6:30 Series joins Common CAHSS for Sustainable Voices Concert, March 8

GREEN BAY, Wi.—University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music’s 6:30 Concert Series returns to explore music with Sustainable Voices – A Musical Exploration of Ecological Sustainability on Monday, March 8, 2021 in collaboration with Common CAHSS (College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences). This virtual concert will stream live from Fort Howard Hall in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at 6:30 p.m. on the UW-Green Bay Music’s YouTube Channel.

Out of concern for public health and in keeping the University’s current policy on public performances due to COVID-19, there will be no in-person attendance. The concert is free and open to the public. Donations are welcomed and can be made via UW-Green Bay Music’s website.

This concert engages with this year’s Common CAHSS theme: Beyond Sustainability; the program is selected in response to the following questions: What do we want to sustain given that it’s neither possible nor desirable to sustain the status quo? How can we simultaneously address ecological and social justice issues?

These questions will be addressed through an inclusive programming of an array of compositional voices and styles. This program will include works by Evan Williams, Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, Daniel Crawford, John Luther Adams, and John Salerno, and features performances by cellist Michael Dewhirst, the UW-Green Bay New Music Ensemble, and the UW-Green Bay Faculty Jazz Combo.

Additional information about 6:30 Concerts Series and upcoming events available at https://www.uwgb.edu/music/6-30-concert-series/ or by emailing 630concertseries@uwgb.edu.

About the 6:30 Concert Series
The 6:30 Concert Series is designed to connect the campus with the community through the exploration of music. Performances feature insightful presentations by performers, composers and special guests. The series offers new perspectives on diverse styles, often exploring the music from multiple angles. All performances take place at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, begin at 6:30 PM, and last between 60 and 90 minutes.

About the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. The Center is a home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance programs, community events and productions, and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. Beyond the large-scale touring productions that grace the stage, the Weidner Center also focuses on scholastic development, programming and an impactful education series — Stage Doors. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit www.WeidnerCenter.com, 920-465-2726, 800-895-0071, or follow ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter).

About UW-Green Bay
Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving 8,970 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 95,000 continuing education learners each year. We educate students from pre-college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. In 2020, UW-Green Bay was the fastest-growing UW school in Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.


UW-Green Bay receives First-Gen Forward designation

National Honor for Commitment to First-Generation Student Success

Green Bay, Wis.— The Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation, recently announced the 2021-22 First-gen Forward cohort, which included the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. UW-Green Bay is the first UW System institution to be recognized as a First-Gen Forward institution.

The First-gen Forward designation recognizes institutions of higher education which have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. Selected institutions receive professional development, community-building experiences, and a first look at the Center’s research and resources.

At UW-Green Bay, 34.2% (2,356) undergraduate students and 11.2% (51) graduate students are recognized as first-generation student—the first in their families to pursue a college degree.

“This exciting opportunity reaffirms UW-Green Bay’s commitment to the success of our first-generation college students, said Corey King, vice chancellor, University Inclusivity & Student Affairs. “This collaborative partnerships with Academic Affairs is another milestone in our institutional efforts to become an inclusive and welcoming university.”

UW-Green Bay among nearly 80 higher education institutions selected to participate in the 2021-22 cohort. Universities who have been recognized as first-gen forward institutions include the University of Florida, Ohio State, Rutgers, UNC-Chapel Hill, Colorado State, Georgetown, Clemson, Florida State, UC-Santa Barbara and CSU-Sacramento.

“When First-Generation College Students choose UW-Green Bay, they entrust us with providing the required curricular and co-curricular opportunities to ensure their success though degree completion and beyond,” King stated. “UW-Green Bay recognizes that the success of First-Generation College Students opens the pathway for future generations.”

King said that being part of this cohort will help UW-Green Bay be part of the solution toward higher college attainment levels in Wisconsin. “As a University, we take great responsibility in being part of the solution,” King said.

“First-gen Forward now recognizes and supports over 200 diverse institutions across three cohorts, all of which continue to lead the nation through their commitment to first-generation student success. We are pleased to welcome UW-Green Bay for its long-term commitment and demonstrated strategies for advancing first-generation student initiatives,” said Dr. Sarah E. Whitley, assistant vice president, Center for First-generation Student Success.

As a First-gen Forward Institution, interested faculty and staff will be afforded multiple opportunities to engage with peer institutions who are also creating environments that improve the experiences and outcomes of first-generation students. Selected institutions will send representatives to the First-gen Forward Workshop slated for early-June and will participate in monthly phone calls, virtual professional development, goal setting, blog development, annual reporting, and more. After two successful years in the program, institutions are eligible to apply for the advisory leadership designation.

At UW-Green Bay, Corey King, vice chancellor for University Inclusivity & Student Affairs; Jen Jones, assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management, and Vince Lowery, director of Student Success and Engagement, will lead efforts on behalf of the University.

To learn more about first-generation efforts at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, contact Vince Lowery, loweryv@uwgb.edu. To learn more about the Center for First-generation Student Success, visit firstgen.naspa.org.

NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. Its work provides high-quality professional development, advocacy, and research for 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and 8 U.S. territories. Visit naspa.org for more information. The Center for First-generation Student Success is the premier source of evidence-based practices, professional development, and knowledge creation for the higher education community to advance the success of first-generation students. Through four strategic priority areas, the Center drives higher education innovation and advocacy for first-generation student success.

About UW-Green Bay
Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving 8,970 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 95,000 continuing education learners each year. We educate students from pre-college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. In 2020, UW-Green Bay was the fastest-growing UW school in Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.


Rapid (Surge) Site Thank You

The Rapid Testing Site at UW-Green Bay has proved a valuable asset as Northeast Wisconsin battles COVID-19. Recently, a community member who used the site for regular testing to protect her family, sent a note of gratitude and treated workers to lunch. As of this this week, the site at the Weidner Center provided 20,000-plus tests at the site, and continues to average more than 200 tests per day.

Three fearless leaders to be recognized with UW-Green Bay Alumni Awards

Two University of Wisconsin-Green Bay alumni who have risen to fearlessly face challenges in their profession and have shown their propensity to embrace diverse ideas and people will be honored as 2021 Alumni Award recipients. Additionally, Prevea Health President and CEO Dr. Ashok Rai, who models what it means to be a Phoenix—solving problems from multiple perspectives, and deep engagement in his community—will receive the title of Honorary Alumnus.

Because of the pandemic, the 2021 award winners will be celebrated with their 2022 peers in spring of 2022 at a formal awards ceremony.

Receiving this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award is Mary Gallagher ’90 (Theatre). From thousands of incredibly talented majors that have come out of UW-Green Bay’s Theatre program, Mary Gallagher stands out as having sustained success in professional film, television and commercial acting. Her roles included the lead in an NBC pilot directed by Rob Reiner, as well as television roles on Friends, The West Wing, How I Met Your Mother, Duckman (voice), NCIS, and Grey’s Anatomy. She has been in more than 50 commercials and costarred in movies with Jodie Foster and Reese Witherspoon. As a sketch comedian, she has performed on TV shows including Ellen and The Tonight Show. She hosted a pilot on E!, two seasons of a cult hit show on Game Show Network, and two seasons of a show produced by Kelsey Grammer, as well as costarring on David Spade’s Fameless on TruTV. She is currently on Prank Encounters, a Netflix hidden-camera comedy/horror show.

Mary Gallagher
Mary Gallagher

Gallagher also remains active in theater in Los Angeles; and her one-woman show won Best Actor in Hollywood’s15 Minutes of Fem Festival in 2010. Having started out in Green Bay opening for Sam Kinison at the City Center more than 30 years ago, she continues to evolve as a stand-up comic and perform in comedy clubs across America. She has been an in-house host at the world-famous Hollywood Improv as well as improvs throughout the county. After taking several years off to raise her daughter, she returned in 2015 to stand-up and in 2018 made her network TV stand-up debut on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Her comedy was later showcased on Amazon Prime’s Laugh After Dark. In 2017 a web series she co-created, Be My Therapist, was a finalist at the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and is now being developed as a possible TV series.

Through the years, Gallagher hasn’t forgotten her alma mater, returning to UW-Green Bay to mentor students in subject areas such as improv comedy and stand-up, and sharing with current students about what it takes to survive in the profession.

Receiving the 2021 Outstanding Recent Alumni Award is Nicole Schingick ’12 (Business Administration) and ’14 (Human Biology) who is currently the President of Rennes Group—comprised of Rennes Health & Rehab Centers (skilled nursing facilities), Renaissance Assisted Livings and the Residence by Rennes (memory care)—12 facilities in Northeast/Central Wisconsin. Nicole has a strong passion for providing exceptional care to the senior population, having grown up within the industry.

Nicole Schingick
Nicole Schingick

Schingick began her career with Rennes Group 15 years ago, starting as a caregiver, which remains one of her favorite roles of her career. She took advantage of learning as much as she could to include obtaining her Registered Dietitian Nutritionist credential in June 2015 and her Nursing Home Administrator license in October 2017.  She has worked in multiple facilities as well until landing at the Rennes Group Office (Peshtigo) in 2019 as the vice president of Operations. In January 2020, Schingick was promoted to president where she continues to lead the business with the passion and energy. Her priorities, she says, are quality of care for the residents and providing a workplace where employees want to work.

Especially impressive is Schingick’s ability to lead through significant change while maintaining the quality of care, Rennes Group prides itself on. Whether it’s a major reimbursement reform or adapting to new requirements put forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic, she has taken whatever comes her way in stride because she is confident in her team, who she says, “together, will come out stronger regardless of what is thrown their way.”

Under Schingick’s leadership, the organization is positioned to navigate the changes or challenges that comes its way while never losing their focus on providing residents with the best quality of care.

Since obtaining her education from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Schingick has enjoyed trips back to campus to support learning, as well as provide UW-Green Bay students with opportunities outside of the campus. Supporting the UW-Green Bay Dietetics program has been notably important to her— whether through speaking to a class, providing internship opportunities, or continuing to support Rennes as a dietetic preceptor site—she finds value in remaining connected to those who have helped support her growth and career path along the way.

Dr. Ashok Rai will be named a UW-Green Bay Honorary Alumnus. He is the president and chief executive officer of Prevea Health—a physician-led, multispecialty health care provider working in partnership with Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) hospitals across Wisconsin. Prevea Health was founded in Green Bay, Wis. in 1996, and employs more than 2,000 people, offering high-quality patient care in more than 30 communities in clinic and HSHS hospital settings across Wisconsin, as well as a health insurance plan (Prevea360) with one of the largest coordinated networks across the state.

Dr. Rai has helped Prevea Health lead the way and set standards for high-quality, accessible and innovative COVID-19 education, prevention, testing, treatment and vaccination efforts across

Dr. Ashok Rai

Wisconsin—all of which have garnered attention from local, state and national health care leaders and journalists. Dr. Rai and his Prevea Health team worked to open one of the largest COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Wisconsin at the Kress Events Center on the Green Bay Campus, followed by sites at the Sheboygan and Marinette Campuses, helping the region recover from its most devastating pandemic of modern times.

While born and raised in Michigan, Dr. Rai attended undergraduate school and enrolled in the “Target M.D.” program at UW-Milwaukee, and completed his medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and then a residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics through Michigan State University. Following residency, he specialized in hospital medicine and held various leadership positions at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay and Prevea Health before becoming the President and CEO of Prevea Health in 2009. He continues to practice medicine and cares for patients at Woodside Lutheran Nursing Home in Green Bay.

Dr. Rai plays an active role in community and health care organizations. He joined the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) Board of Directors in 2012, serving as its chair in 2018. He is also Chairman of the Board of Weidner Center Presents; Chairman of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon; serves the Board of Directors for the Automobile Gallery in Green Bay and Progress Lakeshore, and serves on the Board of Downtown Green Bay, Inc. He is also a member of the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees at UW-Green Bay.