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Bayfest news brings earful of Alumni memories

They might respect the business decision, but a core group of UW-Green Bay alumni is sorting through sweet corn memories and bittersweet emotions following announcement that Bayfest 2005 would be the last.

Bayfest corn tent volunteers."The festival, and especially the corn tent, hold wonderful memories," says Pam Stoll '74, former alumni president and longtime volunteer. "Working in the tent was the first thing I did as a returning alumnus."

Athletics Director Ken Bothof made the announcement that Bayfest, after 25 years, had run its course as a sports fundraiser. The festival failed to generate significant revenue its last few years with increased competition and always-iffy weather and the department moved to redirect its resources to more reliably profitable ventures.

The UW-Green Bay Alumni Association staffed the corn tent for each of the past 13 years. Association volunteers roasted and sold close to 5,000 ears of corn annually to benefit student scholarships and special events. Asked by 'Inside' for favorite recollections, several gave us an earful:

"We always had fun, rain or not," said Rick Chernick '74, who never missed a summer. (Son Ryan '00 chaired the organizing committee for several years.) "The many good friends and the new friends we met always made it worthwhile."

Some took their jobs as "corn shuckers and servers" more seriously than most. Pam Stoll '74 and Sue Gullion '93 made their own corn costumes, complete with pointed yellow hats and the lettering "Butter Me Up, Join the Alumni Association." Stoll was alumni president from 2000 to 2002. She and her husband, John Stoll '73, missed only two festivals.

Alumni Relations Director Mark Brunette '85 recalls one volunteer who decided to hand out red, white and blue prophylactics as a bonus. "She had good intentions," Brunette recalls with a chuckle. "She worked for a local social service agency at the height of AIDS awareness and thought it was a good venue to remind adults to be safe." The unusual giveaway ended abruptly when organizers intervened, and the booth returned to a corn-only menu.

Mike Kline '88 worked 19 years at Bayfest, the last 13 as the official corn roaster. Despite long days spent ankle-deep in butter and black ash, he's going to miss it. He's refusing to burn his greasy clothes and work boots until he knows he won't get another call. "Maybe we'll find a way to do a corn tent at some other venue," he said, hopefully.

Welcome to Aldo Santaga Stadium

Aldo Santaga and family.Surrounded by family, friends and more than 40 soccer alumni, former Phoenix Soccer Coach Aldo Santaga was honored in September when Phoenix Field was re-named Aldo Santaga Stadium. The celebration recognized his 15 years as Phoenix head coach and his development of the sport in Northeast Wisconsin. Santaga, a Phoenix Hall of Fame inductee, tallied a 153-111-22 overall record, including a 71-28-9 mark at home. Sons Greg and Scott were standout players for the Phoenix. In the photo, Santaga is surrounded by his wife, Janet, sons Jeff, Greg and Scott and their spouses, and a number of talented grandchildren. The new scoreboard was unveiled as part of the recognition ceremony.

Social Work students reach out in Central America

They ministered to malnourished children, pitched in at a homeless shelter, visited clients in remote mountain villages, and made nursing home rounds where they massaged the feet of elderly residents to aid circulation and simply share a caring touch.

Four UW-Green Bay students graduating seniors Samantha Klinger of Medford, Nina Maroszek of Green Bay, Theresa Okokon of Milwaukee and pre-major Lindsey Guenther of Sheboygan spent May and June in Guatemala helping local professionals serve the poorest of the poor.

Students work with children in Guatemala."It was a life-changing experience for all of us," says their instructor, Loretta Larkey of the Social Work faculty. "The students were incredibly dedicated."

The students prepped for their field work with a three-week Spanish-language immersion program in the city of Antigua. Surrounded by volcanic peaks about 30 miles outside Guatemala City, the cobble-stone colonial capital was home base as the UW-Green Bay team reached out to both urban and rural poor. Their volunteer efforts were directed by the Nuestros Ahijados (Our Godchildren) project involving private aid agencies in Guatemala.

Larkey hopes the five-credit service learning course joins the curriculum as an annual option.

Helping hands for hurricane relief

Women's soccer players help Hurricane Katrina victims.UW-Green Bay women's soccer players weren't the only people from campus to help out after Hurricane Katrina, but they were among the first and closest. In Louisiana for a soccer tournament just days after the disaster, they volunteered at a Salvation Army Center in Lafayette, about 100 miles west of New Orleans. They assisted in sorting clothes, doing paperwork, greeting and helping evacuees, and entertaining children.

Other on-campus efforts to benefit Katrina victims:

• A dozen students in the Professional Program in Nursing and five members of the faculty and staff added their names to a nationwide bank of health-care volunteers available for deployment;

• Proceeds from a student ribbon sale with names of purchasers displayed in the Nicolet Dining Room;

• Campuswide donations of clothing and food;

• Cash donations collected by the American Choral Director's Association and members of the Music Educators student group at a Weidner Center performance.

Among individual employees contributing in special ways was computing network staffer Peter Kretche. The award-winning Red Cross volunteer was granted leave to travel to New Orleans as a shelter manager.

Faculty and staff

Faculty and staff receiving 2005 Founders Association Awards for Excellence were Amy Bartelme and Sandra Servais, classified staff; Les Raduenz, institutional development; Prof. Kim Nielsen, teaching; Virginia Dell, academic support; Prof. Phillip Clampitt, scholarship; and emeriti Profs. H. Jack Day and Robert Wenger, collaborative achievement.

Prof. Timothy Meyer.Prof. Timothy Meyer has been selected to be the inaugural holder (2006) of UW-Green Bay's first fully endowed professorship, the John P. Blair Chair in Communication.

Debra Anderson, coordinator of Special Collections, the Area Research Center and University Archives in the Cofrin Library, was presented the 2005 Governor's Award for Archival Advocacy. The award cited her "unflagging efforts to develop archival programs, cultivate the UW-Green Bay Area Research Center and build relationships with researchers, students, faculty, government officials, and community members."

Promoted this year to associate professor from the probationary status of assistant professor were Kevin Roeder, Social Work; David Dolan, Michael Draney and Heidi Fencl, Natural and Applied Sciences; Hye-Kyung Kim, Humanistic Studies; Kristy Deetz and Michael Ingraham, Communication and the Arts; Steven Muzatko, Accounting; Andrew Austin, Social Change and Development; Linda Tabers-Kwak, Education; and Dean Von Dras, Human Development. Promoted to full professor were Scott Furlong, Public and Environmental Administration; Gregory Aldrete, Humanistic Studies; and Derryl Block, Nursing.

Harvey Kaye and Rebecca Meacham.A C-SPAN appearance, a New York Times review and related national publicity accompanied the release of the book Thomas Paine and the Promise of America by Prof. Harvey Kaye of Social Change and Development. Another UW-Green Bay author attracting attention was Prof. Rebecca Meacham of Humanistic Studies. Her short story collection, Let's Do, was in select company as a finalist in the 2005 Paterson Fiction Prize, which awarded top prizes to Philip Roth and John Updike.

Sandra Deadman, director of academic advising, won the Outstanding Achievement in Advising Award at the Wisconsin Academic Advising Association Conference in Sheboygan. Another staff member receiving professional honors was Carmen Leuthner of Educational Outreach.

UW-Green Bay's longest-serving faculty member, Prof. Bill Laatsch, is assuming additional duties as chairman of the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Carroll College in Waukesha.

Prof. Sandra M. Stokes, Education and Women's Studies, has been appointed to the Governor's Council on Physical Disabilities. Closer to home, she led a Leadership Green Bay team that, as a public service, planned, funded and completed the first rest stop on the Fox River Trail.

Word was received in July of the death of Prof. Emeritus Norris Sanders of the Education faculty, who died at his home in Frankfort, Mich., at age 81.

Prof. Chris Style, chairperson of the Art discipline, shared responsibility for her state association's ambitious Japan/Wisconsin exchange. One element, the exhibit "Two Cultures/One Spirit," was on display at the Neville Public Museum of Brown County through Nov. 13.

Business Administration Prof. Meir Russ and the Office of Outreach and Extension received a state grant to develop an "economic report card" a set of useful indicators for measuring the region's economic growth. The effort is a response to a 35 percent loss in manufacturing jobs in the 18-county area, and hopes of pursuing new-economy growth with a skilled workforce, entrepreneurship and more readily available risk capital.

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