Ben Joniaux

Congratulations to UW-Green Bay Future 15 finalists

UW-Green Bay staff and an alumna were recently announced as Current Young Professionals Future 15 Award Finalists. Staff being recognized are Kassie Batchelor, the senior associate athletic director for compliance and student welfare/senior woman administrator, Ben Joniaux (pictured above), chief of staff, and Claudia Guzman, director of Student Life. UW-Green Bay alumna Briana Peters (Accounting and Business) ’13, a manager at Hawkins Ash CPAs, is also identified as a finalist. In addition, Kristina Shelton, YMCA program director, Green Bay Area Public Schools board trustee and wife of UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Jon Shelton (History), is recognized as a finalist.

Kassie Batchelor Future 15 Surprise
Kassie Batchelor (Athletics) receives Future 15 nomination
Claudia Guzman Future 15 Surprise
Claudia Guzman (Student Life) receives Future 15 nomination
Ben Joniaux
Ben Joniaux (Chancellor’s Office) receives Future 15 nomination
Briana Peters Future 15 Surprise
Briana Peters ’13 receives Future 15 nomination

About Current

Current recognizes individuals who are making contributions to their community, and overall make the quality of life greater in the Green Bay Area. Future 15 recipients will be honored at the Future 15 & Young Professional Awards on April 30, 2020 at 5 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center. One of the 15 finalists will be named as the Young Professional of the Year at this event. More information can be found on the Future 15 & Young Professional Awards page.

UW-Green Bay alumnus Senator Hansen retiring

UW-Green Bay alumni Senator Dave Hansen (History & Secondary Education) ’71 has announced he is retiring at the end of his current term after almost 20 years in office. Read more via Senator Hansen retiring: ‘It truly has been a privilege’ | wearegreenbay and Hansen retiring at end of Senate term | WHBY.

 

UW-Green Bay faculty to speak at Door County Talks

UW-Green Bay faculty are scheduled to give presentations at the 2020 Door County Talks winter series. Presenters include Associate Prof. Alise Coen (Political Science), Associate Prof. of History and Director of Student Success Vince Lowery, Associate Prof. Kimberley Reilly (Democracy and Justice Studies) and Assistant Prof. Nolan Bennett (Political Science). Below is a description of the presentations.

Immigration Politics: Between Rights and Restrictions with Associate Prof. Alise Coen (Saturday, Jan, 18, 2020 at 10 a.m.)

Debates over U.S. immigration policy have been shaped by a complex history characterized by tensions between migration restrictions and migrant rights. To understand ongoing policy shifts regarding immigration and asylum, it is important to engage with the evolution of both nativism and human rights advocacy. International law and evolving court interpretations have also played a crucial role in immigration politics, exemplified by recent discussions about the Flores Settlement Agreement and zero tolerance policies designed to deter undocumented migrants and asylum-seekers. Coen’s presentation aims to weave together these diverse and sometimes paradoxical historical forces to help shed light on current political realities.

How Many Reconstructions Does It Take to Be Free? A Meditation on the Long Civil Rights Movement with Associate Prof. and UWGB Director of Student Success Vince Lowery (Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 at 10 a.m.)

With the abolition of slavery, the United States entered the period of Reconstruction, which historian Eric Foner calls “the unfinished revolution.” The meaning of freedom for African-Americans, and in fact all Americans, remained in question. That “revolution” began again in the mid-twentieth century with the civil rights movement, which some historians refer to as the “Second Reconstruction.” Now fifty years removed from that event, in light of the persistence of Jim Crow-style policies and practices, many are calling for a “Third Reconstruction.” In his talk, Lowery will trace the threads connecting these three eras, exploring moments of progress and regression and the road left to travel.

Woman Suffrage 100 Years Later: Assessing Its Triumphs and Limits with Associate Prof. Kimberley Reilly (Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at 10 a.m.)

How did the women’s rights movement win passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, and what lesson can we learn from that victory? One hundred years after women won the constitutional right to vote, we will examine the history of the suffrage movement alongside battles that were left unfinished. We will also consider how the legacy of the suffrage movement influences the fight for gender equality today.

The Radical Vision of the American Abolitionists with Assistant Prof. Nolan Bennett (Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 at 10 a.m.)

Speaking at a Fourth of July celebration in 1860, the formerly enslaved Frederick Douglass famously asked his audience: “Why am I called upon to speak here today? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence?” With this fierce denunciation of American hypocrisy—that the country would celebrate liberty and equality while so many remained enslaved in the South—Douglass offered a radical vision of American history and democracy. In this talk, we will look at how those opposed to slavery (like Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, David Walker and Abraham Lincoln) offered a new, expansive reading of American ideals as they challenged the “peculiar institution.” We will consider how they looked back to the founding era and its documents and forward to a new dawn of justice. In light of that progressive outlook, we wi;; also discuss the lasting legacy of the abolitionists and how slavery continues to influence American politics and ideas.

No RSVP is required for the Door County Talks series. Freewill donations will be encouraged at the door. Coffee and bakery from Kick Ash Coffee will be available for purchase for DC Talks and Coffeehouses.

UWGB alumna named program director at Historical Society | Herald Times Reporter

UW-Green Bay alumna Emily Shedal (History and Humanistic Studies) has been named program coordinator at Manitowoc County Historical Society. “As the Historical Society’s program coordinator, Shedal will build upon the youth and public education programs at the museum and work to create a variety of hands-on, hands-in programs for guests.” More via Emily Shedal named program coordinator at Historical Society | Herald Times Reporter.

Motivation for innovation: Recent UW-Green Bay alumnus promotes innovation in his students

UW-Green Bay alumnus Zak Lenski ’16 (History) is promoting innovation to his high school students at Kettle Moraine High School in Wales, Wis. Lenski is the school’s only social studies teacher in the KMGlobal School for Global Leadership and Innovation. The program is unique, as is the title “innovation”  in the name of a K-12 school.

Recently, Zak and two of his students attended The Commons Demo Day in Milwaukee to talk about innovative community projects they are doing as part of the curriculum in their school. The Commons Demo Day is an event and celebration that showcases innovative work from local high schools, colleges, businesses and community organizations.

Associate Prof. Jon Shelton referenced in piece on how teacher strikes impact education students | The Badger Herald

Associate Prof. Jon Shelton (History) and his talk on Wisconsin Public Radio was referenced in a piece on how Universities should prepare education students for all aspects of their future field. More via University should prepare students for all parts of being a teacher | The Badger Herald. 

Faculty note: Associate Prof. Caroline Boswell publishes article

Associate Prof. and Director of the Center of Advancement of Teaching and Learning Caroline Boswell (History) recently published the article “Developing the Whole Teacher: Collaborative Engagement as Faculty Development within a First-Year Experience Program” in The Journal of Faculty Development. The article explores “a collaborative approach that embeds faculty development in a program for underserved students, to transform how faculty envision their role as teachers of diverse students.”  Read more here.

Faculty note: Prof. Jon Shelton publishes new book chapter

Associate Prof. Jon Shelton (History) has recently published a book chapter entitled “Teacher Unions and Associations” for Springer’s International Handbook of Historical Studies in Education: Debates, Tensions, and Directions. The chapter, published in a book featuring numerous internationally renowned historians, covers the global historiographic trajectory of teacher unions and other teacher associations.  Here’s a link to the Table of Contents.