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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.


Managing Projects and Supervisory Leadership featured in SBDC September workshops

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is offering two workshops in September as part of their Supervisory Leadership series.

“Managing Projects” is the Wednesday, September 23 workshop instructed by international project management expert Kay Wais. The workshop teaches best practices for temporary project teams as well as planning, budgeting, defining roles, handling change, and managing stakeholders and project risks such as meeting deadlines.

“Supervisory Leadership I” is the Tuesday through Wednesday, September 15-16, workshop instructed by supervisory leadership expert Eric Coryell. Attendees will bring their results from an online pre-workshop assessment in order to learn their leadership style for better decision making and trust-building skills in the workplace. “Supervisory Leadership I” is a required workshop in the Supervisory Leadership certificate program through the SBDC at UW-Green Bay.

For more information and to register for the SBDC’s supervisory leadership workshops and certificate program, go to the SBDC website and click on “Upcoming Programs.” You can also email or call (920) 496-2117.



UW-Green Bay marks 50th: ‘Phoenix Way,’ citywide events, more

GREEN BAY — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is sharing more details about a series of celebrations marking five decades of history that began Sept. 2 1965 when Governor Warren Knowles signed legislation creating a new four-year university for Northeastern Wisconsin.

50th-anniversary-logo-ribbon-years-no-tagFifty years later, UW-Green Bay is embarking on a year-long celebration designed to broaden its engagement with alumni, students and the community. The 50th anniversary date happens to coincide with the University’s opening day of the fall semester, Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Activities planned for the academic year include alumni and student events, opportunities to share memories and campus history, a special lecture series and, later in the year, a focus on the next 50 years and the ways tomorrow’s UW-Green Bay can take a greater lead in innovation, transformation and service to the region.

Festivities begin Monday, August 31. Members of the media and friends of UW-Green Bay are invited to commemorate the occasion at 10:30 a.m. when UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller and Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt will temporarily rename a one-block stretch of the Broadway District ‘s Hubbard Street “Phoenix Way,” at its hub intersection with Broadway. Chancellor Miller will also create the first chalk stencil that will appear throughout the city in support of UW-Green Bay’s long and continued relationship with the City of Green Bay.

UW-Green Bay will celebrate with several activities on Sept 2:

  • “Turning the Market Green” — celebrating with the Phoenix at the Farmers Market on Broadway from 3 to 8 p.m. The public is encouraged to wear green in support of UW-Green Bay. The evening includes activities and giveaways at the UW-Green Bay tent, corner of Broadway and Hubbard, and music by the campus-affiliated band Brass Differential.The tapping of a new Phoenix Brew and special-edition root beer, compliments of Titletown Brewing Co. takes place at 6 p.m. at the beverage tent, Beerntsen’s Candies parking lot, 200 North Broadway. (Proceeds of beverage sales and merchandise sold return to UWGB for student scholarships.)
  • Anniversary Campus Kickoff and Backyard Bash, 4 to 6 p.m., Mauthe Center, adjacent to the Kress Events Center, with faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends invited to join in on the 50th celebration. A brief program includes a welcome, remarks followed by a cookout and live music, in partnership with the private, independently operated Mauthe Center and sponsored by the UW Credit Union.
  • Leaders to Leaders Breakfast (private event, limited seating), 7:30 to 9 a.m., Phoenix Room, University Union, UW-Green Bay. The invitation-only breakfast brings together a cross-section of current University and community leaders with past student leaders to celebrate UW-Green Bay. Guest Speaker: Scott Knapp, 1974 graduate and first Student Government Association President of UWGB, now the President of Central Maine Community College.

Events throughout the year include a Last Lecture Series by UW-Green Bay faculty; volunteer efforts in conjunction with national Make a Difference Day this fall; Alumni Days in October and a wrap-up community event May 6, 2016.

“We are going to offer ways for 33,000 alumni to reconnect and for 6,700 current students to embrace the future,” says UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller. He also specifically wants to use the opportunity to engage the community.

“This community wanted a great university in Green Bay back in 1965. Our goal is to meet the needs and expectations of this region through increasing levels of engagement, partnership building, innovative education and service,” he said. “The opportunity to celebrate our first 50 years is also an opportunity to commit ourselves to being a key partner in this great place.”

All events and activities are listed on the 50th Anniversary website, facebook/uwgreenbay or #uwgb50.


UW-Green Bay named Top 25 LGBTQ-Friendly University

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced today that it has been informed of its selection as a 2015 Campus Pride Top 25 LGBTQ-Friendly College and University.

The Top 25 listing was awarded based on the final responses to the Campus Pride Index, a national benchmarking tool in which schools self-assesses LGBTQ-friendly policies, programs and practices The Campus Pride Index is grounded in research on policy, program and practice and is conducted for and by LGBTQ experts in the field of higher education. Each campus updates its index annually and uses the Campus Pride benchmarking tool to make improvements for LGBTQ life on campus. UWGB received a 4.5 rating on a 5.0 scale.

“We are very excited about UW-Green Bay getting recognized by Campus Pride as a Top 25 ‘Best of the Best’ LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges & Universities,” said Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator Brenda Amenson-Hill. “UW-Green Bay works extremely hard to make sure all students have every opportunity to get involved and succeed in the college environment.

“I would extend special congratulations to Stacie Christian, Coordinator of the Pride Center and Inclusive Excellence at UW-Green Bay, for her leadership and hard work with the Pride Center interns, students, staff, faculty, allies and community members, working collaboratively to make the university as welcoming and inclusive as possible… and also to UWGB’s Residence Life staff members for their dedication and work to create and implement the new SAIL-Safe and Inclusive Living Community in fall 2014 which is gaining popularity.”

The Pride Center was created to identify and respond to the concerns and needs of UW-Green Bay LGBTQ students, faculty, staff, and their allies; to provide high-quality support services that contribute to the academic and personal growth of LGBTQ students, faculty, staff and allies; and to offer a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment for LGBTQ people and their allies. A recent addition was the Campus Food, Cleaning, and Clothing Cupboard — available for all UWGB enrolled students. It provides food, cleaning supplies, and clothing at no cost for students struggling to make ends meet.

“I wish to recognize all of the support that comes from so many areas of UWGB that can make this happen — leadership, deans, staff and faculty from all areas of the campus, and alumni,” said Christian. “The interns, volunteers and students in the Pride Center know that so many individuals at UWGB understand and focus on making changes needed so LGBTQ students, staff, faculty and alumni can feel safe, and be treated equitably so they can do their best to support UWGB and our communities. UWGB as a community has come a long way in the past few years in making changes that are sometimes difficult to accomplish due to the complexity of working within established systems, but the perseverance of many who are aware for the need to make changes to provide equitable treatment for LGBTQ has paid off. The students have a supportive environment that allows them to accomplish their academic goals, and many LGBTQ at UWGB say this is a great place to work and go to school. The Pride Index offers great insights on where more work needs to be accomplished, and it is the goal of the Pride Center to work with the campus on the list of changes that will make UWGB a “5.0” on the next year’s rating scale.”

SBDC at UW-Green Bay reintroduces 7 Habits workshop for managers at reduced price

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has reintroduced Franklin Covey’s “7 Habits for Highly Effective Managers” hundreds of dollars below other in-person and online courses of its kind. The two-day workshop is scheduled for Monday, October 12 through Tuesday, October 13.

Designed for new managers, emerging leaders, and experienced managers who need to make changes, the 7 Habits framework focuses is on who the manager is, not just on what they do. Managers will become leaders as they learn how to better equip their teams and improve how they achieve sustainable results through and with others.

The workshop will be taught by 7 Habits certified facilitator Kristin Odell, PHR, who has experience training managers in manufacturing companies, a Fortune 100 company, a family owned business, small businesses, and the public sector.

7 Habits for Highly Effective Managers is priced several hundred dollars below the national average for in-person and online workshops, at $995 per person. Franklin Covey materials as well as lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments are included. The workshop meets from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Monday, October 12 and Tuesday, October 13 at the Advance Business & Manufacturing Center at 2701 Larsen Road in Green Bay. Visit the website, and go to Upcoming Programs and Talent Development to register and for a brochure. For additional information on the Wisconsin SBDC at UW-Green Bay, call (920) 496-2117, email, or tweet to @uwgbSBDC.

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay is part of a statewide network of SBDCs working with business owners and entrepreneurs to facilitate business growth and improvement, and to launch successful new companies. Through no-cost consulting, low-cost entrepreneurial education, and strategic facilitation, SBDC experts serve as resources for small and emerging mid-size companies. The Wisconsin SBDC is hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Extension and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.


SBDC at UW-Green Bay unveils new workshops in its 2015-16 Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay introduces its 2015-16 Supervisory Leadership certificate program workshops beginning in September and concluding in May 2016.

The 2015-2016 program includes many new one-day workshops. These include Leading with Emotional Intelligence, Leading with Facilitation Skills, and Leading (Influence) without Authority. One day workshops unveiled in last year’s program including Servant Leadership for Supervisors, Executive Presence for Supervisors, Leading with Humor and Improvisation, Leading through Change, Hiring Wisely, Courageous Communication, and Financial Management for Non-Financial Managers will also be offered this year.

Designed for supervisors who are looking to build leadership skills and advance their businesses, the Supervisory Leadership certificate program’s component workshops provide practical and interactive content that attendees can immediately integrate into their workplace, improving their workforce results. The flexible program is designed for new supervisors as well as seasoned leaders who wish to improve upon specific supervisory skills.

Participants who wish to earn a Supervisory Leadership certificate will be required to attend the two core workshops, Supervisory Leadership: Sessions 1 and 2, as well as eight days of elective programs within three years. However, individuals may take workshops whether or not they intend to pursue the certificate.

All Supervisory Leadership workshops are held at the Advance Business and Manufacturing Center, 2701 Larsen Road, Green Bay. All two-day workshops are $425 per person and all one-day workshops are $200 per person. Workshops meet from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on the scheduled dates, and refreshments and lunch are included. Visit the SBDC website to register or contact (920) 496-2117 or e-mail to register or obtain additional information.

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay is part of a statewide network of SBDCs working with business owners and entrepreneurs to facilitate business growth and improvement, and to launch successful new companies. Through no-cost consulting, low-cost entrepreneurial education, and strategic facilitation, SBDC experts serve as resources for small and emerging mid-size companies. The Wisconsin SBDC is hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Extension and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.


SBDC webinars feature employee development, banking relationship

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is offering two no-cost webinars for small business owners and their executive team members.

The August installment of the no-cost, 30-minute 2015 webinar series is presenter George Garrett of Future Focus Group. Garrett will present “Secrets to Successful (and Simple) Employee Development” at noon Tuesday, August 11, and again at 1 p.m. Thursday, August 13. Garrett, co-author of the book Evolved: Engaging People, Enhancing Success, will teach attendees how to retain existing employees as well as their emerging workforce through developing paths of advancement.

In September, Tony Busch of Priora Cash Flow Management will present “How to Manage Your Banking Relationship (and Not Be Managed By It)” at noon Tuesday, September 15 and again at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 17. He will teach attendees the relationship between cash flow, budgeting, and what your banker needs to know in the current economy.

For more information or to register for the no-cost, 30-minute webinars, visit the SBDC website and click “Upcoming Webinars” on the left side of the page. You can also view past webinars there online and follow the Wisconsin SBDC at UW-Green Bay on Twitter.

UW-Green Bay adjusts schedule for ’50 Years’ celebration on Sept. 2

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has announced a revised schedule for Wednesday, Sept. 2, and a more detailed lineup of campus and community events marking the golden anniversary of the day in 1965 when Gov. Warren Knowles signed legislation creating a new four-year university for Northeastern Wisconsin.

Among the highlights:

  • The “50 Years of UW-Green Bay” kickoff celebration will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, outdoors at Phoenix Park, located adjacent to the University Union, the campus housing complex and the Mauthe Center. The informal event, open to all, invites alumni, employees and other friends of the University to join in an expanded version of the traditional “first day of school” cookout for returning students. The cookout also promises music, games and more. Admission is free.
  • On the same evening (Wednesday, Sept. 2), UW-Green Bay alumni, faculty and staff will “Turn the Market Green” with a special UWGB night at the downtown Farmers Market. Attendees are invited to wear their Phoenix Green and to visit the UW-Green Bay booth near the corner of Broadway and Hubbard streets between 5 and 8 p.m. Music by the faculty band Brass Differential, sampling of Titletown Brewing Company’s commemorative Phoenix Brew and root beer, and drawings, giveaways and special guests will be among the attractions. Admission is free.
  • An invitation-only reunion of members of the graduating class of 1970 — UW-Green Bay’s first year awarding bachelor’s degrees — will take place on campus, mid-day.

(Please note: The campus kickoff event has been rescheduled from the initial announcement in March. Previously listed as a formal program at 11 a.m., the “50 Years” celebration is shifted to a 4 p.m. event of a more casual nature. The change avoids a time conflict following announcement of the community’s traditional Packers Welcome-Back Luncheon for that same date. UW-Green Bay event organizers say they tweaked their Sept. 2 lineup to allow friends, local dignitaries and alumni the flexibility to attend both events.)

Activities throughout the 2015-16 academic year will be tied to the theme “50 Years of UW-Green Bay.” A second major event this fall will be the annual Alumni Reunion Days weekend on Oct. 16 and 17. The University is reaching out to current and former students, employees and community members who might have photos, mementos or memories to share.

For more information, visit the 50 Years website, or contact the University Advancement Office at (920) 465-2074 or e-mail.


UW-Green Bay Chancellor appointed to influential NCAA committee

gary.miller-webaGary L. Miller, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, has been appointed a member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions. He will begin his three-year term Aug. 1, 2015.

Miller is the first sitting Division I president or chancellor to serve on the committee, the NCAA has confirmed.

“I consider it a great honor to be chosen to serve in this capacity,” Miller said. “I am a firm believer in the value of Division I athletics to UW-Green Bay, the NCAA’s mission as an organization, and our shared duty as member institutions to help ensure academic and competitive integrity.”

The Division I Committee on Infractions is an independent group composed of representatives from the membership and the public charged with deciding NCAA infractions cases. The committee reviews prehearing procedural matters, conducts hearings, finds the facts of the case, and determines what, if any, penalties are appropriate. After it issues a decision, the committee monitors institutions on probation to ensure compliance with penalties and terms of probation. The committee also hears appeals of Level III decisions issued by NCAA staff.

Miller’s appointment as a current chancellor reflects the NCAA’s ongoing, stated efforts to increase presidential involvement in all facets of the NCAA governance structure.

Since 2011 the NCAA has gradually expanded the committee from 10 to 24 members. Previously regarded as one of the NCAA’s more time-intensive assignments — which tended to discourage top administrators from volunteering — the committee can now use its larger size to create panels of five to seven randomly-chosen members. The change allows cases to be heard more quickly and efficiently with fewer burdens on individual committee members.

Members serve three-year terms and can be reappointed for a maximum of three terms. In addition to participating in those cases assigned them, members convene as the full Committee on Infractions at least twice annually to review cases across panels and check for consistency in the way NCAA guidelines are applied.

Jon LeCrone, who heads the intercollegiate athletics conference that includes UW-Green Bay, describes Miller’s appointment as prestigious recognition for the chancellor, the University, Green Bay Athletics and the league.

“We are thrilled for Chancellor Miller’s appointment to the NCAA Infractions Committee,” says LeCrone, Horizon League commissioner. “Since arriving at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, he has been an excellent addition to our Board of Directors, working on behalf of Green Bay and the Horizon League’s student-athletes. I know that he will represent Green Bay and the Horizon League well on the committee.”

The committee chair is Gregory Sankey, commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. Other prominent members include Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky; Michael F. Adams, former president of the University of Georgia, former University of Minnesota athletics director Joel Maturi; and former Georgia Tech basketball coach Bobby Cremins. Nominations to serve come from the NCAA membership and include academic and athletics administrators past and present, independent professionals with relevant legal, athletics or academic experience, and former coaches.

Miller, who assumed his duties as UW-Green Bay chancellor on Aug. 1, 2014, has extensive career experience as an administrator and educator, all with NCAA Division I universities.

He came to Green Bay from the chancellorship at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He was previously provost and vice president for academic affairs and research at Wichita State University, Dean of the College of Pacific at the University of the Pacific, and a faculty member at both Weber State University and Mississippi State University.

The chancellor serves on the local board of directors of the Greater Green Bay Chamber, as well as on the Executive Committee of the Council of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, the Board of Directors of The Campus Compact, the Workforce Development Panel of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and a national steering committee focused on post-collegiate outcomes.

Miller’s appointment to the infractions committee is UW-Green Bay’s second high-profile NCAA appointment this summer. Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie was notified earlier this year she will become the first individual from any Horizon League school to serve on the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee, starting Sept. 1.


Van Gruensven named interim vice chancellor for business, finance

Sheryl Van Gruensven

Sheryl Van Gruensven

Sheryl L. Van Gruensven, director of human resources for UW-Green Bay, will assume additional duties as the institution’s interim vice chancellor for business and finance.

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller announced the selection of Van Gruensven to fill the leadership position to be vacated by Kelly J. Franz, who is retiring after a three-decade UW System career that has included 25 years with UW-Green Bay, the last three and one-half as vice chancellor.

Van Gruensven’s appointment as interim vice chancellor takes effect Aug. 16. She is described by Miller as “highly respected throughout the UW System and a key leader at UWGB.”

“We are extraordinarily fortunate to have such a talented and experienced executive in our midst who can step into this essential role at this critical time in the history of the university,” the chancellor added.

The vice chancellor for business and finance reports directly to the chancellor and is the institution’s lead administrator for budgeting, accounting and fiscal control. The position also oversees roughly 175 employees and a range of business operations and services, including buildings and grounds, facilities planning, the controller’s office, purchasing, risk management, human resources, the campus bookstore, the student union, the campus golf course, motor pool, parking and public safety.

Van Gruensven has served as the University’s director of human resources and affirmative action since 2005. With administrative consolidation necessitated by state budget cuts, she will continue to hold responsibilities in those areas.

Van Gruensven joined UW-Green Bay in 2004 from a position as human resource manager with a Wausau law firm. She earned her bachelor’s in human resources management from Upper Iowa University, and her master’s degree from Silver Lake College, Manitowoc.

She has previous experience as UW-Green Bay’s interim vice chancellor for business and finance. She served in that capacity for several months in early 2012 before Franz accepted appointment to the position.