Candidate forums for Director of Student Success & Engagement, Tuesday, Feb. 26 through Thursday, Feb. 28

On-campus interviews will be Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 through Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 for the candidates for the UW-Green Bay’s Director of Student Success and Engagement position. During an open presentation, each of the candidates will present on “Priorities and Strategies to Promote Student Success.”

The schedule is as follows:

Kelly Smith, Assistant Professor of Counseling at Springfield College, 10 a.m to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 at UW-Green Bay’s Christie Theatre located in the University Union

Kelly Smith, Ph.D., has worked in student and academic affairs for more than a decade. She is the co-founder of the Midwest First-Year Conference, a not-for-profit that provides professional development and services to individuals and groups working with student transition, retention, and persistence issues, and an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Springfield College. As Director of First- and Second-Year Experience at Northern Illinois University, she oversaw all aspects of comprehensive and collaborative curricular and co-curricular programming to support the student academic, personal and social transition into college. Her background in higher education also includes work with students with learning disabilities, in Housing, Orientation, Advising, Student Conduct, and College Counseling Centers. Dr. Smith has edited a student transition textbook for eight years, and is a member of the editorial review board for the publication E-Source for College Transitions.

Amy Simons, Director of Student Success and Engagement at Fontbonne University in Saint Louis, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 at UW-Green Bay’s Christie Theatre located in the University Union

Amy Simons is the Director of Student Success and Engagement at Fontbonne University in Saint Louis, Missouri. Amy has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Educational Psychology, with a dual concentration in School Counseling and Community Counseling, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Psychology. Prior to working in higher education, Amy worked in the field of market research, primarily focused on customer experience and satisfaction, as well as competitive intelligence research. She has used these experiences to inform her work on student success by using both data and the voice of the student to guide strategic decision-making.

Vince Lowery, Interim Co-Director of GPS, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 at UW-Green Bay’s Christie Theatre located in the University Union

Vince Lowery joined the UW-Green Bay faculty as an assistant professor of History and Humanities in the fall of 2009. His primary teaching obligations are African American History, US Immigration History, and Ethnic Studies. He first became involved in student success initiatives through the university’s Teaching Scholars program and then as a First Year Seminar Instructor. In the Fall of 2017, he joined the GPS program as a faculty mentor while also participating in the Equity Gap Fellows program. In the Spring of 2018 he served as interim co-director of the GPS program and now serves as its interim director.

The Open Forums will be live streamed here for all three candidates.

Light Up the Lakeshore for high school students is announced

The UW-Green Bay Manitowoc Campus, through the Cofrin School of Business, is a lead sponsor of the first annual Light Up the Lakeshore High School Student Business Idea Competition in Manitowoc County. The competition is open to all Manitowoc County high school students with a special focus on juniors and seniors. Manitowoc County high school students can register their idea by March 8 at

The current prize package is $15,000. The winner of each high school’s competition will receive $100 from UW-Green Bay along with other cash prizes and in-kind donations to help them grow their business. Competitions at Lincoln High School and Two Rivers High School have been set for 6 p.m. on March 19 and April 17, respectively. The county finals will culminate the countywide competition with finalists from each high school’s competition. The county finals will take place at the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus’s theatre on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Other cash, in-kind, and media sponsors include Rawley Point Economic Advisors, Shoreline Credit Union, Investors Community Bank, Clocktower Advisors, and Two Rivers Main Street. To be a cash, in-kind, or media sponsor to reach a goal of $25,000 in cash and prizes for this first annual competition, or for further questions about the contest including future dates of each Manitowoc County high school’s individual competition, please contact Jeff Sachse at

‘Lombardi’ gives Packers fans a chance to get to know ‘the most imperfect perfect man’

“In a city where Vince Lombardi looms larger than even the 14-foot statue outside Lambeau Field, it’s hard to believe the play that bears his name has never been tackled on a Green Bay stage,” writes Kendra Meinert, for the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Since Eric Simonson’s “Lombardi” opened on Broadway in 2010, the story of the legendary Green Bay Packers coach has found its way to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Peninsula Players Theatre in Fish Creek and another 50 theater companies and troupes around the country. But never in Titletown — until now.” Read Meinert’s story about the play ‘Lombardi’ that opened last weekend at the Weidner Center.

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Join DI’s Interactive Expo (for free)

UW-Green Bay is hosting the Destination Imagination Wisconsin State Tournament on Saturday, April 13, 2019. As part of the tournament, an Interactive Expo will be held in the Dick Bennett Gym in the Kress Events Center. There is no fee to have a table/both at this event. This is a great opportunity for any UW-Green Bay programs/departments with interactive activities to showcase areas in the form of outreach and recruitment. To sign up or for any questions please contact

 See the 2019 WIDI Expo Invitation.

Join The Phoenix Bookstore, March 2, 2019 for Dr. Suess Day

Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries and stores participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too. On Saturday March 2, 2019, The Phoenix Bookstore is hosting a Dr. Seuss Day. All ages are welcome to participate in book readings and other activities. Bring your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews and yourself. It’s time to celebrate Dr. Seuss Day the right way!

7,000 visitors headed our way for DI, and your help is needed!

UW-Green Bay is hosting the Destination Imagination (DI) Wisconsin State Tournament on Saturday, April 13 of this year. (Volunteers are needed. See below) DI is a non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven organization. Its purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Annually, DI offers seven new standards-based Challenges in STEM, Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning and Early Learning. Each Challenge is open-ended and enables student teams to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation. Academic tournaments take place around the world where teams have the opportunity to present their solutions to trained appraisers. Students have fun and gain confidence in their ability to solve any challenge. In working to solve the Challenges, teams learn 21st century skills (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship and courage) to build on their unique strengths. UW-Green Bay will be hosting the state tournament and organizers expect around 7,000 visitors on that Saturday (this includes kids K-12 and their families). You can learn more about DI here:

With 7,000 visitors in one day, please consider volunteering to help them all gain a great experience and to feel welcome to our beautiful campus. Your help is needed to provide a top- notch event. This is a great opportunity to expose the Green Bay campus to many residents of Wisconsin who might be seeing the campus for the first time and especially to potential future students and their families. As a volunteer, you will be provided a staff t-shirt and a lunch ticket. Please sign-up for a volunteer shift here.

UW-Green Bay Nordic skier qualifies for NCAA Championships

UW-Green Bay student-athlete Sadie Peterson has qualified for the NCAA Championships for Nordic skiing. Peterson averaged quick enough races and high enough finishes throughout the season to secure a qualifying position. Peterson will now advance to the NCAA Championships, taking place in Stowe, Vermont. She will represent Green Bay at the national meet, which runs from Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2019 through Saturday, Mar. 9, 2019. Read more.