Nursing Prof. Susan Gallagher-Lepak and Teresa Talmadge

Home to Houston with a BSN

Nursing Program graduate Teresa Talmadge met UW-Green Bay Nursing Prof. Susan Gallagher-Lepak for the first time (in person, at least) prior to mid-year commencement Saturday (Dec. 19) at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

Talmadge, of suburban Kingwood, Texas, near Houston, made her first trip to the UW-Green Bay campus this weekend to receive her bachelor’s in Nursing. She took all of her coursework online, as many students choose to do given the solid reputation of UW-Green Bay’s online BSN option.

She left cool 60-degree weather in Houston for a brisk 20-degree day in Green Bay, but relished the chance to soak up the warm commencement-day atmosphere.

Originally from Northwestern Wisconsin (St. Croix Falls), Talmadge earned her nursing diploma a dozen years ago at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. She relocated to Texas and today works as an emergency room nurse.

Knowledgeable about the quality of the UW System from earlier studies at Stevens Point, she followed a friend’s recommendation to enroll online with UW-Green Bay when she decided a bachelor’s degree (and perhaps graduate studies to follow) would suit her nursing career and interests.

“It’s a very good program,” Talmadge says of UW-Green Bay Nursing. “I would absolutely recommend it to others.”

New academic year brings new master’s in Data Science

UW-Green Bay marked the Sept. 2 start of the fall semester with the debut of the first online master’s degree in data science ever offered in the UW System. UWGB is a partner in the new Master’s of Data Science degree with UW-Extension and five other UW System universities. Officials say the new degree responds to local demand in one of America’s fastest growing fields. “The exponential growth in data generation, and the need to get hands around this data, has led businesses scrambling for ways to hone their strategies, improve existing processes and bolster innovation in their products and services,” says Gaurav Bansal, associate professor of management, information science and statistics. For more on the new program.

Insight magazine talks higher ed with Adult Degree’s Trombley

“We started doing classes that were weekends and hybrids, and then through the years, as technology advanced, we started incorporating more of the technology into classes,” Christina Trombley, director of UWGB’s Adult Degree Program, said in a recent interview with the local Insight magazine. “It was just the natural progression of trying to continually serve this adult population.” To see the story about “online alternatives.”

New academic year brings new master’s in Data Science

(Photo above courtesy of UW-Extension)

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay marks the Sept. 2 start of the fall semester and the 2015-16 academic year with the debut of the first online master’s degree in data science ever offered in the UW System.

UW-Green Bay is a partner in the new Master’s of Data Science degree with UW-Extension and five other UW System universities, in Eau Claire, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Stevens Point and Superior. Faculty from each of the participating campuses will teach the online classes.

Officials say the new degree responds to one of America’s fastest growing fields as businesses and organizations seek to harness vast amounts of data — newly available through various technological innovations — to make better, data-driven decisions.

“The exponential growth in data generation, and the need to get hands around this data, has led businesses scrambling for ways to hone their strategies, improve existing processes and bolster innovation in their products and services,” says Gaurav Bansal, associate professor of management, information science and statistics at UW-Green Bay.

Adds Bansal, who will direct the Master’s of Data Science program at UW-Green Bay, “This program harnesses not only the faculty expertise from different UW campuses but also different academic disciplines including Computer Science, Statistics, Information Technology Management, Business Management and Communication. The program has been developed with input from Industry leaders and is closely aligned with the business needs in this area.”

The curriculum will be grounded in computer science, math and statistics, management and communication. Students will learn how to clean, organize, analyze and interpret large and complex data sets using the latest tools and analytical methods. Admission to the program will require a bachelor’s degree and a 3.0 GPA. Aptitude tests such as the GMAT and GRE will not be required.

“Our ability to collect and interpret data is crucial to the success of our business,” says Matt Mueller, senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer for Schreiber Foods of Green Bay, an advocate of the new program. “Decisions that we make — from providing market insights, to developing modern capabilities, to creating efficiencies in our manufacturing environment and everything in between — are data-driven. We employ a number of professionals (in this area), and I see this online master’s degree program in Data Science as another great resource for us.”

Bansal says tuition will compares favorably to competing graduate programs from other institutions. Like other collaborative online University of Wisconsin programs, students will pay the same tuition whether they live in Wisconsin or out-of-state.

The Master of Science in Data Science program is intended for students with a bachelor’s degree in math, statistics, analytics, computer science, or marketing; or three to five years of professional experience as a business intelligence analyst, data analyst, financial analyst, information technology analyst, database administrator, computer programmer, statistician or other related position.

Bansal points also to a report by McKinsey Global Institute that predicts demand for “deep analytical talent” in the United States could be 50 to 60 percent greater than projected supply by 2018. Opportunities have been identified in almost every economic sector: manufacturing, construction, transportation, warehousing, communication, science, health care, computer science, information technology, retail, sales, marketing, finance, insurance, education, government, law enforcement, security and more.

The Master of Science in Data Science joins a growing list of online degree and certificate programs available at UW-Green Bay. Prospective students seeking more information about the Master of Science in Data Science program are encouraged to visit the website, call 1-877-895-3276 or email.

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Publicity for fall 2015 launch of new master’s in data science

UW-Extension is getting some media attention with its news release announcing the launch of a new, 12-course, 36-credit online master’s degree in the fast-growing field of data science. It’s a collaboration involving Extension and the four-year UW campuses in Green Bay, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Stevens Point and Superior. (UW-Green Bay’s share of the curriculum offerings will be two courses. Rajeev Bukralia expects to go live this fall with Foundations of Data Science, and Gaurav Bansal of Business Administration is planning a spring 2016 course in data analysis.) The major is expecting approval from the Higher Learning Commission. UW Extension Dean David Schejbal anticipates high demand: “In Wisconsin and across the country, employers in most industries are in great need of skilled professionals with the ability to transform big data into actionable insights.” For more, see the release.

Regents OK new collaborative master’s in Data Science


The UW System Board of Regents voted April 10 to approve a new Master of Science in Data Science program to launch in fall 2015. The online program is to be offered collaboratively by UW System campuses in Green Bay, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Stevens Point and Superior, with support from UW Extension.

Yes! Online bachelor’s in Health Information secures initial accreditation


UW-Green Bay’s new online bachelor’s degree program in Health Information Management and Technology received good news Thursday afternoon: initial accreditation by the national accrediting agency. The decision by the Commission on Health Informatics and Information Management was relayed to campus by UW Extension, which coordinates the HIMT program offered in collaboration by Extension and UW universities at Green Bay, Parkside, Stevens Point and La Crosse. In sharing the news here, Sue Mattison, dean of the College of Professional Studies, praised “outstanding work by HIMT program director, Dr. Brenda Tyczkowski, supported by her chair, Dr. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, and former Dean of OAA Steve VandenAvond.”

Faculty note: Gallagher-Lepak and Reilly publish article on e-learning

Nursing faculty members Susan Gallagher-Lepak and Janet Reilly, in collaboration with Cheryl M. Killion from Case Western Reserve University, have published an article titled “Are Virtual Classrooms Colorblind?” in the March 15 issue of the online Journal of Professional Nursing. (It will be published in hardcopy form in the July-August 2015 issue.) The article explains that e-learning, becoming increasingly prevalent in nursing education, provides education opportunities for all students; the article explores issues of availability to students, usage, quality of e-learning and the extent to which culture has been integrated into online learning. The article also explains the format and design of E-learning that have historically been most successful.

UW-Green Bay to reprise Open Online Course, on app and game development

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will again offer a Local Open Online Course (LOOC), titled “Beginning App & 2D Game Development.”

The course begins Wednesday, March 18, but participants are welcome to join as late as the second week of instruction. Units will be addressed each Wednesday in the 12-week course.

Offered as an offshoot of recently popularized Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), a LOOC provides a similar style of flexible, no-cost online instruction but on a more limited basis. While MOOCs may have thousands of students, this particular LOOC can accept 250 individuals.

“Beginning App & 2D Game Development” is open to any student, including those in high school, with at least high school-level algebra proficiency. The course focuses on entry-level app and game development, and is taught from a beginner’s perspective. It assumes no prior programming knowledge, although those with prior knowledge are welcome.

Taught by UW-Green Bay lecturer Ben Geisler, this LOOC is all about learning to program and develop video games and applications for mobile devices.

In addition to learning and enrichment, students who take “Beginning App & 2D Game Development” have the chance to earn college credit through successful completion of the course. Individuals who earn a passing grade will be waived past UW-Green Bay’s Computer Science 201, a three-credit course that is the first course in the University’s Computer Science curriculum.

For more information or to register for “Beginning App & 2D Game Development,” visit www.uwgb.edu/compsci/looc/.

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LOOC here again: ‘Beginning App & 2D Game Development’

UW-Green Bay’s Computer Science program is once again offering a LOOC — a free local online course. The title is Beginning App & 2D Game Development, offered by faculty members Ben Geisler and Peter Breznay. The course begins March 18, but LOOCers can join up to the second week of the course. The course is meant for beginners and those who are ready to start exploring software development. Students who finish the LOOC with a passing grade, you will be waived past UW-Green Bay’s Computer Science 201, which is the first course in the Computer Science curriculum. The website is at www.uwgb.edu/compsci/looc.