Reminder: Weather-related campus closings and communications

Just a reminder that campus personnel will likely not receive all-campus communications regarding campus staying open. Campus closings or weather-related changes will be reported via local media and in an all-campus e-mail, either from the Log or Public Safety. Your safety is of upmost importance. Please adhere to campus winter storm policies if you cannot make it to campus https://www.uwgb.edu/provost/policies/storm.asp.

Weather-related campus closings and communications

Just a reminder that campus personnel will likely not receive all campus communications regarding campus staying open. Campus closings or weather-related changes will be reported via local media and in an all-campus e-mail, either from the Log or Public Safety. Your safety is of upmost importance. Please adhere to campus winter storm policies if you cannot make it to campus https://www.uwgb.edu/provost/policies/storm.asp.

Winter Storm Bailey Update

As you know, Green Bay is experiencing a winter storm this weekend, continuing through Saturday. At this time, Commencement will proceed as planned. Our crews will be out early on Saturday morning to make sure that campus roads, parking lots, and sidewalks are clear. If the weather does become worse than anticipated, a decision regarding Commencement will be made by 6 a.m. Saturday with a communication to the University community as soon as possible.

Consistent with our Winter Storm Policy, everyone should use their judgment about whether they can safely travel to campus. Nobody who feels it is unsafe should attempt the trip. The safety of you, your parents, grandparents and others is of great concern and we encourage you to discuss with them options for participating in the event, including watching via livestream (details below). If you do not personally feel safe coming to campus on Saturday morning, please stay home. If you decide to travel to campus, please allow extra time.

Information for graduates:

 

Campus remained open last night despite storm event

A late afternoon decision to cancel classes was made as city and county road crews simply could not keep up with the heavy snowfall in the late afternoon to ensure commuter safety. Thanks to University Dining, the Kress Events Center and the Cofrin Library for remaining open — especially for the approximately 2,000 students who live on campus. In case you are curious, we noticed today that UW-Oshkosh handled the storm event similarly.

UW-Green Bay is cancelling evening classes, Feb. 2

Green Bay, WI — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus is cancelling evening classes effective at 4 p.m. (Tuesday, Feb. 2). Also, “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” scheduled for tonight at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, has also been cancelled. See the announcement at http://www.weidnercenter.com/events/bram-stokers-dracula/ for details of ticket exchange/return policy.

A number of campus auxiliaries will remain open this evening to serve students.

  • University Dining Services will remain open at the following locations
  • Marketplace (Cloud Commons): Open until 7 p.m.
  • Corner Store: Open until 7 p.m.
  • Phoenix Club: Open until 11 p.m.
    (Rosewood Cafe, Garden Café and Common Grounds Coffee House close at 3 p.m.)

The Kress Events Center will remain open until 11 p.m.

“Battleship,” the Good Times Programming and UWGB intramurals-sponsored activity, will remain as scheduled at 7 p.m. in the Dorschel Natatorium.

The Cofrin Library will remain open until 11 p.m.

The Help Desk will retain its weekly schedule — open until 5 p.m. and answering calls until 8 p.m.

Computer Labs will remain open until 8 p.m.

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Campus remains open, evening classes cancelled

As noted in an all-campus e-mail, classes beginning after 4 p.m. today (February 2) are cancelled due to inclement weather, but campus remains open to serve students this evening. Also cancelled earlier today was ‘Dracula’ at the Weidner Center. See the announcement for details of ticket exchange/return policy. Remaining open: University Dining, the Kress Events Center, the Cofrin Library and Computer Labs (until 8 p.m.).

Call on tomorrow’s weather will be made in a.m.

A determination regarding cancellations tomorrow, Feb. 3, will not be made until the early morning. Please watch your campus e-mail or local media outlets for updates. A reminder: Use your own best judgment about whether you can safely travel to or from campus, and if and when you should report. Faculty and staff are directed to contact their immediate supervisors if they have questions about the winter storm and its impact on their operations. The UW-Green Bay Winter Storm Policy is online here.

Reminder: Campus likely to stay open, but be safe

In case you missed the reminder today from UWGB Emergency Manager Dave Jones, there are no immediate plans to close campus tomorrow despite a winter storm warning. Please refresh yourself on the winter closing policy. Faculty and instructors are reminded, if you cannot safely make it to campus, please do your best to communicate to your students who might still be trying to get here. You are asked to notify University General Information (920-465-2000) if you will not teach a specific class. Send an email notification to your class distribution list, with copies to your Unit ADA and Unit Chair.  Here are a couple of helpful links:

Chancellor issues advisory to employees on winter storm

At about 3:20 Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 14, 2014), Chancellor Tom Harden issued the following advisory to faculty and staff members working on campus. (Students did not receive the post, as classes are not in session.) The message was as follows:

Dear faculty and staff,

With weather conditions deteriorating and travel becoming more difficult as evening approaches, I make the following announcements to members of the UW-Green Bay community.

University supervisors are directed to encourage staff and faculty members already on campus to leave early today (Tuesday, Jan. 14) if those employees are concerned that travel to their homes would be less safe later this afternoon or evening.

Public Safety and Facilities Management staff members have asked me to inform those leaving campus now that they should do so with caution. While roads remain passable, in some locations a film of ice beneath the new snow is making many campus roads especially slippery. Public Safety and Facilities are also concerned about high winds and more snow expected later this afternoon. Facilities will continue plowing until roughly 5:30 p.m., but it is likely at that time they will break until later in the evening, after the worst has passed.

We anticipate we will be able to resume regular business hours on Wednesday morning.

Tom Harden, Chancellor

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Dealing with cold: Temps similar, but circumstances different from 1994 freeze-out

Forecasts of extreme cold weather may have local K-12 districts pondering Monday cancellations, but at UW-Green Bay the policies and precedents are clear. The University will be open for business, as is customary. As with any winter-weather situation, the decision to travel in to report to work, or stay home and take vacation, is up to each individual employee and supervisor. Some veteran UW-Green Bay employees will remember how the University handled a similar deep freeze exactly 20 years ago. On that occasion, Tuesday, Jan 18, 1994, the city of Green Bay recorded its lowest “high temperature” ever — it never got warmer than a windy -18° F, after dawning at -28°. While the campus remained open, with employees expected to report, the difference then was that regular classes were in session. Interim Chancellor William Kuepper cancelled classes for what would have been the first day of the spring semester. He expressed concern that commuting students, more than a few driving “old clunkers,” would be unable to start or restart their cars and would be stranded here or en route. (If you’re interested in the University’s current Winter Storm Policy, there is information online.)