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Green Bay fall wild rice seeding planned for late October

Small teams of conservation professionals and volunteers from UW-Green Bay, Ducks Unlimited, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Madison Division of Extension, and others will seed 2,000 lbs. of wild rice at coastal wetlands in the bay of Green Bay during the week of October 26-30, 2020.

This year marks the fourth year of seeding effort as part of the restoration projects, informed by UW-Green Bay aquatic vegetation research in lower Green Bay. See past efforts. Wild rice or “manoomin” holds important traditional, economic, and spiritual value in the region for Wisconsin’s First Nation tribes.

Wild rice also benefits waterfowl as an important food source during fall migration and contributes to fish nursery habitat and ecological diversity in coastal wetlands. Historical records suggest the wetland grass occurred in the waters of the bay of Green Bay; however, rice has been uncommon to rare in coastal wetlands and tributaries in recent decades. UW-Green Bay graduate student research helps conservation partners learn more about wild rice seeding success and environmental conditions impacting aquatic vegetation.

Rice re-establishment is one of a series of restoration projects in lower Green Bay and along the Green Bay west shore to enhance coastal wetland habitat for fish and wildlife and improve the health of the bay. Participants will hand seed the rice at 6 sites in lower Green Bay and along the Green Bay west shore on the following dates:

  • Monday, Oct. 26: Green Bay west shore: Seagull Bar State Natural Area and Oconto Marsh Wildlife Area & Oconto Sportsmen’s Club Tuesday
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27: Lower Green Bay: Duck Creek and Ken Euers Nature Area
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28- Suamico: Sensiba Wildlife Area & Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve
  • Thursday and Friday, Oct. 29 and 30, Weather make-up days

Media members may view seeding from an observation point on land at most locations. All participants and observers will be expected to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines. For more information about the project or the seeding effort, contact Green Bay Restoration Project Coordinator Amy Carrozzino-Lyon (carrozza@uwgb.edu, 920-465-5029).

Global Studies Roundtable is Friday, Oct. 9

The next Global Studies roundtable is Friday, Oct, 9 at 1:00 pm ET,  and welcomes Ben Levelius, Vice Consul from the U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad, India. Levels is a native of Wisconsin and will also be discussing his path to foreign service in the U.S. State Department. The U.S.-India relationship plays a key role in 21st-century international affairs. From high tech development to pharmaceuticals, naval power to Foreign Aid, and everything in-between, how India and the U.S. get-along will affect U.S. foreign policy, business, and individuals for the years to come. Not even a global pandemic stands in the way! This free public event is on Oct. 9, 2020, at Noon Via Microsoft Teams. Join Meeting

UW System Tuition Balances Down By Nearly 60 Percent From 2013 Levels | Wisconsin Public Radio

Balances in tuition reserve funds across the University of Wisconsin System are at their lowest levels since 2008. Without a significant cushion, some campuses are cutting spending and staff to address financial problems caused by declining enrollment, the coronavirus pandemic and eight years of frozen tuition.Data obtained by WPR through a state open records request show that leftover revenues known as tuition fund balances fell at most UW System campuses between the 2017-18 school year and June of 2020.Tuition fund balances are revenues left over after expenses are paid in a prior campus budget year and are used to safeguard a university against declines in revenue from tuition or reductions in state funding.

…A WPR review of balances for “unrestricted funds” — a broad category of funds that includes tuition reserves — at state universities shows only UW-Green Bay meets the benchmark of having three months of reserves on hand. UW System leaders have stressed for years that a majority of funds described as “unrestricted” are actually dedicated for things like future construction, maintenance, student assistance and paying debt service. 

Green Bay is one of three campuses without a savings plan to see tuition balances grow between the 2017-18 school year and June 30, 2020. The university has bucked the trend of declining enrollment, reporting annual gains since 2015.

But because the campus’s tuition balances now makes up more than 12 percent of its expenditures, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Michael Alexander said it has to submit a plan showing how it will bring them down, another requirement from lawmakers.

“We need to make sure that we keep growing, that we spend that down appropriately and reinvest in the campus to keep us moving forward,” said Alexander. 

Source: UW System Tuition Balances Down By Nearly 60 Percent From 2013 Levels | Wisconsin Public Radio

Some universities and colleges are seeing lower COVID-19 positivity rates than their communities are

NORTHEAST, WI (NBC 26) — COVID-19 cases across Wisconsin have steadily climbed for a month now. In the last 31 days, the average positivity rate for the virus according to DHS is at 14 percent. But local universities and colleges are doing much better than that, some with a positivity rate on campus of less than one percent. Some colleges and universities across Northeast Wisconsin are seeing much lower positivity rates of COVID-19 than the communities that surround them.

“They have a very good strategy in terms of testing frequently, identifying those who are positive and getting them isolated and out of exposure to other people,” says Amber Allen the Executive Director of Primary Care Quality and Innovation for Prevea Health.

And as communities, surrounding college campuses try to replicate a trend going on in many higher learning institutions, health care leaders are optimistic that communities can learn from the example set.

“I do think that there is going to have to be some additional mitigation strategies to continue to contain this virus,” says Allen.

Right now, UWO has a positivity rate amongst staff and students of eight percent, UWGB has a positivity rate of just over one percent, and Lawrence University in Appleton has students testing positive for COVID-19 at a rate of less than one percent over the past month.

Source: Some universities and colleges are seeing lower COVID-19 positivity rates than their communities are

Ethics in Action awards virtual luncheon, Oct. 15

UW-Green Bay community, please consider attending the “Ethics in Action” awards luncheon that is being held this year for the first time as a virtual 45-minute event on Oct. 15, 2020. Formerly called the “Ethics in Business” award, since its inception in 2008, Prof. John Stoll and many campus students have assisted with its development. This year is a totally changed format, as you can see from the program information at the link below. Aside from your own attendance, it is an event worthy of student attendance (possibly as extra credit). Please help us promote ethical behavior in our regional community. Registration is free.

 

Coffee & Convos hosted by Current Young Professionals

Current Young Professionals is hosting two Coffee & Convos events for the Green Bay area to get to know the District 8 Congressional Candidates.

With a critical election on the horizon, seize the opportunity to join an exclusive conversation with Brown County’s two congressional candidates: incumbent Congressman Mike Gallagher (Oct. 12th) and challenging candidate Amanda Stuck (Oct. 16th)! We will provide non-partisan discussion topics relevant to young professionals, and then the floor is open to attendees to ask questions that matter most to YOU.

Submit your questions and hear their responses in real-time so that you can head to the polls (or mail your ballot in) with confidence on November 3rd.

This public event is free for CYP members (all UWGB Green Bay Campus employees can become a member for free).

October 12 at 11:00 am via Zoom

October 16 at 4:30pm via Zoom

Register to attend.

 

Are hybrid courses our future? The Comm Voice has the coverage

A new article posted to The Comm Voice, shows how the college experience this year is different than others. Communication Law professor Shauna Froelich uses the hybrid method, having half of the students come on Tuesdays, while the others come on Thursdays. This delivery model helps keep communication and participation alive, but has students and faculty questioning the future of higher education in a post-COVID world.

The article was written by Mackenzie Brown, Ben Newhouse, Matthew Knoke, and Alexis Beck.

Photo credit to Travis Boulanger and infographic designed by Wynna Bonde.