How to work with all – including students with neurodiversity

Join the Office of Disability Services next Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. to learn more about Neurodiversity, one of the most popular talks at the 2020 IDI! Each year students disclose that they are neurodiverse to faculty and staff, often in the context of seeking assistance. Neurodiversity may include individuals that experience the Autism spectrum, ADHD (Combined presentation, Predominantly Hyperactive/Impulsive Presentation, Predominately Inattentive Presentation), Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Tourette’s Syndrome and more. This session will focus on discussing tools for faculty and staff to utilize to have effective, clear, and supportive conversations for neurodiverse students. After this presentation faculty and staff will be able to respond to a student that discloses a disability and be able to identify different university and community resources. Sign-up, here. If you have any questions please email Mary Kate Ontaneda ontanedm@uwgb.edu

 

Sims-Aubert sends expectations communication to students

In an e-mail today, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate Gail Sims-Aubert, outlined return to campus guidelines for students:

Dear UWGB students,

As preparations for your return to campus are being actively planned, the global pandemic remains an acute threat, and is one that UW-Green Bay leadership is taking very seriously. Every effort is being made to develop processes and protocols that will work to safeguard you while you learn, live and lead on campus this fall.

As you may have seen, the University has recently affiliated with Prevea Health to provide health and wellness support to UW-Green Bay students. After much deliberation and collaboration with our partners in healthcare, we are able to reveal the following guidelines, that when employed appropriately, will work to protect both you and those with whom you may come into contact with on campus.

Return to Campus Guidelines

  • Physical Distancing – Stay at least six feet from other people at all times (about two arms’-lengths).
  • Face Coverings – All UWGB faculty/staff/students are required to wear a face covering over the mouth and nose in all campus communal spaces (including classrooms, hallways and offices).
  • Handwashing – Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after having been in a public space or after blowing your nose/sneezing/touching your face. (Hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol can be substituted for handwashing.)
  • Self-Assessment – Monitor for the onset of symptoms daily and do not leave your residence if the possibility of infection exists.

For students living on campus who test positive or may have been exposed to the virus, rooms with private bathrooms have been reserved for isolation and quarantine needs. The University will employ contact tracers trained in conjunction with Prevea Health and Brown County Public Health to help identify those who may have come into contact with anyone testing positive on UW-Green Bay’s campuses. Prevea Health will also be working to provide testing to those students who have a recognized need.

Join me for a live Instagram Q&A where I’ll be answering your questions about returning to campus housing. Visit UWGB Instagram’s story on Monday, August 10 from 11 a.m. to noon and send your questions!

As you know, in-person classroom instruction will look different this fall. Similar precautions are being undertaken in campus housing, where safety protocols will limit capacity in common area spaces and visitation restrictions will be imposed. Dining venues will also operate differently, where more grab-and-go options will be made available along with an adjusted layout in dining rooms to accommodate distancing and volume concerns. Other campus locations (libraries, rec centers, etc.) will engage in comparable risk mitigation measures for your safety across the university.

I fully recognize that the requirement of wearing a face covering and staying physically distanced from fellow students and faculty/staff will be a cultural shift from how we normally would operate. You’ve been away from campus for several months, and want to see one another and be able to gather in large groups. However, we also know that the acts of wearing a mask, keeping a distance from one another and undertaking good hygiene are the very strategies that will keep one another safe and healthy.

UW-Green Bay’s goal is to create a culture of cooperation where all students/faculty/staff will understand that compliance with the safeguards of face coverings, physical distancing and handwashing is critical to the safety of the entire campus community. There may be times when adherence to these safeguards may be inconvenient or uncomfortable, but our goal, is to continue to provide you a safe path to your degree.

The disruption caused by COVID-19 has been hard on everyone, from students and their families to our faculty and staff. I’ve not come into contact with a single person who doesn’t want things to go back to “normal”, but by all indications things are going to be quite different for the coming year. That is why I want you to know how appreciative I am of your commitment to our university community. UW-Green Bay will get through this unprecedented time, and will be better for it. Thank you for signing on as a Phoenix. I am proud of you and eagerly await your return in a few short weeks.

Go Phoenix!

Gail Sims-Aubert

Gail Sims-Aubert
INTERIM VICE CHANCELLOR FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS & CAMPUS CLIMATE
DIRECTOR OF RESIDENCE LIFE
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311
tel: (920) 465-2040 / email: simsg@uwgb.edu
web: www.uwgb.edu/housing

 

UW System introduces online behavioral health tool

The University of Wisconsin System today introduced a new online behavioral health tool, SilverCloud, that offers self-guided programs for anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia and resilience. The tool is now available to faculty, staff, and students at any time, on any device, and at no cost.

“While the behavioral health of our students, faculty, and staff has always been a high priority for the UW System, the current COVID-19 pandemic has put those needs into even sharper focus,” said UW System President Tommy Thompson. “We are working hard to find ways to provide these vital services to our UW community and this online tool is a great option.”

To sign up or find out more about the tool, visit: https://uwsystem.silvercloudhealth.com/signup.

GBOSS urges remote appointments, but will have a staff member on the Green Bay Campus

The message is clear, please continue to encourage remote appointments, however, GBOSS plans to have a physical presence (one staff member, rotating) on the Green Bay campus moving forward. Any in-person meetings still need to to set up by appointment.

Sign up (for a virtual appointment or in-person) will be through a Signup Genius or at https://bit.ly/3k182Xu). The link to this sign up has been added to the UW-Green Bay webpage in several locations, including on the Directory and GBOSS webpages. GBOSS will also (soon, if not already) have a sign on the office door with contact information and a link to sign up (via QR code and a direct link).

Watch your step, annual floor care is Aug. 9-14

Beginning Sunday, Aug. 9 through Friday, Aug. 14, Operations personnel will be performing their annual floor care during the daytime and evening hours. Please honor all signs and postings in conjunction with these projects so the floors are ready for another school year. During floor care week, Operations will not be able to honor office moves, event set-ups or other potential events.

Admissions recruitment coordinator Alexandra Ritchie shares her story on WBAY tonight

UW-Green Bay’s Alexandra Ritchie’s first experience with racism was in first grade. At 12, she was diagnosed with clinical depression. Now, she’s shaping a powerful campus conversation. Alexandra expanded her story outside of campus, in an interview with Cami Rapson on Action 2 News at 10, tonight (July 30, 2020).

Registration is open for Lifelong Learning Institute

At UW-Green Bay, learning is a lifelong pursuit, and the member-led Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) isn’t going to let coronavirus get in the way of delivering enriching and engaging classes in a safety-conscious way for members. LLI is a 20+-year strong membership program developed by retirees for retirees. Susan Pike, Program Specialist, and volunteers on the curriculum committee, worked diligently and creatively with a network of instructors developing courses in formats best suited to the subject matter. Instructors include existing and retired faculty, local experts and enthusiasts. Class formats encompass online live, online recorded and outdoors. Topics cover art, fitness, government, health, history, reading, writing, science, nature, religion, special interest and travel. Over 120 interactive and fascinating subjects! Registration is completely online. A gorgeous 20+-page catalog of classes is available at www.uwgb.edu/lli Monday, July 27, and at 10 a.m. registration will also open. Registration closes August 14 at 4 p.m. Join today, because TOGETHER, WE LEARN.

Wear your mask with Willow!

Assistant Prof. Jennie Young shared this photo of therapy dog Willow, ready and waiting to help students de-stress in the fall semester! Willow’s office hours will be released soon. Mask-ready, she is looking forward to her duty to protect the Phoenix community!

Willow with her mask

Photo Credit: Assistant Prof. Jennie Young

Reminder to sign up for the Mental Health Trainings being offered by Kris Vespia!

The Office of Academic Affairs invites UW-Green Bay staff members to participate in professional development sessions on Mental Health.

Wednesday, August 5, 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Diversity and Mental Health: Exploring the Role of Culture, Gender, and More

How does culture influence the symptoms, stigmas, and preferred treatments for mental health concerns? What role does gender play in help-seeking? What specific needs might certain groups, such as members of the LGBTQ+ community, refugees, and military veterans have? This 90-minute interactive professional development session will explore these questions and more. Participants will also learn about mental health resources available for members of specific groups.

If interested, please sign up here. You do not need to take the first one in July to participate in the August training. If you have further questions, please email Mary Kate Ontaneda or Kris Vespia.