UW-Green Bay to recognize outstanding young and distinguished alumni at 2020 Alumni Awards Dinner, Feb. 28

LaForce President and CEO Brian Mannering will receive an Honorary Alumni Award

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will recognize a number of outstanding alumni and one honorary alumnus at the 2020 Alumni Awards Dinner, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 in the Phoenix Rooms on the Green Bay Campus at 5 p.m. The event is open to the public. The cost is $50 per person. For more information, contact the UW-Green Bay Alumni Office at 920-465-2074 or alumni@uwgb.edu.

Receiving this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award are Neil Diboll ’78, Todd Jadin ’84, Paul Northway ’90 and Lisa Merkel ’00 and ’10. Diana Delbecchi ’10 and Amanda Reitz ’08 will be honored with the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award and Brian Mannering, CEO and president of LaForce, will be designated as an Honorary Alumnus.

The Alumni Awards highlight UW-Green Bay graduates and other individuals who have made special contributions to UW-Green Bay, their communities and professions. Awardees go through a nomination and selection process by committee consisting of internal staff and past Alumni Award recipients. About the awardees:

Neil Diboll
Neil Diboll

Neil Diboll ’78 (Environmental Sciences) is currently a prairie ecologist at the Prairie Nursery in Westfield, Wis. He attended the University of Michigan Biological Station in Pellston, MI (Boot Camp for Biologists) during the summer of 1977. He has since worked for the U.S. Park Service in Virginia, the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado and the University of Wisconsin. In 1982, Diboll began his involvement with Prairie Nursery, producing native plants and seeds and designing native landscapes. He has since devoted his efforts to championing the use of prairie plants, as well as native trees, shrubs and wetland plants, in contemporary American landscapes. In addition to helping popularize the use of native plants long before they were “cool,” Diboll developed the first scientific methodology for designing prairie seed mixes. Diboll’s work includes designs for residential, commercial and public spaces throughout the Midwest and Northeast United States. The essence of Diboll’s philosophy is that we, as stewards of the planet, must work to preserve and increase the diversity of native plants and animals with which we share our world. The protection of our natural heritage and our soil and water resources is essential to maintaining a high quality of life for today and for the children of future generations to come.

Todd Jadin
Todd Jadin

Todd Jadin ’84 (Business Administration) is vice president of Associate Relations and Talent Management for Schneider, a premier provider of transportation, intermodal and logistics services. In this position, Jadin is responsible for delivering an exceptional associate experience on behalf of the company. He is accountable for corporate recruiting, learning and development, change management, associate relations, employment law compliance and the human capital processes—which includes performance appraisals, succession planning and overall talent management. He began his professional career with Schneider in Feb. 1985 as an extended coverage manager. Since then, he has held leadership positions in nearly every operating unit of the business. Previous roles during his 35-year tenure have included director of Network Planning, general manager of Integrated Delivery Fleet Services, senior vice president of Dedicated Services, senior vice president of Operations, vice president of Alliance Capacity and vice president of Schneider’s Mexico division. As an industry expert, he has represented Schneider on the Council of Logistics Management, the North American Transportation Alliance, the American Trucking Associations Intermodal Council and the BNSF Customer Advisory Board. He has also been recognized as a “Logistics Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine. Most recently, he was awarded the inaugural Don Schneider Presidential Award by Schneider in Feb. 2019. Jadin served or continues to serve his community in his role on the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Green Bay, the UW-Green Bay Founders Association and the UW-Green Bay Alumni Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Schneider Foundation core team. In addition, Jadin has been actively involved in youth basketball in the Green Bay area. He serves as president of the Green Bay Area Girls Basketball Association, he coached numerous boys and girls Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball teams and he was a member of the boys’ varsity staff at Notre Dame Academy High School. He has been married to his wife, Sara, for 30 years, and together they have four children: Hanna, Kate, Dante and Tessa.

Paul Northway ’90 (Business Administration, Political Science) joined American National Bank in 2013 as part of a succession plan for key executives who were retiring. In his current role as CEO, Northway is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the local business bank, as well as being the caretaker of the company’s culture. Northway is also a member of the bank’s Board of Directors. With nearly 30 years of experience in the financial industry, Northway is very adept at developing mutually beneficial relationships throughout the community. Prior to joining American National Bank, Northway had leadership roles at Baylake Bank (regional

Paul Northway
Paul Northway

president) and Associated Bank (Commercial Banking Team leader). Northway is a lifelong resident of Northeast Wisconsin, having grown up in De Pere. He obtained an MBA at UW-Oshkosh and completed the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. Passionate about his alma mater, Northway and his wife, Kristin, have established a scholarship at UW-Green Bay for business students. He serves as a member of the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees. A season ticket holder for men’s basketball and a supporter of the Phoenix Fund, you will find him cheering on the Phoenix from his seats behind the bench. Additionally, Northway regularly speaks to classes on campus about the topic of selling and sales management. In 2012, he was recognized by the Cofrin School of Business as an honorary inductee into Sigma Beta Delta. Other community involvement includes service on the board of directors and executive committee of both, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley and Curative Connections. Northway served as the chair of Curative’s Rising Tide Capital Campaign in 2018. His contributions in the community have been recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin (Marie Krohn Award) and Neighborworks Green Bay (Community Builder Award). Northway and his wife have two children, Andrew, a current UW-Green Bay student, and Aaron.

Lisa Merkel
Lisa Merkel

Lisa Merkel ’00 and ’10 (Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning) A passionate teacher, Merkel has been an educator at Green Bay West High School since 2001, where she currently teaches Physical Science and Chemistry classes. The effects of poverty on learning was the focus of her research as a graduate student at UW-Green Bay. For nearly a decade, Merkel developed and taught two graduate classes related to the education of impoverished children to area educators and administrators through the UW-Green Bay Outreach Program (now Continuing Education and Community Engagement). She contributes her expertise on the effects of poverty on learning in a variety of programs including the Green Bay West Building Leadership Team, AVID, S3 teaching teams, Student Council and the Medical College of Wisconsin Equity Team. In 2014, won an equity award from the Green Bay Education Association for her dedication and commitment to uniting cultures through education. In 2016, Merkel was awarded the Herb Kohl Foundation Fellowship Award for teaching excellence and innovation in the State of Wisconsin. In 2018, she received a Serious About STEM (SAS) grant for $100,000 from the Medical College of Wisconsin to implement the program she developed to increase positive outcomes for first-generation female students interested in STEM fields. Lisa and her husband, UW-Green Bay Professor Brian Merkel, love spending time with their three beautiful children and Jade, an unapologetically spoiled Weimaraner and true baby of the family.

Diana Delbecchi 10 (Psychology and Human Development) is a passionate social justice advocate with a key interest in refugee rights and issues around educational equity. After graduating from UW-Green Bay in 2010, she served as the University’s Student Employment and Scholarships coordinator for almost five years. Leaving to pursue her own dreams of a higher education, she moved to Ireland and received a Master’s Degree in Gender, Globalisation and Rights. Since graduating in 2016, she has spent time working abroad in a refugee camp providing educational programming for out-of-school refugee youth, where she conducted a research project that led to the design and implementation of the first youth education program in a refugee camp of 700 residents. Delbecchi also helped found a local group for resettled refugee youth in Green Bay called the United ReSisters. This group helps make the dreams of college education accessible, affordable and achievable for these young women. The group recently published a book on their experiences titled “The First Winter.” Delbecchi also served as the assistant director for a freshmen travel program at St. Norbert College and is currently the Green Bay Area Public School’s first-ever Community Schools Resource coordinator. Delbecchi was a contributing author for the scholarly publication, “Journey to Refuge: Understanding the Refugee, Exploring Trauma, and Best Practices for Newcomers and Schools.”

Amanda Reitz ’08 (Elementary Education) is the founder of Happily Ever After Animal Sanctuary (HEA). She was born, raised, educated and now lives in Green Bay. Reitz’s passion is simple; she loves creating positive change for pets and people across the nation. She founded HEA at just 21-years old. This dream wasn’t supported by everyone. Her father’s words were, “forget about it…it’s never going to happen.” Ironically, he has been extensively involved every step of the way. Today, both of her parents and her brother have made HEA’s

Amanda Rietz
Amanda Rietz

mission their life’s work. Reitz founded HEA when many communities were killing more than 50% of the dogs and cats that entered their animal shelters. Since 2006, HEA has successfully paired more than 4,000 companion animals with loving families. While proud of the impact, Reitz is far from satisfied. There are still hundreds of thousands of animals dying in shelters every year. She wants to see a world where the life of every companion animal matters. Reitz has been recognized by UW-Green Bay’s Inside Magazine as a Service-Minded Alumni, the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce (1 of 20 People You Should Know), and by You Magazine (1 of 20 Women to Know). She’s also a graduate of Leadership Green Bay’s class of 2012. Grateful for her faith, her family and her community, Reitz finds the greatest joy in being able to engage her heart in the service of others—both people and pets.

Brian Mannering will receive the Honorary Alumni Award. Mannering is committed and passionate about the Green Bay community and the important role that UW-Green Bay plays in the continued growth and prosperity of Northeast Wisconsin. Although not an alumnus, the president and CEO of LaForce Inc., has demonstrated incredible support for UW-Green Bay. He is a member of the Phoenix men’s basketball golf

Brian Mannering
Brian Mannering

committee, is an avid fan, and spreads this excitement throughout the company he leads. Mannering and LaForce continue to support various initiatives throughout campus including a recent gift to the Phoenix Innovation Park and the development of the University’s new Mechanical Engineering Program. LaForce Inc., headquartered in Green Bay, Wis. with additional offices across the United States, is a leader in providing door opening solutions for life safety and building security. Mannering has a proven executive management track record with more than 30 years of experience driving sales and growth for LaForce. He began his career in shipping & receiving and has held numerous positions in the company, including vice president of sales and vice president. In 2007, he was named president of the growing company, and in 2016 he acquired the title of CEO. Mannering models efforts of community engagement and encourages LaForce employees to do the same through corporate donations and employee activities. A native of Green Bay, Mannering believes the development of a community has a strong impact on the success of a company. Mannering is a member of the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees and is an active supporter of the NEW Community Shelter. He previously served as a board member for the Green Bay Boys & Girls Club. Brian and his wife Amy have been married for 33 years and have three children: Austin, Alyssa (a UW-Green Bay graduate) and Brock.

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UW-Green Bay Professor Emeritus Hallet J. ‘Bud’ Harris honored by Wisconsin Academy

The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters announced on Jan. 14, 2020, the seven recipients of the 2020 Academy Fellows Award. Among them was UW-Green Bay Prof. Emeritus Hallet J. ‘Bud’ Harris (NAS), who has dedicated his career and life’s work to scientific solutions to Great Lakes issues.

“His research and advocacy laid the foundation for ecological restoration efforts that are among the most ambitious in the world,” according to his nominators. “His contributions to science and the people of Wisconsin hardly stopped in 1999, however. To this day, he is an effective leader in efforts to improve environmental quality and sustainable resource use in Wisconsin. His contributions range from front-line leadership in water quality issues to meaningful influence on discussions of climate change, environmental economics, and science education. His career as a scientist and leader is approaching 50 years, with no sign of retreat.”

Hallet 'Bud' Harris
Hallet ‘Bud’ Harris

Noteworthy is Harris’s significant publication record, but his major contributions to water science, according to colleagues, are manifest through well-documented influence on public policy. Outcomes of his work, chronicled prominently by reports, research documents, and on-the-ground actions, have led to precedent-setting investments in water quality abatements totaling more than a billion dollars and counting.

At UW-Green Bay, Harris taught undergraduate ecology and graduate courses in wetland ecology and ecosystem management. He and his students carried out research in coastal wetlands of Green Bay as part of the Wisconsin Sea Grant Green Bay Subprogram which he coordinated for eight years. Subsequently he served as “on site coordinator” of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) PCB Mass Balance Study. In that role, Harris laid the foundation for a PCB cleanup effort in the Fox River—said to be the largest fresh water clean-up in the world—resulting in the removal of 2.4 million tons of contaminated sediments. Harris also led consequential efforts to address nonpoint source pollution of sediments and nutrients, a second complex problem in the Fox River/Lower Green Bay ecosystem.

Serving on all three steering committees (Technical, Ad-hoc Science, and Outreach), he was instrumental in precipitating USEPA and Wisconsin DNR actions to develop total maximum daily load (TMDL) regulations for controlling runoff of phosphorous and suspended solids in the Lower Fox River Basin. During this process, he also obtained nearly $1 million in funding to engage high school students and teachers in a successful stream monitoring and education program in the Fox River Watershed. Among many other professional contributions, he currently serves as member and past chair for the Sea Grant Advisory Council, he is a member of the Science Advisory Board of the Wisconsin Initiative for Climate Change Impacts (WICCI), and he is a long-serving leader of the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance Advisory Board.

“The list of Dr. Harris’s leadership roles is truly remarkable, reflecting a passion for applying science to critical ecological and sociological challenges,” say his nominators. “He has contributed significantly to the peer-reviewed scientific literature and he has inspired and mentored hundreds of students. His most important legacy, however, will likely be the public policies and conservation actions that have happened because of his passionate commitment as an applied scientist and community leader.”

After receiving a bachelor of science from Coe College, he graduated with a master’s and Ph.D. from Iowa State University and joined UW–Green Bay in 1969, retiring in 1999. Harris presently serves in a science advisory capacity for four environmental organizations.

Big weekend coming up for GB Phoenix

There is plenty of opportunity to watch Green Bay basketball in action this Hall-of-Fame Weekend. Men’s basketball will host Oakland on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the Resch Center and Detroit Mercy, Saturday, Jan. 18 at Noon at the Resch. The Phoenix women host IUPUI at 7 p.m. Friday and UIC, Sunday at 1 p.m. for Alumni Day. Both of those games are at the Kress Center. See more at greenbayphoenix.com. Green Bay Athletics is set to induct seven former Phoenix greats to the Athletics Hall of Fame on January 18, 2020. This will be the 21st induction class in the Hall of Fame’s history. The announced 2020 class includes women’s soccer player Lisa Boeser ’96, softball player Katie Stauber (Cooney) ’10, men’s swimmer Zach Hansen ’04, former athletics administrator Marilyn McCarey, men’s Nordic skier Santiago Ocariz ’10, men’s soccer player Joshua Okoampa ’06 and women’s basketball standout Julie Wojta ’12. These seven inductees will be recognized for their athletics achievements, contributions and accomplishments during their successful time at Green Bay. More here. Your final chance to see the Swimming and Diving teams in action at home is this weekend with a Saturday, Jan. 18 meet at 1 p.m.

GB student athletes have 40th straight semester above a 3.0

UW-Green Bay student-athletes combined to achieve a department-wide grade point average of 3.35 in the fall of 2019, marking the 40th-consecutive semester above a 3.0 GPA. For the fall semester of 2019, 15 of the 16 sport programs at Green Bay achieved a semester grade point average of 3.0 or higher, while 12 of the 15 achieved higher than a 3.32.  Additionally, five of the 15 achieved higher than a 3.5 GPA. The mark of 3.35 extends Green Bay’s streak of semesters above a 3.3 GPA to 10 straight. The department was led by women’s golf with a 3.89 grade point average. In addition, women’s Nordic ski (3.81), volleyball (3.68), women’s basketball (3.66) and men’s swimming and diving (3.55) all posted GPAs above a 3.50.

A total of 174 student-athletes posted a 3.0 grade point average or higher, which accounted for more than 76 percent of all student-athletes. Forty student-athletes achieved a 4.0 GPA.

The percentage of student-athletes that received academic honors for the fall semester of 2019 (3.5 or higher) registered just over 53 percent, with a total of 121 student-athletes recognized for achieving Honors (3.5-3.749), High Honors (3.75-3.99) or the Highest Honors (4.0).

Lakeshore Wind Ensemble readies for concert Saturday, Jan. 18

The majestic Capitol Civic Centre will resound with classical and big band music when the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus’ Lakeshore Wind Ensemble (LWE) present “Vienna by the Lake” and the Lakeshore Big Band (LBB) delight audiences with “Anything Goes” with tunes from the Big Band era with movie music and everything in-between on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. The LWE portion is conducted by Marc Sackman, professor of music and director of bands at UWO-Fox Cities and conductor and music director of the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Lakeshore Wind Ensemble. The LBB portion is conducted by Chris Woller, guest music director and conductor.

Emily Kosloski
Emily Kosloski

Joining the LWE will be Manitowoc native and Broadway singer/Hollywood actress Emily Kosloski. The Manitowoc Lincoln High School graduate and holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Northwestern University. She is a television and stage actress who has performed in the Broadway Company and with the National Touring Company of Les Misérables. Other theatre credits include performing on London’s West End and at the Geffen Playhouse with Joan Rivers in Joan Rivers: A Work in Progress, and in regional theaters around the country. Her television credits include recurring roles in “Weird City,” “The Fosters,” “Dallas” and guest stars on “Shameless,” “Southland,” and “I Feel Bad.” She will be singing classical music from the operas Die Fledermaus and La Bohème. Sackman’s inspiration for the program is the New Year’s Eve concert in Vienna with music by Johann Strauss, II, you may just get up from your seat and start waltzing in the aisles!

Woller and the Lakeshore Big Band will showcase tunes from the Big Band era: Anything Goes!, Roy Eldridge’s Rockin’ Chairand more! The Big Band is dedicating Chuck Mangione’s Feels so Good to late LWE Founder and Conductor Emeritus Michael J. Arendt and late fellow LBB trumpeter Glen Harcus. This song was chosen since it was played at Mike’s final Lakeshore Big Band concert. Two additional vocalists, who are also very talented, will be joining the stage for the Big Band, local favorites David Bourgeois and Kim Hofmann.

Following the concert, the audience is invited to a reception in the Capitol Civic Centre’s Mertens Family Lobby to meet the conductors, musicians and vocalists.

Tickets for the LWE & LBB concert are available at the Capitol Civic Centre Box Office and are $16 for adult seating, and $9 for students and all balcony seating. The quoted ticket prices do not include the CCC ticket fee or sales tax. For additional ticket information, you may call the CCC Box Office at 920-683-2184 or visit on the web at cccshows.org.

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Theatre on the Bay, UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus to host audition times for spring play, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

Marinette, Wis.—Theatre on the Bay on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Marinette Campus has announced audition times for its spring play, “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The auditions will be held Feb. 12 and 13, 2020 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Herbert L. Williams Theatre, Fine Arts Building, on the Marinette Campus. All roles are available. Auditions are made by appointment.

Characters include Algernon Moncrief (20s-30s, a dissipated, rather cynical but refined bachelor), John (Jack) Worthing (20s-30s, a fun-loving bachelor looking for love), Cecily Cardew (18, Jack’s ward, Algernon’s romantic interest, pretty and sheltered but smarter than she looks), Gwendolyn Fairfax (early to mid 20s, refined, Jack’s romantic interest, she has a keen wit and is very aware she is rich and beautiful), Lady Bracknell (Gwendolyn’s mother, 50s-60s, imperious and overly conscious of social class), Reverend Chausable (40s-60s, a priest), Ms. Prism (40-65, Cecily’s governess), Lane and Merriman (Algernon’s servants, 20s-ancient). Please note: ages are offered as reference, actors must be able to play within the age range for the character.

Roles are available for actors ages 15 and older. All characters have British dialects. The play is appropriate for audiences of all ages. The production will be directed by TOB artistic director Rebecca Stone Thornberry. All interested actors are encouraged to audition (one does not have to be a UW-Green Bay student, nor does one need prior experience with theatre or acting). UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus students may receive course credit for acting in or providing technical or management assistance on the production (by registering for THE 335, 336 or 338).

Monologues of one-to-two minutes (comedic or dramatic) are welcome, but not required for these auditions. Those auditioning should be prepared to read aloud from pieces provided at the audition. Actors are not required to attend both audition nights.

Participants should arrive at least 10 minutes prior to audition slots with form completed. Register here or at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4fafaa22a5fd0-auditions. After registering, participants will be sent an audition form to complete prior to audition. This will include rehearsal conflicts. A script will be on two-hour reserve at the Marinette Campus library by Jan. 15.

Rehearsals will take place in the evenings and on weekends between Feb. 17 and April 16. Performances are April 17-19 and 24-26.

Email stonethr@uwgb.edu (preferred) or call 715-504-3318 for further information.

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Big game for Phoenix men on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m.

It’s a big game for the Phoenix. The men’s basketball program hosts in-state rival UW-Milwaukee on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Resch Center. There will be a throwback jersey giveaway, free admission for high school students, and other promotions. Green Bay will be going for its eighth win in nine games against Milwaukee. The Phoenix (7-10, 2-2) has won four of its last six games, which included impressive victories against UIC and IUPUI in that stretch. See more.

UW-Green Bay prepares for 50th Jazz Fest!

Middle- and high-school Jazz bands from across the state join-in on the fun

GREEN BAY—Jazz Fest, sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and held on the UW-Green Bay campus will celebrate its 50th anniversary this January, with activities that begin Thursday, January 23, 2020.

Jazz Fest invites middle and high school jazz bands from across the state to a day of workshops and masterclasses, Saturday, January 25, 2020, culminating in an afternoon concert featuring several of the school bands. The evening is capped off with a concert by a professional jazz band at the Weidner Center; this year featuring The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and The Squirrel Nut Zippers.

UWGB Jazz Fest is the second oldest jazz festival in Wisconsin. It was started in 1970 by professors Wayne Jaeckel and Lovell Ives, and has been host to thousands of high school students in its 50 years. Students get the chance to work with world-class musician educators in a collegial atmosphere that promotes one of America’s most important art forms. For many years, the festival was competitive in nature and saw upwards of 40 competing bands.

In the first couple of decades, UWGB Jazz Ensemble I would spend the January term in intensive practice sessions preparing for the festival, during which they would then perform with well-known soloists such as Clark Terry. With the loss of the January term, in recent years, the festival has been headlined by professional acts such as this year’s double bill of The Squirrel Nut Zippers and The Dirty Dozen Brass band. In addition, the competition is no longer competitive but features more time for each band with clinicians, including featuring one of the clinicians as a soloist on the added 4 p.m. concert. UWGB Jazz Fest is keeping the long tradition of quality jazz education alive in Northeast Wisconsin.

This year, there are more than a dozen bands from 10 different schools participating: Ashwaubenon High School, Green Bay East High School, Pulaski Middle School, Pulaski High School, Two Rivers High School, Evansville High School, Preble High School, West DePere High School, Bay Port High School and Jefferson High School. Following a morning and afternoon of workshops and masterclasses, six of the bands will participate in a concert to showcase their talents. The concert will be held at 4 p.m. in the Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. This concert is free and the public is welcomed and encouraged to attend. As part of the 50th celebration of Jazz Fest, at the beginning of the 4 p.m. concert and the 7:30 headliner concert, UW-Green Bay Associate Professor and Jazz Fest organizer Adam Gaines will give a brief presentation on the history of Jazz Fest, highlighting some of the accomplishments from over the years.

Also as part of the 50th celebration of Jazz Fest, a Jazz Alumni Dinner Party is being held on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Blue Opus, 1390 Bellevue St., Green Bay. The evening will feature live music and a jam session and be a chance for Jazz alumni to catch up and share their love of the art with other enthusiasts. The event is open to the public and you do not have to be an alumnus to attend. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door. The money raised at this event will help fund the UWGB Jazz Ensemble’s tour of Slovakia in May.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and The Squirrel Nut Zippers have made a name for themselves in the Jazz world by breaking the mold of traditional Jazz and combining it with aspects of Swing, Delta Blues, Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul. Each band will play one set along with a collaboration between the two bands. The headliner concert will be held in the Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $20.50 and are available online at www.weidnercenter.com/events/.

For more information about Jazz Fest or how your band can take part, please contact Adam Gaines at 920-465-2440 or gainesa@uwgb.edu. For a full listing of UW-Green Bay Music events for the 2019-20 season, please visit www.uwgb.edu/music/. Additional information about The Squirrel Nut Zippers can be found at: www.snzippers.com. Additional information about The Dirty Dozen Brass Band can be found at: www.dirtydozenbrass.com.

About the Weidner Center

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 serves more than17,500 students from 63 cities throughout Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula every year. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit www.WeidnerCenter.com, 920-465-2726, 800-895-0071, or follow the ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter).

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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Prof. Kaye discusses politics and new book

Elections are heating up and so are interviews with UW-Green Bay Prof. Harvey Kaye (Democracy and Justice Studies) talking across the nation about the political scene and his new book. Here is an opportunities to listen and watch: Harvey J. Kaye: How Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang’s policies are inspired by America’s radical tradition.

Go Green Bay! takes on double meaning this week

Update… Congratulations to the Packers and the win over the Seattle Seahawks!

Go Pack Go! There’s something special about being located in the same hometown as one of the world’s greatest sports franchises, and as an official Higher Education Partner of the Green Bay Packers, it’s appropriate to say “Go Pack Go!” Good luck to the Green Bay Packers organization and Packers President Mark Murphy, who is an active member of UW-Green Bay’s Council of Trustees, as they take on Seattle Sunday in an NFC Divisional playoff game.

The Green Bay Phoenix Cheer Team also cheers for the Green Bay Packers, and is adding a couple of pep rallies to its schedule this week, starting with one in Downtown Green Bay at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. Check out all the ways UW-Green Bay is connected to the Packers here. Share your support by sharing the “The Pack is Back!” icon on social media.

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