UW-Green Bay alumnus CJ Elger’s ’19 (Master of Data Science) went to the World Series with the Tampa Bay Rays, “And it’s not because of anything he did on the field.” Elger combined his life-long love of baseball with a passion for computer science and is now is in his fourth season working with the Rays verifying and analyzing statistical data for the team.
Being a student-athlete and a member of the U.S. Army National Guard during the pandemic can be hard, but to her credit, UW-Green Bay junior Taylor Reichow, a Computer Science major, excels at both.
The Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corp (ROTC) cadet and goalkeeper for the Green Bay women’s soccer team, earned distinguished honors this summer in her Advanced Individual Training (AIT) and received two awards — the Distinguished Honor Graduate Award for placing the highest in a series of tests and the Army Achievement Medal.
Her training took place at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. As a Multiple Launch Rocket Systems crewmember, Reichow learned things such as loading rocket pods onto resupply vehicles, military communication using the SINCGARS radio system and preventative maintenance checks on all vehicles used to shoot rockets. She did all of this in extreme (120 degrees Fahrenheit) heat!
Reichow shined from the beginning, but was nervous for the last test. “The sergeants and instructors had to give us our grades mid-way through training and to my surprise I was in the number one position with a 99.75%,” she said. “I was super nervous for every test I took because the last two were the most difficult ones. I wasn’t sure I could hold my spot because there was heavy competition. We had a field training exercise which was four days, three nights [and] I had to get a 96% in order to keep my position at No. 1, and with it, the Distinguished Honor Graduate Award.”
The Army Achievement Medal was later awarded when her Drill Sergeant in Wisconsin got word of her high achievements and he sent her name in to be considered. This medal is awarded to any member of the armed forces that distinguishes themselves by meritorious services or achievement.
She was honored by the recognition. “This is the best thing that has happened to me. I was thrilled that I was able to accomplish something this huge. Because I was the distinguished honor graduate, I was able to shoot my first six rockets while I was at training, which was everything I could ask for.”
Back on campus, she continues to train with Green Bay women’s soccer, and has also taken on leadership roles in the Women in Technology student organization. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a job in the technology industry while coaching either soccer or basketball to keep her love of the sports alive. Throughout all of this though Reichow will continue in the Army National Guard.
Two years in, Reichow joined the ROTC to be a part of something bigger than herself. She’s one example of a Phoenix rising to meet the expectations of her coaches, her teammates and her ROTC peers and leaders.
Story by Charlotte Berg, Marketing and University Communication intern
Five UW-Green Bay students were given a Facebook shout-out from their internship host, Paper Transport, Inc (PTI). All of PTI’s current interns are enrolled at UW-Green Bay: Dylon Pokorny (Business Administration) and Brianna Westenberger (Business Administration), operations support interns; Alan Burkart (Business Administration), a supply chain intern; Marianna Sadownikow (Business Administration), driver recruiting intern and Ma Xiong (Computer Science), an IT intern.
PTI has recently announced that its internship program will be expanded. Most interns at the company work for about four months with the potential of being able to stay longer with the company.
“I think it’s extremely important for college students to participate in an internship because it gives them hands on experience,” said Sadownikow. UW-Green Bay Career Services works with business and organizations to set-up these important opportunities.
PTI is a local cargo and freight company with more than 1,000 employees and more than 730 trucks and 2,400 trailers. UW-Green Bay Career Services works with business and organizations to set-up these opportunities.
Seven UW-Green Bay students recently spent a Saturday solving real corporate innovation challenges at Jake’s Café in Sheboygan for Sartori, a family owned company in Plymouth “dedicated to making the world’s finest artisan cheese made from premium milk supplied by local Wisconsin farmers.” While several students applied to the program, these students were invited to participate. The students were placed on competitive problem solving teams with college students from other Eastern Wisconsin universities. Students formed one team to ideate then present their solutions to one corporate innovation challenge provided by Sartori, then formed a second team to solve another of Sartori’s corporate innovation challenges.
Students were mentored along the way in The Commons’ innovation process by representatives from Sartori. Top three teams were selected from each corporate innovation challenge then a top three overall were selected. One UW-Green Bay student, Misty Wolff (Accounting), was on two top-three teams and the team that placed first overall. The UW-Green Bay students who participated were Carol Brehmer (Business Administration), Victoria Henderson (Business Administration), James Pockrandt (Computer Science), Jilliana Quinones (Business Administration), Hamza Umar (Business Administration), Misty Wolff (Accounting), and Tomer Zloczower (Computer Science).
Photos courtesy of The Commons, Robert Colletta Photography
The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) Engine VII event at the Neville Museum will be taking on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The STEAM Engine is an interactive event held at the Neville Museum that features speakers with exciting projects, new business ventures and cutting edge research. The STEAM Engine showcases individuals and organizations in the region who are seeking new horizons in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. The events kick off at 6 p.m. with a short live music performance followed by presentations, including one from UW-Green Bay lecturer Benjamin Geisler (Computer Science), and Q & A. The social networking hour with soda, Titletown beer and popcorn rounds out the night. Learn more.
Sallie Petty, a UW-Green Bay senior majoring in Computer Science, was honored Tuesday, July 17 as an “Impact Member Award” recipient by Women in Technology Wisconsin during its annual meeting at Fox Cities Stadium. WIT Wisconsin recognized Petty as an outstanding role model who is making significant contributions to their community through her time, actions, talents and dedication. Sallie is the founder of the campus student organization at UW-Green Bay, WITonCampus at UWGB, and she is a student leader in Google IgniteCS at UW-Green Bay. She also serves as the lab administrator and social media/marketing manager for UW-Green Bay Cyber Security, Outreach and Education and has been involved in the GenCyber camps for the past two summers on campus. She represents UW-Green Bay in the community at a multitude of events demonstrating robots and talking about technology efforts at UW-Green Bay. Petty currently interns at Breakthrough Fuel in Green Bay. Congratulations!
Three UW-Green Bay students are in Cascais, Portugal studying at the European Innovation Academy to learn about global entrepreneurship. Here’s a summary of recent activities that the students completed with their teams that were formed before Day 2.
UW-Green Bay students on three different teams are going through customer development exercises to prepare themselves for Day 4. On Day 4, the students get to go on the streets, shopping centers and ocean walks of Cascais to talk to potential customers about their problems that their start-ups could solve. Paulina Godlewska’s team, called HiLume, provides interactive and accessible product data in the way of augmented reality to in-store retailer customers’ mobile devices. The team plans to start with grocery store customers for a potential product-solution fit. Godlewska serves as the chief business officer for her team, and her teammates are from universities in Canada, Netherlands and England.
UW-Green Bay student Courtney Gersek (Business Administration) and her team are ready for Day 4. Gersek is the CEO of her company, Twistables, which attempts to make it easier for customers to get the last bits of peanut butter or Nutella out of the jar. The idea was based on Gersek’s business idea, and on Day 0 she recruited her team, which is composed of a chief business officer from China, chief marketing officer and chief design officer from Florida, and a chief science officer from Portugal.
On Day 5 at the European Innovation Academy in Cascais, Portugal, UW-Green Bay student Leah Zorn (Computer Science) and her team compiled customer insights from Day 4, searched for patterns in that data, and storyboarded their customer’s experience using their solution to form a prototype of their app, on paper. From that paper prototype, the team will work on a digital prototype using Adobe. Zorn’s team, PLUM, is trying to solve the problem of connecting international students on university campuses to off campus authentic, high-quality ethnic food. Zorn serves her team as the chief design officer, and her team is made up of students from universities in Toronto, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh and Basel, Switzerland. The students will have the weekend off to explore Portugal. Many are exploring Lisbon tomorrow as the students have free train tickets as part of the program. In addition, on Sunday there is a planned optional trip to Evora, the capital of Portugal’s south-central Alentejo region, to see castles.
The second week at the European Innovation Academy in Cascais starts with digital prototyping. The teams are to create landing pages to collect leads, and make a working digital prototype of their app or website solution to the consumer problem that their business is solving. On Day 7, students will attend mentoring in the morning and a Startup Expo in the afternoon to continue to test their ideas and to communicate their idea. The goal? To make the cut for the intense Product Sprint Workshop by Day 10. Out of the teams that make it that far, the top 10 ideas will be chosen to be pitched to investors along with three wild cards that did not make it in time for the Product Sprint Workshop. UW-Green Bay student Paulina Godlewska (Business Administration) and her team went to the CascaiShopping (a mall in Cascais) to do customer interviews in order to gain insight on how their solution would fit into customers’ problems.
Three UW-Green Bay students — Courtney Gersek (Business Administration), Paulina Godlewska (Computer Science) and Leah Zorn (Computer Science) — are attending the Day 0 Ideation event at the European Innovation Academy in Cascais, Portugal. Students communicate their ideas through a canvas with slots for each category: problem, customer and team member. Presenting students are trying to create a diverse five-member team by Day 2 by “selling” their idea. Godlewska and Zorn are still on the hunt for a dream team, while Gersek is trying to build hers by presenting her idea to prospective team members.
UW-Green Bay, along with other area colleges and tech companies, spoke to high school students at the TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) Computer Science Fair at Lambeau Field, on May 16, 2018. The fair was hosted by the Green Bay Packers and Microsoft, and attracted high school students interested in computer science and technology. UW-Green Bay featured a dancing robot in front of its booth at the fair, which amused and fascinated passersby. TEALS helps high schools throughout the U.S. build and grow sustainable computer science programs. TEALS pairs trained computer science professionals from across the technology industry with classroom teachers to team-teach computer science. Industry volunteers and partner teachers create a ripple effect, impacting the students they teach, and the many students who will study computer science in the future. TEALS was founded in 2009 by former high school CS teacher and Microsoft engineer Kevin Wang, who now runs the program full time. TEALS is generously supported by Microsoft Philanthropies.
Five UW-Green Bay students traveled to Milwaukee 10+ times this semester for an independent study to build their entrepreneurial skills. The program was hosted by The Commons. Pictured are (from left to right) freshmen Maria Arunkumar (Business Administration) and Kirby Katers (Business Administration), senior Jordan Shefchik (Psychology), junior Evan Grzyb (Computer Science) and senior Jake Taylor (Business Administration). The students had to apply to the program and work on teams with students from a variety of majors and degree levels from other eastern Wisconsin colleges and universities.
Arunkumar worked on a team developing a startup called “Beyond Reach” which analyzes demographic and other dynamic data to create unique strategies for search and rescue planning on land.
Katers worked on a team for a corporate innovation project for sponsor Godfrey and Kahn. The product is called “Hivemind,” an open-source, internal, knowledge-base repository that stores and secures tribal knowledge.
Shefchik worked on a team for a corporate innovation product for sponsor Kohl’s. “Kohl’s Preturns” is a faster and more convenient way for customers to make their returns to “Save time. Avoid the line!”
Grzyn and Taylor worked on a team developing a startup called “Portal Fitness,” an innovative home fitness company giving climbers the equipment they need to improve at home. The startup’s tagline is “Climb on your time.” Taylor, (far right) is holding their first product prototype.