Reminder: Say farewell and wish Eric Arneson good luck on his new journey, Jan. 30

Wish Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate Eric Arneson good luck as he embarks on a new journey! On Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., visit the 1965 Room in the University Union to say farewell. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. It was announced in December that Arneson would be leaving UW-Green Bay for a new role as vice president for Student Affairs at Kennesaw University in Georgia.

Say farewell and wish Eric Arneson good luck on his new journey, Jan. 30

Wish Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate Eric Arneson farewell and good luck as he embarks on a new journey! On Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., visit the 1965 Room in the University Union to say farewell. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. It was announced in December that Arneson would be leaving UW-Green Bay for a new role as vice president for Student Affairs at Kennesaw University in Georgia.

UW-Green Bay staff and alumna are Future 15 finalists | Insight on Business

UW-Green Bay staff and an alumna are identified as being Current Future 15 finalists. They are Kassie Batchelor, the senior associate athletic director for compliance and student welfare/senior woman administrator, Ben Joniaux, chief of staff, Claudia Guzman, director of student life, and alumna Briana Peters (Accounting and Business) ’13. More via Current Young Professionals announces Future 15 finalists | Insight on Business.

Ben Joniaux

Congratulations to UW-Green Bay Future 15 finalists

UW-Green Bay staff and an alumna were recently announced as Current Young Professionals Future 15 Award Finalists. Staff being recognized are Kassie Batchelor, the senior associate athletic director for compliance and student welfare/senior woman administrator, Ben Joniaux (pictured above), chief of staff, and Claudia Guzman, director of Student Life. UW-Green Bay alumna Briana Peters (Accounting and Business) ’13, a manager at Hawkins Ash CPAs, is also identified as a finalist. In addition, Kristina Shelton, YMCA program director, Green Bay Area Public Schools board trustee and wife of UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Jon Shelton (History), is recognized as a finalist.

Kassie Batchelor Future 15 Surprise
Kassie Batchelor (Athletics) receives Future 15 nomination
Claudia Guzman Future 15 Surprise
Claudia Guzman (Student Life) receives Future 15 nomination
Ben Joniaux
Ben Joniaux (Chancellor’s Office) receives Future 15 nomination
Briana Peters Future 15 Surprise
Briana Peters ’13 receives Future 15 nomination

About Current

Current recognizes individuals who are making contributions to their community, and overall make the quality of life greater in the Green Bay Area. Future 15 recipients will be honored at the Future 15 & Young Professional Awards on April 30, 2020 at 5 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center. One of the 15 finalists will be named as the Young Professional of the Year at this event. More information can be found on the Future 15 & Young Professional Awards page.

Passing of David Watanabe

Friends of David Watanabe share word of his death recently in Bellevue, Washington following heart surgery. He was 74. Watanabe was the first campus photographer and cinematographer, joining the UW-Green Bay academic staff in 1969 after years as filmmaker at the Delaware Educational Television Network. He traveled the state with production crews from the campus Center for Television Production, shooting miles of 16-millimeter black-and-white film before electronic video production supplanted film for on-location recordings. With colleague Mike Brisson he chronicled the first half dozen years of UW-Green Bay’s history on the Shorewood campus. (Some of the images and scenes that will be viewed in our 50th anniversary slideshows and films will be Watanabe’s work.) A third-generation Japanese-American, Watanabe was born in Hawaii the year of the Pearl Harbor bombing.

UW-Green Bay student wins level in Army Reserve soldier competition


UW-Green Bay computer science student and part-time Web Services and Help Desk employee Jordan Stubblefield, a staff sergeant in the Army Reserve, is the winner of the ‘Best Warrior’ title in the 80th Training Command of the Army Reserve. Stubblefield spent Feb. 5-7 at Camp Bullis in Texas competing in a rigorous challenge for the annual title, designed to identify the best competitors from among the 6,800 soldiers within the command. The competition includes physical fitness, weapons handling, marksmanship, drill and ceremony, land navigation and a written test. Stubblefield beat out nine other non-commissioned officers to earn the title during the soldier competition. He moves on to compete in the overall U.S. Army Reserve Command’s 2015 Best Warrior Competition. See more.

Hubie Brown shoutout to Dick Bennett

There was a nice reference to UW-Green Bay and its most famous former men’s basketball coach and player on an ESPN 2 broadcast of an NBA game last week. Analyst and former coach Hubie Brown, following a promotional plug for his network’s broadcast of the big Duke-Virginia college game, added, “I’m very happy to see Virginia playing the way they’re playing now because young Bennett (Tony) is a definite clone of his dad (Dick). His father was one of the greatest college coaches ever at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and also Stevens Point and at the UW and even Washington State.” Tony Bennett’s Virginia team was No. 2 in the nation and undefeated at the time.

Campus celebrates achievements, looks to the future during Convocation

top-story-convocationFaculty, staff and friends gathered to celebrate tradition and tomorrow Jan. 22, taking part in Mid-Year Convocation in the Phoenix Room.

As is customary during the winter event, individuals celebrating service milestones were honored for anniversaries ranging from 10 years to 40. Recognized for his four decades at UW-Green Bay, event emcee Prof. Cliff Abbott drew a standing ovation as the distinction was announced.

Also as part of the ceremony, two new academic staff emeriti were honored for their service to UW-Green Bay. Gary Fewless, longtime lecturer and curator of the University Herbarium that now bears his name; and Mike Herrity, former UW-Green Bay Registrar and academic adviser, were recognized. Neither was able to attend the event, but each received hearty applause as his citation was read.

Click here for more information about the service anniversary and emeriti honorees.

The University community also celebrated a brand-new distinction as Associate Prof. David Radosevich was formally recognized as the first-ever Austin E. Cofrin Endowed Chair of Business. The position is the University’s second endowed chair, joining the John P. Blair Endowed Chair in Communications, which was established in 2005. Click here for more on Radosevich and his honor.

Following the recognitions, Chancellor Gary L. Miller took the stage to deliver his Mid-Year Commencement remarks. The prepared text of his remarks is available here, and a summary is as follows:

 

Miller remarks: Challenges await but ‘the future is ours’

Chancellor Gary L. Miller painted a realistic yet forward-looking picture of the challenges and opportunities facing UW-Green Bay during his Mid-Year Convocation remarks Thursday, Jan. 22.

Speaking before faculty and staff members who assembled for the annual winter gathering, Miller offered updates on a variety of University activities and initiatives; addressed a bleak state budget picture; spoke about the future of shared governance and tenure; and concluded with a short-and longer-term look ahead.

“I am so excited about this place and its future,” Miller said. “The power we have to create our future through innovation, to transform the lives of many more students in this region by inviting them to join the extraordinary learning community, and to change this place to improve the human condition are limited only by our imagination. It is a great privilege to be your partner in this wonderful journey.”

Among the issues addressed:

Review of activities and initiatives

  • Miller welcomed Provost Stephen Fritz, who began his new role in January. Praising Fritz’s academic and leadership background, Miller expressed confidence in the provost’s ability to lead during what will be an important time of transition for UW-Green Bay.
  • The enrollment issue continues to be a challenge for UW-Green Bay, Miller said, but he praised progress that has been made (and thanked the majority of people present for their efforts in just a few short months) in analyzing enrollment’s effect on the budget; addressing various enrollment needs; and partnering with the Green Bay community. “We have much to do about enrollment,” Miller said, “and we’ll continue to look at this process. I’m very excited about where we are versus six months ago.”
  • Miller also addressed his “Invent the Future” transition initiative and lauded the work of faculty and staff members who comprise its steering committee and working groups. The process will conclude during spring semester, leaving leadership with “a deep catalog of innovations and recommendations upon which we can draw as we shape our future.”
  • Continuing with the theme of looking ahead, Miller spoke about the University’s new planning process, which will be guided in large part by the University Planning and Innovation Committee (UPIC). During spring semester, this group will take on an “ambitious curriculum” of learning about budgets, enrollments, the regulatory environment, athletics and other areas in an effort to inform better planning and allow the University a better strategic position in the years ahead.

The state budget

Miller offered a sobering assessment of the state budget, noting that while concrete information is lacking, the UW System is likely to face a significant and potentially painful cut during the next biennium. Even as specifics remain unknown, Miller emphasized the need for a “strong, transparent and inclusive budget reduction and reallocation process.”

That process will be spearheaded by Provost Fritz, who will organize the development of recommendations for reductions and reallocations based on advice from numerous leaders and stakeholders. The UPIC will vet those recommendations before they are submitted to the Cabinet and ultimately himself, Miller said. Regular town hall-style meetings will be held to communicate activities, answer questions and get ideas.

“The coming round of reductions,” Miller said, “will not diminish this University or alter our course to greatness.”

Shared governance and System flexibility

Shared governance and tenure are likely to be moved from state statute, Miller said, with the authority for both transferred to the UW System Board of Regents. And while he said such a move is neither optimal nor desirable, Miller reiterated his steadfast support for both provisions and expressed his confidence that the change would not diminish shared governance or threaten tenure.

“These institutions are part of the higher education systems in all 50 states,” Miller said, “and continue to survive attempts to alter or dissolve them, primarily because everyone understands they are both essential to the capacity of this great enterprise.”

The chancellor also addressed efforts to secure increased flexibility for the UW System, clarifying certain aspects of the proposal while inviting those assembled to ask questions if they seek additional information.

Additional flexibilities won’t prevent drastic state budget cuts — “the fact is, the state budget’s in extremely bad shape,” Miller said — but it will be beneficial in the long term as the Board of Regents, not the Legislature, guides UW System recovery and growth in the future. Miller is a “strong supporter” of obtaining the additional flexibilities, he said.

‘The future is ours’

Miller concluded his address on a high note, reiterating the powers of transformation, innovation and place and looking ahead to UW-Green Bay’s 50th Anniversary celebration.

“The excitement of this celebration is what will take us into the next half century,” Miller said. “The thrill of designing a future for this University. The possibility of even greater things to come. These are the things I think about every day, and when I talk to you, this is what I hear coming back from you.

“And I am so fortunate to be with you on this great journey. Let’s have a great year — it’s a New Year — and Go Phoenix!”

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