Excerpts from the
UW-Green Bay Annual Report / 2002-2003
A list of donors who made financial contributions in support of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay during the fiscal year July 1, 2002, to June 30, 2003, is available in print format. The annual report is published by the Office of University Advancement, Cofrin Library Suite 820, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311-7001; telephone (920) 465-2074.
A few months ago I had the pleasure of addressing the 30th anniversary celebration of the Founders Association, this institution's largest and most longstanding philanthropic support group.
I extended my appreciation on behalf of the University and noted it was no coincidence the Association came together just after the campus opened and just prior to its most remarkable growth. Truth be told, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has not only grown up with the Founders Association, but grown up because of the Founders Association.
The same compliment can be paid other groups that subsequently coalesced behind University efforts The Phoenix Fund, the Theatre First Nighters, the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts membership group and the Friends of the Cofrin Library. Important support has been received also from the Niagara Society, the Council of Trustees, and the Alumni Association. A new initiative promises additional energy with creation of a Chancellor's Club within the existing Founders Association structure.
If you have lived here most of your life, you might take for granted the value placed on public purposes, public service and that shared commitment to doing instead of waiting. Cyndie and I don't. We see in today's UW-Green Bay a testament to those values, and the promise of an even brighter future. That's why we are happy to now count ourselves as one of you.
Thank you for helping us "Connect learning to life." Thank you for connecting with Green Bay's University of Wisconsin.
Bruce Shepard, Chancellor
What this University means by 'Connecting'
UW-Green Bay enjoys impressive connections to the community, its institutions and agencies, businesses and people.
From Weidner Center performances that play to audiences of more than 300,000 a year to community lectures and faculty-student projects that benefit the entire region, these connections reflect a campuswide commitment to "Connecting learning to life."
The following examples of community connections only hint at the vital role UW-Green Bay plays in the life of the Green Bay area and Northeastern Wisconsin. See more on "Connections" at the University Web site http://www.uwgb.edu/connect/.
UW-Green Bay and UW-Oshkosh jointly developed a master's degree in social work, responding to regional demand UW-Green Bay launched a master's degree in management a need expressed by the local business community The Small Business Development Center provides low-cost workshops and seminars in 11 area counties
The Institute for Learning Partnership brings together educators from K-12 school districts, colleges and universities, and business and community leaders to improve learning The Modern Languages program arranges for UW-Green Bay students to teach French, German and Spanish to K-3 children The UW-Green Bay Powwow attracts 1,000 visitors each spring
Weidner Center performances play to 300,000 patrons a year The Center boosts downtown revitalization by assisting in the operation of the 1,000-seat Meyer Theatre The Weidner schedules more than 50 mainstage performances for school groups, has guest artists visiting schools and senior centers, and organizes educator workshops and discussions
UW-Green Bay collaborates in the N.E. Wisconsin Teaching American History Program, hosting weeklong summer institutes for K-12 history teachers to develop lesson plans to take to their classroom Students in business administration and accounting provide free tax preparation services to the community each year, serving the poor, disabled and elderly
The Wisconsin Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Institute provides continuing education for municipal officials The Heirloom Plant Sale each Mother's Day weekend draws thousands to campus for rare tomatoes, peppers and other seedlings; proceeds fund student scholarships and research UW-Green Bay helped plan the NE Wisconsin Global Trade Conference
The UW-Green Bay women's basketball team became an even greater focal point of campus and community pride during 2002-03 with yet another Horizon League championship, an amazing No. 16 national ranking, and an opening-round win in the NCAA Tournament Men's and women's swimming and men's tennis posted impressive Horizon League finishes
About 6,400 UW-Green Bay alumni reside in Brown County, 1,000 in Outagamie, 650 in Manitowoc, 450 in Marinette and 400 in Oconto County More than 400 UW-Green Bay alumni are owners, CEOs, presidents and corporate leaders in the region and around the country The Alumni Association welcomed its 20,000 member in December of 2002
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About your University
UW-Green Bay is a regional public university with 5,400 students, impressive academic facilities and a campuswide commitment to "Connecting learning to life." More than academic philosophy, this commitment speaks to connections between campus and community.
UW-Green Bay recently moved into the top 10 of Midwestern master's level public universities in U.S. News and World Report's "2004 America's Best Colleges" guidebook. UW-Green Bay was one of five in the UW System listed by the magazine among the 10 best Midwestern public universities without doctoral programs.
At a glance
A record 83 percent of freshmen who started at UW-Green Bay in fall 2002 returned to the University this fall up 9 percentage points from last year.
The University welcomed one of its largest freshman classes, with 966 freshmen starting school this fall.
Ninety-seven percent of new freshmen said UW-Green Bay was their first or second choice of schools. Of the 56 minority freshmen enrolled in fall 2002, 74 percent returned for their second year up 8 percentage points from last year.
The class of new freshmen enters UW-Green Bay with an average high school grade point average of 3.36 on a 4.0 scale, tying last year's class for an all-time high. The freshman class includes 22 high school valedictorians and nine salutatorians.
Students come from 71 of Wisconsin's 72 counties, 36 other states and 26 other countries.
Mailbox surprise! Retiree's gift helps University in budget crunch
During his 30-year career with UW-Green Bay, Al Rheinschmidt coined the phrase, "Proud to be here, happy to serve." Now, seven years into his retirement, Rheinschmidt has put an exclamation point on his motto with an unsolicited, out-of-the-blue donation.
Cyndie Shepard, wife of Chancellor Bruce Shepard, discovered the gift last spring in the mailbox at the chancellor's residence. She found a check for $30,000 made out to UW-Green Bay from Rheinschmidt, a longtime former staff member and director of Institutional Services.
In the attached note, Rheinschmidt explained that he continues to monitor state and University fortunes, and decided to do what he could to help. With the state budget shortfall hitting home on campus, he wanted the Chancellor to use the money at his discretion to address institutional needs.
Rheinschmidt now lives in Mosinee. He agreed to allow his gift to be publicized if it might inspire others to consider the value of public higher education. His longtime lunchroom buddy, hunting pal and fellow University employee, John Killinger, says he's not surprised by the generosity.
"Al certainly lived his motto, 'proud to be here, happy to serve,' Killinger says. "He, at one time or another, worked in insurance claims, risk management, capital inventory, duplication, stores, mailroom... If you wanted something done on this campus, you would see Al."
Former supervisor Zeke Backes describes Rheinschmidt as pleasant and hard-working, with an impressive ability to stay ahead of the curve.
"He was leading edge in the areas he had control over," Backes says. "When Al felt good about something he went for it. I suspect, in the same way, he must have thought an awful lot of this University to do what he did. It's a great testimony to his character."
Responds Rheinschmidt, simply, "As long as I had the opportunity to give a little, I would. I hope it inspires others to do the same."
Provost Sue K. Hammersmith said the gift (a small portion of which helped support Phuture Phoenix Day) was one of the most touching she's witnessed.
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Gift benefits Phuture Phoenix
The popular Phuture Phoenix Day was just one of the beneficiaries of the generosity of longtime UW-Green Bay employee Al Rheinschmidt.
The program brought more than 500 fifth-grade students from 10 Green Bay elementary schools to the UW-Green Bay campus in April. The long-term objective of the day's activities is to increase the percentage of Northeastern Wisconsin high school graduates who continue on to college. Organizers are hoping to make Phuture Phoenix Day a yearly event.
The fifth-graders visited classrooms, residence halls, the library, the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts and other parts of the campus. And they were paired up with more than 300 UW-Green Bay students and almost 30 faculty and staff members who have volunteered to serve as mentors and role models for the youngsters.
University Provost Sue Hammersmith says its just such events that Rheinschmidt intended to support through his financial contribution.
"Mr Rheinschmidt donated the money without restrictions knowing events and needs such as these pop up, and with the current budget situation, there are few unrestricted dollars to support them.
Plans for using the remaining portion of Rheinschmidt's donation are in the works. Hammersmith says that unrestricted donations typically provide support for special programming such as bringing visiting scholars to campus, hosting outreach activities for students and parents, providing professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, and for the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment that becomes a necessity in this fast-moving, digital age.
"Contributions such as those from Mr. Rheinschmidt are crucial for our institutional agility," she says. "It allows us to 'plan and pounce' take advantage of impacting programs that we wouldn't normally have the resources to commit to."
Hammersmith says Rheinschmidt's contribution as a former employee was one of the most touching gestures she's ever witnessed.
Professorship aids Shariff in classes, world of economics
In times of economic downturn, the expertise of leading economists seems to be at its highest demand. Such is the case for Ismail Shariff, chair of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay economics program.
Shariff is a registered consultant with the World Bank and for several consulting firms, and a leading voice in local media on the state of the economy and the factors that influence it.
In the course of his tenure as the Philip J. and Elizabeth B. Hendrickson Professor, his lengthy list of scholarly activity includes paper presentations at the London School of Economics and at MIT, work in Afghanistan for the World Bank in the wake of 9/11, a prestigious lecture in Italy, completion of the book Business Cycles in a Dynamic Economy, developing proceedings of the World Economic Forum, a globalization speech at Delaware State University, and a number of articles and published papers in scholarly journals.
Most important, he's able to share his worldwide experiences with his students, both in the classroom and in the business clubs he advises. Shariff's advice to the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) an organization with a mission to enrich lives through involvement, outreach and global development projects has proved invaluable. The club repeatedly comes out on top in regional competition. Typical was this year's trip by SIFE students to Nicaragua, where they helped farmers modernize their agribusiness practices.
If not for the philanthropic efforts of Philip and Elizabeth Hendrickson, however, Shariff may not have had the time or the resources to help promote expanded outreach activities.
"The Professorship has helped me expand my research, much of which pertains to the working of the American economy," Shariff says. "Furthermore, I've been able to incorporate my research in a series of articles and professional journals that can be used successfully in the classroom."
Professorships are financial contributions awarded to support and retain the innovative and creative work of outstanding faculty. Awards allow for salary supplements, research assistants, professional development and other expenses that enhance teaching, research and outreach.
Professorships help students, faculty 'prepare the future'
UW-Green Bay has five named professorships and would like to add more. These endowments channel additional resources to faculty standouts, helping to underwrite cutting-edge research, outstanding teaching and valuable community service. Today's challenges from identity theft to AIDS to homeland security won't all be resolved by yesterday's answers. Not only do named professorships help faculty members and their students prepare for the future, they help them prepare the future.
Since the first award in 1981, 19 faculty scholars have been honored. To find out how named professorships are established, call the Advancement Office at (920) 465-2074.
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The Philip J. and Elizabeth B. Hendrickson Professorship for Business
A gift from the Hendricksons established the professorship in 1987. Mr. Hendrickson is a former president and CEO of Krueger International (now KI). Mrs. Hendrickson, active in community philanthropy and civic causes, earned her master's degree at UW-Green Bay.
Students of Ismail Shariff benefited from their professor's research, travel and engagement with leading institutions and economists
around the world. He uses those experiences to enrich his classroom teaching.
The Barbara Hauxhurst Cofrin Professorship of Natural Sciences
Dr. David and Mary Ann Cofrin established this award in 1985 in memory of their sister-in-law, the late Mrs. John Cofrin.
Students of recipient Prof. Bob Howe benefited when he used a portion of his allocation to purchase digital equipment to better capture images in the field to share in his biodiversity classes. The professorship also allowed a graduate student to attend a prestigious national conference and help make a presentation on an ongoing bird-monitoring project in the Nicolet National Forest.
The Herbert Fisk Johnson Professorship in Environmental Science
This award was established in 1985 by Samuel C. Johnson and his wife Imogene in honor of Samuel's father. Herbert Fisk Johnson was the grandson of Samuel Curtis Johnson, founder of the Johnson Wax Company.
Students of recipient Prof. Mike Morgan benefited when he used a significant portion of his support to employ several of them as research assistants. The project focuses on endangered species including the rare dwarf lake iris - a plant found locally that is listed on both federal and state threatened-species lists.
The Frankenthal Professorship
Established by the Frankenthal family in 1980, this named professorship honors husband and father, the late Siegfried Frankenthal. The Frankenthal family owned and operated Packerland Packing Company until the family business was sold in 1978. The professorship is open to scholars from all academic fields.
Art students of recipient Prof. Carol Emmons were able to explore new concepts as the result of her lengthy artistic collaboration with ecology Prof. Jeff Nekola on "Terra Firma I: Distance Decay." The project investigated the relation between science and art and explored ways of representing ideas that are available to both scientists and artists.
The Ben J. and Joyce Rosenberg Professorship
Gary Rosenberg and Barbara Rosenberg Shure established this award in memory of their parents, Ben J. and Joyce Rosenberg. The Rosenbergs were longtime residents of Green Bay and initiated philanthropic support for UW-Green Bay as early as 1967.
Students of recipient Prof. David Damkoehler benefited when he used the support to purchase tools for the campus sculpture studio as well as stainless steel material (teapots, objects and jewelry) to incorporate new creative directions in their study of art. The professorship also supported research.
Lt. Governor knows campus, Founders Association history
When UW-Green Bay invited Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton to campus last May as commencement speaker, it wasn't as if she needed a map. She knows the campus and its trees, shrubs and manicured grounds almost by heart.
"I think I was the first woman to be a student worker on the grounds crew here," she told the estimated crowd of 5,000 gathered on the hillside near the main entrance. "I think I planted some of these trees..."
A resident of Green Bay since the 1970s, Lawton took courses at the new UW-Green Bay. Her husband, Charles A. Lawton III, was the second president of UW-Green Bay's Founders Association. He served as board president from 1977 through 1979 and as a board member through 1983.
The Lawtons have a history of active participation in local organizations promoting philanthropy, diversity, education and engagement. The family name on the campus Lawton Gallery reflects extended ties to the University. The art gallery opened its doors in 1982 thanks to a generous gift from Charles' brother Randall and his wife Catherine.
Founders support student stars tomorrow's leaders
Two outstanding students were chosen from among hundreds of exceptional undergraduates to share the podium with Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton at last May's commencement.
Christopher Barlow of Green Bay was selected as the student speaker. He graduated with highest honors while majoring in philosophy and minoring in humanistic studies. He has been active on campus and in the community, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo where he won a full scholarship.
Chad E. Griepentrog of Spencer received the Alumni Association's Outstanding Student Award. Griepentrog identified working with young children and adolescents and their families as his life's goal early on, and gained extensive experience in his chosen career field as a volunteer and in practicum classes. In summer of 2003 he served as a child life intern at St. Vincent Hospital, preparing to work with children receiving health care in hospital settings. The human development and psychology major plans to pursue a master's degree in a related field.
Become a member of the Chancellor's Club
Friends of the University have a new and important opportunity for giving and for being recognized for their generosity beginning this year the Chancellor's Club.
The Chancellor's Club was established to recognize and involve UW-Green Bay's most generous, loyal and consistent supporters. Each Chancellor's Club member plays a vital role in helping UW-Green Bay achieve its mission of serving both Northeast Wisconsin and its students nearly three-quarters of whom come from and return to the local area following graduation. The Club was created to more effectively involve these donors in the life of the University while at the same time offering additional social opportunities and important recognition to individual and corporate supporters.
Membership in the club can be achieved by a minimum annual $1,000 gift in cash, securities or qualifying real estate. Chancellor's Club members will be invited to at least two members-only annual events hosted by Chancellor Bruce Shepard at no cost, and they will also be specifically recognized in future Annual Reports.
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New Chancellor's Club categories of giving
Lifetime Giving Society
Cumulative lifetime giving of at least $50,000
Annual gift of $25,000 or more
Annual gift of $10,000 to $24,999
Annual gift of $5,000 to $9,999
Annual gift of $2,500 to $4,999
Green Bay Society
Annual gift of $1,000 to $2,499
New home for recreation, Phoenix Athletics is in works
The Phoenix Sports Center opened on the UW-Green Bay campus in 1976 and has never been renovated or upgraded despite a tripling of the number of students living on campus and an increase in the number of athletic teams using the facility from eight to 15.
The University's plans for renovation include a central area with a seating capacity in the range of 3,000 to 4,000. It will be the home court for the women's basketball and volleyball teams and a practice court for men's basketball.
The center will include facilities for student health, recreation and wellness activities for the more than 1,800 students who now live on campus and more than 5,400 full-time students enrolled at UW-Green Bay.
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Donor support a priority for Sports Center expansion
The badly needed renovation and expansion of the Phoenix Sports Center took a major step forward with inclusion of a provision in the state budget committing $7.5 million in state financing for the project in the 2005-07 biennium.
This, on top of action by the lead donors current and former UW-Green Bay students who have committed $15 million toward the project could mean ground breaking for the expanded Student Sports and Events Center in 2005.
An additional $7.5 million in funding from private sources must be raised prior to the 2005-07 budget cycle in order to move the approximately $30 million project forward. Achieving donor support now becomes the highest priority.
The facility will be home to a number of teams, provide recreational activities for students, and will host important campus events such as commencement, festivals, concerts and multicultural activities.
John Blair Chair will boost communication studies
A $1.5 million contribution to tomorrow's students will create the John P. Blair Endowed Chair in Communications. The endowed chair will be UW-Green Bay's first. Annual interest will underwrite the addition of a dedicated faculty position in media and communications.
New courses, more and smaller sections in existing courses, and expanded research will be among the ways students benefit. Communication professors call it a milestone for their units.
The gift by Dorothy R. Blair and the Blair Foundation will honor the nationally prominent role Mrs. Blair's late husband played in the radio and television advertising industry in the mid-20th century. The gift highlights the couple's affection for the University of Wisconsin, UW-Green Bay's undergraduate program, and the region's strength as a mid-size media market.
Your generous financial support has enabled the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to continue to offer its innovative learning experience to students from across the nation and around the world.
Our donor honor rolls include the names of nearly 2,000 individuals and organizations that chose to support UW-Green Bay in 2002-03.
We recognize that our friends have many options in extending financial assistance to organizations they support throughout the community, the region and the nation. We are truly appreciative that so many of you chose to make UW-Green Bay a priority.
We are pleased that efforts to broaden our base of financial support have resulted in an increasing number of alumni being active in philanthropic support of UW-Green Bay.