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@lumni Newsletter March 2006

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Alumni News

Cellcom Green Bay Marathon logo.

Help pour it on at the Green Bay marathon

Watch this space for future details, but note that your Alumni Association has signed-on to host a water station at the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon on Sunday, May 21.

Want to volunteer? Contact Alumni Director Mark Brunette,
(920) 465-2586 or e-mail

Alumni return for internship fair

Job and Internship Fair photo.

More than 20 UW-Green Bay alumni (most are pictured at left), were among the 80 employers who participated in the Spring Job and Internship Fair held March 1 on campus. Students learned more about the organizations and networked with employers for full-time and internship opportunities. For opportunities to have your company represented on campus, contact Linda Peacock-Landrum, director of Career Services, at (920) 465-2163.

Reminder: Join us for Alumni Awards Night Saturday, April 29
Alumni Awards Night will be held on campus in the Phoenix Rooms of the University Union. A reception begins at 5 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. dinner and 7 p.m. awards program. The cost is only $15 per person. Call Mark Brunette at (920) 465-2586, or e-mail him at to register.

Receiving Distinguished Alumni recognition are William Gollnick '81, Betsy Hendrickson '79, and Paul Linzmeyer '78. The Outstanding Recent Alumni are David Lamers '01 and Veronica Brieno-Rankin '99. Read more about the recipients in the January 2006 @lumni Newsletter.

              4-E takes top honor
Fourth Estate logo.

The Fourth Estate won the top honor for overall excellence in its division (eight-state region) at the recent Associated Collegiate Press Best of the Midwest college newspaper competition.
Its Best of Show award for four-year schools with newspapers of tabloid size, was given for the Feb. 16 edition. The Fourth Estate has placed in the top four spots in the overall excellence category for six consecutive years, but this is the first year for the top prize.

Spring breakers build homes, not beach bonfires...

About a dozen UW-Green Bay students are expected to travel to Avon Park, Fla., for Spring Break in March to help build homes for people in need. The student Habitat for Humanity group will help with eight houses already under construction. The group is just one of many from UW-Green Bay using their Spring Break for service and outreach.

Kou Vang.

Alumnae Kou Vang shares remarkable journey

Kou Vang '98 shares the remarkable story of her childhood and her visual representation, "Portraits of Hmong Women," across the country.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has part of the story. Read more.

'Curriculum' for Grandparents' University is announced
Grandparents and their grandchildren between the ages of seven and 14 can enroll in a new two-day Grandparents' University that allows grandparents and children together to explore a topic of interest in depth and enjoy summer activities.
Registration is open now for the July 13 and 14 event

Read more about Grandparents' University.

Grandparents' University banner.
The instructors and five possible "majors" are:
  • Prof. Emeritus Michael Murphy, "An Introduction to Irish History and Culture"
  • Prof. Alison Gates, Fiber Arts
  • Prof. Jennifer Mokren, Enamel Arts
  • Prof. Donna Ritch, Forensic Science
  • Curator Thomas Erdman, Biodiversity

Jen Pfundtner.

Friend 'Jen' stars in recent 'Inside'
Check out the inside back cover of the recent Inside magazine. Jen Pfundtner '99 has 109 connections (and counting) through Phoenix Circle an online professional and social network. How can Phoenix Circle work for you? Contact former roomies, find a job, post a birth, create a new online org. Go to to find out how.

Didn't get your copy of Inside? Then you're a recent graduate or a lost alum. Update your alumni information by completing the Alumni Update Form.

Weekend at the Wilderness

There's still time to join the fun at Wilderness Hotel and Golf Resort, Wisconsin Dells, May 19 and 20.

Click on for more information.

Wilderness Hotel and Golf Resort, Wisconsin Dells.

Phone-A-Thon heads into home stretch

UW-Green Bay's Ninth Annual Alumni Phone-A-Thon has generated record amounts of donors and dollars, but don't allow that to dissuade you from contributing. Help us keep the momentum going by answering the call. Funds raised through the Phone-A-Thon help support student scholarships and student learning opportunities.
Economics, regional analysis, and public administration majors will be called Sunday, March 12 through Thursday, March 18 from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. April calling kicks in on the 9th with humanistic studies, English, education and more. For more, contact Director of Annual Giving Shane Kohl at or go to the Phone-A-Thon Web site.

Plan on it

Want to leave a legacy? Consider a planned gift to your 'U.' Read about planned giving at

TABOR taboo for the UW?

While some UW Regents said they understand the desire for tax relief, members also said a rigid one-size-fits-all solution could severely harm public higher education. Read the UW Regents' perspective on TABOR.

Read more on TABOR

Weighing in recently on the latest legislative proposal to limit government spending are the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (read story), and the Appleton Post-Crescent (read story).

Journal-Sentinel says UW bashing should stop

The state's largest newspaper carried a recent editorial arguing, basically, that while the UW System deserves some criticism for its "tone deafness," the university bashing must stop if Wisconsin's economy is to prosper. Read story.

in sports.

Sports medicine center to be named for Dr. Hinckley
A new and improved center for medical prevention, care and treatment of UW-Green Bay student athletes will be named for Dr. James Hinckley. The James Hinckley Sports Medicine Center will be part of UW-Green Bay's Kress Events Center when it opens in fall 2007. Hinckley, an orthopedic surgeon with Prevea Sports Medicine Clinic of Ashwaubenon, has devoted extensive time, medical expertise and philanthropic support to UW-Green Bay Phoenix Athletics since 1978. Read more.
Dr. James Hinckley.

Champs: women's swimming and diving team gets repeat
For the second consecutive year, the members of the UW-Green Bay women's swimming and diving team can call themselves Horizon League champions. The Phoenix held off Wright State to earn a 33-point victory at Cleveland State recently. Read more.

Johanna Winters.

Aptly named 'Winters' earns NCAA berth

Phoenix senior Johanna Winters is representing UW-Green Bay at the 2006 NCAA Skiing Championships March 7-12 in Steamboat Springs, Colo. It's a repeat trip for Winters, who earned one of six automatic qualifier spots from the Central Collegiate Ski Association, based on her times from this season's series races.

More on Winters and the Nordic ski team.

Phoenix women lose legs, tourney
After 10 straight trips to the Horizon League tournament championship game, the Phoenix women were defeated in the semifinals, 74-62, by Illinois-Chicago, in Milwaukee last Sunday. He's not sure why, but Coach Kevin Borseth said his team plain "lost it legs," mustering little energy in a sub-standard performance. It was the first time a Borseth-coached team failed to make it to the championship game, and the first time since 1995 (UW-Green Bay's first season in the Horizon/MCC League). The Phoenix did tie with UW-Milwaukee for the regular season title and is 23-6 with the continuing possibility of post-season play.

Men's basketball claims nice win in Horizon tournament

Congratulations to the Phoenix men's basketball team, which advanced to the semifinals of the Horizon League tournament before falling to Butler Saturday afternoon. The day previous, Coach Tod Kowalczyk's team claimed an impressive quarterfinal win over Illinois-Chicago, 76-66, for the program's first win in a league tournament game since 2002. The Phoenix men finished 15-16 without a senior on the roster, so hopes are high for next year.

music and arts.

Gerds on play 'Picasso' 'genius justice'

Cast members of play at UW-Green Bay.

Green Bay Press-Gazette entertainment critic Warren Gerds had high praise for the recent UW-Green Bay production of "Picasso at the Lapin Agile." Gerds writes, "Such deep-think moments along with zany fun burst through the Steve Martin play 'Picasso at the Lapin Agile' like so many fireworks in a UW-Green Bay Theater production that continues this week." The play runs through March 11 in the Jean Weidner Theatre.
Read Gerds' review.

Spring means music
They've been working all semester long, and now UW-Green Bay music students strut their stuff. Jazz I and Vocal Jazz ensembles will host a concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 14 at the University Theatre. Two nights later at 7:30 p.m., Concert Choir and Phoenix Chorale perform at the Weidner Center. Admissions is $6 for adults and $3 for students for each concert. Benjamin Moritz (piano) and Rebecca Tout (clarinet) perform in faculty recitals, April 2 and 10, respectively. Music calendar.

Pop/folk legend James Taylor comes to Weidner

Singer/songwriter James Taylor comes to the Weidner Center April 20 for an 8 p.m. show. Performing for nearly 40 years, Taylor has called himself a "professional autobiographer" referring to his multitude of popular songs that tell the story of his life such as "Sweet Baby James," "Carolina in My Mind" and "You've Got a Friend." Frank Productions is the presenter and promoter of the event.
James Taylor photo.

Tickets for Taylor on sale this Saturday
Tickets for the "James Taylor One Man Band Tour" are $55-$95 (plus applicable facility fees) and go on sale at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 11 at the Weidner Center Ticket Office. Order by phone at (920) 465-2217 or 1-800-328-8587 or online at New Weidner Center ticket hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, and 90 minutes before performances.

more campus news.

BSW program gets full accreditation

It's official: Chairperson Anne Kok reports that the UW-Green Bay Bachelor of Social Work program has received full eight-year accreditation from the Council of Social Work Education. The news was received after the February meeting of the Council's Commission of Accreditation. UW-Green Bay's BSW program has been accredited since 1989.

Outreach helps motivate tribal youth

Nearly 1,600 students at Seymour High School and Menominee Nation schools recently had the opportunity to hear acclaimed motivational speaker and author, D. J. Eagle Bear Vanes, from Colorado Springs, Colo. Vanes uses traditional warrior concepts to encourage goal setting, positive relationships with mentors and elders, and 'positive' peer pressure. A grant helped Mona Christensen in the Office of Outreach and Extension partner with others to make the program possible.

Book by Phil Clampitt.
Clampitt speaks about 'Uncertainty' at War College

Communication Prof. Phil Clampitt was in historic Carlisle, Penn., in early March, speaking to a leadership training class at the U.S. Army War College on the topic of his book, Embracing Uncertainty: The Essence of Leadership. The "students" were primarily officers in significant leadership positions and staff members in upper level positions in government agencies, says Clampitt, and the program is considered "kind of a graduate school" for those seeking promotion.

Plan to hear Fencl 'Downtown' on gender, science, education
Don't forget to make plans to attend the next "UWGB Downtown: Connecting for Lunch" program at Thursday noon, March 23, at the Holiday Inn City Centre. The speaker is Prof. Heidi Fencl, on "Science, Gender and Classroom Interaction." Read more.

News on Washington Commons disappoints chancellor

Chancellor Bruce Shepard said he was disappointed that the University's Downtown Learning Center must vacate Washington Commons. The chancellor said UW-Green Bay remains committed to a vibrant downtown and will look for ways to build on its strong connections to the city's hub. Meanwhile, participants in programs previously scheduled for the Downtown Learning Center will be notified about alternative sites for the programs. Read more.

Voelker, Bauer-Dantoin chosen for select UW teaching program

David J. Voelker, (History) was selected for the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows program for newer faculty, and Angela Bauer-Dantoin, (Human Biology and Women's Studies) will be a Wisconsin Teaching Scholar in 2006-07. Voelker aims to increase opportunities for students to become actively engaged with history. Bauer-Dantoin has developed new ways to teach laboratory courses, and looked at the impact of service learning on student learning in other courses. A new course she developed, Ethnic Minorities in Science, has resulted in invitations to speak before the UW System Curriculum Reform Institute.

David J. Voelker and Angela Bauer-Dantoin.

Remember the blizzard of ________?
With an on-campus population of 2,000, chances of the University "shutting down" are slim. But many still hope... Remember what 13 inches of snow looks like, the day after? UW-Green Bay photographer Eric Miller caught these digital images of the campus the day after the Feb. 16 snowstorm, which was officially classified a blizzard by the National Weather Service because of the combination of 40-mph winds and heavy snow. It was the Green Bay area's single biggest snowstorm in nearly a decade. Images.

New Alumni report on job search

How successful are new graduates finding a job or acceptance to graduate school? Check out the 2004 results coordinated by Career Services office at

Italy photo.

Italy in September? Plan now

Discover the "Treasures of Italy," Sept. 14-22 with an alumni travel group. Visit the enchanting landscapes of Tuscany and the charm of Italy's greatest cities from the charming spa towns of Chianciano, situated in the colorful Tuscan hills and Fiuggi, just 40 miles from Rome, to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance and Rome with a living museum that includes the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Vatican City. Explore the ancient ruins of Pompeii.

Read more

Young, or young at heart, read on...
It's not too late to book 10 days in Europe for only $2,100 (Milwaukee as point of destination). Launch into your trip from the bucolic German countryside. Then it's on to Amsterdam, where gabled houses line picturesque canals and historic attractions beckon. And with a homestretch of Paris and London. Your trip includes: round-trip airfare, hotels, transfers, welcome dinner, breakfast daily, walking tours, guided sightseeing tours, and entrance to select attractions. Learn more on the Alumni Travel Web site.

UW-System Night with the Milwaukee Bucks

Break out your UWGB attire and plan to attend UW System night with the Milwaukee Bucks, Saturday, March 18, as they host the Portland Trailblazers at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Phoenix alumni and graduates from our UW System sister schools will gather for an evening of fun, food and fellowship. Tickets are $40 per person, and include a ticket to the game ($36 value), and pre-game hospitality reception with a complimentary beverage, hamburgers, hot dogs and all the extras. Pre-game reception begins at 6 p.m. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. Contact the Alumni Office at (920) 465-2586, or to request a registration form.

Alumni Association.
Your Alumni Association / Benefits and Services

For the latest on alumni benefits, visit the
Alumni Association Web site at
International Travel Programs
Experience first class international travel through Global Holidays — in 2006, alumni and friends will be visiting the Austrian Alps in May and the Italian countryside in September
Young Alumni Travel programs
Through EF College Break — deeply discounted trips to Europe in 2006 for current students, young alumni and those who are young at heart.
Hotel Discounts in 'Phoenix Country'
For those traveling back to Green Bay, special discount rates apply for UW-Green Bay graduates and friends at the Airport Wingate, Holiday Inn-City Centre (coupon required), and Regency Suites.
Student Loan Consolidation Program through College Funding Services
This is a federally approved program for graduates to lower monthly payments and save money through lower interest rates.
Phoenix Bookstore Discounts
Receive a 10% discount on clothing apparel and gifts at the Phoenix Bookstore (and online at "UWGB Alumni Card" needed to take advantage of in-store, discount purchases.
The Phoenix Circle
An online platform for alumni to network with fellow graduates both socially and professionally by creating "circles of friends." A powerful program for alumni to stay connected with fellow classmates and faculty.
Phoenix Sports Center Discount
Check with PSC personnel (920-465-2449) for the latest year-round membership discounts available to alumni.
Shorewood Golf Discount
Check with clubhouse personnel (920-465-2118) for the most current single round and summer pass discounts for alumni.
Inside alumni magazine
This magazine provides the latest news about your University and fellow alumni three times a year.
@lumni E-Newsletter
Your free online alumni e-newsletter offers a quick hit of timely events, receptions, and University news — by subscription only.
MBNA Affinity Credit Card
With your UW-Green Bay credit card, you'll enjoy benefits such as no annual fee, online account access to up-to-the-minute information, and state-of-the-art fraud protection. WorldPoints program to be added soon.
American Insurance Administrators
Healthcare insurance — both short-term and long-term options are available, including GradMed, a fantastic short-term health insurance option for new grads and other alumni between jobs.
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Home and auto insurance — discounted rates for UW-Green Bay graduates from the largest college affinity-based insurer in the United States.

Alumni Events

Mark your calendars:
• March 10 UWGB Alumni Educators Breakfast/Reception
Held in conjunction with NWEA Annual Conference
Radisson Inn, Green Bay
• March 18 UW System Alumni Gathering
Held in conjunction with basketball game
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Portland Trailblazers
• March 21 Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting
• March 23 UWGB Downtown: Connecting for Lunch
Heidi Fencl — Science, Gender and Classroom Interaction
Holiday Inn-City Centre     Register online
• March 27 UWGB Alumni / City of Green Bay / Brown County Business Reception
• April 29 Alumni Awards Night, UWGB Campus
• May 2 Founder's Association Spring Reception, Weidner Center
• May 13 Spring Commencement
• May 16 Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting
• May 19-21 UWGB Alumni at the Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells
• May 21 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon — Work the Water Station
• June 9 Alumni Association Scholarship Golf Outing

For more information on alumni events or activities, go to

Class Notes

April Kobishop '05 received the Alumni Association's Outstanding Student Award and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in December. She maintained a perfect grade point average while taking advantage of a variety of on-campus and online opportunities to earn her degree while working in the nursing field.

Monica (Schultz) Larkin '03 is a part-time sports reporter for WNFL 1440-AM radio, Green Bay (radio home of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks). Her degree is in communication processes.

Meredith (Helser) Raimer '99 and Mark Raimer '97 announce their newborn daughter Madelyn Jo, born in July. Meredith is a teacher in the Madison Area School District. Mark is a branch manager with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Her degree is in elementary education and his is in economics.

Jodi Langer '93 has been named production manager for Twin Cities Public Television's national productions department. She will oversee production for science, history, and arts and culture documentaries airing on PBS. She was a freelance producer, writer, and production manager for shows airing on Food Network, Discovery Channel, Fine Living Network, National Geographic Channel, Travel Channel, and others. Her degree is in humanistic studies.

Cho Tin Ip '82 is a senior financial adviser with Maulife International Limited in Hong Kong. His degree is in urban and regional studies.

Ronald Burrell '75, owner of RLB Export/Import Merchant, St. Paul, writes that he was appointed "the American voice of the Zulu Nation." He continues with his development work in southern Africa. His degree is in urban planning.

Bill Kreutzberger '75 and Janine Boudreau '75 reside in Charlotte, N.C. with their three children. Bill is vice president for CH2M HILL, an international environmental services firm. He is also the technology director for Water Resources and Environmental Management Services. Janine is the market manager for the United Way Central Carolinas. His degree is in science and environmental change and hers is in growth and development.

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