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@lumni Newsletter May 2005

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Alumni News

Shorewood Golf logo.

Driving for student scholarships — $110,000 and counting...
It's not our biggest fundraiser, but $110,000 in student scholarships has been raised through the years in our annual Alumni Association Golf Outing.
Join us Friday, June 10 at the Shorewood Golf Course for the 25th annual event in our "fun" drive to help even more students.

Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. with tee-off at 1:30 p.m. It is a four-person scramble with food, beverage, prizes, contests and more. Click to register online. Holes sponsors and door prizes are welcome. Call Mark Brunette at (920) 465-2586, or e-mail if you have questions.

Happy Anniversary, Bayfest!
Bayfest market photo.
That's right, Bayfest is celebrating 25 years of food, music and fun. From a tent in the back of the Phoenix Sports Center to a complex on the University's main boulevard, it has evolved into the largest music and food festival north of Milwaukee's Summerfest. Look for five stages of continuous entertainment: jazz, rock, funk, blues, country, reggae, etc., plus a battle of the bands. Never attended? Then you're one of the few. The festival draws 80,000 people annually and benefits UW-Green Bay student scholarships and community non-profit organizations. Click here for more:

Bayfest corn tent volunteers. Stock-up on degreaser, then join us at the Corn Tent
Organizers of the Alumni Association's annual Bayfest Corn Tent are hoping to (h)ear from you. The work is easy (although a bit slick because of the butter) and the conversation with fellow alums on both sides of the counter can't be beat. Shucks — you can even volunteer online. Go to and fill out a volunteer form for a three-hour shift. Parking and admission into Bayfest are free. Bring a friend, or two, or more. Wearing the goofy uniform is not mandatory. We'll provide the apron, which is essential.

Studio Two named after 'First Lady'
The former Studio II, an intimate classroom and performance space at the Weidner Center, was renamed Sunday (May 15) for the late Jean Weidner, "First Lady" and wife of UW-Green Bay founding Chancellor Edward W. Weidner.

A special plaque was unveiled honoring Jean, a leading advocate of the arts, education, community involvement and UW-Green Bay's award-winning theatre program.
Jean Weidner.

Offerings for Educators.

New summer offerings for educators
More than a dozen new professional development opportunities, including courses in leadership and drug impairment training, a second level of sing language and a Spanish vocabulary and grammar course, are available to educators this summer at UWGB. Courses align with Wisconsin's standards for teacher and administrator development and licensure. Register soon, enrollment is limited. The Office of Outreach and Extension coordinates the effort. Visit for detailed course information and to register, or call (920) 465-2480 or 1-800-892-2118.

Mark, got a great deal on a rental car'...

A happy alumnus called to report that she got a great deal on a rental car through the new Alumni Travel Benefits program. Don't believe it? Check it out at (There you'll find our top secret code for special rates!) For other unbelievable deals, read on...

Bring in the New Year!
Seven days in Paris and Amsterdam for $1,100

If you're a young alum, or young at heart, you can bring in the new year on a seven day trip to Amsterdam and Paris for only $1,100 (Chicago departure point) as part of your Alumni Association's new Young Alumni Travel Program. The cost includes round-trip airfare, hotels, tours, some meals, and more. Go to the Travel Programs site at the Benefits and Services section of the Alumni Web site for more information about this trip and others planned for 2006. Call (920) 465-2586 or e-mail to request a travel brochure.

Milwaukee Brewers logo.
Can you resist a Rollie Fingers bobblehead?

Get the doll, plus beer, brats, baseball, free stuff and great company (UW alums from across the state) and a ticket for the Brewers vs. the Washington Nationals, all for $40. The Big Reunion Tailgate Party begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16 in the River East Parking Lot (Mets & Dodgers Lot), with game time at 6 p.m. between the Brewers and the Washington Nationals. Interested? Make checks payable to the Alumni Association by June 30, and mail to UW-Green Bay, Alumni Association — CL820, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311-7001. Indicate t-shirt size(s). Click to register online.

Summer is a hot time for learning...
sun. Enrollment for the revamped summer courses program for college students is growing at an impressive pace. Last week enrollment was up 43 percent over the final enrollment for summer 2004 and student credit hours were up 45 percent from last year's final number. Registration for summer courses is still open at
UW-Green Bay campers.
... And a great time for young learners

You'll find a wide variety of options for students from pre-school to high school in computers, music, art, languages, space science and more at UW-Green Bay Summer Camp program. Of course, we hope the happy campers build an affinity here and want to return as a student some day.
For more information about these camp options, check us out at Questions? Contact Mona Christensen ('80, '96) at or 920-465-CAMP (2267).

plant. Get two-pound potential at the 'Veggies Sale' May 21
plant.Nearly 40 varieties of heirloom plants go on sale Saturday, May 21 at the Lab Sciences greenhouse. Sale hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with tickets for greenhouse entrance being given out beginning at 8 a.m. On sale are tomatoes with the potential to produce fruits ranging from a half-inch in diameter to two-pounders, and for peppers running the gamut from mellow to habenero-hot.
Plants are $1 each. If any plants remain at the end of the day on Saturday, the sale will resume at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 22.

Awards go to 75 students of excellence
Thirty students received Chancellor's medallions and 45 received Leadership Awards this year. To see who is on the extensive lists, go to and to

Noteworthy: Another coach of the year
Jean Rivett, head coach of the UW-Green Bay softball team, was the fourth Phoenix coach this academic year to receive Horizon League Coach of the Year accolades. In just one season, she led the Phoenix to a remarkable turnaround and a second place regular-season conference finish. She joins Kevin Borseth (women's basketball), Jim Merner (swimming and diving) and GB Alum Shaun Rezachek (golf) in receiving the prestigious honor this year.
Jean Rivett.

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Alumni Events

Mark your calendars:
• June 10 Scholarship Golf Outing
Register online.
• June 9-12 Bayfest — Alumni Association Sponsors the Corn Tent
Volunteer online.
• July 16 UW System Day, Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Game and Tailgate Party
Register online.

For more information on alumni events or activities, go to


Class Notes

Barbara Polich '72 is a partner in the Salt Lake City office of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP., a national multi-practice law firm. She was honored in May 2004 by the Utah Judicial Council for distinguished service and contribution to technology in Utah courts during nine years on the Standing Committee on Technology. She is an active member of the Utah State and American Bar Associations. In 1994, she was named private practice lawyer of the year by the Federal Bar Association, Utah Chapter. Polich has been an adjunct professor at a number of colleges for many years, and in 2001, was recognized by Utah Business magazine as one of the Top 10 most effective litigation lawyers in Salt Lake City. An active community member, she serves as vice president of the Salt Lake Acting Company, and on the boards of the Utah College of Nursing Development and the Salt Lake County Fine Arts Collection. She earned her J.D. from UW-Madison, and has an urban analysis degree from UW-Green Bay.

Gary Fandrei '75 is the executive director of the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association in Kanai, Alaska. He serves as secretary and treasurer of the Cook Inlet Salmon Brand, Inc. (Kenai Wild) and alternate director on the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council . He is also deputy commander of the Kenai Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol for search and rescue and is a member of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council's Public Advisory Committee. He is a past board member of the United Fishermen of Alaska and is a member of the finance subcommittee and the hatchery subcommittee of the Alaska Legislative Task Force on Salmon Fisheries. His degree is in science and environmental change.

Martha Brown '76 serves as the deputy commissioner of the Milwaukee Dept. of City Development (DCD). DCD is the agency responsible for planning, economic development, neighborhood development and public housing within the city of Milwaukee. Prior to her appointment as deputy commissioner in June 2004, she was the manager of the Milwaukee Development Center, which handles all aspects of development permitting (building permits, zoning approvals, etc.). Her degree is in urban and regional analysis.

W. Michael McDavit '79 was recently named the Chief of the Policy and Regulatory Services Branch in the Office of Pesticide Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. His degree is in science and environmental change.

Karl Boehler '84 was one of five faculty members to receive the 2004 Distinguished Teaching Award at UW-Oshkosh for teaching excellence, service, professional commitment and scholarly growth. His class topics include ancient and medieval literature with theme-based inquiry seminars. He has led a student study-trip to England. His areas of interest include Anglo-Saxon poetry, Middle English prose and poetry and ancient Greek and Roman heroic poetry. Boehler earned a humanistic studies degree from UW-Green Bay, two master's degrees from Western Michigan University, and recently earned his Ph.D. in Medieval Literature from Marquette University.

Carolyn Sykora '84 is the education coordinator at the U.S. Office of Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (E-Law U.S.), in Eugene, Ore. She recruits and manages the work of dozens of E-Law volunteers and interns, and directs programs for working exchange fellows from around the world. E-Law's mission is to protect the environment through law. Sykora has undergraduate degrees in human biology, philosophy and chemistry.

Jody (Robinson) Keil '87 works for Aurora Health Care as a clinic application support specialist in charge of computer applications and support for Aurora's Two Rivers Clinic. She is also a volunteer "foster mom" for Small Paws Rescue, a Bichon Frise rescue organization based out of Tulsa, Okla. Her degrees are in human development and psychology.

Cheryl (Froelich) Chaudoir '92 is a systems analyst with the Lake Companies in Green Bay. Her husband, William Chaudoir '75, is the executive director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation. Her degree is in math and his in science and environmental change. They reside in Sturgeon Bay.

James Lacy '92 was appointed as associate state cartographer, out of the State Cartographer's Office, located on the UW-Madison campus. The office specializes in Wisconsin mapping and land information issues. Lacy's degrees are in geography and information and computing science.

Pauline Macharia '92 is a group business development manager-aviation with International SOS in London, England. Her organization focuses on medical and security evacuation in the event of an emergency. Since graduating, she has worked in sales and marketing fields within the aviation industry and in multicultural environments such as Dubai, Singapore, South Africa. Her degree is in information and computing sciences.

Kou Vang '98 identifies herself as a Hmong-American woman, artist, writer, activist, wife and mother. She recently completed a project, 'Portraits of Hmong Women,' an expose of the stories and portraits of 19 Hmong-American women and their struggles with their dual identity. The project is supported by the Ella Lyman Cabot Trust Fund, and in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board. Vang, an art major at UW-Green Bay, earned a Master's Degree in Visual Studies in 2004 from Cardinal Stritch and is the University's graphic designer. Her project is featured in the Cardinal Stritch Winter/Spring 2005 Magazine.

Mariah Goecke '01 completed her degree requirements at Palmer College of Chiropractic in February 2005. She graduated summa cum laude, was named a Presidential Scholar, and was inducted into Pi Tau Delta, a chiropractic honors society. She will set up her practice in Waukesha. She majored in human biology.

Margaret (Swan) Shulman '03 graduates in 2006 with a Master's in Forensic Nursing from Fitchburg State College. She works for the State of Massachusetts' Medical Examiners Office as a forensic nurse. She has a bachelor's degree in nursing from UW-Green Bay.

Sarah Rose Thomas '03 presented a workshop, "Humor in Poetry with Sarah Rose Thomas," in April at the Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee. She graduated with a degree in English and an emphasis in creative writing.

Michelle Stark '04 is a public relations coordinator with Stephan & Brady, Madison's largest advertising and public relations agency, with clients such as Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Great Wolf Resorts, Church Mutual Insurance Co. and the Gordon Flesch Co. Her degree is in communication processes.

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