State workers needed to assist with Nov. 3 election

This message is from Joel Brennan, Secretary, Department of Administration:

Citizen involvement is essential to our election process, and with the potential spread of COVID-19, we anticipate many veteran poll workers who faithfully serve every election day may not serve this year due to their age and high risk to COVID-19 exposure. With as many as 30,000 poll workers needed to support an election, many Wisconsin cities, towns, and villages are looking for volunteers to assist with the November 3, 2020 election. This administration values and encourages employees to participate in this election if their local government unit needs assistance, and I am asking you to please consider helping your local government election process during the COVID-19 health emergency.

State employees who are able and who are not at high risk themselves are encouraged to work as a local poll worker on November 3. State HR policies provide that you may serve as an election official on state time without loss of pay. State employees may be paid for their normal work schedule on the day the employee works as a poll worker; additional hours are encouraged on a voluntary, unpaid basis. See more about your options as a state employee who serves as a poll worker. Interested state employees will then be matched to a need in one of the communities within the county in which they reside.

To be a poll worker, a person must:

  • Be a qualified elector of the county in which the municipality is located (i.e., an adult citizen of the United States who has resided in the election district for 10 consecutive days and is not otherwise disqualified to vote)
  • Be at least 17 years-old
  • Be able to read and write fluently in the English language
  • NOT be a candidate for any office to be voted on at the polling place at that election.

Poll workers do everything from check-in voters, help people register to vote, check photo IDs and process absentee ballots. See more details from the Wisconsin Elections Commission. Your local clerk will provide you with training prior to election day for the job you will be doing. Please note the Wisconsin Elections Commission and the Department of Health Services have developed protocols to make the polls as safe as possible for voters and poll workers.

This is a great opportunity for State employees to get involved with the democratic process!

If you are interested in serving as a poll worker in your county, we ask you to take the following actions:

  1. Contact your municipal clerk’s office, which you can find at MyVote Wisconsin. Enter you address in the search fields and the system will tell you who your municipal clerk is and provide a phone number and email address.  Put “Poll Worker Applicant” in the email subject line so that your clerk will be able to easily sort the requests.
  2. Please complete the survey no later than Oct. 2, 2020. This will help us better identify and manage poll worker needs.

Thank you for your service to the State.

Video: Cofrin School of Business high-impact experiences

The Cofrin School of Business provides high-impact experiences and opportunities to students that the marketplace and the workplace demands… Check out this highlight video!

Hello, and welcome to UW-Green Bay. My name is Matt Dornbush, Dean of the Cofrin School of Business.

First, I want to thank you for choosing UW-Green Bay as your home for your higher education journey. Carrying the namesake of Wisconsin’s most recognizable and internationally branded city, and home to the state’s third largest economy.

With additional locations in the lakeside communities of Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan, few universities can compete with the rich opportunities for merging education and applied experiences available to our business students.

The Cofrin School of Business is committed to providing a transformative business education through the use of high impact practices to prepare learners to ethically and critically address the complex issues facing the world today.

Our instructors and staff are dedicated and eager to support, guide and challenge you during your time here at the University.

Whether you engage in a rewarding internship experience, solve a complex problem facing a local business, pitch your own innovative product idea or lead a student organization, the Cofrin School of Business has an opportunity for you. Please be sure to engage with us and let us help you get started on your journey towards both your degree and the career you’re dreaming of.

Thanks again for choosing UW-Green Bay, and I look forward to meeting you in the halls.


Nolan Bennett to present at conference celebrating Frederick Douglass’s legacy

Nolan Bennett

On Friday, September 25, 2020, UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Nolan Bennett (Democracy and Justice Studies) will present at a conference celebrating Frederick Douglass’s legacy. Hosted online through the University of Richmond, the conference features a keynote by noted historian David Blight and presentations by well-known scholars on the important abolitionist thinker. The conference is open to the public.

UW-Green Bay fall virtual youth programs offered | News, Sports, Jobs – The Daily news

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Camps and Youth Programs will be offered virtually during the fall. Middle and high school students and parents are invited to participate in virtual camps, developed to grow confidence and independence, challenge imagination and encourage empathy and open-mindedness.

Source: UW-Green Bay fall virtual youth programs offered | News, Sports, Jobs – The Daily news

UW-Green Bay Creates New Alumni Advisory Board | Seehafer News

As an institution on the rise, both in enrollment and responding to the educational attainment needs of the region, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has turned to its alumni for advice.The University recently established an alumni board of graduates who have gone out into the world and made an impact as citizens, parents and career minded professionals. Responsibilities will include offering advice and counsel to the Office of the Chancellor and the Alumni Office on strategic issues of importance to the University.

Source: UW-Green Bay Creates New Alumni Advisory Board | Seehafer News

Sheboygan County EDC: Little Owls expands conventions of childcare | WisBusiness

Sheboygan County, WI – The Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) works with local entrepreneurs to encourage investment in community-identified markets. One market that has been identified is childcare, specifically, second and third shift childcare options. The SCEDC and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay has assisted Yer Xiong of Little Owls Childcare Center in developing a business plan to start her new childcare facility at 5934 South Business Drive in the town of Wilson. Born in Thailand, Xiong moved to the United States in March 1993 at the age of 5. After her family settled in Sheboygan, Xiong has made the area her home for the past 27 years. She graduated from Sheboygan North High School before earning a bachelor’s degree in health care administration with a minor in business from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in health management from Lakeland University.

Source: Sheboygan County EDC: Little Owls expands conventions of childcare | WisBusiness

UW System Antigen Testing Program Behind Weekly Goals, Though Progress Being Made | Wisconsin Public Radio

University of Wisconsin System Interim President Tommy Thompson is calling the plan to use antigen testing to screen all dorm residents for the new coronavirus a success, while also noting the UW System is behind its goals for weekly surveillance.

Some campuses, like UW-Green Bay have had few COVID-19 positives reported…

Thompson pointed to UW-Green Bay as an example of campuses doing well with cases and testing. The University has tested a total of 1,721 students under the UW System antigen testing program, which is just over its entire dorm population. 

Despite outbreaks and two of 13 UW System campuses pausing in-person instruction, Thompson told Wisconsin Health News on Friday that closing UW campuses “is not on the table.” 

Source: UW System Antigen Testing Program Behind Weekly Goals, Though Progress Being Made | Wisconsin Public Radio

Virtual ‘Tertulia’ is back! every Thursday at 5 p.m.

Every Thursday at 5 p.m. UW-Green Bay faculty, students, staff and members of the four-campus community meet to practice Spanish. Some fun events programmed to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month during Tertulia sessions include games, cooking classes, conversations with Spanish alumni, and much more. To join our virtual meetings, please email professor Cristina Ortiz


Antigen testing expanding to any student taking face-to-face classes on Green Bay Campus

UW-Green Bay’s Office of COVID-19 Response sent a letter to students yesterday noting that antigen testing is expanding to all Green Bay Campus students. In addition to the students who live in Residence Life and have mandatory testing every two weeks, all students, including those who live off campus, but are taking face-to-face classes, are asked to also schedule tests every two weeks. Appointment times have been expanded. Students still need to schedule through the MyPrevea app. Students who are experiencing COVID0like symptoms should contact The Wellness Center for a PCR test, instead of going through antigen testing.

Testing is convenient and confidential

  • The antigen testing site is at the back entrance of the Kress Events Center, and students are moved through the process swiftly and professionally.
  • If a student tests positive, he or she is referred to The Wellness Center for confirmation via a second test.
  • The Office of Covid Response will manage accommodations related to academics, campus employment and quarantine guidance. The University is committed to working with students to keep everyone safe while helping to ensure for uninterrupted ability to pursue degree completion.