Livability ranks Green Bay in top place to live

Livability.com released a data-driven list of the top places to live in America in 2020, focusing on safety, affordability, economic stability, outdoor recreation, accessibility and community engagement as well as an “opportunity score” based on variables like job numbers, broadband access, economic resilience and growth. Green Bay ranked 40th. Here is a bit of what is said about Green Bay:

“There’s no severing the tie between Green Bay and the Packers, but thanks to its strategic location on Green Bay and the Fox River, Green Bay is way more than just a football team. An important shipping hub, the city had the state’s largest job growth in recent years which has meant income growth in the region, as well. Low-key and a lot of fun, Green Bay is a small city with a big heart.

Top Industries and Employers: Shipping (by water and by ground) is still an important part of the economy here. Manufacturing, particularly in the paper industry, employs 20% of the county’s residents. Tourism and the Green Bay Packers are a big source of income and job opportunities here, as well.

See the full list.

Michael Strohschein named as Phoenix Real Estate Foundation Trustee

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Foundation Board of Directors recently named alumnus Michael Strohschein ‘92 (Business Administration) as a new trustee to the Phoenix Real Estate Foundation.

Michael Strohschein
Michael Strohschein

Before focusing on commercial real estate brokerage and development with Management Enterprises, Strohschein was President & CFO for Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group, Inc. from 1999 to 2015. Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group is nationally ranked as one of the top 100 Real Estate companies in the country. Key areas of focus included mergers and acquisitions, corporate economic strategies, financial analysis, and property management.

Strohschein holds his Real Estate Brokers license. Prior to joining Coldwell Banker, he was the senior financial analyst with Humana Health Insurance in De Pere and was an accountant with the CPA firm of Wipfli Ullrich Bertelson in Green Bay.

He has served as a board member and is actively involved with Junior Achievement of the Fox Cities. He was named to the Top 20 Young emerging leaders in the United States in Real Estate Management by Coldwell Banker Corporation. Strohschein served on two national panels helping set the scene for real estate advancement including RealTrends Brokers Council which tracks, reports, and guides future real estate leaders.

Involved in commercial real estate and development projects for many years in the Green Bay area, Strohschein enjoyed a positive experience as a UW-Green Bay student, has a fondness for the University, and is interested in giving back through board service.

About the Phoenix Real Estate Foundation
The Phoenix Real Estate Foundation, LLC’S mission is to acquire, manage, lease, and dispose of real property to assist in fulfilling the educational and charitable mission of the UW-Green Bay Foundation.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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UW-Green Bay’s Prof. Kuenzi honored with National Research Award

Like the rest of the world, everything changed for UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Kerry Kuenzi, Ph.D. (Public and Environmental Affairs) when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, including her nonprofit research.

Kuenzi and her team of researchers moved swiftly ahead with their project, but changed their research to reflect the new reality that nonprofits were facing right in the middle of a worldwide crisis. Their ability to pivot and study how the pandemic is impacting nonprofit workers earned them national recognition from the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the University of Texas at Austin and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

Kerry Kuenzi
Kerry Kuenzi

This award brings recognition to UW-Green Bay and is important to nonprofit organizations in that it has important implications for how these organizations attract and retain workers.

“The impacts of this research can be felt here in the community,” noted Kuenzi.  “For example, the research seeks to understand what drives individuals to be committed to work in the nonprofit sector.  Nonprofit sector employees are arguably their organization’s most important resources. If organizations can harness this commitment in their employees, they are more likely to be successful themselves.”

Kuenzi, with co-investigators Marlene Walk (IUPUI) and Mandi J. Stewart (NC State) were honored with the RGK-ARNOVA President’s Award. It provides a $10,000 prize to a member of ARNOVA to support basic research and theory building in the field of philanthropic, nonprofit, and voluntary action studies.

The award committee looks for new, creative work, and especially encourages projects that incorporate and apply insights, frameworks, and theories from the social sciences to the study of nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and volunteerism. Only one grant is made each year, assuming a worthy proposal is submitted, making this achievement very special.

“I was excited,” Kuenzi said. “We had planned to apply for the award before COVID impacted all of us, but the pandemic changed the circumstances of our shared research project. As a result, we had to tailor our proposal to accommodate the pandemic because we knew it would impact nonprofits and their employees. It’s really nice to be recognized for your work but especially true when that work can help these organizations that are so integral to our community navigate the devastating impact of COVID-19.”

The Nonprofit Education Survey Project (NESP) is an ongoing research project that works with nonprofit management programs to survey their alumni. The current round of NESP was meant to be completed during the summer of 2020. However, because the schools facilitate the connection with alumni, the extra work on their part to plan for the fall semester (to accommodate for the pandemic) meant that it was not a particularly good time to participate. The team had to push back that round of data collection and refocus it to include an understanding of the effects of the pandemic.

Specifically, this award focuses on the current iteration of the NESP called “Career Intentions, Commitment to the Nonprofit Sector, and COVID-19: Insights from Nonprofit Graduate Alumni.”

The team plans to use the grant funding toward the new research. And the research supports the important work of nonprofits—many of which continue to serve those most vulnerable and are themselves on the frontlines of the pandemic.

Story by UW-Green Bay Marketing and University Communication intern, Charlotte Berg

 

Photo of a Phoenix icon on an outdoor sign with fall color trees and the Cofrin Library in the background at the UW-Green Bay campus.

Photos: Peak Autumn Color at the Green Bay Campus

UW-Green Bay’s Green Bay Campus shows off seasonal variety year-round and shines particularly bright with vivid colors during the fall semester. Those on campus can enjoy the elevated view of autumn reds, yellows, and oranges from the multilevel Cofrin Library. There are even more views to experience while exploring campus outside of the University Union and the miles of trails through the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum. Click to advance slideshow or view the album on Flickr.

Peak Autumn Color UW-Green Bay Campus

– Photos and text by photo intern William Throndsen and drone photos by Sue Pischke

Travel in Place with Clarinetist Eric Hansen on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

Virtual 6:30 Concert Series, Monday, Oct. 26, takes listeners on a journey

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music’s 6:30 Concert Series will present its second livestream concert of the season, Travel in Place with Clarinetist Eric Hansen on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. In keeping with University policy and COVID-19 restrictions on public events, all 6:30 Concert Series events will be livestreamed from Fort Howard Hall in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts with no in-person attendance. All 6:30 Concerts will remain free and open to the public.

Clarinetist and UW-Green Bay Associate Professor Eric Hansen will take listeners on a journey performing clarinet solos inspired by travel and specific locales. Prof. Hansen states, “I wanted to share fun, travel-themes clarinet solo music with everyone this year, since so many of us are eager for a fun trip or vacation.” The program includes: A Week in Plasencia by Mike Curtis, The Jungle by Eric Mandat, Wings by Joan Tower, and Spanish Sketches by Ivan Olenchik.

The 6:30 Concert will stream live for free on the Weidner Center’s YouTube channel. Prof. Hansen will be answering questions from the livestream audience immediately following the performance. Questions may be submitted in the comments of the YouTube livestream, or via email at 630concertseries@uwgb.edu.

Originally from Wyoming, Professor Hansen earned a Bachelors of Music in Music Education and a Bachelors of Music in Clarinet performance, both from the University of Arizona. He went on to earn his Masters of Music from the University of Kentucky. Professor Hansen is an active performer of solos, chamber and large ensemble music within the community and has been featured several times on Wisconsin Public Radio. He is also the co-author of the book Extreme Clarinet, a clarinet technique book that focuses on advanced technical skills as well as contemporary extended techniques.

About the 6:30 Concert Series

The 6:30 Concert Series is designed to connect the campus with the community through the exploration of music. Performances feature insightful presentations by performers, composers and special guests. The series offers new perspectives on diverse styles, often exploring the music from multiple angles. All performances take place at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, begin at 6:30 PM, and last between 60 and 90 minutes.

About the Weidner Center

UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. The Center is a home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance productions, community events and productions and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. Beyond the large-scale touring productions that grace the stage, the Weidner Center also focuses on scholastic development, programming and an impactful education series – Stage Doors. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit www.WeidnerCenter.com, 920-465-2726, 800-895-0071, or follow the ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter).

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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