Inclusivity and Student Affairs

Dear UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff,

Due to the advances we have made in Inclusivity and Student Affairs, we need to restructure this area in order to continue our progress after Dr. King’s departure.  The following adjustments will be made:

  1. We will begin a search for a new Vice Chancellor of Inclusivity and Community Engagement that will be chaired by Provost Kate Burns.  Inclusivity and Community Engagement are university strategic priorities for UW-Green Bay and therefore we must have a vice chancellor that is entirely dedicated to these two efforts.
  2. This change does not diminish the importance of Student Affairs, but rather also gives the opportunity for more focus on student success in this area.  Gail Sims-Aubert will retain her current title and position as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, but will sit on the Cabinet and report directly to me so that student issues are always at the heart of our conversations.  This will also allow us to continue the tremendous momentum we have in thinking holistically about students between Student and Academic Affairs.
  3. We will also make changes to Student Affairs to enable us to continue serve our students to the best of our ability. Erin Van Daalwyk will become a full-time Dean of Students, a position that we have not had a single person dedicated to for some time.  In addition, we will increase two 80% student service positions on our locations to 100% in order to make sure we can handle the growing caseload that the Dean of Students deals with on a regular basis.  We will also unite all of Student Engagement under Student Affairs with Katie Lesperance serving as Director of that unit.
  4. As a result of locating all of Student Engagement with Student Affairs, the Union will move under Business and Finance.  The Union is one of our most prominent business functions, has done tremendous work to evolve, and needs to continue to be able to develop in this manner under Matt Suwalski’s leadership.
  5. Finally, we will move University Recreation under Athletics to unite the Kress Center as a facility that provides wellness opportunities to all of our students and serves as a key way that we engage the community.

I want to thank everyone for their flexibility to embrace these changes and to keep our momentum moving forward in all of the areas discussed above. We are able to make these changes now because of the tremendous work that has occurred over the years in the Division of Inclusivity and Student Affairs.

Best,
Mike

 

Dr. Corey King

Dear UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff,

It is with immense pride that I share the news that Dr. Corey King will be the next Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Dr. King has made a tremendous impact during his tenure at UW-Green Bay. Under his leadership, we have quickly become the third most diverse university in the UW System and have been recognized as a First Gen Forward Institution. He has made enormous strides in transforming Student Affairs to meet the needs of an access institution and he has modeled how collaboration with his colleagues and the community can lead to impactful opportunities for our students and the overall advancement of our university and region. Perhaps more importantly, I appreciate the gracious spirit and positive manner with which he championed and accomplished his goals.

Despite being sad to lose Corey, we should celebrate this appointment in all ways. It means we made a great hire and he will now take his extensive experience in higher education to further advance our state and its people through his work in his new role. I am eternally grateful to him for being an amazing and trusted colleague.  Please join me in congratulating Dr. King on his new appointment.

Dr. King’s last day will be February 13. Gail Sims-Aubert has agreed to serve as Interim Vice Chancellor for Inclusivity and Student Affairs and will begin on February 14.  I am grateful for her leadership and willingness to help keep the momentum going in the Division.

Best,
Michael Alexander
Michael Alexander
Chancellor

Mission Alignment and Economic Sustainability Project

Dear UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff,

To meet the pace of change within higher education and from forces external to us, we embark on a Mission Alignment and Economic Sustainability Project to consider how we would build UW-Green Bay if we were opening a new university today with our current mission. The questions below have been shared with university governance and were developed to guide campus units in considering opportunities to align the work we do to our strategic priorities and our commitment to providing access to education for all who want it, solving problems, embracing diversity, and empowering our region.

To begin, we will ask unit chairs and area leaders to work with all faculty and staff in their departments to answer these questions collectively by Monday, April 3. Area leaders will be expected to honor all voices as responses are gathered. After April 3rd, groups will be engaged one by one for more in-depth conversations. We will iterate in numerous ways the information we receive collaboratively with shared governance to determine what actions we might consider from the responses.

Staff Questions

  1. Provide a brief list of things your department does that help us most to achieve our mission and strategic priorities of student success, inclusivity, digital transformation, community connections, sustainability & environmental work, Athletics & the Weidner Center.
  2. Provide a list of things your department does that are less connected to our mission and strategic priorities. What would happen if your area stopped doing these things?
  3. What are some things your department does that could be reconfigured or created to better serve our mission and strategic priorities?
  4. Do you have any ideas for how your department or the university could reduce the financial cost of doing business so that your area can focus more time and resources on items that are more connected to our mission?
  5. List the opportunities that your department or the university has to generate new revenue. What initial resources, if any, are needed to generate the new revenue?
  6. Are there people or places inside or outside of the university that your department is not currently collaborating with but would like to be? Please briefly describe any opportunities.
  7. List two things your department could do to recruit or retain students better. What university resources would you need to be able to do them?
  8. Are there any processes that your department believes are related to UW-Green Bay or UW-System policies or required procedures that are complicated or could be simplified to create efficiencies?  Please advise on the process and, if known, the applicable policy.

Faculty Questions

  1. Provide a brief list of things your department does, in addition to teaching, that helps us most to achieve our mission and strategic priorities of student success, inclusivity, digital transformation, community connections, sustainability & environmental work, Athletics & the Weidner Center.
  2. Provide a list of things your department does that are less connected to our mission and strategic priorities. What would happen if your area stopped doing these things?
  3. Are there things your department/unit does that could be reconfigured or created to better serve our mission and strategic priorities? For example, what if your department or unit was structured in a different way? What if your courses or curriculum were structured in a different way? What would it look like for your program to focus even more on regional needs? Is there a way you can better serve our students and your teaching, research, and service goals by thinking differently about your curriculum?  Would it free you up to do other important things if your major were streamlined into a minor or a certificate?
  4. Do you have any ideas for how your department or the university could reduce the financial cost of doing business so that your area can focus more time and resources on items that are more connected to our mission?
  5. List the opportunities that your department or the university has to generate new revenue. What initial resources, if any, are needed to generate the new revenue?
  6. Are there people or places inside or outside of the university that your department is not currently collaborating with but would like to be? Please briefly describe any opportunities.
  7. List two things your unit could do to recruit or retain students better.  What university resources would you need to be able to do them?
  8. Are there any changes your department would like to see in practices, policies, or procedures (in the faculty handbook or elsewhere) that can help us evolve as an institution and better achieve our mission? Please describe any changes and why.

We invite you to attend one of three upcoming meetings where the Chancellor will outline the project goals in more detail and take your questions.

Academic/Limited Staff Meeting
Wednesday, January 18
1:30-3 pm
Click here to join the meeting

University Staff Meeting
Thursday, January 19
10-11:30 am
Click here to join the meeting

All Instructional Faculty Meeting
Wednesday, January 25
3-5 pm
Click here to join the meeting

We look forward to your ideas and engagement in the project,

Susan Grant Robinson
Chief of Staff

UW-Green Bay Literacy Initiative

Dear UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff,

While attending the recent Brown County Reading Success Summit, I was deeply moved and concerned by the following data:

  • During the 2016-2017 school year, 41% of Brown County students were reading at a proficient level.
  • The most recent 2020-2021 shows a 14% decrease in reading proficiency, with only 27% of Brown County students meeting 3rd-grade reading proficiency targets.
  • Reading proficiency scores in Brown County also reveal massive equity gaps between children of marginalized populations and white students. These range from 16% – 31.3%, with the largest gap existing between Latinx and white students.

Our institutional priorities include supporting student success for all students, making education more inclusive, and being community-engaged to solve problems for our region.  They also include creating equity in educational opportunity by reducing the gap in educational attainment for white and non-white students and aspiring to be a Hispanic Serving Institution.  We pride ourselves on being a resource in the region for life-long learning.

Therefore, we must act to help solve an issue that will undoubtedly affect UW-Green Bay in the future and also impact the economic capacity and equity of our region for generations to come.  We must be part of the solution to solve this problem and be a force for the common good to engage and support improved literacy rates in the region we serve.

As a first step in this work, beginning next semester, I am imploring all faculty and staff to use flexible hours to volunteer to read to students in 1st-3rd grade.  If all faculty, students, and staff at UW-Green Bay volunteered to read for 4 hours to a child, we would be able to provide over 40,000 hours of reading time to kids from Sheboygan all the way to Marinette.

In order to best prepare those interested in volunteering to support students’ literacy skills, Dr. Cory Mathieu and Dr. Samantha Meister – experts in language and literacy education – are developing a reading tutor training (online, self-paced). A link to register for the training through our Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement will be shared early in the spring semester along with links to schools and districts that want to partner with us in this endeavor.

I realize that this is a first of many steps to solving this systemic problem. Our faculty experts are continuing to consider other action steps to address the ongoing literacy crisis in our community.  Please join me in the new year with this initiative to increase the literacy rates of our region, help ensure a more equitable future for all children, and show the value of what happens when a university engages with the community in a mission to work toward the common good.  More soon.

Best,

Mike

How You Can Make A Difference

Dear UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff,

We share a common bond every day when we arrive on campus and dedicate our efforts toward the educational betterment of our student body. We see the constant change of higher education played out in many ways around us but our alignment around access and student support is critical to our mission and our relevancy to Northeast Wisconsin.

A walk through campus reminds us how important our personal gifts really are to the growth of the University. The new Willie Davis Finance and Investment Laboratory and the Charles Schwab Foundation Center for Financial Planning are remarkable learning environments that bring excitement to the learning process. Stocked shelves in the Campus Cupboards on our four campuses demonstrate our collective commitment to making sure no student endures food insecurity. Many of our students are recipients of need-based financial aid provided by caring donors, including several of you.  These enhancements help us to better serve our students and our community — visible signals that we’re a vibrant university on the right path!

Earlier this year the University announced a bold and ambitious effort, the Ignite the Future Campaign, a $20 million campaign to fund key strategic University initiatives. The community immediately embraced the effort, already gifting $12.3 million to get the Campaign rolling. Now I ask you to join the ranks of our friends and alumni as supporters of the Campaign. Gifts of any size are a meaningful way to help students and support the strategic initiatives of the University.

See Ignite the Future Campaign giving link.

UW-Green Bay also embraces community partners like United Way in reaching others in need in our region. United Way helps numerous social service agencies meet the needs of families who need a helping hand. I encourage you to consider a gift to the annual United Way Campaign, as helping people in our community is an extension of our vision for improving the quality of life for all.

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Link: https://portal.epledge.browncountyunitedway.org/

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