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First-year students get an official kickoff to the Phoenix experience

Freshmen students gather for a group photo in front of the Phoenix sculpture.

Members of the Class of 2023 participated in convocation this morning, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, officially beginning their academic career at UW-Green Bay. The program consisted of welcomes, advice, a brief history of the Phoenix and giveaways (Phoenix plushes tossed from stage and shoe tree keychains handed out as students exited). Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate Eric Arneson, incoming Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven, Provost Michael Alexander, Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich, Weidner Center Executive and Artistic Director Kelli Strickland and Athletics Director Charles Guthrie greeted the first-year students. After convocation, the class moved outside to participate in a photo with the new Phoenix Rising sculpture in the Library Circle.

Pair of first-year students provide freshman perspective

First-year students Ricardo Lugo-Ortiz (to-be Communication major) and Kejuan Goldsmith (plans to major in Urban and Regional Studies) are excited to be hosting the LifeatUWGB Instagram account this week (Sunday, Sept. 1 to Saturday, Sept. 7). The pair hosts the account through Saturday, showing the freshman experience during GB Welcome and Great Beginnings (GB) Week. So far they’ve shared photos and fun video montages of their experiences. Follow along.

Students studying abroad meet Nobel Peace Prize winner


Students on a faculty-led travel course in Poland, lead by Associate Prof. Heidi Sherman (Humanities) and Asst. Director for Study Abroad Jemma Lund, had the opportunity to meet Lech Wałęsa. Wałęsa is a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and he co-founded and headed the Soviet bloc’s first independent trade union, Solidarity. He was also the president of Poland from 1990-95.


Did you get the storm warning messages? If not, sign-up for GB Alert

GB Alert cell phone notifications

The severe weather over the weekend is a good reminder for members of the University community to ensure they are signed up for GB Alert. Users subscribed to Green Bay or Manitowoc campus alerts would have received Tornado Warning messages. If you did not receive these alerts and are members of these campus communities, you may want to sign up/edit your account.

As of July 1, 2019, the branch campuses (Manitowoc, Marinette and Sheboygan) no longer utilize Rave to send emergency notifications (including cancelled classes, drill information and safety communication during credible, on-going threats). If you had been a Rave subscriber and have not signed up for GB Alert, you will need to do so. This does not occur automatically.

Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campus staff, faculty and students, follow sign-up instructions. You will sign in with your UW-Green Bay single sign-on credentials. You must indicate at least one list.

Green Bay campus staff, faculty and students may edit or view their GB Alert account by logging in.

See GB Alert FAQ. You may direct further questions to or call 920-465-2300 ext. 2.


Fresh veggies? Email Libby at the Campus Garden


Last year, this space shared a feature on student Libby Schmit, interning with the campus garden and hoop house.

This summer, Libby (Schmit) Courchaine, (Senior, Environmental Policy and Planning) continues to manage the gardens, now as the University’s garden technician and produce market manager. Recent items available include: microgreens, kale, swiss chard, beets, chives, basil and more.

To receive updates about the gardens and opportunities to order produce, email and you will be added to the weekly veggie sale list. All are welcome, not just the campus community!

Nearly 60 students abroad this summer

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UW-Green Bay students in Italy

This summer, nearly 60 UW-Green Bay students will study abroad in eight countries. Summer 2019 programs include six faculty-led courses in England, France, Italy, Ireland, Poland and Spain and three interim programs, allowing individual students to take classes in Germany, Scotland or Spain.

The program with the highest number of UW-Green Bay students abroad this summer will be the faculty-led program to England. Fourteen students will leave in July for Oxford University to experience “a whirlwind adventure of the literary culture [in] England’s oldest intellectual center and the world’s second oldest surviving university.”

Students wishing to learn more about future study abroad opportunities should contact Jemma Lund, Applications for January 2020 are open through early fall. Follow The Office of International Education on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more updates, and visit for complete information.

Prof. Ryan Martin tops TED Talks homepage

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UW-Green Bay Professor and Associate Dean Ryan Martin’s (Psychology, CAHSS) TED Talk can now be found on the the TED homepage under “Newest Talks.” The talk, which originated as a TEDxFondduLac Talk was “upgraded” to a TED Talk status in March.

Watch the homepage-worthy talk, “Why we get mad — and why it’s healthy.”

Alumnus named Rotary Teacher of the Month

The Rotary Club of Beloit named Jeffrey Kropp ’98, ’07 (Business Administration and Master of Science in Management) Teacher of the Month for May. “Kropp’s philosophy is to get students talking in his classrooms and pull them out of their shells. He feels that strong communication skills and the ability to build relationships are key business skills which his students need to confidently develop. Another technique Kropp uses is to bring to life the content in his classrooms by having students demonstrate their knowledge with role plays and humor.” Read more from Beloit Daily News.