Green Bay Campus mourns passing of Rachel Wussow

UW-Green Bay mourns the passing of Rachel Wussow, probably best known for managing the Phoenix Club and the marketing and promotions for the University Union. She started her employment at the University Union as the assistant director of Internal Support in April 2013. She retired in November 2019. In her short time with the University she made many friends and collaborated across departments and units for the betterment of the Phoenix family.

Rachel Wussow
Rachel Wussow

She coordinated annual programming events for students to promote Union services and also started the Commuter Life program. She also oversaw the Master Calendar, and coordinated team-building exercises and staff training for student employees.

Wussow served as the communications coordinator for ACUI (Association of College Unions International) for Region V for a number of years. She also served as the Midwest Region Coordinator for APCA (Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities).

According to the obituary, Rachel passed away on May 27, 2021. A funeral service for her was held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 31, 2021 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bonduel. Burial was in Zion United Methodist Cemetery in Bonduel. Memorials may be given to a university or church of your choice.

CollegeReady Celebrates Its First Graduating Class of NEW Scholars Students

(Joint press release) GREEN BAY (May 26, 2021) – CollegeReady, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships and academic resources for local students to pursue their education, celebrates its first-ever graduating class of NEW Scholars.

Available to students within the Green Bay Area Public School district, the NEW Scholars college readiness program was established to help underserved youth who aspire to be the first in their family to graduate from college.

These students, many of whom have been in the NEW Scholars program since the sixth grade, have now been accepted into Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, as well as other Wisconsin colleges and universities.

“This is a proud moment for CollegeReady, as our first-ever cohort of NEW Scholars achieves their dream of graduating from high school and heading off to college,” explains CollegeReady’s Executive Director, Brent Roubal. “Our first-generation students have what it takes to earn a post-secondary degree and we’re thrilled to see them reach that goal.”

Data from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction shows that only 40% of all economically disadvantaged students in Wisconsin high schools will pursue post-secondary education. Although 91% of graduating NEW Scholars will attend college after this school year.

“CollegeReady is an important community partner that supports the Green Bay Area Public School District in achieving its mission to educate all students to be college, career and community ready,” stated Vicki Bayer, Green Bay Area Public School District deputy superintendent. “With the additional resources and support provided to students, more GBAPS students are able to obtain their dream of attending higher education.”

On Wednesday, May 26, NWTC will host a college signing day for the Class of 2021 NEW Scholars where the students will sign their letter of acceptance to their intended college or university.

“As a long-standing partner of CollegeReady, we will continue the work that is needed to make college possible for all students,” said Dr. Jeff Rafn, NWTC president. “It is important as educators that we are preparing students with the tools they need to succeed, no matter their economic situation. Together, we will carry on our commitment to support first-generation college students.”

“UW-Green Bay supports the work of CollegeReady to create opportunities for students to further their education after high school,” says UW-Green Bay Chancellor, Michael Alexander. “We are proud to receive the 2021-22 FirstGen Forward designation by the Center for First Generation Student Success and are eager to see students have the resources needed to pursue their dreams through additional educational opportunities.”

According to a national survey through Education Week, over one-third of educators across the country said that changes to K-12 schooling during the pandemic have hit low-income students harder than any other group.

“This year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, students have faced overwhelming obstacles,” said Roubal. “Our staff continued to foster connections and offer academic and social-emotional support to our parents and students via virtual platforms, and ultimately helped our students stay on-track at school.”

Through academic support, college prep, parent workshops, service learning, and so much more, NEW Scholars breaks down barriers to higher education that exist for many low-income and first-generation students. In addition, participating students also earn up to a $5,000 scholarship toward their college expenses.

For more information about CollegeReady and its NEW Scholars program, visit CollegeReadyWI.org.

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Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: UW-Green Bay theatre

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre and Dance has selected its lineup for the school year, with dates to be announced: “Red” by Somolia Seaton, the musical “Fun Home,” “Circle Mirror Transformation” by Annie Baker, “Danceworks” with student and faculty choreography and “Picasso at the Lapine Agile” by Steve Martin. – In Green Bay, Doctors in Recital, Inc. of Brown County announced that Green Bay Community Gardens will benefit from proceeds from its 2022 concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in Cofrin Family Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. According to a press release: The program of Extension Brown County provides garden space and logistic assistance to encourage access to affordable and nutritious food. The “Doctors in Recital” concerts have donated more than a half million dollars to local charities. Also benefiting from proceeds from the 15th annual show will be the Birder Studio of Performing Arts of De Pere and the Green Bay Public Schools East High School Choral Department.

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Week ahead: Performances arriving or no longer in calendar, part 63

Sarah McKenna

Recent Health and Wellness master’s graduate sees experience as a path to progress

What does fitness have to do with freight?

Spring 2021 Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management (MSHWM) graduate Sarah McKenna Rogers has the answer. For a leadership capstone project through the UW-Green Bay program, she found a partner company (Paper Transport, Inc.) that wanted to improve the health of its truck-driving population. Rogers examined their health and wellness needs and developed a wellness program for those driving long distances.

A fitness professional with more than 10 years of work experience, Rogers saw the degree program as a path to progress in her wellness career.

Sarah Rogers
Sarah Rogers

“I saw an ad for this program in one of the fitness professional magazines and thought I would look into it,” she says. “A year later, the time and circumstances were right for me to consider going back to school for my master’s degree, so I applied. Having the option to do my course work 100% online was really what sold me on the program. I knew I would need to work full-time throughout my time in school and this was the best program out there for both content and flexibility.”

Rogers says the professors and coursework in the program challenged her to grow professionally and academically, with the flexibility of online content.

For her capstone project, she found a company that wanted to work on their employee health. She discussed her ideas with the wellness coordinator and arrived at the conclusion that a wellness program paired with a job requirement would provide the desirable impact.

“Drivers need to pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) medical exam to maintain their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). If they are in poor health, they may not qualify for the medical card and lose their CDL and possibly their job. The aim of this project was to identify the areas of health that are concerning and disqualify drivers on the exam and what health topics, based in this employee population and national truck driver’s data, would encourage health changes at least three months prior to the medical exam date.”

Without a specific career path in mind, Rogers says she now feels prepared to progress where ever new career adventures could lead.

“I am a certified personal trainer, fitness instructor, health coach, corporate wellness specialist, and have managed a corporate wellness facility and exercise and movement is important to me. I have loved my time with the MSHWM program because it has emphasized the other elements of wellness above and beyond exercise,” she said.

Story by Marketing and University Communication student assistant Charlotte Berg. Photos submitted.

UW-Green Bay Announces Minor in Criminal Justice | Seehafer News

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has announced that they now are offering a new Criminal Justice minor in the Public and Environmental Affairs program..Students can enroll immediately in the 24-credit minor, which will be supported by high-impact practices with a focus on guest speakers and student interactions with community organizations related to criminal justice.Overall, students will have the opportunity to explore and analyze important community issues that will help enhance their civic responsibility and their ability to improve the current criminal justice system.More information is available on the Criminal Justice website.

Source: UW-Green Bay Announces Minor in Criminal Justice | Seehafer News

UW-Green Bay: FREE College Prep Program for 1st Generation GBAPS Students – Green Bay News Network

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has openings in the federally-funded Upward Bound Summer Program. This FREE, multi-year program for Green Bay Area High School students, provides an intense but fun/residential/academic six-week program, followed by a full academic year of support; with advising, mentoring, ACT Prep, tutoring, college visits, field trips for learning and fun.Because it is grant-funded, students at the four Green Bay Area Public High Schools not only get this incredible experience at no charge, they also get a stipend to participate!

Source: UW-Green Bay: FREE College Prep Program for 1st Generation GBAPS Students – Green Bay News Network

AAC&U selects 61 colleges for ‘high-impact’ institute

AAC&U selects 61 colleges for ‘high-impact’ institute. The event aims to help institutional leaders ‘become more intentional in serving all students and to improve both completion rates and the quality of student learning.’ UW-Green Bay is the only University in Wisconsin selected to participate.

Source: AAC&U selects 61 colleges for ‘high-impact’ institute |