The website CollegeWebEditor.com includes UW-Green Bay’s 2014 holiday e-card — the one with Phlash dancing the Nutcracker — on its annual roundup of featured institutional video cards. Look for it at CollegeWebEditor.com. Or see it as sent out to UW-Green Bay’s admssions contact list.
The International Association for Great Lakes Research has announced establishment of a new scholarship honoring the memory of a top researcher and former UW-Green Bay faculty member. The David M. Dolan Scholarship will support a student conducting graduate research that uses applied mathematics to advance the quantitative understanding and management of the Great Lakes ecosystem. Dolan was a professor with UW-Green Bay from 1999 until the time of his sudden passing in June 2013 at age 63. The scholarship fund was established through gifts from family and friends. “Starting with his work with EPA in the 1970s and continuing through his tenure at (UWGB), Dave generated the finest continuous time series of nutrient loadings for any natural water system in the world,” comments friend and collaborator Steve Chapra, a professor at Tufts University. “It’s not an overstatement to say that all our subsequent efforts to understand and rationally manage Great Lakes eutrophication rest on the foundation of Dave’s efforts, ingenuity, and dedication.” The criteria and deadline for the first award of the Dolan Scholarship, open to any student who is an IAGLR member, can be found at http://iaglr.org/scholarships/dolan-scholarship/dolanapp/.
Our own Ryan Kauth, director of the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-Green Bay, was featured in Thursday’s (Dec. 17) SCORE small business column in the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Since 2008, Kauth has been involved in the Northeast Wisconsin Business Plan Contest (which we’ve mentioned here before), and is one of the judges and organizers for the annual event. “What we want the business owners to do is give a very precise statement of what their business does,” Kauth said, as quoted in the column. “A good statement will tell me the name of the business, and how it sets itself apart. Uniqueness is helpful. For entrants focused on growth, I want to know why there is an opportunity for growth.” You can read more about the contest — its Dec. 31 deadline is approaching quickly — and hear more from Kauth.
Our own Weidner Center for the Performing Arts makes the list of “12 (non-Packers related) things to do in Green Bay” in a recent column that recently appeared in the Stevens Point Journal and elsewhere. “Discover Wisconsin” managing producer Chad Diedrick, who grew up in Green Bay, introduces the piece by writing that residents are proud of the Packers — but that’s far from all we care about. One suggestion, Diedrick says? Take in a show. “Located on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus,” he writes, “the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts receives rave reviews from audience members and performers alike with its superb acoustics and overall architectural design.” We couldn’t agree more. Read the full column.
And speaking of the Weidner, Local 5 Critic-at-Large Warren Gerds had high praise for Friday’s (Dec. 19) performance of “Holiday Pops” at the on-campus venue. The large-scale annual concert features the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra (now in its last season), Dudley Birder Chorale and Birder Studio of Performing Arts presenting a program of Christmas carols and other holiday favorites. Gerds writes that the show (also performed Saturday night) “has numerous lustrous moments” including “A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas,” from arranger Craig Courtney. He also describes the Cofrin Family Hall and gives a brief history of the name as it relates to founding Chancellor Edward Weidner and his namesake venue. Read the review.
Winners of four-straight games and eight of their past nine contests, the Green Bay men take the floor on Monday afternoon (Dec. 22) aiming for their second tournament title of the 2014-15 season, taking on UC-Irvine at 3:30 p.m. CST. UC-Irvine (5-6) is the reigning champion in the Big West Conference. The tournament is Sport Tours’ Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic, offering two challenging mid-major games at a neutral site. Read more.
Hundreds of faculty, staff and friends of the University shared in the holiday spirit at receptions hosted by UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller and his wife, Georgia, last week at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. University photographer Eric Miller and student photographer Lauren Hlvaka captured the festive events.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has added Geno McKenna of Green Bay to fill a newly structured position in the Office of University Advancement.
McKenna will join the staff Dec. 29 as Assistant for Community Engagement, Stewardship and Event Planning.
In announcing the appointment, Assistant Chancellor Jeanne Stangel said McKenna will be responsible for being a liaison to key constituencies and directing dozens of donor and community events annually. He will work closely with the Chancellor’s Office and leaders across campus as well as with colleagues in University Advancement.
The designation of a single person as event coordinator, Stangel said, reflects UW-Green Bay’s ever-expanding emphasis on stewardship, fundraising and community engagement.
“This position carries a tremendous amount of responsibility in terms of connecting with the community and also showcasing the tremendous talent of our students, faculty, staff and alumni,” Stangel said. “Geno is a highly qualified professional with extensive stewardship, event planning and fundraising skills.”
McKenna brings to the position more than 20 years of private-sector management experience. He was previously the director of meetings and incentives for American Medical Security and a recruiting sales manager for Schneider National, both of Green Bay. Earlier, he worked in the hospitality industry as national sales manager for Hilton’s Drake Hotel in Chicago, and as director of reservation sales for Omni Hotels in Chicago, San Antonio and Dallas.
More recently, McKenna has owned and operated Geno McKenna & Associates LLC, his own corporate meeting and incentive planning agency, since 2006.
A graduate of St. Norbert College in De Pere, McKenna is active in the community. He serves as a member of the Resurrection Parish Site Advisory Council, and is a former board member, president, co-chair and secretary of the annual Celebrate De Pere festival.
‘Twas the night before commencement, and all through the house… award-winning UW-Green Bay students were feted at special receptions on campus for top members of the December 2014 graduating class. A pair of on-campus receptions on Friday, Dec. 12, brought together students, friends, family and UWGB official to celebrate. The events honored students earning cum laude, magna and summa cum laude distinction at Saturday’s graduation ceremony, as well as individuals nominated and selected to receive the Chancellor’s Medallion and University Leadership Awards.
Lidia Nonn in UW-Green Bay’s Grants and Research Office is reaching out for help from faculty and staff members in recruiting students to nominate themselves as candidates to present at the annual UW System Posters in the Rotunda student research extravaganza at the State Capitol in April. The deadline is 10 a.m. Friday (Jan. 9). The UW-Green Bay delegation is limited to just six posters, but Nonn (and others) would like to make sure the candidate pool is very strong so the University puts its best foot forward. Student candidates will need to submit an abstract of 250 words or less. The day set for the 2015 Posters in the Rotunda is April 22. Please direct candidates to visit the UW-Green Bay website. Background is also available at the UW System site.