UW-Green Bay moves summer camps and classes online

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Tuesday announced all of its more than 200 summer courses and youth education camps will be provided entirely online due to the coronavirus pandemic. The university also announced it would create more sections of summer courses for students who want to stay on track academically over the summer. UWGB Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven said the university made the decision to go all-online as it balanced health and safety concerns with providing access to courses for students. Source: Green Bay coronavirus update: Brown County total reaches 180, Green Bay Press-Gazette.

GB Orientation is moving online for 2020

Keeping the safety of incoming UW-Green Bay students and their guests in mind, GB Orientation is moving online for 2020. The GB Orientation planning team is transforming the experience from a one-day in-person event into a dynamic program that will guide students throughout the summer. Incoming students are directed to continue to sign-up for their GB Orientation date in June via the GB Orientation webpage. On that date, students will be connecting virtually with an academic advisor to develop their fall schedule. Then over the summer, additional information and resources will be released inviting incoming students to connect directly with students, faculty and staff online through videos, group chats, virtual panels, Q&A sessions and more. For more information as it become available, please visit the GB Orientation webpage.

UW-Green Bay to offer 200+ summer courses and camps online

Opportunities abound to keep students on track, challenged and hopeful

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced today (April 14, 2020) that all of its 200+ summer courses and a variety of new virtual camps will be delivered online for the first time ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the interruption many pre-college and college students experienced this spring, UW-Green Bay is also opening up more summer sections and classes to accommodate students who want to stay on track academically over the summer.

“The health and safety of students, faculty and staff remain at the forefront of the decisions we are making,” said Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven. “We are balancing that priority with creatively providing access to learning, personal and professional growth and enrichment in order to continue to develop the problem solvers and creative thinkers our communities and world need.”

According to University leaders, ongoing education during the summer will be more important than ever this year to keep college students and youth mentally challenged and focused on their futures.

“This is a difficult time for those currently in the workforce and those preparing to enter it in the years ahead,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor-elect Michael Alexander. “We believe the ability to keep learning is an invaluable way to stay positive about the future, whether that’s through summer classes or a camp experience.”

The final day to register for Summer 2020 classes is Sunday, July 5 for degree-seeking students, and Tuesday, July 14 for non-degree seeking students. Summer courses are offered in four-, six- and 10-week sessions across most of the University’s undergraduate program areas and run from May 18 through July 26. More information on courses is offered via the schedule of classes. More on financial aid for degree-seeking students can be found on the Financial Aid Summer Enrollment page.

The University has also retooled its youth summer camps, transitioning from an on-campus program to an online-based program. Thirteen distinct camps in the areas of nursing, art, engineering, urban horticulture, PRIDE leadership, journaling, innovation scrimmaging, coding and voice lessons will be offered from June 15-August 17. Additional information can be found at  www.uwgb.edu/camps.

“These camps are new and unique and speak to the resiliency of our campers who want to keep learning and challenging themselves over the summer months,” shared Joy Ruzek, assistant vice-chancellor, Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement. “Problem solving and innovation are engrained in the summer camp experience. That motivated us to quickly innovate to offer camping experiences that are unexpected, fun and inspire students to be innovative themselves.”

To learn more about UW-Green Bay’s new online summer camp offerings and to register, visit www.uwgb.edu/camps. Fall and winter camps are also being planned to provide opportunities to explore, learn and engage. More information is available at 920-465-2267 or camps@uwgb.edu. Campers already registered for face-to-face summer camps are currently being notified and will receive a full refund.

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.


Director of Admissions open forums are this week, please participate

You are invited to participate in the open forums for the next director of Admissions for UW-Green Bay. The next two:

Cynthia Stong—Wednesday, April 8, 2020 from 2:20 to 3:20 p.m.

John McGreal—Friday, April 10, 2020 from 11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

These interviews will be virtual via blackboard, so you will need to be invited to participate via outlook appointment. Interested in attending? Simply email Jen Jones jonesj@uwgb.edu  with the dates you would like to attend.

Reminder: Encourage students to call GBOSS with fiscal emergencies 

UW-Green Bay is doing it all it can to support students who are experiencing financial hardships. Please urge students to stay in their spring classes and to register for classes in the summer and fall. If you are aware of students who have a sudden financial situation due to the Coronavirus, please have them email GBOSS@uwgb.edu. We will reach out to everyone as soon as possible to see if we can help.


UW System to launch new EApp electronic application

New EApp will reduce fees, offer easier navigation, and allow first-time applicants to apply to any UW System university

MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross announced today (April 1, 2020) the creation of a new electronic application system, EApp, to be launched this fall for prospective students applying to attend a UW System university.

The new EApp will provide reduced application fees, offer easier navigation, and allow first-time undergraduate applicants to apply to more than one UW System school using a single application. The UW System Board of Regents will vote Thursday on adopting the new application.

“As I traveled the state, visiting our campuses and meeting students as part of our All In Wisconsin tour, one consistent piece of advice I heard was to simplify admissions, particularly the application process,” UW System President Ray Cross said. “We have taken that advice, and I am excited to see the results this fall and going forward.”

Cross said the new EApp was under development prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is even more critical now for families and students to have an easy, low-cost application.

Beginning August 1, 2020, all prospective students—including new freshmen, transfer students, international students, and non-traditional students—will be able to use the EApp to apply to any university in the UW System.

Under the new EApp, students will pay $25 to apply to each university except UW-Madison. That’s a reduction from the current cost of $50 for all universities except UW-Madison, which has a $60 application fee it will retain.

As part of the new application process, students who are transferring internally within the UW System will not need to write an application essay for admission and will not be charged an application fee as long as they transfer within one semester of leaving a UW System university and did not attend a university outside of the UW System in between.

Cross said the redesigned EApp will also be simpler for students, which means they will be more likely to complete the application once they start. The EApp will also include a simplified waiver process for students who can’t afford the application fee.

“As Regents, we are always looking for ways to expand access opportunities,” Regent President Andrew S. Petersen said. “We believe this new EApp will provide a better experience for anyone looking to attend a UW System university.”

Released by the UW System, April 1, 2020



Jennifer Jones named new assistant vice chancellor for enrollment services

Jennifer Jones has been named the new assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Services for UW-Green Bay. Jones has experience at UW-Green Bay as its director of admissions and the interim assistant vice chancellor for enrollment services from Dec. 2017 to June 2019. Her responsibilities as the assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Services includes recruiting, retaining, and graduating outstanding students. Jones is a ’99 graduate of UW-Green Bay, (Public Administration). She earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from UW-Oshkosh in 2005.

Jennifer Jones promoted to executive director of Admissions

Jennifer Jones has been promoted to executive director of Admissions. “Jennifer Jones has done heroic work for the last 18 months by serving as the interim assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Services, while still maintaining her role as director of Admissions,” according to Provost Michael Alexander. “During her time in these roles, enrollment has increased and her energy, skill and dedication to the mission of UW-Green Bay has been a driving force in our growth. Jen will work directly with Stephen McKellips, the newly appointed assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Services, in continuing to modernize enrollment services practices to help attract and retain a vibrant student population.”

McKellips is new assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Services

Stephen McKellips has agreed to be the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s new assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Services. McKellips has a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Memphis and is currently the senior director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. McKellips has experience working in the Wisconsin System prior to his time in North Carolina and brings a wealth of experience in building admissions and retention systems that will help UW-Green Bay achieve its access mission.  McKellips first day will be on Jan. 21, 2020. Please welcome him to UW-Green Bay.

Finalist interviews are Nov. 11-14 for assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Services

The final candidates in the search for an assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Services will be on campus next week. Each candidate will discuss the “the future of enrollment services at regional comprehensive universities” in an open forum for the campus community. Please consider attending.

Open Forum Schedule:

Date Candidate Time Location
Monday, Nov. 11 Travis Durepo CV (pdf) 10:15 – 11 a.m. UU-103 / Alumni Room
Wednesday, Nov. 13 Stephen McKellips CV (pdf) 11 – 11:45 a.m. Christie Theatre
Thursday, Nov. 14 Jennifer Jones CV (pdf) 11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. Christie Theatre
Friday, Nov 15 Amber Michaels Schmitt CV (pdf) 10:15 – 11 a.m. Christie Theatre