How to work with all – including students with neurodiversity

Join the Office of Disability Services next Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. to learn more about Neurodiversity, one of the most popular talks at the 2020 IDI! Each year students disclose that they are neurodiverse to faculty and staff, often in the context of seeking assistance. Neurodiversity may include individuals that experience the Autism spectrum, ADHD (Combined presentation, Predominantly Hyperactive/Impulsive Presentation, Predominately Inattentive Presentation), Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Tourette’s Syndrome and more. This session will focus on discussing tools for faculty and staff to utilize to have effective, clear, and supportive conversations for neurodiverse students. After this presentation faculty and staff will be able to respond to a student that discloses a disability and be able to identify different university and community resources. Sign-up, here. If you have any questions please email Mary Kate Ontaneda


Sims-Aubert sends expectations communication to students

In an e-mail today, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate Gail Sims-Aubert, outlined return to campus guidelines for students:

Dear UWGB students,

As preparations for your return to campus are being actively planned, the global pandemic remains an acute threat, and is one that UW-Green Bay leadership is taking very seriously. Every effort is being made to develop processes and protocols that will work to safeguard you while you learn, live and lead on campus this fall.

As you may have seen, the University has recently affiliated with Prevea Health to provide health and wellness support to UW-Green Bay students. After much deliberation and collaboration with our partners in healthcare, we are able to reveal the following guidelines, that when employed appropriately, will work to protect both you and those with whom you may come into contact with on campus.

Return to Campus Guidelines

  • Physical Distancing – Stay at least six feet from other people at all times (about two arms’-lengths).
  • Face Coverings – All UWGB faculty/staff/students are required to wear a face covering over the mouth and nose in all campus communal spaces (including classrooms, hallways and offices).
  • Handwashing – Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after having been in a public space or after blowing your nose/sneezing/touching your face. (Hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol can be substituted for handwashing.)
  • Self-Assessment – Monitor for the onset of symptoms daily and do not leave your residence if the possibility of infection exists.

For students living on campus who test positive or may have been exposed to the virus, rooms with private bathrooms have been reserved for isolation and quarantine needs. The University will employ contact tracers trained in conjunction with Prevea Health and Brown County Public Health to help identify those who may have come into contact with anyone testing positive on UW-Green Bay’s campuses. Prevea Health will also be working to provide testing to those students who have a recognized need.

Join me for a live Instagram Q&A where I’ll be answering your questions about returning to campus housing. Visit UWGB Instagram’s story on Monday, August 10 from 11 a.m. to noon and send your questions!

As you know, in-person classroom instruction will look different this fall. Similar precautions are being undertaken in campus housing, where safety protocols will limit capacity in common area spaces and visitation restrictions will be imposed. Dining venues will also operate differently, where more grab-and-go options will be made available along with an adjusted layout in dining rooms to accommodate distancing and volume concerns. Other campus locations (libraries, rec centers, etc.) will engage in comparable risk mitigation measures for your safety across the university.

I fully recognize that the requirement of wearing a face covering and staying physically distanced from fellow students and faculty/staff will be a cultural shift from how we normally would operate. You’ve been away from campus for several months, and want to see one another and be able to gather in large groups. However, we also know that the acts of wearing a mask, keeping a distance from one another and undertaking good hygiene are the very strategies that will keep one another safe and healthy.

UW-Green Bay’s goal is to create a culture of cooperation where all students/faculty/staff will understand that compliance with the safeguards of face coverings, physical distancing and handwashing is critical to the safety of the entire campus community. There may be times when adherence to these safeguards may be inconvenient or uncomfortable, but our goal, is to continue to provide you a safe path to your degree.

The disruption caused by COVID-19 has been hard on everyone, from students and their families to our faculty and staff. I’ve not come into contact with a single person who doesn’t want things to go back to “normal”, but by all indications things are going to be quite different for the coming year. That is why I want you to know how appreciative I am of your commitment to our university community. UW-Green Bay will get through this unprecedented time, and will be better for it. Thank you for signing on as a Phoenix. I am proud of you and eagerly await your return in a few short weeks.

Go Phoenix!

Gail Sims-Aubert

Gail Sims-Aubert
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311
tel: (920) 465-2040 / email:


UW System introduces online behavioral health tool

The University of Wisconsin System today introduced a new online behavioral health tool, SilverCloud, that offers self-guided programs for anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia and resilience. The tool is now available to faculty, staff, and students at any time, on any device, and at no cost.

“While the behavioral health of our students, faculty, and staff has always been a high priority for the UW System, the current COVID-19 pandemic has put those needs into even sharper focus,” said UW System President Tommy Thompson. “We are working hard to find ways to provide these vital services to our UW community and this online tool is a great option.”

To sign up or find out more about the tool, visit:

Update: vice chancellor for University Inclusivity and Student Affairs finalists

Finalists for the vice chancellor for University Inclusivity and Student Affairs will be made public in the days ahead. Candidate forums (virtual) are being planned for the week of August 10 and 17. Watch your e-mail and a future Log for ways the entire UW-Green Bay community can listen and participate.

Dystopian Landscapes – new work by Professor Berel Lutsky at Gallery 2622

The work in this show—Dystopian Landscapes—was conceived and executed before the pandemic by UW-Green Bay Prof. Berel Lutsky (Art) at Gallery 2622—and was supposed to have been shown this April.

“The world has changed considerably since then, only making the title of the show that much more relevant. I am pleased to be re-opening John Korom’s Gallery 2622 and bringing back the possibility of seeing art in person vs. just on the screen. Making this possible will require a few departures from the ‘usual’. You are invited to come to Gallery 2622, at 2622 N. Wauwatosa Ave. on August 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. for a socially distant opening reception for Dystopian Landscapes.”

Necessary precautions to ensure everyone’s health will be taken and is as follows: Masks will be required to be worn by everyone. If you do not have one, one will be provided. Hand sanitizer will also be available. The outside area in front of the gallery will be used for socially distant gathering. There will be a few chairs but you may want to bring your own. Hospitality will be provided in unopened single serve containers for snacks and drinks. The number of people in the gallery will be limited to ten at a time.

To help facilitate this we are asking people to rsvp to >subject line: Aug, 7, with a preferred time slot between 6 to 9 p.m. Times will be assigned with the goal of limiting the number of people present at any one time to twenty or so. We thank you in advance for your cooperation. If you cannot attend the opening, want to spend more time with the work, or bring someone else to see the show, Gallery 2622 is open by appointment. Please call either 414-339-5159, or 414-257-2622 to set one up.

“Most dystopian literature is based on what occurs after a catastrophic event, global war, pandemic, invasion by alien life etc. destroys society as we know it. In truth it will most likely be a more gradual, but no less awful process that will likely have the same result. Artist/Philosopher Adrian Pipers’s 2018/2019 retrospective exhibit was shaped by various iterations of the statement: “ Everything will be taken away….”.

“In her dual roles as artist and philosopher Piper uses this statement, which first appeared in her work in 2003 and is distilled from a passage by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, ‘Once you have taken everything away from a man he is no longer in your power. He is free,’ as a centering mantra.

It has appeared repeatedly mostly as ephemera, on outdoor installations, written in marker on people’s foreheads, in the gallery as photographs documenting the ephemeral instances, and poignantly repeated on large chalkboards as if written by a schoolchild who has misbehaved. A challenge, a warning, a comfort…. ? We are left to ourselves to choose, and realize upon careful consideration, that it may be all three, and more, all at once. The only certainty is that there will be change, and we should not be surprised. Much of my work for the past 30 years has been landscape based. Unlike traditional landscape it has rarely been about a place, history, or celebration of natural beauty. The images offer no escape to the pastoral, nor an idealized version of displaced nature. Instead they offer landscapes of possibilities, not all of them good ones. Unaddressed, climate change is inevitable, and if left to run its course the social order will collapse. ‘Everything will be taken away…..’. If we do wake-up in time, taking the necessary steps will also require drastic changes to how we choose to live on this earth. Everything will be taken away… however in this case to enable something new.”

Phlash Mascot in a Mask illustration

It’s Phlash with a mask and a message

Phlash Mascot holding a sign with a stop the virus icon
Phlash the Phoenix reminds us to stay safe and stop the spread of COVID-19

“Bird watchers” have you spotted this one? It’s UW-Green Bay’s own Phlash sporting a mask, and the graphic is the new face of a communication campaign directed at your personal safety. It’s up to all of us—faculty, staff, students—on all four campuses to keep each other, and family and community members safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Health leaders will be using Phlash to communicate important messages and reminders through signs, videos and email. The three most important things to remember according to local health officials and the CDC:

  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance
  • Wear a mask

As Chancellor Alexander noted in his communication to our campuses and extended communities last week, “I am unable to predict exactly what will happen with education in the coming months. However, I know we are resilient. As the Phoenix, we are up for the challenge that lies ahead. We will rise into the unknown together.”

Reminder to sign up for the Mental Health Trainings being offered by Kris Vespia!

The Office of Academic Affairs invites UW-Green Bay staff members to participate in professional development sessions on Mental Health.

Wednesday, August 5, 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Diversity and Mental Health: Exploring the Role of Culture, Gender, and More

How does culture influence the symptoms, stigmas, and preferred treatments for mental health concerns? What role does gender play in help-seeking? What specific needs might certain groups, such as members of the LGBTQ+ community, refugees, and military veterans have? This 90-minute interactive professional development session will explore these questions and more. Participants will also learn about mental health resources available for members of specific groups.

If interested, please sign up here. You do not need to take the first one in July to participate in the August training. If you have further questions, please email Mary Kate Ontaneda or Kris Vespia.


Video: Welcome Prevea Health and changes to Counseling and Health

Hello UWGB, my name is Gail Sims-Aubert, and I’m proud to serve as your interim vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate. I’m joining you today to announce UWGB’s partnership with Prevea Health to provide medical services and wellness support to all of our students at our four campuses.

Beginning this fall the Counseling and Health Center has been rebranded as the UW-Green Bay Wellness Center and will continue to be located here in the Student Services building on the Green Bay campus. Counseling services will continue to be provided to UW-Green Bay through the course of the summer, however primary medical care will now be provided by Prevea Health.

As I said, counseling services will remain open to our students this summer telephonically and soon virtually and Prevea Health’s medical services and UWGB’s counseling services are scheduled to be open for in-person services beginning August 17th here on the Green Bay campus. Prevea Health will also be providing medical care to students in the Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan communities in their local Urgent Care centers.

Additionally, all enrolled students will have access to Prevea Urgent Care locations throughout the region, care online for common conditions through Prevea virtual care and Prevea care after-hours, which allows students to reach a nurse by phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Be sure to check our Wellness Center website ( for details or call the Wellness Center directly (920-465-2380) to schedule a session with a counselor, to schedule a medical appointment with Prevea Health or to inquire about general questions or resources.

Our Wellness Center staff welcomes the opportunity to begin working with you so please help me in welcoming Prevea Health to our UW-Green Bay team.

Until next time, stay safe, stay well and go Phoenix!

Reminders: Microsoft Teams is in your future, train here…

UW-Green Bay is transitioning from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams extends the capabilities of Skype for Business, bringing together chat, meetings, calling, collaboration, app integration, and file storage into a single interface. This new central hub for teamwork can help streamline the way you get things done, thereby accelerating outcomes.

The trainings take place through Microsoft Teams Live option. No registration is required – just join by clicking this link at one or more of the dates and times below.

Teams 100 will be offered:

  • Thursday, July 16 @ 11:00 AM
  • Tuesday, August 4 @ 9:00 AM
  • Thursday, August 6 @ 11:00 AM
  • Monday, August 24 @ 11:00 AM
  • Wednesday, August 26 @ 1:00 PM

Teams 200 will be offered:

  • Tuesday, July 21 @ 9:00 AM
  • Thursday, July 23 @ 11:00 AM
  • Tuesday, August 11 @ 9:00 AM
  • Thursday, August 13 @ 11:00 AM
  • Tuesday, August 25 @ 11:00 AM
  • Thursday, August 27 @ 1:00 PM

Feel free to mix and match the trainings as you wish or even take them more than once. Simply click this link at the appropriate time ( to start the training. Once in a training, participants will have a Q&A chat panel available to pose questions to the Microsoft Education training team. Questions will be answered in real-time.

Any questions can be directed to the Help Desk at (920) 465-2309 or We are here to support you during this transition, so please reach out!

Sports suspended at UW-Green Bay’s Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campuses | WLUK

Executive officers at UW-Green Bay’s three branch campuses say the health and safety of student athletes and coaches is a top priority following Tuesday’s announcement of the temporary suspension of Wisconsin Collegiate Conference athletics for the 2020-21 school year.

Source: Sports suspended at  UW colleges | WLUK

Additional coverage:

Intercollegiate sports at UW-Stevens Point branch campuses paused | WJFW

UWO among five UW System schools suspending sports on two year access campuses in 2020-21 | Kfiz

UWSP branch campuses pause sports | Fox Sports Wausau

UW Green Bay Manitowoc Campus Will Not Have Any Sports this Year | Seehafer News

No intercollegiate sports at some campuses this year | Metro Wire