Social Work student wins Spring 2021 UWGB Student Business Idea Virtual Pitch Contest

Cheri Branham (Social Work) and her project Technology Literacy Training for Older Adults has won the Spring 2021 UWGB Student Business Idea Virtual Pitch Contest. Branham pitched her idea in a 90-second video. First prize is $500 cash. Her project, influenced by her grandmother, provides free technology help to older adults at locations such as the ADRC. The teacher/mentors? College students. Branham recently placed first in the 2021 Innovation in Aging competition (see her presentation here) and will be competing May 20, 2021 in the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament. Register to attend.

Prize money was furnished by Dental City’s Competitive Spark Endowment.

See the Spring 2021 UWGB Student Business Idea Virtual Pitch Contest overview.

  • The second place winner of $400 was John Dyer (Business Administration) and his pitch for his very own Dyer Brewing Company.
  • Third place of $300 went to a team of six students working on Empowerment Through Diversity.
  • Fourth place, and $250, went to the team pitching their Support Local Subscription Box idea.
  • Fifth place, and $200, went to the team with the Healthy Snax Box idea.
  • Sixth place went to COLORSTOP, an idea pitched by a team of MS Management students. They earned $150 cash. COLORSTOP was the third place winner of Innovation in Aging 2021.
  • Seventh place and $125 cash went to eSec, another team of MS Management students. This team recently pitched at The Pitch ( at St. Norbert College against teams from Lawrence University, UW 0shkosh, and St. Norbert College.
  • Eighth place, and $75, went to Joe Bezio (Undeclared) who pitched his idea, Flex-Holder.

UW-Green Bay IT expert says cybercrime can happen anywhere, anytime | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Hackers have again made their presence known forcing a major oil pipeline on the east coast of the U.S. shut down. What they want is ransom and a local IT expert told Local 5’s Kris Schuller this type of cybercrime can happen anywhere, anytime.Across the southeastern section of the nation – panic at the pump.“I just suspected prices would go way up, I didn’t suspect there wouldn’t be any the next day,” said one woman looking for gasoline.Officials remind people to not fill plastic bags with gas as panic buying begins It came after hackers shut the Colonial Pipeline down – a ransomware attack that IT expert Gaurav Bansel from UW-Green Bay says is all about money.“It works on freezing your systems and kind of forcing you to pay money to get your systems back,” said Bansel.Bansel says this latest hack is making headlines because the pipeline supplies 40 percent of the East Coast’s fuel.

Source: UW-Green Bay IT expert says cybercrime can happen anywhere, anytime | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

Chancellor Alexander to be a guest performer with Weidner Philharmonic, May 23

The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce that UW-Green Bay Chancellor Michael Alexander will be a special guest performer with the Weidner Philharmonic’s performance of Walton’s Façade: An Entertainment Live at the Green Bay Botanical Garden on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 3 p.m.

Tickets for the concert are on sale now at,, and by calling Ticket Star at 1-800-895-0071.

Façade is an essential tongue in cheek classic featuring an exciting series of poems by Edith Sitwell, with instrumentals composed by William Walton.

Chancellor Alexander previously performed with the Weidner Philharmonic conducting Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man at the symphony orchestra’s very first concert in September 2019.

Samuel Langenfeld wins Visual Arts Rising Phoenix | Waushara Argus

Samuel Langenfeld of rural Wild Rose was recently announced as the Rising Phoenix winner in visual arts at UW-Green Bay. Langenfeld’s photo “Fragmented Thoughts” was selected among submissions from around the country to be named the Rising Phoenix in the Spring issue of the Sheepshead Review, UW-Green Bay’s Journal of Art and Literature. Sheepshead Review first went to print in 1975 and it features creative writing and visual art from students at UW-Green Bay and around the country.  Each semester one submission in visual arts, poetry, nonfiction and fiction are chosen by celebrity judges to be highlighted. Samuel’s black and white image features a model projected with shadows and represents the challenges facing college students during a pandemic. He had three other photos featured as well, including the cover.Samuel attended Col-oma Elementary school through 5th grade and then transferred to Wisconsin Connections Academy where he completed high school.  Samuel will graduate from UWGB in the spring of 2022 with a Bachelor’s of Art in Environmental Design and a minor in Environmental Science.

Source: Samuel Langenfeld wins Visual Arts Rising Phoenix | Waushara Argus

Recent work of Prof. Schuetze is now published

Review the special volume of the prestigious journal EARLY AMERICAN LITERATURE that the late Prof. Sarah Schuetze completed (co-)editing in late 2020, and that was originally her idea—a vital reappraisal of the legends of “Plymouth Rock” and the idea of a 1620 watershed. It was published in February 2021. You can find the table of contents here and obtain it from ILL.

12 Rounds with Lorissa Bañuelos | Madison 365

Before joining ERG, Lorissa Bañuelos was the director of marketing and investor relations at New North Inc., the regional marketing and economic development organization for the 18 counties of Northeast Wisconsin. The Madison native is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a degree in Business Administration. She held a series of marketing and leadership roles throughout her time at UWGB, including implementation of strategic initiatives for the College of Health, Education and Social Welfare. She also held positions with Kimberly-Clark Corporation in Neenah and Cumulus Broadcasting in Green Bay, along with the Wisconsin Historical Society Press and Art Gecko, both in Madison, while a student. She is an active volunteer in the Green Bay community,

Source: 12 Rounds with Lorissa Bañuelos | Madison 365

Supercharging the future by growing | Eagle Herald

“UW-Green Bay is meeting the demand for engineers due to the manufacturing growth in the Green Bay area and the NEW North region,” said UW-Green Bay’s Dean of Science, Engineering and Technology, John Katers. “As the economy continues to shift toward one of innovation and technology—even in historically important manufacturing sectors like the paper industry—electrical engineers are in high demand. Because we have such a strong employer base in the area who can offer internships and other hands-on experiences, we can grow that kind of talent right here. It’s very exciting to be able to meet this demand.”

Source: Supercharging the future by growing | Eagle Herald

Associate Prof. Marcelo Cruz kicks off inaugural Mayor’s Dialogue series

On Monday, May 10, associate professor Marcelo Cruz (PEA) kicked off the inaugural Mayor’s Dialogue series sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement. The Mayor’s Dialogue series was created by Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich to bring UW-Green Bay Faculty into the discussion with city employees on important issues facing our community. Professor Cruz’s talk was entitled “Latinos are not a monolith social group: the complexities of Latino identity in Green Bay,” and was attended by more than 50 municipal employees and the Mayor. The next talk will be this summer featuring Prof. Jillian Jacklin (DJS).

Institute for Women’s Leadership summer Lean in Circle

UW-Green Bay’s Institute for Women’s Leadership is starting a Lean In Circle this summer. The Lean in Circle will be facilitated by Nichole La Grow, UW-Green Bay’s Distance Education Coordinator. She has been a part of, and has facilitated other, Lean In Circles. She has appreciated the supportive nature of the circle process and is excited to lead our first circle at the University. A Lean In Circle is a small group of women who meet once a month to support each other and learn new skills. Our Lean In Circle will be a place where we can be unapologetically ambitious, expand our networks, and help each other achieve our goals. At each meeting, we’ll dive into a different topic ranging from identifying our strengths to combating gender bias at work. Lean In has teamed up with leading experts to create videos and activities that will guide our discussions. While we will focus on building our university community, as you become more comfortable with participating in a Lean In Circle, we hope that you will consider becoming a facilitator of a Lean In circle too.

Scheduled sessions for the summer:  June 23, July 21, and August 18 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm each session

Are you ready to lean in? Register here!