Video, photos and podcast links: Common CAHSS 2019

In recognition of world Human Rights Day on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences hosted the inaugural Common CAHSS 2019: Human Rights event at the Weidner Center. This year marked the 71st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Throughout the day, there was a total of 30 scheduled activities, capped off with keynote speaker Rais Bhuiyan, founder of the non-profit “World Without Hate.”

The day began with welcoming remarks to kick things off and quickly moved into various presentations by faculty, staff and students. Some presentations included “With Murderous Intent: The Right to Violence in Ancient Greece” presented by Michael Holstead, “Contemporary Artists as Activists” presented by Sam Watson’s Contemporary Art 203 class, and “‘Living Deliberately:’ Discovering and Exceeding Thoreau” presented by Prof. Rebecca Nesvet’s English and Humanities Capstone students. In addition, there were four live podcast recordings during the afternoon sessions, details are below.


Four Phoenix Studios network podcast episodes were recorded live from at this event. Recordings are now available for listeners on SoundCloud and iTunes.

Photo Gallery

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Common CAHSS - 2019

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication
– Video by Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication

Video: Platinum Shoe Toss

It’s a tradition of UW-Green Bay graduates to leave a bit of themselves behind as they depart campus. Many toss a pair of old sneakers into the “Shoe Tree.” Symbolic to UW-Green Bay’s 100th Commencement, student speaker Hannah Malmberg tossed her platinum-coated sneakers .

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Hannah Malmberg Throwing Platinum Shoes

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Video: (Pet) Therapy in the happiest form

Every college student (and some faculty and staff) need a bit of stress relief near final exams. Members of the Packerland Kennel Club and their outreach dogs paired-up with the Cofrin Library to provide pure happiness.

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Dogs in Library December 2019

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Prof. Patricia Terry giving her commencement address

‘Set lofty goals and never be limited by someone else’s perception of your abilities,’ Prof. Terry tells grads

Prof. Patricia Terry’s address to UW-Green Bay’s 100th graduating class, Dec. 14, 2019.

Prof. Patricia Terry giving the UW-Green Bay Commencement Address
Prof. Patricia Terry

“Graduates, you may not think you have much in common with the faculty that have challenged you—sometimes way beyond the point of frustration, to questioning if our motives aren’t really just to torment you.  However, most of us have one thing in common—family and their expectations; Family that have supported us, loved us, and also occasionally also pushed us to heights of frustration. Even today, I continue to have some entertaining conversations with my family.

Every time he has seen me for the past 20 plus years, my father has told me that I have far exceeded his expectations for me and every time he says this, I have the same response: I may have exceeded your expectations for me, but I have not yet reached mine. I say to you, as you embark on your future, set lofty goals for yourself and never be limited by someone else’s perception of you and your abilities. Don’t ever let anyone but yourself define who you are and what makes you successful. Only you know what your life goals are and only you can know how good is good enough. Never live by anyone else’s standards for you. One thing I wish for you is that you will always like and respect the person you see in the mirror each day. If you live your life in a way that assures you will like the person you are, you will be truly successful. Be warned, though, this is much easier said than done. You will find times when it would be easy to put your head down and follow the crowd or chose not to speak up, even when you know someone needs to.  Being the person with the moral courage to speak up or do the right thing, even if it goes against the actions or opinions of those around you, is hard. It may cost you friends; it may not be the best thing for your career. But, if you can have the moral courage to stand up for what is right, regardless of the consequences, you will always respect yourself and that is the most important kind of success.

Many years ago, my parents came to watch me compete in a 50 mile ultramarathon. At the end of a grueling day, my father, always ready with a sage comment, stood over me laying on the ground in exhaustion and made the astute observation, “You didn’t win.” Equally ready with the astute reply, I said, “Yes I did. You don’t always have to finish first to win the race. I wanted to know if I had what it took to run 50 miles and now I know the answer is yes. By that standard, I won.” Most of life is analogous to an ultramarathon. You all just finished one by completing a major and earning your degree. You may not have the highest gpa or the highest standing in your major, but you won the race by graduating. In any ultramarathon, there are always one or two or three times when you are no longer having fun and quitting sounds like a good idea. But, if you can focus on the end goal and remember that achieving it is more important than any momentary desire to quit, you will always win. When asked why I do ultramarathons, I use the life analogy.

Life is a series of ultramarathons and many goals require you to keep putting one foot in front of another, ignoring the voice in your head that wants to quit, and persevere even when the race is not that fun anymore. You may even trip and fall and have to get up, dust yourself off, ignore a little blood, and get moving again. That mindset got me through a Ph.D. in engineering, the exhausting process of getting tenure as a new faculty member, and many other long-term goals. The important thing is that you challenge yourself and give every attempt the best you have. You may not always be the fastest, strongest, smartest, or most talented person in any endeavor, but accept the challenge, run the race anyway. Life is a series of ultramarathons. Don’t spend yours on the sidelines watching people you think are better compete. Live life to the fullest, lace on your running shoes, and claim your place at the starting line. Most of the time, you won’t cross the finish line first, but if you join the grand race that is life and live it to its fullest, you are a winner.

I will leave you with a line from one of my favorite songs, “If you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.”


Brian Welsch smashes a block with a sledgehammer on a student lying on a bed of nails.

Striking a Blow for Physics

When UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Brian Welsch wants to make a point in his Fundamentals of Physics class regarding Isaac Newton’s second law of physics, he makes quite an impact—with a sledgehammer, to be exact.

UW-Green Bay has not had a physics major in more than 20 years, but still offers a physics minor. This particular class generates interest from students in science and engineering, including premed and even future physical therapists.

It’s the type of class where according to Welsch, “you can do a lot of hands-on laboratory-type things.” Which, in this case, entails smashing a cinder block on the chest of Lab Manager Joe Schoenebeck, as he lays sandwiched between a bed of nails and a “chest of death” (also composed of a board of nails).

For those taking notes, the demonstration expresses Newton’s Second Law in terms of change of momentum, impulse and impact. It seems there are examples of the law all around—many with rather painful results. Take the typical falling mountain climber Welsch explains. “The falling climber picks up momentum, but if the change of momentum (as in hitting the rocks) is too short the net result is broken bones.”

The same principle is at work when demonstrating how an airbag absorbs the impact of a collision. But in this demonstration, the “airbag” is more “Flintstonian” in nature; using a cinder block as the airbag, and the sledgehammer representing the speeding object.

And the reason for a bed of nails on bottom, plus a “chest plate of death” (more nails) on top?

“Dramatic effect” explains Welsch. (Actually, the crumbling of block will also dissipate the impact of Schoenebeck’s body against the nails to the point that he won’t become a human pin cushion).

As Schoenebeck settles on to his bed, Welsch continues the lecture, “If I don’t do a good job crushing the airbag, not only will I crush Joe’s sternum, he’ll be impaled by 1,000 nails.”

“2,000” corrects Schoenebeck. (He should know, being the person who nailed them.)

“I just have to not miss,” Welsch assures the classroom. Not breaking the block means the full force of the sledge will be transferred to the “victim.” And if that happens, the concept momentum and impact will still be illustrated, but in a perhaps more painful way.

As for the results of the demonstration? Spoiler alert: the professor nailed it. Plus, as a bonus, a student worker also volunteered to get hammered.

Story by Michael Shaw, video by Sue Pischke

Rocky Horror Show, ‘It’s going to be electric’

Cast members say it’s going to be an electric show. Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show is a cult classic.

“Sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a creepy butler. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.” “A socko wacko weirdo rock concert.”

You can see Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show on the Green Bay Campus, Nov. 21-23, 2019 7:30 p.m. and a special late-night show, Friday, Nov. 22 at 11 p.m. Tickets on sale now.

Color Guard at Chancellor's Veteran reception

Reminder: UW-Green Bay Veterans Week begins Nov. 9

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Veterans Week kicks off Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 with “Hometown Hero Day.” At each event, the University will be collecting care package items, such as toiletries, candy, and gum, for activated UW-Green Bay students and their units who are in Kuwait and Afghanistan.

Here is a full list of events for the week:

Saturday, Nov. 9: Hometown Hero Day: Green Bay Athletics double-header at the Kress Center with the women’s basketball team taking on South Dakota at 1 p.m. and the men’s basketball team taking on UW-Stout at 6 p.m. Veterans are able to attend these games for free!

Monday, Nov. 11: Chancellor’s Veteran Reception: At 4 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms in the University Union, the Chancellor will be speaking to show appreciation for faculty, staff, students, and community veterans, as well as guest speaker Officer Kelly Jones, who recently returned from activation. There will also be music and refreshments available!

Wednesday, Nov. 13: Veteran Employment Workshop: From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Alumni Room in the University Union, there will be a Veteran Employment Workshop with the Veteran Employment Department and various employment recruiters.

Thursday, Nov. 14: Tribute to Veterans: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Union Circle Drive, there will be military equipment and vehicle demonstrations.

Friday, Nov. 15: Veteran Brunch: From 9 to 11 a.m. in the Veteran Lounge in MAC Hall room 227, there will be brunch for veterans who work and use the Veteran Lounge.

Additionally, the following week there will be two showings of “Almost Sunrise Documentary.” Showings will be Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. and Wednesday, November 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Christie Theater in the University Union. The film is about two Iraq Veterans’ journey as they return home to Wisconsin. There will also a discussion and Veteran panel on Friday, Nov. 22 from Noon to 1 p.m.

For all the veterans services the University offers, see UW-Green Bay Veterans Services.

Yooper Night featured as Green Bay women’s basketball opens season, Thursday, Oct. 24

Green Bay women’s basketball will be hosting the first-ever Yooper Night at the Kress Center on Thursday, Oct. 24, while welcoming Michigan Tech for a 7 p.m. tipoff. The Horizon League preseason poll and preseason all-league teams were recently announced with Green Bay named preseason co-favorites along with defending champion Wright State. It is the 12th-straight season Green Bay has been named the conference favorite by the preseason poll. Guard Frankie Wurtz was also the lone member of the Phoenix recognized by the all-league teams, receiving a first-team nod from the conference head coaches. Coach Kevin Borseth laughs it up to promote the game on Facebook.