UW-Green Bay Prof. Gates elected new president of the Board of Directors for Sculpture Valley

UW-Green Bay Prof. Alison Gates (Art and Design), has been elected as the next president of the Board of Directors for Sculpture Valley. Sculpture Valley’s mission is “to cultivate, promote, place and preserve public art in outdoor spaces throughout the Fox Cities, through the support and partnership of community members, volunteers and businesses dedicated to enriching the life experience for all who reside here and visit.” Sculpture Valley oversees preservation of existing outdoor sculpture and monuments in the Fox Valley and oversees the selection and temporary placement of sculptures for the Acre of Art, an event now in its third year.

Save the date, get ready to nominate: 19th Annual Academic Excellence Symposium, April 14

The 19th Annual Academic Excellence Symposium will take place on April 14, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms, University Union on the Green Bay Campus. The symposium, which showcases the academic excellence of undergraduate and graduate students, invites students to present their best projects. Faculty are encouraged to nominate students to present work. A Qualtrics registration link will be sent to all faculty on March 2. Please contact Teri Ternes at ternest@uwgb.edu if you have any questions.

New episode of Canonball Podcast

In the latest episode of Canonball, UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Chuck Rybak (English and Humanistic Studies) and Prof. Ryan Martin (Psychology), talk with Prof. David Coury (Humanistic Studies and Global Studies) about Inception. Listen here. Canonball is a podcast out of Phoenix Studios at UW-Green Bay that covers the great works from a variety of disciplines. From movies to film to literature to video games, hosts Chuck Rybak and Ryan Martin discuss all things canonical.

UW-Green Bay Prof. Jeffreys gives ethics lectures to Green Bay Police Department

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Prof. Derek S. Jeffreys (Philosophy) gave ethics lectures to all members of the Green Bay Police Department during the Department’s annual in-service training. Presenting a lecture on the nature of human dignity, Prof. Jeffreys discussed with officers how they address challenges dealing with homelessness, sex offenders and people suffering from mental illness.

Summer Research Scholar Program deadline extended to Feb. 28

The UW-Green Bay Research Council is currently accepting proposals for the 2020 Summer Research Scholar Program. Faculty having applied for the Summer Research Scholar Program in the past will want to note that this program has undergone significant changes in recent years. The Summer Research Scholar Program is designed to provide stipend support during the summer for the purpose for developing or continuing a significant research project (beyond the unit expectations for scholarship). All Summer Research Scholar Program proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. For more information, please visit https://www.uwgb.edu/research-council/. Please contact Research Council Chairperson Jason Cowell (cowellj@uwgb.edu) with questions.

6:30 Concert Series - a very small consortium

6:30 Concert Series continues with 10th Anniversary of ‘Miniature’ Compositions, Saturday, Feb. 29

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music’s 6:30 Concert Series continues in February with a concert filled with “miniature” compositions which will be performed by the ensemble: a very small consortium. The ensemble consists of UW-Green Bay Music faculty and friends. A miniature composition is defined as a piece containing 100 or fewer notes or lasting one minute or less. This is the 10thanniversary of these concerts of miniatures. This year’s concert will be held on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The concert is open to the public and admission is free.

“Writing a miniature is the closest thing to instant gratification a composer can get,” explains UW-Green Bay Professor Michelle McQuade Dewhirst. “And yet, working in miniature form is surprisingly challenging and raises many fascinating questions about the nature of music. What sounds should or shouldn’t ‘count’ in your allotment of 100 notes? How can a composer express something meaningful in such a short amount of time, or with such limited materials? To work effectively in this format, a composer needs to refine their ideas; the best miniatures feel to me as if they might have started as lumps of coal that were compressed into diamonds.”

The miniatures which will be performed at the concert come from compositions submitted from all over the world. Receiving over 200 submissions annually, the collection is curated by McQuade Dewhirst.

For more information about this or other upcoming music events, please visit www.weidnercenter.com/events/. For a full listing of UW-Green Bay Music events for the 2019-20 season, please visit www.uwgb.edu/music/.

About the 6:30 Concert Series

The 6:30 Concert Series is designed to connect the campus with the community through the exploration of music. Performances feature insightful presentations by performers, composers, and special guests. The series offers new perspectives on diverse styles, often exploring the music from multiple angles. All performances take place at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, begin at 6:30 PM, and last between 60 and 90 minutes. Make an evening of it – join us before the concert for a cocktail at the cash bar!

About the Weidner Center

UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Center is a home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance productions, community events and productions, and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. Beyond the large-scale touring productions that grace the stage, the Weidner Center also focuses on scholastic development, programming and an impactful education series – Stage Doors. The Stage Doors Education Series serves more than17,500 students from 63 cities throughout Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula every year. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit www.WeidnerCenter.com, 920-465-2726, 800-895-0071, or follow the ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter).

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 8,700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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Artwork by Lukas Bagemehl on display at UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus Fine Arts Gallery, March 6

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus Fine Arts Gallery, located in Sheboygan’s Fine Arts Building, invites the community to see its latest art exhibit, Artwork by Lukas Bagemehl. There will be a special artist reception on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will run from March 6-27.

Lukas Bagemehl (LERK) is a self-taught artist, creating works of art for the last 12 years. He was born and currently resides in Sheboygan. Working with several mediums, including acrylic, spray paint, graphite and markers, Lukas knew when he was growing up sitting in the car waiting for the trains to pass to see the graffiti that he was going to be a creative soul. He was intrigued by the imagery on each train car, whether it be the characters, the funky lettering or the blasts of vibrant colors. This is the main reason Lukas is an artist today. He brings a rustic feel to his work from the inspiration of trains as well, crafting paintings on canvas that create the illusion of rust, wood or cement, or even painting directly on rust. Lukas also creates paintings that are quite clean and don’t possess a rustic quality to them at all. His main goal is to balance the contrast of mediums, giving everything its own light.

The opening reception is free and open to the public. The Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about the show or the UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus Fine Arts Gallery, please contact Gallery Director Dan Smith at dan.smith@uwgb.edu.

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: Youth embrace ‘Anne of Green Gables’ in Marinette

“Anne of Green Gables” is a beloved story that’s more than a century old. A current production is at the tip of a stack of stories. Children’s theater is taken seriously in the Marinette-Menominee area, maybe more so than in many places. A youth training program is nurtured, and plays are produced. Area teachers look to the plays to broaden the scope for their students in class and as a field trip to see a live performance. Daytime performances are given for school groups, AND six evening performances are given for the public. The same cast performs. I attended the Thursday morning performance of the UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Children’s Theatre in Herbert L. Williams Theatre. Also attending were primarily elementary level public and parochial students from the area, home-school students/teachers and some senior citizens. Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: Youth embrace ‘Anne of Green Gables’ in Marinette

Big Fish The Musical at Manitowoc Campus, March 5-7

“Big Fish: A New Broadway Musical” will be performed at the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus on March 5-7, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. and March 8 at 2 p.m. at the University Theatre. Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him—most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, Big Fish is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre—for an experience that’s richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself. This musical is directed by Michael Sheeks, with music direction by Erin Renae and choreography by Shannon Page. More information and tickets, here.

Latest Psych and Stuff episode features ‘I am Psyched’ event

In the newest episode of Pysch and Stuff, Associate Dean for CAHSS Prof. Ryan Martin (Psychology) and Prof. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges (Psychology) talk with Associate Prof. Chris Smith (Psychology, Women and Gender Studies) and student Priyanka Bharadwaj (Psychology) about the I Am Psyched! exhibit coming to the Cofrin Library at UW-Green Bay. 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. Learn more at www.uwgb.edu/iampsyched and listen to the episode here.