While it may be common for college cheerleaders to cheer on football teams, not many college cheerleaders can say they cheer for their local NFL football team. Green Bay Phoenix Cheer Team, along with St. Norbert College cheerleaders, are collegiate cheerleaders of the Green Bay Packers, of which UW-Green Bay is a Higher Education Partner. They showed their support for the Packers at a number of pep rallies, and of course, they were present at Lambeau Field on Sunday, Jan. 12 for the Packers play-off win against the Seattle Seahawks. Members of the Cheer Team call it an “amazing opportunity” to cheer for both the Phoenix and the Packers.
Jazz Fest is celebrating its 50th anniversary starting on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 on UW-Green Bay’s campus. Associate Prof. of Music Adam Gaines explains the history of Jazz Fest and what people can expect from this year’s lineup. Below is the list of events:
- Thursday, January 23 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Join jazz alumni at the Blue Opus, 1390 Bellevue St, Green Bay, for music and socializing. Suggested donation of $10 at the door with funds going towards the UWGB Jazz Ensemble tour of Slovakia.
- Saturday, January 25 at 4 p.m.: A half dozen area school Jazz bands will take part in a FREE public concert. The concert will be held in the Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.
- Saturday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m.: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band & The Squirrel Nut Zippers concert at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $20.50. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.weidnercenter.com/events.
UW-Green Bay alumna Laurie Gerner (Social Work) ’03 was recently featured with the Waunakee Tribune for her commitment to helping people in the community. More via Tribune Profile: Laurie Gerner: She enjoys helping others | Waunakee Tribune.
UW-Green Bay alumna Shawn Fisher (Communication Processes) ’03 was recognized as a Future 5 recipient in Fond Du Lac due to her involvement with the community and professional success. She was recently promoted to executive director of Agnesian HealthCare. She is also a member of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Scholarship Taskforce.
UW-Green Bay alumnus Brian Kohlmeier (Integrated Leadership Studies) ’17 is to be the next chief of police for Two Rivers, Wis. following Chief Joe Collins retirement. More via Two Rivers Police Chief Joe Collins to retire, Brian Kohlmeier to be next chief | Herald Times Reporter.
The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters announced on Jan. 14, 2020, the seven recipients of the 2020 Academy Fellows Award. Among them was UW-Green Bay Prof. Emeritus Hallet J. ‘Bud’ Harris (NAS), who has dedicated his career and life’s work to scientific solutions to Great Lakes issues.
“His research and advocacy laid the foundation for ecological restoration efforts that are among the most ambitious in the world,” according to his nominators. “His contributions to science and the people of Wisconsin hardly stopped in 1999, however. To this day, he is an effective leader in efforts to improve environmental quality and sustainable resource use in Wisconsin. His contributions range from front-line leadership in water quality issues to meaningful influence on discussions of climate change, environmental economics, and science education. His career as a scientist and leader is approaching 50 years, with no sign of retreat.”
Noteworthy is Harris’s significant publication record, but his major contributions to water science, according to colleagues, are manifest through well-documented influence on public policy. Outcomes of his work, chronicled prominently by reports, research documents, and on-the-ground actions, have led to precedent-setting investments in water quality abatements totaling more than a billion dollars and counting.
At UW-Green Bay, Harris taught undergraduate ecology and graduate courses in wetland ecology and ecosystem management. He and his students carried out research in coastal wetlands of Green Bay as part of the Wisconsin Sea Grant Green Bay Subprogram which he coordinated for eight years. Subsequently he served as “on site coordinator” of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) PCB Mass Balance Study. In that role, Harris laid the foundation for a PCB cleanup effort in the Fox River—said to be the largest fresh water clean-up in the world—resulting in the removal of 2.4 million tons of contaminated sediments. Harris also led consequential efforts to address nonpoint source pollution of sediments and nutrients, a second complex problem in the Fox River/Lower Green Bay ecosystem.
Serving on all three steering committees (Technical, Ad-hoc Science, and Outreach), he was instrumental in precipitating USEPA and Wisconsin DNR actions to develop total maximum daily load (TMDL) regulations for controlling runoff of phosphorous and suspended solids in the Lower Fox River Basin. During this process, he also obtained nearly $1 million in funding to engage high school students and teachers in a successful stream monitoring and education program in the Fox River Watershed. Among many other professional contributions, he currently serves as member and past chair for the Sea Grant Advisory Council, he is a member of the Science Advisory Board of the Wisconsin Initiative for Climate Change Impacts (WICCI), and he is a long-serving leader of the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance Advisory Board.
“The list of Dr. Harris’s leadership roles is truly remarkable, reflecting a passion for applying science to critical ecological and sociological challenges,” say his nominators. “He has contributed significantly to the peer-reviewed scientific literature and he has inspired and mentored hundreds of students. His most important legacy, however, will likely be the public policies and conservation actions that have happened because of his passionate commitment as an applied scientist and community leader.”
After receiving a bachelor of science from Coe College, he graduated with a master’s and Ph.D. from Iowa State University and joined UW–Green Bay in 1969, retiring in 1999. Harris presently serves in a science advisory capacity for four environmental organizations.