UW-Green Bay student advances in state business plan contest

UW-Green Bay student Renee DeGrand (Business Administration) has advanced to the semi-finals of the 2019 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. Fifty of the nearly two hundred entries advanced. Judging will commence through April with the top half advancing to the next round. The top approximately dozen finalists will present at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in June in Milwaukee.

UW-Green Bay Student Business Idea Contest on Wednesday, Mar. 27

The UW-Green Bay Student Business Idea Competition will be taking place on Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Phoenix Room C located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. Please attend to hear UW-Green Bay students pitch their business ideas in 90 seconds, take questions from the panel of judges and hear about the new Startup Hub in Green Bay. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served, and the public is invited to attend.

Students should be encouraged to enter the competition, which is open to UW-Green Bay students from all majors. Students should email Ryan Kauth (KauthR@uwgb.edu) by Friday, Mar. 22, 2019 for how to prepare the 90-second new product or business idea video as a public YouTube link.

Student Business Idea Contest to be held at Marinette Campus on Tuesday, Apr. 2

A Student Business Idea Contest will be taking place at UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus on Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. In order to participate, students should email kauthr@uwgb.edu by noon on Friday, Mar. 22, 2019. Students would then be instructed on how to create a YouTube video link of a draft of your 90-second business idea pitch which needs to be completed by noon on Friday, Mar. 29, 2019. Students chosen to be contestants in the pitch contest will earn an automatic $50 if they pitch. Contestants will pitch their business idea to judges who will award up to $500 for first prize, $250 for second prize, and $100 for third prize.

Students who pitch are also eligible for the following:

  • A partial scholarship to a 6-credit travel course, the European Innovation Academy in Portugal or Italy or the Asia Pacific Innovation Academy in China, summer 2019.
  • Represent UW-Green Bay at The Pitch on Thursday, Apr. 11, 2019, from 4-6pm at Titletown Tech in Green Bay.
  • Represent UW-Green Bay at the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament on a Saturday in April in Madison.
  • Apply to represent UW-Green Bay at e-Fest in Minneapolis in April.

For questions, please contact Ryan Kauth, Lecturer of Entrepreneurship, at UW-Green Bay at KauthR@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2004.

2018 Northeast Wisconsin Business Plan Contest to take place at UW-Green Bay, the Press-Gazette reports

The 2018 Northeast Wisconsin Business Plan Contest has spent the last two months narrowing business ideas submitted from most corners of Northeast Wisconsin to the three finalists. They will now make their final presentation to judges at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 at UW-Green Bay. Read more.

Reminder: Professional development workshop set for Tuesday, Dec. 4

Professional development workshops are offered through the Small Business Development Center of UW-Green Bay’s 2018-2019 Supervisory Leadership Certificate program. The workshop “Financial Management for Non-Financial Managers” is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Advance Business and Manufacturing Center, 2701 Larsen Road, Green Bay. Cost of this workshop includes instruction, material, DISC assessment, morning refreshments and lunch. For more information on registration: visit the website, email sbdc@uwgb.edu or call 920-496-2117.

Call for nominations for named professorships

Nominations are now being accepted for the following named professorships:

  • Philip J. and Elizabeth Hendrickson Professorship for Business
  • Barbara Hauxhurst Cofrin Professorship of Natural Sciences
  • Patricia Wood Baer Professorship in Education

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. Please send nomination materials via email to the Secretary of Faculty and Staff at SOFAS@uwgb.edu.

Professional development workshop set for Tuesday, Oct. 30

Professional development workshops are offered through the Small Business Development Center of UW-Green Bay’s 2018-2019 Supervisory Leadership Certificate program. The workshop “Effective Communication” is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Advance Business & Manufacturing Center, 2701 Larsen Road, Green Bay. Cost of this workshop includes instruction, material, DISC assessment, morning refreshments and lunch. For more information on registration, visit their website, email sbdc@uwgb.edu or call 920-496-2117.

Austin E. Cofrin School of Business hosted Open House event

The Austin E. Cofrin School of Business hosted a Business Open House event on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Prospective students interested in Business Administration and Accounting related programs visited campus to interact with interns, alumni, faculty and staff to learn what the School of Business has to offer.

Founders Winners 2018

UW-Green Bay recognizes excellence in the awarding of Founders Awards

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay recognized some of its top faculty and staff members Wednesday, August 22, 2018, with 2018 Founders Awards for Excellence. The awards were presented before an audience of more than 450 in the Phoenix Room of the University Union, UW-Green Bay. Made possible by private philanthropic support, the awards program has been an annual fixture at UW-Green Bay since 1975. Honorees are selected by a campus-wide committee from nominations submitted by faculty, staff and others. The award winners honored at the annual UW-Green Bay Fall Convocation were:

The recipient of this year’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Associate Prof. of Humanities Caroline Boswell, is dedicated to student success. A commitment to the cultivation of learning, engagement and equity is evident through Boswell’s continual reimagination and revision of courses to improve student outcomes and incorporate evidence-based pedagogy and timely topics. Students note course rigor, but also the clarity of expectations and that Boswell is always readily available to provide support and guidance. Her students routinely dive into topics, taking on the role of scholars as they explore learning materials together using hands-on discipline-based research techniques. Boswell is a regular participant in professional development opportunities that sharpen her craft — OPID (Office of Professional and Instructional Development), Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars, the Civic Engagement Institute, Faculty College, and retention and undergraduate research events. She often coordinates and leads campus initiatives and events such as the Equity Gap Fellows program, Becoming a Student Ready University, Teaching and Learning Community Fellows, numerous book clubs and the annual Instructional Development Institute.

This year’s recipient of the Academic Support Award for Excellence, Mary Valitchka, works as a student service coordinator for the Office of Graduate Studies in the Provost Office. Valitchka shows a strong commitment to students and is described as a true ambassador for UW-Green Bay — from recruitment to admissions to commencement. With 18 years of service to UW-Green Bay, her most significant impact has been in the Office of Graduate Studies. When Valitchka began her post with Graduate Studies the University admitted only about 30 new graduate students per semester into four programs. Today, graduate enrollment has increased five-fold with nine programs and counting, without an expansion of personnel. Valitchka’s nominators said that her positive attitude is infectious and her work ethic, tremendous. Always the first in the office in the morning and commonly the last to leave, she has been described as a complete enrollment service department onto herself.

The recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Professor of Human Development Illene Cupit, is a creative and productive scholar who has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, listed as first author on 52 of them. Cupit has presented to scholarly audiences across the U.S., as well as internationally. She has received numerous Research Council Grants in Aid of Research, two UW-Green Bay Research Scholar awards and a National Institute of Mental Health grant for over $90,000. Cupit is an expert in death, dying, and bereavement. Her recent book was described as the “staple publication for online grief research.” She often writes “practitioner-oriented articles that provide immediate guidance to those working on the frontlines of grief and bereavement practice.” In fact, her research led UW-Green Bay’s campus being the very first university to adopt an official student bereavement policy. She previously served as the President of the National Association for Death Education and Counseling and has chaired the Institutional Review Board for the past four years, demonstrating her commitment to research on campus. One of her crowing achievements is Camp Lloyd — a day camp for children who are grieving the death of a loved one, which has not only served as a sanctuary for hundreds of hurting kids through the years, but also a training ground for many UW-Green Bay undergraduates who will end of working in fields of psychology, human development and social work. One letter of support remarked on the recipient’s work as “approachable, meaningful, and useful” and another said that she “only engages in work that will make a difference.”

The team honored with the University Award for Excellence in Collaborative Achievement (Associate Prof. of Social Work, Francis Akakpo; Associate Prof. of Business Administration, Gaurav Bansal; Diversity Director, Office of MultiEthnic Student Affairs, Mai Lo Lee; Associate Prof. of Social Work, Jolanda Sallmann; and Associate Prof. of Business Administration, Mussie Teclezion) works with genuine commitment towards social justice and celebrating diversity. The event takes months of planning, with members from for-profit, not-for-profit and education organizations to create an event that unites and serves the entire Northeast Wisconsin community. Their work and commitment speak to the very heart of the UW-Green Bay mission. It is interdisciplinary, educational, multicultural and promotes engaged citizenship. Months of work and planning with various organizations and the K-12 area schools are required to choreograph this amazing event at NWTC which is now in its 24th year. Said one nominee, “Their vision is as critical in the U.S. today as it was in the past as we continue to face disparity, oppression and violence at all levels… Their efforts to bring together community members in a shared vision of peace is exemplary…”

The 2018 recipient of the Founder’s Award for University Staff Excellence is Monika Pynaker, UW-Green Bay’s manager of network services. Although her work has a “tremendous impact on the entire university,” most of the work is done behind the scenes, and sometimes the troubleshooting occurs during evenings, weekends and even holidays, so that the campus community is ensured that they can do their work with the most minimal inconvenience and maximum efficiency. In her 16 years with the University, Pynaker is credited with the development of a remote lab (for students), remote desktop (for faculty and staff) and serving as a project lead for the implementation of OneDrive and SharePoint. In addition, she has a longstanding history as an active member of shared governance, even before University Staff had an official role. She has served on the University Staff Committee, the University Planning and Innovation Committee, the Strategic Budgeting Committee and the Holiday Parade Float Committee.

The recipient of the University Award for Excellence in Community Outreach, Associate Prof. Christine Vandenhouten, improves lives through action. Her efforts to create a healthy community are said to be tireless, stellar and professional. She has served on a local school board, is involved with the Brown County United Way, Northeast Wisconsin Area Health Education Center, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Bellin Health. Her work profoundly impacts both the emotional and physical health of children and families throughout Northeast Wisconsin. Hers is a sincere desire to help the region’s most vulnerable community members. Vandenhouten received the prestigious Brown County United Way Community Impact Award in 2018 for “leadership and innovation to address priority human services needs on a community-wide scale.” She has been a faculty member in the Nursing program at UW-Green Bay since 1998. A nominator writes, “her record of community service is extensive, cumulative and sustained.

The University Award for Excellence in Institutional Development goes to Professor of Natural and Applied Science and Director of the Engineering Technology Program, Patricia Terry. Her work at UW-Green Bay spans the spectrum from department level to university-wide contributions. At a University which most recently has placed intense focus on the growth and expansion of engineering and engineering technology, Terry has worked tirelessly with technical college counterparts to reach articulation agreements and has done extensive training which has led to accreditation of the engineering technology program. At the same time that she was building the program, she was initiating a community-level advisory board that includes participation from more than 50 companies, many of which are now UW-Green Bay contributors and supporters of student internships. One nominator wrote, “there are few people on this campus who have contributed to the development of our university in as many and varied ways; whether it be in teaching, leadership through program and curricular development, service to shared governance, support of students or mentoring new faculty.”


Announcing SBDC’s professional workshops for fall 2018

Professional workshops are offered through the UW-Green Bay’s Business Solutions’ 2018-2019 Supervisory Leadership Certificate program, scheduled to start in September 2018. Workshops are held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Advance Bus. & Mfg. Ctr., 2701 Larsen Road, Green Bay. Cost of each workshop includes instruction, materials, morning refreshments and lunch. For more information on registration, please visit Small Business Development Center website, email Diane Welhouse at sbdc@uwgb.edu or call 920-496-2117.