LGBTQ students in the Green Bay Campus Pride Center

UW-Green Bay expands LGBTQ+ services to Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campuses

Services are made possible by generous funding support from the LaForce Family Foundation

Green Bay, Wis.— The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is announcing the expansion of its Campus Pride Center—currently located at the Green Bay Campus and the Community LGBT Center at Marinette, to both its Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campus locations.

The Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campuses are opening Pride (LGBTQ+) Centers that will be staffed by interns 10 hours per week. The staffing of the interns is made possible by generous funding support from the LaForce Family Foundation. Pride Center interns will provide social support and resources for LGBTQ+ students, their families and allies, and will collaborate with local LGBTQ+ community organizations on Pride events and initiatives.

“The ability to bring such a resource to our campus is a collaboration between our Green Bay Campus Pride Center, community organizations and the generosity of the LaForce Family Foundation,” said Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campus CEO Jamie Schramm. “Community collaboration is an important aspect of any successful modern university. Our faculty member Thomas Campbell was engaged with local community organizations and asked the question, ‘Is this possible?’ It was imperative for those of us in leadership positions to remove any roadblocks to this initiative and ensure our campuses and communities represent a diverse and wide-ranging set of perspectives.”

In addition, the Pride Center will place an intern 10 hours a week at the Kress Center on the Green Bay Campus. The focus of this internship is to develop the new LGBTQ+ student-athlete ally group which provides support, resources and events centered on student-athletes.

UW-Green Bay leaders anticipate that the expansion of services will fill a community need, based on its tremendous response in Marinette and Green Bay.

“Since its opening in 2017, the Marinette Campus Community LGBT Center has been working to enhance and sustain the lives of LGBT people in our community through resources, support, information and a safe and inclusive space,” said Marinette Campus CEO Cindy Bailey. “We are the only community resource center available to serve Marinette, Menominee and Oconto Counties, and during our short time, we have seen a large number of individuals and family members come through our doors and attend our events to find themselves accepted and part of a greater community.”

Each of these interns will help with SAFE Ally training, social support groups, classroom and community education, and leadership within the Pride Center youth camps that occur year-round.

The Pride Center is currently in the process of interviewing students for the eight La Force Foundation intern positions. Interns have been selected for the Sheboygan and Kress locations. Students who are interested in applying should contact Stacie Christian, Ph.D. at

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Manitowoc Lincoln, UW-Green Bay start year two of Rising Phoenix

A second cohort of juniors will begin the Rising Phoenix program in fall 2021 after the program completed its inaugural year in 2020 of collaboration between the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and Manitowoc Lincoln High School.

Rising Phoenix is an early college high school program, providing students dual enrollment in high school and the university, ongoing student success coaching and the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and their associate of arts and sciences degree upon graduation from high school, jumpstarting their college or vocational careers.

“We are so excited to continue our partnership with UW-Green Bay by providing another 25 students with this tremendous opportunity,” said Lee Thennes, Manitowoc Lincoln principal, in a news release. “We also want to celebrate the success of our current Rising Phoenix students who just completed their first semester. The support they get from their student success coach and our team of school counselors is amazing.”

Source: Manitowoc Lincoln, UW-Green Bay start year two of Rising Phoenix

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Week ahead: Performances arriving or no longer in calendar, part 50

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music will present a video recording of its annual Honors Recital online on YouTube at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 26, with on-demand access continuing until March 2. Info: Recorded in Fort Howard Hall of Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the campus, the recital will feature seven music students. Several students will be accompanied by pianist Emily Sculliuffo. Performing are: Ethan Christiansen, percussion, an instrumental performance major and graduate of Roncalli High School. Aygul Garryyeva, soprano, a vocal performance major from Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Kameron Jennings, trumpet, a music education major and graduate of Poynette High School. Riannon LeCaptain, trumpet, a music composition major and graduate of De Pere High School. Jeremy Raduenz, piano, a music performance major and graduate of Green Bay West High School. Shoua Xiong, violin, a humanities major and graduate of North High School. Eloise Williamson, soprano, a vocal performance major and graduate of North Crawford High School. The recitalists were chosen by faculty members during a juried selection process.

In Green Bay, Weidner Center for the Performing Arts will present the audio play Bent Compass(preview story) online at 7 p.m. Feb. 24. Info:

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Week ahead: Performances arriving or no longer in calendar, part 50

Roncalli Graduate Among Several to be Featured in UW Green Bay Honors Recitals | Seehafer News

A graduate of Roncalli High School will be one of the seven featured musicians in this week’s UW Green Bay Music Streams honor recital.Ethan Christiansen is a percussionist and an Instrumental Performance major at the university.

Source: Roncalli Graduate Among Several to be Featured in UW Green Bay Honors Recitals | Seehafer News

More good news for UW-Green Bay on Governor’s Capital Budget

Earlier this week Chancellor Alexander shared the exciting news of the Cofrin Research Center’s (sketch above) inclusion in Governor Evers’ budget proposal to the Legislature. The budget request includes two additional important projects for UW-Green Bay, which address physical condition issues and technology capabilities within classrooms and instructional laboratories:

  • Studio Arts Visual Arts Laboratory Renovation
  • Mary Ann Cofrin Hall/Wood Hall Health Care Skills & Simulation Laboratory Renovation

While not a final approval, these projects represent a very positive step in the process to enhance campus infrastructure for our students. You will be kept informed as they work their way through the legislative process.

Faculty note: Prof. Patrick Forsythe assists Australian research in publication involving amphibian breeding

Associate Prof. Patrick Forsythe (Biology) teamed-up with researchers from the University of Wollongong (School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences) in Australia to better understand the reproductive behavior of male and female red-backed toadlets. The research was published in the most recent issue of Behaviour. The site includes the abstract. The relative influence of climatic and

Patrick Forsythe and students tagging a northern pike.
Environmental Science and Biology students had a field day monitoring fish at a restored wetland on the west shore of Green Bay under the direction of Prof. Patrick Forsythe.

social factors on sex-specific variation in reproductive behavior remains poorly understood. Here, we examine the influence of multiple climatic cues in combination with a social cue on the reproductive behaviors of males and females in a terrestrial breeding toadlet (Pseudophryne coriacea). Over a 115-day breeding season, arrival patterns of each sex, and male calling activity, were recorded daily, while climatic variables were logged continuously. Multivariate analysis showed that arrival of males at the breeding site, as well as male nightly calling activity, were most strongly influenced by a climatic variable (rainfall). By contrast, female arrival was strongly correlated with a social variable (male calling activity), with abiotic conditions having no influence, other than a moderate influence of lunar phase (lunar illumination). These results suggest that cues used for breeding are sex-specific and provide new evidence that combinations of climatic and social cues can be integrated into breeding decisions.

OLA/MESA Virtual Book Discussion with Jennifer De Leon, March 3

Please join MESA & UWGB Organización Latino Americano (OLA) for a virtual book discussion and conversation with author of “Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From” Jennifer De Leon. OLA will be sponsoring this virtual event. Please RSVP to receive the Microsoft Teams link. RSVP form. The virtual book discussion will be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 7 p.m. (central time). Open to staff, students, and community members.

CATL offers workshop series on high-impact practices

Researchers have identified eight characteristics of high-impact practices (Kuh & O’Donnell, 2013). This spring, CATL will run workshops on four of them, with a particular focus on how these characteristics may enhance equity and inclusion in your courses. For the full schedule and registration details, view the full post here.

The remaining topics are: Frequent, Timely, and Constructive Feedback (Mar. 2), Supporting Inclusive Faculty-Student Interaction (Mar. 26 and Mar. 30), and Authentic and Experiential Learning Assessments (Apr. 13 and Apr. 20). Register to join us for any number of sessions!



‘The Skin I’m In,’ Friday, Feb. 26, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Don’t miss this important conversation discussing topics of race, color, microaggressions and more. Panelists will share their perspectives and be available to answer questions. The event is Friday, Feb. 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Come with questions and leave with food for thought! To join the conversation and attend the event, go to

UW-Green Bay alumni named 2021 Golden Apple Award recipients

The Golden Apple Award recipients announced recently include four UW-Green Bay alumni.

Brown County’s education community came together recently to honor its outstanding performers, bestowing Golden Apple awards on a total of 12 teachers—who continue to excel despite the unique challenges imposed on them by the coronavirus pandemic.

The following UW-Green Bay alumni were awarded:

  • Jessica Bernard, Nicolet Elementary School, Graduated in 2007 with B.S., Major: Elementary Education.
  • April Neuville, Father Allouez Catholic School, Graduated in 2004 with a B.A., Major: Elementary Education.
  • Lindsey Hilgemann, Ashwaubenon High School Literacy Team, Graduated in 2010 with a B.A., Major: English, Minor: Secondary Education.
  • Tracy Wiedeman, Pulaski Community School District Full Online Learning Second Grade Team, Graduated in 2000 with a B.S., Major: Elementary Education.