Listen to the third ‘Phoenix Thriving’ episode

The third “Phoenix Thriving” episode has been released! On this episode, UW-Green Bay Director of Student Success and Engagement Vince Lowery is joined by Director of Advising and Retention Darrel Renier, as they discuss Renier’s work as an advisor and how Renier has gotten to where he is today. Listen to Episode 3 here.

Save the date: Majors Fair is Monday, Oct. 21

All program representatives, please save the date for the Fall Majors Fair on Monday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms, Green Bay Campus. Representatives from each academic program will attend to talk with students to discuss their programs. Program representatives should watch for additional registration information coming soon. Questions can be directed to Vicki Nellis in Academic Advising at

Renier discusses new online program to improve school success

Fox 11 spent time with UW-Green Bay’s Director of Academic Advising, Darrel Renier, to discuss new technology that is being launched across the UW System to help improve graduation rates and retain more students. “The new system is called EAB Navigate. It’s relatively new but has components like early alert so we can identify students that are at risk early, it helps advisers with notes, and helps keep everyone on campus in the loop,” said Darrel Renier, the Director of Academic Advising at the University of Green Bay. See the story.

New UW System online program to help UW-Green Bay improve student success

You will be hearing plenty more about this… A new online program called EAB Navigate is being launched at schools in the UW System, including UW-Green Bay. The program is aimed at improving student success through identifying students who might at risk based on several different factors. One of the main goals of the program is to encourage students to retain and improve graduation rates. Read more from Fox 11.

CATL to offer two events starting this Friday (Sept. 21)

The UW-Green Bay Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) has two events supporting instructional and institutional development coming up:

— High-impact Practices @ 10 Reading Series: Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 from Noon to 1 p.m. Learn more.

— Course Crunch: Scheduling for Student Success: Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the 1965 room located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. This event is sponsored by CATL and Enrollment Services (Registrar, GBOSS and Advising). Learn more.

Kim Metzger and Lynn Niemi in front of toilet paper

Disability Services wipes out competition in Toilet Paper Challenge

The 2018 Great Toilet Paper Challenge at UW-Green Bay ended with a small office of two — Disability Services — making big contributions and wiping out the competition.

"Because that's how we roll!"

TP on display in the window Counseling and Health Center
TP on display in the window
Counseling and Health Center

In early January, the Student Affairs and Campus Climate and Enrollment Services divisions met to better acquaint employees from both divisions and update all on what is new in each department. As part of those updates, Stacie Christian reported the Campus Cupboard was most in need of toilet paper. Thus began The Great 2018 TP Challenge.

The teams (Admissions, Financial Aid/Bursar, Registrar/GBOSS, Disability Services, Counseling and Health, and Academic Advising/Career Services) rose to the challenge and spent two weeks bringing in donations and taunting the competition. The motivation — serving UW-Green Bay students. The prize — a King Cake on Mardi Gras, recognition in the Log.

“Team Disability Services, insisted they were the little office with a big impact,” reported Academic Advisor Stephanie Murphy. “Counseling and Health drew attention to their efforts with an at-home port-a-potty outside its door, and Advising and Career Service’s pile grew steadily.”

On Feb.13 (2018), participants gathered to share food and celebrate. The Little Office that Could beat out Team Academic Advising/Career Services by a mere 12 rolls with a total of 451 rolls. Their reaction? “We knew we could wipe out the competition.”

Donated toilet paper packages
Bath tissue donation piled in CK One

A total of 1,486 rolls of toilet paper were collected for the Campus Cupboard, which is always in need of personal health items like toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant and soap. Please consider a “fun” drive of your own to help out students in need.


UW-Green Bay recognizes excellence in the awarding of Founders Awards

Green Bay, WI — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has recognized some of its top faculty and staff members August 23, 2017, with 2017 Founders Awards for Excellence. The awards were presented before an audience of more than 450 in the Phoenix Room of the University Union, UW-Green Bay. Made possible by private philanthropic support, the awards program has been an annual fixture at UW-Green Bay since 1975. Honorees are selected by a campus-wide committee from nominations submitted by faculty, staff and others. The award winners honored at the annual UW-Green Bay Fall Convocation are:

Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching — Phil Clampitt
The Founders Awards for Excellence in Teaching recognized Prof. Phil Clampitt for going the extra mile to the help students obtain the best educational experience during college. His dedication to challenging students with independent study experiences, research and teaching assistantships, honors projects and internships was noted in his nomination, as was his demonstrated enthusiasm, teaching relevance and academic rigor. A student nominator described Clampitt as a teacher who “challenges each student, strives for continual improvement, teaches students to think critically and provides interesting and engaging content in lectures.” Clampitt is known to stay closely connected to many of his students as they graduate and contribute to the greater community.

Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship — Bob Howe
Prof. Bob Howe’s scholarship is exceptional by any metric. This faculty member has published more than 65 peer-reviewed articles, written numerous article in his field and has been cited thousands of times. He has been an author or co-author for multiple grant applications, that in the past decade alone, has brought approximately $2 million to the University. While scholarship is at the center of his career, it also extends into every aspect of his teaching and service. His research is particularly valued in the wider community because of its intentional focus on biological conservation, making it directly relevant and of great concern to the public. In the summer of 2017, he and his colleagues had their work published in the foremost science journal in the world — Science. Howe’s efforts are noted at the national, state and community level in areas of ornithology, forestry, environmental protection and wildlife, with a special emphasis on Great Lakes ecosystems.

University Award for Collaborative Achievement — Vicki Medland, NAS Heirloom Plant Sale
For nearly two decades, a collaborative team of faculty, staff, students and volunteers, has been making a huge impact on the UW-Green Bay landscape. Led by Vicki Medland and faculty and staff from Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS), it is estimated that the annual NAS Heirloom Vegetable and Plant Sale has generated about $100,000 for student research and academically related travel. The collaborative nature of this program is manifest at several levels — “Involvement of community members as volunteers in the growing process, involvement of the general public (as well as faithful UW-Green Bay faculty/staff customers) as eager growers of the heirloom plant varieties, and involvement of students who have been able to use the funds to complete and present their work,” according to one nominator. Results of the sales help UW-Green Bay students to achieve their academic goals, learn practical field experience and attain an affordable education by providing thousands of dollars for student academic development opportunities. In the greater Green Bay area, this team has committed to providing education programs that support our communities, public entities, park programs and organizations.

University Staff Award for Excellence — Janet Ludke
Academic Department Associate of Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS), Janet Ludke is recognized as a staff member whose activities, accomplishments and service within the University and the community are most deserving of acknowledgement by the University. Ludke has been described by her colleagues as “extremely dedicated, effective and efficient, helpful, knowledgeable, accomplished, proactive and remarkable.” She is said to carry excellence in all aspects of her career. She is a creative problem-solver and engages in positive interactions with community, faculty, staff and students. Due to staffing shortages in recent years, Ludke has served as the only administrative support person in an area which typically has multiple support staff. Her unwavering support has helped the academic unit to train new personnel and maintain accreditation standards and budget oversight on grants and external funding obtained by the Natural and Applied Sciences faculty.

University Academic Support Award for Excellence — Darrel Renier
Director of Academic Advising, Darrel Renier is being recognized for his exemplary commitment to work, collaboration, innovation and creativity in activities that are valuable to the institution or helpful to a range of people in a number of ways. Renier is noted as an exceptional leader on campus who approaches work with an unshakeable commitment to student success and the questions, “How will this promote student success?” and, “How will it move us forward in efforts to improve the student experience at UWGB?” Renier has gained tremendous respect from different constituencies across the University. He helps students reach their goals efficiently and effectively. Faculty and staff view him as a valuable coach, resource and fierce advocate for students. Renier has led the Office of Academic Advising successfully through a period of significant change. He created new programs such as the advising task force and student success committee to better address student success and has been a major collaborator in the development of the Gateways to Phoenix Success (GPS) program.

University Award for Excellence in Institutional Development — Andrew Austin
Professor Andrew Austin has a record of extraordinary service to the University. He has not only served as a member of innumerable University and departmental committees, but also played a leading role at most every opportunity. Austin led in efforts to transform Social Change and Development into Democracy and Justice Studies (DJS). He fought to keep DJS thriving despite staffing shortages and dramatic change. While serving as department chair DJS was transformed with reinvigorated faculty, revised curriculum and a dramatic increase in student majors and minors. His campus contributions include service on Faculty Senate, University Committee, General Education Committee, Institutional Review Board, Research Council , Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Team, Board of the Center for History and Social Change , Writing Across the Curriculum Task Force, Invent the Future Steering Committee, Online Education Vision Working Group and the Interdisciplinary Education Task Force.

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100-plus for New Student Orientation this Friday

About 100 students and their guests will be attending New Student Orientation this Friday. This year the program has been revamped to increase opportunities for students to interact with staff/faculty advisors, and to learn more detail about UWGB’s academic programs and campus services. The focus is to provide students with a more personalized experience that will assist them as they transition to UW-Green Bay. Please welcome our new students if you see them on Friday. For more information feel free to reach out to Deanne Kusserow in Academic Advising or Andrew Meyer in Admissions.

Year One of ‘Peer Advising Consults’ viewed as success

Students in the new Peer Advising Consultants program (PAC) have just completed their first successful year as peer advisers. According to Darrel Renier, director of Academic Advising, and Associate Prof. Denise Bartell, director of the Center for Students in Transition, who developed the program, the peer advisers assisted their fellow students by facilitating SIS demonstrations, reaching out to newly admitted students, connecting to first-year programming such as Majors Fair and FYS/GPS sections, and by answering basic advising questions. The plan is to expand the program next year to include students representing additional academic programs and to add a transfer peer adviser. The overall objective is to continue to improve retention and recruitment by bridging students to majors/minors, increasing student support and educating students about the important role campus advising plays in reducing time to degree while increasing academic success. “Academic Advising and Dr. Bartell would like to thank our P.A.C. members Allee Schramm, Morgan Jandrin, Trevor Copeland and Miranda Michaelis for a great year.”

Passing of Coral Lee MacKay

Former academic adviser Coral Lee MacKay, known to countless UW-Green Bay students from the 1970s and ‘80s on through her retirement in 1998, has passed away. She died Tuesday in Milwaukee at age 86. A native of Sturgeon Bay, she taught in Green Bay area high schools before joining the UWGB advising staff in fall 1971. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud, and is survived by two sons and their families. Friends may call at West Side Moravian Church, 1707 S. Oneida St., from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service.