Photo of The UW-Green Bay, Marinette Buccaneer mascot, left, poses with the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College-Marinette Eagle mascot at the Marinette Area Higher Ed Coalition table.

Marinette Area Higher Education Coalition

UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus CEO Cindy Bailey and NWTC-Marinette Dean Jennifer Flatt have been working tirelessly and collaboratively to provide higher education opportunities to the Marinette region through the Marinette Area Higher Education Coalition. A recent video shoot which will be directed at future virtual programming in the Marinette region, provided interaction between their mascots in the lobby at NWTC-Marinette.

What follows is their September Column submitted to local media:

Making a decision about college at any time is challenging, but we know that it is especially difficult now. On-campus events that might typically help guide someone’s choice may not occur this year. Envisioning your future may feel overwhelming. Even if you are able to visit a campus, college does not look this year the same as it has in the past or the way it will in the future.

Jennifer Flatt (left) and Cindy Bailey

So how do you make decisions about your college pathway? Colleges and universities across the country are rising to the challenge and offering information and experiences in innovative, virtual ways. Here in the state of Wisconsin and at NWTC Marinette and UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus, we are embarking on an adventure, creatively showcasing what our campuses have to offer in new ways.

The Wisconsin Education Fair (WEF) is a resource for students that typically is held in person in September. This year’s Fair will be virtual, accessible on multiple dates, and open to parents as well as students at flexible times to meet your schedule. Access virtual campus tours for colleges across the Upper Midwest. Search for colleges by program, size, and location. Watch videos and download materials to help in your decision process. Learn about financial aid. Visit wefs.org and click on “Register for Fairs” to learn more.

NWTC Marinette and UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus are open for in-person tours by appointment. Individual or family tours are excellent opportunities to engage in conversation about your specific interests and goals. Call or go online to our websites to schedule your personalized tour.

Our current students are also exploring what it means to be a student in their field during this time. Virtual events like Major Mondays at UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus, offer students an opportunity to explore majors, plan for their future, and connect with other students, faculty, and staff.

NWTC Marinette’s Virtual Tech Challenge allows Trades students on campus this year to create and compete with other students, showcasing products virtually to students, faculty, and staff.

The College of Business Network will be a virtual collaborative project across both local campuses, connecting students majoring in all business-related fields to discuss and learn about relevant topics like financial literacy, LinkedIn and networking, as well as social media tips for the business world.

Making a decision about college this year will lead to lots of questions—even more than in a normal year. Rather than feeling isolated and confused, reach out to us! We are here for all people who are trying to determine their college path, no matter where they plan to attend.

Mascot photo by Sue Pischke, Photographer/Videographer, UW-Green Bay

 

 

A graphic showing a close up of the covid-19 virus with a text overlay "COVID-19 Why it Matters,Can pandemics be stopped?"

Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters, Part 6: Can pandemics be stopped before they start?

This video series features UW-Green Bay’s Immunologist Brian Merkel on COVID-19 and Why it Matters. This series empowers viewers with knowledge to help them navigate through the pandemic. Merkel has a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia. He is an associate professor in UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology & Biology programs and has an appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He will be responding to a number of questions related to COVID19 and try to get behind the “why” it’s important to be educated in your decision-making as we navigate the pandemic together.

Video Transcript – COVID-19 Why it Matters, Part 6: Can pandemics be stopped before they start?

Hi, I’m Brian Merkel, Immunologist at UW-Green Bay, and we’re here to talk about Why COVID-19 matters to you. I think an important question is, can pandemics be stopped before they start? And the answer to that is possible but very, very difficult. The evidence indicates that COVID-19 originated from China. At the end of the day we live in a global society and what that means realizing that when disease is anywhere it can be and is always diseases can be everywhere. It really becomes a matter of where we want to apply our resources. Because it’s very difficult to stop a pandemic in terms of preventing it from ever starting. But if we invest in health care and other measures that are going to put us in the best position possible to deal with these problems when they arise the better off we’re all going to be. Particularly with respiratory diseases like COVID-19 you can be asymptomatic and spread the disease. We can circle the globe within 24 hours by jet so, these things are very, very difficult to stop. But the question becomes what are we going to do when they start? And the more we invest in good public health measures the better off we’re going to be.

COVID-19 Why it Matters:

Students doing field labs on bees

Photos: In-person classes look a bit different at UW-Green Bay this year

Classes at UW-Green Bay looked a bit different this year with students and faculty respecting the masking and social-distance requirements indoors. Many of the faculty also took to teaching outdoors last week, taking advantage of the warm temperatures and beautiful campus environment. Enjoy the gallery. Click to advance slideshow or view the album on Flickr.

Indoor and Outdoor Classes - September 2020

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication.

Photo gallery: Adjusting to campus life during the pandemic

Photos: Life Around Campus
A walk around any UW-Green Bay campus this week will look different from previous semesters! Students, staff and faculty will see signage regarding social distancing, wearing masks and frequent hand washing. See photos from life around the Green Bay campus, including a number of “GB Week” activities including an outdoor photo booth, kayaking, disc golf, s’mores and more.

Enjoy the gallery. Click to advance slideshow or view the album on Flickr.

First Week Student Life 2020

– Photos by Dan Moore and Jena Richter Landers, Marketing and University Communication.

Photo of Custodial Lead Heather Wade pushing her cleaning cart past a row of books as she cleans the Cofrin Library.

Video: Custodial staff work to keep campus safe

Custodial Lead Heather Wade cleans the Cofrin Library to help prepare for our fall 2020 opening.  Custodial staff across all four campuses have been following new cleaning guidelines provided by the CDC and other health experts. When you see custodial workers, please let them know that our Phoenix Family is thankful for all the work that they are doing to keep us safe on campus.

Photo of the Covid-19 virus at a microscopic level.

Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters, Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask?

This video series features UW-Green Bay’s Immunologist Brian Merkel on COVID-19 and Why it Matters. This series empowers viewers with knowledge to help them navigate through the pandemic. Merkel has a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia. He is an associate professor in UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology & Biology programs and has an appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He will be responding to a number of questions related to COVID19 and try to get behind the “why” it’s important to be educated in your decision-making as we navigate the pandemic together.

 

Video Transcript – COVID-19 Why it Matters, Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask?

Brian Merkel, Microbiology and Immunology, talking about Why COVID-19 matters to you.

COVID-19 is a respiratory agent and what that means and why that’s important is that it can contaminate surfaces, so we have to be mindful about keeping our hands clean and washing our hands for 20 seconds.

It also means that when we breathe and exhale and when we yell or when we talk and when we cough and we sneeze because this is a respiratory disease, those are all opportunities for the virus to get out in the environment and infect someone else. Given those realities, that’s why hand washing becomes very important and it’s considered to be 20 seconds to be effective. And face coverings very very clearly when both the infected and uninfected when both parties as much face covering and face and mask wearing as we can have the better off we’re going to be. Because it reduces the ability for the virus to be transmitted and to infect other people.

COVID-19 Why it Matters Video Series:

  • Video Series Introduction with Brian Merkel https://youtu.be/M-yYPSPk30Q
  • Part 1: What are viruses and where did this one come from https://youtu.be/DYbiIv8ICgs
  • Part 2: Two main types of viruses https://youtu.be/O-OVk3rx96s
  • Part 3: Why is this virus serious? https://youtu.be/EDFyNN8i5G4
  • Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask? https://youtu.be/FlcAvlt876Y

Virtual Convocation in empty phoenix room

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Mike Alexander’s 2020 Convocation Challenge

I would like to start my remarks today by saying thank you.  It can’t be said enough.  We have pushed to be as ready as possible for the fall.  Our staff has worked tirelessly to recruit and retain students and prepare our classrooms and living spaces, our faculty have reimagined what it means to provide access to classes, and campus leadership have mobilized all summer to adapt to changing environments, policies, and shifting situations.  My goal is to keep the convocation to under one hour and if I properly thanked everyone for their work at the end of last semester and over the summer, as opposed to giving a speech, it is quite possible we would not finish before the end of business today.  Plus, I would much prefer to dialogue with each of you.

How do I sum up what we have been through as a campus over the last six months?  I can simply say that we have clearly risen to the challenge that we have been presented with.  As of today, our enrollment is up and most importantly our retention of students is up.  Our students have responded to us by the fact that our summer enrollment was up over 40%, students are choosing to start here in the fall, and our current students are sticking with us in significantly higher numbers than last year.

Today, I can tell you we are financially stable in an industry that is filled with tremendous risk.  We are definitely not wealthy, but we are living within our means, which provides us a path forward.  We have been able to navigate an unprecedented event in higher education to this point, but there are certainly more challenging times ahead.  While I would love to provide you certainty today, it would not be candid for me to try to do so.  We are standing in as good of a place as possible today, but that can change at any moment based on events that could occur that might be entirely beyond our control.  While all of our attention at the moment is on trying to figure out how to effectively operate a university in the midst of a pandemic, I think the most important questions we must ask ourselves right now have to do with how we will evolve to meet our mission and vision in the coming years.

I would like to focus today on what we can control moving forward.  Three years ago, I was given a book by someone very special to me that in hindsight, I think accurately identifies the problem we are trying to solve today in higher education.  The book is entitled The Common Good by Robert Reich is relevant to the complex problems we are trying to navigate today in higher education.  I believe that we need to set our goal to build our university as one that belongs to the common good.  The idea is that we must reach beyond what is just good for us individually, what is good just for us as a university, and strive for what is good for our communities and our region.  I ask you today to join me on a quest to make that happen.

This is not a quest for those that fear a challenge.  It is obvious that universities are good for the economy, for research, and for advancing specific academic disciplines.  It is also clear universities benefit and reward those that do well in the traditional way in school, score high on tests, have family that have attended a higher education institution in the past, and often come from a socioeconomic background that is above the poverty line.  However, I ask you if this really serves the common good or only a portion of the population?  What about those who want to solve problems, but do not go to a school that inspires them to do so?  What about students who are eager to learn, but show it in a way that does not translate well to the memorization and regurgitation of information in a high school class?  What about those who do not have their basic needs met, do not have the means to move out of their region, and do not see how a higher level of educational attainment could help them and their community?  And, how does a university create equity in a community?  How does a university create dialogue among people who disagree?  How does a university help its populace appreciate the value of science to solve problems and the value of the liberal arts to help explain and improve the human condition?

These are the questions we must consider.  We must figure out the role we play as a regional comprehensive in answering them.  Our answers will be different than R1s, wealthy private institutions, and even universities in different regions and with different demographics.  It is easy for us to complain about the fact that higher education is underfunded, under attack, and undervalued by many.  It is harder to change our goal as a university to actually solve the issues I just mentioned for the community we serve.  It is possible that as we currently exist, we are doing good for our community, but we may not fully be contributing to the common good.

Justice Louis Brandeis asked and answered, “What are the American ideals? They are the development of the individual for his own and the common good; the development of the individual through liberty; and the attainment of the common good through democracy and social justice.” And FDR stated, “We now realize as we have never realized before our interdependence on each other; that we cannot merely take but we must give as well; that if we are to go forward, we must move as a trained and loyal army willing to sacrifice for the good of a common discipline, because without such discipline no progress is made, no leadership becomes effective.”  Consider the proverb, if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.  How relevant are these statements now in the midst of a pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement?

How do these statements apply to our university?  I believe that we must be willing to fully unite behind our mission.  This is uncomfortable.  It means we will challenge norms.  It means we may look different than many other universities.  It means we might fail in a particular activity in an attempt to reach our overall goal.  It means we will need courage.  And it means we will have to let some traditions go in order to get to replace them with things that focus on the common good and not just the good of those that have traditionally gone to college in our region.  I ask that we consider the following:

In his book How to Be An Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi writes, “We arrive at demonstrations excited, as if our favorite musician is playing on the speakers’ stage. We convince ourselves we are doing something to solve the racial problem when we are really doing something to satisfy our feelings. We go home fulfilled, like we dined at our favorite restaurant. And this fulfillment is fleeting…The problems of inequity persist…We persistently do something to make ourselves feel better as we convince ourselves we are making society better, as we never make society better. What if instead of feelings advocacy we had an outcome advocacy that put equitable outcomes before our guilt and anguish? What if we focused our human and fiscal resources on changing power and policy to actually make society, not just our feelings, better?”

Let’s further consider Kendi’s powerful statement.  Let me start with the simple things we have already done.  We have provided meaningful funding for the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion to be done.  We will require all full-time employees to have initial important discussions and training on how to improve our equity and inclusionary practices as individuals and as an institution.  We have formed a police advisory council to support our university police to have a continuous open dialogue with the campus, and led by Chief Jones, our police have created several new programs to further the ways they can positively interact with the students they serve to protect.  We have started to enact our strategic plan for inclusive excellence.  And we have formed an impact initiative committee on the Council of Trustees on the subject of social justice that will be chaired by alum Cordero Barkley.  While a good start, unfortunately, this is not enough.

Brown County is 15% below the national average for the percentage of the population with an undergraduate degree and 41% below the average for graduate degrees.  This is why we must continue to grow.  By growing, we are solving a societal problem.  We are also below national and state averages for degree attainment when you look at our region.  If we do not solve this problem, our communities will fail due to inequity and an unsustainable economy.  Are we serving the common good?

Forty-eight percent of white students in Brown County are proficient in English and Language Arts, Black students are 14% proficient.  That statistic is not because Black students are less capable of proficiency in these areas.  It is because there is not equity in how those two populations access education.  What are we doing to not further exacerbate these problems at the higher education level?  We can’t just choose who we want to teach, instead we choose to teach all who want to be taught.  The goal of the university should not just be access, but success; not privilege, but growth.  Are we serving the common good?

There are more students in the Green Bay Area Public Schools whose native language is not English than there are in the total school population of students in 90% of the school districts in Wisconsin.  Are we doing, as a University, all we can to welcome students to UW-Green Bay that are not native English speakers?  I ask again, are we serving the common good when our student population is only 15% ethnically diverse (luckily that number is growing) and 69% of our student population comes from within our 16 county footprint.  We must stop saying some of our students are underprepared for college.  That may be true, but it is not the fault of the public schools or the students themselves. This is, once again, a societal issue and we should build our university around being ready to meet students where they are when they enter and not bemoan that they are not where we want them to be.  The question is are we willing to fix the problem or pass the buck?  The question comes down to what our goal is for education at a regional university like UW-Green Bay.  In my opinion, we must measure the growth of each student and use that as our measure of success.  We set high expectations for growth, but we do not start with a bar that is unattainable and then say the student could not leap over it.  Only with this attitude do we improve our society.  Only teaching well prepared students is comfortable, but will not create equity or a sustainable and diverse region for the future.  Are we willing to consider the common good?

Is our curriculum advancing more than just the traditional western canon or are we truly honoring the part of our mission that says we want to be globally informed?  What examples do your classes highlight?  Who is writing the books you are assigning, the music you are performing, and the art you are displaying?  Who owns the business we show as examples of success?  Are we providing connections to populations not traditionally entering the sciences?  This hits at the core of who we are welcoming in our classes.  Do they see themselves succeeding?  Are we willing to learn from the perspective of our students and not just provide our perspective to them?  Are we struggling to serve the common good in our classrooms or just teaching what and how we were taught as students when we were in school?

Consider that the average age of our students is 22, but how much energy and resources do we provide to those who are above the 18-22 age range?  Only ¼ of our students live on campus, but how much energy do we spend engaging those that are not living here?  Are we willing to continue to adapt to what we have learned from the pandemic?  Why did we grow by 40% in the summer?  I think it is because we expanded our offerings only in a way that met students where they were at and not taught in a delivery mode that has made us traditionally comfortable.  Are we willing to view education as something that can occur outside of 8:00-5:00?  Are we providing high impact practices in all that we do and for all who study with us or just those that can be at a class from 10-11 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday?  I am so proud of our faculty for wrestling with these issues.  Our students are clearly responding and if we get the mix of synchronous and asynchronous offerings right, we will grow in ways we could never have dreamed.  What aspects of education do we need our students to be in person for?  Are we willing to also let them learn on their own and be informed by their prior life experience outside of the classroom?

In what may sound like an odd statement, I also think we need to stop worrying about degree completion for all students and start worrying about degree progression in a timely and efficient manner for everyone.  Each student will have a different educational goal when they come to us.  For most that start at 18, the goal will be to get a degree in four years, but for others that start mid-career, they may not want a degree, but a specific aspect of education that can advance their knowledge and opportunity.  This is a change in thinking.  We want all students to have access to education in an efficient way, but we must understand that not everyone will want a prepackaged degree.  They may only want a certificate, they may want non-credit skills-based courses, and they might even just be curious about a particular class.

I would also like us to consider our hiring practices in the years ahead.  Are they aimed at advancing our mission or encouraging us to look like all other institutions?  What do we value when we provide tenure and promotion and is it in alignment with our mission?  Are we hiring people that bring a diversity of ideas and backgrounds to our university or those that already confirm what we already know?  Can we search for people who believe fiercely in our mission, but might get there in ways that are outside of our norms?  Are we hiring and promoting for the common good of our region or to further the machine of higher education as it currently exists?

We must also look at our internal policies and practices and consider how the pandemic might have changed our acceptance of certain norms.  It is essential that we start measuring success in our workplace based on the quality and quantity of the work produced and not the number of hours spent in an office.  If we want to recruit and retain great faculty and staff, we must be willing to allow for complicated modern lives.  We also have to be willing to understand that our students also have complicated lives.  Why have we recruited and retained better this year?  My sense is that it is partly that we were working from home and could adjust our hours as we saw fit to accomplish our jobs and meet the needs of our particular family circumstances.  We must be committed to prioritizing the health, mental health, and wellness of not only our students, but also our faculty and staff.  To that end, we have formed another impact initiative with the Council of Trustees to guide us in these efforts.

If we do not fully grasp the equity issues laid bare by the pandemic, we will fail.  I do not have the answer to all of the questions I have asked today.  The answers will vary in every discipline and for every professor.  It will be found in the way we, as a staff, respond to every student’s circumstance. Even when we have answered the question countless times before.  Even when we are tired.  That is uncomfortable.  All I can ask you to do is to constantly question if you are teaching and performing your job as a staff member in a way that provides access and furthers the goal of the common good.  This applies to every facet of the university from facilities to residence life; business and finance to academic advisors, and IT to police.  We must fight for every student’s success.  Only with all of us working individually towards this goal can it be accomplished.  Leaders must be willing to make hard decisions, all of us need to hold ourselves accountable for keeping our work focused on this goal, and we all need to be aware of the opportunity we have as a university to truly define what it means to have a regional university focused on making the community it serves a better place.

Let me conclude today with a reminder of what I think makes us special.  When we did the work last year to see what made us unique, Carnegie Dartlett listened to us and gave us the following observations about our campus.  We are innovative, we are resilient, we are caring, and we are willing to fight to meet a noble mission.

We are innovative.  Continue to prove it with your actions.  Learn and experiment with how you can teach differently, truly provide high impact practices in every class, and perform research that can directly benefit your fields and our region.

We are resilient.  Model that.  Embrace the unknown just like we are asking our students to do.  Herd cats and celebrate when they all get to the end of a goal even if they take different routes to get there.  Don’t control the sound of the orchestra you are conducting.  Listen and value all of its unique voices to make a powerful whole.

We are caring.  Prove it every day.  Care when nobody is looking.  Just go out of your way to have empathy.  Do one thing each day that lets a student or colleague know that you care.  Just one thing.

We are willing to fight to achieve a university that aims to build a society that values the common good.  If a hurdle is in our way, we will get through it.  We will do so by being innovative, resilient, and caring in all that we do, but we will not stop.  We simply will not stop.

As we come together today, I hope the routine of the annual return to learning brings comfort and unified purpose to each of you.

I love this university.  It is poised to build on the profound vision on which it was founded.  Let us all rise together into the unknown.

Have a great year.

We are in this together.

Video: What are the True Colors of UW-Green Bay?

True colors show in times of darkness… when we’re on the edge of the unknown.

What are the true colors of UW-Green Bay—and what do they look like now?

If colors have character, we would describe ourselves as

Bold?

Innovative?

Tenacious?

It’s time to show the world who we are, what we’re made of and where we’re going.
We know that education prepares us, but it also heals and helps rebuild our community.

Become comfortable being uncomfortable, and ask the hard questions.

Will you teach everyone who wants to learn not just with words and ideas—but with action?

Will you fight with, and for, the student who has had to struggle? To see us and our potential?

Will you help students stay the course, and make sure investing in ourselves is the very best investment we can make?

Even if the path to get there is unknown, allow your true colors to shine through.

Together as Phoenix. Let’s light a fire.

And Rise.

Congratulations to the Founders Award Winners!

One of the highlights every year of Faculty and Staff Convocation is recognition of the Founders Awards Winners by the Awards and Recognition Committee. This year, Prof. Laura Riddle and Anna Merry announced the awardees in a virtual presentation. The Committee selected the following to be recognized for excellence in each category:

Sherri Arendt, Academic Support Award for Excellence

Barbara Holschbach, University Staff Award for Excellence

Prof. Gaurav Bansal, Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship

Linda Toonen, Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching

Mai Lo Lee, University Award for Excellence in Community Outreach

Associate Prof. James Loebl, University Award for Excellence in Institutional Development

UntitledTown Board of Directors, University Award for Excellence in Collaborative Achievement

  • Rebecca Meacham, Co-President (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay)
  • Amy Mazzariello, Co-President (Lion’s Mouth Bookstore)
  • Derrick Holt, Vice-President (Audio/Music Professional)
  • Maria Konkel, Treasurer (Nicolet National Bank)
  • Mai J. Lo Lee (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay)
  • Cristina Ortiz (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay)
  • Jerod Santek (Write On, Door County)

Video Transcript…

Introduction
Good Morning! I’m honored to present the recipients of the Founders Awards and to share this honor with my Committee colleague, Anna Merry. We want to acknowledge the outstanding work of the members of the 2019-2020 Awards and Recognition Committee: Iftekhar Anam, Sarah Detweiler, Cynthia Estrup, James Kabrhel, Ruth Pearson, Katelyn Strzok, and William Yazbec, as well as the support and guidance provided by the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty and Academic Staff; Mary Kate Ontaneda and Steve Meyer.

Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching
The recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching began teaching at UW- Green Bay in 1985. Decades later, former students speak passionately about this devoted teacher who left an indelible impression as they pursued careers in myriad fields. Her colleagues speak with great respect about her exceptional dedication to making student success the highest priority and her compassion for students facing great challenges in pursuing a college education. A former student, now a colleague wrote, When I look at all those students waiting outside her office on any given weekday, I can’t help but imagine that line stretching out into the classrooms and homes across our community. She makes this university more than just an institution of higher learning. She makes it a home. She is the meat and potatoes, the foundation of our students’ success.”

This year’s recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching is Linda Toonen.

Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship
The recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship is an Internationally recognized scholar in the fields of management and organizational behavior, “big data,” environmentalism, gender, and cybersecurity. Holding the esteemed position of the Frederick E. Baer Professorship in Business, he is also a senior editor of the Journal of Information Technology- Case and Application Research he has over one thousand citations of his research and more than forty publications in the US and internationally in high impact journals such as Information & Management. A sought-after speaker on data visualization and ethics, he has enriched the regional business community with his presentations, and has been called

“one of the most influential thinkers worldwide on the issue of information security and privacy.” This year’s recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship is Gaurav Bansal. 

University Award for Excellence in Institutional Development
The recipient of the University Award for Excellence in Institutional Development has distinguished himself as an excellent teacher, a dedicated contributor to the University, and a partner with the community. His University service has included multiple terms on the Faculty Senate and membership on the University Committee. But his greatest institutional contribution has been in support of the growth of the Cofrin School of Business. His oversight of the School of Business from an embedded department within the College of Professional Studies to a stand-alone School in 2016 will continue to benefit countless students, faculty, and staff for generations. Currently serving as the Chair of the University Committee, he has agreed to remain on this important Committee for his final semester before retiring to help transition into the 2021-22 academic year.

This year’s recipient of the University Award for Excellence in Institutional Development is James Loebl.

University Award for Excellence in Community Outreach
The recipient of the University Award for Excellence in Community Outreach has been involved in so many projects connecting our university to the community that her nominator wrote, “When reaching out to folks in regards to support, there were so many ideas for [this person’s] community building that I had not even considered when originally nominating her.” This person is widely connected within our community and regularly brings those connections to the university to the benefit of our students and those outside UWGB. Several notable initiatives include the Black in the Bay panel during Black History Month, the JumpStart program through MESA, and the Back to School Store, which brought 1,211 children and their families to the Kress Center last year to receive school supplies and health screenings. This year’s recipient of the University Award for Excellence in Community Outreach is Mai Lo Lee.

Academic Support Award for Excellence
The recipient of the Academic Support Award for Excellence is known for her dedication, passion and advocacy for the students of our university. One nominator wrote, that “students feel welcomed and safe with her,” and continued “She is the ultimate collaborator and connector,” meaning not only does she make students feel like they belong, but she also works across many, many departments and initiatives to improve student success at UWGB. In 2017, this person led a remodel of their area that led to a 65% increase in the use of their services over the previous year! That is incredible, but just as impressive to me was the recent UWGB graduate who submitted a letter of support saying, “As I look back, I can honestly say that of all the staff I have met, she has had the greatest impact on my growth as a student and on my life as an adult.” This year’s recipient of the Academic Support Award for Excellence is Sherri Arendt.

University Staff Award for Excellence
The recipient of the University Staff Award for Excellence impacts departments all over campus with her high quality work, from university finances, to admissions, to advising. Her attention to detail and commitment to testing and problem-solving before the final deadline have probably saved every single one of us headaches that we didn’t even know we were missing. As this person’s nominator wrote, “There is not an area on this campus that does not have a need to produce or consume data, and it is [this person’s] responsibility to ensure that our systems are developed to meet those needs, to ensure that data is accurate, and that everyone understands how it all interconnects.” Major projects that our award winner has played a key role in include: the integration of UW Colleges Prism data into UWGB’s SIS, and student data inputs into the Incentive Based Budget model. This year’s recipient of the University Staff Award for Excellence is Barb Holschbach.

University Award for Excellence in Collaborative Achievement
The recipient of the University Award for Excellence in Collaborative Achievement is a group that seeks to put the city of Green Bay on the map for something other than “football, beer and cheese.” As one letter of support stated, “Though we do love all of those things, we know we are made up of so much more.” This project, which began in 2016, has been bringing more to the Green Bay area, while promoting the values of UW-Green Bay. That “more” includes panels, discussions and performances. It includes authors from R. L. Stine to Margaret Atwood, as well as a diverse mix of literary voices. This year’s recipient of the University Award for Excellence in Collaborative Achievement is the Board of UntitledTown Book and Author Festival, a festival that has been ongoing for three years, plus the planned but unfortunately cancelled festival that would have taken place this past spring. Congratulations to the board members, past and present.

Closing
Congratulations to all recipients of this year’s Founders Awards!