Students see world through different lens

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. UW-Green Bay students who studied abroad in the last year were encouraged to share some of those words by entering their photos in the annual Study Abroad Photo Contest.

This year’s winners were Rebecca Brown, Ryan Dunk, Amanda Nelson and Abby Puckhaber.

A display of the pictures was hung in the University Union, allowing all students to see the photos and vote for their favorite.

“Students were allowed to choose two images they enjoyed from each category and write them down on a ballot,” said Amber Bennett, senior art and French major and contest organizer.

This year, 21 students entered the contest and each was allowed to submit one photo to each of the categories. The four categories were Animals and Wildlife, People and Portraits, Buildings and Monuments and Nature and Scenery.

The first and second place winners for each category won tickets to the International Student Dinner.

Brown, senior human biology major, won first place for her photo of the Auschwitz concentration camp, titled “Work Didn’t Make Them Free.”

“The picture is of a gate that every prisoner had to enter through to get to what essentially would be their final resting place,” Brown said. “To me, it spoke volumes and made an impact that one will never forget.”

Bennett said this type of contest is important for students to stop and look at what’s around them and take in an experience like this.

“Too many people have tunnel vision nowadays, and they don’t take time to slow down and smell the roses,” Bennett said.

She went on to say that if all people care about is getting from point A to point B, or have their nose in their phone, they will miss so much actually going on in the world.

So remember to smell the roses and look at the world through a different lens.

University Union appreciates its customers

University Union employees will treat students and faculty to sweet deals, freebies and lots of fun during Customer Appreciation Day April 25. This year’s theme is Willy Wonka and the Candy Factory.

According to Miranda Knudson, marketing specialist, the Union will transform into a candy factory filled with surprises and fun. The events will be held throughout the day, starting around 9 a.m. All the events are free for students and staff. A number of events are scheduled throughout the day, allowing students opportunity to fit a visit to the Union into their schedules.

In the morning, students will be able to make their own candy necklaces. There will be a table in the Leona Cloud Commons where students can stop by and create a sugary treat to get them through their day. This event will run from 9-11 a.m. or while supplies last.

At 11 a.m. students can spin the candy wheel to win prizes, including Marcus movie passes, Shorewood sandwich vouchers, free nine-hole walking rounds of golf at Shorewood, CheapSeats tickets, candy, travel cups and more. Students can also enter a coloring contest for additional prizes until 1 p.m. in the Cloud Commons.

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the Union social media manager will be hosting a scavenger hunt. Clues and riddles will be posted on Twitter. The first one to the location where the Oompa Loompa is hiding will win one of the many grand prizes. The number of hidden Oompa Loompas may vary, but event organizers plan to give away more prizes than ever. They will also be posting candy-themed trivia questions on Facebook all day for more chances to win prizes.

At noon, there will be a free ice cream sundae bar for students. Candy toppings will be available to make the ice cream extra sweet. Golden tickets will be hidden on some bowls, giving students a shot at more prizes.

A Candy Crush Saga tournament will be held in the Phoenix Club around 4 p.m. The participant with the highest score on the leaderboard at the end of the tournament time wins a pair of Skull Candy Headphones.

Also, A’viands will be giving away an iPad. Each time students dine on-campus, they will receive a lucky ticket for a chance to win.  The drawing will take place April 26. The more times students visit, the better their odds to win.

“This event is a way for the University Union to show appreciation for the students that call it home,” Kundson said. “We are the living room of campus. We have a student focus in everything we do, whether it’s events, programming or updates. This is a day of food and fun. We want to make sure our students know that they are the reason we exist.”

The University Union has held Customer Appreciation Day for many years. Each year is a different theme, but the goal and concept stays the same. The idea is to connect with the students and staff with new creative ways every year.

“Students love all the freebies on this day — even if they don’t entirely know why they are getting free stuff,” Kundson said. “There’s no college student who will turn down free ice cream or the opportunity to win valuable prizes. They should know how much they mean to our University Union and our entire campus. They are the reason we’re all here. They are our customers, and they are appreciated.”

Customer Appreciation Day has served many students in the past, and the Union staff anticipate the students and staff will grasp this golden opportunity again this year. Stop by for sweet deals, freebies and fun April 25th.

Mauthe Center sponsors ‘Dinner With a Cause’

The slogan for the current Mauthe Center’s, Dinner with a Cause, Eat Well, event serves a double meaning. The donation-sponsored dinner not only offers a home-cooked meal for the campus community, but also has hopes of making a difference in the lives of African families.

This year, staff at the Mauthe Center has paired with  The Water Project, a national organization, with the intent of raising enough money to build a well in Africa and that can provide clean water to those in need.

Students, staff and local community members are invited to dinner every Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the MautheCenter. The meals served are free, but small donations for the cause are encouraged.

Marketing Coordinator for the Mauthe Center, Emily Garcia, expressed the impact the Eat Well campaign has had on those in need around the world.

“In May of 2010, the new staff at the Mauthe Center decided to make a difference in the lives of people who do not have clean water. Dinner with a Cause: Eat Well was born,” Garcia said. “We raised $5,000 during the 2010-11 academic year and we are currently using that money to build a well in Uganda.”

Garcia said the organization will continue to raise money and build more wells until clean water is no longer an issue.

“It is important for students to know they can make a difference now and that water, specifically how to share a limited resource, is the issue of their generation,” Garcia said. “UW-Green Bay is known as Eco-U and we are extending this tradition by creating an environment for our community to build a moral compass and address the issue of this generation.”

More than 150 students attended last week’s dinner, Sept. 27. According to Garcia, the numbers continue to grow with each passing week.

“The first week we served a spaghetti dinner and we had to add more tables because there were so many students,” said Emily Smith, intern at the Mauthe Center. “To see all the kids coming out for such a good cause was really cool.”

Many students enjoy the atmosphere and welcoming aura of the Tuesday night dinners.

“It’s free food, it’s good food and it feels like you’re at home,” said Pang Vang, freshman urban and regional studies major. “I don’t know what it is about the atmosphere, but I like it.”

Mauthe workers hope to inspire awareness and contribution to the well-being of the world population, while providing a way for students to learn about each other and themselves.

“Our expectation is simple,” Garcia said. “Come, enjoy each other’s company, build community and make a difference in the lives of people who currently do not have clean water.”