Manitowoc Campus hosts Commencement, May 21, 2019

Alumnus Dean Halverson addresses graduates

Green Bay, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus will hold its annual Commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the campus Theatre. Sixty-four students earned two-year degrees from the Manitowoc Campus during the 2018-19 academic year, many of whom will be participating in the ceremony.

An alumnus of the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus (formerly UW-Manitowoc), Dean Halverson, will deliver the address. Halverson is founder and CEO of a full-service marketing research firm, Leede Research Group, with offices in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Leede’s clients are national in scope and their work is international. Halverson has more than 35 years of business and consumer market research experience. Leede Research specializes in custom designed information packages for healthcare, business, industrial, insurance, education and energy clients.

Lue Vang, a 2017 graduate of Manitowoc Lincoln High School, has been selected to address his graduating class as Student Speaker. Vang has taken a leadership role on campus and serves as president of the Student Senate. He is active in Phi Theta Kappa and Member Future Nurses. In a response to fee shortfalls, he took it upon himself to spearhead a number of fundraising initiatives that supported student success. Lue is also a volunteer with Hmong Senior Meals: A Gesture of Love, a local program geared toward helping Hmong senior citizens navigate the world. The program was formed because many Hmong seniors do not attend traditional senior centers due to a language barrier that prevents them from receiving the services they need.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus has served the Lakeshore of eastern Wisconsin for more than 50 years, helping generations of students to start their path toward a bachelor’s degree. Nestled on 40 acres along the breathtaking Lake Michigan shoreline, the Manitowoc Campus offers hands-on instruction from internationally respected professors and a start on more than 200 academic programs within the UW System. Community members enjoy concerts and lectures, attend art and theater performances and cheer for their favorite athletic teams. The campus and community celebrated the opening of a $7-million renovation project in February 2018 featuring state-of-the-art updates to the library, a new science commons and renovations to art studios, science labs and classrooms.


Employee Appreciation Week, May 13-17

To honor, recognize and show appreciation for all the wonderful work performed across all campuses, the Employee Appreciation Week work group has put together a week filled with recognition and fun! All employees are encouraged to take part. Check out all the activities.


UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus hosts Commencement, May 22

Local Entrepreneur and Business Owner Presents Commencement Address

Sheboygan, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus will hold its annual commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the campus’ University Theatre. One hundred and six students earned two-year degrees from the Sheboygan Campus during the 2018-19 academic year, many of whom will be participating in the ceremony. Four UW-Platteville and two UW-Oshkosh collaborative students also will be receiving diplomas during the ceremony.

Local business owner and entrepreneur, Grant Pauley, will deliver the commencement address.

Pauley began his work pouring concrete in his family’s business, but decided that working for a large corporation wasn’t for him. When the only brewpub in town went out of business, Pauley met the new owners of the building, had a look at the equipment, and within a few hours had formed a hand shake agreement to open a brewpub in the back while the owners would open a restaurant in the front. Just a few months later, 3 Sheeps Brewing Company opened its doors, and later that year won RateBeer’s Award for Best New Brewery in Wisconsin. The taproom is located at 1837 North Ave, Sheboygan.

Pauley has a bachelor’s degree in History from Northwestern University.

Graduate of the Year, Lydia Luebke, has been selected to represent the Sheboygan Campus class of 2019 as its student speaker. She is a 2017 graduate of Kiel High School. Joshua Becker completes his associate’s degree as the valedictorian and will continue to pursue his degree in electrical engineering through the UW-Platteville Engineering Partnerships Program.

The UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus is located at One University Drive, Sheboygan.



Campus mourns the loss of James Kress

His name rests in permanence on the Kress Events Center exterior, dedicated a decade ago, and on the newly-constructed Kress Family Outdoor Recreation Center. Longtime supporter and lead donor of the Kress Center, James Kress, 89, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019.

Jim and Julie-Anne Kress supported Phoenix athletics and the Edward W. Weidner Center for the Performing Arts for many years. Through his leadership of the George Kress Foundations, Jim Kress was instrumental in supporting UW-Green Bay’s Engineering program and the STEM Innovation Center, as well. The UW-Madison graduate was widely known for his support of the public university system in Wisconsin and recognized that supporting public higher education was important for the state to grow and prosper.

The Green Bay native took over Green Bay Packaging from his father, George Kress, in 1958. Funeral plans are still pending.

Faculty note: Associate Prof. Jon Shelton selected as NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow

Associate Prof. Jon Shelton (Democracy and Justice Studies) has been selected as a 2019 National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. The fellowship award of $70,000 is intended to assist with the fellow’s salary replacement and research expenses for the fellowship period. This year, 30 fellows were selected from a competitive pool of 221 applications from scholars of education. The fellowships are administered by the National Academy of Education, an honorary educational society, and they are funded by a grant to the Academy from the Spencer Foundation. The fellowship program has more than 800 alumni who include many of the strongest education researchers in the field today. Learn more about NAEd.

Matt Suwalski is named new University Union director

Matt Suwalski has been named director of the University Union and begins Monday, June 17 at UW-Green Bay. Suwalski comes to the Green Bay Campus from UW Oshkosh where he is currently an associate director of the Reeve Memorial Union. In an announcement to his current staff, Vice Chancellor For Student Affairs and Campus Climate, Eric Arneson, said that Suwalski has “extensive experience and leadership both in the union setting and in overall student affairs leadership as evidenced from his role as a past president of the Wisconsin Personnel Association (WCPA).”

Suwalski has a master’s (Student Affairs) from Western Illinois University and an MBA from UW Oshkosh. “He presents a well-rounded experience and expertise in student success and how to operate a business,” Arneson wrote. “Matt shared his deep passion for creating a safe, welcoming, and engaging environment for our students and our focus on inclusion was a factor in his interest in joining us.”

WFRV features Phoenix men’s golfer George Kneiser

Student George Kneiser is making golf history at UW-Green Bay. The Horizon League men’s golf individual champion will be playing at the Louisville Regional in the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships on Monday-Wednesday, May 13-15, 2019. “His work ethic is very good, and it’s very exciting to see the efforts of his labor pay off here, and have a trip to the NCAA regional.  It’s very exciting for the program and the school,” says coach Lee Reinke. Check out the full story from WFRV.

Correction, Weidner season announcement is May 15

We apologize for the error last week on the date… Faculty, staff and students are invited to the Weidner Center’s 2019-2020 Performing Arts Season announcement on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 4 p.m. All upcoming shows and events in the 2019-2020 season will be announced. RSVP by emailing by end of the day, today, May 13, if you are able to attend. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.

UW-Green Bay doctoral student named state special services teacher of the year

UW-Green Bay First Nations Education doctoral student Bawaajigekwe Andrea DeBungie has been named the state’s Special Services Teacher of the Year. The special education teacher at Lake Superior Elementary School has been teaching for 11 years. “I accept them as they are and how they come into the classroom and foster that,” she said of her students. Read the story from APG Media.