UW-Green Bay celebrated Kwanzaa — an annual celebration of African and African-American culture and identity, based on the seven principles of African heritage — with the greater community on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. This year, the theme was unity. Enjoy the photos.
UW-Green Bay Music orchestraed George Frideric Handel’s masterpiece, “Messiah” on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weidner Center. UW-Green Bay’s Concert Choir, University Singers, Green Bay Choral Artists and Sturgeon Bay High School Choirs; soloists Associate Prof. Courtney Sherman (Music), soprano, Linda Feldmann, mezzo-soprano, Associate Lecturer Tomás Dominguez (Music), tenor, and Jonathan Kim, bass, joined together for an uplifting holiday event.
This semester, UW-Green Bay History, Democracy and Justice Studies, and Humanities students and faculty, collaborated on an exciting project to document the history of the Green Bay Packers as the franchise celebrates 100 years. The students presented their findings at a public presentation at the Lambeau Field Atrium, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Student projects covered a wide terrain of Packers history. One project created by Grant Fischer, Kilian Carlson, Jamie Stankevitz, Rich Rehberg and Fisher Stathes, for example, explains how the Packers revolutionized professional football by deepening the use of the forward pass. Another, developed by Madeline Cichoki, Gwen Drumheller, Joseph Karrmann, Rachel Scray and Emily Bork, draw on the Lyle Lahey cartoon collection to show how the Packers were integral in how Green Bay residents understood national politics.
“I am very proud of our students who gave 10 articulately delivered presentations of their Green Bay Packers projects,” said Prof. Heidi Sherman. “Can you imagine being a first-semester freshman and having to present for 10 minutes at Lambeau field to 75 people and several local reporters and TV stations? Amazing!”
The Phoenix Rooms at UW-Green Bay held a standing-room only crowd to honor campus and community veterans and active service members on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. The late-afternoon event included a Presentation of Colors by the UW-Green Bay Color Guard, the “Star Spangled Banner” and “Armed Forces Salute” by UW-Green Bay Music and remarks by Chancellor Gary L. Miller, Congressman and retired Marine, Mike Gallagher, and Sergeant Nathan Preder ’12, who leads UW-Green Bay Army ROTC, read the meaning of the POW/MIA table. Also recognized were current student/soldiers and current donors and recipients of veteran scholarships. Serving as emcee was student Ryan Leurquin. Vets 4 Vets President Nic Cravillion recognized the efforts of the student organization for community outreach including a Vets 4 Vets donation to the Brown County Veteran Court. On behalf of the club, he also recognized and thanked Jim Belongia for donating the proceeds from the City Stadium Run to the UW-Green Bay Veteran Lounge.
UW-Green Bay Urban Studies major Paul Karpenko took first place in the Fall 2018 UW-Green Bay Student Business Idea Contest, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. Green Bay Campus students from several majors pitched their innovative idea in front of judges within a 90-second time frame for cash, scholarships to a summer entrepreneurial extreme accelerator travel course, and the ability to represent UW-Green Bay at other pitch contests this spring for more cash, in-kind services and automatic entries into accelerators. Here are the contest winners and their big ideas:
Karpenko’s idea, MeritCoin, won the first place cash prize of $500. His idea rewards students who work on real problems based on curriculum written by private sector sources.
Second place and $250 was awarded to Courtney Gersek (Business Administration) with Twistables – her take on a better peanut butter jar without the eventual mess getting the peanut butter out at the bottom of the jar. Gersek developed her idea over the summer at the European Innovation Academy in Portugal with a team of international students. It was ranked #1 in the patent award category out of 70 teams there. Last year, Gersek competed in the spring 2018 UWGB student business idea contest with one of her many other ideas, Swift Shopper, and was awarded honorable mention. That honorable mention award earned her a scholarship to attend EIA to start the develop of Twistables.
Third place and $100 was awarded to Maria Arunkumar (Business Administration) for her Build-a-Wedding app idea. The app walks those getting married easily through the planning of their wedding, including helping connect them to wedding planners and wedding facilities coordinators. Arunkumar won the Light Up the Lakeshore business idea contest in Two Rivers in August with this idea, and she was featured in local print and on local television. She continues to develop the idea toward reality having presented her idea along the way at 1 Million Cups Green Bay and most recently at kinnektorCon.
Receiving honorable mention and $50 were the following Green Bay Campus students:
Riley Heimann (Data Science) – a cloud-based benchmarking system
Erik Johnson (Communication) – Cross Track Shack
Sabrina Vang (Education & Psychology) – fresh: quick and easy healthy fast food
Cory Gruedemann (Business Administration) – a quicker movie selection app
Renee DeGrand (Business Administration) – Fervid Life
Hamza Umar (Business Administration) – Color-Bagging
The UWGB Sheboygan Campus Student Business Idea Contest is Thursday, Nov. 8, kicking off Wisconsin Startup Week Sheboygan. Prior to the business idea contest, the Sheboygan Campus will host a business idea workshop for the community, and community members will be encouraged with cash to pitch their ideas too! Details are here: http://blog.uwgb.edu/kauthr/startupsheboyganbusinessideaworkshop/. UW-Green Bay Manitowoc and Marinette Campuses will have their student business idea contests and community business idea workshops in the spring 2019 semester.
Sponsors of the contests are WiSys and the Cofrin School of Business and CEO (Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization). Keynote speaker was international exchange student Zeeshan Ali from the UGRAD Pakistan program.
On Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, UW-Green Bay held its very first TEDx event. TEDxUW-Green Bay was a collaboration between the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Weidner Center. Co-created and organized by Associate Prof. Aaron Weinschenk (Political Science), Ben J. & Joyce Rosenberg Prof. Regan Gurung (Psychology, Human Development) and the Weidner Center’s Executive and Artistic Director, Kelli Strickland, the event brought community and campus together for an evening of learning and fun.
The event featured eight speakers: Ben J. & Joyce Rosenberg Prof. Illene Noppe Cupit (Human Development), Kelly Ellis ’06 (Business Administration), Fred Johnson, Lorenzo Lones ’16 (Psychology), Dr. Ashok Rai, Anne Schauer-Gimenez, Dan Terrio ’14 (Masters in Applied Leadership) and Assistant Prof. Jennie Young (English). See the speaker biographies. The speakers were coached by senior lecturer Danielle Bina (Communication) and lecturer Shauna Froelich (Communication). Presentation topics ranged from school security to the American healthcare system, to the importance of moxie.
“I thought the event was fantastic, and it serves to build the type of social currency that I truly believe in,” says Dean Chuck Rybak (College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences).
Event organizers say they hope to make TEDx UW-Green Bay an annual event.
Congratulations to the organizers and participants who made a big difference in the community last Friday (Oct. 26, 2018). UW-Green Bay volunteers totaled 719 hours of service at 18 various sites. On campus, volunteers made 180 cards for disabled veterans through the TRIO Program, picked up garbage, painted, helped with plastic film recycling and cleaned the shoreline. Off-campus projects included garden cleanup, bulb planting and organizing for the Festival of Lights at the Green Bay Botanical Garden; yard work, cleaning and more for the New Community Shelter; and helping the NEW Zoo get ready for Zoo Boo.
Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn — Elizabeth Lawrence. Between rainfalls, campus photographers managed to capture the gorgeous fall color on three of the four campuses. Take some time, and enjoy!
It was another wonderful two days of hosting the Phuture Phoenix fifth-graders at UW-Green Bay and inspiring nearly 1,700 fifth-graders to begin to dream about college. Some special moments included East High Symphonic Band members playing during the opening activities, and a visit by Theresa Rock, an alumnus of the program and a paraprofessional at Howe Elementary School who spoke to the fifth-grade audience about her experience as a Phuture Phoenix participant in 2003. The video and photos capture the sentiment of the day.