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Cheesy wager between Purdue and UWGB research teams

The Green Bay women’s basketball team meets the Purdue Boilermakers on the court tonight at Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. As it turns out, there is more than moving on in the tournament at stake.

UW-Green Bay and Purdue University research teams and other partners are working together on a four-year project to determine relationships that link soil health and water quality within the U.S. Great Lakes Watershed. One of the UW-Green Bay research leaders Prof. Kevin Fermanich (Natural and Applied Sciences) shared that research teams at the two universities have made a friendly wager of fine cheese.

Alumna Marty Stanley paying it forward with internship funding

UW-Green Bay alumna Marty Stanley’s innovative spirit has a way of inspiring beyond words.

TheScreen Shot 2017-03-09 at 11.25.12 AM speaker, author and organizational coach and consultant ( attributes her monumental success to the years she spent at her alma mater. In return, the 1977 graduate, who now lives in La Jolla, Calif., has developed a pay it forward giving system that will change the lives of numerous UW-Green Bay students.

Stanley returned to UW-Green Bay at age 25 after spending time at another university and in the workforce. The decision, she says, changed her life. The confidence-building work-study job opportunities provided to her, and the individualized attention from professors she received at UW-Green Bay, prompted her years later to become the first UW-Green Bay alumna to financially support an on-campus internship. Stanley is supporting UW-Green Bay senior Amy Bauer in an editorial internship in the Office of Marketing and University Communication.

Three words have guided Stanley over the years: Empowering, regenerating and sustainable.

“These words are what I bring to the organizations that I coach, as well as guide my giving choices,” said Stanley. “My contribution to UW-Green Bay meets that criteria as it empowers students by providing them with the tools to become successful and prompts them to pay it forward — regeneratingthe process in a sustainable manner.”

With University budget cuts and competition for off-campus internships rising, it is difficult for students to receive rewarding opportunities that allow them to build their confidence and skills going into the workplace. The internships UW-Green Bay offers provide genuine, portfolio-building experiences that help students grow as people and professionals. It also allows the University to retain student talent, rather than lose students to off-campus businesses and organizations.

For more information on unique alumni giving, contact Kari Moody, Director of Alumni Relations at

UW-Green Bay launches new University podcast network, Phoenix Studios

We’ve long known that UW-Green Bay is home to some of the nation’s most accomplished and fascinating faculty members. Now, through the launch of a new podcast network, Phoenix Studios, we’re blazing a new trail to share their insights and expertise to all corners of the state and beyond. As a communications channel, listenership in podcasts continues to slowly and steadily grow across the U.S. Pew Research Center shows that 50 percent of the U.S. population has listened to at least one podcast in 2016. A team of UW-Green Bay students, staff and faculty have been working since last Fall to launch the new network, featuring podcasts produced by the University community. The current lineup includes three podcasts (shows) with the intent to grow:

All the Rage

All the Rage - A UWGB PodcastAll the Rage is a podcast from UW-Green Bay Professors Ryan Martin (Psychology) and Chuck Rybak (Humanistic Studies). From road rage to internet trolls, All the Rage covers all topics related to anger and violence. If you want to be a guest, or just have a question or an idea for an episode, call or text (920) 328-5167 or email Ryan Martin at

Psychology & Stuff

Psychology & Stuff - A UWGB PodcastPsychology and Stuff is the podcast for the UW-Green Bay Psychology program and includes interviews with faculty, students and alumni from the program on a wide range of topics (work, research, personal lives and other stuff).


PhlashCast - A UWGB PodcastPhalshCast from Phoenix Studios, follows the Green Bay athletics program and includes big news and an inside look behind the scenes of an athletics department through interviews with students-athletes, coaches, and Phoenix Staff.







All three Phoenix Studios podcasts can be found on Apple iTunes Store, Google Play Store and SoundCloud. If you wish to start your own show, contact Kate Farley in the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at for more information. For more information on Phoenix Studios and to download a podcast, visit here.

Bowling with a Cop for scholarships, March 5

UW-Green Bay Public Safety will host the third-annual Bowling with a Cop event from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley (2929 Allied Lane). This family-friendly event will include raffle prizes from local vendors (event tickets, gift cards, gift baskets and more!), unlimited bowling and shoes, games and activities and the opportunity to meet the University’s police officers and support a great cause. Tickets are $10. All proceeds benefit the UW-Green Bay Public Safety Scholarship for students. Pre-register here or at the door. On-campus residents may ride for free on a bus provide by Residence Life and will receive 50 percent off of bowling. The bus leaves from the Community Center at 12: 30 p.m. Event questions may be directed to officer T. Decker ( or officer K. Jones (

Dancing With Our Stars on Saturday features Ryan Martin

Ryan Martin Dancing with our Stars Saturday Feb. 25

The culminating event for Prof. Ryan Martin’s (Psychology) six months of dance lessons and fundraising efforts with the Northeast Wisconsin American Red Cross— Dancing With Our Stars is on Saturday, February 25. Dancing with Our Stars 2017 will feature 16 local celebrities, including UW-Green Bay’s very own Ryan Martin competing for the mirror ball trophy. Watch the live-streamed event from home or view the footage after. The show begins at 7:00 p.m.

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The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to host first-ever Rock the Resch pregame tailgate

Alumni and student event scheduled for Friday, February 24

GREEN BAY – More than 800 students, alumni and University friends are expected to attend the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s first annual Rock the Resch pregame tailgate event from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, February 24 at The Bar on Holmgren Way. The event will lead up to the Green Bay men’s basketball game against Oakland at 6 p.m. in the Resch Center.

The Rock the Resch event will include tailgate food and beverages, giveaways and prizes, sign making and swag to cheer on the Phoenix. Attendees will also receive a glow-in-the-dark long sleeve Rock the Resch T-shirt with the Phoenix fight song printed on the arm. The band “Feel Good Kids” will perform, and the UW-Green Bay Pep Band, Green Bay cheer team and Phlash will also be in attendance. At 5:30 p.m., Chancellor Miller and Phlash will lead everyone in a spirit march from The Bar to the game at the Resch Center. At the game, there will be in-game contests between alumni and current students.

“This event will bring together alumni and students alike, celebrating school spirit and nostalgia,” said UW-Green Bay Alumni Director Kari Moody. “We are excited for this event to become a UW-Green Bay homecoming tradition. The number of attendees is growing every day. At least 600 students and 200 alumni and University friends are expected to attend.”

Free student registration remains open through Thursday, February 23.

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UW-Green Bay junior Anna Katner is Miss Green Bay Area first runner-up


UW-Green Bay junior communication major Anna Katner (third from left) competed in the Miss Green Bay Area scholarship pageant on Saturday, January 21 at the Meyer Theatre. Katner was named Miss Green Bay Area first runner-up. First runner-up is responsible for fulfilling Miss Green Bay Area duties if the winner is unable to uphold the commitment. Katner also tied with two other contestants to win the People’s Choice Award. Both honors were recognized with scholarship awards.

Photo courtesy of Lindsay Rose Photography

Take a Scroll through UW-Green Bay’s Top 16 Moments of 2016

Friends, fans and family of UW-Green Bay have witnessed some monumental moments this year, bashing records, basking in international spotlights and celebrating major accomplishments. Take a scroll through the best moments of 2016 at UW-Green Bay:

Green Bay men’s and women’s basketball teams experience March Madness

030816_GB_v_WSU For the first time since 1994, both Green Bay men’s and women’s basketball teams clinched spots in the NCAA tournament after winning their respective Horizon League tournaments. It was the 18th consecutive Horizon League title for the women!

Campus hosts presidential candidates

25536822403_4d40eea324_b The year 2016 brought prominent presidential figures to campus. In March campus hosted an MSNBC nationally televised Town Hall Meeting hosted by Chris Matthews and featuring now U.S. President Donald Trump. April brought presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to the Kress Events Center. Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine made a visit to campus in November.

Regents recognize Cofrin Library

Library Honored by Regents The UW System’s Board of Regents bestowed the Regents Award for Excellence on the staff of the Cofrin Library on April 8, 2016. This is the UW System’s highest recognition for members of academic staff.

Largest-ever graduating class

2016.05.14-commencement Spring Commencement (May 14, 2016) set University records for both total master’s degrees and total degrees awarded. A total of 953 students where eligible to participate.

Reorganization brings new four college model

4deans After institutional self-reflection, four freestanding colleges have emerged, along with leaders stepping into roles that are among the most significant in the University’s history. The new deans will put business and community priorities front and center as UW-Green Bay grows.

Alumna Olympian takes home bronze

Canadian Rugby Olympic Medalists Former Green Bay women’s basketball standout Megan Lukan and her Canadian Rugby team brought home bronze medals this past summer at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Following a stellar basketball career at UW-Green Bay, Lukan jumped at an offer to return to Canada and play for the national Canadian rugby developmental team (a sport she had given up in high school to focus on basketball.) That led to making the Canadian Rugby Sevens Olympic roster in July and then, of course, winning bronze in August. The Phoenix Family was proud to cheer on their Canadian!

Phoenix painting paves the way for a new tradition

28784281283_e8fb9d16fe_b As a part of FOCUS (First-year Opportunities for UW-Green Bay Students) Orientation, Class of 2020 incoming freshmen painted the first-ever giant Phoenix between the University Union and Mary Ann Cofrin Hall on September 1, 2016. Organizers hope it is the start of a new orientation tradition.

50th Anniversary Mural dedication

Studio Arts Mural On Wednesday, August 24, the campus dedicated the 50th Anniversary Mural by alumnus Beau Thomas (’15). This 12′ by 13′ mural on the exterior of the Studio Arts Building (facing the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts) references scenes from UW-Green Bay’s 50 years of history. The Bluewhale Coffee House, once a Midwest destination for some of America’s leading blues performers, a Ferris wheel — with a nod to the 25-year run of Bayfest; Shorewood Golf Course; the Cofrin Library; the Shoe Tree; Phoenix athletics and the UWGB pep and marching bands, are also featured in the mural.

50th Anniversary Time Capsule dedication

29446082751_33bff2e4b0_b On Wednesday, September 7, a time capsule was dedicated, concluding the University’s 50th anniversary celebration. Among a crowd of University faculty, staff, alumni, retirees and friends, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller, University Archivist Deb Anderson, 50th Anniversary Committee Chair Tracy Heaser, Trustee Lou LeCalsey and student Sean Gleason, placed the items that represent UW-Green Bay as it stands today into the new time capsule, not to be opened until 2065.

Largest Phuture Phoenix visit

Phuture Phoenix 2016 On October 14 and 15, a record number of fifth graders participated in Phuture Phoenix Fall tour days at UW-Green Bay. About 1,500 students visited classrooms, residence halls, the Cofrin Library and other parts of campus, and connected with hundreds of UW‑Green Bay student mentors who volunteer as tour guides. Phuture Phoenix tour days are a coordinated effort to inspire academic success and alert children to educational opportunities beyond high school.

Packers Partnership provides opportunities to students and alumni

30544463420_3d4104dcbc_o UW-Green Bay’s role as Higher Education Partner of the Green Bay Packers continued into 2016. The partnership, which began in 2014, has provided unique opportunities for the UW-Green Bay community. In 2016, UW-Green Bay hosted a sold-out Ted Talk-like event called Lambeau Lectures at Lambeau Field in March. In fall, UW-Green Bay veterans and military personnel were honored as they took to the field to present a large American flag during the National Anthem at the Green Bay Packers’ Salute to Service military appreciation game. Additionally, two UWGB alumni had the unique opportunity to sing the National Anthem at Lambeau Field this year.

Military Friendly, again

Veterans Reception For the eighth consecutive year, UW-Green Bay has been deemed a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media, Inc, placing UW-Green Bay in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America’s service members and veterans as students. Factors that contribute to our ranking include UW-Green Bay’s high enrollment of active-duty and veteran students, a strong student organization (the Vets for Vets Club), a dedicated staff person for active-duty and veterans students’ needs, a dedicated veteran lounge and active programming and outreach efforts.

 Green Bay’s most famous playwright brings his show back to UW-Green Bay

cw_pte-weaa7swa After a run at the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival, Prof. Brian Sutton’s Searching for Romeo returned to where it all began. Sutton is an associate professor at UWGB who teaches English composition and directs the University’s student Writing Center. He wrote both script and music for the play. His New York production was the winner of the 2014 Stage Rights/NYMF Publishing Award, a program of The New York Musical Theatre Festival. As far as we know Sutton is Green Bay’s most famous playwright!

Enrollment records broken

wgs-class-web This year brought UW-Green Bay’s highest enrollment and most diverse fall enrollment to date. UW-Green Bay saw significant gains in minority students, graduate students and “undergraduate specials,” including high school students taking college courses. This enrollment surge went against a UW System trend of lower enrollments.

Voices come together for first-ever Messiah singalong

messiah3 UW-Green Bay Music performs Handel’s Messiah biennially. For the first time in December of 2016, the performance included an audience singalong. Three local high school choirs, Green Bay Choral Artists, Festival Orchestra, and alumni soloists, joined UW-Green Bay choral ensembles for this year’s beautiful, festive performance.

Global Buzz over Snapchat acceptance

p1090571-copy In early December, UW-Green Bay attracted global media attention about its innovative practice of sending snaps on Snapchat to admitted students. It began with local coverage by WBAY and spread rapidly from there, including SeventeenNPR and Good Morning America. Check out the full list of coverage.

December 2016 Commencement Announcement

Regarding inclement weather predictions

From Clifton Ganyard, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs/Commencement Coordinator to graduating seniors:

“As you know, Green Bay is expecting a winter storm this weekend, beginning on Friday afternoon and continuing through Saturday.  At present, however, the University does not plan on cancelling Commencement.  While the City is expecting several inches of snow, the current estimates are not significant enough to warrant the cancellation of this important event.  Our crews will be out early on Saturday morning to make sure that roads, parking lots, and sidewalks are clear.  If the weather does become worse than anticipated, a decision regarding campus events will be made early Saturday morning, and we will inform the University community as soon as possible.  If, however, you do not feel safe coming to campus on Saturday morning, please stay home.”

Information for graduates:

“You will still graduate and receive your degree even if you do not participate in the ceremony, and the ceremony will be streamed live at: Questions may be directed to”

Information for faculty and staff participants and volunteers:

“If you do decide to stay home, please let us know as soon as possible.  Faculty who are unable to participate in the ceremony, please contact either Paula Marcec at 920-609-0451 or, or Paula Ganyard at 920-819-5910 or Staff Volunteers who are unable to participate in the ceremony, please contact Jan Snyder at 920-609-1343 or

Thank you for your assistance with this important event.”