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UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus is ready to view the transit of Mercury, Nov. 11

Update: this activity is weather-dependent…

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 will be a rare and exciting day for those who look to the sky; Mercury will be visibly passing over the sun from around 6:30 a.m. to noon. This transit of the planet will involve seeing the tiny silhouette of Mercury slowly moving across the sun when viewed through an appropriate telescope or binoculars; the sun will not be completely covered as it would for an eclipse.

mercury viewing map

Location map

For those on UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan’s Campus, Assistant Prof. Bill Dirienzo will be ready to help people view the transit of Mercury. He will have a dedicated solar telescope and regular telescopes with solar filters open for public viewing during the whole event. They will be at the top of the stairs outside the entrance to the Brotz Science Building next to the East Parking Lot and the Theatre (note: not at the Observatory pad because it does not have the best viewing angles for this event). See the map on the right for details on where to go for viewing the transit. In case of poor weather, Assistant Prof. Dirienzo will be inside the building with the hopes of trying to look through the windows or taking equipment outside during breaks in precipitation.

It is important to remember the importance of safety when it comes time to view Mercury and the sun. Regular sunglasses are not a safe alternative viewing option. Only use telescopes, binoculars, cameras or other equipment if you have filters designed specifically for viewing the sun that cover the entire aperture that collects light, not just the eyepiece, as the internal equipment can be damaged by heating from the sunlight. Using insufficient or damaged filters will burn your eyes even faster than direct viewing. Improperly filtered telescopes and binoculars are also fire hazards, as they focus sunlight.

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Reminder: Flu vaccine available to students, faculty and staff

The Counseling and Health Center, located in Student Services 1400, is offering the Seasonal Influenza Vaccine (quadrivalent) to all faculty, staff and students by appointment only, on the Green Bay Campus. To set up an appointment, have your campus ID number or faculty/staff ID number available and call the Counseling and Health Center at 920-465-2380. The cost is $20 for students and $25 for faculty/staff. Payment can be made with cash, check or pass points. Credit and debit cards are not accepted, but students are allowed to charge their fee to their SIS account.

Green Bay is 9th happiest city in America | NBC 26

Green Bay has been ranked the ninth happiest city in America, according to SeniorLiving. Factors taken into consideration when ranking the cities were income, housing affordability, life expectancy, commute length, suicide rate, crime rate, unemployment, and household size. More via New study shows Green Bay is 9th happiest city in America |NBC26.

Faculty note: Prof. Jon Shelton publishes new book chapter

Associate Prof. Jon Shelton (History) has recently published a book chapter entitled “Teacher Unions and Associations” for Springer’s International Handbook of Historical Studies in Education: Debates, Tensions, and Directions. The chapter, published in a book featuring numerous internationally renowned historians, covers the global historiographic trajectory of teacher unions and other teacher associations.  Here’s a link to the Table of Contents.

Reminder: Tommy G. Thompson Scholarship deadline is approaching for students

Faculty and staff, please encourage students to apply. The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership is offering a scholarship of $2,300 to one undergraduate student at each of the University of Wisconsin System’s four-year campuses for the 2019-20202 academic year. Scholarships are intended for undergraduates who have shown public leadership in their lives in a way that reflects the general legacy of Governor Tommy G. Thompson. Applications are due Nov. 24, 2019.  Additional details about the award (and other outside scholarships) are available on the Private Scholarships webpage.

Former Phoenix star and alumnus expands The Driveway basketball facility | Green Bay Press-Gazette

Alumnus Ryan Borowicz, former Green Bay men’s basketball player, opened The Driveway basketball facility in 2016, and he is now expanding it. “The facility is for people and groups of all ages, from youth programs looking to provide more opportunity for players to the adult seeking a more entertaining way to get a workout in.” More via Former UWGB star Borowicz expands The Driveway basketball facility | Green Bay Press-Gazette. 

Artist Reni Gower visits UW-Green Bay art students


Visiting artist Reni Gower presented a slide lecture, “Sacred Geometry: The Perfect Proof,” to UW-Green Bay art students during her visit from Oct. 29-31, 2019. In addition, she hosted a paper cutting workshop for the students. See the original event posting for Gower’s artist biography.

Click thumbnails to enter slideshow view or view the album on Flickr.

– Photos by Professor Kristy Deetz (Art), originally shared to the UW-Green Bay Art Program Facebook group.

Marinette Campus Winter Public Concert is Sunday, Dec. 8

UW-Green Bay, Marinette’s West Shore Chorale will take place on Sunday, Dec. 8, on the UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus in the Herbert L. Williams Theatre. The group has been performing on the campus for several decades and is comprised of community and university members. It is directed by Jane Wells. More information can be found here.

Movie is final fall 2019 Global Studies event, Wednesday, Nov. 13

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6 to 8 p.m., the conclusion to the Fall 2019 Global Studies Discussion series will take place. For the last event this semester, the movie, “Measuring the World” (Germany, 2012) in the Christie Theatre (University Union, lower level) will be shown. The movie chronicles the life and legacy of Alexander von Humboldt. Check out the trailer.

The movie is a follow up to the previous Roundtable and book discussions. Please come and enjoy the movie; it is free and open to the public. This event is presented by the chair of Global Studies, Prof. David Coury (Humanities and German). These discussions allow the campus to have important and timely conversations about topical events and processes around the world. This is the 250th anniversary of Humboldt’s birth.  For more details, please visit the official Facebook event page.