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A photo essay, a closer look at UWGB

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Camper sitings: Art, science and video camps in full swing

It’s never quiet on a college campus. Mid-July means summer campers overtake the walkways, the labs, cafeterias and the outdoor spaces. Students enjoyed the High School and Middle School Art Camps, Life’s a Lab–Reality Science Camp, and Video Game Programming recently.

High school art students could study among a variety of class offerings: photography trashion/fashion, acrylics, computer animation, selfie drawing, metals: jewelry and small sculpture, watercolor, screen printing and graffiti! Middle-school students chose between drawing, ceramics, comic book illustration, photography, fashion design, book-making, watercolor, acrylics, mixed media art and jewelry making. They proudly modeled and exhibited their work at the end of camp.

UW-Green Bay partnered with Bellin College to offer Life’s a Lab, where campers explored careers in the health sciences — specifically in physical therapy, sports medicine, emergency medical fields, radiology/oncology, mortuary, and research science.

The Video Game Programming Camp was for those interested in the applications and programming behind video games. Students learned how to write gaming programs and develop their own games. These camps are filled to capacity.

Dan Moore from UW-Green Bay’s Outreach and Adult Access area captured students learning, dreaming, creating, inspiring and enjoying. Enjoy the photos below and check out more about UWGB Summer Camps.

High School Summer Art Studio
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Introduction to Video Game Programming Camp
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Travel tip: Course provides trip inside human body

UWGB travel course in GermanyIt was a return trip for UW-Green Bay Human Biology professors Amanda Nelson and Donna Ritch, but a whole new world for 17 UWGB Human Biology and Bellin College of Nursing students.

The group recently returned home from a summer travel course to Guben, Germany, and a chance to work with world-renowned German anatomist Gunther von Hagens — inventor of the preservation process plastination, now made famous by the Body Worlds touring exhibits.

The course is designed around the use of human cadavers in teaching and research environments, which includes the four-day workshop at the Plastinarium and a trip to Auschwitz. The students were able to meet and pose for a picture with von Hagens during a tour of the facilities.

The workshop led students through each step of the process of plastination, from autopsies to dissection to tissue dehydration to positioning to curing. In addition to completing a full dissection of two human cadavers, the UWGB students had other opportunities — injecting and positioning animal hearts and kidneys, among them.

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Human Biology senior Crystal Remsza and her roommate Bridget Schedler decided to explore the experience together.

“I figured any experience I can get will help me in the long run, but it turned out better than I expected,” Remsza said. “The plastinarium experience was incredible,” Remsza said. “Dr. Nelson told us before leaving that we would get a lot of hands on experience and she was absolutely right. Dissecting cadavers was something I never imagined myself doing, but I loved it. I was able to apply everything I’ve learned about the human body from my classes to a real specimen in front of me. The coolest part of my time at the plastinarium was removing all of the internal organs in one piece. There were four of us working on this and once we finally removed everything from the heart, lungs, intestines, etc. it was a proud moment!”

Schedler, a senior from Grafton, Wis., who hopes to be a physical therapist one day, said the experience was “amazingly unforgettable.” “I gained a unique perspective on human anatomy that cannot be taught from a book. It was much more intriguing than anything I thought it could be.”

Likewise, senior human biology major Kelly Strasser said that everyday the trip provided a unique experience.

“From your basic muscle dissection of human cadavers to an all-out autopsy, we were able to carry out tasks I had never anticipated would be possible as an undergraduate student,” Strasser said. “Most importantly, the freedom that we were given to explore and problem solve during our dissections was incredible. The staff encouraged us to figure out on our own which techniques were most effective for a given task. This helped to build our independence and confidence as students.”

The students’ enthusiasm is something Prof. Nelson, who was leading her third course to Guben, has come to expect.

“The students were very engaged in the process of plastination and their intense focus was palpable by the plastinarium staff,” said Nelson. “They were in awe of the hands-on experience they received. If they wanted to do something, they just asked and soon found themselves doing just that (i.e., using a saw to remove a human skull, witnessing the preparation of a lion display).”

“In addition to the content of the course, I always hope that the students immerse themselves in the culture of the countries we visit,” said Nelson, who has led her third summer tour to Guben.

The group enjoyed side trips to both Krakow and Prague, embracing the culture of Poland and the Czech Republic, according to Nelson, and visiting a concentration camp, as well.

“That visit prompted discussion of Nazi experimentation and the controversy regarding the use of the results of these experiments,” she said. “Prior to traveling, the students were required to give group presentations on similar topics, such as organ/body donation, eugenics, Nazi experimentation.

The experience will pay dividends down the road, when most of the students prepare for medical careers and graduate school.

“Without a doubt, this experience provides a unique talking point at a graduate school interview,” Nelson said. “Securing a seat in a professional program has become increasingly difficult and this course is a highlight on many of our students’ resumes.”

Remsza, who hopes to be accepted into dental school upon graduating from UWGB in May of 2016, said the experience have her a glimpse of a future in the medical field.

“This experience was important to me because it allowed me to really imagine myself with a career in the medical field,” she said. “I am even more anxious to go on to dental school and I’m curious to see what my future holds.”

Strasser, who will begin applying to athletic training programs at the end of this summer sees a direct link between this trip and pursuing her future career goals.

“I now have so much I can add to my resume for graduate school applications,” she said. “With programs being so competitive, it is important to participate in activities that make your resume stand out. My experiences in the plastinarium will certainly do that. I now have all these unique experiences I can draw from for my application and interview processes that will help me stand out and be remembered.”

Welcome class of 2019: Parents and students prepare for fall

top-story-focusUW-Green Bay is projecting strong enrollment numbers for fall of 2015, and preparation for welcoming the newest members of the campus has begun. The recent high school graduates are on campus the next few weeks for FOCUS — First-year Opportunities for Students — to register and build connections.

Registering for classes, acquiring tools for achieving academic success, acquiring an ID card, meeting with future peers, and connecting with faculty, are all key components of the program. Current UWGB students serve as ambassadors, leading tours and information sessions. Some sessions are designed just for parents and guests.

For photos of the warm welcome by Phlash, and the rest of the UW-Green Bay community, enjoy the photo gallery.

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Close-ups recap: Professor Style hosts India Dinner Lecture

UWGB India Dinner LectureUW-Green Bay Professor Christine Style enlightened and educated the audience as part of the UWGB Office of Outreach dinner lecture series, May 27. Her program focused on Nek Chand and the Rock Garden in Chandigarh (Northern India) — one of the largest in the world, and one of the world’s largest ongoing mosaic works comprising 20 acres. Style, a professor of Art and Design, presented the history of 90-year-old Nek Chand, the Rock Garden creator/director and his move to India. She also spoke about Hindu and Muslim Culture.

Style spoke about a related foundation that was dear to both her and her belated husband Anton ‘Tony’ Rajer. Rajer, it is said, was the moving force behind the Nek Chand Foundation for 10 years. Prior to his death in 2011, Rajer spent much of his personal time advocating for Nek Chand and is said to be largely responsible for saving Nek Chand’s other Rock Garden in Kerala. Learn more about Nek Chand and the foundation that Prof. Style is involved with at: www.nekchand.com. Enjoy the gallery.

– Photos by Dan Moore, Outreach and Adult Access

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May Commencement: The day in photos

UW-Green Bay May CommencementUW-Green Bay welcomed a record crop of degree candidates to the ranks of official alumni at spring commencement 2015. A total of 975 students completing degree requirements in May or August were eligible to participate; about 725 robed up and marched in the ceremony that drew a crowd of nearly 5,000.

To see more photos, go to May 2015 Commencement, Part II.

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– Photos by Eric Miller, Sue Bodilly and Jena Richter, Office of Marketing and University Communication

Students take study break for Resfest

top-story-resfestWith temperatures in the upper 70s and not a rain cloud in sight, Phoenix Park was the setting for ResFest 2015 last Friday, May 1. Hundreds of students took advantage of the mild spring temperatures to enjoy food, refreshments and friendly competition including a “3’s” volleyball tournament, yard games, dunk tank, glow games and a glow dance later in the evening. It was an ideal time for students to kick back before kicking it in, as they prepare for finals in the days ahead, especially for graduating seniors who are wrapping up their final days at UWGB in anticipation of May 16 commencement at the Kress Center.

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UWGB sculpture students display their work in the spirit of contemporary artists

top-story-artStudents in UW-Green Bay Prof. Alison Stehlik’s “Intermediate Sculpture” class were asked to create a site-specific installation in the spirit of a contemporary installation artist.

The students researched various artists to use as a “mentor” artist — someone they would emulate for the purpose of this project, either in terms of artistic process and/or aesthetic or cultural/social motivations. Stehlik says most of the pieces will be up until the end of the semester (but forewarns that that bubble-wrapped elevator could be running out of pop potential soon!)

The students and the locations of the art are:

Gena Selby, Flag, Mary Ann Cofrin Hall

Mike Arendt, Political Dissonance, airlock of Environmental Science building

Natalie Vann, Untitled Book Heads, Rosewood Cafe, Wood Hall

Amanda Urmanski, Untitled Installation with VHS tape, Studio Arts Cafeteria

Olivia McDonald, Bubblevator,  Studio Arts Elevator

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Small but profound: Meredith-Livingston shares the culture of Slovakia

top-story-slovakiaMembers of the UW-Green Bay community were treated to a night of music, traditional food, and education, during the latest UW-Green Bay Dinner Lecture Series event highlighting the country, Slovakia. An Associate Professor of Music and Women’s and Gender Studies, Sarah Meredith Livingston was the featured presenter during the March 31 event. She was introduced to the country in 2001, and since then has performed, traveled, and brought students to the small Eastern European country. Livingston has also served as a guest professor at the Academy of Music and Dance in the Slovakian capital, Bratislava.

Guests were treated to a meal consisting of traditional Slovakian soups, entrees, and dessert. During dessert, Livingston shared the rich musical traditions of the country, by performing Slovakian art songs from the late 19th and early 20th century. Livingston also took the opportunity to discuss the possibilities for the future of this small country that has experienced profound political and cultural changes since 1933.

Livingston has performed as a soloist, recitalist, master class teacher, and adjudicator across Europe, the U.S., and South America. She is the founder and director of the Montreal International Czech/Slovak Voice Competition Semi-finals, the only competition promoting Czech or Slovak music in the United States, which was held for the sixth time at UW-Green Bay in October 2013.

The UW-Green Bay Dinner Lecture Series, presented by the Division of Outreach and Adult Access, highlights UW-Green Bay faculty expertise on various projects and interests in a socially accommodating, friendly, learning atmosphere for the greater Green Bay community.

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Photos by Dan Moore, Outreach and Adult Access

Photos: Students, grads voice opposition to cuts

top-post-rallyThe need for continuing, bipartisan support of the University of Wisconsin System was the main message at a rally outside the University Union late Wednesday afternoon (March 4).

A crowd of about 75 braved bitter cold — single-digit temperatures and 20-mph winds — to participate in the gathering organized by the campus chapter of the statewide group UW Students Against Education Cuts.

The rally’s organizer, Democracy and Justice Studies senior Paul Ahrens, chair of the Student Government Association’s Academic Affairs Committee, urged those attending to contact their legislators to let them know a $300 million, double-digit cut to the UW System two-year budget would be unacceptable.

Ahrens called the rally a “non-partisan event” and encouraged participants to make a positive and affirmative case for the University System rather than engage in emotional political attacks. That theme was echoed by the main speaker, UW-Green Bay alumnus and longtime Wisconsin State Senator Dave Hansen, Class of 1971.

Hansen described the difference college made in his own life. He spoke of difference-making UW research statewide, the System’s power as an economic engine, and the fact that, traditionally, the state’s universities have enjoyed broad public support and bipartisan legislative consensus.

Hansen noted that in previous years he had worked closely with Republican legislators from Northeastern Wisconsin — particularly State Sen. Rob Cowles, another UW-Green Bay grad, and former Assembly Speaker John Gard — to fund key growth initiatives for UW-Green Bay and public higher education.

He said he is hopeful that legislators will be persuaded to moderate the proposed reductions during their budget deliberations this spring.

Also speaking during the 30-minute gathering was recent UW-Green Bay graduate and former SGA president Heba Mohammad, who urged citizen involvement.

The crowd at the rally was about two-third students, with faculty and staff, alumni and community members on hand to show support. There was a strong turnout by local media covering the event.

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Coverage of rally by area media:
Green Bay Press-Gazette
Fox 11
TV-26
WFRV-TV

Closer look: Comedy ‘Months on End’

UWGB comedy Months on EndUW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance opens its 2015 calendar of productions with the contemporary relationship comedy Months on End, beginning a seven-show run Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Jean Weidner Theatre at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

Associate Prof. John Mariano directs a 10-member student cast — five men and five women — exploring happiness, sorrow and everything in between by way of a dozen comic scenes, one for each month of the year.

The 2003 play by New York-based playwright Craig Pospisil was first produced at actor Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Playhouse in Chelsea, Mich.

The story follows the intertwined worlds of a circle of friends and family whose lives are poised between happiness and heartbreak. The scenes include an engaged couple with cold feet, a romantic proposal gone awry, a wedding day meltdown, a commencement speech that derails into a hysterical tirade, a marriage in peril after a mishap with a Beatles collectible, and distant brothers who finally find common ground in their failed relationships. The circle centers on fiancée Phoebe and fiancé Ben.

The ensemble student cast at UW-Green Bay features (photo above) Katelyn Kluever and Conrad Kamschulte as Phoebe and Ben; along with Andrew Delaurelle (Walter); Stephanie Frank (Elaine); Daniel Taddy (Tony); Evan R. Ash (Nick); Azure Hall (Paige); Emily Ahrens (Heidi); Charli Servin (Gwen); and Tyler Scholz (Chris).

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Students Andrew Delaurelle (Walter) and Stephanie Frank (Elaine) in ‘Months on End’

Performances of Months on End will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 26, 27 and 28, and Wednesday through Saturday, March 4, 5, 6 and 7.

The Jean Weidner Theatre at the Weidner Center is an intimate performance space with seating capacity of less than 100. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door for adults, $15 in advance and $17 at the door for students (with ID) and seniors, and $10 for UW-Green Bay students. Order online at www.uwgb.edu/tickets or by calling (920) 465-2400 or (800) 328-tkts. More information about UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance is available at www.uwgb.edu/theatre/.