NEA Big Read launches virtually in Door county with help of UW-Green Bay faculty/staff

Door County Library is launching its newest NEA Big Read festival this upcoming week with all events being available virtually to the public for free, including a Keynote discussion from author Emily St. John Mandel set for February 11 at 7 pm. The library received an NEA Big Read grant along with financial support from the Women’s Fund Endowment of Door County, Carol Coryell Charitable Fund, Adele and Ed Douglass Charitable Fund, and the Kerley Family Foundation of the Door County Community Foundation, Inc. and was underwritten by the Door County Library Foundation, Door County Medical Center and the Friends of the Door County Libraries, all supporting the community reading program featuring the novel “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel.

Panelists include: Rebecca Meacham author of two award-winning fiction collections as well as professor of English and Humanities and founding member of UntitledTown Book and Author Festival. Kelli Strickland the Executive and Artistic Director of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. Alan Kopischke a university lecturer in both Theater and Arts Management and founding member of the Big Read Door County among other organizations and festivals. And Bryan J. Carr an Associate Professor in the Communication, Information Science, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies programs at UW-Green Bay specializing in Mass Media and Game Studies and is one of the co-directors of the University’s Center for Games and Interactive Media.

Source: NEA Big Read launches virtually in Door county – Door County Pulse

How three heartland reporters are covering Covid-19’s surge (featuring UWGB Comm Alum)

UW-Green Bay alumna and reporter for Eau-Claire’s Leader-Telegram, Sarah Seifert featured on CNN Business video recently. Seifert graduated from UW-Green Bay in 2016 with a Communication and English degree.

Source: How three heartland reporters are covering Covid-19’s surge, CNN

Event: CYP Dine n’ Develop: Communication in an Era of Digital Transformation

Dine and Develop with global business leader Stephanie Vander Zanden on Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m to explore strategic ways to communicate effectively in any work environment during the pandemic. With the ongoing pandemic, much of our world has become virtual. While we may feel we have mastered the art of communicating in person, communicating virtually adds a new layer of complexities. Whether presenting to executives, leading a project or team meeting, communicating with colleagues, or interviewing for a new job, virtual communication requires some additional skills to navigate successfully. Today’s leaders are looking for tips to help to more effectively communicate in this new environment. In this session, we will explore strategies to communicate effectively in a digital world, practice empathy for others who may be struggling, and self-reflect on opportunities for personal growth and improvement. By the end of this event, participants will possess a digital communication toolbox, demonstrate inclusive behavior in a virtual environment, and prepare an individual action plan.

The cost is free for CYP members and membership is free for all UWGB Green Bay employees. Please register.

Alumnus Bina wins Crystal Pillar Emmy Award; his short film has UW-Green Bay tie

UW-Green Bay alumnus Joey Bina ’17, won a Crystal Pillar Emmy (NATAS Mid-America Regional Student Television Award) for his Graduate school (Loyola University Chicago) capstone project. Dairyland—a short film, featured the Weninger family—and their daughter, Sheila, a UW-Green Bay student. The film was shot in March—in a tight timeframe due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Dairyland chronicles the loss of daily farms in Wisconsin.

Bina was nominated for two (Dairyland and Perennial Pilot) this year. He received a master’s degree in Communication from Loyola University Chicago in May of 2020. He’s currently employed at The Prairie School in Racine, working as the videographer/photographer and teaching two courses—video production and film studies.

For the full list of winners, visit the National Academy website.

Photo courtesy of Loyola University Chicago.

The Comm Voice: Elder hours go virtual

“Under normal circumstances, UW-Green Bay offers the experience of having students converse with on-site First Nations Oral Scholars in the Residence Elder Hours program in Wood Hall. Due to Covid-19, this experience has changed. Normally, the office would be crowded with students, but this semester it is completely virtual with only one elder instead of three. This opportunity for students to ask questions and understand the perspective of First Nations people is important for those majoring in FNS or majoring in other fields.” To read the full article, visit the Comm Voice Website.

Authors are UW-Green Bay students Grace Merkt, Travis Boulanger and Wynna Bonde

Comm Voice article makes fantasy a reality for communication student

A new article on UW-Green Bay’s The Comm Voice blog shows the journey one UW-Green Bay student has made to secure a job before graduation. The group-written article focuses on junior Olivia Ryan, who is majoring in Communication with an emphasis on social media, organizational communication, and health communication. What helped her the most in getting a job with Schneider National were lessons she learned from her “Theories of the Interview” class taught by Professor Shauna Froelich. To read the full article, visit the Comm Voice website.

The authors of the article are UWGB students Matthew Knoke, Alexis Beck, Mackenzie Brown, and Ben Newhouse.

New Comm Voice article highlights working towards a better YOU

A student-written article posted to the Comm Voice introduces a new program called Silver Cloud at UWGB to help students cope with mental health. The Inclusivity and Student Affairs department sent an email informing students and faculty of the new Silver Cloud program. The program was created to assist “in the management and understanding of one’s emotional well-being.” Additionally, it is a tool for people who need extra help coping with mild to moderate mental health issues.

To read the full article, visit the Comm Voice website.

The article authors are Alexis Beck, Matthew Knoke, Mackenzie Brown and Ben Newhouse.

UWGB grad fulfills lifelong dream of launching clothing line despite obstacles

A recent UW-Green Bay graduate (and Commencement Speaker) is putting her own spin on athleisure clothing. Jada Davis (’20 Communication) is the owner of Modern Movement Apparel, a clothing line that prides itself on being dedicated to helping movers of different shapes, sizes and hues become comfortable with moving freely.

Source: UWGB grad fulfills lifelong dream of launching clothing line despite obstacles – wearegreenbay

Innovation in Aging Kickoff Event is Wednesday, Nov. 4

On Nov. 4, 2020, from 4 to 5 p.m., UW-Green Bay and WiSys invite UW-Green Bay students, faculty, and community members to join a discussion about key issues affecting older people and their communities, including combating ageism, healthy aging, age-friendly environments. No need to prepare! The event is designed to inform and educate anyone interested in these topics. Learn about the WiSys Innovation in Aging student competition (February 2021), competition team ideas, and networking opportunities to create teams for the competition. Any questions can be answered by Brad Ricker, WiSys,, 608-316-4126  or Ryan Kauth, UWGB,, 920-465-2004. A Zoom meeting link will be emailed to you after you register, here.

The final presidential debate of the 2020 campaign season with UW-Green Bay’s Phil Clampitt

The final presidential debate of the 2020 campaign season gets underway tonight in Nashville. And local political experts told our Kris Schuller, both candidates are well aware this is their final shot to reach a national audience.

In a few hours President Trump and Joe Biden will debate the issues one final time before election day here at Belmont University. And local experts expect it will be spirited, but not chaotic, like the first matchup in Cleveland

“Former Vice President Biden will in fact try to act presidential and I think Donald Trump will be Donald Trump,” said Phil Clampitt. “I think he’ll be more restrained, he’s a passionate person.” UW-Green Bay Professor Phil Clampitt says polls show President Trump is behind in the race and the coronavirus is dragging him down. “How it should be handled, who should be handling it and the effectiveness of the current measures,” Clampitt said.