We Miss You Phoenix Family! We are separated but not alone. We are tenacious. We are resilient. UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff, alumni, fans and friends, no matter where you are right now, YOU are a Phoenix, and WE will get through this AS ONE. Stay Home. Be Safe. Rise to the Challenge.
<em>– Video by Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication</em>
Hello, my name is Vince Lowery. I am the director of student success and engagement here at UWGB. As we look ahead to the second half of the semester, I want to share some advice to help you deal with the disruption we are experiencing right now:
First, create a daily schedule. Build into that schedule time to check e-mail and Canvas for updates from your professors. Be sure you know how your courses are changing and what work you’ve got coming up. Be sure that your schedule includes enough time to get that classwork done. It’s only natural to feel overwhelmed, but a healthy routine will help you reduce stress and be more productive! When you’re doing homework, try one of my favorite tricks, the Pomodoro technique: 25 minutes on task followed by a 5-minute break, then return to work for 25 minutes, and take another 5-minute break. You’re going to get your work done, but it is also important to care for yourself right now. Rewarding yourself with small breaks AND setting aside longer blocks of time to relax checks off both boxes!
Second, stay connected with friends and family. As we practice social distancing, it is easy to feel disconnected from others. Use texting, phone, Skype, FaceTime, and social media to stay in touch. We all need each other right now – to share stories, to talk about how we’re feeling, to laugh, and yes, even to cry. The people in our lives need us, too, and these connections will help us get through this!
Third, reach out to us if you need a hand. We should remind ourselves that asking for help is a sign of strength in the face of this adversity. Even though you may not be on campus, we’re still here for you. If you’re finding it difficult to adjust to the new delivery of your classes, reach out to your instructors or your advisor for tips. And student support services like GBOSS, the Dean of Students Office, and Counseling and Health remain open and are a call or e-mail away!
Check out the UW-Green Bay website for more information about the University response to COVID-19, as well information about coping with the situation and caring for yourself and others. And remember: we’re here if you need us. We’re in this together; we’ll get through it together!
As we resume classes on this Monday, I thought it was important as Provost to greet you. It is innate to the human spirit to want to grow and to learn. Although we are in very difficult times right now we should take solace in the idea that we’re going to continue to behave in the most human way possible — which is to learn. Learn from each other, learn from our mentors and move forward in our aspirations with our education.
To our students… persist. Please persist. If you run into any obstacles, please let us know. Whether it be talking to a faculty or staff member, contacting with the University. Or, frankly, email or call me. We also urge you, if you have any financial difficulties or anything that can impede your ability to continue your education, to email us at GBOSS at email@example.com.
To our faculty… thank you. We’re incredibly grateful to have a faculty that can move an entire university to alternative delivery within 10 days. We know we have the faculty that can do this, and we know the incredible sacrifices our faculty have made to make today possible. We’re appreciative and want to remind everyone to remember the phrase that “perfect is the enemy of good.” Right now our goal is to learn. That learning may look and may feel different than it was intended to feel two weeks ago. We didn’t choose to be in the situation we’re in. All we can do is to choose how we’re going to handle the situation we’re in moving forward. And we’re very grateful to our faculty and the work they’ve done to make it possible for classes to resume today.
Finally, a message for our staff. Our staff have been heroic in every way over the last 10 days. At every obstacle they’ve chosen simply to overcome it. We’re so lucky to have a group of people who are dedicated to keeping the university functioning and moving forward at difficult times. Thank you.
I urge you all to lean on each other, to rely on each other, to communicate with each other and let’s get through this together as a Phoenix family. I also want to say that we should rely at this point on the legend of the Phoenix. The Phoenix will rise, and at some point we will be through a very difficult situation for the world, for the country and for our community. And we’ll be able to move forward and resume, continuing what we do best as a university which is to help our community to be better and to educate our students. Thank you for all you do. Let’s rise together as a phoenix nation.
UW-Green Bay Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven addresses the UW-Green Bay community (March 14, 2020) regarding this unprecedented time for the University and the world. Updates regarding the University’s response to COVID-19 can be found, here.
This is an unprecedented time for our university and our world. We know there is great uncertainty regarding what lies ahead.
We want to assure everyone that UW-Green Bay is taking action in an abundance of caution to protect your health and safety of as well as to participate in our nation’s call for containment of COVID-19.
We must be a part of the solution. Thank you for taking this seriously and doing the right thing by following the containment guidance you have been given.
We understand this is disruptive and stressful for students. Please don’t drop your classes. Education will continue but will look different for the time being. Know that we are here to support you.
UW-Green Bay will continue to rise during this challenging time and meet our new reality head-on. The days ahead require creativity, problem solving, tenacity and resilience—all the things UW-Green Bay has stood for over the years and that are built into our collective DNA. This is who we are.
We are all being asked to be innovative and responsive to the circumstances we face. We will do so while continuing to meet our mission of access and providing the highest quality instruction possible.
You have my promise: We will continue to keep you informed. And we will always keep the best interests of our students, faculty and staff a priority in the decisions we make.
In the days ahead…Stay safe. Stay informed. Take care of each other. And please do your part to contain this virus. We are all in this together: What each of us does matters. Our world and communities are counting on us.
Video by Sue Pischke and Dan Moore, UW-Green Bay Marketing and University Communication
While the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s 2020 Homecoming Week is in the books, it produced memories that will go down in history. Notably, the recipients of this year’s Alumni Awards, as well as two thrilling victories by the men’s and women’s basketball teams to as they enter into the Horizon League Tournament.
UW-Green Bay students, alumni, staff/faculty and fans/friends celebrate their Phoenix Pride by joining in the fun at Homecoming 2020. Following window decorating, a declaration by the Green Bay Mayor, and other activities, Krash the Kress ended the week and didn’t disappoint. The double header and tailgate between game was enjoyed by students, alumni, fans and members of the community, jamming in the Kress Events Center to cheer-on both Phoenix teams. See all the fun in the Homecoming 2020 video!
Video by Sue Pischke and Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication
UW-Green Bay’s Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven shares her story about becoming the first female chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Van Gruensven actively seeks to inspire women to pursue a higher education path and seize leadership opportunities.
Those who best know Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven say she has an insatiable curiosity. But do you they know her favorite food? Favorite vacation spot? Who she would like to have dinner with? Watch and learn more.
– Videos by Dan Moore and Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication
The Farmory celebrated its launch of the state-of-the-art yellow perch fish hatchery in Green Bay on Feb. 10, 2020. The nonprofit hatchery is an indoor urban farm that focuses on aquaponics and aquaculture. The startup hatchery launched with assistance from its educational partners at UW-Green Bay. CSET Dean John Katers was one of the speakers at the ribbon-cutting event. Click to advance slideshow or view the album on Flickr. WFRV has a report.
– Photos by Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication
Phoenix students and staff share what they love about their experience at UW-Green Bay as a special shoutout for Valentine’s Day. Join in spreading the love by posting your appreciation to social media with #uwgblove.
– Video by Marketing and University Communication student assistants Emily Gerlikovski and Shelby Smith, with editing assistance by Sue Pischke.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, the UW-Green Bay campus community and public experienced a special viewing of the One Tree, One Planet exhibit at the Weidner Center on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. The interactive computerized projection depicts the Tree of Life and maps the relationship of every living species on our planet. The exhibit was brought to UW-Green Bay with support from the 1923 Fund. Nearly 150 people spent time at the artist talk and exhibit throughout the day.
– Video by Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication
If you were unable to attend UW-Green Bay’s Winter Coffee Break event on Friday, Jan. 31, the video has been uploaded for your viewing! Faculty and staff gathered for coffee, donuts, updates and perspectives with UW-Green Bay Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven and Provost Michael Alexander. The remarks, presentations and discussions were recorded live so that colleagues from all campus locations could attend in person or remotely. The recording is available, linked with timestamps for agenda items below.
Welcome, Introduction & Land Acknowledgement Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven Video Timestamp 0:00
Chancellor’s Update: State of the University Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven Video Timestamp 1:27
Perspectives on Higher Education: The Future Student Body and the Role of Regional Comprehensive Universities
Provost Michael Alexander Video Timestamp 17:35