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