UW-Green Bay hopes to open green spaces and golf courses, July 1

In a statement to the campus community this week, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Michael Alexander said University leaders hope to open the green spaces and golf courses on July 1:

Dear Campus Community,

Over the past several weeks, we have been asked by many members of the internal and external community when we would begin allowing access to the outdoor public spaces on our Green Bay Campus.  Campus leadership has been debating this for some time.  We are often asked why are the trails and arboretum not open when Gov. Evers lifted restrictions on outdoor recreation areas.  The arboretum trails are part of the campus, they are funded by student fees, grants and sponsorships and gifts.  Different than a municipal, county or state park, the trails are not created for the purpose of public recreation.  They are part of the University and serve the mission of providing educational and research opportunities for our students and faculty.  Of course, during normal times the University is happy to have the public and the campus community use these trails for recreation, but these are not normal times.

A number of things will factor into our decisions to open these spaces.  The top priority is the safety of our employees and visitors.  That said, we are anxious to open our trails, natural areas and golf courses to the public.  It is our intention to work toward opening these areas on July 1, but please be aware that our plans may have to be flexible based on conditions on July 1.  Due to recent flooding and rain, large portions of our arboretum trails on the Green Bay Campus are in disrepair.  Our staff is working as quickly as possible to prepare for the safe use of all of these areas in the coming weeks.  We have many staff members on furlough due to COVID-19 and it is slowing our normal progress to prepare the spaces.  We are also closely monitoring the advice of local health experts on when and how to open.

Thank you for your patience and we look forward to opening these spaces as soon as we can do so in a manner that is safe to the public and our faculty, staff, and students.

Murder Hornets unlikely to reach Wisconsin

They’ve arrived in the United States with a scary nickname and they look even scarier .Vespa Mandarina murder hornet Credit: Filippo Turetta/Wikimedia But according to experts, there’s a good chance Wisconsin will never be home to the so-called “murder hornet.” Native to Asia, but recently found in the Pacific Northwest, Asian giant hornets, also known as murder hornets, are about two inches long. They are vicious predators. “They will attack honeybees and they can destroy thousands of individuals. They basically bite their heads off and then carry their bodies back to feed their babies,” says UW-Green BayProfessor Michael Draney (Natural and Applied Sciences).

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Biologist (Draney) puts Wisconsinites at ease on ‘Murder Hornets’ | WLUK

There’s an insect generating some buzz in the U.S. but one local biology professor says we don’t have to worry about it coming to Wisconsin. UW-Green Bay Biology Prof. Michael Draney joined Good Day Wisconsin to discuss “murder hornets.” Or so what some are calling them. It’s real name is the Asian Giant Hornet.

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UWGB announces leadership changes | News | 1330 & 101.5 WHBL

The CEO of Sheboygan’s UW-Green Bay Campus, Jamie Schramm, will be adding the Manitowoc Campus to his leadership role as the University makes changes in its officers.  Schramm has served as Campus Executive Officer for Sheboygan since December 2019.  His appointment to oversee the Manitowoc campus as well comes as Rachele Bakic takes the role of Executive Director of Admissions for the University beginning Monday, May 11th.  Bakic, who joined the University two years ago and served as CEO in Manitowoc, will oversee recruitment, marketing, and admissions policies and promotions and be involved with budget oversight and development for both long, and short-term purposes.

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Recent, upcoming college graduates share frustrations of finding work

GREEN BAY (NBC 26) — They’ve spent years working to get their degrees. Now, recent and upcoming college graduates are finding that their dream job may have to wait. We recently brought several UW-Green Bay students together to get an insight into the job market as a new round of college graduates prepares to enter the workforce. Students said opportunities are fewer, and competition is higher. “I’ll just use the buzzword from our time here – It’s an unprecedented situation that we’re in,” upcoming graduate Julia Kreitzer said. Career Services Director Linda Peacock-Landrum has advice to use this ti

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UW-Green Bay announces leadership changes | Seehafer News

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has found its new executive director of admissions 40 miles to the south of the Green Bay Campus. Rachele Bakic, who has served as campus executive officer (CEO) at UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus the past two years, will begin as UW-Green Bay’s executive director of Admissions beginning May 11.

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UW System leader calls for academic cuts, layoffs, more collaboration; Prof. Shelton comments

The leader of the University of Wisconsin System unveiled Thursday a three-part plan that radically re-imagines the network of schools that has been in place for a half-century.President Ray Cross, declaring that immediate action is crucial to the survival of the System, called for consolidating academic programs, streamlining business operations and scaling up online degree programs across the state.The proposal requires all campuses except for UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee, to complete a review of academic offerings by the end of 2020, opening the way for program cuts, staff reductions and new investment to “provide greater institutional distinctiveness and identity.”

Jon Shelton, Vice President of Higher Education for the AFT-Wisconsin union and professor at UW-Green Bay, expressed concerns about broad, centralized decisions putting students at a disadvantage.

“The plan would be especially tough on first-generation students and those with limited means,” Shelton said in a statement. “Our members are going to fight like hell to protect the Wisconsin Idea, and to make sure all students have access to the academic programs they need and want, and not just the elite.”

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Faculty note: Prof: Weinschenk publishes peer-reviewed article with undergraduates 

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Aaron Weinschenk (Political Science) and 14 undergraduate students from his research lab recently had a paper accepted for publication. The paper is called “Have State Supreme Court Elections Nationalized?” and will appear in Justice System Journal, a peer-reviewed journal in political scienceThe paper was written as part of Weinschenk’s Political Science Research Lab, which he created and ran for the first time this past fall. 

Manitowoc Holy Family College closing: Mayor, college leaders react

MANITOWOC—Area community and college leaders are saddened by the announced closing of Holy Family College, but say they are ready to help staff and students find their footing when the school closes this summer.The private Catholic college (formerly Silver Lake College) will offer its final classes this summer and cease all operations by Aug. 29, officials announced Monday. The Class of 2020 will be the final to graduate from the Lakeshore institution, which achieved four-year college status in 1935 and was founded as an academy in 1885.

Officials at the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus also plan to work with Holy Family College to ease transitions.

“Over the years, Holy Family has been a tremendous partner,” Campus Executive Officer Rachele Bakic said. “When I first heard the news, I reached out to those I know. I feel compassion for the staff and students in this sad situation. We are in this together.”

Administrators from the UW-Green Bay campus in Manitowoc plan to work with Holy Family College to determine credit transfers and program matches, she said. The school is one of the most affordable colleges in the state and offers a sports program for Holy Family College students who may want to continue with athletics, she noted.

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Faculty note: Prof. Weinschenk paper accepted for publication

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Aaron Weinschenk (Political Science), recently had a paper on the psychological underpinnings of political orientations accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Intelligence. The article is co-authored with an international team of researchers from New York University, Brescia University College at Western University (Canada), the University of Bremen (Germany), and Bielefeld University (Germany). The paper is an interdisciplinary collaboration—two of the co-authors are political scientists, two are psychologists, and one is a sociologist.