Associate Prof. Van Slooten has started a new series, Happy Hearts: Romancelandia

Welcome to Happy Hearts: Romancelandia! Each month, UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Jessica Lyn Van Slooten (English, Writing and Applied Arts) shares reviews and recommendations of romance novels she loves. Her reviews will be informed by her passion for the genre, and her scholarly approach of feminist literary and cultural criticism. To learn more about Associate Prof. Van Slooten’s romance origin story and the reasons she thinks romance is an inherently feminist genre, check out her 2019 TEDx UWGB talk, Romance Novels are Feminist. She has published numerous articles on teaching and assessing gender studies courses, and popular romance fiction and film. She is currently drafting a romance novel set in a small midwestern town.


Upcoming international education opportunities

With the Spring 2020 semester underway, here are a few updates from the Office of International Education about upcoming travel courses. Please consider sharing this information with other faculty members or students.

Application deadlines for students to participate in UW-Green Bay’s upcoming travel course programs are quickly approaching. Below is a list of travel courses departing this summer 2020 that are still accepting students. Faculty interested in developing and/or leading a Travel Course in the future are encouraged to submit proposals by April 1 using the form available here.

Ecuador: Following the Inca Trail – This two and a half week course, led by Prof. Marcelo Cruz, will follow and survey the Inca trail throughout the Ecuadorean Andes. Students will learn the story of the Inca’s conquest and the impact that Spanish colonization had on the Inca Empire. Students will study Inca architectural style and Inca urban planning, as well as the relationship between settlement patterns and diverse ecological niches. The three upper level Environmental Policy and Planning credits can fulfill General Education requirements in Writing Emphasis, Global Culture, Social Science or Sustainability Perspective categories. More information is available here.

England: “The Oxford Imagination” – This month-long, six credit course being team-taught by Profs. Emily Ransom and Eric Morgan combines history, literature and creative writing into one phenomenal literary experience. The upper level English course can fulfill Writing Emphasis, Humanities or Global Culture General Education Requirements. More information is available here.

Portugal: European Innovation Academy – The European Innovation Academy is an extreme entrepreneurship accelerator program. Students from all over the globe form teams to take an idea to a tech start-up in 15 days. Students are mentored by global experts in IT, design, marketing, intellectual property and pitching. Students have access to investors (including some from Silicon Valley) to move dreams to reality. To be eligible for this program, students must participate in the UW-Green Bay Student Business Idea Competition or the Innovation in Aging Competition and meet with program leader, Prof. Ryan Kauth.  More information is available here.

Florida: Ecology of the Florida Keys – UW-Green Bay students will travel to Marine Lab in Key Largo, Florida for seven full days of ecosystem study. Students will engage in discussions, fieldwork and plenty of snorkeling. This three credit Biology course can fulfill General Education Requirements in Biological Sciences, Natural Sciences or Sustainability Perspective. More information is available here.

France: Nutritional Science and Psychology –Students participating in this three credit program, taught by Profs. Deb Pearson and Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges, will learn about the connection between health and nature. Using electric-assist bicycles, participants will travel through the Provence region of France while delighting in farm-to-table cuisine, locally sourced wines and developing an understanding of the role food plays in culture. This upper level Nutritional Science and Psychology Course will fulfill either the World Culture or Sustainability General Education requirement. More information is available here.

Norway: Viking Reenactment & Living History – This three credit course, led by Profs. Heidi Sherman and Katie Walkner, give students the opportunity to study history and experimental archaeology by living as a Viking in Gudvangen, Norway. Students will learn Viking-age craft such as bone-working, nalbinding, storytelling, weaving, blacksmithing and leatherworking. This upper-level history course fulfills Writing Emphasis, Fine Arts, Ethic Studies, Humanities or Global Culture General Education Categories. More information is available here.

Slovakia: Community Health Nursing Practicum – This service-learning program, led by Profs. Becky Hovarter and Janet Reilly, allow students the opportunity to understand the cultural, social and health issues within the vulnerable Roma population of Slovakia. This course satisfies all requirements for the N455 Community Health Nursing practicum. More information is available here.

Spain: UWGB in La Rioja – This six credit program, led by Prof. Cristina Ortiz, will teach students about some of the most important cultural movements and historical events of Spain. Students will explore Madrid before moving on to the La Rioja region. More information is available here.

Italy, England, and Scotland: UWGB in Europe: Mysteries of the Bubonic Plague – This three credit travel course, led by Profs. Brian Merkel and Georgette Heyrman, will retrace the steps of The Black Death throughout the European continent. A focus of the course is to investigate the genetic resistance 1% of Caucasians have to HIV/AIDS and the relationship of this resistance to the plague epidemic that affected Europe during the Middle Ages. This course is offered as either upper-level or lower-level Human Biology and satisfies Biological Sciences, Sustainability Perspective or Global Culture General Education Requirements.  More information is available here.

Included in the list of faculty-led programs departing this summer is the first-ever travel course to take place within the continental United States. The Office of International Education has authority to pilot some of these cost-recovery domestic programs. If you have ever considered developing a Travel Course to destination(s) within the United States, now may be the time to do it. Please reach out to Brent Blahnik at to get started.

Live recording for Canonball Podcast, Feb. 24

On Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, there will be a live recording of the Canonball Podcast at the Lawton Gallery from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. This is a free event that is open to the public. UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Chuck Rybak (English and Humanistic Studies) and Prof. Ryan Martin (Psychology) will be talking with Assistant Prof. Samual Watson (Art History) about Michelangelo’s sculpture of David.

AFT is hosting a student loan debt clinic

Are you confused or by student loan repayment bureaucracy, including Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)? Attend the American Federation of Teachers’ (AFT) student loan debt clinic. On Feb. 21, 2020. UW-Green Bay-United, the campus’ AFT (American Federation of Teachers) guild, is bringing to campus the free, confidential AFT-run student loan debt reduction clinic. Currently, there is a particularly high rate of Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) denials (over 99 percent) and the average student loan debt load of Ph. D holders outside the field of education in 2019 is more than $98,000. Any UW-Green Bay faculty or staff member may attend, but they must type “8047” in the “affiliate” field. Register here.

How fruit fries may be able to teach us about football injuries | Free |

Fruit flies and humans may have more in common than you think. Flies were used during early research into human genetics, said Doug Brusich. The assistant professor at UW-Green Bay, is among a group of researchers who now use the insect to study traumatic brain injuries. Their findings could have implications for athletes. Brusich co-authored a paper published last year in the journal Fly focusing on the effects of repetitive, mild brain injuries — the same type that might be suffered by offensive or defensive linemen. The researchers found mild brain injuries in quick succession have a compounding affect, which they referred to as synergistic, and can cause the same level of impairment as a single more severe injury. Source: How fruit fries may be able to teach us about football injuries | Free |

UW-Green Bay Prof. Gates elected new president of the Board of Directors for Sculpture Valley

UW-Green Bay Prof. Alison Gates (Art and Design), has been elected as the next president of the Board of Directors for Sculpture Valley. Sculpture Valley’s mission is “to cultivate, promote, place and preserve public art in outdoor spaces throughout the Fox Cities, through the support and partnership of community members, volunteers and businesses dedicated to enriching the life experience for all who reside here and visit.” Sculpture Valley oversees preservation of existing outdoor sculpture and monuments in the Fox Valley and oversees the selection and temporary placement of sculptures for the Acre of Art, an event now in its third year.

Knees Deep Opening Reception at Lawton Gallery, March 5

The Lawton Gallery would like to announce the opening of the exhibition Knees Deep: Jefreid Lotti. This exhibition will showcase new works by current Artist-in-residence Jefreid Lotti. Lotti, born in Cuba, got his MFA from the University of Florida, creates paintings reacting to personal experiences and reflecting on what it is like living in a tropical paradise like Florida. The opening reception will take place Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Lawton Gallery. The Exhibition will be open from March 5-26 during gallery hours. The Lawton Gallery would also like to invite students, faculty and community members to attend an artist talk by Jefreid Lotti on Thursday, March 12 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in SA 411. Lotti will discuss his process, concepts and past works. All Lawton Gallery events are free and open to the public. If you have a disability and would like to discuss accommodations, or would like more information about the exhibition, please contact the Curator of Art, Emma Hitzman, at

Save the date, get ready to nominate: 19th Annual Academic Excellence Symposium, April 14

The 19th Annual Academic Excellence Symposium will take place on April 14, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms, University Union on the Green Bay Campus. The symposium, which showcases the academic excellence of undergraduate and graduate students, invites students to present their best projects. Faculty are encouraged to nominate students to present work. A Qualtrics registration link will be sent to all faculty on March 2. Please contact Teri Ternes at if you have any questions.