UW-Green Bay Prof. Heidi Sherman named Viking Apprentice for 2019

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Heidi Sherman (History), who is the curator of UW-Green Bay’s Viking House, will be off to Scandinavia next year as the 2019 Viking Connection apprenticeship recipient.

Heidi by the wood pile
Prof. Heidi Sherman readies the Viking House

Viking Connection is an outreach program run by the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Minnesota. The program is committed to preserving and presenting Viking Age folk art in the the Midwest. The Viking Connection Apprenticeship Program provides an opportunity for students of Viking Age crafts to study under a skilled master artist in Scandinavia. Learn more about Viking Connection by visiting its website. 

During her time in Scandinavia, Sherman will look to further develop her skills in processing flax to fiber. Spinning, weaving and learning more about nettles or hemp fibers may also be a part of her study.

There are opportunities to learn more about the Viking Age right on the UW-Green Bay campus thanks to the Viking House. Donated by Owen and Elspeth Christianson, the Viking House replica moved onto campus in Fall 2017. The Norwegian timber-framed house was built based on careful researching of Viking Age building traditions in Norway. Learn more about the Viking House, and be sure to check out Viking House events.


UW-Green Bay’s Student Skills Learning Lab helps prepare students for real-life situations

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has invested in a state-of-the-arts skills learning lab that will provide an environment to foster communication and counseling skills, promote professional practice behaviors and create opportunities for interdisciplinary learning among students in health-related and education fields. Faculty, staff and donors were able to tour the new space in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall 131/133 on the Green Bay Campus, recently.

The new learning and lab space would not have been possible without community and private support. Key donors were the Weidner/Klotzbuecher family and Chernick Family Foundation. Attorney Mark Klotzbuecher ’09 (Human Biology) is the grandson of UW-Green Bay Founding Chancellor Ed Weidner and his wife Jean. Additional support was received from the State of Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and a Wisconsin Technology Initiative grant.

The learning lab demonstrates UW-Green Bay’s commitment to helping the community fulfill the increasing demand for social workers, needed more than ever in schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, child welfare and human service agencies and more. Education students and students in other majors will benefit from the space, as well.

The new physical space and cutting-edge technology provides an opportunity for video recording of simulation exercises, role-play and other strategies designed to help students learn skill development and best practices. Professional Program in Education students will use this space to deeply investigate teaching and learning practices that impact student understanding of literacy, mathematics, science and social studies concepts.

An interactive SmartBoard (funded through a grant from the Wisconsin Technology Initiative) is located in one of the rooms which allows teacher candidates to practice with this technology that is common in K-12 classrooms. A one-way observation window is available for viewing individual and group simulations by peers and faculty.

This new learning lab will ensure that UW-Green Bay students can learn in a world-class learning environment while also further developing community partnerships and growing overall impact.

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Skills Learning Lab Opening

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Reminder: Weidner 25th Anniversary concert is Sept. 22

The Weidner Center celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a Spectacular 25th Anniversary Concert on Sept. 22, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. The concert features homecomings from Wayne Lin, a Green Bay child prodigy turned internationally renowned violinist; Brad Little, the Phantom who stole our hearts and claimed Green Bay home; and Jessica Tyler Wright, an award-winning Broadway star who grew up right here. All three return for a special concert celebrating their great beginnings on one of the Midwest’s most celebrated stages. The concert also features the Youth Symphony Orchestra program at St. Norbert and the Weidner Anniversary Orchestra.


Alumni spotlight: Richard Kendrick enjoys first week (and every day) of school

It’s the first week of school and UW-Green Bay alumnus Richard Kendrick ’08 is excited… When the students return from summer break to Madison Area Technical College, Kendricks’ day kicks into high gear. And he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Kendrick is a mathematics instructor, math adviser and a member of the honors faculty for MATC. It’s safe to say that his students need him.

Madison Area Technical College instructor Richard Kendrick

“Most of the students I deal with come from underrepresented areas within the city,” he says. “The best part of my day is speaking with a student about how to be a successful college student. After all, I was a returning adult student myself. I came from the south side of Madison, which has been given a bad reputation by most. I am enjoying the fact that Madison College is now building a south side campus which will ultimately cater to the residents of the neighborhood.”

Kendrick says he models his mentoring based on some of the faculty and staff at UW-Green Bay, especially as he spends a good majority of his time at MATC’s Student Achievement Center, tutoring math students.

“As far as the faculty that helped me achieve my dream of being a first generation college grad, I give many props to (Professors) Greg Davis and Patricia Terry. For me, it wasn’t always about academics. I felt I could go to them for support in learning how to be a college student, while gaining insight into who I would become after I graduated. I ended up graduating in 2008 as a Mathematics major (Environmental Science minor) with roughly 174 credits; well-rounded to say the least. I enjoyed learning about so many subject areas: computer science, nuclear engineering, materials engineering, and mathematics, to name a few.”

When he wasn’t in the classroom, his peers could likely find him at the Phoenix Sports Center (the predecessor to the Kress Events Center) where he even received an invitation from men’s basketball coach Dick Bennett to try out for the team as a walk-on. He also spent some time in the Phoenix Club, managing to garner a few recreational billiards championships.

In spring of last year, Kendrick returned to campus for a visit.

“My impression of the campus now is, WOW, how things have changed! I have definitely gotten older,” he joked.

He describes his job as his calling. “I enjoy waking up every day to come into work,” he says.  Seeing the advancement of his students as they work towards graduation is his greatest reward.

“It is so amazing to learn that some students who started their math classes with me have completed their degrees. I have written numerous reference letters to date for my students. The last day of classes, I always give out my business card just in case they made need anything else to advance their careers.

And he is likely to share his favorite quote… “It is not what you know when you get here, it is what you know when you leave.”

Photos by MATC graphic designer Matthew Ammerman



Ryan Martin TEDxFondduLac

‘The Upside of Anger’ by Ryan Martin at TEDxFondduLac

UW-Green Bay Prof. Ryan Martin (Psychology and Human Development) was one of the speakers for the sell-out TEDxFondduLac event in May. Themed “Enough,” Martin spoke about “The Upside of Anger.”

Here’s a bit of what you can expect to hear from his presentation…

“Because I’m an anger researcher. And so I spend a good part of my work-life… and who am I kidding, also my personal life… studying why people get mad. I study the types of thoughts they have when they get mad, and even what they do when they get mad whether it’s getting into fights, breaking stuff, or even yelling at someone in all caps over the internet.

As you’ve probably guessed, when people find out I’m an anger researcher, they want to talk about it with me. They want to tell me their anger stories. Not because they need a therapist, though that does sometimes happen, but because it’s something they relate to.  Anger is universal.”

Enjoy this funny, thoughtful and engaging video!

‘The Upside of Anger’ by Ryan Martin at TEDxFondduLac