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Notes from 2420 Nicolet


Major honors for faculty

Wisconsin's top teacher

The people's poet

Students of teaching:
Dettman, Gurung,

Growth spurt at 39

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Excerpts from the
Annual Report:

Thank you!

• Profiles: Hendrickson, DeVos

The Campaign for UW-Green Bay

[Campus News]

Volleyball fans rejoice

'LifeLines' at the Weidner

Phuture Phoenix program

Suzy 'Favors' UW-Green Bay

... more campus news


Alumni news

Alumni notes

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Stories from the November 2004 Issue
Excerpts from the Annual Report / 2003-2004

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Excerpts from the
Annual Report, 2003-2004

Thank you!

Your generous financial support has enabled the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to continue to "Connect learning to life" in serving our community, region and students locally, across the nation and around the world.

Our donor honor rolls include names of nearly 2,000 individual and organizations that chose to support UW-Green Bay in 2003-04.

We recognize that our friends have many options in extending financial assistance to organizations they support. We are truly appreciative that so many of you choose 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.

Thank you for helping us "Connect learning to life."

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Founders fall dinner looks at regional education

A town-hall discussion on the future of education in Northeastern Wisconsin was announced as the program for the 2004 Founders Association Dinner at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Wednesday evening, Nov. 17.

The panelists — Chancellor Bruce Shepard of UW-Green Bay; President William Hynes, St. Norbert College; President Verna Fowler, College of Menominee Nation; President Jane Muhl, Bellin College of Nursing; President H. Jeffrey Rafn, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College; and Superintendent Daniel Nerad, Green Bay Area Public Schools — share an interest in cooperative approaches to K-16 education.

The annual fall gathering brings donors, their families, friends and potential donors to campus, and celebrates Founders support of the University's academic mission.

Compassionate giving is a united approach for the Hendricksons

[Betsy Hendrickson.]The generosity and goodwill of Phil and Betsy Hendrickson toward the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has been extensive in its impact and impressive in its duration.

Although Phil, former chairman and CEO of Krueger International (now KI), credits Betsy with first connecting to their local public university, their philosophy as a couple undoubtedly takes precedence over their individual passions.

Married for 57 years, they each seem to know the other better than themselves. They warmly interject in the middle of the other’s stories, they laugh at each other’s jokes, and they offer gentle correction when the other needs prompting on an important detail. They exercise together, travel together and entertain together.

Giving then, is also a united approach.

“We think it is important to reciprocate the wonderful opportunities we’ve been given so that other people can enjoy some of the same advantages,” says Betsy.

Chimes in Phil, “I believe you do what you can with what you have at the time. You don’t wait until the end when you’re so favored.”

History indicates that higher education has always held great importance in their lives. Both are graduates of UW-Madison. Phil earned his undergraduate degree in accounting and holds an MBA from Harvard. For a time he served as president of the Wisconsin Board of Vocational Education and as a member of the UW Board of Regents. UW-Madison honored him with a Distinguished Alumnus Award. Betsy, whose mother was a graduate of Ohio State University, earned a degree in chemistry in 1945 and began graduate school at Cornell University. More than 30 years later, following time off raising three children, she completed a master’s degree at UW-Green Bay.

Betsy begins the story of how she graduated and took a job with a plastics manufacturer in Massachusetts. Not one to leave out the details, Phil finishes.

“She started at 75 cents an hour and in time was making $125 a week,” Phil adds. “More than me that year! She and her boss developed a high-heat compound used for wiring in Air Force planes.”

As Krueger International was beckoning Phil to Green Bay, Betsy’s company hoped she would stay or commute.

“It was East Coast egocentrism that made them hopeful that I would commute back and forth from Green Bay,” Betsy says. But the couple’s relationship, as it has continued to through the years, took precedence. They moved to Green Bay where Betsy grew eager to find work.

“She can’t sit still,” says Phil with a wink and a glance in Betsy’s direction. “Well you can’t!”

Once rooted, she called the UW Extension and worked at “Cardboard Tech,” Green Bay’s first “campus,” a converted World War II ordnance building near East High School. It was the first of what turned out to be many opportunities for involvement over 40-plus years at Cardboard Tech, the old Deckner and current Nicolet Drive campuses. During that time she developed many meaningful friendships with students, faculty, staff and every UW-Green Bay chancellor from Weidner to Shepard.

At one point Betsy worked in the Office of Educational Research, exploring why adults do or do not return to college. It became the focus of her master’s thesis, which in turn was used by University Without Walls (today’s Extended Degree Program). Betsy and Phil also advocated for the University’s development of master’s degree programs. Betsy was employed by the University, on and off, from 1975 to 1982. Her commitment to the University has never faded.

In 1987 the Hendricksons established the Philip J. and Elizabeth B. Hendrickson Professorship for Business to recognize outstanding faculty members whose work helps students understand the positive role of business in the community and the importance of business ethics.

The recognition was most recently awarded to Prof. Phil Clampitt of information and computing science. The Hendricksons say they are quite impressed with his work, and Phil (Hendrickson) says he has read Clampitt’s books and passed them along to local CEOs.

Much of the couple’s extensive philanthropy in the Green Bay community relates to education and social causes — giving others the opportunity to realize their own dreams.

“The greatest room in the world, is the room for self-improvement,” says Phil, about his support for higher education.

Both St. Norbert College and UW-Green Bay have long been recipients of the couple’s generosity. Betsy, a founding member of the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees, is especially impressed with UW-Green Bay’s new Phuture Phoenix program, bringing hundreds of fifth-graders to campus each year, and motivating them to aspire to higher education themselves.

“This was a place of experimentation and a place that took on many challenges with its environmental focus,” says Betsy. “It still is in many ways. I often joke with Ed (Weidner) about how it took a while to catch on because of the (unusual) names of the majors, but the focus on interdisciplinarity is still important today.

“We are so blessed to have both outstanding private and public opportunities for higher education in this community,” adds Betsy. “I have a real soft spot in my heart for UW-Green Bay.”

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Connected to UW-Green Bay

• Betsy Hendrickson received her master’s degree from UW-Green Bay in 1979 in Environmental Arts and Sciences

• She worked in the Office of Educational Research and Development from 1976­80 and 1982­83

• She was a founding member of the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees and prior to that, a member of Chancellor Edward Weidner’s community advisory board

• Betsy and Phil received the Chancellor’s Award in 1983

• Phil served on the Founder’s Association Board and the UW Board of Regents

• Betsy is an honorary chair of UW-Green Bay’s current Capital Campaign

• Past gifts include funding for the Hendrickson Professorship for Business and the Phuture Phoenix program, among others

• The couple has pledged a gift for the new Student Sports and Events Center

All-university campaign builds with 1969’s ‘foundation’

[Bob DeVos.]The first player recruited to play basketball for his school, now the first Phoenix alumnus to make a major gift toward a new student sports and events center, sees big benefits for campus life.

Bob DeVos, it seems, knows a bit about long-range vision.

In the late 1960s he was a standout athlete at West De Pere High School. He caught the eye of a driven young coach, Dave Buss, who desperately wanted to sign a local star to help launch his dream of a new UW-Green Bay basketball program.

Buss was insistent. By phone, face-to-face and that era’s equivalent of email — a Western Union telegram, delivered in class, no less — he persuaded the teenager to make a campus visit. He wanted DeVos and his family to see the Nicolet Drive site where excavation work and construction forms were only beginning to scuff the open fields.

Says DeVos today, “I remember looking out and thinking, ‘My gosh, there’s nothing here. It really is a dream!’”

Buss gestured toward some reinforcing rods and wet-gray cement. “You know what I see in you?” he asked DeVos. “I see an individual who, like that concrete, is going to be strong enough to be the foundation.”

DeVos jumped at the chance to be a building block.

He developed into a reliable performer for a group that quickly put Phoenix basketball on the map. Off the court, he married his high school sweetheart, Durell Vieau, and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1973.

He hired on with Schneider National, where he accepted assignments ranging from operations to sales to logistics, and was promoted to general manager and vice president. He got to apply lessons about teamwork and Midwestern work ethic learned from his working-class parents, Phoenix years and early days watching Vince Lombardi and his Packers. (The team’s training camp was part of his neighborhood paper route.)

DeVos built his professional reputation as an expert in the area of logistics and supply-chain management. Today, he serves one of the industry’s leaders, GENCO, as senior vice president of business development for the supply-chain management division.

He travels far and wide, but his roots and GENCO offices remain local. From the second floor of a glass-walled office building on Lombardi Avenue, just a long block from Lambeau Field, he keeps watch on the Packers, and UW-Green Bay.

“I think it’s phenomenal,” is how he sees current developments on campus, particularly the student body’s multi-million-dollar commitment of fees to remodel and expand the old Phoenix Sports Center.

“I’ve been to every fieldhouse in the UW System,” says DeVos, who had a son play collegiately at Stevens Point. “UWGB has by far the worst facility.

“This project is so important to the student-life experience,” he says. “It’s more than a gym. It’s an events center. It’s going to improve campus life in so many ways.

“If the students perceive it to be a great value for their investment, why can’t someone like myself, who has the opportunity to make a contribution…why wouldn’t I want to be part of that?”

Memories of early UW-Green Bay

He recalls being impressed with the new University's high-caliber faculty. One influential teacher was a young business instructor named David Ward, who would go on to achieve prominence in the UW System and nationally as both an academic administrator and an expert in economic development. DeVos remembers, too, meeting interesting people not only on the faculty but among his fellow students of the late 1960s. The small size of the new University (a few thousand students) and the fact that students had to bus together from the old Deckner Avenue campus to facilities across town and at the developing Nicolet Drive site built camaraderie. "That was such a positive," he says. "We used to have to ride the bus out to the library, a 25- or 30-minute ride. You'd get into really great discussions. It wasn't unusual to break out in song... "Bridge Over Troubled Waters"... and have everybody singing along."

Early Green Bay basketball

Bob DeVos was the first local signee for Dave Buss and the fledgling Bay Badger program. (After the initial 1969-70 season, a student vote changed the mascot to Phoenix). The talent level was high, and with singular focus and well-drilled players, success was immediate. First with high-scoring Ray Willis of Chicago, later with Dennis Woelffer of southern Wisconsin, the program began to dominate its small- to mid-level competition and play on even terms with the NAIA powers and occasional Division I foes. "I was basically a role player," says DeVos, a solid shooter who started a dozen games as a junior and senior. "The team concept was very strong. Every one did his part." A favorite memory is the 1973 trip to the NAIA nationals in Kansas City, made possible by a breakthrough victory over powerful UW-Eau Claire in front of a charged-up Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena crowd. He and longtime friend and co-worker Tom Anderson, a Phoenix star from the late 1970s, often joke about who had the better team.

On continuing ties to UW-Green Bay, and future growth

DeVos is proud of having been chosen Commencement speaker for the December 1999 mid-winter graduation ceremony — "the last before the turn of the millennium." He has been a member of the Chancellor's Council of Trustees, an advisory group, virtually since its inception in the late 1990s. He's a firm believer in growth for his hometown campus, and believes student-life facilities are an important factor. He saw the difference it made for his two sons, Joe, 28, and Nick, 25, when they attended college. "You look at the state of Wisconsin and the paper industry and the importance of this region, but then you look at some of the campus facilities and think, 'What's going on here?' UW-Green Bay shouldn't have the smallest event center in the state. The whole University needs to grow. This will help. Concerts... big-name speakers... the capacity for larger commencements... intramurals... participation in fitness activities... This is important."

On Midwestern, Green Bay sensibility

DeVos travels widely through his job and says the idea of a Midwestern work ethic shared by practical, common-sense people is no myth. "You can even see it in the buildings in this part of the country. For the most part, they are frugal, but durable. That's the Midwest. With this project (the proposed UW-Green Bay Student Sports and Events Center) I think people are going to be proud that it's not going to be the most extravagant building, but it's going to present all the opportunities."

The Campaign for UW-Green Bay

"Why does a public university need private support?

That's one of the frequently asked questions about the Founders Association. UW-Green Bay relies on a diverse blend of revenue sources. It is now more accurate to describe UW-Green Bay as a "tax-assisted" institution rather than "tax-supported." The proportion of campus funding derived from state general-purpose tax money continues to decline and now stands at just 30 percent. Without significant adjustments to the GPR allocation, the University has been forced to rely on tuition increases and raising more gift and grant revenue. The challenge is on for Founders members to both increase support to the University and to spread the message about the decline in public funding to others.

UW-Green Bay endowments serve students today, tomorrow

Endowments offer donors a way to make that "gift of a lifetime" today, see the rewards in the future, and benefit the University and its students forever. UW-Green Bay's endowment pool is managed through a partnership agreement with the University of Wisconsin Foundation. By law, only the investment income and related gains on endowed funds may be spent; the principle must remain intact. UW-Green Bay, as trustee of the endowed funds, spends only a portion of the investment earnings of these funds, reinvesting the remainder to ensure that their value is not diminished by inflation. Approximately 5 percent of the investment earnings are spent, a rate comparable to that used by universities across the nation.

UW-Green Bay's endowment comprises more than 60 individual funds, each one named and used in accordance with the donor wishes. The majority of the principal growth is attributable to contributions by donors to establish or add to an endowed fund. A few of the funds are set up to add a small portion of the investment earnings to the principal.

If you are interested in establishing an endowed fund, please contact UW-Green Bay's Office of University Advancement, (920) 465-2074.

Drive targets academics as well as campus life

The push for a renovated and expanded Student Sports and Events Center is the first and most visible aspect of a larger, $25 million campaign to support academic excellence and improved student-life facilities at UW-Green Bay.

“The Campaign for UW-Green Bay” will seek at least $15 million for dramatic enhancement of the student-scholarship program, new professorships and endowed chairs, and resources for learning, advising and academic support. Those efforts were launched in grand fashion in 2003­04 with announcement of the University’s first fully endowed professorship.

Campaign moves forward on student sports/events center

The latest round of architectural sketches is giving fans of a new Student Sports and Events Center something to cheer as the stretch drive nears.

The proposed $32.5 million facility &3151; in reality an expansion and total makeover of the existing Phoenix Sports Center — is the primary focus of capital fundraising at UW-Green Bay this year. The University is seeking at least $7.5 million in gifts by 2005 to qualify for matching funds as promised by Gov. Jim Doyle and the state Legislature, contingent on successful private fundraising. (The project’s lead donors are actually UW-Green Bay students, who voted to raise their own activity fees to the tune of $15 million over the next two decades.)

A new center would meet soaring student demand for recreation and fitness options, offer space and at least 3,500 seats for all-University events including commencement, convocations, concerts and the annual Powwow, and provide a suitable homecourt for NCAA Division I Phoenix teams led by the Top 25 women’s basketball program.

Assistant Chancellor Steve Swan says the community campaign is still in its preliminary stages but quietly approaching its target. “We haven’t had a person visit campus and tour the old sports center without agreeing there’s a terrific need here,” Swan says. “This is going to radically change student life for the better.”

The public phase of the campaign — perhaps including a brick sale or a sponsor-a-locker drive — is likely to be launched next year. It will invite wider participation by alumni, Phoenix fans and other friends of the University. If efforts are successful, doors to the new Student Sports and Events Center could open by 2007.

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