Three UW-Green Bay faculty bestowed named professorships

Green Bay, Wis. — Three members of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay faculty were bestowed named professorships today (August 21, 2019) at the University’s 2019 Fall Faculty and Staff Convocation. Named professorships are created through private gifts that support the study and research of a faculty member who has an outstanding record of scholarly accomplishment. The annual stipend associated with these professorships is for five years, but the recipient retains the title for life. Stipends are typically applied to research expenses or special projects benefiting students or service to the community.

Luis Fernandez
Luis Fernandez

Announced earlier this summer, new faculty member, Assistant Prof. Luis Fernandez, will receive the inaugural Robert and Joanne Bauer Endowed Professorship in Strings. While Fernandez has performed with symphonies from Venezuela to the Fox Valley, teaching remains at the heart of his mission as a musician, having earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Miami.

“I will be teaching individual applied strings (violin and viola), string techniques for Music Education majors, directing the string orchestra and supervising student teachers.”

Fernandez is known for his work outside the college campus environment, often leading youth, who otherwise wouldn’t have an opportunity, to a love for music. His passion for teaching springs from his childhood in Caracas, Venezuela, where he began violin studies through the El Sistema, a free music-education program for youth from impoverished backgrounds.

“The program’s mission was not just to create professional musicians,” Fernandez recalls, “but also to help children and young people reach their full potential- learning values and skills through music, that in turn improve their growth and life.”

As for an encore, his performing talents will take center stage as Director of Orchestras and principal violin with the recently established Weidner Philharmonic Orchestra. Fernandez concurs that the prospect for artists and audiences looks bright.

“I’m relatively new to the region and I’ve been very impressed by the high level of enthusiasm and support for the arts. I think in this kind of environment, it’s possible to build a thriving and successful program.”

The Bauer Endowed Professorship is made possible by a million-dollar gift announced in January 2019, from UW-Green Bay’s founding Band Director Robert J. Bauer and his wife Joanne, a UW-Green Bay alumna.

Pao Lor
Pao Lor

Professor Pao Lor has been named to the Patricia Wood Baer Professorship in Education.
Patricia and Frederick Baer established the Patricia Wood Baer Professorship in Education in 2005. Patricia, daughter of L.G. Wood, founder of Paper Converting Machine Corporation of Green Bay, and her husband Fred, were presented the UW-Green Bay Chancellor’s Award in 1991.

The award recognizes and supports a tenured faculty member who demonstrates a productive commitment to scholarship and/or outreach and whose work exemplifies the spirit and mission of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The Patricia Wood Baer Professorship is specified to faculty who work directly with K-12 schools, K-12 teachers, or UW-Green Bay students who later enter the teaching professor. Eligibility is not restricted to faculty in the professional program of Education.

As one of the few Hmong scholars in the world, Lor’s research and scholarly activities inform and advance the ever-changing dynamics of school culture, diversity, achievement gap, culturally responsive teachings, school curriculum and globalization. He is extensively published and his work has advanced new knowledge to the Hmong American diaspora. His expertise is often sought-after on challenges involving Hmong American communities.

He describes his teaching philosophy as an enriching, transformative process. “I have gone from face-to-face and direct-instruction to hybrid, online, independent studies, project-based learning, personalized-learning, self-discovery learning, mentoring graduate students outside of the institution, studying abroad, among other learning formats. I encourage a person to learn, discover, understand, or solve problems on his or her own, as by experimenting, evaluating possible answers or solutions, or by trial and error, stimulating interest as a means of furthering investigation.”

Lor’s teaching philosophy is rooted in two deeply-held beliefs:

  1. As engaged learners, we must take responsibility for our independent and cooperative learning.
  2. As professionals and future educators in teaching and learning organizations, we must learn to reflect critically upon our own strengths and limitations.
Michael Draney
Michael Draney

Prof. Michael Draney has been named the Barbara Hauxhurst Cofrin Professorship of Natural Sciences, established in 1985 by Dr. David and Mary Ann Cofrin of Gainesville, Florida, in memory of David’s sister-in-law. Barbara Hauxhurst Cofrin was a devoted mother of six, an active participant in her community and an accomplished sportswoman. Her service included the local school board and PEO sisterhood.

The award recognizes and gives support for a full professor who has demonstrated a productive commitment to scholarship and/or outreach and whose work exemplifies the spirit and mission of UW-Green Bay. The Cofrin Professorship is specified for a professor in the natural sciences.

Draney’s research interests center on a diverse but often misunderstood group, spiders. He is interested in the ecology and distribution of the thousands of species that live in North and Central America, and often collaborates with ecologists by identifying spider species that they are studying. His students often study communities of spider species in order to learn how natural or human-caused changes effect the ecosystem, because spiders are highly mobile and reproduce quickly, so the spider communities respond to environmental changes quickly. Draney is also interested in discovering and describing new spider diversity both here and in poorly-studied tropical ecosystems, and has described over two dozen new species of spiders.

He is an expert on one family of spiders, the sheet-web spiders, which is the second largest family of spiders worldwide, and the most diverse group of spiders in Wisconsin. He also identifies insects and spiders free for the public, does entomological consultation for local and statewide media, and does entomological outreach presentations for both adults and children.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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Prof. Aldrete has new book published with Bloomsbury Press

Greg AldreteCongratulations to UW-Green Bay Prof. Greg Aldrete (History, Humanities) on publication of his new book, “The Long Shadow of Antiquity: What Have the Greeks and Romans Done for Us,” by Bloomsbury Press. It is It is co-authored with his wife, Alicia Aldrete.

Says Prof. Aldrete, “This is a revised and substantially expanded edition of a book that we published in 2012 with the same title. That earlier version was a finalist for the Holton Book Award given by the Archaeological Institute of America to a non-fiction book that best conveys ‘the importance and excitement of archaeology to the general public.’ Because of the success of that version, Bloomsbury Press decided to print the current revised, expanded second edition in an affordable paperback format.”

The expanded second edition features a completely new chapter that examines problems and challenges faced by the modern world that were also concerns in antiquity, and explores how these issues were dealt with by the Greeks and Romans. Among these are: environmental issues such as deforestation, pollution, and climate change, celebrities and cults of personality, obsession with fashion trends, fashion and social status, and ancient versions of the debates around globalization and cultural imperialism.

Here is the press’ description of the book:

Book Cover The Long Shadow of Antiquity
Book Cover
The Long Shadow of Antiquity

A vivid exploration of the many ways the classical world remains relevant today, this is a passionate justification of why we continue to read about and study the lives and works of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Challenging the way the phrase “That’s just ancient history” is used to dismiss something as being irrelevant, Gregory and Alicia Aldrete demonstrate just how much ancient Greece and Rome have influenced and shaped our world in ways both large and small.  From the more commonly known influences on politics, law, literature, and timekeeping through to the everyday rituals and routines we take for granted when we exercise, dine, marry and dress, we are rooted in the ancient world. 

If you have ever wondered to what degree we still walk in the footsteps of the ancients or wanted to understand how study of the classical world can inform and explain our lives today, this is the book for you.

Aldrete is UW-Green Bay’s Frankenthal Professor of History and Humanistic Studies.

Prof. Gurung featured in WPR segment

Ben & Joyce Rosenberg Professor Regan A. R. Gurung (Psychology, Human Development) was recently featured on a WPR segment that focuses on how to tackle holiday stress. Prof. Gurung gives tips on how to cope with stress and anxiety that might be felt around the holidays. Listen here.

Faculty note: Prof. Harvey J. Kaye featured in podcast

Ben & Joyce Rosenberg Professor Harvey J. Kaye (Democracy and Justice Studies) has been featured on the podcast “#WeThePeople LIVE” in the episode “Is the USA Undemocratic?” This episode in particular focuses on powers being taken away from the incoming Democratic governor Tony Evers and what that means.

Prof. Kaye to present two short films at Neville Public Museum this Wednesday (Dec. 5)

UW-Green Bay Ben & Joyce Rosenberg Professor Harvey J. Kaye (Democracy and Justice Studies) will be introducing two shorts films from the 1940s and discussing Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech as part of the Green Bay Film Society’s International Film Series at the Neville Public Museum, this Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. Prof. Kaye’s most recent book, “The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great,” analyzes the social and historical context of the speech as well as Norman Rockwell’s visual representation of them. Kaye was then asked by Turner Classic Movies to select and present four films that represented each freedom. He’ll discuss the speech and two of those films as part of the series. The event is free and open to the public.

Call for nominations for named professorships

Nominations are now being accepted for the following named professorships:

  • Philip J. and Elizabeth Hendrickson Professorship for Business
  • Barbara Hauxhurst Cofrin Professorship of Natural Sciences
  • Patricia Wood Baer Professorship in Education

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. Please send nomination materials via email to the Secretary of Faculty and Staff at SOFAS@uwgb.edu.

Faculty note: Professors Gurung and Wilson-Doenges present at national conference

UW-Green Bay Ben & Joyce Rosenberg Prof. Regan A. R. Gurung (Psychology and Human Development) was part of a record six conference presentations at the Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s Annual Conference on Teaching in Phoenix, AZ. Gurung was joined in one presentation by Prof. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges (Human Development).

Faculty note: Prof. Regan Gurung publishes article in Teaching of Psychology

UW-Green Bay Ben & Joyce Rosenberg Prof. Regan A. R. Gurung (Psychology and Human Development) has recently published a research article in the journal Teaching of Psychology. The article reviews all the research on introductory psychology and lays out 11 key questions for future research in the area. View the article.

Faculty note: Prof. Regan Gurung publishes book on health psychology

UW-Green Bay Ben & Joyce Rosenberg Prof. Regan A. R. Gurung (Psychology & Human Development) recently published a new book, “Health Psychology: Well-Being in a Diverse World.” The book introduces students to the main topics and issues in health psychology through a unique perspective focused on diversity. Learn more.

Campus informed of the passing of philanthropic supporter Imogene Johnson

Imogene Johnson, widow of Samuel Johnson, passed on March 3, 2018. She and her late husband were community-minded and philanthropic and are the donors for the Herbert Fisk Johnson Endowed Scholarship for Excellence and the Herbert Fisk Johnson Professorship in Environmental Studies (currently held by Prof. Amy Wolf) in honor of Samuel’s late father. See more.