Some businesses are continuing to struggle amid COVID-19, but one that is in good shape is the UW-Green Bay school system, who is reporting that many of their schools are seeing an increase in enrollment.The Main Campus in Green Bay saw a 3.3% rise in studentship, however the big numbers came at the Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campuses, who reported a 23.6% and 31% rise respectively.This increase is not universal across the UW system where, as a whole, there was a 1% drop in student enrollment.The UWGB increase marks the fifth consecutive year of growth for the University.
Please help spread the word. Students can ask anything on the new chat option at the students page. The chat option is another way UW-Green Bay is helping students persist and rise to the challenge. GBOSS personnel will answer the call.
WBAY-TV2 is advancing the conversation about race in Northeast Wisconsin. Alexandra Ritchie works in higher education, in the admissions office at UW-Green Bay. Earlier this year following social justice protests, Ritchie penned a letter to her colleagues about issues of race, and ways that UWGB could have an impact on the entire student body. Ritchie speaks about the ways she believes educators can, and should, lead the way to provide opportunities for all students. See Power 2 Change: Alexandra Ritchie.
UW-Green Bay’s Alexandra Ritchie’s first experience with racism was in first grade. At 12, she was diagnosed with clinical depression. Now, she’s shaping a powerful campus conversation. Alexandra expanded her story outside of campus, in an interview with Cami Rapson on Action 2 News at 10, tonight (July 30, 2020).
As the fall semester draws ever closer, UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus is preparing to welcome their students back onto the campus.
We spoke with Rachele Bakic, the executive director of Admissions at the school, who explained, “In Admissions, we are going to start tours on all four campuses, and those will be by appointment only. Right now our number is 10 people or less for the individual campuses.“
(Formerly) UW-Manitowoc, along with-UW Sheboygan and UW-Marinette, were paired up with UW-Green Bay in 2018 when the UW Board of Regents paired all schools in the system with a larger school in the area to allow for smaller schools to thrive.
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 SeehaferNews.com 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.”
GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (June 30, 2020)—It probably wasn’t the summer they planned, but more than 40 high school students are making the most of their summer break to earn college credit through UW-Green Bay’s Summer Scholars Program.
Summer Scholars provides students the opportunity to earn three UW-Green Bay credits during a four-week, online course offered July 13 through August 9, 2020. Enrollment is still open. Courses are being offered in the high-interest areas of computer science, geoscience and sociology through UW-Green Bay’s Continuing Education and Community Engagement division.
Recent Green Bay Preble High School graduate Megan Matuszewski is taking the Natural Hazards course in order to satisfy the Natural Sciences general education required course at most college and universities.
“My aim is to have 30 college credits by the time I go to UW-Green Bay in fall of 2020, and through the Summer Scholars program, I will reach my goal,” she said. “I am excited to begin my course in the upcoming weeks!”
The program is entirely online. with three classes to choose from: Introduction to Computing & Internet Technologies, Natural Hazards, and Contemporary Social Problems. The cost is $600 per course—a 55% savings on tuition and fees.
The summer program saves high school students and 2020 high school graduates hundreds of dollars in tuition through the reduced-tuition structure. Credits earned can be transferred to all UW System schools and most private or out-of-state schools. The program allows students the opportunity to get a head start on their college degree and distinguish themselves on future college applications.
The Summer Scholars Program exemplifies UW-Green Bay’s commitment to serving high school students and creating impactful pathways towards higher education and beyond.
Registration for the Summer Scholars Program continues until July 3, 2020. For more information, please visit www.uwgb.edu/k12relations/summer-scholars-program/overview.
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.
About the Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement
The Division focuses its mission on creating educational opportunity and access for all ages, encompassing K-12 student programs, personal and professional development and customized training to meet the needs of a progressive economy. The division develops, collaborates and executes responsive solutions for diverse communities statewide, all of which reflect a deep commitment to inclusion, social justice and civic responsibility. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu/cece
In this open letter to her campus colleagues, Marketing and Communications Recruitment Coordinator in UW-Green Bay’s Office of Admissions, Alexandra Ritchie expresses her personal pain over hate, stereotyping and the devastating actions leading to recent marches and protests across the nation.
She, and others, call on the UW-Green Bay campus community to seek understanding, serve as allies, and demand that as a campus, we do better, as Chancellor Alexander has requested from the four-campus community. Ritchie is working with the personnel across campus to compile a list of resources that help educate and motivate.
My first encounter with racism came in the first grade. A group of classmates staged a boycott of chocolate milk during lunches because it was “gross” like the color of my skin. I didn’t even know I was any different. Sure, by first grade those kids may have already been taught their biases from parents or other family members, but they were also born into a society that prioritizes white bodies and demotes ‘otherness’ to second-class. My otherness.
I’m tired of being tired.
Our unfair systems have deemed United States a level playing ground. In reality, Black people have been chained to the starting line, centuries behind the lead. When the shackles came off on Juneteenth we were suddenly supposed to be able to compete? The Civil Rights movement brought about change on paper, but how much change actually occurred in the hearts and minds of those in power? What systems were deconstructed and reconstructed to have us all starting in the same spot?
Systemic racism is hard to break, but it’s even harder to bear. The not-so-funny thing about racism is that the oppressed can’t always make the change; sometimes we can only demand it. After all, what oppressor listens to the oppressed? We need allies. When Black people and other persons of color ask for allies, we aren’t just asking for well-intentioned people to ask how we’re doing. We aren’t asking for people to be colorblind. We aren’t asking for a white body to be a megaphone for our anguish. We aren’t asking you to argue on Facebook with your racist uncle. All these things could help, but we’re really asking for you to educate yourself, embrace our differences, occupy the spaces that we haven’t been permitted in for over 400 years, and go to war destroying those systems that continually put a proverbial knee to our necks. If you aren’t uncomfortable, you’re doing it wrong.
Part of educating yourself is understanding your individual privilege. Privilege shouldn’t be a scary word or insult, and it’s not just for white people. Privilege doesn’t mean that you haven’t fallen on hard times. It’s an honest reflection of things to be grateful for, things that you have no control over that make your life even a fraction easier. Analyzing and accepting privilege is the first step to better understanding what systems you’re benefitting from that marginalized groups may not be. Those working in education are not only tasked with continually evaluating their own biases and privileges, but also imparting the knowledge of past generations onto the next, helping them develop critical thinking skills and inspiring a strong value system. Unfortunately, education itself, especially higher education, can also be a privilege.
So, how do we as a UW-Green Bay community fix that? Well, it starts internally, and it’s not just about not being racist. It’s about being anti-racist. We’re no longer just talking about individuals, we’re looking at the systems. Try need-based scholarships instead of merit-based. Fill courses with real-world applications for all walks of life. Provide access to resources to support all students, no matter their intersectionalities. Take care of the whole student. The whole staff. The whole faculty. Once we’ve established our internal anti-racism reform, we have to continue that trajectory into the rest of our community. And that starts with divesting from partners or companies who don’t hold the same anti-racism values as us. We can’t and won’t tolerate it.
Lord knows I don’t have all the answers, but to me, the goal should never be diversity. Diversity feels like a check box that we have to tick rather than the leveling the playing field. What I’m striving for is inclusion and equity. I want a UW-Green Bay that gives everyone a seat at the table, a voice, and the opportunity to shatter societal limitations and create the community and country that we so rightfully deserve. And we’re well on our way.
From the moment I interviewed at UW-Green Bay, I knew this place was different. The care and tenacity are unmatched. There’s a strong willingness to do what’s right, even if it’s unconventional or goes against what everyone else is doing. Every day I see the inner workings, the strides being taken and the leaders pushing the envelope. This place is unapologetically itself, and that’s just the kind of place to unleash a revolution.
Watch us rise.