Author Archives: Jena Richter Landers

Branch campuses transition from Rave to GB Alert

As of July 1, 2019, the branch campuses will no longer receive emergency notification from Rave, the emergency notification system of the former UW Colleges. If you had been a Rave subscriber (faculty, staff and students) at UW-Green Bay campuses at Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan, you need to sign-up for GB Alert to ensure you continue to receive emergency notifications, including cancelled classes, drill information and safety communication during credible, on-going threats. You will not automatically be signed up. Rave alerts will continue to be sent through July 1, 2019.

If you are already a GB Alert subscriber that spends time at other campuses, you may sign-up for additional lists to receive emergency notification customized to you.

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, you may edit or view your GB Alert account by logging in.

For more information, please see your UW-Green Bay email inbox. Questions may also be directed to


Wood Hall 441 now hosts a ‘Contemplative Practices Room’

The College of Health, Education and Social Work has made a Contemplative Practices Room available for all UW-Green Bay students, staff and faculty. This is the first semester the space, Wood Hall 441, is available. The room can be used for contemplative practices such as yoga, meditation and more. Organizers are accepting donations for the room. Needs include: new or gently used meditation cushions, yoga mats, a soft light floor lamp, meditation CDs and books related to all contemplative practices. Donations can be taken to Lisa Poupart (WH 410) or Jamie Froh Tyrrell (WH 430).


UW-Green Bay to host Destination Imagination Wisconsin Affiliate Tournament on Saturday, April 13

Green Bay, Wis. — Thousands of students, teachers and parents are expected on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus Saturday, April 13, 2019, for the 2019 Destination Imagination (DI) Wisconsin Affiliate Tournament.

About 300 student teams, with members ranging in age from 8 to 18, will be competing. Wisconsin Destination Imagination has 10 regions total, and the top teams in those regional competitions have advanced to the April 13 competition. The top two teams from Saturday will advance to the world competition in Kansas City, MO in late-May.

There are three levels of competition: elementary, middle and secondary (high school). Teams have a team challenge (worth 75% of their final score) and an instant challenge (worth 25% of their final score). Many teams have been working on the challenges for months. Challenges begin at 8 a.m. and run approximately every 20 minutes. Drop-off and registration begin at 6:30 a.m. in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall (MAC) and the Kress Events Center. Competition will take place from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with locations varying depending on the type of competition. Events and highlights:

The public and participants are welcome to visit the Creativity Expo in the Dick Bennett Gym of the Kress Evens Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regional organizations, artisans and university groups present a variety of hands-on exhibits for members to continue in the creative process! Opportunities to learn, have fun and engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), problem-solving, creativity and performance are all at the exhibit.

Surf & Turf is an “open-gym” type of experience and will be held in the Turf Room at the Kress Events Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for DI contestants and guests.

The Challenge Extreme Competition will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Kress Events Center’s Arena. The award ceremony will take place from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Kress Center Arena.

About DI
Destination Imagination (DI) is a non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven organization. Its purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Annually, DI offers seven new standards-based Challenges in STEM, Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning and Early Learning. Each Challenge is open-ended and enables student teams to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation. Academic tournaments take place around the world where teams have the opportunity to present their solutions to trained appraisers. Students have fun and gain confidence in their ability to solve any challenge. In working to solve the Challenges, teams learn 21st century skills (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship and courage) to build on their unique strengths.

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


Chancellor Q&A

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Chancellor Miller took to the UW-Green Bay Instagram account last week, Thursday, March 28, 2019, answering questions posed by followers of the account. The chancellor fielded nearly 50 questions from more than 40 participants. Questions ranged from “Is a hot dog a sandwich?” to “Where did you grow up?” and much more! See the Instagram story.

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Phoenix crossing paths on the Appalachian Trail


How is it that on a trail that is more than 2,000 miles long, UW-Green Bay alumni and students managed to connect at just the right time and location. Alumni Jenna Walton ’07 (Biology) and Nick Walton ’07 ’16 (Biology and Environmental Science and M.S. in Environmental Science & Policy) (pictured bottom left) have just begun their journey across the entire Appalachian Trail. They hope to walk the entire trail over the next year or so. On their journey they crossed paths with UW-Green Bay’s UREC Outdoor adventurers — a group of students walking the trail over spring break.

Academic staff professional development funds for Green Bay Campus exhausted

The Academic Staff Professional Development Allocations Committee no longer has funds available to assist academic staff in professional development opportunities for the remainder of fiscal year 2018-2019. All funds have been expended. If you have questions, please contact committee members Jena Richter Landers (chair), Kay Voss, Nora Kanzenbach, Joanie Dovekas or Joe Schoenebeck.

Alumnus appears on Modern Family Episode

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Alumnus Scotty Dickert (stage name Scott Deckert) appeared as a member of the cast in the ABC primetime comedy, Modern Family, episode Red Alert (Season 10, Episode 16), which aired Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Deckert played the role of Evan and can be seen at 10:16. Watch the episode on In the past, you may have seen Deckert in Venom and other Hollywood productions.

Reminder: Light up the Lakeshore registration deadline is March 8

Spread the word to Manitowoc County high school students. The deadline for he first annual Light Up the Lakeshore High School Student Business Idea Competition in Manitowoc County is March 8. Students can register their idea at

The UW-Green Bay Manitowoc Campus, through the Cofrin School of Business, is a lead sponsor of the first annual Light Up the Lakeshore High School Student Business Idea Competition in Manitowoc County.

The current prize package is $15,000. The winner of each high school’s competition will receive $100 from UW-Green Bay along with other cash prizes and in-kind donations to help them grow their business. Competitions at Lincoln High School and Two Rivers High School have been set for 6 p.m. on March 19 and April 17, respectively. The county finals will culminate the countywide competition with finalists from each high school’s competition. The county finals will take place at the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus’s theatre on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Other cash, in-kind, and media sponsors include Rawley Point Economic Advisors, Shoreline Credit Union, Investors Community Bank, Clocktower Advisors, and Two Rivers Main Street. To be a cash, in-kind, or media sponsor to reach a goal of $25,000 in cash and prizes for this first annual competition, or for further questions about the contest including future dates of each Manitowoc County high school’s individual competition, please contact Jeff Sachse at