Notice: Nicolet Drive entrance to Shorewood Golf Course will be permanently closed

The road leading directly from Nicolet Drive to Shorewood Golf Course which is closed each winter will not re-open this spring for safety reasons. Shorewood Golf Course can be accessed from the Main Entrance and additional signage will be installed for campus visitors. The University will continue to look into options to use this pathway to provide campus connection for pedestrians and bicycles to the bay shore, but it will no longer accommodate vehicle traffic.  This spring, please access Shorewood Golf Course from the Main Entrance to North Circle Drive.

Miss the Annual Business Meeting? We have it recorded

University leadership presented an update on the state of the University at the UW-Green Bay Annual Business Meeting on January 26, 2018. UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller, Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Sheryl Van Gruensven, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Greg Davis, and Vice Chancellor for University Advancement Tony Werner led the presentation. Guest speaker Peter Zaehringer, vice president of economic development for Greater Green Bay, spoke on the importance of higher education to the local economy and highlighted related initiatives. Watch a recording of the meeting, here.

Final reminder: University Business Meeting on Friday, Jan. 26

On January 26, 2018, Chancellor Gary L. Miller will host UW-Green Bay’s Annual Business Meeting. The Chancellor, along with Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Greg Davis and Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Sheryl Van Gruensven will provide an update on the state of the University. Two sessions will be held so that all who are interested may attend: Friday, January 26, 2018 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. University Theatre, Theatre Hall. The agenda: an update on UW-Green Bay’s current budget, update on the STEM Innovation Center project, mechanical engineering proposal and Project Coastal, including efforts to re-imagine higher education in Northeast Wisconsin.

If you cannot attend, the 3 p.m. session will be videotaped and shared in coming days. Watch for a link in this space or on the Office of the Chancellor’s blog.

Last chance to register: Becoming a Student-Ready U

This year, the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning’s Instructional Development Institute coincides with UW-Green Bay’s “Becoming a Student-Ready University” initiative, January 18, 2018, sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Business and Finance. The morning will kick off with a special keynote by Christine Harrington, who will speak to the entire campus community about how small actions can have a big impact on student achievement. She will ask us to consider how student experiences in and out of the classroom make a huge difference in terms of persistence and goal completion, and she will follow-up by encouraging us to discuss the small actions that staff, faculty, and administrators can take to help students succeed. UWGB faculty and staff are able to attend Harrington’s breakfast keynote and lunch workshop as well as a series of development workshops throughout the day. There is no cost to attend and meals will be provided with your registration. Space is limited, so register today.

UW-Green Bay Police aided in Lambeau arrest

In case you missed it, an incident at Lambeau Field recently called attention to the preparation and collaboration by neighboring police and firefighters in responding and reacting to potentially dangerous situations. UW-Green Bay Police were among those responding to the potential “active shooter” dispatch and used automated license plate reader camera in all the parking lots surrounding the stadium to assist in the investigation. From Green Bay, 27 officers responded. So did dozens of others, from Ashwaubenon Public Safety, the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office and UW-Green Bay.

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Paquet moves to Assistant VP for Policy and Compliance

A restructure was approved Tuesday (Dec. 19, 2017) placing Christopher Paquet in the expanded role of Assistant Vice Chancellor for Policy and Compliance reporting to UW-Green Bay’s Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance, Sheryl Van Gruensven. With the departure of Christine Olson (who has taken a position with ThedaCare, in Appleton, as a senior Human Resources consultant), Paquet will provide oversight for UW-Green Bay Human Resources. Van Gruensven extends sincere appreciation to Olson for her years of service at UW-Green Bay in her many roles, including human resources director, human resources manager and payroll and benefit specialist. Paquet continues to be responsible for the oversight and review of campus policies and procedures, external and internal compliance and internal matters that may lead to liability. This position will provide oversight and direction for the campus Human Resources function including the areas of recruitment and selection, titling and compensation planning, organizational and staff development, payroll and benefits administration, operational procedures, handbooks, policies and labor relations, and campus equity and affirmative action initiatives. This position also serves as the Title IX Coordinator on behalf of UW-Green Bay and is responsible for ensuring compliance with all requirements under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 related to the institution’s designation as a recipient of federal funding.

Reminder: Driver Authorization

Any person needing to drive on University business, regardless of whether you will be using a fleet vehicle, personal vehicle or rental vehicle will need to have an updated driver authorization to receive travel reimbursement or to obtain a rental vehicle through the State of Wisconsin Contract. Even if you had been authorized prior to Nov. 1, 2017, you must submit a new application through the DOA process. The page contains a link to both the application instructions and the Portal to complete the application.

The delays in approving the applications have been resolved, so as of today’s date, anyone who has not obtained their authorization through the new DOA Process will have travel reimbursement rejected and not be permitted to obtain a rental car through the State Contract. Those who have submitted applications should have received an approval notification email. Please note some were delivered to junk mail, so please check your junk mail folder to determine if your application has been accepted. Starting Dec. 6, 2017, applications will be reviewed weekly at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, so please plan your application accordingly.

Supervisors or others wishing to confirm whether an individual has approved authorization should refer to the Portal Guide and follow the instructions on running a report.

Reminder: Driver authorization required as of Nov. 30

A reminder: As of Nov. 30, 2017, any individual driving on University business must be authorized through the Wisconsin Department of Administration Vehicle User Authorization System. It only takes a few minutes. Please note that no employee is required to obtain authorization; it is a decision that is left to the individual employee. If the employee and his or her supervisor believe that the employee will need to operate any vehicle on University business, it is necessary to first obtain authorization to ensure that the driver is protected by the State of Wisconsin Self-Insured Liability Program. In addition to not having additional coverage from the State an unauthorized driver also:
1.       Cannot transport any other individual on state business,
2.       Cannot be reimbursed for mileage for any trips taken on state business,
3.       Cannot access a car through the State Car Rental Contract,
4.       Cannot operate any state-owned vehicle.

Driving on University business? New authorization required

The UW System has launched a new driver authorization process, “the Enterprise Fleet Management System.” Moving forward Vehicle Use Agreements must now be submitted electronically. Starting immediately all employees and students who drive on university business must complete a new electronic Vehicle Use Authorization even if they have a current paper VUA on file. More information is available here under the Driver Authorization heading.

Current authorizations will only remain effective through November 30, 2017.  After that date individuals who have not received authorization by the DOA;

  1. Will not have the additional liability protection provided by the State;
  2. Cannot transport any other individual on state business;
  3. Cannot be reimbursed for mileage for any trips taken on state business;
  4. Cannot access a car through the State Car Rental Contract;
  5. Cannot operate any state owned vehicle.

If you need to drive on University business after November 30, 2017, please obtain an updated authorization.

Updated, upgraded events calendar at

UW-Green Bay staff members have been working on a bolder look and more effective Events Calendar. Access it at Featured events are highlighted with pictures and detailed descriptions. Users can sort the calendar by days, weeks, or months. It provides convenience for quickly accessing information on:

-Student Events
-Student Organization Meetings
-Art, Music & Theatre Events
-Green Bay Athletics
-Recreation, Fitness & Intramurals
-Public Events
-Open Meetings
-Plus links to other helpful webpages

For a personal one-on-one session about the calendar and how to use it to post about your upcoming event, or activities within your department, please contact Rachel Wussow,