UW-Green Bay Graduate Studies unveils new newsletter

The Office of Graduate Studies released its first newsletter. The newsletter will bring regular updates regarding Graduate Program opportunities, reports on grants available for graduate students, and changes in the office as they occur. This first edition will include spotlights of graduate students, the Graduate Studies staff, and reports of grant funding awarded to graduate students. For any questions or comments please contact gradstu@uwgb.edu.

See Grad Studies Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 1

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Welcome Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology students!

UW-Green Bay welcomed 17 graduate students to the new Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology program last week. Seven attended UW-Green Bay as undergrads. These students will learn about professional ethics, sports science, psychopathology, and more! Welcome grad students and learn more about the program.

Video: Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies congratulates graduating master’s students

Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies, Pieter deHart released this statement congratulating graduate students on their phenomenal achievement in honor of commencement this weekend.

2020 Graduation Statement Video-deHart.mp4

Video transcript: “Greetings and congratulations to all of our graduating master’s students. My name is Pieter deHart, and I am the Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies here at UW-Green Bay. I am so pleased and inspired to see the dedication and perseverance of our graduate students throughout these unprecedented times. I know this year’s commencement might not look the same as you had originally imagined, but know that you deserve a celebration, nonetheless. Echoing the comments of Chancellor Michael Alexander, I am proud to say that our graduate faculty, staff, and students have taken each of these new challenges during this pandemic in stride, and proven that their dedication to their education has remained steadfast. I want to congratulate each of you today as well as your families, friends, and support systems. This achievement would not have been possible without your encouragement and patience for these students as they made a commitment to better themselves and achieve new opportunities. Congratulations graduates. As Phoenix, we rise!”


Menominee teacher Ben Grignon wins national award | Post Crescent

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 Waqnahwew Benjamin Grignon

A Menominee Indian High School arts teacher was recognized this month by the National Education Association for helping to promote traditional crafts and culture to his students.

Ben Grignon, 42, a member of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, accepted the National Human and Civil Rights Award via a virtual ceremony because of the ongoing pandemic.

Grignon is currently pursuing his doctorate in First Nations Studies at UW-Green Bay and plans to further incorporate mathematics and science into his art teachings.

Source: Menominee teacher Ben Grignon wins national award | Post Crescent

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Professor Chu talks to telecommuting company about how relaxation techniques and improving remote employee productivity

UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Alan Chu (Chair of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology), spoke to Virtual Vocations, a company that helps job-seekers find telecommuting jobs, about improving remote employee productivity through mindfulness, self-compassion, and relaxation techniques. He also shared the wellness activities that the UW-Green Bay Psychology program did this spring under Chair Jenell Holstead’s leadership.

SSM Health and UW-Green Bay announce partnership for MSN Leadership and Management program

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) Leadership and Management—a fully online graduate program—has announced a partnership with SSM Health, in which SSM Health employees have their application fees waived when applying to the MSN program.

Value is created for both parties in such partnerships, as academic institutions gain a pipeline of students in health professions, while health system opportunities stemming from such partnerships include enhancing patient care as employees who are also students lead research and quality improvement (QI) projects, learn current best practice and develop advanced knowledge and skills for career advancement.

“Nurse leaders innovate and address challenges in healthcare delivery, especially during change and crisis, like the recent pandemic,” says UW-Green Bay’s Chair of the program, Janet E. Resop Reilly, DNP, APRN-BC, RN. “They direct other nurses and healthcare professionals to provide excellence in patient care. Through 2028, much faster than average growth of 17-18 percent is expected in the fields of nursing and healthcare administration and management.”

This flexible MSN program is designed to provide nurses the critical skills and knowledge to be innovative, effective nurse leaders, and offers QI experiences to enhance healthcare performance and patient outcomes. Participants in the program receive individualized leadership and management practicum experiences and complete a QI project in a healthcare organization or system where they reside. Abundant opportunities to engage with peers and expert leaders and managers in the field are integrated in the courses.

“Leadership is an inherent part of every nursing role, so this program is an opportunity for a staff nurse considering a leader or manager role, or an experienced nurse leader or manager, to build upon previous and new experiences to develop into transformational leaders and managers, which are critical for today’s challenging healthcare needs,” Reilly said.

About SSM Health

SSM (previously Sister of St. Mary) Health is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through a robust and fully integrated health care delivery system.




Field office graduate research assistant from UW-Green Bay jumps from watershed planning to clams | Wisconsin Sea Grant

Megan Hoff recently completed her graduate research assistantship in Green Bay, working for Sea Grant Staffer Julia Noordyk. This was the first time such an opportunity has been offered at one of the field offices. Hoff’s work for Noordyk and for her Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay involved working with the community to develop a watershed management plan for Mahon and Wequiock creeks, which flow through the campus.

Source: Field office graduate research assistant jumps from watershed planning to clams | Wisconsin Sea Grant

Prof. Alan Chu was named Reviewer of the Year in a top kinesiology journal

UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Alan Chu (Chair of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology) was named Reviewer of the Year from a top kinesiology journal:, “Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science (MPEES).” He would have received this recognition at the SHAPE America Convention in Salt Lake City if the conference had not been cancelled. A video was made to celebrate this accomplishment along with others. You can see him at the 6:22 mark.

Graduate student (Applied Leadership) receives National Geographic grant

Congratulations to Kelly Koller, graduate student in UW-Green Bay’s Master’s Program for Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning, and gifted and talented specialist in the Howard Suamico School District, for being awarded a National Geographic Society grant for her project: “Empowering Change through an Explorer Mindset: That’s Geography.”

Working with a team of educators and software developers, she will create an app where learners develop their mindset, launch an inquiry, explore connections and reflect; and use geography to flip the script on traditional learning, while becoming explorers of knowledge, rather than passive receivers.

Prof. Kiehn to lead Institutional Review Board

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Mark T. Kiehn (Education) has accepted the position as the next chair of UW-Green Bay’s Institutional Review Board. Kiehn is a former two-term IRB member under previous Chair James Marker and current Chair Illene Cupit; he also has extensive personal experience with human subjects research and protocols. Special thanks to the tremendous work of Prof. Cupit, who has been the IRB chair for the past six years and has helped guide the Board through much growth and many positive changes.