UW-Green Bay Collaborates with Microsoft and LinkedIn

New initiative to provide improved connections and free professional development

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced a new collaboration with Microsoft’s TechSpark program and LinkedIn, which will provide free professional development opportunities for University faculty and staff, infuse career connections for UW-Green Bay students, and grow LinkedIn Learning across the four-campus community.

“We rise by partnering with others,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Mike Alexander. “As a University driving development in our region, we need to model the spirit of digital transformation to enhance learning, solve problems and provide the greatest array of professional development and networking courses possible to our faculty, staff and students. This partnership is an important and exciting step in that direction and has the potential to help our community in countless ways.”

The collaboration includes:

  • Expansion of the free use of LinkedIn Learning for UW-Green Bay faculty, staff, and students while providing professional development opportunities in areas such as technological literacy, customer service, public presentations, and diversity and inclusion.
  • Possibilities for the use of LinkedIn Learning by faculty as a co-curricular tool in courses or to map course content to LinkedIn courses as an affordable option for textbooks.
  • Long-term development of Microsoft Teams as an intranet site for the University, allowing for seamless communication within academic units, colleges and service areas.
  • Opportunities to develop long-term connections between Career Services and LinkedIn to include virtual career fairs, resources for alumni, and connect employers in the region to UW-Green Bay students and workforce talent.

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to shine a spotlight on the need for foundational digital skills. The TechSpark program is proud to support UW-Green Bay to bring forth opportunities to participate in virtual work, virtual learning, and more,” says Michelle Schuler, regional manager, Microsoft TechSpark.

Regional leaders also see the benefit of this collaboration.

“We value the strong partnership we have with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and Microsoft and the ability to leverage these relationships by providing new learning opportunities across our region,” says Barb LaMue, President & CEO of the New North, Inc. “The expansion of the LinkedIn Learning modules will provide professional development for faculty and staff and assist in upskilling our workforce in a variety of in-demand careers. New North is proud to continue supporting unique, effective talent development efforts with these great organizations.”

LinkedIn representative Kyle Obot says these collaborations are important to better position students.

“A diverse set of relevant skills are required to land jobs in today’s increasingly competitive job market,” Obot said. “LinkedIn and LinkedIn Learning are proud to partner with UW-Green Bay and Microsoft in providing high-impact learning opportunities to better position students to obtain the careers of tomorrow, while also advancing the skills of faculty, staff, and alumni.”

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.


‘Nix the Vid Mask

‘Nix the Vid Mask Decorating Contest for Students

Video: ‘Nix the Vid Mask Decorating Contest

It’s time, Phoenix family, to show your creativity! The Healthy Choices Taskforce is sponsoring a mask-decorating contest for any UW-Green Bay student from any of our four campuses. UW-Green Bay Senior (Design Arts) Lecturer (and award-winning designer) Addie Sorbo has some advice. Watch the video:

To be eligible:

-You must be a current UW-Green Bay student at any of the four campuses

-You must pick-up kits from The Wellness Center, or from the Student Services area at the Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan campuses beginning Nov. 19, 2020. Only 50 kits are available (first-come, first-serve). Kits will be delivered to students who are quarantined on the Green Bay Campus, upon request.

-You must use only the materials supplied (kit with fabric markers, rhinestones, snowflake patches and blank patches) and adhesive as needed.

-Masks have to remain wearable and washable (no holes, for instance) and the design has to be appropriate for all ages to see.

-You must e-mail a photo of your completed mask to healthychoices@uwgb.edu by 8 a.m. on Nov. 30.

-Photos will be posted on the Healthy Choices Facebook and Instagram page on Nov. 30 and voting will be open until midnight on Nov. 7. Each “like” on a photo will count as a vote. The three entries with the most “votes” will win a prize (Pass Points or gift cards for Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Marinette participants). 

-Everyone who participates gets a new ‘Nix the Vid mask.


Book Cover: Why We Get Mad: How to Use Your Anger for Positive Change by Dr. Ryan Martin

Prof. Martin’s Psychology book to release in January

Portrait of Ryan Martin
Ryan Martin

Professor Ryan Martin’s (Psychology) book, Why We Get Mad: How to Ue Your Anger for Positive Change, will be released globally on Jan. 12, 2020, but is available on pre-order. While a Watkins title, Penguin Random House is distributing Martin’s book in the United States.

This is the book on anger, the first book to explain exactly why we get mad, what anger really is, and how to cope with and use it. Often confused with hostility and violence, anger is fundamentally different from these aggressive behaviors and in fact can be a healthy and powerful force in our lives.

Martin offers questionnaires, emotion logs, control techniques, and many tools to help readers understand better what pushes their buttons and what to do with angry feelings when they arise.

You can find it listed at the Penguin Random House site. Martin’s book is one of Watkins’ lead titles and is available across multiple retailers.