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@lumni Newsletter January 2007

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Alumni News

What's happening with
the Weidner?

Weidner Center image.
It's the most popular question of your campus in the community and now we have some answers... Representatives of Weidner Center Presents — an independent nonprofit organization — announced in December that they will assume risk and responsibility for booking a fairly ambitious series of touring performances at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. A limited spring 2007 schedule will be announced soon, and more shows are expected for 2007-08. The group acknowledges that private fundraising for programming will be critical. A year ago the University announced it could no longer incur the debt of touring shows. That hasn't meant "lights out."
Read more: or read
Chancellor Bruce Shepard's perspective and the community interest in the Chancellor's FYI at

New Weidner leader is one of us
The new executive director of Weidner Center Presents Inc., Katie (Delie) Green '99, is a UW-Green Bay grad who was most recently director of marketing and partnerships for Packer Country Visitor and Convention Bureau. Prior to that, she was group sales manager for the campus-run Weidner Center.

The WCP Web site has announcement of her appointment at

Katie Green.

golf photo.
          — Look for bigger, better Alumni Golf Outing
Details are in the making, but look for a bigger and better Alumni Association Golf Outing this year. Save the date, Friday, June 15 and plan for a 10 a.m. start at Royal Scot Golf Course in New Franken. Cost is $75 per golfer/$300 per foursome. There will be course events, door prizes, silent auction and more. Proceeds from the outing benefit student scholarships. Watch the Alumni Web site for registration and sponsorship opportunities.

Adult Degree alums asked to lead
The Adults Learning for Life (A.L.L) Alumni Network is calling for you. A search for more officers to serve on its Network Board is on, as well as opportunities to lead right in your own community. The group focuses specifically on the needs of Extended Degree/Adult Degree alumni and students. Not interested in being an officer or committee member? No problem! This group is for all Extended Degree/Adult Degree alumni and you can be involved at whatever level works best for you. Learn more about services for alumni at or call 800.621.2313 or e-mail

Joseph Smith. Music to his ears, Smith wins IPod
Joseph Smith '06, Green Bay, added 31 new friends to his "circle." Phoenix Circle is an e-community for networking and staying in touch. A close second place went to Angela (Stangel) Duckart '03, who added 29 new friends. The contest was co-sponsored by Camera Corner Connecting Point of Green Bay and your UWGB Alumni Association. New to the circle? Go to and click the Phoenix Circle icon to register. Keep an eye on the Phoenix Circle because more contests are in the making.

University Union expansion and renovation
New dining options, a central hub for information, the bookstore, an integrated student activity core, a renovated club concept, and so much more! To learn more about the Union renovation project and timeline, visit

Union and Shorewood begin long-term funding efforts
The University Union and Shorewood Golf Course are establishing foundation accounts. The funding will be used to offset annual operating costs and for long-term funding. This should reduce student fee support for the Union and enhance the golf experience at Shorewood. Please e-mail Rick Warpinski with questions or offers to contribute,

Mark King '81 addresses graduates at mid-year commencement.
King of TaylorMade addresses new alumni
A terrific speech by TaylorMade CEO Mark King '81 and the impressive story of student speaker Carolina Bacelis'06 were crowd-pleasers at mid-year commencement. Click for more,

'Inside' on your doorsteps mid-February
In your previous issue of Inside were riveting stories about alumni who went on to fulfilling careers in the medical community. This time you will read about CEOs with an international presence, plus catch up on the nursing program, meet the new Alumni Association president, Kelly Rue, and of course, warm your hearts with a few timely messages of love. If you aren't receiving your Inside, click here for the PDF version: AND update your mailing address by completing the Alumni Update Form at

Phoenix alumni are 'People You Should Know'
UW-Green Bay faculty members John Katers, Meier Russ, Don McCartney and Sarah Meredith were selected to Bay Business Journal's annual "50 People You Should Know" along with alumni Robert Seering '74, Taku Ronsman '84, Mary Jane Herber '03, Justin Rebman '06, Steve Mclean '91 and Kris Maz (Mazurkiewiez) '94. The regional magazine annually honors people impacting their local community.

Andy Bottoni.

Former Association President assumes Southern Wisconsin role
Former Alumni Association President Andy Bottoni had to leave the area before his term was up because of a job promotion. Bottoni works in Valspar's marketing department as the brand manager for the Quikrete coatings line, Goof-Off brand cleaners and other specialty brands. His task is to maintain and grow the brand names, develop and market new technologies and interface with his companies customers in the U.S. and Canada. He said he hopes to maintain an active part of the Association in his new region.

Green Bay grads fill leadership class, as well
Leadership Green Bay announced its 40-member class for 2007. UW-Green Bay alumni that are participating include Kim Anders '90, De Lisse Brunette '99, Joseph Hoelscher '93, Joni Kolarik '03, Mythili Nagarajan '91, Connie (Rose) Polasik '83, Nancy Steffel '90 and Vanessa Vanderveren-Marin '86.

Craig Lockard and new history textbook image.

Decade-long effort is now 'history' for Lockard
Societies, Networks, and Transitions, published by Houghton Mifflin, is the product of 10 years of research and writing by Craig Lockard, UW-Green Bay professor of Social Change and Development.
The textbook encourages students of history to think about the broad implications of people, events and changes throughout world history. One reviewer said no previous world history textbook has had as much coverage of the 20th century. Read more.

Laatsch first-ever to be recognized for 40 years of service
UW-Green Bay's first 40-year member of the faculty was among faculty and staff honored for their years of service to the University in ceremonies Friday, Dec. 15. William Laatsch, professor of Urban and Regional Studies, was recognized for 40 years of service to UW-Green Bay in ceremonies at the University Union.

Dee Sweet.

A Sweet Poem about Whooping Crane Chicks

Prof. Dee Sweet honored the return of a migrating whooping crane flock to Wisconsin with a poem now archived on the Wisconsin Public Television site.

Click here to read All the Animals Came Dancing

Two great shows by Theatre in the wings
The Theatre program has two shows planned for winter/spring — Five by Tenn by Tennessee Williams (7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-24, Feb. 27-28 and March 1-3, Jean Weidner Theatre, Weidner Center) and Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs (7:30 p.m. April 20-21, 26-28, University Theatre). Read more.

Jazz Fest and more in February
Look for two great student music performances in February in Cofrin Hall of the Weidner Center:
          Annual Jazz Fest, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 3
          Phoenix Chorale and Concert Choir, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 24

Bartell brings love downtown
Assistant Prof. Denise Bartell is the next faculty member reaching to the Green Bay Downtown Area as part of a new program — "Downtown Third Thursdays." Bartell's timely message will be "Romantic Love in America," a brief history of love, exploration of love, and the importance of love in our culture.

Bartell will deliver her message at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 at the Baylake Bank Learning Center on Adams Street.

Denise Bartell.

Phoenix Athletics takes step forward with is the new official home for UW-Green Bay Athletics. The athletics department has entered into a partnership with sports/media giant to host the Phoenix pages, complete with new design and features. Fans should also find it easier to access items such as Gametracker and live streaming video when you just can't make it out to the Resch Center or Phoenix Sports Center, or hit the road to catch the Phoenix men's and women's basketball teams in person. Don't miss a minute of the action as your Phoenix teams battle for a Horizon League title.

Horizon League Games also online
More than 140 Horizon League games will be televised this year via the new HLN (Horizon League Network) and through the Horizon League's affiliation with CSTV. For more than just Phoenix coverage check out the broadcast schedule at

UWGB Phoenix cheerleaders.

Phoenix women say 'farewell' to PSC after 30 winning seasons
The Phoenix women's basketball team program hasn't had a losing season in 30 years. Heading into the new year the team was an incredible 292-64 at home in the Phoenix Sports Center. Next year's squad will make history in the new Kress Events Center, being constructed next to the PSC. The women will celebrate a 34-year history Feb. 2-4 with a special farewell ceremony at the Phoenix Sports Center on Feb. 3. The alumni game will be played at 4 p.m. followed by the Phoenix vs. Detroit at 7 p.m. A reception for alumni and friends follows the Phoenix game at The Bar on Lime Kiln Road.

Butch Reimer.

Reimer returns as Ski Coach
Butch Reimer has returned to coach the Phoenix Nordic ski program. He spent nine seasons as the Nordic ski head coach from 1988-98 and also had a six-season stint as UW-Green Bay's head softball coach from 1996-2002, where he compiled a 104-150 record. During his nine years at the helm, 29 men and women skiers qualified for the NCAA Championships. In addition, Reimer posted two regional championships and two conference titles. Reimer replaces Bryan Fish '98, who served as the program's head coach for seven years and skied for Reimer while at UW-Green Bay.

Ground broken on second Phoenix Home Build project
Ground has been broken on the second "Phoenix Home Build" project to benefit the Phoenix Fund and student-athlete scholarships. Van's Lumber and Custom Home Builders are taking the lead on the project located at 2841 Durham Road on Green Bay's northeast side, just west of Red Smith School and north of the UW-Green Bay campus. For more information or to get involved with the project contact Jeanne Stangel, Director of Phoenix Fund, at (920) 465-2053 or

UW-Green Bay Phoenix logo.
Catch the Phoenix men's basketball
team at home and away against
the UW-Milwaukee Panthers
UW-Milwaukee Panthers logo.

Free food in Milwaukee!

That's right, a complimentary hors d'oeuvres/cash bar reception for alumni and friends is coming to Milwaukee from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, January 27, at Buck Bradley's Saloon and Eatery (1019 Old World 3rd St.). The reception follows a men's basketball match-up between the Phoenix and the Panthers at 1 p.m. in the U.S. Cellular Arena. Buck Bradley's is just a few short blocks from the arena. Planning to attend the reception? Please RSVP to by Monday, January 22. Interested in attending the basketball game and sitting with Phoenix fans? Contact the Phoenix Athletics ticket office at (920) 465-2625. Tickets are $18.50 each and must be ordered by January 22.

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Ready the Rivalry — Panthers vs. Phoenix and Rally Towel Giveaway
Join other Phoenix alumni when the Phoenix takes on Horizon-League and cross-state rival UW-Milwaukee, 7:05 p.m., Feb. 24, at the Resch Center, Green Bay. Zone A tickets have been reserved for $10. Call the Phoenix athletics ticket office (920) 465-2625 to reserve yours. (Indicate that you are sitting in the alumni section.) Alumni and friends are welcome to warm up for the game at a complimentary hors d'oeuvres/cash bar reception, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Patio Room at The Bar on Holmgren Way. NOTE: It is also Heavenly Hats Caps for Cancer Night. Bring a new hat to donate and Heavenly Hats will distribute the donated hats to cancer patients around the country.

Hit the Hilton if you're coming from out of town ...
Traveling from out of town and need a room for the night? The Alumni Association has a block of rooms at the Hilton Garden of Green Bay — just a few short blocks from the Resch Center — and for only $75 per night. Call (920) 405-0400 to make a reservation; group code is under UW-Green Bay Alumni. The reservation deadline is Jan. 24, 2007.

Big savings for alumni Feb. 10 at the Resch
UW-Green Bay alumni will 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 mens basketball photo.

— It's also men's basketball alumni weekend Feb. 9-11 —

The alumni game is 4:30 p.m. at the Resch Center (ticket for the evening game gets you in) with the Phoenix vs. Loyola at 7 p.m.

A reception for alumni and friends will be held following the Phoenix game at Sideline Sports Bar (formerly The Fifty-yard Line).

Master's on your mind?
Don't' forget your alma mater when continuing your education. A master's degree is within your reach. UW-Green Bay offers degrees in:

• Social Work
• Environmental Science and Policy
• Management and
• Teaching and Learning

UW-Green Bay flip flops image.

Not your childhood summer school
Ah, summer. Almost before the first winter snowfall landed, campus academic units were already planning a summer line-up that included more than 100 summer offerings, and catchy new posters with a pair of Phoenix flip flops directing them to the UW-Green Bay summer courses Web site, With 26 Internet offerings, program planners hope to accommodate students with busy work schedules. Know a high school senior that wants to get a jump on classes, or someone at another UW School and back in Green Bay for the summer? Encourage them to check out the lengthy course listing.

Phone-A-Thon Continues Record-Setting Pace
Thanks to you the tenth annual UW-Green Bay Alumni Phone-A-Thon is on a record-setting pace in new dollars and new donors. We're at about the halfway point with January calls to those that majored in communications, art, theatre, music, computing science and more. Calls in February will go to alums in the areas of business and accounting. Funds generated through the Phone-A-Thon help support student scholarships and student learning opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. C'mon, answer the call. As always, if you have questions, you can check out the Phone-A-Thon Web site at or contact Director of Annual Giving Shane Kohl at

See the World!

Start with China or Germany

Call the
Alumni Office
at (920) 465-2586 or to request a brochure.

Or visit the
Alumni Web site.

  arrow.Germany and the Czech Republic, October 3 – 11, 2007

From the land of Edelweiss and bratwurst to a fairy tale city of spires and domes, this is a gorgeous journey through the heart of Europe. Go where the Romantic Road takes you back in time, over cobblestone streets and through medieval villages. Browse in quaint little shops and enjoy a cozy tavern. Go where the roots of Bohemia thrive in Prague, where Mozart and Kafka wandered, where the 14th century Charles Bridge still teems with artists, puppeteers and musicians. Go to Dresden and see museums, churches and the spectacular Semper Opera House, and learn why they call this the "Florence of the North."

arrow.Beijing, China, November 1 – 8, 2007

Beijing, the pulsing heart of today's China, capital city for over seven centuries and well over 3,000 years. In Beijing the ring roads, traffic, shopping malls and neon signs may surprise you, but for the majority the bicycle is still the cheapest and most efficient mode of transportation. The imposing grandeur of the Forbidden City and mystical symmetry of the Temple of Heaven remain untouched by modernity. Travelers will also visit Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, the Ming Tombs and more.

All PRICES INCLUDE first class hotel accommodations, some meals, round-trip transfers between airport and hotel, luggage handling, hotel taxes, service charges and round-trip airfare from selected Midwest cities including Chicago and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Optional excursions are available.

Campus prepares for second 'Grandparents' U'

"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 in the making are UW-Green Bay's version of "Happy Feet" (tap dance), as well as nutritional (edible) science, wild animal art, forensic science, fiber arts and birds, animals and reptiles, all taught by UW-Green Bay faculty.

For more information see the Web site at or call 1-800-892-2118 or 920-465-2267. Ask for Mona!

UW-Green Bay Grandparents' U program.

Affinity and Beyond
What is an alumni affinity program? Your Alumni Association partners with nationally recognized, pre-approved companies to offer discounted products and services to UWGB graduates. And often, when a graduate takes advantage of an affinity program, a fee/donation is made to the Alumni Association from the partner company.

Your Alumni Association has many Affinity Programs:

• Go Next Travel - first class overseas trips to Europe and Asia

• Bank America (formerly MBNA) - credit card (watch for the new world points program and other enhanced benefits)

• Collegiate Funding Services - student loan consolidation programs

• Liberty Mutual - home and auto insurance

• American Insurance Administrators - group life insurance, health insurance and financial service plans

• Phoenix Bookstore - 10% off in-store and online gift and apparel purchases

• Three Green Bay Area hotels - offer discounted rates

Newest affinity program is for mortgages
Your UW-Green Bay 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

Check out all your benefits
Check out the Benefits section of the Alumni Web site:

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:
• Jan. 17 Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting
• Jan. 27 UWGB Men vs UW Milwaukee Panthers, 1 p.m., US. Cellular Arena
• Jan. 27 Alumni and Friends Reception, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.,
Buck Bradley's, Milwaukee
• Feb. 3 Women's Basketball Alumni Weekend
• 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. 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
• 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

Joseph Selner '73 is the chief financial officer with Associated Banc-Corp in Northeast Wisconsin. His degree is in managerial systems.

Kay Nelson '78 is a professor of management at Southern Illinois University, director of the Partnership for Innovation Center (P4I). She received her Ph.D. in management information systems from the University of Texas. She has extensive international management experience with organizations such as Procter & Gamble, Apple Computer and NATO. Her research has been with major companies including Boeing, Ford, and Cardinal Health. She was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Career Award which focuses on transitioning employees to new technologies and business models. She previously was an associate professor at The Ohio State University. She is married to Jim Nelson, also in the Management Department/MIS at SIU. Nelson received her master's degree from Hampton University and a bachelor's degree from UWGB in the Extended Degree Program, University Without Walls.

Ali Bonakdar '81 is the director of the Corvallis Area Metropolitan Planning District in Corvallis, Ore. He has a master's degree in environmental arts and sciences.

Thomas Plantenberg '87 is president/CEO of Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. He is also president of the Milwaukee Armed Forces Committee, "known for the most comprehensive Armed Forces Week in the United States," he writes. "I'll be retiring from the Navy Reserve after 38 years (and as Captain since October 2004). I also served as Commanding Officer of STRATCOM Det 1362, a Headquarters Unit for United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Nebraska." He has a master of science in administrative science.

John Beyer '90 is a computer network engineer for Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette. He was recently featured in The Business News for a system he established for the medical center that sends CT scans to Australia for overnight reading. His degree is in economics.

Robert Horsch '99 recently started his own firm. He is a partner in the law firm, Law Offices of Horsch & Kaehne, LLP, located in Sheboygan. It is a general practice firm, but will specialize in criminal defense and family law. His degree is in social change and development.

Tabitha (Schreiber) Bartels '01 is a marketing assistant at Northwestern University's School of Continuing Studies in Chicago. She is also pursuing a master's degree in integrated marketing communications at the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University. Her degree is in business administration.

Mark Gaulke '02 received his doctor of medicine degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in May. He began an internal medicine/pediatrics residency at the St. Joseph's Hospital-Marshfield Clinic Program. While in medical school, Gaulke was the founding member of the pro-life student organization and visited Malawi, Africa at the Lutheran Medical Mission in January of this year.

Don Tepsa '05, a certified public accountant, recently joined Schenck Business Solutions in Green Bay as a staff assistant. He has a double major in accounting and business administration.

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