Video: The Phoenix (sculpture) has landed

The introduction to the new sculpture on the Green Bay Campus, “Phoenix Rising,” located at the Cofrin Library entrance, will be Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 3:30 p.m. Vice Chancellor Eric Arneson, student leaders and artist Carl Vanderheyden are on the short program to speak about the sculpture. Refreshments will be provided and all are welcome to attend.

First-year students started a new tradition at UW-Green Bay, taking a freshman photo with the sculpture.

See the interview with Vanderheyden and what inspired him during completion of the 13-foot steel and stainless steel creation.

Video by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication photographer/videographer

The Blitz is on!

The UW-Green Bay Early Bird Blitz is a recruitment promotion in which those who apply early can score two tickets to the Packers vs. Carolina game on Nov. 10. This Packers ticket prize drawing is designed to reward students who tackle their UW-Green Bay college applications early.

Eligible participants must complete and submit the UW System online application to Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc or Sheboygan for any UW-Green Bay 2020 term by Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 to be entered into the drawing. Four will be randomly selected to each win a pair of tickets to the game.

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Media statements regarding the announcement of interim chancellor at UW-Green Bay

Sheryl Van Gruensven
Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven

Green Bay, Wis.—Earlier today, UW System President Ray Cross named Sheryl L. Van Gruensven as the interim chancellor of UW-Green Bay. Van Gruensven is UW-Green Bay’s current vice chancellor for business and finance and has served in numerous roles at UW-Green Bay. Van Gruensven will replace Gary L. Miller, effective Sept. 30, 2019, who is stepping down to become president of the University of Akron.

Statements to the media regarding the appointment:

From Chancellor Gary L. Miller:

“I am extremely pleased and excited by President Cross’ decision to appoint Sheryl as interim chancellor of the University. She has played a major part in every aspect of the transformation we have undertaken at Green Bay over the past five years. Sheryl is responsible for developing the strategy to put us into a stable financial position after years of enrollment declines. She was fully involved in the development of our engineering proposals, the new mission and the expansion of our academic portfolio. Her work at the System level is highly respected and her opinion sought. She is the right person to lead the university during this period of transition.”

From Sheryl Van Gruensven:

“It is an honor to be named as the interim chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay,” said Sheryl Van Gruensven. “I thank Chancellor Miller for his leadership in transforming the University over the last five years, and for leadership from faculty, staff and students as we move this exceptional University forward. Through close collaboration with faculty, staff and students, we will continue to carry out the mission and vision which have led to four consecutive years of enrollment growth, increased academic offerings and an improved and sound financial footing.

I commit to work collaboratively with the UW Board of Regents, President Cross, the UW-Green Bay Council of Trustees, our newly expanded region in Northeast Wisconsin and the University community to offer any assistance needed for finding the next permanent chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.”

Van Gruensven will be available for interview/comments from 2 to 3 p.m. today, Thursday, August 29, 2019. Please make arrangements via Director of Media Relations, Sue Bodilly, bodillys@uwgb.edu or 920-465-5502.


Press Release from the UW System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2019

Cross names Sheryl L. Van Gruensven as interim chancellor of UW-Green Bay

MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross has named Sheryl L. Van Gruensven as the interim chancellor of UW-Green Bay. Van Gruensven is the institution’s vice chancellor for business and finance and has served in numerous roles at UW-Green Bay.

“Sheryl is a well-regarded administrator and budget and finance specialist,” Cross said. “She has my full confidence to lead UW-Green Bay in the coming months.”

Prior to being named vice chancellor for business and finance in 2016, Van Gruensven had served in that role as an interim. She was UW-Green Bay’s director of human resources starting in 2005. She joined the institution in 2004.

The vice chancellor for business and finance is the institution’s lead administrator for budgeting, accounting, and fiscal control. The position oversees about 175 employees and a range of business operations and services, including budget, information technology, buildings and grounds, facilities planning, financial services, purchasing, risk management, human resources, and university police.

Van Gruensven has led UW-Green Bay’s efforts to create a new incentive-based budget model, eliminate a $3-million structural deficit while investing in key areas that have resulted in a fourth straight year of enrollment growth, and incorporate a new budgeting system and new services at the two-year campuses. Van Gruensven will replace Gary L. Miller effective Oct. 1. Miller is stepping down to become president of the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.

The membership of the Search and Screen Committee and the Special Regent Committee will be named soon.

Van Gruensven, who will not be a candidate for the permanent position, is well-regarded in the Green Bay community, on campus, and among the institution’s Council of Trustees. She is co-founder and co-leader of the Women’s Leadership group at UW-Green Bay and a board member of the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes Council.

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Artwork inspired by Richter Museum of Natural History is at center of Lawton Gallery exhibit, Sept. 5-Oct. 3

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Lawton Gallery announces the opening of the first exhibition of the year, “Museum of Natural Inspiration: Artists Explore the Richter Collection.”

Museum of Natural Inspiration<br /> Artists Explore the Richter Collection
Museum of Natural Inspiration
Artists Explore the Richter Collection
Sept. 5 – Oct. 3

This exhibition, in collaboration with the Center for Biodiversity’s Richter Museum of Natural History, features artists who have created artwork inspired from the Richter’s collection of specimens. These specimens will be displayed alongside the artwork they have inspired in a true partnership of art and science.

The opening reception is Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Lawton Gallery Theatre Hall, (Room 230), UW-Green Bay and at a satellite location, Artless Bastard Gallery in De Pere, Wis. from 6 to 8 p.m.

The exhibit is part of a year-long celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Center for Biodiversity.

The exhibition will run from Sept. 5 through Oct. 3. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All Lawton Gallery events are free and open to the public. If you have a disability and would like to discuss accommodations, please contact Curator of Art, Emma Hitzman at hitzmane@uwgb.edu or visit the Lawton Gallery website at www.uwgb.edu/lawton.

Lawton Gallery note:
Warhol Screenprints on Loan to The River Arts Center, Prairie du Sac

The Lawton Gallery announces the loan of the Andy Warhol screenprints to the River Arts Center, located on the Wisconsin River in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. Nine screenprints by Warhol, donated to the University in 2008 by the Andy Warhol Foundation, will be on display from Sept. 3 to Nov. 22, 2019.  More information about the exhibition or the River Arts Center can be found on its website at www.riverartsinc.org.

For more information, contact Emma Hitzman at hitzmane@uwgb.edu.

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.

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‘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)
Barber:
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).

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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.