Top UW-Green Bay moments of 2022

As 2022 comes to an end, take a scroll through some highlights and top moments of the last year at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay:

Willie Davis Finance Lab

New spaces open

The year 2022 brought many exciting new spaces to the Green Bay Campus.

The Esports Lounge and a Starz Barber & Beauty location opened in early 2022 in the University Union, offering valuable resources to students for connection, inclusion, belonging and self-care.

The Outdoor Adventure Center is the new home of University Recreation (UREC) Outdoors and a one-stop-shop for outdoor recreation needs for the University and local community.

New finance spaces in Wood Hall give students in Cofrin School of Business top-of-the line spaces for hands on experience. The Willie Davis Finance & Investment Lab features a trading simulations lab equipped with tickers and terminals. The Charles Schwab Foundation Center for Financial Wellness provides students and community members with a trusted space to help achieve higher levels of financial wellness.

Instructional Services building saw a revamp and is now home to the new Technology, Engineering, Arts and Media (TEAM) Laboratories. TEAM houses space for student-run media and entertainment facilities, including a radio station, TV studio, newsroom and games and interactive media. Four engineering labs are included in the suite — an electrical engineering lab, electronic circuits lab, electrical machines lab and senior design lab, as well as a physics lab.

Institute of Women’s Leadership hosts in-person ‘Celebrate 2022’ Event

The UW-Green Bay Institute of Women’s Leadership celebrated its one year anniversary on April 12, 2022 with ‘Celebrate 2022: Women on the Rise,’ an evening of connection, learning and inspiration for women in Northeast Wisconsin. The evening was monumental as the organization began amid the global coronavirus pandemic, limiting in-person events. This was the first large-scale event and had more than 300 attendees.

The Weidner reaches beyond campus 

In 2022, The Weidner expanded its reach beyond campus. The Weidner Downtown, in partnership with The Tarlton Theatre, established in March 2022, brings a fresh and eclectic mix of arts and cultural offerings to the heart of Downtown Green Bay. Additionally, The Weidner’s mobile stage, unveiled at an igNight Market downtown in August, allows for the performing arts to be brought to the public, anywhere, anytime.

Sharon J. Resch Institute for Music established

Thanks to a generous $5 million donation from Sharon J. Resch, music and fine arts will continue to be a shining star at UW-Green Bay. The Sharon J. Resch Institute of Music provides top level instruction, degree option and hosts three performance ensembles: Instrumental, Jazz, and Vocal, and regularly hosts public performances that gather our community and celebrate music. In addition, the Institute supports a new and growing program in audio production. The Sharon J. Resch Institute of Music provides multiple four-year student scholarships, funds instrument purchase and maintenance, including new pianos, and supports UW-Green Bay’s hosting of the American International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition.

First Rising Phoenix cohort

First batch of Rising Phoenix grads

After two years in the program, 20 of UW-Green Bay’s first Rising Phoenix students from Manitowoc Lincoln High School earn the Associate of Arts and Sciences degree and at least seven are planning to continue with their bachelor’s degree at UW-Green Bay. The students were honored at UW-Green Bay’s 2022 Spring/Summer Commencement ceremony, May 14, 2022. The Rising Phoenix program is a groundbreaking collaboration between school districts and UW-Green Bay, providing students with opportunity for dual enrollment, ongoing student success coaching and an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree while still in high school.

Learning their First Nations Ed.D. at UW-Green Bay: Yekuhsiyo Rosa King, Crystal Leah Tourtillott Lepscier, Artley Murray Skenandore Jr. and Vicki Lee Young

University produces its first Doctors

At UW-Green Bay’s May Commencement, four students became the first in university history to graduate with doctoral degrees, an Education Doctorate (Ed.D) in First Nations Education. The program is devoted to the revitalization of Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Indigenous teaching and learning is grounded in the time-honored oral tradition. Oral scholars and academic faculty collaborate and co-teach the Ed.D. courses.

Cross-Country course hosts first meets

UW-Green Bay began hosting high school and collegiate cross-county races on the newly-designed cross-county course in September 2022. The course is a valuable resource to the University and local community, featuring the woods and rolling hills of the former Shorewood Golf Course, with the start and finish lines located near the new Shorewood Center for Outdoor Adventure Recreation.

Two men dress in chainmail and steal helmets, use swords and shield to battle each other during the battle demonstrations at the Midwest Viking Festival.

Midwest’s largest Viking Festival now calls UW-Green Bay home

The Midwest’s largest viking festival, Midwest Viking Festival, previously held in Fargo/Moorehead North Dakota, found a new permanent home on the Green Bay campus this year. The festival on September 12, 2022 was free and open to the public and featured more than sixty Vikings in a large camp, demonstrating blacksmithing, silversmithing, wood carving and turning, textile arts, glass bead making, cooking, storytelling, singing, archery, and battle reenactments.

Speaker at TEDx event in Marinette

TedxUW-Green Bay visits Marinette Campus for the first time

The fourth annual TedxUW-Green Bay was held for the first time at UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus’s Theatre on the Bay and featured five insightful speakers. Watch past TedxUW-Green Bay talks.

Fall 2022 Commencement

Largest Fall/Winter Commencement class

On December 17, 2022, in UW-Green Bay’s 106th Commencement ceremony at The Weidner, UW-Green Bay graduated its largest fall class yet, with a total of 558 graduates eligible. See more.


Here’s to all the amazing things to come as we rise to 2023!