College Draft Day

Mason Crosby and UW-Green Bay inspire local high school junior to commit to the college search process

Nearly 200 high school juniors from 10 local high schools came together for College Draft Day Powered by UW-Green Bay on Friday, April 26, 2019 at Lambeau Field. This fun and fast-paced day included a variety of college prep activities. Students rotated through booths and drills on topics such as student life, studying abroad, academic options, financial aid and scholarships; chatted with volunteer UW-Green Bay student coaches; spoke one-one-one with an admissions counselor; heard from, and had a photo with, Green Bay Packers player Mason Crosby, who talked about the importance of higher education. Each participant left with a letter of intent signed by the student and Crosby, promising the student would commit to exploring higher education options.

Here are comments from an educator: “Thank you so much for inviting Denmark High School to attend College Draft Day. We were so impressed by the organization and the information you shared with students… So thank you again for everything! We would love to be included again next year!”

Evaluations were extremely positive. Here are a few answers to “What was the most helpful part of your day?”

  • Learning about what each major and schools is
  • Going into more depth with certain majors
  • Learning more about college and having really nice and helpful coaches
  • Learning about majors at GB
  • Learning about the college professors
  • Learning more about college life
  • Learning more about GB
  • Having good coaches J (this comment was made a few times)
  • Learning about planning your day
  • Knowing my options
  • Pace, leaders/mentors
  • When FAFSA was talked about
  • Learning more about UWGB (there were lots of these)
  • The talk with college students
  • Talking one on one with counselors
  • Talking to the girl that helped people figure out what they’re doing in life
  • Meeting one on one with people from college
  • Talking one on one with a lady at the admission station
  • Speaking to individual college staff for advice
  • Meeting up with the admissions people
  • Talking to people at tables
  • One on one chat
  • One on one
  • The one on one meetings with administration
  • I think that the most helpful part was being able to ask questions and just talk with our advisors
  • Asking the staff questions
  • The personal speaker assigned to you at one booth
  • The one on one conversation with the person (at the table)
  • Speaking with the administration

The organizers wish to thank staff and faculty from across campus for their help. This day wouldn’t be possible without everyone who assisted!

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College Draft Day Powered by UW-Green Bay 2019

– Photos by Kimberly Vlies and Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication


UntitledTown: ‘You couldn’t ask for a better book fest’

UW-Green Bay photographers managed to hit some of the hot spots for last weekend’s UntitledTown Book and Author Festival. Headliner Michael Moreci had this to say in a tweet: “…this needs to be shouted from the rooftops: You couldn’t ask for a better book fest. The organizers, the events, the programming—everything is beyond excellent. I’m so grateful to be part of this!” In the featured photo, left to right, Prof. Dagni Bredesen (editor of Ruth the Betrayer, from Valancourt Books, Keshena Hanson and Associate Prof. Rebecca Nesvet at the UntitledTown panel event, “Hard Boiled Heroines: Women Characters in Mystery and Crime Fiction.”

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Untitled Town 2019

– Photos by Liesl Sigourney and Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

URSCA, year two. Congratulations and thank you!

For the second consecutive year, UW-Green Bay hosted the 18th annual UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (URSCA) on Friday, April 26, 2019. This event, which rotates between the UW System campuses, had more than 400 students in attendance from across the UW System. The attendance of UW-Green Bay community members, family members of the researchers, faculty from other UW campuses and UW System officials added to the exciting atmosphere of the event. There was 263 presentations of research including poster presentations, gallery exhibits, visuals, and artistic and oral performances in all disciplines from natural science, biology, and technology, to social science and history.

Organizers wish to thank all the volunteers who contributed to the well-run event including the UW-Green Bay Ambassadors, faculty and staff. Much appreciation to the Kress Events Center and University Union staff. A very special thank you to Teri Ternes, Claire Carviou and Emily Wolf for assisting in the organization of this event. The next UW Undergraduate Research Symposiums will be hosted by UW-Whitewater in 2020 and 2021.

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URSCA 2019

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication
– Story by student Natalie Gardner

UW-Green Bay Heirloom Vegetable Plant Sale is May 11

About 9,000 unique and rare heirloom vegetables, herbs and flowers for sale, including scorching hot peppers!

Green Bay, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Natural and Applied Sciences program is holding its annual Heirloom Plant Sale, Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Lab Sciences Building Greenhouse located on the Green Bay Campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive. Doors open at 9 a.m. with numbers passed out starting at 7:30 a.m. for those who don’t want to stand in line. Most plants are $1.75, with some larger or specialty plants up to $3.00. Only cash or checks will be accepted. Those looking for a specific variety should arrive early, but there is a solid selection of tomatoes and vegetables for those who want to wait until after the rush. The sale will end at 3 p.m.

UWGB-plant-sale-general-photoThe annual sale, sponsored by the Natural and Applied Sciences academic unit, began in 1997 with only 300 plants for sale. Students benefit from the proceeds that are used to bring in scientists and other speakers that they otherwise would not be able to meet. These funds also support student research projects, as well as, travel to conferences where they can present results of their research and meet scientists in their fields. Last year’s sale raised more than $8,000 and supported research on Lake Whitefish, the geochemistry of regional bedrock, invasive plants in wetlands, and larval fish.

Unlike other vegetable sales, the sale features unique and rare heirloom varieties. Organizers strive to introduce local gardeners to new varieties and protect agricultural biodiversity. This year the sale features many varieties of peppers, including several bell peppers, as well as mild, medium, hot and scorching hot peppers! A variety of several different basils, tomatoes, herbs and a collection of flowers will be offered. Lists of plants offered and links to descriptions can be found at or the event post on Facebook.

This sale is unique because it offers only open pollinated “heirloom” varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers that were developed by gardeners over the last 200 years to satisfy the needs of Wisconsin gardeners. “Heirloom vegetables are gaining in popularity across the country because they speak to our hearts as well as our palates,” says organizer Vicki Medland. “These are plants that our great-grandparents were growing. Our sale includes many varieties developed specifically for the Midwestern growing season. The names of some of the favorite varieties like ‘WI 55,’ ‘King of the North,’ ‘Wisconsin Lakes,’ ‘Pride of Wisconsin’ and ‘Sheboygan’ reflect the dedication to sourcing those varieties best adapted to northern growing conditions. We also have a large number of vegetables from other parts of the world, including peppers and tomatoes from South America, the Caribbean, Europe and southeast Asia. We specialize in varieties that you aren’t likely to find elsewhere, so come and see why our sale is sure to add something special to your summer garden.”