UW-Green Bay’s new and innovative executive IMPACT MBA Program is seeking its first cohort of students for the fall semester

There’s no other program like it in the state. Applications now being accepted; prior business degree is not a prerequisite. Subjects covered include Interactive Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Banking Models, Blockchain and more. Structured as a blend of online and face-to-face classes, and the complete program takes less than 2 years with summers off. (Attach release link when live)

UW-Green Bay’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences to host a virtual conference, May 4-15

During the weeks of May 4 and May 11, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS, pronounced “cause”) will host a Virtual Conference to showcase the student work from across the semester. Whether it’s original research, musical performances, compositions or poems, or a host of other projects, students from CAHSS have been working hard all semester long and organizers want to provide a space to share that work with the public.

On May 4, 2020, www.cahsseffect.org will be replaced by CAHSS Virtual for the last two weeks of the semester. This virtual space will provide a venue for student presentations, music, research posters, written works, and other sorts of presentations and performances along with opportunities for synchronous presentations via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. To learn more, follow uwgbcahss on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

UW-Green Bay students face fierce competition but 100 percent land dietetic internships

Every one of the 15 senior students applying for a dietetic internship (DI) program this year received a placement, according to Sara Wagner, MS, RDN, director of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics. The DI is the next step for graduating seniors to fulfill 1,200 required practicum hours and gain the skills necessary to take the registered dietitian examination.

“Competition for dietetic internships is fierce with only 50 to 65 percent of national applicants receiving a match each year,” said Wagner. “This year all 15 senior applicants earned a match, with many of our students matched to their first choice program.”

Over the last six years UW-Green Bay has matched 82 of the 90 seniors applying (91%).

“Our success is a testament to the dedication of our students, the quality and rigor of the Nutrition and Human Biology Programs, the mentoring provided by our faculty, and high impact practices in and out of the classroom,” Wagner said.

Below is the list of students and their internship sites:

Paige Gorges– Nicholls State University, LA+
Gildardo Martinez Juarez – Viterbo University, La Crosse
Brooke Martin – Priority Nutrition Care, Boston (distance track)
Carly Herr – Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN
Carolynn Claussen– North Oaks Medical Center, LA
Sydney Walker – University of Kentucky Hospital, KY
Kennedi Verhoof – University of Northern Colorado (distance track)
Eric Schley – Marywood University, PA
Kirsten White – University of Houston, TX
Corey Haack – Wellness Workdays (distance track)
Emily Joppe – UW-Green Bay
Amanda Burkel – UW-Green Bay
Tad Taggart – UW-Green Bay Pre-Select Program
Rachel Rice – UW-Green Bay Pre-Select Program
Elena Garcia – UW-Green Bay Pre-Select Program


Director of Counseling and Health, Henniges, talks about resources

Video transcript:

I am Amy Henniges, the Director of our Counseling and Health Center. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all of you who are helping to flatten the curve of the spread of COVID 19 by following the guidelines of Staying Safer at home.

Additionally, I would like to thank all of the employees that are too essential to our campus operations to stay at home, for taking all the extra precautions to keep us safe.

Safer-at-home is our currently our best option for slowing the spread of the virus and flattening the curve so that our health care system has enough beds, critical care capacity, and healthy front line health care workers to take care of those most critically ill.

It is more critical than ever to maintain at least 6-feet social distancing and to continue to cover our cough and to wash our hands and disinfect surfaces.  

New this week, the CDC is also advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to wear in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores).  Simple masks or face coverings can slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it, from transmitting it to others. You also really want to minimize how often you are going out on essential errands.

Simple cloth face covering can be made out of made at home from common materials at low cost, like a bandana.

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting changes to our lifestyles, can make anyone overwhelmed, anxious or even depressed. Please don’t hesitate to ask for help. Our campus support services remain open by phone. Our counselors, nurses and nurse practitioner are available for phone consultations with students. 

Check out our Counseling and Health website for phone appointment details, additional virtual care options for COVID Screenings in the community, and wellness resources and tips.

Employees have access to counselors by phone through our EAP program.

Finding healthy ways to cope and stay connected is so important. I also encourage you to check out the resilient.wisconsin.gov for additional tools to encourage self-care, maintain social connections, and reduce stress.

Staying Safer at Home is more important than ever, and we know it is not easy. We are all in this together and we are here to help.

UW-Green Bay students settle in to new lifestyle despite pandemic

In this story, May 2020 graduate Joshua Konecke, a Marketing and University Communication intern, describes how he and other students are adapting in an unprecedented learning and work environment.

It’s been an unprecedented four weeks as the world practices social distancing and staying at home in hopes of flattening the curve and slowing the spread of the Coronavirus. Students have been participating in receiving education from their residences through alternative delivery methods the past three weeks. This pandemic has brought about abrupt changes to our everyday life and has forced students to adapt to these circumstances. Everyone handles change differently, but the challenges we face are quite similar.

I am a senior graduating in May majoring in Communication and English. I moved out of my apartment on campus on March 18, and have been living at home since. I’ve found the delivery of online classes hasn’t been too difficult to adjust to, although I usually take at least one online class per semester, so I’ve had experience working with different methods of educational content delivery. The most difficult adjustment is maintaining a normal routine. Back in the day when classes were held on campus, which feels like an eternity ago, my Mondays and Wednesdays were the same, as well as my Tuesdays and Thursdays. There was a normal routine. Now, any given day could be entirely different depending on what I have to get done that week and when I have to get it done by.

While I don’t have a normal routine anymore, I maintain a semblance of normalcy by trying to work in 60-minute increments. Each day, I try and do something productive, whether it be homework, work, job searches, ect. four to five times a day in 60-minute segments. That way, I am being productive every day during different periods of the day, so I never go too long feeling like I’m not accomplishing anything.

Morgan Johnson, a junior earning a BFA in Writing and Applied Arts, with a minor in Arts Management, also has moved back home for the remainder of the semester. She has found it beneficial to try and do the homework for each class on the same days which she would have normally had the classes in-person. “It’s the best way I’ve found to hold myself accountable and make sure I don’t procrastinate,” she said.

Additionally, Morgan has tried to make her home feel more academic, as she hasn’t done many homework assignments at home since high school. While the first week of online learning was definitely an adjustment period for her, once she figured out how to make her room feel more like her dorm, she was able to better acclimate to learning from home, allowing her to maintain familiarity through routine study and organizational habits she had on campus. “Once I did that, I felt more motivated to do work,” Morgan said.

Another graduating student this May, Zach Schneider, majoring in English, Humanities and earning a BFA in Writing and Applied Arts, with a minor in Education, elected to stay on campus. Zach is used to seeing people move through the residence halls, but now there isn’t many people. “It’s a bit eerie living on campus. The place is pretty dead,” said Zach. People have been consolidated to certain buildings so everyone has access to a kitchen, so some people abruptly got new roommates. While all of Zach’s roommates chose to stay on campus, he knows a few people who got new roommates and have struggled to adjust to that change in the midst of everything else going on. The changes with campus dining haven’t affected Zach, as he cooks for himself. “I just try to go to the grocery store less often,” said Zach.

Although Zach has lost his normal routine, he has found it helpful to make lists on virtual post-it notes of what he needs to get done each day. These lists help him keep track of due dates and deadlines for assignments and projects, which serves to keep Zach motivated. “The biggest challenge I face is motivation. I usually am great at self-motivating, but it’s a lot harder when there aren’t physical classes to keep my head straight. My strategy to overcome my lack of motivation has been being aware of due dates and the desire to finish my last semester with good grades,” Zach said.

A non-traditional student coming from California, Wayne Borowski, is a senior graduating in May majoring in English and minoring in Film and Cinema Studies. Coming from California, where he had to take months off from school at a time, this adverse situation isn’t of total unfamiliarity to Wayne, but still distressing nonetheless. “I’m a bit more adjusted now, but the first few weeks were marked by a sense of surrender and loss,” Wayne said.  Some of the classes or clubs Wayne is a part of don’t translate well to online platforms, so many projects have either been cancelled or, at the very least, considerably marred.

Wayne has noticed the days becoming jumbled here and there, and some of his usual customs have vanished, but he has found a silver lining during these tumultuous times. “There has been understanding and patience all-around, and in some ways, despite the distance between everyone, there have been moments throughout this ordeal in which I have felt closer to many of my peers and professors than perhaps I ever had before,” Wayne said. Wayne’s college journey has been anything but ordinary, but he recognizes this experience, along with his previous college experiences, will have him graduating in May as “twice the individual I had been before I embarked on this journey.”

Whether you are at home, living on campus or a non-traditional student, you are likely facing some of the same challenges. Although the last six weeks of the semester will undoubtedly be challenging for many students, it is something that we all are going through, and we will all get through, together.

Story by Marketing and University Communication intern Joshua Konecke ‘May 20
Photo –  Joshua Konecke in his new student/employee work space

Front door with colorful paper hearts taped to the side-light windows.

UW-Green Bay faculty members create a Pandemic Poetry Exchange

UW-Green Bay Professors Alise Coen (Political Science, Public & Environmental Affairs) and Jessica Van Slooten (English, Women’s & Gender Studies) were featured in a local news story for their creation of an interdisciplinary Pandemic Poetry Exchange group. The pair talked to reporter Diana Bolander for the Herald Times Reporter.

Alise Coen
Alise Coen

The group has grown to more than 200 members on Facebook and offers a supportive creative space to help cope with physical distancing.

The Facebook group is called ‘VanCoen Pandemic Poetry‘ (a combination of their last names) and has more than 225 members. The group’s guiding principle is to be ‘a supportive space for members to read, create and share original poems (broadly defined) to help cope with social distancing and quarantine-like conditions during the COVID-19 situation.

Jessica Van Slooten
Jessica Van Slooten

Both Coen and Van Slooten said they find that the group helps them feel more connected to the world while in isolation.

Coen noted: “I am comforted and inspired by our group as a supportive space for sharing art through words. The poems shared are sometimes humorous, sometimes somber and almost always descriptive of people’s different experiences and perspectives.”



A poem and photo by Van Slooten:

Front door with colorful paper hearts taped to the side-light windows.Fold the paper vertically
and curve the scissors just
so: begin with a point,
flare into generous cures,
and finish in a deep cleft.
Unfold your heart.
Remember they come in all
shapes, sizes, colors.
Make a rainbow of hearts:
love is love is love.
Put two hearts together
to form wings, and fly.
Imagine every paper heart
beating steady, strong,
a talisman to heal broken
hearts, heart failure.
Tape the hearts on windows
and doors: spread the love

Not Aleppo by Coen

Tending to street cats
In the middle of war
The man in Aleppo
Knows far more
About trying to find peace.
Me with my books
With my smart phone in bed
Using words to escape
The traps in my head
Safely sprawled under fleece.

Still, I fell nervous
In my privileged bombless nights
Mulling over viral posts
Of healthcare worker plights
And epicenter quakes.
By the light of my screen
That comforting glow
The fear is well disguised
As a thing I need to know
So I read all the takes.

Photo of a laptop playing Mary Gichobi drawing on her PowerPoint lesson

Professor Gichobi is teaching aspiring teachers Mathematics in a new way

Students in the Professional Program in Education are fortunate to have Assistant Prof. Mary Gichobi teaching EDUC 281 Conceptual Foundations of Elementary Mathematics. The course teaches aspiring teachers how to teach mathematics concepts common to the curriculum of elementary and middle schools.

Mary Gichobi
Mary Gichobi
Assistant Professor
Education Program

Gichobi covers areas such as the processes of abstraction, symbolic representation and notational manipulation in arithmetic contexts as well as examines topics such as multiplying and dividing fractions, decimals and ratio and proportional reasoning using different strategies”.

“Gichobi has been innovative and unflappable in moving her on-campus courses to alternate delivery,” according to Dean Susan Gallagher-Lepak.

In teaching EDUC 281, she goes through her PowerPoint slides and solves mathematical problems as she explains them, sort of like a narrated PowerPoint, but uses a software called Xodo to write on the PowerPoint. She screen records as she writes and then compresses it to a video using MP4.

Gichobi’s analytical strengths are equally balanced by a student-centered approach to teaching.

Animated gif of Mary Gichobi drawing on her PowerPoint lesson
Animation of Mary Gichobi writing notes on her PowerPoint lesson.

“I always feel that our students deserve support and guidance to go through the challenging terrain of life,” Gichobi said. “They may get stuck and not know who to ask. I feel passionate to help them in little and any ways.”

Students seem to appreciate Gichobi’s efforts. One student communicated this week to Gichobi the below message:

“I would like to thank you for your video of the lesson… It was refreshing to hear you teach the lesson and explain it in detail. It makes this change feel more like being in class. Thank you for all your hard work in making this transition so smooth. I can’t imagine it has been easy for you or the other professors.”

UW-Green Bay student receives multiple awards at Fox River Ad Club 2020 Addy event

UW-Green Bay student Dane Schumacher (Design Arts and Art) received a Silver Student Addy Award, a Gold Student Addy Award and the Best of Show Addy Award in the annual contest sponsored by the Fox River Ad Club. His Student Silver and Student Best of Show Addy Awards were for his “Rubberneck Converse Collection” multiple-piece campaign designs (below), a fall 2019 Design 431, Graphic Design Studio III project.

Dane Schumacher
Dane Schumacher 

His Gold Student Addy Award was for his “Children’s Defense Fund” (above) multiple-piece campaign design, a fall 2019 Design 431, Graphic Design Studio III project. The event was February 21, 2020 at the 2020 American Advertising Federation Fox River Ad Club Addy Awards Event, hosted by St. Norbert College. Photo submitted.


Rubberneck Converse Collection
Rubberneck Converse Collection

UW-Green Bay Prof. Kevin Fermanich named 2020 NEW Watershed Champion

UW-Green Bay Prof. Kevin Fermanich (Water Science, Geoscience and Environmental Science) has been named the 2020 NEW Watershed Champion. He formally received this recognition on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 from NEW Water and the Green Bay Water Utility during the 2020 World Water Day event.

Prof. Fermanich is a lead co-principal investigator on a collaborative project studying the links between edge-of-field water quality, soil health and field management at sites in Great Lakes priority watersheds. Additionally, he is a soil and water resources specialist with Wisconsin Extension.

Fermanich was recognized at the seventh annual World Water Day event hosted by NEW Water, the brand of the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District, and the Green Bay Water Utility at the Jack Day Environmental Education Center. World Water Day (www.worldwaterday.org) is a commemorative event launched by the United Nations in 1993 to bring awareness to global water issues. The two water entities honor World Water Day to call attention to local water issues, including aging infrastructure and impairments, and to celebrate the efforts of a local champion in caring for the watersheds of Wisconsin.

The theme of this year’s World Water Day is “Water and Climate Change.” Globally, this means an increasing demand for water as populations increase, which can drain natural resources and cause environmental damage.

“The Green Bay Water Utility is adapting to address the water effects of climate change to continue to protect health and safety to our customers,” said Nancy Quirk, general manager of the Green Bay Water Utility.

The World Water Day held in Green Bay also serves to celebrate local efforts to strive toward solutions. Learn more about past Champions here.

Fermanich has worked at UW-Green Bay since 1998. Along with many partners, Fermanich and his students study water quality, watershed management, soil health, Green Bay restoration, and agricultural management issues. He is a lead co-principal investigator on a collaborative project studying the links between edge-of-field water quality, soil health, and field management at sites in Great Lakes priority watersheds. Additionally, Fermanich is a soil and water resources specialist with Wisconsin Extension.

“Our era faces a number of water challenges, not only globally, but here in Wisconsin as well.  Dr. Fermanich exemplifies the spirit of working together to find solutions to the many vexing water challenges we’re facing today,” said Tom Sigmund, Executive Director of NEW Water.

Learn more about Green Bay Water Utility: www.gbwater.org
Learn more about NEW Water: www.newwater.us

This post is written in cooperation with NEW Water. Photo submitted by Tricia Garrison, NEW Water. In the photo, from left to right, Tom Sigmund, executive director, NEW Water; Prof. Kevin Fermanich and Nancy Quirk, general manager, Green Bay Water Utility

Weidner Philharmonic looks to build on successful inaugural season

The inaugural 2019-2020 Weidner Philharmonic season was one that “exceeded expectations.”

Showcasing two incredible shows, “The New World Symphony for a New Symphony” on Sep. 28, 2019 and “Casablanca – An American Classic with Live Orchestrations” on Feb. 22, 2020, the Weidner Philharmonic orchestra featured the talents of UW-Green Bay music faculty, and the accomplished orchestral musicians who live and work in the region playing in the outstanding acoustics of the Weidner Center’s Cofrin Family Hall.

Kelli Strickland, executive and artistic director at the Weidner Center, anticipates positive growth moving into next season. “The inaugural season of the Weidner Philharmonic surpassed our expectations. For a new orchestra, the players meshed quickly, delivering a very pleasing quality of musicianship. And the audiences were so enthusiastic.” Strickland says to watch for a new season announcement in April that could include