Ground-breaking day for the University

It’s only one milestone, but it’s a transformative one. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and its many partners broke ground today (Monday, September 17, 2018) on the new Brown County STEM Innovation Center that will live on the UW-Green Bay campus and house the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering, the Einstein Project, UW-Extension and Brown County’s Land and Water Conservation departments. See more.

STEM Innovation Center Groundbreaking

UW-Green Bay breaks ground for game-changing STEM Innovation Center

It’s only one milestone, but it’s a transformative one. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and its many partners broke ground today (Monday, September 17, 2018) on the new Brown County STEM Innovation Center that will live on the UW-Green Bay campus and house the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering, the Einstein Project, UW-Extension and Brown County’s Land and Water Conservation departments.

Turning the soil together were Governor Scott Walker, Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller and Einstein Project CEO Kelly Ellis. Joining in the festivities were many community partners, including Dick Resch, members of the Kress Family, WPS, UW-Green Bay science and engineering faculty and others. Speakers included:

  • Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach
  • Chancellor Gary L. Miller
  • The Einstein Project Chief Executive Officer Kely Ellis
  • Governor Scott Walker
  • WPS Vice President of Wisconsin Field Operations Vern Peterson
  • George F. Kress Foundation President John Kress

“This STEM Innovation Center is the future of Brown County with regards to helping create long-term, family-supporting jobs,” says Streckenbach. “For me, this day represents being a hands-on partner for providing solutions to help secure our region’s manufacturing future, helping create economic development for years to come, and ensuring all our students have opportunities to be tomorrow’s innovators.”

As home of the Richard J. Resch UW-Green Bay’s school of Engineering, the STEM Innovation Center, which will address Northeast Wisconsin’s educational training and skills gap of qualified employees to support manufacturing growth and entrepreneurship.

“This community has been asking for engineering and STEM careers for decades,” said Gary L Miller, Chancellor of UW-Green Bay. “Through our partnership with Brown County in the STEM Innovation Center, we established the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering to help meet the needs of this community. This is the first School of Engineering established and based in Northeast Wisconsin, and we believe it will transform the economy for generations.”

The center will be an approximately 63,730 square feet, and received $5 million from Governor Walker’s 2017-19 capital budget, $5 million from Brown County and $5 million in donations through UW-Green Bay for construction. This unique collaboration will have a positive impact on Northeast Wisconsin’s economy and received broad support of the local business community, employers, the State of Wisconsin and the UW System.

Noted Miller in his comments to media, “It’s a great time to be here at UW-Green Bay…”

  • UW-Green Bay is now a four campus university providing university degrees and outreach in 16 rural and urban counties in Wisconsin, including an internationally branded city, three major manufacturing regions, over 400 miles of coastline on the world’s biggest freshwater ecosystem and some of the most beautiful resort and recreational areas in the world.
  • With the support of this community and the approval of the Board of Regents, the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering was established this year. It is our expectation that in short order the Resch School will have operations in all of our locations from Marinette to Green Bay to Manitowoc to Sheboygan.
  • Along with the UW System have entered a partnership with the Green Bay Packers and Microsoft in their very innovative Titletown Tech initiative.
  • We have added important programs in health and business and the arts. Indeed, this weekend we celebrate the 25 anniversary of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Our enrollment is growing and our students continue to graduate into good jobs in this area.
  • We have one of the finest and most committed faculties in the country.

And it’s only just begun.

Miller noted that UW-Green Bay has designated 64 acres to the development of the “Phoenix Innovation park.”  “Our dream is that this facility will be the first of many innovative public-private partnerships that support the innovation economy, knowledge creation and opportunity for the students of this region in the STEM areas.”

According to a press release from Brown County (Sept. 17, 2018), “Brown County and the greater Northeast Wisconsin region have a long history in the manufacturing industry. Manufacturing is the largest employment sector in the region with nearly one of every five workers in Brown County employed in industry. The Brown County STEM Innovation Center will serve as a focal point for the region’s growth plans by providing engineering training to meet Brown County’s 18.5% increase in demand for engineering professionals since 2010 (according to NAICS data) to enable Northeastern Wisconsin to remain competitive in manufacturing. The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), Baccalaureate and Master’s Engineering Supply and Demand in Wisconsin study determined that in 2013 there was a need for Baccalaureate Degree engineers in Northeast Wisconsin with a demand of 1,110 and supply of eight, resulting in a demand/supply ratio of 134 which is a significantly higher demand than any of the other Wisconsin regions studied.”

Donors

  • Richard J. Resch Foundation
  • Belmark, Inc.
  • Wisconsin Public Service Foundation
  • The George F. Kress Foundation
  • Associated Bank
  • Bernie and Alyce Dahlin
  • The Byron L. Walter Family Trust
  • Jack and Engrid Meng
  • Green Bay Packers
  • MCL Industries, Inc.
  • Bay Tek Games, Inc.
  • Nicolet Bank Schneider
  • Cloud Family Foundation, Inc.
  • Terry and Kris Fulwiler
  • Pioneer Metal Finishing
  • Salm Partners
  • Schreiber Foods, Inc.
  • AK Pizza Crust
  • EMT International
  • FEECO International, Inc.
  • The Foth Companies
  • Hatco Corporation
  • Hurckman Mechanical Industries, Inc.
  • Infinity Machine & Engineering Corp
  • LaForce, Inc.
  • Larry L. & Lois C. Weyers
  • Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC)
  • Prevea Health
  • Renco Machine Company, Inc.
  • The Lawton Charitable Gift Fund
  • American Transmission Company
  • BMO Harris
  • In Memory of Philip J. Hendrickson
  • Dominion Energy
  • Michael J. and Leanne K. Haddad
  • Hans and Mary Schaupp

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service writes about UW-Green Bay partners

“Often, the most successful research is the result of strong partnerships and the use of pooled knowledge and resources — couple this with mentoring and providing fisheries experience for undergraduate and graduate students and it’s a win-win,” reports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “The Green Bay Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (FWCO) has a longstanding partnership with the Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries lab at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB). Over time, UWGB students have gained hands-on experience with USFWS programs by completing internships and volunteering for field work at the Green Bay FWCO; staff from the FWCO have provided technical expertise and training to undergraduate and graduate students, loaned out fisheries sampling gear, and contributed numerous scientific presentations and professional development seminars/workshops for the UWGB student American Fisheries Society subgroup. Read the full feature.

University to send college acceptances through Instagram (news in Philly)

“Apparently, getting a college acceptance letter in the mail, on a real piece of paper with an envelope and actual stamp, is about to become a relic,” reports a news station in Philadelphia. “At the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, you will now find out you’ve been accepted on Instagram. Watch it here.

Reminder: Volunteers sought for Echinacea study

Echinacea is a popular supplement used to reduce the severity and/or duration of respiratory infections, including the common cold. Despite its popularity, the effects of Echinacea on the immune system remain poorly understood. Volunteers in this study will take either Echinacea or placebo-control capsules three-times daily for seven days. Pre-treatment and post-treatment health surveys and blood samples (4-6 teaspoons) are required. There is no monetary compensation for study participation. Your identity will remain confidential. Volunteers may discontinue participation at any time. All are welcome to participate, including prior participants. Please contact Associate Prof. Brian Merkel (Human Biology) for questions and to participate, merkelb@uwgb.edu.

On-campus and community service work study job fair Wednesday

The offices of Financial Aid and Student Employment and Human Resources are hosting a job fair for Green Bay Campus employers and community service work-study partners on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms, University Union. Employers may advertise current openings, recruit for future positions or connect with job-seeking students at the fair. 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.

Flu vaccine available on campus

The Counseling and Health Center at UW-Green Bay, located in Student Services (SS) 1400, is offering the seasonal influenza vaccine (Quadrivalent) to all faculty, staff and students by appointment only. Appointments can be made by having your campus ID number or faculty/staff ID number available, and then calling the Counseling and Health Center at 920-465-2380. Cost is $20 for students and $25 for faculty and staff. Payment can be made by cash, check or pass points. Students may also put it on their SIS account. Credit or debit cards are not accepted.