Day: June 9, 2021

Wisconsin State Legislature approves funding for replacement of Cofrin Library

On June 8, 2021, the Committee on Joint Finance of the Wisconsin State Legislature approved $96,297,000 in funding for the removal of the current Cofrin Library to be replaced with the new Cofrin Technology and Education Center.

This is the first state-funded UW-Green Bay major academic capital project to proceed to this point in the budgeting process in more than 20 years (the most recent being Mary Ann Cofrin Hall, dedicated in September of 2001). If the full legislature approves the building and the budget is signed by Governor Evers, we will complete the process to have the building funded. Timing for final approval could come in the next few weeks.

In addition to the Cofrin Research Center, the committee approved:

  • $247,500 annually of tribal gaming funds for the First Nations Studies Program. $109,300 annually of tribal gaming funds for two years was approved for STEM Camps for Oneida students.

In a memo to faculty and staff, Chancellor Alexander thanked UW System, President Thompson, the Board of Regents, the Wisconsin Legislature, the Oneida Nation, and Governor Evers for their support of UW-Green Bay.

“There are also many internal people and community advocates that worked tirelessly over several years to get us to this point. These projects represent the future of the University,” Alexander said. “They are forward-thinking, fully connected to our region, welcoming to all, and will support learning, collaboration, and research. UW-Green Bay has momentum that is undeniable.  We continue to grow through recruitment and retention efforts, we are fiscally sound, and we have a mission and vision that is resonating with our community. I appreciate everyone across the state who recognizes the potential of UW-Green Bay to support the economy and quality of life in the 16-county footprint we proudly serve, and I look forward to the next steps in the process.”

Faculty note: Weinschenk publication

UW-Green Bay Prof. Aaron Weinschenk (Ben J. and Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Political Science) recently had a peer-reviewed article accepted for publication at the Journal of Political Marketing. The article is entitled “Democratic Norms, Social Projection, and False Consensus in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election” and is co-authored with Costas Panagopoulos, Prof. of Political Science at Northeastern University, and Sander van der Linden, Prof. of Social Psychology at the University of Cambridge.

Congratulations to Dean John Katers on Bill Boyle Educator of the Year Award

The Central States Water Environment Association named Dean John Katers the William C. Boyle Educator of the Year. This award recognizes accomplishments in the education and development of future water environment professionals by educators at all levels, from primary grades through graduate students. This award honors Professor William C. Boyle, a professor emeritus of Environment Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he served as mentor to many CSWEA members.
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Get the Scoop begins on the Green Bay Campus on June 16

Every Wednesday this summer (from June 16-August 18), stop by the Student Services Rooftop Plaza (between the University Union and Theatre Hall) between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Each week there will be a combination of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and two speciality flavors. Follow @uwgbstudentlife on Instagram to vote each Wednesday via the Instagram Story for the upcoming specialty flavors. It is 50 cents per scoop and you can choose between a compostable bowl or a waffle bowl along with a compostable spoon. Cash, Pass Points, and credit cards will be accepted. Rain Location: University Union

INTERVIEW: Marinette teachers study Spanish

MARINETTE, Wis. (WBAY) – Marinette teachers and staff are spending their summer learning Spanish.Kayla Furton, English language consultant for the Marinette School District, says the English-learning population has grown especially in the last few years, and many students come from Spanish-speaking homes.The Marinette School District is partnering with University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Marinette campus for a Spanish course designed specifically for educators. This goes beyond learning uno and dos. The course is designed specifically to communicate with the growing number of Spanish-speaking families in their community and their classrooms with a focus on talking about homework, grades and academics.Furton acknowledges you can’t be fluent in a language with one six-week course. She talks with our Chris Roth about how this program works, who’s taking part, and what might be next for Marinette and other school districts.

Source: INTERVIEW: Marinette teachers study Spanish

Manitowoc Campus phone transition is Friday, June 11

The Information Technology Division will be transitioning VOIP phones from the UW-Colleges network to the UWGB network on Friday, June 11th, beginning at 8am and lasting the entire day. During this time, all phones on the Manitowoc Campus will be down intermittently for 10 minutes or less. Not all phones will be down at the same time. The main campus phone lines will be the first to transition to limit interruption to incoming calls. If you are calling the Manitowoc campus during this time and the call fails, please try again later.

Grocery Store, Apartments, UWGB, Part Of Downtown Green Bay Development Proposal | WTAQ News Talk | 97.5 FM · 1360 AM | Green Bay, WI

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) – 172 apartment units, a grocery store, and UW Green Bay are all part of a $22 million development proposal for downtown Green Bay.A grocery store and a college presence in downtown Green Bay have both been talked about for years. Both are still in negotiations for joining the project, but officials from each entity confirmed their interest at a virtual meeting of the city’s Redevelopment Authority Tuesday afternoon.The project is proposed for the former Associated Bank parking lot that is bordered by Monroe Avenue and Quincy, Cherry, and Pine Streets. It is just southeast of the Brown County Central Library.Eight townhomes and a restaurant with outdoor dining are also proposed for the site.

…UW-Green Bay is negotiating for 7,000 to 10,000 square feet of space. Chancellor Michael Alexander says the school would end up using it for either a new center for civic engagement, a resource center, or flexible space for programming.

“It’s exactly the kind of space we’re looking for to move possibly. For years, the university has been requested to move downtown, have a presence downtown. This is the kind of space we definitely need to be successful in doing so.”

As for the housing, the 172 apartment units would be market rate. The developer says the cost of a studio would start at about $1,000 per month.

Source: Grocery Store, Apartments, UWGB, Part Of Downtown Green Bay Development Proposal | WTAQ News Talk | 97.5 FM · 1360 AM | Green Bay, WI

UW-Green Bay Is Working To Become A National Estuarine Research Reserve | WUWM 89.7 FM – Milwaukee’s NPR

The bay of Green Bay is massive. In fact, it carries the distinction of being the largest freshwater estuary in the world. The bay is also a Petri dish of challenges, from agricultural runoff to toxic algal bloom. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has long been studying these issues and is now on the cusp of a major boost in its research capacity.The university is in the process of becoming a National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR). Largely funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Green Bay will become the third NERR on the Great Lakes and the 30th across the country. The multiyear process will result in a facility somewhere on the estuary that will be both a visitor center and research hub.Marissa Jablonski, with the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin, and Emily Tyner, the director of freshwater strategy at UW-Green Bay, say that the NERR site will serve a large number of communities and function as a meeting place for education and research.“This preserve as it’s currently designated, will be designated, will represent the Lake Michigan / Lake Huron biogeographic region, which is a huge region. So that means that although the research will be in the waters of Green Bay, programmatically, the education focus will be quite broad — opportunities for training, for participating in programs will have a larger footprint and reach,” Tyner explains.

Source: UW-Green Bay Is Working To Become A National Estuarine Research Reserve | WUWM 89.7 FM – Milwaukee’s NPR

Wisconsin Republicans approve $1.5 billion for state building projects | Higher education | madison.com

Republicans approved $1.5 billion for state building projects over the next two years, removing about $810 million in projects that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers requested.A little less than half of the GOP proposal, or nearly $629 million, is earmarked for the University of Wisconsin System. Evers had asked for about $1 billion for UW campuses.

Source: Wisconsin Republicans approve $1.5 billion for state building projects | Higher education | madison.com