It’s official: New UW-Green Bay Mission

The year-long UW-Green Bay remissioning process concluded Tuesday, May 15, 2019 with approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) — the last step needed to make the the 178-word statement official.

In the past year, UW-Green Bay sought a substantive change to the select mission in order to adopt a mission that matches established programs and partnerships; demonstrates commitment to new branch campuses and communities; and better aligns with the vision of the institution. The new UW-Green Bay Mission was developed in 2018 and revised with input from the Faculty Senate and Academic Staff Council. Campus hosted a public hearing in March 2019 and on April 25, 2019 the UW System Board of Regents approved the new mission. The text of the mission is as follows:

The UW-Green Bay Select Mission

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a multi-campus comprehensive university offering exemplary undergraduate, master’s and select doctoral programs and operating with a commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and research, and service to the community. The University provides a problem focused educational experience that promotes critical thinking and student success.

The culture and vision of the University reflect a deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, social justice, civic engagement, and educational opportunity at all levels. Our core values embrace community-based partnerships, collaborative faculty scholarship and innovation.

Our commitment to a university that promotes access, career success, cross-discipline collaboration, cultural enrichment, economic development, entrepreneurship, and environmental sustainability is demonstrated through a wide array of programs and certifications offered in four colleges: College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Science, Engineering and Technology (including the Richard Resch School of Engineering); College of Health, Education and Social Welfare; and the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, leading to a range of degrees, including AAS, BA, BAS, BBA, BM, BS, BSN, BSW, MS, MSW, MSN, and Ed.D.​

Around Labor Day Weekend? Please help with Campus Move-in

Will you and your family members be around Labor Day Weekend? Could you spare a few hours? Residence Life could sure use your help welcoming our freshmen class to UW-Green Bay. First-year students will move in to their assigned housing on Sunday, Sept. 1, from 8 a.m. – Noon. Traditionally, faculty, staff, and now student leaders have been on site to assist our new students as they move to campus and take one of their first steps towards completing their education. This can be a stressful time for both the student and family/friends who may be assisting them. In the past, our Phoenix families have been very appreciative and relieved to arrive on campus to find conveniently located information tables, staff directing traffic and others awaiting to help tote boxes and bags into the buildings. The Office of Residence Life is asking that you be one of the volunteers who will both welcome and assist our students with their physical move into student housing. This small gift of your time and energy could have a significant impact on our students’ engagement and retention. If interested, please complete this short Qualtrics form by Friday, May 24.

Reminder: Kids in Crisis documentary is May 21, counselor Lissa Balison is on panel

The Green Bay Press-Gazette partnered with Milwaukee PBS to produce a documentary about youth mental health based on its Kids in Crisis series. The film focuses on four young Wisconsinites living with mental health issues. On May 21, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. the film will be screened at the Brown County Central Library, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session. UW-Green Bay Senior Counselor Lissa Balison (MSE LPC) will serve on a panel. Admission is free, but an RSVP is appreciated. More details here. The event will be broadcast on the Press-Gazette Facebook page, as well. Register here.

2019 Student Nominated Teaching Award winners

The Student Nominated Teacher Award is an effort of the Instructional Development Council and Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning that recognizes excellent teaching from a student perspective. This year, the committee changed the administration of the award to reflect the breadth and diversity of outstanding teaching that is taking place on this campus. The IDC will no longer limit the award to one early career and one experienced teacher. Instead, any instructor who receives three or more nominations demonstrating real impact on the student experience is recognized as a recipient. The IDC’s goal in making this change is to celebrate a larger group of instructors, and endow students with greater agency over the process. The campus community thanks the following 16 instructors for their dedication to teaching and to their students:

Franklin Chen – Natural and Applied Sciences
Heather Clarke – Business Administration
David Coury – Humanities
Jason Cowell – Human Development
Lydia Dildilian – Art and Design
Peter Fields – Humanities (English Composition/Writing Center)
Patrick Forsythe – Natural and Applied Sciences
Kevin Kain – Humanities
Carly Kibbe – Human Biology
Alan Kopischke – Theatre and Dance
Katia Levintova – Democracy & Justice Studies
Rebecca Meacham – Humanities
Uwe Pott – Human Biology
Sarah Schuetze – Humanities
Aaron Weinschenk – Public Environmental Affairs
Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges – Human Development

UW-Green Bay offices have option to close July 5, 2019

Memo regarding July 5 closures

Because the Independence Day legal holiday falls on Thursday, July 4, 2019, some UW-Green Bay offices may be closed on Friday, July 5, as well. Offices that close are asked to post notice on the departmental website and display a notice of office closure a week in advance including notice of when normal business hours will resume. They must also provide notice of office closure to the Office of Human Resources.

Human Resources issued a memo to campus area leaders and branch campus executive officers regarding office closures on Friday, July 5, 2019. “Consistent with HR 14-17-3 “Office Hours and Instructional Closure Policy,” the Chancellor has authorized the closure of applicable offices, Friday, July 5, 2019 for all UW-Green Bay Campuses subject to determination by area leaders. Please review the policy for specific application to your area.”

Per the memo, it will be at the discretion of area leaders to determine essential and non-essential functions and subsequent individual office closures for the day. Areas which are identified as essential functions under the policy will be required to be staffed on July 5. The provision of essential services on the Branch Campuses will be covered by the Green Bay Campus Offices (e.g. GBOSS will function as the office for all Branch Campuses).

Employees may choose to work on July 5. Any employee who elects to not work on Friday, July 5 must take applicable paid leave for this date, as this institutional closure does not represent an additional holiday.

Guidelines for branch-campus performance-based funding sent this week

A memorandum from Chancellor Gary L. Miller was sent this week to branch campus employees regarding performance-based funding. Employees at the Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campuses should also have received a document, “Branch Campus Performance-Based Funding Guidelines.” The memorandum states, “In recognition of the impactful work done by branch campus employees, central UW-Green Bay dollars have been identified to ensure that performance-based funding increases are distributed for branch campus faculty and staff. The process for distribution of performance-based funding dollars to branch campus faculty and staff will be consistent with the process undertaken for Green Bay campus employees.”

This communication is archived in the Chancellor’s News and Notes.

Heirloom Plant Sale generated record sales

Congratulations to Vicki Medland, organizer of the annual Heirloom Plant and Vegetable Sale on a record-breaking year! The sale raised a record $12,636 on Saturday, May 11, 2019 and will fund student science research opportunities. “We are so thrilled! We had so much help from everyone including two excellent interns, Libby Schmit and Emma Gilbertson, Lisa Grubisha and the students in the freshman seminar in urban agriculture, staff support from Kim Mckeefry, Jane Lauren, Janet Ludke, all our stick labelers… Also Mike Draney, Patricia Terry,  alumni Janelle Nehs and Jake Pelegrin (master box maker and compost mover), and the Escalante-Ortiz family for their help, as well as volunteer extraordinaire Dorothy Summer,” Medland said.