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“I would take my UWGB education…any day of the week.”

Commencement speaker Joseph J. Carroll, Ph.D., a rising star in the world of ophthalmology research, told the Class of 2014 at UW-Green Bay Saturday that he has always believed his college education was a terrific investment.

Carroll is a 1997 Human Biology graduate of UW-Green Bay who today is an associate professor of ophthalmology, biophysics, cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and a widely published researcher on human vision and the cellular structure of the eye. He congratulated the more than 600 new grads in attendance on the wisdom of their college selection.

“The key word is ‘value,’” he told them. “You’ve just gotten the best value of your life. Trust me. Better than the dollar menu at McDonalds.”

In his address to an audience of nearly 5,000 at UW-Green Bay’s Kress Events Center, Carroll praised the University’s faculty members, calling them not only amazing educators, but definitive experts in their respective fields.

He recalled his own positive experiences with faculty including Andy Kersten, Donna Ritch (and her “infectious passion for biology that has stuck with me”), Forrest Baulieu and even Prof. Harvey Kaye, who Carroll said “unintentionally helped steer me away from sociology by giving me a bad grade.”

He acknowledged there’s a tendency to think a small- to mid-size public university might not offer the same educational quality of bigger and “bigger-name” school, but quickly added that he believes UW-Green Bay “is second to none.”

“The truth is, I would take my UWGB education over one from Marquette, Harvard, Stanford, Duke, you name it, any day of the week. Not only was it a fraction of the price, but in my time as a graduate student and as a post-doctoral fellow, and now as a faculty member at the Medical College of Wisconsin, I have interacted with students from colleges and universities all over the country. Some of them have been smarter than I, and most were better looking, but never once have I felt that they were better educated or better prepared to succeed.”

Carroll said it’s always a thrill to return to campus, which has undergone major changes since he graduated in 1997.

“Walking around campus, I reminisce about the countless hours I spent working and playing pool in what is now the Phoenix Club, relaxing in the “people pockets”, playing golf at Shorewood where a chance encounter with an optometrist inspired me to pursue a career in eyeballs, or watching the men’s basketball team enter the national spotlight with three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, and upsetting Cal in the first round 20 years ago.”

He closed his address by returning to the theme of being intellectually prepared for life’s challenges — “The Prepared Mind” of his talk’s title — and told them to be alert to opportunities and new people and places.

“If you are constantly surrounded by the same people and things, you can’t expect new opportunities to just show up. So don’t wait for opportunities to find you, create them. Actively seek them out.


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UWGB Faculty Display Art at Public Museum

UW-Green Bay Professor of Art and Design, Kristy Deetz, said she is eager to exhibit her artwork with that of other faculty.

The Neville Public Museum is showcasing the artwork of UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert College faculty in an exhibit that opened Saturday, January 26, 2013.

“The Art and Design faculty appreciate the Neville Public Museum for creating this opportunity for us to exhibit our work. This will provide possibilities for new exchanges between faculty, students and communities of both UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert,” said Deetz.

Neville Public Museum marketing assistant, Jenny Seim, said “The Artist as Teacher Part 1: The Fine Arts” features artwork from faculty of UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert College art departments. All artists have exhibition records both locally and beyond state borders. Some have been nationally recognized for their work. Participating artists can exhibit up to four pieces of their original artwork.

UW-Green Bay faculty members who are contributing artwork to the exhibit include Carol Emmons, Stephen Perkins, Toni Damkoehler, Kristy Deetz, Addie Sorbo, Christine Style, Alison Gates, Alison Stehlik, Jennifer Mokren, Mindy Wittock, Barbara Gossen, Sarah Detweiler and Minkyu Lee.

For the full story, click here:

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French Program Speaker

October 2013: “An evening devoted to celebrating the life and works of Nobel-winning author and absurdist philosopher Albert Camus, in French, is set for Tuesday, Oct. 15, in Green Bay. Visiting international scholar Luisa Etxenike will present “En hommage à Camus” at 6:30 p.m. at Kavarna Coffeehouse, 143 N. Broadway St. The event is organized by the French program and Humanistic studies academic units. Etxenike is a novelist and faculty member from the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain, who this fall is teaching courses in literature and Spanish at UW-Green Bay through the International Visiting Scholars Program. Her scholarship also focuses on French literature — in 2007 she was presented the Chevalier d’ Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by a ministry of the French Government. Prof. E. Nicole Meyer of UW-Green Bay’s French program says the presentation on Oct. 15 will be made in French, with questions and answers in both French and English. The program is free and open to the general public.”

According to UWGB Inside Newsroom:

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Art from all angles: Virtual tour gives 360° view of program facilities

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Art program is taking the “360° experience” to a whole new visual level, with a 360° virtual tour of its facilities. The virtual tour allows both web and mobile users to see UW-Green Bay’s exceptional studios and exhibition spaces. Users can use their mouse or mobile device to “move” laterally or vertically, and from one space to another, an experience that feels much like being there in person. See the full story here.

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UWGB Comm major is CW14 Star

March 2013: Congratulations to UW-Green Bay student Katie Phernetton, who recently was named the next CW 14 Star! Phernetton was chosen from a group of talented finalists (including several UW-Green Bay alumni) for the gig representing the CW 14 network on-air, online and in the community. She was set to appear live on CW 14 sister network WLUK, Fox 11 at 8:45 a.m. Thursday for an introduction as the new Star. Auditions for the role began in January, and Phernetton, a senior Communication major, officially takes over in her new role Monday (April 1). Way to go, Katie!

From UWGB Inside Newsroom:

Skills gained during Phernetton’s UWGB education are put to use in this role. The nature of the small university in a large city allows for opportunities like this one.

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Chancellor’s Security Walk spurs renewed emphasis on pedestrian safety

UW-Green Bay Police are renewing their emphasis on campus pedestrian safety, focusing on the area near Lab Sciences after an annual security evaluation raised some concerns. The location was mentioned as an issue during the Oct. 24 Chancellor’s Security Walk, a yearly event that allows participants to help Public Safety officers identify areas where inadequate lighting, overgrown shrubs or pedestrian/traffic safety might be a concern. As a result, officers intermittently will be using a borrowed radar trailer (and may eventually purchase their own, using a state grant), as well as stepping up enforcement and potentially increasing signage in the area. More information can be found here.

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