UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Alan Chu (Chair of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology), spoke to Virtual Vocations, a company that helps job-seekers find telecommuting jobs, about improving remote employee productivity through mindfulness, self-compassion, and relaxation techniques. He also shared the wellness activities that the UW-Green Bay Psychology program did this spring under Chair Jenell Holstead’s leadership.
In a memorandum to faculty and staff, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Mike Alexander responded to an announcement regarding deportation of international students if a university is forced to go entirely online because of the pandemic this fall. See it below:
“Yesterday (July , 2020) the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released new guidance concerning international students studying on F-1 visas.
As we understand the regulations, international students will be able to maintain their immigration status provided that they enroll in at least one face-to-face course this fall. However, if UW-Green Bay is forced to move entirely online for any reason, immigration will require all international students to depart the United States or transfer to other U.S. institutions offering face-to-face classes. Read more here.
To be clear, we value international students and their contributions to our University community. We do not support any policy that prevents any of our students from accessing an education at UW-Green Bay.
Our Office of International Education immediately began reviewing the order and is actively working with individual students on their status and class schedules to ensure their individual education plan is not impeded.”
Later in the day, the UW System posted this response to the ICE:
“Our university system is internationally recognized. There’s a good reason students from all over the world want to attend our universities. We welcome them. These students provide great benefit to our universities and anything that makes it harder for them to attend will raise a host of issues during an already challenging time.”
Please note this reminder from UW-Green Bay Human Resources: As we welcome the UW-Green Bay faculty and staff community back to campus in accordance with the Phoenix Forward: Return to Workplace Plan, the Chancellor has expressed his gratitude to those who have worked towards a responsible opening through a video message. As you are returning to your on-campus workplace, please ensure that you have reviewed the Employee Workplace Expectations for July 1, 2020 – August 31, 2020 and completed the electronic acknowledgment form. It is expected that employees returning to campus on or after July 1, 2020 have completed this acknowledgment. It is also recommended that all employees review the Interim Building Hours and Access Policy. Should you have further questions, please contact Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all faculty and staff who have for your adaptability and flexibility throughout the COVID-19 event. Welcome back!