Author Archives: Daniel Moore

Photos: Chancellor’s Veterans Reception

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The Phoenix Rooms at UW-Green Bay held a standing-room only crowd to honor campus and community veterans and active service members on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. The late-afternoon event included a Presentation of Colors by the UW-Green Bay Color Guard, the “Star Spangled Banner” and “Armed Forces Salute” by UW-Green Bay Music and remarks by Chancellor Gary L. Miller, Congressman and retired Marine, Mike Gallagher, and Sergeant Nathan Preder ’12, who leads UW-Green Bay Army ROTC, read the meaning of the POW/MIA table. Also recognized were current student/soldiers and current donors and recipients of veteran scholarships. Serving as emcee was student Ryan Leurquin. Vets 4 Vets President Nic Cravillion recognized the efforts of the student organization for community outreach including a Vets 4 Vets donation to the Brown County Veteran Court. On behalf of the club, he also recognized and thanked Jim Belongia for donating the proceeds from the City Stadium Run to the UW-Green Bay Veteran Lounge.

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

Photos: Student Paul Karpenko wins Business Idea Competition, next up Sheboygan Campus contest

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UW-Green Bay Urban Studies major Paul Karpenko took first place in the Fall 2018 UW-Green Bay Student Business Idea Contest, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. Green Bay Campus students from several majors pitched their innovative idea in front of judges within a 90-second time frame for cash, scholarships to a summer entrepreneurial extreme accelerator travel course, and the ability to represent UW-Green Bay at other pitch contests this spring for more cash, in-kind services and automatic entries into accelerators. Here are the contest winners and their big ideas:

Karpenko’s idea, MeritCoin, won the first place cash prize of $500. His idea rewards students who work on real problems based on curriculum written by private sector sources.

Second place and $250 was awarded to Courtney Gersek (Business Administration) with Twistables – her take on a better peanut butter jar without the eventual mess getting the peanut butter out at the bottom of the jar. Gersek developed her idea over the summer at the European Innovation Academy in Portugal with a team of international students. It was ranked #1 in the patent award category out of 70 teams there. Last year, Gersek competed in the spring 2018 UWGB student business idea contest with one of her many other ideas, Swift Shopper, and was awarded honorable mention. That honorable mention award earned her a scholarship to attend EIA to start the develop of Twistables.

Third place and $100 was awarded to Maria Arunkumar (Business Administration) for her Build-a-Wedding app idea. The app walks those getting married easily through the planning of their wedding, including helping connect them to wedding planners and wedding facilities coordinators. Arunkumar won the Light Up the Lakeshore business idea contest in Two Rivers in August with this idea, and she was featured in local print and on local television. She continues to develop the idea toward reality having presented her idea along the way at 1 Million Cups Green Bay and most recently at kinnektorCon.

Receiving honorable mention and $50 were the following Green Bay Campus students:

  • Alexa Hietpas (Business Administration) – GPS Buck Tracker
  • Jada Taylor (Business Administration) – University Book Exchange
  • Christopher Conrad (Business Administration) – RentPlus
  • Alyssa Allen (Business Administration) – Hazel Hills scholarship Alzheimer’s facility
  • Leah Zorn (Business Administration) – PLUM
  • Ketti Bloom (Business Administration) – a center to help care for the homeless and their pets too
  • Charity Joy (Design Arts) – an at-home yoga trainer business
  • Olivia Heilman (Business Administration) – Stay Dry
  • Riley Heimann (Data Science) – a cloud-based benchmarking system
  • Erik Johnson (Communication) – Cross Track Shack
  • Sabrina Vang (Education & Psychology) – fresh: quick and easy healthy fast food
  • Cory Gruedemann (Business Administration) – a quicker movie selection app
  • Renee DeGrand (Business Administration) – Fervid Life
  • Hamza Umar (Business Administration) – Color-Bagging

The UWGB Sheboygan Campus Student Business Idea Contest is Thursday, Nov. 8, kicking off Wisconsin Startup Week Sheboygan. Prior to the business idea contest, the Sheboygan Campus will host a business idea workshop for the community, and community members will be encouraged with cash to pitch their ideas too! Details are here: http://blog.uwgb.edu/kauthr/startupsheboyganbusinessideaworkshop/. UW-Green Bay Manitowoc and Marinette Campuses will have their student business idea contests and community business idea workshops in the spring 2019 semester.

Sponsors of the contests are WiSys and the Cofrin School of Business and CEO (Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization). Keynote speaker was international exchange student Zeeshan Ali from the UGRAD Pakistan program.

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– Photos by Liesl Sigourney, Marketing and University Communication Student Intern

Photos: Sold-out TEDxUW-Green Bay looks to return in 2019

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On Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, UW-Green Bay held its very first TEDx event. TEDxUW-Green Bay was a collaboration between the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Weidner Center. Co-created and organized by Associate Prof. Aaron Weinschenk (Political Science), Ben J. & Joyce Rosenberg Prof. Regan Gurung (Psychology, Human Development) and the Weidner Center’s Executive and Artistic Director, Kelli Strickland, the event brought community and campus together for an evening of learning and fun.

The event featured eight speakers: Ben J. & Joyce Rosenberg Prof. Illene Noppe Cupit (Human Development), Kelly Ellis ’06 (Business Administration), Fred Johnson, Lorenzo Lones ’16 (Psychology), Dr. Ashok Rai, Anne Schauer-Gimenez, Dan Terrio ’14 (Masters in Applied Leadership) and Assistant Prof. Jennie Young (English). See the speaker biographies. The speakers were coached by senior lecturer Danielle Bina (Communication) and lecturer Shauna Froelich (Communication). Presentation topics ranged from school security to the American healthcare system, to the importance of moxie.

“I thought the event was fantastic, and it serves to build the type of social currency that I truly believe in,” says Dean Chuck Rybak (College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences).

Event organizers say they hope to make TEDx UW-Green Bay an annual event.

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– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Photos: UW-Green Bay volunteers more than 700 hours for Make a Difference Day

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Congratulations to the organizers and participants who made a big difference in the community last Friday (Oct. 26, 2018). UW-Green Bay volunteers totaled 719 hours of service at 18 various sites. On campus, volunteers made 180 cards for disabled veterans through the TRIO Program, picked up garbage, painted, helped with plastic film recycling and cleaned the shoreline. Off-campus projects included garden cleanup, bulb planting and organizing for the Festival of Lights at the Green Bay Botanical Garden; yard work, cleaning and more for the New Community Shelter; and helping the NEW Zoo get ready for Zoo Boo.

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

Photos: Take time to watch the leaves turn

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Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn — Elizabeth Lawrence. Between rainfalls, campus photographers managed to capture the gorgeous fall color on three of the four campuses. Take some time, and enjoy!

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

Videos and photos: A special two days for the Phuture Phoenix

It was another wonderful two days of hosting the Phuture Phoenix fifth-graders at UW-Green Bay and inspiring nearly 1,700 fifth-graders to begin to dream about college. Some special moments included East High Symphonic Band members playing during the opening activities, and a visit by Theresa Rock, an alumnus of the program and a paraprofessional at Howe Elementary School who spoke to the fifth-grade audience about her experience as a Phuture Phoenix participant in 2003. The video and photos capture the sentiment of the day.

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– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Hoplite Day: Experiencing history first-hand

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With spears and shields in hand, students in Prof. Greg Aldrete’s History of Ancient Greece class experienced history first-hand by recreating battle formations in the quad, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.

On the day of the “battle” students took took the the campus quad (between the Cofrin Library and Mary Ann Cofrin Hall) to practice the formations, war chants, and techniques used by Ancient Greek Hoplites. Hoplites were citizen-soldiers of Ancient Greek city-states and their primary armor were spears and shields. Hoplite soldiers would of been wearing about 70lbs of armor. The most important aspect of Hoplite warfare was the phalanx formation. Students learned the importance of coordination and moving as one unit when in the phalanx.

Prior to the event, students were asked to create to create and decorate three-foot round shields in preparation for the class. Photos show the variety of different designs on the shields ranging from Ancient Greek symbols to those reflecting the shield-holders personalities including peaceful painted flowers.

Prof. Aldrete supplied the classroom with imitation spears in order to show students different weapon positions within the formation. Throughout the day, students learned the “at ease” position, a marching position (spear over the shoulder), plus underhand and overhand attack positions.

The day ended in a battle between two phalanxes. Students shouted battle chants back and forth and utilized different techniques they had learned throughout the class period.

Prof. Aldrete has been leading Hoplite Day and other hands-on learning experiences in order to best teach an understanding of Ancient Greece for the past several years.

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- Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication
– Story by Rachel Scray, Humanities intern. Photo

 

Photos: Ground-breaking day. STEM Innovation Center celebrates with community partners

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More than 300 attendees celebrated the STEM Innovation Center groundbreaking on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. The Brown County-owned building will house UW-Green Bay’s Richard J. Resch School of Engineering, the Einstein Project, UW-Extension and Brown County’s Land and Water Conservation departments. Completion is schedule for fall of 2019. See the full story.

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– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Photos: First-ever ‘Soctoberfest’

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Green looks great on these soccer fans who ventured out to Aldo Santaga Stadium Sept. 15 to cheer on both men’s and women’s soccer teams in a doubleheader last weekend. The “Soctoberfest” event was the first for Green Bay Athletics.

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– Photos by Liesl Sigourney, Marketing and University Communication student intern