Governor Evers proposes $96 million for UW-Green Bay to demolish the Cofrin Library and build a replacement multi-use academic, technology center.
UWGB Libraries would like to formally invite you to a new monthly program, Inclusive Reads & Conversations with UWGB Libraries. The goal of this program is to help the University ask difficult questions, encourage tough conversations, help amplify voices, and magnify talents at our University.
Each month during the academic year, the program will feature a guest speaker, a brief reading, and a discussion focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. This event is open to all faculty and staff. If you have questions about the program, please email Sarah Bakken at firstname.lastname@example.org. Register for the Feb. 24 (12:15 to 1 p.m.) discussion with Vice Chancellor Cory King at this link.
This month, we will be reading the article, “Martin to Brown: How time and platform impact coverage of the Black Lives Movement.“ Please see your e-mail or contact Bakken for more information.
Next week award-winning actor and Green Bay native Tony Shalhoub will receive a family history lesson, from Henry Louis Gates Jr. on the nationally broadcast program, “Finding Your Roots.” The feature airs at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 on PBS. Celebrities on this popular genealogy show learn for the first time about powerful and personal stories of their ancestors.
This time there is a UW-Green Bay tie.
Deb Anderson, UW-Green Bay archivist, was contacted in 2019 to help with a research question and provide copies of original documents on the Shalhoub and Seroogy families. At first this seemed like a run-of-the-mill request for the Archives team. Anderson, a fan of the program, quickly connected that the researcher was actually a member of the production team for the PBS show.
For an archives department, Anderson explained, “this is the holy grail for those who help families with their family history! Helping with research discoveries for ‘Finding Your Roots’ is akin to feelings you might have when meeting a favorite celebrity…or a Green Bay Packers player!”
Anderson explained it was definitely hard to keep the research a secret as required by the show.
Tony Shalhoub’s family tree includes a branch connecting with another well-known Northest Wisconsin family, the Seroogys, of international candy-making fame. Shalhoub’s mother was Helen Seroogy.
The UW-Green Bay Archives provided documents about the family’s immigrant ancestor, Rokus Seroogy, including his 1894 citizenship papers in which he gave up allegiance to the Sultan of Turkey. Other original materials drawn from the holdings of UW-Green Bay’s Archives Department included land records, maps of the family home, probate records, and court case files.
In a recent newspaper interview for the upcoming episode, Shalhoub was surprised by how much he didn’t know about his ancestors. “It is incredibly humbling,” he said in the interview. “It really brings into sharp focus this sort of idea of the randomness of how I and my siblings ended up in the lives that we are in. Certain things have to occur and some tragic things have to occur for me to get to where I am.”
Despite rumors over the years, Shalhoub is not a UW-Green Bay alumnus. The closest the University can come to claiming a tie to the multi-Emmy Award winning actor was that he starred in the
University’s 1973 production of “Captain Jack’s Revenge” when he was a high school senior. More about that production and the late Jack Frisch’s recollection of him, can be found in a this previous post. Said Frisch of the teenager who stepped up to join a college and community cast, “I don’t recall whether I tried to convince him to stay around. I might have. And I should have. But I sure knew I felt it.”
This isn’t the first time the UW-Green Bay Archives team has helped with national television. Previously, research and materials from the Archives Department were seen on the Ken Burns documentary, “The Vietnam War” and C-Span’s Cities Tour program series.
A message from Paula Ganyard, assistant vice chancellor for Information Technology and Libraries, about upcoming programming:
“The UW-Green Bay Libraries welcomes all and strives to do so without criticism or judgment. We support the UW-Green Bay Civility and Inclusivity Statement through the resources, services, and spaces we provide. We are working towards diminishing and eradicating systemic barriers at our Libraries and Archives. We are taking an active lead in helping the University ask difficult questions, encourage tough conversations, help amplify voices, and magnify talents.
I am pleased to announce that the UWGB Libraries will be launching a new monthly program
called, Inclusive Reads and Conversations with UWGB Libraries. Each month a guest speaker will choose a brief reading based on a topic related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The university committee is invited to participate in the selected reading, and then join us in a virtual discussion on Microsoft Teams \the last Wednesday of the month from 12:15 to 1pm. The discussion will be led by that month’s guest speaker, and moderated by member of the UWGB Libraries Inclusivity Committee. And even if you didn’t have the opportunity to read the month’s selection, you are invited to join for the discussion. We are very excited to have Corey King, vice hancellor for Inclusivity and Student Affairs, leading our first discussion in February to celebrate Black History Month. (Details on this event will be sent out soon.)
We are looking for other guest speakers to select readings and host discussions for the 2021 spring and fall semester. Our committee has a list of topics to pick from if you need some inspiration, or you had a different topic we would welcome other ideas. Please see the attached document for guidelines on selecting a reading and topic and leading a discussion if you are interested in this opportunity.
If you have any questions about the Common Read Inclusive Reads and Conversations with UWGB Libraries program, reach out to the Library Inclusivity Committee Chair Sarah Bakken at email@example.com or one of the committee members (Hannah Hacker at firstname.lastname@example.org; Cindy Olson at email@example.com). If you are interested in signing up to lead a discussion, please fill out this online form. A member from our committee will contact you. Thank you for considering this opportunity, and for supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion at UWGB.
Even, if you are not interested in leading at this time, we hope you join us for the program in the coming months. Keep an eye on your email for more information about the events. We are excited about this program and hope to hear from many of you soon.”
In the the past few days, UW-Green Bay learned of the passing of John Kuhlmann, longtime librarian for the Marinette Campus, and Sarah Schuetze, assistant professor of English and Humanities on the Green Bay campus. In a message to the campus community Sunday, Chancellor Mike Alexander noted, “This is a great loss to our university community and to their respective fields. Our students have lost respected mentors and we have lost not just colleagues, but friends.”
A visitation for John Kuhlmann, will be Thursday, Jan. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Cadieu Funeral Home, 549 10th Ave, Menominee. Campus friends and family are invited to attend. Masks are required. Please see the full obituary.
Plans honoring Sarah Schuetze have not yet been announced.
Members of the faculty and staff needing support are encouraged to reach out in the following ways:
- The Employee Assistance Program is a free, confidential service which can provide grief support to you during this time. You have access to confidential, completely private, 24-hour, 7-days-a-week counseling and online services through Kepro EAP. You may contact Kepro by calling 833-539-7285 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) or visiting Kepro’s website. (Username: SOWI). You will need to create an account to access the EAP resources online.
- Please also feel free to contact Human Resources at 920-65-2390 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like additional information or have any questions about the Employee Assistance Program.
The Search and Screen Committee has been selected, and the search is on for UW-Green Bay’s new Chief Information Officer (CIO). The firm Witt Kieffer will assist.
The CIO will provide leadership, vision and strategy across the University to support the information technology needs of the students, faculty, and staff and to advance the institutional mission in our multi- campus setting. As the landscape in higher education is ever-changing, it will be important for the CIO to commit to building an information technology program that adequately supports both the academic and administrative areas of the university now and into the future addressing all aspects of information technology including enterprise solutions, administrative functions, academic support, cybersecurity, IT policies and strategic plans. The CIO will play an increasing role to in our evaluation of educational technologies and distance learning applications, and will be responsible for understanding the full scope of technology needs of students, faculty, and staff and providing a continuous commitment to excellence in customer service and support.
In a message to faculty and staff on Dec. 11, Vice Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven acknowledged the unique structure that campus operated in with Paula Ganyard in the role of both Chief Information Officer, overseeing both Computing and Information Technology, and Library Services: “I would like to thank Paula for stepping up to fill the role of CIO, for what was an undetermined amount of time, while also leading the UW-Green Bay Libraries,” she said. “During her time as CIO, Paula led IT through the UW Colleges restructuring process, COVID-19 crisis that required IT to quickly support a remote workforce, helped to establish a strong information security program, created a service-oriented approach to IT services through reorganization, the establishment of an IT Service Portfolio, and much more.” Ganyard will return to her role as Director of Libraries when the new CIO is appointed.
The Search and Screen Committee will be led by Vice Chancellor Corey King. Watch the Log for updates.
Environmental Science and Policy graduate Jacob Woulf shares his photo of Peregrine Falcon Rupert, the nesting male who calls @uwgb home. “It’s now that time of year where we clean out the nest box in preparation for another nesting season. He had to make sure I was doing an adequate job maintaining his nest box,” Woulf said. See Rupert on Instagram.
NWTC Marinette and UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus have entered into a shared services agreement as Marinette Area Higher Education Coalition partners to provide on-site and off-site library services to students at both colleges.
“We wanted to deepen our partnership with the UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus,” NWTC Marinette Campus Dean Jennifer Flatt said. “We are incredibly fortunate to have library staff with experience in higher education right down the street—and now right on our campus too.”
Students will now see these two friendly faces at both UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus and NWTC Marinette! John Kuhlmann and Cheryl Charon now serve students in the libraries at both campuses. Like student activities and degree pathways, this is another way the two campuses are working together as the Marinette Area Higher Education Coalition. Students will have the opportunity to gain from the expertise of terrific library staff at both of our locations. The Eagle Herald Extra has more.
Green Bay, Wis.—Recognized as a need at UW-Green Bay for decades, childcare and caregiving burdens on students, faculty, and staff are even heavier during COVID-19. A recent grant, of $81,046.00 per year for four years, awarded to UW-Green Bay by the Department of Education will provide stipend support to Pell-eligible student parents to help ease their financial burden for childcare and access to programming, advising, and mentorship to improve their educational outcomes. The same funding will also provide seed money to initiate research and a planning process for a potential childcare facility on the Green Bay Campus or in partnership with a local provider.
Nearly 25 percent of all undergraduate college students are raising children. Recent data shows that about half of all college students earn a degree or certificate within six years of enrolling, while only a third of student parents complete school (https://iwpr.org/iwpr-issues/student-parent-success-initiative/building-family-friendly-campuses-college-success-student-parents/).
Associate Prof. Alison Staudinger (Democracy and Justice Studies), a project lead, says the grant will provide some immediate help for a growing demographic in higher education—the working parent.
“The grant application specifies criteria for the application process for students which will provide $1,000 a semester for full-time students and funding on a prorated basis for part-time students,” she said. “It will also offer additional funds for students who participate in high-impact practices (HIPs) such as internships, undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity, or community-based learning. A recent study by professors Katia Levintova and Kim Reilly indicated that childcare and work commitments often limit the ability of UW-Green Bay student-parents to participate in HIPs.
Additionally, the funding will allow the campus to explore the sustainability of providing a daycare to students, faculty and staff—either on campus, or in partnership with local providers.
“Students with children bring assets to our campus community and yet they are a bit of an invisible population,” Staudinger said. “If we are truly an access-driven institution, we need to provide the support that makes it possible for them to thrive at UWGB. This means financial, academic, and social resources for the student-parents themselves, but also raising visibility on campus so that faculty and staff recognize the unique needs of this population and their contributions to campus life.”
Childcare has been a hot-button topic at UW-Green Bay for years, and has a rich history on the Green Bay Campus. See the full timeline. Here’s an abbreviated one:
1972: UWGB Children’s Center opened and began offering classes for children ages 2-5 in a vacated nursing home building owned by Brown County located along Highway 54-57. Within months it moved to a remodeled ranch cottage owned by UWGB on Nicolet Drive.
1981:Three full-time staff and twenty-five work study students cared for 164 children.
1985:Plans for a new facility began as building was in disrepair
1989:The UWGB Children’s Center program became the first in Green Bay to receive accreditation from the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.
1990:New UW-Green Bay child care center building center request approved by UW Board of Regents at funding level of $790,000.
1991:Plan was rejected by Wisconsin State Building Commission because it was viewed as a lower priority than other UW System and state agency projects. UWGB did receive $50,000 in funds to evaluate alternatives for a child care facility at UW-Green Bay. A feasibility study was requested to consider a public/private venture model for the UWGB Children’s Center.
1992-1995: Funding issues prevented continuation of facility.
Spring of 1995: Children’s Center formally closed.
2014: UWGB students voted to increase Seg Fees in support of bringing childcare back to campus.
Staudinger says the plan has full support of the current administration and cabinet. The Advisory Board will convene in Fall 2020; interested campus and community members are invited to contact Alison Staudinger if they wish to get involved. An expanded set of web-resources and the application for the grant itself will be launched in early 2021, as will student success programming for parents. Please watch for an announcement of a kick-off event in where the campus community can learn about the program and how to apply.
In the featured photo above: the UWGB Childcare Alliance supported a Spring into Gardening event.