UWGB’s Upward Bound looking to boost enrollment for summer program

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY)—After widespread cancellations last year due to the pandemic, Wisconsin’s public universities are reintroducing pre-college and youth summer programs this year. At the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, that means the return of a six-week residential program designed for low-income, first-generation college students.Enrollment has been slow for the normally popular Upward Bound program.A 2019 UW-Milwaukee graduate, Vicky Villarreal attended UW-Green Bay’s Upward Bound program during all four years of high school.

She calls it a life changer.

“I did the entire program, and I was given so many opportunities to just learn about what was out there for me and not just in terms of what college is but what programs, what opportunities I could take part in during college,” said Villarreal.

“We bring kids here to campus to study in classrooms here, experience college life. For a low-income, first-generation student, it may be the first time they’ve ever really stepped foot and spent any time on a college campus, which really helps change the mindset,” Michael Casbourne said. Casbourne, as director of TRIO & Pre-college, heads the federally-funded program at UWGB, which is free to the students. He says normally the program would be full right now with 90 students registered.

Source: UWGB’s Upward Bound looking to boost enrollment for summer program

Reminder: Proof of full vaccination for employees will eliminate requirement for Covid-19 Testing

Since January 19, 2021, it has been a UW System requirement that any employee who comes into any UW-Green Bay building once a week or more to conduct business must obtain a negative COVID-19 test through an antigen test, or through a subsequent confirmation test administered not more than 14 days prior to accessing the campus building. In response on the recent update to SYS 600-02, Interim: Summer 2021 COVID-19 Testing Requirements, it is with pleasure, that we share the news that any UW-Green Bay employee that is fully vaccinated and does not have symptoms of COVID-19 will no longer be required to participate in bi-weekly surveillance testing effective today, May 10, 2021.

Employees who are fully vaccinated can get an exemption from the testing requirement by completing the Immunization Record Form located in the MyUWPortal. As part of the form, employees will be required to upload proof of vaccination, by providing a copy of their vaccination record from the Wisconsin Immunization Registry. Instructions on how to complete the form can be viewed here.

An individual is considered fully vaccinated:

  • Two (2) weeks after receiving both doses of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna); or
  • Two (2) weeks after receiving a one-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson)

Employees who are not fully vaccinated or choose not to receive the vaccination will still be required to obtain a test through the UW Green Bay Testing Center or have the testing administered at a medical service provider of their choice or an alternative testing location. Please note campus testing locations and hours have changed.

On-Campus Testing Logistics:

Green Bay Campus (East Gym located in the Kress Events Center)

  • Week of May 10th
    • Mon & Tues 7:00am-2:00pm
    • Wed & Thurs 12:00pm-4:00pm
    • Fri 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Week of May 17th
    • Mon & Tues 12:00pm-2:00pm
    • Wed & Thurs 10:00am-4:00pm
    • Fri 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Starting the week of May 24th and moving forward
    • Mon/Wed/Thurs 10:30am-12:30pm
    • Tues 2:00pm-4:00pm
    • Fri 9:00am-11:00am

*All appointment availability will be listed on the MyPrevea app, please plan in advance to guarantee availability for a testing appointment.

Marinette Campus (Cafeteria)

  • Last day for on-campus testing will be  Tuesday, May 11th, hours will be 10:00am – 12:00pm

Manitowoc Campus (Gym)

  • Last day for on-campus testing occurred Tuesday, May 4th.


Sheboygan Campus (Fine Arts Gallery – Theater Building)

  • Last day for on-campus testing occurred Wednesday, May 5th.



Employees who are unable to obtain a test on campus can find a local community testing site. Testing at these sites are provided at no cost and may require an appointment. Wisconsin residents may also request an at-home specimen collection kit at no cost. It is important to know that many of these testing sites are only administering PCR (lab resulted) tests and may take 3-5 business days to get the result.


Daily Self-Assessment:


Employees who have completed the Immunization Record Form exempting them from testing will no longer be required to complete the Daily Self-Assessment prior to arriving to campus each day.


As a reminder, all employees should remain diligent and continue to practice the 3 W’s (Wash your hands, wear a mask and watch your distance) while on campus. Employees should continue to monitor for symptoms and stay home if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.


Should you have questions related to any of the information contained within this e-mail, please feel free to contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390.

Prof. Heidi Sherman awarded a Title VIII Fellowship

Heidi Sherman (History and Humanities) has been awarded a Title VIII Fellowship by Indiana University Bloomington to pursue intensive language study at the Summer Language Workshop in Summer 2021.  The fellowship will support participation in virtual classes in advanced Russian language, which will assist in furthering Prof. Sherman’s work on a monograph of the Viking town, Staraia Ladoga.

Hometown Hero: Fanni Xie paves her way as a first-generation immigrant and veteran | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

Green Bay, Wis. (WFRV) – A first-generation immigrant from China, Fanni Xie came to the U.S. for her education; But she got much more than she bargained for.“My Mom’s first job was a translator so she traveled around the world when I was little,” Xie recalled. We were thinking maybe Western style education (would be) simple for me, so that’s why eventually after high school I came to America for college,” she said…. she knew college would be expensive.That’s when a friend made a suggestion; Join the Army reserves, a low-commitment way to help pay for school.

“When I signed up (for the Army), there was a list of jobs that I could choose from and there was one called a Behavioral Health Specialist and I didn’t know what it was, but I thought that might be a job that I can learn from,” said Xie. Xie spent the next year training, learning things like psychological evaluation and PTSD treatment, assisting licensed providers with treating her fellow soldiers.But everything was about to change; Xie and the 113th Combat Stress Control unit were deploying to Afghanistan.

“The first day I went to my reserve unit, the commander locked us in a room, closed the curtains, took our phones and said, ‘You guys are deploying,’” Xie recalled. “Yeah, so much for reserve soldiers two times a month right?” she said.It was during that year in Afghanistan in 2011, supporting her fellow soldiers, when Xie discovered just how passionate she really was about the human mind.

She’s now in the Social Work program at UW-Green Bay.

Source: Hometown Hero: Fanni Xie paves her way as a first-generation immigrant and veteran | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

UW-Green Bay’s culture of caring carried Frances Nazario in her journey to become an educator

The journey to a bachelor’s degree was long but fulfilling for Frances Nazario, who will graduate from UW-Green Bay on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, but raised in Wisconsin, Nazario says she “feels blessed and fortunate to be bicultural. I am proud to be Puerto Rican and proud to be a Wisconsinite.”

It has also given her keen insight to the education system and those who struggle because of language or cultural barriers. For Nazario, an education major, that means rising up so that those she teaches will do the same.

“I love teaching,” she says. “My experience at current placement (Edison Middle School) in Green Bay, Wis. reaffirms it daily. The students I serve are wonderful, my host teachers have been so supportive, patient, and wonderful educators on this last semester.”

Frances Nazario
May ’21 graduate Frances Nazario

Nazario believes education is extremely important, and “truly it is the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world (Nelson Mandela). It is also extremely important that students see themselves reflected in the educators that serve them,” she said.

“There is a large disparity in Latino, African American, Native American, and other cultural entities serving as educators. The more representation students see in their classrooms, the more we will inspire them to become future educators. I also believe that in that process there needs to be an approach in dismantling racism and inequalities in the education system. Bridging gaps and opening more doors of opportunities for all students that come from different socio economic, ethnic, racial, learning abilities and linguistic backgrounds.”

She also hopes to lead a classroom in which her students can feel safe and welcome.

“In me they will find someone that will always advocate for them, lead them, guide them, and teach them beyond content but the skills they will need to be successful leaders in the places they will end up.”

In a yard sign given to her by UW-Green Bay to express those to whom she is most appreciative, Nazario’s included her husband, “an amazing man who has held down three jobs so I could focus on school and family” and two beautiful children, Micah 4.5 and Levi 3, who inspired her to “complete the journey. “They have been such a big piece to my not giving up.”

“I also must give credit to my personal relationship with God. He has been my strength and my guide through it all.”

Her journey into higher education won’t quite be complete when the diploma is in her hand May 15, 2020. She is already looking into master’s program and has identified one (or two) at UW-Milwaukee that has continuing to look forward…

“I am interested in getting my major in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Urban Social Studies and Culture and Communities. I suppose that would be a double major since they are separate.”

In a moment of reflection, she credits her experience at UW-Green Bay for fueling her passion.

“I have been extremely blessed to have had educators that embody those things I aspire to be. As a mom I never wanted to use that as an excuse to not do work, or not participate. I was five months pregnant with my second baby (Levi) when I met Mary Sue Lavin. I was in the Phuture Phoenix class at UW-Green Bay, and her kindness and empathy were everything I needed to not give up during a semester where my homeland Puerto Rico was horrifically affected by hurricane Maria.

“The following semester I took a break to focus on my newborn, and once again that summer (2018) I was shown empathy and compassion when my advisor (Christin DePouw) came to my house because I had my hands full with an infant and a toddler. To help me plan the rest of my time at UWGB and creating a timeline that I still have to this day. If Fall 2018 I attended an event where speakers of the book Somos Latinas came to campus, I especially wanted to attend because the former principal of my elementary school (La Escuela Fratney in Milwaukee) Rita Tenorio had taken part in creating the stories that fill those pages. As well as my former teacher Berta Zamudio who has passed away summer of 2018. I attended with Levi who was just a few months old and them sharing their stories of resilience and perseverance as working moms, single moms and being Latinas in general. Mai (Lo Lee) from MESA held my tiny baby so I could stand up and speak as well as get to know others in the room. Moms with babies and toddlers get little to no adult interaction and being on campus, attending events like that one always gave me that. I will never forget that gesture.

Her time at UW-Green Bay, she says, has been “inspiring and transformative.”

“I am so thankful for every kind person I have encountered, every accommodating faculty and staff member that was more than supportive when I had to bring my babies on campus to finish projects, meet one on one for instructional support or just lend a listening ear when all I needed was to be heard. Lastly to the P.E.O. Reciprocity Scholarship and the Rita E. Nelson Endowed Scholarship for Education Students. Without you I would not have been able to complete my last year. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone.”

Frances Nazario’s story, with editing by Sue Bodilly


CEO Randy Charles joins Cofrin School of Business Advisory Board

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business (CSOB) is proud to welcome Randy Charles ‘87, CEO of Alive and Kickin’ (A & K) Pizza Crust to its Advisory Board.

Charles started A & K Pizza Crust with his father and two other partners in 1989, just two years after graduating from UW-Green Bay with a degree in Business Administration. By 1991, he was named president and in 2011 he took over as CEO. The company now employs a workforce of 500-plus at four locations and sells its products throughout North America.

Randy Charles joins CSOB Advisory Board
Randy Charles

A & K’s success comes in part from the continual development and expansion of its product lines.

“Randy’s entrepreneurial spirit, and his drive to always reinvent, develop, and grow will be an asset to the Cofrin School of Business,” says CSOB Dean Matt Dornbush. “He will be an invaluable strategic leader as we work to expand our program offerings and experiential learning opportunities.”

Charles is eager to advance the strategic priorities of the School and strengthen its ties to the greater business community.

“The Cofrin School of Business plays a vital role in creating future area leaders by fostering critical partnerships between the University, its students, and the business community,” he explains. “I’m excited to join the Cofrin School of Business Advisory Board to help to strengthen these essential relationships.”

The Cofrin School of Business Advisory Board exists to engage people of influence, affluence, and potential in the mission of the organization, to receive guidance on important strategic initiatives, curricular design and programmatic offerings, and to provide a platform for networking and partnership building.

For more information on the Cofrin School of Business Advisory Board, please contact Madeline VanGroll at vangrolm@uwgb.edu.



Two students set by an electronic board as they figure out calculations in one of the engineering labs inside the new STEM Center for UW-Green Bay's Mechanical Engineering Program.

Video: UW-Green Bay’s Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Craig Brecheisen knew most of his life that he wanted to become a mechanical engineering because of his love of race cars and always trying to figure out how things work. If you love to design or dig into machinery—take things apart, put things back together, and figure out how and why they work—you have it in you to become a mechanical engineer. UW-Green Bay’s Mechanical Engineering Program is the only one of its kind in Northeast Wisconsin and provides you with state-of-the-art technology and hands-on experiences in the brand-new Brown County STEM Innovation Center’s engineering labs on the Green Bay Campus. See the website for more.

Video Transcript: When you realize that you are smart enough and the whole time you were smart enough and you just needed to learn how to work. That’s where the benefit came from. I remember that aha moment that I had when I was at the tech school. Realizing that you had it in you the whole time, you just needed to do the work.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, gave me a chance to earn my Mechanical Engineering degree without having to leave Green Bay. Wow, moment I had, it’s the first time that I ever stepped foot into the new STEM building. Technology is state-of-the-art, top-notch, and brand new. Thermodynamics would be one of my favorite classes. The other class that I really enjoyed was Finite Element Analysis. In this class, you get to create different projects i.e., front-end geometry for race cars. And then put different forces on it to see how it acts. To see if it will hold up, what your design in your head, put in a computer with real-life forces on it, will it last. You actually get something physical to see.

I feel like my instructors are more of mentors than they are the traditional professor to students. The ratio of a student to professor is really low, which allows you to build a rapport with them. They’re always willing to help you and if you’re willing to put in your time, they will help you achieve what you’re looking to achieve.

This campus will always be a huge part of me because this is the beginning of the second half of my life. Like another chapter, where I started from scratch, grew up, learned things, and then went out into the world to apply them. This university gave me a chance to achieve one of my greatest lifetime goals and that’s being a Mechanical Engineer.