Last chance to give to the UW-Green Bay United Way campaign

This is it!  UW-Green Bay’s Brown County United Way campaign will close on Monday Dec. 17, 2018 at 2 p.m.  Please consider making a commitment now to support our local community. We’ve surpassed $7,000 in commitment from more than 35 of colleagues. Will you join them in helping our local community through the intensive efforts of the Brown County United Way? Donation amounts of any size are welcome and can really make a difference in support of those less fortunate. A donation of $26 will enter your name into a drawing for a 2018 Nissan Kicks. Check your email inbox (dated Dec. 13, 2018) for a message from for your unique link to pledge to this year’s campaign.  Questions regarding the campaign can be directed to Rick Warpinski, #2090 or

Chartwells has ‘Finals Fuel Table,’ Starbucks Gift Packs and more

Chartwells put together some fun packages for finals and holiday gift giving (or receiving):

Finals Fuel Table:
Monday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Outside the Common Grounds Coffeehouse
FREE Finals Fuel (Build Your Own Trail Mix Bar)

Love, Chartwells Table
Tuesday, Dec. 18 and Wednesday, Dec. 19
Outside the Marketplace
11a.m. – while supplies last
FREE Hot Cocoa Bar

Corner Store Specials
-Build Your Finals Flavor Foursome for only $6: Mix and Match any 20-oz Pepsi Product, Lipton Iced Tea, Brisk Tea, Pure Leaf Tea, Aquafina 20-oz. Water, Bubly, Bubblr or Dole Juice.
-Dozen packs of hand-decorated holiday cookies $7.99

Starbucks Gift Packs $10.99
Need a last minute gift for your favorite student, professor, TA, co-worker or family member? We’ve got you covered! Gift packs include a reusable Starbucks cup, 2 Starbucks K-cups, 2 Starbucks Refreshers, 1 Envelope of Hot Cocoa, 1 Starbucks Dark Chocolate Covered Graham or Salted Almond Chocolate Bites and 1 Starbucks Gum or Mints.


New Partnership with Green Bay schools to foster teacher preparation and development

The UW-Green Bay Professional Program in Education and the Green Bay Area Public School  District (GBAPSD) are partnering in new ways to provide pathways for licensure for teachers on emergency licenses needing English as a Second Language (ESL) licensure and to provide education coursework necessary for licensure for other employees (e.g., paraprofessionals). Support for this project will come from the Wisconsin Fast Forward Program, a state funded grant program through the Department of Workforce Development (DWD). The grant encourages school boards or other governing boards of schools to partner with post-secondary institutions or other entities to address area workforce demands. The $250,000 grant, primarily covering course tuition and books for participants, will run over a two-year period. The team that worked with a very short grant submission timeline included College of Health, Education and Social Welfare (CHESW) Associate Dean Scott Ashmann (Education), CHESW Dean Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Kim Schanock (coordinator of community partnerships and grants, GBAPSD), Theresa Willems (executive director, GBAPSD) and Julie Seefeldt (director of English Language Learner Programs, GBAPSD).

UW-Green Bay alumna honored as Outstanding Employee at University of Oregon

Betsy (Bostwick) Tanenbaum ’05 (Theatre) has been honored as one of the recipients for the University of Oregon’s 2018 Outstanding Employee Awards. Acting as the alumni network manager and recruiter for the Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, Tanenbaum has made her mark through building a sense of community with the launch of the school’s Alumni Network for the master’s industrial internship program and her leadership of an Inclusion Network for master’s students. She has also been praised for her mentorship of students. Read more.

Faculty note: Prof. Rebecca Nesvet publishes article

The article “The Bank Nun’s Tale: Financial Forgery, Gothic Imagery, and Economic Power” by Associate Prof. Rebecca Nesvet (English) was published in the journal Victorian Network‘s special issue on forgery. Find out about Sweeney Todd creator James Malcolm Rymer, his brother who literally made money (and was transported down under for it), and the mysterious Miss Sarah Whitehead, “the Bank Nun.” Read the article.

UW-Green Bay students find success at Demo Day in Milwaukee

Four UW-Green Bay students helped pitch their teams’ ideas at Demo Day in Milwaukee as part of The Commons Fall 2018 cohort, recently. Students applied to the program then spent a weekend plus nine Tuesday nights in Milwaukee working on either a real corporate innovation challenge or on a startup in order to accelerate their entrepreneurial skills. Students are placed on teams via their project preferences but are matched with other Eastern Wisconsin college students

Senior Laura Van Remortel (Business Administration) worked on a team for startup Green Earth Terrarium. Milwaukee county social entrepreneur Cole Compton founded the company when he was 14. Now a college student, Compton designates 15% of proceeds from the high quality, lower cost terrariums to non-profit organizations that are dedicated to community, collaboration, and positive change. The team focused on better identifying Green Earth Terrarium’s ideal customers.

Senior Zeeshan Ali (Accounting) and freshman Ryan Kroll (Business Administration) worked on corporate innovation project “Silver Lining” for West Bend Insurance. The team created a an app to help potential West Bend insurance customers understand different types of coverages, connecting them to a West Bend Insurance agent for help if needed.

Freshman Amanda Leigh (Accounting) worked on corporate innovation project “We Power the Future” for WEC Energy Group to help them identify how to communicate with job seekers the variety of career tracks available at We Energies. Amanda lead off her team’s pitch at Demo Day.

Other projects presented included corporate innovation challenges from Kohl’s, MMSD (Metro Milwaukee Sewer District), and Sartori (focusing on Sheboygan County’s workforce development) as well as startups solving the problems of dangerous open air coal-fueled cooking in Uganda, goal-setting with accountability and community, keeping up your proficiency in American Sign Language, and video-based (as opposed to text-based) work productivity (think: a better Slack).

Past UW-Green Bay students who participated in The Commons programs have included majors in Computer Science, Psychology and Engineering. However, The Commons does not ask students for their major or minor courses of study nor GPA in the application process.
UW-Green Bay students on all campuses can apply to the spring 2019 cohort of The Commons or contact Ryan Kauth, for more details.

Companies who would like to join other companies leading innovation in Northeast Wisconsin (such as Acuity, Ansay, Aurora Health Care, Direct Supply, Feeding America, Godfrey & Kahn, Graef, Kohler, Kohl’s, Northwestern Mutual, Sargento, Sartori and WEC Energy Group) by partnering with The Commons to sponsor a team of college students to work on one of their corporate innovation challenges can contact Kauth or contact

The Commons fall 2018 all UWGB student participants Leigh, Kroll, Ali, Van Remortel in order from left
Left to right: Leigh, Kroll, Ali, Van Remortel.
The Commons fall 2018 We Energies We Power the Future Team Leigh third from left
We Energies We Power the Future Team
The Commons fall 2018 West Bend Insurance Silver Lining Team presenting 2 - Ali far right & Kroll third from right
West Bend Insurance Silver Lining Team