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Early grads help celebrate UWGB’s 50th

A busy day of public events celebrating the 50th anniversary of UWGB’s founding opened with a Wednesday morning breakfast program in the University Union’s Phoenix Room.

The University’s first Student Government Association president, Scott Knapp, was the keynote speaker. Now the CEO of Central Maine Community College, Knapp shared memories of his relationship with Founding Chancellor Edward Weidner, the earliest days of the new campus, and being asked to speak at the official groundbreaking for UWGB in November 1967.

Also offering remarks were UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt (who presented Miller and the University a key to the city), and proud Class of 1971 alumnus Sen. Dave Hansen (who presented a flag that had flown over the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison). Ron Pfeifer was emcee.

The invitation-only breakfast was also attended by other early 1970s graduates, current students and student government leaders, longtime community supporters (including Dr. Herb and Crystal Sandmire, friends of UWGB since 1969), emeriti faculty, University officials, the senior member of UW-Green Bay’s faculty (Prof. Kumar Kangayappan), Marge and Ellen Weidner, UW System officials including the deans of nearby UW Colleges, System President Ray Cross and Regent President Regina Millner, Regent Tim Higgens, Council of Trustees and Alumni leadership, and others. First graduate Nancy Ably Deprey ’70 and “most recent graduate” Victoria Zacarias ‘15 were acknowledged for their participation in the campus 50th anniversary video.

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Photos by UW-Green Bay staff members Dan Moore and Kelly Selner

Early October workshops at UW-Green Bay feature Coaching and “7 Habits”

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is offering two-day workshops in early October for small business owners, executive team members, and managers.

“Coaching for Performances” is the Monday through Tuesday, October 5-6 workshop instructed by Bob Pecor of Coaching Forward. The workshop equips supervisors to help their staff consistently meet or exceed expectations and to further focus on long range goals versus today’s firefight.

Franklin Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective Managers” is the following week Monday and Tuesday, October 12-13. Instructed by certified facilitator Kristin Odell, PHR, this workshop will equip managers with leadership skills in first managing themselves, then using effective communication, conflict resolution, and change management skills to let people manage themselves against shared expectations.

Workshops start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. at the Advance Business & Manufacturing Center at 2701 Larsen Road in Green Bay and includes lunch, and morning and afternoon refreshments. For more information such as registration deadlines and fees, and to register for the SBDC’s workforce development and certificate programs, go to SBDC “Upcoming Programs.” You can also email or call (920) 496-2117.



New academic year brings new master’s in Data Science

(Photo above courtesy of UW-Extension)

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay marks the Sept. 2 start of the fall semester and the 2015-16 academic year with the debut of the first online master’s degree in data science ever offered in the UW System.

UW-Green Bay is a partner in the new Master’s of Data Science degree with UW-Extension and five other UW System universities, in Eau Claire, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Stevens Point and Superior. Faculty from each of the participating campuses will teach the online classes.

Officials say the new degree responds to one of America’s fastest growing fields as businesses and organizations seek to harness vast amounts of data — newly available through various technological innovations — to make better, data-driven decisions.

“The exponential growth in data generation, and the need to get hands around this data, has led businesses scrambling for ways to hone their strategies, improve existing processes and bolster innovation in their products and services,” says Gaurav Bansal, associate professor of management, information science and statistics at UW-Green Bay.

Adds Bansal, who will direct the Master’s of Data Science program at UW-Green Bay, “This program harnesses not only the faculty expertise from different UW campuses but also different academic disciplines including Computer Science, Statistics, Information Technology Management, Business Management and Communication. The program has been developed with input from Industry leaders and is closely aligned with the business needs in this area.”

The curriculum will be grounded in computer science, math and statistics, management and communication. Students will learn how to clean, organize, analyze and interpret large and complex data sets using the latest tools and analytical methods. Admission to the program will require a bachelor’s degree and a 3.0 GPA. Aptitude tests such as the GMAT and GRE will not be required.

“Our ability to collect and interpret data is crucial to the success of our business,” says Matt Mueller, senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer for Schreiber Foods of Green Bay, an advocate of the new program. “Decisions that we make — from providing market insights, to developing modern capabilities, to creating efficiencies in our manufacturing environment and everything in between — are data-driven. We employ a number of professionals (in this area), and I see this online master’s degree program in Data Science as another great resource for us.”

Bansal says tuition will compares favorably to competing graduate programs from other institutions. Like other collaborative online University of Wisconsin programs, students will pay the same tuition whether they live in Wisconsin or out-of-state.

The Master of Science in Data Science program is intended for students with a bachelor’s degree in math, statistics, analytics, computer science, or marketing; or three to five years of professional experience as a business intelligence analyst, data analyst, financial analyst, information technology analyst, database administrator, computer programmer, statistician or other related position.

Bansal points also to a report by McKinsey Global Institute that predicts demand for “deep analytical talent” in the United States could be 50 to 60 percent greater than projected supply by 2018. Opportunities have been identified in almost every economic sector: manufacturing, construction, transportation, warehousing, communication, science, health care, computer science, information technology, retail, sales, marketing, finance, insurance, education, government, law enforcement, security and more.

The Master of Science in Data Science joins a growing list of online degree and certificate programs available at UW-Green Bay. Prospective students seeking more information about the Master of Science in Data Science program are encouraged to visit the website, call 1-877-895-3276 or email.


Phoenix Friday starts this week

At UW-Green Bay, every Friday is Phoenix Friday. UWGB students, faculty and staff are encouraged to show their Phoenix pride by wearing their school colors and logos.

Phoenix Friday is back at The Phoenix Bookstore with a new deal every Friday. This week (Sept. 4) it is 20% off all drinkware (water bottles, coffee mugs or shaker bottles, etc.).

On Phoenix Fridays, A’viands customers who wear UWGB gear get 10% off at all campus dining locations (offer excludes the Corner Store).

Don’t miss the Green Bay athletic teams in action. Most fall teams are on the road this Friday but men’s soccer has a home match Sunday at 1 p.m. vs. Western Illinois at Santaga Stadium. As an added bonus, in celebration of UW-Green Bay’s 50th Anniversary year, admission to all 2015 regular season soccer games is free, waiving the usual $7 entry cost. Go Green Bay!

Jones is director; other new appointments in Admissions

Congratulations to longtime staff member Jennifer Jones, newly promoted to succeed the retiring Pam Harvey-Jacobs as director of admissions for UW-Green Bay. Jones will assume her new duties this Friday (Sept. 4). Other new appointments in the Office of Admissions: Katelyn Santy is the new student recruitment and enrollment coordinator; Adam Parks, with a background in database software, is newly assigned as the CRM (customer relationship management) specialist; and Carol Kuehne has joined the staff as a university services associate II.

Faculty from Humanistic Studies announce fall ‘Great Books’ series

The fall session of the Great Books Discussion Group begins Tuesday (Sept. 8) at the Brown County Central Library, 515 Pine St. The programs take place the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Board Room. UW-Green Bay faculty members in Humanistic Studies lead the discussions.

• Sept. 8, Flatland by Edwin Abbott, Prof. Rebecca Nesvet
• Oct. 13, Notes from the Underground, Dostoevsky, Lecturer Kevin Kain
• Nov. 10, My Name is Red, Orhan Pamuk, Prof. David Coury
• Dec. 8, La pedagogia del oprimido (oppressed), Paulo Freire, Prof. Hernan Fernandez-Meardi

Copies of the titles can be reserved or downloaded from the library’s online catalog.

UWGB gets ‘best bang for the buck’ mention in Washington Monthly

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay was recently ranked No. 19 in the “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges in the Midwest” category of the 2015 Washington Monthly College Rankings. The rankings were officially released Monday, August 24, 2015 and rates universities on students’ social mobility, civic engagement and research. Founded in 1969, Washington Monthly is a bimonthly nonprofit magazine covering politics, government, culture and the media. The chart that accompanies the guide depicts the schools in the Midwest are the best value based on “net” (not sticker) price, success of a school based on graduating the students admitted, and whether those students go on to earn at least enough to pay off their loans.

Pepsi awarded pouring rights contract

Pepsi Cola of Northeast Wisconsin has been awarded the pouring rights contract for the exclusive provision of soft-drink beverages at UW-Green Bay. This includes all manual and vending service outlets throughout campus. Pepsi has installed new vending machines promoting the various brands that Pepsi Cola of Northeast Wisconsin distributes as well as new fountain beverage units in the Marketplace and Garden Café. They have also provided a number of portable refrigeration units for University Dining Services, Shorewood Golf Course, and the Kress Events Center. This is a seven-year contract between Pepsi and UWGB that includes provisions for marketing and advertising rights with the Weidner Center, Shorewood Golf Course, and Green Bay Athletics. Please contact Rick Warpinski, Director – University Union, for all inquiries in regards to this agreement (920 465-2090).

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Exclusions — There are two locations on campus where A’viands, our contracted University Dining Services provider, can provide and sell alternative products to the Pepsi beverage offerings. The Corner Store on the second floor of the Union and the Garden Café on the first floor of the library will have limited space for non-Pepsi products.

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Farewell, and a thank-you, to Konop — The pouring rights contract with Pepsi means for the first time in 40 plus years the Konop Companies of Green Bay will not be providing service and support to the University community. On behalf of UWGB, Warpinski writes, “Many thanks goes out to the Konop Companies, their staff, and the Konop family for their excellent support of UW-Green Bay and service through their manual, snack, and beverage vending services.”

Blast from the past: The Cal Game

We only have a few more days left counting down our “50 phactoids” from Phoenix and UWGB history. One of our most recent posts recounts the day when humble UWGB knocked off the high-flying Cal Bears in the opening round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament to set Phoenix Phever lose on Wisconsin… and the nation.