UW-Green Bay Professor Shares His Story as a Hmong Refugee

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Growing up in the lush, isolated jungles of Southeast Asia, Pao Lor said it was hard to imagine a world beyond his village.“When you’re a little kid, everything is big. The trees are big. The mountains are big,” Lor said. “That’s all that you knew, and that’s all that you saw. You didn’t know what goes beyond the mountain that’s in front of you.”Thinking back on that time — tucked away from the people, cities, even wars beyond the mountains — feels “surreal,” said Lor, who now lives in Kimberly, Wis., and works as a professor at UW-Green Bay. But he’s spent a lot of time reflecting on those memories recently. Over the past few years, Lor has been working on a memoir about his childhood journey, which was published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. The memoir, “Modern Jungles: A Hmong Refugee’s Childhood Story of Survival,” recounts the first 14 years of Lor’s life, when he fled from his home in Laos to refugee camps in Thailand before eventually making his way to the U.S. Lor said he wanted to share insight into the Hmong American experience, one shared by nearly 50,000 people in Wisconsin, and capture some of the powerful memories from his youth.(Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society Press)“These memories have been playing in my head for a very long time,” Lor said.

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INTERVIEW: Turning Green Bay into a national research reserve

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – The Bay of Green Bay is the largest freshwater estuary in the world. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is leading the charge to have the bay declared a National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR). That designation could open up $1 million in federal and state funding every year for stewardship, water research and education. Chris Roth talked with UWGB biology professor Matt Dornbush, dean of the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, who has a background in restoring ecosystems. You can read Jeff Alexander’s coverage of the research reserve campaign at https://www.wbay.com/2021/03/29/efforts-underway-to-designate-bay-of-green-bay-a-national-research-reserve.

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Fewer high school seniors in Wisconsin are applying for federal student aid for college | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) The pandemic has impacted many things and now some worry a college education might be the next casualty. Fewer students are applying for federal student aid and experts want to change that.High school seniors preparing for college use the FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid form to apply for financial aid. But this year the head of Achieve Brown County says FAFSA completion rates are down 10 percent and that has him worried.

“Our high school students have been through a lot this last year,” said Jennifer Jones.

Jones is the vice chancellor for enrollment at UW-Green Bay and on the FAFSA team.

“Ask for help. We have offices at all of these institutions just ready and waiting for somebody to come and say I need help finishing this little task, so I can take that next step towards enrollment,” Jones said.

Source: Fewer high school seniors in Wisconsin are applying for federal student aid for college | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

6:30 Concert: ‘No Reservations’ is streaming live, Thursday, April 15

The Next Best Thing: Connecting Through Music in Spite of Everything  with Michelle McQuade Dewhirst is the next 6:30 Concert.

The pandemic has forced musicians to rethink the ways in which they relate to their audiences and to each other. In this talk, McQuade Dewhirst discusses pieces she has written in the past year for musicians who are finding new ways to connect in a time of crisis. She is a composer, horn player and Professor of Music at UW-Green Bay.

Streaming live April 15, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. on the Weidner Center’s YouTube Channel.

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay library could be demolition target – Construction & Demolition Recycling

The eight-story David A. Cofrin Library on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB) campus may be headed toward the demolition process, if a planned budget item is passed in the Badger State.The proposed Wisconsin 2021-2023 budget item involves a $96 million expenditure to demolish and replace the campus library, according to an early April news item on the Green Bay-based Press Times website.The existing library opened in 1972, and planners have concluded that renovations would be more costly and less efficient than replacing the nearly 50-year-old structure, according to the report.The demolition and rebuilding process will require approval from both chambers of the Wisconsin legislature as well as a joint finance committee, says the Press Times.

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Pao Lor chronicles the Wisconsin Hmong refugee experience in ‘Modern Jungles’ – The NEWcomer

Dr. Pao Lor and his family fled the war-ravaged country of Laos when he was just five years old. After settling in Wisconsin in 1980, Lor had a fairly typical Green Bay upbringing of playing sports and looking up to icons such as Bart Starr and John Wooden.Lor, the Patricia Wood Baer Professor of Education at UW-Green Bay, cataloged his experiences navigating history, identity, and resettlement in the newly-published Wisconsin Historical Society Press memoir Modern Jungles: A Hmong Refugee’s Childhood Story of Survival. While Lor’s story is deeply personal, it also reflects a broader perspective on the refugee experience.

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More than a view: UW-Green Bay’s efforts to identify area waters as national reserve | WLUK

GREEN BAY (WLUK) — With every season comes new opportunities to both explore and appreciate fresh water sources in Northeast Wisconsin.FOX 11’s Maggie LaMere spends the morning at Communiversity Park learning how the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is doing just that.UW-Green Bay is currently working to identify our area fresh waters as a national reserve.LaMere speaks with members of the University about ways we can all work to protect our fresh waters.

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How to Set, Track and Hit 6 SMART Goals for Weight Loss | Weight Loss | MyFitnessPal

In order to successfully lose weight and keep it off, you need to set goals to make sustainable lifestyle changes a reality. But goal-setting is an art in itself, and vague pie-in-the-sky resolutions like “get in shape” or “lose 30 pounds this year” are rarely enough to keep your motivation up for the long haul. They also don’t give you the framework you need to take action.That’s where SMART goals, or goals which are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound, give you the roadmap you need to be successful. “SMART goals are motivating because they provide a clear timeline and performance standards which can be challenging, yet attainable, for you to work toward,” explains Alan Chu, PhD, director of the Motivation and Performance Research Lab and chair of the Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology master’s program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. “Because they’re specific and measurable, they also allow you to monitor your progress and adjust your goals accordingly along the way.”

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