Tag: Arboretum

Trail-rescue trio gets big ovation

life-savers-postFacilities Management employees Nathan Rusch and Lyle Uitenbroek were joined on stage by student worker Samantha Braaten at the University Union’s Phoenix Room during the annual faculty-staff Convocation on Aug. 26.

The three were invited forward by UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller to receive certificates of appreciation for their response to a potentially life-threatening accident earlier this month. They also received a standing ovation.

Braaten and a fourth staff member were on routine duty Aug. 18, clearing storm debris from one of the Arboretum trails. A good-sized tree had fallen, blocking the path and creating a hazard.

The tree shifted, pinning Braaten’s partner. It stretched across his neck and upper body, making it difficult for him to breathe. Braaten reacted immediately and, summoning her strength and using branches as levers, she managed to keep the full weight off of the victim. She also dialed for help.

Rusch and Uitenbroek were first to arrive. They found a chain saw and began cutting away sections while continuing to protect their pinned colleage.

By the time Public Safety and Green Bay Fire and Rescue arrived, the victim had been freed and was breathing normally, although experiencing pain. He was transported and released later that day.

The certificates read:

“In appreciation and recognition of heroic actions and outstanding performance on August 18th, 2015”…   awarded this day… signed, Gary L. Miller, Chancellor.

Student credited with life-saving action in tree mishap


A student employee is being praised for helping save a UWGB staff member pinned beneath a tree last Tuesday morning (Aug. 18) as the two were cleaning storm debris from an arboretum trail. The student, Samantha R. Braaten, was out with co-worker Dan Koetz, an arboretum specialist with the Facilities Management division, at about 9:30 a.m. to clear a fallen tree blocking a path near Mahon Creek on the south side of campus. When the tree shifted, campus police say, it landed across Koetz’s neck and upper body, making it difficult for him to breathe. Braaten tried lifting the section of the trunk (about a foot in diameter) and used branches as levers to begin to relieve the pressure, and then dialed for help. As Braaten continued to keep the full weight off Koetz, facilities workers Lyle Uitenbroek and Nathan Rusch arrived. When the three still couldn’t free Koetz by lifting, Rusch grabbed a chain saw and began to cut sections away. Braaten then flagged down Public Safety officers Chad Kleman and David Jones, arriving on the scene. Freed from under the tree, Koetz remained conscious but reported pain, and was transported by Green Bay Fire and Rescue responders. He was released from the hospital later that day. Both Police Chief Tom Kujawa and Facilities Director Paul Pinktson commended all involved in the rescue, especially the student, Braaten, for her potentially life-saving actions. Braaten, a political science major from Suamico, earned the Chancellor’s Medallion and her diploma earlier this summer.

Student credited with life-saving action in tree mishap

A student employee is being praised for helping save a UWGB staff member pinned beneath a tree last Tuesday morning (Aug. 18) as the two were cleaning storm debris from an arboretum trail.

The student, Samantha R. Braaten, was out with co-worker Dan Koetz, an arboretum specialist with the Facilities Management division, at about 9:30 a.m. to clear a fallen tree blocking a path near Mahon Creek on the south side of campus. When the tree shifted, campus police say, it landed across Koetz’s neck and upper body, making it difficult for him to breathe.

Braaten tried lifting the section of the trunk (about a foot in diameter) and used branches as levers to begin to relieve the pressure, and then dialed for help. As Braaten continued to keep the full weight off Koetz, facilities workers Lyle Uitenbroek and Nathan Rusch arrived. When the three still couldn’t free Koetz by lifting, Rusch grabbed a chain saw and began to cut sections away. Braaten then flagged down Public Safety officers Chad Kleman and David Jones, arriving on the scene.

Freed from under the tree, Koetz remained conscious but reported pain, and was transported by Green Bay Fire and Rescue responders. He was released from the hospital later that day. Both Police Chief Tom Kujawa and Facilities Director Paul Pinktson commended all involved in the rescue, especially the student, Braaten, for her potentially life-saving actions. Braaten, a political science major from Suamico, earned the Chancellor’s Medallion and her diploma earlier this summer.

Running 81 miles on Arboretum trail, in a day

The final results are in from last months’s big Green Bay Running Club Summer Solstice Challenge, held on the longest day of the year a couple of Saturdays ago.  Participants ran the 4.75-mile course for a set period of time — in this case, 6 hours or 8 hours — or for as long as they wanted, to see how much distance they could cover.

The 2015 winners were Ryan Norton with an amazing 81.67 miles over 14 hours and 38 minutes (and 17 loops over the trail course!), and Cassie Kottke with 73.85 miles over 15 and a quarter hours. The top 8-hour runners were Brady Sturm (53.15 miles) and Paula Walker (40.6), and the best 6-hour finishers were Curt Brey (38.9) and Lori Folk (31.1). Among the UW-Green Bay employees taking part was Bob Blihar of CIT, who did a very impressive 34 miles (seven laps) during the eight-hour event. (Our informant says it happened to be Bob’s 28th wedding anniversary on race day, and since his wife was an event volunteer she got to see him at least seven times during the day.)

Phoenix cross-country coach Mike Kline and vice chancellor Kelly Franz were among the University running enthusiasts who chipped in — not by competing, but by helping to organize the event and assisting with course layout, logistics, food and water stations and more. Lee Reinke and the Shorewood crew also helped with arrangements. About 75 runners took part in the various categories.

Wisconsin’s first lady here Friday to walk the Arboretum

As part of her “Walk With Walker” campaign to promote the health benefits of walking and highlight some of Wisconsin’s best trails, Tonette Walker is coming to UW-Green Bay next Friday (Sept. 5) for a short outing at the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum. UW-Green Bay Prof. Robert Howe, the Arboretum director, will accompany the group as host and highlight points of interest. Participants should meet at Lambeau Cottage along the bayshore at 10:30 a.m. in advance of the 10:45 departure for the two-mile stroll. The location for the Green Bay-area hike was suggested to Walker’s staff by the local visitor and convention bureau as one of the city’s more popular and scenic trails. Reservations aren’t necessary, but if you’d like more background on the monthly outings, www.walkwithwalkerwi.org/event-schedule/.

Snapshots: Spotted fawn spotted

doe and newborn fawn

Staff member Paul Sheedy, the student billing coordinator, was walking one afternoon last week when he saw a doe cleaning and feeding her newborn fawn in the grass near the Laboratory Sciences parking lot, and took these photos.

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— Photos by Paul Sheedy, Student Billing Coordinator, UW-Green Bay

Falcon keeps an eye on things

peregrineBirders from the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity have been training their scopes toward the roof of the Cofrin Library in recent weeks, with multiple peregrine falcon sightings on the UW-Green Bay campus. Amateurs are enjoying the occasional sighting, as well. This smart-phone snapshot of a resting falcon — we think it’s a peregrine based on size and its prominent “sideburn” facial markings — was taken Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 14) through an eighth-floor hallway window just outside the Provost’s Office suite, Room 835. The bird perched, mostly motionless, for several hours during the lull in the day’s snowfall.

Campus ornithologists are hopeful this will be the year a falcon pair colonizes the library roof and nests successfully. In previous years the University had installed a rooftop nesting box, and observers also documented at least one unsuccessful attempt several years ago.

Details on Steps to Make a Difference Walk

With one small step, you can make a difference in your community.

That’s the message UW-Green Bay student organizers are using to promote the 8th annual Steps to Make a Difference Walk this Saturday (Oct. 19) on the University campus. Walkers will follow a two- or four-mile course along the beautiful fall-color-filled trails of the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the walk departing at 10 a.m. from the Mauthe Center, located just north of the Kress Events Center.

The walk is organized by the Phoenix Philanthropy Club and the Center for Public Affairs. Through this event, student organizers become civically engaged and develop leadership skills. The Philanthropy Club has selected four local charities to benefit from this annual student-led fundraiser:

  • Court Appointed Special Advocates of BrownCounty (CASA)
  • Harmony Café of Green Bay
  • The Fox/Wolf Watershed Alliance
  • Literacy Green Bay

Organizers say that, whether participants want to improve the lives of children or adults, people or the environment, 100 percent of the money raised in the Steps Walk has a real and immediate impact on local charities that address community’s needs.

The registration form is available online at  www.uwgb.edu/steps. The fee is $25 for non-students and $15 for students. (There’s a $5 discount for registering by Oct. 16. Donations made out to one of the four organizations listed above can also be mailed to the UW-Green Bay Phoenix Philanthropy Club, Office of Student Life, UU150, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI, 54311. Questions can be directed via email to wrobt27@uwgb.edu

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In the media: Eagle rescue story picked up locally, elsewhere  

UW-Green Bay Public Safety’s Friday (June 21) rescue of an injured bald eagle on campus made news across the country this weekend, with TV stations here, in Milwaukee, and as far away as Virginia picking up the story. As we told you here last week, officers rescued the juvenile bird Friday morning, after several passersby noticed it unmoving and perched unusually close to the ground. They brought the eagle to the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, where it was discovered the bird was dehydrated and had only one eye. WFRV, Channel 5 ran the story, which was picked up by the CBS affiliate in Milwaukee, a Fox affiliate in West Virginia and an ABC affiliate in Virginia. You can check out the local story, along with our UW-Green Bay News feature (including photos and video) by clicking the links below:
WFRV, Channel 5
UW-Green Bay News

Avian arrest: UW-Green Bay Police rescue injured young eagle on campus

UW-Green Bay Police made an avian arrest early Friday, rescuing an injured bald eagle on the Cofrin Arboretum Trail. The juvenile male bird, estimated to be 1 to 2 years old, was perched unusually close to the ground and hadn’t moved in some time when officers called Animal Control for advice. They were able to remove the injured bird from its perch, and take the eagle to Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary for evaluation. The bird was dehydrated and missing an eye, and may have been struck by a vehicle, according to sanctuary staff. Our eagle-eyed friends in Public Safety took some great photos, and even got a video shot that shows just how close to the trail the eagle was. Check it out.