Welcome back and reminder about workplace expectations

Please note this reminder from UW-Green Bay Human Resources: As we welcome the UW-Green Bay faculty and staff community back to campus in accordance with the Phoenix Forward: Return to Workplace Plan, the Chancellor has expressed his gratitude to those who have worked towards a responsible opening through a video message. As you are returning to your on-campus workplace, please ensure that you have reviewed the Employee Workplace Expectations for July 1, 2020 – August 31, 2020 and completed the electronic acknowledgment form. It is expected that employees returning to campus on or after July 1, 2020 have completed this acknowledgment. It is also recommended that all employees review the Interim Building Hours and Access Policy. Should you have further questions, please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu.

Thank you to all faculty and staff who have for your adaptability and flexibility throughout the COVID-19 event. Welcome back!




Chartwells announces the opening of Green Bay Grill and Phoenix Phresh (contactless pick-up available)

Chartwells has opened Green Bay Grill and Phoenix Phresh for students, faculty and visitors to the Green Bay Campus for breakfast and lunch. Contact the Green Bay Grill at ext. 2659 for call-ahead and contactless orders for pickup.

Green Bay Grill and Phoenix Phresh are open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday-Friday.

The Cofrin Library is ready to welcome students, faculty and staff back!

Libraries staff is happy to welcome UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff. The reopening of the UWGB Libraries will be done in a phased plan, which will change each month for the next three months. Please be sure to watch for updates and check the website for current details.

For July, the third floor only of the Cofrin Library on the Green Bay campus will be open.
Hours for July are:

  • Monday- Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday CLOSED

The three additional campus library locations will remain closed at this time.

Research assistance, for all campus locations, will be available online through email, chat, and phone the following hours:

  • Monday- Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Weekends & evenings by online appointment only

Access to the Cofrin Library physical book collection will be available starting July 1 through a pick-up service only. You will not be allowed to browse the collections. Consider this concierge library service! Staff members will retrieve any item you wish to borrow. Simply request your books online and schedule a time to pick them up. Please note you must have a valid UWGB ID to request and pick-up library materials. Full instructions can be found here: https://libguides.uwgb.edu/holdpickup

Computers, printing and photocopying will be available to UWGB students, faculty and staff on the 3rd floor of the Cofrin Library during our open hours.

We encourage you to return materials to our second floor indoor and outdoor book drops. Equipment should be returned to the third-floor desk during open hours.

University Archives will continue to offer research assistance via email, phone and online request forms. Additionally, research services in Archives will be available by appointment only during the hours of 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Researchers will be required to wear masks and gloves (provided by Archives). For more information and to make an appointment, contact the Archives Department via email (archives@uwgb.edu) or phone 920-465-2539.

“The safety and health of our patrons and staff is our priority. Thank you for following the guidelines set in place by UWGB, which include wearing a mask and keeping a 6-foot distance. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we move through this time together.”


Photo of Facilities Management crew member using a chainsaw to clear a downed tree from the Cofrin Arboretum trail

Video: UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Memorial Arboretum Trails and outdoor spaces reopen July 1

On July 1, 2020, the six miles of Cofrin Memorial Arboretum trails encircling the Green Bay campus will reopen to the public for hiking, biking and bird-watching. The trails and all public spaces (including Shorewood Golf Course, Communiversity Park and the disk golf course) were closed in March due to the pandemic and the furloughs related to it. Thank you to Facilities Management staff for clearing trees and debris allowing for a safe reopening.

About the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum:

The Cofrin Memorial Arboretum forms a natural boundary of 290 acres encircling the UW-Green Bay campus and providing valuable habitat and ecosystems as well as access for research, field trips, wildlife viewing and recreation. The purpose of the Arboretum is to restore and preserve some of Wisconsin’s native ecological communities and to provide a place where people can enjoy and appreciate nature. Emphasis is placed on the protection, enrichment, and development of native Wisconsin plant communities and areas of special ecological significance. Forests, prairies, ponds, and creeks represent some of the major communities thriving in the Arboretum.

The Arboretum also contributes significantly to the UW-Green Bay environment, making it one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States.

Video by Sue Pischke, University Marketing & Communication

Photo of golf carts and the welcome sign at Shorewood Golf Course in Green Bay, WI.

Video: Shorewood Golf Course prepares to open in July

Superintendent Nate Rusch and his grounds crew at Shorewood Golf Course, located on the Green Bay Campus, prepare the greens and fairways for golfers with an expected opening date of Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Book your tee times online or call 920-465-2118.

A golf course employee operates the lawn mower to get the fairway trimmed at Shorewood Golf Course.
Rusch trims the greens to get the golf course ready for golfers as the Shorewood Golf Course gets ready to open on the Green Bay campus.
A golf course employee operates the lawn mower to get the greens trimmed at Shorewood Golf Course.
A golf course employee cuts the rough between fairways one and nine at the Shorewood Golf Course on the Green Bay Campus.


All UW-Green Bay employees must sign electronic acknowledgement form

Consistent with UW-Green Bay Chancellor Alexander’s communication on June 15, 2020, the University will allow access to campus buildings from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday starting July 1, 2020. Access will be permitted for employees, students, and members of the public transacting University business.

All employees will be allowed to return to their work areas during the above listed times, but will be required to adhere to the established Employee Workplace Expectations which are set forth in the attached document. These expectations have been established to protect both employees and members of the public who access University facilities. Please carefully review the attached, and confirm your receipt and understanding by completing this electronic acknowledgment formEmployees will not be permitted to return to campus on or after July 1, 2020 until the acknowledgment is completed.

The University continues to encourage all employees to work remotely so long as they wish to do so and are able to perform their assigned work in a remote environment.  Prior to returning to your work area, please advise your supervisor of your desire to return so they can appropriately establish staffing as well as secure the necessary safety materials for your office space.  If you have been requested to return to work and do not feel comfortable doing so, please advise your supervisor who can work with Human Resources to resolve the issue.

If you have any questions about the attached documents, provisions of safety materials, or other concerns, please contact Human Resources hr@uwgb.edu for assistance.

Phoenix Rising sculpture with trees in blossom in the background

UW-Green Bay to reopen campuses in phases beginning July 1

University to welcome back students for fall semester;
employees begin July 1 to prepare

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced today an overview of a two-phased plan to bring faculty, staff and students back to all four UW-Green Bay campuses (Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan) for the Fall 2020 semester. Faculty and staff who need to be on campus to do their jobs will be able to return to their offices and work spaces on July 1, 2020. The plan also includes the opening of some outdoor spaces used by the public as of July 1.

It’s the first return of UW-Green Bay employees since mid-March, when, because of COVID-19, students, faculty and staff were asked to vacate campus and study/attend classes and work from home. Many employees will continue their work virtually throughout the summer and into the fall to minimize the number of people on campus. Details for each phase of reopening follow:

Phase I: Campus Reopening; Faculty, Staff and Student Employees Return to the Workplace

  • Campus reopens July 1, 2020 and will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday.
  • Employees returning to a campus will be required to adhere to public health practices including wearing masks, hand hygiene, physical distancing and daily symptom assessment. The Phoenix Forward Return to Campus Plan, guidelines and expectations will be distributed to all employees later this week.
  • The University will limit the number of entry and exit points into campus buildings and increase the frequency of cleaning of common and high traffic areas.
  • Hand sanitizing stations and check-in/check-out procedures will be followed.
  • Campus will be encouraged to travel outside and avoid using the tunnel system.
  • Shorewood Golf Course, the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum, Communiversity Park with access to the bay, and the disk golf course are all reopening to the public on July 1, 2020. All members of the public accessing these spaces will need to follow CDC-recommended best practices and guidelines to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.
  • A detailed snapshot of University operations for July is available and will be updated regularly.

Phase II: Bringing Students Back to Campus

While University officials welcome back some faculty and staff to campus, specific planning will continue into July in order to allow students to safely return to campus for the fall semester. Initial plans include:

  • The Fall 2020 Semester will begin, as scheduled, on Sept. 2, 2020 and end on December 21, 2020.
  • Classes will be offered in various formats, including in-person, hybrid/blended, and online classes. The delivery methods that each class will be offered in is under development and will be finalized by mid-July.
  • The occupancy of each classroom will be reduced to allow for social distancing and masks will be required.
  • The Office of Residence Life, with campus health/wellness partner Prevea and the Brown County Public Health, is developing community standards and safety measures for campus housing, as well as safety guidelines for all four campuses. University officials are confident that all students with residence hall contracts will be able to be accommodated under the current guidelines.
  • Campus move-in dates will be staggered to accommodate social distancing and announced in the near future.

As University personnel continue to operate during the pandemic, leaders are preparing to be nimble in their operations and with regards to all decisions that influence and protect the safety of each member of its four-campus community.

“Our summer and fall enrollments are up and tell us people want to continue to learn,” said Chancellor Michael Alexander. “We will continue to do everything in our power to accommodate students so that they continue with their academic progression with the safety of our faculty, staff, and students as our highest priority”

Alexander’s optimism is fueled by positive signs on the enrollment front. UW-Green Bay is reporting strong enrollment trends for both summer and fall 2020. Summer student enrollment is up more than 600 students from last year, an increase of more than 20%. Early reports show fall enrollment is also up over 2019-20. Final enrollment is measured following the first few weeks in classes when students are still adding and dropping courses. If patterns continue, it would be the fifth consecutive year that UW-Green Bay enrollment has grown despite trends across the Midwest.

“We know how important access to an education is for the growth and well-being of our community,” Chancellor Alexander said. “Our mission to provide a transformative education to all who desire it is essential. We must be part of the solution to solve the educational inequity issues in our region, state, and country.”


UW-Green Bay Provost Burns messages students about fall class delivery

Interim Provost Kate Burns messaged students about fall plans today (June 11, 2020)

Dear Students,

As we plan for classes to resume and campus to open this fall, I want to keep you informed as decisions are made. Today I am writing to share with you updates regarding course delivery and distance education fees.

This fall we will be offering courses in many different modes: in-person, online, and hybrid/blended courses. We are hoping to offer enough courses in various formats, allowing you to choose the classes and formats that best fit your needs.

In order to account for required safety guidelines, including physical distancing, some courses that were previously listed as in-person will need to be moved online. Some in-person courses will need to move to different classrooms or to other spaces on campus. And some in-person courses will need to become hybrid/blended, meeting both in-person and online, with varying percentages of in-person and online instruction depending on the class.

All of these adjustments are already in progress and will take some time to process. We are targeting a mid-July completion date and encourage you to check SIS regularly to verify the delivery method assigned for your classes.

Classes are scheduled to follow our current academic calendar, beginning on September 2.

For Fall, we are planning on charging the Distance Education fee for online, blended, and distance education classes, regardless of whether the course was originally listed as such or if we adjusted the format this summer. Usually we charge $25 per credit for the Distance Education courses. This Fall we are cutting the fee in half ($12.50 per credit) to recognize the financial challenges many students are facing and to encourage you to continue your educational pursuits. Unfortunately, we cannot completely do away with these fees, which cover the software, technology, student support, and faculty training necessary to deliver online and distance education, which are vital in our current remote environment. We are working to balance this vital infrastructure withaccommodating students’ needs to take more online and distance ed classes during the pandemic. If you have financial concerns, please contact Financial Aid at financialaid@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2111. You could also consider applying for one of our emergency grants.

These changes are necessary to help keep students, faculty, and staff safe while also offering a variety of options to best serve you. Striking the right balance is an ongoing pursuit. We have been partnering with Prevea and Brown County Health to determine safety guidelines for a safe return to campus and will share more information about this later this summer. If you have any questions or concerns about any of these changes, please reach out to GBOSS at gboss@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2111 and they will be able to help.  Your commitment to higher education at this time is so important and we want to make sure you are able to achieve your goals.

Take care,

Kate Burns
Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

UW-Green Bay Office of Residence Life update

Below is a message from Director of Residence Life Gail Sims-Aubert to Phoenix families regarding Residence Life at UW-Green Bay.

Phoenix Families,

We share your concerns.

We know you want your UW-Green Bay student to be able to move to campus this fall, but you also want them to be safe. We do, too.

The Office of Residence Life is collaborating with our campus health/wellness partner, Prevea, and Brown County Public Health to develop community standards and safety measures for our campus housing.  Though we cannot predict the future, we do feel confident that we can move our residential students in to their fall assignments at the end of August as planned.

The process of moving to campus and the practice of living in a communal setting will likely look quite different in the coming academic year. However, all decisions to alter cleaning practices and services to our residential students are being driven by an abundance of caution. These new strategies will be communicated to both you and your UW-Green Bay student in the coming weeks, so that final preparations can be made to move to campus.

We also recognize that the pandemic has created significant change for many. We are aware that in some cases family finances have been impacted, students’ sense of security has been altered and others have had to recognize vulnerabilities in regard to personal health. For these reasons, we want to work with you and your student to create the living situation that best meets their needs. If your student has questions or concerns about their fall assignment, please encourage them to reach out and allow us the opportunity to position them for success as they move forward with their college career.

Thank you for working with your student in choosing UW-Green Bay.

Go Phoenix!

Gail Sims-Aubert
Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Campus Climate
Director of Residence Life

Phone: 920-465-2040
Email: housing@uwgb.edu
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UW-Green Bay and Prevea Health announce new partnership

Collaboration brings Prevea medical expertise to students

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and Prevea Health have announced a partnership that will provide health and wellness support to UW-Green Bay students at all four campuses (Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan).

Beginning July 1, 2020, UW-Green Bay’s Counseling and Health Center will be renamed The UW-Green Bay Wellness Center and will remain in Student Services (SS1400) on the Green Bay Campus. Counseling services will continue to be provided by UW-Green Bay staff and will remain within The UW-Green Bay Wellness Center. In the same location, primary medical care will now be provided by Prevea Health.

“We are grateful to have a distinguished partner like Prevea to provide for the health and wellness needs of our students,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Mike Alexander. “Prevea President and CEO, Dr. Ashok Rai has shown his ability to guide our community and provide reassurance during this pandemic. We are fortunate to have the support of the Prevea team as we move ahead as a University. Our Phoenix family will certainly benefit from this partnership as we continue to make student safety, health and wellness a top priority.”

The Wellness Center will be closed for in person services from July 1 through August 16, 2020 as University personnel prepare to bring students back to campus in August. However, counseling services will remain available to students this summer by phone. On-campus in person medical and counseling services will resume on August 17, 2020. Prevea Health will also provide medical care to students in the Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan communities. Prevea Health will also provide medical care to students in the Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan communities.

Additionally, students will have access to:

  • Prevea Urgent Care locations throughout the region
  • Care online for common conditions through Prevea Virtual Care: www.prevea.com/virtualcare
  • Prevea Care After Hours, which allows students to reach a nurse by phone 24/7
  • Psychiatric services to provide diagnostic assessment and medication management

“Prevea Health has been a longtime partner of UW-Green Bay and is honored to embark on this new journey with the University to enhance student health care services,” said Prevea’s Dr. Rai. “We have the experts and resources on hand to provide students high-quality health care that is close, convenient and reliable. We look forward to serving their health care needs.”

About Prevea Health
Founded in Green Bay, Wis. in 1996, Prevea Health is a health care organization that provides high-quality, primary and specialty health care in 80+ locations across Northern, Eastern and Western Wisconsin in clinic and hospital settings. It is partnered with six Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) hospitals across Wisconsin to provide patients a system of highly-coordinated care, close to home: HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan; HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls; HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire; and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls. For more information, visit www.prevea.com.

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.