Report by Pres. Ray Cross to the Board of Regents headlined by heroic efforts to UW-Green Bay student James Finley

In his monthly report to the Board of Regents, UW President Ray Cross starts with a story we’ve heard before but worth repeating — the heroic efforts of UW-Green Bay student James Finley and his family who rescued 60 people and 30 pets when Hurricane Harvey flooded their Texas hometown. See the System highlights.

Eli Broman

UW-Green Bay student Eli Broman reflects on selective summer undergraduate research experience

As one of only 20 students selected from about 150 applications for a prestigious summer research experience, UW-Green Bay chemistry student Eli Broman knew he needed to make the most out of the experience.

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the University of Minnesota – Materials Research Science Engineering Center (MRSEC) provided an experience of a lifetime for the Minnesota native.

“It is the best learning experience I’ve ever had,” said Broman, who is also a Green Bay swimmer. “I was looking into finding an opportunity to have undergraduate research, and this program says it right in the name!”

The REU program is a 10-week summer program designed to provide undergraduates with unique research experiences, increase their knowledge of materials science and engineering, and help with professional development. Participants complete research in a UMN MRSEC research group from the three Interdisciplinary Research Groups offered: Electrostatic Control of Materials, Sustainable Nanocrystal Materials, Hierarchical Multifunctional Macromolecular Materials, or one of the various MRSEC Seed groups.

UW-Green Bay Director of Career Services, Linda Peacock-Landrum, initially notified Broman of the opportunity and provided support in the application process. Associate Prof. Mich McIntire  (Natural and Applied Sciences) wrote a letter of recommendation.

“It was a very positive learning environment,” Broman said. “I learned a lot by talking with my graduate student mentor. I made mistakes every once in a while of course, but that was an important way that I learned.”

Broman said that his initial feelings of apprehension had to do with simply not knowing what to expect.

“I soon found out that with I did know was very applicable. A lot of what I learning in Organic Chemistry I and II went hand-in-hand with polymerization (a process of reacting monomer molecules together in a chemical reaction to form polymer chains or three-dimensional networks).

Outside of the research lab, the REU program places a high emphasis on showing undergraduates the options that they have after graduation through panels, field trips, seminars and networking. Through this program, Broman says he has made great professional connections and learned that he wants to attend the University of Minnesota to get his Ph.D in Material Science after he graduates in 2019.

“Experiences will vary for each individual of course, but a program this good is really hard to downgrade,” he said. “I recommend this to all Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) students, you just have to find the right program for you.”

Story by Marketing and Marketing and University Communication intern Amanda Rice

Photo by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Houston hero now a Phoenix

UW-Green Bay freshman and Houston native James Finley moved onto campus this morning (Aug. 31, 2017) with quite a story to tell. Finley, a member of the Green Bay swimming and diving team, along with his family members, have been actively rescuing friends and neighbors stranded in the flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

Before making the 23-hour trek to Green Bay for move-in, Team Finley brought about 60 people and 30 pets to safety since flooding overtook their hometown on Sunday. Finley’s efforts included personally lifting a neighbor reliant on an oxygen tank to a waiting kayak to take him, his wife and pets to a shelter. Social media coordinator Jena Richter-Landers first tracked the story. With permission from the Finley family, UW-Green Bay notified local media which answered the call and swarmed Small Hall today to talk to James and his family.

Houston flood caused by Hurricane Harvey. Photo submitted by the Finley family.
Houston flood caused by Hurricane Harvey. Photo submitted by the Finley family.


Neenah’s Boehnlein, UW-Green Bay recruit is swimmer of the year

Neenah High School senior (and UW-Green Bay recruit) Maxwell Boehnlein placed in the top four in two individual events at the WIAA Division 1 state meet in Madison this season, and added two eighth-place finishes in relay events with his Rockets teammates. The state meet was the culmination of a stellar senior season in which Boehnlein also won multiple Fox Valley Association and sectional championships. For his efforts, he has been named the Post-Crescent swimmer of the year.