Big game for Phoenix men on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m.

It’s a big game for the Phoenix. The men’s basketball program hosts in-state rival UW-Milwaukee on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Resch Center. There will be a throwback jersey giveaway, free admission for high school students, and other promotions. Green Bay will be going for its eighth win in nine games against Milwaukee. The Phoenix (7-10, 2-2) has won four of its last six games, which included impressive victories against UIC and IUPUI in that stretch. See more.

UW-Green Bay prepares for 50th Jazz Fest!

Middle- and high-school Jazz bands from across the state join-in on the fun

GREEN BAY—Jazz Fest, sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and held on the UW-Green Bay campus will celebrate its 50th anniversary this January, with activities that begin Thursday, January 23, 2020.

Jazz Fest invites middle and high school jazz bands from across the state to a day of workshops and masterclasses, Saturday, January 25, 2020, culminating in an afternoon concert featuring several of the school bands. The evening is capped off with a concert by a professional jazz band at the Weidner Center; this year featuring The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and The Squirrel Nut Zippers.

UWGB Jazz Fest is the second oldest jazz festival in Wisconsin. It was started in 1970 by professors Wayne Jaeckel and Lovell Ives, and has been host to thousands of high school students in its 50 years. Students get the chance to work with world-class musician educators in a collegial atmosphere that promotes one of America’s most important art forms. For many years, the festival was competitive in nature and saw upwards of 40 competing bands.

In the first couple of decades, UWGB Jazz Ensemble I would spend the January term in intensive practice sessions preparing for the festival, during which they would then perform with well-known soloists such as Clark Terry. With the loss of the January term, in recent years, the festival has been headlined by professional acts such as this year’s double bill of The Squirrel Nut Zippers and The Dirty Dozen Brass band. In addition, the competition is no longer competitive but features more time for each band with clinicians, including featuring one of the clinicians as a soloist on the added 4 p.m. concert. UWGB Jazz Fest is keeping the long tradition of quality jazz education alive in Northeast Wisconsin.

This year, there are more than a dozen bands from 10 different schools participating: Ashwaubenon High School, Green Bay East High School, Pulaski Middle School, Pulaski High School, Two Rivers High School, Evansville High School, Preble High School, West DePere High School, Bay Port High School and Jefferson High School. Following a morning and afternoon of workshops and masterclasses, six of the bands will participate in a concert to showcase their talents. The concert will be held at 4 p.m. in the Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. This concert is free and the public is welcomed and encouraged to attend. As part of the 50th celebration of Jazz Fest, at the beginning of the 4 p.m. concert and the 7:30 headliner concert, UW-Green Bay Associate Professor and Jazz Fest organizer Adam Gaines will give a brief presentation on the history of Jazz Fest, highlighting some of the accomplishments from over the years.

Also as part of the 50th celebration of Jazz Fest, a Jazz Alumni Dinner Party is being held on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Blue Opus, 1390 Bellevue St., Green Bay. The evening will feature live music and a jam session and be a chance for Jazz alumni to catch up and share their love of the art with other enthusiasts. The event is open to the public and you do not have to be an alumnus to attend. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door. The money raised at this event will help fund the UWGB Jazz Ensemble’s tour of Slovakia in May.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and The Squirrel Nut Zippers have made a name for themselves in the Jazz world by breaking the mold of traditional Jazz and combining it with aspects of Swing, Delta Blues, Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul. Each band will play one set along with a collaboration between the two bands. The headliner concert will be held in the Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $20.50 and are available online at

For more information about Jazz Fest or how your band can take part, please contact Adam Gaines at 920-465-2440 or For a full listing of UW-Green Bay Music events for the 2019-20 season, please visit Additional information about The Squirrel Nut Zippers can be found at: Additional information about The Dirty Dozen Brass Band can be found at:

About the Weidner Center

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 Center is a home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance productions, community events and productions, and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. 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. The Stage Doors Education Series serves more than17,500 students from 63 cities throughout Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula every year. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit, 920-465-2726, 800-895-0071, or follow the ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter).

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 more than 8,700 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


Prof. Kaye discusses politics and new book

Elections are heating up and so are interviews with UW-Green Bay Prof. Harvey Kaye (Democracy and Justice Studies) talking across the nation about the political scene and his new book. Here is an opportunities to listen and watch: Harvey J. Kaye: How Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang’s policies are inspired by America’s radical tradition.

Phoenix Friday and weekend athletic events

Don’t forget, every Friday is Phoenix Friday at UW-Green Bay (even over January Interim). Below are this week’s Phoenix Friday perks:

  • Free coffee at the Garden Café for those showing their Phoenix spirit by wearing spirit wear.
  • $5 Friday lunch at the Cloud Commons for faculty and staff

In addition, here are some weekend athletic events:

  • Green Bay swim meet, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2 p.m., Kress Events Center
  • Sheboygan Men’s Basketball vs. Richland, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2:45 p.m., Sheboygan Gym
  • Green Bay Men’s Basketball vs. Milwaukee, Saturday, Jan. 11, 6 p.m., Resch Center.

Weidner Center referenced in Warren Gerds/Critic at Large 2019 reflection | wearegreenbay

The Weidner Philharmonic and the Weidner Center’s dedication to being a university facility were referenced in Warren Gerds’ reflection of performing arts in the Green Bay Area for 2019. More via Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Thoughts on this and that from 2019 in area performing arts | wearegreenbay.

UW-Green Bay alumna opens gift shop featuring local artists from where she grew up | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

UW-Green Bay alumna Amanda Scholz ’12 (Theatre and Arts Management) recently opened a gift shop in Brown Deer, Wis. The gift shop opened in Nov. 2019, just down the street from her childhood home. More via A Brown Deer native just opened a gift shop featuring local artists down the street from where she grew up | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Jennifer Jones named new assistant vice chancellor for enrollment services

Jennifer Jones has been named the new assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Services for UW-Green Bay. Jones has experience at UW-Green Bay as its director of admissions and the interim assistant vice chancellor for enrollment services from Dec. 2017 to June 2019. Her responsibilities as the assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Services includes recruiting, retaining, and graduating outstanding students. Jones is a ’99 graduate of UW-Green Bay, (Public Administration). She earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from UW-Oshkosh in 2005.

Meredith and Lepak-Gallagher invited to speak at Door County Caregiver Conference

Profs. Sarah Meredith (Music) and Dean Susan Lepak-Gallagher (Nursing) were invited to the Door County Caregiver Conference “Engaging Minds, Empowering Success” on Nov. 15, 2019 at the Aging and Disability Resource Center in Sturgeon Bay. They presented on the “Healing Power of Music” to two groups of caregivers who learned how music can be used to enrich the lives of those with a health condition and how it can be part of taking care of themselves. Various types of music and characteristics of music (e.g., tempo, rhythm) were given as examples for impacting general well-being and specific health conditions (e.g., dementia, Parkinson’s disease).