Video: UW-Green Bay Spring 2019 Commencement highlights and senior reflections

“It was a dream.” Along with some scenes from Commencement, undergraduates Johnny Gomez (Business Administration) and Taylor Gulbrand (Psychology, Human Development), and Brianna Jenkins (Master’s in Nursing Leadership and Management in Health Systems), reflect on their time at UW-Green Bay, and the family and faculty who got them to degree completion.

 Video by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

From GPS to graduate school, Shayla Warren has growing aspirations

Shayla Warren studies the long-term neural impact of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) with the Neuroscience Lab and its faculty members at UW-Green Bay. It’s a massive undertaking for an undergraduate student that could have significant implications on everything from youth sports to accidents on the playground.

Shayla Warren-1
Shayla Warren

What made it even more interesting, though, is the journey Shayla’s taken from a relatively shy, first-generation college student from a small town in northern (Ashland, Wis.) Wisconsin to a confident soon-to-be psychology graduate with doctoral aspirations. Warren plans to continue her research and then apply to graduate school for programs related to psychology or neuroscience.

“This is an opportunity that most undergraduates don’t have, at least not quite as hands-on as my experience was working with EEG, to the best of my knowledge,” she said. “I am very thankful to have been apart of the Neuroscience Lab.”

Earlier this year, she was one of six speakers at the PSI Talks, a venue for outstanding psychology students and psychology alumni to present their research, their internships or jobs, or just discuss about how a psychological concept relates to something from their life. See her talk on Traumatic Brain Injury.

Turning heartache into hope: UW-Green Bay’s Taylor Gulbrand finds healing, hope and her future, at Camp Lloyd

Taylor Gulbrand
Taylor Gulbrand

Taylor Gulbrand (Psychology and Human Development) experienced the heartbreak of losing her mother while a freshman at UW-Green Bay. But that loss wasn’t lost. When Gulbrand heard about Camp Lloyd, a grief camp for kids unique to UW-Green Bay, she asked where she could sign up. Last summer she served as a head buddy — one of the most impactful and healing experiences of her life.

“During my first year of camp as a buddy, I knew that I wanted to work with kids,” she said. “I loved seeing how much the kids could grow just in one week. It was so unbelievable rewarding to work with children and help them recognize their grief, but also to remind them that they can have fun and be kids!”

This summer, the Luxemburg, Wis. native is a “student head buddy,” planning Camp Lloyd and training the student buddies to get ready for camp.

Gulbrand is enrolled in UW-Oshkosh’s Master’s Program for Professional Counseling (School Counseling Emphasis), with hopes of becoming a school counselor for elementary school-aged children.

“I know that I would not have gotten this experience elsewhere,” she said. “Getting involved in Camp Lloyd my sophomore year opened up the door for so many more opportunities. UW-Green Bay has helped me grow in a multitude of ways and I and so grateful to have attended. I will always have the Camp Lloyd spirit deep in my heart, even after my time as a buddy is over.”

 

2019 Student Nominated Teaching Award winners

The Student Nominated Teacher Award is an effort of the Instructional Development Council and Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning that recognizes excellent teaching from a student perspective. This year, the committee changed the administration of the award to reflect the breadth and diversity of outstanding teaching that is taking place on this campus. The IDC will no longer limit the award to one early career and one experienced teacher. Instead, any instructor who receives three or more nominations demonstrating real impact on the student experience is recognized as a recipient. The IDC’s goal in making this change is to celebrate a larger group of instructors, and endow students with greater agency over the process. The campus community thanks the following 16 instructors for their dedication to teaching and to their students:

Franklin Chen – Natural and Applied Sciences
Heather Clarke – Business Administration
David Coury – Humanities
Jason Cowell – Human Development
Lydia Dildilian – Art and Design
Peter Fields – Humanities (English Composition/Writing Center)
Patrick Forsythe – Natural and Applied Sciences
Kevin Kain – Humanities
Carly Kibbe – Human Biology
Alan Kopischke – Theatre and Dance
Katia Levintova – Democracy & Justice Studies
Rebecca Meacham – Humanities
Uwe Pott – Human Biology
Sarah Schuetze – Humanities
Aaron Weinschenk – Public Environmental Affairs
Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges – Human Development

Next Philosopher’s Cafe on Wednesday, May 8

The next Philosopher’s Cafe (as well as Death Cafe) will be taking place on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Brendan’s Inn in Green Bay. The seventeenth-century philosopher La Rouchefoucauld claimed that one can no more look steadily at death than he can the sun. And yet, people do die, and people grieve. Join organizers for a discussion with UW-Green Bay Prof. Illene Cupit (Human Development, Psychology) and a scholar in the emerging filed of “Thanatology,” the study of death and dying. Is grief a universal phenomenon? Is it necessary to grieve, and if so, is it preferable to get psycho pharmaceutical or psychotherapeutic help? These are some of the issues to be discussed in this Philosophers’ Cafe (or “Death Cafe”).

Reminder: Prof. Gurung farewell is Thursday, April 25

After 20 years of distinguished service that has earned local, state, and national recognition and seen him hold positions from Chair of Psychology to associate dean and, currently, the Rosenberg Professor of Human Development & Psychology, Regan A. R. Gurung is leaving UW-Green Bay. Please join his Psychology colleagues in thanking him and wishing him a very fond farewell at a reception on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the MAC Winter Garden.

 

Reminder: ‘Supporting Inclusive Group Dynamics’ workshop on Friday (April 5)

The workshop “Supporting Inclusive Group Dynamics: Beyond the Group Contract” will be taking place on Friday, April 5, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Theatre Hall Room 316. The workshop will be facilitated by Associate Prof. Caroline Boswell (Humanities, History), Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, and Learning and Associate Prof. Kate Burns (Human Development, Psychology, Women’s and Gender Studies), Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Drawing on recent research on equitable team dynamics, this workshop will allow instructors to discuss how they may use equity-based methods to support the creation of group procedures and dynamics that work to minimize stereotyping and bias. Learn more and register.

Culture and Child Development Lab seeking junior scientists (ages 5-7) for child development research

The Culture and Child Development Lab, led by Associate Prof. Sawa Senzaki (Human Development and Psychology), is looking for five- to seven-year-old children to participate in child development research. It will take one to two hours and one visit at the UW-Green Bay campus. The child will receive a small toy or book, and the family will receive a $15-$20 gift card for their participation. If you’re interested in helping our research, please email culturelab@uwgb.edu.

‘Supporting Inclusive Group Dynamics’ workshop set for Friday, April 5

The workshop “Supporting Inclusive Group Dynamics: Beyond the Group Contract” will be taking place on Friday, April 5, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Theatre Hall Room 316. The workshop will be facilitated by Associate Prof. Caroline Boswell (Humanities, History), Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, and Learning and Associate Prof. Kate Burns (Human Development, Psychology, Women’s and Gender Studies), Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Drawing on recent research on equitable team dynamics, this workshop will allow instructors to discuss how they may use equity-based methods to support the creation of group procedures and dynamics that work to minimize stereotyping and bias. Learn more and register.