UWGB students win Addy Awards

Two UWGB students, Beau Thomas and Sam Konshak, won Student Addy awards at the annual Addy event that took place on Friday, February 26. All students from educational institutions in Northeast Wisconsin and the Fox Cities are eligible to submit. Thomas received a Student Gold Addy award and Konshak received two Student Silver Addy Awards. All three UWGB award designs were created in the UWGB Graphic Design 431 Studio, Fall 2015.

Business grad will receive Outstanding Student Award at UW-Green Bay

Emily Blaha of Sturgeon Bay has been chosen the December 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Student Award presented by the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association.

Emily Blaha
Emily Blaha

The Business Administration senior with an emphasis in marketing and a minor in design arts will receive her diploma at UW-Green Bay’s mid-year commencement ceremony scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

The Alumni Association, which has been designating a single Outstanding Student Award recipient for each graduating class since 1976, recognized Blaha from among approximately 450 graduating seniors eligible to receive diplomas at December commencement.

A 2012 graduate of Southern Door High School, Blaha will complete her degree requirements on an accelerated, three-and-a-half-year timetable.

Additionally, Blaha will be part of the platform party at commencement as student speaker for the ceremony. She was chosen to deliver remarks on behalf of her class by a committee of UW-Green Bay faculty members and administrators. She was nominated by Management Prof. Lucy Arendt, who describes her as “an exceptional asset to the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, UW-Green Bay and the greater Green Bay community.”

Through work and paid employment, Blaha has served as a marketing and communication assistant for the University Union, and as marketing coordinator and social media specialist for UWGB’s College of Professional Studies. Her independent study topic was “Managing Culture in a Small Business,” and her senior year placement was a product-strategies internship with Schreiber Foods, Inc., headquartered in Green Bay.

She was one of a dozen standout students appointed an inaugural member of the Cofrin School of Business Student Advisory Board, providing input on curriculum and programming.

Blaha is the recipient of academic merit scholarships and dean’s list honors, and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi academic honor society. She has been active in a range of programs across campus, including service as advertising manager for The Fourth Estate, the weekly student newspaper. When she increased advertising sales by 20 percent, she was selected to serve as the organization’s business manager.

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Chalk Artist brings fun to University Union

As people traverse the hallways of the UW-Green Bay, they have probably noticed the beautiful chalk drawings that line the walls of University Union, bringing an artistic flare to our everyday lives. They might highlight the latest Coffeehouse brew, or draw attention to the next holiday event.

Who is the creator behind this unique and enjoyable art form? It’s UWGB student Kimmy Schwarzenbart, who has been an artist, of sorts, since her early days of crafts and coloring books.

Schwarzenbart is receiving plenty of praise for her work — most noticeable outside the Phoenix Club and the Common Grounds Coffeehouse, on campus. And just recently, she received a prestigious award for her work — taking home “Best of Show” honors at the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Region V for drawings.

Schwarzenbart even gets paid for her talents, hired as a student graphic designer for the University Union.

“I saw a flier stating that the Union was hiring graphic designers and decided to apply even though I had no experience with graphic design programs at the time…A summer position opened up and I brought some sketchbooks and other art samples to the interview…I was obviously not ready for a graphic design position yet but, to my surprise, was hired to do the chalk drawings instead.”

Schwarzenbart is a Business Administration major with minors in Studio Art and Design Arts. She was inspired to declare her art minors by her teachers and supporters who would see her overwhelming amount of notebook sketches and encouraged her to keep drawing.

Her artistic talents came naturally to her at a young age but her mother is a large creative influence in her life. “I grew up watching her do crafts with sewing, photography, paint, and pastels. There was always a large amount of art supplies in the house to play with.”

Finding a way to preserve her medium is a future goal.

“Chalk is not the most permanent medium to work with…In the future I would like to find a way to preserve some chalk drawings, which may involve framing or other techniques.”

Schwarzenbart showcased her work in a public display in the Studio Arts building at UWGB in October. She plans to launch an art-specific web page in the future. She hopes to continue using her talent both as a hobby, and in a professional field.

“I hope to use my creativity in marketing and advertising to help design and sell products. In my free time I would still be able to make and sell art as a hobby.”

Also receiving honors at the Region V ACUI:
Logan Sprangers — First place in the Multipage Publication Design Category for the Spring 2014 Good Time Programming Booklet and second place in the Poster Category for his promotion of the speaker and presenter Anita Sarkeesian
Ranita Haanen — Second place in Brochure Design for the Great Beginnings (GB) Week foldable brochure
Kimmy Schwarzenbart — First place in the Large Media design Category and “Best of Show” for the entire Graphics Contest for Region V.

Alumna’s project spurs discussion on perceptions, portrayal of female beauty

A December 2011 UW-Green Bay grad’s efforts to shatter the notion of the “ideal” female appearance and shed light on how women are portrayed in the media were featured in a weekend story in the Press-Gazette. Kayla Schroeder, who earned her degrees in Biology and Design Arts, gave her first talk on the perception and portrayal issues at the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay, prompting six girls to volunteer as photo subjects. Photos of the girls were displayed during a May 5 event and the girls posted comments — initially more critical of their own pics, versus those of peers — using sticky notes. More girls volunteered for a second shooting to further the discussion, and photos from both shoots will be on display and open for comments beginning at 6 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Harmony Café, 1660 W. Mason St. “My hope is that the girls will gain a new outlook on their beauty and that this project will have a persistent effect on their self-confidence,” Schroeder said. Full story.

Monument to an Insignificant Activity

top-story-cardboardThat’s the title of a class project in Art Prof. Alison Stehlik’s Design Methods 106 class.  Students were directed to observe the activities of UW-Green Bay students in certain locations across campus.  They were asked to consider the very subtle ways in which the space affected human behavior.  In groups, the art students created “large-scale representational monuments to the seemingly insignificant activities that they observed.” The results, as you might expect, were creative… including oversize slot machines, muffins and Bobo the elevator elephant who exhibits the human nature to want to make one’s self smaller as the car fills up. Reads the artists’ statement: “Bobo is trying to give enough room for everyone, but unfortunately he is an elephant.”

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Photos by Veronica Wierer, photo intern, Marketing and University Communication

‘Like a family to me’: Sights, sounds of UW-Green Bay spring commencement

More than 650 new UW-Green Bay alumni crossed the commencement stage at the Kress Events Center May 18, part of a record class of undergraduate degree candidates who were eligible to participate. Continue reading “‘Like a family to me’: Sights, sounds of UW-Green Bay spring commencement”

Awesome designers: Students awarded scholarships for 2013-14

Last week we announced scholarship recipients among the art students in UW-Green Bay’s Art and Design program. This time, we congratulate the Design Arts students awarded the following scholarships for the 2013-14 year: Craig A. Mueller Scholarship — Holly Anderson, Neil Ropson, Sarah Wells and Brandon Langer; Sidney and Ruth Morris Scholarship — YanJun Liu and Anita Blatnik; and Edna Walter Damkoehler Scholarship — Laura Wire.

More on Design Arts students, especially Tyler Gerhartz
Faculty member Toni Damkoehler shares news of four UW-Green Bay Graphic Design Studio II students who bravely showed portfolio work to professionals at the AAF-Fox River Ad Club’s annual “Academy” student portfolio and resume review event in late April. She says “bravely” because the four students — all juniors at an intermediate level in their design education – were bold enough to seek feedback from professionals midway through their Graphic Design Studio work. Students from area colleges, universities and technical colleges including St. Norbert College, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Oshkosh participated, including many seniors. UW-Green Bay student Tyler Gerhartz, one of the juniors, had his portfolio selected as the best portfolio at the event.

Recent grad is designer of ‘Original Eco U’ t-shirt

As part of an interdisciplinary project, Design Arts alumna Christine Engler ’10, designed an “Original Eco U’ t-shirt for the Environmental Management Business Institute (EMBI) in conjunction with Earth Week. Faculty member Toni Damkoehler (Arts and Visual Design) helped with oversight of the project. See a photo of Engler and her design.