A joyful time of year… see photos from friends, family and graduates

Parents, friends, peer groups, children, suite mates, grandparents, faculty members… the list is long of those who support their special graduate at commencement. In some cases, the 2019 UW-Green Bay graduates are the first in their families to earn a college degree. It’s a BIG day and a joyful occasion. We captured a few of those post-commencement moments.

Brown County STEM Innovation Center is on track, helping campus gain momentum

“The Brown County STEM Innovation Center will be an impressive piece of design and construction, with 63,730 square feet available for the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering…” The Press Times has an update, including interviews with Chancellor Gary L. Miller and CSET Dean John Katers. Read it here.

Phragmites research data collection

Southern Door graduate Rebecca Malcore receives Sager Award for Scientific Writing

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Rebecca Malcore

Congratulations to Rebecca Malcore who has been presented the Paul and Thea Sager Award for Scientific Writing from the Cofrin Center of Biodiversity for the research poster, Chloroplast DNA Sequencing Reveals the Presence of Two Exotic Phragmites Haplotypes in Northeast Wisconsin.

Malcore, a Brussels, Wis. native, graduated May, 18, 2019 from UW-Green Bay. The award this year was designed to recognize a UW-Green Bay undergraduate student with the best-judged poster presentation at the 18th Annual UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity at UW-Green Bay on Friday, April 26, 2019.

The Sager Award was made possible by the generosity of emeriti faculty members Paul and Dorothea Sager. Their endowment was created in 2009 to honor the memory of Chancellor Emeritus Edward Weidner and his commitment to UW-Green Bay and the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum. The Sager Award acknowledges your excellence in communicating original scientific research from a classroom or extracurricular academic project. Your work is a significant accomplishment that reflects favorably on your experience here at UW-Green Bay and the effective guidance of your faculty and staff mentors. Her main faculty mentor was Assistant Prof. Lisa Grubisha (NAS).

Malcore will enter the Program in Biomedical Sciences, a doctoral program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and will be exploring human genetics in her first year.

“Because UW-Green Bay is a smaller school, I think I had a lot of opportunities to get to know the faculty personally, and I even had the opportunity to be a teaching assistant during my sophomore year, which I don’t think would have been possible at a larger school,” Malcore said. “A lot of the faculty was very helpful in encouraging me to apply for graduate programs and putting together my applications. UW-Green Bay also has a large environmental focus, and I had the unique opportunity to be involved with the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity on campus doing both field and lab research for two years with their Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) project. It was through my involvement with this project that I realized I had a passion for research, and I hope to find a project that I am equally excited about in graduate school.”

Her winning poster:

Winning poster presentation

Three other poster presentations as honorable mention recipients:

  1. Jon Arvedson, Alex Kershner, and Ruchita Patel (mentored by Professors Debra Pearson and Georgette Heyrman): Evaluating Synergism Between Vitamin D Metabolites and ω-3 Fatty Acids in Ovarian Cancer Cells
  2. Rachel Gordon, Keyur Patel, Halee Behrens, and Catherine Fonder (mentored by Prof. Brian Merkel): The Effects of Oral Consumption of Echinacea on Human Neutrophils
  3. Kenzie Ostien and Madison Quamme (mentored by Prof. Lisa Grubisha) Looking to Soil Microbes for a Solution to the Antibiotic Crisis

These awardees were selected from 30 eligible UW-Green Bay posters. The selection committee consisted of faculty members Robert Howe, Vicki Medland, Bobbie Webster (Cofrin Center for Biodiversity Natural Areas Ecologist), James Marker, Richard Hein (Manitowoc Campus), Amy Wolf, Brian Welsh, Brian Walsh (UW-System), Karen Stahlheber and Douglas Brusich.

Curator Meinhardt takes part in Festival of Nature in Door County this week

As part of the Festival of Nature in Door County this weekend, UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Daniel Meinhardt (Human Biology, Women’s and Gender Studies) and curator of the Richter Museum of Natural History, is giving a brief presentation on the biology and physics of color production and sensation, then leading a nature walk at The Ridges Sanctuary. Meinhardt’s event is from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2019. More here.

Scheduled power outage, tonight! Reminder to save and shut down, please

With a scheduled power outage on the Green Bay Campus this evening, Monday, May 20, 2019, Information Technology has some advice for computer users: please make sure you save your data and shut down your computer at the end of the day. This extra precaution will help you get a fresh start after the outage is complete. A “global” shut down command will be sent to campus computers at 4:45 p.m. to make sure unattended devices are off. Any questions? Please contact the IT Help Desk at ext. 2309 or email helpdesk@uwgb.edu.

Prof. Murphy to conduct a training camp about employee motivation and performance management, May 22

UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Dianne Murphy (Management), from the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, will conduct a Training Camp about Employee Motivation and Performance Management for the Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protégé Program at Lambeau Field on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. More here.

Turning heartache into hope: UW-Green Bay’s Taylor Gulbrand finds healing, hope and her future, at Camp Lloyd

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Taylor Gulbrand

Taylor Gulbrand (Psychology and Human Development) experienced the heartbreak of losing her mother while a freshman at UW-Green Bay. But that loss wasn’t lost. When Gulbrand heard about Camp Lloyd, a grief camp for kids unique to UW-Green Bay, she asked where she could sign up. Last summer she served as a head buddy — one of the most impactful and healing experiences of her life.

“During my first year of camp as a buddy, I knew that I wanted to work with kids,” she said. “I loved seeing how much the kids could grow just in one week. It was so unbelievable rewarding to work with children and help them recognize their grief, but also to remind them that they can have fun and be kids!”

This summer, the Luxemburg, Wis. native is a “student head buddy,” planning Camp Lloyd and training the student buddies to get ready for camp.

Gulbrand is enrolled in UW-Oshkosh’s Master’s Program for Professional Counseling (School Counseling Emphasis), with hopes of becoming a school counselor for elementary school-aged children.

“I know that I would not have gotten this experience elsewhere,” she said. “Getting involved in Camp Lloyd my sophomore year opened up the door for so many more opportunities. UW-Green Bay has helped me grow in a multitude of ways and I and so grateful to have attended. I will always have the Camp Lloyd spirit deep in my heart, even after my time as a buddy is over.”