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@lumni Newsletter March 2005

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Alumni News

Three to receive Distinguished Alumni Awards
Three alumni have been selected among many nominees for the Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Awards. About the award-winners:

Craig Cobane.Craig Cobane '90 is on leave from his job as an assistant professor of political science at Culver-Stockton College, in Canton, Mo., to serve the United States Department of Defense through a Defense Policy Fellowship. He works for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in areas of peacekeeping and humanitarian aid. International relations, international security, American and government and political philosophy are his areas of expertise. He is also credited with creating new programs for students and mentoring students in their own areas of scholarship. The former UW-Green Bay resident assistant and Chancellor's Leadership Medallion award winner, has a lengthy list of fellowships, publications and teaching awards since graduating from UW-Green Bay with a degree in political science. He has a master's degree and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Cincinnati.
Jim Wochinske. Jim Wochinske '74 took over ownership of Pomp's Tire Service in 1986, a company his father purchased in 1939, and grew the business from 12 stores and approximately 175 employees to 53 locations in eight states and nearly 1,000 employees. Through the years, he and his wife Kathy '74 have generously supported the community and the University and its efforts including gifts to the Weidner Center, student scholarships, athletics, advancement (particularly the Alumni Golf Outing, and most recently, the Capital Campaign). Jim graduated in 1974 with a degree in managerial systems (now business administration). Kathy earned her degree in humanism and cultural change and also has a certification to teach grades 1-8. They met in London as part of a January Interim travel course.
William Hanrahan. William Hanrahan '82, the Wisconsin Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General, was recently named "Leader in the Law" by the Wisconsin Law Journal, for his outstanding contributions to the practice of law, Wisconsin's legal community and the community. Hanrahan is the director of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit responsible for the prosecution of white-collar crimes involving physical abuse, sexual assault and neglect of residents of healthcare facilities. He maintains an active caseload in both criminal and civil matters across the state. As Milwaukee County's Assistant DA in the early 1990s, he supervised the prosecution of more than 16,000 cases of domestic abuse annually, and personally designed, directed and implemented a policy that was a radical departure from past practice and hailed by media and others as "a welcome crackdown on abusers." He earned a degree in urban studies from UW-Green Bay and a J.D. from Hamline University School of Law. He is requested extensively as a speaker for his many areas of expertise and at present, is an adjunct professor of criminal law at both Marquette University and Edgewood College, Madison.

Join us at Alumni Awards Night
Help us honor our 'distinguished' alumni and reconnect with your alma mater at Alumni Awards Night, Saturday, April 16. Contact Mark Brunette in the Alumni Relations Office at (920) 465-2586, or at for additional information and registration. Cost is $15 per person. Reservation deadline is Friday, April 8, 2005.

The evening includes:
5 p.m. — Cash Bar Reception, Phoenix Rooms, University Union
6 p.m. — Dinner, Italian Pasta Buffet
7 p.m. — Awards Program

Ireland travel photo.'Tis the time for a trip to Ireland
Those who have never traveled to Ireland often ask those who have, "What's so great about Ireland?" The answer is always, "The people!" And of course there is much more to the Emerald Isle. It's a land of constantly changing colors, magnificent and varied landscapes, rugged mountains, imposing valleys, lush green fields, deep blue lakes and long sandy beaches, unlike anywhere else in the world.

Ireland travel photo.

See for yourself September 17-25 with other UW-Green Bay Alumni. Call 920-465-2586 or e-mail to request a travel brochure.

UW System logo. A UW Degree is reason to celebrate!
We have spirit, yes we do... and so does Governor Jim Doyle who will declare April 11 through 15 as UW System Week. The weeklong celebration recognizes the value of a UW degree to the State of Wisconsin and local economies, and more specifically, its graduates. Plan to wear UW Colors to work on Friday, April 15.
UW-Green Bay logo.Show your spirit to other UW grads
Do you live in the Green Bay area? Plan to attend a cash bar, complimentary hors d'oeuvre reception at St. Brendan's Inn, 234 S. Washington Street, downtown Green Bay from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14. Wear your alma mater's colors and receive a discount on your first beverage.

Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.Grab your suits, pack your towels, it's spring at the Dells!
There's still time to sign up for Alumni and Friends Family Weekend at the Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells. Many families have already taken advantage of this great offer.

For $109 per night — you'll receive a double queen room for four and unlimited access to the three indoor waterparks and four-story foam playground. Secure a room by calling 1-800-867-9453. Tell the resort that you are part of the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association Room Block when making your reservation. Reservations for rooms must be made by April 1.

• Is golf your game? A half dozen tee times at the discounted rate of $54 per 18 holes, beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday at Wilderness Resort's Golf Club are being held. Call (608) 253-4653, tell them you're part of the 'UW-Green Bay' group, to schedule. Reservations must be made by April 7.
• Then, grab your kids and Giddy-Up. From 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, gather at the Giddy-Up Bar for a cash bar, complimentary hors d'oeuvres reception with fellow graduates, their families and friends. The bar is located on the mezzanine level of the indoor arcade and dry play area, so the kids can still play (while you relax).

Alphabet soup for March Phone-A-Thon — URS, ECON, SCD and more
Thanks to business (and related majors) for their generous contributions to the Alumni Phone-a-thon in February. The Phone-a-thon turns its attention to alumni with majors in economics, social change and development, regional analysis, history, public administration and more, in March. Student callers will be on the phones from 6 to 8:45 p.m. (CST) March 20 through March 24 in hopes of reaching nearly 3,000 alumni. Student callers will update alumni information and ask alums to invest in their alma mater. Proceeds benefit student scholarships and more. Contact Shane Kohl at (920) 465-2018 or via e-mail at with questions or check out the Phone-a-thon Web site at

Cabin Fever? We've got the remedy...
Schedule a late spring vacation through the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association Travel Benefits program and you'll receive a $50 discount on a week-long condominium rental with a check-in date during the months of April and May, 2005. That means you can rent a condo for an entire week for as little as $299 or $42.75 per night. Go to to view a few of the thousands of available resorts and dates, or call 1-888-472-3842 and speak with a vacation guide to learn about the great possibilities and to make reservations. Be sure to use the "super secret" UW-Green Bay registration code: AWI-001 when making your reservation.


The UW-Green Bay women's swimming and diving team won the 2005 Horizon League title Feb. 26, its third title under Head Coach Jim Merner after three straight runner-up finishes. Merner was named Horizon League women's swimming coach of the year … again — his fifth such honor in a decade. See more at

Congratulations to the UW-Green Bay Phoenix Pride dance team for capturing first place in the funk/hip hop division of the United Performing Association Cheer and Dance Championship, Feb. 24-27, in Minneapolis. The team was competing at a national competition for the first time in its history as a UW-Green Bay student organization. The team is advised by Phoenix alumn April (VandenPlas) Prokash '92.

UW-Green Bay women's Nordic skiers, junior Johanna Winters and sophomore Tanya Cook, advanced to the 2005 NCAA Championships in Stowe, Vt. March 9-13. For more on the ski team go to

The Phoenix women's basketball team earned a #10 seed, for an ESPN-televised road game against #7 Maryland Sunday, March 20. The 21st-ranked Phoenix (27-3) play on the Terrapins home court in College Park, Md. Game time is 1:30 p.m. CST. For more on the Phoenix go to

Get your Badger? tickets...
We're all family here, right? The Wisconsin Alumni Association is making available Badgers' football tickets to UW-Green Bay alumni and friends for the Labor Day weekend game vs. Bowling Green University. The UW-Green Bay Alumni Office needs to reserve a block of tickets by April 15. Tickets prices are to be determined. If interested, e-mail your name, number of tickets you are interested in purchasing, and phone number to

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Shepard and student Dushani Corea-Dharmaratne. FYI focuses on international interests
Dushani Corea-Dharmaratne, a UW-Green Bay junior from Colombo, Sri Lanka, is coordinating an effort to help families devastated by the tsunami that struck her homeland in December. Her story is a reminder about the importance of our call to be connected globally.

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard applauds the effort of Dharmaratne in the March issue of the Chancellor's FYI and calls attention to other programs focusing on international topics.

See more from the Chancellor at

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Alumni Events

Mark your calendars:
• March 22 Wisconsin Public Service Business Reception
• April 14 UW-Green Bay Phoenix Spirit Reception
• April 16 Alumni Awards Night
• April 26 Virchow, Krause & Company Business Reception/Luncheon
• May 6-8 Alumni and Friends Family Weekend, Wilderness Hotel and Golf Resort, Wisconsin Dells
• June 10 Scholarship Golf Outing
• June 9-12 Bayfest — Alumni Association Sponsors the Corn Tent
• July 16 UW System Day, Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Game and Tailgate Party

For more information on alumni events or activities, go to


Class Notes

Ron Lodes '70, a member of UW-Green Bay's first graduating class, recently announced his retirement from Modine Manufacturing, headquartered in Racine, as its advertising and sales promotion manager. Modine is one of the world's largest manufacturers and distributors of heat exchange equipment. Lodes majored in managerial systems.

Dave Muench '72 and '79 was recently one of 100 faculty and staff across the University of Wisconsin System named a 2004-05 "Wisconsin Idea Fellow" by the Board of Regents, in recognition of public service and efforts to further economic development in Wisconsin. UW-Extension Chancellor (and now System President) Kevin Reilly, in nominating Muench, cited his leadership in the Northeast Wisconsin Economic Opportunity Study, which has generated much interest by both the public and private sectors in moving the region into the new knowledge-based economy. Muench is a community development educator with UW-Cooperative Extension for the past 24 years, the last 19 years in Outagamie County. His undergraduate degree is in regional analysis and his master's is in environmental arts and sciences.

Richard Green '77 and '83 works in Houston for Waste Management as a senior manager for environmental protection. His undergraduate degree is in science and environmental change and he has a master's degree in science and environmental policy.

Kathryn (DeBaker) Krynik '81 is the sole proprietor of Pegasus Editorial Services in Homewood, Ill. After 20 years as an editor at the University of Chicago Press, she has gone into business for herself and is editing manuscripts from throughout the country. She has two children, Jason, who is an architect, and Rachel, who is in her third year at Cornell University. Her degree is in humanistic studies.

Russell Vogel '84 continues his 18-year career with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) as a systems engineer. He works in Wisconsin, as well as servicing accounts in San Francisco, Plano, Tex. and Boulder, Colo. He serves as a volunteer guardian of an elderly disabled person for the South Madison Coalition of Aging. He also volunteers with the Independent Living organization, helping with household tasks that tenants are no longer able to perform. His degree is in regional analysis.

Ann Brandt '85 is the assistant vice president-client services for Reinsurance Solutions International (RSI) in Philadelphia. Her degree is in humanistic studies with an emphasis in literature and language.

Jeffrey Hess '91 completed a master's in vocal performance at the University of Minnesota, and is in the second year of a doctoral music program there. He completed his first lead role as Hoffmann in the spring opera performance of Offenbach's "Tales of Hoffmann", and has two major roles next season-Rinuccio in Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi" and Don Ottavio in Mozart's "Don Giovanni." The music major taught choir for 11 years in the public schools.

Janel Alberts '93 is a research analyst for the Orange County Health Care Agency in Santa Ana, Calif. In 2002, she received a Ph.D. in health psychology from the University of California-Irvine. In September 2004 she climbed Mt. Whitney, which has the highest elevation in the 48 contiguous United States, 14,497 ft. Her degrees are in psychology and human development.

Wesley Johnson '93 is a full-time therapist with the American Foundation in Green Bay. He returned to the area after eight years in West Palm Beach, Fla. He announces the birth of his fourth child (three girls and a boy) and invites e-mails from other alumni. He is a licensed professional counselor with the American Foundation of Counseling Services. His degrees are in psychology and human development.

Susan (Doughty) Moumblow '00 is a training and evaluation outreach coordinator with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. She is pursuing a Master's of Science Degree in Management and Organizational Behavior from Silver Lake College. She majored in communication processes.

Michael J.D. Brown '02 and '04 is planner for the Village of Montgomery, Ill. His undergraduate degree is in urban and regional studies and his master's is in environmental science and policy.

Aksel Schnell '02 is a purchasing manager for Nsight Teleservices, the parent company of Cellcom. He previously spent eight years as a product support specialist for Miller-St. Nazianz, Inc. He writes that he met Jimmy Buffett while on vacation in Key West. His degree is in business administration.

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