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Fun facts for Earth Day

Yesterday, the world celebrated Earth Day. We have a few fun facts for you about Eco U and how UW-Green Bay works to sustain this beautiful planet:

Did you know that in the last five years, by refilling at hydration stations across campus, the UW-Green Bay community has avoided 782,023 plastic water bottles!

Did you know that the UW-Green Bay community has recycled 435,000 plastic grocery bags since 2014?

Did you know that University Staff has been recycling toner and have kept approximately 3,000 toner cartridges out of landfills since 2011?

Find out more about recycling, here, or contact a member of the Sustainability Committee.

Know a student ‘hired before graduation?’

Do you know student graduating this May who has secured post-grad employment or has been accepted into a graduate program? Share the news! Send students names to social media coordinator Jena Richter Landers, who will spotlight the students on University social media. Students will be contacted, photographed and asked to share brief information about themselves and their post-UW-Green Bay plans. This content will be used to populate a hired-before-graduation features on Facebook and Twitter. See last semester’s Hired Before Graduation Facebook album. Landers will accept names via email ( through May 2.

Photo gallery: Krash the Kress

Krash the Kress

With food, drink, cool shirts and plenty to cheer about, UW-Green Bay season ticket holders, students, alumni, prospective students and friends, gathered for Krash the Kress last Friday (Feb. 16, 2018). The official sellout was a warm welcome for the Green Bay men’s basketball team playing its first-ever Horizon League game at the Kress Center. It was also the last home game of the season for the Phoenix men, as they recognized their senior players (and parents). In the photos… members of Greek life on campus, the Green Bandana Brigade, the always spirited Pep Band, a view from above, and more.

Click thumbnails to enter slideshow view or view the album on Flickr.

– Photos by Amanda Jo Danihel and Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Snag a Krash the Kress t-shirt


If you or someone you know missed Krash the Kress and is looking to purchase one of the t-shirts, the shirts are available for purchase for $10 (or $15 if shipped). The shirts come in white or lime green, have metallic screen printing on the front and feature the “Fight Song” on the sleeve. To purchase email Alumni Relations Director Kari Moody ’00 at Please indicate color and sizing preference when you email.

UW-Green Bay Announces Lead Gifts for Region’s STEM Vision


Richard J. Resch Foundation and Wisconsin Public Service Foundation Contributions Will Expedite Development of STEM Resources and Mechanical Engineering Degree

GREEN BAY – On the heels of Friday’s unanimous UW System Board of Regents approval of a Mechanical Engineering program and other critical components of a University-Community shared vision for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at UW-Green Bay, the University and two community partners today shared additional details on how they plan to quickly move the program from concept to reality, expediting the University’s ability to meet the region’s rising demand for engineering talent.

Richard Resch

Richard Resch

Richard Resch, CEO of international office furniture manufacturer KI, announced his support of UW-Green Bay’s visionary engineering plan with a $5 million gift. The University will name the new school the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering in honor of Resch’s transformational gift.

“I am proud to support UW-Green Bay, one of the pillars of our community, with this gift,” Resch shared. “Everyone at KI, from our product designers and engineers to our sales staff and manufacturing technicians, takes great pride in helping colleges and universities create learning environments that will produce the next generation of leaders and innovators. It’s my sincere hope that this gift will allow UW-Green Bay to do just that.”

The Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) Foundation announced a $1 million contribution to support STEM education — the largest single donation made by the charitable organization in its 54-year history, according to foundation board member and WPS president Kevin Fletcher.

Kevin Fletcher

Kevin Fletcher

“We are very pleased and honored to make this commitment to UW-Green Bay and all of Northeast Wisconsin, and congratulate the university on its establishment of an engineering program as a key component of this initiative,” Fletcher said. “Our company relies heavily on STEM skills to help us serve our communities with safe, reliable energy and outstanding customer service. We are confident our donation will greatly enhance education, foster future investment in the community and lead to economic growth throughout our region.”

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s efforts to establish an in-region resource for developing highly needed mechanical engineering talent took a gigantic step forward on February 9, 2018 when the UW System Board of Regents unanimously approved the University’s request to offer the new program on its campus. The plan also includes establishing a School of Engineering and paves the way for development of Phoenix Innovation Park, a County-developed innovation park on University land, to attract STEM entities to the region. The STEM Center will be the inaugural tenant in the Park.

Brown County STEM Innovation Center Rendering

Brown County STEM Innovation Center Rendering

The STEM Center, the first bricks and mortar building to be built at UW-Green Bay since 2008, will be owned by Brown County and located on the UW-Green Bay campus as part of Phoenix Innovation Park. In addition to the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering, the building will also be home to UW Extension, Brown County Land & Water Conservation and Einstein Project. Brown County and the State of Wisconsin are each contributing $5 million to the construction of the STEM Center.

“We are deeply appreciative to both Dick Resch and the WPS Foundation for supporting this project,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “Both gifts represent something special to UW-Green Bay. Dick Resch’s gift is transformational for our university and is one of the largest donations in our history. The WPS Foundation was the first donor to step forward and pledge their support to take this initiative from concept to reality. These two organizations and their donations are a significant gift to the University and the region. Our shared vision and support for STEM is a game changer for Northeast Wisconsin and will create a great legacy for future generations.”

According to Miller, the University has already secured donations totaling more than
$7.1 million to support the project. The campaign for Phoenix Innovation Park has been in a “quiet phase” since Summer of 2017. Approval by the Board of Regents allows the University, Brown County and Einstein Project to continue fundraising toward its goal of $13 million for all aspects of the project.

Miller said UW-Green Bay hopes to begin accepting freshman into its Mechanical Engineering program for the Fall 2018 semester. The B.S. in Mechanical Engineering program will be UW-Green Bay’s first four-year engineering program and brings the total of engineering programs offered at the campus to four. Since 2014, the University has collaborated with NWTC to deliver Environmental, Electrical and Mechanical Technology programs.

About the Richard J. Resch Foundation

Founded in 1990, the Richard J. Resch Foundation provides critical financial support for community projects across Green Bay, Brown County and Northeastern Wisconsin. Over the years, the Foundation has pledged millions in support of education, health and wellness, arts and culture, environmental initiatives, animal welfare and more.

About Wisconsin Public Service Foundation

Wisconsin Public Service Foundation is funded by the shareholders of WEC Energy Group, not by the customers of its utility subsidiaries, and is in its 54th year. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided more than $33 million in contributions to programs that support work in the areas of arts and culture, community and neighborhood development, education, human services and health, and care for the environment. Learn more at
WEC Energy Group (NYSE: WEC), based in Milwaukee, is one of the nation’s premier energy companies, serving 4.4 million customers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota. Visit

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 7,158 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit



Weidner Center invites patrons to a preshow Royal Tea Party

Patrons attending the Weidner Center’s Saturday, March 31 2 p.m. matinee of Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” are invited to attend a preshow Royal Tea Party at 12:30 p.m. at the Weidner Center. The one-of-a-kind event will include crown decorating, princess etiquette lessons from special guests and catered pastries from Cheesecake Heaven, lemonade, tea and coffee. Guests are encouraged to dress for the occasion.

Tickets are $15 for the Royal Tea Party. Guests must also have tickets to the 2 p.m. performance of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Tickets to the Royal Tea Party and “Cinderella” are on sale now at, 800-895-0071 and all Ticket Star locations. Event tickets are sold separately.

Video: Strickland shares her #MyWeidnerMoment

On Monday (Jan. 22, 2018), in celebration of 25 years, Weidner Center Executive and Artistic Director Kelli Strickland kicked off the #MyWeidnerMoment campaign with a call to the community to share their experiences from the Weidner Center’s first 25 years. Watch as Strickland shares hers.

To share your own #MyWeidnerMoment:

 Submit a #MyWeidnerMoment

Top 10 UW-Green Bay moments of 2017

As the year comes to a close, take a look back on some of the greatest moments of 2017 at UW-Green Bay…

 New collaborative spaces in Cofrin Library

Library CommonsThe award-winning Cofrin Library team worked this year to expand offerings to students by opening two new collaborative spaces. The Library staff and supporters gathered in January to cut the ribbon on a new space on the third floor, Breakthrough® Studio, a project supported by Breakthrough® Fuel founder and CEO Craig Dickman ’82 and his team. Breakthrough® Fuel employees, including many UW-Green Bay alumni, worked with library staff to envision an innovative and collaborative space for students.

In November, the Library Commons (pictured above), a new meeting space on the second floor of the library, opened for use. With its modern, open-space design and plentiful amenities, the area has many different uses for students, faculty and staff alike.

Phoenix Studios launches

Rage Podcast-1This year, students, staff, faculty and community partners worked to launch Phoenix Studios, a podcast network, featuring podcasts by the University community. Current podcasts include: All the Rage, Psychology & Stuff, PhlashCast, Serious Fun and Indented. Learn more.

‘Metropolis’ performance

Metropolis Premier at Weidner Center In a premiere event, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music presented a screening of the 1927 “sci-fi” film “Metropolis” on Apr. 28, 2017. The film was accompanied by a world- premiere  film score, written by UW-Green Bay Associate Professor Michelle McQuade Dewhirst (Music) and performed by the UW-Green Bay Chorale (lead by Associate Professor Randall Meder), Wind Ensemble and Studio Orchestra (lead by Associate Professor Kevin Collins). Watch this video to learn more.

May Commencement sets records for academics honors and masters degrees awarded and features first Engineering Technology graduate

34635785105_9b394774f5_bThe Class of 2017 boasted a record number of academic honor recipients (277) and a record number of master’s degree candidates (120) and also included the University’s first graduate from the Engineering Technology program, Dessi Koss. Koss was also the first graduate in the Mechanical Engineering Technology track, paving the way for a new era of academic programming at the University in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. Read more.

Falcons nest on the Cofrin Library

young-peregrines-by-greg-septonAfter seven years of encouraging endangered Peregrine Falcon to nest on campus, local supporters were exited when four male eyasses hatched atop the Cofrin Library! Name submissions were collected and voted on by the campus community. A naming ceremony revealed the names 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. Read more.

UWGB community experiences eclipse on campus

UWGB experiences eclipseDespite a cloudy forecast, the UW-Green Bay community gathered outdoors to witness and celebrate the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. (Wisconsinites in the Northeast saw about 80% coverage of the sun.) With safety in mind, faculty, staff, students and Phoenix family members shared eclipse safety glasses and homemade pinhole projector boxes to observe the solar phenomena. See photos.

Viking House constructed on campus

viking-house-adjIn October, UW-Green Bay became the new permanent home for a reconstructed Viking House. The new addition, located near Wood Hall, was donated to the University by Owen and Elspeth Christianson through a connection with Associate Professor Heidi Sherman, who had previously taken students to visit the house for immersive, hands-on experiences. The Viking House will provide great learning experiences for UW-Green Bay students and beyond. Read more.

Legally Blonde is a sellout

Adam Rosenow plays Arner Huntington III and Emily Ahrens plays Elle Woods in Legally Blonde: The MusicalUW-Green Bay Theatre and Music and Dance presented the international award-winning production, Legally Blonde The Musical, in the University Theatre Nov. 16-18 to sellout crowds— 1,248 attendees at three shows.

Phlash debuts a new look

Phlash's new lookThe University’s mascot Phlash debuted a new look at The 34th Annual Prevea Green Bay Holiday Parade, and has since represented Green Bay Athletics at many University events.

Former Phuture Phoenix graduates as most-outstanding and class speaker

Riley Garbe's commencement addressRiley Garbe ’17 came to UW-Green Bay as a fifth-grader on a Phuture Phoenix field trip, where a visit to the campus turned into a dream of one day graduating from college. In the fall of 2013, Garbe entered the University on a Phuture Phoenix scholarship, and now his dream came true as he holds a bachelor’s degree for UW-Green Bay. Garbe was designated the Outstanding Student of the graduating class by the Aumni Association for his undergraduate student success, his leadership on and off campus and his volunteer service to others and the community. He was also nominated and selected as the student commencement speaker. Garbe is of 51 students to have gone through the Phuture Phoenix program and graduate from UW-Green Bay. Read more.

– Photos by: Dan Moore; Kimberly Vlies and Amanda Jo Danihel, Marketing and University Communications and Greg Septon