Prof. Gurung featured in WPR segment

Ben & Joyce Rosenberg Professor Regan A. R. Gurung (Psychology, Human Development) was recently featured on a WPR segment that focuses on how to tackle holiday stress. Prof. Gurung gives tips on how to cope with stress and anxiety that might be felt around the holidays. Listen here.

Current student and alumnus named as business contest winners

Congratulations to current UW-Green Bay student Renee DeGrand (Business Administration) who took first place in the 2018 Northeast Wisconsin Business Plan Contest with her business plan for hobbyist e-commerce platform, “Fervid Life.” Jordan Lorenz ’12 (Hmanities) took second with his business plan for a better connector of college student job seekers to small businesses who have job openings, which he calls “JobKaddi.” Both DeGrand and Lorenz reside in Green Bay.

In third place was Dean Derksen of Sheboygan with his business plan for an employee-owned manufacturing company, which he calls EO.

These three entrepreneurs gave 10-minute business plan presentations at UW-Green Bay on Friday, November 30, 2018 and judges asked each entrepreneur questions about their business plans for 5 minutes. The finalists share in the $10,000 of in-kind services provided by contest sponsors.

The 2018 Northeast Wisconsin Business Plan Contest sponsors include T2, Laurie Crawford Coaching, Winnebago Seed Fund, WiSys, KerberRose, Keller, and the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business.

The Northeast Wisconsin Business Plan Contest was brought back after a four-year hiatus to increase the number of finalists in the annual www.GovsBizPlanContest.com and www.WisconsinYES.com from Northeast Wisconsin, increase inclusive entrepreneurial endeavors in Northeast Wisconsin, point entrepreneurs toward local and regional no-cost resources for assistance and mentorship within their Northeast Wisconsin communities for business planning, and to educate “wantrepreneurs” toward actual entrepreneurship via coopetition and expert feedback.

Entrants in the Northeast Wisconsin Business Plan Contest and those who were interested in entering the contest are encouraged to apply to the annual state business plan contest at www.GovsBizPlanContest.com, which is open now for entries. Middle school and high school students who entered or were considering entering the 2018 Northeast Wisconsin Business Plan Contest should enter the www.GovBizPlanContest.com as well as apply to the www.WisconsinYES.com contest, which will open shortly.

For questions about being a cash or in-kind sponsor of the 2019 Northeast Wisconsin Business Plan Contest next year, or for questions about finding local resources, which are often at no cost, for business planning assistance to prepare for contests and other objectives, please contact the contest administrators via Ryan Kauth at the Cofrin School of Business at KauthR@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2004. The awards can be viewed at https://newbpc2018.startupcompete.co/competition-award. Photos are available on Flickr.

Photos by UW-Green Bay photographer Dan Moore

Phlash Alone

Don’t miss this Phoenix take on a Holiday Classic

When the Phoenix Family left for winter break, it forgot one minor detail… Phlash.

UW-Green Bay reimagines a holiday classic in this must-see video greeting. It’s the holiday season and the Phoenix Family is busy finishing the semester and preparing for winter break. When UW-Green Bay mascot, Phlash, is forgotten and alone on campus, there is mischief to get into and fun to be had. But watch as the story unfolds and the beloved mascot learns the value of Phoenix Family.

Top 10 UW-Green Bay news stories of 2018

Thank you to our readers for another great year. UW-Green Bay news editors are grateful to the UW-Green Bay community for reading and sharing UW-Green Bay news. Take a look back at top headlines of 2018 (based on web analytics).

1. Commencement Speaker Xiong tells graduates, ‘Create your own paj ntaub story’

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Tears of pride and joy, for her family, her Hmong heritage, her UW-Green Bay family, flowed freely as graduate Bao Nhia Xiong ’18 spoke at the UW-Green Bay Spring Commencement ceremony at the Kress Events Center, Saturday, May 12, 2018. She was chosen to speak on behalf of her graduating class by UW-Green Bay faculty.

Comparing the student journey to a paj ntaub story — the Hmong art of adding intricate embroidery to traditional Hmong clothing — Xiong encouraged her fellow students to hold onto three distinct threads as they create their own paj ntaub: Family, university community and the spirit of giving back. See more.

2. UW-Green Bay offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing starting in 2020

The University received approval from the UW Board of Regents August 24, 2018 to move ahead in offering a prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, paving the way for students to begin in fall 2020. The program will expand UW-Green Bay’s ability to fulfill unmet student demand for a high-quality BSN degree at an affordable tuition cost. See more.

3. UW-Green Bay names leaders at Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan campuses

Provost Greg Davis announced Friday, July 20, 2018 the new leaders of the branch campuses — Cindy Bailey at Marinette, Rachele Bacik at Manitowoc and Jennifer Williamson-Mendez at Sheboygan. See more.

4. UW-Green Bay Mechanical Engineering gets the green light

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UW-Green Bay’s efforts to establish an in-region resource for developing highly needed mechanical engineering talent in Northeast Wisconsin took a gigantic step forward Feb. 9, 2018 with the UW System Board of Regents approving the University’s request to offer the new program on its campus. UW-Green Bay began accepting freshmen into the program in Fall 2018. See more.

5. ‘Future 15’ members have UW-Green Bay ties

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Out of the thousands of young professionals in the Greater Green Bay area, hundreds are nominated and 15 are highlighted to represent their peers. They are selected because they have the potential to lead their communities, their places of work, their families. They are Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s Current Young Professionals Future 15. More impressive, three of the 15 chosen this year are employees of UW-Green Bay and four are UW-Green Bay alumni. See more.

6. UW-Green Bay alumna provides purrrfect comfort, delicious drinks and cat cuddles

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Imagine relaxing in a comfortable chair after a long day. Sipping a delicious beverage and taking in the calm atmosphere around you as you nuzzle a warm, furry feline purring on your lap. The Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary and Cat Café, owned by UW-Green Bay alumna Elizabeth Feldhausen ‘15, gives the Green Bay community the opportunity to experience it all.

Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary and Cat Café is a non-profit, no-kill, no-cage pet sanctuary that rescues cats with special needs from euthanasia. The Cat Café is the first in the region. The cats are given a home in the Cat Café, a cozy cafe that allows customers to interact with, and be surrounded by cats. According to Feldhausen, the goal of the cafe is to create a psychologically pleasing atmosphere to encourage healing, and to build confidence in cats. See more.

7. UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center hosts Inaugural TEDx Series in Green Bay

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UW-Green Bay brought its first independently organized TEDx series titled TEDxUW-GreenBay to the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 1 2018. The theme was RISING. “We are often faced with barriers and unanticipated challenges,” says TEDxUW-Green Bay organizers. “Rising above challenges is the hallmark of resilience and the pathway to a brighter future. The series featured eight established speakers discussing various topics.” See more.

8. UW-Green Bay footprint grows as it is joined by campuses in Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan

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On July 1, UW-Green Bay, UW-Marinette, UW-Manitowoc and UW-Sheboygan joined together as one university with one mission. The new UW-Green Bay is a four-campus university with a 16-county footprint, 700 ongoing employees and an enrollment of about 7,700 students. See more.

9. UW-Green Bay prepares to roll out State’s first Impact MBA Program

UW-Green Bay received approval on Friday, August 24, 2018, to move ahead with an “Impact MBA” administrated by the University’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business. An Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program, the Impact MBA prepares working, experienced professionals to lead their organizations forward through the modern era of accelerating technology, disruptive business landscapes and growing social and environmental opportunities. UW-Green Bay’s program offers a unique approach to business leadership training in the state of Wisconsin. The program will begin in Summer 2019.

10. UW-Green Bay students network with Kohler executive leaders

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On Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, UW-Green Bay students had the opportunity to have lunch at Lambeau Field and network with Kohler executive leaders from across the globe. Twenty-six students participated in the mentoring event, and were given the chance to interact with the executives to learn about career pathways, qualities and skills for success and overall thoughts on the global employment and marketplace. See more.

 

The Bad Plus is featured guest for Jazz Fest 49, Saturday, Jan. 26

The Bad Plus will be the featured guest artist for UW-Green Bay’s historic Jazz Fest 49 and will be performing at the Weidner Center on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Since its outset, iconic trio The Bad Plus has dared to be different, challenging all preconceived notions of jazz. With their unique blend of influences, ranging from experimental jazz, indie rock, pop and classical music, The Bad Plus has earned a reputation as one of the most universally well-respected bands in jazz today. Tickets can be purchased online or in-person at the University Ticketing and Information Center located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union.

Latest episode of ‘Serious Fun’ focuses on anime

The latest episode of “Serious Fun” by Associate Prof. Bryan Carr (Communication, Information Science) is out now. In this episode, Associate Prof. Carr talks to UW-Green Bay Anime Club representatives Ntxhee Yee Thao and Jacob Huempfner about their favorites shows, the business and process of creating anime, as well as their fandom and the friends they have made along the way. Listen to the podcast.