Wisconsin Public Service Foundation Endows $200,000 Engineering Professorship

Green Bay, Wis. — As its inaugural mechanical engineering students prepare to begin class this fall, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) Foundation are announcing the creation of a $200,000 endowed professorship fund as part of the foundation’s $1 million gift to the collaborative Phoenix Innovation Park project. The fund will be known as the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation Endowed Professorship in Engineering, and will support and advance the academic activities of the engineering faculty and students at the University.

The WPS Foundation announced its $1 million contribution to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in February of 2018—the largest single donation made by the charitable organization in its 55-year history, according to Kevin Fletcher, chief executive officer of WEC Energy Group and the foundation’s chairman.

As an electrical engineering graduate of The Georgia Institute of Technology, Fletcher has seen firsthand the impact an engineering degree can have on a personal, professional and community level.

“Each day, WPS depends on dozens of engineers to reliably and safely power communities throughout northeast and north central Wisconsin,” Fletcher said. “As an engineer, I know from experience these careers are among the most versatile, valuable and rewarding positions available. The WPS Foundation is proud this portion of our gift will allow UW-Green Bay to develop the skills needed for student success in this field for decades to come.”

The professorship was created to recognize and retain the highest quality faculty in the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering. The WPS Foundation professorship will ensure excellence in teaching while creating additional opportunities for faculty and student research along with collaborations with regional partners and community leaders.

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller said the community’s shared vision and support for STEM at the University is a game changer for Northeast Wisconsin.

“The WPS Foundation was the first donor to step forward and pledge its support to take this initiative from concept to reality,” he said. “This donation is a significant gift to the University and the region, and will create a great legacy for future generations.”

UW-Green Bay’s inaugural Mechanical Engineering students will begin class in the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering this fall (2019). Engineering Technology programs with emphases in mechanical, electrical and environmental engineering, have been in place for five years and have more than 150 students currently enrolled.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

About Wisconsin Public Service Foundation
Wisconsin Public Service Foundation is funded by the shareholders of WEC Energy Group, not by the customers of its utility subsidiaries, and is in its 55th year.

Since its inception, the foundation has provided more than $34 million in contributions to programs that support work in the areas of arts and culture, community and neighborhood development, education, human services and health, and care for the environment. Learn more at www.wisconsinpublicservice.com/company/wpsfoundation.aspx.

WEC Energy Group (NYSE: WEC), based in Milwaukee, is one of the nation’s premier energy companies, serving more than 4.4 million customers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota. Visit wecenergygroup.com.

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Cool City Classic Car Show begins at Manitowoc Campus

Before the Fourth of July fun begins, the Lakeshore will host the 18th annual Cool City Classic Car Show and Cruise Friday and Saturday. Cars will begin lining up for the cruise at 4 p.m. Friday, with the cruise starting at 6 p.m. — all at UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus, 705 Viebahn St. The cruise will travel from the Manitowoc Campus to downtown Two Rivers, where Conscious Pilot will perform. The cars will also be on display on Washington Street Friday evening, with food trucks, beer and other beverages available.

Manitowoc 4th of July: Where to see fireworks, parade and more fun, via Herald Times Reporter

Cancelled: Phoenix Friday on the Fox is July 19

Phoenix Friday on the Fox is cancelled. Downtown Green Bay has postponed Friday on the Fox due to excessive heat and severe weather forecasts. The Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns performance is rescheduled for July 26, 7-9:30 p.m. Details.

As part of Associated Bank and BayCare Clinic’s Fridays on the Fox series, UW-Green Bay is inviting all students, alumni, fans and supporters to attend Phoenix Friday on the Fox on Friday, July 19 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This fun night celebrating the partnership between UW-Green Bay and the City of Green Bay include a socializing, games and activities for kids and adults, live music from the band Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns (features five UW-Green Bay alumni), an appearance by Phlash the Phoenix and much more! UW-Green Bay will draw for fantastic prizes, so don’t miss out!

Alumnus Chad Johnson and Green Bay Glory play final game at Aldo Santaga Stadium, June 27

The Green Bay Glory women’s soccer team is 3-4 with three more games to be played in its first season of the WPSL. Head coach Chad Johnson ’93 (Sociology) has coached at nearly every level of soccer and believes the game is more competitive in this league.

“The biggest difference is the speed of play and the physicality,” Johnson said. “In this league, every player is good and you get punished for every mistake, so typically those who make less mistakes come out on top.” The Glory plays its final home game Thursday, June 27 at Aldo Santaga Stadium on the Green Bay campus.

via Green Bay Glory Find Footing in WPSL, WBAY.com

Alumnus Doug Wirth named to the 2019 Pride Power 100 | CSNY

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues efforts to stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Doug Wirth ’89 (Social Work) tells Gay City News that preventive health care should be expanded to reach vulnerable populations. Wirth served on Cuomo’s Task Force to End the AIDS Epidemic in New York state by 2020 and was senior health policy adviser to former New York City Mayors Rudy Giuliani and David Dinkins. In the 1980s, he ran several homeless shelters in the Midwest. Wirth made The 2019 Pride Power 100 | CSNY recognizing New York’s 100 most powerful members of the LGBTQ community.

Back to School Store in need of bilingual volunteers

The Service League of Green Bay’s Back to School Store, Wednesday, August 7 at UW-Green Bay’s Kress Events Center, is seeking volunteers who are bilingual (Spanish/English) for personal shopper shifts. Personal shoppers take a child and walk them through the store and make sure they receive all of their items. One must be at least 17 years old for this opportunity. Sign-up, here. See a video and photos from last year’s event.

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