State employee thank you from Governor Tony Evers

The following was sent to your inbox from Governor Tony Evers. The Log is reposting in case you missed it:

Dear Dedicated State Employees:

I write during State Employee Recognition Week with gratitude and a full heart.

I wanted to take the opportunity today to express my thanks and appreciation for everything you do for the people of our state.

Whether you’re reviewing license applicants or tax filings, helping people access life-saving services, working to protect wildlife and our environment, or ensuring folks can reenter our communities with the skills they need to be successful, no matter which department you work in or the services you provide, I want you to know that the work you do—and how you do it—matters. It matters to me, and it matters to the people we all have the privilege of fighting for and serving each day.

It’s your work that ensures people get the services they need that could change or save their lives. It’s your work that protects consumers and holds bad actors accountable when they cause harm. It’s your work that keeps our roads and highways safe and reliable. It’s your work that ensures our kids have access to a high-quality public education at every level, regardless of their zip code.

It’s you who people turn to sometimes during the hardest times of their lives to seek refuge, guidance, and assistance, and to know that someone is in their corner working for them.

So, I want to thank you for your service each day united in our promise to do what’s best for the people of our state and to make space for hope in lives across Wisconsin.

It’s a new day, and I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing more about your good work, elevating your voices, and continuing to look for ways to support you in service.

With my sincerest gratitude and respect,

Governor Tony Evers


Governor Scott Walker Visit

Wisconsin to Invest $20 Million in Education and Workforce Training

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker made a stop at UW-Green Bay on  January 17, 2018 to announce a new economic development initiative to improve educational and training opportunities for the state’s current and future workforce. The Wisconsin Career Creator program will provide $20 million to fund dual enrollment, scholarships for employees learning new skills and job training resources.

The reinvestment in education is welcome news. “The College Head Start program that’s part of the Career Creator program is very similar to the Turbocharge effort launched in Green Bay earlier this year by Green Bay Area Public Schools, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and UW-Green Bay,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller. “We’re thrilled to be a model for what this program can mean for students statewide; it’s a game changer for getting students through college faster and more affordably and into the workforce to meet the state’s growing talent needs.”

While on campus Walker toured the University’s Nursing Lab with Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Dean of the College of Health, Education and Social Welfare and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Gregory Davis, learning about the critical role the University plays in meeting the region’s ongoing need for registered nurses.

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Governor Walker Visit 1/17/18

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Gov. Walker discusses higher education funding at UW-Green Bay stop

Governor Walker made a stop at UW-Green Bay Tuesday, sparking local media coverage. He discussed his two-year budget proposal which would cut tuition for resident undergraduate students by five percent and reinvest in Wisconsin higher education.

Governor Walker proposes 5 percent cut to UW System, Fox11, Feb. 7

Gov. Walker discusses higher education funding, NBC 26, Feb. 7

Walker visits, speaks on college affordability legislation

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker visited campus briefly this morning and spoke to a gathering of students and local media on college affordability legislation. He was welcomed by UW-Green Bay Associate Chancellor for External Affairs Ronald Pfeifer. Governor Walker was joined by State Representative Dave Murphy. After the presentation, Governor Walker and Representative Murphy greeted the students in attendance as well as campus officials.

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Governor Walker Visit 1-15-16

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Weinschenk quoted on Walker

Political scientist Aaron Weinschenk, UW-Green Bay assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, was quoted recently by NBC 26 News as part of a story on Gov. Scott Walker’s first formal appearance in Wisconsin after suspending his presidential campaign, what the governor says he will do next, and what analysts think he needs to do next.

Media can’t get enough of Walker talk (and Weinschenk)

Political scientist Aaron Weinschenk, assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, is among the UW-Green Bay experts getting plenty of phone calls from local media seeking insight on the 2016 presidential campaign and the candidacy of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
NBC 26

Angry over budget/ tenure, prominent UW prof rips Hitl…uh… Walker

Sarah Goldrick-Rab, a UW-Madison professor of educational policy studies and sociology, a nationally prominent researcher regarding college affordability and access, and an outspoken public intellectual, is again drawing national attention. So far this month she has tweeted comparisons between Scott Walker and Adolph Hitler, and she also warned some incoming UW-Madison freshmen that the school they’ve chosen is a sinking ship. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quotes UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank as commenting on the issue: “Any institution has its critics,” and “…especially in social media, it’s important to remember that the loudest voice usually isn’t the most accurate.”

In the news: Gov. Walker and tenure issue

Some see it as political grandstanding, or as proposals that seem dramatic but won’t in fact change much about the way the UW System does business. Others see deep-seated enmity and a campaign to gut academic freedom and punish higher ed. The Politico website has a relatively concise but well-balanced overview that talks to people with various perspectives on the Wisconsin tenure debate.