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Reminder: Sophomore Visit Day, Wednesday, Feb. 20

On Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, the Green Bay Campus is hosting a Sophomore Visit Day and is expecting more than 350 Wisconsin sophomores. These high school students, lead by current UW-Green Bay students, will visit portions of campus and will rotate among sessions allowing them to experience engaging sessions from faculty members and the fun of campus life. Please be sure to welcome the groups of students that you see around campus!

Helping Professions Open House is Friday, Feb. 15

On Friday afternoon (Feb. 15, 2019), the University is hosting the Helping Professions Open House, a collaborative program between five helping professions academic programs and admissions. Nursing, Social Work, Education, Psychology and Human Biology will be featured. More than 135 Green Bay Area Public School students and more than 75 prospective students and guests will be on campus to learn about a variety of helping professions majors. Please help welcome these students!

My Phoenix Story: Senior Johnny Gomez

UW-Green Bay senior Johnny Gomez (Business Administration) discusses why he chose UW-Green Bay, and how the school and all it has to offer has helped him develop into a person who is ready to take on the professional world post-graduation.

Video by Marketing and University Communication intern Quinn Duffy ’20 Communication

Feb. 1 is Phoenix Dress-up Day

Every Friday is Phoenix Friday, but Friday, Feb. 1 is an extra special Phoenix Dress-up Day! Phoenix Family near and far are invited to don their Green and UW-Green Bay gear in honor of Homecoming 2019. Post a photo of you in gear with #uwgbhoco for a chance to win giveaways sponsored by the Phoenix Bookstore and Student Affairs!

‘Pick Your Trip’ raffle tickets available

Get ready to pick your trip! The Alumni Association is raising money for scholarships at UW-Green Bay through the UW-Green Bay Alumni “Pick your Trip” Raffle. Tickets are $20/ticket and only 1,000 tickets will be sold! The raffle prize winner will pick a concert, theater event or regular season sporting event within the United States to attend. Winner receives round-trip transportation to the event, two nights hotel accommodations and two tickets to the event of his/her choice.

The drawing will occur Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at 1 p.m. One winner will be drawn at the end of the Green Bay Women’s basketball game played against UW-Milwaukee at the Kress Events Center. Need not be present to win.

To purchase a ticket, contact an Alumni Association Board member or visit the UW-Green Bay Advancement Office (Cofrin Library 805, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311) during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Tickets will also be sold at Krash the Kress. Questions may be directed to Director of Alumni Relations Kari Moody at

See raffle rules.

Enjoy discounts the week of Homecoming at alumni-owned businesses

All Phoenix alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends, are welcome to enjoy discounts at alumni-owned businesses the week of Homecoming! Experience the following discounts at the businesses below from Wednesday, Jan. 30-Saturday, Feb. 2:

Jitter Bean
50 cents of any drink

Bay Area Yoga Center
Alumni may bring a guest for free

Kroll’s West
10% off to those in Phoenix gear

The Gift Itself LLC
10% off any in house-made jewelry and art (Not able to combine with other offers/discounts)

Questions on discounts may be directed to each organization. Businesses interested in participating next year may contact

Top 18 Moments of 2018

It has been a significant year for UW-Green Bay. Take a look back at the 18 standout moments of 2018!

New Bachelor’s and Masters programs


In 2018, UW-Green Bay’s academic offerings grew to meet local and national workforce demands. New degrees approved and/or implemented in 2018 include a Bachelor of Fine ArtsBachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical EngineeringExecutive Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Athletic Training.

Inaugural Krash the Kress event

Krash the Kress

Green Bay men’s basketball took to the floor of the Kress Events Center for the first-ever Horizon Leauge Conference game on Feb. 16, 2018. The game was a part of a sold-out event, Krash the Kress, for UW-Green Bay season ticket holders, students, alumni, prospective students and friends. Participants attended a tailgate before cheering the Phoenix. The event was deemed a success by organizers and a second Krash the Kress will take place during Homecoming on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

Manitowoc Campus renovations complete

MAN-ribbon cutting 2018

In March, an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony was hosted to celebrate the completion of renovations at the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus (at the time, UW-Manitowoc).  The investment included moving and updating the library; creating a new science commons; and updating art studios, science labs and classrooms. Electrical, plumbing, HVAC and other infrastructure items were also updated or replaced. Read more.

First-ever College Draft Day Powered by UW-Green Bay


Nearly 200 local high school juniors joined University staff, faculty and student volunteers at Lambeau Field April 27, 2018 for a fast-paced interactive day of learning about post-secondary education options. Students in attendance rotated through “booths and drills” focusing on various aspects of secondary education and were able to connect with current students who served as “coaches,” leading the high school juniors through the day. The informative day capped off with words from Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers Kicker, over lunch and the opportunity to get a photo  with Phlash and Crosby and sign a “Letter of Intent” along side Crosby, promising to commit to the college process. See more.

History program receives Regents Teaching Award


The UW-Green Bay History program received the University of Wisconsin 2018 annual Regents Teaching Excellence Award (in the department/program category). The award letter referred to the program’s impressive dedication to teaching… “UW-Green Bay History was selected from among a select group of candidates, all of whom demonstrated an impressive dedication to teaching and an ability to inspire students with an enthusiasm for learning in general and for making interdisciplinary connections in the classroom and beyond,” the letter stated. Read more.

Weidner Center’s 25th Season

Kelli Strickland talks with UWGB robot on the Weidner Center main stage

The Weidner Center kicked off its Silver Celebration, May 24, 2018 with the announcement of an exclusive lineup of performances for the 25th year. The center experienced a major refresh and updated lobby over the summer and the renovation was completed just time for a 25th Season Anniversary Concert, Sept. 22, 2018.

Four campuses, one University

After a system level decision to restructure the UW System’s two-year campus system, UW-Green Bay, UW-Marinette, UW-Manitowoc and UW-Sheboygan joined together as one university with one mission. As of July 1, 2018 the new UW-Green Bay is a four-campus university with a 16-county footprint, 700 ongoing employees and an enrollment of 8,443 students.

Partnership with Titletown Tech


In July, UW-Green Bay and UW System joined Microsoft and Green Bay Packers as TiteltownTech partners. As part of the partnership, UW-Green Bay will provide an Entrepreneur-in-Residence.  Alumnus Craig Dickman will serve as managing director. TitletownTech is an initiative that will bring world-class digital innovation and expertise to the region and will be headquartered in Titletown, the development west of Lambeau Field.

Updates to Freshman Orientation


The Class of 2022 experienced a new and improved version of FOCUS (First Year Connections for UW-Green Bay Students) in August, participating in some first-time happenings. The class participated in a group service project, volunteering at Bay Shore Park, and celebrated together afterwards at a Lambeau Field tailgate. This class also partook in a Freshmen Convocation, a new event to designed to formally welcome the calss. See more.

First doctoral program launched

UW-Green Bay’s first-ever cohort of doctoral candidates began their journey to a doctoral degree in First Nations Education this past fall. The new program is centered in Indigenous knowledge systems and draws upon Indigenous teaching and learning methods from elders and oral scholars and faculty expertise in First Nations Education. The program is practitioner-focused and driven by professional and community needs. Read more.

STEM Center Groundbreaking

STEM Innovation Center Groundbreaking

On September 17, 2018, UW-Green Bay and partners broke ground for the new Brown County STEM Innovation Center. The center, on the UW-Green Bay campus will be home to the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering, the Einstein Project, UW-Extension and Brown County’s Land and Water Conservation departments. Read more.

Archives receives Governor’s Archive Award


The University Archives and Area Research Center staff was awarded the Governor’s Archive Award 2018 on October 24, 2018. Matt Blessing, state archivist and division administrator for the Wisconsin Historical Society presented the award and shared that UW-Green Bay Archivist Deb Anderson, along with her staff, are admired statewide for the leadership and collaboration they demonstrate as they work with faculty to immerse archives into the classroom experience. See more.

Sheboygan Campus faculty member receives Underkofler Award for Teaching

On Friday, October 26, 2018, Valerie Murrenus Pilmaier accepted the Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award. Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award is an endowed award from Alliant Energy given each year to three teachers within the University of Wisconsin System from the Madison, Platteville, Baraboo, Fond du Lac, Richland, Rock or Sheboygan campuses who personify the dedication of faculty and staff as teachers and who communicate their subject matter effectively, inspiring their students with an enthusiasm for learning. Read more.

TedxUW-Green Bay

Speaker Composite Image

The inaugural TEDxUW-Green Bay, a collaboration between the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Weidner Center, was a sell-out, Nov. 1, 2018.  The event, featuring eight speakers (including three alumni and two faculty members), brought community and campus together for an evening of learning and fun. Event organizers are optimistic for a return of the event in 2019. See more.

Phuture Phoenix celebrates 15th year

The Phuture Phoenix program celebrated its fifteenth year of serving local students! Each year local students visit campus and envision their future as college students. This year more than 1,600 fifth graders visited on Oct. 10-11, 2018. More than 300 UW-Green Bay students served as role models leading the students around. All students who participate in the Phuture Phoenix Campus Visit days are eligible to apply for a Phuture Phoenix Scholarship if they choose to attend UW-Green Bay after graduating high school.

GTP’s Charlie Berens show a sellout

Charlie Berens

Comedian Charlie Berens, best known for his viral comedy series, “The Manitowoc Minute,” took advantage of Wisconsinites’ ability to laugh at themselves at his sold-out Weidner Center show, March 7, 2108. Good Times Programming brought in both Berens, and opening act UW-Green Bay alumnus John Egan ’07 (Communication Processes). See more.

Outdoor Recreation Complex Grand Opening

Athletics Field Aerial

The community celebrated the grand opening of the newly-constructed Kress Family Outdoor Recreation Complex, August 24, 2018. The evening included a welcome back to the 1978 men’s soccer team, an all-soccer alumni reunion, a tailgate enjoyed by members of the four campus communities, donors and community members and a first kick by field namesake, Phoenix Hall of Fame Coach Aldo Santaga. See more.

Marinette/Menomiee Community Advances to Small Business Revolution’s Top 10

Marinette, Wisconsin and neighboring city Menominee, Michigan are in the running to appear on season four of the television show “Small Business Revolution—Main Street.” This means a visit from makeover celebrity Ty Pennington and $500,000 grant. Marinette/Menominee has made the 10 finalists and is now competing to be selected for the Top Five remaining cities in the running. Stay tuned! Read more.

Feeling nostalgic? Look back at the top moments of 2017 and 2016.

Coffee and more available next week

Looking for coffee, food and other refreshments next week? The Corner Store will have Starbucks® coffee brewing next week and can take care of all of your snack, candy, beverage, bottled water, soda, breakfast and lunch needs! The Corner Store will be open from 7:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., December 26-28. You can also get coffee at the Cofrin Library 2nd floor coffee kiosk. For more information on the hours of operation for the University Union and University Dining Services over Winter Break, check out


Top 10 UW-Green Bay news stories of 2018

Thank you to our readers for another great year. UW-Green Bay news editors are grateful to the UW-Green Bay community for reading and sharing UW-Green Bay news. Take a look back at top headlines of 2018 (based on web analytics).

1. Commencement Speaker Xiong tells graduates, ‘Create your own paj ntaub story’


Tears of pride and joy, for her family, her Hmong heritage, her UW-Green Bay family, flowed freely as graduate Bao Nhia Xiong ’18 spoke at the UW-Green Bay Spring Commencement ceremony at the Kress Events Center, Saturday, May 12, 2018. She was chosen to speak on behalf of her graduating class by UW-Green Bay faculty.

Comparing the student journey to a paj ntaub story — the Hmong art of adding intricate embroidery to traditional Hmong clothing — Xiong encouraged her fellow students to hold onto three distinct threads as they create their own paj ntaub: Family, university community and the spirit of giving back. See more.

2. UW-Green Bay offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing starting in 2020

The University received approval from the UW Board of Regents August 24, 2018 to move ahead in offering a prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, paving the way for students to begin in fall 2020. The program will expand UW-Green Bay’s ability to fulfill unmet student demand for a high-quality BSN degree at an affordable tuition cost. See more.

3. UW-Green Bay names leaders at Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan campuses

Provost Greg Davis announced Friday, July 20, 2018 the new leaders of the branch campuses — Cindy Bailey at Marinette, Rachele Bacik at Manitowoc and Jennifer Williamson-Mendez at Sheboygan. See more.

4. UW-Green Bay Mechanical Engineering gets the green light

Engineering control panel

UW-Green Bay’s efforts to establish an in-region resource for developing highly needed mechanical engineering talent in Northeast Wisconsin took a gigantic step forward Feb. 9, 2018 with the UW System Board of Regents approving the University’s request to offer the new program on its campus. UW-Green Bay began accepting freshmen into the program in Fall 2018. See more.

5. ‘Future 15′ members have UW-Green Bay ties

Future 15 Trio

Out of the thousands of young professionals in the Greater Green Bay area, hundreds are nominated and 15 are highlighted to represent their peers. They are selected because they have the potential to lead their communities, their places of work, their families. They are Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s Current Young Professionals Future 15. More impressive, three of the 15 chosen this year are employees of UW-Green Bay and four are UW-Green Bay alumni. See more.

6. UW-Green Bay alumna provides purrrfect comfort, delicious drinks and cat cuddles

Elizabeth Feldhousen at Cat Café

Imagine relaxing in a comfortable chair after a long day. Sipping a delicious beverage and taking in the calm atmosphere around you as you nuzzle a warm, furry feline purring on your lap. The Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary and Cat Café, owned by UW-Green Bay alumna Elizabeth Feldhausen ‘15, gives the Green Bay community the opportunity to experience it all.

Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary and Cat Café is a non-profit, no-kill, no-cage pet sanctuary that rescues cats with special needs from euthanasia. The Cat Café is the first in the region. The cats are given a home in the Cat Café, a cozy cafe that allows customers to interact with, and be surrounded by cats. According to Feldhausen, the goal of the cafe is to create a psychologically pleasing atmosphere to encourage healing, and to build confidence in cats. See more.

7. UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center hosts Inaugural TEDx Series in Green Bay

Speaker Composite Image

UW-Green Bay brought its first independently organized TEDx series titled TEDxUW-GreenBay to the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 1 2018. The theme was RISING. “We are often faced with barriers and unanticipated challenges,” says TEDxUW-Green Bay organizers. “Rising above challenges is the hallmark of resilience and the pathway to a brighter future. The series featured eight established speakers discussing various topics.” See more.

8. UW-Green Bay footprint grows as it is joined by campuses in Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan


On July 1, UW-Green Bay, UW-Marinette, UW-Manitowoc and UW-Sheboygan joined together as one university with one mission. The new UW-Green Bay is a four-campus university with a 16-county footprint, 700 ongoing employees and an enrollment of about 7,700 students. See more.

9. UW-Green Bay prepares to roll out State’s first Impact MBA Program

UW-Green Bay received approval on Friday, August 24, 2018, to move ahead with an “Impact MBA” administrated by the University’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business. An Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program, the Impact MBA prepares working, experienced professionals to lead their organizations forward through the modern era of accelerating technology, disruptive business landscapes and growing social and environmental opportunities. UW-Green Bay’s program offers a unique approach to business leadership training in the state of Wisconsin. The program will begin in Summer 2019.

10. UW-Green Bay students network with Kohler executive leaders


On Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, UW-Green Bay students had the opportunity to have lunch at Lambeau Field and network with Kohler executive leaders from across the globe. Twenty-six students participated in the mentoring event, and were given the chance to interact with the executives to learn about career pathways, qualities and skills for success and overall thoughts on the global employment and marketplace. See more.