Immediate need to fill campus cupboards

A message from Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate Gail Sims-Aubert regarding the cancellation of the ‘Feed the Phoenix’ drive in favor of immediate help to students: 

“The events of this week have provided us all with many stressors and additional work. I recognize that it’s been a heavy load for all, but want to ask you for one more favor. Though our students will not be meeting in person for their courses, many of them will continue to access resources on all four campuses. Amongst this group, there is great need for food and basic personal items (laundry detergent, soap, etc.). Most often these students turn to our campuses’ cupboards and pantries to supplement what they can afford to supply for themselves. As you can imagine, this resource has been greatly depleted in recent days. Current cupboard hours:

Green Bay Campus, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (M-F)
Manitowoc Campus, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (M-F)
Marinette Campus, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (M-F)
Sheboygan Student Services, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (M-F)

If you were planning to contribute to your campus cupboard or local pantry during the Feed the Phoenix drive, please consider giving now and taking your donation directly to the Campus Cupboard (Rose Hall #140). We have decided to suspend the drive in favor of this urgent request. For those of you who may be collecting items in your respective offices/departments, please take what you’ve collected thus far to the cupboards in lieu of waiting until the end date of the promotion. I believe that we can all agree that the provision of essentials to those in need is more important than being awarded the traveling trophy.

Again, thank you for all you’re currently doing and for taking the time to consider a quick donation to what is such a wonderful resource on our four campuses. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions or concerns.”



Reminder: Say farewell and wish Eric Arneson good luck on his new journey, Jan. 30

Wish Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate Eric Arneson good luck as he embarks on a new journey! On Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., visit the 1965 Room in the University Union to say farewell. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. It was announced in December that Arneson would be leaving UW-Green Bay for a new role as vice president for Student Affairs at Kennesaw University in Georgia.

UW-Green Bay Counseling and Health releases statement on campus response to the coronavirus

The following memorandum was sent to the UW-Green Bay community regarding a virus outbreak in China from Amy Henniges, Counseling and Health director:

“As you may be aware, there is an outbreak of a new virus in China, called “2019nCoV” or “Wuhan Coronavirus.” The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay expresses its deepest concerns and support to the people of Wuhan.

Please be advised that no students have arrived from Wuhan, China this semester and there are no reported cases of the Coronavirus on our campuses.  CDC has provided information to all travelers from Wuhan, China with information and what steps they should take if signs/symptoms develop. In addition, we have reached out to students who may have traveled to Wuhan, China over break and provided information related to the outbreak, symptoms and protocol to follow if they become ill.

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is a top priority. University officials are closely and continuously monitoring this situation and are taking every measure and action that is being directed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Brown County Public Health. 

If there is any information that would indicate an actual health emergency related to the Coronavirus, we will be sending an immediate emergency notification.

Please read the following link at the CDC for specific information:


If you recently traveled to Wuhan, China or have been in direct contact with someone who has, and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, within 14 days of travel, you should follow the CDC’s recommendations as attached:

  • If you are a student, you may call the Counseling and Health Center during regular business hours at 920-465-2380 for assistance if needed.

Please remember that it is also currently flu and respiratory season and it is recommended that you follow CDC’s everyday precautions to prevent the spread of germs:

Additionally, UW-Green Bay has also developed a FAQ with campus specific details that will soon be available at the Counseling and Health website.

Any questions should be directed to the Counseling and Health Center at 920-465-2380 or Brown County Public Health Department at 920-448-6400 or Wisconsin Department of Health Services at

All media inquiries should be directed to the Marketing and University Communications Department at 920-465-2527. 

Further information will be updated as it becomes available.”


Say farewell and wish Eric Arneson good luck on his new journey, Jan. 30

Wish Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate Eric Arneson farewell and good luck as he embarks on a new journey! On Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., visit the 1965 Room in the University Union to say farewell. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. It was announced in December that Arneson would be leaving UW-Green Bay for a new role as vice president for Student Affairs at Kennesaw University in Georgia.

Vice Chancellor Arneson leaving for post at Kennesaw University in Georgia

In a letter from Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven today to the UW-Green Bay campus community, she announced the resignation of Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate Eric Arenson, who will be leaving UW-Green Bay for a new role as vice president for Student Affairs at Kennesaw University in Georgia.

“I want to thank Eric for the vision and transformational leadership he has brought to the University during this critical time in our history,” Van Gruensven noted. “As the inaugural vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate, he worked across campus to create a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for all students and put forward several significant initiatives.”

Among the initiatives left in his legacy:

-The creation of the Phoenix Cares website to assist students with needs ranging from academic to financial to mental health and beyond

-A new first-year student convocation

-The Phoenix Connection program, which provides Student Affairs staff mentors for more than 200 students

“As a University, we are moving in a direction to more accurately represent the region we serve. Eric has been an instrumental leader in starting that transformation,” Van Gruensven said. “I am working with Eric and his team on a transition plan and will share details shortly. In the days ahead, please join me in thanking him for his many contributions to UW-Green Bay. We wish him, his wife Tenaye and their son, Kenny all the best as they embark upon their new adventure in the metro Atlanta area.”

Nominate a student speaker for December Commencement by Friday, Oct. 18

The Division of Student Affairs and Campus Climate is seeking nominations for Student Speaker for the December 2019 Commencement Ceremony. Please nominate one or more students for this honor. Nominees must be graduating in December or January. Please send your nominations to Claudia Guzmán, via e-mail ( and include the following information:

  1. Student’s Name
  2. Student’s Major(s)/Minor(s)
  3. Cumulative GPA
  4. Postgraduate Plans
  5. Brief Description of Student’s Accomplishments
  6. Other Reasons Why This Student Should be Recognized
  7. The Names of All Faculty/Staff Who Support This Nomination

This is the minimum amount of information required to nominate a student. Please feel free to provide as much additional information as you would like to support your nomination(s). The deadline for nominating a student is Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.

Faculty and staff welcome to participate in First-Year Convocation, Sept. 3

Faculty and staff are invited to attend UW-Green Bay’s second annual First-Year Student Convocation at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3 in the Weidner Center. This will be the official welcome for the incoming Class of 2023 to the University. The half-hour welcome will feature words of encouragement and thoughts on success from Chancellor Miller, Provost Alexander, Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich and others, followed by a class photo at the new Phoenix sculpture.

First-Year Convocation was designed by a core group of faculty, students, and staff to welcome and celebrate first-year students. Faculty and staff are asked to arrive by 8:50 a.m. and enter enter together in support of the students. There will be a reserved section for faculty and staff and the new students will sit in the front; and you will be acknowledged as an important resource for our new students. University regalia will not be worn, however this is an important milestone for our new students.

Iconic art will depict ‘Phoenix rising’ at UW-Green Bay

Update: Dedication of the sculpture “Phoenix Rising” will be Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 3:30 p.m. at the Cofrin Library Circle. Chancellor Miller, Eric Arneson and artist Carl Vanderheyden are on the program to speak. 

Phoenix Sculpture
“Phoenix Rising” by Carl Vanderheyden

Come late summer, there will be a new location for visitors and members of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay community to hang out, and a special Phoenix to hang with. It’s a new sculpture created by regional metal artist Carl Vanderheyden.

“Our students have shared their desire for an iconic place on campus to gather and also for that signature ‘UW-Green Bay photo,'” said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate, Eric E. Arneson. “This incredible work of art will serve as a focal point and sense pride pulling together the entire campus community.”

The Phoenix, of course, is a creature from Greek mythology, which regenerates every 500 years, rising from the ashes of its predecessors. At UW-Green Bay, Phoenix is always singular, meaning collectively, those who associate with the Phoenix (students, alumni, faculty, staff, fans, community members, etc.) are a collective Phoenix—and, of course, a member of the Phoenix family.

The location for the piece will be in a newly landscaped area in the center of the Cofrin Library circle on the Green Bay Campus. Details of an installation and celebration will be forthcoming. In the meantime, this video gives a sneak peek of the 13-foot steel and stainless steel Phoenix, which will be able to stand hurricane-type winds, and what inspired the artist in its creation.



Matt Suwalski is named new University Union director

Matt Suwalski has been named director of the University Union and begins Monday, June 17 at UW-Green Bay. Suwalski comes to the Green Bay Campus from UW Oshkosh where he is currently an associate director of the Reeve Memorial Union. In an announcement to his current staff, Vice Chancellor For Student Affairs and Campus Climate, Eric Arneson, said that Suwalski has “extensive experience and leadership both in the union setting and in overall student affairs leadership as evidenced from his role as a past president of the Wisconsin Personnel Association (WCPA).”

Suwalski has a master’s (Student Affairs) from Western Illinois University and an MBA from UW Oshkosh. “He presents a well-rounded experience and expertise in student success and how to operate a business,” Arneson wrote. “Matt shared his deep passion for creating a safe, welcoming, and engaging environment for our students and our focus on inclusion was a factor in his interest in joining us.”