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UW-Green Bay to host nearly 1,600 fifth graders Oct. 16-17

Green Bay, Wis. — UW-Green Bay will host its fifteenth annual Phuture Phoenix Campus Visit on Oct. 16-17, 2019, welcoming 1,595 students from 26 Northeast Wisconsin Schools to the Green Bay campus to inspire the students to “dare to dream about going to college.”

UW-Green Bay’s signature Phuture Phoenix program partners with schools that have high percentages of students from low-income families and encourages students to graduate from high school and pursue a college education.

The program has hosted nearly 22,000 fifth-grade students during the annual campus visits every October since it began in 2003. To help support the campus experience for fifth graders, there will be over 300 UW-Green Bay students volunteering to serve as role models and group leaders for the day and 107 faculty members participating in various activities and sharing their classrooms on campus.

Phuture Phoenix is a coordinated program to inspire academic success and alert children to educational opportunities that are available to them. College prep starts early, and the Phuture Phoenix campus experiences offer students a first-hand look at the necessary steps to pursue and attain higher education goals, as well as everything a university education can offer. Phuture Phoenix programming helps prepare elementary school students for college early, according to Jenny Woldt, fifth-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School.

“You have to start in kindergarten, get it in their brain that they are college-bound no matter where they come from, and that they just need to work hard in school and work hard in their community, and they can get there,” Woldt said.

Included in this fall’s campus experience are expanded partnerships with the Kress Events Center and UW-Green Bay’s Office of Residence Life, making it possible for fifth graders to experience two essential elements of college life: recreational opportunities and on-campus housing.

“The Office of Residence Life is happy to be able to participate in the Phuture Phoenix program, as it’s never too early to introduce the concept of attending college,” said UWGB Director of Residence Life, Gail Sims-Aubert. “It’s so important that today’s youth understand going to college means they will be a part of a vibrant educational experience both inside and outside the classroom. This program is an outstanding opportunity to provide a sneak peak of life on campus.”

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 UWGB after graduating high school.

More information about Phuture Phoenix is available at http://www.uwgb.edu/phuture-phoenix/.

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 8,000 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, Division 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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UW-Green Bay hosting three fall Campus Preview Days

Green Bay, Wis. — UW-Green Bay will hold three Campus Preview Days over the fall 2019 semester. The days will be Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 and Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.

Campus Preview Days involve meeting professors, advisors and current students, taking a campus tour, learning about the college’s tuition and financial aid and exploring student life and the various possibilities for future students to get involved. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The tentative agenda for a Campus Preview is as follows:

12:30 p.m. – Welcome

1:00 p.m. – Academic Breakout Session

2:00 p.m. – Campus Tour

3:15 p.m. – Phoenix Fest

Please register for this opportunity to enjoy a full campus tour and a chance to meet current students. For any questions in regards to applying, classes, campus life, housing and much more, please contact the Green Bay Campus Admissions Advisors by phone at 920-465-2111.

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 8,000 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, Division 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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UW-Green Bay Theatre & Dance shines light on the struggles and strength of caregivers in production of ‘Mary Jane’

Green Bay, Wis. – University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre & Dance will present Amy Herzog’s “Mary Jane” October 17-19 and 23-26 at 7:30 pm in the Jean Weidner Theatre, Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The production is directed by guest artist Noah Simon and performed by students from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. “Mary Jane” is a play about a single mom, Mary Jane, who is the caregiver for a 2-year-old who has multiple serious conditions including Cerebral Palsy. In her small New York apartment, Mary Jane faces the challenges put to her with extraordinary strength, compassion and what can only be described as unconditional love. Through her journey, Mary Jane develops a support system and connections with women from all walks of life.

Guest director Noah Simon, a 25-year veteran of Chicago’s storefront theatre community, describes “Mary Jane” as a play about “an existential struggle between what life could have been and what it is.” To Noah, it is also “a story about sacrifice and the strength and resiliency of a mother’s love for her child.”

Prof. Laura Riddle, Chair of the UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance Department, felt “Mary Jane” was an important production for the theatre students to take on because it is a subject that touches the lives of so many people: “Many people struggle with the weight of being a caregiver to a loved one and this production shines a light on their struggles. It lets them know that they are not alone. And, for those who have never been a caregiver, it helps them to understand the obligations that someone takes on and why they would willingly do so.” A heart-warming and uplifting play, “Mary Jane” was the winner of the 2018 New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award for Best Play and was also the recipient of the 2018 Obie Award for Playwriting.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.weidnercenter.com and www.ticketstaronline.com, by calling Ticket Star (1-800-895-0071) or the University Ticketing & Information Center (920-465-2400), or visiting the Ticket Star Box Office at the Resch Center or the University Ticketing & Information Center, located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. Tickets are $22 for adults in advance and $24 at the door, $17 for senior citizens and students in advance and $19 at the door. UW-Green Bay student tickets are $12. The venue box office opens 90 minutes prior to the performance. The play is recommended for ages 12 and older.

For additional information on this event, please visit www.weidnercenter.com/events/mary-jane/. For a full listing of UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance events for the 2019-20 season, please visit www.uwgb.edu/theatre/season/calendar-of-events.

About Jean Weidner Theatre

The Jean Weidner Theatre at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts- a part of the Weidner Center expansion project, the Jean Weidner Theatre is a 90-seat flexible classroom and performance space for the University Performing Arts. The Jean Weidner Theatre is furnished with a dressing room, control booth and stage lighting. It is an intimate space frequently used for University Theatre Mainstage and Studio productions.

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 nearly 8,000 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, 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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First-year students get an official kickoff to the Phoenix experience

Freshmen students gather for a group photo in front of the Phoenix sculpture.

Members of the Class of 2023 participated in convocation this morning, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, officially beginning their academic career at UW-Green Bay. The program consisted of welcomes, advice, a brief history of the Phoenix and giveaways (Phoenix plushes tossed from stage and shoe tree keychains handed out as students exited). Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate Eric Arneson, incoming Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven, Provost Michael Alexander, Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich, Weidner Center Executive and Artistic Director Kelli Strickland and Athletics Director Charles Guthrie greeted the first-year students. After convocation, the class moved outside to participate in a photo with the new Phoenix Rising sculpture in the Library Circle.

Pair of first-year students provide freshman perspective

First-year students Ricardo Lugo-Ortiz (to-be Communication major) and Kejuan Goldsmith (plans to major in Urban and Regional Studies) are excited to be hosting the LifeatUWGB Instagram account this week (Sunday, Sept. 1 to Saturday, Sept. 7). The pair hosts the account through Saturday, showing the freshman experience during GB Welcome and Great Beginnings (GB) Week. So far they’ve shared photos and fun video montages of their experiences. Follow along.

Students studying abroad meet Nobel Peace Prize winner

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Students on a faculty-led travel course in Poland, lead by Associate Prof. Heidi Sherman (Humanities) and Asst. Director for Study Abroad Jemma Lund, had the opportunity to meet Lech Wałęsa. Wałęsa is a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and he co-founded and headed the Soviet bloc’s first independent trade union, Solidarity. He was also the president of Poland from 1990-95.

 

Did you get the storm warning messages? If not, sign-up for GB Alert

GB Alert cell phone notifications

The severe weather over the weekend is a good reminder for members of the University community to ensure they are signed up for GB Alert. Users subscribed to Green Bay or Manitowoc campus alerts would have received Tornado Warning messages. If you did not receive these alerts and are members of these campus communities, you may want to sign up/edit your account.

As of July 1, 2019, the branch campuses (Manitowoc, Marinette and Sheboygan) no longer utilize Rave to send emergency notifications (including cancelled classes, drill information and safety communication during credible, on-going threats). If you had been a Rave subscriber and have not signed up for GB Alert, you will need to do so. This does not occur automatically.

Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campus staff, faculty and students, follow sign-up instructions. You will sign in with your UW-Green Bay single sign-on credentials. You must indicate at least one list.

Green Bay campus staff, faculty and students may edit or view their GB Alert account by logging in.

See GB Alert FAQ. You may direct further questions to PublicSafety@uwgb.edu or call 920-465-2300 ext. 2.

 

Fresh veggies? Email Libby at the Campus Garden

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Last year, this space shared a feature on student Libby Schmit, interning with the campus garden and hoop house.

This summer, Libby (Schmit) Courchaine, (Senior, Environmental Policy and Planning) continues to manage the gardens, now as the University’s garden technician and produce market manager. Recent items available include: microgreens, kale, swiss chard, beets, chives, basil and more.

To receive updates about the gardens and opportunities to order produce, email ibuakaa@uwgb.edu and you will be added to the weekly veggie sale list. All are welcome, not just the campus community!

Nearly 60 students abroad this summer

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UW-Green Bay students in Italy

This summer, nearly 60 UW-Green Bay students will study abroad in eight countries. Summer 2019 programs include six faculty-led courses in England, France, Italy, Ireland, Poland and Spain and three interim programs, allowing individual students to take classes in Germany, Scotland or Spain.

The program with the highest number of UW-Green Bay students abroad this summer will be the faculty-led program to England. Fourteen students will leave in July for Oxford University to experience “a whirlwind adventure of the literary culture [in] England’s oldest intellectual center and the world’s second oldest surviving university.”

Students wishing to learn more about future study abroad opportunities should contact Jemma Lund, lundj@uwgb.edu. Applications for January 2020 are open through early fall. Follow The Office of International Education on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more updates, and visit www.uwgb.edu/study-abroad/ for complete information.

Prof. Ryan Martin tops TED Talks homepage

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UW-Green Bay Professor and Associate Dean Ryan Martin’s (Psychology, CAHSS) TED Talk can now be found on the the TED homepage under “Newest Talks.” The talk, which originated as a TEDxFondduLac Talk was “upgraded” to a TED Talk status in March.

Watch the homepage-worthy talk, “Why we get mad — and why it’s healthy.”