The Heirloom Plant Sale is back

UW-Green Bay Natural and Applied Sciences will be holding its annual Heirloom Plant Sale again this year in support of student research.

Steve Meyer’s salsa (mild, medium, and hot) will also be available at the “checkout stand” if you wish to pick some up and make a donation to the Katie Hemauer Memorial Scholarship.

The process will look a little different than in the past to ensure social distancing and the safety of the community due to the continued impacts of COVID-19, but the impressive selection of plants grown at the Green Bay Campus hasn’t changed.

The new website ( has an online shop for you to place an order that you will pick up later. At checkout, we will collect some contact information from you and you will select your pick up time. Pick up times will be available on Thursday, May 13, Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15; and your plants will be ready to go for you. Be sure and print out your order (there is a handy print button) to keep a record for yourself. Payment will be at pick up (cash or check only).

The shop will be open only to those with a UWGB login for the first week, so act early, especially if you are looking for something specific! You will be prompted to login when you click on the shop link. If you have any questions about the ordering process please contact the sale committee directly at There will still be an (outdoor) sale for browsing on Saturday, May 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside the Lab Sciences greenhouse, but only those plants that haven’t been pre-ordered will be available at that time.

Unlike other vegetable sales, the UW-Green Bay sale features unique and rare heirloom varieties. One of our goals is to introduce local gardeners to new varieties and protect agricultural biodiversity. Whether you just picked up gardening last year or you are a master gardener, we have something for you!

This year the sale features 59 different varieties of tomatoes and 41 varieties of peppers from sweet to scorching hot. We also have a variety of vegetables, herbs, several different basils, and a collection of flowers. This year, we are offering some native flowering plants that will benefit pollinators and other beneficial insects. Overall, we have 202 different heirloom and open-pollinated cultivars and varieties for you to try in your garden. You can read descriptions of the varieties in the shop (just click on Details for each one).

The annual sale, sponsored by the Natural and Applied Sciences academic unit, began in 1997 with 300 plants for sale. Students benefit from the proceeds that are used to bring in scientists and other speakers that students otherwise would not be able to meet, and to support student research projects as well as travel to conferences where they can present results of their research and meet scientists in their fields. Over the past 2-3 years this fund has supported research on the genetics of wild rice and invasive Phragmites, a study of local aquifer composition and water quality, a survey of the emerald ash borer on the Cofrin Arboretum, collection and analysis of microplastics in the Bay of Green Bay, migration ecology of Lake Whitefish, and development of a website to understand fish diversity in relation to aquatic invasive species. The funds also allow students to travel to scientific meetings and brought internationally recognized scholars to UW-Green Bay for our seminar series.

Cummins announces new appointments | The Republic

Cummins Inc. announced Sherry Aaholm, chief information officer, will assume a newly-created role as chief digital officer, and Earl Newsome will join Cummins as chief information officer.

Aaholm earned a masters of science in sustainability from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Source: Cummins announces new appointments | The Republic 

Weidner Philharmonic plans outdoor concert | News, Sports, Jobs – The Daily news

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is heading to the Green Bay Botanical Garden to bring Weidner Philharmonic back to the stage as its members perform “Walton’s Facade: An Entertainment” at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 23, in the Billie Kress Amphitheatre.This concert will mark the Weidner Center’s first in-person live performance in more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: Weidner Philharmonic plans outdoor concert | News, Sports, Jobs – The Daily news

Green Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

EHExtra: Area seeks growth in science, stewardship, education and economy

This story about NERR is reprinted with permission from author John Liesveld and the

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part one of a two-part story concerning the endeavor to establish the Bay of Green Bay as a “non-regulatory” research reserve. Part two comes Friday and delves further into the local aspects of what area community members and leaders hope those efforts will bring for the Peshtigo/Marinette region, including the potential development of a NOAA-funded, state-of-the-art research/visitor center.

MARINETTE—Absorbing a notion of the irreplaceable abundance of resources inherent in the Bay of Green Bay’s coastal ecosystems requires only a single still moment beneath the canopies of silver maple, elm, cottonwood and other forest species along the northeastern edge of the Peshtigo River, just before its waters spill into Green Bay.

The first ruddy beams of sunlight skimming across low morning clouds, where the river fans out into a wide freshwater estuary, stirs a calming multitude of soundscape ecology, to which can simply listen in that stillness. The sounds converge from every direction into a diverse orchestration: echoing primeval trills of various bird species; the nearby buzz of the firefly and the subsequent splash of a walleye breaking the river’s surface, aiming to make a meal of that large insect; and the millions of murmuring frogs.

And not to forget the plunk of a fisherman’s lure, proof of how area communities rely upon such aquatic environments for recreation, economy and also, advancement of science and education.

The bay represents one of the largest surface freshwater estuary systems on the planet, and there is no skimping on the details when it comes to the importance of its estuarine systems (See Understanding Estuary). And aligning with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s (UWGB) 30-years-and-going endeavor to protect that natural resource, officials with the university kick-off a collaborative effort this week to raise public support to establish a large portion of the bay as a region dedicated to research, conservation, education and stewardship.


Under the oversight and major funding of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (See NERR by the numbers), a coordinated undertaking between UWGB and various members and organizations of coastal bay communities (including the Peshtigo and Marinette areas) seeks to join a scientifically venerated network of 29 sites across the nation of “non-regulated” research reserves. Together, those regions consist of over 1.3 million acres of coastal estuarine habitat.

If successful, a large regional area of the bay would enlist as part of a nationwide network of coastal zones designated as NERRs (National Estuarine Research Reserves) with one local community serving as headquarters to a state-of-the-art research/visitor center. In each NERR, various coastal communities, individuals and organizations partner with NOAA to expand scientific understanding of these complex environmental habitats.

As noted by regional biologist for Ducks Unlimited (DU) Brian Glenzinski in a recent UWGB press release, the development of cooperative partnerships dedicated to forming the Green Bay NERR (GB-NERR) can precipitate far-reaching benefits for conservation, wildlife and funding opportunities. Those benefits can help catalyze great return for local communities, augmenting education, recreation and scientific research, which feed back into economies.

“Green Bay is an incredibly important area for migratory birds and a priority for DU and we have, therefore, established a conservation delivery program with partners in the area,” Glenzinski said. “One of the most useful partnerships is with UW-Green Bay, in which we can immediately study and evaluate the conservation practices installed to gain a better understanding of restoration efforts in the Bay and apply findings to future projects. The GB-NERR has great potential to elevate and expand this cycle for benefit of (the Bay of) Green Bay, the Great Lakes and beyond.”

According to Emily Tyner, Director of Freshwater Strategy at UWGB,—while the push to seek NERR designation remains in its infancy—discussions promoting the endeavor between UWGB officials and various area leaders and the public, hope to convey those benefits. Area officials taking part in those discussions include members of the public, business leaders in the City of Peshtigo Chamber of Commerce and the of the Marinette and Menominee Chamber of Commerce; Peshtigo School District officials; area businesses; and Marinette County officials.

“Those conversations are part of our broad outreach to all the communities around the Bay of Green Bay,” Tyner said, emphasizing the need for a team effort. “Our goal is to get the designation … it is not a (City of) Green Bay goal but a regional goal to have Green Bay (water) designated.”

In essence, NERR designation would bring a centralized research/visitor center facility to a selected community within the bay. From there, scientists, educators and the public could facilitate research and education across the entire span of NERR, which could include a vast area of the bay’s coastal estuarine shorelines. According to Tyner other national NERR systems range in size from 500 acres to more than 200,000 acres of non-regulated reserves.

If chosen, the bay would be the third location within the Great Lakes NERR system, accompanied by the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, established in 2010 in Superior, and the Old Woman Creek NERR, established in 1980 on the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio.

Tyner underscored that while the GB-NERR will focus on the promotion and stewardship of estuary and coastal water systems through research and education, it will establish the bay as a national “non-regulatory” estuary.

“I want to emphasize that this is a non-regulatory reserve; no new regulations are imposed,” she informed the EagleHerald. “There won’t be restrictions on fishing, hunting, shipping, etc.”


While NOAA serves as the lead federal agency in the selection process, it begins with grassroots coordination and support of many partners, from community members to higher levels of government. Step one starts with a “letter of interest” to NOAA from the state in which the NERR would reside.

Step two entails the site nomination process using state-defined selection criteria and a selection committee consisting of scientists, educators, resource managers and non-governmental organizations. Through public forums and selection committee discussions, the state determines the location and passes the nomination to NOAA.

“UWGB is looking for that public support and public engagement,” said Kristen Edgar, a Town of Peshtigo (TOP) supervisor who is among local officials participating in the NERR discussions.

Edgar appreciates the potential benefits of establishing GB-NERR and possibly developing a research/visitor center in the area, which would serve as the focal point for the entire GB-NERR.

“If we can raise that public engagement and show that people in the area are supportive and that they will be involved, that can make a difference,” Edgar said.

Once site nomination is approved, step three tackles the drafting of an environmental impact statement and management plan for the site, which also includes a request for funding. This step continues the public engagement and feedback through informational meetings before developing the final draft of the impact statement and management. The last two steps involve largely contractual and ceremonial activities to officially establish the long-term research, water quality monitoring, educational programs and coastal stewardship activities of the NERR.

The process is long and detailed, but UWGB already made many big initial steps, including the recruitment of community interest into the value of establishing a NERR.

As a collective community that includes the cities of Peshtigo, Marinette, Menominee and their surrounding areas, Peshtigo Area Chamber of Commerce President Tony O’Neill represents another community leader expressing interest and spreading the word about the program’s possibilities. He is particularly interested in establishing the advanced GB-NERR research/visitor center facility in this area. However, he realizes none of it can happen without strong support and cooperation among those neighboring communities.

“Overall, I think as a (collective) community-type venture, the opportunity to be considered for the (designation) is just fantastic,” O’Neill said. “I believe we have such a great area consisting of different diversity compared to other areas that we should definitely consider it a positive note (toward) our selection (chances). I would like to see how the community comes together to actually push forward with this. Marinette, Peshtigo, Menominee, we are an area by design more so than we are as individual governments. So as an area, we need to pull together to try and bring this here.”

UW-Green Bay Theatre Closes Season of Social Awareness with The Laramie Project

GREEN BAY—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre program’s upcoming production, The Laramie Project, will close out the 2020-21 season of plays designed to create social awareness.

Written by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Company, following an unimaginable crime—the murder of Matthew Shepard—The Laramie Project examines our ability to hate, love, and understand through the eyes of the citizens of Laramie, Wyoming.

The product of more than 200 interviews with the citizens of Laramie, the catalyst for The Laramie Project was the 1998 murder of college student Matthew Shepard. Severely beaten, tied to a fencepost and left for dead in the middle of the Wyoming prairie, Matthew survived for several days before succumbing to his injuries. The motivation behind such a heinous crime: Matthew Shepard was gay. The Laramie Project chronicles the months that followed Matthew’s murder, as the citizens of Laramie sought to understand how such a crime could happen in their town and the Tectonic Theater interviewers questioned if Laramie is so different than any other town in America.

Directed by Rebecca Stone Thornberry, UW-Green Bay Theatre’s production of The Laramie Project features a diverse cast with each actor playing multiple roles. A powerful production examining the prejudice and bias against the LGBTQ community, the play also offers hope by exploring our ability to rise above a tragedy, as well as inspiration that change and a more accepting culture can be achieved.

Because this production presents such a powerful and timely message, the Theatre department will stream the production, free of charge, to increase its accessibility. The Laramie Project will be available to stream on-demand April 29-May 2, 2021. Registration is required to receive the streaming link. Audiences should note that the production contains adult content and strong language, including profanity and hate speech and is recommended for mature audiences. Additional information about the production and instructions to register for access to the streaming link can be found at

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UW-Green Bay Official Sees Great Potential in Proposed NERR – Door County Pulse

Matt Dornbush has an acronym that sums up the benefits of a proposed National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) for the waters of Green Bay.It’s REST, which stands for Research, Education, Stewardship and Training. Although research is the primary focus of the 29 established NERRs across the country, Dornbush – who’s an associate vice chancellor and interim dean of the Cofrin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay – sees this is an opportunity to reconnect people with the water (education), address pollution challenges (stewardship) and introduce citizen science-based programs to the region (training).“This is a great example of when the university is connected with the community, the types of things that can happen,” he said of UW-GB leading the effort to establish a NERR in the region.Last week the Pulse reported that both the City of Sturgeon Bay and the Door County Board of Supervisors had approved resolutions in support of establishing a NERR in this region. NERRs are a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and coastal states to study and protect coastal and estuarine resources.

Source: UW-GB Official Sees Great Potential in Proposed NERR – Door County Pulse

Earth Day UW-Green Bay

Earth Week 2021 Events

In addition to the Earth Week events listed below, the second installment of Prof. David Voelker’s interview for the Canonball Podcast, which will be posted here as Episode 28 on April 22, focused on Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Almanac.

Other Earth Week-related activities:

  • Earth Caretaker Award virtual ceremony, April 22, noon to 1 p.m.
    UW-Green Bay’s Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) and Alumni Relations, in conjunction with the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, cordially invite you to a reception honoring the 11th Earth Caretaker Award recipient, Linda Parker ’85. This reception will take place on Tuesday, April 22, 2021 from noon to 1:00 p.m. via a Microsoft Teams Live event.
  • Ecological Futures: A Conversation on Sustainability for Earth Week, April 22, noon to 1 p.m. Watch
  • Earth Day Campus Clean-up Sponsored by Round River Alliance, PEAC, and Clean Water Action Council, April 22, 2 to 4 p.m.
    Meet at University Union Circle and clean the entire campus and waterfront. Plastic gloves and bags provided.
  • Campus and Arboretum Clean Up as part of National Volunteer Week, April 22, 3 to 5 p.m. at Residence Life
    More Information on Volunteering
  • UREC Outdoors Earth Day Clean-up, April 22, 3 to 5 p.m. Paddle down the East River and clean up the area. Equipment provided. Reserve your spot and learn more on the “UREC at UWGB” app.
  • Phoenix Green Teaching Badge launch
  • Painting of Storm Drains and Man Hole Covers as part of National Volunteer Week, April 24, 1 to 3 p.m. at Residence Life
    More Information on Volunteering
  • “Nature Walk Wednesday” with Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges , April 28, 2021, 2 to 3 p.m
  • Peregrine Falcon Following
    Photo display in The Learning Center on the peregrines. There is four eggs in the nest box! Watch the Falcons in Real Time

Watch the sustainability page for more details.

Chancellor Alexander announces direction for carbon neutral campuses

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Mike Alexander made an announcement to the UW-Green Bay community on April 14, 2021 committing the University to take the path toward carbon neutrality. He outlined these steps:

  1. Within the next two months, we will create institutional structures to guide the development and implementation of the plan.
  2. Within one year, we will complete a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and identify near-term opportunities for greenhouse gas reduction.
  3. Within two years, we will have a target date for achieving carbon neutrality, interim dates for meeting milestones to achieve our goal, mechanisms and indicators to track our progress, actions to make carbon neutrality part of the educational experiences of all students, and actions to expand research in carbon neutrality.
  4. We will make our progress to the goal of carbon neutrality publicly available.

“In 1971, Newsweek designated UW-Green Bay as the initial ‘Eco U.’ We need to continue to earn that name.  As a regional comprehensive, it is our mission to solve problems for our region, be a leader in sustainability efforts, and ensure that our communities in Northeast Wisconsin can thrive together in respectful relationship with the natural world for generations to come. I look forward to working with you all towards achieving this goal and thank our Sustainability Committee for moving us down this path,” Alexander said.



Michael Alexander

UW Oshkosh, UW-Stevens Points and UW-Green Bay announce athletics’ return on access campuses

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WSAW) – Some () campuses in the University of Wisconsin system will see the return of athletics this fall. After taking a break from sports during the COVID-19 pandemic, UW-Stevens Point’s Wausau and Marshfield campuses will be offering women’s volleyball, men’s basketball, and men’s and women’s tennis in the fall of 2021. Other two-year UW campuses bringing back athletics include UW-Green Bay (Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campuses) and UW Oshkosh – Fond du Lac and Fox Cities. Together these schools will make up the newly formed Wisconsin Competitive Sports League.

League membership schools will compete against each other in a conference format and have the flexibility to schedule contests against other comparable programs both in and out of state.“The opportunity to continue to provide a pathway for students to engage in competitive sports is exciting,” said Corey King, vice chancellor for University Inclusivity and Student Affairs for UW-Green Bay. “This partnership between the three universities is a definitive example of our collective desire to create the best student experience possible.”

Source: Athletics return to UW two-year campuses

Teacher Appreciation Week

UW-Green Bay and WFRV team up to appreciate teachers

UW-Green Bay and WFRV are honoring local teachers that inspire, lead and impact area students in honor of Teacher appreciation Week! Submit a brief nomination description, which may include a supporting picture/image/drawing (optional) from local students.

Ten randomly selected teachers will be contacted and featured during Local 5 Live during National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3-7), (2 per day). In addition to on-air recognition, LaJava Roasting House will be providing our 10 randomly selected teachers with a giftbox of coffee/tea/snacks to thank them for a job well done!