What’s up at UW-Green Bay? (Feb. 17-21, 2020 and beyond)

Test material strength, convert fluid motion to mechanical energy and see a 3D Printer | Feb. 20 | UW-Green Bay, Brown County STEM Innovation Center
The media and public will have the first chance to see new engineering equipment in action at a celebration Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 at 12:15 p.m. at the Brown County STEM Innovation Center on the UW-Green Bay campus. Although the building has been open since fall, the state-of-the-art equipment was delivered, installed and tested only recently as faculty have begun to prepare the next generation of engineers. Media members are asked to RSVP attendance to Sue Bodilly, bodillys@uwgb.edu. Learn more at https://news.uwgb.edu/log-news/releases/02/17/media-event-uw-green-bay-celebrates-new-equipment-arrival-to-brown-county-stem-innovation-center-15-20/. 

Celebrate Black History Month by learning about Green Bay’s history with the Underground Railroad | Feb. 19 | UW-Green Bay Campus
Note location change! UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center is launching a new series: “Stories from the Archives.” The first program of the series is “Green Bay’s Underground Railroad History.” This program will cover the rich history of local efforts regarding the Underground Railroad. Because of popular demand, the free program has been moved from Archives, to Phoenix C of the University Union, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Learn more at https://news.uwgb.edu/log-news/releases/02/03/uw-green-bay-archives-presents-stories-from-the-archives-green-bays-underground-railroad-history06-20/.

Anticipating the Homecoming frenzy | Feb. 23-29 | UW-Green Bay Campus
Homecoming 2020 is almost here at UW-Green Bay! The week of Homecoming is packed full of fun and exciting events for UW-Green Bay students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community! Many events are free and open to the public. The full list of events can be found at https://www.uwgb.edu/homecoming/calendar-of-events/events/.

What’s up with the Coronavirus? Come find out through ‘Virus Without Borders’ | March 5 | Green Bay Campus
The UW-Green Bay Global Studies program is sponsoring a presentation titled, “Virus Without Borders: The Global Threat and Response to the Novel Coronavirus” on Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Christie Theatre. Presenters include Profs. Christine Vandenhouten (Nursing, Global Studies), Rebecca Hovarter (Nursing) and Brian Merkel (Human Biology). Attention members of the media: Faculty members will be available for interviews at 2:30 p.m. outside the Christie Theatre, by RSVPing to Sue Bodilly, bodillys@uwgb.edu. Learn more at https://news.uwgb.edu/log-news/releases/02/14/uw-green-bay-to-present-virus-without-borders-a-multi-disciplinary-look-at-the-coronavirus-outbreak-march-5-2020/.

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Accounting Student Luncheon

Photos: Accounting Students Luncheon

The Accounting Student Association held its annual year-end celebration on May 4, 2018 at the Weidner Center, Mark Brandt ’85 (Accounting), former founder and owner of Pinnacle Consulting and managing partner of American East, Green Bay, was the invited keynote speaker. During the celebration, students honored long-time faculty member and advisor Steve Muzatko (who is posed with this son, Maxwell, in the photos).

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2018 Accounting Students Luncheon
– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communications

Photos: GPS poster session and year-end celebration

On Friday, May 4, the 2017-2018 Gateways to Phoenix Success (GPS) cohort of faculty and peer mentors and first-year students joined with members of the campus community to celebrate participants’ successes throughout the year. The GPS program seeks to support students in their transition during their first year at the university as they adapt to new academic and social environments and begin to explore the opportunities the university holds for them.

The closing celebration provided an opportunity for students to reflect on their first-year experience. The centerpiece of the event was a poster presentation, during which students across ten sections showcased their spring service projects. These projects exhibited participants’ commitment to bettering their campus and wider Green Bay communities as they became stakeholders in both. Projects supported area nonprofits and public schools and sought to raise awareness about a variety of issues about GPS students were passionate about. Their work signaled the progression of a cohort from which the university’s student leaders of tomorrow will surely be drawn.

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GPS Poster Session 2018

– Photos by Amanda Jo Danihel, Marketing and University Communications

Students hug after commencement

‘Our family graduates with us’

It looks like 2018 Commencement Speaker Bao Nhia Xiong was right when she noted that “…as we walk this stage today we are not the only one graduating; when we walk the stage today our family too graduates with us.”

Savor the moment, Phoenix. You’ve earned it.

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2018 Spring Post-Commencement

– Photos by Dan Moore and Eric Craver, Marketing and University Communication

Human Biology Networking Event

Health Sciences Networking Event

Developing a successful professional network is an important step for future success. To help students develop their networking skills, the Human Biology program held the first Health Sciences Networking Event on Monday, March 26, 2018 in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center. At the event, professionals were in attendance to network with students and help them build valuable contacts in the medical and health sciences field. Professionals included UW-Green Bay faculty and staff, as well as alumni in health sciences, faculty from UWGB and the Medical College of Wisconsin, and other area health professionals. Diane Roundy, director of growth and business development for Schenck, and speaker for the event, presented, “Effectively Working the Room,” a discussion on networking basics and how to meet key people, hold lively conversations with strangers and obtain leads for your professional career.

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Human Biology Networking Event 2018

– Photos by Amanda Jo Danihel, Marketing and University Communication

Phlash at Phoenix Fridays on the Fox

Celebrating Green Bay at Phoenix Friday(s) on the Fox

What a blast it was when UW-Green Bay celebrated with Phoenix friends, fans and alumni at Phoenix Friday(s) on the Fox, July 28, 2017 on the CityDeck, downtown Green Bay. During the course of a beautiful evening, Chancellor Gary L. Miller had a few moments between sets by Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns to say “thank you” to members of the community for their support of UW-Green Bay. Associated Bank and BayCare Clinic are sponsors of the summer weekly event.

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Phoenix Friday on the Fox 2017

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Video: UW-Green Bay’s 2017 Commencement

Grab a tissue as you watch another fantastic group of UW-Green Bay students experience what is likely one of their most anticipated days of college — commencement. In this video, Terisa Batrez (Social Work), Ryan Ewert (Engineering Technology) and Destany Calma-Birling (Psychology) share their experiences and their excitement for the future.

In review: UntitledTown an unprecedented success

More than 2,000 people attended the first-ever UntitledTown Book and Author Festival April 28-30, 2017. The organizers, many of whom are associated with UW-Green Bay, say the 80-event festival was a tremendous success. From writer’s workshops, bookbinding classes and panel discussions to author readings, book signings, the launch of UW-Green Bay’s literary journal, The Sheepshead Review, and more, every event met or exceeded attendance expectations, including the Festival’s final keynote presentations by acclaimed authors Sherman Alexie and Margaret Atwood, which were attended by more than 1,200. The Green Bay Press-Gazette has the story.

Margaret Atwood praised the event on Twitter to her 1.56 million followers and State Representative Eric Genrich shared his gratitude on Facebook.

“It’s an incredibly well-organized event and there’s such a range of author activities and writing activities,” raved Eileen Madded, an Evanston, Illinois bookbinder who spoke on Sunday, as reported by the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “It’s really impressive for a first time out.”

“I am delighted, but not entirely surprised, by the demonstrated hunger for reading, writing and making community connections here in Northeastern Wisconsin,” one of the event organizers Prof. Rebecca Meacham said about the event.

“This event is a huge opportunity for the area — for Wisconsin — for local authors to network and get their name out there,” said English Creative Writing student Robert Zeise in a CW 14 interview.

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Untitled Town 2017

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Innovation in Aging Winners

UW-Green Bay students explore solutions for an aging population

Event was part of inaugural Innovation in Aging competition

Written by and re-posted with permission by Bri Mass, Communication Specialist | WiSys Technology Foundation

According to the Administration on Aging, people 65+ represented 14.5% of the population in the year 2014 but are expected to grow to be 21.7% of the population by 2040. Many of these older adults face difficulties related to aging and chronic conditions that impact activities of daily living and quality of life.

Nine student teams went head-to-head at UW-Green Bay March 3 to confront these difficulties and create innovative solutions to a myriad of problems associated with aging. After a two-week brainstorming session, teams were given just eight minutes to explain their background research into an issue and convince a panel of judges that their innovation could improve the quality of life for an aging population.

UW-Green Bay Environmental Design students Kennedy Wendt, Pauline Balza, and Yosra Maatallah created the winning project, titled, “storAGE.” They designed a kitchen cabinet rail system that reduces the reach, strength and balance required to load or unload items like dishes and food. The storAGE team won a $500 cash prize from WiSys Technology Foundation for their winning project and presentation. (Photo above: David J. Ward, Chair of the WiSys Board of Trustees, presented the first-place prize to team members Kennedy Wendt and Pauline Balza for their project titled “storAGE” *not pictured: Yosra Maatallah).

The judging panel tasked with choosing the first-place team included Ellen Krabbe, Founder of FRESCO Services; Devon Christianson, Director of the Brown County Aging & Disability Resources Center; LaReina Tipping, Director of Home & Community Services at Curative Connections; Ryan Holzem, Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology at UW-Green Bay; and Matthew Geimer, Associate Lecturer of Business Law at UW-Green Bay.

Throughout the day, audience members were also asked to vote for their favorite team presentation to choose the winners of a second prize, the People’s Choice Award. UW-Green Bay Human Biology student Bryanna Blochowiak and Psychology students McKenna Garvey and Nate Jensen took the People’s Choice Award for their project, “MediCode,” which designed a technology that would enable first responders to quickly access patients’ medical records in an emergency (photo 24).

The People’s Choice Award consisted of prizes donated by local sponsors including The Phoenix Bookstore, the Cofrin Library, the University Union and WiSys.

A special incentive was offered to encourage UW-Green Bay student organizations to compete in the competition. Representatives from Healthy Fork, the Public Relations Student Society of America and the Public and Environmental Affairs Council each took home $100 from WiSys for their organizations for successfully completing the competition.

“We were excited to partner with Dean Gallagher-Lepak to create this unique event,” said WiSys Executive Director Arjun Sanga. “The competition sparked some great ideas and served to enhance the student experience through practical application of their classwork. Congratulations to UW-Green Bay and all the participants on a very successful event.”

After being met with such enthusiasm from the UW-Green Bay community in its first year, planning is already underway for another iteration of the Innovation in Aging event next year.

About the Innovation in Aging competition

In its inaugural year, the Innovation in Aging planning committee included UW-Green Bay faculty members Doreen Higgins, Le Leannae Zhu, Kyan Kauth and Dean VonDras, Dean of the UW-Green Bay College of Health, Education and Social Welfare Susan Gallagher-Lepak, WiSys Ambassador Kayla Billett, WiSys Regional Associate Mads Gjefsen and WiSys Communications Specialist Bri Maas. The mission of the competition was to inspire creative thinking and collaboration across academic disciplines to address aging issues and challenges for individuals in our communities.

About WiSys Technology Foundation

WiSys Technology Foundation is a 501(c)(3) supporting organization of the University of Wisconsin System. WiSys supports 11 four-year universities, 13 freshman-sophomore UW College campuses and statewide UW-Extension to identify innovative technologies and bring them to the marketplace.

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Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition

– Photos by Amanda Jo Danihel and Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication