Video: Tiny Earth at Lambeau Field is about scientific discovery

Students from UW-Green Bay and across the state came together on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at Lambeau Field to give presentations about their findings regarding antibiotic resistance (see it happening via twitter). The hope is, that through the scientific research by students from across the world, new sources of antibiotics will be discovered. In September, the Green Bay Packers provided a soil sample from their practice field for UW-Green Bay students to analyze as part of their research.

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Tiny Earth at Lambeau Field 2019

Photos by Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication

Hannah Malmberg

Graduating class speaker, Hannah Malmberg, models what it means to be a Phoenix

“The price of success,” the legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi once said, “is hard work.” But if you were to ask anyone who has had the privilege of working, or just knowing, Hannah Malmberg, they would more likely characterize their experience with her as priceless.

“I’ve rarely encountered somebody so accomplished, yet so unselfish and humble,” says Katia Levintova, professor of Democracy and Justice Studies. “She is always serving others in the most profound ways.”

The proof? A list of accomplishments that would be impressive for two people, including serving as a peer mentor for the Gateways to Phoenix Success (GPS) program. This year-long commitment matched Malmberg with at-risk first-year students to help ensure academic and social success. What’s all the more impressive about this commitment is that Hannah herself faced the challenge of adapting to the college life experience to the extent she left school for a semester.

But she came back and rose from the ashes like a true Phoenix. Not only surviving, but thriving. Levintova notes, “completely turning things around, becoming a super-star student, a role model, and a very accomplished person.”

From that moment on, Malmberg embraced all her opportunities—including a social media internship at the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. She is also currently a member of Political Science Research Lab (one of 13 students selected for this honor).

Even while gaining experiences on campus, she continued to reach out to fellow students as a resident assistant—receiving additional training ranging from peer guidance, leadership development and more to cope with daily adventures of residence life.

Malmberg also found time to deliver lectures at the Green Bay Film Society and the UW-Green Bay Office of International Education, as well as working in the offices of TRiO and Upward Bound and volunteering for the Model United Nations event that brought local high school students to campus.

Malmberg’s hard work went above and beyond campus life and into the community. Two highly competitive internships included one at Green Bay City Hall and a current internship at NEW Water.

Malmberg also found time to be of service—even in Hawaii, traveling to Maui on a “build trip” with UW-Green Bay Habitat for Humanity. In 2018, she traveled to Ecuador with Associate Professor Marcelo Cruz, visiting indigenous communities in the heart of the Amazon region. Along the way, she discovered that some of the most enduring lessons can be learned far from a classroom.

“Prior to going to Ecuador, I had never traveled outside of the country and was nervous about being far from home, but studying abroad helped me discover confidence in myself that I never realized I had. I am so glad that I went and will forever cherish the memories made, education earned and relationships formed on that trip.”

What may be most impressive is that Malmberg has accomplished so much while maintaining a 3.68 GPA as a double major in Political Science and Communication, emphasis in Mass Media, with a Global Studies minor.

A University Leadership Award recipient in May 2019, she was nominated to serve as commencement speaker by faculty representing Political Science, Communication, Global Studies, Psychology and Public Administration—Katia Levintova, David Helpap, Aaron Weinschenk, Ryan Martin, David Coury, Bryan Carr, Alison Staudinger and Jemma Lund.

Malmberg’s own stated personal goal at UW-Green Bay was to “have a positive experience on this school and community; to have left it even better and stronger than when I started here.” And while Levintova admires Malmberg’s humility, she’s even prouder of her accomplishments. “Her list of achievements is incredible, demonstrating both the depth and the breadth of experiences, both on campus and in the community, sustained over a very long period.”

After graduation, Malmberg plans to further her work experience that combines her double majors before getting a master’s degree in either Public Administration or Public Policy.

Ginger Turck

Veteran Marine Nurses a Dream

After a long journey, Ginger Turck graduates with a BSN on Saturday

Ginger Turck’s journey across the Weidner Center stage on Saturday, Dec. 14 for UW-Green Bay Commencement will be just like any other graduate. But few others have made more stops along the way.

This mother of three, Marine Corps veteran with a Business Administration degree (also from UW-Green Bay) already on her resume´—now earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)—may be the most traditional non-traditional student participating in the University’s 100th commencement ceremony, Saturday.

“She went through a long journey to be a BSN,” says Assistant Prof. of Nursing, Myunghee Jun. But Turck’s journey isn’t measured in miles—but in time and challenges.

Turck grew up a self-described “Tomboy” in the northern suburbs of Milwaukee, working in landscaping during the summers and began college 1995. She admits at the time she was more into volleyball than study hall. Originally attending college as a walk-on for the women’s volleyball team Turck soon realized “my heart wasn’t into college at this time which was reflected in my grades.”

“My parents said that if I was going to leave school, I would have to find something else to do.” So she enlisted in the Marines. “They say it was the hardest boot camp, so let’s see.” (Plus, only eight-percent of all active enlisted Marines are female, the lowest ratio in all of the U.S. military branches.) And the toughest part of boot camp? “Being away from home for three months and Parris Island sand fleas.”

It was later in field training when life handed her a lemon in the form of a hand-grenade. And this advice to anyone contemplating a similar experience—“Never throw a hand-grenade like a baseball.”

Turck was taught the correct over-the-shoulder technique, but kept throwing short of the target. “On my last try, I had an ‘I’m-going-to-show-you moment,’ so I launched it. Something didn’t feel right. I hit my target, but tore my shoulder.”

Ironically, it was that injury that would eventually lead her to nursing and her advocation to work in a VA clinic. Turck was separated from her reserve unit, which was activated and sent to Iraq in 2003 for Operation Enduring Freedom. She returned to Green Bay as an active reservist but saw her civilian prospects landing her back into landscaping. But her commanding officer offered a bit of advice. “My captain told me I should do something else besides digging dirt and suggested school.”

In 2006, Turck was medically separated from the Marine Corps and was sent to the Milwaukee VA for evaluation of her continuing shoulder/wrist problems. Her biggest problem? Being a woman in the VA healthcare system. “I would go into my appointment and staff would look at me and ask ‘Where’s the veteran? He needs to check in himself,’ seemingly confused as many said they had never treated a woman veteran before.”

With a second chance at college, now married (to a fellow Marine), Turck graduated from UW-Green Bay with a degree in Business Administration (Management and Finance) in 2008. And this time, she credits her professors with putting her “heart back into learning.”

This time odd timing was just bad timing—she hit the streets with a fresh degree and into the teeth of the great recession. Finding it impossible to find a job in banking in finance, she returned to landscaping and worked as a correctional officer, while trying to rehabilitate her shoulder and her career. The bottom may have been when she temporary job as took a brief job as a test examiner. “I knew I wanted more in life” she remembers.

Turck was accepted into Vocational Rehab through the VA, began nursing school at the Rasmussen College School of Nursing and graduated as a registered nurse (RN) in 2016. But fate was not finished throwing her curve balls. Her first nursing job was at an extended care facility that soon closed its doors.

“Nursing did not start out well” She admits. And this college graduate, Marine veteran, professional landscaping, correctional officer, long-term care facility nurse and mother of three needed a break—both emotionally and professionally. She was accepted into UW-Green Bay’s RN to BSN program, designed for associate degree registered nurses looking to advance their career. She decided not to work while in school, but still life beyond the classroom presented its own challenges.

“Shortly, after beginning classes my maternal grandma’s health began declining so I helped where I could, studied when I could as my mom, who had previously helped babysit, was spending her time at appointments and in hospitals with my grandma.” Her grandmother passed away on August 19, 2018, the same day as her late stepdad’s birthday and her wedding anniversary. Turck would also say good-bye to her paternal grandmother in 2019.

But true to her Marine spirit, Turck did not retreat. “In January 2019, I gave birth to our third son at 5 a.m. and much like the birth of my first child in 2014, I again was online to introduce myself for my next nursing class that also began that day.”

It was also time to make peace with VA through both a clinical placement during the summer 2019 semester, and as a patient at the Milo C. Huempfner Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic, which neighbors the UW-Green Bay campus.

“Throughout my time at the Green Bay clinic I have never been overlooked as being the veteran, nor forgotten as a patient.”  Or a woman, for that matter. “When I went there for treatment for my shoulder, I had to bring my one-year-old  son with me. He was crying, so my doctor held him the whole time during my examination.”

And as for what future holds, Turck sees a life still filled with challenges, but perhaps fewer holes.

“With any hope, there will soon arise a chapter called Milo C. Huempfner VA Clinic nurse and veteran patient advocate Ginger Turck, RN, BSN.”

 

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

Student Art Exhibition

Photo gallery: 47th annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

The 47th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition at the Lawton Gallery runs through Dec. 12, 2019. This exhibition features artwork submitted by UW-Green Bay enrolled students and is juried by Professor Emeritus Carol Emmons. For the 47th year, the Lawton Gallery is showcasing the talented art and design students of UW-Green Bay and will provide $1,000 in awards. All Lawton Gallery events are free and open to the public.

Congratulations to these students on their awards:
Savannah Mikle, Kress Award for Excellence in 2D
Tommy Mlodzik, Kress Award for Excellence in 3D and Contemporary Ceramic’s Award
Libby Gill, Lawton Award for Excellence in 2D and Northeast Wisconsin Watercolor Society Award
Lindsey Beseler, Lawton Award for Excellence in 3D and The Provost’s Award
Katie Bauer, Chancellor’s Award, the Contemporary Painting Award, and the Business Entrepreneurship Award
Kassie Corroy, College of Science, Technology and Engineering Purchase Award, Excellence in Printmaking Award
Brittany Meyer, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Purchase Award
Andrea Cornett, College of Education, Health, and Social Welfare Purchase Award and Contemporary Textiles Award
Beth Schauffner, Business Entrepreneurship Award
Lydia Delikat Mitchell, Business Entrepreneurship Award
Asavir Nadeem, Contemporary Drawing Award and Union Purchase Award
Zeyu Yan, Contemporary Craft Award
Charity Meier, Northeast Wisconsin Watercolor Society Award
Molly Gwitt, Northeast Wisconsin Watercolor Society Award and Contemporary Woodworking Award
Ya-Ching Kuo, Art and Visual Design Purchase Award and Design Award for Excellence
Logan Maedke, Design Award for Excellence

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47th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

Photos by Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication

Snow at University Union

Photos: Wintry mix leaves campus gorgeous, again

It’s not great for travelers, and the UW-Green Bay community had to negotiate slippery sidewalks and parking lots, but the brutal wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow, once again left UW-Green Bay campuses in a wintry splendor. Photographer Dan Moore snapped a few photos…

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Green Bay Campus Snowfall 12-02-2019

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

All aboard the Phoenix Express: UW-Green Bay holiday parade float is a winner for the fifth time

The UW-Green Bay Holiday Parade float won an award for the fifth time at the 36th Annual Prevea Green Bay Holiday Parade. This year’s award recognition was the Grand Marshal’s Award for most original float.

While the theme for this year’s parade was Holiday Magic, UW-Green Bay’s parade float committee took inspiration from the popular book and movie, “Polar Express,” and named the float, “The Phoenix Express: Powered by Higher Education.” The concept of the forward moving train represents the forward momentum UW-Green Bay has been experiencing. Staff members spent many hours over their lunch breaks working on the float to represent UW-Green Bay in the parade.

This was the eighth time UW-Green Bay has participated in the Prevea Green Bay Holiday Parade. Staff and members of their families, students, student athletes, alumni, dance team members and the Hip Hop team participated. The UW-Green Bay team handed out 500 pounds of candy to parade watchers. UW Credit Union and the Weidner Center are the sponsors.

See NBC26 television footage of the parade and watch for the UW-Green Bay float at the 1:05:00 timestamp.

Holiday Light Collection

Holiday Lights RecyclingIn addition to the float, UW-Green Bay incorporates a service project in their parade activities. This year’s project is collecting old holiday lights for Habitat for Humanity Restore. Don’t forget to donate old holiday lights at the designated boxes around campus. These are the locations you can drop your lights off in the designated bins:

  • Cofrin Library second floor plaza level
  • Cofrin Library first floor alcove level
  • Laboratory Sciences lounge area
  • Outside the GAC Lab
  • Rosewood Cafe
  • Office of Student Life
  • Near the Ticketing and Information Desk, University Union
  • Hendrickson Community Center, Residence Life

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Downtown Green Bay Holiday Parade 2019

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

UW-Green Bay WIT advances female participation and leadership in technology sectors

Founded a short 20 months ago, UW-Green Bay’s student organization, Women in Technology (WIT), is seeking to end the long-existing stigma that men should dominate the technology field.

This stereotype is one felt personally by members within the organization, including current WIT President Emily Sawall and Vice President Amber Honnef—the only two females in one of their computer science classes. Incidentally, it was that gender gap that led to their bonding and eventual commitment to join WIT beginning with its inaugural meeting in March 2018. Taylor Reichow and Chloe Nutter, joined as secretary and treasurer, respectively.

The group is finding its identity—helping women to grow within the organization and helping other young women in the community spark an interest for technology. For instance, they took their robots on the road, recently, volunteering , mentoring and demonstrating at Green Bay West High School and the Children’s Museum of Green Bay.

“Seeing these girls faces light up at the sight of robots is amazing,” said Amber. WIT also volunteers with the Boy’s and Girl’s Club through a sponsorship with Microsoft Digispark to teach younger women about coding. “It’s great that we get to volunteer and show younger girls they have a place in technology,” said Emily.

The pervasive theme when asking WIT members about this organization was the connections made. “Companies come in and help build connections, as well as future internships,” said Taylor. “I have met some amazing people that I probably wouldn’t have met otherwise,” said Emily. Some members of WIT went to Michigan Tech last April and met with professors about technology, and even met the creator of one of the texting features on Apple watches.

As a relatively new organization, WIT hopes to continue to gain more members while helping one another gain experience within the industry. “There is so much love and support from everyone in this organization.” said Chloe, “It will only take one meeting and you’ll never want to leave!”

WIT meets every other Monday at 5:30 p.m. in MAC 120. These meetings are always open and any prospective students interested in joining can come to a meeting anytime or email SoWIT@uwgb.edu for more information about the organization.

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Women in Technology at West High School

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communications; story by Joshua Konecke, student assistant.

Photos: ‘Las Cafeteras: Sounds of Resistance!’

UW-Green Bay welcomed music group Las Cafeteras on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 in Phoenix Room C for a workshop titled “Sounds of Resistance!” The event was co-sponsored by UW-Green Bay Spanish, MESA, Organizacion Latino Americano, Women of Color organization and the Office of Student Life.

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Kwanzaa Celebration 2019

Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communications

Guzmán and Leadership Green Bay team organizes collection for UW-Green Bay’s Campus Closet

Director of Student Life Claudia Guzmán and her Leadership Green Bay team recently organized a collection for the UW-Green Bay Campus Closet. The collection was announced to the whole group on Oct. 8, 2019, and the donations were delivered to the Campus Closet on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. The team needed three vehicles to transport all of their items.

Guzmán was thrilled that her team selected the Campus Closet as a recipient of goodwill.

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Donations from Leadership Green Bay

“I’m really proud that my team selected UW-Green Bay’s Campus Closet for our collection drive,” says Guzmán, “and so grateful to our entire Leadership Green Bay class for their generosity! It was a great way to raise awareness of the needs of our students while also helping to stock the closet with clothing.”

The Leadership Green Bay Class of 2020 consists of 47 participants from local businesses and organizations. The large group is divided into several smaller teams, and one team a month is tasked with organization a collection on behalf of a local nonprofit agency.

The Campus Closet exists to help any member of the UW-Green Bay with clothes. There is also a Campus Cupboard which provides food and basic necessities.