Video: Commencement speaker Georgie ‘Dolly’ Potts uses her storytelling gift to inspire the 2020 Fall/Winter UW-Green Bay graduating class

Note: Georgie “Dolly” Potts was selected from a number of nominations to be this semester’s Commencement Speaker. As COVID-19 postponed the University’s plans to celebrate with the Fall/ Winter 2020 graduates until Spring 2021, Potts’ speech was recorded and is released today, Fall/Winter Commencement Day, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. See her biography.

Video Transcript

Bear Story

Ani, Nazwin nadisnaquas Mishodanikwe-Prairie Band, Totem Kikos.

Hello, my name is Dolly Potts, I introduced myself in my language (Potawatomi). I have been named Student Speaker for the 2020 Fall/Winter graduates. This is quite an honor, for those who do know me, know that I am a storyteller. I am sharing with you a story that I believe will carry with you into your future:

Eagle Clan decided one day to host a lodge. Eagle built an enormous lodge. Plenty of space for all the clans to comfortably sit. Eagle placed cedar boughs along the sides of the lodge for the clans to sit. The smell of cedar filled the air. After completing the lodge Eagle went out into the forest to invite all of the animal clans to his lodge.

On the day of the lodge all the animal clans entered the lodge. Coyote was first in as they would be the clan at the door. Coyote would announce all the other clans. Being Coyote they entered the lodge yipping and yapping nodding to Eagle clan. Sniffing the air, they could not help but smell the cooking fires nearby.

Fish Clan was next quiet and serene. Looking sternly at Coyote clan immediately quieting them with calming nature. Fish Clan reverently sat down in their places.

Hoof Clan was next, they danced into the lodge gracefully. Their wide eyes open and ears perked for any noise to alert the others to. They nodded to Eagle Clan with their long necks.

Bear Clan was last to enter. Huffing and puffing with massive breaths all the other clans scooted a little closer to the lodge wall giving Bear Clan all the space they needed. Bear Clan sat down on the soft cedar boughs and stared at Eagle Clan to begin.

Each clan representative gave Eagle clan a report on their responsibility in the forest. Coyote reported all of the sounds mentioning if any were different or unusual. Fish Clan talked about the waters of the forest how much or how little there was. Hoof Clan talked about the sights and sounds of the forest. If they had seen or heard anything to report to all of the clans.

Bear Clan was last. Bear stood and all of the animal clans fell silent. Bear stood to his massive height from his cedar bough seat. In a voice rumbling from deep in his chest. Bear told the animal clan that he was the leader of all the clans. There was no one stronger than Bear and he had no enemies who could defeat Bear.

All the clans looked up at Bear nodding in agreement. Yet Bear added if there is danger in the forest, come to me and I will protect you. For his testimony all the animal clans loved and respected Bear.

What a great feast it was. Coyote munched noisily on his chicken soup at dinnertime. Hoof Clan savored their maple sugar. Bear Clan gulped and chomped on the most delicious berries. Eagle looked at all of the clans satisfied for they had hosted a good lodge. All the animal clans were happy and safe in the forest.

My story is a story of Power, as we go into our future many of you will have Power. Our college education will afford us positions that are supervisory or as directors. It may lead us down other paths too, like more Education or building our families and communities.

As we go into the world, go in as the Bear—strong, respected, and caring. Be proud as testimony to the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay. Meet your future in a good way.

Thank you.

Pieter deHart, associate vice chancellor of Graduate Studies, UW-Green Bay

Associate Vice Chancellor of Graduate Studies congratulates graduating graduate students

Pieter deHart, associate vice chancellor of Graduate Studies, congratulates UW-Green Bay’s graduating master’s students for their perseverance in this video.

Transcript:

Greetings and congratulations to all our graduating master’s students! I want to extend my sincere appreciation, gratitude, and commendation to our students this December for their fortitude and patience in this past year. We have seen tremendous growth and resiliency among our graduate programs from our faculty, staff, and especially our students. I would also like to thank the friends, family, and partners of our graduate students – your support during a difficult and often challenging year has proven to be crucial to their success. On behalf of the graduate studies office, and UW-Green Bay, I would like to thank all of you for your commitment and dedication to bettering yourselves and embracing new opportunities. Congratulations graduates!

Video: Provost Kate Burns reminds students to reflect on your accomplishments this semester

Hi everyone, I’m Kate Burns, the Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs here at UW-Green Bay. I’m here to talk about the end of the semester which is quickly upon us.

I know at the beginning of the semester we are all thinking… How would this happen? How would we engage in a socially distant semester? What would this look like with all of these online classes and hybrid courses? Now we’re almost at the end, we’re finally almost there!

I just want you to take a moment and really think about all you’ve accomplished this semester; how you’ve grown, how you’ve changed, how you’ve pushed yourself in ways that you didn’t think were possible. The good news is that we are so close to the end, so we are counting the moments, we are counting the days.

We might feel a bit overwhelmed at times. I urge you to think about what’s worked well for you this semester and I want to encourage you to reach out if you need help. Talk to your professors. Talk to GBOSS. If you have any questions or concerns we’re here to help you get through.

We’re just going to focus on these moments—these days together. Good luck with all the remaining work that you have to do. We’re here with you and we’re here to help you thrive.

Thank you for all that you’ve done this semester. You should be really proud of all that you’ve accomplished.

We are Phoenix. We are thriving, together.

COVID presentation by Prof. Merkel was ‘one of LLI’s best’

Members of the Lifelong Learning Institute continue to rave about a “Virus Without Borders and COVID-19” presentation given by UW-Green Bay’s Prof. Brian Merkel a few weeks ago. “I was riveted,” said one participant. “We have received so many positive comments and many ‘best class I have taken’ comments, said LLI Associate Program Specialist Susan Pike. “Our members are craving this information.” The presentation has been recorded and is available to the public. Registration for LLI is on now and continues through Dec. 14, 2020. See the course catalog and registration information of the LLI website.

Microscopic enlargement of the COVID-19 virus with the title, "COVID-19 Why it Matters: Part 15, What are COVID-19 Antibodies?"

Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters: Part 15, What are COVID-19 Antibodies?

This video series features UW-Green Bay’s Immunologist Brian Merkel on COVID-19 and Why it Matters. This series empowers viewers with knowledge to help them navigate through the pandemic. Merkel has a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia. He is an associate professor in UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology & Biology programs and has an appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He will be responding to a number of questions related to COVID-19 and try to get behind the “why” it’s important to be educated in your decision-making as we navigate the pandemic together.

Video Transcript – COVID-19 Why it Matters: Part 15, What are COVID-19 Antibodies?

Hello, Brian Merkel, Microbiology and Immunology, and we are here to talk about Why COVID-19 Matters to You.

When we become infected with different types of infectious agents including COVID-19, part of the ramping up process for our immune system is to get b-cells to make antibodies. And one of the great things that antibodies can do is that they can coat the surface of the virus before it has an ability to attach to a cell that it needs to infect.

One of the big questions related to antibody production to COVID-19, is how much protection does that give you going forward? Now, this is still being aggressively studied but the gold standard information that we have, antibody production to COVID-19 is going to last roughly three months. That’s our best guesstimate right now in terms of how long this protection can last.

COVID-19 Why it Matters: Video Series:

Introduction with Brian Merkel https://youtu.be/M-yYPSPk30Q

Part 1: What are viruses and where did this one come from https://youtu.be/DYbiIv8ICgs

Part 2: Two main types of viruses https://youtu.be/O-OVk3rx96s

Part 3: Why is this virus serious? https://youtu.be/EDFyNN8i5G4

Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask? https://youtu.be/FlcAvlt876Y

Part 5: I’m young! Why should I care? https://youtu.be/TDrEV_beY1U

Part 6: Can pandemics be stopped before they start? https://youtu.be/lgWnJZNYbFI

Part 7: Pandemic is not local, why wear a mask? https://youtu.be/IG3Sl3q-xH8

Part 8: Why does everyone need a flu shot this year? https://youtu.be/DGpBFj0fJkA

Part 9: What is the science behind a vaccine? https://youtu.be/eQ3FclkYaQo

Part 10: Where can I find accurate information? https://youtu.be/pLMlU5Xnkgo

Part 11: What type of mask should I wear? https://youtu.be/gCFHxQvkVYE

Part 12: Why HUGE COVID-19 spikes in Wisconsin? https://youtu.be/OuqmXvrDApY

Part 13: Fall break, protect yourself & others https://youtu.be/h21Ed_bBTE4

Part 14: Why is COVID-19 Testing so Important? https://youtu.be/Fr9VJZZrTE0

Part 15: What are COVID-19 Antibodies? https://youtu.be/J2lfJzoUEHI

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Video: Phoenix Finish Strong by Vince Lowery

UW-Green Bay’s Vince Lowery, director of Student Success and Engagement, inspires students to put their best foot forward as they race to the finish of the semester. Lowery shares a personal story about a cross-country race that taught him the lesson of finishing strong. “When (you’re) in doubt, when (you’re) uncertain… reach out for help, ask for help…reach out to me. As a Phoenix family we will finish strong. Together.”

Video Transcript of Phoenix Finish Strong by Vince Lowery:

This time of year I’m reminded of a story that I always told students when I was in the classroom now that I’m director of Student Success and Engagement. I have the opportunity to bring this story to a much wider audience.

This story is set a long time ago in the year 1994. A high school junior, running cross-country. We made our way to our regional tournament. I’m approaching the one-mile marker and I can hear this voice from the one-mile marker, it’s Coach Larry Smith. You see, I was usually second or third on the team and here I am at a regional event 99th out of a hundredth place. The one person behind me got injured and was walking and Coach Smith is just wondering you know what’s going on. So, he’s shouting are you hurt, are you injured, what’s up? And I’m like no I’m fine, I’m fine.

The reality was I had a terrible start to the race. Worse start ever for me but the thing I understood in that moment was that I could not change the start of the race. I could not go back and re-run the first mile. I couldn’t look back; I could only look ahead. I could only concentrate on the race in front of me left to run. Put one foot in front of the other. Do my best. Kept going. Kept pushing. Kept running hard. Slowly but surely, I moved up in the race.

Now as much as I wish this story ended with the one-shining moment with me crossing the finish line in first, it doesn’t. I finished 16th, which I was really pleased with. It was the best that I could do in that given race, given what happened in the first mile. But I also remember Coach Smith there in the last stretch, cheering me on, right, and here I am with you playing the role of Coach Smith, right, of cheering you on, of encouraging you to keep going.

Your semester is not over just as my race wasn’t over. You still have ground to cover and maybe you weren’t satisfied with how the semester started. Maybe there were some things you missed. Maybe there were some things you stumbled on. We can’t change that. We can’t control that. What you can control is what you put into these last few weeks. Papers, exams, whatever projects you might have coming up, that’s what you can control.

The other thing that you can control is accessing support. Whether that’s peers, faculty, The Learning Center, and advisor, Disability Services, Dean of Students office, MESA, The Pride Center, the places built on this institution to support you. The people committed to playing that role to Coach Larry Smith cheering you on all the way to the finish.

Finish strong. Your semester’s not over.  Your race is not over. And when in doubt, when uncertain, when not sure where to put the next foot, reach out for help, ask for help. Don’t know where to ask for help, reach out to me, I will help you find that place. I will be your Coach Larry Smith. I will cheer you on across that finish line. As a phoenix family, we will finish strong. Together!

Photo of Water Science students wearing waders and standing in the marsh area in the Bay of Green Bay as they study Water Science at UW-Green Bay.

Video: UW-Green Bay Water Studies students have miles of laboratory at four coastal campuses

Who will step up to solve critical water resource issues? Maybe YOU. Study Water Science at UW-Green Bay with miles of coastal laboratory and hands-on research. Get those waders ready!

See more at the Water Science website.

Video Transcript Water Science Program: Water is one of the greatest resource challenges of the 21st century. And there’s nowhere like UW-Green Bay to study Water Science. With miles of laboratory at four coastal campuses, you can pursue your passion and help secure clean water for future generations. Learn water systems above and below the surface. Experience hands-on research in water quality and water quantity issues critical to our region, state and world.

Rise to the challenge at UW-Green Bay.

 

Photo of the Covid-19 virus under a microscope with the text, Covid-19 Why it Matters, Why is COVID-19 Testing so Important?"

Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters: Part 14, Why is COVID-19 Testing so Important?

This video series features UW-Green Bay’s Immunologist Brian Merkel on COVID-19 and Why it Matters. This series empowers viewers with knowledge to help them navigate through the pandemic. Merkel has a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia. He is an associate professor in UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology & Biology programs and has an appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He will be responding to a number of questions related to COVID-19 and try to get behind the “why” it’s important to be educated in your decision-making as we navigate the pandemic together.

Video Transcript – COVID-19 Why it Matters: Part 14, Why is COVID-19 Testing so Important?

Brian Merkel, Microbiology and Immunology and we are continuing with our series on “Why COVID-19 Matters to You.”

Testing represents the eyes that we have into the extent of the problem that we’re having in any population. If we don’t test, we simply don’t know, we’re just we’re blind. But a population that we’re particularly concerned about (With COVID-19), are those 30 years and younger. These are individuals that may become infected. They may have very few symptoms and this is a problem for these individuals because if they’re not tested, they certainly have the capacity then to spread it to other members of the population, whether it’s on the college campus, whether it’s in your community and what have you.

The reason why this is all particularly important is for those individuals that cannot handle the infection, they go into hospitals. A little less than five percent of all COVID infections now end up in hospitals and we are near exceeding hospital capacity at this time. It’s never been higher. And if we don’t reverse the trajectory that we’re on in the State of Wisconsin that is a big concern as we head into the months of December and January because we don’t have the vaccines yet.

So, we have to all do our part when it comes to testing. To make sure that hospitals can do what they need to do and to make sure as always that we continue to prevent those individuals that cannot handle the virus, to prevent them from becoming infected.

COVID-19 Why it Matters Video Series:

Introduction with Brian Merkel https://youtu.be/M-yYPSPk30Q

Part 1: What are viruses and where did this one come from https://youtu.be/DYbiIv8ICgs

Part 2: Two main types of viruses https://youtu.be/O-OVk3rx96s

Part 3: Why is this virus serious? https://youtu.be/EDFyNN8i5G4

Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask? https://youtu.be/FlcAvlt876Y

Part 5: I’m young! Why should I care? https://youtu.be/TDrEV_beY1U

Part 6: Can pandemics be stopped before they start? https://youtu.be/lgWnJZNYbFI

Part 7: Pandemic is not local, why wear a mask? https://youtu.be/IG3Sl3q-xH8

Part 8: Why does everyone need a flu shot this year? https://youtu.be/DGpBFj0fJkA

Part 9: What is the science behind a vaccine? https://youtu.be/eQ3FclkYaQo

Part 10: Where can I find accurate information? https://youtu.be/pLMlU5Xnkgo

Part 11: What type of mask should I wear? https://youtu.be/gCFHxQvkVYE

Part 12: Why HUGE COVID-19 spikes in Wisconsin? https://youtu.be/OuqmXvrDApY

Part 13: Fall break, protect yourself & others https://youtu.be/h21Ed_bBTE4

Part 14: Why is COVID-19 Testing so Important? https://youtu.be/Fr9VJZZrTE0

Photo of an UW-Green Bay student-athlete wearing a ‘Nix the Vid face mask to help keep the UW-Green Bay community safe!

Video: Student-athletes press on to ‘Nix the Vid

UW-Green Bay student-athletes have worked together to ‘Nix the Vid and help keep the UW-Green Bay community safeIt’s been a year of pressing on during the pandemic but these Green Bay athletes are not allowing COVID-19 to hold them back! Members of the Phoenix family take pride in protecting themselves and others by following the 3 Ws—wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance. https://www.uwgb.edu/phoenix-forward/. Go Phoenix!

 

 

‘Nix the Vid Mask

‘Nix the Vid Mask Decorating Contest for Students

Video: ‘Nix the Vid Mask Decorating Contest

It’s time, Phoenix family, to show your creativity! The Healthy Choices Taskforce is sponsoring a mask-decorating contest for any UW-Green Bay student from any of our four campuses. UW-Green Bay Senior (Design Arts) Lecturer (and award-winning designer) Addie Sorbo has some advice. Watch the video:

To be eligible:

-You must be a current UW-Green Bay student at any of the four campuses

-You must pick-up kits from The Wellness Center, or from the Student Services area at the Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan campuses beginning Nov. 19, 2020. Only 50 kits are available (first-come, first-serve). Kits will be delivered to students who are quarantined on the Green Bay Campus, upon request.

-You must use only the materials supplied (kit with fabric markers, rhinestones, snowflake patches and blank patches) and adhesive as needed.

-Masks have to remain wearable and washable (no holes, for instance) and the design has to be appropriate for all ages to see.

-You must e-mail a photo of your completed mask to healthychoices@uwgb.edu by 8 a.m. on Nov. 30.

-Photos will be posted on the Healthy Choices Facebook and Instagram page on Nov. 30 and voting will be open until midnight on Nov. 7. Each “like” on a photo will count as a vote. The three entries with the most “votes” will win a prize (Pass Points or gift cards for Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Marinette participants). 

-Everyone who participates gets a new ‘Nix the Vid mask.