honored with a resolution in appreciation of his years of service. Also during the meeting, the Regents will consider promotions and/or tenure for 12 UW-Green Bay faculty members — nine who are set to move from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, and three who would move from associate to full professor. We’ll bring you more on those folks in a future edition of the Log.

Meanwhile, if you’d like to livestream the meeting on Thursday afternoon or Friday morning, you can find instructions here: http://www.uwex.edu/ics/stream/regents/meetings/. Agendas and other information are available here: http://www.wisconsin.edu/bor/meetings/archive/2014.htm.

UW System release on Teaching Excellence sings Ganyard’s praises

The UW System has posted its news release announcing the 2014 winners of the Regents Teaching Excellence Awards. Two professors and one academic program will be recognized during the Board of Regents meeting in Milwaukee on June 6. As previously announced here, UW-Green Bay’s Clif Ganyard heads the list, which also includes engineering Prof. Matthew Roberts of UW-Platteville and the Biology program at UW-River Falls.

The news release highlights Ganyard’s selection as follows:

Clifton Ganyard, Associate Professor, Department of Humanistic Studies, UW-Green Bay. Associate Prof. Ganyard has taught more than two dozen courses for Humanistic Studies, History and Global Studies, with his main field of study being modern European and German history. His instructional style, much beloved by his students, is an approach that integrates art, philosophy, literature and music. The idea is to view history from various vantage points. For example, Ganyard’s passion for interdisciplinary teaching is evidenced by his course on Jazz history, which included live jazz performances, as well as an exploration of the history of this art form, as well as the social and political contexts in which it evolved. To achieve his instructional goals, Ganyard also looks outside of the Humanities for still another perspective. What results is a productive and invigorating learning environment. Ganyard is the recipient of many awards and honors, including being named a UWGB Advanced Online Teaching Fellow in 2014 and the UW System Institute on Race and Ethnicity grant for his World War II course, War without Mercy in 2012.
“Selecting the winners for this prestigious honor is always difficult because the UW System is home to so many outstanding educators,” said Regent Charles Pruitt, chair of the selection committee. “These teachers are both creative and passionate in their approaches to helping students learn. Their success and devotion to their students’ needs are a testament to how excellent teachers can have a lasting impact on student lives.” See the full news release.

In case you missed it: News from Friday’s Log Extra

In case you missed Friday’s Log Extra, here are a few of the stories making news:
Ganyard earns UW System Regents Teaching Excellence Award
Psych, Human Development projects beautify campus with purpose
Giving back: Celebrating donors, students and research
Middle school students reminded about college aspirations

Ganyard earns UW System Regents Teaching Excellence Award

top-story-ganyardUniversity of Wisconsin-Green Bay Associate Prof. Clifton Ganyard is the recipient of a 2014 UW System Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award, which will be presented Friday, June 6 at the Board of Regents meeting in Milwaukee.

Ganyard, Humanistic Studies (History), is one of two UW System teachers to receive the 2014 accolade. The award includes a $5,000 stipend to be used for professional development.

Ganyard joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1997 as an adjunct instructor, and in 17 years on the job has taught more than two dozen courses for Humanistic Studies, History and Global Studies. His areas of specialization include modern European, German and Japanese history and culture, Western civilization and European intellectual history.

Ganyard has numerous publications to his credit, including “Artur Mahraun and the Young German Order: An Alternative to National Socialism in Weimar Political Culture” (2008), as well as a number of scholarly reviews. Ganyard’s many awards include UW-Green Bay Research Scholar, Grants in Aid of Research, Teaching Enhancement and Teaching Fellow honors, as well as UW System and Beloit Center for Language Studies grants, among others. In 2010, Ganyard earned the UW-Green Bay Founders Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2010-11 he took a sabbatical to study at The Yamasa Institute, Okazaki-shi, Aichi-ken, Japan.

In recommending Ganyard for the Regents Teaching Excellence Award, UW-Green Bay Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Julia Wallace praised Ganyard’s teaching and scholarship, writing “he exemplifies what it means to be a UW-Green Bay professor.”

“His professional outlook centers on helping his students grapple not only with the ideas, content and developments of his field, history, but also on the ways in which the interdisciplinary mission of our University is lived in the classroom,” Wallace wrote. “Facts, dates and figures are of course a part of his classes, but crucially so are the intellectual challenges that diving deep into historical cultures present. Clif is a rigorous teacher, assigning difficult books and activities to explore the cutting edge of the historical profession. That said, I am continually impressed at his sense of whimsy and his playfulness in the classroom.”

For Ganyard, it all stems from a genuine enthusiasm for what he does.

“I really enjoy teaching,” Ganyard wrote in his application letter. “It is why I went to graduate school, and it is why I sought a job in higher education. UWGB’s emphasis on teaching and interdisciplinarity is a perfect fit for me and the reason I am so committed to this institution.”

Ganyard’s passion for interdisciplinary teaching has been demonstrated in numerous ways throughout his career, including through a course he team-taught with Music faculty member Adam Gaines during spring semester 2013. Jazz history course “The Jazz Age” combined Ganyard’s historical expertise with the music and performance knowledge of Music Associate Prof. Adam Gaines. The course included live jazz performances and a rich exploration of the history of the art form, including the social and political contexts with which it evolved. A UW-Green Bay News video offers additional insight into the course: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFDynmjOFNM.

Ganyard is the latest in a series of several recent UW-Green Bay Regents Teaching Excellence Award winners. In 2011-12, UW-Green Bay Prof. Regan A.R. Gurung, Psychology and Human Development, earned an individual Teaching Excellence Award, and UW-Green Bay’s Professional Program in Education earned Department of the Year honors for its outstanding teaching. More information about these awards and others is available on the University’s Institutional Honors page, www.uwgb.edu/honors/.

Madison, Parkside and La Crosse faculty members win Regent teaching honors

The 2013 recipients of the 21st annual Regents Teaching Excellence Awards have been announced. They are:
• Christopher Coe, Professor, Department of Psychology, UW-Madison

 • Peggy James, Associate Professor, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Law, UW-Parkside

• Department of Biology, UW-La Crosse
A news release with full details is online at the UW System news site.