Facilities, resources and services
Arboretum, Natural Areas
The 290-acre Cofrin Memorial Arboretum encircling the campus is a terrific resource for field trips, class projects and individual research. The arboretum has mature upland forests, restored prairie, old fields, ponds and wetlands, a stream, an extensive limestone outcrop of the Niagara Escarpment, and more than one half mile of bay shoreline. The University owns off-campus natural areas including sites on Lake Michigan, rare wetlands along the lower bay, and an upland tract in the interior of the Door County peninsula. A permanent endowment provides annual funding for student research at these sites.
The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity promotes education, research and community services that help conserve plants and animals native to the western Great Lakes region. The center incorporates resources such as the arboretum, herbarium and Richter Collection, along with the University greenhouse and the archives of the Wisconsin Center for Ornithology. The Center provides resources for a variety of hands-on learning experiences as well as opportunities for student employment.
UW-Green Bay is furnished with wireless internet, ubiquitous in all campus buildings. Encrypted Wi-Fi access is provided for faculty, staff and students. Information for how to access campus WiFi, is available online. Each student in campus housing is provided with wireless and wired high-speed Internet connections for their personal devices. Faculty are able to incorporate computer technology into their instruction using one of the many technology classrooms on campus.
All students, faculty and staff at UW-Green Bay are given a technology account and personal space on our servers. The technology account is used to log into campus computers, e-mail, the Student Information System, Desire2Learn course management software, and various other resources.
Student have open access to General Computer Access labs that are equipped with more than 250 PC and Macintosh computers, printers, scanners, and video and audio editing equipment. In addition, there are over 300 computers in resource and teaching labs that serve specific instructional programs. Student consultants are available to assist with questions and problems. Students may also enroll in free, noncredit workshops offered by the University on how to use various computer tools.
Individual help is available to faculty, staff, and students through the CIT Help Desk, which takes questions via telephone, e-mail, or in person. In addition, Academic Technology Services assists faculty with instructional technology, and the Housing IT Service Center provides support to students with computers in campus Housing. For more information campus technology, go to the Computing & Information Technology web site.
The UW-Green Bay Herbarium houses a collection of more than 25,000 specimens of vascular plants and provides many opportunities for student research (such as collection and cataloging projects) including work on endangered and threatened species. Through computer-supported study, students are able to map the distribution of plants and their responses to environmental changes.
Centrally located among the academic buildings of campus, the Cofrin Library supports UW-Green Bay’s academic programs with an array of physical and virtual collections.
As information continues to shift to electronic formats, easy access to remote information is critical. UW-Green Bay has been a leader in enhancing student access to valuable databases and to the accumulated knowledge of a worldwide network of libraries.
Cofrin Library subscribes to a federated search system that allows a simultaneous search of resources, including library catalogs, journal articles, newspapers, select Internet resources, and subscription-only services. Librarians are available to assist with research and reference sources and to lead hands-on instructional workshops.
Students can conduct their research at general access lab computers located throughout the library or at their own laptop computers, connecting to the campus network via network jacks or via wireless access. Facilities for student use are varied: general reading and study areas, quiet study areas, individual and group study rooms, group project rooms, general access labs, library instruction room, reference area, and a relaxation area for browsing popular reading and social networking.
Physical holdings of the Cofrin Library include approximately 297,000 volumes; more than 420,000 government documents; over 12,000 electronic books and documents; 57,800 maps; subscriptions to 550 print and 430 electronic journal titles; access to 13,300 online journal titles through databases; more than 30,500 microfilm backfiles; 3,500 sound recordings; an art slide library of more than 39,700 images; an instructional materials center; and much more. As a depository for the U.S. government and the state of Wisconsin, the library has extensive holdings of and electronic access to government documents.
The Special Collections Department contains historical records of Northeast Wisconsin, genealogical records, fine print books, rare materials including old maps and manuscripts, business-record archives of select firms, and the University archives.
Laboratory Sciences, Mary Ann Cofrin Hall
While they are only two of the University’s instructional buildings, Mary Ann Cofrin Hall and Laboratory Sciences warrant special mention. They are the newest buildings and represent a $35 million investment.
Mary Ann Cofrin Hall opened in 2001 and now is home to nearly 40 percent of all classes convening on campus. The facility has received national and even international attention, including a visit by a Japanese delegation and cover-story treatment in American School & University magazine. The building is held up as a model for environmental responsibility and energy efficiency. It was one of the first of its kind to make use of both metal roofing and photovoltaic “vision glass” to generate electricity from daylight. Passive solar heating is also emphasized, throughout. These features are on display in the Winter Garden atrium adjacent to the attractive center courtyard. For students, the modern design of the new facility is most notable in its classrooms. Each classroom is arranged around its presentation space. Technology includes the latest in multiple-display projections systems for data and video, and specialized instructional technology.
A short distance away, the Laboratory Sciences Building is a new and expanded showplace for science education in the 21st century. This project, too, is notable for its design. Professors and students were consulted extensively so as to create an attractive and inviting learning space while still meeting exacting professional standards as to instruction in cutting-edge technology.
Richter Natural History Museum
UW-Green Bay's Richter Museum of Natural History is a gem among campus-held natural history collections in the United States. Professionals from across the country and undergraduate students from a variety of majors make use of the unique resource.
The museum is based on a large collection of bird eggs, nests, and study skins gathered by the late Carl H. Richter, one of North America's foremost amateur naturalists. It includes more than 10,500 egg sets, some of which are dated as early as 1884. The collection includes a large series of vertebrate specimens, Indian artifacts, mollusks and butterflies, geological specimens, historical documents, and photographs. The museum holdings also preserve Richter's extensive field notes and papers.
The Richter Museum houses more than 90 percent of the North American avian species and subspecies, including endangered species such as whooping crane, snail kite, and Kirtland's warbler, and several extinct species. The egg collection is one of North America's largest. In addition to fluid-preserved specimens, study skins, and skeletons, the museum has a library of related books and journals. Holdings represent nearly 100 percent of the locally breeding bird species, 95 percent of the mammals, and 80 percent of the reptiles, amphibians and fish. Specimen collections continue to grow through contributions from students, faculty and other researchers.
University Theatre, Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
Performing arts facilities at UW-Green Bay serve both those pursuing studies in the performing arts and those who come to learn and enjoy as members of the audience.
The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts hosts theatre productions, orchestras, dance companies and pop performers. The center includes academic studios and has provided master classes with nationally known visiting artists. Students use the 2,000-seat hall for music, theater and dance performances.
The Weidner features state-of-the-art acoustics, the 2,000-seat Cofrin Family Hall, the 200-seat Fort Howard Hall for recitals, the 99-seat Jean Weidner Theatre often used for intimate dramas and student productions, and a dance studio. The $25 million facility is one of the leading performing arts centers in the Midwest. Stage and technical facilities are capable of handling large touring shows such as "Miss Saigon" and "Phantom of the Opera" and major symphony orchestras. A privately funded expansion was completed in 1998, only five years after the building first opened, because overwhelming demand and immediate acceptance by performers, agencies and the ticket-buying public surpassed all expectations.
The University Theatre is a well-equipped 450-seat hall with proscenium stage and computerized lighting facilities located in Theatre Hall. Adjacent spaces are a flexible "black box" theatre, acting studio, dance studio, costume shop, and scene shop, and a computer-aided design and drafting lab.
Tutoring Services offers hour-long study groups held in various locations on campus. Courses supported by the study groups vary each semester and are listed on the Tutoring Services Web site at the beginning of each semester.
Licensed Professional Counselors provide short-term counseling to students related to personal and social concerns. Issues discussed in counseling include time management, stress management, decision making, relationship and other interpersonal issues, feelings of being depressed, anxiety related to test taking and public speaking, concerns around alcohol and other substance use or abuse and many more. Counselors are also aware of other campus and community resources and can help students find appropriate assistance for academic and mental health related issues.
Counseling Services also provides a number of educational experiences on a variety of health and mental health issues. Topics range from time management and study skills to alcohol abuse and personal safety.
Dean of Students
The Dean of Students is a contact person for individuals who have questions about University policies and procedures, or who may be experiencing difficulties. The office provides advice, counsel and referral, and coordinates a legal referral service for students.
Although not part of the campus proper, the adjacent Richard Mauthe Center schedules lectures, social events, and growth and support groups for students and community members. Worship services are open to people of all faiths and to those of no religious affiliation. A non-denominational community board acts in an advisory role to the center.
University Information Center
Answers to questions about campus schedules, times and locations of campus events, weather-related cancellations, and a host of other topics can be found at the University Information Center, located on the first level of the University Union. The University Ticketing Services is also located here. Tickets for events held at the Weidner Center, University Theatre and other campus venues can be purchased here.
Services for Students with Disabilities
All UW-Green Bay students with learning, physical, psychological, visual and hearing impairments are ensured equal access to all courses, programs and facilities. The Disability Services Office can arrange for academic accommodations for qualified students such as note-taking, sign language interpreting, books on tape, extended time for exams and in-class scribes and readers.
The University's concourse system provides barrier-free access to all academic buildings. Adaptive equipment available on campus includes: visual enlargers (CCTV); adjustable tables and chairs; four track cassette recorders; and accessible computer stations with enlarging, scanner/reader, voice activation and screen reading programs.