On-campus and community service work study job fair set for Wednesday, Mar. 27

The Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment and the Office of Human Resources and Workforce Diversity are hosting a job fair for on-campus employers and community service work study partners. The event will be held Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019 from 11 a.m. through 1 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union.  Employers may advertise current openings, recruit for future positions or simply connect with students who are seeking jobs. On-campus supervisors should have received an email with a link to register through Handshake. If you did not receive a link and would like to participate, please contact Allen Voelker (Student Employment and Scholarship Coordinator) at voelkera@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2556.

TRIO tops 1,000 holiday cards for military vets!

Their goal was a daunting 900 cards.  With the help of many people across campus and throughout the community, staff in the TRIO Office at UW-Green Bay not only met the goal, but exceeded it by over 100 cards!  “Thank you to all who donated their time and/or resources from their holiday, paper-writing and exam preparations to assist in this endeavor.” Participants included UWGB students and staff, SASU, the Boy and Girl Scouts of De Pere, the Vets 4 Vets Club, and A’Viands. “Together with the TRIO Upward Bound high school students, we were able to make the holidays a little brighter for the residents of the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King and the Western Nebraska Veterans Home.  The cards were very creative, festive and thankful.  A shout out to you all – thank you very much!”

Stockbridge, Wis. villiage officials posing with UW-Green Bay students from the Urban and Regional Studies program, from left: Michael Dreckschmidt, Samantha Champine, Casey Murphy and Courtney Maye.

Stockpiling ideas: Planning students aid Stockbridge

Students in the Urban and Regional Planning theory course taught by Prof. Marcelo Cruz traveled to the Calumet County village of Stockbridge Wednesday night to share with the Village Board ideas for the community’s future development.

Posing with village officials were four UW-Green Bay students from the Urban and Regional Studies program, from left: Michael Dreckschmidt, Samantha Champine, Casey Murphy and Courtney Maye.

The students have worked all semester long to create a community profile for the village by meeting with village officials and visiting the community.  Cruz says the students enjoyed the hands-on experience applying what they learned in class to a practical case study.  The project was set in motion when village board member Greg Zickuhr contacedt Cruz last spring to ask if UW-Green Bay could help the village explore visions for the future. Cruz and his students consulted with the village board back in early October to develop a community profile to be used in the visioning exercise.

Pages from 2015.12.Stockbridge-Wis-Community-profile-webThe student report presented Wednesday notes the challenges Stockbridge faces, in terms of an aging population, relatively little retail and what would appear to be a comparatively high rate of vacant housing. It also notes advantages including a rural character, great natural resources with a setting overlooking Lake Winnebago, a rich history, a location that is close (but not too close) to larger population centers, and the fact the availability of rental units could be a plus for tourism- or retirement-related purposes. For a look at the student’s final report, see the Stockbridge: Resilience through Openness A Wisconsin Community Profile.

UW-Green Bay games studies students host video brawl for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay games studies students raised nearly $800 for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in a creative initiative they termed “UWGB Jingle Brawl 2015.” Throughout the day, students hosted various video game tournaments, held a raffle, demonstrated tabletop games, monitored community play-throughs, and gave away prizes. Admission was free and the event was held in the University Union, UWGB.

“Far and away the most popular game was Super Smash Bros. Wii U,” said UWGB Communication Prof. Bryan Carr. “It drew a lot of competitors and spectators (more than any other tournament); we also had a group of students set up an older version of the game to play too. The Guitar Hero Live station was busy all day and we also got a lot of mileage out of Mario Kart 8 and Just Dance (we even had professors dancing to the game live online). Also popular was the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System setup — someone was constantly playing Mario or Mega Man. And of course, Green Bay being a football town, we got a few Madden players too.”

Carr said there was steady traffic all day — both UWGB students and families who were on campus for ‘Tis the Season or other events. There was a request for more events of its type in the future.

Students were excited and engaged in the project from the start, Carr remarked, and really looked forward to using video games in a positive way to serve the community.

UWGB’s new, interdisciplinary emphasis in game studies focuses on the business, theory, and philosophy behind the video games and the video game industry. Carr says the game studies program hopes to broaden students’ perspectives and critically analyze video games as a newly emerging academic subject.

The public can continue to help the students with this cause. Donations are open until the end of the year here.

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UWGB Jingle Brawl 2015

– Photos by Justin Allard, UW-Green Bay Student

UWGB empoyees dropping off school supplies at Jefferson Elementary School

School Supply Drive

The UW-Green Bay Holiday Parade Committee won the Mayor’s Award for best float originality in the 2015 Green Bay Holiday Parade, but the real winners were local children who benefited from the campus donations of school supplies collected by the committee. UW-Green Bay’s committee themed its float “Every time a bell rings, a Phoenix gets its wings.” The theme of the parade was “Sounds of the Season.” The committee ties the annual event into a service opportunity for campus. This year’s beneficiary from campus members and local businesses were Phuture Phoenix partners Jefferson Elementary of Green Bay and Abrams Elementary, Oconto Falls.  The gallery features members of the committee that were able to sneak away to deliver the supplies to Jefferson with Phuture Phoenix staff Mary Sue Lavin and Zachary Taylor. Also pictured is Jefferson Principal Marchelle Moten, and committee members showing off a bulletin board featuring UWGB and the Phuture Phoenix program at the school entrance. The committee members express their appreciation to all who donated!

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School Supply Drive

– Photos by Kimberly Vlies, Marketing and University Communication

Outreach and Adult Access collecting gifts for Golden House residents

The Division of Outreach and Adult Access has adopted the Golden House for its annual Christmas cause and is extending an invitation to others at UW-Green Bay to join this tradition.  In the Office of Outreach and Adult Access on the second (plaza) level of the Cofrin Library, a tree with “ornaments” provides options for buying items needed by residents of Golden House, a family shelter for victims of domestic abuse. Please feel free to stop in and take an ornament (or as many as you like), purchase and donate and then return the item back under the tree (unwrapped) by Friday, Dec. 18.  These items will be delivered to the Golden House on Dec. 21, just in time for the Holidays.

UWGB students plan ‘Jingle Brawl’ video game fundraiser for Dec. 5

GREEN BAY — Partying with Pikachu? Playing video football? All in a day’s work for UW-Green Bay game-studies students interested in raising money for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

A group of students has organized “UWGB Jingle Brawl 2015,” scheduled to take place this Saturday (Dec. 5), between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Phoenix Club, located on the lower level of the University Union on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive. They’re inviting members of the general public to join them for the family-friendly event.

Admission is free. Donations collected during the event will go to Children’s Hospital. Anyone who wishes to donate can also do so after the event through the end of the year, at http://www.extra-life.org/team/jinglebrawl

Throughout the day, students will be hosting various video game tournaments, holding a raffle, demonstrating tabletop games, monitoring community play-throughs, and giving away prizes. Registration for tournament participation is free and begins at 11 a.m.

“Our students have been excited and engaged in developing this project,” says UW-Green Bay Communication Prof. Bryan Carr, who notes that the project is a service-learning element of one of his courses. “They are looking forward to using video games in a positive way to serve the community.”

UWGB’s new, interdisciplinary emphasis in game studies focuses on the business, theory, and philosophy behind the video games and the video game industry. Carr says the game studies program hopes to broaden students’ perspectives and critically analyze video games as a newly emerging academic subject.

For more information on the program or Saturday’s fundraiser, Carr may be reached at (920) 465-5042 or carrb@uwgb.edu. You can also visit the event blog at http://blog.uwgb.edu/jingle-brawl/ or check out the event Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/uwgbjinglebrawl2015/.

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Reminder: Saturday is Jingle Bell Run/Walk

It’s one of UW-Green Bay’s longest-running charitable traditions, as the campus hosts and students help organize the annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. This year’s edition is Saturday (Dec. 5), starting from the Kress Events Center. Registration starts at 7 a.m., the race at 8 a.m. Bring your UWGB ID and get $5 off the registration at the event. If you have any questions contact Stephanie Kaponya in the Office of Student Life.

Thanks to Sarah, welcome to Cassie — In her reminder on the Jingle Bell, Stephanie Kaponya also shared the following on a key student leadership position: “With great sadness we say good by to Sarah Wanek Co-Director of the Student Ambassadors who will be graduating in December. With her departure we say welcome to Cassandra Walczak who will be taking her place. We are very excited to have Cassie join the Co-Director team.”

Give-a-Kid-a-Book campaign is back, through Dec. 10

The Cofrin Library is once again partnering with the Friends of the Brown County Library on the annual Give-a-Kid-a-Book drive.  Please consider donating a new board book, bilingual book, beginning reader, teen novel, or your childhood favorite.  Your donations make an impact for thousands of children from low-income families in our community.  Drop off new, unwrapped books at the Library’s Public Services desk on the third floor by Dec. 10.