UW-Green Bay extends alternative class delivery through spring semester

Green Bay, Wis.—As a part of ongoing University efforts to keep students, faculty and staff healthy and safe, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay today announced that it is extending alternative class delivery through the spring semester.

Students who are able to return to their primary residence following spring break are strongly urged to do so. University housing will remain open to anyone who needs residence. Communication will be sent shortly to housing residents concerning the move-out process. Plans regarding refunds are in progress and will be communicated when processing procedures are established. Information will be shared as soon as reasonably possible. Patience is requested as the University works through this process.

“We must do our part to contain the spread of the coronavirus, including community spread. We do not want to look back in months or years and see that we could have done more to protect our people and our communities. This is essential and in the best interest of the UW-Green Bay family,” said Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven.

“Students are encouraged to continue their academic path and stay on course this semester. We can’t stress this enough,” said Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Michael Alexander. “During trying times, people take comfort in routine and in learning. Even though education will look different, it is continuing, and that’s a good thing.”

The decisions to continue education in alternative modes will not affect students’ ability to graduate or progress in their academic careers. Students will get credit for completing coursework. Decisions regarding the May 2020 commencement ceremonies will not be finalized until the full impact of COVID-19 is known. Alexander noted that degrees can be conferred if all academic requirements are met regardless of holding an on-campus ceremony.

“UW-Green Bay is an institution that rises to the occasion and the challenges and opportunities in front of us. I have no doubt that our faculty and staff will do just that in the weeks and months ahead,” shared Alexander.

Additionally, all University events are canceled through the end of the semester.

The University is continuing to offer, develop and share resources to support student and faculty success. For more information on resources and the University’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, visit https://www.uwgb.edu/coronavirus/. Frequently asked questions are available here.

If you have immediate questions regarding COVID-19, please utilize the question feature at https://www.uwgb.edu/coronavirus/.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8.700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.


Business Week Keynote and Networking Dinner, April 16, is canceled

Out of concern for the well-being of our students, community partners, and UW-Green Bay employees, the 2020 Business Week Keynote Address and Networking Dinner scheduled for April 16, 2020 at the Weidner Center has been canceled. Organizers in the Cofrin School of Business and UW-Green Bay Office of Career Services thank you for your understanding and look forward to seeing you at the Spring 2021 event!


UW-Green Bay alumnus Joel Hansen joins Greater Green Bay Chamber’s Economic Development Board of Directors

The Greater Green Bay Chamber welcomes Joel Hansen ’01 (Accounting and Business Administration), MBA, CPA and chief financial officer of Pomp’s Tire Service, to its economic development board of directors.  Hansen oversees all support service functions for Pomp’s Tire Service in both Green Bay and Kansas City, including accounting, human resources and information technology. He also serves as the corporate treasurer and secretary on the Pomp’s board of directors. Hansen is a Green Bay native who attended Green Bay Southwest High School and UW-Green Bay. He later pursued his master’s degree in business administration from UW Oshkosh. His community involvement is broad and includes serving as a past member of the City of Green Bay’s Economic Development Authority; various roles with Leadership Green Bay, former Small Business Council and the Business Recognition Luncheon with the Greater Green Bay Chamber; with his local alma mater’s alumni association and Cofrin School of Business alumni advisory committee; and many other community contributions.


UW-Green Bay partners with Entrepreneurial Training Program – Door County Pulse

Whether your business is growing or new, a business plan is critical to building a profitable venture and attracting financing from lenders or investors. The Entrepreneurial Training Program, conducted by the Small Business Development Center and hosted by the Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation, offers eight efficient sessions to help you develop a plan for a thriving, profitable business. Learn to identify customers, determine their needs and synthesize that information into a realistic plan for starting or growing your business. The cost is $250 if you complete an accepted business plan. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation provides the remaining $750 in tuition assistance. Call 920.366.9065 to obtain an application. You must register through both UW-Green Bay and the University of Wisconsin System to be fully registered for this course. To find out more and get links for registration, email sbdc@uwgb.edu or info@kcedc.org. Source: Enroll in the Entrepreneurial Training Program – Door County Pulse

Nominate a Student Commencement Speaker by March 20

UW-Green Bay is seeking nominations for student speakers for the May 2020 commencement ceremonies. One student will be selected for each of the two ceremonies, representing one of the colleges participating in that particular ceremony:

  • Morning Ceremony (9:30 a.m.)
    • Austin E. Cofrin School of Business
    • College of Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Afternoon Ceremony (2 p.m.)
    • College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
    • College of Health, Education & Social Welfare

Please nominate one or more students for this honor. Nominees must be graduating in May or August. Please send your nominations to Claudia Guzmán, via e-mail (guzmanc@uwgb.edu) by Friday, March 20, 2020 and include the following information:

  1. Student’s Name
  2. Student’s College
  3. Student’s Major(s)/Minor(s)
  4. Cumulative GPA
  5. Postgraduate Plans
  6. Brief Description of Student’s Accomplishments
  7. Other Reasons Why This Student Should be Recognized
  8. The Names of All Faculty Who Support This Nomination

This is the minimum amount of information required to nominate a student.  Please feel free to provide as much additional information as you would like to support your nomination(s).

Thank you for your assistance with identifying potential students for this most special designation and honor. Your efforts are appreciated.

Student Business Idea Contest at UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus, April 21

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Marinette Campus will hold its second Student Business Idea Contest on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Marinette Campus cafeteria. UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus students will pitch their business ideas in 90 seconds and take questions from the panel of judges. Finalists who pitch will receive at least $50, with a first-place prize of $500, second-place prize of $250 and a third-place prize of $100. Cash prizes are sponsored by the UW-Green Bay Cofrin School of Business.

The competition is open to all UW-Green Bay, Marinette students from all majors. To enter the competition, please email Ryan Kauth at kauthr@uwgb.edu by 12 p.m. by Monday, April 13. Students will be instructed how to create a PowerPoint slide and a public YouTube link of a draft of their 90-second idea pitch for a new product or new business, which can include nonprofits. The video link and PowerPoint slide must be submitted to kauthr@uwgb.edu by 12 p.m. on Friday, April 17 for students to be eligible for prizes.

The evening’s events will begin with a Business Idea Pitch Workshop for the entire community from 6 to 6:30 p.m. In 30 minutes, participants will learn how to communicate an idea for a new product or business. Following the workshop is the Student Business Idea Contest from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Finally, from 7 to 7:30 p.m., anyone from the community can impromptu pitch for cash. For questions about the contest, please contact Ryan Kauth, UW-Green Bay Lecturer of Entrepreneurship, at kauthr@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2004.


Wisconsin SBDC celebrates 40 years of helping businesses

The Wisconsin Small Business Development (SBDC) Network is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2020 as one of the first SBDCs in the country. U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin paved the way for this critical assistance to new and existing businesses by spearheading the Small Business Development Act of 1980.

Today, the Wisconsin SBDC Network’s no-cost, confidential consulting and business education are accessible to anyone anywhere across 13 locations. In 2019, the SBDC served 4,658 clients, resulting in $91.3 million in capital investment, 300 new businesses and 19,717 jobs supported.

“Small businesses are the heart of our communities and economies,” said Bon Wikenheiser, state director. “We are grateful to be a trusted resource for business owners, whether they’re writing a business plan, looking for financing, exploring new markets, developing new products, ramping up their marketing or preparing to sell to the next generation.”

The University of Wisconsin System has hosted the Wisconsin SBDC since its inception, with the state’s first centers at UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Superior and UW-Whitewater. This partnership, a financial match to U.S. Small Business Administration funding, has been integral to its success throughout its 40-year history.

“Our universities are proud partners of the SBDC network and know what a vital service it provides to businesses in our communities,” said UW System President Ray Cross. “Collaborating with Wisconsin’s SBDCs to help the state’s most innovative and creative entrepreneurs find success reflects UW System’s longstanding commitment to the Wisconsin Idea and our mission to serve the people of Wisconsin.”

An anniversary highlight will be March 18, 2020, the fourth annual SBDC Day, which celebrates the collective impact and success of SBDCs across the nation and in local communities. Small businesses, partners and advocates are invited to use the hashtag #SBDCDay and #SBDCsCelebrate40.

With nearly 1,000 locations across the country, SBDCs provide local businesses and entrepreneurs with the resources needed to succeed. In 2018, America’s SBDC clients experienced annual sales growth of 17.7 percent, almost four and a half times more than the national average. SBDC assistance resulted in 99,194 jobs created, $7 billion in sales growth, $5.6 billion in capital investments, and 16,499 new businesses started.

“SBDC clients give their SBDCs 4.4 out of 5 stars, and 93 percent of SBDC clients recommend their SBDCs to other small businesses. With 40 years of expertise, proven ROI and stellar client ratings, it’s clear that America’s SBDCs are the nation’s most trusted small business resource,” said Charles “Tee” Rowe, President & CEO of America’s SBDC.

This release is reprinted from the SBDC

Executive-in-Residence at UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin School of Business launches AI learning company | Wisconsin Inno

Advancing Artificial Intelligence in Wisconsin, or AAIW, is changing its name to Advancing Digital according to CEO Oliver Buechse. Buechse is an executive in residence for digital transformation at UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin School of Business. More via Former associated bank exec launches AI-learning company | Wisconsin Inno. 

Entrepreneurship student organizing benefit for child with Transverse Myelitis

UW-Green Bay student Molly Hurrish (Business Administration) is putting on an “Art Benefit” for three-year old Nolan, a child who suffers from Transverse Myelitis and is paralyzed from the neck down. This unique benefit is for adults and children of all ages and is being held from 3:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2020 at Artworks for Kids on 11880 Velp Avenue in Suamico. Wis. For more information on the event, and to say you are attending, please go to the Facebook page of the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/s/night-out-for-nolan-art-fundra/867310347025002/. Registration is not required, bit it is appreciated in order to prepare the correct amount of art supplies.

Create your very own make-and-take canvas project, make cards for children at St. Vincent’s hospital, get some bake sale goodies and have the opportunity to win raffle basket prizes and silent auction prizes at this event!

About Nolan: “Nolan is a brilliant (& adorable!) three-year-old whose little body is affected by Transverse Myelitis (TM). At just 8 months old, a regular cold triggered the onset of TM, which paralyzed him from the neck & down. Nolan’s weakened systems makes him very susceptible to catching illnesses and becoming very sick, which almost always requires a hospital stay. Nolan spent the first two weeks of 2020 in the St. Vincent’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit battling bacterial pneumonia and RSV. One thing is for certain—he’s tough as nails! Fortunately, most of Nolan’s medical bills are covered by insurance, but he will have lifetime of specialized therapies & equipment ahead of him. 100% of money earned from this event will go to Nolan’s mother to offset the cost of equipment needed to make his life as regular as possible. We are hoping Nolan will be well enough to be at the studio to see the support and love he has from family, friends, and strangers in the community. Please spread the word to help this be as successful as possible!”