The Door County Master Gardeners Association (DCMGA, dcmga.org) will host the free, public program “Spiders and People: An Uneasy Relationship” on March 20, 7 pm, in the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. Also enjoy delicious treats baked by volunteers. Mike Draney, chair of Natural and Applied Sciences, will explore the impression that spiders have made on human culture, the negative attitudes humans often have about arachnids, and how people can develop a more comfortable relationship with the spiders that share our homes and gardens. Draney has a particular interest in the ecology and taxonomy of sheet web spiders. Source: UW-Green Bay Prof. Draney to present ‘Spiders and People’ Lecture March 20 – Door County Pulse
Top women leaders from throughout the New North will be honored at the inaugural Insight Women of Influence Awards Luncheon on March 31. More than 80 women from throughout the region were nominated for the awards, which celebrate the difference these women leaders are making in their organizations and communities. A panel of judges selected the eight winners, including Cynthia Estrup, UW-Green Bay Police, who will receive the Trailblazer Award. Source: UW-Green Bay Officer Cynthia Estrup to receive Women of Influence Award – Insight Publications
Officials in charge of health, travel and education in Wisconsin are gearing up this week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Americans to prepare for the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus.
It’s not just health officials, either. UW-Green Bay is monitoring the situation as well.
“We’re closely working with our international student population, as well as students studying abroad,” said Brent Blahnik, the Director of International Education at UW-Green Bay. “We have brought one student back early from an overseas study abroad program out of an abundance of caution.”
Only one case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the state of Wisconsin, with a few more tests still pending. 53 cases have been reported within the United States.
This time of year brings many Wisconsinites out on Friday nights for fish fries. Over the years, yellow lake perch has gotten harder to find on menus. The Farmory in Green Bay is attempting to turn the tied on the shortage and in the process, help out Wisconsin farmers. Dr. Ken Webb, an aqua-culture expert at UW-Green Bay, has observed the once thriving local yellow perch population become almost non-existant. “Almost all of the yellow lake perch that we eat in Wisconsin comes from Canada,” said Dr. Ken Webb, an aquaculture expert at UWGB. Webb has seen a once thriving local yellow lake perch population become almost non-existent. The shortage doesn’t just affect what’s on your plate. Perch are a big part of the food chain in the Great Lakes. “This is terrifying. This is the fundamental base of the food web in the lakes. Basically all of the fish that we’re interested in eating from yellow perch up, eat yellow perch,” said Webb. Source: Wisconsin Farmory helping with perch shortage | spectrumnews1.com
Green Bay Athletics has recently added two more names to its “Top 50 Most Influential Leaders in Green Bay Athletics History” list. The first is the Modern Era Green Bay women’s basketball program. The program has won 20 consecutive conference championships from the 1998-1999 season through the 2017-2018 season, making 17 NCAA Tournament appearances during that time. The program produced 19 professional women’s basketball players in the last 20 years and has only been coached by three individuals during that timeframe, Carole Hammerle, Matt Bollant and Kevin Borseth. The second addition to the list was Mark Murphy, current president and CEO of the Green Bay Packers. Murphy is a vocal supporter of Athletics on UW-Green Bay’s Council of Trustees and has been a trusted council for Green Bay athletic directors and department leadership throughout his tenure. He has aided with strategic direction, as well as helped fundraising efforts, such as the Phoenix Packers Steak Fry.
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre will present seven performances of “This Random World” by Steven Dietz starting this week in Jean Weidner Theatre of Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27-29 and March 4-7. Info: weidnercenter.com. Directing is John Mariano of the theater faculty. Performing are UWGB students. According to a press release: The play is recommended for ages 12 and older. In a world that seems to be filled with chaos, Steven Dietz asks the audience to question the chaos and randomness of our lives and how they intersect with some people while missing connections with others. Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Steven Dietz play ‘This Random World’ opening in Green Bay
UW-Green Bay will be offering something a little different this fall. For those interested in pursuing an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree can now enroll for the Accelerated Degree program, which will, according to the University provide “anywhere, anytime access—as students will be able to engage in courses when it is convenient for them, as all class content will be made available online and through video lectures.” In addition, the Accelerated Degree program will be the University’s first in which students will be able to complete all courses in six-week (or four-week summer) increments, providing increased flexibility for working adults and those who aren’t able to take classes on campus. Students will have an option to attend in-person lectures with instructors one Saturday per month. More information can be found at UWGB.edu/accelerated-degree.
The Green Bay Nordic skiing, along with the swimming and diving seasons, are officially over. The Nordic ski team competed at the Central Regionals in Ishpeming, Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 22 and Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. UW-Green Bay freshman Lara Ketterer was the first Green Bay nordic skier to cross the finish line, finishing 11th overall and qualifying for the NCAA Championships in Bozeman, Montana from Wednesday, March 11 through Saturday, March 14.
The swimming and diving team finished their season last weekend. The men’s team came in fifth overall, while the women’s team finished sixth overall. Junior Max Boehnlein won the 200 breaststroke individual championship, while junior Anna Liu (100 freestyle), junior Ben Redman (100 freestyle) and senior Riley Darling (200 butterfly) all were runner-ups in their competitions.
Being the Number One ranked basketball team in Wisconsin puts a big target on your back, but former UWGB teammates Kati Coleman and Celeste Ratka are familiar with the pressure that comes with being that top team. Head Coaches Coleman and Ratka are currently ranked Number One in Division 1 (Bay Port High School) and Number One in Division 2 (Hortonville High). Both teams have a legitimate chance of making it to the 2020 Wisconsin Girls State Basketball at the Resch Center in Green Bay for March Madness. More in the The COMM Voice, by UW-Green Bay students Jacob Lenzendorf, Adam Mansa and Nik Sandona.