UW-Green Bay mourns the loss of alumna, local German teacher

UW-Green Bay learned yesterday of the passing of Heidi Hussli, a 1997 graduate of UW-Green Bay. The announcement about her passing came from administrators at Bay Port High School, where she taught German:

“The purpose of this communication is to inform you of sad news involving one of our staff members. We are deeply saddened to share with you that this morning at 10:30 a.m. we were notified that Heidi Hussli, a teacher at Bay Port High School, passed away today following a brief hospitalization related to COVID-19.”

UW-Green Bay German Profs. David Coury and Jennifer Ham said that Hussli was more than a former student, but a colleague, mentor and friend to many.

“Heidi was a 1997 graduate of UW-Green Bay and a long-time and beloved German teacher at Bay Port. She was a German major who went on a Study Abroad trip with Jennifer and me and then as a teacher, took her students to Germany and hosted many German students here. We have and have had many students in our program who learned from her as well and greatly impacted by her enthusiasm and love of Germany and the German language.”

Like her peers at Bay Port, Coury said faculty and alumni are deeply saddened by the news.

Coury was quoted extensively about her in this Fox 11 story.



Blackboard Collaborate changed ‘link sharing’

A recent update to the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra videoconferencing system changed the procedure for sharing a link to a session recording. It was previously possible to simply select “copy link” in a recording’s options menu and share that link, but the recent change now requires the recording owner to change an access setting before the copied link will allow viewers to watch the recording. This change only affects newly created recordings; existing links from recordings created before Sept. 5, 2020 will continue to work without additional action. The new Collaborate Ultra recording sharing procedure can be found in the UknowIT knowledgebase article at https://uknowit.uwgb.edu/99344.
Collaborate Ultra is used by several departments for video meetings outside of UWGB courses, so CATL wishes for the Log to amplify this message beyond our usual constituents, if possible. Without knowledge of this change, users will likely continue to use the old method for sharing and be surprised when their audience reports that they cannot access the recordings.

Changes to Phoenix Forward Dashboard

Mentioned Thursday in the weekly COVID-19 Digest, UW-Green Bay has been making continual modifications to the Phoenix Forward website and the COVID-19 dashboard. The biggest change is the reporting of tests. Antigen tests are used for asymptomatic residential students (and others who request) as a surveillance measure every two weeks. PCR tests are for symptomatic students who tested at The Wellness Center. In the previous dashboard, antigen tests and PCR tests were lumped together. However, because the campus requires that students with a positive antigen test receive a follow-up PCR test to confirm their diagnosis, the previous dashboard was double counting some students. If you noticed any recent changes in numbers, this was the reason why. Thank you to all members of the four-campus community for working to keep each other safe.

Video: See ‘Transcend’ and Lawton Gallery schedule

The Lawton Gallery will be holding both physical and virtual exhibitions, the virtual exhibitions will open at the same time as the physical ones. In addition, for the time being there will be no receptions due to Covid-19.

Rae Senarighi
Sept. 3 – Oct. 1, 2020
Rae Senarighi is a transgender artist currently based in Madison, WI. His portrait series, TRANSCEND, celebrates transgender and non-binary individuals throughout the world who are living their lives openly, choosing integrity over safety.

Norbert Kox Retrospective
Oct. 8 – Nov. 5, 2020
Contemporary religious painter Norbert Kox was one of Wisconsin’s most important outsider artists. His work utilized powerful symbolic metaphors aiming to shake modern man from his spiritual malaise and clear away centuries worth of mistranslations of the Bible.

48th Annual Juried Student Exhibition
Nov. 19-Dec. 10, 2020
Exhibition features artwork by UW-Green Bay’s art and design students.

First fall Global Studies Roundtable is Friday, Sept. 25, 1 p.m. Public is invited

Please join us Friday, Sept 25 at 1 p.m. (CT) for the first of the Fall Global Studies Roundtable discussions. Margaret Wenger from the Milwaukee-based Educational Credential Evaluators will be speaking on: Taxi Drivers and Doctors: Comparative education and Student Mobility.

“When the student sitting next to you in class (or on the Zoom), or the dentist who filled your cavity came from another country, who decided that they had the appropriate educational background? In many cases, it’s someone who specializes in comparative education. In a globalized, mobile world, more and more people are educated in multiple countries, with different grade, credit, and accreditation practices, as well as different underlying educational philosophies. The speaker, an international credential evaluator, will introduce the field and its applications, and why it matters to everyone, whether you study abroad or not, with a few pointers in spotting fake educational documents.”

The public is invited to this discussion taking place via Microsoft Teams at this link.



Sheboygan Campus alumnus and son featured in story about grief camp and grand ideas

Dorothy McElroy, is an alumnus from the Sheboygan Campus. She and her son Wyatt were recently featured talking about their annual event, Worldwide Dragon Shooting Day. The idea for the event, which now draws participants from across the world, started at UW-Green Bay’s Camp Lloyd, a camp for grieving kids. After the passing of her husband and Wyatt’s father, Dennis, she sent Wyatt to camp. Counselors encouraged him to dream big. And he has.

Dorothy recently launched a related nonprofit and is working on a project with that nonprofit in Sheboygan County. She was also the winner of the Sheboygan Campus’ Student Business Idea contest. Mother and son are also TEDx speakers.



Curiosity by CAHSS LIVE. Sept. 17

Get ready for five super-short talks and performances from the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS). Join CAHSS for this free, streaming event, Sept. 17 from 2 to 2:45 p.m.. Curiosity by CAHSS LIVE is a video series featuring faculty, students, and staff from around the CAHSS. These short talks and performances showcase things you want to know, see, hear and do. They are intended to provide information, teach you something new, or simply fill you with wonder and awe.

Campus mourns loss of retired faculty member Dennis Bryan

UW-Green Bay learned of the loss of Dennis Bryan, one of the original faculty members in UW-Green Bay’s Education program. Bryan passes away on August 21, 2020. He served as a professor for 27 years. Honoring his wishes, there was no public funeral services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Nature Conservancy. See the full obituary.

Concern with non-compliance of COVID-19 policies? There’s a form for that.

The UW-Green Bay community takes seriously the protection of its faculty and staff, and the University is following the advice of local health officials and the CDC during the pandemic. The Dean of Students Office reminds the campus community that there is a form to report those on campus who are non-compliant of COVID-19 policies. Find the form, here.


UW Campuses still ramping up COVID-19 surveillance testing of dorm residents (UW-Green Bay reporting low positive rate), WPR

Some campuses, including UW-Green Bay, UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout and UW-Superior have posted relatively small numbers of positive COVID-19 cases via university or UW System dashboards, though total test numbers have also been small compared to other campuses. UW-Stout started antigen testing this week. Classes began last Wednesday. The campus testing dashboard shows a total of 86 tests between Sept. 8 and Sept. 11, including 18 positives. That works out to a total positive rate of nearly 21 percent. Antigen test results have not yet been reported. Source: WPR.