Congratulations to Prof. Gaurav Bansal, recipient of the Community Partnership Award in Business

Congratulations to Prof. Gaurav Bansal, recipient of the Community Partnership Award in Business. Bansal is the Frederick E. Baer Professor in Business and Full Professor of MIS/Statistics at UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business.

The Community Partnership Award in Business (CPAB) was created to support the mission of the Cofrin School of Business in advancing the economic prosperity and entrepreneurial spirit of Northeast Wisconsin through community partnership and engagement. Professor Gaurav Bansal joined the Cofrin School of Business faculty in 2008 and has been instrumental in community engagement ever since. For example, Bansal has been involved in a research project on AI ethical frameworks with a number of business / industries, including SECURA Insurance Companies, TIDI Products, Visteon Corporation, and State of Wisconsin. A resulting paper is currently under review.

Bansal was instrumental in organizing and moderating a Chief Information Officer (CIO) panel on cutting-edge issues in 2019, and submitted one again this year involving people from companies such as Nicolet National Bank, Consultancy Services, and Visteon Corporation. Dr. Bansal has been involved in organizing the Brown County Martin Luther King Jr Birthday Celebration Event since 2010, and activity for which he has previously won a UWGB Founder’s Award. Bansal graduated from The Leadership Green Bay program in 2011, and continues to volunteer doing things such as organizing the Inclusivity day program, in collaboration with the Greater Green Bay Chamber. This program is attended by 40-45 corporate executives from the Greater Green Bay area. He has been invited to present training on ethics regarding data computation and presentation in engineering.

“Gaurav has brightened up the world of engineering ethics education with his practical and helpful insight on how the choices we make in presenting information can influence people’s beliefs and decisions making, ” noted Jeff Mazanec, Sr., consultant at raSmith Inc. “Those insights give engineers a much stronger sense of the practical impact of ethics in engineering in a way that they can immediately incorporate in their ongoing practice.”

Bansal is also president of the India Association of North East Wisconsin and as a board member for IndUS of Fox Valley.

UW-Green Bay announces new Humanities Online minor emphasis

The Humanities program announced a 100 percent online broad studies Humanities minor emphasis, designed to pair with any major, and to assist students in developing the analytical and communication skills studies have shown employers desire. Drawing upon popular courses in literature, history, cultures, ethics and values, this new Humanities minor will acquaint students with new perspectives, expand  their worldview and enrich and deepen their understanding of the human experience.

This Humanities Online minor emphasis consists of seven courses, all conducted entirely online, some of which also fulfill General Education requirements. The program is designed for maximum flexibility and with all students, but especially the returning adult student, in mind. To that end, most of the courses are not in a required set sequence and the online environment allows students to create their own study schedules and more easily fit these great courses into their already busy lives.

For more information about Humanities Online or to enroll in the program, contact either Professor Jennifer Ham or Professor Mark Karau (

Announcing Summer 2021 On-Campus Dining Options

This summer, Common Grounds in the University Union will be open for mobile and in-person dining. Open on Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy coffee drinks, Frappuccinos, bakery treats, and your other favorite Common Grounds items. Bottled beverages, chips, snacks and a rotating selection of grab & go items are also available for purchase. Mondo’s Subs will also be open within Common Grounds throughout the summer. A variety of hot and cold sandwiches will be available Monday-Friday from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Orders may be placed via the UWGB Dining App or at the Common Grounds counter. Pass Points, FAST Points, and Credit Cards are accepted. Please note that Common Grounds is a cashless location.

Get the Scoop is making a return on the Green Bay Campus this summer

Get the Scoop is making a comeback this year! Visit the Student Services patio every Wednesday this summer from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. to enjoy a sweet treat. At only 50¢ per scoop*, choose from chocolate, vanilla, or a weekly specialty flavor. Be sure to follow the Office of Student Life on social media to be informed of an official start date and to vote on each week’s specialty flavor. *Accepting cash and Pass Points.

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Helping teachers and support staff gain cultural competence spurs ‘Spanish for Educators’

In response to a need in the Marinette area community, UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus has created a course specifically for educators and support staff to gain cultural competence in Spanish. Designed for teachers and personnel who interact with Spanish-speaking students and their families, the six-week virtual course will provide familiarization with simple Spanish words for everyday things, including conversational phrases and sentences, expressions to use in the cafeteria and on the playground.

Participants will also learn words for enrolling new students and conversing in the classroom, especially talking about rules and expectations and basic vocabulary for academic subjects.

The course is currently open for enrollment, and the fee is affordable at $150.

Spanish for Educators
Monday, June 28-Friday, August 20, 2021 (6 Weeks)

The course was developed as part of the Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement. Learn more and register on their website.

UW-Green Bay’s Cheri Branham takes third in Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament

UW-Green Bay student Cheri Branham (Social Work) took third place in the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament, presented by WiSys, on May 20.

The tournament brings together teams of university students from across the state to pitch innovative business ideas.

Branham’s idea “Technology Literacy Training for Older Adults,” aimed at pairing tech-savvy young adults with older adults inexperienced with technology, won a $750 prize. See more about her motivation for the idea in this feature.

Cheri Branham, Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament
Cheri Branham

Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), was a featured guest speaker at the event. Hughes also served as a judge, along with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation’s Greg Keenan and the Center for Technology Commercialization’s Idella Yamben.

“Innovation is part of Wisconsin’s DNA and one of the keys to our state’s future growth,” said Hughes. “All of the entries were amazing, and it’s exciting to see the enthusiasm for innovation and entrepreneurship that all of the finalists demonstrated. I want to congratulate the winners and thank everyone for participating.”

UW-Parkside student Gabrielle Richardson’s idea for a health care app to improve patient communication and treatment took first place and a $2,500 prize.

UW-Whitewater’s Jason Tamras and George Soucek took second place and a $1,500 prize in the tournament by presenting “Battery Savior,” a more convenient portable phone charger.

In the leadup to the event, participating teams received mentoring from business leaders including Georgia-Pacific’s Darin Driessen, Titletown Tech’s Aaron Kennedy, Kentucky Commercialization Ventures’ Monique Quarterman, the Small Business Development Center’s Colleen Merrill and Resourceability’s Kelly Berry.

The Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament was sponsored by UW System and WEDC.

The virtual event was part of the 2021 WiSys SPARK Symposium Virtual Series—which honors faculty, staff and student research, innovation and entrepreneurship in the UW System. For more information about the symposium’s events, visit

WiSys is a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state.


Green Bay Campus mourns passing of Rachel Wussow

UW-Green Bay mourns the passing of Rachel Wussow, probably best known for managing the Phoenix Club and the marketing and promotions for the University Union. She started her employment at the University Union as the assistant director of Internal Support in April 2013. She retired in November 2019. In her short time with the University she made many friends and collaborated across departments and units for the betterment of the Phoenix family.

Rachel Wussow
Rachel Wussow

She coordinated annual programming events for students to promote Union services and also started the Commuter Life program. She also oversaw the Master Calendar, and coordinated team-building exercises and staff training for student employees.

Wussow served as the communications coordinator for ACUI (Association of College Unions International) for Region V for a number of years. She also served as the Midwest Region Coordinator for APCA (Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities).

According to the obituary, Rachel passed away on May 27, 2021. A funeral service for her was held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 31, 2021 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bonduel. Burial was in Zion United Methodist Cemetery in Bonduel. Memorials may be given to a university or church of your choice.