UW-Green Bay hosts Chinese delegation seeking solutions on water quality

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Wednesday (July 23) hosted a group of Chinese government officials, environmental experts and researchers visiting Wisconsin this week as part of the “China-U.S. Water Symposium.” The New North economic development consortium is the lead organization for the symposium, which is positioning Wisconsin as a special place China turns to for assistance in protecting its environment and public health. At a dinner and reception at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, interim Chancellor David Ward touted UW-Green Bay’s longstanding commitment to environmental awareness and praised the New North for breaking down barriers to progress.

Interim Chancellor David Ward greets members of the Chinese delegation as they arrive at UW-Green Bay.

Denise Scheberle, professor and chair of Public and Environmental Affairs, welcomes the delegation. Prof. Scheberle was a featured speaker at the dinner.

State and local government and the New North consortium were represented at the dinner. Jerry Murphy (left), executive director of the New North, talks with state Rep. Jim Soletski, D-Green Bay.

Robert Wenger, UW-Green Bay professor emeritus of Natural and Applied Sciences, renewed acquaintances and talked about potential for collaboration with Chinese researchers. Wenger has been a visiting professor at Beijing Normal University.

The Weidner Center Grand Foyer was the site of the dinner and reception for the guests from China.

The Chinese delegation presented interim Chancellor Ward with a tabletop-size folding screen featuring the artistic facial makeup of characters from the Peking Opera. The gift is on display in the Office of the Chancellor, Suite 810 of the Cofrin Library.

University Communication
photos by Scott Hildebrand

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