Video: See ‘Transcend’ and Lawton Gallery schedule

The Lawton Gallery will be holding both physical and virtual exhibitions, the virtual exhibitions will open at the same time as the physical ones. In addition, for the time being there will be no receptions due to Covid-19.

TRANSCEND
Rae Senarighi
Sept. 3 – Oct. 1, 2020
Rae Senarighi is a transgender artist currently based in Madison, WI. His portrait series, TRANSCEND, celebrates transgender and non-binary individuals throughout the world who are living their lives openly, choosing integrity over safety.

Norbert Kox Retrospective
Oct. 8 – Nov. 5, 2020
Contemporary religious painter Norbert Kox was one of Wisconsin’s most important outsider artists. His work utilized powerful symbolic metaphors aiming to shake modern man from his spiritual malaise and clear away centuries worth of mistranslations of the Bible.

48th Annual Juried Student Exhibition
Nov. 19-Dec. 10, 2020
Exhibition features artwork by UW-Green Bay’s art and design students.

Students doing field labs on bees

Photos: In-person classes look a bit different at UW-Green Bay this year

Classes at UW-Green Bay looked a bit different this year with students and faculty respecting the masking and social-distance requirements indoors. Many of the faculty also took to teaching outdoors last week, taking advantage of the warm temperatures and beautiful campus environment. Enjoy the gallery. Click to advance slideshow or view the album on Flickr.

Indoor and Outdoor Classes - September 2020

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication.

Video: See what COVID testing will look like on the Green Bay Campus

Hi, I’m Jeremy Cleven, and today we’re going to walk through the testing process for those of you being tested on the Green Bay campus.

We’re outside the Kress Event Center right now, near the turf gym. This will be your entrance that you take to come in for the test.

Turf gym entrance

Once you make your testing appointment on the MyPrevea app, you will arrive to the Kress Center at your appointment time. You’ll enter at the first door of the turf gym, come on in wait in the socially distanced staging area, on the assigned spot.

From there you will be asked to proceed to one of the check-in stations. There you will show your ID, verify who you are, and provide us with your student ID number.

Once you appropriately check in you’ll be headed to the collection area. We have three collection areas. Just go to which one you’re called. The collection will involve you just verifying who you are and having a cotton tip swab inside your nostril. It doesn’t go very deep so it shouldn’t bother you too much.

Once your collection is taken you’ll be free to go. We will handle the testing on the back end and you should know your results through the MyPrevea app within a day.

Once we collect your sample you will follow the pathway to exit the building. It’s important to follow the path so we don’t have people running into each other and we can maintain socially distanced interactions. You will be required to leave the building through the door behind me, heading out towards the soccer stadium. You will not be able to re-enter the Kress Center unless you head around to the fitness center area.

This testing process is an important part of keeping you safe and keeping a healthy campus. Thank you for following instructions. Thank you for making the appointments.

Thank you for masking. Thank you for socially distancing.

This is meant to help you have a fun and safe experience while you’re on campus.

Information regarding My Prevea.com

Visit My Prevea.com or use the MyPrevea app. If you do not have an account, you will need to create one. Once an account is set-up, click on COVID-19 Test on the right side of your screen. Follow the process detailed below in Steps 1-7 to schedule a COVID-19 antigen test. Please allow yourself 20-30 minutes for testing. The test will be administered in the Kress Center Turf Gym.

If you have questions about antigen testing, please reach out to the Office of COVID-19 Response at covidresponse@uwgb.edu or by calling 920-465-5060.

UW-Green Bay Provost Kate Burns stresses empathy, appreciates ‘herculean effort’

Provost Kate Burns address the University Community during 2020 Faculty and Staff Virtual Convocation. Video transcript follows:

Hi everyone.

I was so impressed by this weekend’s drive through graduation. Megan DuFrane-Groose, Gail Sims-Aubert, and the entire Office of Student Life should be commended for all of their hard work and creativity in making this event a success. It was really touching to hear the graduates share their stories, see students’ families crammed together in a vehicle (and sometimes several vehicles) to celebrate this important milestone, and feel the pride exuded by our faculty and staff who cheered them on.

It made me think a lot about how we get students to this goal. I know we oftentimes think of graduation as simply a classroom accomplishment. At drive through graduation, it was clear that students were excited to see the familiar faces of people who had supported them both inside *and* outside the classroom. Faculty. Academic and University Staff. We are *all* making an impact on students during their time here.

Last spring we all worked together to somehow accomplish the impossible. We reached out to students. We called them when they hadn’t registered. We checked in on them when they weren’t turning in their work or missing class. We were focused on caring for the whole student inside AND outside the classroom. Academic Affairs and Student Affairs partnering together. These efforts paid off. Our enrollment is up, especially at a time when others across the country are seeing enrollment declines. Our enrollment is up, partly because of recruitment, but largely because of retention.

Retention is everyone’s job. Let me say that again. Retention is EVERYONE’s job. I want all of us (regardless of our roles) to be thinking about how we can better support and better retain our students. This may take a variety of forms:

  • Creating an inclusive campus climate. When students come to our campuses, we want them to feel welcome and that they belong. I am so glad that we will be engaged in inclusivity and equity training this year. Our times call for this emphasis on social justice, but it is also the right thing to do. Cultural competence is a journey, not a destination. As an institution of higher education, we need to model this dedication to learning, reflection, and growth.
  • We have proudly announced ourselves to be an access institution. This means we need to support the students we have. I know many of you attended the SpeakOut Institute this summer. One quote that really stuck with me is “Access without support is not opportunity.” We should all consider in our own areas what that support may look like. We are rolling out Navigate this fall semester. This is a great time to take a look at the Canvas training and learn more about this tool if you haven’t already. Our early alert system with grades and feedback is only as effective as we make it. Research has shown that early alert systems are especially important for students of color and first generation students who may not know how they are performing in their classes. We need to build early feedback into our courses so that students can better understand how they are doing and take steps accordingly.

It’s a new academic year. I appreciate the herculean effort it took to get us here. Countless staff and faculty working together to get us ready. I know many of you are feeling excited, optimistic. But also nervous. Overwhelmed. Worried about work/life balance/childcare and school arrangements. This is not business as usual—we are very much outside our comfort zone. This is how our students are feeling too. Here’s the thing though. Our students have always felt this way, excited about the promise of higher education while simultaneously navigating the headwinds in their lives. I want us to harness these new positive and negative emotions we’re feeling as we go into the fall to better understand and support our students. This is a massive empathy boost. If last spring taught us anything, we can accomplish so much when we were all working together toward a singular purpose: student success.

Video: What are the True Colors of UW-Green Bay?

True colors show in times of darkness… when we’re on the edge of the unknown.

What are the true colors of UW-Green Bay—and what do they look like now?

If colors have character, we would describe ourselves as

Bold?

Innovative?

Tenacious?

It’s time to show the world who we are, what we’re made of and where we’re going.
We know that education prepares us, but it also heals and helps rebuild our community.

Become comfortable being uncomfortable, and ask the hard questions.

Will you teach everyone who wants to learn not just with words and ideas—but with action?

Will you fight with, and for, the student who has had to struggle? To see us and our potential?

Will you help students stay the course, and make sure investing in ourselves is the very best investment we can make?

Even if the path to get there is unknown, allow your true colors to shine through.

Together as Phoenix. Let’s light a fire.

And Rise.

Jada Davis Commencement Speech: ‘You are revolutionary!’

Hello graduates. I would like to start by thanking those who trusted me to speak to my colleagues at such a turning point in our lives and in the history of the world as we know it. Giving honor to God, my parents, family, friends, mentors and all those who have supported me throughout my college career.

What a time to be alive. We are experiencing challenges personally, locally, nationally, globally, the likes of which only history has experienced for us. Just a few months ago we didn’t even know if we’d have the opportunity to share this moment together as everything seemed to fall through the cracks all at once. Fast forward to today, it looks as though our moment of glory has once again been snatched away.

I remember coming back from Indiana in march and getting an email shorty thereafter saying to pack my things and plan on not returning to campus after spring break. You can imagine the many emotions and questions that I’m sure we all had at the time. Sports cancelled, plays cancelled, trips cancelled, school, work, stores, all closed. The streets near my home rang with an eerie harmony. I’d never heard Milwaukee so quiet.

While it may seem as though everything began burning down to the ground just as we were about to make our conquest out into the big world, and although you may feel as though your accomplishments over the past four years are being minimized, I stand here to encourage and remind you that you are a champion.

Who can say they switched to complete online learning in a matter of days and still managed to stay on track? You can.

Who can say they graduated college in the middle of a growing pandemic, while fighting for the continuing injustices against the black community, with honors? You can.

Who can say that they are still alive and healthy during a time when people are dying daily from something we can’t even see? You can.

And for at least those three things, we should all be proud and feel accomplished. In the words of Doe Zantamata “it is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.”

The time to rise from the ashes has never been more at hand! The many challenges we’ve faced during these unprecedented times are some which we will be able to reflect on. They have made us stronger and more adept to change. They have made us smarter and more creative. Whenever we face adversity in the future, we will be able to draw strength and knowledge from this time to get through, and for that, I am grateful.

We will be among the most resilient people in the world. We are revolutionary. We are the class of the year 2020.

See Jada Davis’s Commencement Speaker Biography.

Video: What to Expect in Residence Life

Hi, I’m Julianne Crayton. I’m the Assistant Director of Operations in Residence Life. Our staff has been preparing procedures and our buildings for your arrival in the fall. We have implemented new processes to make it a safe place for you to live.

We have stretched out our move-in process to multiple days to create time slots so that fewer people will be on campus at a time. It is important that you complete your pre-check-in process prior to arrival so that you can complete your check-in on time. You also need to have your ID card for check-in, so if you have not already picked it up please do so prior to arrival.

There are other things that you’ll want to be aware of. Everyone will need to be in face coverings during the move-in process. This is for the safety of everyone involved, both staff and yourself. Please have those with you when you arrive.

Something that will also be new as part of our check-in process is a temperature screening while you are waiting in line for your check-in. A staff member will come through the line to make sure that you have completed your online health assessment and also to screen your temperature.

Once you have settled into campus there are also some things that we have implemented to keep you safe throughout your semester with us. There have been capacities assigned to each common area within the buildings. This will include the kitchen, lounges and any other common area that you enter such as a laundry room. The elevators will also have capacities. These are to limit your exposure to others and also so that you can maintain social distance in these locations. Once again masks will need to be worn for the protection of everyone in these areas.

There have also been changes made to our visitor policy. Visitors will only be allowed during the day so there will not be an opportunity for overnight guests. There’s also a limit to how many guests can be in each space and more information will be provided on this to you.

When you enter the buildings, you will also notice that we have installed hand sanitizing stations, one per building. This is for your convenience and can be used whenever you would like. Our staff is also implementing enhanced cleaning procedures so that you can feel safe while you are out and about in your buildings. Our community center which houses our front desk will still remain open 24 hours, seven days a week.

We will also still continue to offer a robust array of activities and engagements so that you can continue to make lifelong friendships and connections while here at UW-Green Bay.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at housing@uwgb.edu at any time.

Thank you.

 

Video: Provost Burns describes lab classes for the fall

I’m Kate Burns, the interim provost and vice chancellor of Academic Affairs here at UW-Green Bay, and we are thinking about fall safety today.

In thinking about this, and how labs are going to work this fall, we are including a lot of safety measures. First everyone’s going to be wearing a mask. We are going to be using six-foot social distancing, so we have revised all of the capacities for our classroom and for our lab spaces to be able to account for that social distancing.

We are also including extra precautions in terms of the cleaning procedures. For a lab specifically there’s lots of specialized equipment, so both instructors and students will have the cleaning materials that they need to be able to clean those materials throughout the lab period so that they’ll be able to make sure that multiple people will be able to use those.

We’re also doing things a little bit more creatively, so for some things like microscopes we will be able to use videos of what is on the screen for that microscope, so that way we can ensure safety.

Some of the labs have to become hybrid so that they are in having some students in the lab on some days and then online, and then switching that out throughout the semester so that we can better account for that spacing within the lab environment.

Some labs are going to be asynchronous online, while some of them are going to be synchronous online. For synchronous courses, you would meet at the same time, but online with the instructor, so you’re having that lab from a distance. For asynchronous labs, you will just view at whatever time works best for your schedule for that online experience.

In both the sciences and the arts all the instructors are really looking at what are those cleaning protocols needed to be able to make sure that everyone can stay safe.

Video: Chancellor Alexander discusses expectations and respect as education is tailored for individuals

Hi UW-Green Bay students,

I hope you’re all doing well. I want to take a minute to go over a few things with you today.

First, please understand that we’re relying on each one of you to have social responsibility and to make sure you’re taking all the precautions necessary to keep everyone safe this fall. It’s really important that we make sure that we’re able to continue education this fall and part of the way we do that is to make sure that everyone is taking the proper precautions at all times to make sure that yourself and everyone around you is able to remain safe and healthy throughout the pandemic.

I also want to mention that I know that all of you have differing opinions about whether or not you’d like to have classes in person or online. We respect all of the wishes that you have to be able to have education tailored in your specific way. We’re doing everything we can to make sure we’re meeting the requests that you have about what mode you’d like to have your classes delivered. If for any reason you’re not able to get the classes in the mode that you feel you need in the upcoming semester, please reach out to us at gboss@uwgb.edu.

Please understand that as many of you that want online education, as many others want in person and vice versa, so please respect what each other are asking for in their educational delivery. Our goal is to provide access to education to all and have all of you persist in your education.

Finally, I want to let you know there will be opportunities in the coming weeks ahead for you to reach out to us and ask questions directly that we can answer. First there will be an Instagram Q&A conversation, and then also an open forum where you can ask me and University leadership questions directly that we’ll be able to answer for you.

I hope you all stay well and, I look forward to connecting with you soon.