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Trivial pursuit: Girl Scouts Trivia Night has UW-Green Bay ties


UW-Green Bay’s own Kelli Strickland (Executive and Artistic Director, Weidner Center for Performing Arts) made guest remarks last Wednesday (May 16, 2018) at the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes’ 18th annual Winner Trivia, a yearly fixture that draws local trivia lovers and Girl Scouts supporters. As a former Girl Scout and Gold Award recipient, Strickland’s remarks aptly introduced the 60-question trivia quiz’s 31st item relating to the organization’s highest honor.

Kelli Strickland speaking at the Girl Scouts Winner Trivia Event

Kelli Strickland at Girl Scouts Winner Trivia

Strickland’s remarks touched on the rich and diverse experiences the organization provided her — from selling cookies to Sting at the O’Hare airport and being interviewed by Dan Rather for “selling an obnoxious amount of cookies” to trips that took her to Japan, Mexico, Kentucky and Montana. Stirckland explained the significant impact the Girl Scouts had made in her life, speaking candidly about her upbringing in a one-bedroom apartment in Chicago which she said wasn’t only a “…household with little money.” It was also, with some frequency, “a household filled with violence and addiction as a result of the mental health issues of my father.”

“You know as adults that that is a recipe for a kid to fall through the cracks,” Strickland continued. “My mother definitely gets some credit. She was/is a very strong woman. But she is happy to share that credit with the Girl Scouts.”

Chiara Boss speaking at Girl Scouts Winner Trivia Event

Chiara Boss ’13 at Girl Scouts Winner Trivia

This year’s trivia event, which started in 2000, was organized in large part by UW-Green Bay alumna Chiara Boss ’13 (Public Administration, Nonprofit Management). In Boss’s role as fund development coordinator she oversees fundraising efforts in the Green Bay region for Girl Scouts (which includes Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto and Shawano counties). Fundraising efforts comprise of community development, grant writing, organizing special events, overseeing committees and much more. Boss credits much of her success to the professors in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management, “especially Lora Warner, and my experiences in the UW-Green Bay Advancement office.”

This event has additional ties to UW-Green Bay. Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Sheryl Van Gruensven serves on the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes Board. Morgan Hansen ’14, manager of events and annual giving volunteered, and two teams were comprised of UW-Green Bay staff.

Story and photos by Kimberly Vlies, Marketing and University Communication

Congratulations, UW-Green Bay Class of 2018!

UW-Green Bay Commencement Spring 2018

Sunshine and Phoenix pride radiated during the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s 97th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Kress Events Center. The Class of 2018 encompasses 935 graduates, with 89% categorized as Wisconsin residents — positive news for employers across the state looking for workforce talent.

Congratulations to all. Go Phoenix!
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– Photos by Dan Moore and Eric Craver, Marketing and University Communication

Tipping our hats to UW-Green Bay graduates

2018 UW-Green Bay spring commencement

We tip our hats to the creative expression by UW-Green Bay Spring 2018 graduates who often sum-up their UW-Green Bay experience with mortarboard art.

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– Photos by Dan Moore and Eric Craver, Marketing and University Communication

Photo gallery: MESA holds Peace Festival

Multicultural Peace Festival

The UW-Green Bay MultiEthnic Student Affairs (MESA) Women of Color student organization held a Multicultural Peace Festival on the Student Services Plaza last Wednesday (May 2, 2018). In addition to dinner, tie-dye, painting, beading, attendees enjoyed a talent show that celebrated diverse talents and cultures with singing, slam poetry, rap, stomp, traditional dance and more.

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– Photos by Kimberly Vlies, Marketing and University Communication

Show UW-Green Bay Pride at Summerfest June 29

Summerfest Show Your College Pride Day Friday June 29, 2018

UW-Green Bay is proud to announce its participation in Milwaukee Summerfest’s new “Show Your College Pride Day” on Friday, June 29. The special day promises all who arrive at the Mid Gate booth between noon and 3 p.m. wearing a shirt or hat representing UW-Green Bay, one free weekday admission, valid for the day and time of the promotion only. Once guests are inside, they may stay until grounds close.

UW-Green Bay will have a booth at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater Forecourt. All are encouraged to stop by the booth to say hello, play games, win prizes and show your support.

“We’re very excited to join with Summerfest and our other educational partners from the Milwaukee area for this new and innovative promotion,” said Eric Craver, UW-Green Bay Director of Marketing Strategy and Advertising. “Over the last few years we have strengthened our position in the greater Milwaukee area, and this event promises to bring Phoenix students, alumni and potential students to the park, wearing their UW-Green Bay gear and showing their Phoenix Pride.”

Summerfest Grounds

Summerfest Grounds

“Show Your College Pride Day” is a new free admission promotion, the likes of which have existed almost since the festival’s inception. “Every day of the festival, as part of our non-profit mission, there is a way to enter the grounds for free,” explained Lena DeLaet, Summerfest Sponsorship Sales Manager. “This ability to give back to the community happens in large part because of our partners.”  Summerfest 2018 Daily Promotions were announced Monday (May 7, 2018).

UW-Green Bay’s sponsorship is made possible by the joint efforts of the following UW-Green Bay offices and programs: Marketing and University Communication, Student Affairs and Campus Climate, Admissions, Student Life, Alumni Relations, Student Government Association, Weidner Center, Athletics, Graduate Studies, Provost, University Union and the Phoenix Bookstore.

Established in 1968, this annual 11-day music festival features 800-plus acts with more than a thousand performances and draws an average annual attendance of 900,000 people and is recognized in the Guinnes Book of World’s Records as “The World’s Largest Music Festival.”

Photos: Draft Day a winner


Nearly 200 local high school juniors joined University staff, faculty and student volunteers at Lambeau Field Friday, April 27 for a fast-paced interactive day of learning about post-secondary education options. Students in attendance rotated through “booths and drills” and learned about the admissions process (Enter the Draft), living on campus and dining (Training Camp), participating in student life (Special Teams), majors and correlating career paths (Find Your Position), two-year options (Triple Option), studying abroad (Away Games) and more… and were able to connect with current students who served as “coaches,” leading the high school juniors through the day.

The informative day capped off with words from Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers Kicker, over lunch and the opportunity to get a photo  with Phlash and Crosby and sign a “Letter of Intent” along side Crosby, promising to commit to the college process.

“The creativity and energy and pure fun you brought to the event — and put on display for all in attendance — was magnificent,” said a local school administrator about the UW-Green Bay-powered Lambeau Field event.

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– Photos by University Photographer/Videographer Dan Moore and Photo Student Amanda Jo Danihel, Marketing and University Communication

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.

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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