Prof. Alan Chu was named Reviewer of the Year in a top kinesiology journal

UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Alan Chu (Chair of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology) was named Reviewer of the Year from a top kinesiology journal:, “Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science (MPEES).” He would have received this recognition at the SHAPE America Convention in Salt Lake City if the conference had not been cancelled. A video was made to celebrate this accomplishment along with others. You can see him at the 6:22 mark.

2020 Business Week award top honors to Pokorny, Vanderhoef, Foth and C.A. Lawton

Each year personnel from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Cofrin School of Business and Career Services office organize a series of events over the course of a number of weeks that culminates with the annual Business Week Keynote and Networking Dinner.

Like many other events in 2020, Business Week events had to be transformed to meet the current environment and the needs of UW-Green Bay students. Thanks to the hard work of faculty and staff on campus along with the help of area business leaders, alumni and community members, Business Week 2020 was successful and transformational.

Weyenberg Prize for Excellence in Business
The prize for business excellence is named in recognition of Tim Weyenberg, former CEO and executive chair of the Board of Directors for Foth Companies, and first-ever executive-in-residence for the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business. The 2020 Weyenberg Prize is awarded to two deserving companies that demonstrate the three essential elements for business excellence—leadership transformation, strategy and execution. In addition, two separate scholarships of $2,500 each are awarded in the name of the winning companies. The awards go to the UW-Green Bay business students who best exemplify the spirit of the Weyenberg Prize.

Weyenberg Prize Winner, Foth

As a young electrical engineer, Herbert Foth organized a small engineering firm in Green Bay, Wisconsin with four employees and several area municipalities as clients. That modest beginning in 1938, coupled with an ongoing commitment to delivering personalized, client-centered service and being member-owned, created the foundation for today’s organization. With 26 locations and almost 600 members, Foth delivers technical solutions for public and private clients around the globe and prides itself on solving its clients’ toughest science and engineering challenges.

Foth Scholarship recipient, Dylon Pokorny
Dylon Pokorny is a junior from Waupun, Wis. studying Business Administration with a double emphasis in Supply Chain Management and General Management. He serves as the president of the UW-Green Bay APICS Chapter and interns with a local trucking company, Paper Transport, Inc. In his free time, he owns and manages his small business Pokorny’s Bees and takes an active role in the development of his community.

Weyenberg Prize Winner, C.A. Lawton
The C.A. Lawton Co., established in 1879, is an industry leading foundry located in De Pere, Wis. Lawton has produced castings and machined components for five generations. The company provides complete on-site pattern, casting, machining, testing and assembly capabilities. Lawton is a continuous improvement company, applying LEAN principles to remove waste from all processes and improve efficiency. Lawton is part of a specialty metals platform family of foundries operating under the umbrella of Oakland Standard to provide it’s customers comprehensive access to multiple cast materials. This specialty metals platform serves various industries including air handling, water utility, mining, energy, cement and heavy equipment.

C.A. Lawton Scholarship recipient, Kate Vanderhoef
Kate Vanderhoef is a junior from Waunakee, Wis. majoring in Accounting, Business Administration with a Finance emphasis, and minoring in Spanish. After graduation, her goal is to become a Certified Public Accountant and work at one of the Big Four accounting firms. She is the treasurer of the University’s Colleges Against Cancer Club and also a member of the UW-Green Bay swim team.

60-Second Elevator Pitch Competition
Savvy job seekers have a personal elevator pitch to use during quick encounters with hiring officials at job fairs, during networking events or a chance meeting someplace else. An elevator pitch is a carefully crafted message designed to explain strengths, abilities and goals to a professional or business executive. The catch — it must be given in the time that it takes to ride up an elevator—60 seconds or less! Students prepared and competed for top honors and prizes in the elevator pitch competition and network night. Congratulations to:

First place, Jada Taylor
Second place, Mackenzie Salta
Third place (tie) Jordan Ogren and Dylon Pokorny

Phoenix Trading Competition
The Phoenix Trader of the Year is a simulated trading competition organized by the Student Finance Association (SFA). The competition is open to all UW-Green Bay students. Traders started with initial capital of $1,000,000 on November 4, 2019. They were able to trade equities, futures, options, currencies, futures options and bonds on the StockTrak Trading Simulation software until February 28, 2020. The top three traders with the highest portfolio value at the end of the trading period were selected as winners. By the end of the competition period, the top three traders have generated a combined trading profit of $4,162,132 on their initial total capital of $3,000,000. That translates to a return of 138.74% over the trading period. Congratulations to:

First place, DeAndre Theisen
Second place, Adam Rakers
Third place, Juan Cortes

Thank you to these Business Week sponsors:

Gold Sponsor
Green Bay Packers

Silver Sponsors
Terry & Kris Fulwiler
Global Recognition

InitiativeOne
Schneider
WIPFLI

Bronze Sponsors
4imprint
AON
Baker Tilly
Dental City
Imperial Supplies
Johnson Financial Group

 

UW-Green Bay chief of Police and chancellor share message about ‘Minneapolis’

Dear UW-Green Bay community,

We would like to take a moment to address the tragic incident in the City of Minneapolis and the resulting civil unrest that has ensued across the country. Our deepest sympathies go to Mr. Floyd’s family and friends. This was a devastating incident and it should not have happened.

At UW-Green Bay, we place great emphasis on the safety of our community and want to reassure you that our university police officers are trained to use force only in situations that are absolutely necessary. Our officers have worked diligently to earn the trust of the community and have formed meaningful partnerships based on mutual respect. Our officers are well trained, educated, and have proven their ability to resolve situations peacefully time and time again. On the rare occasions when a use of force is unavoidable, only the minimum amount of force required to obtain control of a situation is used. We take pride in knowing that our philosophy of public safety is working, with no excessive force complaints filed against our department in several years.

Incidents such as the death of Mr. Floyd are not localized and erode the trust in law enforcement across the country. As an institution of higher learning we must work together to seek resolutions for the issues affecting our community. As disturbing as this matter is, it provides a platform for change, learning, the opportunity to examine our practices, and to have conversations on how we can best serve our students, faculty, and staff.

Over the coming months you will see a series of initiatives at UW-Green Bay designed to further build trust, transparency and communication regarding sensitive topics. One of these initiatives will be a “Citizens Police Academy” where community members will be exposed to the training and challenges affecting law enforcement today. Other initiatives will include a ride along program and regular open forums with the Chief of Police.

While we continue to mourn the events in Minneapolis, we will continue to work together to ensure the University of Wisconsin Green Bay is not only a safe community, but one that is united in treating all members of our community with respect.

Best,

Michael Alexander
Chancellor

David Jones
Chief of Police

Area students turning lemons into lemonade; taking advantage of summer learning

UW-Green Bay reporting strong summer enrollment

Green Bay, Wis.—University students are definitely taking advantage of social distancing and stay-at-home opportunities to continuing their path toward a college degree. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay reports strong summer enrollment with all 200-plus courses held via online and alternative delivery. To date, more than 2,589 unique students—an increase of 532 students from last summer—have registered for a summer course. And students can continue to register.

Summer courses are offered in four-, six- and 10-week sessions across most of the University’s undergraduate programs and select graduate programs. The number of freshmen (any student under 30 total credits) taking a summer course nearly doubled from 67 a year ago to 128 at present.

Students can continue to register for classes at www.uwgb.edu/admissions/summeronline/. New sessions begin on June 15 and July 13. See the academic calendar for details and length of classes. August 9, 2020 is the official end of the Summer 2020 classes.

“When students had to complete their spring classes virtually because of the pandemic, I think a number of them found that it gave them increased flexibility and it uncovered their own resiliency,” said Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services Jennifer Jones. “As the University continues to follow stay-at-home guidelines, taking a summer class or two has become a productive opportunity for them.”

Although all summer classes will remain online, the University plans to reopen all four campuses—Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan—to faculty and staff on July 1, 2020, as University leadership continues to work on plans to welcome students in Fall 2020. A number of strategic planning groups are working together to maximize safety and provide guidelines for doing so. The Cofrin Memorial Arboretum is also expected to be open for public use on July 1.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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Reminder: Investing in the success of first-year students; GB Orientation activities

From Gail Sims Aubert, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate and Jen Jones, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management, to all UWGB Faculty and Staff:

We know that you are all invested in the success of our incoming first-year students, and we are excited to share the plans for GB Orientation 2020!

Keeping the safety of our students, staff, and faculty in mind, the GB Orientation experience has transformed from a one-day event to a rich and robust series of dynamic online engagements throughout the summer months. This means we have more time and opportunities to help students prepare for the fall by completing important tasks and making critical connections with our people, programs and services. Here is what incoming first-year students can expect from us over the next few months:

June: Advising, Class Registration and Financial Aid

From June 3-24, incoming first-year students will each have a one-hour, one-on-one appointment with an academic advisor to select their fall courses, either by phone or video chat. Advisors will also share information about academic support services and the Office of Financial Aid will host Financial Aid Fridays throughout the month of June. Note: Students admitted after June 24 can schedule an appointment with Academic Advising by calling: (920) 465-2111.

July: Connect with Ambassadors

Once students have registered for classes, we will begin to introduce them to their fellow Phoenix, including our Student Ambassadors! There will be online panels as well as small group meetups designed to foster interpersonal connection and a sense of what it’s like to be a UWGB student.

August: Prepare for the Fall Semester

Throughout the summer, the GBO website will continue to roll out new content to help students take timely action steps towards preparing for the Fall semester. Information will include:

  • Health and Safety
  • Living On-Campus / Living Off-Campus
  • Campus Resources
  • Dining
  • Parking
  • And much more!

GB Orientation at Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan

Students at UWGB’s additional locations will have the same opportunities, but Advising and Registration periods will differ by campus.

Campus Contacts

If you have any questions about GB Orientation, please contact:

Thank you for the role you play in making UW-Green Bay a special place to learn, and a wonderful community in which to thrive.

Go Phoenix!

UW System is sponsoring ‘Free Application Week’ for Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campuses, June 5-15

The UW System is sponsoring a Free Application Week for the Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campuses, June 5-15, 2020. When completing the application, students who select the Marinette, Manitowoc or Sheboygan Campuses will not be prompted to pay the fee.

“Students have incredible opportunities to continue their education in the Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan communities through their local campuses,” says Executive Director of Admissions, Rachele Bakic. “We are proud of the affordable and accessible options UW-Green Bay is able to provide. We are thrilled to offer this Free Application Week to make it even easier for students to take the next step, especially during this challenging time.”

Application Info:

  • Students with questions about the application can reach out to the UW-Green Bay Admissions Office at 920-465-2111 or uwgb@uwgb.edu.
  • UW-Green Bay will host three Free Application Week Virtual Events on June 5, June 9 and June 12 at 11 a.m. CST. These programs with include an overview of each campus, information from current students, and the opportunity to talk about individual applications with an Admissions counselor.
  • Admissions counselors will also be available virtually weekdays 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturdays, June 6 and June 13, 2020 from 11 a.m. to noon to answer questions about the application.

More about the Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campuses:

  • These dynamic campuses are set in lively communities, and offer affordable and personal education.
  • Students can pursue an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in several high-demand fields; many of them directly related to careers and professional opportunities right in their own hometowns.

Campus mourns the loss of Professor Emeritus Tian You Hu

UW-Green Bay mourns the loss of UW-Green Bay Professor Emeritus Tian You Hu. He passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020 after a battle with COVID-19. He was a Mathematics professor and served as former chair of the program. He retired from Natural and Applied Sciences in 2016 after 25 years of dedication and service to UW-Green Bay.

His daughter, Lori Hu, sent an update regarding his passing, memorial service and scholarship fund in his name:

“Dr. Tian You Hu, a loving father and husband, passed peacefully from this world on May 22, 2020 after a brave, month-long battle with COVID-19.  He was 71.

Prof. Emeritus Tian You Hu

Tian was born on Jan 23, 1949 in Enping, China. Following the Cultural Revolution in China, he studied at Zhongshan University and then completed his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. Tian was a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for over 25 years, from 1990 to his retirement in 2016. He was a lifelong scholar, read widely and was actively writing research papers up until his illness.

Tian was a simple man, and embodied gratitude and wisdom. He did not care for things like money or power, but treated everyone with respect regardless of their status in life and gave without expecting anything in return. He let things go, forgave easily and looked outward at life. He found great joy and honor in fatherhood, and made every sacrifice to give his children a better life. Like all immigrants, he survived grueling physical and mental challenges to come to the U.S. and provide for his family, and achieved a life beyond his wildest dreams.

He is reunited with his father, Hu Jie Yu; mother, Zheng Feng Chun; and elder brother, Hu Tian Xi. He is survived and missed by his wife of 37 years, Bao Qin He; eldest daughter, Lori Hu; and youngest son, Alex Hu.

In his memory, the Dr. Tian You Hu Memorial Endowed Scholarship has been established to support aspiring students at UW-Green Bay.”

Online donations can be made to the GoFundMe account, https://www.gofundme.com/f/dr-tian-you-hu-memorial-scholarship. Tax-deductible donations can be made with a check payable to:

UW-Green Bay Foundation
2420 Nicolet Drive
Cofrin Library Suite 805
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001

Please note the Dr. Tian You Hu Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Send online condolences through Facebook.

A memorial service will be held over Zoom on Thursday May 28, 2020 for family, friends and colleagues to share their memories. Immediate family will be present at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St, Green Bay, WI 54302.

Meeting ID: 858 1910 8325

Password: 7UR38K

  • Chinese portion: 10 a.m. Central Time / 11 p.m. China Time
  • English portion: 1 p.m. Central Time

 

Jackson-area high school seniors reflect on recent events, look to future (includes UW-Green Bay-bound freshman)

JACKSON, MI—Graduation ceremonies were supposed to start on Thursday, May 21, around Jackson County (Michael.). But, with the novel coronavirus, plans have changed.

While senioritis was setting in big time for this group, most say they have learned from the past couple of months of the stay-at-home order. Here is a look at 31 seniors from 13 Jackson area high schools, their plans for the future and their outlook moving forward.

Libby Van Wagnen, Jackson High School

Van Wagnen, 18, is attending University of Wisconsin Green Bay to major in human biology on the pre-med track. She is also playing on the women’s soccer team.

“The corona pandemic canceled a lot of activities that I looked forward to,” she said. “I was set up to compete in the DECA national business competition in April. This summer was going to be my first season playing with a semipro soccer team. I was also booked for some very fun traveling experiences. Mostly I miss my friends and my sport.”

Source: Michigan Live.

Graduate student (Applied Leadership) receives National Geographic grant

Congratulations to Kelly Koller, graduate student in UW-Green Bay’s Master’s Program for Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning, and gifted and talented specialist in the Howard Suamico School District, for being awarded a National Geographic Society grant for her project: “Empowering Change through an Explorer Mindset: That’s Geography.”

Working with a team of educators and software developers, she will create an app where learners develop their mindset, launch an inquiry, explore connections and reflect; and use geography to flip the script on traditional learning, while becoming explorers of knowledge, rather than passive receivers.