‘Dealing with Disruptions’ workshop set for Wednesday, Oct. 17

The “Dealing with Disruptions” workshop will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Christie Theatre located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. This workshop will help you analyze disruptions and recognize when to be concerned, what to do and who to call for help. Questions can be directed to the Academic Staff Professional Development Programming Committee chair Laura Nolan at nolanl@uwgb.edu or the University Staff Professional Development Committee chair Teri Ternes at ternest@uwgb.edu.

Chancellor’s Walk set for Tuesday, Oct. 16

Join Chancellor Gary L. Miller on the annual Chancellor’s Security Walk on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to engage in open dialog and a walk with the Chancellor and University Leadership for the purpose of discussion and observation of areas of concern that may affect security and safety on campus (e.g., areas of inadequate lighting, overgrown shrubs, concern over traffic or pedestrian safety). The initial meeting place is in the Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Gathering Room (MAC 201) at 5:30 p.m. with the security walk to follow. Suggestions on where to visit on campus should be emailed to Public Safety Director, Tomas J. Kujawa at kujawat@uwgb.edu no later than Monday, Oct. 15, 2018.

“Supervisory Leadership 101” workshop set for Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 16-17

Professional development workshops are offered through the Small Business Development Center’s 2018-19 Supervisory Leadership Certificate program. The workshop “Supervisory Leadership 101” is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 16-17, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Advance Business & Manufacturing Center located at 2701 Larsen Road, Green Bay. Cost of this workshop includes instruction, material, DISC assessment, morning refreshments and lunch. For more information on registration, visit the website, email sbdc@uwgb.edu or call at 920-496-2117.

National Conference on Race and Ethnicity invites you to attend webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 31

The UW-Green Bay National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) cohort invites you to attend the webinar “Introduction to Social Justice Models of Disability” presented by Julie Alexander, M.A., Purdue University on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Instructional Services 1034 (Distance Ed Room) at UW-Green Bay.

Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter coverage: UW-Green Bay student wins business contest

You’ve heard this story before, but now it is getting some media coverage. UW-Green Bay student Maria Arunkumar submitted the winning pitch for the first Light Up the Lakeshore Business Idea Competition. The Two Rivers BizStarts participant’s business idea was an app for simplifying and streamlining wedding planning and preparation. The Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter has the full story.

2018-19 Speaker Series at UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus to kick off on Tuesday, Oct. 9

The 2018-19 Speaker series will kick off on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Wombat Room (Room 2114) held on the UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus. “The Intersection of Civil Rights and Immigration in 2018,” presented by Marcos Guevara, will focus on how to better understand today’s civil rights and immigration issues. This event is free and open to the public. Two more speakers are slated to present on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 and Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, respectively.

Lakeshore Water Summit data influences landowner use and policy

Since 2008, student interns from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus have helped the Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership check water quality along creeks and other waters ways in the area.

And each year, the data students gather helps to influence the actions of local land holders, as well as the policy of government officials. These first and second year college students will present their most recent findings at the Lakeshore Water Summit from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Founders Hall, Room 149, on the Manitowoc Campus.

And their findings are stunning, says Biology Professor Rebecca Abler. Students working with Abler and Professor Rick Hein (Biology), have found that even minor changes can have a major effect on not just creek water, but also on water downstream as well.

“What they found was that even small things can have an impact,” Abler said. “On one property, the grass clippings from mowing were falling into the nearby creek. The researchers asked if the land manager could simply point the mower so the grass clippings fell away from the water. What our research was able to show was that not only did the simple act of pointing the mower away from the water improve the water quality of the creek, but that it also had an impact all the way downstream to the quality of water in Lake Michigan.”

The research started, said Jim Kettler, executive director of the Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership, in 2008 in Centerville Creek near the village of Cleveland, Wis. In that year, researchers took baseline data to determine the water quality in the area. From there the group grew into the Friends of Hika Bay, and eventually into the Lakeshore Water Institute in 2012.

Now the group has six interns analyzing data from five different Manitowoc County creeks.

“The goal is to present data, without pointing any fingers, and then to find the solutions to issues facing us,” Kettler said. “One of the great things about the research is that we’re beginning to see some long-term trends in data on some creeks so that we can make information available to our board officials which will help them to make more informed decisions.”

The lakes continue to see high levels of E. coli and phosphorous, he said, but the water in the area is seeing some improvement.

More importantly, he said, it has allowed farmers in the area to see the impacts on the water quality and to take more ownership of what goes into the water, as well as the water quality. Research from the students has identified manure leaks into the water that may have gone unnoticed previously, he said.

For Russ Tooley, a landowner in the area, the students’ work helps him to understand what is going on in the water.

When the manure spill happened, Tooley said, students were quick to notice the dramatic change in the water, and to work with the Department of Natural Resources to clean the manure spill up.

“I live on the shore of Lake Michigan and the farm was about a mile north of my house along the creek,” Tooley said. “It’s helpful for us to know that the quality of the water entering the lake is safe for us and those along the lake to swim in.”

But the study impacts more than just Centerville Creek and the creeks in the surrounding areas, Abler said. Local actions, she said, have been proven to have a trickle-down effect.

“What we are seeing is that the restoration area is having an impact on the amount of cleaner water going into the lake,” she said. “Every creek is unique. Our goal is to continue to develop awareness and to develop partnerships so that we can positively impact our water.”

Dirty water does more than just look bad, she said. When phosphorous grows, it impacts the amount of rotting algae in the water. Algae blooms can create a foul smell that can decrease property values, negatively impact tourism and even cause problems at power plants through clogged pipes, increasing the end users’ utility bills.

The algae problem was much worse years ago, Tooley said.

“Several years ago, the algae was so thick you could almost walk on top of it,” he said. “Because of the work of the students, we understand that it’s not just one thing, but a complex combination of things that cause those algae blooms. It’s not just the lake pollution or sunlight or the depth of the water, but a combination of all of those things that effects water quality.”

Having the students do the research also helps bring the university closer to the community, he said.

“I have a neighbor who is retired and every fall and spring he looks forward to the students going through his yard to sample the water,” Tooley said. “It brings the university closer to the land owners in the area. It helps us to see that they’re not just doing text book study, but that they are doing things that will have a real impact on our area.”

While students are only in their first and second years, Abler said, much of their work border on graduate level research. And their findings can have lasting impact on policies for years to come, she said.

The Lakeshore Water Summit will focus on emerging trends in Manitowoc County Stream Quality for 2018. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a social period, followed by student presentations beginning at 6:30 p.m. Students and their professors will be on hand following the presentations to answer questions. Attendees will also have an opportunity to become members of the Lakeshore Water Institute at the event.

For more information, contact Rebecca Abler at Rebecca.ab,er@uwc.edu, or Jenn Hansmann with the LNRP at jenn@lnrp.org.

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Lakeshore Water Summit Data Collection

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

– Story by freelance writer Liz Carey

 

 

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The UW-Green Bay Sustainability Committee has created the sustainability pledge for the 2018-19 academic year. By thoughtfully considering each of the items in this pledge, you might be able to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. Take the pledge. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.