Admissions referral promotion for current students

Admissions is hosting a promotion for each UW-Green Bay campus encouraging current students to make referrals of others who they believe may want to join the Phoenix family. Students who provide a referral from Feb 22 to March 26, 2021, will be entered to win a UW-Green Bay prize pack, featuring a signed Packers mini-helmet. Help spread the word to current students to encourage referrals. Learn more and make a referral at Referrals from faculty and staff are welcome, too! While you won’t be entered in a drawing you can use this form to share the UW-Green Bay spirit.


Uncovered Green Bay Packers treasures expected to fetch thousands

It’s not quite as lucrative as winning the Powerball, but Tim Horton of Oklahoma and a Green Bay area couple still hit the jackpot recently after finding some vintage Packers memorabilia that will fetch thousands at auction next month.The items include one of the earliest worn Packers helmets known to exist and the oldest Packers ticket to hit the auction block from a game played almost 100 years ago.

The ticket and program from the 1924 game are expected to go for more than $10,000 and the helmet for as much as $20,000.

“People like to dream, and if you are into the seeking or picking for antiques and collectibles, you may go your whole life and not find something that you will make thousands of dollars on,” said Heritage consignment director Chris Nerat, who graduated from Marinette High School and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. “But when people see stories like this, it kind of fills their mind with, ‘Hey, it could be me who hits the lottery at a flea market or a Goodwill or their grandma’s attic.’”

Source: Uncovered Green Bay Packers treasures expected to fetch thousands

Green Bay Packers Honor Legacy of Willie Davis with $250,000 Impact Grant to UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin School of Business

Green Bay, Wis.— The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced today that the Green Bay Packers are honoring Packers great and Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Davis with a $250,000 impact grant toward the establishment of the Willie Davis Financial Trading and Investment Laboratory within the University’s rapidly growing Cofrin School of Business. The donation is an important next step in the University’s efforts to support the region’s robust financial services sector with a focus on financial literacy.

Davis passed away in April 2020 following a brief illness. During his 10 seasons with the Lombardi-era Packers, Davis was considered an anchor on the Packers’ defensive line, playing 138 consecutive regular-season games. Davis was a member of all five of Vince Lombardi’s NFL title-winning teams and played in
Super Bowls I and II.

“This is a wonderful tribute to Willie.  He was a Hall of Fame player who became a great businessman and entrepreneur,” noted Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy. “Willie will always be tied to one of the greatest football dynasties, the Vince Lombardi era.  Willie learned valuable, life long lessons from Coach Lombardi, and applied these lessons to all aspects of his life.  Willie would be very proud to know that his legacy will promote financial literacy and help good students become great.

Davis was known beyond football for his belief in the power of education and his business and financial acumen. In 1968 and while still a Packers player, Davis completed his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He parlayed that knowledge in his post-football career to become a successful entrepreneur and a coveted and trusted business mentor and advisor to many. In 1989, he was a finalist for consideration as the NFL Commissioner.

According to Cofrin School of Business Dean Matt Dornbush, the Willie Davis Financial Trading and Investment Laboratory will provide students with financial and research data feeds, analytics and simulation platforms for financial trading portfolio management, stock tracking, trading and more. “This is more than a computer lab, it’s a sophisticated environment where students not only learn about, but actively engage in, conventional and socially responsible investment strategies,” Dornbush said. “Students will experience the world of investment in real time, with real money, and real accountability. We will leverage the lab, the talent of the Cofrin School of Business, and community partnership to strengthen financial literacy within NE Wisconsin. Ultimately, we will be accelerating professional development, social responsibility, and forging skills that will benefit learners for a lifetime.”

“Our father’s career as a professional athlete was made legendary during his time with the Green Bay Packers, but few people are as aware of his later accomplishments in the world of Business,” said Lori Davis, Willie’s daughter, on behalf of herself and her brother, Duane. “He valued education, and he attributed his post NFL success as much to his strong educational foundation as to the character honing years in Green Bay under Coach  Lombardi. He believed strongly in the power of having a seat at the table where the decisions are made to best serve the community. We are so excited to have the Packers organization and the UW-Green Bay Cofrin School of Business come together to honor his legacy in a way that reflects so many of his core beliefs in the value of higher education, financial intelligence and service to the community.”

Up until his passing, Davis shared his financial knowledge as a board member for an array of companies. He was an active and engaged board member and the first African American board member for many of the Fortune 500 companies on which he served. His board leadership included Alliance Bank, Dow Chemical (1988–2006), Johnson Controls (1991–2006), K-MartL.A. GearManpower (2001–2020), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (1999–2020), MGM MirageRally’s Inc., Sara Lee (1983–2020), Schlitz Brewing, and WICOR Inc. Davis was a member of the Packers’ board of directors from 1994 to 2005, and an emeritus member until his passing. He was the second African-American member of the board.

“Willie Davis understood well that financial literacy is a great equalizer, and so do the Green Bay Packers,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Michael Alexander. “We are grateful for their impact grant to this new initiative, which will be a game-changer for our students, the Cofrin School of Business, and the region we serve.”

The impact grant is a component of Green Bay Packers Give Back, the Packers’ all-encompassing community outreach initiative, which include the Green Bay Packers Foundation’s annual and impact grants, appearances by players, alumni, coaches and staff, cash and in-kind donations, community events, Make-A-Wish visits, football outreach and much more.  Since the Foundation was established in 1986, it has distributed more than $12.68 million for charitable purposes.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

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graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,000 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. 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



Letters that lay out the story of Paul Hornung’s career up for auction

“This grouping of letters really lays out the story of the late part of his career at Notre Dame to his early days in Green Bay under Lombardi and kind of the process he went through to become a Packer,” Heritage consignment director and UWGB alumnus Chris Nerat said. Source: Letters that ‘lay out the story’ of Paul Hornung’s career up for auction, Sheboygan Press

‘I Knew This Had to Be It’: Wisconsin man reflects on finding Curly Lambeau’s home

A trip to the Brown County Register of Deed’s office led them to the City of Green Bay archives, which led them to Brown County Library records, which led them to the UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center, and then the County Assessor’s Office. Eventually, local business man discovered the birth place of Curly Lambeau.

Source: ‘I Knew This Had to Be It’: Wisconsin Man Reflects on Finding Curly Lambeau’s Home, Spectrum News 1

How empty stadiums play a role in an athlete’s performance and mental health

Assistant Professor Alan Chu is the Chair of the Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Masters Program at UW-Green Bay, a new program with its first cohort this fall. Chu said a fan cheering on their favorite team plays a much bigger role than we might think. “When the players see the fans, they’re able to get those attentional cues and be able to celebrate or focus on certain tasks,” said Chu.

Source: How empty stadiums play a role in an athlete’s performance and mental health

UW-Green Bay Student Emergency Fund included in Green Bay Packers Foundation grants | WBAY

The Green Bay Packers Foundation has awarded $500,000 in impact grants to organizations providing basic needs to people impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Twenty organizations—14 in Brown County and six in Milwaukee County—will each receive $25,000. The University of Wisconsin – Green Bay Student Emergency Fund is one of the recipients.

Source: Green Bay Packers Foundation announces $500K in grants for COVID-19 help | WBAY

Other news coverage:

Packers Foundation awards $500,000 in grants to those impacted by COVID-19 | WEAU

Packers award $500,000 in impact grants for COVID-19 relief | WJFW

Packers donate $500,000 to COVID-19 relief | WSAW

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UW-Green Bay receives grant from Green Bay Packers Foundation for Student Emergency Grant Fund

Green Bay, Wis.—The Green Bay Packers Foundation awarded the UW-Green Bay Foundation-Student Emergency Grant Fund $25,000 to respond to the immediate needs of the students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The one-time grant will be distributed to those students in dire emergency brought on by the pandemic. Currently, emergency grants are being allocated to students who incurred expenses during Spring or Summer 2020. Funds are awarded for:

  • Expenses for technology (internet, hotspot, printer, computer)
  • Fees paid to end leases or pay rent for housing that you are not currently living in
  • Food expenses due to campus dining or Campus Cupboard closures
  • Overdue utility bills
  • Purchase of additional course materials due to the moving online
  • Childcare or health care costs due to COVID-19
  • Other financial needs arising from individual and/or special circumstances to be determined on a case-by-case basis

“This has been an unprecedented year on multiple levels, and the impact on nonprofit organizations has been substantial,” said Bobbi Jo Eisenreich, secretary of the Green Bay Packers Foundation, in a letter to the University. “The Green Bay Packers Foundation would like to say thank you for the work UW-Green Bay Foundation-Student Emergency Grant Fund has been doing to respond to the immediate needs of the people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The University has had more than 1,000 requests for emergency funding since COVID-19 began to impact education at UW-Green Bay, according to Jennifer Jones, the University’s assistant vice chancellor for enrollment services.

“The gift from the Green Bay Packers Foundation will allow us to help students who are requesting assistance to meet needs like housing, food, basic household essentials and technology to complete school work,” she says. “There are many families who will be impacted by the consequences of this virus, and we are fortunate to have a community partner in the Packers that reaches out to help our students when they need it most.”



Prof. Ryan Martin featured in piece about coping with Packers loss | USA Today Network

Associate Dean for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and Prof. Ryan Martin (Psychology) was featured in an article about how the recent Green Bay Packers loss can impact the mental health of fans. “I noticed that right away when I first moved here 15 years ago—a kind of collective disappointment, a collective joy on Monday mornings after a game weekend, depending on the outcome,” Martin said. “I’ve also seen it elsewhere. I was in Germany for a World Cup a long time ago … when Germany lost, I think, a semifinal match. The next day, you really had a sense of the whole community being pretty depressed, despite a really great performance that season.” The story is a fun read by writer Paul Srubas, it begins, “A long, long stretch of cold, bleak days lies ahead, empty and cheerless, dull and gray … and no, that’s not a weather forecast. It’s the end of the Green Bay Packers’ fairy-tale year, from their questionable prospects in the preseason to their post-season Cinderella carriage ride to the playoffs, to the bitter disappointment of being thoroughly schooled, then dropped unceremoniously into the dustbin of sports history with the rest of the losers.” More, including the interview with Martin and others via Sound advice from experts on coping with Packers loss Sunday: Suck it up, buttercup | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Video: Cheering on the Pack is fun for Phoenix Cheer Team

While it may be common for college cheerleaders to cheer on football teams, not many college cheerleaders can say they cheer for their local NFL football team. Green Bay Phoenix Cheer Team, along with St. Norbert College cheerleaders, are collegiate cheerleaders of the Green Bay Packers, of which UW-Green Bay is a Higher Education Partner. They showed their support for the Packers at a number of pep rallies, and of course, they were present at Lambeau Field on Sunday, Jan. 12 for the Packers play-off win against the Seattle Seahawks. Members of the Cheer Team call it an “amazing opportunity” to cheer for both the Phoenix and the Packers.