“Spring” 2015 is here!

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley

Our spring semester has officially begun!  I hope you have enjoyed your first week of classes and that you have logged into D2L to ensure a successful beginning!  We are welcoming almost 150 new students to the Integrative Leadership Studies major.  It’s great to see our program continue to grow.

For those new to the program, or new to social media, don’t forget to stay connected on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages (links shown at the bottom left portion of this newsletter).  We try and keep these up to date without overwhelming your posts.  But it is a fun way to stay in touch and share things about our program and our campus.  I tweet for Adult Degree – I have to admit, I’m not great at it, but getting better!

I don’t know about you, but I hope spring is right around the corner!


Kim Hakenjos wins Spring 2015 Hoppe Scholarship

Kim Hakenjos Pic Jan 2015

Kim Hakenjos

The Adult Degree Program is proud to announce the recipient of the Spring 2015 Patricia L. Hoppe ScholarshipKim Hakenjos of Black Creek was selected for the award from a pool of extremely deserving candidates. She is a senior Integrative Leadership Studies major with a Self-Directed Area of Emphasis.

Kim’s advisor, Lynn Brandt, ’00, says, “Kim is an excellent student. Her dedication and commitment to completing her degree was evident the first time we met. I am looking forward to watching her cross that stage!” And Kim is clearly pleased with the support she is receiving from UW-Green Bay. “Lynn (Brandt) is truly a remarkable advisor. We met at FVTC, which is close to my home, and she really listened to me. I walked out of that appointment feeling that I can DO this! I totally love school!”

Kim started her college career at UW-Green Bay in 2001, but left the University so she and her husband could devote themselves to raising their son as well as several high-risk foster children. Since then she went on to complete college coursework at numerous other campuses, including UW-Fox Valley. It took losing her job last summer to finally bring Kim back to UWGB to complete her degree. Currently she works part-time at two different churches and her husband drives school bus, so this scholarship is helping the Hakenjos family to cover Kim’s college expenses.

Besides being a college student and holding down two jobs, Kim is also a grandmother of a four-year old girl and five-month old baby boy, which means she is very busy and doesn’t have time to attend college in the classroom. “Online classes were hard for me at first,” said Kim. “But I caught on quickly and I had a lot of help and support from the University. Being able to take classes online makes all of this possible. Otherwise, I simply couldn’t do it.”

Important Spring Dates

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for these important spring 2015 dates!

  8 Last Day to add a class without instructor permission
  8 Last Day to drop a class with no W on transcript and 100% refund

14 Spring Break Begins
23 Classes Resume
31 Fall 2015 Course Registration Begins


  8 Last Day of Classes
16 ADP Graduate/Family Breakfast
16 Commencement
23-15 Memorial Day Recess – CAMPUS CLOSED

Click here for more information on spring start and end dates, as well as important information regarding course Add, Drop, and Withdrawal deadlines.

Click here to view the University’s Master Events Calendar.

Happy New Year!

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley

Welcome to 2015! I hope you enjoyed the holidays with family and friends and are taking some time to decompress.  There is still time to get to those last-minute course registrations, so be sure to sign up for spring classes.  Also, if you have not touched base with your advisor, please make your appointment now.  Our advisors’ time is filling up fast, and we want to be able to provide you with the information you need.

Classes will be starting shortly. Don’t forget about Preview Week, where you have the opportunity to log in to your classes the week before they start.  However, remember that not all of our instructors participate in Preview Week, so if you can’t get in, no worries.  It just means that the instructor is still working on the class and it will open on the first day of the semester.

Take a peek inside for pictures of our mid-year commencement and graduation breakfast. It will be a great way to motivate you for the semester and help you envision your own successful walk across the stage.

Best of luck to you in the new semester!


Happy Holidays!

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley

You have almost finished the 2014 fall semester with just a few short weeks to go. I am sure that many of you are already planning for your spring semester.  Of course, all of you are gearing up for those final papers and exams.  I don’t know about you, but this semester has flown by.

To those of you who are completing your last semester with us, we say congratulations! I look forward to seeing you at commencement and at the Graduation Breakfast we will be hosting in your honor that morning.  This is truly a time for celebrating and I hope that you can join us.  We are so proud to have you as our newest UW-Green Bay alumni.  Remember, if you want to continue to receive this newsletter and keep in touch with the Adult Degree Program, please sign send your preferred email address to Eric Craver at cravere@uwgb.edu.

There is still time to register for those returning in spring, so if you haven’t met with your advisor, make an appointment today. Registration for all students will open in our online classes in a day or two.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy your holiday celebrations and find a bit of time to relax. On behalf of everyone at the Adult Degree Program, Happy Holidays and the best to you and yours for the New Year!


Upcoming UWGB Adult Degree Information Sessions

Do you know someone who might be interested in earning their degree online at UW-Green Bay? We love when our students, staff and friends refer our program to others. If you know someone who would like more information on the Integrative Leadership Studies major, our degrees, or online education opportunities in general at UW-Green Bay, please let them know about our upcoming information sessions. They can meet with someone face-to-face or attend the an online session. The following dates are scheduled for November and you can register here.

  • MILWAUKEE – Tuesday, November 11th at 6:00pm
    Milwaukee Public Library (Central Library Location) – 1st Floor Meeting Room
    814 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233
  • WAUSAU – Wednesday, November 12th at 6:00pm
    Marathon County Public Library– Wausau Room (2nd Floor Meeting Room)
    300 N First St, Wausau, WI 54403
  • APPLETON – Tuesday, November 18th at 6:00pm
    Appleton Public Library– Meeting Room A (Lower Level)
    225 N Oneida St, Appleton, WI 54911
  • ONLINE – Wednesday, November 19th at 6:00pm
    Log on instructions to follow after registration
  • DE PERE – Tuesday, November 25th at 6:00pm
    Brown County Library (Kress Family Branch) – Emil and Gail Fischer Room A
    333 N Broadway, De Pere, WI 54115

Phi Kappa Phi inducts new members; Several ADP

PKP LogoWe are proud to announce that eight Adult Degree Program students and staff were inducted into UW-Green Bay’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society in ceremonies taking place on Wed., Nov. 5 on the UW-Green Bay Campus.

Adult Degree inductees include:

Mark Benish               BA Interdisciplinary Studies; Bonduel
Brooke Coe                BAS Interdisciplinary Studies; Milwaukee
Lauren Niedermann   BAS Interdisciplinary Studies; Oconomowoc
Kristin Racine             BAS Interdisciplinary Studies/BUS ADM Minor; Antigo
Anne Schneider          BA Interdisciplinary Studies; Green Bay
Judy Treml                  BAS Interdisciplinary Studies/HUM DEV Minor; Green Bay
David Wanie               BAS Interdisciplinary Studies; Green Bay
Robert Tracy               ADP Advisor in Appleton

Learn more about Phi Kappa Phi and the UW-Green Bay Chapter.

Recognizing our Non-Traditional Students!

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley

Welcome to November! Did you know that we celebrate National Non-Traditional Student week in November?  Non-Traditional Student Week is from November 3 through November 9.  While we like to think we celebrate our students all year long, we certainly love the fact that you get some well-deserved recognition from everyone else too!

We understand that there are unique challenges non-traditional students face, usually in the forms of distinct responsibilities such as full-time jobs, full-time parenting, and community and civic activities. There is also plenty of data that your learning experience is shaped by this stage of your life.  Our program takes all of this into consideration and strives to provide you with the educational experience you want as a non-traditional student.

So, Happy Non-Trad Student Week! Let’s also thank whoever scheduled your special week when they decided to make it after mid-terms!

Have a great month!

Outreach celebrates the Pack with “Terracegate” parties


Packer Terracegate 12You have heard of “tailgating” for Packers games? Well, the staff of Outreach and Adult Access is taking that idea out onto our terrace and cheering on the Packers – UWGB style!

Aside from just having fun, our hope is to show our Packers pride to the rest of the University and to encourage and invite others to celebrate our partnership with the Packers in new and creative ways.

Packer Terracegate 8The “Terracegate” concept shares the same elements as traditional tailgate parties – good food, friends, games and plenty of Packers spirit.

Our first Terracegate party took place last Friday as we cheered the Pack on to victory over divisional rival Chicago. Our next party is on Thursday, Oct. 2, when we hope to make it 2-for-2 with a Packers win over the Minnesota Vikings!

Check out the fun pics below!

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We have a new name: Integrative Leadership Studies!

Dr. Wilson-Doenges

Dr. Wilson-Doenges

Dr. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges, Chair
Integrative Leadership Studies Program

During the 2013 – 2014 academic year, the Interdisciplinary Studies Executive Committee (Faculty Members: Catherine Henze [Chair], Phil Clampitt, Greg Davis, Sara Detweiler, Warren Johnson, William Lepley, Chuck Rybak, and Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges) held a number of intense meetings about the current name of the program. One major reason for the discussion was feedback from current students and our graduates about the marketability of the current name. After numerous discussions it became clear that the “Interdisciplinary Studies” name did not express the wonderful degree that we are offering.

By the end of year, the committee decided that the name, Integrative Leadership Studies, was one that better resonated with employers and reflected our programmatic aims. The term “integrative” reflects our interdisciplinary focus while “leadership” mirrors the aspirations of most of our students. And the word “studies” resonates with our academic traditions.

Our hope is that the name change will increase the value of your degree, enhance your job prospects, and help you advance in your career. In the section below, we’ve tried to answer the most frequent questions you might have about the change. If you have other concerns, please talk to your academic advisor.

Why was the decision made?

We received a great deal of feedback from current students and graduates that the current name (Interdisciplinary Studies) did not accurately and fully reflect the nature of this degree. We also wanted a name that would better resonate with current and prospective employers.

How was the decision made?

The discussions of this issue within the IST Faculty Executive Committee started in September of 2013 and extended throughout the academic year. The decision process involved the following steps:

  1. Identification of key attributes of any potential names (e.g. resonates and is reflective)
  2. Development of a list of possible names (12 plus variants on the names)
  3. Analysis of pros/cons of the alternatives
  4. Selection of the name (e.g. voting by Executive Committee members)

What will not change?

About 95% of the classes will stay essentially the same. Over time we expect subtle shifts to create links to the Integrative Leadership Studies orientation. The instructors will stay the same.

What will change?

  • The marketing of the program. This has already started and early reports suggest that new name does indeed resonate more quickly with prospective students.
  • The first-year seminar (IST 106) and the capstone course (IST 400). These will more fully reflect the leadership studies orientation and will be renamed ILS 198 and ILS 499.
  • The number of students. The new marketing approach should increase the attractiveness of the program.

How will this change benefit the university?

  • It should attract more students.
  • It will enhance the program’s reputation in the community.
  • There will be more financial security for the program and university.

Will this change my area of emphasis?


What will it say on my transcript?

All students who enroll starting in the Fall of 2014 will have the title Integrative Leadership Studies as their major.

I signed up under the “Interdisciplinary Studies” name. Will my degree change?

Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2014 will have the title Interdisciplinary Studies as their major.  If a student would like to change to the Integrative Leadership Studies title, they should consult with their academic advisor to make that change.

When will the change go into effect?

Fall 2014.

Who do I contact if I have further questions?

Contact your academic advisor or you can always contact me, Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges, Chairperson of the Integrative Leadership Studies Executive Committee, at (920) 465-2479. I can also be reached via e-mail at wilsong@uwgb.edu.