Video: Tiny Earth at Lambeau Field is about scientific discovery

Students from UW-Green Bay and across the state came together on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at Lambeau Field to give presentations about their findings regarding antibiotic resistance (see it happening via twitter). The hope is, that through the scientific research by students from across the world, new sources of antibiotics will be discovered. In September, the Green Bay Packers provided a soil sample from their practice field for UW-Green Bay students to analyze as part of their research.

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Tiny Earth at Lambeau Field 2019

Photos by Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication

Presidential Election Academy

Wisconsin’s first-ever Presidential Election Academy brings more than 230 attendees

UW-Green Bay Continuing Education and Community Engagement–Government Affairs developed Wisconsin’s first Presidential Election Academy, which was held at the KI Convention Center, Nov. 20-22. This unique training drew more than 230 municipal and county clerks from around the State. The Academy covered the cycle of an election beginning with the January pre-election preparations; day of the election best practices, and Election Day wrap up. Clerks learned the State and Federal election statutes and how to apply these laws through practical hands-on courses and exercises.

The Presidential Election is the largest, most intense and scrutinized election a clerk will run. Election fraud is always a big issue with large numbers of exit poll persons and observers making their way to the polling places. Both large and small municipalities deal with many difficult situations. If there are questionable practices or violations of the statutes or administrative processes, the municipality, county, and/or State of Wisconsin could hit the statewide or national news.

Overall, the attendees felt the Academy was a success with evaluation comments including: “Elections are so dynamic that any training and opportunity to ask questions in a non-judgmental learning environment is not only valuable, but empowering.” and “Wonderful program to offer before such a crucial election. Great for new and long-time clerks. Thanks for creating this valuable experience!”  The most satisfying comment was:  “Thanks-I’m no longer terrified of the Election!”

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Presidential Election Academy

Student Art Exhibition

Photo gallery: 47th annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

The 47th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition at the Lawton Gallery runs through Dec. 12, 2019. This exhibition features artwork submitted by UW-Green Bay enrolled students and is juried by Professor Emeritus Carol Emmons. For the 47th year, the Lawton Gallery is showcasing the talented art and design students of UW-Green Bay and will provide $1,000 in awards. All Lawton Gallery events are free and open to the public.

Congratulations to these students on their awards:
Savannah Mikle, Kress Award for Excellence in 2D
Tommy Mlodzik, Kress Award for Excellence in 3D and Contemporary Ceramic’s Award
Libby Gill, Lawton Award for Excellence in 2D and Northeast Wisconsin Watercolor Society Award
Lindsey Beseler, Lawton Award for Excellence in 3D and The Provost’s Award
Katie Bauer, Chancellor’s Award, the Contemporary Painting Award, and the Business Entrepreneurship Award
Kassie Corroy, College of Science, Technology and Engineering Purchase Award, Excellence in Printmaking Award
Brittany Meyer, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Purchase Award
Andrea Cornett, College of Education, Health, and Social Welfare Purchase Award and Contemporary Textiles Award
Beth Schauffner, Business Entrepreneurship Award
Lydia Delikat Mitchell, Business Entrepreneurship Award
Asavir Nadeem, Contemporary Drawing Award and Union Purchase Award
Zeyu Yan, Contemporary Craft Award
Charity Meier, Northeast Wisconsin Watercolor Society Award
Molly Gwitt, Northeast Wisconsin Watercolor Society Award and Contemporary Woodworking Award
Ya-Ching Kuo, Art and Visual Design Purchase Award and Design Award for Excellence
Logan Maedke, Design Award for Excellence

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47th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

Photos by Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication

Snow at University Union

Photos: Wintry mix leaves campus gorgeous, again

It’s not great for travelers, and the UW-Green Bay community had to negotiate slippery sidewalks and parking lots, but the brutal wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow, once again left UW-Green Bay campuses in a wintry splendor. Photographer Dan Moore snapped a few photos…

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Green Bay Campus Snowfall 12-02-2019

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

All aboard the Phoenix Express: UW-Green Bay holiday parade float is a winner for the fifth time

The UW-Green Bay Holiday Parade float won an award for the fifth time at the 36th Annual Prevea Green Bay Holiday Parade. This year’s award recognition was the Grand Marshal’s Award for most original float.

While the theme for this year’s parade was Holiday Magic, UW-Green Bay’s parade float committee took inspiration from the popular book and movie, “Polar Express,” and named the float, “The Phoenix Express: Powered by Higher Education.” The concept of the forward moving train represents the forward momentum UW-Green Bay has been experiencing. Staff members spent many hours over their lunch breaks working on the float to represent UW-Green Bay in the parade.

This was the eighth time UW-Green Bay has participated in the Prevea Green Bay Holiday Parade. Staff and members of their families, students, student athletes, alumni, dance team members and the Hip Hop team participated. The UW-Green Bay team handed out 500 pounds of candy to parade watchers. UW Credit Union and the Weidner Center are the sponsors.

See NBC26 television footage of the parade and watch for the UW-Green Bay float at the 1:05:00 timestamp.

Holiday Light Collection

Holiday Lights RecyclingIn addition to the float, UW-Green Bay incorporates a service project in their parade activities. This year’s project is collecting old holiday lights for Habitat for Humanity Restore. Don’t forget to donate old holiday lights at the designated boxes around campus. These are the locations you can drop your lights off in the designated bins:

  • Cofrin Library second floor plaza level
  • Cofrin Library first floor alcove level
  • Laboratory Sciences lounge area
  • Outside the GAC Lab
  • Rosewood Cafe
  • Office of Student Life
  • Near the Ticketing and Information Desk, University Union
  • Hendrickson Community Center, Residence Life

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Downtown Green Bay Holiday Parade 2019

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

UW-Green Bay WIT advances female participation and leadership in technology sectors

Founded a short 20 months ago, UW-Green Bay’s student organization, Women in Technology (WIT), is seeking to end the long-existing stigma that men should dominate the technology field.

This stereotype is one felt personally by members within the organization, including current WIT President Emily Sawall and Vice President Amber Honnef—the only two females in one of their computer science classes. Incidentally, it was that gender gap that led to their bonding and eventual commitment to join WIT beginning with its inaugural meeting in March 2018. Taylor Reichow and Chloe Nutter, joined as secretary and treasurer, respectively.

The group is finding its identity—helping women to grow within the organization and helping other young women in the community spark an interest for technology. For instance, they took their robots on the road, recently, volunteering , mentoring and demonstrating at Green Bay West High School and the Children’s Museum of Green Bay.

“Seeing these girls faces light up at the sight of robots is amazing,” said Amber. WIT also volunteers with the Boy’s and Girl’s Club through a sponsorship with Microsoft Digispark to teach younger women about coding. “It’s great that we get to volunteer and show younger girls they have a place in technology,” said Emily.

The pervasive theme when asking WIT members about this organization was the connections made. “Companies come in and help build connections, as well as future internships,” said Taylor. “I have met some amazing people that I probably wouldn’t have met otherwise,” said Emily. Some members of WIT went to Michigan Tech last April and met with professors about technology, and even met the creator of one of the texting features on Apple watches.

As a relatively new organization, WIT hopes to continue to gain more members while helping one another gain experience within the industry. “There is so much love and support from everyone in this organization.” said Chloe, “It will only take one meeting and you’ll never want to leave!”

WIT meets every other Monday at 5:30 p.m. in MAC 120. These meetings are always open and any prospective students interested in joining can come to a meeting anytime or email SoWIT@uwgb.edu for more information about the organization.

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Women in Technology at West High School

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communications; story by Joshua Konecke, student assistant.

Photos: ‘Las Cafeteras: Sounds of Resistance!’

UW-Green Bay welcomed music group Las Cafeteras on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 in Phoenix Room C for a workshop titled “Sounds of Resistance!” The event was co-sponsored by UW-Green Bay Spanish, MESA, Organizacion Latino Americano, Women of Color organization and the Office of Student Life.

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Kwanzaa Celebration 2019

Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communications

Saluting the flag at the UW-Green Bay Veterans Day Reception

Photo gallery: Saluting UW-Green Bay veterans, families and active military

Typically a combination of both somber and celebratory, the annual UW-Green Bay Chancellor’s Veteran Reception, held Monday, November 11, 2019, was no exception. The Phoenix Room was packed, as members of the campus and community gathered to honor vets and active military members.

As Chancellor Van Gruensven welcomed guests, she shared her personal story and pride in those who sacrifice and serve. Van Gruensven’s father, Robert Starck, Sr. is an 87-year old Marine and Korean War veteran, who still wears his scars, and, she shared, “has a purple heart in his memory chest.” Van Gruensven shared the pain of the tremendous loss suffered by her family, when a nephew, a former member of the 82nd Airborne Unit in the Army, passed from complications brought on by PTSD following multiple tours in the Middle East.

Jones, a UW-Green Bay Police officer, is a member of the 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota, Air National Guard, and returned recently from active duty. But while he and his fellow soldiers have returned without casualty, he has witnessed plenty of it… especially in the States. Jones was an innocent bystander and concert goer at what has been labeled the “Las Vegas Massacre,” where 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured in October of 2017 at a country music concert in Las Vegas. Jones, a decorated officer, was able to use his instincts as a police officer and trained military to usher his friends and other concert goer to safety during the horrific few moments when a gunman sprayed the crowd with bullets from a nearby hotel room and then committed suicide.

Jones spoke to the packed room about life lessons in resiliency.

UW-Green Bay Music, once again honored the vets with an “Armed Forces Salute.”

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Chancellors Veterans Reception-1

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Girl Scouts Water Event at UW-Green Bay

Photos: Local Girl Scouts earn badge with the help of UW-Green Bay

NEW Water and UW-Green Bay teamed up to help young Girl Scouts earn their “Wonders of Water” badge on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. Activities included learning about the infamous water bear microorganism and watching them swim under microscopes, learning about cleaning water by making water filters, learning about aquatic life, simulating runoff in a community through an Enviroscape activity and creating bracelets representative of the water cycle.

The event was conducted by NEW Water and UW-Green Bay student volunteers. UW-Green Bay undergraduate and graduate students helped the young visitors make water filters, and they showed them the types of fish that swim in local waters, even letting them hold some specimen. They were also shown how bugs are collected for observation, and they were given the opportunity to view some bugs in vials.

The day ended with a group photo, a snack and a video viewing.

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Girl Scouts NEW Water Science Event

– Photos and text by Emily Gerlikovski, Marketing and University Communication Intern

Artist Reni Gower visits UW-Green Bay art students

Visiting artist Reni Gower presented a slide lecture, “Sacred Geometry: The Perfect Proof,” to UW-Green Bay art students during her visit from Oct. 29-31, 2019. In addition, she hosted a paper cutting workshop for the students. See the original event posting for Gower’s artist biography.

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Visiting Artist Reni Gower - Oct. 29-31, 2019

– Photos by Professor Kristy Deetz (Art), originally shared to the UW-Green Bay Art Program Facebook group.