Office of Grants and Research hosting Open House on Feb. 5

The Office of Grants and Research will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Cofrin Library CL 825. Faculty, staff and students from all UW-Green Bay campuses are welcome to attend and meet the new staff! Important information about the services the office provides and how the UW-Green Bay community can stay in the loop with funding opportunities will be available as well.

UW-Green Bay Comm Week is coming, Feb. 24 to 27

The UW-Green Bay Communication department is hosting its fourth annual Comm Week from Feb. 24 to Feb. 27, 2020. Comm Week is UW-Green Bay’s very own annual event to celebrate the past, present and future of UW-Green Bay’s Communication Department.

The week is packed full of events. See the schedule below:

Monday, February 24
8 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Morning Coffee, MAC 2nd floor booth
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Evening Mocktails, Alumni Room

Tuesday, February 25
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Comm Job Fair, 1965 Room

Wednesday, February 26
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Comm Carnival, Phoenix Room C

Thursday, February 27
3 p.m.: 3x3x3 Showcase, Weidner Center
3 p.m.: Comm Film Festival Showcase, Weidner Center
6 p.m..: Comm Week Banquet with Guest Speaker Laura Hollingsworth, Weidner Center Foyer

Most events are free; however, the Comm Week Banquet on Feb. 27 is $10 for students and $30 for faculty/staff, friends and family. Register for the banquet here.

Say farewell and wish Eric Arneson good luck on his new journey, Jan. 30

Wish Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate Eric Arneson farewell and good luck as he embarks on a new journey! On Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., visit the 1965 Room in the University Union to say farewell. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. It was announced in December that Arneson would be leaving UW-Green Bay for a new role as vice president for Student Affairs at Kennesaw University in Georgia.

Reminder: Sustainability Teaching Grant applications due Feb. 15

Applications are due Feb. 15, 2020 for The Sustainability Teaching Development Grant. The grant provides monetary support for professional development activities or projects that lead to the infusion of sustainability into any aspect of teaching, including classes, labs, field work and/or undergraduate independent research/study. The Sustainability Committee sponsors this grant. Please contact David Helpap, chair of the Sustainability Committee, at helpapd@uwgb.edu with any questions.

I Am Psyched! National Tour will be at the Cofrin Library from Feb. 11-22, 2020

“I am Psyched!” is a multimedia initiative that explores the history and contemporary contributions of women of color in psychology as they engage in psychological science, practice and social justice. Created by the American Psychological Association‘s Women’s Programs Office, the exhibit highlights achievements of women of color in psychology. Learn about the inspiring lives of many women who accomplished “the firsts” in psychological science, to benefit society and people’s lives. In addition to the exhibit, events will be held to highlight the experiences of women of color in psychology in our area. All events will be held on the fourth floor of the Cofrin Library unless otherwise noted and are open to the public:

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 4 to 6 p.m., Opening Reception
Join us as we launch this important exhibit celebrating women of color in psychology. We will have speakers, a photo booth and information on WOC sheroes in psychology!

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 5 p.m., Speaker Sheng Lee
Sheng Lee runs Us 2 Behavioral Health Care in Appleton, which addresses current disparities in mental health services for minorities.

Monday, Feb. 17, 4 p.m., I Am Psyched Talks
Four 10-minute talks by students on four amazing women of color in psychology. Support students, be inspired.

Feb. 17 to 22, Student Union, Photo Booth…This is what a psychologist looks like!
Future (and current) psychologists…Stop by your table at the University Union and show the world your future self!

For more information, contact Associate Prof. Christine Smith (Psychology, Women’s and Gender Studies) at smithc@uwgb.edu.

STEM Center unites partners around education efforts | Insight on Business

Insight on Business featured the collaborative partnership of the STEM Innovation Center, recently. “Among the many strides the region has made [in promoting engineering education], the opening of UW-Green Bay’s STEM Innovation Center, which includes the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering, is one of the biggest. The facility represents the dedication and efforts of several stakeholders, including the University, UW-Extension, Brown County and manufacturing industry partners.” More via STEM synergies – NEW UW-GREEN BAY CENTER UNITES PARTNERS AROUND EDUCATION EFFORTS | Insight on Business.

Northern Ireland’s Rend Collective coming to the Weidner Center, March 13

The Northern Ireland-hailing Rend Collective band is coming to the Weidner Center on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 7 p.m for their “Revival Anthem” tour. Rend Collective is a band barreling down the road of authenticity and simple old-fashioned Gospel. Their sixth and newest album, “Good News,” is an invitation to all—”to lament, to remember and to share in the good news that belongs to all of us.” VIP tickets are available at $65. VIP experience includes a photo with the band, “How to Speak Northern Irish LIVE,” exclusive pre-show “Campfire” Worship Experience, a VIP Lanyard, early entry and crowd free merchandise shopping. Tickets can be purchased here.

One Tree, One Planet art

All are invited to interact with the ‘Tree of Life’ at the One Tree, One Planet exhibit, Feb. 4

Please join the campus community on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 at the Weidner Center for One Tree, One Planet—a ground-breaking, biodiversity interactive projection created by internationally renowned artist Naziha Mestaoui in collaboration with scientists at the University of Florida.

Interact with the artwork and explore the Tree of Life to understand the connections between our species (Homo sapiens) and other organisms. A downloadable app allows you to become part of the artwork, merging your heartbeat’s rhythms with the projection, producing music patterned after the DNA sequences shared by all organisms on Earth.

One Tree, One Planet is a project dedicated to helping humans understand their connections to all life on earth, as well as how the earth can be protected.

The exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center with a public lecture by Florida Museum Distinguished Curators Douglas and Pamela Soltis at 4 p.m. The one of many in the year-long celebration of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity’s 20th Anniversary.

Learn more about One Tree, One Planet and download the app at: www.onetreeoneplanet.org

Ben Joniaux

Congratulations to UW-Green Bay Future 15 finalists

UW-Green Bay staff and an alumna were recently announced as Current Young Professionals Future 15 Award Finalists. Staff being recognized are Kassie Batchelor, the senior associate athletic director for compliance and student welfare/senior woman administrator, Ben Joniaux (pictured above), chief of staff, and Claudia Guzman, director of Student Life. UW-Green Bay alumna Briana Peters (Accounting and Business) ’13, a manager at Hawkins Ash CPAs, is also identified as a finalist. In addition, Kristina Shelton, YMCA program director, Green Bay Area Public Schools board trustee and wife of UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Jon Shelton (History), is recognized as a finalist.

Kassie Batchelor Future 15 Surprise
Kassie Batchelor (Athletics) receives Future 15 nomination
Claudia Guzman Future 15 Surprise
Claudia Guzman (Student Life) receives Future 15 nomination
Ben Joniaux
Ben Joniaux (Chancellor’s Office) receives Future 15 nomination
Briana Peters Future 15 Surprise
Briana Peters ’13 receives Future 15 nomination

About Current

Current recognizes individuals who are making contributions to their community, and overall make the quality of life greater in the Green Bay Area. Future 15 recipients will be honored at the Future 15 & Young Professional Awards on April 30, 2020 at 5 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center. One of the 15 finalists will be named as the Young Professional of the Year at this event. More information can be found on the Future 15 & Young Professional Awards page.

UW-Green Bay Professor Emeritus Hallet J. ‘Bud’ Harris honored by Wisconsin Academy

The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters announced on Jan. 14, 2020, the seven recipients of the 2020 Academy Fellows Award. Among them was UW-Green Bay Prof. Emeritus Hallet J. ‘Bud’ Harris (NAS), who has dedicated his career and life’s work to scientific solutions to Great Lakes issues.

“His research and advocacy laid the foundation for ecological restoration efforts that are among the most ambitious in the world,” according to his nominators. “His contributions to science and the people of Wisconsin hardly stopped in 1999, however. To this day, he is an effective leader in efforts to improve environmental quality and sustainable resource use in Wisconsin. His contributions range from front-line leadership in water quality issues to meaningful influence on discussions of climate change, environmental economics, and science education. His career as a scientist and leader is approaching 50 years, with no sign of retreat.”

Hallet 'Bud' Harris
Hallet ‘Bud’ Harris

Noteworthy is Harris’s significant publication record, but his major contributions to water science, according to colleagues, are manifest through well-documented influence on public policy. Outcomes of his work, chronicled prominently by reports, research documents, and on-the-ground actions, have led to precedent-setting investments in water quality abatements totaling more than a billion dollars and counting.

At UW-Green Bay, Harris taught undergraduate ecology and graduate courses in wetland ecology and ecosystem management. He and his students carried out research in coastal wetlands of Green Bay as part of the Wisconsin Sea Grant Green Bay Subprogram which he coordinated for eight years. Subsequently he served as “on site coordinator” of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) PCB Mass Balance Study. In that role, Harris laid the foundation for a PCB cleanup effort in the Fox River—said to be the largest fresh water clean-up in the world—resulting in the removal of 2.4 million tons of contaminated sediments. Harris also led consequential efforts to address nonpoint source pollution of sediments and nutrients, a second complex problem in the Fox River/Lower Green Bay ecosystem.

Serving on all three steering committees (Technical, Ad-hoc Science, and Outreach), he was instrumental in precipitating USEPA and Wisconsin DNR actions to develop total maximum daily load (TMDL) regulations for controlling runoff of phosphorous and suspended solids in the Lower Fox River Basin. During this process, he also obtained nearly $1 million in funding to engage high school students and teachers in a successful stream monitoring and education program in the Fox River Watershed. Among many other professional contributions, he currently serves as member and past chair for the Sea Grant Advisory Council, he is a member of the Science Advisory Board of the Wisconsin Initiative for Climate Change Impacts (WICCI), and he is a long-serving leader of the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance Advisory Board.

“The list of Dr. Harris’s leadership roles is truly remarkable, reflecting a passion for applying science to critical ecological and sociological challenges,” say his nominators. “He has contributed significantly to the peer-reviewed scientific literature and he has inspired and mentored hundreds of students. His most important legacy, however, will likely be the public policies and conservation actions that have happened because of his passionate commitment as an applied scientist and community leader.”

After receiving a bachelor of science from Coe College, he graduated with a master’s and Ph.D. from Iowa State University and joined UW–Green Bay in 1969, retiring in 1999. Harris presently serves in a science advisory capacity for four environmental organizations.