Changes coming for Spring 2020 Commencement

UW-Green Bay can expect changes to Commencement this spring. Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven outlined the changes in a memo to the campus community this week.

“As we continue to grow as a University, we need to make adjustments to serve our students. An area that is impacted by our continual growth is Commencement. For a myriad of reasons, we will be expanding to two ceremonies of Saturday, May 16, 2020 in the Kress Events Center.”

Ceremony I: 9:30 a.m.

  • Austin E. Cofrin School of Business
  • College of Science, Engineering & Technology

Ceremony II: 2 p.m. 

  • College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • College of Health, Education & Social Welfare
  • All Associate Degrees from all four campuses

See the rationale, in the memo.

 

Please attend the Winter 2020 Coffee Break event in-person or remotely, Jan. 31

The Winter 2020 Coffee Break event will be held on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 in the University Union Phoenix Rooms from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. There will be remote gatherings at additional campus locations: Marinette campus (Room L-130), Manitowoc campus (Room F149) and Sheboygan campus (Room 1202).

Join fellow faculty and staff for coffee, donuts, updates and perspectives on all things UW-Green Bay. Colleagues from all campus locations are strongly encouraged to attend in person or remotely. If attending remotely, here is the link to the YouTube livestream.

RSVP by Wednesday, Jan. 29 if you will be attending in-person or any of the remote gatherings. Below is the agenda for the event:

  • Chancellor’s Update: State of the University, Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven
  • Perspectives on Higher Education: The Future Student Body and the Role of Regional Comprehensive Universities, Provost Michael Alexander
  • Kudos
  • Question and Answer Session, Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven

UW-Green Bay to begin waiving the $50 application fee for Wisconsin Technical College transfers

Move removes barrier restricting students from completing applications

Green Bay, Wis.—Officials from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay have announced that the University will waive the $50 application fee for prospective students who wish to transfer directly from any and all Wisconsin Technical Colleges System (WTCS) institutions. The change is immediate and for students registering for either summer or fall 2020 terms and beyond.

“We know this fee is a barrier for some students, and there are a number of applications that are never completed because they are missing this fee,” explains Jennifer Jones, UW-Green Bay’s assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Services. “We hope the new policy will encourage students to transfer and complete their bachelor’s degree in on-campus or online programs at any of our four campuses. We know a bachelor’s degree will open more doors for these students.”

Jones says that when a student completes the UW System online application for UW-Green Bay, they simply need to select “Skip Payment” when prompted for the application fee payment. This policy will include applications currently being processed by UW-Green Bay for which the fee has not yet been paid. The fee, which typically covers application processing (software, wages and overhead) is being covered by other means.

“This isn’t just about UW-Green Bay,” Jones says. “Our region and state need more bachelor’s degree holders to meet the need of employers in our region and the jobs of the future. UW-Green Bay is committed to serving our community and making higher education more accessible is one way we can do that.”

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) President Jeffrey Rafn, agrees.

“Together, we are strengthening a partnership that benefits both our students and the community,” Rafn said. “This new advantage will immediately impact the lives of our students who dream of completing their bachelor’s degree. I commend UW-Green Bay for the great work it is doing in removing barriers and simplifying the transfer process. Making sure our students succeed is at the heart of everything we do at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and this is another step forward.”

UW-Green Bay has provided a number of paths for students to get from their technical college degrees to bachelor’s degree completion.

Jones says that the “traditional” path to a bachelor’s degree becomes less defined each day. Many students complete their technical college degree and then begin their career and establish themselves in the community, but they still eventually want the bachelor’s degree. UW-Green Bay has a variety of options, from in-person to online, and bachelor’s degree completion options at all four (Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan) campuses.

Current transfer Rich McKay said he can see the virtues of the fee waiver and in his experience, transferring from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College was a seamless process.

“My experience at UW-Green Bay has been great,” McKay said. “And the transition between the two schools was seamless. I was able to visit with a UW-Green Bay admissions counselor right at NWTC. Advisor Hannah Fameree gave me a verbal ‘map’ of what I was doing at NWTC and what it would take to complete a bachelor’s degree at UW-Green Bay. The next time we met, she showed me the ‘map’ in writing, and all I had to do was coordinate with both advisors. McKay, a defense contractor who hopes to graduate in summer or fall of 2020, is an Organizational Leadership major with an emphasis in project management.

“I think the fee waiver is a great idea,” he said, “and another way the two schools are working together to improve the needs of students in the region.”

While short-term promotions have been used within the UW System to incentivize applications, UW-Green Bay officials believe that the University is the first UW System school to incorporate a blanket fee waiver for any student transferring directly from any WTCS institution.

This initiative is another in a long list of opportunities the University has put in place in response to its mission, “a commitment to a university that promotes access, career success, cross-discipline collaboration, cultural enrichment, economic development, entrepreneurship and environmental sustainability…”

Other programs and initiatives include College Credit in High School, Phuture Phoenix, TurboCharge, A2B (Associate to Bachelor’s Degrees), articulation agreements for seamless transfer, Gateways to Phoenix Success (GPS), and others.

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 www.uwgb.edu.

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Reminder: Winter 2020 Grants in Aid of Research proposals due Jan. 27

The UW-Green Bay Research Council is currently accepting proposals for Winter 2020 Grants in Aid of Research. Faculty having applied for GIAR funding in the past will want to note that revisions have been made to the GIAR call. The Research Council invites members of the UW-Green Bay faculty to submit proposals for Grants in Aid of Research. The funds must be used in support of faculty research. All GIAR proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on January 27, 2020. For more information, please visit https://www.uwgb.edu/research-council/. Please contact Research Council Chairperson Jason Cowell at cowellj@uwgb.edu with questions.

UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Assistant Prof. hosts public talk on Jan. 22 | The Daily News

UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus’s Assistant Prof. Renee Richer (Natural and Applied Sciences) hosted a public lecture on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 on the relationship between water quality and neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS, Alzheimers and Parkinson’s disease. More via Bay hosts public lecture on Wednesday | The Daily News.

UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Office of Continuing Education announces upcoming programs | Eagle Herald

UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Office of Continuing Education and Community Engagement has announced several opportunities and events for the community to participate in. Seeing shows such as “The Lion King” and “Anne of Green Gables,” as well as taking American Sign Language are a few of the opportunities the Marinette CECE office is providing. Read more via UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus, announces upcoming programs | Eagle Herald.

UW-Green Bay, Marinette Assistant Prof. selected to attend residency | The Daily Press

UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Renee Richer (Natural and Applied Sciences) has been selected to attend fully funded residency held at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Md. The seminar will focus on how faculty can develop a more equity-based mindset and educational experience for students. Read more via Renee Richer selelcted to attend residency | The Daily Press. 

Theatre on the Bay at UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus to host auditions for spring play

Theatre on the Bay on the UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus will be holding auditions for its spring play, “The Importance of Being Earnest” on Feb. 12 and 13, 2020 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Herbert L. Williams Theatre, Fine Arts Building, on the Marinette Campus. All roles are available for actors ages 15 and older. Auditions are made by appointment. Prior experience with theatre or acting is not required for auditioning.

Monologues of one-to-two minutes (comedic or dramatic) are welcome, but not required for these auditions. Those auditioning should be prepared to read aloud from pieces provided at the audition. Actors are not required to attend both audition nights.

Register here. After registering, participants will be sent an audition form to complete before the audition. Participants should arrive at least 10 minutes prior to audition slots with this form completed.

Rehearsals will take place in the evenings and on weekends between approximately Feb. 17 and April 16, 2020. Performances are April 17 through 19 and April 24 through 26.

Email stonethr@uwgb.edu (preferred) or call 715-504-3318 for further information.

Theatre on the Bay, UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus to host audition times for spring play, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

Marinette, Wis.—Theatre on the Bay on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Marinette Campus has announced audition times for its spring play, “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The auditions will be held Feb. 12 and 13, 2020 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Herbert L. Williams Theatre, Fine Arts Building, on the Marinette Campus. All roles are available. Auditions are made by appointment.

Characters include Algernon Moncrief (20s-30s, a dissipated, rather cynical but refined bachelor), John (Jack) Worthing (20s-30s, a fun-loving bachelor looking for love), Cecily Cardew (18, Jack’s ward, Algernon’s romantic interest, pretty and sheltered but smarter than she looks), Gwendolyn Fairfax (early to mid 20s, refined, Jack’s romantic interest, she has a keen wit and is very aware she is rich and beautiful), Lady Bracknell (Gwendolyn’s mother, 50s-60s, imperious and overly conscious of social class), Reverend Chausable (40s-60s, a priest), Ms. Prism (40-65, Cecily’s governess), Lane and Merriman (Algernon’s servants, 20s-ancient). Please note: ages are offered as reference, actors must be able to play within the age range for the character.

Roles are available for actors ages 15 and older. All characters have British dialects. The play is appropriate for audiences of all ages. The production will be directed by TOB artistic director Rebecca Stone Thornberry. All interested actors are encouraged to audition (one does not have to be a UW-Green Bay student, nor does one need prior experience with theatre or acting). UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus students may receive course credit for acting in or providing technical or management assistance on the production (by registering for THE 335, 336 or 338).

Monologues of one-to-two minutes (comedic or dramatic) are welcome, but not required for these auditions. Those auditioning should be prepared to read aloud from pieces provided at the audition. Actors are not required to attend both audition nights.

Participants should arrive at least 10 minutes prior to audition slots with form completed. Register here or at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4fafaa22a5fd0-auditions. After registering, participants will be sent an audition form to complete prior to audition. This will include rehearsal conflicts. A script will be on two-hour reserve at the Marinette Campus library by Jan. 15.

Rehearsals will take place in the evenings and on weekends between Feb. 17 and April 16. Performances are April 17-19 and 24-26.

Email stonethr@uwgb.edu (preferred) or call 715-504-3318 for further information.

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