Smart hearing aid idea wins WiSys Innovation in Aging student competition

An idea for a hearing aid that can sense your pulse and call 911 if you have a health emergency won the WiSys Innovation in Aging student competition on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. The annual student idea competition challenges University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students to create innovative solutions to combat hardships and improve quality of life for aging populations.

UW-Green Bay students Denny Christoff, Logan Holbrook, James Kaat, Joshua Mendez and Katelyn Desrochers presented the winning solution that the team named “G-Pods.” The students will split a $1,000 prize.

Team “KeepNTouch,” made up of Jada Taylor, Hannah Bunde, Maria Piotrowski, Maria Arunkumar and Katelyn Wiegel, won second place for a solution to combat loneliness and social isolation.

The team’s “KeepNTouch” idea is a simple social media application that allows the aging population to connect and “keep in touch” with their family and friends.

The group will split a $500 prize.

“Get-a-Grip,” an idea for a small hand-held device that allows those with diminished hand strength to grip everyday items such as brooms and cooking utensils more comfortably, took third place in the competition.

Jenna Bares, Isabel Taubel, Montana Fallin and Kenzie Carlson presented the idea and will split a $250 prize.

Overall, nine student teams competed. In the weeks leading up to the event, each team  received mentoring from UW-Green Bay faculty and community members.

Innovation in Aging is a partnership between WiSys, the UW-Green Bay College of Health, Education and Social Welfare and the UW-Green Bay Gerontology Center.

This story is provided by WiSys—a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state.

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Innovation in Aging Competition 2020

– Photos by Liesl Sigourney, Marketing and University Communication

Photo Gallery: Imperial Supplies named Recruitment Partner of the Year at Etiquette Luncheon

At the Dine Like a Professional Etiquette Lunch on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, UW-Green Bay Career Services announced that Imperial Supplies is its Recruitment Partner of the Year for 2019. Imperial Services has had an exceptional commitment and demonstrated comprehensive support of Career Service’s mission. Since 2011, Imperial Supplies has continued to support UW-Green Bay students in their journeys to success. Its team members have served as Mock Interview Day volunteers, participated in classroom panel discussions, made guest lecturer presentations, offered insight as featured program speakers and served on the alumni advisory board.

With headquarters in Green Bay since 1958 and only five miles from campus, local company representatives take pride in providing both time and financial support to UW-Green Bay. Imperial Supplies is an office sponsor for Career Services and a sponsor of Green Bay athletics. The organization has hosted students for job shadows, as well as welcomed students, faculty and staff onsite for informational corporate tours. Nearly 10% of all team members at Imperial’s corporate office in Green Bay are alumni of UW-Green Bay. In addition, 13 students have served as interns for Imperial since the organization launched a reputable internship program in 2018.

Linda Peacock-Landrum is in her 23rd year with UW-Green Bay Career Services, and her connection to Imperial Supplies began in her first year in Green Bay in 1997.

“That was the first year in Green Bay for both Jenny Lowe and me,” Peacock Landrum said. “We met at a local recruitment event that year, and when she transitioned to Imperial Supplies three years later, we reconnected to lay a solid foundation that our organizations could build upon.”

Lowe is the current Vice President of Human Resources for Imperial Supplies. Peacock-Landrum also sparked a connection with Sara Oettinger, a 2008 graduate of UW-Green Bay and current manager of Talent Acquisition for Imperial Supplies.

“One of my early interactions with Sara Oettinger of Imperial Supplies occurred in 2011 when she attended an event held in this very facility. She immediately offered her support and advice as an alumna to assist our students. Over the next nine years, the support, outreach and recruitment efforts by Imperial Supplies has grown,” said Peacock-Landrum. “Career Services and UW-Green Bay both are fortunate to have a partnership with Imperial Supplies. We look forward to many more engaging years in the future.”

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20-02-24- Business Week Etiquette Lunch

– Photos by Liesl Sigourney and text by Joshua Konecke, Marketing and University Communication student assistants.

Photo gallery: Communication Week Banquet, Feb. 24-27

UW-Green Bay Communication students celebrated past, present and future, Feb. 24-27, 2020 including a best projects showcase and film festival. The events, as well as a banquet Feb. 27, concluded Communication Week 2020. The “Competitive Spark Endowment,” funded by Dental City, provided $2,000 in awards to be divided among the winners of Comm Week events. Dental City is a Green Bay-based distributor of dental supplies, with deep connections to the University, including many UW-Green Bay alumni employees. Through Competitive Spark, Dental City aims to turn the traditional merit-based award process upside down by rewarding performance in structured competitions including Comm Week, Business Week and Innovation in Aging.

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COMM Week Dinner 2020

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Photos Gallery: Homecoming 2020 in review

UW-Green Bay students, alumni, staff/faculty and fans/friends celebrated their Phoenix Pride by joining in the fun at Homecoming 2020. Following window decorating, a declaration by the Green Bay Mayor, pep rallies and chalk talks, the week ended with two important Phoenix basketball victories and a blast at Krash the Kress.

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Homecoming 2020

– Photos by Dan Moore, Sue Pischke, and Liesl Sigourney, Marketing and University Communication

Homecoming Week kicks off with pep rally and declaration by the Mayor of Green Bay

Proclimation by the City of Green Bay for Homecoming WeekHomecoming Week 2020 is off to a great start, with Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich declarating this week as “UW-Green Bay Week” in front of approximately 80 students, faculty, staff and alumni present at the Homecoming Pep Rally, in the University Union, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.

Student Amber Perez (Human Biology and Spanish) and Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven opened the pep rally by welcoming Mayor Genrich to the stage, who stated that while he did not attend UW-Green Bay, he feels as if he is a “Phoenix by birth,” due to being born and raised in the area. As he declared this week “UW-Green Bay Week” he also said the downtown city bridges will be lit green this week in support of the University! Genrich was given an honorary “t to the campus,”—an official Homecoming t-shirt, designed by student Jenna Bares (Design Arts). 

Green Bay women’s basketball Coach Kevin Borseth, who recently achieved his 500th Division 1 win as a head coach, and Director of Athletics Charles Guthrie also addressed the crowd. They expressed their excitement for the week, reminding people to come to “Krash the Kress” and support UW-Green Bay men’s and women’s basketball on Saturday, Feb. 29. The women play at 2 p.m., and the men play at 7 p.m. with the Krash the Kress tailgate in-between events.

See the full list of events that are happening this week as part of Homecoming Week.

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Homecoming 2020 Pep Rally

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication


STEM Center Engineering Equipment

Media event: UW-Green Bay celebrates new equipment arrival to Brown County STEM Innovation Center

Green Bay, Wis.—On Feb. 20, 2020, the UW-Green Bay community celebrated the installation and demonstration of  $1.5 million in equipment delivered to the Brown County STEM Innovation Center to help prepare the next generation of engineers and others headed into STEM careers.

Equipment was manufactured from the company TecQuipment, which is based in the United Kingdom, and was delivered and installed by provider LAB Midwest (Mequon, Wis.). The celebration included comments from LAB Midwest CEO Renee Kirchner and UW-Green Bay College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) Dean John Katers, followed by demonstrations.

Assistant Prof. Jagadeep Thota (Mechanical Engineering) was in charge of researching, selecting and ordering the equipment. “The process started two-and-a-half years ago,” explains Thota. “When trying to get the Mechanical Engineering program approved, we needed to first show a plan and budget for the equipment.”

Once the Innovation Center was built, Thota had the approval to start purchasing the equipment, and almost all equipment has been ordered and installed. “We haven’t completely finished.” he said. “About 90 percent is complete. For the other 10 percent, some has been purchased and is on the way, and some still needs to be purchased.”

There are currently more than 100 pieces of laboratory equipment to fill four labs and a machine shop in the STEM Center. Notable equipment to be on display on Feb. 20, 2020 includes turbines, which take energy from fluid motion and convert it to mechanical energy; a fluid flow channel, which allows students to better understand the fluid dynamics; and a tension and hardness testing machine, which tests how hard a material is and can also characterize them for mechanical properties. In addition to the TecQuipment, a Stratasys 3D printer will also be demonstrated to the public.

What a great day for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and for the entire state of Wisconsin!” said LAB Midwest CEO Renee Kirchner. “LAB Midwest has the opportunity to work with colleges and universities across seven Midwestern states and we see many different programs and many approaches to teaching engineering disciplines. Not only is UW-Green Bay’s Mechanical Engineering program the only Mechanical Engineering program in Northeast Wisconsin, its engineering lab is among the very best equipped in the entire country.”

The equipment has real-world applications for the students using them, Thota says. For example, the turbines are often found in hydroelectric plants and students can get hands-on experience with machines before entering the job market.

The equipment delivery plays an important role in contributing to STEM-related endeavors in Northeast Wisconsin.

“The STEM area is very much in demand, and the job market is good in the area,” Thota said. “The equipment allows students to get practical experience for the work force.”

Thota shared his enthusiasm for the new equipment and the opportunities it will provide for UW-Green Bay and the community. His ambitious goals include helping students get hands-on experience with equipment they may be using in the workforce and making the UW-Green Bay Mechanical Engineering program into one that is highly rated and nationally recognized.

“In addition, its our hope that having this top-notch equipment will influence more students to attend UW-Green Bay and continue to stay in Northeast Wisconsin and make contributions to the community,” Thota said. “We don’t want to lose talent in the area. This program is a good way for students to give back to the region and state and will be a good pipeline for companies to hire locally.”

Thota is especially excited to share the new equipment with the community. He states, “this would not be possible without the community’s help. They have been excited and very supportive of the process; they should see what we invested in.”

Kirchner says her company is excited to help future engineers hone their skills.

“As I pursued my engineering education, labs like these didn’t exist in either my undergraduate or my post graduate programs,” she said. “And while I am eternally grateful for what I learned in those programs, the truth is that exposure to hands-on learning opportunities such as those provided in these labs would have made me a much better engineer, especially early-on in my career. How fortunate are the current and future students of UW-Green Bay, who will hone their engineering skills and knowledge on cutting edge engineering equipment?

“We work with industrial and technology employers across the country and they all tell us the same thing. The ability for an engineer to not only understand engineering theory, but to engage with technical hardware in a hands-on fashion, is one of the most valuable and sought- after traits in new engineers. These state-of-the-art engineering labs will specifically equip this program’s students with that experience, positioning them to add tremendous value to their employers and our economy as they move on to what comes next after they earn their degrees.”

The media event began at 12:15 p.m. followed by photo and video opportunities with tours and simultaneous equipment demonstrations. The public was welcome from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for building tours, STEM related activities with Brown County, UW-Extension and 4-H, Einstein Project Open House and equipment demonstrations with UW-Green Bay Engineering faculty and students.


Press release by Emily Gerlikovski, Marketing and University Communication student assistant.

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STEM Center Engineering Equipment

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

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

CSET Scholarship Recipients

Nearly $80,000 awarded in scholarships through UW-Green Bay’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s College of Science and Technology announced the awarding of nearly $80,000 in scholarships this year. There were 58 scholarships awarded, totaling $78,325. Natural and Applied Sciences awarded 18 scholarships, totaling $20,600; Resch School of Engineering awarded 24 scholarships, totaling $40,725; Human Biology awarded 16 scholarships, totaling $17,000. A scholarship reception was held Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 on the Green Bay Campus.

2019-2020 NAS Scholarship Awardees
James E. Casperson/Environmental Science Alumni Endowed Scholarship: Patrick Brodhagen, Bonduel, WI

Alfred O. and Phyllis E. Holz Endowed Scholarship: Emma Gilbertson, Nashotah, WI and Norah Swenson, Janesville, WI

Carol R. DeGroot Endowed Scholarship in Environmental Science: Alicia Krause, La Crosse, WI

Morgan/Macaluso Family Endowed Scholarship: Claire Stuart, Sullivan, WI

Ganga and Elizabeth Nair Endowed Scholarship: Jessica Kessler, Bryant, WI

Katie Hemauer Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Ashlyn Schnell, Bonduel, WI

Bradford Cook Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Sierra Schug, Athen, Wi

Barbara and Benjamin Cruz-Uribe Family Endowed Scholarship for the Study of Environmental Issues: Miranda Esser, Green Bay, WI

Chad Moritz and Beth Meyerand Annual Scholarship: BethaLynn Bontrager, Eagle River, WI

Moose Lodge Rod and Gun Club Annual Scholarship: Grace Pechman, Fond du Lac, WI

Ruth and James Wiersma Endowed Scholarship: Jessie Hanson, Minnetrista, MN

Herbert Fisk Johnson Endowed Scholarship for Excellence: Tyler Dvorachek, Howards Grove, WI, Carly Flunker, Sobieski, WI and Kyle Hansen, La Crosse, WI

Brown County Waste Transformation Team Annual Scholarship: Rachel Malcore, Brussels, WI

Science and Mathematics Endowed Scholarship: Caleb Torres, Sheboygan, WI

Nancy J. Sell Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Anna Liu, Des Moines, IA

2019-2020 Richard Resch School of Engineering Scholarship Awardees

NEW Engineering Endowed Scholarship-First Year: Allyssa Rueth, Slinger, WI

NEW Engineering Endowed Scholarship-Second Year): Michael McGuire, Freedom, WI

Susan Finco and Ed Kralovec Endowed Scholarship: Griffin Magee, Eland, WI

Superior Diesel Endowed Scholarship for Engineering Technology: Bailey Crary, Reedsburg, WI

Dykema Family Endowed Scholarship: Benjamin Desk, Markesan, WI

Lee and Kathy Anderson Endowed Scholarship for Engineering Technology: Michael Jensen, Suamico, WI

Beth and Richard Gochnauer Endowed Scholarship for Engineering Technology: Billie Komorowski and Pa Yeng Yang, Green Bay, WI

Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance Future All-Stars Annual Scholarship: Adam Jensen, Little Chute, WI, Charles Sheraden, Green Bay, WI, Aaron Splan, Pulaski, WI and Isaiah Stonebraker, Mishicot, WI

BPM, Inc., A Specialty Paper Mill, Annual Scholarship for Engineering Technology: Kyle Still, Abrams, WI

FEECO International Engineering Technology Annual Scholarship: Wade Druar, Green Bay, WI

HATCO Corporation’s David G. Hatch Annual Scholarship in Engineering: Wade Druar, Green Bay, WI and Elliott Seiler, Sturgeon Bay, WI

Optima Machinery Corporation Annual Scholarship in Engineering: Joshua Mendez, Green Bay, WI

Georgia-Pacific Annual Scholarship in Engineering: Denny Christoff, Luxemburg, WI, Elizabeth Heinen, Oostburg, WI, Cade Koschnik, Appleton, WI, Joshua Mendez, Green Bay, WI and Gabriel Weiler, Green Bay, WI

Foth Companies Endowed Scholarship in Engineering: Colton Koss, Luxemburg, WI and Paul VanderKelen, Green Bay, WI

The Ken Metzler Engineering Scholarship: Denny Christoff, Luxemburg, WI and Elizabeth Heinen (awarded in August of 2019), Oostburg, WI

Spring 2020 Human Biology Scholarship Awardees:

Jeremy Green Family Scholarship: Nathaniel Disher, Stevens Point, WI

Dr. Donel Sullivan Scholarship: Ruchita Patel

Herbert and Crystal Sandmire Scholarship: Kaitlyn Baier, Elk Mound, WI, Brooke Breitrick, Bowler, WI, Katie Cudnohufsky, Ben Gilles, Madison, WI, Akanksha Gurtu, De Pere, WI, Logan Johnsen, Louisburg, KS, Anna Liu, Des Moines, IA, Ashlyn Schnell, Bonduel, WI, Kristen Shaver, Hortonville, WI, Emily Song, Grace Stabenau, Howard, WI, Sydney Walker, De Pere, WI, Ashley Willes, Kaukauna, WI and Taylor Wolf, Waconia, MN

Fall 2019 Human Biology Scholarship Awardees:

Jeremy Green Family Scholarship: Mareah Desotelle

Dr. Donel Sullivan Scholarship: Ben Gilles, Madison, WI

Herbert and Crystal Sandmire Scholarship: Justin Ferkin, Elena Garcia, Two Rivers, WI, Natalie Gawron, Black River Falls, WI, Abigail Heil, Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Mackenzie Hemauer, Sara Kroneck, Amber Perez, Menomonee Falls, WI, Emma Sloot, St. Paul, MN, Grace Stabenau, Howard, WI, Kayla Vrieze and Ashley Willes, Kaukauna, WI

Herbert and Crystal Sandmire Summer Research Internship: Brooke Breitrick, Bowler, WI and Janay Walters

Herbert and Crystal Sandmire Scholars Program: Anna Cudney, Appleton, WI, Jenna Grandinetti, Grafton, WI, Lauren Russell, Burlington, WI and Marissa Spatz, Auburndale, WI


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CSET Scholarship Reception 2020

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Battleship in the Kress Pool

Photos: It’s a war of water when Battleship takes over the Kress Center pool

Twenty-five teams of UW-Green Bay students battled to stay afloat while sinking their competitors during “Canoe Battleship” at the Kress Events Center pool, Thursday, Jan. 30. The winners of the aquatic competition got their names on the canoe paddle and a victory t-shirt.

“It’s super fun, it’s unique and different. It’s not something you get to do every day. And our turnout is great,” Casey Pivonka, Kress Event Center recreation coordinator, told members of the media.

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Battleship in Kress Pool 2020

– Photos by Liesl Sigourney, Marketing and University Communication