Call for nominations of Founders Awards

It is time to start submitting nominations for the 2021 Founders Awards! The Awards & Recognition Committee wants to encourage departments, units, offices and other working communities to consider which of their colleagues they would like to see honored at next year’s Fall Convocation.

The nomination form for the 2021 Founders Awards is available electronically at Nomination Form.

The Awards & Recognition Committee encourages anyone from the UW-Green Bay community (faculty, staff, students, and community members) to submit a nomination(s) prior to the March 5, 2021 deadline. The website includes the criteria and a Description of each Founders Award and a list of previous awards Founders Award Recipients.

Individuals and groups who have received the Founders Award for a given category within the last 15 years will not be eligible for that same category. Also, self-nominated individuals and groups will not receive consideration.

If the individual(s) you nominate is (are) selected as a finalists(s), you will be contacted to provide further information such as background information on your nominee, letters of support addressing the nominee’s qualifications for the award, etc. All awards will be presented at the campus-wide convocation in August.

If you have any questions or need assistance completing your nomination(s), please feel free to contact Anna Merry, Chair of the Awards & Recognition Committee, or any Committee member – (James Kabrhel, Katelyn Strzok, William Yazbec, Joe Schoenebeck, Illene Cupit, Ryan Kauth, Barb Holschbach, Amanda Koperalski and Sarah Detweiler).  Awards & Recognition Committee members are not eligible for nomination.


Please take the ‘speed test’ for Brown County (goal is increased equity and digital access across region)

The Digital Access Action Team was formed earlier this year by Achieve Brown County as a way to collectively address the need for increased equity in digital access brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to off-site/virtual learning. The team’s primary focus is improving digital access for K-12 and postsecondary students in Brown County, with a secondary focus on the larger New North Region. Through a collaborative effort with Geo Partners and utilizing their state of the art speed test, families can now take the first steps to improving their internet connectivity by testing their internet speeds and comparing them with the rest of Brown County. Families will be able to determine if their speeds comply with the 25 mbps download and 3 mbps upload speeds set by the FCC. Ultimately, data from the Brown County Speed Test will position the team, its members and other community entities to access, pursue and secure funding that will help drive equitable outcomes for ALL students in Brown County. The Digital Access Action Team is asking you to support this important effort by taking the following action:

Personally take the Speed Test.

Late (but appropriate) kudos for IT

Chancellor Mike Alexander and other cabinet members shared kudos to the University community at the December Coffee Break. A LOG subscriber thought of a belated kudos worth mentioning… “Recognizing the Division of Information Technology for implementing and transitioning the University to Microsoft Teams in 2020. Teams has created so many efficiencies for communication, collaboration and project work. What did we ever do without TEAMS?”

Anger researcher, UW-Green Bay Prof. Ryan Martin begins promotion of new book

UW-Green Bay Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Professor of Psychology Ryan Martin will launch his new book, “Why We Get Mad: How to Use Your Anger for Positive Change.” The two, free, live, virtual events will be via Facebook:

Jan 12, 7 p.m. (CST)

Jan 14, Noon (CST)

He will also be featured with host Lisa Malak on Local 5, WFRV-TV, Live at about 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 15, 2021.

Both provide the same content and format but the noon launch is to accommodate a UK audience. Look for Martin on WPR’s Central Time at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 12. Find out more about the book on a previous post.


Reminder: Registration is open for Innovation in Aging Competition

The fifth annual WiSys Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition, Feb. 25, 2020 from 4 to 6 p.m. 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. Innovations are broadly defined—a product, service, social approach, etc. A competition packet and list of mentors is sent to those who register. Questions? Reach out to Brad Ricker or Ryan Kauth for more information. Register now for the Feb. 25 virtual competition! Register as an individual or as part of a team. Individuals interested in forming a team will be connected with other interested individuals that sign up to compete. See additional Information and event registration. Cash prizes.

Quick Facts about the Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition:

  • Started in 2017, this year will be the 5th year of the competition.
  • The competition this year is on Feb. 25, 2021 and will be held virtually for the first time
  • Typically, about nine student teams (25-40 students) compete each year
  • The competition is a collaboration between UW-Green Bay and WiSys Technology Foundation (

Melissa Nash named director of HR

Announced by Senior Vice Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, Melissa Nash was promoted to the position of director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action Officer, effective Jan. 4, 2021. Nash joined UW-Green Bay in January of 2012 in the Office of Human Resources and Workforce Diversity. Since that time, she has progressively advanced in her career, most recently holding the title of assistant director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action Officer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from St. Olaf College, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (emphasis in human resources) from UW-Platteville, and a master’s degree in Organizational Change Leadership (emphasis in strategic human resources) from UW-Platteville.

Christopher Paquet, assistant vice chancellor for Policy and Compliance, led the Office of Human Resources and Workforce Diversity for the past three years. He will continue to serve as campus contract officer, risk manager, Title IX Officer and provide oversight for University compliance.  His role will expand to serve on the Chancellor’s Cabinet to provide advice and counsel to Cabinet members and the University community.

CYP Workshop: Bias is a Four-Letter Word: From Awareness to Action

The Cofrin School of Business announces a Current Young Professional workshop, Bias is a Four-Letter Word: From Awareness to Action, Tuesday, Jan. 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Cost: Free for CYP members (CYP membership is free for all Green Bay Campus employees).

“There are several four-letter words you should eliminate from your vocabulary. One of them is bias. Bias is personal, cultural, and institutional. The reality is that we all have bias despite its invisibility to the plain eye. The good news is that there are ways to counterbalance and disrupt bias on a personal and social level, procedural and systems level, and eventually on a structural level. A crucial first step in creating diverse and inclusive workplaces start with the elimination of bias from our vocabulary, actions, and decisions. This workshop will focus in-depth on the concept of bias. Participants will explore the different types of bias in our society, recognize the impact implicit and explicit attitudes and stereotypes shape how we engage with others and make decisions in the workplace, and how everyday people can build inclusive environments through the elimination of bias. KEY TAKEAWAYS: Develop an understanding of what is Implicit and Explicit Bias. How biases are developed. Understanding the effects of implicit and explicit bias on business and beyond. Strategies to eliminate bias from interactions with coworkers, customers, and others.” Find more on the Greater Green Bay Chamber website.

Searching for a winter activity? NEW Zoo and Adventure Park offers half price admission

The NEW Zoo is once again offering special winter admission rates for the entire months of January and February. All zoo admission rates* will be half-off regular prices starting January 1, 2021. The Zoo has a close relationship with the University, often hosting UW-Green Bay interns.

Winter is a great time to see the animals and enjoy a safe, socially distanced, fun outdoor experience! You will get that “zoo-to-yourself” feeling when watching the lions and otters play in the snow.

Zoo regular admission rates: Adults $11; Children (ages 3-15) and Seniors (62 and above): $8; and Children under 3: Free.

The NEW Zoo is open seven days per week, 365 days a year. Hours of operations are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily throughout the winter season.

Additional information, including a calendar of upcoming events, can be found online at the NEW Zoo website.