More good news for UW-Green Bay on Governor’s Capital Budget

Earlier this week Chancellor Alexander shared the exciting news of the Cofrin Research Center’s (sketch above) inclusion in Governor Evers’ budget proposal to the Legislature. The budget request includes two additional important projects for UW-Green Bay, which address physical condition issues and technology capabilities within classrooms and instructional laboratories:

  • Studio Arts Visual Arts Laboratory Renovation
  • Mary Ann Cofrin Hall/Wood Hall Health Care Skills & Simulation Laboratory Renovation

While not a final approval, these projects represent a very positive step in the process to enhance campus infrastructure for our students. You will be kept informed as they work their way through the legislative process.

OLA/MESA Virtual Book Discussion with Jennifer De Leon, March 3

Please join MESA & UWGB Organización Latino Americano (OLA) for a virtual book discussion and conversation with author of “Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From” Jennifer De Leon. OLA will be sponsoring this virtual event. Please RSVP to receive the Microsoft Teams link. RSVP form. The virtual book discussion will be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 7 p.m. (central time). Open to staff, students, and community members.

CATL offers workshop series on high-impact practices

Researchers have identified eight characteristics of high-impact practices (Kuh & O’Donnell, 2013). This spring, CATL will run workshops on four of them, with a particular focus on how these characteristics may enhance equity and inclusion in your courses. For the full schedule and registration details, view the full post here.

The remaining topics are: Frequent, Timely, and Constructive Feedback (Mar. 2), Supporting Inclusive Faculty-Student Interaction (Mar. 26 and Mar. 30), and Authentic and Experiential Learning Assessments (Apr. 13 and Apr. 20). Register to join us for any number of sessions!



UW-Green Bay alumni named 2021 Golden Apple Award recipients

The Golden Apple Award recipients announced recently include four UW-Green Bay alumni.

Brown County’s education community came together recently to honor its outstanding performers, bestowing Golden Apple awards on a total of 12 teachers—who continue to excel despite the unique challenges imposed on them by the coronavirus pandemic.

The following UW-Green Bay alumni were awarded:

  • Jessica Bernard, Nicolet Elementary School, Graduated in 2007 with B.S., Major: Elementary Education.
  • April Neuville, Father Allouez Catholic School, Graduated in 2004 with a B.A., Major: Elementary Education.
  • Lindsey Hilgemann, Ashwaubenon High School Literacy Team, Graduated in 2010 with a B.A., Major: English, Minor: Secondary Education.
  • Tracy Wiedeman, Pulaski Community School District Full Online Learning Second Grade Team, Graduated in 2000 with a B.S., Major: Elementary Education.

Innovation in Aging

Reminder: Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition is Feb. 25

You are invited to join the fifth year of the upcoming Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 from 4 to 6 p.m. This year it will be a virtual event for the first time. The competition is a collaboration between UW-Green Bay and WiSys Technology Foundation ( Anyone interested is encouraged and welcome to use the livestream link below to attend the event.

Students and student teams from across UW-Green Bay have been preparing to compete with their innovative solutions to challenges faced by older adults. A panel of judges from the community will be part of the competition to determine winning solutions. During the short period of judge deliberation after student and team presentations, Devon Christianson, Director of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Brown County, will provide brief remarks on innovation in aging services during this time of COVID.

Additional information is available at WiSys.

In case you missed it… 100th episode of Psychology and Stuff with its ‘all-stars’

For its 100th episode, Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges and Ryan Martin talk with five Psychology and Stuff All-Stars about the one thing they want the world to know about psychology. Guests are faculty members Bryan Carr, Jason Cowell, Regan Gurung, Chris Smith and Kris Vespia. Access the podcast on Soundcloud.

UREC grooms six miles of cross country ski trails on the Green Bay Campus

Classic Cross Country Ski grooming has resumed on the UW-Green Bay Arboretum Trails! UREC Outdoors staff has groomed six miles of trail this week for classic skiing and plans to maintain them for the rest of the season. Trails are groomed in several tracts of the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum and parts of the Shorewood Golf Course. See attached trail map for distances and elevation change. Trails open for use free of charge to all comers. Hikers, snowshoers, and cyclists please remain to the side of groomed tracks whenever possible. Waxless XC Skis are available for rental from UREC Outdoors to UW-Green Bay students, faculty/staff, and the greater community.

View the trail map.



UW-Green Bay student awarded honorable mention for research collected for the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program

At this week’s Wisconsin Wetlands Association Conference (Feb. 16-19), Cofrin Center for Biodiversity student, Britney Hirsch (’20), presented a poster entitled “Anuran occurrences in high and low water within the Lower Green Bay and Fox River AOC.” Her research poster won the Honorable Mention Award in the Student Poster Presentation competition at the conference. She presented results on anuran (frog/toad) data collected for the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program, a project that Cofrin Center’s Robert Howe and Erin Giese have co-led with other institutions for the past decade. Hirsch was one of four students from the Cofrin Center who conducted anuran and bird surveys during the spring and summer of 2020.

Britney Hirsch
Britney Hirsch

New ‘Serious Fun’ explores video game localization

We are living in a golden age for globalized pop culture—we have access to television, film, music, video games, books and comics from all over the world on a scale never before seen. Have you ever thought about what it takes to bring pop culture from one culture to another, though? Scott Strichart has, and as the senior localization producer for the Yakuza series at Sega, he has had a hand in bringing some of the most daunting, complex, and beloved Japanese video games to Western audiences. In this episode, Associate Professor Bryan Carr (Communication & Information Science) talks with Scott about the challenges and joys of localizing video games, from juggling unique spoken dialects to maintaining the cultural integrity of the original script to casting English voice actors to managing puns and humor. It’s a must-listen for Yakuza fans, video game fans, or anyone interested in managing creative works across cultures. And Dr. Carr manages to keep the fanboying to…well, “a minimum” isn’t quite right, but he tries. You can download the new episode via SoundCloud or via your favorite podcast providers like Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Psychology and Stuff Live: High School Psychology

Join on Facebook or Zoom for a live discussion with two fabulous high school psychology teachers. Jason Baudhuin and Adam Wiskerchen join Psychology and Stuff live to talk about what they like about teaching psychology to high school students, their favorite topics, and what they are most proud of. One of their alumni, Paige Anderson—now a UW-Green Bay Psychology major—joins in to talk about how her high school psychology experience shaped her current interests.