Make a Difference work day

Distributed campuswide but repeated here for the record: As part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration and Common Theme-Engaging in Public Life, the University is participating in a coordinated UWGB-Make a Difference Day event from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23. Employees interested in participating are encouraged to work with their supervisor for approval. Employees would be working side-by-side with student volunteers. If you are interested in participating, please sign up online as an individual or group.

Art faculty of UW-Green Bay (age 50) to exhibit at Neville Museum (age 100)

The teaching faculty of UW-Green Bay have been invited to exhibit art at the Neville Public Museum in co-celebration of the museum’s 100th anniversary and the University’s 50th. The anniversary art show will run from Jan. 22 to March 13, 2016 on the mezzanine of the museum. Participating faculty are Kristy Deetz, Sarah Detweiler, Carol Emmons, Alison Gates, Barbara Gossen, Minkyu Lee, Mark Sauter, Alison Stehlik and Christine Style.

Athletics starts countdown of 50 top moments

In celebration of the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay’s 50th Anniversary, Green Bay Phoenix Athletics will be counting down the top 50 moments in the program’s history. The list was finalized by a focus group that works closely with Phoenix athletics. Nos. 49 and 50, unveiled this week, are the record-setting hot streak of current golfer Joe Du Chateu and the 2005 dedication of Aldo Santaga Stadium.

Jeffreys Last Lecture now on video

Knowing that not everyone can make it back to UW-Green Bay for an evening, mid-week presentation, 50th Anniversary staff asked that presentations from the Last Lecture Series be videotaped. Humanistic Studies Prof. Derek Jeffreys was the first to present a lecture on a topic he would choose, if it was to be his very last.

UWGB Habitat: Building community for two decades

As UW-Green Bay celebrates its 50th Anniversary another UWGB entity is also celebrating a milestone — The UWGB Collegiate Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is in its 20th year, and with it, a special Anniversary Celebration Alumni Build is in the works.

On Saturday, October 17, in conjunction with Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity, UWGB Habitat alumni will work on two neighboring houses on Chicago Street in Green Bay.

Twenty-four volunteers are sought for four-hour shifts in the morning or afternoon (8 a.m. to noon and 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) with lunch midday provided by current members of the campus chapter.

The event provides an opportunity to reunite and reminisce, while helping the campus archivist fill in gaps on the history of the organization, and at the same time provide homes for two deserving families in Green Bay.

habitat-roofLooking back… on May 25, 1995, UW-Green Bay was granted campus chapter status by Habitat for Humanity International. In the two decades since, literally hundreds of UW-Green Bay students have contributed to the cause of eliminating homelessness and providing safe, decent affordable housing to deserving families — in Green Bay, throughout the United States, and around the world. For many of those students, their participation in Collegiate Challenge trips was among the most significant and memorable experiences of their college careers.

Over the course of 20 years, UWGB students participated in at least 24 winter, spring or summer break trips throughout the United States and to two foreign countries to build homes for families in need.

Destinations included affiliate hosts in the Northeast (Connecticut) the South (Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Alabama), the South Central U.S. (North and South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, Virginia). the Eastern U.S. (Pennsylvania, Connecticut) and the West (New Mexico, Arizona). Teams traveled to South Africa and to the Philippines on international trips and many students contributed Saturday hours to local home-building projects with Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity or volunteering at the Habitat ReStore.

habitat-framingHabitat builds are far from vacations. Prior to a build, students must first spend a semester conducting fundraisers to raise money to cover trip costs. Then, over winter or spring break, they travel hundreds of miles by bus or van, stay for a week in very modest housing (typically a church basement or volunteer center), share just a couple of showers/bathrooms, and spend the bulk of their “break” time laboring — framing, roofing, putting up siding, insulating, hanging drywall or painting. They return from their college break more exhausted than when they left. But almost to the last one, they say the experience was incomparable, and the satisfaction of working together to provide a deserving family a home is its own reward. So gratifying was the experience that many students participated in three or four Collegiate Challenge trips during their college years.

Organizers would appreciate securing volunteers by October 2.

Many trips through the years have been documented on the UWGB Habitat for Humanity Facebook page.

Join the event on Facebook.

Feature by Mike Stearney, former Dean of Enrollment Services and longtime Habitat for Humanity Student Adviser

UW-Green Bay 50th Anniversary presents ‘Last Lecture Series’

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has announced its lineup for a “Last Lecture Series” during the 2015-16 academic year in celebration of the University’s 50th anniversary.

Each month, a UW-Green Bay faculty member will give a public presentation on a topic of his or her choice. Presenters were asked to convey what lecture they would give, if it was to be their last. The monthly lectures will take place Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the University Union’s Christie Theatre, on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay. The lectures are free and open to the public.

UW-Green Bay Humanistic Studies Prof. Derek Jeffreys, who specializes in the study of philosophy, ethics and religion, will deliver the first lecture, “The Mystery of the Person: Teaching Philosophy and Religion in a Maximum-Security Prison,” on Sept. 23. A professor at UW-Green Bay for 15 years, Jeffreys is the author of books offering information and insight on religion, ethics and torture.

Jeffreys said he became interested in torture in American prisons, particularly the effects of shelter and confinement. To gain further understanding, he visited and spent time in prisons and now volunteers teaching philosophy and religion with the Green Bay Correctional Institution and the Brown County Jail.

“I am passionate about the subject of my Last Lecture because I find teaching prison inmates deeply rewarding,” Jeffreys says. “Inmates have few educational opportunities, and are hungry for knowledge. They are eager to engage in philosophical and religious discussions. I am enriched by these conversations, and in my lecture I will share with the University community what I’ve experienced in the Green Bay Correctional Institution. By teaching in this prison, I’ve gained insights into the nature of the person. Prison inmates live in a difficult and often brutal environment, yet they can make remarkable personal changes. Their example can lead us to reflect on the mystery of the person.”

The following is the list of Last Lecture participants and topics:
Sept. 23 — Derek Jeffreys, Professor, Humanistic Studies, “The Mystery of the Person: Teaching Philosophy and Religion in a Maximum-Security Prison”
Oct. 28 — Jeff Entwistle, Professor, Theatre and Dance, “We All Need Theatre in Our Lives and in Our Future”
Nov. 18 — Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Associate Professor, Nursing, “E-Learning: The Train has Left the Station”
Feb. 17 — Lucy Arendt, Associate Dean, College of Professional Studies, “Made to Serve: The Tragic Corruption of America’s Founding Values”
March 23 — Steve Meyer, Associate Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences, “Forget the Three T’s: Focus on the Six C’s”
April 13 — Phil Clampitt, Professor, Information and Computing Science, “The Magical Connection between Uncertainty, Innovation, and the Human Spirit.”

More information on 50th Anniversary activities can be found at


Images: A golden evening for ‘Backyard Bash’

It was a cool way to celebrate UW-Green Bay’s 50th anniversary and the first day of fall semester 2015. The annual Backyard Bash — a free cookout for new and continuing students — offered something extra with remarks, music and giveaways related to the University’s golden anniversary. Chancellor Gary L. Miller and Student Government President Hannah Stepp addressed the crowd gathered near the “Shoe Tree” at the Mauthe Center. Among those attending the Sept. 2 event was Father Richard Mauthe, the center’s founder. The UW Credit Union sponsored the dinner. The campus event was part of an afternoon/evening  “doubleheader” that also included an evening UW-Green Bay presence at the downtown farmers’ market.

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50th Anniversary Campus Kickoff and Backyard Bash, September 2, 2015

Press-Gazette: ‘UW-Green Bay a vital part of our community’

The Green Bay Press-Gazette published an editorial Sunday (Sept. 6) congratulating UW-Green Bay on its 50th anniversary. “A four-year public university can have a positive impact on the surrounding community,” the editorial noted, offering a few examples. “With its student body of about 7,000, it gives area high school students who want to go to college a nearby university. It also brings in students from outside the area, state, and nation, exposing students and people in the community a glimpse of the diversity they’ll find in the world. It becomes a major employer, providing jobs to educators, professionals, hourly staff and students. It also benefits the community economically in at least three ways: It brings in a population that spends money in the area, it supplies area businesses talented and trained workers, and it partners with experts and companies to provide opportunities and support.” The pieces goes onto mention other examples including the SBDC, Upward Bound, Camp Lloyd, EMBI, partnerships with other colleges and K-12, and the fact most grads stay local.

A sampling of 50th coverage: Chancellor, Fox 11, video, more

The physical growth of the campus (enormous)… the move to Division I athletics… building the Weidner Center through the generosity of the community. Those were some of the tangible changes on the UWGB landscape over its first 50 years, Chancellor Gary L. Miller told WBAY-TV 2 in an interview earlier this week. “Green Bay is the third largest city in Wisconsin and one of the largest economies,” he said. “It’s important to have a university here… As we’ve seen all around the country when communities and universities get together, it’s a better place.” To see the segment.

— Reporter Ben Krumholz, himself a UW-Green Bay grad, talked to 1970 alumnus Keith Pamperin for a nicely done 50-year anniversary story complete with vintage images.
— UW-Green Bay development officer Tracy Heaser, co-chair of the planning committee, went on with WFRV-TV 5 to describe aspects of the celebration.
— Communications director Chris Sampson, a Green Bay native and student at 1970s UWGB, contributed a guest column to the Press-Gazette. Already noted in the Log Extra but shared here for the benefit of Log-only readers.
— And, as mentioned previously, the 50th Anniversary Video is archived.