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@lumni Newsletter October 2007

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Alumni News

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Wisconsin map and UW-Green Bay Alumni logo.

Madison-area Alumni Reception
Thursday, October 25
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Madison-area alumni and friends are invited to an alumni reception, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25 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. Guests welcome.

RSVP to 920-465-2586 or at by Oct. 19.

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Kress Events Center
Grand Opening

Friday and Saturday,
November 2 and 3

Kress Events Center photo.

  Friday, November 2 • 7 p.m.

Free! Women's Volleyball Match
Cheer on the Phoenix volleyball team vs. UW-Milwaukee at 7 p.m. Tickets are free to all graduates and their family, and can be reserved in the "Alumni and Friends" section by calling the Kress Events Center Ticket Office at 920-465-2625. Be sure to identify yourself as a graduate.

  Saturday, November 3 • 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball Practice
Watch the men's basketball team practice on the new court. Open to the public.

  Saturday, November 3 • 12:00 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Self-Guided Kress Events Center Tours
Graduates and family/guests are invited to tour the Kress Center. Check out the Kids Family Zone and the new Turf Gym.

  Saturday, November 3 • 3 p.m.

Free! Women's Basketball Exhibition Game
Watch the Phoenix in its Kress Center debut against Northern Michigan. One complimentary ticket per graduate. Additional tickets are $5 per person. To reserve tickets in the "Alumni and Friends" section, call the Kress Events Center Ticket Office at 920-465-2625. Join us for an alumni and friends reception following the game.

  Saturday, November 3 • 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Free! Alumni and Friends Reception
Stop by the Phoenix Fund room to catch up with former classmates. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

Traveling from
out of town?

Need a place to stay?


Holiday Inn - City Centre, rooms are available Friday and Saturday night for $69 per night. Call (920) 437-5900 before October 12.
Regency Suites, rooms are reserved for Saturday night only
for $79 per night. Call (920) 432-4555 before October 13.

When calling either hotel to make reservations, mention you
are with the "UWGB Alumni" Block.

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– Concert –
Switchfoot and
Relient K with Ruth

Saturday, November 10
7 p.m.

Are you in the mood for some music? Come see the Grammy-nominated alternative rock band Switchfoot, along with Relient K and Ruth, at the Kress Events Center on Saturday, Nov. 10. Tickets for the general public will go on sale Monday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. Call the University Ticketing Services at (920) 465-2217. The cost is $10 per ticket plus $1 service fee.
Switchfoot and Relient K.

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Announcing ...

Your Alumni Association
Board of Directors

UW-Green Bay Alumni Association logo.

New Board of Directors:

Shannon Chronister '03
Jennifer Baker-Johnson '01
Ryan Knauth '96
Elaina Koltz '06
Colleen Sheahan '86
Adam Warpinski '06
Jay Wille '93
Susan Vander Heiden '02

Continuing Board of Directors:

Angela Duckart '03
Bill Gaddis '00
Jim Genrich '71
Sarah Inman '92
Angela Hoisington '00
Joe Pieper '99
Danny Schulz '05
Jim Schwartz '83
Rich Spangenberg '71

Executive Committee for 2007 – 2008:

President – Kelly Ruh '01, chief financial officer, Laugh Your Way America, LLC and
Bayside Church of Green Bay
VP of Alumni Operations – Joel Hansen '01, supervisor, Schenck Business Solutions
VP of Alumni Service – Brian Gold '99, assistant vice president-commercial banking,
M&I Bank of West Bend
Secretary – Donna Sheedy '94, investor relations manager, WPS Resources
Treasurer – Vince Schamber '00, senior accountant, Virchow, Krause & Company, LLP

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Kress Events Center Membership
Did you graduate with an undergraduate degree between (and including) December 2000 through August 2007? If you did, watch for more details on eligibility for a free eight-month membership to the Kress Events Center beginning January 8, 2008.

News from Your U.

Students walking at UW-Green Bay.

Opening day report card:
record transfers, diversity

More than 1,000 new freshmen and a record 681 transfers started classes Sept.4. Fall enrollment also includes a record number of new students of color, including 64 new freshmen and 67 transfers. What about the new freshmen — their high school GPAs, activity preferences and the like?
See a full news release.

Answer your phone... Hold that... watch your mailbox?!
For more than a decade, your alma mater has attempted to reach alumni through the Alumni Phone-A-Thon. The purpose was three-fold — stay in touch, update contact information and generate much-needed funding for the Alumni Annual Fund. However, in a trend that is sweeping the nation, (blame busy schedules, caller ID, and the proliferation of cell phones) alums are harder to reach. So, in an effort to ensure we provide all of 24,000+ alumni the chance to stay in touch and support their alma mater, we're reaching out in new ways...including online giving (saves paper!) and direct mail.

Won't you show your UW-Green Bay pride while impacting the lives of current students?
Contributions to the Alumni Annual Fund help support scholarships, academic programs, lab equipment, library purchases, and so much more. We hope that you will stay in touch and help us build a stronger UW-Green student at a time!

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Save yourself a direct mail piece or a phone call
with online giving

Make your online gift today and save yourself from a postcard and/or a phone call!

Visit our secure giving Web site at 24 hours a day.

New study says older alumni do, in fact, return to Wisconsin
A new study shows that Wisconsin's residents participate in a "boomeranging" effect where, after leaving the state shortly after graduating from a college or university, they move back to Wisconsin in their 30s and 40s. See the story

Photo: Artwork by Amanda Sue Raskin.

Fall events announced for Lawton Art Gallery

The Lawton Art Gallery has announced its fall events, beginning with Cheap Thrills: 20 Comix Artists from Wisconsin. The artwork, at left, from the exhibition is by Amanda Sue Raskin.
For more information, see the Fall Exhibition Schedule.

University Union and
Student Services

* * Construction Update * *

The Union Expansion is getting closer
to completion (projected for spring 2008) as the Phoenix Bookstore structure is now clearly defined and the Phoenix Club has walls painted in color.

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Here's more information on the Union Expansion project and a link to view the Union Construction Cam. To see updates from Student Services, visit the Student Services remodeling project site.

A 'new' unit this year: Arts and Visual Design
There's a newly named major in town Arts and Visual Design formerly known as COA (Communication and the Arts). It will include three interdisciplinary majors: arts management, environmental design and design arts, and three disciplinary majors: theatre, music and art. See more information.

SBDC offers 'Business Math' course
Coming up in October, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering "Business Math," a multi-session program designed to help build math proficiency for common business use. To sign up, click here.

The SBDC provides programs and resources to emerging and existing entrepreneurs. Topics range from strategic growth to business planning to financial and marketing management. For more visit the SBDC Web site, or contact Director Christina Trombley at


Phoenix Circle.

Check out the Phoenix Circle...
It's the latest in networking, and catching up with those former classmates. Phoenix Circle allows you to post jobs in your area of interest, reconnect with former 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!

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. 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.

This mission is ours
Recently approved by the Board of Regents was a new mission statement, written collaboratively by faculty and staff. It reads:

"The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay provides an interdisciplinary, problem-focused educational experience that prepares students to think critically and address complex issues in a multicultural and evolving world. The University enriches the quality of life for students and the community by embracing the educational value of diversity, promoting environmental sustainability, encouraging engaged citizenship, and serving as an intellectual, cultural, and economic resource."

Call your legislators on behalf of your U
Your alma mater and the UW System would appreciate your help as legislators make their final decision for the 2007-09 state budget. Please contact your legislators to encourage them to support the Joint Finance Committee's budget proposal. For some facts and figures you might use in your discussions with legislators, click here. If you have any questions about the budget and its potential impact on UW-Green Bay, please call Dan Spielmann, director of government relations, at (920) 465-5025.

Craig Mueller on cover of Inside UW-Green Bay magazine.

University Loses An Extraordinary Alumni and Friend

Word has been received from San Diego on the passing of Craig Mueller. Mueller, Class of '71, had been a close friend of the University as well as Chancellor Bruce and Cyndie Shepard. Last year, Mueller received the Chancellor's Award, the University's highest community honor, for his enthusiastic advocacy for UW-Green Bay. He established a substantial planned gift for student scholarships, made a dollar-for-dollar match in the alumni phone-a-thon, and supported restoration of historic Lambeau Cottage on the campus bayshore. "Captain Craig" Mueller traced his UW-Green Bay roots to the Deckner days, pursued a life's course that included America's Cup racing and a career as a commercial pilot.

For more on Mueller, visit our Inside UW-Green Bay alumni magazine archive. A 2002 profile paints a remarkable portrait of a remarkable man.

Downtown Third Thursdays Starting Soon!
The second season of Downtown Third Thursdays resumes with noon lectures at Baylake Bank City Center by UW-Green Bay faculty members on issues of public interest.

The lineup for 2007-08:

  • Oct. 18, Bill Shay, ICS, "Computers: Past, Present, and Future"
  • Nov. 15, Denise Sweet, HUS, "Oral Traditions of the Great Lakes Region"
  • Dec. 13, Regan Gurung, HUD, "All You Need to Know to Banish Stress"
  • Feb. 21, Vicki Medland, NAS, "A Backyard Winter Oasis for Feeding Birds"
  • March 20, Kim Nielsen, SCD, "Your Mamma, Your Grandma and Women's History"
  • April 17, John Salerno, COA, "Bebop and Cool: A Study of Contrasts"

Speakers for Downtown Third Thursdays series.
The programs are jointly sponsored by UW-Green Bay and various downtown development entities. Programs are from 12:00 p.m.– 12:45 p.m. and are free and open to the public. To register, or for more information, visit the Web site.

Optimist club forming on campus
An optimist club is forming on campus. For more information e-mail for information e-mail Jane Swan,

Alumni Events

Mark your calendars:
• October 18

Downtown Green Bay Bill Shay, ICS
"Computers: Past, Present, and Future"

• October 25 Music Graduates and Madison-Area Alumni Reception
at the Overture PAC
• November 2 Women's Volleyball – Phoenix host UW Milwaukee
Free tickets to alumni and Friends
• November 3 Kress Events Center Grand Opening – See details above
• November 14 Founder's Association Fall Dinner
• November 15 Downtown Green Bay – Denise Sweet, HUS
"Oral Traditions of the Great Lakes Region"
• November 20 Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting

For more information on alumni events or activities, go to

Class Notes

Alumni Legacy Scholarship:
The Alumni Awards recognition committee recently awarded the very first Legacy Scholarship to Andrew Kozicki, a freshman from Green Bay Preble. He will receive $1,000 for each of the fall and spring semesters of the 2007-2008 academic year. He is the son of Jane Kozicki '95, who earned her master's degree in Community Human Services.

Laura Hollingsworth '89 has been named president and publisher of the Des Moines Register. The Chicago native, worked for the Green Bay Press-Gazette early in her career and she has been the Register's general manager since 2005. Hollingsworth also worked as an advertising executive at Gannett Co. newspapers in Washington, Illinois and Michigan. Hollingsworth lives in Johnston, Iowa, with her husband, 17-year-old daughter and 2-year-old twins.

Kelly Wenig '07 is enrolled at the University of Cincinnati history department for graduate studies.

A year ago, Avinash Thadani '04 and a couple of friends were inspired to travel the states from coast to coast. This time, the popular former international student and Alumni Phone-a-Thon caller takes a tour through Cuba and shares his shares trip: Click here.

These musicians have medal
Ticket demand was strong for the "Medal of Honor" concert recently at the Weidner Center. The program featured a 60-piece community orchestra many with UW-Green Bay ties backing a 75-voice community choir. Musicians included Mona Christensen '80 and '96, flute; Luann Glielmi '78, Amy (Harmann) Johnson '94 and Kevin Van Ess '84, clarinet; Brent Hussin '84, trumpet; Barb Fondow '78, French horn; Bill Dennee '91, trombone; and Anthony Alvarado-Ortiz '07, tuba.

UW-Green Bay alumni perform in medal of honor concert.

Pictured from left to right:

Glielmi, Christensen, Hussin, VanEss, Emily Roberts, Johnson, Alvarado-Ortiz, Dennee and Bruce Reines.

With appreciation...from Christopher D. Russell '07
    "I send this email as a token of friendship and appreciation to all of you for offering me such a meaningful program during my four years... Social Change and Development was great for two major reasons: First... it has made me a better person. The issues/lessons/studies were so interesting, yet at the same time, so enlightening... My studies have influenced me to join the Peace Corps. I will be serving in the Ukraine for the next 2+ years as an English teacher. I depart in late September.

    Secondly, the enormous amount of reading, writing, and critical thinking has been extremely helpful in aiding the development of my "professional" skills. I worked as a litigation assistant during my senior year and feel that my assignments have significantly contributed to my quality of my work. Periodically, I think of the major while performing various assignments at work. For example, I immediately thought of the critical thinking SOC CD students are exposed to when digesting a 10- page report written by a neuropsychologist. His report attacked other experts' inability to see the relevance of an important perspective that had been overlooked in other medical reports. I feel that critical thinking is a very underestimated skill, which many other programs fail to incorporate. Several of my friends, whom are also SOC CD alumni, at grad/law schools will certainly attest to this as well.

    Again, thank you all so much for your knowledge, enthusiasm, and dedication over the past four years. I wish you the best..."

To see more class notes, or to submit your own, go online to the Alumni Relations Web site.

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