President of UW-Green Bay Student Government Association discusses efforts to expand safe and accessible voting | WisPolitics

Last night, the Green Bay Common Council secured more than $1 million in funding to help realize its goal of carrying out safe, accessible, and fair elections this year and in the future.

The funding will serve the city beyond this year’s election. It will set a strong precedent for how future elections are conducted in Green Bay, and show the rest of Wisconsin that Green Bay is a leader in the fight for a fair, safe, and equitable democracy.

I have seen a lot of concern over safe voting procedures from students, as well as many requests from students and community members to expand our current voting climate to include everyone,” said Guillermo Gomez, president of the Student Government Association at UW-Green Bay. “Now, I have full faith that Green Bay will become a leader in accessible voting and voter safety moving forward.”

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Clothing and Household Drive: Preparing for Clothing and Household Swap

The Pride Center and Student Government Association are hosting a Clothing and Household Drive to prepare for the Clothing and Household Swap on March 26, 2020. You can bring clean gently used clothing for all ages, kitchen, décor, sports and small household items, and brown grocery bags to campus so volunteers can pack to prepare for the Clothing and Household Swap taking place on March 26. Curbside drop off at the University Union can be arranged by contacting Stacie Christian at Renew and reuse your great stuff or volunteer to pack for 30 minutes if you have time!

Student government Breakfast & Town Hall meeting, Thursday, April 26

Newly elected SGA President Selena Deer and Vice President Abbie Wagaman are hosting a Town Hall meeting, Thursday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to 11a.m. in Room 125 of the University Union. There will be free bagels, yogurt, fruit, coffee and tea. They will discussing their platform of sustainability and inclusion and invite all students, staff, faculty and administrators to attend.

Proud Papa: Prof. Austin presents son, Nikolas, with diploma

Prof. Andrew Austin embraces son Nikolas
at UW-Green Bay’s 2017 Commencement

Associate Prof. Andrew Austin’s son, Nikolas, graduated with a degree in Political Science and was quite active in student government. Serving as Student Government Association President in 2016-17, he fought for expanded voting opportunities on campus. “I think that the only really effective way to make sure that everyone has access to voting, which is one of the most important things in our civic participation, is having it on campus,” Austin told the media. His father, Andrew, is a faculty member in UW-Green Bay’s Democracy and Justice Studies and Sociology programs, and was able to present Nikolas with his diploma.


SGA and RHAA election results

The Student Government Association (SGA) and Residence Hall and Apartment Association (RHAA) have elected several new positions for next year. Election results:
SGA President: Eduardo Navarro
SGA Vice President: Sam Engel
RHAA President: Nate Nichols
RHAA President: Sam Soda
Elected Senators: Samantha Dannhauser, Shane Kanneberg, Justis Tenpenny, Elijah Mada, Courtney Zambon, Linnea Zintman, Abbie Wagaman and Ethan Najacht.

National speaker Robyn Ochs at UW-Green Bay Thursday, March 30

From 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, national speaker and author Robyn Ochs will present “Understanding Bisexuality” in the Christie Theatre. The event is sponsored by the Pride Center, Healthy Choices, Diversity Task Force, Inclusive Excellence, Good Times Programming and Student Government Association. At 5 p.m. that evening, the Pride Center potluck/games night takes place at the Kress Events Center. Bring food/drink and a game to share. Ochs will join the group and discuss present “Beyond Binaries ” from 7 to 8 pm. Events are free and open to the public.

Absentee ballot registration drive

Yesterday, the Student Government Association sponsored an absentee ballot registration drive. More than 20 students registered to get their election ballots via mail or email, in order to avoid the long Election Day voting lines. Want to vote absentee and avoid the line? It’s not too late. Download and print your one-page registration form (pdf) and mail it to your local Municipal Clerk’s Office (pdf) to arrive by Thursday, November 3. Then return your ballot by mail (for free – no stamp needed) by Election Day (11/8).

UW-Green Bay launches student-focused mobile app

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Student Government Association recently partnered with UW-Milwaukee’s App Brewery to develop a mobile app that is making life a little easier for busy students.

Although primarily student-focused, friends, family, and Phoenix fans are welcome to download the app as well. UW-Green Bay Mobile features quick links to learning platforms such as Desire2Learn (D2l), the Student Information System (SIS), Passpoints, dinning menus, campus building hours, maps, news and information about upcoming events.

Former Student Government Association president and driving force behind the app, Hannah Stepp, was motivated to bridge a communication gap on campus. The university hosts many fun and inviting events, but she said the problem was students didn’t know about them.

To create more awareness, the main screen of the app highlights the Student Events Calendar and Fourth Estate news. IS Business Automation Specialist, Paul Wikgren, led a committee that determined which events on campus should be included in that calendar. The app will pull its news chronologically from the Fourth Estate website beginning in the spring semester as well.

In an age where college students spend approximately five hours per day on their cell phone according to a study published in PLoS One, students are finding this app to be a convenient addition to their mobile lives.

“I’m always on the go,” said UW-Green Bay junior Kristin Wendorf. “My phone is the one thing that’s always on me. The UW-Green Bay Mobile app give me access to the information I need. As a Student Ambassador, the app allows me to quickly share this information with prospective students and families as well.”

The Apple App Store on iTunes and the Google Play App Store currently offer a free download of the UW-Green Bay Mobile app.

Photo by University photographer Dan Moore. Story by University Communication intern Amy Bauer.