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Trick works wonders for 'whoopers'

Wozniak wrote the book on Earth Day, with its founder

Wolves vs. development?

Racing to keep the 50th state No. 1 in biodiversity

University rode early wave on environment

Golf career TaylorMade for King

Golf at UW-Green Bay

Jeffers reads future with bilingual books


New Master's of Management Degree

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'Coach K'

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UW-Green Bay's Trick works wonders for 'whoopers'

When the magnificent whooping cranes made a return trip to Wisconsin from their winter resting grounds in Florida, Joel Trick allowed himself a small reprieve and a deep sense of satisfaction.

The satisfaction came with knowing he is helping a beautiful but endangered species to reestablish itself. The reprieve, from worrying about the birds' fate, will be short-lived because a complete recovery for the cranes will be a long and difficult process.

Trick is a 1978 bachelor's and 1982 master's graduate of UW-Green Bay, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) biologist serving as the primary author for the much publicized Whooping Crane Recovery Project. The return of the whooping crane to the Eastern United States is the result of the collaboration of a group of organizations that have formed the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP). With the Green Bay Field Office of the USFWS having responsibility for federally listed species in Wisconsin, Trick was responsible for preparing the proposals required to proceed with the project.

The whooping crane is the tallest bird in North America at about 5 feet tall. It has a wingspan of 7 to 8 feet — "an appealing species," says Trick, "big, beautiful and romantic." The cranes are the most famous endangered bird in North America, with only one natural migratory flock of about 175 birds remaining in the wild. That Texas flock could be wiped out by a single catastrophic event. One bad weather incident could mean extinction for the species, making the efforts of Trick and other WCEP partners so important.

In an effort to save the cranes, the Whooping Crane Recovery Team (a group of ornithologists and biologists providing policy recommendations to the USFWS) developed a plan to establish a new migratory flock.

The cranes were raised in Wisconsin and led by ultralight planes to Florida to teach them a migratory pattern. As chicks, the cranes need to be taught to migrate, unlike other birds that migrate instinctively. So that they don't become familiar with humans, the cranes are raised in isolation, with the only human contact that of humans camouflaged in crane costumes. Humans are also forbidden to speak near the cranes. Instead, the cranes hear only recorded crane calls.

The cranes were exposed immediately upon hatching to an ultralight aircraft (imprinted as their mother) that trained them to fly on the nearly 50-day trek from Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin to the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge on the central west coast of Florida.

A successful mission would mean the cranes return unaided to Necedah in the spring, imprint new chicks, and build a second migratory flock, helping to ensure survival of the species. To downlist the whooping crane to "threatened" status would require two additional self-sustaining populations of 25 pairs each.

Of the eight whooping cranes that left Wisconsin Oct. 17, 2001, seven completed the 1,200-mile trek to Chassahowitzka. Five of the original eight made it back to Wisconsin on their own, crossing the state's border April 18.

There are many reasons, aside from romantic notions, to save the magnificent species, Trick says.

"With the Endangered Species Act we made a collective decision as a country to save all species," he says. "You won't even know the impact of many of these species until they are gone. Many feel we have an obligation as stewards of the earth not to let other species become extinct. It feels good just knowing they are there."

Trick earned a degree in population dynamics (now biology) in 1978. He started with the USFWS as a temporary employee, working seven years as a non-permanent employee before landing a permanent job with the organization.

Working with endangered species is just one aspect of Trick's obligations as a Fish and Wildlife Service worker. Trick helps determine what species should be listed as endangered and how to proceed toward recovery goals. He is assigned specifically to the whooping crane, the Canada lynx and the piping plover.

Trick says the interdisciplinary skills he acquired at UW-Green Bay have served him well in his 20-plus years as a biologist.

"The reality is that I'm on the telephone and at my desk or in a meeting more often then I'm able to do fieldwork. That's where my interdisciplinary skills have served me well. It's a combination of skills such as the command of the English language, writing, scientific methods and understanding of complex ecological concepts, that are key to my profession."

Trick spends many of his days reviewing environmental impact statements and environmental assessments. He's a watchdog for all of us who value preservation and the very principles that defined UW-Green Bay in its early days — a broad concern for man and the environment.

And especially of late, Trick dreams about the graceful return of the wondrous whooper.

After all, what's the matter with a little romance?

He wrote the book on Earth Day, with its founder

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay alumnus Paul Wozniak (1978 bachelor's, 1994 master's) was recently named a local "environmental hero" by a Green Bay grass-roots organization.

He'll soon experience another honor: the thrill of finishing a book project with one of his own environmental heroes.

Wozniak is publishing Beyond Earth Day: Fulfilling the Promise. He co-authored it with former senator Gaylord Nelson and journalist and former UW-Green Bay instructor Susan Campbell. In the book, Nelson makes an impassioned plea, more than 30 years after he took the lead in declaring the first Earth Day, in 1970, to save the planet. Environmental education, promotion of environmental ethics, and reopening the dialog on U.S. population and immigration policies are three areas of emphasis.

A survey research analyst at Wisconsin Public Service in Green Bay, Wozniak received the "Environmental Hero" designation from the Helfenstein Soup Council activist group, for embodying a spirit of volunteerism and willingness to work for change. He is currently leading a group of local residents in the creation of a "Green Map" of Brown County and the Oneida Reservation. The map, available at www.greenbaymap.org, will guide visitors and residents to urban and natural places with activities.

Other UW-Green Bay graduates working with Wozniak on the GreenMap project are Roxann Nys, '74, communication and the arts; Henning Boeddicker, '87, political science; and Kim Diaz, '97, master's degree in environmental policy and planning. Many current students, faculty and staff from UW-Green Bay's Center for Biodiversity are collaborating.

Wozniak was previously honored with a conservation award from the Mayor's Committee for the Beautification of Green Bay. He earned his UW-Green Bay bachelor's degree in social change and development and his master's in environmental science and policy.

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Harris a mentor

Paul Wozniak began his work as an environmental educator in 1989 with the Fox/Wolf Rivers Environmental History Project.

Inspired by retired UW-Green Bay professor, Bud Harris, Wozniak took on the task of recording local environmental history. Until that time, fragments of the local history were available in various libraries, but a complete database of information was not available.

The project has grown as a non-profit, non-governmental organization, governed by a board of directors including Wozniak.

The geographic focus is a 6,400-square mile area drained by the Fox and Wolf rivers of northeast Wisconsin. This area includes the cities of Green Bay, Crandon, Appleton, Ripon, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Keshena, New London, Shawano and New Berlin. The Fox/Wolf Rivers Environmental History Project can be viewed at www.foxwolf.org.

Wolves vs. development? Alumnus models the answers

What kind of impact will continued urbanization have on newly restored wolf packs in Wisconsin? From the wilds of the Lake Superior region to the remote forested tracts of the west-central counties?

John Rafferty, a 1995 Master's of Environmental Science and Policy graduate, intends to find out. He is pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois and that question is the focus of his dissertation.

"As the land becomes more and more fragmented with vacation homes, it is thought that humans and wolves will come into contact a bit more, perhaps causing the packs to retreat back to their source areas in Minnesota and Upper Michigan," Rafferty says.

For the project he creates computer simulation models of future urbanization, called the Land-use Evolution and Impact Assessment Model (LEAM). It simulates real-world, land-use decision-making by creating a number of cultural driver models such as population growth, economics, land price, transportation, utilities, and so on.

"I link them together and run them on a real-world landscape using modeling software," explains Rafferty. "Over the course of the run, land is converted from one use to another, based on local economic trends and planning decisions."

He's also created environmental impact models using raccoons, the Eastern meadowlark, and four frog species. The Wisconsin DNR is providing him with 20 years' worth of tracking and life-history data to anchor his wolf work.

If all goes well Rafferty will earn his doctoral degree in May of 2003. And science will have another tool for managing wild Wisconsin.

Racing to keep the 50th state No. 1 in biodiversity

With its sand beaches, waterfalls, lush forest and active volcanoes, Hawaii is a favorite vacation destination. But native plants and animals are suffering the consequences of human impact. Hawaii is now considered the "Endangered Species Capital of the World," and UW-Green Bay graduate Dan Goltz would like to do his part to minimize any further damage.

Goltz, a 1993 biology undergraduate and a 1996 master's graduate in Environmental Science and Policy, says that Hawaii has lost countless native plants, insects and birds since 1800. He says that several bird species are represented by fewer than five individuals in the wild. "What is left now needs to be protected," he says.

Goltz says he is up to the challenge. His fieldwork requires camping for up to 10 days in beautiful but remote locations. An ironman competitor and former All-American with UW-Green Bay's Nordic ski team, Goltz feels at home with hard work and outdoor challenges.

"I visited Hawaii in grad school and loved it," says Goltz. "I told myself that if I ever got a chance to do biology work here, I'd have to take it."

He works on the Palila Restoration Project, developing methods to restore the endangered honeycreeper bird, the palila. He also works on large-mammal projects at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, researching the ecology and behavior of introduced small mammal predators (feral cats, mongooses and rats) and planning and implementing control of these predators.

"In the office, I plan and coordinate various research projects on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa involving mammals and their impacts on native ecosystems," he says. In the field he surveys mammals and birds, studies their ranges with radio telemetry, records census population numbers, and removes animals when management is necessary.

Goltz credits UW-Green Bay Prof. Robert Howe with "helping him enormously" in his career by employing him in different research positions.

"I did mainly forest bird censusing and banding, but also worked on biological inventories and several bald eagle projects. These work experiences made me a competitive applicant for other jobs. Work experience goes a long way in our field."

University rode early wave on environment

UW-Green Bay offers nearly 50 programs of study and enrolls 5,500 students.

Only a fraction of today's students — certainly less than 5 percent — pursue studies directly related to ecology or environmental science. Yet, there was a day when the school seemingly was known for little else... despite the fact the number of majors wasn't all that much different from today.

The book "The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay: From the Beginning," by campus historian Betty Brown, recalls the times:

"...No single event would so firmly fix the image of the new University, for good or ill, as the publication of a 5,000-word article in the February 1971 issue of Harper's magazine. "Survival U. is alive and burgeoning in Green Bay, Wisconsin," declared contributing editor John Fischer.

...He called it a university "where all work would be focused on a single unifying idea, the study of human ecology and the building of an environment in which our species might be able to survive." After visiting the campus in 1970, Fischer told his readers, "I came away persuaded that it is the most exciting and promising educational experiment that I have found anywhere."

The piece was reprinted... from the Madison's Capital Times to the Cape Times in South Africa. When Newsweek dubbed the campus "Ecology U," the name stuck. Inquiries flooded in from the East Coast and from overseas. Applications soared..."

The book is online at www.uwgb.edu/univcomm/GBhistory/FTBframes/main.html.

Golf career TaylorMade for Green Bay's King

At 43, the president of TaylorMade-adidas Golf is a talented player, master salesman and experienced executive with a sixth sense for where the high-performance golf equipment market is headed next.

He's also a Green Bay native and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Mark King returned to his hometown early this spring to accept induction into the Phoenix Hall of Fame. He used the visit to catch up with old friends and reflect on his college career and time with TaylorMade, the company he joined as a sales rep in 1981, bachelor's in business administration fresh in hand.

"Golf was always part of my life, growing up, going through college," says the former standout golfer for the Phoenix. "I've been extremely fortunate the way things have worked out."

King was team MVP when the young program turned a corner at the major-college level with a win at the Notre Dame Invitational. Two decades later, he's still scoring well for UW-Green Bay golf; coach Bill Lindmark says his friend's contributions are a factor in the current group's rise in the Horizon League standings.

"Mark has been so generous in assisting in any way he can," Lindmark says. "Beyond that, it's a great inspiration for today's players to see how his dedication has paid off in golf and in his professional life."

King has been president of the California-based company since 1999. He gets to major tournaments and plays occasionally with the world's elite pros (the TaylorMade stable includes Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Sergio Garcia) but takes particular joy in seeing every-day players enjoying the game, TaylorMade clubs in hand.

PGA Magazine, Golf Inc. and countless trade publications have carried personality profiles on King. Today, his vision for the $500 million company is known throughout the highly competitive industry: make it the country's largest golf equipment maker and the No. 1 brand on the PGA tour.

Lindmark, his former Phoenix golf teammate, won't bet against it. Like others, he believes King's rise through the ranks and leadership success stem from his "incredible people skills," straight-forward nature and, not incidentally, his Green Bay roots.

On a recent visit he saw on King's coffee table a book about legendary coach Vince Lombardi, "and it looked as though Mark had about four different areas book-marked."

Midwestern work ethic is a key, Lindmark says. "That's one of the reasons he's hired people from Green Bay and Wisconsin. I think he is very comfortable with the type of values that people here have. Also, as a manager, he has an eye for talent, and for developing it."

King's feel for club design is another plus. Two years ago he took a hands-on role in the launch of a premium metalwood line — the 300 Series — which in a matter of weeks became the hottest driver on the PGA Tour.

"Mark knows golf, but he would have been a leader in any field he chose," says another Green Bay friend, Brian Maloney. "Had it been politics, he'd be the governor by now. Ministry? He'd have the biggest congregation. He's just a very gifted and engaging guy."

Golf at UW-Green Bay: Just part of the campus

UW-Green Bay is one of a relatively few universities nationwide with an on-campus golf course. Bonus: It's a good one.

The nine-hole Shorewood Golf Course is mostly beloved among alumni and friends for its challenging, neatly maintained layout, hard-to-hit greens, and tight fairways guarded by big trees.

"It's short but tight, and super, super scenic," says course manager Bill Lindmark. "You have to hit it straight if you want to shoot a low number."

In the late 1960s, UW-Green Bay's new bayshore location was called the "Shorewood campus" in reference to the 18-hole golf course that formerly occupied a portion of the site. While the more open areas were developed for academic buildings, the wooded portion of the old course was reconfigured and reopened as a "9" in 1971.

On most days the course echoes with the knock of ball on oak, but hot players have enjoyed memorable rounds. From Dave Peot carding a 33 in the early 1970s, to Shane DeNamur's 30 in 1995, and the more-recent course record 29 by Lindmark, home-course advantage has paid off. All are former UW-Green Bay students.

Today, the Phoenix team is a perennial Horizon League contender. The coach, Lindmark, '81, remembers how practice made perfect during his own undergraduate days at Shorewood. "We used to play all the time - in the rain, even -but it was never difficult to get on the course because the demand wasn't what it is today," he says, citing an irrigation upgrade a few years ago as a key improvement. "Now, I think people really appreciate what a beautiful course we have."

Publisher reads future with bilingual books

Dawn Jeffers has always had a passion for books. But it took a career change for her to live that passion on a daily basis.

A 1997 graduate of UW-Green Bay's Master's Program in Administrative Science, Jeffers left her job three years ago as director of marketing at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to join Raven Tree, a marketing firm focused on graphics and imagery.

While leading the sales and marketing efforts of the company, Jeffers helped Raven Tree find a new niche — the publishing of children's bilingual books — and Raven Tree Press, an independent book publisher, was born.

Jeffers was recently named publisher of the new branch and is excited about the company's capabilities in bilingual publishing.

"We found that publishers were printing books in languages other than the English language, but no one was marrying the two worlds together," Jeffers said.

An advisory committee of booksellers, schoolteachers, ESL translators, and others evaluates the manuscripts based on cultural draw, ability for translation and other indicators. They are "test-marketed" in Green Bay elementary schools and sold at independent booksellers and in specialty gift shops. They are also selling well on Amazon.com, Jeffers says, and the website at www.raventreepress.com gets hits, as well.

With 20 years of marketing and sales experience, Jeffers is responsible for the publicity and sales of the titles, and the media buying for her clients. The company also publishes creative non-fiction and works for all-age audiences.

"Book publishing is such a great opportunity to work with my interdisciplinary background," says Jeffers, who did her undergraduate work at Lakeland College before pursing a UW-Green Bay master's. "It's a little bit of publishing, business, graphics and graphic arts."

She says Raven Tree is growing, and currently negotiating with a Hmong group that can help translate manuscripts into the Hmong/English versions by fall of 2003.

"This is a wonderful opportunity and a job I'm passionate about."


New Management: UW-Green Bay adds master's degree to serve business, student needs

Northeastern Wisconsin business professionals have a new opportunity this fall to fine-tune and improve their management and leadership skills.

The Master's of Management program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will prepare students for new challenges in their workplace and community.

"Our goal is to make available to the business community of Northeastern Wisconsin graduate-level management education delivered by UW-Green Bay faculty," says Karl Zehms, chair of Business Administration and Accounting.

The innovative program is a learning opportunity for managers seeking career growth. It also is open to students who have recently completed their undergraduate work.

Zehms says leadership, innovation, strategic thinking and communication are the program's cornerstones. A core of six required courses provides a strong foundation for effective decision-making. Elective courses provide opportunities for students to pursue individual interests.

The new master's degree will have more of a management focus than was found in the Administrative Sciences master's program the University offered for the past 20 years.

"While there are some similarities to Administrative Sciences, that wasn't a widely recognized or used title," Zehms says. "It's widely understood what the focus of the new program is."

The Master's of Management will be offered to accommodate the real-world needs of full-time workers. Flexible scheduling, including evening and weekend classes, is a key feature. Registration for the program began in April. For more information contact UW-Green Bay's Office of Graduate Studies at (920) 465-2123.

Development of the Master's of Management is a major step forward for the UW-Green Bay Business Administration program, Zehms says.

"It really fills out what most quality business programs offer: quality graduate and undergraduate programs," he says. "It reflects the fact that we've matured as a program."

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Degree involves hands-on experience

• Offered through Professional Programs in Business

• Prepares effective leaders and decision-makers

• Qualified students enter program with understanding of and competency in marketing, finance, accounting and statistics

• All instructors have doctorate degrees, experience teaching in accredited graduate program and wide-ranging professional experience

• Program's capstone is a hands-on professional project in which students examine a major organizational problem or issue

• For information about applying, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at (920) 465-2123 or gradstu@uwgb.edu

[Campus News]

'Coach K': A teammate with tradition, Tony

If the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay offered a course in Phoenix Tradition, Tod Kowalczyk would have no need to enroll. In fact, he probably could teach it.

Kowalczyk, the new head men's basketball coach, has fond memories of watching UW-Green Bay basketball games at the Brown County Arena when he was growing up in De Pere. His father was the longtime boys' basketball coach at De Pere High School.

"I remember the names and the faces of a lot of the players, and I remember the uniforms," Kowalczyk said. "Obviously, the Anderson brothers (Tom and Paul) were such good players. I watched Joe Mauel and Casey Zakowski play against my father's De Pere teams when Casey was at Green Bay Southwest and Joe was at Clintonville. I know those guys from those days and followed their careers when they got here."

A few years later, during his playing days at Minnesota-Duluth, Kowalczyk would come home during the summers and play in pick-up games at the Phoenix Sports Center.

"That was when Coach Bennett first got here. Tony Bennett was probably a sophomore in high school. You had Darin Maccoux, who was playing D-1 at Dartmouth College at the time, myself, Tom Diener. I remember those days well."

Asked how he matched up against the younger Bennett — a future NBA player — Kowalcyzk smiled and said, "He was always on my team."

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Tod Kowalczyk

Age: 35
Birthplace: De Pere, Wis.
Family: Single

Playing Career
University of Minnesota-Duluth, all-conference, MVP

Coaching Experience
Assistant Coach
Minnesota-Duluth, 1988-89
New Hampshire, 1989-91
Rider, 1993-97
Rutgers, 1997-99
Marquette, 2000-02

Associate Head Coach
Rutgers, 1999-00

Ranked by Hoop Scoop magazine as 3rd best Top Young Assistant Coach in the nation

Father is Rod Kowalczyk, long-time coach and athletic director at De Pere High School

More campus news

Council emphasizes diversity

The 12-member Chancellor's Community Council on Diversity has been created as the formal link between UW-Green Bay and Northeastern Wisconsin's communities of color. Chancellor Bruce Shepard said he sought members with experience and expertise to help UW-Green Bay achieve a more diverse community. "I am grateful to each Council member for making the commitment of time and energy to move this University forward," he said. The idea is to enhance partnership opportunities, broaden the educational pipeline, raise student achievement and prepare more students of color for participation in higher education.

Chancellor's Community Council on Diversity:
Chair: Chris Swan, Swan Corp., Green Bay; Adela Carbo, Family Services, Green Bay; Marchoe Dill, Procter & Gamble, Green Bay; Vue Lor, Hmong Association of Green Bay, Inc., Green Bay; Gary Lucas, Lucas Systems Inc., De Pere; Rose McKenzie, Green Bay Public Schools, Green Bay; Thelma McLester, Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, Oneida; Virginia Nuske, Menominee Tribal Education Office, Keshena; Antonio (Tony) Saldana, Denmark High School, Green Bay; Karl Thoj, Hmong Association of Green Bay, Inc., Green Bay; Nhia Cha Yang, United Hmong Community Center, Green Bay; Alex Zacarias, Wisconsin Public Television, Green Bay.

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Card program pays dividends

Credit card offers are common as dandelions. For UW-Green Bay alumni, however, there's at least one that is different. The UW-Green Bay affinity MasterCard issued by MBNA America provides funds to the University for each new account and with every purchase. Those who use it say it carries a nice introductory rate, no annual fee, and access to other services. The response to date? Nearly 3,000 alumni, employees and friends have signed on. Endorsed by the university's Advancement Office, which channels the proceeds to projects that benefit current students and alumni, the program offers more information at 1-866-438-6262.

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Calls yield $50K, memories

This spring's Alumni Phone-a-thon gets a solid grade. Student callers made contact with thousands of alumni and helped generate an impressive list of first-time donors. The campaign collected about $50,000 in pledges and made other valuable connections. Some student callers made use of the opportunity to chat up alumni on recent campus news and, in turn, to hear remembrances of Phoenix days past. Incidentally, it's not too late to participate. If we missed you, call Julie Curro, director of annual giving at (920) 465-2018.

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Inaugural events are Sept. 20

Frugal but festive, with activities both traditional and informal, all organized in a spirit of campus and community celebration.That's how the committee planning the inauguration of Bruce Shepard as the school's fourth chancellor envisions the events scheduled for Friday, Sept. 20, on campus. Details will be final in summer.

[Alumni News and Notes]

Alumni news

Theatre students, alumni share New York City experience

Jeff and Donna Entwistle, Kaoime Malloy and 20 UW-Green Bay theatre students toured New York City on spring break, taking in the sites and connecting with theatre alumni.

And they found — with the continued rise of UW-Green Bay's theatre program and the draw of the world's theatre capital — alumni in abundance.

The group saw John Lithgow in "The Sweet Smell of Success," for which Larry Gruber, '89, is an associate designer, and enjoyed a meet-the-cast session. Andrea Roberts, '93, is currently working on "The Producers," and provided a backstage tour of the Broadway hit. Teresa Gegare, '96, assistant to the managing director of Blue Man Group Productions, arranged a tour of the Astor Place Theatre. Gegare just finished stage-managing her 12th off-off-Broadway production. Josh Conklin, '96, met informally with some of the students between performances in the off-off-Broadway production of "Fanatic." Jennifer (Geurts) Ellidge, '98, has made commercial and industrial films. Emily Feld, '98, has appeared in some shows and is actively auditioning. Jill Huguet, '01, moved to New York City just last year and works for Group Box Office Sales. She helped make many of the ticket and talk-back arrangements for the trip.

The group toured the Metropolitan Museum of Art; experienced walking tours of Little Italy, Chinatown, Rockefeller Center, The Empire State Building and the Hampden Booth Theatre Library and Museum. They also saw the "tribute of lights" at Ground Zero.

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Alumni celebrate American Intercultural Center's heritage

This spring, multicultural counselor Misty Davids, '99, and American Intercultural Center (AIC) coordinator Diana Borrero-Lowe, greeted alumni, faculty, staff and students at the AIC's 30th anniversary.

The center opened its doors in March 1972 as the Ethnic Heritage Center, and has served as a resource ever since for African-American, American Indian, Hispanic and Southeast Asian students on campus.

Borrero-Lowe said the AIC's main purpose remains helping UW-Green Bay students of color feel comfortable within the University setting, with a focus on academic success, personal growth and development. Another priority is promoting awareness and appreciation of different cultures.

A highlight of the anniversary celebration was the presentation of certificates to 70 students of color with high grade point averages.

Bill and Genevieve Gollnick, '81 and '73, respectively, were two of many alumni who attended the event. Their daughter, Cassondra Yakotuhahe Gollnick, was one of the current students honored for academic achievement.

Gollnick, the general manager for the Oneida Tribe of Indians, says the institution has changed dramatically in size, and he sees much more diversity since he completed the majority of his coursework in 1974 and received his degree in 1981.

"In my days it was a confrontational environment with the administration. Now there is a facility that is functional and a place for tutoring, studying and mutual support. It's encouraging to see that it is headed in the right direction," he said.

Bee Xiong, '97, is now the community liaison for the Green Bay Police Department. He recalled using the AIC to "chat, receive help with school work or just sit around and relax."

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Golden Apple winners have UW-Green Bay ties

Green Bay area educators honored by the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and local business through the Golden Apple awards program included numerous UW-Green Bay graduates. Receiving the honor for high standards of professionalism, motivation and leadership in teaching were: Barbara Nelson, '98, a science teacher at Washington Middle School, Green Bay; Julie Brilli, '87, Pulaski Middle School principal; and the 16-member Six Trait Writing Team from Jackson Elementary School, Green Bay, of which five are UW-Green Bay graduates: Darlene Blecha, '74, kindergarten; Judi Harvey, '84, second grade; Margie Burkel, '90, fourth grade; and Jayne Vincent-Houle, '78, and Becky Knutson, '00, fifth grade.

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Your website is up! What's up with you?

The UW-Green Bay Alumni Association and Alumni Relations have launched a new alumni website. What's happening in YOUR life? We want to know, and so do your classmates! Contact Shane Kohl, director of Alumni Relations, at alumni@uwgb.edu, or call him at (920) 465-ALUM. Or check us out at www.uwgb.edu/alumni

Alumni notes


George Kamps, '72, has been appointed to the Examining Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Services and Professional Counselors. He is a clinical supervisor of mental health for Oneida Tribal Social Services and a psychotherapist specializing in trauma recovery for Dr. Edward J. Johnson and Associates, Green Bay. He majored in regional analysis.

Robert De Vos, '73, has joined Iogistics Inc., Green Bay, as vice president of business development. He previously served as vice president of business development for Schneider Logistics. He also serves on the UW-Green Bay Chancellor's Council of Trustees. He majored in managerial systems.

Jean Kyle, '73, received a master's degree in adult and continuing education from National-Louis University, Evanston, Ill., in July of 2000. She is a business education specialist with the State of Minnesota's Department of Children, Families and Learning and resides in Austin, Minn. Kyle earned her bachelor's degree in history.

Peter Reif, '76, has joined Jones Sign, Green Bay, as a sales executive. Formerly of Denver, he worked for Ralston Purina Co. He graduated with a degree in population dynamics.

Dr. Mark Villwock, '78, was appointed a department chairperson at St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay. The human adaptability major practices family medicine.

Cheryl Grosso, '78, professor and chair of Communication and the Arts and a member of the Music faculty, is serving this year as Interim Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UW-Green Bay. She succeeds Prof. Michael Murphy, Humanistic Studies, who retired last June. A percussionist, Grosso has directed the University's Hand Drumming and New Music Ensembles, and performed with groups including the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra and O-li-o, a new, innovative percussion ensemble. She is the composer of published music and the author of books on hand drumming techniques. She majored in communication and the arts.

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Richard C. Emery, who earned his master's of environmental arts and sciences in 1981, is an attorney with the Minneapolis law firm of Rider, Bennett, Egan and Arundell, P.L.L.P. His practice is in the area of intellectual property law (patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets, licensing and litigation.) He worked as a commercial pilot and flight instructor before graduating from the William Mitchell College of Law.

Eileen Connolly-Keesler, '82, is the executive director of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. Her bachelor's degree is in social work.

Penny Boileau, '85, is the principal of Riverview Elementary School in Wautoma, Wis. She earned a bachelor's degree in education and master's degree from Marian College in 1993. She is in highest honor standing while completing her Ph.D. in educational administration from UW-Milwaukee. She majored in human development at UW-Green Bay.

Brian Strnad, '87, was promoted to shareholder by Schenck Business Solutions. It was one of seven such promotions in five Schenck offices in Wisconsin. He majored in accounting.

Kyle Destree, '88, has been appointed Green Bay branch manager of Zoll Stone and Brick, Inc. of Green Bay. He majored in business administration.

Charles Bretl, '88, is a third-grade teacher at Algoma High School. His bachelor's degree is in human development.

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Scott Alderton, '91, is the consumer marketing manager of North America for Briggs and Stratton Corporation. He earned a bachelor's degree in communication processes.

Eileen Jahnke, '91, was named controller at the St. Norbert College, De Pere, business office. She is an accounting major and became a CPA in fall of 1993.

Maria Yakovchik, '91, was named a Wal Mart Teacher of the Year. She is a kindergarten teacher at Holy Spirit Central School, in Norway, Mich. She majored in human development.

James G. Sucha, '91, recently published a Lutheran hymnal entitled, "The Service Hymnal, A Lutheran Homecoming." Information is available through Voice of the Rockies Music Publishing Web site, www.voiceoftherockies.com. He learned about women composers from UW-Green Bay Prof. Sarah Meredith's class, Women in Music, and featured a song by Clara Wieck Schumann, wife of Robert Schumann, who was credited with such hymns as "Lord Speak to Me, That I May Speak." Lorna Luft, daughter of Judy Garland, is one of the sponsors of an individual hymn. The hymnal is a combination of historical and contemporary and bridges many denominations. It includes in-depth biographies of the authors and composers of his featured selections. Sucha lives in Denver and works for the McREL institute, a regional education lab providing professional development for educators in seven states. His bachelor's degree was in regional analysis.

Paula (Rasmussen) Berken, '92, joined Aurora Bay Care as the marketing coordinator in the company's Green Bay corporate office. Her major was communication and the arts.

Lisa Cribben, '92, was awarded the Accredited Business Valuation designation through the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She works for Wipfli accounting firm of Green Bay, and earned her bachelor's degree in accounting. She serves as a UW-Green Bay Alumni Association board member.

Mark Carrick, '93, was featured in the career section of the Green Bay Press-Gazette as someone who worked his way up the ranks to his current position as chief financial officer at Larsen Converting, Green Bay. He double majored in business and accounting at UW-Green Bay and played on the Phoenix soccer team for two years before latching on at Larsen his senior year as a student intern.

Tammy Bues, '95, has been promoted to supervisor at Schenck Business Solutions, Green Bay. She majored in accounting and business administration.

Eva (Larson) Robelia, '96, is employed as an air management communications specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Milwaukee. She earned a bachelor's degree in communication processes.

Jeff Cogswell, '96, is employed at Valley Tissue Packaging, Kaukauna, as a sales manager. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration.

Dawn Thiry, '97, has joined Tastefully Simple, of Alexandria, Va., as a consultant. She condusts in-home presentations of upscale, convenience-driven, gourmet foods. Her bachelor's degree is in elementary education.

Mark Krebsbach, '98, and Cara Paulius, '01, were married in August 2001. Krebsbach is attending the National University of Health Sciences, Lombard, Ill., pursuing a license in chiropractics. He earned his degree in human biology. Paulius earned a degree in elementary education and works in the Chicago area as a substitute teacher.

Janel Wall, '98, is an international customer sales representative for FedEx Trade Networks, Atlanta. Her major was public administration.

Shelly Koch, '99, joined Colortech of Wisconsin, Green Bay, as a customer service/account executive specializing in screen printing and vinyl graphics. She has a bachelor's degree in communication processes.

A photo of Bryan Fish, '98, head coach of UW-Green Bay's Nordic ski team and former Phoenix skier, is featured on the back cover of the book, The New Simple Secrets of Skating. The book is authored by Lee Borowski, a coach of Olympic, national and world-championship skiers. Communication processes major Mike Heine, '02, was credited with the photo. Fish graduated with a degree in environmental science. Heine, former photographer and sports editor of the Fourth Estate, will graduate in May with a degree in communication processes. He has already landed a job as sports editor of the Delavan (Wis.) Enterprise.

Vicki Buettner, '99, had her article, "Lyndhurst and the Coming of the Railroad," published in the Winter/Spring issue of Voyageur magazine, Northeast Wisconsin's historical review. She graduated with a history degree and teaches social studies at Suring High School.

Jen Pfundtner, '99, was named Woman of the Year at the annual Women's Recognition luncheon at UW-Green Bay in March. She serves as an adviser in the Admissions Office and is highly involved in campus and community outreach activities, particularly those that increase awareness about sexual assault issues and improving the campus environment. She majored in public administration.

Sharon Fellion, '00, is an adjunct practical nursing instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Marinette, and is a nurse in family practice clinics in Peshtigo and Daggett, Mich.

Mary (Destiche) Vandermause, '98, is an accountant at Schreiber Foods, Green Bay. She earned her bachelor's degree in accounting.

Coleen Feucht, '98, has been hired as the naturalist at Ellwood H. May Environmental Park in Sheboygan. She majored in environmental science and biology and expects to complete her graduate degree in environmental science and policy this May. She worked as a naturalist at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary from 1996 to 1998 and later interned at the Horicon Marsh, surveying plant species found throughout the wetland. The Door County Natural Areas Group hired Feucht in 2000 to coordinate and write a document detailing 16 natural habitats in the county.

Jonathon Wech, '99, is employed at La Force Inc., Green Bay, as an estimator. He graduated with a degree in business administration.

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Dave Heideman, '00, joined Jones Signs as a sales executive. He majored in humanistic studies.

Katie Truitt, '00, was promoted to trust operations officer for The Stephenson National Bank and Trust Co., Marinette. She oversees the trust department's more than $200 million in assets and coordinated the implementation of the bank's Trust Online Service. She earned her bachelor's degree in accounting.

Mike Weaver, '00, was one of only two people from Wisconsin to serve on the Olympic Winter Games Ski Patrol team in Salt Lake City, Utah. Weaver is as a vice-president of the Bank of Kaukauna and is pursuing a degree as a registered nurse at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College of Green Bay. He says his re-involvement in the field of medicine is a direct result of courses he took at UW-Green Bay. His skill as a third level emergency technician and his skiing ability — he has 10 years of Birkebeiners to his credit — qualified him for the Olympic service. He paid all his own expenses but was given an Olympic ski jacket. "Tangible evidence that we were there," he said. He earned his bachelor's degree as part of the University's Extended Degree Program.

Timothy Pigo, '01, began at Schreiber Foods in June of 2001 as a business sales manager. He majored in business administration.

Kristy Earley, '01, has joined Fort Dodge Animal Health Companion Animal Division as a territory manager for Northeast Wisconsin. She will promote and sell Fort Dodge canine, feline and equine vaccine and pharmaceutical products. She majored in biology and will work out of Green Bay.

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