On March 4, 2020, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Brown County STEM Innovation Center will be hosting an Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition in rooms 137-139. This event is free and open to the public. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to attend. Innovation in Aging challenges UW-Green Bay students to create innovative solutions to combat hardships and improve quality of life for an aging public. The team with the best solution will receive a cash prize. The competition gives students an opportunity to grow idea development, collaboration and presentation skills. Eight different teams of three to five students will present their ideas in brief presentations to a panel of three judges from the community. Prizes (first through third) and a People’s Choice award, will be presented at the closing of the event. This event is hosted by WiSys, CHESW, CSET and the Cofrin School of Business.
A two-part Mental Health First Aid Certification training course will be available on Friday, Feb. 28 and Friday, March 6, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mauthe Center. This event is free and open to UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff. Attendance on both days for the full duration, eight hours, is required to receive a certificate of completion. Register here.
UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus, along with NWTC Marinette, are increasing efforts to help students of all ages transition to college life. Some opportunities include shadowing a class or program, career assessments, talking with advisors and help obtaining internships. Read more via Local campuses provide life planning | Eagle Herald.
The Carnegie Dartlet presentation has moved to Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center, rather than the University Theatre. The entire UW-Green Bay community has been invited to the University reveal (results of the research by the higher education marketing firm). The reveal will share results and recommendations that will shape the way UW-Green Bay communicates its story to future Phoenix and beyond. The event will be live streamed for convenient remote viewing. The link can be found here.
Over the last five years, UW-Green Bay has partnered with Carnegie Dartlet, a reputation research and marketing company, for digital advertising. In the last few months, the University extended the partnership with a research project to clarify and define UW-Green Bay’s voice and marketplace positioning. Carnegie Dartlet’s consensus-building method is built around the input of the people who know UW-Green Bay best: faculty and staff, alumni, community members and other campus stakeholders, as well as prospects. The results are important to the University’s future.
UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert students are offering free tax preparation services for low-income, elderly and individuals with disabilities. Read more via Free tax preparation services for low-income, elderly, and disabled | Village of Bellevue.
Faculty and staff, please encourage participation in Quick Pitch on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the STEM Innovation Center, Rooms 136-139. WiSys Quick Pitch is a “pitch” competition that inspires UW-Green Bay undergraduate and graduate students to consider the impact of their research. Students are welcome to present research from any discipline, including science, technology, social sciences, humanities, arts, education, business and other studies. Students may present research at any stage of development, meaning the project does not need to be finished in order for students to participate. Participants have three minutes to impress a panel of judges with their research and their ability to articulate its larger importance to society. The best of the best win cash prizes and secure a spot in the Quick Pitch State Final. The event is free and open to the public. To learn more information or to register, visit the WiSys website.
Wisconsin Humane Society is bringing some furry friends to the UW-Green Bay Campus on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Phoenix Room B in the University Union. Stop by the Wisconsin Humane Society Green Bay Campus information table to learn more about their organization, cuddle with critters and donate; the event is organized to help raise money for this year’s Give BIG Green Bay 24-hour giving event, which is meant to unite local nonprofit organizations and help them raise much-needed funds. The Wisconsin Humane Society Green Bay Campus is one of 40 chosen nonprofits participating this year.
Want to help homeless animals in your community? From noon on Feb. 18 to noon on Feb. 19, 2020, visit the WHS Green Bay Campus’ campaign page and donate at least $10 for your contribution to count towards their total! Only donations made through the Give BIG Green Bay website during those 24 hours will qualify for the event. Your donation of $10 or more will help the WHS Green Bay Campus continue to care for more than 3,000 homeless, sick, injured and abused animals every year here in Brown County.
The Green Bay Packers Foundation and additional local donors are generously providing a combined $362,500 in matching funds for Give BIG Green Bay. Organizations are granted funds based on the percentage of total dollars raised during the 24-hours of Give BIG Green Bay; every dollar you contribute at giveBIGgreenbay.org will have an even greater impact to not only the Human Society, but to all of the nonprofits involved. You CAN make a difference!
The Office of Grants & Research and the Office of the Provost encourages you to advertise the following opportunity to your students and their faculty mentors! The 19th Annual UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity will take place Friday, April 24, 2020 at UW-Whitewater. The Office of Grants and Research will be providing transportation for this event and covering the registration fee for selected participants.
The final application deadline is 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Applicants must complete the Qualitrics survey in order to be considered as a presenter for this event. Please help us demonstrate the exceptional quality of research conducted by all UW- Green Bay campuses by encouraging your students to apply for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. To apply via Qualtrics survey, please follow the link. For more information about this event please visit https://www.uwgb.edu/research/uw-system-symposium/.
“Unlimited potential” is how chair of the UW-Green Bay’s Political Science program, Associate Prof. Aaron Weinschenk describes UW-Green Bay student Emily Zilliox, a fall 2019 recipient of the Wisconsin Women in Government Scholarship award.
Zilliox is a junior majoring in Political Science and Democracy and Justice Studies with an emphasis in Women’s and Gender Studies. She also has a minor in Public Administration. In fall 2019, she received a scholarship from the nonprofit organization Wisconsin Women in Government—not an easy feat. The scholarship is intended for women who plan to pursue careers in public service, public administration or governmental affairs. Those selected for the scholarship must demonstrate their leadership abilities and positive contributions to society. Zilliox said she is proud and honored to be acknowledged and awarded a scholarship.
Zilliox is chair of the Health and Safety Committee for Student Government, vice president of Theta Eta Alpha and vice president of the Sexuality and Gender Alliance. She is also a student employee, working as a student lead at the David A. Cofrin Library. She is committed to continuous improvement, and this commitment is evident to her faculty advisors.
“If Emily tells you she is going to do something, she will do it,” states Weinschenk in his recommendation letter for her scholarship application. “Emily is exactly the type of student you want to have in your classes—she shares her ideas, works well with others, does what she says she’ll do and maintains a positive attitude.”
It’s her professors that have been influential to her success, Zilliox said. When asked what her favorite part of UW-Green Bay is, Zilliox’s response… “One hundred percent the professors. The faculty of all the areas I am involved in have helped and supported me since I was a freshman, and I really cannot even put into words all that they’ve done or how thankful I am.”
Not only is Zilliox, a LaCrosse, Wis. native, incredibly active on campus, but an internship with the Green Bay Mayor’s Office has expanded her responsibilities and her opportunities. Zilliox is also dedicated to helping the surrounding community through this internship — a position she gained with the help of Associate Prof. Katia Levintova (Global Studies and Political Science). Her main task is to work on figuring out the logistics for a new Public Safety building for the City of Green Bay.
“It has been a really fun experience, and it’s taught me a lot about how local government works,” she reflected.
Her fall 2019 semester wasn’t without some difficulty. After learning she earned the scholarship, she soon learned she would need an emergency surgery, which was a setback for her. Once again, it was her perseverance and the willingness of the faculty that helped her get back on her feet.
“I had a medical issue this semester, and all the professors have gone above and beyond to help me catch up and even checked in to make sure I was okay,” she explained, “which is something that really meant a lot to me.”
Through everything Zilliox has experienced, from both successes and challenges in her college career, she credits her father for motivating her and influencing her to continue working hard and having an impact on what she does. While political role models include Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Zilliox credits her father with being her greatest role model.
“My mother passed away when I was four, and he really just became the ultimate parent and taught me so many life lessons, like personal responsibility, having a good work ethic and taking pride in the work you do while staying humble,” Zilliox said. “He really is the hardest working and strongest person I know, and even though we don’t agree on everything politically, I do try to make him proud in everything I do.”
When Zilliox graduates from UW-Green Bay, she hopes to continue to make her father proud by creating a lasting impact in Wisconsin.
“I would love to work as a legislative aide in a State Assembly person’s office in Madison,” she says. “My big dream is to become a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, but we will work our way towards that.”
Based on Zilliox’s accomplishments and passion to succeed, her future is certainly bright!
Story by Marketing and University Communication student assistant Emily Gerlikovski
“Beginning Feb. 4 through April 10, UW-Green Bay students will be on hand to help low-income individuals and families through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.” Help will be offered at The Salvation Army, 626 Union Court, Green Bay on Tuesdays, from 5 to 8 p.m., and at the Brown County Public Library, 515 Pine St., Green Bay on Wednesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be no assistance on March 17 or 18, due to Spring Break. Appointments are necessary; please call 920-465-2575 to make one. More information via UW-Green Bay students offering free income tax assistance | Fox 11.