Owl research wins Sager award

UW-Green Bay student Kari Petrashek has been awarded this year’s Paul and Thea Sager Scholarship for her research paper “Northern Saw-whet Owl Fall Migration through Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve in Two Rivers, Wisconsin from 2000 – 2008.” The Sagers, faculty emeriti in Human Biology (Thea) and Natural and Applied Sciences (Paul), established the endowed scholarship in memory of former Chancellor Edward Weidner. Petrashek is from Two Rivers and recently graduated cum laude with a degree in Environmental Science and biology. The $500 scholarship will be available for the spring semester when she is enrolled as a graduate student.

Austin responds to ‘Hot Air Tour’ press release

In a recent press release the advocacy group Americans for Prosperity took issue with the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen, Denmark, and promised to expose the “hot air” in global warming alarmism. UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Andrew Austin (Social Change and Development) offers his response to the AFP press release in the Dec. 30 edition of the Fox Valley’s Scene magazine. Austin is especially offended by the suggestion that climate scientists have fudged facts to exaggerate the risk. Read the Scene article, with Austin’s comments at the end. If you want to read what AFP has to say about the subject, search this link: www.americansforprosperity.org/national-site.

New director of continuing professional education: Joy Ruzek

On Dec. 21 Joy Ruzek joined the staff of Outreach and Extension in the Division of Outreach and Adult Access as director of continuing professional education. She succeeds Barbara McClure-Lukens, who retired earlier this year. Ruzek had been director of outreach for Silver Lake College since 1998.  Before that, she was executive manager of Ponderosa Incorporated in Manitowoc for 13 years. In addition, until recently, she and her husband were small business owners of Ruzek’s Incorporated, a towing company in Manitowoc. She is described as a “seasoned programmer with extensive experience collaborating with faculty and community partners, assessing needs, and designing and delivering continuing education programs to enhance professional and personal growth for both adult and youth populations.”  She holds a bachelor’s in business from Silver Lake College and a master’s in counseling in higher education from Lakeland College, Sheboygan.  Her outside interests include attending sporting events (the Ruzeks have Packer season tickets on the 50-yard line and her son will be playing for the Green Bay Bullfrogs this summer), volunteering, family and outdoor activities.

Don’t abandon energy independence: Sheboygan Press

The Sheboygan Press on its editorial page Tuesday (Dec. 29), expresses the hope that UW-Green Bay and other campuses will not abandon efforts towards energy independence, despite Gov. Doyle’s admission that a 2012 goal was overly ambitious. The Press points to “significant progress” at UW-Green Bay and other campuses, and says that while Doyle’s timetable may have been unrealistic, the goal isn’t. Here’s a link to the editorial.

Meder, Sherman share in brilliant 'Christmas at Cathedral'

The Green Bay Symphony’s Christmas program earlier this month at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in downtown Green Bay drew rave reviews. The performance featured brass, organ, percussion and voice; UW-Green Bay Prof. Courtney Sherman sang as part of the ensemble, with Prof. Randall Meder directing the Green Bay Symphony Chorus, an elite group spotlighted in the final six selections including “O Magnum Mysterium,” “Hodie Christus natus est” and “Christmas Cantata.” Read the full review.

Like a Rock: Community organizations lean on Kramer

Congratulations to longtime UW-Green Bay friend Kramer Rock, recently announced as the recipient of The Rotary Club of Green Bay’s first Community Leadership Award. Rock is owner and president of Temployment Inc., a Green Bay staffing firm. He is a longtime member of the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees, and has been prominent in supporting a range of local causes. The Rotary award recognizes local leaders who share their talents with community nonprofits. For Press-Gazette coverage, click here.

New support group reaches out to families in distress

Just prior to the holidays, a new student organization reached out to the UW-Green Bay student body with an e-mail advertising ways college students who are dealing with loss can cope with the end of the semester and the upcoming holidays.  UW-Green Bay students have formed a campus chapter of the grief support group National Students Of AMF (Ailing Mothers and Fathers). The campus involvement is, in part, an outgrowth of research done by Prof. Illene Noppe and her Human Development students to document the prevalence of grief and its impact among college students. Contacts for the new organization are students Nicole Hoagland and Ashley Durand, along with Prof. Noppe. The e-mail sent to students included various tips and a link to www.studentsofamf.org/.

Open Cabinet meeting is Feb. 2

Tuesday, Feb. 2, is the date selected for a session of the Chancellor’s Cabinet that will be open to all University employees and other interested observers. The idea for an open Cabinet meeting arose when Chancellor Tom Harden solicited employee feedback on possible “quick-fix” or “easy-win” steps he could take his first year on campus. An open leadership-team meeting was suggested as a positive gesture with regard to universitywide communication and involvement. The Feb. 2 meeting is expected to run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Union’s 1965 Room. A reminder and an agenda will be distributed closer to the meeting date.