A busy day of public events celebrating the 50th anniversary of UWGB’s founding opened with a Wednesday morning breakfast program in the University Union’s Phoenix Room.
The University’s first Student Government Association president, Scott Knapp, was the keynote speaker. Now the CEO of Central Maine Community College, Knapp shared memories of his relationship with Founding Chancellor Edward Weidner, the earliest days of the new campus, and being asked to speak at the official groundbreaking for UWGB in November 1967.
Also offering remarks were UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt (who presented Miller and the University a key to the city), and proud Class of 1971 alumnus Sen. Dave Hansen (who presented a flag that had flown over the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison). Ron Pfeifer was emcee.
The invitation-only breakfast was also attended by other early 1970s graduates, current students and student government leaders, longtime community supporters (including Dr. Herb and Crystal Sandmire, friends of UWGB since 1969), emeriti faculty, University officials, the senior member of UW-Green Bay’s faculty (Prof. Kumar Kangayappan), Marge and Ellen Weidner, UW System officials including the deans of nearby UW Colleges, System President Ray Cross and Regent President Regina Millner, Regent Tim Higgens, Council of Trustees and Alumni leadership, and others. First graduate Nancy Ably Deprey ’70 and “most recent graduate” Victoria Zacarias ‘15 were acknowledged for their participation in the campus 50th anniversary video.
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Photos by UW-Green Bay staff members Dan Moore and Kelly Selner
The UW System has announced the 2015 recipients of the Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ People. Honored at UW-Green Bay is Stacie Christian, campus coordinator for Inclusive Excellence and the Pride Center. Recipients will be formally recognized on Oct. 9 in Madison at an awards ceremony and luncheon. For the complete list of honorees.
The UW System has announced the 17 recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award, an annual honor given to faculty, staff, students, or community members to recognize their contributions to diversity and the status of women within the UW System. At UW-Green Bay, the individual to be honored at the joint award program Oct. 9 in Madison is Juliet Cole, longtime staff member and associate director of the former Institute for Learning Partnership. For more information about the awards and past recipients.
With UWGB’s 50th anniversary approaching, we are reminded that in its earliest days, for a half-dozen years before merger in 1974 or so, UW-Green Bay had administrative responsibility for the two-year campuses in Manitowoc, Menasha and Marinette. Conservative columnist John Torinus thinks the time is right (in the face of harsh budget slashing) for the UW to move on its own, regional reorganization. Food for thought.
The UW System Board of Regents approved a 2015-16 budget Thursday that factors in $125 million in “painful” annual cuts from the Governor and Legislature. Several Regents and UW System officials were vocal in reacting to the actions necessitated by GPR reduction in state funding. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, reports that Regent Charles Pruitt voted against the budget, the first time in his 12 years on the board, which he called “a symbolic vote.” Said Pruitt, “Now for two budgets in a row, there’s been a toxic blend of deep budget cuts and a tuition freeze. The short- and long-term consequences of this budget are profound.” For the J-S coverage, click here.
With Senate passage yesterday and Assembly approval possible today, it’s likely the UW System Board of Regents will have a good handle on what the 2015-17 state budget allocation will be when board members meet Thursday (July 9) in Madison to ratify the System’s one-year spending plan. UW-Green Bay is anticipating a $2.8 million GPR cut as its share of what is expected to be an overall UW System reduction of $250 million. As always, the BOR meeting will be videostreamed, this time from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. or whenever the festivities conclude, here.
“With more voices joining the highly charged debate over tenure protections in the University of Wisconsin System, it has become increasingly clear that at least in education circles, what’s happening here is perceived as a bellwether for public universities across the country.” That is the lead paragraph the Thursday edition of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article – read more.
The University of Wisconsin System is rolling out a redesigned home page that will spotlight students and faculty in action. The first featured photo chosen to represent UW System excellence in action? It’s a striking shot by UW-Green Bay photographer Eric Miller, who captured the groundwater data mapping work of student Christa Kananen, using a GIS touchscreen. If it’s still up in rotation, you can see it at https://www.wisconsin.edu/.
For 26 years the chancellor of UW-Stout, Chuck Sorensen is still writing about higher education. Sorensen was invited to write a paper about the UW System by the conservative Wisconsin Policy Research Institute. He co-authored “Beyond the Ivory Tower: How to Get the UW System More Involved in Ground-Level Economic Development” with Michael Flaherty. Sorensen, it seems, is a big fan of proposals to decentralize the System and empower individual campuses to be more entrepreneurial and accountable. Read more.
On a party-line vote, state senators voted earlier this month to confirm Michal M. Grebe to a seven-year term on the Board of Regents. A graduate of the UW Law School, Grebe is executive vice president and general counsel for HUSCO International Inc., a manufacture of hydraulic and electrohydraulic components. Previously, Grebe was a partner at Quarles & Brady LLP specializing in business law, mergers and acquisitions. Also nominated to the Regents by Gov. Scott Walker is Andrew “Drew” Peterson, a VP for TDS Telecommunications Corp. who holds an MBA from UW-Madison. Read more.