UW-Green Bay sets campuswide ‘furlough day’ for Nov. 27

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will be closed for general business activities on Friday, Nov. 27, the first of four campuswide furlough days identified by the University in response to state-ordered budget cuts.

As part of the plan to address the state’s $5 billion budget deficit, all state employees including those at UW-Green Bay are required to take as many as eight furlough days annually and to accept a corresponding 3 percent reduction in earnings.

To address those reductions while minimizing disruption to students, University officials identified four low-traffic dates when the campus will close and all employees (except critical staff) will be off work without pay.

The Friday following Thanksgiving qualifies as a low-traffic date. The other dates that general campus offices will be closed are: Dec. 28, Jan. 15, 2010, and May 28, 2010, three days that fall outside the academic calendar’s fall and spring semesters.

While the UW-Green Bay campus will be closed for general business activities on Nov. 27, the campus won’t quite be a ghost town.

For example, there will still be some students staying in campus housing. Also, the Prevea Health Tournament, an eight-team two-day boy’s and girl’s high school basketball tournament will be held Nov. 27 and 28 at the Kress Events Center. The ticket box office will open at 1:30 p.m.

Friday is traditionally one of the major shopping days of the holiday season. To support customers who may be purchasing tickets as holiday gifts, University Ticketing will be open on Friday the 27th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the University Union.

A few University offices will reopen Saturday, Nov. 28, with normal holiday weekend hours resuming for such campuswide resources as the Cofrin Library.