Register now for Krash the Kress, Feb. 1

Krash the Kress is the “Big Game” of Homecoming 2019, and it’s free for UW-Green Bay students! Alumni and UW-Green Bay friends and family are encouraged to take part in the fun too! The Green Bay men’s basketball team will be playing rival Milwaukee on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at 7 p.m. at UW-Green Bay’s Kress Center. A tailgate party will take place in the Kress Center East and West Gyms from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. to get everyone ready to cheer on the Phoenix! The UW-Green Bay Pep Band, Green Bay cheerleaders and Phlash will be there too. There are also art and music events surrounding Homecoming. Krash the Kress registration includes:

  • Your game ticket
  • Great tailgate food
  • Two beverage tickets good for Bud products or soda
  • An “epically awesome,” Homecoming t-shirt
  • Fun swag to cheer on the team
  • Lots of drawings for fantastic prizes, including a semester of tuition valued at $4,000 for a student in attendance!

Be sure to register for Krash the Kress and other Homecoming activities.

Greg Aldrete leading Greek Hoplite battle reenactment

Prof. Greg Aldrete to address the December 2018 graduating class

Since 1995, Professor Gregory Aldrete has been relating the past to the present at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. A professor of Humanistic Studies and History, Aldrete focuses his studies on the Ancient World and what lessons we can learn from history. In his address, “Three Unlikely Virtues,” Aldrete will discuss virtues and advice for graduates drawn from ancient and medieval history.

Greg Aldrete
Prof. Greg Aldrete
December 2018 Commencement Speaker

Aldrete earned his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University before earning his master’s and Ph.D. in Ancient History from the University of Michigan. As a professor at UW-Green Bay, Aldrete teaches classes ranging from Foundations of Western Culture, to Perspectives on Human Values, to the History of Ancient Rome and War and Civilization. Aldrete has been recognized many times over for his work as an educator, including receiving the University’s Founders Association Awards for both excellence in scholarship and teaching, and the UW System Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching, as well as being named the 2012 Wisconsin Professor of the Year.

Students in his class are used to his interdisciplinary approach that combines history, philology, archaeology, art history, and textual and physical evidence — from bringing artifacts like ancient coins into the classroom to dressing in a linothorax — a multi-layered linen armor.

Aldrete has also been recognized nationally, receiving the American Philological Association Award for Excellence in Teaching of Classics at the College Level in 2009, as well as five National Endowment for the Humanities research fellowships.

In addition to teaching on campus, Aldrete has created several video courses with The Great Courses/The Teaching Company. These courses — lecture surveys focusing on The History of the Ancient World, Decisive Battles in History and History’s Greatest Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach– bring college-level scholarship to the masses, and allow everyone to learn from history.

Aldrete has also written several books, including: “Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome,” “Daily Life in the Roman City: Rome, Pompeii and Ostia,” “The Long Shadow of Antiquity: What Have the Greeks and Romans Done for Us?” (with Alicia Aldrete), and “The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life in the Ancient World.”

Aldrete’s research into ancient history has also garnered international media attention. Over the past decade, Aldrete and his research have been the subject of documentaries on the Discovery Channel, the Smithsonian Channel, the National Geographic Channel and on television programs in Canada and Europe. His research has also been featured in US News and World Report, the New Yorker magazine, Atlantic magazine, Der Spiegel magazine, Military History magazine and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Make that a Top 10! Marinette/Menominee on in Small Business Revolution

Congratulations to the UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus and the entire Marinette/Menominee community on moving forward in the Small Business Revolution Main Street competition. The community was announced as making the cut for the Top 10! There will be an open meeting on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the Marinette Campus Cafeteria to discuss the next steps. All are invited! Learn about the towns.


Lauren Putnam, the Graduating Class Speaker for the 2018 Winter Commencement Ceremony

Lauren PutnamLauren Putnam, the Graduating Class Speaker for the 2018 Winter Commencement Ceremony, will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology with a Health Sciences emphasis and a minor in Chemistry. A leader in her class and in the organizations that she works within, Putnam strives to lift up fellow students and up-and-coming high school students, to show them the careers and opportunities available in the health care fields.

Nominated by Brian Merkel, Amanda Nelson, Doug Brusich, Erica Grunseth and Sherri Arendt. Putnam has been an academically outstanding student throughout her time at UW-Green Bay. A recipient of honors for her academics for five semesters during her time on campus (including two semesters of high or highest honors), Putman is also a member of Beta Beta Beta, the honor society for biological sciences, and Phi Eta Sigma, the honors society for first- year students. She received the Founders Merit Scholarship to study at UW-Green Bay.

Putnam was able to further her knowledge in the area of human biology by attending the UW-Green Bay System Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity, and the Pre-Med Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons Forum. She furthered her experiences by studying abroad in South Africa. As the president of UW-Green Bay’s Health Science Club, Putnam worked to help students in need. She led the creation of Health Professions Week, hosting graduate students to present about their educational journey and career path.

“In my time at UW-Green Bay, I have been significantly involved in the Health Science Club,” she said. “Our mission, as a student organization is to provide pre-health students with the opportunities that they need to achieve their desired career goals. As president, I coordinated and organized a number of graduate school tours in an effort to provide campus familiarity and networking opportunities. I also advocated for our financially disadvantaged pre-medical student by receiving… funding for an MCAT study set.”

Putnam both served as a research assistant to Brusich, and also worked as a certified nursing assistant at Aspirus Wausau Hospital in the Oncology Care Unit. Putnam also worked on campus as a teaching assistant, a tutor and study group leader at the UW-Green Bay Learning Center, and as a student employee in the David A. Cofrin Library — an experience she said taught her the skills she needed to face her college career. Starting out as a student assistant, she eventually became a student lead, and then student manager.

“I started working at the Cofrin Library my freshman year,” she said. “It was the first job I had ever held at an academic library and initially did not think I would benefit from it other than a paycheck. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I developed critical thinking and problem-solving skills. I also learned, more than anything, how to balance a busy schedule while maintaining enough time for myself. This essential skill allowed me to make time to volunteer my time off-campus as well as hold a leadership position in a student organization while still being happy and healthy.”

Putnam volunteered her time as well, serving as a tutor for high school students at Green Bay West High School and working to raise funds for homeless children at the school. Providing students both in high school and college with new opportunities to learn and experience the health sciences is her primary goal.

“My involvement tutoring at-risk students at West High School has been something I have grown to love,” she said. “Tutoring is about igniting a passion for learning and building up the confidence students need to believe that they can do so much more. Overall, my intention for being involved both on and off campus is to create a structural foundation that will allow students the field experience, knowledge and confidence they need. I dream that I can be a part of creating hopeful future UW-Green Bay graduates and healthcare professionals for years to come.”

Kwanzaa Celebration

Photos: Kwanzaa Celebration

UW-Green Bay celebrated Kwanzaa — an annual celebration of African and African-American culture and identity, based on the seven principles of African heritage — with the greater community on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. This year, the theme was unity. Enjoy the photos.

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Kwanzaa 2018

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

UW-Green Bay German Club students have a busy December

It has been a busy past few weeks for the UW-Green Bay German Club. On Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 three German majors, Alexander Alberts, Carolann Faulhaber and Griffin Dinse, were invited to an all-day workshop for graduate students at UW-Madison, sponsored by the Department of German, Nordic and Slavic Studies. The following day they traveled to Milwaukee to meet with the UW-Milwaukee German Club and tour the city’s new Weihnachtsmarkt. This past weekend, the German Club collaborated with the German Club from Bay Port High School to decorate a room for Hazelwood House’s ethnic Christmas celebration, where two German students dressed as the seasonal figures Krampus and St. Nikolaus. An aside: the program manager at Hazelwood House is Brooke Uhl ’12 (History), and one of the German teachers at Bay Port High School is Heidi Hussli, ’97 (German).