UW-Green Bay chancellor finalists named

MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross today announced four finalists for the position of chancellor at University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, a four-campus university with locations in Green Bay, Manitowoc, Marinette and Sheboygan.

A 12-member Search and Screen Committee, led by Regent Robert Atwell and Professor of Biology Michael Draney, recommended a list of finalists. The Special Regent Committee determined that the following finalists will continue in the selection process.

The finalists, listed in alphabetical order, are:

In late February and early March, the four candidates will participate in separate public forums, offering opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members to interact directly with them.

President Cross and the Special Regent Committee will interview finalists March 26. The Special Regent Committee includes Regents Robert Atwell, Scott Beightol, Becky Levzow, and Karen Walsh. They will recommend one candidate to the full Board of Regents, which must approve the appointment.

The person selected through this process will be UW-Green Bay’s seventh chancellor.

For more information about the four candidates, the public conversations, and the search process, see the UW-Green Bay Chancellor Search website. For more information about UW-Green Bay, see uwgb.edu.

About UW-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 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.

About the UW System

The University of Wisconsin System serves approximately 170,000 students. Awarding nearly 37,000 degrees annually, the UW System is Wisconsin’s talent pipeline, putting graduates in position to increase their earning power, contribute to their communities, and make Wisconsin a better place to live. More than 80 percent of in-state UW System graduates stay in Wisconsin five years after earning a degree. The UW System provides a 23:1 return on state investment. UW System institutions also contribute to the richness of Wisconsin’s culture and economy with groundbreaking research, new companies and patents, and boundless creative intellectual energy.

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Mark Pitsch, UW System

Janet Bonkowski, UW-Green Bay

Fall Class of 2019 added distinction as University’s 100th

What started humbly in June of 1970 came full circle as the 100th class graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Saturday, December 14. The Fall 2019 Commencement Ceremony, held at the University’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, recognized the 432 graduates who earned their undergraduate or graduate degrees.

Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven congratulated graduates on both their accomplishments and for being a member of the 100th class. “Every commencement ceremony is special, but you, the Fall Class of 2019, have an added distinction,” Van Gruensven shared. “You represent the 100th class to earn degrees from UW-Green Bay. More than 39,500 students are now a part of the Phoenix family. It has been our honor to prepare you, and all who have come before you, for the workforce and the world.”

Class Speaker Hannah Malmberg graduated on Saturday with a double major in Political Science and Communication. She reflected with her fellow graduates on the resiliency that comes with being a Phoenix. “We may live in an uncertain world, but I know we will land on our feet and excel. We will create the world we want to see for ourselves. We are Phoenix after all,” Malmberg said.

Commencement Speaker and UW-Green Bay Professor Patricia Terry also shared parting thoughts with the graduates, families and friends in attendance, frequently drawing analogies between life and running an ultra marathon, a personal pastime for the engineering professor. “In life, you many not always be the winner, but run the race anyway,” she encouraged those in audience.

UW System Regent Eve Hall was on hand to offer greetings on behalf of the Board of Regents. “I believe that  you, UW-Green Bay’s Class of 2019, have the potential, the passion and the power to change the world.”

UW-Green Bay awarded its first Bachelor of Fine Arts degree to Krynn Hanold. The top five degrees were awarded in Business Administration, Psychology, Human Biology, Nursing and Education, reflecting a strong commitment from the Class of 2019 in meeting regional needs.

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Commencement - December 14, 2019

UWGB Phoenix motarboard

Capping off their degrees

After four years (more or less), every college student has a few things to say about their motivation, inspiration and aspirations. Mortarboard messages were in abundance at Saturday’s UW-Green Bay Commencement Ceremony as students once again used their heads to share messages of gratitude and more with family, friends and faculty in attendance at the University’s 99th Commencement ceremony. Here’s a sampling of how students capped-off their degrees:

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Grad Caps - 5/18/19

– Photos by Dan Moore and Liesl Sigourney, Marketing and University Communication

Avo-grad-o grad cap design

Parting thoughts from UW-Green Bay grads, mortarboard style

They’ve become as much of a UW-Green Bay Commencement staple as gowns and grandparents. Mortarboard messages provide creative and enterprising graduates an opportunity to share a parting thought with family, friends, the University and the world. They bring tears, laughter and sometimes mystery to those reading what’s in the minds and hearts and on the heads of today’s college graduates. Here’s a sampling of what the UW-Green Bay Class of 2018 shared with those attending 2018 Winter Commencement at the Weidner Center on Saturday, December 15, 2018:

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December 2018 Grad Caps

– Photos by Dan Moore and Liesl Sigourney, Marketing and University Communication

Soaring on their own: More than 400 students graduate from UW-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay proudly bestowed bachelor’s and master’s degrees on more than 400 students during the University’s Winter 2018 Commencement on December 15, 2018 at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The vast majority of this semester’s graduates are Wisconsin residents, with a good portion choosing to stay, work and invest in Wisconsin. Among the graduates, 110 transferred into UW-Green Bay from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, showing the power of higher education partnership in Northeast Wisconsin. The University also graduated its first (5) students in the Master of Science in Health Management program, meeting the state’s increasing demand for health care professionals. This year’s graduating class includes 425 UW-Green Bay students (390 undergraduates and 35 graduate students) who have applied to graduate at the end of the fall 2018 semester or winter 2019 short-term. The class is almost identical to last year, when the University graduated 437 students. Additional facts about the Class of 2018:

  • 92% are Wisconsin residents and 159 students (37%) are Brown County residents. Much of the class (279) or 63% comes from UW-Green Bay’s new 16-county, four-campus region.
  • Area high schools are well represented, with 43 who are former graduates of Green Bay Area High Schools Preble (17), East (10), Southwest (9) and West (7)
  • Commencing were 26 veterans and 5 international students
  • 54% were the first in their family to attend college
  • Human Development and Psychology lead the way with 50 graduates each; followed by Business Administration, Nursing and Organizational Leadership (46 each) and Human Biology (41)

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2018 December Commencement

– Photos by Dan Moore and Liesl Sigourney, Marketing and University Communication

Are you ready for some Packers history?

If you thought you knew everything there was to know about the green and gold, the work of some UW-Green Bay students may surprise you.

This semester, the History, Democracy and Justice Studies and Humanities at UW-Green Bay and the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame collaborated on an exciting project to document the history of the Packers as the franchise celebrates 100 years. Students will share their findings during a special open-to-the-public presentation next week.

Student projects cover a wide terrain of Packers history. One created by Grant Fischer, Kilian Carlson, Jamie Stankevitz, Rich Rehberg and Fisher Stathes, for example, explains how the Packers revolutionized professional football by deepening the use of the forward pass. Another, developed by Madeline Cichoki, Gwen Drumheller, Joseph Karrmann, Rachel Scray and Emily Bork draw on the Lyle Lahey cartoon collection to show how the Packers were integral in how Green Bay citizens understood national politics.

Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame curator and historian Brent Hensel co-taught Prof. Heidi Sherman’s Introduction to Digital and Public Humanities and Prof. Jon Shelton’s Craft of History courses. Under the direction of Hensel, Sherman and Shelton, and using primary sources from local archives (including UW-Green Bay’s award-winning Archives and Area Research Center), students from each class combined forces to develop a series of unique digital projects. On Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 5-7 p.m. students will present their original scholarship in the 6th Floor North Club at Lambeau Field. Members of the campus community and the public are invited to attend. Guests should enter at the Bellin Health Gate and events staff will direct you to where the presentations are being held.

December 2017 commencement in photos

It was an epic Commencement Day for the 437 UW-Green Bay graduates, friends and family gathered on campus at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, December 16, 2017. The ceremony included an inspiring and emotional commencement address from a Phuture Phoenix graduate who defied the odds to earn his degree and words of advice for the graduating class from popular UW-Green Bay Psychology Professor Reagan Gurung.

Graduates travelled from coast to coast to walk in the ceremony, including Connecticut and Los Angeles, California. The Commencement grows the UW-Green Bay Alumni Network to more than 36,000 worldwide.

Congratulations, Class of 2017. May the force of your knowledge and education always be with you!

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Dec. 2017 Commencement

– Photos by Dan Moore and Amanda Jo Danihel, Marketing and University Communication

UW-Green Bay’s December commencement: The most wonderful time of the year

With snow continuing to fall and creating a winter wonderland backdrop, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay held its 94th commencement ceremony Saturday, December 17 at the University’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

“At UW-Green Bay this is not a winter day. It’s commencement day,” Chancellor Gary L. Miller said when asked about the weather and the University’s confidence in moving forward with graduation despite weather conditions.

With up to eight inches of snow falling in the 24 hours leading up to graduation, winter weather and its impact on commencement had been the discussion of administrators and students alike in recent days.

According to commencement planners, approximately two dozen of the 315 students registered and expected to graduate did not attend ceremonies. It is unclear what impact the weather played in those no-shows.

“Safety on a day like today is a top priority,” Miller noted. “With the support of the city of Green Bay road crews, our campus crews and with the family and friends of our graduates using the right caution to make the right personal decisions regarding travel, we felt this day was too important to cancel.”

UW System Regent Margaret Farrow was unable to attend the event due to weather. Chancellor Miller shared her greeting from the Board of Regents, which in part said: “Your university exists because of the determination of the citizens of this region who would not give up the effort to establish this university to serve the population of the northeastern region of the state. In the same way you are here today to receive your degree that represents so much effort on your part and those who supported your effort including your families, teachers, instructors and professors who helped you develop into the person you are today. Be grateful to all of them. Celebrate your success and then get to work growing a great future for yourselves and for our great state of Wisconsin.”

The celebration portion of Farrow’s message was not lost on students, their families and faculty in attendance and on display in this photo gallery.

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December 2016 Commencement

– Photos by Dan Moore, Photographer/Videographer and Amanda Jo Danihel, Intern, Marketing and University Communication

Congratulations to all graduates. Go Phoenix!

Winter Storm Bailey Update

https://news.uwgb.edu/2016/12/16/As you know, Green Bay is experiencing a winter storm this weekend, continuing through Saturday. At this time, Commencement will proceed as planned. Our crews will be out early on Saturday morning to make sure that campus roads, parking lots, and sidewalks are clear. If the weather does become worse than anticipated, a decision regarding Commencement will be made by 6 a.m. Saturday with a communication to the University community as soon as possible.

Consistent with our Winter Storm Policy, everyone should use their judgment about whether they can safely travel to campus. Nobody who feels it is unsafe should attempt the trip. The safety of you, your parents, grandparents and others is of great concern and we encourage you to discuss with them options for participating in the event, including watching via livestream (details below). If you do not personally feel safe coming to campus on Saturday morning, please stay home. If you decide to travel to campus, please allow extra time.

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UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller Releases Statement on Upcoming Biennial Budget Discussion

Green Bay, WI University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller issued the following statement today regarding the 2017-2019 Biennial Budget:

“In the coming months state policy makers will develop and approve the 2017-2019 Wisconsin Biennial Budget. I believe strongly that the future of the Wisconsin economy depends on renewed and smart investments in the state’s public colleges and universities.

Since the Great Recession of 2007-2008, virtually all job growth in the United States has been in jobs requiring a two-year or four-year college degree. Right now, there are 8.1 million more jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree than existed before the recession. The college degree is more important than ever.

For Wisconsin and Green Bay, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is more important than ever.

At UW‑Green Bay we embrace our mission to provide access to the college degree, support the regional economy through innovative business partnerships, develop high impact degree programs and lead in efforts to promote the commonwealth good in our urban environment. A UW‑Green Bay degree is one of the most affordable in the country and one of the very best.

Next week, the Board of Regents will approve a budget request for the coming biennium. That request is shaped by the new UW System strategic plan — 2020FWD: Moving Wisconsin and the World Forward —which is being finalized with input from more than 5,000 Wisconsin citizens who gathered in discussions or responded to surveys about the future of the UW System.

The strategic plan and the budget request directly address the challenges our community has placed on higher education. It shows how to move students toward a degree faster, it sets expectations for how universities mobilize business and the community; it seeks to make the college experience valuable for everyone and it sets forth operational guidelines to ensure that Wisconsin colleges and universities remain some of the most affordable and efficient in the country.

The evidence for reinvesting in UW‑Green Bay and the UW System is strong and can be found in the UW System Accountability Dashboard at www.wisconsin.edu/accountability. We have also attached this important information. I look forward to visiting with many, many of you in the coming months to discuss how to continue to support this most precious community asset.”

About the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,700 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.