Students use hands, hearts to build Habitat home

On Friday, we brought you a great story and photo gallery featuring 30 UW-Green Bay students who spent winter break building a Habitat for Humanity home in Taos, N.M. Dean of Enrollment Services Michael Stearney, the group’s adviser, captured the long journey, hard work and tremendous rewards of the trip in words and pictures. See the story.

Packers loss devastating? Gurung column puts game in perspective

Prof. Regan Gurung put the Jan. 18 Packers playoff loss in perspective last week, writing a “Today’s Take” column that appeared in Thursday’s (Jan. 22) Green Bay Press-Gazette. In it, Gurung takes issue with using the word “devastating” — as so many have — to describe the outcome of the NFC Championship game. “Let’s put things in perspective,” Gurung writes. “Devastating is all relative. There are a number of significant issues facing our community that are truly devastating, and I hope that we can give our Green Bay issues as much attention as we do our Green Bay Packers. And there are a lot of issues.” Gurung goes on to talk about a host of challenges, including poverty, alcohol abuse and mental and physical health. Check out his column.

News coverage: University to participate in sexual assault survey

Dean of Students Brenda Amenson-Hill and Student Government Association President Vanya Koepke talked about proactive approaches to addressing the issue of sexual assault for a story that aired Friday (Jan. 23) on WBAY, Channel 2. UW-Green Bay volunteered to be one of 14 schools nationwide that will participate in a Department of Justice-commissioned survey on the issue this spring. While she hasn’t yet seen the survey questions, Amenson-Hill told reporter Sari Soffer that the instrument will look at issues including UW-Green Bay’s resources, programming and overall climate surrounding sexual assault. The survey will be helpful, Koepke said. “I think that’s a really great opportunity for students to voice and take this confidential and anonymous step,” he said, “because that’s how we defeat these issues.” Full story.

Reminder: Sexual assault reporting requirements

With a new semester starting, the Dean of Students Office is issuing the following reminder to the campus community:

All employees are required by law to report knowledge of sexual assaults on campus. The goal is to address the needs of students. By gathering information we will know the extent of sexual assaults and provide support for our students who have been victims. Wisconsin law states, “…any person employed at an institution or center who witnesses a sexual assault or receives a report from a student enrolled in the institution or center that the student has been sexually assaulted shall report to the dean of students of the institution…” This does not mean that you have to violate any confidences or provide names. It does mean that incidents are to be reported to the Dean of Students, ext. 2152.

Scholarship for late Prof. Baer nears goal

The memorial scholarship for Social Work Prof. Betty Baer is just shy of its goal of $12,500 for endowed status. The scholarship was established prior to Baer’s passing with a matching gift from alumnus Doug Wirth ’89. Wirth’s goal is to ensure that Baer’s mantra of “think globally, act locally” reaches UW-Green Bay students for generations to come. To donate, click here. Read more about Betty Baer.

Alum Simons ’98 is new Brown County Library Director

A UW-Green Bay alumnus has been named the new director of the Brown County Library. Brian Simons ’98 is a Green Bay native who has served as Library Director of the Verona Public Library since 2008. Simons was featured in the fall 2013 issue of UW-Green Bay’s Inside magazine after the Verona library was named Wisconsin Library of the Year (a year after our own Cofrin Library was so honored). “To be a librarian, you need to be thoughtful and organized, sure, but you really need to be creative,” Simons told Inside. “You need to think in a different way to come up with answers that aren’t always right there on the surface. It requires multifaceted abilities … and that’s what UWGB emphasizes.” Simons will begin his new duties March 2. Read the Inside story featuring Simons (he’s on page 23).

Art and Design’s Lee a most eligible bachelor

Assistant Prof. Minku Lee has been named by You Magazine as one of Green Bay’s most eligible bachelors. The Art and Design faculty member was profiled in You’s January issue, talking in a fun feature about his love of Skittles — and his disdain for smartphone-obsessed dates. He lists family as his biggest influence, and says a sense of fun, a nice smile and appreciation for the arts are all pluses for a potential date. Check out his profile.

Studies and snow angels: Nursing hosts visiting scholar from Brazil

Prof. Maria Márcia Bachion of the Federal University of Goiás (Brazil), recently completed three weeks as a UW-Green Bay visiting scholar in the Professional Program of Nursing. Bachion is currently completing her postdoctoral work under the direction of Dr. Alba Lucia Bottura Leite de Barros, at the Escola Paulista de Enfermagem of the Federal University of São Paulo (Brazil). She came to UW-Green Bay to work on data analysis and preparation of articles with Assistant Prof. Heather Herdman. Bachion’s postdoctoral work focuses on the evidence-based development of screening and assessment tools to enable accuracy in nursing diagnosis, outcomes and interventions for a variety of patient populations. Bachion spent a day with Associate Prof. Janet Reilly visiting the Wound Clinic at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, to compare treatment protocols between a major teaching hospital in the U.S. and her own university hospital in Goiás. She also “enjoyed” our Wisconsin climate enough to take a shot at creating some snow angels. (See photos.)

Register now: Spanish in the Professions starts Feb. 7

Individuals looking to improve their Spanish-speaking ability for work or travel are invited to sign up for UW-Green Bay’s spring Spanish in the Professions course, beginning Feb. 7. This highly interactive online course is designed for customer service representatives, call center employees, hospitality workers, social workers, teachers and others. Noncredit, undergraduate and graduate credit options are available. Our news release has more information.

In the news: Education’s Kaufman provides context for pair of Press-Gazette stories

Education Chair and Associate Prof. Tim Kaufman lent his expertise recently to a pair of Green Bay Press-Gazette stories on the issue of school report cards and poverty. Kaufman was quoted in Sunday’s (Jan. 25) cover story that found poor and minority students are more likely to attend what are termed “failing” schools than their more affluent courterparts. “These data point at an issue that is outside of schools’ control,” Kaufman said, “… Poverty often trumps good teaching.” Kaufman also was quoted in a Monday follow-up story that looks at the successes of the relatively affluent — and high-performing — Wrightstown Middle School. “For schools with less poverty,” Kaufman said, “the report cards may be a truer indication of teaching and learning.”

Full stories:
January 25 story
January 26 story