Graduate from college with less debt…do your homework!

Congrats! Those first steps of writing essays, paying application fees and sending transcripts are done. Phew! Now you can sit back, relax and wait for those acceptance packets to start rolling in, right?  Wait, don’t start relaxing yet! We know you are the type of incoming freshmen who wants to graduate with less debt—so listen up. Now is the perfect time to begin growing your understanding of the Financial Aid world.  We are here to guide you through the months between applying to college and receiving Federal Financial Aid to go to college.  So what can you do now to help better understand the “ticket price” of your future education?

Step 1) Do your research! –Know how much it currently costs a student to attend the Universities you’re interested in. Keep in mind amounts for the 2013-14 academic year have not been set. You should be concerned over the four direct costs to attending college. They are:

1.      Tuition and Fees

2.      Housing

3.      Food Plan (board)

4.      Books

See you’re already more financially aware. Baby steps!

Step 2) Now take those totals and use them to help you figure out how much you may need to pay out of pocket. Again, keeping in mind that the cost of attendance you researched is for this academic year and will likely increase. You can calculate an estimated Financial Aid Award using the FAFSA4Caster: https://fafsa.ed.gov/FAFSA/app/f4cForm

Remember this is not your official application for student aid. You can begin completing your FAFSA, or FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, beginning on January 1, 2013. This application will be your access to Federal and State aid including grants and student loans.

Step 3) Now that you’ve seen an estimated guess regarding the amount you may need to pay out of pocket, let’s talk SCHOLARSHIPS! Almost all scholarship applications are due six to nine months prior to the award year they are for.  Time is of the essence! Let’s get started:

  • Contact your prospective colleges to learn about the institutional scholarships available. Most will be determined by academic criteria (GPA & ACT score). Some may require a separate application form and others may use the admissions application.
  • Set up a meeting with your HS guidance counselor!  Many high schools have generous alumni who have set up scholarship funds.  These are worth your while because most likely only students from the school district are eligible!
  • Check with community businesses and organizations such as credit unions, local grocery stores, or others like your local Red Cross. 
  • Use search engines, like www.studentaid.ed.gov, provided by the U.S. Dept of Labor to search for available outside scholarships.

Accepted to UWGB-Now What?

Phew, getting in was the first big step toward coming to college. What’s next you ask? Well, we have tried to make it as simple as we can. We have a checklist for freshman and transfer students entering UWGB in Fall of 2012.

Also, join our UWGB class of 2016 on Facebook to get connected and ask questions of your fellow classmates.

Once again, congratulations on your acceptance and GO PHOENIX!

Stressing over the application statements?

No worries! I’m here to help. I’ve read a lot of application statements and I’ve collected some tips on how to complete the statements with ease:

1)     Write it in a format that allows for spell check. Trust me people. We are spell check babies, we need it. The UW-System application doesn’t have spell check in it. Don’t free type in the statements…we see way too many spelling mishaps!

2)     The first statement is about your most important activity and why…please remember we are looking for evidence that you are going to be successful in college (which means graduate from UWGB) so please remember to make a connection from your most important activity to your future success. Volleyball is fun, but what skills did you learn that are going to help you be successful in college?

3)     The second statement is about what contributions do you bring to the UWGB campus. Write about what makes you different and special. What experiences have you had or taken advantage of that will enhance our learning environment? Brag about your accomplishments! Students are notoriously bad at doing this. My suggestion- Have someone one who loves you read your draft. They will add good things you’ve forgotten.

4)     The third statement is your opportunity to share ANYTHING else. What to write there? Easy, if there is anything that impacted your classes, grades, ACT, and/or life while in high school, this is your chance to tell the story behind the evidence.  Tell us what was going on but don’t forget to share what happened after. What did you learn? How will that experience help you be successful in college? Too many people tell the sad stories, but forget to include the “so what.” Please use this statement to tell us the whole story.

5)     Ask for help! If you’re stuck and you need help. Email us uwgb@uwgb.edu or call 920.465.2111. We want help you complete this application so you can enjoy basking in the glow of being done with college applications and start thinking about all the fun you’re going to have at UWGB.

Back to School Time

Can you feel it? The excitement is building. In one week, the entire freshmen class will be coming to campus to move in to housing and attend FOCUS Orientation. This is my favorite time of year. People are checking out where their classrooms are, getting their books and materials for class, meeting new people and running into old friends. Everything is building to the first day of class.

The first day of class is full of possibilities…just like the students entering college for the first time. How much you put into a class, reading, homework, projects etc…is directly related to how much you get out of it. The experience is richer when you put more energy into it. The same is true of college.

Attending classes and getting good grades is only part of the experience, to fully experience college, you need to get involved, meet new people, and try things you’ve never tried. Internships, research opportunities, jobs; they don’t just fall in your lap, you need to seek them out. Develop relationships with your faculty and staff. You never know when you might need that connection.

Get involved in clubs and organizations that matter to you. Give your energy to making the world a better place in whatever way works for you! Make the most of your college experience. Trust me when I say, it goes quickly. Savor each moment and make it count.

An Opportunity for Human Dev or Psych Major/Minors

What is Psi Chi?

Psi Chi is an organization at UW Green Bay for Psychology and Human Development majors and minors. The mission of Psi Chi is to produce ethical, well-educated, and socially responsible members who are committed to enhancing the science of psychology in their professional and daily lives, for the benefit of society.

How do I join?

Each semester, Psi Chi invites members based on academic merit. To receive an invitation, you must be a Psychology or Human Development major or minor in the top 35% of your class, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Why should I join?

Psi Chi members receive many benefits, including access to scholarship and grants, and opportunities to attend conferences around the U.S. Additionally, Psi Chi serves as a training ground for leadership development, and offers members resources such as career and graduate school websites, and study assistance for the GRE. Psi Chi also bestows members with a sense of community, as well as national recognition for their hard work.

For more information about Psi Chi, contact Erin Ehlers, Vice President, at ehleem18@uwgb.edu

A day in the life of a UWGB student- written by Gina Durkee

It’s a gorgeous day, the sun is shining, and billowy white clouds are floating in the sky. Walking on my way to Mary Ann Cofrin Hall, I see two squirrels running to the nearest tree. Speaking of trees, there are certainly a lot of them. Taking a walk through campus almost feels like a day at the park; sprawling green grasses can be seen everywhere, and wildlife dashes before your eyes. The air smells like summer; crisp, fresh and inviting. However, I doubt anyone will find a Shoe Tree in any local park! The Shoe Tree is definitely unique to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

               Heading through the tunnel in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall, I see summer classes in session in many of the classrooms. Fellow students say hello as I walk past them on my way to the Cofrin Library. I smell the delicious aroma of Panini’s being made to order in the Garden Café. After taking a short elevator ride, I am on the 8th floor of the Cofrin Library. The view is AMAZING! I can see the gorgeous bay, AND Lambeau Field. I can see the Weidner Center, where people enjoy performances like River Dance and The Goo Goo Dolls. I can also see the Instructional Services building, which happens to be the only completely underground building on campus.

               Now I decide I want to get a little workout in, so I head to the Kress Center. The friendly front desk attendants swipe my card and I’m ready to go! I walk into the fitness center. I could utilize the strength training equipment on the ground floor, or I could raise my heart rate upstairs on the cardio deck. Or, if I’m feeling adventurous, I could climb the climbing tower. After much thought, I think what I’d really like to do is go for a swim in the 96 foot long pool.

               It’s been a busy day, so I think it’s time to head back to my residence hall apartment. I can’t wait to see my three roommates. We’re going to make dinner together in our full-sized kitchen, then watch a movie in the living room, popcorn mandatory. After that, my roommates and I are helping each other decorate our individual bedrooms; when it comes to decorating, four heads really can be better than one!

                The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has a ton of fun things to keep me busy. Between the reading at the library, seeing shows at the Weidner Center, working on my fitness at the Kress Center, taking fun classes, and a variety of other activities, I have to try really hard to be bored!

And over here we have….your future. by Amy Manske

I have been giving tours at UWGB for almost 3 years. It’s a similar routine; we see the remarkable view of campus from the eighth floor of the library, wander the Kress Events Center, and make a stop in a residence hall to show off our famous personal bathrooms. Why would I love giving a tour of a campus I see every day? The easy answer is because every person I meet on a tour makes me feel even better about choosing UWGB.

I have met students from all over looking to compare colleges. I have given tours to students as young as eighth grade. Their questions are usually “what kind of food do you eat here?” and “what is your favorite color?”, but they are still excited to be on a college campus and learn about what we do here.

The best thing about giving tours is the fresh perspective everyone brings based on what they have done and what they plan to do.

I had the privilege of meeting a high school senior from Hawaii. Her sole reason in checking out UWGB was because it was the hometown of the Green Bay Packers. How cool is that?
Every person I meet on a tour makes me more excited to be a UWGB student. Not only do I get to tell them what is great about our campus but I get to tell them all about the great memories I have here. It is the greatest feeling in the world when you get done with a tour and the student says they love the campus and is interested in attending. You have introduced someone into the UWGB college perspective and lifestyle. Some people don’t fit UWGB and that is ok, we don’t hate you. Your college should be right for you no matter where it might be and what better way can you find this out but with a visit!
If you are in the process of looking at colleges or will be soon, I highly suggest a tour. A tour will give you the best perspective as to what the atmosphere is like here and how you would fit in. Tours run twice a day, Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. We also have days during the school year labeled as Campus Preview Days. These days are big touring days where hundreds of people come to take a tour of the campus and get information on tuition, dining, housing and more. www.uwgb.edu/admissions/visit

What better way to find out about a school than to visit it and look around? Walk where the students walk, sit where the students sit and talk to a real student. Hope to see you soon!

The legend of the shoe tree

When will you embark on the tradition, and what will your parting message be?

Each year seniors commemorate their graduation by knotting the laces of a worn pair of sneakers and lofting them high into the branches of a campus landmark, the Shoe Tree. The origins of this custom remain a mystery. No one knows who started it but everyone has a tale to tell about it.

One story suggests it all began in 1989. Supposedly, a student walking back from playing intramural basketball threw another student’s shoes in a tree, beginning the tradition. Another story has it that an angry student threw his roommate’s shoes in the tree after an argument. Stories are changed and embellished each year but the tradition remains constant; graduating seniors toss their “soles” high into the oak- often with parting messages on them.
“Keep swinging,” wrote Mike Vuola, history major, class of ’02.
“I made it!” wrote Nicki Enz, class of 2001.

One frightful night the Shoe Tree fell, and everyone felt its thump. A summer thunderstorm claimed the campus landmark on July, 30, 2002 with winds gusting nearly 50 mph. The beloved and mighty oak toppled in the storm but students refused to let the longstanding tradition die.
Katie Johnson, former Director of the Ecumenical Center, called the Shoe Tree an important symbol. “The Shoe Tree represents success. You get to throw your shoes up in its branches and leave a part of your soul at UWGB as you embark on the next part of your life.”

On October 11, 2002 a rededication ceremony occurred with the naming of the new Shoe Tree. It is now located in-between the Ecumenical Center and the Kress Events Center. The new location is convenient for the “Bless My Sole” event hosted each year by the Ecumenical center. The event allows alumni, campus guests, and students to participate in what has now become a rite of passage.
When will you embark on the tradition, and what will your parting message be?

-Mary Simonsen
6-24-10

How did we become the Phoenix?

From “Bay Badger” to “Fighting Phoenix”

1970 – As UW-Green Bay prepared to graduate its first class of seniors and conclude its first year of intercollegiate competition, it was decided to cut the cord with the flagship parent campus in Madison and adopt our own emblem. UW-Green Bay decided to send the water-skiing version of Bucky Badger on a permanent vacation.

The Fourth Estate printed a poll that gave the students the opportunity to vote for the new University mascot.  The choices ranged from the UW-Green Bay Loggers, Eco-men, Beavers, Voyageurs, and even the Fighting Tomatoes.  Other suggestions were related to environmental themes, due to our environmental reputation.

A favorite bit of early UWGB lore is that massive vote fraud pushed the off-beat entry “Tomatoes” to a first-place finish. The newspaper’s editor, Patrick Madden, class of ‘71, even confirms that version.

“(The newspaper) was running the election,” Madden said in a 1992 interview. “On the last day before publication some guy came in with a sketch of a tomato he had made in blue ink on notebook paper.”

Madden had to re-touch the art before it could appear in the newspaper on the official ballot. When Tomatoes squeaked to a 10-vote victory, as Madden tells the story, he revisited the rule book and declared the entry had not met the requirements for a “reproducible drawing.”

He also spared himself the agony of having to tell Founding Chancellor Edward Weidner that his beloved institution would have a Fighting Tomato as its mascot, its teams would have tomato-red jerseys, and its fans would rally players with shouts of “C’mon Tomatoes, ketch up!”

“Phoenix was accepted right away,” says Madden, who went on to a distinguished law career as a Wisconsin circuit court judge. “And there’s been no question it has been a great nickname.”

According to legend, the Phoenix lives for a 500-1000 year cycle, and when death approaches, the bird builds a nest, the nest is ignited by the sun, and the flames engulf the bird.  From the ashes, the Phoenix is reborn to live anew.  Emerging from the ashes, the phoenix symbolizes rebirth or regeneration.    The flame used in the design can be interpreted as the flame of knowledge and of regeneration.

The symbol emphasizes the singular closeness of campus and community; faculty, staff, and students; and teams representing the University.

For decades, UW-Green Bay was the only NCAA Division 1 sports program with the nickname “Phoenix” until a few years ago when D-1 newcomer Elon College in North Carolina decided to also adopt the nickname “Phoenix”.  At the small-college level, Swarthmore College and Wilson College have also jumped on the Phoenix bandwagon.

http://www.uwgb.edu/inside/pdf/1992-spring-inside-Pg2-3.pdf