Ryan Martin — Dancing With Our Stars Auction: 12 Days of Bidding:

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Kick off your holiday shopping (or treat yourself) while supporting a great cause. This online auction has a variety of wonderful and unique items and experiences available thanks to the generosity of family and friends of Ryan Martin as well as community supporters.

All of the items have been donated, so the proceeds from this online auction will 100% benefit the American Red Cross and help Ryan Martin reach his Dancing with our Stars fundraising goal. You will have twelve days of bidding — this auction runs Monday, November 28 through Saturday, December 9.

Click HERE to get started!!

Check the Facebook page for the last day of the auction, so you can check back in on your bids just in time!

DWOS17 – Meet our Star Dancers: Dr. Ryan Martin

ryanmartingreybg550px-57c9f64c59315I’m the chair of the Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a nationally known anger researcher.  I earned my doctorate from the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Southern Mississippi where I studied anger under Dr. Eric Dahlen.  I teach courses in Abnormal Psychology, Psychology of Emotion, Research Methods in Psychology, and a capstone course on anger and violence.  Although I study healthy and unhealthy anger in a variety of contexts, I’m best known for my work on how anger is expressed through social media.  My work has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today as well as on National Public Radio and various other news outlets.

I’ve been married for 16 years and have two young sons, with whom I spend most of my free time. Our family enjoys trips to Door County and visits with other family throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. In Green Bay, family time is spent at Bay Beach, the Farmers Market, the Children’s Museum, kids’ sports and dance lessons, and bike rides on various trails throughout Green Bay. When I take time for myself, I enjoy running, my favorite pastime, and run as many of the local races as possible.

My first dance memory comes from when I was around five or six-years-old and was at a wedding with my family.  I was watching people dance and I really wanted to get out on the dance floor with them but was a little bit too shy.  I went and found my mom and she invited me to dance with her.  I remember being struck by how bad I was compared to everyone else.  They had all made it look so easy and I just felt awkward and weird.

My wife, Tina, is my dream dance partner. While Apolo Anton Ohno is my favorite all-time performer from “Dancing with the Stars”. I had been a big fan of his from watching him in the Olympics, and really admired his personal story.  His freestyle dance on DWTS, though, was particularly amazing.

(L-R) Shawn Kiser, MC interviewing Dr. Ryan Martin at our Kickoff event on Oct 4 at The Marq.

(L-R) Shawn Kiser, MC, interviewing Dr. Ryan Martin at our kickoff event on Oct 4 at The Marq.

I moved to Green Bay from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in July of 2005, less than two months before Hurricane Katrina devastated the place I called home for five years.  I had many friends, coworkers, and former students who were living throughout southern Mississippi and Louisiana, and I watched with sadness and fear as they suffered because of the storm.  I remember feeling profoundly helpless as I watched things unfold, but I also remember all the volunteers that were being dispatched by the American Red Cross to help.  It was comforting to know that someone was doing something, and that even though I couldn’t help directly, I could donate to the people who were able to.

I am excited to get involved in the Dancing with Our Stars fundraiser for two reasons. First, and most obviously, I believe in the Red Cross and value the work they do.  I am happy to raise money for the organization that was there for so many of my friends and has been there for so many others.  Second, as a teacher I am constantly encouraging my students to step outside of their comfort zone and try things that are new and difficult.  Dancing as part of this fundraiser is a chance for me to do the same.

Looking for a way to support Ryan? Here are two campaigns going on for this October.  Check out his event facebook page for more information.  “Vote” online for Ryan at:

https://www.crowdrise.com/dancingwithourstars/fundraiser/ryanmartin17

 

 

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Get to Know our Star Dance Partners: Taryn Oleson

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There’s nothing like expression through movement.  At age four I took my first ballet class in Delafield, WI, and haven’t stopped dancing since.  My major of Environmental Policy and Planning and minor in Environmental Science brought me to UW Green Bay, where I fell in love with ballroom dance through UWGB’s club.  It’s my goal to work with fresh water resources combatting our world’s water crisis; ideally working in water conflict management and transformation internationally.

I instruct Zumba aerobic classes at the Kress Events Center, love sports and am enthusiastic about anything active.  This event marks the two and a half year point of my ballroom career in which I’ve earned State Champion titles, presidency position in club, and met people who mean the world to me.  Without them, I wouldn’t be here dancing in ways I had only dreamed of and for that I am so grateful.

It’s a great privilege to be supporting the American Red Cross Team through this event.  They do so much for our community, touching lives daily; this is a wonderful opportunity to share something that I love and make a difference doing it.  A big thank you to Bob Warpinski and Tommy Lemkuil for making this experience fantastic the first time around, and to Pat Warpinski for making it happen again; it means so much to share this with you.

Get to Know our Dancer Partners: Alyssa Zellner

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I am a senior at UW-Green Bay completing my undergraduate degree in Human Biology with an emphasis in exercise science. I was first introduced to ballroom dancing my freshman year of college. There’s always so much to learn and I love to challenge myself to learn new dances. My first experience with ballroom was at the state competition in Milwaukee, with two other competitions, Wausau’s Fall Ball and Adagio Social Competition in Appleton, recently following. This year will be my third year for dancing for the American Red Cross.

Learning how to ballroom dance and perform was a goal ever since I was little, and now I am so addicted to it. The more I dance, the more I have grown to enjoy the dances and the people. My favorites tend to change, but some that intrigue me are the waltz, tango, cha-cha, and samba. Besides ballroom dancing, I enjoy being outside, helping on my parents’ farm where I grew up, downhill skiing, ultimate frisbee, singing (in the shower sometimes), yoga, traveling, and spending time with all my friends and wonderful family.  I know all the stars will be great for the Red Cross Fundraiser at the 2013 Dancing with Our Stars! The volunteers at the Red Cross do so many wonderful things for the local community every single day, and I am so grateful to be able to support their mission and be part of the team!

Get to Know Intern Dancer Taryn Oleson

There’s nothing like expression through movement. At age four I took my first ballet class in Delafield,WI, and haven’t stopped dancing since.  My double major of Environmental Science and Environmental Policy and Planning brought me to UW- Green Bay, where I fell in love with ballroom dance through UWGB’s ballroom club. 

It’s my goal to work with fresh water supplies to combat our world’s water crisis; ideally implementing small scale water and sanitation systems in developing countries where supplies are scarce.  

I instruct Zumba aerobic classes at the KressCenter, love sports and am enthusiastic about anything active.  This event marks the year and a half point of my ballroom career in which I’ve earned State Champion titles, an officer position in club, and met people who mean the world to me.  Without them I wouldn’t be here dancing in ways I had only dreamed of and for that I am so grateful.

It’s a great privilege to be supporting the Red Cross Team through this event.  They do so much for our community, touching lives daily; this is a wonderful opportunity to share something that I love and make a difference doing it.  A big thank you to Bob Warpinski and Tommy Lemkuil for making this experience fantastic.