Governor Evers visits Green Bay campus, visits with students on Friday, Feb. 21

Candid photo of Governor Evers and student interacting
Governor Evers receives a button from a student

While in Green Bay on Friday, February 21, 2020, Governor Tony Evers made a quick stop at the UW-Green Bay campus, visiting with students and staff in the Multi-Ethic Student Affairs (MESA) Office and the Pride Center. State Senator Dave Hansen (History & Secondary Education) ’71 also joined for the visit.

Reminder: Guitar legend Joe Bonamassa coming back to the Weidner on Thursday, March 12

GRAMMY®-nominated blues-rock guitar icon, Joe Bonamassa, returns to the Weidner Center March 12, 2020 in support of his all-original studio album “Redemption.” Hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, Joe Bonamassa has almost single-handedly redefined the blues-rock genre and brought it into the mainstream. Tickets are on sale now. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Weidner Center website.

UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research, April 24

The 19th Annual UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity will take place Friday, April, 24, 2020 at UW-Whitewater. The Office of Grants and Research will be providing transportation for this event and covering the registration fee for selected participants. The final application deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21. Applicants must complete the qualtrics survey in order to be considered as a presenter for this event. Please help us demonstrate the exceptional quality of research conducted all of UW-Green Bay campuses by encouraging your students to apply for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Find more information about this event here.

Green Bay teams fight for top Horizon League positioning; Nordic skiers compete at regionals

With just over a month before March Madness begins, Green Bay men’s and women’s basketball is looking to get into the Big Dance this year. The Phoenix men have won six of their last nine games, all against conference opponents. The team has also shown an ability to win close games, with all six of those wins being by six points or less. The team returns home Thursday, Feb. 27 against Youngstown State at 7 p.m. at the Resch Center.

The Green Bay women’s basketball team has won seven of its last nine games heading into this weekend’s action on the road. The team faces conference-leading IUPUI on Sunday before returning home for a 1 p.m. game on Thursday at the Kress Center. Both Green Bay hoops teams play their regular season finale during UW-Green Bay’s Homecoming Week as part of the Krash the Kress event on Saturday, Feb. 29. The women’s basketball team hosts Youngstown State at 2 p.m., while the men’s basketball team hosts Cleveland State at 7 p.m. Both games are at the Kress Center and will also serve as Senior Night.

Nordic skiing competes at the Central Regionals in Ishpeming, Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 22 and Sunday, Feb. 23.

After day two of the Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships, the men sit in fifth place while the women sit in seventh place. See more at

UW-Green Bay names members of a new Student Success Council

Through collaboration with the Provost’s Office, a new Student Success Council has been created to improve and coordinate efforts in student success across the University. A group of people from Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and additional locations are coming together to listen to students, faculty and staff and recommend ways to remove impediments to student success. The Student Success Council will help solve problems, disseminate information, prevent duplication of efforts across the university structure and highlight a commitment to student success as an institution. Members will be:

-Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services (co-chair)
-Associate Provost for Academic Affairs (co-chair)
-Director of Student Success & Engagement
-Director of Advising & Retention
-Director of Financial Aid
-Director of The Learning Center
-Director of CATL
-Director of Career Services
-Director of Disability Services
-Director of Student Life
-Diversity Director
-Director of Inclusive Excellence
-Library Director (or designee)
-Distance Education Coordinator
-Dean, CAHSS (or designee)
-Dean, CSET (or designee)
-Dean, CHESW (or designee)
-Dean, AECSB (or designee)
-CEO, Manitowoc (or designee)
-CEO, Marinette (or designee)
-CEO, Sheboygan (or designee)

Congratulations to UW-Green Bay alumni educators receiving Golden Apple Awards

From hundreds of educators nominated for the Golden Apple Awards across Northeast Wisconsin, 12 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay alumni will be receiving awards at the 27th Annual Golden Apple Awards on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. From the eight recipients of the 2020 Golden Apple Awards, two are UW-Green Bay graduates.

Alumni receiving a Golden Apple Award:

  • Joan Brylski, ’98 History, Pulaski High School
  • Nicole Diemel, ’07 Elementary Education, Glenbrook Elementary School

Alumni receiving a Teachers of Distinction Award:

  • Jody Bergner, ’06 Elementary Education, Westwood Elementary School
  • Molly Gatske, ’07 Human Development, Eisenhower Elementary School
  • Amy Heusterberg-Richards, ’15 MSL, Bay Port High School
  • Karen Iken, ’86 Communication in Arts, ’04 MSL, Green Bay East High School
  • Jenna Mixer, ’14 Interdisciplinary Studies, John Dewey Academy of Learning
  • Jaimie Robinson, ’92 Human Development, Algoma Elementary School
  • Alyssa Udean, ’17 Elementary Education, Rock Ledge Primary Center
  • Tammy Van Ess, ’99 Human Development, Jackson Elementary School
  • Rose Wenzel, ’00 Human Development, Lineville Intermediate School

Alumni receiving a Golden Apple as a member of a team:

  • Rachel Madala, ’11 Elementary Education, Hemlock Creek Elementary School
  • Becky Ruechel, ’10 Interdisciplinary Studies, Pulaski High School


Cover: The Ajax and the Zombie Lord

Manitowoc Campus alumnus co-authors zombie book

Zombie author Jared Koch

Jared Koch, a graduate of UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus and Manitowoc Campus employee has recently co-authored a zombie fiction book with his best friend, UW-Whitewater graduate Ken Tienor, called “The AJAX and The Zombie Lord.”

Enthralled with the fun of writing about the living dead, by the dark of night (when else?), he works with Tienor long distance through Facebook Messenger and a shared Google document to write their books. The friends were drawn to the genre of zombies by their “love for action, the supernatural, and the premise of survival against all odds in a fallen world.”

Cover: The Ajax and the Zombie Lord
Cover: The Ajax and the Zombie Lord

They brainstorm character and story elements and chapter summaries, then take turns on various sections of the story based on their inspiration and long suits.

“Taking a battering ram to the genre with zombie hordes having ‘alphas’ that control and coordinate their forces and variants; zombies that have a hidden hierarchy that unravels like a mystery, rooted in Greek Myth, with survivors that rise up to be true heroes,” Koch explains.

By day, Koch works as a library services assistant at the Manitowoc Campus.

“The AJAX and The Zombie Lord” can be found on Amazon and is available in paperback and as a e-book.


Reminder: All are invited to celebrate the arrival of new equipment to the STEM Center, Feb. 20

Whether you are a student, faculty or staff member of UW-Green Bay, local media or just a curious community member, everyone is invited to come celebrate the exciting arrival of new equipment to the Brown County STEM Innovation Center on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The $1.5 million of equipment comes from LAB Midwest and has made the journey from Germany to Green Bay in the past months.

A media event will begin at 12:15 p.m., with tours and equipment demonstrations to showcase the importance of this arrival to Northeast Wis. In addition, there will be an Open House from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. which includes building tours, STEM related activities with Brown County, UW-Extension and 4-H, Einstein Project Open House and equipment demonstrations with Engineering faculty.

Questions about the event can be directed to Director of Development Jacob Depas at