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UW-Green Bay graduate Craig Mueller

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Meyer Theatre is back

More honors for UW-Green Bay theatre program

Wisconsin Poet Laureate Ellen Kort

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Phoenix Hall of Fame inductees

New Athletics Director Ken Bothof

Student Sports and Events Center planning

Phoenix Sports Center

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Deckner to America's Cup to cockpit to recovery: freestyle flight plan ties Mueller to UW-Green Bay

A life-threatening accident stifled Captain Craig Mueller's dreams, but not his passion for life.

Mueller was at the peak of his career and fulfilling his lifelong dream as an airline pilot when, a few days after New Year's 1998, an accident on an airport ramp ended his flying career, nearly ended his life and sent him into a coma. When he regained consciousness, he blinked hard at the hospital-room calendar — the one that read "March 1998" and signaled two months of his life had passed.

That was only the beginning.

Mueller would endure heart, respiratory and kidney failure, vision impairment, amputation of his left leg above the knee and the loss of two-thirds of the muscle and tissue on his right leg. A strong man who served as a "grinder" and provided the brawn behind the America's Cup boat Stars & Stripes '86, a free spirit who dreamed about flying since he was a child, Mueller learned he might never walk again, and certainly never pilot a plane.

But wait. There's a happy ending, and Mueller is happy to share it. Optimism — and passion, generosity and gratitude — reigns in the life of this man who feels he has been given a second chance.

His alma mater is a beneficiary. Mueller, Class of '71, is the first individual alumnus to establish a $1 million planned gift for UW-Green Bay. By naming the University in his will, Mueller has promised to create an endowment that will some day generate $50,000 annually for scholarships for UW-Green Bay students.

It's fitting, friends say, that Mueller wanted to do something special for tomorrow's students and the place where he developed his life's flight plan.

"Craig's sister Marcia and his father Art say that Craig talked about UW-Green Bay soon after he came out of his coma," recalls friend MaryAnna Janowicz.

Mueller was born in California, raised in Wisconsin. His parents preached strong faith and Midwestern values — honesty, integrity, a healthy work ethic, and service to others. He attended Green Bay West High School and was able to play his high school football games at Lambeau Field, a place he still frequents with regularity during Packers season. (His very first question, in fact, upon emerging from his coma was, "Did the Packers win the Super Bowl?")

Mueller had begun his love affair with the University in 1961. He was among the 345 enrollees jammed into a former World War II ordnance building on Baird Street affectionately nicknamed "Cardboard Tech" by townspeople and the "Quonset hut" by students.

It was there and at neighboring John Nero's Coffee Shop that he awakened to a thrilling world of creative thinking and freedom of expression. Mueller — a financially challenged, shy young student — found encouragement.

"I recall a freshman class with Professor Gibson," says Mueller. "He was right out of a classic French movie, with his black beret and pencil-thin mustache. And he was as hard-nosed as they come. I guess because he saw potential in me, he'd phone me if I didn't make it to class and say, 'Mueller, where are you?' If I was sick, he'd bring over my coursework."

John Ho was another influence. Mueller credits him with "turning the light on" for him when it came to mathematics. The instructor's generosity made an impression, too. Ho once offered to help Mueller with his $110 tuition bill when the student was considering dropping out because of financial constraints.

Despite his love for the college experience, Mueller recalls, he took the scenic route to his degree: "I was definitely more interested in hitchhiking across town for flying lessons than sitting in some of my classes. Just like the students now, I had to learn the hard way."

The college experience in those days included hanging out at Shakey's Pizza with best friends Sue Lombardi (daughter of Vince), Nancy Lambeau (daughter of Curly), Scott Knapp, Ellen Schell, Todd Wilson and Ken Hogg. In summer, Mueller sailed the bay, crewing for neighbor Wally Stramm and George Kress of Green Bay Packaging.

When poor grades caught up with Mueller, Mr. Kress bailed him out with a job at the paper mill. Mueller worked full-time nights and attended classes part time. His gpa would eventually recover, and his renewed interest in academics coincided with the growth of the new university.

His first time around, Mueller had helped move the furnishings from Cardboard Tech to a new $1.3 million building on Deckner Avenue in 1962. The Green Bay Center was then the largest and fastest growing of the five two-year campuses operated by UW-Extension.

Mueller's second-chance college career placed him in the crowd when ground was broken Nov. 3, 1967, for the first buildings on the "Shorewood Site" — UW-Green Bay's permanent campus.

On that day, Chancellor Edward Weidner announced, "I don't know if you can see the buildings out there, but I can."

Mueller could, too. He was active in student government and the Fourth Estate newspaper. He was there when UW-Green Bay offered its first junior/senior-level classes in fall 1968, and when the Shorewood buildings opened in 1969.

Mueller's degree was a bachelor's in creative communication. Life was creative, too. He traveled, surfed in California for a while, then returned to enter a master's program. A failed relationship while attending grad school turned him to another love, sailing, and his first love, flying.

"Growing up in the 1940s, there wasn't much to do, and on a summer night my dad and mom and sis and I would take a ride to the old Eau Claire airport and watch take-offs," Mueller recalls. "My dad had been in the Army Air Corps in World War II and used to make pencil drawings of planes. That must be where I got the bug."

The draw of sunshine and the sea beckoned him back to California. To make ends meet, he worked as a short-order cook, counselor and friend to the regulars at the Sea Dawg Cafe on the half-mile-long Ocean Beach Pier. Most important, he achieved a lifetime goal and earned his commercial pilot's license.

It was during this time that Mueller became involved with the Kona Kai International Yacht Club. He met Dennis Conner, winner of four America's Cup championships. As a fund-raiser, Conner had recycled a former racing boat to take VIPs and celebrities sailing. Mueller was dying to join the crew.

"I used the same technique to get on the boat that I used to use at the airport when I wanted to fly. I stood around with my tongue hanging out looking through the fences like a lost puppy, until someone offered me a ride," recalls Mueller, who hung out on the dock and helped take the lines off and get the sails on board. "After about the fourth time they said, 'we're tired of looking at you hanging out on the dock, why don't you come sailing with us?'"

It was music to Mueller's ears. He ended up being the grinder — the muscle behind working the sails — for four years on Stars & Stripes 86, America II and Heart of America.

Mueller was living the good life. He became commodore of the Kona Kai club and helped grow the membership substantially, and develop a successful junior sailing program. And his career as an airline transport pilot had taken off.

That's when life took its almost-fatal turn. It was Jan. 8, 1998. Mueller had just piloted Emery Worldwide Airlines' four-engine stretch DC-8 jet into Dayton from San Diego, on his way to Toronto. He was waiting for a crew bus when he was struck by a fifteen-ton-capacity forklift. Critically injured, he remained conscious long enough to talk with medical personnel rushing to his aid, until they finally wheeled him through the doors of the emergency room.

Today, four years later, Mueller's eyes still tear up when he reflects on his former life. He quickly adds, however, that the accident changed many things but not the guy on the inside. He concedes he is probably more patient than he used to be, but he scoffs at references to his own courage in the face of adversity.

"The people I met in rehab who are trying to recover from a massive stroke, or the jogger that was involved in a hit-and-run and is left paralyzed — those are the brave ones," he says.

Money from an out-of-court settlement allowed him to buy his own 51-foot sailboat, Brushfire, built in the likeness of the America's Cup winner Intrepid. It has also allowed him to give back, in many ways, to the people, the organizations, and the relationships that have meant so much to him over the years.

He would like the beneficiaries of his UW-Green Bay endowment to be allowed the opportunity to find themselves, as he has.

"I want them to be able to do whatever they want to do and not be bound by the finances," he says. "I want them to not be afraid to take chances. A university education is more than showing up for class, getting good grades and having a social life. It's about the entire experience. The process and the people — that's the real education."

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Columnist says Green Bay grad a one-of-a-kind 'King,' friend

UW-Green Bay graduate Craig Mueller is well known to journalist Richard Louv, an award-winning columnist for the San Diego Union Tribune.

Louv's affection for a good story and memorable characters, and for Mueller, have been reflected in several columns.

Louv was a regular during his career-forming years at San Diego's Sea Dawg Cafe, where Mueller worked before pursing America's Cup sailing and life as a commercial pilot. An excerpt from one Louv column:

"He (Mueller) would draw out the morose and the shy, match-make lonesome men and women (never successfully) and tell you about his own, most recent heartbreak. And he would update anyone who would listen (and we all did) on the progress of his dream: to fly.

"He was the King of the Sea Dawg, and a kind of shape shifter; depending on what someone needed he could be kind uncle or hovering aunt, semi-stern father or loving son...

"I spent long hours at the Sea Dawg writing on yellow legal pads. I would read my amateurish passages, and Craig would praise them... I remembered when I had been in a deep funk... Craig had seen me, and he gave me the kind of corny pep talk that would make a Kiwanian blush. And it worked.

"I'm sure you know someone like Craig Mueller... the kind of person who holds life together for folks in transition, when they're between families. For some, the Craig Mueller's of the world are the only families they'll ever have."

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Mueller's gift just one example of giving back

As a relatively young institution, UW-Green Bay is positioned to begin seeing an upswing in planned giving among its alumni.

"We're growing up with our alumni," says Chuck Wilson, UW-Green Bay assistant chancellor for university advancement.

"We're reaching a stage in our development at which we can reach that next level, achieve that margin of excellence with their support," Wilson says. "In turn, many of them, like Craig Mueller, are reaching the stage where they want to connect or reconnect with the University, and help us move forward."

Examples are many; even a brief sampling illustrates commitments by alumni and community members alike.

While Mueller's is the first million-dollar gift by one individual, several years ago alumni husband and wife Keith and Karen Peterson made a significant pledge from their joint estate toward student scholarships.

Donald J. and Patricia R. Kelly, Class of 1980, have created a charitable remainder trust to support scholarships for disadvantaged and needy students.

George and Eleanor (Spig) Burridge have promised a bequest for Weidner Center performances and outreach programs to bring the arts to those from underprivileged backgrounds or with learning disabilities.

Louis and Susan LeCalsey included UW-Green Bay in their estate planning in 1998, setting aside a trust for business scholarships. Lou was founding soccer coach and serves today as chairperson of the Chancellor's Council of Trustees.

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Deferred gifts are becoming major asset for UW-Green Bay

Planned gifts, or deferred gifts, are simply gifts that are made in the present and received by the University in the future. Common forms include:

* Bequest from a will — the most common form of deferred gift — in which the donor retains use of the asset during his or her lifetime and the University has use of it thereafter.

* A life income agreement — in which an asset is donated to the University but the donor continues to receive income from the asset for life. Subcategories include charitable remainder trusts, pooled income funds and charitable annuities.

Individual considerations such as the need for immediate income tax deductions, for instance, or capital gains or estate tax planning, influence the choice of an appropriate vehicle. Some donors choose to make an immediate outright gift, such as stock, tangible personal property, or some forms of real estate.

Whether immediate gift or planned bequest, donors typically consult with their attorneys or accountants. A proper match is critical.

"Gift dollars are so important to our future," says Chuck Wilson of University Advancement. "State funding covers only 38 percent of this University's budget. When someone steps forward with a pledge, or major gift, that has a very real impact on improving the student experience here."

Those interested in opportunities for supporting UW-Green Bay are invited to contact Wilson or Suzy Pfeifer in University Advancement at (920) 465-2074.

Ms. Ombudsperson: She untangles law, gender issues with experience, humor

Melissa Jackson's history of meeting challenges head-on dates back to Ms. Sarizan's third-grade class when Jackson was assigned during a mock trial to defend Goldilocks on trespassing charges sought by The Three Bears.

"Goldilocks went to jail, but with a little more time I would've had a better argument like narcolepsy, or something," Jackson says with her trademark laugh.

Jackson makes her career as legal counsel for UW-Green Bay. She recently added "University Ombudsperson" to her job description.

When a special campus task force brought forth the Report on Equality for Women in April, one of its key recommendations was the appointment of an administrative position answerable to the chancellor on campus climate issues. That's Jackson.

"As university counsel I struggled with the conflict of needing to be kind of hands-off in helping people, advising them, just in case they ever brought litigation against the University," she says. "Now I feel I'm able to be more actively involved in issues."

As ombudsperson, Jackson investigates and mediates, and she also chairs the new Chancellor's Advisory Council on Equality for Women. The Council involves administration, faculty, staff and students in improving the campus working and learning environment, particularly for women, women of color and those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered.

The Council will look at developing a database to track the number of women employed by position and salary, examining whether gender biases exist in teaching practices and course materials, providing access to affordable high-quality child care, and redefining the campus definition of "difference" and "diversity."

Lightning-rod issues? Perhaps, but colleagues say Jackson is well grounded - with a straightforward and hard-working nature, and quick wit, sensitivity and intelligence.

Prof. Laura Riddle co-chaired the women's issues task force. She calls Jackson "someone who can make a difference" and says her expertise, background and position in the University's leadership team will make for a powerful voice on gender issues.

Jackson came to UW-Green Bay in February of 2001 from the Milwaukee firm of Foley & Lardner where she had been an employee benefits associate and litigation associate. She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Syracuse University. From there she earned, with honors, a master's in public administration from State University of New York at Binghamton and a law degree, with honors, from the UW-Madison Law School.

She may have lost her first "case" in the third grade but her desire to become an attorney never waned.

"It's what I've wanted to be since I was a little girl, and my mom and dad always encouraged it," she says. "My father would constantly remind me, 'With a mouth like yours, you better be a lawyer.' No one could get away without hearing my side of the story."

Jackson breezed through high school and college. She and a friend accepted offers to study law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Within two months her friend had quit school and Jackson was left alone in a strange town and with a new discovery. "I learned I had no study skills," she says.

She relied upon what she had learned growing up near Buffalo, N.Y., in a modest, working-class family. She persevered and adjusted, and earned a Juris Doctorate with honors in May of 1996. Her first job was as a summer associate with prestigious Foley & Lardner.

"I was just a summer employee, and on the first day they said, 'Here's your office and here's your secretary.'

"I sat down at my desk and called my sister and said, 'I'm sitting in my own office and I've got a secretary!' Then I said, 'Wait a minute, call me back.' She called back and my secretary said, 'Melissa Jackson's office.' She put her through to me and we sat on the phone just laughing about the whole situation.

"I had to work hard, though — late nights and weekends. And you're expected to attend all kinds of social events." Soon her son, Jackson Gibbs, entered the picture, and she knew she couldn't meet the expectations of being a single mom while accepting additional responsibilities with the firm.

"Having a baby changed my priorities, and I started looking outside the firm for a job," she recalls. She heard about a posting for legal counsel at UW-Green Bay.

"The only thing I knew was that the Packers were here and I thought there were no people of color," she says — a concern for a black woman and a single mom. "I also thought it was really far away. Everyone in Milwaukee thinks that Green Bay is hours and hours away."

Those perceptions changed. What she found when she visited was that she liked the place and the people. And her son, now two years old, is a Bay Beach fanatic.

Jackson is still in the "trying to get a history" stage &3151; talking to people, listening, and getting an idea of policies and procedures. In the meantime she is taking her role as ombudsperson seriously, working with committees on a series of initiatives that can improve the campus climate — for everyone.

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No question

Melissa Jackson credits her mother, Susie Jackson, and father, Cartha McClain, for providing a foundation for success in her formative years in Niagara Falls, NY.

"They worked hard to provide for their five children without the benefit of high school degrees," Jackson says of her parents. All five children went on to earn college degrees.

"I guess I didn't realize that we were poor until I went to Syracuse and saw my friends with their Mercedes," she jokes. "My father eventually got his GED and my mother never went to high school. They both came from huge families — 13 on my mom's side and 16 on my dad's.

"There was never a question about whether or not we were going to college. It was always 'what college are you going to?'"

UW-Green Bay a hotbed for old-time vegetables

Heirloom plants — those old, open-pollinated varieties that have stood the test of time — have made a comeback in recent years.

UW-Green Bay's annual heirloom vegetable sale feeds that demand each May. The event — a fund-raiser for scholarships and an ecology lecture series — continues to grow. New this year is an early-spring session for serious gardeners.

The man behind the heirlooms is Prof. Jeff Nekola. A conservation biologist with the Natural and Applied Sciences unit, Nekola helps his students explore genetic diversity and the cultural identity embodied in rare, old-time varieties.

Brandywine cherry tomatoes. Chinese Giant peppers. Belgian yellow tomatoes. Last year, Nekola's seed swap with a grower from an old order Mennonite community in Pennsylvania brought peppers with evocative names such as Hinklehatz (chicken heart), Lantern, and Starfish. He tries to connect with people who have handed down seeds through generations, and he visits farmers markets and ethnic food stores.

This year's dollar-per-plant sale is set for May 18 and 19 in the Laboratory Sciences greenhouse.

Weidner Center a 'catalyst' in boosting Meyer Theatre, downtown Green Bay

The ornate splendor of downtown Green Bay's historic Meyer Theatre is back, thanks to community resolve and creative partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The Washington Street landmark &3151; formerly the Bay Theater — might have been headed for the wrecking ball, its lights extinguished by the migration toward malls, multiplexes and video outlets.

Instead, February 2002 will mark its grand re-opening. The "save" came courtesy of a group of concerned citizens, city officials, donors including Betty Rose Meyer — and UW-Green Bay's Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

In January 1999 the citizens group formed a non-profit corporation and began a community drive to reclaim the 1,000-seat, Depression Era movie palace. Their goal: give it new life as a venue for live performance, downtown.

The drive gained traction with announcement that the Weidner Center would handle booking and be contracted to provide management assistance.

"As a board, we realized that while we were all very well-intentioned, we didn't have a great deal of hands-on experience," recalls local business leader Kramer Rock, board president of the Meyer Theatre Corporation. "We recognized that with the Weidner Center and the University, we had in our midst the people who could provide that horsepower."

Mrs. Meyer, the Green Bay philanthropist whose generosity had previously included the funding of major scholarships for students at UW-Green Bay, made a million-dollar-plus challenge gift toward renovation costs. Community fund raising took off and now stands within sight of its goal, at $5 million, Rock says.

Similar-size communities have reclaimed downtown theaters only to have them languish for lack of use. Tom Gabbard, executive director of the Weidner Center and a Meyer Theatre board member, says that won't happen here.

"We have 70 performances booked for the first 12 months, and that's a phenomenal start," Gabbard says.

The Meyer will host concerts, plays and shows by both local groups and touring companies. City officials hope the development will boost restaurant and retail traffic.

With the Meyer project, the rivalries that can mark any community's performing arts and entertainment scene were absent. The Weidner Center views the Meyer as a wonderful complement, Gabbard says, and is happy to help. At the same time, the Meyer Theatre Corporation retains its own identity, its own board of directors, its own niche.

"This is an incredible model, in terms of a University reaching out and being a catalyst for community development," he says. "We are proud to have a significant role in helping to revitalize downtown Green Bay."

Theatre program, 'Aloha' say 'hello' to more honors

UW-Green Bay's highly rated college theatre program continues to score points in competition with others from across the Midwest.

This year's production of the offbeat new comedy "Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls" earned an invitation to the regional college theatre festival in January.

The UW-Green Bay production was one of a half-dozen selected from entries by more than 50 colleges and universities in the five-state region. UW-Green Bay joined Marquette, Loyola, Purdue and host Evansville among the finalists.

"It was a tremendous experience for our students to perform at the festival and to see the work of other regional theatre programs," says Prof. Laura Riddle, chair of UW-Green Bay's theatre program and "Aloha" director. "Our production was very well-received. I'm proud of our entire company."

The selection brings to four the number of UW-Green Bay productions invited to the regional festival in just over a decade.

• "Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls" 2002

• "On the Verge" 1998

• "Camp Meeting" 1993

• "In Circles" 1991

Riddle says competition for invitations has gotten tougher during those years because national officials combined two regions in 1990, making UW-Green Bay's achievements all the more impressive.

Invitations are based on assessments by jurors from other institutions who view the performances. "Aloha" received rave reviews during its two-weekend run on campus in November. The Naomi Iizuka play explores the lives of rootless twenty-somethings bouncing between Hawaii and Alaska.

UW-Green Bay also placed five students in the regional acting competition, and took awards of merit for technical excellence.

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2002 honors for UW-Green Bay theatre program

Outstanding Production
• "Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls," regional finalist

Outstanding Student Actors
• Todd Dively, "Aloha," regional finalist
• Shayne Steliga, "A Lie of the Mind," regional semifinalist
• Sunam Ellis, "Aloha" and "Twelfth Night," regional nominee
• Eric Lindahl, "Company," regional nominee
• Steven Marzolf, "Company" and "Twelfth Night," regional nominee

Technical Achievement
• Briana Fahey, "Aloha" student stage manager, regional award of merit
• Briana Fahey, "Aloha" student stage manager, national nomination
• Faculty design team for "Twelfth Night," regional award of merit (Jeffrey Entwistle, scenic; Kaoime Malloy, costume; R. Michael Ingraham, lighting; Laura Riddle, direction)

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Students walk away with 'Golden Handtruck'

UW-Green Bay's delegation of students, faculty and staff took home a coveted if unofficial award from the trip to the college theatre regionals in Evansville, Indiana, in January: "The Golden Handtruck." House staff members at The Center in Evansville voted the award (an actual, gold-painted handtruck) to Green Bay because of top-notch technical work behind the scenes and professional-caliber load-in and load-out. "We'll display it proudly," says theatre program chairperson Laura Riddle.

Wisconsin's Poet: lighting the world

When Wisconsin Poet Laureate Ellen Kort takes poetry to all parts of the state via workshops, residencies and readings, she takes a bucket of glow-in-the-dark sidewalk chalk as her travel companion.

It's one of many ways that she brings poetry to the masses.

"I try to leave some poetry wherever," says the part-time English instructor at UW-Green Bay. "And when I can, I get kids to help." She tells of a young boy who recently drew a big, beautiful world in green and blue, and wrote, 'Poetry makes the world smile.' Kort's sentiments, exactly.

She has just completed the first year of her four years in the poet laureate position, newly created by Wisconsin's governor to help promote literary arts throughout the state. The appointment carries no salary, but partially covers expense for what has been an ambitious schedule of travel and personal appearances.

"My experiences have all been positive," Kort says. "I absolutely love what I've been able to do."

Most memorable was her participation in a memorial service at the Madison Civic Center following the terrorist attacks of September 11. With a friend playing a Native American flute in the background, Kort recited an untitled original work (accompanying piece). A combined choir of over 300 voices "lifted in song" followed her presentation. "It was just a wonderful experience," she says.

Kort believes she was selected poet laureate in part because of her previous work promoting poetry throughout Wisconsin including school residencies and writing workshops. She also makes a special effort to conduct workshops with cancer survivors, AIDS patients, domestic abuse survivors and at-risk children.

She was recently asked by Oconto County to write a poem for its upcoming 150th anniversary celebration. Her work has been performed by the New York City Dance Theatre and recorded along with other works on a cassette nominated for a Grammy Award.

"I really believe that poetry belongs to everyone, and everyone has a poet inside them, it just needs permission to get out," Kort says. "Poetry lights the world, and now more than ever, we need that light to shine."

A practicing poet for 25 years, Kort is the author of 11 books including seven books of poetry, and her work has been collected in a wide variety of anthologies. Her writing has received several awards including the Pablo Neruda Literary Prize for Poetry, the Mel Ellis/Dion Henderson Outdoor Writing Award and the 2001 Dr. Hanns Kretzschmar Excellence in the Arts Award.

All three finalists for the position were from the Fox Valley, including a second from UW-Green Bay: Denise Sweet, associate professor of Humanistic Studies.

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When my granddaughter
was three years old
she cried when she saw
her first jet stream
sharp against such blue
Someone scratched the sky

I held her in the safety
of my arms wanting her
to believe that nothing terrible
could cut into the sky

Today she's a young woman
Together we watch television
watch the hate and anger
etch its trail across the sky
the God-awful burst of fire
and smoke our hearts
plummeting as buildings fall
knowing that death and life
feed each other
beyond any moment in time

I cannot tell her how many
words it will take to speak
the language of grief
I cannot promise that we can
all learn the common tongue
of peace or be willing to eat
from the same bowl I hold her
in the safety of my arms
wanting her to believe once again

— Ellen Kort
Performed at the Madison Civic Center

[Campus News]

Hall welcomes Bennett, Santaga, Benson, King

Former coaches Dick Bennett (basketball) and Aldo Santaga (soccer) and student athletes Nicole Benson (swimming) and Mark King (golf) are the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's newest inductees into the Phoenix Hall of Fame.

Bennett spent 10 seasons guiding the Phoenix into the national spotlight and solidifying his well-earned reputation as one of the nation's premier head coaches. He guided the Phoenix to three NCAA tournament appearances and two NITs between 1985 and 1995. He later coached the Wisconsin Badgers to a Final Four appearance in 2000.

Santaga coached the Phoenix men's soccer team to a 148-105-21 record in 14 seasons between 1978 and 1992. His teams earned a Division II playoff bid in 1978 and the school's only Division I tournament appearance in 1983. He retired from UW-Green Bay in 1996 and continues to coach at the youth level in the Green Bay area.

Nicole (Paplham) Benson, '96, was UW-Green Bay's first elite swimmer at the NCAA Division I level, posting eight conference championships, five conference records and three NCAA consideration times. She's a sociology and economics instructor at Northcentral Technical College in Stevens Point.

King, Class of '81, was MVP of the Phoenix golf team his senior year. He would go on to make his mark in the business world of golf, advancing to his present position as president of TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company, the equipment brand used by many of the world's top professional players.

Word association with new Athletics Director Ken Bothof

• Age: 44.
• Family: Son, Tyson, 20; daughter, Kendra, 13.
• Hometown: Slayton, Minn.

Ken Bothof began work Jan. 2 as the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's director of intercollegiate athletics. He came to UW-Green Bay from Saint Louis University where he was associate athletic director-external operations. He had started his career in athletics administration in 1987 as assistant athletic director at San Jose State University. He later worked his way up through the ranks of athletics administration at Idaho State University and Saint Louis.

Phoenix Athletics: "We're in much better shape than people think we are. We have dedicated coaches and staff — who have overcome several deficiencies. I'm very excited about the future when facilities improvements and budget improvements are made."

Challenges: "Our challenges are predicated more by the Horizon League and our need to be able to compete in the Horizon League. To do that, we need to improve our facilities and our operating budgets. We need to increase our staffing within the department and improve our relationship with the community of Green Bay."

Green Bay: "Coming from Minnesota, I knew the people would be very similar in the work ethic and Midwestern hospitality. The people I've had an opportunity to meet on campus and in the community have been great. Even the people I've just met in passing — in stores and restaurants — have been kind and generous."

Green Bay Packers: "The Packers are unbelievable in the support they have and should have in the community. I see them as a plus (for UW-Green Bay athletics), and I see them as a plus in some respects because we don't have football. A lot of the momentum throughout the year starts with football in the fall. When the Packers are going good, there's a tremendous feeling throughout the fall, and I think that carries over to other sports."

What people don't know about him: "My most enjoyable hobby is fly fishing. One of the things that I guess attracted me here is I have a friend in Madison who also enjoys fly fishing and told me there would be good opportunities here. I look forward to recapturing an interest in that hobby."

Pronunciation of Bothof: "My mother would say it's pronounced 'BUTT-uff.' It's Dutch heritage. I've heard it pronounced 'BOTH-off' and 'BOTH-of.' If you ask me how I say it, I think the media here has done pretty well with 'BOTT-off.' I haven't heard it butchered."

Bothof is the first athletics director in the 32-year history of Phoenix Athletics not to have held a position with the University prior to his appointment. The all-time roster of those with executive responsibilities for the intercollegiate athletics program:

• Donald Makuen (1969-70)
• Dean Austin (1970-73)
• Bruce Grimes (1973-81)
• Donald Harden (1981-85)
• Daniel Spielmann (1985-94)
• Dennis "Otis" Chambers (1994-2001)
• Kenneth Bothof

Planning advances for Student Sports and Events Center

UW-Green Bay continues planning to upgrade the cramped and badly outdated Phoenix Sports Center on campus.

The expansion and renovation of the existing 30-year-old facility is a priority of the Campus Life for the 21st Century Initiative. UW-Green Bay received preliminary planning approval for the project from the UW System Regents and state Legislature last year.

"We need a place that is appropriate for large campus events," Chancellor Bruce Shepard recently told a group of community leaders, "a place where we can hold commencement, Welcome Week, festivals, multicultural events, all-University activities.

"We need space for 15 Division I sports, and a suitable home court for women's basketball. Most of all, we need health and recreation facilities to serve the needs of our entire student body."

An upgraded Student Sports and Events Center would probably have a capacity in the range of 3,000 to 4,000 seats. The existing sports center holds about 1,800 for women's basketball. More space for the University Union is also part of the proposed package.

UW-Green Bay officials point to data showing that students who are engaged in campus life stay in school, graduate and enter the workforce as college-prepared individuals at higher rates. Student life facilities factor into a complete college experience, they say.

Planners are currently gathering data on comparable-size facilities. The Student Government Association voted an increase in student fees to help fund construction in the $20- $30-million cost range. A combination of private support and state tax dollars would be needed to complete the project.

Behind-the-scenes: Phoenix Sports Center

Expect more visibility in coming months for UW-Green Bay's Phoenix Sports Center. Student leaders say they'll continue the awareness campaign for improvement of the 30-year-old facility.

Shortcomings are evident in the cozy women's basketball team room (right), where players had to squeeze past a trainer's table for a recent pre-game chalk talk. In open-house sessions last year, fans and friends saw a racquetball court converted to temporary use as a fitness center, equipment stored in hallways, and a general lack of floor space. Observers say the PSC has been pushed beyond its limits by the growth in the number of Division I sports, total enrollment and on-campus population. Data show the facility has been under-sized since it opened; the original project was scaled back by budget cuts even before construction began in the early 1970s.

Shepard: Resch a winner for UW-Green Bay

UW-Green Bay will call the new Resch Center home for Phoenix men's basketball "for many years to come."

Chancellor Bruce Shepard made that well-received announcement at a community dinner upon his arrival on campus in November.

"With the Resch Center, and the new Lambeau Field and Atrium, this community will have a world-class sports and entertainment complex," he said. "We want to be part of that."

UW-Green Bay is the only member of the nine-team Horizon League that plays its men's home games off campus, in a municipal facility. Previously, some had suggested the University investigate construction of its own arena-size venue, while others countered with the basketball team's unique history of playing at the Arena as a "community program." Shepard's statement removed any uncertainty.

"I've talked to many, many people about this... and there is solid consensus," he said. "The Resch Center will be an absolutely spectacular facility. We will be part of that, proudly, with our Phoenix men's games at the Resch Center for many years to come. That is my intent."

More campus news

Fallon hero: 'SNL' comes to campus

Comic, impressionist, singer and actor Jimmy Fallon from the cast of "Saturday Night Live" is bringing his college-circuit comedy show to UW-Green Bay this spring. His show at the Weidner Center, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 22, is sponsored by the Office of Student Life and the Good Times Programming Board. Fallon's been an SNL regular since 1998 and has quickly developed a following. Tickets range from $5 to $11 for UW-Green Bay students. The Weidner Center box office has details at 465-2217.

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UW-Green Bay, NWTC agree on transfers

UW-Green Bay and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College are teaming up again to collaborate and allow transfer of credits in select areas. A new agreement allows students in two more NWTC programs (Paralegal, and Supervisory Management) to transfer credits into the University's Extended Degree Program and the bachelor's degree track in Interdisciplinary Studies.

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New grads stay pyt: 93 percent

A figure much in use recently is "93 percent." That's the percentage of UW-Green Bay's most recent graduating class who stay in Wisconsin and contribute to the state's economic development. (The number is closer to 80 percent when you consider not just recent grads but all of our 20,000 graduates since 1970.) By either measure, it's a sizable number. UW-Green Bay officials are using the percentages to demonstrate the school's potential return on investment for Wisconsin's economy.

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Only 22, Wiltzius is opera up-and-comer

Opera prospect Andrea Wiltzius, a UW-Green Bay senior, is making a move in a business that typically rewards only the most experienced vocalists. The 22-year-old was named "most promising young artist," or best artist younger than 25 years old, at the Eastern Wisconsin District auditions for the Metropolitan Opera National Council. Wiltzius was the youngest auditioner among the two dozen vocalists competing from around the state. In March she will audition for the Metropolitan Opera's young artist development program.

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Library is busy...and they're not coming for Starbucks

Cofrin Library statistics are bucking national trends. One recent month racked up the highest ever Cofrin Library "gate count," with 25,471 individuals entering the facility. Nationally, some libraries report that students have disappeared from reading rooms, preferring to do research online or to study at Starbucks, leading some libraries to respond by installing cafes and other amenities. At UW-Green Bay, anecdotal evidence indicates that the Library's computers continue to be heavily used.

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Employee/alumni event is a hit

Tales of Macaroni Hall, the old Shorewood Club, the Purple Lounge and other long-gone landmarks were flying at the Alumni Association's first-ever reception for employee alumni, which took place early this winter on campus. The event drew over half of the 128 employees identified as holding either UW-Green Bay bachelor's or master's degrees.

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Soccer star 'Gio' is all-region choice

Senior forward Brian Giovinazzi of the UW-Green Bay Phoenix soccer team was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association regional honors team. Giovinazzi was involved in one-third of Green Bay's goals over his four-year career.

He also made the regional all-academic team: Giovinazzi, who carries a 3.30 gpa in business administration, is now eligible for national all-academic honors.

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Laatsch to lead Yukon adventure

Where better to be than in your air-conditioned living room, or at a waterpark in mid-July? How about the Yukon?

Students, alumni and friends can beat the heat in North America's northern frontier and the sub arctic and arctic of Canada's Yukon and northern territories. Prof. Bill Laatsch will be leading a summer travel course — Northern Exposure — to the Yukon, July 5-21. The estimated cost of the two-credit course is $3,110.

You and Prof. Laatsch (who incidentally has a 600-acre reserve in the Yukon named for him in honor of his research) will follow the route of gold seekers to Skagway, Whitehorse, Keno and Dawson. For an additional $400, you can fly to Juneau for a cruise to Glacier Bay. You will observe ancient and modern ways of life, tour a preserved trading post established in 1848, and view desolate and spectacular vistas.

For more information contact the Office of International Education at 920-465-2413.

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Not everyone sees your web page the way you do

UW-Green Bay is taking a pro-active approach to making its public Web pages more accessible. Set up on the third floor of the Cofrin Library is a Windows PC specially equipped with common disability-related software. Web page authors can test their work to see how it will be viewed by those using programs such as:

• ZoomText for magnifying the screen
• Dragon Naturally Speaking allows voice input and output for hands-free navigation
• JAWS for reading screens aloud
• Kurzweil 3000, a scanner/reader program which scans in materials and then reads, defines, and spells the words.

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Employee drive shatters record

Julie Curro, director of annual giving for University Advancement, shares the final numbers from this year's Employee Drive.

The gains are impressive:
• 148 employees contributed
• Average gift was $156
• Gifts totaling over $23,000 set a record

Gifts are distributed to areas of greatest need across campus, or earmarked for specific funds, scholarships and endowments.

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Business Center moves to Lambeau Field area

In the shadow of Lambeau Field and the new Resch Center, at 835 Potts Ave., stands the Business Assistance Center, open for business since summer. UW-Green Bay is a partner in the venture, which brings under one roof help for entrepreneurs, business start-ups and emerging or existing businesses. Areas of emphasis include business planning, counseling, mentoring, financing and education. The one-stop shop features UW-Green Bay's Small Business Development Center, the Advance program of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, the Great Lakes Asset Corporation and the Service Corps of Retired Executives. "Small business is where the growth is in our economy," says Jan Thornton of Outreach and Extension.

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Space grant lands $1.5 million for kids-and-space initiative in Wisconsin

U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl visited the computer lab at Green Bay's Martin Luther King Elementary School earlier this year to get an up-close look at fifth-grade students simulating a flight to the moon. His visit was related to Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium — headquartered at UW-Green Bay — moving forward with a $1.5 million grant from NASA to help improve earth and space science education. Called "WIMSTE," the project focuses on developing an Internet bank of K-12 earth and space science instructional materials, a statewide professional development program for teachers, and an Internet portal providing "one-stop shopping" for an array of resources. The idea is to use the excitement of space science to help give Wisconsin citizens the math, science and technology tools they need to thrive in the 21st century.

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Top seniors earn Chancellor's Medallions

What are today's top students doing to set themselves apart? Check out the six graduating seniors selected to receive Chancellor's Medallion honors at mid-year commencement.

• Jeffrey Bastasic, Sheboygan, Human Biology — undergraduate teaching assistant, research assistant at Medical College of Wisconsin
• Nicole Suchomel, Medford, Psychology and Human Development — leader in student government efforts including facilities development
• Wendy Streblow, Elkhart Lake, Business Administration — more than a thousand hours of community service, leadership in Habitat for Humanity
• Katie Ginsbach, Elmwood, Spanish (secondary education) &3151; Alumni Association Outstanding Student; completed student teaching in Spain
• Tanya Zimmermann, Sheboygan Falls, Biology (secondary education) &3151; leader of future teachers group; volunteer tutor and counselor
• Jason Mueller, Wisconsin Rapids, Communication Processes &3151; Manager for Fourth Estate; internships with pro tennis, minor-league baseball

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UW-Green Bay faculty and staff

UW-Green Bay Featured Faculty Awards have been announced for professors Richard Logan and Regan A.R. Gurung of Human Development. The awards are given by the Faculty Development Council to showcase excellent and innovative teaching.

The new, nine-member Diversity Affairs Council for Brown County includes two from UW-Green Bay: Education Prof. James Coates and Ka Youa Kong of the Social Work faculty.

UW-Green Bay bestowed honors on two outstanding faculty members at mid-year commencement. Renowned artist David Damkoehler of Communication and the Arts was named to the Ben J. and Joyce Rosenberg Professorship, and two-time Fulbright Scholar Robert W. Howe of Natural and Applied Sciences got the Barbara Hauxhurst Cofrin Professorship of Natural Sciences.

Sabbatical leaves during the 2002-03 academic year have been approved for five faculty members pursuing research projects: Professors Gregory Aldrete, Humanistic Studies; Francis Carleton, Urban and Regional Studies; Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences; Denise Scheberle, Public and Environmental Administration; and William Shay, Information Sciences.

Prof. Harvey J. Kaye, Social Change and Development, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship for 2002-2003 to work on his new book project on Revolutionary War patriot and author Thomas Paine.

Prof. Scott Wright, Communication and the Arts and Music, had an East Coast holiday tour and recording stint as principal clarinetist with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in a celebration of American music, a project spearheaded by folk music artist Arlo Guthrie.

Jane Lynch of UW-Green Bay's Academic Advising Office was recognized for campus and community service and honored with 16 others as a recipient of the UW System's Women of Color Award.

Prof. Joyce Salisbury's book, Encyclopedia of Women in the Ancient World, was a "best read" pick in the nonfiction category in "Today's Books," a report to the news media on the book publishing industry by Public News Service. The book received a "!!!!! Must Read" rating.

Prof. Derryl Block, Nursing, is co-author of a chapter, "Theoretical Basis of Community Health Nursing," in the book Community Health Nursing.

A winter book-signing sponsored by the Women's Studies academic program featured faculty authors including:
Victoria Goff, a contributor to Women's Press Organizations, 1881-1999
Aeron Haynie, co-editor of Beyond Sensation: Mary Elizabeth Braddon in Context
Kim Nielsen, author, Un-American Womanhood: Antiradicalism, Antifeminism, and the First Red Scare
Joyce Salisbury, author of Encyclopedia of Women in the Ancient World
Lynn Walter, editor of Women's Rights: A Global View.

[Alumni News and Notes]

Alumni news

Service to those with disabilities is 'distinguished'

Ronald C. Opicka, Class of 1970 and founder of one of Wisconsin's most successful nonprofit rehabilitation facilities, is the newest recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award presented by the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association.

Opicka is vice president and CEO of East Shore Industries, Inc. He was founding CEO of the rehabilitation facility originally known as the Kewaunee County Development Center. The organization serves 130 adults with disabilities, providing vocational opportunities, day services, job coaching and placement.

Opicka says the facility was the first organization of its type in Wisconsin to be awarded a state use contract. The products from its wet mop manufacturing business continue to be widely used by Wisconsin agencies and more than 450 customers nationwide.

Opicka was a member of the University's first graduating class in June 1970. His studies focused on the discipline of mathematics. He will be honored at the Alumni Awards Night reception on Feb. 23, immediately following the first Cornerstone Society dinner. The society is made up of those who became lifetime members of the Alumni Association when it was a dues-paying organization.

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Former UW-Green Bay tennis team members still standing up for each other

Question: What do former members of the UW-Green Bay men's tennis team do after they graduate? Answer: They become tennis pros and serve as best men at each other's weddings.

At least that's how it happened for Scott Ansay, team member from 1990-1994 and Willie Cakans, who played from 1991-1995. Cakans is a pro with Timber Ridge Golf and Tennis Club in Minocqua in the summer and at Longboat Key Club, Sarasota, Fla., in the winter. Ansay is a pro at Mequon (Wis.) Racquet Club. Last fall, when Cakans married Mara Schuetz, Ansay was his best man. When Ansay married Rebecca Rayala, Cakans returned the favor. Two other former tennis teammates, Darin Allen and Matt Brothers, were members of both wedding parties.

Cakans earned his UW-Green Bay degree in Environmental Science in 1995 and Ansay completed majors in Environmental Science and Biology with a minor in Chemistry in 1994. Allen, '95, completed law school at UW-Madison and lives in Minneapolis. Brothers, Kenosha, was a two-year member of the team and completed a degree elsewhere.

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With workplace, out-of-towm receptions, Alumni Association is on the road for 'U'

Is your business interested in being the site of a UW-Green Bay alumni reception? Humana-Employers Health Insurance did so recently, and the response was encouraging. New Chancellor Bruce Shepard was the guest speaker, and University faculty and staff turned out to chat with alumni, answer questions and gather feedback. Director of Alumni Relations Shane Kohl, Class of '96, suggests you call him at (920) 465-ALUM with suggestions for future alumni-in-the-workplace receptions. The Alumni Association is also looking at regional receptions, with Milwaukee, Madison, Door County, the Fox Cities and the Lakeshore as likely locations.

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Alumni pledge to Mary Ann Cofrin Hall

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Alumni Association has added its name to the list of donors for Mary Ann Cofrin Hall. The Association recently announced a pledge of $10,000 to "help build the future." The organization made the decision after board members had an opportunity to tour the new building. A plaque acknowledging the gift will be mounted outside a classroom in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall.

Alumni notes


Harry Reichwald, '70, is executive vice president of Eggers Industries Inc., a manufacturer of architectural wood doors. Eggers recently won a Fox Cities Manufacturer of the Year Award, presented by the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce. Reichwald majored in Business Administration.

Tim Sewall, '74, is the associate provost for academic affairs and associate professor of Human Development at UW-Green Bay. During the current academic year he also serves as interim chair of UW-Green Bay's Education department. Sewall earned his degree in Growth and Development.

Alumni Association President Pam Stoll, '74, has been speaking at recent Alumni events on and off campus. She shared this: Alumni board members are raving about state-of-the-art Mary Ann Cofrin Hall. "We were amazed and, frankly, a little jealous of all the building has to offer," she said. "The latest in technology... environmentally friendly architecture... windows... and no sign of the olive green, brown and orange decor that alumni are used to."

John Devine, '76, resides in the Los Angeles area where he is director of government programs for LaserFiche, a corporation specializing in document-imaging services.

James Frisque, '78, works for the ski patrol and fire department at Big Sky Resort in Big Sky, Montana. He earned his degree in Communication and the Arts.

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Steven Asher, '80, has been named a manager within the public sector group at Virchow, Krause & Co. LLP. His undergraduate degree was in Managerial Accounting.

Erick Rabines, '81, is director of business operations for EDEN Bioscience Corporation, an agricultural biotech company. He is also in the process of forming a new life science venture centered on dental regeneration. He received a master's in geography from Western Washington in 1983. He earned his bachelor's degree in Regional Analysis.

Charlestine "Charlie" Daniel, '82, last month received Dane County's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Award as part of MLK Day ceremonies in Madison. The humanitarian award recognizes her community service and work as operations manager at the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Tom Diener, '82 and '92, is looking forward to March Madness as coach of the boy's basketball team at Milwaukee Vincent High School, which with a sixth state tournament title this year would give Diener an unheard-of pair of "three-peats." Vincent won state Division I titles in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2001.

Lyle Becker, '83, was honored as Wisconsin's "Church Musician of the Year 2001" for his music and drama work with Resurrection Catholic Church, Allouez. Becker was voted the award by the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association.

Kevin Kohrman, '83, president of Kohrman Graphic Design Co., Green Bay, is growing his business with the additional capability of producing large-format, museum-quality ink jet prints to reproduce fine art, photography, or other media.

Hope (Vincent) Norton, '86, is a claims processing specialist at Humana, Green Bay. Her bachelor's degree was in English. She earned a master's degree from UW-Milwaukee.

Rick DeJardin, '86, has been named board vice president of the Institute of Management Accountants, Packerland Chapter. He is employed by Virchow, Krause & Co. LLP. Mary Gremmer, '89, of Schenck & Associates SC, CPAs, was also named to the board. They both earned their degrees in Accounting.

Tom Bieberitz, '86, is a national sales manager for WD Flooring, Marinette, Wis. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Economics.

Mike Kinnard, '87, is co-owner of Infinity Technology, Inc. He majored in Mathematics.

Jeff Isaacson, '88, an investment advisor for Linsco/Private Ledger in Marinette, received the Stephenson National Bank & Trust's Award of Excellence. He earned his degree in Business Administration.

Kristin (Turrie) Lawniczak, '88, joined Harbor Community Associates, Green Bay, as a therapist and executive/personal life coach. She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology.

Bill Sagal, '88, is a customer assistance adviser with Wisconsin Public Service, Green Bay. His wife, Sue (Aspenson) Sagal, '89, works as a benefit compensation coordinator in the human resources department at Nsight Teleservices. Both earned their bachelor's in Human Development.

Mary Pieschek, '89, has opened her own business, Pieschek Public Relations, Inc. She specializes in communications, marketing and public relation, drawing upon 30 years as a journalist, speech writer, investor relations and government relations coordinator. She has also served as a political training consultant in emerging democracies in Eastern Europe through the International Republican Institute and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Her bachelor's degree is in Philosophy.

Karen Zarembka, '89, has been named manager of quality assurance at Lakeside Foods distribution center in Manitowoc. She earned her bachelor's in Nutritional Sciences.

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Beth Micksch Lax, '90, was named a board member for the 2001-2002 Optimist Club of Green Bay. She is employed by Associated Bank. She earned a degree in Business Administration.

Margie Kolbe-Mims, '92, received a Ph.D. from Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia, in May 2001. She earned her degree in General Studies.

Kathy Altergott, '93, an adviser with UW-Green Bay's on-line nursing program, has been corresponding regularly via email with Lisa Paladina, an online nursing student from Staten Island, New York. Although corresponding by email is part of Altergott's job, the emotional level reached by this exchange is extraordinary since the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. "She has told me she appreciates my keeping in touch with her so she can 'spew things to,' because I'm not part of the community that is directly touched by this," Altergott said. She initiated emails to students in the New York City area to tell them she had lit a candle for them and their loved ones at an on-campus service immediately following the attacks.

"Life in the Mind of Tom Breuer" is the title of a regular column in the Valley Scene, an alternative/entertainment publication based out of Appleton. Breuer, '93, is a former editor of the campus Fourth Estate. Representative is this passage: "For the record, I'm a vegetarian, and even when I did eat meat I strictly avoided anything off the endangered species list apart from the occasional snail darter or Humboldt's woolly monkey." His columns are archived at http://www.valleyscene.com/breuer.html

Mark Carrick, '93, was promoted to chief financial officer at Larsen Converting Industries, Green Bay. He earned a degree in Business Administration.

Kristin Van Epern, '93, public relations director of N.E.W. Curative Rehabilitation, Green Bay, has been named president-elect of the Public Relations Society of America, Northeast Wisconsin Chapter. The group works to unify, strengthen and advance the profession of public relations. She majored in Business Administration and Communication and the Arts.

Scott Grall, '94, is employed as a broadcast manager at ShopKo's corporate headquarters in Green Bay. He earned a bachelor's degree in Communication Processes. In October 2001

Cory Militzer, '94, was presented with the Wisconsin Association of Physics Teachers award for excellence in teaching physics at the high school level. He teaches in the Burlington Area School District. He earned his degree in Physics.

Sue (Geiser) Steeno, '95, joined the UW-Green Bay admissions staff in January 2001. She works closely with in-state and international student recruitment and she also serves as commencement coordinator. The former Phoenix women's basketball player worked at UW-Green Bay as an assistant coach from 1997 to 1999. She and her husband Scott own "Imbabura", importing handicrafts from Ecuador, and selling them at fairs and special events. Her bachelor's degree is in Business Administration and Communication Processes.

Mark Diederich, '95, a certified public accountant for Schenck Business Solutions, Green Bay, was promoted to senior accountant. He graduated with degrees in Accounting and Business Administration.

Brad Hansen, '96, joined Nsight Teleservices as vice president and chief operating officer of fixed telecommunications services. He earned a degree in Business Administration.

Valerie (Leafe) Klimek, '97, is a senior recruiter with Aerotek Engineering in Appleton. She earned a degree in Communication Processes.

Kelly Clancy, '98, and John Hassman, '98, were married in August of 2001, and are both pursuing master's degrees at Keller Graduate School in Illinois. She earned a degree in Communication Processes and is the affirmative action and compensation manager at Coca Cola in Niles, Ill. He earned a degree in Business Administration and is the market research manager for IPC in Northbrook.

Trish (Peterson) Shrock, '98, is employed as a mental health specialist at Petersen Health Care Center in Rhinelander. She graduated with bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Human Development.

Peres Owino, '99, performed the role of Hamlet in an adaptation at the Los Angeles Theater Center in November. She earned degrees in Theatre and Social Change and Development.

Gregory Pieper, '99, works for the City of Appleton Police Department. His bachelor's degree is in Social Change and Development.

Stacy Schmude, '99, and Greg Wilker, '98, married in July 2001. She has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is employed as a kindergarten teacher in the Valders Area School District. He earned a degree in Business Administration and is a manager at Menards in Manitowoc.

Brian Herro, '99, a member of Vermont Law School's class of 2003, won an Academic Excellence Award for the highest grade in "Criminal Law" last spring. He earned his degree in Environmental Policy and Planning.

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Mark Budwit, '00, is a manager at Henri's Music in Green Bay and is in the local band Tripp Dexter. He earned a degree in Music.

Adela Carbo, '00, has been hired in a part-time capacity as the City of Green Bay's neighborhood education specialist. She will help educate Hispanic residents about the city's housing regulations. A native of Ecuador, she earned a degree in Social Change and Development and also works for Brown County Family Services.

Amy Malliet, '00, is working on a graduate program in Applied Anthropology and Public Health at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. She earned a bachelor's degree in Social Change and Development.

Chari Nordgaard, '00, has joined the sales staff of Ultimate Sports Apparel, Green Bay. She coached basketball at Luxemburg-Casco Middle School.

Susan (Caprez) Bressler, '01, has been named director of communications and external relations (alumni) for Pacific Lutheran University, in Tacoma, Wash. She has a master's degree in Administrative Science.

Christopher Hibbard, '01, is in the MFA acting program at Northern Illinois University.

Jennilynn VanDeYacht, '01, is a first-grade teacher at McAuliffe Elementary School, Green Bay. She earned a degree in Elementary Education.

Janice Swiggum, '01, has been hired as the business automation specialist responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of administrative systems supporting business and finance administrative areas at UW-Green Bay. Her degree was in Communication Processes.

David Gorzek, '01, is a media buyer for Media Management Inc., of Green Bay. His bachelor's degree is in Business Administration.

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