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UWGB’s award-winning float

UW-Green Bay’s entry in the Green Bay Holiday Parade earned “best themed” honors for the second straight year. UWGB’s small committee of determined volunteers won the Jean Nicolet Award for “Every time a bell rings, a Phoenix gets its wings.” The theme of the parade was “Sounds of the Season.” In celebration of UWGB’s 50th Anniversary, UWGB Chancellor Gary Miller and Georgia Miller served as parade marshals. With help from the Green Bay dance and cheer teams, student-athletes, alumni, Phuture Phoenix and family of UWGB employees, more than 50 people marched together, handing out candy and celebrating with the projected 10,000 plus in attendance. The Parade Committee also used the float for a service opportunity, collecting hundreds of school supply donations from UWGB faculty, staff, students and administrators, and local businesses, which will be donated in the weeks ahead to students in the Green Bay public schools.

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– Photos by Kimberly Vlies, Office of Marketing and University Communication


Chalk Artist brings fun to University Union

As people traverse the hallways of the UW-Green Bay, they have probably noticed the beautiful chalk drawings that line the walls of University Union, bringing an artistic flare to our everyday lives. They might highlight the latest Coffeehouse brew, or draw attention to the next holiday event.

Who is the creator behind this unique and enjoyable art form? It’s UWGB student Kimmy Schwarzenbart, who has been an artist, of sorts, since her early days of crafts and coloring books.

Schwarzenbart is receiving plenty of praise for her work — most noticeable outside the Phoenix Club and the Common Grounds Coffeehouse, on campus. And just recently, she received a prestigious award for her work — taking home “Best of Show” honors at the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Region V for drawings.

Schwarzenbart even gets paid for her talents, hired as a student graphic designer for the University Union.

“I saw a flier stating that the Union was hiring graphic designers and decided to apply even though I had no experience with graphic design programs at the time…A summer position opened up and I brought some sketchbooks and other art samples to the interview…I was obviously not ready for a graphic design position yet but, to my surprise, was hired to do the chalk drawings instead.”

Schwarzenbart is a Business Administration major with minors in Studio Art and Design Arts. She was inspired to declare her art minors by her teachers and supporters who would see her overwhelming amount of notebook sketches and encouraged her to keep drawing.

Her artistic talents came naturally to her at a young age but her mother is a large creative influence in her life. “I grew up watching her do crafts with sewing, photography, paint, and pastels. There was always a large amount of art supplies in the house to play with.”

Finding a way to preserve her medium is a future goal.

“Chalk is not the most permanent medium to work with…In the future I would like to find a way to preserve some chalk drawings, which may involve framing or other techniques.”

Schwarzenbart showcased her work in a public display in the Studio Arts building at UWGB in October. She plans to launch an art-specific web page in the future. She hopes to continue using her talent both as a hobby, and in a professional field.

“I hope to use my creativity in marketing and advertising to help design and sell products. In my free time I would still be able to make and sell art as a hobby.”

Also receiving honors at the Region V ACUI:
Logan Sprangers — First place in the Multipage Publication Design Category for the Spring 2014 Good Time Programming Booklet and second place in the Poster Category for his promotion of the speaker and presenter Anita Sarkeesian
Ranita Haanen — Second place in Brochure Design for the Great Beginnings (GB) Week foldable brochure
Kimmy Schwarzenbart — First place in the Large Media design Category and “Best of Show” for the entire Graphics Contest for Region V.


Snapshots: Surprise for Kress user No. 1,000,000

UW-Green Bay student Ashley Garza headed over to the Kress fitness center on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 4) to spend some time on her favorite cardio machine… and walked into a big surprise at the front desk. Eight years of card-swiping each and every fitness, recreation and intramural patron allowed Kress Center staff to pinpoint Garza’s workout as the one-millionth patron visit since the facility’s grand opening in November 2007. Garza received a gift package of apparel, passes and discounts from Chancellor Gary L. Miller and Athletics Director Mary Ellen Gillespie to mark the milestone.

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UW-Green Bay Theatre presents ‘Theophilus North’

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre and Dance presents the comedic drama Theophilus North, a Jazz Age tale based on a semi-autobiographical story by Thornton Wilder, as its first production of the 2015-16 season.

The performances of Theophilus North will take place Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 15-17, and Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 21-24 at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Jean Weidner Theatre at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. General admission prices at the door are $20 for the general public and $17 for seniors and students (discounted to $18 and $15 if purchased in advance). Tickets for currently enrolled UW-Green Bay students are $10.

Set in 1926, the play follows 30-year-old Theophilus North, who quits his teaching position in New Jersey and embarks on a quest for fun, adventure and his place in the world. When his used car breaks down, leaving him stranded in Newport, Rhode Island, Theophilus takes on odd jobs in houses of the wealthy.

The title role in the student production will be played by junior Evan Ash, a double major at UW-Green Bay and the recipient of the Irene A. Shewalter Memorial Scholarship for Theatre.

When asked about the role, Ash said, “I identify most with Theophilus, and I instantly fell in love with the journey he and the rest of the characters take during the show…The part I enjoy most about playing Theophilus is being able to project his aura of kindness and good-hearted nature and his willingness to help anyone.”

Theophilus North is written by Matthew Burnett based upon the semi-autobiographical final work of Wilder, the Pulitzer Prize-winning icon of American literature. The production is directed by Associate Prof. John Mariano.

For more information about this event, call 920-465-2944 or visit the Weidner Center website.



Spawning Run to raise funds, awareness for local fisheries conservation

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay student chapter of the American Fisheries Society is hosting its first ever UWGB Spawning Run at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. The run will take place on the UW-Green Bay campus along the paths of the Cofrin Arboretum. The race route is 3.1 miles of winding trails through a campus forest (wood-chipped trails, grass and gravel) beginning and ending behind the Kress Events Center.

All proceeds from the run benefit American Fisheries Society student research and local habitat restoration projects. The American Fisheries Society is the world’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to strengthening the fisheries profession, advancing fisheries science and conserving fisheries resources.

Race day registration and packet pickup begins at 8 a.m. near the starting line. Participants will receive a t-shirt with registration and have a chance to participate in a raffle. Awards will be given to the top three finishers. The cost to register is $20 before Oct. 3 and $25 after. Members of the American Fisheries Society as well as UW-Green Bay alumni, students and staff receive a $5 discount.

The Spawning Run is being held in conjunction with the third annual Alumni Days on Oct.16 and 17 on the UW-Green Bay campus. Following the race, participants can join with the community for “Phoenix Fest,” in the green space between the Kress Events Center and the University Union. Phoenix Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free food, refreshments and live music. Families can enjoy bounce houses, zip lines, ultimate Frisbee, scavenger hunts, athletics events and more.

Registration is being accepted online. Registration forms are available on the UW-Green Bay campus at the University Union and the Alumni Office, or contact organizer Marian Shaffer. General information can be found on their Facebook page.



Broadway and Hubbard is now ‘Phoenix Way’

Symbolic in nature, but a ceremony renaming downtown Green Bay’s “Broadway” to “Phoenix Way” on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, speaks volumes about the collaborative nature between a thriving city and its strong University. Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller unveiled the new sign at the traditional intersection of Broadway and Hubbard. It will remain for the week, as UW-Green Bay kicks-off its yearlong 50th Anniversary Celebration. The Mayor and Chancellor also unveiled the first of many #uwgb50 stencils, which appear across the city representing the support for UWGB by organizations and businesses. The celebration continues Sept. 2 with campus and community events, including a strong UW-Green Bay presence at the Wednesday evening Farmers Market. Alumni and general members of the public are asked to show their support by attending the market and wearing UW-Green Bay’s signature color green. The public can stop by the UWGB tent at Phoenix Way and Hubbard for give-a-ways and live music  At 6 p.m. in the Beerntsen’s Candies parking lot, Titletown Brewery and Captain’s Walk Winery will unveil new beverages that will carry a UW-Green Bay anniversary theme throughout the year. More at the50th Anniversary website.

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Close-ups: Take in the sights, sounds and smells of summer at UW-Green Bay

UW-Green Bay campus summer photo galleryCampers, future students and even a few felines are enjoying the early part of summer on arguably the most beautiful college campus in the Midwest. A personal stroll would be well worth your time. Enjoy.

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– Photos by Eric Miller, photographer, Office of Marketing and University Communication


Go Green: Student-athletes post record-setting year, in classroom

Student-athletes at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay combined to achieve a department-wide grade point average of 3.36 in the spring of 2015, marking the 31st consecutive semester above a 3.0 GPA and the highest cumulative GPA semester during that time.

“We are incredibly proud of our student-athletes who once again have demonstrated success in the classroom. This is an outstanding example of UWGB teamship between faculty and university and department staff and coaches. Everyone is committed to student success,” Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie said.

For the spring semester of 2015, 14 of the 16 sport programs at Green Bay achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, while 12 of the 16 achieved a 3.36 or higher. The 3.36 cumulative GPA is a new record for Green Bay during its run of 31-straight semesters, besting the previous high of 3.29.

“Achieving a cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA for 31 semesters in a row is an amazing feat,” said Human Biology Prof. Donna Ritch. “The coaches and the athletics staff recruit not only athletically skilled individuals but also academically talented students. Most of our student-athletes realize that they attend UWGB to earn an education because they will not have an opportunity to play professional sports. They dedicate themselves to doing well in the classroom as well as on the playing field and court.”

Seven programs achieved a 3.50 or higher, led by men’s tennis with a 3.80. Women’s cross country (3.73), women’s volleyball (3.70), women’s basketball (3.61), women’s Nordic ski (3.60), women’s soccer (3.58) and women’s swimming and diving (3.52) all posted  above 3.50 GPAs.

A total of 169 student-athletes achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher, which accounted for over 76 percent of all student-athletes. The total number of student-athletes to achieve a 4.0 or higher was over 17 percent (39 total).

“This is very exciting and we are very proud of the success and accomplishments of our student-athletes during these past 31 semesters. It takes a team effort and we are blessed with outstanding student-athletes, coaches, faculty, staff and administrators to help make this happen,” Assistant AD for Compliance and Student-Athlete Welfare Mike Kline said.

“Our student-athletes often demonstrate the same dedication in the classroom that they demonstrate on the court, field, or trails,” said Human Development Prof. Ryan Martin. “They care about their studies, and it shows in their high quality work.”

The percentage of student-athletes to graduate with honors (3.5 or higher) was over 55 percent, with a total of 123 Phoenix student-athletes registering Honors, High Honors or Highest Honors.

In addition to Green Bay’s academic success this spring, three Phoenix programs posted perfect Academic Progress Rates (APR) in the 2013-14 academic year.

Earning perfect APR scores were men’s cross country, women’s cross country and volleyball. Eight other programs posted an APR of over 980 (perfect score = 1000). A total of 11 Phoenix teams finished above the average four-year APR for all NCAA academic schools, which was 978.

The APR is a real-time measure of eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. It is designed to improve the academic success and graduation rates of all student-athletes.

– Story courtesy of Green Bay Athletics,

Animation, graphic design earn ADDY awards for students

top-addy-awardsUW-Green Bay Art and Design students scored big at the local ADDY Awards program hosted earlier this spring by the Fox River Ad Club chapter of the American Advertising Federation.

UW-Green Bay students took home four awards — two golds and two silvers — which was more than any other school in the competition.

logan-sprangers-webGraphic design student Logan Sprangers of De Pere earned three of those honors. Sprangers is a cinematographer and motion graphics specialist who has worked as a freelancer and for NorthCoast Productions as well as for the UW-Green Bay promotional design unit in the University Union. His winning entries were:

• Gold Award, student division, Animation or Special Effects in an Advertisement, for “Grado Labs CGI animation”;
• Gold Award, student division, Animation or Special Effects in an Advertisement, for “Jingle & Mingle” holiday reception invitation;
• Silver Award, student division, Collateral Material (Book Design), for “Automotive Booklet.”

Link to Sprangers’ award-winning animated ads.

The other Addy Award presented to a UW-Green Bay student was earned by Design Arts major Neil Robson, who works on campus as a graphic design and web intern with the office of Residence Life. His winning entry:

• Silver Award, Integrated Campaign, “Branding and Illustration for Converse Star of Fortune.”

Addie Sorbo, senior lecturer in Art and Design, and her company, Strawberry Fields Design Inc., earned two silver Addy Awards in the professional graphic design division. She was recognized for her digital advertising and website work for Harpold Photography and her promotional creations for the Neville Public Museum’s 2014 exhibit “Agriculture to Tavern Culture: The Art, History & Science of Beer.”

For the full list of 2015 ADDY Award winners.

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Slideshow: UWGB enters partnership in Downtown Green Bay


A new public-private partnership aimed at encouraging businesses to leverage the expertise and energy of UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and students with the leadership transformation services of InitiativeOne was launched at a signing ceremony Friday (April 24) at the newly developed InitiativeOne headquarters at 110 S. Adams St., Green Bay

. The partnership — which has the additional benefit of giving the University a downtown presence — was formalized through a memorandum of understanding signed by Chancellor Gary L. Miller and InitiativeOne founder and CEO Fred Johnson. For complete details, see the news release.

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