UW-Green Bay student McKenzie Rasmussen says online learning transition was ‘far smoother’ than she expected

Although UW-Green Bay is intending to be open in fall and welcoming faculty, staff and students back on campus, some classes originally scheduled for in-person instruction will be moving online or having online aspects to them for the safety of the UW-Green Bay community. Current UW-Green Bay students who transitioned to online learning in Spring 2020 demonstrated that they are resilient problem-solvers and describe their experiences while providing some advice to future students…

McKenzie Rasmussen is a senior double majoring in Spanish and Latin American Studies and Communication.

McKenzie Rasmussen

“My experience transitioning to online learning during the Spring semester was far smoother than I was expecting. My professors worked tirelessly to adapt their schedules and courses to the online learning environment, and were incredibly helpful with the entire process. It was also a great way for me to learn how to use different technologies and platforms. Online classes are also a great way to form new learning habits and expand the ways in which you learn.”

Spanish students and faculty are serving as ‘over the phone interpreters’ in Brown County

After the sharp increase of COVID-19 cases in Green Bay linked to food plants, and given the number of Spanish-speakers employed in those plants, some UW-Green Bay Spanish students and faculty from the Spanish Translation Certificate program have joined forces with other bilingual members of the community to serve as “over-the-phone interpreters” and assist Brown County Health & Human Services and the Public Health Division in their efforts to trace potential contacts in our community.

We are in this together/Todos estamos juntos en esto.

Photos: ‘Las Cafeteras: Sounds of Resistance!’

UW-Green Bay welcomed music group Las Cafeteras on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 in Phoenix Room C for a workshop titled “Sounds of Resistance!” The event was co-sponsored by UW-Green Bay Spanish, MESA, Organizacion Latino Americano, Women of Color organization and the Office of Student Life.

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Kwanzaa Celebration 2019

Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communications

1735 dictionary of Spanish and Nahuatl languages

‘Cultures of Spain’ class digs deep in documents donated by alumnus Cruz-Uribe

UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research recently hosted the class, “Cultures of Spain” taught by Spanish Prof. Cristina Ortiz. The students broadened their perspectives, studying a collection of materials donated by alumnus, Benjamin Cruz-Uribe ’73 ’79 (Ecosystems Analysis and Master of Environmental Arts & Sciences). The unique documents had been handed down through generations of his family and Cruz-Uribe donated the items to the Archives so they could be preserved and studied by researchers.

UW-Green Bay Spanish Language students transcribing archives
Spanish students transcribing archives

The class was studying about new Spain and the colonial era and visited the Archives on the seventh floor of the Cofrin Library to study the original materials dating from the 1700s. The collection contains a 1735 dictionary of Spanish and Nahuatl languages; a 1746 North America history book; and a 1768 document from the Archbishop of Mexico.

Students were asked to examine the Archbishop’s decree and attempt a translation of the 18th century handwritten script. Their translation revealed the document was “14 rules” to be followed by the Indians of Mexico for their “spiritual and earthly happiness and well-being.” Among the rules were suggestions for maintaining a clean home; helping neighbors who are sick; avoiding disputes; providing a house for one’s family; and the rais[ing] of chickens, turkeys, pigs, goats; and knowing the catechism in Spanish and their own language. The class went on to discuss in Spanish the cultural and historical significance of these rules.

Translating a 1768 document from the Archbishop of Mexico
Translating 1768 “14 Rules” of Archbishop of Mexico
1735 dictionary of Spanish and Nahuatl languages
1735 Spanish/Nahuatl dictionary

Alumni Roundtable (Career in Spanish), Oct. 18

Stefan Gardea and Bao Niah Xiong at spring 2018 commencement

Xiong and Gardea are roommates, friends and difference-makers

Student Speaker Bao Nhia Xiong and Stephany Gardea are roommates and friends, with much in common. Both are first generation college students and the first in their families to graduate with a four-year college degree. And both will leave a lasting legacy at UW-Green Bay. Xiong was selected as student speaker and reminded fellow graduates that their families walk across the stage with them. Gardea has a unique story to tell, doing what many say is impossible — graduating with zero debt. At a time when many continue to question the value exchange between the cost of college and the degree and experience earned, the Business Administration and Spanish & Latin American Studies double-major provides a lesson for others contemplating if college is the right path. Wearegreenbay featured her zero-debt story.

Former scholar-in-residence pens endearing piece about Green Bay

UW-Green Bay Spanish Scholar in Residence in 2011, Peruvian writer Jorge Eduardo Benavides, recently published an endearing piece about Green Bay and surrounding areas in the travel section of the most widely read Spanish newspaper, El País. In the article, Benavides encourages Spaniards to visit this region by describing not only the natural beauty of the area, but also by praising the local gastronomy that so positively impressed him while in Wisconsin — from the incredible variety of cheeses to the “farm to table” local restaurants. Of course, a notable mention in the article is Lambeau field (a required visit to any international visitor) and the famous “cheeseheads.” UW-Green Bay is also referenced in the piece. See the original article in Spanish or see the article passed through an English translation engine.

Faculty Note: Prof. Cruz presented paper at NCCLA conference

Associate Prof. Marcelo Cruz (Public and Environmental Affairs) spoke at the North Central Council of Latin Americanists (NCCLA) conference at UW-La Crosse, Nov. 4-6. Cruz presented a paper entitled “Challenges for Regional Planning in the 21st Century: Planning for or with indigenous communities in the Ecuadorean Amazon.”

Tanner Vodvarka meeting the President of Colombia, Spring 2014

UW-Green Bay alumnus meets Nobel Peace Prize winner, Columbia President Juan Manuel Santos

UW-Green Bay alumnus and Spanish graduate Tanner Vodvarka studied in Bucamaranga, Colombia (Spring 2014). During the semester abroad, he had the opportunity to meet the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, who has been announced ads the recipient of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. Santos, has dedicated his prize to the victims of the devastating violent conflict that has affected Colombia for so many years. Vodvarka is currently living and working in Panama. (He is posed to the right of President Santos).

Photo submitted.

Great Books: Fernández-Meardi on Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Association Prof. Hernán Fernández-Meardi will lead a discussion of Paulo Friere’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed as part of Humanistic Studies’ Great Book Series at the Brown County Library on Tuesday (Dec. 8) at 6:30 p.m.  In his critically acclaimed work, Friere advocates for a pedagogy that empowers students as producers of knowledge.