UW-Green Bay works to reimagine commencement ceremony

Green Bay, Wis.—As a part of ongoing efforts to keep students, faculty, and staff safe while also doing its part to contain community spread of the coronavirus, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay today announced it has canceled its on-campus spring commencement ceremony and is working to reimagine a celebration honoring graduates. The University was slated to hold its 101st commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

“Degrees can be conferred if all academic requirements are met regardless of whether or not we have a ceremony on campus,” said Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven. “Commencement is one of the happiest days on a university campus. It is a day that is long-awaited, justly earned and richly savored by students, families, faculty and staff alike. While we are canceling the on-campus ceremony, make no mistake: UW-Green Bay will find a way to celebrate our students and their accomplishments following the end of this semester. There may not be an in-person ceremony, but there will be a celebration,” said Van Gruensven.

“As educators, we are disappointed and know our students will be disappointed, but the risk of continuing the spread of this powerful virus is simply too great,” Van Gruensven added.

UW-Green Bay Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Michael Alexander echoed the Chancellor’s comments. “We are working very hard to reinvent what Commencement will look like for 2020. Many ideas are being explored. The ceremony will look different but the sentiment remains: UW-Green Bay is supremely proud to provide the communities’ problem solvers and creative thinkers who are ready to help our region move forward. As we come out on the other side of this world crisis, we want everyone to see how fearless, resilient and generous these new leaders are. They are critical to helping us recover and to finding our way back as a community and world.”

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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On-site Counseling and Health Center services discontinued, virtual help is available

On-site Counseling and Health Services are discontinued through the semester. Brief phone consultations with a counselor, a nurse or nurse practitioner, will be available by appointment instead Monday-Fr iday from 8 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. Current clients with an upcoming appointment will receive a phone call at that time. Make or cancel an appointment at 920-465-2380. If you have respiratory symptoms and are concerned about COVID-19, you may:

  1. Utilize Prevea Virtual Care($0 for COVID-19 related concerns) using the following website: www.Prevea.com\virtualcare
  2. Call Prevea Health Nurse Triage at 888-277-3832 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.
  3. Call your own medical provider or local nurse triage line.
  4. If you have an emergency, call 911 or the local Crisis Center at 920-436-8888.

The Phoenix Bookstore update for four campuses

The Phoenix Bookstores at all four campus locations are offering free online shipping. Additionally, the Phoenix Bookstores will all be offering free e-books to students where available from publishers.

See the banners at the top of each websites:
Phoenix Bookstore – Green Bay
Phoenix Bookstore – Manitowoc
Phoenix Bookstore – Sheboygan
Phoenix Bookstore – Marinette

UW System to Offer Prorated Room and Board Refunds

UW System President Ray Cross announced March 19, 2020, that all UW System institutions will refund the prorated charges for housing and dining for the remainder of the spring semester for students who have vacated their respective universities. The deadline to complete the request to stay on campus, or check out is Friday, March 27, 2020 at 10 p.m. See more.

UW System to offer prorated room and board refunds

News release, March 19, 2020, UW-System
MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross announced today that all UW System institutions will refund the prorated charges for housing and dining for the remainder of the spring semester for students who have vacated their respective universities.

Cross said the decision is a response to the evolving situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the transition to classes being delivered through alternative methods.

“We recognize the tremendous upheaval this pandemic has inflicted on the lives of our students, and we appreciate their patience and their sacrifice,” Cross said. “This reimbursement is the right thing to do.”

University chancellors were consulted on the decision and agree with it.

Prorated reimbursements will exclude the period of the originally scheduled spring break and shall be issued by the close of the spring academic semester. Crediting these funds toward future semesters in lieu of a refund is not an option because of rules related to the awarding of federal financial aid.

UW-Green Bay Student Employment Updates

Un update from Human Resources, March 19, 2020

“UW-Green Bay continues to work through details related to student employment in light of COVID-19 and will provide updates as we are able. We recognize that this is a challenging time as many of you rely on the income from your on-campus position. Please know that we are working hard to find the best possible solution for everyone as quickly as possible while ensuring our campus communities’ safety remains a priority.

Consistent with the communication sent on March 17, 2020, from Interim Chancellor Van Gruensven, all classes have been moved to alternative delivery through the end of the semester. Students are encouraged to avoid campus when possible. That being said, if you wish to continue working and feel safe doing so, you are able to work as long as work is available. We would strongly encourage you to have a discussion with your supervisor prior to reporting to work. It is important to note that should work that is normally performed within your role not be available you may be reassigned to help another department or area.

On March 17, 2020, the University of Wisconsin System released SYS 1200-Interim 02, COVID-19 Leave Policy which provides additional leave to certain employee groups. At this time, student employees are not eligible for these leave benefits. We are exploring the options of telecommuting for specific student employees based upon job functions, but our first priority as an institution is to ensure that course delivery can be achieved. Updates on this will be shared as they become available.

The entire UW-Green Bay community recognizes that the work student employees perform provides critical benefits for the operations of our institution. We appreciate you and your service. We also recognize that the impact of COVID-19 on your financial health may be stressful and we are working to find solutions and resources as quickly as possible.

For general questions about student employment during this time, please contact your supervisor directly or the Office of Human Resources and Workforce Diversity at hr@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390. For student emergency fiscal support contact Gboss@uwgb.edu or call 920-465-2111.”