Passing of alumna Sandra Scott

The campus learned of the passing of alumna Sandra “Sandie” M. Scott, June 17, 2018. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from the UW-Green Bay Extended Degree Program. Scott served on the Extended Degree Alumni Board for several years. She also served as the past president and was a board member of the Wisconsin Life and Health Underwriters Association while working for several health insurance companies. Later she worked in the role of customer service representative for several companies including recently with MultiPlan in De Pere. She is survived by daughter and granddaughters. The full obituary can be found in the Door County Daily News.

Faculty note: Dean Furlong featured on Podcast

Scott Furlong, the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Political Science, was recently a guest on the Newsmakers Podcast Network’s Political Radar. Furlong discussed topics such as the upcoming Presidential election, gun control and personal security. Listen to it here: http://www.npcn.tv/episode/51/

Faculty invited to Inclusivity and Equity Conference

Faculty members are invited to attend the Inclusivity and Equity Conference, from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 4 in the Christie Theatre. This faculty conference offers insights and suggestions on enhancing classroom inclusivity. This faculty career development is provided via collaboration with the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Dean of the College of Professional Studies; Inclusive Excellence; Pride Center; American Intercultural Center and Human Development. Faculty will have the opportunity to listen to and ask questions from: 1) a guest panel of diverse students who will discuss their experiences and insights on what an inclusive classroom means to them; 2) Deborah Furlong, Ph. D., senior policy/programming analyst, who is presenting current student enrollment data; and 3) a faculty panel consisting of members Kristin Vespia (Human Development/Psych), Adrianne Fletcher (Social Work) and Stacie Christian (Human Development/Psych); Adult Degree Program who will discuss online practices/online equity scorecard; self-reflection; and tips concerning students who are transgender and the use of pronouns. This is an excellent opportunity to hear students and faculty talk about their classroom experiences.

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Essay by Theatre, Arts Management grad argues for value of humanities

Chris McDermott, a 2009 graduate in Theatre and Arts Management and former student of Ellen Rosewall and Susan Frost, had an essay published recently at the Arts and Humanities in the 21st Century Workplace website. In it, he argues the arts are vital to vigorous capitalism. http://ah21cw.com/2015/12/the-importance-of-mission-and-steam-in-business-today/

Regents approve more dynamic administrative model for UW-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents voted Friday (Dec. 11) to approve a UW-Green Bay request for the first major restructuring of academic administration at the University in two decades.

“I am extremely pleased the Board has supported our proposal to reorganize,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “This will help our ability to be more responsive to state and regional needs. It creates an administrative structure that is more in line with our peers. It gives us the flexibility to prosper in what is a dynamic higher education environment.”

With the restructuring, UW-Green Bay will move away from the two-colleges model currently in place to one in which academic majors, faculty, staff and resources will be aligned in four distinct colleges (or schools).

The four divisions will be:

  • The College of Health, Education and Social Welfare
    (formerly the College of Professional Studies)
  • The Austin E. Cofrin School of Business
    (formerly housed in the College of Professional Studies)
  • The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
    (created from the existing College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
  • The College of Science and Technology
    (created from the existing College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

Miller says the move from two colleges to four — to be accomplished in 2016 — is cost neutral but growth positive. The structure should enable deans to be more active and effective in targeting enrollment, outside grants and fundraising along with new partnerships and community engagement specific to their programs.

At its founding in the late 1960s, UW-Green Bay employed a five-college model but budget cuts and consolidation reduced that number during the 1970s. With the exception of 1990-1996 (when there were three), the University has had two colleges through most of its history.

Miller calls that model outmoded, given the rising expectation for universities and their administrators to expand programming and generate revenue. Noting the four-college model approved Friday is common for institutions of UW-Green Bay’s size and scope, Miller says 10 of 13 UW System universities have four or more deans, only Superior has fewer than UW-Green Bay’s two, and only one has three.

The new academic structure has been endorsed by governance groups including UW-Green Bay’s Faculty Senate and its executive council, the University Committee.

“The reorganization proposal was a community effort,” Miller says. “I am deeply grateful to the faculty, staff and student leadership for their great wisdom and courage in a time of great change.”

The Chancellor also credited the University’s Council of Trustees for endorsing the plan and its vision of an outward-oriented and entrepreneurial University, where deans are empowered to be more accountable for programs in their areas.

“We are most fortunate to have an extremely active and informed Council,” Miller says. “That group of business leaders helped us develop the proposal and advocate for it to the Board of Regents. I want to thank Council of Trustees Chairman Lou LaCalsey and Advocacy Committee Chair Craig Dickman for their work.”

At present, the two deans reporting to the University’s primary academic administrator, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor Greg Davis, are Scott Furlong, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Sue Mattison, dean of the College of Professional Studies. Major programs in Mattison’s area are Business, Education, Social Work and Nursing, while most other academic programs at UW-Green Bay report through Furlong.

It is expected that searches aimed at identifying candidates for the newly created deanships will begin in spring 2016.

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List of student exhibitors at Academic Excellence Symposium 2015

The 14th annual Academic Excellence Symposium, showcasing the talent and research ability of some of UW-Green Bay best students, took place April 7. The list of Academic Excellence Symposium projects, students, faculty advisers:

Reaching Out Through Girl Scouts 

Brittany Pyatt
Jennifer Lanter, Human Development

Western Policy and Influences on Middle Eastern Terrorism: Al-Qaeda
Alexander Girard
Eric Morgan, Democracy and Justice Studies

Funding the Southern Door County School District: A Policy Analysis 

Jared Spude
David Helpap, Public and Environmental Affairs

Assessing the Effects of Media Exposure
Shelby Vanhouten, Meghan Baker, Kayla Blochowiak, Sarah Wick
Regan AR Gurung, Human Development

Freedom House: Early Childhood 
Coordinator 

Morgan Bolli
Jennifer Lanter, Human Development

A Policy Analysis: Phosphorus Loading 
the Bay of Green Bay
Gina Vlach
David Helpap, Public and Environmental Affairs

Maternal Education and SES Effects on Creativity During Joint Engagement Reading
Cassandra Bartlett
Sawa Senzaki, Human Development

London Post-War Housing and the 
Festival of Britain
Joseph Taylor, Benjamin Dudzik, Hannah Giesick
Caroline Boswell and Heidi Sherman, Humanistic Studies

In-home Therapy with Children on the Autism Spectrum 

Kelly Berth
Jennifer Lanter, Human Development

The Lost Connection: Benefits of Being a Bilingual Professional in the U.S. Healthcare System
Julia Rose Shariff
Cristina Oritz, Humanistic Studies

Efforts Directed Toward the Synthesis of Obolactone
Lauren Anderson, Noel Craig, Kristin Short
Julie Wondergem, Natural and Applied Sciences

Improving Engagement within the Psychology and Human Development Majors
Kortney Krajewski, Kathryn Doll, Michelle McChesney, Chad Osteen, Amanda Schartner
Jenell Holstead, Human Development

Attitudes and Perceptions of Mental Illness
Olyvia Kuchta
Ryan Martin, Human Development

Positive Body Image Program Analysis
Mackenzie Wink, Haily Hummelmeier
Kristin Vespia, Human Development

15 Locus of Control and the Stress Response
Sarah Londo
Ryan Martin, Human Development, Craig Hanke, Human Biology

Effects of Coping Style and Age on Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Behaviors
Hollis Reynolds
Dean VonDras, Human Development

A Meta-analysis of Mindfulness Training as a Therapeutic Intervention for Externalizing Disorders
Destany Calma-Birling, Emily DiNatale
Dean VonDras, Human Development

On Broadway District Neighborhood Master Plan
Rebecca Ellenbecker, Sadie DiNatale
Marcelo Cruz, Urban and Regional Studies Ashley Heath, Center for Public Affairs

Children’s Edible Garden Intern with the Brown County Central Library
Sarah Tomasiewicz
Sara Schmitz, Human Biology

Meme Impressions
Chad Osteen
Kathleen Burns, Human Development

Science of Sexy? An Empirical Test of 
Dressing Recommendations
Sarah Wick, Meghan Baker, Kayla Blochowiak, Shelby VanHouten
Regan AR Gurung, Human Development

Emotions in Sports Performance 

Kayla Hucke
Ryan Martin, Human Development

Impact of Phonology and Number on Children’s Novel Plural Productions 

Katharine Bright, Kayla Hucke
Jennifer Lanter, Human Development

Exploring the Significance of Faults and Fractures in the Confined Aquifer in Northeastern Wisconsin (Brown and Outagamie Counties): Insights From Stable Isotope Patterns 

Amanda Hamby
John Luczaj, Natural and Applied Sciences

Comparison of Analytical Methods for 
the Determination of Chlorophyll a 

Ryan Badeau
Michael Zorn, Natural and Applied Sciences

Extracurricular Group Impact 

Kathryn Doll
Jenell Holstead, Human Development

The Physiologic Effects of Video and Audio Stimuli on the Human Body

Ryan Hass, Travis Ladwig, Mary Pappas, Kaitlyn Pilarzyk, Crystal Remsza, Aimee Schaefer, Bridget Schedler
Craig Hanke, Human Biology

Impact of Music Tempo on Perceived Exertion During Exercise
Katrina Schumann, Alisha Maciejewski, Hailey Mohrfeld
James Marker and Craig Hanke, Human Biology

Decisions and Personality: Self-Regulation and the Big Five
Kari Kovacs
Kathleen Burns, Human Development

Perceptions of Abuse
Monica Wysocki
Kathleen Burns, Human Development
Emergence of Cross Cultural Difference in Moral Development in Infants
Keegan Eggert
Sawa Senzaki, Human Development

Revealing Green Bay: Industry and Development in Print
Gena Selby
Chris Style, Art and Design

Vocalissimo: Creative Activities in Florence, Italy with a Musical Performance
Ashley Gutting, Evan Ash, Tori Schuurmans
Sarah Meredith-Livingston, Courtney Sherman. Music

Drawdown of the Potentiometric Surface in the Cambrian-Ordovician Aquifer in Marinette County, Wisconsin
Christa Kananen
John Luczaj, Natural and Applied Sciences

Senior Show Portrait Paintings
Laura Schley
Kristy Deetz, Art and Design

New play ‘Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway’ debuts at UW-Green Bay

New play debuts at UW-Green Bay“The Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway,” a newly created play by New York playwright Peter Ullian, will enjoy its premiere performance Friday night, April 24, at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The five-show run also includes performances Saturday, April 25, and Thursday through Saturday, April 30-May 2. Curtain time is 7:30 each night in the University Theatre, located in Theatre Hall on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Ullian has spent the spring semester as artist in residence at UW-Green Bay with the Theatre and Dance academic program. He collaborated with students and faculty in finishing a script he had started previously.

“The student actors were essential to the development of the play,” Ullian says, who is the production’s director. “The details have grown and deepened thanks to the input of the young men and women playing the parts, as well as those on the production team.”

“The Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway” is described as a comedy-drama about identity and the nature of love. It tells the story of a group of college friends who gather for a Fourth of July weekend at a secluded lake house.

The host, Honoré, chose the date because she wanted company as she marks the one-year anniversary of the loss of her spouse, Sammie, whose mysterious disappearance was believed to be a swimming accident. One of the friends, Delia, is writing a screenplay and cajoling her friends to play parts written for them in a movie she hopes to record and edit on her iPhone, and another, Lindsey, can’t understand why the others are upset she has brought her boyfriend, who happens to make great sandwiches. The very nature of reality is brought into question when Honoré reveals she has experienced a supernatural encounter, and when unexpected visitors bring startling revelations.

Peter Ullian
Peter Ullian
Ullian says he wanted to write a play with characters approximately the same age as the student actors at UW-Green Bay.



“In both professional and academic theatre settings, we often have actors playing characters much older or much younger than they really are,” Ullian says, and that’s fine, “but sometimes it’s nice when actor and character provide a closer fit, and it creates that authenticity.”

He resisted the temptation to set the action in his own college years — although one character does have sort of a 1980s sensibility — and instead chose a voice closer to the millennial-generation students who will perform the play at UW-Green Bay.

“I have my own set of references that undoubtedly date me, but I’m bombarded by the same media onslaught that my students are,” Ullian says, “so Taylor Swift and Yoko Ono have become part of one big smorgasbord of pop culture we all share.”

Ullian’s residency was made possible by the Forward Phoenix Play Project supported through private donations by the UW-Green Bay First Nighters theatre support organization. Prof. Laura Riddle, chair of the academic program and managing director of Theatre, says the experience has given students a window into the creative process and the opportunity to work under the direction of a playwright/director. Additionally, students took part in staged readings of two other new works by Ullian, “Fair City” and “Pan American.”

A member of The Dramatists Guild, Ullian’s work includes the book for the musical, “Flight of the Lawnchair Man,” directed by Hal Prince and nominated for a Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play. His play “Big Bossman” has just been published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc.

The ensemble student cast at UW-Green Bay for “The Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway” features Stephanie Frank as Honoré, Kate Akerboom as Delia, Ashley Wisneski as Allie, Katelyn Kluever as Lindsey, Cherran Dea Rasmovicz as Pippa, Daniel Taddy as Rand, Andrew Delaurelle as Baz, and Emily Ahrens in multiple roles as Sammie/Caitlin/Jocelyn. Student Elizabeth Kierin Barlament is the set designer.

Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors and youth. Order online at www.uwgb.edu/tickets or by calling (920) 465-2400 or (800) 328-tkts. More information about UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance is available at www.uwgb.edu/theatre/.

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UW-Green Bay Chorale, Concert Choir, Choral Artists to perform April 25

The UW-Green Bay Chorale and Concert Choir will be joined by community artists in performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in the Cofrin Family (main) Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

This 30th event of the 2014-15 season will feature music from a wide variety of composers, including Thomas Morley, Hans Leo Hassler, Orlando Gibbons, Moses Hogan. Associate Prof. Randall Meder conducts both the Chorale and the Concert Choir.

The UW-Green Bay Concert Choir will take the stage first, performing “My Bonny Lass She Smileth” by Thomas Morley; “My Bonny Lass She Smelleth” by the comic composer known as P.D.Q. Bach; “Sommarpsalm” by Waldemar Ahlen; “The Road Not Taken” by Randall Thompson; and “Soon-Ah Will Be Done” by William Dawson.

The Green Bay Choral Artists group of alumni and community members will then perform, beginning with Hans Leo Hassler’s “Dixit Maria” and “Kyrie from Missa super Dixit Maria.” The program also includes “Quick, we have but a second” by Charles Villiers Stanford and “Sonetto 104 del Petrarca” by Franz Liszt with Assistant Prof. of Music Michael Rector featured on piano. Rector is also the accompanist for the UW-Green Bay Chorale.

The UW-Green Bay Chorale will take the stage following intermission, performing “The Silver Swan” by Orlando Gibbons; “Il bianco e dolce cigno” by Jacques Arcadelt; “Kyrie from Missa super Il bianco e dolce cigno” by Steffano Bernardi; “Northern Lights” by Ola Gjeilo; and “To Your Success!” by UW-Green Bay Music faculty member Michelle McQuade Dewhirst. The concert will conclude with the Chorale and the Green Bay Choral Artists combined choirs performing “Sometimes I Feel” arranged by Parker/Shaw, and “My God is So High” by Moses Hogan.

Tickets for the Chorale, Concert Choir, and Choral Artists performance are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Call (920) 465-2400 or visitwww.uwgb.edu/tickets. UW-Green Bay is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu/music.

UW-Green Bay Chorale personnel are as follows: Emily Sculliuffo, accompanist; Soprano: Lisa Ford, Michaela Hogan, Brittney Koerner, Paige Konitzer, Tori Schuurmans, Sydney St.Clair, Ashley Thibeau; Alto: Laura Cortright, Ashley Gutting, Kelsie Holtzheimer, Rissel Peguero, Heather Roberts, Lydia Schneider, Beth Waldeck, Brittany Welch; Tenor: Cody Finer, Gatlin Grimm, James Letellier, Jack VanBeek; Bass: Ryan Dummer, Bryan Konicek, Nicholas Schommer, Kevin Wellens.

UW-Green Bay Concert Choir personnel are as follows: Soprano: Natasha Ales, McKenna Bertrand, Abigail Borchardt, Olivia Helander, Anna Hoesley, Laura Hoffman, Kirsten Just, Claire Kitzerow, Sabrena Koren, Cassandra Kremer, Victoria Schwenn, Marisa Slempkes, Daisy Soriano, Marissa Weibel; Alto: Macie Doyle, Tianna Ellis, Kesekokiw Grignon, Samantha Gulino, Halle Johnson, Brigitta Kaiser, Lindsey Lewis, Xinyi Liu, Danielle Magnusson, Madeline Miller, Lauren Paul, Kimberly Singer, Brooke Theama; Tenor: Gatlin Grimm, Steven Henderson, Lane Ludtke, Joshua Riehn, Gabriel Zastrow; Bass: Michael Bultman, Jacob Huempfner, Timothy Krause, Adam Rosenow, Thomas Sielaff.

Green Bay Choral Artists personnel are as follows: Soprano: Angela Danowski, Nicole Duhaime, Lori VerBoort; Alto: Jane Benson, Nicole Doebert, Karen Eckberg, Christine Goodner, Katherine Nelson; Tenor: Mike Hogan, Bob Richter, Ted Van Egeren, Jesse Wellens; Bass: Eric Gjerde, Jim Graziano, Sergio Heredia, John Phillipson.

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Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band concert has ‘silver screen’ theme

UW-Green Bay Music presents music by Richard Rodgers, John Williams and Disney in a Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22 in the Cofrin Family (main) Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

Conducted by UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Kevin Collins, the UW-Green Bay Symphonic Band will open the evening with “Bond… James Bond” arranged by Stephen Bulla. The group will conclude with “Symphonic Highlights from Frozen” featuring music Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson Lopez wrote for the 2013 Disney hit, arranged by Stephen Bulla.

Following a brief intermission, the Wind Ensemble will take the stage, beginning with a performance of “Victory at Sea” by Richard Rodgers, transcribed by Robert Russell Bennett. The ensemble will play “Theme from Summer of ’42” by Michele LeGrand, arranged by Eric Osterling, before concluding with “The Cowboys” by John Williams, arranged by Jim Curnow.

Tickets for the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band concert are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Call (920) 465-2400 or visit www.uwgb.edu/tickets. UW-Green Bay is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu/music.

Symphonic Band personnel are as follows: Flute: Brianna Schwartz, Allie Andres, Emma Faye, Jennifer Lund; Clarinet: Jennifer Bahling, Barbara Boyer, CarlyJean Egger, Brianah Bodoh, Mickayla Bercherer, Amelia Ford; Alto Saxophone: Alyssa Edges; Horn: Kathi Arnold, Katrina Weber, Andrew Sturm; Trumpet: Lane Ludtke, Mitchell Kanlasty, Talor Sohr, Sam Osterberg, Lindsey Meis; Trombone: Nathan Marhefke, Leah Ziegler; Euphonium: Haley Jensson; Percussion: Isaiah Hernandez, Jack VanBeek; Violoncello: Larissa Mickelson.

Wind Ensemble personnel are as follows: Flute: Payton Kronforst, Kailey Mucha (picc.), Alysha Brooks; Clarinet: Lauren Paul (Co-principal), Rebekah Erdman (Co-principal), Heather Roberts, Kaitlyn Francois; Bass Clarinet: Amanda Buss; Alto Saxophone: McKenna VanDerLeest, Kyle Hall; Tenor Saxophone: Kelton Jennings; Baritone Saxophone: Kyle Henrickson; Horn: Brandt Bailey, Michaela Moore; Trumpet: Ryan Loining, James Block, Mitchell Kanlasty; Trombone: Matt Albert, Jacob Harper, Mallory Krueger; Bass Trombone: Alec Hasse; Euphonium: Joe Russett; Tuba: Tom Sielaff; Percussion: Jamie Rodgers, Lisa Ford, Kyle Sweeney, Bobby Joe Magers; String Bass: Jon Tabers Kwak; Piano/Keyboard: Nicholas Saldaña.

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Text: Prof. Gregory S. Aldrete’s acceptance speech for UW System teacher of the year

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UW-Green Bay Prof. Gregory S. Aldrete shared a lesson on the value of history and the humanities with the UW System Board of Regents when he received the 2015 Regents Teaching Excellence Award at the board’s meeting in Waukesha on April 10.

In his acceptance speech, Aldrete (shown with students in the file photo above, during an outdoor demonstration of ancient battle formations) told the Regents he doesn’t employ textbooks in his Greek and Roman history classes, preferring his students read and analyze original texts by people of the times. He went on to describe the three fundamental skills he seeks to encourage in his students — organizing and assessing information, communicating effectively and thinking critically — and why they’re essential in any career. He also urged the board never to lose sight of the core values of history and the humanities and the role of universities as places where questions are asked.

The full text of Aldrete’s prepared remarks:

I would like to thank the Board of Regents for honoring me with this award. I am very grateful and humbled to be selected out of so many fine teachers. I’d also like to express my appreciation to all the students that I have shared a classroom with over the last 20 years at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, as well as my colleagues there in the departments of History and Humanistic Studies. Working in such an environment and with such terrific students and dedicated faculty has been an immensely gratifying experience. Finally, I would like to offer my deepest thanks to my wife, Alicia. She is my collaborator in the classroom, the co-author of several books with me, and my partner in all things.

I’m an ancient historian, and I’d like to begin my brief comments by sharing a bit of trivia about antiquity and the discipline of history itself. The very first time that the word history was used with its current definition of “a record of past events” was by the Greek writer Herodotus, who lived over 2,000 years ago. In the opening sentence of his famous account of the wars between Greece and Persia, he stated, “These are the histories of Herodotus of Halicarnassus which he writes in the hope of preserving the memory of what human beings have done.”

However, the Greek word that he uses here, “historia,” did not originally mean “a record of the past.” Prior to Herodotus’ usage in this sentence, “historia” had simply meant “asking questions.” I have always been very strongly attracted to this original meaning of history as an act of asking questions, and, in fact, view it as being squarely at the core of my philosophy, both of teaching and of doing research. To me, the essence of teaching is the methodology pioneered by another famous person from the ancient world, Socrates, whose pedagogy consisted entirely of posing questions to his students and getting them to formulate and defend arguments.

I employ no textbooks in my classes. In all of them, the reading consists entirely of material written by the actual people that we are studying. And when I read these ancient texts with my students, we are not passively absorbing information: we actively engage the texts, we aggressively interrogate them, we rip them apart and look both for the meanings that the author intended to convey as well as those he or she did not, we consider issues of bias, and think about what sources the author had to draw upon, and we always ask, can we believe what the author says, and why, or why not.

When examining historical events, it is not a matter of memorizing what happened, but rather exploring WHY things happened, trying to understand how earlier events influenced later ones. We look at history not as an inevitable succession of discrete events, but rather as a complex network of interrelated paths taken and not taken. Discussion, argument, and analysis play a key role in these investigations, and I always try to encourage lively debate in the classroom.

In this endeavor, content is important, and the students naturally tend to think of classes in terms of what factual information they have learned, but more important is the skills that I hope they acquire in the course of this process. There are three fundamental sets of skills that I try to emphasize in all classes: First, information management: how to collect, organize, and assess information. Second, communication skills: how to express yourself clearly and persuasively, both in speech and in writing. Third, critical thinking: developing the habit of constantly evaluating information according to rigorous, objective standards, and being open to re-assessing your own beliefs according to those same standards.

These are skills that are essential and useful in ANY career, not just ones directly related to history or the humanities, and even more than that, these are valuable and beneficial to being an engaged, happy, and productive citizen, and making a positive contribution as a member of society generally.

One of the original ideas behind the foundation of the university, when they were first created as institutions during the Middle Ages, was that exposing people to this sort of Humanistic education fundamentally transformed them, and actually made them better human beings and citizens.

As a historian working in an interdisciplinary humanities department, I have to confess that there is something a little bittersweet about the timing of this award. As you are all too well aware, we live in a moment when, across the nation, the value of a university education, and especially, the value of the humanities within that education, is being challenged.

You are the Board of Regents, and the future of the UW system is in your hands. In whatever ways this wonderful education system ends up being transformed or changed over the coming years and decades, I hope that we never lose sight of the original core function of the university, which was to be a place in which informed, thoughtful citizens are forged, and above all, as a place, where questions are asked.

Thank you for your time.