Rising like no other, UW-Green Bay Sheboygan Campus wins Collegiate Rocket Competition

Congratulations to Patrick Isken, Owen Rubenis, Dylan Schmidt and Ryan Bucholz, UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus students and advisor, Prof. Bill Dirienzo (Physics, NAS), on winning this year’s Collegiate Rocket Launch Competition!
The competition is open to Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) member schools for teams of 4-6 students. There are no other requirements. The teams design and build a custom high-powered rocket according to the competition guidelines, including a challenge unique to each year’s competition. Team members build the rocket and its internal electronics. They use software like CAD and RockSim to design and simulate the rocket design before building.
Eight colleges and universities participated in the program. Taking second place was UW-Platteville and in third place was Marquette University. The overall winners receive a cash prize. The first-place team will be invited to Sierra Space Badger Army Ammunition plant in North Freedom, Wis. for a VIP tour.
According to Dirienzo, the team had to write three reports over the course of the year, do a low-powered test flight on campus with a tiny model rocket, give a presentation, and successfully launch the rocket at Bong Recreation Area in Kenosha County in April.
The students will now present about their rocket at the annual Wisconsin Space Conference in August, sponsored by WSGC and this year held at MSOE.
Dirienzo said he wished to thank technical advisors Randy & Carol Lutz, campus members who supported the team, and WSGC for funding the program. The rocket can be seen by stopping by Dirienzo’s office, Brotz Science Building 6103. Download and watch the video of launch, flight and on-board:


Launch Video

Flight Video

On-board Video

The Green Bay Campus also entered but did not place in the top three.

Photos from the Green Bay Campus:


UW-Green Bay announces Chief Information Officer (CIO) Wendy Woodward

UW-Green Bay’s Senior Vice Chancellor for Institutional Strategy Sheryl Van Gruensven is pleased to announce that Wendy Woodward will be joining UW-Green Bay on July 1, 2021 as the University’s next Chief Information Officer (CIO).  Wendy comes to UW-Green Bay from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill., where she has been the CIO since 2015. Prior to her role at Wheaton College, Wendy served as Director of Technology Support Services in the Information Technology Division at Northwestern University from 2004 to 2015.

“I am very excited that Wendy will be joining UW-Green Bay and I am certain she will excel in leading the IT Division and guiding the University in all areas of technology as we navigate a much more complex environment in higher education. Wendy brings to UW-Green Bay a wealth of experience in all areas of information technology, security, and integration, ensuring initiatives meet the strategic goals of the organization.  She is an excellent communicator with the ability to lead a sophisticated information technology (IT) environment with a passion for supporting pedagogy, scholarship, and student experience through effective technology advancements.”

Wendy will serve as member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management and a Master of Science in Communication | Systems, Strategy, and Management Emphasis from Northwestern University.

Van Gruensven would also like to express her appreciation to Paula Ganyard for her exceptional service in leading the IT Division for many years. Paula assumed a very challenging role of providing leadership for two large divisions during unprecedented times of a merger and a pandemic. Paula will return to her full-time role of overseeing our four libraries effective July 1.


Board of Regents announces promotions, congratulations to UW-Green Bay faculty

To Full Professor
Pieter deHart, Graduate Studies
Patrick Forsythe, NAS
Rasoul Rezvanian, Business Administration
Kristin Vespia, Psychology

Promoted to Associate Professor
Heather Clarke, Marketing and Management
Myunghee Jun, Nursing
Kerry Kuenzi, Public and Environmental Affairs
Joanna Morrissey, Psychology
Stephanie Rhee, Social Work
Renee Richer, NAS
Sarah Schuetze, Humanities
Karen Nikolakakis Stahlheber, NAS
Lisa Wicka, Art and Design




Alumna presents ‘Times of Future Past’

UW-Green Bay alumna April (Barber, nee VandenPlas) Roy, ’92 is co-producing an event in Wisconsin called Times of Future Past through her company Rose Sword and Thistle Productions LLP. The event is June 26-27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Winter Park, Kewaunee. Times of Future Past Inc. presents a one-of-a-kind outdoor event combining history, pop culture, and the arts in one location. The entertainment and artisan-centered marketplace is intended to appeal to a broad and inclusive audience. A portion of net proceeds go to a local cause.

Faculty note: Prof. Hossain has co-authored a new paper

UW-Green Bay Associate Professor Maruf Hossain (Electrical Engineering) has co-authored a paper entitled, “Integrator-Less Method for Phase Angle Estimation of Fundamental Frequency Positive-Sequence Component Under Adverse Condition,” published in the reputed Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement. This is an international collaborative work led by Hossain. The authors are grateful to Dean John Katers (College of Science, Engineering, and Technology) for his support in setting up the experimental lab, which was used to conduct this paper’s experiments. See the paper.

Join a CYP Committee – Info Session

Do you… want to inspire, challenge, and empower YPs to drive meaningful change in Greater Green Bay? Have talents & skills you’d like to share? Want your voice to be heard? Take initiative & want to impact the vibrancy of our community? Enjoy working with a group, being creative, and solution-oriented? THEN YOU… Should join in on the discussion June 15, 2021 at Noon to hear from CYP committee leaders, ask questions about CYP committees, and find the best fit. WHAT IN THE WORLD IS CYP? A group of nearly 2,000 members and 80+ YP Leaders (aka rockstar volunteers) who VALUE: Growth – both professionally and individually. Community engagement. Develop Social connectedness in Greater Green Bay. More details here.

CYP | Workshop: Advancing Yourself on the Job

A secret formula exists to accelerate your path to career fulfillment and success. It starts with the BY FABLE model from, “Is This a Lousy Job or Is It Me?” by Terri Jacke, which outlines the seven stages of character development that we may go through over the course of our careers.

Join our “Advancing Yourself on the Job” workshop, Tuesday, June 22 from 7 to 10:30 a.m.  to learn which stage you are in, how to optimize your current stage, and how to move yourself to the next stage. We will also explore how leaders can leverage this insight, along with their mental and moral qualities, to expand their influence. Terri Jacke also spoke at the Business Week 2021 Cofrin School of Business Keynote Address, so attendees interested in a deeper dive into her career growth model are invited to attend! KEY TAKEAWAYS: 1) Identify the stage of character development you are currently experiencing 2) Develop a plan to optimize your current stage so you can advance to the next stage 3) Recognize the importance of a leader’s commitment to character development, including the impact of specific mental and moral qualities.

Find more about the event on the greatergbc website.

UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance announced 2021-22 Season

When her best friend Jay goes missing, Dee withdraws into a twilight world of fragmented memories and conversations, shattered by her grief. Where should she look for Jay? What did she miss? What did Jay say? And what couldn’t she say?

When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.

When four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty’s six-week-long community-center drama class begin to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. A beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.

A celebration of dance with faculty and student choreographed performances representing a diverse medley of styles.

This absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. In his first comedy for the stage, actor/comedian Steve Martin plays fast and loose with fact, fame, and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century’s achievements and prospects, as well as other fanciful topics, with infectious dizziness.

Faculty note: Prof. Van Slooten presentation

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Jessica Lyn Van Slooten (English, Writing Foundations, and Women’s and Gender Studies), presented “Carry Me Over the Threshold: Using Popular Romance Novels in Women’s and Gender Studies Classes to Teach Disciplinary Threshold Concepts” at the virtual national Popular Culture Association conference on June 3.


Camp Lloyd ready to help kids cope with grief after year of loss

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – A camp helping children through the loss of a loved one is back in full swing this year.University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Camp Lloyd was virtual last year due to the pandemic, but leaders are preparing to welcome kids back to the campus.

“It’s scary to say, ‘Oh, I went to summer camp this year and it’s a grief camp,” said Ashton Choma, the lead buddy for the camp.She’s been a buddy for the last three years and has seen how the camp has transformed the kids who attend.ADVERTISEMENT“You definitely see them open up and flourish and see them become excited for camp,” said Choma.

Camp Lloyd is designed to help kids ages 7 to 14 cope with the loss of a loved one. It’s led by UWGB psychology students.“Most of camp is to teach the kids that it’s okay to be a kid, that yes they are grieving but they should be able to have the joy of childhood,” said Camp Director Illene Cupit. On Thursday, camp leaders were busy getting all the supplies ready to help kids do just that.

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