Christina Trombley, Interim Dean
Outreach and Adult Access
I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather (or at least it is lovely now as I am writing this.) One of the many joys of living in Wisconsin is that first beautiful spring day, when you can feel summer right around the corner. May also brings the end of another semester, signifying the approaching graduation for nearly 100 of our students.
Just like you, the end of the semester is very busy time for all of us in the Adult Degree Program. We are planning our graduation breakfast for the Integrative Leadership Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies majors who are finishing their journey with us this month or at the end of summer. I really hope you will join us! It’s a fantastic event and such a wonderful celebration of your accomplishment.
We are also welcoming several new faces this summer. With so many new students starting in the summer, there were many orientation sessions to be scheduled and held; advisors and recruiters are very busy reaching out to potential and current students, making sure that you have everything you need to begin or continue your education.
So, we said hello to a lot of new friends just as we bid farewell to so many familiar ones. Whether you are leaving us, just starting the journey or taking a well-earned break to enjoy your summer, I hope that you will stay in touch.
Have a great summer!
Dr. Steve VandenAvond, Dean
Outreach and Adult Access
It is with a genuine mix of emotions that I let you know that I am the leaving the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. In the last issue of the ADP Newsletter you were updated that I will be serving as the Vice President for Extended Learning and Community Engagement at Northern Michigan University. I leave with mixed emotions because although I will be pursuing a new and exciting opportunity, I leave behind colleagues and students who I value greatly. The Adult Degree Program and the Division of Outreach and Adult Access in which it resides is positioned extremely well to meet the changing landscape of higher education and to the changing needs of adult, online, and non-traditional students. The Division is fully staffed with dedicated, intelligent, compassionate people who understand the needs of adult learners. As higher education continues to evolve and change, I couldn’t be more optimistic that there are many more good things to come for students in the Adult Degree Program, the Division of Outreach and Adult Access, and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. My optimism is even greater given that the Director of the Adult Degree Program, Christina Trombley, will be taking over the leadership of the Division of Outreach and Adult Access; you are in good hands.
I congratulate you for your commitment to lifelong learning and I wish all of you nothing but success in your educational and professional careers and in your personal lives. Please stay in touch with your friends at UW-Green Bay. Go Phoenix!!
Do you have a professor who has made a significant impact on your learning here at UW-Green Bay? If so, consider nominating him or her for a brand new STUDENT NOMINATED TEACHING AWARD!
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* Nominations must be received by Friday, March 27, 2015. *
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If you’d prefer to investigate solutions to possible problems on your own time, a wealth of resources have been made available to you in the UW-Green Bay knowledgebase, UKnowIT. UKnowIT has self-help articles for many campus resources like SiS, D2L, Kaltura, Microsoft Office, and other teaching and learning software.
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If you haven’t already done so, you can file the 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) now by going on-line to www.fafsa.gov (this is the ONLY site you should use to file the FAFSA). You must file the FAFSA each year that you want to be considered for aid. Make sure UW-Green Bay is listed (school code of 003899) and we will receive your aid application once it is processed.
Once you file, be sure to watch your UW-Green Bay email account as well as your regular mail for any information that may be needed. If the Financial Aid Office requests information, it is important to respond because we will not be able to continue working with your aid application until it is complete. We anticipate beginning to award aid for the 2015-16 aid year in April.
If you are planning to take summer classes and you would like to receive aid, please remember the following:
- For most students, summer aid will be based on the 2015-16 FAFSA
- 6 credits in summer is considered half time for financial aid purposes
- Aid received in summer is likely to impact the amount available the rest of the year
- A one page summer aid application will be available in mid-March on the financial aid website at http://www.uwgb.edu/financial-aid/forms/summer.asp
Contact the Financial Aid Office if you have any questions. You can email us at email@example.com or call us at (920) 465-2075.
Happy Spring! It is going to be spring, right? I’m sure that by now, like all students everywhere, you are looking forward to taking a breather during spring break. It is such a great time to take a moment and assess how you are doing; plus, it gives you some time to play catch-up if needed.
It’s hard to believe, but we are busy working on getting everything ready for the Fall semester. The schedule should be out soon. Give your advisor a call or set up an appointment to discuss what you want to take. Make sure that you are set to register for your courses as soon as registration opens.
And if you are graduating this semester, then this is a great time to review that you have done everything needed to prepare for graduation. If you are unsure, check in with your advisor and review the checklist. And if you are graduating, I hope that you are planning to participate in commencement. There is nothing like walking across the stage to accept your diploma – I guarantee it.
Make sure that you also take a moment or two to just relax over break. With everything you have going on, taking a much needed break is a great way to rejuvenate for the second half of the semester.
Happy Spring Break!
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!
The Adult Degree Program is proud to announce the recipient of the Spring 2015 Patricia L. Hoppe Scholarship. Kim 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.”
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for these important spring 2015 dates:
8 Last Day of Classes
11-15 FINAL EXAMS
16 ADP Graduate/Family Breakfast
23-15 Memorial Day Recess – CAMPUS CLOSED
27 Dinner Lecture Series
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.
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!