Photo of a UW-Green Bay nursing student using an otoscope on a high-tech mannequin inside the new Nursing Skills Center at the Green Bay campus.

Video: UW-Green Bay’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program

As a young girl, Grace was drawn to jump in and help when somebody was sick or injured. If you have a calling to take care of people—become a nurse. Get started today at this website. UW-Green Bay’s Nursing Program provides you with hands-on nursing experiences in a variety of medical settings in the greater Green Bay area. The Aurora BayCare Medical Center Nursing Skills Center gives nursing students real-life experiences using high-tech patient simulators to prepare students for their hands-on, hospital-site clinicals. For more information visit https://www.uwgb.edu/bsn-traditional/.

UW-Green Bay: B.S. Nursing Program Video Transcript: 

When people get sick or ill or their even upset like its emotional, you want to help them. And I feel like a lot of people turn away from that and I was always interested in jumping into it. If that’s you, you know you want to take care of people or you want to push yourself to be a nurse and go through nursing school, I think that this is the opportunity.

UW-Green Bay offers that.

A lot of hospitals actually require that you have your BSN within five years of hire. So, it’s awesome that Green Bay offers an opportunity for you to get your BSN and not have to go back to school. You can just be done, and work and I think that’s awesome.

The professors at UW-Green Bay are very approachable and knowledgeable and are RNs and nurses themselves, so they’re able to make students feel ready to go into the nursing field because of all the opportunities you have in clinical as well as in the simulation lab, where your able to practice on patients and then take it out into clinical and be with real patients so when you start your first nursing job you’re ready to go because you had years of experience.

The thing I enjoy the most about the Nursing Program at UW-Green Bay is the ability to take classes that you’re focused on and like what you want to take to your specialty and the advisors do a really nice job of making sure you’re getting to where you want to go.

After graduation from UW-Green Bay, I hope to be a NICU nurse and I feel that after all this, all the schooling that I’m going to feel very fulfilled with my journey through UW-Green Bay and their ability to give me what I needed from them and to move forward and take into the real world as a nurse.

I’m really excited to work with patients and their families. Even like the tiniest of patients because I feel that the experiences that I’ve gained through UW-Green Bay have made me the person that can take care of anyone. Especially little ones. When it comes to nursing you just know that, it’s something you need to do.

UW-Green Bay receives official ‘Bee City USA®’ designation

Bee City USA® has announced that the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has met the standards for certification as an official Bee Campus USA affiliate.

The application for certification was submitted by the UW-Green Bay Sustainability Committee chaired by Prof. David Voelker (Humanities and History). Voelker noted that “The Sustainability Committee greeted Professor Amy Wolf’s proposal that UWGB seek Bee Campus USA certification with excitement. We see this program as a wonderful opportunity to build on work that we are already doing, and we welcome the chance to collaborate with the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, CSET faculty, and Facilities Management to promote pollinator-friendly habitat on our campus.” Amy Wolf is the Herbert Fik Johnson Professor of Natural Sciences and faculty member in UW-Green Bay’s Natural and Applied Sciences program.

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee
Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

In addition to 30 acres of planted native pollinator habitat, including the Keith White Prairie and Douglass Cofrin Arboretum Gateway, the open fields and woodlands of the Green Bay Campus support a wealth of pollinator species, including the federally endangered Rusty-patched Bumble Bee and at least two other at-risk native bee species.

See the US FWS fact sheet on the endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee.

Bees and other pollinators transfer pollen between flowers, enabling the Earth’s incredible diversity of plants to produce fruits and seeds. Pollinators are keystone species in essentially every ecosystem where they play a direct role in the reproduction of over 85 percent of all flowering plants and 67 percent of agricultural crops. In addition to the well-known honey bee (Apis mellifera), a species brought to the United States from Europe, more than 20,000 species of bees have been described globally, 3,600 of which occur in the United States. While bees are the most important pollinators, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, wasps, bats, and hummingbirds also contribute to plant pollination.

Research has shown significant global declines in native pollinator population sizes and ranges; up to 40 percent of pollinator species on earth are currently at risk of extinction because of habitat loss, use of harmful pesticides, and climate change.

Thinking globally and acting locally, Bee Campus USA® provides a framework for communities to conserve native pollinators by increasing the abundance of native plants, providing nest sites, and reducing the use of pesticides. Bee Campus USA and Bee City USA are initiatives of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Visit Bee City USA website to learn more about pollinators and the commitments that affiliates make to protect them.

Photos submitted by Prof. Amy Wolf

 

Founders Award Winners

Founders Awardees now on display outside of GBOSS

Because of the pandemic, it took some time to gather images and design the Founders Award posters for the display wall outside GBOSS on the Green Bay Campus. But they were installed a few weeks ago. Congrats one last time to all the winners announced at virtual Convocation in Fall 2020:

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)

Photo from over the top of a nursing bed with two nursing students and a professor feeling the neck of a high-tech mannequin for a pulse with the text, Technologized Nursing Skills Center.

Video: UW-Green Bay Nursing Skills Center

Here’s a  fresh new look at the Aurora BayCare Nursing Skills Center on the third floor of Wood Hall on the Green Bay Campus. UW-Green Bay’s partnership with Aurora BayCare ensures our nursing students are prepared to deliver high-quality, safe patient care as they prepare for their clinical courses. The Aurora BayCare Nursing Skills Center serves as a hub for clinical skills learning including clinical courses with hands-on skills (e.g., starting IVs), simulation of clinical events using hi-tech patient mannequins, and open lab student practice time. Take a look at our Nursing program and watch this new video.

Innovation in Aging

Technology literacy solution wins 2021 WiSys Innovation in Aging student idea competition

Grandmother’s influence motivated competition winner

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay student Cheri Branham’s plan to increase technology literacy among aging populations took first place in the WiSys Innovation in Aging student idea competition on Feb. 25.

The annual student idea competition challenges UW-Green Bay students to create innovative solutions to combat hardships and improve quality of life for an aging public. The competition gives students an opportunity to grow idea development, collaboration and public presentation skills.

“Congratulations to Cheri Branham for the excellent presentation during WiSys Innovation in Aging,” said WiSys President Arjun Sanga. “Every year, we are excited to partner with the leaders at UW-Green Bay to showcase the University’s many innovative students. Yet again, the students did a great job applying their education to an important real-world problem affecting our state. Cheri and the other students are shining examples of why the UW System’s regional campuses are collectively among the most innovative in the country.”

First Place:

Cheri Branham
Cheri Branham

Branham, who won a $1,000 prize, documented shortfalls in technology literacy among older adults, their dependency on technology and the potential to improve their quality of life through greater adoption of more technology.

Branham’s solution is to provide one-to-one assistance to older adults by making connections to young people as trainers and facilitators.

The Social Work major from Green Bay, Wis. who will graduate in May 2021, said what motivated her to enter was seeing so many flaws in the system the past year of her grandmother’s life.

“She passed away in November, so I decided to address some of the challenges, Branham said. “I originally wanted to do policy change, but decided to do something I could do immediately. In the future I plan to work with pregnant women who struggle with substance abuse and are in the Department of Corrections. There’s also a lack of programming for this population so I hope to address it in my future!”

Second Place:

A team of students—Jordan Cioni, Andrew Akin, Elly Purdy and Andy Weigel—took second place in the competition with their innovation “Choppa.” Working with recent alum Katelyn Desrochers as their advisor on the project, the team developed “Choppa” as an easy-to-use cutting board device designed for people affected by arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome or other physical limitations.

The solution won the team—which represented the UW-Green Bay Engineering Club—a $750 prize, along with a $100 award for participating as a student organization.

Third Place: 

Team C.A.L.M.—made up of UW-Green Business Administration students Cassie Bougie, Anna Eaton, Lisa Joiner and Megan Bonikowski—took third place and a $500 prize for their solution to address the negative effects of colored beverages on the mouths of older adults. The team developed a dual-ended color resistant product called “ColorStop” to protect lips and teeth from beverages such as red wine and coffee. The solution won the team a $500 prize.

To view the students’ presentations or the entire event, including a keynote by Devon Christianson, the director of Aging and Disability Resource Center of Brown County, visit wisys.org/aging or on the WiSys YouTube Channel.

WiSys Innovation in Aging is a partnership between WiSys, the UW-Green Bay College of Health, Education and Social Welfare and the UW-Green Bay Gerontology Center.

Props to the IiA Competition planning committee members who worked hard on this initiative and the competition’s first-ever virtual IiA event.  Planning members are:
Katie Turkiewicz
Brad Ricker (WiSys)
Mike Zorn
Doreen Higgins
Stephanie Rhee
Dean Von Dras
Sue Craver
Jamie Schramm
Susan Gallagher-Lepak
Ryan Kauth
Denny Christoff (student)
Rita Ebbott (student)
Adhira Sunkara (WiSys)
Organizers would also like to recognize the judges: Brian Walsh, Mary Bouchee, Liza Steffek, Dr. Jim Warpinski and Matt Geimer.

WiSys is a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state.

VIDEO LINKS:

FULL https://youtu.be/LaGHniAiM_4

Tech Literacy: https://youtu.be/kErj9Qi8VkU

ColorStop: https://youtu.be/-czzRDCqEBI

Choppa: https://youtu.be/IiX1h8s0pN0

Keynote: https://youtu.be/P3QaVXOOZhw

Press Release by Craig Sauer, WiSys

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Malmberg another graduate demonstrating UW-Green Bay and NEW Water ‘Partnership in Action’

Phoenix graduate Hannah Malmberg continues to shine, long after her 2019 graduation from UW-Green Bay.

Her work embodies a great example of a “partnership in action” between the University and community. As the public information technician at NEW Water, the brand of the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District, Malmberg writes for internal and external audiences, creates social media posts and edits videos about wastewater and the environment.

Many in the campus community became familiar with Malmberg when she was selected Student Commencement Speaker in December of 2019. Her bio included a long list of achievements and accomplishments, but only after struggling for a bit, persevering, and finding her way back to UW-Green Bay, graduation and finally to NEW Water, where she started as an intern and now works proudly as its public information technician.

Hannah Malmberg
Hannah Malmberg

Working remotely, Malmberg makes sure her website is ADA compliant and creates content that can educate and inspire. Outside of COVID, she would be giving tours of the facility, plan and attend community events, and give talks at schools about what NEW Water is, and what it does for each of us.

In her Commencement Speech in December of 2019, Malmberg charged her peers with having the courage to start anew. One of her latest projects is a video to challenge public perception regarding “essential workers”… who they are and what they do, including her co-workers and peers at NEW Water. Watch the video.

“When you think of essential workers, wastewater workers likely don’t come to mind right away,” she says. “However, they provide an essential service to our community 24-7-365. NEW Water is a water resource utility serving Northeast Wisconsin through pollution prevention, operational innovation, and community outreach. We collect and treat approximately 38 million gallons of wastewater a day before returning it to the environment. We have a wonderful staff who are out there in the field, and on site, who keep our plant running and our sewer system clear even during a pandemic. We wanted to highlight these awesome people and their hard work that unfortunately can go unrecognized,” she said.

Her works often brings her back to her alma mater, out recently to work with CSET Dean John Katers on a video project. The University has a long-standing partnership with NEW Water that dates to the earliest days of the University. Together, the institutions work on education, research, water reclamation, resource recovery, and watershed management. Initiatives include collaborating on watershed improvement efforts, and helping Wisconsin Girl Scouts earn “Wonders of Water” badges.

Like Malmberg, many UW-Green Bay students started their careers in wastewater management and related fields with an internship at NEW Water. Malmberg said her job was the perfect combination of skills she learned via her double major in Political Science and Communication.

“I really enjoy the various ways that we help educate our community about wastewater and the environment via community outreach. We do this via educational campaigns, videos, writing, events and sometimes these all combine into one! It’s been a great way to combine everything I studied in school and I love being able to provide something to my community,” said Malmberg.

Story by Marketing and University Communication student assistant Charlotte Berg.

Photos submitted.

Rapid (Surge) Site Thank You

The Rapid Testing Site at UW-Green Bay has proved a valuable asset as Northeast Wisconsin battles COVID-19. Recently, a community member who used the site for regular testing to protect her family, sent a note of gratitude and treated workers to lunch. As of this this week, the site at the Weidner Center provided 20,000-plus tests at the site, and continues to average more than 200 tests per day.

Paper Transport Inc. is named UW-Green Bay’s 2020 Recruitment Partner of the Year for 2020

Paper Transport, Inc. was named UW-Green Bay’s Recruitment Partner of the Year for 2020. The announcement was made by Career Services Director Linda Peacock-Landrum at the annual Professional Etiquette Program, recently. This year’s event was virtual.

“This annual event illustrates the exceptional commitment UW-Green Bay students and graduates receive from our community partners,” said Peacock-Landrum. “During my 24 years as director of Career Services at UW-Green Bay, I have been honored to work with over 150 organizations and their professionals in the Green Bay community and the Northeast Wisconsin region. It should not be a surprise to those in attendance, how this community has embraced collaboration with and support of UW-Green Bay.”

Each year, Career Services recognizes an organization for exceptional commitment and demonstrated comprehensive support of our mission. This year the recognition went to Paper Transport.

Paper Transport, Inc. joins past recipients honored since 2007 that include Imperial Supplies, Wipfli, Dental City, Baker Tilly, Associated Bank, ACUITY, Schneider, Humana, Schreiber Foods, Glen Tilot with Brown County Human Services, the Arthritis Foundation-Northeast District, CliftonLarsonAllen and WEC Energy Group.

“The first UW-Green Bay graduate to my knowledge to be employed at Paper Transport or PTI was in 2014 (Ken Feldkamp),” Peacock said. “This was the foundation of a partnership that grew annually over the next six years with the support, outreach and recruitment efforts of PTI. Their team members have served as Mock Interview Day volunteers, etiquette program attendees, panelists and featured program speakers.  The organization has recruited each semester at our job & internship fairs and has attended countless events like this event today.

“…their program started with one intern, a UW-Green Bay student, and has grown each year, resulting in a total of 10 UW-Green Bay students interning to date, with the 11th student to begin her internship this spring.  Seven of those 10 interns now are full-time employees. Overall, 28 UW-Green Bay alumni are currently employed at PTI.”

Paper Transport, Inc. is focused on regional & dedicated truckload, intermodal, and logistic services throughout the Midwest & South. Headquartered in Green Bay since 1990, PTI started as a contract hauler for Fort Howard Paper Company. Today, PTI has a team of more than 1,000 professional drivers and support professionals throughout the Midwestern, Southeastern and Southern US.

Joining in the virtual recognition were PTI’s Lynsey Muellenbach, Human Resources manager and Ben Schill, vice president. 

In the submitted photo, from left to right:

  • Becky Davies, Vice President of Human Resources
  • Ben Schill, Vice President
  • Cate Whitman, Marketing and Communication Manager
  • Lynsey Muellenbach, Recruiter & Internship Program
  • Nick Skeen, ’08 (Business Administration, Communication) Network Development Manager