Three UW-Green Bay faculty bestowed named professorships

From left: Amy Wolf, Guarav Bansal, David Corey
Recipients of UW-Green Bay Professorships, 2017 to 2022. From left: Amy Wolf (Biology), Gaurav Bansal (Management Information Systems, Statistics) and David Coury (Humanities).

Three members of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay faculty were selected to hold named professorships today (August 23, 2017) at the University’s 2017 Fall 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.

  • Prof. David Coury (Humanities) has been selected to hold the Frankenthal Professorship
  • Prof. Amy Wolf ’89 and ’93 (Biology) has been selected to hold the Herbert Fisk Johnson Professorship
  • Associate Prof. Gaurav Bansal, Business Administration (Management Information Systems, Statistics), has been named the Frederick E. Baer Professor in Business

Frankenthal Professorship — Prof. David Coury 
The Frankenthal Professorship was established in October of 1980 in honor of the late Siegfried W. Frankenthal by members of the Frankenthal family of Green Bay. The Frankenthals owned and operated Packerland Packing Company until the business was sold in the 1970s. Mr. Frankenthal and his wife, Karola, were active in their synagogue and community charitable work. Their memorial professorship is open to full professors in any field of study whose work exemplifies the spirit and mission of UW-Green Bay. Coury’s record shows sustained scholarly work while serving two terms as chair of Humanistic Studies (now Humanities), one of the University’s largest academic units. He has also chaired Modern Languages. Coury is extensively published and participates in multiple scholarship networks that focus on topics ranging from German film and literature to immigration and national identity. Originally a scholar of German literature, he has effectively retrained himself to also specialize in politics, religion and culture — specifically at the intersection of Middle Eastern studies and globalization.

His strong public presence is well documented by his leadership of the Green Bay Film Society and, most recently, his passion to bring the topic of immigration and refugees to hundreds of middle school students in partnership with the Neville Public Museum. His work spans countries and continents — as co-founder and co-director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Partnerships, as an advocate of study abroad and as a visiting instructor in Spain. His passion is connecting UW-Green Bay students and the Green Bay community to global issues.

As an undergraduate, Coury studied in Salzburg, Austria and later at the University of Hamburg, Germany. He has published widely on contemporary German cinema as well as the contemporary novel. More recently he has been studying the intersection of Eastern and Western cultures as expressed in European literature and film. Of particularly interest is the role globalization has played in shaping conceptions of identity as well as the so-called clash of cultures and civilizations in Europe. An avid cinephile, he is also the director of the Green Bay Film Society and serves on the board of Film Green Bay. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University (Springfield, Ohio) and a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati.

Herbert Fisk Johnson Professorship in Environmental Studies — Prof. Amy Wolf
The Herbert Fisk Johnson Professorship in Environmental Studies was established in 1985 by Samuel C. Johnson and his wife, Imogene Johnson of Racine. It is named in honor of his father. Herbert Fisk Johnson was the grandson of Samuel Curtis Johnson, founder of Johnson Wax Company. He led the company to its present position as a world leader in the manufacture and marketing of wax, wax products and other products produced by the company. Samuel and Imogene Johnson were among the early supporters of UW-Green Bay and remained friends of the University over the years. Samuel passed away in 2004. The award recognizes and gives support for a full professor who has demonstrated a productive commitment to scholarship and outreach and whose work exemplifies the spirit and mission of the University. The Johnson Professorship is designated for the areas of biological or physical environmental studies or policy studies of environmental issues.

Prof. Wolf is known as someone who exemplifies the University mission in her teaching, scholarship, service and outreach. Her interdisciplinary problem-focused scholarship address the University’s commitment to environmental sustainability and to serving communities in Wisconsin. Her scholarship focuses on forest ecology, species preservation and ecological restoration. In 2014, she was recognized with the Founders Award for Excellence in Scholarship. She is widely published and most recently, in collaboration with Prof. Bob Howe and other UW-Green Bay researchers, contributed to work published in Science — considered the premiere scientific journal in the world. She serves as a mentor to UW-Green Bay undergraduates and graduates. As both the principal- and co-investigator, she has acquired more than $1 million in grants administered through UW-Green Bay for research. Her work typically focuses on the ecology of plant-animal interactions, including studies of host specific insects (Northern Blue Butterfly), rare plants (Serpentine Morning Glory), and Wisconsin bees. She is co-leader of the Wabikon Forest Dynamics Plot, part of a global network of intensive, long-term forest research sites initiated by the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Tropical Forest Science. Hundreds of undergraduates and graduates under her supervision have studied invasive plant species, aquatic macrophytes, forest understory plants, bat biology and pollination ecology.

Wolf received both her master’s degree (Environmental Science and Policy, 1993) and bachelor’s degree (Biology, 1989) from UW-Green Bay. She earned a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis in December 1998.

Frederick E. Baer Professorship — Associate Prof. Gaurav Bansal
The Frederick E. Baer professorship recognizes and gives support for a tenured faculty member who has demonstrated a productive commitment to scholarship and/or outreach, and whose work exemplifies the spirit and mission of UW-Green Bay. It is specified for faculty members who work directly with business leaders, in business development or with students who later enter the business world. Scholarship namesake, Frederick E. Baer, had a distinguished 44-year career with Paper Converting Machine Corporation, culminating in his tenure as the company’s president and CEO from 1969 until his retirement in 1993.

Bansal is well known for leadership in curricular development and for engaging the business community in the region. He serves as the chair and academic director for the Master of Science in Data Science program, a high-enrollment program with a national reputation. He currently teaches courses in business statistics and MIS for the Cofrin School of Business. His research interests are in the areas of trust, privacy and security concerns and data analytics. He is extensively published and received best paper awards at the Midwest Association for Information Systems (MWAIS) conferences in 2010, 2011 and 2014. In 2016, he organized a two-day workshop at UW-Green Bay which focused on SAS business analytics software, drawing workshop leaders from across the country and business leaders from across the region.

Bansal was recognized as a UW-Green Bay Teaching Scholar in 2010-2011 and a Wisconsin Teaching Fellow in 2013-2014 and an Advanced Online Teaching Fellow in 2013. His research has won several nominations and best paper awards at prestigious national and international MIS conferences. He encourages and enjoys working with his students on research projects. His research wok with UW-Green Bay undergraduate students has won best paper awards at regional MIS conferences.

Bansal is an engaged community member and a proud alumnus of the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Green Bay program. He serves on the Brown County Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Event Committee and as a steering committee member of Community Information Systems (CIS) — an initiative of United Way of Brown County.

Bansal received his Ph.D. in MIS from UW-Milwaukee in 2008 and his M.B.A. from Kent State University, Ohio in 2002. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Gorakhpur, India in 1996. Before starting his academic career, he worked as a quality assurance engineer for General Motors India (1998-2000) and Daewoo Motors India (1996-1998).

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Campus mourns passing of longtime friend, donor, Phil Hendrickson

Hendrickson Dedication 07-04 42[1] copyPhilip “Phil” J. Hendrickson, age 97, of Green Bay, passed away peacefully at his home, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. A celebration of his life will take place on March 25, 2017. Phil and his wife, Betsy, who passed away in 2013, directed a significant share of their philanthropic and volunteer service toward Betsy’s (master’s degree) alma mater, UW-Green Bay. Their names are prominent across campus, with the Philip J. and Elizabeth Hendrickson Professorship in Business; the Philip J. Hendrickson Business Scholarship; the Hendrickson Community Center at Residence Life; and more. Betsy Hendrickson was a charter member of the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees and honorary chair of UW-Green Bay’s successful $30 million Capital Campaign. Phil was the former chairman and CEO of Krueger International (now KI). UW-Green Bay editor Sue Bodilly was privileged to spend time with the Hendricksons in 2004 and capture a bit of their story and philosophy of life and giving — they did it together. A celebration of Phil’s life will be held at First United Methodist Church (501 Howe St., Green Bay), Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10 a.m. A reception in his honor will follow at St. Norbert College’s Hendrickson Dining Room immediately after the service. Phil will be laid to rest next to Betsy with full military honors at Bailey’s Harbor Town Cemetery. Read his obituary.

Hutchison earns Santander Chair at Portugal’s University of Lisbon

Prof. Ray Hutchison of Sociology has been awarded the Cátedra Santander (the Santander Chair) in the Faculdade de Ciéncias Socialis e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (the Humanities and Social Sciences at the New University of Lisbon) for the 2016 spring semester.  The New University of Lisbon was founded in 1973 following the collapse of the Estado Novo military regime in the 25 de Abril Carnation revolution, and has a strong tradition of innovative work, including interdisciplinary degree programs and graduate research centers.  His responsibilities will include mentoring a 10-week seminar on urban studies for graduate students and faculty at CICS-NOVA (Centro Interdisciplinar de Ciências Sociais), as well as a series of public lectures on topics such as “The Invention of the American West” and “Utopian Communities in the US” that are often taught in American Studies programs at universities across Europe.  He will also arrange a conference on comparative suburban studies featuring faculty from the Banlieue Network (Paris), Westminster University (London), University of Florence, University of Bologna, and other universities.

Faculty note: Gurung publication


Regan A. R. Gurung, the Ben J. & Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Human Development and Psychology, has two chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Undergraduate Psychology Education (Dunn, 2015). One, Teaching health psychology was co-authored with UW-Green Bay Psychology major and recent graduate Elise Rittenhouse, the other is a guide to Conducting and applying the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Cupit earns Rosenberg Professorship

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Prof. Illene Cupit of the Human Development academic unit has been selected to hold the Rosenberg Professorship at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for a five-year term through 2020. The honor was announced at the University’s annual convocation of faculty and staff on Aug. 26.

Chancellor Gary L. Miller presented Cupit with a ceremonial medallion. Cupit received a standing ovation from members of the University community in attendance at the event in the Phoenix Room of the University Union.

The award citation described Cupit as a prolific scholar, extraordinary instructor and nationally prominent leader in the study of death and bereavement.

“Her work with Camp Lloyd, the annual weeklong summer camp on the UWGB campus — the camp she founded to let children coping with loss know they are never alone,” the citation read, “has changed the lives of countless young people, and provided countless UW-Green Bay students rich and meaningful experience as mentors and para-professionals.”

Cupit is a specialist in cognitive development, infancy and early childhood, and death, dying and grieving. She organized the first Camp Lloyd in 2006 and named it for a family member who had to deal with the death of his father at a very young age. She envisioned the experience as a typical, fun summer camp, but one that provides a place for participating children to discover that there are other kids like them, and to learn that grieving is natural.

Cupit holds a Ph.D. from Temple University. She joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1984.

The Ben J. and Joyce Rosenberg Professorship was established in 1985. Ben and Joyce Rosenberg were long-time residents of Green Bay and supported UW-Green Bay from its inception. Their children, Gary Rosenberg and Barbara Rosenberg Shure, provided the funding for the memorial. The Rosenberg Professorship is open to tenured faculty members from all academic fields and recognizes a professor who has demonstrated a productive commitment to scholarship and whose work exemplifies the spirit and mission of UW-Green Bay.

In assuming the formal title of Ben J. and Joyce Rosenberg Professor, Cupit succeeds Prof. Regan A.R Gurung of Human Development and becomes the seventh UW-Green Bay faculty member to hold the appointment. Others were Lynn Walter, David Damkoehler, Craig Lockard, Harvey Kaye and Timothy Meyer.

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 this particular professorship is for five years, but the recipient retains the title for life. Stipends are typically applied to research expenses or special projects benefitting students or service to the community.

The Rosenberg Professorship is one of seven named professorships at UW-Green Bay.

Seven earn promotion to full professor


The UW System Regents also approved moving the following individuals from associate professor to the senior rank of full professor:

Lucy Arendt, Business Administration
Mathew Dornbush, Natural and Applied Sciences
Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Nursing
Catherine Henze, Humanistic Studies
John Luczaj, Natural and Applied Sciences
Bryan Vescio, Humanistic Studies
Amy Wolf, Natural and Applied Sciences.

Our news release includes a short bio on each of this year’s faculty members advancing to full-professor status.

Photos: Smiles, awards, Convocation ’14

top-story-convocationLess than one week out from the official start of the fall 2014 semester, UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and community friends gathered in the University Union’s Phoenix Room on Aug. 27 for the annual kickoff convocation. Relaxed smiles, laughter and school spirit were on prominent display. As always, a high point was announcement of the Founders Association Awards for Excellence, acknowledging the contributions of outstanding colleagues for service to the University and its students. (Among them, above, was financial specialist Cheryl Pieper, recipient of the award for classified support staff, crossing the stage to accept her plaque and greetings from Chancellor Gary Miller, selection committee chair Lidia Nonn and Founders President Anita Resch.) Also popular: Introduction of new faculty and staff, who stood while brief introductions were read from the stage by University officers, officials and deans.

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Fermanich, Katers, Ortiz, Russ earn prestigious named professorships

Congratulations are in order for the newest recipients of prestigious named professorships, four five-year appointments that began July 1. The professorships recognize and give 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 distinguished recipients are as follows, listed with links to the individual news releases announcing the honors:

•  Prof. Kevin Fermanich, Natural and Applied Sciences — Barbara Hauxhurst Cofrin Professorship of Natural Sciences – read more
•  Prof. John F. Katers, Natural and Applied Sciences — Frederick E. Baer Professorship in Business – read more
•  Prof. Cristina Ortiz, Humanistic Studies — Patricia Wood Baer Professorship in Education – read more
•  Prof. Meir Russ, Cofrin School of Business — Philip J. and Elizabeth Hendrickson Professorship for Business – read more

UW-Green Bay’s Russ awarded Hendrickson Professorship for Business

Prof. Meir Russ
Prof. Meir Russ
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Prof. Meir Russ, Cofrin School of Business, has been named to the Philip J. and Elizabeth Hendrickson Professorship for Business, effective July 1, 2014. He is appointed for a five-year term.

The Hendrickson Professorship 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. It is intended for faculty members whose work helps students in the classroom understand the positive role of business in the community and the importance of business ethics. The award is named for Philip Hendrickson, former president and CEO of Krueger International (now KI) and a former member of the Wisconsin Board of Regents; and late wife Elizabeth, who earned her master’s degree at UW-Green Bay and was long active in community philanthropy and civic causes.

Russ is a professor in Management for the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business at UW-Green Bay. He received his Ph.D. in Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, and International Business and his M.A. in Organizational Behavior/Theory from The Ohio State University; and an MBA and a BScEE from Tel Aviv University.

Russ currently teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in management and marketing. He also teaches a strategic emergency preparedness, planning and implementation class in the Certificate in Emergency Management, Planning and Administration Program at UW-Green Bay. Russ also teaches at KEDGE-Bordeaux School of Management, Roma Tre University, Ph.D. program; and at the University of Pisa, International Master in Business Administration.

His research interests include knowledge-based strategies, the use of knowledge management for hospital preparedness, the new knowledge-based economic development, and human capital valuation methods, among others. He co-edited the “Knowledge Management Strategies: A Handbook of Applied Technologies,” (2008) textbook and edited “Knowledge Management Strategies for Business Development” (2009). Presently he is editing two books: “Management, Valuation, and Risk for Human Capital and Human Assets: Building the Foundation for a Multi-Disciplinary, Multi-Level Theory, ” and “Value Creation, Reporting and Signaling for Human Capital and Human Assets: Building the Foundation for a Multi-Disciplinary, Multi-Level Theory.”

In addition to his academic focus, Russ serves in a consulting capacity with a number of multinational companies in the area of global strategic management and knowledge management and chairs the Incubator Committee at the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commmerce’s Advance Board. He joined the IAMB Advisory Board in April 2007 and is the founding editor of The International Journal of Management and Business. He also serves on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Human Capital and Information Technology Professionals.

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UW-Green Bay’s Ortiz awarded Patricia Wood Baer Professorship in Education

Prof. Cristina Ortiz
Prof. Cristina Ortiz
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Prof. Cristina Ortiz, Humanistic Studies, has been named to the Patricia Wood Baer Professorship in Education, effective July 1, 2014. She is appointed for a five-year term.

The professorship recognizes and gives support for a tenured faculty member who has demonstrated a productive commitment to scholarship and/or outreach and whose work exemplifies the spirit and mission of UW-Green Bay. It is named for the late Patricia Wood Baer, the daughter of Paper Converting Machine Corporation founder L.G. Wood and wife of longtime Paper Converting leader and 24-year president and CEO Frederick E. Baer. She was a graduate of Denison (Ohio) University and was a deeply committed volunteer and philanthropist in the Green Bay area. Patricia and Frederick, also a UW-Green Bay professorship namesake, were presented with UW-Green Bay’s highest community honor, the Chancellor’s Award, in 1991.

Ortiz is chair of the Modern Languages program and coordinator of the Spanish program at UW-Green Bay. She joined the faculty in 1993 after receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. Ortiz has authored a monograph on Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges and has published her research on contemporary Spanish and Latin American female writers in top-tier journals in Spain and the United States. Her area of research focuses on issues of gender, nation and nationalism in contemporary Spanish and Latin American literature and film. Her work has also been included in several edited collections, most recently in “Across the Straits: New Visions of Africa in Contemporary Spain.”

Ortiz is a member collaborator of the American Academy of the Spanish Language and a special contributor to the academic journal of this organization. In addition to teaching a wide range of courses at UW-Green Bay, Ortiz has been instrumental in the creation of a Visiting Spanish Scholar in Residence program and the Spanish in the Professions program at the University, as well as in establishing numerous local internships for UW-Green Bay students and institutional connections with the Hispanic/Latino community. She also has led study abroad programs to Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, Australia and Cuba. Ortiz is the recipient of two UW-Green Bay Founders Awards. She received the Founders Award for Excellence in Institutional Development in 2004-05 and the award for Excellence in Community Outreach in 2013-14.

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