While it may be common for college cheerleaders to cheer on football teams, not many college cheerleaders can say they cheer for their local NFL football team. Green Bay Phoenix Cheer Team, along with St. Norbert College cheerleaders, are collegiate cheerleaders of the Green Bay Packers, of which UW-Green Bay is a Higher Education Partner. They showed their support for the Packers at a number of pep rallies, and of course, they were present at Lambeau Field on Sunday, Jan. 12 for the Packers play-off win against the Seattle Seahawks. Members of the Cheer Team call it an “amazing opportunity” to cheer for both the Phoenix and the Packers.
On Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 about 350 of 432 students eligible to graduate from UW-Green Bay, participated in Commencement—representing the University’s 100th graduating class. At ceremony’s end, everyone was smiling.
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“If you’re going to run, run a marathon. Go to college? Get a Ph.D. Work at a university? Achieve the rank of full professor.”
She will bring her experience and wisdom to the stage on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 when she serves as the University’s commencement speaker.
Terry has done marathons one better by competing in Ironman triathlons—one of the world’s most difficult events—swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and then run a full marathon. “They fire the starting gun at 7 a.m. and you have until midnight to finish.” She’s completed three. (Also managing to squeeze in two Boston Marathons, two fifty-mile races, and more than 30 other marathons or ultra-marathons along the way).
Her career in academia began even sooner, when her father once offered his “exalted” (her description) advice to his eight-year-old daughter.
“I asked him, ‘who teaches college?’ He said ‘college professors.’ Then he added ‘If you became a college professor, you’d be one of the most honored, revered and respected members of society.’”
“I bring that up to him every chance I get.”
And while her CV is a testament to her scholarly work-ethic with dozens of peer-reviewed published papers, research grants and co-authorship of Principles of Chemical Separations with Environmental Applications, published by Cambridge University Press, it’s her collaboration with faculty and students that has brought her the greatest pleasure.
“What I’m most passionate about was starting the engineering program and leading my faculty, facilitating student success.”
Terry also discovered she had a knack for growing things—from wildflowers to academic flowers. In 2009, one of her students suggested, as a thesis project, replacing the under-performing grass roof over the Instructional Services building with native plants. The student never finished, but true to her pinnacle person personality, Terry persisted. Today, she solely supports a fund to hire students for maintenance and to purchase plants. Over the past seven years, she has gifted the fund approximately $15,000.
Ultimately, Terry’s most sustainable contribution to the University is her Ironman-worthy efforts to the success of students, faculty and the university. She was instrumental in helping launch the new bachelor of science programs in Electrical, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering Technology, becoming director of the programs in 2012.
As far as a “pinnacle” to her academic career to this point, it may be her appointment as the inaugural Chair of the Resch School of Engineering. As the administrator overseeing the program, Terry helped set the curriculum and was in charge of faculty recruitment and mentoring, along with ensuring program accreditation.
Still, she remains a teacher of environmental engineering at heart. Or as she puts it—“Everything’s a chemical. We’re moving chemicals.” And as far as staying on the move goes, Terry confesses a general-education offering remains her favorite class to teach.
“I like teaching Energy and Society. I have to keep up with the news, that class changes every semester. It’s a moving content target.”
Story by Michael Shaw, Marketing and University Communication
From seed handlers, to boat operators and ice breakers, to rice harvesters and transporters to the planning team, many people contributed their time and effort to a successful Green Bay wild rice seeding, even in the face of treacherous Wisconsin weather conditions bringing snow, wind, ice and sub-freezing temperatures throughout the week.
To show just how successful this wild rice seeding was, we need to get analytical for a moment. In total, 65 people participated in rice seeding throughout the week, including 20 middle-schoolers. Forty-eight bags of wild rice, weighing more than one ton, were transported and seeded and 40 acres of wetlands were seeded at seven different sites on the Green Bay west shore.
You can read more about the wild rice seeding process here.
Juggling academics, sports and life is hard enough. Now imagine also being in the military at the same time.
Not many are able to endure this intense level of dedication, mental and physical fortitude, belief and talent to endure. But two University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students possess these qualities and embrace the challenge every day as student-athletes who are also in the military.
Sophomore Taylor Reichow is a goalkeeper for the Green Bay women’s soccer team. She’s also an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Cadet and National Guard enlistee. Freshman Salvador Sierra is a member of the men’s cross-country team and the Marine Reserves.
Being in the Army was on Reichow’s radar in high school, and during her first semester at UW-Green Bay, she decided to lead a more purposeful life. Despite being on the women’s soccer team and a full-time student, she said she needed more. “Soccer will only last until college is over,” she said. While she saw the Army as a potential career opportunity after college, she felt it could still benefit her during college. She met with a recruiter and joined the Army on Nov. 19, 2018.
Sierra had a bit of personal experience with what life as a Marine would entail. His brother, a six-year Marine veteran, told him about his experiences and the benefits of joining the Marine Reserves. During his final month at Green Bay Preble High School, Salvador made the commitment and enrolled.
Both say it’s been a challenge.
Reichow completed the 10-week basic training this past summer, leaving her four days of “freedom” before preseason soccer training. “I knew that I could accomplish anything if I could get through basic training,” she said.
In contrast to Reichow’s recent interest in the Army, her passion for soccer began over a decade ago, at the age of five. “I’ve been an athlete my whole life,” she said. At Oshkosh West, she was a defender and forward until her sophomore year, when she switched to goalkeeper. Shortly after, she began to be recruited by multiple schools, including UW-Green Bay. Ultimately, she chose UW-Green Bay, which was also a school she was looking into because of the Information and Computer Science program. Taylor described it as a “dream” to be able to further her educational career while also playing soccer.
Sierra began his cross-country career during his freshman year at Preble. “I never ran in my life, but I stuck through it for a couple practices and saw I was good.” After a few years of hard work, Sierra was able to compete at state. While Sierra chose UW-Green Bay initially because it made it easier for him to go to school, be a Marine and work, it wasn’t until later that he decided to run cross-country for the University.
Reichow and Sierra both identified time management as their biggest challenge. The most chaotic time for Taylor is during the soccer season, as she must balance soccer, the Army, being a student and life. Salvador juggles cross-country, academics, the Marines, work, life and additional online classes for the Marines. As for what keeps him motivated each day, Sierra says, “It’s my ambition that keeps me going to be able and achieve all this.” Reichow added, “The Army will always help with soccer.”
Both student-athletes have learned that training for sports helps with the military, and vice versa. Sierra explained how training in the Marines has helped him gain strength for running, and running cross-country has helped him obtain perfect scores in the three-mile and 880- meter runs during physical tests for the Marines. Similarly, Taylor has found that the core and leg strength training with the Army has helped her as a goalkeeper to stop the shots that come her way. In addition, soccer drills, such as diving and catching 80-mph soccer balls, have helped her to better execute tasks given by the Army.
As for conflicts, both Taylor and Salvador say they have received tremendous support from the Green Bay athletics. “Coach Kline is very flexible and appreciative of my commitments in and outside of sports,” Sierra said.
When asked about what advice she would give to individuals in a similar position as her, Reichow offered, “If your heart is set, it is totally doable. You can be a student-athlete and in the Army at the same time. You just have to make it work. Don’t listen to anyone else…”
When posed the same question, Sierra stated, “I would simply say you can do it. Nothing is impossible. In the end, it’s just a matter of how hungry you are for success.”
While they have the majority of their collegiate career ahead of them, both are already considering a few options after graduation. Once Reichow graduates, she will become a 2nd Lieutenant in the National Guard. She could enlist as active duty, making this her full-time job, or she could pursue a full-time “civilian” job with her degree while still being in the Army. As for Sierra, his plans after graduation are to become a financial planner, but is open to any other opportunities that arise with his degree.
Needless to say, they certainly have bright futures ahead of them.
Story by UW-Green Bay Marketing and University Communication student assistant, Joshua Konecke
Photo by UW-Green Bay student Julia Kostopoulos, via Green Bay Athletics
How else to launch a newly minted innovation center? With rockets, of course.
Truth be told, these rockets that wouldn’t cause Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos to lose any sleep.
In true Eco U tradition, these extremely sustainable projectiles were propelled by air pressure and contained grass seed, to “compost” upon landing. The prevailing winds blew all three rockets onto the roof of the building so they could be later reclaimed and repurposed as mementos of the event.
What was more remarkable was the rockets’ origins—created in the new maker’s space of The Edison Center within the Brown County STEM Innovation Center located on the UW- Green-Bay campus. A long name for a building and program a long time in the making.
Also true to UW-Green Bay’s “communiversity” roots was a nod gratitude to community members, from government, the private sector, not-for-profits, academia, staff and students.
It’s going to be a busy place—63,730 square feet with the College of Science, Engineering and Technology; Extension Brown County; Brown County’s Land and Water Conservation Department and The Einstein Project, all under one roof.
In his remarks, Joel Brennan, deputy in the Department of Administration spoke of the importance of the very unscientific but transformative power of generosity.
“The essence of generosity is when we’re doing things that future students, innovators and global problem-solvers that will not only touch Green Bay but be felt around the world.”
John Katers, twenty-plus year UW-Green Bay employee and dean of the college, commemorated the first day with a quick history lesson. “This is first new building put on this campus since 2001. Plus the Resch School of Engineering has been decades in the making. We were buying into a vision.”
He even offered extra credit to the students in attendance, “I see we have some students here today. They’re ringing the upper deck. They’re putting their trust in the University, too. Student success is our number one priority at the University of Green Bay.”
He must have meant it—he said it twice.
And if the Engineering students in attendance were feeling the pressure as 21st-century global problem solvers, they weren’t showing it. They were just happy to show off their cool new building to their guests. And with the School of Engineering hitting its five-year enrollment target in two years, there’s no sign of this upward trajectory trailing off any time soon.
Story by Michael Shaw; photo by Dan Moore
Without even knowing it, you may be harming the very ecosystem you inhabit everyday. However, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Public and Environmental Affairs Council (PEAC) plastic film recycling program is seeking to make the community more sustainable by getting plastic out of the waste stream.
The program was started in spring 2014 by a UW-Green Bay undergraduate student and PEAC member completing an internship. In September 2014, PEAC took over the program. The organization meets every Tuesday, specifically for plastic film bailing, but they also organize and lead bailing events and “sorority nights” for Kappa Beta Gamma to help raise awareness and to get people more involved.
PEAC restarted the program three weeks before the Fall 2019 semester started after being on break since April 2019. In the three weeks before school started up again, PEAC spent about 38 hours in the bailing room working to get the mountain of plastic down that had accumulated over the summer.
“The easiest way for members of the campus community to help is to simply be informed!” says Katherine Bruni, a PEAC member. “There are collection bins in almost every academic building on campus, each with a sign detailing what can and cannot be recycled through the program.”
Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to bring in plastic bags and plastic film. No plastic bottles, saran wrap, tape, stickers or dirty plastic, please.
“We are always looking for more volunteers to get involved and help spread the word about the program,” said Bruni. The organization meets every Tuesday at 5 p.m. either in the Mauthe Center main room or by the GAC Lab for plastic bailing. If students are unable to make meetings, they can reach out to PEAC (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn how to recycle plastic themselves. In addition, PEAC is hosting a “Make a Difference Day” event on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, including plastic film bailing from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
With a strong foundation set at the UW-Green Bay main campus, PEAC is looking to potentially expand the plastic film recycling program to the Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan campuses in order to have an even greater impact and more involvement.
For more information, check PEAC out on Facebook or contact email@example.com.
Story by Marketing and University Communication student assistant, Joshua Konecke.
Photos submitted by PEAC.
UW-Green Bay is a University on the rise! Opportunities have never been greater. We’re also a University on a mission—to sustain the places where we work, play and call home—in Wisconsin and beyond. Read the University’s newly approved select mission here.
It was a sweet sound to our ears in July, when UW-Green Bay hosted the Summer Music Camps, including piano, band, orchestra, choral and the Rock Academy. High School students were able to customize their experience with a wide range of choices, from music theory to pop strings and fiddling. UW-Green Bay also hosted Art Camp, Robotics and STEM Camp and Video Game Programming in recent weeks.
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Two decades ago, a group of visionaries insisted that with the right resources and opportunities, UW-Green Bay could become a regional conservation leader. They were right. With a physical presence and intellectual capital, the University’s Cofrin Center for Biodiversity took flight, and this year friends are celebrating its tremendous progress and accomplishments.
Planting the seed
Visionaries for the biodiversity center included faculty members Paul Sager, Keith White, Bud Harris, and Bob Howe; staff members Les Raudenz, Gary Fewless, Tom Erdman, and Michael Van Lanen; philanthropist Dr. David A. Cofrin and the University’s founding Chancellor, Ed Weidner. The idea was supported by then-Chancellor Mark Perkins and Dean Carol Pollis.
The “Eco U movement” at UW-Green Bay goes back even further. With a strong leadership core during its early years, UW-Green Bay quickly became recognized for its environmental focus. In 1968, through a donation from The Nature Conservancy, the University secured its first off-campus natural area—the spectacular lake-front property of pioneer conservationist Emma Toft and family in Door County—who sought to preserve her family’s lake-front property as a natural area. Even earlier, the Cofrin family had created an endowment that enabled the University to develop a system of trails and plantings that would one day become the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum—a natural boundary of 290 acres encircling one of the Midwest’s most picturesque campuses.
The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity staff now manages about 1,600 acres across five natural areas in three counties. Recently, the University and its partners secured funding to add 73 acres to the Point Au Sable Nature Preserve, a peninsula just a few miles from campus, visited annually by more than 200 migratory bird species.
A budding concept
But the Center is far more than a land manager. While University officials were acquiring acreage for study and field work, UW-Green Bay undergraduates Tom Erdman and Gary Fewless were building collections. In the late 1960s Erdman began working with local ornithologist and collector, Carl Richter, facilitating the donation of a massive natural history collection of biological specimens that would become the Richter Museum of Natural History. Around the same time, Fewless began adding his own plant specimens to a small, existing teaching collection of pressed plants. By 1996, two small reconfigured classrooms would hold more than 40,000 animal specimens, hundreds of irreplaceable bird eggs and skins, and 20,000 scientific plant specimens.
As he watched the development of the arboretum and the various collections, Weidner’s personal friend, Dr. David A. Cofrin, son of Austin E. Cofrin (founder of Fort Howard Paper Company), sought to provide a headquarters for the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum; at the same time, the University was in dire need of more classroom space. Cofrin provided a sizeable gift that was combined with state funding to create a state-of-the-art green building, dedicated in 2001, and named for David’s wife, Mary Ann Cofrin.
While plans for the new building were being drawn up, several other pieces needed for the envisioned headquarters fell into place. Prof. Paul Sager described it all as “working out beautifully.” Natural and Applied Sciences program leaders, with support from Dean Carol Pollis, were able to create permanent positions for the curatorial positions (mentioned above). Pollis and Sager wrote the charter for the new campus center to serve the University by managing the natural areas, natural history, and plant collections and by supporting biodiversity research and education.
“MAC Hall,” as it is affectionately known today, would house new headquarters for the Richter Museum of Natural History and Gary A. Fewless Herbarium, along with University classrooms, labs and gathering spaces. In addition, Cofrin provided long-term support for the Center’s activities through his new philanthropic foundation‚ The 1923 Fund. The resulting Cofrin Center for Biodiversity was approved in summer 1999, with Professor Bob Howe named as director. So, while conservation had always been in the University’s DNA, the Center for Biodiversity made it official. Students, faculty researchers and community members were, and continue to be, the long-term beneficiaries.
Freedom to bloom
Mary Ann Cofrin Hall opened in 2001 and Center faculty and staff moved into its new offices managed by administrative assistant Kimberlee Mckeefry. The collections were now accessible and organized instead of packed into a small room and were adjacent to a new classroom allowing specimens to be easily used for teaching. Faculty developed more field biology and taxonomy courses at UW Green Bay at a time when other universities were dropping their “ology” courses. The Cofrin Arboretum and the natural areas continued to important outdoor classrooms, allowing students to gain hands-on knowledge of field techniques. Thousands of students across the campus have benefited from Center resources in the last 20 years, whether it was access to binoculars for field trips, specimens for science or art courses, computers for research, or even data collected by previous students and archived at the Center.
If resources were the foundation of the Center, it is the students that provide the energy to drive the momentum. Students are integral to the research and restoration done and under the guidance of faculty and staff, crews of undergraduate and graduate student technicians to get the hard work done monitoring birds and frogs, removing invasive plants, and planting and restoring habitat. These opportunities are essential for students in an increasingly competitive job market. Director Bob explains: “Especially for science students, college is more than just attending classes and earning grades. In order to compete for the best jobs, students need to build a competitive resume. The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity helps students do that. During the past 20 years, we’ve provided opportunities for hundreds of students through our annual research grant program, student employment in the Richter Museum, Fewless Herbarium, and natural areas management, and engagement in faculty-guided research grants.”
Additionally, the Cofrin Research program started in 1989 and managed by the Center allows students to take their own questions to the field to study plants and animals on the natural areas and provided students to share their results with their peers at an annual symposium. Since 1999, 131 students have conducted independent research projects, with several resulting in scientific publications.
A collaboration fostered by Dr. Cofrin in 2006 to link local students to educational and research opportunities with the Smithsonian’s Tropical Research Institute resulted in a highly successful research course coordinated between faculty at UW Green Bay and Saint Norbert College. More than 100 students have traveled to Panama to learn about tropical conservation first-hand and several have gone on to focus on conservation careers.
At the time of this writing (Summer 2019), sixty-six graduate students have been supported since 1999 and have been an integral part of the success of the Center, with graduate students taking leadership roles as teaching and research assistants, forming partnerships within the community, and running outreach programs. Further funding by the 1923 Fund created two biodiversity research assistantships.
Bruce Snyder (’02 Biology, ’04 ES&P), now an assistant professor of biology at Georgia College attributes his success to his experiences at the Center.
“The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity helped shaped my career in innumerable ways throughout my time at UW-Green Bay, including an early job on the arboretum, lunch seminars and discussions, and personal connections that helped me get into a PhD program,” he said. “The most crucial contribution to my development as a scientist was that the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity provided the impetus—and funding—for my first experience in undergraduate research through the Cofrin Research Grant program. This ultimately set me on the path to where I am today. As faculty, I have been able to influence ~150 undergraduate researchers through directing a REU program and mentoring in my own lab.”
Sager, who has been witness to the growth and transformation said Founding Chancellor Edward Weidner would be proud.
“Ed Wiedner would be really pleased to see how this has evolved,” said Sager. “He took great pride in the arboretum and the interdisciplinary focus of the program and the gathered resources that fostered ecological collaboration and partnerships at the University.”
Fertilization with collaboration
A perhaps unexpected but extremely important center to the Center became the big conference table in the office suite. Students, staff and faculty were able to easily meet and learn from each other. Whether it was student study groups or club meetings, the weekly “ecolunch” scientific paper discussion, or large meetings between local environmental agencies, there was always collaboration.
Under Director Howe’s direction the Center became sought out for expertise in ecological research, especially for ecological monitoring and restoration. Collaborative efforts with local conservation organizations and agencies resulted in more student powered research including bird monitoring in Wisconsin’s northern forests, wetland indicator species, restoration and invasive species control research, and most recently understanding and restoring ecological impairment in the Bay of Green Bay.
Collaborations with researchers working on a Smithsonian program focused on long term monitoring of forests began to expand globally. The Center, working with UW Green Bay faculty and partners in the National Forest Service created the Wabikon natural area, one of the first northern temperate forest plots in the United States. Student crews tag and measure thousands of trees, monitor seedlings and birds and mammals at the site.
New research generated through collaboration with local, regional, national, and international agencies and organizations, compounded by increased stress from invasive species in the natural areas, demanded more technical support, and with help from the 1923 Fund, the Center was able to hire a natural areas manager and data manager in 2010, greatly expanding opportunities for students to participate in conservation research.
Its impact is undeniable.
The Center has received more than 45 grants and gifts totaling $8,136,013 since its establishment and an additional $15,000,000 in multi-institutional projects in which faculty, staff, and students have participated. Research by Center-supported faculty, staff, and students has resulted in more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and more than 100 posters and presentations at scientific meetings.
Sager is thrilled with the success of the Center. “It’s everything we envisioned and we predicted that if we created a place centered on conservation education, management and research that it would succeed. It was the efficiency that was gained by consolidation, and creating a space for conservation to happen that gave us momentum to go on. And that momentum is still gaining speed.”
Director Bob Howe is continuing to build on the work he has fostered over the past 20 years by strengthening existing partnerships, land management, and restoration. He argues that the importance of the land to preserving biodiversity has historically not been appreciated, but as we learn more, we are realizing how precious those lands are. The Center is already looking forward partnering with organizations to improve and continue to restore our natural areas. Improvements to the Arboretum trails will begin thanks to generous support from the community. The Point Au Sable Nature Preserve will be expanded by the Wequiock Creek Coastal Wetlands recently acquired by the Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust. Center faculty are seeking to use new technologies like Environmental DNA to study biodiversity. But the one thing will not change is the Center’s reliance on quality education and strong collaboration.
Recipe for success
Howe describes it as “A recipe for student success really works.” And the result is now often momentum driven by new partners who are former students. Howe described a recent meeting at the big conference table at the Center.
“I participated in a conservation planning meeting for lower Green Bay, attended by 11 professionals representing a private environmental consulting company, National Audubon Society, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Wisconsin DNR, UW-Green Bay, and Ducks Unlimited. Amazingly, nine of the 11 participants were UW-Green Bay graduates, and all nine of these had previously been involved in a project or field course connected with the Biodiversity Center. The hands-on opportunities that we provide not only help students obtain good jobs, they help students become effective leaders.”
“It’s everything we envisioned…” Sager says. “It was the efficiency that was gained by consolidation of all the resources and collections, and creating a space for conservation to happen that gave us momentum to build on. And that momentum is still gaining speed…”
– Story by Vicki Medland
Cofrin Center for Biodiversity Mission Statement
The primary purpose of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity is to promote education, research, and community services that contribute to conservation of the western Great Lakes fauna and flora.
Center for Biodiversity 20th Anniversary Events
Watch for these Cofrin Center for Biodiversity 20th Anniversary events. More events will be added including tours of the museum and hikes at the many natural areas. Look for a winter 2020 dedication event. Keep current of anniversary events at www.uwgb.edu/biodiversity/anniversary/.
|June 2019||Door Peninsula Coastal Wetlands Bioblitz|
|September 2019||“Museum of Natural Inspiration: Artists Explore the Richter Collection” Art Show Prairie Festival|
|Art Bomb in Arboretum|
|October 2019||Cofrin Arboretum Anniversary Commemoration|
|January 2020||Panama Field Course March|
|Cofrin Research Symposium|
|April 2020||Earth Caretaker Award in partnership with the Environmental Management Business Institute (EMBI)|
|Academic Excellence Symposium|
|May 2020||Peregrine chick banding|
|Festival of Nature|