Emily Miller and Mackenzie Ringer take first place in the UW-Green Bay Liberal Arts Essay Contest

Twenty-five students submitted essays and two students claimed the top prizes and a scholarship for the annual Liberal Arts Scholarship Essay contest. The Selection Committee was composed of Rebecca Abler, Vicki Medland, Chris Williams and Xan Bozzo. The essays will be published in the Sheepshead Review.

The first-year award went to Emily Miller (Psychology/Spanish). The committee had this to say about the essay:

“Miller’s essay was particularly strong to the committee as she was able to weave a broad understanding of the liberal arts, starting with the Yale Report of 1828, into her own personal experiences at UW-Green Bay. Her reflection as a reluctant gen-ed student who learned to appreciate how the liberal arts was enhancing her education and goals was particularly impressive. The quote, “In macroeconomics, I learned psychology; after all, the basis of economics is the human behavior which drives us to make purchases” was one that stood out.”

The second award, presented to a second- through fourth-year student, went to sophomore Mackenzie Ringer (History). The Committee wrote this:

“Ringer’s essay deftly makes the case for a liberal arts education as crucial to preparation of society for fluid, ever-changing circumstances. It analyzes the criticisms of liberal arts education and refutes those criticisms, making the case that while job and career trends can rise and fall, liberal arts provides the fundamental background needed to respond to a dynamic world. She includes the quick response of universities, specifically UW-Green Bay, to the COVID-19 pandemic as an illustrative example of how those with liberal arts values can respond quickly to changes.  Ringer acknowledges the challenges inherent in the rising cost of a college education and makes the case for addressing those in order to continue to provide equitable education for all.”


Here’s what your anger is telling you — and how you can talk back with Prof. Martin

The last time you got peeved, ticked or just plain enraged, did you stop and listen to what your mind was telling you? Ryan Martin, psychology professor at UW-Green Bay, has spent his career doing just that. Turns out, the thoughts that we have in response to the first flare of anger are what can send us over the edge—or help us harness the emotion for good, Martin says.

Despite the trouble that it can cause, anger is not actually bad for us. From an evolutionary perspective, it plays an important role in our survival, Martin says: “It helps alert us to the fact that we’ve been wronged.” When your heart starts to pound and your face gets hot, that’s anger increasing your blood flow in preparation for a showdown. “It’s our fight or flight response, kicking in to energize us to confront injustice,” he explains.

Source: Here’s what your anger is telling you — and how you can talk back | IDEAS.TED.COM

Prof. Wilson-Doenges’ (Psychology) class ‘The Power of Nature’ to be replayed on Earth Day

UW-Green Bay Prof. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges (Psychology) taught a 30-minutes class titled, “The Power of Nature” as part of the free or for-credit Punching through Pandemics course offered through Oregon State University to 3,260 students worldwide (co-lead by former UWGB Psychology Prof. Regan Gurung).  The virtual presentation will be replayed as part of UWGB’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22.


UW-Green Bay names Kathleen Burns interim provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs

Green Bay, Wis.—University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor-elect Michael Alexander announced today (April 13, 2020) the appointment of Associate Dean Kathleen (Kate) Burns as the interim provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. Burns will fill the role being vacated when Alexander assumes the role of UW-Green Bay’s chancellor on May 1.

Interim Provost Kathleen Burns

“Kate is a strong, equity-minded leader who will help us continue to advance our academic goals in the coming year,” Alexander said. “In addition to possessing terrific research and teaching credentials, Kate’s dedication to students, support of faculty and staff and skills as an administrator make her perfectly suited to advance our mission as an access University poised to serve our community through this difficult time.”

The provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs is the University’s second highest administrative officer and senior academic officer. The provost oversees programming and leadership of the four academic colleges; the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts; the Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement; the provost consults with the chancellor on all aspects of the University and speaks for the University in the chancellor’s absence.

“UW-Green Bay’s greatest strength is in its people: students, staff and faculty,” Burns said. “I am so excited by this opportunity to collaborate with all of the highly talented people here at our University and its vibrant community. Students are our top priority. It has been heartening to witness the compassionate and creative ways that faculty and staff are supporting students during this challenging time.”

Burns currently serves as the associate dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, providing analytical, budgeting and faculty and curriculum development support and leadership for the University’s largest academic unit. Burns brings a strong track record and commitment to student success, diversity and inclusion and shared governance to her new role. A leader on campus and in the community, Burns has led faculty involvement in student orientation, chaired a working group for the Chancellor’s Council on Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, directed the Diversity Scholars Program and served on the board of directors for the Brown County United Way and Encompass Childcare. She is actively sought after by students as a mentor and role model.

Burns came to UW-Green Bay in 2006. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grinnell College and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts. Her primary field is Psychology with research focused on stereotypes, emotion and self-regulation.

Burns’ appointment will extend to June 30, 2021 or until the University completes a full search for the permanent position.

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 more than 8,700 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, D-I athletics, 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.


Wello releases a webinar ‘Connecting for Well-Being with Wello’ featuring former UW-Green Bay Prof. Regan Gurung

Wello, a local nonprofit focused on improving health and well-being in Brown County, released today, an episode of our webinar seriesConnecting for Well-Being with Wello” featuring former UW-Green Bay Prof. Regan Gurung discussing how to use psychological science to cope with the stress of the current times including an upcoming, free series he is leading.

Former UW-Green Bay Prof. Regan Gurung announces free course on the Psychology of Coping

Former UW-Green Bay Prof. Regan Gurung (Psychology, Human Development) wants the UW-Green Bay community to know about a free course. “In uncertain times like these, it’s normal to feel anxiety, stress, loneliness, and other feelings of isolation. Stress effects can be invisible and damaging even if we are not consciously aware of them. We are all concerned for the health and well-being of our families, friends, and the world.”

Experts in psychology will help you handle these feelings and learn ways to cope and communicate in “Punch through Pandemics with Psychological Science.”  Find out more and enroll.