2023 Winter Symposium:
Tiny Earth in Titletown

Monday, December 11th @ 5:00-7:30PM CT | Lambeau Field — Green Bay, WI

Tiny Earth in Titletown connects students, parents, faculty, and community members from the region to showcase Tiny Earth students’ research in antibiotic discovery while spreading awareness of the antibiotic resistance crisis. This year, we are excited announce the international expansion of the event and invite all Tiny Earth students to participate! Students will have the opportunity to present in-person at Lambeau Field on December 11th or virtually via Zoom at a later date.

The evening will include a student poster session and a keynote from Dr. Ashok Rai, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Prevea Health – a physician-led, physician-owned multispecialty health care provider working in partnership with Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) hospitals across Wisconsin.

Hosted by a committee of Tiny Earth Instructors at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, College of Menominee Nation, and St. Norbert College. Virtual components are coordinated by the Tiny Earth Winter Symposium Committee and Tiny Earth Headquarters.


Registration closed

General registration is extended to Dec 4

NOTICE: Student Research Abstracts are now due by Nov 16 to accommodate program booklet printing. Students—Please register and submit your abstract no later than this date.

Who’s invited:

  • Students—Submit your research poster abstract with registration. Pairs and groups: Only one group member is required to submit an abstract and register.
  • Family and friends—You may register yourself and up to 3 guests. If you have additional guests, please have them register separately.
  • Tiny Earth Partner Instructors (TEPIs)
  • Sponsors and Speakers

Cost: Registration is free! All attendees are required to register including family and friends.

Virtual Winter Symposium

Can’t make it to Lambeau Field? Participate virtually via Zoom!

The virtual component of the Titletown event is designed for national and international attendees who cannot travel to Green Bay, WI and will be hosted on December 14th! This second session will be held via Zoom and includes virtual Student Research Presentations and a showing of the Tiny Earth in Titletown keynote from Dr. Ashok Rai.

Coming Soon:

Keynote Speaker

Ashok Rai, MD

President | CEO | Internal Medicine Physician
Prevea Health

Dr. Ashok Rai is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Prevea Health – a physician-led, physician-owned multispecialty health care provider working in partnership with Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) hospitals across Wisconsin. Prevea Health was founded in Green Bay, Wis. in 1996, and today employs more than 2,400 people, including more than 500 providers and advanced practice providers. It offers high-quality patient care in more than 30 communities across Wisconsin, as well as a health insurance plan (Prevea360) with one of the largest coordinated networks across the state.

Dr. Rai was born and raised in Michigan. He attended undergraduate school and enrolled in the “Target M.D.” program at the University of Wisconsin— Milwaukee. He completed his medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and then a residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics through Michigan State University at the Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. Following residency, Dr. Rai specialized in hospital medicine and held various leadership positions at Prevea Health before becoming the President and CEO of Prevea Health in 2009. He also continues to practice medicine, caring for patients at Woodside Lutheran Nursing Home in Green Bay and in occasional hospitalist shifts at local HSHS hospitals. Dr. Rai lives in Green Bay with his wife, Brooke. He is a proud father of three boys and three girls, and their dog, Josie.

Welcome Speakers

Michael Alexander
Chancellor, UW-Green Bay

Since being named seventh chancellor of UW-Green Bay in May of 2020, Chancellor Alexander initiated six strategic priorities to support the future of the University. One of those priorities is to renew and strengthen our commitment to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship. Dr. Alexander served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs from 2019-2020. During that time, he created an Office of Sustainability to improve efficiencies and increase the profile of UW-Green Bay as a campus traditionally engaged with environmental study; and restructured Graduate Studies and the Office of Grants and Research, setting the stage for the University’s growing research efforts. Dr. Alexander has degrees from the University of Georgia, UW-Milwaukee, and UW-Madison.

Christopher Caldwell
President, College of Menominee Nation

Christopher Caldwell, President of the College of Menominee Nation, is an enrolled member of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. He has led the College since February 2020, serving first as Interim President, and was officially elected by the Board of Directors in June 2021.

Caldwell is the fourth person to lead CMN. He has been in a range of positions at the College including student, director, adjunct, and President. An alumnus of the College, Caldwell began his higher education here at CMN earning his Associate’s Degree in Sustainable Development. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Policy from UW-Green Bay, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Environment and Resources from UW-Madison Nelson Institute.

Sustainability is true to Caldwell’s core having served in previous positions of; Tribal Resources Director/Compliance, Enforcement Officer for the Menominee Indian Tribe, Forest Products Technician with the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, student/intern with the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs-NCCE, Timber Market/Forestry Technician with Menominee Tribal Enterprises and the Director of the Sustainable Development Institute at CMN.

Laurie Joyner
President, Saint Norbert College

A noted leader in Catholic higher education, Dr. Joyner brings a wealth of experience to our community. She comes to St. Norbert from St. Xavier University in Chicago, where she has served as president since 2017. Prior to St. Xavier, she served as president of Wittenberg University in Ohio and in multiple vice presidential and dean roles at Rollins College in Florida. Dr. Joyner was recently elected to the board of the Association of Catholic Colleges & Universities (ACCU). 

She earned her doctoral and master’s degrees from Tulane University and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Loyola University New Orleans, where she later served on the faculty and held administrative positions of increasing responsibility.

In addition to her numerous published works, Dr. Joyner has participated as a keynote speaker and expert panelist for national conferences on a range of subjects, including higher education trends and challenges, leadership development, nonprofit governance, and effective university-community partnerships.

Kristen Raney
President, NWTC
Dr. Kristen Raney serves as the president of NWTC, an appointment that began on July 1, 2023. A champion of the transformative power of technical education, Dr. Raney manages the College’s three campuses, five regional learning centers, and additional specialty locations with a focus on student success. Dr. Raney has advanced student success and equity in technical and community colleges for more than twenty years. She is the first female and eighth president in NWTC’s 111-year history. She previously served as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC), in Davenport, IA, where she led the academic division and institutional accreditation for the multi-college district. Dr. Raney has significant experience in both academic and student affairs. She previously worked at Saint Paul College in St. Paul, MN, where she served as dean of students and interim vice president of student affairs before becoming the vice president of academic affairs. Highlights of her work include leading a multi-year effort to redesign assessment of student learning and program review processes; establishing a department of faculty development and innovation; implementing a guided pathway advising model; and strengthening shared governance practices. Her career began as a part-time instructional assistant at Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) in Eau Claire, WI. She held a range of positions in her twelve years at CVTC, from faculty to dean of academic development and services. As dean, Dr. Raney implemented new models of integrated academic support, introduced culturally responsive teaching practices, established a new model for adult basic education, and expanded support and outreach services across the CVTC district. Dr. Raney is driven by her belief that education transforms lives and strengthens communities. She is widely recognized as a visionary leader who approaches her work with transparency, integrity, and empathy. Dr. Raney has been a Peer Reviewer with the Higher Learning Commission since 2019. She participated in the Aspen Fellowship for the Rising Future Presidents Institute in 2021-2022. Dr. Raney earned a doctorate of education in higher education and leadership studies from Edgewood College; a master of science in education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout; and a Bachelor of Arts in English from St. Cloud State University.
Sonny Pamonicutt
Student, College of Menominee Nation

Sonny is currently a Sophomore at the College of Menominee Nation, pursuing an Associate Degree in Biological and Physical Sciences. Sonny plans to further his education at the University of WI-Madison to pursue a major in Biology or Biomedical Engineering. He intends to continue working in the Biotech industry assisting with Bioprocessing, Pharmaceuticals, or Biomedical research.



(US Central)

Doors Open

Parking: When you arrive at Lambeau Field, enter the Northeast parking lot (Lot 3) off Lombardi Avenue. Parking is free.

Entrance: Enter the stadium at the American Family Insurance Gate. Once inside, take the elevator or the escalator to Level 1 – Atrium Floor. The event will be held in the Atrium.

Lambeau Field Parking & Entrance Map

2:30 – 5:00pm

Registration and Poster Set-up

Students: Plan to arrive no later than 4:00 pm to register and set up your posters (earlier if you are registered for a tour). Poster size: Max 40″x32″ (landscape or portrait). You will be assigned a poster number and location at registration. Binder clips and tape will be available to attach posters to the easels.

Lambeau Field Atrium Map

5:00p – 6:15pm

Welcome Address and Keynote Presentation

  • Michael Alexander
    Chancellor, UW-Green Bay
  • Christopher Caldwell
    President, College of Menominee Nation
  • Laurie Joyner
    President, Saint Norbert College
  • Kristen Raney
    President, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
  • Land Acknowledgement — Sonny Pamonicutt
    Student. College of Menominee Nation
  • History of Tiny Earth — Angelo Kolokithas
    TEPI, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
  • Dr. Ashok Rai — Keynote
    President, CEO, Internal Medicine Physician, Prevea Health
6:15 – 7:20 pm Student Research Poster Presentation
7:30 pm

Closing Remarks & Poster Tear-down

Students: Plan to remove your poster and disassemble your easel after the poster session; return the easel to the bins before leaving.

Tiny Earth in Titletown Program Booklet

Click the image to view the program