Manitowoc Lincoln and UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus announce pilot program—Rising Phoenix

New program extends pathways to higher education for high school students

Manitowoc, Wis.—The Rising Phoenix Early College High School Program is a collaboration between the Manitowoc Public School District and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus to provide Manitowoc Lincoln High School students the opportunity to get a head start on earning college credits while academically and personally preparing for college.

A formal announcement about the program was made to the Manitowoc Campus faculty and Lincoln High School staff on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020.

L to R: Bakic, Thennes, Samantha Post and Meagan Strehlow

“UW-Green Bay is proud to partner with the Manitowoc Public School District on the Rising Phoenix Program,” said UW-Green Bay Provost Michael Alexander. “We are committed to working with our educational partners to invest in the growth of our region and support an increase in the percentage of students in our community that have access to higher education.”

Students in the program will be concurrently enrolled in Manitowoc Lincoln High School and UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus. Courses are selected to meet Wisconsin high school graduation requirements and the UW-Green Bay Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree. It also allows students room to explore individualized interests. The goal for participating students is to earn both their high school diploma and an AAS degree by the time they graduate from Manitowoc Lincoln. Students who complete an AAS degree will have the first two years of a bachelor’s degree completed. The accomplishment will apply whether students decide to continue at UW-Green Bay, transfer to a different college or university, or enter the workforce upon graduation with an earned college credential.

“This new Rising Phoenix program is a powerful partnership,” said Manitowoc Campus CEO Rachele Bakic. “This is an example of how collaborative programs can spur educational opportunities for students today. We are excited to work closely with Lincoln High School to ensure tremendous success for this initial group of bright young minds.”

A group of twenty-five current sophomores at Lincoln High School will be admitted to the Rising Phoenix program and be enrolled during their junior and senior years (fall 2020-spring 2022). The intent is to have a diverse cohort consisting of students who have shown the academic readiness and “grit” needed to succeed in the program, but who may come from families without experience in higher education or without the economic support to further their education. Priority admission will be given to first-generation, economically disadvantaged students, and students who demonstrate a desire to continue their education after high school.

“We are here to get our students ready for what is next after high school, and we want to do so by creating effective communicators, creative problem solvers, and engaged community members,” says Lincoln High School Principal Lee Thennes. “We believe that the model for this partnership encapsulates the very core of our values.”

Student support and coaching are the main priorities and advantages of the program. Every student enrolled will work consistently with UW-Green Bay’s Rising Phoenix student success coach, who will:

  • Assist students through the admissions process
  • Facilitate academic advising
  • Provide social and emotional support
  • Serve as a transition specialist upon graduation (college applications, scholarships, FAFSA and financial aid assistance).

Students will also learn and support each other together as a cohort through the entirety of the program. Students’ tuition and textbooks will be paid by the Manitowoc Public School District, which means there will be no cost to students or families.

The Rising Phoenix program is believed to be the first early-college high school program in Wisconsin partnered with a four-year institution—a pivotal opportunity for the Manitowoc community, Manitowoc Public School District, and UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus. Rising Phoenix has a goal of reducing the achievement gap and establishes a precedent in Wisconsin for more early college high school programs. In the Manitowoc community the hope is the program will be expanded to afford more students college access and enable talent retention.

The Manitowoc Public School District and UW-Green Bay are committed to evolving the program as it grows, eliminating barriers for students to participate and investing in the success of students involved. The Rising Phoenix program is innovative and evidence-based. Its goal is to work towards closing the achievement gap for the underserved and underrepresented students in Manitowoc, while providing a life-changing opportunity for those students and their families for generations to come.

“The Rising Phoenix program supports two of our strategic academic goals,” shares Mark Holzman, Manitowoc Public School District Superintendent. “Increased participation in college-level classes and co-curricular opportunities.”

To learn more about the program, visit the Rising Phoenix website at www.uwgb.edu/rising-phoenix.

In the photo, left to right, Manitowoc Campus CEO Rachele Bakic, Manitowoc Lincoln Principal Lee Thennes, UW-Green Bay Student Success Coach Samantha Post and Meagan Strehlow, executive director, K-12 & Community Relations, UW-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement.

Photo by Jena Richter Landers.

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’s Cofrin School of Business introduces new Executive in Residence, Oliver Buechse

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced that Oliver Buechse has been named executive in residence for the Cofrin School of Business, beginning Feb. 1. Buechse will focus his work on digital transformation.

Oliver Buechse
Oliver Buechse

Buechse has evolved in recent years as a leading advocate for digital transformation in the State.  He is the CEO of Advancing Digital, continuing the journey that he began as co-founder and executive director of Advancing AI Wisconsin. He also initiated the Digital County movement in the State. Buechse further brings to UW-Green Bay a strong record of transformational leadership within the banking industry, including his role as chief strategy officer for Associated Bank from 2010-2015. Buechse holds a Ph.D. in Economic Psychology from Alpen Adria University, in Austria.

“One of the central focuses of the Cofrin School of Business and our forward-looking Executive Impact MBA, is to prepare the current Northeast Wisconsin workforce to thrive in the age of digital transformation and to be confident in engaging in this external and dynamic period of experimentation,” said Mathew Dornbush, dean of the Cofrin School of Business. “Growing our relationship with Titletown Tech, for instance, is clearly centered on this vision, and we believe that Oliver can help us focus our vision and create new, dynamic partnerships to further our goals as a college and a University.”

Preparing the workforce of tomorrow will require a new approach in development and delivery, Buechse says.

“The education sector is the key to ensuring economic prosperity in Northeast Wisconsin and the State overall as we head into an era of significant technological and economic transformation, Buechse says. “Preparing the workforce of tomorrow, retraining the workforce of today and creating a space where business leaders learn with each other and from each other, all require that we bring a deeper understanding of disruptive technologies and the resulting change dynamics to our faculty, students and regional stakeholders. It is truly exciting to work with the visionary leadership at the Cofrin School of Business on tackling these challenges.”

Dornbush says that Buechse has come to the Cofrin School of Business “at the ideal time, when many of these visions are converging into reality.” “Oliver will provide a critical resource to the faculty and staff within the School of Business to better integrate these changes into different courses, programs and student engagement activities, while helping connect the Cofrin School with the digital experimentation ongoing in the Northeast Wisconsin business ecosystem.”

Buechse follows the former and first-ever executive in residence, Tim Weyenberg, retired CEO of Foth Companies, who served in the role from 2014 through 2016.

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CSET Scholarship Recipients

Nearly $80,000 awarded in scholarships through UW-Green Bay’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s College of Science and Technology announced the awarding of nearly $80,000 in scholarships this year. There were 58 scholarships awarded, totaling $78,325. Natural and Applied Sciences awarded 18 scholarships, totaling $20,600; Resch School of Engineering awarded 24 scholarships, totaling $40,725; Human Biology awarded 16 scholarships, totaling $17,000. A scholarship reception was held Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 on the Green Bay Campus.

2019-2020 NAS Scholarship Awardees
James E. Casperson/Environmental Science Alumni Endowed Scholarship: Patrick Brodhagen, Bonduel, WI

Alfred O. and Phyllis E. Holz Endowed Scholarship: Emma Gilbertson, Nashotah, WI and Norah Swenson, Janesville, WI

Carol R. DeGroot Endowed Scholarship in Environmental Science: Alicia Krause, La Crosse, WI

Morgan/Macaluso Family Endowed Scholarship: Claire Stuart, Sullivan, WI

Ganga and Elizabeth Nair Endowed Scholarship: Jessica Kessler, Bryant, WI

Katie Hemauer Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Ashlyn Schnell, Bonduel, WI

Bradford Cook Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Sierra Schug, Athen, Wi

Barbara and Benjamin Cruz-Uribe Family Endowed Scholarship for the Study of Environmental Issues: Miranda Esser, Green Bay, WI

Chad Moritz and Beth Meyerand Annual Scholarship: BethaLynn Bontrager, Eagle River, WI

Moose Lodge Rod and Gun Club Annual Scholarship: Grace Pechman, Fond du Lac, WI

Ruth and James Wiersma Endowed Scholarship: Jessie Hanson, Minnetrista, MN

Herbert Fisk Johnson Endowed Scholarship for Excellence: Tyler Dvorachek, Howards Grove, WI, Carly Flunker, Sobieski, WI and Kyle Hansen, La Crosse, WI

Brown County Waste Transformation Team Annual Scholarship: Rachel Malcore, Brussels, WI

Science and Mathematics Endowed Scholarship: Caleb Torres, Sheboygan, WI

Nancy J. Sell Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Anna Liu, Des Moines, IA

2019-2020 Richard Resch School of Engineering Scholarship Awardees

NEW Engineering Endowed Scholarship-First Year: Allyssa Rueth, Slinger, WI

NEW Engineering Endowed Scholarship-Second Year): Michael McGuire, Freedom, WI

Susan Finco and Ed Kralovec Endowed Scholarship: Griffin Magee, Eland, WI

Superior Diesel Endowed Scholarship for Engineering Technology: Bailey Crary, Reedsburg, WI

Dykema Family Endowed Scholarship: Benjamin Desk, Markesan, WI

Lee and Kathy Anderson Endowed Scholarship for Engineering Technology: Michael Jensen, Suamico, WI

Beth and Richard Gochnauer Endowed Scholarship for Engineering Technology: Billie Komorowski and Pa Yeng Yang, Green Bay, WI

Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance Future All-Stars Annual Scholarship: Adam Jensen, Little Chute, WI, Charles Sheraden, Green Bay, WI, Aaron Splan, Pulaski, WI and Isaiah Stonebraker, Mishicot, WI

BPM, Inc., A Specialty Paper Mill, Annual Scholarship for Engineering Technology: Kyle Still, Abrams, WI

FEECO International Engineering Technology Annual Scholarship: Wade Druar, Green Bay, WI

HATCO Corporation’s David G. Hatch Annual Scholarship in Engineering: Wade Druar, Green Bay, WI and Elliott Seiler, Sturgeon Bay, WI

Optima Machinery Corporation Annual Scholarship in Engineering: Joshua Mendez, Green Bay, WI

Georgia-Pacific Annual Scholarship in Engineering: Denny Christoff, Luxemburg, WI, Elizabeth Heinen, Oostburg, WI, Cade Koschnik, Appleton, WI, Joshua Mendez, Green Bay, WI and Gabriel Weiler, Green Bay, WI

Foth Companies Endowed Scholarship in Engineering: Colton Koss, Luxemburg, WI and Paul VanderKelen, Green Bay, WI

The Ken Metzler Engineering Scholarship: Denny Christoff, Luxemburg, WI and Elizabeth Heinen (awarded in August of 2019), Oostburg, WI

Spring 2020 Human Biology Scholarship Awardees:

Jeremy Green Family Scholarship: Nathaniel Disher, Stevens Point, WI

Dr. Donel Sullivan Scholarship: Ruchita Patel

Herbert and Crystal Sandmire Scholarship: Kaitlyn Baier, Elk Mound, WI, Brooke Breitrick, Bowler, WI, Katie Cudnohufsky, Ben Gilles, Madison, WI, Akanksha Gurtu, De Pere, WI, Logan Johnsen, Louisburg, KS, Anna Liu, Des Moines, IA, Ashlyn Schnell, Bonduel, WI, Kristen Shaver, Hortonville, WI, Emily Song, Grace Stabenau, Howard, WI, Sydney Walker, De Pere, WI, Ashley Willes, Kaukauna, WI and Taylor Wolf, Waconia, MN

Fall 2019 Human Biology Scholarship Awardees:

Jeremy Green Family Scholarship: Mareah Desotelle

Dr. Donel Sullivan Scholarship: Ben Gilles, Madison, WI

Herbert and Crystal Sandmire Scholarship: Justin Ferkin, Elena Garcia, Two Rivers, WI, Natalie Gawron, Black River Falls, WI, Abigail Heil, Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Mackenzie Hemauer, Sara Kroneck, Amber Perez, Menomonee Falls, WI, Emma Sloot, St. Paul, MN, Grace Stabenau, Howard, WI, Kayla Vrieze and Ashley Willes, Kaukauna, WI

Herbert and Crystal Sandmire Summer Research Internship: Brooke Breitrick, Bowler, WI and Janay Walters

Herbert and Crystal Sandmire Scholars Program: Anna Cudney, Appleton, WI, Jenna Grandinetti, Grafton, WI, Lauren Russell, Burlington, WI and Marissa Spatz, Auburndale, WI

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CSET Scholarship Reception 2020

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Innovation in Aging event is March 4

On March 4, 2020, from 4 to 6 p.m., the STEM Innovation Center will be hosting a student idea competition called Innovation in Aging. This competition challenges UW-Green Bay students to create solutions to combat hardships and improve overall quality of life for an aging public. The team with the best solution will receive a cash prize. Prizes include $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, $250 for third place, $100 for the people’s choice selection, and a $100 prize for the top five student organization teams.

The competing teams will be in groups of three to five participants. Teams will be practicing with mentors from Feb. 17 to 21 in preparation for the competition on March 4.

UW-Green Bay is partnering with WiSys to organize this event. WiSys is a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students and alumni of the UW System to faciliate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state. For further questions or more information, please contact WiSys Regional Associate Brian Walsh at bwalsh@wisys.org.

Homecoming Feb 24-29

UW-Green Bay Homecoming Week packed full of events for students, friends, fans and alumni

Green Bay, Wis.—Whether you are a member of the UW-Green Bay community, a friend, a fan or an alumnus, the University has an activity that you will enjoy during Homecoming Week, Monday, Feb. 24 to Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Most activities feature an open invite to anyone who wishes to attend, but they all require registration. For more information or to register, go to https://www.uwgb.edu/homecomingBelow is the full list of events. Some events require registration.

Monday, February 24
Noon: Pep Rally, Cloud Commons, Green Bay Campus
7 p.m.: Spirit Bingo (students only), Phoenix Rooms, UW-Green Bay Campus

Tuesday, February 25
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Phoenix Gathering, Hagemeister Park

Wednesday, February 26
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Phoenix Backstage, Backstage at the Meyer Theatre
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: GB History Trivia (students only), Phoenix Club, UW-Green Bay Campus

Thursday, February 27
11 a.m.: Women’s Basketball vs. Cleveland State, Kress Events Center
5 p.m.: Communication Week Dinner and Alumni Reunion featuring Alumna Laura Hollingsworth, Weidner Center
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Preshow Theatre Gathering before “This Random World,” Studio One
7 p.m.: Men’s Basketball vs. Youngstown State, Resch Center
7:30 p.m.: “This Random World (The Myth of Serendipity)”, Jean Weidner Theatre, Use Promo Code GBHOCO
8 p.m.: Dueling Pianos, Phoenix Rooms A&B

Friday, February 28
All day: #UWGBPhoenixFriday, anywhere and everywhere, post your Phoenix Pride to be entered to win a tailgate party
1 to 3 p.m.: Phoenix Tie Dye (students only), University Union Room 125
3 to 6 p.m.” 3v3 Co-Rec Basketball Tournament, Dick Bennett Gym (KEC), Register on IMLeagues/UREC app (students only)
5 p.m.: Alumni Awards Dinner, Phoenix Rooms
7:30 p.m.: “This Random World (The Myth of Serendipity)”, Jean Weidner Theatre, Use Promo Code GBHOCO
7: 30 p.m.: Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, Cofrin Family Hall
8 p.m.: Homecoming Dance (students only), Phoenix Club

Saturday, February 29
2 p.m.: Women’s Basketball vs. Youngstown State, Kress Events Center
4 p.m.: Krash the Kress Tailgate Party, Kress Events Center
7 p.m.: Men’s Basketball vs. Cleveland State, Kress Events Center
7:30 p.m.: This Random World (The Myth of Serendipity), Jean Weidner Theatre, Use Promo Code GBHOCO

All week

Christine Style Art Exhibition, Lawton Gallery
Office decorating contest, all campuses

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First Presbyterian Church Wisconsin Historical Society, Image ID: 31586

UW-Green Bay Archives presents ‘Stories from the Archives: Green Bay’s Underground Railroad History’

Note: because of the popularity of this event, it will be moved to Phoenix C, University Union, Green Bay Campus.

Green Bay, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center is launching a new series: “Stories from the Archives.” The Archives provides research assistance to scholars on a wide variety of topics and is witness to many projects that stem from its vast array of historical collections. The series will provide an opportunity to share with the public, these profound research efforts and projects.

In conjunction with Black History Month, the first program in the series is Green Bay’s Underground Railroad History. The free program will be Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Phoenix C, University Union. It is open to the public. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/326862398471573/.

Following its founding in 1835, Green Bay’s First Presbyterian Church (today’s Union Congregational Church) served as a station on the Underground Railroad. As church historian Ethel Cady put it in 1955, “from the first” the church had an “anti-slavery stand” which was reflected in the abolitionism of its first three ministers, and some members of the congregation. On three separate occasions in the mid-nineteenth century, First Presbyterian Church sheltered freedom seekers making their way from enslavement to freedom.

Through archival research, Victoria Tashjian uncovered the rich history of local efforts regarding the Underground Railroad. This program will describe First Presbyterian Church’s participation in the Underground Railroad as well as Tashjian’s research experience which culminated in the site being designated for the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. The Underground Railroad activities of Native American residents of Stockbridge and Stantonville (today Chilton), will also be discussed briefly.

Tashjian is a professor of history at St. Norbert College. She is the co-author of I Will Not Eat Stone: A Women’s History of Colonial Asante, along with other books and articles. In recent years, she has been researching the history of African Americans living in Northeast Wisconsin and the Fox River Valley in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The results of her research have appeared in Voyageur Magazine: Northeast Wisconsin’s Historical Review and the Wisconsin Magazine of History, as well as on Wisconsin Public Radio.

For more information about the program, contact Archivist Deb Anderson, andersod@uwgb.edu at 920-465-2539.

Photo used by permission from the Wisconsin Historical Society, Image ID: 31586 of the First Presbyterian Church (now Union Congregational Church), corner of Adams and Crooks Streets, Green Bay. The Church was a site of Underground Railroad activities in Green Bay.

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Think Theatre Words and Music

‘Words & Music: A program of Monologues’

A 6:30 Concert Series and Think Theatre Series combined event, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (Green Bay, Wis.) Join UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance for “Words & Music—A Program of Monologues,” Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. This is the final event in the Weidner Center’s “Think Theatre Series” launched in 2019-20 and a collaboration of faculty from three of UW-Green Bay’s four campuses.

This is a free event for the public and a collaboration with UW-Green Bay Music’s 6:30 Concert Series. Performers and performance pieces:

-Rebecca Stone Thornberry, Marinette Campus and Michelle McQuade Dewhirst (Reckless by Craig Lucas)
-Alan Kopischke and Luis Fernandez (Amadeus by Peter Shaffer)
-Kelli Strickland and Luis Fernandez (The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams)
-Thomas Campbell, Sheboygan Campus and Michelle McQuade Dewhirst (Original text by Campbell)
-Noah Simon and John Salerno (Clarity by Mark Young)
-Laura Riddle and Courtney Sherman (PSA: National Anthem by Laurie Anderson)
– Noah Simon/Kelli Strickland and Adam Gaines (Improvised text and music)

The 6:30 Concert Series was 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.

Think Theatre Series was designed to push the boundaries of idea and form one spoken word at a time. UW-Green Bay Theatre faculty and special guests invite you to an inspired series of readings that not only entertain but also provoke responses, pose questions and spark dialogue.

The Think Theatre Words & Music: A Program of Monologues event is part of the Word Festival. The Word Festival is sponsored by Arts Midwest, the National Endowment for the Arts and UntitledTown Book and Author Festival.

About the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts opened on January 15, 1993 and is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-plus seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. The Center is a home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance programs, community events and productions and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit www.WeidnerCenter.com, call 920-465-2726 or 800-895-0071, or follow ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter).

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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12 students selected to perform at UW-Green Bay Honors Recital

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music program will hold its annual Honors Recital on Saturday, February 8 at 2 p.m. at Fort Howard Hall in UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. This year’s recital will feature 12 outstanding music students from across the state of Wisconsin and one international student. Admission to the recital is free and open to the public.

Of the 12 students participating in this year’s Honor Recital, five are vocalists and seven are instrumentalists. Pieces to be performed are from great artists such as George Frideric Handel, Johann Strauss, and Francesco Durante, among others. Student vocalists participating in the recital are:

  • Brooke DeGoey, soprano, a K-12 Choral/General Music Education major and graduate of Freedom High School. DeGoey is the daughter of Joseph DeGoey of Menasha, Wis. and Vicky Verbeten of Freedom, Wis.
  • Chay Austyn Schmitt, soprano, a Theatre Studies major/Vocal Performance minor and a graduate of Richland Center High School. Austyn is the daughter of Gregg and Christine Schmitt of Richland Center, Wis.
  • Eloise Williamson, soprano, a Vocal Performance major and graduate of North Crawford High School. Williamson is the daughter of Rita Berkley Smith of Wittenburg, Wis.
  • Julia Kreitzer, mezzo-soprano, a Business Administration major minoring in Vocal Performance and a graduate of West Bend East High School. Kreitzer is the daughter of Bob and Carol Kreitzer of West Bend, Wis.
  • Aygul Garryyeva, soprano, a Vocal Performance major and international student from Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Garryyeva is the daughter of Begli Garryyeva and Bahar Pirova of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

Student instrumentalists participating in the recital are:

  • Jayce Gorski, alto saxophone, an undeclared junior and graduate of West De Pere High School and the son of Amber Kouba of De Pere, Wis.
  • Rachel Rabas, trombone, a Psychology major with minors in Music Performance and History and a graduate of Denmark High School. Rabas is the daughter of Greg Rabas of Denmark, Wis. and Theresa Heggeland of De Pere, Wis.
  • Katie Warpinski, piano, a Human Biology major minoring in Music Performance and a graduate of Green Bay Preble High School. Warpinski is the daughter of Rick & Heidi Warpinski of Green Bay, Wis.
  • Tony Fenner, percussion, a Music Education major and graduate of Oak Creek High School. Fenner is the son of Ronald and Amy Fenner of Oak Creek, WI.
  • Ethan Christiansen, marimba, an Instrumental Performance major and graduate of Roncalli High School. Christiansen is the son of Troy and Lynn Christiansen of Two Rivers, Wis.
  • Kameron Jennings, trumpet, a Music Education major and graduate of Poynette High School. Jennings is the son of Jason and Karen Jennings of Poynette, Wis.
  • Victor Tec Cob, violin, a Music Performance major and graduate of De Pere High school. Tec Cob is the son of Rene DeLeon and Lorena Tec Cob of De Pere.

Students for the Honors Recital were chosen by faculty members during a juried selection process. 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 Weidner Center

UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Center is a home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance productions, community events and productions, and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. Beyond the large-scale touring productions that grace the stage, the Weidner Center also focuses on scholastic development, programming and an impactful education series – Stage Doors. The Stage Doors Education Series serves more than17,500 students from 63 cities throughout Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula every year. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit www.WeidnerCenter.com, 920-465-2726, 800-895-0071, or follow the ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter).

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 nearly 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 students to provide free income tax assistance through April 10, 2020

Green Bay, Wis.—University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students are again providing free income tax assistance for low-income individuals and families, the elderly and students through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Return preparation begins the week of February 4 and will run through Wednesday, April 10, 2020. However, no service will be provided the week of March 18 because of the University’s spring break.

Scheduled times and Green Bay locations for tax assistance are:

  • Tuesdays, 5 to 8 p.m., The Salvation Army, 626 Union Court, Green Bay
  • Wednesdays, 5 to 8 p.m., Brown County Public Library, 515 Pine St, Green Bay

Appointments are necessary for both sites and can be made by calling (920) 465-2575. The service, including filing Federal and Wisconsin income tax returns electronically, is provided at no cost to taxpayers.

To assist volunteers, taxpayers should bring:

  • Photo ID (required)
  • Original Social Security cards for each member of the family (required)
  • Federal and Wisconsin income tax returns for previous tax filing if available
  • Current year information, including W-2 forms showing wages earned and 1099 forms reporting interest, dividends, pensions or Social Security benefits received
  • Proof of health insurance coverage (form 1098 – A, B, or C)
  • Tuition payment statements (form 1098-T)
  • Receipts for property taxes paid
  • Rent certificates and/or a copy of their property tax bill if they might be able to claim the Wisconsin Homestead Credit
  • Information regarding other receipts such as per capita income distribution and SSI payments
  • A record of any estimated tax payments made last year
  • A void check from a checking account or deposit slip from a savings account to allow for direct deposit of a refund.

For more information, visit the VITA website at www.uwgb.edu/vita or e-mail Heather Kaminski, kaminskh@uwgb.edu.

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UW-Green Bay Math Classroom

UW-Green Bay to begin waiving the $50 application fee for Wisconsin Technical College transfers

Move removes barrier restricting students from completing applications

Green Bay, Wis.—Officials from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay have announced that the University will waive the $50 application fee for prospective students who wish to transfer directly from any and all Wisconsin Technical Colleges System (WTCS) institutions. The change is immediate and for students registering for either summer or fall 2020 terms and beyond.

“We know this fee is a barrier for some students, and there are a number of applications that are never completed because they are missing this fee,” explains Jennifer Jones, UW-Green Bay’s assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Services. “We hope the new policy will encourage students to transfer and complete their bachelor’s degree in on-campus or online programs at any of our four campuses. We know a bachelor’s degree will open more doors for these students.”

Jones says that when a student completes the UW System online application for UW-Green Bay, they simply need to select “Skip Payment” when prompted for the application fee payment. This policy will include applications currently being processed by UW-Green Bay for which the fee has not yet been paid. The fee, which typically covers application processing (software, wages and overhead) is being covered by other means.

“This isn’t just about UW-Green Bay,” Jones says. “Our region and state need more bachelor’s degree holders to meet the need of employers in our region and the jobs of the future. UW-Green Bay is committed to serving our community and making higher education more accessible is one way we can do that.”

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) President Jeffrey Rafn, agrees.

“Together, we are strengthening a partnership that benefits both our students and the community,” Rafn said. “This new advantage will immediately impact the lives of our students who dream of completing their bachelor’s degree. I commend UW-Green Bay for the great work it is doing in removing barriers and simplifying the transfer process. Making sure our students succeed is at the heart of everything we do at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and this is another step forward.”

UW-Green Bay has provided a number of paths for students to get from their technical college degrees to bachelor’s degree completion.

Jones says that the “traditional” path to a bachelor’s degree becomes less defined each day. Many students complete their technical college degree and then begin their career and establish themselves in the community, but they still eventually want the bachelor’s degree. UW-Green Bay has a variety of options, from in-person to online, and bachelor’s degree completion options at all four (Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan) campuses.

Current transfer Rich McKay said he can see the virtues of the fee waiver and in his experience, transferring from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College was a seamless process.

“My experience at UW-Green Bay has been great,” McKay said. “And the transition between the two schools was seamless. I was able to visit with a UW-Green Bay admissions counselor right at NWTC. Advisor Hannah Fameree gave me a verbal ‘map’ of what I was doing at NWTC and what it would take to complete a bachelor’s degree at UW-Green Bay. The next time we met, she showed me the ‘map’ in writing, and all I had to do was coordinate with both advisors. McKay, a defense contractor who hopes to graduate in summer or fall of 2020, is an Organizational Leadership major with an emphasis in project management.

“I think the fee waiver is a great idea,” he said, “and another way the two schools are working together to improve the needs of students in the region.”

While short-term promotions have been used within the UW System to incentivize applications, UW-Green Bay officials believe that the University is the first UW System school to incorporate a blanket fee waiver for any student transferring directly from any WTCS institution.

This initiative is another in a long list of opportunities the University has put in place in response to its mission, “a commitment to a university that promotes access, career success, cross-discipline collaboration, cultural enrichment, economic development, entrepreneurship and environmental sustainability…”

Other programs and initiatives include College Credit in High School, Phuture Phoenix, TurboCharge, A2B (Associate to Bachelor’s Degrees), articulation agreements for seamless transfer, Gateways to Phoenix Success (GPS), and others.

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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