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@lumni Newsletter April 2007

[ Alumni News | Alumni Events | Class Notes ]

Alumni News

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Saturday, April 14
Alumni Association
Awards Night
Weidner Center

Five graduates will be recognized at the annual Alumni Association Awards Night April 14. Receiving Distinguished Alumni Awards Kathleen Christensen '73, Mike Jackson '76, and Wayne Micksch '74. Receiving the Outstanding Recent Alumni Awards Joseph Carroll '97 and Manee Moua '99.
Read more about the recipients and the event information.

Alumni Association Awards recipients.

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April 15-19
Alumni Phone-A-Thon

The Phone-A-Thon examines the unexamined life in April as callers attempt to reach more than 2,000 alums with majors in philosophy, English, German, French, Spanish, humanistic studies, education, humanism & cultural change and more. Student callers will be on the phones from 6 - 8:45 p.m. (CST) in the hopes of raising funds for scholarships and academic programs. Have questions? Shane Kohl is the contact, (920) 465-2018 or via e-mail at

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Wednesday, April 18
UW System Spirit Day

Posters in the Rotunda image.

Join fellow UW-Green Bay alumni and friends in Madison on Wednesday, April 18 for UW System Spirit Day, including the "Posters in the Rotunda: A Celebration of Undergraduate Research" program. It begins at 11a.m. at the State Capitol Rotunda. A reception at the Inn on the Park-Madison Room follows. Read more.

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Saturday, May 12
8-10 p.m.
Commencement Reception
Titletown Brewing

Celebrate with our newest alumni at Titletown Brewing. The May graduating class will bring the total number of alumni to 24,000 graduates (nearly 1,000 with master's degrees). Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beer/soda will be on-hand. Read more.

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Sunday, May 20
8-11 a.m.
Green Bay
Cellcom Marathon

Green Bay Cellcom Marathon logo.

Volunteers Needed! Your Alumni Association has signed-on to host a water station for the more than 5,000 runners expected at the Green Bay Cellcom Marathon, Sunday, May 20. You'll be taking part in one of the Top 10 marathons in the country. Be there by 8 a.m. and join us at the finish line later for food and refreshments. Work a shift or the whole time. Brats and beer in May? Bring on summer! Read more details.

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Friday, June 15
27th Annual Scholarship
Golf Outing

It's bigger (18 holes) and better than ever. Save the date, Friday, June 15, for the Annual Scholarship Golf Outing. Plan for a 10 a.m. start at Royal Scot Golf Course in New Franken. Click here for sponsorships, costs and registration information.

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Saturday, June 23
'BYOTP' at the
Timber Rattlers Game

Green Bay Cellcom Marathon logo.
Join your Alumni Association for a "Bring Your Own Tailgate" reception at 4:30 p.m. (first pitch at 6:35 p.m.) at the Fox Cities Stadium, when the Timber Rattlers take on the Swing of Quad Cities, Saturday, June 23. Tickets are only $8 each.
  You bring your own food, beverages, and extras we'll supply the grill, charcoal, and condiments. And be sure to stick around for the post-game fireworks show always a fan favorite. Watch for the UWGB flag in the tailgate party grid. Ticket purchase deadline is June 15 through your Alumni Association. Read more details.

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Thursday, June 28
Alumni and Friends
Great Lakes
WATER Institute

Alumni and guests are invited to attend an early evening reception at UW-Milwaukee's Great Lakes WATER Institute, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 28. The event includes an open house, hors d'oeuvres/cash bar reception and tour of the facility on Milwaukee's lakefront. Cost is $10 per person. Check the Alumni Events Calendar for additional details.

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Thursday and Friday,
July 26-27
Grandparents' University Semester Two

Grandparents' University logo.
Click here to learn more and register.
Grandparents and their grandchildren between the ages of seven and 14 can enroll now for Grandparents' University. Build bonds and explore topics of mutual interest.
The "majors" are: • Tap Dance • Fiber Arts • Where the Wild Animals Live: The Art of Prints • Forensic Science • Furs, Feathers and Scales • Nutritional Science.

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Saturday, August 25
Alumni Reception and
Wine Tasting
Trout Springs Winery

Pencil in the date! Trout Springs Winery and the Alumni Association invite graduates and friends to a relaxing evening of music, wine and hors d'oeuvres, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, August 25. Trout Springs Winery is located in Wayside, south of Green Bay, east of Appleton and west of Manitowoc. Read more.

News from our U.

Prof. Phil Clampitt.

Clampitt's research gets 'Wall Street Journal' attention
Prof. Phil Clampitt was featured in a lengthy Wall Street Journal article, "How Understanding the 'Why' of Decisions Matters: Employees more likely to embrace changes when fully informed." It can be found on page B-3 of the Monday (March 19) edition.

Read more.

Prof. Andrew Kersten.
On track:
Kersten, students, help engineer Railroad Museum repositioning

UW-Green Bay history students, under the direction of Prof. Andrew Kersten are advising the National Railroad Museum on a major repositioning as the Ashwaubenon facility prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Don McCartney, Business Administration, and Deb Anderson, Area Research Center, are also assisting. The program is highlighted on the museum Web site,

American Idol winner Taylor Hicks at Weidner Center
63.4 million people voted for him when he won the 2006 version of American Idol. Taylor Hicks brought his tour to the Weidner Center March 27.

Union breaks ground for
$6.2 expansion

  Floor Plans
  Current Updates
  Construction WebCam
  University Union Director's Blog
  Photo Library of Project Progress
  Construction Project Details
University Union sketch.

Kress on schedule to open in November
Take a look on the Kress Cam

New Web sites highlight faculty, campus, student initiatives
        Scholarly Excellence
        Academic Excellence
        Oneida Language

Music events and performances – all 7:30 p.m.
        Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band – Wednesday, April 25, Cofrin Hall
        Flute and Brass Ensembles – Sunday, April 29, Fort Howard Hall
        Phoenix Chorale and Concert Choir – Wednesday, May 2, Cofrin Family Hall
        New Music and Hand Drumming Ensembles – Friday, May 4, University Theater
        Jazz Ensembles I and II and Vocal Jazz Ensemble – Monday, May 7, University Theater

Senior exhibits at the Lawton
Senior art students will be showcasing their talents at the Lawton Gallery in April and May.
        Senior I Exhibition – April 1-13     Senior II ExhibitionApril 22-May 4

Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon image. Neil Simon hit is Theatre's next role
Set in the Brighton Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., Brighton Beach Memoirs is the first play in Neil Simon's autobiographical trilogy. The play is narrated by 13-year-old Eugene Jerome, whose family shares their small home with his Aunt Blanche and her two daughters. Family is at the center of this tender story told with Simon's infamous sense of humor. Directed by John Mariano.

Show times:
April 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 2007 at 7:30 p.m., University Theatre.
For tickets:
Call 465-2217 or 1-800-328-tkts. Group rates (of 20 or more) are available for all Theatre performances.

Two alums are 'Golden'
Congratulations to two UWGB graduates who recently received Golden Apple awards for exceptional teaching:
golden apples. Kathleen Bazaldua '97, an elementary education major and teacher at Nicolet Elementary School in Green Bay, and Barbara (Caldie) Forsberg '86, a human development and education major teaching at Pulaski Community Middle School.

New partnership with NWTC may be on the Horizon
The Faculty Senate said 'yes' now it's up to the Board of Regents. If approved, a new program would be implemented in fall having greater access to a bachelor's degree at UWGB for Northeastern Wisconsin residents with technical college degrees. Read more.

2007 Phoenix women's basketball team.

Giving the
Phoenix women
their due

Story after story and headline after headline said what we already knew:

... the Phoenix women's basketball team deserves national respect.

The team went unbeaten in conference play, had the nation's longest winning streak and won a game in the national tournament.

Here are a few former headlines and links to the full story:

ESPN touts Phoenix as epic David-vs.-Goliath challenger
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Hereby be it resolved: UW-Green Bay women are really, really good
State Sen. Dave Hansen, a proud UW-Green Bay alumnus, said Friday he will introduce a joint Legislative resolution saluting the women's basketball team for its "remarkable season." Read article.

Fantastic season says ESPN, UConn coach
See his comments in Rob Demovsky's Press-Gazette column. Read column.

Softball team isn't bad either

The UW-Green Bay softball team is (8-8) following a nice spring break week in Kissimmee, Fla.

The Phoenix returns to action March 31, and debuts at home Saturday, April 7, a twin-bill vs. UIC.

See the schedule and more.

Phoenix softball photo.

Jim Merner photo. Phoenix women swim away with Horizon title,
Merner Coach of the Year

For more, go to the UW-Green Bay Athletics Web site.

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Alumni Events

Mark your calendars:
• April 14 Alumni Awards Night Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
• April 18

UW System Spirit Day Madison

• May 12 Commencement Reception Titletown Brewing
• May 20 Cellcom Marathon Water Station
• June 15

Scholarship Golf Outing Royal Scot Golf Course

• June 23 Timber Rattlers Game Appleton
• June 28 Great Lakes WATER Institute Reception Milwaukee
• July 26-27 Grandparents' University
• August 25 Alumni Reception Trout Springs Winery, Wayside, Wis.

For more information on alumni events or activities, go to

Class Notes

Jennifer Menten '71 is a self-employed freelance copywriter living in the United Kingdom. After an early career in New York with Doubleday & Company, Doubleday Advertising and the Rapp & Collins marketing agency, she moved to the U.K. in 1979 and became an award-winning (more than 25 awards) advertising professional who also works occasionally in Sweden and the Netherlands. Her degree is in communication and the arts.

Paul Ehrfurth '73 is president of Paul W. Ehrfurth & Associates LLC, an economic development consulting business in Northeast Wisconsin. Previously he was vice president of economic development for the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce for nine years. His degree is in urban analysis.

Jeffrey Russell '74 is co-author, with his wife Linda, of six management books. His most recent book is Change Basics (ASTD Press, 2006), said to provide a powerful model for leading change in organizations. He is the owner of Russell Consulting in Madison. His degree is in humanism and cultural change.

Duane White '86 reports that he still lives in Pound (Wis.) and raises Spanish mustangs. He works at Pulse Communication, Green Bay "with a bunch of other UWGB Alums... a far cry from working at the front desk at the Sports Center!" His degree is in communication processes.

Lisa Pelletier '89 owns a fine-jewelry store, Bejeweled Images Fine Jewelry, on George Street in De Pere, specializing in custom jewelry, gemstones and repairs. Her other career is with Belmark, Inc. as a territory account coordinator. Her degree is in art.

Beth (Micksch) Lax '90 was promoted to senior vice president, private banking group manager for Associated Bank, Green Bay. She leads a team of private bankers who provide commercial banking, wealth management and retail banking financial services to high-net-worth customers. Her degree is in business administration and she has completed post-graduate work at Canon Trust School.

The Battle Creek (Mich.) Knights of the International Basketball League open their 2007 season in April under new head coach Logan VanderVelden '94 who, fittingly, studied geography. The former Phoenix standout played two years for the Knights and also overseas in Switzerland, Portugal, Japan and Venezuela, following a brief NBA stint with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Carey O'Kelly '01 works for the University of Texas at Tyler as a student development specialist. Her degree is in communication and the arts.

Megan Habermann '04 works for Vassar College in New York as the assistant director of campus activities. Her degree is in communication processes.

Kallin Anderson '06 is an educator with SeaWorld of Orlando (Fla.). Her degree is in biology and environmental sciences.

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

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Last Revised: March 30, 2007   © UW-Green Bay Alumni Relations
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