Financial management course among November options from SBDC at UW-Green Bay

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-Green Bay will present two November workshops as part of its ongoing Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program series.

The month’s first workshop, “Hiring Wisely,” will be presented from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the Advance Business and Manufacturing Center in Green Bay. Instructor Jana Stadtmueller, a human resources consultant for small-and mid-sized businesses in Northeastern Wisconsin, will teach attendees a process with tools and techniques for selecting strong, reliable candidates. Other topics for the day will include recruiting trends, leveraging social media in one’s search for talent and improving compliance with employment laws.

The second November workshop, “Financial Management for Non-Financial Managers,” will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, also at the Advance Business and Manufacturing Center. This seminar will teach attendees about basic financial management skills every businessperson should know. Topics will include the three major financial statements, sources and uses of cash, cash budgeting, breakeven analysis and an introduction to financial ratios. Using real-life examples and exercises, participants will learn simple and necessary skills they can apply immediately to their workplace.

The Nov. 20 workshop will be led by instructor Greg Gauthier, an expert with more than 25 years of senior management experience in large, publicly traded and small, privately held companies. He was a small business owner for nearly 10 years and has particular strengths in operations management and information systems, cash flow and profitability, and business turnaround. Gauthier’s session is well suited for anyone who is new to financial concepts and techniques, and to any manager or executive who wishes to update his or her knowledge of basic finance and accounting. It is particularly applicable to individuals whose backgrounds are in creative, scientific or technical fields.

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.

All Supervisory Leadership programs are held at the Advance Business and Manufacturing Center, 2701 Larsen Road, Green Bay. All two-day elective courses are $425 per person and all one-day courses are $200, with group discounts available. Workshops meet from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on the scheduled dates. Visit the SBDC website to register 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.


Clif Ganyard to present ‘Japan: A Cultural Perspective’ in dinner lecture

The UW-Green Bay Outreach dinner lecture series resumes with a timely bit of programming: an evening featuring the soon-to-be-recipient of the UW System’s top teaching award. Historian Clifton Ganyard, an associate professor of Humanistic Studies, will present “Japan: A Cultural Perspective” Wednesday, June 4, in the Union’s Phoenix Room. The event includes social time, dinner and program, all between 6 and 8 p.m. There are details online.

Spots remain for Sept. 26 Dinner Lecture event featuring culture, cuisine of Russia

Registration remains open for the latest installment in the UW-Green Bay Dinner Lecture series, featuring the culture and cuisine of modern Russia.

“Russia Today,” featuring UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Katia Levintova, will take place Thursday, Sept. 26 in the Phoenix Room of the UW-Green Bay University Union. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a gathering and cash bar; and the dinner and presentation will run from 6:30-8 p.m.

A native of Moscow, Levintova is an associate professor and adviser in Public and Environmental Affairs and chair of Political Science and Global Studies at UW-Green Bay. Her talk will focus on numerous aspects of Russia’s diversity, from climates, landscapes and cultures to traditions, history, language, customs and more.

“People might kind of assume this very stoic, very stone-faced image of Russia,” Levintova said. “But you know, Russians are known for their hospitality. … I think people realize how large Russia is, but just learning the hidden diversity — I’ll talk about different ethnic groups, their customs and dancing and costumes. The folk art — again, people just kind of have one image, of the nesting dolls, when they think about Russian folk art. But there’s so much more to it.”

One of Levintova’s areas of scholarship is post-communist society, and she often conducts research in Russia while visiting family during the summer. With Russia in the news frequently as of late, she anticipates there may be some questions concerning the country’s politics.

“One of the contrasts is, it’s such a modern country,” Levintova said, “but politics is sometimes — there is a lot of nostalgia for the Soviet Union in contemporary Russian politics, there’s all these debates about Stalinism, what was good, what was bad. So definitely, I think we can talk about politics in this contrastive way, as well.”

Levintova also helped shape the menu for the evening, which includes a Russian Potato Salad (one of her personal favorites), a hearty Borsch soup, beef stroganoff, stuffed cabbage roll, noodles with field mushrooms and dessert. Russia’s famous hospitality is showcased, in part, in its cuisine, she said.

Cost for the Dinner Lecture Series event is $29 per person, with registration available online. Participants also can register via U.S. Mail (send to Camps and Conferences – Office of Outreach, UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311). For questions or additional information, call (920) 465-2775 (local), (800) 621-2313 or email.


When in Rome: Dinner Lecture event features food, details of ancient feast

When one thinks of Italian cooking, pasta and sauce are among the first things that come to mind. But when some 150 guests sat down to a Roman feast Tuesday (June 11) at the University Union, there was no marinara on the menu. Continue reading “When in Rome: Dinner Lecture event features food, details of ancient feast”

When in Rome: Dinner Lecture event to feature Aldrete, traditional cuisine

Award-winning Prof. Greg Aldrete will headline a Roman Feast Dinner Lecture Series event June 11, taking audiences back in time with a traditional Roman banquet. But before your thoughts turn to spaghetti marinara, remember this is an authentic meal the way it once was — and tomatoes (not to mention potatoes, corn, chocolate, certain fruits and peanuts) are not on the menu. You’ll learn why during the event, which begins with a gathering and cash bar at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and presentation from 6:30-8 p.m. Attendees will learn what the Romans would have eaten, seen, heard and done at such a feast, and sample many traditional foods for themselves. The menu includes a variety of appetizers; soup with onion; carrots with herbs and a touch of honey; apple-stuffed pork loin with apple cider cream sauce; a mystery egg/vegetable dish; and honey custard for dessert. Beverages included; cost is $24 per person. The event will be held in the Union’s Phoenix Room — and yes, togas and sandals are welcome. More info.

UW-Green Bay’s Arendt to lead Dinner Lecture Series event on contrasts of Mexico

The director of UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business will be the featured speaker for “Mexico: The Land of Contrasts,” the latest UW-Green Bay Dinner Lecture Series event, Tuesday, April 2.

Associate Professor of Management Lucy Arendt has traveled to Mexico numerous times, and leads a travel abroad course to Cuernavaca, Mexico each January. She will explore the country’s history, culture and contrasts during her address, and guests will enjoy a variety of authentic Mexican dishes, from entrée to dessert.

“What do you think of when you think of Mexico?” Arendt said, outlining the basis for her talk. “Do you think of beautiful tourist destinations, like Cancun or the Riviera Maya? Or, do you think of the violence associated with the drug trade? Did you know that the world’s wealthiest man, Carlos Slim Helu, is from Mexico? Or that nearly half the Mexican population lives in poverty? And, that despite the high number of Mexicans living in poverty, Mexico ranks in the top 12 percent of the world’s happiest countries?”

Arendt will explore these issues and more during the Dinner Lecture Series event, the latest offering in the series since UW-Green Bay’s Division of Outreach and Adult Access revived it in 2011. Her address will include photos and stories describing Mexico, its people and their values. Mexico is the United States’ third-largest trading partner, and it is advantageous for Americans to know as much as possible about our neighbor to the south, Arendt said. Mexicans comprise the largest population of immigrants in the U.S., and we see their influence everywhere in our communities — including in schools, business and religious institutions.

The menu for the April 2 event includes enchiladas verdes de pollo (a blend of chicken, tomatillos and shredded cheddar cheese rolled in a corn tortilla); chicken posole (a classic comfort food consisting of a hearty chicken and hominy soup topped with lettuce, onions, cilantro and lime wedges); arroz a la Mexicana (a dish made of rice, onion, garlic, tomato and peas blended together and topped with roasted jalapenos); frijoles negros (traditional black beans simmered in a pot with chili, cumin, cinnamon and other spices, and tossed with roasted red peppers); agua de Jamaica, coffee and ice water; and for dessert, sopapillas with cinnamon sugar and caramel drizzle.

The Dinner Lecture series event begins with a gathering and cash bar at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Phoenix Room of the University Union at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. The dinner and presentation is scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m. The cost to attend the event is $24 per person, with registration available online, or mail to Camps and Conferences — Office of Outreach, UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI, 54311. For questions or additional information, call (920) 465-2775 (local), (800) 621-2313 or email. Registration deadline is Friday, March 29.


Registration ongoing for Arts Enrichment for Adults summer program

Arts Enrichments for Adults, a noncredit program offered at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, is designed to help adults capture their creative side. A wide array of classes will be offered from 6-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 30 – Aug. 2, on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Students can choose one class from the following course options:

Relief Woodcarving: Yes You Can!
Relief carving is like painting a picture with shadows. Discover this art form by creating a relief carving to celebrate Halloween, Christmas or the 4th of July. No previous wood carving experience is necessary. You will be amazed with the results and have fun while learning to carve.

Instructor: Cheryl Hackett is a recent retiree from both the U.S. Army and from teaching K-12 Art. She began her artistic career as an illustrator for the Army and has 24 years of experience as an art teacher. She currently teaches woodcarving through Northeast Wisconsin Technical College at Kewaunee High School. Hackett also is a partner in a vegetable and craft business, Farm Near the Falls, and sells her creations at farmers’ markets and craft shows. She looks forward to sharing her passion and 35 years of carving experience with her students. Materials Fee: $10 per student

Acrylic Painting for Everyone
This acrylic painting class is for everyone! All levels are welcomed into Jason Keller’s creative world, from beginners to experienced painters, realists and those who would like to experiment with abstraction. Beginning with the basics, you will learn about composition, color mixing, applying paint to the surface and various studio practices. Keller will introduce you to the work of highly respected artists while encouraging you to explore your own subject matter and style. Bring in ideas and images to use as references for the paintings you will create.

Instructor: Jason Keller graduated from UW-Green Bay in 2012 where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education with an emphasis in painting. For the past three years, Keller has had the pleasure of working as a ceramics class assistant during the University’s Summer Art Studio for middle and high school students. Keller’s work has been exhibited in both the 407 and Lawton galleries at UW-Green Bay, as well as the Rahr West Museum in Manitowoc. His work has received best in show and best painting awards at the Rahr West exhibit and was purchased for the UW-Green Bay Campus Art Collection. Materials Fee: $25

Sew What!!!
Learn a new skill or dust off your sewing skills lost in time! “Sew What” offers the supplies and tools necessary to stitch up your choice of many fun and practical projects. Think about creating a one-of-a-kind gift for friends, grandkids and yourself! Choose from options like little quilt fridge frame, draw-string backpack, a travel-size pillow and case, pillowcase to fit any size pillow, mini quilt and flannel infant blanket. Create one! Create many! Conversation with each participant prior to class will ensure projects perfect for your individual sewing level. Conversation and fun included. Newbies welcome.

Instructor: A Wisconsin native, quilt maker Janna Zimmerman grew up among a family of seamstresses, offering an easy path to her love of all things fabric! As an accomplished quilter, Zimmerman combines traditional quilt patterns and techniques with bright, vibrant colors to create a more contemporary, graphic style quilt perfect for today’s living and working spaces. Her quilted works are inspired by life around her, often designed so creations can be enjoyed in daily life. Teaching and pattern design keep her busy in her Green Bay studio, appropriately named WE QUILT! Materials Fee: $25

Ceramics: Wheel Throwing and Hand-building for Raku Firing
Some say it is their road to creativity. Others say it is their path to relaxation. Whatever your reason, professional potter and teacher, Dean Hoegger will guide you on your journey. Learn to touch the clay and shape it in ways that will satisfy both the novice and experienced potter. Techniques in wheel throwing and hand-building will be presented and used to create decorative vessels that will be fired by participants using the raku method. Glaze, fire and smoke will be used to create unique and dramatic glaze affects.

Instructor: Dean Hoegger studied ceramics and education at UWGB in the late 70’s and has been making pots and teaching ever since. He has taught weekly adult classes at The Barnsite Art Studio in Kewaunee, Clay on Steele in Algoma, and at his studio in Sturgeon Bay. He currently exhibits at The Flying Pig in Algoma and the Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor. Materials Fee: $25

Anyone Can Draw!!!
Students will learn how to draw using a grid method. Students will practice creating a composition, experimenting with contour drawing and a variety of ways of creating a life-like, three-dimensional effect as they experiment with various ways of shading. When you complete this exciting and enjoyable drawing class you will have your very own masterpiece to take with you! Instructor Sara Tlachac will help attendees “learn to see” through a variety of exercises — and they’ll have lots of fun along the way.

Instructor: Sara Tlachac has been an artist and educator in Green Bay for the past 12 years. She has worked with a variety of students from first grade to adults and has had a blast doing everything from wildlife illustration to messing with pastels and figure drawing from life. “I always come back to my love of drawing in black and white,” Tlachac says. “The drawing process really excites me.” In her own work Tlachac focuses on the human form, creating plaster figures and paintings. Her work can be found in Door and Brown counties. If you have ever thought about trying to draw that special photo, or just haven’t drawn in years, this incredible instructor will help you work the kinks out of your fingers and get those drawings going again. No experience necessary! Materials Fee: $25

Book-Making: Uniquely Yours
In this course you will learn how to create your own book. The covers and pages will be created to feel just right as you hold them. Create a book of any size you like, with your choice of color and texture. Your book will be your book, as creative as you want it to be, to be used for whatever purpose.

Instructor: Kathy Hackbarth has been an art teacher in Green Bay for many years. Fifteen years ago, she started a small company, “Books That Bind.” She has been creating handmade books and journals ever since. Kathy teaches in several studios around Wisconsin and has offered her expertise for the UW-Green Bay Summer Art Studio, an art camp for the state’s middle and high school students.

Watercolor Inspirations
Watercolor Inspirations is a workshop designed for beginners and advanced students alike. This watercolor workshop will give you the encouragement you need to become a skilled and confident watercolor painter. Students will learn about the importance of using good tools, materials and supplies along with their proper care. Techniques such as color mixing and paint control will be taught along with how to enlarge sketches and masking out white areas and other technical skills. Creating dominance with hue, value and color intensity are the keys to understanding the beauty of watercolor painting. Workshop atmosphere will be fun and friendly with emphasis on your being proud of your final results. Paper and paint will be provided and other supplies will be shared.

Instructor: Jennifer Boudreau started her career as a grades K-8 art teacher in the Wisconsin Rapids Public School District. Emphasizing culture and art history were main themes in the annual art shows. During her summers, she taught introduction courses in watercolor and ceramics. When teaching adults, Boudreau believes it is important to find one’s true self and inner child creativity. Setting aside time for imagining is an essential part of higher-level learning. Boudreau lives with her family in De Pere. Materials Fee: $15

Beading Workshop
More than beads and wire, you will learn how to creatively design your own beaded art pieces. Whether you are a novice or experienced beader, glean from this experienced artist and instructor as you create your own incredible pieces of wearable art. Beading Kits include a wrapped bracelet, a wire-wrapped collage pendant, and a suede/vintaj pendant, all at an extra materials cost.

Instructor: Shelli Peters is an artist, crafter and entrepreneur. She and a friend own “Mother Bead,” a unique and charming shop that provides anything a beading heart could desire. Like many other artists and crafters, she has always made things with her hands. Being involved in the arts has been “the fun part” of her life, whether it was chairing Artfest in Minot, N.D., or in participating in art shows across the country. Prior to launching a career as an artist, Peters was a Registered Nurse working and teaching in several health care facilities across the U.S. This innovative jewelry artist’s work is featured in the Winter 2012 issue of La Bella Magazine in an article titled “Treasures of Time.”

The Arts Enrichment for Adults class fee of $129 covers instruction. Some classes requiring special materials also have a lab fee. Students choose one course that they will focus on during the four-day week.

Sandra Shackelford is the Arts Enrichment Coordinator for the program. Shackelford is a documentary artist whose work is in collections throughout the U.S. She earned a degree from UW-Green Bay and studied at UW-Milwaukee. Shackelford works with K-12 students at Aldo Leopold School and creates art programs for youth through the Howe Neighborhood Family Resource Center, both in Green Bay. She is the co-director for UWGB’s longstanding Summer Art Studio Camps. In addition, she is the founding director of the mosaic art project, “The Memorial Wall of Hope and Healing.”

More information and registration is available online at The telephone numbers for information are (920) 465-2775 or (800) 621-2313.


Registration remains open for Spanish Immersion for Professionals summer course

Necesita usted aprender Español?

Do you need to learn Spanish? The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Spanish Immersion for Professionals program can help.

Scheduled for Monday through Friday, Aug. 6-10, at UW-Green Bay, the program will provide an intensive language-learning experience for all levels of Spanish language learners. Registration is due by Monday, July 23.

The Spanish Immersion for Professionals program is designed for professionals such as customer service representatives, call center employees, hospitality workers, social workers, bankers, teachers and health care workers. Along with instruction in language and grammar, courses tailored to health care, education, business, law and leisure/travel will be offered. A substantial online resource component will be part of this program. Students will learn in UW-Green Bay’s high-tech classrooms and will enjoy meals in the University Union facilities.

Students will participate in language classes by skill level. Some English will be spoken in beginner classes. Intermediate and advanced class instruction will be entirely in Spanish. An online pretest will determine a student’s skill level.

Each class day will end with a session on culture and current affairs in the Spanish-speaking world. In late afternoon and evening, participants can choose to join conversation tables hosted by native Spanish speakers, and practice with each other over dinner.

Fees for the program are $400 for noncredit instruction; $659 for two undergraduate credits in Spanish; or $995 for two graduate credits in Education. The fees for all three include beverage breaks and lunch each day.

For out-of-town participants, an array of hotel venues are available in close proximity to campus. (See the program’s website for more details.) Participants also may choose to live on campus in contemporary University Housing apartment suites, with up to three other roommates. This allows participants to continue the language practice experience in the University housing setting.

Information and registration are available online at, or by calling (920) 465-2775 or (800) 621-2313. On campus information will be made available in registration materials.


UW-Green Bay Total Guitarist Summer Camp still accepting registrations

Students entering grades 8 through 12 in fall 2012 will explore musical styles including rock, jazz, classical and Latin at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Total Guitarist Camp Sunday July 29-Thursday, Aug. 2, on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Students of bass, acoustic and electric guitar with at least one year of experience are encouraged to attend. They will study with lead teachers and guest artists who are professional musicians. A limited number of set drummers will be admitted.

The camp director is Michael Tahlier, a Berklee College of Music graduate. Studying under acclaimed musicians Hal Crook, Ed Tomassi and Jon Damian, to name a few, Tahlier has learned a wide range of teaching styles. Aside from teaching, Tahlier is an active performing artist playing lead guitar for the Tim Stopulos Trio, which released its third album in late 2010. The group has traveled throughout the Midwest playing shows off their newest album, “The Long Drive Home.”  Currently living in Chicago, Tahlier works for the American Music Institute as the Guitar Studies Program Director and a private studio teacher. He attended UW-Green Bay’s Guitar Camp as a teen.

Guest instructors for this camp include:
• Augie Barnhart, guitar instructor (Milwaukee)
• Chris Clemente, bass instructor (Chicago)
• Dennis Panneck, guitar instructor (Green Bay)
• Luke Polipnick, guitar instructor (Minnesota)
• Rich Stitzel, percussion (Chicago)
• Mike Pinto, guitar instructor (Chicago)

Total Guitarist students can attend the camp as commuters or as residents living in University student housing.

Residents will check in on Sunday, July 29, and have dinner and evening activities on campus. The camp gets under way for all campers with auditions and an all-camp meeting Sunday afternoon following auditions.

Daily sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Students will end the camp by performing in a final public concert at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, in UW-Green Bay’s University Theatre. A faculty/staff concert is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1 in the University Theatre.

The camp fee is $259 for commuters and $495 for housing students. In addition to instruction, the resident fee includes room and board, a t-shirt, counselor supervision and transportation to evening activities.

Camp information and registration are available online at Information also is available by telephone at (920) 465-2775 or (800) 621-2313.


Spots remain open for UW-Green Bay, Bellin College “Life’s a Lab Reality Science Camp”

Students entering grades 10 through 12 in fall 2012 can enroll now for the Life’s a Lab Reality Science Camp, Sunday July 29-Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

The camp is a partnership between UW-Green Bay’s Summer Camp program, in the Office of Outreach and Adult Access, and Bellin College. For students interested in health careers such as physical therapy, sports medicine, radiology, emergency medical and research, this camp will offer lab experiences in the mornings and tours of professional clinics and other medical facilities in the afternoons.

Camp Director and Assistant Prof. Amanda Nelson and class instructors from UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology department will provide instruction in UW-Green Bay labs for part of the day, while instructors from Bellin College team will coordinate tours and facility visits in the afternoons. See the camp website for faculty and staff updates:

Students can attend as commuters or as residents living in UW-Green Bay student housing. The camp fee is $249 for commuters. Resident students will pay $439, which includes instruction, room and board, counselor supervision and transportation to evening activities.

Camp information and registration are available online at Information also is available by telephone at (920) 465-2775 or (800) 621-2313.