UW-Green Bay alumna creates fundraiser to benefit Dorothy Underwood Nursing Scholarship

UW-Green Bay alumna, Sherri Underwood Johnson and her mother created a Facebook craft sale with proceeds going to the Dorothy Underwood Nursing Scholarship to benefit UW-Green Bay’s nursing students. Sherri’s mother, Dorothy, who is 88, has created some of the items. This fundraiser will run until 2 p.m. Nov. 28, 2020. Find the fundraiser on facebook.

“If nothing else, the year 2020 has shown us the importance of medical personnel. There is an ongoing need to support the education of nurses and to ensure caregivers for generations to come,” Johnson wrote in the fundraiser description.

Dorothy Underwood

In 2006, Sherri Underwood Johnson, RN, established a nursing scholarship at UW-Green Bay in honor of her mother, Dorothy Underwood, RN. Dorothy worked as a nurse for 43 years and kept her nursing license until the age of 78. The scholarship also honors Ruby Sirk Wolverton, Dorothy’s aunt, who is part of the family legacy of nursing.

If you would like to support this scholarship, donations can be made directly to UW-Green Bay with an online gift, or by mailing a check to UW-Green Bay Foundation, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, Wis. 54311.

Those who wish to support the Facebook fundraiser may choose a handcrafted item made by Sherri Underwood Johnson or Dorothy Underwood with a minimum donation of $40. Look under the “Discussion” tab for photos of what is available.

For more information, visit the Facebook event here.

Emily Fread

Emily Fread built a calling into a career with a little help and a new certificate program

Like many freshly-minted college grads Emily Fread had her bachelor’s degree in Psychology—but wasn’t sure of her career path. Then she found her “calling” (as she calls it) as the development director at Habitat for Humanity Lakeside in Sheboygan. A dream job with a degree that didn’t quite fit. Plus, attending college and working full time presented a daunting logistical challenge. The solution? A certificate program with UW-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement.

“I’m currently taking the Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program,” Fread says. “My supervisor and I learned about the program through an email and we thought it would be a great experience for me to acquire more leadership skills at nonprofit resources.”

What makes a program like this work for Fread is a unique combination of resources and flexibility that would be difficult to replicate on your own. The program is entirely online and meets once a week on Friday for two and a half hours. And it’s not just the class work that’s valuable but also her class members. “There are teachers and other students I can reach out to in the future if I ever need anything.”

Fread also appreciates how the instructors accommodate the demands of working professionals, “They’ve really set me up for success, plus provided a lot of resources I can use going forward, especially networking with other people. There’s lots of flexibility and I appreciate that.”

Any advice for those weighing their continuing education options?

“I thought being employed full time would make it hard to manage going back to school part time. What can be helpful is to think back why you are doing this in the first place.” As in when your calling calls for blazing a new educational and professional path. Fread is accomplishing both. “It’s allowing me to flourish and develop the career I’ve been looking for.”

Video: 48th Annual Juried Student Virtual Exhibition

Can’t make it to the Green Bay Campus? At least you can see the incredible work of UW-Green Bay students at the 48th annual Juried Student Exhibition. Students from any and all of the four UW-Green Bay campuses were invited to submit their work . The juror is Kate Mothes, an independent curator, founder of Young Space, and co-founder/editor of Dovetail Magazine. Watch the video:

Location & Hours of the Lawton Gallery

Monday – Saturday, 10:00am – 3:00pm
The Lawton Gallery is located in the Theatre Hall building (Room 230). The gallery is open during the fall and spring semesters, and closed during the summer months (June, July & August). For further information, please call the curator at 920-465-2916.

‘Nix the Vid Mask

‘Nix the Vid Mask Decorating Contest for Students

Video: ‘Nix the Vid Mask Decorating Contest

It’s time, Phoenix family, to show your creativity! The Healthy Choices Taskforce is sponsoring a mask-decorating contest for any UW-Green Bay student from any of our four campuses. UW-Green Bay Senior (Design Arts) Lecturer (and award-winning designer) Addie Sorbo has some advice. Watch the video:

To be eligible:

-You must be a current UW-Green Bay student at any of the four campuses

-You must pick-up kits from The Wellness Center, or from the Student Services area at the Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan campuses beginning Nov. 19, 2020. Only 50 kits are available (first-come, first-serve). Kits will be delivered to students who are quarantined on the Green Bay Campus, upon request.

-You must use only the materials supplied (kit with fabric markers, rhinestones, snowflake patches and blank patches) and adhesive as needed.

-Masks have to remain wearable and washable (no holes, for instance) and the design has to be appropriate for all ages to see.

-You must e-mail a photo of your completed mask to healthychoices@uwgb.edu by 8 a.m. on Nov. 30.

-Photos will be posted on the Healthy Choices Facebook and Instagram page on Nov. 30 and voting will be open until midnight on Nov. 7. Each “like” on a photo will count as a vote. The three entries with the most “votes” will win a prize (Pass Points or gift cards for Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Marinette participants). 

-Everyone who participates gets a new ‘Nix the Vid mask.


Book Cover: Why We Get Mad: How to Use Your Anger for Positive Change by Dr. Ryan Martin

Prof. Martin’s Psychology book to release in January

Portrait of Ryan Martin
Ryan Martin

Professor Ryan Martin’s (Psychology) book, Why We Get Mad: How to Ue Your Anger for Positive Change, will be released globally on Jan. 12, 2020, but is available on pre-order. While a Watkins title, Penguin Random House is distributing Martin’s book in the United States.

This is the book on anger, the first book to explain exactly why we get mad, what anger really is, and how to cope with and use it. Often confused with hostility and violence, anger is fundamentally different from these aggressive behaviors and in fact can be a healthy and powerful force in our lives.

Martin offers questionnaires, emotion logs, control techniques, and many tools to help readers understand better what pushes their buttons and what to do with angry feelings when they arise.

You can find it listed at the Penguin Random House site. Martin’s book is one of Watkins’ lead titles and is available across multiple retailers.

Video: Chancellor Alexander to students… ‘You are doing an amazing job’

Hi UW-Green Bay students. I hope you’re all doing well.

We’re a few weeks before the Thanksgiving break and I want to let you know that we’ve done an amazing job to this point to keep the campus safe and be able to function as best we can throughout the pandemic.

I want to urge you over these last few weeks going into Thanksgiving to please stay vigilant. To please make sure you’re doing everything you can to make sure that not only are you safe in these last few weeks on campus, but that we’re able to have you all go home and be safe while you’re with your families, so that we can bring you all back and resume the last few weeks of the semester.

I urge you to please make sure if you’re on campus that you are taking responsibility for the testing that we have each week for you.

I want to thank you one more time for everything you’ve done this semester. The work and attention and detail that you have done is remarkable, and the rates that we have relative to our community shows just how responsible you’ve been. I am incredibly appreciative and I know everyone at the University is for the way you’ve handled what’s been a really difficult semester.

Thank you, and I want to wish you the best for the rest of your semester. I know that everyone did not have classes exactly as they wanted them, and appreciate your flexibility while we’re able to get this sorted out and make sure that you persist in your education. That’s the most important thing for us right now. We want you to continue to persist in your education. The pandemic will end as soon as possible and at that point we want to make sure that all of you are still on track to finish your educational goals.

Thanks again for your attention. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and we look forward to seeing you these next few weeks and when you return.


Mary Sue Lavin with Phuture Phoenix Tee

Video: Phuture Phoenix program still making a difference during COVID-19


It’s October and you know what that means! It’s Phuture Phoenix campus visit time! Only this year, campus visits will be virtual. Students will still receive their future phoenix t-shirt but they will also receive a virtual tour put on by the Education 208 students.

Those students are putting together as close to a campus visit as they can. Students who are viewing the campus visit project will still visit the Weidner Center, the Kress Events Center, the union, the Cofrin Library, housing, and all of the great things we have here on the UWGB campus. They are also charged with trying to create a relationship with some students who will be watching their projects virtually.

Students have begun working on their project and will have everything compiled by the beginning of November and we will then roll out these projects to all of the teachers who would have brought their fifth-grade students to campus this year. Hopefully, they will have their t-shirts, they will have their virtual campus visit and they’ll have a college experience day where they can learn about the possibilities of post-secondary education, namely our great campus UWGB!

UW-Green Bay alumni featured in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall

The Alumni Wall in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall was initially installed more than 10 years ago and it was time to make a change, according to Director of Alumni Relations, Kari Moody.

MAC Hall is part of prospective student tours and is a major thoroughfare for current students as well. “It’s a great location to showcase the success of our alumni and help current and future students see alumni who are similar to them, doing great things,” says Moody. “We want student to know that UW-Green Bay is a pathway to success.”

An internal group of campus personnel made the decision about each of the alumni featured, and how their successes resonate with students and prospective students. They plan to change the 24 graphics out annually to highlight more alumni moving forward. Because of the pandemic and less traffic on campus this year, this group of alumni will be on display for two years.

Water view of the bluffs of Baraboo Hills

UW-Green Bay science faculty go the extra distance to provide high-impact practices during Covid-19

UW-Green Bay professors and instructors, including John Luczaj (Geoscience, Water Science) is accommodating field trips this season for Natural and Applied Sciences, transforming existing and new trips into virtual interactive experiences because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Spring and Summer 2020, virtual field trips were offered in at least four classes two new excursions are planned for this fall. Students can virtually visit De Pere Lock and Dam, Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Baraboo Hills and the Metro Boat Launch, to name a few.

John Luczaj
John Luczaj

Modern technology allowed for COVID-19 friendly virtual adaptations of the Geoscience program’s signature field trips. The goal, according to Luczaj, is for students to experience what they might have gotten in an outdoor laboratory or field trip pre-pandemic, and to give them the exposure and confidence to visit the sites on their own one day.

Assistant Prof. Shawn Malone (NAS) and lecturer Bill Jacobson (NAS) are assisting in the creation of the virtual field trips.

Luczaj explains, “Geology of the Lake Superior Region field course (spring ’20), for instance, is normally a four-day field trip in the spring. Students had seven lectures/trips on different topics throughout the region. While not all trips had video associated with them, I was able to incorporate online tools, mapping, and other information into the photo/video part of the trip for an enhanced experience.”

During the summer, Professor Luczaj was able to take his catalog of photos from past field trip stops to incorporate in the online version. For the new Water Science program, he traveled to all field trip stops around Green Bay and was able to record the footage with his cell phone. He recorded his computer screen for relevant website tools like the Great Lakes Dashboard, aerial photographs, and maps to provide videos of things students would not actually see on a bus trip.

Water Science Field Trip Fall 2020

Watch the UW-Green Bay Water Science Field Trip Fall 2020.

“The Water Science trip demonstrates various water related natural and engineered structures in Brown County,” he explains. The trip starts at the De Pere Lock and Dam along the Fox River. A full cycle of operation of the lock is demonstrated so students can see how the boats can pass through. The next few stops describe the East and Fox River systems and associated flooding.  The last stops are at the Metro Boat Launch to show the geography, shipping, and erosion from high water, followed with a discussion on sewage treatment. We make a quick stop at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary to look at their deep irrigation well.”

The new Geoscience Field Trip to the Baraboo Hills trip will cover an overview of the major mountain building events that assembled Wisconsin, how the original sandstone was deposited in Baraboo before it was turned into quartzite, site specific structural geology where students can view structural fabrics on the rocks during folding and tectonic compression and Paleozoic history. Prof. Luczaj mentored Malone, a new addition to the Geoscience program, to highlight the links between familiar tectonic processes from around the world and Wisconsin’s geologic history while introducing him to the program’s field experiences.

Luczaj says that field experiences are critical for students in the department. Keeping COVID-19 in mind, he didn’t want students who were graduating soon to miss out on opportunities they had before the pandemic.

Story by UW-Green Bay Marketing and University Communication intern Charlotte Berg.

Photos submitted by John Luczaj


Vintage photo of an environmental awareness demonstration political activist ralley circa 1970.

Echos of Eco U—More on the newly formed Office of Sustainability

Portrait photograph of John Arendt
John Arendt

UW-Green Bay has created its first Office of Sustainability and has named John Arendt as director. Last year, working with then Provost and now current Chancellor Alexander, the campus Sustainability Committee identified the need for a dedicated office. Its mission? To address the campus’s sustainability needs and to serve as a conduit between the campus and UW System sustainability representatives.

Arendt sees many similarities between today’s climate and the ‘turbulent 60’s’. “In many respects, the conditions we are operating under seem eerily similar to the planetary crisis going on when the University was founded.” He also envisions the office taking an activist role for the University and the region. “Including a need for new thinking, teachers looking for novel ways to instruct and looking to a younger generation to provide leadership out of the current paradigm.”

One of those current needs will be reporting the campus sustainability efforts to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) report, which is due in spring 2021. Surveys consistently show that sustainability practices remain extremely important for students when considering which college to attend.

The STARS report communicates the university’s sustainability rating to prospective college students in publications such as Princeton Review and Sierra Club’s Cool Schools report. The Office of Sustainability will be housed in the Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI), where Arendt will also continue to serve as director. The EMBI office is located in ES 105 and Arendt can be reached via email arendtjo@uwgb.edu or on the contact page of the campus sustainability webpage.