UW System leaders disappointed in UW System funding

As reported in yesterday’s state media,The Republican-controlled state budget-writing committee extended a tuition freeze for undergraduate residents attending University of Wisconsin campuses over the next two academic years. But the Joint Finance Committee again declined to ‘fund the freeze’ and provide the UW System with state money to offset what campuses would have received from inflation-level tuition hikes.” This from the Wisconsin State Journal and more from state news outlets:

Lawmakers extend UW tuition freeze for two years, cut Tony Evers’ funding increase for campuses, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

GOP Lawmakers Reject Governor’s Spending Bump For UW System, Wisconsin Public Radio News

Tuition freeze extended two years as requested UW System funding greatly reduces, Daily Cardinal

UW president voices frustration with budget, says he feels like he’s been ‘kicked in the shins’, Wisc-TV

UW System’s Cross: ‘I feel like I’ve been kicked in the shins’ on budget committee vote, Cap Times


Video: UW-Green Bay 2018 Alumni Award recipient, Josh Kaurich, tells his Phoenix story

Josh Kaurich ’07 (Masters of Environmental Science and Policy) knew he had a lot more to give, but was unsure on how to express that. At UW-Green Bay, he received guidance on how to connect learning to life. Kaurich serves as principal for Verita Energy, LLC and founded and manages Midwest Energy Procurement Solutions, LLC. More on Kaurich.

Prof. Weinschenk talks municipal elections

Is it time time to stop holding municipal elections in Pennsylvania? The writer of this opinion piece reached all the way to Green Bay to talk to UW-Green Bay Prof. Aaron Weinschenk (Political Science) about it. Lining municipal elections with big general elections boosts turnout. A study Weinschenk co-authored in 2013 concluded that “shifting an election from a non-presidential year to a presidential year leads to an 18.5-point increase in turnout, on average.” Says author Paul Muschick about Weinschenk, “He told me he mentioned the idea in a presentation to local elected officials and community members in Wisconsin, and ‘their minds were blown.’ “They had never even considered that you could change the time of elections,” Weinschenk said. “There’s a real bias toward the status quo. People think the way that things have been done is how it has to be done.” See more.

First Nations students meet with Department of Public Instruction

On May 17, 2019, students in the First Nations Studies Seminar (FNS 391) traveled to Madison to present to officials at the Department of Public Instruction. Students in the course had spent the semester learning about state laws requiring instruction in the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of the federally recognized tribes and bands in Wisconsin in K-12 schools and teacher education programs, requirements commonly known as “Act 31.”  State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor, members of her cabinet, and program staff in American Indian Studies, Social Studies, and other programs listened attentively as UW-Green Bay students Dolly Potts, Elizabeth Howard, Crystal Danforth, Ana Olp, Holly Daniels, Nate Bowman, and Marla Mahkimetas, shared their policy research and recommendations related to instructional materials, preservice teacher education, in-service teacher professional development, systemic capacity issues, and examples of success in other states. These students will be following up to share a written report with their complete findings. fns 391 to DPI spring 2019 copyDPI staff members have already been invited them to serve as partners and reviewers on several projects in progress.

In the photo: Left to right, back row: Tamara Mouw (Dir. Content and Learning Team); Crystal Danforth, Elizabeth Howard, J P Leary, David O’Connor (American Indian Studies Consultant). Middle row Ana Olp, Marla Mahkimetas, State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor, Dr. Sheila Briggs (Asst. State Superintendent for Academic Excellence), Kris McDaniel (Social Studies Consultant). Front Row, Holly Daniels, Nate Bowman, Dolly Potts, Connie Ellingson (Office Operations Associate)

Weidner Center is looking for performers for summer markets

The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, in collaboration with On Broadway, Inc., is looking to create a roster of community musicians, singers and performers of all kinds (musicians, jugglers, dancers etc.) that would like to perform at the Wednesday Night Farmers Market in Downtown Green Bay, and at other events this summer. ​Performers will be stationed at the Weidner Center/UW-Green Bay tent, located at the south entrance to the market. There is no compensation. Performers may collect and retain all tips. A power outlet will be provided upon request. There will be no additional sound system or technical support provided.

​The Farmers Market runs on Wednesday evenings staring May 29 through September 25.
To apply please complete this short sign-up form.

Reminder: ES to IS corridor closed

Reminder: This week, there will be some construction work beginning in the Environmental Sciences to Instructional Services concourse corridor on the Green Bay Campus. The work will require the entire portion of this corridor to be closed off to all public travel. You will be required to walk outside this week in order to get to around the construction work. Signs are posted in the Cofrin Library, Instructional Services, and Laboratory Sciences.

Faculty note: Brian Sutton has short fiction publication

Faculty emeritus Brian Sutton (Humanities, English) has been busy in retirement. “Once I retired, I was able to do certain things I hadn’t had time to do while I was working at UW-Green Bay, including volunteer work as an ESL teacher for refugees, mainly from Afghanistan (my wife’s and my winter home these days, Austin, TX, has thousands of refugees, legal and otherwise) and volunteer work at animal shelters. The attached short story draws on my experiences as a volunteer at animal shelters.” Find it, here.