Pulaski School Board Zone 2 candidates for April 6 election

PULASKI – Voters in Zone 2 of the Pulaski School District will vote in a race that pits incumbent Jeromy Delebreau against newcomer Jaclyn Fradette ’99 (Communication Processes):

Occupation and highest education level completed: Integrated sales specialist at KI and business manager, Evergreen Consultants LLC. Bachelor of arts in communications, with a minor in business, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Relevant experience: At KI the primary focus of my job is to help build experiences for teachers, students and parents. While discussing furnishing needs, we are focusing on how to support the pedagogy of the teachers and administration, the needs of the students in support of their learning and the wishes of the parents regarding environment. The experience I have gained doing this along with the access I have to experts in the industry and schools throughout the country would be helpful as Pulaski Community School District plans for our schools. At Evergreen Consultants, I provide business management consultation to help improve communication and processes. Outside of work, I have been involved with several nonprofit and community organizations holding various roles. As mom of three children, we have attended four different schools and two different 4K sites within the district giving me valuable insight.

Source: Pulaski School Board Zone 2 candidates for April 6 election

New Episode of ‘Serious Fun’ Offers Critical and Psychological Insight Into The Popular ‘WandaVision’ Series

“Serious Fun” celebrates 40 episodes on the Phoenix Studios podcast network this week with an in-depth discussion about the Disney+ streaming sensation “WandaVision”. Prof. Bryan Carr (Communication, Information Science) welcomes two special guests on to talk about the first proper Marvel Studios streaming TV show – the Director of Oregon State’s General Psychology program and former UWGB faculty Prof. Regan Gurung as well as UWGB undergrad and Serious Fun research and production assistant Emily Fecteau. The trio discuss the psychology of the series and how we consume streaming media, how its use of old sitcoms as a framing device is more clever than you might think, and whether grief or love is the driving force beyond the strange events in WestView, NJ. And for the record: there are spoilers aplenty, so make sure you’re caught up first! You can download “Serious Fun” via your favorite podcast platforms like Apple, Stitcher, and Spotify or on Soundcloud at this link.

Malmberg another graduate demonstrating UW-Green Bay and NEW Water ‘Partnership in Action’

Phoenix graduate Hannah Malmberg continues to shine, long after her 2019 graduation from UW-Green Bay.

Her work embodies a great example of a “partnership in action” between the University and community. As the public information technician at NEW Water, the brand of the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District, Malmberg writes for internal and external audiences, creates social media posts and edits videos about wastewater and the environment.

Many in the campus community became familiar with Malmberg when she was selected Student Commencement Speaker in December of 2019. Her bio included a long list of achievements and accomplishments, but only after struggling for a bit, persevering, and finding her way back to UW-Green Bay, graduation and finally to NEW Water, where she started as an intern and now works proudly as its public information technician.

Hannah Malmberg
Hannah Malmberg

Working remotely, Malmberg makes sure her website is ADA compliant and creates content that can educate and inspire. Outside of COVID, she would be giving tours of the facility, plan and attend community events, and give talks at schools about what NEW Water is, and what it does for each of us.

In her Commencement Speech in December of 2019, Malmberg charged her peers with having the courage to start anew. One of her latest projects is a video to challenge public perception regarding “essential workers”… who they are and what they do, including her co-workers and peers at NEW Water. Watch the video.

“When you think of essential workers, wastewater workers likely don’t come to mind right away,” she says. “However, they provide an essential service to our community 24-7-365. NEW Water is a water resource utility serving Northeast Wisconsin through pollution prevention, operational innovation, and community outreach. We collect and treat approximately 38 million gallons of wastewater a day before returning it to the environment. We have a wonderful staff who are out there in the field, and on site, who keep our plant running and our sewer system clear even during a pandemic. We wanted to highlight these awesome people and their hard work that unfortunately can go unrecognized,” she said.

Her works often brings her back to her alma mater, out recently to work with CSET Dean John Katers on a video project. The University has a long-standing partnership with NEW Water that dates to the earliest days of the University. Together, the institutions work on education, research, water reclamation, resource recovery, and watershed management. Initiatives include collaborating on watershed improvement efforts, and helping Wisconsin Girl Scouts earn “Wonders of Water” badges.

Like Malmberg, many UW-Green Bay students started their careers in wastewater management and related fields with an internship at NEW Water. Malmberg said her job was the perfect combination of skills she learned via her double major in Political Science and Communication.

“I really enjoy the various ways that we help educate our community about wastewater and the environment via community outreach. We do this via educational campaigns, videos, writing, events and sometimes these all combine into one! It’s been a great way to combine everything I studied in school and I love being able to provide something to my community,” said Malmberg.

Story by Marketing and University Communication student assistant Charlotte Berg.

Photos submitted.

New ‘Serious Fun’ Explores the Complex Legacy of Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee

There is no question that Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee occupies an outsized role in our contemporary popular culture, whether as the credited “creator of the Marvel Universe” or as the aviator sunglasses-wearing friendly comics grandpa who appeared in just about every movie based on Marvel’s output. But how much of Lee’s legacy is true, and how much of it is fiction? Did he really steal credit for the characters that bore his name? What was Lee like when the spotlight wasn’t on? Are there some legends so big they defy easy categorization at the same time they encourage deification? Serious Fun is back, and in this episode Communication/Information Science Associate Professor Bryan Carr sits down with journalist and author Abraham Riesman about his new book “True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee”. Download the episode now for a thought-provoking discussion about the fraught relationship between Lee and co-creators Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, the role of copyright in maintaining celebrity mythology, and the elusiveness of a person’s true nature (among lots of other things). The episode is available now in your favorite podcast aggregator apps like Apple Podcasts and Spotify (just search “Serious Fun”) and SoundCloud.

Professors Case, Williams and Carr present on dystopian video games, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m.

On Sunday, Jan 31, at 2 p.m., as part of the NEA Big Read: Door County series on the post-pandemic set novel Station Eleven, three UW-Green Bay professors join local teens for a virtual panel discussion on dystopian games. Juli Case (English, Humanities), Chris Williams (English, Humanities), and Bryan Carr (Communication) will discuss games like Fallout and Warhammer 40K, as well as the community of gamers, and economics. Attendance is free and virtual, here.

NEA Big Read launches virtually in Door county with help of UW-Green Bay faculty/staff

Door County Library is launching its newest NEA Big Read festival this upcoming week with all events being available virtually to the public for free, including a Keynote discussion from author Emily St. John Mandel set for February 11 at 7 pm. The library received an NEA Big Read grant along with financial support from the Women’s Fund Endowment of Door County, Carol Coryell Charitable Fund, Adele and Ed Douglass Charitable Fund, and the Kerley Family Foundation of the Door County Community Foundation, Inc. and was underwritten by the Door County Library Foundation, Door County Medical Center and the Friends of the Door County Libraries, all supporting the community reading program featuring the novel “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel.

Panelists include: Rebecca Meacham author of two award-winning fiction collections as well as professor of English and Humanities and founding member of UntitledTown Book and Author Festival. Kelli Strickland the Executive and Artistic Director of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. Alan Kopischke a university lecturer in both Theater and Arts Management and founding member of the Big Read Door County among other organizations and festivals. And Bryan J. Carr an Associate Professor in the Communication, Information Science, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies programs at UW-Green Bay specializing in Mass Media and Game Studies and is one of the co-directors of the University’s Center for Games and Interactive Media.

Source: NEA Big Read launches virtually in Door county – Door County Pulse

How three heartland reporters are covering Covid-19’s surge (featuring UWGB Comm Alum)

UW-Green Bay alumna and reporter for Eau-Claire’s Leader-Telegram, Sarah Seifert featured on CNN Business video recently. Seifert graduated from UW-Green Bay in 2016 with a Communication and English degree.

Source: How three heartland reporters are covering Covid-19’s surge, CNN

Event: CYP Dine n’ Develop: Communication in an Era of Digital Transformation

Dine and Develop with global business leader Stephanie Vander Zanden on Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m to explore strategic ways to communicate effectively in any work environment during the pandemic. With the ongoing pandemic, much of our world has become virtual. While we may feel we have mastered the art of communicating in person, communicating virtually adds a new layer of complexities. Whether presenting to executives, leading a project or team meeting, communicating with colleagues, or interviewing for a new job, virtual communication requires some additional skills to navigate successfully. Today’s leaders are looking for tips to help to more effectively communicate in this new environment. In this session, we will explore strategies to communicate effectively in a digital world, practice empathy for others who may be struggling, and self-reflect on opportunities for personal growth and improvement. By the end of this event, participants will possess a digital communication toolbox, demonstrate inclusive behavior in a virtual environment, and prepare an individual action plan.

The cost is free for CYP members and membership is free for all UWGB Green Bay employees. Please register.

Alumnus Bina wins Crystal Pillar Emmy Award; his short film has UW-Green Bay tie

UW-Green Bay alumnus Joey Bina ’17, won a Crystal Pillar Emmy (NATAS Mid-America Regional Student Television Award) for his Graduate school (Loyola University Chicago) capstone project. Dairyland—a short film, featured the Weninger family—and their daughter, Sheila, a UW-Green Bay student. The film was shot in March—in a tight timeframe due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Dairyland chronicles the loss of daily farms in Wisconsin.

Bina was nominated for two (Dairyland and Perennial Pilot) this year. He received a master’s degree in Communication from Loyola University Chicago in May of 2020. He’s currently employed at The Prairie School in Racine, working as the videographer/photographer and teaching two courses—video production and film studies.

For the full list of winners, visit the National Academy website.

Photo courtesy of Loyola University Chicago.

The Comm Voice: Elder hours go virtual

“Under normal circumstances, UW-Green Bay offers the experience of having students converse with on-site First Nations Oral Scholars in the Residence Elder Hours program in Wood Hall. Due to Covid-19, this experience has changed. Normally, the office would be crowded with students, but this semester it is completely virtual with only one elder instead of three. This opportunity for students to ask questions and understand the perspective of First Nations people is important for those majoring in FNS or majoring in other fields.” To read the full article, visit the Comm Voice Website.

Authors are UW-Green Bay students Grace Merkt, Travis Boulanger and Wynna Bonde