UW-Green Bay mourns the passing of retired Professor Peter Smith

UW-Green Bay mourns the passing of retired professor, Peter Smith, who passed away on Oct. 13, 2020. His teaching career started at Louisiana State University as an assistant professor of Marketing and he retired from UW-Green Bay as an associate professor of Marketing. He inspired many through his lectures, clever anecdotes, mentoring, and scholarly contributions.

“Peter died a loved, brilliant man with conviction, integrity, and honor. A gentleman in every sense of the word. He had a heart of gold that few had the privilege of seeing. Many would describe him as charming, entertaining, witty with a fantastic sense of humor, that could make anyone smile,” according to his obituary.

A small, private memorial service will be held in Green Bay before Peter goes home to West Lafayette, Indiana.  See his obituary, here.

Virtual piano concert explores American romanticism, Nov. 2

Green Bay, Wis.—University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music will present American Romantics; Piano Pieces for Four Hands on Monday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. In keeping with University policy and COVID-19 restrictions on public events, the concert will be livestreamed from Fort Howard Hall in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts with no in-person attendance. The concert will be livestreamed and accessible via the Weidner Center’s Youtube site at: www.youtube.com/WeidnerCenter. There will be no charge or tickets required to watch the concert. Audience members can simply view the streaming video on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.

The UW-Green Bay piano faculty, Associate Professor Michael Rector and Associate Lecturer Sylvia Hong will present rediscovered music by American composers for piano for four hands. The works showcase the variety of styles during the late 19th and early 20th century. According to Rector, the concert is preparation for a larger recording project. He and Ms. Hong spent the better part of a year researching piano pieces written for four hands by American composers from this time period. In describing the project and music, Rector states: “Massive quantities of four-hand music were published but most of it is forgettable salon music or pale imitations of great composers. Our program for the concert and recording is works that we feel are unjustly neglected.”

The program will offer a variety of styles from the period, including lighter fare like dances and short character pieces that aren’t often heard in concert. None of the pieces presented have ever been recorded before and many of the scores are very rare. The highlight of the concert will be a piece composed by Arthur Bird entitled Fantastic Caprice. This piece exists only in a manuscript held at the Library of Congress.

Michael Rector received his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from the Manhattan School of Music. He also holds a Masters of Music (MM) from the University of Maryland, and Artistic Diploma from the Vancouver Academy of Music, as well as a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts in comparative literature from Oberlin College. Ms. Hong received a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory in 2012. She made her Carnegie Hall debut at just 16 as the winner of the National Russian Competition. Individually and as a duo the two have performed throughout the United States and around the world, particularly in South Korea where some of their career highlights include playing two sold- out concerts in the same day in Busan and being invited to play in the Olympic city of Gangneung during the 2018 Winter Olympic games.

About the Weidner Center
UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. The Center is a home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance productions, community events and productions and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. Beyond the large-scale touring productions that grace the stage, the Weidner Center also focuses on scholastic development, programming and an impactful education series – Stage Doors. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit www.WeidnerCenter.com, 920-465-2726, 800-895-0071, or follow the ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter).

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.


Alumna Halee Berens, who is working to become a physicians assistant through Concordia University.

Alumna Halee Behrens offers advice to students trying to get in to graduate school

Prof. Brian Merkel passed along this advice from alumni trying to get into graduate school. The following was shared by Halee Berens, who is working to become a physicians assistant through Concordia University.

Anything you think UW-Green Bay students should know?
Have confidence in yourself, you’ve come so far, you will make it! A trick to get shadowing hours: If you repeatedly get denied hours through the hospital shadowing service. Ask your grandparents or other relatives if they see a PA and have them ask if they would be willing to allow you to shadow. It worked for me twice! Get involved on campus! Serve in a leadership position of a club or participate in a research study. Volunteer. Make yourself a well rounded applicant. Start accumulating patient care experience hours early. CNA, EMT, ER tech, Lab tech are all popular ways to obtain hours. Healthcare experience is necessary and is very competitive when applying to schools. Scribe hours DO NOT count as patient care experience hours, however many of my classmates were scribes and they are very knowledgeable.

Being competitive?
Ever since high school you have been competing to be the best-of-the-best in order to be accepted into the next step of your education. Once you are accepted into a PA program, that fierce competition ends. Grades will no longer define who you are, you just have to pass the exam and the class in order to be successful. Once you graduate from the program and pass the PANCE no one cares about your grades. Your PA class will be like your family. We all help each other out in order to succeed by sharing ideas, making study guides, and answering questions. Being a PA is about being a member of a team, so you all work together to achieve the same goal.

The following electives taken during my time at UW-Green Bay have proven to be beneficial for me in succeeding in my current classes:
Cancer Biology
Advanced Microbiology
Human Anatomy (cadaver) Lab

My #1 piece of advice:
To those of you debating whether to apply to school as a junior or wait until after you graduate: Take the gap year. You never know what opportunities may come to you your senior year. You may take a new class that sparks your interest, participate in research and present at symposiums, become nominated for a university award, or achieve that honor roll status upon graduation that you have worked so hard to obtain. If you wait to apply until after graduation, all of your achievements from senior year will be included and can make you stand out compared to other candidates.

Take your time, obtain experience, make some additional money to pay for school, and relax for awhile, because once you begin the program, it is about 26 months of accelerated nonstop education. The youngest students in my class are 23 and our oldest is 40. There is no set time you need to apply. Do it when you are truly ready.

CAHSS, CSOB hosting Green Bay Area Public School students with virtual field trips

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has brought uncertainty about the future in many ways, the Green Bay Area Public School District and its higher education partners are still encouraging students to make plans for post-secondary education and careers after high school. The District, in partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) and UW-Green Bay, is hosting a series of virtual field trips, in which students in grades 10-12 can learn more about the career paths they are interested in. The series of virtual field trips has been designed to support each student’s academic and career planning process (ACP). Students will have the opportunity to hear from people in various careers, virtually view the NWTC and UW-Green Bay learning spaces, ask questions and more. At UW-Green Bay, these are the invited events:

Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 1 to 2:30, Cofrin School of Business Open House
Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science, Common Cause: Beyond Sustainability

Students should visit gbaps.org/ACP for more information and to register.


Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Clarinetist Eric Hansen set for livestream concert in Green Bay

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music’s 6:30 Concert Series will present its second live stream concert of the season at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26. “Travel in Place,” will feature clarinetist Eric Hansen of the music faculty. “I wanted to share fun, travel-themes clarinet solo music with everyone this year since so many of us are eager for a fun trip or vacation,” Hansen says.

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Clarinetist Eric Hansen set for live stream concert in Green Bay – We Are Green Bay

Democracy in Crisis: Challenges and Solutions event this week

You are invited to the “Democracy in Crisis: Challenges and Solutions” free, non-partisan panel and virtual symposium open to all on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 at 6 p.m. Registration is required, here. You will be sent the Zoom webinar link the day before the session. If you would like to submit a question for our panelists, you may do so on the registration page.

“Given the counting of votes in Wisconsin is likely to extend past Nov. 3 we need to understand how the U.S. Constitution and Wisconsin state laws govern the electoral process. Particularly in 2020, it’s imperative that we adjust expectations and push back on efforts to short-circuit essential steps. This Zoom-based webinar will last approximately one hour and will focus on unconventional threats facing this election and solutions at hand.”

Please join former Congressman Reid Ribble, former Senator Timothy Wirth, co-founder of Keep Our Republic, and constitutional lawyer Mary McCord of Georgetown Law School for an open discussion of the election challenges and solutions, moderated by Prof. Aaron Weinschenk, Ben J. and Joyce Rosenberg Professor and chair of Political Science at UW-Green Bay.

Co-sponsored by UW-Green Bay and Keep Our Republic.

$500 cash prize for Student Business Idea Pitch Contest

Sponsored by Dental City, the Fall 2020 UWGB Student Business Idea [Virtual] Pitch Contest is this semester’s version of the business (startup, new business, new product, new nonprofit, new social enterprise/entrepreneurial endeavor, new community project) idea pitch contest held every semester at UW-Green Bay. All UW-Green Bay students on all four campuses and from all majors are eligible to enter a 90-second or less publicly accessible video link.

Dental City provides the generous cash prizes of $500 for first place, $300 for second, $100 for third, and $100 for a People’s Choice Award (given to an entry by the judges that is not in the top three).

To enter, 1) email Ryan Kauth at KauthR@uwgb.edu for the judges’ scorecard so you know how you will be evaluated and 2) fill out the application on the website.

Deadline to enter is 11:59pm Central time, Monday, Nov. 30.

Note: if you have entered this specific semesterly business idea contest before, you can enter again but you must enter with a new idea. All entries will be announced via email and publicity, and the prize winners will be announced via email and publicity in mid December once judges’ scores have been complied.

Questions? Email Ryan Kauth KauthR@uwgb.edu.