Tom Still: Upper Midwest’s ‘I-Q corridor’ offers options to coastal congestion

“Aaron Kennedy is an entrepreneur with national credentials. He was founder and chief executive officer for Noodles & Company, led Colorado’s successful branding and marketing campaign, managed product rollouts for major firms and continues to advise emerging companies through some of the nation’s leading accelerators. Now, perhaps somewhat to his surprise, UW-Madison graduate Kennedy is the ‘entrepreneur-in-residence’ at UW-Green Bay.” Tom Still from the Wisconsin State Journal has the story. “Green Bay is staking its spot on the ‘I-Q Corridor’ thanks to an alliance that includes the Green Bay Packers, Microsoft, UW-Green Bay and others who have combined to create ‘TitletownTech,’ which aims to bring world-class digital innovation and expertise to the region,” writes Still.

Is clean water achievable in Wisconsin? Prof. Luczaj discusses

Clean Water: Is it Achievable in Wisconsin? WUWM’s Susan Bence, discusses this with UW-Green Bay Prof. John Luczaj (Geosciences) program. “If you’re a fisheries person, you might think of surface water quality. If you live in a house where lead levels are elevated, you probably think of drinking water. I’m a geologist so I usually think of ground water quality,” Luczaj says.

Jordyn Gaurkee

Jordyn Gaurkee: Turning trauma into advocacy

UW-Green Bay student Jordyn Gaurkee ’20 (Democracy and Justice Studies) used a traumatic experience to shape her future for the better, and to better advocate for others in need.

For her passion and commitment to social justice, she was named a 2019 Newman Civic Fellow, recognized nationwide by Campus Compact.

Newman Civic Fellows are among the next generation of civic leaders. According to Campus Compact—a coalition of nearly 1000-plus college and university presidents committed to campus-based community engagement—these students make the most of their college experiences through service, research and advocacy to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.

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L to R: Chancellor Miller, Alison Staudinger, Jordyn Gaurkee, Tara DaPra, Mathew Dornbush

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller, who wrote a nomination letter on Gaurkee’s behalf, recognized her exceptional leadership skills, focus on problem-solving and dedication toward her goals and passions.

“Since a traumatic experience altered her institutional issues in higher education around sexual assault and equity policies, Ms. Gaurkee has become an advocate for herself and others,” he wrote.

Gaurkee is now an involved advocate and leader on campus. But her journey was marred by a difficult and traumatic experience.

“I grew up in a military family where both of my parents served in the armed forces,” she wrote in her personal statement as a Newman Civic Fellow, “I wanted to follow their footsteps so I decided to join ROTC where I received a 3-year full ride scholarship. But two months into my first year of college I was sexually assaulted by another cadet in the program. Since then my life has been on a different path, but for the better.”

Gaurkee is hard at work implementing a judicial advocate program at UW-Green Bay through an independent study called Advocacy and Title IX. Within the Office of International Education, she is also working with Title IX information and making it more accessible to students. Gaurkee has also started a sorority on campus that dedicates time towards volunteer work with local domestic violence and food security shelters.

“In the future, I hope to continue my advocacy for those who have been through similar situations by becoming a lawyer,” she concludes.

As a Newman Civic Fellow, Gaurkee will have the opportunity to participate in regional, state and national gatherings with other Newman Civic Fellows, engage in virtual events focused on skill development and professional learning, have the chance to submit conference proposals to present at Campus Compact affiliated conferences, get one-on-one leadership development with a local mentor and be part of a national network of engaged student leaders.

About the Newman Civic Fellowship
The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. The fellowship, named for Campus Compact founder Frank Newman, provides training and resources that nurture students’ assets and passions to help them develop strategies to achieve social change. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides learning opportunities focused on the skills fellows need in order to serve as effective agents of change in addressing public problems and building equitable communities. The fellowship is a one-year experience for students in which fellows have access to in-person and virtual learning opportunities, networking events, and mentoring. While the fellowship experience is limited to one year, participants in the Newman Civic Fellowship are invited to join a national network of community-committed peers and to enter into a long-term community of Newman Civic Fellows.

UW-Green Bay represented at Fox Valley Senior ROTC Battalion Military Ball, May 3

UW-Green Bay was well represented at the Fox Valley Senior ROTC Battalion Military Ball, Friday, May 3, 2018. Also present were representatives from UW Oshkosh, Ripon College and St. Norbert College. Staff and alumni pictured: Unknown-27Ssgt. Nathan Preder (far right), ROTC adjunct professor. In front of him was Ben Joniaux (Chancellor’s Chief of Staff). To his right, was David Jones (Public Safety). To his right was Dean Nemecek, ’03, commander of Recruiting and Retention Battalion at the Wisconsin Army National Guard. Second from left, front row is Amanda Wildenburg (Dean of Student Office). Back row, first on the left is Joan Schaller (Dean of Students Office.) As reported by Ben Joniaux.


UVHI-connection Dewey Schrader passes on

Dewey Schrader passed away May 4, 2019. He was influential in the early days of campus housing for UW-Green Bay, and he had a learning center named for him in Liebl Hall. Family and friends may visit at Cotter Funeral Home, 860 N. Webster Ave., De Pere on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a parish prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Resurrection Catholic Church, 333 Hilltop Drive, Allouez from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. More here.


Last reminder: Phoenix Music Night at the Blue Opus!

It was delayed from this year’s homecoming activities, due to frigid temperatures. Now there are no excuses for what promises to be a great evening of music… It’s Phoenix Music Night at the Blue Opus (1390 Bellevue Street, Suite 110, Green Bay), Thursday, May 9 from 5 to 9 p.m. And it’s free! Here’s more: Enjoy music performed by UW-Green Bay students, alumni and faculty in one night! UW-Green Bay student and guitarist Antonio Salerno opens up the night at 5 p.m. at 5:45 p.m., MaR will take the stage. UW-Green Bay alumni Matt Hillman and Rissel Peguero’s duo MaR’s style can be described as a fusion of tastes between the Latin-folk-gospel roots of Rissel (vocalist and pianist) and funk-r&b-jazz of Matt (guitarist). Combining their different backgrounds, a novel and personal touch is put into each tune performed and written. Finally Brass Differential concludes the show starting at 7 p.m. Brass Differential’s live show features diverse set lists presented in a high energy style sure to please the most casual or sophisticated music fan. Their sound is steeped in the New Orleans tradition and features a spicy gumbo of musical styles, including jazz, blues, funk, R&B, soul, and hip-hop, among others. What sets Brass Differential apart, however, is its unique horn-centered sound, anchored in the low end by the sousaphone. The group’s live experience promises to please with blistering, abundant solos and prolific attitude.


New employee resource group, Woman’s Leadership Network, kicks-off May 15

Vice Chancellor for Business & Finance, Sheryl VanGruensven and Dean of the College of Health, Education & Social Welfare, Susan Gallagher-Lepak, will co-lead a new employee resource group (ERG) — Woman’s Leadership Network on May 15. Attend the kick-off meeting to learn about the mission, meeting format and plan for a summer book read:
Date: Wednesday, May 15 from 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: Alumni Room (103) in University Union
The mission of the Woman’s Leadership Network ERG is to “connect, encourage, mentor and help woman advance in higher education and community organizations.” This ERG will be a space to talk about women in leadership (or aspiring to leadership), both opportunities and challenges.