Philosophers’ Cafe: Arguing by Analogy, Feb. 10, 7 p.m.

The next Philosophers’ Cafe: Arguing by Analogy is Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in a virtual environment via TEAMS. “Please join us for some fun discussion regarding arguments from analogy! Our discussion will be moderated by Dr. Michael Wreen (Philosophy, Marquette University). A very common form of argument uses an analogy to show that something is the case or that something isn’t the case. Sometimes these arguments don’t generate any controversy. Some of the arguments for the conclusion that certain drugs are safe and effective for treating human diseases, for example, are arguments from analogy, and they’re fine. But arguments from analogy on matters of ethics or religion many times do generate controversy. People tend to jump into such arguments to make points without thinking much about what an argument from analogy is or what the general criteria are for determining how strong or weak an argument from analogy is. After briefly discussing those two matters, we’ll have an open general discussion of a famous argument from analogy for the existence of God. This is the Design Argument for the Existence of God. We hope to see you there!” Join via the TEAMS link.

Get Phoenix Ready with the Career Closet!

The Career Closet is a resource available to currently enrolled UW-Green Bay students. Students may take up to five free items each semester—and those items are theirs to keep! During times of social distancing, the Career Closet is operating on an appointment basis. Students can schedule a visit by filling out a request form, found at To prioritize students’ health, only one student visits at a time. Hand sanitizer and disposable gloves are available for use by visitors.

Program Coordinator Abigail Drapalik encourages interested students to make an appointment.

Career Closet
Career Closet is open for business (attire).

“The mission of the Career Closet is to provide access to free, professional attire to UW-Green Bay students who need to dress for success” said Drapalik. “Since its advent in Spring 2018, the Career Closet has been visited 350 times and over 750 clothing items have been checked out!”

Career Services is also currently accepting donations for the Career Closet. As members of the campus community clear out closets in the new year, don’t toss that professional attire too far! Despite the COVID-19 pandemic bringing about more virtual meetings, graduating seniors, especially, need professional attire to prepare for that post-graduation career, regardless if a job interview is virtual or in-person.

Those wishing to donate new or gently-used items should email Program Coordinator Abigail Drapalik at to schedule a drop-off in advance. Accepted items are new or gently-used professional suits, pants, dress shirts, suit/sport jackets, skirts, dresses, neckties and belts. Donations are tax deductible and a receipt is provided with request.

Story by Charlotte Berg, Marketing and University Communication student assistant

Rising Phoenix Launches Year Two of Highly Successful Collaboration Between UW-Green Bay & Manitowoc Lincoln High School

Green Bay, Wis.—An inaugural Rising Phoenix Program in 2020 between UW-Green Bay and Manitowoc Lincoln High School was so successful, a second cohort of juniors will begin the Rising Phoenix program in Fall of 2021.

Rising Phoenix is an early college high school program, providing students dual enrollment in high school and the University, ongoing student success coaching and the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and their Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree upon graduation from high school, jumpstarting their college or vocational careers.

“We are so excited to continue our partnership with UW-Green Bay by providing another 25 students with this tremendous opportunity,” said Lee Thennes, Manitowoc Lincoln Principal. “We also want to celebrate the success of our current Rising Phoenix students who just completed their first semester. The support they get from their Student Success Coach and our team of School Counselors is amazing.”

Rising Phoenix students will enroll in Manitowoc Lincoln High School and UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus, taking courses that can concurrently earn a high school diploma and AAS degree. The AAS degree offers students an opportunity to explore courses within an emphasis, which will fulfill general education requirements for a major in college or serve students in achieving their next level career goals.

In Fall 2020, twenty-five Rising Phoenix students demonstrated academic readiness, grit, and perseverance during their first semester of college while still in high school. Students worked closely with a Student Success Coach in close collaboration with Manitowoc Lincoln School Counselors, supporting students academically and socially. This support was critical in a year when students had to face the additional challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carson Goetz, current Rising Phoenix student, had this to say, “It has been an awesome experience to be a part of the Rising Phoenix program. Being in this program allows for a smooth transition into the college experience while still having support at Lincoln. I have been blown away by the people involved in the program who are so helpful and caring for student’s individual needs. The student success coach, the school counseling team, the professors, teachers, and administrators at Lincoln, and lots of others really make this program a great way to jumpstart your college journey. The Rising Phoenix allowed for me to learn so much about how to set myself up for success.”

Another current Rising Phoenix student, Anthony Holschbach, echoes, “I have been touched by the Rising Phoenix program. It has made an incredible impact on my life. I found some of my biggest weaknesses and found out how to handle them and come out better! This has been life changing and in one semester I have learned more than I could have ever imagined. This program and campus have made me a better person and gave me confidence in myself again.”

The Manitowoc Public School District and UW-Green Bay are committed to closing the achievement gap for student groups who are traditionally underserved and underrepresented in higher education. Rising Phoenix with the Manitowoc Public School District is offered at no cost to students or families due to the school district’s commitment to paying for tuition and textbooks. Tuition rates are reduced through state legislation and UW-Green Bay’s dual enrollment programs.

Learn more about the Rising Phoenix Early College High School Program at or contact Meagan Strehlow, Executive Director of K-12 and Community Engagement, at or 920-465-2716.


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

About UW-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement
The Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement focuses its mission on creating educational opportunity and access for all ages, encompassing K-12 student programs, personal and professional development and customized training to meet the needs of a progressive economy. The division develops, collaborates and executes responsive solutions for diverse communities statewide, all of which reflect a deep commitment to inclusion, social justice and civic responsibility


UW-Green Bay alumna starts online store to help women

UW-Green Bay alumna Christine (Pfiester) Sandberg ’15 (launched) The Lemonade Boutique, an online women’s clothing with a cause store to help human trafficking victims. The online store prides itself on curating ethically made and fair trade items. Most of the artisans behind the products are overcoming extreme challenges such as human trafficking. In the short five years they’ve operated, they’ve partnered with 30 artisan groups across 20 countries.

At The Lemonade Boutique, “your purchase empowers women to take life’s lemons and make lemonade,” Sandberg says. “When she graduated in 2015, Sandberg says she did not imagine she would be starting an online store, but she always knew she wanted to make a difference in the world.

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UW-Green Bay faculty receive MCW Award

Excellent teachers are committed to advancing medical students’ learning and are the base for achieving the Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) core mission in education. The Curriculum and Evaluation Committee (CEC) recently recognized and affirmed individuals that advanced student learning and provided added value to the medical student curriculum at MCW. The CEC recognized the following UW-Green Bay faculty as MCW’s Outstanding Medical Student Teachers for 2019-2020:

  • Associate Prof. James Marker
  • Associate Prof. Brian Merkel
  • Associate Dean Amanda Nelson
  • Associate Prof. Uwe Pott

Congratulations to those who received this award!

Amanda Nelson, MCW Award
Amanda Nelson
Brian Merkel, MCW Award
Brian Merkel
Uwe Pott, MCW Award
Uwe Pott
James Marker