Reminder: UW-Green Bay Call for Sabbaticals 2020-2021, due April 15

The Office of the Provost is soliciting sabbatical proposals for the academic-year 2021-2022.  Please see the attached call for details. The number of sabbaticals awarded will depend on the quality of proposals submitted and the ability to cover the curriculum. All eligible faculty are invited to submit proposals for these awards by Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Please direct any questions to Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Clifton Ganyard 465-2033 or via e-mail at ganyardc@uwgb.edu.

UW-Green Bay Health Information Management & Technology program named #19 on list of ‘most affordable’

Congratulations to staff and instructors in UW-Green Bay’s  Health Information Management & Technology program named #19 on list of Most Affordable Online Bachelor’s Healthcare Informatics Degrees.

Online degrees present an opportunity for career advancement and increased financial stability, but they can also result in piles of debt. Knowing the return on investment of a specific degree and major before making a decision is key to evading insurmountable debt. To help people make this decision, Optimal (formerly SR Education Group), published its 2020 Best Value Colleges rankings on Guide to Online Schools for 121 programs. The rankings are based on degree-level and program-specific tuition rates and PayScale salary data. The methodology for the rankings incorporates a return on investment formula to show accredited programs with the best value. Since the cost and return of a college can significantly vary by the degree, tuition rates and salary numbers are specific to degree-level and major. All tuition rates were manually researched on official school websites in order to ensure accuracy. Salary figures were reported by PayScale and reflect earnings of students 10 or more years after graduation. In order to select the best options for value in each major, Optimal researched over 78,000 online programs. “Our goal is to show data that is difficult to find elsewhere,” said CEO Sung Rhee. “With this launch, Guide to Online Schools shows students what they can reasonably expect to make in salary 10 years after graduating from a particular program. We want people to know how their education choices can measurably impact their financial futures.” For students who would like to find online accredited degrees with the lowest cost, Optimal is also releasing its 2020 Most Affordable Online Colleges on OnlineU. These 152 program rankings highlight schools making an effort to provide an economical option for prospective students. Some of the programs with the best return on investment include information technology, engineering, and marketing. The top-ranked school for information technology is SUNY at Albany, boasting a median mid-career salary of $184,700 with a low tuition rate of $10,590. About Optimal™ Optimal helps prospective students make informed, data-driven decisions to improve their collegiate experience and their post-college careers. The company provides over 85,000 in-depth student reviews and college rankings for every major based on alumni salaries and manually researched tuitions. Optimal’s tools and services provide accessible and transparent financial data regarding cost and earning potential that give students educational paths that lead them to success, without burdening them with insurmountable debt. More at the websiteLink to list for Healthcare Informatics.

Submit your questions for TeAch Tuesday LIVE!

CATL wants to help answer your teaching-related questions in light of this unprecedented time. Submit your questions anonymously here and CATL personnel will do their best to answer them (or find someone who can!) during the TeAch Tuesday LIVE! broadcast Tuesday, April 7 at 10 a.m. (the live stream event will also be recorded for you to watch—or re-watch—at your convenience later).

Dr. Michael Alexander named seventh chancellor of UW-Green Bay

Green Bay, Wis.—Dr. Michael Alexander, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, has been named the University’s seventh chancellor. Alexander’s appointment was confirmed today, Thursday, April 2, 2020 by the UW System Board of Regents, following the recommendation of a selection committee. He will begin his new role May 1, 2020.

Michael Alexander
Michael Alexander named UW-Green Bay Chancellor

“I am honored and humbled to work for the dedicated and talented students, faculty and staff at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay,” Alexander said. “While my position as chancellor may be new at the University, my passion and dedication for the people of this community are stronger than ever and my family is proud to call Green Bay our home. With a growing academic portfolio, deep connections to the community and presence in the region, UW-Green Bay will continue to expand its impact on the population it serves.”

Alexander has served as provost and vice chancellor at UW-Green Bay since July 2019. As the University’s second highest administrative officer and senior academic officer, he oversees programming and leadership of the four academic colleges; the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, the Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement, the UW-Green Bay Libraries, the Office of Admissions, and leads the four UW-Green Bay campuses including those in Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. As provost, he consults with the chancellor on all aspects of the University and speaks for the University in the chancellor’s absence.

Since joining the University, Alexander led the expansion of the University’s Continuing Education and Community Engagement efforts to build connections to high school students, increase non-credit offerings, and provide educational services to regional businesses; created academic affairs strategic priorities to drive the university’s strategic mission and vision; initiated new, international relationships with universities in Thailand; created an Office of Sustainability to improve efficiencies and increase the profile of UW-Green Bay as a campus traditionally engaged with environmental study; and restructured Graduate Studies and the Office of Grants and Research, setting the stage for the University’s growing research efforts.

“Anyone who has had the opportunity to work closely with Mike Alexander knows what a tremendous asset he is to UW-Green Bay and our region,” said Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven. “I have been immensely impressed with his vast knowledge of higher education and his vision for the future that aligns with UW-Green Bay’s mission. Mike has exceptional analytical skills and the ability to quickly put into action the necessary steps to move the university forward. He has quickly gained the respect of cabinet members, colleagues in the UW System and, more importantly, faculty and staff campus wide. His comprehensive understanding of university operations, with a relentless focus on student success, make him an ideal leader for UW-Green Bay at this moment in time.”

Prior to his role at UW-Green Bay, Alexander served as director of the School of Music at the University of Northern Colorado. He has also served as the interim director of the School of Music at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Alexander holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from UW-Madison. He earned his master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting from UW-Milwaukee, and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Georgia. The Grand Island, New York native lived in Wisconsin from 1995 to 2004.

“I know the work of the University will increasingly be a driver in the educational, economic, cultural and civic life of Green Bay, Manitowoc, Marinette and Sheboygan. Our mission and vision is for a university that fearlessly meets challenges, solves problems, embraces diversity, cares about our region and provides access to education for all who want it honors the innovative spirit of the founders of the University and moves us forward. The potential for the future of this institution is immense. My belief in that future has been reaffirmed daily from the moment I arrived in Green Bay and first set foot on the campus.”

Alexander will be the UW-Green Bay’s seventh chancellor, succeeding Gary L. Miller, who left the University in September 2019 to serve as president at the University of Akron. Miller served as the university’s top administrator since August 2014.

“During Michael’s tenure at Green Bay he has demonstrated keen listening and engagement skills,” said UW System President Ray Cross. “His experience as a conductor has clearly enriched and influenced his ability to lead individual experts and professionals.”

In line with market-based compensation guidelines approved by the Board of Regents, Alexander will earn $250,000 as chancellor.

Alexander will work closely with Interim Chancellor Van Gruensven in the transition leading up his May 1 start date. At that time, Van Gruensven will take on the expanded role of chief business officer and senior vice-chancellor for Institutional Strategy, where she will resume her previous responsibilities while playing a leading role in the University’s strategic direction.

Michael Draney, chair of UW-Green Bay’s Department of Natural & Applied Science and vice chair of the Chancellor Search and Screen Committee, said Alexander is “widely respected and admired by the faculty, staff, and students at UW-Green Bay, and his vision and leadership abilities are real assets to this institution.”

Alexander reflected on the announcement during this unprecedented time in the history of the University and the world: “I am incredibly proud of how our University has reacted to the challenges we currently face,” he shared. “We support one another, build each other up and always uphold our commitment to educating students.  Led by Chancellor Van Gruensven, we have continued to show that we are a resilient and devoted community of teachers, researchers, scholars, artists and students. This community’s courage gives me strength. I am eager to build our future together.”

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.

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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.

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Smart hearing aid idea wins WiSys Innovation in Aging student competition

An idea for a hearing aid that can sense your pulse and call 911 if you have a health emergency won the WiSys Innovation in Aging student competition on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. The annual student idea competition challenges University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students to create innovative solutions to combat hardships and improve quality of life for aging populations.

UW-Green Bay students Denny Christoff, Logan Holbrook, James Kaat, Joshua Mendez and Katelyn Desrochers presented the winning solution that the team named “G-Pods.” The students will split a $1,000 prize.

Team “KeepNTouch,” made up of Jada Taylor, Hannah Bunde, Maria Piotrowski, Maria Arunkumar and Katelyn Wiegel, won second place for a solution to combat loneliness and social isolation.

The team’s “KeepNTouch” idea is a simple social media application that allows the aging population to connect and “keep in touch” with their family and friends.

The group will split a $500 prize.

“Get-a-Grip,” an idea for a small hand-held device that allows those with diminished hand strength to grip everyday items such as brooms and cooking utensils more comfortably, took third place in the competition.

Jenna Bares, Isabel Taubel, Montana Fallin and Kenzie Carlson presented the idea and will split a $250 prize.

Overall, nine student teams competed. In the weeks leading up to the event, each team  received mentoring from UW-Green Bay faculty and community members.

Innovation in Aging is a partnership between WiSys, the UW-Green Bay College of Health, Education and Social Welfare and the UW-Green Bay Gerontology Center.

This story is provided by WiSys—a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state.

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Innovation in Aging Competition 2020

– Photos by Liesl Sigourney, Marketing and University Communication

UW-Green Bay Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition | NBC26

Nine teams took part in the Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Each team was tasked with finding creative and innovative ways to solve a problem related with aging. View the video from 5:35:50-5:36:40. Source: UW-Green Bay Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition | NBC 26

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.

Education professors receive inclusive excellence grant

Associate Prof. Christin DePouw (Education) and Assistant Prof. Miranda Schornack (Education) have been awarded $32,000 through a UW System grant for inclusive excellence. The grant supports professional development for educators at UW-Green Bay and Green Bay Area Public Schools (GBAPS) around culturally responsive pedagogy and equity-minded educators. The professional development seminars will take place during the 2020-2021 academic year.

‘Virus Without Borders’: UW-Green Bay takes a closer look at the impact of the coronavirus | WLUK

A panel of experts discussed the global response of the coronavirus on UW-Green Bay’s campus. The UWGB Global Studies program hosted the free, roundtable discussion Thursday. The panel included campus nursing professors, Christine Vandenhouten and Rebecca Hovarter, along with Brian Merkel, professor of Human Biology and local organizer of the Tiny Earth event to discover new antibiotics. Source: ‘Virus Without Borders’: UW-Green Bay takes a closer look at the impact of the coronavirus | WLUK