New Distance Education coordinator appointed

Nichole LaGrow has joined the Academic Affairs team at UW-Green Bay in a brand-new position as coordinator of Distance Education. Distance Education will play an increasingly larger role as the University seeks to increase access for students by extending curricular offerings to all four campuses, build partnerships with public high schools and technical colleges, develop programs to reach students throughout the 16-county region and recruit new students across the state, the nation and internationally. LaGrow’s appointment began Nov. 11, 2019.  She will report to Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Clifton Ganyard.

LaGrow’s responsibilities include the development, implementation, management and promotion of the University’s distance education offerings. She will work with the academic Nichole La Growdeans, the campus executive officers and the registrar to ensure that distance education needs are met at each campus. In addition, she will encourage innovation in distance education programming to enhance accessibility and student success and to promote best practices in distance education. The position is a highly collaborative one that will work closely with a number of divisions and offices, including Enrollment Services, Information Technology, Student Success and Engagement, the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) and Institutional Strategy and Effectiveness.

LaGrow comes to UW-Green Bay from Ellucian, where she served as the executive director of Learning Design and Development. She has a wide variety of higher education experience and has served at numerous different institutions, including Rowan College at Burlington County, where she served as the dean of Liberal Arts, and Northampton County Community College, where she served as the director of the Learning Center. Her educational background includes a BA and a MA in English, a Ph.D. in Modern History and Literature, an MS in Adult Education, an MSM in Human Resources and an MBA.  LaGrow’s diverse education and experience will be beneficial as UW-Green Bay develops, expands and implements curricular programs in a variety of modalities.

Coming up! UW-Green Bay music, performance and arts events

Check out the music, theater and art performances at UW-Green Bay’s four campuses in the weeks ahead:

Green Bay Campus
Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Nov. 21, 7 p.m., Cofrin Family Hall, Weidner Center
Rocky Horror Show, Nov. 21, 22 and 23 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 22, 11 p.m., University Theatre, Weidner Center
Jazz Ensembles, Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m., University Theatre, Weidner Center
Larry the Cable Guy, Nov. 30, 8 p.m., Cofrin Family Hall, Weidner Center
Chamber Ensembles, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Fort Howard Hall, Weidner Center
Concert Choir and University Singers, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Cofrin Family Hall, Weidner Center
Wind Ensembles/Orchestra & Symphonic Band, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., Cofrin Family Hall, Weidner Center
Rais Bhuiyan, Dec. 10, 6 p.m., Cofrin Family Hall, Weidner Center
Swing for the Holidays, Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m., Cofrin Family Hall, Weidner Center
47th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Nov. 14-Dec. 12, Lawton Gallery
Lawton Small Talks: Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Nov. 21, 12:30-1 p.m., Lawton Gallery

Marinette Campus
Reckless, Nov. 22, 23, and 24 7:30 p.m., Theatre on the Bay
A Journey East: Japanese Bunraku Puppets!, Dec. 14, 1 p.m.; Dec. 15, 5 p.m., Lakeside Hall Building

Manitowoc Campus
LWE Festival of Christmas, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Capitol Civic Centre
Color Dynamics Structures, Nov. 1-Dec. 7, Founder’s Hall Art Gallery
Movie: The Field, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2 p.m. Manitowoc Campus Theatre

Sheboygan Campus
Sheboygan Files & Assorted Mysteries, Dec. 6-Feb. 14, 2020, Fine Arts Gallery





UW-Green Bay Entrepreneur-in-Residence gives guest lecture for UWGB Entrepreneurial Finance class

On Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, UW-Green Bay hosted the first event of the annual Startup Green Bay Week, as per tradition. This year, the UW-Green Bay Entrepreneurial Finance class opened its classroom to the public, including local press, for what would have been a typical guest lecture. However, Aaron Kennedy, founder of Noodles and Company and UW-Green Bay Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Titletown Tech, filled the room. Kennedy motivated with his startup story and how he came to be where he is today. He detailed his journey from graduate school at UW-Madison, to working on launching Lunchables for Oscar Meyer, and then moving on to Pepsi where he helped turn the soft drink into the “Taste of a New Generation.” Kennedy concluded his story with his work at Titletown Tech, where he helps startups invest into branding themselves well and fine-tuning their marketing. More on Kennedy’s talk was covered in a story by business reporter Jeff Bollier in the Green Bay Press Gazette.

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: ‘And So We Walked’ dynamic in Green Bay | wearegreenbay

“Shape changing, a lover, dreams with images and voices of grandmothers, a mysterious highway mishap, tribal politics and an actor’s veering life. Those are just a few elements in a play in a league of its own.” Critic Warren Gerds gives opinion of “And So We Walked,” which was performed at the Weidner Center from Nov. 14 to 16, 2019. More information via Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: ‘And So We Walked’ dynamic in Green Bay | wearegreenbay.

Pieter deHart is new associate vice chancellor for Graduate Studies

Pieter deHart has agreed to be the new associate vice chancellor for Graduate Studies. His first day will be Jan. 6, 2020. deHart has a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and he is currently the dean of the School of Environmental Citizenship and professor of biology at Unity College in Maine. He has impressive research credentials and will work with Roger Wareham and the Office of Grants and Research to continue to grow UW-Green Bay’s portfolio in this area.


UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus student takes second place at pitch event

UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus student Nathan Bihini placed second at the “Invent Your North” Hatch Event on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Bihini’s success at the pitch event qualifies him to compete for the $5,000 grand prize in Green Bay on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 for the Hatch Regional Finale, presented by New North and BrightStar.

He extends his gratitude to Associate Lecturer, Sue Craver, for her mentorship and guidance during this process.

Bihini pitches at Hatch Event


Kwanzaa celebration, Dec. 7, 2019 in Phoenix Rooms

UW-Green Bay Multi Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA), Black Student Union and Office of Student Life are extending a welcome to everyone to attend the Kwanzaa celebration on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms. This is a free family event. There will be entertainment by Appleton North Step team, food and keynote speaker Robyn Davis from Brown County United Way. If you have any questions, please contact multicultural advisor Bao Sengkhammee at

UW-Green Bay and CAVU Flight Academy offer students the chance to learn to fly

Green Bay, Wis.— Are you or someone you know interested in learning to fly for recreation or as a career? Students ages 16 and older can expand their horizon through the realm of flight and aerodynamics with “Aviation and Aerodynamics for Private Pilots,” a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement offering through the CAVU Flight School.

CAVU’s Flight School premier training program is designed to help participants understand the aerodynamic principles and physics of powered flight, as well as to evaluate the exciting field of aviation as a career or hobby. This course prepares students for successfully passing the FAA Private Pilot written exam. Upon completion of the 10-week course, participants will receive an endorsement to take the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test.

Participants interested in taking the course and learning to fly can choose from two different locations:

  • Green Bay – Mondays – Jan. 27, 2020 through April 6, 2020 – 6 to 9 p.m. CAVU Flight Academy, Executive Air Building at Austin Straubel Airport, 2131 Airport Dr.
  • Appleton – Wednesdays – Jan. 29, 2020 through April 8, 2020 – 6 to 9 p.m. CAVU Flight Academy, Appleton Platinum Flight Center, N259 Ares Dr.

The course fee is $375 and includes course materials. The course fee does not include taking the FAA Knowledge Test or any associated materials.

“Aviation and Aerodynamics for Private Pilots” is taught by Sherwood (Woody) Williams, flight instructor and owner of CAVU Flight Academy in Green Bay, along with other certified instructors. This program is made available by CAVU Flight Academy in cooperation with Executive Air and UW-Green Bay.

For more information or to register, go online or contact Crystal Williams in the UW-Green Bay Office of Continuing Education and Community Engagement at 920-465-2480; office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The deadline to register is January 24, 2020, or until all spots are filled. For questions about this training, please contact Dr. Sherwood Williams at (920) 850-0263 or

Reminder: Learn about a doula on Friday, Nov. 22

First Nations Studies will be hosting business owner/doula, Nakita J. Tepolt, in the Education Center for First Nations Studies, Wood Hall 410 on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is free and open to all faculty, students and members of the public. Among the topics Tepolt will discuss are pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum and breastfeeding. Light refreshments and snacks provided.