UW-Green Bay Comm Week is coming, Feb. 24 to 27

The UW-Green Bay Communication department is hosting its fourth annual Comm Week from Feb. 24 to Feb. 27, 2020. Comm Week is UW-Green Bay’s very own annual event to celebrate the past, present and future of UW-Green Bay’s Communication Department.

The week is packed full of events. See the schedule below:

Monday, February 24
8 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Morning Coffee, MAC 2nd floor booth
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Evening Mocktails, Alumni Room

Tuesday, February 25
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Comm Job Fair, 1965 Room

Wednesday, February 26
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Comm Carnival, Phoenix Room C

Thursday, February 27
3 p.m.: 3x3x3 Showcase, Weidner Center
3 p.m.: Comm Film Festival Showcase, Weidner Center
6 p.m..: Comm Week Banquet with Guest Speaker Laura Hollingsworth, Weidner Center Foyer

Most events are free; however, the Comm Week Banquet on Feb. 27 is $10 for students and $30 for faculty/staff, friends and family. Register for the banquet here.

UW-Green Bay alumna recognized for Future 5 in Fond Du Lac

UW-Green Bay alumna Shawn Fisher (Communication Processes) ’03 was recognized as a Future 5 recipient in Fond Du Lac due to her involvement with the community and professional success. She was recently promoted to executive director of Agnesian HealthCare. She is also a member of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Scholarship Taskforce.

See the packed Homecoming Week line-up of events

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s 2020 Homecoming Week is set to be the biggest one yet! Events are scheduled from Monday, Feb. 24 to Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. All members of the four UW-Green Bay campuses are welcome to participate, as well as the community. Learn more about Homecoming here.

Monday, February 24
Noon: Pep Rally, Cloud Commons
7 p.m.: Spirit Bingo (students only), Phoenix Rooms

Tuesday, February 25
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Phoenix Gathering, Hagemeister Park

Wednesday, February 26
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Phoenix Backstage, Backstage (formerly Meyer Backstage)
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: GB History Trivia (students only), Phoenix Club

Thursday, February 27
10 a.m.: Women’s Basketball vs. Cleveland State, Kress Events Center
5 p.m.: Communication Week Dinner and Alumni Reunion featuring Alumna Laura Hollingsworth, Weidner Center
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Preshow Theatre Gathering before This Random World, Studio One
7 p.m.: Men’s Basketball vs. Youngstown State, Resch Center
7:30 p.m.: This Random World (The Myth of Serendipity), Jean Weidner Theatre, Use Promo Code GBHOCO
8 p.m.: Dueling Pianos, Phoenix Rooms A&B

Friday, February 28
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Phoenix Tie Dye (students only), University Union Room 125
5 p.m.: Alumni Awards Dinner, Phoenix Rooms
7:30 p.m.: This Random World (The Myth of Serendipity), Jean Weidner Theatre, Use Promo Code GBHOCO
7: 30 p.m.: Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, Cofrin Family Hall
8 p.m.: Homecoming Dance (students only), Phoenix Club

Saturday, February 29
2 p.m.: Women’s Basketball vs. Youngstown State, Kress Events Center
4 p.m.: Krash the Kress Tailgate Party, Kress Events Center
7 p.m.: Men’s Basketball vs. Cleveland State, Kress Events Center
7:30 p.m.: This Random World (The Myth of Serendipity), Jean Weidner Theatre, Use Promo Code GBHOCO

 

 

 

Symbolic shoe tree celebrates UW-Green Bay’s graduating students | WLUK

The student-speaker for UW-Green Bay’s graduating class took part in a special tradition Friday. Hannah Malmberg tossed her platinum-coated shoes into what’s known as the “shoe tree” on campus. It’s symbolic of the graduates leaving a piece of themselves behind as they depart campus. See more via Symbolic shoe tree celebrates UW-Green Bay’s graduating students | WLUK.

2019 Student Speaker Hannah Malmberg

Student Commencement Speaker Hannah Malmberg tells fellow Phoenix to have the courage to start anew

Student Speaker Hannah Malmberg (Political Science, Communication) tells her fellow grads to have the courage to start anew. Here’s her speech:

Hello everyone. I feel like we’ve been trained to introduce ourselves with our name, major, and a fun fact about ourselves. So why not do it one last time? My name is Hannah Malmberg, I’m a Political Science and Communication major, and as for a fun fact about myself? Well I ran out of those after the 20th time of having to do this on the first day of class.

But I do have a fun fact for you. Did you know that the UWGB mascot wasn’t always a Phoenix? Up until 1970, the mascot was a water-skiing badger called the Bay Badger. Which honestly does sound kind of cool, but it made me think about the meaning of being a Phoenix.

What is a Phoenix, besides a dope mascot named Phlash?

The Phoenix is an ancient mythological creature found in folklore spanning several cultures that symbolizes renewal and rebirth. It bursts into flames before beginning its new life and soaring.

Which is beautiful, but in order for the Phoenix to be resurrected from the ashes and start anew, it must first fall.

While we may not be living in a legend of old, I’m sure many of us can relate to a tale about failing before finding success. I know that I can.

Before what was supposed to be the first semester of my sophomore year of college, I actually dropped out of this University.

2019 Winter Commencement Student Speaker Hannah Malmberg
Hannah Malmberg

My freshman year was a struggle. My mental health was in one of the worst states it had ever been in since I began my battle against mental illness many years ago. I felt disconnected and lost from everything and everyone around me. I wasn’t adjusting to college life like I had expected. Combine that with the fact that high school had been academically easy for me, so college was going to be too right?

Well not exactly. I even failed a class, American Government and Politics. Which is hilarious considering I became a Political Science major. Don’t worry, I retook it.

After taking a semester off, I decided to reapply and was admitted once again to the University. This time around, I challenged myself and sought help from those around me when I needed it. I also wanted to become that person for others as well. I became a peer mentor in the Gateway to Phoenix Success Program so that I could help others have an easier transition to college than I did. I am proud of helping the next generation of Phoenix succeed. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to have a second chance and try again.

So to me, being a Phoenix means being resilient because I know my story is not unique. We have all faced obstacles along our journey to this very day. But look at us now! I’m proud of that fact that we have created a community of support where we help each other rise when we one of us has fallen.

As I look out at all of you, I see how much we have grown and I know that the sum of our achievements is extraordinary. We have served as mentors and tutors. Conducted research, created beautiful pieces of art, and competed as talented athletes. We have left this campus and community better and stronger than when we arrived.

We may live in an uncertain world, but I know we will land on our feet and excel. We will create the world we want to see for ourselves. We are Phoenix after all.

Before I go, I would like to take the time to thank those who have helped me along my college journey. To my family, thank you for letting me discover my own path and for letting me make mistakes while loving me all the same. Today I am thinking about my Grandma Doris who always inspired me to pursue an education but passed away before she could see me graduate. To my friends, thank you for being there on those sleepless nights, for listening to me when I’m at my wit’s end, and for helping me create some of my most cherished memories. I am forever grateful for meeting you. I also want to thank the incredible faculty and staff I have met here at UWGB, especially Dr. Levintova and Dr. Helpap. I would not be up on this stage if it wasn’t for the guidance you gave me, the confidence you helped build, or the opportunities you provided.

So congrats UWGB Class of 2019, we finally made it and for old time’s sake, Go Phoenix. Thank you.

Hannah Malmberg

Graduating class speaker, Hannah Malmberg, models what it means to be a Phoenix

“The price of success,” the legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi once said, “is hard work.” But if you were to ask anyone who has had the privilege of working, or just knowing, Hannah Malmberg, they would more likely characterize their experience with her as priceless.

“I’ve rarely encountered somebody so accomplished, yet so unselfish and humble,” says Katia Levintova, professor of Democracy and Justice Studies. “She is always serving others in the most profound ways.”

The proof? A list of accomplishments that would be impressive for two people, including serving as a peer mentor for the Gateways to Phoenix Success (GPS) program. This year-long commitment matched Malmberg with at-risk first-year students to help ensure academic and social success. What’s all the more impressive about this commitment is that Hannah herself faced the challenge of adapting to the college life experience to the extent she left school for a semester.

But she came back and rose from the ashes like a true Phoenix. Not only surviving, but thriving. Levintova notes, “completely turning things around, becoming a super-star student, a role model, and a very accomplished person.”

From that moment on, Malmberg embraced all her opportunities—including a social media internship at the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. She is also currently a member of Political Science Research Lab (one of 13 students selected for this honor).

Even while gaining experiences on campus, she continued to reach out to fellow students as a resident assistant—receiving additional training ranging from peer guidance, leadership development and more to cope with daily adventures of residence life.

Malmberg also found time to deliver lectures at the Green Bay Film Society and the UW-Green Bay Office of International Education, as well as working in the offices of TRiO and Upward Bound and volunteering for the Model United Nations event that brought local high school students to campus.

Malmberg’s hard work went above and beyond campus life and into the community. Two highly competitive internships included one at Green Bay City Hall and a current internship at NEW Water.

Malmberg also found time to be of service—even in Hawaii, traveling to Maui on a “build trip” with UW-Green Bay Habitat for Humanity. In 2018, she traveled to Ecuador with Associate Professor Marcelo Cruz, visiting indigenous communities in the heart of the Amazon region. Along the way, she discovered that some of the most enduring lessons can be learned far from a classroom.

“Prior to going to Ecuador, I had never traveled outside of the country and was nervous about being far from home, but studying abroad helped me discover confidence in myself that I never realized I had. I am so glad that I went and will forever cherish the memories made, education earned and relationships formed on that trip.”

What may be most impressive is that Malmberg has accomplished so much while maintaining a 3.68 GPA as a double major in Political Science and Communication, emphasis in Mass Media, with a Global Studies minor.

A University Leadership Award recipient in May 2019, she was nominated to serve as commencement speaker by faculty representing Political Science, Communication, Global Studies, Psychology and Public Administration—Katia Levintova, David Helpap, Aaron Weinschenk, Ryan Martin, David Coury, Bryan Carr, Alison Staudinger and Jemma Lund.

Malmberg’s own stated personal goal at UW-Green Bay was to “have a positive experience on this school and community; to have left it even better and stronger than when I started here.” And while Levintova admires Malmberg’s humility, she’s even prouder of her accomplishments. “Her list of achievements is incredible, demonstrating both the depth and the breadth of experiences, both on campus and in the community, sustained over a very long period.”

After graduation, Malmberg plans to further her work experience that combines her double majors before getting a master’s degree in either Public Administration or Public Policy.

Public is invited to live podcast tapings of ‘Serious Fun’ Saturday, Oct. 5 at Brown County Library Comic-Con

For the third year in a row, three live podcast tapings of the Phoenix Studios podcast “Serious Fun” will be presented at the Brown County Library Comic-Con Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at the Central Library location. The podcasts will begin at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. All tapings are on the first floor of the Popular Library section. Below are the descriptions of each planned podcast.

10:30 p.m. – Artist and Author Gene Ha 

Ha is an artist and writer best known for his work on the series “Top 10,” the Batman graphic novel “Fortunate Son,” and “The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix,” as well as numerous other projects for DC, Marvel, Vertigo and other companies. He has also won four Eisner Awards and is currently working on the all-ages series “Mae.” 

1:30 p.m. – Author Martha Wells 

Martha Wells is a Hugo and Nebula award-winning author who has published numerous fantasy and science fiction novels, short stories, and non-fiction essays; she has also worked on stories for the card game “Magic: The Gathering” and her works have been translated into eight languages.

3 p.m. – “Anyone Can Wear the Mask” 

After decades of the same kinds of heroes under the mask, our superheroes are finally becoming more diverse on the page and screen – and it’s about time! In this special Serious Fun/Psych and Stuff collaboration, Prof. Bryan Carr (Communication, Information Science and Women’s and Gender Studies) and Prof. Ryan Martin (Psychology), and special guests talk about the economic, psychological and moral reasons why representation in superhero narratives matters, inspired by the Academy Award-winning “Into the Spider-Verse” and the character of Miles Morales. Audience members will also be encouraged to share their own thoughts and experiences.

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About Serious Fun: Take a journey into the frivolous with “Serious Fun,” a podcast by UW-Green Bay Communication and Information Science Prof. Bryan Carr. Hear from the scholars, professionals and fans that interpret and create pop culture. Whether it’s comic books, video games or reality TV, “Serious Fun” examines the media that shapes and reflects our lives. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu/podcasts/.

Sept. 25 was National Comic Book Day; Prof. Carr presents five things to know…

Sept. 25, 2019 was National Comic Book Day, which is as good a reason as any to check in on one of the “greatest of all art forms.” Yet, comics are also a uniquely intimidating art form if you’re not already steeped in them. What should you read? In what order should you read it? Can you find comics based on the cool movie you saw? Associate Prof. Bryan Carr discusses five big things to know about comics if you’re looking to get started.

Comm grad wins prestigious graduate school award

Elizabeth Hintz Headshot 2019
Elizabeth Hintz

Congratulations to Elizabeth Hintz ’15, (Communication), a graduate student at the University of South Florida. She is the recipient of the Donald P. Cushman Memorial (Scholarship) Award, given by 20-19 TGTCenter_RoveAxelrodEvent the National Communication Association (NCA), for an essay she co-wrote, “Childfree and ‘Bingoed’: Competing Discourses of Reproductive Normativity and Autonomy Animated in Online Narratives of Conversations about Voluntary Childlessness,” submitted to the Family Communication Division. See more by scrolling to the the Cushman Award.