360 Degrees of Safety event is Thursday near the Union

The Student Affairs Healthy Choices Task Force is sponsoring a “360 Degrees of Safety Event” this Thursday (Sept. 18) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the University Union patio and adjacent areas of Phoenix Park. Task force co-facilitators Amy Henniges and Mark Olkowski invite students, faculty, staff and the general public to stop by and take part. The event will feature a DUI/texting simulator, the “drunk goggles” Frisbee challenge, information on local ride services, and local law enforcement’s cab/squad car display.

SGA leadership joins police in advising caution, vigilance

As UW-Green Bay Public Safety officers investigate a pair of reported on-campus assaults and keep members of the campus community informed with timely notification (read more), the Student Government Association weighed in late Friday afternoon (Sept. 12) with its own message to students. The text was as follows:

The UWGB Student Government would like to provide you with some helpful resources in light of recent incidents on campus. This behavior is completely unacceptable and by being a part of this campus we all assume some responsibility to help stop these violent actions. If you know something or see something, say something.

Use the resources available to all students on campus:
Public Safety (920) 465-2300 is available 24 hours. Call 911 in an Emergency.
Resident Assistants (RAs) live in every residential building on campus and are available to talk.
Counseling and Health Center is open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. People are available to talk confidentially. Call them at (920) 465-2380.
Sexual Assault Center (920) 465-8899
Dean of Students Office (920) 465-2152

There is a safe walk program provided by Public Safety. They will escort you from anywhere to anywhere on campus, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call Public Safety’s number above. Public Safety urges you to follow these safety tips:
Always walk in groups… Stick to well-lit paths… Be aware of your surroundings… Report anything suspicious to Public Safety… Know the location of Blue Light Emergency Phones…. Call Public Safety for escort at night
Contact SGA at www.uwgb.edu/student-government/ or stexec@uwgb.edu
Public Safety www.uwgb.edu/publicsafety/

‘Skateboard Cop’ alumnus takes unique approach to next level

A UW-Green Bay grad who has earned media attention as Green Bay’s “Skateboard Cop” is back in the spotlight again, taking his unique law enforcement approach to a new level. Joel Zwicky ’97 is teaming up with Green Bay’s Washington Middle School and Green Bay Action Sports for a pilot program that aims to prevent delinquent behavior. The Shredderz Program initially will accept 10 kids who will learn to skateboard with Zwicky while working on self-confidence, goal setting, problem solving and conquering their fears, according to a recent story from Fox 11 News. “A lot of times, kids are unhappy in school. They’re seeking thrills, they’re seeking a place to belong. And that’s kind of what skateboarding can create,” Zwicky said. “We’re going to let skateboarding teach them all these values that are going to serve them through the rest of their life.”

Reminders on battery disposal and recycling

With fall “fall back” season upon us this weekend with the end of Daylight Savings Time, and all the reminders to check your smoke detector batteries, it seems the time is right for a reminder here on campuswide procedures for common battery disposal and recycling:

Alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, A, C, D and 9 volt) should be discarded in the regular trash. Because some batteries might retain a residual charge, avoid disposing of large quantities of batteries together.

Button batteries should be placed side by side between two layers of tape and sent to Jill Fermanich, Business & Finance, via campus mail. These batteries look like coins and are found in watches, calculators, cameras and other small equipment. They need to be recycled through the state’s hazardous waste disposal contractor.

• The following rechargeable batteries should be placed in plastic bags and put in a Call2Recycle bin (this list includes most common rechargeable battery types):

Nickel cadmium (NiCD)
Nickel metal hydride (NiMH)
Lithium ion (L-ion)
Small (< 8 lbs.) sealed lead (Pb) batteries

Call2Recycle bins are located in these areas:

Cofrin Library 3rd floor
Operations office (IS 1204)
HVAC shop (IS 1067)
Grounds (PP102)
Environmental Health office (CL 823)

For disposal of other batteries or for disposal of any material for which you have questions, please call or email Jill Fermanich at ext. 2273 or fermanij@uwgb.edu.

Reminder: Public Safety to begin lockdown of low-use doors

Already distributed campuswide but repeated here for the record, UW-Green Bay Public Safety soon will begin locking down certain low-use exterior doors on campus. The department’s memo, sent last week, reads as follows:

During the next two weeks, Public Safety will begin locking down low-use exterior building doors at certain locations on campus. The change is designed to provide greater building security, maximize workload efficiency and enhance our ability to lock down campus in case of emergency. Because we are locking down low-use doors, we anticipate little, if any, inconvenience for members of the campus community. Still, there are a few things you should know:

• In most cases, at least one door in the bank of doors will be available for entry. You will still be able to exit through any door.
• Once the change has been made, the door — or bank of doors — on the right side will be open for use in most cases. There will be an “enter” sign on the open door, and the left-side door may have the handle removed.
• In the few locations where the “enter” sign will be on the left, this is due to door placement or the presence of handicap-accessible doors.
• We will be locking about 50 doors on campus, all of which are low-use. High-traffic areas, such as the University Union, will be unaffected.

Please call Public Safety at x2300 if you have questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation in making our campus a safer place.

Kujawa in Press-Gazette: Zero tolerance for weapons in buildings

Wisconsin’s concealed carry law goes into effect Nov. 1, and UW-Green Bay is among the local colleges and universities that will ban guns in campus buildings. Police Chief and director of Public Safety Tom Kujawa was quoted in a Monday (Oct. 10) Green Bay Press-Gazette story about the law and how UW-Green Bay is preparing. “These are learning environments, and I don’t believe having guns in buildings enhances that experience,” he said. “We will be zero-tolerant of people carrying weapons where they’re not supposed to.” Read the full story.

UW-Green Bay appoints new safety and risk manager

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has announced the appointment of Linda M. Huske as the institution’s new safety and risk manager.

The position has responsibilities in the areas of occupational health and safety, hazardous waste and environmental compliance, and risk management for an institution with more than 500 employees, 6,500 students and a 700-acre campus.

Huske reports to Tom Maki, UW-Green Bay’s vice chancellor for business and finance. She has significant private- and public-sector experience.

Huske was most recently based in Brookfield, Wis., as a loss prevention consultant for EMPLOYERS, the former AmCOMP, a company specializing in providing workers’ compensation insurance to small business clients. She conducted risk management  reviews, compliance audits and onsite safety sessions for as many as 300 accounts annually. Her previous professional experience includes service as national director of safety and loss prevention for ARAMARK, a food services and facilities management firm headquartered in Philadelphia; as corporate safety manager for Emmpack Foods, Milwaukee; as a senior safety investigator for the state of Minnesota; and as lead director of the management team for the state of Minnesota’s Occupational Safety and Health Division.

Huske earned her bachelor’s degree in industrial safety and safety education from UW-Platteville.  She began her duties at UW-Green Bay on Nov. 22. She is charged with keeping the University in compliance with federal and state safety and environmental regulations, as well as minimizing the institution’s property and liability exposures through pro-active risk management programs.

Alleged incident calls attention to sexual assault reporting

The recent allegation of a sexual assault on campus has brought significant attention to the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. “We put a lot of effort into encouraging victims to come forward to report sexual assault,” UW-Green Bay police chief Randy Christopherson said Friday. According to annual security reports, UW-Green Bay is the highest among UW System campuses when it comes to assault reporting per student. Data compiled by the UW System shows UW-Green Bay had 31 reports of sexual assaults on campus from 2005-2009. That’s an average of approximately one report for every 1,000 students. In that same time period, for example, UW-Madison reported 59, UW-Oshkosh reported 44 and UW-Whitewater reported 34. The numbers include initial allegations only, and do not track the number of cases that are eventually substantiated or result in criminal prosecutions. The UW System compiles annual reports on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment. Click here to see the full report.

Education, reporting are priorities at UW-Green Bay
Officials say reporting of all crimes, especially sexual assault, is a major priority for the University. “UW-Green Bay works very hard in encouraging our students, and creating an environment where our students feel comfortable in coming forward to report if they believe they were a victim of sexual assault,” Christopherson said. He adds that the “University works very hard at reinforcing that all faculty and staff are required to report if they receive a report of a sexual assault, and they know that we take these seriously and that we act on these reports.” The University makes the issue prominent in student orientation and periodic awareness campaigns. Brenda Amenson-Hill, dean of students for UW-Green Bay, says the University focuses significant resources on preventing sexual assaults and encouraging students to notify authorities if they believe a crime has occurred. “We know this is an underreported crime, nationally, and we want to address that. That’s why having higher numbers is not a bad thing from an advocate standpoint,” Amenson-Hill said. “We are very aggressive in this community about sexual assault reporting. Not just with us, but countywide,” Christopherson added.

Media coverage: Students weigh in on safety issue
According to a report on Fox 11, UW-Green Bay students are not overly worried about their safety, despite reports of an alleged assault on campus. Reporter Lou Hillman also looked at the numbers of sexual assaults — both on- and off-campus allegations involving students — reported last year at UW-Green Bay and UW-Oshkosh. The story says there was one report for every 600 students at UW-Green Bay and one report for every 700 students at UW-Oshkosh. Officials interviewed said the numbers are likely lower than reality. “We believe those individuals reporting is just the tip of the iceberg. There are other individuals that haven’t come forward who are maybe suffering in silence,” Petra Roter, the vice chancellor of student affairs at UW-Oshkosh, told Fox 11. Click here to watch the story.

UW-Green Bay students in Europe during travel alert

The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel alert for all of Europe because of potential terrorist attacks. This semester there are nine UW-Green Bay students studying abroad in Europe, according to Brent Blahnik, the director of the Office of International Education. Blahnik says he has emailed all of the students studying abroad in Europe reminding them of the safety precautions they should be taking. While the State Department did issue an alert, it is not suggesting travelers suspend or cancel their plans.

Chancellor’s Security Walk

Join Chancellor Thomas Harden on the annual Chancellor’s Security Walk on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The event is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to engage in open dialog and a walk with the chancellor and University leadership for the purpose of discussion and observation of areas of concern that may affect security and safety on campus. Examples might be locations with inadequate lighting, overgrown shrubs, concern over traffic or pedestrian safety. The initial meeting place is in the Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Gathering Room (201) at 7 p.m. Suggestions on where to visit on campus should be e-mailed to Public Safety Director Randy Christopherson at christor@uwgb.edu no later than Friday, Oct. 2.