Rocky Horror Show, ‘It’s going to be electric’

Cast members say it’s going to be an electric show. Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show is a cult classic.

“Sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a creepy butler. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.” “A socko wacko weirdo rock concert.”

You can see Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show on the Green Bay Campus, Nov. 21-23, 2019 7:30 p.m. and a special late-night show, Friday, Nov. 22 at 11 p.m. Tickets on sale now.

Reminder: ‘White Guy on the Bus’ performance at UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus, Nov. 13-16

From Nov. 13 through Nov. 16, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., “White Guy on the Bus” is being performed at the UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus in its Fine Arts Building. The show is by Bruce Graham, and it is directed by Dan Burkey. The performance is about a man who rides the bus each week to a Philadelphia prison with far more sinister intentions than what is seen on the surface.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for seniors and non-UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus students and free for UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus students with a valid campus identification. Tickets can be purchased here. Sheboygan Campus students can email Thomas Campbell ( directly to reserve tickets.

Faculty note: Associate Prof. Caroline Boswell publishes article

Associate Prof. and Director of the Center of Advancement of Teaching and Learning Caroline Boswell (History) recently published the article “Developing the Whole Teacher: Collaborative Engagement as Faculty Development within a First-Year Experience Program” in The Journal of Faculty Development. The article explores “a collaborative approach that embeds faculty development in a program for underserved students, to transform how faculty envision their role as teachers of diverse students.”  Read more here.

UW-Green Bay faculty, alumna featured at STEAM Engine X Event, Nov. 13

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, the Neville Museum will be hosting a STEAM Engine X event beginning at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Since this is STEAM Engine’s 10th event, there will also be free cake, champagne and stickers.

STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. This event aims to bring together creative thinkers in the Green Bay community with an eye for innovation and showcase their ideas, projects, research, businesses or anything else that advances the disciples represented within STEAM.

STEAM Engine X features three presenters: Ryan Martin, UW-Green Bay, professor of Psychology and associate dean for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Lucy Arendt, UW-Green Bay alumna and professor at St. Norbert College’s Donald J. Schneider School of Business and Economics; and Krissy Lukens, director of Academic Technology at St. Norbert College.

Martin’s presentation is about the proper ways to express anger, entitled, “But First, You’ve Got to Get Mad!” Arendt’s presentation revolves around the positive effects of dark humor, entitled, “Dark Humor Is All Good. Really.” Lukens will be telling stories about spatial technology and how it can be used in everyday life. Her presentation is titled, “A ‘Spatial’ Technology.”

Nursing and Health Studies Master’s Degree accreditation review, Feb. 26-28

The UW-Green Bay Nursing and Health Studies master’s degree program, MSN Leadership and Management, is hosting a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation review site visit, which is scheduled for February 26-28, 2020. The public is invited to provide written comments about the program.

Written and signed third party comments will be accepted by CCNE until February 5, 2020. Please direct all comments to CCNE at the below address:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K Street NW Suite 750
Washington DC 20001
– or –

Third-party comments should be written in English and will be received by CCNE until 21 days before the scheduled on–site evaluation. Any and all comments submitted to CCNE in a language other than English will not be processed. Please note that CCNE shares third-party comments with the evaluation team prior to the on-site evaluation, but at no time during the review process are these comments shared with the program, the Accreditation Review Committee or the Board. During its review of the program, the evaluation team considers third-party comments, if any, that relate to the accreditation standards.

Presentation, Nov. 13, ‘Something Real About Fake News: How Mindfulness and Mindlessness Drive The Echo-Chamber!’

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Wood Hall 324, the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business will be hosting a research presentation entitled, “Something Real About Fake News: How Mindfulness and Mindlessness Drive The Echo-Chamber!” This presentation will be presented by UW-Green Bay Prof. Gaurav Bansal (MIS and Statistics) and was authored by Prof. Bansal and Prof. Aaron Weinschenk (Political Science).

A message from the authors:
The online generation and dissemination of false information through online social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have garnered immense public attention following the 2016 Brexit referendum and also the 2016 and 2018 US elections, among others. The significance gained by this phenomenon is nontrivial, as evident from the fact that the Oxford Dictionaries selected “post-truth” as the 2016 international word of the year. Recent research shows that fake news spreads significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than true news and has significant harmful effects. There is little research examining how the fake news spreads and the challenges it poses at multiple levels including individuals, organizations, and societies. Such understanding is important to develop awareness programs to limit the spread and lessen the degree of the negative consequences posed by the spread of fake news. Online social networking sites are experimenting with crowd-powered programs to reduce the spread of fake news and misinformation, but such measures are not very effective and also very costly. All signs indicate that it will get worse as AI gets more sophisticated in the production and targeting of fake news. In this research, we examine the role of several theories such as mindfulness, polarization and echo-chamber effect, and social influence to understand what makes people share fake news; even when they are alerted that it is not 100% accurate. Data were collected from 500 MTurk users using eight different political scenarios, from all over the US and analyzed using both PLS and covariance-based SEM techniques. We also develop a novel scale to measure social media mindfulness. The study offers several insightful findings such as how social media engagement could enhance the influence of the friend sharing the “fake news,” pushing the respondent into the “echo-chamber” where mindfulness ceases to help. We will discuss the theoretical, managerial as well as the social implications.

Acknowledgment: The authors would like to thank Frederick E. Baer Professorship in Business for financial support in conducting this research.

UW-Green Bay alumni helped kick off Startup Wisconsin Week

UW-Green Bay alumni Craig Dickman ’82 (Business Administration) (far left) helped kick off Startup Wisconsin Week. The Urban Hub, powered by the Greater Green Bay Chamber, in collaboration with Headway, kicked off Startup Wisconsin Week on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, with the kickoff of Startup Green Bay at the Urban Hub at 340 N. Broadway, 2nd floor, Green Bay. Startup Green Bay is a local observance of the statewide initiative focused on supporting high-growth entrepreneurship and innovation throughout the community. Green Bay is one of nine communities offering 100 unique programming events statewide from Monday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 17. This marks the third year for Green Bay’s involvement in the week-long observance.


Holiday Lights Recycling

Recycle holiday lights for Habitat for Humanity Restore

In addition to building a float for the annual Green Bay Holiday Parade, UW-Green Bay’s Parade Committee and the student organization Habitat for Humanity, will be helping to recycle holiday lights for Habitat for Humanity Restore. Collection boxes will be available this week through mid-January throughout the Green Bay Campus. Committee members hope that the other campuses will join in on the community service event and collect lights for their regional Restore.

Habitat for Humanity Restore accepts any working or nonworking holiday lights. Please don’t throw unused lights in the trash stream. This program runs year-round, but the holiday season is the most sought after time of the year for donations. If you have any holiday lights that you are willing to donate, please consider doing so!

These are the locations you can drop your lights off in the designated bins:

  • Cofrin Library 2nd floor plaza level
  • Cofrin Library 1st floor alcove level
  • Laboratory Sciences Lounge Area
  • Outside the GAC Lab
  • Rosewood Cafe
  • Student Life Office
  • Union Ticketing and Information Desk



Science is the theme for the 2019 State Capitol Holiday Tree

Gov. Tony Evers has announced the theme for the 2019 State Capitol Holiday Tree. Each year, contributions are accepted from around the state to hang on the holiday tree that is displayed in the Rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol. In a letter to teachers across the state, Gov. Evers announced the theme for this year is “Celebrate Science.”

“I first began my career as a science teacher in Baraboo, so I know how important science is to the future of our state,” said Gov. Evers. “From computer science to dairy science, to clean water and natural resources, to sustainability and renewable energies, this year we want students to make holiday ornaments that celebrate what science means to them, their families, and their communities.”

“Celebrate Science” themed ornaments should be sent by Fri., Nov. 22, 2019 to:

Claire Franz
Wisconsin Department of Administration
Division of Facilities Development & Management
17 West Main Street, Suite 119
Madison, WI 53703

The letter sent to Wisconsin educators with additional information and instructions regarding the 2019 State Capitol Holiday Tree can be found here.