Photo gallery: Adjusting to campus life during the pandemic

Photos: Life Around Campus
A walk around any UW-Green Bay campus this week will look different from previous semesters! Students, staff and faculty will see signage regarding social distancing, wearing masks and frequent hand washing. See photos from life around the Green Bay campus, including a number of “GB Week” activities including an outdoor photo booth, kayaking, disc golf, s’mores and more.

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First Week Student Life 2020

– Photos by Dan Moore and Jena Richter Landers, Marketing and University Communication.

Woman of color in graduation robes on top of her car at UW-Green Bay Graducation Drive-Thru Experience

Photos: UW-Green Bay’s Drive-Through Commencement gives grads and supporters a chance to celebrate

Gratitude instead of disappointment permeated UW-Green Bay’s Drive-through Commencement experience today, Saturday, August 22, 2020 on the Green Bay Campus.

For many of the 1,029 students eligible to graduate in spring of 2020 from all four of UW-Green Bay’s campuses, the experience wasn’t what they had hoped to be the culminating event of their college career. While decision-makers held out as long as possible in hopes of hosting a traditional commencement, COVID-19 percentages failed to cooperate. An early-summer decision was made to transition to an experience that would limit in-person touches and protect members of the Phoenix family… and their families.

For more than 200 graduates and their families electing to participate, the mood was sincere, celebratory and joyful.

Parents didn’t miss an opportunity to yell thank you to Commencement personnel. Graduates interviewed by media said they had “no regrets,” in choosing UW-Green Bay, nor participating in the event the University was able to organize. This resilient group of grads, “revolutionary,” according to Student Commencement Speaker Jada Davis, have learned to make the best out of unpredictable situations. In March, instead of getting back to the basics after Spring Break, the students were told that they should return to campus only to gather their things and head home, because the pandemic was gaining ground in Wisconsin. Those who needed to remain in Residence Life were able, while all four campuses moved to complete virtual and alternative teaching and learning environments in little more than a week.

But today, each graduate was cheerfully welcomed back, with a care package, their diploma cover (diplomas were mailed this summer) and a photo with Chancellor Michael Alexander; while faculty, staff, administrators and other volunteers held up signs and cheered the passing cars along the drive-through route to the Phoenix Rising sculpture for a priceless photo with partners, children, parents and friends. Other stops for the informal photos included Residence Life, the Studio Arts alumni mural and the Shoe Tree.

Davis, who had pre-recorded her speech for release on Commencement Day, returned for the drive-thru experience before she heads off to Marquette Law School.

“What a time to be alive,” she said. “We are experiencing challenges personally, locally, nationally, globally, the likes of which only history has experienced for us. Just a few months ago we didn’t even know if we’d have the opportunity to share this moment together as everything seemed to fall through the cracks all at once.”

But, she says, “The time to rise from the ashes has never been more at hand! The many challenges we’ve faced during these unprecedented times are some which we will be able to reflect on. They have made us stronger and more adept to change. They have made us smarter and more creative. Whenever we face adversity in the future, we will be able to draw strength and knowledge from this time to get through. And for that, I am grateful.

We will be among the most resilient people in the world.

We are revolutionary.

We are the class of the year 2020.”

View her entire speech, here.


Commencement 2020 Drive-Thru

Photo of the letters GB and a large heart with a phoenix carved in the lawn at the UW-Green Bay campus.

Video/Photos: UW-Green Bay staff member creates lawn art

A member of the Phoenix family (we have intel it is area coordinator of UW-Green Bay Residence Life, Jeff Willems) created an artistic lawn art depicting large hearts anchoring the words “UWGB Phoenix” with lawn clippings. The lawn art is located on a hill in the east housing lot.


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UWGB Phoenix Lawn Art

– Video and photos by Sue Pischke

Phoenix Rising sculpture with trees in blossom in the background

Photo Gallery: Spring campus beauty

It appears the Phoenix is welcoming the UW-Green Bay family back to the nest. Photographer Dan Moore captured some of the splendor of spring at UW-Green Bay, recently. Check out these gorgeous photographs.

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Spring 2020 Campus Beauty

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

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