Photos: Engineering and STEM Center News Conference

On the heels of Friday’s unanimous UW System Board of Regents approval of a Mechanical Engineering program and other critical components of a University-Community shared vision for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at UW-Green Bay, the University and two community partners today (Feb. 12, 2018) shared additional details on how they plan to quickly move the program from concept to reality, expediting the University’s ability to meet the region’s rising demand for engineering talent.

Richard Resch, CEO of international office furniture manufacturer KI, announced his support of UW-Green Bay’s visionary engineering plan with a $5 million gift. The University will name the new school the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering in honor of Resch’s transformational gift.

The Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) Foundation announced a $1 million contribution to support STEM education — the largest single donation made by the charitable organization in its 54-year history, according to foundation board member and WPS president Kevin Fletcher.

University supporters and members of the news media gathered at the second floor lobby of the Environmental Sciences (ES) building overlooking the space in which the new STEM Innovation Center is approved for construction on the UW-Green Bay campus. Read the news release.

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Engineering Press Conference - 2/12/2018

– Photos by Kimberly Vlies, Marketing and University Communication

Slideshow: ‘Higher Ed, Lower Debt’ advocates visit campus

A pair of local lawmakers used the plaza level of the UW-Green Bay Cofrin Library for a news conference Wednesday morning, Oct. 30. Democratic legislators are advancing the so-called “Higher Ed, Lower Debt” proposal to establish a Wisconsin Student Loan Refinancing Authority, which would allow student borrowers to refinance at lower rates. It would also provide a break on state income taxes for tuition expenses. See our photo gallery for more.

‘Press-Gazette’ coverage, ‘Journal Sentinel’ background, ‘Post-Crescent’ endorsement
Reporter Patti Zarling covered the news conference and photographer Lukas Keapproth captured a few classroom shots (physics and organic chemistry). See the Green Bay Press-Gazette article.

The proposal discussed Wednesday has been advanced at similar news conferences around the state, including one covered last week by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The bill’s co-authors say the proposed state Student Loan Refinancing Authority would not use tax dollars to refinance the loans, but rather sell bonds to accomplish the refinancing in a “pay-as-you-go” fashion. Read the Journal Sentinel article for details.

In a Sunday editorial headlined “Bill would get Wisconsin student loan borrowers a better start,” the Post-Crescent of Appleton weighs in with an endorsement of the refinancing concept. Read the Post-Crescent editorial.

Legislators stump for ‘Higher Ed, Lower Debt’ bill

Legislators stump for 'High Ed, Lower Debt' bill
A pair of Democratic state lawmakers used the plaza level of the UW-Green Bay Cofrin Library as a setting for a news conference Wednesday morning, Oct. 30. State Sen. Dave Hansen (at lectern) and Rep. Eric Genrich described their support for a proposed bill that would establish a Wisconsin Student Loan Refinancing Authority to allow student borrowers to refinance at lower rates, and expand the state income tax deduction for higher education tuition expenses. Also speaking were Scott Ross of the liberal activist group One Wisconsin Now and UW-Waukesha student and military veteran Saul Newton (in photo, far left and far right, respectively). Hansen, a 1971 graduate of UW-Green Bay, is a co-author of the “Higher Ed, Lower Debt” proposal with Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine) and Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee). He said the measure has the support of all 54 Democrats in the state Legislature.

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– Photos by Dan Moore, Outreach and Adult Access

UW-Green Bay site of Walker news conference on tuition freeze

We have more on that visit today by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The governor will use the UW-Green Bay campus as a backdrop for a news conference early this afternoon with local media outlets. The topic is the proposed UW System tuition freeze. A media advisory for the event specifies that attendance is limited to credentialed members of the media, with the governor taking media questions from the podium, if time allows. We’ll have full coverage later.