Jon Shelton

UW-Green Bay Prof. Jon Shelton awarded National Academy of Education fellowship to study how the connection between education and economic opportunity affects political divisions today

Shelton one of 30 selected from more than 200 applicants

If your vision of “living history” is an aging professor prattling on about his early years, you have yet to meet UW-Green Bay Associate Professor, Jon Shelton (Democracy and Justice Studies).

Shelton’s approach to understanding history is to research the thread of an event or concept from its origins, follow the significant developments over time and engage students in discussion about the way it is being lived or applied now. Students learn how lessons from the past might inform decisions today.

His research focuses on the intersection of history and education, an area on which he has built a reputation as a national scholar. He is regularly contacted by reporters (New York Times, TIME, Washington Post, etc.) who are looking for context behind national stories about education and labor relations.

To further his research, Shelton has been awarded a prestigious postdoctoral grant from the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Fellowship Program, which supports “early career scholars working in critical areas of education research,” according to the NAEd website.

“One of the best features of the fellowship,” said Shelton, “is the opportunity to network with other research fellows and members of the National Academy. It gives me the opportunity to think outside of my own discipline, which is also consistent with the interdisciplinary, problem-focused nature of UW-Green Bay.”

Shelton will use the research fellowship to explore the historical connections between education, economic opportunity, and political divisions in America.

“I was trained as a labor historian, but now I also do work in the history of education,” said Shelton. In fact, his dissertation[1] won an award from the Labor and Working-Class History Association and his book[2] won the First Book Award from the International Standing Conference on the History of Education.

“The main reason I became interested in my current topic has to do with my students in Democracy and Justice Studies,” Shelton continued. “It was clear these students believed in the value of education, but a lot of them talked about family members who had college degrees and still could not find jobs. They voiced lower expectations about what a college education would actually do for them. This got me curious about what Americans thought about education and economic opportunity or economic security over time.”

Shelton said the Democratic Party in the ‘60s had bipartisan support for the idea that education was just one part of a host of social democratic policies necessary to alleviate poverty and give all Americans economic security. By the ‘90s, however, many national Democrats increasingly called for investing public funds in education and job re-training as their major policy for increasing economic inequality.

In the decades afterward, Shelton believes, as investments in education failed to provide good jobs to everyone and jobs moved to other countries, a real resentment bubbled up from the grassroots. Successful politicians, he said, have been able to mobilize disaffected, blue-collar groups, especially in the upper Midwest, who express a desire to “discipline these educators who are spending our tax dollars needlessly.”

As a consequence, Shelton posited, in the past few years, there has been both an assault on the political center from the right, and an existential discussion among the Democrats about where they’re going to go, as a few Democratic presidential candidates challenge some Democratic norms.

“What I’m going to do is look at how various people have made the economic argument for education, going back as far as the 19th century, and how that’s changed over time,” said Shelton. “I’m a proponent of public investment in education, obviously, but I think the narrative that education can solve all problems has come at the expense of other things policy-makers should have considered in order to provide full economic citizenship for all Americans. If that had happened, I don’t think we’d be seeing the big levels of resentment we see right now in both parties.

Shelton’s research will take him away from teaching for a full academic year, starting now, spring term 2020. Losing a faculty member from an eight-person department can have a significant impact on remaining faculty, but Shelton said he’s received tremendous support from his peers and from university administration.

“My department chair, Alison Staudinger, and our dean, Chuck Ryback, have been ‘150% supporters’ of this fellowship,” said Shelton. “And my colleagues’ only question has been, “How do we make this work?””

Although Shelton’s research will take him away from UW-Green Bay, he won’t be too far.

“The nature of historical research involves visiting archives,” said Shelton. “I’ll be visiting the National Education Association archives in Washington, D.C., and I’ll visit other sites across the upper Midwest. I’m planning to visit UW-Madison, the state archives of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan, the Reuther Library in Detroit to see the American Federation of Teachers archives, the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock and the Johnson Presidential Library in Austin. I’m still scoping out some of the study plan, so there will probably be more visits like that.”

Shelton is already integrating some of his research findings into his classroom.

“I’m fortunate to work in an academic unit that engages all of us on the faculty in pursuit of a similar question about democracy and social justice, so I don’t see any way that this would not inform our classwork. In fact, a lot of the questions I’m exploring came from classroom discussions.”

The collaborative campus environment is what drew Shelton to Green Bay.

“I came to UW-Green Bay in 2013 because I was attracted by the interdisciplinary, problem-focused nature of the campus,” Shelton said. “It sounds corny, but I am lucky to be in arguably the best academic unit that exists anywhere in the country. We’re small, but we’re devoted to a common project that transcends our disciplines: What makes societies equitable, what makes them change, how they can become more equitable?

“Students come to study with us because they are excited about that question,” he said. “Many go on to grad school or law school or become labor organizers across the country.”

Shelton is also preparing a second book, which will explore what his research has revealed about history’s influence on contemporary politics. He hopes it will resonate with the general reader and national policy makers.

“One of my goals is to explain how we got to this point,” said Shelton. “The other goal is to look at the arguments people have made to connect education, economics and politics, and to learn where those arguments were helpful and where they were not.

“I hope people will read the book and talk about how we have come to think about politics today,” he concluded. “I also hope this will inform political debates about education and economic policy for the future.”

And that brings history to life.

[1] “Against the Public: Teacher Strikes and the Decline of Liberalism, 1968-1981,” University of Maryland, 2013. Advisor: Julie Greene

[2] “Teacher Strike! Public Education and the Making of a New American Political Order,” University of Illinois Press/Working Class in American History series, 2017.

UW-Green Bay Counseling and Health releases statement on campus response to the coronavirus

The following memorandum was sent to the UW-Green Bay community regarding a virus outbreak in China from Amy Henniges, Counseling and Health director:

“As you may be aware, there is an outbreak of a new virus in China, called “2019nCoV” or “Wuhan Coronavirus.” The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay expresses its deepest concerns and support to the people of Wuhan.

Please be advised that no students have arrived from Wuhan, China this semester and there are no reported cases of the Coronavirus on our campuses.  CDC has provided information to all travelers from Wuhan, China with information and what steps they should take if signs/symptoms develop. In addition, we have reached out to students who may have traveled to Wuhan, China over break and provided information related to the outbreak, symptoms and protocol to follow if they become ill.

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is a top priority. University officials are closely and continuously monitoring this situation and are taking every measure and action that is being directed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Brown County Public Health. 

If there is any information that would indicate an actual health emergency related to the Coronavirus, we will be sending an immediate emergency notification.

Please read the following link at the CDC for specific information:

CDC FAQ https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

If you recently traveled to Wuhan, China or have been in direct contact with someone who has, and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, within 14 days of travel, you should follow the CDC’s recommendations as attached:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf

  • If you are a student, you may call the Counseling and Health Center during regular business hours at 920-465-2380 for assistance if needed.

Please remember that it is also currently flu and respiratory season and it is recommended that you follow CDC’s everyday precautions to prevent the spread of germs:

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/prevention.htm

Additionally, UW-Green Bay has also developed a FAQ with campus specific details that will soon be available at the Counseling and Health website.

Any questions should be directed to the Counseling and Health Center at 920-465-2380 or Brown County Public Health Department at 920-448-6400 or Wisconsin Department of Health Services at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov

All media inquiries should be directed to the Marketing and University Communications Department at 920-465-2527. 

Further information will be updated as it becomes available.”

 

Nordic Skiers earn honors

The Green Bay Nordic Ski team raced at the CCSA Gitchi Gami Games in Cable, Wisconsin, over the weekend. Redshirt junior Maria Schoening earned the CCSA performance of the week honor with her first collegiate win in the women’s sprint on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Schoening reached the semifinals with a top 12 time in the five heat quarterfinals that featured 27 skiers.  She then had the top time in the two heats in the semifinals. The redshirt junior capped off the win in the finals with a time of 3:36.28, nearly four seconds faster than the second place finisher.

In the men’s sprint, four members of the squad made it to the finals that only featured six skiers.  Freshman Jackson Adler claimed his first collegiate victory, taking the top spot with a time of 3:27.20. Redshirt junior Sam Myers took second right behind Adler with a time of 3:27.34. Juniors Tom Woolhouse and Shad Kraftson finished fourth and fifth with times of 3:29.38 and 3:30.66 respectively. More at greenbayphonenix.com.

UW-Green Bay to begin waiving the $50 application fee for Wisconsin Technical College transfers

Move removes barrier restricting students from completing applications

Green Bay, Wis.—Officials from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay have announced that the University will waive the $50 application fee for prospective students who wish to transfer directly from any and all Wisconsin Technical Colleges System (WTCS) institutions. The change is immediate and for students registering for either summer or fall 2020 terms and beyond.

“We know this fee is a barrier for some students, and there are a number of applications that are never completed because they are missing this fee,” explains Jennifer Jones, UW-Green Bay’s assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Services. “We hope the new policy will encourage students to transfer and complete their bachelor’s degree in on-campus or online programs at any of our four campuses. We know a bachelor’s degree will open more doors for these students.”

Jones says that when a student completes the UW System online application for UW-Green Bay, they simply need to select “Skip Payment” when prompted for the application fee payment. This policy will include applications currently being processed by UW-Green Bay for which the fee has not yet been paid. The fee, which typically covers application processing (software, wages and overhead) is being covered by other means.

“This isn’t just about UW-Green Bay,” Jones says. “Our region and state need more bachelor’s degree holders to meet the need of employers in our region and the jobs of the future. UW-Green Bay is committed to serving our community and making higher education more accessible is one way we can do that.”

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) President Jeffrey Rafn, agrees.

“Together, we are strengthening a partnership that benefits both our students and the community,” Rafn said. “This new advantage will immediately impact the lives of our students who dream of completing their bachelor’s degree. I commend UW-Green Bay for the great work it is doing in removing barriers and simplifying the transfer process. Making sure our students succeed is at the heart of everything we do at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and this is another step forward.”

UW-Green Bay has provided a number of paths for students to get from their technical college degrees to bachelor’s degree completion.

Jones says that the “traditional” path to a bachelor’s degree becomes less defined each day. Many students complete their technical college degree and then begin their career and establish themselves in the community, but they still eventually want the bachelor’s degree. UW-Green Bay has a variety of options, from in-person to online, and bachelor’s degree completion options at all four (Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan) campuses.

Current transfer Rich McKay said he can see the virtues of the fee waiver and in his experience, transferring from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College was a seamless process.

“My experience at UW-Green Bay has been great,” McKay said. “And the transition between the two schools was seamless. I was able to visit with a UW-Green Bay admissions counselor right at NWTC. Advisor Hannah Fameree gave me a verbal ‘map’ of what I was doing at NWTC and what it would take to complete a bachelor’s degree at UW-Green Bay. The next time we met, she showed me the ‘map’ in writing, and all I had to do was coordinate with both advisors. McKay, a defense contractor who hopes to graduate in summer or fall of 2020, is an Organizational Leadership major with an emphasis in project management.

“I think the fee waiver is a great idea,” he said, “and another way the two schools are working together to improve the needs of students in the region.”

While short-term promotions have been used within the UW System to incentivize applications, UW-Green Bay officials believe that the University is the first UW System school to incorporate a blanket fee waiver for any student transferring directly from any WTCS institution.

This initiative is another in a long list of opportunities the University has put in place in response to its mission, “a commitment to a university that promotes access, career success, cross-discipline collaboration, cultural enrichment, economic development, entrepreneurship and environmental sustainability…”

Other programs and initiatives include College Credit in High School, Phuture Phoenix, TurboCharge, A2B (Associate to Bachelor’s Degrees), articulation agreements for seamless transfer, Gateways to Phoenix Success (GPS), and others.

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.

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2020 UW-Green Bay Alumni Awards Collage

UW-Green Bay to recognize outstanding young and distinguished alumni at 2020 Alumni Awards Dinner, Feb. 28

LaForce President and CEO Brian Mannering will receive an Honorary Alumni Award

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will recognize a number of outstanding alumni and one honorary alumnus at the 2020 Alumni Awards Dinner, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 in the Phoenix Rooms on the Green Bay Campus at 5 p.m. The event is open to the public. The cost is $50 per person. For more information, contact the UW-Green Bay Alumni Office at 920-465-2074 or alumni@uwgb.edu.

Receiving this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award are Neil Diboll ’78, Todd Jadin ’84, Paul Northway ’90 and Lisa Merkel ’00 and ’10. Diana Delbecchi ’10 and Amanda Reitz ’08 will be honored with the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award and Brian Mannering, CEO and president of LaForce, will be designated as an Honorary Alumnus.

The Alumni Awards highlight UW-Green Bay graduates and other individuals who have made special contributions to UW-Green Bay, their communities and professions. Awardees go through a nomination and selection process by committee consisting of internal staff and past Alumni Award recipients. About the awardees:

Neil Diboll
Neil Diboll

Neil Diboll ’78 (Environmental Sciences) is currently a prairie ecologist at the Prairie Nursery in Westfield, Wis. He attended the University of Michigan Biological Station in Pellston, MI (Boot Camp for Biologists) during the summer of 1977. He has since worked for the U.S. Park Service in Virginia, the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado and the University of Wisconsin. In 1982, Diboll began his involvement with Prairie Nursery, producing native plants and seeds and designing native landscapes. He has since devoted his efforts to championing the use of prairie plants, as well as native trees, shrubs and wetland plants, in contemporary American landscapes. In addition to helping popularize the use of native plants long before they were “cool,” Diboll developed the first scientific methodology for designing prairie seed mixes. Diboll’s work includes designs for residential, commercial and public spaces throughout the Midwest and Northeast United States. The essence of Diboll’s philosophy is that we, as stewards of the planet, must work to preserve and increase the diversity of native plants and animals with which we share our world. The protection of our natural heritage and our soil and water resources is essential to maintaining a high quality of life for today and for the children of future generations to come.

Todd Jadin
Todd Jadin

Todd Jadin ’84 (Business Administration) is vice president of Associate Relations and Talent Management for Schneider, a premier provider of transportation, intermodal and logistics services. In this position, Jadin is responsible for delivering an exceptional associate experience on behalf of the company. He is accountable for corporate recruiting, learning and development, change management, associate relations, employment law compliance and the human capital processes—which includes performance appraisals, succession planning and overall talent management. He began his professional career with Schneider in Feb. 1985 as an extended coverage manager. Since then, he has held leadership positions in nearly every operating unit of the business. Previous roles during his 35-year tenure have included director of Network Planning, general manager of Integrated Delivery Fleet Services, senior vice president of Dedicated Services, senior vice president of Operations, vice president of Alliance Capacity and vice president of Schneider’s Mexico division. As an industry expert, he has represented Schneider on the Council of Logistics Management, the North American Transportation Alliance, the American Trucking Associations Intermodal Council and the BNSF Customer Advisory Board. He has also been recognized as a “Logistics Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine. Most recently, he was awarded the inaugural Don Schneider Presidential Award by Schneider in Feb. 2019. Jadin served or continues to serve his community in his role on the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Green Bay, the UW-Green Bay Founders Association and the UW-Green Bay Alumni Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Schneider Foundation core team. In addition, Jadin has been actively involved in youth basketball in the Green Bay area. He serves as president of the Green Bay Area Girls Basketball Association, he coached numerous boys and girls Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball teams and he was a member of the boys’ varsity staff at Notre Dame Academy High School. He has been married to his wife, Sara, for 30 years, and together they have four children: Hanna, Kate, Dante and Tessa.

Paul Northway ’90 (Business Administration, Political Science) joined American National Bank in 2013 as part of a succession plan for key executives who were retiring. In his current role as CEO, Northway is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the local business bank, as well as being the caretaker of the company’s culture. Northway is also a member of the bank’s Board of Directors. With nearly 30 years of experience in the financial industry, Northway is very adept at developing mutually beneficial relationships throughout the community. Prior to joining American National Bank, Northway had leadership roles at Baylake Bank (regional

Paul Northway
Paul Northway

president) and Associated Bank (Commercial Banking Team leader). Northway is a lifelong resident of Northeast Wisconsin, having grown up in De Pere. He obtained an MBA at UW-Oshkosh and completed the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. Passionate about his alma mater, Northway and his wife, Kristin, have established a scholarship at UW-Green Bay for business students. He serves as a member of the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees. A season ticket holder for men’s basketball and a supporter of the Phoenix Fund, you will find him cheering on the Phoenix from his seats behind the bench. Additionally, Northway regularly speaks to classes on campus about the topic of selling and sales management. In 2012, he was recognized by the Cofrin School of Business as an honorary inductee into Sigma Beta Delta. Other community involvement includes service on the board of directors and executive committee of both, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley and Curative Connections. Northway served as the chair of Curative’s Rising Tide Capital Campaign in 2018. His contributions in the community have been recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin (Marie Krohn Award) and Neighborworks Green Bay (Community Builder Award). Northway and his wife have two children, Andrew, a current UW-Green Bay student, and Aaron.

Lisa Merkel
Lisa Merkel

Lisa Merkel ’00 and ’10 (Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning) A passionate teacher, Merkel has been an educator at Green Bay West High School since 2001, where she currently teaches Physical Science and Chemistry classes. The effects of poverty on learning was the focus of her research as a graduate student at UW-Green Bay. For nearly a decade, Merkel developed and taught two graduate classes related to the education of impoverished children to area educators and administrators through the UW-Green Bay Outreach Program (now Continuing Education and Community Engagement). She contributes her expertise on the effects of poverty on learning in a variety of programs including the Green Bay West Building Leadership Team, AVID, S3 teaching teams, Student Council and the Medical College of Wisconsin Equity Team. In 2014, won an equity award from the Green Bay Education Association for her dedication and commitment to uniting cultures through education. In 2016, Merkel was awarded the Herb Kohl Foundation Fellowship Award for teaching excellence and innovation in the State of Wisconsin. In 2018, she received a Serious About STEM (SAS) grant for $100,000 from the Medical College of Wisconsin to implement the program she developed to increase positive outcomes for first-generation female students interested in STEM fields. Lisa and her husband, UW-Green Bay Professor Brian Merkel, love spending time with their three beautiful children and Jade, an unapologetically spoiled Weimaraner and true baby of the family.

Diana Delbecchi 10 (Psychology and Human Development) is a passionate social justice advocate with a key interest in refugee rights and issues around educational equity. After graduating from UW-Green Bay in 2010, she served as the University’s Student Employment and Scholarships coordinator for almost five years. Leaving to pursue her own dreams of a higher education, she moved to Ireland and received a Master’s Degree in Gender, Globalisation and Rights. Since graduating in 2016, she has spent time working abroad in a refugee camp providing educational programming for out-of-school refugee youth, where she conducted a research project that led to the design and implementation of the first youth education program in a refugee camp of 700 residents. Delbecchi also helped found a local group for resettled refugee youth in Green Bay called the United ReSisters. This group helps make the dreams of college education accessible, affordable and achievable for these young women. The group recently published a book on their experiences titled “The First Winter.” Delbecchi also served as the assistant director for a freshmen travel program at St. Norbert College and is currently the Green Bay Area Public School’s first-ever Community Schools Resource coordinator. Delbecchi was a contributing author for the scholarly publication, “Journey to Refuge: Understanding the Refugee, Exploring Trauma, and Best Practices for Newcomers and Schools.”

Amanda Reitz ’08 (Elementary Education) is the founder of Happily Ever After Animal Sanctuary (HEA). She was born, raised, educated and now lives in Green Bay. Reitz’s passion is simple; she loves creating positive change for pets and people across the nation. She founded HEA at just 21-years old. This dream wasn’t supported by everyone. Her father’s words were, “forget about it…it’s never going to happen.” Ironically, he has been extensively involved every step of the way. Today, both of her parents and her brother have made HEA’s

Amanda Rietz
Amanda Rietz

mission their life’s work. Reitz founded HEA when many communities were killing more than 50% of the dogs and cats that entered their animal shelters. Since 2006, HEA has successfully paired more than 4,000 companion animals with loving families. While proud of the impact, Reitz is far from satisfied. There are still hundreds of thousands of animals dying in shelters every year. She wants to see a world where the life of every companion animal matters. Reitz has been recognized by UW-Green Bay’s Inside Magazine as a Service-Minded Alumni, the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce (1 of 20 People You Should Know), and by You Magazine (1 of 20 Women to Know). She’s also a graduate of Leadership Green Bay’s class of 2012. Grateful for her faith, her family and her community, Reitz finds the greatest joy in being able to engage her heart in the service of others—both people and pets.

Brian Mannering will receive the Honorary Alumni Award. Mannering is committed and passionate about the Green Bay community and the important role that UW-Green Bay plays in the continued growth and prosperity of Northeast Wisconsin. Although not an alumnus, the president and CEO of LaForce Inc., has demonstrated incredible support for UW-Green Bay. He is a member of the Phoenix men’s basketball golf

Brian Mannering
Brian Mannering

committee, is an avid fan, and spreads this excitement throughout the company he leads. Mannering and LaForce continue to support various initiatives throughout campus including a recent gift to the Phoenix Innovation Park and the development of the University’s new Mechanical Engineering Program. LaForce Inc., headquartered in Green Bay, Wis. with additional offices across the United States, is a leader in providing door opening solutions for life safety and building security. Mannering has a proven executive management track record with more than 30 years of experience driving sales and growth for LaForce. He began his career in shipping & receiving and has held numerous positions in the company, including vice president of sales and vice president. In 2007, he was named president of the growing company, and in 2016 he acquired the title of CEO. Mannering models efforts of community engagement and encourages LaForce employees to do the same through corporate donations and employee activities. A native of Green Bay, Mannering believes the development of a community has a strong impact on the success of a company. Mannering is a member of the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees and is an active supporter of the NEW Community Shelter. He previously served as a board member for the Green Bay Boys & Girls Club. Brian and his wife Amy have been married for 33 years and have three children: Austin, Alyssa (a UW-Green Bay graduate) and Brock.

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UW-Green Bay Professor Emeritus Hallet J. ‘Bud’ Harris honored by Wisconsin Academy

The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters announced on Jan. 14, 2020, the seven recipients of the 2020 Academy Fellows Award. Among them was UW-Green Bay Prof. Emeritus Hallet J. ‘Bud’ Harris (NAS), who has dedicated his career and life’s work to scientific solutions to Great Lakes issues.

“His research and advocacy laid the foundation for ecological restoration efforts that are among the most ambitious in the world,” according to his nominators. “His contributions to science and the people of Wisconsin hardly stopped in 1999, however. To this day, he is an effective leader in efforts to improve environmental quality and sustainable resource use in Wisconsin. His contributions range from front-line leadership in water quality issues to meaningful influence on discussions of climate change, environmental economics, and science education. His career as a scientist and leader is approaching 50 years, with no sign of retreat.”

Hallet 'Bud' Harris
Hallet ‘Bud’ Harris

Noteworthy is Harris’s significant publication record, but his major contributions to water science, according to colleagues, are manifest through well-documented influence on public policy. Outcomes of his work, chronicled prominently by reports, research documents, and on-the-ground actions, have led to precedent-setting investments in water quality abatements totaling more than a billion dollars and counting.

At UW-Green Bay, Harris taught undergraduate ecology and graduate courses in wetland ecology and ecosystem management. He and his students carried out research in coastal wetlands of Green Bay as part of the Wisconsin Sea Grant Green Bay Subprogram which he coordinated for eight years. Subsequently he served as “on site coordinator” of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) PCB Mass Balance Study. In that role, Harris laid the foundation for a PCB cleanup effort in the Fox River—said to be the largest fresh water clean-up in the world—resulting in the removal of 2.4 million tons of contaminated sediments. Harris also led consequential efforts to address nonpoint source pollution of sediments and nutrients, a second complex problem in the Fox River/Lower Green Bay ecosystem.

Serving on all three steering committees (Technical, Ad-hoc Science, and Outreach), he was instrumental in precipitating USEPA and Wisconsin DNR actions to develop total maximum daily load (TMDL) regulations for controlling runoff of phosphorous and suspended solids in the Lower Fox River Basin. During this process, he also obtained nearly $1 million in funding to engage high school students and teachers in a successful stream monitoring and education program in the Fox River Watershed. Among many other professional contributions, he currently serves as member and past chair for the Sea Grant Advisory Council, he is a member of the Science Advisory Board of the Wisconsin Initiative for Climate Change Impacts (WICCI), and he is a long-serving leader of the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance Advisory Board.

“The list of Dr. Harris’s leadership roles is truly remarkable, reflecting a passion for applying science to critical ecological and sociological challenges,” say his nominators. “He has contributed significantly to the peer-reviewed scientific literature and he has inspired and mentored hundreds of students. His most important legacy, however, will likely be the public policies and conservation actions that have happened because of his passionate commitment as an applied scientist and community leader.”

After receiving a bachelor of science from Coe College, he graduated with a master’s and Ph.D. from Iowa State University and joined UW–Green Bay in 1969, retiring in 1999. Harris presently serves in a science advisory capacity for four environmental organizations.

Big weekend coming up for GB Phoenix

There is plenty of opportunity to watch Green Bay basketball in action this Hall-of-Fame Weekend. Men’s basketball will host Oakland on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the Resch Center and Detroit Mercy, Saturday, Jan. 18 at Noon at the Resch. The Phoenix women host IUPUI at 7 p.m. Friday and UIC, Sunday at 1 p.m. for Alumni Day. Both of those games are at the Kress Center. See more at greenbayphoenix.com. Green Bay Athletics is set to induct seven former Phoenix greats to the Athletics Hall of Fame on January 18, 2020. This will be the 21st induction class in the Hall of Fame’s history. The announced 2020 class includes women’s soccer player Lisa Boeser ’96, softball player Katie Stauber (Cooney) ’10, men’s swimmer Zach Hansen ’04, former athletics administrator Marilyn McCarey, men’s Nordic skier Santiago Ocariz ’10, men’s soccer player Joshua Okoampa ’06 and women’s basketball standout Julie Wojta ’12. These seven inductees will be recognized for their athletics achievements, contributions and accomplishments during their successful time at Green Bay. More here. Your final chance to see the Swimming and Diving teams in action at home is this weekend with a Saturday, Jan. 18 meet at 1 p.m.

GB student athletes have 40th straight semester above a 3.0

UW-Green Bay student-athletes combined to achieve a department-wide grade point average of 3.35 in the fall of 2019, marking the 40th-consecutive semester above a 3.0 GPA. For the fall semester of 2019, 15 of the 16 sport programs at Green Bay achieved a semester grade point average of 3.0 or higher, while 12 of the 15 achieved higher than a 3.32.  Additionally, five of the 15 achieved higher than a 3.5 GPA. The mark of 3.35 extends Green Bay’s streak of semesters above a 3.3 GPA to 10 straight. The department was led by women’s golf with a 3.89 grade point average. In addition, women’s Nordic ski (3.81), volleyball (3.68), women’s basketball (3.66) and men’s swimming and diving (3.55) all posted GPAs above a 3.50.

A total of 174 student-athletes posted a 3.0 grade point average or higher, which accounted for more than 76 percent of all student-athletes. Forty student-athletes achieved a 4.0 GPA.

The percentage of student-athletes that received academic honors for the fall semester of 2019 (3.5 or higher) registered just over 53 percent, with a total of 121 student-athletes recognized for achieving Honors (3.5-3.749), High Honors (3.75-3.99) or the Highest Honors (4.0).

Lakeshore Wind Ensemble readies for concert Saturday, Jan. 18

The majestic Capitol Civic Centre will resound with classical and big band music when the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus’ Lakeshore Wind Ensemble (LWE) present “Vienna by the Lake” and the Lakeshore Big Band (LBB) delight audiences with “Anything Goes” with tunes from the Big Band era with movie music and everything in-between on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. The LWE portion is conducted by Marc Sackman, professor of music and director of bands at UWO-Fox Cities and conductor and music director of the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Lakeshore Wind Ensemble. The LBB portion is conducted by Chris Woller, guest music director and conductor.

Emily Kosloski
Emily Kosloski

Joining the LWE will be Manitowoc native and Broadway singer/Hollywood actress Emily Kosloski. The Manitowoc Lincoln High School graduate and holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Northwestern University. She is a television and stage actress who has performed in the Broadway Company and with the National Touring Company of Les Misérables. Other theatre credits include performing on London’s West End and at the Geffen Playhouse with Joan Rivers in Joan Rivers: A Work in Progress, and in regional theaters around the country. Her television credits include recurring roles in “Weird City,” “The Fosters,” “Dallas” and guest stars on “Shameless,” “Southland,” and “I Feel Bad.” She will be singing classical music from the operas Die Fledermaus and La Bohème. Sackman’s inspiration for the program is the New Year’s Eve concert in Vienna with music by Johann Strauss, II, you may just get up from your seat and start waltzing in the aisles!

Woller and the Lakeshore Big Band will showcase tunes from the Big Band era: Anything Goes!, Roy Eldridge’s Rockin’ Chairand more! The Big Band is dedicating Chuck Mangione’s Feels so Good to late LWE Founder and Conductor Emeritus Michael J. Arendt and late fellow LBB trumpeter Glen Harcus. This song was chosen since it was played at Mike’s final Lakeshore Big Band concert. Two additional vocalists, who are also very talented, will be joining the stage for the Big Band, local favorites David Bourgeois and Kim Hofmann.

Following the concert, the audience is invited to a reception in the Capitol Civic Centre’s Mertens Family Lobby to meet the conductors, musicians and vocalists.

Tickets for the LWE & LBB concert are available at the Capitol Civic Centre Box Office and are $16 for adult seating, and $9 for students and all balcony seating. The quoted ticket prices do not include the CCC ticket fee or sales tax. For additional ticket information, you may call the CCC Box Office at 920-683-2184 or visit on the web at cccshows.org.

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Theatre on the Bay, UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus to host audition times for spring play, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

Marinette, Wis.—Theatre on the Bay on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Marinette Campus has announced audition times for its spring play, “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The auditions will be held Feb. 12 and 13, 2020 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Herbert L. Williams Theatre, Fine Arts Building, on the Marinette Campus. All roles are available. Auditions are made by appointment.

Characters include Algernon Moncrief (20s-30s, a dissipated, rather cynical but refined bachelor), John (Jack) Worthing (20s-30s, a fun-loving bachelor looking for love), Cecily Cardew (18, Jack’s ward, Algernon’s romantic interest, pretty and sheltered but smarter than she looks), Gwendolyn Fairfax (early to mid 20s, refined, Jack’s romantic interest, she has a keen wit and is very aware she is rich and beautiful), Lady Bracknell (Gwendolyn’s mother, 50s-60s, imperious and overly conscious of social class), Reverend Chausable (40s-60s, a priest), Ms. Prism (40-65, Cecily’s governess), Lane and Merriman (Algernon’s servants, 20s-ancient). Please note: ages are offered as reference, actors must be able to play within the age range for the character.

Roles are available for actors ages 15 and older. All characters have British dialects. The play is appropriate for audiences of all ages. The production will be directed by TOB artistic director Rebecca Stone Thornberry. All interested actors are encouraged to audition (one does not have to be a UW-Green Bay student, nor does one need prior experience with theatre or acting). UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus students may receive course credit for acting in or providing technical or management assistance on the production (by registering for THE 335, 336 or 338).

Monologues of one-to-two minutes (comedic or dramatic) are welcome, but not required for these auditions. Those auditioning should be prepared to read aloud from pieces provided at the audition. Actors are not required to attend both audition nights.

Participants should arrive at least 10 minutes prior to audition slots with form completed. Register here or at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4fafaa22a5fd0-auditions. After registering, participants will be sent an audition form to complete prior to audition. This will include rehearsal conflicts. A script will be on two-hour reserve at the Marinette Campus library by Jan. 15.

Rehearsals will take place in the evenings and on weekends between Feb. 17 and April 16. Performances are April 17-19 and 24-26.

Email stonethr@uwgb.edu (preferred) or call 715-504-3318 for further information.

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