Camp Lloyd, a week-long day camp for children ages 7 to 14 who are grieving the loss of loved ones, returned to UW-Green Bay, June 24-29, 2018. Camp Lloyd provides a safe and fun environment for children to learn they’re not alone in dealing with grief. It gives campers time to explore their own experiences of grief, realize their feelings are normal and find support from one another.
Popular activities that have been a part of camp include daily healing circles, arts and crafts, singing songs and playing music, tie-dying, quiddich, swimming, Bay Beach, kayaking, drum circles, archery and many more.
The Camp Lloyd staff included 30 UW-Green Bay student “buddies” who form special bonds with the campers. This year 4/5 grief therapists were former Camp Lloyd Buddies who have gone on to graduate school in clinical psychology, school psychology or counseling.
Camp Lloyd started as a dream of UW-Greeen Bay Professor Illene Cupit (Human Development). The camp is funded by the generosity of UW-Green Bay, community donors and the Green Bay Packers.
Members of campus and community joined together to host 150 seventh-grade students from Riverview Middle School, Plymouth, Wis., on May 3, 2018. Four community groups joined UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Heidi Sherman (Humanities) at the Viking House, to teach history through fun, hands-on learning activities. Among them: Women from the Sons of Norway joined History faculty members to teach Norwegian culture; Mark Hawkins from Hands On Deck taught the kids basic wood working; members of the Society for Creative Anachronisms helped prepare medieval flat cakes; and Ric Furrer, known worldwide among blacksmiths for his sword-making craft, also helped mentor the students.
That same day, the Riverview Middle School students took part in a number of science labs, with Associate Dean Amanda Nelson (College of Science, Engineering and Technology) leading that portion of the visit. Assistant Profs Maruf Hossain, Jagadeep Thota, Mohammad Mahfuz, and Riaz Uddin Ahmed assisted students in building and programming LEGO Mindstorm Robots. Associate Profs. Dan Meinhardt and Amanda Nelson led anatomical dissections. Joe Schoenebeck provided physics demos and led a brief tour of Lab Sciences.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Phuture Phoenix program celebrated 15 years. Can you believe it?! Check out the photos of the April 26, 2018 celebration reception and the video, which includes reflections by co-founders of the program — Cyndie Shepard and Ginny Riopelle — and features many who have been involved with the program through the years. Among the guests were Mary Ann Anderson, a former principal who was with Riopelle and Shepard on that momentous day, 16 years ago, when a fifth-grader told Riopelle and Shepard that he had no hope for a path which led to college.
In an extremely well-attended event, the College of Science, Engineering and Technology hosted a reception celebrating student scholarships and donors, March 29, 2018 in the Phoenix Room, University Union.
In the College,
119 students received scholarships
125 scholarships were awarded (some students received more than one)
$155,649 in donor scholarship funds were distributed
Students from the UW-Green Bay student organization Making Arts Matter, spent time recently in the State Capitol with Prof. Ellen Rosewall (Arts Management) talking to legislators about the value and benefit of the arts.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for the students to learn more about what’s happening in the arts in Wisconsin, to meet arts leaders and to talk with their legislators. In preparation, Anne Katz, Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin, came to visit ahead of the visit and talked with the students, giving them the basics of advocacy and what we are currently advocating for,” Rosewall said.
Many of the students who could not attend wrote postcards and letters to elected officials. Some of the postcards the students made were for our federal officials, and Katz hand-delivered them when she attended National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington D.C.
“It was (recently) announced that Congress is proposing a $3 million increase in the budget for the National Endowment for the Arts — so the UW-Green Bay students were a part of a much larger advocacy effort that the students can see is paying off,” Rosewall said.
The students were recognized at the opening plenary (there was also a group from UW-Stevens Point) and as part of Anne Katz’s opening remarks, she shared one of the postcards drawn by UW-Green Bay student Taylor Tess. The students met with Dave Hansen, Rob Cowles, and the chief of staff for John Macco — all of them seemed impressed not only with the students but their poise and knowledge, according to Rosewall — and with the outlook for the arts in Wisconsin.
“One special thing for me was that there were several people attending Arts Day who were grads of our program and now working in arts management around the state. I asked several to join us for lunch and they talked about their jobs.” Among them: Kenzie Tresize (development and marketing associate, Wisconsin School Music Association), Kristina Coopman (program director, River Arts, Prairie du Sac), Laura Schley (Green Bay Public Art Coordinator), Staci Mincks (executive director, Mosaic Arts Inc.), Lynn Schemm (creative coordinator, Appleton Downtown) and Rose DeHut (executive director, Center for Visual Arts, Wausau). “It was so wonderful for the students to see successful alumni and hear how much they valued their time at UWGB!”
Craig A. Mueller Scholarship recipients came together to honor the late Craig Mueller ’71 (Humanism and Cultural Change) and his generosity in creating scholarships for Art, Music, Theater and Communication students, and the Phuture Phoenix program.
Marcia Mueller, Craig’s sister, made the trip from Seattle to Green Bay, as she does annually, to help celebrate Craig’s lasting legacy and impact. At the event at the Weidner Center, senior Communication major Hannah Koerner spoke on behalf of her fellow scholarship recipients and as to the impact these scholarships have on UW-Green Bay students’ lives and the opportunities they present.
“Without scholarships, I would not have the ability to be so involved, which has made the person I am today,” she said. “Through my involvement both on campus and in the community, I have transformed from an unsure college freshman to someone who has been given the skill to succeed wherever life takes me.”
The UW-Green Bay campus community and service people gathered Wednesday (March 21, 2018) for an open house celebrating the grand opening of the Veteran’s Lounge in its new location in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall, Room 227. A brief program began with remarks from Chancellor Gary L. Miller. Vets 4 Vets president Nic Cravillion took the podium to express gratitude to the space’s sponsors, Craig and Karen Dickman, and presented them with a gift.
Three community members, who happen to have a penchant for their local public University, spend an hour twice a month, taking orders, stacking, sorting and organizing the Campus Cupboard so that UW-Green Bay students don’t go without.
Suzan Schober Murray, Lise Lotte Gammeltoft and Pat Larsen heard about the Campus Cupboard a year ago. Intrigued about the new effort, Schober reached out to Stacie Christian, to find out more about the Cupboard, which collects donations of food, clothing and household goods, for any UW-Green Bay student or member of the UW-Green by community.
It wasn’t long into the conversation when Schober Murray’s good friends, Gammeltoft and Larsen agreed to join. The three are already engaged with campus as scholarship donors, fans, and through service on committees, but this gave them a hands-on opportunity to make a difference, as well.
“Our first time was last May (2017) after school year complete,” Schober says. “All the dorm food items came to the Cupboard. There were a lot of Ramen noodles.” Since that time they volunteer every two weeks for a couple of hours to stock shelves and organize items.
“It’s also a great opportunity to chat with students and with each other and generally support UWGB in a little different way,” Schober Murray says.
Christian said she is grateful for the help.
“They are very helpful and I certainly like working with them because they work hard and they make it very efficient for me.”
Just before the new year, UW-Green Bay Police Officer Sabrina Duchateau received a call to assist with a medical call on Bay Settlement Road in the town of Scott.
Within four minutes, she was able to get to the home of a male who was unresponsive and a family member who had begun to administer CPR. Duchateau deployed an automated external defibrillator (AED) which helped her analyze the situation and deliver a shock. As she continued with CPR compressions, a Brown County deputy arrived to assist and after two minutes of CPR the AED advised that no further shock was needed. The subject had regained a pulse and officers transported him to a local hospital for care.
It was a case of the right person, with the right training, and the right equipment, at the right time. And it led to a life saved.
“When I saw the patient, I knew immediate action needed to be taken and my training provided me with the ability to act quickly,” said Duchateau, a 13-year veteran of UW-Green Bay Public Safety. “Getting the AED set up is an ingrained skill because I have trained so many people on this exact practice. It was a rewarding feeling to know that I was able to help someone because of the training and equipment my job has provided me with.”
Duchateau serves as the University’s field training officer and provides CPR instruction for the campus and local community. In a note to her supervisor, Lt. Jason McAuly of the Brown County Sheriff’s Division commended Duchateau:
“It should be noted she did a very good job and may have saved this man’s life,” he wrote. “No matter the outcome, her excellent job performance will be forever etched in the mind of the family that was on scene. Thank you.”
According to UW-Green Bay Police Chief Tom Kujawa, the AEDs are a relatively new and growing addition to campus. Over the past five years, 32 units have been placed across campus including the concourse system, the Weidner Center and the Kress Events Center. They are also available in all Public Safety vehicles. The uniform usage of the AED makes them relatively easy to use. The unit instructs a user specifically though each step, so that even the untrained can provide this life-saving measure.
“An AED can mean the difference between life and death,” said Chief Kujawa. “The AEDs we have on campus are reliable, easy to use and will provide voice prompts to let you know if and when to send a shock. In these situations, time is precious, so please review the video on how to use the AED and check around your work area so you know where the closest AED is before you need it.”
According to the Public Safety website, sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States. It states:
“Most sudden cardiac arrests are due to abnormal heart rhythms called arrhythmias. A common arrhythmia is ventricular fibrillation, in which the heart’s electrical impulses suddenly become chaotic and ineffective. AEDs are small, portable computerized medical devices that can deliver an electrical shock to the heart and stop ventricular fibrillation. The AED can check a person’s heart rhythm and recognize a heart rhythm that requires a shock. The unit will then advise the rescuer when a shock is needed.”
Kujawa said the response by Duchateau is another example of local enforcement groups working together for the greater good.
“Occasionally our officers are requested to assist with our neighboring communities and other departments are always willing to help our campus community when needed.”
Riley Garbe first came to UW-Green Bay as a fifth-grader on a Phuture Phoenix field trip, where a visit to the campus turned into a dream of one day graduating from college. Despite surviving a difficult childhood that included witnessing abuse and violence and moving from home-to-home, Garbe entered the University on a Phuture Phoenix scholarship. He was recognized today (Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017) by the Alumni Association as the University’s Most Outstanding Student. He was also nominated and selected from all graduates as the student commencement speaker.
The following were his remarks to his fellow graduates, which were interrupted by applause and drew an emotional standing ovation from fellow classmates, friends and family in attendance:
Greetings to my UW-Green Bay Phoenix family. I am grateful and honored to be today’s commencement speaker.
As we take in this special moment, I’d like us all to remember our journeys up to this point. The late nights studying, those last minute essays and projects, the stress of balancing your responsibilities, eating cheap meals to get by, and worrying as you look at your bank account balance. But those are just on the surface. Many of you graduating today have achieved this incredible feat working multiple jobs, caring for your children or other family members, dealing with illness, grieving the loss of loved ones, navigating financial aid, and/or utilizing disability services. But here we are. We can all take a sigh of relief because we survived. For many of us, the struggle, the hustle, and the grind began long before college.
For me, I was born into a tough world. My parents were drug addicts and alcoholics, my parents went away to jail and prison throughout my childhood, I witnessed abuse and violence more times than I can count, my older brothers quit school to get involved in gangs and drugs, and by age 12 I had already lived in 16 different homes and two shelters. Like many of you, the odds were stacked against me from the beginning. Well my friends, here we are. If there is anything I would like to stand before you today and represent, it is this: first, the message that nothing is impossible and miracles really do happen, and second, to be a voice for all the young kids out there whom the world has betrayed, abandoned, and given up on.
At one point in college, I moved off campus to live with my family because my father was sick and could no longer work. I was studying for classes, competing for the cross country team, helping to take care of the little ones in our family, cooking and cleaning, and working to help the family pay bills. My dad told me, “Son, you are a survivor.” And today, I tell you that we are all survivors.
To everyone involved with Phuture Phoenix, to the university’s academic services and financial aid office, to all of the wonderful professors I had in the English and Education departments, to Coach Mike Kline and my cross country family, to the spiritual directors and priests in my life, and to my hundreds of kiddos out in the community who keep me going everyday, thank you all for helping me to be a survivor.
My fellow graduates, we have been out in the dry desert, falling to our knees many times, and crawling to find a sign of life as the sun cooks our bodies and sweat burns our eyes. It is out in the dead of the desert where we have clawed beneath the dry, hard surface and discovered the water of life. Though we thought we were going to die out in the desert, today we sip that water of life (some of us might sip a little something else today too), say cheers to our fellow graduates, and continue to survive.
Each of us has spent time at this great university gaining wisdom and knowledge through classroom experiences, lab experiments, opportunities out in the field, internships, scientific research, and studying abroad. Now it is our responsibility to use that wisdom and knowledge to go out into the world and do our part to progress the world in a positive direction. It was through sacrificing my life for others that I discovered myself. I recall one kid who I mentored in an after school program and coached in a running club, whose rides never showed up on time. I willingly stayed late with him everyday to practice basketball and multiplication. When his ride would arrive, he would walk out with his head down in embarrassment that he was always the last one to be picked up, the kid who people had given up on, the kid who just wanted someone to love him. In that young man, I saw myself and remembered that I need to be the champion for him that I needed when I was his age. Just as many role models in our lives have helped us to survive through the challenges of life, it is our turn to help others be survivors.
UW-Green Bay Class of 2017: Together let us pour love out into a world that is broken and crying for us to do something. Congratulations, now it’s time to celebrate as we continue to rise like the Phoenix!
Not only is Mr. Garbe the Fall 2017 Commencement Speaker and Outstanding Student Award recipient, he also represents a milestone for one of the University’s signature programs, Phuture Phoenix. This important program began 15 years ago to introduce middle school students to college, and to encourage them to dream big about their futures. The first Phuture Phoenix participants walked across this stage in 2015. Today, 16 Phuture Phoenix students graduated, bringing the program’s total impact to 51 students. And today, Mr. Garbe represents the FIRST Phuture Phoenix graduate to be recognized as the Outstanding Student and to be selected as the Commencement Speak for the graduating class. Congratulations, Riley and to all Phuture Phoenix graduates!
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