Assistant Prof. Aaron Weinschenk’s UW-Green Bay class in Public Policy heard first-hand Monday from two veterans of the Washington, D.C., political scene in former U.S. Reps. Tom Petri (R) and David Obey (D). The two were making their first stop as part of their Civic Participation Lecture Series. State Rep. Eric Genrich, D-Green Bay, was also in attendance. For a photo.
Learning in Retirement is throwing open the doors to one of its classes that will feature a presentation by Chancellor Gary L. Miller and discussion of the institution’s 50th Anniversary. Faculty, staff and friends are invited to this Wednesday’s installment of the LIR course “Celebrating 50 Years and the Power of the Phoenix.” The session runs from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 21 in the 1965 Room. Moderator Mike Troyer and a panel of retirees and campus historians will share stories from UW-Green Bay’s development over five decades; it is expected that Chancellor Miller will open the program by discussing how a history of innovation positions UWGB for leadership over the next half century.
Nathan Kraftcheck from Academic Technology Services shares the following information, of possible interest to some who use the Desire2Learn course management and learning software:
“This message pertains only to D2L courses conducted during the Fall 2011, Spring 2012, and Summer 2012 semesters. Anything after the Summer 2012 term will not be affected. On or about March 31, 2015, all D2L courses from Fall ’11, Spring ’12 and Summer ’12 will be deleted. To delete a D2L course means to completely remove that course with no way of restoring it. There is no backup. If you need to keep parts of old courses — e.g., course files, grade books, drop box files, etc — please download that information soon. If you do not need to download course materials or student records, do nothing and these courses will be removed on schedule. If you have unusual circumstances requiring the retention of a D2L course in its entirety, please contact ATS by March 27 so appropriate steps can be taken before the course is deleted.”
Now in its second year, UW-Green Bay’s Strategic Philanthropy course once again is teaching through giving — and looking to the community for ideas on how it can help. The course, taught by Assistant Prof. Lora Warner, Public and Environmental Affairs, is looking to give away $10,000 it received from the nationwide Learning by Giving Foundation. Students last week issued a Request for Proposals for projects that address the early development of at-risk children (ages birth to 5) or their guardians.
Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 4; details and the RFP itself are available at http://blog.uwgb.edu/pea/. The class will announce the funding recipient at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 8.
See the feature story and photos from the first-ever Strategic Philanthropy class, held in fall 2012.
It’s too cold to do anything else! In the words of CIT trainer Pat Theyerl, you might as well learn Microsoft Excel by the time spring arrives. She’s inviting you to take advantage of a nine-week short course on “Most Needed Excel skills.” In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to learn the campus Learning Management System, D2L. The first meeting is 2 p.m. this Friday (Jan. 31) in Lab E. (IS1129). Hands-on! Lots of practice. with time for your questions. There’s more info at www.uwgb.edu/cit/newsletter/ExcelHybridCourseDesc.html. Or, email Pat Theyerl at TheyerlP@uwgb.edu and she’ll add you to the roster.
UW-Green Bay students in Associate Professor Heidi Sherman’s (Humanistic Studies-Medieval History) History Capstone Course had a chance to relive the past with a visit to a longhouse recreated to replicate those of tenth-century Scandinavian farms in Norway.
Owen and Elspeth Christianson, who have studied Viking-age Norway for nearly 40 years, built the longhouse in 2011-2012 near Marshfield, Wis.
Students camped overnight and some slept in the longhouse, others in tents. They enjoyed an evening campfire and a pre-modern tradition — storytelling. Owen shared tales of the Vinland Sagas, which describe the Viking voyages to Labrador, Canada in the early 11th century.
The students studied two specific areas of Viking history, clothing in Viking-age Greenland and woodworking.
Hands-on opportunities included medieval weaving, including metal weaving, and blacksmithing — creating their own s-hooks used for hanging pots over the fire. Some students spread daub (a mixture of clay, sand and straw) over the walls of the Viking-era latrine. They also prepared all of the food: apple-onion-bacon stew, porridge and flat bread (recipes from the Viking Age with ingredients available to medieval Scandinavians).
“The teamwork, mixed with the learning of the Viking culture, gave me an awesome positive feeling I’ve rarely felt on these things,” said student Kelsey Schulz. “Instead of a classic lecture students were able to have a first hand experience about the everyday life in the pre-modern world.”
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