Today (May, 16, 2020) was meant to be a grand celebration of UW-Green Bay graduates and their families at the Kress Events Center. Instead, we want all of you to know we are thinking about you, especially our graduating seniors. Congratulations to all of you who made it through this difficult time. We can’t wait to celebrate with you at the commencement ceremony on Saturday, August 22, 2020. And don’t forget to bring a pair of shoes to toss in the tree!
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Not goodbye, but thank you.
It goes without saying we miss seeing students, faculty and staff on campus. But this message is specifically for our graduating seniors And what you’re missing right now— Buying graduation gowns, Decorating caps, Planning parties Hanging out with friends Attending a last in-person class Thanking professors Getting ready to move on Saying goodbye to friends— Even saying “see you later” to the turkeys and geese.
But despite it all— You will rise again. And take your place In the proud tradition Of resilient problem-solvers Fearless dreamers Fun-seekers and forward-looking achievers
We hope to see you at commencement in August, and don’t forget to bring a pair of shoes to toss in the tree! And know in your hearts, even as you go forward finding success in the years to come
You will always be the class of 2020 That made history even when we couldn’t be together. You are leaving an enduring legacy rising above all the challenges. In the true spirit of the Phoenix.
UW-Green Bay Spring 2020 seniors reflect on their favorite memories and challenges and share their personal gratitude. To help stop the spread of COVID-19, UW-Green Bay rescheduled the 2020 Spring Commencement ceremony to Saturday, August 22, 2020. Let’s celebrate these seniors—this week and in August!
I am so proud to be a UW-Green Bay graduate. I have grown so much here as a leader and as a person. And I have made so many friends. And my professors know me by name. I am so proud to be a leader and I’m so proud to be a Phoenix. There are so many people I work with and who have taught me in my four years and it’s been amazing. And I’m so grateful for the time, wisdom, energy, patience—literally everything that they have poured into me. And I’m a much better, much more confident person because of them.
I’m really proud of myself for being a graduate, because odds were stacked against me. I’m a first-generation college student. I’m Puerto Rican. My parental figures were incarcerated. Addiction runs rampant in my family. I wasn’t just a number when I came here. I was a person they saw potential and they helped me to reach my full potential they helped me to do so much more than I ever thought that I would be able to do. What makes me most proud to be a UW-Green Bay graduate is just knowing the amount of opportunities that students have to get involved in the community and to get involved on the campus.
I’m proud to be an alumna of the University that gives it students incredible opportunities to be successful in their college career and in the future the thing I’m going to miss most about campus life is I’m going to miss seeing my friends every single day even on weekends when we were still able to hang out. Campus has a wonderful community feeling to it and that’s going to be something really hard to say goodbye to. Most of all I’m grateful that UWGB became so much more than just a place to go to school it became my home and it gave me a second family.
I definitely think that dealing with the COVID-19 challenges did make me stronger and more resilient because it really forced me to be a self-starter and self-motivated and to reach out to my professors if I didn’t understand something… or to really be a leader and take ownership of my academics.
It was a hard time for the class of 2020, who else can say they graduated in a pandemic and made it through! Plus, I ended up with some pretty good grades so I’m pretty proud of myself!
The thing that I’m going to miss most about campus is my professors. They are definitely a very good reason on why I have succeeded in the way that I have these past couple of years. The generosity and support that they have constantly shown me… it’s just absolutely astounding so I just definitely wanted to thank them. They are a very big reason why I got to where I am today.
I couldn’t ask for a better college experience. I’m so so proud of myself for what I’ve done and I’m so thankful to GB for helping me get there. I’m really proud to be a Phoenix and I’m really happy that we’re graduating and that we made it through, so go Phoenix! Happy graduation class of 2020! We did it and I’m really happy that I got to graduate with all of you and that I got to graduate from UWGB because it’s an experience that I’ll never forget and there aren’t enough words to say how grateful I am and how amazing college was at Green Bay.
UW-Green Bay, I love you and I’m really going to miss you. Go Phoenix.
Spring flowers, blossoms, baby geese, deer and turkeys bring beauty to the Green Bay Campus and Northeast Wisconsin. UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Memorial Arboretum forms a natural boundary of 290 acres encircling the campus that provides valuable habitat and an ecosystem for research, field trips, wildlife viewing and recreation.
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As a young girl, Grace Stubb was drawn to jump in and help when somebody was sick or injured. Now she is a nursing student in her senior year at UW-Green Bay and will be graduating with a B.S. in Nursing. Along with her nursing degree, she also studied abroad in Spain and obtained a Spanish minor in hopes to communicate with patients in their primary language. Stubb recently landed her dream job and is now a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse at St. Vincent Children’s Hospital in Green Bay.
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UW-Green Bay Director of Career Services Linda Peacock-Landrum, advises new graduates and job seekers to use this current COVID-19 experience to their advantage when applying for jobs.
Hello, May graduates. My name is Linda Peacock-Landrum and I’m director of Career Services at UW-Green Bay.
I wanted to take a few moments to really talk with you about your life after graduation and what might be in store for you as a new professional. Trust me when I understand that this is a difficult time this pandemic has impacted the job market in ways that we’re not going to understand for many months in the foreseeable future. But what’s critical for you to understand is that UW-Green Bay and Career Services are here to support you and assist you for the months ahead your Handshake account will remain active. If you’ve not utilized Handshake please take time to login and learn how this tool can assist you. It is a way for you to complete a profile upload a resume and search for jobs online you also can access a vast number of videos recorded workshops and other resources made available by Career Services.
Another thing that I want you to think about too, is focusing on strengthening connections. You can do this easily by utilizing LinkedIn. If you’ve not created a profile, take the time to do that today. LinkedIn is a way that you can network with professionals and connect with organizations to learn about things that will help you in your job search in the months ahead. Once you’ve had a chance to do that, take some time thank those professionals and make certain that you make a timeline to follow-up with them sometime in the future.
Secondly, I want you to reflect a moment about what this pandemic has really done for you and how it has impacted your skills. How have your technology skills changed? Have they gotten better? How have they become enhanced? Think about the transition to online course delivery changes. You can speak to employers about how you’ve become flexible and adaptable. Trust me, your peers have shared stories with me and your stories and their stories are going to help employers to value the commitment, the dedication and the work ethic that you can bring to them into their workplace.
Try to focus on what’s positive in this new normal. I know that might not be easy, but that may help you in the long run.
Thirdly, I want you to think about opportunities that you wouldn’t have been open to before. I know that you may have had a dream to be able to be living somewhere and doing something but that might not be possible at this particular moment, but be open to opportunities. What does that mean? Look at organizations that are in certain industries or organizations that offer the types of opportunities that can help you get your foot in the door for the future. It might mean that you take a short term or temporary assignment. Those are perfectly okay and acceptable but really think about opportunities that might add to your experience base could also add to your skillset or in some cases may allow you to enhance something that needed to have further development.
Lastly, I want you to think about your academic courses and your projects. Likely many of you had good work experience, internships and research opportunities. But also think about your coursework and your projects. What are the things that you can bring from those experiences? Document those on your resume. The best resume for any opportunity is going to be tailored for that unique position that you’re looking for. Think about in detail, how you can adapt to a changing work environment and what critical unique value you can bring to an organization.
I want to circle back to where I started, which is that UW-Green Bay Career Services is here to support you and offer any assistance that we can. We will be available through the summer for appointments by phone and virtual platforms. We can assist you with exploring options and understanding how to apply for jobs, search strategies, reviewing your resume, talking about interviews. But what is critical is understanding that we’re here to help you. Please reach out. Trust us, we’re here to help you and we want you to succeed once you’ve graduated from UW-Green Bay. Remember this is your time to rise as a Phoenix and offer your unique talents to an organization.
Congratulations Class of May 2020! We look forward to celebrating in person with you in August.
Hi. My name is Jennifer Jones. I’m the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services at UW-Green Bay. Today I’m here to tell you about a new resource for students who are struggling due to COVID-19 and the disruption of campus this spring. The federal government, though the CARES Act, gave the University $1.75 million to distribute to students who have financial need. There is a web form for that, as you can imagine.
What you need to do is just go to our website, uwgb.edu, search for “Phoenix Cares” If you searched for that website you will run into a button on the left hand side that is ”financial resources.” Under financial resources you will find a web form where you can fill out who you are, what your financial need is, upload some documents, hit submit. If you do that you’re going to be considered for all the funding that we have available to meet students’ needs today.
There’s CARES Act funding and there’s also institutional funding that we can supplement if you are not eligible for the CARES Act funding. So check the eligibility criteria, but don’t hesitate. Fill out the form and we will review that as fast as we can. We will get a response within five days and we will try and find as much opportunity for you as possible to meet your need, so don’t hesitate. Do that today. It’s important that you do it soon.
There’s limited funding and I want to make sure that you get what you need to continue towards your goals and your success. You have a whole team of people here ready to support you and now we have some more tools to be able to do that.
If you have any questions you can always email email@example.com or as always our Green Bay One-Stop-Shop is available for you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 920-465-2111. GBoss is there to meet any need you have, answer questions and route you to the right people to get your questions answered. Please don’t hesitate to reach out. Everyone across this University is here to see you achieve your success and I hope that we hear from you soon.
Majriela Macedo always knew she wanted to help kids learn. She is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in Education and will be graduating in May of 2020. Majriela participated in the Phuture Phoenix Program, Zeta Omega Tau Sorority, Greek Life at UW-Green Bay, and has extensive volunteer experience in the community as a member of these organizations. Majriela hopes to teach in an elementary or middle school after graduating.
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While Green Bay women’s basketball player Anna Dier was trying to win a team lip sync contest, her version of Glee’s “Lean On Me” struck a chord with an abundance of viewers. She used her performance to shout-out to the front-line workers in her hometown, Algoma, Wis. But the feeling of gratitude is one shared in hometowns across the region and world.
UW-Green Bay responsiveness helped the local Center serve more clients than any in the state of Wisconsin
When local small businesses and entrepreneurs needed help navigating the pandemic, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of UW-Green Bay answered the call—literally—serving remotely, 591 distinct businesses with disaster consultation since March 15… the most of any state center (Madison was second with 163 businesses served).
Wisconsin SBDCs have been the “go to” for the EIDL and PPP opportunities for small businesses. During the start of the pandemic, UW-Green Bay transferred three people from the Continuing Education and Community Engagement Staff to temporarily the SBDC staff to help manage the overwhelming workload.
“Our center has provided triage counseling to more businesses in three weeks, than we typically do in a year,” said director Tara Carr. “I am so very thankful for the support and commitment the University has taken to assist the SBDC in the recovery efforts with small businesses in our 12-county region. Once the administration was aware of the overwhelming workload the SBDC was experiencing, with no hesitation and within hours, additional temporary staff were assigned to the department. As I reflect on the timeline, these changes were made on a Saturday and the temporary staff began that Monday! Words cannot describe my gratitude and sense of pride to be a part of the UW-Green Bay family.”
The need is great.
“The majority of small business owners have been extremely concerned and scared of losing their business,” Carr said. “Scared in the sense of having the fear of ambiguity regarding the future and how long they will have to endure the economic slowdown. The other part of the concern is how long can the business financially endure the decreased or ceased revenue, while continuing to pay overhead expenses? To get funding for a startup, business owners collateralize their homes, retirement, savings, and/or use personal credit cards. As you can imagine, when the revenue comes to a halt for an extended time, the stress can be insurmountable.”
At the same time, the SBDC is getting calls from entrepreneurs who want to start a business or need advice.
“There are also many existing business that have been able to pivot their business model to accommodate the social distancing issues and changing consumer needs,” Carr said. “Entrepreneurs are amazingly creative people with tremendous problem-solving skills. They are able to identify a need and figure out how to take the resources they have and make it work for the consumer. It is truly impressive to watch!”
UW-Green Bay was proactive in its response to the COVID- 19 crisis. As a result, the Small Business Development Center at UW- Green Bay temporarily closed the center doors on March 11. The staff has been working at home since March 12 and continue to serve clients by phone, email, and virtual meetings.
“We were fortunate enough to have previously replaced all desktops with laptops and phone lines with cell phones,” Carr said of the quick transition. “The SBDC staff is mobile. Typically we meet with our clients face-to-face, and the social distancing can create some challenges for the non-technology clients, particularity in the rural areas. (Staff members) are highly skilled and their solution-oriented approach is the key to success.”
Over the past several weeks, triage outreach has been made by phone, email and social media, informing business owners and SBDC clients how to prepare for the economic crisis they are experiencing. Triage is the first line of contact provided to these businesses. For more advanced and customized consulting, appointments were made with the expert business consultants.
The current SBDC at UW-Green Bay team: Diane Welhouse, David Stauffacher, Ray York, Judy Price, Tammy Clausen, Melissa Schleicher and Tara Carr
Highlights of the SBDC community outreach:
Clients consulted since January 1, 2020: 350 (goal for 2020 = 351)
Non-clients consulted since March 15, 2020: 507
Total small businesses served since January 1, 2020: 857
Consulting hours for non-clients: 318.70
Consulting hours for clients: 608.90
Total consulting hours by SBDC since January 1, 2020: 927.60
In addition to consulting, the entire team attends multiple weekly federal and state webinars and trainings for consulting clients.
Disaster 2020 consulting: The Green Bay Center is #1 in the state by serving 591 distinct businesses since March 15th. (Madison is #2 at 163 businesses).
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