Melissa Nash named director of HR

Announced by Senior Vice Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, Melissa Nash was promoted to the position of director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action Officer, effective Jan. 4, 2021. Nash joined UW-Green Bay in January of 2012 in the Office of Human Resources and Workforce Diversity. Since that time, she has progressively advanced in her career, most recently holding the title of assistant director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action Officer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from St. Olaf College, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (emphasis in human resources) from UW-Platteville, and a master’s degree in Organizational Change Leadership (emphasis in strategic human resources) from UW-Platteville.

Christopher Paquet, assistant vice chancellor for Policy and Compliance, led the Office of Human Resources and Workforce Diversity for the past three years. He will continue to serve as campus contract officer, risk manager, Title IX Officer and provide oversight for University compliance.  His role will expand to serve on the Chancellor’s Cabinet to provide advice and counsel to Cabinet members and the University community.

Expanded virus testing, vaccine distribution possible for UW System campuses this spring | WLUK

GREEN BAY (WLUK)–The UW system is making efforts to get students back to where many say they want to be spring semester: in the classroom.Looking back on fall semester, President of the UW System Board of Regents Drew Petersen couldn’t be more pleased.

“We’ve tested over 500,000 students, faculty, staff, and community members and have learned an awful lot, but I’m so proud of the leadership of President Thompson, our senior staff, the UW system, our chancellors, and our campuses,” Petersen said.The UW system is especially proud of UW-Green Bay for their efforts.

“The lowest caseload in the system. They did an exceptional job,” Petersen said.

UW-Green Bay’s chancellor agrees.

“But really the credit has to go to our students. Everybody said that college students wouldn’t be willing to follow the rules, wouldn’t be willing to do this and our students did. We trusted them and they really handled it as well as we could ask,” UWGB chancellor Michael Alexander said.

Source: Expanded virus testing, vaccine distribution possible for UW System campuses this spring | WLUK

CYP Workshop: Bias is a Four-Letter Word: From Awareness to Action

The Cofrin School of Business announces a Current Young Professional workshop, Bias is a Four-Letter Word: From Awareness to Action, Tuesday, Jan. 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Cost: Free for CYP members (CYP membership is free for all Green Bay Campus employees).

“There are several four-letter words you should eliminate from your vocabulary. One of them is bias. Bias is personal, cultural, and institutional. The reality is that we all have bias despite its invisibility to the plain eye. The good news is that there are ways to counterbalance and disrupt bias on a personal and social level, procedural and systems level, and eventually on a structural level. A crucial first step in creating diverse and inclusive workplaces start with the elimination of bias from our vocabulary, actions, and decisions. This workshop will focus in-depth on the concept of bias. Participants will explore the different types of bias in our society, recognize the impact implicit and explicit attitudes and stereotypes shape how we engage with others and make decisions in the workplace, and how everyday people can build inclusive environments through the elimination of bias. KEY TAKEAWAYS: Develop an understanding of what is Implicit and Explicit Bias. How biases are developed. Understanding the effects of implicit and explicit bias on business and beyond. Strategies to eliminate bias from interactions with coworkers, customers, and others.” Find more on the Greater Green Bay Chamber website.

Professors Boswell and Levintova announce new Syllabus Journal publication

Caroline Boswell (Humanities) and Katia Levintova (Democracy and Justice Studies) co-editors of Syllabus Journal, housed at UW-Green Bay, would like to announce that the journal has just published its latest issue at In the most current issue, readers will find articles, syllabi, and toolbox (assignments) entries relevant for teaching in the fields of mathematics, film studies, sports psychology, urban studies, education, communication, and social science statistics.
Co-editors  also would like to thank our former editorial assistant, Patrick Sicula ’20 for his “stellar editorial work” on this (and earlier) issues, especially during the pandemic.

Searching for a winter activity? NEW Zoo and Adventure Park offers half price admission

The NEW Zoo is once again offering special winter admission rates for the entire months of January and February. All zoo admission rates* will be half-off regular prices starting January 1, 2021. The Zoo has a close relationship with the University, often hosting UW-Green Bay interns.

Winter is a great time to see the animals and enjoy a safe, socially distanced, fun outdoor experience! You will get that “zoo-to-yourself” feeling when watching the lions and otters play in the snow.

Zoo regular admission rates: Adults $11; Children (ages 3-15) and Seniors (62 and above): $8; and Children under 3: Free.

The NEW Zoo is open seven days per week, 365 days a year. Hours of operations are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily throughout the winter season.

Additional information, including a calendar of upcoming events, can be found online at the NEW Zoo website.

Port Expansion has UW-Green Bay ties

Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, that Brown County will receive a $500,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to assist in purchasing the former WPS Pulliam Plant property as part of the effort to relocate coal piles away from downtown and expand the economic activity of the Port of Green Bay.

“Acquiring this property and addressing the remaining coal piles has long been an obstacle for folks in Brown County. This grant announcement today will help move the county, city, and Port of Green Bay forward,” said Gov. Evers. “Relocating the coal piles not only promotes new opportunities for the area to bolster economic activity, but will also improve the quality of life for many.”

“Over a decade ago, the city, county, and UW-Green Bay partnered to identify strategic objectives to advance the Port of Green Bay not only for our area, but the economy of northeastern Wisconsin,” says Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach. “The Pulliam site is critical for that long-term strategy to come to fruition. We are very thankful for Governor Evers’ and Secretary Hughes’ support by helping us close the gap for acquiring this strategic asset for future generations to come.”

UWGB athletic director Charles Guthrie reflects on a challenging 2020

GREEN BAY – Charles Guthrie has experienced plenty during his years working in college athletic departments, but 2020 will go down as the most challenging the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay athletic director has faced. “I’m extremely proud of how everyone associated with the program has come together this year,” said Guthrie, who was hired by UWGB in October 2017. “It’s been intense as we’ve had to navigate the fluid nature of the pandemic, the impact of social unrest in Wisconsin and around the country and remain focused on our mission to continue building a championship culture. ”Flipping the calendar to 2021 won’t make everything go away, although the hope is that brighter days are ahead when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic.At least for the rest of this season, both UWGB basketball teams will continue to do their part to mitigate the spread of the virus. Both have been successful, although some games have been canceled because of COVID-19 issues with opposing squads.

Source: UWGB athletic director Charles Guthrie reflects on a challenging 2020

Prof. Martin offers ‘Five New Year’s Resolutions to Help With Your Anger’ | Psychology Today

Here’s a little advice that UW-Green Bay Prof. Ryan Martin shared with Psychology Today, recently:

New Year’s Day is synonymous with self-improvement and new beginnings. People use it as a jumping-off point to embrace healthier diets, new workout programs, and other lifestyle changes.  Those changes, though, shouldn’t be limited to just your physical health. You can and should embrace changes to impact your emotional and psychological well-being, too. In fact, given the interplay between our physical and emotional health, those attempts to improve our psychological well-being will likely go a long way toward helping with our physical health goals. With that in mind, and because I study anger, here are five New Year’s Resolutions you should embrace if you are looking to experience healthier anger.

1. Take care of yourself physically. Your anger is likely more of a problem when you are tired, hungry, stressed, or in an otherwise unpleasant mood. While we can’t always prevent those negative moods, we can take steps to minimize how often we find ourselves in them by taking care of ourselves. Make sure you are getting a good night’s sleep, eating healthy meals regularly, and getting frequent exercise. Taking time to take care of yourself will help minimize how angry you get when you experience those routine frustrations.

2. Think about the provocations you invite into your life. While some frustrations might just happen to us, there are others that we actively invite into our lives. Sometimes that is OK—maybe even good for us—but sometimes it becomes unnecessary. Maybe you don’t need to see your politically polar-opposite cousin’s Facebook posts? Maybe watching the football game you get so angry about isn’t necessary? Maybe you can leave a few minutes earlier for work each morning to avoid traffic and feeling rushed? While it wouldn’t be healthy to try to avoid every provocation out there, we don’t need to actively seek out frustrations, either. Try to decide which provocations are worthwhile and which ones you can skip.

3. Learn how to decrease your anger in the moment. When you do get angry, make an effort to decrease that feeling in the moment so it doesn’t get out of hand (even though anger is a healthy emotion, it can be unhealthy when extreme or long-lasting). You can do this by taking time to breathe deeply, by visualizing a pleasant experience or a positive outcome, or by using some other relaxation method. Even slowly counting to 10 can help you decrease that unwanted anger so you can move on.

4. Think about your thoughts. There are several types of thoughts that tend to exacerbate how angry you get in the moment. For some, the problem is that they catastrophize (i.e., they blow things out of proportion with thoughts like “This is going to ruin my entire day”). For others, it’s that they make unreasonable demands of people in their life with thoughts like “They should drop what they are doing to help me right now”). These thoughts (you can take a survey to learn more about yours) can make already unpleasant situations feel far worse to us. At the same time, though, we are able to investigate our thoughts and catch ourselves when we catastrophize, label, or blame people in unreasonable and unhealthy ways. Doing so will often serve to decrease unwanted or unhealthy anger.

5. Consider how you express your anger. Not only is it OK to be angry sometimes, it’s actually good for you in that your anger can serve as fuel that energizes you to confront injustice and to solve problems in your life. The key, of course, is how you express it. A healthy approach to dealing with anger is to find ways to channel that anger into positive prosocial solutions. For instance, problem-solving, protesting, writing poetry or literature, and creating music or other forms of art can all serve as healthy and positive outlets for expressing anger.

Source: Five New Year’s Resolutions to Help With Your Anger | Psychology Today

Finding Someone to Blame by Ryan Martin | Psychology Today

One of the things we do when we get angry is assign blame. When something negative happens to us, we make a decision about who is responsible and why they did what they did. In fact, misattributing causation is associated with anger.How, though, do we handle things when there is no obvious culprit? What do we do when there’s really no one to blame (i.e., bad weather, illness)? Or, what if we’re the ones to blame?

…What should we do in these circumstances?  First, it’s okay to acknowledge that sometimes bad things happen without a particular responsible party. Second, try to adjust your focus from finding the offender to finding the solution. Part of the reason we look for the offender is that we don’t like it when things feel out of control. Focusing on a solution is a way of taking back some of that control.

Source: Finding Someone to Blame | Psychology Today

Parents, Coaches, Pushing High School Game Officials Off the Field – Ryan Martin Interview

Ideally, game officials would worry about what is happening on the field: holding penalties, offside calls and determining whether a basketball play was a block or charge.However, that is not the referees’ reality. They are being called out by coaches on the sidelines, and fans are relentless while judging calls from over 100 feet away.The average age of an official in Georgia is 57 years old, and the average goes up every year with younger people leaving the profession.

Listen to the expert …

Ryan Martin is a psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and has published multiple articles and led TED Talks about anger.

He believes the reason fans lash out at officials is because it is the closest they can get to being on the field.

“I think, and this part can be a little sad, they have as much invested in the game as their kids do,” Martin said. “Seeing their son or daughter win or lose is an extension of them. Because they have so much invested in it and they are on the sidelines powerless, maybe trying to intervene that way is a mechanism. They think since I can’t do anything from over here, I can at least yell.”

Martin said fan behavior changes with the success of the team or organization. Everyone affiliated or connected to a group feels like they are part of it because of the time spent with it.

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