Extreme heat no match for this rising Phoenix

Being a student-athlete and a member of the U.S. Army National Guard during the pandemic can be hard, but to her credit, UW-Green Bay junior Taylor Reichow, a Computer Science major, excels at both.

The Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corp (ROTC) cadet and goalkeeper for the Green Bay women’s soccer team, earned distinguished honors this summer in her Advanced Individual Training (AIT) and received two awards — the Distinguished Honor Graduate Award for placing the highest in a series of tests and the Army Achievement Medal.

Taylor Reichow named Distinguished Honor Graduate

Her training took place at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. As a Multiple Launch Rocket Systems crewmember, Reichow learned things such as loading rocket pods onto resupply vehicles, military communication using the SINCGARS radio system and preventative maintenance checks on all vehicles used to shoot rockets. She did all of this in extreme (120 degrees Fahrenheit) heat!

Reichow shined from the beginning, but was nervous for the last test. “The sergeants and instructors had to give us our grades mid-way through training and to my surprise I was in the number one position with a 99.75%,” she said. “I was super nervous for every test I took because the last two were the most difficult ones. I wasn’t sure I could hold my spot because there was heavy competition. We had a field training exercise which was four days, three nights [and] I had to get a 96% in order to keep my position at No. 1, and with it, the Distinguished Honor Graduate Award.”

The Army Achievement Medal was later awarded when her Drill Sergeant in Wisconsin got word of her high achievements and he sent her name in to be considered. This medal is awarded to any member of the armed forces that distinguishes themselves by meritorious services or achievement.

She was honored by the recognition. “This is the best thing that has happened to me. I was thrilled that I was able to accomplish something this huge. Because I was the distinguished honor graduate, I was able to shoot my first six rockets while I was at training, which was everything I could ask for.”

Back on campus, she continues to train with Green Bay women’s soccer, and has also taken on leadership roles in the Women in Technology student organization. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a job in the technology industry while coaching either soccer or basketball to keep her love of the sports alive. Throughout all of this though Reichow will continue in the Army National Guard.

Two years in, Reichow joined the ROTC to be a part of something bigger than herself. She’s one example of a Phoenix rising to meet the expectations of her coaches, her teammates and her ROTC peers and leaders.

Mission accomplished.

Story by Charlotte Berg, Marketing and University Communication intern

UW-Green Bay students play key role in calling for change

UW-Green Bay students have been playing key roles in many protests across the city of Green Bay, calling for change amid the Black Lives Matter movement. Zoe Betancourt (Democracy and Justice Studies), Hannah Beauchamp-Pope, Sierra Slaughter and Jordyn Cook (Human Biology) are inspiring examples of UW-Green Bay students dedicated to bettering their community. See this selection from the Green Bay Press-Gazette story…

Zoe Betancourt

Betancourt was one of the students who helped organize a protest. She wants to work in public policy and has a specific passion for health care, education policy and civil rights. She is involved on the UW-Green Bay campus and participated in the Jump Start Program, a mentorship program from MESA for first-year multicultural students to get acclimated to a UW-Green Bay.

Zoe Betancourt
Zoe Betancourt

Betancourt is excited to see non-black people attending these protests and their understanding of injustices in society, but also wonders why this realization took so long for some.

“I’m grateful, no doubt, people are finally coming to this realization, but in the back of my mind I’m just wondering what changed,” Betancourt said. “These things have been happening for years. So what was the tipping point?”

Hannah Beauchamp-Pope and Sierra Slaughter

Slaughter and Beauchamp-Pope at a Green Bay protest.
Slaughter and Beauchamp-Pope at a Green Bay protest.

Both aspiring lawyers, Beauchamp-Pope and Slaughter have been attending many protests lately and speaking to crowds.

Both are hoping their contributions will have a large impact, especially in reflection of the history their black family members have partook in contributed to.

“My grandfather fought in the Vietnam War. My dad has faced a lot of discrimination here in Wisconsin,” Beauchamp-Pope said. “So when I think about that, when I think about those people, and then I think about the people who will come after me — my daughter, my granddaughters — I don’t want the next generation to keep fighting the same fight my parents fought. That my grandparents fought.”

“My grandpa on my black side protested in the civil rights movement, and I think everything has just changed since then,” Slaughter said. “And hopefully, for us protesting, it can also change even more.”

Jordyn Cook

Hannah Beau champ-Pope (left) and Jordyn Cook (right). Photo by Miranda Copeland
Hannah Beau champ-Pope (left) and Jordyn Cook (right). Photo by Miranda Copeland

Cook, a UW-Green Bay women’s soccer player, has been speaking to the crowd at protests. She plans on obtaining a master’s degree in athletic training. She looks at herself as someone with passion for what she believes in.

“I’m part of this movement,” Cook said. “I think I’m doing my part to be a part of this movement. A whole is only good as the sum of its parts.”

She sees the movement as an opportunity for non-black community members to take a stance and encourages everybody to vote, especially in city and state elections that determine how communities are policed.

“And despite — because of my color, you should still love me. We should still be equal, regardless of that. So don’t say, ‘I don’t see color.’ That’s not the point. It is to see it, and love it regardless. To not treat it like less than.”

Source: Black youth activists and leaders play key roles in call for change in Green Bay amid Black Lives Matter movement | Green Bay Press Gazette

Yooper Night headlines a busy weekend for Green Bay Athletics

On Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, the Green Bay women’s basketball team will be hosting an exhibition game against Michigan Tech at 7 p.m. at the Kress Center. This game is also the program’s inaugural Yooper Night, where tickets are $9.06 in honor of the Upper Peninsula’s 906 area code, pasta will be served at the concession stands and prizes will be given away throughout the night.

On Friday, Oct. 25, the women’s volleyball team hosts Cleveland State at 6 p.m. at the Kress Center.

On Saturday, Oct. 26, the swimming and diving team hosts Cleveland State at Noon. The women’s volleyball team plays host to Oakland at 4 p.m. at the Kress Center. The men’s soccer team plays at home against Detroit Mercy at 7 p.m. at Aldo Santaga Stadium.


Big weekend ahead for Green Bay Athletics; Go Green Bay!

Check out Green Bay athletics, in full swing this weekend:

The women’s volleyball team plays in its Alzheimer’s Awareness match at the Kress Center against Wright State at 6 p.m. This game is also available on ESPN+. On Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, the cross country team is competing at the Bradley Pink Classic in Peoria, Illinois.

Saturday, Oct. 19 marks one of the biggest days for Green Bay Athletics of the year thus far, with a slate of five events on tap:

10 a.m., the men’s basketball team kicks off its 2019-2020 campaign with an intrasquad green vs. white scrimmage at the Kress Center.

1 p.m., the swimming and dive team competes at an All-Wisconsin Invite in Brown Deer, Wisconsin.

2 p.m., the women’s soccer team plays host to Oakland at Aldo Santaga Stadium.

4 p.m., the women’s volleyball team hosts Northern Kentucky at the Kress Center. This game is also available on ESPN 3.

6 p.m. men’s soccer team plays at Northern Kentucky. This game is also available on ESPN 3.

Winning weekend for Green Bay Athletics

Green Bay Athletics teams had a very successful weekend. On Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, Green Bay women’s volleyball defeated Youngstown State 3-0, followed by a 3-2 victory over IUPUI on Sunday, Oct. 13. These two victories improved the team to 12-6 on the season with Wright State coming to Green Bay on Friday, Oct. 18. to play at 6 p.m. The game can also be viewed on ESPN+.

The women’s soccer team defeated Youngstown State 2-1 on Saturday, Oct. 12, improving to 7-6-1 on the season. The team next plays Oakland at home on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m., which is also Senior Day.

The men’s soccer team played Milwaukee on Saturday, Oct. 12, winning 2-0. This win takes the team to 3-6-2 on the season, with the next game coming on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Northern Kentucky at 6 p.m. You can catch the game on ESPN 3.

Green Bay Athletics Weekend Recap

On Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, the Green Bay women’s volleyball team played at Cleveland State, losing a close match 3-2. The team plays next on Friday, Oct. 11 in Youngstown, Ohio against Youngstown State.

The men’s soccer team also played on Saturday at home against Cleveland State, winning 1-0. The team’s next game is on the road Tuesday, Oct. 8 against Marquette.

The women’s soccer team hosted Wright State on Sunday, Oct. 8, falling 1-0. Next, the team faces Youngstown State on Oct. 12 on the road.

Upcoming Green Bay Athletics home games

The Phoenix men’s soccer team hosts Cleveland State on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. at Aldo Santaga Stadium. There is also a pre-game tailgate beginning at 5:30 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Green Bay Athletics. In addition, at halftime, the inaugural 1969-1970 soccer team will be honored on the field. On Sunday, Oct. 6, the women’s soccer team hosts Wright State at 7 p.m at Aldo Santaga Stadium. The game can also be watched on ESPN+. The women’s volleyball team hosts IUPUI on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Kress Center. The game will also be streaming on ESPN+.

Green Bay athletics weekend recap

Here’s a weekend recap of Green Bay athletics: Women’s soccer lost to Horizon League opponent Cleveland State, 3-0 but holds onto a 6-4 record heading to Detroit on Saturday, Sept. 28. The team returns home on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. against Wright State. The women’s volleyball team played three matches this weekend, all in Milwaukee. On Friday, the team fell 3-0 to nationally ranked #8 Marquette. On Saturday, the team lost 3-0 to Northern Iowa before bouncing back and winning 3-0 against St. Louis. The Phoenix is 8-4 and heads to the University of Illinois-Chicago on Friday, Sept. 27 before returning home on Sunday, Sept. 29, where it is unbeaten this season. Men’s soccer lost to Oakland in Green Bay on Saturday, 3-0. The team is now 1-4-2 looking to bounce back this Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 against IUPUI in Indianapolis. The team returns home Saturday, Oct. 5 against Cleveland State at 7 p.m., which is also Soctoberfest and the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Green Bay Athletics. The 1969-1970 men’s soccer team will be honored at halftime of the game.