How to access mailroom during construction

The tunnel corridor between the Environmental Sciences and Lab Sciences buildings is closed for maintenance until further notice. If you need to access the Mailroom, please drive-up to the Shipping/Receiving dock on the west side of Lab Sciences building and use the exterior Mailroom door. Here’s a map to help navigate to the dock:

The Mailroom continues to be open for you from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you have large mailings, please contact the Mailroom (x2215) in advance.

If you have questions, please contact Tory Ortscheid at

Faculty minutes included surprise resolution commending Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven

Minutes of the UW-Green Bay faculty senate meeting, Wednesday, May 6, 2020 included a resolution of support for the work of Sheryl Van Gruensven as she stepped in as interim chancellor. The minutes read:

A silent conspiracy to recognize and thank Sheryl Van Gruensven for her dedicated efforts as Interim Chancellor culminated in UC Chair Jim Loebl reading aloud the following resolution:

Whereas, UW-Green Bay was one of only two campuses in the UW System to register enrollment growth in Fall 2019,

Whereas, UW-Green Bay began the 2019-20 academic year with a brighter financial outlook after a lengthy and difficult process of reducing structural deficits,

Whereas, strong leadership by a Chancellor and administration who would communicate openly and work closely with faculty, academic staff, university staff, and students would be needed to continue these favorable trends,

Whereas, Sheryl Van Gruensven had gained respect in her role as Vice Chancellor of Business and Finance on campus, across the UW System and in the community and was the ideal choice to lead UW-Green Bay in the 2019-2020 academic year,

Whereas, Sheryl Van Gruensven pursued policies that would ensure the university’s continued growth in an environment of transparency and open communication and cooperation with the university’s stakeholders,

Whereas, leaders possessing experience, sound judgment, compassion and vision have become critical to ensure the well-being and future of the University, its faculty, academic staff, university staff, and students in a time of an unprecedented health crisis,

Whereas, Sheryl Van Gruensven and the administration have acted decisively, effectively, and compassionately in dealing with this crisis and have inspired confidence in all the stakeholders of UW-Green Bay that it will weather this crisis and continue to carry out its educational mission for years to come,

Therefore, be it resolved, that the faculty, academic staff, and university staff of UW-Green Bay express their tremendous gratitude to Sheryl Van Gruensven for her outstanding service as Interim Chancellor in the 2019-2020 academic year and the continued efforts she will make on the university’s behalf as Senior Vice Chancellor of Institutional Strategy in the years to come.

True to character, a “humbled and honored” Sheryl Van Gruensven thanked all for the resolution and expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to serve the campus. She was quick to pass along that “the institution is what it is because of the people who work here.”


Cheers to the 2019-2020 Future 15 & Young Professional Award finalists

On Thursday, April 30, young professionals and others celebrated the Future 15 & Young Professional Award finalists on the date that was originally slated for their huge celebratory event.

Instead, people showed their support on a Zoom call with the finalists and performed a celebratory cheers. The City of Green Bay lit up the bridges and Schreiber Foods illuminated its corporate headquarters as well. You will recognize some of these awardees as staff members from UW-Green Bay:: Kassie Batchelor, senior associate athletic director for compliance and student welfare/senior woman administrator, Ben Joniaux, chief of staff, Claudia Guzman, director of student life, as well as alumna Briana Peters (Accounting and Business) ’13. See fun photos and video.

Faculty and staff asked to fill out survey about University COVID-19 response

Reminder! UW-Green Bay wants to hear from students, staff, and faculty about the University’s response to COVID-19 and about how you are doing! We are partnering with an outside agency (HEDS) to collect anonymous survey data from employees. The survey will remain open until Friday, May 8 at 11:59 p.m. EST. It only takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. You have to enter a valid email address to enter the portal that allows you to take the survey, but your answers are completely anonymous. Please help us by sharing your feedback. If you have any questions please email

Here is the link for the staff member survey.

The link for instructors (e.g., lecturers, faculty).

August 22, 2020 Commencement information for faculty/staff

The 2020 University of Wisconsin – Green Bay Spring/Summer Commencement ceremony is rescheduled for Saturday, August 22, at 11:30 a.m. in the Kress Events Center. You are cordially invited to attend.

Please note the following if you plan to participate:

  • Academic Program Chairs and Master’s Candidates Major Professors:
    • All academic program chairs are expected to attend. If you are unable, you must identify a substitute to represent your program.
      • Even if you believe there aren’t graduating students in your program, we are asking you sign up or find a representative. The new graduating student sign-up deadline is in July, so you will be notified if no graduating students in your program are participating.
    • All master’s candidates’ major professors are expected to attend.
    • Please complete the Program Chair & Hooder Sign-Up form (or ask your representative to do so) by Wednesday, May 13, 2020.
    • Academic attire is required. For gown rental information, please see below.
    • Questions about Graduate Studies? Please contact Pang Yang:
    • Please note that your role in the ceremony may change due to COVID-19 prevention efforts.
  • Faculty and Staff Who Wish to Process in the Ceremony:
    • All general faculty and staff (not program chairs or master’s candidate professors) are invited to process in the ceremony.
    • Please complete the Faculty / Staff Processional Sign-Up form by Friday, July 31, 2020.
    • Academic attire is required. For gown rental information, please see below.
    • Please note that participation may be limited due to COVID-19 prevention efforts.
  • Faculty and Staff Who Wish to Attend, but Not Process:
    • Please note that ticket numbers may be limited due to COVID-19 prevention efforts. We will prioritize grads first, followed by their family members / supporters. We will provide an update on faculty/staff ticket availability following the July grad sign-up deadline.
  • Faculty and Staff Who Wish to Volunteer:
    • Help ensure that this important event is a positive and memorable experience for our students and families! Individuals are needed for approximately 3-4 hours, with ranges from 9:00am until 2:00pm.
    • A link to sign up will be shared in the coming weeks.

Faculty and Staff Gown Rental Information


If you plan to participate in the Ceremony, but do not own academic apparel, Commencement apparel rentals are now available (at your own expense) through The Phoenix Bookstore:

  • Online by completing this form through July 12, 2020.
  • Apparel rentals will be available for pickup and payment after August 18, 2020. An e-mail will be sent when your items have arrived at The Phoenix Bookstore. Please verify that you have the correct apparel, including the tassel, before leaving the bookstore.
  • If you have any questions, please contact The Phoenix Bookstore Manager Monica Wittrock at / (920) 391-6600 x 0.

Additional details will be sent in July.

If you have any questions about the Commencement Ceremony, please contact Megan DuFrane-Groose by emailing, or visit the Commencement website at

If you have questions about student degree requirements, academic honors, or other student academic records, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

The CAHSS Virtual Conference is LIVE

The CAHSS Virtual Conference is officially live! CAHSS and Effect, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences’ online publication, is being turned into an online conference space called CAHSS Virtual from May 4 to May 15, 2020.

The CAHSS Virtual Conference will include:

Webinars on end-of-semester assessments

The week of April 13, 2020 the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning will conduct webinars on how to do end-of-semester assessments for alternative delivery. These webinars will start at 10 a.m. 2:30 p.m. and go until April 17. Topics include: how to give a multiple-choice exam, how to provide accommodations to students with disabilities, how to give an essay exam, and more. Please see the “Teaching Remotely” page for login information and the complete schedule. We will also post recordings of the webinars on the “Teaching Remotely” page for those who cannot attend.

Photo with graphic title picturing Senior Lecturer Nydia Villanueva preps for an experiment on quantitative analysis in the chemistry lab at UW-Green bay, as she gets ready to teach students in Principals of Chemistry II Lab at UW-Green Bay.

Video: Teaching Chemistry remotely, Nydia Villanueva

Here’s an example of teaching remotely. Senior lecturer Nydia Villanueva (NAS) preps for an experiment on quantitative analysis in the Chemistry Lab on the Green Bay Campus. Her students are taking Principals of Chemistry II Lab remotely.

Here she records the experiment and posts the video online.

Video by Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication

Photo of a laptop playing Mary Gichobi drawing on her PowerPoint lesson

Professor Gichobi is teaching aspiring teachers Mathematics in a new way

Students in the Professional Program in Education are fortunate to have Assistant Prof. Mary Gichobi teaching EDUC 281 Conceptual Foundations of Elementary Mathematics. The course teaches aspiring teachers how to teach mathematics concepts common to the curriculum of elementary and middle schools.

Mary Gichobi
Mary Gichobi
Assistant Professor
Education Program

Gichobi covers areas such as the processes of abstraction, symbolic representation and notational manipulation in arithmetic contexts as well as examines topics such as multiplying and dividing fractions, decimals and ratio and proportional reasoning using different strategies”.

“Gichobi has been innovative and unflappable in moving her on-campus courses to alternate delivery,” according to Dean Susan Gallagher-Lepak.

In teaching EDUC 281, she goes through her PowerPoint slides and solves mathematical problems as she explains them, sort of like a narrated PowerPoint, but uses a software called Xodo to write on the PowerPoint. She screen records as she writes and then compresses it to a video using MP4.

Gichobi’s analytical strengths are equally balanced by a student-centered approach to teaching.

Animated gif of Mary Gichobi drawing on her PowerPoint lesson
Animation of Mary Gichobi writing notes on her PowerPoint lesson.

“I always feel that our students deserve support and guidance to go through the challenging terrain of life,” Gichobi said. “They may get stuck and not know who to ask. I feel passionate to help them in little and any ways.”

Students seem to appreciate Gichobi’s efforts. One student communicated this week to Gichobi the below message:

“I would like to thank you for your video of the lesson… It was refreshing to hear you teach the lesson and explain it in detail. It makes this change feel more like being in class. Thank you for all your hard work in making this transition so smooth. I can’t imagine it has been easy for you or the other professors.”