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@lumni Newsletter December 2003

[ Alumni News | Alumni Events | Class Notes ]

Alumni News

Nominate a Distinguished Alumni
Nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award are due by December 31, 2003. You can nominate someone by following the link to:

Party in Chicago — Bear Fans Welcome
C'mon, just an attempt at a little mid-season, good-natured humor. All Chicago-area alumni are invited to an alumni reception held in conjunction with the Phoenix men's basketball game against the University of Illinois-Chicago, January 24, 2004. The reception will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Moretti's in Chicago. The cost is $25 per person in advance, with a RSVP required. The cost includes transportation between Moretti's and the game, refreshments (soda and beer), pizza and pasta. You can't lose, with an evening of Phoenix basketball and Phoenix fellowship. Contact the alumni Office at 920-465-2586 for tickets, or e-mail

Phoenix basketball players.

The Alumni Association and former Phoenix basketball players, invite ALL ALUMNI to share in Basketball Alumni Day with the men's and women's basketball teams, Saturday, February 14.

The schedule of events includes:
• Women's alumni game, Noon at the Phoenix Sports Center, free admission
• Phoenix women's vs. Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne, 3 p.m., at the Phoenix Sports Center. Tickets are $4 per person and can be purchased from the Alumni Office
• Men's alumni game, 4 p.m., at the Resch Center, free admission
• Phoenix men vs. Loyola, 7:05 p.m. at the Resch Center. Regular admission tickets can be purchased from Athletics at 920-465-2145, or sit with the Alumni in a group for $6 per ticket (end-zone seating)
• Post-game social at The Bar on Holmgren Way following the Phoenix men's game

Lunch with UWGB: Stay in Touch with Your Alma Mater!
As a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, you likely have wonderful memories of your college days. A series of lectures, the first scheduled for Thursday, March 25, will showcase the exceptional teachers/scholars you remember, and some you've never had the chance to meet. Each will share their knowledge and expertise with you during a lunch program. Stay in touch with Green Bay's University of Wisconsin, renew your connections with our faculty, engage in lifelong learning, and support downtown Green Bay! Sponsors are the Office of the Chancellor, the Alumni Association, and Downtown Green Bay Inc. in collaboration with UWGB's Office of Outreach and Extension. Read below for details.

Topic: Monitoring the Health of the Great Lakes
Knowing the state of the economy, public opinion, and even our personal medical condition provides immensely valuable information for decision-making. Likewise, knowing the health of our environment provides important background for public policy and business ventures. This presentation will describe the scientific process and some of the preliminary findings of a large-scale research project to develop indicators of environmental condition in the Great Lakes. This multi-million dollar project has involved both faculty and student researchers from UW-Green Bay.

Presenter: Robert Howe is professor of Natural and Applied Sciences and director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity. He has led numerous research projects on animal ecology and conservation, including studies of old growth forests, wetlands, agricultural grasslands, amphibians, soil organisms, small mammals, spiders, songbirds, butterflies and black bears.

Buffet Luncheon: Served between 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. (come in when you can). Program immediately following, scheduled to end by 1:10 p.m.

$15 per program includes luncheon, presentation and materials. Contact the Office of Outreach and Extension at (920) 465-2102 for more information, or register with a credit card online at

White and Larmouth Tops for 'Tough' Prof
In the October edition of the "@lumni Newsletter," we asked who was your toughest professor (one who inspired and challenged you) and why? The top two vote-getters were Keith White (Natural and Applied Sciences) and Donald Larmouth (Communication and the Arts). Below are some of your takes on these two and other tough profs. Look for more in the next edition of Inside coming to your coffee table in February.

Profs. Keith White and Donald Larmouth"Dr. Keith White — I tried to take every one of his classes. I had to tape the class and listen to each lecture two times. I got good grades but it took a lot of hard work. He was excellent."

"Dr. White — Energetic, enthusiastic and unpredictable. His energy and enthusiasm made him influential. His unpredictability when writing tests made him tough. You never knew what to expect on one of Dr. White's tests, so the only way to excel was to know the subject."

"Donald Larmouth — He was the most inspiring and challenging professor I had throughout my years at UWGB. He encouraged and supported me in my decision to major in communications and the arts even though my ultimate goal was to become a collegiate women's basketball coach. He told me the tools a collegiate coach needs — specifically, public speaking, writing, promoting/recruiting — were extremely compatible with a communications degree."

"Dr. Donald Larmouth — Dr. Larmouth demanded precision and expected students to work to their maximum capacity. There were days when I thought I just wasn't smart enough to handle the class. However, Dr. Larmouth gave as much as he expected. One night after class about 15 students met in the Wood Hall cafe to work in study groups. We stopped Dr. Larmouth on his way out the door to ask a "quick question". After a few minutes, Dr. Larmouth took off his hat and coat and worked with us an additional two hours. He didn't leave until all of our questions were answered and each of us understood the material. I learned a great deal in his courses. Not only did I acquire new knowledge, I learned how to tackle difficult material. Most importantly, I learned to have faith in my own abilities. I always think of Dr. Larmouth as the toughest professor from whom I learned the most."

"Dr. Petrakopoulos — I remember a calculus mid-term that most of us failed or did poorly on. Instead of berating us (or himself), he took ownership of the poor performance with us, proceeded to teach the material again, and gave the exam over."

Dollars and Good Sense.
Why advocating for your alma mater means even more, now that you're an alumnus.

The State of Wisconsin will increase overall spending by more than $432 million in the net two years. Despite this increase, the UW System received a $250 million cut in state funding — the only area among the state's top five spending items to receive a decrease in 2003-05.

Did you know?
that an additional $20 million in one-time cuts are anticipated? If so, it would greatly diminish the UW's ability to educate its160,000 students and annually graduate 29,000 highly skilled workers that fuel Wisconsin's economy.

Did you know?
that since 1996 UW enrollment has increased by 10,000 students, but the number of full-time faculty members has dropped by approximately 700 due to past cuts in funding?

Did you know?
that Wisconsin is one of just six states in which higher education funding has dropped by at least 7 percent (2001-02 to 2003-04)?

It doesn't take a political scientist or a financial specialist to predict what will happen to Wisconsin if the UW System continues on this tumultuous path — less outreach services, less highly skilled workers, less opportunity for advancement, lower household income, fewer job opportunities, increased brain-drain (graduates leaving the state to find career opportunities), less brain gain (qualified graduates migrating to Wisconsin to find good jobs. The downward spiral began 10 years ago. If it continues, the final consequences will be devastating to the state.

The most important question is, how can you help? By advocating for your alma mater, you give a personal touch to the work of your university while further enhancing the value of your degree. Your alma mater's story is much more compelling when legislators see that a university's work affects the every-day lives of citizens. Legislators need to hear from you — the people who have jobs, create jobs and invest in the future of Wisconsin.

The most effective way to advocate is to call or write letters. Use e-mails as the last option. Our legislators receive hundreds of e-mails per week and we don't want your letter lost in the SPAM. Learn more about your legislators and how to contact them at Wisconsin State Legislature.

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Alumni Events

Fall Commencement / Saturday, December 20, 2003
Weidner Center for the Performing Arts

Alumni Reception, Chicago, Illinois / Saturday, January 24, 2004
Moretti's, downtown Chicago
Held in conjunction with Phoenix Men's Basketball Game vs. UIC

UW-Green Bay Alumni/Employee Reception, Tuesday, February 3, 2004
Phoenix Rooms B/C, University Union, 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Humana Employee/UW-Green Bay Alumni Reception, Wednesday, February 4, 2004
Humana Health Insurance, 4 - 5 p.m.

Phoenix Hall of Fame Banquet / Friday, February 13, 2004
Phoenix Rooms, University Union
Contact the Phoenix Sports Center for tickets at (920) 465-2145

Alumni Basketball Games / Saturday, February 14, 2004
Women's Alumnae Game, Noon, Phoenix Sports Center
Men's Alumni Game, 4 p.m., Resch Center

Alumni Awards Night / Saturday, March 20, 2004
Phoenix Rooms, University Union
Past Presidents and Cornerstone Dinner, 5 p.m.
Alumni Awards, 6:30 p.m.

Lunch with UWGB Downtown:
Stay in Touch with Your Alma Mater! / Thursday, March 25, 2004

Regency Suites and Convention Center
Guest Speaker, Dr. Bob Howe, Natural and Applied Sciences Department, to discuss, "Monitoring the Health of the Great Lakes."
Contact the Office of Outreach and Extension at (920) 465-2102 for more information, or register with a credit card online at

Extended Degree 25th Anniversary Reception and
Dedication of the William Laatsch Room / Saturday, April 3, 2004

Winter Garden, Mary Ann Cofrin Hall, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bayfest 2004
Thursday, June 10 through Sunday, June 13

Scholarship Golf Outing / Saturday, June 12
12:30 p.m.

For more information on any alumni events or activities, contact director of alumni relations Mark Brunette at 920-465-2074.


Class Notes

Richard Pigeon '72 was named senior vice president and commercial business manager by F&M Bank for its Green Bay, Algoma and Sturgeon Bay offices. He is responsible for assisting commercial and agricultural loan clients and connecting clients with specialists in other areas to meet the person's financial needs. He majored in managerial systems.

Susan Kitchell Peirce '78, a science and environmental change graduate, received her Ph.D. from Clemson University in biochemistry. Her dissertation was, "Regulation of Bax and Bcl-2 levels by a Prolactic Antagonist in Human Breast Cancer Model Systems."

Terry Powers '81 joined the 500 Festival staff as Vice President of Communications. The communication and the arts graduate, will manage the areas of licensing, merchandise, television production, foundation grant writing, communications, media relations, marketing operations, publications and other functions. The 500 Festival was created to organize civic events celebrating the Indianapolis 500 and is operated by more than 7,000 volunteers helping to produce the events, with attendance of more than 400,000 people annually. Powers spent six years as associate commissioner of the Horizon League, where his responsibilities included managing communications and marketing efforts of League. He also served as tournament manager for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship early rounds in 1999 and 2003 and for the Final Four in April 2000. Powers and his wife, Julie, have one daughter Ashley (16) and a son, Kelly (14). They reside in Indianapolis.

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