Smaller Thanksgiving gatherings provide opportunities to increase our gratitude

“I think the reason … certain Thanksgiving rituals are important, is because they serve as memory primes, releasing associated positive feelings,” said Regan A. R. Gurung, former professor of human development and psychology at UW-Green Bay. Source: Smaller Thanksgiving gatherings provide opportunities to increase our gratitude, Marshfield News-Herald

Green Bay men’s basketball ‘ready for anything’ to start season

“Everybody has got to be ready at any given moment, especially when we play the back-to-backs in the Horizon League. You don’t want to run your top five, seven guys into the ground playing back-to-backs. It’s fair game for everyone,” said UWGB Men’s Basketball coach Will Ryan. Source: UWGB men’s basketball ‘ready for anything’ to start season, Green Bay Press Gazette

Mishicot’s Savannah Siders earns Rural Opportunities award | Schools

Savannah Siders, of Mishicot, was awarded $1,000 toward her education as the Jim Caldwell/First Citizens State Bank Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation, Inc., Board Scholar. A news release said Siders was selected from more than 300 applicants from rural Wisconsin. A 2020 graduate of Mishicot High School, Siders is the daughter of Steven and Jennifer Siders. She is attending the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, pursuing a degree in biology and pre-veterinary.“The reason I want to major in biology and pre-veterinary is that I have always been passionate about helping animals and making them feel better,” Siders said in the news release.  Logging more than 400 hours of volunteering, Siders’ list of extracurriculars is extensive. Her activities include FFA, varsity dance team, forensics and high school musicals. She has earned numerous accolades, including being Summa Cum Laude, student of the month and various FFA awards.

Source: Mishicot’s Savannah Siders earns Rural Opportunities award | Schools

Teachers unions will have newfound influence in a Biden administration (Prof. Shelton quoted)

“There’s going to be a lot of competing priorities and any sort of big, transformative education law that would create longer-lasting funding increases is probably not going to be forthcoming right away because most of the attention is going to go to the coronavirus,” said Jon Shelton, an associate professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, who wrote a book about teachers unions. Source: Teachers unions will have newfound influence in a Biden administration. Here’s how they might use it, Chalkbeat

UWGB collaboration with Microsoft, LinkedIn to benefit staff, students

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced a new collaboration with Microsoft’s TechSpark program and LinkedIn, which will provide free professional development opportunities for university faculty and staff, infuse career connections for UW-Green Bay students and grow LinkedIn Learning across the four-campus community.

Source: UWGB collaboration with Microsoft, LinkedIn to benefit staff, students, Insight 

Story describes UW-Green Bay involvement in Door County invasive species fight

These innovative efforts would not have been possible without the Door County community, DCIST partners and amazing seasonal staff members. These include Sam Hoffman and Tina Lee of the Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department; Andrew Bowker, Jacob Smither and Britney Hirsch of UW-Green Bay; and Ben Epley of The Ridges Sanctuary.

Source: Field Season Wrap-up from DC Invasive Species Team, Door County Pulse.

UW-Green Bay Announces New Collaboration with Microsoft & LinkedIn

“We rise by partnering with others,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Mike Alexander. ”As a University driving development in our region, we need to model the spirit of digital transformation to enhance learning, solve problems and provide the greatest array of professional development and networking courses possible to our faculty, staff and students. This partnership is an important and exciting step in that direction and has the potential to help our community in countless ways.” Source: UW-Green Bay Announces New Collaboration with Microsoft & LinkedIn, Green Bay News Network

COVID-19 testing sites accommodating for increased demand before holidays

The UWGB community site is testing upwards of 400 people a day. Rapid testing sites at UW system schools have contributed to an overall increase in testing across the state, which is a key step in fighting the pandemic. Source: COVID-19 testing sites accommodating for increased demand before holidays, FOX11

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How to let loved ones know your Thanksgiving gathering is off

GREEN BAY, Wis (NBC 26) — The choice of whether to get together with extended family on Thanksgiving is a tough decision for many. It’s a discussion that healthcare professionals and psychologists are talking about in regard to how to get the conversation going with family before it gets too late.Meeting up with friends and family on Thanksgiving will likely not happen for millions of Americans this year. But that being said, there will be folks who can’t let go of the tradition even in light of the pandemic.

Ryan Martin, a professor of psychology at UWGB says when you’re telling loved ones you’re having limited or no company this year, the last thing you want to do is tell folks is how their job or social life is concerning.

“What someone might hear is, I’m not living my life the way I should. So it becomes a thing people end up taking more personally than they probably should.”

Martin says to focus the conversation on where you are coming from, and how your feelings are the furthest thing from a personal statement about someone else. He adds that you should plan ahead for the uncomfortable conversation by preparing what you want to convey in an open and honest way.

Source: How to let loved ones know your Thanksgiving gathering is off

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: Weidner Philharmonic brass serve a smorgasbord

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – A buffet is a lot of different food. A smorgasbord is a lot of different food made with a flair. The definitions are right here in my dictionary.Served Monday evening in a special livestream concert was a varied menu of music for brass quintet. The smorgasbord included, in order in the program below, works that could be labeled regal, inventive, sweet, sacred, jaunty and mucho gusto. Versatility marked the concert “Brass Musicians of the Weidner Philharmonic” – versatility in programming and performing. The event was part of University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s “6:30 Concert Series,” which has become a virtual offering since the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has throttled most live, in-person performances.

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: Weidner Philharmonic brass serve a smorgasbord