January Convocation? No, but in February…

We’ve been getting inquires lately about whether or not the mid-year convocation — something of a custom on campus for the last half dozen years or so — will return for January 2016.  The answer is “no,” in a way. The event is being revamped and reorganized and rescheduled for mid-February. You can expect to see something on the new program  — still a celebration of new emeriti appointments and length of service honorees — in the coming days.

Prof. Emeritus Kraft gets national readership on energy op-ed

Political scientist Michael E. Kraft, UW-Green Bay professor emeritus of Public and Environmental Affairs, continues to contribute periodic essays distributed nationally by the McClatchy news services. His latest, on President Obama’s energy policies, has appeared over the past two weeks in more than 40 newspapers including such heavyweights as the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Faculty note: Goff book, presentations

Victoria Goff, associate professor emerita (ICS), is writing a book on the impact of social media on authors and the U.S. book publishing industry. She recently shared some of her findings at Left Coast Crime, an annual conference of mystery writers that attracts best-selling authors and fans from all over the country. On March 12, she participated on a panel, “Social Media: What Every Author Needs to Know,” and March 14, she was the moderator of another panel, “Self-Publishing, Traditional & Hybrid: Publishing Options.”

Littig weighs in on ‘Wisconsin Idea’; language change later dropped

(We’re not saying the two are related, but…) UW-Green Bay Prof. Emeritus David Littig deserves a shout-out for his well-chosen words to Fox 11 News regarding a proposed reworking of the UW System’s 111-year-old mission statement that found its way into Gov. Scott Walker’s biennial budget proposal. The veteran political scientist warned Wednesday against tampering with the cherished ‘Wisconsin Idea’ of serving people across the state in all walks of life. “He is really totally attacking in many ways the core principal of the University of Wisconsin System,” Littig said. Litting wasn’t the only person criticizing the amendments, of course, and by the time the interview aired, Walker aides were already walking back the changes as a “drafting error.” To see the Fox 11 story.

Employees honored for emeriti status, years of service to UW-Green Bay

Gary Fewless

UW-Green Bay faculty and staff members gathered together Jan. 22 to celebrate the annual Mid-Year Convocation, a ceremony that serves as the unofficial kickoff to the University’s spring semester. The formal program included granting of emeriti status to distinguished retirees, as well as years-of-service recognition for longtime UW-Green Bay employees.

Emeritus Honorees

Two academic staff members were granted emeritus status in recognition of their service to UW-Green Bay.

Michael Herrity
Michael Herrity

Longtime lecturer and curator of the University Herbarium — now renamed in his honor — Gary Fewless was recognized for his “unrivaled devotion to science, students and the priceless environmental diversity of our region.”

Former UW-Green Bay Registrar and academic adviser Michael Herrity was honored “for a distinguished career in service to students, community and the power of higher education.” Neither Fewless nor Herrity was able to attend, but both received generous applause as their citations were read.

Years of Service Honorees

Years-of-Service Awards, 25 years plus

UW-Green Bay faculty and staff members celebrating 40-, 35- and 30-year anniversaries during Mid-Year Convocation posed for a photo at the program’s conclusion. They are (L-R) Cliff Abbott (40), Bob Howe (30), Mike Stearney (30), Dave Kieper (35) and Mark Damie (35).

Years-of-Service Awards, 20 years

UW-Green Bay faculty and staff members marking 20- and 25-year anniversaries at the Jan. 22 gathering were (L-R) Jeff Benzow (25), Donna Ritch (25), Linda Toonen (25), Stephen Gering (20), Deb Anderson (25), Mike Kline (25), Dianne Gordon (25), Christine Terrien (20), Bill Hubbard (25), Sherry Lacenski (25) and Colleen Wilde (25).

Years-of-Service Awards, 10 years

Gathering for a group photo of those honored for 10-year employment anniversaries were Mary Valitchka, Bob Blihar, Diane Nagy, Eric Amenson, Bonnie Delsart, Jeff Gross, Atife Caglar, Katrina Hrivnak, Javier Martinez, Brent Blahnik, Darrel Renier, Joe Brzezinski, Judi Pietsch, Janet Reilly and Paula Marcec.

Wenger earns international journal’s award as ‘Excellent Reviewer’

Prof. Emeritus Robert Wenger of Natural and Applied Sciences has just been honored for his second-career work as a manuscript reviewer for a leading international journal. The editors of Waste Management and Research, meeting in September 2014 at their annual conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, identified Wenger as the journal’s 2013 Excellent Reviewer. Wenger says he has been called upon by editors of academic journals quite regularly during his “retirement years” to review manuscripts. (He’s currently at work on two more.) Notification of the award was made by Prof. Agamuthu Pariatamby of the University of Malaya, editor-in-chief. Wenger, a founding member of the UW-Green Bay faculty in the late 1960s and recipient of emeritus status in 1999, is a mathematician whose modeling and research projects in partnership with biology, ecology and natural sciences colleagues have been widely praised for their positive influence on environmental science.

Arendt, Alesch co-author book on community recovery from disasters

Lucy Arendt, associate professor and director of the Cofrin School of Business, is co-author of the newly released book Long-Term Community Recovery from Natural Disasters (CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014). The book was researched and written with Daniel J. Alesch, professor emeritus of Public and Environmental Affairs. The authors present what they have learned over two decades from more than two dozen community disasters in and outside the United States. Their central thesis is that decision makers must understand how communities develop or decay in the absence of an extreme natural hazard event in order to determine which parts of the community must be reestablished or made more functional to achieve long-term community viability. Arendt and Alesch argue that decision makers must understand communities as complex, open, and self-organizing social systems in order to identify the critical points for policy intervention at various levels of government. The intended audience for the peer-reviewed book includes organizational decision makers, government policy makers, and academic scholars.

Kraft talks Castle Doctrine for story on NBC 26

Prof. Emeritus Michael Kraft discussed Wisconsin’s “Castle Doctrine” law in a Friday (Nov. 14) interview with NBC 26. Following an incident in Michigan last week in which a homeowner shot and killed an intruder, reporter Eric Crest took a look at Wisconsin’s law, in place since 2011. “It makes it more legitimate for a homeowner to fire a weapon in self defense than it used to be,” Kraft said. “… Many homeowners may feel they now have a right to shoot anybody who enters their home. But I would say I urge you to be careful about shooting someone and make sure your life is genuinely threatened before you pull the trigger.” Full story.

Faculty Note: Lockard publication

Prof. Emeritus Craig Lockard, formerly of History and Social Change and Development (now Democracy and Justice Studies) is proud to announce that the third edition of his college-level world history textbook, Societies, Networks, and Transitions: A Global History, was published this summer by Cengage. Since 2012, Lockard has also been writing the annual update on Malaysia for the Encyclopedia Britannica Yearbook.