Fearless leaders, enroll now in a UW-Green Bay Graduate Studies program

Green Bay, Wis.—Students and experienced professionals can extend their learning in one of the fastest-growing graduate programs in the state at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Applications for spring and fall 2021 are open now! UW-Green Bay has a diverse array of graduate programs as the University responds to emerging fields and partners with industry leaders, even during this pandemic.  UW-Green Bay students gain the advantages of abundant learning experiences with partners in the community that include the Green Bay Packers, Titletown Tech, a number of regional local healthcare providers and leading businesses and organizations.

Students will take their place among the next class of future leaders and decision-makers by learning from professionals who are leading innovation and making changes in cutting-edge fields.

Now is a great time for students to rise to the challenge and advance their career at UW-Green Bay,” says Associate Vice Chancellor of Graduate Studies Pieter deHart. “We have graduate programs across a wide variety of fields, those which are important to our community during the pandemic and into the future. Graduate education is an important step for qualification in important areas such as health care, business, environmental science, and technology, and we offer everything from courses to certificates to masters and doctoral degrees in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats! Our faculty and staff have done an amazing job of making each of our graduate experiences accessible to students across all walks of life during these times, as the need for highly trained and bold leaders in our community is more important now than ever before.”

A list of graduate programs are as follows:

  • Applied biotechnology
  • Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning
  • Athletic Training
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data science
  • Environmental Science and Policy
  • Health and Wellness Management
  • Impact MBA
  • Management
  • Nursing Leadership and Management
  • Nutrition and Integrated Health
  • Social Work
  • Sports, Exercise, and Performance Psychology
  • Sustainable Management

Application materials and deadlines vary for each program, but students should aim to send applications in at least two weeks before the designated semester to allow time for review and advising. Earlier is better and some programs have priority deadlines. International students should send all needed application materials at least two months in advance.  For specific requirements, visit the Graduate Studies page, https://www.uwgb.edu/graduate/.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,500 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation, and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections, and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region, and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering, and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.



Smaller Thanksgiving gatherings provide opportunities to increase our gratitude

“I think the reason … certain Thanksgiving rituals are important, is because they serve as memory primes, releasing associated positive feelings,” said Regan A. R. Gurung, former professor of human development and psychology at UW-Green Bay. Source: Smaller Thanksgiving gatherings provide opportunities to increase our gratitude, Marshfield News-Herald

Green Bay men’s basketball ‘ready for anything’ to start season

“Everybody has got to be ready at any given moment, especially when we play the back-to-backs in the Horizon League. You don’t want to run your top five, seven guys into the ground playing back-to-backs. It’s fair game for everyone,” said UWGB Men’s Basketball coach Will Ryan. Source: UWGB men’s basketball ‘ready for anything’ to start season, Green Bay Press Gazette

Photo of the Covid-19 virus under a microscope with the text, Covid-19 Why it Matters, Why is COVID-19 Testing so Important?"

Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters: Part 14, Why is COVID-19 Testing so Important?

This video series features UW-Green Bay’s Immunologist Brian Merkel on COVID-19 and Why it Matters. This series empowers viewers with knowledge to help them navigate through the pandemic. Merkel has a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia. He is an associate professor in UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology & Biology programs and has an appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He will be responding to a number of questions related to COVID-19 and try to get behind the “why” it’s important to be educated in your decision-making as we navigate the pandemic together.

Video Transcript – COVID-19 Why it Matters: Part 14, Why is COVID-19 Testing so Important?

Brian Merkel, Microbiology and Immunology and we are continuing with our series on “Why COVID-19 Matters to You.”

Testing represents the eyes that we have into the extent of the problem that we’re having in any population. If we don’t test, we simply don’t know, we’re just we’re blind. But a population that we’re particularly concerned about (With COVID-19), are those 30 years and younger. These are individuals that may become infected. They may have very few symptoms and this is a problem for these individuals because if they’re not tested, they certainly have the capacity then to spread it to other members of the population, whether it’s on the college campus, whether it’s in your community and what have you.

The reason why this is all particularly important is for those individuals that cannot handle the infection, they go into hospitals. A little less than five percent of all COVID infections now end up in hospitals and we are near exceeding hospital capacity at this time. It’s never been higher. And if we don’t reverse the trajectory that we’re on in the State of Wisconsin that is a big concern as we head into the months of December and January because we don’t have the vaccines yet.

So, we have to all do our part when it comes to testing. To make sure that hospitals can do what they need to do and to make sure as always that we continue to prevent those individuals that cannot handle the virus, to prevent them from becoming infected.

COVID-19 Why it Matters Video Series:

Introduction with Brian Merkel https://youtu.be/M-yYPSPk30Q

Part 1: What are viruses and where did this one come from https://youtu.be/DYbiIv8ICgs

Part 2: Two main types of viruses https://youtu.be/O-OVk3rx96s

Part 3: Why is this virus serious? https://youtu.be/EDFyNN8i5G4

Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask? https://youtu.be/FlcAvlt876Y

Part 5: I’m young! Why should I care? https://youtu.be/TDrEV_beY1U

Part 6: Can pandemics be stopped before they start? https://youtu.be/lgWnJZNYbFI

Part 7: Pandemic is not local, why wear a mask? https://youtu.be/IG3Sl3q-xH8

Part 8: Why does everyone need a flu shot this year? https://youtu.be/DGpBFj0fJkA

Part 9: What is the science behind a vaccine? https://youtu.be/eQ3FclkYaQo

Part 10: Where can I find accurate information? https://youtu.be/pLMlU5Xnkgo

Part 11: What type of mask should I wear? https://youtu.be/gCFHxQvkVYE

Part 12: Why HUGE COVID-19 spikes in Wisconsin? https://youtu.be/OuqmXvrDApY

Part 13: Fall break, protect yourself & others https://youtu.be/h21Ed_bBTE4

Part 14: Why is COVID-19 Testing so Important? https://youtu.be/Fr9VJZZrTE0

Common CAHSS keynote is Nov. 30

November 30, 2020 from 6 to 7 p.m. Prof. David Voelker (Humanities, History) leads the discussion, Beyond Sustainability; Imagining an Ecological Future. Here’s a description:

“It’s time for an honest conversation about sustainability—not to demolish the concept, but to recognize that it has fallen short in helping us change our unsustainable ways. Although the dominant models of sustainability in theory recognize that environmental problems are entangled with economic and social justice issues, in practice sustainability efforts have tended to focus rather narrowly on what we usually call “the environmental impact” of our activities. We have thus failed to transcend not only the polluting energy systems of the past two centuries but also the economic and ideological systems that see unlimited growth as the only viable option. Unsustainability is not simply a technical problem that can be solved through technological means. To mitigate the multiple environmental crises into which we are rushing, we need to reconsider our roles on this living planet as human beings. Can we imagine an ecological future in which we thrive as members of the larger community of life?”  See more on the Common CAHSS page.

UW-Green Bay Police offers winter driving advice for University community

Wisconsin winters can bring beautiful snowfalls and great opportunities for outdoor recreation.  However, they can also result in dangerously cold temperatures and icy conditions.  Winter weather can be unpredictable, so you need to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature may throw at us.

Be prepared for snow and icy conditions that could impact travel on roadways and make sure you have emergency kits in your vehicle and at home.  Winter emergency kits should include items such as food, water, a flashlight and batteries, and blankets.  In your vehicle, include a snow shovel, extra gloves and hats, face masks and kitty litter or sand to help give your wheels traction on icy roads in case you get stuck.

According to the National Weather Service, Wisconsin experiences an average of three to six winter storms during the season.   During the winter months, it is important to check current road conditions before you head out.  You can check travel conditions for most major roadways in the state by using 511 Wisconsin, a state Department of Transportation service updated regularly with the latest traffic and road conditions on major routes throughout the state.

Please remember to follow snowplows at a safe distance and there is NO PASSING on campus roads.

If you must use your car during a storm:

  • Plan your travel, selecting both primary and alternate routes.
  • Let someone know your travel routes and itinerary so that, if you don’t arrive on time, officials will know where to search for you.
  • Check latest weather information on your radio.
  • Try not to travel alone – two or three people are preferable.
  • Travel in convoy (with another vehicle) if possible.
  • Drive carefully and defensively. Watch for ice patches on bridges and overpasses.
  • Take note of your odometer and coordinate it with exit numbers, mileposts, or crossroads so if you are in a crash or slide off the road you’ll better be able to identify where you are and summon law enforcement officers, rescue workers, or tow truck operators more quickly to your location.
  • If a storm begins to be too much for you to handle, seek refuge immediately.
  • If your car should become disabled, stay with the vehicle, running your engine and heater for short intervals. Be sure to “crack” a window in the vehicle to avoid carbon monoxide build-up.

Be courteous to those awaiting your arrival:

  • Call ahead to your destination just as you are leaving.
  • Let someone at your destination know the license number of your vehicle, what route you’ll be traveling, and give a realistic estimate of your travel time.
  • If you have a cell phone, give that number to the party at your destination.
  • If you have friends or family at your place of origin, you should call when you arrive to let them know you have arrived safely.
  • If road conditions, tiredness, etc. delay or postpone a trip, make a phone call. Let people on both ends know of the delay.

Prepare a safety pack for your vehicle:

    • Blankets or sleeping bags
    • Flashlight with extra batteries
    • First-aid kit
    • Shovel, booster cables and windshield scraper
    • Non-perishable food like raisins and energy bars
    • Water
    • Sand or cat litter for traction
    • Cell phone adapter

Additional Tips:


Mishicot’s Savannah Siders earns Rural Opportunities award | Schools

Savannah Siders, of Mishicot, was awarded $1,000 toward her education as the Jim Caldwell/First Citizens State Bank Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation, Inc., Board Scholar. A news release said Siders was selected from more than 300 applicants from rural Wisconsin. A 2020 graduate of Mishicot High School, Siders is the daughter of Steven and Jennifer Siders. She is attending the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, pursuing a degree in biology and pre-veterinary.“The reason I want to major in biology and pre-veterinary is that I have always been passionate about helping animals and making them feel better,” Siders said in the news release.  Logging more than 400 hours of volunteering, Siders’ list of extracurriculars is extensive. Her activities include FFA, varsity dance team, forensics and high school musicals. She has earned numerous accolades, including being Summa Cum Laude, student of the month and various FFA awards.

Source: Mishicot’s Savannah Siders earns Rural Opportunities award | Schools


Reminder: Kwanzaa Celebration is Saturday, Dec. 5

Join online for UW-Green Bay’s annual Kwanzaa celebration on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This year’s celebration theme is Ujima principle, which stands for collective work and responsibility. Keynote speaker is UW-Green Bay Vice Chancellor for Inclusivity and Student Affairs, Corey King, Ph.D. This event is open to campus and the community. Register here, by Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. For more information, or if you have a disability and would like to discuss accommodations, please contact the Office of Student Life at 920-465-2720. UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff only can request a Kwanzaa meal and ‘Kwanzaa at Home’ packet to be picked up on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 prior to the virtual event. Students/staff/faculty who register after this date cannot request a meal. The event is sponsored by the UW-Green Bay Black Student Union (BSU), the Office of Student Life (OSL) and Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA).

Teachers unions will have newfound influence in a Biden administration (Prof. Shelton quoted)

“There’s going to be a lot of competing priorities and any sort of big, transformative education law that would create longer-lasting funding increases is probably not going to be forthcoming right away because most of the attention is going to go to the coronavirus,” said Jon Shelton, an associate professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, who wrote a book about teachers unions. Source: Teachers unions will have newfound influence in a Biden administration. Here’s how they might use it, Chalkbeat

UWGB collaboration with Microsoft, LinkedIn to benefit staff, students

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced a new collaboration with Microsoft’s TechSpark program and LinkedIn, which will provide free professional development opportunities for university faculty and staff, infuse career connections for UW-Green Bay students and grow LinkedIn Learning across the four-campus community.

Source: UWGB collaboration with Microsoft, LinkedIn to benefit staff, students, Insight