“It was a dream.” Along with some scenes from Commencement, undergraduates Johnny Gomez (Business Administration) and Taylor Gulbrand (Psychology, Human Development), and Brianna Jenkins (Master’s in Nursing Leadership and Management in Health Systems), reflect on their time at UW-Green Bay, and the family and faculty who got them to degree completion.
Video by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication
Parents, friends, peer groups, children, suite mates, grandparents, faculty members… the list is long of those who support their special graduate at commencement. In some cases, the 2019 UW-Green Bay graduates are the first in their families to earn a college degree. It’s a BIG day and a joyful occasion. We captured a few of those post-commencement moments.
Student posters, students, community members and faculty/staff filled the Weidner Center foyer on Friday May 10, 2019 to celebrate Master of Social Work (MSW) capstone projects, induction into the Phi Alpha Honor Society, and completion of the Social Work program for 32 Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and 55 MSW students. More than 60 posters were on display illustrating the community issues and Social Work practice models that students have researched and will bring to their agencies when they enter the workforce. Project topics included evidence-based interventions, emerging programming, policy issues impacting inclusivity, funding and access to care.
Nearly 200 high school juniors from 10 local high schools came together for College Draft Day Powered by UW-Green Bay on Friday, April 26, 2019 at Lambeau Field. This fun and fast-paced day included a variety of college prep activities. Students rotated through booths and drills on topics such as student life, studying abroad, academic options, financial aid and scholarships; chatted with volunteer UW-Green Bay student coaches; spoke one-one-one with an admissions counselor; heard from, and had a photo with, Green Bay Packers player Mason Crosby, who talked about the importance of higher education. Each participant left with a letter of intent signed by the student and Crosby, promising the student would commit to exploring higher education options.
Here are comments from an educator: “Thank you so much for inviting Denmark High School to attend College Draft Day. We were so impressed by the organization and the information you shared with students… So thank you again for everything! We would love to be included again next year!”
Evaluations were extremely positive. Here are a few answers to “What was the most helpful part of your day?”
Learning about what each major and schools is
Going into more depth with certain majors
Learning more about college and having really nice and helpful coaches
Learning about majors at GB
Learning about the college professors
Learning more about college life
Learning more about GB
Having good coaches J (this comment was made a few times)
Learning about planning your day
Knowing my options
When FAFSA was talked about
Learning more about UWGB (there were lots of these)
The talk with college students
Talking one on one with counselors
Talking to the girl that helped people figure out what they’re doing in life
Meeting one on one with people from college
Talking one on one with a lady at the admission station
Speaking to individual college staff for advice
Meeting up with the admissions people
Talking to people at tables
One on one chat
One on one
The one on one meetings with administration
I think that the most helpful part was being able to ask questions and just talk with our advisors
Asking the staff questions
The personal speaker assigned to you at one booth
The one on one conversation with the person (at the table)
Speaking with the administration
The organizers wish to thank staff and faculty from across campus for their help. This day wouldn’t be possible without everyone who assisted!
UW-Green Bay photographers managed to hit some of the hot spots for last weekend’s UntitledTown Book and Author Festival. Headliner Michael Moreci had this to say in a tweet: “…this needs to be shouted from the rooftops: You couldn’t ask for a better book fest. The organizers, the events, the programming—everything is beyond excellent. I’m so grateful to be part of this!” In the featured photo, left to right, Prof. Dagni Bredesen (editor of Ruth the Betrayer, from Valancourt Books, Keshena Hanson and Associate Prof. Rebecca Nesvet at the UntitledTown panel event, “Hard Boiled Heroines: Women Characters in Mystery and Crime Fiction.”
For the second consecutive year, UW-Green Bay hosted the 18th annual UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (URSCA) on Friday, April 26, 2019. This event, which rotates between the UW System campuses, had more than 400 students in attendance from across the UW System. The attendance of UW-Green Bay community members, family members of the researchers, faculty from other UW campuses and UW System officials added to the exciting atmosphere of the event. There was 263 presentations of research including poster presentations, gallery exhibits, visuals, and artistic and oral performances in all disciplines from natural science, biology, and technology, to social science and history.
Organizers wish to thank all the volunteers who contributed to the well-run event including the UW-Green Bay Ambassadors, faculty and staff. Much appreciation to the Kress Events Center and University Union staff. A very special thank you to Teri Ternes, Claire Carviou and Emily Wolf for assisting in the organization of this event. The next UW Undergraduate Research Symposiums will be hosted by UW-Whitewater in 2020 and 2021.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) awarded the 10th annual Earth Caretaker Award to UW-Green Bay alumnus Yue Rong, ’86 (Master of Environmental Science). The annual event and awards presentation was on Earth Day, April 22, 2019.
Rong (aka, YR), a Ph.D., is the environmental program manager at the California Environmental Protection Agency, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. He has also served as the acting assistant executive officer of the Regional Water Quality Control Board, in the groundwater division. Rong is in charge of site assessment and remediation of leaking underground storage tank (UST) sites, and the program of water quality control in oil and gas production fields.
The UST program contains a large number of leaking UST sites to be remediated in Los Angeles area, which was ranked in top 10 in terms of total numbers of the impacted sites. He has 29 years of experience with the Agency in dealing with groundwater contamination problems in the Los Angeles area. His expertise includes organic pollutants fate and transport in the subsurface soil and groundwater, environmental analytical chemistry and quality assurance and quality control, environmental statistics, risk assessment, and soil and groundwater pollution assessment and remediation. The projects he is involved with include collaboration with USEPA at Superfund sites in Los Angeles area, Santa Monica methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) drinking water pollution cleanup, I-710 corridor regional cleanup and water quality control at oil and gas production fields in Los Angeles area.
On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, the annual Research in the Rotunda was held in the Capitol Rotunda in Madison. Undergraduate researchers from across the state, together with their faculty advisors, shared their research findings on a variety of important topics with state leaders and legislators. Take a look at this impressive list of UW-Green Bay participants:
Water Research Fellows:
The Absorptive and Adsorptive Capacity of Cyanobacteria (Microcystis aeruginosa) Exopolysaccharide Sheath for CR(VI): Environmental and Health Implications,” Becky Berry (Marinette), and Sarah Klemp (Green Bay), Green Bay and Marinette Campuses
“Walleye, Lake Whitefish, and Yellow Perch Predation on Round Goby in Green Bay,” Alexandria Keiler-Klein (De Pere), Green Bay Campus
Green Bay Campus students:
“Chloroplast DNA Sequencing Reveals the Presence of Two Exotic Phragmites Haplotypes in Northeast Wisconsin,” Rebecca Malcore, Brussels
“Discovery of Antibiotic-Producing Soil Bacteria with Broad-Spectrum Activity,” Halee Behrens, Waubeka, WI and Katlyn Tappy, Green Bay
“Do You Seriously Care About the Environment? Perceived Underlying Motives Can Impact Customer Relations,” Noah Redfearn, De Pere
“Exploring Reflectacles as Anti-Surveillance Glasses and for Adversarial Machine Learning in Computer Vision,” Ryan Jackson, Green Bay
“From Good to Great: The Qualities of Effective Coaching,” Austyn Everingham, Noblesville, IN and Nicholas Livingston, Two Rivers
“The Criminalization of Sex at the Wisconsin Industrial Home for Women, 1920-1933,” Jacqueline Grabowski, Sheboygan, WI, Whitlee Neuens, Niagara, WI and Megan Schoenauer, Green Bay
Manitowoc Campus students:
“Monitoring of Water Quality Restoration Area at Centerville Creek in Manitowoc County,” Nicholas Geiger, Manitowoc; Meghan Jackson, Two Rivers and Josh Steckmesser, Two Rivers
UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Patrick Forsythe (Natural and Applied Sciences)
UW-Green Bay Prof. Patricia Terry (Natural and Applied Sciences)
Marinette Campus Associate Prof. Mark Klemp (Chemistry)
Marinette Campus Assistant Prof. Renee Richer (Biological Sciences)
UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Lisa Grubisha (Natural and Applied Sciences)
UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Brian Merkel (Human Biology)
UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Gaurav Bansal (Business Administration)
UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Ankur Chattopadhyay (Natural and Applied Sciences)
UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Timothy Kaufman (Education)
UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Kimberley Reilly (Democracy and Justice Studies)
UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Associate Prof. Rebecca Abler (Biological Sciences)
UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Prof. Richard Hein (Biological Sciences)
Presented by UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance, “Julius Caesar” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, 2019 and Thursday through Saturday, May 2-4, 2019 in the University Theatre, Theatre Hall, Green Bay Campus. About the play: “Julius Caesar is a conquering hero and a popular leader in Rome. So popular some want to make him King. What is the responsibility of Rome’s other leading citizens to oppose and resist this threat to Rome’s democracy? How far they will go may be influenced by their own aspirations. A vigorous staging of Shakespeare’s uncompromising look at the failures of both the leaders and the citizenry in a time of crisis.” UW-Green Bay actors have plenty to say about performing this Shakespeare classic…
On Saturday, April 13, UW-Green Bay hosted the 2019 Destination Imagination Wisconsin Affiliate Tournament, welcoming about 300 teams, their families and teachers from 10 regions, to campus. Congratulations to Continuing Education and Community Engagement and all the volunteers for being welcoming hosts to about 3,500 guests!
Jason Mathwig, director of camps and conferences, said overall the first-ever DI state tournament here was a success.
“Both the organizers and families had great things to say all day long. I would say that the number one thing we heard was how awesome it was to see all of the UW-Green Bay volunteers/students in the green shirts around campus both outside and inside. They were not only helpful but friendly and welcoming. This goes to show how important it will continue to be to get volunteers for this event. Organizers were extremely happy with the day.”