Media covers furloughs and campus openings, extensively

UW-Green Bay was in the news last week with news about extended furloughs and plans by the campus to open July 1:

UW-Green Bay Extends, Expands Employee Furloughs, WIXX, May 14

UW-Green Bay extends, expands employee furloughs to almost 700 employees; will begin to reopen campus July 1, Green Bay Press Gazette, May 14

UW-Green Bay announces extended furloughs, plans to reopen on July 1, WFRV, May 14

UW-Green Bay plans to reopen campuses on July 1 to prepare for fall semester, NBC 26, May 14

UWGB expands furlough plans, Insight on Business, May 14

UWGB campus will open to staff, faculty, The Score, May 14

UWGB announces extended furloughs, July 1 campus reopening, WBAY, May 14

UWGB announces additional furloughs; campus to reopen in July, Fox 11, May 14

Some UW System Campuses Announce Plans To Reopen This Summer (includes coverage of UW-Green Bay), WPR, May 14

UW-Green Bay Extends, Expands Employee Furloughs To Almost 700 Employees; Will Begin To Reopen Campus July 1, US News Reports, May 14

Annual Veggie and Plant Sale is this Wednesday; Prof. Meyer has salsa

A mini Heirloom Plant Sale is going to be held at Stone Silo Prairie Gardens, 2325 Oak Ridge Circle, De Pere, Wednesday, May 20 from Noon to 5 p.m. to benefit UW-Green Bay students. The annual event that supports student research and independent projects had to be moved off campus. Organizers hope you will attend and support the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity. See the plant list. More, at the Center for Biodiversity page. Once again, Prof. Steve Meyer will be selling salsa with proceeds going to the Katie Hemauer Scholarship.

Here’s a message from longtime organizer Vicki Medland:

“We know how many of  you are missing the plant sale and we have a surprise! Volunteer Dorothy Summers grew over 500 tomato and pepper plants in her brand new greenhouse and will be selling them at at Stone Silo Prairie Nursery on Wednesday, May 20 from Noon to 5 p.m. or until they sell out. Lots of favorites available for our hard-core fans. Please come out and visit Vicki and Dorothy from a socially safe distance, of course.

We will be outside and will be selling contact-free. CASH ONLY and BRING YOUR OWN CONTAINERS. All money goes into the NAS Heirloom Plant Sale Fund. We usually raise enough money to support 8-12 research projects and internships each year. This year we hope to raise $1,000 to support at least one scholarship.

But that’s not all! Steve Meyer will be there with his world famous Heirloom Salsas. All salsa sales support the  Scholarship.

And wait there is even more! We will not have flowers, you can select from a wide selection of beautiful native perennials for your flower gardens from Stone Silo while you are there.

Stone Silo Prairie Nursery is located in Depere, WI at 2325 Oak Ridge Circle. For info on their plants please visit”


The COVID-19 Effect on the Wisconsin Nonprofit Sector Report 1 now available

The COVID-19 Effect on the Wisconsin Nonprofit Sector Report 1 for Northeast Wisconsin through a collaboration with UW-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs is available with a more detailed report to come.

Several online presentations to review the findings and discuss their implications are available:

May 22 @12pm – Registration Link

May 26 @ 12pm – Registration Link

May 29 @ 12pm – Registration Link

Follow this link to learn more about this year-long project.


Art, Accounting and Business majors win first Business Model Contest

A team of UW-Green Bay students with majors in Art, Accounting and Business Administration have won first place in UWGB’s first student business model contest. Emily Barnes (Accounting), Lydia Delikat-Mitchell (Art), and Brianna Pritzl (Business Administration) entered their business model for SoapShop, a retailer of high quality products, such as shampoos and conditioners, that use refillable aluminum bottles. The solution reduces single-use plastic. This first-of-its-kind contest at UW-Green Bay required students to submit two-minute business model presentation videos that covered 8 different business model criteria.

The team earned $750 cash from Dental City and will move on as the top qualifier from UWGB to compete International Video Pitch contest hosted by the University of Pecs in Hungary. The team will compete against the top two business model video presentations from students of other universities around the world. See more about the International Video Pitch contest. Or see more information on how UWGB joined the partnership consortium of worldwide universities to compete in this contest.

The SoapShop team also recently finished in fifth place in the Spring 2020 UWGB Student [Virtual] Business Idea Pitch Contest and were also part of the New Venture Acceleration studio accelerator class.

The second place team, and winner of $250 cash from Dental City, is Caps Off. The Caps Off team of Business Administration majors Molly Hurrish, Kody Kohnke, Cory Gruendemann, and Kayla Wendland will also compete in the International Video Pitch contest. The Caps Off business model provides a better way to recycle plastic by using a smart vending machine and a rewards system. Caps Off recently finished in first place in the Spring 2020 UWGB Student [Virtual] Business Idea Pitch Contest.

As part of the worldwide partners consortium for the International Video Pitch contest, UWGB was tasked, along with all other universities in the contest, to provide three volunteer judges. UWGB alumni Abby Kiefer ’03 (Urban and Regional Studies, Environmental Policy and Planning) and Randy Knaflic ’95 (Music), as well as gBETA Northeast Wisconsin and gBETA Musictech director Adrienne Palm, served as UWGB’s three judges. Palm will also judge the International round of the contest. For more information on these judges, go to

For more information on the Entrepreneurship program at UWGB, visit or contact lecturer of entrepreneurship Ryan Kauth at


Prof. Hein is running an ‘adopt-a-rat program’ ‘they are cute, with markings like little holsteins’

A Message from Prof. Rick Hein, Manitowoc Campus:

“It is that time of year again where I am running the adopt-a-rat program.  The Anatomy and Physiology students have been working with laboratory rats over the year, and we have 11 females up for adoption that have been raised since they were a few weeks old. This year they are a particularly friendly and fun bunch.

This strain of rat makes wonderful pets; they are docile (will not bite), friendly, social, and very intelligent. They are not the albino laboratory rats you may be familiar with, but have black and white markings and are quite cute (like mini Holstein cows, see picture below).  They make much better pets than either hamsters or gerbils due to their docile nature.  The only drawback is that they only have a lifespan of about 2-3 years.

Since they are social, they are best adopted in pairs or more (they are currently housed in groups of 2-3).  If you are interested in providing a good home to a pair (or more) of rats, please let me know by email,

Since we are still under the Stay-at-Home order and social distancing guidelines, we can arrange a place and time to meet off-campus and outdoors if you are interested in adoption. Adoptions will be on a first-come, first-adopt basis so let me know early.  Please also feel free to forward this message to anyone you think might be interested in providing a good home. The rats and I thank you!”

Congratulations to this year’s Art Merit Scholarship winners

The UW-Green Bay Art and Design program announces and congratulates this year’s Art Merit Scholarship winners and all students for completing a challenging school year!

Awards this year totaled $22,588. Scholarships are awarded on criteria similar to those used to evaluate student work in studio courses: Formal Quality, Technical Mastery, Conceptual Depth, Integration, Context, Consistency, and Artist’s Statement.


David L. Damkoehler Art Scholarship: Savannah Mikle
Hagemeister Family Art Scholarship: Miranda Moeller, Elyse Lemke, Shaela Romenesko
Teresa M. Halbach Scholarship: Emily Hansen, Tillie Petersen, Raquel Riemer
Anni Kacynski Memorial Scholarship: Kieran Krueger
Michael Kazar Memorial Scholarship: Lauren Blumenthal, Lindsey Beseler
Althea Steele Lederer Scholarship: Kassie Corroy
Craig A. Mueller Scholarship:Renae Geimer, Andrea Cornett, Amanda Shepard
William K. Prevetti Scholarship: Kassie Corroy
Bob and Jan Pum Scholarship: Brittney Meyer

Forward to a student: Wisconsin Women in Government (WWIG) Undergraduate Scholarship 2020

The Wisconsin Women in Government (WWIG) Undergraduate Scholarship program is designed to provide financial support for women who wish to pursue careers in public service, public administration or governmental affairs. The scholarship is available to current college or university students who likely would have difficulty continuing their education without financial assistance. The purpose of the program is to make post-secondary education more accessible to women by relieving some of the financial burden. Scholarships of up to $3,000 will be awarded to students who will be attending any college or university that is part of the UW System, the Wisconsin Technical College System, or any in-state private college affiliated with the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

2020 WWIG Undergraduate Scholarship Application UWS

Details of eligibility and submission requirements are included in the attached Call for Applications.  Applications should be submitted directly to the UW System Office of Academic Programs and Educational Innovation by May 30, 2020. Application materials should be submitted electronically, as one single PDF, to


UW-Green Bay alumni pitch virtually to gBETA Northeast Wisconsin

UW-Green Bay alumni and founders Yana DeMyer ’84 (Communication and the Arts) of Roving Blue and Justin Seidl ’12 (Art) of Sequoir both recently pitched virtually to conclude the spring 2020 cohort of gBETA Northeast Wisconsin. gBETA Northeast Wisconsin is a free, seven-week accelerator for early-stage companies with local roots and requires no fees and no equity. gBETA Northeast Wisconsin and is sponsored by the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, WiSys, and Microsoft.

DeMyer’s Roving Blue® products harness “The Power of EO3™“ (electrolytic ozone). Ozone dissolved in water is more powerful than chlorine, quickly reverts to oxygen, and leaves no chemical residue, making it an eco-friendly and sustainable sanitizing solution for water purification, food and beverage, dental, and agriculture.

Seidl’s Sequoir is a blockchain-built exchange—providing transparency, time-efficient management, and accurate reporting—for buying and selling digital assets, including cryptocurrencies and intellectual property.

See more information on gBETA, Sequoir, Roving Blue, and the other three gBETA Northeast Wisconsin spring 2020 cohort companies – Future State,, and KBD Oil.