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UW System expands opportunities for adult learners | Announcements |

The University of Wisconsin System is expanding opportunities for adult learners. At the recent UW System Board of Regents meeting at UW-Whitewater, the regents heard about the education options that are available, or soon will be available, to nontraditional adult learners across the UW System.

“Throughout Wisconsin and the nation, people of all ages are seeking a quality education that will help them thrive in the workplace and become more well-rounded individuals,” President Ray Cross said. “The UW System is consistently working to expand access to nontraditional students, including adult learners.”

About 815,000 Wisconsin residents 25 and older have earned some college credit but do not have a degree, according to U.S. Census data. The UW System is focusing on strategies to attract and serve these students who are professionally oriented.

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UW System Awarded Grant To Improve Pathways To Degrees For People Of Color | Wisconsin Public Radio

The University of Wisconsin System wants to make it easier for work, military and other life experiences to count as college credit as adult students work to earn degrees and other credentials. The hope is that crediting what the system calls “prior learning” can help with retention and completion, particularly for people of color.

The UW System has been awarded a $450,000 All Learning Counts grant from the nonprofit Lumina Foundation to build what the system calls “clearer pathways” to degrees and other professional credentials for adults and people of color.

The grant was part of a $3.5 million national campaign by Lumina to “ensure that knowledge, skills, and abilities gained outside formal higher education-through work, military and other experiences” can be counted as college credit to put toward degrees or certificates, according to the grant announcement from Lumina.

The grant will help the system build on past efforts toward what it calls “credit for prior learning,” said Carlene Vande Zande, UW System Vice President of Academic Programs and Educational Innovation. Vande Zande said the idea is to make it easier for working adults who may have some prior college credits to gain credits without having to pay for things they’ve already learned outside of college.

via UW System Awarded Grant To Improve Pathways To Degrees For People Of Color | Wisconsin Public Radio.

Event At Lambeau Field Showcases Student Research On New Antibiotics | Wisconsin Public Radio

One of the greatest threats to global health is antibiotic resistance, according to the World Health Organization, and some Wisconsin students have begun the fight to find new alternatives by studying and sampling soil.

An event Friday, Tiny Earth in Titletown in Green Bay, will feature presentations from 110 students who have been working over 14 weeks on solutions to antibiotic resistance by studying soil.

Those students are part of a larger worldwide initiative, Tiny Earth, to find new antibiotics to address the growing resistance. Tiny Earth is comprised of college and some high school students and teachers in 45 states across the nation and in 15 countries who are working on these solutions. Established in 2018, Tiny Earth is based out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.

“This is an authentic research experience that’s designed to mitigate this world crisis of antibiotic resistance and finding new novel antibiotics of which the world desperately needs,” said Brian Merkel, associate professor of human biology at UW-Green Bay and organizer of the event.

via Event At Lambeau Field Showcases Student Research On New Antibiotics | Wisconsin Public Radio.

Marinette Campus CEO to be on radio program talking about Higher Education Coalition

On Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, Cindy Bailey, campus executive officer for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Marinette Campus, and Jennifer Flatt, Dean at Marinette Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, will be on “Our Town“, a local radio program, to discuss the Marinette Area Higher Education Coalition that both campuses are involved with. If you are able to, please tune in and learn more about this fantastic partnership.

Manitowoc Campus Lifelong Learning Institute classes receive publicity

Fall 2019 marks the inaugural semester of UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus’ Lifelong Learning Institute classes aimed at helping adults who are retired or about to retire learn something new while making new friends with similarly inquisitive minds. Even though this is the first semester of this program, it has already begun to receive attention from outside the community.

The Wisconsin State Journal recently published an article about Barb Bundy-Jost, who taught Baby Boomers from the Lifelong Learning Institute about aluminum Christmas trees. Her collection, now sitting at 80 trees, is estimated to be worth more than $100,000. This is just one of the many classes offered as part of the Lifelong Learning Institute.

UntitledTown receives grant from Green Bay Packers


On Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, the Green Bay Packers Foundation awarded a record $1 million to 192 civic and charitable groups across Wisconsin as part of its annual distribution of grants. UntitledTown, an annual book and author festival in Green Bay, was awarded one of the grants, which was accepted by UW-Green Bay Prof. and co-president of UntitledTown Rebecca Meacham (English and Humanities). Prof. Cristina Ortiz (Humanities) and Diversity Director, Mai J Lo Lee, also serve on the board.

Although not officially a University event, UW-Green Bay faculty, students and alumni devote a tremendous amount of time, effort and energy to the annual Book and Author Festival.

Will the help of the Packers’ grant, the Festival will seek to expand community in April 2020 with two undervoiced populations of Northeast Wisconsin. First, to address the stories of victims of domestic violence and to showcase the stories of Latinx people of the Great Lakes.

The festival, now in its fourth year, has realized the power of community storytelling through the 4,000 to 6,000 attended each year who participate in the 100-plus free readings and writing workshops by both legendary talents and local writers. The “dream outcome,” according to Meacham, is a “whole slew of new and meaningful stories being published and hitting the libraries of our areas so others could be inspired, find hope and connect with communities.” For the announcement of headliners and a full line-up of events, see




Ten of its 2020 Festival headliners will be revealed on Dec. 18, 2019 at Lion’s Mouth Bookstore, 401 N. Washington St., Ste 107, Green Bay.

The announcement is expected to include bestselling novelists, award-winning slam poets, a beloved children’s series author, an NPR science podcaster—and the Festival’s youngest-ever headliner, a middle-schooler who has achieved viral and international fame.

The next UntitledTown event is taking place from April 23-26, 2020 in Green Bay.


Masters’ Candidate in Applied Leadership returns from Afghanistan

Master’s Candidate in Applied Leadership, Second Lt. Andrea Ackerman, returned from a one-year deployment at Operating Base Fenty in Afghanistan on Friday, Dec. 6. While deployed, she  finished the last requirements of her program. Her line of inquiry in the master’s program has focused on the use of community gardens in assisting veterans with PTSD. She has put her leadership skills to use by creating an on-base community garden she dubbed, “Fenty Farms,” overcoming the obstacles of no soil, few seeds and blistering hot conditions. Ackerman plans on participating in December commencement upon her return and implementing community gardens in the Green Bay area next summer.

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Reminder: Swing for the Holidays Dec. 12

Enjoy a little Christmas jazz and support UW-Green Bay Music and the (typically) free weekly 6:30 Concert Series by purchasing tickets to “Swing for the Holidays,” Thursday night Dec. 12 at the Weidner Center. The players of the Green Bay Jazz Orchestra and faculty vocalist Courtney Sherman will perform the Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn version of the Nutcracker Suite, along with other jazzy holiday favorites. All proceeds from this special event support ongoing and free performances in the 6:30 Series. Tickets are $16 plus fees and available through the Weidner Center website, or by calling Ticket Star at 800-895-0071 or in person at the University Ticketing & Information Center.

Roger Harriman added to Top 50 Most Influential Leaders list

Roger Harriman, former head coach of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay swimming and diving team, was added to Green Bay Athletics “Top 50 Most Influential Leaders in Green Bay Athletics History” list on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019.

Harriman served as head coach from 1976-1990, leading the women’s team to Green Bay’s only national championship in 1984 as the NAIA champions. Harriman received the honor for the NAIA Coach of the Year in 1984 among many other awards during his time as head coach. In addition, Harriman recruited, trained and coached dozens of All-American swimmers and divers and is credited with aiding in the growth of swimming and diving talent locally during his tenure. Harriman was the second coach inducted to the Phoenix Hall of Fame 1998 class.

Green Bay Athletics announces a new member of its “Top 50 Most Influential Leaders in Green Bay Athletics History” list every week during the 2019-2020 academic season to celebrate 50 years of Green Bay Athletics.