Media reports on Drive-Thru Commencement announcement

Local media is reporting on the recent announcement that the 101st UW-Green Bay Commencement will be a Drive-Thru event.


UW-Green Bay cancels commencement ceremony, creates “drive-through” graduation event | WBAY

UW-Green Bay changes plans for in-person graduation due to increase in COVID-19 cases | WFRV

UW-Green Bay to hold ‘drive-through’ graduation | Fox 11

UW-Green Bay Class Of 2020 Commencement Drive-Thru Experience Set For Aug. 22 | Green Bay Patch

UW-Green Bay to Hold Drive-Thru Commencement | B93 Radio 

UW-Green Bay Announces Changes to Commencement Plans | Seehafer News

Prof. Shelton discusses teacher strikes in light of COVID-19 | Education Week

As the start of the school year approaches—and the pandemic rages on—many teachers are reaching a breaking point. They’re scared to go back inside school buildings. They’re frustrated with state guidance, which they feel leaves more questions than answers. And they feel like their voices are not being heard in the push to reopen schools.Over the past couple years, teachers have organized strikes and walkouts in more than a half-dozen states and at least five big cities to fight for higher wages and more school funding. Even so, any labor action on a national scale would be “wholly unprecedented,” said Jon Shelton, an associate professor in the department of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, who studies teacher strikes.

In most of the country, teacher strikes are illegal. And even in the 15 states where strikes are legal or not covered by statute or case law, teachers still have to follow a process before they go to the picket lines. Strikes are typically the last resort in a contract negotiation process between the local teachers’ union and the district, after negotiations and mediation fail.

“There’s virtually no state where there’s just an unqualified right to strike,” Shelton said.

Source: Teachers Are Scared to Go Back to School. Will They Strike? | Education Week

UW Green Bay-Manitowoc Campus is helping students effected by Holy Family College closure | Seehafer News

Back in early May, Holy Family College in Manitowoc announced that after this school year they would be closing their doors for good, a move which left their students searching for a new place to continue their education. Enter UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus, who have been helping some of those students.

We spoke with Rachele Bakic, the Executive Director of Admissions at the campus, who voiced her empathy for those affected. “We are really sad to see what happened to Holy Family,” she said. “I was personally saddened by that just for the community, but also as the higher educational partner in that community. I had worked with Dr. Callahan on other partnerships as well as other colleagues.”

Backic told that they have benefited from the closure a little bit as a “handful” of students have made their way to the UW-Green Bay System, and “we are currently helping many others with determining the next best steps for them.”

Source: UW Green Bay-Manitowoc Campus is Helping Students Effected by Holy Family College Closure | Seehafer News

Changes to fall study abroad programs due to COVID-19 | NBC 26

As coronavirus continues to impact Wisconsin, some colleges and universities are making changes to their study abroad programs for the Fall 2020 semester.

UW-Green Bay has suspended study abroad programs for the fall. Brent Blahnik, the director of International Education at UWGB, said prior to the pandemic, they were setting enrollment records in education abroad. He said they are constantly assessing the situation and trying to make decisions at the right time. They made decisions based on programs and how much time was needed for students to secure visas, make travel plans, and enroll in courses. He said they tried to wait to make decisions as late as possible, but with safety concerns, it just was not feasible to go.

Source: Changes to fall study abroad programs due to COVID-19 | NBC 26

Weidner Center lays off half of its full-time employees due to coronavirus | Green Bay Press Gazette

The Weidner Center is laying off half of its full-time staff, as the performing arts center, like others around the country, waits out the indefinite halt to touring entertainment caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

For the 27-year-old Weidner Center, the layoffs are about maintaining the financial health of a world-class venue and best positioning it for the return of live performances, said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Michael Alexander.

“We have to do this to make sure the Weidner Center can go forward and be a really strong community resource in the future. It’s not because we’re pulling back at all on our commitment to the Weidner or its role in Green Bay or the region,” he said. “We recognize for sure what a community resource the Weidner is and the history of it. We don’t take that lightly.”

Source: Weidner Center at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay lays off half of its full-time employees due to coronavirus | Green Bay Press Gazette

UWGB Reopening: A Picture of New Reality | WHBL

When the UW Green Bay Campuses, including Sheboygan County, reopen in July, operations won’t look anything like they did before the pandemic forced them to close in March. The University released its “Return to Campus” documents outlining new plans and procedures put in place to offer education and safety at the same time.

Effective July 1st, all employees and students will be able to be on-campus Mondays through Fridays between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., although all summer course sessions are still online-only. That access is for students, staff and faculty only, and the general public will have to wait until September to visit.

Source: UWGB Reopening: A Picture of New Reality | WHBL

UW-Green Bay Student Emergency Fund included in Green Bay Packers Foundation grants | WBAY

The Green Bay Packers Foundation has awarded $500,000 in impact grants to organizations providing basic needs to people impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Twenty organizations—14 in Brown County and six in Milwaukee County—will each receive $25,000. The University of Wisconsin – Green Bay Student Emergency Fund is one of the recipients.

Source: Green Bay Packers Foundation announces $500K in grants for COVID-19 help | WBAY

Other news coverage:

Packers Foundation awards $500,000 in grants to those impacted by COVID-19 | WEAU

Packers award $500,000 in impact grants for COVID-19 relief | WJFW

Packers donate $500,000 to COVID-19 relief | WSAW

Local media covers UW-Green Bay’s phased approach to reopen

UW-Green Bay has a plan ready to reopen on July 1, 2020, and there has been a lot of news coverage surrounding the exciting announcement!

See what local media is saying:

UW-Green Bay Releases Reopening Plans | WTAQ

UW-Green Bay announces plan to reopen ahead of fall semester WFRV

UW-Green Bay to reopen campuses in phases, students welcomed back for fall semester | NBC26 

UW-Green Bay will reopen campuses to employees on July 1, welcome students back for fall semester | Green Bay Press Gazette

UW-Green Bay announces phased plan to return to campus | WBAY

UW-Green Bay prepares to bring back students | Insight on Business

UW-Green Bay sets reopening plans | WHBY

UW-Green Bay releases document regarding reopening plan | WIXX

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management talks about online classes | WFRV Local 5

As everyone is aware, in-person college course studies have been suspended due to guidelines in place to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Students who want to continue their education, have an online-only option, which really has been around for a long time. Jennifer Jones of UW- Green Bay says, “We have always had online courses available for our students. The difference is now, all of our courses have to be completed online.”

Source: Online class enrollment elevates to a new way of teaching and learning | WFRV Local 5

UW-Green Bay extends furloughs, plans to reopen campuses on July 1 | News, Sports, Jobs – The Daily news

Green Bay, Wis. — Campus leaders of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will extend furlough plans through December as the university continues to manage the financial impacts brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The plan requires faculty and staff to take unpaid leave and will result in approximately $826,830 in savings for the university from June to December.

Source: UW-Green Bay extends furloughs, plans to reopen campuses on July 1 | News, Sports, Jobs – The Daily news