Jackson-area high school seniors reflect on recent events, look to future (includes UW-Green Bay-bound freshman)

JACKSON, MI—Graduation ceremonies were supposed to start on Thursday, May 21, around Jackson County (Michael.). But, with the novel coronavirus, plans have changed.

While senioritis was setting in big time for this group, most say they have learned from the past couple of months of the stay-at-home order. Here is a look at 31 seniors from 13 Jackson area high schools, their plans for the future and their outlook moving forward.

Libby Van Wagnen, Jackson High School

Van Wagnen, 18, is attending University of Wisconsin Green Bay to major in human biology on the pre-med track. She is also playing on the women’s soccer team.

“The corona pandemic canceled a lot of activities that I looked forward to,” she said. “I was set up to compete in the DECA national business competition in April. This summer was going to be my first season playing with a semipro soccer team. I was also booked for some very fun traveling experiences. Mostly I miss my friends and my sport.”

Source: Michigan Live.

Wisconsin professor (Richard Hein) helps lucky lab rats find good homes | Wisconsin Public Radio

Rats often get a bum rap. That’s why a lot of students enter his labs feeling a little nervous, said Prof. Richard Hein of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus. Hein uses the animals to teach first- and second-year introductory biology, and human anatomy and physiology students all sorts of lessons.The students measure how factors like temperature, exercise or even music can affect the animals’ metabolisms. Rats are also used to study the effects of hormones and even human reproduction. Biology major Stevie VanderBloomen, who just finished her second year, said she appreciated getting the opportunity to do hands-on science early in her college career. “It’s such a great way to expand your knowledge,” she said.

Source: Wisconsin Professor Helps Lucky Lab Rats Find Good Homes | Wisconsin Public Radio

Prof. Harvey Kaye featured in FDR article | Moyers & Company 

Prof. Harvey J. Kaye (Democracy and Justice Studies), author of The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great, talked with Bill Moyer about how FDR’s speech was a rallying cry to build the kind of progressive society that Roosevelt hoped for but did not live to see at war’s end. His most recent book is FDR on Democracy: The Greatest Speeches and Writings of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

In his conversation with Bill Moyers, Kaye says the president was able to mobilize Americans who created “the strongest and most prosperous country in human history.” How did they do it? By working toward the Four Freedoms and making America “freer, more equal and more democratic.”

He believes Americans have not forgotten the Four Freedoms as goals, but have “forgotten what it takes to realize them, that we must defend, sustain and secure democracy by enhancing it. That’s what Roosevelt knew. That’s what Jefferson knew. And no one seems to remember that today. That’s what we have to remind people of.”

Source: Fighting for the Four Freedoms | Moyers & Company |

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Coronavirus: Three campus, community play projects presented | WFRV

The UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus virtual performance of “The Importance of Being Earnest” and UW-Green Bay’s virtual production of “A Doll’s House, Part 2” were featured as virtual performances for the community to see.

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Coronavirus: Three campus, community play projects presented

Marinette County Board meeting to take place on UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus | Peshtigo Times

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, government business must go on. And despite the Wisconsin Supreme Court decision overturning the “Safer At Home” orders issued by Gov. Tony Evers, the monthly Marinette County Board meeting on Tuesday, May 26 will be held in the Theater on the Bay on the UW-Green Bay’s Marinette Campus to allow for social distancing.

Source: County Board to meet on Tuesday May 26 at UW Theatre on the Bay | Peshtigo Times

Yellow perch fingerlings ready for sale at the Farmory (UW-Green Bay is partner) | WLUK

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WLUK) — An area nonprofit has reached a milestone in its quest to supply Northeast Wisconsin with a popular species of fish.The Farmory in Green Bay has seen its first hatch of yellow perch fingerlings in its indoor fish hatchery. The Farmory hopes to sell the fingerlings to help entrepreneurs start aquaculture businesses, as well as to backyard growers.The Farmory also plans to host a series of educational webinars featuring experts in aquaculture and aquaponics.

Source: Yellow perch fingerlings ready for sale at the Farmory | WLUK

UW-Green Bay extends furloughs, plans to reopen campuses on July 1 | News, Sports, Jobs – The Daily news

Green Bay, Wis. — Campus leaders of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will extend furlough plans through December as the university continues to manage the financial impacts brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The plan requires faculty and staff to take unpaid leave and will result in approximately $826,830 in savings for the university from June to December.

Source: UW-Green Bay extends furloughs, plans to reopen campuses on July 1 | News, Sports, Jobs – The Daily news

Advice for borrowers of student loans

GREEN BAY (NBC 26) — Under the CARES Act, borrowers of federal student loans don’t need to make payments for the next several months.Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions Secretary Kathy Blumenfeld said that forbearance period is a good time for graduates to analyze their financial situation. College graduates share frustrations of finding work“It’s a really good time to reflect,” she said. “I call it kind of financial hygiene to really take a look at your financial position right now. The first and foremost is to understand what kind of loan that you’re in.” Perspective from two UW-Green Bay students.

Source: Advice for borrowers of student loans