TRIO tops 1,000 holiday cards for military vets!

Their goal was a daunting 900 cards.  With the help of many people across campus and throughout the community, staff in the TRIO Office at UW-Green Bay not only met the goal, but exceeded it by over 100 cards!  “Thank you to all who donated their time and/or resources from their holiday, paper-writing and exam preparations to assist in this endeavor.” Participants included UWGB students and staff, SASU, the Boy and Girl Scouts of De Pere, the Vets 4 Vets Club, and A’Viands. “Together with the TRIO Upward Bound high school students, we were able to make the holidays a little brighter for the residents of the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King and the Western Nebraska Veterans Home.  The cards were very creative, festive and thankful.  A shout out to you all – thank you very much!”

Every Friday is Phoenix Friday!

This Friday (Dec. 4) the Phoenix Bookstore prepares for the holidays with a 25% off storewide sale (except textbooks, gift cards, and commencement items). The sale runs Thursday through Saturday. This week’s Aviand’s 10% discount is at the Rosewood Café. Playing at Cheapseats is the new horror movie, “The Visit.” Check out Matt Hires at 8 p.m. Friday at Common Grounds — the Nashville-based singer/songwriter has been on tour with Parachute, Matchbox 20 and The Goo-Goo Dolls. The Green Bay men’s basketball team returns to the Resch Center vs. Toledo (see next item). Go Green Bay!

Every Friday is Phoenix Friday

Get your green on — it’s basketball season! This Friday (Nov. 6) you can get 20% off Adidas apparel at the Phoenix Bookstore. Your Aviand’s Phoenix Friday discount continues with 10% off at Rosewood Café for wearing your favorite Phoenix apparel. Playing at Cheapseats this week is the exciting new thriller “The Gift.” Show times are at 6:30 and 9:05 p.m. The Common Grounds Coffeehouse welcomes Chicago singer-songwriter Xoe Wise Friday at 8 p.m. “Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk” is at the Weidner Center at 7:30 p.m. Women’s volleyball takes on Valparaiso for Parents Night at 7 p.m. at the Kress and follows with a 4 p.m. match Saturday with UIC. Go Phoenix!

A thank-you to A’viands

About 100 university staff and faculty enjoyed a free picnic lunch sponsored primarily by A’viands (our on-campus food service provider) held at Shorewood last Thursday (Oct. 29). “Thank you, A’viands!” Highlights included Phoenix-shaped cookies, tasty hamburgers and a special appearance of the Fiat 500 Pop vehicle being given away to one lucky donor through the Brown County United Way campaign.

United Way campaign launches with free, picnic-style lunch Thursday

UW-Green Bay Brown County United Way campaign opens with a new wrinkle this year, a complimentary kickoff lunch, served picnic-style, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Thursday (Oct. 29) at the Shorewood Clubhouse. Sponsors are corporate partners A’viands, Pepsi and the Shorewood Golf Course. Campaign director Rick Warpinski emphasizes the event “is a FREE, no-obligation, no-hard-sell lunch” meant to drum up awareness of the United Way’s good work locally. “Please join your fellow colleagues at this new event in support of our collective efforts to strengthen our local community through Brown County United Way programs, services, and agency-funding support,” he writes. “We will have materials about Brown County United Way programs and services and the fundraising campaign if you are interested.” RSVPs are requested.

— Here’s information about United Way and its role in the community
— Make a pledge and you enter the drawing for a FIAT 500 Pop, which will be onsite for your viewing pleasure
— Green Bay Athletics is also helping to encourage participation in the campaign: A $25 pledge gets you a Women’s Basketball BOGO ticket offer. Pledge $50 and receive two 2015-2016 Women’s Basketball tickets for free. To check out the schedule of games.

A’viands promotes ‘Fast Points’ for faculty, staff

A’viands is trying to get more faculty and staff members in the habit of using their campus ID cards at campus dining locations. Forget the cash for everyday transactions – For every $100 you deposit using Faculty/Staff Fast Points they’ll add $10 in bonus Fast Points. Visit the web page or your nearest retail outlet (especially the Ticketing and Information desk in the Union) if you have questions.

Phoenix Friday means cold-weather deals

With temperatures taking a turn, it is a perfect time for a Phoenix Friday special at The Phoenix Bookstore which includes 20% off hats, mittens, scarves and gloves! Aviand’s has changes to its Phoenix Friday specials beginning Oct. 9. Those wearing Phoenix apparel will still receive a 10% discount, but locations are rotating. October 9 at Rosewood Café, October 16 at the Garden Café, October 23 at the MACH Cart, and October 30 at the Marketplace. Playing at CheapSeats this Friday is the new Marvel film, “Ant Man.” Show times are at 6:30 and 9:05 at the Christie Theatre. Nelly’s Echo comes to Commongrounds Coffeehouse on Friday at 8 p.m. The singer-songwriter from Nigeria, Africa blends soul, reggae and blues. On Friday the Green Bay volleyball team hosts Northern Kentucky at 7 p.m. at the Kress. On Saturday, women’s soccer hosts Cleveland State at 1 p.m. and men’s soccer hosts Belmont at 7 p.m. Both matches will be played at Santaga Stadium. Go Green Bay!

Menu for July 6-10 (and reminder on Garden Café closing)

The University Union along with UW-Green Bay Dining Services and A’viands remind members of the campus community that the Garden Café will be closed next week for some remodeling work. Meanwhile, the menu for the week:

Monday, July 6
Stir Fry — Options including Chicken, tofu, onions, peppers, carrots, broccoli, & squash zucchini; Sauces: teriyaki, sweet & sour, or curry (at the coffeehouse in the Union)

Tuesday, July 7
Walking Tacos — with topping bar (at the coffeehouse in the Union)

Wednesday, July 8
Grill Out — BBQ ribs & corn on the cob or Caesar salad with grilled chicken, both served with watermelon (on the plaza outside the Union, above Student Services, and in conjunction with “Get the Scoop” ice cream sale)

Thursday, July 9
Baked Potato Bar — with toppings (at the coffeehouse)

Every Day (including Friday, July 10)
Soup, sub sandwiches on fresh baked sub bread, & grab and go’s (parfaits, salads, fruit cups, cottage cheese), bottled beverages, bakery items, bagels, etc. (at the coffeehouse)

Semester’s end means charitable donations to local pantries

Dan Jacques from A’viands Food Service shares word that UW-Green Bay made the most out of the dining plan’s bulk sales drive in May. Through the staff assistance of A’viands and the University Union, students and their parents elected to donate $2,762 worth of food that is being made available to the hungry of Brown County. Five different charities — Campus Kitchen, Campus Pantry, Manna for Life, Paul’s Pantry and Freedom House — are benefiting from the year-end food plan contributions. Jacques and Tammy Swanson from A’viands say they “would like to personally thank everyone involved in collection, organizing and next week’s delivery…  This would not have been possible without Sarah Johanski, lead retail supervisor, who handled the ordering, organizing and sorting of all the items collected.”