Why support the Brown County United Way?

Want to learn more about what our local United Way does in our community? Visit the Brown County United Way website, watch the United Way 2018 Campaign video and read about the Brown County United Way’s community partnership for children. Join the thousands of Brown County residents who contributed more than $4 million to the United Way in 2017, supporting 36 programs within 26 Brown County agencies.

Photos: Student Paul Karpenko wins Business Idea Competition, next up Sheboygan Campus contest

UW-Green Bay Urban Studies major Paul Karpenko took first place in the Fall 2018 UW-Green Bay Student Business Idea Contest, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. Green Bay Campus students from several majors pitched their innovative idea in front of judges within a 90-second time frame for cash, scholarships to a summer entrepreneurial extreme accelerator travel course, and the ability to represent UW-Green Bay at other pitch contests this spring for more cash, in-kind services and automatic entries into accelerators. Here are the contest winners and their big ideas:

Karpenko’s idea, MeritCoin, won the first place cash prize of $500. His idea rewards students who work on real problems based on curriculum written by private sector sources.

Second place and $250 was awarded to Courtney Gersek (Business Administration) with Twistables – her take on a better peanut butter jar without the eventual mess getting the peanut butter out at the bottom of the jar. Gersek developed her idea over the summer at the European Innovation Academy in Portugal with a team of international students. It was ranked #1 in the patent award category out of 70 teams there. Last year, Gersek competed in the spring 2018 UWGB student business idea contest with one of her many other ideas, Swift Shopper, and was awarded honorable mention. That honorable mention award earned her a scholarship to attend EIA to start the develop of Twistables.

Third place and $100 was awarded to Maria Arunkumar (Business Administration) for her Build-a-Wedding app idea. The app walks those getting married easily through the planning of their wedding, including helping connect them to wedding planners and wedding facilities coordinators. Arunkumar won the Light Up the Lakeshore business idea contest in Two Rivers in August with this idea, and she was featured in local print and on local television. She continues to develop the idea toward reality having presented her idea along the way at 1 Million Cups Green Bay and most recently at kinnektorCon.

Receiving honorable mention and $50 were the following Green Bay Campus students:

  • Alexa Hietpas (Business Administration) – GPS Buck Tracker
  • Jada Taylor (Business Administration) – University Book Exchange
  • Christopher Conrad (Business Administration) – RentPlus
  • Alyssa Allen (Business Administration) – Hazel Hills scholarship Alzheimer’s facility
  • Leah Zorn (Business Administration) – PLUM
  • Ketti Bloom (Business Administration) – a center to help care for the homeless and their pets too
  • Charity Joy (Design Arts) – an at-home yoga trainer business
  • Olivia Heilman (Business Administration) – Stay Dry
  • Riley Heimann (Data Science) – a cloud-based benchmarking system
  • Erik Johnson (Communication) – Cross Track Shack
  • Sabrina Vang (Education & Psychology) – fresh: quick and easy healthy fast food
  • Cory Gruedemann (Business Administration) – a quicker movie selection app
  • Renee DeGrand (Business Administration) – Fervid Life
  • Hamza Umar (Business Administration) – Color-Bagging

The UWGB Sheboygan Campus Student Business Idea Contest is Thursday, Nov. 8, kicking off Wisconsin Startup Week Sheboygan. Prior to the business idea contest, the Sheboygan Campus will host a business idea workshop for the community, and community members will be encouraged with cash to pitch their ideas too! Details are here: http://blog.uwgb.edu/kauthr/startupsheboyganbusinessideaworkshop/. UW-Green Bay Manitowoc and Marinette Campuses will have their student business idea contests and community business idea workshops in the spring 2019 semester.

Sponsors of the contests are WiSys and the Cofrin School of Business and CEO (Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization). Keynote speaker was international exchange student Zeeshan Ali from the UGRAD Pakistan program.

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Business Idea Competition Fall 2018

– Photos by Liesl Sigourney, Marketing and University Communication Student Intern

Campus mourns passing of higher education advocate Marvel Elbe

Campus was informed of the passing of Marvel Elbe on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. She was the widow of Clarence Schaal (d. 1962) and Robert Elbe (d. 2014). She is survived by her children Richard (Dick) Schaal (former director of UW-Green Bay’s Institute for Learning Partnership) and Nancy Vandenput. Both visitation and service were Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. In 2014 the family established the Robert G. and Marvel A. Elbe Endowed Scholarship at UW-Green Bay. The description reads, “Mr. Elbe was a survivor of the Great Depression, warrior and veteran of World War II, and a life-long student of learning. Never having the opportunity for higher education beyond high school, he believed in advancing his own skills through study. Mrs. Elbe was raised on a farm where hard work and life ethics were taught. She was the supervising manager of an outerwear company and taught classes at NWTC. She exemplifies a positive attitude and belief that you can accomplish what you want in life. This scholarship is given on their behalf to provide additional support for a future teacher who has the will and skill.” See the obituary.


Join the Grant Webinar Series, Thursday Nov. 8, 2 p.m.

Join WiSys Regional Research Administrator Jeremy Miner in exploring various aspects of successful grant writing through a live webinar. Nov. 8, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. See full session descriptions and register online at www.wisys.org/grants/webinars to receive login information. Brought to you by WiSys Training and Professional Development.

The Sustainability Challenge: Designing Projects for Success Beyond the Grant Period
Increasingly, in their RFPs, sponsors are requesting information about “sustainability.” They want to know what will happen to a project after the grant ends: will it grow, be maintained at current levels, continue on a reduced scale, or cease entirely? In this session you will learn about five different types of sustainability and two core questions that must be answered when designing a sustainability plan. A discussion of logic models will highlight sustainability considerations from the point of view of grant reviewers and, in turn, better prepare you to answer the oft-dreaded question, “How will your project be sustained beyond the grant period?”

Final day to comment on UW System policies is Thursday, Nov. 8

The review and comment time frame on technical modifications recommended for SYS 135, 140, and 145 will conclude on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Please use the following links to view the DRAFT revised versions and provide comments:

Faculty note: Prof. Bakshi has new publication

UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Mandeep Singh Bakshi (Chemistry, Natural and Applied Science) published a recent article, Keto–Enol Tautomerism of Temperature and pH Sensitive Hydrated Curcumin Nanoparticles: Their Role as Nanoreactors and Compatibility with Blood Cells, in ACS journal J of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. This work highlights the synthesis, characterization and applications of Curcumin nanoparticles in food and pharmaceutical formulations.

Einstein Project STEM Innovation Summit is Thursday, Nov. 8

The Weidner Center is the host institution for the Einstein Project’s STEM Innovation Summit, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. This year’s themes include addressing diversity and equity in STEM education and addressing computer science career pathways in Wisconsin and beyond. This summit is not only an opportunity for education leaders to engage in promoting excellent K-12 STEM initiatives but also a chance to network and learn about new opportunities. Admission is free.