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@lumni Newsletter February 2007

[ Alumni News | Alumni Events | Class Notes ]

Alumni News

Five to be recognized at Alumni Awards reception
Five individuals will be recognized at the annual Alumni Association Awards night April 14. Receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award are Kathleen Christensen '73, Mike Jackson '76 and Wayne Micksch '74. Recipients of the Outstanding Recent Alumni Awards are Joseph Carroll '97 and Ma Moua '97. E-mail or call (920) 465-2586 for an invitation or more information.

Remembering Roger Hirst

Roger Hirst, UW-Green Bay's oldest graduating senior (he was 77 when he earned his degree in 2000) died recently, prompting reflection about the "wonderfully upbeat man who was intellectually curious about everything." Those are the words of Prof. Bill Laatsch and the sentiment of many on campus.

Read the Green Bay Press-Gazette tribute to Hirst.

The University captured Hirst's reasons for earning a degree late in life; read more.

Roger Hirst.

Bigger, better Alumni Golf Outing in June
Save the date — Friday, June 15 — for the Alumni Association Golf Outing at Royal Scot Golf Course in New Franken. The new, 18-hole event is $75 per golfer/$300 per foursome. Actively seeking sponsors. For details go to

Women's Golf Rises as Newest Phoenix Sport
UW-Green Bay will add women's golf as its 16th sport for the 2007-08 season.

Lucas Hana, assistant pro and lead instructor at Green Bay Country Club, has been hired as coach. See

Lucas Hana.

William Hanrahan.

Congratulations to Circuit Judge Hanrahan '82
William Hanrahan, a star Urban Studies graduate and a former assistant attorney general for Wisconsin, has been appointed a Dane County circuit judge by Gov. Jim Doyle.

Hanrahan gave the December commencement address and received "Distinguished Alumni" designation at UW-Green Bay in 2005.

Read more.

Catch the Faculty Art Show
UW-Green Bay's 33rd Annual Art Faculty Exhibition continues in the Lawton Gallery through Thursday, Feb. 15. For more information read the UW-Green Bay news release.

February 2007 Inside magazine cover.

'Inside' on Your Doorsteps Mid-February

Read about CEOs with an international presence, plus catch up on the nursing program, meet the new Alumni Association president, Kelly Ruh, and of course, warm your hearts with a few timely messages of love.
If you aren't receiving your Inside, see the PDF version at, AND update your mailing address by completing the Alumni Update Form at

Check out your photo here...
Have you been at a recent alumni event or reception? Or maybe you hoped to be, but missed out on the fun. Check out the latest images posted on the Alumni photogallery.

Aspenson's Daughter Recognized
For 'Anthem' Singing

Phoenix fans will recognize the name of Mandi Sagal, the 13-year-old prodigy who has sung the anthem at local prep and college games. She's the daughter of Phoenix basketball hall-of-famer Sue (Aspenson) Sagal '89 and Bill Sagal '88.

Go to the Press-Gazette story.

M Sagal sings anthem.

Newest Affinity Program is for mortgages
A reminder that your Alumni Association has teamed with mTeam Financial to offer UW-Green Bay graduates competitive mortgage opportunities. Alumni will receive at least $300 off closing costs, and an additional $200 will be donated to your Alumni Association (for student scholarships and programming). To find out more, including first-time home buyer options, second mortgages, and more, call loan officer Jeremy Woods at either 1-608-628-0276, or (847) 239-7834, or e-mail him at

China, Germany at great prices!
Travel the world and start with Germany or China. Call the Alumni Office at (920) 465-2586 or e-mail to request a brochure.

Germany and the Czech Republic, Oct. 4-12, 2007 $1,999/person
Beijing, China, Nov. 1-8, 2007 $1,799/per person

Grandparents' University logo.

Second Grandparents' U coming for you
"Grandparents' U" (GPU) is preparing for year number two. To be held July 26-27, the popular program is a wonderful opportunity for grandparents and their grandchildren to take classes together.

Offerings include tap dance, nutritional (edible) science, wild animal art, forensic science, fiber arts and birds, animals and reptiles, all taught by UW-Green Bay faculty.

For more, see the Web site at or call 1-800-892-2118 or (920) 465-2267 and ask for Mona!

Big Savings for Alumni Feb. 10 at the Resch
UW-Green Bay alumni receive a $4 discount for the men's basketball game between the Phoenix and the Loyola Ramblers, 7:05 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Resch Center. (Arrive early for the Phoenix Spirit Stick giveaway.) Alumni MUST present this newsletter at the box office to receive the discount. Tickets good only in Zones B and C and based on availability. One ticket discount per newsletter.

UW-Green Bay logo.


– Feb. 24 –

UW-Milwaukee Panthers.
Come show off your basketball talent at the alumni shoot-off Feb. 24 when the Phoenix play the Milwaukee Panthers at the Resch Center. Sign up during the pre-game warm-up for your chance to take on a Milwaukee alumni during halftime. Contestants will have 25 seconds to make a lay-up, free throw, and 3-point shot. The first contestant to make all their shots or the contestant that gets the furthest wins. Go Phoenix (Alumni!).

binoculars image. Looking WAAAAY ahead …

… UW Spirit Day
Join us April 18 in Madison for UW Spirit Day. All UW System alumni are welcome to a 5 p.m. reception at the Inn on the Park.

… Bring Your Own Tailgate Party
Come cheer on the Timber Rattlers when they take on the Swing of the Quad Cites Saturday, June 23. Game time is 6:35 p.m. Tickets are $8. For details, watch the Web site,

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Alumni Events

Mark your calendars:
• Feb. 10 Men's Basketball Alumni Weekend
• Feb. 10

Phoenix men vs. Loyola, Resch Center
(Arrive early for the Phoenix Spirit Stick giveaway)

• Feb. 15 UWGB Downtown, Baylake City Center,
Denise Bartell, "Romantic Love in America"
A brief history of love and exploration of love and the importance of love in our culture
• Feb. 22-24,
  Feb. 27-
  Mar. 3
"Five by Tenn" – student theatre, 7:30 p.m.,
Jean Weidner Theatre
• Feb. 24

Alumni and Friends Reception, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.,
The Bar on Holmgren Way

• Feb. 24 UWGB Men host UW Milwaukee Panthers, 7:05 p.m., Resch Center
• Feb. 24 UWGB Phoenix Chorale and Concert Choir, 7:30 p.m.
Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
• March 15 UWGB Downtown, Baylake Bank City Center,
Cheryl Grosso, "A Musical Journey for Life"
• March 20 Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting
• April 14 Alumni Awards Night

For more information on alumni events or activities, go to

Class Notes

Jean Kyle '73 is a business education specialist with the Minnesota Department of Education - Academic Standard and High School Improvement. Her degree is in humanism and cultural change.

Bruce Ballenger '74 is an associate professor of English at Boise State University. He holds a Ph.D. in composition and literature from the University of New Hampshire and teaches courses in composition, composition theory, and creative nonfiction. He's the author of six books, and his articles and essays have appeared in a range of publications from College English to The Boston Globe. His degree is in population dynamics.

Tony Litwinchuk '85 resides in Maple Grove, Minn. He is northern division vice president of Airgas North Central the nation's largest distributor of industrial gases. The former Phoenix basketball player visited campus last summer with his daughter Tara, 17, who was shopping universities with strong biology programs. (Litwinchuk says campus growth is impressive, "but where was the store on campus in the '80s, when I was here?") Also the father of two sons, A.J., 14, and Kyle, 8, he has coached all three children in basketball, calling himself a "throwback who believes in fundamentals and taking responsibility for one's actions." He sometimes finds himself quoting his former Phoenix head coach, Dick Lien: "To be on time is to be late, to be early is to be on time."

Jane (Bodilly) Birr '85 and '90, a certified wellness coach, recently published Get it Over with - A 12-week Jumpstart to Great Health in Body, Mind and Spirit. Her business, Powered Up LLC, provides instruction and e-consultation on healthier living to individuals and groups. She majored in human adaptability and has a master's in administrative science.

Joe Krueger '91 produces and directs sporting events with the Utah Jazz and KJZZ-TV. He also covers the University of Utah, Utah State, and the Utah Blaze and will be directing broadcasts of the Utah State High School Football Championships. His degree is in communication processes.

Susan Jenkel '96 and '01 is a science teacher in the Manatee School District, Brandenton, Fla. In addition, she has earned more than 30 credits toward her specialist certification in a doctoral program at Argosy University, Sarasota. She credits the "wonderful faculty" at UW-Green Bay for her inspiration and singles out Joan Thron as a mentor who "opened my eyes to the beauty within all of us." She majored in education and earned a master's in applied leadership for teaching and learning.

Leslie Ricker '00 is the associate athletic director at the University of Maine in Bangor. Her degree is in communication processes.

Stephanie Mineau '06 is an environmental health technician with the Oneida Indian Nation Environmental Health and Safety Division. Her degree is in human biology.

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