Kimberly star Frankie Wurtz set to begin pro basketball career

“Family and friends always have been important to former University of Wisconsin-Green Bay guard and Kimberly star Frankie Wurtz.

Even as she boarded a plane to Luxembourg on Monday, Wurtz was going to a place where she will be surrounded by both as she embarks on her first season as a professional basketball player with the Amicale Steinsel.

Her cousin, Trent Wurtz, lives in Luxembourg after his own pro career in Europe.

One of her best friends, former UWGB forward Jessica Lindstrom, is a couple hours away playing for a team in Belgium. She spent her first pro season in 2018-19 with the T71 Dudelange basketball club in Luxembourg.

Another former UWGB teammate, Madison Wolf, just signed her own pro contract with a squad in Germany that also is a short distance from Wurtz…”

Source: UWGB, Kimberly star Frankie Wurtz set to begin pro basketball career, Green Bay Press-Gazette

Environmental Monitor | After 10 Years, Great Lakes Monitoring Program Still Adapting

“The public knows much more about Great Lakes coastal wetlands than it did ten years ago. In those ten years, the information gathered through the Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Monitoring Program has led to and supported dozens of advances in Great Lakes science while helping nail down the shifting nature of ecosystem health for a vital part of the Great Lakes system.”

UW-Green Bay is a partner in monitoring.

Source: Environmental Monitor | After 10 Years, Great Lakes Monitoring Program Still Adapting

Kiel schools ready for year ‘like no other’ amid coronavirus pandemic

A partnership with UW-Green Bay is among the preparations made.

“We have added so many dual-credit course offerings for our high school students, which means they can take college credits while still in high school at a significantly lower cost, or free! Our partnerships with our local technical schools (LTC and NWTC), UW-Green Bay, Lakeland University and other UW System schools has allowed us to expand our offerings for our students. In some cases, the new partner programs we have created will allow our students to leave Kiel High School with a year or two of college or technical school complete!”

Source: Kiel schools ready for year ‘like no other’ amid coronavirus pandemic

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