Marketing major Wyatt Smet named Student Employee of the Year

Congratulations to Wyatt Smet, named UW-Green Bay’s Student Employee of the Year, at a celebration on April 15, 2019. With Chancellor Gary L. Miller unable to attend, Council of Trustees Chair, Lou LeCalsey, gave remarks and helped Allen Voelker, student employment and scholarship coordinator, present the awards. Jen Jones, assistant vice chancellor for enrollment services, discussed the importance of connections made while she was a student employee.

Wyatt Smet with Tim Helein and Jeff Krueger
Wyatt Smet with Tim Helein and Jeff Krueger
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Smet, a senior from Wrightstown, Wis. is majoring in Marketing Management and Entrepreneurship. He is the lead student building supervisor for University Recreation – UREC. He was nominated by Kress Center facilities manager Tim Helein. In his role, Smet is responsible for the direct supervision of employees, scheduling, and training, as well as responding to facility emergencies and the enforcement of rules while providing exceptional hospitality.

“Wyatt’s natural leadership creates an environment and culture of respect that our students believe in,” Helein said. “His compassion and ability to lead student employees to make independent decisions is apparent when professional staff is unavailable. What I truly like about Wyatt is his willingness and enjoyment in helping others.”

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This year’s nominees and their nominators:

Nominee Nominator
Jonathan Arvedson Natural and Applied Sciences
Connor Heinz University Union
Elizabeth Johnson Dean of Students Office
Allison Loderbauer Bursar’s Office
Paige Richardson Residence Life
Wyatt Smet University Recreation-UREC
Roosa Turunen Chancellor’s Office, University Advancement and
Marketing and University Communication
Danielle Weber Career Services

Turunen, Weber and Heinz received “honorable mention” from the awards committee.

The call for nominations began in January. Supervisors were asked to nominate their very best student employees from all across our campus. Nominations were collected for several weeks, and we are excited that this year we received eight nominations. Student nominations were judged by a panel of four university faculty and staff who rated them on a scale from one to five in the areas of reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and uniqueness of contribution.

Student Employee facts:

  • 2019.04.16-student-employee-infographic-1200x1553 Total positions filled by student employees: 1,092
  • Total student employees: 832
    Average hourly wage: $9.296
  • Total number of hours worked during period (for hourly-paid student employees): 144,691.25 hours
  • Average number of hours worked per week (for hourly-paid student employees): 9.3 hours
  • ACA recorded hours from Lump Sum appointments: 21,108.75 hours
  • Number of students who received lump sum payments during period: 179 students
  • Total amount paid to all student employees during period: $1,566,547.86

This year’s Judging Committee members are:

  • John Arendt  (from the Environmental Management and Business Institute)
  • Julie Flenz  (from Human Resources)
  • Molly Vandervest  (from Athletics) and
  • Alissa Warpinski  (from Green Bay One Stop Shop)

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Student Employee Awards 2019

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Prof. Coen featured on WPR at 3 p.m. today to discuss ‘sanctuary cities’ for asylum seekers

The Washington Post reported last week that the White House proposed sending asylum seekers detained at the border to so-called “sanctuary cities.” UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Alise Coen (Political Science, Public and Environmental Affairs) will be the guest of WPR’s Central Time at 3 p.m. today (Tuesday. April 16, 2019) to discuss the proposal. “We will take live caller questions so it should be interesting!,” Coen says. “We’ll talk about the politics at play and learn more about the state of U.S. immigration.”

Reminder: Provost Open Forums begin Friday, April 19

The finalists for the UW-Green Bay Provost position have been announced. The campus community is invited to the following open forums to hear from each of them:

Friday, April 19, 9-10 a.m.
Ilene Crawford
in the 1965 Room, University Union

Tuesday, April 23, 9-10 a.m.
Michael Alexander
in the Christie Theatre, University Union

Wednesday, April 24, 9-10 a.m.
Robert Brinkmann
in the Christie Theatre, University Union

‘The Extreme Latecomer’s Guide to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’

“So it’s happened. You’ve decided to jump into the height of superhero hype with the impending release of Avengers: Endgame this month after years of your friends, family, co-workers, and random passers-by extolling the virtues of Marvel’s connected universe and its complex meta-narrative. You even booked tickets for the opening weekend!” …and so goes Associate Prof. Bryan Carr’s (Information and Computer Science) post, headlined, “The Extreme Latecomer’s Guide to the Marvel Cinematic Universe: A Wee Handbook for the Overwhelmed.” Read it here.

Green Bay Audubon chapter takes part in National Audubon D.C. Fly-In

Green Bay Audubon chapter takes part in National Audubon D.C. Fly-In

The UW-Green Bay Audubon Student Conservation Chapter, which has been recognized as the first Audubon college chapter in the nation, participated in a “fly-in” hosted by the National Audubon Society in Washington, D.C., April 10-12, 2019. The purpose of the fly in was to put people who are passionate about birds and conservation in front of lawmakers in order to advocate for solutions to the seabird and forage fish crisis.

National Audubon provided scholarships for a select number of individuals across the nation, including five students from UW-Green Bay who are Audubon Student Conservation Chapter members, to advocate for seabirds. Attending were:

  • Tara Hohman, Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Student, Mansfield, Tex.
  • Jade Arneson, Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Student, Newton, Wis.
  • Megan Hoff, Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Student, Sleepy Hollow, Ill.
  • Demetri Lafkas, Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Student, Marquette, Mich.
  • Mari Mitchells, Biology, Madison
UW-Green Bay students prepare to meet Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and others on behalf of Audubon.

“I think I could easily speak for everyone by saying it was a such a wonderful learning experience,” Hohman said. “We worked with amazing staff from Audubon’s D.C. Campaign crew, and were trained on advocating and interacting with congressmen. We all have a better understanding of how much work the politics of advocating and introducing a bills to the house is!”

“Seabirds have declined by 70% on a global scale in the last 60 years due to over fishing of forage fish, which acts as the primary food source for seabirds, as well as the rapidly warming ocean waters which is driving forage fish to go deeper in search for cold water. Currently there is no federal management of forage fish despite forage fish being a key component of the ocean ecosystem.”

National Audubon is asking lawmakers to take the crisis of seabird decline and climate change impacts on the oceans seriously and to pass federal legislation that manages forage fish in a way that is sustainable, takes the needs of seabirds into consideration and prepares us to live in a warming world.

In the photo above, from left to right: Tara Hohman, Mari Mitchell, Demetri Lafkas, Jesse Walls (senior director of Government Affairs for Audubon), Megan Hoff and Jade Arneson.

Story by Marketing and University Communication intern Alicia LeBoeuf


Empty Bowls charitable fundraiser is tomorrow (Wednesday, April 17)

Art Agency students prepared beautiful handmade stoneware bowls in preparation for their annual Empty Bowls fundraising event, in Phoenix C, Wednesday, April 17 from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. or until the bowls and soup are sold-out. The $10 bowls are available for sale at the event along with chili or soup donated by local restaurants. All proceeds are donated to charity. Mark your calendars.

Video: Award-winning educator and Alumni Award recipient, Sheila Kohl, shares her Phoenix story

Sheila Kohl ’96 ’05 (Elementary Education, Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning) said UW-Green Bay helped her become open to new experiences and opportunities. Through the University, she was able to transform into a person who values multiple perspectives. Kohl is a sixth-grade teacher at West De Pere Middle School, as well as an adjunct instructor and advisor for Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. More on Kohl.

Reminder: Prof. Gurung farewell is Thursday, April 25

After 20 years of distinguished service that has earned local, state, and national recognition and seen him hold positions from Chair of Psychology to associate dean and, currently, the Rosenberg Professor of Human Development & Psychology, Regan A. R. Gurung is leaving UW-Green Bay. Please join his Psychology colleagues in thanking him and wishing him a very fond farewell at a reception on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the MAC Winter Garden.


Inclusive Excellence: International Student Panel on Friday, April 19

Please join Inclusive Excellence for a panel and small group discussion with some UW-Green Bay international students. The event is this Friday, April 19, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in CL 102 (by the Cofrin Library elevators). Meet students, ask questions about their experience here, and make connections!  If you have any questions please contact the event facilitator, Jemma Lund, at