Reminder: UW-Green Bay Call for Sabbaticals 2020-2021, due April 15

The Office of the Provost is soliciting sabbatical proposals for the academic-year 2021-2022.  Please see the attached call for details. The number of sabbaticals awarded will depend on the quality of proposals submitted and the ability to cover the curriculum. All eligible faculty are invited to submit proposals for these awards by Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Please direct any questions to Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Clifton Ganyard 465-2033 or via e-mail at

Submit your questions for TeAch Tuesday LIVE!

CATL wants to help answer your teaching-related questions in light of this unprecedented time. Submit your questions anonymously here and CATL personnel will do their best to answer them (or find someone who can!) during the TeAch Tuesday LIVE! broadcast Tuesday, April 7 at 10 a.m. (the live stream event will also be recorded for you to watch—or re-watch—at your convenience later).

Dr. Michael Alexander named seventh chancellor of UW-Green Bay

Green Bay, Wis.—Dr. Michael Alexander, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, has been named the University’s seventh chancellor. Alexander’s appointment was confirmed today, Thursday, April 2, 2020 by the UW System Board of Regents, following the recommendation of a selection committee. He will begin his new role May 1, 2020.

Michael Alexander
Michael Alexander named UW-Green Bay Chancellor

“I am honored and humbled to work for the dedicated and talented students, faculty and staff at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay,” Alexander said. “While my position as chancellor may be new at the University, my passion and dedication for the people of this community are stronger than ever and my family is proud to call Green Bay our home. With a growing academic portfolio, deep connections to the community and presence in the region, UW-Green Bay will continue to expand its impact on the population it serves.”

Alexander has served as provost and vice chancellor at UW-Green Bay since July 2019. As the University’s second highest administrative officer and senior academic officer, he oversees programming and leadership of the four academic colleges; the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, the Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement, the UW-Green Bay Libraries, the Office of Admissions, and leads the four UW-Green Bay campuses including those in Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. As provost, he consults with the chancellor on all aspects of the University and speaks for the University in the chancellor’s absence.

Since joining the University, Alexander led the expansion of the University’s Continuing Education and Community Engagement efforts to build connections to high school students, increase non-credit offerings, and provide educational services to regional businesses; created academic affairs strategic priorities to drive the university’s strategic mission and vision; initiated new, international relationships with universities in Thailand; created an Office of Sustainability to improve efficiencies and increase the profile of UW-Green Bay as a campus traditionally engaged with environmental study; and restructured Graduate Studies and the Office of Grants and Research, setting the stage for the University’s growing research efforts.

“Anyone who has had the opportunity to work closely with Mike Alexander knows what a tremendous asset he is to UW-Green Bay and our region,” said Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven. “I have been immensely impressed with his vast knowledge of higher education and his vision for the future that aligns with UW-Green Bay’s mission. Mike has exceptional analytical skills and the ability to quickly put into action the necessary steps to move the university forward. He has quickly gained the respect of cabinet members, colleagues in the UW System and, more importantly, faculty and staff campus wide. His comprehensive understanding of university operations, with a relentless focus on student success, make him an ideal leader for UW-Green Bay at this moment in time.”

Prior to his role at UW-Green Bay, Alexander served as director of the School of Music at the University of Northern Colorado. He has also served as the interim director of the School of Music at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Alexander holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from UW-Madison. He earned his master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting from UW-Milwaukee, and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Georgia. The Grand Island, New York native lived in Wisconsin from 1995 to 2004.

“I know the work of the University will increasingly be a driver in the educational, economic, cultural and civic life of Green Bay, Manitowoc, Marinette and Sheboygan. Our mission and vision is for a university that fearlessly meets challenges, solves problems, embraces diversity, cares about our region and provides access to education for all who want it honors the innovative spirit of the founders of the University and moves us forward. The potential for the future of this institution is immense. My belief in that future has been reaffirmed daily from the moment I arrived in Green Bay and first set foot on the campus.”

Alexander will be the UW-Green Bay’s seventh chancellor, succeeding Gary L. Miller, who left the University in September 2019 to serve as president at the University of Akron. Miller served as the university’s top administrator since August 2014.

“During Michael’s tenure at Green Bay he has demonstrated keen listening and engagement skills,” said UW System President Ray Cross. “His experience as a conductor has clearly enriched and influenced his ability to lead individual experts and professionals.”

In line with market-based compensation guidelines approved by the Board of Regents, Alexander will earn $250,000 as chancellor.

Alexander will work closely with Interim Chancellor Van Gruensven in the transition leading up his May 1 start date. At that time, Van Gruensven will take on the expanded role of chief business officer and senior vice-chancellor for Institutional Strategy, where she will resume her previous responsibilities while playing a leading role in the University’s strategic direction.

Michael Draney, chair of UW-Green Bay’s Department of Natural & Applied Science and vice chair of the Chancellor Search and Screen Committee, said Alexander is “widely respected and admired by the faculty, staff, and students at UW-Green Bay, and his vision and leadership abilities are real assets to this institution.”

Alexander reflected on the announcement during this unprecedented time in the history of the University and the world: “I am incredibly proud of how our University has reacted to the challenges we currently face,” he shared. “We support one another, build each other up and always uphold our commitment to educating students.  Led by Chancellor Van Gruensven, we have continued to show that we are a resilient and devoted community of teachers, researchers, scholars, artists and students. This community’s courage gives me strength. I am eager to build our future together.”

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 more than 8,700 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, D-I athletics, 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



UW System to launch new EApp electronic application

New EApp will reduce fees, offer easier navigation, and allow first-time applicants to apply to any UW System university

MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross announced today (April 1, 2020) the creation of a new electronic application system, EApp, to be launched this fall for prospective students applying to attend a UW System university.

The new EApp will provide reduced application fees, offer easier navigation, and allow first-time undergraduate applicants to apply to more than one UW System school using a single application. The UW System Board of Regents will vote Thursday on adopting the new application.

“As I traveled the state, visiting our campuses and meeting students as part of our All In Wisconsin tour, one consistent piece of advice I heard was to simplify admissions, particularly the application process,” UW System President Ray Cross said. “We have taken that advice, and I am excited to see the results this fall and going forward.”

Cross said the new EApp was under development prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is even more critical now for families and students to have an easy, low-cost application.

Beginning August 1, 2020, all prospective students—including new freshmen, transfer students, international students, and non-traditional students—will be able to use the EApp to apply to any university in the UW System.

Under the new EApp, students will pay $25 to apply to each university except UW-Madison. That’s a reduction from the current cost of $50 for all universities except UW-Madison, which has a $60 application fee it will retain.

As part of the new application process, students who are transferring internally within the UW System will not need to write an application essay for admission and will not be charged an application fee as long as they transfer within one semester of leaving a UW System university and did not attend a university outside of the UW System in between.

Cross said the redesigned EApp will also be simpler for students, which means they will be more likely to complete the application once they start. The EApp will also include a simplified waiver process for students who can’t afford the application fee.

“As Regents, we are always looking for ways to expand access opportunities,” Regent President Andrew S. Petersen said. “We believe this new EApp will provide a better experience for anyone looking to attend a UW System university.”

Released by the UW System, April 1, 2020



UW-Green Bay Interim Building Access Policy

Effective at 7:45 a.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020 the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will limit building access to all campuses locations consistent with the Interim Building Access Policy.  The Interim Policy is enacted to comply with Governor Evers #SaferatHome Emergency Order which directs all individuals in the State of Wisconsin to stay at home or at their place of residence, with few exceptions.

Starting on March 25, 2020 all doors to all campus buildings, with the exception of Residence Life building were locked.  The Interim Policy will continue the locking of all campuses buildings, with the exception of Residence Life, but permit limited access to employees or student researchers consistent with the Interim Policy. Access at the Green Bay Campus will be permitted as follows:

  1. Employees who perform a function essential for the care and maintenance of State property or the safety and security of campus personal and students;
  2. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mary Ann Cofrin Hall  Main Entrance Doors for authorized individuals; individuals who have been named by their supervisor as needing to have limited access to a campus for an operational purpose (e.g. picking up mail, accessing equipment which is not available remotely);
  3. On rare occasions, individuals who require access beyond the “Access Hours” and upon the explicit approval by a Supervisor and notification to University Police;

All other access is prohibited at this time.

It is asked that you cooperate with this process to ensure that we can continue to control the number of people who are accessing campus and comply with the Governor’s Order.  Specifically;

  1. Prior to coming to campus, please confirm with your supervisor that you are an authorized individual.  ndividuals who are not on the authorized person list will not be allowed access, and asked to leave and return after the supervisor has authorized access;
  2. Please park in the Union parking slots. If not slots are available, please park in the Kress Event Center Lots. Do not park or stand your car in the circle in front of MAC Hall;
  3. Please make sure you bring your Employee/Student ID with you.  Upon confirmation of your access, you will be issued a tag to place your ID in.  You will be required to display this ID at all times while you are on campus.
  4. Please limit your time on campus. Certain task may require individuals to be present for an extend period of time, please do not use Access Hours to facilitate any work that could be performed remotely.  It is not the intent of the Access Hours to facilitate a more convenient or quite work space, but to facilitate work that cannot be performed remotely.  Presence in campus buildings beyond what is absolutely necessary to serve the educational mission of the institution is in violation of the Governor’s Order.

Employees at Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan (other than those performing functions essential for the care and maintenance of State property or the safety and security of campus personal) and students should contact their CEO by email to discuss access to those locations.  

Please understand that these restrictions on access, while disruptive, is essential to adherence to the Governor’s Order and serves to mitigate the current COVID-19 Crisis.  Your cooperation with these restrictions is appreciated.

If you have further questions, please contact your supervisor or CEO of your campus.

Quick Access to Green Bay Campus buildings being granted March 25-26

Limited Access to Green Bay Campus Buildings, March 25-26

As we transition to Governor Evers’ Safer-at-Home Order, the Green Bay Campus is allowing quick, limited access for faculty, staff and students to its campus buildings on Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to  2 p.m. This access is to accommodate the picking-up of any items needed through the length of the Governor’s Order (through April 24, 2020).

Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campuses are closed. Students and employees should follow the guidelines sent by the Campus CEOs on March 24.

Green Bay Campus students will be allowed access today and tomorrow, but will not be allowed without authority after 2 p.m. March 26, 2020.  If a student needs to access a locked area, the ability to do that will be based on the discretion and availability of University Police to facilitate this access.

Access to Campus March 25 & 26, 2020

  • Hours: 10 a.m – 2 p.m.
  • Access is limited to employees. No children or guest will be allowed in any campus building. Prior approval is not needed March 25 and March 26. Approval will be required after 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020;
  • Employees will be allowed access to the Green Bay Campus through MAC Hall, Circle Entrance. Employees must park in the Union Parking stalls or at the KEC if no stalls are available. Employees shall not park or stand cars in the Circle Drive between the Union and MAC.
  • Check In Procedure
    1. One table with attendant
    2. Employee will sign in on attached sheet including time and destination.
    3. Employee should proceed immediately to destination, retrieve items and leave as quickly as possible through the same point.
    4. Employees should not leave any building through any other exit except in an emergency.
    5. Employee will check out providing time of departure.
  • Check in station will be equipped with cleaning product and pens.

Mail and Package Pickup
Receiving continues to work on an efficient process to provide mail and deliveries to the University.  A process will be publicized soon, however at this point, please do not retrieve mail from receiving until further details are provided.

Marinette, Manitowoc, Sheboygan
Contact your campus CEO for campus-specific instructions sent March 24, 2020.

Access to the Green Bay Campus, after Thursday, March 26 at 2 p.m. will be restricted as buildings will be closed per the Governor’s order.

Watch for further information.


Update: Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campuses close today (March 24)

Due to the “Safer at Home Order” effective, today, Tuesday, March 24 at 4:30 p.m. the UW-Green Bay Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campuses will close with access extremely limited. No one is allowed to be on any campus without prior notification and approval by the Campus Executive Officers. Employees should heed the directions sent by the CEOs earlier today.

The Phoenix Bookstore update for four campuses

The Phoenix Bookstores at all four campus locations are offering free online shipping. Additionally, the Phoenix Bookstores will all be offering free e-books to students where available from publishers.

See the banners at the top of each websites:
Phoenix Bookstore – Green Bay
Phoenix Bookstore – Manitowoc
Phoenix Bookstore – Sheboygan
Phoenix Bookstore – Marinette

UW System to Offer Prorated Room and Board Refunds

UW System President Ray Cross announced March 19, 2020, that all UW System institutions will refund the prorated charges for housing and dining for the remainder of the spring semester for students who have vacated their respective universities. The deadline to complete the request to stay on campus, or check out is Friday, March 27, 2020 at 10 p.m. See more.

UW-Green Bay offers coping and emotional well-being resources

Self-care is incredibly important at all times, but particularly during times of enhanced stress. We are all experiencing a disruption of our daily routines and of our support structures. A website has been created by CATL with a list of resources under the categories: Self-Care and Coping Strategies, When to Be Concerned, How to Help a Friend or a Loved One and Resources for Emotional Support. Read more.