Green Bay ranks as safest place to live in the U.S in 2020-21

Green Bay ranks No. 1 as the safest place to live in the U.S in 2020-21 in U.S News and World Report. Crime rate can be one of the deciding factors of where families settle down. Based on the metro areas’ 2018 murder and property crime rates per 100,000 people, determined by the FBI crime reports, Green Bay is the safest places to live in the country.

Source: Safest Places to Live in the U.S. in 2020-21, U.S News and World Report

MESA Welcome Back Bash (virtual) is Feb. 10, 7 p.m.

Join the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) office personnel as they welcome back the UW-Green Bay campus community, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 at 7 p.m. Learn about services provided by MESA, upcoming events for Spring 2021, campus/community involvement, and ways to get involved with multi-ethnic student organizations. This event will be held virtually, a link to join the event will be sent to registered participants prior to the event. Sign up today or register by Monday, Feb. 8. All are welcome. This is a great opportunity for new faculty/staff to learn about MESA.


Pitch contest helps former refugee sharpen idea for Hmong-inspired fashion line

A love for the Hmong culture led to a business idea and people’s choice award for Ka Vang, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Vang, who entered the Fall 2020 UWGB Student Business Idea Virtual Pitch Contest, created a business model for Ntxhais Hmoob, a modern Hmong-inspired fashion line for everyday wear. The 2008 Green Bay West High School graduate and current Appleton resident was born in a refugee camp in Thailand.

“It was a difficult situation; just like many other Hmong families suffered,” Vang said. “My family moved to the United States in 1994 and we initially migrated to California before moving to Wisconsin several years later.”

Source: Pitch contest helps former refugee sharpen idea for Hmong-inspired fashion line

UW-Green Bay professor explores anger and how we can deal with it​

There have been days lately where it seems we’re all angry – about something.The drama of politics, the never-ending fallout from COVID-19, we just stepped on a Lego that we told the kids to pick up, we were cut off in traffic, our internet is moving at the speed of a glacier or we just can’t find our flipping car keys.It’s always something, or so it seems.But why do we get mad in the first place? What, exactly, is anger? How can we manage it or, better yet, how can we use it to our advantage? Dr. Ryan Martin, a professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, has some answers. He has studied anger from all sides for the past 20 years and has been called upon by the likes of Psychology Today the New York Times and NPR to discuss a subject we all recognize but really don’t fully understand.He was asked to do a TED talk, which has received over 3 million views since June of 2019, and now has written a book: Why We Get Mad.

Source: UWGB Professor Explores Anger and How We Can Deal With It​, Spectrum

Uncovered Green Bay Packers treasures expected to fetch thousands

It’s not quite as lucrative as winning the Powerball, but Tim Horton of Oklahoma and a Green Bay area couple still hit the jackpot recently after finding some vintage Packers memorabilia that will fetch thousands at auction next month.The items include one of the earliest worn Packers helmets known to exist and the oldest Packers ticket to hit the auction block from a game played almost 100 years ago.

The ticket and program from the 1924 game are expected to go for more than $10,000 and the helmet for as much as $20,000.

“People like to dream, and if you are into the seeking or picking for antiques and collectibles, you may go your whole life and not find something that you will make thousands of dollars on,” said Heritage consignment director Chris Nerat, who graduated from Marinette High School and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. “But when people see stories like this, it kind of fills their mind with, ‘Hey, it could be me who hits the lottery at a flea market or a Goodwill or their grandma’s attic.’”

Source: Uncovered Green Bay Packers treasures expected to fetch thousands

News literacy week: How to separate news from noise

GREEN BAY, Wis. (NBC 26) — When it comes to news media these days many of us are suffering from information overload. So, how you know which stories are fact and which are fiction? Today kicks off the second annual National News Literacy Week. It is our goal to help make you a more informed, well-educated news viewer. And, share with you ways to help separate news from noise. UW-Green Bay’s Jena Richter Landers is interviewed.

Source: News literacy week: How to separate news from noise

COVID-19 vaccinations for people 65 and older underway in Brown County

GREEN BAY – Close to 1,000 people are expected to get COVID-19 vaccinations Tuesday at the Prevea Health clinic on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus, according to Dr. Ashok Rai, CEO of Prevea Health. A statewide push to vaccinate people ages 65 and older began Monday after the state announced on Jan. 19 that age group was now eligible for the shots. Prevea Health has been vaccinating people 65 and up since Wednesday because it had allotments available at the time of the announcement for people in that age group, Rai said. Bellin Health also reported a high demand in appointments last week and urged patience as more slots open up. While most of the Brown County’s recent cases remain highest among people in their 20s, most of the 190 Brown County residents who died due to the virus were 70 or older, according to DHS data.

Source: COVID-19 vaccinations for people 65 and older underway in Brown County

UWGB rapid COVID testing site to remain open

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – UW-Green Bay will continue free rapid COVID-19 testing on Jan. 27.The rapid testing site is located at the Weidner Center, 2450 Weidner Center Drive. It will be open weekdays 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.UWGB says the site has been popular. The average about 350-400 tests per day.Surge testing sites at University of Wisconsin System campuses were scheduled to close, but the system partnered with the Department of Health Services to give 140,000 additional tests.

Source: UWGB rapid COVID testing site to remain open

UW-Green Bay and others to extend surge testing for COVID-19 | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)- The University of Wisconsin has extended the rapid surge testing for COVID-19 at select campuses within their system.Latest coronavirus in Wisconsin updates After completing about 250,000 tests from November 2020 to January 23, the program which is in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was scheduled to close.

Due to the success of the program however, it has been extended at select locations through April. “We thank the federal government for their confidence in us and we are pleased that our university sites can continue to be used in the fight against this insidious disease,” said Tommy Thompson, President of the University of Wisconsin System.

Thompson says that the federal government chose the system, out of all other university systems through out the country, in a task that has been relatively smooth. “The federal government asked if we could use 160,000 more tests and we said sure,” said Thompson.Beginning Tuesday, the UW-Oshkosh testing site, inside the Culver Family Welcome Center, reopened. Anyone who would like to get a free test completed there needs to do so by appointment. Individuals do not have to be experiencing symptoms or be in close contact with someone with COVID-19 to get a test.

They also do not need to live in the community where the testing site is located. Registration must be completed online:

The UW-Green Bay testing site, inside of Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, will reopen on Wednesday January 27th. The Green Bay location has seen success due to a number of reasons as well. “Here at UW-Green Bay, we are very fortunate to offer a drive through option, which is convenient for testers. It’s a little challenging here in Green Bay with the weather, but we’ve certainly seen high demand,” said Susan Grant Robinson of University of Green Bay. Robinson says that they first day of testing was a bit of a challenge due to a high number of people needing tests. “We did have long lines on the first day, but we have since worked that out,” said Robinson.


Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Allouez Village Band putting off start of season until fall (at Weidner Center)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The Allouez Village Band is among many community performing groups in a wait-and-see mode because of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.Normally, the 80-member band performs the third Monday of the month from fall through spring at the Meyer Theatre in downtown Green Bay, with special concerts held at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Allouez Village Band putting off start of season until fall