UW-Green Bay Outreach offers Robotics and STEM Camps for students grades 6-9

Students entering grades 6 through 9 in fall 2015 can enroll now for Robotics and STEM Camps, to be held Sunday-Wednesday, July 19-22 and 26-29, at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

These camps challenge students to learn the basics of the engineering design process using hands-on learning with the Lego Mindstorms platform. Join us on a mission to enhance students’ interest in robotic design and basic programming. Students will have the opportunity to meet professionals from the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) industry, learn about existing and new initiatives in robotics from companies in the Green Bay area, and develop problem-solving and team-building skills. Students do not need robotic or programming experience prior to taking this camp.

New this year: Each camp will be divided into beginner and advanced divisions. Instruction for beginners will include basic building and programming and advanced divisions will include more in-depth programming tips and pointers for success. Any camper can attend either the first or second session, or attend both sessions.

Camp instructor Sean Schuff is the Robotics and STEM Camp Director. He teaches at Tesla Charter School in Appleton. Schuff joined the staff of the Appleton Area School District in 1996 teaching an array of technology and engineering classes at all three high schools. In 1998, he joined the teaching staff of Appleton East full time and a few years later became one of the founding members of Tesla Engineering Charter School. Since then he has dedicated himself to the students in both Tesla and on the NEW Apple Corps Robotics Team.

Melinda Pollen, Brown County Youth Development Educator, will serve as a teaching assistant. She has developed and implemented programs to engage youth in hands-on, project-based learning using science, technology, engineering and math concepts.

Brown County Cooperative Extension is a program partner, and it aligns with the 4-H STEM national mission: One million scientists. One million new ideas. For more information on this endeavor: http://4h.uwex.edu/set.

Visit the camp website, www.uwgb.edu/camps/science/robotics, for registration and faculty and staff updates.

Students can attend camp as commuters or as residents living in UW-Green Bay student housing. The camp fee is $295 for commuters, which includes lunch. Resident students will pay $479, which includes instruction, room and board, counselor supervision and transportation to evening activities. Students must be at least 12 years of age to stay overnight on campus.

Camp information and registration are available online at www.uwgb.edu/camps/science/robotics. Information also is available by telephone at (920) 465-2775. Email: summercamps@uwgb.edu.

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Small but profound: Meredith-Livingston shares the culture of Slovakia

top-story-slovakiaMembers of the UW-Green Bay community were treated to a night of music, traditional food, and education, during the latest UW-Green Bay Dinner Lecture Series event highlighting the country, Slovakia. An Associate Professor of Music and Women’s and Gender Studies, Sarah Meredith Livingston was the featured presenter during the March 31 event. She was introduced to the country in 2001, and since then has performed, traveled, and brought students to the small Eastern European country. Livingston has also served as a guest professor at the Academy of Music and Dance in the Slovakian capital, Bratislava.

Guests were treated to a meal consisting of traditional Slovakian soups, entrees, and dessert. During dessert, Livingston shared the rich musical traditions of the country, by performing Slovakian art songs from the late 19th and early 20th century. Livingston also took the opportunity to discuss the possibilities for the future of this small country that has experienced profound political and cultural changes since 1933.

Livingston has performed as a soloist, recitalist, master class teacher, and adjudicator across Europe, the U.S., and South America. She is the founder and director of the Montreal International Czech/Slovak Voice Competition Semi-finals, the only competition promoting Czech or Slovak music in the United States, which was held for the sixth time at UW-Green Bay in October 2013.

The UW-Green Bay Dinner Lecture Series, presented by the Division of Outreach and Adult Access, highlights UW-Green Bay faculty expertise on various projects and interests in a socially accommodating, friendly, learning atmosphere for the greater Green Bay community.

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UW-Green Bay High School Music Camp registration gets under way

Students entering grades 9 through 12 in fall 2015 can enroll now for the High School Band, Orchestra, Choral and Piano Camp, July 19-24, at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Several camp options are offered for band, orchestra, choir and piano students. All students will audition for placement on Sunday afternoon, July 19. Weekday classroom sessions start at 8:30 a.m. and run through 3:40 p.m. The camp ends with a 6 p.m. concert on Friday, July 24 in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus. Outstanding students will be chosen to receive partial scholarships to the 2016 camp.

Students will participate in full rehearsals, sectionals and a master class, and can tailor their camp experience by choosing from an array of classes. These include Flute Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band, Hand Drumming Ensemble, Digital Sound Processing/Production, Musical Theatre, Clarinet Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, Beginning Italian for Singers, Live Recording Techniques, Beginning Class Piano, Studio Strings, Experimental Music Ensemble, Camp Chorus, Instrumental Jazz Improvisation, Pop Jazz Vocal Styling, Beginning Music Theory, Contemporary Percussion Ensemble, and History of Rock and Hip Hop.

New this year, Piano Camp! The piano program in the UW-Green Bay Music Camps is an immersive experience designed to inspire young musicians and help them reach a higher level in keyboard study. Classes focus on piano repertoire, music theory and ensemble playing. Students will receive private lessons from artist-faculty including Michael Rector, Piano Camp director, and his staff, and masterclasses and recitals provide ample performance opportunities. Piano students will join band, orchestra and choir campers in the 3rd and 7th hour electives.

Camp teachers will include Music faculty members from UW-Green Bay and other colleges and universities, as well as outstanding music teachers from Wisconsin middle and high schools. See the camp website for faculty/staff updates: www.uwgb.edu/camps/music/highSchoolBand.

Students can attend as commuters or as residents living in UW-Green Bay student housing. The camp fee is $295 for commuters, which includes lunch. Resident students will pay $569, which includes instruction, room and board, counselor supervision, a T-shirt and transportation to evening activities.

Camp information and registration are available online at www.uwgb.edu/camps/music/highSchoolBand. Information also is available by telephone at (920) 465-2775. Email: <a href="mailto:summercamps@uwgb.edu"summercamps@uwgb.edu.

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Trombley named interim dean of continuing education

UW-Green Bay has announced the appointment of Christina Trombley as the University’s new Interim Dean of Continuing Education, Outreach and Adult Access. She will begin her duties April 4. She has been with UW-Green Bay since 2006, serving first as the director of the Small Business Development Center and in 2012 being named director of the Adult Degree Program. She will take over from former dean Steve VandenAvond, who is departing to become the new vice president of extended learning and community engagement at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. See the full announcement.
 

Trombley named interim dean of continuing education

Christina Trombley
Christina Trombley
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has announced the appointment of Christina Trombley as the University’s new Interim Dean of Continuing Education, Outreach and Adult Access.

Trombley will begin her duties April 4. She has been with UW-Green Bay since 2006, serving first as the director of the Small Business Development Center. In 2012, she was hired as the director of the Adult Degree Program.

As interim dean, she will be responsible for overseeing staff members who coordinate services for students in the Adult Degree Program, which currently enrolls about 700 students seeking their bachelor’s degrees primarily through distance learning. The division also includes the Small Business Development Center, as well as enrichment and continuing education programs for diverse audiences ranging from pre-teen summer campers through working educators and Learning in Retirement participants.

Trombley holds a master’s in business administration from UW-La Crosse and a bachelor’s in communication from UW-Eau Claire. She is currently enrolled in the in urban education Ph.D. program at UW-Milwaukee, completing her dissertation on the impact multigenerational students have on instructional design in online classes. Her scholarly interests include online education, instructional design, and adult education theory.

Trombley serves as the vice president for the Downtown Green Bay Inc. board of directors and is active in the University Professional and Continuing Education Association. In 2010, she was named one of the 25 “People You Should Know” by the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, and in 2005 she was a finalist for the La Crosse Tribune‘s Person of the Year honor. Before coming to Green Bay, Trombley was a staff member with the Small Business Development Center at UW-La Crosse.

Trombley’s appointment was announced by UW-Green Bay Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Stephen E. Fritz. She takes over from former dean Steve VandenAvond, who is departing to become the new vice president of extended learning and community engagement at Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

UW-Green Bay Middle School Music Camp registration now under way

Students entering grades 6 through 9 in fall 2015 can enroll now for Middle School Band, Orchestra, Choral and Piano Camp July 12-17 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Several camp options are tailored to middle school students. Band students entering grades 6 and 7 will participate in “X-Band,” the camp’s beginner band that will focus on fundamentals for the young musician. Students will not need to audition for this band and will be taught by a team of teachers who specialize in working with young musicians.

Band students entering grades 8 and 9, as well as all choral and orchestral students entering grades 7-9, will audition for placement in their performing groups.

Camp teachers will include music faculty members from UW-Green Bay and other colleges and universities, along with outstanding Wisconsin music teachers. See the camp website for faculty/staff updates: www.uwgb.edu/camps/music/middleSchoolBand.

Students’ days will be filled with rehearsals, a masterclass, sectionals and two “option” hours. An array of class choices are offered, including the following: Flute Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Instrumental Jazz Improvisation, Hand Drumming, Digital Sound Processing/Production, Introduction to Music Theory, Musical Theatre, Clarinet Ensemble, Pop Strings and Fiddling, Live Recording Techniques, Saxophone Ensemble, Beginning Class Piano, Camp Chorus, and Percussion Ensemble.

New this year, Piano Camp! Join us in this immersive experience designed to inspire young musicians and help them reach a higher level in keyboard study. Classes focus on piano repertoire, music theory, and ensemble playing. Students will receive individual instruction from artist-faculty, and masterclasses and recitals provide ample performance opportunities. Piano students will join band, orchestra, and choir campers in 3rd and 7th hour electives.

The camp week gets under way Sunday, July 12 with auditions for orchestra and choral students and for band students entering grades 8 and 9. The camp ends with a 6 p.m. concert Friday, July 17 at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus. Outstanding students will be chosen to receive partial scholarships to the 2016 camp.

Students can attend as commuters or as residents living in UW-Green Bay student housing. The camp fee is $295 for commuters, which includes lunch. The resident students fee is $569, which includes instruction, room and board, counselor supervision, a t-shirt and transportation to evening activities. Students must be 12 years of age to stay overnight on campus.

Camp information and registration are available online at www.uwgb.edu/camps/music/middleSchoolBand. Information also is available by telephone at (920) 465-2775. Email: summercamps@uwgb.edu.

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UW-Green Bay announces summer 2015 Offerings for Educators

UW-Green Bay Education Outreach is presenting some new and exciting summer 2015 Offerings for Educators as well as a few returning favorites. A variety of online and in-person courses are designed to help teachers, administrators and other professionals obtain the practical education they need to apply research and best practice in the classroom and school environment. Area educators have the opportunity to take courses that span topics from cyber bullying to the ecology and research of monarch butterflies.

A brand new course being offered this summer is “Creating Digital Tools for Teaching, Learning, and Productivity.” Participants will explore free online resources to create numerous tools for use in the classroom to create videos, presentations, interactive rubrics, and more. The use of these tools will help educators to create content and gather, publish, and manage classroom information that they will be able to share.

Educators will also have the opportunity to partake in two courses that focus on social issues in education, “Children and Poverty: Classroom Strategies,” and “Children and Poverty: School and Community Perspectives.” These courses will examine childhood poverty and its impact on student engagement and learning. They will focus on research-based strategies for increasing motivation, effort, and student achievement. Attendees will learn strategies for engaging students and developing a plan for addressing poverty in their educational setting.

Other courses offered for summer 2015 focus on early literacy, science, technology and much more. K-12 educators can choose from such courses as: “Engaging our Youngest Learners in Science,” “Educational Improvisation: Enhancing Creativity in Common Core Classrooms,” and “Using Technology to Enhance Student Writing and Comprehension in the Classroom.” Education Outreach will continue to add more courses, so educators are encouraged to check the full course listings (www.uwgb.edu/educationoutreach/) often for the latest updates.

Detailed course information, including syllabi, cost, and registration details, is available online at www.uwgb.edu/educationoutreach/. UW-Green Bay courses for educators align with Wisconsin standards for teacher and administrator development and licensure. Contact the Education Outreach Office with questions or for more information, at (800) 621-2313, (920) 465-2480 or educationoutreach@uwgb.edu.

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SBDC offers three two-day professional development workshops

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is offering three two-day professional development workshops, part of its ongoing Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program. Workshops meet from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on the scheduled dates and will be held at the Advance Business & Manufacturing Center, 2701 Larsen Road, Green Bay.

“Lead with Integrity” will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 14-15. This workshop will focus on creating leaders from within an organization for more positive results. Participants will focus on the true gifts of inspirational and conscientious leaders. They will determine how to stay true to their mission in order to positively impact employee performance and develop strategies for planning with a purpose. Instructor: Stacy Shapiro, founder and owner of Shapiro Strategies.

“Developing High Performance Teams” will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, May 12-13. Participants will learn how to create, manage and sustain highly effective teams. They will learn how to foster an environment in which creativity, trust and productivity flourish. This workshop will help participants understand team development, making team decisions, establishing team guidelines, and sustaining team effectiveness. Instructor: Eric Coryell, founder and president, Core Connections.

“Successful Negotiation Skills” will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, June 9-10. Workshop participants will learn how to master the negotiation process. They will discover ways to create a climate for favorable results, while recognizing their own hot buttons, overcoming common obstacles to an agreement. Individuals will practice how to detach when deeply involved in a situation, and to reach satisfying agreements for both parties while improving relationships through amicable negotiations. Instructor: Cheryl Stinski, mediator, trainer, coach and author.

Designed for managers who are looking to build leadership skills and advance their businesses, the Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program and its component courses provide practical and interactive content that attendees can immediately integrate into their workplace leadership. The flexible program is designed for individuals who are just starting out on their leadership path, as well as more seasoned leaders who wish to improve upon specific skills.

Participants who wish to earn a Supervisory Leadership Certificate will be required to attend the two Core programs, Supervisory Leadership I and Supervisory Leadership II, as well as their choice of several elective programs within three years. However, individuals may take courses whether or not they intend to pursue the certificate. A complete list of courses and a downloadable brochure are available online at www.uwgb.edu/sbdc/html/programs.asp.

Cost for the two-day workshops is $425 per person or $375 per person in a group of three or more attending the same workshop from the same organization. For more information or to register for the workshops, visit the SBDC website or call (920) 496-2117 to register or obtain additional information.

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay is part of a statewide network of SBDCs working with business owners and entrepreneurs to facilitate business growth and improvement, and to launch successful new companies. Through no-cost consulting, low-cost entrepreneurial education, and strategic facilitation, SBDC experts serve as resources for small and emerging mid-size companies. The Wisconsin SBDC is hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Extension and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Farewell to Steve VandenAvond planned

The Division of Outreach and Adult Access is hosting a farewell gathering for Steve VandenAvond on Thursday, April 2 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in their offices on the plaza level (second floor) of the Cofrin Library. VandenAvond’s final day is Friday, April 3. He has accepted a position to become the new vice president of extended learning and community engagement for Northern Michigan University, an institution of about 9,000 students in Marquette. Join the staff for cake and conversation.

UW-Green Bay offers popular Grandparents’ University® for summer 2015

Grandparents and their grandchildren between the ages of 7 and 14 can share their love of learning at the two-day Grandparents’ University summer camp at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

At one of 13 Grandparents’ Universities in the country, UW-Green Bay participants will enjoy the camaraderie of other families, quality time with grandchildren and learning together. Many families make this event their annual reunion for the young cousins each year.

Grandparents’ University takes places Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10, offering a unique opportunity for grandparents and their grandchildren to explore together topics of interest and enjoy summer activities on the scenic bayshore campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Grandparents’ University offers 17 courses from which to choose. For more detailed course descriptions, please see the camps website at www.uwgb.edu/camps/gpu/html/program_majors.asp.

Class selections and their instructors include:

Animals on the Wild Side, In Nature and the Museum — Instructor: Thomas Erdman, Curator, Richter Museum of Natural History, Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

(Full) Nutritional Science — Instructor: Debra Pearson, associate professor, Human Biology

(Full) Memory-Making Clay Designs — Instructor: Dean Hoegger, artist/teacher

You’re the Artist: Learn How to Draw Cartoon Characters! — Instructor: Addie Sorbo, lecturer, artist, teacher

Artist Books: Visual Journeys — Instructor: Chris Style, professor, Art and Design

Four Hand Piano — Instructor: Michael Rector, assistant professor, Music

Letterboxing — Instructor: Illene Cupit, professor, Human Development

Geology — Instructor: John Luczaj, associate professor, Natural and Applied Sciences

Meteorology — Instructor: Steve Meyer, associate professor, Natural and Applied Sciences

Hands-on Rocketry — Brian Ewenson

Fitness and Health on Purpose — Jane Birr, associate lecturer, Physical Education


Aquatic Ecology — Patrick Forsythe, assistant professor, Natural and Applied Sciences

Heirloom Gardens — Vicki Medland, associate lecturer, Environmental Science and Policy; Associate Director, Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

Game Theory — Bryan Carr, assistant professor, Information and Computing Science

How To Be Smart With Money — Ryan Kauth, Director, Small Business Development Center

There’s An App For That: Using Mobile Apps to Connect, Learn and Have Fun — Nathan Kraftcheck, instructional technologist

Improvisation and Theatre — Laura Riddle, professor, Theatre and Dance

Registration for Grandparents’ University continues through July 1 on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants will meet at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 9, and the program ends at 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 10, following a graduation ceremony.

The fee for Grandparents’ University is $195 per adult and child pair. The fee includes instruction, activities, a cookout meal on Thursday night, parking, and a t-shirt. Each additional adult is $125 and each additional child is $75.

Grandparents’ University attendees may commute or choose to stay in UW-Green Bay student suite apartments for an additional fee.

Information and registration are available online at www.uwgb.edu/camps/gpu/index.asp. Information also is available by calling (920) 465-2775. Email: summercamps@uwgb.edu.

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