Prof Chu discusses the importance of fulfilling our basic psychological needs to stay motivated at work

In an article on 12 Ways to Stay Focused, Motivated, and Productive While Working, wherever people are, Assistant Prof. and Chair of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Alan Chu discusses the importance of fulfilling our basic psychological needs—autonomy, competence, and relatedness—to stay motivated at work. His perspective can be seen at Smallpdf.

UW-Green Bay Psychology student Paige Anderson details her online experience

Although UW-Green Bay is intending to be open in fall and welcoming faculty, staff and students back on campus, some classes originally scheduled for in-person instruction will be moving online or having online aspects to them for the safety of the UW-Green Bay community. Current UW-Green Bay students who transitioned to online learning in Spring 2020 demonstrated that they are resilient problem-solvers and describe their experiences while providing some advice to future students…

Paige Anderson is a Psychology major entering her senior year.

Paige Anderson

“I personally love in-person classes. I feel much more disciplined to go to class, participate and really retain what I’ve been learning when I can see a real person presenting the information and others around me learning the material. Online classes can in-part be a challenge if the in-person experience is something that I (or other students) use as a motivator or a tool to stay engaged. This is because in an online class, one can expect that if the class is lecture-based, one may find PowerPoints or other forms of presentations uploaded to Canvas, along with weekly ‘to-do lists’ of what is expected to be completed each week. Sometimes, one may be required to read a chapter of the course text, or to complete a quiz, or to watch a video clip, etc., and while almost all of my professors have been clear in what is to be done each week, it can be lonesome because it is self-paced and individual, rather than sitting next to your classmates each day. One of the best ways to combat this, if you’re nervous about this format, is to stick to what you know works for you! I like hand-written notes versus a computer, so I would still write my notes in a notebook to give me an in-person feel (See Rocketbook products if you’re interested in handwritten notes that can be uploaded to your computer for quick access!).

Also, stay connected with your classmates! Maybe do a Zoom call or exchange social media usernames so you can talk about the class to avoid any feelings of isolation. This is a perfect time to get to know your professors and ask them questions about the course—especially if you’re not fully comfortable with asking questions in person yet, this is a great time to practice those skills. Also, remember that this is an unprecedented time for everybody, and your resilience is noticed, favored, and commemorated, so hang in there!”

Prof. Weinschenk talks elections with U.S. News and World Report

As they do every four years, the conventions will last for four days with the Democratic National Convention starting on August 17 and the Republican National Convention following a week later. As usual, they’ll feature political addresses, including acceptance speeches by President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. And the coverage will still saturate prime-time television.But in other ways, the pandemic-era conventions will be unprecedented, at least in living memory. See what Prof. Weinschenk (Political Science) has to say.

Source: How Virtual Conventions Will, or Won’t, Change the 2020 Campaign | America 2020 | US News

Seven lessons learned from COVID-19 – The Press

GREEN BAY – Cataclysmic worldwide events like COVID-19 often prompt people to reflect in life-changing ways.Long-forgotten assumptions surface. New perspectives emerge about well-established habits. Forced behavioral changes may foster novel and healthier responses to everyday events.Consider the musings and lifestyle questions listed here that we might glean from this pandemic. Source: Seven lessons learned from COVID-19 – The Press

Faculty note: Prof. Nesvet publication

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Rebecca Nesvet’s (Humanties) edition of the penny dreadful A Mystery in Scarlet has now been officially published at COVE Editions. Nesvet illustrates with this publication how to make use of COVE’s gallery-builder to reproduce archival material. She will be leading the COVE breakout session on the gallery-builder this coming Saturday. Registration will close on Thursday. To join the free hands-on workshop, please fill out the registration page.

UWGB Alumna Starts podcast to better connect us in today’s more complex world

Jessica Beckendorf ’98 (Urban Studies) recently started the Practicing Connection in a Complex World podcast. As co-host, Beckendorf explores personal and collective practices that empower us to work together to help each other, our families, and our communities. Topics cover improving our resilience and readiness in our rapidly changing world. The podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts (iTunes), Google Podcasts, and Stitcher.

Kimberly mural: Local artist showcasing community with artwork

KIMBERLY – A local artist is leaving her mark around the village and the community is taking notice. (UW-Green Bay student) Hallie Dix, 19, recently finished painting a mural on the Lincoln Street pump house near Roosevelt Park that portrays the community’s name with vibrant colors, geometric shapes and surreal floral designs. It’s not her first piece around town, but it’s getting a lot of attention. “It’s wonderful to watch people get excited about something and rally around the positivity,” said Holly Femal, Kimberly community enrichment director. “The mural is simple and colorful and has brought many people exploring on an evening stroll or bike ride. ”Dix said she wanted the painting to bring more color to the community.“I came up with something really fun to make that I thought would stand out — something that I figured people would want to take pictures in front of,” she said. “I know that’s really popular now with all the murals that go up.”

Source: Kimberly mural: Local artist showcasing community with artwork

Faculty note: Prof. Chu shares insights on sport psychology, sleep, and productivity in the Deep Into Sleep Podcast

Do you know many world-class athletes such as LeBron James and Usain Bolt are “sleep champions”? Assistant Prof. and Chair of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Prof. Alan Chu shares his insights on sport psychology, sleep, and productivity in the most recent episode of the Deep Into Sleep Podcast hosted by a clinical psychologist.