UW-Green Bay mourns the passing of retired professor, Peter Smith, who passed away on Oct. 13, 2020. His teaching career started at Louisiana State University as an assistant professor of Marketing and he retired from UW-Green Bay as an associate professor of Marketing. He inspired many through his lectures, clever anecdotes, mentoring, and scholarly contributions.
“Peter died a loved, brilliant man with conviction, integrity, and honor. A gentleman in every sense of the word. He had a heart of gold that few had the privilege of seeing. Many would describe him as charming, entertaining, witty with a fantastic sense of humor, that could make anyone smile,” according to his obituary.
A small, private memorial service will be held in Green Bay before Peter goes home to West Lafayette, Indiana. See his obituary, here.
The UW-Green Bay Retiree Association Board of Directors has decided to cancel this year’s golf outing and the Retiree Dinner in the fall. “We made this decision reluctantly but felt it was in the best interests of the health and safety of our members and others,” the announcement said.
A message from the retirees who gather monthly, “Although we cannot meet for the UW-Green Bay Retiree Breakfast in April, we can thank the Bay Family Restaurant, Green Bay, for hosting our monthly gatherings and show our appreciation by patronizing their curbside pickup, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.”
Prof. Emeritus Christine Style will be back on UW-Green Bay’s Campus on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Studio Arts Room 411 to give an Artist Talk on her Lawton Gallery exhibition. Style, who got her MFA in Printmaking from UW-Milwaukee, works primarily in printmaking and drawing, and pieces will be selected and curated for this exhibition by Annemarie Sawkins. At this talk, Style will be talking about her work on display in the exhibition “Christine Style Retrospective: A Passion for Prints and Drawings.”
Questions or concerns regarding the Lawton Gallery, as well as accommodation requests, can be directed to Curator of Art Emma Hitzman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at 7:30 p.m., the Weidner Center Philharmonic pairs a big-screen showing of “Casablanca” with live performance of the lush, Oscar-nominated score. The Retiree Association has arranged for a significant ticket discount for retirees and their guests and with it, a free, pre-concert reception at 6:30 p.m., highlighted by a retiree meet-and-greet with Provost Michael Alexander, the University’s new leader of academic affairs and an experienced music professional and symphonic conductor in his own right. Tickets are $45 for the Front Orchestra and $30 for the Orchestra Circle, fees included. Unfortunately, the discount cannot be applied to previously purchased tickets, only to additional tickets if you choose. To order, visit the Weidner Center’s “Casablanca” event page and click Promo Code Access. Enter the retiree code GOUWGB.
The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters announced on Jan. 14, 2020, the seven recipients of the 2020 Academy Fellows Award. Among them was UW-Green Bay Prof. Emeritus Hallet J. ‘Bud’ Harris (NAS), who has dedicated his career and life’s work to scientific solutions to Great Lakes issues.
“His research and advocacy laid the foundation for ecological restoration efforts that are among the most ambitious in the world,” according to his nominators. “His contributions to science and the people of Wisconsin hardly stopped in 1999, however. To this day, he is an effective leader in efforts to improve environmental quality and sustainable resource use in Wisconsin. His contributions range from front-line leadership in water quality issues to meaningful influence on discussions of climate change, environmental economics, and science education. His career as a scientist and leader is approaching 50 years, with no sign of retreat.”
Noteworthy is Harris’s significant publication record, but his major contributions to water science, according to colleagues, are manifest through well-documented influence on public policy. Outcomes of his work, chronicled prominently by reports, research documents, and on-the-ground actions, have led to precedent-setting investments in water quality abatements totaling more than a billion dollars and counting.
At UW-Green Bay, Harris taught undergraduate ecology and graduate courses in wetland ecology and ecosystem management. He and his students carried out research in coastal wetlands of Green Bay as part of the Wisconsin Sea Grant Green Bay Subprogram which he coordinated for eight years. Subsequently he served as “on site coordinator” of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) PCB Mass Balance Study. In that role, Harris laid the foundation for a PCB cleanup effort in the Fox River—said to be the largest fresh water clean-up in the world—resulting in the removal of 2.4 million tons of contaminated sediments. Harris also led consequential efforts to address nonpoint source pollution of sediments and nutrients, a second complex problem in the Fox River/Lower Green Bay ecosystem.
Serving on all three steering committees (Technical, Ad-hoc Science, and Outreach), he was instrumental in precipitating USEPA and Wisconsin DNR actions to develop total maximum daily load (TMDL) regulations for controlling runoff of phosphorous and suspended solids in the Lower Fox River Basin. During this process, he also obtained nearly $1 million in funding to engage high school students and teachers in a successful stream monitoring and education program in the Fox River Watershed. Among many other professional contributions, he currently serves as member and past chair for the Sea Grant Advisory Council, he is a member of the Science Advisory Board of the Wisconsin Initiative for Climate Change Impacts (WICCI), and he is a long-serving leader of the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance Advisory Board.
“The list of Dr. Harris’s leadership roles is truly remarkable, reflecting a passion for applying science to critical ecological and sociological challenges,” say his nominators. “He has contributed significantly to the peer-reviewed scientific literature and he has inspired and mentored hundreds of students. His most important legacy, however, will likely be the public policies and conservation actions that have happened because of his passionate commitment as an applied scientist and community leader.”
After receiving a bachelor of science from Coe College, he graduated with a master’s and Ph.D. from Iowa State University and joined UW–Green Bay in 1969, retiring in 1999. Harris presently serves in a science advisory capacity for four environmental organizations.
UW-Green Bay retirees and their guests gathered to celebrate the 20th Annual Retiree Association dinner on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, in the Phoenix Rooms, University Union. Festivities began with a social hour followed by dinner, business and featured speaker.
The speaker for the evening was Daniel Moore, the UW-Green Bay Videographer and Photographer. In addition to his work for the University, Moore is an award-winning landscape photographer focusing on images of our National Parks. Moore presented a selection of his photographs and share his thoughts about visiting the National Parks. His website can be found at http://www.NationalParksArtist.com.
The ninth annual UW-Green Bay Retirees Golf Outing was held August 15, 2019, at Shorewood Golf Course. It was a fun day for 35 attendees who enjoyed a gorgeous day, followed by a buffet lunch at the clubhouse. This annual fundraising event yielded more than $700 for the Retiree Association Scholarship Fund.
Click thumbnails to enter slideshow view or view the album on Flickr. – Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication
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