Photo with graphic title picturing Senior Lecturer Nydia Villanueva preps for an experiment on quantitative analysis in the chemistry lab at UW-Green bay, as she gets ready to teach students in Principals of Chemistry II Lab at UW-Green Bay.

Video: Teaching Chemistry remotely, Nydia Villanueva

Here’s an example of teaching remotely. Senior lecturer Nydia Villanueva (NAS) preps for an experiment on quantitative analysis in the Chemistry Lab on the Green Bay Campus. Her students are taking Principals of Chemistry II Lab remotely.

Here she records the experiment and posts the video online.

Video by Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication

Photo of a laptop playing Mary Gichobi drawing on her PowerPoint lesson

Professor Gichobi is teaching aspiring teachers Mathematics in a new way

Students in the Professional Program in Education are fortunate to have Assistant Prof. Mary Gichobi teaching EDUC 281 Conceptual Foundations of Elementary Mathematics. The course teaches aspiring teachers how to teach mathematics concepts common to the curriculum of elementary and middle schools.

Mary Gichobi
Mary Gichobi
Assistant Professor
Education Program

Gichobi covers areas such as the processes of abstraction, symbolic representation and notational manipulation in arithmetic contexts as well as examines topics such as multiplying and dividing fractions, decimals and ratio and proportional reasoning using different strategies”.

“Gichobi has been innovative and unflappable in moving her on-campus courses to alternate delivery,” according to Dean Susan Gallagher-Lepak.

In teaching EDUC 281, she goes through her PowerPoint slides and solves mathematical problems as she explains them, sort of like a narrated PowerPoint, but uses a software called Xodo to write on the PowerPoint. She screen records as she writes and then compresses it to a video using MP4.

Gichobi’s analytical strengths are equally balanced by a student-centered approach to teaching.

Animated gif of Mary Gichobi drawing on her PowerPoint lesson
Animation of Mary Gichobi writing notes on her PowerPoint lesson.

“I always feel that our students deserve support and guidance to go through the challenging terrain of life,” Gichobi said. “They may get stuck and not know who to ask. I feel passionate to help them in little and any ways.”

Students seem to appreciate Gichobi’s efforts. One student communicated this week to Gichobi the below message:

“I would like to thank you for your video of the lesson… It was refreshing to hear you teach the lesson and explain it in detail. It makes this change feel more like being in class. Thank you for all your hard work in making this transition so smooth. I can’t imagine it has been easy for you or the other professors.”

Operation Community Cares

UW-Green Bay alumni helping with basic goods through Operation Community Cares

As the effects of the Coronavirus begin to be felt in households across Brown County, Operation Community Cares is working to ensure that everyone has the necessary essential items to make it through these difficult times.

Operation Community Cares, in partnership with United Way, Brown County Board, ADRC, the Green Bay Packers, Paul’s Pantry, BCVSO and Veteran volunteers, are working together to provide a safe way for area residents who don’t have the funds and can’t leave their homes to receive essential supplies and connect them to available resources.

Currently, whether directly through Operation Community Cares or with partner organizations, there are nine UW-Green Bay alumni working in key leadership positions on this project. Those alumni are Sarah Inman ’92 (Political Science), Will Nething ’19 (Business Administration), Brandon Danforth ’19 (Business Admin), Ken Corry ’16 (Integrative Leadership Studies), Holly Ladwig ’15 (Social Work), Jill Sobieck ’92 (Human Development), Jenna Hunt ’15 (Integrative Leadership Studies) and Elaina Koltz ’06 (Human Development); as well as current UWGB student Nic Olp.

The Operation Community Cares mission is “to distribute basic needs items to vulnerable populations in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic in a safe, systematic manner. Our process will identify and continue to work with existing personnel and families in need and identify new personnel and families that have become victim to the circumstances upon us.”

Operation Community Cares plans to establish either a centralized hub for individuals to receive essential items or use a distribution delivery system already in place or a new method of delivery. A volunteer staff will help make this plan a reality for the greater good of the general public while keeping personal health and safety a priority. Thanks to the UW-Green Bay alumni making a tremendous difference in the community.



FITNESS 120: UW-Green Bay Faculty & Staff Fitness Challenge

Have you needed motivation for get moving? How about a wellness challenge. This four-week challenge can be done at home and is free!

At-home fitness program for UW-Green Bay faculty/staff
April 6 through May 3

How it works:
Complete 120 minutes of physical activity a week for four weeks.
Submit weekly minutes online.
Receive a prize!

Types of physical activity:

Contact your co-workers and encourage them to complete this challenge too! Register, here.

Greater Green Bay Chamber is sponsoring a COVID-19 update with Dr. Ashok Rai of Prevea Health

From the Chamber of Commerce, “Join Dr. Ashok Rai, president and CEO of Prevea Health, to learn more about COVID-19 during this interactive learning opportunity:


This call will give the community an update regarding health concerns with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and includes Q&A (answers to questions submitted during registration). Space is limited and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. The zoom link will be sent to the first 100 registered attendees.”

New chancellor announcement is big news in the region

A University of Wisconsin-Green Bay provost will take the helm as the University’s seventh chancellor. University officials announced Thursday that Michael Alexander, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UW-Green Bay, has been hired to serve as chancellor beginning May 1. Alexander will replace replace Gary Miller, who left last year to become president of the University of Akron. Alexander will oversee UWGB campuses in Green Bay, Manitowoc, Marinette and Sheboygan. Source: UW System hires UW-Green Bay Provost Michael Alexander as new chancellor at UWGB, Green Bay Press Gazette, April 2.

Here’s more media coverage on the announcement:

Taking caring of a colony of cockroaches while schools remain closed (UW-Green Bay’s Michael Draney cares for hissing cockroaches at University), Fox 11, April 3

New UW-Green Bay chancellor named, WBAY, Apr. 2

New Chancellor Named At UW-Green Bay, WPR, Apr. 2

UW-Green Bay Provost Alexander to be new chancellor, WHBY, April 2

Wisconsin regents OK new Green Bay chancellor, Star Tribune/AP, April 2

UW-Green Bay taps new chancellor, Insight on Business, April 2

UW System hires UW-Green Bay Provost Michael Alexander as new chancellor at UWGB, Green Bay Press Gazette, April 2

UW-Green Bay Names New Chancellor, WTAQ, April 2

UWGB names Alexander next chancellor, Fox 11, April 2

COVID-19-related FMLA expansion for UW-Green Bay employees

As communicated early last week, effective April 1, 2020 additional paid family and medical leave for a qualifying need related to a public health emergency is provided as outlined in SYS 1200-Interim 03, FMLA Expansion and in compliance with the provision of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020. In order to be in compliance with the expanded FMLA provisions, the Office of Human Resources is requesting that all employees who are unable to work (or telework) due to childcare reasons related to COVID-19 reach out directly to or 920-465-2390. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions, for more.

Prof. Weinschenk helps student to second place in national CSPAN contest

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Aaron Weinschenk (Political Science) recently mentored Bay Port High School student Trevor Connaher on material for a video submission to CSPAN’s student cam competition. Connaher won second place for his video “America’s Digital Divide.” Second place included a $1,500 cash prize and his video aired on CSPAN. Although CSPAN was unable to hold the celebration for winners in Washington D.C, a number of people (including Weinschenk, some elected officials from the region, etc.) recorded video messages of congratulations to Connaher. See the website and video.

19th Annual UW-Green Bay Academic Excellence Symposium will be virtual, proposal form due April 10

The 19th Annual UW-Green Bay Academic Excellence Symposium, sponsored by Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Chapter 279, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Science and Technology, the College of Health, Education and Social Welfare and the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, will move from an “in-person” presentation to a virtual platform. The event which showcases the academic excellence of undergraduate and graduate students, invites students to present their best projects in various virtual platforms, in a memorable year-end showcase. Students from all UW-Green Bay locations are encouraged to participate. The event will showcase internships, so faculty are encouraged to nominate your student/s who has/have completed an exceptional internship in the community that explains the following: 1) A description of the internship site. 2) Requirements of the student to complete the internship. 3) The academic component and learning outcomes. 4) What did the student achieve by completing this internship? Students nominated to present work at the Academic Excellence Symposium, must complete the Qualtrics proposal form. The Qualtrics link to submit proposals will remain open until the April 10 deadline.