Fourth annual UW-Green Bay Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition, deadline April 6

The UW-Green Bay Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the fourth annual Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition. This undergraduate essay competition aims to promote understanding of the purpose and value of a liberal arts and science education. We invite eligible students from across campus to submit essays for the competition. Submission Deadline: April 6, 2020

Selection Process and Awards
All essays will be judged by a group of UW-Green Bay faculty. Student essays selected as winners of the UW-Green Bay competition will receive an annual continuing scholarship of $1,000 for up to three years or completion of a baccalaureate degree (whichever comes first) to cover educational expenses at UW-Green Bay.  Recipients will be notified in spring 2020.

Eligibility
This year’s competition is open to any UW-Green Bay undergraduate student in academic good standing who plans to enroll at least half time for at least one semester during the 2020-2021 academic year.

One scholarship will be granted to a current first-year student.

One scholarship will be granted to a current sophomore, junior, or senior.

This Year’s Topic:

What is the future of liberal education in the United States? Will it survive the political challenges it faces from its critics?  Will it be able to adapt to rapidly changing technology? Will it become so expensive as to become the exclusive domain of the elites in society? Will it simply fade away? What role will it play if it does survive?  Is it possible to imagine a vibrant and dynamic future for education in the United States?  What role do the liberal arts play in that future?

Strong student essays will invite reader engagement through description and reflection on personal experience, as well as demonstrate careful consideration of the prompt.  To learn more about the goals of a liberal education, you may wish to check the liberal education learning outcomes at https://www.aacu.org/leap/essential-learning-outcomes.

Submissions:

The submission deadline is April 6, 2020. Submissions must be sent electronically to the Provost’s Office c/o Clifton Ganyard at ganyardc@uwgb.edu; all essays must be attached as a .pdf document.

All submissions are to be original essays, 1,000 to 1,250 words in length, typed, double-spaced.

Each essay must include a title page with the following information:

·         title of essay

·         student’s name

·         current school standing (first-year, sophomore, junior, or senior)

·         major (undecided is acceptable)

·         home address

·         e-mail address

·         telephone number

The title page must also include the following statement: “I hereby affirm that this is an original essay and my own work.”

Thirty-seven ceremonies later, Commencement Coordinator Jan Snyder is retiring

Jan Snyder is retiring after leading 37 UW-Green Bay commencements. During the formal UW-Green Bay 2018 Ceremony, Chancellor Gary L. Miller acknowledged her “continual excellence” and dedication through the years with a special plaque and acknowledgement signed by all living UW-Green Bay Chancellors. Miller’s remarks are as follows:

Jan Snyder Plaque-1“Jan has demonstrated continual excellence in the coordination of 37 commencement ceremonies since spring 2000.

During this time, Jan has overseen the coordination and graduation of about 17,000 students — nearly half of all UW-Green Bay alumni — as they take their final steps through their college journey.

Jan has worked to accommodate UW-Green Bay families in whatever way possible, and did her utmost to ensure the full participation of students with disabilities.

She arranged, on multiple occasions, for members of the military to surprise their graduates with attendance at the ceremonies.

She creatively responded to the unexpected…high heels at outdoor ceremonies, lost tassels, venue changes due to weather, and last-minute arrivals, among them.

She always took the initiative to answer the call – even at 11:30 p.m. on commencment eve.

Jan’s ability to work under great periods of pressure, and handle adversity with grace, composure, and a smile, deserves recognition.

On behalf of the UW-Green Bay community, past and present, your friends, peers and colleagues, and graduates and families, we honor you and publicly express our utmost gratitude to you.

Congratulations and thank you for making a difference!”

Call for nominations: Regents’ Academic Staff Excellence Awards

It’s that time of year again where the UW System honors colleagues with awards recognizing outstanding service and achievement by nominating colleagues for the Regents’ Academic Staff Excellence Award. To nominate a colleague, please submit the nominee’s name along with a brief rationale via e-mail to Lynn Niemi at niemil@uwgb.edu by noon on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. All of the nominations will be reviewed by the ASC and the top recommendations will be forwarded on to Associate Provost, Clif Ganyard. Then, Provost Davis will review the recommendations and a formal submission will be made to UW System.

Reminder: Academic staff winter assembly on Tues. (Dec. 4)

The academic staff winter assembly will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Christie Theatre located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. Anyone unable to attend in person can join via Skype. Provost Greg Davis and Associate Provost Clif Ganyard will be in attendance to give updates and take questions. If you are not comfortable asking your question(s) in the group, feel free to email your question(s) to Bao Sengkhammee at sengkhab@uwgb.edu. This Assembly event will conclude with a social event at UW-Green Bay’s Phoenix Club at 4:30 p.m. Read the agenda

Call for nominations: Regents’ Academic Staff Excellence Awards

It’s that time of year again when the UW System honors colleagues with awards recognizing outstanding service and achievement. All nominations should be submitted to the Academic Staff Committee no later than Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. All of the nominations will be reviewed by the Academic Staff Committee, with top recommendations to be forwarded on to Associate Provost, Clif Ganyard. Provost Davis will then review the recommendations and a formal submission will be made to UW System. To nominate a colleague, please submit the nominee’s name along with a brief rationale via e-mail to Lynn Niemi at niemil@uwgb.edu.

 Timeline:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018: Nominations must be submitted to the Academic Staff Committee (Lynn Niemi at niemil@uwgb.edu)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019: Discuss at ASC meeting and send recommendations to Associate Provost Ganyard
  • Friday, Feb. 1, 2019: Nominations sent to UW System from Provost Davis
  • Friday, Jun. 7, 2019: Awards presented

Volunteers needed for Commencement

Volunteers for Fall Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 are needed to help ensure this important event is a memorable experience for students, as well as their family and friends.  Volunteers would be needed for approximately three to four hours, with ranges between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Clif Ganyard, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, at ganyardc@uwgb.edu.

 

Reminder: Sabbatical call to branch-campus faculty has Monday, Oct. 1 deadline

The deadline to apply for sabbatical for the 2019-2020 academic year for the UW-Green Bay campuses at Manitowoc, Marinette and Sheboygan is Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. Please direct any questions to the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Clifton Ganyard, at 920-465-2033 or via email at ganyardc@uwgb.edu.

Final call for sabbatical proposals is Friday, March 30

The Office of the Provost is soliciting sabbatical proposals for the academic year 2019-2020.  The number of sabbaticals awarded will depend on the quality of proposals submitted and the ability to cover the curriculum. All eligible faculty are invited to submit proposals for these awards by Friday, March 30, 2018.  Please direct any questions to Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Clifton Ganyard, at ext. 2033 or via email at ganyardc@uwgb.edu.

Accreditation next steps? Visit with Peer Review Team, Oct. 9

UW-Green Bay is preparing for the institution’s 10-year Comprehensive Accreditation Review. As part of the process, the University will host a Peer Review Team Site Visit, October 9-10, 2017, on behalf of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The public is invited to the concurrent sessions held in the Phoenix Rooms of the University Union, from 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9. A complete itinerary of the visit is available at www.uwgb.edu/accreditation (HLC Visit/ Site Visit Itinerary).