Video: UW-Green Bay Chancellor Mike Alexander welcomes the Phoenix family back to the University

In this video, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Mike Alexander expresses his gratitude to faculty and staff on all four campuses who have worked toward a responsible reopening. Thank you also to medical partner Prevea Health.

“Good morning UW-Green Bay faculty and staff. It is July 1st and we’ve begun to slowly open up our campus. I’m here this morning to help remind you of some things we can all do to make sure we keep each other safe.

As I drove in this morning it was encouraging to see a few cars parked in our public spaces, using our trails socially distanced, and enjoying the outdoor spaces we have on our beautiful campus.

I want to remind you to please park in your normal spot, but as you walk to your office make sure you stay outside. It’s also important that you go outside as much as you can whenever you’re having to walk anywhere on campus. Try not to use the tunnels, and hopefully every day for the rest of the summer looks just like today.

As much as I’d like to see all of you on campus it’s really important that as many of you as possible please continue to work from home. Please continue to use the electronic platforms that you’ve been using to be able to have meetings since march… it’s been working for us. If you need to come in, obviously it’s okay to come onto campus at this point during the hours that we’re open, but if you’re able to work from home please do so it helps for all of us to stay socially distanced and prevent an outbreak from occurring on our campus.

I want to thank all of our staff at facilities that have worked so hard to be able to allow us to open up our campus safely. I also want to encourage all of our faculty and staff to please make sure that you’re keeping your areas clean and sanitized at all times. Please be sure to read all the guidelines we sent out about how to safely open campus.

Remember that masks are required whenever you’re in public spaces walking through halls or around other people. It’s very important, and required, that we all do this for everyone else’s safety.

As a Phoenix family we’re best when we do things together. It’s vitally important right now that we all work together to make sure that we keep everything that we’re doing safe for everyone on our campus. Thank you for your attention to all these details it’s great to be able to slowly open up campus. It’ll be even better to make sure we keep everybody safe while we’re doing so.”

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Photo of Facilities Management crew member using a chainsaw to clear a downed tree from the Cofrin Arboretum trail

Video: UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Memorial Arboretum Trails and outdoor spaces reopen July 1

On July 1, 2020, the six miles of Cofrin Memorial Arboretum trails encircling the Green Bay campus will reopen to the public for hiking, biking and bird-watching. The trails and all public spaces (including Shorewood Golf Course, Communiversity Park and the disk golf course) were closed in March due to the pandemic and the furloughs related to it. Thank you to Facilities Management staff for clearing trees and debris allowing for a safe reopening.

About the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum:

The Cofrin Memorial Arboretum forms a natural boundary of 290 acres encircling the UW-Green Bay campus and providing valuable habitat and ecosystems as well as access for research, field trips, wildlife viewing and recreation. The purpose of the Arboretum is to restore and preserve some of Wisconsin’s native ecological communities and to provide a place where people can enjoy and appreciate nature. Emphasis is placed on the protection, enrichment, and development of native Wisconsin plant communities and areas of special ecological significance. Forests, prairies, ponds, and creeks represent some of the major communities thriving in the Arboretum.

The Arboretum also contributes significantly to the UW-Green Bay environment, making it one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States.

Video by Sue Pischke, University Marketing & Communication

Photo of the UW-Green Bay Pep Band playing music during a Women's Basketball game in the Kress Center.

Video: UW-Green Bay is a place where music students take it to the next level

Throughout middle and high school, Kameron Jennings knew he wanted to help kids learn and thrive in music. The junior Music Education major plays trumpet and says he has had amazing opportunities at UW-Green Bay including learning from master musicians and performing in Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and Pep Band. And stepping on stage to play his trumpet at one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers—the Weidner Center for Performing Arts—just a few paces away from his classrooms and music rooms? A priceless opportunity.

Video by Sue Pischke, University Marketing and Communication

Music Program Video Transcript:

In high school, my band class was the biggest motivation for me to become a music major. I loved my band director in high school and middle school and both of them just really helped me see that I wanted to do that later in my life and they inspired me to become a music major. I chose UW-Green Bay for my education because I knew how exceptional the music program was.

There’s two-degree options so students can either get a Bachelor of Music or a Bachelor of Arts in Music which means that you can go on to be a music teacher, have a career in musical performance, or pursue a graduate study program in music.

There are many aspects I enjoy the music program one of my favorites is being able to perform complex music with high-level musicians including the professors here and since UW-Green Bay is connected to the Weidner Center a lot of times the traveling musicians will give us master classes and teach us about their art and performances. Being able to perform in the Weidner Center is such a cool experience it’s a great space and it can really help change some people’s perspective on their music that they’re performing.

In the Music Program, almost everything is hands-on learning and in Ensemble classes were always playing our instruments and rehearsing the music and then in other classroom settings such as Music Theory we’re always writing new parts and learning about new ideas and music.

I absolutely love the Music Program here at UW-Green Bay it’s provided me so many great experiences and opportunities and I’m forever grateful to be here and I just love performing my trumpet in the Weidner Center and being able to work with all the amazing professors in all the great classes. It’s all just fantastic. I’m proud to be a Phoenix because of the countless opportunities it’s presented me it’s really kick-started my musical career in education and I have so many great experiences here I know I’ll make so many more.

Photo of the back of a student's graduation cap as students watch other graduates receive their diploma at the UW-Green Bay Commencement ceremony.

Video: Not goodbye, but thank you…

Today (May, 16, 2020) was meant to be a grand celebration of UW-Green Bay graduates and their families at the Kress Events Center. Instead, we want all of you to know we are thinking about you, especially our graduating seniors. Congratulations to all of you who made it through this difficult time. We can’t wait to celebrate with you at the commencement ceremony on Saturday, August 22, 2020. And don’t forget to bring a pair of shoes to toss in the tree!

Video by Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication

Video transcript

Not goodbye, but thank you.

It goes without saying
we miss seeing students, faculty and staff on campus.
But this message is specifically for our graduating seniors
And what you’re missing right now—
Buying graduation gowns,
Decorating caps,
Planning parties
Hanging out with friends
Attending a last in-person class
Thanking professors
Getting ready to move on
Saying goodbye to friends—
Even saying “see you later” to the turkeys and geese.

But despite it all—
You will rise again.
And take your place
In the proud tradition
Of resilient problem-solvers
Fearless dreamers
Fun-seekers and forward-looking achievers

We hope to see you at commencement in August,
and don’t forget to bring a pair of shoes to toss in the tree!
And know in your hearts, even as you go forward
finding success in the years to come

You will always be the class of 2020
That made history even when we couldn’t be together.
You are leaving an enduring legacy
rising above all the challenges.
In the true spirit of the Phoenix.

Thank you.


Two UW-Green Bay entrepreneurs create the business ‘Unext’ offering students a potential pathway to a career

Choosing a career path can be difficult, even if you know what you want to do.

You may have a passion for science or accounting based on a few classes you’ve taken, but how does that translate to the job market? What is it like to work in a science lab, or be an accountant for a reputable organization? These are questions most students have, but many may not know how to answer them while still exploring their education.

Tyrone Powell and Alex Marchese standing in front of the Phoenix sculptureTwo University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students, Tyrone Powell and Alex Marchese, have developed a business, Unext, to help students obtain real job experience in their desired fields of study.

Unext was co-founded by Powell and Marchese after noticing a gap in the student and employer market. When talking to college students, a lot of them were uninformed about career options that relate to their major. Employers said they struggled connecting with students.

“Schools usually focus on larger employers that hire students, often excluding a majority of small businesses that also have internship and job vacancies. If smaller businesses are looking to fill vacancies, it can be very difficult because they have less capital to spend on recruiting,” said Powell.

Unext is not a regular job board. Rather, Unext allows employers to offer customizable opportunities to students. One opportunity that can be offered is job shadowing. “Job shadowing is underutilized by many companies. We encourage job shadowing because it holds multiple benefits for both employers and students,” said Powell. “Employers can utilize shadowing to reduce turnover rates and to increase company efficiency. It allows the employer to get a better understanding of a potential candidate before offering a longer opportunity.”

The entrepreneurs share a passion for Unext, but starting their business recently, they had something else very much in common — sports.

Powell’s father was a professional basketball player in Europe, and spurring the younger Powell to excel in the sport and  play on the youth French national team. He moved to Milwaukee in high school and walked on two years for the Phoenix before forgoing his basketball career to start Unext, originally called “Knowledge Seeker.”

Marchese played from his youth to high school, but stopped to focus on academics. He originally attended UW-Green Bay to focus on academics, and ended up switch from biology to entrepreneurship. The two met in the University Union on the first day of school and have been friends ever since.

The friends pitched the Unext idea in Feb. 2019 as part of a WiSys pitch competition.

“Entrepreneurial classes have helped me a lot for business,” Powell said. “It gave me a great understanding of accounting, sales, marketing, organizing, and working as a team. On the other, Unext has also helped me understand my classes more as I can connect the dots more efficiently.”

Since then, the two have been selling their idea, working with employers and working to get the business off the ground.’

The benefits for students, Powell says, are many…

“Job shadowing is great because it can be implemented into the hiring process. If used correctly, students can get hands-on training reducing the time training the candidate. Alternatively, if a company has no openings, they can offer job shadows to still make connections.”

Unext helps employers reduce costs when recruiting because they are able to post unlimited opportunities and don’t pay per posting, for recruiters, or for headhunters. Job shadowing is beneficial because students don’t have to commit to an internship or job to learn about a potential career path.

“Shadowing allows the student to experience the culture of an organization and the career that they are interested in before making a decision. It will help them learn what they are looking for in a company, and in a career. Lastly, shadowing is a resume builder and it can make a student more employable,” Powell says.

Unext’s mission is to increase job satisfaction across the country.

“We want to give the freedom to students and employers to get insight on one another before committing to each other. Unext is the only platform that gives students the ability to fully explore fields and companies through short-term opportunities before committing to a longer opportunity,” said Powell.

Unext is currently working with students and employers in Northeast Wisconsin, but is planning to expand to all around Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota by the end of 2021. Unext is remodeling its platform and adding a list of features that will facilitate connections and help students find opportunities that work for them.

“Due to COVID-19, a lot of internship, and employment opportunities have been cancelled along with all shadowing opportunities. Openings are getting scarce, but connections never stop,” said Powell. To combat this issue, Unext has organized an online networking event through Facebook from March 30 to May 30, 2020.

“Employers and students have already been creating new connections with each other. Students are learning about companies and finding opportunities in their majors of interest,” Powell added.

Students can ask questions about their careers, and employers from all fields of work can provide insight, guidance and mentorship to help students in these difficult times to navigate the job field. “Employers have been participating in this event because there will be a demanding work environment after this ordeal. They are searching for motivated and hard-working students to bring on their team to help the company keep up with demand,” Powell said.

To get connected, students should login to the Next platform located

Story by Marketing and University Communication intern, Joshua Konecke; photo submitted.


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UW-Green Bay campus scenes for virtual meeting backgrounds

While the University community stays separate and safe together, virtual meetings have become the new means to work, learn, instruct and stay connected. Here are some beautiful backdrops from UW-Green Bay’s four campuses for online video chats, virtual meetings or Zoom calls:

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Call to the wild: Jade Arneson finds passion in wildlife, inspiration from Aldo Leopold

Arneson is first-ever UW-Green Bay recipient of the Aldo Leopold Memorial Scholarship

While an undergraduate student at UW-Madison a few years ago, current UW-Green Bay graduate student Jade Arneson scanned the shelves of the library searching for a copy of A Sand County Almanac, authored by former UW-Madison Prof. Aldo Leopold, one of the most well-known conservationists of the 20th century.

While there were plenty of Almanac’s to choose from, Arneson perused through several copies before finding one she particularly gravitated towards—one with small sketches of wildlife inside, and a specific, personalized dedication. Her own copy of A Sand County Almanac looks much like the one she found a few years ago in that library; personalized and filled with sketches.

This was the beginning of Arneson’s connection with Leopold, one that she wrote about in her application for the Aldo Leopold Memorial Scholarship. Just a few weeks ago, the second-year student in UW-Green Bay’s Master’s Degree Program in Environmental Science and Policy, found out that she would be the recipient of the prestigious and competitive award, provided and selected by the Wisconsin Chapter of the Wildlife Society. Never before given to a UW-Green Bay student, the award provides a significant scholarship to the recipient who has “made a commitment to the wildlife profession and has shown exceptional commitment to developing themselves professionally.”

Lesa Kardash (right), chair of the Leopold Scholarship review committee presents the award to Jade Arneson (left). Photo by Amy Carrozzino-Lyon.

Emphasizing her connection to Leopold and her personal and professional experiences within the conservation field, Arneson is dedicating her life to Leopold’s values which grew out of his lifetime of experience spent in the outdoors.

Leopold wrote, “we can only be ethical in relation to something we can see, understand, feel, love, or otherwise have faith in.”

“Aldo Leopold believed that direct contact with the natural world was crucial in shaping our ability to extend our ethics beyond our own self-interest,” according to “He hoped his essays would inspire others to embark or continue on a similar lifelong journey of outdoor exploration, developing an ethic of care that would grow out of their own close personal connection to nature.”

In her nomination letter, UW-Green Bay staff member and Green Bay Restoration Project Coordinator Amy Carrozzino-Lyon wrote about Arneson’s initiative and leadership, and the ties to Leopold’s work:

“Jade has the initiative to take her graduate research and make it her own investigating the ecology and restoration of wild rice in Green Bay wetlands and incorporating a waterfowl use component to address her strong interest in the relationships between wildlife and habitat,” she wrote. “For example, last year she successfully pursued a student research grant to purchase trail cameras and equipment to study wildlife use at wild rice restoration sites. This effort provided hundreds of photos of wildlife, especially Canada geese and wood ducks, using these areas providing key support for the restoration effort. She has navigated the challenges and successes of graduate research with professionalism, sound problem solving skills, and a positive attitude… She has a unique ability to bridge the gap between the science and communication through effective conservation writing, photography, and art just as Leopold did, which I am certain will serve her well in her career in wildlife conservation.”

While Arneson has found her way to a similar journey in outdoor exploration, her now clear path, started a bit foggy. After spending two years at the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus to fulfill her general education requirements, she transferred to UW-Madison. Unsure of an intended major, she points back to a water quality internship at the Manitowoc Campus that had sparked an interest in environmental sciences. While scrolling through the broad catalog of potential majors, she stumbled across two words that would change her life: Wildlife Ecology.

“I was always outside as a kid,” said Arneson. “I would frequently walk the ‘back forty’ down to the creek, and we camped a lot as a family. I also worked on a farm, which furthered my love for animals.” At Madison, the Wildlife Ecology major led her to be active with The Wildlife Society (TWS) on campus. Arneson made lifetime connections and worked on important projects, such as one involving elk population reintroduction. She also participated in Learn to Hunt opportunities while at the university, which introduced her to hunting and its role in conservation, something she feels is incredibly important as a natural resource professional.

After graduating from UW-Madison and working in the field for three years, Arneson came to UW-Green Bay to pursue a graduate degree in Environmental Science and Policy. In her time at UW-Green Bay, Arneson led efforts through her graduate research on Wild Rice Restoration Project, serving as a member of the board of directors for the Northeastern Wisconsin Audubon Society, and volunteering with the Green Bay Audubon Student Conservation Chapter (the first college chapter in the nation, started by UW-Green Bay students).

Her work as a graduate research assistant with the Wild Rice Restoration Project in the bay of Green Bay is a vital step in restoring original habitat for fish and birds. Past roles took her to the nation’s capital where she advocated for the  Forage Fish Conservation Act, supporting shorebirds and other waterbirds that depend on healthy forage fish populations.

Like any career path, there are challenges and rewarding ventures that define one’s journey. Through her experiences in the conservation field, Arneson believes that her biggest challenge is the unknown early in her career. “Jobs are usually temporary and demand geographic flexibility,” said Arneson. She has had jobs spanning anywhere from a few months to a year, so the periods of time in between work can be difficult. Despite that, Arneson is glad she is doing what she does. “I started with it and was persistent to chase after my passion!”

As for the most rewarding part of her work, Arneson points to two things. First, she enjoys the work involved with habitat restoration. “It takes time to see the results of restoration projects, so the reward isn’t immediate, but the work as a whole is satisfying” said Arneson. Second, she enjoys working with conservation partners who each bring their own strengths and resources.

Looking into the future, Arneson hopes to find a job that aligns with her skillsets and passions, while mirroring her conservation philosophy, one that is quite similar to Leopold’s.

“It’s a career goal of mine to work with private landowners that want to improve their land for the sake of wildlife. I also want to dedicate part of my career to recruiting new sportsmen and women and supporting the hunting community in their role as conservationists.”

Story by UW-Green Bay Marketing and University Communication intern Joshua Konecke

Photos submitted by Amy Carrozzino-Lyon


Homecoming Week kicks off with pep rally and declaration by the Mayor of Green Bay

Proclimation by the City of Green Bay for Homecoming WeekHomecoming Week 2020 is off to a great start, with Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich declarating this week as “UW-Green Bay Week” in front of approximately 80 students, faculty, staff and alumni present at the Homecoming Pep Rally, in the University Union, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.

Student Amber Perez (Human Biology and Spanish) and Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven opened the pep rally by welcoming Mayor Genrich to the stage, who stated that while he did not attend UW-Green Bay, he feels as if he is a “Phoenix by birth,” due to being born and raised in the area. As he declared this week “UW-Green Bay Week” he also said the downtown city bridges will be lit green this week in support of the University! Genrich was given an honorary “t to the campus,”—an official Homecoming t-shirt, designed by student Jenna Bares (Design Arts). 

Green Bay women’s basketball Coach Kevin Borseth, who recently achieved his 500th Division 1 win as a head coach, and Director of Athletics Charles Guthrie also addressed the crowd. They expressed their excitement for the week, reminding people to come to “Krash the Kress” and support UW-Green Bay men’s and women’s basketball on Saturday, Feb. 29. The women play at 2 p.m., and the men play at 7 p.m. with the Krash the Kress tailgate in-between events.

See the full list of events that are happening this week as part of Homecoming Week.

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Homecoming 2020 Pep Rally

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication