Visitors peer into the large fish tank to see the yellow peach during The Farmory grand opening of the perch fish hatchery in Green Bay.

Photos: The Farmory Perch Fish Hatchery Opens

The Farmory celebrated its launch of the state-of-the-art yellow perch fish hatchery in Green Bay on Feb. 10, 2020. The nonprofit hatchery is an indoor urban farm that focuses on aquaponics and aquaculture. The startup hatchery launched with assistance from its educational partners at UW-Green Bay. CSET Dean John Katers was one of the speakers at the ribbon-cutting event. Click to advance slideshow or view the album on Flickr. WFRV has a report.

The Farmory Perch Fish Hatchery Opens

– Photos by Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication

Lakeshore Technical College references transfer agreement with UW-Green Bay in reflection of their record-breaking year | Herald Times Reporter

A program transfer agreement Lakeshore Technical College has made with UW-Green Bay was referenced as a flourishing aspect of Lakeshore’s 2019 year. More via 2019: A record-breaking year for Lakeshore Technical College | Herald times Reporter.

UW-Green Bay’s partnership with The Farmory featured in video series

Roger Bindl, as a part of his video series on Aquaponics in Wisconsin, has released two videos about UW-Green Bay and The Farmory. The partnership primarily focuses on opening Wisconsin’s first research-based, full-scale year-round commercial fish hatchery. Watch a visit with The Farmory and The Farmory working to hatch perch.

Aquaponics in Wisconsin – A visit with The Farmory

Aquaponics in Wisconsin – The Farmory working to hatch perch

UW-Green Bay, Cofrin School to extend reach with InitiativeOne partnership

A new public-private partnership aimed at encouraging businesses to leverage the expertise and energy of UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and students with the leadership transformation services of InitiativeOne was launched at a ceremony Friday (April 24) at the newly developed InitiativeOne headquarters at 110 S. Adams St., Green Bay

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The partnership — which has the additional benefit of giving the University a downtown presence — was formalized through a memorandum of understanding signed by Chancellor Gary L. Miller and InitiativeOne founder and CEO Fred Johnson.

The intent is for InitiativeOne’s team of professionals to work in conjunction with UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business faculty to explore and develop a series of projects and programs that will positively influence the greater Green Bay business community. The partnership could expand to include other academic units, as well.

Both organizations will seek synergistic opportunities to match UW-Green Bay faculty and the InitiativeOne staff with the specialized needs of companies and non-profits on the firm’s extensive national client list. Additionally, InitiativeOne will help place UW-Green Bay student interns on appropriate projects and provide office or meeting space to facilitate University office hours and interaction with clients.

Miller and Johnson addressed specifics and answered questions about the partnership at Friday’s gathering. Joining them to share brief remarks was local business leader Jim Wochinske, president of Pomp’s Tire Service, Inc. Wochinske is an alumnus and advocate for UW-Green Bay who has long been supportive of local economic development efforts.

Others in attendance included Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt, Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach, Downtown Green Bay Executive Director Jeff Mirkes, UW-Green Bay faculty and staff, and business and civic leaders who serve as members of the University’s Council of Trustees and various local business associations.

Signaling a growing presence in the area, InitiativeOne invested $2.5 million in the purchase and renovation of 10,500 square feet of space in the historic Adams Street Garage development. The building, originally a car dealership, was later remodeled into a restaurant and entertainment complex and, eventually, office and professional services space. InitiativeOne plans a public open house later this spring.

Last fall, InitiativeOne announced it was moving its headquarters to Green Bay from Scottsdale, Ariz., where it retains offices. The company’s roster of clients includes prominent names such as US Steel, McDonnell Douglas, Chase Bank, Honeywell Aerospace, the Seattle Seahawks, and Scottsdale Healthcare, as well as a long list of small, mid-size and family businesses.

Friday’s announcement comes within months after Chancellor Miller’s pledge, at his installation as UW-Green Bay chancellor in November, that the University was committed to “extending our physical presence in some way to a vibrant and growing downtown Green Bay.”

Downtown Green Bay to host announcement of UWGB, InitiativeOne deal

Look for news Friday (April 24) about a new collaboration involving UW-Green Bay and the consulting and leadership development firm InitiativeOne, aimed at further leveraging the value of faculty, staff and student expertise and energy to benefit the larger community. A late-morning news conference is being coordinated by Downtown Green Bay, Inc., a non-profit organization working to revitalize downtown Green Bay. We’ll have details Friday afternoon on this public-private partnership.

More detail about Green Bay Packers Partnership

Director of Marketing Sue Bodilly asks that we provide a bit more detail about the Packers Partnership.

• Reminder that UWGB faculty and staff may use the Packers logo in an e-mail signature as prescribed here: https://news.uwgb.edu/log-news/headlines/07/01/uw-green-bay-outreach-new-partnership-with-packers/

• Any other use of the logo, or reference to the Partnership (including letterhead, print materials, signage, digital materials, social posts) etc… must be approved through the Packers, via Sue Bodilly, bodillys@uwgb.edu

• The partnership includes an opportunity to use logos on promotional items (give-a-ways), however, items must work with an NFL licensed vendor, and royalty fees may apply. Again, contact Sue if you wish to pursue.

SBDC a partner in June 3 peer-to-peer demo event

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-Green Bay is partnering with the NWTC Entrepreneur Resource Center to present a peer learning demonstration event Tuesday, June 3. The PeerSpectives® roundtable demonstration is a trial session, slated for 7-9:30 a.m., designed to immerse participants in the peer-to-peer roundtable process. The roundtables enhance leadership abilities and improve decision-making for leaders, rather than leaving business owners and entrepreneurs to make decisions — and often take unnecessary risks — in isolation. During the June 3 session, held at NWTC, participants will be immersed in the roundtable process, gaining a deeper understanding of how these confidential and highly focused meetings can help individuals confront their most urgent and important business challenges. Ryan Kauth, director of the SBDC at UW-Green Bay, is a certified PeerSpectives® facilitator. He co-facilitates a Chief Financial Officer roundtable and a small business owners roundtable in conjunction with the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce. For more.

More on partnership with Aver software, and student training in ‘Big Data’

Aver Informatics, a Green Bay startup company with national clients in the fast-developing field of health care analytics, has agreed to provide the University a free, three-year license for the company’s Big Data Analytics Platform. Along with free remote access to the software and databases, Aver will train students in use of the platform and make company server space available for student work on faculty-supervised course assignments. The data will be identity-stripped health care industry data accessible through remote networks and “the cloud,” with no data housed on UW-Green Bay servers. “The partnership with Aver allows our students to work with a current, state-of-the-art product and dynamic databases, and to test existing algorithms and experiment with new ones,” says Associate Prof. Peter Breznay, chair of Computer Science. For more about this emerging, in-demand field of data science, and UW-Green Bay’s partnership with Aver, see the full press release.

Friday’s signing ceremony for ‘Big Data’ partnership is open to all

UW-Green Bay students will benefit from a new institutional partnership with Green Bay-based technology firm Aver Informatics that will bring hands-on opportunities with “Big Data” and advanced data analytics to the Computer Science curriculum. Aver, a startup company with national clients in the fast-developing field of health care analytics, has agreed to donate to the University a license, database access, training and other services. (We’ll have more info on the deal in our next issue.) Provost Julia Wallace and Kurt Brenkus, Aver Informatics CEO, will sign a memorandum of understanding at 1:30 p.m. Friday (March 28) in the 1965 Room of the University Union. RSVPs aren’t required, but Brenda Beck would appreciate notice at BeckB@uwgb.edu or ext. 2368.

Partnership with tech startup will train students in ‘Big Data’

Students at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will benefit from a new institutional partnership with Green Bay-based technology firm Aver Informatics that will bring hands-on opportunities with “Big Data” and advanced data analytics to the Computer Science curriculum.

Aver Informatics, a startup company with national clients in the fast-developing field of health care analytics, has agreed to donate to  the University a three-year license for the company’s proprietary Big Data Analytics Platform.

Along with free remote access to the software and databases, Aver will train students in use of the platform and make company server space available for student work on faculty-supervised course assignments. The data will be identity-stripped health care industry data accessible through remote networks and “the cloud,” with no data housed on UW-Green Bay servers.

Julia Wallace, UW-Green Bay’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, and Kurt Brenkus, Aver Informatics CEO, will sign a memorandum of understanding at 1:30 p.m. Friday (March 28) in the 1965 Room of the University Union.

Associate Prof. Peter Breznay, chairman of the Computer Science program, says the partnership is part of a larger effort to expand the University’s offerings in data science to meet both student and employer demand. Career opportunities are expanding, he says, as industries seek to improve product development, marketing and strategic planning by way of harnessing “Big Data” — data streams so massive and complex that the volume and variety are beyond the capacity of traditional database management tools.

“The partnership with Aver allows our students to work with a current, state-of-the-art product and dynamic databases, and to test existing algorithms and experiment with new ones,” Breznay says.

“This sort of software can be worth hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars to the companies that purchase these services. The tech industry needs people with advanced skills to develop these tools, and the companies that make that level of investment need people who have the technical and problem-solving ability to analyze data, spot trends, direct research and contribute to better decision-making. And that’s where our students enter the picture.”

UW-Green Bay students involved with the program will also learn about governance and storage issues including data privacy, security and integrity.

Breznay notes that Big Data is increasing important nationally in the health care and insurance sectors. He says the prominence of Northeastern Wisconsin companies in those industries could spur additional interest in the UW-Green Bay Computer Science program and its graduates.

Computer Science currently enrolls about 115 majors, and graduates about 15 students per year.

Aver Informatics has a patent pending for its product’s user-friendly design tools that both generate queries to support any analytics methodology and encourage users to design their own analytics. The company also provides consulting services to support customized analytics.

Brenkus, Aver’s CEO, says the partnership with UW-Green Bay “represents education for a new paradigm.”

“Data collection and analysis is radically changing our orientation to the people, places and things around us,” Brenkus says. “Together UWGB and Aver Informatics are embracing this new era of innovation and change… to help students create deep insights into the world around them.”

The complimentary three-year license for UW-Green Bay includes cloud access to the current Aver Platform, all future updates, and maintenance, installation and configuration services. UW-Green Bay students and faculty will share the results of any research and algorithms with the company.

Experts say algorithms for analyzing Big Data are evolving, as users struggle to cope with an increasing flood of information from a growing number of sources: online user-input data, computer-generated log data, supplemental databases accessible from external sources and the web, and a rapidly expanding network of remote electronic sensors now commonly embedded in strategic locations, products or systems.

Rajeev Bukralia, UW-Green Bay’s associate provost and chief information officer, has written about Big Data for national and international publications. Data science professionals capable of writing algorithms effective in sifting the voluminous data flow for meaningful patterns, he says, are in demand because organizations are then able to develop predictive, prescriptive, and optimization models to address a variety of problems.

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