Governor Evers Visits UW-Green Bay to Tour Library and Discuss Replacement of Deteriorating Building

Green Bay, Wis.—Governor Tony Evers visited UW-Green Bay today, getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the Cofrin Library and need for replacement of the 50-year-old building. He joined UW-Green Bay Chancellor Michael Alexander, UW-Green Bay’s Council of Trustees Chairman and Managing Director of Titletown Tech Craig Dickman and Student Government Association President Guillermo Gomez.

“The UW Campuses are the economic drivers of the state,” Evers said. “As we come out of the pandemic, we need to Build Back Better with a major investment in technology and higher education.”

“Investing in both is critically important and will help us bounce back faster and better.”

Chancellor Alexander spoke specifically to the need for a new facility.

“Not only is the aging Cofrin Library in major disrepair, it does not reflect the current view of how our future students will receive higher education. With a cost to renovate nearly as much as the cost to replace, the time is right to look to the future and provide the experience we need to serve a growing University.”

According to University leaders, the age of the facility has undermined the effectiveness of the programs housed within and the cumulative effects of time and use, as well as changes in pedagogy, information services, technology, and mission have resulted in a building that is at or past its utility.  Consider:

  • Primary mechanical and electrical systems are failing.
  • The exterior cladding, glazing, sealants and roof are in need of extensive repair and in many instances, replacement.
  • Overall energy consumption is high, maintenance is frequent and expensive.
  • There are numerous safety concerns in the building including no fire suppression system, asbestos in features and a failing brick façade that has risk of pieces of the façade falling off the building.
  • There are significant ADA compliance issues.
  • The University anticipates that a new building will have a smaller footprint on campus, less administrative space and more space for student, faculty and community collaboration.

Evers noted that his budget proposal contains the largest investment in the UW System in 20 years, including funding the tuition freeze and expanding the Bucky’s promise program for students.

“In addition to our students, our campuses need a whole lot of support, too.”

The building was included in Governor Evers 2021-23 Capital Budget presented to the Wisconsin State Legislature. The Wisconsin State Legislature is considering the building as part of the final 2021-23 Biennial Budget. If approved, the University anticipates that final design will begin immediately.

Dickman said the community is supportive of this “transformational journey” and it’s an important step in “repositioning for the future.” “A few years ago, as a community we told this University that ‘we expect more.’ The University has exceeded our expectations.”

On behalf of the students, Gomez implored State Legislators and Representatives to fully fund this project.

“Student needs and community needs have evolved, and it is crucial that we develop and create a new Cofrin Research Center that can meet the student needs, community needs, and more importantly, the educational needs of the modern world,” he said. “The reality is, our current building cannot do that.”

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving 8,970 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 79,604 continuing education enrollees each year across all campus locations. 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.

 

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Assistant Professor Pangarkar (Marketing) invited to be lead guest editor for Journal of Advertising

Assistant Professor Aniruddha Pangarkar (Marketing) has been invited to be a Guest Editor for a special issue on luxury and advertising in the International Journal of Advertising (top-ranked A level journal, as per ABDC rankings). In fact, he will be the lead Guest Editor. The special issue is part of the GFMC conference that is held each year and is attended by some of the most famous and prominent scholars in Marketing. Many other A level publications are part of this conference, too. “This is a very special and rare achievement for someone like me, who is just in his first 6 months as a tenure-track faculty. It is a big honor for me and UWGB. What makes it even more special is that the International Journal of Advertising Editor, Dr. Charles Taylor, personally called me and invited me to serve as the Guest Editor” said Prof. Pangarkar, who also served on the Editorial Review Board (ERB) of the same journal.

 

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The proposal also includes $117 million for a new Science and Technology Innovation Center at UW-River Falls, $96 million to replace Albertson Hall at UW-Stevens Point, $94 million on the Cofrin Technology and Education Center at UW-Green Bay and $93 million for the Prairie Springs Science Center at UW-La Crosse.

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Home Sweet Home for Green Bay softball

For one team, it’s back to normal… almost. The Green Bay women’s softball program has been back in action since the end of February, and has some late-season home games ahead at King Park, the newly renovated softball facility is a gorgeous addition just waiting for a post-pandemic ceremony to celebrate. The team played its first game there on March 20, after four years on the road! GreenBayPhoenix.com has the full softball schedule listed. Go Phoenix!

Mark King, Bay Tek, Bay Industries, Bruce Bell, the Dahlin Family, Jim Growt, Jim Wochinske and the UW-Green Bay Foundation played key roles in helping bring the facility to fruition.