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Your UW-Green Bay Emergency Action Guide (Green Bay campus)

UW-Green Bay Public Safety has updated emergency action guides across the Green Bay Campus. The charts provide a quick reference for how members of the campus community should respond in the event of a variety of emergency situations. Look for these laminated guides printed on canary yellow legal-sized signs. They are customized with building address and room number for each space on campus that occupants can use to provide a location to emergency dispatchers. The most notable update in the guide is that emergencies should be reported by calling 911, regardless of if the caller is on or off campus. An electronic file is available for those who wish to download it to have handy on their personal mobile device., the official UW-Green Bay Emergency Information site was also updated this fall. In the event of an emergency, this website will be updated frequently with instructions and information about the incident, campus services and resources available to the UW-Green Bay community.

Call for UW-Green Bay student art!

Please pass along to student artists… UW-Green Bay’s Lawton gallery put out a call for participation in the 46th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. Any student enrolled at any of the four UW-Green Bay campuses during the 2018 fall semester is eligible to present, regardless of year in school or major. Any media or combination of media including, but not limited to: painting, drawing, print making, photography and photo-derived processes, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry/metals, textiles and handmade paper is accepted.

For more information, see the exhibition details (pdf).

To participate, complete and submit the Juried Exhibition Entry Form (pdf).

Save the date:

46th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
Nov. 15 to Dec. 13, 2018

Juror’s Lecture: Wednesday, Nov. 8
Juror: Frank Juarez, Curator, Frank Juarez Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Opening Reception: Thursday, Nov. 15, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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Photos: The 2018 Retiree Association Annual Banquet


More than 60 UW-Green Bay retirees and their spouses gathered to celebrate the 19th Annual Retiree Association Banquet held on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in the UW-Green Bay, University Union, Phoenix Rooms.

Festivities began with a social hour followed by dinner. President Dan Spielmann’s remarks included an announcement of the $1,150 Retiree Association Endowed Scholarship recipient Allison Susnik, a senior majoring in Education and Human Development with hopes of becoming an elementary school teacher in the Green Bay area. Allison was present and thanked the Retiree Association for their generosity, which helped to reduce some of the financial burdens of schooling and allowed her to save money for her upcoming semester of student teaching. There was a Retiree Board of Director’s annual update, a report on the Oral History Project by Jane Rank and Debra Anderson and approval of the slate of new board members.

The guest speaker for the evening was Sandra (Hackbarth) Martinez. Sandra, a former UW-Green Bay student who studied under Prof. David Damkoehler, spoke about the influence of the University’s interdisciplinary structure in her life’s work. Sandra and her husband Wence, opened Martinez Studio in Door County, and she displayed designs of her work-on-paper and weavings. Check out the photo gallery.

Text by Pat Przybelski.

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

Join the celebration! Winner of the Governor’s Award is…

Student working with archives collection

Join in the celebration as the UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center is presented with the 2018 Governor’s Award for Archival Innovation by the Wisconsin State Historical Society. This award acknowledges the Archives’ leadership in building flexible instructional programs across the UW-Green Bay undergraduate curriculum. The Archives Department will be recognized for its innovative and extensive work connecting students with historical materials in unique and profound ways. RSVP by October 22.

Wednesday, October 24
4 p.m.

Archives and Area Research Center
David A. Cofrin Library 705
UW-Green Bay 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311

RSVP by October 22

Brief Remarks
Provost Greg Davis
Caroline Boswell
Alison Staudinger

Award Presentation
Wisconsin State Archivist Matt Blessing
2018 Governor’s Award for Archival Innovation


New ‘Serious Fun’ podcast episode: Carr interviews artist Ihde

Serious Fun podcast recording with guest Carli Ihde

“Serious Fun,” the Phoenix Studios podcast with UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Bryan Carr (Communication, Information Science) that examines the media that shapes and reflects our lives, has a new episode featuring guest comic book artist and illustrator Carli Ihde. The episode was recorded live at the Brown County Library Comic-Con event that took place at the Central Library on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Listen to the new episode.

For all the shows in Phoenix Studios, UW-Green Bay’s podcast network, visit

New ‘Serious Fun’ podcast episode: Carr, Rybak, and Martin talk supervillians


The forces of the All the Rage and Serious Fun podcasts gathered once again to bring armchair psychoanalysis of your favorite supervillians to the Brown County Library Comic-Con event. Host UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Bryan Carr (Communication, Information Science) and returning guests Prof. Ryan Martin (Psychology) and Dean Chuck Rybak (College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences) peel back the layers of rogues and monsters to see what makes them tick. The episode was recorded live at the Brown County Library Comic-Con event that was held at the Central Library on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Listen to the new episode.

“Serious Fun,” is a Phoenix Studios podcast that examines the media that shapes and reflects our lives. For all the shows in Phoenix Studios, UW-Green Bay’s podcast network, visit

Claudia Guzman featured by Telemundo Wisconsin

Claudia Guzman interviewed on Telemundo

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, UW-Green Bay Director of Student Life Claudia Guzman was recently interviewed by Telemundo Wisconsin. The story ran Monday (Sept. 24, 2018) and features a video interview with Guzman and lots of shots around the UW-Green Bay campus. See the original piece in Spanish or one passed through an English translation engine (below). Earlier this semester, Madison 365 published a list of Wisconsin’s 32 most powerful Latinos, including Guzman. You can also find it on Channel 3000.

GREEN BAY (TELEMUNDO WI) – As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Telemundo Wisconsin is sharing the stories of Hispanics that stand out in our community. Claudia Guzman is a Latina who works for (UW-Green Bay). Her position is vital to involve Latino students on campus.

Originally from Milwaukee, Claudia says that her passion for education is what motivates her in her work, but above all, her family.

“The city has changed a lot in recent years,” says Guzman. “There is a lot of development downtown and also the community is changing. There are more Latinos.”

Guzman is the director of Student Life at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Although she has only been in her position for seven months, she is already part of something bigger on campus.

“It’s a goal of a university to bring more Latinos,” says Guzman. “We have a large community in Brown County. The University has goals of increasing diverse populations. ”

Guzman describes her position as a guide and model for students, especially those who are underrepresented.

“It’s very important for me because there are not many Latinas in positions like this,” Guzman explains. “There are not many Latinas in leadership within education in Wisconsin. For me it is an honor and a privilege. ”

Originally from Milwaukee, Guzman says her passion for education began at an early age when she knew she wanted to be more in her community and at the same time help people find their identity.

“We are here to offer opportunities for students outside of class,” says Guzman. “We have events, activities, and do community service.”

But above all, Guzman says that her passion for education began at an early age when she knew she wanted to be more in her community and at the same time help people find their identity and passion.

As the daughter of immigrants, she uses this dreamer mentality with her students.

“My inspiration is my grandmother,” says Guzman. “She is an immigrant who speaks Spanish and had to learn English at work. She has always had a spirit of defying the odds.”

It is inspirations like these that Guzman says she hopes to share with her students regardless of their trials and what they would like to become in the future.

“I know that what I do is not only for me but for my family, and also for the community,” says Guzman.

A profitable business ‘model’


Pictured above: Chuck Brys pays a visit to Jamie Veeser, owner of Machine Plus, LLC. Brys helped Veeser grow his one-man shop to a $1-million-plus facility with 10 employees.

After a first career of running businesses, Chuck Brys spent another decade helping others learn to run their own.

The new retiree is entitled to be a little giddy these days. Strong returns can do that to a person, and Brys can point to some impressive results from his tenure guiding business start-ups as a counselor for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), part of UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin School of Business.

In 11 years, he’s forged relationships with more than 1,600 businesses, invested more than 11,000 hours, helped to launch 117 businesses, created 463 jobs and increased “capital infusion” (securing capital for growth and start-up expenses) for the companies he’s worked with by nearly $25 million.

“Chuck has experience managing at a level most people just don’t have,” notes Tara Carr, SBDC director. “He can evaluate the business’s financials, take a tour of the facility and have clients walk him through their processes, and he can see things from a different perspective that helps him find solutions. He’s able to evaluate the business not only from the micro-level, but the macro-level as well, which is key to helping businesses in many different facets.”

Carr said Brys’ special skill sets have made him invaluable to SBDC clients. Among those skills — his ability to be a straight shooter, his level of integrity, his trustworthiness, his financial expertise and his management experience.

Retiree? Not for long.

Brys retired at 55… the first time. Before long, he began working with an organization that allowed him to be a part-time CFO or CEO to many different companies. Later, he turned to the SBDC.

“Being at the SBDC allowed me to help build businesses for busines’s sake,” he said. “It’s our responsibility to help these businesses think through their business plans and issues.”
The job of the SBDC is to help small businesses in whatever way they need. Be it helping an entrepreneur start a new venture, to helping a business owner figure out where their business was going off the rails.

Mentor. Coach.

A listener who asks questions and lets clients arrive at their own conclusions, Brys coached clients through almost every type of business scenario imaginable. Sometimes, that coaching meant not starting a business at all. Other times, with his guidance, businesses grew from “one-man shops” to larger operations with multiple employees and million-dollar income streams.

Consider the young man who wanted to open his own machine shop. He had the skills he needed, but not the capital. Through Brys and the SBDC, he was able to acquire $50,000 to start his business, Machine Plus, LLC. That same client just completed construction on a $1-million-plus plant. Owner Jamie Veeser (pictured right) credits Brys for his success.

“Chuck honestly helped me to be a very stable businessman,” Veeser said. “Seven years ago, I was a scared guy trying to figure out whether or not I wanted to open a machine shop. Chuck told me what I needed to have, and I went out and got it. He walked me through it, every step of the way.”

That was in late 2011. Machine Plus opened in January 2012. In three months the business was profitable; in six months business profits paid for a second machine in cash, and today, Veeser has 10 employees. Veeser said he never imagined being a business owner, or getting off the plant floor.

“Now I go on the floor when I want to play with something. I have more appreciation for my family, for my time off. I appreciate now how volatile the economy can be as a small business owner.”

Hometown Trolley in Crandon, Wis., is another amazing success story. The company’s main competitor was dropping its pricing and driving down Hometown Trolley’s profit margin, impacting the bottom line.

“Owner Kristina Pence-Dunow used me as a sounding board,” Brys said. “After a while, I asked her ‘Why don’t you just buy them?’ So many times, small business owners are so busy doing the work that needs to be done that they don’t have the time to think about things like that.”

Brys helped the company grow from a $2 million business into a $20-million, award-winning company. And the impact to the local economy was profound.

Transformation agent.

Brys also helped to develop the SBDC into a larger, more productive and highly valued resource in Northeast Wisconsin. By working with local economic development offices and increasing the amount of funding the center was able to bring in, Brys transformed the organization from a group bringing in 90 clients a year to one that sees more than 300 a year, and one that now aids in securing $15 to $20 million annually in economic development funds to grow the local economy.

“His dedication to the SBDC and to UW-Green Bay is truly about what kind of a man he is,” Carr said. “He just really wanted to utilize his experience to help the community and make a difference.”

Story by Liz Carey

Mission accomplished


UW-Green Bay students help nonprofits measure their good works

There was palpable excitement entering Lora Warner’s Government and Nonprofit classroom last semester. Her students were actively engaged with local Nonprofits through service learning; visiting sites, getting their “hands dirty” and evaluating each program to determine the best ways to measure and communicate the Nonprofits mission and success before formally presenting their recommendations directly to their professional Nonprofit partners. Why? Because for each Nonprofit organization, it is becoming increasingly important to stakeholders and donors to know that their time is well-spent and their financial contributions are making a difference.

Delivering value to the mission

The Green Bay Botanical Gardens, CP Center, Curative Connections, The Farmory and The Birder Studio ARTreach program were nonprofits that received help from UW-Green Bay in spring 2018. Take ARTreach, an organization that partners with the YMCA’s after-school program at Green Bay area elementary schools deemed “at-risk,” as an example. As part of the program, K-5 students work with high school mentors and a program leader to experience music, art, theater and more importantly, life skills like self confidence, public speaking and working together. The program brings art to life for kids who may never have the opportunity to be part of an arts-themed program.

However, measuring the success of the program, things like increased confidence and problem-solving skills can be difficult. “It’s been really exciting,” says ARTreach Coordinator Peggy McGee. “We know what we do works — we can see the benefits — but having the UW-Green Bay students here to provide research and organize the numbers into something we can communicate to benefit our program, is so fantastic.”

In the foreground, from left to right, UW-Green Bay students Jessica Pittner ’18, Carly Newhouse ’18 and Tessah Dolata from Prof. Lora Warner’s “Program Evaluation” class, evaluated The Birder School ARTreach program to determine best ways to measure and communicate its success. The after-school participants took a photo break during dress rehearsal for a future Wizard of Oz performance.

In the foreground, from left to right, UW-Green Bay students Jessica Pittner ’18, Carly Newhouse ’18 and Tessah Dolata from Prof. Lora Warner’s “Program Evaluation” class, evaluated The Birder School ARTreach program to determine best ways to measure and communicate its success. The after-school participants took a photo break during dress rehearsal for a future Wizard of Oz performance.

Community plus campus yields valuable partnership

This unique way of involving student and community is developed from Prof. Warner’s strong background in program evaluation. “Program evaluation helps measure the impact you’re having on the people in your program,” says Warner. “There’s something called the double bottom line; there’s financials, but then there’s the mission, the reason organizations receive donations — to accomplish good for the people that are part of the program.” Lack of staff, budget and time constraints can make it difficult for nonprofits to determine how to best show their success and measure their impact. Outcome measurement can have a profound impact on community philanthropic support, volunteers and overall participation in each program.

In this partnership, local nonprofits have the benefit of utilizing fresh, intelligent and innovative ideas to develop impactful metrics and useful measurement tools. Teams of students observe the nonprofits, meet directly with leaders to learn about organization mission and vision, research best practices and then combine this with their knowledge of program evaluation theory to determine outcomes and develop a model that can be utilized by the organization. The direct application makes it more “real” for each student, which impacts their perception of the local nonprofit landscape.

Adding value to the community

Warner has also observed the additional benefits of understanding outcome measurement and program evaluation through hands-on service learning; students in her classes are learning self-confidence, conflict management skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving. “They’re learning skills that are in high demand,” says Warner. “Program evaluation is something that employers want across all disciplines.” More importantly, students are developing into future employees that are well-prepared and able to effectively communicate their ideas and results.

Students within the program concur. They enjoy the non-traditional style of the class and are happy to share their insights. They speak about gaining empathy, humility, increased knowledge about the community, volunteerism and being a part of something that they may never have been exposed to otherwise, as takeaways from the class. “It’s so much more applicable to what I’m going to experience out in the real world,” says Carly Newhouse ’18, a senior working towards an Arts Management degree. “I’ve learned so much more because it’s not just a lecture.”

Ensuring these millennials are prepared for their future and able to give back to the community is exactly what Warner had envisioned. “This ultimately benefits the whole community in two ways. We’re preparing the future nonprofit and public serving employees to be comfortable and well-prepared,” she says. The nonprofits become more accountable. “They learn with us. And in turn, develop better evaluation methods, are more accountable to their donors, and in turn raise more money…becoming even more effective.”

Final grade? A+

The presentation complete, questions asked and answered, the students happily relax to let their peers take their turn. Peggy McGee is poised to take the students’ recommendations for ARTreach and move this program forward, utilizing the outcome measures outlined. Already, she’s seen the positive effect this unique and valuable project has left on the kids involved in ARTreach. “For students in these schools to see others invest in them by observing and interacting, makes them feel valuable…that people are interested in who they are,” adds McGee.

Mission definitely accomplished.

This story by Kristin Bouchard ‘93 originally appear in the Spring/Summer issue of Inside Magazine

Back to School

Plymouth Cohorts

Plymouth School District and UW-Green Bay celebrate decade-long continuing education partnership

UW-Green Bay and the Plymouth School District marked a milestone in May 2018 — a unique, mutually beneficial relationship that has supported educators for nearly a decade.
At a time when many teachers reach into their own pockets for materials to enhance the learning for their students, and districts are looking to stretch or trim operating budgets, the Plymouth Joint School District continues to promote and fully fund tuition and textbooks for its teachers who participate in UW-Green Bay’s master’s program for Applied Leadership in Teaching and Learning.

Rare collaborative opportunity

“It’s extremely rare for a school district to be so supportive of a program like this,” said Tim Kaufman, chair of the UW-Green Bay graduate program in Education. “Everyone in the Plymouth district, from administration to the school board has been committed to this from the beginning. It’s only grown stronger over the years.”

“We believe strongly in collaboration,” said Dan Mella, assistant superintendent for the district. “This arrangement allows us to bring the rigor of a master’s-level program to our campus and tailor it to the needs of our educators.” Open to pre-K to grade 12 teachers, registration is limited to a cohort of 20 students with six-hour classes on Saturdays, over a two-year period. “The educators meet the credit-hour requirements of the University’s graduate program; and we’re able to deliver it in a convenient and collaborative way,” Mella says.

That collaborative attitude carries into the structure of the classroom itself, where classes are co-taught by faculty from UW-Green Bay and Plymouth.

“In many settings, whether it’s a classroom or a boardroom, you would anticipate the environment to be a bit chilled by the presence of ‘the top brass,’” said Kaufman. “In this case, the culture is so collaborative, so empowering of frontline employees, that there’s no chilling effect at all.”

Win-win for Plymouth schools and UW-Green Bay

Don’t think for a minute that the district’s commitment stems from pure altruism. Mella says it gets at least as much as it gives. “Educators work in teams. We don’t direct them, but we ask that their work benefit the children in our district. We share it so it becomes part of the broader curriculum. That makes us all better teachers. And that produces better students.” The program, Mella says, is also used as a selling point to new candidates and is a “major plus in climate studies.”

“The most valuable thing to me was working with fellow Plymouth instructors to create something that was valuable to my own teaching as well as to our district,” said Beau Biller, technology education instructor. He was one of three teammates to research and develop a new technology-focused math course aimed at students not headed for four-year universities.

“There are excellent math course offerings at Plymouth for students who plan to enter a four-year university,” explained Darren Munson, a math instructor. “We felt there weren’t adequate math courses to meet the needs of students who would be pursuing career, military or technical college options.”

“And this was another collaboration,” added Jack Daniels, a math and computer sciences instructor at Plymouth and the third member of the team. “Through the process of implementing the new courses, we were able to collaborate with Lakeshore Technical College to offer these new courses for technical college math credit.”

Language Arts teachers Sarah Paff and Keely Mey, have had similar experiences with the program.

“Keely and I have both benefited personally and in our careers from the process of reflection,” Paff says. “As partners in the program, we wondered if reflection would help our students to develop critical thinking skills and the ability to learn from their experiences in and out of school. We did some research and found there was little out there about student reflection at the fifth-grade level,” said Mey. “We developed a journal-based, self-reflection program based on teacher-led questions around student motivation, student-teacher relationships, future focus, healthy lifestyle, social skills, self-worth, self-knowledge, relationships and academics.”

“Now we have teachers at multiple grade levels incorporating reflective practices into their classrooms,” said Paff. “It looks different from classroom to classroom, but we have many students in our district developing critical thinking skills through reflection.”

Room for replication

Kaufman said the Plymouth model could be replicated in other districts. In fact, some districts use part of the curriculum, but no one has the level of commitment that Plymouth has. “This program develops leadership within the teachers,” he said. “That plays out in the classroom and elsewhere. Some administrations would feel threatened by that, but Plymouth embraces it. They’re secure enough to empower teachers to take risks. So far, they feel that’s paying off.”

“And for me,” Kaufmann reflects, “it’s my best experience as an educator.”

See photos of the UW-Green Bay and Plymouth School District 10-year partnership celebration.

This story by Jim Streed ‘05 originally appear in the Spring/Summer issue of Inside Magazine