What’s the Weidner Tea? is back for a socially-distanced episode

What’s the Weidner Tea? Is back for a socially distanced episode discussing the near future of the Weidner Center and the current suspension of live performing arts. According to Kelly Strickland, executive and artistic director, the Weidner Center is launching a new website dedicated to hosting live-streamed events and “bite sized digital performances.” Follow them on social media and subscribe to their e-newsletter for more information and updates. Watch the episode.

The first performance is the first concert of the 6:30 Concert Series, featuring Luis Fernandez in Recital, Wed. Sept. 30 (at 6:30 p.m.). See the website for more about the concert and to subscribe to the e-newsletter, the Weidner Wire.


Faculty note: Retired Prof. Kaye keeping busy

In the new episode of the Left Anchor podcast, Ryan Cooper and Alexi the Greek are talking with recently retired Prof. Harvey Kaye about his new book, FDR on Democracy: The Greatest Speeches and Writings of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Professor Kaye has other show appearances talking about Thomas Paine and the American Radical Tradition. Watch and listen:






WW II veteran and proponent of lifelong learning, Don Schimmels, 101, passed away last week

Don Schimmels, a WW II veteran and proponent of lifelong learning passed away on Sept. 9, 2020. He was a familiar face on the UW-Green Bay campus, taking classes through his 100th birthday. He was also the subject of many local media reports and was fond of saying  that the secret to his long life is the never-ending learning of new things. In 2019, UW-Green Bay honored him with the Phoenix Hero Award.

Schimmels served in WWII in the U.S. Army Air Corps from November 1940 to November 1945. He was a member of the American Legion Ralph Kline Post 262 in Luxemburg, and the VFW Post 3392 in Kewaunee. He was proud of his service and enjoyed weekly camaraderie with other veterans, sharing stories and memories at Festival Foods at the University Ave. location in Green Bay.

His funeral was Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established in his memory. See the full obituary.

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Chu presents ‘Keeping Remote Workers Mentally Fit’ in next Expert Spotlight

Alan Chu is the Expert Spotlight for October. The Chair and Assistant Professor of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology at UW–Green Bay, will be discussing ways remote workers can keep mentally fit in a time of COVID-19 causing lockdowns, anxiety, and deaths. His presentation is Thursday, Oct. 8 at 11:30. COVID-19 has changed the nature of work. While remote work may enhance flexibility, it may also cause remote workers to lose valuable connections and contribute to stress. Chu will share how spoAlan Churt and performance psychology principles can help. He will also provide resources and tools as takeaways.

Alan Chu, Ph. D.
Thursday, Oct. 8
Starting at 11:30 a.m.
45 Minutes Presentation
15 Minutes Q&A


UW-Green Bay is creating a series of “Expert Spotlights” that shine a light on local expertise, benefiting area leaders, business managers and owners with cutting edge research and knowledge that can empower decision making and culture building.


Valerie Murrenus Pilmaier named UW-Green Bay assessment coordinator

Please join the Office of Academic Affairs in congratulating Valerie Murrenus Pilmaier as the 2020-2022 Assessment Coordinator (AC). Pilmaier has been with UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus since 2009 and an Associate Prof. of English and Women’s and Gender Studies since 2015. In her role as AC she will oversee assessment efforts carried out by the University, and collaborate with various offices across the institution, including the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, Student Success and Engagement, Institutional Strategy and Effectiveness, General Education Council, and University Assessment Committee.

Valerie Murrenus Pilmaier
Valerie Murrenus Pilmaier

Murrenus Pilmaier was the institutional assessment Coordinator for the UW Colleges from 2012-2016. In this role she oversaw the entire assessment program for the UW Colleges (which included departmental and campus assessment), worked closely with the Office of Academic Affairs,  the Senate Assessment Committee and the Senior Information Manager, as well as other student-focused offices in the institution, and introduced and helped to implemented a variety of initiatives that ensured that we maintained national best practices for educational excellence.

As the public face of assessment at the UW Colleges, she frequently presented the work to institutional, national and regional conferences and was interviewed by the HLC whenever they visited the institution. Murrenus Pilmaier views assessment as a recruitment tool and hopes it will ensure that our students receive an equitable experience via standardized learning outcomes (discipline-specific) that focus on student learning rather than arbitrary/antiquated measures of knowledge. She has worked with TRIO and Pre-College Initiatives, better incorporate the LEAP initiatives more deliberately in department learning outcomes, as well as various work within UW Colleges Assessment. She received her Ph. D. in The British Novel and Twentieth-Century British Literature from Marquette University.



NEW Zoo is having a virtual Red Panda Day

The NEW Zoo (which often hosts UW-Green Bay interns) asks community partners to participate in a virtual Red Panda Day, Saturday, Sept. 19. Red pandas are classified as an endangered species, with potentially as few as 2,500 remaining in the wild, so these animals need our help now more than ever. This virtual event will celebrate red pandas and help raise funds to support their conservation.

To lead up to the Virtual International Red Panda Day event, watch for videos of enrichment and training demos with the Zoo’s red pandas throughout this week on Green Bay AAZK’s Facebook page (@GreenBayAAZK) or see the assortment of fantastic, hand-made crafts available to purchase on Green Bay AAZK’s Etsy page:etsy.com/shop/GreenBayAAZK.

High School Fall Pride

High School Fall Pride Camp

New youth programs being offered for fall include free High School Fall Pride Camp, designed to celebrate the diversity within the LGBTQ+ community through history, art, music and media. Students will focus on how to become positive leaders. There will also be a Parent Fall Pride Discussion on Tuesday, October 6. Fall in love with learning.

High School Fall Pride Camp
Oct. 8-29
4 Weekly Sessions | New Content Every Week
Grades 9-12

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Reminder: Michael Alexander inaugural speaker at Lakeshore Leaders Breakfast Series

Chancellor Michael Alexander will be the first speaker in a new Lakeshore Leaders Breakfast Series, taking place virtually, starting in October. The monthly series is designed to spark ideas and innovation and will feature a distinguished leader making a positive impact in our communities. Join us to hear an inspiring talk and to learn from area leaders.

The Chancellor will address the future of higher education, how the call for social change, diversity and inclusion plays into the university landscape and shaping the next generation’s workforce.

Wednesday, October 14
8-8:45 a.m. Lakeshore Leader Talk
8:45- 9 a.m. Wrap-Up/Q&A
Michael Alexander


In honor of Cybersecurity Month (October); UW-Green Bay creates lunch-n-learn sessions

In recognition of Cybersecurity Month (October), UW-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement has created a program of four lunch-and-learn sessions, covering current risks and threats to network and personal email, online and social media accounts. Each week will address a new risk, threat or scam. Drop in for one or register for all four. Taught by security experts in business and education. Learn how to protect your data!

October 7:  Jeff Lemmermann — Ransomware and Other Threats to the Network
October 14: Ed Jalinske — Social Media, Phishing, Vishing, Smishing, Shoulder Surfing
October 21: Jeff Lemmermann — Business Email Compromise (BEC) and Spoofing Scams
October 28: Bob Turner — Threats for Telecommuters (Telecommuting Technology Troubles)