Matt Dornbush has an acronym that sums up the benefits of a proposed National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) for the waters of Green Bay.It’s REST, which stands for Research, Education, Stewardship and Training. Although research is the primary focus of the 29 established NERRs across the country, Dornbush – who’s an associate vice chancellor and interim dean of the Cofrin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay – sees this is an opportunity to reconnect people with the water (education), address pollution challenges (stewardship) and introduce citizen science-based programs to the region (training).“This is a great example of when the university is connected with the community, the types of things that can happen,” he said of UW-GB leading the effort to establish a NERR in the region.Last week the Pulse reported that both the City of Sturgeon Bay and the Door County Board of Supervisors had approved resolutions in support of establishing a NERR in this region. NERRs are a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and coastal states to study and protect coastal and estuarine resources.
In addition to the Earth Week events listed below, the second installment of Prof. David Voelker’s interview for the Canonball Podcast, which will be posted here as Episode 28 on April 22, focused on Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Almanac.
Other Earth Week-related activities:
- Earth Caretaker Award virtual ceremony, April 22, noon to 1 p.m.
UW-Green Bay’s Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) and Alumni Relations, in conjunction with the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, cordially invite you to a reception honoring the 11th Earth Caretaker Award recipient, Linda Parker ’85. This reception will take place on Tuesday, April 22, 2021 from noon to 1:00 p.m. via a Microsoft Teams Live event.
- Ecological Futures: A Conversation on Sustainability for Earth Week, April 22, noon to 1 p.m. Watch
- Earth Day Campus Clean-up Sponsored by Round River Alliance, PEAC, and Clean Water Action Council, April 22, 2 to 4 p.m.
Meet at University Union Circle and clean the entire campus and waterfront. Plastic gloves and bags provided.
- Campus and Arboretum Clean Up as part of National Volunteer Week, April 22, 3 to 5 p.m. at Residence Life
More Information on Volunteering
- UREC Outdoors Earth Day Clean-up, April 22, 3 to 5 p.m. Paddle down the East River and clean up the area. Equipment provided. Reserve your spot and learn more on the “UREC at UWGB” app.
- Phoenix Green Teaching Badge launch
- Painting of Storm Drains and Man Hole Covers as part of National Volunteer Week, April 24, 1 to 3 p.m. at Residence Life
More Information on Volunteering
- “Nature Walk Wednesday” with Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges , April 28, 2021, 2 to 3 p.m
- Peregrine Falcon Following
Photo display in The Learning Center on the peregrines. There is four eggs in the nest box! Watch the Falcons in Real Time
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UW-Green Bay Chancellor Mike Alexander made an announcement to the UW-Green Bay community on April 14, 2021 committing the University to take the path toward carbon neutrality. He outlined these steps:
- Within the next two months, we will create institutional structures to guide the development and implementation of the plan.
- Within one year, we will complete a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and identify near-term opportunities for greenhouse gas reduction.
- Within two years, we will have a target date for achieving carbon neutrality, interim dates for meeting milestones to achieve our goal, mechanisms and indicators to track our progress, actions to make carbon neutrality part of the educational experiences of all students, and actions to expand research in carbon neutrality.
- We will make our progress to the goal of carbon neutrality publicly available.
“In 1971, Newsweek designated UW-Green Bay as the initial ‘Eco U.’ We need to continue to earn that name. As a regional comprehensive, it is our mission to solve problems for our region, be a leader in sustainability efforts, and ensure that our communities in Northeast Wisconsin can thrive together in respectful relationship with the natural world for generations to come. I look forward to working with you all towards achieving this goal and thank our Sustainability Committee for moving us down this path,” Alexander said.
OSHKOSH, Wis. (WSAW) – Some () campuses in the University of Wisconsin system will see the return of athletics this fall. After taking a break from sports during the COVID-19 pandemic, UW-Stevens Point’s Wausau and Marshfield campuses will be offering women’s volleyball, men’s basketball, and men’s and women’s tennis in the fall of 2021. Other two-year UW campuses bringing back athletics include UW-Green Bay (Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campuses) and UW Oshkosh – Fond du Lac and Fox Cities. Together these schools will make up the newly formed Wisconsin Competitive Sports League.
League membership schools will compete against each other in a conference format and have the flexibility to schedule contests against other comparable programs both in and out of state.“The opportunity to continue to provide a pathway for students to engage in competitive sports is exciting,” said Corey King, vice chancellor for University Inclusivity and Student Affairs for UW-Green Bay. “This partnership between the three universities is a definitive example of our collective desire to create the best student experience possible.”
UW-Green Bay and WFRV are honoring local teachers that inspire, lead and impact area students in honor of Teacher appreciation Week! Submit a brief nomination description, which may include a supporting picture/image/drawing (optional) from local students.
Ten randomly selected teachers will be contacted and featured during Local 5 Live during National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3-7), (2 per day). In addition to on-air recognition, LaJava Roasting House will be providing our 10 randomly selected teachers with a giftbox of coffee/tea/snacks to thank them for a job well done!
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) and Alumni Relations, in conjunction with the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, cordially invite you to a reception honoring the 11th Earth Caretaker Award recipient, Linda Parker ’85. This reception will take place on Thursday, April 22, 2021 from noon to 1:00 p.m. via a Microsoft Teams Live event.
The Earth Caretaker Award recognizes UW-Green Bay graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professional field and are widely recognized for their career accomplishments in the areas of sustainability, environmental management, environmental policy or other closely related areas. Linda Parker received her bachelor’s degree with a double major in Biological Resource Management and Biology from UW-Green Bay in 1985. Linda is the Forest Ecologist on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, where she is responsible for several large programs including ecology, botany and climate change.
Serving in this position since 1991, Parker provides leadership and expertise on rare plants, non-native invasive plants, fire ecology, landscape ecology, natural areas, ecological restoration, pollinator management and climate change adaptation.
Three students at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay (UWGB) have recently started a podcast highlighting members of Northeast Wisconsin’s Latino community.
Green Bay, Wis.—The Institute for Women’s Leadership is gaining momentum with a slate of programming planned for May and established leadership. The Institute is represented by a steering committee of university change-makers and an advisory board of influential business owners and leaders from the community, all focused on creating a community of women and allies, who share knowledge and stand together to reduce barriers for women rising to positions of leadership at every stage in their career.
Every month the Institute will plan and host two monthly series, available to members for free and the general public for a small fee:
- Women Rising: Stories from Experience—a one-hour lunchtime session to hear from a female leader in Wisconsin about her leadership journey, facilitated by lead community partner Bridget O’Connor, O’Connor Connective. May’s “story from experience” will take place on Tuesday, May 11, Noon to 1 p.m., featuring Christine Jensema, a 25 year Chief Human Resource Officer at Hospital Sisters Health System of Eastern Wisconsin, now retired and appreciating an encore consultancy career. More details available online: http://www.uwgb.edu/womens-leadership/monthly-series
- Rising Together: Caffeinated Conversations—a one-hour morning session focused on networking and sharing knowledge around a timely topic. May’s topic will be “Vulnerability: The Call to Courage” and will take place on Wednesday, May 19, 8 to 9 a.m. More details available online: http://www.uwgb.edu/womens-leadership/monthly-series
- Sharing Knowledge Workshops —The Institute business members share their expertise in scheduled lunchtime sessions around leadership, business and entrepreneurial topics. May’s workshop will take place on Thursday, May 27, 12-1 p.m. and will explore share the expertise of Melissa Borowitz, CEO and Owner, The Utech Group, a consulting company helping companies build a foundation for organizational success. More details available online: http://www.uwgb.edu/womens-leadership/sharing-knowledge/
In addition, the Institute is also hosting a day-long Women’s Leadership Virtual Retreat on Thursday, May 6, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., designed around the theme, “Educate, Enlighten and Empower.” The retreat will be an inspiring day of conversation, advice and shared experiences open to the general public and members on a sliding fee scale. Speakers will include Robyn Davis, President and CEO of Brown County United Way along with executive coaches Chris Kann and Courtney Booth – a great networking opportunity with women leaders and dynamic executive coaches.
About the Institute for Women’s Leadership Institute
The Institute for Women’s Leadership was established in 2021. Located at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the Institute provides participants the opportunity to expand transformational leadership skills, building a leadership a pipeline for Northeast Wisconsin. The Institute both embraces the Wisconsin Idea and serves the core and select missions of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in its commitment to inclusion, civic engagement, educational opportunity at all levels, and community-based partnerships. The Institute of Women’s Leadership exists as part of the Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement. The Institute seeks to fulfill critical needs throughout Wisconsin and contribute to a robust, more broadly engaged and representative professional workforce and leadership. For more information visit the website http://www.uwgb.edu/womens-leadership/
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.
The UW-Green Bay Research Council is currently accepting proposals for Spring 2021 Grants in Aid of Research. Faculty having applied for GIAR funding in the past will want to note that revisions have been made to the GIAR call, all applications must be electronic and submitted via Qualtrics survey—as outlined in the call and cover page. The Research Council invites members of the UW-Green Bay faculty to submit proposals for Grants in Aid of Research. The funds must be used in support of faculty research. All GIAR proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on May 3, 2021. The Cover Page and Call can be found on the Research Council website. If you have any concerns or issues, please do not hesitate to contact the Research Council at email@example.com.
Bridgette Lowery’s Com Sci 146 class, a GPS (Gateways to Phoenix Success) capstone course focusing on kindness, is hosting LifeatUWGB Instagram account next week and they have deemed Friday, April 23, 2021as Phoenix Mental Health Day and ask that members of the University Community wear green to show their support. Class members have been working with Amy Henniges, Counseling & Health Director, to create content about mental health resources. Student Jasmine Byrd created the attached graphic. Next week the class will take over the LifeatUWGB Instagram account, promoting encouraging messages and pointing to the mental health resources we have on campus.
Those struggling are encouraged to reach out to the The Wellness Center for help.