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.

Application Opens for UW Online Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity

In response to increasing demand for information security professionals, the University of Wisconsin Extended Campus has launched an online Master of Science in Cybersecurity.The degree program, which received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, is now accepting its first cohort of applicants for the fall semester, which begins in September, 2020.The new Cybersecurity graduate degree is a collaboration among eight University of Wisconsin campuses: UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Superior. The program joins 17 other accredited online degrees, which range from the associate to the master’s level offered through UW Extended Campus.

Source: Application Opens for UW Online Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity, NEW IT ALLIANCE

UW-Green Bay debuts Impact MBA program | Insight on Business

“The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is launching an executive Impact MBA program. The program is open to students of all educational backgrounds, even those without the formal undergraduate business degrees or coursework required for entry into most MBA programs.” Read more via UW-Green Bay debuts Impact MBA program | Insight on Business

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Calling all business revolutionaries! UW-Green Bay’s new and innovative executive IMPACT MBA Program is seeking its first cohort of students

Applications now being accepted; prior business degree is not a prerequisite

Green Bay, WI—While the slogan “Don’t Fear the Revolution—Lead It!” might conjure up images of an army in the streets, fear not. In this case, the “revolution” is technological, and the “leaders” are local business leaders invested in ensuring that our region is not left behind.

It’s in the spirit of a business revolution that the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s executive IMPACT MBA Program was launched. And it’s now accepting applicants—including those who have demonstrated great professional success, but lack the formal undergraduate business degrees or coursework required for entry into most MBA programs.

“We’re looking for people with a visionary outlook,” says Mathew Dornbush, dean of UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin School of Business. “Business leaders who can see that the world is changing at a pace and in ways that make it difficult for many businesses to adapt. This program is looking for those leaders confident in their ability to be the agents of positive transformation for their organizations, and the Impact MBA is designed to prepare them for that role.”

That “change,” often referred to as The Fourth Industrial Revolution, describes the fusion of accelerating technology, disruptive business landscapes, and growing social and environmental opportunities that are impacting businesses at every level. The IMPACT MBA program prepares business leaders to think differently to keep pace with those emerging business challenges.

Why IMPACT? After completing the program, the biggest impact, says Dornbush, will be on those participants who see themselves as change-agents. “We focus on your personal leadership transformation and the impact you can make on your organization as it faces an exponentially changing business environment.”

While the content is revolutionary, the program itself is designed to accommodate busy people with lives to live. In less than two years, a cohort class of around 25 students will learn together through a hybrid curriculum in both face-to-face and online sessions. All material is presented by UW-Green Bay’s internationally recognized, award-winning faculty with an impressive history of success in academic and business environments. And as far as the cost impact, at $48,000, the IMPACT MBA offers the lowest cost in the region for a hybrid on-campus/online executive MBA.

True to UW-Green Bay’s community-centric identity, the IMPACT MBA is open to all educational backgrounds. An innovative “business bootcamp” will be available, if needed.

See the video from program leaders.

Is the IMPACT MBA right for you and your business? Don’t delay as space is limited for each cohort of students. Interested students can learn more and apply for admission to the program immediately.



UW-Green Bay’s Associate Prof. Debra Pearson feeds the world with knowledge | The COMM Voice

Students with the COMM Voice recently wrote a piece on and interviewed UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Debra Pearson (Chemistry) and how she travels across the world to educate women in the sciences. Read more here. Story by UW-Green Bay students Lorrigan Puls, Grace Merkt and Travis Boulanger.

Dr. Michael Alexander named seventh chancellor of UW-Green Bay

Green Bay, Wis.—Dr. Michael Alexander, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, has been named the University’s seventh chancellor. Alexander’s appointment was confirmed today, Thursday, April 2, 2020 by the UW System Board of Regents, following the recommendation of a selection committee. He will begin his new role May 1, 2020.

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Michael Alexander named UW-Green Bay Chancellor

“I am honored and humbled to work for the dedicated and talented students, faculty and staff at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay,” Alexander said. “While my position as chancellor may be new at the University, my passion and dedication for the people of this community are stronger than ever and my family is proud to call Green Bay our home. With a growing academic portfolio, deep connections to the community and presence in the region, UW-Green Bay will continue to expand its impact on the population it serves.”

Alexander has served as provost and vice chancellor at UW-Green Bay since July 2019. As the University’s second highest administrative officer and senior academic officer, he oversees programming and leadership of the four academic colleges; the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, the Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement, the UW-Green Bay Libraries, the Office of Admissions, and leads the four UW-Green Bay campuses including those in Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. As provost, he consults with the chancellor on all aspects of the University and speaks for the University in the chancellor’s absence.

Since joining the University, Alexander led the expansion of the University’s Continuing Education and Community Engagement efforts to build connections to high school students, increase non-credit offerings, and provide educational services to regional businesses; created academic affairs strategic priorities to drive the university’s strategic mission and vision; initiated new, international relationships with universities in Thailand; created an Office of Sustainability to improve efficiencies and increase the profile of UW-Green Bay as a campus traditionally engaged with environmental study; and restructured Graduate Studies and the Office of Grants and Research, setting the stage for the University’s growing research efforts.

“Anyone who has had the opportunity to work closely with Mike Alexander knows what a tremendous asset he is to UW-Green Bay and our region,” said Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven. “I have been immensely impressed with his vast knowledge of higher education and his vision for the future that aligns with UW-Green Bay’s mission. Mike has exceptional analytical skills and the ability to quickly put into action the necessary steps to move the university forward. He has quickly gained the respect of cabinet members, colleagues in the UW System and, more importantly, faculty and staff campus wide. His comprehensive understanding of university operations, with a relentless focus on student success, make him an ideal leader for UW-Green Bay at this moment in time.”

Prior to his role at UW-Green Bay, Alexander served as director of the School of Music at the University of Northern Colorado. He has also served as the interim director of the School of Music at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Alexander holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from UW-Madison. He earned his master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting from UW-Milwaukee, and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Georgia. The Grand Island, New York native lived in Wisconsin from 1995 to 2004.

“I know the work of the University will increasingly be a driver in the educational, economic, cultural and civic life of Green Bay, Manitowoc, Marinette and Sheboygan. Our mission and vision is for a university that fearlessly meets challenges, solves problems, embraces diversity, cares about our region and provides access to education for all who want it honors the innovative spirit of the founders of the University and moves us forward. The potential for the future of this institution is immense. My belief in that future has been reaffirmed daily from the moment I arrived in Green Bay and first set foot on the campus.”

Alexander will be the UW-Green Bay’s seventh chancellor, succeeding Gary L. Miller, who left the University in September 2019 to serve as president at the University of Akron. Miller served as the university’s top administrator since August 2014.

“During Michael’s tenure at Green Bay he has demonstrated keen listening and engagement skills,” said UW System President Ray Cross. “His experience as a conductor has clearly enriched and influenced his ability to lead individual experts and professionals.”

In line with market-based compensation guidelines approved by the Board of Regents, Alexander will earn $250,000 as chancellor.

Alexander will work closely with Interim Chancellor Van Gruensven in the transition leading up his May 1 start date. At that time, Van Gruensven will take on the expanded role of chief business officer and senior vice-chancellor for Institutional Strategy, where she will resume her previous responsibilities while playing a leading role in the University’s strategic direction.

Michael Draney, chair of UW-Green Bay’s Department of Natural & Applied Science and vice chair of the Chancellor Search and Screen Committee, said Alexander is “widely respected and admired by the faculty, staff, and students at UW-Green Bay, and his vision and leadership abilities are real assets to this institution.”

Alexander reflected on the announcement during this unprecedented time in the history of the University and the world: “I am incredibly proud of how our University has reacted to the challenges we currently face,” he shared. “We support one another, build each other up and always uphold our commitment to educating students.  Led by Chancellor Van Gruensven, we have continued to show that we are a resilient and devoted community of teachers, researchers, scholars, artists and students. This community’s courage gives me strength. I am eager to build our future together.”

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit