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Please check out Phoenix Talks, Part of the 2014-2015 Common Theme of Being Involved in Public Life

Organized by Aaron Weinschenk (PEA and Political Science) and Kim Desotell (Director of Development), these talks brought former alumni, who are now passionate practitioners working in the fields of education, non-profit management, local government and environmental protection.

For Phoenix Talks on Education, please click here

For Phoenix Talks on Non-Profits, please click here.

For Phoenix Talks on Environmental Protection, please click here.

For Phoenix talks on City Government, please click here.

Political Science Student Is Featured in the UWGB Highlight News

As UWGB prepares to celebrate Veterans Day, campus celebrates one of our majors, Jared Spude, as a model of civic engagement on campus as well as local and national levels. To read the full story, please click here.

Professor Weinschenk’s two new book projects

Aaron Weinschenk, an assistant professor of political science in the Public and Environmental Affairs academic unit, has signed a book contract with Routledge Press. The book will focus on electoral politics in the United States and will be published next year. But this is not the only book project prof. Weinschenk is working on. He will also have a chapter on electoral politics in Wisconsin included in Swing State Politics and Presidential Elections, which will be published by Lexington Books in 2015.

Professor Staudinger wins prestigious national grant from National Endowment for Humanities

Congratulations are in order for our colleague, Alison Staudinger, who has just been awarded $22,000 grant to work on the develpment of the course on the Role of Work in Human Life, a first-year seminar on the changing nature of work throughout history, with consideration of its economic, political, and personal importance. Prof. Staudinger’s application was considered carefully during the NEH review process, which includes peer review along with deliberation by the National Council on the Humanities and the Office of the Chairman. The proposal garnered strong positive reviews and was subsequently funded! Congratulations from all of us, prof. Staudinger!
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Marleigh Fielder Attends National Legislative Conference for Habitat for Humanity

Our own Marleigh Fiedler will be traveling to Washington DC on February 10-17, 2014 to participate in Habitat on the Hill, a legislative conference sponsored by Habitat for Humanity International. Mike Stearney, campus advisor for H4H, shares this with us:
“The conference presents an amazing opportunity for Marleigh to engage in education, lobbying and advocacy around the issue of affordable housing for low income citizens.

Marleigh has participated in Habitat for Humanity here at UWGB since her freshman year. She has participated in three winter break service learning trips and is currently an officer of the student organization. She was part of a small team of students that completely organized and led the most recent trip to Raleigh, NC the first week of January 2014. Her commitment to this organization and this cause is deep and sincere.

Marleigh is one of only 15 students from across the nation that was given a scholarship to attend this conference. Marleigh is pursuing a double major in Political Science and Public Administration.”

We are all very proud of Marleigh and hopeful that this is just the beginning of a wonderful career ahead!

Danny Mueller, Political Science and History major, presents his research project as part of Posters in the Rotunda

Danny was one of the six UWGB undergraduate students who presented their research projects to Wisconsin legislators and interested public as part of tenth Posters in the Rotunda event. Danny’s research on the German media coverage of US presidential election drew on content analysis of hundreds of articles appearing in 6 leading German newspapers during 2012 presidential campaign. For more details please click here.

Professor Dallas Blaney a VIP Media Guest at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

As a winner of the blogging contest “Engage: The Water-Energy Nexus” held by UAE’s Masdar organization, Political Science professor Blaney was invited to participate in the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in January 2013. Selection committee noted that prof. Blaney’s “post demonstrated a thoughtful, well-researched response to the prompt, and stood out among the more than 70 submissions we received.” As a part of the recongnition, the organizers took care of all travel and accommodations expenses. Congratulations from all of us!

Professor Blaney will be giving a luncheon speech soon. Please be on a look-out for the email invitation to that event.

Public Forum on WI Elections – Photos

As mentioned previously, the public forum on Wisconsin elections was held October 15, 2012 and was co-sponsored by UW-Green Bay’s Political Science department, College Democrats, and College Republicans.

The panel featured Professor Emeritus Michael Kraft, Assistant Professor David Helpap, Wisconsin Senator Dave Hansen, and Jay Heck of Common Cause in Wisconsin.

The event was organized by Common Cause in Wisconsin.

Click on photos below for a larger view.

Political Science co-sponsors Public Forum on WI elections

Public forum on WI elections is scheduled for Monday, October 15. It will address critical issues of campaign finance reform, redistricting, public financing of state elections and voter id laws as they apply (and unfold) in our own state of Wisconsin. Our elected representatives (Sen. Hansen and Rep. Steineke) as well as our very own professors Mike Kraft and Dave Helpap will be part of the panel. These are all issues that received a lot of coverage in local and national press, have profound implications for US democracy and apply to college students in particular. The Forum is free and open to the university and greater Green Bay community.

When: Monday, October 15, 6:30-8:00PM

Where: Christie Theater in the University Union

Free cookies, juice and coffee!

Please take advantage of this opportunity to engage in important public dialog and invite others!

Professor Mike Kraft’s new book features contributions from several scholars with links to Political Science department

From UW-GB LOG Newsletter:” Oxford University Press has just released the latest book by Michael E. Kraft, professor emeritus of Political Science and Public and Environmental Affairs. The 792-page hardcover text is The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy. It is co-edited by Sheldon Kamieniecki, dean of the division of social sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Current and former UW-Green Bay faculty members contributed material, with Dean Scott Furlong collaborating with former PEA colleague Sara Rinfret on one chapter, and former Prof. Denise Scheberle contributing another. Kraft says the book is intended, in part, to alert those entering the field to the most important topics that have been addressed, the most significant scholarship that has been produced, and the priorities for future research in a field has grown substantially from its beginnings in the late 1960s. With the expansion of government policies in the 1960s and 1970s and increasing interest in contemporary environmental challenges, political scientists and policy scholars have greatly expanded the scope and sophistication of research, but there was until now no single volume, encyclopedia, or edited collection that authoritatively brings together this information. While the book is in hardcover initially, a paperback edition will following in a year. For moreinfo, visit the publisher’s website at″

Congratulations, Mike, Scott, Denise and Sara!