The Oct. 24 diversity and equality conference at UW-Green Bay will feature presentations by a good many faculty and staff members of the University. As of this date, presenters include: Christin DePouw, Education; Joel Muraco, Human Development; Kristin Vespia, Human Development; Pao Lor, Education; Stacie Christian, Human Development; Kristy Aoki, Office of International Education; Jemma Lund, Office of International Education; Justin Mallett, American Intercultural Center; Mai Lo Lee, American Intercultural Center; Crystal Lepscier, American Intercultural Center; and Jeff Willems, Residence Life.
UW-Green Bay student Nate Fiene is promoting the fact he’ll host a Flag Retirement Ceremony, about 90 minutes in length, Friday night (Sept. 11) at 7:45 p.m. at the flagpoles adjacent to the Thompson and Liebel apartment halls on campus. “A flag retirement ceremony is a solemn event where flags that are too old or too ragged to continue to be flown are consumed by fire in a contained area with due honor and respect,” Fiene wrote in a note to his fellow students. “Out of respect for the flag and what it represents, no photography or recording will be allowed… If you are currently serving or have served in our Armed Forces and would like to wear your uniform, feel free to do so. If you have served or are serving and would like to help out with the honor guard, please email me.”
Thank you to those who have already volunteered to assist with freshmen move-in day on Sunday, August 30th from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Traditionally, faculty and staff have assisted our newest students as they move to campus. In the past, our new Phoenix families have been very appreciative and relieved to arrive on campus to find conveniently located information tables, staff directing traffic and others awaiting to help tote boxes and bags. The Office of Residence Life is asking that you be one of the volunteers who will both welcome and assist our new students with their physical move to UWGB. This small gift of your time and energy could have a huge impact on our students’ engagement and retention. If interested, please complete this short Qualtrics form by Thursday, July 30. Questions? Contact the Office of Residence Life, 465-2040 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to those who have already volunteered to assist with freshman move-in day on Sunday, Aug. 30, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. More volunteers are welcome. ‘Traditionally, faculty and staff have assisted our newest students as they move to campus and take that first step toward pursing their education. In the past, our Phoenix families have been very appreciative and relieved to arrive on campus to find conveniently located information tables, staff directing traffic and others awaiting to help tote boxes and bags.”
The Office of Residence Life is asking that you be one of the volunteers who will both welcome and assist our students with their physical move to UWGB. This small gift of your time and energy could have a huge impact on our students’ engagement and retention. If interested, by May 22 please sign up via the Qualtrics form at http://uwgreenbay.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b2GkKNEsglmhFad.
Questions? Contact the Office of Residence Life, 920-465-2040 or by email, email@example.com.
With temperatures in the upper 70s and not a rain cloud in sight, Phoenix Park was the setting for ResFest 2015 last Friday, May 1. Hundreds of students took advantage of the mild spring temperatures to enjoy food, refreshments and friendly competition including a “3’s” volleyball tournament, yard games, dunk tank, glow games and a glow dance later in the evening. It was an ideal time for students to kick back before kicking it in, as they prepare for finals in the days ahead, especially for graduating seniors who are wrapping up their final days at UWGB in anticipation of May 16 commencement at the Kress Center.
The campus chapter of NRHH – the National Residence Hall Honorary – has informed student Allie Saxton that she has been chosen executive board member of the month. Her nominators praised her “extraordinary leadership skills in her role as president of the (Residence Life) Phase 2 Community Council,” and in organizing major events, reaching out to involve all members in meetings and activities, and recruiting new members and leaders to the organization.
It hasn’t even been on campus for a year, but the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay plastic film recycling program has already processed the equivalent of nearly one million plastic bags.
“We’ve recycled somewhere between 1800 and 2200 pounds of plastic film,” said former student intern Matthew Malcore. “Not all of it has been just plastic bags, but assuming the weight of a plastic bag is 5.5 grams, this equals the weight of between 816,000 and 997,900 plastic bags. Approaching the weight of one million plastic bags in under a year, just at a community level. That is pretty amazing to me,” Malcore said.
The goal of the plastic film recycling program is to keep plastic films, such as grocery bags and pallet wrap, from the waste stream. When not collected separately, the films can pose problems. If thrown into the garbage can, the plastic film would end up in a landfill, but attempting to recycle it along with plastic or glass containers and paper, could clog the sorting machines at the recycling facility, which are typically designed to handle rigid materials.
“Aware of this problem, we were searching for a better solution,” said Felix Pohl, sustainability communications manager. “If we collect plastic films separately, they do not pose a problem in the waste stream and furthermore the material can be re-purposed by specialized recycling companies.”
In order to accomplish this, an Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) intern took on the job.
“One of our former interns in the EMBI internship program had made contact with Zeus Recycling from Sheboygan regarding plastic film recycling and wondered if EMBI could assist in providing intern support to Zeus in order to launch a pilot program on plastic film recycling here on campus,” said John Arendt, EMBI Associate Director. “Utilizing the Great Lakes Internship Initiative grant, EMBI offered student Matthew Malcore to provide Zeus with that help to begin the plastic film pilot.”
The program officially began on March 1, 2014, when 12 drop-off boxes, provided by Green Bay Packaging, were placed in various locations around campus, including 10 in public areas and two in maintenance areas.
“As we essentially started the program without any particular funding, we utilized donated cardboard containers and mounted self-made signs on them,” said Pohl.
As the student intern, Malcore (pictured at left) was in charge of collecting the plastic film at each of the collection points, sorting, and baling the material. Beginning halfway through the fall 2014 semester, Malcore has been helping to transfer the management of the program to the Public and Environmental Affairs Council (PEAC).
“A significant part of our outreach was to involve the students from PEAC, a great student organization bringing together students from all over campus who share a genuine concern for how we build our future in the face of environmental challenges,” said Pohl.
Malcore, a member of PEAC, will be helping the organization to continue the program.
“As PEAC is now the group responsible for the program, I will be continuously training members on how to collect, differentiate and bale the plastic,” said Malcore.
The program was implemented October of 2014, starting with bins placed in the laundry rooms of residence halls.
“Some bins were packed full after the first week and others took a bit longer to fill,” said Kayla Billet, Residence Life Eco-intern and Co-leader of the Residence Green Life Committee, “The committee members then bring the collected plastic film to the larger collection box in the Community Center. From there the organization PEAC does the collecting and packaging for further recycling.”
The program’s popularity has spread past the boundaries of campus as well.
“Currently, the popularity of plastic film is growing throughout the state, said Arendt, “We have seen other campuses start programs, but UW-Green Bay was the first. K-12 schools are taking on recycling, and the Wisconsin DNR is promoting the program.”
Plastic film recycling programs are a step in the right direction, but according to Malcore, eliminating all use of these plastics is the best solution.
“Single-use plastics have become a growing problem, especially as pollutants of the oceans,” said Malcore, “Using cloth bags instead of plastic bags and re-using water bottles instead of purchasing new ones constantly is always preferable to using single-use plastics. Even though more of the single-use plastics, such as plastic bags, increases the amount of material we reclaim and technically makes the program more profitable, PEAC is an environmental organization and the purpose of both the organization and the program is to reduce environmental impact.”
In the coming months, the program will start diverting the plastic film to TREX Decking in order for the film to find new life in the form of park benches and decks.
“This program provides the opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to first think about plastic film not as waste but as a resource and to actively divert it from the landfill,” said Arendt, “This is education in action.”
Story by Katelyn Staaben, editorial intern, Marketing and University Communication
There’s a lot to love about UW-Green Bay, and it’s easier to see this week, leading up to Valentine’s Day. Maybe you’ve seen the window art and messages across campus. Or the decorated “Tunnel of #uwgblove… the golf cart rides between the Union and Residence Life… the free hot chocolate/hot cider and chocolates… the free hugs from Phlash Phoenix… and more. Student photographer Sam Zingsheim captures the spirit of the week.
“Defamation: The Play,” a nationally acclaimed courtroom-drama production with a twist, is coming to UW-Green Bay and the University Union’s Christie Theatre. The twist is that the audience is the jury. The play addresses the intersection of socioeconomic status, race and religion. Curtain time is 5:30 (to 7:30) p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 15). The event is sponsored by the American Intercultural Center, the Diversity Task Force, Dean of Students, Residence Life and Good Times Programming. If you’re interested in learning more about the play, http://defamationtheplay.com/.
Please note: an announcement of this event in a previous edition of this newsletter misidentified the production as a film.
More than 600 new freshmen arriving at Residence Life to unpack their stuff and fill their new rooms were met by an army of volunteers — staff, faculty, the chancellor and other top administrators — as Move-In Day 2014 came off like clockwork. A good time was had by all.
Photos by Kimberly Vlies, Marketing and University Communication, and Dan Moore, Outreach and Adult Access