Kaye’s commencement address selected for ‘Vital Speeches’

The magazine Vital Speeches of the Day, which bills itself as “a monthly collection of the best speeches in the world,” has notified Prof. Harvey J. Kaye of a rare honor: His December commencement address at UW-Green Bay has been selected for inclusion in their February 2016 edition.  Haven’t yet seen the speech? There’s video online at https://news.uwgb.edu/log-news/news/12/21/video-kaye-commencement-address/

Meanwhile Kaye will be one of two featured speakers for a Wednesday (Jan. 6) event at the FDR Presidential Library in New York marking the 75th anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” address in 1941. Kaye shares word the talk is expected to be taped for rebroadcast on one of the C-Span channels.

On New Year’s Day, Kaye had published an essay and book review at The Daily Beast national news and commentary site titled “Why Democrats Are Ready for Lincoln.” In commenting on the new Holzer and Garfinkle book about Lincoln, A Just and Generous Nation, Kaye suggests that Honest Abe likely would have more in common with Bernie Sanders than today’s hardline Republicans. See http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/01/01/why-democrats-are-ready-for-lincoln.html

Ortiz talk will open spring Great Books series

The Great Books Discussions series is set to begin 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Jan. 12, with a talk by Prof. Cristina Ortiz at the Brown County Central Library, downtown. Members of the UW-Green Bay Humanistic Studies faculty will lead the discussions. The month-by-month spring lineup is as follows:

  • Jan. 12 — Life is a Dream by Calderon de la Barca; led by Cristina Ortiz
  • Feb. 9 — What is to Be Done? by Nikolay Chernyshevsky; Kevin Kain
  • March 8 — John Milton’s  Ariopagitica and other short works; Jason Zirbel and Rob Miller
  • April 12 — Shakespeare’s The Tempest; Kristin Denslow
  • May 10 — Santa Evita, by Tomás Eloy Martinez; Hernan Fernandez-Meardi

Each of the second-Tuesday discussions is free and open to the public, co-sponsored by Humanistic Studies and the Brown County Library.

Inclusive Excellence sets Feb. 26 program on autism, Asperger’s

Michael John Carly, founder and first executive director of GRASP — the largest organization made up of adults on the autism spectrum — will lecture and answer questions on the topic of the autism spectrum and Asperger’s syndrome in an appearance at UW-Green Bay on Friday, Feb. 26. Carly’s program, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the University Theatre in Theatre Hall, will address the topic from the viewpoint of educational institutions and educators. Open to UWGB faculty, staff, students and alumni in addition to the general public, the program will be the first of several 2016 Inclusive Excellence Certificate Program career development events. Funding is provided by Inclusive Excellence, the Dean of Students, and Enrollment Services, so there is no cost to attendees. To RSVP please go to http://www3.uwgb.edu/student-affairs/inclusive-excellence/inclusivity-and-equity-certificate-program/upcoming-events  For more information about presenter Michael John Carley, see http://www.michaeljohncarley.com/

Faculty note: Shelton publishes on baseball’s free-agent history

Assistant Prof. Jon Shelton of Democracy and Justice Studies recently published a piece entitled “How Free Agency Changed the Course of Baseball’s Labor History” commemorating the 40-year anniversary of free agency in Major League Baseball on inthesetimes.com. The article uses the anniversary of baseball’s first free agents to chart the labor history of professional baseball and some larger lessons for today’s economy: http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/18651/todays_baseball_salaries_are_the_result_of_a_labor_struggle


HIMT is now HIMSS-affiliated

Our friends in the UW-Green Bay HIMT program — the relatively new online bachelor’s in Health Information Management and Technology — are sharing the news they are now an official HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) academic partner.  UWGB is one of 35 universities with this designation. The partnership brings together colleges and universities with healthcare/IT programs and offers resources for students, faculty, and the organization. More on what the partnership offers can be found at http://www.himss.org/membership/organizational-affiliate/academic

Pride Center seeks donations for Campus Cupboard, and swap

The Pride Center is seeking donations of clothing (all sizes of children and adults) and household items for the Campus Cupboard and the April 5 UWGB Clothing swap. Immediate needs include warm clothing, coats, boots and hats and gloves in good condition. Other items needed at this time are extra small and small women’s long sleeve shirts, and men’s clothing in size Large, and kitchen items such as dishes, utensils, and pans. In addition, household items, games, lamps, sporting goods, gardening items and clothing for all seasons in good condition are being collected for the popular UWGB student and employee campus Clothing and Household Swap. The next swap takes place in Phoenix A, B, and C on April 5, from 11am to 3 pm. Donations can be dropped off at the Pride Center in UU 150, or campus pick-up can be arranged by contacting Stacie Christian at christis@uwgb.edu. Thank you!

Passing of 1979’s top grad, Thomas L. Jones

Among those the UWGB community lost in the calendar year just concluded was Thomas L. Jones, the 1979 recipient of the Alumni Association’s Outstanding Student Award, presented to the top graduating senior from that year’s class. Word has been received that Jones died on Feb. 7, 2015 in Bangor, Maine, at age 62, after a lengthy illness. Jones served in the U.S. Navy before completing his undergraduate degree at UWGB and his law degree at the University of Wisconsin. He was a city attorney in La Crosse and moved to Maine in 1994 to pursue private practice.

Reminder: Food services during interim

If you are hungry and foraging for a meal or snack the following places will be open during January, here’s a reminder: Jan. 4 through Jan. 22,  the Garden Café will be open Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; the Phoenix Club will be open 10 am. to 7 p.m., with ‘happy hour’ specials continued with free popcorn and 50-cent soda between 3 and 5. You can always check hours of operation at http://www.uwgb.edu/union/

Sampson sendoff

Christopher Sampson, the longtime Log newsletter and Inside magazine editor, press release writer and chief cook and bottle washer in the University Communication office, will be hanging it up later this week after nearly 31 years with UW-Green Bay. There will be two opportunities this week for any colleagues who would like to stop by and offer Sampson best wishes:

  • Wednesday, Jan 6, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., CAMPUS Snacks and Refreshments, CL 820, free and open to the public. Pop in any time.
  • Thursday, Jan. 7, after work, OFF-CAMPUS, Pump Room tavern on Webster Ave., free and open to the public.