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The Office comes to the Weidner Center; tickets on sale Friday, July 26

Singing! Dancing! Paper! It’s a typical morning at Scranton’s third largest paper company until, for no logical reason, a documentary crew begins filming the lives of the employees of Dunder Mifflin. Don’t miss this hilarious, unauthorized parody of the hit TV show, The Office, featuring songs such as “Welcome to Scranton (The Electric City),” “That’s What She Said,” “The Dundies,” “Marry Me Beesly,” and more! Tickets go on sale Friday, July 26, 2019 for the Friday, Jan. 31 show. See more.

Office of International Education is seeking ‘Phoenix Friendship Families’

The Office of International Education is seeking faculty and staff who are willing to serve as Phoenix Friendship Families for new international exchange students. The goal of this program is to help new students with their transition to life at UW-Green Bay as they get to know more about our community. Single person and multiple person families are welcome to apply! The OIE will provide a monthly event for students and families to meet together. If interested, please fill out the Friendship Family survey. If you have questions, please contact Kristy Aoki at 920-465-2190 or by email at


University police investigate thefts, ask you to check offices

As noted by e-mail, UW-Green Bay Police is investigating the theft of wireless laser/classroom transmitters from MAC Hall classrooms sometime around 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2019. Campus security cameras showed teenage suspects that are allegedly responsible, tampering with vending machines and public area artwork, and removing classroom clickers from unlocked MAC Hall classrooms. In addition the suspects were seen walking in the following areas: all four floors of Lab Sciences, Cofrin Library (floors 1 and 8), Instructional Services, Environmental Sciences (floors 2 and 3), University Union (inside/outside) and Student Services (exterior).

University Police have identified and are interviewing the suspects to determine the scope of their involvement. Due to the time delay before classes start, staff and faculty are asked to check their respective offices or classrooms in the areas indicated above and report any vandalism, theft or suspicious circumstances to University Police. As in the past, faculty and staff are asked to continue to secure their offices and to report any suspicious activity.



Summer Professionals of Color Family Day is Friday, August 23

St. Norbert, UW-Green Bay, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and the Green Bay Area Public School District (SING) is hosting a Summer Professionals of Color Family Day, Friday, August 23, 2019 at Bay Beach Amusement Park (Main Pavilion) from 2 to 5 p.m. Employees of color and family members from the four educational institutions, are invited to enjoy the fun with outdoor games, attractions, food and drink, and a live DJ. Please RSVP with Stacie Christian at

A dissection class was the impetus for alumna Samantha Kuba, now a medical examiner


UW-Green Bay Chair of Biology and Human Biology Prof. Dan Meinhardt, writes about a rare opportunity to observe one of his former star students, alumna Samantha Kuba ’13 (Human Biology, Biology) in action, as she continues to develop her UW-Green Bay found-passion in dissection into a career as a medical examiner. His story and insight, follows:

As I get decked out in a disposable apron, surgical mask, and shoe covers, I notice the lack of any noticeable smell. In fact, I sense nothing remarkable in the prep area between a small suite of offices and the morgue. Almost all my experience with human dissection has involved preserved cadavers, which are maintained in a distinct-smelling ethyl alcohol solution (formaldehyde is still used to harden soft tissues in specimens for dissection, but too harmful for long-term preservation). Here I sense nothing but the chilly air-conditioned air and the generic smell of “office.”

The safety equipment I’m being instructed to don would be at home in any light industry setting, like one of the many dairy food facilities back in Green Bay. But as I am led into the morgue, where two recent decedents in body bags lie awaiting their autopsies, all thoughts of food run quickly from my mind.


Samantha Kuba

I am visiting the Pinal County Medical Examiners Office at the invitation of former student, and 2013 UW-Green Bay graduate, Samantha Kuba. Sam, an Appleton native, says she “fell in love” with dissection while earning degrees in Human Biology and Biology (emphases in Health Science and Animal Biology, respectively) at the Green Bay campus. She describes my Comparative Anatomy class as her first real introduction to dissection, and credits two other UW-Green Bay experiences for getting her hired into her current career.

“I participated in the Germany/Plastinarium trip in 2012, and…the cadaver lab my final semester. Out of 245 applicants for a lab-tech position at the Maricopa County (Arizona) Medical Examiner, Sam says, ‘I was chosen entirely because of what I was able to do at GB.'”

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner serves the Phoenix metro area, the nation’s eleventh largest, so Sam’s training made her witness to everything the field could throw at her. After a little over a year and a half, she left Maricopa for a unique opportunity to set up and lead a new facility at nearby Pinal County.

“I basically got to start up my own morgue. I set all the standard operating procedures, organized the work space how I wanted, and trained all staff. I currently run all morgue related operations.” In addition to all this, Sam is working toward certification by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators, and training in forensic photography. I know her hard work is recognized when I see the respect afforded Sam by her supervisor, Pathologist Dr. John Hu. “I am the doc’s eyes in the body, and he trusts that I’m going to alert him to any abnormalities,” Sam tells me.


Samantha Kuba

We’ve kept in touch since Sam left the University, so I was aware of all the impressive things she’s been learning and doing, the amazing stories she can tell, but even that didn’t prepare me for what I saw. It’s not for everyone, so I’ll spare the details, but the anatomist in me was floored by both the speed and precision of Sam’s dissection. It came as no surprise when a newly hired tech told me how lucky she was to learn the job from Sam. As I watched the team finish, I also felt lucky to get the chance to see her work, and proud to have played a small part in her training. In a little more than an hour Sam and her trainee had processed two decedents, and my time at the morgue came to an end.

It may seem ironic to some, biology is the study of life after all, but for specimen-based researchers like me it usually involves working with dead organisms. Often, the field of anatomy is viewed as old fashioned, offering nothing new to learn. But even humans, one of the most studied organisms on the planet, continue to offer new insights. And when it comes to understanding the cause of an individual’s mysterious death, or finding those responsible for a murder, careful dissection is one of the only means to an answer.


Samantha Kuba getting her start at the plastinarium

Nothing is more rewarding than seeing someone take the training they received at UW-Green Bay and apply it to such important, fulfilling work.

Story and photos submitted by Associate Prof. Dan Meinhardt to the Office of Marketing and University Communication.


Manitowoc Community mourns loss of music leader Michael Arendt

Michael J. Arendt, founder and conductor of the Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and Big Band as well as Prof. Emeritus of Music at the Manitowoc Campus, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.  He also chaired the Department of Music for all UW Colleges. He served as a conductor and principal horn with Green Bay Symphony among many other musical achievements and honors. The family will greet relatives and friends at the Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home on Monday, July 22, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at St. Francis of Assisi on Waldo, 1121 North 14th Street, Manitowoc. More here.

A note from Manitowoc Campus CEO Rachele Bakic was sent Friday morning:

“It is with deep regret that I inform you of the loss to both our campus and community. Professor Michael Arendt, Founder and Conductor Emeritus of the Manitowoc Campus Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and Big Band, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Our hearts and prayers go out to Michael’s family and friends. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at St. Francis of Assisi on Waldo, 1121 North 14th Street, Manitowoc. For those who may not know, Michael began teaching Music Theory, Music History, Applied French Horn, and Conducting in 1971, until his retirement in spring of 2006.  Professor Arendt served as Conductor/Music Director of the LWE from its founding in 1983 until May 3, 2014…”