In a fog

Just after sunrise, early arrivals to the UW-Green Bay campus on Wednesday, Oct. 22, were treated to the ethereal but ephemeral sight of scattered pockets of fog resting lightly upon a landscape bright with fall colors. This view is from the eighth floor of the Cofrin Library, looking out toward the Weidner Center (and the bay of Green Bay, hidden behind a fog bank.) The scene above was captured via smart phone by University Advancement Office staff member Liz Teubert.

Another eighth-floor colleague, Holly Keener of the Academic Affairs Office, captured the photos below that same morning. (Click thumbnails to enter slideshow view.)
 Sunrise on UW-Green Bay campus, October 22, 2014  Sunrise on UW-Green Bay campus, October 22, 2014  Sunrise on UW-Green Bay campus, October 22, 2014

UW-Green Bay to host November ‘Phoenix Talks,’ modeled after popular TEDx series

UW-Green Bay will present a series of public discussions modeled after the popular TEDx Talks series, Nov. 3-6 in the Christie Theatre of the University Union.

Dubbed “Phoenix Talks,” each of these events will feature three engaging community leaders — most of whom are UW-Green Bay alumni — who will discuss their careers and answer the question, “Why have you chosen to devote your life to public service?” The talks are presented as part of the 2014-15 UW-Green Bay Common Theme, “Engaging in Public Life.”

The discussions, which run from 11 a.m. to noon, are free and open to the public. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to attend.

Each Phoenix Talk event will focus around a theme. A complete list of topics and speakers is as follows:

Monday, Nov. 3 — Public education

Nick Nesvacil ’07, special education teacher, Green Bay Preble High School

Jo Weibel ’97, principal, Edison Middle School (Green Bay)

Jenny Wassenberg ’98 and ’03, teacher, Phantom Knight School of Opportunity (West De Pere)

Tuesday, Nov. 4 — Nonprofits

Sara Bruesewitz ’12, development, American Red Cross

Nicole Hoffman ’99, vice president of development, ASPIRO

Sarah Inman ’92, vice president of community impact, United Way

Wednesday, Nov. 5 — Environmental issues and causes

Crystal Osman ’08, Downtown Green Bay, Inc. and Olde Main Street, Inc.

Ned Dorff, teacher and activist, Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners


Thursday, Nov. 6 — City government and politics

Jim Schmitt, mayor, city of Green Bay

Dan Lindstrom ’07, Green Bay City Planning Department



Power of partnership: Phoenix Athletics, Prevea make a winning team

top-story-partnershipJeremy Cleven (pictured) head athletics trainer for the Phoenix, is far from alone in his work despite being the only sports medicine professional formally employed by UW-Green Bay.

Take, for example, his colleague Callie Bartel, who has long been steeped in the culture and camaraderie of Phoenix Athletics at UW-Green Bay.

She’s an alumna who ran cross country with the Phoenix before graduating with a degree in Human Biology in 2009. Each day, she reports to her on-campus office and then sets about her day as an athletic trainer, working with student-athletes who want to stay at — or return to — the top of their game.

But Bartel isn’t a University employee. Rather, she’s part of an innovative partnership with Prevea Sports Medicine, a program that provides athletic trainers who are contracted out to UW-Green Bay.

“I knew I wanted to work at the college level right away,” Bartel said. “I wanted those athletes — they were there for a reason, and if they got hurt, they were going to do whatever it takes to get better.”

The partnership allows Bartel and her fellow athletic trainers — Prevea provides two others, plus two strength coaches — to work full-time with Cleven, who is employed by UW-Green Bay. It also provides Phoenix athletes with quick access to Prevea physicians as they need it, offering another big-time benefit for Division I athletes who just want to play — and play healthy.

“The community relationships are something that have really been important to them, and they have a passion for sports medicine,” Cleven said. “It’s kind of in their blood to take care of the local college athletes.”

Prevea is pleased to partner with a great University and the only Division I school in Northeastern Wisconsin, said Michael LaMere, Prevea’s Sports Medicine Outreach Supervisor. Its athletic trainers attend continuing education courses year-round to stay abreast of current trends, and the athletic training team meets frequently to review emergency and rehabilitation protocols to make sure athletes receive the highest level of care possible.

“The athletic trainers are the first line of defense of making sure the athlete is taken care of in a safe and timely manner,” LaMere said. “From a minor injury to a life-threatening injury, the athletic trainers are equipped to manage every situation that is thrown their way. With an athletic trainer on the sidelines, it helps give the student-athletes and coaches the peace of mind that they have someone right there with knowledge and skill to take care of injuries that may happen.”

UW-Green Bay’s longstanding relationship with Prevea is reflected not only on the sidelines of games and practices, but also in the very name of its training room — the Hinckley Sports Medicine Center on the lower level of the Kress Events Center on campus. The room is named after Prevea orthopedic surgeon, longtime team physician and UW-Green Bay philanthropist Dr. James Hinckley, who with his late wife Patricia received UW-Green Bay’s highest community honor, the Chancellor’s Award, in 2012.

The partnership also played a significant role in Bartel’s transition from student-athlete to athletic trainer. While a Phoenix cross country runner, Bartel established relationships with Cleven and then-UW-Green Bay athletic trainer Emily (Meeuwsen) Johnson, daughter of current UW-Green Bay Trustee Kate Meeuwsen ’76. The pair mentored Bartel and helped her land an internship with Prevea and UW-Green Bay between her first and second year of graduate school. It’s yet another example of how a longstanding partnership has paid off — for everyone involved.

“Callie’s experience has really brought a unique outlook to our sports medicine staff,” LaMere said. “Being a UWGB athlete, she came into the position with more knowledge of the University, the Athletic Department and Prevea than most would. Knowing the ins and outs really helped her hit the ground running quickly.

“Callie has always known she wanted to work with athletes, and it is great that she can continue what she started at UWGB.”

UW-Green Bay Public Safety issues statements on reported campus assaults

UW-Green Bay Public Safety officers are investigating a pair of reported on-campus assaults they believe are likely related. The following statement is the most recent from campus Police Chief Tom Kujawa, sent to students, faculty and staff on the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 12. It is followed by an initial notification statement, sent Monday evening, Sept. 5, also to students, faculty and staff.

Friday, Sept. 12:

Second student comes forward with assault report

Members of the Campus Community –

As UW-Green Bay Public Safety continues to pursue possible leads into an alleged assault on campus, we have now learned of a second and likely related incident.

In our all-campus notification this past Monday (Sept. 8), we alerted you that a female student had reported that a male approached and grabbed her as she was returning to her car in the Wood Hall Parking Lot at about 2:15 that afternoon. The suspect was described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and light colored cargo shorts.

Today, we have additional news to share regarding another incident that happened almost a week ago which was reported to us last night.

A female student told us she had been assaulted one week ago by a male suspect in an incident when she was leaving campus last Friday (Sept. 5). The suspect held the door open for her as she left from MAC Hall at about 2:00 p.m., and walked with her until they reached the tennis courts adjacent to the Kress Events Center. The female student reported unwanted touching of a sexual nature, over her clothes which lasted for several seconds.  The man left when she yelled. The suspect was  described as a white male between 5” feet 8” to 5’ 10” tall, medium or average build, razor stubble and dark colored hair.  Suspect was reportedly wearing a gray t-shirt, tan colored shorts and may have been carrying a black backpack.

Officers have been following a number of leads as part of this investigation. They have learned of an alleged incident that took place at about 12:20 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 6)  outside Robishaw Hall in the campus housing complex. A female student reported a male tried starting a conversation with her and grabbed her arm, before she quickly broke away. It is unclear if this case is related to the other two incidents.

Anyone who may have information on the suspect or suspects, or who may have witnessed the alleged incidents, is asked to call Public Safety at (920) 465-2300. Thank you for your cooperation.

Additionally, I appreciate the interest and concern expressed about these reports not only by students, but by their families, all members of the campus community, and our larger community. I note that assault is a matter that deeply affects both victims and the community, and remind you that those seeking additional support should know it is always just a phone call away:

Public Safety-465-2300 (24 hrs)

Sexual Assault Center-436-8899 (24 hrs)

Counseling and Health-465-2380

Dean of Students Office-465-2152


Tom Kujawa

Police Chief




Monday, Sept. 5:

Members of the Campus Community –

UW-Green Bay Public Safety is investigating a report received this evening of an alleged assault in the Wood Hall Parking Lot. A female student reported that a male approached and grabbed her at about 2:15 p.m. today (Monday, Sept. 8) as she was walking to her car in the Wood Hall lot. The suspect is described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and light colored cargo shorts.

Anyone who may have information on the suspect, or who may have witnessed the alleged incident, is asked to call Public Safety at (920) 465-2300. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Tom Kujawa

Police Chief






Strength Training 101

Chrisanna Colletta at the Kress Events Center is suggesting a way to start the semester off strong — “Feel empowered, reduce stress levels, increase mental clarity and bring even more quality to the life you’re living” — with techniques introduced during just one simple session. The fitness staff will be hosting a free Strength Training 101 session at the Kress from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4. No special gear or clothing necessary; just meet at the front desk.

Celebrating the UWGB concourses (tunnels)

A fun Press-Gazette feature suggests that UW-Green Bay students haven’t been all that bothered by the extreme cold: “The University, like a handful of others across Wisconsin, has a system of tunnels and hallways connecting its main academic buildings. That means students can walk comfortably from class to class without piling on the layers.” There are photos, and quotes from Paul Pinkston, director of facilities management and planning, about the system that Founding Chancellor Edward Weidner justified in budget requests as intellectually necessary for an interdisciplinary institution where everybody was interconnected and working with others across campus every day. Read more.

Remembering Al Rheinschmidt

During a 30-year career with UW-Green Bay, Alan Rheinschmidt was a respected, dedicated employee known for his cheery trademark saying, “Proud to be here, happy to serve.” Rheinschmidt, of Mosinee, died Dec. 19 after a lengthy illness. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no funeral service. A private memorial for family will be held at a later date. He is survived by two daughters, his former wife, and many other relatives. Rheinschmidt served for many years as UW-Green Bay’s director of institutional services. At one time or another, he worked in or supervised insurance claims, risk management, capital inventory, duplication, stores, the mailroom and others, in the process working with countless individuals across campus. He joined UW-Green Bay in 1970 as assistant to then-Business Manager Cyril (Zeke) Backes. Rheinschmidt transferred to UW-Green Bay from the former UW-Fox Valley Center where he was business manager, a position he took after serving in the U.S. Navy and earning his business degree at UW-Milwaukee. Rheinschmidt retired in 1997. A half dozen years later he surprised the University with an out-of-the-blue donation of $30,000 to help cope with tight budgets. “I can remember times when we didn’t even have money to buy beakers for the science labs,” he told an interviewer at the time. “As long as I had the opportunity to give a little, I would. I hope it inspires others to do the same.” For a photo of Al and a 2003 story about his career and philanthropy, see the article “Mailbox surprise” in our magazine archive.

Interview with new A’viands dietitian Laura Rowell

A’viands at UW-Green Bay has posted to the site Student Health 101 a Q&A with Dietitian Laura Rowell, who joined their staff in October and is available to assist with nutritional questions on a variety of topics, and as an additional campus resource. We repeat that feature here:
What type of dietetic support do you provide to the UW Green Bay community?
My job is to support students in balanced and healthy eating to achieve their optimum health for enhanced learning. I enjoy educating students on making healthful and informed nutritional choices both on and off campus. Whether he or she has been newly diagnosed with a food allergy or are just trying to lose the freshman 15, I provide a safe environment to learn strategies, set realistic goals, and have some fun for a healthy and successful college life!
What is your mantra or philosophy about nutrition?
I believe nutrition is positive nourishment for your body and soul. Balance, variety, and moderation are best and one healthy sweet a day keeps your cravings away!
Outside of your work life, what do you enjoy?
I enjoy baking and canning. I instruct exercise classes, and I enjoy spending time with my husband and children.
Anything else you would like to share?
I surround myself with positive people and opportunities. I have two little boys who are turning into great chefs. I have a wonderful husband and some seriously great friends and co-workers. I love both of my jobs at UW Green Bay. In addition to my dietitian role with A’viands, I also lecture for the Human Biology department. Both jobs challenge me to do more and to be better every day for you, the UW Green Bay community.
What is the best way to connect with you?
I encourage anyone with a health question to e-mail me. I’m also available via phone at (920) 737-7095. I’d love to set up a time to sit down and chat about your personal health goals. It’ll be great fun!

To learn more about the dietitian services from A’viands, please visit their website. Individuals can access nutritional information, review menus, hours of operation and more about all things dining at UW-Green Bay.

In the news: Second AD candidate visits campus; next interview is Thursday

The second of three candidates for the position of Director of Intercollegiate Athletics interviewed Tuesday (Sept. 24), telling the public forum audience he views the UW-Green Bay job as a destination, not a stepping-stone. Dan Schumacher is currently the AD at Chicago State University, and there are few opportunities that would cause him to consider leaving that post, he told presentation attendees. “I enjoy this way of life,” the Green Bay Press-Gazette quoted Schumacher as saying. “Division I athletics is a big thing for me to continue to excel. I think I thrive in these types of atmospheres from a community standpoint. … This is my calling in life for what I do for a living, and if you ask anybody close to me, the first thing they say is, ‘this is a perfect fit for you.’ ” The next AD candidate is Tim Van Alstine, former Director of Athletics and Assistant Vice President, Western Illinois University. His public presentation will take place at 1:15 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 26) in the Special Events Room at the Kress Events Center. Read the full story on Schumacher’s presentation.