The UW System has announced the 17 recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award, an annual honor given to faculty, staff, students, or community members to recognize their contributions to diversity and the status of women within the UW System. At UW-Green Bay, the individual to be honored at the joint award program Oct. 9 in Madison is Juliet Cole, longtime staff member and associate director of the former Institute for Learning Partnership. For more information about the awards and past recipients.
The second Global Studies Roundtable of the fall semester is scheduled for 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 16) in Room 103 of the University Union. The focus is Nigeria, with discussion led by Juliet Cole, interim director of UW-Green Bay’s Institute for Learning Partnership. A native of Nigeria, Cole has made numerous trips over the years to visit family and stay current with developments in Africa’s most populous nation. The program is free and open to the public.
UW-Green Bay is hosting its 11th annual Phuture Phoenix field trip days this week, welcoming 1,460 area fifth-graders to explore campus and envision life as a college student. The first group, roughly a thousand in all, came through Tuesday (Oct. 14). A second and smaller group was scheduled to tour campus on Thursday the 16th.
– Photos by Eric Miller, photographer, Office of Marketing and University Communication
A Chicago-based African drum dance group will offer a free workshop from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, in the Phoenix Room of the University Union at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive.
Ayodele Drum and Dance will present the workshop thanks to sponsorship from UW-Green Bay’s Nia African and African-American Drummers and Dancers Group. It is open to both campus and the Green Bay community.
Ayodele Drum and Dance was formed in 2007 in Chicago when seven African dancers, led by Tosha ‘Ayo’ Alston, met to learn the art of drumming in order to improve and enhance their dancing. The group now includes 30 women and two men who use their art to educate and motivate young women and children.
The group splits its time between producing and performing concerts, teaching children, teaching classes within the community and studying with female samba masters in Brazil and master djembe and dununfolas of West Africa. More information about Ayodele Drum and Dance can be found at www.ayodeledrumanddance.com.
Those interested in registering for the workshop should call the Institute for Learning Partnership at (920) 465-5555 or email Juliet Cole at email@example.com.
The Nia African and African-American Drummers and Dancers, founded in 2002 by Juliet Cole, consists of both UW-Green Bay and community members. The group hopes that through its African-style dancing and drumming, it can promote an appreciation for diversity within the campus and Green Bay community. Anyone can join the group at any time. More information can be found at www.uwgb.edu/learnpart/programs/nia/.
UW-Green Bay’s Phuture Phoenix field trip days are set for Tuesday (Oct. 14) and Thursday (Oct. 16). With 1,460 fifth-graders from elementary schools in Brown County and the surrounding areas attending, this year’s participation numbers are the highest ever. The program has hosted a total of 15,781 fifth-grade students since it began in 2003. To help support the record number of participants there will be 268 UW-Green Bay students serving as role models and group leaders for the day, along with more than 90 faculty members. This year’s theme, hands-on history, will offer young visitors a first-hand glimpse of experiential learning in a University setting. Among the highlights, the UW-Green Bay History Club will be leading students in Viking-themed cultural activities like cold-smithing, copper wire weaving, hand spinning wool, and Viking costumes and music. Comments Associate Prof. Heidi Sherman, Humanistic Studies, “We hope it will show the fifth-graders that the college experience is fun and that learning about the past takes many forms.” Read the full news release for more details.
UW-Green Bay will host its 11th annual Phuture Phoenix field trip days Tuesday, Oct. 14 and Thursday, Oct. 16, welcoming 1,460 area fifth-graders who will explore campus and experience life as a college student.
This year’s field trip focus will be hands-on history, offering students a first-hand glimpse of experiential learning in a University setting.
UW-Green Bay’s signature Phuture Phoenix program partners with schools that have high percentages of students from low-income families and encourages students to graduate from high school and pursue a college education. This year’s field trip boasts the highest number of students to date. The program has hosted a total of 15,781 fifth-grade students since it began in 2003. To help support the record number of participants, there will be 268 UW-Green Bay students serving as role models and group leaders for the day and 90-plus faculty members participating.
Students and their mentors will visit classrooms, residence halls, the Cofrin Library, the Kress Events Center and other parts of campus during the tour days. Numerous UW-Green Bay faculty members have special planned activities for students and teachers alike.
As part of the hands-on history theme, the UW-Green Bay History Club will give a short presentation on Viking history, followed by hands-on demonstrations of cold smithing, hand spinning (spinning wool into thread with a spindle), wire knitting (how the Vikings made chains for hanging their jewelry), and whipcord braiding (making braids by twisting long threads suspended from the ceiling). The History Club will be making Viking wire knitted chains for each of the 200-plus Phuture Phoenix students who visit the presentation. UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Heidi Sherman, Humanistic Studies (History), said she looks forward to sharing the history-themed activities with Phuture Phoenix students.
“We hope it will show the fifth-graders that the college experience is fun and that learning about the past takes many forms,” Sherman said.
Phuture Phoenix Day is a coordinated effort to inspire academic success and alert children to educational opportunities that are available to them. College prep starts early and the Phuture Phoenix field trip offers students a first-hand look at the necessary steps to pursue and attain higher education goals. It’s an important program, said Keta Quiver, fifth-grade teacher at Oneida Elementary School.
“I think the Phuture Phoenix program gives students one of their first opportunities to tour a university and experience college life,” she said. “It shows them where their hard work and dedication to their education can take them in life.”
New to the Tuesday field trip this year is an interactive opportunity for students to visualize their future at UW-Green Bay. UW-Green Bay student Courtney Maye is organizing the activity that is inspired by the work of artist Candy Chang, on utilizing public space by engaging and provoking individual thought. Students will be able to write their first mock college application essay by finishing the sentence, “I want to go to college…so that I can”…on a chalkboard. The goal is to have the students write why they want to go to college in a way that expresses individuality, while giving them time to think about the reasons they would like to pursue higher education.
More information about Phuture Phoenix is available at www.uwgb.edu/phuturephoenix/.
A University of Wisconsin-Green Bay pilot program will allow seniors from three Green Bay Area Public School District high schools to apply to the University at no cost, and also will provide trained application assistance for students during October and November.
Private donors will cover application costs for seniors from Phuture Phoenix partner schools Green Bay East, West and Preble high schools now that the fall 2015 application period has opened, said Jennifer Jones, UW-Green Bay assistant director of Admissions. Students at Green Bay Southwest High School, though not eligible for the free applications, also will be able to take advantage of the special “Hit Submit” application assistance sessions. The UW-Green Bay application fee is $44.
The application pilot program is the latest initiative from UW-Green Bay’s award-winning Phuture Phoenix program, which since 2002 has been increasing the odds that disadvantaged students will graduate from high school and pursue higher education. The program’s fall tour days bring fifth-graders from Title I schools throughout Northeastern Wisconsin to campus, connecting them with UW-Green Bay student mentors who help boost their college aspirations. The mentors work closely with students in grades 6-12, and once they are admitted to UW-Green Bay, these students are eligible for scholarships if they participated in the program’s tour day or tutoring/mentoring components. The Phuture Phoenix Primary Program at Green Bay’s Jefferson and Eisenhower elementary schools starts reinforcing the go-to-college message even sooner, with special programming and other elements beginning in kindergarten.
“This exciting initiative takes the Phuture Phoenix program to yet another level, providing high school seniors with the personal and financial support they need to apply to UW-Green Bay,” said UW-Green Bay Trustee and Phuture Phoenix co-founder Ginny Riopelle. “Thanks to these generous donors, we can show even more students we’re invested — in them, and in their future.”
The program will make a difference for students, added Green Bay district Superintendent Michelle Langenfeld.
“In partnership with UWGB, GBAPS students have participated in a number of Phuture Phoenix programs, affording them the opportunity to learn more about higher education. However, financial barriers have kept some students from achieving their dream of attending a postsecondary school,” Langenfeld said. “By removing these barriers, students who are college, career and community ready can attain their goal of higher education. We are grateful to the UWGB donors whose generosity will make a difference in the lives of GBAPS students.”
The Phuture Phoenix program and UW-Green Bay Admissions, with input from the Green Bay School District, will train a team of 12 UW-Green Bay students who will make up the “Hit Submit” application assistance team. This assistance will be offered during October and November for seniors from any high school who wish to attend any 2-or 4-year college or University. Session times, locations and other information will be provided at a later date.
“Phuture Phoenix continues to look for innovative ways to help more students become college bound,” said Stephanie Cataldo-Pabich, Phuture Phoenix interim director. “This new application team initiative will give assistance to high school seniors by allowing them to work one-on-one with college students on their admissions paperwork. The goal is to help more students apply and get in to the college of their choice.”
Visit www.uwgb.edu/admissions/ or call (920) 465-2111 for more information about visiting or applying to UW-Green Bay. More information about the Phuture Phoenix program is available at www.uwgb.edu/phuturephoenix/.
UW-Green Bay’s Phuture Phoenix program recently awarded the Whitney Radder Phuture Phoenix Phenomenal Role Model Award for the Spring 2014 semester to freshman Biology major and Education minor Spencer Turriff.
Turriff was a Phuture Phoenix role model during spring semester at Green Bay West High School, tutoring students to increase academic achievement. He was nominated and awarded this honor due to his commitment, service and the strong relationships he built with students and staff at West. Turriff accumulated 99 field hours for the semester, nearly three times the minimum requirement of 35 hours. This award is given to a deserving role model in honor of Whitney Radder, a UW-Green Bay student and Phuture Phoenix role model pursuing a degree in Education who was tragically killed in a car accident while a student at UW-Green Bay.
Pictured from left to right are Phuture Phoenix Director Kim Desotell, Spencer Turriff, Phuture Phoenix Phellow Jared Spude, Institute for Learning Partnership Associate Director Juliet Cole and Institute for Learning Partnership Director and Education Chair Tim Kaufman.