UW-Green Bay to host first-ever GenCyber student camp in Wisconsin

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Photo caption: UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Ankur Chattopadhyay chats with Wisconsin Senator Rob Cowles recently, about the GenCyber Camp.

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host the first-ever GenCyber student camp in the state of Wisconsin — July 31 to August 4, 2017. The camp will immerse a diverse group of up to 100 students in an intensive, one-week cybersecurity educational camp experience.

The no-cost camp targets Northeast Wisconsin students in grades 7-9 traditionally underrepresented in computer science fields of study and careers. The mission of the program is to attract, educate and inspire a new generation of college bound students to the critical field of cybersecurity.

Guided by Cyber First Principles, the GenCyber camp will provide opportunities for participants to increase their knowledge of cybersecurity concepts, ethics and principles, increase student interest in pursuing a career in cybersecurity and educate students about correct and safe on-line behavior.

The UW-Green Bay Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement was awarded a grant from the GenCyber program. The National Security Agency is providing the funds for the camp. Leading the effort will be the Division of Continuing Education’s Executive Director Joy Ruzek and Director of Camps and Conferences Jason Mathwig, along with Assistant Prof. Ankur Chattopadhyay (Information and Computing Science) and Joel Williquette, CIO of Capital Credit Union.

The camp is designed and will be instructed by the UW-Green Bay Information and Computing Science program in collaboration with cybersecurity industry experts, the National Security Agency and the Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement.

Registration is now open at www.uwgb.edu/camps/technology/gencyber. Contact Jason Mathwig with additional questions at mathwigj@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2267.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 7,030 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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New Acceptable Use Policies for Information Technology Resources

The University of Wisconsin System has adopted two policies that will govern the Acceptable Use for Information Technology Resources at UW-Green Bay. All students, employees and guests are bound by these policies. Learn more about the Policy on Use of University Information Technology Resources or the UW System Administrative Policy 1034: Information Security: Acceptable Use. These policies supersede and replace all previous campus acceptable use policies for faculty, staff, students or guests.

Faculty staff note: Chattopadhyay and Gallagher-Lepak support TEALS program

Assistant Prof. Ankur Chattopadhyay (Information & Computing Sciences) and Susan Gallagher-Lepak (Dean of the College of Health, Education and Social Welfare), met with Microsoft’s Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) program founder Kevin Wang and Midwest region manager Greg Teschner, as well as Kathleen Gallagher, executive director of the Milwaukee Institute. The mission of the TEALS program is “computer science in every high school.” During their visit to the Green Bay and Appleton areas to meet with administrators, teachers and students, Wang and Teschner encouraged high schools to apply to the TEALS program, now serving 25 states outside of Wisconsin, and supported by Microsoft Philanthropies. The program partners with high schools to build teacher capacity and student interest in computer science (CS). Chattopadhyay and Gallagher-Lepak support the TEALS program and shared with Microsoft the goal of preparing students for the jobs of today and tomorrow. For more information on the TEALS program, go to tealsk12.org.

Important note for Remote Desktop users

The Firefox web browser will no longer work for accessing Remote Desktop due to a security change. PC users will need to use Internet Explorer and Mac users will need to use Safari. Staff in Computing & Information Technology have been working with UWGB’s Remote Desktop vendor and hope to have a solution in place in the coming weeks that will support all web browsers.  Please contact the Help Desk, 465-2309, helpdesk@uwgb.edu, if you have any questions.

UW-Green Bay is the first in Wisconsin to host a ‘Google IgniteCS’ program

Funds will be used to teach computing to underrepresented youth

UW-Green Bay (UWGB) Assistant Prof. Ankur Chattopadhyay, Information and Computing Sciences (ICS), and his team of highly motivated students, in partnership with Phuture Phoenix, received the IgniteCS award by Google. Through this award, this team is partnering with Google to start a community outreach program mentoring underrepresented youth of Northeast Wisconsin in computing sciences.

The IgniteCS UWGB student mentors will design and develop outreach curriculum in computing sciences specifically for K-12 teachers, to teach their students the art of computing and computational thinking.

“This is a novel and innovative venture, where students will be driving an outreach and innovative program to strengthen the Phuture Phoenix program,” said Chattopadhyay. “It is a unique professional development platform for students wishing to gain experience in computing educational research, teamwork building, outreach curriculum design and development and wishing to serve as community mentors and role models. This is the first of its kind partnership of UWGB with Google and Google is offering career development opportunities as well other supporting resources to the participating students.”

This initiative aligns well with the mission of Phuture Phoenix, which is helping students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds to believe post-secondary education is important, attainable and available, and providing resources to students to accomplish this.

UW-Green Bay is the first University in Wisconsin to host the Google IgniteCS program, the “maiden Google IgniteCS center in Wisconsin,” said Chattopadhyay. “This is a unique and creative student-driven outreach program, where UWGB students will be involved directly in leading the efforts to connect with the local community, teach CS to the K-12 students and, in a way, help recruit for UWGB. The program’s mission will add more value to the inclusiveness and diversity objectives of the campus.”

The curriculum is currently being developed, and outreach will begin in March 2017. Mary Sue Lavin and Robert Fish, Phuture Phoenix Director and Associate Director respectively, will assist the IgniteCS team in reaching out to underrepresented K-12 students in Phuture Phoenix partner schools.

Story by Marketing and University Communication intern Amy Bauer

Upcoming computer workshop

With a peaking interest in cloud technologies, the UW-Green Bay’s Computing and Information Technology (CIT) department has constructed a one-hour workshop on OneDrive for business and Sharepoint. The workshop is free and open to all UWGB students, faculty and staff, and will be conveniently held multiple times throughout October. To view the schedule and enroll in a workshop, go to http://www.uwgb.edu/cit/training/workshops/.

Reminder: Lynda.com training next week

Next week is your chance for a video training demo: Lynda.com — from 11:30 a.m. to Noon in the 1965 Room of the University Union. Lynda is FREE for UWGB! Learn more about features like bookmarks, playlists, exercise files, and more. Have a look at the most recently viewed courses at UWGB! New skills are calling; add this event to your calendar! Email Pat Theyerl with any questions. theyerlp@uwgb.edu.

Video Training Demo: LYNDA.COM

Lynda is FREE for UWGB! Bring your lunch and attend a 30-minute demo on Lynda.com from 11:30 to Noon, March 23 in the 1965 Room, University Union. Find out what Lynda has to offer including software training, first looks at up-and-coming technologies, documentaries, and full courses on critical business skills and techniques for creative pros. Learn more about features like bookmarks, playlists, exercise files, certificates of completion and FAQs. Find out how to access Lynda on the go using mobile apps and offline viewing capabilities. Have a look at the most recently viewed courses at UWGB. New skills are calling; add this event to your calendar! Email an enthusiastic Pat Theyerl with any questions. theyerlp@uwgb.edu