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UW-Green Bay offices have option to close July 5, 2019


Memo regarding July 5 closures

Because the Independence Day legal holiday falls on Thursday, July 4, 2019, some UW-Green Bay offices may be closed on Friday, July 5, as well. Offices that close are asked to post notice on the departmental website and display a notice of office closure a week in advance including notice of when normal business hours will resume. They must also provide notice of office closure to the Office of Human Resources.

Human Resources issued a memo to campus area leaders and branch campus executive officers regarding office closures on Friday, July 5, 2019. “Consistent with HR 14-17-3 “Office Hours and Instructional Closure Policy,” the Chancellor has authorized the closure of applicable offices, Friday, July 5, 2019 for all UW-Green Bay Campuses subject to determination by area leaders. Please review the policy for specific application to your area.”

Per the memo, it will be at the discretion of area leaders to determine essential and non-essential functions and subsequent individual office closures for the day. Areas which are identified as essential functions under the policy will be required to be staffed on July 5. The provision of essential services on the Branch Campuses will be covered by the Green Bay Campus Offices (e.g. GBOSS will function as the office for all Branch Campuses).

Employees may choose to work on July 5. Any employee who elects to not work on Friday, July 5 must take applicable paid leave for this date, as this institutional closure does not represent an additional holiday.

Manitowoc Campus celebrates with Scholarship & Student Leadership Award Reception

The UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus will hold a Scholarship & Student Leadership Award Reception the evening of May 15, 2019. This event is a special opportunity for the Manitowoc Campus community to celebrate student’s achievements. Eighteen UW-Manitowoc Foundation Scholarships, three Athletic Awards, three Achievement Awards and three Academic Awards will be presented to student recipients. Acknowledgements are listed below.


Presented by Laurie Crawford, President, UW-Manitowoc Foundation

Scholarship Recipient
Adam Steel Family Scholarship Chrystal Hansen, Tiana Johnson, Jason Lee, Makenna Pucker
Buck’s Green Light Scholarship Amanda Duerschmidt, Dylan Johnston, Larissa Zeddies
Catherine Helgeland Memorial Scholarship Aaron Krueger
E.T. Nachimuthu Scholarship Gwendolyn Olson
Eugene Wilda/Leroy Purchatzke Memorial Scholarship Ryan Rank
Faculty & Staff Scholarship Michael McGuire
Francis & Lillian Kadow History Award Kami Christianson
Helen P & Mark L Hooper Non-Traditional Student Scholarship Jace Ribley, Rosalindae Siegfried
Helen P & Mark L Hooper Women’s Studies Pajtshiab Yang
Historical Construction Equipment Association Kaytlin Harrison
Noon Rotary Club of Manitowoc Sara Soukup
Phi Theta Kappa Continuing Student Scholarship Eric Brey
Phi Theta Kappa Transferring Student Scholarship Kami Christiansen
Sunrise Rotary Club of Manitowoc Stephanie Watkins
Teresa Skrepenski Scholarship Andrea Linsmeier
UW-Madison Alumni Scholarship Ryan Rank
UW-Manitowoc Foundation Continuing Student Scholarship Jason Lee, Sara Soukup, Evelyn Tapia-Campuzano, Stephanie Watkins
UW-Manitowoc Foundation New Freshmen Scholarship Jacalyn Crom, Madelyn Krueger, Sunny Lee, Grace Risse, Brooke Schuler, Laken Schultz, Elizabeth Suchan, Brynn Tackett

Athletic Awards

Presented by Rachele Bakic, CEO, UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus

Women’s Volleyball

Recognition Honoree
Second Team All WCC Nicole Parrish

Men’s and Women’s Tennis

Recognition Honoree
No. 1 Singles Tennis Overall Maria Bieberitz
No. 2 Singles Tennis Overall Hunter Lewis

Achievement Awards

Presented by Rachele Bakic, CEO, UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus

Recognition Honoree
Arendt Family & UW-Manitowoc Foundation Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Talentships Dylan Johnston, Morgan Kronforst
Fine Arts in Visual Art Award Logan Maedke
Lakeshore Water Institute Undergraduate Research Grant Olivia Claybrook, Makenna Pucker

Academic Awards

Presented by Parker Nadeau, Chair, Academic Actions & Awards Committee

Recognition Honoree
Harold Belt Memorial Award Bree Forkins, Michael McGuire
Student Leadership Awards Alexandria Decker, Nicholas Geiger, Kelsey Karbowski, Lue Vang, Josiphyne Williams, Darvel Winfrey, Paul Suchan
Jim Hallet Memorial Award It’s a surprise!

Ceramic students have fun and fiery end to the semester

Intro to ceramics students raku firing.

Students in Introduction to Ceramics (Art 230) ended the semester with a raku firing on Thursday (May 9, 2019). Raku is a glazing technique in which pieces are removed still-glowing hot from the kiln and shut in combustible material to create unpredictable glaze effects from the temperature shock, smoke and oxygen deprivation.  Each student chose two of their pieces from the pottery wheel coursework to be fired. The previously bisque fired and glazed vases were brought to temperature in the outdoor gas kiln, specially designated for raku. Under the supervision of Associate Prof. Minkyu Lee, students used tongs to move glowing hot pieces from the kiln into a pit of sawdust to be smothered. After smothering, pieces were brought out again and cooled with water.

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– Photos by students Madeline Brey and Gabi Scheuren and auditor Kimberly Vlies

Sheboygan Campus celebrates with Honors Convocation

The UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus held an Honors Convocation the evening of May 9, 2019. The event began with an award presentation program followed by a reception in celebration of the success and achievements of the Honors Convocation recipients. The program included Faculty/Staff and Student Recognition Awards, Athletic Awards, Presentation of Scholarships, and Introduction of new Phi Theta Kappa members. Acknowledgements are listed below.

Faculty and Staff Recognition Awards

Presented by: CEO Jennifer Williamson-Mendez

Recognition Honoree
Teacher of the Year James Kabrhel
Faculty Service Award Valerie Murrenus-Pilmaier
IAS Teaching Award Synde Kraus
Staff Service Award Mark Krell
Spirit of UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus Award William Dirienzo

Student Recognition Awards

English recognition presented by Valerie Murrenus-Pilmaier
Philosophy recognition presented by David Louzecky
Valedictorian presented by Jennifer Williamson-Mendez, CEO

Recognition Honoree
English Student Recognition Haile Thuene
English Student Recognition TJ Schmidt
English Student Recognition Alyssa Krieg
English Student Recognition Megan Rammer
Philosophy Student Recognition Trevor Anttila
Philosophy Student Recognition Charlie Bruss
Philosophy Student Recognition Elijah Carlson
Philosophy Student Recognition Levi Kohlmann
Philosophy Student Recognition Dorothy McElroy
Philosophy Student Recognition Davon Mayer
Philosophy Student Recognition Noah Paquette
Valedictorian Joshua Becker
Graduate of the Year Announced at Ceremony

Continuing Student Scholarships

Announced by: Ms. Allyson Olivier, executive director, UW-Sheboygan County Foundation
Presented by: Ms. Lydia Luebke, executive assistant, UW-Foundation County Foundation   

Recipient Scholarship Award
Adam McCabe Alliant Energy Scholars Award
Paige Morgan Alliant Energy Scholars Award
Adam McCabe Bailey Scholars Memorial Award
Amanda Hartlaub Alan B. Breirather Memorial Scholarship
Elizabeth Valdez Frank G. & Frieda K. Brotz Science Scholarship
Jossiel Delgado George & Jane Cleary Memorial Scholarship
Tiffany Chang James Heidt Earth Science Scholarship
Kaitlin Wieberdink Emily Hughes Memorial Scholarship
Anastasia Gordziej JACMJ Scholarship
Casey Hoerth JACMJ Scholarship
Morgan Walcott JACMJ Scholarship
Ivan Pulido Kohler Company Engineering Scholarship
Zach Schroeder Kohler Company Engineering Scholarship
John TenPas N.E.W. Manufacturing Alliance Scholarship
Paige Morgan Hugh & Ruth V. Ross Charitable Foundation Scholarship
Roger Fischer The Ben & Ann Salzmann Award
Anastasia Gordziej Barrett Scherff Life Sciences Award
Casey Hoerth Barrett Scherff Life Sciences Award
Madalyn Clarke Sheboygan Service Foundation Scholarship
Rebecca Hilbelink Sheboygan Service Foundation Scholarship
John TenPas Sheboygan Service Foundation Scholarship
Rebecca Hilbelink UW-Sheboygan Foundation Arts Scholarship
Bailey Harrington UW-Sheboygan Foundation Community Award
Joseph Antilla UW-Sheboygan Foundation Continuing Scholarship
Roger Fischer UW-Sheboygan Foundation Continuing Scholarship
Baily Harrington UW-Sheboygan Foundation Continuing Scholarship
Alexis Kerr UW-Sheboygan Foundation Continuing Scholarship
Rebecca Urbina UW-Sheboygan Foundation Continuing Scholarship
Natalie Vorpahl UW-Sheboygan Foundation Continuing Scholarship
Jacob Eernisse Wagner Foundation Scholars Program
Hailey Lanser Wagner Foundation Scholars Program
Keith D’Amato Wagner Foundation Scholars Program
Jossiel Delgado Wagner Foundation Scholars Program
Sabrina Maric Andrew S. Zieve Memorial Scholarship

Athletic Awards

Announced by: Penny Maletzke, Athletic Director
Presented by: William Greenwood III, Head Men’s Basketball Coach

Men’s Golf

Recognition Honoree
Second team All-Conference Keegan Reinhart
Second team All-Conference Ashton Elmendorf

Women’s Volleyball

Recognition Honoree
Distinguished Academic All-Conference Jackie Stielow
Academic All-Conference and WCC Second team All-Conference Paige Gabrielse
Max Sparger Scholar Athlete Award
WCC First team All-Conference
WCC All-Tournament Team
Distinguished Academic All-Conference
Erika Monson

Men’s Basketball

Recognition Honoree
Academic All-Conference Trevor Anttila
Academic All-Conference Oscar Morales
Academic All-Conference
WCC First Team All-Conference
WCC Player of the Year
WCC All-Tournament Team
Dylan Martens
WCC Second Team All-Conference Quentin Beaudoin
WCC Second Team All-Conference Steve Sokolowski

Women’s Tennis

Recognition Honoree
Distinguished Academic All-Conference Catherine Sutherland
Distinguished Academic All-Conference Julia Zahn

Phi Theta Kappa: New Members

Announced and Presented by: Alise Coen

  • Axel Crossley/Brandt
  • Autumn Pitz
  • Lydia Luebke
  • Jennifer Preskar
  • Emily Catena
  • Erika Monson

Dean of the Cofrin School of Business Candidate Open Forums, May 2, 6 and 7 and 9

Four candidates will be on campus this week and next to interview for the position of dean of the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business. Campus members are invited and encouraged to attend the open forums, all of which will be held in the Christie Theatre, University Union, Green Bay Campus. Below is the schedule for open forums for each candidate.

Thursday, May 2, 2019, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
(Withdrew from consideration)

Monday, May 6, 2019, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Kevin Berry

Tuesday 7, 2019, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Gurupdesh Pandher

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Mathew Dornbush

Nearly 200 Green Bay East High School students experience the arts at UW-Green Bay

Green Bay East High School Arts Open House at UWGB, on the set of Julius Caesar - April 29, 2019

Nearly 200 students from the Fine Arts Institute at Green Bay East High School joined UW-Green Bay for an Arts Open House — a day of interactive breakout sessions and a special performance of the play Julius Caesar, April 29, 2019.

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– Photos by UWGB College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences

Open Letter to the File Not Found Squirrel

UWGB Squirrel
Current File Not Found Page

Current File Not Found Page

This week, Assistant Prof. Jennie Young (English, Humanities, Director of the Writing Center) scripted An Open Letter to the File Not Found Squirrel, celebrating the empathetic furry rodent. Anyone who has used the UW-Green Bay website in any depth since fall of 2012, is likely familiar with the 404 error page and would appreciate Young’s tongue-in-cheek homage.

The squirrel 404 page was an after-hours side-project designed by Kimberly Vlies (digital marketing specialist, Marketing and University Communication) in November of 2012 and was built by then web services developer, Andrew Buckman ’02 (Business Administration). The intent behind the page was to take an unfortunate experience and make it as positive as possible. The page was quietly slipped into site updates associated with an institutional rebranding initiative that was happening at the time.

Original File Not Found Page

Original File Not Found Page

The File Not Found Squirrel lives on in the current 404 page published in Kentico, UW-Green Bay’s Content Management System.

Photo credit for this Eastern Gray Squirrel (sciurus carolinensis) goes to former UW-Green Bay social media specialist Todd Sanders, whose office in Student Services had a view of “The Quad” where the squirrel was photographed. This photo was taken on January 23, 2007 and is one of an entire album that Sanders created, included below for your enjoyment.

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– Photos by Todd Sanders

‘Empty Bowls’ Raises $1,000+ for Paul’s Pantry

Empty Bowls

Art Agency, UW-Green Bay’s arts advocacy student organization, sold more than 100 bowls at its annual Empty Bowls fundraiser held last Wednesday (April 17, 2019). The event raised upwards of $1,000, which the organization plans to donate to Paul’s Pantry. Each bowl was handmade by students and was sold with soup or chili donated for the event.

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– Photos by Kimberly Vlies, Marketing and University Communication

Haiku! Bless you!

In celebration of National Haiku Poetry Day observed yesterday (April 17, 2019) UW-Green Bay put out a call to the University community, alumni and friends to share their #uwgbhaiku. Dean Chuck Rybak (College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) shares the history and some insight on the ancient expression. His spontaneous haiku:

The sun has returned

Traveler back on the beach
Where she built a life

Provost Search and Screen: Open Forums

The finalists for the UW-Green Bay Provost position have been announced. The campus community is invited to the following open forums to hear from each of them:

Friday, April 19, 9-10 a.m.
Ilene Crawford
in the 1965 Room, University Union

Tuesday, April 23, 9-10 a.m.
Michael Alexander
in the Christie Theatre, University Union

Wednesday, April 24, 9-10 a.m.
Robert Brinkmann
in the Christie Theatre, University Union