Video Message to grads from Chancellor

Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven shares a message with May grads thanking them for their passion about Commencement and reassuring that while the May 16, 2020 ceremony is cancelled, graduates will still have other opportunities to celebrate—a postponed ceremony, walking in other ceremonies an alternative format or possibly a combo of all three! Watch the video. 

Video transcript:

“Hello, UW-Green Bay Class of 2020. I’m Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven.

We love your passion and desire to celebrate your UW-Green Bay experience with a commencement ceremony.

We share that passion. When we talk about reimagining, please know that all options are being considered. That includes rescheduling the event, inviting the Class of 2020 to walk in a future ceremony, holding the event in an alternative format—or quite possibly a combination of all of these.

Please be patient with us. After we weather this storm, we will announce a new plan. You’ll be the first to know when we’ve got one.

Take care, continue to stay safe, and healthy, finish your studies and stay passionate”

Phoenix Bookstore Update

The Phoenix Bookstore is closed to the public, but these services are available virtually:

Rental Check-In and Book Buyback 

Follett is offering all students the opportunity to print a shipping label to return your rental books when you are done with them. If you did not order your books online you will need to create an account at using the same email you used when you rented your textbooks. Click on “my account” then click on “rental history.” Under each term there is a link to print a free shipping label. 

Information needed to return or sell books: Name, phone number, email address, mailing address and the quantity of books shipped back. 

Buyback can be done by sending your books with your rental books (note: we do not accept loose leaf copies of books for buyback) or you can visit to sell your books. A check will be mailed to you when your books are processed. 

Free online shipping and Free e-books 

Visit the store website,, for Free Shipping on all items with no minimum purchase. This includes various formats of course materials, supplies, apparel, technology and more. Since many online orders are fulfilled directly from your campus store, The Bookstore will execute online orders as long as the store is accessible by staff. 

Visit the campus store website, to gain access to eBooks at no additional charge with your .edu email address. Each student can access up to 7 eBooks for the designated period free of charge. 

Free Shipping on Rental Returns & Deadline Extensions 

The campus store is offering free shipping return labels and is also extending the non-return period without penalty to assist with increased returns by mail. Click the COVID-19 message on the home page of the campus store website,, for the details. 


Video: Message from Provost Michael Alexander

Video Transcript from Provost Michael Alexander

Hi UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff.

As we resume classes on this Monday, I thought it was important as Provost to greet you. It is innate to the human spirit to want to grow and to learn. Although we are in very difficult times right now we should take solace in the idea that we’re going to continue to behave in the most human way possible — which is to learn. Learn from each other, learn from our mentors and move forward in our aspirations with our education.

To our students… persist. Please persist. If you run into any obstacles, please let us know. Whether it be talking to a faculty or staff member, contacting with the University. Or, frankly, email or call me. We also urge you, if you have any financial difficulties or anything that can impede your ability to continue your education, to email us at GBOSS at

To our faculty… thank you. We’re incredibly grateful to have a faculty that can move an entire university to alternative delivery within 10 days. We know we have the faculty that can do this, and we know the incredible sacrifices our faculty have made to make today possible. We’re appreciative and want to remind everyone to remember the phrase that “perfect is the enemy of good.” Right now our goal is to learn. That learning may look and may feel different than it was intended to feel two weeks ago. We didn’t choose to be in the situation we’re in. All we can do is to choose how we’re going to handle the situation we’re in moving forward. And we’re very grateful to our faculty and the work they’ve done to make it possible for classes to resume today.

Finally, a message for our staff. Our staff have been heroic in every way over the last 10 days. At every obstacle they’ve chosen simply to overcome it. We’re so lucky to have a group of people who are dedicated to keeping the university functioning and moving forward at difficult times. Thank you.

I urge you all to lean on each other, to rely on each other, to communicate with each other and let’s get through this together as a Phoenix family. I also want to say that we should rely at this point on the legend of the Phoenix. The Phoenix will rise, and at some point we will be through a very difficult situation for the world, for the country and for our community. And we’ll be able to move forward and resume, continuing what we do best as a university which is to help our community to be better and to educate our students. Thank you for all you do. Let’s rise together as a phoenix nation.

Candidates Randy Scannell, Rachel Heu face off in Green Bay City Council District 7 election

A north-side alderman who often advocates as a progressive will face a challenge from a Realtor and newcomer to city politics in the upcoming City Council election. Alderman Randy Scannell ’90 (History) is looking to retain his District 7 seat in the race against newcomer Rachel Heu. Scannell was first elected in 2014. District 7 encompasses neighborhoods north of Dousman Street between Gray Street and the Fox River. Source: Candidates Randy Scannell, Rachel Heu face off in Green Bay City Council District 7 election