UW-Green Bay a partner in community’s Jan. 18 MLK event

UW-Green Bay once again is a major sponsor for the 19th annual Community Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, taking place from 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 18 in the Student Center at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. This annual event honoring King’s life and legacy features inspiring remarks from community and educational leaders, multicultural music and dance performances, poster/essay contest awards for grades K-12, a rendition of King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech and more. A free lunch follows the event, which is free and open to the public.

Our own Chancellor Tom Harden again will be part of this year’s event, offering brief remarks before handing out contest awards. Numerous faculty and staff members are part of the MLK event planning committee, as well. They are Tohoro (Francis) Akakpo, Social Work; Gaurav Bansal, Business Administration; James Coates, Education; Juliet Cole, Institute for Learning Partnership; Kelly McBride Moore, University Communication; Jolanda Sallmann, Social Work; and Mussie Teclezion, Business Administration.

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UW-Green Bay, St. Norbert, NWTC to host Community Kwanzaa Celebration Dec. 7

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, together with St. Norbert College and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, will host a Community Kwanzaa Celebration from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Phoenix Room of the University Union at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration based on the tradition of the African harvest festival, which emphasizes community and cultural pride. Attendees can enjoy music, dancing and food while learning about the holiday’s origins, rites and symbols. The event is free and open to the public.

UW-Green Bay sophomore Tresavoya Blake and St. Norbert junior Akeem Edmonds will serve as emcees for the event, which will feature a performance from the Nia, Inc. Dance Group along with schoolchildren from Green Bay’s Keller Elementary School. UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Tohoro Francis Akakpo, Social Work, will serve as keynote speaker for the celebration, which also will include performance of the Kwanzaa Libation Ceremony and a Kinara Lighting Ceremony. Guests will enjoy music including “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as the Black National Anthem, as well as selections from the Divine Temple Sunshine Choir. Light snacks and refreshments will be served after the program.

The Kwanzaa Celebration will include informational booths from KenyaHELP (http://kenyahelp.com/) and the Eat Well Program at the Mauthe Center on the UW-Green Bay campus (http://www.mcenter.org/programs/eat-well/). Event vendors will include Globally Sound Fair Trade of Appleton (http://www.globallysound.com) and St. Norbert Discoveries International student organization. Attendees are invited to arrive early for a free African jewelry-making workshop, which begins at 2 p.m. in the 1965 Room of the University Union.

Visit http://bit.ly/TZ7Q7n to view photos from the 2012 Kwanzaa celebration event.

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Community, UW-Green Bay celebrate life, legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Brown County community came together to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan. 19, marking the occasion with art, song and reflections.

UW-Green Bay is a major sponsor for the annual community celebration, held at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Numerous faculty and staff members served on the event planning committee or were part of the program, including Chancellor Tom Harden, who offered personal reflections and presented poster and essay contest awards to students in grades K-3. Education Prof. James Coates delivered a stirring rendition of King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, while Juliet Cole, Associate Director of the Institute for Learning Partnership, both coordinated the annual poster/essay contest and danced with the Nia African and African-American Dancers and Drummers.

Other involved faculty and staff included faculty members Jolanda Sallmann and Francis Akakpo (Social Work); Gaurav Bansal and Mussie Teclezion (Business Administration); Prof. Emeritus Judy Martin (Social Work); and staff members Juliet Cole (Institute for Learning Partnership) and committee co-chair Kelly McBride (University Communication).

The theme for the 2013 celebration was “Advancing the Dream Together: What is my Role?” and students in grades K-12 were invited to address this theme in posters, poetry and essays reflecting on the life and legacy of Dr. King. More information about the annual event is available at www.browncomlk.org.

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In the news: UWGB-sponsored MLK event draws crowds, media

The Brown County community celebration of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was well attended and well covered in the local media Saturday, as hundreds gathered at NWTC. As we told you last week, UW-Green Bay is a major sponsor for the event, and numerous faculty and staff members serve on the planning committee that organizes it. Chancellor Tom Harden addressed attendees and handed out poster and essay contest awards for grades K-3, while Juliet Cole, associate director of the Institute for Learning Partnership, coordinated that contest and performed with the Nia African and African-American Dancers and Drummers. Education Prof. James Coates delivered his stirring rendition of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and several other faculty and staff members either participated in or attended the event. A summary of local media coverage is as follows:
Green Bay Press-Gazette
WBAY News
Fox 11 News

UW-Green Bay is major sponsor for MLK event, set for Saturday

As we have for years, UW-Green Bay is set to play a fundamental role in Saturday’s (Jan. 19) Brown County Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration at NWTC. The University is a major sponsor for this awesome annual event, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Student Center at NWTC. Chancellor Tom Harden will offer remarks during the celebration, and present prizes for grades K-3 in the annual MLK poster and essay contest. Prof. Jim Coates will give his stirring rendition of Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, which is a not-to-be-missed highlight. Also on tap are entertainment and poignant reflections — not to mention a delicious luncheon at program’s end. The event is free and open to the public. Click the link below for further details, and catch the MLK crew at 5:45, 6:45, 7:15 and 8:15 a.m. Wednesday (Jan. 16), when “Good Day Wisconsin” will preview the program with live segments. Read more.

More on MLK: Faculty, staff serve on organizing committee
Several UW-Green Bay faculty and staff members serve on the MLK event planning committee, including faculty members Jolanda Sallmann and Francis Akakpo (Social Work); Gaurav Bansal and Mussie Teclezion (Business Administration); Prof. Emeritus Judy Martin (Social Work); and staff members Juliet Cole (Institute for Learning Partnership) and committee co-chair Kelly McBride (University Communication). UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and students helped judge the poster and essay contest entries with colleagues from NWTC and St. Norbert.

UW-Green Bay a major sponsor for Brown County MLK celebration Jan. 19

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Community members from throughout Northeastern Wisconsin are invited to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the 18th annual community celebration of his birth Saturday, Jan. 19 at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, 2740 W. Mason St.

The event, which runs from 10:30 a.m. until noon, will feature music, dancing, food, and reflections on King’s message. Organizers also will distribute awards for the annual K-12 poster, essay and poetry contest, which asks area students to reflect on the 2013 program’s theme, “Advancing the Dream Together: What is my role?”

NWTC, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, US Bank and Schreiber Foods are major sponsors for the event, which is organized by a community committee that also includes members from St. Norbert College and elsewhere. The celebration is free and open to the public.

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Tom Harden will offer brief remarks during the event, and will hand out poster and essay contest awards for the kindergarten through grade 3 category. Associate Education Prof. James Coates will present Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream Speech,” offering a stirring, heartfelt reading that is always an event highlight. Several UW-Green Bay faculty and staff members serve on the MLK event planning committee, including faculty members Jolanda Sallmann and Francis Akakpo (Social Work); Gaurav Bansal and Mussie Teclezion (Business Administration); Prof. Emeritus Judy Martin (Social Work); and staff members Juliet Cole (Institute for Learning Partnership) and committee co-chair Kelly McBride (University Communication). UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and students helped judge the poster and essay contest entries with colleagues from NWTC and St. Norbert.

The event will also feature remarks by community and educational leaders, dance performances by the Hmong, Nia and Lasya Dancers, a rendition of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” and the Oneida Hymn Singers also will perform. You can get a sneak peek at the event Wednesday (Jan. 16) morning on WLUK, Fox 11’s “Good Day Wisconsin.” The program will air live segments on the MLK event at 5:45, 6:45, 7:15 and 8:15 a.m.

For more information on the event, visit www.browncomlk.org, check out “Brown County MLK” on Facebook or follow @BrownCountyMLK on Twitter.

Student Charles Reimer wins the 360° Kress Challenge

As part of the 360° Brand Celebration last semester, the Kress Events Center provided prizes to those who walked or ran laps and recorded them at the Kress during launch week. Winner of the challenge was Charles Reimer, a junior originally from Marinette, majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in management. (He won a personal fitness consultation and training session, among other things.) Reimer is an Air Force veteran formerly based in Charleston, S.C., as a crew member with C-17 Loadmaster cargo planes. He has observations to share on UW-Green Bay … and fitness and wellness. Read more, and check out the photo at http://news.uwgb.edu/log-news/news/12/18/student-wins-360-degree-kress-challenge/.
 

Smile! Community comes to campus for annual holiday reception

Hundreds of friends of UW-Green Bay traveled to campus Thursday evening, Dec. 13, for the University’s annual holiday reception for campus and community supporters. The gathering took place at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The annual celebration allows faculty, staff, retirees, administrators, friends and supporters to celebrate the many successes of the past calendar year. If smiles are any indication, this event was a tremendous success. Enjoy the photos!

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Snapshots: Faculty, staff gathering

Members of the UW-Green Bay campus community — administrators, faculty and staff, along with a few community supporters — gathered at the end of the workday Dec. 11 for the annual end-of-the-year holiday get-together. The event took place in the foyer of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, decorated in holiday finery for a series of year-end concerts and gatherings. A good time was had by all.

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360° of fun! Video shares highlights from brand launch celebration day

The UW-Green Bay community took time out to celebrate its new brand Nov. 14, launching 360° of Learning with style and fun.

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From a 360 photo in the quad to to a prize-filled ping-pong ball drop, fun-filled photo booth and free food, it was an all-around good time for students, faculty and staff alike. The University also debuted its 360° of Learning video, a fast-paced, informative look at what makes UW-Green Bay the place for a 360° experience.

Click here for more information on 360° of Learning.