‘Think Theatre’ series opens with ‘Disgraced’ Thursday, Sept. 12

The Think Theatre Series (much like UW-Green Bay’s 6:30 Concert Series) is meant to “push the boundaries of idea and form one spoken word at a time.” UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance faculty and special guests invite you to an inspired series of readings that not only entertain but also provoke responses, pose questions and spark dialogue. The first (Thursday, Sept. 12) is a 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Disgraced” that asks the questions: What is the nature and purpose of faith? How do we account for racial relations in contemporary America?

All Performances

  • Take place in the Weidner Center’s Fort Howard Hall
  • Begin at 6:30 p.m.
  • Are free and open to the public; donations are gladly accepted

UW-Green Bay Provost Michael Alexander announced as conductor for Copland piece, Weidner Philharmonic Concert

Pre-Concert Dinner added to evening line-up. Tickets on sale, now!

Green Bay, Wis. — Michael Alexander, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s new provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, will conduct the first piece of music to be played by the Weidner Philharmonic at its inaugural concert, Sept. 28, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. The piece is Aaron Copland’s inspiring “Fanfare for the Common Man.”

A pre-concert dinner has been added to the evening’s events. The dinner will be held in the Weidner Center’s Fort Howard Hall at 6 p.m. More information, including dinner and dessert choices, can be found when purchasing the tickets online at www.weidnercenter.com. Tickets for the dinner and the performance are sold separately.

Provost Alexander is also a featured guest in the new episode of the “Bird in the Wings” podcast hosted by Weidner Center Executive and Artistic Director Kelli Strickland. Strickland sits down with Alexander to discuss his journey to becoming the provost along with his experience in conducting and his love for music. Listen to the podcast.

Alexander comes to UW-Green Bay having served as director of the School of Music at the University of Northern Colorado. He has also served as the interim director of the School of Music at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. The Grand Island, NY native lived in Wisconsin from 1995 to 2004. He earned his master’s degree at UW-Milwaukee and his doctorate at UW-Madison.

Buoyed by the strong community response to the orchestral concert that opened its 25th anniversary season in 2018, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay music faculty and UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, announced in May the establishment of the Weidner Center Philharmonic Orchestra. According to UW-Green Bay Music Program Chair and Associate Prof. Randy Meder, the Weidner Philharmonic will showcase the talents of UW-Green Bay music faculty, as well as other accomplished orchestral musicians who live and work in the region, in the outstanding acoustical environment of Cofrin Family Hall.

The Weidner Philharmonic inaugural concert, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 will consist of the following selections:

The New World Symphony for a New Symphony

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man (Alexander)
Overture to The School for Scandal (Yampolsky)
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise featuring Courtney Sherman (Meder)
Márquez: Danzón No. 2 (Collins)
Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World” (Yampolsky)

Featured Guest Artist:
Victor Yampolsky, Conductor

Featured Artists:
Michael Alexander, Conductor
Kevin Collins, Conductor
Randy Meder, Conductor
Courtney Sherman, Soprano

Tickets for The New World Symphony for a New Symphony with the Weidner Philharmonic at UW-Green Bay are available by calling Ticket Star at 800-895-0071, online at www.WeidnerCenter.com and in person at all Ticket Star locations.

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.

About the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. The Weidner Center is home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance programs, community events and productions, and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. Beyond the large-scale touring productions that grace the stage, the Weidner Center also focuses on scholastic development, programming and an impactful education series — Stage Doors. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit www.WeidnerCenter.com, call 920-465-2726 or 800-895-0071, or follow ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter).


Fred ‘Doc’ Heide at the Northern Sky Theater dedication

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large traces Northern Sky opening to UW-Green Bay roots

On Labor Day weekend, the Northern Sky Theater dedicated its new $8 million Creative Center near Fish Creek in Door County. Critic at Large Warren Gerds traces the roots of this Northeast Wisconsin gem all the way back to UW-Green Bay and alumnus Fred ‘Doc’ Heide ’74 (Humanism and Cultural Change). This is a story worth reading to remind a community the value of a regional public University. Read the Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Extra! From a hole in the ground – who’da thunk?, via WeAreGreenBay.com.

Heide said, “I agree with your theory: UWGB has had many unanticipated positive effects on the community, and Northern Sky is an excellent example.”

Read more on Heide, who served as a Commencement speaker in 2012, and a look back at early UW-Green Bay.

Photo by Heidi Hodges

An auctioned 1923 Packers stock certificate exceeds expectations, alumnus comments

“Any time we evaluate an item that comes in for auction, we place an estimated value,” said Heritage consignment director Chris Nerat, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 2001. “Even though we have the world’s greatest sports memorabilia experts on staff, sometimes our estimate falls way below what our final realized value is. See more via An auctioned 1923 Packers stock certificate exceeds expectations.

How ‘The Startup Hub’ looks to boost entrepreneurship in Green Bay

Greater Green Bay dreamers, innovators and entrepreneurs now have access to more startup resources after the recent opening of the “Startup Hub” — a centralized facility offering a wide scope of programming and resources to early stage businesses.

…In addition to WTC, the hub is supported by partnerships between the Greater Green Bay Chamber; the Green Bay Wisconsin SCORE Chapter 508; the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay; and the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Small Business Initiative & Entrepreneur Resource Center, and others. More via How ‘The Startup Hub’ Looks to Boost Entrepreneurship in Green Bay, via WisconsinInno.

First Global Studies Roundtable Discussion is Friday, Sept. 13

The UW-Green Bay Global Studies program is holding  a very important campus discussion about the legacy of Alexander von Humboldt, whose anniversary of his 250th birthday is celebrated by the world in 2019. The first fall 2019 conversation, “Alexander von Humboldt: An Intellectual Giant for All Ages,” will be led by Professors Marcelo Cruz (Global Studies, PEA, Geography) and Cristina Ortiz (Global Studies, Humanities and Spanish). The event is Friday, Sept. 13 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Phoenix C, University Union, Green Bay Campus. Free and open to the public.

Come and discover why Alexander von Humboldt is still important and why Green Bay has a street named after him! Following the presentation, the audience will get a chance to ask our experts questions. These discussions allow us, as a campus, to have important and timely conversations about topical events and processes around the world.  

Spread the word. See the event on facebook.

UW-Green Bay employees receive savings on Women’s Leadership Retreat

The Office of Continuing Education and Community Engagement Division of Continuing Professional Education is offering a Women’s Leadership Retreat, October 21-23, 2019. Join them for three inspiring days in scenic Door County. UW-Green Bay employees will receive $50 off their registration. Keynote speakers include Joan Malcheski of the Green Bay Packers and Karmen Lemke the CEO of Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes. Workshops will include StengthsFinders led by Kristin O’Dell and team building led by Door County Adventures. Additional sessions will include presentations by Valerie Murreneus Pilmaier, Ph.D.; Jennifer Dirks, President and CEO of TEMPO Milwaukee and Laurie Crawford of Laurie Crawford Coaching LLC. Full details, here. Registration includes conference materials, all meals, and two-nights lodging at the beautiful Landmark Resort.

Prof. Coen does WPR Central Time segment about Flores agreement, and Trump rule

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Alise Coen (Political Science, Public & Environmental Affairs) was interviewed on WPR’s Central Time for a segment about the Flores agreement and the Trump administration’s new rule impacting migrant children and families. You can listen to the segment here.

University Leadership Awards nominations due Sunday, Sept. 15

The online nomination process for the 39th annual University Leadership Awards program (Chancellor’s Medallion, University Leadership Award and Outstanding Student Award) is now open. The deadline for nominating is Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. The process is secure and will have the most current information available.

The University Leadership Awards honor Green Bay campus students who have demonstrated academic excellence along with outstanding leadership at the university and in the community. Currently, only students enrolled at the Green Bay campus are eligible for these awards. Each of our branch campuses administers a unique awards process and ceremony; for more information, contact your Solution Center staff.

Below are the nomination instructions. These instructions are also on the nomination web page for review when you are ready to nominate.

  • Review the award nomination criteria on the University Leadership Awards Website
  • Step 1: Click on Nominations and log in using your campus login credentials. Find a student to nominate by searching for their name or by viewing a list of potential graduates; add the student and award nomination to your nomination list
  • Step 2: Review your ENTIRE nomination list
  • Step 3: Submit your ENTIRE nomination list
  • You will receive an email confirmation upon completion
  • Important: Your nominations will not be submitted or saved until you complete step 3.
  • You will be timed-out after several hours of inactivity and your unsaved nomination list will be emptied. Please complete all your nominations in a single session.
  • Nominations can only be submitted one time. After you complete your nominations, any additional nominations will need to be sent via email to osl@uwgb.edu.

To access the nomination site, you can find it on the Student Life website, or by clicking on the direct link https://sis.uwgb.edu/studentlife/awards/nomination/.