Mental Health Awareness Month and BHTP

May is Mental Health Awareness month—an opportunity to raise awareness about mental health, advocate to reduce stigma, and educate and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. UW-Green Bay’s Behavioral Health Training Partnership (BHTP) in the College of Health, Education, and Social Welfare, aims to collaboratively inform, encourage, and assure regional best practices in behavioral health services across Wisconsin.  The BHTP is a unique partnership between the University, county and tribal human service departments, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, with training efforts that focus on preparation of crisis intervention responders, education and support of evidence-based therapeutic practices, inclusion of persons with lived experience to better support individuals struggling with mental illness, and collaboration among community providers to reduce trauma and increase access to care for individuals across the lifespan.

The BHTP website offers a variety of training resources, as well as resources for coping during the COVID pandemic at Behavioral Health Training Partnership – UW-Green Bay (


Academic Success Workshop: The Weekly Goal Setting System, May 28

This virtual workshop, May 28, 2021 at 10 a.m. is the first in a series presented by the Academic Success Coaching team from The Learning Center. In this session, Kristin Espinar will share her Goal Setting System that helps students manage their time and assignments so they can maximize efficiency and reduce stress and overwhelm. This short talk will take about 30 minutes and include a presentation, a practical demonstration and time for Q&A.

Green Bay Campus construction updates

Mary Ann Cofrin Hall: May 17 – November 20

Update: Tentatively, roofing will begin on June 7, 2021 at the southeast corner of the building and will proceed in a counter-clockwise direction. The contractor will remove and reinstall only the amount of roofing that can completed in one day.

This summer, contractors will remove and replace failed wall sealants; repair of brick and limestone masonry and mortar; remove ornamental steel frame at north elevation; wet seal window glazing gaskets; replace damaged thru-wall flashings; improve deficient areas of thermal and air barriers at roof to wall transitions; replace approximately 39,700 sf of standing seam metal roofing and associated metal fascia and soffit; install gutters and snow retention systems at metal roofing; replace approximated 2,000 sf of below grade water proofing system, replace approximately 280 sf of EPDM roofing; rehabilitation of sloped glazing system; replacement of approximately 2030 sf of translucent panel skylight system; correction of site grading and drainage issues. This work will start after the conclusion of the Spring semester. It should be finished by the start of the Fall semester. Building occupants will experience noise interruptions during this work. When possible, we will try to coordinate larger noise events with occupants ahead of time.

Wood Hall: May 17 – November 20

Update: The EIFS panels are being removed along the west side of the building and will continue in a counter-clockwise direction. They are planned to be finished removing the panels by June 7.

This summer, contractors will remove approximately 16,000 sf of EIFS 43 and replacement with insulated metal wall panel system; rehabilitation of existing aluminum glazing 44 systems using existing window components and new sealants; repair of cracked and severely spalled 45 structural cast-in-place concrete; installation of snow guards at a building entry roof. This work will start after the conclusion of the Spring semester. It should be finished by the start of the Fall semester.

Cofrin Library: May 24 – July 26

Update: The anchoring system will start on the north side of the building. We will be inspecting the interior spaces of the third floor for access to the outside wall in rooms 303b, 304, 305a, 305b, 305d, 305e, 307, 306a, & 306b.

Contractors will install mechanical anchor systems into six locations of 228 square feet each on the exterior brick façade. Each area is located between the third and fourth floors of the building. Noise will be a major factor during this installation. Some minor vibration may be noticed by occupants on these floors of the building. Contractors will provide protection at each plaza entrance and/or will close entrances on an interim basis based on their work in that area.

Green Bay Police Department hosts training seminar on LGBTQ diversity and inclusion | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

GREEN BAY, Wis.(WFRV)-UW-Green Bay’s Pride Center held an LGBTQ training seminar at Police Headquarters for officer and other city employees. “Today we were here talking about how to be more inclusive of LGBTQ in our community,” said Dr. Stacie Christian of the Pride Center. The goal was to make sure community members feel accepted.

Source: Green Bay Police Department hosts training seminar on LGBTQ diversity and inclusion | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

How Will We Remember 2020? Here’s What Wisconsin Curators And Historians Say | Wisconsin Public Radio

Hannah Beauchamp-Pope was wearing new Nike sneakers when she led a march through the streets of downtown Green Bay almost a year ago in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.It was organized by a local nonprofit called We All Rise, and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay student wasn’t expecting to take the helm, but seeing all the people behind her was energizing, she said.

“Just the fact that we all moved as one community, it gives you goosebumps,” the 19-year-old said. “And to be at the front of that, and kind of leading that, it just put into perspective what you can do when you believe in yourself.”

Her friend Yakaukwetákate Gaia, 20, was at the march too. She was surprised to see people from so many ages and backgrounds, she said. At one point, protestors laid down on the Main Street Bridge for 8 minutes and 46 seconds — the same length of time former police officer Derek Chauvin was believed to have knelt on Floyd’s neck.”You could feel the anger and the frustration, and the way that it just went silent, it was definitely kind of horrifying in a way, when you think about how that’s what that man experienced. Utter chaos and noise and fear and then nothing,” she said. Last summer’s protests, set against the backdrop of a pandemic, were historic. And while activists were aiming to make the world a better place, and scientists and health care professionals were fighting to save lives, curators and historians were working to preserve our memories from a year we’ll never forget.

Source: How Will We Remember 2020? Here’s What Wisconsin Curators And Historians Say | Wisconsin Public Radio

Bellin Run is virtual; Your corporate captain has updates

A few updates with the upcoming Bellin Run:

  • The Bellin Run will be a virtual event from June 12 – 21, 2021.
  • There is still time to register! More information here.
  • Packet Information:
    • If you signed up by May 15th and chose to have your packet delivered to the Green Bay Main Campus, it will be available to pick-up before the run at the HR Office, located in the Cofrin Library, 7th floor, room 710.  (We will email you when it is ready.)
    • If you chose to have your packet delivered to your home, you will receive notice of when they intend to ship to the email you provided at registration.

Items to Note:

    • 10K Training Guide
    • Bellin Run Virtual Event FAQs
    • Submit results manually or download the timing app, RTRT.mefor results to be automatically submitted.
    • Group Photo! Unfortunately, with a virtual event, we are unable to get a group photo.  Please email a photo of you on your run or pre/post-run with your bib to by June 21st, 2021.

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Corporate Team Captain, Kaitlyn O’Claire,, 715-735-4331.

Oculogica Receives Department of Defense Grant to Develop Wearable Concussion Diagnostic with Pre-eminent Partners

Press Release submitted: Keller Army Hospital at West Point, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and AdHawk Microsystems will work with Oculogica to develop the wearable diagnostic.

New York, NY- May 17, 2021—Oculogica (, a leader in concussion diagnosis and categorization, with the only FDA cleared aid in diagnosis of concussion that does not require a pre-injury baseline test, announced today it has received a US Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) grant for $2 million to develop a wearable version of its technology. These awards are designed to fund efforts to provide significant leaps forward in medical technology. Oculogica, along with its partners including Keller Army Hospital of West Point, was awarded this grant for the development of a technology to assess mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in deployed and far-forward settings.

“With concussions impacting some 10M people annually, making tests more accessible to patients – even at the site where they are injured – can be critically important. The earlier we can detect a concussion, the greater the likelihood of a good outcome.  The Oculogica concussion detection technology is ideal for a fast, non-invasive, wearable, field test, in part because it does not require the collection of any bodily fluids,” said Oculogica CEO, Rosina Samandani, Ph.D.  “This grant from the US Army recognizes this potential, and the innovation and high clinical standards of our research team and incredible partners.”

The work will commence later this year or early 2022. Dr. Kenneth Cameron of Keller Army Hospital at West Point, a collaborator on the grant, commented “This device has the potential to provide efficient and objective information that could aid in diagnosing concussions and monitoring recovery from injury in far forward and field settings. The product also has potential applications in both the military and sports medicine settings to objectively identify individuals who sustain a concussion and in making return to duty and sport decisions.”

In addition to Keller Army Hospital, Dr. Christina Master, a physician and researcher at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and co-director of the Minds Matter Concussion Program at CHOP will collaborate on the grant.  She said, “This is an advancement the field has been waiting for, and it is so needed. We have been studying eye-tracking as part of a multi-modal assessment of concussion for several years in the clinic. The ability to take this to deployed settings, such as the military or sports field, is a critical next step.” The University of Wisconsin–Green Bay’s Dr. Sadie Buboltz-Dubs, another collaborator on the grant, stated “We are thrilled to be a part of this effort to build a better concussion diagnostic and to help take the EyeBOX technology to the field.”

AdHawk Microsystems’ novel camera-free eye tracking technology will be a critical component of the new, wearable device. Dr. Neil Sarkar, AdHawk Microsystems’ CEO commented, “Our eye tracking system architecture has been reimagined from the ground up to produce high speed, high fidelity data in mobile products that can be worn comfortably all day. We are very excited to be working with Oculogica and this collection of world-class research sites to collaborate on a device that will move brain injury diagnostics significantly forward. We have always envisioned our technology being used for medical diagnosis. This is a significant step to realizing that vision.”

Oculogica has received other grants to develop its technology, including one from the National Institutes of Health and another from the Food and Drug Administration. This new funding represents the largest grant the company will receive.

About Oculogica

Oculogica Inc. is an eye tracking-based, neuro-diagnostic company founded by Dr. Uzma Samadani, a neurosurgeon at Centracare and the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, and Associate Professor of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of Minnesota School of Engineering. The company has developed the EyeBOX, the first and only FDA cleared baseline-free, aid in diagnosis of concussion to help physicians objectively categorize concussion. EyeBOX is a 4-minute test for ages 5 to 67. EyeBOX is used by leading healthcare organizations, including Midwest Orthopedics at Rush University, the clinics of the President of the California Brain Injury Association, and others. To learn more about the company and the EyeBOX, visit

Media Contact: Vidi Juarez



A year after the pandemic: how the landscape of graduation has changed | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV) – Graduation is a right of passage for students, faculty and staff.“It is the moment where all of the hard work and dedication and sweat and tears and love has gone into that moment and we want it to be all that it could be,” said Christyn Abaray, Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees for Lawrence University.The pandemic changed the way we celebrate graduates, from last year in hastily put-together social distanced ceremonies for the Class of 2020.

Colleges, like UW Green Bay gave their graduates a similar experience to last year.

“As the graduate is exiting their car they will have their name, their degree and any honorary’s they are graduating with be announced, just as if they were processing through a traditional graduation ceremony,” said Gail Sims-Aubert, the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Inclusivity and Student Affairs at UW Green Bay.

Source: A year after the pandemic: how the landscape of graduation has changed | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

‘I’m Here. I Made It’: UW Students Reflect On A Year Of COVID-19 On Campus | Wisconsin Public Radio

The last of the University of Wisconsin’s spring graduates will get their diplomas this weekend, capping off a year of unprecedented disruptions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. With a sudden shift to online classes and heavy social restrictions aimed at preventing outbreaks, some students say they’ve felt trapped watching screens in their rooms — and for those returning next fall, they hope campus will feel more normal.On Saturday, more than 600 UW-Green Bay graduates snaked their way through campus with up to two vehicles full of family and friends during a drive-thru graduation ceremony. Some families sprung for limos, others adorned cars and trucks with paint and balloons for a slow crawl toward the university performing arts center. There, Chancellor Michael Alexander stood waiting in full regalia as students climbed out of their vehicles to get their diplomas and pose for a graduation photo.

Source: ‘I’m Here. I Made It’: UW Students Reflect On A Year Of COVID-19 On Campus | Wisconsin Public Radio

Maintenance contract needed before UWGB golf course opens | WLUK

GREEN BAY (WLUK) — UW-Green Bay is looking to open up its golf course in June, but the university might not have the course ready for golfers by the 1st.The school is still working on getting a maintenance contract for Shorewood Golf Course, so they won’t be able to open until that is settled.”Cutting grass, maintenance, chemicals, all those things that are important to the upkeep of the golf course,” said Dr. Corey King, vice chancellor for university inclusivity & student affairs. “If we’re not able to secure a maintenance contract we gotta talk about options at that point.”

Source: Maintenance contract needed before UWGB golf course opens | WLUK