Mark your calendars: Bash in the Stacks is Thursday, Sept. 13

Cofrin Library’s annual Bash in the Stacks event is set for Thursday, Sept. 13 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be food, games, Nerf tag, henna and balloon artists, a mini quiz bowl and crafts to bring in the fall semester! This event is sponsored by the Cofrin Library, Student Life, FOCUS and the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs.

It’s a ‘Great Beginning’ when 500 new students volunteer

Congratulations to the FOCUS and “Great Beginnings” planners on a super start to the school year. More than 500 student volunteers took to Bayshore County Park (about 10 miles from campus) to help beautify the area, followed by a tailgate celebration with games at Lambeau Field. Organizers hope to involve new students from all four UW-Green Bay campuses next year. The photo gallery also includes the painting of the Phoenix, a newcomer convocation at the Weidner Center, the tailgate at Lambeau Field, Casino Night and a Campus Welcome Rally at the Kress Center.

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FOCUS Events 2018

– Photos by Dan Moore and Liels Sigourney, Marketing and University Communication

Wet paint caution tape with freshmen painting the phoenix in the background

Wet Paint, Fresh Pride: That’s one big bird

Class of 2020 incoming freshmen painted the first ever giant Phoenix between the University Union and Mary Ann Cofrin Hall, on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus, Sept. 1, 2016. Organizers hope it is the start of a new orientation tradition.

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Paint the Phoenix

– Photos by Tammy Resulta, UW-Green Bay 2006 Graduate

Freshmen Move-In Day 2016

Photos: ‘Green shirts’ made Freshman Move-In Day 2016 a breeze

The gratitude came in fast and furious — both in person and via social posts. Most sounded something like this: “We can’t thank you enough for the help moving our son (or daughter) in.”

And it seems that campus volunteers now have a nickname, “green shirts.” Here is a post from Facebook, “The green shirts that assisted us today were amazing. We were moved in quickly. They setup the bunks for us in five minutes. Well done and thank you.”

And one more, “I think I’ve said 100 times today, thank goodness for the green shirts…”

Thank you to the 100-plus faculty, staff, alumni, community members, and students (most who wore the signature Move-In Day green polo shirts) who helped move about 900 UW-Green Bay freshmen on campus today. What a welcome. Well done!

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Freshmen Move-In Day 2016

– Photos by Kimberly Vlies and Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Change in leadership of FOCUS Program

Leadership of FOCUS (First Year Opportunities and Connections for UW-Green Bay Students) is transitioning this fall, from the Dean of Students Office to the Office of Student Life. Student Life staff member Grant Winslow is taking over for Erin Van Daalwyk as FOCUS Director. Van Daalwyk remains with the program through Orientation in fall 2016. Winslow will then become the main contact for all FOCUS-related inquiries. Stephanie Kaponya continues on as the direct supervisor to the University Ambassadors.

A message to the campus community from Van Daalwyk:

“Thank you to the hundreds of faculty/staff and thousands of students I have gotten to work with while directing the FOCUS program over the past four years. I have appreciated the opportunity to get to know even more about this great University community that I have been a part of for so many years. I am excited to get back to some of the work I was doing when I started in the Dean of Students Office and know that FOCUS will be in excellent hands with Grant Winslow.” 

Reminder: Freshman Move-in Day volunteers

Thank you to those who have already volunteered to assist with freshmen move-in day on Sunday, August 30th from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Traditionally, faculty and staff have assisted our newest students as they move to campus. In the past, our new Phoenix families have been very appreciative and relieved to arrive on campus to find conveniently located information tables, staff directing traffic and others awaiting to help tote boxes and bags. The Office of Residence Life is asking that you be one of the volunteers who will both welcome and assist our new students with their physical move to UWGB. This small gift of your time and energy could have a huge impact on our students’ engagement and retention. If interested, please complete this short Qualtrics form by Thursday, July 30. Questions? Contact the Office of Residence Life, 465-2040 or by email,

Welcome class of 2019: Parents and students prepare for fall

top-story-focusUW-Green Bay is projecting strong enrollment numbers for fall of 2015, and preparation for welcoming the newest members of the campus has begun. The recent high school graduates are on campus the next few weeks for FOCUS — First-year Opportunities for Students — to register and build connections.

Registering for classes, acquiring tools for achieving academic success, acquiring an ID card, meeting with future peers, and connecting with faculty, are all key components of the program. Current UWGB students serve as ambassadors, leading tours and information sessions. Some sessions are designed just for parents and guests.

For photos of the warm welcome by Phlash, and the rest of the UW-Green Bay community, enjoy the photo gallery.

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Photos by Eric Miller, Marketing and University Communication

Friday is the first of Admitted Student Days

Let’s join our friends in Admissions in celebrating those who have been admitted to UW-Green Bay. Beginning this Friday (Jan. 16), admitted students will be taking an important step in confirming their decision to attend UW-Green Bay by coming to campus and being met with a reception, a visit with campus faculty and staff, tours, and answers to their next questions about financial aid, housing, etc. If you see them, engage, and let them know the supportive environment they can expect at UW-Green Bay during their time here. It will likely be UW-Green Bay’s last in-person contact with students and families until after they’ve made their final decisions and, we hope, join us for FOCUS sessions in early summer. Admitted Student Days are:
• Jan. 16

• Jan. 30
• Feb. 6

• Feb. 20
• March 6

Freshman FOCUS in news as students head back to school

WLUK, Fox 11 reporter Kelly Schlicht was on hand Thursday (Aug. 28) for freshman move-in day, talking to students, parents and others about the transition from high school to college. Her story highlights UW-Green Bay’s Freshman FOCUS program, which helps students adjust to life on campus with a variety of programs that provide tools for achieving academic success and meeting new people. FOCUS co-chair and NAS Associate Prof. Steve Meyer was among those who spoke with Schlicht about some of the challenges and opportunities that can await new freshmen. “They go through this period of independence,” Meyer said, “and some of them handle it very well and others are a little less mature in the way they handle that independence.” Full story.