UW-Green Bay extends alternative class delivery through spring semester

Green Bay, Wis.—As a part of ongoing University efforts to keep students, faculty and staff healthy and safe, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay today announced that it is extending alternative class delivery through the spring semester.

Students who are able to return to their primary residence following spring break are strongly urged to do so. University housing will remain open to anyone who needs residence. Communication will be sent shortly to housing residents concerning the move-out process. Plans regarding refunds are in progress and will be communicated when processing procedures are established. Information will be shared as soon as reasonably possible. Patience is requested as the University works through this process.

“We must do our part to contain the spread of the coronavirus, including community spread. We do not want to look back in months or years and see that we could have done more to protect our people and our communities. This is essential and in the best interest of the UW-Green Bay family,” said Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven.

“Students are encouraged to continue their academic path and stay on course this semester. We can’t stress this enough,” said Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Michael Alexander. “During trying times, people take comfort in routine and in learning. Even though education will look different, it is continuing, and that’s a good thing.”

The decisions to continue education in alternative modes will not affect students’ ability to graduate or progress in their academic careers. Students will get credit for completing coursework. Decisions regarding the May 2020 commencement ceremonies will not be finalized until the full impact of COVID-19 is known. Alexander noted that degrees can be conferred if all academic requirements are met regardless of holding an on-campus ceremony.

“UW-Green Bay is an institution that rises to the occasion and the challenges and opportunities in front of us. I have no doubt that our faculty and staff will do just that in the weeks and months ahead,” shared Alexander.

Additionally, all University events are canceled through the end of the semester.

The University is continuing to offer, develop and share resources to support student and faculty success. For more information on resources and the University’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, visit https://www.uwgb.edu/coronavirus/. Frequently asked questions are available here.

If you have immediate questions regarding COVID-19, please utilize the question feature at https://www.uwgb.edu/coronavirus/.

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 www.uwgb.edu.

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Why people won’t avoid each other? Former UWGB Prof. Gurung talks to USA Today

Regan Gurung, the director of Oregon State University’s psychology program (former award-winning faculty member at UW-Green Bay) and an expert in social psychology, said there are three factors at play in Americans’ decision to ignore CDC recommendations. US coronavirus map: Tracking the outbreak. First, Gurung said, there’s a lack of information about both the virus and what “social distancing” actually is. “It conjures up ideas,” he explained. “Some people think, ‘OK, no school, let’s have a play date!’ Well, that’s not social distancing.” Mixed messages from state and federal governments add to confusion, allowing individuals to pick who they want to listen to, he said. Read more at the source: Coronavirus and social distancing: Why people won’t avoid each other.

Prevea Health Nurse Triage available free to all UW-Green Bay students

The health of UW-Green Bay students is a priority. During this uncertain time and with the rapid spread of COVID-19, it is important that all UW-Green Bay students have access to healthcare providers and expertise to answer questions and provide medical advice regarding an upper respiratory infection or COVID-19 related concern.

If you have an upper respiratory infection or COVID-19 related concern, you can utilize Prevea Virtual Care ($0 for COVID-19 related concerns) or call Prevea Health Nurse Triage free of charge 24 hours a day/7 days a week. You will be connected with a registered nurse who will listen to your concerns, ask questions, consult with a physician if needed and recommend appropriate next steps based on your symptoms.

All students can continue to contact UW-Green Bay Counseling and Health regarding other concerns at 920-465-2380 or by email at counselhealth@uwgb.edu.

Horizon League suspends competition for remaining academic year

Reposted from the Horizon League, March 16, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS—Guided by its core value of student-athlete well-being and with the further developments in the outbreak of COVID-19, the Horizon League Board of Directors in collaboration with the League’s Council, decided that all Horizon League competition, both conference and non-conference, and all Horizon League Championships are canceled for the remainder of the academic year.

Individual institutions will make decisions regarding practice and recruiting in accordance with NCAA regulations, state and institutional guidelines.

The voting members of the Horizon League Board of Directors are comprised of the 10 member institutions’ chief executive officers. The Council consists of the 10 member institutions’ athletic directors, chairpersons of the Senior Woman’s Administrators and Faculty Athletic Representatives and a student-athlete.