A native of Iron Mountain has been named 2021 Citizen of the Year in Shiawassee County in lower Michigan. Larry Johnson (’01, Environmental Science) is director of the Shiawassee County Health Department, where he has worked more than 20 years.
The Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce partners with the Argus Press in Corunna, Mich., as the permanent sponsor of the award, which has been given out since 1982.
…After graduating from Iron Mountain High School in 1994, Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary-environmental studies from Michigan State University and a master of science degree in environmental science from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.The Citizen of the Year will be honored during an awards night Thursday in Laingsburg, Mich.
GREEN BAY – King Park on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB) campus will host the 2021 WIAA State Softball Tournament.UWGB will host 15 total games June 28-30, including all five state championship games.The single-elimination tournament features five divisions.Eight teams qualify in Division 1 and four each in divisions 2, 3, 4 and 5.“We are both thrilled and appreciative to be hosting the WIAA State Softball Tournament this summer,” UWGB Bay Chancellor Michael Alexander said. “This event will welcome fans from throughout the state, showcasing our campus and King Park.”Each day is expected to draw more than 500 fans.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – More than $96 million in funding to replace the Cofrin Library on the University of Wisconsin – Green bay campus with a new Cofrin Research Center has been approved by the state’s Joint Finance Committee.UWGB officials say this is the school’s first major academic capital project to get to this point in more than 20 years.
“It means a lot to us. First of all, I think it’s a great signal from the state that the University is headed in a positive direction. We have tremendous momentum with enrollment growth and all the amazing things happening on our campus right now,” said Chancellor, Michael Alexander.“I couldn’t be more excited, UW-Green Bay was historically on the bottom of the list as far as capital projects are concerned,” said Rep. John Macco, (R-Ledgeview).
MARINETTE, Wis. (WBAY) – Marinette teachers and staff are spending their summer learning Spanish.Kayla Furton, English language consultant for the Marinette School District, says the English-learning population has grown especially in the last few years, and many students come from Spanish-speaking homes.The Marinette School District is partnering with University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Marinette campus for a Spanish course designed specifically for educators. This goes beyond learning uno and dos. The course is designed specifically to communicate with the growing number of Spanish-speaking families in their community and their classrooms with a focus on talking about homework, grades and academics.Furton acknowledges you can’t be fluent in a language with one six-week course. She talks with our Chris Roth about how this program works, who’s taking part, and what might be next for Marinette and other school districts.
GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) – 172 apartment units, a grocery store, and UW Green Bay are all part of a $22 million development proposal for downtown Green Bay.A grocery store and a college presence in downtown Green Bay have both been talked about for years. Both are still in negotiations for joining the project, but officials from each entity confirmed their interest at a virtual meeting of the city’s Redevelopment Authority Tuesday afternoon.The project is proposed for the former Associated Bank parking lot that is bordered by Monroe Avenue and Quincy, Cherry, and Pine Streets. It is just southeast of the Brown County Central Library.Eight townhomes and a restaurant with outdoor dining are also proposed for the site.
…UW-Green Bay is negotiating for 7,000 to 10,000 square feet of space. Chancellor Michael Alexander says the school would end up using it for either a new center for civic engagement, a resource center, or flexible space for programming.
“It’s exactly the kind of space we’re looking for to move possibly. For years, the university has been requested to move downtown, have a presence downtown. This is the kind of space we definitely need to be successful in doing so.”
As for the housing, the 172 apartment units would be market rate. The developer says the cost of a studio would start at about $1,000 per month.
The bay of Green Bay is massive. In fact, it carries the distinction of being the largest freshwater estuary in the world. The bay is also a Petri dish of challenges, from agricultural runoff to toxic algal bloom. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has long been studying these issues and is now on the cusp of a major boost in its research capacity.The university is in the process of becoming a National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR). Largely funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Green Bay will become the third NERR on the Great Lakes and the 30th across the country. The multiyear process will result in a facility somewhere on the estuary that will be both a visitor center and research hub.Marissa Jablonski, with the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin, and Emily Tyner, the director of freshwater strategy at UW-Green Bay, say that the NERR site will serve a large number of communities and function as a meeting place for education and research.“This preserve as it’s currently designated, will be designated, will represent the Lake Michigan / Lake Huron biogeographic region, which is a huge region. So that means that although the research will be in the waters of Green Bay, programmatically, the education focus will be quite broad — opportunities for training, for participating in programs will have a larger footprint and reach,” Tyner explains.
Republicans approved $1.5 billion for state building projects over the next two years, removing about $810 million in projects that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers requested.A little less than half of the GOP proposal, or nearly $629 million, is earmarked for the University of Wisconsin System. Evers had asked for about $1 billion for UW campuses.
Republican lawmakers on the state Legislature’s budget committee voted Tuesday evening to approve $1.5 billion of Gov. Tony Evers’ $2.4 billion plan for state construction projects, including roughly $629 million of the governor’s $1 billion plan for the University of Wisconsin System. The plan passed the committee on a party-line vote of 11-4, with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats against. Republicans who control the committee called the governor’s proposal “irresponsible,” arguing their plan goes far enough. Democrats contended the state should use unprecedented state revenue estimates to fund more sorely-needed projects across the state. “The governor put forward another irresponsible level of spending in the capital budget for the second consecutive budget, but Joint Finance Committee Republicans are putting together a responsible capital budget,” said committee co-chair Rep. Mark Born, R-Beaver Dam.The UW System projects included in Evers’ $1 billion plan included $117 million for a new Science and Technology Innovation Center at UW-River Falls, $96 million to replace Albertson Hall at the UW-Stevens Point, and $94 million on the Cofrin Technology and Education Center at the UW-Green Bay.
MADISON – Republicans on the Legislature’s budget committee agreed Tuesday to spend $1.5 billion over two years for University of Wisconsin buildings and other public facilities.Their plan is nearly $1 billion less than what Democratic Gov. Tony Evers proposed. Republicans said Evers wanted to spend too much and they were focused on keeping the state’s borrowing costs down. They took their vote hours after learning the state is expected to take in $4.4 billion more over three years than had been projected. Evers said the state needed to put more toward schools and other programs, while Republicans called for tax cuts.
The Republican plan would provide funding for numerous UW projects backed by Evers, including:
- $88.4 million to demolish two UW-Madison residence halls and build a new academic building for the university’s ethnic studies programs;
- $27 million to renovate a nursing education complex at UW-Oshkosh;
- $11.4 million to renovate the west tower of Sandburg Hall at UW-Milwaukee;
- $116.7 million to construct a new science and technology innovation center at UW-River Falls;
- $96.3 million to build a multi-use technology and education center at UW-Green Bay;
- $96 million to replace UW-Stevens Point’s Albertson Hall.
- More than $100 million for repairs and upgrades.
he Weidner Philharmonic’s performance of “Walton’s Façade: An Entertainment” live in the Billie Kress Amphitheatre at the Green Bay Botanical Garden has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 3 p.m.Due to weather concerns, the concert scheduled for Sunday, May 23 was moved to the previously determined rain date of June 20, Father’s Day. All tickets for the original date will be honored; patrons are encouraged to hold on to their tickets to attend the event. This concert will mark the Weidner Center’s first in-person live performance in over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.$10 Student tickets on the Grand Lawn are now available for purchase. All-Age Tickets on the Grand Lawn and Cowles Terrace also remain on sale. All Cowles Terrace seating is general admission with folding padded chairs provided. Seating on Grand Lawn is first come first serve with patron’s own lawn chairs and blankets. Tickets can be purchased at ticketstaronline.com.