Day: February 16, 2021

UW System Leaders Discussing Ways To Consolidate | Wisconsin Public Radio

With declining enrollment and fewer state dollars to work with, University of Wisconsin System interim President Tommy Thompson says it’s time to think about consolidating some two-year UW campuses with nearby technical colleges. Thompson first mentioned the idea of consolidating UW System and Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) campuses during a Jan. 26 webinar hosted by the nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum. He said a number of communities around the state have two-year UW branch campuses and technical colleges, and that taxpayers would wonder why they have both.

In an interview with WPR, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Michael Alexander said he has been appointed to a UW System committee of chancellors and provosts to study the WTCS expansion proposal and look at opportunities for collaboration. 

Alexander stressed the committee has only had one meeting and that discussions are in the very early stages. He also said UW-Green Bay and its campuses have been building relationships with area technical colleges in the 16 counties it serves. 

“We’re already doing the work to make sure that, for students, there’s a seamless ability to transfer and that we value our technical college partners and everything that they do and in every way that we work with them,” said Alexander. 

In a letter to campus, Alexander said the term “consolidation” has a broad meaning. 

“Since I have been here and before, we have been working to consolidate pathways for students between all of our campuses and our technical college partners,” said Alexander. “We must see the holistic way that students view higher education and work to make sure that we are creating clear pathways for students to reach their educational goals. If that is what is meant by consolidation, I am all for it.”

Source: UW System Leaders Discussing Ways To Consolidate 2-Year Campuses With Tech Colleges | Wisconsin Public Radio

Reminder: Writing Workshop with Poet Laureate, Dasha Kelly Hamilton, Feb. 17

Join Wisconsin’s New Poet Laureate, Dasha Kelly Hamilton, on Feb. 17 from 7 to 8 p.m for a creative writing workshop and spoken word performance centered around self-love, self-image, and Black History Month! Registration is required for this virtual event (TEAMS).

For more information, visit the Student Life Facebook event page.

UW-Green Bay’s SBDC helps business pivot during pandemic

UW-Green Bay SBDC’s Ray York has had to pivot his business during the pandemic. To survive the challenges facing the travel industry, The Rochester Inn in Sheboygan Falls identified the need for an innovative strategy for their “small, clean and caring Inn.” They needed to find creative ways to elevate their guest’s experience while reducing operating expenses and maximizing revenues. In addition, based on the global mindsight shift towards sustainable business practices, they prioritized the implementation of a sustainability strategy that will reduce future expenses while elevating the creditability of The Rochester Inn brand.

The Rochester Inn already has a strong reputation of being a “small, clean and caring Inn,” and part of their COVID survival strategy is to continue to treat their guests as family, while keeping them safe during their stay is their highest priority. They have implemented a reduced-contact experience for their guests’ safety and have made great strides to accommodate this through more virtual interactions and personalized messaging. They have maintained their in-room breakfast service and increased their in-room amenities for an improved experience and personalized travel stay.

With less travelers and an improved guest experience, they needed to find ways to cut operating expenses and maximize revenues. With methodical adjustments they have been successful in reducing their operating expenses, while consistently evaluating trends to realize their full market value.

The Inn is 173 years old and there is an opportunity to reduce expenses through green business practices and renovations, in coordination with becoming Travel Green Certified through Travel Wisconsin. They have taken steps towards efficiency upgrades and Travel Green Certification throughout 2020, with efficiency upgrades and certification ongoing in 2021.

Story submitted by Tara Carr, SBDC


Wombat Wocketry adds video as it looks for more student members

The Sheboygan Campus rocket team (Wombat Wocketry) is looking for new members to join for this year’s launch competition. No previous experience or course of study is required. The team is simply looking for enthusiasm and willingness to work together. They recently completed a small scale test launch.

See more at the post, including a video of a rocket launch.

Chief Information Officer posting is now public

The posting is now available and being advertised for UW-Green Bay’s new Chief Information Officer (CIO). The firm Witt Kieffer is assisting:

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay seeks a dynamic, distinguished executive to serve as its next Associate Vice Chancellor & Chief Information Officer (CIO). This is an exceptional opportunity to make a significant impact by leading the future direction of the information technology (IT) enterprise at University of Wisconsin’s fastest growing school in the region.

The CIO will report to the Chief Business Officer (CBO) and Senior Vice Chancellor for Institutional Strategy and will sit on the Chancellor’s Cabinet. As a visionary leader, the CIO must develop a strategic plan that will clearly guide the future direction of IT and significantly improve technological capabilities of the University to help promote learning and support university administration while maintaining alignment with UW system IT. Enrollment is at an all-time high and the CIO will need to evaluate the educational technologies and distance learning applications to ensure they are meeting the needs of the students and administration. An additional focus for the University has been on data analytics. The CIO will be instrumental in developing an integrated data analytics program that will assist UW-Green Bay in utilizing data and reporting in a transparent, clear, and cohesive form to leverage resources and technology at the University.”

See the full post at the Witt Kiefer website. Or see the postings at the Chronicle of Higher Education and Higher Ed Jobs:


Great Decisions Lecture Series: Korean Peninsula is Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m.

Join David Fields from UW-Madison for the first lecture in a series on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The Korean Peninsula is facing a defining era. Attempts by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump to repair the rift between North and South have lost any momentum as Pyongyang continues to test long-range missiles for its nuclear weapons program. As the rift between the U.S. and China grows further, South Korea may end up in the middle of the two superpowers. What does the future hold for the U.S. relationship with the ROK?

To register and for more information, visit the CAHSS & effect webpage

Prevea, UW-Green Bay partner to open COVID-19 vaccine clinic to open at Marinette campus | WBAY

Prevea Health has announced a COVID-19 vaccine clinic will soon open at UW-Green Bay’s campus in Marinette, Wisconsin.

Although Prevea officials haven’t decided on an official opening date, they’re tentatively anticipating it will be open for appointments on Monday, February 22nd. They say it may open earlier depending on the amount of vaccines Prevea is given by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS).

Source: Prevea, UWGB partner to open COVID-19 vaccine clinic to open at Marinette campus | WBAY

New Prevea COVID-19 vaccination clinic set to open at UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus | WFRV

Prevea Health and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay are opening a new Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic.

Organizers say the clinic will be located on the UW-Green Bay Marinette Campus at 750 W. Bay Shore St. in Marinette.

According to a release, the vaccination clinic will provide COVID-19 vaccinations to all community members eligible for the vaccine under the vaccination prioritization guidelines set by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS).

Source: New Prevea COVID-19 vaccination clinic set to open at UW-Green Bay Marinette campus | WFRV