Alumnus Bina wins Crystal Pillar Emmy Award; his short film has UW-Green Bay tie

UW-Green Bay alumnus Joey Bina ’17, won a Crystal Pillar Emmy (NATAS Mid-America Regional Student Television Award) for his Graduate school (Loyola University Chicago) capstone project. Dairyland—a short film, featured the Weninger family—and their daughter, Sheila, a UW-Green Bay student. The film was shot in March—in a tight timeframe due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Dairyland chronicles the loss of daily farms in Wisconsin.

Bina was nominated for two (Dairyland and Perennial Pilot) this year. He received a master’s degree in Communication from Loyola University Chicago in May of 2020. He’s currently employed at The Prairie School in Racine, working as the videographer/photographer and teaching two courses—video production and film studies.

For the full list of winners, visit the National Academy website.

Photo courtesy of Loyola University Chicago.

UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus Fine Arts Gallery presents The Sheboygan Files & Assorted Mysteries

The UW-Green Bay Sheboygan Campus Fine Arts Gallery will present a new photographic exhibition titled “The Sheboygan Files & Assorted Mysteries” from Dec. 6, 2019 to Feb. 14, 2020. The exhibition will feature photos by Lennart Larsen. It is free and open to the public during gallery hours, that being Mondays to Fridays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The closing reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information about the show or the UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus Fine Arts Gallery, please contact Gallery Director Dan Smith at

Bay College announces opening reception for art exhibition featuring UW-Green Bay alumna Terri Warpinski

Bay College announces the exhibition of UW-Green Bay alumna Terri Warpinski’s ’79 (Humantities) “Surface Tension,” which studies landscape as a trace of socio-cultural interaction in three geographical locations around the world. The exhibition runs from Sept. 3 to Sept. 18, 2019. Artist reception is 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 at the Besse Gallery. See more about Warpinski and the exhibit.

Office of International Education photo contest winners

UW-Green Bay’s Office of International Education has announced the winners in each category for its annual Study Abroad Photo Contest:

People and Culture

Libbie Gerondale | Bailarines | Cuernavaca, Mexico

Buildings and Monuments (tie)

Hayden Boson | Chateau de Chenonceau | Chenonceaux, France

Jesse Rehn | Mont Saint Michel | Mont Saint Michel, France

Scenery and Landscapes

Jesse Rehn | Les Deux Alpes | Venosc, France

Animals and Wildlife

Allison Loderbauer | Original Grumpy Cat | Córdoba, Spain

International Food

Allison Loderbauer | Egg Waffle Delight | Bilbao, Spain


Jesse Rehn | On Top of the World | Salzburg, Austria

National Geographic Live – Beauty and the Bizarre to come to Weidner Center on Wednesday, Oct. 24

Come see the world up close at the National Geographic Live — Beauty and the Bizarre on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Biologist turned photographer Anand Varma will share dramatic, bizarre and beautiful images that reveal the secret world of the miniature life around us. Purchase tickets

Faculty note: UW-Green Bay’s Jason Hogue to serve as juror for art contest

The Miler Art Museum is in search of artists to submit their work for consideration in an upcoming exhibition. Artists are selected by jurors, one of which is photographer Jason Hogue ’11, a UW-Green Bay alumnus and instructor. Winners will receive cash awards. For more information on rules and registration, refer to the Door County Pulse.

Peace Cranes in Library Commons

Japanese legend and message of peace inspires UW-Green Bay student artist

Sunshine TourtillottAre you familiar with the Japanese legend of a thousand origami cranes?

The story became popular through a girl named Sadako Sasaki, who was only two years old when she became exposed to radiation due to the atomic bombing in Hiroshima during World War II. She developed leukemia at the age of 12, and began folding origami cranes while hospitalized, in hopes of making a thousand. According to the Japanese legend, anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes gets their wish granted by the gods. Sasaki was hoping for recovery.

UW-Green Bay junior Sunshine Tourtillott (Art Management & Photography) was inspired by the Japanese legend, and decided to make a 1000-piece origami crane installation.

The Oconto Falls native taught herself Origami, or the art of folding paper. Tourtillott started working on the art piece during 2018 spring semester and finished it a month after the semester was over.

“I wanted to make something hands-on, no technology. Something that would take longer than a week to make,” she says. Tourtillott purchased colored paper, some beads to put at the end of the strings so that the cranes wouldn’t fall off the strings and saved junk mail to use as paper.

“About 300 of the cranes are made of recycled paper, like Domino’s coupons,” she explains, “I was throwing away junk mail and thought, ‘wait a minute, I could use this for the cranes.’”

Originally, Tourtillott wanted to place her art piece for people to admire in the Lawton gallery in Studio Arts building. But Associate Professor Sarah Detweiler (Art) thought the piece deserved to be seen by as many as possible, and she encouraged Tourtillott to contact the personnel at the Cofrin Library. After receiving permission to hang her installation in the library, Tourtillott decided that the best place for it would be the entrance to Library Commons.

“The Cofrin Library staff loves the opportunity to showcase student art, and the Library Commons is the perfect new space to do just that,” says Assistant Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and the Cofrin Library, Paula Ganyard. “You will find student art adorning the walls throughout the library. Over the years was have added to our permanent collection and have enjoyed temporary installations like the 1000 Peace Cranes, the seven-foot cardboard monkey, the art bombs, or the larger-than-life jewelry. The Cofrin Library is a place to stimulate the intellect through more than just the books on the shelves.”

The one thousand colorful origami cranes will remain in the Library Commons until September 5, 2018.

In case you are wondering what happened to Sasaki… A popular version of the story states that she was only able to fold 644 paper cranes before she passed away. Years later, a monument was built in her honor, now known as the Children’s Peace Monument. It represents a child’s hope for world peace. Every year on August 6, children from all over the world send folded paper cranes to Sadako’s statue to keep this hope alive.

Feature story by Marketing and University Communication student employee, Roosa Turunen ’20 Business Administration.

Photos by Dan Moore, UW-Green Bay.

Walk-in portrait hour – 9-10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5

Need a new portrait for your departmental website or professional profile? UW-Green Bay Marketing and University Communication will host an open studio in Cofrin Library 820 from 9 to 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 5. No individual appointments are needed.

During this designated walk-in photo hour, subjects are asked to arrive at anytime and line up to wait their turn. Studio portraits only take a minute per person, so the wait won’t be long. If a larger group (more than five) needs portraits, please complete the project request form to schedule a separate shoot.

To keep the volume of work manageable and ensure everyone who needs a portrait gets one, the general policy is to offer head shots on an annual basis. Portrait services are intended for new employees and for those who haven’t had their photo taken in the last year.