Organized by Aaron Weinschenk (PEA and Political Science) and Kim Desotell (Director of Development), these talks brought former alumni, who are now passionate practitioners working in the fields of education, non-profit management, local government and environmental protection.

For Phoenix Talks on Education, please click here

For Phoenix Talks on Non-Profits, please click here.

For Phoenix Talks on Environmental Protection, please click here.

For Phoenix talks on City Government, please click here.


Phi Kappa Phi Book Drive

The members of UWGB's chapter of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi are collecting children's books in Spanish for children in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The book drives runs until December 10th. Books can be dropped off in TH 335.


UWGB Chapter of Circle K International

Circle K is a friendly community service organization founded on the principles of leadership, fellowship, and service. Circle K focuses on serving others at the university, in the community, and elsewhere; making new friends; and learning to be better leaders. The "K Family" includes Key Club for high school students and Kiwanis for community members. UWGB Circle K members contribute service hours regularly, totaling roughly 1,000 hours each year. So far this fall, Circle K members have volunteered at many events/locations, including Science Saturdays at the Children’s Museum, Terror on the Fox at the National Railroad Museum, and Easter Seals Camp Wawbeek in Wisconsin Dells. They have had two fund-raisers, a bake sale and the UWGB Family Weekend Pancakes and Porkies Breakfast at the Shorewood Golf Course (see photos). The proceeds of their fund-raisers typically are divided up among selected local non-profit agencies, Camp Wawbeek, and a scholarship fund. Circle K meets at 5:30 p.m. every Monday in MAC Hall 225. Find them on Facebook at “UW Green Bay Circle K” and on Twitter @UWGBCircleK.


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Student Ambassadors scare up fun at the Zoo Boo

Every October the N.E.W Zoo holds an event called Zoo Boo. The event happens every night in October. There is an opportunity for the kids of the community to go trick-or-treating at the zoo. There are even haunted hay rides available. This particular community event takes a lot of people to put together and to help come to life. The Student Ambassadors were given the opportunity to help bring some life into Zoo Boo. Last year the Community Service Committee, a committee of Student Ambassadors, decided to help out with this event for the first time. It was quite a popular event. So when the time came this year to help again with zoo boo it was no question that the student ambassadors would be up for the job. Workers of the event are encouraged to dress up and bring their own character to life as the pass out candy to the trick-or-treaters. The Ambassadors have always enjoyed getting out into the community and representing their school. The link between school and community is one that the Ambassadors understand and are able to help flourish by participating in events like this. The Ambassadors even had a little time to get a photo with a goat or two.

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Make A Difference Day

A group of UW-Green Bay students and director of continuing education Joy Ruzek were among 50 to 75 volunteers who turned out to assist with landscaping improvements at the low-income Southfield Townhouses in Manitowoc. Ruzek oversees the townhouse project and was able to use $5,000 in grant money to purchase mulch, materials for benches, two garden sheds and numerous plants and shrubs. "If you saw what it looked like before and saw what it looks like now, it is night and day difference," Ruzek said. "What's nice about that is residents feel like they don't have anything of their own, so by having all this planted, they feel like it is more home for them. They have something outside that make it feel like their own."


Student Ambassadors give back to the March of Dimes

Student Ambassadors had the opportunity to give back to the community of Green Bay by serving as volunteers for the annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, held every October at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center.  This event is the Green Bay Chapter of the March of Dimes biggest fundraiser.  The mission of the March of Dimes is to help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.  All money raised helps mothers and their babies across the country.  As volunteers, we greeted guests as they arrived, helped them to their seats, maintained the Silent Auction table, and helped with the live auction as well as helped with clean-up at the end.  At this event, chefs from Green Bay restaurants and bakeries and the surrounding area as well as workers from breweries and wineries set up a table and service small samples of food and drink offered at their establishments.  Guests at the event can sample everything while bidding on silent auction items.  The night concludes with a live auction.  This is an event Ambassador have been volunteering at for a couple of years now and we hope to continue offering our time to this event and cause.


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Phoenix Women, UWGB alum featured at PALS event

The UWGB women’s basketball team was an integral part of the Packer Play 60 Phoenix Fitness Night that took place at the Bellin Health Performance Center. The The event is part of the Brown County PALS program, which matches children from low-income, single-parent families with an adult mentor for a few hours of fun, positive activities each week. The event was designed to promote physical fitness, UW-Green Bay alumnus and event organizer Glen Tilot ’81 told members of the local news media.


National Residence Hall Honorary Society (NRHH Society)

Service is one of the four pillars that the Honor Society NRHH (National Residence Hall Honorary) stands on. Each year our members make a tremendous impact on the community by participating in service projects both on their own and in groups. Each member is required to participate in some service, but most of them go above and beyond the three hour per semester standard that we have set. With 20 members we accumulate a minimum of 120 hours of service a year. That number grows with each student that takes it upon themselves to do more. The types of projects we participate in are on both large and small scales, each impacting the community in different ways. Many members participate in some of the charity based runs that are held here like the Color Run, Jingle Bell Run, Zoo Boo and many others. Others work on more of an individual basis doing volunteer work with certain departments on campus. For example one student volunteers to run and supervise the dark room on campus, while another volunteers in the Pride Center to help run events. Each student is able to pursue the types of service projects that they are interested in, and no new ideas are ignored. Our members take pride in the work that they do to help both the on campus and off campus community which results in the building of our organization and personal growth of all those involved in the service we do.

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Students Work with Roma in Slovakia

A dozen UW-Green Bay students took part in a life-changing travel course this summer, working to bring improved health and critical education to the ostracized Roma people of Slovakia. Eight Nursing practicum students and four Women's and Gender Studies students made the trek with Associate Professor Janet Reilly and Professor Sarah Meredith Livingston. They worked hands-on with residents of Roma settlements who were ailing or had health questions, and also organized educational opportunities for specially trained health mediators within each community. You can read more, and check out a photo gallery, here: