Chancellor Alexander’s message on interim UW System President

Chancellor Michael Alexander sent a message to UW-Green Bay faculty and staff on June 19 regarding the new interim UW System President. His full message is below:

Dear UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff,

As you have probably heard, Tommy Thompson has been named the interim president of the University of Wisconsin System.  I am excited to work with President Thompson in his new role.  His experience as governor of the state of Wisconsin will be an asset to advocate for the needs of higher education during his tenure.  He also has served as the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, which provides experience that is particularly relevant at this time. 

I am looking forward to my first conversation with President Thompson to tell him about the incredible work our faculty, staff, and students are accomplishing.  We have so much to be proud of at UW-Green Bay and I believe our mission and the work we are doing to realize it will fully resonate with him.

Best,

Michael Alexander

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Seeking applications for the ‘Impact Leadership Program’ through the Impact MBA, July 3 deadline

The Impact Leadership Program recognizes the critical role of UW-Green Bay employees in preparing the institution to serve as a model for the University of the future. As an institution of higher learning, we recognize that great leaders are the result of great talent, great educations, and great organizational culture. In the spirit of this vision, the Office of Human Resources and Workforce Diversity and the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business are collaborating to offer the Impact Leadership Program to support one university employee interested in completing the Cofrin School of Business’ executive Impact MBA program.

Employees are encouraged to review the Impact Leadership Program Guidelines for more information about eligibility and process for application. Interested employees must return the Impact Leadership Program Interest Form to their Area Leader no later than Friday, July 3, 2020. For questions about the Impact Leadership Program interest form submission process, please contact hr@uwgb.edu.

 

Register today for ‘SpeakOut’s Summer Institute’

The UW-Green Bay Council on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence and the Office of the Provost, wish to share an opportunity to attend SpeakOut’s Summer Institute, a virtual institute on building equity and social justice education to create inclusive learning environments on campus and online. As people nationwide demand systemic change, and as campuses adapt to the impact of the pandemic, UW-Green Bay asks how those of us working in the arena of higher education can transform our institutions and learning environments.

When:

Monday, July 13, 2020, Noon to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020, Noon to 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020, Noon to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 16, 2020, Noon to 2:30 p.m.

What you will learn:

  • Pedagogy/Theory: Education for wholeness, social justice, and liberation
  • Capacity-Building: Faculty and staff development that strengthens leadership and sustainability
  • Equity in a Digital Age: Tools for inclusive and accessible online learning
  • Institutional Strategies: How to implement equitable education and social change
  • Intercultural Frameworks: Culturally-responsive models and ideas that foster rich, meaningful dialogue and collaboration
  • Student Development: Provide student access to knowledge that transforms their sense of self and what they can do in the world

Open to all faculty and staff

This opportunity is open to all UW-Green Bay faculty and staff in support a broad representation of all areas within the University. To learn more visit: SpeakOut Summer Institute.

UW-Green Bay Council on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence and the Office of the Provost wish to send a large, representative group of staff and faculty to the institute. We will follow up with all interested employees shortly after the survey closes. If you would like to be considered, please fill out the following Qualtrics survey.

Be sure to complete the sign-up form by 06-22-2020Apply to attend SpeakOut’s Summer Institute

For additional questions, please contact the Provost Office at ProvostOff@uwgb.edu.

 

UW-Green Bay Provost Burns messages students about fall class delivery

Interim Provost Kate Burns messaged students about fall plans today (June 11, 2020)

Dear Students,

As we plan for classes to resume and campus to open this fall, I want to keep you informed as decisions are made. Today I am writing to share with you updates regarding course delivery and distance education fees.

This fall we will be offering courses in many different modes: in-person, online, and hybrid/blended courses. We are hoping to offer enough courses in various formats, allowing you to choose the classes and formats that best fit your needs.

In order to account for required safety guidelines, including physical distancing, some courses that were previously listed as in-person will need to be moved online. Some in-person courses will need to move to different classrooms or to other spaces on campus. And some in-person courses will need to become hybrid/blended, meeting both in-person and online, with varying percentages of in-person and online instruction depending on the class.

All of these adjustments are already in progress and will take some time to process. We are targeting a mid-July completion date and encourage you to check SIS regularly to verify the delivery method assigned for your classes.

Classes are scheduled to follow our current academic calendar, beginning on September 2.

For Fall, we are planning on charging the Distance Education fee for online, blended, and distance education classes, regardless of whether the course was originally listed as such or if we adjusted the format this summer. Usually we charge $25 per credit for the Distance Education courses. This Fall we are cutting the fee in half ($12.50 per credit) to recognize the financial challenges many students are facing and to encourage you to continue your educational pursuits. Unfortunately, we cannot completely do away with these fees, which cover the software, technology, student support, and faculty training necessary to deliver online and distance education, which are vital in our current remote environment. We are working to balance this vital infrastructure withaccommodating students’ needs to take more online and distance ed classes during the pandemic. If you have financial concerns, please contact Financial Aid at financialaid@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2111. You could also consider applying for one of our emergency grants.

These changes are necessary to help keep students, faculty, and staff safe while also offering a variety of options to best serve you. Striking the right balance is an ongoing pursuit. We have been partnering with Prevea and Brown County Health to determine safety guidelines for a safe return to campus and will share more information about this later this summer. If you have any questions or concerns about any of these changes, please reach out to GBOSS at gboss@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2111 and they will be able to help.  Your commitment to higher education at this time is so important and we want to make sure you are able to achieve your goals.

Take care,

Kate Burns
Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

UW-Green Bay alumnus Eric Vanden Heuvel takes new Greater Green Bay Chamber position

The Greater Green Bay Chamber is pleased to welcome Eric Vanden Heuvel as vice president of talent and education for the organization.

Eric Vanden Heuvel

Vanden Heuvel most recently served as the chief academic officer and chief operating officer for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Green Bay. In his new role, he will provide leadership for the day-to-day operations of the talent and education department of the Chamber including Partners in Education, Current Young Professionals and Leadership Green Bay. He also will oversee and provide staff support to the Partners in Education board of directors, provide leadership and support for the work-based learning, career exploration and community support segments and maintain a high activity level with Partners in Education programming in the promotion and school-based learning segments, among other duties.

“We are excited to welcome Eric and his strong educational background as well as  ability to not only build off existing relationships and new relationships,” said Laurie Radke, president and CEO of the Greater Green Bay Chamber. “We have an amazing opportunity because he can hit the ground running. We’re fortunate to welcome someone with such a high degree of professionalism and integrity and who leads from the heart.”

UW employees welcome to join the virtual status update for the ‘Administrative Transformation Program’

Join the Administrative Transformation Program (ATP) on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 for a virtual Status Update, 10 to 11 a.m. ATP Program Director Nick Tincher and Program Executive Steve Kish will highlight the program’s recent accomplishments, revised strategy and timeline in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and current and upcoming work.

The Administrative Transformation Program is the University of Wisconsin’s response to the rapidly evolving higher education landscape. The overall objective is to right-size the administrative complexity to support the UW System’s missions of education, research, and outreach. Doing ATP correctly will involve a transformation with people and on policies and processes supported by technology.

“We are starting by streamlining administrative processes and implementing a single cloud-based Human Resources System (HRS) and Shared Financial System (SFS)—also known as enterprise resource planning (ERP) software—across the entire UW System. In doing this, we are improving the quality and availability of data and financial controls, as well as enhancing information security. Ultimately, ATP’s goal is to better the working experience at the University of Wisconsin.” (definition in an earlier communication)

Tune in to the live event via the ATP website or YouTube. Submit your questions to atp@vc.wisc.edu. Unable to participate? The recorded presentation will be posted to the ATP website; interested viewers can share their comments via the ATP feedback form.

The live presentation and recording will be captioned. To request additional accommodations, please email atp@vc.wisc.edu.

Beware of Financial Aid scams

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a warning last week notifying students that suspicious emails claiming to be from the “Financial Department” at their respective institutions are advertising how to receive the economic stimulus check.

The phishing email contains a link to a message about the check and asks students to enter their login information for the school, potentially exposing sensitive material to scammers.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has also identified a scam targeting students in which callers are reaching out to student loan borrowers claiming to represent a loan servicer, in this case Navient. The scam is telling borrowers that as part of a lawsuit settlement, their student loan debt is either partially or completely forgiven, but first they must provide their personal information and pay a fee to transfer the debt from the loan provider to the “the Department of Education” or another official-sounding organization.

Federal Student Aid (FSA) has a resource list available for students to help them avoid financial aid and loan-related scams. Phishing scams can be reported to the FTC or the BBB scam tracker.

Fill out your legitimate 2020-2021 FAFSA application at studentaid.gov. Call the Student Services Office at (920) 459-6633 with questions. The UW-Green Bay school code is 003899.

UW-Green Bay Office of Residence Life update

Below is a message from Director of Residence Life Gail Sims-Aubert to Phoenix families regarding Residence Life at UW-Green Bay.

Phoenix Families,

We share your concerns.

We know you want your UW-Green Bay student to be able to move to campus this fall, but you also want them to be safe. We do, too.

The Office of Residence Life is collaborating with our campus health/wellness partner, Prevea, and Brown County Public Health to develop community standards and safety measures for our campus housing.  Though we cannot predict the future, we do feel confident that we can move our residential students in to their fall assignments at the end of August as planned.

The process of moving to campus and the practice of living in a communal setting will likely look quite different in the coming academic year. However, all decisions to alter cleaning practices and services to our residential students are being driven by an abundance of caution. These new strategies will be communicated to both you and your UW-Green Bay student in the coming weeks, so that final preparations can be made to move to campus.

We also recognize that the pandemic has created significant change for many. We are aware that in some cases family finances have been impacted, students’ sense of security has been altered and others have had to recognize vulnerabilities in regard to personal health. For these reasons, we want to work with you and your student to create the living situation that best meets their needs. If your student has questions or concerns about their fall assignment, please encourage them to reach out and allow us the opportunity to position them for success as they move forward with their college career.

Thank you for working with your student in choosing UW-Green Bay.

Go Phoenix!

Gail Sims-Aubert
Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Campus Climate
Director of Residence Life

Phone: 920-465-2040
Email: housing@uwgb.edu
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Profs. Yadav and Van Slooten named UW System Teaching Fellows & Scholars Program participant

The University of Wisconsin System announced the selection of the 2021–2022 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars Program participants. Among them was UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Dinesh Yadav (Theatre) and Associate Prof. Jessica Van Slooten (English).

The program provides UW faculty and teaching academic staff a unique opportunity to collaborate with other exceptional teachers from across the UW System and from various disciplines. In addition to discussing influential literature, participants are guided through systematic research focused on improving student learning through a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project, the 20th year of using this format.

Program participants come from all of the System’s 13 universities with the exception of UW-Madison, and with one participant from UW Extended Campus. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the year-long program that usually begins in May will be postponed until Spring 2021. These 26 interdisciplinary faculty and lecturers, however, will meet this summer in an interim online Community of Practice, which will include a review of online instruction amid the pandemic.

The program and summer session will be co-directed and facilitated by Heather Pelzel, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at UW-Whitewater, and Alison Staudinger, Associate Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Political Science at UW-Green Bay. Both are alumni of the program.

The Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars Program is one of three programs offered by the UW System’s Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID). OPID supports UW System’s 13 Centers for Teaching and Learning in fostering a culture of teaching and learning excellence in Wisconsin. Together they offer professional development programs that ensure student learning in face-to-face, online, and blended learning environments. Fay Akindes is OPID Director.

All three of OPID’s programs – Spring Conference on Teaching and Learning, Faculty College, and Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars – have been postponed until Spring 2021.

The 2021–2022 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars are:

  • Amy Lane, UW Extended Campus, Instructional Design
  • Bryan Brown, UW-Eau Claire, Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Matt Evans, UW-Eau Claire, Physics and Astronomy
  • Dinesh Yadav, UW-Green Bay, Theatre
  • Jessica Van Slooten, UW-Green Bay, English, Writing Foundations, Women’s & Gender Studies
  • Hongying Xu, UW-La Crosse, Second Language Acquisition and Foreign Language Pedagogy
  • Rebekah Fowler, UW-La Crosse, Literature
  • Ali Gattoni, UW-Milwaukee, Communication
  • Sarah Riforgiate, UW-Milwaukee, Communication
  • Ashay Desai, UW Oshkosh, Management
  • Don Hones, UW Oshkosh, Second Language Education/Multicultural Education
  • Ekundayo Akinlade, UW-Parkside, Management and Human Resources
  • Misti Bradford, UW-Parkside, Costume Design
  • Andrey Ivanov, UW-Platteville, History
  • Chelsea Lancelle, UW-Platteville, Geology
  • Tyler Ostergaard, UW-Platteville, Art History
  • Bidhan Roy, UW-Platteville, Mechanical Engineering
  • Desiree Wiesen-Martin, UW-River Falls, Criminology
  • Greg Kerkvliet, UW-River Falls, Rhetoric and Composition
  • Steven Johnson , UW-Stevens Point, Physical Therapy
  • Keith Gilland, UW-Stout, Ecology/Environmental Science
  • Leni Marshall, UW-Stout, Composition, Literature, and Intercultural Agility
  • Nicholle Schuelke, UW-Superior, Education
  • Praopan Pratoomchat, UW-Superior, Economics
  • Ken Brosky, UW-Whitewater, English
  • Nadine Kriska, UW-Whitewater, Biology