Interdisciplinary UW-Green Bay team places second in WiSys Innovation Showcase

UW-Green Bay students Carol Brehmer (Human Development and Business Administration) and Ebanie Schmidt ’19 (Design Arts) took second place in the WiSys Innovation Showcase on July 22, 2019 with their innovation “PIVOTAL.” The student competition was held at UW-Stout during WiSys’ annual celebration of research and innovation, known as WSTS.

PIVOTAL is a hypoallergenic, easy-to-use and comfortable belt designed for outdoor hobbyists and enthusiasts along with blue-collar workers. The concept for PIVOTAL was also presented as part of WiSys’ Innovation in Aging competition at UW-Green Bay earlier this year. The Innovation Showcase highlights innovative, hands-on projects in any academic discipline. Students are invited to display their projects among their statewide colleagues in parallel with a student poster symposium. Just as innovation can take on many forms, students’ final, tangible projects may be demonstrated as a prototype, computer display, application storyboard, etc.

UW-Green Bay student team to compete at the 2019 Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament

The UW-Green Bay student business Eir Apparel will be competing on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the 2019 Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament at Northwestern Mutual’s Cream City Labs in Milwaukee. Business Administration students Carol Brehmer, Matt Halbur  James Schierl and Design Arts student Ebanie Schmidt formed Eir Apparel to design a better belt than the typically used shoelace for those active in sports such as skateboarding. To qualify for the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament, Eir Apparel placed third in the Spring 2019 UW-Green Bay Business Idea Contest and participated in the Innovation in Aging competition. The UW-Green Bay Community is invited to attend the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament as a guest of the UW-Green Bay entrepreneurship program by registering by Monday, April 8, 2019. The event is free at attend. For more information on the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament, Ideadvance for students, faculty, staff and alumni or the entrepreneurship program, please contact entrepreneurship lecturer Ryan Kauth at KauthR@uwgb.edu.

College textbooks exchange idea wins Spring 2019 UW-Green Bay Student Business Idea Contest

Three business administration majors won the Spring 2019 UW-Green Bay Student Business Idea Contest with Bookbates, an idea for a better college textbook (and other books) exchange experience. Students Garriet Kanis, Wyatt Smet and Zach Zeutzius took the first place $500 prize on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Kanis, Smet, and Zeutzius will pitch Bookbates as one of the two UW-Green Bay teams at The Pitch on Thursday, April 11, 2019 where they will compete with teams from five other Northeast Wisconsin colleges and universities for a first prize of $10,000 in cash and $15,000 in in-kind services.

Marissa Dyess (Business Administration) took the $250 cash second prize with Quick Jobs, her idea for a student-centered job placement and resume service.James Schierl (Business Administration) and Carol Brehmer (Business Administration) pitched EIR Apparel, a belt that does not pinch for those active in sports such as skateboarding. The team also includes Matt Halbur (Business Administration) and Ebanie Schmidt (Design Arts). The team will represent UW-Green Bay at the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Johnny Gomez (Business Administration) pitched Easy Lease to a $50 fourth place finish. Easy Lease is a blockchain-based app that brings landlords and potential tenants together and includes services for both types of users such as lease signing and rent payments. The team developing Easy Lease also includes Chelsea Georgia (Business Administration) and Susan Xiong (Business Administration).

 Judges for the contest represented the following organizations: Bank First, City of Green Bay, gBETA Northeast Wisconsin, Greater Green Bay Chamber, Oneida Nation, and WWBIC.

For more information on UW-Green Bay’s Entrepreneurship program, please see the UW-Green Bay Business Week 2019 events at or contact Entrepreneurship lecturer Ryan Kauth at KauthR@uwgb.edu.

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UW-Green Bay alumnus has art exhibition on display

UW-Green Bay alumnus Cristian Andersson ’13 (Studio Arts, Design Arts) has an exhibition entitled “Social Amnesia” that will be running at the Aylward Gallery at the UW-Oshkosh, Fox Valley Campus until Friday, Mar. 8, 2019. The exhibition includes new paintings, sculptural items and the Scriptorium – a 9′ x 36.5′ installation piece. The performance piece “EARTH||AIR” had its debut and the familial sculptures still stand in the gallery. Learn more.

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UW-Green Bay students and faculty contribute to latest Voyageur issue

The Summer/Fall 2018 issue of Voyageur: Northeast Wisconsin’s Historical Review is now available. The magazine is published by the Brown County Historical Society in close collaboration with UW-Green Bay. Associate Prof. David Voelker (Humanities and History) is the editor-in-chief and served as the current issue’s editor. Professor Toni Damkoehler (Design Arts) was the art director for the issue. In addition to the countless contributions made by UW-Green Bay design students and editorial interns, the issue includes an article on local political cartoonist Lyle Lahey by Associate Prof. Alison Staudinger (Democracy and Justice Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies and Political Science) and an article on a Twitter-based reenactment in Associate Prof. Jon Shelton’s history class of the Great Green Bay Fire, written by current students Emily Wolf and Doug Higgins.

“Voyageur: Northeast Wisconsin’s Historical Review” Winter/Spring 2017 issue features UW-Green Bay talent

The Winter/Spring 2017 issue of Voyageur: Northeast Wisconsin’s Historical Review, hit mailboxes and local newsstands in January. The magazine is published by the Brown County Historical Society, in partnership with UW-Green Bay. This issue includes articles on Hotel Northland, the Automobile Gallery, and the UW-Green Bay time capsule and Viking Saga House. Assistant Prof. Eric Morgan (Democracy and Justice Studies and History) is new to the position of Associate Editor of the magazine and Senior Lecturer Addie Sorbo (Design Arts) was the art director for the issue. Sorbo worked with a class of six graphic designers, and Morgan oversaw five editorial interns. Two students, Lucas Wuensch and Sean Gleason, contributed articles to the magazine. Associate Prof. Heidi Sherman (Humanistic Studies and History) co-authored the Viking Saga House piece with 2016 graduate Natalya Jensen. Associate Prof. David Voelker (Humanistic Studies and History), the magazine’s editor-in-chief, contributed an interview with Automobile Gallery founder William “Red” Lewis. For more information or to subscribe, contact the Voyageur manager, Kent Crain, at 920-465-2446 or voyageur@uwgb.edu.

ACUI Region V Winners

The UW-Green Bay University Union Marketing & Promotions Department submitted seven entries to the 2016 Region V ACUI (Association of College Union International) Conference, Oct. 14–16, at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Congratulations to the UW-Green Bay winners listed below:

  • Brochure: First Place, Ranita Haanen | Your University Union; Second Place: Ranita Haanen | Human Mosaic.
  • Logo: Second Place, Ellie Frei | Creative Co.
  • Large Media: First Place, Kennedy Wendt | Union Chalk Walls
  • Promotional Campaign: First Place, Ellie Frei | Bingo

UW-Green Bay’s Thomas, Konshak win student ‘ADDYs’

Two UW-Green Bay students, Beau Thomas and Sam Konshak, won Student ADDY awards at the Fox River Ad Club’s annual ADDY Awards event that took place in February.

All educational institution students in Northeast Wisconsin and the Fox Cities were eligible to submit to the ADDYs. Of the six student ADDYs awarded this year, UW-Green Bay students took awards for three projects.

UW-Green Bay student Beau Thomas received a Student Gold ADDY award. Samantha Konshak received two Student Silver ADDY Awards. All three award-winning designs were created in the UW-Green Bay Graphic Design 431 studio class in fall 2015, led by Toni Damkoehler, Associate Prof. Arts and Design.

A complete list of 2015 ADDY Award winners can be found on the Fox River Ad Club’s website.

2015 Student Gold ADDY Award

AddyAward_BeauThomasCategory: Book Design
Entrant: Beau Thomas
Title: Self Promotional Leave-behind Booklet (UWGB Graphic Design Studio 431 project)
Educational Institution: UW-Green Bay

2015 Student Silver ADDY Award

addyaward-sam-konshak-save-a-pitCategory: Consumer Campaign
Entrant: Samantha Konshak
Title: Be a Peach Campaign, brochure, postcard mailer and poster (UWGB Graphic Design Studio 431 project on behalf of a nonprofit organization)
Educational Institution: UW-Green Bay

2015 Student Silver ADDY Award

addyaward-sam-konshak-self-promoCategory: Book Design
Entrant: Samantha Konshak
Title: Self-Promotional Leave-behind Booklet (UWGB Graphic Design Studio 431 project)
Educational Institution: UW-Green Bay