It took more than 100 volunteers along with the Residence Life personnel, maintenance, and many others, to move in nearly 800 new UW-Green Bay freshmen today (August 31, 2017). Director of Residence Life Gail Sims-Aubert said the move-in went flawlessly with a number of parents personally stopping by to express their gratitude. As packed cars pulled to the curb, volunteers grabbed their items and hustled them to their room, giving families more time for organizing and way-finding.
One would have thought it was 1265 Lombardi Ave., instead of 2420 Nicolet Drive last week when Green Bay Packers players Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb joined Prevea Health for a family-friendly event with a health-conscious focus at UW-Green Bay’s Kress Events Center. Fans large and small had access to a variety of activities including basketball, volleyball, soccer, tumbling and inflatables for little ones — for an afternoon of fun led by Green Bay athletes and coaches. The first 100 youth (ages 17 and under) had an opportunity for an autograph with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, while Randall Cobb signed copies of his new cookbook.
Prevea Get After It LIVE concluded with a special Q and A presentation with Rodgers and Cobb led by Dr. Ashok Rai, President and CEO of Prevea Health.
Congratulations to the UW-Green Bay team that hosted the first-ever National Security Agency (NSA) GenCyber Camp in the state of Wisconsin, July 31 through August 4. Assistant Prof. Ankur Chattopadhyay (Information and Computing Science) led the way with the curriculum, and UW-Green Bay alumnus Joel Williquette ’12 ’15 (Interdisciplinary Studies, Masters of Management), CIO of Capital Credit Union (a sponsor of the camp) served as an instructor.
Students entering grades seven through nine received practice and exposure to safe online practices, network security, privacy and got a feel for what a career in cybersecurity would entail. More than 100 students participated in the camp, administered by UW-Green Bay’s Jason Mathwig, Director of Camps and Conferences, Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement.
What a blast it was when UW-Green Bay celebrated with Phoenix friends, fans and alumni at Phoenix Friday(s) on the Fox, July 28, 2017 on the CityDeck, downtown Green Bay. During the course of a beautiful evening, Chancellor Gary L. Miller had a few moments between sets by Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns to say “thank you” to members of the community for their support of UW-Green Bay. Associated Bank and BayCare Clinic are sponsors of the summer weekly event.
Work gloves in hand, graduate student Greg Holder (Environmental Science and Policy), with funding provided by Prof. Patricia Terry (Natural and Applied Sciences), is maintaining the Instructional Services rooftop this summer, focusing on the biodiversity of plants found naturally around the Great Lakes.
UW-Green Bay’s spiderman, biologist Michael Draney, has always been known for his expertise by colleagues across the nation and the world. But recent sightings of the elusive black widow spider in Wisconsin, talk of Zika Virus-carrying mosquitoes and an uptick of tick sightings, is throwing the entomologist in the public spotlight, as well. In this segment he confirms and dispels some black widow spider rumors while sharing his excitement over a recently captured black widow, now added to his collection.
The Cofrins! About 400 ballots were cast to name the Peregrine falcons hatched at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Cofrin Library in May. By popular vote, the falcons will be named Austin, David, Douglass and Peter, respectfully honoring the four deceased male members of the Cofrin family who, through philanthropic support, helped build and sustain the University. The Peregrines, on Wisconsin’s endangered list, prompted more than 170 name nominations (the farthest from France). The Cofrins received 21% of the vote, followed closely by Phoenix, Pharrell, Phillip and Phineas and Art, Ed, Biz and Cy. The Packers (Aaron, Jordy, Randall and Clay) came in fourth. The successful hatching is the first at UW-Green Bay since the first nesting pair was seen on campus about seven years ago.
Friends showed up in throngs for the farewell reception for Dean Scott Furlong. Furlong leaves for the provost position at SUNY-Oswego after a 24-year career with UW-Green Bay, most recently as Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Before his expanded duties he served for almost a decade as Dean of UW‑Green Bay’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Furlong earned a Ph.D. in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Administration from The American University (Washington D.C.) School of Public Affairs in January 1993 and May 1987, respectively. He attended the Harvard Institute of Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) in 2010. Furlong was awarded a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY) in May of 1985.
Furlong is published extensively (books, journals, chapters and reviews) particularly in subject area of public and regulatory policy. He is co-author of the popular textbook, Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives (Washington D.C.:CQ Press).
Youth and those young at heart ventured to the University June 26 and 27, 2017 for Grandparents’ University — an experience for children ages 7-14 and their grandparents. Offerings for the 175 participants included ecology, cartooning, cooking, aquatic ecology and much more! A favorite among the participants were trips to the Fox River, Bayshore County Park and shooting off rockets.
Congratulations to the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association on yet another successful Scholarship Golf Outing. The 37th annual raised nearly $24,000 designated for scholarships. You can already save the date for next year’s outing — Friday, June 8. Although it’s never about the winning (everybody who dedicates a day to play is a winner) we have the foursomes that came out on top:
Best overall gross: Scott Behringer, Ian Behringer, Shaun Rezachek and Jim Albright
Best with team handicap: Crystal Pollack, Justin Schmitt, Katie Fisher and Alyssa Baehman