Tom and Cathy Harden were the hosts and guests of honor at an employee ice cream social Wednesday to mark Tom’s final week as UW-Green Bay chancellor. The sun was warm but not hot, and the ice cream was appropriately cool and melty. See photos.
The UW-Green Bay community bade farewell to Tom and Cathy Harden July 30, enjoying a special Get the Scoop event on Harden’s penultimate day as chancellor.
Lines were long as students, faculty and staff waited for a sweet treat and a chance to say thank you and goodbye. Harden announced late last year that he would be stepping down as chancellor this summer, although he and Cathy plan to stay in the Green Bay area.
On Wednesday, Harden posted the following message on his Facebook page:
“Tomorrow is my last day as Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. It has been an honor to serve the students, faculty, staff, alumni and community over the years. My thanks to those who have worked so diligently to advance the critical role of public higher education. Now more than ever, our state and nation need strong public universities, like UWGB. As Chancellor Emeritus, I will continue to support and defend the purpose and mission responsibilities of our outstanding institution. Cathy and I are grateful for your friendship and support.”
UW-Green Bay’s sixth chancellor, Gary Miller, begins his new role Aug. 1.
In case you missed it over the long weekend, veteran Green Bay Press-Gazette reporter Warren Gerds offered his thoughts on the Weidner Center revitalization in his column Saturday (May 26). Gerds shared that he was impressed by Chancellor Tom Harden’s straight-forward declaration that budgets will be in the black even this first year. The columnist also noted that UW-Green Bay promises to cut campus and community entities a break on rental fees and that, without naming names, Harden indicated at least one private benefactor has pledged financial support. Gerds quotes Harden on the thinking behind the Weidner initiative: “I became chancellor here almost three years ago, and from the very beginning I heard loudly and clearly that many people felt that the Weidner Center was under-utilized and sort of missing the mark.” To see the full column.
UW-Green Bay Chancellor Thomas Harden is among area educators who co-authored a column on embracing diversity in Tuesday’s (May 8) Green Bay Press-Gazette. Along with Michelle Langenfeld, Green Bay schools superintendent; Jeffrey Rafn, president of NWTC; and Thomas Kunkel, president of St. Norbert College, Harden and colleagues urge readers to celebrate the diversification of greater Green Bay. New people bring new ideas, perspectives and energy, not to mention fashions, cuisines, leadership and more, the column says. The impetus for the piece also has UW-Green Bay ties — it’s based on data from last year’s large-scale LIFE Study, for which our own Prof. Lora Warner was the principal investigator. Only 45 percent of respondents said the region’s growing diversity is a good thing, down from 60 percent a decade earlier, the paper reported. Harden and his colleagues in education are committed to turning that around. Full column.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette is reporting that Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt is optimistic about landing a Medical College of Wisconsin satellite campus after a local delegation visited the suburban Milwaukee college to meet with top administrators last week. Schmitt was joined on his trip by Green Bay higher education leaders Thomas Harden, chancellor of UW-Green Bay; Connie Boerst, president of Bellin College; Jeff Frick, dean and academic vice president of St. Norbert College; Lori Suddick, vice president of learning at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College; and Kay Tupala, dean of health sciences at NWTC. Green Bay is one of several communities in the running for a future site. Read more.
Chancellor Thomas K. Harden and members of the UW-Green Bay community welcomed a five-person delegation from the Universidad Nacional de Tumbes at a reception Monday at the Weidner Center. Officials did the usual — remarks of welcome, remarks of appreciation, the visitors brought gifts (flags of Tumbes and Peru), and posed for photos with the Chancellor and Mayor Jim Schmitt — but there was something else, too: People greeted each other as friends because the room was full of them. Many of the Tumbes and UW-Green Bay faculty members and officials in attendance have already worked together on projects and exchanges. Nice photos of a nice event – click here.
A five-person delegation from the Universidad Nacional de Tumbes in Tumbes, Peru, will arrive in Green Bay this Saturday afternoon (April 14) to begin a two-week stay hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
The visitors are faculty and administrators with the Tumbes institution, which is funding the trip in hopes of gaining insight on higher education in the United States, K-12 education in Wisconsin and this region’s relative success in tackling serious pollution and water-quality issues.
The visit also represents a deepening of ties between the Peruvian university and UW-Green since the schools’ leaders signed a partnership agreement in 2009.
UW-Green Bay Chancellor Thomas K. Harden says the collaboration has been beneficial to both institutions. This time, the site visit is primarily a learning opportunity for the educators from Peru.
“They like our capabilities in the natural sciences and water resources,” says Harden, who visited the Tumbes campus earlier this academic year. “Their institution is not quite where we are in terms of having the facilities and technology, but they feel this visit will allow them to see what is possible, that they can lift their aspirations.”
Tumbes is a developing city of about 100,000 in northwest Peru near the Pacific Ocean and the border with Ecuador. UW-Green Bay faculty members who have visited say the Tumbes River, draining a major watershed in northern Peru, faces environmental challenges — pollution and municipal waste — not unlike those that affected Northeast Wisconsin’s Fox River decades ago.
The visitors, with campus interpreters, will attend a major water-resources conference, Green Innovations 2012, taking place Wednesday through Friday (April 18-20) at UW-Green Bay. Included will be tours and an overview of the Fox River cleanup project, Renard Island dredge disposal site, and the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District’s river and bay research vessel.
Later during their visit, the Tumbes delegation will travel to UW-Milwaukee for meetings at the School of Freshwater Studies before continuing on to UW-Madison to learn more about UW Sea Grant and related entities.
Another focus of interest will be K-12 education, especially in reading and the natural sciences. Prof. Diana Miranda Ynga of the Tumbes delegation, for example, will spend a morning at Forest Glen Elementary School in Suamico, an afternoon at the Green Bay offices of the Einstein Project science literacy initiative, and most of another day in Wausau meeting with educators associated with the Wisconsin State Reading Association.
Miranda Ynga is collaborating with Prof. Steven Kimball of the UW-Green Bay Education faculty on a series of bilingual books for young readers. With text in both Spanish and English, each book is intended for use in a learning-to-read curriculum, but the content is also topical and science-related so that children learn reading skills but also develop awareness, for example, of environmental issues in Peru.
UW-Green Bay faculty members including Profs. Derryl Block (Nursing), John Stoll (Public and Environmental Affairs), Kevin Fermanich (Natural Sciences) and Kimball (Education) in recent years have made visits to Tumbes. A joint online course in nursing and special teleconferences have created a “virtual travel course” and afforded students at either end a chance to better understand similarities and differences with regard to cultural perspectives, healthcare practices and related issues.
At least one day during their tightly scheduled visit is set aside for the Universidad Nacional de Tumbes faculty members to guest lecture at UW-Green Bay, sharing observations and answering questions in class sessions dealing with Spanish language, history and culture of their region, or their own areas of specialization. The delegation includes specialists in the fields of education, economics, nursing and environmental health, bio-technology and aquaculture.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor’s Office is helping to coordinate the itinerary and other details of the visit. Those with questions may contact (920) 465-2207.
UW-Green Bay will host a multicultural networking event for students and area professionals from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday (April 4) in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center. Connections: Campus-Community-Future 2012 is a program initiated and conducted under the direction of Chancellor Thomas K. Harden. It represents the coordinated efforts of the Chancellor’s Council on Diversity and Inclusive Excellence with the professional staff and student employees of the American Intercultural Center. The reception is targeted primarily for students and community professionals with multicultural backgrounds. The primary purpose of this event is to teach students the importance of networking and create an opportunity to build skills to do it effectively. Refreshments will be served; dress is business casual.
UW-Green Bay Chancellor Thomas K. Harden said he will meet Thursday (March 29) with Phoenix Athletics Director Ken Bothof to confer, set a timetable and develop a process for hiring a new head women’s basketball coach to replace Matt Bollant. Harden said he and Bothof have been discussing for several days the likelihood that Bollant would accept an offer from the University of Illinois. In a statement to friends and fans of the program, Harden expressed appreciation for Bollant’s five years at UW-Green Bay: “I wish him the best as he accepts the challenge of a new opportunity… He has been an excellent coach, a fine ambassador for Phoenix Athletics and this University, and a friend to many here in Green Bay.” In the meantime, the Chancellor said, the program remains in good hands. “The amazing success of UW-Green Bay’s Top 25 women’s basketball program is truly a collaborative community-and-university phenomenon. We’ve been privileged to have outstanding coaches over the years, but the program is much more than that: it’s top-notch student athletes, faculty, advisers, support staff, fans, community supporters and a region that values women’s athletics.” He said he is confident in the program’s continued success.
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor Thomas K. Harden announced today, semi-seriously, that he opposes the decision by U.S. President Barack Obama to “endorse” the Iowa State Cyclones as favorites in Saturday’s big women’s basketball game vs. the UW-Green Bay Phoenix.
The President picked the No. 10 seed Cyclones (18-12) to beat No. 7 seed Green Bay (30-1) in the two teams’ NCAA Tournament opener at Hilton Coliseum in Ames. Tipoff is 5:30 p.m. CDT
President Obama has made it an annual tradition to appear on ESPN to reveal his NCAA predictions. (Click here)
“I don’t begrudge him his opinion,” Harden said by phone Friday morning, tongue in cheek, en route to the game.”Making incorrect NCAA predictions is as American as bratwurst and cheddar cheese.
“I only want to note that in forecasting the opening round, the President looked at those 32 games and 31 times he very conservatively picked the higher-seeded team to advance. In only one game did he go with the lower seed, and he picked Green Bay to lose.”
Harden, of course, will be in the stands on Saturday night expecting a strong showing from UW-Green Bay. He concedes the Cyclones will present a tough challenge, especially on their home floor, but he is predicting a Phoenix win.
The Chancellor said he respects the Office of the President, as well as President Obama’s basketball acumen as a former player and current coach of daughters Sasha and Malia, but for this game, the national intelligence advice must have been faulty.
“This is a really good Phoenix women’s team, and we’re exceptionally proud of them,” Harden says. “Plus, you don’t pick against the “Green” team on St. Patrick’s Day. Go Phoenix!”