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Prescription(s) for An Ailing American Healthcare System | Ashok Rai, M.D. | TEDxUWGreenBay

Prescription(s) for An Ailing American Healthcare System | Ashok Rai, M.D. | TEDxUWGreenBay

Isn’t it time we had a real discussion about reforming the American health care system? The health of America? No, not a political debate, real ideas about radical change. Dr. Ashok Rai is the president and chief executive officer of Prevea Health and is committed to the health and wellness of local communities. His passion to redesign health care in the U.S. embraces the movement from fee-for-service methods of payment to value-based care, which rewards health care organizations for their work in preventive health care and encouraging patients to live healthy lifestyles — and not for the amount of procedures they perform. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Death Lives Online | Illene Noppe Cupit | TEDxUWGreenBay

Death Lives Online | Illene Noppe Cupit | TEDxUWGreenBay

When a death occurs, mourners frequently are left alone in their grief because friends and family are uncomfortable around the griever and do not know how to offer support. This is especially the case for adolescents and young adults, many of whom are in college. Framed around the personal loss experienced by the speaker, Illene Cupit discusses her research on social media and death, which illustrates how mourners find supportive connections online. Illene Noppe Cupit is the Ben J. and Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Human Development, Psychology and Gender Studies at UW-Green Bay. She received her Ph.D. from the Educational Psychology Department of Temple University. Her research and publications have focused on college student bereavement, adolescent grief, the influence of the Internet in death and dying, and global issues related to trauma and loss. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Farewell Pink Week – Nov. 11-17

After 25 years, the national organization of Pink Week is ending. Pink Week began in 1993 by Gioia Fonda while attending California School of Arts & Crafts now it is celebrated across the country and in Europe. The UW-Green Bay Art program has participated in Pink Week for 15 years:

  • 2003: UW-Green Bay Begins celebrating Pink Week
  • 2004: Professor Detweiler is named Pink Week Ambassador of Pink
  • 2006: UW-Green Bay named the first ever Pink Week Embassy

This year’s activities will include:

  • Art Agency Pink Week Exhibition in 407 Gallery: Stop by the 407 Gallery to honor the end of a beloved tradition. The 407 Gallery is located on the 4th floor of the Studio Arts building and is a designated space where UW-Green Bay students may sign up to exhibit group or solo shows throughout the academic year. Join Art Agency (the student Art Club) & participate in the exhibition! Contact Brianna Fisher ( or Sarah Detweiler ( for information.
  • Public performance/installation by Sarah Detweiler & Kayla Bauer
  • Pink Week Retrospective at the Kondos Gallery at the Sacramento City College featuring photographs of Sarah Detweiler.
  • Commemorative Pink Week packages will be for sale all proceeds will go to help purchase supplies for the new Art Agency sister org called A2Z (A2 Zine). Prices: Small packages $5 & Large packages $10.  If enough money is raised it will also fund an award at the Student Juried show.  Supplies are limited, reserve yours today by returning the order form with cash.

For information on the larger movement, see

Day of the Dead ‘Ofrenditas’ with OLA

44099514_1786544811468392_6952159318883958784_oThe UW-Green Bay student group, Organization Latino Americana (OLA), will once again be hosting an event in celebration of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Día de los Muertos is a celebration that originated in Mexico and Central America and is observed to honor and help support the spiritual journey of friends and family who have died.

All are welcome to stop by the UW-Green Bay University Union room 125 on Thurs., November 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to learn from OLA students about various traditions and rituals that occur during Dia de los Muertos and their cultural importance.

Visitors can participate in activities that include creating ofrenditas and painting sugar skulls.

Ofrendas or offerings are altars which people set up for Dia de los Muertos to welcome back the souls of loved ones who have passed on. “They usually incorporate things such as skulls, marigolds, purple fabrics and candles,” explains OLA member Amber Perez. “People who attend will be able to make their own ofrenditas (small ofrendas) while supplies lasts.”

Guests are also invited to paint sugar skulls (literally made from sugar) to take home as decorations. OLA will display examples of decorated sugar skulls. Attendees will be able to decorate their own sugar skull however they would like.

This event is open to the public.

Crossing the bridge on the ‘College Express’

College Express Bus

UW-Green Bay personnel hopped aboard the College Express to “Crossing the Bridge,” a collaborative meeting between Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and UW-Green Bay, last Friday (Oct, 19, 2018).

The College Express route was added as a Green Bay metro route, August 20, 2018 to help college students get quicky to downtown and the west side. The bus runs every half hour between 7:15 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. and makes a stop at the Transit Center.

The meeting on Oct. 19, was planned to discuss ways in which the two institutions can continue to work together to make transfers more seamless, create collaborative programs and share resources. “Crossing the Bridge” began in Fall of 2016 as an effort by Chancellor Gary L. Miller, President Rafn, Provost Greg Davis, and (originally) Lori Suddick and (presently) Kathryn Rogalski to work together, rather than competitively, for the gain of Northeast Wisconsin. The meetings are held once each semester, alternating between NWTC and UW-Green Bay.





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