Save the Date – October 7, UW-Green Bay Day of Service

Dear UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff,

Please save the date for the second annual UW-Green Bay Day of Service, Friday, October 7, 2022.

Guided by our six strategic priorities and the idea of an educated person, we are committed to enhancing our community connections and providing service to our local communities. We ask that you join us on this special day.

Faculty and staff have institution-wide approval to volunteer for 4 hours on work time during the UW-Green Bay Day of Service on October 7, 2022. Employees must have their volunteer hours agreed-upon between themselves and their supervisor to ensure adequate operational coverage. UW-Green Bay employees are not permitted to volunteer for political campaign activity or activities which endorse a specific religious theology on work time. If you have questions about the appropriateness of volunteer activity, please contact hr@uwgb.edu.  There will be no reimbursement for employee travel during Day of Service.

As we get closer to September, CUEGB.com will be updated to reflect the organized service opportunities associated with UW-Green Bay Day of Service. If you have a project that you’d like to organize for a course or department, please contact Katie Lesperance, lesperka@uwgb.edu, to include in CUEGB.com. You may also volunteer on your own at an agency that is important to you and track your hours afterward through CUEGB.com.

Only with your help can we expand on last year’s success to have an even more meaningful, impactful event in October.

Best,

Michael Alexander
Chancellor

Board of Regents on Green Bay Campus

Dear Faculty and Staff,

UW-Green Bay will be hosting the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System on August 17-19.  Thank you to our staff who are working hard to ensure that the meetings are successful.

Information about the meetings can be found at Itinerary – Board of Regents Meeting – UW-Green Bay (uwgb.edu).  The location for the meetings will primarily take place in the University Union, but there will also be a reception on Thursday afternoon in Wood Hall.  Normal activities for all campuses will not be disrupted; however, I wanted to make sure you were all aware as there will be many people from across the entire state seeing the UW-Green Bay campus for the first time since 2016.

We have much to be proud of and we look forward to sharing the great things that our students, faculty and staff are accomplishing at the meetings.

Best,

Michael Alexander
Chancellor

Resolved Incident at UW-Green Bay Sheboygan Campus

Dear Faculty and Staff,

The UW-Green Bay Sheboygan Campus was evacuated early this afternoon following a bomb threat called in to the Sheboygan Police Department. A search was conducted across the entire campus and thankfully, nothing of concern was located. We are grateful that everyone is safe and thank the Sheboygan campus community for responding to the threat safely and with respect for everyone on campus, including local law enforcement.

The safety and security of everyone on each of our campuses is a University priority. Today’s event reminds us of the importance of taking care of each other and being prepared. We recognize that with the threat on the Sheboygan campus today, faculty and staff members may be dealing with a great amount of stress and emotion. I encourage you to utilize our available University resources.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Employee Assistance Program is a free, confidential service which can provide support for both personal and work-related concerns. The EAP may also assist with legal/financial situations or help with work-life balance. Employees have access to confidential, completely private, 24-hour, 7-days-a-week counseling and online services. Attached is a Critical Incident Tip Sheet that may be a helpful reference.

In light of today’s event, we also ask that you please become familiar with the University’s bomb threat protocol.

We take this incident seriously and appreciate everyone looking out for our Phoenix family.

Best,
Michael Alexander
Michael Alexander
Chancellor

Attachment: The Critical Incident Tip Sheet (pdf)

Greg Davis Retirement

Dear UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff,

This week Greg Davis will retire from UW-Green Bay.  We wanted to congratulate him on his retirement after 35 years of incredible service. Greg has had a significant impact on UW-Green Bay in the many roles he has served: Provost, Associate Provost, Unit Chair of Natural and Applied Sciences, and Professor of Mathematics.

He oversaw Academic Affairs through a pivotal time including establishing four colleges, a mission change, the creation of many new undergraduate and graduate programs, and the addition of locations in Manitowoc, Marinette, and Sheboygan. It is immediately clear when you talk to Greg that he loves UW-Green Bay. As a proud alum, Greg has always had a deep commitment to our institution, students, faculty, and staff.

We would like to thank Greg for his leadership in these various roles and for his service to UW-Green Bay. We wish him all the best as he embarks on this next step in his journey. His legacy at UW-Green Bay will be felt far into the future.

Best,
Mike and Kate

Michael Alexander
Chancellor

Dr. Kate Burns
Provost, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Supreme Court Decision

Dear UW-Green Bay Students, Faculty, and Staff,

We live in complicated times and I think a lot about the role of a public university within the discourse of current events.  It is my firm belief that public higher education should provide space for all people to grow and develop as human beings, acquire knowledge, search for truth, and have the full freedom to display their values.  We must provide a place where civil discourse can lead up to and follow decisions that will impact the lives of the people we serve.

I understand that many of you are upset by the decision today from the Supreme Court.  I also understand that many of you will celebrate it.  Both sides have the right to display those feelings.  The issue of women’s rights is not a new one and the discussion that will follow today’s decision is healthy and essential to continue to try to improve the human condition for all.  We hold the ideal of diversity as a core value.  This means recognizing, honoring and respecting the individuality of thoughts, ideas, beliefs and perspectives.  Listening to and learning from diverse voices makes us stronger and moves us forward and closer to our enduring commitment to search for the truth.

As always, we will provide support to those who need it in difficult times and continue to empower all through education.  I am very proud of UW-Green Bay’s history and current practices to support women.  We will continue to do so in a way that provides space for all viewpoints.

Best,

Michael Alexander
Chancellor

Chancellor’s Office Restructure

Dear UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff,

Ben Joniaux, Cabinet Liaison for External Affairs, will be departing UW-Green Bay for a new job on May 13. Ben will leave a tremendous legacy here. His work to help us advocate the legislature for the new Cofrin Technology & Education Center brought the resources for the first major, fully state-funded capital project in over 20 years to come to UW-Green Bay. Ben has been a relentless proponent for us in local, tribal, and state government affairs as well as supporting myself, Chancellor Van Gruensven, and Chancellor Miller. He will be missed.

In a continuous effort to streamline the work we are doing administratively, we will not replace Ben’s position. Instead, Susan Grant Robinson will expand her role from Cabinet Liaison for Internal Affairs to Chief of Staff. This will allow Susan to focus the work we are doing to keep us on track with both internal and external endeavors in support of the mission of the university. Janet Bonkowski, will expand her role to include government relations.

Please join me in congratulating Ben on the next step in his career and supporting Susan and Janet in their new roles.

Best,
Michael Alexander
Chancellor