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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

April 4, 2008

UW-Green Bay honors outstanding, distinguished alumni

GREEN BAY-The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Alumni Association will honor four graduates for their accomplishments at the association's annual awards night Saturday,
April 19.

Photo: Mary M. Kabacinski and David T. Muench.

Receiving Distinguished Alumni Awards will be David T. Muench, a community outreach specialist with EcoEnergy and former community development educator who was employed by the University of Wisconsin-Extension; and Mary M. Kabacinski, a former teacher who went on to become chief financial officer at School Specialty, Inc., the nation's leading marketer of school supplies.

This award recognizes UW-Green Bay graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professional field and are widely recognized for their career accomplishments.

Photo: Rachel (Neff) Greenley and Amy Roznowski.

Receiving Outstanding Recent Alumni Awards are U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Amy Roznowski, a Cobra helicopter pilot who is on active duty and preparing to redeploy to Iraq; and Rachel (Neff) Greenley, assistant professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Roznowski will accept the award via a videotaped acceptance speech.

The Outstanding Recent Alumni Award recognizes alumni within 10 years of graduation whose accomplishments indicate potential for contributions to their profession.

The Alumni Association Awards Night will be held on campus in the Phoenix Room of the University Union, 2420 Nicolet Drive. The event begins with a reception at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and the recognition program to follow.

Tickets are $25 per person. To reserve tickets, contact the Alumni Office at (920) 465-2586 or by e-mail at

Distinguished Alumni

David T. Muench, of Appleton, graduated from UW-Green Bay in 1972 with a degree in Regional Analysis. He also received a Master's of Environmental Arts and Sciences degree from UW-Green Bay in 1979. Muench worked 25 years for the UW-Extension, developing and delivering effective and imaginative education programs on subjects in local government management, community and economic development, and natural resources management.

In the 1980s, to combat an excess of recycled newspaper and drought conditions that were causing a shortage of straw, Muench experimented with various pieces of farm machinery to make shredded paper into usable animal bedding. He also created programs on how communities could use slogans to improve the local economy and quality of life. Both projects earned him national recognition.

Muench now works as a community outreach specialist for EcoEnergy, educating and informing citizens and government officials about his company's wind power projects.

He was awarded the first UW System's Wisconsin Idea Award, which recognizes 100 faculty and staff for extraordinary public service. Muench has also served terms on the UW-Green Bay Alumni Board the past four decades and is active with Friends of the Branch River, Fox Cities Greenways and the Appleton Trail Advisory Committee.

Mary M. Kabacinski, of Appleton, a 1971 graduate with a degree in Humanism and Cultural Change and a certificate to teach math to middle and high school students.

She taught math to 7th, 8th and 9th graders before returning to UW-Green Bay and earning a degree in Accounting. She has been a certified public accountant since 1981.

Kabacinski started with the Arthur Anderson accounting company in Milwaukee before moving on to become the senior vice president and chief financial officer at Marquette Medical Systems. She moved on to School Specialty, the largest distributor of school supplies in the country, in 1991. She retired in 2006, a few years after having won the 2003 Financial Executive of the Year Award for the Midwest Region.

Currently, Kabacinski chairs the Fox Valley Region's Community Foundation and is treasurer for its board of directors. She has the same roles with the Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity and is a tax aide for AARP, helping seniors file their tax returns.

Outstanding Recent Alumni

Rachel A. (Neff) Greenley, of Milwaukee, graduated in 1998 with degrees in Psychology and Human Development. She went on to receive a master's degree and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University in Chicago. Her dissertation and thesis examined parenting issues in families of children with spina bifida.

Greenley is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, working in the division of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. Her work has been published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Greenley has won numerous awards and grants, is a periodic medical journal reviewer and is professionally affiliated with the Society for Research on Adolescence, the Society for Adolescent Medicine, the American Psychological Association and the Society for Pediatric Psychology.

Amy B. Roznowski, of Appleton, is fulfilling her childhood dream as an aviator, flying helicopters for the United States Marine Corps out of Camp Pendleton, California. She graduated in 2001 with degrees in Political Science and Public Administration and is now flying Cobra helicopters.

Roznowski started as an assistant administration officer, went on to become an airframes division officer, then a pilot training officer and adjutant. She has logged more than 1,500 hours in the cockpit of the AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter, consistently completing complex missions. She has trained other pilots and enhanced the existing training program by integrating new, innovative techniques to improve efficiency.

Roznowski is currently a quality assistance officer and is preparing for her third deployment to Iraq. She has won the National Defense Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Assistance Medal-Operation Tsunami Aid, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Meritorious Unit Commendation Award.

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