CATL Advanced Training Opportunities mid-July through August

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning is offering advanced training opportunities starting mid-July that will be co-facilitated with faculty partners. All eligible instructors will receive a $1,000 stipend for completing the training. Check out the cohort themes and two-week session dates to sign up or learn more.


SSM Health and UW-Green Bay announce partnership for MSN Leadership and Management program

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) Leadership and Management—a fully online graduate program—has announced a partnership with SSM Health, in which SSM Health employees have their application fees waived when applying to the MSN program.

Value is created for both parties in such partnerships, as academic institutions gain a pipeline of students in health professions, while health system opportunities stemming from such partnerships include enhancing patient care as employees who are also students lead research and quality improvement (QI) projects, learn current best practice and develop advanced knowledge and skills for career advancement.

“Nurse leaders innovate and address challenges in healthcare delivery, especially during change and crisis, like the recent pandemic,” says UW-Green Bay’s Chair of the program, Janet E. Resop Reilly, DNP, APRN-BC, RN. “They direct other nurses and healthcare professionals to provide excellence in patient care. Through 2028, much faster than average growth of 17-18 percent is expected in the fields of nursing and healthcare administration and management.”

This flexible MSN program is designed to provide nurses the critical skills and knowledge to be innovative, effective nurse leaders, and offers QI experiences to enhance healthcare performance and patient outcomes. Participants in the program receive individualized leadership and management practicum experiences and complete a QI project in a healthcare organization or system where they reside. Abundant opportunities to engage with peers and expert leaders and managers in the field are integrated in the courses.

“Leadership is an inherent part of every nursing role, so this program is an opportunity for a staff nurse considering a leader or manager role, or an experienced nurse leader or manager, to build upon previous and new experiences to develop into transformational leaders and managers, which are critical for today’s challenging healthcare needs,” Reilly said.

About SSM Health

SSM (previously Sister of St. Mary) Health is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through a robust and fully integrated health care delivery system.




Campus mourns passing of alumna and former State Rep. Sharon Metz

Former State Rep. and UW-Green Bay alumna Sharon Metz (’84, Communication and the Arts) passed away over the weekend.  According to faculty member J P Leary, she and her husband Tom have lived allyship to Indigenous peoples. During her 12 years service as a legislator from Green Bay, she was instrumental in passing what became the Wisconsin Indian Education Act in 1979. She also laid important groundwork for passage of Act 31 in 1989 and is one of the overlooked heroes in that effort.

Sharon and Tom founded HONOR—Honor Our Neighbors Origins and Rights—in 1990. Their efforts through HONOR organized nationwide support for Native peoples during the height of the treaty rights controversy in Wisconsin. Their efforts through the HONOR Resource Center helped to make accurate, authentic books and instructional materials available to teachers, students, and community members when such materials were not easily found.

The family will hold a private memorial service. A public visitation will be held at Mueller Funeral Home, 904 E. Main St. Winneconne on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, from 5 to 7 p.m. Due to COVID, face coverings and social distancing will apply.

In lieu of flowers or memorials, the family suggests donations in Sharon’s name to Heifer International. If you wish please submit online condolences to Please see the full obituary.

Recent UW-Green Bay alumna quoted in Wisconsin National Guard story

WI NATIONAL GUARD RELEASE: Double duty: Guard members complete degrees while mobilized for COVID-19 response

MADISON, Wis. — More than 1,200 members of the Wisconsin National Guard are serving in support of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many are doing so in addition to working to complete their degrees.

This means that Soldiers and Airmen working long days supporting the state’s response to COVID-19 also are resigned to staying up long into the night or working weekends to get homework, tests, and assignments complete. These Guard members, many of whom attend colleges and universities around Wisconsin go the extra mile to find balance between their military and civilian lives.

Guard members have been logging long hours, day and night, and over weekends for nearly three months supporting the state’s response to the pandemic, and for some, their mobilization began in mid-March – a few short months before they were slated to graduate from college, which required them working late nights or weekends to get homework, tests and assignments completed in order to graduate.

Many of the Citizen Soldiers and Airmen serving as part of the response exchanged the thought of walking across the stage in caps and gowns for wearing masks and personal protective equipment as they step up and answer the call for prolonged activation at community-based testing sites, self-isolation facilities, supporting the logistics effort, or serving on a staff. Many have continued with ongoing commitment to service even amidst the unknown.

Putting their personal lives, goals, and ambitions on hold is commonplace for many members of the military, and higher education often takes a backseat to deployments, training, or other military requirements over the course of a military career.

Guard members, especially, usually balance day-to-day school with work, family and life. The dedication that is needed to earn a degree while serving our country is no different, according to some who recently completed their degrees amidst their service to the state for the COVID-19 response.

“One of the hardest things for me at this time, is that I don’t know if I can apply for jobs, even though I’ve graduated because I’m not certain when this mission will end,” said Tech. Sergeant Bridget Cox, a medical technician with the 115th Fighter Wing and the Wisconsin National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), who just graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. Cox is currently serving as the noncommissioned officer-in-charge at an isolation facility providing medical monitoring to people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

“My university was very understanding of my goals and all that is going on in life and they were able to help me get to the finish line,” Cox said. “Serving during this time has been challenging while trying to support my family and finish school. I am also trying to find work, but it’s difficult to communicate with future employers when I don’t know when I will be available to start with them at this time.”

Staff Sgt. Christina Whitney, a medical instructor at the 426th Regional Training Institute, also recently completed her degree.

“My military career has always been a part of my education as I returned to get my Associates Degree in nursing after I joined the military,” she said.

“This semester I was not scheduled for any training to interrupt my schooling and was looking forward to that,” she added. “Covid-19 changed that for me as well, and it was really tough with 14 credits and three kids. It felt really good to finish and overcome all of those barriers as I prioritized and completed my educational goals.”

“My professors were supportive and understood how tough this was for us all,” added Whitney. “I’m glad to be able to serve and glad that I was able to finish the semester of school by working with my teachers and the school to allow me to graduate.”

According to Maj. Joy Staab, the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs Education Services Officer, more than 1,000 Wisconsin Guard members utilize state education benefits each semester on average. Even more use federal education benefits, she said.

“Education benefits are one of the top reasons service members join the Wisconsin National Guard,” Staab said.

Throughout this semester the state education office had a few dozen service members reach out to find out what options they had for withdrawing from or completing their classes, as they got mobilized to support COVID-19 missions. In those cases, the education office referred the service members to the 2019 Wisconsin Act 75, a state law that helps protect service members called to serve on short-term state or federal active duty. Some of the protections include tuition reimbursement, re-enrollment, and opportunities to complete final projects and exams at a later date. The education office also encouraged students to work with their instructors, colleges, and universities to determine their best courses of action.

“I graduated in December 2019, then did a five week temporary duty, passed my nursing board exam and became an emergency room nurse,” said Tech. Sgt. Andrew Zacharias, a search and extraction medic with the 115th Fighter Wing and the CERFP.  “I was only there (at my new job) for three weeks and then was requested to be a part of the isolation facility mission, and I have been on mission since then. It’s hard to not be home but right now with the world in a time of need, it’s what needs to be done.”

Spc. Emma Anderson ’20 (Education) a public affairs specialist that mobilized in March during her last semester of student teaching, graduated with her bachelor of science in Education with a licensure to work with and instruct students, aged birth to 11.

“To be activated during the COVID-19 pandemic gives me an opportunity that I wouldn’t have had otherwise,” Anderson said. “I get to show my community and the kindergarteners that I work with through student teaching, that service isn’t about how it positively impacts you as an individual, but how you can positively impact those around you.”

Currently, more than 1,200 Wisconsin National Guard Soldiers and Airmen continue serving their communities as part of the COVID-19 response. Nearly 1,500 mobilized to state active duty in recent weeks to assist civil authorities in maintaining public safety amidst civil unrest, and more than 2,400 Guard members mobilized in April to serve as poll workers during the state’s spring election. Simultaneously more than 500 remain mobilized in places like Afghanistan, the Middle East, the Horn of Africa, and Ukraine in support of the Guard’s federal mission as the primary combat reserve of the Army and Air Force.

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Congratulations to these faculty members on their promotions!

Congratulations to faculty receiving promotions. Approved at the UW System Board of Regents June 4, 2020 meeting, were the promotions of a number of faculty members. Listed below are the names, promotion and respective department of each of the 19 UW-Green Bay faculty members receiving promotion this year.


Name Promotion Department
Mike Alexander Professor Music
Mandeep Bakshi Associate Professor Natural and Applied Sciences
Kate Burns Professor Psychology
Jason Cowell Associate Professor Psychology
Sarah Detweiler Professor Art and Design
William Dirienzo Associate Professor Natural and Applied Sciences
Mary Gichobi Associate Professor Education
Maruf Hossain Associate Professor Resch School of Engineering
Allen Huffcut Professor Marketing and Management
Jeremy Intemann Associate Professor Natural and Applied Sciences
Sampath Kumar Professor Marketing and Management
Breeyawn Lybbert Associate Professor Natural and Applied Sciences
Upal Mahfuz Associate Professor Resch School of Engineering
Tetyana Malysheva Associate Professor Resch School of Engineering
Bill Sallak Associate Professor Music
Jagadeep Thota Associate Professor Resch School of Engineering
Christine Vandenhouten Professor Nursing & Health Studies
Aaron Weinschenk Professor Public and Environmental Affairs
Brian Welsch Associate Professor Natural and Applied Sciences
Jennie Young Associate Professor Humanities

Register today for ‘SpeakOut’s Summer Institute’

The UW-Green Bay Council on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence and the Office of the Provost, wish to share an opportunity to attend SpeakOut’s Summer Institute, a virtual institute on building equity and social justice education to create inclusive learning environments on campus and online. As people nationwide demand systemic change, and as campuses adapt to the impact of the pandemic, UW-Green Bay asks how those of us working in the arena of higher education can transform our institutions and learning environments.


Monday, July 13, 2020, Noon to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020, Noon to 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020, Noon to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 16, 2020, Noon to 2:30 p.m.

What you will learn:

  • Pedagogy/Theory: Education for wholeness, social justice, and liberation
  • Capacity-Building: Faculty and staff development that strengthens leadership and sustainability
  • Equity in a Digital Age: Tools for inclusive and accessible online learning
  • Institutional Strategies: How to implement equitable education and social change
  • Intercultural Frameworks: Culturally-responsive models and ideas that foster rich, meaningful dialogue and collaboration
  • Student Development: Provide student access to knowledge that transforms their sense of self and what they can do in the world

Open to all faculty and staff

This opportunity is open to all UW-Green Bay faculty and staff in support a broad representation of all areas within the University. To learn more visit: SpeakOut Summer Institute.

UW-Green Bay Council on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence and the Office of the Provost wish to send a large, representative group of staff and faculty to the institute. We will follow up with all interested employees shortly after the survey closes. If you would like to be considered, please fill out the following Qualtrics survey.

Be sure to complete the sign-up form by 06-22-2020Apply to attend SpeakOut’s Summer Institute

For additional questions, please contact the Provost Office at


UW-Green Bay alumnus Eric Vanden Heuvel takes new Greater Green Bay Chamber position

The Greater Green Bay Chamber is pleased to welcome Eric Vanden Heuvel as vice president of talent and education for the organization.

Eric Vanden Heuvel

Vanden Heuvel most recently served as the chief academic officer and chief operating officer for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Green Bay. In his new role, he will provide leadership for the day-to-day operations of the talent and education department of the Chamber including Partners in Education, Current Young Professionals and Leadership Green Bay. He also will oversee and provide staff support to the Partners in Education board of directors, provide leadership and support for the work-based learning, career exploration and community support segments and maintain a high activity level with Partners in Education programming in the promotion and school-based learning segments, among other duties.

“We are excited to welcome Eric and his strong educational background as well as  ability to not only build off existing relationships and new relationships,” said Laurie Radke, president and CEO of the Greater Green Bay Chamber. “We have an amazing opportunity because he can hit the ground running. We’re fortunate to welcome someone with such a high degree of professionalism and integrity and who leads from the heart.”

Summer enrollment is up at UW-Green Bay. Virtual learning continues | Fox 11

Stuck at home with no plans to travel, it seems more college students are taking advantage of summer learning. At the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, enrollment is up by more than 500 students from last summer. Psychology Professor Ryan Martin joined Rachel Manek on Good Day Wisconsin to talk about how the faculty is preparing. See the interview: Summer enrollment is up at UW-Green Bay. Virtual learning continues | Fox 11

Faculty note: Assistant Prof. Miranda Schornack has article published in international linguistics journal

Miranda Schornack

UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Miranda Schornack (Education), was recently published in the international journal, Current Issues in Language Planning. Schornack co-authored the manuscript with University of Minnesota doctoral candidate Ashley Karlsson. The article is titled “(In)visibilization of English learners in Minnesota’s state-approved alternative programs” and reveals the disproportionate enrollment of multilingual students in alternative schools compared to traditional high schools. The researchers/authors juxtapose enrollment data with interview data that reveal school administrator beliefs regarding low enrollment of multilingual learners in alternative programs.

Graduate student (Applied Leadership) receives National Geographic grant

Congratulations to Kelly Koller, graduate student in UW-Green Bay’s Master’s Program for Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning, and gifted and talented specialist in the Howard Suamico School District, for being awarded a National Geographic Society grant for her project: “Empowering Change through an Explorer Mindset: That’s Geography.”

Working with a team of educators and software developers, she will create an app where learners develop their mindset, launch an inquiry, explore connections and reflect; and use geography to flip the script on traditional learning, while becoming explorers of knowledge, rather than passive receivers.