UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus ready to welcome students back | Seehafer News

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.

Source: UWGB Manitowoc Campus Ready to Welcome Students Back, Merger with UWGB a Success so Far | Seehafer News

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 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.”

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

‘Summer school’ has new meaning for high school students who are taking college credit to save money and get ahead

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

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Video: UW-Green Bay’s Alexandra Ritchie’s inspiring letter to campus about inclusion and equity

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.

Her story…

Alexandra Ritchie

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.

 

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

Area students turning lemons into lemonade; taking advantage of summer learning

UW-Green Bay reporting strong summer enrollment

Green Bay, Wis.—University students are definitely taking advantage of social distancing and stay-at-home opportunities to continuing their path toward a college degree. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay reports strong summer enrollment with all 200-plus courses held via online and alternative delivery. To date, more than 2,589 unique students—an increase of 532 students from last summer—have registered for a summer course. And students can continue to register.

Summer courses are offered in four-, six- and 10-week sessions across most of the University’s undergraduate programs and select graduate programs. The number of freshmen (any student under 30 total credits) taking a summer course nearly doubled from 67 a year ago to 128 at present.

Students can continue to register for classes at www.uwgb.edu/admissions/summeronline/. New sessions begin on June 15 and July 13. See the academic calendar for details and length of classes. August 9, 2020 is the official end of the Summer 2020 classes.

“When students had to complete their spring classes virtually because of the pandemic, I think a number of them found that it gave them increased flexibility and it uncovered their own resiliency,” said Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services Jennifer Jones. “As the University continues to follow stay-at-home guidelines, taking a summer class or two has become a productive opportunity for them.”

Although all summer classes will remain online, the University plans to reopen all four campuses—Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan—to faculty and staff on July 1, 2020, as University leadership continues to work on plans to welcome students in Fall 2020. A number of strategic planning groups are working together to maximize safety and provide guidelines for doing so. The Cofrin Memorial Arboretum is also expected to be open for public use on July 1.

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.

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Reminder: Investing in the success of first-year students; GB Orientation activities

From Gail Sims Aubert, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate and Jen Jones, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management, to all UWGB Faculty and Staff:

We know that you are all invested in the success of our incoming first-year students, and we are excited to share the plans for GB Orientation 2020!

Keeping the safety of our students, staff, and faculty in mind, the GB Orientation experience has transformed from a one-day event to a rich and robust series of dynamic online engagements throughout the summer months. This means we have more time and opportunities to help students prepare for the fall by completing important tasks and making critical connections with our people, programs and services. Here is what incoming first-year students can expect from us over the next few months:

June: Advising, Class Registration and Financial Aid

From June 3-24, incoming first-year students will each have a one-hour, one-on-one appointment with an academic advisor to select their fall courses, either by phone or video chat. Advisors will also share information about academic support services and the Office of Financial Aid will host Financial Aid Fridays throughout the month of June. Note: Students admitted after June 24 can schedule an appointment with Academic Advising by calling: (920) 465-2111.

July: Connect with Ambassadors

Once students have registered for classes, we will begin to introduce them to their fellow Phoenix, including our Student Ambassadors! There will be online panels as well as small group meetups designed to foster interpersonal connection and a sense of what it’s like to be a UWGB student.

August: Prepare for the Fall Semester

Throughout the summer, the GBO website will continue to roll out new content to help students take timely action steps towards preparing for the Fall semester. Information will include:

  • Health and Safety
  • Living On-Campus / Living Off-Campus
  • Campus Resources
  • Dining
  • Parking
  • And much more!

GB Orientation at Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan

Students at UWGB’s additional locations will have the same opportunities, but Advising and Registration periods will differ by campus.

Campus Contacts

If you have any questions about GB Orientation, please contact:

Thank you for the role you play in making UW-Green Bay a special place to learn, and a wonderful community in which to thrive.

Go Phoenix!

UW System is sponsoring ‘Free Application Week’ for Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campuses, June 5-15

The UW System is sponsoring a Free Application Week for the Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campuses, June 5-15, 2020. When completing the application, students who select the Marinette, Manitowoc or Sheboygan Campuses will not be prompted to pay the fee.

“Students have incredible opportunities to continue their education in the Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan communities through their local campuses,” says Executive Director of Admissions, Rachele Bakic. “We are proud of the affordable and accessible options UW-Green Bay is able to provide. We are thrilled to offer this Free Application Week to make it even easier for students to take the next step, especially during this challenging time.”

Application Info:

  • Students with questions about the application can reach out to the UW-Green Bay Admissions Office at 920-465-2111 or uwgb@uwgb.edu.
  • UW-Green Bay will host three Free Application Week Virtual Events on June 5, June 9 and June 12 at 11 a.m. CST. These programs with include an overview of each campus, information from current students, and the opportunity to talk about individual applications with an Admissions counselor.
  • Admissions counselors will also be available virtually weekdays 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturdays, June 6 and June 13, 2020 from 11 a.m. to noon to answer questions about the application.

More about the Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campuses:

  • These dynamic campuses are set in lively communities, and offer affordable and personal education.
  • Students can pursue an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in several high-demand fields; many of them directly related to careers and professional opportunities right in their own hometowns.