Reminder on seasonal flu shots, H1N1 information sources

Posted on: September 15th, 2009

Already broadcast campus-wide to students, faculty and staff and repeated here:

The Counseling and Health Center notes the CDC is recommending persons get vaccinated against the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu. The Center will have Seasonal flu vaccines (first injection) available: Thursday afternoon, Sept. 24, 12:30-4 p.m., and Friday, Sept. 25, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or until the vaccine runs out. The vaccine is available on a first-come, first-served. You will need to bring your University ID and $ 15 if you’re a student or $20 if you’re an employee in the form of cash, check or PassPoints. The H1N1 vaccine has not yet been released and is expected by mid-October.


GB Alert Test & Fire Drill Over

Posted on: September 14th, 2009

GB Alert Test and notice that if Fire Alarm sounded in your building you may now return. Thank You.

Health 101 online magazine provides tips

Posted on: September 10th, 2009

The online magazine Student Health 101 offers tips on staying healthy this flu season.

H1N1 Flu Virus Information Sources

Posted on: September 9th, 2009

Information about the H1N1 flu virus (swine flu) from the campus Counseling and Health Center can be found here:

Information about H1N1 from the Centers for Disease Control can be found here:

Further information from government officials about H1N1 can be found here:

Update: University officials turn to contingency plans in aftermath of fire

Posted on: June 25th, 2009

Officials at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay expect to notify individual students within a week as to fall housing options in the wake of a major fire Tuesday morning (June 25) at the Residence Life complex on campus.

Fire destroyed the building at 3334 Walter Way, also known as Building 109. The two-story structure with 17 units and 63 beds was unoccupied for the summer. No one was injured. No other structures were damaged.

Sue Keihn, associate provost and dean of students for UW-Green Bay, said she is “optimistic” the University will nonetheless be able to accommodate all of the 2,000 students currently holding fall-semester housing contracts.

Keihn and Glenn Gray, director of Residence Life, began discussions Thursday morning even as the emergency-response phase was winding down. They and others will make a recommendation to University leadership on how best to proceed.

“We’ll take a day or two to evaluate things,” Gray said. “Our continuity plans spell out a number of different options.”

Fall-semester classes begin Sept. 3 at UW-Green Bay. About 2,000 of the school’s 6,200 students reside on campus. Housing demand is intense for fall semester, but typically declines for spring as mid-year graduations, study-abroad trips and other departures free up capacity. There is currently a waiting list of 220 applicants for fall occupancy.

Neither Keihn nor Gray would speculate on a front-runner among possible options for dealing with what is now a 63-bed shortfall. As of late Thursday afternoon, possibilities under consideration included reconfiguring existing units to allow for additional beds (at reduced rates for renters); arranging for temporary, modular housing on site; or contracting for temporary housing with off-campus providers.

Keihn says the University will make a priority of informing students as soon as possible, and minimizing any disruption.

There are a total of 25 halls or residential buildings in UW-Green Bay’s Residence Life complex. The structure destroyed Tuesday was one of nine “traditional” or original apartment buildings completed in 1970.

Gray praised the action of on-site staff during the emergency. While Building 109 and most of the other traditional apartment buildings were not scheduled for occupancy until the return of undergraduate students in late August, residence halls nearby did have overnight residents.

A total of 69 summer campers were evacuated as a precaution from Schaefer, Temp and Long halls, the residence halls located nearest the fire scene, shortly after the fire call at 5:13 a.m. In total, about 500 teenagers are residing on campus this week for summer camps including UW-Green Bay’s Summer Art Studio, the Upward Bound and Trio pre-college programs, and the Wisconsin School Music Association honors camp. The day’s camps went on as scheduled.

“Fortunately, staff members were right on top of this,” Gray said. “The counseling and professional staff from the Summer Camp program and Residence Life, along with Public Safety and the emergency-response team, did great work. They deserve a great deal of credit.”

Officials evaluating the damage estimated a replacement cost exceeding $3 million for the Building 109 fire. Investigators seeking to determine a cause were unable to enter the wreckage of the building until mid-day. Arson has already been ruled out, and the cause is currently listed as “undetermined.”

Gray said cleanup could begin shortly. Security personnel will be on site through the night until fencing can be installed Friday to secure the scene.

As for rebuilding, the University’s vice chancellor for business and finance, Thomas Maki, said that discussion will take place over the coming weeks. In light of strong demand, the University since the mid-1980s has authorized construction of a total of 16 new residence halls by its private, non-profit partner, University Village Housing, Inc.

UW-Green Bay and UVHI representatives monitor demand and waiting lists on a regular basis, Maki said, to evaluate the feasibility of additional units, and Thursday’s fire adds a new dimension to ongoing planning.

Fire cause 'undetermined,' but may be electrical

Posted on: June 25th, 2009

UW-Green Bay Police, the Wisconsin State Fire Marshal and the Brown County Arson Task Force have completed the on-site investigation of a fire that destroyed a campus apartment building during the early morning hours of Thursday, June 25, 2009.

Fire investigators have said the cause of the fire is “undetermined,” but have not ruled out the possibility of an electrical cause. Investigators have ruled out foul play/arson.

The area of the apartment, 3334 Walter Way (formerly Apartment 109) will be roped off until insurance investigation is complete.

The building — 17 units with 63 student beds — is considered a total loss with an estimated replacement cost of $3.5 million.

8:01 a.m. Update: Building a total loss

Posted on: June 25th, 2009

Inspectors from the Green Bay Fire Department are likely to be on the scene all day, seeking clues to the origins of the fire that destroyed a 17-unit apartment building on the UW-Green Bay campus. University officials say the building at 3334 Walter Way, also known as Building 109, is a total loss. The loss is estimated in excess of $3 million.
More detail on early dispatch to the scene: A 911 call was placed at 5:13 a.m., with Green Bay fire and campus Public Safety units responding immediately. Responders quickly determined the units were unoccupied. Building 109 is one of nine two-story “original” apartment buildings on campus, and of them, the structure most distant from the central campus and closest to Circle Drive.

7:45 a.m. Update: Camps will continue as scheduled

Posted on: June 25th, 2009

Members of the UW-Green Bay community are asked to assure the general public that all University programs including summer camp offerings remain on schedule today (Thursday, June 25). Mona Christensen, coordinator of summer camps, says the nearly 500 young people staying in campus housing this week were housed in residence halls some distance from the fire in Building 109. Those halls nearest the fire, however, were evacuated, as a precaution, with occupants moving to the centrally located Community Center. There, all campers were accounted for. (Christensen says most campers, with cell phones, contacted their parents immediately to assure them they were fine.) Among the teenagers on campus this week are participants in the state music association honors camp, the pre-college Upward Bound program and Summer Art Studio.

Update on the fire: Green Bay Fire Department officials say the apartment building formerly known as Building 109 (now identified by its street address, 3334 Walter Way) is a total loss, with fire damage to the upper level and significant smoke and water damage on the lower level, as well. The 17-unit, 63-bed facility dates to 1970 with construction of the first nine apartment buildings at the new UW-Green Bay. Fire crews responded to the call at 5:13 a.m. There were no injuries.

Fire in unoccupied apartment building

Posted on: June 25th, 2009

Green Bay Fire Department personnel remain on the scene of an early morning fire in an apartment building of the Residence Life complex. Firefighters were called shortly after 5 a.m. According to a GBFD official quoted on the scene by reporters, the building was unoccupied. That fact is verified by campus officials, who say the building was unassigned — not in current use by any occupants — as part of any summer camp or University programs. There is significant damage to the structure, an original two-story apartment building located at the far end of the housing complex. Employees and others are asked to avoid the Walter Way area this morning. We’ll be back with an update shortly, as additional details become available.

Fire in apartment building

Posted on: June 25th, 2009

UW-Green Bay officials and the Green Bay fire department are responding to the report of a fire in a campus apartment building this morning. The report was in building 109. More details will be reported as they become available.