Diboll receives 2016 Earth Caretaker Award

GREEN BAY –The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) will award the 7th Annual Earth Caretaker Award to 1978 UW-Green Bay graduate Neil Diboll.

Diboll has worked for the U.S. Park Service in Virginia, the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado, and the University of Wisconsin. In 1982, he began his involvement with Prairie Nursery, producing native plants and seeds and designing native landscapes.

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Neil Diboll ’78

As a researcher, he has devoted his efforts to championing the use of prairie plants, as well as native trees, shrubs and wetland plants, in contemporary American landscapes.

The Earth Caretaker Award honors UW-Green Bay graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professional field and are widely recognized for their career accomplishments in the areas of sustainability, environmental management, environmental policy, or other closely related areas.

The award ceremony and reception will be held Thursday, April 21, 2016. Following the ceremony there will also be a 50th Anniversary Celebration honoring founding faculty members from the sciences, as part of the continuing year-long anniversary celebration.

Press release published on March 30, 2016 on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay website.

Campus Cupboard, a hidden treasure

Tucked away in a corner near the Phoenix Club in UW-Green Bay’s University Union is an often-overlooked room filled with non-perishable items that are free for UWGB students and community members in need. What is this hidden treasure? It’s known as the Campus Cupboard.

Originally sponsored through UWGB’s Pride Center, Campus Cupboard is a student organization that helps provide food and other essentials to students and community members in need. Students are welcome to come once a month and fill a brown paper grocery bag with selected items. Since September, Campus Cupboard has provided services to more than 75 students, filling a total of more than 85 brown paper bags.

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Skyler Toyne

Skyler Toyne found out about Campus Cupboard through Stacie Christian, coordinator of Pride Center, and their work at the Pride Center. “It has a nice selection of organic food and a great selection of personal hygiene products,” Toyne says.

“I learned about Campus Cupboard because I’m an intern at the Pride Center, and through the guidance of Stacie was given a wonderful volunteer opportunity,” says Joe Stempski, a graduate Social Work intern, and assistant president of Campus Cupboard. “My experience has been both inspiring and thought provoking to witness these resources being given to the people in need within the community.”

The Campus Cupboard is home to non-perishable food items, along with hygiene products like soap and toothpaste. Every semester, the Campus Cupboard partners with the Pride Center for a Clothing and Household Item Swap, where community members can donate items and take what they need. The next Swap will take place in the Phoenix Rooms from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, April 4. This is free for any student and community member.

The hours for the Campus Cupboard are 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays. It’s located on the lowest floor of the University Union, in the hallway that leads to the Union loading dock — look for the green and white signs outside of the Phoenix Club near the former Erbert’s and Gerbert’s location.

One student has commented that the experience with Campus Cupboard has been exceptional.

“I’ve been able to find a lot of food, and people who work there are really nice, and respect your privacy.”

Story by University Communication editorial intern Angela Kingsley
Photo by Dan Moore

Feature published on March 24, 2016 on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Website.

Next 6:30 Thursdays features “Stories for Our Time”

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music program presents its next 6:30 Thursdays concert on March 31 with “Stories for Our Time” featuring the work of trumpeter Thomas Muehlenbeck-Pfotenhauer, and pianist Tracy Lipke-Perry.

The setting for the lecture and performance will be at Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Pfotenhauer and Perry will give a presentation that focuses on the challenges of increasing awareness and promoting works by female composers, as well as the efforts involved in helping these pieces find their way in the standard repertoire. They will perform selections from Pfotenhauer’s recent CD release “Stories for Our Time,” which features contemporary works for trumpet and piano as well as solo trumpet written by female composers.

Pfotenhauer is an associate professor of trumpet at University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he also teaches brass techniques and coaches small ensembles. He completed his master’s degree in 1993 at the University of Michigan, and holds a bachelor’s degree in music from UW-Green Bay and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trumpet performance from the University of Kansas. While at the University of Kansas, he studied with William Campbell and Christopher Moore and was a member of the Kansas Brass Quintet, one of the country’s most active faculty brass quintets. He has studied Baroque trumpet with Kris Kwapis and Susan Williams and has performed with professional early music ensembles throughout the United States and Canada.

In 2008, Pfotenhauer was a featured soloist at the Beijing International Congress on Women in Music and performed a program of works for the trumpet written by French female composers. He has also performed with numerous professional and regional orchestras and currently plays third trumpet with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.

Lipke-Perry is an assistant professor of piano at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She holds a Doctorate in piano performance with a minor in neurophysiology from the University of Arizona, a master’s degree from the University of Utah, and a bachelor’s degree in both piano performance and mathematics from UW-Stevens Point. She has been a presenter at national and international conferences including the 2011 MTNA/NATS National Convention and the 2009 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.

Lipke-Perry has appeared on stage with Richard Stoltzman in performance of Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs, and in recital with artists such as Alicia McQuerrey of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and with Yamaha artist, Mary Karen Clardy.

The 6:30 Thursdays concert series is designed to provide an innovative musical experience to connect the campus and community through music in meaningful ways.

The 2015-16 series features a wide array of musical styles and guest artists, including jazz, classical, contemporary and third stream music events. All 6:30 Thursdays are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Following this performance, the remaining 2016 concert is:

  • April 21 — “Alt-Nostalgia” Gypsy Trip

The 1923 Fund is the generous sponsor of the 2015-16 season of 6:30 Thursdays. Contact Linda Parins or 920-465-2944 for more information.

Press Release published on March 24, 2016 on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay website.

Actor and Comedian Fugelsang to Speak on Humor and Politics

GREEN BAY – Actor, comedian, political commentator and the host of “Tell Me Everything” on SiriusXM (satellite radio) John Fugelsang, will give a public presentation on Humor and Politics at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 in Rose Hall 250 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The presentation of the Historical Perspectives Lecture Series is free and open to the public.

This event is co-sponsored by UW-Green Bay’s Center for History and Social Change and UW-Green Bay’s Chancellor’s Office.DreamOn_JohnFugelsang-250px-179x250

Remaining in the 2016 Lecture Series:

John Nichols at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 7 in Rose Hall 250, UWGB, The Nation magazine’s national affairs correspondent and author of DOLLAROCRACY will speak on Money, Media, & Politics. This event is co-sponsored with the UWGB student organization The Critical Left.

Press release published on March 24, 2016 on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay website.

March Book Madness in the Cofrin Library

There are 64 books competing in the first annual Cofrin Library March Book Madness. The entire University community is invited to vote for their favorite books to advance through six rounds. Go to http://www.uwgb.edu/library/mbm and click the VOTE NOW button.  Full schedule, the bracket, and a list of VIP Bracketologists can be found on the website as well.

Log Extra posted on March 14, 2016 on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay website.

Reminder: share thoughts on time capsule items

There is less than a week left for the campus community to share thoughts on what items should be placed in the UWGB time capsule in celebration of the 50th year. The time capsule will be opened in 2065. Chime in to help tell the story of campus to those in the Phoenix future! For inspiration, view this video created by The UWGB History Club. Take the survey: bit.ly/FiftyandForward (survey ends March 20).

Log Extra published on March 14, 2016 on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay website.

Jazz Ensemble, Special Guest Anibal Rojas to Hold Public Concert March 24

GREEN BAY – University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music program will spotlight student Jazz Ensemble I and special guest saxophone soloist Anibal Rojas in a public concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in the University Theatre in Theatre Hall.

Thursday’s concert begins with music by UW-Green Bay’s top student group, Jazz Ensemble I under the direction of Associate Prof. Adam Gaines. The ensemble will kick off the show with “Slam” by Marcus Miller. The group will then play “Footprints” (Wayne Shorter), “Moment’s Notice” (John Coltrane), “Housewife From New Jersey” (Tim Hagans), “Doodle Oodle” (Billy Byers), “Weird Blues” (Bob Mintzer) “Cabauza” (Michael Mossman) and conclude with “Big Dipper” (Thad Jones). Joining the Jazz Ensemble in the third tune will be special guest Anibal Rojas.

Anibal Rojas is a saxophonist with indigenous roots in the modern world. He is the music of the immigrant, the sound of assimilation and integration, the blending of cultures, classes and the musical traditions. Rojas was born in Chile and immigrated to the United States in his early teens. He has performed and/or recorded with Latin jazz great Ray Mantilla, Tom Bowes of Tower of Power fame, Cuba Gooding and the Main Ingredient, Marlon Simon and the Nagual Spirits among others. Rojas has played major venues nationwide, including Carnegie Hall, The Apollo Theater, Universal Studios Amphitheatre and The Greek Theater. His debut CD, “Ahkneeball,” is the musical interpretation of his life’s journey (so far) from Chile to the United States.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors (please call 920-465-2400 or visit www.uwgb.edu/tickets). The venue box office will also be open 90 minutes prior to the performance. Visit www.uwgb.edu/music for more information. UW-Green Bay is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

UW-Green Bay Jazz I Ensemble personnel are as follows: Saxophone: Courtney Hamilton, Hannah Jandrin, Kelton Jennings, Alex Munson, McKenna Vanderleest; Trumpet: James Block, Greg Koeller, Ryan Loining, Ellen Reber; Trombone: Cameron Collins, Alex Haase, Joe Russet, Jake Van Dyke; Guitar: Matt Hillman; Bass: Gillian Evenhoff; Piano: Rissel Peguero, Kyle Sweeney; Drums: Isaiah Hernandez, Bobby Magers.

Press release published on March 21, 2016 on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay website.

Final ‘After Thoughts’ of 2015-16 features ‘Women Who Dare’

GREEN BAY –The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s final After Thoughts presentation of the academic year will explore the contributions, obstacles and challenges of selected women performing artists from the 12th century to the present.

meredith-livingston-209x287UW-Green Bay Professor of Music Sarah Meredith Livingston will present “Women Who Dare” on Tuesday, April 5 in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Wisconsin Public Television (WPT)’s University Place series is partnering with UW-Green Bay, and will be video recording the lecture for later rebroadcast.

Meredith Livingston will share highlights of the lives of five amazing performing artists: Hildegard von Bingen, composer and visionary; Clara Schumann, concert pianist; Antonia Brico, conductor; Isadora Duncan, dancer/choreographer; and Billie Holiday, jazz artist. Meredith Livingston’s presentation will emphasize the factors that constrain and further women’s creativity by looking at the lives and work of these women and she will help the audience members delve into what can be learned from each of the artists in order to cultivate their own dynamic personal journeys.

Her presentation will feature special guest, Jiebing Chen, world-renowned erhu performer, who will share some insights about her life as an international female performing artist.

An Iowa native, Meredith Livingston is a current UW-Green Bay professor of Music, Women and Gender Studies and Global Studies. She received degrees from Iowa State University, (Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music), Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, (Master of Management, Music of Education/Voice performance), Hochschule fur Musik, Hamburg, Germany (Auslander Diplom), and the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa (Doctorate of Music Arts, Voice performance/opera). Throughout Europe, the U.S. and South America, Meredith Livingston, mezzosoprano, has performed as a soloist, recitalist, masterclass teacher and adjudicator. For the last 23 years, Meredith Livingston has organized student and faculty groups to perform in Canada, Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Germany, Czech Republic and Brazil. She is the founder and director of the Montreal International Czech/Slovak Voice Competition, distinctly noted as being the only competition promoting Czech/Slovak music in the U.S.

Now in its fifth full season, After Thoughts seeks to connect members of the community with UW-Green Bay. The gatherings showcase talented women among University faculty, staff and alumni, and convene men and women after their workday for learning, enrichment and fun.

After Thoughts begins with a 5 p.m. reception in Studio One of the Weidner Center, followed by Meredith Livingston’s talk on women performing artists beginning at 5:45 p.m. Each After Thoughts event takes place from 5-7 p.m. The event begins with time to socialize, network, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres before the featured presentation.

Seating for After Thoughts is limited, so advanced registration is recommended. The cost of each program is $15. To reserve your spot, send a check (payable to UW-Green Bay Foundation) to: UW-Green Bay Foundation, CL 805, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311; or register online. Walk-up registration also is an option. Call (920) 465-2074 for more information. You can find After Thoughts on Facebook. Visit After Thoughts website for more information about the series.

Press release published on March 14, 2016 on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay website.

UW-Green Bay Associate Professor Steve Meyer March Presenter in ‘Last Lecture’ Series

GREEN BAY – Associate professor Steve Meyer is the second to last speaker in the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s “Last Lecture Series” line-up. Meyer will present, “Forget the Three T’s: Focus on the Six C’s,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23.

The Last Lecture Series is part of UWGB’s 50th Anniversary celebration. Each month a UW-Green Bay faculty member is chosen to give a public presentation on a topic of his or her choice under the premise that it’s their last. Lectures take place in the University Union’s Christie Theatre, at 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay and are free open to the public.

“I watched Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture online and was very moved by what he had to say,” Meyer said in regards as to why he chose his topic. “Several years ago when UWGB’s Residence Hall programmers asked me to present a Last Lecture, I thought long and hard about what I would present. It would definitely not be anything related to my academic background – in the end any knowledge I’ve gained about meteorology and climatology isn’t going to change anybody’s life or way of thinking. Like Randy Pausch, I want to leave behind a message that I believe will help people put life into perspective. To cause them to think about what they will do with the years they have left, and to be thankful for all they have experienced throughout their years.”

Meyer has been a professor at UW-Green Bay since 2001. He received his Bachelor’s at Northern Illinois University, and both his Master’s and Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He teaches courses in the Natural and Applied Sciences department. He was a FOCUS Co-director for 8 years, has twice served as chair of the University Committee and recently became the Secretary of the Faculty and Staff.

The following is the remaining Last Lecture:

  • April 13 – Phil Clampitt, Professor, Information and Computing Science, “The Magical Connection between Uncertainty, Innovation, and the Human Spirit.”

Press release published on March 10, 2016 on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay website.

‘Once’ upon a time, Lane Lee won a song-writing contest

As people sipped their beverages at UW-Green Bay’s Common Grounds Coffee House during a recent Open Mic Night, they may have listened to a local artist whose voice is as heart-melting as the snow on a spring day. From Suring, a small town just northwest of Green Bay, singer and songwriter Lane Lee has been on quite the musical journey.

Lane Lee (his stage name) or Lane Ludtke as he is known by some, has been strumming the guitar since he learned how to walk.

He recently won the “Once” singer/songwriter contest with his original “Runaway Train.” It was a competition, sponsored by the ARTgarage and UWGB’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts to encourage local singer-songwriters to submit an original song to be judged by a panel of local music experts. As the winner, Lee received priority participation lane-lee-250x250at a music showcase at the ARTgarage, an opportunity to record his song at the Rock Garden Studio in Appleton, Wis. and complimentary tickets to “Once,” the Tony-Award winning musical based on the film of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their passion for music, which played at the Weidner Center.

It’s the second time he won a singer/songwriter competition on campus. He won a contest a few years ago sponsored by the University Union. But this contest has showcased his talent on a new level. Lee said he is constantly drumming up song ideas, and thought of “Runaway Train” in his free time.

“I see and hear of so many people leaving to far away places, thinking that it will make them happy, and that they are free from everyone else’s views,” he explains. “However, I never really looked at it in that way, and I like the place that I’m from. So I pieced it together and created a story line for it.”

Lee’s passion for music, which he shares with his mom and sister (who both attented UWGB for music), along with his appreciation for a “country setting,” brought him to UW-Green Bay, where he studies music education. Lee is student teaching this semester and will graduate in May 2016. He aspires to be a music educator.

“I really enjoy being a singer and songwriter and working on original music,” he said. “I hope to expand on it and make it a bigger part of my life. One of my dreams is to make writing and performing my original music a career. It’s something that I really enjoy and work hard at, but teaching is also one of my passions. I enjoy sharing what I know with students and getting them involved with everything music has to offer.”

— Photo by Dan Moore, University Photographer

Feature published on March 4, 2016 on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Website.