Applications due April 15 for 2019-20 Teaching Scholars

The theme for the 2019-20 Teaching Scholars will be “Transitions.” You might be thinking about first-year experiences and facilitating the move from high school to college or helping transfer students negotiate their transition to UW-Green Bay. What about people teaching capstones who help students as they move from college to the world of work? There are also faculty members’ own professional transitions, such as from early career to mid-career professional or from primarily face-to-face to online instruction. What are the ramifications of our own changes to teaching and learning, and how do we assess them? Do you have interest in a topic related to students, teachers, or learning that relates to transitions? Please consider applying to become a 2019-20 Teaching Scholar. To apply for this professional development opportunity, please see the call: Call for UWGB Teaching Scholars Application with meeting dates. If you have any questions about the program or your proposed SoTL project, please contact program director Kris Vespia, vespiak@uwgb.edu. Applications are due April 15.

UW-Green Bay’s Opera & Musical Theatre Workshop presents ‘Mamma Mia!/Figaro!’ April 13, 2019

Green Bay, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Opera & Musical Theatre Workshop will present “Mamma Mia/Figaro!” Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall, Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

With music direction by Courtney Sherman and stage direction by Laura Riddle, the program includes arias from “La Serva Padrona,” “L’incoronazione di Poppea,” “Le nozze di Figaro” and “Vanessa” and scenes from the musicals “Mame,” “Gypsy,” “Next to Normal,” “Mamma Mia” and “Heathers: The Musical.” Also featured are UW-Green Bay’s Chamber Singers, performing works directed by UW-Green Bay Music senior Lorelei Zimmerman. Participating singers are all UW-Green Bay Music or Theatre majors.

About Fort Howard Hall
Perhaps the most versatile space in the Weidner Center, the 45’ x 54’ 200-seat, theatre-style hall features a beautiful hardwood floor and retractable seating. The privacy of the space and the hardwood floor make this a perfect location for dinners, receptions, meetings and social dancing. The retractable seating allows the hall to be transformed into a small performance space ideal for recitals and lectures.

About the Weidner Center
UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Center is a home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance productions, community events and productions, and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. Beyond the large-scale touring productions that grace the stage, the Weidner Center also focuses on scholastic development, programming and an impactful education series – Stage Doors. The Stage Doors Education Series serves more than17,500 students from 63 cities throughout Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula every year. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit www.WeidnerCenter.com, 920-465-2726, 800-895-0071, or follow the ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter).

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, Division 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.

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Phuture Phoenix program to bring 800 eighth graders to campus in April 2019

Green Bay, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has a vision to expand its Phuture Phoenix program. The signature program is best-known for hosting fifth graders from across the region in October of each year. In the month of April 2019, it will be expanding the program to include 800 eighth graders from Franklin, Edison and Washington Middle Schools. Within the next few years, organizers hope to host every eighth-grader in the district. All tours begin and end at the Kress Events Center. Students arrive at 9 a.m. and return to their schools before noon. Members of the media are welcome. This year’s campus visits are:

  • April 1-2, Franklin Middle School
  • April 10-11, Edison Middle School
  • April 23-24, Washington Middle School

Phuture Phoenix collaborates with schools that have high percentages of students from low-income families and encourages students to graduate from high school and pursue a college education. The program is expanding to bring students to campus prior to beginning high school. Due to family transiency, nearly 30 percent of local eighth-graders did not get a chance to visit campus as fifth-graders.  To help support the eighth-grade campus experience, more than 75 UW-Green Bay students will serve as role models and group leaders for the day and more than 30 UW-Green Bay faculty and staff members are contributing with mock lectures and college-going of activities.

This year’s campus experience will differ from the fifth-grade trip, as eighth graders will actively participate in a wide range of college-going activities, including a financial literacy seminar, an admission and advising session, and an abbreviated lecture or activity—delivered by a UW-Green Bay professor. Additionally, all eighth graders will tour the Kress Events Center, on-campus housing, and the University Union to experience what a “college day” feels like. Director of Phuture Phoenix, Mary Sue Lavin, will emphasize to the eighth graders that once they enter high school, “everything counts.”

“Grades, participation, extracurricular activities, attendance and positive attitude are all building blocks to an enjoyable high school career that leads to post-secondary success, a fulfilling career, and meaningful involvement in one’s community,” said Lavin. “We are excited to give the eighth graders this experience on the UW-Green Bay campus. We feel the more ‘touches’ we can provide, the more likely students are to pursue post-secondary educational opportunities.”

Phuture Phoenix is a coordinated program to inspire academic success and alert children to educational opportunities that are available to them. College prep starts early, and the Phuture Phoenix campus experiences offer students a first-hand look at the necessary steps to pursue and attain higher education goals, as well as everything a university education can offer.

Included in this spring’s campus experience are expanded partnerships with the Kress Events Center and UW-Green Bay’s Office of Residence Life, making it possible for every eighth grader to experience two essential elements of college life: recreational opportunities and on-campus housing.

“The Office of Residence Life is happy to be able to participate in the Phuture Phoenix program, as it’s never too early to introduce the concept of attending college,” said UW-Green Bay Director of Residence Life, Gail Sims-Aubert. “It’s so important that today’s youth understand going to college means they will be a part of a vibrant educational experience both inside and outside the classroom. This program is an outstanding opportunity to provide a sneak peak of life on campus.” More information about Phuture Phoenix is available at http://www.uwgb.edu/phuturephoenix/

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, Division 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.

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Volunteers needed! UW-Green Bay is hosting URSCA, April 26

UW-Green Bay will host the 18th annual UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (URSCA) on Friday, April 26, 2019. In year two of serving as hosts, hundreds of students from across the UW System and UW-Green Bay will be presenting their research in all disciplines. Volunteer and check out their presentations throughout the day. Register to volunteer.

‘Living Every Day as if it Were Your Last’ at Sheboygan Campus, April 25

Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice has been presenting a series at the Sheboygan Campus called: Inspiring the Conversation: Think! Talk! Act! The final event of the series will be “Living Every Day as if it Were Your Last,” with national speaker (and a “most-watched” TEDxTampaBay presenter) Kathleen Taylor, on Thursday, April 25, 2019, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the University Theatre, Sheboygan Campus. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are appreciated by emailing, Community@SSRHospiceHome.org.