Luis Fernandez is bearer of UW-Green Bay’s Robert and Joanne Bauer Endowed Professorship in Strings

Green Bay, Wis. — Funding remains a constant challenge in the world of classical music. But thanks to the Robert and Joanne Bauer Endowed Professorship in Strings, music performance and education are rising to a crescendo with the addition of Luis Fernandez as assistant professor for Strings and Music Education.

While Fernandez has performed with symphonies from Venezuela to the Fox Valley, teaching remains at the heart of his mission as a musician having earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Miami.

“I will be teaching individual applied strings (violin and viola), string techniques for Music Education majors, directing the string orchestra and supervising student teachers.”

The Bauer Endowed Professorship is made possible by a million-dollar gift announced in January 2019, from UW-Green Bay’s founding Band Director Robert J. Bauer and his wife Joanne, a UW-Green Bay alumna.

Fernandez is known for his work outside the college campus environment, often leading youth, who otherwise wouldn’t have an opportunity, to a love for music. His passion for teaching springs from his own childhood in Caracas, Venezuela, where he began violin studies through the El Sistema, a free music-education program for youth from impoverished backgrounds.

“Its mission was not just to create professional musicians,” Fernandez recalls, “but also to help children and young people to reach their full potential and learn values and skills through music, that in turn improve their growth and life.”

As for an encore, his performing talents will take center stage as Director of Orchestras and principal violin with the recently established Weidner Center Philharmonic Orchestra. Fernandez concurs that the prospect for artists and audiences looks bright.

“I’m relatively new to the region and I’ve been very impressed by the high level of enthusiasm and support for the arts,” he said. “I think in this kind of environment, it’s possible to build a really thriving and successful program.”

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 nearly 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.

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We're on a Mission 2019 Faculty & Staff Convocation

Convocation is Wednesday, August 21

Fall Convocation, a gathering of faculty and staff from the four campuses is Wednesday, August 21, 2019 beginning at 10 a.m. Expect a video recap of last year, and a celebration of new employees, Founders Award recipients and named professorships. An ice cream social will follow. Watch your inbox for details. More to come.

Growing public art display makes its way across Green Bay

“Americans for the Arts’ lists art as the fourth largest driver of tourism and influences decisions tourists make when travel planning. More murals like this one are catching people’s eye in Green Bay. As the Green Bay Public Arts Commission continues to gain traction, so do displays of public art in the community. The ‘DREAM’ mural is the latest one to pop up in the Broadway district.”

“I think it adds life, anytime you’ve got a wall I see that as a canvas. I want to fill it with energy and line and shape,” said UW-Green Bay alumnus Beau Thomas ’16, the mural artist. See more via WBAY.com, Growing public art display makes its way across Green Bay.

Prof. Gaurav leads CIO Panel on Ethical Framework for AI & Big Data

The CIO panel on Ethical Framework for Big Data was organized as part of the 14th Annual Midwest Association for Information Systems 2019 Conference (MWAIS) chaired by Professor Donald Heath and hosted by the College of Business, UW-Oshkosh. The CIO panel was organized and moderated by Professor Gaurav Bansal of Cofrin School of Business, UW-Green Bay.

The panel offered a forum for discussion of the issues on the development and adoption of an ethical framework for AI. The panel included the following four CIOs – Mr. Murali Balakrishnan, CIO at TIDI Products; Mr. David Cagigal, CIO for the State of Wisconsin; Mr. Raman Mehta, CIO for Visteon Corporation; and Mr. Todd Thiel, VP-IT at SECURA Insurance Companies.

via CIO Panel on Ethical Framework for AI & Big Data.

Prof. Coen interviewed on BBC about Syrian conflict

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Alise Coen (Political Science, Public & Environmental Affairs) was interviewed on BBC Radio for a July 27, 2019 segment about the Syrian conflict and international response. Coen was part of a panel of experts interviewed by BBC radio host Dotun Adebayo about the future of the conflict and the lack of action by the international community to address the humanitarian crisis. You can listen to the segment (starting around the 00:09:30 mark) here.

Faculty note: Prof. Chu receives certification

UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Alan Chu (Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology), received the CMPC®(Certified Mental Performance Consultant) credential (July 2019). The certification requires competency across five components:

-A sport psychology graduate degree
-Coursework in eight sport psychology knowledge areas
-400 hours of mentored experience
-Ethics
-Exam

Chu is the second person in Northeast Wisconsin to receive this certification after UW-Green Bay Assistant Professor’s Jana Fogaca, who serves as chair of UW-Green Bay’s newest graduate program, and the first in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences—Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology.

Faculty note: Prof. Bansal moderates CIO panel

UW-Green Bay Prof. Gaurav Bansal (MIS, Statistics) organized and moderated a CIO panel on Ethical Framework for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big data that included several industry and government IT leaders—David Cagigal State of WIsconsin CIO, Todd Thiel Executive VP IT SECURA Insurance, Murali Balakrishnan CIO TIDI Products Neenah, and Raman Mehta CIO Visteon Corporation Michigan. The CIO panel on Ethical Framework for Big Data was organized as part of the 14th Annual Midwest Association for Information Systems 2019 Conference (MWAIS). The panel was reported and covered by NEW IT Alliance in its July Newsletter.

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Manitowoc Campus student Makenna Pucker named ‘Promise Scholar’

Congratulations to Manitowoc Campus student Makenna Pucker ’20, who has been selected as a 2019 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship designated for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members.

Pucker outlined her future plans in this video. The Rosendale, Wis. native, plans to transfer to UW-Green Bay and is looking into a double major in Human Biology and Environmental Sciences. Eventually she hopes to become a psychiatrist or enter a medical field such as genetic counseling.

Associate Prof. Amy Kabrhel (Chemistry) is the advisor of Phi Theta Kappa on the Manitowoc Campus.

The Leaders of Promise Scholarship, sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, recognizes 200 Phi Theta Kappa members with awards totaling $200,000. Recipients were selected by a panel of independent judges from nearly 900 applicants. Promise Scholars are selected based on outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated leadership potential.

The Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program was launched in 2001 to assist new Phi Theta Kappa members in obtaining an associate degree and encourage participation in Society programs.

Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations. Learn more at ptk.org.