Save the date: Adriana McCleer to speak Monday, Oct. 14 in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Adriana McCleer, Ph.D. will speak Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. in the Christie Theater. McCleer will share her personal and professional experience as an early-career Latina discovering the Library and Information Science profession that was only two percent Latinx in 2006. She will share her sources of inspiration that motivated her to pursue a master’s and doctoral program in her field and what sustained her through the programs to successfully earn an M.A. in Library Science and a Ph.D. in Information Studies. She will highlight the significance of representation and champions along her journey. Sponsored by MESA, Good Times Programming and Student Life.

Pride Center to host October events

The UW-Green Bay Pride Center has many events planned for the month of October. Please consider attending:

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019: Dick Wagner, author of two groundbreaking volumes on gay history in Wisconsin, will be in the Christie Theatre from noon until 1 p.m. He will follow his talk with a meet the author event from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Pride Center. Wagner’s book “We’ve Been Here All Along” provides an illuminating and nuanced picture of Wisconsin’s gay history from the reporting on the Oscar Wilde trials of 1895 to the landmark Stonewall Riots of 1969. Wagner’s book will be for sale outside the Christie Theatre. This event was made possible by the Pride Center and The Phoenix Bookstore.

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019: Free showing of “Moonlight” (2016), the first film with an all black cast and with the main character as a person coming to terms with being LGBT, in the Christie Theatre from 4 to 6:30 p.m. A discussion will follow the film until 7:15 p.m. Sponsored by Black Student Union (BSU), Pride Center and Student Life. Snacks will also be provided.

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019: Come hear Pride Center students Sapphire Shimmer and Boston Cream Pie read their two favorite children’s books, followed by eating cookies and doing crafts, for this event titled, “King and Queen Reading Books with Crafts and Cookies” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Cofrin Library. There will be an ASL interpreter present, and this event is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Cofrin Library, Pride Center and The Phoenix Bookstore.

Friday, Oct. 11, 2019: National Coming Out Day. The Pride Center will provide educational information at the vendor table at the second floor of the Union, located by the stairway.

Monday, Oct. 14, 2019: SAFE Ally Level 1 and 2 training. Level 1 is from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by Level 2 training from 1 to 3 p.m. Safe Ally training provides insights on LGBTQ+ topics and how to be a better ally. To RSVP, contact Stacie Christian at

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2019: UW-Green Bay Clothing and Household Swap is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the University Union Phoenix Rooms. Your clean, gently used clothing for all ages, kitchen and household items, books and media, crafts and holiday decor is needed. This event is for all students, staff and alumni to come select items they can use that others are sharing. Donations can be dropped off at the Campus Cupboard in RH 140, the Pride Center or contact Stacie Christian for a curbside drop off at Please, no computers, televisions or furniture that does not fit in a small station wagon. Volunteers to help set up are needed on Tuesday, October 22, from 8 a.m. to 1 pm.

Friday, Oct. 25, 2019: Nationally known artist, Rae Senarighi, along with two paintings will be featured at a meet the artist event from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. next to the University Union Common Grounds. You can learn more about Rae’s work on Netflix. Refreshments provided by the Lawton Gallery. Rae is sponsored by the Pride Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, Oct. 25, 2019: Hallowqueen 2 Drag Show is scheduled for 8 to 10 p.m. in the University Union Phoenix Rooms. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Pride Center and Good Times Programming.

Any questions about Pride Center events can be directed to Stacie Christian at

Reminder: History-making Oshkosh mayor to present today, Sept. 24

Lori Palmeri will be at the Green Bay Campus to share her political journey in making Latina history as the City of Oshkosh’s first elected Latinx and woman mayor. The event is Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Christie Theater, University Union. The event, sponsored by Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA), Organización Latino Americana (OLA) and Women of Color (WOC), is in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Free and open to the public.

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Make a Difference Day is back, Friday, Oct. 25 with a new look and a new way to sign up

Make a Difference Day is back! Organizers are working with the Volunteer Center of Brown County and the Aging and Disability Resource Center to get into neighborhoods and help clean up yards before winter. This is a three-hour commitment. Group transportation is provided and required to participate. There are also on-campus initiatives, some time sensitive and others on a drop-in basis. Please go to CUE GB at to check out the needs and sign up. You can get further information at As before, all participants will receive a T-shirt and snack for helping. Contact Stephanie Kaponya at or x2938 with questions.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with ‘Panadanza!’ Friday, Sept. 20, Noon

Welcome Panadanza to UW-Green Bay! Panadanza is an all female dance ensemble that utilizes live music, singing, acting and colorful folkloric costumes to bring alive the identities of the Caribbean, Central and South America! Watch the live performance from Noon to 12:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 in the Phoenix Rooms, University Union. Optional dance lesson is from 1 to 2 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Office of Student Life.

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: University of Nayarit brings “Viva!” to Green Bay |

“Lovely Sweet One” or “Lovely Heavenly One” was sung Friday untranslated as part of an evening of allure in Cofrin Family Hall of Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. Performing was Ballet Folklorico – University of Nayarit, presenting an expression of pride and discipline on an unusual visit. See more via Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: Ballet Folklorico – University of Nayarit brings “Viva!” to Green Bay |

Reminder: University Leadership Awards nominations due Sunday, Sept. 15

The online nomination process for the 39th annual University Leadership Awards program (Chancellor’s Medallion, University Leadership Award and Outstanding Student Award) is now open. The deadline for nominating is Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. The process is secure and will have the most current information available.

The University Leadership Awards honor Green Bay campus students who have demonstrated academic excellence along with outstanding leadership at the university and in the community. Currently, only students enrolled at the Green Bay campus are eligible for these awards. Each of our branch campuses administers a unique awards process and ceremony; for more information, contact your Solution Center staff.

Below are the nomination instructions. These instructions are also on the nomination web page for review when you are ready to nominate.

  • Review the award nomination criteria on the University Leadership Awards Website
  • Step 1: Click on Nominations and log in using your campus login credentials. Find a student to nominate by searching for their name or by viewing a list of potential graduates; add the student and award nomination to your nomination list
  • Step 2: Review your ENTIRE nomination list
  • Step 3: Submit your ENTIRE nomination list
  • You will receive an email confirmation upon completion
  • Important: Your nominations will not be submitted or saved until you complete step 3.
  • You will be timed-out after several hours of inactivity and your unsaved nomination list will be emptied. Please complete all your nominations in a single session.
  • Nominations can only be submitted one time. After you complete your nominations, any additional nominations will need to be sent via email to

To access the nomination site, you can find it on the Student Life website, or by clicking on the direct link

Young the Giant, Shaed to play concerts at UW-Green Bay

“The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is back in session, and that’s good news on the concert front,” says entertainment reporter Kendra Meinert. “The Good Times Programming student activities board has booked Young the Giant for a show at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Weidner Center. The group released its fourth studio album, last October and spent the summer touring with Fitz and the Tantrums.” See more via Young the Giant, Shaed to play concerts at UW-Green Bay.

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‘Phoenix Rising’ sculpture gets official introduction, ‘social’ reception

UW-Green Bay’s new “Phoenix Rising” sculpture is providing the campus with unintended attention. Meant to be an iconic artwork that students (and alumni) would take photos of and with, the sculpture is also now being shared widely on multiple social media platforms.

Faculty, staff and students gathered for a brief celebration and ceremony introducing the Phoenix Rising sculpture to the campus community, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. UW-Green Bay Vice Chancellor For Student Affairs and Campus Climate Eric Arneson, Student Government Association (SGA) President Abbie Wagaman and artist Carl Vanderheyden each took a few minutes to describe their part in the project from inception to completion.

“One thing I heard clearly from students was that while we have a gorgeous campus, we did not have the iconic spot for pictures and gathering that clearly exemplifies our campus and is easily recognizable as UW Green Bay,” Arneson said. “…It quickly became clear that we needed to create a space that was a symbol of our great University that would be universally identifiable and instill even more pride in our University community. Clearly, the symbol for us is the Phoenix. It is a powerful symbol representing us. Upon conversation with many stakeholders, it was decided a sculpture of  the Phoenix would create the energy and space we all desire.”

SUFAC (Segregated University Fee Allocation Committee) and SGA were on board, as was Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Chuck Rybak.

Vanderheyden described how, as a free-form artist, he sometimes forgets to stand back and take a look at the entire piece.

“Occasionally I make anatomical flaws, a hip out of place, head upside down, things the untrained eye may not see… head placement was critical to the outcome, and the day I was going to position the head, no lie, an ornithologist friend, from across the country, Just happened to stop by, and between the two of us, we got the head ‘not’ upside down…

…Fortunately, the Phoenix is a mythical creature, so I had little leeway,” he joked.

Vanderheyden thanked UW-Green Bay Professor Toni Damkoehler (Design Arts) for “extracting a concept from head to to paper.” He described the exterior body and wings as made from high-grade “tank-steel” with a “powerful, stainless steel core, engineered to handle a tornado, and possibly, a car crash,” considering its location near the David A. Cofrin Library circle. “Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them,” he said, attributing Albert Einstein.

Wagaman said the sculpture has truly become the talk of campus for the first few days of school.

“We initially wanted this as a spot for students to be able to take pictures and symbolize their involvement with the UW-Green Bay University,” Wagaman said. “We want this to become a tradition, similar to the shoe tree on campus, where students come out and take a picture on their first day each year through college, and then end it by throwing their shoes up in the tree. This is OUR statue, and we as students want to make it such. Thank you for attending and helping us reach that goal.”

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Phoenix Sculpture Dedication Ceremony

Photos by Dan Moore, Office of Marketing and University Communication