Graduate student (Applied Leadership) receives National Geographic grant

Congratulations to Kelly Koller, graduate student in UW-Green Bay’s Master’s Program for Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning, and gifted and talented specialist in the Howard Suamico School District, for being awarded a National Geographic Society grant for her project: “Empowering Change through an Explorer Mindset: That’s Geography.”

Working with a team of educators and software developers, she will create an app where learners develop their mindset, launch an inquiry, explore connections and reflect; and use geography to flip the script on traditional learning, while becoming explorers of knowledge, rather than passive receivers.

May is mental health month; check out this class and free assessment tool

Everyone should care about mental health because everyone faces challenges to their mental at one time or another. According to Mental Health America (MHA), one out of five individuals will experience some kind of mental health in their lifetime, including depression or anxiety, and there’s a growing prevalence among youth. MHA offers a free assessment tool.

If you are struggling to manage your emotions or anxiety during the COVID-19 crisis, UW-Green Bay has created a course, designed specifically for you. Taking care of your mental health is crucial during this time! Taught by Nationally Certified Counselor Angela Wessels, LPC, NCC. Nominal Charge: $25. It requires your registration.


Updated Dates: Digital Transformation Summer Series is May 22, June 4 and 8

Please join the Cofrin School of Business for a Digital Transformation Summer Series on May 22, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. by Zoom, to learn about new and emerging technologies that will shape the future of business as we know it. “COVID-19 and summer break can’t stop us from learning in the Cofrin School of Business! We’re determined to keep innovating and connecting with our UWGB community.”

Two one-hour sessions will be offered each week of the summer, starting on May 22. Whether you can attend them all or just a few, all UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff are welcome to join.

UPDATE: It came to our attention recently that some UW-Green Bay staff have been assigned furlough days on June 5th and 19th, which were originally scheduled dates for this event. We want as many people to be able to attend as possible, so the Digital Transformation Summer Series sessions will be moved to Thursdays that week, making them on June 4 and 18. The times will remain the same. See the full details and register for sessions here.

How to access mailroom during construction

The tunnel corridor between the Environmental Sciences and Lab Sciences buildings is closed for maintenance until further notice. If you need to access the Mailroom, please drive-up to the Shipping/Receiving dock on the west side of Lab Sciences building and use the exterior Mailroom door. Here’s a map to help navigate to the dock:

The Mailroom continues to be open for you from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you have large mailings, please contact the Mailroom (x2215) in advance.

If you have questions, please contact Tory Ortscheid at

Next steps after COVID-19 testing

A public service announcement: COVID-19 testing continues at the two Community Testing Sites in Brown County, questions often come up after a test is done. What should I do if I have symptoms? When will I get my results? It’s been 10 days and I don’t have results…what should I do?

The Next Steps after COVID-19 Testing graphic is intended to answer those questions and provide guidance for those who have gone through the testing process.

And a reminder, the Community Testing Sites at the Resch Center and Casa ALBA Melanie will remain open through Friday, May 22. The testing, which is FREE and BY APPOINTMENT, is done Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

To schedule an appointment at either site, go to You can also schedule an appointment by calling 2-1-1, which is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Art, Accounting and Business majors win first Business Model Contest

A team of UW-Green Bay students with majors in Art, Accounting and Business Administration have won first place in UWGB’s first student business model contest. Emily Barnes (Accounting), Lydia Delikat-Mitchell (Art), and Brianna Pritzl (Business Administration) entered their business model for SoapShop, a retailer of high quality products, such as shampoos and conditioners, that use refillable aluminum bottles. The solution reduces single-use plastic. This first-of-its-kind contest at UW-Green Bay required students to submit two-minute business model presentation videos that covered 8 different business model criteria.

The team earned $750 cash from Dental City and will move on as the top qualifier from UWGB to compete International Video Pitch contest hosted by the University of Pecs in Hungary. The team will compete against the top two business model video presentations from students of other universities around the world. See more about the International Video Pitch contest. Or see more information on how UWGB joined the partnership consortium of worldwide universities to compete in this contest.

The SoapShop team also recently finished in fifth place in the Spring 2020 UWGB Student [Virtual] Business Idea Pitch Contest and were also part of the New Venture Acceleration studio accelerator class.

The second place team, and winner of $250 cash from Dental City, is Caps Off. The Caps Off team of Business Administration majors Molly Hurrish, Kody Kohnke, Cory Gruendemann, and Kayla Wendland will also compete in the International Video Pitch contest. The Caps Off business model provides a better way to recycle plastic by using a smart vending machine and a rewards system. Caps Off recently finished in first place in the Spring 2020 UWGB Student [Virtual] Business Idea Pitch Contest.

As part of the worldwide partners consortium for the International Video Pitch contest, UWGB was tasked, along with all other universities in the contest, to provide three volunteer judges. UWGB alumni Abby Kiefer ’03 (Urban and Regional Studies, Environmental Policy and Planning) and Randy Knaflic ’95 (Music), as well as gBETA Northeast Wisconsin and gBETA Musictech director Adrienne Palm, served as UWGB’s three judges. Palm will also judge the International round of the contest. For more information on these judges, go to

For more information on the Entrepreneurship program at UWGB, visit or contact lecturer of entrepreneurship Ryan Kauth at


Prof. Hein is running an ‘adopt-a-rat program’ ‘they are cute, with markings like little holsteins’

A Message from Prof. Rick Hein, Manitowoc Campus:

“It is that time of year again where I am running the adopt-a-rat program.  The Anatomy and Physiology students have been working with laboratory rats over the year, and we have 11 females up for adoption that have been raised since they were a few weeks old. This year they are a particularly friendly and fun bunch.

This strain of rat makes wonderful pets; they are docile (will not bite), friendly, social, and very intelligent. They are not the albino laboratory rats you may be familiar with, but have black and white markings and are quite cute (like mini Holstein cows, see picture below).  They make much better pets than either hamsters or gerbils due to their docile nature.  The only drawback is that they only have a lifespan of about 2-3 years.

Since they are social, they are best adopted in pairs or more (they are currently housed in groups of 2-3).  If you are interested in providing a good home to a pair (or more) of rats, please let me know by email,

Since we are still under the Stay-at-Home order and social distancing guidelines, we can arrange a place and time to meet off-campus and outdoors if you are interested in adoption. Adoptions will be on a first-come, first-adopt basis so let me know early.  Please also feel free to forward this message to anyone you think might be interested in providing a good home. The rats and I thank you!”

Congratulations to this year’s Art Merit Scholarship winners

The UW-Green Bay Art and Design program announces and congratulates this year’s Art Merit Scholarship winners and all students for completing a challenging school year!

Awards this year totaled $22,588. Scholarships are awarded on criteria similar to those used to evaluate student work in studio courses: Formal Quality, Technical Mastery, Conceptual Depth, Integration, Context, Consistency, and Artist’s Statement.


David L. Damkoehler Art Scholarship: Savannah Mikle
Hagemeister Family Art Scholarship: Miranda Moeller, Elyse Lemke, Shaela Romenesko
Teresa M. Halbach Scholarship: Emily Hansen, Tillie Petersen, Raquel Riemer
Anni Kacynski Memorial Scholarship: Kieran Krueger
Michael Kazar Memorial Scholarship: Lauren Blumenthal, Lindsey Beseler
Althea Steele Lederer Scholarship: Kassie Corroy
Craig A. Mueller Scholarship:Renae Geimer, Andrea Cornett, Amanda Shepard
William K. Prevetti Scholarship: Kassie Corroy
Bob and Jan Pum Scholarship: Brittney Meyer

Forward to a student: Wisconsin Women in Government (WWIG) Undergraduate Scholarship 2020

The Wisconsin Women in Government (WWIG) Undergraduate Scholarship program is designed to provide financial support for women who wish to pursue careers in public service, public administration or governmental affairs. The scholarship is available to current college or university students who likely would have difficulty continuing their education without financial assistance. The purpose of the program is to make post-secondary education more accessible to women by relieving some of the financial burden. Scholarships of up to $3,000 will be awarded to students who will be attending any college or university that is part of the UW System, the Wisconsin Technical College System, or any in-state private college affiliated with the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

2020 WWIG Undergraduate Scholarship Application UWS

Details of eligibility and submission requirements are included in the attached Call for Applications.  Applications should be submitted directly to the UW System Office of Academic Programs and Educational Innovation by May 30, 2020. Application materials should be submitted electronically, as one single PDF, to