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2017 Retirees Annual Banquet

Dave Kieper, Ginny Dell, Frank, Chris Sampson, Tracy Heaser

About 60 UW-Green Bay retirees and their spouses gathered to celebrate the 18th Annual Retiree’s Banquet held on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in the UW-Green Bay, University Union, Phoenix Rooms.

Festivities began with a social hour and dinner. President Pat Przybelski’s remarks included an announcement of the Retiree Association Board Scholarship.  Jessica Hannon, a junior majoring in Human Biology and an aspiring veterinarian, was this year’s recipient of the thousand-dollar award. Although Hannon was unable to attend, her thank you note, which was read to the group, received warm applause.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies, Mathew Dornbush, was the guest speaker. Dornbush spoke about current challenges and opportunities in higher education. He highlighted UW-Green Bay’s recent accomplishments and opportunities, positioning the University for sustained success in the future.

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– Photos submitted by the UW-Green Bay Retiree Association

Spooky Phoenix Spirit


Carve your pumpkins with Phoenix spirit this Halloween. Choose from the Athletics Phoenix or Phoenix Emblem pumpkin carving patterns below. Download the pattern, print, and transfer onto the pumpkin. Display your “Phlash-o-lantern” with pride and share photos of your UW-Green Bay pumpkins at #uwgb or e-mail them to social media coordinator Jena Richter Landers,

UW-Green Bay Pumpkin Carving Templates

Athletics Phoenix Pumpkin Carving Pattern Phoenix Emblem Pumpkin Carving Pattern

Winter gear and blanket donations requested

Warm Wishes Winter Gear and Blanket Drive

The UW-Green Bay Holiday Float Committee is collecting new and gently used supplies to help keep the less-fortunate of Green Bay toasty warm during our harsh Green Bay winter. This drive is being conducted in connection with the Green Bay Holiday Parade — Saturday, Nov. 18 — downtown Green Bay. After the parade all donations of warm clothing and blankets will be donated to Green Bay area homeless shelters and services. Please consider donating for UW-Green Bay’s Warm Wishes Winter Gear and Blanket Drive. Donation boxes are available across campus in the Dean of Students Office (Student Services 2000), Office of Student Life (University Union 150), Cofrin Library 7th floor elevator lobby, or the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences office (Theatre Hall 335). Coincidentally, it is worth noting that the bookstore’s Phoenix Friday sale for Fri., October 13 is 20% off outerwear!

Please make your donation before Wednesday, Nov.15.

 Suggested Items to donate:

  • socks (especially athletic socks, wool socks, hunting socks, etc.)
  • gloves and mittens
  • winter hats and scarves
  • ear muffs and warm winter head bands/ear warmers
  • face masks/ski masks
  • leggings
  • cold weather insoles
  • leg warmers
  • long underwear

Video: Calling all difference makers

Students and staff from UW-Green Bay’s Office of Student Life share a video they created with an important message — “We are calling on you to show the world that the Phoenix helps one another.” Give this two-minute video a watch and find out how you can be a part of the movement that helps “strengthen the community through positive actions.”

UW-Green Bay is again participating in the Make a Difference Day volunteer initiative, nationally observed on the fourth Saturday of October. On Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, the University will hold UWGB Make a Difference Day, its own day of community service. Volunteers may choose from more than a dozen on- and off-campus volunteer projects scheduled at various times throughout the day. The campus community is also invited to participate in service work on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 organized through the Volunteer Center of Brown County. Learn more at

See UWGB Make a Difference Day

Save the date: 2017 Chancellor’s Veteran Reception

Chancellor's Veteran Reception

Chancellor Gary L. Miller requests the pleasure of your company at a reception honoring UW-Green Bay men and women who are serving or have served in the armed forces, and to especially honor those returning to school after active duty. Those planning to attend are asked to register online by Nov. 1. The event is Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the Phoenix Room, University Union.

RSVP Online.

For additional information, contact UW-Green Bay Veteran Services advisor Elaina Koltz ’06 at 920-465-2065 or This is an annual event. See photos from last year’s Chancellor’s Veteran’s Reception.

Weidner Center Executive Director Candidate Presentations

UW-Green Bay has invited three candidates to campus to interview for the Executive Director of the Weidner Center for Performing Arts position. Below are the biographies and the dates for each candidate. All have been asked to prepare a 20-minute presentation on their “Vision for the Weidner Center.” The public is invited to attend.

James Kreutzberg

James Kreutzberg comes to campus with 20 years of theater experience including 15 years in executive positions in Michigan, Wisconsin, Utah and Ohio. He most recently was with the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts in Findlay, Ohio, and on a local note, served as the executive director of the Manitowoc Civic Center from 2007-2010.

Kreutzberg’s experience includes strategic planning, programming, arts education, fund development and start-up operations. He possesses extensive experience building organizational capacity with local cultural groups. His active role in fund development includes participating in an $18.2 million capital campaign to construct the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.

He earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from Ohio University.

Presentation:  Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. | The Christie Theater
James Kreutzberg’s Resume

Mark Levine

Mark Levine visits UW-Green Bay from San Angelo, Texas, where he currently serves as the executive director of the San Angelo Performing Arts Coalition which contains three performance spaces and five ballet studios.

Levine boasts twelve years experience in ticketing and database management with Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s largest live entertainment company. He also promoted concerts for six years through his own corporation, presenting concerts, festivals and events with budgets up to half-a-million dollars. He possesses deep experience in business and marketing operations and programming.

Levine earned his undergraduate degree from Trinity University.

Presentation:  Friday, September 29, 2017 | 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. | The Christie Theater
Mark Levine’s Resume

Kelli Strickland

Kelli Strickland comes to Green Bay from Chicago where she has led two theaters as executive director — the Raven Theatre and the Hypocrites.

She has extensive experience working with local arts groups, including resident companies and oversees programming for the Chicago Humanities Festival and the community engagement programming for the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Public Schools. Prior to her executive role with the Raven Theatre, she served as director of education and outreach for seven years promoting arts education and obtaining funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Strickland earned her undergraduate degree from Loyola University, where she has served in an adjunct faculty role for 17 years. She also earned a year-long fellowship in arts leadership at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Presentation:  Monday, October 2, 2017 | 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. | The Christie Theater
Kelli Strickland’s resume

UW-Green Bay retirees play for scholarships

2017 Retirees Golf Outing Group Photo

The seventh annual UW-Green Bay Retirees Golf Outing was held August 17, 2017. In spite of a rainy forecast, 35 attendees enjoyed a gorgeous day at UW-Green Bay’s Shorewood Golf Course followed by a buffet lunch at the clubhouse. Prizes were plenty as golfers could win low- and high-gross awards in addition to an event prize at each hole. This annual fundraising event yielded more than $700 for the Retiree Association Scholarship.

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– Photos by Ken Fleurant, UW-Green Bay Retiree

New webpages for majors and minors by Sept. 1

UW-Green Bay Biology Page

Newly-converted Biology page

Adept web users may have noticed that some UW-Green Bay academic pages have a new look. The University’s Web Strategy Committee is currently in the process of converting all academic pages to the new global template. Text and images from Admissions handouts featuring majors and minors are being used to populate each respective landing page. In addition to refreshing the content, this conversion includes better alignment of majors and minors pages with the recruitment process. Some of these newly-converted pages have already been published. For example, see the new Biology page.

All new majors and minors landing pages are expected to launch by Sept. 1, 2017, at which time campus-wide content editors will be able to access the pages and make any necessary content changes and updates going forward. Content editors who may not have seen prior communication from Paula Ganyard, co-chair of the Web Strategy Committee, are encouraged to contact her for further details.

Conversion of other sub-pages will be addressed during another phase of this project. After the academic pages, work continues on prioritizing sub-sites that require significant updates and overhaul, including:

  • Graduate Programs
  • Academic Affairs (non-academic units)
  • Advancement
  • Business & Finance
  • Student Affairs

The Web Strategy team is in the process of auditing these areas to understand the size and scope of the changes needed. This work will inform campus priorities which will be shared in September.

Web Strategy Committee

The University’s Web Strategy Committee, whose appointment and charge was announced by the Chancellor’s office June 7, has been meeting over the summer to develop a web strategy and priorities for UW-Green Bay’s website. The strategy serves as the foundation for the path forward, and provides direction for realizing the shared goal of creating, maintaining and continuously enhancing a website that attracts and engages prospective students, alumni, donors, faculty/staff, community and the news media. Target audiences and objectives have also been prioritized and developed during this process. It provides the context needed to work together effectively on future website improvements and enhancements and drives the alignment needed to achieve our content and branding objectives.

Website Requests

The Web Strategy Committee welcomes thoughts, ideas and questions it continues to improve and enhance UW-Green Bay’s site. An online form for submitting ideas regarding, to be addressed by the Committee, can be found at

Photos: UW-Green Bay 2017 Fall Convocation


The annual Fall Convocation for UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and friends, was held Wednesday, August 23, 2017. The convocation program included enthusiastic introductions of about 60 new faculty and staff,  introduction of three named professors, heartfelt ovations for each of the Founders Award winners and upbeat remarks from Chancellor Gary Miller. Emcee Secretary of the Office of Faculty and Staff (SOFAS) Steve Meyer was clad in both the traditional bow tie, and once again, his apron which debuted last fall, as he reminded the room that his office is “here to serve.” The morning opened with presentation of Inclusivity and Equity Certificates for faculty and staff. An ice cream social took place in the afternoon followed by “Becoming a Student-Ready University” keynote presentation and seminar with Tia Brown McNair, VP, Office of Diversity, Equity and Student Success, AAC&U.

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– Photos by Kimberly Vlies, Marketing and University Communication

Solar Eclipse at UW-Green Bay


Undaunted by a cloudy forecast, the UW-Green Bay community gathered outdoors to witness and celebrate the total solar eclipse (Wisconsinites in the Northeast saw about 80%). 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. We even heard there were eclipse cookies given out. The weather held, with the sun peeking through the clouds for most of the afternoon. A couple of crafty employees made a Phoenix projection tool that reflected the eclipse in every hole. Groups gathered in the quad outside the University Union on the Student Services plaza, outside the Cofrin Library and outside of Laboratory Sciences.

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– Photos by Kimberly Vlies, Marketing and University Communication