Day: June 30, 2020

The Cofrin Library is ready to welcome students, faculty and staff back!

Libraries staff is happy to welcome UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff. The reopening of the UWGB Libraries will be done in a phased plan, which will change each month for the next three months. Please be sure to watch for updates and check the website for current details.

For July, the third floor only of the Cofrin Library on the Green Bay campus will be open.
Hours for July are:

  • Monday- Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday CLOSED

The three additional campus library locations will remain closed at this time.

Research assistance, for all campus locations, will be available online through email, chat, and phone the following hours:

  • Monday- Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Weekends & evenings by online appointment only

Access to the Cofrin Library physical book collection will be available starting July 1 through a pick-up service only. You will not be allowed to browse the collections. Consider this concierge library service! Staff members will retrieve any item you wish to borrow. Simply request your books online and schedule a time to pick them up. Please note you must have a valid UWGB ID to request and pick-up library materials. Full instructions can be found here:

Computers, printing and photocopying will be available to UWGB students, faculty and staff on the 3rd floor of the Cofrin Library during our open hours.

We encourage you to return materials to our second floor indoor and outdoor book drops. Equipment should be returned to the third-floor desk during open hours.

University Archives will continue to offer research assistance via email, phone and online request forms. Additionally, research services in Archives will be available by appointment only during the hours of 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Researchers will be required to wear masks and gloves (provided by Archives). For more information and to make an appointment, contact the Archives Department via email ( or phone 920-465-2539.

“The safety and health of our patrons and staff is our priority. Thank you for following the guidelines set in place by UWGB, which include wearing a mask and keeping a 6-foot distance. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we move through this time together.”


UW-Green Bay student tees it up with Tony Romo at Ray Fischer Amateur Championship | WiscNews

UW-Green Bay student Zak Kulka had a unique golfing experience on Sunday, June 28.

“You’ve got a really nice swing,” Kulka’s playing partner told him after they turned in their scorecards.

That playing partner was none other than Tony Romo, the former All-Pro quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys who is currently CBS Sports’ lead NFL broadcast analyst.

“That’s pretty fun to hear,” said Kulka, who is coming off his freshman year on the UW-Green Bay men’s golf team. “But I just think of him as a regular guy — try to. Try not to get in my own head at all.

Source: GOLF: Beaver Dam grad Zak Kulka tees it up with Tony Romo at Ray Fischer Amateur Championship | WiscNews

Coach Will Ryan’s father, Bo Ryan, inducted into UW Athletic Hall of Fame | Wisconsin Badgers

Bo Ryan’s favorite buzz word has always been “NEXT.”

Its genesis can be traced to a playground court with steel nets on 8th and Pennell Streets in his hometown of Chester, Pennsylvania. To the hardcore local ballers, it was known as “The Cage.”

If you were on the winning side during the pickup games, the losers walked, and you’d stay on the court and offer the challenge “Who’s got next?” Make the last shot and it was simply ‘Next.’

Will Ryan surely can relate to how his dad’s system worked as a player and assistant. That knowledge gleaned from first-hand experience — on the Platteville and UW-Milwaukee rosters and the Badger staff — should bode well for Ryan, 41, who was recently named the UW-Green Bay head coach.

Source: 2020 UW Athletic Hall of Fame: Bo Ryan | Wisconsin Badgers

Weidner Center lays off half of its full-time employees due to coronavirus | Green Bay Press Gazette

The Weidner Center is laying off half of its full-time staff, as the performing arts center, like others around the country, waits out the indefinite halt to touring entertainment caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

For the 27-year-old Weidner Center, the layoffs are about maintaining the financial health of a world-class venue and best positioning it for the return of live performances, said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Michael Alexander.

“We have to do this to make sure the Weidner Center can go forward and be a really strong community resource in the future. It’s not because we’re pulling back at all on our commitment to the Weidner or its role in Green Bay or the region,” he said. “We recognize for sure what a community resource the Weidner is and the history of it. We don’t take that lightly.”

Source: Weidner Center at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay lays off half of its full-time employees due to coronavirus | Green Bay Press Gazette

The Emmy goes to… Coastal Wetland Monitoring documentary takes home an award

Prof. Robert Howe (NAS) and Erin Giese ’12 from the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity have been participating in the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program for the past 10 years. A documentary recently made for this program, titled “Linking Land and Lakes: Protecting the Great Lakes’ Coastal Wetlands,” has just won an Emmy in the Photographer Non-News category. The documentary features how coastal wetlands help in keeping the Great Lakes healthy. You can watch the documentary online on PBS.

Prof. Howe is one of the principal investigators for the Great Lakes Coastal Monitoring Program, and Giese coordinates the field work for Prof. Howe’s crew. They have recently published an article in the Journal of Great Lakes Research on how Great Lakes coastal wetland bird and anuran communities vary across ever-changing water levels and geography in the bay of Green Bay using this project’s data set.


Prof. Kevin Fermanich studying nutrient, storm water runoff in Green Bay | WBAY

Researchers say two consecutive years of record rainfall in Northeast Wisconsin have shed light on the impact to both rural and urban landscapes.

Water monitoring stations on local creeks are playing an important role in gathering data.

Considering the Green Bay area receives, on average, around 30 inches of rain a year, the last two years have been eye-opening for researchers like University of Wisconsin-Green Bay environmental science professor Kevin Fermanich.

“From July 1st of 2018 to right now, June 29th of 2020, so basically two years, we’ve had 89 inches of rain, so typically that would be 60 inches of rain or 59 inches of rain, so we’ve basically received three years worth of rainfall in a two year period,” says Fermanich.

Source: Researchers studying nutrient, storm water runoff in Green Bay | WBAY

Prof. Jon Shelton gives input on interim UW System President Tommy Thompson|

Lawmakers, regents, chancellors, staff and faculty all largely praised former Gov. Tommy Thompson’s appointment to serve as interim UW System President.

University insiders say the unanimous Board of Regents pick of June 19 means there will be a passionate advocate for the system through tumultuous budget constraints brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s a pretty bold move,” said Jon Shelton, UW-Green Bay faculty representative and American Federation of Teachers-Wisconsin vice president. “The system could’ve tried to go with somebody internal, but I think this indicates they’re looking to bring in some firepower to advocate for the system right now.”

Source: Tommy Thompson praised as choice to lead UW System | Cambridge News / Deerfield Independent |

‘Summer school’ has new meaning for high school students who are taking college credit to save money and get ahead

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (June 30, 2020)—It probably wasn’t the summer they planned, but more than 40 high school students are making the most of their summer break to earn college credit through UW-Green Bay’s Summer Scholars Program.

Summer Scholars provides students the opportunity to earn three UW-Green Bay credits during a four-week, online course offered July 13 through August 9, 2020. Enrollment is still open. Courses are being offered in the high-interest areas of computer science, geoscience and sociology through UW-Green Bay’s Continuing Education and Community Engagement division.

Recent Green Bay Preble High School graduate Megan Matuszewski is taking the Natural Hazards course in order to satisfy the Natural Sciences general education required course at most college and universities.

“My aim is to have 30 college credits by the time I go to UW-Green Bay in fall of 2020, and through the Summer Scholars program, I will reach my goal,” she said. “I am excited to begin my course in the upcoming weeks!”

The program is entirely online. with three classes to choose from: Introduction to Computing & Internet Technologies, Natural Hazards, and Contemporary Social Problems. The cost is $600 per course—a 55% savings on tuition and fees.

The summer program saves high school students and 2020 high school graduates hundreds of dollars in tuition through the reduced-tuition structure. Credits earned can be transferred to all UW System schools and most private or out-of-state schools. The program allows students the opportunity to get a head start on their college degree and distinguish themselves on future college applications.

The Summer Scholars Program exemplifies UW-Green Bay’s commitment to serving high school students and creating impactful pathways towards higher education and beyond.

Registration for the Summer Scholars Program continues until July 3, 2020. For more information, please visit

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

About the Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement
The Division focuses its mission on creating educational opportunity and access for all ages, encompassing K-12 student programs, personal and professional development and customized training to meet the needs of a progressive economy. The division develops, collaborates and executes responsive solutions for diverse communities statewide, all of which reflect a deep commitment to inclusion, social justice and civic responsibility. For more information, visit