UW-Green Bay Prof. Michael Rector (Music) has created an immersive musical training series called Piano Academy for kids aged 10-17, as a way to impart his love of classical music to the community. According to Psychology Today, there is abundant evidence that supports the idea that learning to play music can enhance cognitive performance in many ways. Researchers have linked musical training with improvement in working and verbal memory, visual attention, intelligence and even creativity. Piano Academy takes place on the Green Bay Campus. Students spend one hour with Prof. Rector in UW-Green Bay’s state-of-the-art piano lab, and then they practice what they’ve learned for another hour and a half in guided sessions with Professor Rector’s assistant music teachers. Piano Academy is a 13-week series providing a solid foundation in musical training, covering technique, theory and performance. Classes start Sept. 14. Learn more and register for Piano Academy.
The University of Wisconsin System has embarked on a complete redesign of its current classification and compensation structure. The goal of the Title & Total Compensation Project is to modernize the existing title and compensation programs which will, in turn, attract and retain the best talent for the organization. The project is underway and quickly moving towards implementation (anticipated for March, 2020).
Increased activity and communication will be occurring related to this project in fall/winter of 2019. If you are interested in learning about the background and history of the project, current status, and upcoming fall/winter activities, please consider attending the final open forum:
-Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in the Christie Theatre
“According to the National Security Agency (NSA) there’s a shortfall of cybersecurity professionals in the U.S including here in Wisconsin. To bridge the gap there’s a cybersecurity camp happening this week called Gencyber UWGB for teachers wanting to bring the interest of this profession to their classrooms. Cyberseek.org shows the demand versus supply. In Wisconsin there is a high need for cybersecurity experts but it’s a nationwide trend. Experts expect the gap to grow over the next few years.” See more via Cybersecurity camp at UWGB hopes to bridge gap in need for talent via WBAY.
There’s a shortage of cyber security workers across the nation and a local school hopes to get more people interested in the field. UW-Green Bay is hosting a camp this week for teachers wanting to talk about the job in their classrooms. It’s the only one of its kind in the state. See more via UW-Green Bay hosts cyber security camp | WHBY.
“When you forget your umbrella, stain your shirt, or miss an appointment, it’s easy to think that your whole day is ruined. We talk with an expert on anger about how to stop blowing things out of proportion, also known as ‘catastrophizing.'” Associate Dean Ryan Martin talks with WPR about the subject via When Things Go Wrong, Don’t Catastrophize | Wisconsin Public Radio.
Peter Quince Performing Company will present four performances of the musical “James and the Giant Peach” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8-10 and 3 p.m. Aug. 11 in University Theatre of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus. Info: pqpc.org. The youth-driving company is in 51st season of present a large-scale musical each summer. See more via Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: ‘James at the Giant Peach’ musical scheduled in Manitowoc.
“Here’s the scenario: you are an adjunct faculty member, which is the case for the majority of people who teach first-year writing, and which means you must teach more courses than is advisable if you’d also like to eat.
You are staring at 125 six- to eight-page freshman comp papers that must be graded before next week. That’s between 750 and 1,000 pages of paper you must not only read but comment meaningfully upon. Oh, and those papers are kind of a mess. Most of them do not evidence basic knowledge of sentence boundaries, let alone exhibit arguable theses or logical development or other forms of higher-order thinking.” See more of UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. (English) Jennie Young’s essay via How freshman comp courses have weaponized academic citation (opinion), Inside Higher Education.
The Startup Hub, which is run by the Greater Green Bay Chamber and located at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, is now operating and managing the former T2 Accelerator as the Urban Hub. The SBDC is a partner. See more via T2 Accelerator becomes part of the Startup Hub, Insight online.
Pro. Jeff Entwistle (Theatre and Dance) has designed the scenery for St. Norbert College’s Next Stage Theatre, August 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. August 10 and 11 at 2 p.m. This year’s production of “Newsies” has a cast representing 19 high schools from Oshkosh to Oconto Falls and Algoma. These students choose to work in a more professional environment than they might experience at any one high school. SNC’s technical director is UWGB alumnus Corey Pinchart assistant technical director is alumna Brittney Roffers. UW-Green Bay senior, Hayden Barlass, is the property designer and distinguished alumna Stacy Nellen Kolze leads the hair and make-up for the production of “Newsies.”