UW-Green Bay alumna Brenda Krainik sets the table for Restaurant Week

It’s Restaurant Week (July 11-18) in Green Bay, a signature event for UW-Green Bay alumna Brenda Krainik ’93 (Communication and the Arts), director of marketing & communications at Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau. Want to see behind the scenes? You can follow along as Krainik hosts the LifeatUWGB Instagram account. We took a few minutes to learn more about the event and what it means to the region…

Q: What is your role in Restaurant Week?
A: I am the co-creator of Green Bay Restaurant Week. I handle all the marketing and promotion for the event including television and radio appearances, paid advertising, social media promotions and public relations. Over the years I have built a huge online community of food lovers from around Wisconsin and the Chicago region. We started the event seven years ago to support all the local restaurant owners that are members of the Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau. This year’s event is July 11-18. All the menus are online to help diners decide where they would like to eat out that week. This is one of the tastiest weeks of the year! www.gbrestaurantweek.com

Q: What is the economic impact to the region?
A: Our first year we had about $750,000 in economic impact. Last year we were around the $2.5 million mark. The growth of the event is amazing!

Q: As the busiest dining week all year (even more than Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s) A: Green Bay Restaurant Week is eight days long and encourages people to get out and try something new. Meal price points are $11, $22 and $33 for three course meals.

Q: Is this about consumers (diners) or about the restaurants?
A: We did quite a bit of research on running a restaurant week before taking on such a big event. A convention and visitors bureau’s main purpose is to bring travelers to the area to enjoy our community. Food is an excellent draw for travelers. Our region’s cuisine is often defined by brats and cheese and beer. We love the craft beer products that are made here, but we wanted to show off the amazing chefs that are working in the Green Bay area. We have 59 restaurants participating this year, offering a wide range of cuisine. It’s exciting to us to showcase the awesome local restaurants that we have.

Q: Any personal favorites?
A: Of course I have a few favorites….but because knowing all about our area restaurants is a necessary part of my job, I have a different perspective on Green Bay Restaurant Week. I take the opportunity to try a restaurant or two that I haven’t been to before. That’s the best part about the event. If you’re a foodie, which I am, I get excited to try new items on the menu and experience the ambiance of dining out.

Q: What kind of feedback about the event do you receive?
A: While this event was always meant to lure travelers to Green Bay, the #GBEatWeek food tribe in the greater Green Bay area is strong. Locals come out in a serious way. Social groups, young professionals, families, co-workers, retired teacher groups and so many more book large tables during the week. This strong local support is a big reason for the event’s success.

Q: In the planning and organization, what do you have to be most mindful of?
A: From the very beginning, we have involved our local restaurant owners and chefs to guide us and keep the growing event on track. We’ve also kept track of the demographics of the people dining out for the event. That’s helped us market the event successfully.

Q: What do you want to tell those friends of your alma mater about this event?
A: I am extremely proud of the event. I think my favorite part is dispelling the notion that Green Bay doesn’t eat all their food inside a bun. From fresh-made pasta to locally-sourced products, our restaurants are doing awesome work. It’s a joy to be part of introducing food to visitors and residents alike.

WiSys names UW-Green Bay’s Prof. Md Maruf Hossain 2019 Innovator of the Year

Md Maruf Hossain
Md Maruf Hossain

Green Bay, Wis. — For exemplary contributions to Wisconsin innovation, UW-Green Bay’s Md Maruf Hossain will receive the 2019 Carl E. Gulbrandsen Innovator of the Year Award. The honor will be presented to Hossain at WSTS, a UW System-focused research and innovation symposium, that will be held at UW-Stout, July 22-23.

“Dr. Maruf Hossain is a worthy recipient of this award as a role model with high-quality research and strong attention to student success,” said WiSys President, Arjun Sanga. “We are excited to present him with this award.”

WiSys is a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries, and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state.

Hossain, UW-Green Bay assistant professor of Engineering Technology, has helped build a culture of innovation on the UW-Green Bay campus and across the UW System as a teacher and inventor. The professor’s interest in electrical power systems and renewable energy led him to research and develop wind turbines with help from UW System and WiSys research grants. Earlier this year, Hossain filed for a patent, working with WiSys, for an “Integrated Vertical Axis Wind Power Generation System” and recently developed a prototype to test his ideas.

“We are extremely proud of Dr. Maruf Hossain for being selected as the WiSys Innovator of the Year,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller. “Dr. Hossain is a leading researcher in the Resch School of Engineering and a most valued member of our university community. Maruf exemplifies the commitment and innovative spirit of the UW-Green Bay faculty. This award is a much-deserved affirmation of the importance of his groundbreaking work.”

In 2018, Hossain was selected to participate in the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation’s Accelerator Program—an exclusive program that provides expert advice and targeted funding to help inventors advance commercially promising technologies closer to the marketplace.

In addition to pursuing his own interests, Hossain has been an advocate for student research at UW-Green Bay by encouraging students to pursue research opportunities as part of their education.

“Dr. Hossain is very deserving of the 2019 Carl E. Gulbrandsen Innovator of the Year Award from WiSys, said UW-Green Bay’s Dean of Science, Engineering and Technology, John Katers. “Maruf is a leader in the University’s new Richard J. Resch School of Engineering, where he is an outstanding teacher and conducts innovative and applied research that connects closely with our community partners. His research also provides opportunities for undergraduate students in our electrical engineering technology program to work directly with him on design, development, and prototyping, providing valuable hands-on experience that will lead to career opportunities for them upon graduation.”

Prior to joining UW-Green Bay, Hossain was the Herff Fellow at the University of Memphis. He also served as an assistant professor at Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology in Bangladesh for about nine months, and as a lecturer at the American International University-Bangladesh for about four and a half years.

Hossain received a Ph.D. from the University of Memphis and both M.Sc. and B.Sc. in electrical and electronic engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. His teaching and research expertise are mostly in the field of electrical and electronic engineering, especially in electrical power systems. Hossain has several peer-reviewed research articles published in reputed journals and has presented at national and international conferences.

The Carl E. Gulbrandsen Innovator of the Year Award is presented to a UW System faculty, staff member or student making exemplary contributions as a WiSys Innovator. The award, given in conjunction with WSTS, was created to honor the former managing director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation who supported WiSys throughout his 16-year tenure.

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, D-I athletics, 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.


Faculty note: Prof. Meredith creates key collaborations on sabbatical

Meredith at right

UW-Green Bay Prof. and mezzosoprano Sarah Meredith (Music, Women and Gender Studies), spent three weeks in May 2019, traveling to Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Poland as part of her sabbatical project. She was invited to teach and present masterclasses on American vocal repertoire and English diction for singers at the following music academies: Akademia Jana Albrechta, Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia; Prague Musik Konservatoire, Prague, Czech Republic; and Akademia Muzyczna, Feliksa Nowowiejskiego and Bydgoszcz, Poland (UW-Green Bay has a newly established collaborative agreement with this music institution).

At the Academia in Bydgoszcz, Poland, there was also a public showing of “Women Who Dare,” a lecture recital presented by Prof. Meredith that was recorded by Wisconsin Public Television in 2016 at the Weidner Center. Meredith also set up plans for the upcoming UW-Green Bay Alumni Choir Tour she is planning for June 12-27, 2020 to Central Europe. She also made a connection with the Technical School of Engineering, Bydgoszcz, Poland, which is interested in future collaboration with UW-Green Bay’s Richard J. Resch School of Engineering.

Choir, Music Academy in Bydgoszcz, Poland
Meredith and masterclass students




Former Seymour student going after dreams to play in NBA | Advertiser Community News

“It’s a phone call Sandy Cohen III has been waiting for his entire life. On Monday, June 24, Cohen spoke with his agent David Hamilton who informed him the Cleveland Cavaliers invited him as a free agent to play on their Summer League team. Cohen’s dreams of playing in the NBA are alive and well.

Cohen, who wasn’t selected in the NBA draft on June 20, couldn’t hold back his excitement that night after a hectic day. ‘I’m just really excited to get out there and work,’ said Cohen, who starred at Seymour and then in college for Green Bay.” See the story via Former Seymour student going after dreams to play in NBA | Advertiser Community News.

WBAY Interview of Camp Lloyd camper Cooper Lieuwen

Grieving kids find escape, support, at Camp Lloyd

It’s a summer camp where kids can feel supported in their grief and just be kids. For more than 10 years, Camp Lloyd has helped children heal from the loss of a loved one. The latest week-long day camp at UW-Green Bay wrapped up recently. See more via Grieving kids find escape, support at Camp Lloyd, WBAY.