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@lumni Newsletter September 2006

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Photo from Bill Laatsch Wine and Cheese Classic.

The Big Cheese has returned … Will you?

Prof. Bill Laatsch will toss on the mouse suit once again for the revived Bill Laatsch Wine and Cheese Classic, Friday, September 15, at Aldo Santaga Field. Break out your "mouse" ears (or not), but swing back to campus for a long-standing tradition of wine, cheese and great company.

The Classic will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, September 15 under the big tent at Aldo Santaga Soccer Stadium (formerly Phoenix Fields behind the PSC). Join others in this short walk down memory lane. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres will be available. And plan to stay for the 7 p.m. Phoenix women's soccer game vs. Northern Iowa (free). No RSVP required!

Send congrats to your former teachers, staff …
Presentation of the Founders Awards for Excellence was a high point of the annual back-to-school convocation for UW-Green Bay faculty and staff.
2006 Founders Awards for Excellence recipients. Did one of these faculty or staff members inspire you during your time at UWGB?

To send an e-mail of congratulations, click on the name here:
    Greg Aldrete
    Deb Anderson
    Jeff Benzow
    Pam Spangenberg
    Ken Fleurant
    John Katers
    Aeron Haynie
Recognized at the Aug. 23 ceremony, and posing afterward for a group photo, were front row from left: Prof. Greg Aldrete, Humanistic Studies, for scholarship; Deb Anderson of the Cofrin Library staff, academic support; graphic designer and Prof. Jeff Benzow, representing the entire Voyageur magazine team, honored in the category of excellence in collaborative achievement; second row, the recently retired Pam Spangenberg of Human Resources, classified support; Prof. Emeritus Ken Fleurant, institutional development; and Prof. John Katers, Natural and Applied Sciences, for community outreach. Absent was Prof. Aeron Haynie, Humanistic Studies, who earned the award for outstanding teaching.

'Growth Agenda' needs your support
At the annual Fall Convocation on Aug. 23, Chancellor Shepard encouraged UW-Green Bay faculty and staff to help create the political will needed to win state support for Northeastern Wisconsin's Growth Agenda. As you may already know, the Growth Agenda is a plan to grow UW-Green Bay to meet the demands and needs of one of the state's most dynamic regions. Alumni can help, too. With elections approaching, ask the candidates for state elected office where they stand on the Growth Agenda. Let them know how important the proposal is to the future of Northeastern Wisconsin, a region undergoing rapid economic and demographic change. Read the Chancellor's full comments.
UW-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard.

Pick-up the phone … It's Alumni Phone-A-Thon time!
You did it. Last year alumni donations increased by 20 percent and alumni donors increased by 5 percent. Let's keep the momentum rolling! Increased giving means more scholarships and learning opportunities for more students.

UW-Green Bay Alumni Phone-A-Thon callers.

The 10th Annual UW-Green Bay Alumni Phone-A-Thon will be starting in mid-September with more than 25 student callers with a variety of majors, and hailing from hometowns throughout Wisconsin, attempting to reach more than 23,000 alumni for updates and financial support.

Student callers will be contacting alumni from 6 to 8:45 p.m. beginning with social work, nursing, extended degree, individual majors, and more. Please answer the call. Use the opportunity to re-connect, ask about a favorite faculty member, or nominate a former classmate for an alumni award. For more information on the Alumni Phone-A-Thon, check out our Web site at or contact Director of Annual Giving Shane Kohl at

No pledge cards … We promise!
UW-Green Bay is coming to a location near you. Take the chance to re-connect and ask how your university is serving your community. Plus, free food. These are strictly connecting opportunities... pledge cards remain on campus:

UW-Green Bay Phoenix. Oconto County Alumni Reception – Tuesday, September 19
Your Alumni Association and Jim Van Dornick '92, CEO of Community Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls, are teaming up to host a UW-Green Bay and friends reception at the hospital. Look for a 4:30 p.m. social with refreshments and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a 5 p.m. program with Jim and Chancellor Bruce Shepard. Count on a door prize or two.
UW-Green Bay Phoenix. Madison-area Alumni Reception – Thursday, October 26
UW-Green Bay graduates and friends living and working in the Madison area are invited to attend an alumni reception, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26 on the Promenade Terrace, Overture Center for the Arts. The reception will be held in conjunction with the music educators' conference in Madison. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bar will be available. Network with fellow alums, guests are welcome.
UW-Green Bay Phoenix. The GB Grad Gathering in the Twin Cities – Tuesday, November 14
Did you know that more that 600 UW-Green Bay Alumni live, work and play in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area? Take the opportunity to compare experiences (rant about or praise the "good old days"), network and socialize. Join us from 6 to 9 p. m. (7:30 p.m. door prizes) at Champps Americana, 100 N. 6th Street, Minneapolis (Look for the UWGB Banner) We'll provide complimentary hors d'oeuvres with a cash bar.

Are you in the loop?
Check out the Phoenix Circle...

Phoenix Circle.

It's the latest in networking, and catching up with those old buddies. Phoenix Circle allows you to post jobs in your area of interest, reconnect with old roomies, stay in touch with photo albums, join a special interest group or start your own.

Check it out. It takes only seconds to become a member. And it's free!

Phuture Phoenix searching for future chaperones
Have you heard about the exciting new Phuture Phoenix program? Even the Governor is talking about it. Fifth-graders from local schools spend a day on campus to become inspired and begin thinking about higher education. Imagine about 1,000 fifth-graders on campus, and you'll know why we're calling chaperones! It's easy and fun.
To volunteer contact Becky Harrill before Sept. 10th at or see the Web site at

Phuture Phoenix program.

It's 'Back to the Wilderness' October 13-15

Wilderness Hotel and Golf Resort, Wisconsin Dells.

Your Alumni Association will be returning to Wilderness Hotel and Golf Resort — America's largest indoor waterpark resort in Wisconsin Dells — Friday through Sunday October 13-15. For just $109* per night your family of four can reserve a double queen room at the hotel and receive unlimited access to the resort's three indoor and two outdoor waterparks, and four-story dry foam playhouse.
Make reservations by September 13, 2006 by calling the Wilderness at 1-800-867-9453. Please tell the resort that you are part of the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association Room Block when making your reservation. *Additional family members are $15 each... And it's a Green Bay Packer Bye Weekend. Not familiar with the Wilderness? Check out its Web site at

Why battle the masses in Cancun when you can do Costa Rica?

For the young alumni and young at heart (no age restrictions), check out the package with EF College Break - COSTA RICA: Pacific Paradise - March 9-15, 2007 for $1,416 round-trip from Milwaukee. Your trip to this Pacific Paradise affords you access to many spectacular natural landscapes as well as plenty of time to relax in the sun. Click for an itinerary or to book the trip: Day-to-day itinerary / book this trip.
Important registration information: When registering for a trip and prompted with "Name of Campus Representative," please enter UW-Green Bay Alumni Association.

Announcing … Your Alumni Association Board of Directors

UW-Green Bay Alumni Association logo.

    New Board of Directors for 2006-2009:
    Sarah Berken '01,
senior campaign associate, United Way Fox Cities
    Bill Gaddis '00,
assistant general manager, Springhill Suites by Marriot
    Joel Hansen '01,
senior accountant, Schenck Business Solutions
    Angela Laux '00,
accounts manager, Direct Supply, Inc.
    Kim Mettelmann '94,
director of marketing and sales, ICON Marketing
    Danny Schulz '05,
staff accountant, Schenck Business Solutions

Continuing Board of Directors:
    Ryan Chernick '00, vice president/customer service, Camera Corner-Connecting Point
    Tara DuBois '04, staff accountant, Stangel CPA
    Jaclyn Fradette '99, buyer coordinator, Cornerstone Business Services
    James Genrich '71, administrator, McCormick Memorial Home
    Sarah Inman '92, community impact manager, Brown County United Way
    Carmen Leuthner '96, education director, Outreach and Adult Access, UWGB
    Paul Northway '90, senior vice president-commercial banking, Associated Bank of Green Bay
    Joe Pieper '99, vice president business banking, Waukesha State Bank
    Richard Spangenberg '71, retired
    Angela Stangel '03, corporate communication specialist, Kohl's Corporation

Executive Committee for 2005-06:
    President -
    Kelly Ruh '01, senior accountant, PDQ Manufacturing
    VP of Alumni Operations -
    Angela Olson '00, attorney
    VP of Alumni Service -
    Bradley Christensen '93, business development, Aurora Healthcare
    Secretary -
    Donna Sheedy '94, investor relations manager, WPS Resources
    Treasurer -
    Vince Schamber '00, senior accountant, Virchow, Krause & Company, LLP
    Ad-Hoc Member -
    Brian Gold '99, assistant vice president-commercial banking, M&I Bank of West Bend

News from UW-Green Bay.

• Kress Center is taking shape
The new sports and event center, the Kress Center (due to open in October of 2007) is taking shape. Check it out on the nifty Web cam.

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• Show your support in steel
Get in line to grab a new license plate with a Phoenix Logo. The new designs are up now at the DOT Web site. Each school gets a small kickback to its student scholarship fund. See

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• UW-Green Bay students present...
The Theatre program has released a four-show season with "Voice of the Prairie" Oct. 12-21, "Chicago - The Musical," Nov. 16-18, "Five by Tenn" (Tennessee Williams) Feb. 22-March 3, and Brighton Beach Memoirs, April 20-28. For more about student theatre and musical productions including concerts and ensembles go to and

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• Weidner hosts 'Lifelines' series, symphony and more
Programming for the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is ongoing, but for certain, community members will see the Bellin Health-sponsored LifeLine Series (opening with Mary Tyler Moore), the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, and UW-Green Bay students in shows and performances (beginning with a free Phoenix Chorale and Concert Choir Concert Oct. 14. For the updated calendar and ticket information go to

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• And at the Lawton...
ReFresh Print Biennial II, an exhibition of printmaking, photography and digital artworks, that address the theme of "global networks and intimate exchanges," will be on display Sept. 14 through Oct. 5 at the Lawton Gallery.

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• Hitch-hiking is still a 'no-no' but carpooling is 'thumbs up'
As a follow-up to an honors project by recent graduate Michelle Eis, UW-Green Bay has created a list-serve for those interested in car-pooling or ride sharing. Both strategies, for regular routes or spontaneous, occasional trips, can facilitate reduced energy use, reductions in emissions, and help the University reduce future parking expansion. Returning to our roots of Eco-U? Many hope so.

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• Happy Anniversary Shorewood
Shorewood Golf Course celebrated its 75th anniversary recently with a series of events and reduced fees. For a nifty historical perspective taken from a 1934 newspaper clipping, and a look at an early course layout, click here:

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• Summer touches 'at-risk' kids, grieving children and grandparents
The Summer Discovery program at UW-Green Bay had some new twists this year including:
— successful first-year attempts at a camp for grieving kids, named Camp Lloyd for Prof. Lloyd Noppe and directed by his wife Prof. Illene Noppe;
a successful first-ever Grandparent's University;
— and new satellite locations for at-risk kids at Fort Howard, Tank and Howe elementary schools.

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Don't become a lost alum!
New job, change of address? Updating your alumni information with the University 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.

Check out the "Lost Alumni" list at Recognize anyone from your days as a student? Help us reconnect them with their alma mater.

Alumni Events

Mark your calendars:
• Sept. 14-
  Oct. 5
Lawton Exhibit – Refresh Print Biennial II
• Sept. 15 Homecoming and the Bill Laatsch Wine and Cheese Classic
• Sept. 15-17 Soccer Homecoming
• Sept. 19 Oconto County Alumni Reception
• Sept. 20 Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting
• Oct. 13-15 UWGB Alumni at the Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells
• Oct. 14 Phoenix Chorale and Concert Choir, Weidner Center (free)
• Oct. 19 UWGB Downtown – Scott Furlong
'The Political Winds are A-Changing .. or are They'
• Oct. 19 Schenck Business Solutions – UWGB Alumni Business Reception
• Oct. 24 Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band Concert
• Oct. 26 Madison-Area Alumni Reception at the Overture PAC
• Nov. 14 UWGB Grad Gathering in the Twin Cities

For more information on alumni events or activities, go to

Class Notes

Sharon (Pichette) Rehn '74 is one of seven recipients of a 2006 Partners in Education Golden Apple Award in Northeast Wisconsin. She teaches second grade at Sunnyside Elementary in Pulaski. Her degree is in growth and development.

Paula Fleurant '75 and '86, a quality care manager for St. Mary's Hospital, has completed the WomenHeart's four-day Science and Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The heart disease survivor leads discussions throughout the region about warning signs for heart disease and how they differ between men and women. Her undergraduate degree is in growth and development and she has a master's degree in environmental science and policy.

James Olesen '82 joined the prestigious international law firm WilmerHale in 2003. Dr. Olesen's experience includes preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmaceuticals and bioinformatics. He has technical experience in molecular cloning, protein engineering, recombinant antibody technology and organic chemistry. His fields of scientific experience include gene regulation, signal transduction, cell-cycle regulation, RNA splicing, proteolysis, immune system function and human genetics. He has a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University. His bachelor's degree is in science and environmental change.

Stephen Malmberg '95 is a senior budget analyst with the Mayor's Office of Management and Budget, City of New York. He earned a master's in arts administration and an MPA in public finance at New York University. His degree is in public administration.

Matthew Krol '97 married in April 2005 and lives in the Denver area, working for Altitude Sports and Entertainment as a pre- and post-game producer for the NHL's Colorado Avalanche. His degree is in communication processes.

Danielle (Bell) '00 and John Potokar '98 and '04 relocated to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Danielle begins her pre-doctoral psychology internship at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in Minneapolis working in neuropsychology, geropsychology, and rehab - a final step before receiving her Ph.D. in clinical psychology. John is working as an environmental consultant. She is a double major in psychology and human development and he majored in environmental science and has a master's in environmental policy and planning.

James and Lindsey (Fischer) Biese '05 were married last August and live in De Pere. James is a customer service representative for Humana Dental and Lindsay is a graphic design enrollment form analyst for the Humana Insurance Company. His degrees are in public administration and political science and her degree is in communication and the arts.

To see more class notes, or to submit your own, go online at

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