UW-Green Bay community mourns the loss of two members of the Phoenix Family

In the the past few days, UW-Green Bay learned of the passing of John Kuhlmann, longtime librarian for the Marinette Campus, and Sarah Schuetze, assistant professor of English and Humanities on the Green Bay campus. In a message to the campus community Sunday, Chancellor Mike Alexander noted, “This is a great loss to our university community and to their respective fields. Our students have lost respected mentors and we have lost not just colleagues, but friends.”

A visitation for John Kuhlmann, will be Thursday, Jan. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Cadieu Funeral Home, 549 10th Ave, Menominee. Campus friends and family are invited to attend.  Masks are required. Please see the full obituary.

Plans honoring Sarah Schuetze have not yet been announced.

Members of the faculty and staff needing support are encouraged to reach out in the following ways:

  • The Employee Assistance Program is a free, confidential service which can provide grief support to you during this time. You have access to confidential, completely private, 24-hour, 7-days-a-week counseling and online services through Kepro EAP. You may contact Kepro by calling 833-539-7285 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) or visiting Kepro’s website. (Username: SOWI).  You will need to create an account to access the EAP resources online. 
  • Please also feel free to contact Human Resources at 920-65-2390 or hr@uwgb.edu if you would like additional information or have any questions about the Employee Assistance Program.


Prof. Amulya Gurtu had a peer-reviewed article published

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Amulya Gurtu (Supply Chain Management) had a peer-reviewed article published. The paper titled “Supply Chain Risk Management: Literature Review” is published in RISKS, Volume 9, Issue 1; doi:10.3390/risks9010016. This study aims to analyze the risk associate with global supply chains and how to mitigate them. This paper is co-authored with Prof. Jestin Johny (India).

Chief Information Officer search has begun

The Search and Screen Committee has been selected, and the search is on for UW-Green Bay’s new Chief Information Officer (CIO). The firm Witt Kieffer will assist.

The CIO will provide leadership, vision and strategy across the University to support the information technology needs of the students, faculty, and staff and to advance the institutional mission in our multi- campus setting. As the landscape in higher education is ever-changing, it will be important for the CIO to commit to building an information technology program that adequately supports both the academic and administrative areas of the university now and into the future addressing all aspects of information technology including enterprise solutions, administrative functions, academic support, cybersecurity, IT policies and strategic plans. The CIO will play an increasing role to in our evaluation of educational technologies and distance learning applications, and will be responsible for understanding the full scope of technology needs of students, faculty, and staff and providing a continuous commitment to excellence in customer service and support.

In a message to faculty and staff on Dec. 11, Vice Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven acknowledged the unique structure that campus operated in with Paula Ganyard in the role of both Chief Information Officer, overseeing both Computing and Information Technology, and Library Services: “I would like to thank Paula for stepping up to fill the role of CIO, for what was an undetermined amount of time, while also leading the UW-Green Bay Libraries,” she said. “During her time as CIO, Paula led IT through the UW Colleges restructuring process, COVID-19 crisis that required IT to quickly support a remote workforce, helped to establish a strong information security program, created a service-oriented approach to IT services through reorganization, the establishment of an IT Service Portfolio, and much more.” Ganyard will return to her role as Director of Libraries when the new CIO is appointed.

The Search and Screen Committee will be led by Vice Chancellor Corey King. Watch the Log for updates.

Cofrin Center for Biodiversity’s Erin Giese earns recognition for Snowy Owl Airport Rescue

Since the winter of 2017-2018, Cofrin Center for Biodiversity’s Erin Giese has helped co-lead Project SOAR (Snowy Owl Airport Rescue) whose mission is to capture and relocate Snowy Owls and other raptors from local airports where they pose as hazards. Giese co-leads the project with Janet Wissink (Winnebago Audubon) and Frank Ujazdowski (Wisconsin Falconers Association). In 2020 they earned the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology’s (WSO) Special Recognition Award, which recognizes the collective efforts of a far-reaching project or partnership that increases the public’s awareness and appreciation for birds, their habitats, or the need for conservation.

WSO Awards Chair Wendy Schultz met up with Project SOAR and gave them their awards at an outdoor pavilion while social distancing (in a non-pandemic year, awards would have been given at the WSO Convention). Erin and her collaborators Janet and Frank each gave acceptance speeches, which can be viewed at the very bottom of this page.

You can follow Project SOAR’s efforts on Facebook.

Photo courtesy of Wendy Schultz. Left to right: Erin Giese, Janet Wissink and Frank Ujazdowski.


Call for nominations of Founders Awards

It is time to start submitting nominations for the 2021 Founders Awards! The Awards & Recognition Committee wants to encourage departments, units, offices and other working communities to consider which of their colleagues they would like to see honored at next year’s Fall Convocation.

The nomination form for the 2021 Founders Awards is available electronically at Nomination Form.

The Awards & Recognition Committee encourages anyone from the UW-Green Bay community (faculty, staff, students, and community members) to submit a nomination(s) prior to the March 5, 2021 deadline. The website includes the criteria and a Description of each Founders Award and a list of previous awards Founders Award Recipients.

Individuals and groups who have received the Founders Award for a given category within the last 15 years will not be eligible for that same category. Also, self-nominated individuals and groups will not receive consideration.

If the individual(s) you nominate is (are) selected as a finalists(s), you will be contacted to provide further information such as background information on your nominee, letters of support addressing the nominee’s qualifications for the award, etc. All awards will be presented at the campus-wide convocation in August.

If you have any questions or need assistance completing your nomination(s), please feel free to contact Anna Merry, Chair of the Awards & Recognition Committee, or any Committee member – (James Kabrhel, Katelyn Strzok, William Yazbec, Joe Schoenebeck, Illene Cupit, Ryan Kauth, Barb Holschbach, Amanda Koperalski and Sarah Detweiler).  Awards & Recognition Committee members are not eligible for nomination.


Please take the ‘speed test’ for Brown County (goal is increased equity and digital access across region)

The Digital Access Action Team was formed earlier this year by Achieve Brown County as a way to collectively address the need for increased equity in digital access brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to off-site/virtual learning. The team’s primary focus is improving digital access for K-12 and postsecondary students in Brown County, with a secondary focus on the larger New North Region. Through a collaborative effort with Geo Partners and utilizing their state of the art speed test, families can now take the first steps to improving their internet connectivity by testing their internet speeds and comparing them with the rest of Brown County. Families will be able to determine if their speeds comply with the 25 mbps download and 3 mbps upload speeds set by the FCC. Ultimately, data from the Brown County Speed Test will position the team, its members and other community entities to access, pursue and secure funding that will help drive equitable outcomes for ALL students in Brown County. The Digital Access Action Team is asking you to support this important effort by taking the following action:

Personally take the Speed Test.

Late (but appropriate) kudos for IT

Chancellor Mike Alexander and other cabinet members shared kudos to the University community at the December Coffee Break. A LOG subscriber thought of a belated kudos worth mentioning… “Recognizing the Division of Information Technology for implementing and transitioning the University to Microsoft Teams in 2020. Teams has created so many efficiencies for communication, collaboration and project work. What did we ever do without TEAMS?”

Vaccination Clinic In Sheboygan By Early February | 1330 & 101.5 WHBL

(WHBL) – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has designated the gymnasium of the UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus, as the site of a community COVID-19 clinic that is expected to be operational “come late January and early February”.  Prevea Health will be a partner with the UW-Green Bay in the effort, which will also operate a clinic at the Kress Center on the Green Bay campus.The Wisconsin DHS regulates distribution of the vaccine in the state, and at this time has only authorized treatment of those in the “Phase 1A” category which includes health care providers and skilled nursing facility staff and residents.  The DHS is now working on who will be included in the next group to receive the vaccine, designated “Phase 1B”, and all others that will follow.  It is the Phase 1B population that will first receive the vaccine at the UW campuses.

Source: Vaccination Clinic In Sheboygan By Early February | 1330 & 101.5 WHBL