WRITING LIFE: Teaching Myself to Revise by Tara DaPra in Hippocampus Magazine

“As a student in high school and college, I was plagued by both perfectionism and procrastination. I had no idea how to engage in a good writing process, I underestimated how long work would take, and I worked best under the stress of deadlines.” Lecturer Tara DaPra (English Composition, Humanities) pens this column, in the creative nonfiction journal Hippocampus. See more via WRITING LIFE: Teaching Myself to Revise by Tara DaPra, Hippocampus Magazine.

Faculty note: Brian Sutton has short fiction publication

Faculty emeritus Brian Sutton (Humanities, English) has been busy in retirement. “Once I retired, I was able to do certain things I hadn’t had time to do while I was working at UW-Green Bay, including volunteer work as an ESL teacher for refugees, mainly from Afghanistan (my wife’s and my winter home these days, Austin, TX, has thousands of refugees, legal and otherwise) and volunteer work at animal shelters. The attached short story draws on my experiences as a volunteer at animal shelters.” Find it, here.

Emeritus faculty member Brian Sutton’s ‘Searching for Romeo’ to be performed in Idaho

For those of you who missed “Searching for Romeo” during its two runs on the UW-Green Bay campus, you will now have another chance to see it. You just have to go to Idaho to do it, according to creator and emeritus faculty member Brian Sutton. The musical is slated to be performed by Vision Charter School in Caldwell, Idaho this upcoming spring. “Searching for Romeo” had its world premiere in the Jean Weidner Theatre in July 2012, and the upcoming production in Caldwell will end in late April 2019. As Sutton notes, very few plays are still being produced nearly seven years after their premiere. As the Bee Gees (and Sutton) so eloquently put it, “Ah, ah, ah, ah, stayin’ alive.” Sutton messaged from his new winter residence in Austin, Tex.



Researcher Jennie Young makes case for fewer guns, less security at schools

Following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, lawmakers have been calling for more security in school. But one researcher — UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Jennie Young (English, Writing Center) — says that we need to rethink how we secure our schools. She told Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Central Time” that schools actually need fewer armed guards and more empathy. The discussion focused on Young’s article “The Case for Limiting School Security,” which was published in Education Week on March 19.

Faculty note: Assist. Prof. Young to lead writing workshop at Conference of College Composition and Communication

Assistant Prof. Jennie Young will speak at and facilitate at an all-day writing workshop at this year’s Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Annual Convention in Kansas City, Mo. She will be presenting during the session, “Public Intellectualism in Action: A Community Writing Workshop,” which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Each year the CCCC Convention draws college faculty members from around the world to hear award-winning speakers, attend presentations by colleagues on the latest innovations in education and network to gain knowledge of best practices in the field.

UntitledTown is featured on ‘Daily Dose’, kick off party Feb. 22

UntitledTown (with its many UW-Green Bay connections) is giving Northeast Wisconsin “Goosebumps” in the book and author festival’s second year. The Green Bay Press-Gazette, featured alumnus Brian Simons ’96 in its ‘Daily Dose’ today. Watch it here.

The first of the UntitledTown kick-off parties is Feb. 22, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Homemade Southern Cuisine, 1706 Main Street, Green Bay. Author Melissa Westemeier is featured, and more authors to be announced. Organizers say, “come early and enjoy real soul food!”

UW-Green Bay English program publishes ‘Indented’ podcasts

Invites public to submit content for Valentine’s Day broadcast

Indented Podcast art

Green Bay, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay English program announces the launching of Indented — a series of podcasts revolving around a collective love for literature and storytelling. Undergraduate students Emma Fay and Jordan Safranski are the hosts.

“Audiences will be entertained by the commentary, discussion and stories (with lots of laughter included) from UW-Green Bay’s faculty and students,” Safranski says. Indented explores literary favorites from “The Greats” and the narrative artistry of UW-Green Bay students, faculty, staff and community members. Current hosts Jordan Safranski and Emma Fay research, record and mix the show.

The first episode of the podcast, “Ghosties” is live for the listening on the Phoenix Podcast Network. It is a conversation about favorite scary stories. The second episode of Indented will be ready Feb. 14. In honor of Valentine’s Day, this “misconceptions-themed” episode will feature a professor segment lead by Charles Rybak, interim dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as a student segment, focusing on classic literature that has been misunderstood, and a selection of hilarious “Missed Connections.”

To that end, the hosts would like to feature stories from the public in the second episode. Specifically, they seek hilarious, eloquent or just too-good-to-pass-up “Missed Connections.” If you are willing to share your missed connection with Indented, please respond to the survey.

Fay and Safranski are working as part of the UW-Green Bay Creatives team, a group of students tasked with promoting the activities, culture, career opportunities and curriculum of the English department.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 7,158 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

CATL Names 2017-2018 UWGB Teaching Scholars

Congratulations to Heather Clarke (Business Administration/Human Resources), Ryan Holzem (Natural and Applied Sciences), Kevin Kain (Humanities), Kim Reilly (Democracy and Justice Studies), and Jennifer Ronsman (English Composition) — named the 2017-18 UW-Green Bay Teaching Scholars. They were selected through a competitive process based on their strong record of teaching accomplishments and high quality applications outlining their teaching philosophy and a unique SoTL project proposal. UW-Green Bay’s Teaching Scholars Program strives to bring together excellent teachers from across fields and experience levels; they form a learning community that supports Scholars’ continuous professional development and culminates in a formal SoTL project. New to the program this year is Director Kris Vespia (Human Development), and the selection of a unifying annual theme (Students and Communication). Please congratulate this year’s scholars for their dedication to scholarly teaching and to student learning.

UntitledTown Book and Author Festival features many UW-Green Bay campus community members


An inaugural festival uniting readers with authors, writers, publishers, podcasters and philosophers will feature many members of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus community.

The “UntitledTown Book and Author Festival,” April 28-30, downtown Green Bay, will bring together people of all ages and abilities to share their stories and celebrate the community’s love of reading. The Festival will feature a diverse lineup of more than seventy readings, discussions, panels, workshops and other events of interest to writers and readers, including a book expo.

Campus community members presenting during the Festival include founding member of the Board of Directors and Festival Chair Prof. Rebecca Meacham (English, Humanistic Studies and Women’s Studies), Assistant Director of Archives and Area Research Center Deb Anderson, English Composition and Writing Center Instructor Nichole Rued and Continuing Education and Community Engagement Lecturer Tara DaPra. Students involved in the coordination of the Festival include Eric Jorgenson, Kelsey Langlitz and Corey Reed. The student-run Sheepshead Review Journal of the Arts will launch its spring issue at the book fair during the Festival.

The Alumni Association is a sponsor and several alumni are participating in the Festival. Lisa Fay Coutley, Casey Thayer and Grant Cousineau are presenting. Founding board members and festival planners include Wendy Wimmer Schuchart and Brian Simons. Morgan Moran (Bloohm) is marketing the event with the Karma Group. Ami Irmen, Nick Reilly and Amy Casey (Harter) are among the bloggers for the UntitledTown Blog.

Confirmed Festival venues include the Brown County Library, Titletown Brewery’s Larsen Room, The Meyer Theatre Backstage, Kavarna Coffeehouse, the KI Center, St. Brendan’s Inn and Old Fort Square, with more to come. A complimentary UntitledTown trolley will be available for attendees to access each venue easily. Nearly every event is free and open to the public.

UntitledTown Book and Author Festival will host a public Press Conference at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 29 on the main level of the Brown County Central Library.

Q&As will be held at 5:30 p.m. March 30 at the Titletown Tap Room and 1 p.m. April 15 at the Reader’s Loft. The Reader’s Loft Q&A session will award free swag bags filled with books to the first 15 attendees. Each session is free and open to the public.

For more information, follow UntitledTown Book and Author Festival on:
Twitter @untitledtowngb
Instagram @untitledtown
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/untitledtown/
Or visit UntitledTown.org

Register for Lambeau Lectures: An Evening with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the Green Bay Packers

One-night event provides glimpse into UW-Green Bay experience

GREEN BAY – “Lambeau Lectures: An Evening with UW-Green Bay and the Green Bay Packers,” a free event designed to help prospective students and parents experience the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 in the Lambeau Field Atrium (1265 Lombardi Avenue).  This is the second year UW-Green Bay has hosted this event at Lambeau Field. Last year was a huge success with more than 500 attendees.

Award-winning faculty from UW-Green Bay’s top majors including professors Rebecca Meacham, Scott Ashmann, Gaurav Bansal and Ryan Currier will discuss some of their newest and most exciting research in a “TED Talks” style format. Additional presenters include UW-Green Bay alumna and Green Bay Packers Game and Fan Development Manager, Kandi Goltz, and Green Bay Packers starting offensive guard, Lane Taylor.

UW-Green Bay is a Higher Education Partner of the Green Bay Packers. President and chief executive officer of the Green Bay Packers, Mark Murphy, says he is excited about the second year of the Lambeau Lectures program.

“It has been really great to work with UW-Green Bay on this event,” said Murphy. “We are really appreciative of all that UW-Green Bay does in our community. We both strive for Excellence. The Packers strive for excellence on the field and winning championships while UW-Green Bay strives for excellence in the classroom. Lambeau Lectures introduces students and parents to the University’s commitment to high-quality education.”

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for registration and the UW-Green Bay Information Fair. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a reception and hors d’oeuvres at 8 p.m. The event includes admissions and information tables as well as prizes from UW-Green Bay and the Green Bay Packers. Seating is limited. Register before Friday, Feb. 26, 2017. For more information and to register, visit http://www.uwgb.edu/packers/ or call 920-465-2577.


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
You, Reading This, Be Ready: The Invitation of Writing
Rebecca Meacham, Ph.D.
Professor of English, Creative Writing and Humanistic Studies

College of Health, Education and Social Welfare
Eco-K: A Nature-Based Preschool Partnership
by Scott Ashmann, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education

Austin E. Cofrin School of Business
Data Visualization in the Age of Big Data
by Gaurav Bansal, Ph.D.
Professor of Management Information Systems

College of Science and Technology
Plumbing Systems of Volcanoes: Lessons from Antarctica
by Ryan Currier, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Natural and Applied Sciences

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,700 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.