Cofrin Center for Biodiversity’s Erin Giese earns recognition for Snowy Owl Airport Rescue

Since the winter of 2017-2018, Cofrin Center for Biodiversity’s Erin Giese has helped co-lead Project SOAR (Snowy Owl Airport Rescue) whose mission is to capture and relocate Snowy Owls and other raptors from local airports where they pose as hazards. Giese co-leads the project with Janet Wissink (Winnebago Audubon) and Frank Ujazdowski (Wisconsin Falconers Association). In 2020 they earned the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology’s (WSO) Special Recognition Award, which recognizes the collective efforts of a far-reaching project or partnership that increases the public’s awareness and appreciation for birds, their habitats, or the need for conservation.

WSO Awards Chair Wendy Schultz met up with Project SOAR and gave them their awards at an outdoor pavilion while social distancing (in a non-pandemic year, awards would have been given at the WSO Convention). Erin and her collaborators Janet and Frank each gave acceptance speeches, which can be viewed at the very bottom of this page.

You can follow Project SOAR’s efforts on Facebook.

Photo courtesy of Wendy Schultz. Left to right: Erin Giese, Janet Wissink and Frank Ujazdowski.


Reminder: All Academic Staff Winter Assembly is Dec. 7

Academic Staff Winter Assembly date is Monday, Dec. 7, 2020 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. via TEAMS. Chancellor Alexander, Interim Provost Burns, Human Resources Representatives & SOFAS will be in attendance to give updates and will take questions. If you are not comfortable asking your question(s) in the group, feel free to email your question(s) to Virginia Englebert at

Staff members, register today for professional development with ‘Nurse Jesse’

Register today for ‘It Makes Me Happy’ with Nurse Jesse, a two-hour workshop designed to allow attendees to reconnect with their authentic selves and a simple formula to find joy in everyday living. The workshop is a mix of storytelling, self-assessments and interactive “play” to get started on the “It Makes Me Happy!” journey.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explore 12 key areas for happiness and a simple process to discover joy in everyday living
  2. Cultivate self-awareness and appreciation
  3. Deepen relationships amongst participants

Learn more about Nurse Jesse.

Location:  Virtual, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Session 1: Nov. 12, 2020, 9 to 11 a.m.
Session 2: Nov. 18, 2020, 1 to 3 p.m.

All Academic and University Staff are encouraged to attend.  There is no fee. Register at this link.


Kristy Aoki receives regional recognition for work with international students

Congratulations to Kristy Aoki for being recognized with the Patti Jones Award for Outstanding Leadership in Region V of the Association of International Educators (NAFSA). Region V consists of the states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois. Aoki, now an academic advisor served previously for the University as assistant director for International Student and Scholar Services.

In recognizing her work, NAFSA said, “Kristy’s contributions to the region and the field are numerous. Kristy has served Region V in various roles including the chair stream and conference planner for 2019. Additionally, Kristy has also served at state and national levels within the Wisconsin Association of International Educators and as a NAFSA Regional Affairs Committee Chair. Kristy’s work and support is valued at local and national levels and we are excited to honor her with this award in 2020.”

The Patti Jones Award for Outstanding Leadership in Region V is named in honor of Patti Jones (Western Illinois University), who has provided many years of service to Region V and the Region V team. The award is presented in recognition of outstanding leadership, contributions, and dedication to Region V, the regional leadership team, and to the internationalization of American higher education

The Academic Staff Professional Development Allocations Committee has funds available

The Academic Staff Professional Development Allocations Committee has funds available to assist academic staff in attending professional development opportunities. Academic staff (instructional and non-instructional) at all four campus locations are welcome to apply for funds. Funding is available for up to 50% of the total cost, not to exceed $750 per fiscal year (July 1-June 30). Total funding provided is subject to availability and may be less than requested. Applications must be received at least three weeks before the event; no funds will be awarded retroactively. All funded activities must be reimbursed in the current fiscal year, 2020-2021. Please submit all materials electronically to Jeff Schulz, Application and guidelines are available, at the SOFAS webpage. Applications will be processed as they are received. If you have questions, please contact committee members: Tara DaPra (chair), Laura Delikowski, Bryan Hulbert, Lynn Rotter, or Jeff Schulz.

Reminder: next academic staff meeting is Oct. 21

Reminder: The next academic staff meeting is Oct. 21, 2020, via Microsoft Teams. Agendas and previous minutes can be found on the  SOFAs website.  If you have any questions to be addressed during the ASC meetings, please contact any members of the committee:

ASC Agenda 10 21 2020

Academic Staff meeting today (Sept. 9) at 1:30 p.m.

Join the Microsoft Teams Meeting for our next ASC meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.. The agenda and minutes of the most recent meeting can be found on the SOFAs website. If you have any questions to be addressed during our ASC meetings, please contact any member of the committee:

Sherri Arendt, Director of Learning Center (Chair)
Lynn Niemi, Director of Disability Services (Vice-Chair)
Pat Hicks, Senior Lecturer
Lynn Rotter, Manager of University Ticketing & Information Center
Anthony Sigismondi, Academic Librarian, Manitowoc location
Kate Farley, Instructional Technologist, CATL
Virginia Englebert, IS Business Analyst, CIT


Next Academic Staff Committee meeting is August 19 at 1:30 p.m.

The next Academic Staff Committee meeting is Wed. August 19, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. Please  Join the Microsoft Teams Meeting. Agendas and can be found on the SOFAs website.  If you have any questions to be addressed during our ASC meetings, please contact any of the members serving on the committee.

-Sherri Arendt, director of Learning Center (Chair)
-Lynn Niemi, director of Disability Services (Vice-Chair)
-Pat Hicks, senior lecturer
-Lynn Rotter, manager of University Ticketing & Information Center
-Anthony Sigismondi, academic librarian, Manitowoc
-Kate Farley, instructional technologist, CATL
Virginia Englebert, IS –business analyst, CIT


University Committee announces resolution in appreciation of staff

The following resolution below was presented to the University Committee by Professor Heidi Sherman and approved electronically. The committee is confident that the sentiments expressed are shared by all UWGB faculty members.

Resolution of Appreciation for the Academic Staff and University Staff of UW-Green Bay

WHEREAS, UW-Green Bay, along with all educational institutions across the country, transitioned to online delivery of most of its services with little notice beginning on March 13th;

WHEREAS, this transition required long hours, expertise, and commitment to helping students from every UW-Green employee: both staff and faculty;

WHEREAS, to better guarantee the financial survival of UW-Green Bay into an uncertain fall and repay $1.4 million to the UW-System (as was asked in varying amounts of all UW-System institutions), university employees were asked to make financial sacrifices in May and June, and are being asked to continue this sacrifice for the remainder of the year;

WHEREAS, according to a state statute, faculty cannot take continuous furlough days, while Academic Staff and University Staff can;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the UW-Green Bay faculty are enormously appreciative of the commitment to students, and large financial sacrifices made by UWGB Academic Staff and University Staff during the COVID Spring and the rest of the COVID Year;

AND, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that faculty pledge to do their part in this effort by ensuring our instruction is of the highest possible quality and by ensuring our institution is as strong as possible moving forward.

Academic Staff Committee meeting on Wednesday, May 6

Please join the Academic Staff Committee meeting on Wednesday, May 6 at 1:30 p.m. to hear updates on Leadership & Involvement Committee, HR Updates and Campus updates from Chancellor Michael Alexander. The full agenda will be on the SOFA website. Please Join Skype Meeting. If you have trouble joining, please Try Skype Web App Please let Lynn Niemi, ASC Chair know of any questions or concerns you may have that you wish the ASC to address.