UW Green Bay-Manitowoc Campus is helping students effected by Holy Family College closure | Seehafer News

Back in early May, Holy Family College in Manitowoc announced that after this school year they would be closing their doors for good, a move which left their students searching for a new place to continue their education. Enter UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus, who have been helping some of those students.

We spoke with Rachele Bakic, the Executive Director of Admissions at the campus, who voiced her empathy for those affected. “We are really sad to see what happened to Holy Family,” she said. “I was personally saddened by that just for the community, but also as the higher educational partner in that community. I had worked with Dr. Callahan on other partnerships as well as other colleagues.”

Backic told SeehaferNews.com that they have benefited from the closure a little bit as a “handful” of students have made their way to the UW-Green Bay System, and “we are currently helping many others with determining the next best steps for them.”

Source: UW Green Bay-Manitowoc Campus is Helping Students Effected by Holy Family College Closure | Seehafer News

Changes to fall study abroad programs due to COVID-19 | NBC 26

As coronavirus continues to impact Wisconsin, some colleges and universities are making changes to their study abroad programs for the Fall 2020 semester.

UW-Green Bay has suspended study abroad programs for the fall. Brent Blahnik, the director of International Education at UWGB, said prior to the pandemic, they were setting enrollment records in education abroad. He said they are constantly assessing the situation and trying to make decisions at the right time. They made decisions based on programs and how much time was needed for students to secure visas, make travel plans, and enroll in courses. He said they tried to wait to make decisions as late as possible, but with safety concerns, it just was not feasible to go.

Source: Changes to fall study abroad programs due to COVID-19 | NBC 26

Associate Prof. Jon Shelton weighs in on Tommy Thompson beginning term as UW System president | BusinessNorth

Associate Prof. Jon Shelton (Democracy and Justice Studies) and vice president for higher education with the American Federation of Teachers-Wisconsin labor union gave input on Tommy Thompson’s start as the UW Systems Interim President.

He said while he doesn’t agree with some of the policy platforms Thompson championed during his four terms as governor from 1987 to 2001, he feels that Thompson knows the importance of funding the UW System and ensuring it serves the state.

Shelton also said it’s possible that Thompson’s connections at the federal level could help in securing federal aid for universities suffering heavy financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shelton welcomed Thompson’s inclusive approach, which he said was lacking during the past decade when the UW Board of Regents was dominated by appointees of former Gov. Scott Walker.

“A lot of faculty and staff have felt like they haven’t had people at the system level really listening to their concerns,” Shelton said. “So I think this is a really good step in the right direction.”

Shelton said it’s equally important that Thompson plans to act on the input he receives.

Source: Tommy Thompson begins term as UW System president | BusinessNorth.com