There was good news Friday (July 31) regarding UW-Green Bay educational efforts on issues related to sexual violence. Aurora Health Care announced grants to two dozen community organizations in eastern Wisconsin (including UWGB) totaling $3.4 million from Aurora’s community-focused Better Together Fund. The $127,786 grant to the University will be used to develop the “Relationship and Sexual Violence Program.” Specifically, funding will allow the University to hire and train a campus health educator, create an increased online and social media presence around the topics of healthy relationships, sexual assault and bystander intervention, and expand educational programs to students, faculty and staff. Brenda Amenson-Hill, dean of students, is the point person on the project, having led UW-Green Bay’s grant application and planning process. The team included Amenson-Hill, Lidia Nonn, Mark Olkowski, Joanie Dovekas, Tom Kujawa and Amy Henniges. To read more about the Aurora grant program, and to see a full list of recipients.
Molly Jaster, a 2008 Communication graduate of UW-Green Bay, was named Fond du Lac area’s Young Professional of the Month. She’s an independent marketing consultant specializing in social media and communication, active in a variety of community causes.
During Saturday’s Commencement, which begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Kress, there will be participant posting on Twitter using #GBGRAD. Also, graduating social media intern Rory Mileham will be completing his final internship task Saturday by taking over the University Snapchat account to document an inside look at Commencement. Those interested in following this behind-the-scenes glimpse can seek out the University Snapchat account (username: uwgreenbay), and watch the account’s Snap Story. To see all (or most) of the social media references to Saturday’s extravaganza in one place.
UW-Green Bay social media specialist Jena Richter will share tips on “Social Media Analytics” in a session from 3 to 4 p.m. next Wednesday, May 6, in Wood Hall Room 327. She’ll repeat the session at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 7, in IS 1129E. Richter will focus on Facebook and Twitter social media analytics. The program is recommended for student employees/interns, staff, and faculty with administrative access on Facebook and a healthy basic knowledge of social media. Questions may be directed to Richter at email@example.com. Please RSVP at http://uwgreenbay.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6nxDOaqkYr4Hmmx.
Paul Gazdik, Brown County’s emergency management director for the past two years, will leave in May for a similar job in Bellingham, Wash. Appointed to the local job while only 27, Gazdik achieved prominence for his creative use of social media and marketing to increase community awareness. Gazdik is a UW-Green Bay graduate previously featured in our alumni publications.
The social media crew at Eco U posted on Facebook Wednesday to mark Earth Day.
UW-Green Bay Social Media Specialist (and newly engaged person) Jena Richter was interviewed Monday for a WBAY, TV 2 news story about a controversial Super Bowl ad. Many on social media reacted negatively to an insurance company spot featuring a young child who says he won’t be able to experience certain things in life because he died in a preventable accident. “Most people were just kind of upset their fun evening was interrupted with this depressing commercial,” Richter said, discussing social media reaction to the ad. Reporter Ellery McCardle also interviewed a mother who lost her young son to drowning, who said the spot carried an important and timely message about accident prevention. Full story.
UW-Green Bay social media specialist Jena Richter is asking for your help in completing a short survey on your University-related social media use. Richter is hoping to assess which areas of the University have a social media presence, who’s responsible for each, and whether that individual or individuals would be interested in participating in a listserv and/or monthly meetings about UW-Green Bay social media. She hopes to move toward a more unified and strategic social media presence for the University while increasing communication about social media between herself and the various departments. All faculty and staff are encouraged to participate — even if you’re not responsible for your area’s social media presence, you may be able to help shed light on who is. See survey.
UWGB Social has a terrific Facebook photo gallery up today in which some of tomorrow’s graduating seniors are sharing sneak peeks at their mortarboard messages and artistic designs. There are already a couple dozen really creative examples posted to the site.
Social Media Specialist Jena Richter also reminds us that #gbgrad is out there for the big occasion. Members of the campus community are invited to tweet congratulations, shoutouts, and advice to the graduates, and to follow the commencement action via Twitter on Saturday.