National History Day competition returns to UW-Green Bay, March 7; 250 students and 160 projects highlighted

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will welcome more than 250 students when it plays host to the Northeastern Wisconsin Region’s National History Day competition on Saturday, March 7, 2020. It’s the 18th consecutive year the event has been held on the Green Bay Campus.

The 250 students, represent 18 schools from throughout the region, with a total of just more than 160 unique projects. Students hail from public and private schools from Brown, Manitowoc, Oconto, Outagamie, Sheboygan and Winnebago counties.

In keeping with this year’s theme of “Breaking Barriers in History,” some project topics include the Stonewall Riots, Muhammad Ali, California Gold Rush, Moon Landing, Nintendo, Civil Rights, artificial hearts, Genghis Khan, Vietnam War protests, Nellie Bly, women’s fashion and the Transcontinental Railroad.

Several of this year’s entries have a tie to northeastern Wisconsin, including projects about Houdini, William Hoy (hearing impaired Oshkosh baseball player credited with developing hand signals used by umpires) and “Walleye Wars.” Some students focused on topics by using the letters and diaries of their grandfathers to tell a personal story connected to history.

“We are proud to have UW-Green Bay serve as host for this exciting academic competition,” said UW-Green Bay’s Deb Anderson, coordinator for the Northeastern Wisconsin region. “National History Day provides students of all abilities and interests an opportunity to learn about a topic of their choosing and present it in a creative way. I am impressed by the depth and range demonstrated by the students in their topic selection, research and final projects.”

For most students, the projects are the result of months of research. Nearly 400 students visited the UW-Green Bay campus to conduct research at the UW-Green Bay Archives and Library. During research field trips, students often are awed by the historical materials they are able to hold in their hands. “We are excited to be part of creating a strong passion for history,” Anderson commented. “It is especially fun to hear the students label it as their ‘best day ever’ or to jump with excitement about a research discovery.”

Students can enter the National History Day competition in a variety of categories, including historical papers, exhibit displays, documentaries, performances and websites. They are required to use primary sources for projects, which often include interviews with individuals who have lived history.

In addition to students, families, educators and friends, the regional National History Day competition relies on over 100 volunteers, including UW-Green Bay students, faculty, alumni and community members. “The dedicated volunteers truly embrace the phrase ‘it takes a village.’” Anderson said.

The 2020 Northeastern National History Day competition will be held in the University Union and Mary Ann Cofrin Hall at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. It is free and open to the public. The all-day event has judging taking place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Awards will be presented in the Weidner Center for Performing Arts at 3:30 p.m.

Winners from the regional competition will move on to the April 18, 2020 state contest, and may have the opportunity to compete at the national competition in Washington, D.C. in June. On an annual basis, National History Day serves more than 600,000 students in all the U.S. states and territories.

For more information, contact Deb Anderson at UW Green Bay Archives at (920) 465-2539 or





Maestro Wayne Wildman receives community service award from Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Association

Manitowoc, Wis.—The Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Association has chosen Maestro Wayne Wildman as the recipient of the 2020 Wesley Teply Community Service Award in the Arts. The award was established in 1999 by the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Association to recognize individuals who have substantially contributed to the arts in the greater Manitowoc area.

The award will be presented to Wildman during the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Lakeshore Wind Ensemble’s “Winds of March” concert on Saturday, March 7, 2020. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Civic Centre in downtown Manitowoc.

Over the years, Maestro Wildman has made an enormous contribution to the arts and the youth in the Manitowoc and Sheboygan communities. He composed music for the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s summer productions, worked with the Sheboygan Community Players, composed a commissioned musical score for “Peter Pan” and wrote the music for “A Christmas Carol” that has been used for years by Kathie Bundy’s production at the Capitol Civic Centre. In addition, Wildman generously gives his time to accompany aspiring student musicians in competitions throughout the state.

Wayne Wildman

Wildman was born in Sheboygan and has lived in the lakeshore area most of his life. He has dual degrees in music and religion from Lakeland College and an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a Leland Coon Fellow in Musicology. He taught and directed music and choir at the UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus for many years. Wildman first accompanied and then directed the Lakeshore Chorale. He spent most of his musical career as Music Director of the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra and First United Lutheran Church in Sheboygan. Last year, Maestro Wildman retired after twenty-nine seasons conducting the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra.

An active harpsichordist, organist and pianist, Wildman has made solo appearances with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra and the Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Green Bay Civic Orchestras. For six seasons, he performed as harpsichordist and pianist at the Washington Island Music Festival. He has also been heard on Wisconsin Public Radio and on the CD recording “High Autumn,” featuring Milwaukee Symphony clarinetist William Helmers playing the music of James Grant.

“Let me say how honored and grateful I am to receive the Wes Teply Award,” states Wildman.

The first Community Service award was presented to Wesley Teply, with subsequent awards presented to Sister Cecilia Burns, Conrad Daellenbach, Karl Miller, Jean Wolfmeyer, Jim and Susie Miller, Kathie Bundy, Sr. Dr. Lorna Zemke, Glenn Nelson, Paul and Barbara Stitt, Ron Stokes, David Bourgeois, Ron Kaminski, the Garth Neustadter Trio, Barbara Bundy-Jost, Michael J. Arendt, William Pappathopoulos, Sue Cechal, Sally Semmes, Majel Pinney-Henrickson and the Clipper City Chordsmen.

Tickets are available by calling the Capitol Civic Centre box office at 920-683-2184 or purchasing online at


Student Business Idea Contest at UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus, April 21

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Marinette Campus will hold its second Student Business Idea Contest on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Marinette Campus cafeteria. UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus students will pitch their business ideas in 90 seconds and take questions from the panel of judges. Finalists who pitch will receive at least $50, with a first-place prize of $500, second-place prize of $250 and a third-place prize of $100. Cash prizes are sponsored by the UW-Green Bay Cofrin School of Business.

The competition is open to all UW-Green Bay, Marinette students from all majors. To enter the competition, please email Ryan Kauth at by 12 p.m. by Monday, April 13. Students will be instructed how to create a PowerPoint slide and a public YouTube link of a draft of their 90-second idea pitch for a new product or new business, which can include nonprofits. The video link and PowerPoint slide must be submitted to by 12 p.m. on Friday, April 17 for students to be eligible for prizes.

The evening’s events will begin with a Business Idea Pitch Workshop for the entire community from 6 to 6:30 p.m. In 30 minutes, participants will learn how to communicate an idea for a new product or business. Following the workshop is the Student Business Idea Contest from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Finally, from 7 to 7:30 p.m., anyone from the community can impromptu pitch for cash. For questions about the contest, please contact Ryan Kauth, UW-Green Bay Lecturer of Entrepreneurship, at or 920-465-2004.


Vice chancellor for University Inclusivity and Student Affairs position open to applicants

The position of vice chancellor for university inclusivity and student affairs is now open for candidates. The position was previously held by Eric Arneson, now vice president for student affairs at Kennesaw University in Georgia. Applications and nominations for the position will begin to be reviewed on March 31, 2020. To apply for this position, please visit, click apply, complete the brief application process and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Laura Puckett-Boler at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

The Position
The vice chancellor serves as both the head of university inclusivity and as the senior student affairs officer and reports directly to the chancellor. As a member of the chancellor’s cabinet, this position will provide leadership in developing collaborative, intentional strategies to support an institutional commitment to diversity, inclusion and educational opportunity at all levels. The vice chancellor will provide strategic vision and leadership for a comprehensive student affairs portfolio including the dean of students office, residence life, the student life office, counseling and health services, university recreation, multi-ethnic student affairs, the Pride Center and the university union.

The vice chancellor manages a comprehensive institutional approach to enhanced learning outside of the classroom, providing vision, coordination and a collaborative style in leading change. This position is responsible for supporting the success of all students by leading university initiatives to create and sustain an organizational culture and climate that fully welcomes and advocates for diversity and inclusiveness for all members of the UW-Green Bay community (including the four campus locations). Through strategic policy development, practice, advocacy and mentoring, the vice chancellor will champion institutional efforts to support recruitment and retention of students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

This position also oversees strategic planning driven by research analysis, data management and student input. The vice chancellor will be responsible for personnel supervision and evaluation, budget planning and oversight, assessment, service excellence and crisis management. The position oversees an overall budget of $13.9 million and provides leadership to over 75 staff.

A master’s degree in a related field and five years of increasingly responsible management experience in a leadership position in one or more areas of student affairs and/or diversity and inclusion in a higher education setting, with demonstrated success and proven leadership abilities is required. A terminal degree and ten or more years of related university experience is preferred.

The successful candidate will also possess a demonstrated commitment and experience working on campus climate issues, including equity, diversity and inclusivity within a higher education environment; proven management experience in a leadership position in one or more areas of student affairs in a higher education setting, with demonstrated success and proven leadership abilities; progressive leadership experience that includes personnel management, budget planning, outcomes assessments, events/programming, and strategic planning; experience with collaborative programs and initiatives; excellent interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills in working within a diverse community; and the ability to effectively work independently and as part of a team environment on collaborative efforts. In addition, the ideal candidate will be a demonstrated innovative, strategic, and resourceful leader who builds a positive relationship with students, builds consensus among constituents, and is an agent for organizational change.

Human Biology Seminar on bias and inclusivity in the sciences, March 6

Prior to her speaking for the NAS Seminar at 4 p.m., Prof. Andrea Romero from UW-Whitewater will be giving a Human Biology Seminar talk at 2 p.m. in Room 301 in the Environmental Sciences Building. She will explore the participation of women and people of color in the sciences, discuss what biases continue to prevent an inclusive environment and, using historical and intersectional lenses, provide recommendations for creating a more equitable culture in these fields. This talk is free and open to the public.

Next NAS Seminar is on March 6

There will be a NAS Seminar on the ecology and conservation of mammals in Costa Rica’s Caribbean rainforests on Friday, March 6 in the Environmental Sciences Building, Room 301. Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m., and the talk will begin at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Natural and Applied Sciences Seminar speaker Prof. Andrea Romero from UW-Whitewater will discuss her research on how the human activities of isolating and degrading forests affect mammal communities in Costa Rica’s Caribbean lowlands, and whether these ecosystems are recovering. Prior to the seminar, Romero will also be speaking about bias and inclusivity in the sciences at 2 p.m. in ES 301.

Green Bay men’s and women’s basketball players earn All-Horizon League honors

Both Green Bay men’s and women’s basketball saw members of their teams honored on the All Horizon League teams. The men’s team had Jayquan McCloud named to the All-Horizon League first team, while Amari Davis was named to the third team, as well as being named Horizon League Freshman of the Year. Davis also won a record 10 Horizon League Freshman of the Week honors during the season. The women’s team had Frankie Wurtz named to the Al-Horizon League first team and defensive team, while Caitlyn Hibner was named to the third team. Wurtz was also named a member of the Horizon League All-Academic Team.

New Weidner Tea for final 6:30 Concert Series events

There is a new Weidner Tea out today for the final two 2019-2020 6:30 Concert Series events. The first event, Future/Primitive: Percussion and Technology, is on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. This event features UW-Green Bay’s Bill Sallak exploring the differences between old and new age percussion instruments with the overwhelming improvements in technology over the years. The second event, Pierrot lunaire, is on Wednesday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall. This event features Soprano soloist Courtney Sherman telling the tales of a set of fantastical poems by Albert Giraud, supported by an ensemble of UW-Green Bay Music faculty and friends.

There is also a fairly new episode of  Weidner Tea out about the Speakeasy on Stage event on Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center. This event features Roaring 20’s big band music from the Green Bay Jazz Orchestra.

Brother/sister duo Chari and Jeff Nordgaard added to Green Bay Athletics Top 50 Most Influential Leaders List

Green Bay Athletics recently added two more names to its “Top 50 Most Influential Leaders in Green Bay Athletics History” list. Chari Nordgaard played for the Green Bay women’s basketball team from 1995-1999. Nordgaard is still the program’s all-time leader in scoring, with 1,964 points, career scoring average at 16.9 points per game, free throws attempted and made and holds the all-time program record for single game scoring at 38 points. She also was a standout academically, making the Academic All-American First Team. Nordgaard went on to play professionally in Greece and was inducted into the Green Bay Phoenix Hall of Fame in 2005.

Jeff Nordgaard played for the Green Bay men’s basketball team from 1992-1996. He ranks fourth on the Green Bay men’s basketball all-time scoring list, with 1,911, second in field goals made with 773 and sixth in career scoring average at 15.9 points per game. Nordgaard was named Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year in 1995-1996 and was an Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention. He played in the NCAA Tournament three out of his four years, including a memorable upset against heavily favored California in 1994. Nordgaard was one of only five former Green Bay men’s basketball players to be selected in the NBA Draft, and went on to play professionally overseas. He was inducted into the Green Bay Phoenix Hall of Fame in 2009 and was the second men’s basketball player to have his jersey number retired in 2018.