Are you ready for some Packers history?

Green Bay, Wis. — If you thought you knew everything there was to know about the green and gold, the work of some University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students may surprise you.

This semester, UW-Green Bay History, Democracy and Justice Studies, and Humanities students and faculty  collaborated on an exciting project to document the history of the Green Bay Packers as the franchise celebrates 100 years. Students will share their findings during a special open-to-the-public, free presentation on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Student projects cover a wide terrain of Packers history. One project created by Grant Fischer, Kilian Carlson, Jamie Stankevitz, Rich Rehberg and Fisher Stathes, for example, explains how the Packers revolutionized professional football by deepening the use of the forward pass. Another, developed by Madeline Cichoki, Gwen Drumheller, Joseph Karrmann, Rachel Scray and Emily Bork, draw on the Lyle Lahey cartoon collection to show how the Packers were integral in how Green Bay residents understood national politics.

“It was my hope that the students would learn about the early history of the Green Bay Packers, the beginnings under Curly Lambeau and some of the history not everyone is familiar with,” says Brett Hensel, curator and historian of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. “We also hoped that the students might discover some interesting new Packers history.”

Whether a tidbit or two informs a future project at the Hall of Fame remains to be seen, but Hensel said working with the UW-Green Bay students was a great experience.

“The Green Bay Packers history is such a beloved topic that it has been researched over and over again by many scholars,” he said. “So many different books done, especially depending upon the topic, and then with the organization approaching its 100th anniversary, there is even more research being done. Still, it’s difficult to find something original.”

Hensel co-taught Associate Prof. Heidi Sherman’s Introduction to Digital and Public Humanities and Associate Prof. Jon Shelton’s Craft of History course. Under the direction of Hensel, Sherman and Shelton, and using primary sources from archives (including UW-Green Bay’s award-winning Archives and Area Research Center), students from each class combined forces to develop a series of unique digital projects.

“I do believe partnerships and projects like these are very beneficial to both the University and the Green Bay Packers organization,” Hensel said. “We can learn a lot from each other, and the Packers organization prides itself in giving back to the community. I also believe that the projects are extremely value tool in learning for the students. Working in high level group projects is extremely important as they transition into the professional world.”

Members of the campus community and the public are invited to attend. Guests should enter through the Bellin Health Gate and will be directed by events staff to the presentation venue.

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Are you ready for some Packers history?

If you thought you knew everything there was to know about the green and gold, the work of some UW-Green Bay students may surprise you.

This semester, the History, Democracy and Justice Studies and Humanities at UW-Green Bay and the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame collaborated on an exciting project to document the history of the Packers as the franchise celebrates 100 years. Students will share their findings during a special open-to-the-public presentation next week.

Student projects cover a wide terrain of Packers history. One created by Grant Fischer, Kilian Carlson, Jamie Stankevitz, Rich Rehberg and Fisher Stathes, for example, explains how the Packers revolutionized professional football by deepening the use of the forward pass. Another, developed by Madeline Cichoki, Gwen Drumheller, Joseph Karrmann, Rachel Scray and Emily Bork draw on the Lyle Lahey cartoon collection to show how the Packers were integral in how Green Bay citizens understood national politics.

Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame curator and historian Brent Hensel co-taught Prof. Heidi Sherman’s Introduction to Digital and Public Humanities and Prof. Jon Shelton’s Craft of History courses. Under the direction of Hensel, Sherman and Shelton, and using primary sources from local archives (including UW-Green Bay’s award-winning Archives and Area Research Center), students from each class combined forces to develop a series of unique digital projects. On Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 5-7 p.m. students will present their original scholarship in the 6th Floor North Club at Lambeau Field. Members of the campus community and the public are invited to attend. Guests should enter at the Bellin Health Gate and events staff will direct you to where the presentations are being held.

UW-Green Bay Early Bird Blitz gives incoming students the chance to win Packers tickets

GREEN BAY – Students applying to attend any University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus (in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc or Sheboygan) for any 2019 term (Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall 2019) can complete and submit their UW System online application by Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 for a chance to win tickets to the Green Bay Packers vs. Miami Dolphins football game at Lambeau Field on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 at 12 p.m.

Four eligible winners will be randomly selected to each receive a pair of tickets to the football game. For the complete list of rules, please visit UW-Green Bay Early Bird Blitz.

UW-Green Bay is looking to grow and have more students on its roster as it continues to align with regional needs for talent in areas like engineering, health sciences, information technology, business/supply chain, psychology, cybersecurity and communication. The Early Bird Blitz is a reminder to potential students that UW-Green Bay is the Higher Education Partner of the Green Bay Packers.

Find out more about how to apply, or contact the advisors at UW-Green Bay by email at uwgb@uwgb.edu or by phone at 920-465-2111.

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 nearly 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. 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, 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 www.uwgb.edu.About the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

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It’s a ‘Great Beginning’ when 500 new students volunteer

Congratulations to the FOCUS and “Great Beginnings” planners on a super start to the school year. More than 500 student volunteers took to Bayshore County Park (about 10 miles from campus) to help beautify the area, followed by a tailgate celebration with games at Lambeau Field. Organizers hope to involve new students from all four UW-Green Bay campuses next year. The photo gallery also includes the painting of the Phoenix, a newcomer convocation at the Weidner Center, the tailgate at Lambeau Field, Casino Night and a Campus Welcome Rally at the Kress Center.

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FOCUS Events 2018

– Photos by Dan Moore and Liels Sigourney, Marketing and University Communication

TitletownTech applauded by Sen. Robert Cowles

Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) praises the TitletownTech partnership between Microsoft, the Green Bay Packers, UW-Green Bay and the UW System. After attending the announcement on the project’s details, Sen. Cowles released a statement saying “Northeast Wisconsin is ready to prove that you don’t need to be in Silicon Valley to be in the cutting edge of the new digital world.” He added that TitletownTech will provide support and resources for creative minds in the region to generate innovative digital solutions that will not only benefit the region but the whole nation.

UW-Green Bay and UW System to have an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at TitletownTech

Along with the Green Bay Packers and Microsoft, UW-Green Bay and the UW System will partner up with TitletownTech to attract young professionals to Green Bay with the new innovation center. UW-Green Bay and the UW System have agreed to fund an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, who will be employed at UW-Green Bay, but will be stationed at TitletownTech. “Part of their job will be to bring students here and find ways for students to intersect, but another important role is we know students are great entrepreneurs and so we want this person to develop programs for them to get their ideas out there, to get them in front of business people,” says UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller. WTAQ has the story.

TitletownTech wants to keep young professionals close to home

TitletownTech, a partnership between Microsoft, the Green Bay Packers and UW-Green Bay, attempts to attract and keep young talent in Green Bay. The facility will include a venture studio, innovation lab and a tech fund. Director of Microsoft Tech Spark Mike Egan says the purpose of TitletownTech is to spur up the economy. See the full story from WFRV, including an interview with UWGB student Sallie Petty.

UW-Green Bay, UW System Team Up with Green Bay Packers and Microsoft on TitletownTech

Higher education partner and statewide university system providing entrepreneurial talent to drive new technology business in Wisconsin

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the University of Wisconsin System are teaming up with the Green Bay Packers and Microsoft in a unique partnership to help launch new companies in Wisconsin, strengthening the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.  UW-Green Bay and the UW System will provide an “Entrepreneur-in-Residence” at TitletownTech to help connect start-up businesses with investors and promote business development and growth, particularly in the technology sectors.

“The challenges Wisconsin faces are complex, and as we hear from business leaders across the state, there is an even greater need for connections between the UW and the state’s communities and businesses,” says UW System President Ray Cross.  “This new position will help invigorate our economy, and enhances our partnerships with the technology sector businesses as we focus on creating a promising future for Wisconsin.”

Under the partnership agreement, the UW System is making a four-year commitment to UW-Green Bay to fund the UW-Green Bay/UW System Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) at TitletownTech. The new EIR will be a seasoned entrepreneur who will be an employee of UW-Green Bay and a member of the leadership group at TitletownTech, joining with a small group of highly experienced individuals to accomplish the goals of TitleTownTech. The announcement of the EIR is planned for September.

According to UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller, this new role will work in collaboration with the UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business to educate and provide guidance in business development and operational areas. The Entrepreneur-in-Residence will also work with the UW System’s Economic Development Office to generate collaborations with all UW System institutions.

“The Green Bay Packers-Microsoft collaboration at TitletownTech is one of the most unique and exciting partnerships for entrepreneurship in the country,” Miller noted. “The UW System and UW-Green Bay will join that partnership to establish an Entrepreneur-in-Residence to work with new venture companies in our community and throughout the state to grow Wisconsin’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

Last October, Microsoft and the Green Bay Packers announced their partnership to create TitletownTech, an initiative that will bring world-class digital innovation and expertise to the region and will be headquartered in Titletown, the development west of Lambeau Field.  This state-of-the-art building will feature the TitletownTech Venture Studio, TitletownTech Innovation Lab and TitletownTech Fund. The UW-Green Bay and the UW System Entrepreneur-in-Residence will work as part of the TitletownTech leadership team.

“We intended to develop Titletown as a magnet to draw world-class people. The Microsoft involvement clearly takes this to another level,” said Ed Policy, Packers chief operating officer and general counsel, who oversees Titletown development. “The remainder of the century will belong to communities that can draw talented young people.”

“We believe TitletownTech will boost economic activity in Wisconsin’s Fox River Valley, and throughout the state, to accelerate technology innovation in the region,” said Mike Egan, senior director of Microsoft TechSpark. “Entrepreneurs are key to realizing this goal and this new partnership with the University of Wisconsin System will supercharge the work of the Green Bay Packers and Microsoft to help create an economy in Northeast Wisconsin that works for everyone.”

The new UW System, UW-Green Bay Entrepreneur-in-Residence will work onsite at TitletownTech in conjunction with the Packers-Microsoft management team to advance entrepreneurial opportunities in the region. This individual will also help organize and make available entrepreneurial resources on other UW campuses. The Green Bay Packers and Microsoft note that TitletownTech will help the region’s emerging and existing businesses define and build new digital products, transform their operations through technology and provide capital to launch new ventures.

About TitletownTech
The two-story, 46,000-square foot facility was announced in October 2017 as part of Titletown, the 45-acre mixed-use development west of Lambeau Field.  It will house:

  • TitletownTech Venture Studio will work with early-stage companies to help create new digital products and services.
  • TitletownTech Innovation Lab will work with established businesses to co-locate teams at TitletownTech to develop new digital technology products and services.
  • TitletownTech Fund will underwrite operation of the Studio and Lab, and invest in companies that participate in the programs, and potentially other regional startups.

About the UW System
The University of Wisconsin System is one of the largest systems of public higher education in the country, serving more than 170,000 students each year and employing approximately 39,000 faculty and staff statewide. The System includes 13 four-year universities, 13 two-year branch campuses affiliated with seven of the four-year institutions, and a statewide Extension joined with UW-Madison and UW System Administration. Together, these institutions are a tremendous academic, cultural, and economic resource for Wisconsin, the nation and the world.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 7,158 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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TitletownTech Partnership Announcement

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication