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Academic staff professional development funds available to Green Bay Campus

The Academic Staff Professional Development Allocations Committee has funds available to assist academic staff in attending professional development opportunities. Funding is available for up to 50 percent of the total cost, not to exceed $750. Total funding provided is subject to availability and may be less than requested. Note that funds will not be awarded “after the fact.” All funded activities must be reimbursed in the current fiscal year, 2018-2019.

Please submit all materials electronically to Kay Voss, vossk@uwgb.eduApplication and guidelines available here. Applications will be processed as they are received. This year’s funds are only available for Academic Staff employed by the UW-Green Bay campus. If you have questions, please contact committee members Jena Richter Landers (chair), Kay Voss, Nora Kanzenbach, Joanie Dovekas or Joe Schoenebeck.


You may recall media coverage in past years of prospective students receiving notification of their acceptance to UW-Green Bay via Snapchat. This year, to shift with technology innovations, staff from Admissions will be notifying accepted students of all four campuses of their acceptance via the UW-Green Bay Instagram. Students will begin receiving notice of admission for fall 2019 on Saturday, Sept. 15.

The Science behind fall color: Q and A with UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Karen Stahlheber

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What’s really the science behind fall color? It just so happens that UW-Green Bay has an expert in plant ecology, Assistant Professor Karen Stahlheber. In this Q and A, she shares what she has learned through the years in her own research, as well as that of the plant physiology class that has been measuring pigment concentrations since 2005!

Q: What types of trees turn color and why?
A: Trees turn color in the fall as they recycle nutrients and prepare for the winter. Each species of tree has their own characteristic pattern of autumn color change, which is caused by the type of pigments present in the leaves and whether or not that species produces new pigment.

Colors like yellow, orange and brown are produced by pigments that are always present in leaves, but are usually masked by the green color of chlorophyll. Around the same date every year (determined by the days shortening in the fall), trees stop producing new chlorophyll in their leaves, and instead focus on breaking down and extracting nutrients for storage before the leaves fall. The loss of the green color unveils yellow and orange pigments, which are not recycled as quickly.

Trees with leaves that turn red or purple actually synthesize new pigments, called anthocyanins, which are not present in the leaves during the rest of the year. The exact reason why some trees do this is not well known. One hypothesis is that the red color acts as a kind of “sunscreen” to protect other components in the leaf that are being broken down and re-absorbed into the stems. Another idea is that the color is a signal to insect pests about plant health, causing insects to choose less vibrant trees for laying their eggs.

Q: Why does the same tree often have multiple colors?
A: Each leaf can be going through the process of dying at a slightly different rate, meaning that some leaves are still green while others are colorful. Sunlight affects how much of the red pigment leaves produce, so the sunny side of a tree canopy may also appear more vibrantly colored than shadier parts.

Karen StahlheberQ: What provides the intensity of color?
A: Temperature and sunlight can affect intensity of the red coloration. So, a period of dry, cold nights with bright sunny days will bring out the most brilliant colors! This hints at the idea that red pigments provide protection from light for the structures in leaf cells. The intensity of yellow and orange colors mostly depends on the species – some trees will drop leaves while they are still green, other trees like beech turn brown as the yellow pigments are destroyed and the remaining tanning pigments are oxidized.

Q: Do the same trees turn the same color at relatively the same time?
A: Generally, yes. Most studies of phenology (the timing of seasonal events like leaves falling or the emergence of leaves and flowers in the spring) in trees have found that individual trees tend to be consistently “early” or “late” from year to year. The beginning of the autumn for trees is signaled by changes in the length of day, which is always the same each year. This makes the season relatively predictable, with variation provided by secondary cues from temperature that control how fast the season progresses.

Q: Any other interesting facts you would like to share about the science behind color change?
A: We still don’t have a clear sense for how fall will change along with the climate of Wisconsin. Cooler nights in fall are best for brighter colors, so warm nights could make fall leaves of the future look dull. A wet season can make colors duller as well, but drought in late summer can make trees drop their leaves early, effectively ending the show before it begins. On the other hand, increasing carbon dioxide is predicted to intensify colors. The upper division plant physiology class on campus has been measuring pigment concentrations in several tree species on campus since at least 2005, so we have a rich source of data here on campus to begin looking at this question!

This Q and A originally appeared in this source in September 2017.

Drumroll, please. First TEDx UW-Green Bay speaker is…

Organizers of TEDx UW-Green Bay have begun announcing speakers for the Nov. 1, 2018 event. The first speaker is recent Founders Award winner, UW-Green Bay Prof. Illene Cupit (Human Development). To see speakers as they are announced, visit the Facebook page for the event. Tickets (limited this first year) are expected to go on sale mid-September.

Reminder: Instagram hosts wanted from all campuses

UW-Green Bay Social Media Coordinator Jena Richter Landers is looking for students, staff, alumni, faculty and administration to host the LifeatUWGB Instagram account. Volunteer hosts show “followers” a slice of life at UW-Green Bay. Shifts are a week long. Interested parties at the branch campuses are encouraged to apply! To nominate someone you think may be interested, email


UW Board of Regents Approves Name Change Request for UW-Green Bay’s New Campuses

Green Bay, Wis. — The UW Board of Regents today (August 24, 2018) approved the request of UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller to change the names of the three campuses now connected to the University as a result of the System’s ongoing statewide restructuring process. Effective immediately, the universities in Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan will become UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus; UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus and UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus. Editor’s note: the acronym “UWGB” paired with each of the campuses is not an acceptable alternative.

“From the beginning of the restructuring process, we made a promise to Northeast Wisconsin that we aim to have one University with a unified faculty, staff and student body at four campuses,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “The name change approved by the Board of Regents fulfills our obligation. We believe this name change allows each community to maintain the tradition and history of their campuses, while leveraging the international Green Bay brand.”(Editor’s note: A new video capturing the spirit of the new UW-Green Bay and its three new campuses is available for viewing and sharing at Welcome to the New UW-Green Bay.)

Recommendations for the name change for each campus were developed by a team that included representation from all four campuses and included the solicitation of letters of support from local governments including each County Board Chair. In addition, an online identity branding survey provided opportunities for stakeholder input. Details on correct name usage and accompanying logos for each institution are attached.

Miller noted that a Restructuring Planning Team has been working for the better part of a year with businesses, schools, non-profits, governments and community members to introduce UW-Green Bay in its three new communities. “We look forward to continuing that process to create long-term relationships which we know will bring further success to each campus,” he added.

According to Miller, this fall the University will undertake a region-wide assessment of higher education needs, economic drivers and partnership opportunities on the way to the development of a strategic framework for the new UW-Green Bay.

About the UW-Green Bay Restructuring
On July 1, 2018 UW-Green Bay, UW-Marinette, UW-Manitowoc and UW-Sheboygan became one university with one mission. The new UW-Green Bay is a four-campus university with a 16-county footprint, 700 ongoing employees and a projected enrollment of about 7,700 students. Until September 1, students can apply for free to the Manitowoc, Marinette and Sheboygan campuses for fall 2018.

The footprint of the new UW-Green Bay includes nearly one half of Wisconsin’s coastline on the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem and some of the most pristine natural areas and tourist spots in the country. The regional ecosystem also includes a large and growing manufacturing and health care sector and a solid foundation of business and nonprofit enterprises. All four campuses support vibrant art and music programs and are considered hubs of community activity.

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 nearly 8,000 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, 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


More on the reusable food container program

A few notes of clarification on the new O2GO containers announced this week: At The Marketplace inside Leona Cloud Commons, you can fill your O2GO container with a to-go meal. However, you may not sit and dine prior to filling your O2GO container. Also, please DO NOT use campus restroom sinks to rinse your O2GO container, as they are not designed to handle food waste.

An earlier post: You may have noticed a new machine in the University Union outside of the Leona Cloud Commons. This is a O2GO machine. Beginning Tuesday, September 5, the University Union is launching use of O2GO by OZZI, a reusable food container program that allows UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff to get a to-go meal from dining locations, including the Cloud Commons. To begin using this program, pick up a complimentary token with your University ID at the UTIC (University Ticketing & Information Center). Tokens will be available beginning Wednesday, August 22. Tokens will be redeemable at the following dining locations for an O2GO dining container beginning September 5: -The Marketplace inside Leona Cloud Commons, for a to-go meal -Rustic Range -Phoenix Club -Garden Cafe -Shorewood Golf Course Once you are done with the to-go container, remove all food waste and rinse the container. (The O2GO by OZZI machine is not designed to handle food waste.) Return the used O2GO container to to the O2GO machine outside of the Cloud Commons and receive a token that is again redeemable for a container. Dining staff will not be able to exchange dirty containers for clean, only a token will get you a clean container. If you misplace your token at anytime, you may pick up a second complimentary token at UTIC. After two tokens, tokens may be purchased for $5 from the UTIC. Questions may be directed to Tammy Olp,

This week at the Garden Cafe

Enjoy daily specials each day this week at the Garden Cafe.

Tuesday: Taco Bar
Wednesday: Pork Carnitas, Tostone, Rice
Thursday: Nacho Bar
Friday: Build-Your-Own Burrito Bowl

Tuesday: Chicken Noodle & Garden Vegetable
Wednesday: Turkey Chili & Beer Cheese
Thursday: Roasted Red Pepper & Ham and Corn Chowder
Friday: Tomato Bisque & Thai Chicken and Rice

A build-your-own salad bar is also available.

Wanted: Volunteers for LifeatUWGB Instagram

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UW-Green Bay Social Media Coordinator Jena Richter Landers is looking for volunteer hosts for the LifeatUWGB Instagram account. Show “followers” your slice of life at UW-Green Bay by applying to host. Shifts are a week long and are open to students, staff, alumni, faculty and administration. Interested parties at the branch campuses are encouraged to apply! To nominate someone you think may be interested, email