Dr. Michael Alexander named seventh chancellor of UW-Green Bay

Green Bay, Wis.—Dr. Michael Alexander, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, has been named the University’s seventh chancellor. Alexander’s appointment was confirmed today, Thursday, April 2, 2020 by the UW System Board of Regents, following the recommendation of a selection committee. He will begin his new role May 1, 2020.

Michael Alexander
Michael Alexander named UW-Green Bay Chancellor

“I am honored and humbled to work for the dedicated and talented students, faculty and staff at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay,” Alexander said. “While my position as chancellor may be new at the University, my passion and dedication for the people of this community are stronger than ever and my family is proud to call Green Bay our home. With a growing academic portfolio, deep connections to the community and presence in the region, UW-Green Bay will continue to expand its impact on the population it serves.”

Alexander has served as provost and vice chancellor at UW-Green Bay since July 2019. As the University’s second highest administrative officer and senior academic officer, he oversees programming and leadership of the four academic colleges; the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, the Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement, the UW-Green Bay Libraries, the Office of Admissions, and leads the four UW-Green Bay campuses including those in Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. As provost, he consults with the chancellor on all aspects of the University and speaks for the University in the chancellor’s absence.

Since joining the University, Alexander led the expansion of the University’s Continuing Education and Community Engagement efforts to build connections to high school students, increase non-credit offerings, and provide educational services to regional businesses; created academic affairs strategic priorities to drive the university’s strategic mission and vision; initiated new, international relationships with universities in Thailand; created an Office of Sustainability to improve efficiencies and increase the profile of UW-Green Bay as a campus traditionally engaged with environmental study; and restructured Graduate Studies and the Office of Grants and Research, setting the stage for the University’s growing research efforts.

“Anyone who has had the opportunity to work closely with Mike Alexander knows what a tremendous asset he is to UW-Green Bay and our region,” said Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven. “I have been immensely impressed with his vast knowledge of higher education and his vision for the future that aligns with UW-Green Bay’s mission. Mike has exceptional analytical skills and the ability to quickly put into action the necessary steps to move the university forward. He has quickly gained the respect of cabinet members, colleagues in the UW System and, more importantly, faculty and staff campus wide. His comprehensive understanding of university operations, with a relentless focus on student success, make him an ideal leader for UW-Green Bay at this moment in time.”

Prior to his role at UW-Green Bay, Alexander served as director of the School of Music at the University of Northern Colorado. He has also served as the interim director of the School of Music at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Alexander holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from UW-Madison. He earned his master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting from UW-Milwaukee, and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Georgia. The Grand Island, New York native lived in Wisconsin from 1995 to 2004.

“I know the work of the University will increasingly be a driver in the educational, economic, cultural and civic life of Green Bay, Manitowoc, Marinette and Sheboygan. Our mission and vision is for a university that fearlessly meets challenges, solves problems, embraces diversity, cares about our region and provides access to education for all who want it honors the innovative spirit of the founders of the University and moves us forward. The potential for the future of this institution is immense. My belief in that future has been reaffirmed daily from the moment I arrived in Green Bay and first set foot on the campus.”

Alexander will be the UW-Green Bay’s seventh chancellor, succeeding Gary L. Miller, who left the University in September 2019 to serve as president at the University of Akron. Miller served as the university’s top administrator since August 2014.

“During Michael’s tenure at Green Bay he has demonstrated keen listening and engagement skills,” said UW System President Ray Cross. “His experience as a conductor has clearly enriched and influenced his ability to lead individual experts and professionals.”

In line with market-based compensation guidelines approved by the Board of Regents, Alexander will earn $250,000 as chancellor.

Alexander will work closely with Interim Chancellor Van Gruensven in the transition leading up his May 1 start date. At that time, Van Gruensven will take on the expanded role of chief business officer and senior vice-chancellor for Institutional Strategy, where she will resume her previous responsibilities while playing a leading role in the University’s strategic direction.

Michael Draney, chair of UW-Green Bay’s Department of Natural & Applied Science and vice chair of the Chancellor Search and Screen Committee, said Alexander is “widely respected and admired by the faculty, staff, and students at UW-Green Bay, and his vision and leadership abilities are real assets to this institution.”

Alexander reflected on the announcement during this unprecedented time in the history of the University and the world: “I am incredibly proud of how our University has reacted to the challenges we currently face,” he shared. “We support one another, build each other up and always uphold our commitment to educating students.  Led by Chancellor Van Gruensven, we have continued to show that we are a resilient and devoted community of teachers, researchers, scholars, artists and students. This community’s courage gives me strength. I am eager to build our future together.”

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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UW System to offer prorated room and board refunds

News release, March 19, 2020, UW-System
MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross announced today that all UW System institutions will refund the prorated charges for housing and dining for the remainder of the spring semester for students who have vacated their respective universities.

Cross said the decision is a response to the evolving situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the transition to classes being delivered through alternative methods.

“We recognize the tremendous upheaval this pandemic has inflicted on the lives of our students, and we appreciate their patience and their sacrifice,” Cross said. “This reimbursement is the right thing to do.”

University chancellors were consulted on the decision and agree with it.

Prorated reimbursements will exclude the period of the originally scheduled spring break and shall be issued by the close of the spring academic semester. Crediting these funds toward future semesters in lieu of a refund is not an option because of rules related to the awarding of federal financial aid.

UW-Green Bay extends alternative class delivery through spring semester

Green Bay, Wis.—As a part of ongoing University efforts to keep students, faculty and staff healthy and safe, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay today announced that it is extending alternative class delivery through the spring semester.

Students who are able to return to their primary residence following spring break are strongly urged to do so. University housing will remain open to anyone who needs residence. Communication will be sent shortly to housing residents concerning the move-out process. Plans regarding refunds are in progress and will be communicated when processing procedures are established. Information will be shared as soon as reasonably possible. Patience is requested as the University works through this process.

“We must do our part to contain the spread of the coronavirus, including community spread. We do not want to look back in months or years and see that we could have done more to protect our people and our communities. This is essential and in the best interest of the UW-Green Bay family,” said Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven.

“Students are encouraged to continue their academic path and stay on course this semester. We can’t stress this enough,” said Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Michael Alexander. “During trying times, people take comfort in routine and in learning. Even though education will look different, it is continuing, and that’s a good thing.”

The decisions to continue education in alternative modes will not affect students’ ability to graduate or progress in their academic careers. Students will get credit for completing coursework. Decisions regarding the May 2020 commencement ceremonies will not be finalized until the full impact of COVID-19 is known. Alexander noted that degrees can be conferred if all academic requirements are met regardless of holding an on-campus ceremony.

“UW-Green Bay is an institution that rises to the occasion and the challenges and opportunities in front of us. I have no doubt that our faculty and staff will do just that in the weeks and months ahead,” shared Alexander.

Additionally, all University events are canceled through the end of the semester.

The University is continuing to offer, develop and share resources to support student and faculty success. For more information on resources and the University’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, visit https://www.uwgb.edu/coronavirus/. Frequently asked questions are available here.

If you have immediate questions regarding COVID-19, please utilize the question feature at https://www.uwgb.edu/coronavirus/.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8.700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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National History Day competition returns to UW-Green Bay, March 7; 250 students and 160 projects highlighted

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will welcome more than 250 students when it plays host to the Northeastern Wisconsin Region’s National History Day competition on Saturday, March 7, 2020. It’s the 18th consecutive year the event has been held on the Green Bay Campus.

The 250 students, represent 18 schools from throughout the region, with a total of just more than 160 unique projects. Students hail from public and private schools from Brown, Manitowoc, Oconto, Outagamie, Sheboygan and Winnebago counties.

In keeping with this year’s theme of “Breaking Barriers in History,” some project topics include the Stonewall Riots, Muhammad Ali, California Gold Rush, Moon Landing, Nintendo, Civil Rights, artificial hearts, Genghis Khan, Vietnam War protests, Nellie Bly, women’s fashion and the Transcontinental Railroad.

Several of this year’s entries have a tie to northeastern Wisconsin, including projects about Houdini, William Hoy (hearing impaired Oshkosh baseball player credited with developing hand signals used by umpires) and “Walleye Wars.” Some students focused on topics by using the letters and diaries of their grandfathers to tell a personal story connected to history.

“We are proud to have UW-Green Bay serve as host for this exciting academic competition,” said UW-Green Bay’s Deb Anderson, coordinator for the Northeastern Wisconsin region. “National History Day provides students of all abilities and interests an opportunity to learn about a topic of their choosing and present it in a creative way. I am impressed by the depth and range demonstrated by the students in their topic selection, research and final projects.”

For most students, the projects are the result of months of research. Nearly 400 students visited the UW-Green Bay campus to conduct research at the UW-Green Bay Archives and Library. During research field trips, students often are awed by the historical materials they are able to hold in their hands. “We are excited to be part of creating a strong passion for history,” Anderson commented. “It is especially fun to hear the students label it as their ‘best day ever’ or to jump with excitement about a research discovery.”

Students can enter the National History Day competition in a variety of categories, including historical papers, exhibit displays, documentaries, performances and websites. They are required to use primary sources for projects, which often include interviews with individuals who have lived history.

In addition to students, families, educators and friends, the regional National History Day competition relies on over 100 volunteers, including UW-Green Bay students, faculty, alumni and community members. “The dedicated volunteers truly embrace the phrase ‘it takes a village.’” Anderson said.

The 2020 Northeastern National History Day competition will be held in the University Union and Mary Ann Cofrin Hall at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. It is free and open to the public. The all-day event has judging taking place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Awards will be presented in the Weidner Center for Performing Arts at 3:30 p.m.

Winners from the regional competition will move on to the April 18, 2020 state contest, and may have the opportunity to compete at the national competition in Washington, D.C. in June. On an annual basis, National History Day serves more than 600,000 students in all the U.S. states and territories.

For more information, contact Deb Anderson at UW Green Bay Archives at (920) 465-2539 or andersod@uwgb.edu.

 

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Maestro Wayne Wildman receives community service award from Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Association

Manitowoc, Wis.—The Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Association has chosen Maestro Wayne Wildman as the recipient of the 2020 Wesley Teply Community Service Award in the Arts. The award was established in 1999 by the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Association to recognize individuals who have substantially contributed to the arts in the greater Manitowoc area.

The award will be presented to Wildman during the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Lakeshore Wind Ensemble’s “Winds of March” concert on Saturday, March 7, 2020. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Civic Centre in downtown Manitowoc.

Over the years, Maestro Wildman has made an enormous contribution to the arts and the youth in the Manitowoc and Sheboygan communities. He composed music for the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s summer productions, worked with the Sheboygan Community Players, composed a commissioned musical score for “Peter Pan” and wrote the music for “A Christmas Carol” that has been used for years by Kathie Bundy’s production at the Capitol Civic Centre. In addition, Wildman generously gives his time to accompany aspiring student musicians in competitions throughout the state.

Wayne Wildman

Wildman was born in Sheboygan and has lived in the lakeshore area most of his life. He has dual degrees in music and religion from Lakeland College and an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a Leland Coon Fellow in Musicology. He taught and directed music and choir at the UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus for many years. Wildman first accompanied and then directed the Lakeshore Chorale. He spent most of his musical career as Music Director of the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra and First United Lutheran Church in Sheboygan. Last year, Maestro Wildman retired after twenty-nine seasons conducting the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra.

An active harpsichordist, organist and pianist, Wildman has made solo appearances with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra and the Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Green Bay Civic Orchestras. For six seasons, he performed as harpsichordist and pianist at the Washington Island Music Festival. He has also been heard on Wisconsin Public Radio and on the CD recording “High Autumn,” featuring Milwaukee Symphony clarinetist William Helmers playing the music of James Grant.

“Let me say how honored and grateful I am to receive the Wes Teply Award,” states Wildman.

The first Community Service award was presented to Wesley Teply, with subsequent awards presented to Sister Cecilia Burns, Conrad Daellenbach, Karl Miller, Jean Wolfmeyer, Jim and Susie Miller, Kathie Bundy, Sr. Dr. Lorna Zemke, Glenn Nelson, Paul and Barbara Stitt, Ron Stokes, David Bourgeois, Ron Kaminski, the Garth Neustadter Trio, Barbara Bundy-Jost, Michael J. Arendt, William Pappathopoulos, Sue Cechal, Sally Semmes, Majel Pinney-Henrickson and the Clipper City Chordsmen.

Tickets are available by calling the Capitol Civic Centre box office at 920-683-2184 or purchasing online at https://cccshows.org.

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Student Business Idea Contest at UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus, April 21

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Marinette Campus will hold its second Student Business Idea Contest on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Marinette Campus cafeteria. UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus students will pitch their business ideas in 90 seconds and take questions from the panel of judges. Finalists who pitch will receive at least $50, with a first-place prize of $500, second-place prize of $250 and a third-place prize of $100. Cash prizes are sponsored by the UW-Green Bay Cofrin School of Business.

The competition is open to all UW-Green Bay, Marinette students from all majors. To enter the competition, please email Ryan Kauth at kauthr@uwgb.edu by 12 p.m. by Monday, April 13. Students will be instructed how to create a PowerPoint slide and a public YouTube link of a draft of their 90-second idea pitch for a new product or new business, which can include nonprofits. The video link and PowerPoint slide must be submitted to kauthr@uwgb.edu by 12 p.m. on Friday, April 17 for students to be eligible for prizes.

The evening’s events will begin with a Business Idea Pitch Workshop for the entire community from 6 to 6:30 p.m. In 30 minutes, participants will learn how to communicate an idea for a new product or business. Following the workshop is the Student Business Idea Contest from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Finally, from 7 to 7:30 p.m., anyone from the community can impromptu pitch for cash. For questions about the contest, please contact Ryan Kauth, UW-Green Bay Lecturer of Entrepreneurship, at kauthr@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2004.

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UW-Green Bay 6:30 Concert Series Highlights Percussion & Technology, March 10

Green Bay, Wis—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay 6:30 Concert Series continues on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 with Future/Primitive: Percussion & Technology in the Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The concert is free and open to the public. All 6:30 concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.

UW-Green Bay Assistant Professor Bill Sallak (Music) will explore the intersection of percussion historical roots with today’s modern technology. Sallak says, “I’ve been wanting to give a concert like this ever since coming to UW-Green Bay in 2016. It not only combines my two main musical interests, it’s a program that’s both really experimental and really fun to listen to.”

Among the pieces to be performed is Pulitzer-Prize-winner John Luther Adams’ “wail” from Mathematics of Resonant Bodies which will be presented with video by London-based video artist Natalia Jaeger. Also included in the program will be a performance of Eric Richards’ immersive Finalbells, as well as Alvin Lucier’s Nothing is Real, which is described as a visionary deconstruction of The Beatles for piano and a normal, everyday teapot—amplified.

For more information about this or other upcoming music events, please visit www.weidnercenter.com/events/. For a full listing of UW-Green Bay Music events for the 2019-20 season, please visit www.uwgb.edu/music/.

About the 6:30 Concert Series

The 6:30 Concert Series is designed to connect the campus with the community through the exploration of music. Performances feature insightful presentations by performers, composers and special guests. The series offers new perspectives on diverse styles, often exploring the music from multiple angles. All performances take place at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, begin at 6:30 PM, and last between 60 and 90 minutes. Make an evening of it – join us before the concert for a cocktail at the cash bar!

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Anywhere, anytime path to a degree is cornerstone of UW-Green Bay’s new Accelerated Degree

Applications now being accepted; some prior experience may be eligible for credit

Green Bay, Wis.— Beginning in fall 2020, an Accelerated Degree will be available to students pursuing an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree. The program provides “anywhere, anytime” access—as students will be able to engage in courses when it is convenient for them, as all class content will be made available online and through video lectures.

In addition, the Accelerated Degree program will be the University’s first in which students will be able to complete all courses in six-week (or four-week summer) increments, providing increased flexibility for working adults and those who aren’t able to take classes on campus. Students will have an option to attend in-person lectures with instructors one Saturday per month.

Interested students are able to learn more and apply for admission to the program, immediately at www.uwgb.edu/accelerated-degree. The program is offered through UW-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement.

In addition to personalized coaching, the Accelerated Degree is a customized program with built-in flexibility, specifically designed to expedite personal growth, while making it possible for students to manage work, family, home and education. The Accelerated Degree is also designed to provide relevant knowledge and training to working adults seeking promotion or career change. During fall and spring semesters, students will be able to take two classes at a time in six-week sessions.

“We are attempting to remove the barriers that prevent people from pursuing their higher education goals and dreams,” said UW-Green Bay Provost Michael Alexander. “Essentially we desire to help people from all walks of life to fast forward their future. UW-Green Bay is proud to provide educational opportunities for people at all stages of their professional and pre-professional careers. The Accelerated Degree is intended to be flexible for students that need options to balance their education with other demands on their time. We understand that students have many needs for education throughout their careers and want to ensure that UW-Green Bay is able to provide programs that allow access for all who want it at any point during their journey.”

As a part of the application and enrollment process, students will work with a dedicated student success coach from the University, who will help evaluate a student’s life goals and life journey as they design, together, a plan that will work for them. The student success coach will analyze students’ transfer college credits and learning experiences outside of formal education through work, military or other experiences and determine how they may apply towards the degree. Students will work with the student success coach during the entirety of their time in the program.

The Accelerated Degree meets the UW-Green Bay requirements for an Associate of Arts and Science Degree with an emphasis that prepares graduates for advancement in their jobs or a clearly-defined pathway towards bachelor degree programs. Students will be able to choose from four emphasis areas: Business Concepts, Foundations of Education, Organizational Development or Workforce Solutions.

Students will earn a digital badge for their chosen emphasis. Each emphasis has been developed to deliver workforce skills needed in a competitive job market. Digital badges are a quick and recognizable way to share verified knowledge and expertise with employers, colleagues and recruiters and will afford students a competitive edge and a way to differentiate themselves from co-workers or other candidates. Badges empower students with 24/7 digital access on resumes, websites, social media and email signatures.

Students can learn more about the program and their next steps at www.uwgb.edu/accelerated-degree.

About UW-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement
The Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement focuses its mission on creating educational opportunity and access for all ages, encompassing K-12 student programs, personal and professional development and customized training to meet the needs of a progressive economy. The division develops, collaborates and executes responsive solutions for diverse communities statewide, all of which reflect a deep commitment to inclusion, social justice and civic responsibility.

 About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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UW-Green Bay Theatre explores the world of ‘what ifs’ with production of ‘This Random World’

Green Bay, Wis.—University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre will present This Random World by Steven Dietz Feb. 27-29 and March 4-7, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jean Weidner Theatre, Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The production is directed by UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. John Mariano (Theatre and Dance) and performed by UW-Green Bay students.

Aisa Rogers and Sean Stalvey

In a world that seems to be filled with chaos, Dietz asks the audience to question the chaos and randomness of our lives and how they intersect with some people while missing connections with others. He looks at the lives of his characters and asks, “How much is chance and how much is choice?” We’ve all had the “what ifs” in our lives: What if I had left the house five minutes earlier, would I have been in that accident? What if I had asked her to marry me? What if I had gotten that job that I thought I wanted? Dietz looks at some of the “what ifs” in life and lets the audience see the lives of his characters from an almost omniscient perspective.

Brandon Otten and Isabelle Austgen

Director John Mariano describes the play as, “a wistful comedy about missed opportunities and connections. A group of interconnected characters move through a series of scenes unaware of the lives that are happening just outside of their perception.” This Random World follows a mother determined to maintain her independence, two sisters seeking common ground, a daughter longing for adventure and a son falling prey to an internet prank gone awry. Dietz’s characters demonstrate what it is to love, to lose and to be touched by the serendipity of life.

Sean Stalvey (Manitowoc) is playing Tim Ward, and Ashley Gardner (Saint Germain) is playing Rhonda (pictured above). Claire is played by Aisa Micaiah Rogers (Kanakee, Ill.). The role of Gary is portrayed by Brandon Otten (Buffalo, Minn.), and Bernadette is played by Isabelle Austgen (Sister Bay).

Tickets may be purchased online at www.weidnercenter.com and www.ticketstaronline.com, by calling Ticket Star (1-800-895-0071) or the University Ticketing & Information Center (920-465-2400), or visiting the Ticket Star Box Office at the Resch Center or the University Ticketing & Information Center, located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. Tickets are $22 for adults in advance and $24 at the door, $17 for senior citizens and students in advance and $19 at the door. Tickets are $12 for UW-Green Bay students. The venue box office opens 90 minutes prior to the performance. The play is recommended for ages 12 and older.

For additional information on this event, please visit www.weidnercenter.com/events/mary-jane/. For a full listing of UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance events for the 2019-20 season, please visit www.uwgb.edu/theatre/season/calendar-of-events.

Photos submitted. Top photo is Sean Stalvey and Ashley Gardner.

Save the date: UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus hosts 18th annual ‘Cool Chemistry’ shows, April 30

Manitowoc, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus will be hosting two free Cool Chemistry shows on Thursday, April, 30, 2020 at the Manitowoc Campus University Theatre. The first show will begin at 4:30 p.m. for young scientists ages three to eight years old, followed by one at 6:30 p.m. for kids ages nine and up.

The Cool Chemistry shows feature explosions, color changing solutions, solid foams, dry ice fog, fire and even more explosions! Doors open 45 minutes prior to each show. Only 350 people will be admitted to each show. Each show runs 45-60 minutes. Families are asked to attend only one show. For a chance to be a volunteer participant, pick up a ticket at the door. Also, after each show, attendees will be able to make their own slime!

UW-Green Bay Manitowoc Campus Prof. Amy Kabrhel leads the show each year, now in its 18th year.

“This will be the 18th year for Cool Chemistry which began in 2003 as only one show with 100 attendees,” Kabrhel said. “It has expanded each year, eventually reaching a point where two shows were required to accommodate everyone that wanted to attend—now about 400 to 450 people each year between the two shows.

She says organizers try and change what night the show is offered so that families with particular obligations can attend every few years. For more information, please contact Amy Kabrhel at kabrhela@uwgb.edu or 920-683-2746.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus has served the lakeshore of eastern Wisconsin for more than 50 years, helping generations of students to start their path toward a bachelor’s degree. Nestled on 40 acres along the breathtaking Lake Michigan shoreline, the Manitowoc Campus offers hands-on instruction from internationally respected professors and a start on more than 200 academic programs within the UW System. Community members enjoy concerts and lectures, attend art and theater performances and cheer for their favorite athletic teams. The campus and community celebrated the opening of a $7-million renovation project in February 2018 featuring state-of-the-art updates to the library, a new science commons and renovations to art studios, science labs and classrooms.

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