Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: Livestream ‘American Romantics’ time-travels in Green Bay

At the piano were an associate professor (Michael Rector) and an associate lecturer (Sylvia Hong) of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music faculty. They are husband and wife. In fact, their son-on-the-way (the couple’s second son), Atticus, got his first airtime mention when Michael Rector spoke between selections.

Michael Rector spoke of the research that went into the program. The quest among a huge output was for hidden gems, ones that would intrigue and excite the duo. One that they found in the Library of Congress was an unpublished manuscript, and thus Michael Rector said, “Fantastic Caprice” got a kind of modern premiere.

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: Livestream ‘American Romantics’ time-travels in Green Bay

NWTC Marinette, UWGB-Marinette to share library services | Community | ehextra.com

NWTC Marinette and UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus have entered into a shared services agreement as Marinette Area Higher Education Coalition partners to provide on-site and off-site library services to students at both colleges.

“We wanted to deepen our partnership with the UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus,” NWTC Marinette Campus Dean Jennifer Flatt said. “We are incredibly fortunate to have library staff with experience in higher education right down the street—and now right on our campus too.”

Source: NWTC Marinette, UWGB-Marinette to share library services | Community | ehextra.com

UWGB to open rapid testing site; 7-day positivity rate of 37.26%

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will begin to offer rapid COVID-19 testing Nov. 9 to off-campus people as a “surge testing site.”

The seven-day positivity rate in Brown County stood at 37.26% since a testing site at the Brown County Fairgrounds in De Pere opened on Monday. Green Bay was ranked 20th as of Wednesday in the New York Times’ analysis of infection rates in metro areas.

Source: UWGB to open rapid testing site; 7-day positivity rate of 37.26%, Green Bay Press-Gazette

Inaugural Winner of Joan Behr Rural Opportunities Scholarship is a UWGB student

Melissa Srnka of Algoma, Wis. was awarded $1,000 towards her education as the Joan Behr Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation, Inc. (WORF) Board Scholar. She was selected from over 300 applicants from rural Wisconsin. “This scholarship directly reflects all of my hard work in community service, sports, academics, and 12 years of schooling,” says Srnka. “With this scholarship, I am able to lighten my financial burden and focus on the most important part of my schooling, learning.”

She graduated top of her class from Algoma High School and is now attending the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay pursuing an education in physical therapy. “UW-Green Bay will allow me to make connections for my future in the workforce by being connected to the Green Bay Packers and Bellin Health,” she states.

Source: Inaugural Winner of Joan Behr Rural Opportunities Scholarship Announced

Horizon League releases basketball schedules; no fans allowed through December

No fans will be permitted at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay basketball games in November and December because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that won’t stop games from being played.

The Horizon League announced its 2020-21 conference schedules Wednesday, with each team set to play 20 league games.

Source: Horizon League releases basketball schedules; no fans allowed through December, Green Bay Press-Gazette

Photo of the Covid-19 virus under a microscope with the text, "Covid-19 Why it matters: Fall break, protect yourself and others.

Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters: Part 13, Fall Break…Protect Yourself and Others

This video series features UW-Green Bay’s Immunologist Brian Merkel on COVID-19 and Why it Matters. This series empowers viewers with knowledge to help them navigate through the pandemic. Merkel has a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia. He is an associate professor in UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology & Biology programs and has an appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He will be responding to a number of questions related to COVID-19 and try to get behind the “why” it’s important to be educated in your decision-making as we navigate the pandemic together.

Video Transcript – COVID-19 Why it Matters, Part 13: Thanksgiving break, protect yourself & others

Brian Merkel, Microbiology and Immunology at UW-Green Bay and we’re here to talk about why COVID-19 matters to you.

Today we want to talk about holidays like Thanksgiving and how to address celebrating Thanksgiving while doing that safely given the realities of COVID-19. One of the ways we can think about that is to think about relative risks.

The lowest risk option is to celebrate the holiday with your household family members.

The next category of risk, which we would describe as having moderate risk, would be to travel to visit family members, extended family members, or entertain extended family members at your home. The best option in that particular scenario would be to do it outside. Now that’s difficult because it is getting colder but nonetheless that is the recommendation. Some of the associated recommendations—if you were to do that outside would be to avoid sharing utensils, keeping your distance, and when not eating or drinking wearing your face covering.

The higher risk category would be larger gatherings with family members indoors, shopping, all of those kinds of things in busy areas. Those carry greater risk just because of the habits and nature of this virus. It will take advantage of those kinds of things. So, plan ahead and realize that different activities carry risk.

Self-quarantine for 14 days before visiting others over Thanksgiving. Be safe and follow the three W’s as we say at UW-Green Bay—wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance. Thank you.

COVID-19 Why it Matters: Video Series:

Introduction with Brian Merkel https://youtu.be/M-yYPSPk30Q

Part 1: What are viruses and where did this one come fromhttps://youtu.be/DYbiIv8ICgs

Part 2: Two main types of viruses https://youtu.be/O-OVk3rx96s

Part 3: Why is this virus serious? https://youtu.be/EDFyNN8i5G4

Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask?https://youtu.be/FlcAvlt876Y

Part 5: I’m young! Why should I care? https://youtu.be/TDrEV_beY1U

Part 6: Can pandemics be stopped before they start? https://youtu.be/lgWnJZNYbFI

Part 7: Pandemic is not local, why wear a mask? https://youtu.be/IG3Sl3q-xH8

Part 8: Why does everyone need a flu shot this year? https://youtu.be/DGpBFj0fJkA

Part 9: What is the science behind a vaccine? https://youtu.be/eQ3FclkYaQo

Part 10: Where can I find accurate information? https://youtu.be/pLMlU5Xnkgo

Part 11: What type of mask should I wear? https://youtu.be/gCFHxQvkVYE

Part 12: Why HUGE COVID-19 spikes in Wisconsin? https://youtu.be/OuqmXvrDApY

Part 13: Fall break, protect yourself & others https://youtu.be/h21Ed_bBTE4


What the decision of swing state Wisconsin means for each candidate, with Prof. Help

UW-Green Bay Associate Professor David Helpap (Political Science) said, “It really shouldn’t be that surprising. Over the last few elections we’ve seen the vote in Wisconsin be very close.” Helpap says a history of close vote counts makes Wisconsin a state to watch every election.

Source: What the decision of swing state Wisconsin means for each candidate

UW-Green Bay basketball schedules released, back-to-back games

The Horizon League announced its 2020-21 men’s and women’s basketball conference schedules this week and the Green Bay women’s team tips off the conference season with two games against UW-Milwaukee on Dec. 12 and 13. The men’s league season will tip off Dec. 19 and 20, when Green Bay hosts the Panthers before heading to Wright State the following weekend. The uncharacteristic back-to-back scheduling is to limit exposure to COVID-19. The Phoenix will have to play without fans, at least through 2020.

Source: UW-Green Bay basketball schedules released

Photo of two UW-Green Bay athletes stretching while wearing Nix the Vid face masks.

Video: Phoenix family works to ‘Nix the Vid by wearing facemasks 

UW-Green Bay students, faculty, and staff have come together to ‘Nix the Vid! These resilient problem-solvers have not allowed the COVID-19 pandemic to hold them back. The Phoenix family takes pride in protecting themselves and others by following the 3 Ws—wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance. See more at https://www.uwgb.edu/phoenix-forward/.

Video by William Throndsen, Marketing and Communication Photo/Video Intern who is majoring in Mass Media Communications 

Soundtrack Lyrics “One” by Barrows and Sun

I’m turning dreams into reality
In the lab with the formula and chemistry
The memories spark and Motivate
And make the industry shake
We put the bars on the breaks
I’m talking one
One chance at best, yes
Painting pictures for the culture
Keep the brushes fresh
We flipped the color work the drummer
Passion never rest
Freedom is our teacher
Under pressure now we blessed
It’s One art
One shot
Now the future is yours, Go!
One Art One Shot Now The Future is Yours, Go!

Photo of UW-Green Bay Music students playing instruments, wearing slotted face masks, sitting 6-feet apart on the Weidner Center stage during Jazz Ensemble class.

Video: Resilient music students play-on through pandemic 

During the pandemic, UW-Green Bay’s Adam Gaines, associate professor of Music, teaches his Jazz Ensemble class on the main stage at the Weidner Center. Music students use specialized slotted masks, bell covers on brass instruments, sit six-feet apart, and leave the stage every 30-minutes for the air to disperse. Gaines said he is blown away at how resilient his music students are and watching them persevere through these pandemic challenges.

Video Transcript for Resilient Music Students Play on Through Pandemic: Dr. Adam Gaines, I’m an Associate Professor of Music. I teach Jazz Ensembles and Music Theory course and I’m the trumpet professor here. The pandemic has definitely affected teaching music at UW-Green Bay in many ways. One of which is that our theory classes and things like that can be online but jazz ensembles and things like that cannot. And so, we’ve had to make a lot of adjustments including buying slotted masks for our students to use and bell covers and we keep six-foot spacing, which is what we’re able to do because we’re on the Weidner Center stage. I’m constantly impressed with my student’s ability to adapt during this pandemic. They’ve been extremely resilient, and they roll with everything that comes their way. It must be something built into our Phoenix DNA here. 

Video by Sue Pischke, Marketing and Communication