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Common Theme 2014-15Engaging in Public Life


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Volunteer and Community Fair

Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 11:00 am

Phoenix Rooms B and C

The Color Run 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 10:00 am

Throughout campus

The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. Last over 7000 people attended the race on the U.W. Green Bay campus and over $5000 was raised for student scholarships and student organizations.

Steve Pemberton

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7:00 pm

Phoenix Rooms

A ward of the state for much of his childhood, Steve Pemberton has made opportunity, access, and equality pillars of his personal and professional life. One of America’s most inspiring executives, he is recognized as a leader on matters of diversity and inclusion and their importance to the growth of the American industrial complex.

Pemberton is chief diversity officer and divisional vice president for Walgreens, the first such person to hold that responsibility in the company’s 110-year history. As such, he directs activities to help serve diverse markets and populations, including customers in medically underserved areas, food deserts, and urban areas, as well as strengthens relationships with diverse suppliers and communities.

His memoir, A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home, chronicles his difficult path through foster care and his determined search for his family. It is an inspirational story that crosses generations and cultures, but specifically whispers to those who have had the odds stacked against them. Pemberton’s relentless journey to overcome his setbacks, find his biological family, and right the wrongs of his parents’ past is a model for all families to follow. It is a true testament of faith, fortitude, and forgiveness.

Book signing to follow lecture.

Emerging Leadership Experience

Saturday, March 7, 2015, TBA

Sturgeon Bay, WI

Beginning its 6th year, this annual first-year student overnight retreat is designed to help students develop confidence and increase their involvement on campus. Students are nominated and submit an application. The trip is led by ELE alums and a UWGB staff member and takes place at the Team Leadership Center and Sand Bay Lodge in Sturgeon Bay. Participants take the StrengthsQuest assessment. Transportation, meals, and lodging is provided. ” A former participant said, “I learned how to work as a strong, dynamic group–how to work as a team. I also learned that it is easy to make new friends.” Sponsored by Student Life.