With high school graduations across the state being canceled due to COVID-19, the UW-Green Bay Office of Admissions wanted to make sure the incoming Class of 2024 was properly celebrated for all of their accomplishments. Over the course of a few weeks, the admissions team designed and distributed more than 500 yard signs to students with the help of staff on all four campuses. They targeted admitted students who have committed to UW-Green Bay for the Fall 2020 term. The yard signs lead to some great conversations. As a team, we were able to answer a lot of student and parent concerns on the spot and in person – from a safe distance. For some counselors who missed their spring travel dates, it was a great opportunity to get back on the road.
Faculty and staff are invited to attend the first-ever Freshman Convocation. It will be held at the Weidner Center on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 9 a.m. This will be the official welcome to the University for our class of 2022. The one-hour welcome will feature words of encouragement and thoughts on success from Chancellor Miller, Provost Davis, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmidt and others. The inaugural Freshman Convocation was designed by a core group of faculty, students and staff. Please enter the Weidner Center through the rear doors as there is construction in the front. Also, please arrive by 8:50 a.m. so that staff and faculty can enter together in support of our students. There will be reserved seating for faculty and staff, and the new students will sit in the front.
Madeline Jensen, a UW-Green Bay junior studying Political Science, Democracy and Justice Studies, German and Education, knows something about starting college. In her article, she lists things that every freshman should know upon starting their higher education path. Read more at Pearson Students.
Peter Gross, an incoming Sheboygan campus freshman and Oostburg High School alumnus, started working for Kohler during his senior year in high school helping create new materials from industrial waste. His apprenticeship with Kohler’s Kitchen Product Engineering Team gave him hands-on experience for his future career, as he plans to pursue an electrical or mechanical engineering degree this fall. Read the full story on BizTimes.
Incoming UW-Green Bay freshman Olivia Ryan and her father took advantage of the sales tax holiday, which helps students and their families save on school supplies and technology this month. Olivia got the MacBook she wanted, and saved a great deal of money on it! Read the full story on NBC15.
Did you catch the highlight reel from the Phoenix men’s basketball team and the dunk contest they put on for UW-Green Bay’s incoming freshman class over at the Kress Center last week? Great stuff.
UW-Green Bay entered the fall semester expecting a slightly larger freshmen class, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported last week. The 2015-16 freshmen class was expected to go up about 2 percent from last year to 773 students. In the new class are 53 international students, a group the school is working to increase as both a way to raise revenue and to increase the multicultural experience for all students. Reporter Patti Zarling talked to outgoing admissions director Pamela Harvey-Jacobs about efforts to enhance recruiting with Green Bay area high school students, and to Brent Blahnik, director of international education, about UWGB’s 120 international students from 30 countries, with the most growth from China and South Korea where the middle class is expanding.
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.
Some 600 freshmen are moving into their residence hall homes today (Thursday, Aug. 28), about 80 percent of the 758 first-year students we’ll be welcoming Sept. 2, according to figures current as of Tuesday (August 26). This well-prepared bunch has an average high school GPA of 3.33 – 75 percent of completed high school with at least a ‘B’ average — and an average ACT score that’s above the national average. They hail from 61 Wisconsin counties, a dozen other states and several foreign countries. Want to know more? Check out our back-to-school stats news release, with information courtesy of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.
Faculty and staff are invited to join the FOCUS team in welcoming the Class of 2018 at the Kress Event Center at 3:30 p.m. today (Thursday, Aug. 28). The Campus Welcome is the official kick off to FOCUS Orientation which runs through Saturday night. During this hour-long event, our newest students will hear from campus leadership, participate in some activities and be warmly welcomed by their new community.