Small Business Development Center now located in Austin E. Cofrin School of Business

2020 brings much change and excitement for the Small Business Development Centers of Wisconsin, as it celebrates its 40-year anniversary. The first change is the rebranding of the new Wisconsin SBDC logo. The second change is the Small Business Development Center at UW-Green Bay has moved to campus! The SBDC is now located in the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business in Wood Hall 202. Watch the Log for an upcoming announcement for an SBDC Open House in February.

Assistant Prof. Md Maruf Hossain applies for patent design for a new turbine system from the Resch School of Engineering

UW-Green Bay Resch School of Engineering is aiming to improve “the efficiency of wind power generation” through a new turbine design. Assistant Prof. Md Maruf Hossain (Engineering) recently applied for a patent for the design. The design utilizes vertical axis systems rather than horizontal axis wind turbines. “By slimming down the system, Hossain aims to develop a turbine that requires less wind to operate and generates more power per tower.” More via Wind turbine design aims to improve efficiency | WisBusiness.

Social Work kicks off the new year with international collaboration

UW-Green Bay’s Social Work Professional Programs in the College of Health, Education, & Social Welfare (CHESW) are ringing in the New Year with an official international agreement with the University of Gothenburg in Gothenburg, Sweden. Effective January 1, 2020, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been approved between the two institutions which will allow for student, faculty and staff exchanges between the Master’s of Social Work Program and the Master’s Program in International Social Work and Human Rights in the University of Gothenburg Social Work Department. It is anticipated that two students from each institution would participate in the exchange which is set to kick off in the January 2021 semester. Faculty and staff exchanges are yet to be determined.

This “Scandinavian Interdisciplinary Initiative,” was developed with the support of Dean Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Social Work faculty and staff, the assistance of MSW Program Chair, Prof. Gail Trimberger and Democracy and Justice Studies Associate Prof. Andrew Austin. The initiative emerged from the sabbatical research of Associate Prof. Doreen Higgins (Social Work) who conducted sabbatical research on the social welfare state at the University of Gothenburg in 2018. This initiative will progress with the 2020 sabbatical research of Prof. Austin who has been invited as a faculty scholar in the Department of Sociology and Work Science at the University of Gothenburg. It is hoped that these efforts, over time, will broaden to other academic units at both UW-Green Bay and the University of Gothenburg. The photo above depicts the final phase of the exchange project with a formal signing of the MOU on December 9. Left to right: Dean Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Provost Michael Alexander, Associate Prof. Doreen Higgins, and Brent Blahnik, director of the Office of International Education.

The University of Gothenburg is the third-oldest of the current Swedish universities with 38,000+ students, 6,000 faculty and staff, and 190+ degree programs. The Department of Social Work hosts 1,400 students in several undergraduate and graduate majors, and holds 130+ faculty and staff. The Social Work department is centrally located in the city of Gothenburg, one of the largest in all of the Nordic countries. Gothenburg’s population is approximately 600,000 residents, with a metro area exceeding 1 million.

Transact (formerly Blackboard) upgrade, scheduled for Jan. 21-22

University ID Services will be going through a software upgrade on Jan. 21-22, 2020. Because of the upgrade, Pass, Dining and FAST Point account deposits will not be possible. Additionally, Pass Points will not be accepted as a form of payment in the campus vending machines, at The Phoenix Bookstore or at off-campus merchant locations. Credit cards will not be accepted as a form of payment at campus retail outlets. Other services that use the University ID card may be modified as well. New and replacement University ID cards will not be possible on these days. We apologize for any inconvenience.

SIS upgrade Jan. 17-Jan. 21, 2020

An upgrade to UW-Green Bay’s Student Information System (SIS) is planned for Jan. 17, 2020 starting at 4 p.m. until Tuesday morning, Jan. 21, 2020. SIS will be unavailable during this time. Other applications that interface with SIS will still be available during this time. After the upgrade, browser shortcuts will need to be updated to this link. Please contact Michael Bubolz (bubolzm@uwgb.edu) in the IT Division if you have any questions or concerns.

Top UW-Green Bay news of 2019

Take a look back on the top editorial content from UW-Green Bay in 2019. These pieces generated the most buzz.


Retired UW-Green Bay faculty member endows $1 million strings professorship

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Founding UW-Green Bay Band Director, Robert J. Bauer and his wife Joanne, announced their $1 million gift to the University in January 2019. The gift is being used to create an endowed professorship fund designed to support and advance the academic activities of the strings music faculty and students at UW-Green Bay. Read more.


Marinette Campus professor researches possible link between environmental exposure to algae and Alzheimer’s

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UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus professor, Renee Richer, has conducted research on algae, and its possible link to Alzheimer’s. Richer’s work is part of a larger study being led by Paul Cox, a Harvard ethnobotanist. Read more.


No longer marked with an x, UW-Green Bay Prof. Ryan Martin’s talk is now TED official

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UW-Green Bay Professor and Associate Dean Ryan Martin’s (Psychology, CAHSS) TEDx FondduLac Talk, “The Upside of Anger” was promoted to TED Talk status in March, meaning that Martin’s presentation was spread nationally, and globally through the TED.com website. See more.


UW-Green Bay names Noodles & Company Founder, Aaron Kennedy, TitletownTech Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Aaron KennedyThe founder of Noodles & Company and former Chairman/CEO, Aaron Kennedy, was added to the TitltownTech leadership team in April 2019. Kennedy was named Entrepreneur-in-Residence by UW-Green Bay’s former Chancellor, Gary L. Miller. and is working in collaboration with the UW-Green Bay Cofrin School of Business to educate and provide guidance in business development and operational areas, as well as working with the UW System’s Economic Development Office to generate collaborations with all UW System institutions. Read more.


Coach-to-coach and coast-to-coast, Green Bay women’s basketball has generational impact

Pictured, left to right, Sam Terry, Kayla Tetschlag, Amanda (Leonhard) Perry, Sue (Klaubauf) Bodilly, Lavessa (Glover) Verhagen, Erin (Templin) Barkley and Nancy (Cieslewicz) Strong.

Green Bay women’s basketball secured its 42nd-consecutive winning season in 2019, this streak includes 20-straight conference titles and 18 NCAA Tournament appearances. Through it all, the program has only had three head coaches — Carol Hammerle (25 seasons), Matt Bollant (5) and current Head Coach Kevin Borseth (15). But maybe more impressive is the legacy left by the players in the program, who go on to spread the Phoenix philosophy to teams locally and nationwide. A quick look at past rosters and present coaches shows more than 35 former Phoenix who have gone on to leave their mark in the high school and college coaching ranks. See more.


UW-Green Bay names Michael Alexander as next Provost

Michael AlexanderIn May, former Chancellor, Gary L. Miller named Michael Alexander UW-Green Bay’s next provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. Alexander began his role officially in July of 2019 and is the 13th provost at UW-Green Bay. Read more.


It’s official: Dornbush named dean of UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business

Matt DornbushFormer UW-Green Bay Provost Greg Davis appointed Mathew Dornbush, most recently interim dean, to the permanent dean for UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business in May 2019. Dornbush was named interim dean in August 14, 2018, after the retirement of Douglas Hensler. Prior to that role, he served as associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and director of Graduate Studies since 2015. Read more.


Iconic art depicts ‘Phoenix rising’ at UW-Green Bay

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“Phoenix Rising” by Carl Vanderheyden

Metal artist Carl Vanderheyen created the new “Phoenix Rising” sculpture in 2019. “Our students have shared their desire for an iconic place on campus to gather and also for that signature ‘UW-Green Bay photo,’” said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate, Eric E. Arneson. The piece was installed in the center of the Cofrin Library circle on the Green Bay Campus in August 2019. See more.


A dissection class was the impetus for alumna Samantha Kuba, now a medical examiner

Samantha Kuba in the medical examiner's lab

UW-Green Bay Chair of Biology and Human Biology Prof. Dan Meinhardt, wrote about a rare opportunity to observe one of his former star students, alumna Samantha Kuba ’13 (Human Biology, Biology) in action, as she continues to develop her UW-Green Bay found-passion in dissection into a career as a medical examiner. UW-Green Bay graduate, Samantha Kuba. Sam, an Appleton native, says she “fell in love” with dissection while earning degrees in Human Biology and Biology (emphases in Health Science and Animal Biology, respectively) at the Green Bay campus. She describes my Comparative Anatomy class as her first real introduction to dissection, and credits two other UW-Green Bay experiences for getting her hired into her current career. Read more.


Sgt. Dave Jones Takes Over as UW-Green Bay’s Chief of Police

Sgt. Dave JonesSgt. Dave Jones, the former emergency manager and investigative supervisor for UW-Green Bay University Police, was appointed UWGB’s Chief of Police and began his new role Aug. 5, 2019. Jones replaced Tom Kujawa who retired in April 2019. Read more.


Top news stories of 2019 compiled by Shelby Smith, social media intern, UW-Green Bay Marketing and University Communication