DeGoey performing her livingroom recital

Determined UW-Green Bay singer performs and records her recital in her living room

Here is one determined UW-Green Bay music student… Brooke DeGoey was scheduled to give her recital on April 19, 2020, but sadly, the event was cancelled because of the COVID19 pandemic. Undeterred, DeGoey acquired her piano accompaniments (recorded by Grant Colburn), put on her recital gown and recorded her performance of Bel Piacere (Great Pleasure) in her living room!

Thanks to UW-Green Bay Music for an excerpt with details and translations of the Italian texts. As your faculty members said, “Congratulations, Brooke, on your beautiful performance and your willingness to push through the obstacles and share your music with us! We’re proud of you. You are a #CAHSSforInspiration!”

Bel Piacere (Great Pleasure)

It is great pleasure to enjoy a faithful love!
it pleases the heart.
Splendor is not measured by beauty
if it does not come from a faithful heart.
(Translation by Gillian Gingell Wormley)

“Bel Piacere” is from George Frideric Handel’s opera Agrippina written in 1709 in Venice. It tells the story of Agrippina, the mother of Nero, as she plans the downfall of the Roman Emperor Claudius in hopes that her son will take his place. Immediately after its premiere, Agrippina was an instant success in Vienna. Critics and observers praised the music, much of which was actually adapted and borrowed from other composers. The opera is still performed and recorded today.

In this scene, Poppea, the second wife of Nero, is speaking about how happy she is to have a love that is faithful and true. The irony here is that she is not speaking about her husband Nero, but his rival Claudius, whom Aggripina is trying to take down. This is one of the many scenes of irony present throughout Handel’s Agrippina.

Un Moto di Gioia ( A Feeling of Joy)

A feeling of joy
Stirs in my breast,
It proclaims delight
Amid my fears!
Let us hope that in contentment
Our distress will end
For fate and love
Are not always a tyrant.
(Translation by Bard Suverkrop)

“Un Moto di gioia” is an aria from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Le nozze di Figaro, written in 1786. This opera is known as one of Mozart’s three “da Ponte” operas based on librettos by Lorenzo da Ponte. Le nozze di Figaro tells the story of the wedding day of Figaro and Susanna. While preparing for their day, the couple finds out that the Count plans on sabotaging their wedding. With the help of the Countess and the Count’s page, Cherubino, the two devise a plan to ruin the Count’s plot. At this point in the story, Susanna and the Countess are dressing up Cherubino as a girl in order to send him to the Count to create confusion.

The aria “Un moto di gioia” was not originally included in Le nozze di Figaro. When Mozart first composed the opera, he wrote the role of Susanna specifically for the voice of Nancy Storace. In a 1789 revival, Adriana Ferrarese del Bene, an Italian operatic singer, was slated to play Susanna and demanded that Mozart write a new aria for her vocal talents. The result was “Un moto di gioia.” In this scene, Susana is singing to Cherubina as she fits him for dress to confuse the Count. She is excited to “beat” the Count but she is also nervous about the outcome.

Stizzoso, mio stizzoso (Irritable, my irritable)

Irritable, my irritable
You behave with arrogance.
But no! It won’t help your position.
You must stay to my prohibitions
and keep silent,
and not talk!
Shut up !…Shut up!…
These are Serpina’s commands.
Shut up !…Shut up!…
These are Serpina’s commands.
Now, I think you have understood
Yes, you have captured the message,
Because it’s already been a long time
that I made acquaintance with you.
(Translation by Mario Giuseppe Genesi)

“Stizzoso, mio stizzoso” is Serpina’s aria from La Serva Padrona, written by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi in 1733. Pergolesi played a huge role in the rise and development of the pre-classical style and Italian Opera Buffa during the 18th century . Additionally, he was an accomplished violinist and organist and he wrote a handful of sacred music on top of his operas. Unfortunately, his life ended early and he passed away from tuberculosis at the age of 26.

La Serva Padrona is about an old bachelor named Uberto and his arrogant servant, Serpina, who already considers herself mistress of the household. Uberto becomes fed up with Serpina’s behavior and calls for his other servant, Verspone, to find him a wife so he can kick Serpina out. Ironically, by the end of the opera Serpina finally becomes the mistress of the household when she marries Uberto. Today, it is Pergolesi’s most frequently performed and renowned stage work.

In this scene, Uberto is planning to go out but Serpina thinks it too late. She lectures him about it, but forgets that it was she who made him late by not bringing his chocolate to him earlier. She tells him to shut up and listen to her commands in a sassy and flirty tone because while she wants him under her control, she also has a little crush on him.

Anna Dier Lip Sync Battle video stillframe, holding up a stick of butter

Video: ‘Lean on Me’ is striking a chord with fans and friends of UW-Green Bay

While Green Bay women’s basketball player Anna Dier was trying to win a team lip sync contest, her version of Glee’s “Lean On Me” struck a chord with an abundance of viewers. She used her performance to shout-out to the front-line workers in her hometown, Algoma, Wis. But the feeling of gratitude is one shared in hometowns across the region and world.

UW-Green Bay virtual bunco meeting

UW-Green Bay after hours Bunco meetup goes digital

When the COVID-19 pandemic threatened to stop a group of UW-Green Bay staff from gathering this month for Bunco—an informal after-hours ritual—a Zoom virtual meeting saved the day.

“Let’s be honest, I miss everyone and could really use some of the laughs!” wrote Residence Life Area Coordinator Amy Mauk, in an early planning email message. “Finding an online way to do Bunco has proved to be harder than you think. But we think we have found a way, and with the assistance of Virginia (Englebert), I think we have found a viable option using Zoom.”

The play-of-game requires three tables each set with two teams of two, through which players rotate based on if they win or lose each round, ensuring each participant has an opportunity to visit with the other eleven throughout the course of the evening. Instead of tables, the players rotated between breakout rooms within the Zoom conference. Instead of sharing a set of dice, women raided their Yahtzee and Tenzi sets to use for their own turns. And everyone brings their own best snacks.

UW-Green Bay Bunco zoom meeting

For years these coworkers and friends gathered in a member’s private residence monthly to socialize, relax and play the dice game. The UW-Green Bay Bunco gatherings were first organized by Virginia Englebert, Residence Life information process consultant, and continue to this day. To the group, including women from all parts of the Green Bay campus, with diverse professional roles, the monthly gathering offers an important opportunity to connect and socialize.

If you have any UW-Green Bay virtual gatherings, be sure to share screenshots on social media with #VirtualUWGB!

The Singular Adventures of Rabbit and Kitty BoyCover art

Prof. Kristy Deetz publishes ‘The Singular Adventures of Rabbit and Kitty Boy’

The Singular Adventures of Rabbit and Kitty BoyCover art
The Singular Adventures of Rabbit and Kitty Boy

The Singular Adventures of Rabbit and Kitty Boy by UW-Green Bay Prof. Kristy Deetz (Art) and her husband, Edward S. Louis, recently came out via Elm Grove Publishing and is available through all major book sellers.

Said to be “an inspired collection of intriguing paintings by Kristy Deetz, accompanied by charming and satirical stories by Edward S. Louis. Join the shape-shifting Rabbit, along with his best friend and astute sidekick Kitty Boy (both close friends of The Artist) as they venture into a land of visual and linguistic imagination, enthusiastically posting as art critics! Clever conversations between the two characters spark interpretation of the images, connecting with ideas from art history and theory, along with subtly dark humor—and plenty of puns!”

Kristy Deetz
Kristy Deetz

It’s been a busy year for Deetz: At the February College Art Association Conference, Feb. 12-15, 2020, Hilton Chicago, Deetz participated in the following events. (CAA, as the preeminent international leadership organization in the visual arts, promotes these arts and their understanding through advocacy, intellectual engagement, and a commitment to the diversity of practices and practitioners, she chaired and presented in the panel session, An Overview of Contemporary Painting and Materiality. She spent a year organizing and preparing for the session that included Jason Mitcham, one of our former artists-in-residence from the University of Florida. She is currently seeking publication options for the presentation. Here’s more:

Many contemporary painters have made materials the principal actor in their works, taking center stage with regard to meaning, form and content.  What does this new materiality propose? Studying the materials in a painting uncovers process, metaphorical associations of physical substances, and evolving meaning or power to signify, as well as the materials’ aesthetic qualities. Materiality draws upon such diverse fields as material culture, anthropology, technology, and the history of science.  A study of painting materials opens new dialogues and layers of interpretation that cross socio-economic and cultural boundaries, uncovering questions about our global economy. Materiality encourages reciprocal influence of studio disciplines opening new investigations of what is painted on and painted with along with possibilities of the immaterial, ephemeral, durational, or conceptual in painting. Might this current focus on materials in contemporary painting be fueled by technological breakthroughs in the world of material sciences? Is it a response to our virtual, digital world and ‘screen’ culture? Or an increasing awareness of global climate change and the environment?  This session includes an overview of the topic with individual panelists presenting their unique approaches and perspectives to materials within the current milieu. 

For the session Art Happens: Amazing Women, she interviewed internationally acclaimed Chicago artist, Phyllis Bramson. Through four sequential conversations, this session features successful women artists, who have maintained highly productive creative practices from 20 to 50 years. Interviews: Reni Gower and Virginia Derryberry; TeaYoun Kim-Kassor and Edra Soto; Patricia Briggs and Miriam Schaer; Kristy Deetz and Phyllis Bramson.

This year she also served as Chair of the CAA jury for the Distinguished Teaching of Art Award.

Meanwhile, her artwork has been featured in two recent traveling exhibitions:  FLASHPOINT: Material / Intent / Fused. (Weavings, digital prints, and encaustic paintings.) Venues so far have been Piedmont Arts Museum, Martinsville, VA; Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA; and next, University of Southern California, Chico.  Compulsory Measures: (Three large acrylic paintings on cotton cloth.) Venues: Esther Prangley Rice Gallery, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD, The Art Museum, SUNY Potsdam; International Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, TX; The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University, Dallas, PA.

Tuesday, May 5 is Giving Tuesday! Support the Tuition Assistance Fund

Giving Tuesday is a nationwide global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Giving Tuesday usually occurs in November, but this year it has shifted to May, across the globe, in lieu of the COVID-19 pandemic. At UW-Green Bay, Giving Tuesday efforts are focused on meeting the most immediate needs of University students who are experiencing hardship during this COVID19 pandemic. Contributions to the Tuition Assistance Fund on #Givingtuesday will directly support the students identified to be most in need. UW-Green Bay has provided a secure link for your contribution. Thank you!

Prof. Vince Lowery to deliver CAHSS Virtual Conference Keynote

UW-Green Bay’s Director of Student Success and Engagement, Prof. Vince Lowery, will deliver the Virtual Keynote, “How HIP Is Your Education? High Impact Practices and the World You’re Preparing For” to kick off the CAHSS Virtual Conference. Join the Zoom Meeting May 4, 2020 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. More at


Community members make masks for UW-Green Bay students

Volunteers in the Green Bay community created face masks of all sizes for the students at UW-Green Bay. Many thanks go to Eileen Kolb, Elizabeth Steffel and Connie Roiko who donated colorful masks to the Campus Cupboard to meet the needs of students who live on and off campus. Students can pick up their mask at the Resident Life Community Center.

The Office of International Education launching internships

The Office of International Education has launched a new way for students to connect with the world, develop skills, and build career experience from the comfort and safety from home through online international internships. Students can be placed in a variety of fields in small to mid-size companies in London or Liverpool, U.K.  Additional locations and disciplines are coming soon. More information available online here.


Faculty/Student Note: Lecturer Matthew Geimer and student Alexis Bauer publication

Lecturer Matthew Geimer (Business Administration) and May 2020 graduate Alexis Bauer (Democracy and Justice Studies) coauthored the article “End of Life Decision-Making for Individuals with Disabilities.” The article was published in the Elder Law & Special Needs Journal of Wisconsin, Vol. No. 30, Issue No. 1, for the State Bar of Wisconsin. Their work addresses the legal and ethical considerations for end of life decision-making for individuals with a disability in Wisconsin.

Spring University Leadership Awards announced

The Office of Student Life is pleased to announce the recipients of the Spring 2020 Chancellor’s Leadership Medallions and the University Leadership Awards! More than 600 students were nominated for this semester’s awards, which recognize a combination of academic achievement and campus and community contributions. In an effort to preserve the health and safety of students and guests of the University, the University Leadership Awards ceremony will no longer take place on May 15, 2020. While there is no in-person ceremony, UWGB and the Office of Student Life will be recognizing recipients online and through social media from May 8-15, 2020. Please be on the lookout for an official message of congratulations from Chancellor Michael Alexander on Friday, May 8, 2020 and for our Photo Album on Facebook (@uwgbstudentlife) during the week of May 11-15! Special thanks to members of the University Leadership Awards Selection Committee for their review of over 300 fully-completed applications.