UW-Green Bay student chapter honored at national Audubon convention

Grad student Jacob Woulf, undergrad Brandon Byrne and UW-Green Bay Senior Research Specialist Erin Giese (Cofrin Center for Biodiversity), were surprised to be recognized at the National Audubon Convention in Milwaukee, for starting the very first Audubon Student Campus Chapter in the country—the Green Bay Audubon Student Conservation Chapter. Only three awards were given during this plenary session with more than 600 in attendance, and UW-Green Bay received one of them. According to Giese, during the plenary session, organizers also showed a photograph of recent graduate student Tara Hohman ’19 (Environmental Science & Policy) to recognize her as being the first Audubon Campus Chapter student hired by Audubon. (She started her job in early July of this year.)

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UW-Green Bay students, members of Audubon student chapter get coverage for participating in Washington DC event

Members of the UW-Green Bay Audubon Student Conservation Chapter (which has the honor of being the first Audubon campus chapter in the nation) were featured by the Audubon website for their participation in a Washington DC fly-in event that geared towards raising awareness of the threats facing seabirds. “I think I could easily speak for everyone by saying it was such a wonderful learning experience,” said UW-Green Bay graduation student Tara Hohman (Environmental Science and Policy). Read the full story from Audubon

APICS student chapter forming at UW-Green Bay

There’s a new student org in town! UW-Green Bay is now home to a new APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society) student chapter, which is a student club involved in all aspects of supply chain management. All are welcome to join! Please contact club president Dylon Pokorny pokodb10@uwgb.edu or faculty/staff advisor Assistant Prof. Amulya Gurtu (Business Administration) gurtua@uwgb.edu for more information.

Green Bay Audubon chapter takes part in National Audubon D.C. Fly-In

The UW-Green Bay Audubon Student Conservation Chapter, which has been recognized as the first Audubon college chapter in the nation, participated in a “fly-in” hosted by the National Audubon Society in Washington, D.C., April 10-12, 2019. The purpose of the fly in was to put people who are passionate about birds and conservation in front of lawmakers in order to advocate for solutions to the seabird and forage fish crisis.

National Audubon provided scholarships for a select number of individuals across the nation, including five students from UW-Green Bay who are Audubon Student Conservation Chapter members, to advocate for seabirds. Attending were:

  • Tara Hohman, Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Student, Mansfield, Tex.
  • Jade Arneson, Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Student, Newton, Wis.
  • Megan Hoff, Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Student, Sleepy Hollow, Ill.
  • Demetri Lafkas, Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Student, Marquette, Mich.
  • Mari Mitchells, Biology, Madison
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UW-Green Bay students prepare to meet Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and others on behalf of Audubon.

“I think I could easily speak for everyone by saying it was a such a wonderful learning experience,” Hohman said. “We worked with amazing staff from Audubon’s D.C. Campaign crew, and were trained on advocating and interacting with congressmen. We all have a better understanding of how much work the politics of advocating and introducing a bills to the house is!”

“Seabirds have declined by 70% on a global scale in the last 60 years due to over fishing of forage fish, which acts as the primary food source for seabirds, as well as the rapidly warming ocean waters which is driving forage fish to go deeper in search for cold water. Currently there is no federal management of forage fish despite forage fish being a key component of the ocean ecosystem.”

National Audubon is asking lawmakers to take the crisis of seabird decline and climate change impacts on the oceans seriously and to pass federal legislation that manages forage fish in a way that is sustainable, takes the needs of seabirds into consideration and prepares us to live in a warming world.

In the photo above, from left to right: Tara Hohman, Mari Mitchell, Demetri Lafkas, Jesse Walls (senior director of Government Affairs for Audubon), Megan Hoff and Jade Arneson.

Story by Marketing and University Communication intern Alicia LeBoeuf

 

Seeking Nominations for Annual Student Organization Awards by Monday, April 15

Nominations are being sought for the 2018-19 “Student Organization of the Year” award. To nominate an organization that has done great things this year, please complete this form. The nomination deadline is 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 15, 2019. If you have any questions, contact the Office of Student Life at osl@uwgb.edu or call 920-465-2220.

Cofrin School of Business Speaker Series continues on Tuesday, April 2

Co-sponsored by the Cofrin School of Business student organizations, the Spring 2019 Speaker Series continues on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall (MAC) Room 210.  The presentation will be “What Every College Student Should Know” by speaker Michelle Witbro, personal insurance sales executive at Johnson Financial Group.

Green Bay Audubon Student Conservation Chapter highlighted in article

UW-Green Bay’s Green Bay Audubon Student Conservation Chapter was highlighted in a recent Audubon article, “Conservation Trailblazers on Campus.” UW-Green Bay graduate student Tara Hohman (Environmental Science and Policy), who serves as president for the student organization, was featured. Read more.

Cofrin School of Business Spring Speaker Series continues on Tuesday, Mar. 12

The next installment of the Cofrin School of Business Spring Speaker Series will be taking place on Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 109 in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall. The talk is entitled, “What Every College Student Should Know: How Artificial Intelligence will Affect your Future Job.” The Cofrin School of Business student organizations are co-sponsors. Students in all majors are welcomed to attend.

Cofrin School of Business Spring Speaker Series begins tomorrow (Feb. 26)

The first installment of the Cofrin School of Business Spring Speaker Series, “How to Begin Investing,” will be taking place on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Mary Ann Cofrin Hall in Room 109. The speaker featured will be Daniel Cape, Financial Advisor, Cape Financial Group. The Cofrin School of Business student organizations are co-sponsors. Students in all majors are welcomed to attend. The next installment in the speaker series will be taking place on Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019.