Congratulations to UW-Green Bay alumni educators receiving Golden Apple Awards

From hundreds of educators nominated for the Golden Apple Awards across Northeast Wisconsin, 12 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay alumni will be receiving awards at the 27th Annual Golden Apple Awards on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. From the eight recipients of the 2020 Golden Apple Awards, two are UW-Green Bay graduates.

Alumni receiving a Golden Apple Award:

  • Joan Brylski, ’98 History, Pulaski High School
  • Nicole Diemel, ’07 Elementary Education, Glenbrook Elementary School

Alumni receiving a Teachers of Distinction Award:

  • Jody Bergner, ’06 Elementary Education, Westwood Elementary School
  • Molly Gatske, ’07 Human Development, Eisenhower Elementary School
  • Amy Heusterberg-Richards, ’15 MSL, Bay Port High School
  • Karen Iken, ’86 Communication in Arts, ’04 MSL, Green Bay East High School
  • Jenna Mixer, ’14 Interdisciplinary Studies, John Dewey Academy of Learning
  • Jaimie Robinson, ’92 Human Development, Algoma Elementary School
  • Alyssa Udean, ’17 Elementary Education, Rock Ledge Primary Center
  • Rose Wenzel, ’00 Human Development, Lineville Intermediate School

Alumni receiving a Golden Apple as a member of a team:

  • Rachel Madala, ’11 Elementary Education, Hemlock Creek Elementary School
  • Becky Ruechel, ’10 Interdisciplinary Studies, Pulaski High School


Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition, March 4

On March 4, 2020, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Brown County STEM Innovation Center will be hosting an Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition in rooms 137-139. This event is free and open to the public. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to attend. Innovation in Aging challenges UW-Green Bay students to create innovative solutions to combat hardships and improve quality of life for an aging public. The team with the best solution will receive a cash prize. The competition gives students an opportunity to grow idea development, collaboration and presentation skills. Eight different teams of three to five students will present their ideas in brief presentations to a panel of three judges from the community. Prizes (first through third) and a People’s Choice award, will be presented at the closing of the event. This event is hosted by WiSys, CHESW, CSET and the Cofrin School of Business.

Please encourage students, Social Work major application due Feb. 28

The major in Social Work, leading to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree at UW-Green Bay, prepares a graduate for a career as a social worker working with a broad range of individuals, families, organizations and communities. Graduates of the UW-Green Bay Social Work Professional Program secure positions in programs serving populations that include older adults, children and their families, persons challenged by developmental and other disabilities, juvenile and adult offenders, persons experiencing mental or physical health issues and other groups identified in this ever-evolving field. Social workers provide direct service and work for social justice through advocacy and, for example, social policy development and change. The UW-Green Bay Social Work Professional Program has full accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education. The BSW degree from UW-Green Bay allows the graduate to obtain state certification and provides a broad range of employment opportunities.

Declaring social work as a major at UW-Green Bay begins with a formal application process. Students who want to choose a social work major usually complete the application process during their sophomore year. Students complete the program in a cohort group, and all students begin the program in the fall semester. Admissions applications are reviewed two times during the year to admit students for the fall semester. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on: (1) the last Friday in February and (2) the last Friday in May. A total of 40 students will be accepted for start in Fall of 2020. Students are encouraged to apply for the February deadline with falls on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.

More information can be found at: or by calling 920-465-2049.

Psych Week 2020, boy and graying man flexing muscles

Psych Week Talk on ‘happiness and health’ is at Brown County Library, March 2

Prof. Carol Ryff
Prof. Carol Ryff

On Monday, March 2, 2020, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Brown County Central Library Auditorium, there will be a Psych Week Talk titled, “What is Happiness and How Does It Relate to Health?: A Look at New Science” presented by UW-Madison Prof. Carol Ryff. Prof. Ryff’s presentation will be about happiness, which has been considered key to the human experience since the ancient Greeks. Exciting new science shows that purposeful life engagement is an important influence on longevity and predicts reduced risk for various diseases. Prof. Ryff will share how all of this works in the brain and the body, as well as highlight ongoing efforts to promote well-being via a community intervention program called Lighten Up!

This presentation is sponsored by the UW-Green Bay Psychology program as part of their Psych Week 2020 from March 2 through March 6. UW-Green Bay’s signature annual Psych Week features in-person and online events designed to inform community and university audiences about mental health issues facing our community. The week includes thought-provoking opportunities available to UW-Green Bay psychology students, as well as opportunities for engaging the larger Green Bay community in mental health literacy.

UW-Green Bay to present ‘Virus Without Borders’ a multi-disciplinary look at the coronavirus outbreak, March 5, 2020

Green Bay, Wis.—University of Wisconsin-Green Bay professors Christine Vandenhouten (Nursing, Global Studies), Rebecca Hovarter (Nursing) and Brian Merkel (Human Biology and local organizer of the Tiny Earth event to discover new antibiotics) will join to present, “Virus Without Borders: The Global Threat and Response to the Novel Coronavirus” on Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Christie Theater, University Union, Green Bay Campus.

The coronavirus outbreak is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China, where the first known case of the virus was detected. The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee declared the coronavirus as an international public health emergency on January, 30, 2020. Worldwide, there are now more than 60,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with at least around 1,350 deaths. For now, the virus is contained to 15 confirmed cases in the United States, with one of those cases being in Madison, Wisconsin.

This presentation, sponsored by the UW-Green Bay Global Studies program, is a multi-disciplinary look at the world’s current health crisis. It is free and open to the public.

Attention members of the media: Faculty members will be available for interviews at 2:30 outside the Christie Theatre, by RSVPing to Sue Bodilly,


Press release by Marketing and University Communication Assistant, Joshua Konecke

Save the date, get ready to nominate: 19th Annual Academic Excellence Symposium, April 14

The 19th Annual Academic Excellence Symposium will take place on April 14, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms, University Union on the Green Bay Campus. The symposium, which showcases the academic excellence of undergraduate and graduate students, invites students to present their best projects. Faculty are encouraged to nominate students to present work. A Qualtrics registration link will be sent to all faculty on March 2. Please contact Teri Ternes at if you have any questions.

Summer Research Scholar Program deadline extended to Feb. 28

The UW-Green Bay Research Council is currently accepting proposals for the 2020 Summer Research Scholar Program. Faculty having applied for the Summer Research Scholar Program in the past will want to note that this program has undergone significant changes in recent years. The Summer Research Scholar Program is designed to provide stipend support during the summer for the purpose for developing or continuing a significant research project (beyond the unit expectations for scholarship). All Summer Research Scholar Program proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. For more information, please visit Please contact Research Council Chairperson Jason Cowell ( with questions.

Applications for UW System Symposium close on Feb. 21

The Office of Grants & Research and the Office of the Provost encourages you to advertise the following opportunity to your students and their faculty mentors! The 19th Annual UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity will take place Friday, April 24, 2020 at UW-Whitewater. The Office of Grants and Research will be providing transportation for this event and covering the registration fee for selected participants.

The final application deadline is 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Applicants must complete the Qualitrics survey in order to be considered as a presenter for this event. Please help us demonstrate the exceptional quality of research conducted by all UW- Green Bay campuses by encouraging your students to apply for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. To apply via Qualtrics survey, please follow the link. For more information about this event please visit

Superior Schools advocate for social worker licensing changes | Superior Telegram

To work in Wisconsin schools, social workers must receive additional education compared to their counterparts in Minnesota, which has created challenges for school districts located on the state border. “This is really about what kids need and removing the barriers to getting kids help,” said Amy Starzecki, Superior School District administrator. Social workers who work in Minnesota schools must have a degree in the field and be licensed to practice in the state, according to the Minnesota Professional Educator and Licensing Standards Board. Wisconsin law goes a step further by requiring a master’s degree from a school social worker preparatory program. Only three schools in the state—UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay—offer the program. Source: Superior Schools advocate for social worker licensing changes | Superior Telegram