Reminder: The Laramie Project will be streamed free, April 29 through May 2

UW-Green Bay’s Theatre’s The Laramie Project will be available to stream, on demand April 29 – May 2, 2021. The production is being presented for free but you must register for a ticket in order to receive the streaming link. Tickets can be requested by visiting the Theatre program page.

If you are a teacher, professor, or instructor and want to watch this production with a class or large group, please email Tricia Adams, Performing Arts Coordinator at adamst@uwgb.edu prior to watching.

PLEASE NOTE: This production contains adult content, strong language, and adult situations. Recommended for mature audiences.

Phoenix Nation, there is a new bird in town—NEW Zoo is new home for endangered whooping cranes

Of high interest to birds and birders, everywhere, the NEW Zoo & Adventure Park is now home to endangered species, McMillan and Hunnicutt, a pair of whooping cranes, which are settling into their wetland habitat in the Northern Trail section of the Zoo.

According to the NEW Zoo press release, there are currently only 826 whooping cranes in the world. McMillan and Hunnicut are among the 159 of these birds living under human care, as part of the effort to save the species. You can learn more about AZA SAFE and the species and habitats that we are working to conserve at: https://www.aza.org/aza-safe.

UW-Green Bay alumni have long been helping to save the species. Read the story about Joel Trick’s involvement way back in 2002!

Due to loss of wetland and prairie habitat and hunting pressures, there were fewer than 21 whooping cranes left by the mid 1940’s. In 1986, the Whooping Crane Recovery Plan was established. Captive breeding and reintroduction efforts, combined with habitat protection, have resulted in a slow and steady increase to the wild population. Wisconsin is now one of the few places in the world where it is possible to see whooping cranes in the wild.

Five year old female crane McMillan (aka Millie) was hatched and costume-reared (her caretakers wore crane costumes to keep her from imprinting on humans) at a breeding center, and was one of the last young cranes who learned migration routes by following an ultralight. Now that there are more birds living in the wild, human-raised birds can rely on wild adult whooping cranes to show them the way. Although she mastered migration, found a companion, and even hatched a chick in the McMillan Marsh Wildlife Area in Central Wisconsin, Millie’s life in the wild ended abruptly last year. The chick disappeared, her companion was killed, and Millie suffered a broken wing during a predator attack. Her injury ended her ability to survive in the wild.

Fortunately, she has adjusted well to her new life. The recent arrival of seven- year-old male Hunnicut (aka Hunni), who was born and raised at the International Crane Foundation, seems to have increased her level of confidence and the two birds are getting along well. You may be able to witness the pair engage in unison calling and other pair bonding activities as they get to know each other in their home adjacent to the moose habitat at the Zoo.

Summary and photo provided by the NEW Zoo.

UW System President in Op-Ed: Wisconsin needs investments in our universities

By Tommy Thompson, President, University of Wisconsin System, April 28

You’ve probably heard about what happened at Van Hise Hall at UW-Madison this month: two concrete slabs broke off the façade and crashed to the ground in front of the main entrance. Thankfully, no one was injured or killed.

Unfortunately, it is an example that illustrates the need for more investment to upgrade the aging facility infrastructure across the University of Wisconsin System – even though Van Hise Hall wasn’t on our priority list.

Take Albertson Hall at UW-Stevens Point, which I toured recently. The fire suppression system is woefully outdated. Pressure from compromised structural integrity has caused windows to crack and shatter. Flooring and wall paneling is buckling. Repairs have been put off so long that it would cost as much to renovate the structure as it would to replace it with a new energy-efficient building that will last for decades.

How about the Humanities building at UW-Madison? It suffers from water leaks, poor air circulation, severely deteriorating concrete, outdated classroom space, and, let’s face it, an unappealing architectural style. Or Cofrin Library at UW-Green Bay, which lacks fire control, has a deteriorating exterior, has limited technological capabilities, and houses aging mechanical systems that have exceeded their useful life.

All of these buildings were constructed quickly and cheaply to accommodate the rush of students after World War II. At this point, it makes no sense for taxpayers to throw any more money into saving them.

We also need investment to build Wisconsin’s future. With phase II of the Prairie Springs Science Center at UW-La Crosse, we’ll have technology-rich classrooms and labs along with modern mechanicals for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and other high-demand programs. A new engineering building at UW-Madison could mean the addition of 1,400 undergraduate and graduate engineering students – and future Wisconsin engineers. In 2020, UW-Madison graduated 900 engineering students to compete for 9,000 jobs. Ensuring Wisconsin can compete in science, technology, engineering, math and health care – fields in which we have seen a nearly 50 percent increase in graduates in the past 10 years – requires modern labs that are efficient and effective in delivering education students want and Wisconsin needs.

Let me dispel some myths about the need for this important investment.

First, despite the pandemic, our universities remain open and our students overwhelmingly have experienced college life in person. Even in a different environment, it was important to welcome students to campus. This fall, we are preparing to get back to pre-pandemic levels of in-person instruction.

Second, while online education will become increasingly important, traditional university students are still looking for a campus experience. They want to attend classes in person, meet in study groups at the library, attend social and cultural events at student unions and venues, and participate in intramural athletics. The residential university is not going away.

Third, federal stimulus funding currently can’t be used for capital projects. Our universities need to use the stimulus to help cover the $534 million in estimated losses from the pandemic.

Other than its people, Wisconsin has no greater asset than the public universities that make up our University of Wisconsin System. With 37,000 graduates each year and a 23-to-1 return on investment, there are few better investments. Failure to meet this challenge will result in even greater deterioration in our state than a few crumbling slabs of concrete.

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The University of Wisconsin System serves approximately 165,000 students. Awarding nearly 37,000 degrees annually, the UW System is Wisconsin’s talent pipeline, putting graduates in position to increase their earning power, contribute to their communities, and make Wisconsin a better place to live. Nearly 90 percent of in-state UW System graduates stay in Wisconsin five years after earning a degree. The UW System provides a 23:1 return on state investment. UW System institutions also contribute to the richness of Wisconsin’s culture and economy with groundbreaking research, new companies and patents, and boundless creative intellectual energy.

 

IT launches new website

In our ongoing efforts to provide the UW-Green Bay community with the best technology support and services, the Information Technology Division announced a redesigned website. The new site has been organized to provide the University with as much information as possible about IT services and how to get the technology support you need.

The new Information Technology website now offers specific list of resources for students, which provides quick access to the major systems such as Email, SIS, Canvas, etc.  Throughout the site you will find links on the various ways you can Get Tech Help, including in the top navigation bar. Also in the top nav bar, you will find a link to the Password Reset tool.