Wisconsin gardening: Heirloom plants ripe with state connections

GREEN BAY – When you think about foods synonymous with Wisconsin, you probably conjure up a plate of steaming bratwurst, golden cheese curds and a side of Friday fish fry. And don’t forget the frozen custard. Also accurate, but with a lot less arterial blockage, would be a plate dressed with a rainbow of tomatoes, bell peppers, musk melons, beans and corn.Decades before Sheboygan was legally awarded the title Bratwurst Capital of the World, Lithuanian immigrants arriving in the city in the early 1900s planted a variety of tomato now known as a Sheboygan tomato. It produces pink, quarter-pound fruits that are great for canning.  There’s also the Beaver Dam Hot Pepper, assuming the pun was intended, though seed catalogs give it a three out of five on the heat scale. It was brought to the Great Lakes region by Hungarian immigrants more than a century ago.

Large food companies may value productivity, resistance to disease and fast-producing traits to ensure yields, while gardeners prize, preserve and share heirloom plants for traits like flavor and color, said Karen Stahlheber, a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay professor of biology who focuses on plant ecology.

“Heirloom plants are ones that have been around for a really long time, usually handed down through generations of gardeners,” Stahlheber said. “Because they are selected by gardeners, they tend to really emphasize taste. Heirloom varieties can be among the best-tasting types of that vegetable: Complex flavored tomatoes, peppers with really interesting levels of spiciness and flavor.”

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Brown County STEM Innovation Center wins award for design

Congratulations to Kirsten Martin and the Somerville team for winning an IIDA-WI (International Interior Design Association) Celebrate In Design Award of Excellence for the Brown County STEM Innovation Center for an Educational Space under 100,000 SF. These awards honor innovative solutions and outstanding interior design! See the Facebook post for more details.

UW-Green Bay Creatives present ‘How to Publish Your Poetry’ with alumnus Casey Thayer

On Friday, May 7, 2021 from 4 to 5 p.m. the UWGB Creatives will present “How to Publish Your Poetry” with Casey Thayer (B.A., English- Creative Writing, ’06).

Thayer will offer advice on how to avoid publishing pitfalls, how to narrow the field when submitting your work, and how to prevent your submissions from landing on the slush pile.  

Thayer holds an MFA in Poetry from Northern Michigan University. He is the author of Self Portrait with Spurs and Sulfur(University of New Mexico Press, 2015) and Love for the Gun(2021), winner of the Cow Creek Chapbook Contest. He’s published poetry in AGNI, American Poetry Review, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. Thayer was also awarded a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference; he has taught writing at UW-Rock County, Stanford University, and the City Colleges of Chicago. 

To participate, please RSVP here: “How To” with Casey Thayer.

IT has enabled self-service password reset tool… here’s what it means for you.

The Division of Information Technology has enabled the Microsoft’s Self-Service Password Reset (SSPR) Tool for students and staff, and you can now reset your forgotten or expired password whenever you want—all without contacting the Help Desk! The SSPR Tool requires you to setup verification methods, such as a mobile phone number or alternate email address, prior to first use. Detailed instructions for entering your verification methods are included in this knowledge base article: Microsoft SSPR – Authentication Methods.
These methods will be used to securely authenticate yourself and give you access to reset your forgotten or expired password.

The SSPR tool is a new resource so please reach out with any questions. Contact us at helpdesk@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2309!


Lecturer Xan Bozzo invited to give talk on digital ethics

Gartner, Inc. has asked lecturer Xan Bozzo (Philosophy & Humanities) to give a talk on digital ethics to a number of their clients. Gartner is a leading IT research and advisory company that operates in over 100 countries and is a member of the S&P 500. Bozzo will discuss the basics of business ethics (such as the difference between morality and legality) as well as current and cutting-edge issues (such as emerging ethical dilemmas pertaining to AI and machine learning). The talk is not public and is reserved for Gartner clients.

Psi Chi international Psychology Honor Society welcomes 31 students

On April 28,2021 in the Phoenix Rooms of the University Union, the UW-Green Bay chapter of the Psi Chi International Psychology Honor Society held its annual induction for 31 high achieving Psychology majors. Psi Chi offers students opportunities for career development, volunteering throughout the community, and scholarships for academic pursuits.

2021 Philanthropy Grant recipient to be named

On Thursday, May 6 at 11 a.m. UW-Green Bay student philanthropists will announce the recipient of their $10,000 grant from the Learning by Giving Foundation.

This will be a LIVE event on Zoom. Attendees will be invited to ask questions and go “inside the class” at the end. In the 30 minute event, students will speak about:

  • How the class unfolds throughout the semester
  • Their concern about the issue of opportunity youth in Green Bay
  • The impact the class has had on them, what philanthropy means to them
  • Community issues that they care about and intend to impact
  • What we liked about our ultimate grant recipient and why we chose them

Our award recipient will make a few remarks, too!

The class has been 100% virtual this year. Students will end the event by going “inside the classroom” by having a Q&A with their Zoom audience participants.

This year, the class has studied the issue of youth who are not working nor in school – also known as “Opportunity Youth.” Without help, many of these youth go on to become homeless or drift into other difficult situations. Nonprofit organizations like our recipient help opportunity youth to gain some important life skills, get on a path to a career, or pursue their education.

New ‘Serious Fun’ Explores The Legacy and History Behind ‘Falcon and Winter Soldier’

Serious Fun returns yet again with another group dissection session for a Marvel Disney+ streaming show! This time it’s a thorough breakdown of the popular Disney+ Marvel streaming series “Falcon and The Winter Soldier” with Serious Fun production assistant Emily Fecteau and, back by popular demand, UWGB History professor and Captain America superfan Dr. Clif Ganyard! This episode tries to put the new series into proper historical and canonical context, explore its intriguing character developments, and challenge whether it is equipped to handle its weighty themes of nationalism, legacy, and racial injustice, all while speculating on what it all means and where it’s going. The new episode can be downloaded on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud, or anywhere else you get your podcasts!

Assistant Professor Todd Hillhouse publishes in prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Assistant Professor Todd Hillhouse, (Psychology) and director of the PANE lab at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, co-led a group of investigators from the US in an exploration of a new method of pain management. This novel psychopharmacological approach enhances the body’s own response to pain (endorphin release) and lacks the addictive properties and life-threatening side effects of standard opioid drugs (morphine and fentanyl). His cutting-edge research was just published in the prestigious, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Upcoming All-Academic Staff Spring Assembly

A virtual Academic Staff Spring Assembly is Thursday, May 6, 2021, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., via Microsoft TEAMS.  Chancellor Alexander, Interim Provost Burns, Human Resources representatives & SOFAS will be in attendance to give updates and will take questions. If you are not comfortable asking your question(s) in the group, feel free to email your question(s) ahead of time.

YOUR 2020-2021 Academic Staff Committee:

Sherri Arendt, Director of Learning Center (Chair) arendts@uwgb.edu
Lynn Niemi, Director of Disability Services (Vice-Chair)  niemil@uwgb.edu
Pat Hicks, Senior Lecturer  hicksp@uwgb.edu
Lynn Rotter, Manager of University Ticketing & Information Center  rotterl@uwgb.edu
Kate Farley, Instructional Technologist, CATL  farleyk@uwgb.edu
Virginia Englebert, IS Business Analyst, CIT englebev@uwgb.edu


 Call Assembly to Order (Sherri Arendt, ASC Chair) 

Approval of agenda 

Introductions of ASC members and Leadership 


Chancellor’s Report (Dr Michael Alexander, Chancellor) 

General Campus update/remarks 

  Provost’s Report (Dr Kate Burns, Interim Provost) 

State & Campus budget news, comments on UWS, BOR & Madison 

Spring wins/Fall planning 

Covid/Non-Covid updates 


Academic Staff New Business 

Election results status 

Call for future business items for the 21-22 Academic Staff Committee  


Human Resources Report (Melissa Nash, Director, Human Resources & Megan Noltner, Specialist, Human Resources) 

Single pay reminder 

Title and Total Compensation Study Update 

COVID protocol 


SOFAS Report (Dr. Steve Meyer, SOFAS) 

Shared Governance update – Faculty Senate, University Staff 


AS Committee Reports (Committee Chairs and ASC Liaisons) – See attached 

Personnel Committee (Lauri Welhouse)  

Professional Development Allocations Committee (Tara Da Pra) 

Professional Development Programming Committee (Sarah Bakken)  

Leadership and Involvement Committee (Jodi Pierre) 



Other Business 

Next regular ASC Meeting: Thursday, May 20, 2021: 2:00p.m.; Via TEAMS