On a recent visit to UW-Green Bay, the president of the University of Wisconsin System, Ray Cross, sat down with WLUK-TV investigative reporter Robert Hornacek for a half-hour interview broadcast on the “CW 14 Focus” public affairs program. Cross talks about the recent state budget cuts, his views on tenure, perceptions of UW System “ivory tower arrogance”… and also 300-bushel-an-acre corn yields, spittle beetles, calls for merger of UW Colleges and the state tech schools, and more. Interesting conversation.
Nearly $600,000 is being awarded to police and sheriff’s departments in communities across Northeast Wisconsin to fund extra patrols targeting drunk drivers. Recipients of $10,000 grants as part of the initiative were the campus police force divisions at UW-Green Bay and UW-Oshkosh. WBAY-TV 2 carried a news feature earlier this week about the effort.
NBC 26 News picked up on last week’s Log note about the Culture and Development Lab directed by Assistant Prof. Sawa Senzaki and the search for local parents interested in helping their babies (5-18 months) participate in a major international study of baby’s social understanding.
Political scientist Aaron Weinschenk, UW-Green Bay assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, was quoted recently by NBC 26 News as part of a story on Gov. Scott Walker’s first formal appearance in Wisconsin after suspending his presidential campaign, what the governor says he will do next, and what analysts think he needs to do next.
Sixteen-year-old Ives Cupino was featured in the Green Bay Press-Gazette this week as one of only two 16-year-olds at UWGB this year. PG reporter Patti Zarling did a great job capturing the story, and the essence of being a couple years younger than most of her peers.
Despite headlines about a dead zone, phragmites, PCBs and other ailments in the lower bay, local environmentalists found plenty of positives as part of the second annual “Bringing Back the Bay” tour, in which about 80 people got to tour habitat restoration areas along the western shore. Among the sites visited were wetland preservation, northern pike habitat restoration efforts and Cat Island Chain developments that have benefited from UWGB faculty, staff and student involvement. Researchers Patrick Robinson and Tom Prestby were mentioned in a Press-Gazette story.
Nice job by the respective UW-Green Bay chapter presidents of the College Democrats and College Republicans Wednesday afternoon. Students Jacob Immel and Alexander Girard appeared live, on-set, with WFRV-TV 5’s 4 o’clock news host Kris Schuller to offer a student perspective on this week’s big presidential candidate debate. The student Dems posted a from-the-screen recording of the segment on their Facebook page.
Steady weather, a warm early autumn and the fact that this year’s hatchlings are big enough by now to spin their own webs, in plain view, are combining to make this seem like a banner year for spiders in Wisconsin. UW-Green Bay’s own arachnologist, Prof. Michael Draney of NAS, is quoted in a Janesville Gazette story. (The story is a little on the silly side but there’s also good info: Draney’s oft-stated reminder that spiders are good, mostly, and few “spider bites” actually are.)
Top University of Wisconsin System officials including President Ray Cross and Regent President Regina Millner were on the UW-Green Bay campus Tuesday to host community members, business and health care leaders, school administrators and others as they work to create a long-term strategic plan. Green Bay Press-Gazette reporter Patti Zarling noted that among those attending the afternoon session were state School Superintendent Tony Evers, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College President Jeff Rafn, and a number of Brown County school district officials. Her story quotes Cross, Miller and the president of the Green Bay Education Association.
Fox 11 News interviewed session participants and quoted UW System President Cross, who said, “Our job (here) is to listen, not lecture.”
WBAY-TV 2 interviewed Cross and others including Mike Blecha of the Green Bay Area School Board, who said, “We need to serve students who come from non-traditional families and backgrounds where a college education is not in the family… then, once those students graduate, to make sure our best and brightest stay here in Wisconsin instead of leaving for other states.”