Turkiewicz named WiSys Campus Champion

First big event is Innovation in Aging Competition, March 1

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Katie Turkiewicz (Communication, Information Sciences) has been selected as the WiSys Campus Champion for UW-Green Bay, and through this role plans  to help promote a strong sense of innovation on campus.

Associate Prof. Katie Turkiewicz

Turkiewicz was referred to the role by Dean Susan Gallagher-Lepak (College of Health, Education and Social Welfare) and after speaking with WiSys campus representative, Assistant Prof. Brian Walsh, it was determined that the role would be the perfect fit.

As the WiSys Campus Champion for UW-Green Bay, Turkiewicz has been part of the Innovation in Aging organizing committee. The WiSys Innovation in Aging Competition student idea competition will be taking place on Friday, Mar. 1, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at UW-Green Bay’s Christie Theatre, located in the University Union.

“As campus champion, I work with the competition planning committee leading up to the event. I have also been supporting student team recruiting efforts,” she says.

This student idea competition, now in its third year, involves teams comprising of three to five UW-Green Bay students. Each team comes up with innovative solutions that address challenges that aging presents. Solutions can come in many different forms — a product, service or anything that can be seen as an innovative concept that attempts to solve a challenge brought on by aging. The competition’s best solution will win a $500 prize.

The WiSys Campus Champion role caught Turkiewicz’s interest because of her primary research and teaching focus being health communication.

“This role was an excellent opportunity to merge these interests with those of the broader campus community,” she said. She will hold the role of Campus Champion for the Spring 2019, Fall 2019, and Spring 2020 semesters.

Turkiewicz says innovation is already present and thriving on the UW-Green Bay campus.

“We just need to find new ways to spotlight what students and faculty and doing,” she says. “And we are really focused on getting the entire campus community to recognize that the projects they are working on are innovative and compelling to a larger audience than they may realize.

WiSys also sponsors other events that compliment these efforts, including the upcoming WiSys Quick Pitch Competition, which will be taking place on campus on Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2019. The Quick Pitch competition aims to encourage innovative and entrepreneurial thinking at UW Comprehensive Campuses by inspiring students to consider the impact of the research they are currently undertaking or other innovative ideas they may have and how such ideas could ultimately benefit the local economy (e.g. development of a new product, technology or service) and/or society (e.g. changes in public policy and/or benefits to the environment).


National History Day 2018 at UWGB

300 students from four counties to compete in National History Day regional event at UW-Green Bay, March 2

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host the Northeastern Wisconsin Region’s National History Day competition on Saturday, March 2, 2019, marking the 17th consecutive year the event has been held on the Green Bay campus. The 2019 National History Day competition will be held at UW-Green Bay’s University Union and Mary Ann Cofrin Hall. The all-day event begins with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m., with judging taking place from 9:30 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. Awards will be presented at the Kress Events Center at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and media.

The competition will welcome more than 300 students, representing 16 schools from throughout the region, with a total of just fewer than 200 projects. Students hail from public and private schools in a four-county area. Brown, Oconto, Outagamie and Sheboygan counties are represented.

In keeping with this year’s theme of “Triumph and Tragedy in History,” project topics include the Persian Gulf War, Freddie Mercury, Radium Girls, Vincent Van Gogh, Video Games, Clara Barton, Julius Caesar, Kent State, Space Race, Polio Epidemic, Newsboy Strike, Hmong Immigration, Lou Gehrig, Social Security Act and many others. Many of this year’s entries have a tie to Northeastern Wisconsin, including projects about the Peshtigo Fire, Fox Locks System, Joseph McCarthy and Black Thursday (a student demonstration at UW-Oshkosh). Some students focused on World War II topics by using the letters and diaries of their grandfathers to tell personal story connected to history.

“We are proud to have UW-Green Bay serve as host for this exciting academic competition,” said UW-Green Bay’s Coordinator or Archives and Area research Center, Deb Anderson, who is National History Day coordinator for the Northeastern Wisconsin region. “National History Day provides students of all abilities and interests an opportunity to learn about a topic of their choosing and present it in a creative way. I am impressed by the depth and range demonstrated by the students in their topic selection, research and final projects.”

For most students, the projects are the result of months of research. Nearly 400 students visited UW-Green Bay in order to conduct research at the UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center located in the Cofrin Library. During one research field trip, a student remarked to his teacher, “Best day ever! I have never done anything this cool in school before.”

“We are excited to be part of creating a strong passion for history,” Anderson commented.

Students can enter the National History Day competition in a variety of categories, including historical papers, exhibit displays, documentaries, performances and websites. They are required to use primary sources for projects, which often include interviews with individuals who have lived history.

Winners from the regional competition will move on to the state contest on Saturday, Apr. 13, 2019, and may have the opportunity to compete at the national competition in Washington, D.C. in June. On an annual basis, National History Day serves more than 600,000 students in all the U.S. states and territories.

In addition to students, families, educators and friends, the regional National History Day competition relies on over 100 volunteers, including UW-Green Bay students, faculty, alumni and community members. “The dedicated volunteers truly embrace the phrase ‘it takes a village,’” Anderson said.

For more information, contact Deb Anderson at the UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Cetner at 920-465-2539 or andersod@uwgb.edu.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.


Voters pick ‘Ope’ as ‘Wisconsin’s Wackiest Word’

UW-Green Bay Communication students asked you to vote for Wisconsin’s Wackiest Word. The UWGB Comm Week team of students created a list of six new wacky words they think should become popular this year. With more than 200 votes, “Ope” was the winner. And WFRV had a bit of fun with it. See a clip from the newscast.

Here’s all of the clever nominations:

“Ope” – The sound midwesterners make when they are surprised

“Yeet” – To discard and item at high velocity

“Fauxpology” – An insincere expression of regret

“Chiptease” – A bag of potato chips that seems full but is mostly air

“Textpectation” – Anticipation when awaiting the response to a text

Candidate forums for Director of Student Success & Engagement, Tuesday, Feb. 26 through Thursday, Feb. 28

On-campus interviews will be Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 through Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 for the candidates for the UW-Green Bay’s Director of Student Success and Engagement position. During an open presentation, each of the candidates will present on “Priorities and Strategies to Promote Student Success.”

The schedule is as follows:

Kelly Smith, Assistant Professor of Counseling at Springfield College, 10 a.m to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 at UW-Green Bay’s Christie Theatre located in the University Union

Kelly Smith, Ph.D., has worked in student and academic affairs for more than a decade. She is the co-founder of the Midwest First-Year Conference, a not-for-profit that provides professional development and services to individuals and groups working with student transition, retention, and persistence issues, and an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Springfield College. As Director of First- and Second-Year Experience at Northern Illinois University, she oversaw all aspects of comprehensive and collaborative curricular and co-curricular programming to support the student academic, personal and social transition into college. Her background in higher education also includes work with students with learning disabilities, in Housing, Orientation, Advising, Student Conduct, and College Counseling Centers. Dr. Smith has edited a student transition textbook for eight years, and is a member of the editorial review board for the publication E-Source for College Transitions.

Amy Simons, Director of Student Success and Engagement at Fontbonne University in Saint Louis, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 at UW-Green Bay’s Christie Theatre located in the University Union

Amy Simons is the Director of Student Success and Engagement at Fontbonne University in Saint Louis, Missouri. Amy has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Educational Psychology, with a dual concentration in School Counseling and Community Counseling, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Psychology. Prior to working in higher education, Amy worked in the field of market research, primarily focused on customer experience and satisfaction, as well as competitive intelligence research. She has used these experiences to inform her work on student success by using both data and the voice of the student to guide strategic decision-making.

Vince Lowery, Interim Co-Director of GPS, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 at UW-Green Bay’s Christie Theatre located in the University Union

Vince Lowery joined the UW-Green Bay faculty as an assistant professor of History and Humanities in the fall of 2009. His primary teaching obligations are African American History, US Immigration History, and Ethnic Studies. He first became involved in student success initiatives through the university’s Teaching Scholars program and then as a First Year Seminar Instructor. In the Fall of 2017, he joined the GPS program as a faculty mentor while also participating in the Equity Gap Fellows program. In the Spring of 2018 he served as interim co-director of the GPS program and now serves as its interim director.

The Open Forums will be live streamed here for all three candidates.

Light Up the Lakeshore for high school students is announced

The UW-Green Bay Manitowoc Campus, through the Cofrin School of Business, is a lead sponsor of the first annual Light Up the Lakeshore High School Student Business Idea Competition in Manitowoc County. The competition is open to all Manitowoc County high school students with a special focus on juniors and seniors. Manitowoc County high school students can register their idea by March 8 at http://bit.ly/lutl2019.

The current prize package is $15,000. The winner of each high school’s competition will receive $100 from UW-Green Bay along with other cash prizes and in-kind donations to help them grow their business. Competitions at Lincoln High School and Two Rivers High School have been set for 6 p.m. on March 19 and April 17, respectively. The county finals will culminate the countywide competition with finalists from each high school’s competition. The county finals will take place at the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus’s theatre on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Other cash, in-kind, and media sponsors include Rawley Point Economic Advisors, Shoreline Credit Union, Investors Community Bank, Clocktower Advisors, and Two Rivers Main Street. To be a cash, in-kind, or media sponsor to reach a goal of $25,000 in cash and prizes for this first annual competition, or for further questions about the contest including future dates of each Manitowoc County high school’s individual competition, please contact Jeff Sachse at Jeff@RawleyPoint.com.

‘Lombardi’ gives Packers fans a chance to get to know ‘the most imperfect perfect man’

“In a city where Vince Lombardi looms larger than even the 14-foot statue outside Lambeau Field, it’s hard to believe the play that bears his name has never been tackled on a Green Bay stage,” writes Kendra Meinert, for the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Since Eric Simonson’s “Lombardi” opened on Broadway in 2010, the story of the legendary Green Bay Packers coach has found its way to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Peninsula Players Theatre in Fish Creek and another 50 theater companies and troupes around the country. But never in Titletown — until now.” Read Meinert’s story about the play ‘Lombardi’ that opened last weekend at the Weidner Center.

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Join DI’s Interactive Expo (for free)

UW-Green Bay is hosting the Destination Imagination Wisconsin State Tournament on Saturday, April 13, 2019. As part of the tournament, an Interactive Expo will be held in the Dick Bennett Gym in the Kress Events Center. There is no fee to have a table/both at this event. This is a great opportunity for any UW-Green Bay programs/departments with interactive activities to showcase areas in the form of outreach and recruitment. To sign up or for any questions please contact tournamentinfo@wisconsindi.org.

 See the 2019 WIDI Expo Invitation.