Former UW-Green Bay student featured for passion for printing | Print+Promo

Jill Kerske has the foresight to predict potential issues before they leak out of the pipeline. But, the 21-year industry veteran isn’t just an anticipator; she’s a reactor, when appropriate, always ready with solutions. It’s not a question of “Can she do it?” Rather, it all comes down to the how.

I aim to anticipate customer needs, as well as the needs of my internal constituents and teammates,” Kerske said. “The best way I can describe my philosophy of customer care is to be water. Put anything in a jar and add water to fill in all around, plugging all the gaps.”

Kerske’s print roots date back to high school. She always had an interest in art, so when it was time to choose an elective, graphics felt like a good fit. She recalls learning the whole process, including art setup, shooting negatives and making plates—even running small AB Dicks. During her studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Kerske focused more on the art/computer graphics side; however, her first job out of college was in the local newspaper prepress.

Source: 2020 CSR All-Stars: Jill Kerske, Independent Printing Inc. – Print+Promo

UW-Green Bay alumna Amani Latimer Burris campaigns for Wisconsin State Senate | Madison365

Amani Latimer Burris says that she is running for State Senate to celebrate the diversity of Madison and Wisconsin and because she is passionate about uniting us in our differences. Economics, she says, is the subject that she hears her constituents talk about the most and has been a huge focal point of her campaign.

Latimer Burris was born in Madison and raised in both Madison and Green Bay. She graduated from Green Bay East High School and went on to earn her bachelor of arts degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Source: “I will unite us in our differences.” Amani Latimer Burris campaigns for Wisconsin State Senate | Madison365

UW-Green Bay student found herself ‘way more organized’ after online learning transition

Although UW-Green Bay is intending to be open in fall and welcoming faculty, staff and students back on campus, some classes originally scheduled for in-person instruction will be moving online or having online aspects to them for the safety of the UW-Green Bay community. Current UW-Green Bay students who transitioned to online learning in Spring 2020 demonstrated that they are resilient problem-solvers and describe their experiences while providing some advice to future students…

Janie Hodny

Janie Hodny is a sophomore majoring in Communication with emphasis in Public Relations, Social Media Strategies and Health Communication.

“Online and hybrid learning can sound scary, especially for college courses. I am here to tell you that it is not as scary as you think. Last year when I got the email that all courses will now switch to online, I was terrified. I am a very visual and in person learner and when I was told I wouldn’t have any in-person teaching I didn’t know if I could get a hold of professors or I would forget to do assignments, but that wasn’t the case at all. Professors want to help and see you succeed. Anytime I emailed a professor a question or if I was having trouble with assignments, they would get back to me within the day and help me. I also found myself way more organized than I ever was. I kept schedules in my planner and calendar of when assignments, quizzes, and tests were due. Again, Professors want to help they are always a Zoom call away! If yo ever need more in depth they will be more than happy to help you! If you ever need advice with online learning, keeping yourself organized, of anything there are always people around to help you.”

UW-Green Bay student McKenzie Rasmussen says online learning transition was ‘far smoother’ than she expected

Although UW-Green Bay is intending to be open in fall and welcoming faculty, staff and students back on campus, some classes originally scheduled for in-person instruction will be moving online or having online aspects to them for the safety of the UW-Green Bay community. Current UW-Green Bay students who transitioned to online learning in Spring 2020 demonstrated that they are resilient problem-solvers and describe their experiences while providing some advice to future students…

McKenzie Rasmussen is a senior double majoring in Spanish and Latin American Studies and Communication.

McKenzie Rasmussen

“My experience transitioning to online learning during the Spring semester was far smoother than I was expecting. My professors worked tirelessly to adapt their schedules and courses to the online learning environment, and were incredibly helpful with the entire process. It was also a great way for me to learn how to use different technologies and platforms. Online classes are also a great way to form new learning habits and expand the ways in which you learn.”

UW-Green Bay Prof. Phil Clampitt shares ‘lessons learned’ during COVID19

UW-Green Bay Prof. and the Blair Endowed Chair of Communication Phil Clampitt reflects on lessons learned from the pandemic. “Cataclysmic events world-wide like COVID-19 often prompt people to reflect in life-changing ways. Long-forgotten assumptions surface. New perspectives emerge about well-established habits. Forced behavioral changes may foster novel and healthier responses to everyday events. Consider the musings and life-style questions below that we might glean from this pandemic…”Many epidemiologists consider the speed with which COVID-19 spreads its most novel and deadly characteristic. Yet, we live in a world where speed trumps almost all…” See more.

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.

Prof. Phil Clampitt interviewed about 2020 Presidential Election in Wisconsin | WFRV 

Blair Endowed Chair of Communication at UW-Green Bay and Prof. Phil Clampitt gave input on Wisconsin’s role in the 2020 Presidential Election.

“The electorate’s pretty evenly split,” Phil Clampitt, Blair Endowed Chair of Communication for UWGB told Local 5 Tuesday. “Sometimes we go Republican, sometimes we’ve gone Democrat, so the fact that it’s in play, that it could move one way or the other depending on the election, depending on the candidate, has a very powerful effect.”

Wisconsin will be a battleground state in the 2020 race, so Clampitt says to expect lots of political ads as November approaches.

“We are going to see a flood of ads,” he said. “We are going to see them on television, we’re going to get them in our mailbox, we’re going to get them on our Facebook accounts, we’re going to get them on Twitter.”

Source: Stage set for Wisconsin to be a battleground in the 2020 Presidential Election | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

UW-Green Bay alumni pitch virtually to gBETA Northeast Wisconsin

UW-Green Bay alumni and founders Yana DeMyer ’84 (Communication and the Arts) of Roving Blue and Justin Seidl ’12 (Art) of Sequoir both recently pitched virtually to conclude the spring 2020 cohort of gBETA Northeast Wisconsin. gBETA Northeast Wisconsin is a free, seven-week accelerator for early-stage companies with local roots and requires no fees and no equity. gBETA Northeast Wisconsin and is sponsored by the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, WiSys, and Microsoft.

DeMyer’s Roving Blue® products harness “The Power of EO3™“ (electrolytic ozone). Ozone dissolved in water is more powerful than chlorine, quickly reverts to oxygen, and leaves no chemical residue, making it an eco-friendly and sustainable sanitizing solution for water purification, food and beverage, dental, and agriculture.

Seidl’s Sequoir is a blockchain-built exchange—providing transparency, time-efficient management, and accurate reporting—for buying and selling digital assets, including cryptocurrencies and intellectual property.

See more information on gBETA, Sequoir, Roving Blue, and the other three gBETA Northeast Wisconsin spring 2020 cohort companies – Future State,, and KBD Oil.


Random Encounter #4: In Which the State of Things (pandemic) Affects the State of Play

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Bryan Carr’s (Communication, Information and Computing Science) monthly article features how video game playing is affected by the current state of things regarding the pandemic. “Normally, that means thinking about a particular game or topic that will be relevant in the publishing window and putting together some kind of pithy commentary or academic dissertation on it. For reference, I was thinking about writing about the Final Fantasy VII Remake, something about commodifying nostalgia and remaking the past so it aligns with our memory of it. It probably would have been passable. Maybe for May. But you may have noticed the world isn’t exactly a place for ‘passable’ at the moment. COVID-19 has hit us all, whether personally, professionally, or even just by disrupting the familiar rhythms of contemporary life. Remember when you could go to grocery stores without anxiously doing the math in your head to make sure that complete stranger is six feet away from you? Those were the Before Times, as my wife and I half-jokingly call them as the old normal recedes further into the past. Our country calls on us to stay at home, to serve our fellow citizens by coming nowhere near them.”

UW-Green Bay’s Associate Prof. Debra Pearson feeds the world with knowledge | The COMM Voice

Students with the COMM Voice recently wrote a piece on and interviewed UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Debra Pearson (Chemistry) and how she travels across the world to educate women in the sciences. Read more here. Story by UW-Green Bay students Lorrigan Puls, Grace Merkt and Travis Boulanger.