That was the headline over Monday’s top-of-page-A-1 article in the Green Bay Press-Gazette following Chancellor Gary L. Miller’s meeting last week with members of the newspaper’s editorial board. The article addresses the impact of this year’s sizeable budget reductions and Miller’s hope that an administrative restructuring will enhance the University’s ability to discern and address community needs. See http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/education/2015/11/21/uwgb-looks-expand-role-community/76109106/
The trade publication Club Industry carried an article about the Kress Events Center at UW-Green Bay in its latest issue. The article included a photo of user No. 1,000,000, student Ashley Garza, being congratulated by Chancellor Gary L. Miller and Athletics Director Mary Ellen Gillespie. The milestone visit by Garza came almost exactly eight years after the facility opened on Nov. 3, 2007. See story here.
Scientists thought that portions of Lake Michigan’s Green Bay would experience a huge year of oxygen depletion because of massive volumes of early phosphorous runoff, but winds and weather combined to lessen the impact. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel interviewed a number of local experts including several UWGB research partners.
Community columnist Lori (Starks) Linna got into the 50th anniversary spirit with a heartfelt tribute to UW-Green Bay printed in the Saturday (Oct. 31) edition of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. She writes that she was introduced to the new university as a child in the late 1960s, when her father, the late Bernie Starks, was hired as a faculty member in physical education. She witnessed the construction of the Phoenix Sports Center, kept stats for Phoenix basketball, enrolled as a student herself, worked for the Bursar’s Office, and now has a daughter enrolled at UWGB. “Happy 50th anniversary to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay,” Linna writes, “you have served my family well.”
The complex process of writing new tenure policies for University of Wisconsin System faculty took a turn recently that frustrated professors and led some to question whether efforts at UW-Madison to write strong layoff protections will be negated by less robust statewide rules. That’s how the Wisconsin State Journal described in providing lengthy, in-depth coverage.
Not snow flakes. Snowy owls. Formerly a rare visitor to Wisconsin and the Lower 48, in recent winters the large Arctic birds have been showing up around here in increasing numbers. This year, well in advance of the first snows, researchers have already documented at least 30 “snowies” in Wisconsin, including a half dozen locally at the limited-access Cat Island chain across the bay from campus. One of UW-Green Bay’s lead researchers, Richter Museum curator Tom Erdman says, simply, “It’s unprecedented. It’s causing us to ask, ‘Why?’” Erdman has a theory, and he’s quoted extensively in a fine Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article.
Michael Schwartz-Oscar, executive director of the Brown County Volunteer Center, went on WFRV TV-5’s afternoon program recently to talk about “Make a Difference Day” activities with host Kris Schuler. He offers background on the Volunteer Center and mentions how several hundred UW-Green Bay students have signed up for this Friday to help recruit even more community volunteers.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s opinion page thinks very little of a plan by two Republican state senators to overrule the UW System ban on deadly weapons in campus buildings.
When the Dubuque newspaper sent a reporter to UW-Platteville recently, they found students there (similar to those UWGB students interviewed here by local media, last week) split on the desirability of new legislation promoting concealed carry on UW System campuses. The UW System, its president and chancellors are on record as questioning the proposal, and they’re now joined by state Rep. Travis Tranel, R-Cuba City, who prefaced his remarks by saying he has a strong “track record” of supporting the Second Amendment. “I haven’t had a chance to review it, and it might not be necessary,” Tranel said. “This is a side issue, a distraction. This has never been an issue that I think has come up on either side previously. My impression is that it’s not going anywhere.” Interesting reading.
Fox 11 energized its morning show today with some great segments live from UW-Green Bay. The “Good Day Wisconsin” crew opened with general info about this weekend’s Alumni Days activities and campus trivia (from Bay Badgers to Fighting Tomatoes to the noble Phoenix). Alumni Relations Director Kari Moody did a terrific job with host Pauleen Le. You can view the opening segment.
In later cut-ins, Moody, Le and Phlash the Phoenix demonstrated Segway style, Shoe Tree technique and slam dunking at the Kress (with Coach Linc Darner and forward Kenneth Lowe). To view these segments, go to “More Video” partway down the page, to the left.