Wisconsin sues to stop ICE’s in-person class requirement for colleges | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin has joined 16 other states and the District of Columbia in a lawsuit to stop the implementation of a new rule that requires international students to take their college classes in person for their visas to be valid, Attorney General Josh Kaul announced Monday.

In a statement Monday, Thompson said the system values its international students and fully supports Kaul’s decision to join the lawsuit.

In the court filing, several UW schools provided assessments on the economic impact their international students have. At UW-Stevens Point, 84 international students account for $2.2 million in tuition. At UW-Madison, international students pay $180 million in tuition, fees and housing revenue and one in four classes are taught by international teaching assistants. UW-Green Bay said the rule could “severely disrupt” its Division 1 athletics, particularly men’s soccer.


Source: Wisconsin sues to stop ICE’s in-person class requirement for colleges | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

International scholars, faculty and staff? We want to hear from you…

The Office of International Education is aware that international scholars, faculty, and staff are in unique situations due to COVID-19, where travel restrictions, public health fears, academic challenges, and worries about family and relatives can be felt more acutely. The OIE wants to reaffirm our support for you. Please take a few minutes to respond to the anonymous survey here. Based on responses, we will convene a panel of “experts” to address common concerns for international scholars and faculty. Please respond by Monday, April 20.

UW-Green Bay student among WiSys APPStart Challenge finalists

For Immediate Release from WiSys, April 10, 2020

WiSys has selected three app ideas as finalists in the WiSys APPStart Challenge. The contest, open to all UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay and UW-La Crosse faculty, staff, students and alumni, connects great mobile app ideas with the expertise and resources necessary for commercial launch.

The three app finalists are:

  • ALO: Photo: UW-Eau Claire alumni Aaron Accola and Ethan Kilgore and current UW-Eau Claire student Christian Hoyer are developing an app that would serve as a platform for freelance photographers to show off their work and easily schedule photography services with new clients.
  • VIGRID: UW-Green Bay student Celine Massereau (’20, Business Administration) is developing an app that connects eco-friendly product sellers to consumers with a personal shopper user experience. Massereau is an international student from France.
  • Team Travel: UW-La Crosse Deputy Director of Athletics Erin Hanson is developing an app to assist coaches and teams in handling the complexities of travel coordination and documentation.

“Innovation and entrepreneurship are needed now more than ever,” said WiSys President Arjun Sanga. “We hope that as this competition grows, it continues to inspire University of Wisconsin System faculty, staff, students and alumni to develop their innovative ideas into scalable businesses.”

Since January, the finalists have been working with their local Small Business Development Center to craft a business plan and with app development partners—Noble Applications and the UW-Parkside App Factory—to create an app prototype.

In addition to working with two of the finalists, Madison-based Noble Applications is also sponsoring the WiSys APPStart Challenge.

“Noble Applications has always been committed to helping innovative entrepreneurs turn their ideas into successful businesses,” said Noble Applications CEO Steve O’Brien. “Wisconsin has talented students across the state, and we see this competition as a model that can propel students into successful entrepreneurship, similar to programs at the likes of M.I.T. and Stanford.”

WiSys expects to announce a winner this summer. The winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize; the runner-up finalist will receive a $2,500 cash prize; and the second runner-up finalist will receive $1,500 a prize.

This year’s WiSys APPStart Challenge began during the fall semester, as UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay and UW-La Crosse faculty, staff, students and alumni were challenged to submit an app idea in 250 words or less.

More than 40 ideas were submitted. In December, nine semifinalists were selected to pitch to panels of judges with the three finalists emerging to continue on with the contest.

About Noble Applications

Noble Applications is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin and provides software design and development services with a focus on mobile applications and custom software applications. They’re ready to help you start turning your ideas into beautifully designed, flawlessly executed applications today. You know your business, they build your apps.

About WiSys

WiSys is a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state.

You can participate in live fitness classes

Kristy Aoki, assistant director of International Studies, and Alex Wandersee, UREC fitness coordinator, are offering live fitness classes online! All classes will require no equipment.

To attend Bodyweight Strength (Mondays at 11:30 a.m.) and Yoga (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.) with Wandersee, simply follow UREC on Instagram or Facebook (information below) so you can watch live.

Instagram @urec_uwgb

Facebook @URECuwgb

Due to copyright laws, Zumba will be taught over Zoom. To attend Zumba (Wednesdays and Fridays at Noon) with Aoki, please email Wandersee at wandersa@uwgb.edu for the link to join class.


Deadline Approaching: Winter 2021 faculty-led Travel Course proposals (changes & updates)

From the Office of International Education:

The Office of International Education (OIE) hopes that everyone is safe and healthy and is adapting to our new online reality. Our office is looking forward in both planning for future programs and working with faculty across our campuses to continue to bring international experiences to students once it is safe to do so.

We wanted to still encourage interested faculty leaders to submit a completed proposal to their academic chairs. Leading a course is a great way to connect with students and give them new and unforgettable experiences as well as a way to expand your horizons as well!  The OIE is here to answer your questions, provide resources, and connect you with veteran faculty leaders if you are interested.  Details and a link to the proposal form can be found on this website.

In light of these stressful time, the office can accept late proposals until April 15, 2020.  (in order to guarantee we can promote the program to students before the end of the semester).  We can also accept electronic approvals from academic chairs and deans. Please have approvals (with original proposal attachment) sent by email to Jemma Lund (assistant director of Study Abroad) at lundj@uwgb.edu. Any questions regarding faculty-led travel courses can be directed to her as well. Thank you and be well!

UW-Green Bay study abroad students impacted by coronavirus precautions | NBC 26

UW-Oshkosh has suspended its spring study abroad program in South Korea. While UW-Green Bay has not suspended any international programs so far, two students will be impacted by Oshkosh’s decision, as UW System Universities work together to send students abroad. UW-Milwaukee and UW-Madison have also suspended programs in South Korea. The decision was made with a focus on student safety. Read more via UW-Oshkosh suspends spring study abroad program in South Korea | NBC 26.

Office of International Education ready to talk to your students about studying abroad

This is a reminder that if you are interested in a classroom visit from the Office of International Education to talk about study abroad, please let the OIE know! Personnel are able to stop in classes for 5-10 minutes (or another length if interested) and cover any specific topics your students may be interested in. If you are interested in a presentation, please contact Jemma Lund, Assistant Director of Study Abroad, at lundj@uwgb.edu by Friday, Jan. 31 with your preferred dates, times and course names. Any messages received after that date will be added according to pending availability of OIE staff.

Social Work kicks off the new year with international collaboration

UW-Green Bay’s Social Work Professional Programs in the College of Health, Education, & Social Welfare (CHESW) are ringing in the New Year with an official international agreement with the University of Gothenburg in Gothenburg, Sweden. Effective January 1, 2020, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been approved between the two institutions which will allow for student, faculty and staff exchanges between the Master’s of Social Work Program and the Master’s Program in International Social Work and Human Rights in the University of Gothenburg Social Work Department. It is anticipated that two students from each institution would participate in the exchange which is set to kick off in the January 2021 semester. Faculty and staff exchanges are yet to be determined.

This “Scandinavian Interdisciplinary Initiative,” was developed with the support of Dean Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Social Work faculty and staff, the assistance of MSW Program Chair, Prof. Gail Trimberger and Democracy and Justice Studies Associate Prof. Andrew Austin. The initiative emerged from the sabbatical research of Associate Prof. Doreen Higgins (Social Work) who conducted sabbatical research on the social welfare state at the University of Gothenburg in 2018. This initiative will progress with the 2020 sabbatical research of Prof. Austin who has been invited as a faculty scholar in the Department of Sociology and Work Science at the University of Gothenburg. It is hoped that these efforts, over time, will broaden to other academic units at both UW-Green Bay and the University of Gothenburg. The photo above depicts the final phase of the exchange project with a formal signing of the MOU on December 9. Left to right: Dean Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Provost Michael Alexander, Associate Prof. Doreen Higgins, and Brent Blahnik, director of the Office of International Education.

The University of Gothenburg is the third-oldest of the current Swedish universities with 38,000+ students, 6,000 faculty and staff, and 190+ degree programs. The Department of Social Work hosts 1,400 students in several undergraduate and graduate majors, and holds 130+ faculty and staff. The Social Work department is centrally located in the city of Gothenburg, one of the largest in all of the Nordic countries. Gothenburg’s population is approximately 600,000 residents, with a metro area exceeding 1 million.

Campus mourns loss of UW-Green Bay friend and supporter Palmira Torre

The College of Health, Education and Social Welfare, along with the Office of International Education, mourn the passing of long-time University friend and supporter, Palmira Torre. Over the past few decades, Torre and her family hosted hundreds of UW-Green Bay Education students at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico during the student-teaching semester and/or study abroad course. Torre was known for her outstanding culinary skills and her nurturing and caring demeanor. She has touched so many lives at UW-Green Bay and will be greatly missed by those who knew her.