Live via satellite, meet artist Lennart Larsen on Feb. 7, Sheboygan Campus Fine Arts Gallery

Live, via satellite from Roskilde, Denmark, meet artist Lennart Larsen on Friday, Feb. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus Fine Arts Gallery. “The Sheboygan Files & Assorted Mysteries: a Photographic Exhibition” by Larsen is on display through February 28. Larson is a multi-media artist whose images invite the viewer to investigate the seemingly ordinary and mundane to discover underlying curious mysteries. Larson, who lives and works in Roskilde, Denmark, is the visiting artist during the first two weeks of February. The reception and “meet the artist” is Friday, February 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery. Funding for the guest artist travel and exhibition is provided in part by the Sheboygan Campus Student Government Association.

It’s time to decorate for UW-Green Bay Homecoming

Homecoming 2020 takes place February 24 through 29, 2020, and you’re invited to continue in a new tradition that started last year: the Office Decorating Competition! The winning office will be announced via campus-wide email and will receive a pizza party. There is no wrong way to show your school spirit!  You can decorate your office walls, windows, put a basketball court on your floor…whatever you want. Please feel free to utilize any supplies (paper, streamers, window markers, etc…) from the office of Student Life free of charge to aid in your decoration. The Homecoming theme for 2020 is “Around the World.” All offices and/or windows must be decorated by Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 to be considered for the competition.

To be part of the official judging, simply email the Student Homecoming Committee President, Amber Perez at peream12@uwgb.edu by Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. The Student Homecoming Committee will judge all offices/windows based on creative design, artistry and other criterion they decide. Please support for this new tradition. If you have any questions, please contact Perez or UW-Green Bay Homecoming co-chair Kari Moody (moodyk@uwgb.edu).

The additional campus locations will also be hosting decorating and pizza parties in the spirit of Homecoming.
Marinette Campus: Thursday, Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Manitowoc Campus: Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 11-12 p.m.
Sheboygan Campus: Thursday, Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (pizza will arrive around noon)

To see a list of Homecoming events, visit www.uwgb.edu/homecoming.

CAHSS Oxford England Study Abroad trip

Walking in the Shoes of the Literary Greats

Keshena Hanson ’18 (English and Communication) in the dining hall of Magdalen College, Oxford.
Keshena Hanson ’18 (English and Communication) in the dining hall of Magdalen College, Oxford.
Dining halls in Harry Potter movies were inspired by those in Oxford.

Imagine walking in the shoes of such literary greats as T.S. Eliot, Oscar Wilde, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Lewis Carroll; breathing in the urban and pastoral aura that inspired some of the greatest writing works of all time. For Emily Ransom’s students, there is no need for literary flights of fancy; they’ve lived the dream.

Every summer, Ransom, a UW-Green Bay assistant professor of humanities, leads a travel course to Oxford, England. This four-week, six-credit course explores fantasy literature and poetry of authors local to the region. While doing so, they travel to the places that inspired the works and also emulate these authors’ techniques in a creative poetry writing class. “It’s an English/Humanities course” Ransom explained. “We stay at a medieval college in the heart of the city and take many excursions in Oxford and the surrounding regions.”

A typical week during the course

Class time is in the morning. First up is fantasy literature with readings and discussions of Tolkien, Lewis, Carroll and other fantasy literature authors. The second class is creative writing—studying and imitating the form, content and style of such poetic greats as Eliot and Philip Larkin. The afternoon is tour time, filled with colleges, authors’ homes and museums. Twice a week, they take part in theatrical performances and concerts. Friday trips include castles, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath or Stonehenge. Weekends are free for students to create their own experience. London is only an hour away with access to Ireland and Europe just a train passage, a shockingly-cheap flight, or a Megabus trip away.

Free to do what they want on the weekends, students need to be accounted for by Sunday night when they reconvene in the campus churchyard for a poetry reading. Each student brings one poem written by an Oxford poet and one of their own.

The experience may not transform a student into a great poet, but it is still transformative. “It’s a fully-immersive experience,” said Ransom. “Our goal is to get the students to feel at home there; for them to feel like they belong in this intellectual hotbed of talent and literary tradition.”

The results? Brilliant!

“It was only a month, but it felt so much longer because we experienced so much,” said Hannah Majewski, an English major graduating in May 2020. “The history, pub culture, architecture, museums, authors’ homes…it was all so stunning. Every morning, I would wake up, sip on a cup of tea, and look out my dorm room window (at St. Edmund Hall —known fondly as Teddy Hall). I would gaze at the medieval well in the middle of the quad. It was so old, probably built in the late 1100s. It was awe-inspiring. To be a part of so much history and intellect, if only for a month, was unforgettable.”

Oxford England study abroad tripWithin Oxford and Cambridge (aptly called the Oxbridge system) lies a network of colleges. Wherever you go, there’s a college nearby. “University is all over the city,” said Ransom. “Oxford looks exactly like it is always imagined in the writings of its authors; the sculptures, rivers, pastorals, architecture. When you’ve spent time reading the stories by these authors, it offers a strange sense of being home.”

Oxbridge system is a small, tight-knit community, Ransom explained. It provides an atmosphere of chance encounters, story sharing and intellectual conversation. “Oxford is fun, bustling and saturated with culture and beauty,” she said. “The colleges throughout the city provide a lot of green spaces, so you also get a pastoral feel that creates a quiet place of refuge.”
For students like Majewski, experiencing such a profound sense of history and place not only inspired creativity, but also changed her life. “I have a deeper appreciation and greater understanding for not only the Oxford authors, their writing and the places that inspired them, but also for the connections that appreciation and understanding continues to create in my own life.”

For Professor Ransom, the student outcomes for the course transcend literary appreciation.

“I love watching the transformation in my students. It touches them on so many levels and creates a lasting impact on their lives. These lessons are souvenirs they will keep for a lifetime. On an educational level, students can make connections from a text they read and help them problem solve. On a social level, it impacts their global consciousness and empathy toward other cultures. On a metaphysical level, it transforms their inner selves.”

From Hannah Majewski’s perspective, she found traveling to another country and time a grounding experience, connecting her to her love of literature, history, imagination and creativity. “When I feel disconnected, thinking back to that experience grounds me. It had such an impact on me that just thinking about it…the beauty, the history, the reverence, the aura…it calms me and inspires me all at the same time.”

—Story by freelance writer Kim Viduski ’92

International Film Series: Endless Letterpress

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences invites everyone to the International Film Series for spring 2020. All screenings begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Neville Public Museum. All films are free and open to the public. Films are unrated, but intended for a mature audience. The next film of the series is “Endless Letterpress,” and it will be shown on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Facing the deterioration of machines and the advances of new technologies, printing presses are increasingly closing their workshops. This documentary focuses on a group of young people who rediscover the greatest technical innovation in the history of the written word: the typesetting printing. This is presented by Jim Moran, Hamilton Woodtype Museum. For more information on the International Film Series or to see the full spring schedule, visit the Neville Public Museum Website.

Register now for America Saves Week events!

The University of Wisconsin is promoting financial well-being through the 2020 America Saves Week campaign, which takes place Monday, Feb. 24 through Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. UW System America Saves Week will feature 15 live webinars, presented by the UW Tax-Sheltered Annuity (TSA) 403(b) Program providers – Fidelity, T. Rowe Price, TIAA, and Lincoln – and UW Credit Union. There may also be in-person workshops, counseling sessions and credit consultations on your campus. All events are at no cost to you, but you must register! To register, read event descriptions and take advantage of other financial wellness resources, visit the UW System America Saves Week website.

Students enjoy Homecoming pregame

Volunteer for Krash the Kress and get free registration

Homecoming Week 2020 is around the corner—Feb. 24-29! Krash the Kress at 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 29, the culminating event of the week, is a traditional, Wisconsin-style tailgate party for the UW-Green Bay community. The event, sandwiched between a double header with Green Bay women’s basketball at 2 p.m. and Green Bay men’s basketball at 7 p.m., features serious fun for everyone with yard games, an interactive DJ, great festival-style food, chances to win major prizes and more.

As you can imagine, it takes many volunteers to make Homecoming and Krash the Kress a success. Please consider volunteering! Event organizers appreciate you sharing your time and talent. All volunteers receive complimentary entry to the Krash the Kress Tailgate ($10 value and includes a Homecoming t-shirt, two beverage tickets good for soda, water or Bud products and chances to win incredible prizes).

To volunteer:

On-campus community, visit www.cuegb.com and use your uwgb.edu email

Off-campus community, visit https://volunteergb.galaxydigital.com or email Kari Moody directly at moodyk@uwgb.edu

If you have any questions, please reach out to Kari Moody (moodyk@uwgb.edu) for further information.

Latest data on ACT test scores in Wisconsin shows continued inequalities among students | WLUK

The data over the last five years of ACT test scores shows that there are disparities when it comes to both race and socioeconomic status. UW-Green Bay does require test scores to help admissions place students.

“The way I often explain not just test scores but GPA, both of those are a reflection of the educational context that a school goes through. A student’s ACT scores will often reflect how strong their school is the kinds of resources their school provided to prepare them the experience,” said Vince Lowery, UW-Green Bay director of student success and engagement.

While GPA and test scores are not factors that exclude students, they do help determine if they’ll need staff and peer support, through the Gateway to Phoenix Success Program. “We can connect them with the resources they need and often cases didn’t previously have access to. those students can and have and will continue to thrive at UWGB,” said Lowery.

Source: Latest data on ACT test scores in Wisconsin shows continued inequalities among students | WLUK

Mark Bennett: What if 2020 elections included Hoosier cities’ races? | News Columns | tribstar.com

City elections mean more when more people vote. Elected officials pay more attention to a wider variety of residents as turnouts increase.

Low turnouts anywhere can change the emphasis elected officials take once in office, said Aaron Weinschenk, a political scientist at the UW-Green Bay and co-author of the 2013 study by the Western Political Science Association.

“In some cities, turnout is at or below 10%. With a number that low … it’s very likely that those who turn out will have different attributes and preferences than the population at large, [such as being] more educated, wealthy, older, etcetera,” Weinschenk said by email last week. “Thus, low rates of citizen engagement can lead to biases in representation and policymaking.”

Weinschenk also disputes claims that lumping local elections in with state and federal results in additional votes cast by residents less knowledgeable about local issues. “Voters can actually make pretty good decisions with small amounts of information,” he said. “For example, they can use things like partisanship or incumbency status to assess whether a candidate is likely to align with their preferences.”

Source: Mark Bennett: What if 2020 elections included Hoosier cities’ races? | News Columns | tribstar.com

Marinette Childrens Theatre Anne of Green Gables

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: ‘Anne of Green Gables’ opening this week in Marinette

UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Children’s Theatre will present the classic “Anne of Green Gables” starting this week in Herbert L. Williams Theatre. Public performances are at 7 p.m. Feb. 7-8; 2 p.m. Feb. 9; 7 p.m. Feb. 14-15; and 2 p.m. Feb. 16. See tickets and information. Daytime performances for area schools also will be performed. Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: ‘Anne of Green Gables’ opening this week in Marinette

Superior Schools advocate for social worker licensing changes | Superior Telegram

To work in Wisconsin schools, social workers must receive additional education compared to their counterparts in Minnesota, which has created challenges for school districts located on the state border. “This is really about what kids need and removing the barriers to getting kids help,” said Amy Starzecki, Superior School District administrator. Social workers who work in Minnesota schools must have a degree in the field and be licensed to practice in the state, according to the Minnesota Professional Educator and Licensing Standards Board. Wisconsin law goes a step further by requiring a master’s degree from a school social worker preparatory program. Only three schools in the state—UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay—offer the program. Source: Superior Schools advocate for social worker licensing changes | Superior Telegram