New CDC Guidelines

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

Yesterday, the CDC released new guidelines for people who have been vaccinated.  I urge you to read the guidelines.  While we cannot get into the specifics in this e-mail of what every detail from the guidelines means, attached are proposed changes to University policy that we will work to implement as soon as possible pending any additional guidance from UW System.

Since the pandemic began, we have consistently followed the guidelines of the CDC, state, and local health agencies to keep our campus communities safe. We have also trusted the campus communities to be responsible and always take into account how your actions could potentially impact another person’s health. We will continue in the spirit of the previous two sentences and immediately adopt our policies to reflect the new guidance from the CDC.

I would like to emphasize a few additional points.  First, nobody will ever be prohibited from wearing a mask and any abuse of those who choose to continue to wear a mask will not be tolerated.  Second, if you have any concerns about your safety under the new CDC guidelines, please connect with the Dean of Students for students and supervisors or Human Resources for faculty and staff.  Third, this is clearly an important milestone in the pandemic.  I hope you can find joy in it, but continue to be respectful of the health of those around you.  We are a Phoenix family and all of us have a responsibility to each other.

Finally, thank you.  I can’t say those two words enough.  This University continues to inspire me.


Michael Alexander

Attachment: Interim Building Hours and Access Policy (COVID-19) Draft

Phoenix Childcare Support Program

Dear UW-Green Bay Students,

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay continually strives to identify and remove obstacles that prevent our students from being successful in pursuing their educational goals. One such barrier is a provision to support childcare for our students who are also parents. In an effort to address this need, we are immediately launching the Phoenix Childcare Support Program.  Utilizing federal grant funding and financial support from Segregated Student Fees, students who are Pell Grant eligible or have a demonstrated financial need, can apply each semester for a grant to be applied towards the expense of daycare for children aged infant to 12-years old.

In addition to this funding, student parents will have access to support which can help identify other supportive community resources, as well as the opportunity to attend training sessions focused on the further development of strong parenting skills. While I recognize more needs to be done to support our students, I am excited to be able to take this first step.

If you are a parent, thank you for prioritizing education amongst everything you are managing, and if you believe you are eligible, please apply today. Funding is now available.

Best of luck with the remainder of the semester.


Michael Alexander

Oneida Nation

Dear UW-Green Bay Students, Faculty and Staff,

Below is the note that I wrote yesterday to Oneida Nation Chairman, Tehassi Hill.

Dear Chairman Hill,

I just heard about the tragedy last night. I have no words, but I wanted you to know that you have my support and that of the entire UW-Green Bay community.

With sympathy,
Mike Alexander

I know our community is hurting and grieving.  As reminder, if you need support for any reason, resources can be found here for students, and here for faculty and staff. Please stay well and continue to care for each other.


Michael Alexander

Committed to our Mission

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

The Derek Chauvin trial verdict affirms that when injustice occurs, there’s a process to ensure that those involved are held accountable. As we respond to recent events, it is important to have spaces where we can share our thoughts and feelings.

This Friday, April 23rd, Kate Burns, Cindy Bailey, Jamie Schramm and myself will be available to have individual conversations with faculty, staff, and students as we continue to work on the challenges we are facing together and finding our way forward:

  • UW-Green Bay, Green Bay Campus (Corey King/Kate Burns)
    Outside the Coffee House-University Union, 9:00 a. m. – 11:00 a. m.
  • UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus (Cindy Bailey)
    Main Building Lobby, 10:00 a. m. – 11:00 a. m.
  • UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus (Jamie Schramm)
    Outside Student Services Offices, 9:00 a. m. – 10:00 a. m.
  • UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus (Jamie Schramm)
    Founder’s Hall Lobby-Outside of Student Services, 1:30 p. m. – 2:30 p. m.

We welcome you to stop by and share in a safe space.  Being champions for equity, diversity, and inclusion within our community is core to our mission. Our community has made great progress in our inclusivity efforts and we recognize the journey continues.

We’re in this together.

Corey A. King
Vice Chancellor for University Inclusivity & Student Affairs

Provost Search

Dear UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff,

As I communicated in November, we will begin a national search for a permanent Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.  I have asked shared governance groups to put forward members for the search committee.  The committee has been selected and is listed below.  The committee will meet tomorrow for the first time and will follow an aggressive timeline to complete the search as soon as possible in the fall.

This is obviously a very important search for UW-Green Bay.  The Provost works with every part of our University, is the chief academic officer for the institution, represents us publicly and with the UW System, and is a key member of the Cabinet.  This hire is crucial to keep UW-Green Bay on the positive trajectory it is currently experiencing.  We have the right group of leaders on this committee that will help us ensure a successful process and outcome to the search.

I want to thank Sheryl Van Gruensven, who has agreed to chair the search.  Not only does Sheryl work closely with the Provost in her position, but she is also a lead voice in guiding our institutional strategy.  We are also fortunate to have Greenwood/Asher as the search firm assisting us on this search.

  • Chair: Sheryl Van Gruensven
  • Austin E. Cofrin School of Business:  Gaurav Bansal
  • College of Health, Education and Social Welfare: Joan Groessl
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences:  Jessica Van Slooten
  • College of Science, Engineering and Technology:  Brian Merkel
  • At-Large Faculty:  Heidi Sherman
  • At-Large Faculty: Tetyana Malysheva
  • University Staff: Dolly Jackson
  • University Staff: Nate Ruetten
  • Academic Staff: Renee Ettinger
  • Academic Staff: Tara DaPra
  • Academic Staff: Kim Lintner
  • Associate Vice Chancellor: Pieter DeHart
  • Deans: Susan Gallagher-Lepak
  • Council of Trustees: Jerry Danforth
  • HR Support: Melissa Nash
  • Support Staff: Mary Kate Ontaneda


Michael Alexander

Commitment to Carbon Neutrality for UW-Green Bay

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

In preparation for Earth Day next week, I have signed a document committing UW-Green Bay to taking the following steps toward achieving carbon neutrality on our campuses.

  1. Within the next two months, we will create institutional structures to guide the development and implementation of the plan.
  2. Within one year, we will complete a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and identify near-term opportunities for greenhouse gas reduction.
  3. Within two years, we will have a target date for achieving carbon neutrality, interim dates for meeting milestones to achieve our goal, mechanisms and indicators to track our progress, actions to make carbon neutrality part of the educational experiences of all students, and actions to expand research in carbon neutrality.
  4. We will make our progress to the goal of carbon neutrality publicly available.

In 1971, Newsweek designated UW-Green Bay as the initial “Eco U.”  We need to continue to earn that name. As a regional comprehensive, it is our mission to solve problems for our region, be a leader in sustainability efforts, and ensure that our communities in Northeast Wisconsin can thrive together in respectful relationship with the natural world for generations to come. I look forward to working with you all towards achieving this goal and thank our Sustainability Committee for moving us down this path.


Michael Alexander

Ramadan 2021

Greetings Faculty and Staff:

UW-Green Bay is committed to creating an environment that is inclusive and fosters a sense of bellowing.  In advancing this commitment, we recognize that Ramadan is April 12-May 12, 2021. Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community.

Ramadan celebrations often call for UW-Green Bay students to be involved in gatherings and prayers late into the night. It is not usual to be up past midnight for prayers and then up again for 3:30-4 a.m. to eat before dawn.

Many of our UW-Green Bay Muslim students, staff and faculty members may fast—no food or drink (not even water) from dawn until dusk (approximately from 3:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Central Time)

Students looking for food options during Ramadan can make specific requests from University Dining through the Marketplace, or by ordering online after sunset via the Dining mobile app. For specific questions or requests please contact Registered Dietitian Jolene Dorn for assistance.

It is very important to note that Ramadan will parallel with UW-Green Bay finals week. Our UW-Green Bay Muslim students may be hungry, tired, and dehydrated especially if they have a class late in the afternoon and/or an evening course (whether online or in-person).

Ramadan marks the Islamic month of fasting and the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and, so Ramadan moves each year in relation to the solar calendar. Thus, this year Ramadan occurs within the academic school year and will continue to do so for the next twenty years.

Some additional resources about how to better support college students during Ramadan:

Thank you for your support of our Muslim students during Ramadan.


Corey King
Vice Chancellor for Inclusivity and Student Affairs


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

Martin Luther King Jr. stated, “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” We must follow Dr. King’s words.

As I reflect on events in Atlanta, Boulder, Minneapolis, Knoxville, and countless others, I think back to an email that I sent to the university community last year with David Jones, Chief of Police at UW-Green Bay.  We have committed to do better by making UW-Green Bay an inclusive and safe place for all of our students to study and live.  To me, there is nothing more important than this commitment and the actions we take along our journey to use education to make our region a more equitable place.

I know many of you are struggling.  While I feel helpless to prevent violence in our society, know that you have the collective strength of your university behind you to keep moving forward.  Attached you will find just a few of the things that UW-Green Bay has done to get better this year.  We are committed to the journey.  Every day we must try to fly.  We do so by supporting each other, challenging ourselves to be better human beings, learning from each other, and giving back.  I urge you again to seek support if you need it and persist. Education and continual personal growth empowers you and makes communities stronger.

Our journey must continue.


Michael Alexander

UW-Green Bay Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Update

Corey A. King
Vice Chancellor for University Inclusivity and Student Affairs

  • Engaged all university faculty and staff in a EDI competency awareness training.‌
  • Revised and launched six institutional strategic goals and relevant objectives through the UW-Green Bay’s Council for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
  • Collaborated with the YWCA to engage the University leadership including deans, department chairs in IDI Competency Development Program.
  • Selected as a First-Gen Forward Institution by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). UW-Green Bay is the first UW-System institution to receive this designation.
  • Launched the Institute for Woman Leadership—committed to eliminating the barriers that narrow professional opportunities for women, pioneering programs and events, to benefit women with access to experts and supportive networks.
  • Implementing the Summer Bridge Program focused on open access and reducing the achievement gap for students.
  • Forged the UW-Green Bay Libraries Inclusive Reads & Conversations Program. Monthly dialogue with guest speakers on brief reading based diversity, equity, and inclusion topics.
  • Launched a website #WhyUWGB Faculty & Staff Testimonials to creating an environment that recognizes, values and respects the differences we all bring to the workplace, allowing everyone to do their best work.
  • Identified, for all new students, an ABC’s to EDI awareness training module through AliveTek. This module entitled “Brave & Bold Dialogues: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion” will be implemented in Fall 2021 through the First Year Seminar.
  • Identified a local barbershop to provide on campus services.
  • Reimagined the Office of Disability Services to the Office of Student Accessibility Services with a greater emphasis for student access.
  • Implemented BIPOC R.I.S.E. (Reaching Intersectional Strengths through Engagement) to provide BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and multicultural students) with academic, emotional, psychosocial, relational and professional support.
  • Expanding the Pride Center to location campuses.
  • UW-Green Bay has recently dedicated $1.5 million dollars to advance innovative and strategic initiatives across the institution, many of which are related to inclusivity and equity.
  • UW-Green Bay has five Employee Resource Groups that are available to provide support to employees and provide a link between the faculty/staff community and institutional inclusivity efforts.
  • Developed recruitment procedures (including language in our postings and required inclusive interview questions) to ensure that our institutional commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and equity is exemplified in our hiring process.
  • Moving forward with inclusion of inclusivity and equity organizational competencies in position descriptions and staff performance evaluations in the near future.

NERR Kickoff Event

Hello Faculty and Staff:

I would like to introduce myself and invite you to an upcoming virtual event in support of an exciting university initiative, the designation of a Bay of Green Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR).

I am in a new role at the university, Director of Freshwater Strategy. My work is focused on building both on-campus and community partnerships around water. In this capacity, I am the state lead for the designation of the Bay of Green Bay NERR. Green Bay is the world’s largest freshwater estuary, and the designation of a NERR will provide new opportunities for research, education, stewardship, and training around water.

Upon designation Green Bay would be the third NERR within the Great Lakes and the sole representative for the Lake Michigan-Huron biogeographic region. Joining this national reserve system will celebrate our Eco U history and future, and build our campus connections around water.

I invite you to learn about the designation of a Green Bay NERR and UW-Green Bay’s role in the designation at a virtual public kickoff event. The same event will be offered at two times with live captioning at both events:

  • Monday, April 12, 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 15, 7 to 8 p.m.

Register here

Emily Tyner
Director of Freshwater Strategy

Wellness Check-In

Dear Students,

As we approach the end of the semester, we know many are exhausted after what has been an incredibly trying year since the pandemic caused us to separate last March.  The end of any academic year is difficult, and there’s no denying that the pandemic has individually affected us, in different and profound ways.  More than ever, we must be patient and kind to ourselves and each other.

For the next six weeks, it will be crucial that we all take care of each other. It’s what caring communities do. If you are struggling in any way, please seek help.  If you see another student struggling, please encourage them to get help.  We continue to invest in resources to support you. They can be found on the Phoenix Cares website or the resource, SilverCloud. In the fall, the University will implement the Kognito online and blended learning programs for student, faculty and staff development that are tailored to the academic setting with a primary focus on mental health and suicide prevention. Asking for help can be difficult, but it is also a vital for those who need support. Please use it and remember that reaching out for help and support is the ultimate sign of strength.

We value hard work and dedication, but more importantly we must value our mental and physical health.  We encourage you to communicate as much as possible. Practice self-care. Support each other.  Please try to get outside, take a break, and keep your education in perspective.  You are almost finished with the semester and the weather is starting to turn for the better. You can do this; we believe in you.

In the last weeks of the semester, we want you to do our best to celebrate our ability to persevere and even thrive this year.  We are inspired by what our students have been able to accomplish together.

On Thursday from 9:00-11:00 and Friday 8:00-10:00 this week, we will be outside of the new Coffee Shop in the Student Union.  If you are on campus, please come by, say hi, and we can have a quick conversation so we can hear how you are doing.  Let’s do something radical and interact.  Carefully, not in large groups, wearing masks, etc., but interact. The coffee (or tea) is on us.

Keep going. Don’t stop believing. And please take care of yourselves and each other.


Michael Alexander

Corey King
Vice Chancellor for Inclusivity and Student Affairs

Kate Burns
Interim Provost of Academic Affairs