Marinette campuses partner to expand opportunities

For current and future students of NWTC Marinette and UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus, a new partnership means expanded services, more student activities and seamless learning opportunities.

Read about the Marinette Higher Education Coalition in an article by Jennifer Flatt, NWTC Marinette dean, and Cindy Bailey, UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus, campus executive officer:

Over the last six months, we have been meeting with school districts, business and industry leaders, and community members to talk about the Marinette Area Higher Education Coalition.

As with any coalition, UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus and NWTC Marinette are joining efforts because we share common goals. We both fulfill educational needs beyond high school. We both provide workforce training, whether serving individuals or groups from local employers. We are both committed to lifelong learning through credit and non-credit opportunities. We both exist to help foster economic development in our region and meet people’s needs.

Jennifer Flatt (left) and Cindy Bailey are leading the new Marinette Higher Education Coalition

One purpose of the Coalition is to ensure that we are not duplicating the services needed by the region. In reducing any duplication, we can use our resources to expand what is available and bring greater opportunities to the area.

Why now? With the recent restructure of the UW System, Marinette now boasts a four-year institution in UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus. Our region can now benefit from the availability of several four-year baccalaureate degrees right here in Marinette. Students who complete certain programs at NWTC Marinette will be able to continue their college education right in town.

For our current and future students, the Coalition means coordinated student activities, expanded services, and more opportunities for clubs and events. It means seamless transitions between the two campuses. It means cross-trained staff who can direct students on the best path. It means being able to obtain your desired degree without having to leave the community and while saving a lot of money.

While we are working together, both campuses will maintain their individual identities. Each campus has always offered certain programs that the other did not. We will continue to do so.

But together, we can add even more to the educational and economic vitality of the area. We are excited to serve you. We hope you will visit both our campuses to see how we can help you with facilities rental, career services, individual courses, degree programs, and much more. We are your community resource.

Want to know more? Read more about the coalition here.

Watch for UW-Green Bay Education students and faculty serving as VIPs for annual telethon

On Saturday, March 7 at 9:15 p.m., eight UW-Green Bay Education students (EDUC 352) class and instructor Mary Sue Lavin will be participating on a VIP panel for the Annual CP Telethon. The CP Center, located in Green Bay, supports individuals (and their families) with physical, developmental, communication and sensory conditions. The Education class will visit the CP Center on Thursday, March 5 for a tour and to learn about the amazing things CP does. Saturday they will be on air from 9:15-10 p.m. answering the phones and taking donations. “Our students are excited to represent UW-Green Bay and do some good in our community!” said Lavin.

Phli Clampit at the podium for Comm Week

Communication Week 3x3x3 showcase, film festival & Wackiest Word winners announced

On Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, UW-Green Bay Communication students participated in the 3x3x3 showcase and film festival with a chance to win scholarship money. The events, as well as a banquet afterwards, concluded Communication Week 2020.

The “Competitive Spark Endowment,” funded by Dental City, provided $2,000 in awards to be divided among the winners of Comm Week events. Dental City is a Green Bay-based distributor of dental supplies, with deep connections to the University, including many UW-Green Bay alumni employees. Through Competitive Spark, Dental City aims to turn the traditional merit-based award process upside down by rewarding performance in structured competitions including Comm Week, Business Week and Innovation in Aging.

Congratulations to the winners of the 3x3x3 showcase: Lindsay Fanning, Meg Lehman, Rebecca Schwerman, Alison Denecke and Marissa Lung for their presentation on a social media court case analysis, originally presented in Communication Law in fall 2019. The first place winner for the film festival is Jenna Bares, who submitted a women’s basketball travel vlog. Below are the second and third place winners:

3x3x3 Showcase
2nd place: Megan Coenen, Mariah Lorfeld, Emily Gerlikovski and Jan-Marie Matthysse; Implementing a Change in a Paper Production Plant
3rd place: Jada Davis and Mikay Martens; Green Bay Booyah

Film Festival
2nd place: Kyle Malzhan; Troy Black Baseball News Package
3rd Place: Mckenzie Rasmussen; UWGB Housing Crisis News Package

The 2020 Wisconsin Wackiest Word Winner was also announced at the banquet as “brewski,” which simply signifies the way Wisconsinites sometimes refer to beer.

 

 

Don’t forget it’s Psych Week!

Psych Week continues on the UW-Green Bay campus until Friday, March 6. Upcoming events include Volunteer Night on Thursday, March 5, 2020 and One Love Training on Friday, March 6. This engaging 1.5 hour film workshop is transforming the way students view and discuss relationship abuse. The workshop was designed by the One Love Foundation in memory of Yeardly Love, a senior at UVA who was killed by her ex-boyfriend. Psych Week started on Monday, March 2 with a photo booth and community lecture by UW-Madison Prof. Carol Ryff (Psychology). The photo booth will also be at events all week long for students to share their love of #UWGBpsychweek. Pictured above are students and faculty expressing their passion for the UW-Green Bay Psychology.

Photos Gallery: Homecoming 2020 in review

UW-Green Bay students, alumni, staff/faculty and fans/friends celebrated their Phoenix Pride by joining in the fun at Homecoming 2020. Following window decorating, a declaration by the Green Bay Mayor, pep rallies and chalk talks, the week ended with two important Phoenix basketball victories and a blast at Krash the Kress.

Click to advance slideshow or view the album on Flickr.

Homecoming 2020

– Photos by Dan Moore, Sue Pischke, and Liesl Sigourney, Marketing and University Communication

Call to the wild: Jade Arneson finds passion in wildlife, inspiration from Aldo Leopold

Arneson is first-ever UW-Green Bay recipient of the Aldo Leopold Memorial Scholarship

While an undergraduate student at UW-Madison a few years ago, current UW-Green Bay graduate student Jade Arneson scanned the shelves of the library searching for a copy of A Sand County Almanac, authored by former UW-Madison Prof. Aldo Leopold, one of the most well-known conservationists of the 20th century.

While there were plenty of Almanac’s to choose from, Arneson perused through several copies before finding one she particularly gravitated towards—one with small sketches of wildlife inside, and a specific, personalized dedication. Her own copy of A Sand County Almanac looks much like the one she found a few years ago in that library; personalized and filled with sketches.

This was the beginning of Arneson’s connection with Leopold, one that she wrote about in her application for the Aldo Leopold Memorial Scholarship. Just a few weeks ago, the second-year student in UW-Green Bay’s Master’s Degree Program in Environmental Science and Policy, found out that she would be the recipient of the prestigious and competitive award, provided and selected by the Wisconsin Chapter of the Wildlife Society. Never before given to a UW-Green Bay student, the award provides a significant scholarship to the recipient who has “made a commitment to the wildlife profession and has shown exceptional commitment to developing themselves professionally.”

Lesa Kardash (right), chair of the Leopold Scholarship review committee presents the award to Jade Arneson (left). Photo by Amy Carrozzino-Lyon.

Emphasizing her connection to Leopold and her personal and professional experiences within the conservation field, Arneson is dedicating her life to Leopold’s values which grew out of his lifetime of experience spent in the outdoors.

Leopold wrote, “we can only be ethical in relation to something we can see, understand, feel, love, or otherwise have faith in.”

“Aldo Leopold believed that direct contact with the natural world was crucial in shaping our ability to extend our ethics beyond our own self-interest,” according to aldoleopold.org. “He hoped his essays would inspire others to embark or continue on a similar lifelong journey of outdoor exploration, developing an ethic of care that would grow out of their own close personal connection to nature.”

In her nomination letter, UW-Green Bay staff member and Green Bay Restoration Project Coordinator Amy Carrozzino-Lyon wrote about Arneson’s initiative and leadership, and the ties to Leopold’s work:

“Jade has the initiative to take her graduate research and make it her own investigating the ecology and restoration of wild rice in Green Bay wetlands and incorporating a waterfowl use component to address her strong interest in the relationships between wildlife and habitat,” she wrote. “For example, last year she successfully pursued a student research grant to purchase trail cameras and equipment to study wildlife use at wild rice restoration sites. This effort provided hundreds of photos of wildlife, especially Canada geese and wood ducks, using these areas providing key support for the restoration effort. She has navigated the challenges and successes of graduate research with professionalism, sound problem solving skills, and a positive attitude… She has a unique ability to bridge the gap between the science and communication through effective conservation writing, photography, and art just as Leopold did, which I am certain will serve her well in her career in wildlife conservation.”

While Arneson has found her way to a similar journey in outdoor exploration, her now clear path, started a bit foggy. After spending two years at the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus to fulfill her general education requirements, she transferred to UW-Madison. Unsure of an intended major, she points back to a water quality internship at the Manitowoc Campus that had sparked an interest in environmental sciences. While scrolling through the broad catalog of potential majors, she stumbled across two words that would change her life: Wildlife Ecology.

“I was always outside as a kid,” said Arneson. “I would frequently walk the ‘back forty’ down to the creek, and we camped a lot as a family. I also worked on a farm, which furthered my love for animals.” At Madison, the Wildlife Ecology major led her to be active with The Wildlife Society (TWS) on campus. Arneson made lifetime connections and worked on important projects, such as one involving elk population reintroduction. She also participated in Learn to Hunt opportunities while at the university, which introduced her to hunting and its role in conservation, something she feels is incredibly important as a natural resource professional.

After graduating from UW-Madison and working in the field for three years, Arneson came to UW-Green Bay to pursue a graduate degree in Environmental Science and Policy. In her time at UW-Green Bay, Arneson led efforts through her graduate research on Wild Rice Restoration Project, serving as a member of the board of directors for the Northeastern Wisconsin Audubon Society, and volunteering with the Green Bay Audubon Student Conservation Chapter (the first college chapter in the nation, started by UW-Green Bay students).

Her work as a graduate research assistant with the Wild Rice Restoration Project in the bay of Green Bay is a vital step in restoring original habitat for fish and birds. Past roles took her to the nation’s capital where she advocated for the  Forage Fish Conservation Act, supporting shorebirds and other waterbirds that depend on healthy forage fish populations.

Like any career path, there are challenges and rewarding ventures that define one’s journey. Through her experiences in the conservation field, Arneson believes that her biggest challenge is the unknown early in her career. “Jobs are usually temporary and demand geographic flexibility,” said Arneson. She has had jobs spanning anywhere from a few months to a year, so the periods of time in between work can be difficult. Despite that, Arneson is glad she is doing what she does. “I started with it and was persistent to chase after my passion!”

As for the most rewarding part of her work, Arneson points to two things. First, she enjoys the work involved with habitat restoration. “It takes time to see the results of restoration projects, so the reward isn’t immediate, but the work as a whole is satisfying” said Arneson. Second, she enjoys working with conservation partners who each bring their own strengths and resources.

Looking into the future, Arneson hopes to find a job that aligns with her skillsets and passions, while mirroring her conservation philosophy, one that is quite similar to Leopold’s.

“It’s a career goal of mine to work with private landowners that want to improve their land for the sake of wildlife. I also want to dedicate part of my career to recruiting new sportsmen and women and supporting the hunting community in their role as conservationists.”

Story by UW-Green Bay Marketing and University Communication intern Joshua Konecke

Photos submitted by Amy Carrozzino-Lyon