Green Bay Campus mourns passing of Barbara DeCleene Briggs

Barbara Briggs (formerly DeCleene) passed away May 25, 2021. She worked as a coordinator, Academic Computing, in the Computing and Information Technology Center. She retired from the University on March 30, 1998.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday June 5, 2021 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, W156 N8131 Pilgrim Rd. in Menomonee Falls at 11 a.m. Luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Barb’s name to Holy Cross Lutheran Church are appreciated.

AAccording to the obituary, she “never stopped learning and traveling. She graduated from college after her children entered grammar school. She went on to have a wonderful career working in the computer lab at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.”

Technology in Context Summer Series begins June 10

You can participate in the Technology in Context Summer Series, every Thursday from June 10 to August 12 at Noon via Microsoft Teams. It is free and open to the public. Register here. The series is led by Expert in Residence for Digital Transformation, Oliver Buechse, during the Technology in Context Summer Series. Feel free to share this information with any students, colleagues, alumni, or business connections who you think may be interested.

Weekly topics:

June 10: Session 1: Digital Transformation – The greatest change event in history

June 17: Session 2: The Family of Artificial Intelligence Technologies

June 24: Session 3: Interface Technologies of Tomorrow

July 1: Session 4: The Many Faces of Robots in the Future

July 8: Session 5: The Cutting Edge of New Technologies

July 15: Session 6: New Technologies and Racial Bias

July 22: Session 7: New Technologies and Democracy

July 29: Session 8: New Technologies and the Future of our Planet

August 5: Session 9: New Technologies and the Future of Learning

August 12: Session 10: New Technologies and the Future of Relationships

If you have any questions about the Technology in Context summer series, please contact Kathryn Marten, Cofrin School of Business Student & Community Engagement Coordinator,

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UW-Green Bay now offers minor in Criminal Justice | WFRV

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Anyone looking to enter down the path for a career involving criminal justice now has a new option at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB). Students can reportedly enroll right away in the minor, which is 24 credits. Officials say the minor will be supported by high-impact practices with a focus on guest speakers and student interactions with community organizations related to criminal justice.“Now is a great time for students to explore this field because public interrogation has shifted the system toward greater inclusivity and self-reflection,” says UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Dana Atwood.

Source: UWGB now offers minor in Criminal Justice | WFRV

One year following George Floyd’s Death, woman says the pain is still very real for Green Bay’s African American community

GREEN BAY (NBC 26) — It’s been a year since George Floyd’s death which sparked Black Lives Matter protests across the country.While the initial protests and marches largely faded, the push for justice has remained.“Obviously there was a small celebration with the prosecution of Derek Chauvin which we weren’t really 100% sure on even though we all knew it was murder, just because of how our criminal justice system works, but we still don’t have that sense of relief yet, that sense of safety,”said Hannah Beauchamp-Pope.

Hannah Beauchamp-Pope is a student at UW-Green Bay and the vice president of the Black Student Union.

Source: One year following George Floyd’s Death, woman says the pain is still very real for Green Bay’s African American community

Tribal stoles created by Menominee artist honor UW-Green Bay graduates

Carrie Chapman-Peters thinks about the person and what they will do in life as she creates a graduation stole for them to mark their Indigenous heritage. As an artist who is Menominee living on the Menominee Reservation, she follows the tenet of “sewing with good intention” — and a lot of thought and love goes into each piece she creates.“ And if you don’t feel good one day, you don’t sew that day because you don’t want those feelings to go into your sewing,” Chapman-Peters said. The stoles she made for 10 students who graduated from UW-Green Bay this month were so popular that about 20 more were ordered by students that Chapman-Peters is currently making. She was approached about the project by Crystal Lepscier, the First Nations Student Success coordinator at UWGB.

Source: Tribal stoles created by Menominee artist honor UW-Green Bay graduates

UW-Green Bay journalism students to participate in NEW News Lab | Facebook

Local newsrooms are the heart of our communities. Today we, along with Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, announce the formation of the NEW News Lab (Northeast Wisconsin News Lab), to help our local newsrooms address a growing crisis that impacts employment, cyber security and the integrity of the media. Read about this initiative here:

This project includes six local news organizations:Fox Valley 365, The Post-Crescent (Appleton-Fox Cities, Wisconsin), Green Bay Press-Gazette, The Press Times, Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Watch. The UW-Green Bay Journalism Department is an educational partner, and Microsoft has provided financial support to the Community Foundation.

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UWGB Institute for Women’s Leadership Hosting Three Events in June | Seehafer News

UW-Green Bay’s Institute for Women’s Leadership has announced three events scheduled for the month of June.The first of those events, entitled “Rising Together: Caffeinated Conversations”, will take place on June 16th. The one-hour morning session will be focused on networking and sharing knowledge around the topic of “Don’t Find a Job, Find a Mission”.Then, on June 22nd, The Institute business members share their expertise in scheduled lunchtime sessions around leadership, business and entrepreneurial topics. That event, entitled “Sharing Knowledge Workshops” will run from noon to 1:00 PM.And lastly, on June 23rd the Institute will host an event, entitled “Women Rising: Stories From Experience”, featuring Kim Bassett, the President and Chief Executive Officer for Bassett Mechanical. For more details on these and all future events, visit

Source: UWGB Institute for Women’s Leadership Hosting Three Events in June | Seehafer News

UW System Bringing Back Summer Youth Programs | Wisconsin Public Radio

As colleges and universities ease restrictions aimed at preventing outbreaks of COVID-19, the University of Wisconsin System has announced it is bringing back pre-college and summer youth programs this summer. Summer youth programs have been a longtime fixture at UW System campuses, typically catering to middle and high school students. Some are academic in nature, aimed at giving children a taste of college life, complete with stays in campus dormitories. Last year, when COVID-19 cases were rising across Wisconsin, system campuses either canceled summer youth programs or moved them online, which resulted in lower attendance. In early May, UW System interim President Tommy Thompson announced summer programs were returning with extra safety protocols in place.

“The pandemic is not over, but we can safely begin to return to pre-pandemic operations, including summer programs for youth and a strong majority of in-person classes this fall,” said Thompson. “We are creating a culture of responsibility on our campuses.”

Michael Casbourne is the director of TRIO and pre-college programs at UW-Green Bay. TRIO programs are federally funded initiatives designed to assist students from low-income families progress from high school to college. Casbourne said his campus TRIO summer program is a six-week, residential immersion that will start in June.

“We’re running a model that I call the TRIO bubble,” said Casbourne. “So, all of our students will be tested. They’ll go into quarantine about a week before they’re supposed to come to us. Three days prior to arriving, they have to upload a negative test result.”

Casbourne said a local bowling alley has even agreed to close its doors to the public so TRIO students can have fun while limiting potential infections.

Jason Mathwig, UW-Green Bay director of education outreach, said the campus will also offer summer camps focused on music, art and science. He said typically they, too, offer students the chance to stay in dorms, but this year, overnight stays won’t be an option. Mathwig said 10 virtual summer camps were offered last year, and he is glad to offer in-person programs this year.

“Just like in school, camps are no different,” Mathwig said. “You can do so much more in person. You can have more of the hands-on activity with the kids. They can visually do something, whether it’s art or music or STEM, physically holding on to that piece while an instructor is right there with them to help troubleshoot, as well as the human-to-human interaction with their counterparts, their peers or other students.”

Source: UW System Bringing Back Summer Youth Programs | Wisconsin Public Radio

Listen: UW-Green Bay Designated ‘Bee City USA’ | Wisconsin Public Radio

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has been officially recognized as an ally in the fight to conserve native pollinators. We learn about what the “Bee City USA” designation means and hear about what steps we can take in our yards to help Wisconsin’s endangered species.

Source: Listen: UW-Green Bay Designated ‘Bee City USA’ | Wisconsin Public Radio

Faculty note: Prof. Merkel extends reach with Tiny Earth and STEM programs this summer

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Brian Merkel is co-chairing the summer Tiny Earth symposium this year and will present a TAPAS talk on a high-impact community project with Green Bay West High School’s, Serious About STEM program. The Serious About Stem program and UW-Green Bay’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology, are forming a partnership to educate at-risk female high school students in the Tiny Earth curriculum.

The plan is to run a skill-development camp for two weeks on campus this August to prepare them to conduct Tiny Earth research over 14 weeks at UW-Green Bay this fall. These students will then present their findings at the Tiny Earth winter symposium at the Lambeau Field Atrium in December of 2021. Additionally, two UW-Green Bay Human Biology alumni, Halee Behrens and Roman Lyudmer are panelists for a session on “Leveraging Your Tiny Earth Experience.” Lyudmer has been accepted to a M.S program in Immunology at Drexel. Halee recently completed her first year in Concordia’s PA program.