What is the Common Theme?

The Common Theme is a yearlong program to engage the campus and community in the ideals of a liberal arts education and the UW-Green Bay interdisciplinary mission. It is designed to encourage faculty, staff, students, and community members to focus on a general theme from multiple perspectives and have a shared experience with open discussion and critical thinking.


What is leadership? Leading is about facilitating a group toward the accomplishment of a shared goal. Committed and engaged partners (also known as followers) are essential to this process. This powerful relationship isn’t easy to achieve—it requires on-going learning and practice. For the 2010-11 academic year, the campus community will explore multiple perspectives of “The Leadership Question.”

Common Theme Task Force


  • Donna Ritch
  • Brenda Amenson-Hill


  • Denise Bartell
  • Sue Bodilly
  • Carmen Leuthner
  • Don McCartney
  • Steven Meyer
  • Joan Robb
  • David Severston
  • Lisa Tetzloff
  • Grant Winslow

Leadership Task Force


  • Joanie Dovekas


  • Casey Calhoun
  • Maggie DeLong
  • Lindsay Gustin
  • Ian McArthur
  • Katie Oelig
  • Kelly Peerenboom
  • Katie Philips
  • Shawn Robinson
  • Tanya Schmidt
  • Lisa Tetzloff
  • Erin Van Daalwyk
  • Grant Winslow
  • Amy Zellner


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Kaitlin Phillips

  • Major?
  • Communication (Public Relations)
  • Involvements?
  • Student Ambassadors, Peer Mentors, The Fourth Estate, Phi Eta Sigma, MAX U Planning Committee, Campus Life Taskforces, Intramural Volleyball
  • What are your career goals?
  • To get a fabulous job where no two days are ever the same and I get to meet new people.
  • What is your biggest accomplishment as a student leader?
  • Becoming director of the Ambassadors.
  • Why do you choose to be involved?
  • I choose to be involved because it's amazing what unique life lessons you can learn from other people and experiences.
  • What is your favorite TV show?
  • GLEE!!!


Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in Challenging Times

Soul of a Citizen explores what leads some people to get involved in larger community issues while others feel overwhelmed or uncertain; what it takes to maintain commitment for the long haul; and how community involvement and citizen activism can give back a sense of connection and purpose rare in purely personal life. “Soul of a Citizen has inspired countless students, faculty, and other readers since its publication a decade ago,” wrote Thomas Ehrlich, former Indiana University president. “Amazing as that book was, this new version [March 2010] is even wiser, deeper, and more inspiring.”


Office of Student Life, University Union

Student Life offers students the opportunity to participate in individual leadership assessments using either StrengthsQuest or the Leadership Practices Inventory. Upon completion of either assessment a staff member will meet with the student to review results and to plan next steps. To schedule an appointment, contact Student Life at osl@uwgb.edu or 920.465.2720.


Be a leader in your career field! Explore graduate programs and community resources in leadership development by visiting Career Services.