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@lumni Newsletter November 2005

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Alumni News

Photo: grandfather and grandson.

Think summer...
          Think Grandparents' U.
New this summer is a camp for grandparents and grandchildren. Grandparents' University will be held July 13-14, 2006. Alumni and close friends of UW-Green Bay are invited to participate with their grandchildren, ages 7-14. Choose your major from a number of subjects, all taught by UW-Green Bay faculty.
Watch this space for more information.

Stats guru Conley is

Statistically speaking, he has to be one of the best golfers on campus, yet it is likely that few know it. Now his secret is out, as longtime Business Administration Prof. William Conley was inducted recently into the Albion College Athletic Hall of Fame. He was honored along with teammates from Albion's unbeaten 1970 conference champions.

Photo: Albion College 1970 golf team.
A friend of Conley shared the photo with this newsletter, saying that so many UW-Green Bay alumni ("practically all of them," the source says) took his introductory statistics course that they'd probably be interested in hearing about his golfing greatness. (That's Bill at far right in the photo.)

14 of Top 50 have UW-Green Bay ties
Thirteen UWGB graduates and one former administrator (Don Harden) were recently listed as one of "50 People to Know" in Green Bay. The article appeared in the Oct./Nov. Bay Business Journal. They are:

Kathy Charles '04
Carol (La Luzerne) Gibson '85
Juliet Cole '80
Alex Zacarias '05
Tim Nixon '87
Stacy Lewis '00
William Gollnick '81
Naletta (Rucinski) Burr '98
Paul Linzmeyer '78
Ker Vang '98
Sue Premo '86
Laural (Virtues) Wauters '82
Glen Tilot '81
Donald Harden (administrator)

Two worlds, one common goal
What do philanthropist Jim Kress and UW-Green Bay student Melissa Detert have in common? Plenty. Read all about them in the latest Inside Magazine/Annual Report headed to your homes this week or next.

Groundbreaking photos
A lead gift by the Kress family Foundation enabled the University to break ground on a 32.5 million renovation to the existing Phoenix Sports Center. UW-Green Bay students and student-government leaders, shown below, were among the first to take a turn at the ceremonial shovels.
Click for more groundbreaking news and photos.

Photo: Sports and events center groundbreaking ceremony.

Prediction: Women's basketball No. 1, again
Despite losing four starters from last season's 27-4 squad, the UW-Green Bay women's basketball team is once again predicted to finish first in the Horizon League, according to a preseason poll of league coaches, sports information directors and media members. The Phoenix took home 23 of a possible 25 first-place votes, as the league's top team heading into the season for the fourth straight year.

Photo: Women's basketball coach Kevin Borseth.
For a women's basketball schedule go to

Plan to see the Phoenix in action? Buy now.
Expect a number of sellouts for Phoenix Women's games at the Phoenix Sports Center. Your best way to secure a ticket is by purchasing a season ticket. For tickets to Phoenix athletic events, click here

UW-Green Bay students take the stage
Making plans for an evening out? Don't forget about the outstanding stage and musical performances of UW-Green Bay students. Go to to find out more and to check out these seasonal shows:
9 Jazz I & II Ensembles
15 Vocal Jazz Ensemble
1-4 Musical: Amahl and the Night Visitors
5 Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band
6 Phoenix Chorale, Concert Choir and University Chorus
Dec. 7-9 Student-directed comedy: Only You
Dec. 9 Percussions and Hand Drumming

What's showing at the Lawton?
Bedtime Stories: An Installation by alumnae Rebecca Pearson '01 ended Nov. 3. The 33rd Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition runs Nov. 17 through Dec. 16. Lawton Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The gallery will be closed Nov. 24-28.

Carol Hammerle.Former Phoenix Coach honored at No Limits
No Limits! A Celebration of Women and Girls in Sports has announced that Carol Hammerle, head coach of the Phoenix women's basketball team for 25 seasons, will receive its Eternal Flame Award. The award recognizes a woman who has supported or contributed significantly to girls' and/or womens' sports in the Northeast Wisconsin community.

The event is a fundraiser for Phoenix women's athletics.

E-mail Amanda Braun at for ticket information.

'Sheepshead Review' welcomes alumni submissions

Sheepshead Review the campus journal for the arts is actively seeking works from UW-Green Bay alumni (those with works featured in its publications from the 1970s, '80s, and '90s.) Review of submissions begins Nov. 18. Direct questions to Editor-in-Chief Sarah Thiele at or adviser Rebecca Meacham at

Recognize these alums? They lead your Alumni Association.

New Board of Directors for the 2005-2008 terms:
Tara DuBois '04, staff accountant, Schenck Business Solutions
Jaclyn Fradette '99, buyer coordinator, Cornerstone Business Services
Sarah Inman '92, community impact manager, Brown County United Way
Carmen Leuthner '96, education director, Outreach and Adult Access, UWGB
Angela Olson '00, attorney, Denissen, Kranzush, Mahoney & Ewald, S.C.
Angela Stangel '03, corporate communication specialist, Kohl's Corporation
Jenni Turner, student representative

Continuing Board of Directors:
Mona Christensen '80 and '96, coordinator, Youth Opportunities, UW-Green Bay
James Genrich '71, administrator, McCormick Memorial Home
Brian Gold '99, assistant vice president-commercial banking, M&I Bank of West Bend
Mike Iwinski '99, sales representative, Ameriprise Auto and Home Insurance
Dave Muench '72 and '79, retired
Paul Northway '90, vice president-business banking, Associated Bank of Green Bay
Ron Opicka '70, vice president, CEO, East Shore Industries
Joe Pieper '99, assistant vice president, Associated Bank of Middleton
Richard Spangenberg '71, retired

Executive Committee for 2005-06:
President – Andrew Bottoni '97, territory manager, The Valspar Corporation
VP of Alumni Operations – Kelly Ruh '01, accountant, PDQ Manufacturing
VP of Alumni Services – Bradley Christensen '93, business development, Aurora Healthcare
Secretary – Donna Sheedy '94, investor relations manager, WPS Resources
Treasurer – Vince Schamber '00, financial analyst, Hudson Sharp Machine Comp.
Ad-Hoc Members – Mandy Soland '98, client relationships, Landmark Staffing Resources; and Ryan Chernick '00, vice president/customer service, Camera Corner-Connecting Point

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Need insurance at a reasonable rate? Read on...
Your Alumni Association and American Insurance Administrators have partnered to offer graduates and friends of the University group life insurance, health insurance and financial service plans that can protect you for a lifetime. GradMed short-term health insurance, for instance, is great for new grads and other alumni between jobs. For more information call (800) 922-1245 weekdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EST) or visit

Credit card image. Show your affinity
Why apply for an Alumni Association affinity credit card? Because every purchase you make means MBNA makes a contribution to support Alumni Association programs. With an MBNA America Bank credit card, you'll enjoy no annual fee, online account access to up-to-the-minute information, and state-of-the-art fraud protection. To apply or find out more information, go to the MNBA online application site. Or call MBNA toll-free at 1-800-551-0839, TTY users call 1-800-833-6262; please mention Priority Code LN4Y. Be sure to ask about the UW-Green Bay American Express(r) Card which was recently added to our program!

Heads-up Phoenix (Arizona) grads, we're coming your way!
Bruce and Cyndie Shepard, and UWGB alumnus Robert Hann '87, are hosting a social gathering of alumni and friends from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, November 19 at Garduno's Margarita Factory (8787 N Scottsdale Rd Suite A102, Scottsdale, AZ). Alumni can catch up on the latest happenings at their alma mater, and network with fellow graduates. RSVP to Paula Marcec-Ehrfurth, Assistant to the Chancellor, at, or call Mark Brunette, Director of Alumni Relations at (920) 465-2586.

Green Bay's Downtown for Lunch Series –Thursday, November 17
Rebecca Meacham Truth in Fiction! Award-Winning Author Reveals Writing Secrets

Rebecca Meacham.

Writers are told, "Write what you know." But what do you write when you don't know a lot? And how do your often mundane experiences lead to compelling fiction? Author and UW-Green Bay faculty member Rebecca Meacham discusses these answers and describes her story collection, Let's Do, critically acclaimed as "blatantly wise.... brave and outrageous." Meacham's first book has garnered national praise and statewide recognition.

Register Online

Madison-area Alumni, help us get the conversation started
Are you interested in connecting with fellow UW-Green Bay graduates on a social basis or maybe for professional networking? Let's get the conversation started. Plan to attend an informal gathering at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, December 15, at Great Dane Pub and Brewing in Fitchburg (2980 Cahill). Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bar will be on hand. RSVP to Aaron Richardson '00 by Monday, December 12 at

Madrid-Barcelona in March; Amsterdam-London-Paris in June...
Young alums and those young at heart are invited to travel with EF College Travel at great prices and plenty of amenities. Travel for 7 days to Madrid and Barcelona over Spring Break for less than $1,400 (fees and taxes included). Or spend 10 days in Europe next summer visiting Amsterdam, Paris and London for under $2,100. All trips include round-trip airfare, hotels, transfers, breakfast daily, welcome dinner, a tour director, walking tours and guided sightseeing tours. Book your trip by November 30, 2005 with a $150 deposit and receive a $100 credit on the final bill. Check it out at

Austria travel photo. ... or Austria (April 28-May 6) for $1,799
(includes airfare from Chicago, Milwaukee and other Midwest cities)

Alumni and friends can travel with Global Holidays to Kitzbuhel, one of Europe's most famous international resorts nestled in the heart of the majestic Austrian Alps. Experience the hospitality of this 700-year-old town as you discover award-winning restaurants and exciting nightlife. Every view is breathtaking. Request a brochure by emailing the alumni office at More information is available online from Global Holidays.

Don't miss out on the action!
Join your Alumni Association for an evening of exciting men's basketball when the Phoenix travels to Milwaukee to do battle with conference rival UW-Milwaukee. Game time is 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee. Catch up with fellow alumni and friends for a complimentary hors d'oeuvres/cash bar halftime reception on the west side/main concourse area of the U.S. Cellular Arena (adjacent to sections 310-312). Immediately following the game, walk over to Major Goolsby's Bar and Grill (340 W. Kilbourn St.) for an informal, post-game gathering.
Old friends, great game, free refreshments, where do you sign up? To arrange seating with other Phoenix fans — place your order by Dec. 1 — to the UW-Green Bay Phoenix Ticket Office at (920) 465-2625.

Remember the Good Times with GTP
Good Times Programming Alumni are invited to "Remember the Good Times!" cash bar/hors d'oeuvres reception at 5:30 p.m., in Resch Center Suite 313 (PMI Party Suite). Stay for the Green Bay Gambler's hockey game at 7:05 p.m. Phase three for the evening follows the Gamblers game — an informal social at The Bar on Holmgren Way. Interested? Contact Jenni Turner at by Monday, November 28 for ticket information and RSVP.

IST Alumni Group organizes constituent group
The Adult Degree Program at UW-Green Bay convened its first meeting of the "Interdisciplinary Studies (IST) Alumni Network" in October. Steering committee membership was established and consists of Cindy Freitag '05, Kimberly Klumb '05, Laura Pankratz '03, Trevor Gamache '98, Katharine Olski '78/'79, Sandie Scott '97, Ken Hardtke '92, Joan Osthelder '90, and student representative Marilynn Shorey.

New members are invited to attend the next IST Alumni Network meeting to be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, in one of the Alumni Rooms located inside the Nicolet Dining Room in the University Union. Contact Eric Craver at 920-465-2577 for more information or to become involved in this exciting new initiative.

Photo from Bill Laatsch Wine and Cheese Classic.

Wine and Cheese Classic

It's one of the cheesiest events in school history, but that doesn't hurt attendance. Nearly 100 faculty, staff and student's attended the Bill Laatsch Wine and Cheese Classic in October.

Thanks for answering the call!
The Ninth Annual Alumni Phone-A-Thon is in progress and it's been a record-pacing year, thanks to you. Funds generated through the Phone-A-Thon help support student scholarships and student learning opportunities.

Calling biology, chemistry, sciences and more
The November calling schedule runs from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 through Thursday, Nov.17. Areas of study targeted for calls this month include human biology, biology, chemistry, mathematics, earth science, physics, environmental science, ecosystems analysis, environmental control, human adaptability, nutritional sciences and science and environmental change. Check out our Web site at or contact Director of Annual Giving Shane Kohl at

We beg of you... don't become a lost alum!
New job, change of address? Updating your alumni information is just a click away by completing the Alumni Update Form at It only takes a few minutes and it helps ensure that you continue to receive alumni and University mailings and information. Feel free to pass along the Web-link to friends and co-workers who are UWGB graduates.

Alumni Events

Mark your calendars:
• November 15 Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting
• November 17 UWGB Downtown: Connecting for Lunch
Rebecca Meacham – Truth in Fiction!
Award-Winning Author Reveals Writing Secrets
Register online.
• November 19 Phoenix, Arizona
Chancellor Bruce Shepard welcomes UWGB alumni for social
• December 9 Good Times Program Reunion
The Bar on Holmgren Way
• December 17 UW-Green Bay Commencement Reception
Titletown Brewery
• December 17 UWGB/Milwaukee Area Alumni
Reception with men's basketball game vs. UW-Milwaukee,
U.S. Cellular Arena
• January 15 UWGB Alumni Reception
The Bar on Holmgren Way,
Held in conjunction with men's home basketball game vs. UW-Milwaukee Panthers
• January 17 Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting

For more information on alumni events or activities, go to

Class Notes

John Katers. With the cost of natural gas and heating oil expected to skyrocket this winter, there's growing interest in alternative energy sources. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel turned to UW-Green Bay Prof. John Katers, '91 and '93 recently, to discuss these alternatives. Katers is an associate professor of Natural and Applied Science at UW-Green Bay.

Joseph Hockers '90 joined Associated Bank as vice president, treasury management where he will manage growth of business and municipality banking relationships throughout the Northeast region. He is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) with more than 14 years experience in the financial services industry. His degree is business administration.

Liz Stueck-Mullane '90 has been at We Energies for 13 years and manager of compliance since 2001. She writes that she is working on the company's largest project in its history — the construction of a new power plant in Oak Creek. She has been married since 1996 and is mother to Sean (8) and Ashley (5). Her degree is in public and environmental administration.

Sam Wong '83 lives in the San Francisco area and is managing an international logistics company specializing in Asia/USA cargo movement. He generally visits the Green Bay area every couple of years. His degree is in urban and regional studies.

Azlina Ahmand '85 works in television production and newspaper reporting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The double major in social change and development and political science is interested in reconnecting with old friends. She earned a graduate degree in Washington D.C. after leaving UW-Green Bay.

Vicki (Benson) Furlow '76 is the administrator for Ursuline Child Development Center, Ursuline Camp Schools in Louisville, KY. Her degree is in humanism and cultural change.

Mike Jackson '76 was named president and chief operating officer of Supervalu. The 25-year veteran had been executive vice president and president of distribution since 2001. His degree is in managerial systems.

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