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Update: Candidate presentations for the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The UW-Green Bay Office of the Provost announces the following open presentations for each of the three finalists for the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences position. Each candidate will present his vision for the college and will then spend about 45 minutes answering questions from the University community. The presentations are as follows:

Mon., April 16 – Chuck Rybak

Monday, April 16, 2018
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Christie Theatre, University Union
Chuck Rybak’s CV (pdf)

Tues., April 17 – Glenn Geiser-Getz

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
11 a.m. – Noon in the Christie Theatre, University Union
Glenn Geiser-Getz’s_CV (pdf)

UPDATED: Ӧrn Bodvarsson has accepted a position with another institution

Call for Commencement participants and volunteers

The 2018 University of Wisconsin–Green Bay Spring/Summer Commencement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. in the Kress Events Center. UW-Green Bay faculty and staff are cordially invited to attend this important University event.

Care to volunteer?

Commencement staff would be glad for your help. Please email Jan Snyder if interested in volunteering,


  • All academic program chairs and master’s candidates’ major professors are expected to attend the ceremony. If you are not able to attend, please contact Pam Gilson (x2221 or and give her the name of the person who will be substituting for you no later than April 2.
  • Processing? All faculty and staff, including chairs and major professors, who plan to process in academic attire need to sign up by May 4.
  • Just attending? For those who are not processing but wish to attend the ceremony, signup is not needed.  However, because tickets will be required, please complete the Ticket Request Form. One ticket will be mailed to your campus address for your use in a staff seating section.

Academic Regalia:

Faculty gown rental and purchase:

Rental and purchase reservations were due by March 23.

Faculty gown rental pickup:

An email will be sent when rental reservations have arrived at The Phoenix Bookstore.  Please verify that you have the correct apparel, including the tassel (black for masters degrees, gold for Ph.D.), before leaving the store.)

Further details will be distributed in April.  If you have any questions, please contact Jan Snyder at x2082, via email at, or visit the Commencement website at To ensure only accurate and up-to-date information is given to others, please refer all inquiries you may receive regarding the commencement ceremony to these contacts. Your cooperation is appreciated.

‘UntitledTown’ is back!


After a successful inaugural year, UntitledTown Book and Author festival is coming back to Green Bay. Mark your calendars for April 19-22, 2018.

Visit UntitledTown Book and Author Festival

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Could this be the best weekend of your life? Your year? For authors and book enthusiasts, it is shaping up to be. UntitledTown promotes all aspects of book culture.

  • The 2018 Festival features 120 authors, 150 events and 14 locations.
  • 75% of the authors participating in the festival as speakers are from Wisconsin.
  • Featured talent includes R. L. Stine, Roxane Gay, Hillary Jordan, Christopher Moore, Lynda Barry, Dan Chaon, Danez Smith, José Orduña, Kristen Radke, Kate Harding, Jac Jemc, Miranda Paul, Michael Perry, BJ Hollars, Wendy McClure, Karen Dionne, Lori Rader-Day, Jacqueline West and Peter Geye.

UntitledTown’s ticketed events for Gay, Moore and Stine opened recently. These events are free, but due to anticipated crowds, you still need a ticket for a guarantee seat. For these events, you can secure premium seating and priority access to the book-signing line for a donation of $30 per person per event. Secure tickets online. Tickets are also available for a Sunday brunch with Michael Perry at Gather on Broadway for $50 per ticket.

UW-Green Bay’s own Derek Jeffreys, professor of religion and philosophy, will present “America’s Jails: The search for human dignity” on Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m. at the KI Convention Center.

For details, visit

Veteran’s Lounge Grand Re-opening


The UW-Green Bay campus community and service people gathered Wednesday (March 21, 2018) for an open house celebrating the grand opening of the Veteran’s Lounge in its new location in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall, Room 227. A brief program began with remarks from Chancellor Gary L. Miller. Vets 4 Vets president Nic Cravillion took the podium to express gratitude to the space’s sponsors, Craig and Karen Dickman, and presented them with a gift.

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– Photos by Kimberly Vlies, Marketing and University Communication

Photos: Unveiling the Truth

Muslim student helping another try on a Hijab

Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) led a popular interactive workshop Monday (March 19, 2018), teaching the history of the Hijab — the head, face, or body covering worn by some Muslim women. The presentation provided the history about wearing the Hijab and the role it plays in Muslim faith. Participants were able to try on a Hijab for themselves.

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– Photos by Amanda Jo Danihel, Marketing and University Communication Photo Student Employee

Phoenix Studios Releases New ‘Bird in the Wings’ Podcast

Bird in the Wings Podcast

Bird in the Wings Podcast

The UW-Green Bay Phoenix Studios podcast network launched Bird in the Wings, an audio show that covers hot topics in arts and culture and includes interviews with artists and the community that loves them. The podcast host is the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts Executive and Artistic Director Kelli Strickland.

In the first episode, released Thursday (March 07, 2018), Strickland interviews special guest jazz vocalist, Janet Planet. Recorded in conjunction with Jazz Fest 2018, they discuss the life of a self-produced, self-promoted artist and small business owner in Northeast Wisconsin.

This program joins the Phoenix Studios podcast network, bringing the network’s show count to six. See all the shows in the Phoenix Studios podcast network.



Keep Comm and Carry On!

UWGB Comm Week 2018 Banquet

It was billed as “Four Days of Communication Fun” and a time when “UW-Green Bay’s brightest communication professionals come together.” The second annual Comm Week 2018 was Feb. 5-8, 2018. It was filled with events (networking, a capstone preview, a social media workshop, an alumni panel) to help Communication students prepare for their careers.

Especially popular was the 3x3x3 Speed Presenting COMMpetition. Each student group presented a three panel poster board, presented for three minutes and answered questions for three minutes while alumni and faculty judged each presentation. Jennifer Maki and Kaylie Noll won the COMMpetition with their Social Media Strategies project demonstration.

Comm Week closed with a banquet on Thursday (Feb. 8) in the Weidner Center Foyer. More than 100 guests, comprised of Communication students, faculty, alumni, parents and friends, celebrated the past, present and future of UW-Green Bay Communication. Below: photos by Communication student Anna Katner.

For more about UWGB Comm Week 2018 visit


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Video: Krash the Kress with us!


Krash the Kress (KTK) will be the largest single Alumni Association event ever, attended by more than 600 alumni, 1,300 students and 200 admitted students planning to watch the Phoenix men’s basketball team play its first-ever Horizon League game at the Kress Center. And its nearly a sell-out. Team members had a bit of fun with Phlash in the KTK promo video.

Photos: Engineering and STEM Center News Conference


On the heels of Friday’s unanimous UW System Board of Regents approval of a Mechanical Engineering program and other critical components of a University-Community shared vision for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at UW-Green Bay, the University and two community partners today (Feb. 12, 2018) shared additional details on how they plan to quickly move the program from concept to reality, expediting the University’s ability to meet the region’s rising demand for engineering talent.

Richard Resch, CEO of international office furniture manufacturer KI, announced his support of UW-Green Bay’s visionary engineering plan with a $5 million gift. The University will name the new school the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering in honor of Resch’s transformational gift.

The Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) Foundation announced a $1 million contribution to support STEM education — the largest single donation made by the charitable organization in its 54-year history, according to foundation board member and WPS president Kevin Fletcher.

University supporters and members of the news media gathered at the second floor lobby of the Environmental Sciences (ES) building overlooking the space in which the new STEM Innovation Center is approved for construction on the UW-Green Bay campus. Read the news release.

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– Photos by Kimberly Vlies, Marketing and University Communication

Funny Phoenix Valentine

Share the #UWGBLove

Are you in love with the Phoenix? Or are you a Phoenix in love? Than you will love these UWGB-centric valentines.” View, share and send the sharable digital valentines and watch for them on with #uwgblove UW-Green Bay social media next week.

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