Call to the wild: Jade Arneson finds passion in wildlife, inspiration from Aldo Leopold

Arneson is first-ever UW-Green Bay recipient of the Aldo Leopold Memorial Scholarship

While an undergraduate student at UW-Madison a few years ago, current UW-Green Bay graduate student Jade Arneson scanned the shelves of the library searching for a copy of A Sand County Almanac, authored by former UW-Madison Prof. Aldo Leopold, one of the most well-known conservationists of the 20th century.

While there were plenty of Almanac’s to choose from, Arneson perused through several copies before finding one she particularly gravitated towards—one with small sketches of wildlife inside, and a specific, personalized dedication. Her own copy of A Sand County Almanac looks much like the one she found a few years ago in that library; personalized and filled with sketches.

This was the beginning of Arneson’s connection with Leopold, one that she wrote about in her application for the Aldo Leopold Memorial Scholarship. Just a few weeks ago, the second-year student in UW-Green Bay’s Master’s Degree Program in Environmental Science and Policy, found out that she would be the recipient of the prestigious and competitive award, provided and selected by the Wisconsin Chapter of the Wildlife Society. Never before given to a UW-Green Bay student, the award provides a significant scholarship to the recipient who has “made a commitment to the wildlife profession and has shown exceptional commitment to developing themselves professionally.”

Lesa Kardash (right), chair of the Leopold Scholarship review committee presents the award to Jade Arneson (left). Photo by Amy Carrozzino-Lyon.

Emphasizing her connection to Leopold and her personal and professional experiences within the conservation field, Arneson is dedicating her life to Leopold’s values which grew out of his lifetime of experience spent in the outdoors.

Leopold wrote, “we can only be ethical in relation to something we can see, understand, feel, love, or otherwise have faith in.”

“Aldo Leopold believed that direct contact with the natural world was crucial in shaping our ability to extend our ethics beyond our own self-interest,” according to aldoleopold.org. “He hoped his essays would inspire others to embark or continue on a similar lifelong journey of outdoor exploration, developing an ethic of care that would grow out of their own close personal connection to nature.”

In her nomination letter, UW-Green Bay staff member and Green Bay Restoration Project Coordinator Amy Carrozzino-Lyon wrote about Arneson’s initiative and leadership, and the ties to Leopold’s work:

“Jade has the initiative to take her graduate research and make it her own investigating the ecology and restoration of wild rice in Green Bay wetlands and incorporating a waterfowl use component to address her strong interest in the relationships between wildlife and habitat,” she wrote. “For example, last year she successfully pursued a student research grant to purchase trail cameras and equipment to study wildlife use at wild rice restoration sites. This effort provided hundreds of photos of wildlife, especially Canada geese and wood ducks, using these areas providing key support for the restoration effort. She has navigated the challenges and successes of graduate research with professionalism, sound problem solving skills, and a positive attitude… She has a unique ability to bridge the gap between the science and communication through effective conservation writing, photography, and art just as Leopold did, which I am certain will serve her well in her career in wildlife conservation.”

While Arneson has found her way to a similar journey in outdoor exploration, her now clear path, started a bit foggy. After spending two years at the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus to fulfill her general education requirements, she transferred to UW-Madison. Unsure of an intended major, she points back to a water quality internship at the Manitowoc Campus that had sparked an interest in environmental sciences. While scrolling through the broad catalog of potential majors, she stumbled across two words that would change her life: Wildlife Ecology.

“I was always outside as a kid,” said Arneson. “I would frequently walk the ‘back forty’ down to the creek, and we camped a lot as a family. I also worked on a farm, which furthered my love for animals.” At Madison, the Wildlife Ecology major led her to be active with The Wildlife Society (TWS) on campus. Arneson made lifetime connections and worked on important projects, such as one involving elk population reintroduction. She also participated in Learn to Hunt opportunities while at the university, which introduced her to hunting and its role in conservation, something she feels is incredibly important as a natural resource professional.

After graduating from UW-Madison and working in the field for three years, Arneson came to UW-Green Bay to pursue a graduate degree in Environmental Science and Policy. In her time at UW-Green Bay, Arneson led efforts through her graduate research on Wild Rice Restoration Project, serving as a member of the board of directors for the Northeastern Wisconsin Audubon Society, and volunteering with the Green Bay Audubon Student Conservation Chapter (the first college chapter in the nation, started by UW-Green Bay students).

Her work as a graduate research assistant with the Wild Rice Restoration Project in the bay of Green Bay is a vital step in restoring original habitat for fish and birds. Past roles took her to the nation’s capital where she advocated for the  Forage Fish Conservation Act, supporting shorebirds and other waterbirds that depend on healthy forage fish populations.

Like any career path, there are challenges and rewarding ventures that define one’s journey. Through her experiences in the conservation field, Arneson believes that her biggest challenge is the unknown early in her career. “Jobs are usually temporary and demand geographic flexibility,” said Arneson. She has had jobs spanning anywhere from a few months to a year, so the periods of time in between work can be difficult. Despite that, Arneson is glad she is doing what she does. “I started with it and was persistent to chase after my passion!”

As for the most rewarding part of her work, Arneson points to two things. First, she enjoys the work involved with habitat restoration. “It takes time to see the results of restoration projects, so the reward isn’t immediate, but the work as a whole is satisfying” said Arneson. Second, she enjoys working with conservation partners who each bring their own strengths and resources.

Looking into the future, Arneson hopes to find a job that aligns with her skillsets and passions, while mirroring her conservation philosophy, one that is quite similar to Leopold’s.

“It’s a career goal of mine to work with private landowners that want to improve their land for the sake of wildlife. I also want to dedicate part of my career to recruiting new sportsmen and women and supporting the hunting community in their role as conservationists.”

Story by UW-Green Bay Marketing and University Communication intern Joshua Konecke

Photos submitted by Amy Carrozzino-Lyon

 

Homecoming Week kicks off with pep rally and declaration by the Mayor of Green Bay

Proclimation by the City of Green Bay for Homecoming WeekHomecoming Week 2020 is off to a great start, with Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich declarating this week as “UW-Green Bay Week” in front of approximately 80 students, faculty, staff and alumni present at the Homecoming Pep Rally, in the University Union, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.

Student Amber Perez (Human Biology and Spanish) and Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven opened the pep rally by welcoming Mayor Genrich to the stage, who stated that while he did not attend UW-Green Bay, he feels as if he is a “Phoenix by birth,” due to being born and raised in the area. As he declared this week “UW-Green Bay Week” he also said the downtown city bridges will be lit green this week in support of the University! Genrich was given an honorary “t to the campus,”—an official Homecoming t-shirt, designed by student Jenna Bares (Design Arts). 

Green Bay women’s basketball Coach Kevin Borseth, who recently achieved his 500th Division 1 win as a head coach, and Director of Athletics Charles Guthrie also addressed the crowd. They expressed their excitement for the week, reminding people to come to “Krash the Kress” and support UW-Green Bay men’s and women’s basketball on Saturday, Feb. 29. The women play at 2 p.m., and the men play at 7 p.m. with the Krash the Kress tailgate in-between events.

See the full list of events that are happening this week as part of Homecoming Week.

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Homecoming 2020 Pep Rally

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

 

Green Bay women’s basketball coach Kevin Borseth reaches monumental milestone

As the Green Bay women’s basketball team defeated Wright State in late January, Phoenix Coach Kevin Borseth was embarking on his own monumental milestone—his 500th Division I career win as a head coach.

In his career, Borseth has won 413 of his 500 Division I wins in two separate stints as head coach of the women’s basketball team at UW-Green Bay, and now has 725 wins overall across all NCAA divisions. Currently, Borseth ranks 19th on the all-time NCAA Division I women’s basketball head coaches list for total wins and is 10th among active coaches.

In his two stints as the Green Bay women’s basketball head coach, Borseth has led the program to 14 regular season conference championships, including 12 trips to the NCAA Tournament.

As Borseth and his program head into the final stretch before a hopeful play-off run, those who know him well, share what they believe is the reason for his success, and staying power:

Amanda Perry, who left Borseth’s coaching staff last summer to become the head coach for St. Norbert’s women’s basketball team, and played for Borseth from 1999-2002, believes he cultivates a family relationship with his players that helps him achieve a high degree of success. “It’s not a job or a business for him. His players are his family and he cares about and treats them as such,” said Perry.

Perry also added that Borseth focuses on developing a player-led team so the program can have as many strong, positive leaders as possible, a vital component to sustained excellence. This is something that Perry has taken with her to St. Norbert.

“We are trying to develop a culture here of a player led team, accountability and the drive to be the best. We want out players to know that we care about them as family, that we care about them becoming the next generation of female leaders, and that they grow into role models for younger female athletes,” said Perry.

Frankie Wurtz, a redshirt senior for the Green Bay women’s basketball team, believes that Borseth’s personable nature allows him to connect with his players and allow them to succeed just as much as his ability to coach.

“He is very genuine, real and truly cares about every one of his players and everyone loves to play for him because of that,” Wurtz said.

Wurtz also cited Borseth’s preparation and attention to detail as keys to his on court success as a head basketball coach.

“Coach Borseth and our assistant coaches watch a lot of film and put in a lot of time to get us prepared for the next game, and we practice with that same attention to detail. That is something that has allowed me to really grow as a player and is something that I will carry over if I become a coach one day,” said Wurtz.

Despite being battered by injuries this season—the Phoenix even had to finish a road game with four players—the team is battling for one of the top seeds heading into the Horizon League Tournament set to tip-off on Tuesday, March 3, with the Championship Game in Indianapolis on Tuesday, March 10.

Wurtz and company hope to add yet another championship banner to the Kress Center rafters. And Borseth can keep adding to the 500-plus win column.

Feature by UW-Green Bay Marketing and University Communication intern Joshua Konecke. Photos submitted from Green Bay athletics.

 

Visitors peer into the large fish tank to see the yellow peach during The Farmory grand opening of the perch fish hatchery in Green Bay.

Photos: The Farmory Perch Fish Hatchery Opens

The Farmory celebrated its launch of the state-of-the-art yellow perch fish hatchery in Green Bay on Feb. 10, 2020. The nonprofit hatchery is an indoor urban farm that focuses on aquaponics and aquaculture. The startup hatchery launched with assistance from its educational partners at UW-Green Bay. CSET Dean John Katers was one of the speakers at the ribbon-cutting event. Click to advance slideshow or view the album on Flickr. WFRV has a report.

The Farmory Perch Fish Hatchery Opens

– Photos by Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication

A Phoenix student standing in front of a wall painting of a Phoenix, shares what she loves about her experience on the UW-Green Bay campus.

Video: Members of the Phoenix family share what they #uwgblove

Phoenix students and staff share what they love about their experience at UW-Green Bay as a special shoutout for Valentine’s Day. Join in spreading the love by posting your appreciation to social media with #uwgblove.

– Video by Marketing and University Communication student assistants Emily Gerlikovski and Shelby Smith, with editing assistance by Sue Pischke.

Brown County STEM Innovation Center grand opening

It’s Full STEAM Ahead with New STEM Innovation Center

There’s something truly special about this place. The brand-new 63,000-square-foot Brown County STEM Innovation Center on the UW-Green Bay campus faces south from the brow of a low hill just west of UW-Green Bay’s Laboratory Sciences building. Its horizontal stance is reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Style design and is surrounded by open spaces and natural vegetation.

The glass-and-steel frame suggests a modern facility with an industrial flair, open to the world, focused on the future. And that’s exactly what its inhabitants plan to deliver.

STEM Center grand opening
Brown County STEM Innovation Center Grand Opening

Inside, the lobby is sun-filled and colorful, with geometric designs on the walls and a vaulted ceiling that opens to second-floor classrooms and offices. A donor recognition wall dominates the west wall, and letters on an overhead bridge welcome you to the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering, with all of its promises.

“We see this facility as a catalyst for STEM education and business partnerships in Northeast Wisconsin,” said John Katers, dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. “We want to make this region competitive with other parts of the state and the nation in terms of innovation and sustainability. This facility has the potential to attract the faculty, students and business partners to support that vision.

“This is a $15-million facility,” he continued, “with $5 million in funding each coming from the State of Wisconsin, Brown County and private donors. “We broke ground in September 2018 and opened the doors in September 2019. That’s a really quick accomplishment for agencies like ours, and I don’t think it could have happened without the right partners.”

Co-location creates many synergistic relationships. The University of Wisconsin-Extension Brown County program shares the first floor with Brown County’s Land & Water Conservation department. These agencies often interact with the public and provide complementary programming, so having their offices close to each other enhances public access.

East of the lobby and sharing its wall of windows is a large classroom space with partitionable walls. With the walls in place, the space configures into four classrooms. Without partitions, the space can accommodate up to 120 people for collaboration, symposiums and receptions. Just around the corner marks the entrance to the offices of the Einstein Project, which provides educational curriculum and hands-on materials for teachers and students, with a focus on STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The Einstein Project area includes a warehouse for the hundreds of instructional materials they distribute to school districts across the state and a “makerspace”—a place where people (including engineering students) collaborate to share tools, materials and expertise on all sorts of creative and technical endeavors.

At the east end of the second floor, overlooking the main lobby, are three dedicated laboratory classrooms, one each for fluid dynamics, thermodynamics and instrumentation and controls.

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Heading west across the bridge from the engineering labs, a door leads to a small, outdoor patio on the south side of the building. The patio is surrounded by a “green roof” of groundcover-like plants. UW-Extension will maintain the green roof, and participants in its Master Gardener program will maintain the gardens surrounding the building, including   the Jim and Doris Madigan Rose Garden. Also, on the second floor, there are faculty offices and small gathering spaces for faculty-student and student-student collaboration.

Another collaborative area is an instructional kitchen shared by the extension staff and the University. The extension staff prepares food samples they take to public schools as part of their FoodShare education program, and the University conducts classes as part of its Nutritional Science and Dietetics program.

“None of us could have afforded an instructional facility of this quality by ourselves,” said Katers. “Together, though, we were able to do it. You can already see the benefits for UW-Extension, our University programs, and students from the Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay also receive instruction here. Eventually, this space will support our new Masters of Nutrition and Wellness program, expected to be in place by 2021.”

Even as Katers and his partners are racing to get the facility up to full speed, they are looking to the future.

“If you noticed, the sign near the donor wall in the lobby references ‘Phoenix Innovation Park,’” said Katers. “We have another 60-plus acres of land in this area for potential use. We don’t necessarily want to develop all of it, and we don’t have a timetable in mind, but now that we’ve made this partnership work, we’re open to other long-term aspirational partners who might want to develop their research and innovation operations here.”

If you can’t visit the Brown County STEM Innovation Center in person, take advantage of an online opportunity by searching “Brown County STEM Center Virtual Tour.”

–Story by freelance writer Jim Streed ’05

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Video: Cheering on the Pack is fun for Phoenix Cheer Team

While it may be common for college cheerleaders to cheer on football teams, not many college cheerleaders can say they cheer for their local NFL football team. Green Bay Phoenix Cheer Team, along with St. Norbert College cheerleaders, are collegiate cheerleaders of the Green Bay Packers, of which UW-Green Bay is a Higher Education Partner. They showed their support for the Packers at a number of pep rallies, and of course, they were present at Lambeau Field on Sunday, Jan. 12 for the Packers play-off win against the Seattle Seahawks. Members of the Cheer Team call it an “amazing opportunity” to cheer for both the Phoenix and the Packers.

Photos: 100 Commencement Ceremonies, thousands of smiles

On Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 about 350 of 432 students eligible to graduate from UW-Green Bay, participated in Commencement—representing the University’s 100th graduating class. At ceremony’s end, everyone was smiling.

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Post Commencement Fun - Winter 2019

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

 

Commencement speaker, Prof. Patricia Terry, noted for ‘Iron-man worthy’ efforts on behalf of the University

Patricia TerryAs a tenured professor approaching her 25th year at UW-Green Bay, professor Patricia Terry describes herself as a “pinnacle person.” Which means, if you’re going to do something, take it all the way.

“If you’re going to run, run a marathon. Go to college? Get a Ph.D. Work at a university? Achieve the rank of full professor.”

She will bring her experience and wisdom to the stage on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 when she serves as the University’s commencement speaker.

Terry has done marathons one better by competing in Ironman triathlons—one of the world’s most difficult events—swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and then run a full marathon. “They fire the starting gun at 7 a.m. and you have until midnight to finish.” She’s completed three. (Also managing to squeeze in two Boston Marathons, two fifty-mile races, and more than 30 other marathons or ultra-marathons along the way).

Her career in academia began even sooner, when her father once offered his “exalted” (her description) advice to his eight-year-old daughter.

“I asked him, ‘who teaches college?’ He said ‘college professors.’ Then he added ‘If you became a college professor, you’d be one of the most honored, revered and respected members of society.’”

“I bring that up to him every chance I get.”

And while her CV is a testament to her scholarly work-ethic with dozens of peer-reviewed published papers, research grants and co-authorship of Principles of Chemical Separations with Environmental Applications, published by Cambridge University Press, it’s her collaboration with faculty and students that has brought her the greatest pleasure.

“What I’m most passionate about was starting the engineering program and leading my faculty, facilitating student success.”

Terry also discovered she had a knack for growing things—from wildflowers to academic flowers. In 2009, one of her students suggested, as a thesis project, replacing the under-performing grass roof over the Instructional Services building with native plants. The student never finished, but true to her pinnacle person personality, Terry persisted. Today, she solely supports a fund to hire students for maintenance and to purchase plants. Over the past seven years, she has gifted the fund approximately $15,000.

Ultimately, Terry’s most sustainable contribution to the University is her Ironman-worthy efforts to the success of students, faculty and the university. She was instrumental in helping launch the new bachelor of science programs in Electrical, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering Technology, becoming director of the programs in 2012.

As far as a “pinnacle” to her academic career to this point, it may be her appointment as the inaugural Chair of the Resch School of Engineering. As the administrator overseeing the program, Terry helped set the curriculum and was in charge of faculty recruitment and mentoring, along with ensuring program accreditation.

Still, she remains a teacher of environmental engineering at heart. Or as she puts it—“Everything’s a chemical. We’re moving chemicals.” And as far as staying on the move goes, Terry confesses a general-education offering remains her favorite class to teach.

“I like teaching Energy and Society. I have to keep up with the news, that class changes every semester. It’s a moving content target.”

Story by Michael Shaw, Marketing and University Communication