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@lumni Newsletter March 2004

[ Alumni News | Alumni Events | Class Notes ]

Alumni News

Record-setting night for Phone-A-Thon
UW-Green Bay Director of Annual Giving Shane Kohl proudly announces a one-evening, record amount of pledges. The previous one-night high of $4,730 was blown away by the $6,195 pledged last Tuesday night (Feb. 24).

2004 Phone-A-ThonStudent callers say "Mueller Match" making a difference
Student callers say the new one-night record is representative of how well this year's campaign is going, and they attribute more gifts and increased gifts to this year's Mueller Match. Craig Mueller '71 challenged alumni with a dollar-for-dollar match of their donation. The money raised goes to the Founder's Association unrestricted fund for scholarships.

Phone-A-Thon continues through March 11
The Phone-A-Thon continues through March 11. Go to the Phone-A-Thon Web site at for more information. And remember; be nice to the student callers!

Christian AkiwowoChristian Akiwowo named 'Distinguished Alumni'
Christian Akiwowo '74, standing second from left, will receive the Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award, March 20. The honor goes to Akiwowo in recognition of his extensive and sustained academic and professional accomplishments, civic responsibility and national and international notoriety in his field.

Akiwowo, a clinical psychologist, founded Alajobi Rehabilitative Services, Chicago, in 1994, fulfilling a lifelong dream to personally and directly impact the cycle of hopelessness facing abused and neglected children whom he had long served at the hospitals he worked for. He is the president and CEO of the organization which is a not for profit welfare and community mental health agency, licensed by the state of Illinois. His research in child maltreatment and his innovative, therapeutic approaches to treating and preventing child abuse have earned him international recognition.

He earned a bachelor's degree in managerial systems at UW-Green Bay, followed by a master's degree at UW-Milwaukee and a Ph.D. at Loyola University of Chicago in Counseling Psychology.

Join us! March 20 is the 2004 Alumni Awards and Recognition Dinner
Help us recognize Christian Akiwowo and other outstanding alumni at the 2004 Alumni Awards and Recognition Dinner, March 20, at the University Union.

Other presentations are:
    • Distinguished Service Awards (to retiring members of the board of directors)
    • Recognition of past presidents of the Alumni Association
    • Recognition of Cornerstone Society members
    • Presentation of the Outstanding Master's Thesis

When: Saturday, March 20, 2004
Where: Phoenix Rooms, University Union
Time: 5 p.m. social; 6 p.m. dinner; 7 p.m. awards program
Cost: $15 per person
Registration Deadline: Monday, March 15

To register or learn more, contact Mark Brunette, Director of Donor and Alumni Relations, at (920) 465-2586, or e-mail at

Student represents UW-Green Bay well in Regent testimony
Megan Habermann, a Communication Processes student from the state of Oregon, spoke out forcefully at last month's meeting of the System Board of Regents. She said Wisconsin's actions in driving up out-of-state tuition have backfired. Her comments are archived at Chancellor Bruce Shepard's Web site at

Alumni families get 'Return to Wisconsin' break on non-resident tuition
Habermann's point — that non-resident tuition is too high — is evident in dwindling numbers of out-of-state students. Experts say this is bad for diversity, the bottom line (non-resident students subsidize lower tuition for in-state students), and the need to attract top talent to Wisconsin. The UW System, already recognizing this, is trying to reverse the trend with its "Return to Wisconsin" deal for out-of-state alumni. The last "Inside UW-Green Bay" magazine carried more at

March Madness turns talk to tournament time
Go to to receive streamlined Internet broadcasts of Phoenix men's and women's basketball games in the post-season or more importantly, come see the teams in person!

2003 Horizon League Championship winners• The Phoenix women will host the winner of Youngstown State vs. Wright State in a quarterfinal game on Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Sports Center, on campus. Semifinals (Sunday, March 7) and finals (Monday, March 8) will be at UW-Milwaukee or at the highest remaining seed, should UWM fall in the opening round.

Will the Phoenix women hoist the hardware again this year? Check out more photos from the 2003 Horizon League championship game at

• The Phoenix men will play the winner of Butler and Youngstown State on Friday, March 5 at a site TBD. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be in Indianapolis if Butler advances. If Butler loses its first round game, Friday and Saturday's games will move to the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. The Tuesday, March 9 Championship game will be hosted by Butler, if the Bulldogs advance, or by the highest remaining seed. The game will be televised live on ESPN at 8 p.m. CST.

What's on the Horizon?
Remember the AMCU, the Mid-Con, the MCC? Want to know more about the Horizon League? We asked League Commissioner Jon LeCrone to predict the outcome of the Horizon League Basketball Championships beginning this week. His response? "No comment."

But he did share his perspectives on the League's future, the importance of UW-Green Bay to the League, the urgency of the Phoenix Sports Center expansion to the future of the UWGB campus, and the name change from the MCC to the Horizon League. Click on to read LeCrone's view.

Congratulations swimming and diving teams
The UWGB Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving teams each finished second at the Horizon League Championships this past weekend. Way to go Phoenix!


Alumni Events

Upcoming events you don't want to miss:

• 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

Erick Hoffman '89, marketing manager for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and Madeline (Gajkowski) Hoffman '87, director of compliance for the National Fair Housing Council, also in Washington, D.C., gave birth to their second daughter, Linnea, on February 4. Their first daughter, Avianna, is thrilled to be a big sister. Erick majored in theatre and Madeline in psychology.

Jennifer (Schwartz) Jarock '93 is the government affairs director for the Brown County Home Builders Association. She majored in political science. Her husband Joel '94 is also a UWGB graduate, and a math major. He teaches math in the Pulaski School District.

Ryan Kauth '96 is the executive director of the Federal Chamber of Commerce in San Diego, California. Both he and his wife, Tamara (Eisner) Kauth, earned their degrees in human biology.

Joele Kay Farnham '98 is working toward her jurist doctorate at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. She double-majored in social change and development and political science.

Joe Pieper '99 is the small business banking manager for Associated Bank's South Central Region based in Madison. He oversees all aspects of small business lending throughout Associated Bank's 25 branch offices in south central Wisconsin. He has worked in other capacities for Associated Bank for four years. Pieper majored in economics.

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