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@lumni Newsletter February 2004

[ Alumni News | Alumni Events | Class Notes ]

Alumni News

New address? New job? Let us know.
Don't become a lost alum! Updating your alumni information is just a click away at It only takes a few minutes and it helps ensure that you continue to receive alumni and University mailings and information. Please pass along the Web-link to friends and co-workers who are UWGB graduates.

Alumni Phone-A-Thon callerThe Phone-A-Thon is underway
The 7th Annual UW-Green Bay Alumni Phone-A-Thon has begun! Nearly 20 callers (all current UWGB undergraduates) will be on the phone from 6 to 8:30 p.m., five nights a week, until March 11, helping to reconnect with graduates.

Your chance to connect, compare, contribute
The Phone-A-Thon gives you a chance to do three things: connect, compare and contribute. We hope you connect by helping us update your alumni information. We want to know about your new job, a promotion, a new addition to the family...anything that's new with you. The Phone-A-Thon also allows you to compare notes and share stories with the student callers. Find out if your favorite professor is still here, who is more popular, "Ellen" or "Oprah," or if Wood Hall (SE to some of you) elevator is still so slow. The event also allows you to contribute to UW-Green Bay.

Speaking of contributions … Where does the money go?
The majority of the funds raised through the Alumni Phone-A-Thon go right back to scholarships for current students. Last year more than $50,000 was raised through the Phone-A-Thon to help offset the rising cost of tuition.

Craig MuellerDouble your contribution with the "Mueller match!"
Craig Mueller '71 has provided an extra incentive to contribute to the Phone-A-Thon this year by offering to match, dollar-for-dollar, gifts made to the event. Mueller, a humanism and cultural change major, has offered the challenge in the hopes other alums will increase their gift or make a first-time gift. To learn more about Craig and his inspiring story, follow this link to the February 2002 issue of Inside UW-Green Bay

Check out (and check back on) the Phone-A-Thon Web site
Watch this site, starting later this month, for progress reports on the 2004 UW-Green Bay Phone-A-Thon. You'll find the latest news, photos and more at

Travel with the Alumni Association
Interested in making travel plans this summer or fall with fellow UW-Green Bay alumni and friends of the University? The Alumni Association has partnered to offer a new and exciting alumni travel benefit with popular packages at reasonable rates. Color brochures describing these travel packages are available from the UW-Green Bay Alumni Office at (920) 465-ALUM, or by e-mailing

First-year packages are:

• London, July 23-31, $1,449 per person
Accommodations at the four-star Holiday Inn Kensington Forum hotel located in the heart of the Chelsea and Kensington district. Optional excursions include trips to Bath & Stonehenge, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Warwick Castle, Windsor Castle, a dinner theater evening as well as the city of London including Big Ben, Trafalgar Square and the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.

• Switzerland and Italy, Sept. 10-18, $1,499 per person
The best of the Swiss Alps and Italy's magnificent Lake Garda are combined in this travel package. Travelers will stay in Engelberg, Switzerland, a picture-postcard resort city nestled in an unforgettable mountain landscape with shops, hiking and walking trails, and panoramic views. The second leg of the trip brings you to the shimmering blue waters of Italy's largest lake, located in the foothills of the Dolomites, with a Mediterranean climate and orchards and vineyards nearby.

Inside magazine coverInside UW-Green Bay
The quarterly alumni newsletter hit the streets February 1. If you do not receive your copy by the middle of the month, contact Mark Brunette at (920) 465-2586, or e-mail

Chancellor Shepard's FYI
Should affordability and access forever be a part of public higher education? UW-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard thinks so. Check out his historical perspective on the subject and his hopes for the future in the "Chancellor's FYI" at

Investing in the future

Did you know?
that the University of Wisconsin System makes up 9% of the State's budget, but absorbed 38% of the budget cuts (2003-2005)? That 38% amounts to approximately $250,000,000 (about what is going to be spent on rehabbing the Marquette interchange in Milwaukee).

Did you know?
that to offset these huge budget cuts, over 700 full-time positions were cut from the UW-System, even though tuition increases reduced the total cut to $100,000,000?

Did you know?
that the affects of increasing tuition, because the State of Wisconsin continues the decade long trend of disinvesting in higher education, is limiting access for high school graduates who come from the lower and lower-middle income brackets?

According to the Census Bureau and ACT, Inc., in 2002, freshman enrollment at UW System schools from families making less than $30,000 per year is down nearly 25% as compared to 1992. According to those same two sources and for the same time period, enrollment for students from families making $46,000 - $61,000 is down over 11%. On the other side of the income spectrum, enrollment for those students from families making more that $83,000 per year is up 31% since 1992.

Affordability is at issue here. The distribution of intelligence, talent, entrepreneurship and creativity is not dependent on family income. But access to higher education is slowly, but surely, becoming that way. Tuition is up better than 15% around the state this year, and will climb another 15% next year. High school graduates from lower and lower to middle income families are at risk of being shut out of the system.

If you are concerned, the most effective way to advocate is to call. Writing letters is another method. Use e-mails as the last option; our legislators receive hundreds of e-mail per week (don't get lost in the SPAM). To learn more about your legislators, click on the following link: Wisconsin State Legislature.


Alumni Events

Upcoming events you don't want to miss:

• Alumni Phone-A-Thon / Feb. 10 to March 11

• Phoenix Hall of Fame Banquet / Friday, Feb. 13
Call 920-465-2145 for tickets

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

• Alumni Awards Night / Saturday, March 20
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
Regency Suites and Convention Center, Green Bay
Guest Speaker, Dr. Bob Howe, Natural and Applied Sciences Department, "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
Winter Garden, Mary Ann Cofrin Hall, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Bayfest 2004 / Thursday through Sunday, June 10-13

• Scholarship Golf Outing / Saturday, June 12

For more information on alumni events or activities, contact director of alumni relations Mark Brunette at 920-465-2586.


Class Notes

Kay Erickson '82 directs the state of Oregon Publishing & Distribution (P&D) program, recently named the seventh largest in-plant facility in the nation based on annual budget ($24,556,000) and number of employees (132) by In-Plant Graphics, a national trade magazine. P&D is the central provider for copying, printing, mailing and distribution for the state of Oregon. She majored in sociology.

Steve Ryan '83 is owner of a commercial photography business, Ryan Photography, Green Bay. He was selected as project photographer for the Lambeau Stadium Redevelopment Project, and a gallery show of his works is on exhibit now through Feb. 28 at Green Bay Community Theater. He majored in communication and the arts and business administration.

Kim Chong '84 is director of employment and training for N.E.W. Rehabilitation, Inc., Green Bay, and is responsible for the facility and community-based client employee training programs at N.E.W. Curative and the Wisconsin Job Center. She majored in business administration.

Stacie Herzog '84 and '89 is the Director of Bellin Hospital's Outpatient Center and she teaches human development courses at UWGB and Bellin College of Nursing. Herzog majored in human biology and psychology and earned a master's degree in community human services. She is a national authority on Alzheimer's Disease support services.

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