UW-Green Bay to host 400-plus guests at major UW System undergraduate research event, April 19-20, 2018

GREEN BAY – University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host the 17th annual University of Wisconsin System Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (URSCA) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 and Friday, April 20. More than 400 young professionals and mentors from 16 UW schools will participate. Events are open to media.

This annual two-day event, which rotates between UW System campuses, allows undergraduate students to join their peers from other campuses for an opportunity to share research projects to a statewide audience. There will be 47 oral presentations, five visual arts and 188 poster presentations. The research presentations are free and open to the public.

Students within all academic disciplines from UW-Green Bay, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Fox Valley, UW-Lacrosse, UW-Manitowoc, UW-Marshfield/Wood County, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, UW-Sheboygan, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Superior, UW-Washington County and UW-Whitewater will present on a wide variety of topics. Demonstrations include research poster presentations, oral presentations, gallery exhibits and artistic performances.

The two-day event opens on Thursday, April 19 with Lambeau Field tours for participants. These participant-only events include:

  • 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Registration/Check-in at the Hyatt Regency, Downtown Green Bay
  • 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Lambeau Field Tours and Titletown District at Lambeau Field
  • 4:30 – 4:45 p.m. – Packers Welcome in the Lambeau Field Atrium
  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Mixer (Hors d’ oeuvres will be available) at the KI Center, Downtown Green Bay
  • 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Welcome and Keynote Speaker, Nicholas Carr (collaborative event with UntitledTown) at the KI Center

The event picks up again on Friday, April 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Union, UW-Green Bay. The following is a schedule of presentation sessions that are open to the public:

  • 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. – Poster Session #1
  • 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. – Concurrent Session #1
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Poster Session #2
  • 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Concurrent Session #2

A detailed schedule of events is available, here.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 7,158 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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University Staff Assembly (Feb. 15), welcomes UW Colleges colleagues

The University Staff Assembly will be Feb. 15 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Phoenix C, University Union. A message from Chair Jan Snyder, “The UW-Green Bay University Staff governance committees are honored to serve the university staff body and to represent you in shared governance. It is our duty to share information with you and to provide an opportunity for input and feedback on issues concerning us all. We hope we have accomplished this through our open committee meetings and posted minutes, but the annual assemblies are a way to make sure this is happening. This year, it is our privilege to extend this invitation to our colleagues from our joining UW College campuses at Manitowoc, Marinette and Sheboygan. We hope you will be able to join us in person, but for those who can’t we will have remote technology available for you to connect with us (that information will be coming soon). The assembly agenda is now available on the University Staff Governance web page (click on the 2/15/18 agenda link under Meeting Agendas).”

Proposed merger prompts optimism here

A story in the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Oct. 12, 2017 gives some foresight into the what could be the first of many changes affecting two-year colleges in 2018 if University of Wisconsin system officials approve a merger. “Making smaller campuses in Manitowoc, Marinette and Sheboygan a part of UWGB would give students access to more professors and better facilities, while addressing issues related to declining enrollment at the satellite schools, UW officials said after the proposal was announced on Wednesday,” the Press-Gazette noted. “The changes would actually open many more doors for students; students would have four campuses instead of one,” UWGB Chancellor Gary L. Miller said. “This provides many opportunities for students, with the potential of creating even more.”

No. 1… in state, online… according to something called OnlineColleges.net

These days, university relations offices get many, many emails from ratings websites — some brand-new and some old and established (well, older than a few months, anyway) — congratulating us on our school’s selection to their exalted “best of…” ratings of one type or other. You take it with a grain of salt.  This one stood out, however, because it has UW-Green Bay as No. 1 in Wisconsin, and it happens to be in an area where UWGB has long been a UW System pioneer and has both solid enrollment and an excellent reputation: online learning. So, without further adieu, check out the website OnlineColleges.net for their rating.

UW-Green Bay Faculty Senate opposes campus carry

Members of the UW-Green Bay Faculty Senate voted unanimously at the group’s meeting on campus Wednesday, Oct. 28, to register opposition to a legislative proposal that would amend the state’s concealed-carry law to allow permitted civilians to bring guns and other deadly weapons into UW System campus buildings. The text of the resolution:

WHEREAS, the university is an institution devoted to the development and enlargement of students’ minds and abilities, to the free and open discussion of ideas, and to the creation and dissemination of knowledge; and
WHEREAS, the very presence of concealed weapons undermines the safe environment necessary for the exploration of controversial and challenging ideas; and
WHEREAS, the presence of concealed weapons on campus increases the possibility of accidents, homicides, and suicides, and interferes with campus safety plans; and
WHEREAS, the potential presence of concealed weapons threatens to cause fear and mistrust, interfering with everyday interactions among faculty, staff, and students; and
WHEREAS, the permitting of weapons into campus classrooms, offices, dining areas, residence halls, lounges, and other spaces would fundamentally change the nature of employment, enrollment, and residency at the university; and
WHEREAS, private businesses and institutions have the ability under state law to prohibit concealed weapons; and
WHEREAS, we stand in solidarity with other members of the public higher education community in Wisconsin, including the faculty of the University of Wisconsin Colleges, the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin–River Falls, and the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point,
THEREFORE, the Faculty Senate of the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay hereby declares our opposition to LRB-­‐2653/1 or any such law that would require public colleges and universities in Wisconsin to allow the carrying of weapons in campus buildings by anyone other than authorized law enforcement officers.

The UW-Green Bay Faculty Senate also voted to endorse a similar resolution approved earlier by counterparts with the UW Colleges system. You can see the text of both resolutions.

Rudd gets Manitowoc, Menasha, while Montgomery gets Marinette


The UW Colleges and UW-Extension have
named new regional deans for the administratively restructured two-year campus system. Martin Rudd, currently dean of UW-Fox Valley in Menasha, will also oversee UW-Manitowoc and UW-Fond du Lac. Additionally, Keith Montgomery, already dean of UW-Marathon County and UW-Marshfield/Wood County, will serve as regional executive officer for the north region of UW Colleges and oversee UW-Barron County in Rice Lake and UW-Marinette.

Inside Higher Ed article on talk of tech school, UW Colleges merger

“As a legislative committee considers possibly merging the state’s two separate two-year systems, some politicians are questioning whether a more traditional community college model would work better for the state.” That’s the lead in an Insider Higher Ed article about the possibility of an eventual merger of some sort of the 13 two-year UW System Colleges and the various Wisconsin Technical College System institutions.

Columnist has idea for UW System reorganization


With UWGB’s 50th anniversary approaching, we are reminded that in its earliest days, for a half-dozen years before merger in 1974 or so, UW-Green Bay had administrative responsibility for the two-year campuses in Manitowoc, Menasha and Marinette. Conservative columnist John Torinus thinks the time is right (in the face of harsh budget slashing) for the UW to move on its own, regional reorganization. Food for thought.

UW System unveils first offerings in ‘UW Flexible Option’


The University of Wisconsin System announced Wednesday the first degree programs that will be offered under its innovative UW Flexible Option starting in Fall 2013. The System is expected to be the first public university system in the nation to offer this kind of competency-based, self-paced learning option. The UW Flexible Option is designed for nontraditional adult students who often come to college with substantial learning acquired in a variety of venues. It will allow students to earn college credit by demonstrating knowledge they have acquired through coursework, military training, on-the-job training, and other learning experiences. It was announced Wednesday that UW-Milwaukee will offer four degree programs and one certificate program. UW Colleges will provide an array of general education and liberal arts courses in the new format, in core fields such as biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, business, English, Spanish, geography, and others. UW Colleges will also work to provide the Associate of Arts and Science degree via the UW Flexible Option, which may also meet the general education requirements of four-year degree programs launched by other institutions. Several other UW System institutions, including UW-Parkside, are working to develop Flexible Options for their degree programs, and additional offerings should be ready by Fall 2014. You can read the full UW System news release.


Media coverage of Wednesday’s UW System announcement

Here’s a link to Wisconsin State Journal coverage of this week’s update from UW System officials on progress involving the new UW Flexible Option initiative: http://host.madison.com/news/state-and-regional/uw-milwaukee-to-offer-flexible-degree-programs/article_1dd7845e-c0af-5548-aa59-6e4601ca20da.html