Photo of a red car turning into UW-Green Bay's main entrance past the digital marquee with the text "Covid-19 Rapid Test, free, by appointment doineedacovid19test.com."

Video: Community leaders join UW-Green Bay in promoting a COVID-19 Rapid Testing Center

Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich and Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach joined Chancellor Mike Alexander in promoting Rapid COVID-19 Testing at UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The University is serving as a drive-up testing site for the community. The “surge testing” is a partnership between the UW System and the U.S, Department of Health and is available to anyone age 5-and-older at no cost, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment at https://doineedacovid19test.com. Individuals do not have to be experiencing symptoms nor have close contact of someone with COVID-19 to get a test, nor do they need to live in Green Bay. ETrueNorth is under contract to administer the tests. 

Video Transcript for COVID-19 Rapid Testing Center: President Thompson from the UW System and the federal government for providing us the tests today to be able to provide for the community. We have over 12,000 tests that we’ll be able to give out. And we appreciate being able to host this on our campus and hopefully help our community to help stop the spread.

Thank you to the chancellor and his team for really bringing forward this rapid test opportunity to our area. Fifteen minutes you know you’ll have your results. This is the first time that we can actually have real-time testing taking place for the general community. And as we want to get our economy back, it’s really important for us to be able to have the ability to test and then know the results more immediately. To have that rapid testing ability, it’s not something that we’ve had previously in this community. I think it’s a good way to get a sense for what community spread actually looks like in the Green Bay area.

We need people to continue to be vigilant. We need people to continue to social distance, wear masks. Thanksgiving around the corner here to celebrate in a much different way. With just members of your own household, with your immediate family rather than those large gatherings around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Because we’re at a really critical point here. This is what we need not just in Green Bay, Brown County, State of Wisconsin, this is what we need all across the country. We have positivity rates in this community and this state, that are really through the roof. Which indicates that we need more testing. We need more contact tracing and this is a huge step in the right direction.

More at https://www.uwgb.edu/phoenix-forward.

Photo of UW-Green Bay students in Jazz Ensemble class on the main stage at the Weidner Center. Music students use specialized slotted masks, bell covers on brass instruments, and sit 6-feet apart as part of the COVID-19 prevention.

Photos: Music students play-on through pandemic

During the pandemic, UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Adam Gaines (Music) teaches his Jazz Ensemble class on the main stage at the Weidner Center. Music students use specialized slotted masks, bell covers on brass instruments, sit six feet apart, and leave the stage every 30 minutes for the air to disperse. Gaines said he is “blown away” by his students resilience and has been impressed watching them persevere through these pandemic challenges. Click to advance slideshow or view the album on Flickr.

UW-Green Bay: Resilient Music Students Play on Through Pandemic

– Photos by Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication

Photo of the Covid-19 virus under a microscope with the text, "Covid-19 Why it matters: Fall break, protect yourself and others.

Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters: Part 13, Fall Break…Protect Yourself and Others

This video series features UW-Green Bay’s Immunologist Brian Merkel on COVID-19 and Why it Matters. This series empowers viewers with knowledge to help them navigate through the pandemic. Merkel has a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia. He is an associate professor in UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology & Biology programs and has an appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He will be responding to a number of questions related to COVID-19 and try to get behind the “why” it’s important to be educated in your decision-making as we navigate the pandemic together.

Video Transcript – COVID-19 Why it Matters, Part 13: Thanksgiving break, protect yourself & others

Brian Merkel, Microbiology and Immunology at UW-Green Bay and we’re here to talk about why COVID-19 matters to you.

Today we want to talk about holidays like Thanksgiving and how to address celebrating Thanksgiving while doing that safely given the realities of COVID-19. One of the ways we can think about that is to think about relative risks.

The lowest risk option is to celebrate the holiday with your household family members.

The next category of risk, which we would describe as having moderate risk, would be to travel to visit family members, extended family members, or entertain extended family members at your home. The best option in that particular scenario would be to do it outside. Now that’s difficult because it is getting colder but nonetheless that is the recommendation. Some of the associated recommendations—if you were to do that outside would be to avoid sharing utensils, keeping your distance, and when not eating or drinking wearing your face covering.

The higher risk category would be larger gatherings with family members indoors, shopping, all of those kinds of things in busy areas. Those carry greater risk just because of the habits and nature of this virus. It will take advantage of those kinds of things. So, plan ahead and realize that different activities carry risk.

Self-quarantine for 14 days before visiting others over Thanksgiving. Be safe and follow the three W’s as we say at UW-Green Bay—wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance. Thank you.

COVID-19 Why it Matters: Video Series:

Introduction with Brian Merkel https://youtu.be/M-yYPSPk30Q

Part 1: What are viruses and where did this one come fromhttps://youtu.be/DYbiIv8ICgs

Part 2: Two main types of viruses https://youtu.be/O-OVk3rx96s

Part 3: Why is this virus serious? https://youtu.be/EDFyNN8i5G4

Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask?https://youtu.be/FlcAvlt876Y

Part 5: I’m young! Why should I care? https://youtu.be/TDrEV_beY1U

Part 6: Can pandemics be stopped before they start? https://youtu.be/lgWnJZNYbFI

Part 7: Pandemic is not local, why wear a mask? https://youtu.be/IG3Sl3q-xH8

Part 8: Why does everyone need a flu shot this year? https://youtu.be/DGpBFj0fJkA

Part 9: What is the science behind a vaccine? https://youtu.be/eQ3FclkYaQo

Part 10: Where can I find accurate information? https://youtu.be/pLMlU5Xnkgo

Part 11: What type of mask should I wear? https://youtu.be/gCFHxQvkVYE

Part 12: Why HUGE COVID-19 spikes in Wisconsin? https://youtu.be/OuqmXvrDApY

Part 13: Fall break, protect yourself & others https://youtu.be/h21Ed_bBTE4

 

Photo of two UW-Green Bay athletes stretching while wearing Nix the Vid face masks.

Video: Phoenix family works to ‘Nix the Vid by wearing facemasks 

UW-Green Bay students, faculty, and staff have come together to ‘Nix the Vid! These resilient problem-solvers have not allowed the COVID-19 pandemic to hold them back. The Phoenix family takes pride in protecting themselves and others by following the 3 Ws—wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance. See more at https://www.uwgb.edu/phoenix-forward/.

Video by William Throndsen, Marketing and Communication Photo/Video Intern who is majoring in Mass Media Communications 

Soundtrack Lyrics “One” by Barrows and Sun

I’m turning dreams into reality
In the lab with the formula and chemistry
The memories spark and Motivate
And make the industry shake
We put the bars on the breaks
I’m talking one
One chance at best, yes
Painting pictures for the culture
Keep the brushes fresh
We flipped the color work the drummer
Passion never rest
Freedom is our teacher
Under pressure now we blessed
It’s One art
One shot
Now the future is yours, Go!
One Art One Shot Now The Future is Yours, Go!

Photo of UW-Green Bay Music students playing instruments, wearing slotted face masks, sitting 6-feet apart on the Weidner Center stage during Jazz Ensemble class.

Video: Resilient music students play-on through pandemic 

During the pandemic, UW-Green Bay’s Adam Gaines, associate professor of Music, teaches his Jazz Ensemble class on the main stage at the Weidner Center. Music students use specialized slotted masks, bell covers on brass instruments, sit six-feet apart, and leave the stage every 30-minutes for the air to disperse. Gaines said he is blown away at how resilient his music students are and watching them persevere through these pandemic challenges.

Video Transcript for Resilient Music Students Play on Through Pandemic: Dr. Adam Gaines, I’m an Associate Professor of Music. I teach Jazz Ensembles and Music Theory course and I’m the trumpet professor here. The pandemic has definitely affected teaching music at UW-Green Bay in many ways. One of which is that our theory classes and things like that can be online but jazz ensembles and things like that cannot. And so, we’ve had to make a lot of adjustments including buying slotted masks for our students to use and bell covers and we keep six-foot spacing, which is what we’re able to do because we’re on the Weidner Center stage. I’m constantly impressed with my student’s ability to adapt during this pandemic. They’ve been extremely resilient, and they roll with everything that comes their way. It must be something built into our Phoenix DNA here. 

Video by Sue Pischke, Marketing and Communication

Photo of the Covid-19 virus enlarged under a microscope with the text, "Covid-19 Why Huge Covid-19 spike in Wisconsin.

Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters: Part 12, Why huge COVID-19 spikes in Wisconsin?

This video series features UW-Green Bay’s Immunologist Brian Merkel on COVID-19 and Why it Matters. This series empowers viewers with knowledge to help them navigate through the pandemic. Merkel has a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia. He is an associate professor in UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology & Biology programs and has an appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He will be responding to a number of questions related to COVID-19 and try to get behind the “why” it’s important to be educated in your decision-making as we navigate the pandemic together.

Video Transcript – COVID-19 Why it Matters, Part 12: Why HUGE COVID-19 spikes in Wisconsin?

Hello, Brian Merkel, Microbiology and Immunology UW-Green Bay and we are here today to talk about why COVID-19 matters to you.

Specifically, we want to address the current spike that we’re having in COVID-19 in Wisconsin. I think one of the best examples of why we should be so concerned about the spikes that we’re currently dealing with in Wisconsin, has to do with the reality that we just opened up a field hospital in Milwaukee.

Now that’s something as an educator at UW-Green Bay, that I used to talk about just in history books with the pandemic problem of 1918. Never in my life would I ever thought for a minute that we would be doing something like that now.

So, here we are. We have this terrible spike in Wisconsin now. In terms of explanations, it has to do with large gatherings and people not following the prescribed safeguards. The challenge is compliance and so we strongly encourage people to realize and there’s empowerment to this because the more each of us does our part to comply with the prescribed safeguards, the better off we’re going to be, and the more likely we’re going to get a good handle on this virus.

We strongly encourage you to wear masks, wash your hands, and keep your distance, and avoid large gatherings and please stay at home when you’re sick.

COVID-19 Why it Matters Video Series:

Introduction with Brian Merkel https://youtu.be/M-yYPSPk30Q

Part 1: What are viruses and where did this one come from https://youtu.be/DYbiIv8ICgs

Part 2: Two main types of viruses https://youtu.be/O-OVk3rx96s Part 3: Why is this virus serious? https://youtu.be/EDFyNN8i5G4

Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask? https://youtu.be/FlcAvlt876Y

Part 5: I’m young! Why should I care? https://youtu.be/TDrEV_beY1U

Part 6: Can pandemics be stopped before they start? https://youtu.be/lgWnJZNYbFI

Part 7: Pandemic is not local, why wear a mask? https://youtu.be/IG3Sl3q-xH8

Part 8: Why does everyone need a flu shot this year? https://youtu.be/DGpBFj0fJkA

Part 9: What is the science behind a vaccine? https://youtu.be/eQ3FclkYaQo

Part 10: Where can I find accurate information? https://youtu.be/pLMlU5Xnkgo

Part 11: What type of mask should I wear? https://youtu.be/gCFHxQvkVYE

Part 12: Why HUGE COVID-19 spikes in Wisconsin? https://youtu.be/OuqmXvrDApY

A close up photo of a student using their smartphone to take a photo of the bacteria scene in their microscope in Advanced Microbiology class, as they exam soil to distinguish and classify bacterial species in the Biology Lab inside Lab Sciences Building at the UW-Green Bay campus on October 21, 2020.

Photos: Advanced Microbiology Lab at the Green Bay Campus

Students in Advanced Microbiology class, GRAM stain soil samples on slides and exam soil to distinguish and classify bacterial species. Students and faculty are able to continue their work in the Biology Lab inside the Lab Sciences building on the Green Bay Campus by adhering to all safety and COVID-19 safety protocols. Click to advance slideshow or view the album on Flickr.

Advanced Microbiology Lab UW-Green Bay Campus

– Photos by Sue Pischke

Photo of a Phoenix icon on an outdoor sign with fall color trees and the Cofrin Library in the background at the UW-Green Bay campus.

Photos: Peak Autumn Color at the Green Bay Campus

UW-Green Bay’s Green Bay Campus shows off seasonal variety year-round and shines particularly bright with vivid colors during the fall semester. Those on campus can enjoy the elevated view of autumn reds, yellows, and oranges from the multilevel Cofrin Library. There are even more views to experience while exploring campus outside of the University Union and the miles of trails through the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum. Click to advance slideshow or view the album on Flickr.

Peak Autumn Color UW-Green Bay Campus

– Photos and text by photo intern William Throndsen and drone photos by Sue Pischke

Photo of the NWTC, Marinette mascot the "Eagle" posing with the UW-Green Bay, Marinette mascot, the "Buccaneer" at the UW-Green Bay, Marinette campus.

Video: Marinette Area Higher Education Coalition Mascots

UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus and NWTC, Marinette have been working collaboratively to provide higher education opportunities to the Marinette region through the Marinette Area Higher Education Coalition. Through the coalition, students can seamlessly transfer an NWTC associate degree into a UW-Green Bay bachelor’s degree program in five career areas: electro-mechanical technology, human services, nursing, business management and health information. Find out more: https://www.nwtc.edu/coalition or https://www.uwgb.edu/coalition 

Video Transcript – Marinette Area Higher Education Coalition Mascots: We are lucky to have two colleges right here in Marinette, which is why NWTC-Marinette and UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus share a similar mission and we’ve come together to create the Marinette Area Higher Education Coalition. The best part is students wanting a bachelor’s degree can save thousands starting at the NWTC-Marinette campus and finishing at the UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus.