How to work with all – including students with neurodiversity

Join the Office of Disability Services Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. to learn more about Neurodiversity, one of the most popular talks at the 2020 IDI! Each year students disclose that they are neurodiverse to faculty and staff, often in the context of seeking assistance. Neurodiversity may include individuals that experience the Autism spectrum, ADHD (Combined presentation, Predominantly Hyperactive/Impulsive Presentation, Predominately Inattentive Presentation), Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Tourette’s Syndrome and more. This session will focus on discussing tools for faculty and staff to utilize to have effective, clear, and supportive conversations for neurodiverse students. After this presentation faculty and staff will be able to respond to a student that discloses a disability and be able to identify different university and community resources. Sign-up, here. If you have any questions please email Mary Kate Ontaneda


Two Rivers will hold 2020 Cool City Classic Car Show amid coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic won’t stop the Cool City Classic Car Show, which is set for Aug. 14-15 in downtown Two Rivers. Cruise Night will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Aug. 14. Assembly of cars begins at 4 p.m. at the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus, parking lot (staging area only). Cruise departs at 6 p.m. for downtown Two Rivers. A hang tang for downtown Two Rivers parking is $5. Live music that night at Central Park will include Bare Bones Blind from 4 to 6 p.m. and Dig Deep from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Food trucks and a beer tent will also be featured.

Source: Two Rivers will hold 2020 Cool City Classic Car Show amid coronavirus

August 2020 Tech Upload features new partnership and tech pathway

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is teaming up with Louisville-based tech company Interapt and global education provider General Assembly to launch a new tech training pathway for people in the Green Bay area. This program aims to reduce barriers to entry in tech and create new technology jobs.

Source: August 2020 Tech Upload

Kimberly mural: Local artist showcasing community with artwork

KIMBERLY – A local artist is leaving her mark around the village and the community is taking notice. (UW-Green Bay student) Hallie Dix, 19, recently finished painting a mural on the Lincoln Street pump house near Roosevelt Park that portrays the community’s name with vibrant colors, geometric shapes and surreal floral designs. It’s not her first piece around town, but it’s getting a lot of attention. “It’s wonderful to watch people get excited about something and rally around the positivity,” said Holly Femal, Kimberly community enrichment director. “The mural is simple and colorful and has brought many people exploring on an evening stroll or bike ride. ”Dix said she wanted the painting to bring more color to the community.“I came up with something really fun to make that I thought would stand out — something that I figured people would want to take pictures in front of,” she said. “I know that’s really popular now with all the murals that go up.”

Source: Kimberly mural: Local artist showcasing community with artwork

Berens and Beyond: Here’s What It Means to Be a Wisconsinite (interview with Prof. Lor)

Pao Lor, a longtime school administrator and coach in northeastern Wisconsin who’s now an education professor at UW-Green Bay, saw many of his fellow members of the state’s immigrant Hmong community feel welcomed to Wisconsin and adopt many facets of the Eurocentric Sconnie culture. They became deer hunters, Packers fans. “People were friendly to a great extent. Those are some of the things that we were defined by,” he says. There was a confidence that Wisconsin’s long-established progressive culture would carry the day over the challenges any immigrant community faces.But, Lor says, that began to change recently. “I think the political climate in the last 10 years revealed certain aspects of Wisconsin that were not as welcoming,” he says. “I think it’s hard for someone from a minority background to regain that trust.”

Source: Berens and Beyond: Here’s What It Means to Be a Wisconsinite

Just like kids, seniors are heading back to class online

GREEN BAY, Wis. (SPECTRUM NEWS) — As schools work to figure out what learning will look like this fall, programs geared toward older adults are working to make many of the same adjustments. UW Green Bay says its retiree-focused Lifelong Learning Institute will move forward this fall to a mostly virtual format. Staff says many people in the community rely on the classes as a form of social interaction. Program coordinator Susan Pike says most classes for the fall semester will be held live online, with others being prerecorded lectures. Several classes, including birdwatching, will still be held in-person outdoors, with social distancing in place. While some classes cannot be held virtually, Pike says she is glad so many can still be offered.

Source: Just Like Kids, Seniors are Heading Back to Class Online

Sims-Aubert sends expectations communication to students

In an e-mail today, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate Gail Sims-Aubert, outlined return to campus guidelines for students:

Dear UWGB students,

As preparations for your return to campus are being actively planned, the global pandemic remains an acute threat, and is one that UW-Green Bay leadership is taking very seriously. Every effort is being made to develop processes and protocols that will work to safeguard you while you learn, live and lead on campus this fall.

As you may have seen, the University has recently affiliated with Prevea Health to provide health and wellness support to UW-Green Bay students. After much deliberation and collaboration with our partners in healthcare, we are able to reveal the following guidelines, that when employed appropriately, will work to protect both you and those with whom you may come into contact with on campus.

Return to Campus Guidelines

  • Physical Distancing – Stay at least six feet from other people at all times (about two arms’-lengths).
  • Face Coverings – All UWGB faculty/staff/students are required to wear a face covering over the mouth and nose in all campus communal spaces (including classrooms, hallways and offices).
  • Handwashing – Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after having been in a public space or after blowing your nose/sneezing/touching your face. (Hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol can be substituted for handwashing.)
  • Self-Assessment – Monitor for the onset of symptoms daily and do not leave your residence if the possibility of infection exists.

For students living on campus who test positive or may have been exposed to the virus, rooms with private bathrooms have been reserved for isolation and quarantine needs. The University will employ contact tracers trained in conjunction with Prevea Health and Brown County Public Health to help identify those who may have come into contact with anyone testing positive on UW-Green Bay’s campuses. Prevea Health will also be working to provide testing to those students who have a recognized need.

Join me for a live Instagram Q&A where I’ll be answering your questions about returning to campus housing. Visit UWGB Instagram’s story on Monday, August 10 from 11 a.m. to noon and send your questions!

As you know, in-person classroom instruction will look different this fall. Similar precautions are being undertaken in campus housing, where safety protocols will limit capacity in common area spaces and visitation restrictions will be imposed. Dining venues will also operate differently, where more grab-and-go options will be made available along with an adjusted layout in dining rooms to accommodate distancing and volume concerns. Other campus locations (libraries, rec centers, etc.) will engage in comparable risk mitigation measures for your safety across the university.

I fully recognize that the requirement of wearing a face covering and staying physically distanced from fellow students and faculty/staff will be a cultural shift from how we normally would operate. You’ve been away from campus for several months, and want to see one another and be able to gather in large groups. However, we also know that the acts of wearing a mask, keeping a distance from one another and undertaking good hygiene are the very strategies that will keep one another safe and healthy.

UW-Green Bay’s goal is to create a culture of cooperation where all students/faculty/staff will understand that compliance with the safeguards of face coverings, physical distancing and handwashing is critical to the safety of the entire campus community. There may be times when adherence to these safeguards may be inconvenient or uncomfortable, but our goal, is to continue to provide you a safe path to your degree.

The disruption caused by COVID-19 has been hard on everyone, from students and their families to our faculty and staff. I’ve not come into contact with a single person who doesn’t want things to go back to “normal”, but by all indications things are going to be quite different for the coming year. That is why I want you to know how appreciative I am of your commitment to our university community. UW-Green Bay will get through this unprecedented time, and will be better for it. Thank you for signing on as a Phoenix. I am proud of you and eagerly await your return in a few short weeks.

Go Phoenix!

Gail Sims-Aubert

Gail Sims-Aubert
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311
tel: (920) 465-2040 / email:


Power 2 Change: Alexandra Ritchie

WBAY-TV2 is advancing the conversation about race in Northeast Wisconsin. Alexandra Ritchie works in higher education, in the admissions office at UW-Green Bay. Earlier this year following social justice protests, Ritchie penned a letter to her colleagues about issues of race, and ways that UWGB could have an impact on the entire student body. Ritchie speaks about the ways she believes educators can, and should, lead the way to provide opportunities for all students. See Power 2 Change: Alexandra Ritchie.

UWGB Partners with Prevea Health to Provide Medical Services and Wellness Support – Green Bay News Network

Beginning this fall the Counseling and Health Center has been rebranded as the UW-Green Bay Wellness Center and will continue to be located in the Student Services building on the Green Bay campus. Counseling services will continue to be provided to UW-Green Bay through the course of the summer, however primary medical care will now be provided by Prevea Health. Prevea Health will also be providing medical care to students in the Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan communities in their local Urgent Care centers.

Source: UWGB Partners with Prevea Health to Provide Medical Services and Wellness Support – Green Bay News Network

Insight Publications | Insight event honors Women of Influence, including Officer Cindy Estrup

Insight honored eight winners and 80 nominees on Wednesday during its first-ever Women of Influence Awards during a virtual event.The eight winners were: Lifetime Achievement — Susan Finco of Leonard & Finco; Business Owner — Lisa Cruz of Red Shoes Inc; Corporate Leader — Jill Wagner Kelly of Integrity Insurance; Young Influencer — Christina Singh of Boys and Girls Clubs of Sheboygan County; Trailblazer — Cynthia Estrup of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Police Department; Mentor — Glenda Woosley of Culver’s of Darboy, Little Chute and Grand Chute; Difference Maker — Business Community — Laurie Radke of the Greater Green Bay Chamber; and Difference Maker — Nonprofits — Harriet Redman of WisconSibs Inc.There are several ways you can still participate: You can watch the event video here; read our special section honoring the women here; and visit the Women of Influence webpage to learn more about the winners and the nominees.Nominations for the 2021 Women of Influence Awards will open in mid-October.

Source: Insight Publications | Insight event honors Women of Influence