UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Amulya Gurtu (Supply Chain Management) had a peer-reviewed article published. The paper titled “Supply Chain Risk Management: Literature Review” is published in RISKS, Volume 9, Issue 1; doi:10.3390/risks9010016. This study aims to analyze the risk associate with global supply chains and how to mitigate them. This paper is co-authored with Prof. Jestin Johny (India).
Note: Georgie “Dolly” Potts was selected from a number of nominations to be this semester’s Commencement Speaker. As COVID-19 postponed the University’s plans to celebrate with the Fall/ Winter 2020 graduates until Spring 2021, Potts’ speech was recorded and will be released on what was to be 2020 Fall/Winter Commencement, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020 at news.uwgb.edu.
LIFE AS A STORY
Georgie “Dolly” Potts is a firmly grounded person. That includes in this present moment of celebration at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, as well as her past and her future.
As a member of Prairie Band Potawatomi from Kansas and a graduate receiving a bachelor’s of arts in First Nations Studies, Pott’s achievements transcend academics. In her nomination, Mai J. Lo Lee noted, “Dolly is an exemplary UW-Green Bay student because of her love for learning, compassion to listen and her ability to connect life to learning.”
When asked about her “special” ability to connect life with learning, she says simply, “I’m good at telling a story.” Even more remarkable is not just her talent in telling, but retelling stories. “These stories come from my ancestors. We pass them down to our children, to our grandchildren.”
And her journey to today is a story few others could tell.
In just two years, after transferring from College of Menominee Nation, Pott’s stature among students, faculty and the First Nations community on campus has grown through her words of encouragement, empathetic listening and a unique life perspective influenced by Potawatomi traditions.
“We believe in the seven generations. I am in the middle. I learn and listen to my ancestors from the past three generations and I look to the future three generations,” Potts explains. “These stories come from my ancestors. We pass them down to our children, to our grandchildren.” She recognizes this is a concept that doesn’t always fit neatly in a Western worldview. But she adds, “If you talk of the seven generations to a native, they know exactly what you’re talking about.”
These “native” traditions she describes simply as “choosing the way of the earth.” And it’s not just all talk. Potts travels throughout the region to participate in teachings from tribal Elders (a title of respect that also applies to her), from her community and others. She uses these learning experiences, to directly impact the students and colleagues on campus and in the community through teaching, demonstrations and celebrations.
Every question she is asked comes not with just an answer, but also a story—including her name Dolly. “My oldest sister named me Dolly. When I was born, there were 10 years between us, so I was her dolly. Georgie’s after my father.” Addressing her as Koya (Grandma) Dolly is also acceptable—especially considering she has three sons, one daughter, 13 grandchildren and number 14 on the way.
Potts describes herself simply: “I’m a traditional native. I grew up with my ways.” Her “growing up” included life on a Kansas reservation and attendance at a Catholic boarding school in South Dakota. Her love of Wisconsin began in her teenage years, traveling to the Green Bay-area to take part in tribal pow wows. Potts remembers “We would all get together to sing and dance.” The purpose of dancing? “For joy.”
Beyond her naturally fun-loving nature, Potts’ achievements within the University and community have been impactful and transformative. First as an intern in the Education Center for First Nations Studies, where she worked with the local indigenous community. During that time, she arranged for several Elders and knowledge-keepers to present to campus on various topics. Her nomination as Commencement Speaker noted, “As an undergraduate student and tribal Elder, Dolly’s skills and abilities surpass those of many professionals already working in a higher education setting.”
Potts’ activism and community outreach has extended state-wide to Madison, where she shared her research on Act 31—a requirement that all public school districts provide instruction on the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of Wisconsin’s 11 federally-recognized American Indian nations and tribal communities. In true “Koya Dolly” fashion, she met with Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Carolyn Stanford-Taylor and established a “grandma-to-grandma” connection.
But most of all Potts enjoys being herself. “I love who I am. I’m very proud of being native.” Essential to her identity is a tribal oral tradition she explains as “telling stories about our ancestors, or the world around you that helps explain human nature.”
The unique quality of “Koya Dolly’s” power to connect with others is that it comes from her giving nature. She shares that power freely in the form of her stories. Lisa Poupart, director of the First Nations undergraduate and doctoral programs, describes her as a role model for all students and community members. “She embodies the commitment to lifelong learning and service to others,” Poupart said. “We will all benefit from her wisdom and shared words at commencement.”
As for her Commencement Speech, she’s got a story to share and offers this hint: “It’s about a bear and about power. Because many of the students that are graduating will go into positions of power.”
And as for plans beyond graduation?
“I’ll use my education as a pillar to support the foundation of my people.” And for Potts, that foundation stands on a love of learning about the past, present and future.
Her story continues.
A team from UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Vallari Chandna’s (Marketing & Management) “Capstone in Business Strategy” Class, has made it to the Top 100 rank in the GloBus Simulation. The team of UW-Green Bay Business Administration students consisting of the C-Suite members Stephanie Goetz, Chase Grabowski, Cameron Prailes, Hannah Stroede, Anthony Zettlemoyer placed in a tie for 38th place out of 3,293 teams across 150 colleges and universities across the world during the week of Nov 2-8, 2020. The ranking places them in the top 1% worldwide.
In the Capstone course’s strategy simulation, student teams run a company that is racing for global market leadership in the wearable video cameras and camera-equipped copter drones industry. Each decision round, students make 20+ types of decisions from all business domains including design and performance, assembly operations, shipping and delivery, workforce compensation, pricing and marketing, corporate social responsibility and citizenship, and the financing of company operations among others. Students from the Austin E. Cofrin’s Business School have placed in the top 100 of the GloBus Simulation multiple times in the past year.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has brought uncertainty about the future in many ways, the Green Bay Area Public School District and its higher education partners are still encouraging students to make plans for post-secondary education and careers after high school. The District, in partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) and UW-Green Bay, is hosting a series of virtual field trips, in which students in grades 10-12 can learn more about the career paths they are interested in. The series of virtual field trips has been designed to support each student’s academic and career planning process (ACP). Students will have the opportunity to hear from people in various careers, virtually view the NWTC and UW-Green Bay learning spaces, ask questions and more. At UW-Green Bay, these are the invited events:
Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 1 to 2:30, Cofrin School of Business Open House
Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science, Common Cause: Beyond Sustainability
Students should visit gbaps.org/ACP for more information and to register.
A number of organized sports and exercise programs with trained leaders were canceled because of COVID-19, so people of all ages are creating their own regimens. Add to the mix hot and dry weather, and you have a recipe for injury. Kevin Miller (Human Biology), an Athletic Training Program faculty member in the School of Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences, is well informed on heat-related sports injuries. Some recommendations from Miller include consulting a healthcare professional, setting goals, and staying positive during this time. Source: The Morning Sun