Meet your New Reference Librarian!

Bekky Vrabel

Bekky Vrabel


Bekky Vrabel

Instruction and Reference Librarian

There’s a saying I like to tell people when talking about libraries, “the library is at the heart of a community.” In fact UW-Green Bay’s founder, Edward Weidner, situated the Cofrin Library at the center of campus. No other building on campus is as tall as the library (which makes it rather convenient to find – just look up). Libraries have changed over the years, no doubt, but I think this saying holds true; especially for members of a learning community.

Cofrin Library is your guide to accessing the information you need to be successful in your educational pursuits. We can help you navigate the resources available to you which include over 250,000 books in our library, millions of books at other libraries, and over 100 databases with millions of newspaper, magazine, and journal articles. That’s a lot of information at your fingertips, even more so if you include what’s available through the internet. Librarians can help you sift through all of that information to find what you need effectively and efficiently (read – save you time).

All of the librarians at Cofrin Library are available to help you, but did you know that I’m your personal librarian? I’m dedicated to supporting Adult Degree students, faculty and staff in their information and research needs. We can email, talk on the phone, chat or video chat via Blackboard Collaborate, Skype, or Google Hangouts if you have questions about the library or need research help. If you happen to be on campus, come visit me on the 3rd floor of the library. Tell me about your goals and what you’re researching and learning about!

I look forward to working with all of you and, as always, the Cofrin Library is Your Guide to Answers.

Links

Guide: http://libguides.uwgb.edu/adult_degree

Email: vrabelr@uwgb.edu

Chat: http://libguides.uwgb.edu/content.php?pid=222928&sid=2256981

The Phoenix Bookstore and Your Fall 2014 Textbooks

The staff at The Phoenix Bookstore is available to assist in the purchase of your fall textbooks using one of four options.

Option 1- Purchase your textbooks in person at The Phoenix Bookstore beginning August 18, 2014.

Payment options: Cash, Check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, Pass Points and SIS

Simply bring your schedule to the store and the staff will help you find the correct books. NOTE: SIS payment option REQUIRES your student ID. If you are in need of an ID, you may purchase one at the University Ticketing and Information booth before you come to the store.

Option 2 – Order on-line (see directions below) July 7 or later and pick up your books at the store August 25-30, September 1-5. This is a FREE service.

Payment options: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, SIS

Directions to access The Phoenix Bookstore website via your SIS account. Log on to your SIS account. Click on “order books” located under the student links section found on the left hand side of the page. Highlight the term. Click “Order Books”. This will take you to The Phoenix Bookstore website. The required and recommended books for the classes in which you are enrolled will be displayed. Select the preferred book choice (new, used, rental, eBook) for each class and add to your cart. Continue through the checkout. Under the delivery method, click the “Pick Up at the Store” box located to the far right.

Once the process is complete and you have successfully placed the order, you will see an order number and receive an email confirmation. For your reference, the last day to return textbooks is September 9, 2014. An additional week will be granted for dropped classes. A receipt is required and all items must be in original purchase condition. SIS payments are due by 4:30 pm September 9, 2014. If you have any questions, contact The Phoenix Bookstore customer care at 1-800-321-UWGB or (920) 465-2323. Thank you for choosing YOUR campus store.

Directions to directly access The Phoenix Bookstore website: www.THEphoenixbookstore.com

Once you enter the website, www.THEphoenixbookstore.com click “Textbook Ordering” on the top left. Select the correct term, department and SECTION of your class. The section is very important! Click “Add Course”. Repeat these steps until all the classes from your schedule are entered. Once your current course list in the right hand box is complete, click “Get Course Materials”. The required and recommended books for the requested classes will be displayed. Select the preferred book choice (new, used, rental, eBook) for each class and add to your cart. Continue through the checkout. Under the delivery method, select “Pick up at the Store”.

Once the process is complete and you have successfully placed the order, you will see an order number and receive an email confirmation. For your reference, the last day to return textbooks is September 9, 2014. An additional week will be granted for dropped classes. A receipt is required and all items must be in original purchase condition. SIS payments are due by 4:30 pm September 9, 2014.   If you have any questions, contact The Phoenix Bookstore customer care at 1-800-321-UWGB or (920) 465-2323. Thank you for choosing YOUR campus store.

Option 3 – Order on-line (see directions below) July 7 or later, have the books charged to a credit card and shipped to you. Shipping fees of $6.99 for the first item and $1.00 for each additional item will apply.

Payment options: VISA, MasterCard and Discover

Directions to access The Phoenix Bookstore website via your SIS account. Log on to your SIS account.   Click on “order books” located under the student links section found on the left hand side of the page. Highlight the term. Click “Order Books”. This will take you to The Phoenix Bookstore website. The required and recommended books for the classes in which you are enrolled will be displayed. Select the preferred book choice (new, used, rental, eBook) for each class and add to your cart. Continue through the checkout. Under the delivery method, use the drop down box and select “parcel freight”.

Once the process is complete and you have successfully placed the order, you will see an order number and receive an email confirmation. For your reference, the last day to return textbooks is September 9, 2014. An additional week will be granted for dropped classes. A receipt is required and all items must be in original purchase condition. If you have any questions, contact The Phoenix Bookstore customer care at 1-800-321-UWGB or (920) 465-2323. Thank you for choosing YOUR campus store.

Directions to directly access The Phoenix Bookstore website: www.THEphoenixbookstore.com

Once you enter the website, www.THEphoenixbookstore.com click “Textbook Ordering” on the top left. Select the correct term, department and SECTION of your class. The section is very important! Click “Add Course”. Repeat these steps until all the classes from your schedule are entered. Once your current course list is complete in the right hand box, click “Get Course Materials”. The required and recommended books for the requested classes will be displayed. Select the preferred book choice (new, used, rental, eBook) and add to your cart. Continue through the checkout. Under the delivery method, use the drop down box and select “parcel freight”.

Once the process is complete and you have successfully placed the order, you will see an order number and receive an email confirmation. For your reference, the last day to return textbooks is September 9, 2014. An additional week will be granted for dropped classes. A receipt is required and all items must be in original purchase condition. If you have any questions, contact The Phoenix Bookstore customer care at 1-800-321-UWGB or (920) 465-2323. Thank you for choosing YOUR campus store.

Option 4 – Order on-line (see directions below) between July 9, 2014 and August 22, 2014, have the books charged to your SIS account and shipped to you. Shipping fees of $6.99 for the first item and $1.00 for each additional item will apply. This is a special option the bookstore offers exclusively to Adult Degree Program students.

Payment option: SIS

Directions to access The Phoenix Bookstore website via your SIS account: Log on to your SIS account. Click on “order books” located under the student links section found on the left hand side of the page. Highlight the term. Click “Order Books”. This will take you to The Phoenix Bookstore website. The required and recommended books for the classes in which you are enrolled will be displayed. Select the preferred book choice (new, used, rental, eBook) for each book and add to your cart. Continue through the checkout. In the delivery method section, click the “Pick up at the Store” box located at the far right. Do this even though you would like the books shipped. This is the only way to access the SIS payment option and have the books shipped. Under the payment option, select SIS.  Enter the last nine digits of your student ID as the SIS number. In the comments box type, “I am an Adult Degree student. Please charge my SIS account and ship this order”. The Phoenix Bookstore will confirm you are part of the program, charge your SIS account for the cost of the books plus the shipping, and ship your books.

Once the process is complete and you have successfully placed the order, you will see an order number and receive an email confirmation. For your reference, the last day to return textbooks is September 9, 2014. An additional week will be granted for dropped classes. A receipt is required and all items must be in original purchase condition. SIS payments are due by 4:30 pm September 9, 2014.   If you have any questions, contact The Phoenix Bookstore customer care at 1-800-321-UWGB or (920) 465-2323. Thank you for choosing YOUR campus store.

Directions to directly access The Phoenix Bookstore website: www.THEphoenixbookstore.com

Once you enter the website, www.THEphoenixbookstore.com click “Textbook Ordering” on the top left. Select the correct term, department and SECTION of your class. The section is very important! Click “Add Course”. Repeat these steps until all the classes from your schedule are entered. Once your current course list in the right hand box is complete, click “Get Course Materials”. The required and recommended books for the requested classes will be displayed. Make the required choices (new, used, rental, eBook) and add to your cart. Continue through the checkout. In the delivery method section, click the “Pick up at the Store” box located at the far right. Do this even though you would like the books shipped. This is the only way to access the SIS payment option and have the books shipped. Under the payment option, select SIS.  Enter the last nine digits of your student ID as the SIS number. In the comments box type, “I am an Adult Degree student. Please charge my SIS account and ship this order”. The Phoenix Bookstore will confirm you are part of the program, charge your SIS account for the cost of the books plus the shipping, and ship your books.

Once the process is complete and you have successfully placed the order, you will see an order number and receive an email confirmation.  For your reference, the last day to return textbooks is September 9, 2014.  An additional week will be granted for dropped classes.  A receipt is required and all items must be in original purchase condition.  SIS payments are due by 4:30 pm September 9, 2014.    If you have any questions, contact The Phoenix Bookstore customer care at 1-800-321-UWGB or (920) 465-2323.  Thank you for choosing YOUR campus store.

“UW-Green Bay Day” set for November 15: SAVE THE DATE!!!!

Packers Small GMark your calendars for the premiere event of the University’s new partnership with the Green Bay Packers! “UW-Green Bay Day” will take place on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Lambeau Field Atrium. This event will be fun for kids and adults alike and will include meeting Phoenix athletes and coaches, activities for the kids, chances to win free Packers game tickets and much more. A formal announcement with a full itinerary of the event will be out soon, but circle that day on your calendars and wear be sure to wear your UWGB gear. GO PHOENIX!!

New Student Convocation & Family Welcome a huge success!

Convocation 2014One of our favorite and most successful events of the year is our New Student Convocation and Family Welcome and this year’s event was no exception! This event, which took place on Sat., Aug. 27, welcomed almost 100 participants and served as an introduction to students who are new to the Adult Degree Program and to their families who support them on the journey. The program consisted of valuable workshops for students and for families, followed by a luncheon and convocation ceremony that formally welcomed new students into the UW-Green Bay family. There were even coloring books for the kids to help them understand that mom or dad will be going back to school! View some fun photos for the day online at https://www.flickr.com/photos/87888974@N03/sets/72157646582506469/.

While descriptions of the event are nice, nothing communicates the value of Convocation better than the students themselves. Said one student, “Thank you, I enjoyed It!  I was so appreciative for the opportunity to close the gap of disconnection and to connect with other students like me. The workshops were very informative.” Another student said, “As a transfer student I was pleased at how pleasant and educational the New Student Convocation was. The speakers were the best I have heard and shared useful information to make adjustment to the program requirements less stressful.”

Welcome and Welcome Back to UW-Green Bay!

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley

The start of the 2014-2015 school year brings plenty of new surprises and exciting opportunities. First off, the University welcomed its sixth Chancellor, Dr. Gary Miller to UW-Green Bay on Aug. 1. You can learn more about Chancellor Miller at http://news.uwgb.edu/featured/go-green/06/02/gary-miller-named-sixth-chancellor/. It’s an exciting time to be a Phoenix and we look forward to Chancellor Miller’s leadership and vision for the upcoming year.

Football season is in high gear, as is our new partnership with the Green Bay Packers. Look for our signs and videos on the big screen at Lambeau and for our recognition on their websites. And keep an eye on this newsletter as we bring you coverage of all the special events. Of special note is the upcoming “UW-Green Bay Day” taking place on Saturday, Nov. 15 in the Lambeau Field Atrium. Event times and activities will be announced soon, but mark your calendars and plan to come with your families and friends to celebrate UW-Green Bay at Lambeau Field!

Finally, we have one of the biggest starting classes that we have seen. Plenty of new students are starting out with the Adult Degree Program as Integrative Leadership Studies majors. Welcome to all of our new students! We are so happy that you have chosen UW-Green Bay and the Adult Degree Program. It’s going to be a fantastic year!

Christina

It’s Not Exactly Training Camp, but…

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley

Hello!

We are so excited to be the Higher Education Partner of the Green Bay Packers and what better time to celebrate this announcement than August! August is a great month for preparation, whether you are an Adult Degree student or a champion football player.

For instance, both will spend a lot of time this month gearing up for the upcoming season (or semester!) Ordering books, scheduling classes, meeting with your advisor is on par with studying plays, going to training camp, and meeting with your coaches. Our partnership goes a lot further though. Keep up to date with all of the special events this partnership will bring, including a tribute to our UW-Green Bay veterans and their families at a game this fall. All of these will be highlighted in our newsletters.

If you haven’t met with your coach (OK, advisor) yet, be sure to get on the schedule. Classes are filling up fast. Here’s to a winning season for both you and our beloved Green Bay Packers.

See you in September!

Christina Trombley, Director
Adult Degree Program

UWGB Adult Degree to Partner with Green Bay Packers

packersGAfter decades of sharing a community, a name, and a reputation for excellence, UW-Green Bay and the Green Bay Packers will be sharing much more this year through a new partnership forged between Outreach and Adult Access and the Packers organization. The partnership provides access to advertising opportunities with the Packers in both print and online media, and grants the University full access to the team’s logos and team marks.

“This new partnership represents a tremendous opportunity for Outreach and the Adult Degree Program and the entire University to more fully connect with the Green Bay community and to get the word out to adult and distance learners about learning opportunities at UW-Green Bay,” said Steve VandenAvond, Associate Provost for Outreach and Adult Access.

Entire campus can share in partnership prestige

While Outreach was the architect for the agreement, this partnership bears far-reaching opportunities for the whole University community.

“The entire University will have access to the Packers’ logos and team marks for approved use,” said Sue Bodilly, Director of Marketing. “With appropriate approval from the Packers, any area of the University can use the Packers logo and the moniker, ‘Higher Education Partner of the Green Bay Packers’ on marketing and promotional materials.”

Anyone in a UW-Green Bay capacity that wishes to use the Packers’ team marks should contact Sue Bodilly, who will go through the appropriate channels with the Packers. (This includes letterhead, electronic messaging, social messaging, print materials, etc.) The University will also join with the Packers to promote several events, such as a community-wide “UW-Green Bay Day” to be held in the Lambeau Field Atrium, date, time and a call for campus participation, TBD.

Our Advisors ROCK!

Christina Trombley

Christina Trombley

Hello! 

Whether you are using this summer to take a much needed break or take classes to move your graduation date up, it still is a great time to touch base with your advisors to ensure that you are prepared for fall.  Courses are beginning to fill and close, so this important planning step can help alleviate any potential challenges. 

I’m not sure if you have seen the commercials from some of the other higher educational institutions, but they have been promoting their “high-touch” advising for students as if it is a new strategy for working with adults.  Here at the Adult Degree Program, we have always believed that building a relationship between an advisor and students is one of the most important steps to the student’s success.  Our advisors are here to not only help you select courses, but also understand your goals and challenges to make the best decisions when it comes to your education.

I get numerous emails and tributes to the quality of our advising staff and our recent survey ranked the advising services as the most awesome part of the services we provide.  Well, they may not have said awesome, but you get the point.

So, if you haven’t spoken or emailed Annie, Arlene, Forrest, Justin, Krista, Linda, Lynn, Mike or Stephanie lately, what are you waiting for? 

Happy Summer!

Christina

“She Believed she COULD, so she DID…”

Heather Tucker

Heather Tucker

Of the roughly 1,000 new UW-Green Bay graduates to turn their tassel last month, perhaps none were more excited to have completed this leg of the journey than Heather Tucker.

Hailing originally from Wabeno in Northcentral Wisconsin, Heather now lives in Appleton with her 11-year-old daughter, Cassidy. After a long journey which involved balancing school, work, and family, Heather’s path at UW-Green Bay reached a milestone May 17 with graduation ceremonies. However, while her challenges were great, so was her resolve to finish her degree. As the crown of her mortar board proudly reads, “She believed she could, so she did.”

Heather Tucker May 14 1When asked how she made the decision to pursue her degree at UW-Green Bay, her answer was very simple and very Heather – “I knew that I wanted to complete my degree – so I did! I knew that I wanted a reputable university and I needed a program that would understand and be flexible with my busy schedule. So I went online and found UW-Green Bay’s Adult Degree Program. After speaking with an advisor, I knew that I had the right program for me.”

Heather’s progress toward her bachelor’s degree started with completing her associate degree at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. Then, in 2010, her journey brought her to UW-Green Bay – a path which included classes taken online, on Saturdays, and in the evening. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an Area of Emphasis in Environmental Policy Studies, reflecting her strong commitment to environmental responsibility and stewardship. Heather’s degree was augmented with a Certificate in Environmental Sustainability and Business through the University’s Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI).

During Heather’s final semester in the program she completed an Environmental Sustainability internship at Pierce Manufacturing in Neenah. During this experience, Heather assisted in environmental awareness and safety training as well as giving presentations and providing general environmental orientation on conflict minerals and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) storm-water discharge. She was also responsible for planning and logistics for the first annual Sustainability and Wellness Fair and assisted in compliance for Federal VOC (paint) emissions.

Heather Tucker May 14 5“I would like to acknowledge several individuals who have contributed to the success of this experience,” Tucker said. “First of all, my family, who has endured many late dinners, limited vacations, and a tired mother and partner. Working full-time, being a full-time student, and also doing an internship while trying to keep a household running is no small feat! Also, I would like to thank my advisors, John Arendt, Lynn Brandt, and Forrest Brooks. They were all instrumental in making my path a smooth and successful one. Finally, I would like to thank Shari Klika and Pierce Manufacturing for giving me the opportunity to prove my worth and for sharing their experience and knowledge in my short time with their company. The relationships and opportunities I experienced there will be treasured for a lifetime.”

Local employers give high praise for Adult Degree Grads and job prospects

Several local employers are speaking up to share their opinions about the quality of their employees and interns from UW-Green Bay and the Adult Degree Program. WIth so many employers from private industry as well as from the public and non-profit sectors chiming in, we just had to share what they had to say!

 

“ThedaCare has enjoyed a long relationship with UW-Green Bay and we have always been very happy with the skilled, quality graduates who have pursued careers with our company.”
                                                                                              – Kathy Birling
                                                                                                Employment Specialist
                                                                                                ThedaCare

“KI has worked with many UW-Green Bay graduates over the course of our partnership and we value the advantage of helping our employees to earn their degrees through UWGB as well as the University’s Adult Degree Program. We look forward to watching that partnership grow in hiring graduates and interns from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.”
                                                                                            – Sue Neuzil
                                                                                              Human Resources Generalist
                                                                                              KI

“Students from UW-Green Bay’s Adult Degree Program are coming to Golden House fully prepared and excited to learn at the next level. We have experienced excellent communication with both students and staff at the University. We are thrilled to have such a positive partnership with UW-Green Bay and specifically the Adult Degree Program.”
                                                                                            - Dina Borremans
                                                                                              Outreach Manager
                                                                                              Golden House of Green Bay

“Brown County United Way is proud to be associated with UW-Green Bay’s Adult Degree Program. By working with older adult UWGB interns and graduates, United Way provides a positive learning and working environment for mature, skilled professionals.”
                                                                                            - Lisa Clark
                                                                                              2-1-1 Call Center Manager
                                                                                              Brown County United Way

“Associated Bank has had great success with the placement of UW-Green Bay graduates. These graduates know what they want out of a career and company, and are eager to learn and grow within their career. They also take pride in the City of Green Bay.”
                                                                                           – Amy Jo Derenne
                                                                                             Talent Acquisition Consultant
                                                                                             Associated Bank

“At Humana, we are impressed by the engagement of students who are graduates of the Adult Degree Program from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Whether they are enrolled in the program while working at Humana, or are recent graduates, they bring new innovative ideas to the forefront. It’s always exciting to see candidates, who use their education to benefit them in the workplace, apply for open positions at Humana.”
                                                                                           – Christine Ness
                                                                                             Strategic Consultant
                                                                                             Humana Service Operations