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Cast your vote for the Peregrine names by noon today

Join the University community and members of the public in naming the historical, first successful Peregrine falcon hatch on the UW-Green Bay campus. Voting closes at Noon today. All are invited to the name-reveal celebration on the Student Services Plaza, Wednesday, June 28. Vote now.

Weidner makes a splash with upcoming season reveal

Congratulations to the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on a 50-show-plus upcoming season. Along with UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre, the 2017-18 performing art seasons were announced in a brief, but exciting event yesterday (June 21, 2017) under the Chihuly in the Weidner Grand Foyer.  Announcing the line-up for the season was Stephanie Maufort, the program manager for the Weidner, who says the Broadway shows are sure to be a hit this season. Fox 11 had complete coverage including an interview with Theatre and Dance Chair Jeff Enstwistle. More coverage here:

-Weidner Center announces acts for 2017-2018 season: More than 50 acts set to take the stage, NBC 26, June 21

-Varied events set for UW-Green Bay center, Warren Gerds/Critic at Large,, June 21

-Seinfeld, ‘Jersey Boys’ announced for new Weidner season, USA Network-Wis, June 21


Green Bay men’s basketball finalizes roster including returning talent

A local star transferring back home, a talented sought-after JUCO transfer and another versatile freshman guard have all signed NLIs to join the Green Bay men’s basketball program, head coach Linc Darner announced. Cody Schwartz (De Pere, Wis. / San Jose State), TJ Parham (Chicago, Ill. / Wabash Valley College) and Hunter Crist (Crown Point, Ind.) fill out the 2017-18 roster for the Phoenix. The trio of signees will join incoming freshmen Trevian Bell (Joliet, Ill.), Will Chevalier (Kimberly, Wis.), PJ Pipes Jr. (Woodridge, Ill.) and Manny Patterson (Chicago, Ill.), along with newcomer Sukhjot Bains to sign in 2017-18. The group will join forces with RP40 and returners Khalil Small, who earned All-Defensive Team honors last season and averaged 10.1 PPG and 5.1 RPG, David Jesperson, Sandy Cohen III and Kameron Hankerson.

Faculty note: Luczaj leads Lifelong Learning Institute on field trip

Prof. John Luczaj (Natural and Applied Science, Geology) led 53 participants on a day-long field trip on June 20, 2017 to the upper peninsula of Michigan for the Lifelong Learning Institute (formerly Learning in Retirement). The trip was a geology and landforms-oriented class that covered the Garden Peninsula and related parts of Michigan and Wisconsin. Main stops included the Kitch-iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) and Fayette State Park along the Niagara Escarpment in the Garden Peninsula.

WBAY reports on book thieves

UW-Green Bay campus police are investigating the theft of high value instructor level text books. WBAY shared police photos of “two men they would like to speak with regarding a June 10 daytime burglary of an office in an academic building on campus.” Any information should be provided to the University Police at 920-465-2300 or email Public

UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center shares 2017-18 season

More than 50 Broadway musicals, beloved children’s performances, comedic icons and more take to the Weidner Center stage for 2017-2018 Performing Arts Season

Green Bay, WI–A (PAW) patrol, a princess and some boys from the Jersey Shore will all grace the Weidner Center for the Performing Art’s stage during the 2017-2018 season. And that’s just the beginning. The center’s 2017-2018 line-up, announced June 21 at the Weidner Center, includes more than 50 performances and sets the stage for a season that rings true to the premiere performing art center’s mission.

“The Weidner is a unique venue in Northeast Wisconsin, with a dual mission to enrich our community and the academic experience of students on campus,” noted University Provost Gregory Davis at the season announcement. “Our distinction is one we savor. We are constantly looking for ways to blend the educational mission of the University with our commitment to the community. The 2017-2018 Weidner Season does just that in some very exciting ways.”

According to Weidner Center Programming Manager Stephanie Maufort, the robust 2017-2018 performance calendar demonstrates the Weidner’s enduring commitment to bringing sought-after national performing artists to the area with a promise to grow the musicians, actors and set designers of tomorrow. “In this prequel year to our 25th anniversary, we’re focusing on our roots with a renewed focus on bringing together community, university and beyond.” The season line-up includes:
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live!
Sunday, August 6, 2017   7:00pm
(Single ticket sales available now)

The Simon & Garfunkel Story
Friday, October 13, 2017   7:30pm

Peppa Pig Live! Peppa Pig’s Surprise!
Friday, November 10, 2017   6:00pm
(Single ticket sales available now)

Holiday Pops
Friday, December 8, 2017  7:30pm
Saturday, December 9, 2017 2:30pm

Doctors in Recital
Saturday, January 20, 2018  7:00pm

Jerry Seinfeld
Friday, January 26, 2018   7:00pm

Jazz Fest 48
Starring Janet Planet and the Green Bay Jazz Orchestra
Saturday, January 27, 2018   7:00pm

PAW Patrol Live!
Saturday, February 17, 2018  10:00am & 2:00pm
Sunday, February 18, 2018   10:00am & 2:00pm

Riverdance 20 Years
Tuesday, February 20, 2018   7:30pm
Wednesday, February 21, 2018  7:30pm

The A Cappella Musical
Sunday, February 25, 2018  3:00pm

Brian Henson presents: Puppet Up: Uncensored
Friday, March 9, 2018   7:30pm

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Saturday, March 31, 2018  2:00pm & 7:30pm

UW-Green Bay Music and The Civic Symphony of Green Bay present

Verdi’s Requiem
Sunday, April 15, 2018  3:00pm

Jersey Boys
Sunday, April 22, 2018 3:00pm & 8:00pm

University Music and Theatre (and Dance) Unveil Dynamic Programs
UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre also unveiled their upcoming season schedules during the event. The Music season includes Jazz Fest 48 (the longest running jazz festival in Wisconsin), Verdi’s Requiem (in collaboration with the Civic Symphony of Green Bay), and dozens of other performances by UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff.

“We’re thrilled to give students so many performance opportunities during the year while bringing great variety to the local arts scene,” says Randy Meder, Chair of UW-Green Bay’s Music program. “The opportunity to perform in one of the most acoustically amazing concert halls in the Midwest is, for many of our students, the highlight of their college careers.”

Meder noted that the University will also host the American International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition October 13-15, 2017, featuring some of the most talented up-and-coming vocalists from around the world.

UW-Green Bay’s Theatre and Dance, a seven-time recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Region III American College Theatre Festival’s company award for professionalism and safety, remains under the direction of University Theatre Professor Jeff Entwistle. University students are coming to the stage in Legally Blonde: The Musical; the highly popular Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson (the most produced living playwriting in America); and Danceworks, a celebration of dance in concert of faculty and student choreography, among others.

“Our 2017-18 season is giving our students great opportunities with the works of great playwrights,” Entwistle said. “We believe every Theatre and Dance season is special; and this one is going to be thought provoking, hilarious, and spectacular for students and the community alike.”

Weidner Center 2017-2018 Performing Arts Season tickets are currently on sale via subscription through July 16, 2017. To become a Weidner subscriber, simply select three or more Weidner Center events. Subscribers have the opportunity to buy tickets before the general public, get the best seats and save up to 10 percent on their purchase. Subscription order forms reflect discounted prices. Orders of less than three events will be processed at full price on July 20 when single tickets go on sale to the general public. You can place your subscription order online at, by calling 800-895-0071 or in person at all Ticket Star locations. Groups of 10 or more can order now by calling Ticket Star at 920-405-1249. Single tickets go on sale to the general public July 20, 2017, at 11am. All ticketing information is available at

Special show items to note: Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live! and Peppa Pig Live! are on sale now. Weidner Center Subscribers will receive special presale access for PAW Patrol Live! before single tickets go on sale in September. Tickets for the University Music and Theatre Season go on sale in September.

About the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Center is a home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance productions, community events and productions, and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. Beyond the large-scale touring productions that grace the stage, the Weidner Center also focuses on scholastic development, programming and an impactful education series – Stage Doors. The Stage Doors Education Series (announced May 12) serves more than 17,500 students from 63 cities throughout Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula every year. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit, 920-465-2726, 800-895-0071, or follow the ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter).

(Editor’s Note: Music and Theatre performances are held at either the Weidner Center or University Theatre. See enclosed for complete schedules of the 2017-2018 Music and Theatre programs or visit


2017-2018 UW-Green Bay Music Season

American International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition
Fort Howard Hall, Weidner Center, Free Admission
-Preliminaries: Friday, October 13, 10am
-Semi-Finals: Saturday, October 14, 10am
-Finals: Sunday, October 15, 10am

17 Wind Ensemble/Studio, Orchestra and Symphonic Band
21 Concert Choir & University Singers

Jazz Ensembles*

Wind Ensemble/Studio, Orchestra and Symphonic Band
5 Concert Choir & University Singers
12 Chamber Ensembles

Jazz Fest 48 starring Janet Planet and the Green Bay Jazz Orchestra

Annual Honors Recital

MARCH 2018
Wind Ensemble/Studio, Orchestra and Symphonic Band

7 Concert Choir & University Singers
8 Jazz Ensembles*

APRIL 2018

15 UW-Green Bay Music and The Civic Symphony of Green Bay present Verdi’s Requiem

20-21 Opera Workshop
25 Wind Ensemble/Studio, Orchestra and Symphonic Band

MAY 2018
Chamber Ensembles*
3 Jazz Ensembles*

* Event held in University Theatre in the UW-Green Bay Theatre Hall building

THE 6:30 CONCERT SERIES is an innovative performance series designed to connect the campus and surrounding communities with music in a deeper way. Performances feature insightful presentations by performers, composers, and special guests. The series offers new perspectives on diverse musical styles, often exploring the music from multiple angles. The focus of the 2017-2018 series is the adventurous musicianship of the UW-Green Bay Music faculty. All performances begin at 6:30pm, last between 60 and 90 minutes, and are free and open to the public. Visit in September for full schedule.

2017-2018 UW-Green Bay Theatre Season

No Exit — October 12, 13, 14 and October 18, 19, 20, 21
Legally Blonde: The Musical — November 16, 17, 18
Wonder of the World — February 22, 23, 24, 28 and March 1, 2, 3
Danceworks — April 7, 8
Silent Sky — April 25, 26, 27, 28 rates UW-Green Bay 22 of 50 best for LGBTQ students

UW-Green Bay was ranked 22 of the 50 Best Colleges for LGBTQ Students by Stacie Christian, UW-Green Bay’s Director of Inclusive Excellence and Pride Center said that the Pride Center academic status has improved with an approved LGBTQ Certificate Program, but some areas are still in need of improvement.

Charles Rybak named interim Dean at UW-Green Bay

Rybak replaces longtime UW-Green Bay faculty member Scott Furlong as Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

GREEN BAY – University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Provost Greg Davis announced the appointment on June 19, 2017 of Charles (Chuck) A. Rybak as interim Dean of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Rybak will begin his duties July 5, 2017.

Rybak will provide leadership in the areas of visual and performing arts, humanities, communication, computer and information sciences and social sciences. As dean, he is responsible for budget, personnel, curriculum, strategic planning and constituent relations in promoting UW-Green Bay and the College. He will provide academic and administrative leadership and oversight of interdisciplinary and disciplinary programs in the College as well as the University’s general education program.

“Chuck is well known and respected both on campus and in the community,” says Davis. “He has demonstrated a commitment to undergraduate education, interdisciplinary teaching and learning, and scholarship, as well as shared governance, significantly advancing the University’s mission.”

Rybak has been a member of the UW-Green Bay Humanistic Studies and English faculty since he joined the University in 2010 as an assistant professor. He advanced to the rank of associate professor in 2013, and was promoted to full professor in 2017. From 2003-2010, Rybak was a member of the UW-Colleges’ English department as well as UW-Colleges Online. Additionally, he has several years of experience as a high school English teacher.

He received his Ph. D. in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Cincinnati, a master’s degree in English from Iowa State University and bachelor’s degrees in English and History from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Rybak replaces Dean Scott Furlong who will leave the institution to become Provost at SUNY-Oswego (New York), after a 24-year career at UW-Green Bay.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 7,300 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit



Voting open until noon Thursday to name Peregrine falcons

UW-Green Bay opens voting to public for Peregrine falcon naming

GREEN BAY – It’s time to name those Peregrine falcons!

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is celebrating its first successful hatching of Peregrine falcons on campus. The four males Peregrines (listed on Wisconsin’s endangered list) hatched in May on the Cofrin Library. Nearly 130 nominations for naming have been entered and narrowed for voting. Voting is open until Noon, Thursday, June 22. A small reveal celebration is being planned for Noon, Wednesday, June 28 on the Student Services Plaza.

The final ballot includes nods to UW System mascots, the Cofrin family (philanthropic supporters), the Green Bay Packers and a few pop culture references. Some of the creative “honorable mentions” not included on the ballot, are:

  • Falcy McFalcon Face
  • U, W, R, F – (A nice try by UW-River Falls, home of the Falcons)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy characters
  • Lord of the Rings characters
  • You, Double You, Gee and Bee

Online voting for the finalists can be found at Tom Erdman,, director of UW-Green Bay Richter Museum, is overseeing the health and welfare of the birds.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to about 7,300 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit