Common CAHSS keynote is Nov. 30

November 30, 2020 from 6 to 7 p.m. Prof. David Voelker (Humanities, History) leads the discussion, Beyond Sustainability; Imagining an Ecological Future. Here’s a description:

“It’s time for an honest conversation about sustainability—not to demolish the concept, but to recognize that it has fallen short in helping us change our unsustainable ways. Although the dominant models of sustainability in theory recognize that environmental problems are entangled with economic and social justice issues, in practice sustainability efforts have tended to focus rather narrowly on what we usually call “the environmental impact” of our activities. We have thus failed to transcend not only the polluting energy systems of the past two centuries but also the economic and ideological systems that see unlimited growth as the only viable option. Unsustainability is not simply a technical problem that can be solved through technological means. To mitigate the multiple environmental crises into which we are rushing, we need to reconsider our roles on this living planet as human beings. Can we imagine an ecological future in which we thrive as members of the larger community of life?”  See more on the Common CAHSS page.

UW-Green Bay Police offers winter driving advice for University community

Wisconsin winters can bring beautiful snowfalls and great opportunities for outdoor recreation.  However, they can also result in dangerously cold temperatures and icy conditions.  Winter weather can be unpredictable, so you need to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature may throw at us.

Be prepared for snow and icy conditions that could impact travel on roadways and make sure you have emergency kits in your vehicle and at home.  Winter emergency kits should include items such as food, water, a flashlight and batteries, and blankets.  In your vehicle, include a snow shovel, extra gloves and hats, face masks and kitty litter or sand to help give your wheels traction on icy roads in case you get stuck.

According to the National Weather Service, Wisconsin experiences an average of three to six winter storms during the season.   During the winter months, it is important to check current road conditions before you head out.  You can check travel conditions for most major roadways in the state by using 511 Wisconsin, a state Department of Transportation service updated regularly with the latest traffic and road conditions on major routes throughout the state.

Please remember to follow snowplows at a safe distance and there is NO PASSING on campus roads.

If you must use your car during a storm:

  • Plan your travel, selecting both primary and alternate routes.
  • Let someone know your travel routes and itinerary so that, if you don’t arrive on time, officials will know where to search for you.
  • Check latest weather information on your radio.
  • Try not to travel alone – two or three people are preferable.
  • Travel in convoy (with another vehicle) if possible.
  • Drive carefully and defensively. Watch for ice patches on bridges and overpasses.
  • Take note of your odometer and coordinate it with exit numbers, mileposts, or crossroads so if you are in a crash or slide off the road you’ll better be able to identify where you are and summon law enforcement officers, rescue workers, or tow truck operators more quickly to your location.
  • If a storm begins to be too much for you to handle, seek refuge immediately.
  • If your car should become disabled, stay with the vehicle, running your engine and heater for short intervals. Be sure to “crack” a window in the vehicle to avoid carbon monoxide build-up.

Be courteous to those awaiting your arrival:

  • Call ahead to your destination just as you are leaving.
  • Let someone at your destination know the license number of your vehicle, what route you’ll be traveling, and give a realistic estimate of your travel time.
  • If you have a cell phone, give that number to the party at your destination.
  • If you have friends or family at your place of origin, you should call when you arrive to let them know you have arrived safely.
  • If road conditions, tiredness, etc. delay or postpone a trip, make a phone call. Let people on both ends know of the delay.

Prepare a safety pack for your vehicle:

    • Blankets or sleeping bags
    • Flashlight with extra batteries
    • First-aid kit
    • Shovel, booster cables and windshield scraper
    • Non-perishable food like raisins and energy bars
    • Water
    • Sand or cat litter for traction
    • Cell phone adapter

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Mishicot’s Savannah Siders earns Rural Opportunities award | Schools

Savannah Siders, of Mishicot, was awarded $1,000 toward her education as the Jim Caldwell/First Citizens State Bank Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation, Inc., Board Scholar. A news release said Siders was selected from more than 300 applicants from rural Wisconsin. A 2020 graduate of Mishicot High School, Siders is the daughter of Steven and Jennifer Siders. She is attending the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, pursuing a degree in biology and pre-veterinary.“The reason I want to major in biology and pre-veterinary is that I have always been passionate about helping animals and making them feel better,” Siders said in the news release.  Logging more than 400 hours of volunteering, Siders’ list of extracurriculars is extensive. Her activities include FFA, varsity dance team, forensics and high school musicals. She has earned numerous accolades, including being Summa Cum Laude, student of the month and various FFA awards.

Source: Mishicot’s Savannah Siders earns Rural Opportunities award | Schools

Kwanzaa

Reminder: Kwanzaa Celebration is Saturday, Dec. 5

Join online for UW-Green Bay’s annual Kwanzaa celebration on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This year’s celebration theme is Ujima principle, which stands for collective work and responsibility. Keynote speaker is UW-Green Bay Vice Chancellor for Inclusivity and Student Affairs, Corey King, Ph.D. This event is open to campus and the community. Register here, by Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. For more information, or if you have a disability and would like to discuss accommodations, please contact the Office of Student Life at 920-465-2720. UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff only can request a Kwanzaa meal and ‘Kwanzaa at Home’ packet to be picked up on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 prior to the virtual event. Students/staff/faculty who register after this date cannot request a meal. The event is sponsored by the UW-Green Bay Black Student Union (BSU), the Office of Student Life (OSL) and Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA).

UW-Green Bay alumna creates fundraiser to benefit Dorothy Underwood Nursing Scholarship

UW-Green Bay alumna, Sherri Underwood Johnson and her mother created a Facebook craft sale with proceeds going to the Dorothy Underwood Nursing Scholarship to benefit UW-Green Bay’s nursing students. Sherri’s mother, Dorothy, who is 88, has created some of the items. This fundraiser will run until 2 p.m. Nov. 28, 2020. Find the fundraiser on facebook.

“If nothing else, the year 2020 has shown us the importance of medical personnel. There is an ongoing need to support the education of nurses and to ensure caregivers for generations to come,” Johnson wrote in the fundraiser description.

Dorothy Underwood

In 2006, Sherri Underwood Johnson, RN, established a nursing scholarship at UW-Green Bay in honor of her mother, Dorothy Underwood, RN. Dorothy worked as a nurse for 43 years and kept her nursing license until the age of 78. The scholarship also honors Ruby Sirk Wolverton, Dorothy’s aunt, who is part of the family legacy of nursing.

If you would like to support this scholarship, donations can be made directly to UW-Green Bay with an online gift, or by mailing a check to UW-Green Bay Foundation, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, Wis. 54311.

Those who wish to support the Facebook fundraiser may choose a handcrafted item made by Sherri Underwood Johnson or Dorothy Underwood with a minimum donation of $40. Look under the “Discussion” tab for photos of what is available.

For more information, visit the Facebook event here.

Teachers unions will have newfound influence in a Biden administration (Prof. Shelton quoted)

“There’s going to be a lot of competing priorities and any sort of big, transformative education law that would create longer-lasting funding increases is probably not going to be forthcoming right away because most of the attention is going to go to the coronavirus,” said Jon Shelton, an associate professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, who wrote a book about teachers unions. Source: Teachers unions will have newfound influence in a Biden administration. Here’s how they might use it, Chalkbeat

UWGB collaboration with Microsoft, LinkedIn to benefit staff, students

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.

Source: UWGB collaboration with Microsoft, LinkedIn to benefit staff, students, Insight 

Story describes UW-Green Bay involvement in Door County invasive species fight

These innovative efforts would not have been possible without the Door County community, DCIST partners and amazing seasonal staff members. These include Sam Hoffman and Tina Lee of the Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department; Andrew Bowker, Jacob Smither and Britney Hirsch of UW-Green Bay; and Ben Epley of The Ridges Sanctuary.

Source: Field Season Wrap-up from DC Invasive Species Team, Door County Pulse.

UW-Green Bay Announces New Collaboration with Microsoft & LinkedIn

“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.” Source: UW-Green Bay Announces New Collaboration with Microsoft & LinkedIn, Green Bay News Network

COVID-19 testing sites accommodating for increased demand before holidays

The UWGB community site is testing upwards of 400 people a day. Rapid testing sites at UW system schools have contributed to an overall increase in testing across the state, which is a key step in fighting the pandemic. Source: COVID-19 testing sites accommodating for increased demand before holidays, FOX11