Earth Week Photo Challenge

Connect with the University community next week, during Earth Week by participating in an Earth Week Photo Challenge seen above. Each day the week of April 20, 2020, social media users are invited to post to a prompt associated with Earth Week with #uwgbearthweek. UW-Green Bay student participants posting to social media publicly with the hashtag will be entered to win prize packs.

The prompts are as follows…

Monday, April 20: Show how you conserve energy

Tuesday, April 21: Show how you reduce

Wednesday, April 22: Show how you reuse

Thursday, April 23: Show how you recycle

Friday, April 24: Show how you connect with nature

Earth Week and Virtual Earth Day 50 at UW-Green Bay

A cross-University committee has compiled online Earth Week Events and educational resources as well as an online/virtual event on April 22, 2020, Earth Day 50 at UW-Green Bay. The day includes presentations and discussions from the University community, including live videos and panels to celebrate the 50th Earth Day, together, virtually for the Eco U community.

See all virtual opportunities.

Earth Day Events

Here is the current line up for Earth Day 50 at UW-Green Bay, Wednesday, April 22, 2020:

10:30 a.m. – Historical Perspectives on Earth Day, Panel Discussion with Faculty Emeriti

UW-Green Bay Prof. Emeritus H.J. “Bud” Harris (Biology and Environmental Science) 2020 Wisconsin Academy Fellow, Prof. Emeritus Robert Wenger (Mathematics and Environmental Science) and long-time collaborator with the School of the Environment at Beijing Normal University, Prof. Emeritus  Michael Kraft, (Political Science and Public and Environmental Affairs)  and U.S. environmental policy expert, Prof. Emeritus John Stoll (Economics and Public and Environmental Affairs) was as UW-Green Bay student at the time of the first Earth day and the co-founder of  Environmental Business & Management Institute (EMBI) and Prof. Kevin Fermanich (Environmental Science and Water Science) and soil and water resources extension specialist, serving as moderator.
Join the discussion via Blackboard Collaborate

Noon – A Virtual Nature Walk

Join Prof. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges live on Facebook

1 p.m. – ‘Earth Talks’

  • Michael Draney, “My life with Earth Day”
    I was 2 ½ years old during the first Earth Day in 1970 so Earth Day and I have gone through life together. I want to reflect on how it’s doing as we enter our fifth decade together.
  • Vicki Medland, “Is nature slipping away?
    Earth Day was in part a response to an environment that the organizers no longer recognized. Today, we are shocked by what seems to be a sudden and massive loss of biodiversity and natural landscapes. Why do we not notice these massive changes to our environment?  
  • David Voelker, “Earth Day 2020 in Perspective”
    How can we understand the 50th Earth Day and the environmental movement that it helped launch in historical perspective, and in light of the Covid-19 pandemic?
  • Bill Davis, “A New Water Agenda for Wisconsin.”
    What would a system look like that could achieve our human health and ecology goal regarding water?
  • Kevin Fermanich, Moderator

‘Earth Talks’ Speaker Biographies:

  • Michael Draney is professor of Biology and chair of the Department of Natural & Applied Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay.
  • Vicki Medland is the Associate Director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and teaches courses related to environmental science and sustainability.
  • David Voelker is a Professor of Humanities & History at UW–Green Bay. He teaches courses in environmental history and humanities, and he is the program coordinator for the 2020 Common CAHSS conference, which will focus on the theme “Beyond Sustainability.”
  • Bill Davis is currently the senior legal analyst for the River Alliance of Wisconsin. He has worked in the environmental movement since 1987. He has an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Ecology and a law degree both from the University of Wisconsin. He has served as the executive director of three environmental advocacy organizations: Wisconsin’s Environmental Decade (now Clean Wisconsin), Citizens for a Better Environment, and the State Environmental leadership program.

Join the discussion on Blackboard Collaborate.

2 p.m. Sustainability in Action – What are you doing?

Guest speakers include Kevin Fermanich, Vicki Medland, John Arendt and Ericka Bloch
Join “Sustainability in Action” via Blackboard Collaborator

Master Calendar revamped to reflect online events

Campus programmers and staff that manage the UW-Green Bay Master calendar are excited to share that the calendar, found at, has been retooled to reflect all event cancellations for the remainder of the semester and to showcase virtual programming events happening across the University. Please check out all of the great opportunities to engage with the University community online. If you have any questions or would like to add your own events, please contact Emily Lautenschlager,


UW-Green Bay reschedules Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony for Saturday, August 22

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced today that it will hold its Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, August 22, 2020. The in-person event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Kress Events Center.

“We miss having our students on campus and look forward to reuniting with them for this special and joyous occasion, at a time when we hope it will once again be safe to gather and do so,” said Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven. “The Phoenix spirit is one of resiliency, fearlessness and support. As we honor these graduates, we will also honor the spirit of these new leaders who are critical to helping us recover and finding our way back as a community and world.”

The University’s 101st Commencement ceremony, originally slated for May 16, was postponed last month as a part of ongoing efforts to keep students, faculty, and staff safe as the University took action to do its part to contain community spread of the coronavirus.

Graduates, faculty and staff will be contacted in the next few weeks with additional details and information on ceremony sign-up, tickets, caps and gowns and more.

Van Gruensven acknowledged that as with any commencement ceremony, some students earning their degrees will be unable to participate in the ceremony in person. “This day belongs to every member of the Class of 2020. We encourage those not able to be physically present to join their class via livestream,” she said. “Commencement is a day that is long-waited, justly earned and richly savored by students, families, faculty and staff. In light of all we have collectively endured this spring, we will certainly savor it even more, and we want as many graduates and families as possible to be a part of this celebration.”

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



Emily working from home

Senior English and Communication major details new workspace for COMM Voice

Emily Gerlikovski, senior English and Communication major recently detailed for The Comm Voice, her new workspace during alternative delivery.

“Moving home from college brought forth many challenges, an important one being I had no desk or workspace at home. My current ‘desk’ for working at home used to be the folding table my family would put food on for big family gatherings. Well, we won’t be having any family gatherings soon! So why not use the table for something productive?” said Gerlikovski.

Read the full article. And share your new alternative workspace on social media with #VirtualUWGB.

Speakers/performers for virtual Earth Day 50 event wanted

Events in celebration of the 50th Earth Day here at Eco U have been moved virtual. The Earth Day 50 at UW-Green Bay planning committee is looking for interested faculty and staff to record brief (10-15 minute) videos for this virtual event speaking to some aspect of Earth Day from their own academic perspective. Videos will live on the virtual event’s website, along with other opportunities to engage and celebrate the 50th Earth Day. If you are interested in creating a brief video that touches on sustainability, Earth Day, the environment, etc., including readings, music, cultural stories, science, policy, reflections, experiences, calls to action, etc. or speaking/performing virtually and live on Wednesday, April 22, please reach out to John Arendt, Director of EMBI (Environmental Management & Business Institute),

Life Long Learning classes and events suspended through semester

Due to the COVID-19 health emergency and Governor Tony Evers Emergency Order, all UW-Green Bay Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) classes on and off campus have been cancelled through May 15, 2020. This includes all campus sites and community sites where classes were offered. The LLI Spring Fling at the Tundra Lodge scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, 2020 has been cancelled as well. In addition, the UW-Green Bay LLI Office will be closed until further notice.

The Board of Directors Elections will take place as scheduled. An email will be sent to members the week of April 6 and will include a link to the online ballot. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel to contact Susan Pike via email, or phone, 920-676-9432.

Video Message to grads from Chancellor

Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven shares a message with May grads thanking them for their passion about Commencement and reassuring that while the May 16, 2020 ceremony is cancelled, graduates will still have other opportunities to celebrate—a postponed ceremony, walking in other ceremonies an alternative format or possibly a combo of all three! Watch the video. 

Video transcript:

“Hello, UW-Green Bay Class of 2020. I’m Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven.

We love your passion and desire to celebrate your UW-Green Bay experience with a commencement ceremony.

We share that passion. When we talk about reimagining, please know that all options are being considered. That includes rescheduling the event, inviting the Class of 2020 to walk in a future ceremony, holding the event in an alternative format—or quite possibly a combination of all of these.

Please be patient with us. After we weather this storm, we will announce a new plan. You’ll be the first to know when we’ve got one.

Take care, continue to stay safe, and healthy, finish your studies and stay passionate”

Phoenix Bookstore Update

The Phoenix Bookstore is closed to the public, but these services are available virtually:

Rental Check-In and Book Buyback 

Follett is offering all students the opportunity to print a shipping label to return your rental books when you are done with them. If you did not order your books online you will need to create an account at using the same email you used when you rented your textbooks. Click on “my account” then click on “rental history.” Under each term there is a link to print a free shipping label. 

Information needed to return or sell books: Name, phone number, email address, mailing address and the quantity of books shipped back. 

Buyback can be done by sending your books with your rental books (note: we do not accept loose leaf copies of books for buyback) or you can visit to sell your books. A check will be mailed to you when your books are processed. 

Free online shipping and Free e-books 

Visit the store website,, for Free Shipping on all items with no minimum purchase. This includes various formats of course materials, supplies, apparel, technology and more. Since many online orders are fulfilled directly from your campus store, The Bookstore will execute online orders as long as the store is accessible by staff. 

Visit the campus store website, to gain access to eBooks at no additional charge with your .edu email address. Each student can access up to 7 eBooks for the designated period free of charge. 

Free Shipping on Rental Returns & Deadline Extensions 

The campus store is offering free shipping return labels and is also extending the non-return period without penalty to assist with increased returns by mail. Click the COVID-19 message on the home page of the campus store website,, for the details. 


Taking Phoenix Friday ‘virtual’

Per the suggestion of Ryan Martin, associate dean for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, we would like to extend the invitation to take Phoenix Friday (the end-of-week showing of Phoenix Pride by wearing green, UW-Green Bay or Phoenix gear) virtual. How do you join in? Easy! Don your gear wherever you may be, and share a photo with both the usual hashtag #uwgbphoenixfriday but also with the limited-time edition hashtag, #virtualphoenixfriday! We look forward to seeing you and your Phoenix gear on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as well as remote meeting solutions!