Photo of Facilities Management crew member using a chainsaw to clear a downed tree from the Cofrin Arboretum trail

Video: UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Memorial Arboretum Trails and outdoor spaces reopen July 1

On July 1, 2020, the six miles of Cofrin Memorial Arboretum trails encircling the Green Bay campus will reopen to the public for hiking, biking and bird-watching. The trails and all public spaces (including Shorewood Golf Course, Communiversity Park and the disk golf course) were closed in March due to the pandemic and the furloughs related to it. Thank you to Facilities Management staff for clearing trees and debris allowing for a safe reopening.

About the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum:

The Cofrin Memorial Arboretum forms a natural boundary of 290 acres encircling the UW-Green Bay campus and providing valuable habitat and ecosystems as well as access for research, field trips, wildlife viewing and recreation. The purpose of the Arboretum is to restore and preserve some of Wisconsin’s native ecological communities and to provide a place where people can enjoy and appreciate nature. Emphasis is placed on the protection, enrichment, and development of native Wisconsin plant communities and areas of special ecological significance. Forests, prairies, ponds, and creeks represent some of the major communities thriving in the Arboretum.

The Arboretum also contributes significantly to the UW-Green Bay environment, making it one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States.

Video by Sue Pischke, University Marketing & Communication

Photo of golf carts and the welcome sign at Shorewood Golf Course in Green Bay, WI.

Video: Shorewood Golf Course prepares to open in July

Superintendent Nate Rusch and his grounds crew at Shorewood Golf Course, located on the Green Bay Campus, prepare the greens and fairways for golfers with an expected opening date of Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Book your tee times online or call 920-465-2118.

A golf course employee operates the lawn mower to get the fairway trimmed at Shorewood Golf Course.
Rusch trims the greens to get the golf course ready for golfers as the Shorewood Golf Course gets ready to open on the Green Bay campus.
A golf course employee operates the lawn mower to get the greens trimmed at Shorewood Golf Course.
A golf course employee cuts the rough between fairways one and nine at the Shorewood Golf Course on the Green Bay Campus.

 

Photo of the UW-Green Bay Pep Band playing music during a Women's Basketball game in the Kress Center.

Video: UW-Green Bay is a place where music students take it to the next level

Throughout middle and high school, Kameron Jennings knew he wanted to help kids learn and thrive in music. The junior Music Education major plays trumpet and says he has had amazing opportunities at UW-Green Bay including learning from master musicians and performing in Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and Pep Band. And stepping on stage to play his trumpet at one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers—the Weidner Center for Performing Arts—just a few paces away from his classrooms and music rooms? A priceless opportunity.

Video by Sue Pischke, University Marketing and Communication

Music Program Video Transcript:

In high school, my band class was the biggest motivation for me to become a music major. I loved my band director in high school and middle school and both of them just really helped me see that I wanted to do that later in my life and they inspired me to become a music major. I chose UW-Green Bay for my education because I knew how exceptional the music program was.

There’s two-degree options so students can either get a Bachelor of Music or a Bachelor of Arts in Music which means that you can go on to be a music teacher, have a career in musical performance, or pursue a graduate study program in music.

There are many aspects I enjoy the music program one of my favorites is being able to perform complex music with high-level musicians including the professors here and since UW-Green Bay is connected to the Weidner Center a lot of times the traveling musicians will give us master classes and teach us about their art and performances. Being able to perform in the Weidner Center is such a cool experience it’s a great space and it can really help change some people’s perspective on their music that they’re performing.

In the Music Program, almost everything is hands-on learning and in Ensemble classes were always playing our instruments and rehearsing the music and then in other classroom settings such as Music Theory we’re always writing new parts and learning about new ideas and music.

I absolutely love the Music Program here at UW-Green Bay it’s provided me so many great experiences and opportunities and I’m forever grateful to be here and I just love performing my trumpet in the Weidner Center and being able to work with all the amazing professors in all the great classes. It’s all just fantastic. I’m proud to be a Phoenix because of the countless opportunities it’s presented me it’s really kick-started my musical career in education and I have so many great experiences here I know I’ll make so many more.

UW-Green Bay Office of Admissions delivers more than 500 yard signs to incoming freshmen

With high school graduations across the state being canceled due to COVID-19, the UW-Green Bay Office of Admissions wanted to make sure the incoming Class of 2024 was properly celebrated for all of their accomplishments. Over the course of a few weeks, the admissions team designed and distributed more than 500 yard signs to students with the help of staff on all four campuses. They targeted admitted students who have committed to UW-Green Bay for the Fall 2020 term. The yard signs lead to some great conversations. As a team, we were able to answer a lot of student and parent concerns on the spot and in person – from a safe distance. For some counselors who missed their spring travel dates, it was a great opportunity to get back on the road.

Photo of the back of a student's graduation cap as students watch other graduates receive their diploma at the UW-Green Bay Commencement ceremony.

Video: Not goodbye, but thank you…

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!

Video by Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication

Video transcript

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.

Thank you.

 

Title Graphic with a phoenix and the words, "UW-Green Bay Spring 2020 Senior Reflections

Video: UW-Green Bay spring 2020 seniors express their gratitude

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!

Video Transcript:

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.

 

Photo of baby geese swimming in a pond at the Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay, WI.

Video: Spring in UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Memorial Arboretum

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.

Video by Sue Pischke, University of Marketing and Communication