Takane Ruby Buckwheat growing inside the Lab Sciences Greenhouse at UW-Green Bay.

Video and Photos: Heirloom Plant Sale 2021

Inside the Lab Sciences Greenhouse at UW-Green Bay, the Natural and Applied Sciences academic team is growing hundreds of heirloom plants and open-pollinated cultivars for gardeners for the upcoming annual Heirloom Plant Sale to support student research.

Heirloom plants are unique and rare! Gardeners will find:

  • 59 different varieties of tomatoes,
  • 41 varieties of peppers,
  • A variety of vegetables, herbs, and a collection of flowers.
  • Overall, there are 202 different heirloom plants and open-pollinated cultivars for gardeners.

To order, go to https://www.uwgb.edu/heirloom-plant-sale/

  • Scheduled pick-up times will be held on May 13, 14, and 15.
  • Payment will be at pick up (cash or check only).
  • Masks will be required for pick-up.

Video Transcript: Hi, I’m Karen Stahlheber. I’m an Assistant Professor of Biology and a member of the Natural and Applied Sciences Unit here at UW-Green Bay.

This year we’re holding our annual Heirloom Plant Sale to support student research and visiting scientists to give seminars at our institution. Heirlooms are a really unique and special kind of plant that gardeners can choose to grow in their garden. They have been passed down through generations and have been around for a really long time. The plants that we grow are among the most flavorful and exciting that you could pick.

This year we have around 200 different varieties of peppers, and tomatoes, flowers, herbs, and even a few native plants. We have a new website, where we’ll be collecting order information and you can browse all of the different kinds of plants that are available and reserve some for yourself, and select a date to come by and pick them up from us.

Click to advance slideshow or view the album on Flickr.

Heirloom Plant Sale 2021

– Video and Photos by Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication.

Reminder: Deadline May 3 for spring GIAR applications

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.

Sheboygan Campus faculty member Thomas Campbell recognized among ‘Best Under 40’

The top ten Sheboygan County Best Under 40 nominees will be recognized for their 2020 accomplishments on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. Three awards will be given to the Top Young Professional of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, and Young Professional Community Volunteer of the Year. Among them being recognized is Associate Prof. Thomas Campbell (Theatre and Dance).


Also being recognized are these Top Young Professional Nominees:

Starrlene Grossman, Sheboygan County Health and Human Services; Thomas Campbell, UW-Green Bay Sheboygan Campus; Emily Rendall-Araujo, Senior Activity Center; Carl Martens, Aventuron; Meredith Nitka, Sheboygan Area School District; Melanie Westphalen, Huberty; Olivia Brandt, Sohn Manufacturing; Amanda George, Plymouth Foam; Emily Kaiser, United Way of Sheboygan County; Tara Jones, Sheboygan Sun; Derek Klahn, Bank First; Justin Selle, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital; Kelli Sohn, Rocky Knoll Health Care Center; Taylor Thielke, Creekside Performance Center; Taylor Wilkens, Rocky Knoll Health Care Center; Tina Castillo, Dexter Smith State Farm; Cole Lewis, Fehr Graham Engineering and Environmental; Jeff Frieders, 104.5 & 96.1 The Point; Brad Starr, Connect Cell – US Cellular; Dana Elmzen, Sheboygan Senior Community; Kristin Weiland, Sheboygan Area School District; Kristen Hesselink, Oostburg School District; Ryan Reis, Superior Waterproofing; Cassie Ziegelbauer, Weil Center Foundation; Charm Der, Rockline; Gretta Binversie, Masters Gallery Food, Inc.; Paige Hoppmann, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sheboygan; Amanda Landwehr, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sheboygan; Megan Voypick, Lakeshore Technical College; Emily Fread, Habitat for Humanity Lakeside.
More on the event at the Sheboygan Chamber site.

UWGB 2021 Summer Camps - Create Explore Learn

UW-Green Bay Plans for a Summer of Camps at All Campus Locations

Create, Explore and Learn

GREEN BAY—UW-Green Bay will keep young minds engaged this summer with more than 30 in-person and virtual youth programs, designed to inspire creativity, exploration and learning for students going into grades 2 through 12.

“We are excited to finally have kids back on campus this summer,” said Jason Mathwig, director, Education Outreach. “We have a variety of commuter and virtual programs to choose from in the areas of STEM, art, music, along with Camp Lloyd, PRIDE and Summer Scholars.”

Orientation for Camp Lloyd will take place July 1 with camp running July 6-10. Camp Lloyd has been offered at UW-Green Bay every summer for the past 16 years. It is a week-long camp for grieving children to explore their feelings and benefit from the support of their peers, professional grief counselors and trained student interns from UW-Green Bay.

UW-Green Bay’s Pride Center helps run Pride Camps for middle-school (July 26-30) and high-school students (August 2-6). Both camps are offered free to students through the generosity of The LaForce Family Foundation. Students will meet LGBTQ+ peers and allies and work toward expanding their personal awareness of the LGBTQ+ community.

STEM Camps

UW-Green Bay has collaborated with Project Einstein to create a series of camps that encourage problem-solving, hands-on learning and “tinkering.”


Modern Mobile Web Application Bootcamp: June 15-July 8
Rise to the Equation – Interactive Algebra: July 26-August 6


Design Tech Level 1 (Elementary): July 12-16
Design Tech Level 1 (Middle School): July 19-23
Design Tech Level 2: August 9-13
Aquatic Robotics: August 2-6
Video Game Programming Level 1: July 19-21
Video Game Programming Level 2: July 26-30
Rise to the Equation – Interactive Algebra: July 26-August 6

Art, Writing & Music Camps

Students can experience self-expression and stress relief in an art, writing or music camp, designed to unleash their creative potential.

Ceramics (Middle School): July 12-16
Ceramics (High School): July 19-23
Jazz on the Bay: July 12-16
From Thought to Page – Elements of Creative Writing: July 22-23
Screen Printing: July 26-30
Mixed Media (Middle School): July 26-29
Mixed Media (High School): August 2-5
Strings (Middle School): August 2-6
Strings (High School): August 9-13

Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campus Locations

Day camps are available at UW-Green Bay’s branch locations – each taking advantage of the unique characteristics of their university communities.

Manitowoc & Marinette

Washed Ashore: Art to Save Our Waterways: July 15 & 20


Theatre Dance Workshop: July 19
Theatre Dance Workshop Teen: July 26
Improv/Acting Workshop: July 20
Improve/Acting Workshop Teen: July 27
Musical Theatre/Voice Workshop: July 21
Musical Theatre/Voice Workshop Teen: July 28
Wizarding Academy I: August 3
Wizarding Academy II: August 5


Discover U: July 22

Summer Scholars

High school juniors and seniors can get a head start on their college education with Summer Scholars, a four-week online college course, designed to save time and money—up to 40%. Students can choose from three engaging courses.

“For in-person programs, protecting students from COVID-19 is of utmost importance to us,” Mathwig said. “We are taking guidance from UW System, which has developed all their policies from the American Camp Association, YMCA and CDC, involving masks, social distancing, daily health assessments and daily cleaning. Also, there might be testing for longer camps.”

Camps are now open for registration and fill up fast. For more information on Camps and Youth Programs http://www.uwgb.edu/camps or contact Jason Mathwig, Director, Education Outreach, mathwigj@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2267.

Camps and Youth Programs are part of UW-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement.

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. For more information, visit: http://www.uwgb.edu/continuing-education/

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.


English students present at international conference April 28

On Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 11 to Noon and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. CST, UW-Green Bay English majors and minors in Prof. Rebecca Nesvet’s English 290: Literary Studies course will present their original research on contexts of Dickens’s OLIVER TWIST and Sarah Waters’ FINGERSMITH at the Victorian Pasts, Presents, and Futures Conference hosted online by Carroll University, Waukesha, Wis. UW-Green Bay undergraduate researchers will present in panels shared with undergraduates from around the US as well as Canada, the United Kingtom, Greece, and other countries. Free to attend, no registration. Attend with the program and Zoom link, here.

Katherine Bruni

Fulbright honor takes UW-Green Bay graduate from Wisconsin to the Netherlands

Katherine Bruni has always wanted to make a positive impact on the world. She is well on her way.

While UW-Green Bay was her first stop from her hometown of Baraboo, Wis., the world awaits this passionate Phoenix whose next destination is the Netherlands to study public policy and human development with a focus on risk and vulnerability studies. Bruni will be earning a master’s degree at Maastricht University’s Public Policy and Human Development program—a dual-degree program with the United Nations University—made possible through a prestigious and competitive Fulbright grant.

Specifically, Bruni will be focusing on man-made and naturally occurring risks and disasters and looking at how we can predict, manage, and mitigate their impacts through policy.

Katherine Bruni
Katherine Bruni

“Essentially, I am studying how to help countries become even more resilient and adaptable by increasing the efficiency, equity, and effectiveness of their responses to crises while also managing the adverse socio-economic impacts these disasters can have.”

Associate Prof. Elizabeth Wheat, who has been working with Bruni since her first-year seminar on focusing on environmental justice, describes Bruni as “a truly extraordinary student who has overcome tremendous personal challenges in her life and worked incredibly hard as a Phoenix.”

Bruni says she “squeezed every bit of knowledge and opportunity” that she could during her time at the University.

While she started as an intended education major, that first-year seminar with Prof. Wheat provided a new interest — environmental justice. “The course and the topics covered in it really just lit a fire in me that has continued to grow ever since.”

She quickly switched majors to Environmental Policy and Planning and added Public Administration to her academic profile. But it was a term paper written for Natural Resource Law with Prof. Wheat that provided the confidence to excel in this academic area.

“I wrote my term paper on the natural resource management of Biscayne National Park which is a marine park off the coast of Florida. When I got the paper back at the end of the semester, there was a note from my professor saying that she really enjoyed the paper and she thought that I should submit it to the Midwest Political Science Association’s annual conference and she said she would provide the help to do so. It turned out to be one of the largest political science conferences in the United States.”

While her paper was accepted, it also developed into a comparative policy analysis where she analyzed natural resource management strategies utilized in Biscayne National Park as well as the Galápagos Marine Reserve; a concept that developed through a study abroad trip to Ecuador with Prof. Marcelo Cruz.

Among her long list of accomplishments, a policy analysis for a course with Prof. Helpap on clean water access in Kewaunee County, eventually led to her being invited to speak on the floor of the Wisconsin State Assembly. In her “spare time” she ran the Public and Environmental Affairs Council, served on the University’s sustainability committee, was a Resident Assistant for a year, and served as an economic teaching assistant.

The Fulbright grant, she says, is validating. “Being a Fulbright grant recipient is affirmative reinforcement that I am on the right path and can make a positive impact on this world. It is validating. Particularly because with the competitiveness of the graduate school I applied to as well as the grant itself, having passed all of those checkpoints reenforces the idea that I do have what it takes, and these institutions see that in me. Even if I have not realized my full potential yet—they are willing to help me along in that process.

“This grant allows me to pursue my passions without the restrictions and financial burdens that normally accompany a graduate degree program. Also, by not having to work for a living outside of attending graduate school full-time, I will have the opportunity to pursue internships that will enhance my education in the field, as well as volunteer opportunities where I can engage with the community outside of academia.”

“My experience at UWGB provided not only the competence to pursue a graduate degree but the confidence as well—and that is the key piece of the puzzle. I am extremely grateful for my time at UWGB because of the relationships I formed with professors, administration, and fellow students because that is what really pushed me to be able to apply to graduate school in another country as well as apply for a Fulbright grant.”