Office of Marketing and University Communication is closed, Wed. Feb. 6

UW-Green Bay’s Office of Marketing and University Communication will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 6 for an off-campus professional development and planning day. Personnel will be monitoring e-mail and phone calls throughout the day and will respond when able and as necessary. Email Janet Bonkowski,, with questions or concerns.

Mainstage production, ‘Women Playing Hamlet’ opens Feb. 28

UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance present Women Playing Hamlet, Feb. 28, March 1-2 and 6-9 at 7:30 p.m., Jean Weidner Theatre, Weidner Center. Order tickets, here. The play is directed by John Mariano (Theatre and Dance). Here’s more:

“Hamlet is a challenge for any actor, but when Jessica is cast as the title character in a NYC production she endures the “slings and arrows” (and advice) of dubious experts, in addition to making Sir Patrick Stewart her nemesis. Can she figure out “to be or not to be” by opening night? Women Playing Hamlet is fun for Shakespeare fans and everyone else. ”


Faculty note: Dornbush and alumna Kupsky publication

Environmental Science & Policy alumna Brianna Kupsky and her major professor, Associate Vice Chancellor/ Interim Dean of the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business Mathew Dornbush, recently had an article accepted in the Journal of Great Lakes Research focused on ongoing efforts to restore wetlands in the Lower Bay of Green Bay. The project is a great example of UW-Green Bay partnerships in action, bringing together Ducks Unlimited, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and UW-Green Bay to develop effective methods for restoring hardstem bulrush and wild celery in the wave shadow of the Cat Island Chain. See the article.

Live video streaming available for Regents meeting, Feb. 7-8

The Board of Regents February meeting will be webcast this week from UW-Madison. Live video streaming is scheduled for the following times:

Thursday, Feb. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 8, from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

The full Board agenda and all supporting materials are available online in PDF format. Troubleshooting Tips: If you have problems with your computer’s media player, please contact your own technical support staff. If you do not see the most current date on the media streaming webpage, try doing a Reload or Refresh of your web browser. After the meeting concludes, a news summary will be posted to the UW System News page. You can also receive occasional updates from the meeting on Twitter by following @uwsystem or using the hashtag #UWRegents.

Scouts earn product designer badges on Green Bay campus

Nearly 100 Girl Scouts earned their product designer badges at UW-Green Bay, in December, with help from UW-Green Bay (Business Administration and Accounting) students and faculty. The program, “Unleash Your Inner Innovator,” put the area Girls Scouts through three team product design challenges to create new products. First, they were given three ingredients to come up with their own idea for a (sort of) healthy afternoon snack for their whiny little brother. Then, they had to use only items they brought with them and school supplies at a resource table to improve one of those products that they brought with them. Finally, they had to come up with their very own new to the world product and sketch it or map out how it worked.

The girls were mentored throughout the morning by Laura Demro and UW-Green Bay Business Administration/Accounting students Brittany Demro, Chelsea Georgia, Jocie Georgeson, former girl scout Courtney Gersek, Victoria Henderson, and Susan Xiong. When the three challenges were complete, each team of girls was coached on how to craft and communicate a pitch based on one of their three products. Each team had each girl speak into a microphone in front of the room to three “sharks” who asked them questions about their products. Questions from the “sharks” included their ideas for how to price their new product, how to get their new product to their customers, and how to promote their new product. The “sharks” — Baby Shark, Mommy Shark, and Grandma Shark — were played by UW-Green Bay students Georgeson, Xiong, and Gersek, respectively. The event was sponsored by the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business.

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Girl Scouts earn product designer badges at UW-Green Bay 12/1/2018

Photos and the video of the “unofficial world record for ‘Most Girl Scouts Flossing'” are courtesy of program manager of the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, UW-Green Bay alumnus Brittany Pyatt ’15 (Psychology & Human Development).

Administrative Professionals Day Conference is April 24 in Green Bay, Marinette and Sheboygan

Build your expertise. Revitalize your perspective. Increase your value. A conference for  administrative professionals is April 24, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The $59 fee includes continental breakfast, instruction and materials. Celebrate the vital role administrative professionals play. UW-Green Bay Continuing Education and Community Engagement and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College are partnering to offer this conference at three different locations: the KI Convention Center/Hyatt Regency in Green Bay, UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus and UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus. Find more information, the curriculum and register, here. For questions contact Kassie Van Remortel at 920-465-2468.

Captain Kirk beams-in at Weidner Center, April 4

William Shatner, best known as Captain James Kirk of the Starship Enterprise will be at the Weidner Center, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. for a showing of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and a Q&A session to follow. Shatner will share some of his stories from playing the original Captain Kirk in the “Star Trek” television series and movies, and from his career spanning over 50 years as an actor, producer, director and writer. The audience will also have a chance to ask Shatner a question. Tickets start at $49.75 each and go on sale Friday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. online, or by phone at 800-895-0071 or at the Ticket Star Box Office inside the Resch Center. Fox 11 had the story. also carried the story.

UW-Green Bay students to provide free income tax assistance through April 10

Green Bay, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students are again providing free income tax assistance for low-income individuals and families, the elderly and students through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Return preparation begins the week of Feb. 4 and will run through Wednesday, April 10. However, no service will be provided the week of March 18 because of the University’s spring break.

Scheduled times and Green Bay locations for tax assistance are:
-Tuesdays, 5 to 8 p.m., The Salvation Army, 626 Union Court, Green Bay
-Wednesdays, 5 to 8 p.m., Brown County Public Library, 515 Pine St, Green Bay

Appointments are necessary for both sites and can be made by calling 920-465-2575. The service, including filing Federal and Wisconsin income tax returns electronically, is provided at no cost to taxpayers.

To assist volunteers, taxpayers should bring:
* Photo ID (required)
* Original Social Security cards for each member of the family (required)
* Federal and Wisconsin income tax returns for previous tax filing if available
* Current year information, including W-2 forms showing wages earned and 1099 forms reporting interest, dividends, pensions or Social Security benefits received
* Proof of health insurance coverage (form 1098 – A, B, or C)
* Tuition payment statements (form 1098-T)
* Receipts for property taxes paid
* Rent certificates and/or a copy of their property tax bill if they might be able to claim the Wisconsin Homestead Credit
* Information regarding other receipts such as per capita income distribution and SSI payments
* A record of any estimated tax payments made last year
* A void check from a checking account or deposit slip from a savings account to allow for direct deposit of a refund.

For more information, visit the VITA website at

Open invitation to visit with oral traditional scholars

The UW-Green Bay Education Center for First Nations Studies on the Green Bay campus invites all students, staff faculty, and community members to visit the First Nations Oral Scholars in Residence. The Oral Scholars in Residence program offers an opportunity to learn from First Nations Elders in an informal setting through storytelling and everyday conversation. The following are open times in Wood Hall 410:

Mondays: Noon to 2 p.m. and/or 3:30 to 5 p.m. with Napos
Tuesdays: No Elder Hours
Wednesdays: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Ms. Georgia Burr and 3:30 to 5 p.m. with Napos
Thursdays: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mr. Wheelock

Former UW-Green Bay student is moving business idea in Switzerland, Brazil

The current co-founder and COO of startup W3lcome (, a digital sign in app streamlining secure self-check in, such as at airports and other high-security reception areas, is Lucas Cotta, a former exchange student at UW-Green Bay. He took Bus Adm 481 Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management when he attended UW-Green Bay.

While Switzerland is the home base of W3lcome, the company operates in Brazil as well.. The team starting W3lcome has been accepted into two accelerators, EVOA in Brazil and an online cohort of Y-Combinator. Y-Combinator was one of the first accelerators and continuously ranks as one of the top three accelerator programs in the world (

The app is a B2B SaaS that modernizes the workplace by streamlining a reception’s desks processes, giving visitors the best first impression of the company. The app optimizes the communication between visitors, receptionists, and hosts. It also helps with internal security policies, identifying visitors with a printed badge, gives fire exit instructions, digitizes NDAs, and more.

For more information on W3lcome, see the following resources:

•          Video:
•          Sales Deck:
•          Dashboard: (feel free to create a 15-day-trial account)
•          App Demo:
•          App:
•          W3lcome in the press:

You can also find W3lcome on Crunchbase, Angellist, SaaSHub, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TechStack.