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UW-Green Bay 2017 Holiday Parade Float


About 85 members of the campus community participated in the Green Bay Holiday Parade on Saturday (Nov. 18, 2017). This year, thanks to your generous donations, the committee has collected nearly 500 items — new or gently used hats, mittens, coats, blankets, scarves, socks and jackets (and some beautifully crafted wool mittens) — for those in need. Student-athletes, dance team members, spirit squad members and the the UWGB Hip Hop team participated in the parade. UW-Green Bay’s theme was “Phlashes in Time.” Those watching the parade also made their own memories, posing for photos with members of the UW-Green Bay community. UW-Green Bay parade sponsors were The Phoenix Bookstore, the UW Credit Union, Liberty Mutual and the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association. Official donation count:

202 hats, headbands, earmuffs
145 pair of gloves
47 pair of socks
43 scarfs
23 blankets
22 coats
3 sweaters
1 pair of snow pants
1 pair of adorable little bitty snow boots.

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– Photos by Kimberly Vlies, Marketing and University Communication and parade participants

‘Phlashes in Time’

Phlashes in Time Collage

UW-Green Bay’s float in the 34th Annual Prevea Green Bay Holiday Parade depicts mascot Phlash reminiscing on seasons gone by as he flips through his photo book, sitting by a fire and sipping cocoa. Themed “Warm Memories; Phlashes in Time,” UW-Green Bay’s entry reminds us of holidays with family and friends.

Here is Phlash’s album of memories.

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– Photos courtesy of UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center

John Muir mini-lectures and traveling exhibit


The David A. Cofrin Library is hosting an evening of mini-lectures by UW-Green Bay faculty and staff on the impact John Muir made on history, ecology, psychology and conservation. Presenters will lead attendees into a larger conversation about the importance of Muir’s legacy. The event will take place, Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the Cofrin Library’s 4th floor. This event is free and open to the public.


  • Biology/Ecology: Michael Draney, Professor, Biology
  • Conservation: Vicki Medland, Associate Director Cofrin Center for Biodiversity
  • History: David Voelker, Associate Professor of Humanities and History
  • Psychology: Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges, Professor Human Development and Psychology

Exhibit: ‘Wisconsin’s John Muir’

John Muir 1946

John Muir (1838-1914)

This event is organized in conjunction with the traveling exhibit “Wisconsin’s John Muir.” The exhibit will be on display publicly in the Cofrin Library from November 15 through December 15, 2017.

Commemorating the centennial of the National Park Service, the traveling display explores Muir’s youth in Wisconsin, his advocacy for national parks and his views on environmental issues such as logging, hunting and climate change. Its eight panels share facsimiles of images and manuscripts from the Wisconsin Historical Society’s library and archives alongside Muir quotes and interpretive texts.

Public gets first look at new Kress Family Outdoor Recreation Complex


With a ceremonial rolling of new turf, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, UW-Green Bay students, University leadership, fans, donors and community members could begin to envision what the new Kress Family Outdoor Recreation Complex would look like. It is slated for completion in spring of 2018. The ceremony opened with remarks by UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller, Director of Athletics Charles Guthrie and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate Eric E. Arneson. Team captains and Student Government Association leaders joined with Hall of Fame  Coach Aldo Santaga (the namesake of the current stadium) in rolling out ceremonial turf for the soccer field.

The $4.9 million complex is well on its way to completion thanks to student fees and private donors. Planning for the new soccer and softball stadium started in 2009. Ground was broken earlier this year.

The stadium, located directly behind the Kress Events Center, will have a grandstand, all-weather turf, upgraded technology and a new lighting system for both soccer and softball. The new fields will be NCAA compliant, which means they can host championship games. (Just last week, men’s soccer had to play their game in Chicago, despite winnin gthe conference regular season). It will be shared with the highly active UW-Green Bay student body for intramurals and recreation, and also will be available for community programming.

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– Photos by Kimberly Vlies, Marketing and University Communication

Family Photos

Members of the UWGB Family of a Phoenix Facebook group were invited to share any photos they took while visiting for UWGB Family Weekend. The group, created in June 2014, is a place for relatives of UW-Green Bay students to connect and share ideas as to how they can better support their student.

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– Photos submitted by UWGB Family of a Phoenix members

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.